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All posts tagged "review"

  • Huawei Mate 8 conversational review: a fat, phat phablet

    Review by Hadlee Simons with additional words by Andy Walker. We really liked the Huawei Mate 7, offering a massive battery, solid performance and that slick fingerprint scanner. The Huawei Mate S, on the other hand, felt like a bad compromise between the Mate range and the premium P series -- essentially being a bigger P8 with none of the Mate line's battery benefits. So then, we were glad to see the Huawei Mate 8 launched earlier this year, being a proper follow-up to the polished Mate 7. Is it a worthy successor though? Well, Gearburn stalwarts Andy Walker and Hadlee Simons...

  • HP Spectre X2 review: a Microsoft Surface by any other name

    HP's been on a rather impressive streak with laptops lately, delivering the snazzy Elitebook Folio and its latest Pavilion Gaming notebook (review) in recent months. But what if you value a versatile form factor and battery life above snazzy graphics and truckloads of power? Well, then you'll need to take a peek at the HP Spectre X2. Let's start with the hardware Unbox the HP Spectre X2 and you'll instantly notice the distinct form factor, being a convertible tablet akin to the Microsoft Surface line. So that means a tablet with a kickstand and a lightweight keyboard cover. It's not quite a cut-and-paste job...

  • The real ‘flagship killer’? What do reviewers think of the OnePlus 3?

    The latest flagship in the rather popular OnePlus range seems to live up to previous handsets, based on the specifications alone. There's a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, a whopping 6GB of RAM (although the phone aggressively manages RAM by default) and a 16MP/8MP camera pairing. Otherwise, a 3000mAh battery, USB Type-C and quick charging round out the device. What are reviewers saying about the phone though? Especially in light of the good but not great OnePlus 2 reviews? Are there display woes? Brandon Chester of Anandtech praised the design, camera and performance, but added that the screen was easily the...

  • Battleborn review: a poor man’s Borderlands with MOBA stuff

    You wait for a fantasy-style online first-person shooter and two show up. Yep, May has seen both Overwatch and Battleborn launch in an attempt to win over your dosh. Is Battleborn a reskinned Borderlands though or will it make me a believer in this FPS MOBA claptrap (heh)? There have been some questions over just how much of that Borderlands DNA has been injected into Battleborn by Gearbox Software. And truth be told, there's quite a bit... There's the cartoony graphical style, a coop story mode and visual elements to denote how much damage you're doling out to an enemy. Then there are the short cutscenes to...

  • Canon EOS 80D vs Canon EOS 70D: a worthwhile improvement?

    The Canon EOS 70D was an impressive camera and naturally its updated version, the EOS 80D had a lot to live up to. The EOS 70D capabilities, with its Dual Pixel CMOS AF and touch screen, allows one to simply tap the screen and move focus to a different point in the frame, were not gimmicks but important features. And now comes the EOS 80D, a camera that looks identical to its predecessor which itself looked similar to the 60D. The 80D has kept all the good features of the 70D and has added a few of its own, but...

  • Halo 5: Guardians review: what Xbox One fans have been waiting for

    Guns, aliens, friends, and music: this is Halo's guts and what keeps players coming back for more. The core series has finally debuted on Microsoft’s latest console, but will it be the killer app and must-have game the platform is in so dire need of? With many people not having a stable internet connection to tackle multiplayer, or the capacity to download said 9GB portion of the game, we decided to focus mostly on the single player aspect of Halo 5: Guardians for this review. While our embargo from Microsoft stated we aren't allowed to talk about anything past the...

  • Transformers: Devastation review: certified Michael Bay free

    There comes a time in everyone's life when they just want to sit down and smash some robots with other robots. No? Maybe that's just me. Transformers: Devastation allows players to play out an epic showdown between the Autobots and the evil Decepticons in an all out brawl. Created as an advertisement for the original toyline, the Transformers have been around for decades and most of their games have been pretty boring. Devastation looks to try change that as it harkens back to the days of G1 and ignores the new TV shows or Michael Bay's everything-will-explode-and-I-love-Shia-LaBeouf movies. Right away the game feels...

  • ‘A Day In The Woods’ review: a local Little Red Riding Hood puzzler

    Little Red Riding Hood leaped away from the bear and managed to throw a beehive at the hulking beast. The bear roared as the mass flew within inches of its head, narrowly missing it. With a quick swipe, it batted away the object with one paw. The golden-yellow mound landed on the ground with a large thud and cracked open, its contents spilling out. The bear, easily ten times the size of Red, began to devour the hive's honey before the grass had a chance to absorb all of it. This diversion forced the bear to ignore the little girl,...

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus review: enter the iPhablet

    Apple has finally set its foot in the phablet market this year with the iPhone 6 Plus. It took Apple about four years to understand that people do like big screens, no matter how awkward they are to handle with one hand. The iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s biggest leap since the iPhone 4. It features a large 5.5-inch screen, completely different exterior design, a more open software platform with iOS 8, and a massive battery. Let’s see how Apple’s phablet performs. Design and build quality Apple has shifted to a completely new design with the iPhone 6 series. As the screen size...

  • Shadow Warrior (PS4) review: fun-tastic

    Games take themselves too seriously. Between the serious death and destruction of Mass Effect, Shadow of Mordor and Advanced Warfare, games like Hotline Miami, Sunset Overdrive and yes, the titular Shadow Warrior stand out as titles that just wanna have fun. So I'm here to tell you that Shadow Warrior, a remake of a fairly racist Nineties classic by 3D Realms, is fantastic fun. Here's a game that doesn't take itself seriously for even a split-second, even while you're spinning through crowds of exploding demons with a fiery Katana. (As an aside, is Devolver Digital the best games publisher of...