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HTC One hands-on: First look

HTC One hands-on: First look

GSMArena team, 19 February 2013

Going by sales in the past year alone, it's easy to forget that HTC still makes some of the best hardware in the smartphone game. Despite the fact that it was the first to release a smartphone with a dual-core Krait chipset, the first to launch a...

Tags: HTC, Android, Hands-on


HTC Butterfly review: The droid monarch

HTC Butterfly review: The droid monarch

GSMArena team, 18 February 2013

Going by sales in the past year alone, it's easy to forget that HTC still makes some of the best hardware in the smartphone game. Despite the fact that it was the first to release a smartphone with a dual-core Krait chipset, the first to launch a...

Tags: HTC, Android


Sony Xperia Z review: Zero hour

Sony Xperia Z review: Zero hour

GSMArena team, 17 February 2013

With solid backup in the midrange, returning to the fiercest battle in the mobile market is Sony’s top priority. The Xperia Z, which leads the charge, got us properly impressed in a recent hands-on and if it walks unscathed from a complete review, we’ll know the Japanese have hit the form of their life...

Tags: Sony, Android


BlackBerry Z10 review: Swipe clean

BlackBerry Z10 review: Swipe clean

GSMArena team, 15 February 2013

The BlackBerry Z10 heralds the rebirth of a fallen leader in the smartphone market. It’s a clean break from the past with a big touchscreen and novel OS, but the same business mentality that made it the favorite of office dwellers around the world...


Nokia Lumia 620 review: Auxiliary troops

Nokia Lumia 620 review: Auxiliary troops

GSMArena team, 14 February 2013

At this point it should be clear that the future of Nokia rides on the success of the Windows Phone 8 platform. The Fins need the second major WP release to work as the Lumia lineup is Nokia’s only shot at staying afloat in the long run. Samsung and...


Sony Xperia Z preview: First look

Sony Xperia Z preview: First look

GSMArena team, 13 February 2013

Failing to react to market tendencies has been an Achilles' heel of sorts for Sony in the past. Joining the dual-core and to quad-core parties late over the past two years has caused the once mighty smartphone maker to slide down in ranks and came dangerously close to the role of an also-run...


Virtual personal assistant shootout: Talk the talk

Virtual personal assistant shootout: Talk the talk

GSMArena team, 12 February 2013

What can I help you with? Hope your day is going well. It’s a start. But it’ll take time for the likes of Siri and Google Now to live up to the Intelligent Personal Assistant title. Surprisingly, intelligent isn’t too far off for software that’s context and location aware, does speech recognition...


Sony Xperia E dual review: Something extra

Sony Xperia E dual review: Something extra

GSMArena team, 11 February 2013

In 2012, Sony decided to alter its smartphone strategy and launched numerous affordable entry level smartphones, aiming to bring solid Android at prices close to those of some featurephones. It seems the move paid off handsomely, as the company is continuing the push at the start of this year...


BlackBerry Z10 preview: First look

BlackBerry Z10 preview: First look

GSMArena team, 8 February 2013

Challenging the establishment with a brand new platform isn't something you do in just one try. The Z10 has to convince users that BlackBerry has what it takes to compete with the best. After a certain...


Oppo Find 5 review: Oppo-lent screen

Oppo Find 5 review: Oppo-lent screen

GSMArena team, 6 February 2013

Oppo is perhaps better known for its Blu-Ray players, but if the Find 5 fails to place it on the map as a phone maker, we don’t know what will. The 5” 1080p screen will sure have plenty of eyeballs on it and its 441ppi density will certainly impress most...


Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand preview: First look

Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand preview: First look

GSMArena team, 4 February 2013

In a time when 5 inch screens are all the rage, the Galaxy Grand is Samsung’s attempt to cater to every possible taste (and budget) when it comes to smartphones. While the Grand doesn’t feature the 1080p screen that recent 5” flagships come with...


Samsung Galaxy S II Plus review: Golden oldie

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus review: Golden oldie

GSMArena team, 31 January 2013

Samsung has been steadily setting the bar ever higher with each flagship released, and the massive success of the Samsung Galaxy S III and its predecessor, the S II, have catapulted them to the top of the smartphone food chain. And, as is expected in the aftermath of such success, the....


Samsung Galaxy Note II US review: One for all

Samsung Galaxy Note II US review: One for all

GSMArena team, 24 October 2012

Following closely the footsteps of its international sibling, the US Samsung Galaxy Note II takes on our review course. Just like its smaller brother, the Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is launching across all major carriers...


Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 review: Writing home

Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 review: Writing home

GSMArena team, 3 October 2012

Samsung has produced many great handheld devices in its time, but few have reached iconic status. The company builds its success on great adaptability, an eye for trends and a knack for improving on others’ successful formulas. And yet...


Sony Xperia V review: Bond’s wetsuit

Sony Xperia V review: Bond’s wetsuit

GSMArena team, 29 January 2013

It won’t be long before those full-HD five-inchers start stealing the show and the older Xperia generation should be preparing for life in their shadow. It doesn’t mean though that the Xperia V cannot hope for a good time. We don’t see why...


HTC One SV review: Picking up speed

HTC One SV review: Picking up speed

GSMArena team, 28 January 2013

As the LTE networks rapidly increase their reach globally, support for them is no longer exclusively reserved for high-end devices. The HTC One SV is a clear example of this trend. The Android smartphone is far from the Taiwanese company’s top shelf...

Tags: HTC, Android, Touch UI


Samsung Galaxy Camera review: Half-press to play

Samsung Galaxy Camera review: Half-press to play

GSMArena team, 25 January 2013

We’ve been watching phones evolve at a breakneck pace with smartphones all but taking over, while cameras were stuck in the 20th century. Well, no more – the Samsung Galaxy Camera aims to stir the point-and-shoot market the way the iPhone did the...


Nokia Lumia 510 review: Down a gear

Nokia Lumia 510 review: Down a gear

GSMArena team, 22 January 2013

With things starting to look up financially and amid rumors of a successor to the Lumia flagship, the Finns shift down to speed up as they try to get one last lap out of the old Windows Phone generation. The Nokia Lumia 510 is old hardware running...


Galaxy Camera vs. 808 PureView: Shoot 'em up

Galaxy Camera vs. 808 PureView: Shoot 'em up

GSMArena team, 16 January 2013

So, this may as well be the first against the last of their respective kind. Nokia would gladly try and sell you PureView in various wraps and Android-powered cameras are not unheard of, but a shootout like this...


Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus preview: First look

Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus preview: First look

GSMArena team, 11 January 2013

The Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus has borrowed the finish of the Galaxy S III and is powered by a new chipset with a Broadcomm GPU. It's not a sea change by any means, but no wonders are expected of the Plus version really. All it tries to do is freshen up a proven formula and help Samsung tighten its grip on the midrange...

Tags: Android, Touch UI


CES 2013: Various brands overview

CES 2013: Various brands overview

GSMArena team, 10 January 2013

This year's Consumer Electronics Show had a few prominent absentees from among the key players in the mobile industry. While some may've been busy celebrating record years or wondering what...

Tags: Android, Touch UI


CES 2013: Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL hands-on

CES 2013: Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL hands-on

GSMArena team, 07 January 2013

In 2012, Sony found itself behind the pace, offering its first dual-core droids just a few weeks before the competition switched to quad-core architectures. Keen to catch up... Update: hands-on videos added


CES 2013: Huawei Ascend Mate, D2 and W1 hands-on

CES 2013: Huawei Ascend Mate, D2 and W1 hands-on

GSMArena team, 07 January 2013

Just like last year, some of the most interesting new devices to be announced at CES came at the Huawei press conference. This year the Chinese went... Update: Ascend W1 hands-on and videos added


LG Optimus L9 review: Living large

LG Optimus L9 review: Living large

GSMArena team, 04 January 2013

The Optimus L9 is the latest addition to the L-series and rightfully takes charge of a lineup that's known for attractive styling and wallet-friendly prices. It obviously made no sense to LG to start from scratch and the L9 is happily reusing bits and parts from nearly all of its fairly recent smartphone siblings...

Tags: LG, Android, Touch UI


iOS for beginners: Setting up your iPhone

iOS for beginners: Setting up your iPhone

GSMArena team, 03 January 2013

Whether you love it, hate it or even loathe it, Apple’s smartphone remains a desirable piece of tech for many out there. And whether you’ve bought one, are thinking about it, or even trying to find reasons why you shouldn’t, it's important to find out what makes it stand apart...

Tags: Apple, iOS, Touch UI


Android for beginners: Setting up your phone

Android for beginners: Setting up your phone

GSMArena team, 29 December 2012

So you got an Android smartphone for Christmas? Congrats! Now, go ahead and do the robot dance. We'll pretend we're not watching. One thing you can be certain of, no one's gonna laugh at you. A new droid is worth celebrating - but if it's your first, you may as well want to make some noise...


Nokia Lumia 620 preview: First look

Nokia Lumia 620 preview: First look

GSMArena team, 21 December 2012

The Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 give Nokia all the presence they need in the higher WP8 circles, but a smart maneuver has helped HTC emerge as a serious threat in the lower midrange. The Finns, who are obviously having none of that, responded swiftly to the Windows Phone 8S...


Google Nexus 4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III: Fan favorites

Google Nexus 4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III: Fan favorites

GSMArena team, 21 December 2012

Android devices come from all walks of life, but in each generation there is a "chosen one". In 2012, it's the Nexus 4 and, as an overall package, this is probably the best Google has ever delivered. Yet, by a mean twist of fate, it has the most formidable...


HTC Windows Phone 8S review: Icebreaker

HTC Windows Phone 8S review: Icebreaker

GSMArena team, 18 December 2012

No one's had any reason to question HTC's commitment to Windows Phone. The Taiwanese have been on board since the heyday of PocketPCs, helping Redmond quickly man a nascent WP7 army. Now they're back in the thick of action for the next...


Nokia Lumia 810 review: Back in black

Nokia Lumia 810 review: Back in black

GSMArena team, 14 December 2012

With the Nokia Lumia 820 locked up under AT&T exclusivity, the Finnish manufacturer had to resort to rebranding tactics in order to bring its capable mid-range Windows Phone 8 product to other carriers. Such is the case with the Nokia Lumia 810...