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HTC One VX review

HTC One VX

The HTC One VX looks to be a great (and cheap) way to get an entry-level LTE smartphone on AT&T

This may be one of those rare instances in which we know too much. For those of us who live and breathe smartphones all day long (and that includes many of you out there), it's tough to look at an HTC One phone without seeing the entire line in context. With regards for pecking order, there's the One V. The One S. The One S. (There's also the new One SV in Europe and Asia, and in the U.S. on Cricket.) And now, on AT&T, we have the HTC One VX.

Where the hell does this phone fit in?

To answer that question, you need to take it out of context a little bit. Instead of looking at where it sits in the HTC family, think about where the One VX sits in the AT&T lineup. Things start to make a little more sense in that respect, especially considering that as of this writing, the One VX is exclusive to the U.S. carrier.

As its name might imply (again, to those of us who live and breathe this stuff), and as the spec sheet spells out, the One VX picks and chooses from some of the best features of the other phones in the HTC One line. You can't help but compare it to its older siblings. But it's also important to remember where it stands for AT&T. This phone serves a purpose for AT&T — filling a hole in its lineup — more than it does for HTC. And that's OK. Because what we end up with is a really good entry-level phone.

So, with all that said, on to our HTC One VX review.

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Apple denied request to permanently ban 26 Samsung devices

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a little bad blood between Apple and Samsung. On this episode of ‘As the Smartphone World Turns,’ Apple attempts to permanently ban the sale of 26 Samsung devices in the U.S. However, a judge denied this latest attempt of Apple to derail Samsung.

Judge Lucy Koh, who has presided over the entire trial, ruled that any infringing features on Samsung’s devices are just part of a larger feature set, and wouldn’t fit into the broad ban that Apple was seeking. She added that it ‘wouldn’t be equitable’ to deprive Samsung consumers of the infringing devices when only ‘limited features’ have been infringed upon.

It would also seem that Samsung has already been punished for the infringements and that Apple is just finding ways to keep their lawyers busy these days. I’m no lawyer, but it may have been helpful to request the ban back in August. When will it stop, Apple?

 

source:  CNET

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Apple denied request to permanently ban 26 Samsung devices

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a little bad blood between Apple and Samsung. On this episode of ‘As the Smartphone World Turns,’ Apple attempts to permanently ban the sale of 26 Samsung devices in the U.S. However, a judge denied this latest attempt of Apple to derail Samsung.

Judge Lucy Koh, who has presided over the entire trial, ruled that any infringing features on Samsung’s devices are just part of a larger feature set, and wouldn’t fit into the broad ban that Apple was seeking. She added that it ‘wouldn’t be equitable’ to deprive Samsung consumers of the infringing devices when only ‘limited features’ have been infringed upon.

It would also seem that Samsung has already been punished for the infringements and that Apple is just finding ways to keep their lawyers busy these days. I’m no lawyer, but it may have been helpful to request the ban back in August. When will it stop, Apple?

 

source:  CNET

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Apple denied request to permanently ban 26 Samsung devices

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a little bad blood between Apple and Samsung. On this episode of ‘As the Smartphone World Turns,’ Apple attempts to permanently ban the sale of 26 Samsung devices in the U.S. However, a judge denied this latest attempt of Apple to derail Samsung.

Judge Lucy Koh, who has presided over the entire trial, ruled that any infringing features on Samsung’s devices are just part of a larger feature set, and wouldn’t fit into the broad ban that Apple was seeking. She added that it ‘wouldn’t be equitable’ to deprive Samsung consumers of the infringing devices when only ‘limited features’ have been infringed upon.

It would also seem that Samsung has already been punished for the infringements and that Apple is just finding ways to keep their lawyers busy these days. I’m no lawyer, but it may have been helpful to request the ban back in August. When will it stop, Apple?

 

source:  CNET

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Samsung Galaxy Note II: S-Pen Review [Part 1]

As you know, the S-Pen is one of the key features of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. I personally see the S-Pen features as the perfect fit for entrepreneurs out in the world. In most cases, entrepreneurs are constantly working and trying to get their business started up, and most entrepreneurs are always having good ideas. The S-Pen is an extremely handy tool for this type of person with them being so busy, as it is extremely easy to just pull the S-Pen out, jot down a note to think about at a later time, and then you won’t have to worry about forgetting the idea. This is just one of many ways that the S-Pen is extremely helpful with the Galaxy Note II specifically (if you didn’t know, the S-Pen is integrated in other Note products as well).

The S-Pen is an outstanding piece of hardware. It fits nicely in your hands, and really isn’t that large. It’s extremely easy to send text messages or emails with or more simply put: it’s extremely easy to write with in general. Consumers that are looking at the Galaxy Note II for writing down notes easily, looking for extra functionality in a smartphone or are just someone that wants to doodle in an app, the Galaxy Note II’s S-Pen features will fit perfectly. The S-Pen is very lightweight, it isn’t bulky and fits into the Note II’s S-Pen slot easily with little-to-no force needed. At first it seemed like a tool that I personally wouldn’t use a whole lot, but I find myself taking advantage of Samsung’s S-Pen apps a couple of times a day, specifically S Note.

The S-Pen isn’t “just” a stylus. It’s essentially its own piece of hardware integrated into Samsung’s Android-based TouchWiz interface. As a consumer, one may not think that the $299 (a good $699 or so depending if you’re going on a new contract or not) the Galaxy Note II currently costs is actually worth it. It’s okay to think that, as it is a subjective opinion, but people need to keep in mind that your getting a very large package for what you’re actually paying. The features that the S-Pen brings to the Galaxy Note II, to me, is worth a good $299 alone. The technology that is there is simply amazing, and the potential that developers have with the S-Pen SDK is even greater.

I do have a minor complaint about the S-Pen, but it’s really not about the S-Pen itself. It’s more of the fact that there does not seem to be a whole lot of developers on board with the idea of a S-Pen SDK, which is very unfortunate, as the S-Pen does have a lot of potential if developers got a hold of it. We may see some community-built S-Pen apps in the future, most likely when the price of the device itself goes down. For now though, I will keep an eye on S Suggest hoping a genius developer will come out of the woodwork with a great idea for the S-Pen.

Now, the question is: is the S-Pen worth the $299 or $699 that the consumer would pay for on the Galaxy Note II. That’s entirely up to the individual to decide. We all value different things differently. For me, the S-Pen alone was worth the price of the device, simply because of the potential that it has with the SDK and the apps that are already built-in with it.

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Android-powered Ca-Fi Dashlinq infotainment system coming in January

CA-FI Dashlinq

We've seen Android put in a lot of devices that aren't phones or tablets — appliances, robots, light bulbs — and car infotainment systems seem to be a good fit for the OS. Ca-Fi is set to release a new line of "Dashlinq" car head units running Android, with all of the features you'd want or need jammed in. It's running Android 2.3 — as you can see by the navigation buttons on the right side — with an 800×480 6.95-inch multi-touch screen, SDcard slot, optional Wifi and 3G, a USB port, bluetooth and GPS.

This unit doesn't skimp on the car integration either. It has full steering wheel control support, dual zone support, a 9 band EQ setting, Digital Sound Processor (DSP) and full radio support. It handles both calls and audio streaming over bluetooth as well.

Ca-Fi is setting the Dashlinq pricing at $649, and it will be available in January. There's a few more images of the unit and interface at the source link below.

Source: Ca-Fi

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Google News gets revamped for tablets with new interface and gesture support

Google News is an extremely popular source for news articles, with Google citing 6 billion pageviews per month to linked articles. And with the growing popularity of tablets like Google’s own Nexus 7, it would only make sense for some adjustments to be made for those to conform to each other. According to Google, that’s exactly what’s going to happen over the next few days, too. The Google News site will be redesigned to better fit tablet sized screens, with a more spaced out layout for articles and gestures to find new articles and switching between sections, for example. It will also feature the “Explore in depth” feature that allows you to look at similar stories to a specific article.

All in all, definitely something to look forward to if you frequent Google News. At first it will only be available to US users, however, and it’ll take a few days to roll out to all users. Check news.google.com to see if it’s working for you on your tablet.

source: TechCrunch

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Google News gets revamped for tablets with new interface and gesture support

Google News is an extremely popular source for news articles, with Google citing 6 billion pageviews per month to linked articles. And with the growing popularity of tablets like Google’s own Nexus 7, it would only make sense for some adjustments to be made for those to conform to each other. According to Google, that’s exactly what’s going to happen over the next few days, too. The Google News site will be redesigned to better fit tablet sized screens, with a more spaced out layout for articles and gestures to find new articles and switching between sections, for example. It will also feature the “Explore in depth” feature that allows you to look at similar stories to a specific article.

All in all, definitely something to look forward to if you frequent Google News. At first it will only be available to US users, however, and it’ll take a few days to roll out to all users. Check news.google.com to see if it’s working for you on your tablet.

source: TechCrunch

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Google News gets revamped for tablets with new interface and gesture support

Google News is an extremely popular source for news articles, with Google citing 6 billion pageviews per month to linked articles. And with the growing popularity of tablets like Google’s own Nexus 7, it would only make sense for some adjustments to be made for those to conform to each other. According to Google, that’s exactly what’s going to happen over the next few days, too. The Google News site will be redesigned to better fit tablet sized screens, with a more spaced out layout for articles and gestures to find new articles and switching between sections, for example. It will also feature the “Explore in depth” feature that allows you to look at similar stories to a specific article.

All in all, definitely something to look forward to if you frequent Google News. At first it will only be available to US users, however, and it’ll take a few days to roll out to all users. Check news.google.com to see if it’s working for you on your tablet.

source: TechCrunch

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NYTimes for Android updated for tablets, scales for different screen sizes

NYTimes for Android updated for tablets, scales for different screen sizes

First Flipboard, then an experimental iPad app, then a Windows 8 app and now, here comes the NYTimes optimized for Android tablets. That last bit says it all, as the Grey Lady’s digital gurus have re-worked the application allowing all the news that’s fit to print to now scale natively for different screen sizes. The update also brings with it a few minor tweaks, giving users greater control over how they receive “Breaking News” alerts, a new, quick preview window from within Top News, as well as delivering a host of the requisite bug fixes and performance enhancements. You can grab it now from the Google Play link at the source below.

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ASTRO File Manager adds Facebook photos integration with latest update

Ever since the inception of Android, ASTRO File Manager has been there providing us with a convenient way to organize our pictures, documents, and music on our devices. Today’s update brings even more features that’ll better fit into most users’ lifestyle – most notable Facebook Photo integration. Once you’re on the new version, you can then view and download your Facebook photos directly within ASTRO’s user interface.  Additionally, users on older versions of Android will be able to enjoy the same interface that ASTRO v4 brings. Below is a summary of the updates to this version:

  •  SWIPE SCREEN RIGHT to get to Clouds, Network Locations or Saved Searches fast
  •  SWIPE SCREEN LEFT to get to Tools (App Backup, Task Killer, SD Card Usage), Settings and Help
  •  NEW: Facebook Photo integration
  •  NEW: New Picture Gallery
  •  NEW: Image Viewer enhancements including rotate picture
  •  SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox support
  •  Added Text Editor into v4

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ASTRO File Manager adds Facebook photos integration with latest update

Ever since the inception of Android, ASTRO File Manager has been there providing us with a convenient way to organize our pictures, documents, and music on our devices. Today’s update brings even more features that’ll better fit into most users’ lifestyle – most notable Facebook Photo integration. Once you’re on the new version, you can then view and download your Facebook photos directly within ASTRO’s user interface.  Additionally, users on older versions of Android will be able to enjoy the same interface that ASTRO v4 brings. Below is a summary of the updates to this version:

  •  SWIPE SCREEN RIGHT to get to Clouds, Network Locations or Saved Searches fast
  •  SWIPE SCREEN LEFT to get to Tools (App Backup, Task Killer, SD Card Usage), Settings and Help
  •  NEW: Facebook Photo integration
  •  NEW: New Picture Gallery
  •  NEW: Image Viewer enhancements including rotate picture
  •  SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox support
  •  Added Text Editor into v4

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Google Play Store Link

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ASTRO File Manager adds Facebook photos integration with latest update

Ever since the inception of Android, ASTRO File Manager has been there providing us with a convenient way to organize our pictures, documents, and music on our devices. Today’s update brings even more features that’ll better fit into most users’ lifestyle – most notable Facebook Photo integration. Once you’re on the new version, you can then view and download your Facebook photos directly within ASTRO’s user interface.  Additionally, users on older versions of Android will be able to enjoy the same interface that ASTRO v4 brings. Below is a summary of the updates to this version:

  •  SWIPE SCREEN RIGHT to get to Clouds, Network Locations or Saved Searches fast
  •  SWIPE SCREEN LEFT to get to Tools (App Backup, Task Killer, SD Card Usage), Settings and Help
  •  NEW: Facebook Photo integration
  •  NEW: New Picture Gallery
  •  NEW: Image Viewer enhancements including rotate picture
  •  SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox support
  •  Added Text Editor into v4

QR Code generator

Google Play Store Link

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ASTRO File Manager adds Facebook photos integration with latest update

Ever since the inception of Android, ASTRO File Manager has been there providing us with a convenient way to organize our pictures, documents, and music on our devices. Today’s update brings even more features that’ll better fit into most users’ lifestyle – most notable Facebook Photo integration. Once you’re on the new version, you can then view and download your Facebook photos directly within ASTRO’s user interface.  Additionally, users on older versions of Android will be able to enjoy the same interface that ASTRO v4 brings. Below is a summary of the updates to this version:

  •  SWIPE SCREEN RIGHT to get to Clouds, Network Locations or Saved Searches fast
  •  SWIPE SCREEN LEFT to get to Tools (App Backup, Task Killer, SD Card Usage), Settings and Help
  •  NEW: Facebook Photo integration
  •  NEW: New Picture Gallery
  •  NEW: Image Viewer enhancements including rotate picture
  •  SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox support
  •  Added Text Editor into v4

QR Code generator

Google Play Store Link

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Motorola S11-FLEX HD Headphones Review

With the holiday season right around the corner, we have more than our fair share of shiny new Android devices to check out (see our Nexus 4 Review & Droid DNA review as examples). Motorola sent us a pair of their new S11-FLEX HD Bluetooth headphones, but with an excess of reviews in the pipeline we weren’t sure how to fit them in! Fortunately, Mark Jackson from HeadphoneScout.com was able to step up and take on the review. In addition to being an audiophile and headphone enthusiast, Mark also happens to be the brother of Phandroid founder, Rob Jackson.

Introduction

The S11-Flex HD is a new fitness-minded Bluetooth headset from Motorola. Just released in October, it offers an array of features that, on paper, make it totally worth the $129 asking price. Training for a marathon? The S11-FLEX HD fits securely and offers up to 6 hours of music playback on a single charge. Do you spend a lot of time on the phone and listening to music? Switching between the two is seamless on the S11-Flex HD, and it works from up to 150 feet away from the paired Bluetooth device.

This all sounds great, but every device has its flaws. Can you safely invest your money in the S11 as a companion to your mobile device? Let’s take a look!

Build Quality – 4/5

The headphones are made mostly of plastic and rubber, but the build quality is solid. Both the earpieces and headband are flexible and sturdy, and nighttime runners will be happy to hear there is a 3M Scotchlite™ reflective inlay on the headband so you can better be seen at night. They do not fold or come with a case so I had to be careful putting them in my overflowing backpack, but they held up without a problem.

My favorite aspect of the design is the tiny size of the embedded battery and Bluetooth. Many wireless headphones look bulky and awkward but the S11 manages a relatively low profile look. Whether you consider the S11-Flex HD stylish is another story. I find it a bit too sporty looking to be used outside the gym, but that’s just me!

Worth a mention is Motorola’s “rapid charge technology” which gives the headphones 3 hours of playtime after only 15 minutes of charging. Or, if you are really in a rush, 5 minutes of charging will give you an hour of playtime.

Wireless Controls – 4/5

When you first turn on the S11-Flex HD, you are greeted with instructions on how to pair the device via Bluetooth and a notification of available playback time.

On the right earpiece is the on/off button, volume rocker, and your standard micro-USB charging port. On the left is the Smart Controls button which can be used to mute (single click), skip songs (double click), or switch to one of the 5 equalizer presets (press and hold).

Overall I am satisfied with the array of buttons, but to nitpick, I wish the on/off button was a switch since the LED indicator does not blink when the device is on (it is only activated during start-up, charging, pairing, and shut-down). Another imperfection is the Smart Controls button which I found a little sticky. Sometimes I had to press it a few times before it registered. Not a huge issue but I question its longevity.

Design & Comfort – 3/5

From the looks of it, the S11-Flex HD is a very sleek and ergonomic headphone. It is very light (weighing in at 54g), the earpieces swivel 45 degrees and extend downward to accommodate different size ears, and an optional inner headband is included for additional stability (more on this later). Unfortunately, this does not add up to a comfortable headphone in my opinion.

The biggest culprit is the half in-ear design, which means it is shaped like an earbud but the driver nozzle reaches into the ear. The earbuds are very large, making it virtually impossible to achieve a proper seal. Although this type of fit ensures that you are not completely cut off from your surroundings (a great thing for runners), it negatively affects the overall sound, especially the bass (more on that in the next section). Although I never felt as if the S11 was going to fall off, the nozzle would slowly drift outside my ear, so I found myself having to adjust them every 10 minutes or so.

The S11-Flex HD comes with four pairs of ear tips, and as with all in-ear headphones you should experiment to see which tips offer the best combination of comfort and sound quality. To my surprise, I preferred the stock medium tips over various third-party tips I own such as the Sony Hybrids. Comfort is the name of the game since the seal has already been sacrificed, and the stock tips offer a loose, comfortable fit.

One thing I am simply baffled about is the optional inner headband attachment, which does not seem to have much of an effect. Even at its tightest setting, there is still a good half inch between it and the back of my head, rendering it almost useless. This is a shame because it was a good idea that was simply executed poorly. All I think Motorola needed to do was add a few notches to the headband!

All things considered, the S11-Flex HD offers a secure but loose fit, something that is hard to come by in the world of headphones. Unfortunately this is at the expense of sound quality, which we will discuss in the next section.

Sound Quality – 2/5

The sound signature of the S11-Flex HD is significantly altered by the inability to achieve a proper seal, the result being a cold, dry presentation. The midrange is decently clear, but the bass does not extend well, nor does it have good texture, and the treble becomes harsh at medium to high volumes.

The built-in equalizer helps achieve better balance depending on the type of song you are listening to, but it does not improve the overall sound quality by any means.

Motorola advertises “better than wired HD sound” but frankly this seems like marketing jargon. Not only are there better wireless technologies out there for music (Kleernet for example), there is a high frequency hiss that can be heard during quiet and slow parts of songs. Some people will find it more annoying than others, but it is noticeable nonetheless.

To put it simply, the S11-Flex HD does not sound like a $129 headphone. Heck, there are $20 headphones that sound better than these. A case in point is the $15 Koss KSC75 which is my go- to workout headphone. That might be an unfair comparison since the KSC75 is not wireless and it utilizes a totally different form factor (clip-on), but it shows that you don’t always get what you pay for.

Call Quality – 5/5

If there is one area where the S11-Flex HD excels, it is call quality. I had no issues when talking to people using the S11-Flex HD, although one person mentioned that I sounded louder than normal (could be considered a plus). But out of all the possible problems, this is not a bad one to have.

Conclusion

The S11-Flex HD brings a lot to the table in terms of features, but its ergonomics were not able to match the sleek design. The earbuds are simply too large for a comfortable fit, which causes a domino effect on the sound quality. Obviously the size of user ears varies, but these earbuds are ginormous.

The lack of wires is liberating, but anyone who demands even mediocre sound quality will not be happy with these headphones. They function well for phone calls, but these were designed for music and phone calls, and unfortunately I cannot recommend them for the former.

All things considered, I find it hard to recommend the S11-Flex HD, even for people who fit the target audience. It offers a lot on paper, but there are simply too many flaws in the design for it to be considered a good buy.


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Android and our Search for Superior Sound – V-Moda Crossfade M-80 [Full Review]

V-Moda Crossfade M-80

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You haven’t heard of V-Moda then you must live under a rock.  V-Moda are a company whose sole purpose in life is to give us amazing sounds through quality headphones.  They make an entire range of ear buds and headphones covering almost every price range.  The one area that never seems to change is the quality and style of their products.

You can check out the review I wrote of the V-Moda REVAMP True Blood High-Fidelity Metal Earphones back in 2011, which were some of the best fitting and awesome sounding ear buds I’ve had the pleasure of using.  For now, let’s move into the present and take a look at the V-Moda Crossfade M-80 on ear headphones.

 

The award-winning Crossfade M-80 is the ultimate symbol of sophistication in sound and style. Authentically tuned by a legion of legendary musicians, Grammy-Award winning producers and audiophiles, the M-80 packs timeless materials, professional acoustics, natural noise isolation, ergonomics and military-level ruggedness into a design 53% smaller than its over-ear sibling.

 

 

The Packaging

V-Moda Crossfade M-80 Box

The first thing I noticed when the box arrived was the quality and size of the packaging.  It was deceptively small, yet sturdy and simply reeked of quality.  I was actually shocked at how small the box was.  After looking at various products online, it’s easy to think that these headphones are much bigger than they are in real life.  This is not a complaint, in fact, This is a good thing.

 

The Contents

V-Moda Crossfade M-80 Contents

Inside the box you’ll find a hard shell case the holds the headphones securely inside.  This is not simply a shipping case, it’s a full blown, very nice looking storage case that you can easily thrown in your backpack and be sure that the headphones inside them are completely protected.

Open the outer zipper and the case opens like a clam shell, folding down into two open half’s joined in the middle.

Inside either half of the case are elasticated areas that hold your Kevlar coated cables with the headphones themselves molded into the outer edges.

 

The Specifications

 

Superior Sound:

  • 40mm patented Dual-Diaphragm drivers (biggest in class)
  • Vibrant Bass, Vivid Mids, Vivacious Highs
  • V-PORT V3 Soundstage
  • BLISS™ Noise Isolation w/o Leakage

Military-Level Quality:

  • Lightweight, steel construction
  • Ergonomic Steelflex Headband
  • Exoskeleton hard case
  • Military-Level quality (MIL-STD-810G)
  • Kevlar® reinforced cables (3-Button, 1-Button) passes 1 Million flex cycles

Built to military levels, the M-80’s have been rigorously tested:

  • Cable/Plug Bend: Kevlar reinforced cables and 45-degree plug can each bend over 1 million times
  • Concrete Drop: Survives 70+ drops on concrete from 6 feet
  • Headband Bend: Headband can bend 10+ times flat
  • Sound Variance: Virtually inaudible sound variances of less than 2dB versus 10-30dB+ of inferior products
  • Environmental: High and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure

 

The Sounds

V-Moda have created one amazing sounding set of headphones. The V-Moda Crossfade M-80 headphones sound absolutely amazing.  Everything I threw at them came out far exceeding my expectations.  The only issue I had is that they sounded almost too good.  The sound was so crystal clear that I felt something was lacking, like some of the body of the music may have been removed.  This lack of body was only very slight and it became hard for me to take the M-80s off.  These are some of the best headphones I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing, but I still have others to try.  While there was a slight something lacking to my unprofessional ears, the sound was still amazing and crystal clear.  Movies had perfect stereo separation and I could everything from ear shattering explosions to the quietest of voices with ease.

 

The Fit

No matter how good headphones may sound, you have to wear them for long periods of time when your listening to music or watching movies.  The Crossfades are a very tight and precise fit blocking almost all external sound from your ears.  This is both good and bad.  I found that wearing the Crossfades for extended periods became uncomfortable on my ears.  My opinion is that that the fit is a little too tight.  It wasn’t as if I had to remove the headphones immediately  but they do become uncomfortable with time.  For a headphone that costs over $200, I was unhappy and wanted to have the best of both worlds.

 

The Function

Headphones always take a beating and V-Moda Crossfade M-80s took every but of aggravated assault I threw at them.  With the claim of Military Grade Construction, I had to test them to some degree of punishment.  I twisted the headband almost in the complete opposite direction.  Dropped them from above head height multiple times, sat on them and pulled the wires in every direction known to mankind.  They came out looking and performing like the first minutes I’d removed them from the box.  These have to be the most resilient headphones ever made.

 

Conclusion

These are the first headphones I’ve tested in a whole series of reviews I’m currently working on and it sure is going to be hard to work through the rest when I feel like I just tested and best overall set of headphones available today.  They are portable, strong and sound amazing and I have no hesitation in recommending that any audiophile or casual gamer and movies go straight out and buy a pair of these amazing headphones.  They feel like they will last forever.

I did mention the sound and how I thought something was lacking, but its incredibly hard to quantify this and also make a recommendation when everybody has there own preferences and qualities they are looking for in sound.  Also as I said, this feeling was very slight and did not detract from my overall opinion of these amazing headphones.

 

Be sure to check out more V-Moda products on the companies web site found at http://v-moda.com

 

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE gets Jelly Bean update plus VoLTE

Samsung is bringing the most sought after software update to Samsung Galaxy 10.1 LTE devices. The update also adds simultaneous data and voice to the LTE toting devices. The new update is coming to South Korean carriers initially, and will hopefully spread out to other places from there.



Obviously, the update includes the awesome features that all Jelly Bean devices have. With this being a Samsung device, it also adds support for Multi-Window, which is one of the cooler features out there. This feature splits the screen in half and allows two apps to be run at the same time. With a 10-inch tablet, it seems like the feature could be a perfect fit. It’s like having two 5-inch phablets side by side.

The update also adds improved S Pen functionality such as the new Easy Clip that debuted on the Galaxy Note II. The update also adds Air-View, which grants a preview of photo and video galleries, message content, calendar entries, and other data when the pen is hovered over them. It also adds Quick Command, which triggers new emails, searches, and other features with an upward swipe.

VoLTE address a common concern for LTE devices. Now, if you need to make voice call from your tablet, you will be able to do so without losing your data. With a smartphone, not being able to call and use the Internet is acceptable, since often you will have the phone pressed to your ear, but a tablet, you are probably using a hands free device, and thus, may need to use Internet. VoLTE solves that, but it does require carrier support to work.

Samsung has not mentioned the actually rollout dates for the update.

[via SlashGear]


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Deal of the Day: Musubo MUMMY for Samsung Galaxy S3

Deal of the Day The Nov. 16 ShopAndroid.com Deal of the Day is the Musubo MUMMY for Samsung Galaxy S3. The beauty of simplicity and tranquility echoes through Musubo's Mummy Case for the Galaxy S3. Ultra-durable soft-touch TPU material absorbs life's daily impacts while complimenting your device with a stunning, precision fit design. Includes folding video stand for on-the-go entertainment and comes in black, purple, red and white.

The Musubo MUMMY Case is available for just $19.00, 46% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping.

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Firefox browser add-on lets us try Firefox OS in an all-Mozilla universe

Firefox browser addon lets us try Firefox OS in a very recursive way

We’ve had the chance to experiment with early versions of Firefox OS for awhile — just not in Firefox the browser, where you’d nearly expect it to have shown first. At least one person appreciates that seemingly natural fit. A new Firefox OS simulator add-on, r2d2b2g, lets us try Mozilla’s upcoming mobile platform from within the company’s own browser for everything that doesn’t depend on native hardware, including the browser and Firefox Marketplace. The goal is ostensibly to let developers test truly optimized web apps, although the simulator is also a good excuse for the curious to try Firefox OS without the hassle of a dedicated client or a real smartphone. If you can get by the early state of the simulator and the Xzibit jokes that come with putting Firefox on your Firefox, the extension is already providing a glimpse of a web-focused mobile future to Linux, Mac and Windows users at the source below.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II moves 3 million units worldwide

Turns out people like Samsung’s plus-sized Galaxy Note II. In fact, looks like 3 million people love the phablet. That’s a pretty impressive number, but it becomes even more impressive when you consider that the device has only been on the market for a little over a month. That’s a lot of people running out to get their Note IIs in a rather short period of time.



The extra-large phone has a 5.5-inch screen. Samsung has taken some steps to make the phone appear a little smaller, which could help explain why this is the particular phablet that is taking the world by storm. They included a smaller top and bottom bezel, which helps trim a little size. Samsung also included rounded edges, which helps make the phone look less massive than it actually is.

The inclusion of the longer, thinner S Pen could be another reason for the jump in popularity of the Note II. It makes using the lager device much easier. While the S Pen is compatible with the original Note, the different size of the pen means it won’t fit in the stylus slot of the Samsung’s original phablet.

Maybe the size of the screen has nothing to do with the phone’s massive success. Maybe it’s the beastly specs under the hood of the device. Maybe it’s the 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and either 16, 32, or 64GB of memory space options that make people want it. Either way, Samsung’s Galaxy Note II is here to stay. 3 million units is an impressive number, and it tells us that there is certainly a market for larger smartphones.

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iPhone 5 will say ‘namaste India’ tomorrow

iPhone 5 will say namaste India tomorrow

Apple’s partners in India have confirmed that the iPhone 5 will be reaching the subcontintent’s shores tomorrow, November 2nd. We’ll likely hear an announcement from Apple shortly, possibly mentioning other countries to which the handset is also headed. Lack of compatible LTE networks notwithstanding, the starting prices for an upgrade will be 45,500 rupees ($850) for the 16GB variant, moving on to 52,500 rupees ($980) for 32GB, and 59,500 rupees ($1,110) for the 64GB model — enough to buy a brand new 150cc motorbike in Mumbai.

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Much Awaited iPhone 5 to Launch in India

‘Thinnest, Lightest iPhone Ever Features All-New Aluminum Design, Stunning 4-Inch Retina Display, A6 Chip & Ultrafast Wireless’

New Delhi-October 30, 2012-iPhone(R) 5 is to launch in India on November 2nd. The thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina[TM] display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology*-all while delivering even better battery life. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook(R) organization; and even more Siri(R) features and languages.

Redington announced today that it will offer iPhone 5 at leading modern trade stores and retail outlets in India beginning Friday, November 2. For more information on availability details please visit http://appleiphone5.redingtononline.com. For more information on iPhone 5, please visit www.apple.com/in/iphone.

iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, with an all-new 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body that is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. Designed with an unprecedented level of precision, iPhone 5 combines an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays for a truly incredible fit and finish.
The new 4-inch Retina display on iPhone 5 delivers even more pixels than iPhone 4S, making the already incredible Retina display even better. By making the screen taller, not wider, iPhone 5 is just as easy to use with one hand so you can tap, type and scroll the same way you always have, while enjoying even more of your content. .

iPhone 5 supports ultrafast wireless standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA, so you can browse, download and stream content even faster. To support the latest LTE technology, Apple has pioneered a unique single-radio LTE solution that provides blazing fast speeds while fitting perfectly into the new remarkably thin design. iPhone 5 features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for a wireless experience up to 150 Mbps.
The all-new A6 chip was designed by Apple to maximize performance and power efficiency to support all the incredible new features in iPhone 5, including the stunning new 4-inch Retina display-

The 8 megapixel iSight(R) camera is the most popular camera in the world and with iPhone 5, it’s even better. The new iSight camera in iPhone 5 features a sapphire crystal lens cover that is thinner and more durable than standard glass with the ability to provide crystal clear images. New video features include improved stabilization, video face detection for up to 10 faces and the ability to take still photos as you record..
iPhone 5 features the new Lightning[TM] connector that is smaller, smarter and more durable than the previous connector. The all-digital Lightning connector features an adaptive interface that uses only the signals that each accessory requires, and it’s reversible so you can instantly connect to your accessories.
iPhone 5 introduces new enhanced audio features including a new beam-forming, directional microphone system for higher quality sound, while background noise fades away with new noise canceling technology. iPhone 5 now includes support for cellular wideband audio for crisper word clarity and more natural sounding speech. iPhone 5 comes with the new Apple EarPods[TM] featuring a breakthrough design for a more natural fit and increased durability, and an incredible acoustic quality typically reserved for higher-end earphones.

About Redington (India) Ltd: along with its subsidiaries is in the business of end-to-end supply chain management of IT and Non-IT products in various potential geographies of South Asia, Middle East Turkey and Africa. Redington has demonstrated its capability in these price sensitive / difficult to penetrate geographies by leveraging its risk management capability, effective Supply Chain Infrastructure Management and efficient utilization of the Management Information Systems.

With a large distribution network and a market penetration of more than 22 countries, Redington is amongst the largest, supply chain solution providers to over 85 leading manufacturers of Information Technology, Telecom, Lifestyle and Consumer Electronics Products, worldwide. Redington also provides warranty and post warranty services. Supported by a wide and well connected distribution network of more than 32,000 channel partners, team of trained and talented workforce and Automated Distribution Centers, Redington has drawn up plans to take its place amongst the key world class, supply chain solution providers.

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Great Big War Game’s Stunning Graphics

So, I’ve reviewed Great Big War Game in the past, but I was reviewing it off of the basis that I was playing it on my smartphone. Now that I have one of the best tablets in the market (at the time of this writing), I would kind of like to give this specific title a re-review, as the graphics are superb on it, and the processing speed is crazier fast than it already was on the smartphone.

Now, the graphics are insanely beautiful. Keep in mind that this is a turn-based game, so in a sense, they have both time and money to flesh out some wicked awesome graphics. I don’t want to say that the graphics are Disney style, but that’s what they almost look like. It’s definitely a good fit for the game though, as it goes with the comedic route that Rubicon Development went with the War Game series (i.e. Great Little War Game or Great Big War Game).

To give you a very quick overview, you are given coins in Great Big War Game and are supposed to use those coins to purchase troops and ultimately kill the other team (in this case, the red team). That’s all there is to it, and it’s extremely fun in multiplayer mode. On the flip side of things, there is also a campaign mode that is extremely funny and comedic, I really enjoyed it.

Again, the huge focus of the game is graphics, it almost seems, that or I am just so amazed at how good they are I am blind to everything else.  The turn-based combat is fun, but the graphics is awesome, especially when using an HD tablet. I play the game on my ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T and am able to see a huge difference from my Motorola Atrix 2. It’s almost like a entirely new experience. The graphics are so much more clear and crisp than what you would see on your smartphone. Many of you may have gone out and purchased this game on your smartphone, but if you have a tablet and have decided that you don’t like it, I would highly suggest loading it up on your tablet as opposed to your smartphone. You won’t regret. Rubicon did a fantastic job getting it all perfect, and if they were to create an official HD version of the game, I am 100% sure that it would look even more stunning than they already are.

Currently the game is available on Google Play for a very reasonable price. I think it’s $3, but I can’t confirm that as I bought the app quite a while back, and can not figure out a way to find the price with it already on my device(s).

Overall, the game offers some extremely fun gameplay, and stunning graphics. It’s really worth the amount they are asking for. I’m really waiting impatiently for Rubicon’s next War Game offering (it’ll probably be Great Huge War Game, but that’s just an assumption!).

Let me know how you think this game plays on a tablet compared to the smartphone!

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MOGA Controller Hands-on at CTIA MobileCON 2012 [Video]


We recently reviewed an accessory called GameKlip, which allows you to clip a PlayStation 3 controller to a device for gaming. If you read our review, you found there are definitely some complications that come with it, though. It is complicated to set up the wireless connection, you need to have a PS3 controller before hand and some devices simply don’t fit very well in it.

We have found a solution that is similar but much more full-featured and convenient. The MOGA controller is manufactured by PowerA and is pretty much a bluetooth controller with a dock for placing your phone. Since it is features a vertical clip, it can fit any device regardless of width, size or any other physical factors.

You don’t necessarily have to use it with your phone. The controller’s clip can fold in and hide inside the controller. The user can then simply pair the controller with any smartphone or tablet. We are rather impressed by the controller’s performance by its own. It has a rubberized back, the buttons and dual joysticks are placed very comfortably and it is very responsive.

We consider the device holder to be simply an extra; a major one, but still simply a cool addition. If you were interested in the GameKlip but don’t have a PS3 controller, or simply don’t want to deal with the pairing process, this might be the controller for you.

To make it more convenient, the MOGA will be available at T-Mobile stores. It is also available on Amazon, though. It does cost $50, which seems like a lot compared to the $15 GameKlip, but keep in mind this is a full-featured controller and not just a clip. Many of us don’t have PlayStation controllers laying around, and if you add up the costs it would end up being about the same (PS3 controller + GameKlip).

It is fun, it is comfortable and it is easy to pair. What more can you ask of a good mobile controller? Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Google Play Music, Movies, and TV Shows now available on Google TV; new developer features

Well it’s about time, Google. The Mountain View company announced the availability of Google Play Music, Movies, and TV shows for devices running Google TV. It’s a natural fit for those who’ve enjoyed life with Android on the big screen, and while this doesn’t bring over books and magazines (would you really want them to?) it’s nice progress in an otherwise stagnant experience.

Users can either buy content right from the device, or access the content they’ve bought on other devices via the cloud. That’s not the only thing in this upgrade, though. Google has announced new features for developers such as automatic updates, in-app subscription billing, and smart updates.

The features will be coming to you via an upgrade. Google didn’t state whether or not this would be a hot update (where an app silently updates without prompting the user) but we should know in due time. Let us know when you start to see the new features as you use your Google TV devices in the comments section below. [via GTV Source]


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Feel the Force: Angry Birds Star Wars coming November 8th to iOS, Android and computers

Feel the Force: Angry Birds Star Wars coming November 8th to iOS, Android and computers

Rovio teased a certain film-inspired Angry Birds picture a long, long last week, and as expected, it’s another new game — Angry Birds Star Wars. Our furious feathered friends are assuming the likenesses of characters from the epic saga, with the trusty Red Bird taking on Luke Skywalker’s role. It wouldn’t be the Rebel Alliance without a dark side to fight, which is where the Pigs fit into the storyline; even the music and levels for gravity-based play will hark back to the film franchise. In addition to the software, details of related merchandise have also been uncovered, including table games, toys and costumes. The game is out on November 8th for iOS, Android and computers, and if it follows the original storyline, we wonder how Red Bird’s going to feel about his porcine family history.

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Sprint may counteroffer T-Mobile bid to merge with MetroPCS

Yesterday, things looked all but certain for a merger to occur between T-Mobile and MetroPCS according to an announcement from Deutshe Telekom AG. One day later though the situation may have changed. Reports indicate Sprint may be in the process of preparing a rival proposal to acquire MetroPCS. Analysts believe Sprint and MetroPCS would be a good fit because their networks are compatible. Supposedly Sprint is crunching numbers and have their advisors reviewing a potential merger.

All of the firms are declining to comment about the potential counteroffer. If the firms back out of yesterday’s announced deal, penalty payments could be triggered in the amount of $150 million for MetroPCS and $250 million for T-Mobile.

All of the firms have looked at a combination of mergers and acquisitions in the past, with Sprint considering purchases of both T-Mobile and MetroPCS at different times. None of those attempts succeeded. It appears the recent announcement about MetroPCS and T-Mobile may have prompted Sprint to take a second look at their options, especially now that they are in a better financial position to attempt a buyout.

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Sony Xperia TL for AT&T hands-on (video)

Sony Xperia TL for AT&T handson

It’s not unusual for a device to be sold under a couple of different names for the purposes of carrier branding, or to distinguish a global GSM model from its US bound LTE sibling. Sony seems to be trying for a record though, with the Xperia T adding a fourth rebranding. The company’s latest flagship is landing on AT&T here in the US as the Xperia TL. At an event today in NYC the carrier broke out the curved 4.6-inch LTE Android device and we took the opportunity to give it yet another chance to impress us, after falling short of “wow” it’s first few times around the block.

Back at IFA 2012, when we first got up close and personal with Sony’s latest flagship, we were left feeling rather unimpressed and things haven’t changed. The fit and finish of the TL just doesn’t live up to the big boy breeches of its high-end ilk. Yes, it feels good in the hand, owed in part to that matte plastic back and subtle arc S-like curve, but the materials feel cheap. Thankfully, that sentiment doesn’t spill over into its performance, as the 1.5GHz dual-core S4 powering the device does an admirable job keeping navigation brisk.

With a 720p HD Reality display powered by the outfit’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine, you’d expect superb readability from the handset, especially in the dim light of this event. Though colors on the panel are bright and viewing angles seem to hold up fairly well, we did take issue with its overall brightness. Even pumped up to max, the screen just seemed a bit too dark for our tastes.

As with all things carrier-branded, this one lands with a host of AT&T apps onboard alongside three of Sony’s own like Media, Album and Walkman. The build of Android on the device is still Ice Cream Sandwich with a light skin, but we were assured an upgrade to Jelly Bean is forthcoming and, given the company’s track record, we’re inclined to believe it. This official Bond Android phone’s targeted for a holiday season release, so sit tight if you want to go all in on this Xperia. Check out the brief video tour after the break.

Joseph Volpe contributed to this report.

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Contest: Four Galaxy Nexus Cases From Spigen Up for Grabs! [RAW]

Ready for another chance to win fabulous prizes? This time we are targeting the Galaxy Nexus with Ultra Capsule cases from Spigen SGP. These are your standard TPU style case, which we reviewed a couple of months ago. Actually, I’d call them a higher-quality TPU case, because of the styling and perfect fit on the [...]

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Touch Hockey Updates Game for Larger iPhone Screen; Adds New Features for iOS 6 Users Too

Touch Hockey 2 HD  
Developer: FlipSide5, Inc.  
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FlipSide5 is pleased to announce a major update to its enormously popular games, Touch Hockey 2 and Touch Hockey 2 HD, that take full advantage of the 5 screen and new features available in iOS 6.

CEO of FlipSide5, Michael Sanford said, “The iPhone 5′s screen size is a perfect fit for Touch Hockey 2. It’s like the device was designed with this in mind. The air hockey tables now have a real-world aspect ratio and the performance is amazing.”  (more…)

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Is the Aston Martin smartphone suitable for 007′s legacy?

Luxury smartphones branded with the name of expensive European car manufacturers is becoming a trend since Ferrari has one as well as Lamborghini. How about Aston Martin? The British car company that is most famous for being James Bond’s car of choice has decided to throw their grandiose markings upon a luxury phone. Can this phone live up to the legacy set forth by 007?

Well, lets start off with build materials, because with a luxury phone, that’s generally what you’re paying for. You have a choice of five different auspicious colors when ordering your Aston Martin Aspire; gold, rose gold, silver, black and white. The former two colors will be priced at approximately $1,590, an extra $300 over the latter three. This is due to the fact that they will be made using real 24 carat gold in their construction. In addition to these pretentious build materials you will also receive a slew of extra accessories including two 1,500 mAh batteries, A leather pouch for carrying the device, special Aston Martin branded headphones, and an extra fancy retail box.

So far this is looking to be a phone fit for the top MI6 agent until you look at the specs. It sports a tiny 3.2 inch HVGA (480 x 320) display, an 800 MHz single core processor, 256mb of RAM and 512mb of ROM to power the Android 2.3.5 operating system. The cameras consist of a 5 megapixel rear sensor and 0.3 megapixel front VGA camera for all your photo snapping needs. With such outdated specs, this phone seems to be more fit for Inspector Clouseau rather than a secret agent like James Bond.

Yet again, we have a another subpar phone that’s branded with a high end car manufacturer at a ridiculous price. How can such a prestigious car manufacturer make such compromises on something they intend to put their name on? Moreover, why do car companies keep trying to make phones? The world may never know. Of course, if you’re dying for a ludicrously overpriced phone that screams “I HAVE MORE MONEY THAN COMMON SENSE!” then I suppose this phone might be for you.

Source: ePrice


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