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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 hits our office, hands-on video is inside

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is arguably the most interesting of the latest generation Samsung slates. It’s an affordable dual-core tablet running on the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and the 1280 x 800 pixel resolution isn’t as big an issue as it is on the 10″ screen of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz is on top, of course, full of useful apps and services.

The SamsungGalaxy Tab 3 8.0 is a thinner, lighter and S-Pen-less version of the Galaxy Note 8.0. It’s cheaper too, so you may be willing to forgive the less capable chipset. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 drops in for a hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is the largest member of the new Tab 3 lineup, and it has stopped by our studio for a quick hands-on before it gets whisked away for a full review.

The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is one the first Samsung tablets to run on Intel’s new Atom Z2560 chipset, and we’re eager to see how it fares under Samsung’s Android Jelly Bean build with TouchWiz optimizations. Read more »

Nokia Wireless Charging Plate and Fatboy Pillow review

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Nokia was among the first manufacturers to include Wireless Charging tech into its smartphones and has a rather cool line of Wireless Charging accessories. We have two of them here at HQ and they work together nicely to carry out their out-the-way no-wires-needed assignments with style.

The Wireless Charging Plate and Fatboy-made Wireless Charging Pillow go very well together. The Wireless Charging Plate is the soul of the operation but it you want to encompass your handset in a lavish pillow you can put the plate inside the Wireless Charging Pillow and just drop the phone on it without worrying it will get scuffed or scratched. Read more »

Ferrari by Logic3 P200 over-ear headphones review

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At a first glance, the Ferrari by Logic3 P200 over-ear headphones are nothing like the manufacturer’s S100i which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago. Unlike the small, sleek-looking S100i in-ear offering, the P200 are as large and imposing a pair of headphones, as they get.

Like the in-ear S100i headset, the Ferrari by Logic3 P200 headphones are part of the manufacturer’s Scuderia collection. The headset’s design is inspired by Ferrari’s rich racing heritage – it is modeled after the headphones worn by the car maker’s F1 team members in the pits during a race. Hit the break to find out what it’s like to live with them on a daily basis! Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active rebuffs our attempts to put it in the sink, goes in front of our camera instead

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is one of the several Galaxy S4 variations but is the one (so far) that stays the closest to the original specs of the S4 flagship. And just like other S4 variations it brings something new to the table, an IP67 certification in this case.

What that means is that the Sony Xperia Z is no longer the only 5″ 1080p flagship that is waterproof. Who would have thought there would be competition among phones that can play the latest 3D games in full glory and then shoot video under water? Read more »

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy NX Android-powered interchangeable lens camera

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At their Premiere event in New York Samsung gave us a chance to briefly check out their just announced Galaxy NX camera. We hurried over to where the camera itself was exhibited along with many NX mount lenses.

The benefit of having a choice of interchangeable lenses is one of the crucial advantages that the Galaxy NX has over last year’s Galaxy Camera and this year’s Galaxy S4 Zoom.

The other, of course, is the large APS-C sensor with a 20.3MP effective resolution. Physically, that translates into a sensor that’s much bigger than the sensor in any smartphone. Read more »

Huawei Ascend Mate battery test is over, see the results inside

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We’ve already published our Huawei Ascend Mate review and as usual we made the device jump though our battery test hoops. The Ascend Mate is powered by a huge 4050 mAh Li-Ion battery and we expected nothing less than spectacular results.

Huawei Ascend Mate is running on a quad-core chipset with a 1.5GHz Cortex A9 processor and a 16-core graphics. The screen is 6.1″ big, so we can safely say the Ascend Mate is a power-hungry device. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 cases by Cygnett hands-on

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Being one of the fastest growing designers and makers of mobile accessories, Cygnett naturally released a range of Samsung Galaxy S4 cases. Created in Australia, Cygnett products aim to bring design flare and substance into one package – enough to get me curious enough to want to spend time with them.

With tens of millions Samsung Galaxy S4 units expected to be sold, it is hardly a surprise that there’s an overwhelming amount of cases available for the Korean smartphone flagship. Starting with the offerings by Cygnett, I will try and cover some of the notable players in this field, worthy of your attention. Read more »

We give iOS 7 beta a try on an iPhone 5, the video is inside

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Apple released the first iOS 7 beta yesterday and we just couldn’t keep our hands off it. We just couldn’t wait until the fall to give the latest version of the Apple platform a try. We’ve installed the new iOS on an iPhone 5 and we’ve restored it from an iCloud backup. Everything has gone smooth so we are now able to share our first impressions with you.

The new iOS 7 brings a brand new look, new icons and skins, new control center with toggles and updated notification center, new weather app, Safari browser, Photos and Music player, Camera app and much more. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 928 vs Galaxy S4 impromptu flash shootout: xenon vs. LED

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While preparing the full review of the Nokia Lumia 928, we were quite curious what its Xenon flash is capable of. We had a Samsung Galaxy S4 around so we decided to do an impromptu shootout in low light conditions. We’ve prepared a set of samples from both devices for you to see, both with and without flash under the same conditions.

The entire marketing blitz surrounding the Nokia Lumia 928 has been built around its camera’s low light prowess. The samples we are about to show you now are not about that (or at least, not entirely).

With OIS built-in, the device surely commands plenty of attention, but now we are concentrating on the flash performance of the two models. Hit the break to see how they fared. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 battery life test is done, results are inside

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a big device, no question about it, it even makes the Galaxy S4 look compact. We already have a feel for the Mega 6.3 from its preview and we’re working on a full review. But before that’s done, we have to ask – does the battery live up to the “mega” monicker?

We’ve seen great battery efficiency from dual-core Snapdragon chipsets and the 3,200mAh battery has plenty of juice. So, it all comes down to the screen – and what a screen it is, it measures 6.3″ in diagonal and its surface area is only 23% smaller than a 7″ tablet (assuming a 16:10 screen for the tablet, like the Nexus 7). Read more »

Nokia Lumia 928 paid us a visit, the unboxing video is inside

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The Nokia Lumia 928 is Verizon’s long awaited top shelf Windows Phone 8 smartphone by the Finnish company. The LTE handset is also the first member of the Nokia Lumia family to feature a xenon flash.

The Nokia Lumia 928 features a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 SoC and a gig of RAM. Read more »

‘Contra: Evolution’ for iOS and Android game review

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You can’t call yourself a gamer if you never played Contra. Released back in 1987 for the NES, Contra went on to become a cult classic and one of the best 2D side-scrolling action adventure games of all time that every gamer has a soft spot for.

Now, after all these years, developer PunchBox Studios has finally decided to remake this popular title for the mobile platform, starting with an iOS version. [Update: An Android version is now available on the Play Store.] Titled Contra: Evolution, the game features updated visuals and some new gameplay elements while keeping the original story and levels intact. But will it be able to recreate the magic of the original? Let’s find out. Read more »

BlackBerry Q10 goes through our battery test hoops, promises long texting sessions

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The BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 duo have the tough job of making the company relevant again. As we found out in our BlackBerry Z10 review, it’s very good phone overall, but merely mediocre as far as its battery performance is concerned.

We’ll see how the BlackBerry Q10 matches its brother in our full-blown review, which is coming very soon, but for now, we’ll concentrate on its battery endurance. Read more »

‘Fish Out Of Water!’ for iOS game review

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Fish Out Of Water! is the latest creation from Halfbrick Studios, the people who brought us two simple but highly addictive games – Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride.

In their newest game, you will be flinging fish out of the water and then depending upon how far they go you earn a score. Sounds simple, just like the other two games. But does this game have the same fun factor as well? Let’s find out. Read more »