BWB TV Review: Microsoft Lumia 535 – Windows for all?

Published by on May 19th, 2015, No Comments


2015 is an interesting year for Microsoft. For the first time in years, the Redmond company seems to be establishing a vivid ecosystem, with results which look – so far – to be impressive. From the forthcoming release of Windows 10, to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia, Microsoft now has the opportunity to regain the confidence of its consumer base – and that pursuit of critical appeal is where the firm’s newest budget smartphone, the Lumia 535, comes into play.

You can read the full written review here. But first, below is the video review by Bryan Smith. Please check it out and let us know what you think. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy A5 Video Review – Bandwidth Blog TV

Published by on May 4th, 2015, No Comments


There once was a time in smartphone history where the line in the sand was clearly drawn. On one side stood Apple, with a beautiful but limited operating system housed in a premium and stylish aluminium frame. On the other was Samsung, with a gaudy but incredibly flexible Android system stationed in enough plastic to make tupperware jealous.

Fast forward, and that axis still exists… arguably. Yet how times have changed; as Apple slowly and carefully extends iOS’ reach, Samsung have made the leap from plastic to metal; and what a fantastic leap that is. The Galaxy A5 is the second Samsung smartphone to stand on this precipice and reap the results. (more…)

BWB TV Review: The Brilliant LG G3

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments


Last year LG released one of the most critically acclaimed smartphones of the year, the LG G2. After rebranding the old Optimus brand, the LG G2 was the successor to the Optimus G, at least in spirit. The LG G2 completely set itself apart from the Optimus G, though, and quickly became LG’s best-selling smartphone.

Now LG brings us the LG G3, available in South Africa from 1 August, and it’s trying to take everything on board from fans and critics alike and apply to the design of its latest flagship to appeal to all. Does it succeed in improving everything we didn’t like about the G2 while consolidating its successes from that device?

You can find the in-depth written review here. Find out more in our video review below:


BWB TV Review: LG Optimus G Pro (video)

Published by on Oct 30th, 2013, 1 Comment


Unfortunately, LG seem to bring their devices to our shores at the worst time possible. This time around, the LG Optimus G Pro came in August 2013 and with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hitting the shelves, what does that mean for this device?

It is actually a great smartphone-tablet hybrid or “phablet” as it’s used in tech vernacular. Here is our video review, but you can check out the full written review here.


BWB TV Review: Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Published by on Sep 30th, 2013, No Comments


The Xperia Tablet Z gets a prominent spot in a long list of iconic designs by Sony. Easily one of the best looking tablets around, the Z inherits the slim, water-resistant design of its smartphone counterpart, which earns it extra points with the outdoor-loving crowd.

Sony has delivered a premium package with the Xperia Tablet Z, at least on paper. Let’s dig into the hardware details to see if the claims hold up.

BWB TV: Hands-on at the Sony Xperia Z1 Launch

Published by on Sep 12th, 2013, No Comments

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The newest Xperia smartphone is upon us. It was announced last week at IFA 2013 in Berlin. We attended the Cape Town launch the next day at the 12 Apostles Hotel.

Last year marked a turning point for Sony’s mobile business, as it divorced with Ericsson, and CEO Kaz Hirai announced the One Sony initiative, aiming to bring all the various departments and their inventions together for products that will embody the best Sony can offer in all their aspects.

Well, we can consider the just-announced Sony Xperia Z1 as actually the first One Sony phone embodying the results of this strategy, and it is every bit as exciting as it was rumoured to be since day one. Let’s dive into the juicy details of the next best camera phone in the Android universe. Check out our experience below: (more…)

BWB TV: Samsung Galaxy S4 Review – Long-term (video)

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2013, 5 Comments


The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been among us for almost four months now, and all the reviews have been written and posted. But that’s not where the buck stops. You generally use a smartphone for about two years, and we thought we would explore this long-term relationship you have with your beloved device.

We have used the Galaxy S4 for several months now, so here are our thoughts on how it is to use for an extended period of time. You should check out or original full written review here, which we posted after release. Check out the video after the break: (more…)

BWB TV Review: The Fujifilm XF1 camera

Published by on Aug 27th, 2013, 1 Comment


Fujifilm is working hard to get back into the small hand-held camera race. Having been around since 1934, Fujifilm began doing very well making film and film-cameras. While gaining their primary income from film sales, over the years, their development of hot new digital photography units didn’t come as fast as their competitors in the same field.

As a result, their next money-maker was distributing printing kiosks that could print digital images. Fujifilm then decided to diversify further by developing and producing medical imaging equipment and focus more strongly on digital photography. You can read more about this, in The Economist’s “How Fujifilm survived”.

As part of this new focus and fresh direction, Fujifilm has brought out the FujiFilm XF1 and we got our hands on the new camera to see what it has to offer.