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[15 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Cheap and capable

Those of us with expensive smartphones sometimes forget that not everyone needs, or wants, a device in their pocket that costs ?500. So for those who either don’t see the point of super-expensive phones, or just simply can’t justify the expense, there’s the Orange San Francisco II.
Costing just ?99, the new San Francisco offer a lot of the same features as more expensive handsets, but at a price that’s compatible with any pocket. But can we recommend you buy one, or is even ?99 too much for …

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[13 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Look, no wires

The Panasonic FX90 packs in many up-to-date features: there’s a 3-inch touchscreen and 24-120mm zoom lens to control all the action, met with Wi-Fi technology and 1080i HD movie capture.
Its feature set sounds impressive, but can the kind of touchscreen response and intuitive layout that Smartphones continue to provide be met in the Lumix FX90?
Touch control
Touch technology, like the FX90’s touchscreen, is all the rage at the moment. All the top smartphones make best use of it, but those devices are hundreds of pounds more than Panasonic’s ?220 …

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[10 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Double life

The number of people with two phones in the UK is quite significant. When you factor in business users, drug dealers and people who are having affairs, it’s probably a decent chunk of the market. Those people would all benefit from having a phone with two SIM cards slots.?
So enter the ViewSonic V350. It offers support for two 3G SIMs in one, normalish-sized handset. It runs Android 2.2 and so has access to a multitude of apps and access to a large and passionate community. But is it worth …

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[9 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

The ultimate TV?

This is home cinema heaven. We can spot a blackout-bound plasma screen a mile off, but the backlit remote control in the TX-P50VT30’s box – it glows a dark red behind the buttons to delicately help with operation in the dark – is the first clue that this 3D plasma has high-end ambitions.
However, it’s a different kind of luminescence that is at the core of this wonderful picture performer. Where LED TVs typically struggle in their attempt to make LCD panels more dynamic and thus able to …

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[9 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Drowning our sorrows

So, you’re looking for a rugged handset that can see you through the day-to-day struggle of your hectic life. In that case, you might be considering the Motorola Defy+. The follow up to, you guessed it, the Defy, the new handset offers a few improvements that should make it a better bet for people who need a rugged phone.
The first handset came in for some criticism, because it wasn’t quite as rugged as people thought it would be. But, has this updated model learnt from its older …

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[7 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Sheer weight of traffic

The Need for Speed series has been kicking around in various guises since the last millennium. Now pretty much an annual affair, coming up with original approaches must be an increasingly challenging business. However, this time round some bright spark has pitched the idea of a race from San Francisco to New York, and it somehow made it from beer mat to shop shelf. ?
Thankfully you don’t have to do the entire 3000 odd miles in one sitting, and furthermore we couldn’t swear that the roads are …

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[7 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Sweeter second time round?

It’s interesting timing that, having been the first out of the blocks with the original Honeycomb tablet, and having been the Google approved launch tablet, the original Motorola Xoom is now nearly a year old.
The hardware has aged, the software has updated and Android tablets have evolved, slightly. It is in that little band of “slightly” that the Xoom 2 lies. Are there enough changes to make the Xoom 2 more appealing than the original? Certainly. But is there enough of a change to make this tablet …

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[7 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Your name’s not down, you’re not coming in

There are few names that have been as enduring in dance music as Ministry of Sound. It’s a label, club and its reach extends all over the world. It has dabbled in hardware before, but it was re-branded Alba gear, so you can imagine how that worked out.
Now the company is having another crack at headphones, something it should be very good at, and there’s a whole new range, from in-ear phones, up to lug-hole covering cans. We’re looking at the latter today, …

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[6 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Reach for the sky

Remember the Nintendo Wii? The console that, for better or worse, pioneered motion control and had a nation of casual gamers flapping their arms about as if swatting invisible demons. We don’t cover it much on Pocket-Lint, possibly because it looks like a Fisher Price children’s toy compared to the hi-tech grown-up toys that litter these pages. More prosaically, it’s because there aren’t many games released for it any more. However, when it’s a new Zelda game, we have to take a look. It’s Zelda, a gaming …

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[3 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Take a wider view

It’s nearly three years down the line and Philips is still the only major TV manufacturer selling panels as the cinema intended. The original Philips Cinema 21:9 was a hit, if a rather pricey one. The second added 3D and won itself Best TV at the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2010. And the third, in the shape of the 21:9 Platinum, with still the same ?4k tag, added LED backlighting to bring it up-to-the-minute in terms of display technology. Now the Royal Dutch has done something nearly unthinkable …