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It looks like the holiday season is coming off to a great start with Black Friday deals, and with Cyber Monday and the holiday season coming up, shoppers want to know which of these three popular phones should they get: Nokia Lumia 920, Apple iPhone 5, HTC Windows Phone 8X.

The iPhone 5 comes in with 16GB or 32GB for $199 or $299 in black, and 64GB for $399 for the white version. It comes with Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology with a 4-inch widescreen Multi-Touch Retina display with 1136 x 640 pixel resolution at 326 ppi. It has an 8 MP iSight camera with 1080p HD video, FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and LED flash. It has up to 8 hours talk time and up to 10 hours Internet use via Wi-Fi.

The HTC Phone 8X runs on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 and features a Qualcomm S4 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor with 16GB storage and 1GB RAM. It has a 4.3-inch super LCD 2 touch screen with 1280 x 720 resolution with HD 720p resolution Gorilla Glass 2. It has an 8-megapixel camera with a dedicated HTC ImageChip and a 1800 mAh battery and 2.1 MP front-facing camera. It also comes with Beats Audio built-in. It comes in various colorful designs. It is priced at $100 for the 8GB model available in blue and yellow with AT&T and the 16GB is $200 only in blue.

The Lumia 920 also runs on Microsoft Windows Phone 8. It takes many of the physical design elements from previous generations of Lumia handsets, but improves on internal hardware and display technology. Some of the new tech specs include PureMotion HD+ 4.5 inch display (1280 x 768 resolution), Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, NFC chip with 332ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 2,000mAh battery, and Qi wireless charging. It has an 8.7 megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss lens. It has rounded edges and comes in colors black, cyan, red, white, and yellow. The 32GB version sells for $99 with an AT&T two-year contract.

Reviews

Chris Weber, marketing head of Nokia, said that what makes the Lumia 920 stand out is its five distinct areas: Imaging, wiresless charging, screen, location and music, according to PCMag, which he refers to as the “Nokia secret sauce.”

Compared to HTC’s Phone 8X, the Lumia 920 took brighter low-light images than the 8X. Also, the Nokia maps app has a better global mapping database, while the 8X could not find much restaurants in Spain or Canada.

In a spec comparison by Digital Spy with just the Windows 8 smartphones, the Lumia 920 “is a much heftier handset than the HTC Windows Phone 8X” with better features: “The camera set-up is superior; the display is bigger and better (with sensitive touch included); and wireless charging is a decent addition.”

In terms of talk time, the Lumia 920 wins because it promises 9 hours of talk time while the iPhone 5 and 8X say only 8 hours. And who wouldn’t want to have more time to talk to their family and friends?

In a comparison by Auto-o-Mobile with the iPhone 5 vs Lumia 920, the 920 has a better resolution and larger display with also a better front camera than the iPhone 5, with the rear-camera being the best for low-light conditions. The Lumia 920’s battery also wins with a 2,000 mAh battery vs iPhone 5’s 1,440 mAh battery. The Nokia phone is also cheaper.

However the iPhone 5 wins when it comes to operating systems. Although it could be a personal choice, consumers want more apps on their smartphones, and Apple provides it. With iOS 6, the App store has over 700,000 apps for the iPhone 5. Also, the iPhone 5 has more storage options, while the Lumia 920 has only one.

In a camera comparison by CNET, the report said that while the Lumia 920 had strong photo quality and the HTC’s camera took “some pretty nice photos,” the iPhone 5 retained the most consistent although it won some and lost some, but it’s better to see for yourself.

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On the lookout for a new Android tablet to add to your collection? If you are, you might be pleased to know that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 launched at Verizon today, complete with 4G LTEcapabilities. 4G LTE is going to be the major selling point of the Verizon Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, since everything else about the slate will be mostly the same.

Of course, it will also come with a few Verizon apps pre-installed, but other than those and 4G LTE capabilities, you’re getting the same tablet we reviewed earlier this year. That means you get a 1280×800 10.1-inch screen, a dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor clocked at 1.0GHz, 1GB of RAM, and Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. You’ve also got 16GB of internal storage at your disposal, but that can be expanded through the use of the microSD slot the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 comes equipped with.

So no, you’re not getting the most powerful tablet in the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, but it should still be able to get the job done. That being said, don’t expect it to be all that cheap – Verizon is offering it at $499. That price, when coupled with the less-than-stellar hardware, might prove to be a deterrent for some folks, but we have a feeling that there are some out there who have had their eye on a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 nonetheless.

You can also opt to sign up for Verizon’s Share Everything plan when you buy a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, and you’ll need to sign up for some kind of data plan if you want to take advantage of that 4G LTE functionality. Verizon opened up pre-orders for the device today, and said that it will begin shipping the devices on November 26 (next Monday). Are you planning to pick up a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 from Verizon?

it’s high time to scour the Apple iOS AppStore and bring you the best deals this week. I have the honor of taking you through the titles that had their prices slashed today or a day or two ago.

The links I’ve prepared point to the online version of the US AppStore, but usually you can find the same app in your own regional stores at (relatively) the same discount. Ok, let’s not waste any more time and get to the lists.

These are the most recent discounts in the AppStore.

Games

Now Gameloft and EA Games are running their own Thanksgiving sales this week. These got a lot of press so you probably already know about their discounted titles, but just for the sake of completeness, I’ll add them here as well.

EA Games has more than 60 games on sale, but they count Android games too.

Anyway, the most popular discounted iOS titles include:
$0.99 – Plants vs. Zombies
$4.99 – Need For Speed: Most Wanted
$0.99 – Dead Space
$2.99 – FIFA 13
$0.99 – Monopoly Millionaire
$0.99 – Need for Speed: Undercover
$0.99 – Real Racing 2
$0.99 – MASS EFFECT: Infiltrator
$0.99 – RISK

Some discounted iPad only titles are:
$0.99 – Plants vs. Zombies HD
$0.99 – Mirror’s Edge
$0.99 – Real Racing 2 HD
$0.99 – SimCity Deluxe
$0.99 – Ultimate Mortal Combat 3
$0.99 – MONOPOLY
$0.99 – SHIFT 2 Unleashed
$0.99 – BATTLEFIELD: Bad Company 2
$0.99 – The Game of Life

Check the full list of EA GAMES discounts here.

Gameloft has the following games on tap for $0.99 each:
$0.99 – BackStab
$0.99 – The Amazing Spider-Man
$0.99 – Gangstar Rio: City of Saints
$0.99 – Tom Clancy’s Rainbox Six: Shadow Vanguard

Some other discounted games I’ve found are:
$2.99 – Infinity Blade II
$0.99 – Shadowgun
$0.99 – Carmaggedon
$0.99 – Avengers Initiative
$0.00 – Asphalt 7 – this one has been set as free the whole week
$0.99 – Street Fighter X Tekken Mobile

Camera apps

$1.99 – Filterstorm
$0.99 – Hipstamatic

GPS navigation

$24.99 – Garmin U.S.A. – only today
$24.99 – NAVIGON USA by Garmin – only today
$14.99 – Sygic US: GPS Navigation – only this weekend
$33.99 – Sygic Europe: GPS Navigation – only this weekend

Misc apps

$0.99 – Toodledo – To Do List
$2.99 – IM+ Pro

I cannot claim that I’ve spotted them all, so forgive me if I’ve missed something and feel free to add the missing things in the comments below. Another point I have to make is that these price discounts are certainly not the last this year. Traditionally, many app developers have substantial sales around Christmas so if you can’t purchase the apps you’d like right now, not all is lost.

Samsung has announced a Premium Suite update for the Galaxy Note 10.1, which will be provided with the upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update whenever it is released. They have now released a lengthy video that shows these new features in action.

Most of the features in the Premium Suite extend upon the existing features in the Note 10.1. For example, the multi-window app functionality now lets you run several apps simultaneously and even increase their size. The Air View feature, borrowed from the Note II, lets you hover over content in default Samsung apps and preview them. The clipping feature lets you cut images from web pages and send them or add to documents.

There are many more of such features in the Premium Suite and you can check them all out in the video below.

As expected, Apple Stores throughout the world now offer a special sale on many items and it’s valid only today. Some of the stores were down last time I checked, but I’m sure patience will be rewarded.

Currently some of the most popular Apple devices cost roughly 8% off. That means you can get the latest iPad for about 40 US dollars/euro less than the regular price.

The latest iPod Touch can be had for around 30 US dollars/euro less and finally, most of the MacBooks are down by 100 US dollars/euro as well.

There are other discounted items as well. Here’s a complete list:

  • iPad 4
  • iPad 2
  • iPod touch 3
  • iPod touch 4
  • iPod nano
  • MacBook Pro with Retina Display
  • MacBook Pro
  • MacBook Air
  • AirPort Express Base Station
  • AirPort Extreme Base Station
  • Time Capsule
  • Magic Mouse
  • Magic Trackpad
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • iPad Smart Case
  • iPad Smart Cover
  • iPad Smart Cover
  • Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic
  • Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic

Of course, you should find out the detailed prices over at your local online Apple store. Here are a few quick links:

Australia | France | Germany | Italy | Spain | The UK | The US

My greatest regret is that the iPad Mini or any of the iPad Mini accessories are not on the list. I have been eyeing that one for a while now.

The Samsung Stratosphere II has quietly gone on sale in the US without much fanfare. The phone is available on Verizon on a two year contract for $129.99.

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The Samsung Stratosphere II has a 4-inch, 800 x 480 resolution Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8GB memory with microSD card slot, 5 megapixel rear camera with 720p video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, LTE connectivity, 1,800mAh battery and a 5-line slide-out QWERTY keypad. The phone runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.

After posing in front of the camera several times now, it was high time for the Huawei Ascend W1 to be captured on video.

Techblog.gr was lucky enough to get hold of the device and give it a quick spin in front of the camera. This particular Ascend W1 unit is colored blue, and we have it say it looks better than previous images suggested.

Check out the hands-on video below.

The source of the video also suggests that the price of the Ascend W1 “will not exceed $200″, which sounds a bit hard to believe, but not impossible considering the device’s entry-level nature.

The Huawei Ascend W1 is rumored to sport a 4” WVGA display and a 1.2GHz dual-core Krait processor. The device is also said to feature a 2000mAh battery and NFC capability, complete with a 5MP camera with LED flash.