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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is Awesome: 5 Reasons Why

Published by on Apr 25th, 2014, No Comments

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The Galaxy S range from Samsung has become the biggest thing in smartphones since the smartphone – a la iPhone. There are many reasons why, including marketing and mass appeal. There are many reasons to dislike the device (which we discussed yesterday), but also many reasons to love it.

We are waiting on Samsung SA for an official review unit, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had any time with the new iteration of Samsung’s blockbuster phone. In the first couple of days we have used the device we can immediately come to a couple of conclusions, and comment about some features before we release the full in-depth review, which is coming soon.

Just as a piece of commentary, the 5 Reasons Why article I wrote yesterday was not received very kindly, which I can thoroughly understand. For some reason, some folks didn’t read the entire article and thought it was a review of the device, which it is not. That article, along with this one, is a quick look at the negatives and positives of the device before we have a chance to thoroughly review it.

We do love to get readers’ reactions and opinions, though, so thanks for that. Please do deliver your opinions on these five positives of the Galaxy S5 as well. If you don’t agree with me, feel free to state your opinions like you did yesterday.

Right, so what are the reasons that the GS5 is awesome?

1. Brilliant Display (more…)

OnePlus One official, contender to the Google Nexus? (video)

Published by on Apr 25th, 2014, No Comments

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The OnePlus One truly looks like it will be an interesting smartphone. Not only will it run the new version of CyanogenMod out of the box, but the design also looks very classy, as we can now see in all its splendour since going official.

It has a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel f/2 camera unit. We have to note that what probably makes this so interesting is its price and its casing. (more…)

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Sucks: 5 Reasons Why

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, 23 Comments

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The Galaxy S range from Samsung has become the biggest thing in smartphones since the smartphone – a la iPhone. There are many reasons why, including marketing and mass appeal. There are many reasons to love the device (which we will get to later), but also many reasons to hate it.

We are waiting on Samsung SA for an official review unit, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had any time with the new iteration of Samsung’s blockbuster phone. In our first hands-on experience we could easily and quickly come to some dire conclusions. The phone will sell extremely well, but we don’t necessarily agree with the general public, and here is why…

1. Design (more…)

WhatsApp hits 500 million active users

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, No Comments

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And people ask why Facebook paid so much for WhatsApp? Less than a year ago WhatsApp announced that they had reached 300 million active users, and now they have hit 500 million. That is a massively impressive growth rate, only equalled in the tech world by their parent company, Facebook. (more…)

HTC-made Nexus 8 reportedly launching in Q3

Published by on Apr 24th, 2014, No Comments

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The Nexus program is the Android purist’s dream – the way Android intended Google at bargain prices. There may be a couple of potential changes on the horizon, however.

There have been rumours that the Nexus program may be coming to an end soon, but Google does apparently still have plans for a couple new Nexus devices this year. This is now apparently not the case, with a rumoured Nexus 8 tablet in the works. The time around, it won’t be made by Asus, but HTC. (more…)

HTC to bring optical zoom to devices in 2015

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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Camera technology has always been an important part of a smartphones specs. Companies are trying to pack as many megapixels and the biggest sensors possible into their flagships. HTC has not exactly followed this recipe in the last couple of years, though. The have kept their UltraPixel camera with the new iteration of the HTC One (M8) with another 2MP for some software wizardry.

The results are mixed, with many still disappointed with its performance. Talking with UK carrier Vodafone on HTC’s roadmap for camera tech, imaging guru Symon Whitehorn claimed “we could be 4K ready now,” if it actually made sense to do so. (more…)

Nokia to become Microsoft Mobile come April 25th

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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It may have come as a bit of a surprise to some when Microsoft acquired Nokia towards the end of last year. However, people soon got used to the idea. The question on everyone’s mind though, was whether or not Nokia would change their name and undergo a re-brand.

Well, today it has been confirmed that the company formerly known as Nokia, will now set sail under a new name.

According to a leaked memo between Nokia and Microsoft, the company will officially re-brand as Microsoft Mobile.  (more…)

Unique Rufus Cuff wants to dominate wearable market (video)

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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Waerables are surely the new hot property in the technology world in 2014 and companies all over the world are trying their hand at building one that the entire world might want. The problem is that, arguably, there haven’t been any successful ones as of yet, bar the Pebble.

It seems that there are still some large gripes people have before they will truly accept this new form of technology to be part of their everyday lives. One factor is design, others thinks like battery life, UI and overall functionality. These features aren’t what most people want them to be to justify the cost of buying one.

Now, a new company called Rufus Labs wants to change everything. They have come up with a (ridiculous, some would say) design that they hope will appeal to a larger market. It is actually quite interesting, and immediately seems to solve two of the main issues with smartwatches these days – battery life and functionality. (more…)

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