Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants, Reviews

Edgeless smartphones 2016

26/10/2016. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

You’ve crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s on your latest long-term mobile phone contract. You carefully unbox your latest acquisition and admire its beautiful lines. Then you set it up to your liking and log on to the internet… only to discover a newer, smarter, even more attractive smartphone. Darn!

Chances are that one of those newer model that caught your eye is an edgeless smartphone. They simply look awesome, don’t they? Read more…

Lots of nice new phones at Mobile World Congress 2016

23/02/2016. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

More than 90,000 lucky people attended the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain and reading the reviews, they mostly got what they expected.

The new phones look stunning, telling from the pics and videos, with the LG G5 leading the rave score. It runs on Android Marshmallow and features a 5.3-inch 2560 x 1440 IPS LCD screen, 16MP camera, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage and microSD slot that can handle a whopping 2 terabyte card. Read more…

HTC One M8 – Selfie gorgeousness

26/03/2014. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

It’s beautiful and stunning and smart and unlike anything else in the world. And that’s just the selfie you took. Now you can even improve on it – with the new HTC One M8. It has two image processing chips that will make your selfie more clear and crisp than any selfie you’ve ever taken.

HTC calls it a “Duo Camera” system. The rear UltraPixel 4MP camera is accompanied by a second, 2MP camera just above it for extra depth of field. More light per pixel means more brightness and more colour capturing. You’ll look gorgeous!  Read more…

Oppo N1 – a smartphone with tricks

05/03/2014. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

The camera on the Oppo N1 smartphone boots up in 0.6 seconds. That’s no typo. OPPO claims it is “easily the fastest starting camera on the market.” That’s cool, because some phone cameras are so slow that by the time you have the camera ready the important moment has gone, either lost forever or captured by your competitor’s faster phone.

That’s not the only impressive feature of the Oppo 1. It has a touch pad on the rear of the camera – called an “O-Touch” – on which you can scroll your screen, has an O-Click remote control device, and is the world’s first smartphone with a rotating camera.  Read more…

BBM app cracks into Android and iPhone

24/10/2013. Category: Gadgets. Topic: , .

60 million people use the Blackberry Messenger (BBM) service. BBM handles 10 billion messages per day. Even compared to WhatsApp’s 27 billion messages by 250 million users, the BBM numbers are significant. From these numbers you’ll notice that BBM users are far more active. No wonder, then, that BlackBerry is referred to as “CrackBerry,” alluding to the addictive (free) texting by its users.

Launching the BBM app to the huge Android and iPhone market should boost BBM numbers significantly and probably is making Fairfax Financial, the prospective new owner of BlackBerry, smile even more. The new app was downloaded more than 10 million times in the first 24 hours, achieving the number one app status in the US, UK, Canada and many other countries.  Read more…

Samsung Galaxy S4 specs and reviews

26/04/2013. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

30% larger and 17% heavier than the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the heavyweight in the smartphone market. It’s 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen, fast quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB RAM, LTE, NFC and 13MP camera puts it in superphone category.

The features are impressive. “Smart Screen” pauses a video if you look away. “Air Gesture” allows you to answer a phone call, change songs in playlist, swap browser tabs or activate other functions just by waving your hand over the screen. “Air View” lets you hover over an item (social, email, calendar, etc.) to display a preview of what is inside.  Read more…

HTC One vs the rest

22/02/2013. Category: Gadgets. Topic: , .

Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, Nokia, Motorola, Sony, Ericsson, LG, Asus, Google Nexus, Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo, Yulong Coolpad, Pantech, BLU, Spice, Yezz, Verykool, Gigabyte, Karbonn, Vertu, Plum… and there are many more cellphone brands that the HTC One has to compete with.

There is room for all in this big market: worldwide almost 4 billions people use more than 6 billion mobile connections (average 1.83 cellphones per user).  But it is a brand’s share of the pie that is at stake.  Read more…

The BlackBerry next door

12/07/2012. Category: Gadgets. Topic: , .

Blackberry 10 Alpha Dev

BlackBerry is like the girl next door. You never really notice her until you get to know her. And when you do, you realize how nice she is. And you’ll also realize that a lot of other people also think that she is nice. Not only nice looking but a nice personality too.

The problem, however, is her dad. A bit temperamental, you see. A spendthrift. Loose ends, you might say. Squandered the family riches.  Read more…

Samsung Galaxy SIII reviews

12/06/2012. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

More than 10 million Samsung Galaxy SIII smartphones were sold on pre-order before the launch dates of end-May in Europe and mid-July 2012 in the United States. The popularity of the Galaxy confirms the health of the international smartphone market, growing at more than 40% annually and predicted to reach 1 billion units sold annually by 2014.

Just catching a glimpse of the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphone, the SIII, makes the growth explosion obvious. It is a very attractive phone in its choice of pebble blue or marble white outfits.  Read more…

Asus PadFone Tablet

01/06/2012. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

Asus PadFone

A cell phone and tablet combination that integrates seamlessly. The Asus PadFone is one really cool gadget. Or more correctly, two real cool gadgets in one clever setup.

The Asus PadFone smartphone looks good, featuring a 4.3″ multi-touch screen. The lightweight (25 ounces/724 gram) PadFone tablet – or PadFone Station, as Asus calls it – has a 10.1″ TFT capacitive multi-touch screen.

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