Excited about that heavily rumoured gold/champagne iPhone 5? Well if you are one issue that you are probably mulling over is 'whether your new shiny case will scratch. After all the black iPhone 5 is notorious for showing marks.
Best check out this video then where Jailbreak Nation has got hold of a gold prototype case and smeared it with cat food and left at the mercy of a groups of kittens tried to mark it with a knife.
If that is the real case it doesn't seem to have come out too badly does it. Shame they couldn't afford the kittens though.
Big, big news, Samsung has confirmed that it will launch its smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, on Sept. 4th at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. It will also unveil the latest incarnation of its top-end Phablet the Galaxy Note 3.
The date for the launch plus the details were given by Lee Young-hee, VP of Samsung's mobile business, to The Korea Times.
Yet how innovative will the watch be? For starters it will have no flexible display. Here's what Lee said.
"We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on Sept. 4. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry."
Lee also added that the company has more wearable gadgets in the pipeline.
"We have intellectual properties for patents related to the next wearable devices. Those are concepts for future products," she added.
So, it could be that the watch is little different from the type of watches we have seen so far from Sony and smaller companies like Pebble.
There are shed loads of rumours now about the potential launch of a budget iPhone - which has become known among bloggers as the iPhone 5C.
Now however an analyst has stuck his neck out and not only given the 5C a price but also a launch date.
KGI analyst Ming-chi Kuo says that the iPhone will cost between £230 and £320 for the SIM free model. It is at the upper end of that scale then it doesn't really qualify for a mid range handset. It would still be a pretty much a premium phone.
Kuo said that the "iPhone 5C to replace iPhone 5, while iPhone 4S goes on. We've learned that the iPhone 5 line will be terminated from 4Q13, while the iPhone 4S line will carry on. From this, we infer that iPhone 5C is launched to replace iPhone 5. In other words, the 5C model will be positioned as midrange. We forecast its retail price to be US$400-$500 (£230-£320).
Kuo also thinks that the new mobile will debut in China first with the rest of the world following later in the year. He suggest that China will get the handset in October and that the rest of the world including the UK will see it later in Q4 - which in theory means late October/early November.
Meanwhile 9to5 Mac which broke the Kuo story is also saying that some sources think that the new Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be ion the stores in late September.
Both of Apple's next-generation iPhones will rollout in Japan on Friday, September 20th, according to a report from Nikkei. With the "iPhone 5S" and plastic iPhone scheduled to be introduced at a September 10th media event, a September 20th launch is not a bit surprising based on past history.
The day will be a huge one in Apple's history with the iPhone under attack not just from Samsung, but also increasingly from Sony too, the company will need to pull something pretty special out of the bag.
The rumours are that it will debut the iPhone 5S which may or may not feature a fingerprint sensor and an enhanced camera. There are even rumours that Apple will increase the size of the screen to keep up with the current Phablet trends.
Also heavily rumoured is a budget version of the iPhone which may or may not be called the iPhone 5C, it is expected to offer fewer features than the iPhone 5 and come with a plastic casing and a cheaper price tag.
Longer shots include the unveiling of an Apple smartwatch, some news about a TV, and maybe even the Apple iPhone 6.
LG's Bulgarian head of mobile communications, Dimitar Valev has been talking about what the company has lined up for the future, and unless the Korean maker is going to solely focus on the Bulgarian market there are some exciting products in store.
In an interview with Bulgarian website Dnevnik.bg Valev confirmed that a tablet and smartwatch are on their way but also that LG will have a Firefox OS phone on its books by the end of 2014. He did clarify this by adding that it was dependent on how the Firefox OS which debuted recently on the ZTE Open fared, but so far the response for that mobile has been phenomenal.
As for the tablet, there have been lots of rumours of a 10 inch tablet from LG recently, and the smartwatch has long been assumed to be an LG project as they seek to take on Apple and Samsung in that market. Valev did let on that the watch will use flexible LCD technology.
There was a time when we couldn't get enough of flip phones, or clamshells as they sometimes got called this side of the Pond. In fact in the US in the mid noughties no serious business exec would be seen without a flip dangling from their belt in a novelty style holster.
After EE and Vodafone O2 has finally released details of its 4G offering and once again - like its rivals - it is tempting early adopters with some impressive freebies.
Firstly the roll out for the service will start on August 29 (the same as Voda) and 4G tariffs will start at £26 a month. For this users get unlimited minutes and texts, free access to 9,000 O2 Wi-Fi hotspots and VIP use of the network's Priority Moments for live events.
There are however a variety of bundles to choose from. If you opt for the SIM-Only 4G package the cheapest option is £26 for which you get the basics listed above plus 1GB of 4G data usage. The top-end SIM-only deal is £36 a month for which you get a hefty 5GB of data.You can also supercharge the data package with each additional 500MB costing £6 per month, or £10 a month for each additional 1GB.
As for the freebies, well it depends what you are into? Music fans get O2's 4G Music Tracks which offers playlist, video and Top 40 streaming free for 12 months.. Sports fans on the other hand can grab access to Priority Sports video content on the move which includes exclusive NBA and rugby content. Finally gamers can access Gameloft mobile titles including Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour and Zombiewood multiplayer over 4G without eating into their data allowances.
So how does this compare with Vodafone and EE?
Well both EE and Vodafone start at £26 per month. At present EE limits users to 500MB of data a month, Vodafone has quadrupled that by offering a 2GB cap (O2 is 1GB for the same price), it is also a little more generous in its data offering in other packages than O2. EE has some top end goodies if you pay £44 a month you get 10GB of data is on offer, or if you fancy 20GB that will set you back £51pm.
As for the extras Voda clearly has the best selection with a choice of free Spotify Premium or free Sky Sports Mobile TV (which features all the sports channels and includes live Premiership football.)
Nokia's budget 4G smartphone, the Lumia 625 has been given a UK release date and a price. And it looks like it will be one of the best value smartphones out there too. It will certainly be the cheapest 4G phone around for a while and a star for 02 and Voda's new 4G networks.
First to recap, the phone has a 4.6inch screen which is WVGA resolution (800 x 640), runs Windows Mobile and touts a eight mega pixel camera. It laos packs a Dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage and comes with other Nokia features like Mix Radio music, Nokia's Here mapping service and its Smart Camera option.
And as for availability well it will on sale from O2, Vodafone, EE, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U from August 28.
If you buy the phone without a SIM expect to pay around £179 for it. If you want it free then monthly tariffs start at around £21.
Last night LG finally took the wraps off their heavily-leaked top-end Android smartphone.
And so far the reaction has been pretty positive. It seems that LG has chosen to focus on usability and has come up trumps with a phone that has some clever and very useful facilities. It is the kind of re-invention of the smartphone that we would expect from Apple.
It is certainly going to have Apple, Sony and Samsung looking over their shoulders
Here then are the basic, plus a few pics.
Screen - 5.2inches 1080p Full HD IPS display, so that makes it a full on Phablet with a very high res screen
Processor - A speedy 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, backed by 2GB of RAM
OS/connectivity - It runs Android 4.2.2 and is of course 4G compatible
Camera - The G2 packs a 13 mega pixel rear camera
Other stuff - It is available in 16GB and 32GB storage sizes and black or white case shades. It also has a 3,000mAh battery.
The Rear Key - Oddly there are no physical buttons on the phone with the exception of a rear key which can adjust volume levels, or long press to launch a QuickMemo app or the camera app.
There's also a range of unique, and in some cases surprisingly useful, UI features.
Answer Me - Automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one's ear. Sounds useful!
Plug & Pop - Recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected
Text Link - Information embedded in text messages can be selected and easily saved in memo or calendar and searched on a map or the internet
QuickRemote - Not only can LG G2 be used to remotely control popular home entertainment devices, it can also learn from conventional remote controls and be customised to operate multiple devices with flexible layouts and keys.
Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile said...
"It's the most ambitious phone of the smartphone era. Technology without empathy cannot be considered innovation. Innovation for the sake of innovation is old school. Innovations must resonate with consumers. We do our very best to understand the needs of consumers, their behaviours and habits. Our smartphone better detects, learns and adapts to human behaviours and needs."
It will be on sale in eight weeks time - so October then. So far only Three has confirmed a UK launch.
Sylvia Chind, head of devices at Three said, "LG has created a true powerhouse smartphone in the G2 that combines their technological expertise from design through to features.
"We believe this phone will encourage greater use of more demanding data applications which makes Three the perfect partner."
Some big-ish news from HTC this morning. The Taiwanese maker has just announced that its mid range smartphone - HTC Desire 500 model will go on sale in Europe, including the UK, from later in the month.
Features-wise the Desire 500 looks like a contender with a 4.3-inch screen,1.2GHz quad-core chipset, win cameras (8MP and 1.6MP), SD card support and the same BlinkFeed-led user interface that debuted on the HTC One range.
Another important facility is the phone's Video Highlights which takes your stills and videos from one event or days' shooting and compiles them into a 30-second reel, set to music according to one of six themes.
The phone will be available in Lacquer Black and Glacier Blue and will available with dual SIM support and NFC in select markets (though not sure yet if this includes the UK).
"The Desire range has become renowned for bringing a premium mobile experience to the mass market." commented Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. "This particular model, the Desire 500, is no different. It is perfect for people who are always-on-the-go, it enables powerful multitasking and live-streaming of important and interesting information, and it boasts an excellent camera and that bring your important moments to life."
And yet another new Windows-powered smartphone from Nokia. Yet the Lumia 625 which was unveiled today, is interesting for a couple of reasons.
Firstly it is a budget-ish smartphone which has plenty of features by coming in at around £200 isnlt that pricey. Secondly it is the biggest Nokia Lumia phone to date with a near-Phablet sized 4.7inch screen.
However its resolution of 480 x 800, is a little below some of its rivals. Other features include a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, a five mega pixel camera, 8GB of storage and HSPA and LTE (4G) compatibility.
"With our largest smartphone screen to date, the Nokia Lumia 625 is a perfect example of how Nokia is delivering leading smartphone innovation and experiences at every price point," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Nokia Smart Devices.
The phone will be widely available in the UK with EE, Vodafone, O2, Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse all saying they will have it in stock come early September.
One key market sector where Apple is quite possibly facing tough competition recently is in the student market. Lots of youngsters quite possibly can't afford both a tablet and phone so you can see the appeal of Phablet models like the Samsung Galaxy Note.
The more cash-strapped students are probably just opting for cheaper smartphones.
Anyhow in a bid to tempt more students into buying the iPhone 5 (and cynics might say reducing the backlog before the 5S lands in the autumn) Apple is offering £35 of apps free with each purchase.
And you don't have to spend it on boring educational stuff too it covers games, music, books and more. You get a similar coupon if you buy an iPad and £70 worth of stuff if you invest in a Mac.
To qualify you must be a university student, a student accepted to a university, a parent buying for a university student or a faculty or staff member at any level.
HTC has finally confirmed that it is going to debut a smaller version of its best selling HTC One Android smartphone.The HTC One Mini basically keeps much of what makes its larger sibling great, but in a smaller package with a tidier screen size - 4.3-inch 720p screen (1280 x 720). Ironically though that still makes the mini's screen bigger than the iPhone 5.
Other specs include Android 4.2.2 re skinned with the HTC Sense 5 UI over the top, an aluminium body, with polycarbonate edging, a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset (which is less than the HTC One) 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It comes in two colours "Stealth Black" and the silvery "Glacial White".
It also packs a 4.1 "Ultrapixel" camera, which HTC says delivers excellent low light performance.
It will be on sale in August in the UK and both EE and Phones 4U have already announced they will be selling the phone.
So you are Apple and are working on the iPhone 5S. Yet that screen that you lined up - the four inch one that was also on the iPhone 5 - now looks a little undernourished compared with the huge screen mobiles churned out by Samsung and Sony?
What can you do?
Well according to Cnet this morning Apple may be about to do something radical and offer a larger screen size - 4.3inches - on the 5s than the four inch one on the five.
Cnet quotes a variety of sources which say that this is the main reason why the release of the iPhone looks like it might be delayed.
"[Apple] halted processor production for [the] iPhone 5S in May," according to BrightWire news. That initial iPhone 5S design had a 4-inch screen.
The 5S was expected to hit the market in September or October but has been pushed back to the end of the year, both reports said.
The report also says that the budget iPhones will be issued in October.
So what do you think? Would it not be more sensible to speed up the release of the iPhone 6 with a larger (approaching five inch) screen?
Aaah mid noughties nostalgia. Remember when we all used to crave flip phones? Well it appears that we might do again, for Samsung is on course to launch an Android powered, Galaxy monikered touch screen phone as a flip!
Samsung has already launched a pair of flips in its domestic market this year and now has announced the Galaxy Folder which might find itself on sale outside Korea too.
It is due out in August and already has the backing of a couple of Korea's biggest networks. It is available in two guises SHV-E400S and SHV-E400K.
Interestingly it is aimed at the lower end of the market so the features list is a little on the short side. We do know that is will pack a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 4G LTE speeds and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
The touchscreen is rather low res too weighing in at 800 x 480 pixels resolution. Still you can have fun with that old school proper keypad.
So what do you think? Should Samsung bring the Galaxy Folder to the UK and US?
If you want any more evidence after this and this, that this is the summer of the really big phone, we have got some gossip about HTC.
German phone site Mobile Geeks has suggested that the HTC One Max, which will be a rival for the Sony and Samsung big screen titans, will be out as soon as September.
The rumoured spec is said to include a 5.9-inch 1920 x 1080 HD screen (which would make it an industry leader), 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (which is as good as it gets at the moment), 2GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage, and a powerful 3,200mAh battery. There's no mention of the camera, but I guess it is probably the Ultrapixel one found on the HTC One.
The Xperia Z Ultra is expected to go on sale in September, the Galaxy Note 3 is likely to be announced in September and debut in October.
We have written about the A10, BlackBerry's upcoming big screen phone, a few times before and now it appears we have a picture of it. In typical leak style it is a low res grainy image, but if legit it does give us a few clues as to what we can expect from the upcoming phone.
Design-wise the A10 sports a design less angular than its BlackBerry Z10 predecessor. Its corners are more rounded and the extra white on the casing is unusual for BlackBerry.
The handset also has a five inch display - moving it almost into Phablet territory - though its resolution is rumoured by BGR to be just 1024 x768 which is significantly short of the HD delivered by rival flagship handsets.
BGR also says that the mobile has a dual-core processor, as opposed to the quad and octo-cores found in Samsung's top-tier Android handsets.
It is still all rumour and hearsay for now. But it seems that the company has got some work to do if it wants its flagship handset (if this is it) to be a huge hit.
Nokia today announced what is in reality one of the most mind blowing mobiles ever. That 41 megapixel camera plus the ability to take images and save them in two sizes simultaneously is a massive leap forward. The company which was already arguably the best at cameraphones, has leapt even further ahead. But is the Lumia 1020 set to be a success. Here are four things which Nokia will have to overcome first.
1 It is going to be expensive - that technology doesn't come cheap and the Lumia 1020 might well work out one of the most expensive mobiles on sale. Of course it is a premium product but that price might limits its appeal.
2 Windows Mobile 8 - which if you have used it you will know is actually a really good solid and innovative mobile phone OS. However it doesn't have the ubiquity of Android or the cool of iOS and for some people that's enough to stop them from even considering the 1020.
3 The marketing spend - It is no coincidence that Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Sony's Xperia Z are top of the Android phone charts at the moment and that's because of the huge marketing spend on both mobiles. I wouldn't have thought that Nokia will be able to match those budgets.
4 Do that many people want its headline feature? - Sure 41 mega pixel is impressive, but how often have you heard someone moaning about the quality of images taken by their smartphone? I think when shopping for a phone cameras can come quite low down on the list of buyer's priorities. Also is it going to be a digital SLR replacement? Nope, I don't think so. I think it could well find a role as a supplementary camera for photographers who can use it as a back up.
However if there's one thing that the phone has in spades it is cool. It really is a show stopper. Anyone with any kind of interest in tech will be keen to at the very least take a peek at it.
As Tony Cripps analyst at Ovum, and Nokia expert, said earlier today...
Nokia may still have work to do to convince prospective buyers to sacrifice favourite apps for superior imaging. But for those who are less concerned about specific third-party apps or in need of something different, the Lumia 1020's pictures provide a thousand reasons to look again.