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Huawei launched a few devices at CES in Las Vegas this week, while none of them were confirmed with regions, dates or prices, two smartphones, which are expected to ship to China and then worldwide, caught my eye.
The Ascend Mate - giant phablet with the "worlds largest screen"
Again, a growing trend at CES this week has been a huge leap in screen size, be that in tablets, phones, monitors or TVs. Huawei's Ascend Mate is a monster. Huuuuge, at 6.1-inches of HD 1280 x 720 LCD touchscreen compared the 5.5-inch screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note.
But tell me something, when tablets are generally growing to ridiculous sizes, but also shrinking to 7-inches, and smartphones are growing to 6.1-inches, where will the line eventually be in the phablet space? In six months time, what will be a phone and what will distinguish a tablet?
I found the Android device surprisingly light in the hand. The rows upon rows of Android apps sitting on the screen could get very messy or be a joy to organise for someone as OCD as me.
The Ascent W1 - Huwaei's first Windows 8 device
This entry-level Windows 8 device looks much simpler than a Nokia Lumia 920 or a HTC 8X. It still has the insanely bright colouring of the other Windows 8 devices, however it doesn't feel as superior as the other devices did when I first held them.
It's light enough, but still feels a bit chunky, like the Lumia. I found the back panel in the bright blue to look not very appealing in plastic, which made it look like a child's toy.
The device was fairly responsive, with easy scroll feature, but not as light to the touch as the Lumia and HTC models. It also comes with the standard additional features of Windows 8, such as kids corner and this model also features NFC.
As I said, no pricing or availability announced as yet.
"We have a very exciting update to share with you today - we are announcing Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun! As of today, Yahoo is moving off of blackberries as our corporate phones and on to smartphones in 22 countries*. A few weeks ago, we said that we would look into smartphone penetration rates globally and take those rates into account when deciding on corporate phones. Ideally, we'd like our employees to have devices similar to our users, so we can think and work as the majority of our users do."
With many photography apps integrated into the device, it is very easy to select Photosynth to take a 360 degree panoramic image, add little bits of video or eliminate people from your snaps.
Nokia has ramped up its navigation technology by describing it as a 'fully-fledge personal navigation device.' It has the capabilities to use the navigation technology offline, as well as functionalities which assess your daily commute for any traffic and adjusts the time you need to leave the house. Additionally Nokia transport works in a similar way and also provides indoor maps to help you make your way around train and bus stations.
The advanced mapping technology, City Lens, is the navigation's showstopper. City Lens is an augmented reality app which overlaps information about restaurants, cafes and shops onto the surrounding area once you point the camera at a building or street. You can then easily select a restaurant's website or seamlessly ring to book a table.
Diary of an outcast: Apple's Special iPad 2 Event
I will start with my favourite post, the infamous Apple event. I had been invited to Apple events before but somehow started getting missed off the list. I hate Apple so it was no surprise that they didn't want me there. Safe to say that after this post not only was I missed off the list but Computer Weekly never received an invite from Apple ever again.
iPhone Vs N97
This was the first big video project that me and David (video editor) put together. At the time I was so happy that I'd got the N97 I decided to make a video pitting it against the iPhone while mocking Apple's advertising campaign. Little did I know that the N97 would prove to be the worst purchase I've ever made in my life.
HTC Desire HD Review
David (who stars in this video) and I wanted to do something different and create a cool video review. This is what we came up with.
Sadly once we started recording David (and the department he worked for) were made redundant. It didn't effect the video but it wasn't a happy time for us. Having cleared out his desk he set up at home the next day to finish it. This was our last hurrah and the last video I made. Very proud of it.
What is the best mobile OS around?
At this point, no one wanted to be in any of my videos. The company was starting to cut back on them and so I tried to play four roles with four outfits and a moustache before I got told that what I was doing wasn't a productive use of my time. Honestly, how could they say that?
This video used to have a voting element that has since been removed because we couldn't afford to pay for the server the flash sat on.
The most ambitious video we ever tried.
Video: The future of business cards, I'm not taking the Poken
There was a girl I was desperate to go out with at my work. I needed to do a video to have a reason to talk to her but the only thing I'd been sent was a Poken. No phones or cool gadgets. Somehow I persuaded her to help me make this video. We're still together :)
Video review of the wiimote like Gyration Air Mouse
This video is pretty much when I realised that I can be funny. What people don't realise is that filming didn't take long but discussions between David and I on what was funny took forever.
He would stand there saying "That's not funny" every time I cracked a joke or did something stupid. Or one of my favourite lines of his was "You might think that's funny, but it isn't".
Video: Palm Pre vs the iPhone - The big debate
I had 2 weeks before Christmas to do a video armed with my wit and a white wig that was left over from a very bad 'Back to the future' spoof I'd made where I played the Doc. That video was so bad that the company we producd it for sent us a letter saying that if the video ever saw the light of day, they'd sue my a** off.
David went on holiday with a week left of editing/filming to do so I didn't have anyone to tell me that what I was saying wasn't funny and some of the editing is a bit off. It's still a good video but we felt it was rushed.
Video: I heart iPad - Dating website matches man to iPad
What do you do when you get your hands on an iPad before the UK release? Write a review. Then what? Make a video about having a special relationship with it. Yep, not sure why.
The HTC and Google story: A love affair and a tragedy
Lord knows what compelled me to write this. Had I taken more time to craft it, I think it could've been great but when I read it now I feel it's rushed. Still good, where the idea came from I'll never know.
Video: Flip Mino HD review
This video took 84 takes. For no reason at all I couldn't stop laughing during recording. We got in trouble because it was meant to take a couple of hours but took almost two weeks.
Video: Zeemote review - Is this the future of mobile gaming?
I did this video because Zeemote said that they'd give me a free phone if I reviewed it. So...
GeeklyWeekly Sexy Halloween Special
Wow, how bad is this video? It doesn't even have anything to do with gadgets!!
The Lumia 900 is what everyone was hoping for and expected when the initial announcement was made, it's been a long time coming but was it worth the wait?
Lumia 800 vs 900
The key differences between the Nokia Lumia 900 and the Lumia 800 are that the 900 has a larger 4.3in screen, the Lumia has a 3.7in, and 4G LTE connectivity, something we're still missing in the UK.
The Lumia 900 has the same 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM as the Lumia 800 and will also come with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.
Despite the single core processor, Microsoft and Nokia seem very confident that this will not affect the speed of the device. They are so confident that at CES 2012 they had a stand offering $100 to anyone that brings a phone faster than the Lumia 900. As far as I could see no one had won.
The screen is something that needs to be seen to be believed. At 4.3 inches, it is a great size but the main strengths are that it's just so colourful, so vibrant and so clear! In fact one of the new features of the screen is 'Clear Black' which contrasts the black levels of OLED while reducing screen reflections. Simply put means that direct sunlight doesn't reflect.
Of course, Windows Phone 7's colourful user interface lends itself to such a device but when compared to other Windows Phone 7 devices, it is clear *excuse the pun* that this is by far the best screen a WP7 phone has. It's even comparable to Samsung's Galaxy S 2, in my opinion this wins but that's my personal taste.
The body is made similar to the 800 in that it is polycarbonate too. For those of you that don't know, this is a light yet strong material that feels really nice in your hand.
Probably the best thing about the body is that if it takes a knock or is scratched in any way then there won't be any white markings as the shell is the same colour all the way through, this isn't paint! The 900 will come in both cyan and black, both look good but I really like the black especially as the screen seems to be slightly invisible when locked.
The shape is slightly different to the 800 as it's slightly curvier but it's so subtle that you'll struggle to notice it.
The 900 also has an 8 megapixel 28mm f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens on the back and dual-LED flash. The 28mm focal length is an especially wide angle for phones,
which means you can get more into the frame. The front-facing camera is 1.3 megapixels and also wide angle. Nokia have always had good cameras and it's nice to see they have continued to still be passionate about mobile phone cameras which is something that can't be said of many other companies out there.
Another thing Nokia have stuck by is battery life, the Lumia 900 is said to hold up to 7 hours of talk-time and an incredible 300 hours of stand-by time due to it's 1840mAH battery.
Nokia have stuck to what they're good at and what consumers have come to love about their phones. Good camera, solid build and a good battery. What they've added is an operating system that finally brings Nokia into the modern era pulling them away from the painful Symbian OS.
Microsoft and Nokia are growing together and getting stronger together. The last Nokia phone I had was the N97 which has scarred me in so many ways but the Lumia 900 is so nice and so good that I'm tempted to give it a go and I think that says a lot, it's certainly something I wasn't expecting.
- 4.3in AMOLED display
- 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- Windows Phone 7
- 16GB internal memory
- 8-megapixel camera
- 1840mAH battery
He said that this was further strengthened by the company's move towards Windows Phone 7 as their operating system due to the Microsoft Office applications.
With regards to security, the spokesman said that Nokia were not making any special plans for the enterprise as they felt that home security will improve to the same level.
In the US, the phone will be exclusive to AT&T with no word on the UK. The Lumia 900 will have a 4.3 inch AMOLED screen, run on Mango (obviously), have a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm CPU, 512MB RAM and will also have an impressive Carl Zeiss 8 megapixel camera.
See the hands-on video below.