Editorial: iPhone’s are just better

I’ve had 15 phone changes throughout my life.

1) Phillips C13

2) Nokia ?

3) Motorola C550

4) Samsung ?

5) Sony Ericsson K750

6) Sony Ericsson W880

7) Sony Ericsson C950

8) Huawei U750i

9) iPhone 3GS

10) Samsung Galaxy S

11) BlackBerry Torch 9800

12) iPhone 4

13) iPhone 4S

14) HTC EVO 3D

15) iPhone 3GS

Can you see the pattern?



Editorial: HTC’s new One Series

Remember when HTC released gazillion smartphones a week? Well they’ve decided to cut down, and start afresh with the ‘One’ series. It makes sense, right?

This is a smart move by the Taiwanese company, as it halts consumer confusion. However, I’m still a bit concerned about the name, they’ve announced the One X, the One V and the One S at MWC, what’s their next phone going to be called? Will it just be a plethora of 26 smartphones with different letters? Or will they try and use Apple’s or Samsung’s or Nintendo’s naming scheme and call them, for example, the One XS, then the One XSi, then the One Galaxy XSi II Epic 4G Touch?

However, it is a nice change. Mobile phones use to have numbers after their names, for example, the K750, changing to adjectives, it’s a bit confusing, huh?

Editorial: Tech and Consumers

What’s the difference between this and an iPhone 4?

This is probably one of the first questions people ask when they are willing to splash out for a new mobile phone.

I remember purchasing my last phone. I was waiting to be served by a retail advisor, when I saw a girl, holding a Samsung Galaxy SII, asking a retail advisor the above question.

It’s black, it’s got a touchscreen, it’s got a button on the front and a camera on the back, what’s the difference between this and an iPhone 4?

The young, but slightly over-confident retail advisor glanced over at me. He looked away, and immediately I saw a slight tint of confusion in his eyes, and then he got explaining. Mind you, he didn’t do a very good job.

Well miss“, he started, “This Galaxy phone is a really nice phone.” He paused for a while, then proceeded to his notebook. “It’s got an 8 megapixel camera which can shoot full 1080p high definition video, for all your girly nights out.”

He chuckled. The girl look unamused.


Exclusive: Razer Blade Tablet leaked?

Yesterday, we were sent this photo of an apparent Razer tablet, codenamed “Blade” – probably to coincide with the Razer Blade notebook.

Details and specs are still blurry, but apparently, it sports a quad-core processor, a questionable 7 inch screen, a front-facing camera and Android OS.

More still to come.


HTC Sensation XE gets official, packing 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and Beats Audio

The rumors can be laid to rest, because HTC has officially announced its Sensation XE handset, replete with some upgraded specs and Beats Audio. Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, this Android device features a 4.3-inch touchscreen with qHD (540 X 960) resolution and boasts a larger 1730mAh battery that promises prolonged run times. As the first smartphone produced under HTC’s partnership with Beats Audio, this special edition Sensation also ships with a special pair of Beats by Dr. Dreheadphones, along with an 8GB or 16GB microSD card and remote control that allows users to flip through tracks of take calls without ever reaching inside their pockets. Once these headphones are plugged in, the phone will automatically activate a Beats-optimized sound profile that, according to HTC, will deliver fuller bass, sharper vocals and broader range. The Sensation XE is slated to launch in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East sometime this month, though price and a possible North America launch date remain unclear. Scurry past the break for more details in the full press release, along with an extra shot of Dre’s in-ear headphones.


HTC Runnymede and Bliss details sneak out from leak-town

Naming your flagship handset after a small village in Surrey isn’t what we’d do, but then we aren’t in the handset business. The first full render of the HTC Runnymede has leaked and as you can see, it’s one big heap of telephone. It’s the first phone to benefit from the company’s partnership with Beats Audio and will come with a pair of Beats-branded cans rather than regular earbuds. If you missed the specs first time around, the 4.7-inch, 9.9mm thick phone gets a beastly 768MB of RAM, 1.5GHZ Qualcomm chip and a serious 8 megapixel camera with f2.2 lens and double LED flash round back. Availability is still up in the air but we know that UK prices are £499 or £530 for the 16 or 32GB versions (roughly $790 and $840, respectively).

HTC also apparently thinks that women don’t buy enough of its phones, so it’s releasing the HTC Bliss, a smartphone that’s reportedly designed specifically for women. HTC’s belief is that the ladyphone needs to be smaller, gentler and do generally less than its contemporaries — it gets a much smaller 3.7-inch Super LCD display and a 5 megapixel camera. This is my next has also confirmed that the Bliss comes with an accessory called the Charm Indicator, a light-up bauble that fits to a handbag or bracelet (depending on size) and flashes when your phone requires attention. There’s no word on pricing or availability but presumably all will be revealed at the stylish HTC promo event on the 20th.

Microsoft launches Windows 8 developer preview, downloads coming ‘later this week’

We got a taste of Windows 8 back at D9, but the real bounty is waiting in Anaheim. The company’s kicking off its Build conference with a full-on developer preview of its next major desktop operating system, still code-named Windows 8 for the time being. According to Steven Sinofsky — president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft — the company has “reimagined Windows,” bringing about a “new range of capabilities” that coders will begin to dig into sooner rather than later. As we’d seen before, the “Metro-styled” user interface is front-and-center, bringing graphical elements of Windows Phone 7 to desktop, laptop and tablet users of the future. Internet Explorer 10 is also onboard, as well as a focus on “apps” that can communicate with one another, and content that can sync across devices. Folks comfortable in a Win7 environment ought to be right at home here — Win8 is built on the same foundation, though the retooled Task Manager and Windows Explorer should tickle the average fancy.

The Windows Store will enable devs to hawk their apps to any nation where Windows is sold, and yes, support for ARM-based chipsets is proudly included alongside compatibility with x86 devices. In other words, everything from “10-inch tablets to laptops to all-in-ones with 27-inch HD screens” will be able to ingest Win8 with ease. That’s a markedly different take than the folks in Cupertino have expressed, with an (admittedly limiting) mobile OS being chosen to run the tablet side of things. Only time will tell which mantra proves more viable, but we’re guessing the both of ’em will find varying levels of success. Microsoft has also confirmed backwards compatibility with “devices and programs” that support Windows 7, and while an exact time has yet to be revealed, we’re told that developers will be able to download the Windows Developer Preview via the new Windows Dev Center later this week. Full fact sheets can be seen in the source link below, and our hands-on impressions of the new code can be found right here.