Archive for September, 2012

The iPhone – a Revolution or a Religion?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Everybody has something they’re passionate about or believe deeply in but it wasn’t until Apple invented the iPhone that a phone became a status symbol equivalent to having a cross hanging around your neck. Not all people who own an iPhone are loopy about them, but you do have to wonder what’s going on inside the head of someone who queues up for days to buy a device just to be able to say that they were one of the first to get it. Below are a few reasons why Apple is like a religion and it’s not just about the queues to get into (Apple) heaven. (more…)

The First 256GB SD Card – High Capacity, High Price

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Cloud storage, who needs it? Not anyone who owns a 256GB SD card that’s for sure. As the cloud becomes more prevalent it seems increasing the amount of internal storage in our portable devices has become less of a priority among some smartphone makers (which imho is not a good thing) but thankfully cameras are less reliant on non-local storage and Lexar has recently announced the availability of a 256GB SDXC card for pro photogs who find themselves short on space when out in the field. (more…)

The Battle of the Budget Tablets – Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire HD vs Iconia Tab A110

Monday, September 24th, 2012

This Christmas there’s going to be a showdown in the gadget world, and it’s going to be between three budget tablets. The Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire HD and as of last week a third – Acer’s Iconia Tab A110. Each of them offers more or less the same specs and for more or less the same price, but which one will win? The devil is in the details but while those slight differences may make all the difference it also may just come down to the pure clout of the names of the Nexus and Amazon brands. (more…)

Sat Nav Nightmares, When Your Digital Map Reader Goes Wrong

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Any map-phobic driver knows how useful a sat nav can be when navigating to a new destination, but they’re probably aware of the other side of the coin as well. Follow your sat nav to the letter all the time and there’s a good chance that at some point you’re going to end up in some place you didn’t intend to be. For most people this simply may mean ending up in a stranger’s driveway or around the corner from your original planned destination. Some people however are not so lucky… (more…)

Wires? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Wires

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Ok so maybe in the future we’re still going to need some wires but the way things are going we’re going to need a lot less of them. Especially when it comes to charging devices. Double especially those devices which need charging the most, our smartphones. Nokia’s recent launch of its Lumia 920 and 820 revealed a promising future for the brand and one which reminds us that there’s such a thing as wireless charging out there for smartphones. (more…)

Tablets and Gamepads Crossbreed, Another Fad or the Future of Gaming?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

There’s a new threat to Nintendo and Sony’s handhelds on the horizon, and it comes in the form of a mashup between a tablet and a gamepad. Budget-tablet maker/non-household name Archos and GameStop stores in the US have both recently announced when their visions of the future of gaming are going to arrive, and they look kinda like a grown-up version of Nintendo’s Wii U tablet controller. (more…)

Apple launches iPhone 5, bigger screen but no big surprises

Friday, September 14th, 2012

It’s Christmas time for Apple fans as the company has finally taken the lid off the iPhone 5 though that feeling of post-unwrapping ennui seems to have arrived much quicker this year. Not because the iPhone 5 is bad, it would be hard to imagine how Apple could mess it up, but because everybody knew what to expect and what was new isn’t anything we haven’t seen before. (more…)

Kindle Fire HD looks set to burn iPad and Nexus 7 in UK

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

It’s taken its sweet time to reach the UK but next month will finally see the Kindle Fire brand reach the the shores of Great Britain in the form of the original Kindle Fire and the new and improved version, the Kindle Fire HD. Few tablets aside from Amazon’s have even managed to come close to giving the iPad anything to worry about and the launch of the new and improved device, and its release in the UK, could be another chink in Apple’s armour. Not to mention the Nexus 7’s. (more…)

3D – still just a fad or the future?

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Hollywood is still cranking out 3D films and we’re still going to see them but where the technology on a more personal level is concerned there’s less evidence that it’s the way forward. 2011 saw a brief burst of smartphones and tablets that offered a glasses-free solution but they didn’t hang around for long and this year you’d be hard pressed to find a new 3D device with the exception of a slightly improved Optimus 3D. The 3DS is still hanging on in there (though I have a hunch that’s less to do with the 3 part and more to do with the DS part) proving that there’s still some interest but how long will it last? (more…)

Touchscreen Displays – When Bigger Became Better with Handheld Gadgets

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Once upon a time it seemed like handheld gadgets were destined to become so small that buttons would become obsolete and telepathic abilities would need to be developed in order to operate them. However around 2007 something changed and the tide started to turn. That something was of course the smartphone, the ultimate all-in-one gadget, and when Android emerged and smartphone makers thought that maybe bigger screens would be better the tech world never looked back. (more…)