By July 19, 2023 Read More →

OPPO Introduces the Reno10 Series

OPPO Reno10

Reno 10 Series

OPPO has recently unveiled its latest line of smartphones, the Reno10 series, which includes the Reno10 Pro+ 5G, Reno10 Pro 5G, and Reno10 5G. Alongside these smartphones, OPPO has also introduced two new IoT products, the OPPO Pad 2 and the OPPO Enco Air3 Pro.

The Reno10 series offers an exceptional portrait imaging experience with its Ultra-Clear Portrait Camera System, all packaged in the sleek and lightweight design that the

Reno series is known for. These smartphones also come equipped with impressive features such as up to 100W SUPERVOOC™ flash charging, a powerful SoC, the Dynamic Computing Engine, ColorOS 13, and a long-lasting battery supported by OPPO’s Battery Health Engine and SUPERVOOC S power management chip.

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By July 12, 2023 Read More →

Nothing Introduces Phone (2)

Nothing Phone(2)Today, Nothing unveiled its highly anticipated second-generation flagship smartphone, Phone (2). Engineered with the goal of promoting mindful smartphone usage, Phone (2) introduces the innovative Glyph Interface at the back, allowing users to access key information at a glance and reduce the need for constant screen interactions. Additionally, it features the revamped Nothing OS 2. , designed to minimize distractions and provide a fast and seamless experience that embodies Nothing’s unique esthetics. Powered by the top-of-the-line Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform, Phone (2) offers Nothing’s most premium smartphone experience to date, boasting a powerful 50MP dual rear camera with advanced algorithms for true-to-life photography, and a stunning 6. -inch OLED display with LTPO technology.
Phone (2) takes the smartphone experience to a new level by prioritizing mindfulness and intentionality, while delivering best-in-class features.

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By July 6, 2023 Read More →

HONOR 90: A Powerful and Versatile Mid-Range Smartphone

honor 90HONOR, a leading global technology brand, has announced the global and UK launch of the HONOR 90. The HONOR 90 is a premium mid-range smartphone that features a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor, a 120Hz AMOLED display, and a triple-lens rear camera system.

The HONOR 90 is available in two variants: 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage. It is priced at £499 and £549, respectively. The HONOR 90 is available to pre-order now from HONOR’s online store and select retailers.

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By June 22, 2023 Read More →

8849 Tank 2: The Rugged Smartphone That Does It All

8849 Tank 2The 8849 Tank 2 is a rugged smartphone that is built to withstand extreme conditions. It has a MIL-STD-810H rating, which means it can survive drops, dust, water, and extreme temperatures. The phone is also water resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

In addition to its ruggedness, the Tank 2 also has a number of other features that make it a great choice for those who need a durable smartphone. It has a large 6.81-inch display, a powerful Helio G99 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The phone also has a built-in projector, which is a unique and useful feature.

The Tank 2 is not without its flaws. The battery life is not as good as some other rugged smartphones, and the camera performance is not the best. However, overall, the Tank 2 is a great choice for those who need a durable and feature-rich smartphone.

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By June 10, 2023 Read More →

OPPO Find N2 Flip

OPPO Find N2 FlipThe OPPO Find N2 Flip is a foldable smartphone that was released in December 2022. It has a 7.1-inch internal display and a 5.4-inch external display. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The camera system consists of a 50MP main sensor, a 13MP ultrawide sensor, and a 12MP telephoto sensor. The phone also has a 32MP front-facing camera. The OPPO Find N2 Flip runs ColorOS 13 based on Android 12.

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By June 9, 2023 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Review

samsung s23 ultraSamsung recently announced its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S23 Ultra. The phone is packed with impressive features, including a large and high-resolution display, a powerful processor, and a versatile camera system.

Design and Display

The Galaxy S23 Ultra has a sleek and stylish design. The phone is made of metal and glass, and it has a curved display that flows seamlessly into the sides of the phone. The phone is available in three colors: black, white, and green.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra has a large 6.8-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display is sharp and vibrant, and it makes for a great viewing experience. The display is also very responsive, and it makes for a smooth and fluid user experience.

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By May 19, 2023 Read More →

Smartphones with Folding Displays

Smartphones with Folding DisplaysFolding smartphones are a new type of smartphone that has a display that can be folded in half. This allows the phone to be more compact and portable when folded, while still providing a large display when unfolded.

The first folding smartphone was the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which was released in 2019. The Galaxy Fold has a 7.3-inch AMOLED display that can be folded in half to create a device that is about the size of a small tablet.

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By May 11, 2023 Read More →

What are HTC doing now?

What are HTC doing now?HTC is currently working on a new smartphone, as they’ve confirmed their intent to launch a new phone in 2023 [1]. Recent information from a Geekbench listing suggests that this could be a new flagship device [2]. There’s also a video on YouTube discussing the upcoming HTC U23 Pro 5G 2023, which showcases its new design and features [3]. So, HTC is actively developing and preparing to launch new devices in the smartphone market.

The YouTube video also mentions that the new flagship device is expected to come with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, up to 12GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage. Additionally, the device is expected to have a 6.67-inch OLED display, a quad rear camera setup, and a 5,000mAh battery. It’s also expected to have a side-mounted fingerprint reader and a USB Type-C port. It could also feature a new liquid lens technology as part of its camera setup.

The upcoming HTC U23 Pro 5G 2023 could be a game-changer for HTC, as it could be the device to finally propel them back into the top tier of smartphone manufacturers. It’s clear that the device is packing a lot of power and features, and it could potentially offer an experience that’s comparable to that of other flagship devices. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of performance the device will offer and how it’ll stack up against the competition.

It could also be the device that boosts the company’s market share, as they’ll be able to offer a high-quality device at a competitive price. That could be a significant turning point for their fortunes in the smartphone market. Of course, only time will tell how successful this device will be, so for now, it’s a waiting game.

Overall, it looks like HTC is preparing to deliver a powerful flagship device with cutting-edge technology that could make it a contender in the smartphone market. It’ll be interesting to see what features the device will include and how it’ll fare in the competitive landscape.


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By July 11, 2017 Read More →

Vodafone Smart V8 Review

P1030864Picking up great value for money seems to be getting more and more common these days. Vodafone has really put together a very nice combination of high-end features combined with quality materials and a cheap price tag. The Vodafone Smart V8 is pretty amazing value for money and worth checking out.

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Looking around the device on the top we have a small microphone hole plus a 3.5 mm headphone jack. There are also two incisions for the antenna array.

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To the right of the screen is the simple volume rocker, changed from the previous Smart Platinum and Smart Ultra design, this is now has a beautifully milled bevelled edge to the rocker as opposed to the textured approach last year.

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At the bottom are two grills for the mono speaker, the one to the right has a speaker behind it. Plus a microUSB connection, again there are two incisions for the antenna array.

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To the left of the screen is the SIM card tray which also doubles as a microSD card reader. Below this is the power button with similarly bevelled edges. It’s worth noting from last year to this year they have relocated the power button to the left-hand side of the device which may take some getting used to, however, it’s hardly a cause for concern.

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To the rear is a slightly pronounced 16-megapixel autofocus camera with a LED flash to it right. The camera is capable of capturing video at 1080p, 30 frames per second and we’ll get the results later on. Below this is a fingerprint reader. Further on down the shiny brushed Steel rear is the Vodafone emblem. To the top and the bottom are pieces of textured plastic again to help with the antenna array.

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The front of the device has a 5.5 inch LTPS IPS LED LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 by 1920 working out at a PPI of 401. Whilst there is no Gorilla Glass on here Asahi Dragontrail has been employed instead.

Inside the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 backed by 3gb of RAM and an Adreno 505 GPU. This octa-core 1.4 gigahertz processor is hardly the speediest on the block however it certainly does manage to make easy work of most day-to-day tasks. Flipping through various social media applications I never noticed any slow down and gaming proved to be quite successful especially with some high end games like Grand Theft Auto.

A 3000mAh battery sits inside, and coupled with the low powered Snapdragon 435 processor is more battery than you would need for a full day of heavy use. Whilst the smart V8 does not manage two full days on one charge it gets very close.

Vodafone have kept the device almost stock save for a few Vodafone-branded applications to assist with calling, messaging or just general assistance on the go there are a few extra applications that have been thrown in that may assist in day-to-day business, for example the private space application that allows you to lock down various portions of the phone or applications to avoid information being compromised if the phone is lost. Interestingly enough, Google cardboard applications are installed as default which we tend not to see terribly often.  

One thing that really surprised me for £150 is the camera. It really is very good, examining some of the photographs taken in broad daylight shows little degrade or pixelation and the colour representation is quite faithful. Even in low-level light the camera and LED flash function very well and proved to be fast and responsive.

The digital zoom works quite well, there isn’t a huge amount of loss in the image once zoomed in.

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There isn’t a tremendous amount of toys built into the camera save for some filters, a Panoramic function and some HDR settings anti-shake have been included, you can adjust the function of the volume keys during picture taking, set up camera quick launch using the volume keys and adding watermarks.

Video footage is passable, not the hottest quality in town, but far from horrible. The footage is uploaded directly to Youtube from the phone and the only compression to the video is that which Youtube applies. The microphone is incredibly sensitive, picking up some heavy breathing from me, distant grumbles from the dogs and managing to filter out a some of the wind noise.

Here is a selection of images from the camera. Colours are well represented and manage a depth we would expect from a higher end phone.

To the front of the device is an 8 megapixel camera that is perfect for selfies and works rather well in low-level light without the assistance of a flash. I expected this to be fairly rubbish however it works out very well and Vodafone has even taken the time to add a few extra features, for example, being able to add smoothing to the skin in the beauty function.

If there was a missed opportunity I was to complain about it would be the fingerprint sensor as, of this time of the review, I was unable to find any way of adding any extra features to the fingerprint sensor other than unlocking the phone as with other phones on the market we have seen some clever additions added to the fingerprint sensor.

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The phone is originally built by ZTE, who have really upped their game in the last five years to become one of the major competitors on the market. Interweaving this with Vodafone’s business minded network put together a pretty lethal combination in a very competitive world and bringing an excellent option for business users everywhere with an exceptionally competitive price. Coupled with Vodafone’s recently upgraded 4G network this will provide terrific communications for a small and growing business.

With the Vodafone Smart V8, it’s hard to believe their flagship is a budget phone. However, it really shows how budget phones are closing the gap and catching up on the overpriced flagships being produced by companies for four or five times the price. Right now I would consider using the smart V8 as my main driver if I was on the Vodafone network as this phone easily handled everything I have thrown at it, and getting me through the day with plenty of juice to spare.

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By June 29, 2017 Read More →

InkCase i7 Plus E ink display case for iPhone 7 Plus

cover2Oaxis, a leading consumer technology company, today announces the latest in its family of E-Ink cases, the InkCase i7 Plus for iPhone 7 Plus is now live on crowd funding platform Kickstarter. The multifaceted, scratch-resistant and now waterproof smart case merges the functionality of an e-reader with the convenience of a smartphone to bring users the world’s most advanced E Ink display for the iPhone 7 Plus.

Following on from the massive success of the InkCase i7, the i7 Plus now has the latest Carta 1.2 E Ink panel; the most advanced E Ink screen available in the industry. The contrast is vastly improved where white is brighter and black is darker, a huge improvement when compared to the E Ink Pearl used in most e-reader devices, including the Amazon Kindle. This super thin case adds only 4mm of thickness to the iPhone 7 Plus and is surprisingly light despite its smart capabilities.

The anti-glare screen absorbs the sun rays and reduces reflexion so you can now read a book on the beach! The screen area, now 5.2”, has also been increased by 40% from the original iPhone 7 and unlike other e-readers, has the added benefit of removing all distractions, including advertisements. Plus, with its “Read It Now” function, users can archive downloaded articles from mobile browsers and apps as well as multiple eBooks for the ultimate offline reading experience, without draining their iPhone’s battery.

Oaxis has listened and acted upon customer feedback on its previous models and now the InkCase i7 Plus has the ability to offer push news functions; a self-learning algorithm to display news for individual users based on their preferred genre. This news function is also automatically transferred to the InkCase so you no longer have to manually sync them. To the relief of all, the new case has the added benefit of eliminating distractions by automatically removing all ads and annoying links, images and texts.  To add a personal touch, users can further personalise their display wallpaper with a customisable template for live information centre widgets such as reminders, calendar, time or steps that day.

The InkCase i7 Plus allows users to edit photos via the InkCase iOS application and Bluetooth technology and now features a selfie assistance feature. This is a real-time reflection of the rear camera view, so users can ensure they are in the frame to capture better quality selfies than they would if using the less impressive front facing camera.

The InkCase i7 Plus also features functionalities including receiving push notifications, creating task lists, and tracking physical activities with the Health App integration.

To ensure a great performance, the InkCase i7 Plus’s memory is equipped with 128MB RAM and 256MB internal storage. With an IP67 rating, the case is also now waterproof, dust proof and sand proof and with the shockproof case now utilising BubblePro Technology, you can be sure your device will be fully protected.

Don’t own an iPhone 7 Plus yet or planning to upgrade? No problem!

For those considering purchasing the iPhone 8 in September, Oaxis will offer backers the unique opportunity to return their InkCase i7 Plus and upgrade to the next InkCase for iPhone 8 with a generous discount of 50%.

Oaxis are also offering regular iPhone owners the opportunity to get involved and support the campaign. For just US$50 (£39.23), Oaxis will give backers an InkCase IVY (smart case with E-Ink screen designed to conserve phone battery and serve users daily reminders, tasks, and notifications) worth US$69 (£54.14) and US$75 (£58.85) depending on design AND a US$50 (£39.23) cash voucher that can be used on to purchase the InkCase i7. No one needs to miss out on this great campaign!

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