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Sony Xperia ZR blasts through our office with IP58 certification and a pink paint job

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The Sony Xperia ZR has rushed into our office in dire need of review treatment. Before that though, we are giving it a quick test drive in front of our camera to show you some of its awesome features.

You can’t really mistake the Xperia ZR, can you? Especially with this cool pink paint job, which should really become a favorite of the ladies. It looks the part thanks to the high quality plastic used, which feels very sturdy and premium. Read more »

Compact tablets battle: Google Nexus 7 2 vs iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7

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Google announced a second-generation Nexus 7, which retains the screen size, but increases the resolution tremendously to 1920 x 1200 pixels. This continues the affordable slate’s role as yardstick for other portable Android tablets to be measured against. But how does it stack up against Apple’s portable tablet warrior – the iPad mini? Should you rush to the Google Play Store to get one to replace your first-gen Nexus 7?

We’ve prepared a quick comparison table that’ll bring you another step closer to making the decision. Read more »

Battery tests for the Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom are done, results are inside

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom is a rework of the Galaxy Camera from last year, and it’s based on the Galaxy S4 mini, rather than the Galaxy S III. While shooting photos may be one of the primary goals of the S4 zoom, the device is a proper smartphone.

It’s got a slightly bigger battery than the S4 mini – 2,330mAh vs. 1,900mAh – but the chipset is older, let’s see how that balances out. Read more »

‘Colin McRae Rally’ for iOS game review

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The Colin McRae Rally series is the epitome of rallying games. The very first game came out back in 1998 and although the series has largely stuck to consoles and the PC, there have been a few versions for handheld device along the way.

The very first Colin McRae game that I played was actually Colin McRae Rally 2005 for the N-Gage. This might sound strange for anyone who hasn’t owned an N-Gage but it was an utterly fantastic game that set the benchmark really high for me for mobile racing games. The latest iteration in the series, named simply Colin McRae Rally, is now available on iOS devices and has rather large shoes to fill. Let’s see if it manages to do that. Read more »

BlackBerry Q5 stops by at HQ, we give it the camera treatment

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BlackBerry Q5 is company’s second QWERTY smartphone to run the latest generation of its new BlackBerry 10 platforms. It is supposed to bring the complete BlackBerry experience at a more affordable price point compared to the premium BlackBerry Q10.

The BlackBerry Q5 comes with a 3.1-inch 720x720px IPS LCD display and is powered by the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with a dual-core 1.2GHz Krait processor, Adreno 225 graphics and 2GB of RAM. Read more »

We go hands-on with the HTC One mini, compare it with its big bro

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The HTC One mini just went official and we were lucky enough to get to handle the new diminutive handset. The One mini takes the aluminum unibody, UltraPixel camera, BoomSound stereo speakers and Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 of the regular One and compacts them into a smaller package with a 4.3″ 720p screen.

So, how much smaller is it? It’s 5mm shorter and 5mm narrower (about 0.2″ on a side) and lighter too – 122g vs. 143g for the big One. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the thickness. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini battery life test is over, check out the scores

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We’ve already finished our in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and it’s live on our homepage. And since we got to spend enough time with the Galaxy S4 mini, we also made it jump through the hoops of our traditional battery test routine.

The Galaxy S4 mini is powered by a 1900 mAh battery that should provide enough juice for the dual-core Snapdragon 400 chipset and the Super AMOLED qHD screen. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition battery life tests are done, here are the results

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition was met with a lot of excitement – one of the hottest official pure Android smartphones sent shivers down geeks’ spines. How has ripping out the TouchWiz mods affected the battery life? It brought it down as it turned out in our review.

Now, we know Nexus devices get a lot of jokes about battery life, but this isn’t technically a Nexus phone. Also, it was only the talk time that really changed, everything else seems to be as expected. Read more »

‘Tiny Thief’ for iOS and Android game review

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The name Rovio has long been associated only with the Angry Birds series. Although the company has tried to branch out a bit by releasing titles such as Amazing Alex and Bad Piggies in the past, neither managed to emulate the success of Angry Birds, which also meant Rovio kept going back to the well and kept releasing more Angry Birds game to the point where it’s now hard to tell which one’s which.

Thankfully, the game we are reviewing today, although from Rovio, is not another Angry Birds title. Born out of the Rovio Stars program, Tiny Thief is far away from the Angry Birds universe as it can be. Let’s see what Rovio’s latest experiment is like. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 cases by Spigen hands-on

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The Korean mobile accessories powerhouse Spigen SGP offers a range of protective cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4, rivaled only by their Apple iPhone 5 range. From tempered glass screen protectors, all the way to magnetic flip cases, there’s a model to cater to everyone’s taste.

Over the years, Spigen SGP has established a reputation for offering products with premium design and quality. Therefore, when I got to the chance to spend time with some cases from the Samsung Galaxy S4 range, I had nothing but high expectations. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy NX review: Necessary EVIL

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The Samsung Galaxy NX is the third Android-powered digicam by Samsung and the first electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens (EVIL) camera to run Android. It is, in essence, a Galaxy Camera with a large APS-C sized sensor and lens mount.

The Galaxy NX promises to be the most versatile camera ever – Android gives it unmatched flexibility in terms of connectivity and sharing options and the large sensor and interchangeable lens combo is an all-round solution for different photography styles and shooting scenarios. Read more »

Micromax Canvas 4 hands-on: First look

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Micromax finally announced its much anticipated Canvas 4 smartphone – a 5″ 720p device that aims to become a one of the hits in the budget market. The successor of Canvas HD, which was one of the most popular smartphones, is powered by a quad-core processor and promises to deliver excellent value for your $295.

We were at the launch event and we got a chance to play with the smartphone for some time. Here is our first impression on the Micromax Canvas 4, complete with a bunch of live shots. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini comes back to the office, says it will stay for a complete review this time

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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini was announced a month after the Galaxy S4 flagship hit the shelves worldwide. The mini version is powered by a less capable dual-core Snapdragon 400 chipset but still runs on the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean skinned with Samsung’s own TouchWiz and promises the same solid smartphone experience as the flagship.

We did an extended preview at the announcement day, but now we get finally to meet with the final unit and do a complete review. Read more »

HTC One Google Play Edition came over, here comes the unboxing

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The much talked about HTC One Google Play Edition marries the Taiwanese flagship’s top notch design and hardware with stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The smartphone is currently on sale at the Google Play Store in the United States for $599, unlocked and contract-free.

As far as looks and hardware go, the HTC One Google Play Edition is no different than its Sense-d sibling. Read more »

‘Where’s My Mickey?’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 game review

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Disney’s original Where’s My Water? game has been pretty successful. Combining simple mechanics with thoughtful puzzles, it was a great way to quickly pass time. It’s sequel, Where’s My Perry? introduced a new character and story along with some new gameplay elements.

Having said that, Where’s My Perry? did feel like more of the same, so you’d think Disney would stop at that. But they haven’t and so now we have Where’s My Mickey?. Once again, we get more of the same sand swiping action and directing of fluids around the screen but with a different character, one we are all too familiar with. But will that be enough for you to consider spending your dollar (or two) on the game or should you give this one a pass? Let’s find out. Read more »