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Samsung Galaxy A5 Video Review – Bandwidth Blog TV

Published by on May 25th, 2015, 1 Comment

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There once was a time in smartphone history where the line in the sand was clearly drawn. On one side stood Apple, with a beautiful but limited operating system housed in a premium and stylish aluminium frame. On the other was Samsung, with a gaudy but incredibly flexible Android system stationed in enough plastic to make tupperware jealous.

Fast forward, and that axis still exists… arguably. Yet how times have changed; as Apple slowly and carefully extends iOS’ reach, Samsung have made the leap from plastic to metal; and what a fantastic leap that is. The Galaxy A5 is the second Samsung smartphone to stand on this precipice and reap the results. (more…)

BWB TV Review: Microsoft Lumia 535 – Windows for all?

Published by on May 19th, 2015, No Comments

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2015 is an interesting year for Microsoft. For the first time in years, the Redmond company seems to be establishing a vivid ecosystem, with results which look – so far – to be impressive. From the forthcoming release of Windows 10, to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia, Microsoft now has the opportunity to regain the confidence of its consumer base – and that pursuit of critical appeal is where the firm’s newest budget smartphone, the Lumia 535, comes into play.

You can read the full written review here. But first, below is the video review by Bryan Smith. Please check it out and let us know what you think. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Huawei Mate 7: Big boys collide

Published by on Apr 28th, 2015, 16 Comments

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The Samsung Galaxy Note range started the phablet craze which has subsequently led to flagships also becoming larger and larger. Phablets has now become very large phones, with screen sizes around the 6-inch range.

Up until recently, no-one was able to challenge Samsung for phablet supremacy. In the last 12 months or so that has changed drastically, though. Huawei is the latest to try and take the Galaxy Note 4’s crown as the phablet king, and on the surface it seems it has a very good chance. Can it surpass the achievements of the Note 4, though? Let’s find out with a head to head comparison. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy A5 review: pedal to the metal

Published by on Apr 24th, 2015, 2 Comments

 

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There once was a time in smartphone history where the line in the sand was clearly drawn. On one side stood Apple, with a beautiful but limited operating system housed in a premium and stylish aluminium frame. On the other was Samsung, with a gaudy but incredibly flexible Android system stationed in enough plastic to make tupperware jealous.

Fast forward, and that axis still exists… arguably. Yet how times have changed; as Apple slowly and carefully extends iOS’ reach, Samsung have made the leap from plastic to metal; and what a fantastic leap that is. The Galaxy A5 is the second Samsung smartphone to stand on this precipice and reap the results.

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Huawei Mate 7 Review: Big is beautiful again

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2015, 19 Comments

d2 Huawei is making a big push in SA and we are happy to see it. They strive to bring top-notch devices at more affordable prices – something Chinese firms are very good at doing. Huawei, Lenovo and Xaomi are all top 5 smartphone manufacturers in the world and the competition is fierce. You might notice that Huawei has dropped the ‘Ascend’ name (previously this phone was called the Ascend Mate 7) – they are completely refining their branding and naming conventions.

Recently the Huawei Mate 7 has made its way into the South African market and we were lucky enough to review it for an extended period of time. I actually took it on a trip to Europe and exclusively used it as my daily driver for the two weeks, so it had a lot of work to do.

Before we get to the full review, here are some key features: (more…)

Acer Iconia Tab 8 Review: Affordably premium

Published by on Mar 18th, 2015, No Comments

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The tablet market has stopped growing as a whole and is flooded with Android devices of all shapes and sizes. Many still believe that there is a place for more affordable tablets, built with premium materials and with great performance. That is what the Acer tablet strives for.

With a recommended retail price of only R2,900 does this aluminium clad tablet offer the bang for your buck you are hoping for? (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review: Pint-sized power

Published by on Feb 23rd, 2015, 8 Comments

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Over the last three to four years the only noticeable change in the smartphone market has been an increase in screen size. Sure, specs have advanced in leaps and bounds at the same time, but to the average user it isn’t completely evident – unless you buy a budget device.

In a world of ever growing screens, few have tried to make a proper flagship device in a smaller size. The only exceptions are the previous iPhone 5 models and last year’s Xperia Z1 Compact. The successor to the Z1 Compact is the Z3 Compact – Sony chose to align the naming with its bigger brother, the Xperia Z3, that launched at the same time.

Before we look at the device in more detail, check out some of the key specs and features of the Xperia Z3 Compact: (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 Review: The smartphone underdog

Published by on Feb 10th, 2015, 3 Comments

SonyZ3-003Sony has been playing with the big boys over the last couple of years and the new Xperia range (from the Z1) has really put the company up there among the best. It seems like only yesterday (and probably was) that Sony released the Xperia Z2 in South Africa and now the new Z3 is here. What is even more baffling is that the Z4 might be revealed in May this year. This crazy release schedule probably has more down sides for me than up sides, but that does not mean that Sony will skimp on the details.

Famed for its super cool camera and sleek design, the Xperia range has continued to gather customers since its inception, or have they? The Z3 looks a lot like the Z2, and after a quick glance at the spec sheet (below), you might argue that it makes the same type of noises. This is important because, by its own admission, Sony isn’t doing very well at competing in the phone-making game. Will the Z3 offer enough over the Z2 to warrant an upgrade? Will the Z3 help the struggling Sony ship? Read our Xperia Z3 review to find out. (more…)

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