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Samsung Galaxy A5 Video Review – Bandwidth Blog TV

Published by on May 25th, 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…)

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

Published by on May 19th, 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…)

Samsung Gear Circle review: a full revolution?

Published by on May 15th, 2015, No Comments

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Every so often, one of tech’s major conglomerates- be it Apple, Microsoft, Sony – produces a simply crazy idea. Apple, for example, introduced the modern computer mouse with the Macintosh II – the mouse itself based off the work of World War II veteran Douglas Engelbart. While seen by some as a ridiculous concept at inception, the humble mouse has since become a staple of desktop computing in modern times.

LG saw fit last year to usher in its own bid to  turn heads with the Tone Pro headset; a novel set of earphones connected to a neck-worn bracelet that accommodates both music and call playback. Now, in 2015, Samsung have fired back with the Galaxy Circle – a daring new concept of a modern bluetooth headset.

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Review: Crystal – the app to revolutionise email

Published by on May 4th, 2015, No Comments

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Those of us who work up a sweat over crafting a succinct and clear email can now take a breath; Crystal is a new platform that comes with a bold promise: to aid you in writing a clear, succinct email that will be appreciated by the recipient. Or, as the service itself phrases it: bring about the end of miscommunication.

Crystal is currently in beta, and has an open waiting list for anyone wishing to give the service a try. We delved in and got to grips with our own psychology to see if Crystal makes good on its promise to revolutionise how well we communicate.

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HTC One M9 Review: Still the One?

Published by on Apr 29th, 2015, 4 Comments

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, 16 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, 19 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…)

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