Mobile Magazine » Fabrizio Pilato http://www.mobilemag.com Gadgets, Smartphones, Android Tablets, iPhone, iPad and all the latest tech you'd expect. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:36:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Blackberry 10 Revealed in Demo Videohttp://www.mobilemag.com/2012/11/19/blackberry-10-revealed-in-demo-video/ http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/11/19/blackberry-10-revealed-in-demo-video/#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:11:52 +0000 Fabrizio Pilato http://www.mobilemag.com/?p=140879

We’re looking forward to the 2013 launch of Blackberry 10, which is expected to come January 30th if all goes according to plan. Devices sporting the new OS will be expected to follow just weeks after. So what will BB10 have that will keep RIM in the game? With all the leaks and rumours, we’ve gotten a hold of a video walkthrough. Although not official, RIM’s Regional Senior Product Manager in Spain Claudio Roselli gives us the closest look to the official OS as we’re going to get. Running a Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha B handset, the video shows the OSes core apps and a general look and feel of the OS.

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iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S3 for World’s Best-Selling Smartphone Titlehttp://www.mobilemag.com/2012/11/08/iphone-4s-vs-samsung-galaxy-s3-for-worlds-best-selling-smartphone-title/ http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/11/08/iphone-4s-vs-samsung-galaxy-s3-for-worlds-best-selling-smartphone-title/#comments Thu, 08 Nov 2012 19:33:02 +0000 Fabrizio Pilato http://www.mobilemag.com/?p=140375

Apple’s beloved iPhone 4s has been dethroned as the top selling smartphone of Q3 2012, if the latest statistics coming from Strategy Analytics is to be believed. In Q3 Samsung’s Galaxy S3 captured 11% of all smartphones shipped globally. Just ahead of the Apple iPhone 4S, which captured one less percentage on global shipments. The race is close, and if Apple did not release the iPhone 5, perhaps they would have beaten Samsung on this Q3; since the iPhone 5 snapped up nearly 4% of the global smartphone market.

Neil Shah, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone model shipped 18.0 million units worldwide during the third quarter of 2012. The Galaxy S3 captured an impressive 11 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever. A large touchscreen design, extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous operator subsidies have been among the main causes of the Galaxy S3’s success. Apple shipped an estimated 16.2 million iPhone 4S units worldwide for second place, as consumers temporarily held off purchases in anticipation of a widely expected iPhone 5 upgrade at the end of the quarter.”

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia. However, the Galaxy S3’s position as the world’s best-selling smartphone model is likely to be short-lived. The Apple iPhone 5 has gotten off to a solid start already with an estimated 6.0 million units shipped globally during Q3 2012. We expect the new iPhone 5 to out-ship Samsung’s Galaxy S3 in the coming fourth quarter of 2012 and Apple should soon reclaim the title of the world’s most popular smartphone model.”

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Evernote 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Releasedhttp://www.mobilemag.com/2012/11/08/evernote-5-for-iphone-ipad-and-ipod-touch-released/ http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/11/08/evernote-5-for-iphone-ipad-and-ipod-touch-released/#comments Thu, 08 Nov 2012 18:39:18 +0000 Fabrizio Pilato http://www.mobilemag.com/?p=140368

Beta Evernote 5 on the Mac was a good indicator that the team was working to release a new version for iOS users too, and now only a few days later, we have it.  Evernote 5 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is redesigned and released with major functions added, home screen sections, Quick Notes, and Views.   Evernote says they were aiming to let users create new notes with equal speed as they could while browsing.  Quick Notes gives access to creating new notes, snapshots and digitize documents via Page Camera.

Download the app here.

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Android ExoTablet TransPhone Reviewhttp://www.mobilemag.com/2012/10/12/android-exotablet-transphone-review/ http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/10/12/android-exotablet-transphone-review/#comments Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:52:34 +0000 Fabrizio Pilato http://www.mobilemag.com/?p=138198

The TransPhone by ExoTablet, a frankestein creation of technology, merging the smartphone and tablet using a sliding dock mechanism. The concept is ingenius, but can it satisfy a road warriors insatiable need to find that all-in-one device?

We got a pre-release version of the TransPhone and have had a couple weeks to put it through the wringer. Real world use and in the lab; the TransPhone definitely has a unique concept going for it.

Hardware

The smartphone is modestly-equipped, a quad-band handset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 CPU clocked at 800 MHz, 512 MB RAM and 512MB ROM. It’s display is a 3.5-inch capacitive multi-touch TFT LCD with a resolution of 800×480 (WXVGA), overall it weighs 4.0 ounces (114 grams) which is substantially lighter than the iPhone 4s, which weighs in at 4.8 ounces (137 grams), all this is powered by a 1450 mAh Li-on battery.

The tablet dock is a 7-inch multi-touch TFT LCD, it activates once you slide your TransPhone into it’s rear docking mechanism. Then the magic begins; your smartphone is now a 7-inch tablet. Mind you the resolution is the same 800×480, it’s just on a bigger screen. Inside the tablet dock is an extra battery pack (2850 mAh) giving you a convenient dual power supply for when you don’t have time to plug in. Also dual speakers are on the rear to enhance your multimedia experience.  A couple toggles also allow you to lock the orientation, and another to switch over to the tablet battery pack.

In your hands your though, you can tell you are holding a MIC device. It’s light, hollow and plastic allover. But it does have a nice form factor with its curved back. The TransPhone logo is under the earpiece which has a funky retro design. The finish is shiny black on top and around the sides and soft matte white on the back plate. A small triangle on the back tells you where to dock the TransPhone in to the tablet. At first it was confusing, that’s how I thought the back plate would be removed to insert a SIM, but no, it’s just to direct you in the tablet dock. The back plate is removed typically from the bottom up. The dock connector port is an inverted Apple 30 pin with maybe 1 mm more thickness. It’s not interchangeable with an Apple cable, and even though an Apple cable will plug in to the TransPhone, it won’t charge it.

Specifications

TransPhone Smartphone

  • 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 CPU
  • 3.5” TFT LCD Capacitive Display (800 x 480 WVGA with 16 million colors)
  • GSM, WCDMA, GPRS, EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), HSDPA, WCDMA (1900/2100)
  • Bluetooth 2.1, WIFI (IEEE 802.11 n / b / g)
  • 5M rear camera with LED flash (2592 × 1944 pixels, 640×480 VGA, 30fps)
  • 0.3M front facing camera
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 32 GB Class 10 Micro SD
  • 1450 mAh Battery
  • 4.0 ounces (114 grams)

TransPhone Tablet

  • 7” TFT LCD Capacitive Display (800 x 480 WVGA with 16 million colors)
  • 2800 mAh Battery
  • 13.2 oz (374 grams)

Software

Running Android 2.3.5, the TransPhone does seem to be slightly dated in appearance. Although the 800 MHz CPU seems to handle 2.3.5 quite well, the only lag I have experienced is on first boot when loading icons on the Android desktop.  After that it’s very responsive and quick in switching tasks and loading up applications. It does not come bundled with anything but yes, its works with the Google Play store.

Performance

First and foremost this is a smartphone, so call quality should be one of the most important things. Aside from a glitch we only encountered once where the speakerphone didn’t activate, audio is clear and crisp but lacks the bandwidth we’ve heard on higher end phones like the iPhone 4s or Galaxy S. It could be described as tinny or hollow.

The tablet dock is a great concept, but doesn’t perform as we would have liked. Enlarging the 800×480 WXVGA display from a 3.5-inch screen to a 7-inch one is very obvious. You can see tremendous pixelation overall as your desktop and icons are extrapolated through pixel stretching. But it gets worse. You would expect to start from where you left off when you were using your smartphone, but no, for an odd experience that just kills any flow, when you dock the TransPhone in the tablet, the springboard is relaunched and whatever you were doing is now gone. Yes, it’s gone and you must begin once again. This has to be the worst thing and really hurts the devices ability to provide the user with a seamless experience.  I personally can’t get over that, but if it’s not a big deal to you and you’ll be ok with starting over with what you are doing whenever you wish to switch between phone and tablet, then you’ll be fine.

Pros

  • Offers the ability to enlarge your smartphone screen
  • Affordable, at $299 for a smartphone and tablet combo you’ll be hard pressed to find something else at this price

Cons

  • Tablet resolution is pixelated
  • Smartphone LCD response is not optimal to touch
  • No seamless switching between smartphone and tablet mode
  • Outdated Android OS

Overall

It’s a fun little Android phone, a great concept and will appeal to many new Android users who are on the fence about buying a tablet and a phone and really just want’s to get in on what’s new. It would make an amazing first phone or tablet for many, but seasoned mobile warriors will probably want to look elsewhere.

Buy the TransPhone @ ExoTablet.com

Contest

If you would like to win the TransPhone, simply like this post on Facebook!

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Crazy iPhone 5 Concept Video Features Pinch-to-Zoom iPad Minihttp://www.mobilemag.com/2012/09/06/crazy-iphone-5-concept-video-features-pinch-to-zoom-ipad-mini/ http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/09/06/crazy-iphone-5-concept-video-features-pinch-to-zoom-ipad-mini/#comments Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:50:57 +0000 Fabrizio Pilato http://www.mobilemag.com/?p=137599

This iPhone 5 concept video is pretty dramatic to say the least.  Siri goes as far as tracking your packages to determine arrival time, reschedules your canceled flights, oh, and not to mention the pinch to zoom that expands your iPhone 5 in to an iPad Mini, and then a full size iPad.  It’s nice to dream and all, the only realistic part about this video is that new Apple mini port connector, ok, and perhaps the finger print scanning too.  Check it out for your daily gadget entertainment fix from Atma Studio.

Thanks Thomas Dunn for sending this in.

 

 

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$10 off Tokyo Flash Watcheshttp://www.mobilemag.com/2012/08/06/10-off-tokyo-flash-watches/ http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/08/06/10-off-tokyo-flash-watches/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2012 11:52:17 +0000 Fabrizio Pilato http://www.mobilemag.com/?p=136208

We just wanted to remind our readers that our Tokyo Flash contest is coming to an end very soon, so enter here before it’s too late! We also have a $10 off coupon for our readers who just want to buy one directly. Type in the code MM10 at checkout (you will have to check the box saying that you have a coupon code) and it will take $10 off when you continue to the next page.

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Contest: Win Any Tokyo Flash Watch You Like!http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/07/19/contest-win-any-tokyo-flash-watch-you-like/ http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/07/19/contest-win-any-tokyo-flash-watch-you-like/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:09:00 +0000 Fabrizio Pilato http://www.mobilemag.com/?p=135351

You know those fancy Tokyo Flash watches that are so advanced and futuristic you’ll be the only one capable of telling the time on it after you study the manual?  Well, they do look awesome, and their actually not that hard to use. So we’ve teamed up with Tokyo Flash to offer our readers this great contest.  One winner will be selected who can chose any watch they wish from the Tokyo Flash website.  There’s no limit on price, so you can choose their most expensive model, or the one that will rock it on your wrist.  

Instructions: All you have to do is like this post (Click “Like” just below the title), jump over to our Facebook post and tell us in the comments which watch you would like!  It’s that easy.  * Fineprint below.





* Open to everyone in every country in the world!  One winner will be chosen from the Facebook comments for this post on August 31, 2012.  The winner has 72 hours to respond providing shipping address and choice of watch.

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Hands-On Video of New Black, Unibody Metal iPhone 5 Shell?http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/06/07/hands-on-video-of-new-black-unibody-metal-iphone-5-shell/ http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/06/07/hands-on-video-of-new-black-unibody-metal-iphone-5-shell/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 08:33:48 +0000 Fabrizio Pilato http://www.mobilemag.com/?p=134150

What looks to be like the most legitimate piece of iPhone 5 info we have yet seen, this video of a black unibody iPhone 5 from ETradeSupply is quite convincing. The back plate no longer has a back glass, in fact, there is no back plate at all. The entire phone is encased in a black aluminum shell, similar to the unibody MacBooks. Also, there is that new dock connector that we saw earlier which could be a new magsafe, the headphone jack has been moved to the bottom also, similar to the iPod line, and new speaker vents.
Up next to the iPhone 4, this model does look as though it is a bit longer, thus giving more weight to the 4-inch screen rumor. They believe the SIM card holder is slightly smaller, this could mean a MicroSIM only slot, or something new all together. The video doesn’t show much more than the photos do, but it sure is nice to see it in someone’s hands. Stay tuned next week where we may see this unveiled at WWDC.

[ Source via CydiaBlog ]

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Boeing’s Phantom Eye Hydrogen UAV Will Stay Airborne for Ten Dayshttp://www.mobilemag.com/2012/06/06/boeings-phantom-eye-hydrogen-uav-will-stay-airborne-for-ten-days/ http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/06/06/boeings-phantom-eye-hydrogen-uav-will-stay-airborne-for-ten-days/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 14:02:03 +0000 Fabrizio Pilato http://www.mobilemag.com/?p=134141
Boeing’s thrown the typical sleek, streamlined, design out the window with their Phantom Eye UAV. The Unmanned drone is bulbous in shape, almost like a gigantic bomb with a couple flimsy wings slapped on to it. What makes this UAV different however, is that it’s powered purely by hydrogen. The 45 meter wingspan and 200 kg payload will allow the Phantom Eye to stay airborne for four days non-stop without refueling or landing. That’s some amazing extended aerial surveillance capabilities. The video shows the test flight, it lasted 28 minutes reaching 4,000 feet and 150 knots all without any human assistance. Boeing plans to equip future versions with four times the payload, giving ten day non-stop surveys.

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Lit Motors C-1 Self-Balancing, Fully-Enclosed Motorcycle is Awesomehttp://www.mobilemag.com/2012/06/06/lit-motors-c-1-self-balancing-fully-enclosed-motorcycle-is-awesome/ http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/06/06/lit-motors-c-1-self-balancing-fully-enclosed-motorcycle-is-awesome/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 13:39:45 +0000 Fabrizio Pilato http://www.mobilemag.com/?p=134134

Concepts and renderings are one thing, but a fully functioning prototype that does what the designer dreamed it could do, is well, just plain awesome.  Especially when it’s a gyroscopically controlled motorcycle with a fully enclosed outer shell.

This proof of concept is a little rough, but I like it.  Governed to 10 mph (16 km/h) and dual gyros scaled down to 650 lbs of torque, half of what the production version will run at, Lit Motors is on their way to making the C-1 a reality.  They hope to bring the new class of vehicle to market with a 120 mph top speed, getting 200 miles per charge on an 8 kWh battery pack all for $16,000 USD.

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