Review of the weak (week)

Review of the weak (week)Saturday again, m’ladies, so that means it’s time for me to trawl through the past week’s news and condense it into an easily digestible few hundred words.

The past month has been pretty crazy with new phones and Ice Cream Sandwich and what have you. This week was more a case of a little bit of this, a little bit of that.

We hadn’t realised at the time, but Nokia completely dominated the headlines over the past seven days, like some sort of stealthy Finnish vixen. Ready? Deep breath.

Elop talked Windows 8 tablets; the Lumia 800 will arrive for under £400 on PAYG (though we’ll have to wait awhile for those other colours); the Finns will provide free Wi-Fi to Londoners; and EA will deliver 20 exclusives to Nokia’s Windows Phones. Phew.

Speaking of Windows 8 tablets, HP has committed to developing such beasts next year. In the meantime, it’s releasing the Windows 7-running Slate 2. Er…

You can always count on Apple for a handful of stories. The low battery life issue with iOS 5 is unfortunately ongoing, and the forums are full of suggestions to resolve the issue. The one in particular we’re hearing good things about is turning off “Setting Time Zone”.

Apple released an official statement conceding that there are a few bugs, and it promises an update soon. Indeed, developers have already been served iOS 5.0.1.

Sticking with Apple, here, and the Gmail app quickly came and went (that's what she said) from the App Store. It was available for just a few hours on Wednesday, and was pulled after reports of error messages and broken notifications.

In terms of new stuff, we’ve got the Motorola Xoom 2 and HTC Rezound. Alas, the latter beast is US-only, and we’re being told to make do with the not-quite-as-impressive HTC Sensation XL in the UK. Bah.

Oh, and more bad news for RIM. But that's par for the proverbial course.

Bye bye.

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