Galaxy S5 on Three to start at £38 per month

Samsung’s new flagship is shaping up to be pretty pricey, as Three also sticks a cap on its data tethering plans.

By |March 18th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Apple's Jony Ive blasts 'anonymous, poorly-made objects'

Sir Jony Ive blasts “anonymous, poorly-made objects” and “theft” of Apple designs in a rare interview.

By |March 17th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Hands-on review: TCL 48FS4690 review

TCL demoed its price-slashed 48-inch television to us behind closed doors at its iconic Chinese Theater in Hollywood on the same night the venue premiered the hack-and-slash movie sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire. Both the new 1080p TV set and the film deliver fairly predictable performances, but ones that undercut plenty of rivals.The tactical advantage to the TCL 48FS4690 is that it costs just $450, a price that’s cheaper than any LED-LCD TV we could find with similar specs and build quality in the same size class. The 48-inch Insignia NS-48D510NA15 comes close to matching that price point, but it includes one less HDMI port and has a more plastic design.The 48FS4690 features 120Hz CMI with a true 60Hz refresh rate and direct-lit LED technology with overall better uniformity than popular edge-lit sets. Of course, a direct-light panel means the dimensions are a little thicker than simple edge-lit TVs that offer those unbelieveable ultra-thin edges. The TCL’s HDTV is just “regular thin” with a still-frontroom-worthy depth of 3 inches.At its foot is a sturdy glass base that’s 7.7 inches from back to front. This holds up the budget-priced 1080p picture that is 31 lbs with the stand attached. Anyone who plans to hang it without the stand needs to account for a weight of 26.5 lbs and a VESA compatible mount.At 48-inches diagonally, the screen and bezel measure 42.8 inches x 24.8 inches. From top to bottom, it’s 26.5 inches, just in case you need to fit it into a cabinet.1080p without the extrasThe TCL 48FS4690 is able to keep the price under $10 per inch by cutting out all of the extras. There’s no local dimming to this direct-lit panel as expected, it […]

By |March 15th, 2014|Phone Reviews|0 Comments

EE-branded 4G Android phone spied, set for cheapo high speeds

EE’s planning an own-brand Android phone for cheapskates who want to pay over the odds for superfast mobile data, according to a new leak.

By |March 14th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Hands-on review: Updated: Olympus OM-D E-M10

Introduction and featuresOlympus is hoping that the new OM-D E-M10 will find favour in the same way as the OM-10 did when it was launched way back in 1979. Whereas the OM-10 was the first consumer-level camera in Olympus’s OM series of SLRs, and went on to be a big hit and a popular choice for family photography, the Olympus E-M10 is the first consumer-level model in the highly-respected OM-D series. It sits below the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Olympus OM-D EM-1 in the company’s line-up of Micro Four Thirds compact system cameras.Update: our full review of the Olympus E-M10 is underway and will be with you soon. In the meantime we’ve added some of our lab test results and sample images to this hands on review.For those unsure of the difference, the Olympus OM-D series distinguishes itself from the Pen series (Olympus Pen E-PM2, Pen E-PL5 and Pen E-P5) by its more SLR-like styling and the presence of a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF).FeaturesMany of the features found in the E-M10 are the same as in the Olympus E-M5, the original OM-D. The Four Thirds type (17.3x13mm) 16.1-million-pixel LiveMOS sensor and 1,440,000-dot electronic viewfinder, for example. This means that unlike the E-M1’s sensor there is an optical low-pass filter present. However, rather than using the TruePic VI engine of the E-M5, Olympus has used the TruPic VII processor that is found in the top-end OM-D E-M1.The TruPic VII processor incorporates Fine Detail II Technology that adapts processing to the characteristics of individual lenses and aperture settings. It is also claimed to allow better noise control. These two features may mean that the new E-M10 could produce better quality images than the E-M5.This processor also allows […]

By |March 14th, 2014|Phone Reviews|0 Comments

iOS 8 leaked screenshots suggest Mac apps coming to iPhone

Leaked screenshots suggest that Preview and TextEdit apps from your Mac are coming to iOS 8 as well as Apple’s fitness tracker Healthbook.

By |March 13th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Review: Toshiba Chromebook

IntroductionChromebooks are a bundle of contradictions, budget laptops that are both weird and brilliant, underpowered yet potent. They pack basic computing functionality into the Chrome OS, a web browser masquerading as an operating system. The search giant’s OS and mobile computer spec are just a few years old, but companies like HP, Samsung and Acer already have several models on the market.The other firms may have a headstart but the Toshiba Chromebook has come out swinging, the first with a larger 13.3-inch screen, plus two USB 3.0 ports.Size and speedy ports aside, the Toshiba Chromebook is nearly identical to its competitors on paper. Looks, however, are a different story.DesignSave for the Google branded HP Chromebook 11, these frugal Google machines are largely lacking in personality. The 11.6-inch Acer C720 Chromebook is a nondescript merging of gray and black plastic pieces. The 14-inch HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook rocks smudge-prone glossy plastic all over.An all-plastic, silver-gray frame, the Toshiba Chromebook sports a pocked surface on its lid and underside. Toshiba hasn’t pulled off anything extraordinary here, but rather employed its trademark budget design from its Windows 8 machines. While it generally looks bland next to slightly more stylish low-price laptops, it stands out among the largely drab Chromebook lineup.A chrome Toshiba logo and a glossy Chrome logo make the final touches on the outside. Opening the lid reveals a rather plain-looking keyboard deck and bezel, but it’s the matte plastic that I appreciate most throughout. Not only does it give a slightly soft shine, it’s almost impervious to fingerprints and smudges. It’s details like this that go a long way in design.An answer for everythingIf you’re new to the Chrome OS, it might surprise you how much […]

By |March 13th, 2014|Phone Reviews|0 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders begin on 28 March

The long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S5 is one step closer for British phone fans, available to order on 28 March.

By |March 12th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Hands-on review: Samsung Chromebook 2

More laptops based on Google’s Chrome OS are hitting the market and Samsung’s second generation of Chromebook is testament to the resolute approach Google’s partners have adopted.The Korean company had its Chromebook 2 11-inch and 13-inch Chromebooks on display at its booth at CeBIT 2014 in Germany, two models that it announced earlier this month.The new Chromebooks (XE503-C12 and XE503-C32 respectively) will sell alongside the original one, bringing the total number of inventory units on the market to three. Prices in the UK have yet to be announced but we expect the 11-inch to retail for around £250 and the high-end, 13-inch model to hit £350.Faux leatherThe two models come with a faux-leather finish at the back of the screen. The material used is likely to divide opinions, as it did on its introduction at IFA last year with the Galaxy Note 3.We briefly handled the two flavours of Samsung’s Chromebook 2. As a reminder, both come with an octo-core Samsung Exynos processor, possibly the Exynos 5410, which has four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 subprocessors in the dynamically scaling CPU configuration known as big.LITTLE. The A15 subprocessors are clocked at 1.9GHz on the 11-inch model and at 2.1GHz on the 13-inch one.Apart from size and keyboard layout, the other major difference is screen resolution: the 11-inch model spans 1,366×768 pixels while the bigger Chromebook has a full HD resolution which falls short of Google’s high-end Pixel Chromebook but is still significantly higher than the rest of the competition.That particular model was not working properly which meant that we couldn’t visually compare the screen quality on both Chromebooks. Expect the 13-inch model to be marginally sharper as it boosts a higher pixel density (170 vs 142ppi).Hangout […]

By |March 12th, 2014|Phone Reviews|1 Comment

Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 now updating to Android 4.4.2 KitKat

The latest Android 4.4 update has begun for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in the UK.

By |March 11th, 2014|News|0 Comments