One of the problems with smartphones is they tend to be very reliant on resources which also tend to affect the battery. One thing you can use is a task killer app to help with these apps that use up all the resources on the phone and by doing that reduce battery time.
So you have to ask why the battery life is sometimes not great on your Android phone.
In the beginning Android was a new operating system and some of the developers has issues with getting apps to work. Some of these apps were as we say very resource hungry and killed the battery after a few hours.
This has of course changed with updated s and tweaks that have addressed various usability issues. Android 3.0 can now automatically restart any service that was stopped. Many apps run as a service now meaning that the apps that don’t can be stopped by an installed application.
The beauty of this is that battery saving using a task killer app as really reduced over time. Actually, some independent researched had shown a small reduction of just 1.5% in power consumption.
So let’s look at a few ways to help save battery power
Screen brightness – Go to ‘Settings’, ‘Display’ then check that ‘automatic brightness’ has been selected. You should also have ‘screen timeout’ is set to a sensible option and then scroll down to ‘Auto Adjust Screen tone’ and check the box.
4G LTE and 3G radios – You first need to select your data network – if there’s no 4G network in the area, you’re wasting battery power by leaving it active.
I’ve had friends that sometime find other apps that simple drain the battery, if you find this you should consider using Resource Hog widget to help pinpoint that app that’s causing the issue.
Using a utility program like Norton Mobile Utilities can help you with managing the battery power. You can change settings to help get your battery to the end of the day.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera comes with a 4.8-inch high-definition capacitive touchscreen and a is a 16 megapixel zoom, it had built-in optical image stabilisation a 21x optical zoom with a focal range equivalent to 23-483mm. It runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and you can connect using Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connectivity.
If your looking to record you get can record Full 1080p HD movies. But, one really nice feature is you can record slow-motion video at up to 120 frames per second. Something I’ve not seen before is voice control which allows you to command the camera to zoom in, zoom out and take a shot without touching it.
What we like
It really has an attractive design and all the benefits that we know from the Galaxy S3. It’s allows you to do photo and video processing and comes with lots of sharing apps like Youtube, Facebook and Twitter and you can even back up everything to Dropbox for safe keeping.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera gives us a tantalizing glimpse of where the market is heading. It’s a highly connected camera that comes with a robust app ecosystem which is always improving. If you’re considering a camera you should take a little time to look at this next generation camera.
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Apple have reported record quarterly results by selling 37 million iPhones in the last three months of 2011.
Apple also reported a net profit of $13.06bn, or $13.87 a share.
When you look at these amazing sales everybody else is losing market share. I wonder what the response from other mobile manufactures will be this year.
The Nokia Lumia 900 was launched a few weeks ago at CES 2012 and initially was an exclusive concept for AT&T. But, it turns out that this is only an exclusivity for the first 45 days.
We’ll start to see this phone launched on the other networks throughout this year but hopefully a debut in Europe towards the end of 2012.
It comes with a 1.4GHz CPU, a 4.3-inch AMOLED display, which is a decent jump up from its little brother – the Lumia 800 comes with a a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen.
It has two cameras are as we where expecting, with the rear-facing one being the same 8-megapixel shooter that is inside the Lumia 800, and the front-facing part being there mainly for video conferencing duties rather than providing top-notch shots.
With built-in 16GB of storage, and the 512MB of RAM will see Windows Phone 7 remain nice and zippy no matter how many apps you are running on it.
Samsung are launching two new mobile phones the Samsung Star 3 and the Samsung Star 3 Duo. They are looking to push these into this social media networking by using standard applications that we all know about and also Samsung’s ChatOn free messaging platform.
This is what we expect in the specifications of this particular mobile phone to be 3-inch QVGA TFT LCD display along with a 3.2 megapixel camera with video support, EDGE connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, 20MB internal memory, microSD expansion up to 16GB, TouchWiz Lite, and a 1000mAh battery.
Both phones are very similar spec wise the only difference is the Samsung Star 3 Duo, the handset is the same as the Star 3 but features two SIM card slots which I can see many people finding the very useful especially if you have one SIM card for business and one for private.
It is expected that this phone will be launched in some countries within the next couple of weeks and so far we have no idea of pricing.
In 2012 we are going to see a lot of new phones with quad core. Here we have the first of them the LG X3 which is expected to be available in the first half of the year.
It’s expected to come with rear and front-facing cameras (8 megapixels and 1.3 megapixels) while storage reportedly comes in at 16GB (supplemented by microSD I guess).
We are happy to say it will also have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when first launched. Other specs for the LG Android 4.0 handset include 21 Mbps HSPA, with possible bumps to regional LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi.
It’s also possible that well see this appear at Mobile World Congress 2012 in February so hopefully we’ll be able to confirm a few things at that stage.
The Nokia X3-02 is now available on the Meteor network for a very reasonable price of €129.99 when you buy online. It’s also referred to as the X3 touch and type, which we will explain about in a moment.
This is a S40 phones with borrowers some of the more advanced features that you normally find on more expensive handsets. For example WiFi and a touch screen and not forgetting 3G which will help keep you connected of course.
Here are some of the specifications that the phone comes with
- 5MP camera
- 2.4” touchscreen
- Music Player
- Touch and Type
You can get full specifications here
The screen is very responsive and is a resistive touchscreen, this works particularly well when navigating through menus. The screen is a 2.4 inch screen with a resolution of 240 x 360 pixels offers an overall good user experience. But, sometimes when looking at this at an angle can be a little bit hard to see but still for what you are paying for this it still offers a very useful user experience.
It’s a very streamlined mobile phone with the speaker based down at the bottom of the keypad. The keypad may take a little bit of getting used to when sending predictive text, but you will find this easy once you have used it for a couple of days.
Camera and Photos
On the back of the phone you’ll find a five megapixel camera. The one issue that some people may find is that the camera does not come with a flash. This may not be a problem for many but one positive point is if you are taking photographs outdoors you’ll be guaranteed clear photographs.
There is built-in editing which will let you to make basic tweaks to any of your images that you have saved. The interface for doing this is very quick and simple to use.
Using the Menus
the phone has been optimized for touchscreen input and it is easy to change widgets on the home screen within a matter of seconds to choose which ones you use more often prefer to have there.
If you are familiar with Nokia menu systems you’ll find this very easy to navigate. You’ll find all the familiar applications that are an older Nokia handsets which have now been optimized for screen navigation.
this is an entry-level phone to a point because it calls with some really cool features to differentiate it from others within the same price bracket. With WiFi and 3G is really useful if you are on the dole for checking e-mail and Web browsing.
The touchscreen really adds to the whole usability of the Nokia X3 Touch and Type.
The phone is available on The Meteor Network for €129.99 and Free Delivery
The Samsung Cobble is available on Meteor for €19.99 reduced from €39.99. The other good thing I like is if you top up with €20 you get an extra €20 credit, which I think is a really good deal.
The phone is a clamshell design and come with some nice features for the price.
Dimension: 88x44x20 mm
Weight: 73 g
Resolution: 128 x 128
Alarm Clock: Yes
Ok so it’s not packed with amazing features like touch screen and wifi but if you’re looking for a bargain phone to make phone calls and send text message you really cant go wrong.
You can read more information over on the Meteor website
Don’t forget postage is free so for €19.99 I think you get a nice compact sleek clamshell phone.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 comes with a large 2.46 ince screen and has a QWERTY keyboard. The screen is of course smaller than you find on many touchscreen smartphones available but what you do get is a keyboard that is easier to use and you can actually feel the keys when you press them which is something that many people like.
First I must say if you buy this from Vodafone online you can save €10
Quick Product Specs:
Network: 2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Dimension: 109 x 60 x 13.9 mm
Weight: 106 gram
Screen: TFT, 65K colors, 320 x 240 pixels, 2.46 inches, Touch-sensitive optical trackpad
Camera: 2 Megapixels, 1600 x 1200 pixels, Video QVGA
Connectivity: EDGE Class 10, GPRS Class 10, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP, MicroUSB, 3.5 mm audio jack – Dedicated music keys
Memory: 256 MB internal, MicroSD up to 32 GB external
Battery: Li-Ion 1150 mAh
Other features: BlackBerry OS, 512 MHz processor, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, HTML browser, Java Games, Organizer, Voice memo / dial, Predictive text input
Audio player (MP3 / eAAC+ / WMA / WAV), Video player (MP4 / H.263 / H.264 / WMV), Video recorder, MP3 ringtones
Price : Check Vodafone for pricing
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The Sony Ericsson X10 Xperia is there first android phone. It’s a really interesting phone first of all not just because it is Sony Ericsson’s first android phone that they have released into the market it also has a nice design it’s a little covered on the side which makes it a simple design but very pleasant to hold in the hand.
On the front of the phone there are three simple controls the android menu button, home button and the back button. It has a 4 inch display which is bigger than the iPhone on most other torchscreen handsets available.
It’s also come with a 3.5mm headphone jack which is great to see that Sony Ericsson are not using any of the proprietary headsets anymore and are starting to standardize across the board.
Operating System: Android
Screen Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels (WVGA)
Keyboard Type: On-screen
Communications: Bluetooth, GPRS, GSM, EDGE, HSDPA, Wi-Fi
Camera Resolution: 8.1 megapixels
Read more spec’s here
The Sony Ericsson Spiro Stealth is a stylish slider phone that comes with some nice specifications to boost.
The reasonably priced phone is aimed at music and social networking. It has applications built-in for easy access to Facebook and twitter and has a nice little feature built into some SMS where all messages are easy to read using conversation bubbles.
This is a Walkman handset sold as you would expect: a nice features like Playnow, TrackID and also has a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can check out full specifications here.
Overall this particular handset is aimed at the budget market and comes in a number of different colors
You can find more information about this over on the vodafone.ie website
We’ve featured on the Nokia 2220 before here on the website but I see that Vodafone are still selling this phone so it seems to be still very popular. I guess one of the main reason is price point and it also comes with some nice specifications for the price.
This is a slider phone and called with a VGA camera, FM radio and also has dual band technology (see full specs).
It has a 1.8 inch TFT screen which can handle 65,000 colors and because of the size of the screen makes it easy to navigate around the menu system and is an adequate size for viewing photographs.
You can find out more over at vodafone.ie
Opera have released their new version of the Opera Mini 6 some of the new specifications and features are listed below.
A fresh new look
Opera Mini 6 sports a new and improved design, including a new skin, and new zoom and jump buttons for easy touch-navigation.
Share links directly to major social network sites as you browse, directly from Opera Mini 6.
Click any Mobile YouTube video to launch it directly on your device’s native media player (if available).
Improved zoom for touch screens
Pinch-to-zoom is now supported for multitouch devices. Regular touch devices now zoom with a double-tap, or with Opera’s new zoom buttons.
Tailored to Tablets
We’ve designed a new user interface especially for tablet users.
Open Link in Background
Read your news uninterrupted and utilize the power of tabs by opening new links in the background.
Better Font Support
We’ve been working hard to improve the selection and rendering of Asian fonts, including Thai and Arabic.
It’s been in the news the past couple of days that AT&T are looking to acquire T-Mobile in the US. T-Mobile who are owned by Deutsche Telekom is a strategic purchase and will place AT&T is the largest phone service provider in the US showed this deal happen.