It's been a while since we last took a look at a smartphone from Acer. Today's offering the S500 CloudMobile however, might not be all that unfamiliar, having first met our eyes way back at MWC in spring. With a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and a 720p display, all for £289 SIM-free, it's pitched against similarly specced phones like the HTC One S. In short, it's yet another alternative for people seeking a full-featured smartphone, except it comes without the pocket-draining price tag. More importantly for Acer, however, is the chance to get back onto people's smartphone radars. So, now that the CloudMobile has gently drifted over our shores, does it have us looking to the sky, or putting on our raincoats of indifference? Read on to find out. Hardware The CloudMobile has already enjoyed a rare Engadget accolade: we were so intrigued by it in Barcelona that we felt compelled to take a second look. The phone, which won an … [Read more...] about Acer CloudMobile review: an ambitious Android phone that arrived a little too late
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As impressive as it was for Apple Inc. to sell four million new iPhones last week, millions more users will be affected by another release: iOS 5, the latest version of the operating system that runs every iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. I've been testing the software and a lot of its claimed 200 new features for a couple of weeks and find it generally impressive. But unlike the iPhone 4S, with its breakthrough Siri voice-based personal assistant, iOS 5 feels more catch-up than forge-ahead. Many of the new features -- secure texting, tabbed Web browsing, pull-down notifications -- may already be familiar to users of devices running Google Inc.'s Android software, Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Phone 7 and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry. As usual, Apple's contribution is to polish the concepts, making them seamless and painless. That doesn't necessarily extend to setting up iOS 5, which wasn't as smooth as it should have been. When I updated my iPad 2, my Mac continued to display a … [Read more...] about Apple’s iOS 5 more catch-up than forge-ahead
The iPad mini sports a 7.9-inch screen and lighter, slimmer design than its big bro -- desirable traits for sure. But how does it compare to the other popular 7-inch slates? Here I pit it against Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD in a tiddly tablet tumble. Design … [Read more...] about iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Thinner. Lighter. Faster. Simpler. The moment the iPhone 5 was unveiled we knew that it was checking off all the right boxes, folding in all the improvements and refinements people have been demanding over the past year yet plenty of folks still went to their respective social networks to type out their bitter disappointment. The iPhone 5 is here -- or will be soon, anyway -- and it's every bit the device that people were asking for when the iPhone 4S came out. Its new design has less mass yet leaves room for a larger display and LTE wireless, all while increasing battery life. In nearly every respect, this is an upgrade over the 4S that came before, though it arrives almost a year later than many had hoped. Is it too late to keep pace with the rapidly iterating Android offerings, or is it so good it was worth waiting for? The answer lies below. Hardware The iPhone 5 is a clear evolution of the stark, industrial design introduced two years ago with the iPhone 4. That collection … [Read more...] about iPhone 5 review
At the tail end of Microsoft's marathon Windows Phone Summit keynote, the company's own Kevin Gallo said the following: "Everyone in the Windows ecosystem benefits." He was waxing poetic about the myriad new features coming to the outfit's latest and greatest mobile operating system, and nothing about his quote was incorrect. Developers will adore the shared codebase. Users will adore the new additions to the software framework. Carriers probably won't shun the opportunity to push yet another platform this holiday season. But the one word in there that sticks out most to me is this: "Windows." I've been wrestling with the ecosystem issue for some time, but the gravity of it has never been so evident. Starting in 2008, one could argue that it stopped being purely about hardware. Purely about design. Purely about software. Purely about partnerships. Particularly when it came to smartphones. Slate-style handsets were en vogue years ago, with design changing extremely little and … [Read more...] about Editorial: Windows Phone 8 looks good, but can it uproot those entrenched in other ecosystems?