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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace II hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Ace line has proven to be a solid piece of mid-level fare outside the United States, and the follow-up -- the aptly named Samsung Galaxy Ace II looks to conitnue in that vein. There's no mistaking that you're not handling a phone from Samsung's top shelf. Whereare the Galaxy S II and Google's Samsung Galaxy Nexus scream sex appeal, the Galaxy Ace II is decidedly middle class. And that's not a bad thing.

The 3.7-inch WVGA display is competent enough, and the 800 MHz processor pushes the Android 2.3 build along quite smoothly. The UI is sparse. Actually, it's boring. But, again, we're talking bread and butter, not steak tartar. It's loaded with Samsung's suite of apps, and it's got GLONASS for GPS, if you're into that sort of thing. 

We've got a full hands-on after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with Fujitsu's Android prototype with ICS, Tegra 3 -- and LTE

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Fujitsu is excited about its newest Android phone -- which we first heard as a faint whisper -- and rightfully so. It's got a beautiful high-resolution 4.6-inch LCD display and is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Plus it's got an external antenna, which always excites those of us from North America.

But the feature -- pair of features, actually -- that you really need to pay attention to is the fact that it's an LTE device with a Tegra 3 chipset. If you've been going through life thinking the two can't co-exist because of some sort of hardware incompatibility, get that out of your system now. Tegra 3 and LTE can (and will) play nicely together.

As far as the rest of the Arrows prototype goes, it's a mix of new beauty and old design. It's got a trio of physical buttons for menu, home and back. It's also got the 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB ports covered by clunky doors. But that's all done for a reason -- this sucker's waterproof and dustproof.

Another notable spec is the 13.1-megapixel camera that has an ISO of 25600. Wowzers.

We've got more hands-on video and pics after the break.

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3 years ago

Video hands-on with the ASUS Padfone

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ASUS' Padfone is one of the most unusual devices we've seen at MWC so far -- a phone, which transforms into a tablet, which in turn transforms into a laptop, with pen input that can also be used as a handset. But while this may sound gimmicky, it's actually pretty well executed. The user experience is fast whether in phone, tablet or notebook mode, and the transition between the three is seamless, as you'll see in our hands-on footage after break.

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations Special: MWC 2012 Day one

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Phil, Dan, Alex, and Simon talk Mobile World Congress day one, including Nokia on both Windows Phone and Symbian (biggest. Camera. Phone. Ever.), Galaxy Note 10.1, the return of the Padphone, Huawei, and yet another plethora of Android devices. Listen in! (And send food!)

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3 years ago

Mobile World Congress day one wrap-up

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We grabbed a few hours sleep after yesterdays Android landslide, and got right back into full swing in Barcelona for the first official day of Mobile World Congress 2012. While all day yesterday was spent bouncing from one venue to the next to see official press events, we got to spend a good part of the day today doing what's coolest about going to a big show like MWC -- talk one-on-one to vendors, developers, and all manner of PR people. The boys put miles on their shoe leather cruising the show floor and meeting with the exhibitors, and we get the benefit of hearing it all without the sore feet.

Hit the break, let's see what went down today.

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3 years ago

Nvidia announces new Tegra 3 optimized titles, redefines mobile gaming

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I know a lot of you folks out there like games. I like them, too, and it's a big part of the reason I'm a fan of what NVIDIA has brought to Android with their Tegra chipsets. When you build the hardware and help developers optimize their software for it, you get something that works great, looks great, and is a load of fun. It's the reason that companies like Apple can have games and apps that perform so well without having great hardware specs. 

NVIDIA powered devices, especially ones with the new Tegra 3 chip, have great specs. They also have optimized software available for them, through the Market or places like the Tegra Zone. When you mix the two together, they really shine. 

Tonight, NVIDIA has set the bar a bit higher and is bringing a new set of Tegra optimized games to Market -- Sonic 4: Episode II, Golden Arrow THD, Dark Kingdom THD, Eden to GREEEEN THD, and Hamilton's Great Adventure THD. Hit the break to have a preview of each of them.

More: NVIDIA

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3 years ago

HTC One V hands-on

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At HTC's Mobile World Congress press event on Sunday evening in Barcelona, it was a strickly look-but-don't-touch affair for the HTC One V. Disappointing, to say the least. Today at the Google booth we got a chance to muck one up with our grubby fingers, and let us just say this about that:

The HTC Legend is reborn.

The iconic form factor that many of us fell in love with two years ago at this very conference has returned. The chin, obviously, is what makes this phone stand out. But It's been updated for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and now sports just three capacitive buttons below the 3.7-inch Super LCD display. It's got the same unibody design as the original Legened. It's got a 1GHz Qualcomm 8255 processor and 512MB RAM. (We'd love to tell you how fast it is, but the software's not yet finished and we've yet to see a working model.)

Put it this way: If you loved the fit and finish of the orignal Legend, you're going to want to check this one out. We've got more pics after the break to hold you over while you wait for this one's release.

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3 years ago

ZTE unveils the quad-core ZTE Era with Android 4.0

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ZTE noted ahead of Mobile World Congress that they would be unveiling a small bevy of devices for folks to enjoy in the coming months. The ZTE Era is one highlight from that lot and brings some well rounded specs along with it.

Making use of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor the ZTE Era as it's known will arrive with Android 4.0 on-board along with a 4.3-Inch 960 x 540 display with 8GB of memory expandable with a MicroSD card and HSPA+ connectivity. When it comes to size, the ZTE comes in at only 7.8mm thick.

There was no mention of availability time or carriers currently but the ZTE Era  will serve as ZTE's flagship device in the coming months. You can view the full press release past the break.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the *other* HTC One S

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One of the cooler things we've seen this week at Mobile World Congress was HTC's video of how the HTC One S gets its microarc oxidation (MAO) coating, basically turning aircraft-grade aluminum into a ceramic coating. It feels great, and HTC's video of the baking process is akin to frying metal in a microwave -- it's quite impressive.

But what about the other HTC One S?

As it turns out, there's a second version of the No. 2 phone in HTC's 2012 lineup. The internals are the same, but it's traded in the deep black MAO finish for a more traditional metallic paint job. HTC calls it a "gradient paint color sheet," and it's got a decidedly more traditional feel. It's not bad, just different, with more of a smooth finish. The silver color is straight out of the old-school HTC playbook as well, and we'd be more than welcome to find a place in our pockets for either one of these phones.

We've got loads more pictures of the other HTC One S after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G hands-on

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It's been a long, long time since we've seen the words "Galaxy S" without a II folowed closely thereafter. But that's exactly what we have here in the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G. Don't let it fool you, though, it's got 2011's specs -- better known as Galaxy II specs. And for what it lacks in hardware prowess, it makes up for in network speed, as it's able to lock onto TMo's 42Mbps network. Otherwise? It's fairly unimpressive but should serve as a capable beginner smartphone with a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, dual-core Snapdragon processor at 1.5GHz, and a slew of preloaed apps.

Still no word on when it's coming, other than "later this year."

We've got hands-on video and pics after the break.

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3 years ago

LG's Mobile World Congress device hands-on video roundup

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LG brought a lot of phones to Mobile World Congress this year. So many, it took us a while to get around to seeing them all -- but see them all we did. And we have video that we know you wanna see. Rather than dig through the onslaught of news that has been the past two days, we figure it's best to round them all up in one tidy package for your viewing pleasure. That's what we're doing here, in our first inaugural LG Mobile World Congress device hands-on video roundup. 

Sit back, navigate through the magic of lightboxes, and enjoy -- we sure did, and can't wait to get some of these in our hot little hands to review.

 

LG Optimus 3D Max
LG Optimus Vu
LG Optimus 4X HD
LG Optimus L3
LG Optimus L5
LG Optimus L7

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3 years ago

Rogers LTE now network live in St. John's, Newfoundland

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When the HTC One X was announced, Rogers was on the list of carriers who would be getting the devices and now they've once again confirmed that information along with the announcement of their LTE network going live in St. John's, Newfoundland.

"We are proud to be the first carrier to bring our LTE network to St. John's," said John Boynton, Rogers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "With Rogers LTE wireless network coverage, customers have access to speeds similar to broadband connections, making it easier for people to use their mobile devices to download apps, stream HD videos and music or play on-line games, with virtually no delays or buffering."

The HTC One X will join their already existing line of devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, the HTC Raider and finally, the HTC JetStream. The full press release can be found past the break.

Source: Rogers

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Acer Liquid Glow

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Acer's brought its brand-new entry level Liquid Glow smartphone here to Mobile World Congress. Not a whole lot to write home about -- 3.7-inch display and a 5MP camera. But it's available in pink, white or black and has NFC. So it's got that going for it, which is nice.

The Acer Liquid Glow will be available this summer.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Beam hands-on

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Normally when we show you new devices, we give you the display first. The business end of the Samsung Galaxy Beam, however, is an a decidedly different location. That's a 15 lumen pico projector tucked into the phone, meaning you can fire video from the device up to 50 feet away or so. We kept things a tad closer, and sure enough, it works just fine.

There's a dedicated projector button on the right-hand-bezel, just above the power switch, that turns the projector on and off. (It's quicker at turning the projector off than on.) It also cycles through projecting the display either in portrait or landscape mode. The projector may be a novelty, but it does appear to work fairly well, even visible in a well-lit room.

The rest of the phone is pretty solid, too. It's a Gingerbread device (boo), but it will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich (yay). It's not the thinnest phone in the world, but neither does it feel horrible in the hand. We're a little worried about how long the 1850 mAh battery will last while blasting away video.

We've got no idea if a projector phone will sell this time around. But if you've just got to have the ability to shoot video across the room from your phone, you'll soon have a new option in Samsung Galaxy Beam.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the ASUS Padfone

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Having teased it for over a year, today ASUS publicly unveiled the Padfone in its final form, at its Mobile World Congress press conference in Barcelona. In addition to the much-hyped phone-within-a-tablet functionality, ASUS has brought along a few surprising new features, including a capacitive pen which doubles as a handset. It's also expanded upon the Transformer concept, introducing a keyboard docking option for the Padfone. That's right, you can plug the phone into the tablet, then plug the tablet into the keyboard dock. Crazy stuff to be sure.

Read on to find out what we thought of ASUS' ambitious three-in-one device.

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