Archive for June, 2012

By June 27, 2012 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S Advance review

Samsung GALAXY S Advance Samsung have been shooting out all sorts of devices since they got big with the Galaxy S2 and recently under the radar they’ve released the Samsung Galaxy S Advance a couple of months before the Samsung Galaxy S3. Now as I write this, everyone knows the S3 is going to be a BIG seller but i can also guarantee it is going to be one of the most expensive phones on the planet, so I’d recommend at looking at this phone if you’re not ready to be spending nearly half a grand on a mobile phone! Check out my full review below:

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By June 26, 2012 Read More →

Carphone Warehouse releases ‘Bill Angel’ app to tackle mobile wastage

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Carphone Warehouse has stepped up its campaign against wasteful mobile tariffs by launching a free smart phone app, designed to tackle the £4.8bn excess wasted on unsuitable minutes, texts and data deals every year. The launch marks the first time a major retailer has developed a mobile usage app for customers and comes as new research by the UK’s largest mobile retailer has found consumers are now more concerned about mounting mobile phone bills than other household costs such as gas and water.

The free Bill Angel app, available on Android, iOS*(due 27 June) and Blackberry (due 7 July) monitors call time, text messages and internet data usage; automatically sending alerts to users when they approach and go over their contract limits.

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By June 26, 2012 Read More →

HTC Desire C Review

HTC Desire C ReviewIn the not too distant past the ‘Desire’ range of smartphones from HTC were their flagship range, this was until MWC 2012 when HTC announced the excellent ‘One Series’. At that point I didn’t think that we would see a Desire branded handset from HTC again, but to my utter surprise here I have the brand new Desire C for review.

It’s the beginning of a new range of devices from HTC aimed at giving absolutely everyone a chance to own an Android smartphone on any budget.

So how does this little device fair against its competitors? And does it do the Desire brand name the justice it no doubt deserves?

Well to find out you will have to read on.

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By June 26, 2012 Read More →

Windows Phone 7.8 home screen – Video

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Following on from last weeks announcement by Microsoft where they detailed Windows Phone 8, many current Windows Phone users were left initially disappointed as Microsoft confirmed that current hardware would not be upgradable to WP8.

However, they then went on to explain how Windows Phone 7.5 would get an update to 7.8 to allow for the same home screen user interface as on WP8. This came as a breath of fresh air to me being a Windows Phone user as I am not sure I can make the financial commitment to invest in new hardware.

Microsoft have released a nice new video via their YouTube channel giving a quick demo of the new user interface that all Windows Phone users can expect in the coming months.

You can see the video below:

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By June 26, 2012 Read More →

‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy becomes best selling book on Kindle

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Amazon.co.uk today announced that E L James, a former Kindle Direct Publishing author, has become the first author to sell over one million books in the Amazon.co.uk Kindle Store with her internationally best-selling ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy.

Despite the trilogy only being published in March 2012, E L James has become the #1 best-selling author on Kindle and her debut novel, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, is now the #1 best-selling Kindle book of all time at Amazon.co.uk. The Kindle edition of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is currently outselling the print book at a rate of more than 2 to 1.

“E L James’ books have become both the fastest-selling and the best-selling series ever on Kindle. That’s an exceptional achievement for a debut novelist and we’re excited to see her pass the one million sales milestone,” said Gordon Willoughby, Director, EU Kindle. “Following a stint of self-publishing, first online and then via KDP, E L James found a fan base and her success has rocketed from there. Her books have become a worldwide phenomenon demonstrating what a powerful launch pad KDP can be.”

In addition to the sales success seen on Kindle, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ and ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ are the #1,2 and 3 best-selling print books at Amazon.co.uk and their combined sales have also made her the best-selling print author of the year so far.

I myself downloaded the Kindle version. For research purposes of course.

 

Posted by: James

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By June 26, 2012 Read More →

What we expect from Google I/O

google-i-o-2012-appGoogle’s developer conference, Google I/O, will begin tomorrow and there are some high hopes for this one. The conference has become just as much of a PR media announcement hub for Google as it is a tool for developers. Not only that, but it keeps getting bigger. This year, the conference will go on for three days instead of the two days of previous events. The stakes are high for Google’s Android, especially in the tablet arena. Smartphones using the OS have risen to dominate the world market, but Android tablets have struggled against Apple’s iPad. Still, Google I/O is more than just Android, and there are a host of other interesting things we expect to see from Google. In fact, we thought it might be interesting to share a list of the many things that could conceivably show up at the conference this year. We’ve done our best to cull as much info from the web as possible to highlight everything that we might see. Some of it could simply be wishful thinking, but some of it has already been rumoured for quite some time. Here’s a taste of what might potentially be at Google I/O this year.

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By June 25, 2012 Read More →

The Nexus 7 Tablet leak

nexus-tabletThe next, highly anticipated, tablet on the radar is Google’s offering known as the Nexus 7 tablet. For sometime the rumour mill has been muttering that Google is planning to release a tablet that bears the Nexus branding and Asus is touted to be the manufacturer. An announcement is expected to come at Google I/O this week.

Gizmodo Australia claims to have obtained a training document for the Nexus 7 tablet. The document gives us a nice rundown of the specs in question. As the name suggests, the Nexus 7 will have a 7-inch IPS display with a 1280×800 resolution, 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU, 1.2 megapixel front camera, 1GB of RAM and NFC support. Sounds good? It all comes in at a rather tasty price starting at $199 for a 8GB storage model and $249 for a 16GB model. Nexus 7 will run the next version of Android called Jelly Bean, Android 4.1.

Those specs might be quite hard to stomach with that price tag attached and there is much scepticism that this cannot be correct, however bear in mind that Asus have been selling their Transformer devices at cost and gaining the profits from the added peripherals released alongside. This as proved to be an interesting and successful move especially when compared to Samsung’s premium mark-up on every tablet.

With a Google branded tablet out in the wild receiving updates as soon as Google is ready to push them out, lacking manufacturing and network tinkering, we might be seeing something of a hit right here and there will be little excuse for a household not to have one. In saying that, Asus will no doubt see a dip in sales of their own devices or could this be the main reason we have not seen the release of a 7″ tablet from Asus just yet?

 

Posted by: Gareth

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By June 25, 2012 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S III official car dock available tomorrow from Clove

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If you purchased the Samsung Galaxy SIII and you drive a car you may well be interested in picking up the official car dock.

Clove will have the accessory in stock tomorrow so head on over and get your orders in quick.

Features of Official Vehicle Dock – Samsung Galaxy S III
  • Vehicle mounting kit for the Samsung Galaxy S III
  • Secure holder
  • Robust suction cup
  • MicroUSB car charger
  • Official Samsung accessory

Order here.

 

Posted by: James

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By June 25, 2012 Read More →

Doro PhoneEasy Unboxing Video x 2

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When the Doro PhonEasy 614 and 515 turned up at my house for unboxing I was a little unexcited as you can imagine. I like Smartphones, not phones that barley do a few functions. However, being the trooper I am I toughed it out and got on with the video.

It wasn’t long until my disappointment had changed and I realised these two phones are actually pretty cool for a certain target market. I would have to say that the market in question is for the older generation. People like my grandparents who are not interested in emailing and taking quality photographs from their phone. They want a handset that is easy to use and makes phone calls.

You can check out my unboxing video below and if you fancy any additional information please head on over to the Doro website.

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By June 24, 2012 Read More →

Sony Smart Headset Pro: Review

Sony Smart Headset ProNot having used Bluetooth headphones before (I think) it kind of felt a bit weird at first having no wire running to my phone but I soon got used to the concept and now much prefer things this way.
The Sony Smart Headset Pro offers much more than just your average set of Bluetooth headphones. It has a whole host of features and the combination of these rolled into one neat package is awesome.

Read on to see if these are a worth while purchase.