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Mobile Phones

  • BOSS Phone is 7-inches, 8-cores of Tor-powered privacy

    The issue of internet security isn’t going to go away any time soon, and if anything 2015 will probably be the year it becomes a household talking point. After the U.S. Central Command’s (or CENTCOM) Twitter account was hacked yesterday, its clear that even the most stringent of government agencies are susceptible to naughty people breaking through their cyber security gates. That’s probably why the BOSS Phone was born. For ordinary people who dislike being watched, BOSS Phone uses the Tor anonymity network to randomise traffic to and from the phone. It’s not quite a novel idea — the BlackPhone...

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 sports octa-core Exynos CPU, selfie-grade cameras

    Samsung has announced another shiny new phone, but its definitely not the one we were hoping for. The Galaxy A7 is the latest in Samsung’s Alpha-level line, embracing the company’s new love for unibody construction and a new in-house Exynos eight-core CPU. At 5.5-inches, it’s about the same size as Samsung’s 2014 star — the Galaxy S5 — but its 6.3mm body is more crisp while it weights just a gram less. The screen has also been given the sAMOLED treatment, but we’re not quite sure if Samsung’s eloquent use of “HD” means 720p or the 1080p standard. Digging beneath the...

  • LG G Flex 2 bends competition with curved body, Snapdragon 810 chipset

    Among the spate of announcements coming from LG at the company’s big CES press conference, there was one device in particular that really stood out. Or, turned a corner. The LG G Flex 2 is both the most exciting and innovative phone launch of the year so far, but before the launch I was a bit sceptical. “Do we really need another curved phone LG?”, I questioned. Judging by the company’s argument, I’d now say a resounding “why not?” When LG isn’t making phones, the company’s investing millions in the manufacturing and development of OLED technology, but it seems that bendable...

  • Gearburn’s smartphone awards: the best and worst of 2014

    Silently, we’re all “fanboys”. We all have our personal preference, from screen size to OS, to more pertinently, the manufacturer and model name. Consumers can’t get away from it, and that’s okay. As a result, we get to choose a winner and loser in a cut-throat world that often has us (journalists) tossing and turning at night, or staying up all night to get the latest scoop. Looking back on the year that was, 2014 was probably one of the most competitive years for smartphone manufacturers in a good while. It’s not just Apple products on the radar of the trendy, and that’s...

  • Google’s Project Ara outs new Nvidia Tegra K1, Marvell quad-core modules

    Google’s latest venture into the Mariana Trench of the technology world is its Project Ara, it’s rather ingenious modular smartphone concept. Although it’s no Google Glass (a failure), it certainly needs a bit of a marketing kick to entice the masses to stop and take notice. The latest news outed by the company might just be the kick it needs. The latest modules supported by the smartphone comes courtesy of chip manufacturers Nvidia and Marvell: the Tegra K1 CPU and the 64-bit Marvell quad-core PXA1928 CPU. In other words, loads of horsepower. Outed on a Google+ post over the weekend written by...

  • BlackBerry Classic: a reheated Bold for those stuck in the past

    Did BlackBerry just launch a new phone, or have they found a Bold at the back of a fridge, popped it in the microwave and sprinkled some coriander on top? To me, and probably every other human being, it seems that the Canadian company has just relaunched its past. I’m not exaggerating either. The BlackBerry Classic has a full QWERTY keypad, not the abbreviated version we find on the Passport. It even has a track pad. Yes, the iconic track pad that drove Curve users insane when it used to malfunction. Internally it’s a little fresher but it still features a...

  • Huawei launches twin-camera Honor 6 Plus, does iPhones better than Apple

    Huawei makes some good handsets without copying any of its rivals, so when the company launches a phone that’s pretty much an iPhone 6 Plus imitator — from its name to it’s physical appearance — you’re inclined to scratch your head. At least I am. The Huawei Honor 6 Plus is a gorgeous phone in its own right though (don’t get me wrong) and hilariously, is probably a better bargain than the phone it takes its name from. Unveiled to the world this week in Beijing, the Honor 6 Plus may sound like it’s rival and look like it’s rival, but...

  • Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri is the $6000 iPhone 6-killer from Italy

    We’ve seen some stupidly beautiful smartphones this year from the likes of British luxury brand Vertu and BlackBerry‘s Porsche partnership but another marque has joined the fray — Tonino Lamborghini. Although it might seem like car manufacturers are now getting in on the mobile devices game, Tonino Lamborghini has been around for quite a while. The great Ferruccio Lamborghini — the founder of the bull-inspired car marque — can thank his son for the luxury accessories brand. Although the company’s latest phone, dubbed the 88 Tauri — won’t cost the same as a Lamborghini with four wheels, it’s sure goes like...

  • Puzzlephone’s the sexier, simpler version of Google’s Project Ara

    Even though Nokia is nearly a thing of the past (well, at least its devices and services division) there’s no sign of the Finnish hardware and devices industry is slowing down. If anything, we’ve seen more innovation coming from the land of ice this year than ever before. The latest example is simply called the “Puzzlephone”, conceived by Circular Devices, but its name doesn’t quite do it justice. Streamlining the concept of the modular smartphone, the Puzzlephone will feature three swappable slabs unlike it’s potential rival — Google’s Project Ara — which is essentially all swappable parts. The only issue...

  • MTN Steppa 2 review: many steps behind

    2014 was the year of the budget Android phone, right? It sure seems like it. Whether that’s thanks to OS’s popularity, or the dropping prices of budget hardware we’re not quite sure, but adoption rates of smartphones in general are firmly on the up. With Africa a main target for manufacturers’ budget devices, the likes of telecommunications companies are also getting in on the act, releasing their own branded phones to markets across the world. Here in South Africa, we’ve already seen Vodacom’s Smart Kicka trying to fill a gap in the market. I’ve tested the little phone and found it...

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