1. Posted on Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 10:38 am by Andy
    ZTE Skate

    The ZTE Skate

    Chinese mobile manufacturer ZTE has had some slow burning, budget smartphone hits of late and it has plumbed this income into creating the new Skate handset, which offers big-screen Android 2.3 thrills for those with limited cash.

    The ZTE Skate gets its name because of its rounded edges and skateboard-esque looks. It has a 4.3 inch touchscreen display and a matte coat on the rear, so that it will not slip out of your hand and get damaged by a fall.

    In terms of specs, it has a five megapixel camera with flash, an 800MHz processor and what looks to be a vanilla Android interface, which means there are no flashy features that you might expect to see on a handset from Samsung or HTC.

    Given its slightly poky processor, it is clear to see that ZTE is still gunning for the bottom end of the market. However, this is no bad thing, since it will allow many more users to enjoy a display that is as large as the HTC Desire HD, or the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S2, without paying extortionate monthly contract fees and one-off costs to cover the high end tech.


  2. Posted on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 12:51 pm by Andy
    Acer Iconica Smart

    Image via http://www.pcpro.co.uk/

    Acer has launched a new Android smartphone called the Iconia Smart, at the MWC event in Barcelona, showcasing version 2.3 of Google’s platform running on a larger than life display.

    The Iconia Smart is noteworthy for its 4.8 inch screen which puts the 4.3 inch unit of the HTC Desire HD to shame. This size may be a little too much for most to handle, putting it in contention to take on the five inch pseudo-tablet design of the Dell Streak.

    The Acer Iconia Smart has an HDMI output as well as built-in DLNA compatibility to make media sharing in a well-connected home relatively simple.

    An eight megapixel digital camera, presumably with HD video capture, is featured on the rear of the device, while a front-mounted two megapixel snapper is also present for video calling.

    With a 4.8 inch display, the Acer Iconia Smart will not be easy on the wallet when it arrives in the UK, although, so far, the firm has kept quiet about any pricing or launch date plans.

    With the ever-increasing number of Android 2.3 handsets on the horizon, the Iconia Smart will need to work hard to win an audience.


  3. Posted on Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 8:19 pm by Andy
    INQ Cloud Touch

    INQ Cloud Touch Facebook Phone

    Budget mobile manufacturer INQ has unveiled a pair of new smartphones, both of which will take advantage of full Facebook integration for enhanced social networking tools.

    The INQ Cloud Touch and Cloud Q were announced this week, posing fairly impressive specs despite their essentially entry-level target audience.

    The Cloud Touch will sport a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, a five megapixel camera and 4GB of storage space via a bundled microSD memory card. It will run version 2.2 of Android and sport a 600MHz processor, which indicates that it will not be quite as sprightly as its 1GHz rivals.

    Android 2.2 will be entirely overlaid with a Facebook interface and the phone will be able to stream directly from Spotify, thanks to a second essential deal.

    You will be able to pick up to five friends who are your most regular contacts to follow in detail on your phone and it has already been snapped up by major UK retailers ahead of its April launch.

    The Cloud Q handset is smaller than its sibling, sporting a 2.6 inch display. However, it does have a full QWERTY keypad for messaging fanatics to enjoy and it also features the same Facebook and Spotify functionality.


  4. Posted on Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 4:08 pm by Andy
    Samsung Galaxy Ace

    The Samsung Galaxy Ace

    Although Samsung has yet to officially announce the Galaxy Ace smartphone, its Indonesian operation erroneously launched a web page featuring details about the handset this week.

    The Galaxy Ace is set to enter the market roughly in the middle, providing Android 2.2 thrills for those who do not want to shell out for a top of the line smartphone.

    With a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, an 800MHz processor and a five megapixel camera, its specs are suitably healthy, even if it is likely to be a budget option.

    Judging from the pictures which were temporarily available on the website, it will look very similar to the original Samsung Galaxy S, which, in turn, had a definite feel of the iPhone 3G S about it.

    Samsung is likely to skin Android 2.2 with its own TouchWiz interface and it is also adding Swype typing technology to save on keypad tapping, although this is still catching on rather than a must-have feature.

    The Samsung Galaxy Ace is set to be revealed at Mobile World Congress next month, but with all this information on specs and capabilities leaked via an official channel, there are not likely to be any more surprises.


  5. Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 10:33 am by Andy
    Samsung Galaxy S2

    Samsung Galaxy S2?

    It is thought that Samsung will be launching a follow-up to the Galaxy S smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in February, with current industry rumours suggesting it will be a modified version of the Nexus S.

    This rumour has permeated the media before but now the Galaxy S2 has resurfaced in a series of leaks that include an artist’s impression of what the handset might look like. It may be a fairly nondescript graphical representation, but, according to MobileCrunch, it could well be the sleek new look for the Galaxy S replacement.

    In terms of specs the Galaxy S2 will allegedly sport a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip, just like the Nexus S, along with Android 2.3 to make the idea of a swift Samsung rebranding sound quite believable.

    What will make the Galaxy S2 distinct from the Nexus S, if the rumours are to be believed, is its dual core processor. This will help it to remain competitive against the likes of the LG Optimus 2X and could quickly consign the Google-branded Nexus S to the list of obsolete smartphones.

    Upping the screen size to 4.3 inches compared to the Nexus S’ four inch Super AMOLED display, will be another benefit of owning a Galaxy S2.