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 [...]
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 Windows Phone view as we wrap-up all the good and bad inside the world of Microsoft’s Windows Phone devices. In today’s show we begin by covering the launch dates for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 along with all the great deals that are being offered for getting the device real cheap. We later go through the details on the AT&T HTC Titan II, which will also be released at the same time. We then talk about the recent rumors about Nokia TV and how that’ll fit into current Windows Phone services. We end our good section talking about all our [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
If you’ve got one of the “older” HTC Sensations and wanted to breathe a little new life into it, why not throw on a new camera app?
This app does require that you’re running an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-based ROM, but by flashing it through ClockworkMod Recovery you’ll unlock the following super-cool features:
+ Ability to record uncompressed video and audio+ Record video in 1080p at 20mbps+ Provides increased video recording quality+ Better JPG images+ Bigger cap on image filesizes
Sound like something you’d [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Surely Spring is in the air, but Apple has done a great job in making the world look forward to “one more thing” on this season, and it’s their iPad refresh. For the past years, the iPad has signified the tablet that every customer wants to have and that every competitor wants to beat. There’s a lot of speculation over what to expect on the next generation iPad, so let’s start with our Top 5 iPad 3 Killer Features We Anticipate to get. Whether Apple names it the iPad 3 or the iPad HD, there’s a lot of things we all want, and then there are the things [...]
To root, or not to root, that is the question.
In the past if you’ve wanted to do “really technical stuff” like use your camera’s flash as a flashlight, synchronize your clock with a time server, or even backup your phone. You wouldn’t think that you’d need superuser permissions to be able to do any of those, but you have.
Later builds of the Android OS have exposed APIs, hooks that programmers can use, to accomplish the same sorts of things — without requiring superuser, or ROOT.
A lot of things still require ROOT to work [...]
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 [...]
Watch this week’s Pocketnow iReview as we go through all the details surrounding Apple’s new iPad. We start by going through Apple’s release of their new iPad and their move with the last-generation iPad 2. We later compare specs in detail between the old iPad 2 and the new iPad. Then we go through Apple’s move to 1080p content and we end the Cool section by talking about iOS 5.1.
In the Not So Cool section, we talk about all the iPad 3 predictions that didn’t happen, and why these features mattered.
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 [...]
You know, we thought we were the only ones ranting about calling the new iPad just exactly that, but it seems we’re not alone. Sit back and finish your Thursday afternoon with a little humor, since it seems that these guys didn’t have enough with just the banned iPhone 4, White iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 promos.
I’ve gotta admit that Apple has never named any newer version of their iPods by a number. It’s just the new generation iPod. It seems that things will continue being this way from now on, so prepare to meet the “new [...]
Have you ever noticed that your smartphone or tablet charges faster when connected to the wall than when connected to a USB hub or your computer? The reason for this is due to the amount of power that each technology can push. USB charging is generally stuck at ~500mA whereas A/C charging (with D/C conversion, of course) can sometimes double that.
Often times your charging method can support the extra amperage (USB, car adapter, POGO pins, etc.), but the phone itself limits the rate of charge. This can be overridden, but only at the kernel level. That’s just what one [...]
If you’ve got an Android-powered tablet or smartphone and haven’t been able to install the new Google Chrome Beta, you’re in luck!
XDA-Developer lenny_kano has put together an .apk that should let you run the browser on any device running on an ARM v7 or higher chip — so long as you’re also running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
If you are, and you’d like to try out Chrome Beta, head over to this thread on XDA-Developers, download the .apk, and side-load it onto your device. Enjoy!
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not in the world of Google’s Android project. In today’s show we begin by talking about our recent leak of the HTC Edge, which is apparently the manufacturer’s first Quad-core smartphone. We also continue with more leaks regarding a full list of HTC devices for the future, an LG device sporting Ice Cream Sandwich and lots of other leaks. We later talk about the recent smartphone releases, which oddly include a pink variant of the Samsun Galaxy S II. We go through our coverage [...]
A recent tweet from @ChainfireXDA has power users worried about the future of custom ROMs on their Samsung smartphones.
“Ok its like this: the latest SGS2/ICS leak will disable secure storage if the kernel signature is not Samsung… Do they hate customers?” @ChainfireXDA
So what does that all mean?
First off, the Samsung Galaxy SII doesn’t have an official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM just yet, so all this may be a little premature.
Next, secure storage can be used by various apps to store sensitive information. That information [...]
For those of us who like to run custom ROMs finding a good GAPPs package can make or break one’s opinion of the ROM — even though GAPPs are usually distributed separately from the ROMs themselves.
GAPPS, for those who don’t know, are the “Google Apps” that come with most stock ROMs. They used to come pre-packaged in custom ROMs, too, until Cyanogen got a C&D order from Google. Since then, most custom ROMs ship without GAPPs, and you have to get your GAPPs somewhere else.
The defacto standard location to get GAPPS is [...]
Watch this week’s iReview as we go through all that’s cool and what’s not so cool inside the world of Apple’s iOS devices. In today’s show we talk about Apple beginning to sell the iPhone 4S unlocked in Apple Stores. We later talk about Apple’s new EasyPay system and how it brings you more convenience. We cover all the hacking related news, which include a auto-correct ribbon on-top of your iOS keyboard. We end the Cool section talking about Consumer Reports, and wondering if the iPhone 4S will blend?
In the Not So Cool section we talk about [...]