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LG G3 Beat Review: The prince of the kingdom?

Published by on Oct 24th, 2014, 4 Comments

LG G3 Beat-006It has been full steam ahead for the LG train this year with the release of quite a few significant mobile devices. So far we have seen the G-Flex, G3, G-Watch (as well as G-Watch R) and of course the G-Pad hit our South African shores. Now, just in time for the festive season LG is introducing their mini flagship smartphone the G3 Beat. The Beat joins the mini market which already contains the likes of the Alcatel Onetouch Idol Alpha (see review), Motorola Moto G as well as the Sony Xperia Compact (and many others). But the Beat, with a 5-inch screen, can’t exactly be called a mini even though it is smaller than its big brother the G3. Earlier this year the G3 had everyone abuzz with its sleek style, Quad-HD screen and super thin bezels, will the G3 Beat follow in those illustrious footsteps? We got out hands on one to answer that question… (more…)

Sony Xperia T3 Review: So close to great

Published by on Oct 6th, 2014, No Comments

t3 Seeking to fill every conceivable product category with their Xperia range, Sony’s latest offering, the T3, brings a large display and mid-level specs in a form factor thin enough to slice butter. After two weeks spent with Sony’s latest edgy contender, I found that while the T3 pushes the boundaries with a great form factor and user experience, it’s undermined by small design issues, an uninspiring display, and a lacking camera. First off, the basics: arriving sporting Android 4.4 KitKat, the T3 is a somewhat unpretentious challenger, carrying mid-level specifications in an effort to lower the price tag. The T3 retails at around R5,499 (device only) which hardly makes for a compelling buy at that price bracket, which many slightly older flagships, such as the LG G2, now frequent. (more…)

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…)

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