Sony Xperia Z2 comes with free Bravia TV on Vodafone

The first 3,000 people to order the 5.2-inch Z2 from Vodafone get a 32-inch Sony Bravia television thrown in for free.

By |March 10th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Sony Xperia Z2 up for pre-order from £47 per month at Phones 4U

The high-street phone flogger has pumped out some pricey deals on Sony’s sharp new blower — we’d plump for a SIM-free deal if we were you.

By |March 6th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Introduction and designIn recent years, the predominant tablet trend has been towards compact ones such as the iPad mini 2, the Google Nexus 7, and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7. Now, with Apple’s much-rumoured iPad maxi on the horizon, a new craze for super-sized tablets could be set to take hold.With Samsung yet to launch a wholly convincing compact tablet of its own, it will be hoping to get a strong foothold in the fledgling maxi-tablet category with the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.This is a formidable tablet in every way, with a premium spec sheet and an extensive list of software features that those familiar with the Note series will already be aware of.As well as that 12.2-inch 2560 x 1600 display, Samsung has gone big on specs. Sporting a custom 1.9GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera and Samsung’s integrated S Pen stylus, it’s one of the best-equipped tablets I’ve ever used.Of course, with a launch price of around £649 ($850, which is around AU$940), you’d damned well expect such class-leading components.That price places it somewhere in between the 128GB iPad Air at £639 and the 64GB Microsoft Surface Pro 2 at £719. Or, to put it another way, the best model of the best tablet ever and the most powerful tablet ever.No pressure, then.Samsung is clearly aiming for the same premium-business end of the market as those two elite tablets. Let’s see if it’s managed to close the deal.Size isn’t everythingYou know those tablet and smartphone reviews where the writer says that a device is deceptively large, and doesn’t feel as big and bulky as it is on paper? This isn’t going […]

By |March 5th, 2014|Phone Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Mini Review: iPro Lens for iPhone 5/5S

IntroductionThe iPro Lens comes to us as iPhoneography is now being helped with lens accessories and attachments. And if you’re looking to expand the capabilities of your iPhone 5 or 5S’ camera, you could do with the likes of iPro Lens.Similar to Olloclip, you slap lens attachments over your iPhone’s camera, and you’ve either got telephoto, macro or wide angle capabilities.There’s something to be said about working within the confines of the iPhone camera’s natural field of view and how it forces us to be more creative within that space. But if you’ve been pushing those limits for years now, the iPro Lens can help you take your art to another level.HardwareFirst, let’s start with the hardware. Most iPhone lens attachments come with cases or clips that allow the lenses to be affixed to the phone. In the case of the iPro Lens, you have to use the case that comes with the package.The case has a mount right over the iPhone’s camera that allows quick mounting and changing of lenses. Its design allows lenses to be mounted with just a short twist, rather than having screw threads that make you screw on the lens attachments.The mount for the lenses feels secure, so I really appreciate its simplicity and the ease with which I can change lenses.The lenses themselves mount into their casing the same way, and the casing comes in a tube shape that separates and screws together to form a handle. When screwed together, the handle can be screwed into the case on the iPhone, giving you a makeshift grip for shooting videos and more.Photos of the accessory probably do a better job describing what the thing actually looks like.Overall, the pieces fit […]

By |March 4th, 2014|Phone Reviews|0 Comments

HTC One KitKat upgrade suspended in UK due to difficulties

The KitKat update for the HTC One has been temporarily suspended due to some issues, HTC has said.

By |March 4th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Review: Updated: Google Nexus 5

Introduction and designThe Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat carries on the recent tradition of top-tier specs and relatively budget prices from Google, and in this review, we’re going to take a look at whether the device hangs with the best of them.We’ve come to expect Nexus devices to be developer-only handsets that never reach the type of hype or adoption that the HTC One or Galaxy S4 would get. Google doesn’t really advertise Nexus devices to the masses the way that Samsung or Apple does, and Nexus devices are generally not on par with other flagship handsets in terms of build quality and performance.When the Nexus 4 launched in late 2012, the most enticing thing was its initial low, low price point. For an unlocked device with decent hardware, it seemed like a steal. But we soon learned that its shortcomings were often too much to bear.Now we’re at the Nexus 5, a solid smartphone with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset and 2GB RAM. It has a 2,300mAh battery and a 5-inch 1080p display. It also features the latest version of Android – 4.4 KitKat.You’d think it would come with a hefty price tag, but for 16GB and 32GB versions, you’re only looking at $399 and $449 respectively. If you’re thinking it seems too good to be true, we can’t blame you. What, if any, corners did LG and Google have to cut in order to bring the price down to affordable levels?Let’s skip the boring Nexus history lesson and dive right into what matters – the Nexus 5 itself.FutTv : FL7M22R26Ps30DesignFirst, let’s talk hardware design. The Nexus 5 features a 5-inch 1080p IPS display – that’s 1920 x 1080, giving us 445 PPI. […]

By |March 4th, 2014|Phone Reviews|0 Comments

New HTC One to be more metal as HTC Watch closes in UK

HTC’s second teaser trailer for the new HTC One promises it’ll be “even more metal”. Meanwhile, HTC is closing its film service in the UK.

By |March 3rd, 2014|News|0 Comments

Review: REVIEW: Lytro Light Field Camera review

Despite the best efforts of some avid post-capture sharpeners the focus point of most images is set at the point of capture. However, the Lytro Light Field Camera allows the focus point to be changed after the image is captured, so you switch from an object in the foreground being sharp to the background. The image refocuses before your eyes.Lytro has managed to achieve this feat by fitting a microlens array in front of the Light Field Camera’s sensor to scatter light exiting the lens in different directions depending upon the angle at which it hit the array. This information is then used to calculate how the light would have responded if the lens was focused at a different distance.FeaturesWhile the Light Field Camera’s capabilities maybe revolutionary, its regular specification is not so exciting in comparison with more conventional cameras. The ’11-Megaray sensor’, for example only produces images of around 1080×1080 pixels.There’s also an 8x zoom lens that has a focal length equivalence of 43-340mm, but this is limited to the 43-150mm range in ‘Everyday mode’.The aperture is fixed at f/2, but with the Manual Control option selected it is possible to set the shutter speed (1/250-8sec) and sensitivity (ISO 80-3200) settings, or apply a neutral density filter. However, most users are likely to leave the exposure to the camera, or use a tap on-screen in Everyday mode to lock the exposure.Somewhat dictated by the slim, but block-like design of the Light Field Camera the screen, which is touch-sensitive, measures just 1.52-inches and has a lowly dot count of 128×128 (16,384dots).Unusually, there is no memory card slot and images are stored on the internal memory, which is 8GB or 16GB depending upon the model. According […]

By |March 3rd, 2014|Phone Reviews|0 Comments

Nokia X rooted, gets Google Play access and Google Now

Nokia’s Android-powered X mobile has been rooted, giving it full access to the Google Play store and Google Now.

By |March 2nd, 2014|News|0 Comments

All New HTC One official images, price and specs leak

The New HTC One has leaked in a big way, with official images, specs, and even a price coming our way.

By |March 1st, 2014|News|0 Comments