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    by Published on 11-12-2012 09:25 AM
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    *EDIT* The Nexus 4 became available around 11:35 and was sold out around 5 minutes later. Did you snag one?


    Just wanted to remind you all that Nexus 4 orders start tomorrow on Google Play.

    The Nexus 4 will be available with 8GB or 16GB of non expandable storage. If you're thinking of a Nexus 4 do yourself a favour and get the 16GB version. 8GB doesn't cut it if you plan on using the camera, listening to music, storing videos and most importantly, downloading apps. Some games can weigh in at 100's of MB if not GB's.

    It will be unlocked and will cost either $299USD ($309CAN) for the 8GB or $349USD ($359CAN) for the 16GB.

    The Nexus 4 comes with a 4.7" 1280x768 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 pro processor, 2100mAh battery and built-in wireless charging. While it lacks any LTE support it has penta-band HSPA so it will be compatible with all North American HSPA frequencies along with some international ones as well.

    Hardware-wise it's very similar to the LG Optimus G which I reviewed recently (great phone btw).

    One thing to keep in mind is that Google Play charges around $20 for shipping plus they screwed up the Nexus 7 launch badly. I had a friend who pre-ordered his Nexus 7 from Google Play like a good fanboy and he ended up getting his N7 DAYS after I got mine. I pre-ordered mine from Futureshop a while after he did. I was also able to get a N7 the day of the launch from the store. I also didn't pay for shipping.

    Personally I'm not sure if I'll order via Google Play and pay the extra 20 bucks or wait to see if a more reliable retailer sells it.

    The Nexus 10 Tab with an eye-popping 2560x1600 10" display and a state-of-the-art dual-core ARM Coretex A-15 processor will also be launching tomorrow in 16 and 32GB versions. It will be $409CAN for the 16GB and $509 for the 32GB. Take off $10 for USD pricing.

    Who's going to order one? ...
    by Published on 11-12-2012 08:51 AM
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    Blackberry 10 will be launching January 30th. It will launch in multiple countries simultaneously. There will be 2 devices at launch.

    Who's excited? ...
    by Published on 11-07-2012 02:45 PM
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    Hereís the Xperia Go. An entry level Smartphone thatís waterproof.

    Iím impressed that it comes with a dual-core NovaThor U8500 processor and a microSD slot (the Xperia U didnít) plus you get Android 4.0 (this is a Sony phone). Iím not surprised that it comes with 512MB of RAM has a 5MP camera and 8GB of storage (probably 4GB available). Iím a bit annoyed that it has a 3.6Ē 430x320 display and a 1305mAh battery. ...
    by Published on 11-07-2012 02:21 PM
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    I got a chance to play with the Sony Xperia T. The T is known as the James Bond Phone because he uses one in the new Bond Flick thatís launching soon.

    Spec-wise the T is similar to the Galaxy S III and HTC One X (the LTE versions). Dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage plus a Micro SD slot, 1850mAh battery, 4.6Ē LCD display and 12.8/1.3MP cameras. It also supports Mira-cast (video out via WiFi). It ships with Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich).




    Itís launching on Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Mobilicity, Videotron, MTS plus they mentioned Wind too (though Iím not sure if they got confused). Kudos to Sony for getting it on most carriers!
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    by Published on 11-02-2012 05:01 PM
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    So the UPS driver dropped of my iPad mini today. I actually order both a white and black iPad mini. My black one showed up while my white one is back-ordered for 2 weeks.



    When I first opened the Mini I couldn't help noticing that the finish feels fantastic. The edges of the bezel are like the iPhone 5 while the back is metal that feels kind of satin-y.



    Before I even turned it on I thought that the Mini feels substantially larger than my Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 has a 7" 16:9 screen while the Mini's is 7.9" with 4:3 aspect ratio. In my hand the Mini is a lot wider and not comfortable at all to hold unlike my Nexus 7. ...
    by Published on 11-01-2012 09:46 AM
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    Itís been a bit of a boring year for LG. Aside from a few mid and entry level handsets, the last really interesting phone that LG brought out was the Optimus LTE.

    During that time, we've been treated to phones like the HTC One S, One X, Motorola RAZR HD LTE, ATRIX HD LTE, Sony Xperia ION, and Samsung Galaxy S III. One similarity between all those phones are that they all have similar Qualcomm dual core processors.

    One thing Iím sure many manufacturers hate about Android is that they all have access to similar hardware so they all end up having to play the hardware game. I was a little surprised that LG didnít join the party with their own similar offering.

    Now, LG is launching their new flagship phone. The LG Optimus G. It actually shares the same guts as the upcoming Google Nexus 4 with a few changes that I'll discuss later.

    Whatís special about it is that it ups the stakes in the hardware game with itís new Qualcomm processor that doubles the core count plus adds a new more powerful graphics processor: The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. While Iím sure itís going to become quite ubiquitous for now it makes the G unique. ...
    by Published on 10-31-2012 09:47 PM
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    Our very own Sabesh just finished his review of the Motorola DEFY PRO:

    The Motorola Defy Pro brings an interesting set of features to the party: Moderately water, dust & shock-proof and good QWERTY keyboard. It runs Android 2.3 with Motorola's MotoBlur overlay.

    It's keyboard rivals that of the Blackberry Bold 9900 and is a pleasure to use. They keys are even shaped in a similar fashion. The keys don't "click" as much as the 9900, but do have a good feedback. The physical keyboard even supports Auto complete! One caveat though: The centre pad is a directional button, not a scroll pad like that of the Bold 9900. ...
    by Published on 10-29-2012 09:48 PM
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    Google just announced the Nexus 10 tablet with a retina stabbing 2560x1600 display. Another way of saying it is that it has a 4 megapixel display - the iPad with retina display has get by with a blurry 2048x1536 display.

    It's powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex A-15 processor which has a Mali T604 GPU. Don't let the dual cores fool you. Cortex A15 cores are more advanced than Qualcomm's Krait cores and ARM's own Cortex A9's.

    You also get 2GB of RAM, 5MP camera, WiFI that supports 40Mhz wide channels. Other goodies include a micro HDMI port, magnetic power connector, and a huge 9000mAh battery.

    It will be available in 16GB and 32GB versions. The 16GB one will be $399USD/$409CAN while the 32GB is $499USD/$509CAN.

    On paper it's a pretty insane tablet - the problem is that I'm not sure many people are going to fork out $399 or $409 CAN for an Android tablet. Don't get me wrong, you get a ridiculous amount of hardware for your money. The thing is, Android doesn't quite have the same rep that it does in the phone space. $399 is really pushing it.

    You can order it November 14 from Google Play. ...
    by Published on 10-29-2012 09:31 AM
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    The Sony Xperia T AKA "The James Bond phone" will be coming to Bell on November 14th. Bell has exclusive marketing rights to say that the Xperia T is the James Bond phone. Since the Xperia T will be exclusive on other carriers, it could be that Bell is the only one who is allowed to use Daniel Craig, I mean James Bond in their Xperia T marketing.

    The Xperia T is similar to the Xperia ION I reviewed a while back but the T has a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor whereas the ION's is an older and slower S3. My guess is the S3 wasn't fast enough for 007.

    Who's pumped to go see the new Bond film? Will the "James Bond" branding prompt you to throw your GS3's and One X's in the garbage for an Xperia T? ...
    by Published on 10-25-2012 11:32 PM
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    Just got an LG Optimus G. Here are my quick thoughts on it.

    Both the front and back are covered with Gorilla Glass. Apparently the back is polarized so it has an interesting pattern on it. Some how in my hand the finish makes it feel like plastic - maybe the sides have too much laquer on them or something. Still, it's a very solid phone.

    The screen looks amazing. It's 4.7" 1280x720 display with amazing viewing angles. I just got it tonight so I haven't had a chance to use it outdoors in the sun yet.

    The speaker on the back isn't very loud.

    There are going to be 2 versions for the Canadian market. They differ in terms of LTE support. The Rogers one has 2600Mhz LTE only while the TELUS and Bell ones have AWS LTE (and probably other bands though I'm just speculating here). ...
    by Published on 10-23-2012 10:42 PM
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    Today Apple announced 2 new iPads. The iPad with Retina display and the iPad mini. Letís check out the effect the mini will have on the Tablet market.

    Whether you love or hate Apple, youíve got to admit that theyíve done a great job of managing their brand. In the 3 categories where Apple is strongest; that would be computers, phones and tablets, their devices are seen as premium products and generally command the highest prices. Take tablets for example. Until the announcement of the iPad mini, at $429, the iPad 2 was Appleís cheapest tablet. Looking around, there arenít a lot of 10Ē Android tablets that cost more than $429. Most of the 10Ē Android tablet action happens around $349.

    A year ago, I was having a conversation about Android tablets and said that Apple could destroy the market for Android tablets by lowering the the price of the iPad. In order to compete Android makers have to make tablets with similar hardware yet with lower price points. The problem is that each Android tablets maker canít sell their tablets in the same numbers of iPads so they canít get the same economies of scale. ...
    by Published on 10-22-2012 06:20 PM
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    One of last yearís unexpected hits was the Samsung Galaxy Note. It was basically a Galaxy S II with a stylus, a bigger, higher resolution display and a bigger battery. I had a nice laugh when I first saw it. I wondered, who would want to use such a large phone?

    It screamed Ďmy phone is better than your phone because itís biggerí. I figured it would appeal to guys who wear huge watches, drive showy cars, that sort of thing. Nothing like a good stereotype right? Anyways, if you go out, youíll notice a lot of girls with Notes. Turns out a Note fits just fine in a purse. Maybe size really doesnít matter.

    Anyways, itís been about a year now and a lot has changed. Samsung is now the de-facto power in the Android smartphone space, so thereís a lot of anticipation for the Galaxy Noteís successor. ...
    by Published on 10-16-2012 12:14 PM
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    One of last yearís unexpected hits was the Samsung Galaxy Note. Boiled down it was basically a Galaxy S II with a stylus, a bigger higher resolution display and a bigger battery. It screamed Ďmy phone is better than your phone because itís biggerí. I figured it would appeal to guys who wear huge watches, drive showy cars, that sort of thing. However, if you go out youíll notice actually notice a lot of girls with Notes. Turns out a Note fits just fine in a purse. I guess size really doesnít matter.

    Anyways, itís been about a year now and a lot has changed. Samsung is now the de facto power in the Android smartphone space so thereís a lot of anticipation on the Galaxy Noteís successor.
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    by Published on 10-15-2012 07:15 PM
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    We're giving away a Maximum Signal Sphere Wireless Amplifier! To enter leave a comment on this post, if you use Facebook like the link to this post that appears on our Facebook page, and if you are a Twitter user you can tweet about it using #HoFoMaxSig and posting a link to this blog entry. Any one will give you an entry. Doing all three will give you three chances to win.

    *Contest Rules: Contest is open only to Canada users who do not reside in Quebec. The winner must answer the skill testing question: What does LTE stand for? Note that this item will require installation.

    Contest ends on Monday October 22 at 9:00 PM PDT. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced after being selected. If the winner does not respond to us within 24 hours of being contacted, a new winner will be chosen. While you're waiting, read Howard's review!

    Good luck!

    P.S. U.S. users, we will have a giveaway just for you at another time! And we're giving something else away next week!
    by Published on 10-12-2012 01:05 PM
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    Starting with the HTC One X back in April, Android flagships have a few common features: A 1.5Ghz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor, LTE, 4.7Ē+ screens, 8MP cameras, NFC and 16GB+ built-in storage. Now Motorola throws their hat in the ring with the RAZR HD LTE.

    While I appreciate how detailed the RAZR HD LTEís name is it a bit of a mouthful. Then again I guess I should be happy itís not called the Motorola 2012 RAZR HD LTE NFC 8MP KEVLAR 4.7 2500MAH.

    With itís sharp edges and the exposed weave on its Kevlar back the RAZR has a very striking and memorable design.

    Now if you look at the RAZRís specifications youíll notice that theyíre very similar to the ATRIX HD LTE I reviewed recently. Indeed, looking at the spec sheets the 3 main differences are the bigger screen (4.5Ē LCD vs 4.7Ē Super AMOLED), NFC and bigger battery (2530mAh vs 1780mAh). Bigger and more or better right? ...
    by Published on 10-08-2012 02:54 PM
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    T-Mobile just announced the Windows Phone 8 powered Nokia Lumia 810. I'm not sure how the 810 is different from the 820. Looking at the picture the design appears to be slightly different. Compared to the pictures of the 820 I took at the Nokia launch the 810 looks like it has harder edges whereas the 820's are more rounded.

    Like 820 the 810 has a 4.3" WVGA (800x480) OLED display. Details on the processor, storage, RAM weren't mentioned.
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    by Published on 10-05-2012 04:55 PM
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    Rapid Berry just posted some specs for an upcoming device codenamed 'Aristo'.

    Hardware wise it's quite a beast. Qualcomm APQ 8064 quad core SOC with LTE. The 8064 has 4 Krait cores (the LTE Galaxy S III has 2 Krait cores) along with an Adreno 320 GPU. 4.65" 1280x720 OCTA Glass OLED display. I wonder if it's the display from the Galaxy Nexus.

    There will be North American and Euro versions both of which support LTE. A CDMA version for Verizon wasn't mentioned.
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