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That Escalated Quickly: Nokia’s new Lumia breaks records in megapixels

Nokia has long been one of the most well-respected names in business phone. While they may not have the global market shares that Apple and Samsung can brag about, there’s no doubt that Nokia holds its own in the smartphone market, which have been enjoying great fame in its reliability, affordability, and its highly impressive features.

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From 99 to 0.99: Is the Facebook Phone more attractive now?

new FB-centric UI, Facebook Home. But now, the HTC First got a considerable price drop; from $99, it was lowered to $0.99—almost free with an AT&T contract. If this was any indicator of the product’s market performance, we could easily assume that this Facebook phone flopped, and the price drop is the only way for HTC and for AT&T to cut their losses.

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LG Optimus L3: Product Review

LG Optimus L3

If you’re in search for a quality yet affordable smartphone to be used primarily in your business, you may want to consider getting an Android phone. Android operating system is not only the mainstream today, it is also the top choice of most business entrepreneurs as it offers a number of Google services for free, as well as a plethora of downloadable applications that can be very useful and beneficial in the business.

Design and Display

The LG Optimus L3 flaunts a unique, square-edge design. The unit’s body is surrounded by metallic strip, which makes it more sleek and sophisticated. It has dimensions of 102.6 mm x 61.6 mm x 11.85 mm, and a weight of 110 grams. Needless to say, it is slim and lightweight, giving you a much easier grip. The front features an average screen and just underneath it is a single button for home. You can find the 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as the power/lock button on top of the unit. The base on the other hand houses the micro USB port. The volume rocker is situated on the left-hand side, while the opposite side is bare.

This handset features a pretty average, 3.2-inch TFT LCD with a mediocre resolution at 240 x 320 pixels. Sure, it may not be the sharpest and brightest screen out there, but it does manage to display readable text, and vibrant images. But, as you would expect, it doesn’t have an excellent viewing angles, and color contrast.

Camera

If you’re a photo or camera aficionado, this smartphone may not be the right one for you. The rear camera is stuck at 3 megapixel sensor, so photo quality isn’t really impressive. More so, it isn’t armed with an LED flash, so you’ll get nothing but dark, grainy, with visible noise shots when shooting at low-light conditions.

This average snapper does have a handful of basic scene modes, which you can use if you feel like making your shots more dramatic. It can also record videos at 640 x 480p, 24 frames per second. However, it doesn’t feature a secondary camera, so video chat isn’t possible.

Apps

The LG Optimus L3 features the LG SmartWorld, an app market that offers a variety of applications exclusive to all LG mobile users. Since this handset runs the Android Gingerbread operating system, you’ll get to enjoy myriad of apps that can be purchased or downloaded for free. This gives you the opportunity to install a number of apps that can be very useful in your business, especially if you’re going to use this handset mainly for business purposes.

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, WAP, GPRS, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, and USB 2.0, are just some of the connectivity options offered by the LG Optimus L3, which keep you connected to your employees and clients. This is quite ideal for all businessmen. If you want to make the most of it, you may also consider visiting the official websites of some trusted service providers and check some of their services that may suit to your business needs.

RingCentral voicemail number

is just an example of the many services that most businessmen avail.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Slim and compact.
  • Easy to use Android platform.
  • Excellent battery performance.

Cons:

  • Low-resolution screen.
  • Mediocre digital camera.
  • It isn’t capable of recording videos in high definition.

Suffice it to say, the LG Optimus L3 is an entry-level Android phone ideal for those who want an average smartphone. With its nifty design, sufficient internal storage, and long lasting battery, it is indeed a great choice to consider.

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Apple plows forward into 2013, no matter what everyone else thinks

Even before it made its mark in the field of mobile technology, Apple has been known for being the technology of the elite. It has made a name for itself by being sleek, reliable, and durable technology worth its price tag.

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Polytron brings science fiction to reality with the first transparent smartphone prototype

If there’s one thing people are good at, it’s making ideas a reality. About two years ago, an image of a transparent smartphone was passed around on popular image sharing sites, like Tumblr, Reddit, and 9gag. It appeared to be a panel of glass with a translucent display, clearly showing that it is a vision of what a future smartphone could be.

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Top Reasons Why You Should Buy the Blackberry

And Blackberry is back at the game. After some delays, the much awaited Blackberry Z10 that features the new Blackberry 10 OS is here. The phone is now available in UK and Canada, and will be officially available in US soil this March.

Now the question is should you buy it? The problem in addressing this question is that the expectations for the latest incarnation of this device are very high. After all, the brand has been languishing in the cellar for quite some time now, and was thoroughly overtaken by the iPhone and other Android phones in the market. As a result, there is more riding in this phone than just being a solid smartphone option in the market.

Is it a good phone? It definitely is. But is it good enough to redeem the Blackberry brand? That we do not know.

But to help consumers decide, here are the top reasons why you should buy this phone:

You are a Blackberry fan

Even with the rise of the iPhone and Android phones, and the lack of innovations from Blackberry itself the last few years, there has still been a loyal market to the brand that stayed on waiting for RIM to get its act together and redeem their beloved phone.

For the loyal fans, this is the phone that they have been waiting for. It has the sleek and professional look that the phone has always been known for, the voice chats flow seamlessly in a central messaging hub, and the gesture-based OS is something that separates it from the iPhone and the Androids of the world. What’s more important is that, spec-wise, it is able to stand up to other phones with its 1,280×768-pixel WXGA HD resolution LCD display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, 8mp camera, 4G LTE, HSPA+, and global roaming.

You want a secure phone to use for business

Blackberry has been the premier business phone before it was overtaken by the iPhone. But the Z10 looks to regain its status in the professional world with a phone that has some pretty neat security features. First, it lets you use multiple accounts for work and personal mode, allowing you to separate sensitive business apps from personal ones. Second, RIM employs their signature encrypted servers. Third, there is a couple of interesting privacy settings, including parental controls. Lastly, RIM has what they call Blackberry Protect, which allows remote wiping. IT administrators who are strict about the devices that connect to their network can find this very appealing.

You Want Great Email and Messaging Features

Another reason why the Blackberry was once the top business phone is its email and messaging features. Both are improved in the Z10. The Z10 allows you to do so much with your email like flagging, marking unread messages, changing urgency status, creating a folder system, and inviting colleagues to a meeting. It also allows you to include attachments, and has good contact recognition so that when you type a few letters in the contacts section, and it will already suggest possible names.

BBM or Blackberry Messenger also got an upgrade. You can now send files like images through it, do voice and video chat, share your screen, and add contacts through NFC.

You want something different from the iPhone and other Android devices

If you want variety and something that separates you from the other smartphone users, then the Z10 gives you an opportunity to try out a completely new OS. It will take some time to learn, however, especially if you are used to button-based phones. As said above, the OS lets you use multiple accounts and the phone is pretty handy for multi-tasking through its VPN ability.

Not everyone will love this phone. Android and iPhone users will probably see nothing new to make them even consider a switch. But if you are one of those above, the Blackberry Z10 might be the business phone for you.

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Picking up after Samsung: Why is LG doing a better job with Google Nexus 4?

Google’s flagship smartphone, the Nexus, has a new iteration in the form of the Nexus 4. Following the limited release of the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4 was slated to hit the stores in a nonchalant manner, with little expectations from critics other than being the "next Good Nexus phone." But after its November 13 release just last year, the Nexus 4’s fame ballooned to a point where stores have ran out of stocks, and potential buyers are angered for the slow production. This LG version of the Nexus easily beat its predecessors, which are ironically made by bigger names like Samsung and HTC.

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What lies ahead: Mobile devices in 2013

The year 2012 has been a great period for mobile devices. Consumers were treated to a plethora of new and revamped gadgets, with the latest iPhone, iPad, and Samsung Galaxy series, all taking center stage. From fancy launch dates to viral advertisements, 2012 never let consumers down. But what can we expect as 2013 unfolds? Is there anything else that can be done to 1-up the innovations from the previous year?