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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • BlackBerry Motion leaked, set to be all-touch, water-resistant

    TCL has done a decent job with the BlackBerry brand thus far, launching the capable (yet pricey) KeyOne earlier this year. But the company still has one more device up its sleeve, and it could be another solid smartphone. Serial leaker Evan Blass has revealed a render of what's called the BlackBerry Motion, showing an all-touch phone with mostly stock Android. Goodbye, Krypton. Hello, BlackBerry Motion pic.twitter.com/lBsdpORHW4 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 5, 2017 The render also shows off a USB Type C port, earphone jack and a home button with BlackBerry logo (could it be a fingerprint scanner too?). But we also see a...

  • Nokia 8 review: a cheaper flagship (and it shows)

    Apple and Samsung aside, has there ever been more hype around a smartphone than HMD's Nokia 8? The first Nokia-branded flagship since 2014's Lumia 930, the phone sets out to make a statement of note. Eye-catching design? Check. Carl Zeiss branding like the phones of yore? Righto. Powerful internals? Indeed. Pure Android? Do you even need to ask? Let's start with the aesthetics then. It might be the first flagship under HMD, but the Nokia 8 certainly makes a case for fitting right into the Nokia mould. It feels like a Nokia The phone is carved out of a block of aluminium and...

  • Here are all the other gadgets that Google announced last night

    The Pixel 2 phones were the main attractions at Google's event last night, but the company had a lot more to show off. From new smart speakers to smart earbuds and everything in between, here's what else Google had to reveal. Google Home Mini It was leaked before the event, but Google now has a rival to Amazon's own Echo Dot smart speaker. Much like the Echo Dot, the Google Home Mini is a smaller version of the larger smart speaker, delivering the same core functionality. So that means voice queries, reminders, playing music and more. And much like the Echo Dot, the Home Mini...

  • Google Pixel 2: here’s what you should know

    The dust has finally settled following last night's Google event, which saw the company reveal a host of hardware, including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. But what is there to know about the company's two new smartphones? We've gathered some of the more important details... No headphone jack True to the rumours, Google's smartphones omit the headphone jack in favour of Bluetooth or USB Type-C audio. It's extremely cheeky, given the fact that it mocked Apple for doing the same at the original Pixel launch. Want to use your legacy 3.5mm accessories? There is an adapter in the box, but otherwise,...

  • 5+ great smartphones to get for emulation

    Scores of people use their smartphones for emulation, allowing them to play the classics of yore (you'll want to own them, of course). But if you're in the market for an upgrade and emulation is your thing, which phone should you get? We pick a few... Nokia 8 We're putting the finishing touches on your Nokia 8 review, but we can already say that the HMD flagship is the cheapest Snapdragon 835-toting phone on the market, at just under R10 000. For your cash, you're getting the chip, 4GB of RAM and a 2560x1440 LCD screen. The Snapdragon 835 is the best smartphone silicon you...

  • LG K7i is a smartphone that ‘repels’ mosquitoes [Update: no SA release]

    Update, 5 October 2017: LG South Africa has confirmed that the K7i won't receive a local release. "This device will not be coming to SA," a representative told Gearburn. Original article: Who says smartphone innovation is dead? No, I'm not talking about dual selfie cameras and slightly faster fast charging. Instead, the LG K7i has recently been announced, packing mosquito repellent technology. Spotted by Stuff and PhoneRadar, the smartphone seems to be a bog-standard budget buy at first. But the South Korean firm has added "Mosquito Away" tech in the form of a rear cover that uses ultrasonic frequencies to drive the pests...

  • iPhone 8 Plus: what does pro photographer think of it?

    Smartphone photography continues to make great improvements year on year, with the top dogs doing some amazing things. The iPhone range has traditionally been one of the devices to beat, with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus being released last month. Sure, the average consumer and tech reviewer can give insight into improvements at a surface level. But what about a pro photographer? Austin Mann did just that, taking the iPhone 8 Plus to India for his review. For starters, Mann praised the inclusion of Portrait Lighting effects, giving a variety of studio-style lighting options for Portrait Mode. "After shooting 100...

  • Xiaomi Mi Box review: what to expect from cheap 4K Android TV box?

    On paper, the Xiaomi Mi Box seems like a cheap and viable alternative to the Apple TV, being equipped with 4K and HDR capabilities. Heck, Apple has only caught up now when it comes to these standards. Meanwhile, Xiaomi's streaming box has been on the market for over a year, even coming to the USA via Walmart. Unfortunately, you can't pick it up in South Africa, being one of the few major Xiaomi devices to miss our shores. Still, you can actually pick one up from online retailer Gearbest, so we got a hold of a review unit via the website, being...

  • Google Home Mini leaks, to be revealed at Pixel 2 event?

    The Google Home smart speaker is one of the cooler Google devices released in recent years, offering useful features in a handy format. Between general voice queries, music playback and reminders, it (along with Amazon's Echo) popularised the idea of a smart speaker in the first place. Now, 9to5Google has uncovered evidence of a Google Home Mini device, essentially being a smaller, cheaper version of the original smart speaker. The publication dug through the Google Home app, finding an image of the diminutive gadget. Update: We found a full-res image of the new Google Home Mini in the latest Google Home app https://t.co/m9lxzczRTM...

  • Huawei Nova 2i revealed, packing four (count ’em!) cameras [Update]

    Update, 2.23pm, 3 October 2017: Huawei South Africa has told Gearburn that the Huawei Nova 2i won't be making its way to our shores. "Unfortunately we won't be bringing this device into South Africa," a representative explained. Original article: The Huawei Nova 2 hasn't made its way to our shores yet, but that hasn't stopped the tech company from launching a new model, dubbed the Huawei Nova 2i. Spotted by Android Police and featured on Huawei Thailand's channels, the Nova 2i packs two cameras on the front and two on the back. The front sees a 13MP+2MP pairing for bokeh/depth-of-field tomfoolery, while the...