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Hands On With The Samsung Gear S2 And Gear S2 Classic Smartwatches
     Mon, Sep 21 2015 | 12:00P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung announced their latest smartwatches a couple of days ago, the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic. We’ve got all of the initial details and imagery from Samsung’s release posted here if you’d like to check them out. To quickly reiterate some particulars, both of these smartwatches feature 11.4mm thin casings and a 1.2-inch, 360x360 displays that are complete circles, unlike the “flat tire” displays used on the Moto360. At the heart of the Gear S2 is an undisclosed Samsung-sourced 1GHz dual-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM. NFC technology is incorporated into the watches as well, which will support Samsung Pay in the near future. The Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classis are IP68 certified for dust and water resistance as well. And there will be versions with and without integrated 3G connectivity.

When it comes to flash storage, it seems as though each day we see a significant
     Sat, Sep 19 2015 | 4:01P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"So, Apple has its fanboys in a dizzy with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Samsung fans might like the originality of the Galaxy Note Edge. But what about ZTE? The Chinese company isn’t particularly well known in our neck of woods, but they’re ready to get knee-deep in maple syrup and poutine with the launch of the ZTE Grand X. While they have released a few other products here, the Grand X is their first smartphone to be sold through a major carrier in Canada."

Samsung Malaysia
     Fri, Sep 18 2015 | 12:02P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Like all previous Samsung launch events, this was a spectacular affair with models and celebrities aplenty! No wonder there was such a massive crowd when we arrived... Samsung Malaysia invited Puan SriTiara Jacquelina, Aaron Aziz, Yuna, Lynn Lim, Jinny Boy and Reuben Kang to share their experience with their advanced units of the new phablets. If that's not enough, Samsung Brand Ambassador and Malaysian badminton superstar, Dato' Lee Chong Wei also came to grace the launch event!

OnePlus 2 Review
     Thu, Sep 17 2015 | 3:33P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The OnePlus 2 is slightly more expensive than its predecessor, starting at $329 for the 16 GB model, but once again it features top-of-the-line hardware. OnePlus has opted for a Snapdragon 810 SoC with 3 or 4 GB of RAM and a 3,300 mAh battery, on the front is a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and on the rear a 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 lens, OIS and laser autofocus.

Samsung Galaxy Note5
     Thu, Sep 17 2015 | 3:28P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the 3rd of September 2015, Samsung Malaysia officially launched the Samsung Galaxy Note5. Like all previous Samsung launch events, this was a spectacular affair with models and celebrities aplenty!

Motorola Moto G (2015) Review
     Thu, Sep 17 2015 | 12:01P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After delivering the best budget smartphone in 2013 and 2014, Motorola is going for the hat trick with this year's Moto G. It still costs $180 and it still features great hardware for the price. One of the biggest updates to the 2015 Moto G is that it finally comes with 4G LTE connectivity as standard, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410’s integrated LTE modem. We’re also seeing decent upgrades to the front and rear cameras, MotoMaker support, plus a water resistant design.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review
     Wed, Sep 16 2015 | 4:03P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung was on to something when they launched the original Galaxy Note back in 2011. The large-screened smartphone seemed awkward at the time, but quickly became Samsung’s second most popular line. The fourth-generation Galaxy Note is the same 5.7" size as its predecessor but packs a Quad HD display, a more premium and much requested part-metal construction, and an improved 16MP camera with optical image stabilization.

Android On Intel x86 Tablet Performance Explored
     Wed, Sep 16 2015 | 4:00P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For the past few years, Intel has promised that its various low-power Atom-based processors would usher in a wave of low-cost Android and Windows mobile products that could compete with ARM-based solutions from its major competitors. And for years, we've seen no more than a trickle of hardware, often with limited availability and/or questionable pricing. Now, that's finally beginning to change. Intel's Bay Trail and Merrifield SoCs are starting to show up in attractive, full-featured, sub-$200 devices, and we've got one of them on the test bench today, the Acer Iconia Tab 8, along with a competing tablet from Dell, that we've shown you previously, the new for 2014 Dell Venue 8...

Acer Aspire Switch 10 Hybrid Review
     Sat, Sep 12 2015 | 4:01P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Microsoft first released Windows 8, the company hoped that hardware manufacturers would get creative with form factors and customers would be enticed by the intriguing new PC designs. One of the clear leaders to emerge since Windows 8's launch is the Lenovo Yoga series of laptops, which fold in half to mimic tablets or can be used in tent and stand modes. A similar approach that has also seen some success are 2-in-1s that essentially split in half, so you can use the display as a tablet without dragging around the weight of the keyboard. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is one of these 2-in-1 detachable systems...

Amazon Fire HD 7 Tablet (2014) Review
     Sat, Sep 12 2015 | 4:00P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As it does every so often, Amazon recently updated and revamped its line of Fire tablets to include upgraded models and a somewhat simplified naming scheme. The new models abandon the "Kindle" branding and are now simply known as Fire HDX 8.9, Fire HD 7, and Fire HD 6. To flesh out the lineup, Amazon still sells a Fire HDX and a Fire HD Kids Edition, which is really a Fire HD 7 or 6 with a protective case, accidental damage protection, and a collection of pre-loaded apps targeted at a younger audience. The model we're looking at here is the Fire HD 7 starting at $139. Technically it's a new addition to Amazon's tablet family, though that's by name only -- it replaces the 2013 Kindle Fire HD and is a fourth generation product...

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review
     Wed, Sep 09 2015 | 9:02A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For the most part, the S6 Active is a clone of the standard S6, as it features the same 5.1 1440p display, the same Samsung Exynos 7420 SoC inside, and the same 16-megapixel optically stabilized camera. But where the Galaxy S6 Active does differ from the S6 is in its design, which is much better suited to surviving drops, harsh conditions, and liquids. The Active also features a considerably larger battery, which promises to deliver far better battery life than the standard S6.

SISWOO C55 Longbow Smartphone Review
     Tue, Sep 08 2015 | 12:00P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the SISWOO C55, the manufacturer has created a device for users which are in need of larger screen sizes than the previous C50 while the performance has been also upgraded with a better SoC, now housing eight cores at 1.3GHz each. The camera quality does not disappoint and reaches the impressive levels of color detail which we have also seen with the C50, only that the focus may not be spot on sometimes. The battery has also suffered a small upgrade, but since we are now dealing with a more powerful SoC and a bigger screen size which both consume quite a bit of battery resources, the tests reveal a lower usage time versus the C50.

Silverstone SST-PB03 AA Emergency Battery Pack Review
     Mon, Sep 07 2015 | 4:01P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our highly connected digital worlds, keeping on touch with everyone around us is virtually mandatory and as a result we find ourselves demanding more and more battery life from our mobile devices and smart phones. Naturally there is only so much power that can be crammed in to the shell of a smart phone and short of having a very bulky handset, the only real option for many of us is to stick near to a power source where we can give our phones a quick boost of power, although this is both inconvenient and unpractical. To keep us going, portable battery packs that allow us to charge our phones on the go have started cropping up through multiple vendors, making them a commodity for those of us that use our phones a lot whilst out on the go – myself being a prime example. When it comes to selecting the right battery pack for your budget or needs, the number of options to choose from is huge and the vendors themselves know this. With the demand so high and the number of competing items growing at a rapid rate, every manufacturer is doing the best they can to set their products apart from the rest of the crowd, whether it be through design to suit a particular set of users, or through features and functionality by adding in additional features and accessories such as carry bags, torches, larger capacities and wireless charging capabilities. Whilst all off these products have a variety of designs and capacities, they all have internal batteries and when these come to the end of their working life, there is no option but to buy a new pack. Silverstone however believe they have to the solution to the problem of battery life, simply by removing the battery out of the equation, leaving the user the freedom to select their own batteries and thus the freedom to get a larger capacity of battery for a longer charge time, Built into a metal casing with a plastic inside, Silverstone’s PB03 barging pack features a small LED light and also doubles up as an AA battery charger. With the cost of portable battery packs spread out across a fairly wide range of budgets, the real question to ask is whether you are better off in getting the PB03 and your own set of batteries, or should we stick to the plug and play units that require no user interaction apart from charging?

Thermaltake Luxa2 S100 & R200 Review
     Fri, Sep 04 2015 | 4:00P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we get another innovative product from Thermaltake's mobile division - Luxa2 - the S100 Wireless Charging Pad and Receiver Kit as well as the R200 Dual Receiver. The S100 is an interesting product and from what we can see is a stepping stone to further wireless charging capabilities.

OUKITEL U10 Smartphone Review
     Thu, Sep 03 2015 | 12:02P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OUKITEL has impressed us with the release of the new U10 model, with features a 5.5’’ Full-HD JDI screen, one of the latest MTK 64-bit SoCs, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, dual-SIM capabilities but also a good Samsung 3M2 13MP CMOS sensor, which is able to produce good quality photos. The manufacturer has adopted a modern design with 2.5D curved glass while on the back we will find a super-thin metal alloy chassis so the phone does have a thickness of only 7.9mm, with the expense of a non-removable battery. The SIM tray can be ejected thanks to the included pin and supports multiple configurations: SIM+SIM or SIM+TF card for storage expansion.

OnePlus 10000mAh Mobile USB Power Bank Review
     Thu, Sep 03 2015 | 12:01P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Mobile power is something that’s on most of our minds, no doubt several times a day. Watching your battery life drain towards the end of the day can be a painful process, especially if you know you’re a few hours away from being able to charge your device and you’ve already got that “less than 10%” warning message on your device. When you need to watch that YouTube video, check those important emails, or simply browse Facebook to stop you from becoming bored to death on the Train, you’ll want to know you’ve got the power available to get it done.

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