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iOS 6.1.1 rolling out for the iPhone 4S

iOS 611 rolling out, hitting 4S first

Well, iOS 6.1 is still pretty young, but 6.1.1 is already hitting the airwaves. At least for some iPhone 4S owners that is. We’ve been able to confirm availability of the upgrade on multiple 4S handsets, but have not seen it yet on an iPod touch or any other iPhone model. The notification screen does specifically call out the update as fixing issues relating to “cellular performance and reliability” on the iPhone 4S, so it’s quite likely the update will be for that device only. While better signal reliability would be a welcome upgrade, the bug we’ve heard the most complaints about is the seriously diminished battery life under 6.1. Unfortunately the pseudo-changelog that appears alongside the update make no mention of improved longevity. Other tweaks rumored to be landing with this version, including better Maps support in Japan, appear to have been pushed back to a later release like 6.2.

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Canopy’s $39 Sensus gaming case protects your iPhone 4 / 4S, adds plenty of new touch sensors

DNP Sensus adds additional input to iPhones for touchy feely gamers

There’s no doubt that smartphone accessories can get expensive, so how about a case that doubles as a gamepad? Billed as “protection with a purpose,” Canopy’s Sensus case aims to do just that. While there are several peripherals that add keyboards and joysticks to smartphones, Sensus goes one step further by adding touch input to a device’s entire outer surface. The case’s sensors recognize an additional ten touch responses, including controls on the sides and back of a device similar to the rear touchpad on a PS Vita. The focus with Sensus is to provide its users with unique touch input combinations that avoid taking up precious screen real estate. Most likely due to its uniformed design, Sensus is currently only being offered for the iPhone 4 and 4S; the outfit is taking pre-orders at $39 a pop, with shipments expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013. If you’d like to get a better feel for what Sensus has to offer (we know, we know), check out its demo video by visiting the source link below.

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Canopy’s $39 Sensus gaming case protects your iPhone 4 / 4S, adds plenty of new touch sensors originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhone 4 and 4S now available to purchase outright at Cricket for $399 and $499

iPhone 4 and 4S now available to purchase outright at Cricket for $399 and $499

There’s nothing quite like the pent-up anticipation for an Apple product arrival, and yes, that extends even to customers of Cricket, who lined up this morning for their first chance to score an iPhone from the prepaid carrier. While both the iPhone 4 (8GB) and 4S (16GB) must be purchased outright — for $399 and $499 respectively — sales were said to be “brisk” today, which can be partially attributed to Cricket’s $55 per month plan. For the monthly layout, customers can take advantage unlimited calling, messaging and data, although they’ll need to contend with throttling for any usage past 2.3GB. Next up, Virgin Mobile is similarly situated to receive the iPhone on June 29th. Think there’ll be any lines?

iPhone 4 and 4S now available to purchase outright at Cricket for $399 and $499 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Jun 2012 22:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Features you will instantly miss from a Galaxy Nexus once trying out the iPhone 4S

As many would agree, it’s best to have an unbiased opinion to help the public see the truth in your word. And taking that to heart, I went out and purchased an iPhone 4S to get a better feel for its differences and similarities to Android. Sure, we’ve all messed around with an iPhone at a retail store – and after taking the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for a spin it’s instantly hard to reason with its pricetag. But the iPhone does so well, and people love it. This is why I needed to test it out for myself.


First off, iOS 5 is smooth and doesn’t skip a beat. But then again – it’s completely absent of widgets; this alone was the hardest to cope with. Customization of the homescreen is one of Android’s finest perks, and is currently an area Apple’s iOS 5 can even touch. Next up is the absence of an app drawer. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been sold on ADW EX since its initial release. When maneuvering throughout iOS 5, out of habit I often swiped upwards thinking my apps would appear. From my personal experience, I do not like a crowded homescreen – and prefer having my most used applications taking up specific screen real estate. It helps avoid accidentally openings.

Next up, you guessed it: You’re going to miss the large, beautiful, Super AMOLED displays that we’ve grown to love in so many new devices. Don’t get me wrong, the Retina display used on the 4S is spectacular – but I have huge thumbs. What’s a guy to do? Siri can only help so much when trying to carry on a conversation or surf the net. However, the iPhone’s smaller display helps you retain solid battery life throughout the day. That was my only gripe about the Galaxy Nexus, without loading a custom ROM and kernel – it wouldn’t last me more than four hours.

The dismal battery life on the Galaxy Nexus could also be attributed to having a 4G LTE connection, but after using the iPhone 4S and being limited to 3G alone, poor battery life is much easier to swallow. Once you’ve experienced Verizon’s 4G LTE, nothing seems to fill its shoes. Again, this is a personal opinion; I have access to my computer’s USB port most of the day, and an outlet is usually close by. Thus charging up the Nexus was never an issue.

Build quality in the 4S easily surpasses that of the Galaxy Nexus, hands down. It feels extremely solid, and ditching the plastic chassis should be a future implementation for Android to work towards. Another area the iPhone wins over is camera quality. I’ve never been much of a photographer, but after using the iPhone 4S – taking pictures is a much better experience. Each device has its pros and cons, but after this iOS 5 test drive I’ve come to the realization Android suits my lifestyle better. I enjoy Google services way too much, particularly Google Navigation, and an OS that isn’t so locked down. I’ve yet to tweak my 4S via jailbreak, but that probably deserves a comparison towards custom Android ROMs and kernels anyways.


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iPhone 4S sashays its way to India, up for pre-order this week

They’re pumped. You’re pumped. Everyone’s pumped. Why? Because the iPhone 4S is coming to India, that’s why. According to the Times of India, Apple’s latest handset will be available on November 25th from Bharti Airtel, the country’s leading carrier. The Times‘ report comes just a few days after rival domestic provider Aircel confirmed its own 4S launch (also slated for the 25th), with a post on its Facebook page. Neither company has announced a price yet, though Aircel will start taking pre-orders on the 18th, at the source link below.

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iPhone 4S sashays its way to India, up for pre-order this week originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Nov 2011 11:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hackers Reverse Engineer Apple’s Siri, Coming To An Android Device Near You?

When the iPhone 4S was revealed last month most, if not all consumers felt a little bit let down. It wasn’t the much hyped redesigned iPhone 5, it didn’t even feature 4G connectivity. The one feature that it did include was Apple’s new voice assistant, Siri, an addition that many didn’t see as a reason [...]

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Video: Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs. iPhone 4S

Need more Galaxy Nexus video action? You probably do after hearing the latest release date rumor. So to hopefully make you feel slightly better after potentially saddening news, here are a few clips from T3, who happened to find themselves with the GSM version of the phone for a few minutes. Comparison to the new [...]

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HTC tablet packing Tegra 3 rumored for February 2012

We all know that the Tegra 3 quad-core chip for tablets is coming and will be the chipset that most high-end Android tablets use. A new rumor is swirling around that says HTC is getting a tablet ready for launch in February 2012 that uses the Tegra 3 hardware. The rumors also claim that HTC has two new smartphones coming in the same time period.

The launch of the tablet is pegged for MWC 2012. The tip comes from Chinese paper Commercial Times and the paper claims that this will be the only Android tablet we see from HTC in 2012. The goal is said to be getting the new Tegra 3 chipset onto the market ahead of the widely expected Q3 launch of Windows 8 tablets.

HTC will offer up its own Windows tablets said to be using the ARM build of the Win 8 OS. I think that a bunch of smartphone fans out there will be much more interested in the smartphone that is tipped to be coming using the Tegra 3 chipset. The little beast is said to have a 4.7-inch screen with a super high pixel density greater than that of the iPhone 4S.

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Consumer Reports finds iPhone 4S to have worthwhile antennae, says newer iPhone 4 is still problematic

Consumer Reports recommends the iPhone 4S.” It’s only half a dozen words, but to the engineers (and marketers) at Apple, it spells “relief.” After being profusely impacted by Consumer Reports’ decision to recommend against buying the iPhone 4 due to those Antennagate issues, the entity has allowed all in Cupertino to breath a sigh of relief by effectively declaring the reception issue dead on the newest edition. To quote:

“Apple’s newest smart phone performed very well in our tests, and while it closely resembles the iPhone 4 in appearance, it doesn’t suffer the reception problem we found in its predecessor in special tests in our labs. In special reception tests of the iPhone 4S that duplicated those we did on the iPhone 4, the newer phone did not display the same reception flaw, which involves a loss of signal strength when you touch a spot on the phone’s lower left side while you’re in an area with a weak signal. (The iPhone 4, which is still available, continues to exhibit that problem, we confirmed in tests of new samples of the phone. Because of the flaw, we continue to omit the iPhone 4 from our list of recommended models, despite its otherwise fine performance.)”

In other words, even the newer samples of the iPhone 4 (perhaps even that one for Sprint?) continue to have antenna quirks, but at least the latest and greatest seems to have addressed ‘em. Hit the source link for the full report.

Consumer Reports finds iPhone 4S to have worthwhile antennae, says newer iPhone 4 is still problematic originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Nov 2011 09:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android beating iPhone by more than two to one in the UK

Brits like their Android. In the United Kingdom, Android phones are outselling the iPhone by a factor of two to one, according to analytical firm Kantar Worldpanel Comtech. Android phones outsold all iPhone models for July, August and September. Smartphones themselves are booming in The UK, with 70% of all mobile sales being smartphones of one kind or another.

49.9 percent of all the smartphones sold in the territory over the 12 week period were running Android, compared to just an 18.5 percent share for the iPhone. The Blackberry platform hasn’t fallen from grace so dramatically in the UK, and has 22.5 percent of the market. According to Kantar Worldpanel Comtech’s estimate, 43.8 percent of the UK population owns a smartphone, meaning that almost a full quarter of the population owns an Android phone.

Caveats: this data doesn’t include the iPhone 4S, which will certainly spike the numbers in iOS’s favor for a few weeks. It also doesn’t represent an accurate picture of the mobile OS market as a whole ,as it doesn’t include iPods or iPads, or the small number of Android tablets out there. Apple is still kicking backside when it comes to mobile browsing – Safari has captured an impressive 62.2% of all mobile browsing, incorporating all iPhone, iPod and iPad models in the UK and elsewhere. Also, Android manufacturers typically report in terms of units shipped, not sold – Apple has an advantage there since a lot of their sales are direct to consumers.

Still, any way you slice it, Android is continuing to dominate in the smartphone arena. Here’s hoping that Ice Cream Sandwich will continue the trend when the Galaxy Nexus lands at the White Cliffs of Dover on November 17th.

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iPhone 4S gets official date and blessing by C-Spire, all yours on November 11th

Oh, heck yeah. We’ve already been delighted by the news that C-Spire (the hip carrier formerly known as Cellular South) is the lucky recipient of the iPhone 4S, but we now have a date — and it’s coming up pretty fast. Both the 4S and the 4 will be ready for your purchase on November 11th, unsurprisingly for the same exact cost as the big three national carriers: $99 for the 8GB iPhone 4 and $199-399 for the iPhone 4S, but the deal’s sweetened by the offering of unlimited data (though the two lowest plans exclude streaming). If you’re down with that, it’s a good idea to head over to the site and get pre-registered as soon as possible. Now that the little guys officially have the iconic device, who’s next? Full press release after the break.

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iPhone 4S gets official date and blessing by C-Spire, all yours on November 11th originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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[Infographic] Android Fragmentation Visualized… If You Like Biased Information, That Is

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Apparently there are a whole slew of pissed off users because Google decided that the Nexus One will not be getting updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. As a result, an infographic was made to represent the fact that Apple can support its four devices better than manufacturers support their ump-teen Android devices. The infographic compares the all the iPhones of the past three years (so it excludes the 4S) to most Android devices of the same timeframe.

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Dan Hesse: The Sprint iPhone Is Actually Helping Keep Unlimited Data Around Longer For Smartphones

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When Sprint confirmed that the iPhone 4S was headed to the US’s Alamo of unlimited data, current Sprint subscribers feared that a tidal wave of iDevices could finally force the company to surrender to tiered data pricing.

Speaking to Forbes, CEO Dan Hesse said the iPhone was actually having the opposite effect, and that Apple’s smartphone would actually reduce the rate of growth of smartphone data consumption because it uses Sprint’s network more efficiently. Hesse claims the iPhone uses significantly less mobile data, and hits the network less often, than Android devices. Apple’s strict guidelines about app network efficiency…

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Sprint Posts Q3 Financial Results, Optimistic About Future Despite Losses

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Sprint has finally posted their Q3 2011 financial results. The Now Network gained $8.3 billion in overall revenue, a marginal improvement over the same quarter last year. Despite the gains, Sprint still reported net losses of  $301 million dollars, though they largely improved over the same quarter last year where they lost over $900 million.

For connections, they’ve added 1.3 million new customers overall, including 304,000 postpaid consumers, 485,000 prepaid additions and 835,000 wholesale additions.

Sprint says the additions were achieved even without the new iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 they launched on October 14th (because it is now Q4) and they expect these numbers to be even higher afterward. They attributed their exceptional growth to many Android smartphones amongst other competing operating systems.

For the future of their financial performance, Sprint expects the iPhone to be their highest revenue-generating device, though let’s not forget their 2012 commitments to 4G LTE. Sprint is said to launch their service in the middle of next year and complete most of their rollout by the end of 2013. At least 12-15 4G LTE devices will be available starting in the middle of next year.

Sprint’s slowed financial bleeding also seems to be affected by their decisions to get rid of “premier” services that granted consumers costly perks. They’ve also made modifications to their data plans for non-smartphone data such as mobile hotspot/USB modem devices and mobile hotspot on smartphones. It’s also worthy to note that they began applying their $10 supplemental “data fee” to all smartphones since the same quarter last year, not just 4G smartphones.

Whew, that was a lot. It’s clear why Sprint’s losses don’t seem as significant as they once did, but they’re still losses nonetheless. Let’s see if they can keep it up and turn it around once they evolve their network sometime next year. Hit the source link for more details. [Sprint]


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Mobile Nations 8: Grand Theft Mobile

Kevin, Phil, Derek, Dan, and Rene talk Windows Phone from Mango to Tango (and Nokia!), BlackBerry DevCon and BBX superphones, Android's Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus, webOS and the road ahead, and iPhone 4S and Siri. This is Mobile Nations!

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Nexus Prime for Clove

Together with the already mentioned and recently announced Motorola Droid RAZR smart-phone, British online retailer Clove is also going to offer a SIM-free Samsung Galaxy Nexus Prime smart-phone after it will be released. Clove says that it’s “confirmed” the price at £514.80 (~$825) that seems to be logical for a smart-phone of this kind. Of course, after a few moths you will be able to see a lot more friendly price and if you do not mind contract – it may happen that the Nexus Prime will go for free from Three or O2 or anyone else interested in this device. Also, the recently released iPhone 4S and HTC Sensation XE are both offered for about the same £500-530 and this is a basic rule for the high end devices – incredibly high prices. As for the Nexus prime, Clove says that the UK customers won’t be able to enjoy the 32GB Galaxy Nexus and only the 16GB model will make it to the British shores.

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Sprint to Officially Switch to Tiered Data for Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband [Smartphones Next?]

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It’s been rumored for quite some time that Sprint would be switching to capped data for their mobile hotspot users (those using their phones as WiFi hotspots for other devices) but it’s now and official. And more than that, it looks like the fun (or the lack thereof) will be spreading to 4G mobile broadband users, those who use data cards and dedicated hotspot devices.

Simply put, you’ll have either 3GB, 5GB, or 10GB of allowed data, though going over those amounts on your respective plan will cost you mucho dinero. Details can be found in the chart above where Sprint had the common decency to break it down for all their customers to see (or weep at).

So the question remains – when are smartphones getting the treatment? Although much has been said about Sprint’s willingness to stick with unlimited data in order to separate themselves from the competition, their recent actions suggest it won’t be much longer before all that has gone the way of the dodo.

As Sprint gears up to launch their LTE network in the middle of next year, they may be moved to distance themselves from the very philosophy that has many sticking with them through the rough patches.

Perhaps it’s due to the iPhone 4S’ launch. Recent reports have suggested that Sprint’s network has unsurprisingly worsened since the iPhone 4S launched. Data speeds were already pathetic so they probably have no choice but to attempt to decongest speeds this way until their network vision upgrades are complete.

In any case, I’d be worried about the future of unlimited data on Sprint regardless of what they say in ads, official statements and press releases. No one ever really wants to say they’re bringing the cat out of the bag until they actually do it. [via, source]


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AT&T’s profits are down, but the carrier is still smiling

There’s good news and bad news in AT&T’s third quarter report. The carrier’s profit dropped to $3.6 billion for the quarter — that’s down from $12.32 billion from this time last year. That drop is due in part to the loss of iPhone exclusivity (a matter recently compounded with the addition of Sprint as a carrier for the 4S) and the fact that the company pulled in profits from the sale of assets in 2010. AT&T activated 2.7 million iPhones during Q3, a marked drop over previous quarters. On the up side of things, the sale of Android devices has more than doubled, year over year. AT&T added 2.1 million wireless subscribers, passing 100 million, which the carrier seems quite pleased with, as evidenced by the exceedingly chipper video below.

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AT&T’s profits are down, but the carrier is still smiling originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 10:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Steve Ballmer Thinks We’re All Computer Scientists

At the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer either has a horribly skewed idea of the worlds population or is starting to get bitter about the success of Android. “You don’t have to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone, but you do to use an Android phone.” Good ol’ Steve also let on that Android phones just didn’t get him “excited.” For a company that’s weaseling up to $15 out of OEM’s for every Android device phone sold, you would think that Microsoft would be ecstatic that Android is doing so well. Apparently not. It also doesn’t help that many draw parallels to Android when it comes to the Android vs Apple smartphone war and the PC vs Mac war of the 90’s. Perhaps this is just his way of getting some press for WP7 now that the iPhone 4S and Android 4.0 have largely stolen all of the media’s attention. Either way, this just seems to me like the youngest brother complaining when no one picks him for their team. It’s okay Steve. Maybe one day when WP7 grows up people will obsess about your mobile platform too.

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Samsung: Galaxy Nexus was designed to avoid Apple’s lawyers

Now that the Galaxy Nexus has finally been unveiled to the world, Samsung has admitted that the device was specifically designed with the thought of bypassing Apple patents to help avoid those lawyers we’ve seen so much from as of late. Talking to Yonhap News, mobile president Shin Jong-kyun mentioned the company “will avoid everything we can” and that they “take patents very seriously” and that obviously given the complexity of those situations nothing is certain.

After Google and Samsung delayed the announcement for the Galaxy Nexus rumors were stirring that it wasn’t just to be courteous and show respect for Steve Jobs, but also because the two companies were still working out some patent details and agreements and what not. Rumors also suggested some of Ice Cream Sandwich’s features would be modified to not overlap and touch on Apple’s IP.

Shown in the image above, you can clearly see the direction change, looking closer to the Nexus S rather than the Galaxy S II that has been a large part of the Apple attack on Samsung — well and the original Galaxy S that looked similar to the II. Shin also went on to say “We will see if [the new phone] will be 100 percent free” but that is yet to be known. He also mentions Samsung will continue to innovate and be strong and these lawsuits aren’t slowing them down, only cutting into the pride of their brand. Samsung has actually filed for a few of their own injunctions against Apple and the iPhone 4S in some area’s such as Australia and Japan recently but we haven’t heard much back on those fronts yet.

Whether lawsuits and patents were actually part of the cause of the delayed announcement aren’t actually known, but Samsung’s confirmation that they were looking to dodge future problems with the design and thought of the Galaxy Nexus makes me happy. It should also give a few potential buyers assurance to go snatch this amazing phone up next month once available. As an added bonus here’s our hands-on with the Galaxy Nexus, then check out the video below.

Galaxy Nexus hands-on:

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : GALAXY Nexus
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : October 18, 2011
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : Nexus Prime

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.65 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×720
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.33 Inch
  • Width : 2.67 Inch
  • Depth : 0.35 Inch
  • Weight : 135 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1750 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : OMAP 4460
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :5 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
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Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
  • CDMA
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
    CDMA Band:
  • 900
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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[Review] Basemark OS Prepared To Bring Rightware’s Industrial Grade Benchmarking To Android

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Pretty much the first thing that gets done to a new Android device when it hits the market is benchmarking. The Android community seems to be obsessed with benchmarking their devices over and over, and comparing the results to other devices. Personally I’ve always found this practice to be a curiosity at best, mainly because apps such as Quadrant give somewhat nebulous scores, which are hard to compare objectively, and offer little in the way of exact measurements. Rightware, a well known provider of benchmarking tools for various platforms, is looking to disambiguate the benchmarking process, however, with Basemark…

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Camera showdown: iPhone 4S vs. iPhone 4, Galaxy S II, Nokia N8 and Amaze 4G (video)

Siri’s sweet and all, but for many of us that new eight megapixel sensor and f/2.4 aperture lens are what really makes Apple’s iPhone 4S an appealing upgrade. We spent the weekend shooting around New York City with the iPhone 4S, along with some other top smartphones — the iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S II, Nokia N8 and HTC’s Amaze 4G — in order to determine just which phone’s camera reigns supreme. And in order to capture video and stills with consistent framing among all five devices, we secured each smartphone to that homemade quintuple cameraphone mount that you see above — it may be an early prototype, but it got the job done. Jump past the break to see the results, and check out our comprehensive iPhone 4S sample gallery below.

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Samsung Galaxy S II vs Apple iPhone 4S Camera Comparison

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Our friends at PCWorld have put together a detailed comparison (they use number ratings and all that junk) of the Apple iPhone 4S’ camera up against the Samsung Galaxy S II’s. The former is a 8 megapixel camera with 720p HD video while the latter is an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video. Both boast some of the highest quality small sensors in smartphones today.

PCWorld came to the conclusion that the Samsung Galaxy S II only slightly edged Apple’s iPhone 4S overall, giving Samsung an insurmountable lead in the video recording department. Samsung received “very good” scores for most of their still image tests.

In my review, I praised the camera sensor for its outstanding performance up against offerings from HTC and Motorola. I loved video capture, too, as I couldn’t get over how smooth both recording and playback of 1080p HD video were.

Having not used an iPhone (ever), I can’t tell you anything about the iPhone 4S’ camera from personal experience, but one thing’s clear based on the sample shots I’ve seen so far – the Galaxy S II is no slouch. Just as “magical” as anything, we’d say. Check out PC World for the full rundown. [Thanks Croak!]


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iPhone 4S Vs. Samsung Galaxy S II Drop Test – And The [Clear] Winner Is…

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So, do you want to see how the Galaxy S II compares to the iPhone 4S when dropped directly onto concrete? Yeah, we thought you might — and you you may actually be surprised at the results. Before you watch the video, though, I must warn you: watching these electronics plummet to their (presumed) demise can be a bit cringe inducing, even to not-so-squeamish among us. With that caveat out of the way, have a look at the video:

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iPhone 4S hits four million in sales after first weekend

How did you spend your weekend? If you’re Apple, the answer is simple, really: selling a whole lot of iPhones. Cupertino this morning announced that iPhone 4S sales have reached four million — quite an impressive number compared to what its predecessor was capable of, a fact no doubt helped by the addition of some carriers, like Verizon and Sprint here in the States. The handset is currently available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, with plenty more countries coming by the end of the year. Press info can be found after the jump.

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iPhone 4S hits four million in sales after first weekend originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 Oct 2011 09:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Beats iPhone 4S In Full Scale Drop Test

Those crazy guys at Gizmodo are back at it again. They went out and got a brand new Samsung Galaxy S II and a brand new iPhone 4S just to drop them on concrete outside their offices. While iPhone Fan Boys across the world are thinking that surely the new magical iPhone 4S is going to take a licking and keep on ticking, what you’ll find in the results may be shocking.

We’ll let you watch the video to see for yourself but the “S” in iPhone 4S is definitely not for “strength”

source: Gizmodo

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iPhone 4S lacks "Enable 3G" switch

If you’re among the teeming masses holding a brand new iPhone 4S in your hands, you may be surprised (as we were) to find there’s something conspicuously absent from the Network Settings menu on your new device: specifically the ability to manually shut off 3G data. After receiving word, and a screenshot, from a helpful tipster, rocking a 4S on Vodafone’s network, we found the same option missing from our own AT&T iteration. Of course this isn’t the sort of thing that’s likely to have an impact on most users, but if you’re the type that likes to squeeze every last bit of juice out of that Apple, the omission could cause some frustration. We gave Apple support a call to see what they had to say, and were told AppleCare has no official response on the matter. If you’re lamenting the loss of the 3G flip-switch sound off in the comments below.

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iPhone 4S lacks “Enable 3G” switch originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 15 Oct 2011 14:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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DROID RAZR Specs “Confirmed” for the Umpteenth Time

Quick hitter here, since it’s nothing new, but does give us the 8th, 9th or 10th confirmation on specs for the DROID RAZR. The latest report has the device with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3″ display, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE and is thinner and faster than the iPhone 4S. Of course the source is [...]

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Dutch court turns down Samung’s request to block Apple products

There’s still no further word on Samsung’s recent attempt to block sales of the iPhone 4S in France and Italy, but the company’s now been dealt a blow in its similar efforts in the Netherlands. According to Reuters, a Dutch court has turned down Samsung’s request for a ban on certain Apple products, and rejected claims that they infringe on Samsung’s patents (it’s also rejected Apple’s counterclaims in the case). The particular patents in question here are not related to software or the design of the devices, as in other cases, but rather their 3G capabilities, which Samsung had claimed Apple was infringing on with the various iterations of the iPhone and iPad.

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Dutch court turns down Samung’s request to block Apple products originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday Poll: Is Having Better Voice Integration on Your Phone Important to You?

With the announcement of the iPhone 4S and its Siri voice-integration followed by a couple of rumors that Google with introduce a similar service with Ice Cream Sandwich, we got to wondering how many people are actually interested in this type of software. Android has had Voice Actions for over a year now, but there [...]

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