South Park Pinball iOS review

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Every couple of months, Zen Studios comes along with a spanking new pinball table, most recently The Walking Dead, which was based on the Telltale videogame of the same name – as opposed to the comic (yes) or the TV show (YES).

The latest addition to their burgeoning arsenal is South Park Pinball (£2.49 @ App Store, £2.49 @ Google Play), which is, well, pretty much exactly what you’d expect.

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Lenovo Yoga 8, 16GB, £119.99 delivered (save £80) @ Argos

Lenovo Yoga 8, 16GB, £119.99 delivered (save £80) @ Argos

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Lenovo Yoga 8 deal @ Argos

Argos has knocked £80 off the Lenovo Yoga 8, bringing it down from £199.99 to a significantly more palatable £119.99. And heck, have a free ‘£10 off when you spend over £100’ voucher, too.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Crazy week in the world of mobile, easily one of the craziest this year, thanks to these guys: the Motorola Google Nexus 6, HTC Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus Player, Android 5.0 Lollipop, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Phew!

In comments, you guys agreed that the 6in Google Nexus 6 is just too big, while Jan indulged in some verbal sparring over the Samsung Galaxy Note's S Pen.

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Samsung ‘Facebook phone’ on the cards?

Samsung ‘Facebook phone’ on the cards?

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

In the name of the great dragon lords above. Just when you thought it was safe to banish the phrase “Facebook phone” to the burgeoning annals of mobile disasters, it’s back for another spin on the rumour mill. Oh for f…

Seemingly undeterred by the utter embarrassment that was the almost-immediately-discontinued HTC First, Facebook has reportedly flown into South Korea to talk hardware with Samsung.

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Oppo N3 to feature self-rotating camera?

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

For those unfamiliar with Chinese manufacturer Oppo and its various wares, all you need to know is that last year’s Oppo N1 featured a rotating 13MP rear – and technically front – camera.

We’re skipping right past the Oppo N2 (no such thing) to the Oppo N3, and wondering what craziness the manufacturer has in store this time around. The latest batch of teasers suggests a camera that’s capable of rotating by itself.

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Vodafone Smart Tab 4G is the network’s 'best ever tablet'

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

If you liked the look of the Vodafone Smart Tab 4 back in May this year, but mourned the absence of 4G, Big Red has the answer to your tablet-flavoured prayers.

Meet the Vodafone Smart Tab 4G, described as the network’s “best ever tablet” and the “most affordable 4G tablet on the market”.

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iPad mini 2, 16GB, silver, £219 delivered with code @ Tesco Direct

iPad mini 2, 16GB, silver, £219 delivered with code @ Tesco Direct

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Get this iPad mini 2 deal @ Tesco Direct

The iPad mini 2 is a pretty good buy these days, since it’s essentially an iPad mini 3 without the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and a good £80 cheaper. Better still, at Tesco Direct, you can use code TDX-HPNY to knock a further £20 off, so that’s £219 for the 16GB iPad mini 2 in silver.

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iPad price at a glance: iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Unless I’m very much mistaken, Apple’s current tablet line-up is the largest it’s ever been, with no less than five iPads offered simultaneously at different price points.

They are, in vague order of price, the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, and we gots full at-a-glance pricing below.

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Apple iPad mini 3 specs not so impressive, bit of an iPad Air 2 afterthought?

Apple iPad mini 3 specs not so impressive, bit of an iPad Air 2 afterthought?

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Last year’s iPad mini 2 was a fantastic little fella, essentially offering everything that impressed about the iPad Air, but in a smaller package. There was very little in the way of compromise. And let’s face it; when you’re paying hundreds of pounds, no one wants to compromise.

Perhaps realising that the tablet world’s definition of “better” is swinging back towards Big, Apple’s iPad mini 3 doesn’t impress nearly as much as the spanking new iPad Air 2. Full tear-stained story below.

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iPad Air 2 specs: 6.1mm thin, A8X processor, 8MP rear camera, Touch ID fingerprint scanner

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Even the mighty iPad isn’t immune to slowing tablet sales, but Apple put a positive spin on things tonight by announcing that it’s sold 225 million of the things globally – that’s the iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini 2 - since launch in 2010.

Here we’re meeting the eighth member of the iPad family, the iPad Air 2, essentially an upgraded version of last year’s iPad Air, with a slimmer body, faster processor, enhanced camera and fingerprint scanner.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note 3: what’s the difference?

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been available for three weeks on its home turf of South Korea, and tomorrow – October 16 – marks the phablet’s global launch, including the good old United Kingdom.

The obvious question is: What’s the difference between the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3? What can the Galaxy Note 4 do that the Galaxy Note 3 can’t? Join me below as I detail an as-yet-undetermined number of (EDIT: six) key changes.

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AVG AntiVirus Pro, Android, 59p @ Amazon Appstore for Android

AVG AntiVirus Pro, Android, 59p @ Amazon Appstore for Android

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Get this AVG AntiVirus PRO deal @ Amazon Appstore

AVG AntiVirus PRO is £8.99 on Google Play, but just 59p over on the Amazon Appstore for Android. I think that’s what they call a “no-brainer”.

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Google Nexus Player: first Android TV device made official

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

The Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 have arrived as predicted, but before you close down Mobot for the night and head off to your specialist chat rooms, there’s a third prong to the Android hardware assault.

Meet Google’s Nexus Player, built by trusty old Asus. Available shortly, the first-ever Android TV device looks to take over your TV, with the movies and the music and the streaming and whatnot.

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Google Nexus 9 launches with impressive specs, magnetic keyboard accessory

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

We’ve already detailed the flagship Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphone this evening, namely the Motorola-built Google Nexus 6. Here we turn our attention to its big brother, an 8.9in tablet.

I speak of HTC’s Google Nexus 9, a premium beast with a Microsoft Surface-troubling magnetic keyboard accessory and brushed metal sides. Sounds good, yes, but it ain’t cheap.

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Google Nexus 6 specs are crazy good: 6in QHD display, QS805, 3GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Last year, LG’s Google Nexus 5 was pretty much as top-of-the-range as you could get for the time, including a 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. A slouch it was not.

This year, Motorola is Google’s smartphone manufacturer of choice, and the resultant Nexus 6 doesn’t disappoint. Not one bit. Ok, maybe one tiny bit. Full story below.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop made official

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Google confirmed its existence at the end of June (as if there was any doubt that a KitKat successor would touch down in autumn), and since then we’ve been referring to it simply as Android L or Android 5.0.

Lemon Meringue Pie (LMP) appeared to be the internal codename, and I had my suspicions that it might be Android Lion (as in the Nestle chocolate bar), but it’s officially now Android 5.0 Lollipop. Death to corporate sponsorship, I guess.

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Heavy Metal Thunder iOS review

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Choose your own adventure-style books work remarkably well on the old touch screen, as evidenced by the likes of Sorcery!, Sorcery! 2 and 80 Days, all three of those coming from inkle, incidentally.

Here, Cubus Games brings Heavy Metal Thunder to the App Store (£1.99), and it’s actually more at home on mobile than it is on paper. Abundant words below.

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LG G3, O2, 500 mins, unlimited texts, 500MB, £18PM 24M (£432) @ mobiles.co.uk

LG G3, O2, 500 mins, unlimited texts, 500MB, £18PM 24M (£432) @ mobiles.co.uk

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Get this LG G3 deal @ mobiles.co.uk

The LG G3 was the world’s first big-name phone with a QHD (2560 x 1440) display, and mobiles.co.uk is currently offering to hook you up for £18 per month for 24 months – that’s £432 total over the two years.

Your monthly O2 allowance includes 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data.

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Google Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Android L launching TODAY?

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

The Google Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and Android L were at one point tipped to launch tomorrow, October 16, but with Apple holding its iPad event on said date, and big G keeping remarkably quiet about its much-discussed wares, we’d resigned ourselves to a late-October launch.

Imagine our surprise, then, upon hearing that the Google Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android L will launch on October 15. THAT’S TODAY, YOU MANIACS.

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