Browse Month: February 2012

LG Optimus 3D Max not landing in the UK – focuses on the quad-core Optimus 4X HD instead

Do you own an LG Optimus 3D? If you do, you’re one of the few who chose to get their hands on the 3D handset. It seems stereoscopic handsets haven’t made an impact in the UK market. However, since the Korean firm unveiled the Optimus 3D MAX, the Optimus 3D’s successor, at Mobile World Congress, is LG planning to release another flop in the UK? Apparently it has learned its lesson. It will not be releasing the 3D Max in the UK. Instead, it would be focusing on the successor of the Optimus 2X, the Optimus 4X HD.

We think the Optimus 4X HD is a better choice for the UK. Specs include a 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It also comes with an 8 megapixel camera that can record videos at 1080p (full HD). Lastly, it packs a 1.5 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor by NVIDIA under the hood. To top it all off, the smartphone runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the latest version of Android. LG will need the Optimus 4X HD to better compete with other quad-core efforts such as HTC’s One X.

Would you be interested in getting your hands on the LG Optimus 4X HD, or are you disappointed the LG Optimus 3D Max isn’t coming to the UK? Give us your thoughts.


Samsung Galaxy Beam arriving in July – will set you back £385

Eager to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Beam, Sammy’s new handset with a built-in projector? If you’re keen on getting this new Android handset, will be landing in the UK in July and will set you back £385 (VAT included) for the unlocked version.

The Beam’s 15 lumens projector can project anything from images to games 50 inches wide in HD. A dedicated app controls whatever you want to project. Other specs include a 4 inch 480 x 800 pixel display and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera that can record videos at 720p. You will get 8 GB of internal storage and supports as much as 32 GB from a microSD card. It packs a 1 GHz dual-core processor under the hood. Samsung is known for creating extremely slim handsets like the 8.5 mm Galaxy S2. However, since the phone comes with a built-in projector, it is a bit bulky at 12.5 mm.

Since this is a new release by Samsung, you may be thinking its powered Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) just like the Galaxy Nexus. Sadly, this isn’t the case. The Beam runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Can’t wait to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Beam, or would you rather get your hands on something else? Give us your thoughts.


Apple to leave out home button on iPad 3?

Apple sent out invites to the unveiling of the iPad 3 saying, “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” The image shows a device without the usual physical home button. Could Apple have left out the home button on the iPad 3?

Apple is known for dropping hints in its invites. When it sent out invites for the unveiling of the iPhone 4S, the invite read, “Let’s Talk iPhone”. This hinted on the voice-controlled personal assistant Siri. Could the image on their invite suggest the next generation iPad without a home button?

Before the iPad 2 was unveiled there were rumours flying around that Apple would ditch the home button. Now, there are rumours circulating once more claiming the same for the iPad 3. Furthermore, demoed to developers, Apple showed multi-touch gestures that bring you to the homescreen by simply making a pinching gesture on the screen with your entire hand.

Since this gesture takes you to the homescreen, there wouldn’t be any need to include a physical home button on the next generation iPad. This, however, wouldn’t be the case with the next iPhone, since it is designed to be used with one hand.

It’s possible that Apple took a shot of the iPad 3 in landscape mode, which means that the home button wouldn’t be seen in the shot. However, it wouldn’t make sense why they would choose to snap a picture of the tablet in that angle.

Do you think the iPad 3 would no longer sport a physical home button, or do you think Apple took a shot of the tablet in landscape mode? Give us your thoughts.


Eric Schmidt says Google’s goal is to get smartphone down to the £45 range

Fancy a Samsung Galaxy S2 or an HTC Sensation XE at a mere £45? Who wouldn’t? Currently this is all just fantasy, but according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, this will become reality by next year.

Schmidt made this prediction after his keynote speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. When one from the audience asked when are we to expect Android feature phones, Schmidt said, “A better question is when will smart phones cost what feature phones cost? And the answer to that is next year.”

The chairman said that Google has “many, many partners” who are hard at work developing simple smartphones sporting basic screens and browsers as low as £60. Okay, so maybe not flagships as low as £60, but we’ll take the cheap Android smartphones nonetheless. Schmidt added, “The eventual goal is to get to the $70 (£45) range.”

Schmidt says that If and when smartphones are brought down to the £45 range, they can be resold cheaper second hand. He adds, “All of a sudden there’s huge new market.” He was obviously excited over the millions of Android users they can potentially gather.

Can’t wait for Android smartphones to go down to £45? Give us your thoughts.


Retailers Release HTC One X Deals in the UK

HTC One X deals have today been released in the UK, this first X model from the new HTC One range is the most advanced of three new smart phones with the HTC One S and V on their way soon.

Contract deals for the HTC One X are now available with offers on Orange starting from just £31 per month for a free phone, there are two HTC One X deals available at this price with Orange Panther 31 providing 400 minutes, unlimited text messages and 750MB of data and Orange Dolphin 31 offering 600 minutes, unlimited SMS and 250MB of internet access every month.


The HTC One X is the manufacturers and first ever quad core smart phone, offering 1.5GHz with 1GB of RAM this is one of the fastest handsets available and trumps the next best dual core devices at 1.5GHz of the Sony Xperia S and HTC Sensation XE, better still it seems that HTC have finally addressed their memory problems by including a whopping 32GB of internal space on this latest phone.

On the front of the HTC One X is a 4.7 inch, HD 720 x 1280 touch screen display which equals that of the HTC Sensation XL and HTC Titan but is not quite as big as the 5.3 inch mammoth screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note, the main camera is an 8 mega pixel unit which can record video at 1080p like the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S2 but HTC have included some new and exciting software which actually allows the user to capture still photos at the same time as recording video.

The usual connectivity you would expect from an Android phone is also on offer with fast 3.5G data support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS with turn by turn satellite navigation but this is only the second smart phone to feature the latest Android 4.0 software after the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which means it is far faster, better at multitasking and thanks to the new HTC Sense 4.0 user interface; smoother than previous Android 2.3 devices.

Further features include a front facing camera for video calling and the on-board media player has been enhanced with Beats Audio technology for an amazing listening experience, this new phone is also to be released in a white colour scheme very soon.

HTC One X deals

HTC One X White