Sep 27 2015

Review: OnePlus Two

OnePlus Two

Early in 2014 a new startup smartphone manufacturer OnePlus created quite a unique buzz among the technology sector when they announced their first product, a super powerful high-end smartphone that would cost half or even ⅓ of the mainstream flagships (Samsungs, HTCs and Apples). It received immediately its famous nickname “The Flagship Killer” and the moniker was was later mimicked by many others. The One turned out to be quite a success both in sales figures and in reviews and now it is my pleasure to lay my hands on its successor, OnePlus Two.
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Sep 20 2015

Review: UMI X3

UMi X3

On paper UMI X3 has nicely balanced quality components, a big 5.5″ screen, beautiful design and a massive battery for a great price. How good is it in real life use?
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Jul 14 2015

Review: Landvo S6

Landvo S6

China has many smartphone manufacturers that the West has not even heard of and some of them specialize in making clones of famous big brand phones. The design of such phones is already proven and the manufacturers can mix in different components to achieve a specific (often luringly low) price point. Landvo S6 is a Samsung Galaxy S6 clone with a very affordable price tag but how does it fare in real use?
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Jul 05 2015

Campaign: GearBest “Le Tour” Sale

GearBest_Le_Tour

GearBest is celebrating Le Tour de France 2015 by having a special campaign for cycling, sports and action gear on July 3–26: Le Tour Sale.

My personal picks are:

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Jun 11 2015

Review: SOOCOO S60 Action Camera

SOOCOO S60 Action Camera

GoPro cameras are the epitome of action cameras but they are still too expensive for many amateurs. Chinese companies soon realized that there was a huge demand for similar cameras that offer decent quality at a much lower price. One of these companies is SOOCOO and in this review I will test their action camera S60.
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Apr 06 2015

Review: Cube Talk 9X

Cube Talk 9X

There is a huge demand for high-quality and affordable tablets in a market dominated by over-priced Apple and Samsung ones. The Chinese market is so saturated with a plethora of brands never heard of in the West that it is very difficult to know which ones are really good and which ones should be avoided. The Cube Talk 9X is one promising Chinese tablet with monster hardware and a moderate price tag. But how does it perform in real life?
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Jan 27 2015

Review: Lenovo VIBE Z K910

Lenovo K910 VIBE Z

Lenovo is currently (early 2015) the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, after first-place Samsung and a runner-up Apple, and has a wide selection of models to target all consumer segments from low-range to high-range. Lenovo K910 VIBE Z sits at the upper part of mid-range with high-quality components from well-known companies such as Qualcomm and Sony. It is a very exciting Android smartphone with well-thought components and a decent price tag ($260/210 €) but how does it perform in real life?
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Dec 15 2014

Howto: Install Gapps on Lenovo K910 VIBE UI 2.0

Google Apps

My Lenovo VIBE Z K910 test unit was shipped with a 1.x version of Lenovo’s custom Android, VIBE UI. Google Apps (gapps) were also pre-installed and everything worked like a charm. Problems began when I updated to the VIBE 2.0. Suddenly all Google apps (Gmail, Play Store, Maps, Google account sync) stopped working. Installing gapps on VIBE UI 1.x is a well documented process and there are many great tutorials available. However, the procedure does not work with 2.0. Here is how I was able to install them anyway. Continue reading


Nov 19 2014

Review: OnePlus One

OnePlus One

Early in 2014 a new startup smartphone manufacturer OnePlus created quite a unique buzz among the technology sector when they announced their first product, a super powerful high-end smartphone that would cost half or even ⅓ of the mainstream flagships (Samsungs, HTCs and Apples). It received immediately its famous nickname “The Flagship Killer” and the moniker was was later mimicked by many others. Is the OnePlus One worthy of its self-proclaimed title?
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Jul 30 2014

Howto: Fix Samsung Xcover 2 Issues (Old Android, Low Memory, Slow UI)

Samsung Xcover 2 Supercharged

*** UPDATE September 14, 2014: I did not get my Samsung Xcover 2 to recognize the SIM card with any of the CyanogenMod versions 10.1, 10.2 or 11. I also tried the OmniROM but it did not recognize the SIM card either. Some people have reported that their Xcover 2 works fine with the CyanogenMod. The only way I could get it to recognize the SIM card was to use a pre-rooted Samsung ROM that enabled me to change the default installation location to the SD card. Read about the method below. ***

*** UPDATE August 1, 2014: Some people have reported that the Samsung Xcover 2 does not recognize the SIM card after installing CyanogenMod. I will investigate this and provide a solution if/when I will find one. ***

My colleague gave me his old Samsung Xcover 2 to be updated to CyanogenMod as it constantly ran out of memory with the heavy Samsung TouchWiz. I searched the Internet for a while but I could not find any comprehensive step-by-step howto guide in English so I decided to write one myself. Continue reading