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Samsung Galaxy S3 – hands on experience!

by: SamMay 3, 2012

Firstly, thanks to the tens of thousands of people who tuned in to the the site and the live blog! It was great to be able to bring you what we were hearing and seeing as it happened. Unfortunately though, we only had enough bandwidth for web browsing, and didn’t have anywhere near the upload capacity needed for images. We do now though, so let me show you them and give you my thoughts!

It’s a big boy

Good line-up right?

As you can hopefully see from the image above, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is large, very large. I think it is a little fraction longer than the One X. As I predicted, it is a blend of design from the SGS2 and the [...]

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread vs. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich [video]

by: Matthew SabatiniMay 2, 2012

September 23, 2008, Android 1.0, the first commercial version of Android is released. Just over 3 years later, October 19, 2011, after evolving from Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb, not including Astro and Bender, Ice Cream Sandwich was announced. Along the way, Android put out loads of features and took in some 200+ million users. Today, we’re going to be breaking down two of the newest, and arguably best, Android versions (Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich). Obviously, a winner has already been chosen for this Versus Match. However, look at the competition as more of a comparison and evolution of Android.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple iPhone 5: titan superphone deathmatch [rumor roundup]

by: Mike AndriciMay 1, 2012

It’s not that often that we cover anything related to the iPhone series, but, if you think of it, it is the best selling line of smartphones ever made. Under these circumstances, it does makes sense to compare the rumors that have been circulating about the next iteration of the iPhone series against the rumors regarding the upcoming beast of a device in the Samsung Galaxy S line. According to analyst expectations, these will be the two best selling smartphones of 2012, so why not subject them to a grueling rumor pit-fight?

While it does not mean that there aren’t at least a couple of other manufacturers that can produce even better smartphones (Motorola and HTC being [...]

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HTC One X – initial impressions of HTC’s flagship quad core beast

by: SamApril 30, 2012

I’ve just gotten an HTC One X to play around with! After the careful unboxing I charged it up and then turned it on. As so many people have said, it’s set a new standard in smartphones, and I have to agree with that…

How does it feel to hold?

The slightly curved body is smooth and a joy to hold in hand. If it were thicker it would be rather difficult to interact with since the phone itself is so tall and wide. The photo below has my finger to give you an idea of how remarkably thin this phone is. In actual fact, it is 8.9mm thick.

The phone is incredibly light too and I wasn’t expecting that. It’s about two thirds of the [...]

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Google Play (Android Market) vs Apple App Store – 2012

by: Matthew SabatiniApril 24, 2012

Despite the cool designs and dazzling hardware of today’s hottest and most modern smartphones, many users would agree that apps make the phone. We all know what happened to the likes of Nokia, RIM, and HP simply because they didn’t manage to spur the creation of better app markets. All were completely clobbered after the debut of Apple’s App Store and the Android Market, which is now known today as Google Play. To make matters more complicated, there is also Amazon’s Appstore, which was actually created long before anyone had heard of the Kindle Fire. Nevertheless, apps are what make our devices the magical things we know them to be. Without apps, are [...]

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Apex Launcher Pro (Beta) review – leader in home replacement apps [video]

by: ClaytonApril 19, 2012

Many of you out there packing the latest and freshest version of Android, version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, are aware that there are quite a few home launchers available to replace your aging stock launcher. Everything from ported Carrier UI launchers to custom themed versions of the Nova and Apex launchers have made their way onto the home screens of eager Android enthusiasts. It is often difficult sorting through all the options. With so many different features belonging to every launcher, it can take an eternity to finally decide upon a good home replacement launcher.

So, which one is the best?

For those of you who don’t wish to dabble into the world of custom [...]

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Android 4.0.3 vs Android 4.0.4 vs Android 4.0.5

by: Carl ParkerApril 16, 2012

It didn’t seem all that long ago that Ice Cream Sandwich first emerged. Now it seems to have taken Android phones by storm, though not always officially. Almost everyone wanted it on their phone and with good reason. Not only does Ice Cream Sandwich look gorgeous but also boasts an improved Android experience.

It didn’t take long before dedicated Android developers churned out countless ROMs based on Ice Cream Sandwich. With each subsequent update, ROMs also assimilated many of the new features and bug fixes. Though version 4.0.4 may have only been recently released, we’re already looking forward to what 4.0.5 has in store for us.

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Desk Migrate: App for copying homescreens across different home launchers

by: Carl ParkerApril 15, 2012

One of the reasons why people love Android is how customizable it is. You don’t have to be stuck with the same out-of-the-box package as everyone else. Instead, Android allows you to tailor your mobile device experience to just the way you like it.

The Google Play Store alone is jampacked with all the apps one could dream of, and some apps even have customizable skins. A whole slew of ROMs have also emerged, some packing stock with a little extra touch. Others stripped stock of their unwieldy bloatware to give users a streamlined experience.

We’ve seen launchers that make your Android tablet look like it’s running iOS. Everyday dedicated [...]

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A Review of the Archos 10.1 G9 Turbo 250 GB – Android 4.0 ICS out of the box with bottomless storage

by: Brandon SobottaApril 15, 2012

When I first heard of the Archos tablets with an actual built in hard-drive I was very skeptical. A few questions popped in my head about battery life, response time, weight, thickness, and stability. Would I feel this tablet jerking around in my hands as I do with a normal external hard-drive picked up during use? So many pro’s and con’s  popped up in the equation with the addition of such a feature over normal flash memory. To me the Archos 10.1 G9 Turbo is a very interesting concept, read on to find out if Archos pulled this off successfully, or is it just a gimmick?

What’s good:

The G9 Turbo had loads of storage space, a decent screen, a kickstand and Android [...]

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MessagEase Keyboard: Optimized keyboard layout for faster typing

by: Ken EastApril 13, 2012

Do you have very big fingers? Many users have problems typing on their mobile phones because they have big fingers, which in turn causes inaccurate typing because the letters on the onscreen keyboard are so small.

Because of this, many users have a hard time in composing messages and consume a significant amount of time just to type several words. To solve this problem there is now a new type of onscreen keyboard called MessagEase Keyboard which is developed to optimize the number of words that a person can type. The keys of the keyboard are larger than that of a usual QWERTY keyboard, which makes typing easier.

As described by its developers, MessagEase is a [...]

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