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Samsung Galaxy A5 Video Review – Bandwidth Blog TV

Published by on May 4th, 2015, No 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. (more…)

HTC One M9 Review: Still the One?

Published by on Apr 29th, 2015, 1 Comment

HTC_One_M9-016I have a little soft spot for the HTC One range. Last year I took the One M8 on holiday and fell in love with the Android powered smartphone. That is saying a lot coming from a die-hard iPhone user. The HTC One M8 combined everything I loved from the iPhone (design and usability) with all of the strengths that Android has to offer (customization and an open platform).

Now HTC has launched the One M9 and I was first in line at the South African launch (see my write up of the event here) to get my hands on a review unit. Needless to say I was bursting out of my shell to get stuck into this review. Has the HTC One M9 lived up to my probably over the top expectations? Read on to find out… (more…)

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

Published by on Apr 28th, 2015, 13 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, 14 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…)

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

Published by on Apr 21st, 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…)

Review: Acer Chromebook C720P – Laptop evolution?

Published by on Apr 15th, 2015, No Comments

Acer-C720P-Chromebook-600x339The Chromebook is a bit tricky to understand. It looks like an ordinary laptop but we’re somewhere between tablet and PC, phone-style speed computing and an older, more old-fashioned computer. Chrome OS, which is Google’s browser-based, all-cloud operating system, tries to bridge the gap between a laptop and tablet with an OS that’s really just a fully-featured super-browser with a keyboard, storage and Webcam attached.

Partnering with Acer (and various other companies) Google brings you the Chromebook. These low cost devices, stripped down to the bare necessities – low-power processors, low-resolution screens and a minimum amount of memory and storage is a very affordable alternative to the super expensive laptops out there.

We got our hands on the Acer Chromebook C720P to see what all the fuss is about. (more…)

Microsoft Lumia 535 review: Windows phone for the masses

Published by on Mar 25th, 2015, 3 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.

The Lumia 535 is Microsoft’s first ‘official’ Lumia phone since the firm acquired Nokia – sporting Microsoft branding, the Lumia 535 is aimed at a budget audience who’re seeking a Windows phone experience. Microsoft’s intention here is most telling – rather than let their inaugural smartphone exist as a premium flagship, the company have developed a sub-R2000 smartphone for audiences everywhere.

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