One month trial with BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry OS 10

BlackBerry Z10

Last month we reported that Brad at Engadget started his one-month trial of the freshly baked BlackBerry Z10 with also a brand new operating system the BlackBerry OS 10. Now that the trial is finished he published his final impressions on both the handset and the OS. While he wasn’t converted he did point out that BlackBerry has done a very good job and that the BlackBerry OS 10 is the best brand new operating system but unfortunately is lagging behind other mature operating systems such as iOS and Android. Still overall it does offer some features that might tempt the corporate world to stay or switch back to BlackBerry. Head over to Engadget to read the final article.

First 3 days with BlackBerry 10

It’s been just a couple of weeks since BlackBerry (formerly known as RIM) launched its own brand new OS the BlackBerry 10 along with introducing Alicia Keys as a global creative director. There have been numerous reviews posted of both the new operating system and new handsets. Writing a review or actually living with the device as your only smartphone option is totally different experience and gives a way better look into a new device. That’s why we are happy that one of the guys over at Engadget decided to give the new BlackBerry OS a 30-day trial and posted his first impressions after first 3 days. Head over to Engadget to read the full article and check the official press shots of the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 which are both available in black or white colour options after the break.

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Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone announced

Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone announced

If you have been or wanted to start developing apps for Mozilla’s Firefox OS you could only test your apps through a Marketplace for Android app, Firefox OS simulator or install it on your own device. But soon you will be able to test it on a Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone that has just been announced by Mozilla. There are two smartphones being built in cooperation with Geeksphone and Telefonica. The budget one is a called ‘Keon’ and will pack a 3.5 inch screen and a single core processor while the ‘Peak’ will come with a larger 4.3 inch screen and a dual core processor. Check after the break for more details.

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HTC One X in UK lands Google Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 4+ update

HTC One X in UK lands Google Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 4+ update

It’s been nearly a couple of months since HTC started rolling out the Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ update for HTC One X and looks like the wait is finally over for the UK SIM-free models as ours just got updated. Hope everyone else gets updated soon as there have been a few welcome features that you will probably appreciate. Check the screenshots and what’s new after the break.

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Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC smartphones announced

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Looks like Nokia isn’t the only manufacturer that will offer colourful Windows Phone 8 devices with HTC announcing two new smartphones simply called Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S. The 8X packs a 4.3 inch screen (1280 x 720 px), 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 16 GB of internal storage with colour choices of yellow, blue, red and black. The 8S packs a slightly smaller 4 inch screen (800 x 480 px), 1 GHz dual core processor, 4 GB of internal storage + micro SD slot with blue, black, gray and red colour options. As we have come to expect from HTC phones both the 8X and 8S will also pack Beats audio technology. Check the photos and specifications after the break.

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Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Windows Phone 8 smartphones announced

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Nokia announced two new Lumia smartphones – the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 – that hope to make Windows Phone 8 relevant in the what is at the moment an iOS/Android smartphone world. To achieve this Nokia has packed quite a few new features such as PureView camera which brings optical stabilisation to smartphones for the first time ever. Then there is the PureMotion HD+ screen which Nokia claims it’s worlds brightest, clearest and faster touchscreen ever while also being responsive even if you use it with your gloves on. On the software front there is Nokia City Lens which aims to take the augmented reality in smartphones to another level. Check the photos and specifications after the break.

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HTC One X updated with Google Android 4.0.4 and HTC Sense 4.1

HTC One X updated with Google Android 4.0.4 and HTC Sense 4.1

HTC One X owners in Europe can now finally get their smartphones updated to Android 4.0.4. Yes, we know it’s not as nearly an exciting update that a Jelly Bean update would be. System and performance enhancements aside the latest update also brings improved Beats audio experience which includes automatic detection of headset profiles and a EA Games app along with a full version of Dead Space. Check the screenshots and more info after the break.

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HTC Desire C video hands-on

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If you are interested in buying a new HTC One phone but can’t just manage to shell out about £250 for the cheapest model the HTC One V SIM Free then HTC just might have an even cheaper alternative. The HTC Desire C is not a member of the One series but it does look like one. With a 3.5 inch screen, 600 MHz and somewhat low resolution of 480×320 pixels it looks to us like a hybrid of HTC One X design and HTC Wildfire S spec sheet and pricing.

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HTC One X and One S new software updates available

HTC One X and One S new software updates available

We were positively surprised when a second software update within the past month popped-up on our HTC One X. It’s not that there is something horribly wrong with it but a new update can’t hurt. Being optimistic we then checked if there was an update for our HTC One S available as well and it was indeed. Read on past the break for more info and screenshots.

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Budget Friendly Smartphones

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It seems like the latest smartphones come with a rather lofty price tag. With today’s economy, many consumers are on tight budgets. While they want smartphones, they simply cannot afford the high price tag that comes with many of the latest models. However, there are some cheap mobile phones that can serve the same purpose without a huge expense; check out the following mobile phone reviews and see if any are right for you.

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