The Samsung Gear S will be the first 3G-enabled smartwatch. Read more about it below.
It seems Samsung isn’t waiting to IFA to show off some of its latest devices. The Gear S is their next attempt at a smartwatch and although it follows in the same footsteps as its predecessors, there are several noticeable changes and improvements to note. For one, the Gear S will include a curved display. It’s arguably more aesthetically pleasing than the clunky dial on some of the current competition and should make it a bit comfier to wear as well.
It includes the same two-inch AMOLED display as the original Gear smartwatches, but will be the first smartwatch to run Samsung’s own operating system, Tizen. Arguably the biggest addition is the inclusion of 3G, which will enable users to stay connected to their smartphones without the need for Bluetooth.
The Samsung Gear S will come pre-loaded with Samsung’s own S Health app and also Nike’s running software, making it a suitable substitution from the range of fitness bands already on the market. Although the 300mAh battery might not sound like much, it should provide users with nearly two days of use before needing to be charged.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is the best 10-inch tablet you can get right now
Samsung makes two models of its new Galaxy Tab S, and here we are looking at the larger of the pair. The name of this tablet will tell you that it has a 10.5-inch screen and the smaller version has an 8.4-inch screen.
What the name won’t tell you is how thin the Galaxy Tab S is. Just 6.6mm. One of the most popular tablets around, the iPad Air is 7.5mm thick. Look further afield and tablets tend to be more than 8mm thick. This thinness has a real effect on usability. It seems like almost nothing to hold. And that’s a feeling augmented by the light weight of 465g (the iPad Air weights slightly more at 469g for the non SIM toting model).
Samsung doesn’t always get design right and here there are a couple of problems. The back has a stippled finish which looks OK, but the colour on our white version was most peculiar. It’s supposed to be creamy white, but to us it looks like that kind of plastic you’ve left in the sun for too long so it has gone off colour. Worse, all round the rim is a strip of gold plastic that just looks naff.
Looking for a cheap 4G-enabled smartphone? Then the HTC Desire 510 could be for you.
HTC has launched a new device in its budget-friendly Desire range. Whenever it comes to budget devices, you want to be getting the most for your money and the Desire 510 seems to do a good job at that; especially as it adds 4G connectivity. It follows the same aesthetic qualities displayed in the higher-priced One series, but lacks the metallic feel of them. Below are the full specifications of the HTC Desire 510.HTC Desire 510 specifications Display: 4.7-inch FWVGA (480 x 854, 208 ppi) Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core (1.2GHz) Memory: 1GB Storage: 8GB (expandable via microSD) Software: Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6 Battery: 2100mAh removable Dimensions: 139.9 x 69.8 x 9.99 mm Weight:158g Cameras: 5MP rear, VGA front
There’s no news on when we can expect to see the Desire 510 hit the market, but it will be announced worldwide upon its launch. Similarly, there’s no exact news on how much the 510 will go on-sale for apart from it’ll firmly sit in the budget category.
Will the LG G3 stylus take the Galaxy Note’s phablet crown?
Although we’re still a week away from LG’s official unveiling of the G3 Stylus, that hasn’t stopped the details of the new device to be fully leaked. The new device will be LG’s first attempt at a phablet and if rumours are correct, we can expect it to go head-to-head against the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The plans for the LG G3 Stylus is for it to be first released in Brazil, followed by a select number of other countries shortly after. There’s no official word on pricing, but the device is set to be publicly available from mid-September. Check below for a specifications rundown.LG G3 Stylus specifications Display: 5.5-inch qHD IPS (960×540) Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core Operating system: Android 4.4.2 Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB storage (microSD slot) Camera: 13MP rear, 1.3MP front Dimensions: 149.3 x 75.9 x 10.2mm Weight: 163g Comes with stylus
From the press release we’ve seen, LG are transferring over the impressive camera that was originally on the LG G3, along with its suite of features. It’s also important to note that the 3,000mAh battery is removable; a massive plus.
The M2 looks good, but once you delve under the hood its capabilities don’t justify its price tag.
Sony’s latest smartphone, the Xperia M2 is a nice looking handset. It has a relatively big screen at 4.8 inches, and it sports the trademark Xperia design, which is distinctive and liked by many. The handset comes in white, black and deep purple. We were sent the latter for review, and it is rather stunning.
Design-wise then, this is a really attractive phone. The monolith block appearance is now distinctively Xperia, and the silver round power button in the centre of the right edge is a distinguishing feature. The non-removable backplate is also a trademark feature, and the back is so shiny and reflective that you could easily use it as a mirror. Be warned though, that unlike the higher-end glass backed Xperia X2, this handset has a plastic back that will likely get scratched in your pocket or bag if it is not protected with a case.
micro SIM and micro SD cards live under a long flap on the right edge of the handset. This is not a sign that the Sony Xperia M2 shares the waterproofing credentials of more expensive Xperia handsets. It doesn’t. There’s also a volume button and a camera button on this edge, so it is quite busy to look at. The bottom is clear, headset slot on the top. The power and charge connector sits on the upper-left edge.
British high street stores and online services including Argos, Currys and Tesco Direct are offering massive discounts on the Chromecast
British high street stores and online services including Argos, Currys and Tesco Direct are offering massive discounts on the Chromecast.
Tesco Direct, the online arm of the supermarket chain, has knocked 40% off of Google’s streaming stick’s usual price unitl 26 August. Available for just £18, the offer includes £5 credit to watch movies through Tesco’s own-demand streaming service Blinkbox as a further sweetener.
Meanwhile, the British electronics retailers Currys and PC World are offering the Chromecast for £20 if you buy in store, or £18 from the website, with a free 90-day trial of Google Play All Access for unlimited music streaming if you buy before 30 September. This is, incidentally, the same price and offer that Amazon.co.uk is offering, though the online giant is limiting it until 15 September to buy and 30 September to register for All Access.