Electricpig » Mobile Phones http://www.electricpig.co.uk The only tech you need Thu, 22 Nov 2012 12:13:35 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Apple shows Scott Forstall the door: Can Jonathan Ive redesign iOS? http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/30/apple-shows-scott-forstall-the-door-can-jonathan-ive-redesign-ios/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/30/apple-shows-scott-forstall-the-door-can-jonathan-ive-redesign-ios/#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:36:11 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=470929

Apple rarely makes big executive cuts because it’s a company that, by and large, succeeds. The flip side of continued success, though, is that any failures become all the more apparent. Just ask Scott Forstall, the man who’s currently clearing his Cupertino desk. Is this what happens when you lose your lead?

For the past year or two, iOS has gone from looking futuristic to stale. This hasn’t been helped by a slew of new first party apps like GameCenter and Find My Friends employing enough differing skueomorphs to make the whole thing feel incredibly disjointed – even archaic.

That may well be the fault of Scott Forstall, the man who – up until now – has been Apple’s head of software development for iOS devices. It now seems that the disaster that was Apple Maps was the final straw, as Apple’s forcing a company shakeup.

Read Tim Cook’s astounding Maps apology

Forstall reportedly refused to put his name to Apple’s incredible apology for the new Maps app, and will be out of the picture come the new year as a result. In a 2012 that’s seen great leaps forward in terms of Apple hardware and a stagnation of its software, that shakeup can only be a good thing.

Going forward, Apple’s hardware development guru/god/prophet Jonathan Ive will move in to oversee the software side of things, too.

Hopefully, Ive’s influence will guide iOS 7 to being a huge leap forward in terms of design and usability, rather than the disappointing rehash that was iOS 6.

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Everything Everywhere officially becomes EE: Most. Confusing. Rebranding. Ever http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/29/everything-everywhere-becomes-ee-most-confusing-rebranding-ever/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/29/everything-everywhere-becomes-ee-most-confusing-rebranding-ever/#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:51:05 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=469911

On Orange or T-Mobile? Are you sure? Technically, you’re on Everything Everywhere, which is now EE. Only, you’re still on Orange or T-Mobile really Unless you get 4G when it’s switched on tomorrow (Oct 30th). Confused? That’s understandable… 

Everything Everywhere, the super-brand made up of T-Mobile and Orange, is officially rebranding to EE as of today. Steven Day, the company’s chief of brands, says that the name change will “focus and re-energise” the company and its heritage brands, but is it all too confusing for Joe Public to understand?

Here’s the thing: if you opt for 4G, you’ll be on EE true and proper. If not, you’ll continue to push your cash into the pockets of T-Mobile or Orange. But, and this is where it gets weird, you’ll really just be on those networks in name only – your coverage will be from the EE company.

EE 4G: The end of humanity?

Eventually, as the rebrand wears on, those two networks will shrivel up and die, leaving nothing but EE in their wake.

Now, if we can barely get our heads around all this, it’s probably a bit too much to ask the man on the street to either know or care. Bear in mind, as well, that that man on the street probably still hasn’t had enough time to get used to the idea of Everything Everywhere being a thing anyway, and now that’s having a name change.

A rebranding is meant to pump a load of new oomph into a brand, but when it’s this staggered and unclear, is there really any point?

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Sh*t Android users say: Guys, seriously… Can we stop this now? http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/24/shit-android-users-say/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/24/shit-android-users-say/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:54:23 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=464991

A while back, a video hit the web that made ripples because it poked fun at Apple users. Hang on, though; that’s not all that difficult a job to do, is it? No. But then it’s not hard to make fun of any die hard phone fan. And it’s exactly that line of thinking that’s now brought us the repost, ‘Sh*t Android users say’.

The response video, which has been made by MobilePhoneFinder, takes a look at the other side of the Apple Vs Android argument, ribbing on Android users for making the exact opposite points that extreme Apple fans do.

It’s mildly amusing in the same way as the anti-Apple video, but, if we’re being honest, these are getting a bit old now.

Along with Samsung’s bitchy ads that mock Apple fans standing in line, and RIM’s bizarre ‘wake up’ campaign from earlier this year, this kind of stuff just seems unnecessarily bitter. Anyone who cares so much about their phone that they think other people’s phones are actually ‘bad’ should probably take a long hard look at themselves.

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EE 4G UK prices revealed: Probably what you expected http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/23/ee-4g-uk-prices-revealed-probably-what-you-expected/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/23/ee-4g-uk-prices-revealed-probably-what-you-expected/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:47:00 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=464019

4G in the UK is finally a real, actual thing that you can boast about having when down the pub. And like everything else down the pub, it comes at a price. In other words; EE has just unveiled the UK pricing for its 4G tariffs. So what’s the damage?

EE 4G promises mobile browsing speeds on a par with what you can experience with your home broadband. It’s a huge step up for UK customers, even if you are currently locked to either Orange or T-Mobile – the two companies that make up the EE network.

The price to you? EE 4G starts at £36 per month for a tariff with 500MB of data and unlimited calls and texts, ranging up to £56 per month for a huge 8GB of data allowance. All the tariffs are 24-month jobs. Here’s the full break down:

Worth the money? While the bottom end tariff is essentially the same as any standard smartphone deal, the 500MB data cap may be frustrating if you plan on making the most of your 4G connection.

4G in the UK explained

Likewise, if you’ve never really felt like the speed of your mobile connection is wanting, or if you do the bulk of your heavy browsing at home on a WiFi connection, then you have to seriously ask yourself: is EE’s 4G worth the cash at this stage?

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All Google’s Android event products revealed! http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/22/all-googles-android-event-products-revealed/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/22/all-googles-android-event-products-revealed/#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:24:44 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=463017

It’s going to be a busy week in the tech world. This time next week, Microsoft will unzip its trousers and waggle Windows Phone 8 in front of the world, but before then we’ve got Windows 8, the iPad mini and Google’s end-of-week Android event. And guess what: we know exactly what Google’s about to unleash.

A source close to Google has revealed all to The Next Web. Those boys are pretty certain of their report, and – in fairness – it all seems entirely possible based on previous rumours.

First up, Google’s going to unveil two new Nexus 7 iterations. Both new tabs will boast 32GB of storage, and one will sport 3G connectivity. Excitingly, that’s not the only tablet action; the big G is also reported to have a Samsung-made 10-inch tablet up its sleeves.

Codenamed ‘Manta’, the 10-inch tab is set to have an iPad-beating 2560×1600 pixel resolution at 400ppi.

That Galaxy Nexus is looking a bit long in the tooth now, so it’s just as well Google’s got a replacement ready. As has been rumoured, it seems that LG is providing the next Nexus, to be named the LG Nexus 4. It’ll be a very similar beast to the LG Optimus G, in as much as it’ll sport a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM behind a 4.7-inch display.

And, finally, what would a Google event be without an update to Android? We’re now expecting Android 4.2 – an evolutionary change that’ll still bear the ‘Jelly Bean’ monicker. Changes include improvements to the stock camera suite, as well as the ability for tablet users to keep and access multiple accounts on one device – making Android better suited for families.

Stay tuned for the full, official lowdown on Friday.

Source: The Next Web

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Huawei Ascend W1 pics leaks out: Windows Phone 8 on a budget? http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/19/huawei-ascend-w1-pics-leaks-out-windows-phone-8-on-a-budget/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/19/huawei-ascend-w1-pics-leaks-out-windows-phone-8-on-a-budget/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:27:38 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=460010

We’re now just days away from the official launch of Windows Phone 8, and the smartphone superpowers are readying their wares for launch. Huawei’s got the latest of the bunch, the Ascend W1, but why should you care?

For our money, the two manufacturers making the best-looking, most sultry Windows Phone 8 handsets are HTC and Nokia. Their models represent the top tier of WP8, but who’s looking after the bottom end?

Enter the Ascend W1, which looks like it’s set to offer some low-budget frills in a tidy package that’s not dissimilar to the Android flavoured Ascend P1. The above is the first leaked press shot of the W1, and all sources say that the handset isn’t far from launch.

Hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 920

Nothing official has been inked on the spec sheet just yet, but the rumours point to a 4-inch display residing over a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

That’ll have just 512MB of RAM and only 4GB of inbuilt storage. Partner that with the reported 5-Meg cam, and we’re definitely looking at a budget handset in the Ascend W1.

Still, it’s all blue, look… So that’s nice.

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Angry Birds Star Wars: New teaser trailer doesn’t show if Han shot first http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/18/angry-birds-star-wars-new-teaser-trailer/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/18/angry-birds-star-wars-new-teaser-trailer/#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:37:09 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=458987

Angry Birds: you may have heard of it. Rovio’s monster mobile gaming franchise is marching towards a new title in the series, and it’s arguably the biggest tie-in yet. Angry Birds Star Wars is just a few weeks away, so here’s the latest teaser…

Angry Birds Star Wars is Rovio’s latest big-name franchise tie-in, and is set for launch on November 8th. To build up the hype, Rovio’s produced a teaser that splices together some in-game CGI with footage from A New Hope.

Amazing Angry Birds peripheral is amazing

Along with that, there’s a few cartoon stills that seem to vaguely follow the plot of the original movie, which suggests that the game will, too. Watch the video below, and just imagine, for a moment, what it must be like to be George Lucas…

…Or George Lucas’ accountant.

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HTC J Butterfly: The most beautiful phone you’ll never have http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/17/htc-j-butterfly-the-most-beautiful-phone-youll-never-have/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/17/htc-j-butterfly-the-most-beautiful-phone-youll-never-have/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:03:33 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=457945

When Samsung first started taking the world of the 5-inch handset seriously, we balked. But then the Galaxy Note (and now the Galaxy Note 2) sold well enough to garner everyone’s attention, and now both Sony and HTC are readying their own versions. The J Butterfly is HTC’s answer, and it’s a little bit good.

As revealed on HTC’s Japanese website, the HTC J Butterfly is a 5-inch monster with an LCD 3 display that kicks out a frankly startling 440ppi resolution.

Sony Odin: Specs for the 5-inch monster

Under that nestles the current darling of the chipset scene, the quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro. That’s backed up with 2GB of RAM, and the whole thing ticks along on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

The camera, meanwhile, is a meaty 8-meg number. The J Butterfly will be available in Japan in red and white, but there’s no word on an international launch. We’ve got our fingers crossed: this is a mighty fine looking handset.

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Asus Padfone 2 official: Do want http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/16/asus-padfone-2-official-do-want/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/16/asus-padfone-2-official-do-want/#comments Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:49:37 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=456673

Asus is back at it with a new phone/tablet hybrid. The original Padfone was well received in its native Taiwan, but failed to set the world alight. Can a sequel, with a raft of top-flight specs, do the business?

The Padfone concept is a solid one for anyone who wants to update their handset and get in on the tablet game without twice the expenditure. Like it’s predecessor, the Padfone 2 allows you to dock the smartphone half into the dead shell of a tablet, to beam its innards onto the big screen.

And, pleasingly, those innards are of good stock. The phone bears the same 2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 as the LG Optimus G and has a rather pretty 4.7-inch display with a 720p resolution.

Why we love Asus

The rear camera’s a beauty, too, weighing in at 13-Megapixels and housing a highly capable Sony f/2.4 BSI sensor.

Dock the phone, and it’ll beam your content onto the 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display tablet. This’ll also increase the battery capacity by 5,000mAh, despite the fact that the Padfone 2 tablet is a lot slimmer than its predecessor.

The only downside here is that the Padfone 2 is shipping with Ice Cream Sandwich, rather than Jelly Bean. That’s to ensure a speedy launch, though: it’s out next week in Taiwan. A Jelly Bean update is on the cards, but there’s no news yet on a UK launch.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini announced, priced, yawned at http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/12/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-announced-priced-yawned-at/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/10/12/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-announced-priced-yawned-at/#comments Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:39:19 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=450174

Step right up for the most uninspiring slab of Android hardware released for some time. The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is so dull, in fact, that we can’t really be bothered to type about it properlrk jbg er5tu bbfejuf ufej rgoe… Something, something, prices.

The Galaxy S3 Mini is supposed to be Samsung’s answer to the iPhone 5, in as much as it presents a 4-inch option for anyone who thinks that the standard Galaxy S3 is too large for human hands.

But it’s just so… Meh. The Mini’s got many of the same features as its bigger brother – S Voice, Smart Stay, Jelly Bean and the like, but a weedier 1GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. And also, it looks about as instinctively desirable as a balloon filled with anthrax.

See Jelly Bean running on the Galaxy S3

Either way, the Galaxy S3 Mini’s UK prices have just unfurled themselves. SIM-free, you’re looking at a fairly reasonable £298.80, although that’s pre-VAT. Phones4U is offering the phone for free with contracts between £25 and £36 per month.

Although really, if you’re genuinely tempted by this, you should probably have a good long think about what it is you want out of life.

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