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Nokia Lumia 630 Review: Budget at its best

Published by on Sep 19th, 2014, No Comments

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As is the case with many companies, the lower specified versions of its flagships are often their bestselling smartphones. As is the case with Nokia, with the Nokia 520 the world’s top-selling Windows Phone device. It’s no surprise therefore, that Nokia would focus its efforts on these budget devices and even more in the emerging markets.

The Nokia Lumia 630 is the first Windows Phone to arrive straight out of the box with Windows Phone 8.1. Price-wise the Lumia 630 slots into the bottom end of the range just above the Lumia 520, but it comes jam-packed with features thanks to the upgraded operating system, therefore you get a lot more bang for your buck.

Here are some of the key features of the 630: (more…)

HTC One M8 Review: The One who would be king

Published by on Sep 9th, 2014, No Comments

HTC_007On the day we are eagerly awaiting the new iPhone model we usually reflect back on the years’ latest and greatest in the world of flagship smartphones. This year we have seen some great devices being produced by the top names in the industry. Samsung elicited shock and awe with their latest Galaxy S5 and their trademark over-the-top marketing, Sony presented their hardware powerhouse Xperia Z2 and LG built on their ever increasing pedigree with the G3. Today we will see the last of the so-called “Big 5” release their 2014 model.

“But I only count 4 there!”, I hear everybody saying. And you would be correct. The missing smartphone would be the HTC One M8. Much like the brand philosophy of HTC the One M8 has quietly gone about its business. This beautiful phone is probably the hardest device to find when you walk into any Vodacom, MTN or Cell C store. Why? Because HTC is known for the best design on the market, advanced hardware and an all-round brilliant package. Bandwidth Blog was lucky enough to get our hands on the One and this review will surely back-up all of these statements. (more…)

Seagate Wireless Plus Review: Pocketsize entertainment

Published by on Sep 4th, 2014, No Comments

Sea_004Storage comes in many shapes and forms these days. From ultra fast solid state hard drives to online cloud storage the average user today has a multitude of options when it comes to storing documents, family photos or videos of cats acting crazy. Do you remember the 3.5 inch “stiffies” or even their older brothers the “floppy” disks? Since the birth of computing, storage has been an integral part of the experience and even though the availability of disk space seems to double every few years we just can’t get enough.

Selling hard drives, externals or any type of storage media was almost a sure thing in the past. Nowadays manufacturers have to come up with bigger (storage space), faster and smaller (in dimension) products to keep up with their competitors. But what if you were to step out of this paradigm set? What if you can bring portable storage with a twist? The Seagate Wireless Plus does just that, it’s the little entertainment hub that fits in your pocket. (more…)

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, 3 Comments

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…)

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