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The year 2012 is almost over, and with that in mind we take a look back at just some of the most innovative mobile technologies making their way into the mainstream this year.
We've already heard that Apple could be releasing a new iPhone in the spring, returning to its old release schedule, but now we're hearing some more details about the upcoming iPhone 5S.
An FCC filing has been made on Intel’s behalf for a new tablet codenamed “Red Ridge,” and with CES just around the corner, it is more than likely we will be seeing the tablet soon enough.
The specs are roughly on par with the Droid DNA (HTC J Butterfly), giving you a Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. There's the impressive 5-inch 1080x1920 full HD display (441PPI), 16GB of internal storage, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a beefy 2500mAh battery for extended life.
With the recent launch of Windows Phone 8, Nokia has seen a great deal of initial success with the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820. In order to keep the ball rolling forward, the company has also now announced a third member to its Windows Phone 8 family, the Lumia 620.
Despite the huge popularity of domestic Android phones and the iPhone, Nokia is still doing well in China and is looking to grab a larger market share with the launch of the new Lumia 920T.
Two of the hottest smartphones out there right now are the Nokia Lumia 920 and LG Nexus 4, and both are currently hard to find at retailers as a direct result.
Right now HTC's flagship Windows Phone device is none other than the HTC 8X, but this might be changing soon enough. The news comes courtesy of a possible leak due to an Xbox Live Rewards survey.
Right now, the arguably two hottest Android devices in town are the LG Nexus 4 and the HTC Droid DNA. So which device should you choose?
Tired of waiting around for the LG Nexus 4 in the United States? Want it now? Well, you can't quite get it yet unless you are willing to go with the T-Mobile version and get it for $199.99. Still, there is another option, the LG Optimus G.
So what's about Windows Phone 8 devices, are they having problems early on as well? Yes, it seems they are. Apparently many users are reporting that they are experiencing rebooting and battery life issues with their Nokia and HTC handsets.
After the HTC J Butterfly emerged from Japan and arrived in the US as the Droid DNA, it is once again getting reborn as the HTC Deluxe for the international market. The core specs inside this "new" superphone will be the same as its Japanese and American counterparts.
While this isn't going to come as a surprise to many of us, HTC and Verizon held their press event to today and unveiled none other than the HTC Droid DNA. For those that don't know, this is essentially the US version of the HTC J Butterfly.
The LG Nexus 4 lands on the 13th of November. For those that prefer to avoid contracts or simply wish to go down the prepaid route, the LG Nexus 4 represents a powerful, vanilla Android experience that is extremely tempting. If you are a developer who wants an unlocked and incredible Android experience without the hassle, this Nexus smartphone certainly could fit the bill.
The recently announced LG Nexus 4 is here in just a little over a week. So how does the most recent Nexus smartphone compare with the aging Galaxy Nexus?
It seems like the Motorola Droid RAZR M is getting a cousin. Today U.S. Cellular announced the Motorola Electrify M, which has an edge-to-edge display and other features that fit very closely with the Verizon-only Droid RAZR M.
It is not surprising to see accessories pop up that use the NFC standard over other wireless connection types like Bluetooth. The new Boombero NFC Audio Speaker is one of these accessories.
When it comes to 10-inch tablets, most consumers certainly think of iPad as the most powerful option out there. Sure, there are other high-end 10-inch tablets that are running on Android or Windows 8/RT, but they don't have the display power of the Retina and probably aren't as cutting-edge in processing and graphics as the newest 4th generation Apple iPad. This dynamic is now crashing down thanks to the newly announced Samsung Nexus 10.
For a long time now, we've been talking about the possibility of LG making a new Nexus device. With tons of leaked photos and other information, there was no denying it. We all expected to hear official word of the new smartphone today-- until we found out that Hurricane Sandy resulted in Google canceling the event. Good news, they decided not to let this get in the way and unveiled the Nexus 4 through their blog instead.
The idea of foldable and flexible smartphone screen from Samsung is nothing new. We've been hearing rumors about the technology for a while, though we've yet to see an actual product utilizing the technology. This might be changing beginning next year with the introduction of the Samsung GT-B9150.
Looking forward to the LG Nexus 4? We actually know quite a bit about the phone, considering Google has yet to confirm its existence. Now it seems that the UK phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has put up an official-looking pre-oder page for the device.
Most people would say that the Retina Display on the iPhone 5 at 326ppi is impressive, but the newly announced HTC J Butterfly blows that out of the water.
While LG doesn't build bad hardware, it is generally far from “cutting edge”. This is probably why the LG Optimus G is such refreshing change. The Optimus G has great specs and a reasonable $199.99 price tag with a two-year contract via AT&T.
The Motorola Droid RAZR M might not be the “top offering” from Motorola, but it is a decent-sized phone with an attractive design that is certainly worth checking out.
The idea of controlling a computerized device through nothing but your finger once seemed like a crazy notion, but touchscreen technology has made it quite commonplace. What if you could perform computer functions by touching any surface using a special device worn around the finger? This is basically what the Magic Finger aims to do.
The Droid RAZR HD and Maxx HD are finally on their way to Verizon. The new devices are expected to arrive on the 18th of October. The Razr HD and Maxx HD both have crazy long battery operation, with the Maxx model promising 32 hours of normal use.
There are many notable choices out there such as the B&N Nook HD, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and – of course – the Asus-built Google Nexus 7. While all three of these certainly have merit, today's review is going to focus on the Nexus tablet.
What if you could get an Android ICS tablet for just $59.99? Crazy, but true. The Matrix One is a dirt cheap tablet with very modest hardware.
What you see here is the Lenovo ThinkPad 2. It's a Windows 8 tablet that will ship with a full QWERTY keyboard, giving you a laptop-like experience when you need it. And it's going to sell for $799.
How well did the iPhone 5 announcement go? Some users out there on the web have complained that it might not be as hardware-capable as many of the high-end Android devices out there, but is that going to slow down its success? Apparently not.
Today Motorola announced the RAZR i, which is essentially the same thing as the RAZR M, except for it switches out the ARM processor for an Intel x86 processor.
Mobile Magazine recently reported on leaked Nokia Lumia 920 specs. Now it's all official. The new Windows Phone 8 device is coming, and throws in just about every high-end feature you could think of.
The Motorola RAZR M 4G LTE is finally official, though it certainly wasn't a secretive launch at all. The newly announced device is a pretty decent looking midrange device, though it's nothing to get all that excited about either.
Today Motorola revealed several new handsets, the flagship model being the Droid RAZR HD. The new model comes in three variants- the RAZR HD, RAZR Maxx HD and the Developer version. The developer version is just a regular RAZR HD, with an easy to unlock bootloader for those that like to tinker around.
HTC might not be doing nearly as well as it used to, but that hasn't stopped it from producing new products. First there was a rumor of a new HTC tablet, now it looks like a Windows Phone 8 device is in the works from the company.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has officially been unveiled at the Berlin Unpacked Event.
Think you're Google Nexus 7 was a steal? What if you could jump into the Jelly Bean action with a tablet that costs you just $150? The new Pipo U1 tablet is just that, a $150 Jelly Bean tablet, imagine that.
The Droid Razr M 4G LTE is on its way, and despite no official announcement yet, we know just about everything there is to know about the upcoming Droid Razr Maxx successor.
Last week saw the beginning of rumors about a new quad-core beast of a phone by LG, the Optimus G. Fast-forward to today and confirmation has finally landed. The Optimus G is expected to first get shown off at IFA, though LG officially announced it via a press conference.
The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q was once believed to be on its way to T-Mobile on August 15th. If you don't pay attention to the calender, it's now the 21st and still no Blaze Q. Shortly after the delay, new rumors popped up that the Blaze Q was getting a name change all of a sudden, this time to the equally ridiculously long “Samsung Galaxy S Relaxy 4G”.
The Motorola's September 5th event has long been believed to be focused on the rumored Droid Razr HD. While we didn't have any kind of official confirmation to that end, a big piece of the puzzle has now been revealed. Several videos have leaked to YouTube by user revowii that walk through the XT926- aka, Droid Razr HD. The videos show off a customized version of Android 4.0 with on-screen navigation, though the videos obviously don't tell us anything specific about the specs in the new Razr HD.
If you are the impatient type and don't want to wait that long to get your eyes on the Sony Xperia T, don't worry, you won't have to. A full archive of glorious photos has popped up at nixanbal.com allowing curious Sony fans to get a look ahead of any official word from Sony.
The Apple and Samsung war over Samsung's alleged patent infringement has revealed to us a great many things such as iPhone prototypes, internal company memos and now even information about two possible upcoming Samsung Windows 8 Phones, “Odyssey” and “Marco”.
On August 29th Sony is planning to unveil several new handsets before IFA starts in Berlin, and one of these is the Sony LT30p. It seems that Mobile-Review managed to get their hands on the LT30p, also known as the “Mint”, well ahead of the event and have not only given us full details about the specifications of this new phone but also have released several screenshots detailing the custom Sony UI running on top of Android 4.0 ICS.
In a headphone industry first, the Parrot Zik comes with integrated NFC (near field technology) communication. The key advantage here is that you can pair up the headphones with a compatible NFC and Bluetooth-touting device simply by tapping them together. You no longer have to deal with "discovering" new devices and entering passcodes. The NFC tag is in the left ear cup.
Recently Mobile Mag covered a post about how the Nexus tablet was likely to be unveiled at the Google I/O event which is now days away. Jumping the gun a bit, supposedly a training document has leaked out revealing what is now believed to be that very tablet. The document calls the device the Nexus 7 with a planned release in July for $200.
Microsoft is clearly bringing out the big guns in order to attempt to compete in a meaningful way in the growing mobile sector. While Windows Phone 8 might seem a lot like WP7 at first glance, the new OS really has much more in common with Windows 8 and RT, sharing the same NT and RT cores, and ditching the CE core found in Windows Phone 7 and its predecessor, Windows Mobile.
We thought cost could be an issue and we also thought battery life could be a problem. And now, Nintendo has confirmed our hesitations about the latter.
You dropped your phone in the toilet. Again. If you had the Sony XPERIA acro S, it'd be less of a burden, because this stylish Android phone is water-resistant.
Samsung Galaxy S III is on its way to all four major US carriers. Waiting impatiently to get your hands on it? That's understandable. Luckily there are a few test shots from their respective 8MP camera models.