HTC One X+

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onex+12012 was a tough year for HTC with rocky financial forecasts, decimation by other Android manufacturers and Google’s decision to overlook them for the latest Nexus.  Despite this they still won critical acclaim in the form of the One X – boasting excellent specs, build quality and a superb camera.  A few months later and the follow up came in the form of the One X+, bringing with it a bigger battery, faster processor and an increase in onboard storage options.


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Ferrari Scuderia P200 headphones by Logic3

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Ferrari P200For many people, headphones have been more than just an audio accessory for a long time. As well as sounding great they now have to either be a fashion accessory or sonic perfection. Trendy manufacturers such as Dr Dre’s Beats have proven that a strong brand can be key in launching a desirable set, even if they aren’t considered the best quality. I’ve been taking a look at a new set of Ferrari Scuderia inspired headphones made by Logic3 – the P200.  They’re a set of rather large over-ear headphones that are certainly eye catching but do they have the audio credentials to match?

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Huawei Ascend P1

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IMG_2178 copyLast month I looked at the Huawei Ascend G300, which was a great surprise all round.  More recently I was very lucky to win a Huawei Ascend P1 in a magazine’s competition, so I of course wouldn’t let this phone pass me by without a review of this higher spec model – and with it being my daily driver I’ve had plenty of time to form a full opinion. Again, Huawei has managed to pull out a really great spec for the money, but we all know that this isn’t all that counts to make a good phone these days.


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This Week’s Competition – Win Cyberlink’s Power Director 11 Ultimate

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This week I’ve got a copy of Cyberlink’s Power Director 11 Ultimate to give away!

Power Director 11 is a powerful editing suite that handles HD & 3D with support for up to 4K resolution!  It also has a mobile interface so that it can be used with the latest Win 8 tablets.


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MAGIX Music Maker 2013 – User’s View

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Although I come from a musical background, my knowledge of using musical software isn’t extensive.  When offered to take a look at the 2013 software suite from MAGIX called Music Maker I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it myself and felt I couldn’t offer an informed opinion without the help of a friend.  Luckily, I had a friend I could turn to who I knew could give the software a proper run-through, and was willing to take a look.


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The SMS is 20 years old – but still lives on

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The Short Messaging Service (or SMS for short), has now reached it’s second decade, and could be considered one of few technologies that has aged well with time.  With the advent of 3G you’d think users would have flocked to services that send messages via the internet rather than a specific phone-to-phone protocol. But no, the SMS somehow still lives on.


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Tech Bargains – Xmas Special!

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 Jingle bells, jingle bells…. That time of year is upon us once more and there’s absolutely nothing you can do to avoid it! So why not make the most of this time of year when retailers are vying for your attention and money by grabbing yourself a bargain.

I’ve collected some great offers for you this week, but if you’re interested you probably should act fast at this time of year!

  • Sandisk 16GB Micro-SD with adaptor only £10.48
  • Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB HDD for under £50
  • PNY GTX 480 1.5GB less than £72
  • Nokia Lumia 710 smartphone less than £75
  • Sony Xperia Tipo Android smartphone with ICS only £65
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Desk-Stand only £15
  • Altec Lansing MZX376 in-ear headphones only £4.78

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Sony Xperia T

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Since parting their ways with Ericsson, Sony have moved their Android smartphones in a very positive direction.  The Xperia S was received with wide approval with an excellent camera and one of the smallest HD screens around.  The Xperia brand has continued to march onwards at a steady pace with their range of single-letter branded smartphones and their latest – The Xperia T, is apparently so good that even 007 himself gave it a go.  Not to be outdone by my fellow Brit, I took the opportunity to have a look and see if the phone really is worth of her Majesty’s secret service.


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This week’s Competition- Win an STM Tracer stylus

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A big congratulations to the winner’s of last week’s competition –  paraducks101  and  asinrope  who each won a phone case! Go follow them on Twitter and say well done!
This week the kind folks over at STM have provided me with a couple of rather funky Tracer Stylus to give away.  They can be used with any capacitive or resitive touch-screen whether you’re drawing or just fancy a way of interacting with a shiny phone or tablet without covering it unsightly fingerprints.

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Why do third party App stores exist on Android?

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I’ve taken a look at quite a few Android handsets over the last few months and one thing that I’ve come up against over and over again is the plethora of manufacturer-branded app stores that pointlessly spoil the coherence of the Android experience.  In the early days when Google’s app experience was no where close to that of iOS, you would forgive the of Samsung for being cautious and including a third party store to bolster the quality of the app availability to users.


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Huawei Ascend G300

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To the average consumer Huawei would be an almost unknown mobile brand. They’d usually only be associated with 3G dongles in the UK and until recently only had recognised success with their smartphones in China. Now considered the second largest ‘telecoms’ brand in the world, they’re growing big in the UK with recently announced plans to spend over $2 billion in Britain over the next few years. I checked out the Vodafone-exclusive Ascend G300 to find out what you’re sacrificing to get mid-range specs for only £100 – you’ll be surprised.


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Honestech nScreen Deluxe

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You may recognise Honestech for their media conversion and archiving devices, but they’ve taken a move towards the growing market of streaming media over a network with the nScreen Deluxe.  It connects to a range of mobile devices with a bespoke app as well as PC mirroring capability – If that sounds like an intriguing prospect then read on.


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Sunday Competition

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Well as a little thank you for all you lovely people who read my articles and give me feedback, I thought I’d run a little competition to win a couple of cases. I will pick two winners at random and the competition will close on Sunday 25th (unless I close it sooner!) and is only available to UK residents.

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Tech Bargains – Week 46

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 Well I’ve done lots of reviews recently and not managed to fit in a weekly update, but finally I have had enough time to gather some up for you, so here you go…

  • Borderlands 2 for PC under £15
  • Lexar 16GB Micro-SD for only £5.49
  • Samsung G-Tab 2 7″ only £119 after cashback
  • Philips Blu-Ray bargain for less than £50

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Samsung Galaxy S3

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When I first saw the Samsung Galaxy S3 launch I wasn’t sure it could keep up with offerings from rivals and thought it could disappoint those not convinced by the S2’s plastic build.  However, since it’s launch the S3 has gained much industry praise and recently became the best selling smartphone and Samsung’s best selling phone to date.  Luckily I managed to get lengthy time to form my own opinion.


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