Nokia Lumia 920 Review

October 22nd, 2012 No comments

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia’s Lumia 920, announced on September 5, 2012, is the latest in a growing list of smartphones. This new device is notable for its versatility, its extra sensitive screen and its wireless charging feature. The Lumia 920 is expected to be released on October 27, 2012. Like other smartphones, it will be available via your cell phone service provider and at major retailers.

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920 Features
The Nokia Lumia 920, like similar devices, combines a telephone, a tablet, a camera and a video recorder. However, this new device is far from ordinary. Below are just a few of the features that set it apart from other smartphones.

  • Extra sensitive touch screen – Have you ever struggled to use your smartphone with long nails or while wearing gloves? On most phones, it’s next to impossible. The extra-sensitive screen on the Nokia Lumia 920 reacts to the lightest touch, making long nails and gloved hands less of a problem. Plus, you don’t have to stab the screen repeatedly.
  • Wireless charging – With the Lumia 920, you no longer have to be tied to a recharger cord. You can simply carry a rechargeable, wireless charger with you and recharge your phone wherever you are, whether you need a power source or not. The Nokia chargers are all Qi-compatible, so you can share your charger with your friend.
  • Tap for wireless music streaming – The Lumia 920 allows you to stream and download unlimited music from a variety of sources for free.
  • PureMotion HD+ – This technology gives the Nokia Lumia 920’s screen a higher resolution and makes it easier to read in bright sunlight.
  • Sleek and lightweight – The Lumia 920 is ultra-thin and weighs just 6.5 ounces, less than 1/2 pound.
  • Color choices – The Lumia 920 comes in white, black and three fun colors.
  • Carl Zeiss lens – This lens captures blur-free photos, even when the camera is shaky or the photo is taken in low light.
  • 4G LTE Technology – The Lumia 920 uses the fastest connectivity available. 4G LTE is up to five times faster than 3G.
  • Two cameras – this device has both a front and back camera. The display is a full 4.8″–no more squinting into that tiny digital viewfinder.

Nokia Lumia 920 and the Environment
Do you need another reason to consider the Lumia 920? This smartphone is made of 60 percent recycled and 100 percent renewable materials, has 100 percent recycled packaging and is 100 percent recyclable (when you’re done using it). The device also uses minimal packaging and a bare-bones instruction manual (with further information available online).

What you do think of the Nokia Lumia 920? Are you thinking of buying one when it becomes available? Do you think this phone has what it takes to compete in the tough cell phone market or do you feel its features are a lot of fluff and have no substance? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

By: Hannah N

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Google and Samsum to Announce new Nexus 10 Tablet PC

October 21st, 2012 No comments

Get ready for the next Android based Tablet PC by the Google and Samsung partnership.  Google and Samsung are expected to announce a new 10-inch tablet codenamed “Manta” on October 29th.   The manta is rumored to feature a 2560 x 1600 display beating out the iPad pixel density of around 300ppi.  The tablet’s official name will likely be called the Nexus 10 and will be sold along side the Asus Nexus 7 and the new LG Nexus 4.

Android 4.2 and Nexus 10 Manta

Google will also announce a minor refresh of its Nexus 7 line, which will include HSPA+ 3G connectivity to the tablet.  The previous version did not have telecom connectivity.   There will also be an increase in internal storage.  The Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 will also include a new version of the OS Android 4.2 that will feature a new Play Store Widget and Tablet Sharing features.  Tablet sharing allows multiple user accounts on one device, which is convenient for family members sharing a single device.   There does not seem to be enough evidence to suggest how this will work or whether some applications will simply be locked for other users.  Android 4.2 will also feature horizontal and vertical panoramic photo capture. There will also be a new quick settings section in the notification bar.  The quick setting is supposed to be activated by double swiping to toggle for GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Android 4.2 will also bring a redesign of the Gallery app to closely resemble the photostream of Google+.  Google is trying to bring a more unified experience across their products and services.

Android 4.2 Gallery App

Google’s announcement comes at a competitive time as Apple and Microsoft are also expected to announce new products.  Apple is rumored to introduce a new iPad Mini category and Microsoft will announce Surface and Windows 8.  It will be an exciting couple of weeks.


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iPhone 5 Review

October 19th, 2012 No comments

iPhone 5 Review

iPhone 5

As with any other Apple product, there was much hype and excitement building up to the release of the iPhone 5. With so much speculation and anticipation, it would be difficult for any mobile to meet consumers high expectations. But, with the widespread release of the latest iPhone, it is safe to say that consumers are in agreement: it is better than they ever expected. Let’s take a look at what the iPhone 5 has to offer, and what notable improvements there are from the iPhone 4S.

Upgraded features make the iPhone 5 considerably better than it’s predecessor, including: a 4 inch LED-backlit IPS TFT display compared to 3.5 inches, A6 Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor compared to the A5, 1GB of RAM compared to just 512MB, and a 1.2MP front-facing camera compared to VGA. The iPhone 5 is also running the latest Apple mobile operating system, iOS6, which includes various improvements to the user interface, including their own Maps navigational service, and facebook and social networking integration; which means you can view notifications on a dedicated menu, as well as view facebook friend’s birthdays on your calendar, import contact information into your address book, share photos and videos instantly and more.

The iPhone 5 will also offer simultaneous HD video and image recording, lightening fast 4G LTE connectivity, and up to 64GB of internal storage. Games are vibrant and run smoothly thanks to the triple-core graphics provided by the GPU, and users will notice that voice recognition with Siri is better than ever. Other connectivity features include Bluetooth, WiFi, TV-Out support, A-GPS and more. There is also a photo and video editor, PDF reader with iBooks, and virtual storage service with iCloud.

The iPhone 5 is unmistakably one of the best smart phones on the market today, and with each edition, Apple reclaims the #1 spot for the most popular, and fastest selling mobile phone on the market. With plenty of other competitors in it’s price range, the iPhone 5 is a solid contender thanks to it’s abundance of features, and it’s sleek design.

This post was written by Chloe Parker, editor for, where you can read about the latest Apple and smartphone news and rumors.

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Planet of the Apps

July 12th, 2012 No comments

We all know that apps are taking over our lives, but to what extent?

As we all know, there is now an app for everything, whether you use an iPhone, Android or tablet device. 3G connections have changed the way we live, and mobile broadband has meant that apps are at our fingertips wherever we are in the world.

Who would have thought that Android would be catching up iOS with the number of apps it has available? And who would have thought that 6.5 million of us downloaded Angry Birds on Christmas Day?

We’re celebrating the Planet of the Apps by sharing this data on our app habits…

Planet of the Apps

Planet of the Apps

Choosing the best broadband package for gaming

May 23rd, 2012 No comments

Having the right kind of broadband package is especially important to online gamers. Many spend huge amounts of money on their computer systems and the latest graphics cards but these are next to useless if their internet connection is not up to the job.

For this reason, it’s important to do some research to find the best broadband deals available for gamers. There are five main considerations to take into account.

Download Speeds
The download speed required for gaming varies depending on the type of game being played. Most online role playing games only require an actual download speed of around 2 Mb but some first-person shooters ideally need double that.

As well as improving the gaming experience, having a good download speed also gives a more robust connection to the gaming server as well as minimising latency and ping times.

For ADSL broadband users, the actual download speed achievable is entirely dependent on geographical location and distance from the nearest telephone exchange, as well as the quality of the BT wiring between those points. The fastest download speeds available are via a fibre-optic connection, but this is not yet available everywhere in the UK.

Download Limits
As with speed, games vary in the amount of data they use during play. In addition, some will require the downloading of updates and additional play features as the game progresses. Some of the very detailed maps available for popular first-person shooters can consist of up to 1GB of data.

Download allowances do vary a good deal between broadband providers. Even those who offer packages with ‘unlimited downloads’ sometimes operate a fair-usage policy so it is important to read their terms and conditions carefully.

Contention Ratio
Each ADSL user will have a contention ratio applied to their connection. The usual ratio for the average home ADSL broadband connection is 50:1. Theoretically, this means that 50 people could be using that connection at any one time and that only 1/50th of the bandwidth could be available, which is not a good scenario for gamers.

In reality, this hardly ever happens but it should still be a consideration when choosing a provider as some do offer contention ratios much lower than 50:1, which reduces the possibility of a poor connection at peak usage times during the day.

It is no good having a super-fast connection if it is not reliable. A drop-out at a critical moment in a game is not just annoying because if it is a persistent problem it can also mean being excluded from the game server for being too slow.

Most modern PCs and gaming consoles have wireless connectivity but a wireless network is less reliable than one which uses an Ethernet cable. Most serious gamers invest in the best quality Ethernet cable available as this offers the smoothest and least interruptive gaming experience.

In Summary
Serious gamers need to take their choice of broadband package very seriously if all of their needs and wants are to be fulfilled. The many options and packages on offer should, therefore, be investigated very carefully.

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iPhone 4S vs Blackberry

December 19th, 2011 4 comments

iPhone 4S vs BlackBerryThe world was waiting with excitement for the release of a new iPhone version which occurred in the middle of October. Once this new version, the iPhone 4S, was released it became an instant sensation across the globe. In fact, sales of the iPhone4S have been so strong that Apple has taken a huge chunk of the smartphone market away from its competitors. One of these feeling the pinch, is Research in Motion, maker of BlackBerry devices. In fact, the sales of their Operating System 7 have seen a major decrease which has been attributed to the popularity of the iPhone 4S. RIM is planning to launch a major renovation to their smartphone line. In fact, BlackBerry is planning on releasing their first ever touch screen edition to compete with the iPhone and Android devices. However, this release will not occur sometime until 2012. Until then, many predict BlackBerry sales to be rocky.

Not only is the iPhone 4S causing a decline in BlackBerry sales but other factors are occurring as well. For instance, the decline in prices of previous iPhone models is also grabbing some of BlackBerry’s share. This would include substantial price decreases of both the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS.

In the iPhone 4S’s first weekend alone, more than 4 million handsets were sold. Service provider, AT & T commented that in less than one week, it activated service on over 1 million of the new iPhone 4S phones. The BlackBerry 7’s sales have significantly impacted as consumers are opting for the iPhone 4S over the new BlackBerry line. In fact, many analysts predict that this decline in sales will continue for several quarters for BlackBerry maker, Research in Motion. Time will tell but the iPhone 4S sales are predicted to continue being strong especially through this holiday season.

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Kindle Fire

December 6th, 2011 1 comment
Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle Fire is the first full tablet device from the world`s largest online retailer. It comes from a family of eBook readers but sets out on its own to give you a connected, interactive experience which focuses on content delivery, multimedia and gaming.

The Kindle Fire is arguably not a direct rival to the iPad 2, but tablet fans will certainly be keen to take a look at it given that Amazon is pricing it at half the cost of Apple`s tablet. The Kindle Fire features a seven inch display with a generous black bezel surrounding it. A native resolution of 1024×600 means that text and images will look crisp, sharp and colourful.

Onboard storage comes in the form of 8GB of Flash memory and there is a dual core processor doing all of the hard work under the surface. You can plug in a standard pair of headphones to listen to music and watch videos in peace, or use the built-in speakers if you wish. The whole device weighs 413 grams, which is quite a bit lighter than the iPad 2, although the Kindle Fire`s smaller screen and form factor accounts for this difference.

The software platform which brings the Kindle Fire to life is Android 2.3, but whilst most will know this as a mobile phone operating system it has been heavily modified by Amazon in order to drastically alter the way it looks and operates. You will be able to carry out all of the tasks typically associated with tablets, including browsing the internet, viewing and sending emails, playing videos, listening to your tunes and of course reading eBooks and comics. However, it is the Amazon-specific changes that are making the headlines.

Firstly it will come with access to a whole host of cloud-based services run by the retail giant. This includes Amazon Cloud Storage, Cloud Player, App Store, Kindles Store, Prime and many more. The ultimate goal is to allow users easy access to the content they want at a price they can afford. Downloading games, videos, books and much more media content will be simple and Amazon is ultimately relying on this to help it monetise the Kindle Fire because analysts predict that it is actually selling it at a loss and looking to recoup the costs further down the line.

Connectivity comes in the form of Wi-Fi and at first there will be no 3G option available for the Kindle Fire, although Amazon is developing such a device that will allow for web access and file downloads across a wider area. Because the Kindle Fire uses cloud based services there is little need for it to have as much storage as the up to 64GB available on the range-topping iPad 2. This is due to the fact that you can put all of your files online and stream or download them as appropriate.

The Kindle Fire is a compelling alternative to the standard Android-based tablets on the market as well as the iPad 2. Those who want an affordable tablet which combines the features of digital media players, laptops, eBook readers and many more should give it a look.