Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Video: YotaPhone

Two screens on a smartphone? What sort of madness is this? Well, one one screen is an HD LCD panel and the other is a power-efficient EPD then it all makes some sort of sense. Personally, I think it looks great and if I was in the market for a new Android device (I'm not) then it might be on my shortlist, assuming that it actually works properly (I don't know) and was actually available to buy (it will be out sometime in the second half of 2013).

Video: HTC One SV

HTC brings LTE to this attractive midrange smartphone.

Video: Sony Xperia E

This is a natty little Android device that comes in a dual and single-SIM version.

Video: Lava Iris N320

Certainly one of the cheapest Android smartphones about.. but as you might expect, the specification is pretty basic, too.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Video: DeTron De Fens

And now for something a bit different..

Monday, November 5, 2012

Video: Google Nexus 4

The latest generation Nexus handset is great.. but what about a microSD slot?

Video: Google Nexus 10

Who needs an iPad when you can have this for $100 less?

Video: Samsung Galaxy Premier

The Samsung Galaxy Premier is a very small step down from the Galaxy S III.. but saddled with a very unhelpful name. Looks nice, though.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Video: ASUS PadFone 2

If was in the market right now (well, before the end of the year) for a smartphone and tablet then I really can't see any reason not to go for the ASUS PadFone 2. A big-screen quad-core smartphone with a full-size tablet dock seems to be a clever solution and it is priced pretty attractively too. More in the video below.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Video: Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

When is a Samsung Galaxy S III not a Samsung Galaxy S III? When it's a Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. It's a bit like trying to call the iPhone 4 the iPhone 5 Mini and hoping customers will fall for it..

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Video: HTC One X+

Poor old HTC has been eclipsed by Samsung a bit this year.. but the HTC One X+ looks really good.. and we bet it will easily be one of the fastest smartphones you can buy when it comes out later this month.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Video: Motorola and Intel teaser

Do you know what it is yet (we do!)..

Video: Amazon Kindle Fire 2012 Lineup

It's Android Jim, but not as we know it..

Video: Motorola RAZR M and Motorola RAZR HD

Two new and pretty powerful devices from Moto coming soon:



Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pick of IFA 2012

The annual IFA show was last week with a large number of handsets announced.. here are a whole bunch of videos covering some of the major Android product launches.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Sony Xperia T

Sony Xperia V

Sony Xperia J

Sony Xperia Tablet S


ZTE Grand X IN

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Video: LG Optimus L9

The specifications look good.. but what about the price?

Video: L Optimus G

The LG Optimus G is more powerful than the Galaxy S III.. but perhaps LG should have spent some more time on cosmetic design as this isn't exactly eye-catching!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Video: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is out now, and it's had a few improvements since we first saw it. The CPU is now a 1.4GHz unit, the cameras are better.. and it is now available in fridge white.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Video: Motorola ATRIX HD

Motorola's new flagship phone? Perhaps.. but at the moment this beastie is heading to the US and Canada only.

Video: Motorola MOTOSMART

Cheap and reasonably attractive, but don't expect Android 4.0 on this particular device..

Video: Samsung Galaxy Chat

This one is strictly for BlackBerry fans..

Video: Google Nexus 7

It's fast.. it's cheap, and you can order it now.. nice :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Motorola RAZR V

Another variant of the RAZR, the Motorola RAZR V is an Android 4.0 device heading exclusively to Asian markets. But will we see it anywhere else?

Video: LG Optimus L5

One of LG's L-Style range of attractive but affordable handsets, the LG Optimus L5 certainly looks the part, but is its beauty only skin deep?

Video: Sony Xperia miro

An affordable Android 4.0 smartphone, the Sony Xperia miro also features advanced Facebook integration and stylish good looks.

Video: Sony Xperia tipo

A compact and presumably inexpensive smartphone, the Sony Xperia tipo runs Android 4.0 out of the box, which few other low-end Android devices can offer.

Video: LG Optimus L7

It might not be the flashiest smartphone around, but the LG Optimus L7 is inexpensive, looks good, is reasonably powerful and has Android 4.0 out-of-the box.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Video: Orange San Diego

ARM has a near monopoly over the CPUs in mobile phones, although because ARM licences the core to other manufacturers then there is plenty of competition between different ARM CPU vendors. The Orange San Diego is different, it comes with an Intel core instead. It looks quite promising, and it's good for consumers to have more competition as ultimately that leads to better products.

Video: Sony Xperia acro S

Another waterproof Sony phone, the Sony Xperia S is pretty powerful under the hood too. It's hardly a big step to make these things waterproof, because the Japanese have been doing this for years..

Video: Sony Xperia go

Waterproof, compact, but not necessarily all that rugged when it comes to bumps, the Sony Xperia go should at least survive the odd trip to the pub..

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Video: Sony Xperia GX and SX

The "Sony" brand has been back for nearly half a year, but it's a surprise to see that Sony haven't yet launched a smartphone in their home market. Well, that's about to change with the Sony Xperia GX and SX..

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III

For a long time the Samsung Galaxy S range has been the sort-of-default choice if you want a high-end smartphone and don't want an iPhone. This has meant that the Galaxy S II launched last year has been a big, big seller.. and now Samsung have managed to top it with the Samsung Galaxy S III.

This is a quad-core beasties with a 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixel HD display, an 8 megapixel primary camera and more sensors than a Star Trek tricorder. It looks pretty good too, with come curved edges and a brushed metal effect.

The good news is that the Galaxy S III will be available at the end of this month. The bad news is that it will probably be eye-wateringly expensive. Oh well.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Video: LG Optimus TrueHD LTE

Not the catchiest of names, and not the best looking phone in the world.. but if you're lucky enough to have LTE coverage in Europe, then the LG Optimus TrueHD LTE might be just the ticket.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Rumour: Huawei to buy Motorola?

When Google bought the handset business of Motorola last year it raised a few eyebrows. Why on earth did Google want to move into the hardware business, especially with a struggling firm like Motorola? Was it just possible that Google was really interested in Motorola's massive patent library rather than the handsets?

Well, there are some rumours doing the rounds that Google was doing exactly that - and that after stripping Motorola of its patents, the hardware business is back for sale. And one of the interested parties is reported to be Huawei of China.

Now, Huawei are definitely a company to watch. They certainly have the R&D expertise to meld well with Motorola, and Motorola is still a well recognised name worldwide. So, there's a certain logic to this deal.

But there will be many people who won't be happy with a Chinese takeover of an American icon, especially given some recent controversies with Huawei's involvement in Iran. Huawei have also been recently blocked from bids due to national security issues in Australia and there are many other concerns about this firm too.

It is probably inevitable that the Motorola handset business will be sold on. The question is.. to whom? We think that a sale to Huawei would meet stiff resistance.

But perhaps a sale to a firm like LG may give both firms a boost. LG Motorola? It's a lot less strange than Google buying Motorola in the first place!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Video: Motorola RAZR MAXX

The RAZR is great.. but I'd gladly trade a couple of mm and about 20 grams for a bigger battery! Let's hope this comes over to Europe..

Monday, March 5, 2012

Pick of MWC 2012: HTC One X

I hate HTC's naming convention already, but this big screen quad-core beastie really is something else. And it is probably darned expensive too.

Pick of MWC 2012: LG Optimus 4X HD

From the hands-on reviews I have seen of the 4X HD.. it isn't ready. And it probably won't be ready for a while. Possibly not even by the time it actually starts shipping... or am I just being cynical?

Pick of MWC 2012: Orange PadFone

This is either brilliant or insane. I'm not sure which.

Oh yes.. the name "ASUS" is the last part of "PEGASUS". It's kind of difficult to pronounce without saying something rude.

Pick of MWC 2012: Orange Santa Clara

Here's a long story.. as you might know, almost every phone in the world runs on the ARM chipset, making it the most popular processor family in the world. The ARM core has been around in one form or another for 25 years, developed initially by Acorn Computers in the UK. It's first application was in a line of computers under the "Archimedes" brand, and I actually saw one of the very first examples of these all those years ago.

Anyway, the irony is that ARM vanished on the desktop under the onslaught of the Intel/Windows platform, but it came to dominate the mobile phone world. Well, Intel want a slice of that market too and the Santa Clara is likely to be the first Intel Atom powered smartphone to market. It looks pretty decent too.

Here's a geeky pub quiz question - which three companies were instrumental in the creation of ARM as a spin off from Acorn? Obviously Acorn was one of them. Another one was a company called VLSI Technologies, now part of NXP Semiconductors. The third one was Apple, who used the ARM in their Newton product.. and who still use ARM today in the iPhone.

Pick of MWC 2012: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Tablets are OK for browsing, but if you want to create anything then they can be a bit of a pain. Never fear, Samsung have supersized their already plus-sized Note smartphone to a 10.1" pen-based tablet. They say that it is easier to be creative on a device like this. We say.. give us a keyboard and a mouse!

Pick of MWC 2012: Samsung Galaxy Beam

One of the more interesting devices of MWC last week is the Samsung Galaxy Beam, but I suspect that in order to get the best out of this you need rock steady hands..

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Video: LG Optimus 3D Max

Last year's Optimus 3D was a flop, but kudos to LG for giving it another go with the improved LG Optimus 3D Max. I still reckon that it is going to be a flop though..

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Video: Panasonic ELUGA

ELUGA? What sort of name is that? Anyway.. this is a waterproof and fairly powerful Android device bearing the "Panasonic" name that vanished from the European market in early 2006.

Panasonic are launching very late into a crowded marketplace, and although this seems like a nice enough device The main advantages seem to be that it is waterproof and quite lightweight, something that may be too subtle to attract consumers in their local mobile phone store.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Video: LG Optimus Vu

A 5" tablet/smartphone with LTE support, the LG Optimus Vu is a powerful beast but at the moment it is heading to South Korea only.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Video: HP Touchpad running ICS

This is pretty cool.. the folks at Cyanogenmod have ported ICS to the HP Touchpad, and it looks pretty good. The problems are a lack of hardware support for the video camera, microphone and video acceleration. The think is.. out of the box, the Touchpad makes a pretty decent platform for running Skype and installing this current build would kill that off, but this is certainly looking very promising indeed..

Video: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

A software upgrade.. but a hardware downgrade from the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Go figure. Anyway, the ICS-based Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) should ship from next month, unless Apple file another one of their silly lawsuits first..

Monday, January 30, 2012

Video: Samsung Galaxy S Advance

There's a bit of a quiet period developing between the CES show in January and the MWC show which has been pushed back two weeks to the end of February. In the meantime manufacturers are making a few announcements.. and the Samsung Galaxy S Advance is one of them.

No, this isn't an upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S II (that would be the Samsung Galaxy S III). It's an upgrade to the original Samsung Galaxy S. Yes, you thought that was the Galaxy S II. So did we. It sits in the wide gap between the Galaxy R and Galaxy Y, so it should be a Galaxy M or Galaxy W. But it isn't.

We think that Samsung may have painted themselves into a corner with their naming convention, and have managed to cause some market confusion.. which is a shame because the Galaxy S Advance is a very decent looking upper midrange smartphone which is exactly the sort of thing many customers are looking for.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Video: Motorola DEFY+ JCB Edition

I guess this is what Bob the Builder would use..

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Video: Sony Xperia ion

Heading exclusively to A&T, the Sony Xperia ion has big HD display, a very high resolution camera and support for 4G LTE data.

Video: Huawei Ascend P1 and P1 S

Huawei seem to be trying to follow in the footsteps of HTC, a brand that was pretty unknown until a few years ago even though HTC handsets were commonly sold under carrier names.

The ultra-slim Huawei Ascent P1 S and the still impressively slim Huawei Ascend P1 look like they might put Huawei on the map in the same way. These two Android 4.0 devices are really impressive when it comes to technical specifications, and they look OK as well. Are they good enough to tempt customers from Samsung and HTC though?

Video: Sony Xperia S

This is almost definitely going to be one of 2012's sexiest phones. the Sony Xperia S drops the "Ericsson" tag but adds a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 12 megapixel main camera and a 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixel display enhanced with Sony goodness.

But what really sells it is the transparent strip at the bottom, which half conceals the usual Android line-up of keys. Yes, it's a bit silly.. but it lifts this from being a typical black slab to being something a bit more interesting.

Video: Motorola DROID 4

It doesn't seem that long ago when the DROID 3 was launched.. in fact, it was just six months ago. This version of the DROID looks a little different, but it's pretty much a straightforward upgrade over the DROID 3, and it isn't the "RAZR with a keyboard" that some were expecting.

We don't know if and when there will be a GSM Milestone 4 version of this, but bear in mind that the Milestone 3 didn't ship in Europe, which is a real shame.

Video: Polaroid SC1630

The Android from Polaroid. The SC1630 is half smartphone (or compact tablet), half digital camera.. and it's not as daft an idea as it sounds. Android is pretty good at sharing photos and video clips, and a quick look at the market shows lots of interesting applications you can use with it.

But even the best phone digital cameras struggle against cheap dedicated cameras, especially when it comes to optical zoom. I think you can count the smartphones with optical zoom on the fingers on one hand.

Polaroid are a bit unclear about the cellular capabilities here. It certainly has WiFi, it looks like 3G might be an optional extra. You could always tether the SC1630 to another smartphone if you were out and about though, Android's wireless hotspot feature would work for this.

We don't know when this will be out, we are guessing it won't be anytime soon..

Friday, January 6, 2012

Video: Motorola MOTOLUXE lacks LUXE

The MOTOLUXE is a big screen beastie and looks pretty impressive.. except inside it is powered by a feeble 800 MHz processor which isn't really enough to do justice to the sort of apps that would fully utilise the 4" 854 x 480 pixel display. Anyway.. the point seems to be to make something with a big screen that is still quite affordable, so there may well be a (small) market for this sort of thing.

Video: Motorola DEFY.. Mini?

Usually "mini" handsets are smaller versions of existing phones.. the problem with the Motorola DEFY Mini is that it isn't much smaller than the original DEFY, but the screen is and the overall specification is a lot more basic. Perhaps "Motorola DEFY El-Cheapo Edition" didn't have the same ring to it.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Video: Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus

The original Samsung Galaxy Ace has sold pretty well, the last time I checked at Amazon it was the #10 best seller in the SIM free sections which isn't bad. The new one is much faster and has a slightly bigger screen, although the resolution is quite low. It will all come down to cost I suppose.