For a while now, I’ve realized that there is a massive gap in the continuity of smartphone display history. Until the last few months of 2011 and early 2012, proper testing of smartphone displays was few and far between. Most websites tested peak brightness and contrast, and possibly white point. While some websites did go in depth, they would often only test a few phones. Of course, now things are different. Websites are starting to scrutinize display quality from all angles from color accuracy to reflectance, but no one has ever gone back to properly test old devices. To find out how they performed, read on.

Broadcom Announces Family of 802.11ac Chipsets & 5G WiFi Brand

If you've read our 802.11ac primer you already know that the fifth generation of WiFi is something to be excited about. At 433Mbps of bandwidth per stream with expected...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2012

5th Generation WiFi: 802.11ac, "Gigabit" WiFi Primer

Five years have passed since the first 802.11n devices implementing a draft of the now-finalized specification hit the market. Over the years 802.11n support has become ubiquitous in the...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2012

Scaling to 802.11ac Speeds in Smartphones and Tablets

I promise this is the last thing I'll write about 802.11ac today, but it is very relevant to our smartphone and tablet coverage. If you've followed any of our...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2012

Nokia Lumia 710 Review - T-Mobile's Nokia WP7

Yesterday we took a look at the flagship of Nokia’s Lumia series - the Lumia 800. Today we’re looking at its younger and more entry-level sibling, the Lumia 710...

48 by Brian Klug on 1/5/2012

Nokia Lumia 800 Review - Nokia's Brave New Foray into WP7

The Nokia Lumia 800 is without a doubt one of the most interesting devices produced by the iconic Finnish smartphone manufacturer in a long while. Expectations are high for...

120 by Brian Klug on 1/4/2012

Updated Smartphone & GPU Bench DBs Live!

We've been running our public performance database tool, Bench, for a few years now. Bench allows you to have direct access to the performance data we use in our...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/24/2011

RightWare Launches Basemark ES 2.0 Taiji Free for Android, iOS

For a while now we've been using Basemark ES 2.0 in our smartphone reviews and SoC discussions to gauge OpenGL ES performance. For end users however, getting the same...

19 by Brian Klug on 12/22/2011

Apple Acquires Anobit: Bringing NAND Endurance Technology In-House

I'd seen speculation that Apple was going to drop $500M on Anobit over the past few weeks. Ars Technica also published a piece believing the acquisition to be true...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/21/2011

Investigating the Galaxy Nexus LTE Signal Issue

It seems that each time an LTE handset comes out, there’s invariably some perceived issue with connectivity and stability. This time, focus is being placed on Verizon’s CDMA/LTE variant...

154 by Brian Klug on 12/19/2011

AT&T Will Not Buy T-Mobile

AT&T has dropped its plans for a proposed $39 billion buyout of T-Mobile, citing interference from the FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice, the latter of which filed...

28 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/19/2011

Motorola Droid RAZR Review - A Better Clad Bionic

Recently Motorola unleashed a bunch of devices it was keeping up its sleeve, and the latest for Verizon is the Motorola Droid RAZR. A while ago we reviewed the...

75 by Brian Klug on 12/16/2011

Adobe Updates Flash 11.1 to support Android 4.0

Adobe has made good on its promises today by updating its Flash for Android client to support Android 4.0. The update brings Flash to 11.1.112.60 and doesn't change functionality...

8 by Brian Klug on 12/15/2011

Sony Ericsson Releases Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha Build For Select Xperia Models

It's not even beta, but this is one of the first official releases of an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM from a manufacturer to arrive. Sony Ericsson, which famously took...

3 by Jason Inofuentes on 12/15/2011

ARM & GlobalFoundries Demo 2.5GHz+ 28nm Cortex A9 & 20nm Test Vehicle

GlobalFoundries sent over a PR showcasing two significant milestones in its march towards being a major foundry player in the mobile space. The first is the announcement of a...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/14/2011

RightWare Announces Basemark Halti - an OpenGL ES Halti Benchmark

GPU benchmarking on the smartphone side of things is continuing to heat up, and today RightWare, maker of both BrowserMark and the very popular Basemark ES 2.0 (which are...

6 by Brian Klug on 12/14/2011

Verizon LTE Galaxy Nexus Available Dec 15 for $299

After a long and arduous wait, Verizon has finally announced availability and pricing of its own Galaxy Nexus variant. Eager Galaxy Nexus shoppers will be able to get the...

18 by Brian Klug on 12/14/2011

The New Intel Mobile Division

Intel's haphazard ultra mobile strategy is finally getting some much needed consolidation. We got the first hints of this at IDF where Intel announced a restructuring that would combine...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/14/2011

webOS Goes Open Source

HP has finally decided what it's going to do with webOS: the software will be made available under an open source license. This likely signals the ultimate end of...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/9/2011

Xbox 360 Companion for Windows Phone, Xbox Live for iOS Apps Released

The Xbox team has been rather busy lately. On Tuesday, the team delivered the most sweeping facelift of the Xbox 360 dashboard since NXE, and today released an Xbox...

7 by Brian Klug on 12/7/2011

Sony Ericsson and Motorola Detail Android 4.0 Upgrade Path

We've talked in the past about how OEMs take the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and use it to build software tailored for devices in the context of x86...

22 by Brian Klug on 12/7/2011

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