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Reviews

  • Nokia 3 review: the Redmi 4A should be your first choice

    HMD brought Nokia-branded smartphones back to life in 2017, and it seems like the move has paid off already. Between the attractive price tags and stock take on Android, it's easy to see why Nokia is a major mobile force once again. The Nokia 3 was the cheapest Nokia smartphone for quite some time (until the Nokia 2 arrived), coming in at R2000. So is it worth the asking price? Let's dive in. Design If there's one area where the Nokia 3 punches above its weight, it has to be the hardware design. Featuring a polycarbonate back (i.e. plastic) and a metallic rim, the phone...

  • Google Home Mini review: a capable yet cheap smart speaker?

    Slap an AI assistant onto a speaker and you've got a smart speaker. It's simple stuff really, but a formula that's proven rather popular in the past two years or so. Amazon and its Echo range were first off the bat and seem to be the market-leader right now, but the Google Home range has also carved out a solid niche for itself. These products aren't available in South Africa, so when a work visit to the USA popped up, I grabbed the opportunity to buy a Google Home Mini for US$30 from Walmart (usually US$50). At this price, it's cheap enough...

  • Skyrim Switch review: should you hold it in high RedGuard?

    Say what you will about Skyrim being available on almost every platform known to man, but it's one of the better releases on the Nintendo Switch. Yes, it's an old game. But in a launch year that's seen a ton of goodness come to the Switch, Skyrim on the go is yet another tantalising prospect for owners of the console. In fact, I've only been playing it in portable mode, the Switch keeping me company on a recent transatlantic trip. Haven't heard of Skyrim? The latest core game in The Elder Scrolls series, 2011's Skyrim is an action/RPG set in a medieval-style open world, with...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 review: how does it fare six months later?

    Between the great camera and fantastic display, there was plenty to like about Samsung's Galaxy S8 (review). But a two-week period isn't ideal when it comes to a comprehensive review. After all, slowdown can occur, battery life could suffer and other issues could pop up months down the line. Fortunately, we've still got our seeded unit as a daily driver. So how has Samsung's flagship fared after roughly six months of use? Hardware I haven't used the S8 without a cover for a while now, but the rare times I do pop the cover off, I do still appreciate the phone's design. There is...

  • Call of Duty: WW2 campaign review: heartless, headless, tactless

    For some strange reason (perhaps in preparation for the impending nuclear holocaust), the last 12 months have seen the gaming world remember the Great Wars -- two periods in human history that will never be forgotten. For many, they can't ever be forgotten. They've shaped our current maps, nations, boundaries and demilitarised zones. Statues, capital cities, agreements and accords. They've influenced so many of us, that you'll be hard pressed to find someone without an opinion about one of them. The strongest opinions have however come from game developers. Late last year, EA's DICE released Battlefield 1 -- a game that took a look at World...

  • iPhone 8 Plus review: a refined 7 Plus with wireless charging

    Apple's plus-sized iPhone used to be the belle of the ball. Packing a larger battery, improved camera hardware and a dual-camera setup (as of the iPhone 7 Plus), it clearly had plenty of advantages over the smaller device. But the iPhone 8 Plus is in a weird predicament, as Apple positions it as the Johnnie Walker Black of the smartphone world. Sure, it's got the Johnnie Walker name on it, but it's not the iPhone X's Johnnie Walker Blue, is it? Nevertheless, the iPhone 8 Plus looks like a respectable if unspectacular upgrade on paper over the iPhone 7 Plus. Let's start...

  • Forza Motorsport 7 review: more like Forza 6.5?

    We've gotten to the point where a new Forza game is expected every year, as inevitable as a new Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed title. So does that mean Forza Motorsport 7 is a paint-by-numbers entry that shows signs of franchise fatigue? Let's start with the visual department, being a strong point for Forza Motorsport with each entry (save for FM 2 though). This year's title looks as fantastic as ever, featuring 1080p/60fps visuals on the base model Xbox One -- much like Forza Motorsport 6. I'm hard-pressed to point out any particular visual improvement over the previous FM title on...

  • iFrogz Coda wireless headset: great sound, but imperfect

    The iFrogz Coda wireless headset is a neat little piece of technology that, while producing great sound, is far from perfect. Let's start with the basics. The Bluetooth headset comes packed with a short charging cable and three sets of ear tips. The plastic device is made to clip onto your collar, and the wires are just over 30cm long. The body itself is light yet sturdy, and I -- a very accident prone individual -- have never worried about breaking it. At first blush, the magnetic clip seems worryingly weak, as if a small tug will pull it off your collar...

  • Golf Story review: you should get Switch’s indie treasure

    While big titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey have dominated coverage of Nintendo Switch games, the console has a few lesser-known titles that are absolute gems. One such game is Golf Story, an indie RPG by the small studio Sidebar Games. Unlike many indie titles on the console, it was developed solely for Nintendo's platform. The term "console seller" is usually reserved for major exclusives, but Golf Story is an exclusive that will unexpectedly sneak into your heart and make you glad you bought the console. So, after many hours playing this unexpected entry, how did the game measure up? Errr…...

  • InvisibleShield for Samsung Galaxy S8 review: compromised protection

    Screen protectors on today's flagship smartphones are damn near essential, even more so when said flagship is the made-of-eggshells Samsung Galaxy S8. Since the device launched earlier this year, I've heard one too many horror stories of users dropping their devices and completely ruining their screens. Thankfully, I haven't binned mine just yet, but I have however gone some lengths to protect it. Already rocking a fairly sturdy case I received at another launch event, American company ZAGG popped through an InvisibleShield screen protector for me to slap on and review as well. So how has it coped with my daily usage? First...