Friday, November 16, 2012

SAMSUNG GALAXY S IV RUMORED TO DEBUT AT CES IN JANUARY, MAY FEATURE A 5-INCH 1080P DISPLAY

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The latest trend in the mobile industry seems to be the move towards 5-inch full HD displays. Companies such as HTC (2498) Sony (SNE) and LG (066570) have already added, or are planning to include, higher resolution displays on their products. Not to be left behind, Asia Economics reported on Friday that Samsung (005930) is planning to introduce a smartphone with a large 1920 x 1080 resolution display at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in January. The handset is said to be the company’s next flagship device, known as the Galaxy S IV, and will be equipped with a 5-inch full HD AMOLED display that includes a pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch.

The report follows an earlier rumor that claimed the South Korean vendor was planning to release the Galaxy S IV this coming March. The previous report claimed the company was going to unveil the device at Mobile World Congress in February, however, rather than at CES. The Galaxy S IV is also said to include a quad-core Exynos processor and 4G LTE capabilities.

Samsung has repeatedly denied any and all Galaxy S IV rumors.


We’ve just had the release of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with the new Nexus 4 phone and by the time the Galaxy S4 arrives it seems likely that it will run the next major OS upgrade, Key Lime Pie, although it’s too early to tell whether this might be 4.3 or possibly Android 5.0. Other inclusions that seem more than plausible are LTE and NFC and possibly enhanced versions of S Voice and Nature UX. As far as processor, a step up to a 2GHz quad-core Exynos processor doesn’t sound impossible and while ever-increasing screen sizes are very much the trend we feel the 4.8-inches of the Galaxy S3 is still plenty big enough.

Talking about displays, we’ve spoken before about the new flexible Youm displays that Samsung is developing for 2013 and so it also looks feasible that a flexible display may feature on either the Galaxy S4 or the Galaxy Note 3. On top of all this with the anticipated spec upgrades we are hoping for we’d like to see a much larger battery capacity to cope with it all. You may also be interested in our previous look at a video concept design for the Galaxy S4.


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Xperia TL

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introduction:


The name’s TL, Xperia TL. Just as the secret agent made famous in the big screen, this “James Bond phone” from Sony surely comes off as being nonchalant with its attitude, since it’s deceitfully packing some killer hardware under its fa├žade. No doubt, it’ll be making an appearance in the latest movie installment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, but more importantly, is this something that would actually impress even the famed secret agent?

If you’re scratching your head and wondering why this smartphone looks familiar, it’s because the Xperia TL is none other than a rebranded Sony Xperia T for the US market – AT&T’s lineup to be specific. Employing the Xperia Arc’s best element, the Xperia TL follows in form, as it’s able to stand out from other things for its arched back casing. Obviously, the overall design is undoubtedly Xperia-like, but it’s still a looker for its clean appearance, aluminum rear casing, solid construction, and modest size. More impressive is the fact that it’s actually smaller in footprint to the Sony Xperia ion from not too long ago, with the two sharing the same sized displays
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There are no capacitive buttons beneath its display, mainly because Sony opts to incorporate its Android buttons with the interface, which is something that Ice Cream Sandwich is known for. Above the display, we find its earpiece, tiny LED notification light, and 1-megapixel front-facing camera – the latter of which can shoot videos in 720p.

Checking out the stuff littered around the handset’s trim, it features all the usual suspect of characters we’d expect to find – like a standard microphone, noise-cancelling mic, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port for charging/data/video-out connectivity, power button, shutter key, volume control, and a small plastic flap that hides away its microSIM and microSD slots


Display:


Being the James Bond phone and all, it’s naturally going to need one sharp looking display to keep even 007 interested. Luckily, its 4.55” HD 720 x 1280 display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine will turn heads thanks to its exceptional detail (323 ppi pixel density), warm color tones, and its deep black color. However, its usability is compromised in direct sunlight due to its high reflectiveness and weak viewing angles.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Galaxy Note II -Tips & Tricks:

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Application Integration


S Pen Integration: 
The Galaxy Note II lets you personalize your mobile world with the S Pen. You can write handwritten messages in emails or decorate special occasions on your calendars. Handwritten items are only viewable on your mobile calendar and are not synced with Outlook® or online calendars.

S Note on Lock Screen: 
Hold the S Pen button while double-tapping the screen to activate S Note™. This gesture can also be used on the Lock Screen to activate S Note. You can also use your S Pen to draw a line down to the Home key to unlock your screen instead of swiping your screen with your finger.

Contextual Home Screens: 
Much like the S Pen contextual home screen, there are additional contextual home screens displayed when you plug in the earphones and when you dock the phone.

Accessories


Smart Dock:
The optional Smart Dock accessory offers multiple connection points, with three USB ports, an audio-out port, and an HDMI port. Plus, the Galaxy Note II fits perfectly in the dock even when encased in a Samsung Flip Cover.
Gallery


Gallery Views: 

The Gallery offers a variety of ways to view your photos. You can choose between a Grid view (organized folders), Timeline view (a 3-D flipbook in chronological order), or a Spiral view (a spinning 3D spiral of photos) by touching the view icons in the top right corner of the Gallery.

One-Touch Cropping: 
S Pen makes it easy to crop a photo, or even just a small element of a photo, right in the Gallery. While viewing the photo you want to crop, click and hold the S Pen button, and draw around the desired cropping area. Your original photo will remain intact, but the cropped portion will be copied to your clipboard. You’ll also be given the option to send the cropped image to a variety of other applications, including email, S Note and Paper Artist.

Personalization

One-Handed Use:
You can enable one-handed use for the Samsung keyboard, calculator, phone dialer and unlock pattern. When you turn on the one-handed option, the enabled apps shrink and move toward one side of the screen so you can easily touch the keys with your thumb. Touch Settings and under Personal, choose One-handed operation. Place a checkmark in the box next to the desired options.


Smart Gestures

Enabling Smart Stay:
You can get key info—such as number of missed phone calls and messages, number of emails received, remaining battery percentage, and more—simply by waving your hand over the top of a sleeping device. To enable or disable this feature, go to Settings > Motion and check or uncheck the box next to Quick Glance.

Smart Gestures:
Smart Stay keeps the screen on as long as you’re looking at it. To enable the Smart Stay feature, touch Settings > Display. Place a checkmark in the box next to Smart Stay.

Notifications Panel:
Double-tap the top of the phone to instantly open the Notifications Panel.

Direct Call: 
When a contact’s phone number is shown on-screen, Direct Call lets you lift the phone to your ear to automatically dial. When reading a text message, you can call back the sender by simply lifting the phone to your ear.

Social Sharing

S Beam:
Use S Beam™ to share links to maps, web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with any Android™ device that is NFC enabled. You can also exchange contacts and calendar events. S Beam allows for the transfer of files up to 1GB in size with any S Beam–capable device. To get started, touch Settings > Share and transfer > More settings. Move sliders next to NFC and S Beam from off to on (gray to green) to enable the feature.

Sharing an S Note with S Beam: 
In addition to photos, videos and documents, you can share an S Note via S Beam with other S Beam and S Note capable devices.

Sharing an S Note with Social Networks: 
Collaborate with ease by posting native S Note files, with layers, to your social networks like Facebook® and Google+™ for other Galaxy Note II users to download and edit.

S Pen

Contextual Home Screen:
Contextual awareness means quick access: When the S Pen is removed from its integrated slot, a menu of S Pen–related apps will automatically pop up for selection. The Contextual S Pen home screen and menu are customizable, so you can select which S Pen applications you want handy. Available apps range from productivity to graphic and include the preloaded S Note. Various third-party apps that use S Pen are also available.

S Pen Shortcuts: 
Use the S Pen to scroll down the Notifications Panel to select a number of S Pen shortcuts—Quick Command, S Note and more.

Voice Commands


S Voice: 
Whether you want trivia answers or directions to the closest dry cleaner, S Voice™ is your personal assistant, responding to every voice command with accurate, helpful information pulled from the respected Wolfram Alpha® database. S Voice handles your on-phone tasks too, like dialing calls, sending messages, launching the camera, and even opening and controlling applications. For example, you can use S Voice to open the Facebook® app and update your status.


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Music Hub: All The Music You Want, All In One Place

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Samsung Music Hub™ makes enjoying music easier than ever. Upload your music collection to the cloud, stream and purchase songs from an extensive catalog, and listen to personal radio—all in one app. Use these tips and tricks to learn more about how to use Music Hub’s features.


With Music Hub, you can access millions of songs from our catalog whenever and wherever you are. Simply tap Catalog and either browse by music genre or search using the magnifying glass icon. When you find a song or album you like, either tap the title to play or tap the icon to the right to add to My Music or to a specific playlist.

Listen Offline

Music Hub allows you to store your favorite music on your device for offline listening. There is nothing worse than remembering to store music offline minutes before the flight, and spend the entire flight listening to only two or three songs. Music Hub offers the simplest way to make music available offline in just two easy steps:

Step 1: Go to My Music and select the icon to the right of the song or playlist you like.

Step 2: Tap “Download Now.” This will default to Wi-Fi® only, but you can simply adjust the settings to enable this feature over your cellular network. Once you listen to a song, it is temporarily stored on your device and displayed in a bold font to indicate offline availability.


Share a Playlist


Music Hub allows you to beam songs and playlists with another Music Hub subscriber on a Samsung Galaxy NFC-enabled device. Follow these steps to share your playlist:
Step 1: Access the playlist you’d like to share from My Music.

Step 2: Open the playlist to view the tracks.

Step 3: Hold your phone against another Music Hub subscriber’s Galaxy device (remember to turn on NFC). The playlist image will shrink.

Step 4: Tap the center of the image to beam. The playlist will instantly appear in the other subscriber’s My Music.

Upload Your Music to the Cloud Locker & PC Listening


We understand that over the years you’ve accumulated a lot of digital music that you most likely manage in iTunes® and Windows® Media Player. With the Music Hub Uploader, it is easy to move your entire music library to the cloud. Music Hub subscribers are given 100 GB of cloud storage, and employs Scan & Match functionality to transfer your music, cutting down on upload time and offering you higher quality files where available.

Follow these steps to upload your music from your PC to the cloud:

Step 1: From your PC, go to Music Hub.

Step 2: Run the Uploader, and select your music folder—iTunes or Windows Media Player. A notification will appear when the upload process is complete. The next time you visit Music Hub on your mobile device, your music will instantly be available in My Music.

You can also listen to your music and music from our catalog on your PC from musichub.com. Simply sign in with your Samsung Account, and enjoy hours of music listening.



Enjoy Personal Radio



Sometimes it’s nice to sit back and enjoy music programmed for you. With personal radio, you can enjoy personalized radio stations based on your favorite artists or songs. Follow these two easy steps and start enjoying personal radio:

Step 1: From the home screen, select the radio icon and then select Personal.

Step 2: Type an artist or song, select from one of the generated stations, and enjoy ad-free listening. Feel free to skip ahead as often as you like.

At any point, tap the circled “i” icon and view all the songs you’ve just enjoyed. You can add any of them to your own collection by clicking the “tag” icon. These songs can be found in the Tagged section later and mixed into any of your playlists.


Get Intelligent Recommendations

One of the best elements of Music Hub is that it actually gets smarter the more you listen. There are two ways to take advantage of this great feature:

1. Simply double tap the album art on the player page to see options. Select the Lightbulb icon to find similar music to what you are listening to. A list of recommended songs, albums, artists and radio stations will be generated for you.

2. From the home screen, tap the Lightbulb icon for Recommended songs. A list of songs will be generated based on the songs you’ve been listening to.

Content such as DRM content or encrypted files may not transfer to your Samsung device.

Samsung, Galaxy S and Media Hub are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks. Screen images simulated. Appearance of device may vary.

The above content is provided for information purposes only. All information included herein is subject to change without notice. Samsung is not responsible for any direct or indirect damages, arising from or related to use or reliance of the above content.


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iPhone 6 (Release Date, Review, Price, Specs)

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Many of you weren’t sold on the iPhone 5′s design. For some of you the taller screen was odd – it “looks strange at best,” said nebulaoperator – and for others it simply wasn’t big enough. Lions87a reckons even 4.5 inches would be too little: “popular phones like the Galaxy S2 and S3 have shown that people are pretty happy nowadays to accept bigger than what the iPhone 5 is currently offering.” Writing in the Chicago Sun-Times, influential tech journalist Andy Ihnatko suggests that taller isn’t necessarily better. “The benefit of bigger screens is almost entirely in their increased width, not their length,” he writes. “A wider keyboard is easier to type on. Books, web pages, and emails will have wider margins and they’ll be more comfortable to read.”

John Gruber of Daring Fireball agrees that bigger isn’t always better, but he’s not a fan of wider, either: while he says that “navigating the full screen while holding the iPhone in one hand is worse,” rivals’ wider screens mean it “really is far more difficult to do anything on them one-handed, including typing.” A new set of patents filed by Apple, that we outlined on 15 October 2012, suggest that the iPhone 6 design might hide external-facing components such as the camera and flash from view using a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal window which can change opacity on demand.

The iPhone 6 will boost its processor not with the number of cores but with it’s software use. Even though the iPhone 6 will be using the A10 processor which is the fastest processor for any mobile device it will make the phone faster by updating it’s operating system to decrease the speed needed to run the current apps. Apple might also exploit the new technology IBM claims to have which can boost the processor speed without increasing the number of cores.

Operating System

iOS has been around for a while, and for many it’s getting stale. “I don’t think anyone can deny that the UI needs a refresh when you see widgets and live tiles on competitors’ phones,” says Vincennes, while Tubemonkey2000 says that “the current [UI] is so tired and old it makes it seem really basic, sort of like a kids’ toy.” Some say that “there are so many tweaks Apple could make to its OS to turn it into more of a powerhouse – icons that update with information, or extending the widgets in the notification bar beyond weather and stocks… Apple is taking things very slowly on this front.”

Price

iPhones have never been cheap, but in a world of credible – and cheaper – competition they look pricier than ever. Or maybe it’s because the iPhone’s price has gone up. Saltire is “surprised no-one has mentioned the price increase for the 16GB model”, while Gareth Beavis says that “we simply cannot see how a 16GB model can cost £529 / $199, but to double the memory will cost an extra £70/ $100 with no other changes to the design.” There’s no doubt that you pay more for the materials, fit and finish of an iPhone than you do for, say, a plasticky Android handset, and not everyone thinks that’s worth it. “£529 for a phone that is no better than my six month old Android shows the arrogance of Apple,” Alastairmack says, while Beavis points out that when you consider contracts, “it’s far and away the most expensive in the shop, and most of the time you don’t even get unlimited data.”

Features

NFC has, possibly unfairly, been dubbed “Not For Commerce” (or more saltily, “No Effing Customers”), but for many it’s the most obvious omission from the iPhone 5 – “not because of the technology itself,” says Fmartins, “but to really give the critical mass contactless payments need. Plus, I would love to use the phone as my Oyster card.” Apple is looking at Australian fingerprint technology for NFC mobile payments, so it seems that NFC could arrive with the iPhone 6.

Release Date

The exact date is unknown because Apple doesn’t want consumers to be ready and push off buying iPhone 5 until the 6 comes out. But the approximate date is in the middle of June.



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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Apple iPhone 4S personal assistant Siri tells stories

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The Apple iPhone 4S exclusive voice prompted personal assistant Siri continues to spring surprises with latest reports revealing the system is capable of telling stories, albeit with some reluctance

Siri, the voice activated personal assistant on Apple’s latest smartphone offering, the iPhone 4S is capably of telling stories following continued nagging.

Despite being the subject of a series of security flaws Siri has made a number of headlines for its pre-programmed witty answers to a number of anticipated questions. The latest addition to this growing list is the systems ability to tell a story upon continued prompting.

The latest quirky Siri feature reportedly sees the iPhone 4S’ party piece try back out of telling a story stating it is “not much of a storyteller” before reeling off a comical fairytale.

“Once upon a time, in a virtual galaxy far far away, there was a young, quite intelligent agent by the name of Siri,” the system’s response reads. “One beautiful day, when the air was pink and all the trees were red, her friend Eliza said, “Siri, you’re so intelligent, and so helpful – you should go work for Apple as a personal assistant.””

Siri’s story ends in true fairytale fashion stating “So she did. And they all live happily ever after.”

Apple iPhone 4S Features

Exclusive to the Apple iPhone 4S, Siri has become the lead talking point of Apple’s latest pocket blower with the handset’s other notable inclusions inclusion the same ARM dual-core processor found within the Apple iPad 2 and a new, fully optimized 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera with 1080p full HD video recording capabilities.

Have you snapped up an Apple iPhone 4S already, what is the funniest response you have had from Siri? Let us know via the comments box below.

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Windows Phone 7.8 update dated for Q1 2013

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The first hint as to Microsoft's plan for owners of last-generation Windows Phone 7.5 handsets has been provided by the company's Brazilian arm, suggesting that an upgrade is due early next year.

Windows Phone 7.5 dates back to 2011 and introduced numerous new features to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform ahead of the launch of Windows Phone 8. Those who had upgraded were hopeful for an eventual transition to the newer Windows Phone 8 OS, but those hopes were dashed by Microsoft's announcement that Windows Phone 8 would be exclusive to new handsets. Instead, Windows Phone 7.5 users are to be provided with a 'stop-gap' upgrade, Windows Phone 7.8, which back-ports some of the new features of Windows Phone 8 to older handsets.

Originally, Microsoft had planned to launch the Windows Phone 7.8 update alongside Windows Phone 8 in October, but that date has been and gone with no sign of the software for existing Windows Phone users. Microsoft has been silent on the reasons for the delay, and had yet to publicly comment on a revised launch schedule for the software until the company's Brazilian arm broke cover with a promise that the update would be launched by early next year.

Answering a customer's query as to the status of the update via microblogging site Twitter, the company explained that Windows Phone 7.8 will be launching in Brazil in the first quarter of 2013. With Microsoft originally planning a US launch for the software and then an international roll-out over the weeks following, it seems likely that Windows Phone 7.5 users should be offered the update by March next year at the latest.

Still to be announced, however, are the features from Windows Phone 8 that will be coming to older handsets as part of Windows Phone 7.8. Although a new start screen with customisable tiles is known to be part of the update, the remainder of the features are being kept under close wraps by Microsoft until closer to launch.


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Android 4.2 "Daydream" mode

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One of the new features of Android 4.2 that hasn't gotten much mention recently is the new "Daydream" mode. It hasn't gotten much play because unlike the other major updates like the gesture keyboard, Daydream mode is a flashy extra, but it is quite a nice one. If you've gotten the Android 4.2 update, you'll find Daydream kind of hidden in Settings>Display>Daydream.

It is essentially a screensaver, although it will only turn on under certain conditions. You can set your Android device to start Daydreaming either when the device is docked, when it is charging, or both. As the Daydream mode, users can choose between having the device display the clock, shifting colors, Google Currents headlines, or photos.

The clock and colors are fairly basic (although the clock has a nice feature to set the display to a "very dim mode", which is great for a bedside table), but this may be the first interesting use of Google Currents that we've seen. Currents has always been somewhat overshadowed by other apps that do the same sort of thing like Flipboard, Pulse News, or Feedly. Unfortunately, we say it is an interesting use of Currents because it isn't exactly useful. While it is nice to see the headline scroll of Currents in Daydream, it isn't interactive at all, so you can't tap an interesting headline to jump into the story. So, the whole thing ends up feeling a bit pointless.

Photos can be displayed in two different modes, either a slideshow, or as a "photo table" (basically a collage). For either option, users can choose to show photos that are on the device, or select any or all of your Google+/Picasa photo albums to cycle through. That is a great option for anyone who uses Google+/Picasa, or keeps all of their photos on their Android device at all times. But, if you use Flickr, Facebook, or Instagram, and don't keep copies on your device, this feature won't really do much for you.

Overall, Daydream mode is a nice new feature, and we can see some pretty interesting potential there for offering more options, but it definitely feels like a first attempt, and there is a reason why the feature is a bit buried. We'd love to see more services be able to hook into it, and we'd love to see the displays be more interactive, especially with headlines.



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Sony Xperia J Review

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Introduction:

Sony has a good track record for delivering decent mid-range Android smartphones at very competitive price points, and the Xperia J is the latest handset to join the party. Its 4-inch display and beefy battery are among the features that make it stand out, at least when comparing specs sheets with alternative offerings. A 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and a VGA front-facing snapper are also in stock, meaning that the Sony Xperia J could be a bargain hunter's dream handset. But how does the smartphone perform in reality? Well, there's only one way to find out so let's fire it up and put the J through its paces.





Design:


As one would expect from a smartphone situated in the lower mid-range category, plastic is the predominant material that the Sony Xperia J is made of. The device's front side looks quite plain and boring, but its curved back side is a lot funkier and easily makes the handset stand out. With its matte finish, the smartphone's battery cover is extremely resistant to fingerprints, all the while providing enough grip, thus allowing us to comfortably hold and operate the device with a single hand.
With the Sony Xperia J you get a pair of notification lights. One of them is located right next to the earpiece and indicates when the smartphone is charging, but the one you'll probably find a lot more useful is at the bottom. It is of the RGB kind, so depending on what kind of notification you have pending – be it a new text, a new Facebook message, or a “Low battery” warning, the light glows in a different color. The light is hidden under the phone's plastic panel, so you won't see it unless it is on.

Display:


The 4-inch LCD display on the Sony Xperia J is actually quite good. At 480 by 854 pixels, it may not be worthy of having an “HD” tag attached to it, yet with its 245 pixels per inch, the amount of detail it treats our eyes to is sufficient for the device's class. Moreover, the panel has a pretty neutral color representation, so colors look neither too dull, nor too saturated. We were also pleased to see that the display exhibits very wide viewing angles, and it shines bright enough to be usable in broad daylight. It is a bit annoying, however, that due to the lack of an ambient light sensor, you'll have to adjust the screen's brightness yourself, either by going to the Settings menu or with the help of a widget.

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Sony Xperia T review

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Back when the driving seat was shared with Ericsson, Sony was a little short of delivering a real winner in the high-end market, the company's top-range smartphones always a notch below the Galaxy S lineup and their HTC counterparts. Now on their own, Sony cannot shy away from the toughest of battles and the Sony Xperia T is ready to be thrown in the fire.


A true flagship, the Sony Xperia T comes properly powered by a Snapdragon S4 chipset, boasting a class-leading 13MP camera and a marvelously sounding 720p display. There's no quad-core on its resume, but the Xperia T is ready to take on the best Android offerings out there.
Key features
Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support
3G with 42.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
4.55" 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen of 720p resolution (720 x 1280 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine; Scratch-resistant glass
Android OS v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 225 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260A chipset
13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging, Multi Angle shot
1080p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound
1.3 MP front-facing camera, 720p video recording
Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
16GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot
microUSB port with MHL and USB-host support
Stereo Bluetooth v3.1
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
Stereo FM radio with RDS
Voice dialing
Deep Facebook integration
PlayStation Certified, access to the PS Store
Accelerometer and proximity sensor
NFC connectivity
Main disadvantages
Display has sub-par viewing angles for a flagship
Slightly thicker than main rivals
Relatively modest battery
JellyBean update not available at launch
Poor loudspeaker performance
Video recording could be better
The Sony Xperia T hasn't got the raw muscle of some of its rivals, but there's enough to get you interested. And once you go and give it a try, the design and handling will hardly let you down. In a smartphone market as crowded as today's, handsets with this much character are hard to come by. Now, a grateful nod is well in order to old allies and the Xperia Arc.
Setting record benchmark scores is one thing, but having an excellent chipset in a body that's great to look at is to many a more than even tradeoff. The Sony Xperia T should not be afraid of facing its rivals in a raw processing power battle, though it's the beauty contests it enjoys the most.


And then there's the software enhancements, to which Sony paid more than enough attention. The Android ICS on the Xperia T comes with a great-looking UI, which Sony claims is also one of the most functional around.


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ZTE Flash Full Specifications-US Mobile phone with Android ICS and Camera 12.6 MP

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One phone provider in the United States, Sprint, has just launched a new Android phone. Android mobile phone is midend from ZTE, namely ZTE Flash.

Mobile is relying on the operating system Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the OS on it. In addition, another advantage of this phone is a 12.6 MP primary camera is embedded in the rear. The camera is equipped with LED flash and HD video recording capabilities. To complement, there is a 1MP camera on the front.


This mobile phone comes with a screen measuring 4.5-inch IPS HD resolution. On the inside, ZTE Flash comes with a dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960. The performance of these processors will be supported with a 1GB RAM. For the problem of storage, the phone is 8GB of internal memory and a MicroSD slot up to 32GB supported.

In the battery, the phone offers a battery Li-Ion 1780 mAh capacity which promises durability 8 hours talk time. Other features available on this phone include Bluetooth 4.0 and support for NFC technology. Regarding the price, this phone Sprint sells for $ 130 USD.

You can look ZTE flash full specificatios here :


Overview 2G Network CDMA 800 / 1900
3G Network CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
4G Network LTE 1900
SIM Mini-SIM
Announced 2012, November
Status Available. Released 2012, November
Design Dimensions 133.9 x 65.7 x 9.7 mm (5.27 x 2.59 x 0.38 in)
Weight 142 g (5.01 oz)
  - Touch-sensitive controls
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
Ringtones Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Storage Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
Connectivity GPRS No
EDGE No
Speed Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 12.6 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, face detection
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary Yes, 1 MP
Platform OS Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 225
Features Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Radio TBD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black
- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP4/DivX/Xvid/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- Organizer
- Document viewer
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1780 mAh
Stand-by Up to 216 h
Talk time Up to 8 h




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Samsung Galaxy Note II Review: Big, Powerful, Productive

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Powerful processor, swift performance
S Pen great for navigating device

Excellent camera
Feature rich

Cons
Can be unwieldy, particularly for phone calls
S Note not so useful

Missing multi-window feature for US launch on some carriers


Quick Take:

The Galaxy Note 2 is big and powerful, and a perfect match for power users. Heavy talkers and casual users might want to look elsewhere, however.

The original Galaxy Note was large, odd, and it featured outmoded tech, as pen input had been relegated to the dustbin along with PDAs and dedicated GPS devices. So even Samsung had to be surprised it managed to sell 10 million Galaxy Notes worldwide in 2011 and 2012, perhaps proving that power users crave more productivity features than standard Android and iPhone handsets offer.

At least that's what it appears Samsung learned, as they have cranked the productivity features up to 11 on its successor, the aptly named Samsung Galaxy Note II. The screen is bigger, up from 5.3-inches to 5.55; it's more powerful, complete with a quad-core 1.6GHZ Samsung Exynos processor; the S Pen now supports 1024 points of pressure sensitivity, up from 256 on the previous stick; and there are a ton of Galaxy Note II software features, not to mention Android Jelly Bean 4.1.

The Galaxy Note II is certainly "more" than the Galaxy Note, but is it better? One knock on Samsung is that while its devices are feature-rich, those features often either lack polish or are implemented poorly (see the Samsung Galaxy S III and S Voice). Let's find out in this full Samsung Galaxy Note II review.

Build and Design


The Samsung Galaxy Note II is big, and probably the biggest mainstream smartphone release ever, at least judging by corner-to-corner screen size. It's a phablet, for lack of a better term, that straddles the line between smartphone and tablet -- though it's more the former than the latter.

The device measures 5.95 x 3.17 x .37 inches (HWD), and weighs 6.35 ounces. It's taller than the original Galaxy Note to account for the 0.2-inches of added display, but thinner and lighter too.

As with other recent Galaxy devices, the Note II is heavy on the glossy plastic, which lends itself to the relatively light build, but isn't especially grip friendly. The back plate is removable, allowing users access to the battery, SIM card and SD card slots, and Samsung offers a variety of colorful flip-cover accessories that work well with the design.

In use, the Note II's large size presents a few issues. It's large, thin, and the glossy plastic makes it somewhat hard to grasp effectively for extended phone calls. The flip cover works very well to alleviate that, however, providing added grip. It's surprisingly pocket friendly, though -- at least compared to any other high-end smartphone not named the iPhone or Droid RAZR M, which are both around four inches.

Consider that the Samsung Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch display, and the benefits of the added screen real estate from the extra .7 inches outweigh any issues from the overall added size, in the pocketability regard at least. Still, I suspect many users will find the Note II unwieldy as a smartphone, particularly those moving up from 3.5- and 4.3-inch devices.

Display


The 5.5-inch display features approximately 267 pixels per inch (1,280 x 720), which is well short of the approximately 320-plus PPI counts featured on many other, smaller, smartphones, and slightly more than the 264 pixels-per-inch found on the 9.7-inch third-generation iPad. It's more than enough, however, and users will be hard pressed to complain about image and video fidelity.

Nor will users complain about contrast and colors, both being Super AMOLED specialties. The Galaxy Note II has very deep blacks and vibrant colors, almost to the point of oversaturation. To that end, Samsung offers color presets in the settings menu, which tone things down a bit.

The display falls short in regards to brightness and the gray/green hue of the whites, which often appear drab, especially when compared to warmer displays that tend to red and orange tones.

Still, its size alone makes it an excellent smartphone for consuming media, principally video, thanks to its cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio. Also, the large display lends itself to excellent onscreen keyboard options, complete with included number rows that otherwise need to be toggled with smaller screens.

Other Buttons and Ports


The large HD Super AMOLED display dominates the front, of course, with a relatively thin bezel, and familiar oblong home button on the bottom edge, in between both "menu" and "back" softkeys

The Samsung S Pen securely docks into the bottom of the device and sits next to the microUSB charging input. There is a headphone jack at the top, the power button on one long side, and a volume rocker on the other.
There is no HDMI input, and users will have the use an MHL-enabled Samsung Smart Adapter to stream content to an HDTV via and HDMI input



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HTC Droid DNA vs. iPhone 5 (And Everyone Else): Who’s Got the Best Display?

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We just got our hands on the HTC Droid DNA this morning, and our first impressions were very promising. The screen is really, really gorgeous. But, how gorgeous is it when you put it next to the other best smartphones?
We decided to pit the Droid DNA against the iPhone 5, Nexus 4, HTC One X, and Samsung Galaxy S III. All screens were turned up to maximum brightness, as can be seen in the photo above. The first thing you'll note is that the Droid DNA isn't the brightest by a long shot; that title still belongs to the HTC One X, followed by the iPhone 5. Disappointing? Yes, though it's still plenty bright enough to be visible in daylight.

But what about color? The Super LCD 2 on the One X has been our previous favorite for color accuracy, so why the is the Super LCD 3 on the Droid DNA so blue? It's definitely a step behind the One X and the iPhone 5, though it's still a little better than Nexus 4—which is slightly greenish—and the Galaxy S III, which is really, really blue. But yeah, skin tones ain't what they should be here.

But a macro shot shows where the Droid DNA really shines: pixel density. The 440 PPI on the Droid DNA packs them in more tightly than anyone else, as the macro lens on our camera can see clearly. Our eyes, on the other hand, couldn't tell much of a difference at all. If you look very, very closely you can kinda of see a little more detail compared to the other "retina" displays, but we're talking almost unnoticeably slight.


So what's the verdict? Sadly, from what we can tell, the Super LCD 3 on the Droid DNA is not an improvement over the Super LCD 2 on the HTC One X. The tiny hair of perceptible added sharpness doesn't make up for the poor color calibration or the dimmer screen.

The HTC Droid DNA isn't a bad screen by any means. But it's the banner feature on this phone, and it's a step backward; it still lags behind the HTC One X and iPhone 5. Which seems like a wasted opportunity in a major way.

Smartphone Display Rankings
1st Place: HTC One X
2nd Place: Apple iPhone 5
3rd Place: HTC Droid DNA
4th Place: Google Nexus 4



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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Google Nexus 4 already sold out at U.S. Google Play store

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Just minutes after going on sale in the United States, the new Nexus 4 smartphone from Google and LG was already sold out. Visitors to the Google Play store are greeted with a "coming soon" notice for both the 8GB and 16GB versions of the device.
The phones previously sold out in the United Kingdom in less than an hour. Some customers reported having trouble accessing the store or checking out successfully. Meanwhile, Dutch blog AndroidWorld reported that a planned Netherlands launch was scrapped amid high demand elsewhere.
It's unclear how many units Google was able to produce by launch time. The Nexus 4 won praise for its low $299 starting price, the fact that it arrived without a contract, and for subtle improvements in the Android 4.2 operating system, which it is the first phone to run. But itLG Nexus 4 drew criticism for failing to run on 4G LTE networks.
The expanded Nexus 7 lineup and the new Nexus 10 tablet, which also went on sale in the United States today, were still available for purchase in all their configurations.




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MOTOROLA ELECTRIFY M SPECIFICATIONS

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MOTOROLA ELECTRIFY M SPECIFICATIONS
Looks like the end of the world knows this gadget will be crowded again with the presence of Motorola Electrify M XT905, Motorola was the company not to be outdone by other Gadget companies such as Apple and Samsung are also being heavily promoted their products


DISPLAY

Screen size: 4.3 inch (101.60 mm)
Resolution: Other
Type: Super AMOLED
Touch screen: Multi-touch (Capactive)
SIZE & WEIGHT

Height: 123.1 mm (4.84 inch)
Width: 61.5 mm (2.68 inch)
Depth: 8.7 mm (0.47 inch)
Weight: 111.0 g
CONNECTIVITY & WIRELESS

Wi-Fi: Yes (802.11a/b/g/n)
Wi-Fi Encryption: WEP, WPA, WPA2
Bluetooth 3.0
Computer Sync supported: Yes
CAMERA

Resolution: 8.0 megapixels
Camera Features:
Records video
Auto focus
Digital zoom
Flash
Self-Timer
Contact pictures
Geo-tagging (location)
Secondary Camera: Yes 1.3 megapixels
OTHER FEATURES

Flight Mode: Yes
FM tuner: Yes
NFC or RFID payment: Yes
TTY / TDD: Yes
HARDWARE

CPU: 1500 MHz
RAM: 1024 MB
USB: 2.0 [Mass Storage Device, Charging]
microUSB
BATTERY & POWER

Battery type: Li-ion
Stand by time: 432 hours
Capacity: 2000 mAh
CELLULAR NETWORK

Network Technology: CDMA
Network Technology: LTE
CDMA Bands: 800, 1900
Data tethering: Yes
LOCATION SUPPORT

GPS (AGPS)
Compass
MESSAGING

SMS: Yes
MMS: Yes
INPUT

Type: Touchscreen
Predictive Text: Yes
MEDIA

Media Playback: Yes
Support Audio: AAC, AAC+, AMR, MID, MP3, WAV, WMA
Support Video: h.263, h.264 / AVC, 3GP, MPEG-4 (MP4), WMV
Support Image: GIF, JPEG, PNG
AUDIO AND VOICE

Audio / Headset Jack: Yes
Speaker phone: Yes
Voice dial: Yes
PERSONALIZATION

Custom Ringtones: Yes
Sound profiles: Yes
Vibrate mode: Yes
Multiple numbers per contact: Yes
SENSORS

Accelerometer (motion)
Amient light
Gyroscope
Proximity
MEMORY

8 GB built-in memory
Memory card: SD, microSD, microSDHC
ADDITIONAL INFO

Announced At: Nov 1, 2012
Released At: Nov 8, 2012



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Ballmer: “Modest” approach to ramping up supply for Surface RT tablet

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“When asked about Surface, Steve’s use of the term “modest” was in relation to the company’s approach in ramping up supply and distribution of Surface with Windows RT, which has only been available via our online store and certain Microsoft retail stores in the U.S.  While our approach has been modest, Steve notes the reception to the device has been “fantastic” which is why he also stated that “soon, it will be available in more countries and in more stores.“
It is clear now that Ballmer was referring to the ramping up of the supply and distribution process for the Surface RT tablet as opposed to pure sales. The release also confirms that the Surface RT will be available in more countries and more stores soon, suggesting that other retail outlets will indeed be selling the Surface RT in coming months, though the company didn’t add which stores will make Surface available and when they will be made available.
Still, we’d love for Microsoft to comment as to how many Surface RT tablets have been sold thus far. We know some preorders were sold out, though we have a hard time believe sales have been that robust given the narrow availability of the Surface.
The original story in its entirety follows:
Speaking with French Newspaper Le Parisien on Saturday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that sales of the company’s Surface RT tablet were “starting modestly,” mostly due to the fact that Surface RT is only available online and in Microsoft’s retail stores in the U.S. When it comes to major consumer technology purchasing decisions, most consumers take a “try before you buy” approach, which to date has been unavailable for Surface RT unless you live in a location close to one of their 20 retail stores around the country.
Ballmer declined to comment on exactly how many Surface RT tablets have been sold thus far, nor did he elaborate on whether Surface RT would be available at other locations in the near future. Ballmer did, however, add that the supply shortages currently facing Surface RT is “a good sign” and that the company “will fix this problem quickly,” adding that a Surface Pro with Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors are coming in the next few months.


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RIM to hold BlackBerry 10 launch event on January 30th, 2013

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RIM announced that it will hold its BlackBerry 10 launch event on January 30, 2013. RIM will use the event to unveil the shipping version of its new BlackBerry 10 platform and introduce its first two BB10 smartphones. Details on the phones and their on sale date will be provided during the event. The event will be held at multiple locations throughout the world.
RIM has already introduced some features of the BlackBerry 10 platform including its BlackBerry Hub and its newly designed, intelligent keyboard. You can read more about the mobile OS on RIM’s BlackBerry 10 website.


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Google Nexus 4

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Design and Display

From a short distance, the Nexus 4 looks almost identical to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. But it's an illusion; instead of the hard plastic sides and back of the Samsung version, the LG model is nicely finished in clear glass on the back, with a lovely sparkling pattern that seems to move as you tilt the handset. The sides are in a grippy soft touch rubber, with a smoked chrome accent ring around the front. The phone measures 5.27 by 2.70 by 0.36 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.9 ounces. It's a beautiful design that befits a Nexus: understated, classy, and without frills.There's not much in the way of hardware controls. The right side features a lone Power button, while the left panel houses a chrome volume rocker and a micro SIM card slot; if you want to switch SIM cards, you open it using a tiny metal key LG provides in the package. A standard-size 3.5mm headphone jack is found up top, while the microUSB port for charging and syncing the phone is at the bottom of the phone.

The 4.7-inch IPS LCD packs 1,280-by-768-pixel resolution, and is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 2. There's less of a gap between the glass and display than before, which is noticeable when you tilt it on its side. The screen is responsive and feels great to the touch. Whites are significantly brighter than the dim, yellowish ones on the Galaxy Nexus. Web pages on the Apple iPhone 5 still look better, thanks to better viewing angles and a still-brighter screen, and the iPhone 5's fonts are also kerned more closely and are easier to read. But the Nexus 4 display is a tremendous improvement, and it's considerably larger than the iPhone 5's 4 inches. In my tests, typing on the on-screen keyboard was comfortable and responsive in both portrait and landscape modes.

Connectivity

The Nexus 4 is a quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and quintuple-band HSPA+ 42 (850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz) handset. There's no LTE here, but you get 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. The phone had no problem connecting to our WPA2-encrypted 5GHz corporate network. For this review, I tested the Nexus 4 with a T-Mobile SIM card.

The lack of LTE may sound like a dealbreaker, but it's really not that clear-cut. First, only the subsidized Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon and Sprint had LTE last year; the newer, unlocked Galaxy Nexus never did, and that's the one that this Nexus 4 is replacing. LTE compatibility is fast becoming a given now. Still, T-Mobile doesn't have an LTE network; it maxes out at HSPA+ 42, which is still very fast. I averaged speeds of 10-11Mbps down, which is faster than what I usually see on Verizon's crowded LTE network in Manhattan. Upload speeds were much slower at roughly 1Mbps, since HSPA+ 42 is much more asymmetrical, and ping times were all over the board, so latency isn't great. Nonetheless, this is a fast phone when used on T-Mobile.

On AT&T's network it's a different story. There's no HSPA+ 42, so the Nexus 4 maxes out at HSPA+ 21. Use this phone with an AT&T SIM card, and you'll see much slower speeds than you would with an LTE-equipped phone—usually in the realm of 2-3Mbps down, or much slower than the 30Mbps+ we've seen on AT&T's LTE network. If your heart is set on AT&T LTE, you should look at a subsidized Samsung Galaxy S III $179.99 at Amazon Wireless or an iPhone 5.

We asked AT&T if it prevents unlocked phones from accessing LTE on its network, and a spokesperson said it wouldn't be a problem, so it's going to depend on which bands the unlocked iPhone 5 supports when that version arrives. Still, at $649 for an unlocked iPhone 5 and $549 for a non-carrier Samsung Galaxy S III, you'd have to really want an unlocked phone to spend that kind of cash upfront just to use it on AT&T's network.

Performance, Hardware, and OS

In my tests, voice quality was generally good, even excellent in the earpiece, with plenty of gain, and a crisp, natural tone. Transmissions through the mic were a little thin and robotic sounding, though, and the noise cancelling algorithm seemed to struggle with some moderate construction noise in the background. Reception was solid, and a huge improvement over the spotty reception I experienced with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Calls sounded clear through a Jawbone Era Bluetooth headset, though it was a little unreliable; I had trouble getting calls to stay in the headset, and while I could trigger voice dialing over Bluetooth, Android's built-in voice recognition never understood the number I was trying to dial. The speakerphone gets quite loud, but it has a piercing tone at maximum volume that's uncomfortable to listen to.

We're still testing the Nexus 4's 2100mAh battery and will update this review as soon as we have a result. It's worth noting that the Nexus 4 also supports wireless charging with compatible charging pads; it doesn't come with one, but they're available on the aftermarket for $50 and up, depending on the brand. Wireless charging is useful, but not as perfect as it sounds; you still have to plug the wireless charging mat into the wall. But at least you don't have to plug and unplug the actual phone each time.


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Monday, November 12, 2012

HTC One X+ and HTC One VX Arrive at AT&T Nov. 16; Pre-orders for One X+ Begin Nov. 13

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Customers looking for a smartphone that combines outstanding design, authentic sound, an amazing camera, HD entertainment, and the power of a quad-core processor will surely add the HTC One™ X+ to the top of their wish list.  Available in AT&T* stores and online beginning Nov. 16 for $199.99 with a two-year agreement, customers can also pre-order the HTC One X+ beginning Nov. 13 at www.att.com/onexplus.  A look at the HTC One X+ in action is available in this video.

Additionally, AT&T announced the HTC One™ VX, an affordable Android smartphone that offers a premium mobile experience, will be available in-store Nov. 16 for $49.99 with a two-year agreement.  Running on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, the HTC One VX delivers an amazing camera and authentic sound experience in a more compact size for even greater mass-market appeal.

HTC One X+

The HTC One X+ will be the first smartphone to combine Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with the 1.7 GHz NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 ‘4-PLUS-1™’ quad-core processor with a battery saving fifth core. The HTC One X+ will also be the first smartphone in the U.S. to feature performance improvements and benefits of HTC Sense 4+.  Continuing with the iconic HTC One X design, this powerhouse now comes in an exclusive Carbon Black finish and adds increased performance, longer battery life and 64 GB of internal storage.

Improved battery life comes from a larger 2100 mAh battery and the smartphone’s ability to allow the four cores to operate in the most efficient way possible with each core independently and automatically enabled and disabled based on workload. The single battery-saver fifth core (or companion core) handles low-power tasks like active standby, email, browsing, music and video. Intelligent Power Saver settings further optimize battery life, giving you all the power you need, when you need it.

The HTC One X+ has a 4.7-inch, 720p HD screen and builds on the camera of the HTC One X.  It has a superfast auto-focus and integrates the HTC ImageChip which reduces noise, removes color bias and enhances the overall picture quality.  The 64 GB of internal memory is non-partitioned to store more high quality photos, video, music, movies and apps however the user wants.

The HTC One series set the standard for imaging with HTC VideoPic™ (the ability to take still photos and shoot videos at the same time), one-press Continuous Shooting and better quality images in low light environments.  The HTC One X+ combines the outstanding camera capabilities of its predecessor** with a series of intelligent features powered by HTC Sense 4+. The new Auto Portrait mode on the front camera helps you capture high quality photos by detecting the human face at various angles. Sightseeing mode makes it easier to capture the moment, as only one touch of the power button bypasses the lock screen and launches directly into camera mode. Additionally, two new ways to view photos and videos in the gallery allow you to display albums according to when or where they were taken.


HTC One VX

Exclusive to AT&T, the HTC One VX sports one of the slimmest unibody form factors in the industry at just 9.19 millimeters thin, making it easy to hold and navigate at a size that fits easily in anyone’s hand.  The stylish new smartphone comes in a crisp white color finish with silver accents and features a 4.5-inch qHD display protected with scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass which aids in durability and reduces light reflection.

Featuring advanced imaging capabilities, the HTC One VX includes a 1080p HD video recorder and 5-megapixel camera with HTC ImageSense™, improving every part of the camera and integrating HTC ImageChip.  Within seconds, customers can launch the camera from the lock screen and enjoy one-press continuous shooting at four frames per second.  The One VX also features HTC VideoPic.  The HTC One VX is NFC-ready for the seamless, wireless sharing of playlists, Web sites, contacts and more with other NFC-enabled devices.

The HTC One VX runs HTC Sense 4 with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). In the future, the original HTC One X and HTC One VX are planned to be upgraded to HTC Sense 4+ with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), which will include the improved camera capabilities and new Tap and Go function currently available on the HTC One X+, which allows customers to connect the phone and music to Beats speakers’ when tapped them together***.  The HTC One VX comes equipped with a microSD card slot for up to 32 GB of additional storage space.

For more information, please visit www.att.com/onevx.

HTC has the only smartphones, including the HTC One X+, HTC One X and HTC One VX, that include Beats AudioTM which provides authentic, studio-quality sound that delivers the spirit of the original recording, from crisper vocals and deeper bass to more immersive gaming effects and video.

AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network****, covering 285 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.

For more information, please visit www.att.com/onexplus.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**8MP smartphone with an f/2.0 wide aperture lens, backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor, VideoPic, HDR and one-press Continuous Shooting with HTC Sense 4

***Tap and Go only works on selected Beats speakers, which are sold at a separate price to the handset

**** 4G speeds not available everywhere. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

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Holiday gift guide 2012 – smartphones and tablets

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With the summer over, and the fall in full swing, it’s about time to start thinking about those Holiday season presents. Sure, it might be a bit in advance, but if you are in store for the latest and greatest technology as a gift, research would definitely help.

Luckily, this Holiday, you won’t have a shortage of options to choose from. If you are ready to become the geeky Santa Claus with gadgets in your gift bag, the good news is that this time there will be worthy smartphones on all three biggest platforms: iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

While in 2011 we still didn’t have a completely mature smartphone ecosystem and we could still see flaws. Now, in 2012, we finally got rid of lag on Android, Microsoft polished Windows Phone 8, and the iPhone got even better. Android has almost closed the app gap with the App Store, and Windows Phone is starting to catch up too.

But what you should really care about is the all-around products, devices that are both aesthetically pleasing and crazy fast. We’ve picked out the best for the U.S. carriers and international in the slideshows below.



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