Samsung wins awards from the MWC as Manufacturer of the year and for Smartphone of the year

While Samsung itself admitted yesterday that it isn't doing too well with its tablets, the company's remarkably successful Samsung Galaxy S II was named "Smartphone of the year" and Samsung was "Manufacturer of the year" at the annual MWC Awards...

Feb 28, 2012, 7:24 PM,  by Alan F.,  38 comments
featured MWC 2012: Day two recap

Boy, time definitely flies when you're having fun! Before we know it, day two of MWC 2012 is already behind us, and it was really enjoyable going around the floor checking out what...

Feb 28, 2012, 5:30 PM,  by Nick T.,  14 comments
Official Google MWC app available in the Android Market

Google has released an official Android MWC app, with brings you all the information you could want on their Android booth and partners at this years show...

Feb 28, 2012, 4:18 PM,  by Scott H.,  2 comments
Intel partners with ZTE, Lava on phones

Intel has obviously done a lot of work to bring its Atom chips to smartphones, and now the chip maker revealed that it has partnered with ZTE and Indian phone maker Lava for new devices…

Feb 28, 2012, 3:21 PM,  by Victor H.,  1 comment
Nokia and Bing Maps announce unified map design

We're finally seeing more and more of the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft that we have been expecting since the two announced that Nokia would be throwing its incredible hardware behind Windows Phone...

Feb 28, 2012, 2:55 PM,  by Michael H.,  11 comments
featured Nokia 808 PureView 41MP sensor explained to us by Nokia's camera gurus (video)

We wanted to have some more professional demonstration of the amazing 41MP sensor crammed into a Nokia 808 PureView phone body and had an impromptu interview and hands-on with the phone by Nokia's camera gurus themselves...

Feb 28, 2012, 12:18 PM,  by Daniel P.,  40 comments
ZTE Orbit Hands-on Review

ZTE Orbit is the second phone announced after the Nokia 610 that will carry Windows Phone Tango out of the box, and we spent some time with the munchkin at the MWC showfloor...

Feb 28, 2012, 11:15 AM,  by Daniel P.,  11 comments
featured T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Hands-on Review

Yet another Samsung Android smartphone showcased at MWC 2012, the T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G is, obviously, destined to join the ranks of T-Mobile's portfolio of products in the US...

Feb 28, 2012, 10:53 AM,  by Ray S.,  19 comments

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Asus Transformer Pad 300 Series Hands-on Review

The Transformer Pad 300 drops the aluminum for plastic and the price dips a $100 below the Transformer Prime to $399. It’s still a serious computing machine powered by NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip, but it’s slightly bulkier. The Transformer Pad 300 is 0.39” (9.9mm) thick and tips the scales at 22.4 ounces (635 g) - that's heavier than the aluminum-clad Infinity Pad...

Feb 28, 2012, 10:36 AM,  by Daniel P.,  11 comments
Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 Hands-on Review

The Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is a basic Android handset made with first-time smartphone users in mind. It has a 3.27-inch HVGA display and an 800MHz processor...

Feb 28, 2012, 10:35 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  1 comment
featured Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 Hands-on Review

Coming to market later this year as the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity 700 series, the tablet with HD display we first saw at CES last month now adds one more key option - a version with 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and 4G LTE connectivity...

Feb 28, 2012, 9:45 AM,  by Daniel P.,  22 comments
Huawei backs Tizen plaftorm, joins Samsung and Intel

Tizen is one of the biggest emerging platforms outside the major three - iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The operating system uses MeeGo for its base and is backed up by big names like Samsung and Intel…

Feb 28, 2012, 8:12 AM,  by Victor H.,  1 comment
ZTE Light Tab 300 Hands-on Review

The ZTE Light Tab 300 tablet appears to be a pretty decent offering for those in search of a 7-inch tablet that doesn't cost an arm and a leg...

Feb 28, 2012, 7:38 AM,  by Nick T.,  0 comments
featured Panasonic Eluga Power Hands-on Review

This year marks the return of Panasonic on European soil, as far as mobile phones are concerned. One of the first devices to hit Europe is the Panasonic Eluga Power – a pretty big handset featuring a 5” display with HD resolution...

Feb 28, 2012, 7:20 AM,  by Ray S.,  7 comments
featured Panasonic ELUGA Hands-on Review

Panasonic boasts that the ELUGA comprises of 66% screen and has one of the largest screen-to-body ratios on the market, thanks to the almost nonexistent screen side bezel, and the compact ergonomic shape. However, we aren't ...

Feb 28, 2012, 7:18 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  6 comments
featured updated MWC 2012 quad-core phones spec comparison

Two years ago we only had single-core handsets, shows like MWC 2011 brought us the first dual-core devices last year, and in 2012 the key word is quad-core…

Feb 28, 2012, 6:38 AM,  by Victor H.,  40 comments
LG demonstrates seamless voice-to-videocall switch and streaming over LTE, girlfriends rejoice

The LTE phones that LG will release later in the year will have one very desirable feature - the ability to seamlessly switch from voice to video calls without first hanging up. After demonstrating VoLTE at last year's MWC, our demo of which you can see in the video below, LG is now aiming to help the poor schmucks who have ventured to shop stuff for their girlfriends remotely as well...

Feb 28, 2012, 6:34 AM,  by Daniel P.,  6 comments
Huawei Ascend G300 Hands-on Review

The Huawei Ascend G300 is a mid-range offering running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a 4-inch WVGA display...

Feb 28, 2012, 6:21 AM,  by Ray S.,  1 comment
Nokia Asha 302, Asha 202 join the Series 40 family: spec comparison

Nokia’s Asha series is the company’s affordable Series 40 lineup. It’s not on the cutting edge of technology, but it doesn’t have to be - it’s goal is to cover the next billion people to the Internet…

Feb 28, 2012, 6:06 AM,  by Victor H.,  5 comments
featured Spec comparison: Asus Eee Pad tablets updated with high-res Infinity and affordable quad-core 300 series

Asus had one of the most successful Android tablets in 2011 - the Eee Pad Transformer, and after it launched its successor in late 2011, it brought two powerful new members…

Feb 28, 2012, 5:30 AM,  by Victor H.,  9 comments
Lumigon T2 is a designer Android smartphone with Bang & Olufsen audio

While some smartphones try to wow you with specs, the Lumigon T2 attempts to accomplish the same with style. It is a designer Android smartphone with an exquisite design and mid-range hardware specs...

Feb 28, 2012, 4:44 AM,  by Nick T.,  4 comments
ST-Ericsson introduces new NovaThor L8540 28nm SoC with built-in LTE

ST-Ericsson has seen its revenues squeeze significantly in the recent years, and the company is eager to bring back its positions. The newly announced ST-Ericsson NovaThor L8540…

Feb 28, 2012, 4:30 AM,  by Victor H.,  3 comments
AT&T demands that carriers introduce a uniform cross-platform video calling standard, we clap

At his keynote MWC address in Barcelona, AT&T's De la Vega suggested that the wireless industry adopt a joint video calling protocol, like the IR.94 standard, and stop monkeying around with proprietary video calling solutions like FaceTime, and the number of apps on different platforms that can only talk to each other, or certain handsets...

Feb 28, 2012, 4:28 AM,  by Daniel P.,  22 comments
Acer Liquid Glow Hands-on Review

What we have our hands on is a device cemented in the mid-range category due to its average hardware specs, yet still leaving us with a good impression after tinkering with it for a while...

Feb 28, 2012, 4:26 AM,  by Nick T.,  2 comments
Vimeo brings new iOS app with added iPad support

Vimeo has released a new app for iOS and it’s compatible with the iPad, bringing high quality videos straight to the big screen on your tablet…

Feb 28, 2012, 4:07 AM,  by Victor H.,  1 comment
Mobile payment war heats up, Visa-certified phones will be your credit card

Visa used a huge event like the MWC expo to launch its mobile payment solution which will probably dwarf all other efforts in this field. Upon purchasing a "Visa-certified" NFC phone, the user can contact the payment processing behemoth to activate it and link it with their bank account...

Feb 28, 2012, 3:40 AM,  by Daniel P.,  4 comments
Acer CloudMobile Hands-on Review

Acer's new flagship model for 2012 is the Acer CloudMobile. As the name implies, the CloudMobile will have a lot to do with the cloud, and for the purpose, Acer has concocted a whole new service, called Acer Cloud. But let us first tell you about the hardware of the handset...

Feb 28, 2012, 3:37 AM,  by Ray S.,  4 comments
Mozilla shows Open Web Devices (OWD) UI in its new platform Boot to Gecko

Mozilla is trying hard to enter the mobile space with its own open mobile operating system, Boot to Gecko (B2G), and a neat UI demo surfaced recently…

Feb 28, 2012, 2:46 AM,  by Victor H.,  3 comments
Samsung "not doing very well in tablets," says company executive

At a media roundtable at MWC in Barcelona, a Samsung executive said that the company has failed to replicate its success in the smartphone world to the tablet market but says that this will change in 2012 starting with the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1...

Feb 28, 2012, 2:06 AM,  by Alan F.,  17 comments
Gorilla Glass 2 to be in devices starting April or May

Back at CES, we finally got a look at Corning's Gorilla Glass 2, which is promised to have the same strength, scratch resistance, and impact resistance, but at 20% thinner than the original Gorilla Glass. This means that...

Feb 27, 2012, 8:36 PM,  by Michael H.,  15 comments
HTC waiting for Apollo to launch (not the space craft) to offer new Windows Phone handsets

After not speaking about the Windows Phone platform during yesterday's event in Barcelona, an HTC executive came forth on Monday to say that the Taiwan based firm will be launching a new Windows Phone model once the Apollo OS update launches...

Feb 27, 2012, 8:03 PM,  by Alan F.,  3 comments
DEAL featured AT&T's HTC One XL now available for pre-order at Best Buy; no online orders accepted for now

Called the HTC One XL to differentiate it from the quad-core international version called the HTC One X, the device is now avaiable for pre-order at Best Buy for $50; a final price tag is not yet known and pre-orders must be done inside the store...

Feb 27, 2012, 6:50 PM,  by Alan F.,  30 comments
featured MWC 2012: Day one recap

Well, another exciting day has gone down in history. The first day of MWC 2012 was just as awesome as "day zero" and brought us lots of new smartphones and tablets to drool upon...

Feb 27, 2012, 5:37 PM,  by Nick T.,  1 comment
featured Huawei MediaPad 10 Hands-on Review

In addition to the lovely Huawei Ascend D Quad smartphone, the Chinese manufacturer brought another very cool product here at MWC 2012 – the Huawei MediaPad 10 tablet. There are actually quite a few reasons for us to be excited about this device. First of all, it's packed with powerful hardware, which we are absolutely sure will deliver an exceptional performance...

Feb 27, 2012, 5:29 PM,  by Ray S.,  8 comments
exclusive Jelly Beans seen at Google's MWC booth. Hmmmm...

A Google+ photostream of the Android MWC booth reveals a curious jar of confections, hinting that perhaps information on the next version of Android isn't so far away...

Feb 27, 2012, 1:47 PM,  by Scott H.,  45 comments
featured Nokia 808 PureView 41-megapixel camera magic explained

The Nokia 808 PureView - for a lack of better word - is magical. Most if not all of users would be shocked when they hear about the 41-megapixel camera on the 808 PureView…

Feb 27, 2012, 1:13 PM,  by Victor H.,  21 comments
featured Huawei Ascend D quad Hands-on Review

The most interesting new phone by Huawei at MWC was the quad-core Huawei Ascend D Quad – a top-end model that will try to capture the hearts of all the geeks

Feb 27, 2012, 1:06 PM,  by Ray S.,  18 comments
Intel unveils its upcoming smartphone chips endorsed by Visa payWave, ARM acts amused

Intel announced that its new platform for smartphones Atom Z2460, formerly known as Mefield, will now hit CPU speeds up to 2GHz. The is shipping as we speak, and Intel has entered manufacturing partnerships with ZTE, Lenovo, the Indians from Lava and the carrier Orange, which has its Santa Clara handset with Atom Z2469 at MWC, running Android...

Feb 27, 2012, 12:57 PM,  by Daniel P.,  6 comments
featured Asus Padfone Hands-on Review

The concept is very interesting and unique – a phone that can be docked into a larger tablet like frame. The dock only acts as a larger screen and battery life extender. All the computing and connectivity comes from the phone. The configuration has is up and down sides. On the plus site – having ...

Feb 27, 2012, 12:35 PM,  by Pressian K.,  20 comments
featured HTC Sense 4.0 hands-on

Through its evolution, HTC continues to be one of the main players in the Android space that constantly dishes up one of the best customized experiences out there. Now that the cats have been let out of the bag, we bet that many of you are dying to know exactly how...

Feb 27, 2012, 11:37 AM,  by John V.,  25 comments
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