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Reviews

  • Reviewed: OLX Classifieds for iOS is a newsy app with bite

    This week I take a look at OLX Classifieds, an app that brings the much publicised web classifieds' service to the iPad. Even though OLX only launched a few months back, it feels as if it has been around forever. Everyone has seen the ad (especially if you're a YouTube junkie); a slightly out of shape dad gets ridiculed by his honest, entrepreneurial daughter for holding onto an exercise machine that he's used once, until she tells him how much she can get for it on OLX, and he sells it. It's a situation that we've all experienced and can...

  • Reviewed: iPad Speaker Stand – class without crass

    In swag-factor alone, Logitech's iPad Speaker Stand succeeds. The iPad (or iPhone if you're daring or stupid enough) cradles into the dock, charges and blasts music out of the ultra-loud speakers. For US$60 or so, it is a worthy purchase. Best part, the click when the iPad is rotated in place. Here, I've filmed it for posterity. Why's my arm so hairy? The speaker is stable, pumps out incredibly loud music without distortion and turns the iPad into a hot, sexy display of tech goodness. Sound is full stereo, the arm of the base is pitch adjustable and looks damn...

  • Pantone iPad Book Case [Review]

    The iPad is a lightweight device with minimalist design. The Pantone iPad Book Case is bulky, fairly heavy and covers the iPad like a piece of armour. Its great for keeping your investment safe and protected, but the device no longer feels sleek and sexy. The iPad fits into a sleeve, which has all the holes necessary for you to access the device's switches plus there's a cutaway for the camera to peek through. The stand works fairly well, with grooves in the leather that hold the iPad upright. The magnet is fairly weak and doesn't hold the cover closed...

  • Sony’s Xperia S hits the right notes [Review]

    It was the hypnotic, blue background swirl of the Xperia S which first drew me in. Like staring into the night sky, digital ribbons flux merrily on a 342PPI display. It's gorgeous, an apt display of this 1.5Ghz dual-core beast's powers. Sony's gone and pulled an ace out of it's smartphone collection and I'm pleased to say that the Xperia S is one of the better phones of this generation. Nothing is without its flaws though, and minor issues reign the Xperia back from being the next iPhone 4S or Galaxy S III. The design both impresses and disappoints,...

  • Targus Truss case for BlackBerry PlayBook [Review]

    This review can go one of two ways. Super short, punchy and insightful or long and rambling. I'm going for the former. Targus' Truss case is a beautifully realised accessory. It's jam-packed with oodles of luxury, stinks of class and turns the already gorgeous PlayBook into a tome of mighty power. Let me explain. The case is roughly US$40 depending on where you find it. If you find it laying in the road, it's free. If it's hanging in a fancy tech store, it's going to be US$40. But what a case it is. The (very) hard outer shell is pure...

  • Magic cube virtual keyboard: The future ain’t here [Review]

    Everyone wants a virtual keyboard and anyone who says otherwise is lying. Seriously, what could be cooler? When I got handed the virtual keyboard to review I squealed a little. My Matrixesque dreams were finally coming true. Since I was eight-years-old I have been waiting for hovercrafts and in-brain wireless technology. I feel technology is taking its sweet time to catch up with my ambitions. The virtual keyboard isn't the revolutionary tech I yearned for but it's a start. So here goes my ride with Magic Cube from Celluon. The tech that enables these kind of laser-based keyboards has actually...

  • Can the Vodafone SmartTab 7-inch beat its brethren? [Review]

    Steve Jobs was never all that big on seven inch tablets calling them "dead on arrival". Here at Gearburn, we're not so sure. We like the ultra-cheap Netsurfer Touch and we really like the BlackBerry PlayBook now that it's rocking OS 2.0. So, can Vodafone's seven inch offering match up to these two beauties? One thing is for certain -- it won't have as difficult-a-task of pleasing us as its 10-inch sibling. After all, that was starting to get into iPad and Galaxy Tab price territory without delivering anywhere near their specs. Everything that was discordant on Vodafone's...

  • Nokia Asha 201 — the opposite of excellence [Review]

    First impressions last the longest and if the Nokia Asha 201 was a person, I'd have slapped the taste out of its mouth the second it started speaking. Straight off the bat I can see that the Asha wasn't made for me. It's for the teens/tweens you know? The young at heart, the carefree who don't give a damn about responsive touchscreens, a decent camera, a fast display, a modern look or anything of that ilk. Onto the review. "Not terrible" is the phrase I'd associate with the design of the Asha. "A total clone of the BlackBerry Curve" is another....

  • Alcatel One Touch 990: Budget, but good [Review]

    I can’t recall that I’ve ever heard Alcatel smartphones being mentioned along mobile manufacturer heavyweights such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, RIM, Sony, Apple or even Huawei. I can vividly recall however, my first encounter with an Alcatel phone. I remember the frustration and subsequent catharsis I felt as I repeatedly bashed it against my car’s steering wheel shortly before throwing it out the window. That happened a few years ago. Since then, I’ve matured -- I’d like to think I’m less impetuous -- but have Alcatel’s consumer phones? When the One Touch 990 arrived at Gearburn HQ, no one...

  • Logitech Tablet Keyboard [Review]

    Was typing ever an issue on the iPad? For some, yeah it's a pain in the ass. The lack of tactile feedback leads to spelling errors, frustrations and eye rollings as you scream at the gods saying, "Why Apple, why?". So let's say that you fall into one of these camps. In this instance you need the Logitech Tablet Keyboard, an incredibly fancy piece of tech which connects via Bluetooth to an iPad, or an iPhone if you're mad enough. The US$70 keyboard makes typing much easier. It feels quite strange to not have a mouse alongside...