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    by Published on 11-23-2012 01:02 PM
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    So thereís been some buzz that the Nexus 4 actually has a LTE chip in it.



    I figured Iíd test it out with my some of my SIM cards. Iíve personally tried this on Rogers and have gotten speeds of over 60Mbps. Wow.
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    by Published on 11-23-2012 08:00 AM
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    One of the best phones for 2012 was the HTC One X. It was almost the total package. It was fast and had an amazing display. The camera was a blast to use. The only problem with it was that it only came with 16GB of storage. Itís like a sports car that can only seat one person. Itís a blast to use but itís not very practical.

    Thankfully, we now have the One X+. Itís similar to the One X but ups the storage to a much more useful 64GB of storage. You also get a quad-core processor, a slightly bigger battery, and Android 4.1. ...
    by Published on 11-21-2012 08:45 PM
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    One thing I admire about HTC is that their phones always have a very original design esthetic. Just like Nokia and Apple, you can spot a HTC phone immediately. While I admire their originality, I havenít connected with many of their recent phones. Last yearís Amaze reminded me of a bathtub while the One X had to profile of a banana... That is, till I laid eyes on the HTC 8X.

    To say that the 8X is beautiful would be giant understatement. Windows Phone is known for itís distinctive design and the 8X is a wonderful interpretation of it. Itís like one of the Windows Phone live tiles grew up and became a phone. ...
    by Published on 11-14-2012 10:22 PM
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    These days, movies cost a lot of money so itís not uncommon for them to have some promotional product tie-ins. While this can make a movie seem like a commercial, thereís usually a line between whatís acceptable and what isnít. For example, it would be a sham if Gandalf used a AT&T phone to call Frodo in the Lord of the Rings movie.

    Then we have the Sony Xperia T. The phone of choice for James Bond in the new Skyfall flick. If I were to guess what kind of phone James Bond actually uses my guess is that it would be something waterproof, but then again, the Tís a slick device - I could see him using one.
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    by Published on 11-13-2012 11:09 AM
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    Verizon and HTC just announced the DROID DNA. The DNA has a 5" 1920x1080 display with a pixel density of 440 PPI. The retina display on the iPhone and other high definition phone displays hovers around 320PPI.

    It will have Qualcomm's Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with support for LTE. Other specs include a 8MP camera with a f/2.0 lens and a front-facing f/2.1 camera - better take down all your embarrassing posters! The headphone jack has a 2.55volt amplifier, I have no idea what kind of power other phones give you. It also comes with Android 4.1 Jellybean.

    I'm extremely disappointed that the DNA appears to only have 16GB of NON EXPANDABLE storage. If this is the case the DNA will only have around 11GB of storage available. I'm also annoyed that it's only available with a 2020mAh battery. Quad-core + a 5" display with a 2020mAh battery is a recipe for disaster.

    What is it with HTC and small amounts of non-expandable storage? Is it some scheme from carriers to put HTC out of business?

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    by Published on 11-12-2012 03:05 PM
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    While itís been awhile since Iíve reviewed a pair of Bluetooth headphones but I jumped at a chance to try a pair of Parrot Zikís.




    Theyíre designed by Phillip Starck and are packed with goodies that make the phone nerd inside me drool! Besides Bluetooth, they also have NFC, a removable battery, touch sensitive controls, sensors that can tell when youíre not wearing them and upgradable firmware. Those features are all great but the Zikís PiŤce de rťsistance is that the Zik comes with its own app. Iíll talk more about the app later.

    I havenít even mentioned the design yet. Unlike all the colourful headphones you see these days, the Zik has a slick modern design. The plastic surfaces are all soft to the touch while the metallic pieces are actually metal. They look really cool and donít shout ďMy mom bought me these headphonesĒ like a pair of Beats headphones. ...
    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.

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    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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