Annnnnnnnd here we go again; every time ye think rumours are dying down about Apple making an iPhone with a bigger screen, somebody else comes out and says something that just opens up the whole debate again. Every year, the same rumour crops up, before completely failing to come to pass. We’ve been here countless times before, which tends to make one a bit jaded about the whole thing, and more inclined to call the whole thing a load of old cobblers.
However, there’s a couple of things we need to take into account with today’s incarnation of the rumour. The first is that it’s now being mooted by the Wall Street Journal, but there’s a second thing to consider, too… Continue reading →
Y’know, there’s something we don’t often see in the mobile world, and that something is a budget phablet. Whenever you see a phablet being launched, you can be pretty certain it’s going to be an uber-powerful beastie like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, rather than a cut-price (but still nice) phablet like the Samsung Galaxy Mega. Because of that, it was a bit of a surprise to see that when they got round to finally announcing a phablet, Nokia actually announced two phablets, and one of them was in fact a budget phablet.
That phone is the Nokia Lumia 1320, it launched alongside its more powerful sibling (the Lumia 1520) and it aims to fit even the most budget-conscious pockets. But is it any good? Continue reading →
It’s always intriguing to watch the evolution of Android as a platform, and one of the key metrics that people use to measure its impact is the number of phones running on each version of Google’s smartphone platform. It’s not that long ago that most Android phones out there (whether they were made by HTC or Samsung or, er, someone else) were running on Gingerbread, but the world keeps on changin’, and when the change involves newer, more advanced versions of Android, it’s a change for the better.
Now, thanks to Android Developers, we know which version of Android is the most common one ye’ll find in the wild, and let’s not beat about the bush, it’s Jelly Bean… Continue reading →
Well there we go, folks. Another year is almost over! I tell ye, it’s flown by, so it has; it only feels like yesterday when I was making my predictions for this year, and now, ’tis time for me to make my predictions for 2014.
and then, just like 2013, you can have fun seeing how accurate my predictions end up being. I predict (kinda meta-prediction, that, ain’t it) that they’ll either be really accurate, or not accurate in the slightest, which should serve nicely to widen the betting pool for everyone involved and make it all a lot more fun. Y’know, if you’re having a sweepstake on it.
Well, folks, another year’s almost up. Soon, it’ll pass from this mortal coil as we all embrace 2014, and become an ex-annum. Now that we’re into the very last week of 2013, I reckon it’s about time I did a bit of a run-down of the year, although this one is going to be a bit different to last year’s, ‘cos it’s not a full review of the year, this time. No, I’ve decided to do something entirely positive this time round!
I’m now waiting for people to say this means I won’t be talking about the iPhone 5c.
No sirree, what I’ve decided to do this year, since it’s been a bumper year for new stuff, is a list of my personal choices for the top 3 phones of 2013. So, let’s begin with… Continue reading →
This might sound odd, given that my phone is a T-Mobile phone (they had a deal running when I was ready to buy my phone, so there), but I reckon Three is easily one of the best networks in the UK, and there’s a very simple reason for that, quite apart from the fact that I still have fond memories of their really weird TV advert, the one with the singing cherry (I suspect you had to be there).
The reason is that they keep on doing awesome things, that properly benefit us consumers, and now, they’ve an awesome thing even, er, awesomer; basically, according to IntoMobile, they’ve expanded their ‘Feel At Home’ service, effectively scrapping international roaming fees in even more countries… Continue reading →
Well folks, I did a post about Sailfish OS (and the first phone to use it, the Jolla phone) last week, so this week, I reckon it’s about time I did another post about Firefox OS. Y’know, because in spite of it not having landed in the UK yet, I really love what I’ve seen of it so far. However, having said that, I’ve also made it really clear that my favourite smartphone platform is Android. Oh, how I wish there was a phone that dual-booted between the two platforms!
What’s that? IntoMobile is reporting that the Geeksphone Revolution is on its way, and that it will dual-boot between Android and Firefox OS? Thanks, invisible blog presence, who I just made up to make that joke work! Continue reading →
Back before I got my current HTC phone, I used an HTC HD2, and I set back then that it was the single greatest phone ever made. It may have been surpassed in terms of power by modern phones (like the epically awesome Sony Xperia Z1), but unbelievably, the HD2 is still going strong. It’s going so strong, in fact, that the clever, clever people at XDADevelopers (in this case, the user chautruongthinh) have now got Android KitKat running on it…
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the HTC Hd2 is the single most versatile phone that has ever existed. You tell me one other phone that can run as many different smartphone operating systems as this beastie can. So, what’s it like to run KitKat on the HD2…? Continue reading →
Right then, let’s talk about Sailfish OS. It’s been a while since I’ve spoken about it (the last post centred around Sailfish was way back in May), so I reckon it’s high time I spoke about it again, not least because it seems that the Jolla phone, the first phone to officially run Sailfish as its core OS, has finally been released. Or it’s about to be released, anyway.
Whatever the case, the point is that Engadget has done a review of the Jolla phone, and, er, it’s not that positive. Yes, apparently, the world’s first Sailfish phone is a bit underwhelming, with Engadget classing it as a very obvious “first effort”.
At the start of October, I finally got round to playing Grand Theft Auto V, and I loved it to bits. I might not have enjoyed it as much as Saints Row 4 (largely because nothing is as fun as Saints Row 4), but GTA V is, without any doubt, one of the absolute high watermarks of this console generation.
However, it’s not the first game set in Los Santos, itself located in the fictional state of San Andreas. no, for that, we have to travel back through time to the first decade of this third millennium, and the sprawling behemoth that was GTA: San Andreas. Well now, the game that I said was too big to ever appear on smartphones is, in fact (according to a press release from Rockstar), coming to smartphones… Continue reading →