Posts tagged with: GSM
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    It's probably safe to say that everyone reading this article either has a cell phone currently, or has had a cellular telephone at some time in the past. Many of you may be familiar with what an IMEI is. It's probably fair to say that even those who do know what an IMEI is, may not know what these little strings of numbers are actually used for. IMEI versus MEID IMEI stands for "International Mobile Station Equipment Identity" and is usually a 15-digit string of numbers which is considered to be "unique" (though there are limited cases where IMEIs may be re-used or even cloned).  IMEIs ...

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    Verizon's been offering more and more phones with global roaming lately, allowing you to hop on over to a GSM-based network when out of the country and without other CDMA networks to turn to. That's a big convenience, but it's never been the sort of thing that Verizon seemed too keen on users taking advantage of, often having subscribers jump through hoops in order to activate the feature. In what may be a sign of things to come, the new iPhone 5 for Verizon appears to be much more GSM-friendly, and is reportedly working on such networks right out-of-the-box. Of course, you'll need a nano ...

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    It's been an awfully long time since the Galaxy Nexus was released. It's been even longer since it was announced -- along with some hints to the "official accessories" that would be released for it. We first saw the extended battery and obligatory back-panel, then some desktop docks, but the most wanted, the most requested, dare I say the most coveted Car Dock (known officially as the "Vehicle Dock Kit") was slow to arrive. Some even reported that it had been cancelled by Samsung altogether! Luckily it was not! We got our hands on one, click the play button to see what you can expect when ...

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    Although it has been about six month since the Samsung Galaxy Note was debuted we have finally gotten our hands on the long awaited official Ice Cream Sandwich ROM from Samsung. A few days ago we reported that XDA-Developers had posted on the Galaxy Note (GT-N7000) Android Development forum that Germany had received the official ICS update through the Kies software. If you are the lucky few that opted for the international Galaxy Note you will now be able to upgrade your device to the official Android 4.0.3 build. The update comes with a few key features that make using the Galaxy Note ...

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    You've been researching a new smartphone or tablet, looked all over, checked out your favorite technology website, and have finally decided on one particular device. Sure, it doesn't have everything you want, but it's got 95%, and you figure that's good enough. A month or so passes after it's announced you find it on your carrier, but it's changed... What?! How dare they! That's bait and switch! Well, maybe not. The world is a big place and things aren't the same everywhere. Different areas of the world use different frequencies for their mobile telephony and data -- some countries even ...

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    HTC lost a lot of ground to Samsung and other companies over the past year or so, and is trying to make up the difference with its One series. The One series includes the One V (the "value" model with the "chin"), the One S (for the "mid-range"), and the flagship One X. HTC's One line represents a refreshed focus on the software experience and build quality. Like we mentioned in our HTC One V review,, choice is good. For a higher-end smartphone, is the HTC One S a good choice? Read on to find out! VIDEO REVIEW HARDWARE The HTC One S ships with Android 4.0.3 and a 1.5GHz, dual-core Qualcomm ...

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    The GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was released back in November of 2011. Here is it the middle of April 2012 and one of the first official accessories to take advantage of the three gold POGO pins is finally available. The first thing you'll want to note is the dock will not work with the LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus, however, it will work with either the stock or the official extended battery for the GSM version of the phone, though the fit is noticeably more snug. Next, there is no USB cable to power the dock or the phone. You'll have to use one that you already have, but ...

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    As more devices are utilizing microSIMs, those of us with regular SIMs are faced with a choice: get two SIMs (and two monthly plans), or cut our regular SIM into a microSIM. In this video I'll show you just how easy it is, with the right equipment, to cut your SIM into a mircoSIM -- and still be able to use it in devices that require the other format. First, you'll want to be using a "modern" SIM. Older SIMs kept their circuity beneath the entire card, whereas modern SIMs use only the area beneath the gold-colored contacts for the circuitry. These newer sims can be trimmed down to the new ...

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    HTC lost its magic in 2011. It released too many phones, many of which were uninspired, plus it got overshadowed by Samsung with the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note. But this year, HTC plans to reverse its misfortunes, starting with the One line of devices. The HTC One series brings forth an improved Sense UI experience, an "amazing" camera, and a redoubled attention to detail in hardware design. The HTC One X, powered by the mighty quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, is the highest-end device in the One series, and the most impressively-spec'ed Android phone to date. Is it good enough to put HTC back on ...

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    10 years ago today, we published our first smartphone review ever which marked the beginning of the smartphone revolution. Pocketnow had been around longer than that, of course, but we had mostly covered Pocket PCs back then. In the spring of 2002 we got our hands on the first device that tried to combine the power of a Pocket PC hand held computer with the always-on communications of a mobile phone. The GSM/GPRS expansion pack was actually an attachment for the most powerful Pocket PC of the time; the Compaq iPAQ H3600. The iPAQ H3600 was actually one of the first products that was ...

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    Watch this week's iReview as we talk about all that's cool and not so cool inside the world of Apple's iOS devices. In today's show we begin by talking about our coverage, which includes our full review of Apple's New iPad, our recent comparison video between it and the iPad 2 and even Apple's first iPad, and Michael Fisher's editorials surrounding this new tablet. We later have a look at IGN's recent benchmarks where they show that Apple's A5X and even their old A5 beats NVIDIA's Tegra 3 in graphics. We then go through all the rumors surrounding a 5-inch Retina Display that Apple is ...

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    Watch this week's Android Revolution as we go through what's hot and what's not inside the world of Google's Android project. In today's show we start by discussing all the release dates and release rumors for the HTC One X, S and V, which are closer to a wallet near you. We later talk about NVIDIA's recent affirmation that $200 Quad-core Android tablets are possible, and why. We then go through all the Verizon devices that are likely to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the next coming days. We spend some time going through this week's coverage and we end the hot section talking about ...

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    Earlier we saw yet another carrier shift from WiMAX for the more popular LTE standard, but just how wide spread is this adoption? In 2009 we saw the first public implementation of LTE in Norway and Sweden, 4 years after the commercial introduction of WiMAX. Fast forward 3 years and we have heard statements from nearly every major carrier worldwide concerning their plans to adopt LTE. In the US the "Big 4" have each spoke of their 4G LTE rollout plans, with most already well into their path of fire. Even Yota, the Russian telecommunications provider, who built the worlds largest WiMAX ...

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    If you've never owned a tablet, there's no device that we could recommend more than Apple's New iPad. We rarely give any product we review a full score of 5 stars out of 5, so there's no mistaking that this is simply one of the best tablets you can purchase at the moment. No product is perfect though, and Apple's past versions of the iPad are also good choices to pick from. With Apple's recent decision to sell their New iPad along with last year's iPad 2, and with the ease that you can find the First-Gen iPad on eBay for a good price, choices can become complicated for any first-time ...

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    A large number of smartphone enthusiasts seem to be relatively sour at the announcement of any smartphone lacking a front facing camera. This response is certainly understandable, as the front facing camera is another feature on a long list of capabilities, and a feature with no particularly solid reason for not including it in a modern smartphone. That being said, the front facing camera currently seems to stand rather low on the list of system critical features consumers demand. With the primary focus of this secondary camera aimed at video calling and the explosion of recent smartphones ...

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    Now that the HTC Vivid has been updated with Sense 3.6 and Ice Cream Sandwich, we are returning with a new video to take a closer look at the changes therein. Overall, the device seems to be snappier and the slight changes to Sense are for the better on all fronts. We would have liked to see a more unified ICS interface or even Sense 4.0, but HTC has made it very clear they do not want to confuse or alienate their existing customer base. Unfortunately, a software update cannot change hardware issues, and our review score still stands.

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    Watch this week's iReview as we go through all the cool and the not so cool inside the world of Apple's iOS devices. In today's show we go through the New iPad's sales results after just a couple of days of being launched. We later talk about some of the great apps that already support it's new Retina Display. We then go through all our week's coverage on the New iPad, including the reasons why we recommend the Verizon iPad over the AT&T model. We talk about your possibility to jailbreak it, since we know many of you are already waiting. We end our Cool section talking about the Apple's ...

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    Sony's Xperia line has always been about refining. Back in 2008, their first Xperia X1 was clearly the benchmark for how a high-end Windows Mobile device should look and perform. Sadly, Sony Ericsson's adoption of Android has been a different story. Their phones have done a good job in pushing industrial design to the limit, but the fact that their first Android device, the X10, launched with Android 1.6 Donut (later updated to Eclair) in times when Froyo was already shipping, has really tarnished their reputation. As good as their phones have been, they're still struggling to land a hit ...

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    Watch this week's Android Revolution as we go through what's hot and what's not inside the world of Google's Android project. We start today's show going all the recent leaks about the Samsun Galaxy S III and the possibility of mixing a quad-core processor with LTE connectivity for Samsung's next-generation Exynos processor. We later go through all the recent leaks regarding a Google Nexus tablet built by Asus. We then discuss all this week's coverage for Android and detail all the recent ROM developments for HTC and Samsung. We end the hot section talking about Sprint and HTC's event ...

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    A bold move from Apple back with the release of the first-generation iPad, was to allow iPhone apps to run on it. Apps would box-into the display and allow you to even zoom into them to take over the iPad's full screen. Sadly, the problem was that zooming-in would turn any app into an old Nintendo 8-bit game show full of pixels. Apple's launch of the New iPad has changed that. You'll notice in our following video that if your iPhone apps have been enhanced to support the iPhone's Retina Display, zooming them into the New iPad's Retina Display will give you an image that's just as sharp. ...

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    Well, I guess it only took Sony a couple of hours after our Software and User Experience video to launch their official PS Store for the Xperia line-up. Currently, the store only seems to work in Europe, and only supports the Xperia S. Devices like the Xperia Play are currently only supported in Japan, but the roll-out plans to happen quick for legacy devices. Off the bat, Sony has launched the store with 16 game titles to choose from, all priced at $5.99. To my disappointment though, Sony took the word "PlayStation Certified" too seriously. None of the games that are currently supported ...

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    The Sony Xperia S is the new flagship device of their NXT Series. It packs all the bells and whistles you've come to expect from any high-end Android smartphone, plus some additional jabs that you won't see on competing devices. Watch our video review of the Software and User experience that Sony has baked into their Xperia S. So far there are lots of great things to praise, and lots of important things to watch out for. Certainly no device is perfect, and Sony made that list with a couple of major details being left out of their final retail product. Have a look and share your thoughts in ...

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    Aside from having a WiFi-only and a WiFi+4G variant in the line-up (of course, there's also black, white, 16/32/64GB versions to choose from), the New iPad, which Apple introduced on March 7, has two variants when it comes to LTE. The first one is the WiFi+4G model for AT&T, which supports 4G LTE (700, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz). The second one is the WiFi+4G model for Verizon, which is compatible with the 4G LTE (700 MHz); CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz); UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); ...

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    Sony's new SmartTags take NFC technology to a whole new level. While competitors are still struggling with their launch of NFC as a payment tool, Sony has focused on adding some additional value to that NFC chip. These SmartTags allow you to program specific tasks that your device performs every time you touch one of them. You can have one SmartTag in your car and program it to launch Navigation, Music, set alert tones to sound and even have Text-To-Speech read your incoming messages. You can later set your a separate Bedroom SmartTag to activate your clock, alarm, Netflix and set your ...

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    Mark your calendar's everyone because your prayers have just been answered. Samsung has just posted that March 10th will be the day when your Galaxy S II (GT-I9100) will get a taste of some Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich love. I'm not sure if I should say sadly or gladly, but you know TouchWiz will also be included with the upgrade, but still, I know current GSII owners won't complain. Have a look at Tony's extensive review on the unofficial ROM leak we caught recently, because it most likely won't change that much. The upgrade includes some multi-tasking enhancements, Android Beam, Face ...

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