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By September 29, 2013 Read More →

Kindle Fire HDX announced

Kindle Fire HDX announcedFor months we have seen rumour upon rumour  regarding the next-generation Kindle-Fire HD products. Now Amazon decided to quell all of the speculation and innuendo with a full, official reveal, albeit Stateside only for the moment. One of the most surprising new additions to the line-up is that they have revamped their “skinned” version of Android and now have their own name for the customized OS. They call it, Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito.” We will do a separate article with more details on this new development.

In the mean-time, here’s the full skinny on their new tablet products.

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By September 28, 2013 Read More →

HTC One Max coming October 15

HTC One MaxThere has been a lot of talk about the HTC One Max with plenty of leaked images and ‘news’ of the device. However, many sources now indicate that the new device that’s set to take the flagship position win HTC’s range will see a October 15th launch date.

With so many of their competitors bringing out large-screen and phablet devices it makes sense (no pun intended) for HTC to bring their own large slab phone to market too. Looking vertically the same as the HTC One, the HTC One Max is said to be sport a large screen of at least 6 inches, have the same ultra pixel camera as the HTC One, BoomSound speakers 2GB RAM and will use the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip featuring a quad-core processor, clocked at 1.7GHz.

Further rumours now surround the One Max as additional leaked images now appear to include a fingerprint scanner on the rear which is likely to be similar to the one now featured on the latest iPhone 5S.

The One Max, previously know simply by its T6 codename, also appears on Teena, an FCC-like telecommunication regulatory authority in China.

October 15 seems set to be a busy news day as the date has also been set by Apple to officially announce the new iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2. There’s also said to be an HTC press event next week which would further reinforce a release date in the coming fortnight.

Well cover more of the HTC One Max as soon as we get the skinny from HTC themselves.

More HTC One Max news can be found over at cnet.com

By August 9, 2013 Read More →

Huawei Ascend P6 unboxing video

Huawei Ascend P6 We’ve reviewed a variety of Huawei smartphones in the past and I’m pleased to see that the build quality and design of the phones is improving nicely. In fact, the latest Ascent P6 is a fine example of what Huawei can achieve when they want to, with clean lines and minimalist design perhaps the most striking thing about the P6 is that it measures just 6.18mm thick!

Huawei have managed to achieve this thin design without compromising the the specification. In fact you’ll find a quad-core 1.5HGz CPU, 2GB RAM and 8 megapixel camera all stuffed in there.

In the video below you’ll get to see the Huawei Ascend P6 unboxed as well as a demo of some of the features followed by a benchmark. Our review will follow soon.

By July 8, 2013 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy Mega unboxing video

Samsung Galaxy Mega Samsung have released a boat load of new smartphones lately, from the Galaxy S4, S4 Mini and S4 Active to the Samsung Galaxy Mega that we are looking at here.

Smartphones are undoubtedly getting bigger and they really don’t come much bigger than the Galaxy Mega. With its 6.3″ screen it stands out as being one of the biggest devices on the market and starts to knock on the ‘phablet’ territory. In fact when does a phone become a phablet anyway?

If you are looking for a mobile device that can perform the function of a smartphone and a tablet in one then the Galaxy Mega may well be worth a look. The 720p screen is great for web browsing and video watching and despite being a sizable device manages to remain extremely slim.

Check out the unboxing and demo video below to see the Samsung Galaxy mega in a little more detail. Our thanks to Clove Technology for supply our review unit.

 

By May 31, 2013 Read More →

HTC One just got sexier

htc-one-nexusJust as the Samsung Galaxy S4 has an exciting, new vanilla Android experience, HTC is offering the same experience for the HTC One, a phone widely regarded as the best on the market at the moment.

Removing what might be considered bloat this version of HTC One has had the pretty overlay of HTC Sense removed to make way for a pure Android experience. Recently, the same treatment had been given to the Samsung Galaxy S IV announced by Google at their Google I/O conference earlier this month. The HTC One had been rumoured as another possible experiment and it is only today that it has been confirmed as true, love it ?  check these products to make your testosterone run.

Some will not understand the reasons for getting rid of the pretty interface on top of Android however anyone who has been using a Nexus device over the past few years will understand the benefits of the no-frills approach. Allowing developers more freedom, a fresh canvas for customisation and reported improvements to device stability and speed.

You can find out more over at the HTC Blog and check out Matt’s review the device here. It will be interesting to see if this becomes standard play for devices and how well they sell.

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By May 28, 2013 Read More →

Lumigon T2 in stock and exclusive to eXpansys

Lumigon T2 Lumigon may not be a name that you have heard much yet but the Scandinavian company has recently launched their new T2 smartphone and it’s currently an eXpansys exclusive.

The new smartphone T2 from Lumigon integrates a sleek Scandinavian design, audio by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®, Google Android® platform and several innovative features. It is designed to stand out from the crowd and enable the user to make a stylish statement.

T2 is designed with clear references to Lumigon’s origins in terms of Scandinavian design traditions renowned for simple and solid elegance. This is seen in the chosen materials – stainless steel and glass – as well as the minimalistic composition of the device.

The combination of an infrared remote control integrated in the top of T2 and a built-in learn function turns T2 into a universal remote control.

Furthermore T2 features a 3.8″ ultra-sharp screen with high resolution. It is powered by a 1.4 Ghz QualcommTM SnapdragonTM processor, which offers a fast and seamless browsing experience.

 

Lumigon T2 Tech specs

  • Platform: Android 4.0
  • CPU: 1.4 GHz Qualcomm SnapdragonT S2 processor
  • Memory: Internal phone storage: 8GB / RAM: 1GB / MicroSD, up to 2 TB
  • Display: 3.8-inch screen, 480×800 pixels resolution, Corning® Gorilla® Glass with anti-fingerprint coating
  • Camera: 8 megapixel camera with flash, backside illumination sensor
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® 3.0 / Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n / 3.5 mm stereo audio jack / Micro-USB / NFC / Infrared receiver and transmitter
  • GPS: A-GPS
  • Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz / 3G/UMTS 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz & AWS / Data 3G/HSDPA+ 14.4 Mbit/HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/GPRS/EDGE
  • Sensors: compass, G-sensor, gyroscope, proximity and light sensors
  • MS3 sound chip from Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®
  • Battery: User-replaceable lithium-ion battery
  • Dimensions: 116 x 59 x 9.9 mm
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By May 4, 2013 Read More →

Sony Xperia Z Review

Sony Xperia ZSony have been trying their best over the past months since buying the Ericsson half of the company to release smartphones that are capable of competing with the ‘big boys’ as it were. Their issue with that idea though has been timing, what I mean by this is the fact that last year their flagship device was the Xperia T, which they released a long time after HTC’s One X and even the Samsung Galaxy S3 and we all know how good they both were and still are!

So Sony have some ground to make up you could say, well their latest and greatest device is what I have here, the Xperia Z and it is an absolute beast! Both aesthetically and on the hardware side too so maybe 2013 will be the year that Sony can absolutely compete with their considerable competition?

To find out all of the answers that you seek please do read on, but not before watching the Sony Xperia Z unboxing video from Matt, unless you already have of course!

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By February 21, 2013 Read More →

Google Nexus 4 review

Google Nexus 4 reviewThe Nexus range was one of the first instances where software heavyweights enter the market to produce their own hardware to complement that of the traditional manufacturers which has proven to be a popular move ever since the Nexus One. With the Google Nexus 4, Google have collaborated with LG to bring a successor to last year’s popular Galaxy Nexus from Samsung. While that was certainly a great phone it was not without its flaws, and the fourth iteration of the Nexus phone has received some well deserved hype and praise from the media and passionate users.

In fact the combination of a stock Android device with top-notch specs and a heavily publicised launch meant the number of launch customers was grossly underestimated, as Google only had the (modest) numbers of previous Nexus devices to go on. This lead to a huge supply issue; it was almost four months after the first launch before it readily available from the Play Store. It may not sound like too long, but in a market where new devices supersede older ones each year, that’s a good third of the Nexus 4’s lifespan.

So is the Nexus 4 actually worth the wait? Read on to find out.

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By February 13, 2013 Read More →

Sony Xperia T review

Sony Xperia T review Sony, formerly known as Sony Ericsson, were already the parent company to Ericsson anyway so last year they decided to buy that company out and simply call the company Sony, but with this change also came a shift in the company’s priorities when it came to smartphones.

The company decided to go full on with smartphone development to catch up with its vast competition and to also ensure that its customers who buy their products were more than happy to use them every day.

So with that strategy they built the latest in a line of ‘Bond’ phones named the Sony Xperia T, it made a very brief appearance in the latest Bond film Skyfall but can still be named the bond phone.

So can the New Bond phone live up to the hype and expectation of smartphone fans around the world?

Read on to find out the answer…But first you must watch Matt’s Xperia T unboxing and demo video to know exactly what you will be reading about.

 

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By February 12, 2013 Read More →

HTC One SV review

HTC One SV review HTC are continuing the use of their ‘One’ brand with the HTC One SV, following in the footsteps of the older One X, S, and V.

This latest model brings with it 4G connectivity and NFC but in every other respect seems to be pretty much a middle-of-the-road handset with specs that hardly wow it goes up against cheaper 4G capable rivals from Huawei that are otherwise similar in spec but significantly cheaper in price. Can the One SV compete?

It has been quite a while since I have been in the review seat and HTC have made some changes with HTC Sense 4.1 and several other tweaks to their long standing lineup of bundles apps.

I’ve had the HTC One SV with me for a few weeks now and have been using it as a backup phone. So, read one to find out more about it and what I think of it as a daily phone.

 

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