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All posts by Andy Walker

  • MWC 2015 preview: curves, edges and emerging OSes

    It's Mobile World Congress time again in the sunny but chilly Spanish city of Barcelona. But stop right now if you think football will be the topic on everyone's lips. Mobile phones, tablets and wearables will be the stars of a conference that usually sees some enormous launches from the likes of LG, Samsung and Huawei. But what are we in for this year? If you've been following our Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup as religiously as you should've, you would know that the Korean company is due to launch its flagship to the world on 1 March. Preceding it by a...

  • LG G Flex 2 coming to South Africa April 2015, exclusive to Vodacom

    LG South Africa has announced that its first-quarter flagship, the LG G Flex 2, will be available to the South African market from April 2015, which is a long time to wait in all honesty. The phone is definitely one of the more daring additions to the local market though, with its curved body, curved screen and self-healing rear panel. It's also one of the most powerful phones in the world at the moment, sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 430 GPU. But perhaps above and beyond the internals, it's the bowed, banana-inspired exterior that really...

  • ‘Evolve’ review: a monstrous bite of entertainment

    Music and video games have a lot in common. Take drum and bass for example: a Benga-produced track might be different from a DJ Fresh record, but they both fall into the same genre, regardless of how different they may be. It's the same with first-person shooters. Well, mostly. Yes, yes, I know. That's like saying all cars are the same if they have four wheels and are painted red. It's oversimplification, but Evolve does make one wonder if all FPSes have to be one dimensional. It challenges the mold, but largely remains within a comfortable set of confines. Evolve is...

  • Sony SmartWatch 3 review: substance over style

    The smartwatch is still an infant technology that hasn't yet decided what it wants to be when it grows up. Although there are a spate of Android Wear-based devices on the market, they're all really the same thing in different outfits. This is a market where differentiation is more difficult than most, perhaps even more so than the tablet space. Generally I complain that tablets are boring, mundane technologies, but smartwatches come pretty damn close too. Sony's SmartWatch 3 doesn't exactly harbour an interesting name (hell, anything other than calling a smartwatch "SmartWatch" would've piqued my interested) or an interesting exterior,...

  • LG to unveil four new Android smartphones at MWC 2015

    LG and Android Lollipop has a cute little relationship, with the company's G3 smartphone being the first to don Google's new coat of paint, but the company has now announced it plans to launch four new mid-range smartphones that will run Lollipop at next week's MWC 2015 in Barcelona. The LG Magna, LG Spirit, LG Leon and LG Joy will be the company's latest mid-range onslaught in a rather difficult to decipher mid-tier market. The phones don't exactly look mid-range either, with glam akin to the range-topping LG G3. It's quite easy to like the phone's exterior aesthetics, and in...

  • New Nintendo 3DS XL review: pry it from my cold, dead hands

    There were many things that Nintendo got right with the debut 3DS and 3DS XL systems. They were easy to hold, lasted long on a charge and had a plethora of great titles to choose from, but they also had their flaws. One of them was ashamedly highlighted in their name. While the 3D system caused more migraines than good memories, there was also a lack of control nubs modern day console gamers are used to. So the Kyoto gaming giant went back to the drawing board furiously penciling in new, refreshed ideas for its New Nintendo 3DS XL and...

  • BlackBerry Classic is a stately, suave blast from the past [Gallery]

    I've been unnecessarily harsh on BlackBerry's design team of late, but have been (pleasantly) surprised with the likes of the BlackBerry Passport. Now, new to the company's alternative arsenal is probably the most BlackBerry-ish BlackBerry of recent years. It's the spiritual successor to the Bold 9900 appropriately dubbed the "Blackberry Classic." At this point you might be wondering, "what's the point?" and for good reason. Why upgrade a phone (or at least, refresh a concept) that was around in 2011? There's a few good reasons, but we'll cover that in the Gearburn review coming in the next few weeks. For now, what...

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact long-term review: sexy, submersible, sensational

    Mobile manufacturers really don't make our lives very easy at all. All consumers want are the best value-for-money deals, while companies keep dishing out new, updated devices just a few weeks after their supposed "flagship" launches. Just six months after the world got a taste of the Xperia Z2, for example, Sony decided to launch the Xperia Z3 and its Compact version, pissing off many of its loyal fans in the process. What's more, the Sony Xperia Z4 and its selfsame Compact companion are also set to land around the middle of the year. Is there any end to the...

  • LG Watch Urbane smartwatch boasts sexy all-metal body, business-class chic

    The smartwatch craze of 2014 has largely cooled off in the early months of 2015, but manufacturers are still hell-bent on finding the next big smartwatch breakthrough. It's not a tech genre that's about to shrivel up and die any time soon, and that's a view LG is definitely taking as well. The company has launched its latest circular contender -- a chic upgrade of the G Watch R, if you will -- dubbed the Watch Urbane. We imagine LG's naming division was listening to its old 2000s R&B records when is came up with that title, but at least...

  • 5 gadgets and apps to better stalk your ‘loved one’ this Valentine’s

    There's nothing quite as exhilarating as having your very own stalker. And I speak from experience. Valentine's Day is perhaps the only one of the 365 available when receiving dodgy cards from overzealous strangers is wholly acceptable by society. Of course, what once (and still is, I believe) a Catholic and Lutheran feast, has become a massive money-making ministry otherwise, where millions of bills are spilled in the hopes of impressing that one person who has been impressing you for the past five years. But there's no need to make a move after all those years, not as long as technology...