Samsung Galaxy S5 K-Zoom

Samsung…Apple…Samsung…Apple…fast becoming the age old question. Since we luckily got our hands on this lovely piece of tech, we decided to review it over Apple!

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Having a camera on your phone is now second nature. Without a camera, your phone might as well be a brick from Fallout 3. But the S5’s built in camera is something of pure awe. Fitting in a whopping 1.23 inch, 20.7 Mega-pixel lens with CMOS sensor and, wait for it, up to 10x optical zoom. To fit this all in, the phones thickness is roughly 0.65 inches thick, a little thicker than its predecessor.

On the outside, the phone still uses the same base shape that all Samsung users have grown to know. On the front, the S5 Zoom maintains pretty much the exact basic shape and size of the S4, with a slightly more rounded bottom edge, to allow room for the lens. The 4.8 inch screen maintains a 1,280×720 display, running Android 4.4 KitKat. On the back, the stunningly studded casing and smooth rounded back feels natural in your hand. The lens, when fully retracted, sits perfectly flush to the phone backing, allowing for maximum portability. Unlike the Samsung camera, the backing of the phone does not have that chunky, ugly part on the edge.

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Inside the K-Zoom, the Samsung rocks a 1.7GHz Exynos 5 Processor, 2GB RAM and a 2,430 mAh battery. 8GB will be dedicated to internal storage with expandable memory option via micro SD.

All in all, it all comes down to what you need and want in a phone. If you don’t use the camera function much on your current phone, then this phone is not for you.

Phone Bloks – The smart phone of the future!

A recent short video clip was released explaining how people waste phones and throw out their entire phone just because one small aspect of the phone failed. Phone Bloks (video posted below) is a new type of phone, which allows you to mix and match different components of a phone, like the camera, Bluetooth chip, CPU and more, and place them like legos onto the main bored how ever way you want. If you want a better camera, buy yourself a bigger camera module from your choice of developers and stick it in! Don’t need a speaker? take it out! Or change over the CPU! Maybe you want a keypad instead of a touch screen! BAM! put it in! Get the Idea?

The concept itself is amazing, simplistic and purely user friendly, whilst helping to minimize tech pollution.But what are the downsides to such a great idea?

Smart phones are designed in a specific way, in order to get the highest performance in the smallest space possible. Big companies like Apple and Samsung take years perfecting the correct combination and configuration of different components to ensure the longest and best life span of all electronic equipment. Leaving this choice up to the consumer, while sounding pretty fancy and easy, will lower performance and open up millions of different problems. And, Having infinite numbers of different configurations will make tech support a living hell! 

What do you think? Have a look at the video link and leave your comment below! Do you think this will work!?

 

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Apple paying developers NOT to release games on Android!

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Have you ever wondered why all the good games are on Apple? Ocean-horn, Plants vs Zombies 2, the list goes on! It has been revealed by Big time Developer EA Games that they were paid by Apple to purposely delay the release of the widely anticipated game, Plants vs Zombies 2.

Although Apple denies any cash handed over to EA and Pop Cap, EA’s head Frank Gibeau came clean that Apple did in fact pay the mega giant publisher to hold off on the Android release. “Apple gave us a truckload of money to delay the Android version [of Plants vs. Zombies 2],” Although the exact amount was not disclosed during the press conference at a town hall held for EA games, it was unassumingly a lot! Like…a lot a lot!

This is the first Documented case of Apple paying a developer money to delay a specific platform, which indicates that Apple is feeling the market drops, as it continues to plummet below Samsung’s mighty Android Market, since the release the the Galaxy S4 smart phone.

Feel the burn Apple!

2 Brand new iPhones – iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

So it appears lately that the Apple market has began to fall slightly, following the release of Samsung’s S4, and Note 8 and 10.1″ Tablets. But what Apple has decided to do now, is a great idea in THEORY, but doesn’t actually seem like they have really done well. Because their new release of the iPhone 5C, which is meant to be a cheaper more cost effective alternative to the iPhone 5S, is still $739 AUD. But let’s come back to the 5C. 

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What’s more exciting is Apple’s iPhone 5S announcement. With brand new features including larger pixels, a 64-bit A7 chip and a finger print scanner built into the home button (pretty awesome) the iPhone 5S has been dubbed ‘the most looked forward to release.’ Even though Apple says this about EVERY release. The camera has now been updated, including an 8 MP camera, supporting slow motion video capture and Burst capture modes. The A7 chip will apparently be twice as fast as its predecessor, the A6. Although the 64GB will cost as much as $1129 AUD, and most of, (if not ALL of) it’s features are included as standard in Samsung’s Galaxy range, the iPhone does still have a little bit of a spark among the market. They are slim, sexy, and opulent. And let’s face it. iPhone’s will always be iPhones. And that’s justification enough!

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The iPhone 5C is Apples final chance to flood the market with a cheaper alternative which will use Google’s Android operating system. Straight off the bat my opinion is Apple is silently giving the middle finger the Samsung, by cheapening their primary operating system but slapping it on a low cost product. But that’s MY opinion. Despite the still hefty price tag, $869 AUD for 32GB, the cheap and tacky looking unit gives off an outdated feel straight out of the box. The flimsy, less than durable plastic bezel is only made a little more sturdy with a thin steel frame around the edge.  The iPhone 5C still features a rear only 8MP camera and 4 inch retina display, running with an A6 chip inside. The unit is to combat low priced Smartphones powered by iPhone in China. 

At the end of the day, you are either iPhone, or Samsung. Or Sony, now that they have released their new Xperia phone, which I will be reviewing early next month. 

Stay tuned for more iPhone news!! 🙂

 

Samsung Galaxy note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 3

ImageSo, there’s been a lot of Hype around the Galaxy note 8, so I thought I would do one better and review the Galaxy note 10.1 inch. That’s right folks! GameThief has the extra 2.1 inches that you all crave so so much! (Sleazy pun intended)
Samsung has been see as the runner up to Apple for some time now. Since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4, they have proven themselves to be competitive to the company that created the worlds best touch screen devices. So it’s only natural that we all are a little curious to see how Samsung’s range of Tablets stack up against the Apple iPad. I have both of Samsung’s flagship tablets; the Galaxy Tab 3, as well as the Galaxy note 10.1. Let’s start with the Tab.

If you looking for an all rounder tablet for games, work and other applications, then keep on walking. As much as I love Samsung, their Galaxy Tab 3 is absolutely horrible. From slow loading internet pages, crashing user interfaces and everywhere in between, this Tablet lags on performing the most simple of tasks. Most higher end games fail to even load, crashing not only the game itself, but the actually Tab, forcing a completely reset. Which is probably due to the small 1 GB of Ram, and Dual Core processor. Other smaller applications, however, work quite well and smooth, lagging only slightly when attempting to multi task, and allowing maximum usability with the Samsung Galaxy S4 smart phone.
The physical design of the tablet is more win than fail. It is light, slim and a joy to hold. Placement of the touch sensitive buttons on the bottom are ill placed, however, making it easy to accidentally press them while holding it with one hand. Other than that, the Galaxy Tab 3 is physically a delight to use. Even a good design is still not enough to make up for the shocking performance of this tablet. I definitely do not recommend.

ImageMoving on to something a little better, the Samsung Galaxy Note, available in 8 or 10 inch. Utilizing double the amount of Ram as the Tab (2GB) and a quad core processor, the Note 10.1 was noticeably a more powerful option right out of the box. The UI is designed for pure easy-to-use functionality, including features similar to a Windows PC. Multi tasking on such a portable deice is taken to new depths, allowing you to run unlimited windowed programmes over other program mes at once, Watch videos while browsing the internet, or cross reference office programmes while sending emails is an absolute breeze.
The Galaxy Note’s main selling point (or one of) it the S-pen, which on its own is quite uncomfortable and awkward to hold, but combined with the Note’s touch screen allows for a more realistic approach to a tablet device. The S-pen can sometimes be a little unresponsive, making me have to press harder onto the screen before it detects it at all, which can be a real pain in the butt! The S-pen and screen is also pressure sensitive, allowing for more artistic possibilities when drawing, or more productive approaches when writing.
For a Samsung screen, I expected a little more. Its really not BAD, but it’s not good either. Most applications make the best use out of the 1,280×800-pixel resolution touch screen, but where it counts most, the Home screen and UI, what you see ALWAYS, is bad. The home and back buttons (which are now on-screen buttons, not touch sensitive buttons) are visibly low in resolution. The pixels are easily detectable. It is even worse when reading text messages, or even when drawing finer lines using the S-pen. The iPad definitely has the upper hand in this area with their Retina display. But as I said, most applications make it barley noticeable.
Running wireless internet on the Galaxy note 10.1 is pretty bad, just the like the Tab. Most times, the WiFi will need to be restarted in order for online games to even function. My home internet will fetch around 18MB/s on the Speed Test meter (Download Speed). However, for whatever reason, this speed will slow down to less than 1MB/s until it is restarted, making things a little more complicated then they need to be. I am still investigating this issue.

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I definitely recommend the Samsung Galaxy Note series over the Tab 3. It is a simple as that. The notes kicks the Tabs arse sideways! I can’t even formulate a proper conclusion to this article!
If you have any issue’s or questions about the Samsung Tab or Note range, leave your query below! 🙂