Well, there we go, folks; another year, another Mobile World Congress, although I’m rather pleased to say that this year’s MWC has been a lot more exciting than last year’s complete and total anti-climax of a wash-out! After all the big manufacturers stayed away last year, they’ve come crawling back again (other than Apple, who never show up, and HTC, who’ve decided not to show off their new flagship phone yet), so that we actually saw some big name phones getting announced!
Oh, and there were also a couple of surprises. Quite big surprises, really, as you’ll see throughout the rest of this post. You’ll be able to tell the surprised bits, ‘cos my text will look surprised. So, what new stuff did we get to see this year? 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
I’ve made no secret of the fact that i rather like the idea of the Asha phones made by Nokia. They’re classed as (and sold as) feature phones, with a price to match, but what they really are, right, is cheap smartphones. Essentially, they’re smartphones that aren’t billed as smartphones, but that can do most of the things that actual smartphones can do, for the price of a feature phone.
And that’s awesome.
Anyway, the point is that a couple more have leaked online, thanks to the always-worth-watching @evleaks on Twitter, and once again, we’re looking at full touchscreen devices. So, what should we be expecting from these little blighters? Continue reading
Do ye remember when the Phonebloks project was first announced, and I said how there was next to no chance of it ever actually happening? And then, do ye remember how Motorola got behind the idea and announced Project Ara, a project to make a similar modular phone with the Phonebloks’ creator’s input? And ye remember how I was never so happy to have been proved wrong?
Well now, we know a bit more about what’s happening with Project Ara, thanks to a press release from 3D printing company 3D Systems; turns out that the two companies, Motorola and 3D Systems, have joined forces.
So, what’s the crack? Continue reading
In the world of big screen superphones, Android’s had the market pretty much to itself, ever since Samsung unveiled the first Galaxy Note. When we’re talking about phones whose screens come in at 5-inches and above, there was nothing on any other platform that could match the big screen brilliance of big hitters like the Sony Xperia Z1 or the LG G2 (and they’re small, compared to the biggest phones out there, the so-called ‘phablets’).
Now, though, Nokia’s aiming to redress that balance, ‘cos they’ve just announced not one but two new phones, and both of ‘em have got a 6-inch screen. Yes, after weeks and weeks of rumours, the Nokia Lumia 1520 has finally shown its face in an official stylee… Continue reading
Y’know, I can still remember when The Matrix first came out; I went into it, not knowing what to expect, and ended up witnessing a film unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. A big reason for that was the now famous bullet time scenes, that blew away everyone who saw The Matrix and that went on to be featured in every action movie ever, after that. And now, Qualcomm and HTC have teamed up to do bullet time with smartphones…
Yeah, okay, it’s not an app that lets you do bullet time on your own phone, but there’s something rather cool about seeing mobile phones being used to recreate one of the most famous special effects in the history of cinema. So, how (and more importantly, why) did they do it? Continue reading
Right, let’s talk about wireless charging, of the kind that’s popped up in at least one recent Nokia phone. Yes, it’s kinda cool to be able to just plonk yer phone down on a mat, and have it charge up without having to actually plug the phone in, but there’s a teensy bit of a downside; if wireless charging is the future, then the future is a little bit, well, slow. The big problem with wireless charging is that it takes an age to actually, y’know, charge your phone.
Well according to Nikkei, Sony has big plans to change all that. The reason? Well, Sony reckons that, in future, you’ll be able to wirelessly charge one of their smartphones up to a full charge in just one hour… Continue reading
[Warning: this post may well contain spoilers for GTA V. Well, one spoiler, for one of the earlier missions, and I'll try to keep it as vague as possible. Still, you've been warned.]
Now then, I did a post a couple of weeks back, about how there’s an iFruit app (based on the in-game phone from GTA V) for iOS devices like the new iPhone 5c, and once I’d written it, I vowed, then, that I wouldn’t do a second post about GTA V, ‘cos it’d be unnecessary, what with already having done one and all that. I figured that the iFruit (and you all know what it’s based on) would be the only parody mobile phone in the game.
I was wrong.
It turns out that the iFruit is just the first of the parody mobile phones on display in GTA V, and one of the others came as a hilarious surprise, that I wasn’t even slightly suspecting… Continue reading
Right then, this actually happened five days ago, so I reckon it’s probably time I talked about it. Yes, I know, I’m behind the times, but it’s not my fault, honest! Sony went and announced the Sony Xperia Z1, and Samsung announced both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, so it’s not my fault more immediately exciting things happened!
yes, as if you didn’t know already, Microsoft has gone and bought Nokia, or rather, they’ve bought Nokia’s mobile phone business, for the grand total of 5.4 billion Euros. With this move, Microsoft has joined the manufacturer battle.
So, what’s the crack? Continue reading
Well here we go, folks; another day, another phone gets officially unveiled, and this time, it’s the turn of Nokia to show off their latest handset. After the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020 a little while back (a phone that has the best mobile camera ever, bar none, but which has a couple of glaring issues that keep it from true greatness), it’s time for something a little different.
Well, alright, not that different.
It’s still a Windows phone, it’s got the Lumia branding, and it still looks like a curvier version of the Nokia Lumia 920, so perhaps ‘different’ isn’t the right word. Still, whatever the case, say hello to the Nokia Lumia 625… Continue reading