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HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 smartphone for T-Mobile
By Michael Oryl on Monday November 26, 2012

Here's a very quick look at what has to be the hottest of the latest generation of Windows Phone smartphones, the HTC 8X. This particular version is available from T-Mobile, but other major U.S. carriers are also carrying the phone. It features a beautiful 720p Super LCD2 display that measures 4.3-inches, and it comes equipped with an 8 megapixel main camera as well as a forward-facing 2.1 megapixel camera. NFC and 802.11b/g/n wireless are also on-board.

LG Optimus G (Sprint & AT&T) video review
By Michael Oryl on Sunday October 28, 2012

Here's a look at the two latest versions of LG's flagship Optimus G that are headed to AT&T and Sprint in November. Both pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz and have built-in LTE 4G data capabilities. The Sprint model also boasts a 13 megapixel camera (AT&T's features an 8mp unit) and each device renders everything on a large, 4.7-inch 720p HD resolution display.

MobileBurn.com welcomes Andrew Kameka as Managing Editor
By Michael Oryl on Wednesday August 01, 2012

We at MobileBurn.com are very pleased to officially announce that Andrew Kameka has been named our new Managing Editor.

Dan Seifert is leaving MobileBurn.com; now it's your turn
By Michael Oryl on Monday July 23, 2012

We're sad to announce that Dan Seifert will be leaving MobileBurn.com in a few weeks. But Dan's loss is your potential gain, as we're looking to hire some new people.

Huawei Ascend P1 Android smartphone video review
By Michael Oryl on Saturday July 21, 2012

The Huawei Ascend P1 is a surprisingly nice Android 4.0-powered smartphone that we first laid eyes on at CES 2012. It comes equipped with a 4.3-inch, qHD resolution Super AMOLED touchscreen display and is powered by a dual-core, 1.5GHz processor. It offers users a great level of build quality and quite beautiful to behold. Its 8 megapixel and relatively stock build of the Android user interface are sure to please as well.

Samsung Galaxy Note Premium Suite demo
By Michael Oryl on Monday July 09, 2012

Samsung is finalyl rolling out its Premium Suite upgrade for its Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid device, which is currently available from AT&T here in the USA. In addition to bring Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to the Note, the update also adds the S Note, S Memo, and My Story applications. Watch this video to see the new S Pen enabled apps in action.

HTC Media Link HD demo
By Michael Oryl on Monday July 09, 2012

The HTC Media Link HD is a small device that connects to an HDMI capable HD television in order to allow a compatible HTC smartphones, such as the HTC One X, One S, and EVO 4G LTE, to send photo, video, or screen content to the TV over a wireless connection. More than a simple screen mirroring system, Media Link HD allows a phone-based movie to play on the big screen while the user surfs the web on the phone, for example.

Michael's Mobile History Lesson: The early years
By Michael Oryl on Monday July 09, 2012

In this unusual MobileBurn.com video, Michael shows you some of the phones from his large personal collection. You'll see a prototype Ericsson R520 from 2000, the first commercial Bluetooth headset, the Magcom Communicator, and the Nokia 9210 and 7710 - two early smartphones. This video was brought to you by Tiny Galaxy. Check out Tiny Galaxy's channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/tinygalaxy) and click here to submit your own channel for consideration by Tiny Galaxy: http://fullscreen.net/tinygalaxy/

Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.0 ICS update available starting tomorrow
By Michael Oryl on Monday July 09, 2012

Though Galaxy Note owners in other markets have enjoyed it for some time already, tomorrow Samsung will official launch the Premium Suite for AT&T's version of the Galaxy Note available here in the USA. The Premium Suite adds Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to the device, as well as a few new apps. While the upgrade to ICS doesn't change much from the user's perspective, since the Samsung TouchWiz user interface is still used on the phone, the new apps do add some interesting functionality.

Google Nexus 7 Android tablet by ASUS - first look from I/O 2012
By Michael Oryl on Thursday July 05, 2012

Here's my very rough unboxing and first look at the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered Nexus 7 tablet by ASUS. It features a 1280x800 display, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, and a forward-facing camera for video chatting.