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All posts tagged "hands-on"

  • Alien Isolation preview: fangs for the memories

    Alien Isolation (I was privy to the alpha build) did something that games rarely do: it scared me. And not because of the choppy framerate or fuzzy controls. No, Alien Isolation genuinely made me fearful of what lurked in the shadows. Armed with an Xbox One controller and a noise-cancellation headset, I was plunged into a world that slicked sweat across my brow. As I said earlier, I played the alpha which set me loose in a deadly playground with only a small set of objectives and one main task, to avoid the deadliest xenomorph in science fiction. I...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 hands on review: feature-rich with a brilliant display

    Before I even touched the Galaxy S5, which was lassoed to a glowing table at a fancy Samsung launch event, I came in with diminished expectations. I wasn’t a fan of the Galaxy S4, yet I loved the S3 and S2. Samsung has embraced plastic and eschewed the full metal look, which the HTC One so beautifully rocks. It’s also almost identical to the S4 in terms of hardware and design (have a gander for yourself). So do I love, or even like the S5 and more so, will you? It all depends on what you want from a phone....

  • Hands on with the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear and 2014 Note 10.1

    Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Gear smartwatch (sorry, “wearable tech” companion), Note 10.1 2014 Edition and its new flagship phablet, the Note 3 in South Africa. We go hands-on with all of them. Galaxy Gear – R4599 (US$450) Let’s begin with the oddest duck of the lineup, the Gear. First off, the Gear is not an ugly device. It’s actually very fetching and comes in a wide range of Samsung-loving colours. Greens, pinks, blues, it’s eye-catching. The Gear has wrist strap that can be unclasped, but is simple enough to be slipped over the wrist and clicked into place. A 1.9MP...

  • Leap Motion preview: two days of fun and frustration

    Leap Motion is onto something different, innit? Leap is a 3D motion-controller the size of an electric slug that works on PC or Mac. And yeah, the operative word is “works” because as incredible as Leap is (crowds gathered around my PC), it’s just a gimmick… for now. Allow me to explain. The box is gorgeous and echoes Apple’s design ethos. Minimal, clean, fuss-free Why do I say that it’s a gimmick? Because this US$80 (R800) device right now cannot replace the mouse as a Minority Report-style interface. I bet you all thought that when the Leap first came out,...

  • Quick hands-on with the brand-new Sony Smartwatch 2

    Sony revealed the second-generation of its wearable tech flagship gadget, the Sony Smartwatch 2, yesterday. This afternoon at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai we got the chance to actually wear the thing and give it a quick hands-on. What has changed since the critically panned first version? The screen is a bit bigger (now 1.6-inch) and the newest version feels more premium with an aluminium and steel case, and there’s even the choice of a metal strap. Pretty in pink But the rest is as before. It’s still a small screen that gets information pushed to it from your Android...

  • Xperia Tablet Z hands on: 10.1″, waterproof, desirable

    I was handed Sony’s Xperia Z Tablet yesterday. It’s a great-looking, 10.1-inch tablet that’s waterproof, lightening fast and pretty costly. In this hands on review, I’ll attempt to convince you that despite a very short amount of time spent with the Z Tablet, it’s most likely going to be a contender for tablet of the year. When I’m fully convinced that I’ve spent enough time with the Xperia X Tablet, I’ll post the full review. The look and feel Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone was the template for the tablet version and the rubberized slate of glass I loved as a...

  • ‘Remember Me’ preview: an unforgettable inception

    It’s not often that you come across a game that offers such a unique mix of combat, exploration, stealth and I kid you not, a really interesting storyline. I was fortunate enough to be able to play through a pre-release segment of Remember Me, the newest title by Capcom and Dontnod Entertainment, due for release in June 2013 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. You control Nilin, a “memory hunter” without any memories of her own as she runs rampant through the streets of dystopian Paris, 2084. Everything you do is under constant surveillance, and since Nilin has escaped from Memorize...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 hands on review: 5 inches of win

    I had very little time to play with Samsung’s Galaxy S4, a phone that is as much a media center as it is a social/mobile/life management tool. Samsung calls the S4 a “life companion” (what was the SIII then, a weekend fling?) and outside of this silly moniker, it’s a great 5-inch smartphone with some clever features that makes it stand out from the crowd. Here’s what I think of Samsung’s S4, which launches globally 27 April. The screen The 5-inch screen is a work of master-class. It’s a 441PPI display. 4,4,1. That’s one of the highest resolution per inch ratios...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 hands on review: the new king of mobile

    Update: We’ve had the Samsung Galaxy S4 in our testing labs for a few days now, and we’re putting it through our rigorous testing process as you read this to bring you a fully in-depth analysis of the handset. In the meantime, check out our updated hands on shots and check back as we’ll be bringing the full review with star rating any time soon. The Samsung Galaxy S4 brings a huge Full HD screen, an improved camera and faster innards, and fits it all in a chassis the same size as theGalaxy S3. However, many will struggle to tell the difference between...

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega hands on review: big is beautiful

    There was the Note. Then the Note 2. But has Samsung finally pushed things too far with the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega, or is it the ultimate fusion of tablet and smartphone? The Galaxy Mega might not have a price yet, but it’s certainly not going to be jostling with the Galaxy S4 at her sharp end of the smartphone market. Packing a 1.7GHz dual core processor and 1.5GB of RAM, it’s not slouch in the performance department,...