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  • LG V20: can you record clear audio at a concert?

    The LG V20 is easily the most-hyped smartphone of the year when it comes to audio capabilities. Between the quad-DAC hardware and Hi-Res Audio support, the firm is positioning their phone as an audio playback beast of note. However, LG has also sold the V20 on its audio recording abilities, featuring three high-quality microphones, an HD audio recorder app and Hi-Res Audio recording support in the camera. In fact, when using the camera app, users can adjust the microphone directivity, low-cut filter, gain and LMT (limiter) features, giving a range of hitherto unseen audio recording options. So then, just how does it...

  • Wileyfox Swift review: fantastic little floof

    You have R2500 sitting in your pocket for a phone. You don't fancy taking out a contract because hidden costs and flagship phones are ridiculous overkill. You're looking for a device that can snap the odd picture, send the odd message and looks like something a little more expensive. If that describes you, the Wileyfox Swift might be a good option. When the UK company launched last year I honestly thought "Oh God, not another smartphone company making the same old cheap Android crap, flooding the already stool-filled market with more drab". But thankfully, I was wrong, the Wileyfox Swift, even...

  • HTC Bolt looks like a challenger to LG V20 audio throne

    LG has been making a big song and dance about its new V20's audio capabilities, but the HTC Bolt could be lining up to take on the Korean manufacturer. According to slides obtained by TechnoBuffalo, the HTC Bolt will bear a resemblance to the HTC 10 and One A9, albeit with IP57 water resistance. As for internal specs, the slides don't mention much in the way of horsepower, but do claim a 3200mAh battery, 8MP selfie shooter and a 16MP f/2.0 main camera with optical image stabilisation. We're glad to see the HTC Bolt (reportedly) being the latest phone with solid audio...

  • The Trail and Paper Wings: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. It's been a rather crazy week in South Africa, but you know what makes things a bit better? New mobile games. Well, new mobile games that are actually good... Anyway, we've rounded up some of the latest and greatest titles once again. So let's get on with it... PinOut (free - Android, iOS) Coming from the team behind the wildly popular Smash Hit, PinOut is effectively pinball meets endless running and an acid...

  • PlayStation 3, PS Vita firmware update without much new

    It doesn't look like Sony has forgotten about its two other consoles, or has it? The company has released new updates for both the PS3 and Vita, but they don't bring a slew of features or anything interesting at all. The PlayStation 3 has been upgraded to the 4.81 firmware revision, which Sony states "improves the quality of the system performance". Now if that's not insightful, then we don't know what is . The Playstation Vita (and that PlayStatoion TV thing which Sony pretends doesn't exist) has been upgraded to 3.63, which, you guessed it, "improves the...

  • 9 things you should know about the Huawei Mate 9

    The Huawei Mate 9 has been revealed this week, making for quite a step up from the Mate 8. And that's before we get into the limited edition Porsche Design variant of the phablet. But, if anything, what should you know about the new phone? Well, here are nine key takeaways to keep in mind. The Kirin 960 chip is a beast Huawei's in-house HiSilicon processors have traditionally been good but not great, stepping up to great territory with last year's Kirin 950 chipset. However, the processor still had a few weak spots, namely the lack of 4K recording support and a...

  • Nintendo Wii U: 9 exclusives worth playing

    The Nintendo Wii U will reportedly wind down production this week (if Eurogamer's sources are reliable), bringing the curtain down on an innovative but ill-fated console. However, you can't argue that the system was short of quality titles, so we looked at some exclusive games you should play. Nintendo Land Yeah yeah, we're opening the list with what is essentially Wii Sports for the Wii U. But the importance of Nintendo Land can't be overstated. Nintendo Land served as a wonderful introduction to the Wii U and its asynchronous gameplay, in the same way that Wii Sports showed off the Wii remotes. Playing by...

  • LG V20 first impressions: three cameras, two screens, one phone

    Every company has its fair share of bad ideas. Some are worse than others, and some tend to live in the zeitgeist for quite some time. Even so, the key for any firm is to recover from them. For LG, the G5 is more a scar than a beauty spot on the company's past, but the device did give the Korean manufacturer plenty of room to improve. And that improvement now arrives in the form of the LG V20. Although the LG V20 isn't quite a successor to the G5, it takes its older brother's content creation philosophy and builds on...

  • Huawei Mate 9: a Daydream-ready phablet powered by Kirin 960

    We all knew the Huawei Mate 9 was coming today, but the Chinese firm has made the phablet official. The rumours were true for the most part, as the new device is powered by the in-house Kirin 960 chipset (four 2.4Ghz A73 cores and four 1.8Ghz A53 cores), being the first mobile chips to adopt the new cores in lieu of A72 cores. The new chip also drastically ups the graphical ante (which was HiSilicon's Achilles Heel), featuring a new Mali G71 octacore GPU, as opposed to the T880 quad-core GPU used in the P9 and Mate 8. In fact, Huawei claims a...

  • Alcatel Go Play review: get wet on a budget

    If you're in the market for a water-loving smartphone but your wallet isn't exactly enjoying its best years, the Alcatel Go Play might be your best bet. Aimed at the mid-tier market, the phone comes in at a modest R3199, and features most of the modern goodies a smartphone user requires. Sounds good on paper, doesn't it? Of course, while first impressions are everything, I did grow to enjoy my time with the Alcatel Go Play. Arguably, it's company's best device to hit the country in a long, long while. But that's just the surface. Let's take a deeper look at...