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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Sucks: 5 Reasons Why

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, 19 Comments

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The Galaxy S range from Samsung has become the biggest thing in smartphones since the smartphone – a la iPhone. There are many reasons why, including marketing and mass appeal. There are many reasons to love the device (which we will get to later), but also many reasons to hate it.

We are waiting on Samsung SA for an official review unit, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had any time with the new iteration of Samsung’s blockbuster phone. In our first hands-on experience we could easily and quickly come to some dire conclusions. The phone will sell extremely well, but we don’t necessarily agree with the general public, and here is why…

1. Design (more…)

LG’s G Watch to be water resistant, in two colours

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, No Comments

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LG have given us a bit of extra info surrounding the upcoming LG G Watch on its website. It will of course be the first smartwatch launched with Google’s Android Wear platform. It seems that it will be available in two colours, and they do look striking, to be honest. (more…)

HTC-made Nexus 8 reportedly launching in Q3

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, No Comments

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The Nexus program is the Android purist’s dream – the way Android intended Google at bargain prices. There may be a couple of potential changes on the horizon, however.

There have been rumours that the Nexus program may be coming to an end soon, but Google does apparently still have plans for a couple new Nexus devices this year. This is now apparently not the case, with a rumoured Nexus 8 tablet in the works. The time around, it won’t be made by Asus, but HTC. (more…)

LG G3’s new UI leaked with sleek, flat design

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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We recently brought you news that the new LG G3 will most likely have a Quad HD display, and not only does this rumour seem to be confirmed with this leak, but we also see what the new UI will look like.

If you have even used or seen LG’s user interface you will see that it is massively removed from what is used on the current LG’s. The design is much flatter (seems everyone is going down the Apple route), and the icons is much, much brighter. At first glance, it looks very interesting, but we will have to give it a proper go before delivering a final judgement.

Importantly, the screenshots hit the web at a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution, which basically confirms the Quad HD resolution of the screen. This 1,440p display will be the first time in over a year that companies truly push the resolution stakes. (more…)

HTC to bring optical zoom to devices in 2015

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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Camera technology has always been an important part of a smartphones specs. Companies are trying to pack as many megapixels and the biggest sensors possible into their flagships. HTC has not exactly followed this recipe in the last couple of years, though. The have kept their UltraPixel camera with the new iteration of the HTC One (M8) with another 2MP for some software wizardry.

The results are mixed, with many still disappointed with its performance. Talking with UK carrier Vodafone on HTC’s roadmap for camera tech, imaging guru Symon Whitehorn claimed “we could be 4K ready now,” if it actually made sense to do so. (more…)

HTC hires exec who made Samsung’s marketing brilliant

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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We have said it for many years – HTC make great phones but they have no idea how to market it properly. The tech junkies and gadget geeks all appreciate the HTC smartphone line-up, but unfortunately the rest of the world don’t really consider them, rather going for some Galaxy device or other. We’ve always thought that was a real shame, but perhaps this move by HTC could change that.

HTC has hired Samsung’s former Chief Marketing Officer, Paul Golden. He “created and launched the highly successful Galaxy brand for Samsung,” and was reportedly hired on as a consultant to Chairwoman Cher Wang. (more…)

Unique Rufus Cuff wants to dominate wearable market (video)

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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Waerables are surely the new hot property in the technology world in 2014 and companies all over the world are trying their hand at building one that the entire world might want. The problem is that, arguably, there haven’t been any successful ones as of yet, bar the Pebble.

It seems that there are still some large gripes people have before they will truly accept this new form of technology to be part of their everyday lives. One factor is design, others thinks like battery life, UI and overall functionality. These features aren’t what most people want them to be to justify the cost of buying one.

Now, a new company called Rufus Labs wants to change everything. They have come up with a (ridiculous, some would say) design that they hope will appeal to a larger market. It is actually quite interesting, and immediately seems to solve two of the main issues with smartwatches these days – battery life and functionality. (more…)

OnePlus One leaked in pictures

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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The OnePlus One truly looks like it will be an interesting smartphone. Not only will it run the new version of CyanogenMod out of the box, but the design also looks very classy, as we can now see in leaked photos.

The creator of this device, Pete Lau, wanted to make “the perfect smartphone.” He is a former executive of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that the device does look quite a bit like recent ones from Oppo, i.e. the Find 5. (more…)

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