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..