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Best Buy is offering a $50 discount on the iPhone 5 and 4S. The smartphones are available for all major carriers in the US that carry them – Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint.

You could arrange a device from Verizon and Sprint to be shipped to your door but AT&T customers can only get the device from a brick and mortar store.

The iPhone 5 will usually set you back $199.99 for a 16 gig version, $299.99 for a 32 GB model and $399.99 for a 64 GB one. Now the prices are $149.99, $249.99 and $349.99 respectively.

The offer also applies for the iPhone 4S, which now starts at $49.99 instead of $99.99. There’s no information how long the deal will last but you probably shouldn’t wait too long.

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Nokia made a pretty big deal of the stabilization feature of its Lumia 920 flagship smartphone. The handset comes with the Floating lens technology, which is real optical image stabilization, as opposed to the digital solution of its competitors.

Naturally, everyone was curious to find out how big a difference the new technology makes, so we decided to pin the Nokia Lumia 920 against the Apple iPhone 5 (which has the most efficient digital video stabilization we have seen so far).

The results were somewhat surprising – see for yourselves in the video below. Don’t forget to go fullscreen and select the 1080p option.

Update: We saw there’s some confusion so we felt we should clear this out. The two smartphone were attached to a stand, rather than being held in two hands as that puts them on equal footing. The test itself starts with some casual panning, which is followed by walking in place and jumping.

At first glance the difference isn’t really major – each of the two contenders has its moments of superiority in the video. If we hadn’t named the two halves, you’d probably have a hard time telling which one uses optical stabilization and which one is simply employing a cleverly designed software algorithm.

However, for its stabilization to work so well, the iPhone 5 is forced to use only the central part of its sensor, while the Lumia 920 can use the whole thing, which gives it both a wider viewing angle and the option to do pixel binning, which helps fight digital noise.

So the Nokia Lumia 920 takes this round, even if the margin of its victory is smaller than we anticipated.
Of course, this is just one scenario and the optical image stabilization might turn out to be more beneficial on other occasions. We’ll be doing some more tests before the review is complete so we’ll know how good Floating lens actually is.

Apple is expanding the iPhone 5 availability to 55 new countries this month. On December 7 the Apple’s thinnest and lightest is coming to the Samsung’s homeland – South Korea.

A week later, on December 14, the iPhone 5 will land in 33 more markets. Those include Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

December 21 is when another wave of countries will get to join on the iPhone 5 fun – Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.

The iPhone 5 is already available in 47 countries and with these new addition the list grows to 102, making this the quickest rollout of any iPhone to date.

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The beautiful aluminum body of the iPhone 5 is a scratch magnet and there’s no denying that. However, how bad exactly does Apple’s latest smartphone look after two months of use?

Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle compares two black iPhone 5s – one used with a case, and the other not.

The caseless iPhone 5 has been tossed around in pockets, bags and wasn’t over-protectively handled, while the other was meticulously taken care of. Here are some of the photos of the worn out device.

It suddenly strikes me that the iPhone 5 is the smartphone equivalent of Lindsay Lohan. It’s beautiful, elegant and slim when it was fresh, but two months after its birth, it’s scratched, scuffed and not quite pleasant to look at. For Lindsay Lohan that’d be 2 months after she started taking drugs.

Putting a protective cover certainly helps the iPhone 5 aging, but then you’d be losing the slim waistline and the great feel from day one, so we are not really sure it’s worth it.

Anyway, you can check out the source link below for more comparison photos.

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Windows Phone 8

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.

Back at the Apple iPhone 5 announcement event, Phil Schiller claimed that the new iOS flagship has the world’s most advanced display yet. It appears, however, that this might not be entirely true, as one Nokia fan is keen to point out. He did a spec-by-spec comparison of the iPhone 5 and the Lumia 920 and the latest Apple smartphone didn’t really manage to impress there.

The PureMotion HD+ screen on the Nokia Lumia 920 packs some impressive technology and it’s hard to argue with the facts listed in the following slides.

This is not the first case of the Apple’s iPhone 5 announcement event writing checks that the smartphone cannot cash, either. You might remember the slimmest smartphone claim, which also turned out to be inaccurate.