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Wednesday
Apr162014

The Sony Xperia Z2- The twin that just wants to be better

Well Sony keeps growing and growing the Z lineup. It started with the original Sony Xperia Z announced back at the start of 2013, that phone really put Sony on our radars. With a 5 inch 1080p screen and Sony's very stylish take on Android, not to mention how it was water resistant. That only continued with the Z1, released in September 2013, it brought some bumped up specs and was a pretty good phone as well. But upgrade and most of all: if it deserves a place in your pocket.we thought it was released too soon, it was almost Sony saying that it didn't trust the Z as their flagship for the year the way most companies do. So now we find ourselves in April, we know the Z2 will be released sometime this month. So let’s dig in and see if this phone is worth the

At MWC in February Sony revealed the Xperia Z2. We were impressed and we know that this phone will be released sometime in April. But let’s start with the thing you look at and feel every single day: build quality. The Z2 brings a stylish glass design. It looks very “presidential” and at 163g it feels great in the hand but as much as it does feel good, we didn't want to drop it for fear of it breaking, so you might want to consider a case. The Z2 is definitely the biggest Android competitor to the HTC One M8 in the build department. It brings a nice 5.2inch IPS display with a 1080p resolution and a pixel density of 424ppi. Colors look great and very eye opening. Sony included a 20.7 mega pixel camera on the back. There are all the picture taking features in the world on it including 4K video, weather you use them or not, pictures will look great and clear, white balances are good and its low light performances worked great with all the mega pixels in its favour. Sony is very proud about the fact that the Z2 is water resistant and it is very reassuring to know that some rain or water won't hurt your phone. But be warned, water resistant and waterproof are two entirely different things so we don't recommend going deep sea diving with this phone.

Sony put the best of the best in its guts. Right off the bat we get an Adreno 330 GPU, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 clocked in at 2.3GHZ and 3GB of Ram, geek talk for fast and snappy.  Also we get a MicroSD card slot for memory expansion which is great. Sony brings onboard the phone Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sony’s flavour of interface. Honestly Sony’s UI is fast and snappy, it’s not too toy like but at the same time not too boring. It’s a good mixture of colors and fonts, just like the build quality it’s fit for a king. The most important thing though: it doesn’t slow down the phone.

So how does it perform? Like a boss! It honestly is a contender for the top 5 phones of 2014 and we’re not even halfway through the year yet. Boot-up times are great; it’s fast between launching and closing apps and it’s nice to see useful features like Smallapps and Sony’s media apps returning. This phone is as fast as any flagship of 2014 but there were a few studders here and there, nothing major but for such a fast processor it shouldn’t be happening.  The non removable 3200mAh battery will get you through the day no worries what so ever and in the unlikely event it does, well Sony has built in a bunch of battery saving features.

But unfortunately it’s not perfect.  Like we mentioned in the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review; the flaps are annoying. Like seriously in 2014 we should not have to open flap just to charge a phone and it just looks plain ugly when all of the flaps are open. The speakers aren’t great there okay, definitely not the best on a phone. But that’s just little things there aren’t many things to complain about which is always a promising thing.

So should you buy this phone? Well if you’re in the market for a Sony phone then yes, this is Sony’s best. If you have a Z1 you don’t need to upgrade, the Z1 is basically the same phone. This phone is a great phone and we have no complaints, but something just makes it feel “same old same old”. It’s not a breakthrough phone, but Sony’s okay with that. They like taking things in small steps and releasing flagships in a very short period of time and that’s not always a bad thing. I give this phone an 8.4/10. Because at the end of the day it is a great phone and definitely a welcomed companion for your pocket for the next two years.

By: Ben Smith

Thursday
Oct032013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Mini Review

Sad news Geek people of the Geekanoids Community … there will be no full review of the Galaxy Note 3. In this mini-review I would like to explain why. 

With great excitement, I unboxed this gorgeous looking smartphone, errrr, tablet, oh go on then "phablet" and was immediately impressed. Admittedly the materials had not changed much from the previous generation, but things had improved with a leather type back cover, making everything more tactile. In addition, the Note 3 was faster and the screen pin-sharp with its 1920x1080 resolution.

A day into testing and the camera really did impress too. Of course 1080P video was expected, but full 4K resolution was a bonus with the colours & detail being very pleasing to the eye. It was a shame that image stabilisation was only available in 1080P, resulting in pretty shakey 4K videos. On the photo front, there is also plenty of detail, again colours looking nice and a pretty responsive experience.

Battery life was also good, even though I had the Note 3 a short time, you should expect to get through a whole day between charges. So why did I have the Note 3 for just a few days? Well, there were issues. The first was what must be a 3G/4G/WiFi authentication issue. I am only guessing here, but when using the YouTube app and other apps it would not sign in. The sign in would continue to fail unless I turned off WiFi. This is not an issue with the Geekanoids HQ setup, as I tried on two completely different locations with the same result. 
The second issue was the Note 3 freezing, completely locked, where only pulling the battery would sort the problem. Alas, the device has been returned and I will not get another. I should add that it has tested fine upon return, so I am confused as to why I experienced such issues.

Although my overall rating of the Note 3 is tarnished a bit, I am experienced enough to know that faulty products to make their way out of the production line. I am pretty sure that this was an isolated fault and that on the whole, your experience of this large screened beauty will be very good. The speed, screen, camera and not forgetting the S-Pen all add up to a compelling proposition. If you need the size & speed the Note 3 is well worth a look.

Friday
Aug302013

Acer Liquid E2 Smartphone Unboxing & First Look

Acer Liquid E2 Smartphone Unboxing & First Look ... this quad core Google Android smartphone has amazing specifications and the price is even better !!! Check it out in this first look.

Supplied by http://www.acer.co.uk/

Tuesday
Aug132013

Just Mobile AluCup - Holder & Stand for iPhone iPad & other Smartphones & Tablets

Just Mobile AluCup - Holder & Stand for iPhone iPad & other Smartphones & Tablets ... a versatile & very well made stand. Check out the luxury & see if this could find a place on your desk.

Supplied by http://www.just-mobile.eu/

Wednesday
May222013

Motorola RAZR HD Review

Motorola RAZR HD Review ... there are so many important factors when choosing a smartphone. In this video I give you my opinion on the RAZR HD with regard to performance, the screen, camera & battery life. Be sure to watch!



Supplied by http://www.motorola.co.uk/

Wednesday
May222013

Otterbox Defender Series Case Review for HTC One

Otterbox Defender Series Case Review for HTC One ... it's time to think about protecting your investment from knocks & scratches. Check out this superb offering from Otterbox.

UK - Buy this case here http://amzn.to/YLGpAx
USA - Buy this case here http://amzn.to/18yqvRt



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Supplied by http://www.otterbox.com/

Wednesday
May222013

Otterbox Commuter Series Case Review for HTC One

Otterbox Commuter Series Case Review for HTC One ... a case that offers up a nice amount of protection without adding too much bulk. One thing it does add is a splash of colour. Check out the video to see how it performs.

UK - Buy this case here http://amzn.to/170tfWT
US - Buy this case here http://amzn.to/12UVDpN



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Supplied by http://www.otterbox.com/

Wednesday
May222013

HTC One Alternative Review with iPhone 5 Comparison

HTC One Alternative Review with iPhone 5 Comparison ... the review is finally here of HTCs flagship (for 2013) Google Android smartphone. How does it measure up against a whole host of other mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone 5.

Buy your HTC One & Accessories here http://amzn.to/YWtRWb



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Supplied by http://www.htc.com/uk

Tuesday
Aug212012

Oppo Finder World's Thinnest Smartphone Review

Oppo Finder World's Thinnest Smartphone Review ... this is amazing, just 6.65mm thin and running Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Saturday
Aug182012

Viewer Smartphone Survey Results

Viewer Smartphone Survey ... in response to a viewer survey I held last week. Researching your chosen type of phones, likes & dislikes, features, improvements and your favourite apps.

Wednesday
Aug152012

Oppo Finder - World's Thinnest Smartphone - Unboxing

Oppo Finder - World's Thinnest Smartphone ... this is amazing, just 6.65mm thin and running Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Check out my unboxing & first look.

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Wednesday
Jun272012

Podprop Soft Smartphone Stand Prototype Preview

Podprop Soft Smartphone Stand Preview ... light, simple, yet very useful, check out this new product due to hit the market soon.

You can fund this project on Kickstarter here http://kck.st/PodProps
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Supplied by http://www.podprops.com/