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Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: Which one would you buy?

Published by on Mar 4th, 2015, 9 Comments

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Arguably the most hyped and talked about smartphones of 2015, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 have finally been revealed to the public at MWC 2015.

Few people have had the opportunity to get their hands on the devices, but we are already getting a pretty good idea of what they are all about and how they differ to their predecessors. First impressions are often very important when buying a phone most will live with for two years, so let’s look at which we would choose with the information at hand.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – Specs and first impression

Published by on Mar 3rd, 2015, 10 Comments

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As was rumoured, at this year’s MWC conference in Barcelona, Samsung indeed unveiled two flagship devices. The first, of course, is highly anticipated Galaxy S6 – the latest iteration has seen only slight design changes (be sure to read about them here). But Samsung had the other flagship up their sleeves as well, with the launch of the Galaxy S6 Edge.

The Galaxy S6 Edge has pretty much the same design language as its sibling, with one distinct difference. The Edge has a curved display on both sides of the device (unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, which only had a curved display on the right). (more…)

Blackberry unveils the “Leap” and plans for 2015 at MWC 2015

Published by on Mar 3rd, 2015, No Comments

Blackberry2Blackberry has been very dormant over the past couple of years, only releasing a product here and there. So it came as a surprise to a lot of people that Blackberry is planning to release a flagship smartphone this year. At the company’s Mobile World Congress press conference Blackberry revealed that it plans to launch a new touchscreen slider device later this year. The new phone doesn’t have a name, price, or exact release date but it will take on the big boys of 2015… (more…)

Microsoft unveils Lumia 640 and Lumia 640XL at MWC

Published by on Mar 3rd, 2015, No Comments

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Not to be outdone by many of its rivals at MWC, Microsoft has taken the wraps off of two (essentially the same) smartphones with which it will aim to keep its large market share in the mid-tier smartphone market. The major difference between the two are their sizes, as you would have guessed from the XL moniker.

Both devices will launch in April, and Microsoft says that the 640 features Windows Phone 8.1, as well as a 2,500 mAh battery for all-day battery life. You will also find a 5-inch HD display at 720p and it will come in four different colours, namely Cyan, Orange, Black, and White. (more…)

Sony officially announces Xperia Z4 Tablet (video)

Published by on Mar 3rd, 2015, No Comments

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The flagship announcements at MWC just keep coming, this time from Sony Mobile. Many were hoping Sony would unveil the Xperia Z4 smartphone, but it seems they aren’t ready to take the cover off its latest smartphone yet.

Instead, Sony has unveiled its latest flagship tablet, the Xperia Z4 Tablet which Sony is calling the ‘thinnest and lightest’ premium flagship tablet in the world. (more…)

WIN: Alcatel Onetouch Idol Alpha Giveaway!

Published by on Mar 1st, 2015, 12 Comments

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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 (read our full review here).

We think it is a great find, especially for its price. Following the success of our previous competition, we’ve decided to give away another Alcatel flagship to our readers (see the rules below), in partnership with Alcatel SA. (more…)

HTC launches the One M9 – Beautiful or disappointing?

Published by on Mar 1st, 2015, 2 Comments

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The day has finally arrived – HTC has revealed its latest iteration of its flagship. The HTC One M9 is now official, after being one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year.

Just as the past week’s rumours have suggested, the One M9 we’re seeing today is the one that takes the majority of its inspiration form the One M8’s design, rather than making a radical departure into Desire/Nexus 9 territory.

It’s been a year since the HTC One M8 launched, and the Taiwanese company has spent 12 months hard at work designing the best they possibly can. Or have they? Looking at the new M9, you have to where the year of work since the previous One has gone. (more…)

Use your camp fire to charge your phone!

Published by on Feb 27th, 2015, No Comments

StowerKeeping your smartphone on the air has become an eternal struggle. Apart from carrying your charging cable in your back pocket, you need to think about whether or not you will have access to electricity where ever you might find yourself. Eskom even throws in the difficulty multiplier called Loadshedding.

Now imagine your aren’t going to be anywhere near a wall socket for a few days? What are your options? Lug around multiple power packs and extra batteries (sorry iPhone users, that isn’t an option)? Why not use something more sustainable like converting the energy your camp fire produces into electrical energy that charges your phone! (more…)

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