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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.