Gama Nokia X

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The Nokia X – announced today at Mobile World Congress – may just be the first Android smartphone that I would actually consider buying.
Not as my primary handset, you understand. The iPhone 5S is perfectly good for that job. But, perhaps for serving as a unit to review mobile Android apps, starting at just 89 Euros – it will likely be an affordable option for the casual user.
Arriving in a range of bright colours – that really do “pop,” the Nokia X features a 4-inch IPS capacitive display, 3-megapixel camera, and is being targeted at ‘multimedia enthusiasts,’ according to the company. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s dual-core “Snapdragon” processor and carries full support for ‘Dual SIM,’ allowing for the switching of SIM cards (and thus, SIM-only deals across different carriers).
“Rock your unique style with the Nokia X – a gorgeous smartphone, inside and out. It’s dressed up with a slim, yet durable body that seamlessly wraps around the sharp, four-inch screen. And with satellite GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, you can keep the fun going wherever you go.”

Nokia’s just-announced “X” product line also includes two other configurations of the smartphone. Those being, the Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.
While there is little difference to be seen between the physical look of both the Nokia X and Nokia X+, (the main differences between the two devices instead rooted in their software features), those looking for more screen real-estate may want to opt for the Nokia XL – which carries a much larger 5-inch display, and adds a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for the purpose of Skype video calling.

The only problem is: Looks like I might have to fly to France to get one.

That’s because, (right now), the quirky new handset is only available to europeans living in either France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia and Ukraine, alongside select regions across Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Both the Nokia X+ (€99) and Nokia XL (€109) will become available – Q2, 2014.

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Samsung Galaxy S5

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Physically, the device isn’t all that different from its older sibling, the Galaxy S4. Both phones sport a 1080p, Super AMOLED display, and at 5.1 inches, the S5 is just a hair larger than the S4. Likewise, the phone’s face is practically identical, though the backside of the phone is where the most notable difference lies. Gone is the glossy plastic backing that made the S4 a little more slippery than one wants a smartphone to be. In its place is a textured soft-touch finish, available is four different colors (black, white, gold, and blue). The new and improved casing makes the S5 more comfortable in hand than its predecessor and less likely to go slipping and sliding all over the place. It’s also worth noting that the S5’s finish sports a significantly more premium feel than the weird faux leather of the Note line, though despite Samsung’s relentless use of the term, I would hardly call it “glam.”
Samsung isn’t a company known for its innovative leaps with its annual updates to its existing line of smartphones, and that doesn’t really change here. The S5 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat, with Samsung’s signature tweaks to the user interface. The preinstalled apps are largely familiar; S Voice, S Health, and a slew of other S-branded applications are present, including the tiled My Magazine news reader, which is now more easily accessed from the home screen. The menu screen is a bit more streamlined than the S4, with a continuously scrolling design. The added stamina from the 2,800mAh battery, and the 2.5GHz quad-core processor provide for a fast, responsive experience that’ll last roughly twenty percent longer than the S4.

If you watched the live stream of Samsung’s event from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, you probably heard various speakers mention the device’s heart rate monitor (several times, just in case we were in danger of forgetting), visible on the back of the phone. The company is betting on its fitness-related apps and features to be a selling point for a health-conscious consumer base, and the S5 boasts the first heart rate sensor in a smartphone, according to Samsung. On a few test runs with the heart rate monitor, I got a wider range of numbers than I expected, so the sensor is either very sensitive to slight changes or a touch finicky, though it did provide a speedy reading. Another feature of note is the Coach app, which provides real time health and fitness tracking and advice. So, if you’re on the market for a phone that’ll offer helpful critiques about your weight and stress level, the S5 might be worth checking out.

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Like Apple and HTC did with the iPhone 5S and One Max respectively, Samsung has added a fingerprint scanner to the S5, integrated into the device’s home button. You can use it to unlock your phone — Samsung promises the utmost security with the new feature — and to access Private Mode, where you can store information you don’t want anyone else to be able to see, like compromising selfies or scans of your passport. The fingerprint scanner is also designed to work with mobile payments, though its practical use is a bit hampered by the design. Unlike the iPhone’s scanner, which works with a simple touch and hold, the S5’s requires a swipe down over the home button, which must be absolutely, positively, perfectly vertical and at the speed at which the scan was originally recorded. Though you can store a number of fingerprints on the device, it was exceptionally difficult to use, especially when holding the phone with a single hand.
The Galaxy S5 comes with a 16 megapixel sensor and 4K video capabilities. The revamped interface is simpler and easier to use this time around, and the phone’s auto-focus was incredibly fast – just a quick tap on the screen and boom, you’re focused. The company claims that the 0.3 seconds it takes for the S5’s camera to focus is the speediest AF on the market, and I would be hard-pressed to argue with that as it was certainly the fastest I’ve ever used. Additionally, the improved HDR processing will be a boon to smartphone photographers working in less than ideal lighting situations.

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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1

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5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels ) touch screen with 500 cd/m2 brightness to avoid sunlight reflection
1.7 GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro (APQ8064T) processor.
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Water and Dust proof, IP65/IP58 certified
8MP camera with flash
1.3MP front-facing camera
2GB RAM, 32GB Internal memory
Dedicated Security core – FIPS 140-2 Level 2 compliant
Drop resistant from a height of 3 meters, MIL-STD 810G compliant
4G LTE/ 3G (HSPA+ 21 Mbps), WiFi 802.11 a/b / g/n/ac Bluetooth 4.0, Satellite GPS, micro HDMI
6,200mAh hot-swappable with up to 14 hours talk time and up to 1000 hours standby

Samsung Gear Fit

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Outside of the Galaxy S5, our Samsung event was filled with people buzzing about the Gear Fit, Samsung’s new fitness tracker that has a curved AMOLED display. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around its design, but if anything, it has my attention. The Gear Fit can check your heart rate, allow you to answer or ignore calls, shows notifications as they come in, tracks steps taken and other fitness goals, is IP67 dust and water resistant, can control media, and even has changeable wallpapers. For a fitness band, it really is feature packed. The battery life seems questionable at 3-4 days, but that’s at least better than the original Galaxy Gear could say. Below, you’ll see Samsung take us on a quick tour of the device.

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Qualcomm Toq

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Qualcomm is slashing the price of its Toq smart watch from $349.99 to $249.99. That’s $100 off the original price, making the phone that much sweeter.

You can argue that Toq doesn’t have as many apps as Pebble does; but it rocks a color screen. That’s Mirasol baby, the power-saving display technology that keeps the Toq working for longer. There’s also the wireless charger included to make it easy to add extra juice to your Toq.

As for those apps, Qualcomm has recently released an SDK, so it’s now up for developers to bring their goodies to your wrist.

Again, the price is set at $249.99, and you can choose between black and white models. Check out the Toq from here.

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Qualcomm Toq now just $249.99! originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-02-25T08:15:01Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j