Cell phone
Samsung Galaxy S4 – Unboxing and First Impressions
Last week I took delivery of a new Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone. This is a phone that, if Samsung has its way, will out iPhone the iPhone. First impressions are quite positive: it has a nice metal band around the edge, and feels quite thin, even though it’s not really a small phone. It’s a 4G phone, and sound and call quality is very good. It’s a little bit smaller than its older sibling, the Note 2, but it feels quite solid and very comfortable in the hand. It shares a lot of features from the Note, but being...
Jawbone Up
Jawbone Up – Review
I’ve now been using the Jawbone Up for a couple of weeks. In terms of overall usage, there’s probably not too many devices that are easier to use than this: you just make sure the battery is charged (a full charge should last about ten days) and pop it onto your wrist. That’s it. Just wear it, and go about your daily activities as you normally would. The Up will dutifully record those activities – including your sleep – with absolutely no effort on your part required. Apart from a couple of initial set-up steps, there are a couple of...
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review
For the last couple of months, I’ve been very fortunate to have been using the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 mobile phone. I was very impressed with the original Galaxy Note last year, and its successor does not disappoint. This phone comes with Android 4.1 (jelly Bean) installed. First of all – and let’s not beat about the bush – this is a big phone. With a crisp and clear 5.5inch screen, the phone itself measures 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm. Despite this formidable size, it still fits very comfortably in my pocket. And to be perfectly honest, I do...
Optus Home Zone
Optus Femtocell Hell
The Optus HomeZone is a product that, on paper, promises so much. Sadly, in practice, it delivers very little. Let’s understand what the product is supposed to be, first of all. A femtocell is like a mobile phone cell that you install into your home or office. Its purpose is to use your broadband internet connection to supplement a weak mobile phone signal, in places where a signal from a traditional cell tower may not be able to reach. I’ve seen much discussion on this, with people complaining that this is the telcos charging you extra to give you a...
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