Get the Windows experience on an HTC phone

- January 3rd, 2013
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (L) and HTC CEO Peter Chou display the Windows Phone 8X (centre in blue and green) and the Windows Phone 8S (L in yellow and R in orange) during their launch event in New York Sep. 19, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Sometimes it’s hard to remember there are more choices in smartphone operating systems than just iOS (which is installed on Apple’s iPhone) and Android. But if you’re looking for a more PC-like interface, you might want to check out a Windows phone. Up until recently, your best bet was Nokia’s Lumia line. But with the release of Windows Phone 8, that has changed. So if you’re not too keen on banking on a company, which financially speaking, is the Finnish equivalent of RIM, you might want to check out what HTC has to offer.

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Win a Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy Nexus

- December 21st, 2011

Virgin Mobile Galaxy Nexus

In the last few weeks we’ve given away a tablet and a laptop, but we’re not done just yet! To wrap up the trifecta of portable computing goodness, our final freebie for the holidays is a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, courtesy of our friends at Virgin Mobile Canada.

The Galaxy Nexus is the top of the Google phone crop, with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, a massive 4.65-inch high-def super AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel camera that shoots 1080p video and a boatload of other bells and whistles. It’s also the first smartphone running Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, which introduces a bevy of new and useful features to the familiar Google experience.

And since the phone is on the Virgin Mobile network, the winner will get access to the full roster of Virgin Member Benefits, which includes deals on cool brands, access to exclusive events and the co-pilot seat on the first Virgin Galactic voyage into space. (OK, that’s not really a Virgin Member Benefit. But we’re going to appeal to Sir Richard Branson himself to make it one.)

By know you probably know the drill for giveaways here on the Canoe Tech Blog, but here’s the skinny just in case.

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN

To get your chance to make this powerful new smartphone your own, simply leave us a comment telling us why you want to win the Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy Nexus and how you would use it.

Fine Print:

Contest is open to any resident of Canada, 18 years or older, except residents of Quebec.

The contest begins at 12:01AM ET, Wednesday December 21st, 2011 and closes at 11:59PM ET Friday December 23rd, 2011. No purchase necessary, but reader must log in to post a comment.

Only one entry per person. We cannot be responsible for lost entries.

Winner will be drawn from eligible entries received and must answer a skill-testing question. Winner will be notified by email to the address supplied, within 24 hours and has 48 hours to respond. If no response, another winner may be selected.

Winner will receive a Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy Nexus with a retail value of $649.99, donated by Virgin Mobile Canada, and will also allow his or her name to be published.