Stories by Ginny Mies

  • First look: Samsung's Galaxy Beam Android phone with a built-in projector

    Samsung Sunday announced its first phone of Mobile World Congress (MWC), the Samsung Galaxy Beam, an Android smartphone with a built-in projector. The Galaxy Beam will be available globally in the second quarter of this year. MWC, which officially starts Monday in Barcelona, Spain, is the world's largest mobile show.

  • HTC announces the One X, its first quad-core smartphone

    HTC kick-started Mobile World Congress 2012, the world’s <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/250567/mobile_world_congress_quadcore_and_windows_8_expected_to_shine.html">largest mobile-devices trade show</a>, on Sunday by showing three of its new Android smartphones: the HTC One X, the HTC One S, and the HTC One V. HTC has not yet announced pricing or launch dates for the phones.

  • Hands On: LG Optimus 4X HD Quad-core Phone

    The LG Optimus 4X HD is LG’s first foray into the quadcore world. The 4X HD is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, but that’s not its only highlight. It also has a 4.7-inch display with a 1,280-by-720 pixel resolution. And yes, that display is gorgeous. And yes, the phone's fast.

  • Sony shows off two new Xperia phones at Mobile World Congress

    In a packed ballroom next to Barcelona’s Olympic stadium, Sony kicked off Mobile World Congress with two new Android phones, the Xperia P and the Xperia U. At CES 2012, Sony Ericsson rebranded itself under the Sony brand. The new line of phones under the Sony brand is are called Xperia NXT. We saw the first Xperia NXT phone, the Xperia S, at CES.

  • First look at LG's new smartphones, including the Optimus 4X HD Quad-Core

    LG's new Android smartphones all feature big screens and multi-core chipsets. LG today unveiled the Optimus 4X HD, the company’s first quad-core phone, a slimmer Optimus 3D Max, and a 5-inch "phablet", the LG Vu - all at an event keyed to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. We got to use themm and here are our early impressions of each.

  • Opinion: Upgrade insanity - Why there are too many smartphones ... and how that hurts consumers

    You just got the latest and greatest smartphone - one with a gigantic display and a dual-core processor. For three months, you're the happiest geek in town. Then an almost identical phone comes out, for the same price, but with a quadcore processor and an even bigger display. Oh, and it's a 4G LTE phone. Now, your 4G HSPA+ phone on the same network feels like a piece of garbage. And you're stuck with it for nearly two years--and maybe even longer because now you're afraid of falling into the same upgrade trap. Sound familiar?

  • Samsung Galaxy Note review: Unique and impressive, but not for everyone

    The Galaxy Note has been out for a while internationally, but starting on February 19, the 5.3-inch phone with a stylus-like pen will be arriving on US shores. After the Galaxy Note commercials appeared during the Super Bowl, Twitter users joked that it looked like a Palm Pilot. The Galaxy Note might have a pen, but it is far from the capacitive PDAs of yore

  • The HTC Titan 2: a closer look at a Windows Phone with an amazing camera

    At the AT&T Developer Summit, CEO Ralph De la Vega announced a slew of new phones including the HTC Titan 2, the first LTE Windows Phone. While LTE 4G is exciting and all, I was more interested in the Titan 2's 16-megapixel camera. I got to spend some time with the Titan 2 and talked to HTC's communication team about its development.

  • Hands-On with the Sony Xperia Ion

    The Sony Xperia Ion has some pretty drool-worthy specs. Not only does it hook into AT&T’s LTE 4G network</a>, but it has a 4.6-inch display, HDMI-out with a TV launcher interface, and a super thin design. Oh - and a 12-megapixel camera. Yep, you read that right - a 12-megapixel camera. And it is pretty darn good.

  • Nokia Lumia 710 review: affordable, solid Windows phone

    When I learned that Nokia would be teaming up with Microsoft for the next generation of Windows Phones, I was very excited. Nokia phones have a long-standing reputation for high quality, durability, and solid specs, but they've been held back by a stale operating system, Symbian. Enter the Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile ($US50 with a new two-year contract; price as of January 5, 2012), the Finnish handset maker's first Windows Phone in the US.

  • WebOS lives on! HP's mobile OS to go open source

    The future of webOS has been hazy since HP announced in August that it will discontinue its webOS line of devices. The HP Veer 4G faded into oblivion, but the HP TouchPad has enjoyed numerous fire sales since the announcement. Today, HP announced that webOS will live on as an open source platform.

  • Google Music Store: Strengths and weaknesses in catalogue

    Google wants the world to know that it's serious about music. Alongside the Google Music cloud service, the company has rolled out its music store, complete with a live in-house band, celebrity guest stars, and a hip Hollywood venue. But can its catalog compete with iTunes and Amazon MP3?