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All posts by Andy Walker

Andy Walker
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Fuelled by his belief that PvZ: GW2 is 2016's game of the year, Andy also dabbles in the odd hard news story over on Memeburn.
  • Nokia 7 Plus review: the best phone of 2018 thus far

    Hot take: flagship smartphones are boring. The only innovation that's sweeping across this segment lies in the marketing material. But just a few rungs lower on the device ladder, the smartphones playing a supporting role and not carrying the weight of public brand perception on their shoulders -- are the most exciting Jostling for position, manufacturers try desperately to undercut one another on price in the upper mid-range segment, while adding almost as many creature comforts you'll find on flagships. For instance, the Nokia 7 Plus. In many ways, the 7 Plus is much the company's large-screen flagship as it is...

  • Oppo’s Find X mounts its three cameras on a motorised sled

    Notches are so early 2018, this is at least according to Chinese company Oppo's new smartphone, the Find X. Behind that silly name lies a pretty cool marketing trick: a motorised popup camera that houses three cameras. Instead of popping the selfie camera in a notch or a thicker bezel, Oppo mounted the camera on a tray that slides out when the camera is required. This allows the firm to slim the bezels right around the device. And it looks pretty damn neat from the front. At the rear, the camera array consists of a 16MP and 20MP sensor duo. Up front,...

  • WeFix’s i2 range brings the iPhone 5S and 6 back to life

    Remember the iPhone 5S? The device debuted in 2013 and was, for its time, quite a monumental product. Apple has since canned production of the phone though, but that doesn't mean there aren't an abundance of second hand models floating around. South African device repair firm WeFix has announced its plan to reinvigorate these old devices. It's set to launc a new range of refurbished devices under the i2 label, giving consumers the chance to purchase "pre-loved" iPhones. "Pre-loved devices are the perfect solution for those who want a quality phone at a lower price than buying new, or for those...

  • Pokemon Go now lets you trade your shiny magikarp with friends

    For some Pokemon back in the Nintendo portable days, some monsters would only evolve when traded. This made swapping them with your pals a riveting experience. But when Pokemon Go launched back in 2016, this wasn't possible. Well, now it is. "The Friends feature will start rolling out to Trainers later this week, allowing you to connect with your real-life friends and keep track of their adventures in Pokémon GO. You’ll be able to send them items, earn bonuses—and even trade Pokémon!" the Pokemon Go team wrote on its website. To do all the above, you'll need to share Trainer Codes, enter...

  • Hisense’s H12 and H12 Pro coming to South Africa

    If you're sick of notches, look away now. The latest company to take a sliver out of its smartphone screen is Hisense on its H12 and H12 Pro smartphones. Both are heading to South Africa and will play in the mid-range and upper mid-range markets respectively. For the most part, they're aesthetically the same phone. Both have the notch, and both have vertically-mounted dual rear cameras, and interestingly, both also have programmable buttons which allows users to open their preferred apps, similar to Samsung's Bixby button. However, the H12 is the lesser-specced of the two. For starters, it does feature a larger 6.2-inch...

  • Hisense launches its 100-inch Laser TV in South Africa

    Chinese technology firm Hisense on Thursday launched its 4K Laser TV to the South African audience. The TV, which is effectively a short-throw projector mated to an anti-reflective screen, also includes a JBL sound system and available in sizes of up to 100-inches (or around 2.7 metres squared). It's the fifth generation laser TV, according to the company, a technology which it has been developing since 2007. For those who need such a large screen, Hisense is talking up the device's wide colour gamut (thanks to its Texas Instruments-made Dual Colour Laser Source), and 4K upscaling tech, which you're going to need...

  • 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...

  • Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids (and parents) debuts for $100

    The Fitbit Ace is the company's latest US$100 smart wearable band for kids age eight and older. It looks a lot like the company's Alta, but features a smaller build and lacks a few smart features. For one, there's no heart rate sensor, but the Ace will monitor sleep, steps taken and active goals. It'll also reward the user with badges, as the full Fitbit experience does with adults. Speaking of adults, parents "are in control and can manage who their children connect with and what information they see in the Fitbit app that will motivate them most," the company writes in...

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 outsold the iPhone X globally in April 2018

    According to research from data firm Counterpoint, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the world's biggest selling smartphones in April 2018. The two devices beat Apple's 2018 smartphone arsenal -- the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 -- by a little over 0.3% market share. Notably though, the next most popular device came from Xiaomi, in the Redmi 5A. But it's not the only Xiaomi on the list. Flanking the iPhone 6 -- yes, and it's outselling the iPhone 7 -- is the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Note 5 Plus. "This is the first time Xiaomi grabbed two positions within...

  • BlackBerry Key2: the smartphone keyboard lives on in 2018

    There's a brand new BlackBerry in town, and it's called the Key2. The successor to last year's KeyOne, the latest device from Chinese manufacturer TCL with a BlackBerry logo still features that 35-key physical keyboard, chocolate slab design language, and a textured rear plate. But it's also a step up from the previous model. In fact, the Key2 is the first BlackBerry with a dual rear camera. Both feature 12MP sensors, but one receives a f/1.8 lens, and the other a f/2.6. The latter's also features a 30-degree smaller field of view, suggesting that the Key2 will also possess some optical...