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‘Modern Combat 5: Blackout’ for iOS, Android and Windows Phone game review

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout is the latest installment in Gameloft’s series of first person action games. The games have traditionally been based on warfare and very close in nature and style to the Call of Duty series of games on the PC and consoles.

The Modern Combat series has taken it up a notch with every installment, with improved visuals, more explosive action and expanded gameplay options every time. Last year’s Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour won several accolades and is heralded as one of the best games on the mobile platform. Let’s see what Gameloft has in store for us this year. Read more »

Weekly poll: LG G3 vs Oppo Find 7

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The QHD titan duo is up next in our traditional weekend battle. It’s the LG G3 vs. the Oppo Find 7, which are now transferring their rivalry in our blog, after their fight in our extended versus review is over.

So now, it’s up to you to decide which one is the better one in five key categories. Let’s start with the aesthetics of the two flagships. Read more »

Weekend poll results: Sony Xperia Z2 vs. LG G3

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Last weekend, we pitted the LG G3 against the Sony Xperia Z2, to see if you liked LG’s new QHD-toting device more than the slick design aesthetic of the Sony Xperia Z2.

After all was said and done, the results were quite close. Let’s see how you rated each device in design, display, user interface, and camera performance. Read more »

Sony SmartBand SWR10 review: Keep track of your life

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Sony’s SmartBand SWR10 is what you’d call a life logger, a fashionable band, a music/camera remote, and vibrates on notifications. It collects motion data and logs everything within a dedicated app on your Android smartphone.

Sony Smartband SWR10

Despite what the product name may have you believe, the Sony SmartBand is not meant to be a smart personal assistant. It’s an unobtrusive device with exchangeable wrist bands to match your style and blend seamlessly with any other accessories you might have.

And no, it doesn’t have a display, but the lack of one doesn’t get in the way. There are three small status LEDs and it communicates with you with vibrations. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 930 hands-on

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Nokia’s latest Lumia offering has hit our offices, and we’ll be giving you a quick tour of the Nokia Lumia 930 before it gets whisked away for our comprehensive review.

The Lumia 930 is the international variant of the Nokia Lumia Icon released in the US for Verizon earlier this year, and is one of the first devices to sport Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.1 update out of box.

The Lumia 930 sports a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED of Nokia’s ClearBlack variety, which we unfortunately found to color shift severely towards red/blue when viewed from different angles – a problem that we’ve also seen in past Nokia AMOLEDs. The chipset is of the MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 variety, with four 2.2GHz Krait 400 cores, and an Adreno 330 GPU. There’s 2GB of RAM on board alongside 32GB of non-expandable storage, all powered by a 2420mAh battery. Read more »

‘Mighty Adventure’ for iOS game review

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Mighty Adventure is a simple platforming game with a little twist. The game features three characters and you can switch between them any time during the game instantly depending upon the situation and their abilities.

Let’s see what the gameplay is like. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy K zoom battery test

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The Samsung Galaxy K zoom packs a 2,430mAh battery, less that you would imagine looking at its bulk. Still, Samsung has had a few iterations to optimize its Exynos chipset for great power efficiency and the Galaxy Note 3 Neo got great results with the same chipset (but bigger battery).

Despite its camera-oriented nature, the Galaxy K zoom has full smartphone functionality. Read more »

Steelseries Stratus iOS gaming controller flash review

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The Steelseries Stratus is the company’s first dedicated iOS gaming controller. The pocket-friendly Bluetooth 2.1 gadget utilizes the external gamepad support which debuted with Apple iOS 7 last year.

Headquartered in the Valby district of Copenhagen, Steelseries is currently among the premier designers and manufacturers of gaming gear and peripherals. Read on to find out all about its iOS-friendly offering! Read more »

‘The Wolf Among Us’ for iOS series overview

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The Wolf Among Us has been a hugely successful game for developer Telltale Games. Makers of the famous Walking Dead series, TWAU followed a similar gameplay pattern but with a completely different story and characters.

We reviewed the first episode when it released on iOS in December last year. Now that all five episodes are out, we decided to take a look at all of them together. Read more »

Weekend poll: LG G3 vs. Sony Xperia Z2

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Our latest poll will take a look at one the years earlier flagships verses one of the more recent ones. The Sony Xperia Z2 made waves at MWC back in February, while the LG G3 is the new kid in town, coming to market just last month.

Fresh off our shootout review of the two Asian-born smartphones, we want to hear what you think. Is the QHD screen of the LG G3 enough to give it the edge, or will the Z2′s slick design save the day? Read more »

Oppo Find 7 battery life test

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The Oppo Find 7 is only the second QHD screen-toting device currently on the market, and also brings some serious horsepower with it – enough to rival other mainstream flagships from Sony and Samsung in the performance department.

The Find 7 also has the added benefit of having a 1080p twin in the Find 7a, so we can see just how much extra battery life is required to power a 2560 x 1440px display. Read more »

Weekend Poll results: Samsung Galaxy S5 mini not feeling the love

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We threw the new Samsung Galaxy S5 mini into the pit of ravenous Android minis and they were not kind to it. The previous mini battle saw the HTC One mini 2 win a decisive victory over the Galaxy S4 mini and while Samsung’s latest flagship mini put up more of a fight it just wasn’t enough.

Even the LG G2 mini, the biggest of all minis in the ring, dispatched its South Korean neighbor. Read more »

Angry Birds Seasons ‘South HAMerica’ update review

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South HAMerica is the latest update to Rovio’s Angry Birds Seasons game, which is updated every now and then for a festival or season specific level pack. The South HAMerica update is odd, in that it doesn’t directly relate to any season or festival, and other than some vague reference to the football matches being held in Brazil isn’t as topical as the previous updates.

As usual, you get a pack of couple dozen levels. We haven’t played the regular Angry Birds in a while so we decided to give this a try. Read more »

Compact smartphone battle: Galaxy S5 Mini vs HTC One Mini 2, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and LG G2 mini

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This week’s poll is a compact smartphone battle redux, but this time we have a new contestant – the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini. And it’s only fitting to let you decide if its better than its rivals in the trio of duels we have prepared for you.

It’s not too hard to figure out which compact smartphones we have in mind without reading the title. The high-end spectrum of mini smartphones includes the HTC One Mini 2, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and the LG G2 mini, all of which will be keen to take on Samsung’s latest offering. Read more »

Weekend poll results: LG G3 and HTC One (M8) trade punches

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Last week we saw two of the more intriguing flagships on the market – the LG G3 and its QHD display, and the HTC One (M8) and its impressive aluminum unibody.

We asked you to pick your winner in terms of design, screen, user interface, still image quality and video quality, and the results are in. Now that the voting is over and we have the winners in every category – here are your picks. Read more »