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LG L40 hands-on

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LG L40, a.k.a. Optimus L4 III, is the last and most compact of the new LIII series. It will be available next month in dual and triple SIM versions.

The L40 packs a 3.5″ IPS HVGA display with 165ppi density. It is powered by the Snapdragon 200 chipset with a dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 302 graphics and 512MB of RAM. Read more »

LG L70 hands-on

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LG L70 is actually the third generation LG Optimus L7. It seems LG has decided on shortening the LIII series, which is actually a good thing.

The L70 looks a lot like the LTE-enabled F70, it is even built around the same 4.5″ IPS WVGA display. Read more »

Nokia XL hands-on

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The Nokia showroom floor at the MWC 2014 is chock full of people eager to see Android running on Nokia hardware. We’ve managed to get cozy with the Nokia XL for a minute and we’re now going to tell you all about it.

The Nokia XL features a 5″ IPS LCD display of WVGA resolution and it’s bad at all even though we’re used to seeing FullHD resolution on this sort of screen sizes. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is the successor of the popular Xperia Tablet Z. Just like its predecessor, the Z2 Tablet is water and dust resistant. It has upgraded water endurance though it can now go to a depth of up to 1.5 meters for a duration of 30 minutes.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet looks exactly like the Tablet Z – it is based on the OmniBalance design philosophy, which was introduced a year ago by the Xperia Z smartphone. It’s a really sleek design that scales impressively well to tablet size. Read more »

Huawei MediaPad X1 hands-on

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The Huawei MediaPad X1 is the pinnacle of the company’s presentation on the MWC 2014. It is the most interesting device Huawei has brought to Barcelona and there is indeed a lot to discuss.

Even though the MediaPad X1 is a 7″ slate, Huawei considers it as an all-in-one device and believes many users will be carrying and using it as a primary (and only) gadget. Yes, this means people will make calls on it. Read more »

LG G Pro 2 hands-on

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LG G Pro 2 went official 10 days prior the MWC. It has already gone on sale in Korea, while US and Europe will be getting in in March and April.

The G Pro 2 is the successor of the Optimus G Pro phablet and upgrades all major specs. It comes with a larger 5.9″ 1080p IPS display, runs on the Snapdragon 800 chipset with 3GB of RAM, and comes with a 13MP camera with enhanced optical image stabilization (OIS+). Read more »

V-Moda VAMP VERZA and METALLO case review

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The V-Moda VAMP VERZA belongs to a small group of mobile accessories, made for only the most committed audiophiles. The gadget combines a universal headphone amplifier, digital to analog converter, and a backup battery pack in a compact, sleek-looking package.

Headphone amplifiers are designed to bring out the best of high-end, usually over-ear headphones, as the built-in audio chips in today’s smartphones cannot bring out their full potential. Mobile headphones amps vary greatly in price and capabilities, with the V-Moda VAMP VERZA being a decidedly high-end offering. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 hands-on

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If you have been keeping track of the stats corner on our homepage, you might have noticed that the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is currently the most popular smartphone in our database. We managed to obtain a retail unit and we are now ready to share our first impressions with you.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is a massive upgrade over its predecessor – it comes with a bigger display of higher resolution, double the processing powered with a snappy quad-core chipset and comes with a fancy faux leather-like plastic rear cover. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Core LTE battery life

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The Samsung Galaxy Core LTE’s visit to our office ends up with its full battery life test. The phone is oriented towards those seeking an LTE phone on a budget without compromising battery life. We’ll see if the Galaxy Core LTE fits the bill.

At least on paper, it appears this to be the case. The Galaxy Core LTE sports a 2,100mAh battery, which is more than decent for a 4.5″ qHD screen. However, we’re not sure it’ll be enough to cover the losses from the ageing Cortex-A9 CPU architecture, which isn’t as power efficient as its more modern rivals. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Rose Gold White, Rose Gold Black and Merlot Red hands-on

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The Mint Green Galaxy Note 3 Neo wasn’t the only new color flavor we found at the Samsung Forum 2014 in Bali. The original Galaxy Note 3 phablet had no less than three new paintjobs showcased – the Rose Gold White, Rose Gold Black and Merlot Red.

While the red Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the actually the only new base color, the accent Rose Gold editions deserve our attention as well. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE battery test

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 in our office is the Snapdragon 800-powered version, which features full voice call functionality. This used to be reserved for Samsung’s 7″ tablets, but we’re glad to see Samsung enable this on the larger tablets as well. Users are paying for that LTE modem anyway, might as well get the full benefits.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 features a large 8,220mAh Li-Ion battery and uses a chipset found in phones. This makes the sharp 10.1″ screen the primary weight on the battery relative to phones. Read more »

Lava Iris Pro 30 review

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Lava launched its new line of smartphones under the theme of “Art meets Smart” a few days ago. With the new venture the company has promised to deliver high-end smartphone experience at an affordable price tag.

The first smartphone in the new line up is the Iris Pro 30, which comes with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 CPU along with PowerVR SGX544 GPU on a MediTek MT6589 chipset. Read more »

Bose AE2w Bluetooth Headphones Review

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Bose is one of the most popular names in the world of audio equipment. Known for its premium range of products including home theater systems, desktop speaker systems, sound docks and headphones, the brand is known for its brutally simple and ingenious product designs and high brand image associated with equally high price tag. And although some audiophiles might disagree, most people would also say that Bose products do sound pretty good.

Today we are taking a look at one of their headphones, more specifically the AE2w Bluetooth Headphones. Let’s see how well they perform. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo battery life test

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The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo comes in as the second entry in both the new Neo lineup from Samsung, and the Grand family. With a quad-core processor, it hopes to provide more capable performance compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy Grand.

The battery size and overall specs remain the same, so we’ll have to see how much the bump in processing power impact battery life. Let’s dive right in! Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo has made its way into our office and we’re hard at work on the full review of Samsung’s latest budget large screen offering.

Did Samsung put enough under the hood of the Neo to make it a worthwhile investment for those looking for affordable big screen droids? Let’s take a look. Read more »