Archive for September, 2015

By September 30, 2015 Read More →

Could we see an HTC Aero next month?

HTCHTC has a little marshmallow secret up it’s sleeve as an event it being teased in the latter half of October. There have been several leaks recently of a device known as the HTC Aero or some might know it as the One A9, a device rumoured to have a deca-core (ten-core) MediaTek Helio X20 SoC processor clocked at 1.96GHz. Then again other have the idea that it might contain a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 chipset with 3GB of RAM. Perhaps there will be two devices and both of these rumours might be correct. Stranger things have happened.

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By September 30, 2015 Read More →

Pixel C is the real deal

nexus2cee_upload-2There has been a lot of speculation about the Pixel C over the last day or so and now we know whats what.  The Pixel C is to have a 10.2-inch, with a 308 PPI touch display. The under the hood is NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 processor with Maxwell GPU and will come with either 32 or 64 GB storage options. With 3GB of RAM onboard this is likely to be the fast tablet running Android. Yes, the Pixel C runs Android over ChromeOS, a staple of the Pixel name in the past. In keeping with the Pixel Chromebooks the C has a the lightbar. 

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Pixel C’s keyboard is a interesting feature. It attaches to the tablet magnetically, and connects via Bluetooth. The tablet has proximity sensors for the keyboard, it is aware of when it’s tucked away behind the device and when it is out and ready for use. The tablet will also inductively charge the keyboard when closed.

So what is with the OS switch under the Pixel name? Are Google bring ChromeOS to an end? Not likely, ChromeOS is a very big player in the education industry. Chromebooks have rolled out by the bucket load in schools all across the world. They are a success, you and your friends might not have one however there is a dedicated and loyal following. Like it or not, Cloud operating systems are the future and Google will not be letting go of their just yet.

My theory with the Pixel name is manufacturing. Google publicly announces partnerships for the manufacturing of its Nexus phones and tablets however Google has not disclosed its manufacturing sub-contractor for the Chromebook Pixel. Mirroring this with the Pixel C Google have been silent about the manufacturer. Had this been a collaboration with Asus or Huawei the tablet might have been a Nexus instead.

The Pixel C will be available in the coming months, and will cost $499 for the 32GB and $599 for 64GB, with the keyboard accessory costing $150.

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By September 30, 2015 Read More →

The Nexus 5X vs the Nexus 6P

879fKcccOpaHtaqKgOFey0RsqmuSWtcHItUxu-G4M1cNow we have the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The market just got a whole lot tastier, but which one is for you? Here we have a direct and to the point look at the two new phones from Google. If Wireless charging, Expandable storage or optical image stabilization are high on your list then need to be looking elsewhere. Google have unfortunately omitted these from the new line. So whats in then then?

 LG Nexus 5XHuawei Nexus 6P
Screen5.2-inch, 1920 x 1080, 424 ppi, Full HD5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440, 515 ppi, AMOLED
Processor1.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8082.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1
RAM2GB3GB
Storage options16GB
32GB
32GB
64GB
128GB
Camera12.3MP Rear, 5MP front12.3MP Rear, 8MP front
NetworksCDMA: BC0/1/10
GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
LTE CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29
LTE (TDD): B41
UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
CDMA: BC0/1/10
GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
LTE (FDD): B2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/30
LTE (TDD): B41
UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
Connections3.5mm Headphone jack
USB Type-C, NFC
3.5mm Headphone jack
USB Type-C, NFC
Battery2700mAh3450mAh
Length147 mm (5.79 inches)159.4 mm (6.28 inches)
Width72.6 mm (2.86 inches)77.8 mm (3.06 inches)
Depth7.9 mm (0.31 inches)7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight136 g (4.80 oz)178 g (6.28 oz)
Available coloursCarbon, Ice, QuartzAluminium, Frost, Graphite
Anything elseAccelerometer
Ambient ight
Barometer
Fingerprint
Gyroscope
Hall
Proximity
Digital compass
GLONASS
GPS
Accelerometer
Ambient light
Barometer
Fingerprint
Gyroscope
Hall
Proximity
Digital Compass
GLONASS
GPS

 It’s true, neither device is perfect hopwever there is enough of a difference to make any Nexus fan sit and think which they will be wanting.

 

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By September 29, 2015 Read More →

Google working on a Pixel C?

google-chromebook-pixel-2-540x334Rumours are afoot that Google is to launch a new Pixel device in the coming months, not running Chrome OS. It will be a 10.2-inch Android tablet with detachable keyboard and marketed as the ‘Pixel C’. A new Pixel tablet is said to be designed by Google, made from high-grade parts and might be arriving in the next couple of months.

The Pixel C, code named Ryu, will have a 10.2-inch display with 308ppi and a super-bright back light capable of 500 nits. Inside there’s an NVIDIA X1 quad-core processor and Maxwell GPU. This is supplemented by 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

The build quality will continue to feel like a Pixel, which have all offered metal designs and gorgeous screens. The tablet will look like the existing laptops, just minus the keyboard.

A little bit of brand confusion to shake things up. Google has a line of Android tablets called Nexus, the Pixel name has always been synonymous with Chrome, why meddle with that… unless is dual boots ChromeOS and Android 6.0?

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By September 29, 2015 Read More →

GoPro Hero+ the perfect entry-level action camera

CHDHC-101_main1GoPro has unveiled the Hero+, their new action camera that featuring Full HD video capture alongside Wi-Fi connectivity for £169.99, including free P&P this bring the Hero+ into budget camera territory and will no doubt become a market leader.

The Hero+ is shoots in 1080p at 60, 50, 30, 25 and 720p at 60 or 50 frames per second, as well as 8-megapixel photos and time lapse videos. GoPro now provide an app for playbale and monitoring the shots you are setting up. A Smart Remote over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is also available for £64.99. The integrated housing, which is not an optional extra, allows the camera to be waterproof down to a depth of 40m.

The Hero+ doesn’t have 4K support, a touchscreen or dual mics like other models in the line but at a budget price, there certainly will be a depend for the camera to capture some of the users crazy antics at 60fps without breaking the bank.

The Hero+ will go on sale on GoPro’s site as well as retailers across the globe on October 4.

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By September 27, 2015 Read More →

Whats new on Netflix and Amazon Prime?

vlcsnap-error237Here is a look at what debuted on both Netflix and Amazon Prime over the last week. Short simple and to the point, just the way we like it.

 

By September 27, 2015 Read More →

Jot stylus Hands on

Jot stylus Hands onThe Apple Pencil is about to arrive however a little company called “adonit” are showing off a few stylus devices that might make you think twice about the Apple offering.

The Jot Script 2
A iOS exclusive that features 20 hours of battery life,a fine tip and a rechargeable battery.

The Jot Touch
Another iOS exclusive with 11 hours of battery. This fine tipped stylus has pressure sensitive and an Adobe Cloud connection.

The Joy Dash
For both Android and iOS the Dash features a built in rechargeable battery and 12 hours of battery life.

The Jot Pro and Jot Mini
A battery free stylus with a precision tip works with most touch screen devices.

By September 25, 2015 Read More →

Fallout Shelter Game Review

vlcsnap-error240Fallout Shelter is the first foray onto Mobile gaming for the Fallout franchise. Rather than stepping back to the roots and reinvisioning one of the first few games ala Baldurs Gate we are given a frequently visited approach that is not without it’s merits.

Gareth takes a look at the latest offering in the series and decides if it is a fun romp in the Wasteland or a waste of time at the end of the world.

By September 24, 2015 Read More →

EasyAcc Selfie Stick QuickSnap Pro Unboxing

vlcsnap-error118Here is another option for the Selfie craze that still grips our society. The EasyAcc Selfie Stick Quicksnap is a modestly priced monopole with Bluetooth build in. Designed to cater to phones such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S5 the 9.7 cm maximum length of the clasp will accommodate most phones. The Quicksnap brags a 270-degree adjustable head to help find a better angle when taking a selfie. Despite it’s 80cm reach when extended the stick is only around 20 cm when folded making it easy to store.

However, as this is Bluetooth the stick requires a charge to continue to operate. The 60 mA battery will probably only take a short time to charge however the charge will only stay for 3 days, so you must think ahead or have a portable charger in the event you need to use it on the fly.

 

  • Material 
    – The smart phone ABS holder is stable and durable. The clip on the holder can fix the phone very well so that you can enjoy your selfie photos. 
    – Stainless steel stick can be 7 times extended, which offers you long enough selfie distance and a stable position for various situation of photos. 
    – The ABS handle is comfortable to hold. 
  • Design 
    – The smart phone ABS holder can be folded, when you don’t need to use it. 
    – Via Bluetooth the selfie stick can be connected to the camera from smart phone directly, and you don’t need to set up wireless Bluetooth remote. 
    – It’s only 20 cm once it’s folded. Considering our travelers, we made it so easy to carry. 

Can be purchased from Amazon for £12.59

By September 23, 2015 Read More →

Three colours of LG Nexus 5X coming

LGGoogleNexus5X-LGeM0Cb.c2.w150Looks like FindYogi have jumped the gun and listed 3 colours of the LG Nexus 5X alongside a spec break down ahead of the expected announcement on September 29th. According to  the site four colours will be available, Amazon India, Charcoal Black, Ice Blue and Quartz White. Several features are listed as Unconfirmed however they make for interesting reading. USB C and fast charging are onboard however worryingly there is only selection for 16gb or 32gb and it appears there is 2Gb or RAM. The Indian Rupee to British pound conversion for the 32gb works out around £240 whilst the 32gb is £270.

General

Sim Support Single Sim, NaNo-SIM, GSM
Phone Weight 175 grams

Display

Screen Size 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels, 424 ppi
Screen Type IPS
Touch Type Capacitive With Multitouch

Photo & Video

Camera Yes, 12.3 Megapixel
Flash Yes, LED flash
Front Camera Yes, 5.0 Megapixel
Video Recording Yes
Front Flash No

Technical

Operating System Android 6.0 – Marshmallow
Processor 1.8 GHz Quad Core Processor
Processor Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992, ARM Cortex A53
Additional Processor Dual Core ARM Cortex A57
RAM 2 GB
GPU (Graphics) Qualcomm Adreno 418
User Interface Pure Android

Battery

Battery 2700 mAh, Li-ion
Battery Standby Up to 300 Hours (3G)
Battery Talk Time Up to 17 Hours (3G)

Connectivity

GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
3G Yes
4G Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, with Tethering
USB Connectivity Yes, USB Type-C Port
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support, GLONASS
Bluetooth Yes, v4.1
Support NFC Yes
External Display Connectivity Wifi Direct, DLNA

Memory

Internal Memory 16 GB or 32GB

Other Features

Sensors Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, eCompass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Quick Charging Yes

Additional Features Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology

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The Huawei Google Nexus 6 also gets a look in at £350, there is much less information on the site and again the specs are unconfirmed.

  • General

    Single Sim, GSM

    Display

    Screen Size 5.7 inches
    Screen Resolution 1440 x 2560 Pixels, 515 ppi
    Screen Type IPS
    Touch Type Capacitive With Multitouch

    Technical

    Operating System Android 6.0 – Marshmallow
    RAM 3 GB

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