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Thursday, 05.07.12
PHOTOVIEW: Huawei Ascend P1 Android 4.0 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:32 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and again on display in February at the Mobile World Congress, the Huawei Ascend P1 is finally hitting a broader market after it was initially launched in China. Coming to Europe now, the Ascend P1 was the world's slimmest Android smartphone - when announced. Running on Android 4.0.3/Ice Cream Sandwich, the P1 is sporting a rather unusual CPU since it's powered by a TI OMAP  Cortext-A9 CPU at 1.5 GHz and a SGX 540 graphic processor. Similar phones are typically running a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. Also unusual are the supported GSM and UMTS bands. The Ascend P1 is featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and it's one of the few Android smartphones which supports pentaband UMTS/HSPA+/HSUPA at 800/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz, making it a real word-traveler.

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Thursday, 07.06.12
QUICKVIEW: Sonos Sub Subwoofer Hands-on [with Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:32 CET under 08 - Reviews

Late last month, Sonos, the maker of the Sonos Wireless HiFi System, announced it latest addition to its set of wireless speakers, the Sonos Sub. Unlike the Sonos Play:3 or Play:5, which were pretty complete wireless speakers, the Sono Sub is a 16 kg heavy dedicated subwoofer which is designed to be added to an existing Sonos wireless HiFi system. During a road-show earlier this week, I had the exclusive chance to get my hands or in this case ears on a Sub. The Sub, which was all developed by Sonos, features two force-cancelling speakers positioned face-to-face- All the sound and energy from the music comes through loud and clear and none of it is lost in cabinet buzz or rattle.

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Saturday, 26.05.12
QUICKVIEW: Hands-on with the HTC One XL on Vodafone Germany's LTE network [with Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:39 CET under 08 - Reviews

There is already roughly everything written about HTC's new One X and One XL, including our own HTC One X and HTC One XL photoviews but one interesting aspect was left so far, because the European One XL is not yet on the market: How good is LTE on the European One XL? As you might remember, HTC and Vodafone announced earlier this week the upcoming European launch of the One XL and I had the chance to give it a short test on Vodafone Germany's LTE network prior official availability. The main difference between the One X and One XL is the used chipset. While the One X comes with a quad-core Nvidia CPU, the LTE-enabled One XL is featuring a Qualcomm dual-core CPU.

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Friday, 25.05.12
VIDEOVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S III Features and Settings Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:25 CET under 08 - Reviews

With the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung hasn't only replaced some of the original Android 4.0 apps and added their own TouchWiz 4.0 apps, but Samsung has also done a lot of "under-the-hood" tweaks and enhancements which are nearly countless but really useful. Most of these options can be enabled from the Settings menu and includes customization of the lock screen, which can also show latest news, the current weather, as well as customizable short-cuts to quick-launch apps. Other options include Smart Stay which disables screen timeout if the S III detects that you are still watching the screen and battery percentage which is just a small enhancement but very useful.

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VIDEOVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S III Software and Samsung Apps Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:51 CET under 08 - Reviews

While the Samsung Galaxy S III/GT-I9300 is an Android 4.0 device, Samsung fine-tuned it a little bit and replaced some of the original Android apps, like Messaging and E-Mail, with its own TouchWiz 4.0-styled apps. In addition to original Google Mobile services like Gmail, Google Maps, Google Play Android Market, the Galaxy S III features apps like AllShare Play, which is a DLNA client; ChatON, Samsung's own kind of WhatsApp; a redesigned Contacts app; a FM Radio app; Gallery, for photos and videos; Game Hub, which allows to play and download games; a redesigned Messaging app, for SMS and MMS; More Services, Samsung's own app store; Music Hub, which is not live yet; Music Player, a pretty decent music player; My files, a file explorer and a redesigned Phone app, which even allows to do regular UMTS video calls.

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