HTC One XL review

HTC One XL review

The One XL is Telstra’s version of the very shiny HTC One X. This is HTC’s flagship Android phone with the added benefit of 4G LTE. To accommodate that however there are crucial internal differences between the X and XL. Where the X has a quad-core Tegra processor the limitations of current LTE chipsets means…

Best Apps for Android, June 28 2012

Best Apps for Android, June 28 2012

InstagramThe much-loved happy snapper finally comes to Android.There are few camera apps that have managed to amass the following that Instagram has. The combination of retro filters easy sharing and its own social network has attracted over 30 million iPhone users to the app in only two years – not to mention a US$1 billion…

Back on form: HTC One X review

Back on form: HTC One X review

After a string of largely forgettable devices last year HTC has finally returned to form with one of the most impressive smartphones we’ve seen since the introduction of the iPhone 4. There’s little if anything to dislike about the HTC One X. It’s got power it’s got style and the 4.7in 720p Super LCD2 display…

Best Apps for Windows Phone, June 22 2012

Best Apps for Windows Phone, June 22 2012

Sleep Bug ProSoftly drift away to la-la land – or a nightmarish hell.Background noise generators have become a really popular style of app across smartphones and for good reason: some people have serious trouble relaxing their mind enough to fall asleep. For insomniacs having a magic machine in your pocket that will slowly transport you…

How to customise your Android boot animation

How to customise your Android boot animation

In the neverending quest to personalise your device one popular customisation is the boot animation. There are many readymade animations squirreled away on XDA-Developers so there’s bound to be one that just screams you; however the real pros create their own.This method should work for most devices (tablets or phones) but not Samsungs as they…

Best Apps for BlackBerry, June 19 2012

Best Apps for BlackBerry, June 19 2012

LAN File Explorer for PlayBookStream your PC or Mac’s music videos and files to your PlayBook.Having to transfer your movies to your PlayBook before being able to watch them is a bit of a pain especially when you can’t possibly store your entire movie (or music) library on your device. If I think of a…

Best Apps for iOS, June 18 2012

Best Apps for iOS, June 18 2012

DM1 for iPadAn intuitive powerful drum machine.As a testament to the quality and ease-of-use of DM1 I’ve just spent the last 15 minutes stuck in a techno-style melody-free trance. This has to be the easiest drum machine I’ve used. A good drum machine needs not only a great selection of drums – of which DM1…

Android’s bane: fragmentation blues

Android's bane: fragmentation blues

Android’s rapid evolution and growing popularity may bode well for its future but this evolution is also contributing to a major problem: developers writing for Android must cater for several different versions of the operating system each with its own features and idiosyncrasies. Currently Google is offering SDK downloads for seven different versions of Android:…

Windows Phone moving forward: Mango, Nokia and beyond

Windows Phone moving forward: Mango, Nokia and beyond

As Windows Phone moves into its sophomore year the deployment of the Mango OS update together with the introduction of Nokia brand handsets is poised to significantly strengthen the capabilities and presence of Microsoft’s smartphone offering. Or at least the company hopes so. Within the same approximate time frame (covering the latter half of this…

Android for business: enterprise focus or not?

Android for business: enterprise focus or not?

Servicing the enterprise market has always been RIM’s focus with BlackBerry but for consumer-focused Apple it’s been a low priority while Google has been working hard to make Android a jack-of-all-trades but has yet to articulate a clear enterprise focus. Indeed it is only with the release of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and the recent-ish 2.2…