Cumbersome name; classy hardware. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC owes its awkward nomenclature to a deal that might prove HTC's salvation and Nokia's frustration: the company has inked an agreement with Microsoft to make the 8X the "signature handset" of Windows Phone 8, after apparently convincing the software firm that the new flagship suitably "embodied" the OS' spirit. We caught up with HTC to spend some time with the 8X and to see if we'd end up similarly charmed.
If you were waiting for the LG Optimus G to be revealed with not just what was rumored, but features not yet heard of on the tech circuit, you're in luck! Today is the day that the LG Optimus G is appearing with 4G LTE connectivity, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor at 1.5GHz, and a brand new set of user interface features as well. This device also brings on a lovely new physical back made with Crystal Reflection, this bringing on a luxurious look and feel and displaying different patterns depending on your viewing angle and lighting.
The folks at Verizon and LG have teamed up to bring you a device exclusive to the both of them here in the USA - the LG Intuition - made to take on the phablet segment of the market with a fury all its own. But what can LG offer the 5-inch display-toting smart device universe that the Samsung Galaxy Note (and now the Note II) haven't already? Have a peek here at the one and only competing device to take on the larger than a smartphone but smaller than a tablet market currently on Verizon - and see if LG's convinced us that a 4:3 aspect ratio display is all its cracked up to be!
Isis, the mobile payment service that is the result of a Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile team-up, was supposed to enter into its first round of trial runs later this month. Instead, CNET reports that its developers have hit a few roadblocks, and have now pushed the launch of that first trial run back a bit. We don't know when, precisely, the trial run of Isis will be kicking off now, but we're told that we can expect more news on it soon.
If you're looking to pick up a smartphone for your family member of choice that's got the sharing abilities of the newest family line of Samsung products but wont break your bank, the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE may be the item for you. Though we can't speak to its ability to actually connect to 4G LTE as it's not being carried by one of the two reliable networks we've worked with in the USA, $99.99 on a two-year contract might be a great deal for this Ice Cream Sandwich carrying 4-inch display toting Android smartphone appearing today.
It's time to have a chat about what the iPhone 5 didn't bring to the table this week now that the dust has settled - somewhat - after the big Apple reveal. Two features you might be wondering about - and one that you might never have heard of - for the iPhone 5 that we've had questions about are these: NFC, Wireless Charging, and Localized Haptic Feedback. We've discussed the first two extremely briefly right after the press conference was complete, while the third has still been weighing on our minds even without a lot of your questions for us on the device in the end.
This week we're taking a look at the iPhone 5 as it was revealed by Apple in all its glory alongside iOS 6 and a set of hardware innovations like the Lightning connector - but what happened to NFC and wireless charging? We'd heard several times in tips and "leaks" that an NFC sensor was in the plans for this device for some time - but inside the last few weeks of this unofficial stream of shady bits, it was all but confirmed that, given the size of the device, NFC was not physically possible. Wireless charging, on a similar note, was never officially spoken about by Apple, and though Apple's competitors - such as Nokia, for example - are working with the technology soon, Apple has simply opted out.
If there were one PC we've seen thus far from the HP collection bringing on Windows 8 with touchscreen capabilities that we'd call the king, it'd be the HP SpectreONE. This machine is the most expensive of the all-in-one designs HP is offering up here at the start of the Windows 8 generation of PCs, and with its 23-inch flush glass display and 3rd generation Intel Core processor options, not to mention it's lovely and sleek looking body, there's no stopping it. This device will not, on the other hand, be launching with the rest of the October wave of devices - it's coming in November.
Spotify has updated its Android app to support NFC, using the short-range wireless technology to share music between handsets running Ice Cream Sandwich. The new app also introduces a fresh range of Audio Effects for Android 4.x phones, and the offline mode has been improved with more information to explain exactly why you're offline: whether it's network issues or simply because you've shut off data while roaming.