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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 photo and video samples

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The Sony Xperia Z1's 20.7-megapixel camera is a big deal — and we've got plenty of sample shots to show off its capabilities

As a complement to our full review of the Sony Xperia Z1, here's a photo gallery of 36 sample shots from the phone's 20.7-megapixel Sony Exmor RS camera. Most of the time, the Xperia Z1's camera app is focused on taking oversampled shots at 8 megapixels and that's the way we've taken most of our photos on the device. (Naturally, they're crunched down to web-friendly resolutions here anyway.)

Check 'em out after the break. We've also got a few 100% crops and a 1080p sample video reel.

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3 years ago

Moto X Developer Edition unboxing

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Carrier-free and unlockable, the Moto X Developer Edition still looks and feels like a Moto X

If you ordered a GSM Moto X developer edition, you might already have yours in your hands. If so, you're probably playing with it and will just smile over this post. If you haven't received yours yet, the good news is that they're shipping out — you'll probably have it soon. Run and check for a tracking number right now, if you like. We'll wait.

Essentially, this is a pentaband, SIM unlocked Moto X. There is nothing different about the way it's built, there is nothing different about the features, and other than the words "Developer edition" engraved into the back, it even looks like a white and black Moto X from Moto Maker. There are two differences, though.

The bootloader is completely unlockable. You're free to get in there and fool around with stuff if you like, and doing things like flashing a custom recovery or rooting should be fairly easy. 

The second, and to me, equally as important, difference is that there is no carrier branding or involvement. No T-Mobile or AT&T "value-added" applications are present, and software updates will come directly from Motorola without your carrier doing months of testing. It also means little to no support from your carrier, so keep that in mind if you're thinking of going the dev edition route.

Enough talk. I wanna play with my new phone. Hit the break to see the unboxing video.

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3 years ago

U.S. has to wait a little longer for Android 4.3 on the HTC One, exec says

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Updates for carrier-branded phones not expected by the end of September as hoped

This probably shouldn't surprise anyone, but if you've got a carrier-branded version of the HTC One here in the good ol' U.S. of A., you can quit mashing that "Check for updates" button. While the unbranded (and European) versions of the M7 have been or are in the midst of being updated, as is the developer edition, the others look to miss HTC's self-imposed Sept. 30 deadline, according to HTC Exec Jason MacKenzie.

The word about a month and a half ago was that they were "working hard" to get Android 4.3 and an updated Sense released to everyone by the end of September

Now, MacKenzie says, we'll have to wait a little longer.

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3 years ago

HTC One Dev. Edition 4.3 ROM posted

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A path back for the Developer Edition HTC One when you need it

You got the Developer Edition HTC One so you could dig in there and really mess stuff up. It's fun, and a good way to learn about how Android works at the nerd level. But after you're done mucking around with things, and need your camera or Bluetooth back, you want to return it to the way is comes out of the box.

Luckily, HTC gives you a pretty easy way to do it. They've posted the 4.3 update ROM for the Developer Edition at their website, and with it you're juts a few clicks away from restoring your phone to a "stock" working condition. Of course, the prior versions are still available should you have a reason to want to go back. Kidding. Never go back.

You'll find them at the HTCdev site linked below(search for Brightstar US WWE) and it's something everyone with a Dev edition M7 should keep handy.

Source: HTCDev

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3 years ago

LG explains OIS with a man cave, a football helmet and a chicken

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Apparently this is also an ad for the LG G2. But it's also a great explainer of optical image stabilization. 

With a chicken.

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3 years ago

Using the Moto X on Sprint

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Can your choice of carrier hamper an otherwise great phone experience?

It has been almost two months since the Moto X was introduced to the world as Motorola's refreshed philosophy on the smart phone. AT&T was the first US carrier to have the phone on sale, and although Sprint lagged behind by a few weeks it now carries the woven black and white varieties for the same $199 on-contract price as the other carriers.

Motorola made it a point to ensure that the Moto X is nearly identical across the major carriers in the US, so when looking at the Sprint model there aren't that many things to distinguish it from the others. This isn't a carbon copy of what you can get on AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile, though. Let's take a look at what it's like to use the Moto X on the Sprint Network.

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3 years ago

Here's what's going on with the Galaxy Note 3's region-locking

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'Unlocked' EU and American Note 3s only region-locked if you first 'activate' them with an unapproved SIM —​ and even then, there's a way back

Over the past day or so it's come to light that "unlocked" Samsung Galaxy Note 3s from Europe and Latin America seem to be locked to SIMs from their specific regions. Note 3 devices sold in these countries were packaged with an ominous sticker warning of incompatibility with SIMs from outside their approved regions. As we reported yesterday, that'd present a serious inconvenience (not to mention expense) for frequent travelers who use local SIM cards when overseas.

Fortunately, though, fresh details have come to light today which point to the situation not being quite as serious as it first seemed. Let's take a look at what's going on with region-locking on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

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3 years ago

HTC One Max likely headed for October 15 launch

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We've been hearing rumors about HTC's One Max — a 6-inch version of the Taiwanese company's flagship phone, possibly with a fingerprint sensor — for the past few months. There've been leaked renders, leaked photos and leaked specs, but the device itself has remained elusive.

In recent days the HTC One Max has appeared at Chinese certification body TENAA, with full front and back images revealing the phone's enormous screen and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. And today reports from Chinese social network Weibo point to a possible launch date of Oct. 15 — which would be a plausible timeframe if HTC wants to get these out in time for the holidays. Importantly, though, the Oct. 15 date matches what we've been hearing from our own sources, so we're pretty confident the "Max" will be with us on or around this date.

In any case, hopefully buyers wanting a big-screen HTC experience won't have too much longer to wait.

via: PhoneArena, Weibo

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 video walkthrough

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It's time to kick off our Note 3 coverage with an in-depth look at the phone's hardware and software

We've got the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in-house and we're putting the phone through its paces as we prepare our full review. But first we've got a full video walkthrough of Samsung's latest half-phone, half-tablet 5.7-incher. Join us after the break for the lowdown on the Galaxy Note 3's redesigned externals, upgraded hardware and new software tricks. We've also got a hands-on gallery with the "jet black" version of the phone.

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3 years ago

Some 'unlocked' Galaxy Note 3s apparently SIM-locked to specific regions

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European SM-N9005 and Latin American SM-N900 locked to SIMs from their respective regions

Update: Check our breakdown of exactly what's going on with region-locking on the Note 3 for more details.

Here's some alarming news for those wanting to pick up an unlocked, SIM-free Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and use it internationally. Reports have been surfacing over the past day from Note 3 owners in Europe and Latin America that their devices come with stickers warning that they're only compatible with SIMs from their particular regions.

Like many others, our European Galaxy Note 3 box is sealed with a sticker saying it's "only compatible with a SIM-card issued from a mobile operator within Europe," before going on to list individual countries. And while we were able to load a T-Mobile USA SIM into our UK-specific phone without any error messages, enough other "unlocked" Note 3 owners are reporting problems to indicate a widespread issue.

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3 years ago

Boost Mobile's Warp 4G LTE now available

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Boost Mobile this morning announced the availability of the Warp 4G LTE. It's running at $199.99 off off-contract when you sign up for a $55-a-month plan. 

Specs include a 4.5-inch IPS display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camrea and Bluetooth 4.0.

More: Boost

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3 years ago

AT&T Moto X SOAK test invitations going out

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AT&T and Motorola have an update cooking for the Moto X

We've been tipped that the AT&T version of the Moto X has some new software ready for testing, and the usual method — a SOAK test — is about to begin. Members of the Motorola Feedback Network who have registered their Moto X devices are receiving invites to participate in "an early preview of a new software release."

We've seen SOAK tests from Motorola in the past for small, incremental updates as well as full-blown version updates. We've also seen T-Mobile (and possibly Sprint) versions of the X get an update that fixes the camera (among other things), and there's been a leak of Android 4.3 firmware for the phones floating around. We have no idea which of these it could be, or if there may be something new in the works.

We'll know more once the test software itself starts to arrive. See the full [redacted] text of the message Motorola is sending, after the break.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Verizon LG G2 review

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So much to love in one ph​one, with a few potential deal-breakers thrown in

For those who used them, LG's most recent flagships the Optimus G and Optimus G Pro generally have been regarded as really nice devices with solid hardware and a unique software experience. For the end of the 2013 smart phone season LG is launching a new device, the LG G2, that is logically a successor to the original Optimus G, but pushes up the screen size and borrows many design and software cues from the G Pro.

There's no more "Optimus" in the name here, but that doesn't mean that the LG G2 doesn't build on a long history of solid LG phones. LG has taken the latest in internal hardware specs and wrapped them up in a distinctly LG design language that also has a few quirky new features. On the software front it's generally more of the same, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Read on with us after the break for our complete review of the LG G2 on Verizon.

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3 years ago

Taiwanese HTC One getting Android 4.3 update

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Camera fixes and custom music in video highlights also included

Right on schedule, the HTC One has started receiving its Android 4.3 update in HTC's home country of Taiwan. The 512MB over-the-air update for the Taiwanese HTC One contains the latest version of Google's OS, along with "improvements to color contrasts in low light situations" and the ability to add custom music to video highlight reels in the gallery. The latter feature was present on the HTC One Mini, but until now it's been absent from the full-sized One.

Elsewhere, HTC America president Jason Mackenzie has promised a 4.3 update for the unlocked U.S. developer edition HTC One this week, and a similar update for Canadian customers by the month's end. There's also speculation that European HTC Ones will get a different update next month containing Android 4.3 and a newer HTC Sense 5.5 software experience with additional features.

Source: @LlabTooFeR, XDA

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3 years ago

Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear now available in parts of Europe

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Ahead of the U.S. launch next week, Samsung's latest oversized smartphone the Galaxy Note 3, and its smartwatch companion the Galaxy Gear, have landed at some retailers in Europe. In the UK both are available from Samsung's flagship store at London's Westfield Stratford shopping center, which is selling the Note 3 for £649, the Galaxy Gear for £299 or both together for £848 (a saving of £100.)

Elsewhere, independent retailer Carphone Warehouse has the Note 3 for £629.95 SIM-free, or free on contracts from £47 per month. Both devices should start popping up at more UK and EU retailers over the next week, and we'll have much more Galaxy Note 3 coverage for you before the week's out, so stay tuned!

More: Galaxy Note 3 hands-on, Galaxy Gear hands-on

Source: Samsung UK, Carphone Warehouse

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