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HTC Desire HD

The big news this week was the announcement of two new phones from  HTC – the Desire HD and the Desire Z, and we got hands-on with both.

In Apple phone-land, Adobe resumed development work for iPhone after Apple relaxed its App Store rules.

Over at Microsoft, a public beta of IE9 was released and so we pitted it against Firefox and Chrome, with results that may surprise you.

Read on for this week’s most popular stories on TechRadar… 

 

Top Five News Stories

 

Next-gen smartphones set to land in 2012

 

ARM is predicting that mobile phones powered by its new high end Cortex A15 will be on sale two years after the chip was announced.

Eric Schorn, VP of marketing for ARM’s processor division, told TechRadar that the two year time frame was based on past timelines:

“We should be seeing [ARM Cortex A15-powered] smartphones by the tail end of 2012, inside handsets on the store shelves.

 

HTC Desire HD and Desire Z get UK release date

 

HTC has announced that the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z will be released into the UK soon.

Speaking at the London launch, the Taiwanese firm confirmed that the two handsets, which offer high level tech specs and the new Sense UI, have been given a UK release date of mid-October 2010.

Vodafone is the first network to offer the phones in the UK, building on a long relationship with HTC, with the HTC Magic and HTC Legend both being brought to the networks on exclusive.

 

The iPod nano watch arrives – Apple on your wrist

 

Steve Jobs may have alluded to the new iPod nano as being watch-like, but Apple hasn’t come out with a watch attachment.

No worries, as unsurprisingly a watch manufacturer has come out with an iPod nano band to do just that.

 

Adobe resumes work on iPhone development

 

Adobe has announced it will restart its development work on it Packager for iPhone after Apple announced it was relaxing the App Store rules.

 

UK teen banned from US after sending threatening Obama email

 

A 17-year-old teenager from Bedfordshire has found himself with a lifetime ban from the US, after it was found that he sent a threatening email to President Barack Obama.

Luke Angel from Silsoe, sent the email while drunk and called the president abusive names after watching a documentary on the 9/11 attacks. 

 

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HTC Desire HD vs iPhone 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S

 

The HTC Desire HD has been announced. So how does it stack up compared to the other leading handsets?

We’ve pitched its key specs up against Apple’s iPhone 4 and Samsung’s Galaxy S. See how your next phone stacks up.

 

Hands on: HTC Desire HD review

 

HTC has announced its latest top end smartphone, the HTC Desire HD, and TechRadar ran to the demonstration stand to get our paws all over it to see if it was a decent upgrade over the much-lauded HTC Desire or just a phone with a larger screen.

 

IE9 beta vs Firefox vs Chrome: what’s the best browser?

 

Internet Explorer 9 is shaping up to be the best version of Internet Explorer yet – but how does it compare to its rivals? Is it catching up with Chrome? Could it be faster than Firefox? There’s only one way to find out.

We tested IE9 against the latest betas of Firefox (4.0 beta 6) and Chrome (6.0.472.59).

 

Hands on: Internet Explorer 9 review

 

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 has a very tough task indeed. It needs to shake off the now fading millstone that is IE6 and persuade defectors to Chrome and Firefox that they should return.

In IE9, it is immediately apparent that Microsoft has taken many of the lessons learned from the process of extricating its Windows brand from the gutter.

 

Hands on: HTC Desire Z review

 

The world might have been going gaga for the Desire HD, but it’s easy to forget another phone was announced at the same time, and given the specs the HTC Desire Z is no little brother – it’s a decent handset in its own right.

Featuring a full aluminium shell and slide out QWERTY keyboard, the HTC Desire Z is not only nice to look at and hold but solves an issue for people with fatter thumbs: a physical keyboard along with Android 2.2 and a raft of HTC-only features. 

 

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New Apple iPod touch review

 

Despite the new iPod touch being thinner than before, Apple has managed to squeeze into it a Retina display, two cameras and the A4 processor that powers the iPhone 4 and iPad.

 

Panasonic Lumix LX5 review

 

The Panasonic Lumix LX5 is a refresh of the popular Lumix LX3, a well-regarded power compact that’s also caught on as a D-SLR replacement. It’s a fantastic camera, giving the Canon G11 a run for its money.

 

New Apple iPod nano review

 

Somebody at Apple obviously hates the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” because it has completely redesigned its best-selling iPod, the iPod nano, yet again.

 

Samsung WB600 review

 

At first glance, the 12 megapixel Samsung WB600 doesn’t look like a camera that particularly stands out from the crowd of mid-range compacts. But with a 15x zoom, it does.

 

New Apple iPod
shuffle review

 

Apple’s third-generation iPod shuffle boasted a radical new design. Instead of locating its controls on the body of the audio player itself, it mounted them on the earbud cable instead. 

 

Also Reviewed This Week


AV Receivers

Marantz SR7005 review

 

Blu-ray players

Pioneer BDP-LX53 review

Samsung BD-C7500 review

 

Desktops

Vivadi MediaMaster MM320 review

 

Digital TV recorders

Philips HDT8520 review

 

DSLRs

Sigma SD15 review

 

Graphics cards

Asus GeForce GTS 450 TOP review

 

Hi-Fi Accessories

Audio Technica AT-F3III review

Goldring 2300 review

Grado Prestige Gold 1 review

Ortofon Vivo Red review

 

Laptops

Acer Aspire 5741 review

HP G62-a45SA review

Packard Bell EasyNote NM86 review

Toshiba Satellite Pro C650-197 review

Acer Aspire 5738DZG review

 

NAS drives

Dane-Elec MyDitto 1TB review

 

Printers

Lexmark Interpret S405 review

 

Projectors

Runco LS-5 review

 

Speakers

Crystal Acoustics Bipolar Series BPT5-10BL review

Procella Audio P10 / P8 / P6 review

 

Turntables

Pro-Ject 6 Perspex review

SRM Arezzo Kinetic review

Thorens TD309 review

 

TVs

Panasonic TX-P65VT20 review

Panasonic TX-L42D25B review

 

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