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Mobile Phones

  • HTC One M9: is it hot or not?

    Back when the Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour mill was in full churn, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 — the company’s flagship chip for the first half of this year — was said to be extremely powerful but rather heat happy as a result. The chip is used in the HTC One M9, and according to new benchmarks radiating from the Dutch site Tweakers, its doing rather well in that phone. How well? Well done. About 15-20 degrees Celsius hotter than its rivals, including the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, the LG G3 and its own older brother, the HTC...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge now available to pre-order in South Africa

    Samsung‘s starlit duo, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, are now both available to pre-order in South Africa. Both phones will also launch in South Africa on 10 April, through MTN and Vodacom. “For a limited time only,” the company notes, “Samsung is offering those who pre-order the Galaxy S6 or S6 edge, a free wireless charging pad – the ultimate accessory for the handset,” to ultimately boast one of its most promising features. The phones are compatible with two of the most frequently used wireless charging technologies, but wireless charging as a whole, is still in...

  • Verssed W1 review-in-brief: finally, something different

    We’ve been bombarded by a barrage of low-cost smartphones recently and we’re pretty damn bored of them all. As a consumer, it’s a puzzling time to be rummaging through the smartphone marketplace, and as a first-adopter looking for that first handset, it’s even worse. Although Android phones below the R1000 threshold are all unamusing and largely uninspiring, there are a few other devices out there that force us to sit up and take note. On paper, the Edcon exclusive Verssed W1 seems like a predictable cookie-cuter budget device. There’s that familiar 4.0-inch screen with an even more tell-tale 800×480 resolution, a...

  • Microsoft Lumia 435 available in South Africa [update]

    Update: Microsoft has just clarified that the device shipping to South Africa will be the single SIM Lumia 435 only, which is a tad disappointing. Microsoft has announced that its first 400 Series Lumia, the Lumia 435, is now available in South Africa at a retail price of R1149. Staying true to the Lumia formula in general, the 435 features the bright pastel colours we have come to know from the 535, Windows Phone OS and an emphasis on imaging. The Microsoft Lumia 435 boasts Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update, a 4-inch 800×480 screen, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200...

  • Nokia Lumia 930 review-in-brief: Nokia’s last stand

    From the 3310 to the 930, here’s a toast to Nokia. The Nokia Lumia 930 is the last Lumia that will carry the Nokia name. Just before Microsoft snatched up the Finnish brand’s mobile and services division, the once-mobile phone leader managed to squeeze one last Lumia into the hands of Windows Phone die-hards around the globe. Its 5-inch sculpted Gorilla Glass face is held together by a non-removable shell: metal on the sides and a bright Lumia-esque colour on the back, which comes in your choice of shocking green or orange, or just plain black or white. The colour palette...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup: it’s here [final update]

    Update: To read the full story regarding Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge launch on 1 March, visit our full event round up below. Read more: 10 things you should know about the Samsung Galaxy S6 launch Usually around mid-September, the world gears up for Apple’s annual iDevice announcement. We personally love this time of year as rumour upon rumour surfaces of what is purported to be Cupertino’s latest device. Although it makes us spectacularly giddy, this year’s batch of rumours spoiled the launch for us. Thanks to the hordes of leakers, we knew exactly what to expect, and they weren’t too...

  • MWC 2015 preview: curves, edges and emerging OSes

    It’s Mobile World Congress time again in the sunny but chilly Spanish city of Barcelona. But stop right now if you think football will be the topic on everyone’s lips. Mobile phones, tablets and wearables will be the stars of a conference that usually sees some enormous launches from the likes of LG, Samsung and Huawei. But what are we in for this year? If you’ve been following our Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup as religiously as you should’ve, you would know that the Korean company is due to launch its flagship to the world on 1 March. Preceding it by a...

  • LG G Flex 2 coming to South Africa April 2015, exclusive to Vodacom

    LG South Africa has announced that its first-quarter flagship, the LG G Flex 2, will be available to the South African market from April 2015, which is a long time to wait in all honesty. The phone is definitely one of the more daring additions to the local market though, with its curved body, curved screen and self-healing rear panel. It’s also one of the most powerful phones in the world at the moment, sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 430 GPU. But perhaps above and beyond the internals, it’s the bowed, banana-inspired exterior that really...

  • Micromax Yu Yureka review: Cyanogen OS mid-ranger with terrific value

    The Yu Yureka, the first smartphone offering from Micromax’s new online-only brand attempts to take down the likes of Xiaomi, OnePlus, Lenovo, and Huawei. Yu’s focus is to provide maximum value to the buyers by offering great hardware at dirt-cheap price, fast software, and software support for longer than usual times. It offers the best hardware at its price, even beating Xiaomi, and that’s a great achievement considering the latter is one of the fastest growing brands on the planet. However, we’ve also come to know that there are a lot of things apart from the hardware specifications which can make or...

  • LG to unveil four new Android smartphones at MWC 2015

    LG and Android Lollipop has a cute little relationship, with the company’s G3 smartphone being the first to don Google’s new coat of paint, but the company has now announced it plans to launch four new mid-range smartphones that will run Lollipop at next week’s MWC 2015 in Barcelona. The LG Magna, LG Spirit, LG Leon and LG Joy will be the company’s latest mid-range onslaught in a rather difficult to decipher mid-tier market. The phones don’t exactly look mid-range either, with glam akin to the range-topping LG G3. It’s quite easy to like the phone’s exterior aesthetics, and in...

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