Archive for June, 2013

By June 12, 2013 Read More →

Samsung announce the Galaxy S4 Zoom

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Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, a new device that combines the stylish heritage of the Galaxy S4 smartphone with advanced photographic capabilities.

Part of the Galaxy S4 family, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is the result of Samsungs mission to create a single device that can fulfill the role of both an industry-leading smartphone, and a high-end compact camera. Combining 10x Optical Zoom, a 16 Mega Pixel CMOS Sensor, OIS and Xenon Flash with the very latest Samsung Galaxy S4 technology, the Galaxy S4 Zoom sets new standards for mobile photography.

Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said: ‘Combining our industry leading expertise in digital imaging and smartphones, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is a converged device that delivers on all fronts and is a product we are excited to be bringing to the market.’


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By June 12, 2013 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 201: Your OS 7

Web bannerGareth, Matt and Dan are back for another round of mobile babblings, this time centring on Apple and their revisions to IOS7.

Featuring Gareth, Matt, and Dan

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By June 11, 2013 Read More →

Hands on with the BlackBerry Swivel Holster for Q10


While belt holsters may not be everyone’s cup of tea they are the ultimate way of keeping your device secure and scratch free. Expansys sent me over the Swivel Holster for the BlackBerry Q10 recently and although I haven’t been using one with my Z10 – my Q10 has been proudly on my belt in the holster for the last week or so.

Like previous BlackBerry holsters this one is made from leather and contain the ‘special magnet’ which turns the Q10’s display off when you place it in the holster. The reverse happens when you remove the BlackBerry; the screen automatically will be on – Magic!

In terms of build quality you don’t get much better. The holster itself is crafted from genuine leather and the swivel belt clip feels solid as a rock. With the holster having the ‘swivel’ feature you can position your BlackBerry Q10 however you most find it easiest to access.

The holster is in stock at Expansys if you want some added protection and will set you back £34.99. It isn’t cheap but it is a premium accessory and money well spent if you are investing in a £500+ smartphone.

You can check out a quick hands on video of the holster below:


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By June 10, 2013 Read More →

Lenovo launch two new budget tablets

Lenovo-IdeaTab-A1000-A3000Lenovo has added a couple of new Android tablets to their line-up. Both are 7-inch tabs called the IdeaTab A1000 and A3000 respectively. Here’s a breakdown of specs:

The $200 Lenovo IdeaTab A1000:

  • 7-inch IdeaTab A1000 has a resolution of 1024 x 600
  • MediaTek 8317 dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU at 1.20GHz
  • 1GB of RAM memory
  • 8 hours of web browsing over a WiFi connection
  • Battery 3500mAh unit
  • 16GB, expandable with up to 32GB via microSD
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 0.3 megapixel front camera for video chat and Dolby audio
  • White or black

Lenovo IdeaTab A3000 – Cost of which $229

  • Same 7-inch Display as the A1000
  • MediaTek 6575 single core Cortex-A9 CPU running at 1.2GHz
  • 1GB of RAM memory
  • 16GB, microSD slot supports cards of up to 64GB
  • 3500mAh battery
  • Rear 5 megapixel camera is present on board, along with the 0.3 megapixel front shooter
  • Only available in black

Lenovo are really churning out the devices this year and the price points are most agreeable. Combined with some decent budget specs these will provide a nice alternative to the Nexus 7.

Posted by: Gareth

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By June 9, 2013 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One compared (Part 3)

IMG_3310 Over the past few weeks I have been looking at the HTC One and and Samsung Galaxy S4 and so far I’ve compared the camera performance and expressed my opinion regarding the screens used in each device.

This week I’m turning my attention to the audio performance, specifically the loud speakers and speaker phone. In this respect the winner is far more clear than the previous tests we’ve performed but let’s have a look.

HTC have made a pretty big deal of the speakers that they’ve added to the HTC One, there have been numerous TV commercials and posters to explain what Boomsound is all about. Boomsound is the name that HTC have given the speaker and audio technology they’ve used on the HTC One.

In essence there are two front-facing loudspeakers in the HTC One. These have large acoustic chambers to give a greater dynamic range and more punch while a build in amplifier can pump up to volume. The fact that they are forward-facing is a huge benefit too and furthermore, being stereo mans that watching movies or listening to music with the phone at an average viewing distance yields great sound performance.

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By June 7, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Podcast 0: Alpha

RTA Logo 1The boys are back for an all new, warm and fuzzy recollection of days gone by in this the first Retro Tech Addicts podcast.

Featuring Gareth and Matt

This day in the past
HTC announce the HTC Touch

The First phone
Matt: One2One M300
Gareth: Motorola M3788

The First Computer
Matt: Commodore Plus/4
Gareth: Amstrad CPC 464

Email us: [email protected]  Tel: 0208 123 3757

Gareth Myles – @garethmyles

Matt and Tracy Davis -  @tracyandmatt

Music by James Everett

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By June 6, 2013 Read More →

Fifa 14 Gameplay Trailer

fifa-14This will be my first sports related gaming post for the site and it just so happens that Fifa is a game type that i am very addicted to! So for me this trailer is the start of the yearly excitement all over again.

The trailer shows off EA’s tweaks to the gameplay, namely the player impact engine and the whole ‘Precision’ of the game. So things like precision shooting and passing and also the way that each player reacts to certain gameplay situations. It is overall just a small insight into Fifa 14 and here’s hoping that E3 in a few days will bring actual gameplay footage in real time so that us Football/Soccer fans can get really excited about the game!

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Expansys offer up a free gift with the Samsung Galaxy S4


If you are in the market for a SIM free Galaxy S4 you may want to take advantage of the new promotion that Expansys are currently having. The device itself is priced at £549.99 however each shipped order will also include a voucher that can be redeemed to get a free personalised case from SKINZ worth £24.99. Sounds a sweet deal if you ask me.

They have the Samsung Galaxy S4 available in both black and white – which will suit you?

Head on over to Expansys to snap up this offer before stock runs out.


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Samsung announce the Galaxy S4 Active

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Samsung Electronics today announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, designed to enhance the life experiences of actives users who want to stay connected even when they’re out exploring the most rugged mountain trails or the roughest rivers.

Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said: “The Galaxy S4 Active offers all the great features of the original Galaxy S4, but with added innovative protective design elements to suit our most active customers. Built for an outdoors lifestyle, the Galaxy S4 Active is a life companion for all environments.”

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By June 5, 2013 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 200: It’s About Time

Web bannerIt has been weeks, months, years but they are back and as bad as ever. Gareth, Matt, Dan and James examine the mobile industry and report back on all that they missed.

Featuring Gareth, Matt, James, Dan and Steve Litchfield

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