Apple and Samsung’s patent war might be the most famous in the mobile world, but it is Nokia’s attacks on HTC that have been the most brutal. As HTC continues to struggle with mediocre sales figures and other internal drama, Nokia has now delivered a pretty harsh blow with a new court ruling that will see the HTC One Mini banned from the UK on December 6th.
So why the ban on the HTC One Mini? Back in late October the High Court ruled that certain HTC devices infringed on a Nokia mobile network standard patent that deals with certain chips within the devices. As expected, Nokia sought to ban offending devices from sale, and the newest ruling grants the request.
It’s worth noting that Nokia is also fighting with HTC over the same patent violation in the U.S., Germany, Italy and Japan.
Although the HTC One was also in violation of the patent, Sir Richard David Arnold (the judge) said that he would hold off the ban of the company’s flagship device in order to give them time to appeal. The reason for this is that Arnold realized that a ban of both the One and One Mini would significantly damage the company. The damage from a One Mini ban is much easier for HTC to swallow.
I accept the damage which HTC will suffer if prevented from selling the One during this period will be both considerable and very difficult to quantify. Sir Richard David Arnold
For HTC’s part, they have stated that they are pleased to see that the courts are holding off the ban of the HTC One and have already filed an urgent appeal to prevent the ban of the HTC One Mini. What do you think of the whole patent wars thing? Is Nokia justified here or do you think that the mobile patent wars has gotten out of hand? Let us know what you think in the comments!
iPad Air vs. Retina iPad mini. It seems like that’s all I’m getting asked about these days. We’ve done [#protected_0#] about it we’ve done full-on [#protected_0#] for it, and I’ve done a complete [#protected_0#] and [#protected_0#], and still, the questions. Haven’t. Stopped. Coming. But I’ve used both now, a week exclusively on the Air, a week exclusively on the Retina mini, and a week switching back and forth. So, what’s the answer?
The Retina mini is just much more convenient. It all but disappears into my laptop bag, and if I’m going out and don’t want to take my laptop, the mini fits into my jacket, and even my back jeans pocket. If you’re always on the go, and need just a little more computing than an iPhone enables, the Retina iPad mini simply can’t be beat.
The iPad Air is just much bigger and more expansive. It feels opened up, and even though it’s the same number of pixels, there’s a luxury to having them spread out. I keep it at home, in the living room or bedroom, and I close my MacBook and grab my iPad Air if there’s anything I really want to read or watch. If you don’t have or want a laptop at all, the iPad Air is the ultimate post-PC.
As with the iPad 4 and original mini, having both means I can use the Retina mini when I travel, as a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a way to do stay connected on the road and in the air. And I can use the iPad Air while at home, for reading books and comics, drawing, watching TV and movies, and even VNC.
When I use the iPad Air, I do miss the lightness of the Retina mini, especially when holding it for long periods of time. But when I use the Retina iPad mini, I miss the size of the Air’s screen. This, I think, is what makes the decision so hard. Some megahertz and color range aside, they two iPads are almost atomically identical in every way but size. The difference comes down to half-full vs. half-empty perspective. You can finally have a full-sized iPad almost as light as the mini, or a mini almost as powerful as the full-sized.
And that’s the key – it’s not that it’s impossible to decide, it’s impossible to go wrong. You’ll be well served by either, simply pick the one that slightly better fits your use-case.
If portability is the most important thing to you, if you’ll have a computer with you most of the time, if you travel a lot, if you want to be able to hold it up for long periods of time, then you want the Retina iPad mini.
If power is the most important thing, if you want to use it as a primary computing appliance, if you mean to use it more around the home, school, or office, if you need to get a ton of work done, then you want the iPad Air.
For me, Infinity Gauntlet to my head, fate of the multiverse at stake, I’d probably choose the iPad Air – between iPhone and iPad Air, it feels like I’d have both extremes covered – but even while typing that I starting to second guess myself…
Following a series of rumors and leaks, [#protected_0#] officially unveiled the nubia Z5S and Z5S mini at an event earlier in the month. ZTE offered details on the specs and pricing at the time and while we had a good idea of how the phones would perform based on the hardware, some still prefer to see the benchmarks so they can better compare to other devices. In this case, it looks like benchmarks for the nubia Z5S mini have recently surfaced.
The benchmarks have been done using AnTuTu and come courtesy of ePrice. As you will see in the screenshots sitting below, the nubia Z5S mini scored a 21012. In the screenshot sitting on the right, there is also further confirmation on the specs. Granted, these have already been officially announced, but when dealing with screenshots, the more information the better. In this case we are seeing details of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean along with a 1.7GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 graphics.
Aside from the overall score of 21012, the nubia Z5S mini fell in between the HTC One and Galaxy Note 2. It also placed above the Xperia Z, Nexus 10 and Galaxy S III. Given the nubia Z5S mini is sporting a Snapdragon 600 processor, that is sort of where we would expect it to fall in line. And on the flip side, these AnTuTu results have the handset sitting below the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S 4 as well as the Xioami MI 2S. In comparison, the MI 2S is also sporting a Snapdragon 600 processor.
Other specs of the nubia Z5S mini include a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture, 5 megapixel front-facing camera, 2000 mAh battery, 7.6mm thickness and options for 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. The display on the mini will measure in at 4.7-inches and depending on the market, there will also be LTE and/or 3G connectivity.
2013 iPad buyers guide: How to choose the perfect new iPad Air or Retina iPad mini, or less expensive iPad 2 or iPad mini for you!
Once you’re sure you’re buying an iPad and now, the next step is to decide which iPad you’re going to get. And this year, it’s a tougher decision than ever. The new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini are identical in every way but screen size, 7.9- vs. 9.7-inches the only differentiator. If money is incredibly tight, though the old iPad 2 is a bit cheaper, and the old iPad mini, a cheaper still. No matter which one you choose, however, you’ll be paying hundreds of dollars. Either a few, or a lot. So do you go with big or small, old or new? Which iPad should you get?
Current iPad models and price points
Apple’s 2013 iPad lineup consists of 4 different models, the iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, iPad 2, and iPad mini. The iPad Air and Retina iPad mini have 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options, in either Wi-Fi only, or Wi-Fi and cellular models. The iPad 2 and iPad mini come only with 16GB, but still have Wi-Fi only, or Wi-Fi + cellular models. That makes for a dizzying array of possibilities.
Yes, both the new Retina iPad mini and the old iPad 2 start at 9. Wacky.
Up-front vs. total cost of ownership
The original iPad mini starts at 9, making it the cheapest iPad ever. The iPad 2 starts at 9. Both cost less up-front than the new Retina iPad mini, which starts at 9, and the new iPad Air which starts at 9. That can be a considerable difference up front, 0 or 0 at the very least, depending on the exact model and options you choose. That’s real money, in your pocket, for rent, for food, for car payments, for school, or for other important things in your life.
However, if you keep an iPad over the course of a year or two, 0 or 0 isn’t that much spread over the course of that time. In some cases, it’s less than a month, for a much better screen, a much better processor, and more.
If you have absolutely no money to work with, the iPad mini is good tablet and the iPad 2 an okay one. I’d recommend the Retina iPad mini over the same priced iPad 2 every day of the week, but if you absolutely need the bigger screen and that’s all the money you have, that’s what you need and what you have.
If money isn’t your biggest consideration, go for the iPad Air or Retina iPad mini.
Finite vs. future-proof
Apple is pretty good about supporting older devices. The 2011 iPad 2 is still be sold in stores, after all, and is compatible with iOS 7. However, compatibility comes with compromise. Older generation iPads have older generation hardware. They have lower screen density – standard instead of Retina – and outdated processors – Apple A5 instead of Apple A7. They also don’t come with any storage options over 16GB – not 32GB, and certainly not 128GB.
So, while the iPad 2 and original iPad mini might have gotten iOS 7 this year, and be able to run iOS 7 apps, the odds of them being able to run iOS 8 or iOS 9 in a couple of years isn’t great.
Alternatively, the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, their awesome Retina displays, beefy 128GB storage options, and monstrous Apple A7 processors should last you for years to come.
Who should get an original iPad mini?
The iPad mini launched in October of 2012, and comes with a Lightning adapter. Aside from that, it’s all old tech. Standard display instead of Retina, and Apple A5 processor instead of Apple A7. The current version does come with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + cellular options, but with only 16GB of storage, which isn’t much these days.
If there’s any way for you to save up an additional 0 for the Retina iPad mini, or better still, 0 for the 32GB Retina iPad mini, you’ll have a much, much better experience. Otherwise, if you really want an iPad, and you’ve got 9 earmarked for it and not a penny more – or you’re equipping a school or business by the score – get the iPad mini and enjoy.
The iPad 2 launched in April of 2011. It has no Lightning connector, a standard display instead of Retina, an Apple A5 processor instead of an Apple A7, and while it has Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and cellular options, it maxes out at 16GB of storage, which can be hard to manage.
You might want to consider a Retina iPad mini for the same 9. If you can save up even 0 more, a 32GB Retina iPad mini is great, and a 16GB iPad Air is also go. For 0 more, you can get a state-of-the-art 32GB iPad Air. Otherwise, if you really want a full-sized iPad, and you’ve got 9 in your pocket and that’s it – or you’re equipping students or employees by the score – get the iPad 2 and enjoy.
The Retina iPad mini comes packed with 7.9-inches of 2048×1536 Retina display and a smoking fast Apple A7 processor. It’s identical in every way but size, weight, and price to the iPad Air. That means choosing between them comes down to 0 and just about 2-inches.
If price is a consideration, the Retina iPad mini is a fantastic tablet, and starts at just 9. If size is a consideration, the Retina iPad mini is better if you want to travel with it, use it as a mobile hotspot, and otherwise value portability the most. (It’ll fit in a back jeans pocket if it has to.) If either of those things are appeal to you, get the Retina iPad mini.
The iPad Air is the current top-of-the-full-size-line iPad. It has a 9.7-inch, 2048×1536 Retina display and screamer of an Apple A7 processor. Aside from size, weight, and price, however, it’s pretty much identical to the Retina iPad mini. So, your choice boils down to an extra 0 for an extra 2-inches.
If money is no object, the iPad Air starts at 9 and is the best big tablet on the market today. If size is something you’re debating, the iPad Air is primed for people who use it around the house, office, or school, and otherwise put productively ahead of portability. (Those extra inches can come in handy.) If any of that resonates with you, get the iPad Air.
If you’re still having trouble choosing between the iPad mini, iPad 2, Retina iPad mini, or iPad Air, jump into our iPad discussion forums and the best community in mobile will happily help you out.
Bottom line, don’t spend money you don’t have, but don’t skimp if you don’t have to. Your iPad will be one of the most often-used, most important possessions in your life for months and maybe years to come. Get as much iPad as you can reasonably afford, and then enjoy!
Jawbone has announced the MINI JAMBOX, the third in its JAMBOX line of Bluetooth speakers. A slimmer, lighter Jambox, the MINI JAMBOX features new speaker designs and colors compared to the original and BIG JAMBOX. The MINI connects using Bluetooth Low-Energy, unlike it’s bigger siblings, and is supposed to get 10 hours of battery life, as opposed to th 15 hours of the other models.
Jawbone has also released an app for iOS and Android that lets you connect to your JAMBOX. Simply called Jawbone, the app allows you to access you music, either your iPhone’s music library or a Rdio, Spotify, or Deezer account, and play it through the app when connected to your JAMBOX. Add your favorite playlists from different sources so that they’re all in the same place. If you have a MINI JAMBOX, the Jawbone app lets you updated the device through the app when software updates become available, though the app connects to all models of JAMBOX.
Alcatel has unveiled two additional smartphones. These latest models include the One Touch Idol S and Idol Mini and both have quietly appeared on the Alcatel website. That said, Alcatel has shared some images and detailed the specs, however there isn’t anything in terms of when and where we can expect these models to be available.
Not to mention, there is nothing in regards to any pricing. Putting that aside, how about we get into the specs beginning with the One Touch Idol S. This one is pictured above and will arrive with specs to include a 4.7-inch IPS HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor.
The handset will also have 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot along with a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. The Idol S will also have the basics such as WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Alcatel will have the Idol S in a variety of colors to include slate, fresh rose and cherry red.
Shifting over to the Idol Mini and we find a handset that will be sporting a 4.3-inch FWVGA display at 854 x 480. This one will be powered by a dual-core 1.3GHz processor paired with 512MB of RAM. The storage will vary on this handset. The single SIM model will have 4GB of storage and the dual-SIM model will have 8GB. Both will have a microSD card slot for additional storage.
Otherwise, the Idol Mini will also have WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS along with a VGA quality front-facing camera and 5 megapixel rear-facing camera. The Idol Mini will be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and be available in slate, silver and cranberry pink.
There is no shortage of leaked HTC One Max images and the way things look we may soon be able to say the same thing about the blue HTC One. These leaks aren’t that frequent just yet, however another has come available today. This latest is offering a clear look at the blue HTC One sitting side-by-side with the HTC One Mini and Mini.
The coloring of the handset appears to match the previously leaked images and nicely, this one is complete. That incomplete reference goes back to the image we saw leaked out of China earlier in the week. That one was showing the handset without the display in place.
We have also seen another image of the HTC One in blue from eTradeSupply and another that appeared to be an in-the-wild style capture. Nothing has been said just yet, however it is looking like this sudden increase in blue HTC One leaks suggests that an announcement may be coming soon. Given the time of year we naturally look towards IFA for that.
Otherwise, earlier rumors have suggested that Verizon would be the carrier to offer the blue HTC One. Specifically, that Verizon would be an exclusive carrier for the blue HTC One. But with that in mind, we have yet to hear anything official from either HTC or Verizon which once again has us looking towards IFA for the announcement.
Despite larger and larger smartphones, manufacturers know that not everyone likes having a device larger than what their hand can comfortably hold. But in order to still capitalize on a brand name, they release smaller versions of their flagships, like the HTC One Mini. the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, and the Motorola DROID Mini. A leaked photo from XDA Developers Forum now hints that Sony will be playing the same game with the Sony Honami Mini.
The Honami Mini is shown lying next to a Blackberry Q10. Solely based on measurments taken from the photo, the Sony smartphone measures 109.24 mm tall and 57.88 mm wide. Some other hardware were also detailed in the forum post, including a 4.3-inch HD screen, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 2400 mAh battery, and a 20.7 megapixel camera with a 1/2.3 F 2.0 Sony G lens.
These specs really point to a miniature Sony Honami, which has a 5.0-inch 1080p display, a 3000 mAh battery, 2 GB of RAM, and a 20 megapixel Exmor R rear camera. The Honami Mini is also rumored to run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip like the Honami itself, but, given the trend, it would probably only have a Snapdragon S4 Pro.
The Honami Mini is expected be unveiled right beside its bigger brother next week at the IFA trade show in Berlin. There’s no leak so far about color options, so we don’t know if the Honami Mini will also be offered in the rumored purple color.
More interestingly, a new VR-Zone report says that the Honami Mini will be the kind of small smartphone that many Android users could be waiting for – a compact handset that will come with high-end hardware, and not just another “Mini”-branded mid-range device like, say, the Galaxy S4 mini.
The Honami Mini would compete directly against the iPhone 5S – that’s the unconfirmed name used to refer to the next-gen iPhone that will hit stores this fall – but also against other Mini handsets. The iPhone 5S is expected to have a 4-inch display, just like its predecessor, as Apple is not going to move to bigger handset displays this year – or at least that’s what most rumors say.
According to the publication, the handset would pack a display with a screen size of 4- to 4.3-inch and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The camera of the Honami Mini may not be exactly on par with the Honami’s, but its performance is said to be “really close.”
We’ll point out that this is just a rumor at this point, and while it makes plenty of sense, we’ll still have to wait for Sony to make everything official.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a bunch of new info pop up about the upcoming HTC One mini, a downsized version of the flagship HTC One. We’ve named it as one of several Android devices worth waiting out for, and for good reason. The rumored specs are really not that bad, and a recent appearance on the GFXBenchweb site confirms this.
A page for the HTC One mini recently appeared on the GFXBench web site, revealing some info about the phone’s technical specs, as well as its 3D graphics performance when compared with its big brother, the HTC One, through a couple of benchmarks.
The benchmark listing’s info matches what we already know. It says the HTC One mini uses the model name “m4″ and will be running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box. Also, its processor will have a minimum CPU frequency of 384MHz and a maximum CPU frequency of 1.4GHz. Its GPU is identified as the Adreno 305, as it should be with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC.
Interestingly, the incomplete benchmark results tell us that the HTC One mini performs, on average, about 60%-70% lower than the HTC One when it comes to 3D graphics. But then again, that’s what it’s supposed to do, and it shouldn’t really have all that power given that it has modest specs — starting with its use of a 720p HD (1280×720 pixels) screen.
There may be more of the HTC One mini that we have yet to see. Its rumored release date is supposed to be in August, which is less than a month from today, so perhaps the leaks will be even more frequent in the coming weeks.
Are you waiting for the HTC One mini? Which of its rumored qualities so far do you find most exciting? Let’s hear your thoughts on it below.