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Reviews

  • Nokia 808 PureView — from zero to hero?

    As Nokia's Symbian hardware development comes to an end, its long awaited "Game Changer" device has finally hit the UK streets with its killer camera. Although the Nokia N8 has long held the crown of the Finnish firm's best camera phone available, the Nokia 808 PureView has arrived with its 41MP camera. The amount of hardware required to support its functionality causes the Nokia 808 PureView to weigh in at a hefty 169g - compared with the 140giPhone 4S, 133g Samsung Galaxy S3 and 130g HTC One X. As well as its weight, the Nokia 808 PureView - with its 4" AMOLED ClearBlack display - isn't exactly...

  • TomTom Go Live 1005 World, a GPS bar none

    Who needs a GPS when you have a smartphone, right? Wrong. The TomTom Go Live 1005 showed me a different world where you can watch the road and know where you’re going at the same time. It is an amazing world where dogs don’t have to worry about being run over by distracted motorists following directions on their phones. Where hidden speed cameras are hidden no more. The TomTom Go Live 1005 opened up a world of new opportunities for me; of time gained; of money saved. Design It has a 5-inch screen, and that is just right. Any smaller and...

  • Philips Fidelio, an Android docking station to be proud of

    This a little difficult for me to admit, but I've always been jealous the docking stations available to anyone with an iDevice. So when the US$200 Phillips Fidelio Android docking station landed in the Gearburn offices my interest was very much piqued. Admittedly most of those docking speaker I was so jealous of were originally intended for iPods. Still, the fact that someone could just plug their iPhone (a top of the line one is more than capable of handling all but the most insane music collections) into a docking station and rock away was a little frustrating. So...

  • Focus – The List App, honed to perfection

    I'm impressed. Focus -- The List App is a streamlined, comprehensive task manager which cuts out the bullshit, replacing it with laser-focused precision. It's that good, here's why: Cutting the clutter We have busy lives. The cycle of work, pleasure and indulgence spins around us in dizzying circles of happy chaos. Keeping the dots connected means writing shit down, making shit up and keeping shit together. Some of us don't have the capacity for...

  • 5 cooking apps that’ll turn you into a Masterchef

    I’ll start this article off with some complete honesty: besides toasted sandwiches and the occasional omelette here and there, I’m not much of cook. Sure, I can braai (South African term for BBQ) with the best of them, but when it comes to the kitchen, I am absolutely hopeless. I’ve always had some sort of interest in getting into cooking, but because my lovely wife is such a good cook (and is scared of contracting something fatal from my undercooked attempts), I’ve never really tried my hand at it. Recently though, I decided that I needed to at least learn...

  • Motorola Xoom 2: the anti-iPad

    As soon as the delivery man arrived in the ‘burn offices, I knew we were in for trouble. His demeanour suggested we were to be in possession of something dark and edgy for the next two weeks. We all stared as our hirsute Gearburn editor opened the package. He stared at it for a moment, looked around the room and walked slowly over to me. “Here you go Stu, you like tablets,” he said, in much the same tone as I imagine a judge might when condemning a man to death. It was the Motorola Xoom 2. “Sequels are...

  • Aspire Timeline U review [Video]

    Ultrabooks are a contentious gadget. Labelled by Intel as the next big thing, the Ultrabook is nothing short of being the laptop to lust after. Does the Aspire Timeline U fit into this mold? Can it compete with the lightening-fast, ultra-sexy laptops offered by Apple? Does it have the chops to deal with the loving knocks and blows team Gear throws at it? Let's delve into the video and see if the Aspire Timeline U has what it takes to succeed in a tech world filled with needless titles.

  • Fujifilm Finepix S4200: Super or not?

    It was just earlier this year that Fujifilm launched its new S-series high-end bridge cameras, but it didn't seem to have hit many stores in SA yet. What is quite refreshing is that the retail stores selling the Fujifilm cameras was quite in the know about the new range, so at least Fuji is doing a good job marketing its cameras. The S-series (the S most likely an abbreviation for “super”) consists of 4 cameras of which the S4200 landed at the Gearburn office to be reviewed. It is replacing the S4000 which sold for around R2700 so my...

  • Meet Luna — light at your fingertips

    Ever walked into a bar and lamented the fact that you couldn't go to the nearest girl and say, 'hey baby, wanna come back to my place and check out my backlit keyboard?' Well now you can -- with the Luna from Moshi (SPOILER ALERT: don't use your keyboard as a pickup line, even if you do own the Luna from Moshi). Specialising in high-end Apple accessories, Moshi's range focuses on style -- it's not just a gadget, it's a lifestyle. Fortunately this electronic accessory just so happens to function pretty darn well too.  Word processing, designing, gaming, number crunching --...

  • Angry Birds creators new game Amazing Alex is forgettable fun

    The crack-like addiction of Angry Birds isn't really matched by Rovio's latest time-waster, Amazing Alex, but the game's worth a few wasted hours, here and there. First off, it's a game we've played a hundred times before. Cheekily, Rovio took iOS game Casey’s Contraptions and polished it up with a 2012 sheen. The aforementioned game has now been removed from the app store, to make way for Amazing Alex. If we dig back into the 90s, we'd find that Amazing Alex directly cribs The Incredible Machine series to a tee. Onto the review. Like Cut the Rope, Amazing Alex takes place in a makeshift environment. This time, some kid's filthy home....