Quite simply, touch screen technology is the innovation we now expect to see in some shape or form from every new smartphone that launches.
Swapping a button-bashing existence for a softer sensing interface we can press, swipe, pinch and zoom, means we can now do a little bit more than simply stare into that pint-sized screen of ours.
If the only QWERTY keyboard you want to see on a daily basis is the one nestled next to your office computer, here’s our pick of the best touchscreen smartphones available right now in the UK.
1. Samsung Galaxy S2
The Galaxy brand has restored our faith in [...]
The trickle of Meizu MX news continues: we’re on target for a late September release in China, with a price tag of ¥4,999 ($780 converted) for the 32GB quad-core brute and ¥3,999 ($625) for its less monstrous dual-core 16GB sibling. Both phones are powered by A9 processors, although it’s not yet clear if the quad-core chip is same as the Samsung engine in the PlayStation Vita. The 4.3-inch screen will be qHD and overall thickness will stay within the 10mm (0.4-inch) threshold. No doubt we’ll have the full low-down soon as it launches.
We recently stumbled upon the latest smartphone that LG’s preparing for its home country, and wow, this plus-sized beauty is sure to turn some heads in South Korea. The device is known only as the LU6200, but it packs a 4.5-inch AH-IPS display at 720p resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz Scorpion CPU, an Adreno 220 GPU, along with an 8 megapixel AF camera and connectivity to the U+ LTE network (which supports a maximum theoretical download speed of 75Mbps).
Further, users will find a 1.3MP front-facing cam, 1GB of RAM, 4GB built-in storage, an 1,830mAh battery, 801.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, along [...]
We spent some time with the HTC Titan and HTC Radar at IFA 2011, and brought your our in-depth hands on reviews, complete with a multitude of pictures and words.
But if you’re wondering how Windows Phone Mango actually runs on the phone, we’re here to help too, with our video of both the Titan and the Radar in all their glory.
One’s a behemoth of a handset with a 4.7-inch screen, and the other a more ‘standard’ phone with a brushed aluminium chassis – which will you choose when they land in the coming months?
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Sorry folks, this colorful Series 3 lappy from Sammy is for the fine citizens of Korea only, at least for the moment. The 350U weighs in at just under three pounds and 0.8-inches thick, while housing a Core i5, up to a 640GB HD, a 12.5-inch anti-reflective screen, and a battery large enough to keep it chugging along for over eight hours. Really, the big difference between this notebook and the same-sized Series 3 shipping here in the states are the color options. While Americans all get the same gun-metal gray, our friends across the pacific can pick black, silver or pink (you know, for the ladies). [...]
Viewsonic has been at the low-cost Android tablet for some time now, and it showed no signs of letting up on that effort at IFA last week, where it debuted its new ViewPad 7e. If that managed to pique your interest, you’ll be glad to know that the device is now available for pre-order for $199.99 (though there’s still no promised ship date). That will buy you a 7-inch screen, a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, Android 2.3 for an OS, 4GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot for further expansion, and even a mini HDMI port that will let you output full 1080p video.
What’s the worst thing about your TV? If you said “opaqueness,” boy have we got the set from you. This is a 22-inch transparent organic TV from the folks at Haier (you know, the ones who also showed off that mind control TV today). It’s a slim display with a metal bezel that has a clear OLED at its center with a 1680 x 1050 resolution. The images appeared pretty sharp on screen, though the colors didn’t particularly pop.
And really, this thing isn’t likely headed to any living rooms in the near future — Haier sees it more as an advertising tool, letting [...]
Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note, one of the stars of IFA 2011, have started with the portable device coming with a rather large price tag.
The tablet-phone hybrid was certainly an eye opener at IFA. Not only does it bring a sparkling 5.3-inch AMOLED screen, but it also comes with a stylus – an accessory that never seems to die.
The handset marks a new, as yet unnamed category, for Samsung that sits between its smartphones and Galaxy Tab range.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3 price
It comes packing Android 2.3 Gingerbread and, deep breath, 1.4 GHz dual core processor, 2 megapixel front-facing [...]
The Amazon Kindle tablet will boast a 7-inch form-factor, a multi-touch screen, run on Android and cost about half the price of the Apple iPad, according to a writer who claims to have seen the device.
MG Siegler of the influential TechCrunch blog says he has seen and played with a Design Verification Testing unit of the heavily-rumoured device, which is expected to arrive in November.
Amazon has yet to officially confirm it will launch a tablet.
Siegler, who claims he could not post any pictures as part of a seemingly covert hands-on, says the device can be likened to that of the BlackBerry Playbook [...]
The touchscreen has truly arrived, and you only need to take one look the success of the iPad and the army of Android tablets bursting onto the market, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, to see that.
However, if you’d rather have a keyboard for writing emails, and then a touchscreen for a natural way to surf the web and browse your photos, then a laptop could be a much more sensible purchase.
There are plenty of great touchscreen laptops on the market, and there’s a model to suit every need. From swivel screens on tiny netbooks, to full size laptops with touch capability, we take you [...]