As the mad rush that followed the highly anticipated launch of Windows Phone 7 has more or less died down, it’s now time to step back and and take a good look at the handsets to decide whether you want to invest in one or not. We’ve already seen the LG Optimus 7 pitched against HTC’s 7 Trophy, but how will it compare when it stands toe-to-toe with its main rival from Samsung? With its big, 4-inch AMOLED screen, the Omnia 7 has set itself apart from the pack. But, which is the better phone? We engaged the two handsets in a tense spec-off to see which came out best…
- Winner: Omnia 122.4 x 64.2 x 10.99mm; 138.5g
- Loser: Optimus 125 x 59.8 x 11.5mm; 157g
Size is an important factor to consider when you’re shopping for a smartphone, as it’s something that you’re going to be carrying around with you all day long. Although smartphones tend to be on the larger side in order to accommodate their luxuriously large screens, it’s still important that they’re small enough to slip into a pocket. At 122.4mm long, the Samsung is shorter than the more elongated LG handset, while it’s also considerably lighter and slightly slimmer too. On account of its compact dimensions, the Samsung storms into the lead on the first round. Read more
The iPad 2 is coming, that we know.
But what it’s coming with is unclear. And whilst we could chuck a few guesses in of the hardware changes that are likely to be included, it’s much better to go on some inside info.
And that’s exactly what an Economy Daily News report is claiming to have, and it names five new features for the 2nd-generation iPad.
Those features are listed as:
- Video phone
- New display technology
- 3-axis gyroscope
- Better mobility
- USB connectivity
Video phone is a bit of a no brainer really. With FaceTime now on board Mac OS X and the latest iPod touch, it’s fairly obvious that Apple will want this on its tablet contender.
New display technology hints at a retina display for the iPad 2, and/or possibly Gorilla Glass.
The 3-axis gyroscope is on board the iPhone 4, so again, this seems like a shoe-in, but what could better mobility mean?
Perhaps it hints at a smaller form so it fits in your pocket. Not likely – it’s more conceivable that it’ll be lighter, and maybe include CDMA-GSM chip capabilities.
And we’ll leave you to work out what USB connectivity means.