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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Review: Ultimate cameraphone?

Published by on Sep 1st, 2014, 1 Comment

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The Korean electronics giant that brought the Galaxy brand name to the world – and made it extremely successful – is trying to fill every single niche in the smartphone market and slap the Galaxy name on it. Samsung realised with the Galaxy S4 Zoom that it took the shine from its flagship device, so completely renamed it this year.

What would have been the Galaxy S5 Zoom has become the Galaxy K Zoom and it is ready to take on any cameraphone on the market. It is equipped with a 10x optical zoom and OIS and if you were to see only its back, you would hardly recognize you are staring at an Android smartphone with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen on the other side.

Check out some of the key features of the Galaxy K Zoom: (more…)

Huawei Ascend P7 Review: Elegantly designed and surprisingly fun

Published by on Aug 19th, 2014, No Comments

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Mention Huawei in public and you will not get the impression that people are aware that Huawei is, in fact, the third largest smartphone maker in the world. What is more likely to occur is a brief (and sometimes heated) discussion on how exactly to pronounce Huawei. If you are a company hoping to enter the mainstream mobile market, this is generally bad news.

Sensing this apprehension, Huawei have made a concerted effort to force themselves onto the global public’s consciousness, even making this laboured and perfectly ridiculous advert in Times Square to educate New Yorkers on the correct pronunciation of Huawei (It’s Wah-Way for those who want to win an argument). The fact that this video has scored more than 300,000 views suggests that even people outside China are starting to take Huawei seriously. (more…)

Alcatel Onetouch Idol Alpha Review: Beauty lies in details

Published by on Aug 11th, 2014, 1 Comment

Alpha-3We recently welcomed the LG G3 to our shores with much fanfare and adoration (see the review here). LG’s latest flagship sits on top of the smartphone hill at this stage (in our opinion) and it will take something special to knock the G3 of its perch. Well the new Alcatel Onetouch Idol Alpha may not make a huge challenge to the G3’s throne, but it definitely is something special.

Alcatel has been dabbling in the cell phone market for many a year and up till now they were more known for lower-end yet indisputably reliable phones. The Idol Alpha thrusts Alcatel into the already heated battle of the smartphone war. Can they stand their own among a multitude of Android competitors? Will they be able to find some allies among consumers? Bandwidth Blog received a brand spanking new Idol Alpha to test and answer these questions. (more…)

BWB TV Review: The Brilliant LG G3

Published by on Jul 31st, 2014, No Comments

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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:

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LG G Flex Review: Curved brilliance or gimmicky mess?

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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The LG G Flex was announced to a public that was already quite sceptic of curved smartphones, thanks to the bemusing design of the Samsung Galaxy Round, which is curved along the portrait orientation. Luckily, the G Flex is curved along the landscape viewing axis, which makes a lot more sense (for reasons we will get to later).

As the name suggests, it is also flexible. Not like rubber – you have to put some muscle into doing it. Bendable, foldable, flexible screens have long hovered on the horizon and LG wants to start making them a reality. Could this be the beginning of a new revolution in the smartphone industry or just another whim which will fade away soon?

Before we find out, check out some of the key features of this device: (more…)

Sony Xperia Z2 Review: Jack of all trades

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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Update: This article’s content has been updated since initial release.

The Sony Xperia Z1 launched only about 9 months after the original Xperia Z and a little more than 6 months later we have this – the Sony Xperia Z2. Some critics of Sony are saying that bringing new versions so regularly will alienate customers who have just bought the top-of-the-line Sony, but 6 months down the road it will be obsolete.

While we do get what they are saying, we have to disagree. You’ll notice that not much is changing from one version to the next. In fact, all Sony is doing is addressing some of the problems from each iteration. So why should we be excited about a new Sony that is about to hit the market?

Before we give you the answer to this question, check out some of the key features of this device: (more…)

Garmin Vivofit Review: Make every step count

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, No Comments

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Wearable fitness tracking devices are fast becoming a trend, especially among those people conscious of their health. There are currently a lot of big names in the industry like Polar Loop, Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP, and the new Samsung Gear Fit. 

Garmin, well known for their GPS systems and Fitness watches, joined the trend. In January of this year they announced two new devices: the Vivofit and Vivoki. The Vivoki is focused on corporate companies looking to increase their employees’ wellness and get them more active at a lower cost. The Vivofit will be available for the normal consumers to track their activities 24/7. (more…)

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review: Sony comes out swinging

Published by on Jul 1st, 2014, 2 Comments

Z2_Tablet__018The last year and a half has seen some stiff competition in the mobile market. Companies such as LG and Sony have been going toe to toe with their two big brothers, Samsung and Apple. Sony’s Z series, LG’s G series and even the HTC One series have steadily been gaining market share across every mobile product area. This type of environment puts pressure on the participating companies’ sales teams, but we as consumers are smiling all the way being spoilt for choice and price. Competition remains the fiercest in the smartphone market, but we are seeing the same fight spilling over into the tablet market. Sony has come out swinging with the new Xperia Z2 tablet, taking on the currently undefeated (my opinion) king of the tablet ring, the Apple iPad. Will the Z2 put up a decent fight? (more…)

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