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‘RETRY’ for iOS and Android game review

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RETRY is the latest game from Rovio. The game has often been mistakenly been compared to Flappy Bird, despite the two having very little in common.

RETRY puts you in the cockpit of an out of control airplane that you have to guide through a series of obstacles to reach the finish line. Everything about the game suggests that it’s going to be difficult, so let’s see how difficult it really is. Read more »

Sony Xperia E3 battery life test

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The Sony Xperia E3 has Sony’s complete confidence of capable battery life. The manufacturer boasts about 2 days of power autonomy on the Xperia E3′s product page and we decided to hold them to their word.

Before we take a look at the numbers let’s get the specs out of the way. The Sony Xperia E3 packs a Snapdragon 400 chipset, 4.5″ display of 480x854px resolution and Android 4.4.2 KitKat, all powered by a 2,330mAh battery unit. Read more »

HTC One (M8) for Windows battery life test

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HTC One (M8) for Windows turned out quite an interesting smartphone, a great alternative to the original HTC One (M8). Our in-depth review has been live for a few days, so it’s time we the complete results of our battery life test with you.

The Windows-powered HTC One (M8) features the same hardware and battery as its Android counterpart. The two operating systems are completely different, though and we hoped Microsoft’s OS will be able to match or beat the very good battery rating we achieved with the Android One (M8) flavor. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands-on

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Thinner and lighter than an iPad mini, more resilient to water too. It’s the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, the third member of the Z3 family. Like the other two it’s waterproof and has front-facing stereo speakers, a Triluminos display and Snapdragon 801 chipset plus a camera with Exmor RS sensor.

There’s not much to the box – a charger and a microUSB cable. It may be worthwhile to invest in a magnetic charging dock or at least a cable so you don’t have to open the flap that protects the microUSB each time you want to charge the tablet. Read more »

‘Angry Birds Transformers’ for iOS and Android game review

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Angry Birds Transformers is the latest and tenth installment in the Angry Bird series of games. Made in collaboration with Hasbro, Angry Birds Transformers is based on the Transformers series, the original animated one, not the terrible movies made by Michael Bay.

After a soft launch the game is now available worldwide on iOS right now and will be available on Android at the end of the month. Anyway, let’s get on with the review. Read more »

Sony Xperia E3 hands-on

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The Sony Xperia E3 is Sony’s cheapest LTE smartphone on the market. It packs the usual set of characteristics for a lower-midrange smartphone, including a Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 5MP snapper and a 4.5″ 480x854px display.

The design isn’t as bland as the market position might lead you to believe – Sony has gone with a blend of the Xperia M2 Aqua and Z3 Compact and added four color options, including Yellow and Copper. Read more »

Apple iPad mini 3: is this the smallest upgrade we’ve ever seen?

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Apple’s iPad, iMac and OS X Yosemite event is now all done and as we reflect on it there were many highs, plenty of innovation even, but one particularly low point – the new iPad mini 3.

Apple gave the new iPad Air 2 a heap of time on stage because of its new 8MP iSight camera, its over the top 6.1mm frame, its new A8X chipset, its TouchID home button and its gold option. And the iPad mini 3 got a couple of quick slides – as if the company didn’t want to talk about it. And after digging a bit deeper into its specs sheet we think we know why – that’s by far the smallest step forward a device has needed a year to take. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for AT&T hands-on

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is about to launch in the United States this week, so we managed to spend quality time with an AT&T version of the flagship phablet. The SM-N910A will officially hit the carrier’s shelves this coming Friday, on October 17.

Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 packs the same specs as the international version we reviewed extensively. Read more »

‘Electronic Super Joy: Groove City’ for iOS game review

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Electronic Super Joy: Groove City, and its predecessor Electronic Super Joy, are two popular 2D side-scrolling platforming games. The games fall under the ‘masocore’ category, where the gameplay is extremely difficult and requires far too much patience and precision to play. Other than that the games are also known for their 8-bit graphics, epic EDM soundtrack, and tongue in cheek humor.

Although the original game never arrived on mobile, the developers have released the second version on iOS. I did enjoy both the games on PC, so I was looking forward to how the mobile version was going to be. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that great. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 battery life test

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 just passed our review gauntlet with flying colors and now its time we shed a little more light on its battery performance.

The latest Samsung flagship has a 3,220mAh battery that’s a mere 20mAh larger than the one inside its predecessor so we didn’t really expect the Galaxy Note 4 to blow it out of the water. But we were in for a surprise – what was already an excellent 75 hours of endurance turned to be a superb 87 hours on the latest phablet by Samsung. Read more »

BlackBerry Passport hands-on

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Canadian manufacturer BlackBerry has been hard at work trying to get back in the black. Its latest BlackBerry Passport flagship is an unconventional offering, and could be just crazy enough to work.

The Passport sports offers a QWERTY keypad alongside a 4.5-inch square display, which results in a ultra-wide 90.3mm footprint. Is the lack of one-handed capabilities too much of a sacrifice? Is having a square display actually a good thing? We get our hands on BlackBerry’s latest to find out. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Sony Xperia Z3 voted fan favorite

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Last week we wanted your take on another device released last month at IFA – the Sony Xperia Z3, and how it stacks up against the current crop of Android flagship competition.

The stylish aluminum frame, dual-glass panel design and IP68 waterproof certification was enough to put it ahead of devices like the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5. Let’s take a look at the scores. Read more »

Xiaomi Redmi Note battery life test

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Our review of Xiaomi Redmi Note is live at our homepage and it’s time we share the full breakdown of its battery test. The Redmi Note is a dual-SIM smartphone with a massive 5.5″ IPS display and a huge 3,200 mAh battery.

The Redmi Note is running on the MediaTek’s MT6592 chipset with octa-core Cortex-A7 processor, Mali-450MP4 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The Cortex-A7 are energy-efficient cores, but we’ve seen the same chipset performing rather poorly on the Alcatel Idol X+ and the Gionee Elife S5.5. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 Plus battery life test

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Now that the review is done it’s time to take a closer look at the Apple iPhone 6 Plus battery life and how it stacks up against the competition.

Apple’s biggest iPhone yet carries the biggest expectations for good performance and also the biggest battery among its peers (not counting iPads) so it should be able to outlast the smaller iPhone 6 easily. And it does – the numbers are inside. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on

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Hello, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we meet again. Now that we’re away from the IFA 2014 spotlights and the hectic showroom environment, it’s time to meet the company’s flagship phablet in a more personal setting.

Upon the first glance, we can’t help but enjoy how the Galaxy Note 4 feels in hand. The feel of the phablet, which now shares the metal frame with the Galaxy Alpha, is substantially better. Read more »