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Samsung S10 Lite for £399 in UK

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is not like the old “Lite” range from Samsung. This in fact is arguably the best version of the S10 in the UK. Featuring looks form the S20, and an upgraded Snapdragon 855, which outperforms the UK S10 in nearly every metric, you are getting a proper flagship phone with a 20% off discount code to make it £399, or even cheap if you trade in a phone!

You might of missed the Galaxy S10 Lite, but it actually only came out in February 2020. It is a new line of the S models deisgned with a mix of S10 and S20 deisgn cues. It looks elegant and subtle with a small hole punch front camera, and the back has a very S20 camera bump while its not made from glass like its big brothers. It is a large phone but the gestures of the latest One UI 2.1, as of the April 2020 Android OS update, do help out a lot. The new firmware has build number G770FXXU2BTD2 and it comes with the Android security patch dated April 1, 2020. This software update also brings along new features to the Galaxy S10 Lite, which include Single Take, Pro Video, Quick Share and Music Share.

It has a 6.7 AMOLED screen and is nearly as big as the Note 10+! Its a great big screen and is clear in sunlight. It also comes with a huge 4500mAh battery, and combined with the SD855 processor, 6GB of RAM and the 25w fast charger it has all the power and endurance you will need.

The camera is a slight downgrade form the full fat versions, but its more of a change than a true downgrade. No telephoto lens here, but you still get an Ultrawide offering 128 degrees and a 48MP pixel binning Main camera. The standard HDR is really impressive on the main camera. Colours and sharpness are great in bright or dark conditions. However you probably want to use the night mode on the ultrawide for dark images. There is a macro lens too which I wouldn’t really use but it works well. The front facing selfie camera is good. It’s a 32mp snapper which does well with edge detection. Video quality is good, and the Snapdragon 855 means you can add the Google Camera app for even better HDR+ results in theory.

The S10 Lite is not really a “Lite” as you can tell. It is a great phone designed to take people away from the cheaper Chinese models flagships. If you are unsure about or cant get hold of a Xiaomi or Oppo, then the UK warranty, high-street store availability and familiarity of the Samsung Galaxy S10 name will do you well at this price. At £399 the only mainstream rivals are the Google Pixel 3a (soon to be replaced by the 4a). The Pixels have a top end camera, but only 64gb of storage, no SD slot for expansion and a far slower Snapdragon processor. Even the Pixel 4a only has a 730 series Snapdragon.

Basically with this deal from Samsung direct you are getting the best of both world. A near top end phone, that looks good, performs superbly, backed up by latest Android updates and a UK warranty direct with one of the biggest manufacturers. For £399 or even less if you trade in your old phone, that is a great deal. If you want more information check out the link or the GSMArena video review.

Use code “Samsung20” for 20% off. This is one of the best deals this month for a quality phone that will last you a very long time.

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Can the Amazon 4K Fire Stick Play on normal 1080p TVs? Now £29.99

Everyone knows what the Amazon Fire Stick is, and if you dont know what the 4k Fire Stick is, you can probably guess. But just in case its a beefed up Fire Stick which supports both 1080p older TVs and newer shiny 4K sets. At the moment Amazon have dropped the price on there website and in Currys PC World to just £29.99. Or you can get the normal Fire stick for just £20, well £19.99. Both come with the superb Alex voice remotes.

So Can the Amazon 4K Fire Stick Play on normal Full HD TVs?

Simple answer is yes. It is capable of playing on 720p (HD Ready), 1080p (Full HD) or 4K (Ultra HD) TVs. It also supports HDR 10 content and Dolby Vision. Ideal for supported services like Prime Video and Ultra HD Netflix.

Why Should you Go for the 4K Fire Stick with just a 1080p Full HD TV?

Simple put, power. The 4k Fire Stick has a faster 1.7GHz quad core processor and and extra 512MB of RAM 1.5GB total. Whereas the normal Fire Stick in 2020 has 1.3GHz and 1GB RAM. Doesnt sound a lot, but it is definitely snappier and the menus just work with a much nicer experience. If you are planning on modding the Fire Stick then the extra speed will definitely be handy.

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Refurbished iPad Pro 11 inch for £519 in UK

Unbelievable deal via Apple themselves. Yes the Corona virus mus be taking its toll as there is a legit deal on an Apple product, and one of the best Apple products and certainly one of the best tablets in the world if not THE best.. The 11 inch iPad Pro is an incredible device, with a massive amount of versatility.

They are selling a refurb iPad, which from Apple is an ACTUAL refurbishment, for just £519. This is for the 64GB model with the superb A12X processor and is the model that thankfully uses the USB C charging cable, although it only comes with a relatively slow 18w charger.

Its a great device, that is normally a bit too much money in my eyes, but for £519 you are getting a hell of a device.

Its available from Apple direct while stocks last and is the cheapest price in the UK for a quality near new Pro.

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Lenovo Tab E10 Tablet – Cheapest price UK

Android tablets are a dying bread, not because they are bad but because Apple’s iPad dominates the market. However Lenovo have produced a decent tablet for people who don’t want to spend £400 on a tablet. The Lenovo Tab E10 is a 10in (10.1 actually) tablet with a modern smart look. And John Lewis have got it for a ridiclous £79 delivered or collection in store.

The tablet comes with 2 years warranty, and a six hour battery. While it wont set the world on fire, it has a good if unspectacular screen, certainly good enough for Netflix binging and social media. While the form factor is fairly light too.

Downsides, well it does only have 2GB of RAM so you wont be doing a million things at once with ease. This is something we would like to see Android tablets move away from as it limits them to media devices, but if this is just going to be a Netflix Facebook machine thats fine. With the Snapdragon 210 processor it will manage basic games, and if emulation is your thing anything from the 16bit era should be fine like SNES and Mega Drive. While the 16GB of storage means if you are going to a none wifi area on holiday, you will want an SD card for all your shows and films downloaded, which thankfully this is expandable.

Its a pretty thin tablet at only 8.9mm, and also comes with decent Dolby Atmos front firing speakers, not bad!

Overall the Lenovo E10 is a thin cheap tablet with a decent screen for £79 with a 2 year warranty. The Amazon Fire 10 is the nearest rival, but that you dont have the full Google Play Store, but it is a bit faster. thats available on offer for £99 but usual price is more like £149 and its certainly not twice as good.

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Komodo MHL to HDMI – Micro USB Cable for Android Screen Mirroring

This simple adapter by Komodo allows you to screen mirror everything on Android, from the OS to Games and Movies. Sure its not wireless, but it is only around £5 which is a bargain. Check out the video review of this adapter using a Sony Xperia SP. It also works for a large variety of Android phones and tablets for full screen wired mirroring. This makes your Android device a great potential retro game console.

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List of Compatible Phones and Tablets (Basically any with a 5 pin micro USB):

HTC: EVO 3D, One, One S, One X, Sensation, Sensation XE.
Samsung: Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy S2.
Sony: Xperia SP, Xperia T, Xperia TX

Please Note: This will not work with Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, LG Nexus 4 For an S3 etc model click here

 

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DEAL – Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – £127 delivered

Another tablet deal, this time its for the previous generation Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch tablet. Upon UK release, this was one of the highest resolution tablets below 9 inchs, featuring an above Full HD 1920×1200 resolution, which is good even today. The screen is beautiful and ideal for LoveFilm (now Amazon Instant Video) and reading magazines. At £127 you are getting a fully supported full size tablet for 7inch tablet price.

So what is the catch?

Well the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is not the latest Kindle Fire, which is the HDX range. If you are a hard core gamer, then this might put you off as its 1.5GHz dual core processor isnt a match to the Nexus 7’s Snapdragon processor. However if you are a casual gamer, or just want to watch films, browse online and read then why not save yourself a hundred and forty pounds over the HDX and grab an absolute steal. If you have Amazon Prime you now have LoveFilm (now called Amazon Instant Video) included which for tablets is only available on Kindle Fires.  Videos are particularly good on this tablet as the speakers are some of, if not the best of any full size tablet. You also get full access to the Amazon Appstore which is getting better by the day and includes a free paid for app everyday.

If buying for someone who you know would be a “casual” user, or if you dont demand the fastest machine in the world and just want a well built device with a great screen, there isn’t much that comes close to the Fire HD 8.9, except the Nook HD+ which is good but a bit fatter, and cheaper looking and also discontinued.

For Android modders, you can even put KitKat 4.4 on it 🙂

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DEAL – 32GB iPad Air for £413.99

Looking for a slightly larger version of the iPad Air, then look no further than this deal of just £413, and its fulfilled by Amazon so you know your buying safe. The iPad Air is the latest and greatest iPad you can buy. Its very fast, but also incredibly light, much more so than previous full size iPad with Retina Displays. At this price you are getting an extra 16GB for just £13.99 which is a great deal saving around £35 from the RRP. If you have Amazon Prime you can even get it next day (before cut off time).

If you have to have the latest Apple device in your life you cant do any better than this right now. You could buy a 16GB but you may regret it with some games coming in at 4+GB now. Saying that if your gaming is limited to Candy Crush Saga then save the £13 for a case and get a 16GB!

 

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Why the NVidia Shield is My Most Wanted Piece of Tech in 2013

The portable games console, the Nvidia Shield is looking at being a surprise hit of 2013. This open sourced handheld games console allows streaming to HDTVs/monitors and even your PC. Plus it has its main party trick, streaming PC games to it. Based on a stock Android Jelly Bean, the Nvidia Shield will be an open platform gaming device, with the full Android back catalog available to play. So why do I want one? And what problems do NVidia face?

What the Nvidia, and the Play Store lack are mutliplayer games. There are very few, and even less good, online mutliplayer console style games on Android. Shadowgun shows the potential, but we need to see the big name games/brands like Dead Trigger 2, Modern Combat, and FIFA putting serious effort into the online modes. Local multiplayer games would be nice too. On phones this was a none issue, but with a device like the Shield it would be great to be able to bring a friends Shield around and play some split screen on the big TV.

The biggest task for NVidia isnt to get manufacturers onboard, the success of Android platform has done that for them. Its to push the Tegra optimised games to the next level. I love the Tegra Zone on my Nexus 7, the games tend to be better than the average Play Store games as they have got the budgets to do the graphical side, they also tend to put effort into usability. Now Tegra 3 is in millions of devices, and while Tegra 4 looks to build on this, lets see manufacturers pushing the platform.

The Shield (and the OUYA) represents a shift in home gaming, not mobile in my opinion. If the price is right and I got a Shield, it would very rarely be taken out. It would be the device I pick up to play on, while the missus is watching TV instead of my tablet. Then when a TV is available I can continue my game on the big screen. Plus with the free to sub £5 games, you feel like you can have a punt and get into a game fast without thinking. Being in my late 20s I unfortunately dont have the time to play 80 hours of Final Fantasy 7, like I did…. Or 50 hours of Forza Motorsport. I enjoy a quick blast on Gears of War Horde mode with my friends, and the odd game here or there on my Nexus 7.

However the genius of the Shield is it also appeals to console gamers like me, also well as those who do spend £300 on a graphics card for their PCs, as they can stream the games from their GTX cards to the Shield. Steam are behind this too, plus once Nvidias cloud gaming gets into full swing, the Shield could become the one stop device. I’m not sure why you would want to stream to the Shield inside the same house though?

What about OUYA? Well just because it is not as powerful as the Shield doesnt mean it cant succeed. Nintendo has shown that. Both the OUYA and the Nvidia Shield do represent a threat to the Console Establishment, although they are not direct competitors to each other. Despite all the rumours, no one knows what the PS4 / Next XBox will do or be. However for the first time, I am not interested. If they just turn out to be more power, more media center etc. I 100% will not be getting one. I haven’t bought a full price £35-40 game for years. I buy second hand 6 months down the line as I cant justify the full price. Neither can most of my friends, its simply not worth it. With rumours that the new XBox will push what some current games (Battlefield 3 /WWE 13 etc.) have started by requiring a code to play online, it will make second hand games as expensive as new ones. £10-15 for the game, £10 for the online, on top of £40pa for the online service, it all adds up.  I get why they do it, the publisher makes nothing off second hand games, but it will stop some people buying. The NVidia Shield will have none of this, plus the games will be dirt cheap in the first place. Sure you cant sell the games on, but at Free to £5 does it matter?

Until it is released, noone knows who well it will catch on, but with the might of a company like NVidia behind it, and some very clever and POWERFUL tech I really want to get my hands on a Nvidia Shield.

Watch this video of Real Boxing running on the Nvidia Shield

 

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Acer Iconia B1 Tablet Review – £99 Tablet That Works!

Many of the big PC manufacturers are trying to get onboard with the affordable tablet market, and Acer Iconia B1 is one of 2013’s most aggressively priced tablets by a traditional PC manufacturer. Aimed at people who think the Nexus 7 is too much for them, its main rival is the similarly price non-HD Amazon Kindle Fire. This review will look at the specification and what its good for, and also how it compares to the Kindle Fire, and ultimately what would you buy?

 

The Acer Iconia B1 Specification

The Iconia B1 is a nicely sized 7 inch tablet. It isnt the thinnest tablet around but its not a lump either. The bezel is very similar to the Nexus 7 meaning you can hold it with ease. It feels very similar in profile to the Amazon Kindle Fire too. Processor power is also very similar with both packing 1.2GHz Dual Core units. However the Acer is a better Cortex A9 unit, but this is nothing major on paper (more on this to come). It also sports 512MB RAM and a 1024×600 resolution screen.  There is 8GB of on board memory, and unlike Nexus 7 it has got a microSD card to expand the memory size which is a nice feature. And a webcam for Skype.

Software wise it runs the superb Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software, which as you would expect is fast and smooth. The chassis looks good, however at £99 there has to be compromises. This being the plastic screen, which has a bit of flex, however you can forgive it for the price. The brightness is strong, which makes up for this somewhat.

 

Whats Good? 

On paper the specifications look a tad weak. Especially the 512MB of RAM. However in reality, Android Jelly Bean is smooth and very responsive. The internet browser works well, as do most apps. But at £99 you cannot expect it to play the latest games. This is where the Acer Iconia B1 has its party trick. Somehow, it can! Running the Unreal benchmark on high you get 25-30fps, not great but certainly playable. Put it to medium and you get 45 frames per second, which is outstanding when you remember £99! Even intensive games like Dead Trigger work smoothly, which is simply incredible as that was one of the first mobile games that had console graphics  Now obviously you wont be on High/Ultra detail, but the fact you can play, and play well says huge things about this £99 tablet. Great work Acer.  Casual games, Angry Birds etc. work smoothly also so the kids will be happy. There are some tablets out there at £99 that your kids will rightfully throw back at you as they cant even play Angry Birds. The Iconia B1 can satisfy them and you as it can do 3D games more than adequately, nevermind casual ones. You can definitely be productive with this tablet, and have fun too.

How does the B1 compare to the Kindle Fire?

A huge advantage to this Acer over the Kindle Fire is it runs a standard version of Android. This means the full Play Store is available, as is the possibility for customisation. You can personalise it just as much as a Nexus 7. Plus if you want you can download the Amazon app store and still use it as a Kindle. Plus at current prices it saves £30 over the Kindle Fire. The main disadvantage is the Kindle is easier to use for people not used to tablets. Being locked down in a closed eco system as large as Amazon’s does have its advantages, as does Amazons free cloud storage of your books / magazines / videos.

 

Should You Buy the Acer Iconia B1 or the Kindle Fire?

I think you would be happy with both. If I was buying for my Mum, I would get the Kindle Fire. For kids, the Acer. For myself the Acer also. The gaming potential really shows off some hidden horsepower in this tablet which bodes well for everyday non-gaming usage. There is the argument of spending an extra £59 and getting the Nexus 7, but that is a huge percentage price increase, and I dont think they are targeted at the same market. Plus the fact the Acer can do gaming so well you would have to really want those graphics and the high resolution screen to pay the extra. The Kindle Fire has been around the £100 mark at Christmas but seems to have gone back up to £129 for now. This also has to be factored in, as not only is there this initial price increase, but more apps and games are free on the Play Store than on the Amazon App Store, so the Kindle may cost more in the long run. Saying that, the Kindle Fire has sold millions in the US and will be more supported.

The Android market place has definitely shifted. This time last year for this price you would only get some Chinese brand you have never heard of. Now Acer, Amazon and soon Asus all have got well built, tablets which would suit casual users well and with real UK warranties.

The Acer is a great introduction to tablets, as it provides a frustration free experience, and one you can get as involved in, with customisation etc., as you want. Thanks to its microSD slot it is also great for media. The Acer Iconia B1 is a great budget tablet which carves itself a nice niche at the sub £100 tablet market. Until the Asus comes out, it has to be the only sub £100RRP tablet worth getting.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Wi-Fi 16GB £237 (£187 after Samsung Cashback)

If you after a powerful full sized tablet, but cannot stretch to an iPad or a Nexus 10 then the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a superb choice at just £187 after cashback. This deal is from Carphone Warehouse, however you send off the cashback claim direct with Samsung so it is legitimate and valid.

The tablet itself is available in Black or White and feature a crisp 10.1 inch screen. It boasts a dual core processor, and can even stream video wirelessly over DLNA to your TV. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is also really light, less than 600g so you will be able to enjoy it without becoming a pain in the wrist that some large tablets can be. Its a great choice for gamers, Facebook fans and TV/Film buffs as you can download Netflix (requires subscription), BBC iPlayer and more straight on your device. Plus with 16GB of storage there is plenty of room for all your apps and more.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a superb value tablet, backed by a top brand name, but at a budget brand price tag thanks to the cashback deal. Well worth a look and available with free delivery to your home or local CPW shop.

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