Ice Cream Sandwich super six
Android 4.0 – aka the lip-smackingly codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich – has taken over the world of tech.
Here’s our pick of six of the best ICS tablets and smartphones…
Google joins the tablet party.
Rocking a staggeringly-good 7-inch screen, blisteringly-powerful quad-core processor and reliably long-lasting eight-hour battery life, the Nexus 7 brings the full Google suite together and syncs seamlessly with Google Play for access to more than 600,000 other Android apps.
5. HTC Desire C
Small but beautifully formed, the HTC Desire C is proof that you don’t have to pay top-dollar for a top-quality ICS smartphone.
The 3.5-inch touchscreen is appealing to both look at and use with the HTC Sense interface making everything fast and intuitive. It sports a 5MP camera and Dr Dre’s Beats Audio™ for playing your tunes loud and clear.
Powerful and affordable, the 8-inch Arnova Ice Cream Sandwich tablet handles 1080p Full HD movies, 3D gaming and zippy web browsing with aplomb.
Flash support means the entire internet is at your fingertips, while USB and microSD connectivity makes for simple file transfers. You can also pick up the Arnova in 7- and 10-inch sizes.
3. HTC One X
Size matters with smartphones this year and the HTC One X is no exception. The 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass display is the perfect showcase for HD video and games but that big screen doesn’t come at the expense of stylish design – the One X is just 8.9mm thick.
A superfast quad-core engine, Beats Audio™ music and an 8MP camera round off a superb package.
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch 8GB – Coming soon
The new Galaxy Tab 2 gives you individual hubs for videos, games, music and books, so you can quickly find what you’re after and easily download more stuff from the corresponding stores.
Share all that media wirelessly with other devices, make voice and video calls and do it all rapidly thanks to a 1GHz dual-core processor. The Galaxy Tab 2 is also available as a 16GB, 10.1-inch model.
Beyond the 4.8-inch screen (arguably the best ever on a mobile device), 8MP camera and blistering 1.4GHz quad-core processor, the Galaxy S III is a phone packed with innovation.
Take photos at the same time as shooting video, transfer files by pressing your S III to your mate’s phone and watch videos picture-in-picture whatever app you’re in. Clever.
What else should you know about ICS…
ICS: app switch
ICS lets you shift between open apps with a flick of your finger and shut them down with a swift swipe – multitasking made easy.
ICS: face recognition
Forget fiddling with your screen lock. With ICS you can just glance at the screen and Face Unlock will recognise your mush and unlock your device. Smart. Check out our guide on how to do this, How to enable Face Unlock on Android.
ICS: and beyond!
The Nexus gives you all the benefits of ICS plus the new Jelly Bean OS, which makes Android even smoother and faster and includes automatic Google Now updates on everything from the weather to the latest football scores.
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- Tech Radar’s Hands on: Google Nexus 7 review
- Android Key Lime Pie set to be Google’s next version in 2013
- Ice Cream Sandwich – a delicious technology treat
- How to update your smartphone and tablet software