Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review of the Camera - HTC One M8






This review focuses on the camera of the HTC One M8

Preamble

As part of a competition run by Gizmodo UK, I have won 3 new smartphones. In exchange for keeping the phones I have agreed to write some unbiased reviews.

A version of this review can be read in an article on Gizmodo UK. This blog post is the full, unedited version.

"The HTC One M8 is a brilliant phone and has had a lot of work focussed on making the camera experience great"

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Review of the Nokia Lumia 1320 - Focus on Apps

This review focuses on my the apps available for the Nokia Lumia 1320 Windows Phone. 

Preamble

As part of a competition run by Gizmodo UK, I have won 3 new smartphones. In exchange for keeping the phones I have agreed to write some unbiased reviews.

A version of this review can be read in an article on Gizmodo UK. This blog post is the full, unedited version.

"Nokia appears to be doing as much as Microsoft, if not more, in making Windows Phone an attractive and viable smartphone option"

Review of the Nokia Lumia 1320 - Adjusting to Windows Phone

This review focuses on my experience adapting to Windows Phone using the Nokia Lumia 1320.


Preamble



As part of a competition run by Gizmodo UK, I have won 3 new smartphones. In exchange for keeping the phones I have agreed to write some unbiased reviews.



A version of this review can be read in an article on Gizmodo UK. This blog post is the full, unedited version.


"If you're coming into the smartphone market for the first time, a Windows Phone makes a lot of sense."

Dress up to play with my new phone

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Samsung Extra Value Software

This review focuses on the Samsung software that is bundled on top of stock Android on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a 4G phone with 3GB RAM and a whopping 5.7" full HD screen.

Preamble

As part of a competition run by Gizmodo UK, I have won 3 new smartphones. In exchange for keeping the phones I have agreed to write some unbiased reviews.

A version of this review can be read in an article on Gizmodo UK. This blog post is the full, unedited version.


"You might not realise from the rest of the review but I really love this phone."





Review of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Battery Life

This review focuses on the battery life of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a 4G phone with 3GB RAM and a whopping 5.7" full HD screen.


"The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a mobile which you can use heavily throughout the day without having to worry about when you’ll next find a charger"

Preamble

As part of a competition run by Gizmodo UK, I have won 3 new smartphones. In exchange for keeping the phones I have agreed to write some unbiased reviews. 

A version of this review can be read in an article on Gizmodo UK. This blog post is the full, unedited version.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Android 4.4 - KitKat on the Pipo M6 Pro Tablet

Overview

A version of RileyRom (1.7) has been released over on Freaktab.com which brings Android 4.4.2 KitKat to the 9.7" retina tablet.

Having installed it this morning, I can recommend, but for the following caveats:

  • GPS is not working
  • The ROM seems to expect a 3G version of the device (mine is wifi-only) but it works fine.

Pro tip: Get ART enabled on that tablet as soon as you can.


Instructions for enabling ART:
  1. Go to device Settings
  2. Developer options
  3. Select Runtime
  4. Change from "Use Dalvik" to "Use ART".
Benefits of ART:
  1. Smoother
  2. Better battery life
Downsides of ART:
  1. Cannot use Xposed framework
  2. Apps take a little longer to install
  3. Apps take a little more room on the storage

See original thread for the download information:

Or want the ROM mirrored? I'm sharing the file using BTSync with the folder secret:
B2SQLCMAZDWW7HME27FUICFWHN45DQGFA