2011 in tech – November

A smartphone bonanza arrived on the shelves in November, while Rockstar Games surprised us all with the trailer for Grand Theft Auto V


A smartphone bonanza hit the shelves in November – the most important of which was undoubtedly Google's flagship Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich handset, the Galaxy Nexus. We loved the display and speed – and the implementation of Android 4.0 – but felt the 5MP camera was a bit of a let-down for a flagship phone.

Joining the Galaxy Nexus in the shops was Samsung's monster 5.3in Galaxy Note, which went down a storm in Stuff Towers. And Motorola revived its RAZR phone for the Android era.

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango wasn't neglected in the rush of new smartphones, with the Nokia Lumia 800 – the first phone designed for Mango – released. We were duly impressed, calling it "one of the most desirable phones we've seen in a long time."

Mind you, we were also drooling in anticipation of the next generation of smartphones, as details of the HTC Edge – the first quad-core Tegra 3-powered phone – leaked. 

November was also a key month for gamers, with several big releases arriving in time for Christmas. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim wowed us with its expansive fantasy world, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's new multiplayer breathed new life into the blockbuster franchise.

But it was a trailer that really got gamers talking in November – as Rockstar Games unexpectedly dropped a headline-grabbing bomb in the form of the trailer for Grand Theft Auto V. We can't wait.