Mobile Phones, Samsung

4 of the best budget smartphones from Samsung

galaxy-xcover-2 A few days before Samsung’s highly anticipated New York event where it announced the Galaxy S4, it held the Africa Forum in Cape Town and announced a range of new products. Samsung also announced four phones targeted at emerging markets. The lineup consisted of two budget-friendly phones, a higher-specced dual-SIM and a water-resistant phone with underwater photo capability. Savvy South African consumers would be happy to see that they have added two dual-sim phones to the line up, both of which ...

Cameras, Reviews

Fuji X100S review: a top-end compact

Fuji X100s Fuji's X100 proved very popular with enthusiast photographers looking for a high-end compact camera that produces images on a par with a DSLR. For many, its retro styling and control combined with modern technology made it a real winner, and a natural choice for documentary and street photography. It was to these passionate users that Fujifilm turned when designing its replacement, the Fuji X100S, and the new camera makes 70 improvements on the original Fuji X100. The most noticeable of these is the ...

Android, Applications, Reviews

Action Launcher review: a better Android interface

image of action launcher Over the past few months, my interest in Android has started waning a little if I am honest, but let me explain why. It’s mostly because my Galaxy Nexus is starting to act its age: it stutters, reboots, has a terrible battery life and has annoying bugs, but considering my Nexus 4 is on the way, it’ll be rectified soon. Until then, I’m excited to report that I’ve found another app that completely transformed the way I use my phone. Action ...

Android, hands on, Reviews, Sony

Sony Xperia SP hands on review: massively impressive

XperiaSP-HandsOn-09-900-75 Sony has been hard at work pushing its high-endXperia Z, but that's not stopped it quietly crafting a superb-looking and hard-working handset. The Xperia SP might lack some of the specs of its larger brother, but there's no doubt that its got enough going for it to make it a real consideration for the smartphone buyer that's not going to shell out a fortune each month. There's no prizes for guessing where the SP's heritage lies, with the handset apparently taking the ...

Android, Applications, Geeky Gizmos

Jawbone UP now tracking our lazy asses on Android

UP screen Jawbone's UP, a Fuelband-style device that tracks physical activities, is now available for Android. UP spent a fair amount of time on iTunes before making its way to the Play Store, where it’ll now work on premier devices such as the Galaxy S III, Nexus 4, Note II and others (hopefully this includes the S IV, which has its own fitness band and accessories).  UP costs US$129 and can be ordered here. For the uninitiated, UP is a wearable fitness watch ...

Consoles

Xbox 720 document reveals Blu-ray drive, new Kinect, always-on internet

only known image Update: Edge.com confirms via its sources that the leaked documents were real. Their source reveals that the documents are entirely legitimate. We just felt it in our hearts. VGleaks reports that it found hidden information inside the Durango (codename for the next Xbox) software development kit (SDK). After installing the necessary files, the Durango XDK -- the help file -- can be viewed and oh, what secrets it holds. Most importantly, the next Xbox will have a Blu-ray drive which installs games, ...

Tablets

Amazon to launch $99 7-inch Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire 7 HD This is interesting. Amazon is reportedly set to launch a US$99 seven-inch Kindle Fire HD that will ship later this year. According to TechCrunch, the tablet will have a TI processor like the rest of the Amazon lineup and as well as the 1200X800 screen found on the current Kindle Fire. That's not bad for something that'll sit right at the bottom of the tablet pricing range. Getting it to that stage will be no mean feat either. The ...

Android, Car Tech

4 ways GPS tech is better than ever

Car Tech The GPS used to be a luxury item, reserved for the rich who couldn't use maps, but with basically everyone owning a smartphone, the GPS is now as common as a pigeon in a city. For that same reason, it's become a bit strange to have a standalone GPS when there's a perfectly good one in your pocket. That may not be the case any longer, because the GPS seems to have taken off in a few new directions that ...

Applications

Notable for Android review: simple note taking

lead image for notable When it comes to remembering what I need to do, and when I need to do it, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m rubbish at it. Sure, I’ll remember what happened ten years ago, one miserable night in a foreign town, but trying to remember to draw cash before walking home is something which has more often than I’d like to admit got the better of me. That’s where another useful app, which I found comes in, ladies ...

Acer, Applications

Sony Xperia L hands on review: a low-end smartphone with charm

Xperia L The Sony Xperia L is the latest smartphone to slide in at the bottom end of the Japanese firm's range, launching alongside the mid-range Xperia SP to complete a trio of handsets headlined by the Sony Xperia Z. It's the natural replacement for the Xperia J, which launched at IFA 2012 alongside 007's Sony Xperia T - handsets which bare a strong resemblance to the Xperia L in terms of design. There's no exact Sony Xperia L release date for now, all we've been told is ...

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