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By August 5, 2012 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X (video)

samsung-galaxy-s-iii-vs-htc-one-x-640x480 It’s not the first time that anyone has compared these two flagship devices, nor shall it be the last, of that I am sure. However, despite the fact that these two superphones have been on the market for a little while now it still remains one of the questions that’s asked of us most often; ‘Which is better, the Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X?’.

The answer isn’t straight forward and opinion is very much divided. As per my tweet a few days ago, I’m going to be using the Glalaxy S3 and the One X for the next month and I’m going to decide which one I like best and why.

So for the sake of a recap and to compare the two side-by-side as well as doing a benchmark please have a look at the HTC One X vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 video below.

 

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By August 4, 2012 Read More →

olloclip iPhone 4 & 4S lens system unboxing

olloclip There are a few companies out there that have started making clip-on lens systems for the iPhone 4/4S and I’ve personally tried out a couple of the cheap (sub £10) options out there. To be honest, they weren’t much good, the worst one didn’t work at all really!

The folks over at eXpansys sent me over the Olloclip quick-connect to have a look at. The nice thing about the Olloclip solution is that it’s a full 3-in-1 lens system providing wide angle, fish eye and macro facilities within one neat package that simple slides on over the corner of the iPhone 4/4S. The soft plastic gives enough to ensure that there is no risk of scratching the phone whilst providing a reassuringly tight fit.

This system may not be the cheapest but it works really well and the lens optics are excellent.

Compatible with the iPhone 4 and 4S, the Olloclip is an attachable, high quality 3-in-1 lens for your iPhones camera. Just slide it onto the corner of your iPhone with your choice of lens and you’re ready to start snapping better quality images.

It features a macro, fish eye and wide angle lens that create sometimes stunning and sometimes hilarious pictures. The wide angle lens broadens your iPhones frustratingly narrow view (expands native viewing angle by 2x). The macro lens (focal distance of 13mm/.5″ providing 10x macro shots) will capture tiny details up close. For the sk8rs and hipsters, the fish eye lens gives a 180 degree view which offers a quirky perspective of your subject.

The Olloclip is indifferent to shooting video or using apps (Face Time, Instagram, Hipstamatic), is smaller than a car key and is made from light-weight aircraft grade aluminium so it won’t weigh down your pocket. It comes with a nifty carry case that doubles as a cleaning cloth, making it a great gift or toy for anyone.

Check out the quick video below.

 

By August 3, 2012 Read More →

Nokia Lumia 610 – available now on Three

nokia-lumia-610-sim-free-extra We mentioned the Nokia Lumia 610 as a deal from eXpansys a few days ago. Today Three have announced they now have the Lumia 610 available on their network too.

The affordable Nokia Lumia 610 runs the latest version of Windows Phone (7.5), offering one of the quickest smartphone experiences available with access to more than 100,000 apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace . The unique Windows Phone operating system brings live information updates on friends, news and apps straight onto the home screen, allowing the user access to information they want at a glance. In addition, Windows Phone 7.5 can act as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot so gadget fans can share their internet connection, connecting laptops and tablets to it with ease.

Like all smartphones in the Lumia range, the Nokia Lumia 610 comes with a selection of fantastic apps that are unique to Nokia products such as Nokia Drive and Nokia Music. Nokia Drive provides sat nav with turn-by-turn, spoken directions so there’s no chance of getting lost. Fantastic for listening to music while on-the-go, Nokia Music is a free service and includes ‘Mix Radio’ which provides regularly updated playlists showcasing the best in new music and old favourites (data charges may apply). Plus, Nokia Music also features a built-in gig finder to help people find out what’s on in their area. Music maestros need never be without their tunes again.

The Nokia Lumia 610 also includes a fantastic array of photography features. Group Shot allows the user to take a high speed sequence of images and combine the best bits of each, ensuring that everyone in the shot has their eyes open and beaming smiles. Action Shot allows sport and wildlife enthusiasts to create a montage of several shots, and the Panorama mode makes it easy to capture the big picture. While the Self-Timer ensures you have plenty of time to be captured in the picture too.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three said: “Not only is the Nokia Lumia 610 an affordable and attractive handset, it’s also packed full of fantastic features for photographers which make it a stellar choice for any first time smartphone buyer.”

The Nokia Lumia 610 is available from £15 a month with no upfront cost on the Ultimate Internet 100 plan with a guarantee of no surprise out-of-bundle data charges.
The smartphone is also available on Pay As You Go for £149.99 plus a top-up. All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to All-You-Can-Eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and All-You-Can-Eat data for a 30-day period.

 

Key features:

  • Windows Phone 7.5 operating system
  • Free turn-by-turn sat nav with spoken directions with Nokia Drive
  • Free playlists and customisable radio channels with Nokia Music
  • Navigate your city’s public transport system with Nokia Transport
  • Fantastic camera effects including Group Shot, Self Timer, Action Shots and Panoramas
  • Share your photos, videos or music collection with friends by sending the content wirelessly to your DLNA-enabled TV or set-top-box

 

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Posted in: Press Releases
By August 1, 2012 Read More →

eXpansys Deal of the Day – Lumia 610

nokia-lumia-610 Fancy trying out Windows Phone 7.5? Fancy a new Nokia phone? Then this deal I just discovered on the eXpansys website may be of interest to you!

For today only you can pick up the Nokia Lumia 610 for an amazing £149.00! http://www.expansys.com/deal-of-the-day/

Compare that to:
Amazon – £163 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007ZZA12K/ref=asc_df_B007ZZA12K9020985
Play.com – £174.49 http://www.play.com/Mobiles/Mobile/4-/29742726/0/Nokia-Lumia-610-Sim-Free-Unlocked-Mobile-Phone-in-Cyan/ListingDetails.html
Offer ends at 11pm tonight!

Bargain or what!?

 

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Posted in: Phones
By July 31, 2012 Read More →

Viewsonic Appoints New Managing Director for Europe

Mark_Lufkin ViewSonic Corporation, a global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Mark Lufkin as Managing Director for the European Region.

Mark will be heading up the whole European operation across Western/Eastern Europe and Russia. He will be in charge of the entire ViewSonic product range across the region.

Mark brings a strong, diverse background in both the sales and marketing of electronic solutions for European markets. He has extensive experience in growing new business by driving sales teams across multiple European locations and is skilled in developing channel strategies, programmes, systems and tools.  Mark was most recently Director of the Software and Peripherals Business Unit of Lenovo EMEA driving sales to commercial and consumer markets through European distribution channels. Prior to that Mark was Vice President of EMEA and APAC Channel Sales for Promethean, a global leader in interactive, integrated digital education solutions. Mark will be located in the Regional Head Quarter offices in Central London.

“I am pleased to have recently joined the ViewSonic Corporation, a company I have long known and respected for its diverse product range and its sustainability in a challenging and constantly changing market place. I am looking forward to pursuing the numerous possibilities that exist for ViewSonic in Europe in order grow the business and build the brand.” Mark Lufkin-Managing Director-Europe

ViewSonic Europe will be focusing its strategy to concentrate on its core products; projectors and monitors. ViewSonic aims to become one of Europe’s leading brands by providing a diverse range of high quality products and by developing its channel and customer relationships across Europe.

 

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Posted in: Press Releases
By July 30, 2012 Read More →

Sony Xperia Go unboxing video

sony-xperia-go-2 Yet another Android smartphone hitting the market with the Xperia name on it, this time the Xperia Go. This one is a little different though with a stand-out feature of being IP67 rated which makes it waterproof and good for up to 30 minutes submerged in 1m of water.

In terms of the rest of the spec it’s something of a mixed bag in my opinion. The 1GHz dual-core CPU and 512MB RAM keep things humming along at a reasonable clip but then we look to the screen and find a rather limiting QVGA (320×480) display the likes of which we haven’t seen in smartphones of this ilk in some time.

Then there’s the matter of the OS that the Xperia Go is shipping with. Presumably in a bid to get the handset to market on time, Sony have decided to ship the Go with Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the promise of an update to 4.0 ‘soon’. This may put potential punters off, especially considering the track record of the X10 and X10 mini OS updates.

However, with all that said, the Xperia Go still represents good value for money considering the performance and durability features. Currently under £200 from Clove Technology.

As always, you can check out the unboxing and demo video below and we’ll be back soon with a full review.

 

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By July 29, 2012 Read More →

Tokyoflash Kisai Online unboxing video

online_black_natural1 Something a little different for a Sunday morning. A couple of days ago I got my new watch from Tokyoflash. Tokyoflash is a company specialising in cool and unusual timepieces. Rather then conventional dials or LCD number displays the watches from Tokyoflash have many different ways of displaying the time from coloured LEDs with binary representations of the time to LCD segments and blocks.

The watch I picked up is the Kisai Online. This one has a series of LCD lines across the display that also run all the way around the stainless steel wristband. These looks like lines on a circuit board. However, when you turn the watch to face you, as you would when you turn your wrist towards you to see the time, the display updates and the lines on the ‘circuit’ move to reveal the numbers that tell the time. The numbers are a little abstract so takes a little getting used to but look great!

Have a little look at the unboxing/demo video below for more and then check out Tokyoflash.com

 

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By July 28, 2012 Read More →

ZTE Grand X unboxing video

zte-grand-x We first saw the ZTE Grand X when James attended the launch event last month. The initial impression was that this new ZTE handset represented great value for money bringing features and spec that you’d commonly find in higher-end devices while maintaining a relatively budget price tag.

With a 4.3″ display, dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, 8 Megapixel camera and 4GB of internal memory, the Grand X is probably the least expensive smartphone to be able to deliver on this specification.

Performance-wise the ZTE Grand X doesn’t disappoint as you’ll be able to see in the unboxing and demo video below.

 

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By July 27, 2012 Read More →

BlackBerry Curve 9320 in white now available on Three

356x267_BlackBerryCurveWhite_9320_multiview The BlackBerryT Curve 9320 is now available online at Three.co.uk and from 31st July in all Three stores.

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 has been reinvigorated with a glossy white finish but still features the much-loved Qwerty keypad that people can use to type quickly on the go. Instant alerts of new e-mails and social network updates will also ensure that even the busiest of users can stay on top of things.

With a focus on immediacy, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 comes with two side buttons allowing people to jump straight into their favourite apps. Added to that, this great device comes with BBM Music letting musical maestros choose from millions of tracks and share the music they love with their friends. Together with a great battery life, there’s no need to worry about running out of power when you’re out and about.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three said, “The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is a great smartphone for those who want quality and style at an affordable price. With its refreshing new white colour, this phone is sure to attract fashion-conscious consumers, who can update, tweet and BBM to their heart’s content using Three’s All-You-Can-Eat data plans on both Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly.”

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 in white is available from £15 a month with no upfront cost on the Ultimate Internet 100 plan. Both the Essential Internet and Ultimate Internet plans offer a fear-free mobile internet experience, with a guarantee of no surprise out-of-bundle data charges.

The smartphone is also available on Pay As You Go for £139.99 plus a top-up. Our All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to All-You-Can-Eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and All-You-Can-Eat data for a 30-day period.

Key features:
. Instant alerts for email and social network updates
. Full Qwerty keypad for easy messaging
. Instant access to your favourite apps
. Access to 9 million music tracks with BBMT Music
. Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot
. Great battery life
. Up to 32GB expandable memory
. 3.2 megapixel camera

 

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Posted in: Phones
By July 24, 2012 Read More →

Qantas to provide iPads for each passenger

180px-Qantas_Airways_Limited_logo.svg As a fairly frequent flyer I was intrigued with this story when it hit the web earlier.

Australian air carrier, Qantas, are ditching their in-flight entertainment systems on many flights and providing each passenger with an iPad to pass the time. To me this seems like a great idea and I suspect this probably works out cheaper and easier than the bloated in-flight systems that most long-haul carriers use. How many times have you been on a flight where the screen doesn’t work or the buttons are broken?!

Now I am guessing that Qantas will be tethering the iPads to the seat somehow and at the very least having some branding on them to distinguish from those that their customers bring on board, maybe mounting them in the seat-back where LCD screens would typically be.

According to reports, the airline will put Apple’s tablet in all 23 of its Boeing 757 planes, making a total of 5,842 iPads. I hope they are getting a good deal on those!

Qantas has partnered with Panasonic to stream content wirelessly to the iPads from a central storage unit on the plane.

“We’re now looking at ways to evolve this technology platform even further with our partner Panasonic to bring new standards of in-flight entertainment to our customers,” said Qantas Domestic CEO Lyell Strambi in a statement. This could include the addition of internet access, live television, and the ability to order food, drinks and duty-free goods via the iPad.

Qantas’ total fleet size extends to a total of 137 aircraft with over 60 more on order so that’s a lot of iPads if it goes to the full fleet!

 

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