The iPhone 4S has rumbled the slightly complacent Android phone ascendency with its release and its huge number of innovations. So, who are the devices main challengers in the world of mobile phone deals?
Samsung Galaxy SII
Well the Samsung has had its own way for a while now .The device is a dual core one with all the latest modifications one could wish for a great operating system and a number of innovative tech leaps of its own to push the original iPhone 4S well into second place. Samsung will hope to be the main contender for the iPhone 4S for a while yet. However, the iPhone 4S’s number of innovations have placed it firmly to a silver position. Read more »
Almost all providers are at the moment releasing their own versions of tablets. Tablets are in fact almost like a larger version of the market’s current smartphones.
Almost all tablets come with the option of a contract and can be connected with either a provider or alternatively quite simply just the Wi-Fi.
All of the tablets on the market boast similar specifications and act as high tech devices. This piece of technology allows users to enter into a world of information. This could be via the World Wide Web, social forums, or alternatively through your list of contacts. As well as this, many of the tablets of this generation also offer superb viewing. Read more »
Here are a few predictions as we look into the crystal ball (and listen to the rumours).
For the first time we will see smartphones with Intel inside. For some time Intel has been considering entering the smartphone market, and finally it has developed a chip targeted at tomorrow’s advanced smartphones. Intel has adapted their processor architectures developed for the PC market for mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. Their major challenge has been to achieve the relatively low levels of power consumption that have been achieved by ARM, who have designed the current generation of processors such as the Snapdragon for Android smartphones.
Microsoft is targeting cloud applications with its new Mango operating system which will appear in Nokia smartphones either late 2011 or early 2012. They intend to compete head on with Android powered phones, but we will just have to wait and see how effective this is going to be. Read more »
Wildfire has a smaller screen than its cousin, the Desire, but it packs everything else in: GPS, WiFi, a responsive capacitive touchscreen and a 5-megapixel camera. It runs Android 2.1, as well as HTC’s Sense software, which provides useful interface enhancements and customised social networking applications.
For a great many people, one of the most pressing concerns in their social lives is finding time to keep in contact with old friends; this is particularly true for those people who spend a good deal of their time travelling. Fortunately, there is a new app launching for the iPhone that can help people who are experiencing such issues…
The app has been launched by independent developer David Vondracek and it is called DropBy. The premise behind DropBy 1.0 is simple but ingenious; it allows users to instantly view a map of where their nearest friends are in relation to their own location. This will not only help to jog forgetful memories, but also allow people to see how easy it would be for them to travel to meet acquaintances both new and old. Read more »
The world’s first 3D LG Optimus smartphone’s 3D element comes from two pieces of technology, a 4.3in 3D display and two digital cameras for capturing 3D images.
The screen uses the same glasses-free technology as Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS handheld games console. We watched videos and played games in 3D, all of which can be accessed via LG’s 3D menu system.
The 3D effect only works with the display in landscape mode – the phone operates as a standard 2D Android handset when in portrait mode. The effect is certainly impressive, though, and not having to wear glasses is a plus.
There’s a pair of 5-megapixel cameras on the rear of the phone. This system works much like the one on the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3. The 3D effect works well enough at the optimum distance, with the subject around 1m from the lenses.
The cameras can shoot 3D video and even has an HDM11.4 output, so you can view 3D content on a 3D TV.
This powerful cell phone is at the forefront of a technology revolution, with the ability to transform into a laptop or a desktop. Someday we might all carry a little brain in our pocket that pops into a dock and becomes a desktop, a laptop, a tablet, or a phone, all sharing the same CPU, and storage. But today, these options are pricey with the Atrix.
Standing alone, the Atrix is a solid Android phone, but the optional laptop and desktop docks are what make the Atrix a game-changer. The laptop dock looks like a true notebook, but is just a shell that you plug the phone into. Suddenly, the dock comes to life with a full-fledged version of Linux that’s running Android in a window. The desktop dock is a small cradle with three USB ports, an HDMI port, a power port, and a headphone jack. Read more »
Acer’s E130 is a 2.6in-touchscreen smartphone running Google Android that looks very much like it means business. It features a finger-friendly BlackBerry-style qwerty keypad and trackball – rare gems in the touchscreen-heavy Android world.
Buttons on the keypad are raised in the middle yet smooth, allowing for fast. comfortable typing, while the trackball is ideal for scrolling, scrolling and more scrolling — a good job, given the widescreen format of the small 2.6in display.
A strip encasing the trackball includes Call and End keys, plus Home, Back, Search and Options buttons. On the side is a volume rocker and micro-USB slot. at the top is a 3.5mm headphone jack and at the back a 3Mp camera and speaker.
Connectivity options span the leatures of a modern smartphone, with the Acer supporting Wi-Fi, HSDPA, Bluetooth and GPS.
The beTouch’s budget price is evident elsewhere. Acer includes the outdated 1.6 version of Google’s software, which lacks Exchange and Flash support and won’t let you add multiple email addresses. Read more »
The original LG Optimus turned our heads, so we’re looking forward to getting our hands on the Optimus 2X.
A high-end affair with a dual-core processor onboard, it’s likely to draw comparisons with the Nexux S and iPhone 4.
It is based on Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2 but you can upgrade to ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 over the air. With an AmoLED display, 2Mp front-facing camera, Wi-Fi Direct and the slimmest profile of any smartphone on the market.
The Optimus 2X is expected to go on sale in late February.