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Sony Xperia Z3 Review: The smartphone underdog

Published by on Feb 10th, 2015, 3 Comments

SonyZ3-003Sony has been playing with the big boys over the last couple of years and the new Xperia range (from the Z1) has really put the company up there among the best. It seems like only yesterday (and probably was) that Sony released the Xperia Z2 in South Africa and now the new Z3 is here. What is even more baffling is that the Z4 might be revealed in May this year. This crazy release schedule probably has more down sides for me than up sides, but that does not mean that Sony will skimp on the details.

Famed for its super cool camera and sleek design, the Xperia range has continued to gather customers since its inception, or have they? The Z3 looks a lot like the Z2, and after a quick glance at the spec sheet (below), you might argue that it makes the same type of noises. This is important because, by its own admission, Sony isn’t doing very well at competing in the phone-making game. Will the Z3 offer enough over the Z2 to warrant an upgrade? Will the Z3 help the struggling Sony ship? Read our Xperia Z3 review to find out. (more…)

Asus Fonepad 7 Review: Budget Decorum

Published by on Jan 26th, 2015, No Comments

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Before we begin, let’s take a moment to consider how utterly absurd the FonePad moniker is. For a modern line of slates that’s aimed at a budget consumer, the title FonePad harks back to the golden age of deliciously named noughties mobile phones – simply think N-Gage. Far better crowned, one could argue, would perhaps be Alcatel’s OneTouch competitors.

Luckily, corporate naming aside, ASUS’ latest outing, the newly refreshed FonePad 7, brings decorum to the budget end of the tablet spectrum that truly stands out as affordable and pleasing to use. (more…)

Apple iPhone 6 Review: Still the go-to smartphone?

Published by on Jan 20th, 2015, 3 Comments

iPhone-204Apple introduced the iPhone 6 models in September last year and the devices made it to South Africa by the end of October, which in itself was a great surprise for Apple consumers of our rainbow nation. The iPhone 6 range is supposed to be the “game-changer” model for the Cupertino based company. Apple finally caved on the idea of a larger phone and the iPhone 6 (at 4.7 inches) and iPhone 6 Plus (at 5.5 inches) clearly shoves Apple out of the “4-inches-is-perfect-Steve-Jobs” mentality.

As an Apple user with a perfectly timed Vodacom contract I was able to pick up the new iPhone 6 a week after its launch and have been using it for a little over two months. This review will hopefully provide an unbiased (as far as possible) view of the iPhone 6 (4.7-inch model) and whether Apple has been able to step out of their comfort zone and produce a truly top of the range smartphone. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: Still the best phablet?

Published by on Nov 18th, 2014, 3 Comments

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Some said that this type of device would never take off, yet here we are in the fourth generation of one of the hottest properties in the mobile world – the Galaxy Note range. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the newest in the hit range, which is now in a segment that is becoming ever more crowded.

Even Apple, who swore by their “perfect for one handed use” size, has admitted defeat and made their devices larger to keep up with the trend. While there are many more devices of this kind in the market today than even a year ago when the Galaxy Note 3 launched, Samsung wants and needs this device to be a massive success. They are seeing profits slipping drastically, a major factor being the fact that the Galaxy S5 wasn’t as big a success as its predecessors. The Note 4 tries its best with updated design and top-notch specs, but can it deliver? (more…)

Sony Xperia C3 Review: Best smartphone for selfies?

Published by on Oct 31st, 2014, No Comments

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Yes, it has come to this; we now have a new dimension in the smartphone arena – the best smartphone for taking selfies.  The Sony Xperia C3 is set to be a favourite for people who strive to take the perfect selfie or groupie.

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Sony Xperia T3 Review: So close to great

Published by on Oct 6th, 2014, No Comments

t3 Seeking to fill every conceivable product category with their Xperia range, Sony’s latest offering, the T3, brings a large display and mid-level specs in a form factor thin enough to slice butter. After two weeks spent with Sony’s latest edgy contender, I found that while the T3 pushes the boundaries with a great form factor and user experience, it’s undermined by small design issues, an uninspiring display, and a lacking camera. First off, the basics: arriving sporting Android 4.4 KitKat, the T3 is a somewhat unpretentious challenger, carrying mid-level specifications in an effort to lower the price tag. The T3 retails at around R5,499 (device only) which hardly makes for a compelling buy at that price bracket, which many slightly older flagships, such as the LG G2, now frequent. (more…)

Nokia Lumia 630 Review: Budget at its best

Published by on Sep 19th, 2014, No Comments

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As is the case with many companies, the lower specified versions of its flagships are often their bestselling smartphones. As is the case with Nokia, with the Nokia 520 the world’s top-selling Windows Phone device. It’s no surprise therefore, that Nokia would focus its efforts on these budget devices and even more in the emerging markets.

The Nokia Lumia 630 is the first Windows Phone to arrive straight out of the box with Windows Phone 8.1. Price-wise the Lumia 630 slots into the bottom end of the range just above the Lumia 520, but it comes jam-packed with features thanks to the upgraded operating system, therefore you get a lot more bang for your buck.

Here are some of the key features of the 630: (more…)

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Review: Ultimate cameraphone?

Published by on Sep 1st, 2014, 1 Comment

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The Korean electronics giant that brought the Galaxy brand name to the world – and made it extremely successful – is trying to fill every single niche in the smartphone market and slap the Galaxy name on it. Samsung realised with the Galaxy S4 Zoom that it took the shine from its flagship device, so completely renamed it this year.

What would have been the Galaxy S5 Zoom has become the Galaxy K Zoom and it is ready to take on any cameraphone on the market. It is equipped with a 10x optical zoom and OIS and if you were to see only its back, you would hardly recognize you are staring at an Android smartphone with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen on the other side.

Check out some of the key features of the Galaxy K Zoom: (more…)

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