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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
With such pandemonium yesterday of people trying to pre-order their “New iPad”, I’ll bet many didn’t even care how much AT&T or Verizon were gonna charge for their 4G data services, they still clicked the Pre-Order button. Well, the good thing is that the data plans don’t seem that bad. It’ll all depend on how much you think you’ll consume in data, which is quite the thing when you’ve got all the power of 4G LTE.
If you’ve ordered your device on Verizon, which holds by far the most reliable LTE network, the prices [...]
As disappointed as many of us were with the news that HTC plans to offer Sense 4.0 to only some legacy devices, it’s a tough blow to see even last year’s hot HTC Sensation and even the Sensation XE to be missing from the list. Still, Ice Cream Sandwich on any phone is better than sticking with good-old Gingerbread, and if you’re currently owning an HTC Sensation or Sensation XE in any of the Nordic countries, you’ll be happy to know their new version of Sense 3.6 running on ICS should hit your device either now or soon.
According to HTC headquarters, the [...]
Samsung, it seems, can release a slew of new smartphones and tablets, but is having difficultly releasing accessories for their current flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus. At this point in time, it’s becoming somewhat comical.
The Nexus was jointly announced by Samsung and Google in November 2011, and was the first device to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The accessories, however, have yet to arrive. The Car Dock, Desk Stand, and Battery Charging Stand have been repeatedly delayed. According to Expansys’ suppliers, inventory should have started [...]
As smartphones are getting faster, we’re able to do more with them. In fact, many of us are phasing out the use of traditional computers for their miniature cousins in our pockets. Smartphones and tablets aren’t wired down to a network jack, they’re connected over the air. Since it’s fairly likely that you’ll send sensitive information at one point or another (passwords, back account numbers, etc.), it’s probably a good time to ask ourselves which network technology is more secure: cellular or WiFi?
WiFi is built [...]
The GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus was released November 17th, 2011. Not long after we learned that a series of “official” accessories would follow shortly.
Those accessories were to include a Desktop Dock with an HDMI-out port, a Desk Stand with 3.5mm headphone jack that would utilize the phone’s “3 gold dots” to charge, a desktop stand that would hold the phone and charge a spare battery, and a Car Dock with charging and audio-out.
The release dates of these accessories has been repeatedly pushed further down the calendar. According to Expansys, [...]
Extended batteries are either a wonderful tool to help you get through your day, or a waste of money. There are many different ways to make an “extended” battery, not all of which yield better run-times. To ensure you’re getting a battery that does what you expect it to, stick with OEM batteries from the manufacturer of your device.
That’s what we did with the extended battery for the GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
This version of the Galaxy Nexus ships with a 1,750mAh battery that is just a tad too small for most users to make it all the [...]