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By September 16, 2012 Read More →

Huawei E355 3G+ WiFi Modem & Router unboxing video

huawei-e355-3g-hspa wifi-usb-internet-modem-unlocked Huawei have a great track record when it comes to 3G dongles and WiFi devices. This latest E355 model is among the smallest on the market.

The Huawei E355 is a 3G dongle plus Wi-Fi modem and router, giving you your own personal Wi-Fi hotspot. Just pop a SIM card into the E355 and connect it to a USB power source and your away. Up to five devices can connect to it simultaneously and there is no connection manager or complex start up procedure. This means you don’t need a PC or laptop to use it, just slot it into a USB power adapter to plug it into a wall socket for when you’re at home or in the office. You can even attach a microSD card (up to 32GB) into the E355 to use it as a USB stick. It’s very portable too, shorter than a packet of sweets (9cm) and weighs 40g.

Check out the quick unbox below to see what it looks like and if you want to pick one up, head over to eXpansys, they’re on offer at just £69.99 at the moment!


Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By September 9, 2012 Read More →

Lenovo ThinkVision USB monitor unboxing video

lenovo-thinkvision-lt1421-14-usb-powered-169-8ms-led Are you someone that’s always on the go with your laptop or someone that has to do presentations for a small group of people? Them perhaps the Lenovo ThinkVision monitor is worth a look.

Lenovo have come up with a monitor that not only connects to your PC to get its display but is also is totally USB powered, so in terms of portability you only have to carry the screen and no other power adapters etc.

You may think that a portable USB monitor would have limited spec but in fact the ThinkVision is a 14″ display with 8ms refresh rate and 1366×768 pixels. Great for laptop power users that simply must have two displays.


Less than one inch thick (2.1cm) and at 839g the LT-1421 will slip into your laptop bag without weighing you down. The 14.1 inch LCD screen is very bright (adjust using the rocker) with 200mi, and has a good screen resolution (1366 x 768 pixels) so it will nicely match your laptop screen. It’s got a matte display so the viewing angles are very good even at over 45 degrees and has a simple but sturdy fold out arm to prop it up and change the tilt. To stop your screen getting scratched or damaged it comes with a case, like the Lenovo ThinkPad laptop lid, which does add weight but retains the quality build and sleek Lenovo satin black finish, but the cover also doubles as a stand! The Y cable has two USB ports but you’ll most likely only need to use one, the second port is in case your notebook is not powerful enough to deliver juice to the ThinkVision monitor.

Check out the unbox below for a little more detail or head over to eXpansys to order one now!


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By September 8, 2012 Read More →

Free AntiVirus Software That’s Better than Norton

clip_image002Antivirus software is used to protect computers from Internet hackers, viruses and malware. Titles such as Norton AntiVirus are popular but require an annual subscription fee. However, there are several free antivirus titles available, which could be better alternatives than paying for Norton.

Pros And Cons Of Free Antivirus Software



When you use free anti-virus software, you can choose from a variety of titles to find the one that works best for you. Each software title has its own advantages and disadvantages. When you are able to compare software at no cost, then you can make the right choice for your situation.

Another advantage to using free anti-virus software is you are not obligated to stick with one title while other titles are offering upgrades. If you see that a free piece of software has released an upgrade that exceeds the functionality of your software, then you are able to make the switch without cost.

Posted in: Editorial
By September 4, 2012 Read More →

Download shows to your mobile with BBC iPlayer

photo Today the BBC have made a new version of their BBC iPlayer App available to iPhone and iPad owners. This new version not only allows them to stream shows to their mobile but also download them to their device to watch later.

Users will be able to save any programme for up to 30 days – but once you hit play, have to finish watching it within a week.

Available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, the feature will be coming to Android devices soon.

Last month alone there were 30 million requests for iPlayer programmes via a mobile or tablet, according to the BBC.

"With mobile downloads for BBC iPlayer, you can now load up your mobile phone or tablet with hours and hours of BBC television programmes, then watch them on the road, on the Tube, on a plane, without worrying about having an internet connection or running up a mobile data bill," said Daniel Danker, general manager of programmes and on-demand for the BBC.

We understand that ITV are considering adding a similar feature to their app but that they would be charging for it.


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Posted in: News
By September 4, 2012 Read More →

HTC Desire X and Xperia J prices announced

xperia-j-black-android-smartphone-620x440 The HTC Desire X and Sony Xperia J were announced last week and already we’re able to give you the price and availability of these two new handsets.

SIM free pricing is as follows:


Desire X is due late September, priced at £190 (£228 inc VAT) and due to be available in black and white.

Xperia J is due late October, priced at £159 (£190.80 inc. VAT) and also due to be available in black and white.

We’ve also had stock of the AllShare Cast Dongle for the S3 in today, although there’s still no word on when the wireless charger is due to be here unfortunately.


We are still SIM-free pricing for the Note II, Ativ S and Galaxy Camera, but should have that to follow soon as well.


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Posted in: News
By September 2, 2012 Read More →

Nikon D3200 unboxing video

intro-001 A little over a year ago I got my hands on the Nikon D3100 to review. Up until then I had been very much a Canon fan having had a Canon 350D, 450D, 40D and then a 50D. I never really had much interest in Nikon.

The D3100 though, was something of a turning point for me. Having it in for review ‘forced’ me to take a proper look. Although I didn’t dispense with my Canon gear the D3100 really impressed me as being a simple to use and light-weight digital SLR and it became a camera that I would carry for casual photography, anything more serious I would stick to the Canon 50D and the plethora of Canon lenses I have.

One nice thing about the D3100 was the ability to record HD video (720P) and to have a degree of auto focus whilst in record mode. This is something that the new Nikon D3200 extends being capable of 1080P video recording and improved autofocus.

The D3200 looks almost identical to the D3100 that is replaces but there are lots of feature changes, not least in the sensor department as this has now been increased to an impressive 24.2 megapixels. Amazing for an entry-level DSLR!

If you want to see a little more of the D3200 check out the unboxing video below.


Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By September 1, 2012 Read More →

Huawei Ascend P1 unboxing video

Huawei Ascend P1 Until fairly recently the Huawei name was relatively unknown yet they have quickly managed to establish themselves as the smartphone manufacturer that makes some of the best value and entry-level models on the market. You’d never call them a luxury brand.

Perhaps with the launch of the Ascend P1 Huawei are looking to change things a little though as this latest launch from them combines some high-end specs with an attractive, slim design.

It features a 1.5GHz dual core processor and a stunning 4.3 Super AMOLED screen. With an 8 mega-pixel camera and high quality 5.1 Dolby sound also included. This high specification has been enclosed within an elegant slim design, which has been created for ease of use, as much as looks. It has a comfortable width of 64.8mm, making it easy to be held within in your hand.

The latest version of Android, 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has been included. This means that you have the most up-to-date features of the Android platform, and benefit from a smooth and interactive user experience. Huawei has added a stunning 3D user interface to the Ascend P1 making it easier to navigate between applications. It also shows off the power of the 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

Check out the unboxing and demo video below to see more.


By August 30, 2012 Read More →

HTC Desire X full specification

HTC Desire X White 3-4 Left_Front Following HTC’s announcement of the new HTC Desire X I’m pleased to be able to share the full spec sheet with you.

Really excited by this handset, it looks beautiful and has a decent spec sheet to boot!

HTC Desire X specification:

  • SIZE: 118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm
  • WEIGHT: 114 grams with battery
  • DISPLAY: 4-inch touch screen with WVGA 480 x 800 resolution, super LCD screen
  • CPU SPEED:Dual-core 1 GHz (Snapdragon S4)
  • PLATFORM:Android 4.0.4 (ICS) with HTC Sense 4
  • MEMORY: Total storage: 4 GBi
  • RAM: 768 MB
  • Dropbox: 25 GB of free online storage with Dropbox for two years
  • EXPANSION SLOT: Supports micro SD memory card for additional storage (card not included)
  • NETWORKING: 3G (WCDMA): Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz, ANZ: 850/2100 MHz
  • 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA 5.76
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • G-Sensor
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 aptX enabled with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit
  • Wi-Fi®: 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz)
  • DLNA compliant for wirelessly streaming media from/to a compatible TV, computer or electronic equipment
  • Micro-USB (cable included) (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
  • CAMERA: 5 megapixel camera, F2.0 aperture, wide angle 28 mm lens, Auto focus and Tap to focus, LED flash with SmartFlash
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChip
  • Face and smile detection
  • Intelligent group shot mode
  • Geo tagging
  • Instant Capture with quick access from lockscreen to activate camera instantaneously
  • Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio built in
  • Enhanced Bluetooth stereo audio quality (APT-X CODEC for BT A2DP)
  • HD voice compliant (subject to network availability)
  • FM radio

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By August 30, 2012 Read More →

Announcing the HTC DESIRE X

HTC Desire X Black 3-4 Left At a small event in London yesterday, HTC gave us a chance to take a look at their latest Android smartphone to bare the Desire name, the HTC Desire X.

It’s been a while since this last Desire handset but this latest one is all about the delivering awesome camera performance and, thanks to Beats Audio, superior sound.

Designed to be an affordable smartphone while still being able to deliver stunning performance with dual-core S4 processor and 768MB ram.

Oh and did we forget to mention it’s a really sexy looking handset too?

Check out the full press release below along with a nice selection of photos.


Posted in: Press Releases
By August 28, 2012 Read More →

Back to school tech

back-to-school1 Once upon a time ‘back to school’ meant a trip to WH Smiths and buying half-a-dozen new pens and a new ruler. Nowadays though it seems that everything from printers to mobile phones are included on that back to school offering, a trip to your local supermarket reveals a whole aisle of ‘essential’ items for the most discerning of school kids.

Having a 4 year old starting school I am acutely aware of the kit that they expect to take to school. Of course, not every 4 year old needs a smartphone for school!

Check out some of the best offers from the folks over at eXpansys below.


Posted in: Phones