ASUS FonePad announced – 7 inch tablet that makes phone calls

ASUS FonePad announced

Ever wanted that your tablet could make phone calls as well? Asus sure think there are people out there that want this as it just announced a 7 inch Android tablet that can make phone calls too. While not being the first one (the original Samsung Galaxy Tab could make phone calls already over 2 years ago) it’s definitely welcome to see that phone functionality is coming back. Most people probably won’t need to use this functionality but it’s good to be there in case you would need it, especially as it will go on sale for only £179 sometime in the Q2 this year. Head past the break for specifications, photos and a short hands-on by Engadget.

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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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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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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to be released this month

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If you were interested in the original Samsung Galaxy note but wished it would be even bigger you wishes are about to come true. The previously announced Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will be coming to stores worldwide this month in both WiFi and 3G variants. As the name implies this is 10.1 inch tablet with S Pen included and a special UI to take advantage of it. It will be available in either white or black. Sadly no word on the official pricing just yet but at least there is a video available on YouTube showing off the new UI. Check the specifications, official press shots and video 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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Could Asus’ PadFone mean gigantic storage on smartphones

Asus PadFone

The Asus PadFone has already set the smartphone world abuzz. A device that links with a tablet it is a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet device. But could it change the way we see media storage on mobile phones from now on?

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Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Review

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With Galaxy Nexus smartphone released into the wild reviews of the new Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich started popping up on the web. By far the most in-depth review we have seen was done by our friends over at Engadet.

By the looks of it the Ice Cream Sandwich is the tastiest flavour the Google Android operating system we have seen so far as it brings the Honeycomb UI to the smartphones while adding loads of new features. It still isn’t the most noob friendly OS out there but current Android users will definitely appreciate all the goodies.

In case you can’t be bothered reading the long review Engadget also created a series of videos showing off the most important stuff. Hit the source link for more info.

Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on Asus Transformer Prime

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We have already seen a healthy helping of both Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on smarpthones and the Asus Transformer Prime tablet but this is the first the we saw Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in action on a tablet and what a tablet it is – a quad core nVidia Tegra 3 processor that nVidia figures is as powerful as a bottom shelf Intel Dual Core mobile processor. A bold claim that might be but looking at a game shown off in the below demo this definitely is a capable platform. Aside from the game we can also have a look into couple of new features of the Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on tablets. First one being the new transition effect when sliding through app list and the second one is the capability to easily group the shortcuts on the homescreen into folders. Yes, we know nothing really new here ;) Still worth checking the below video. Continue reading >