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  • Gallery: the MWC 2018 smartphones you may have missed

    From Sony and Samsung to LG and Huawei, there are loads of recognisable names at MWC every year, but the huge event also plays host to wares from lesser known brands and devices. Whether it's ZTE's Nubia line, dual-screen smartphones or Ulefone, we take a look at some of the less prominent and/or more innovative devices.  

  • Gallery: This is the Land Rover Explore Phone

    We've seen beverage giant Pepsi release a smartphone, why not a car company? Answering that question this week is Land Rover. The Land Rover Explorer Phone -- to give it its full title -- is a phone inspired by a car and co-developed by Bullitt Group. It may not have wheels, or a gearbox or seating for seven, but it does carry a name many will align with adventures involving some form of mud. "Designed with cues from the unbeatably capable and desirable Land Rover Discovery, the Explore smartphone is at home in the office and on an outdoor adventure, navigating...

  • LG V30: check these camera samples

    The LG V30+ was a rather surprising entrant in the South African smartphone space. We thought we'd be getting the vanilla V30. After all, we received the least exciting LG G6 variant. Between the Snapdragon 835 processor, 3300mAh battery and OLED screen, there's plenty to like about the phone on paper. But what about the camera setup? The phone packs a rather noteworthy 16MP f/1.6 aperture main camera, backed up by a f/1.9 13MP main shooter. These aren't the biggest sensors, nor do they have the biggest pixels (at 1 micron), but do you notice this? We've got a few samples,...

  • Tested: Apple’s Portrait Lighting feature is DEFINITELY in beta

    The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X both step up the use of machine learning to improve photos. We saw these smarts used for portrait mode, but Apple has since turned its algorithms loose on 'Portrait Lighting'. The Cupertino company makes a point of slapping the beta tag on the feature -- at least on its website -- and it certainly shows. We took a few shots with our iPhone 8 Plus review unit, using all the Portrait Lighting options at our disposal (natural light, studio light, contour light, stage light and stage light mono). The results? Check my awkward mug out below (click on...

  • Photo comparison: Galaxy S8 vs XZ Premium

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 has built on the extremely solid foundation set by the S7, featuring the same camera sensor but with a renewed focus on image processing to get quality results. Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has seen the Japanese firm adopt a cutting-edge 19MP camera sensor with super-fast memory for super slow motion clips. So how do these phones stack up when it comes to photography? We've got a few samples for you to peruse... We set the phones to automatic mode for these shots, generally holding the phones at the same distance and angle from the subjects. Expect...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8: check these photo samples

    We quite liked the Galaxy S7 Edge, producing some fantastic photos in all lighting conditions. So even though the Galaxy S8 has the same 12MP f/1.7 main camera, you really shouldn't be too disappointed in the first place. In fact, Samsung makes use of multi-frame image processing to reduce blur and produce a better photo. It's a similar idea behind Google's Pixel, which uses a near-identical camera but featured drastically improved HDR+ software smarts to spit out better results. Has Samsung improved matters with the Galaxy S8 in the same way? It's tough to say, but these snaps are definitely on...

  • Camera comparison: Huawei P10 Plus vs LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8

    The 2017 smartphone war is heating up in South Africa, as the LG G6 (review) and Samsung Galaxy S8 recently launched in the country. Throw in this week's launch of the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, and consumers are really spoiled for choice. What about the cameras though? How do they fare? Well, the G6 is packing two 13MP cameras (one f/1.8 shooter and an f/2.4 wide angle camera), the S8 has a solitary 12MP f/1.7 camera and the P10 Plus packs two f/1.8 cameras (one being a 20MP monochrome camera, the other being a traditional 12MP shooter). It's all well...

  • Camera comparison: Lumia 950 vs Sony Xperia XZ

    We attended the Cape Town press event for the Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact smartphones this week. Now, the actual release information has been available for a while now, but the event did give us the opportunity to compare the camera to my personal Lumia 950. So then, does the Sony smartphone blow Microsoft's device out of the water? Well, check out the gallery for our very unscientific test. The Xperia XZ does have a higher resolution 23MP camera though, compared to the 950's 20-megapixel shooter. But it still makes for an interesting comparison. We disabled the 950's Rich Capture trickery and...

  • rAge 2016: 31 photographs from this year’s expo

    Taking place from 7 to 9 October 2016, rAge 2016 was one of the biggest editions in the event's history. Filled with new games, new hardware and a fresh focus on virtual reality, a slew of Johannesburgers and other gamers from across the country descended on The Dome to enjoy the festivities. What festivities, you ask? Well, beyond the news games and hardware on show, cosplay, board games, and professional eSports also featured. rAge 2016: who got their share of R1m for Telkom DGL? This past weekend saw the Masters Final of Telkom’s Digital Gaming League (DGL) take place at rAge 2016,...

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End looks simply stunning on the PlayStation 4

    Read our preview here: Uncharted 4 preview: the necessity of narrative, the bonus of beauty The third act is the hardest to follow, but it seems that Naughty Dog has at least done a successful job on the visuals front. That's right, we're talking about Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, arguably the biggest release on PlayStation 4 this year so far (and likely for the rest of the year). One impressive thing about the game is how it rings the neck of the PlayStation 4 hardware, without taking it to the point of nervous breakdown. In other words, it's a simply gorgeous...