Asus Fonepad 7 Review: Budget Decorum

Published by on Jan 26th, 2015, No Comments


Before we begin, let’s take a moment to consider how utterly absurd the FonePad moniker is. For a modern line of slates that’s aimed at a budget consumer, the title FonePad harks back to the golden age of deliciously named noughties mobile phones – simply think N-Gage. Far better crowned, one could argue, would perhaps be Alcatel’s OneTouch competitors.

Luckily, corporate naming aside, ASUS’ latest outing, the newly refreshed FonePad 7, brings decorum to the budget end of the tablet spectrum that truly stands out as affordable and pleasing to use. (more…)

Apple is eating Samsung’s market share, even in South Korea

Published by on Jan 26th, 2015, No Comments


It is normal for citizens to support companies from their own country and as you can imagine, Samsung have a massive market share in its native South Korea. That is, until now. Samsung finds this worrying, as their dominance is slowly fading away in their home territory. (more…)

Apple Watch’s battery performance disappoints

Published by on Jan 26th, 2015, No Comments


Even though smartwatches are the new cool gadgets in the tech industry, they haven’t been and aren’t yet cool enough to become a mainstream success. Many people will struggle to find the need for one, as the functionality is still in its early stages of development.

Apple intends to revolutionize this market just like it has with smartphones and tablets in the past, but it seems that even certain basics won’t be met. One of our biggest gripes with current smartwatches is the battery life. Certainly you would prefer not to have to plug in your watch every night before you got to sleep, which is mostly still the case. (more…)

How To: Upgrade your LG G3 to Lollipop now!

Published by on Jan 26th, 2015, No Comments


The wait is over. Android’s latest operating system, Lollipop is now available in South Africa (even before it has become available in the US). LG Mobile is the first to bring it to local consumers and is has been available for download since late last week.  Lollipop is available only for the LG G3 at the moment, but will roll out for other devices at a later stage.

You have a couple of options to install the latest version of the software: (more…)

Microsoft unveils new AR device – the HoloLens

Published by on Jan 23rd, 2015, No Comments

hololensIt hasn’t taken Microsoft too long to jump onto the Virtual Reality band wagon. Although their take on it is decidedly more “mixed reality”. Microsoft is building support for holographic displays into Windows 10, so it only makes sense that the company would make one of those displays, wouldn’t it? 

Meet the HoloLens, an official headset with see-through lenses that merges digital content with the physical. It includes spatial sound so that you can hear things happening behind you in the virtual world, and it even has a dedicated Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) to make sure everything works smoothly.  (more…)

Bizarre heart-shaped phone to release in Japan

Published by on Jan 22nd, 2015, No Comments


Often we see smaller phone manufacturers trying something new and interesting to make a bit of money in a tech sector that is dominated by massive corporates. Their niche devices do sometimes make them some money, even if they don’t sell in great numbers. This device, however, must have an extremely small market.

Would you buy a phone without a camera? How about one with a monochrome 0.9-inch, 128 x 36 display? Or one without SMS functionality, let alone email or a web browser? I’m not so sure. (more…)

LG G4 not launching at MWC, LG ‘still perfecting’ it

Published by on Jan 22nd, 2015, No Comments


Last year LG released the much praised LG G3 and earlier this month they unveiled the LG G Flex 2, which at first glance looks like a winner.

Some reports claimed that the follow-up to last year’s LG G3 will be launched at MWC in March, but that seems not to be the case. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S6 won’t be waterproof, period

Published by on Jan 22nd, 2015, No Comments


One of the major features Samsung touted when it released the Galaxy S5 last year was the fact that it is waterproof. Sure, it had the most annoying flap in the world that covered the charging port, but it was still waterproof (actually, water resistant is more accurate). (more…)