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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is Awesome: 5 Reasons Why

Published by on Apr 25th, 2014, No 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 dislike the device (which we discussed yesterday), but also many reasons to love 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 the first couple of days we have used the device we can immediately come to a couple of conclusions, and comment about some features before we release the full in-depth review, which is coming soon.

Just as a piece of commentary, the 5 Reasons Why article I wrote yesterday was not received very kindly, which I can thoroughly understand. For some reason, some folks didn’t read the entire article and thought it was a review of the device, which it is not. That article, along with this one, is a quick look at the negatives and positives of the device before we have a chance to thoroughly review it.

We do love to get readers’ reactions and opinions, though, so thanks for that. Please do deliver your opinions on these five positives of the Galaxy S5 as well. If you don’t agree with me, feel free to state your opinions like you did yesterday.

Right, so what are the reasons that the GS5 is awesome?

1. Brilliant Display (more…)

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Sucks: 5 Reasons Why

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, 23 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…)

Apple fan’s depiction of the iPad in 2004 is surprisingly accurate

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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It’s hard to think that the iPad has only been around for 4 years. Apple’s landmark device set the tone for all other companies to also start making tablets. And now, with iPads and the various other tablets available being such an integral part of our world, it’s good to take a look back at the world before tablets.

Recently, The Next Web came across an old concept forum on the popular MacRumors website dating back to 2004. Here, some Apple fan created an render of what he thought would be Apple’s ‘next big thing’.

And surprisingly, he was almost spot on. The fan created his own interpretation of (what he called) the iPad.  (more…)

Nokia Asha 210 Feature Phone Review

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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Are you one of those people that love their QWERTY keyboards and don’t need a massively expensive smartphone that has one? This device might be for you, then. While the Nokia Asha 210 isn’t perfect, it certainly is a very compelling buy for people in this price bracket. Let’s find out why.

Announced last year, the Nokia Asha 210 offers the basics of what you’d expect from a modern mobile phone, in a package that is easy on your wallet. It is very similar to the Asha 201 and Asha 205, but with better specs.

Here are the specs it offers: (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…)

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…)

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