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March 8, 2013 by Dan Nixon
Gooooood afternoon, and welcome to this brand-spanking new episode of Pick Of The Week. There has been a lot going on this week, as yesterday was World Book Day (cue lots of children going to school in pyjamas and poorly made Cat In The Hat costumes), and today is International Women’s Day. It’s nice to take pride in what the sisterhood has achieved over the last 100 years, with strong women from the Suffragettes to Margaret Thatcher all playing a part in gaining equality for females. Anyway, we digress. Aside from admiring independent women (amen!), we have cast our eyes back over the mobile revelations that have occurred over the last seven days and rustled up a selection of delectable delights inside this tech-filled feature. So grab a brew and a biccie, sit down, and let’s do this shall we?
With the release of the next Samsung Galaxy device imminent, the internet has been awash with rumours and leaks about what the new device will be like. We still don’t even know if it’s going to be called the Galaxy S IV as expected, but there’s speculation that posters in Times Square offer a clue. One of the craziest leaks we’ve seen is that you’ll be able to operate the smartphone using only your eyes. This seems more like something out of an X-Men movie rather that a new innovation in mobile tech, but as there’s only a few more days to go until the handset is unveiled it won’t be long until all is revealed.
An official revelation this week (makes a change from the leaks!) comes in the form of ZTE announcing its next handsets will feature Intel Atom processors. In a similar way that an atom consists of a dense central nucleus surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons, ZTE has become a stalwart manufacturer surrounded by jealous negatively charged rivals such as Sony and Huawei (have you been reading that Bumper Book Of Analogies again? –Ed). Getting into bed with Intel will no doubt cheese off some of the competition, who may be worried that the partnership could be fruitful. But faint heart never won fair maiden, and ZTE seems to be forging ahead quite successfully. We think we’ll keep an eye on this one.
Phones 4u’s very own Dan Grose creates some cracking features (don’t take our word for it - have a read of his stuff here) and this week has been no different for the ginger dervish. Having spent a month using Apple’s iOS 6 operating system all in the name of smartphonery, Double D, as we almost never call him, bashed out a no-holds barred account in the One Month With… iOS 6 feature. Being a truthful kind of guy, no punches were pulled, so if you’re considering jumping aboard the Apple bandwagon you will definitely want to read this one before putting your hand in your pocket.
You can’t catch him, he’s the gingerbread man! As old as the tale of the gingerbread man may be, it kind of seems a little prophetic; what with Gingerbread being the most used iteration of the Android operating system, and all other iterations powerless to catch up with it. Manufacturers need to pull their finger out when it comes to getting updates for handsets out, because this could be contributing to Gingerbread’s domination. Or is it the case that that people just too lazy to click ‘Yes’ when offered an over-the-air update? Whatever the reason, if all those Android Gingerbread users had to spend some time with the Gingerbread man pictured, it’s likely they would want to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean pretty sharpish.
Here at Phones 4u, we care about our readers, and to prove this we’re always creating loads of handy tips and guides for you to bone up with. This week’s educational focus has been on the new BlackBerry Z10, the recently released flagship from the Canadian smartphone wizards. If you’re lucky and have bagged yourself this hot handset, you’ll definitely want to mosey on over to our Tips ‘N’ Guides section, where you’ll find a selection of handy videos informing you about loads of cool stuff you can do using your phone. You can learn how to use Time Shift, figure out what BBM Video is all about, or get the lowdown on the BlackBerry Keyboard. Don’t say we never give you anything!
We’re afraid that’s yer lot for this week. Yes, we’ve had some good times, but we must leave now and continue our lives outside the confines of P4u Towers. As they say ,“if you love them, let them go”, and this is what we must do. Don’t worry too much though, because we’ll be back perky and fresh (unlikely) same time next week, ready are raring to bring you all the latest gossip from the world of mobile tech. So set your alarm and we’ll see you then.
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