LG G3 Review: Bow to the new Android King

Published by on Jul 28th, 2014, 10 Comments


Last year LG released one of the most critically acclaimed smartphones of the year, the LG G2. After rebranding the old Optimus brand, the LG G2 was the successor to the Optimus G, at least in spirit. The LG G2 completely set itself apart from the Optimus G, though, and quickly became LG’s best-selling smartphone.

Now LG brings us the LG G3, available in South Africa from 1 August, and it’s trying to take everything on board from fans and critics alike and apply to the design of its latest flagship to appeal to all. Does it succeed in improving everything we didn’t like about the G2 while consolidating its successes from that device?

Before we find out, check out some of the key features of the G3: (more…)

LokLok Review: No more boring lock screens

Published by on Jul 24th, 2014, No Comments

Imagine having a shared lock screen with friends where you can draw on your lock screen and it shows up on theirs. LokLok is a new application that does just that. We are all so used to the social media  apps out there like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but LokLok is a fresh a addition to communicating with close friends and loved ones.

The concept of it is, you connect and add friends found on Facebook or via their Email address, and once connected with each other you now share a lock screen where you can leave messages, drawings and even photos.

LG G Flex Review: Curved brilliance or gimmicky mess?

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments


The LG G Flex was announced to a public that was already quite sceptic of curved smartphones, thanks to the bemusing design of the Samsung Galaxy Round, which is curved along the portrait orientation. Luckily, the G Flex is curved along the landscape viewing axis, which makes a lot more sense (for reasons we will get to later).

As the name suggests, it is also flexible. Not like rubber – you have to put some muscle into doing it. Bendable, foldable, flexible screens have long hovered on the horizon and LG wants to start making them a reality. Could this be the beginning of a new revolution in the smartphone industry or just another whim which will fade away soon?

Before we find out, check out some of the key features of this device: (more…)

Sony Xperia Z2 Review: Jack of all trades

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2014, No Comments


Update: This article’s content has been updated since initial release.

The Sony Xperia Z1 launched only about 9 months after the original Xperia Z and a little more than 6 months later we have this – the Sony Xperia Z2. Some critics of Sony are saying that bringing new versions so regularly will alienate customers who have just bought the top-of-the-line Sony, but 6 months down the road it will be obsolete.

While we do get what they are saying, we have to disagree. You’ll notice that not much is changing from one version to the next. In fact, all Sony is doing is addressing some of the problems from each iteration. So why should we be excited about a new Sony that is about to hit the market?

Before we give you the answer to this question, check out some of the key features of this device: (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Evolution over Revolution

Published by on Jun 2nd, 2014, 5 Comments


Every time a new Samsung Galaxy S device is about to be released the hype and anticipation surrounding it is palpable. In fact, everyone is then ready to be amazed. The only smartphone line that could stand up against the mighty iPhone and turned Android on its head is in its own right iconic.

You know what you’re getting with the Samsung Galaxy S5 before you even unbox it, because this is a 2014 super-phone. However, it’s hard to point to one stand out feature that will grab you as a user when you touch and handle the Galaxy S5 for the first time.

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review: Small size, massive hit

Published by on May 14th, 2014, 5 Comments

d6The ‘mini’ in the name of smartphones has, inexorably, become to mean inferior these days. With HTC and Samsung it has meant smaller (obviously), lower-spec versions of the beloved big-screened version of the devices in question.

Since the advent of the Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphones have started to grow in size (at an alarming rate) and we feel for the people that have been left behind. The people that want a smaller sized smartphone, but also don’t want to sacrifice top-of-the-line specs. Until recently, arguably, the iPhone was the last island of salvation for these people.

That’s where Sony is coming to the rescue, the Xperia Z1 Compact is a smaller device (actually pretty similar to the iPhone) that delivers premium specs and premium performance.

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Nokia Asha 210 Feature Phone Review

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2014, No Comments


Are you one of those people that love their QWERTY keyboards and don’t need a massively expensive smartphone that has one? This device might be for you, then. While the Nokia Asha 210 isn’t perfect, it certainly is a very compelling buy for people in this price bracket. Let’s find out why.

Announced last year, the Nokia Asha 210 offers the basics of what you’d expect from a modern mobile phone, in a package that is easy on your wallet. It is very similar to the Asha 201 and Asha 205, but with better specs.

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Review: Acer Aspire E1-531 Laptop

Published by on Apr 22nd, 2014, 4 Comments


Recently, I received a laptop to review. Baring in mind that this is my first time reviewing something, plus the fact that I have been a Mac user for years, I was kind of nervous (yet thoroughly excited) to review a different laptop.

Firstly, the Acer Aspire is a strikingly beautiful laptop. The sleek, elegant design of the machine hits you straight in the face once it’s taken out of the box – this, however, may also be because of it’s super glossy look. Think a kind of glassy black you might find in the lair of Bruce Wayne.

Obviously, as a woman, I was very impressed with the look and feel of the laptop. It’s light enough to comfortably carry around (it ways around 2.5 kilo’s), yet sturdy enough to make you feel you’re carrying something of quality.

I also especially liked the look and feel of both the keyboard and trackpad. The keys seemed ‘flatter’, which of course attributes to it’s modern look, and the trackpad is sleek and comfortable to work with. No jerky mouse moves either.

Moving along to the stuff that really matters – the hardware.  (more…)