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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…)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Evolution over Revolution

Published by on Jun 2nd, 2014, 5 Comments

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Every time a new Samsung Galaxy S device is about to be released the hype and anticipation surrounding it is palpable. In fact, everyone is then ready to be amazed. The only smartphone line that could stand up against the mighty iPhone and turned Android on its head is in its own right iconic.

You know what you’re getting with the Samsung Galaxy S5 before you even unbox it, because this is a 2014 super-phone. However, it’s hard to point to one stand out feature that will grab you as a user when you touch and handle the Galaxy S5 for the first time.

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

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review: Small size, massive hit

Published by on May 14th, 2014, 5 Comments

d6The ‘mini’ in the name of smartphones has, inexorably, become to mean inferior these days. With HTC and Samsung it has meant smaller (obviously), lower-spec versions of the beloved big-screened version of the devices in question.

Since the advent of the Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphones have started to grow in size (at an alarming rate) and we feel for the people that have been left behind. The people that want a smaller sized smartphone, but also don’t want to sacrifice top-of-the-line specs. Until recently, arguably, the iPhone was the last island of salvation for these people.

That’s where Sony is coming to the rescue, the Xperia Z1 Compact is a smaller device (actually pretty similar to the iPhone) that delivers premium specs and premium performance.

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

Nokia Asha 210 Feature Phone Review

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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Are you one of those people that love their QWERTY keyboards and don’t need a massively expensive smartphone that has one? This device might be for you, then. While the Nokia Asha 210 isn’t perfect, it certainly is a very compelling buy for people in this price bracket. Let’s find out why.

Announced last year, the Nokia Asha 210 offers the basics of what you’d expect from a modern mobile phone, in a package that is easy on your wallet. It is very similar to the Asha 201 and Asha 205, but with better specs.

Here are the specs it offers: (more…)

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…)

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