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Feature Phone Review: Alcatel One Touch 2000

Published by on Mar 4th, 2014, No Comments

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The Alcatel One Touch 2000 is an entry level phone in any way you look at is. It is priced at a measly R459 and is meant for people who want a device that does the basics, and does it well. It is also targeting elderly people or people who are somewhat visually disabled or is hard of hearing with its great big buttons and voice-on-touch. Let’s see how it shapes up.

Compared to other feature phone targeting the same demographic, it is truly a great deal when you look at the price, as is compares favourably with similar competitors.

There is also an SOS button on the back, which can be customised to call and/or text a variety of contacts.  It also comes with a handy charging dock so no one needs to struggle with tiny ports or cables. (more…)

Sony Xperia Z1 Review – Waterproof, life-proof

Published by on Feb 12th, 2014, 7 Comments

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You may have noticed there has been a trend in the last couple of years within the Android smartphone market. Companies like Samsung, LG and others are stuffing their devices full of software features – in many cases useless and redundant. Sony came up with a different plan, though, and its sticking to its guns.

Sony is concentrating on their strengths of old, something that has been with them from the get go. They are focusing on beautiful, strong and durable designs, as well as great screen technology and photographic prowess. (more…)

LG G2 Review – Finally taking on the heavyweights

Published by on Feb 4th, 2014, 8 Comments

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LG used to be cool. Their appliances have always been well known, but they used to be the number one flat screen TV manufacturer and they also made some great phones that sold very well. The fondest memories I have is of their flip phones, which were great, and later they had some well received QWERTY devices.

To be honest, the public’s attention has been on Apple and Samsung so much that LG started to feel like a second-rate Samsung in many respects – new devices came just too late to garner interest from the consumer. We saw this with the entire lifespan of their Optimus product line, and to the surprise of no one, it has been dropped to turn over a new leaf.

The G2 is quite clearly LG’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy S4. They did try to push up the launch so that it doesn’t coincide with the announcement of the Galaxy S5, just enough time for it to be in the spotlight long enough. They have also tried something new, with a completely unique hardware design. Will it help LG stand out from the crowd, or fall into the doldrums of gimmicky mediocrity?

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Review – Another pebble in the pond?

Published by on Jan 29th, 2014, No Comments

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Long gone are the days of showing off multiplication on your geeky little calculator watch. I can still remember thinking that the back-light on my Casio watch was the best thing since sliced bread. With the neck break speed technology is evolving around us it was a mere eventuality that technology would catch up with our ever trusting time keeping buddies. Samsung introduced the Galaxy Gear in the latter parts of last year and whilst not gaining huge support from critics and consumers is still selling quite well in South Africa. So will the Galaxy Gear be the quintessential extension of your Android device? Or does the watch only provide brief James Bond-esque moments of entertainment? This review will hopefully shed some light on the issue.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review – BIG improvement or BIG disappointment?

Published by on Jan 28th, 2014, 13 Comments

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The Galaxy Note 3 hit South-African shores at the end of September last year with the now trademark Samsung marketing flair. Ads were everywhere, at the airport, alongside the highways and interrupting your favourite TV series. “Why?”, would you ask would Samsung over-market a device that is not really even considered a smartphone? Because of its absolute popularity! Throw in a nifty smart watch to the launch and you have a bona fide selling machine. But is this over-sized smartphone/tablet everyone’s cup of tea?  We got out hands on one of these little (or big) guys and hopefully by the end of this review you will be able to answer these questions.

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Google Nexus 5 Review – the Prodigal Android Kingpin

Published by on Jan 27th, 2014, 7 Comments

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At the end of 2013 Google partnered up with LG (as they did the previous year) to create one of the most anticipated phones of year – The Nexus 5. With specs of equivalence to the top smartphones in the world such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5S, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1 and more, the two things that set the Nexus 5 aside from the rest is it’s ridiculously low price tag and the honour of receiving pure, “vanilla” Android updates almost as they are released. In this review, all the praises and shortfalls of the Nexus 5 will be discussed to provide reason as to why this phone is grabbing such attention.

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Sony Xperia C Review – Bang for your buck

Published by on Jan 16th, 2014, 3 Comments

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The Xperia C is not a phone very well known in the world’s premier smartphone markets, but is meant for emerging markets with massive market potential in China and India. We are not to be forgotten, however, and the Xperia C is a truly viable option if you are a bit cash-strapped.

It is the company’s first smartphone powered by a MediaTek chipset. Sony has so far always opted for Snapdragon processors. With China being the primary target market, it had little choice really. The latest MediaTek chips support both dual-SIM and quad-core processors and they are cheaper to manufacture too.

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Review: Logitech G602 Wireless Mouse – Gaming Heaven

Published by on Nov 27th, 2013, 5 Comments

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A couple of months ago I reviewed the Logitech G500s Gaming Mouse, which was a great mouse for the average gamer. This was to be expected, though, as I would definitely say Logitech and Razer could be likened to Microsoft and Apple of the PC gaming peripherals world. With that I mean the one is focused more on just getting the job done and the other focused more on presentation. Logitech tends to be the one focused on the job at hand, and that’s readily apparent with its new G602 gaming mouse. I was really excited to see how the wired experience of the G500s, differs from their wireless offering. (more…)

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