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  • iPad 2 vs Galaxy 10.1: Which one for Christmas?

    I don't know about you but I like fancy toys. I also like design, if the design doesn't grab me there is a chance I won't think twice about a product. This is why a Hermes scarf has the power to undo a person: it's sexy, sophisticated and chic. This is why I love the iPad 2 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. When I began drawing up my list for Santa I found it difficult to decide which of these sexy little babies I wanted. They both have great specs and both look amazing from a design point of view,...

  • PS Vita launches in the land of the rising sun

    Sony's PS Vita launched this weekend in Japan. The Vita launched at the considerably expensive price of 25 000Yen(US$320, without 3G) and 30 000Yen(US$380, with 3G) respectively. It will launch in Europe and the States in February 2012. The PS Vita is a powerful, portable gaming machine with a five-inch, multi-touch LED screen, GPS, dual cameras and wireless internet. The Vita also comes with a back-panel which also responds to touch. The Vita launches just in time for the holiday season. Gamers crowded the streets of Tokyo, such as Akihabara which is famous for being the digital heart of Japan....

  • Video: iPad 2 vs Galaxy Tab 10.1

    Samson versus Goliath, Apple versus Microsoft, Kim Jong Il versus a train. These classic battles are about to be undone by Steven and Michelle, both rocking an iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 respectively. The iPad 2 is Apple's mighty tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the one of the most powerful Android devices currently available. Which one will win the battle of the tablets? Gearburn's foremost gadget lovers battle it out.

  • Do I upgrade? iPhone 4 vs 4S

    The iPhone 4S launched in October, and now here we are in December, ready for its South Africa launch (tomorrow, Fri 16th). Is it worth upgrading? Or switching from another mobile brand? Gearburn does the world's most concise iPhone 4S upgrade guide. Power The 4S is a lot more powerful than the iPhone 4. Moves from single-core A4 to a 1 GHz dual core A5. First-for-iPhone dual core graphics co-processor. You can also now get an iPhone 4S with a thumping big 64GB of storage on board. Still no SD card slot. Boo! Siri The AI, voice-activated interface that you can ask questions...

  • iOS 5.1 beta fixes iPhone 4S battery vampire

    The battery vampire plaguing certain iPhone 4S users will be staked by iOS5.1, the version just released to Apple developers as a beta. iOS 5.1 will run on iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, the iPads and the most recent iPod Touches. Known as “Batterygate”, iPhone 4S users complained about the intense levels of power drain which their phones experienced. Fingers were pointed at Siri, the personal voice assistant for the iPhone 4S, as well as the inability for the A5 CPU and the various phone systems to play nice. The iPhone 4S battery draining issue is not the only bug being quashed,...

  • Gearburn’s Top Tablets of 2011

    Tablets exploded onto the scene in 2011. The iPad 2, the previous benchmark by which tablets where judged suddenly found its back up against the wall when Motorola, Asus, BlackBerry and countless others trickled out of the development cycle. Here's Gearburn's roundup of the killer tablets of the year. BlackBerry PlayBook It made a splash, but for all the wrong reasons. The PlayBook is powerful, sturdy and excellent for content viewing but a chore in the usability department. Forced to sync to a BlackBerry phone in order use the email and calender? Come on. A tiny selection of PlayBook apps for...

  • App Review: SwiftKey X keyboard for effortless typing

    SwiftKey X is a very clever little app that understands your typing style almost better than you do! At 3.5 megs, it’s quite small for an app that replaces your entire touch-screen keyboard. SwiftKey X works by smartly predicting your words as you type. This is done by quickly scanning your previous keyboard sessions and quite accurately guessing what words you will type according to your typical style. As you begin your sentence, words automatically appear. Most of the time, you need not type any more but just select the next word. It’s almost as if your mind and the...

  • Top Ten Non-Shooters of 2011

    With endless shooters dominating the market, the more discerning gamer might want more from his game of the year nominees. Yes, 2011 was a great year for shooters, but what about those other pesky genres? Surely four hour campaigns and glossy graphics can’t be all that there is to this cruel gaming life? Luckily there is! And so on with our best non-shooters of 2011. Batman: Arkham City (PS3, XBOX 360, PC) Batman: Arkham Asylum was unlucky to lose out on game of the year 2009. It had some stiff competition and Uncharted 2 (the winner) was simply amazing. For this...

  • Gearburn Award: Best Innovation in Hardware 2011

    As a gadget site we’re not looking at core hardware innovations that shake the world, we’re looking at the awesome innovations that knocked our socks off. Often the impact of radical innovations doesn't become apparent for a few years. Accurate, reliable capacitive touch-screens, for example. So we’re reaching a bit, but these are the innovations we think you’ll look back on in a year and say, “Wow – that’s where our gadget world leaped forward.” Third Runner Up – In-device WiFi This has been coming slowly but steadily, but 2011 is where it started to become a feature you’d kinda expect....

  • PlayStation Vita user interface explored

    The PlayStation Vita, Sony's last-ditch attempt to wrangle in hand-held gamers who have migrated to the infinitely cheaper iOS and Android gaming market, offers innovation via a smartphone-like UI. Hardware and software specifications have been rolling around the Internet, but until now, the Vita's interface has not seen the light of day. Tellingly, the five-inch touchscreen navigates in a similar form to the Android OS. The display, crisp and lag-free, is built on gesture control, with a swipe navigating the animated menus. The home screen is broken up into rows of icons, alternating between three to four icons per row....