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  • Sony Xperia XZ2 review: the best Sony smartphone in years?

    Sony has been responsible for torridly boring smartphones of late. The last interesting device by the company was the Z3 Compact which launched some four years ago now. I still remember reviewing it. On a weekend getaway with friends, the Z3 Compact did a remarkable job of capturing sunsets, beach scenes while lasting some two days on a single charge. In 2014, its block styling suited its utilitarian nature, but it was by no means ugly. The Samsung Galaxy S5 came out earlier that same year, and substituted the S4's plastic cladding with weird a weird BandAid like back. The iPhone...

  • Here’s the Sony Xperia XZ2 contract pricing for South Africa

    It's taken a few weeks, but the the Sony Xperia ZZ2 is now available in South Africa, with contract pricing information in tow. The Japanese manufacturer's latest flagship sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, a 18:9 5.7-inch screen and a 19MP rear camera capable of slow motion video recording at 1080p at 960 frames per second. It's a nice package, and Sony's most exciting flagship on paper for quite some time. But how much will you need to fetch in South Africa to own one? Vodacom: R599 per month for 24 months on a uChoose Flexi 165 Free extras...

  • A Thief’s End: God of War breaks Nathan Drake’s PlayStation 4 sales record

    So if you haven't yet heard the billions of life forms across the solar system talking about it yet, God of War was released late April. But while the game is getting people's tongues wagging for critical reasons -- apparently, it's a bit of a masterpiece -- it should for an entirely other reason. The title sold more than 3.1-million copies in its first three days of global release. That, in turn, makes it the fastest selling PlayStation 4 exclusive ever. "I would like to personally thank the millions of fans around the world who decided to embark on Kratos’ latest adventure...

  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra review: selfie control

    Looking for a big phone? You've come to the right place. Hide your skinny jeans and fashionable jeggings, because the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a pocket breaker. Sticking with Sony's angular aesthetic is an incredibly large slab of aluminium and plastic, measuring more than 16cm in length, and 8cm across. At 9.5mm deep, the XA2 Ultra's also one of the thicker phones you'll see debut this year. And yes, it's probably going to the be only device you can stand up on its bottom without assistance. The screens colour reproduction is excellent, and this doesn't change at extreme viewing angles either But...

  • Mighty specs meet bold claims: this is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

    Last year's Sony Xperia XZ Premium was a novel device. Not only did it feature a 4K screen, its slo-mo video recording performance was astounding. But it had flaws. Massive ones. Now the company's giving the Premium thing another go. It today announced the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, a clunkier name, a larger phone but a more impressive set of features. The phone adopts Sony's sculptured curve aesthetic, ditching the crude, sharp lines of its predecessor. There's no notch present, but there is a large forehead and a fat chin, typical of Sony devices of yore. And yes, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium...

  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra now available in South Africa

    The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra, along with the compact XA2 and the budget L2 are now available in South Africa. Initially announced at CES 2018 in Las Vegas earlier this year, the three Xperia devices have finally made their way to African shores. The XA2 Ultra boasts a 6.0-inch 1920x1080 screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, 32GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There's also a 23MP main camera at the rear, and two cameras up front: a 16MP and 8MP. The XA2 features a smaller 5.2-inch screen with the same resolution, same chipset, 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. It...

  • 6 questions to ask before buying a gaming console [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This time we look at the right gaming console for you... Buying a gaming console isn't a mindless endeavour, as they're pricey machines and you don't want to be left regretting your choice of platform. Nevertheless, there are several questions you need to ask yourself before committing to a purchase. What do my friends have? This might be the most important question for socially inclined gamers (and in general). For starters, if you buy an Xbox One and...

  • Sony’s excuse for removing headphone jack on XZ2 range is silly

    Sony's Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact mark a turning point for the company -- at least from a design perspective. Gone is the OmniBalance design, being replaced by the so-called "Ambient Flow" styling. However, the company also joined several other manufacturers (such as Apple, Lenovo, Essential and Huawei with the Mate 10 Pro) in ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack. It's an odd move, especially seeing that Sony is a multimedia juggernaut in general. Now, Sony has answered questions on its blog (as spotted by Xperia Blog), explaining why it dropped the jack. "This is part of the shift to our new Ambient...

  • Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact get full HD super slow-mo, but…

    Sony used MWC 2018 to announce their Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact flagships earlier this week, packing top-end Snapdragon 845 chips, tall 18:9 HDR displays and slick designs. The new phones also deliver slightly upgraded super slow-mo capabilities. The feature, first seen in the Xperia XZ Premium, still tops out at 960fps, but Sony has upped the maximum resolution to 1080p instead of 720p. However, this upgrade does come at the cost of slow-mo recording time, giving you three seconds of slow-mo playback instead of five or six seconds. Users can however dial the resolution down to 720p if they'd like...

  • Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact to ditch headphone jack?

    Sony's renowned for its decades-long audio credentials, but a new report claims that the company is getting rid of its all-important headphone jack on its upcoming flagship smartphones. According to Swedroid.se (via Xperia Blog), citing an "industry source", both the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will ditch the 3.5mm jack. How Sony will spin this, we don't know, but if it's like any other company, we imagine they'll cite water/dust resistance, battery capacity and/or general space considerations. Otherwise, the publication reports that both devices will have a rear fingerprint scanner (as opposed to the side-mounted scanner of previous devices), a Snapdragon...