120608 IT’S ON!!!


Yes, gaming IS ON.

Two glorious Android mobile phones were released this week on the Testra network, making for a very tough choice.
Monday saw the announcement of the HTC One XL – though only available on pre-order, it will be released in a week or two with no demo phone in store (Hobart) to play with 😦
This review is for the One X – which has a quadcore processor and no 4G, where as the Telstra XL version has a dual core CPU (reportedly faster than the quad-core!?) and G4.

Tuesday we were greeted with plans for the Samsung Galaxy S III – available immediately, but only the 16gb version in white … for now – review here.

Whilst the One X has arguably better build quality, sleek minimalistic design with a matt finish, a 4.7″ Super LCD 2 display which is concaved slightly, and better (simpler?)Β  Sense 4 user interface, the Galaxy SIII seems a bit retro with the larger curved corners, gloss finish and chrome “bumper bars”, but comes fighting back with a slightly larger 4.8″ AMOLED screen. The Samsungs camera is slightly faster in burst mode than the HTC but for now, it’s biggest advantage is the press-and-hold method of taking a photo, which allows you set focus and exposure before re-framing and releasing the shutter to take a shot – a feature sadly lacking on the One.

The S3 is slightly heavier but has a slightly smaller pocket print than the OneX. The two big deal breakers: removable MicroSD card and removable battery are likely to push the Galazy III over the line.

On another note: Over 600,000,000 Windows 7 licences have been sold.


3 responses to “120608 IT’S ON!!!

  1. Popped into Telstra $hop Kingston today and got to intimately caress both phones πŸ˜› The Samsung is definitely more ergonomic with it’s rounder corners and curved back it fit the hand very comfortably. The metalic edgeing is more like brushed aluminium than chrome and it’s camera lens sticks out far less than the OneX – the glass is slightly recessed which should reduced the chance of scratches. I didn’t think I would like the big squarish button on the front of the S3, but it’s subtler than it appears in the review photos. Despite it costing a little more, the S3 has won me over for now. I’d like to get a look at the blue version – whites well, kinda feminine. Apparently the blue version has a manufacturing default in the plastic so it’s release has been delayed. My current phone contract expires in a few weeks. Meantime, I’ll have to convince the missus why I NEED this phone πŸ˜‰


  2. Why don’t you just back the van over the phone you already have, then you’ll have a good excuse to buy a new one.
    You would think that 10 days suffering 20 plus degrees every day would see me bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready for a gaming session.
    10500 kms later (and that’s not counting walking to and from and also around shopping malls and tourist attractions) I’m completely whacked.
    Staying home for a mulled wine and an early night.
    See you all next time though . . .


    • No worries Parts, thanks for taking the time to let us know … and the phone suggestion, I don’t think she reads this blog πŸ˜‰


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