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Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand preview: First look

Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand preview: First look

GSMArena team, 4 February 2013| comments (128)

In a time when 5 inch screens are all the rage, the Galaxy Grand is Samsung’s attempt to cater to every possible taste (and budget) when it comes to smartphones. While the Grand doesn’t feature the 1080p screen that recent 5” flagships come with...


Samsung Galaxy S II Plus review: Golden oldie

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus review: Golden oldie

GSMArena team, 31 January 2013| comments (57)

Samsung has been steadily setting the bar ever higher with each flagship released, and the massive success of the Samsung Galaxy S III and its predecessor, the S II, have catapulted them to the top of the smartphone food chain. And, as is expected in the aftermath of such success, the....


Samsung Galaxy Note II US review: One for all

Samsung Galaxy Note II US review: One for all

GSMArena team, 24 October 2012| comments (115)

Following closely the footsteps of its international sibling, the US Samsung Galaxy Note II takes on our review course. Just like its smaller brother, the Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is launching across all major carriers...


Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 review: Writing home

Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 review: Writing home

GSMArena team, 3 October 2012| comments (264)

Samsung has produced many great handheld devices in its time, but few have reached iconic status. The company builds its success on great adaptability, an eye for trends and a knack for improving on others’ successful formulas. And yet...


Sony Xperia V review: Bond’s wetsuit

Sony Xperia V review: Bond’s wetsuit

GSMArena team, 29 January 2013| comments (98)

It won’t be long before those full-HD five-inchers start stealing the show and the older Xperia generation should be preparing for life in their shadow. It doesn’t mean though that the Xperia V cannot hope for a good time. We don’t see why...


HTC One SV review: Picking up speed

HTC One SV review: Picking up speed

GSMArena team, 28 January 2013| comments (16)

As the LTE networks rapidly increase their reach globally, support for them is no longer exclusively reserved for high-end devices. The HTC One SV is a clear example of this trend. The Android smartphone is far from the Taiwanese company’s top shelf...

Tags: HTC, Android, Touch UI


Samsung Galaxy Camera review: Half-press to play

Samsung Galaxy Camera review: Half-press to play

GSMArena team, 25 January 2013| comments (82)

We’ve been watching phones evolve at a breakneck pace with smartphones all but taking over, while cameras were stuck in the 20th century. Well, no more – the Samsung Galaxy Camera aims to stir the point-and-shoot market the way the iPhone did the...


Nokia Lumia 510 review: Down a gear

Nokia Lumia 510 review: Down a gear

GSMArena team, 22 January 2013| comments (109)

With things starting to look up financially and amid rumors of a successor to the Lumia flagship, the Finns shift down to speed up as they try to get one last lap out of the old Windows Phone generation. The Nokia Lumia 510 is old hardware running...


Galaxy Camera vs. 808 PureView: Shoot 'em up

Galaxy Camera vs. 808 PureView: Shoot 'em up

GSMArena team, 16 January 2013| comments (195)

So, this may as well be the first against the last of their respective kind. Nokia would gladly try and sell you PureView in various wraps and Android-powered cameras are not unheard of, but a shootout like this...


Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus preview: First look

Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus preview: First look

GSMArena team, 11 January 2013| comments (55)

The Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus has borrowed the finish of the Galaxy S III and is powered by a new chipset with a Broadcomm GPU. It's not a sea change by any means, but no wonders are expected of the Plus version really. All it tries to do is freshen up a proven formula and help Samsung tighten its grip on the midrange...

Tags: Android, Touch UI


CES 2013: Various brands overview

CES 2013: Various brands overview

GSMArena team, 10 January 2013| comments (18)

This year's Consumer Electronics Show had a few prominent absentees from among the key players in the mobile industry. While some may've been busy celebrating record years or wondering what...

Tags: Android, Touch UI


CES 2013: Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL hands-on

CES 2013: Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL hands-on

GSMArena team, 07 January 2013| comments (230)

In 2012, Sony found itself behind the pace, offering its first dual-core droids just a few weeks before the competition switched to quad-core architectures. Keen to catch up... Update: hands-on videos added


CES 2013: Huawei Ascend Mate, D2 and W1 hands-on

CES 2013: Huawei Ascend Mate, D2 and W1 hands-on

GSMArena team, 07 January 2013| comments (34)

Just like last year, some of the most interesting new devices to be announced at CES came at the Huawei press conference. This year the Chinese went... Update: Ascend W1 hands-on and videos added


LG Optimus L9 review: Living large

LG Optimus L9 review: Living large

GSMArena team, 04 January 2013| comments (89)

The Optimus L9 is the latest addition to the L-series and rightfully takes charge of a lineup that's known for attractive styling and wallet-friendly prices. It obviously made no sense to LG to start from scratch and the L9 is happily reusing bits and parts from nearly all of its fairly recent smartphone siblings...

Tags: LG, Android, Touch UI


iOS for beginners: Setting up your iPhone

iOS for beginners: Setting up your iPhone

GSMArena team, 03 January 2013| comments (90)

Whether you love it, hate it or even loathe it, Apple’s smartphone remains a desirable piece of tech for many out there. And whether you’ve bought one, are thinking about it, or even trying to find reasons why you shouldn’t, it's important to find out what makes it stand apart...

Tags: Apple, iOS, Touch UI


Android for beginners: Setting up your phone

Android for beginners: Setting up your phone

GSMArena team, 29 December 2012| comments (131)

So you got an Android smartphone for Christmas? Congrats! Now, go ahead and do the robot dance. We'll pretend we're not watching. One thing you can be certain of, no one's gonna laugh at you. A new droid is worth celebrating - but if it's your first, you may as well want to make some noise...


Nokia Lumia 620 preview: First look

Nokia Lumia 620 preview: First look

GSMArena team, 21 December 2012| comments (168)

The Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 give Nokia all the presence they need in the higher WP8 circles, but a smart maneuver has helped HTC emerge as a serious threat in the lower midrange. The Finns, who are obviously having none of that, responded swiftly to the Windows Phone 8S...


Google Nexus 4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III: Fan favorites

Google Nexus 4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III: Fan favorites

GSMArena team, 21 December 2012| comments (146)

Android devices come from all walks of life, but in each generation there is a "chosen one". In 2012, it's the Nexus 4 and, as an overall package, this is probably the best Google has ever delivered. Yet, by a mean twist of fate, it has the most formidable...


HTC Windows Phone 8S review: Icebreaker

HTC Windows Phone 8S review: Icebreaker

GSMArena team, 18 December 2012| comments (74)

No one's had any reason to question HTC's commitment to Windows Phone. The Taiwanese have been on board since the heyday of PocketPCs, helping Redmond quickly man a nascent WP7 army. Now they're back in the thick of action for the next...


Nokia Lumia 810 review: Back in black

Nokia Lumia 810 review: Back in black

GSMArena team, 14 December 2012| comments (48)

With the Nokia Lumia 820 locked up under AT&T exclusivity, the Finnish manufacturer had to resort to rebranding tactics in order to bring its capable mid-range Windows Phone 8 product to other carriers. Such is the case with the Nokia Lumia 810...


Google Nexus 10 review: Perfect ten

Google Nexus 10 review: Perfect ten

GSMArena team, 12 December 2012| comments (60)

Android took the smartphone market by a storm, going from a nobody to the one to beat in just a couple of years, but tablets proved a tougher nut to crack. Google and partners have only recently started finding their pace and giving the dominating iPad...


Nokia Asha 308 review: The tweener

Nokia Asha 308 review: The tweener

GSMArena team, 06 December 2012| comments (34)

While Lumia is rightfully at the height of hype, the Ashas have been quiet but busy. The lineup is being refined and updated and one of the latest installments, the Nokia Asha 308, is offering the familiar (and impressively efficient) Finnish dual-SIM setup on a capacitive screen...

Tags: Nokia, S40, Touch UI


Google Nexus 4 review: Royal road

Google Nexus 4 review: Royal road

GSMArena team, 07 December 2012| comments (161)

It's the next-generation Nexus and this time LG has the privilege. And when Google goes "My pleasure!", they most likely mean it. The Nexus 4 aggressively undercuts competitors' pricing as it sets out to wipe the floor with most of them in terms of speed and...


Nokia Lumia 920 review: The Luminary

Nokia Lumia 920 review: The Luminary

GSMArena team, 04 December 2012| comments (366)

Not the best of times then for the Finns, but the right time for a flagship to show its worth. Saying that the future of the company is being decided here is probably too much. But the Lumia 920 could be the difference between living with dignity and scratching a living on emerging markets...


Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III mini review: The Halfling

Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III mini review: The Halfling

GSMArena team, 28 November 2012| comments (75)

Design and software experience coming straight from the most successful droid of all times, packed in a shell that's far easier to pocket. Now, who wouldn't want some of that? The Samsung Galaxy S III mini is the company's most premium compact Android smartphone and is here to prove...


Acer CloudMobile S500 review: Out of the blue

Acer CloudMobile S500 review: Out of the blue

GSMArena team, 26 November 2012| comments (31)

As the industry moves forward, you no longer need to pay top dollar to find a capable smartphone. While last year you could barely find any dual-core devices in the mid-range, you can now even treat yourself to a pair of Krait cores without breaking the bank...


Sony Xperia J review: Junior league

Sony Xperia J review: Junior league

GSMArena team, 22 November 2012| comments (146)

A trimmed-down version of the Bond phone or a remake of the Xperia Arc, the Sony Xperia J knows looks are important to reasonable spenders, too, and doesn't get carried away with the level of equipment. What it offers...


Nokia Lumia 820 review: Backup squad

Nokia Lumia 820 review: Backup squad

GSMArena team, 22 November 2012| comments (150)

Back up against the wall, Nokia looks to the launch of the first Windows Phone 8 smartphones as a make or break moment. It’s not essential for the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 to become bestsellers, but it’s absolutely vital that they convince users of Microsoft’s mobile platform's potential...


HTC DROID DNA review: Champion genes

HTC DROID DNA review: Champion genes

GSMArena team, 21 November 2012| comments (98)

The HTC DROID DNA just couldn’t have come to the market at a better time. The Taiwanese company’s first smartphone in the United States with a 5” 1080p display is given the tall task of turning its maker’s fate around, and bring...

Tags: HTC, Android, Touch UI


Microsoft Surface review: Ripples of change

Microsoft Surface review: Ripples of change

GSMArena team, 19 November 2012| comments (73)

Having powered anything from personal media players to enterprise servers, Redmond once again has a little something to call its own. It must wish it's bigger than the Xbox and sure hopes no one remembers the Kin phone. The Microsoft Surface...