Willgoo Freebees With Android Handhelds

For Thanksgiving, our friends at Willgoo are giving thanks by bundling one of these colourful lanyards with every Android device. So if there was ever an excuse to splurge some cash on a new gadget, what more do you need? And remember, you can support this blog (and my frivolous spending habit) by using one … Read more

JXD Wants A Piece Of The GamePad Action – The JXD S7300

Not 3 days ago Archos were showing off their GamePad at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, and as sure as day turns into night, here come JXD with their version of the dual analog gaming tablet. And what, pray tell, did they decide to call it? It’s the GamePad 2 of course! As you can … Read more

Archos Gamepad Videos From The 2012 Hong Kong Electronics Fair

This weekend was the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, and among the hundreds of manufacturers looking forward to showing off some of their new products were Archos. There are a couple of videos uploaded to Youtube in the past day or  so demonstrating their new gaming tablet – the Archos Gamepad. Check them out. If you’re … Read more

Poll: Obscure Handheld Operating System

We are all about the non-mainstream here – it’s even in our name.  So I wanted to know – what handheld operating systems do you prefer?  Other than the obvious iOS and Android / DS and PSP, of course. Note:  This is just about the software not the hardware.  Multiple answers are accepted, but limited to … Read more

Xiaomi, Meizu and Oppo’s Attempts At The Premium Budget Smartphone

The mobile phone market is a fast changing one, it was barely 10 years ago that Nokia released its 8310, one of the smallest mobile phones ever mass produced. Oh how things have changed since then.

Back when Nokia, Siemens and Ericsson were dominant manufacturers it would have been hard to imagine things as they are today. But as technology improved and consumers started demanding more from their phones, those old timers struggled to keep up and so the market was opened for someone else to take the helm. Taiwan’s HTC were arguably the first manufacturer to pick up the slack, and here in the UK Orange started offering HTC’s Windows powered SPV “smartphones” in the early 2000s.

Since then Apple’s iPhone has taken the world by storm, Taiwan’s Acer, ASUS and more recently Gigabyte have joined the market, Sony bought the rights to the Sony Ericsson brand, Google bought out Motorola Mobility, South Korea’s Samsung has risen to become one of the biggest mobile phone manufacturers in the world and LG are soon to be propelled into the limelight too when the Google / LG Nexus is released.

There’s no shortage of choice if you’re in the market for a premium smartphone, but one thing remains the same between all of these manufacturers – their top of the range mobile phones cost a hell of a lot of money.

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Yinlips Replaces YDPG18A with… wait for it… the YDPG19!

And people think Nintendo updates the DS series a bit too often… Amateurs! Yinlips have updated their flagship Android gaming handheld. Following on the heels of their recently upgraded YDPG17, they have announced an upgrade to their 5″ offering, the new YDPG19. The G19 shares a lot of specs with its predecessor  the G18A, in that it … Read more

UG802 Now For Sale At Willgoo, And A Nice Video Demonstration

I talked about the UG802 before, it’s a successor to the MK802 Android Box sporting the new RK3066 SoC from RockChip. Think of it as a Raspberry Pi that runs Android, and rocks a whole lot more processing power underneath that plastic exterior too. The RK3066 is based on an ARM Cortex A9 with a … Read more

MK802 Gets An Upgrade To Dual Core RK3066, Called The UG802

The MK802 caused quite a stir when it was released about 4 months ago, the idea of turning your TV into a fully functional Android device for less than $70 was obviously quite an attractive one. Unfortunately despite a few tweaked ROMs such as Uberoid becoming available, the device never got a fully functioning CM9 … Read more

And Here Come Yinlips With Their YDPG16 Follow Up

Just like JXD did with their S602, so Yinlips have with their YDPG17. It’s another incremental upgrade, probably not worth it for those who already have the G16, but for those looking to buy their first handheld from China you could do worse. What’s changed since the G16 (click to see my review)? Well not much, … Read more