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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus battery life -- some updated impressions

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We've got around a fortnight of Galaxy Nexus use under our belts, so we thought we'd offer up some updated thoughts on the device's battery performance. Before we begin, remember that we're talking about the international GSM/HSPA+ version here, as opposed to Verizon's upcoming LTE model.

When we first reviewed the Galaxy Nexus we reported that its 1750 mAh battery lasted us around 14 hours on a single charge with pretty heavy usage. That involved a decent amount of browsing over Wifi and HSPA+, music playback, a little video streaming, voice calls and shooting test photos and video footage for our review. That's not at all bad, and more or less mirrored what we got out of the international Galaxy S II when we reviewed it back in June.

With any rechargeable battery, there's a certain amount of settling in to be done, which is why you'll often notice that a brand new device's battery performance may improve over the first week or so of use. During this time you'll also notice that you're using your new toy a little less, and this'll also affect your battery performance, as you're less likely to be pulling the thing out of your pocket every few minutes.

Over the past couple of weeks we've been using the Galaxy Nexus day-to-day as our daily driver, and with less intensive usage patterns we've been very pleased with the phone's battery life. So far, we've never been in a situation where the phone's died on us before the end of the day while we're out and about. However, we will say that with heavy use -- for example, constantly streaming from YouTube -- it is absolutely possible to run down the battery in a few hours. Then again, that's something that applies to just about every smartphone out there -- it's not unique to Android, ICS or the Galaxy Nexus by any means.

With more conservative use (by which we mean "using it the way we normally use a smartphone"), we were regularly going over 24 hours on a single charge. In one instance, it even lasted from Saturday evening through until Monday morning. The main factor at work here is the phone's exceptional efficiency when it's "asleep" with the screen off. When it's sleeping, even with various accounts syncing away in the background, it uses next to no juice at all. This is a common theme with many dual-core CPUs, and one of the reasons why multi-core chips are so cool. It's balanced out, though, by the fact that at higher brightness levels, that HD SuperAMOLED screen can quickly chew through the battery. That's nothing new either, and we've seen it before on many AMOLED-based devices. As such, we recommend leaving the auto-brightness setting to do its thing.

Hopefully that gives you a rough idea of what to expect from your GSM Galaxy Nexus if you've got one ordered, or are thinking of dropping some cash on one. As we said, who knows what kind of performance we'll see out of the LTE version when it arrives, but for now we're more than happy with its international cousin.

More: Samsung Galaxy Nexus review

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2 years ago

Best Buy seems to think the Galaxy Nexus is in stock Dec. 11

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Take this with a grain of salt, seeing as how Best Buy's had a hard time remembering the the Galaxy Nexus' name, but this inventory screen sent to Engadget shows that the big-box retailer is expecting to have the Verizon Galaxy Nexus in stock on Dec. 11. Note that the street date is blank, though -- and we've seen these Best Buy inventory screens be wrong before.

In other words: Still no official launch date for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Box.net now offering 50GB free storage to LG users

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Putting the HTC/Dropbox collaboration in the shade, Box.net have formed a partnership with LG which offers users of LG mobile devices an astonishing 50GB of free storage. Best of all, it isn't limited to new devices. 

As you can see from the image, my trusty Optimus 2X qualified for the offer. To take advantage, head over to the Market and download the Box.net application for Android 2.1 and above (download links below) and register for a new account within the app. Then hey presto, 50GB of storage completely free.

In addition, the app itself received an update today with a couple of interesting additions. It now allows files to be downloaded from your cloud storage to your device, multi-file uploading and auto updating of files edited locally within apps such as Quickoffice. 

For anyone not familiar with Box, it is a little different to Dropbox in its execution which partly comes from its more business focussed nature. Desktop sync is not available in free accounts, that sets you back $15 a month. The web access is fine though, and for a free 50GB storage locker, it's worth signing up just for the hell of it. The offer is extended through until March 21st 2012 so remember this if you're going out to purchase a Nitro HD or anything else LG may have on the horizon. 

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2 years ago

FIFA 12 lands on Xperia Play, exclusive until February

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If a Cristiano Ronaldo-themed dance simulator isn't your cup of tea, how about a more traditional football game? Today EA and Sony Ericsson have announced that FIFA 12 is now available for the Xperia Play, and will be available on other 2011 Xperia handsets at a later date. What's more, for a limited time, Xperia Play owners can grab FIFA 12 for free from the phone's games widget.

EA has gone all out with its latest mobile version of FIFA, with a full compliment of teams and many of the gameplay enhancements from the console versions of the game. And as you'd expect from a FIFA game, you also get to play in a host of real-world stadiums with "authentic commentaries" from the usual pundits. No remote-controlling real footballers just yet though, unless you're Tom Meighan or Darren Bent.

The Android version of FIFA 12 is apparently exclusive to SE devices until Feb. 2012, at which point we expect it'll appear on the Android Market for a wider audience to enjoy. In the meantime, Xperia Play owners can head on over to that games widget and enjoy their (free) exclusive.

We've got the full presser after the jump.

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2 years ago

AT&T's holiday white Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket available Dec. 4

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Just a quick heads up that white Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket -- that's essentially AT&T's LTE version of the Galaxy S II -- will be available starting Dec. 4. Specs are exactly the same as the black Skyrocket, save for the white shell, and pricing remains the same: $249 on contract.

More: Galaxy S II Skyrocket review

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2 years ago

Cristiano Ronaldo freestyling on to Android this Christmas

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One of the planets best soccer football players is about to hit the true big leagues. That's right, Cristiano Ronaldo has his own mobile game landing on Android on December 22.

Billed as a music and rhythm game, the idea seems to be to pull off a wide array of slick moves and tricks against computer players. It also features five different gameplay modes, character customisations, and downloadable content which includes two additional countries. 

At launch, the app will be priced at $2.99 (£1.99/€2.39) in the Market. We also get a tablet specific version of the game in January. 

Check out the full presser and a couple of screenshots after the jump.

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2 years ago

Win an AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G

What better way to get over the mid-week slump than by entering a contest and maybe, just maybe, winning your very own AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G? All you have to do to enter is head on over to the contest thread and drop a comment. Not just any old comment though. We want to see if you were paying attention to Phil's review of the Infuse. Tell us what was one of Phil's favorite features on this device, as well as what you're looking forward to in it, and you're entered.

Contest is open to the US only, one entry per person, and the lucky winner will be chosen on Friday, Dec. 2.

Enter here!

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2 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime review

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Take one of the more popular -- if not wonderfully eccentric -- Android tablets of 2011, slim it down, clad it in brushed metal, pump it full of new specs and march it off into 2012 with the likelihood of one of the first upgrades to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Oh, and throw in a nearly full-size keyboard dock with trackpad, full USB and SD ports, turning it all into a solid Android laptop.

This, friends, is the ASUS Transformer Prime. And this is our Transformer Prime review.

Welcome to the era of NVIDIA's Tegra 3 platform. The Transformer Prime is but the first of the quad-core devices. Other tablets are no doubt on their way, and smartphones are coming down the pike as well. But the Transformer Prime is the one leading the way, and it's definitely doing so in style.

So let's dive on into our Transformer Prime review and look at what's new, what's continued from the Transfomer line, and what it means for you.


ASUS has refined the design of the original Transformer, making it slimmer and sexier while boosting the internal storage. NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor is nothing short of astounding. The optional keyboard dock has gotten an excellent makeover as well, turning the whole thing into an outstanding Android laptop.


Is shipping with Android 3.2, but has already been promised an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While you now get more bang for your buck with Tegra 3 and the internal storage upped dto 32/64GB, it's still a pricey package for both the tablet and keyboard dock.



The Transformer Prime ushers in a new breed of Android tablets. Familiar, yet more powerful (and thus with more potential) than anything you've used before. If you can part with a minimum of $650, it makes for a great Android mobile computing/gaming rig.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the ASUS Transformer Prime

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Here it is, folks: The Android tablet you've been waiting to lead you out of the dual-core doldrums of 2011 and into the quad-core continuum of 2012. Welcome to the era of NVIDIA's Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip, bought to you by the ASUS Transformer Prime.

That's a lot of bluster, to be sure. But even in a short time with the Transformer Prime, you're quick to realize that this is a whole lot of hardware. NVIDIA's Tegra 2 dual-core platform brought Android tablets into the mainstream. And for as much as Tegra 2 brought to Android gaming and video playback, Tegra 3 takes it that much further.

But throw in the hardare prowess of ASUS' Transformer line -- this is the company that took a fledgling tablet and turned it into a viable Android laptop on the first try -- and what you've got is a combination of hardware and software that's leading the way into 2012 for an entire series of devices.

Check out our video hands-on above, and be sure to sift through our complete Transformer Prime review.

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2 years ago

Look for the Transformer Prime around the week of Dec. 19, ASUS says

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Despite a number of recent unsourced stories to the contrary, we unfortunately still don't have a firm sales date for the ASUS Transformer Prime. We do, however have a ballpark window -- ASUS has told us to "expect availabilty in North America to start the week of 12/19 based on pre-order fulfillments and inbound shipment schedules." Online availability may hit a week sooner, around Dec. 12.

So, expect updates over the next couple weeks, we reckon. Pricing is still listed at $499 for the 32GB version of the Transformer Prime, and the 64GB version's going for $599.

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