Ben

@PurelyGadgets Hourly Deals Summary Day 1

June 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

If you wasn’t able to tune in to our Twitter feed yesterday for Day 1 of our PurelyGadgets hourly deals, don’t worry as we have a summary of the offers available right here on our blog!
9am: Gunnar Optiks SteelSeries Scope Gaming Eyewear £69.99
http://tinyurl.com/c5b6ptm

10am: Dexim Visible Green Cables for iPhone / iPad / iPod various colours available £14.95 http://tinyurl.com/cdc3nuh

11am: HyperDrive iFlashDrive for iPhone / iPad / iPod 8GB, 16GB and 32GB available from only £59.99 http://tinyurl.com/d254vov

12pm: Gomite Magnetic Tiltpod for Digital Camera or iPhone only £12.98
http://tinyurl.com/chk9ceq

1pm: Replay XD 1080 Action Camera £269.99 using PromoCode ‘EXTREME10’ at checkout http://tinyurl.com/7aufobr

2pm: SurfEasy USB Plug In Privacy Key £59.99 Security & Freedom in your own Personal Web browser  http://tinyurl.com/d2ec48y

3pm: FREE Delivery for FathersDay using PromoCode ‘GADGETDAD’ at checkout
http://tinyurl.com/6s8eos2

4pm: Vaja Leather Cases for iPad 2 Hand crafted using the finest Argentine leather £89.99 http://tinyurl.com/bo9qb4p

5pm: GoPro Floaty Backdoor last few In Stock only £13.99 Hurry!
http://tinyurl.com/88e77ke

6pm: Pivothead Video Eyewear Durango and Aurora Available £25 off Pre-Order #PromoCode ‘PIVH25’ http://tinyurl.com/crqlc6z

Ben

@PurelyGadgets Hourly Deals All This Week!

June 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

This week on our @PurelyGadgets Twitter feed, we will be posting great deals on the hour every hour from 9am until 6pm until Friday the 15th of June! Stay tuned to our Twitter page for great deals all day everyday so you can save yourself £££’s.

 

Ben

TV Sales Soar in Anticipation of Euro 2012

June 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

Euro 2012 kicks off tomorrow and the country will be awash with football mania. Hundreds of fans will be flocking to support our boys in Poland, but the majority of us will be supporting from British shores.

We have seen huge amounts of support already as Brits prepare themselves for the 32-game competition with a whopping 88% increase in searches for six top-of-the-range smart TVs in the week leading up to the tournament.

Samsung is the telly of choice, with their 42” 3D model the most searched for on PriceRunner.co.uk. Smart TVs are also taking off in a big way, with three major models being in the top ten most popular sets.

Not only are we devout in our support of our team, but football truly is the national past time. Whether you’re a football fan or not, there are some great TVs available to watch a spectacular summer of sport, and onPriceRunner there’s a set to suit every budget.

Source: PriceRunner

Ben

Samsung Galaxy S3 First Look Review – AvorahTV

June 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Check out the new Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung’s latest and most hyped up smartphone offering. Will it be better than its predecessor the Galaxy S2? Watch the video below to find out!

Source: AvorahTV
Avorah.com

Ben

Lenovo Ideapad YOGA Upcoming Release

June 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Tablets today offer a versatile alternative to mobile electronics, bridging the gap between the smartphone and the more prosaic laptop. But sometimes, you just can’t decide which one you want to invest your money in. There are whole forums of discussion on the advantages and disadvantages on either one, though the question often boils down to the simple matter of what you’re going to use it for.

It’s the job of manufacturers to solve the problem for those who simply can’t decide, and Lenovo has taken up the task with great ingenuity with the release of the Lenovo Ideapad YOGA that transforms easily into a tablet. With 10-point touch on a capacitive touchscreen, it can easily match the functionality that makes a regular tablet so versatile (except maybe size and weight), while at the same time carrying all the benefits of a regular laptop (namely greater computing power and a standard windows OS). The YOGA is far from the first notebook-tablet hybrid, but its ingenuity stems from its 360 degree, dual-hinge flip design, a highly flexible setup that is obviously what it was named for. It carries at 3.1 pounds at 17mm thick and a 13.3″ screen. It is also promised to have an 8-hour battery life and has been designed to run Windows 8, so logically should be released around the same time. Lenovo’s modern design extends to the chiclet keyboard and leather wrist rest when in notebook mode.

With a supposed release in the second half of 2012, hopefully the YOGA will be a viable solution for the many who simply can’t decide between a notebook or a tablet, although the possible price of £1,200 for the basic model – a few notches above original estimate – might make some wince at the dent in their wallets.

Ben

Three raising prices this July, for contract and mobile broadband customers

May 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

Consumers all over the country (myself included) will be receiving a text today to let them know Three will be raising bills. The price increase will be coming with the summer on July 16th and be just as hot.

A scorching 3.7% increases in line with the increase in inflation (based on the Retail Price Index (RPI)). This will affect those on phone contracts and mobile broadband customers, who bought before the 8th March 2012. If you are on Pay-as-you-go, a business customer or SIM only, you will not be affected.

For those who are crying to the heavens for someone to save them from this increase, sadly there is not much that you can do. That long contract (that you may or may not have read) states that they can increase the price once every 12 months. If you think Ofcom can save you, that is a no no aswell. Under Ofcom rules operators need to give 30 days notice (which they have I received my text earlier today) so consumers have time to cancel.

Although you may want to get the pitchforks out and try to run Three out of town, there isn’t much that can be done about the price increase. For most people it will be an additional £1 a month (one less bottle of juice).

So get ready a price increase is coming and they may not be the only network to do it.

Ben

Diablo III Launch: Could Have Gone Better

May 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Blizzzard’s release of Diablo III had gamers sitting on the edge of their seats, feverishly copy-pasting their password and hitting enter again and again as they attempted to get into the game (or get back in again, for some). However, despite needing some patience to log in, and the occasional restarts to game servers, their game uptime has been a wild improvement over the vanilla days of World of Warcraft’s first release, when a five-hour queue to get into the game was an average for the first week. And that was just logging in.

To be sure, Diablo III’s release could have been smoother. I’m sure launch dates are everybody’s nightmare at Blizz HQ. But with a smooth, lag-free game play and only a slight snafu with getting back into game (if you left the party and got to the menu screen, you couldn’t enter again), I am pleasantly surprised to have been able to play the game for almost 14 hours on the first day.

Of course, if only everyone could be so lucky. When servers were shut down for “emergency maintenance”, Blizzard forums were loaded with complaints, defense, and jokes alike. Blizzard’s now-epic thread was filling with posts at a rate of about a hundred posts every five seconds. “Warp speed!!” as some posts commented, adding to the speedy flow of posts. One user even copy-pasted the Wikipedia page on Honey Badgers to provide amusement, and was requoted several times throughout the 415-page thread.

Many users expressed their surprise at being able to have several hours of smooth gameplay. Others were a lot more critical, ignoring the fact that a mere day after release, the servers were actually quite stable. Could Blizzard’s launch day have gone better? Definitely. With many unable to get in, and an emergency maintenance about ten hours after release that lasted three hours, there are obviously some things that Blizzard needs to work on for future launch dates. Perhaps if they had given themselves a little more time, a smoother one would have been achievable. It is, however, probably quite difficult to test-run the servers for a million plus players running rampage the second logging on is permitted. Especially seeing as Amazon declared that Diablo III topped the charts in pre-order numbers. So even if Blizzard keeps underestimating the pressure of a million people on their servers, it seems that they’re doing enough right to hold the market on PC gaming and 591 pages of grateful fans. Now, since their second server maintenance is finished, excuse me while I try and log in.

Ben

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has landed!

May 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 came big expectations and a huge publicity following at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

From what we can see there is nothing special about its hardware and personally I think they could have made it a bit sexier looking, it’s a tad boring for my liking. Take HTC’s One X for example that is a good, sleek looking phone, but this S3 is failing to do it for me. The previous Galaxy the S2 had harsher corners and a nice textured back (although a bit cheap and plasticy when removed) it was a nice feature but with this new S3 it’s very different, very curved and quite organic almost which in my personal opinion is quite dull.

The S3 features a 4.8” Super AMOLED 720P display and is running Androids tastiest OS yet, version 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich yummy! The rear camera is 8 megapixels with a single LED flash which again is nothing majorly new. With all the hype and rumours around a 12 megapixel camera I kind of had my heart set on that and now I’m feeling a little disappointed. It also has a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera that is capable of recording 720P video at 30fps.

But the good news is, under the bonnet is the quad-core processor! Which should make for a pretty fast phone indeed which is excellent news as there is nothing worse than phone lag! Another thing I found pretty cool about the Galaxy S3 although novel, is the water rippling effect on the lock screen. Yes I admit it really doesn’t do much but it is nice to have something to show your mates that have “lesser phones” as you can now do the “yeah but can your phone do this? Bam!” kinda thing. It also has a card slot! Thank god! It sounds a bit petty and not a huge deal but I find not having a card slot, really annoying. So I’m pleased it has one and it’s expandable to 64GB, sweet!

According to Samsung the S3 is a phone that “understands you” as it has their SmartStay technology. This basically can monitor the users eye movements using the front facing camera and keeps your screen from dimming or switching off when you’re looking at it… which let’s be honest is pretty freaking cool!

In conclusion it does look like the S3 is going to be a pretty good phone. Although I’m disappointed with the camera and its average aesthetic none the less it will be up there in the top 10 mobiles for quite some time. I don’t think personally I would buy one over the HTC One X as it hasn’t wowed me enough with its features, maybe I read too many rumours and it didn’t live up to my expectations. Hopefully we will have a full hands on review soon!

 

 

 

Ben

Samsung Galaxy S3 Revealed at 7PM Tonight!

May 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Tonight at 7pm the next Galaxy will finally be revealed! After months of speculation all of the details and features will be brought to the public eye and we will no longer have to look at blurry or badly taken photos of what would appear to be the Samsung Galaxy S3.

The phone is to apparently feature a 12-megapixel camera and will be running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich as its OS.

If the Samsung Galaxy S2 is anything to go by, then this phone should be something pretty special. Stay tuned to The Next Galaxy tonight at 7pm sharp so you can be one of the first people to get a glimpse of the new Samsung Galaxy S3.

 

 

 

The Next Galaxy.. Stand out from the Sheep

April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Yesterday Samsung launched a twenty-four hour countdown clock telling us that we could take the next step in… so many hours.

We waited for the countdown clock to hit 0 and when it did.. the website crashed, great.

But we have found from The Verge what was revealed on the tgeltaayehxnx website was this video:

It wasn’t the most informing of videos as we suspected but, from the video we have concluded that the “Next Galaxy” will fit perfectly in your hand and allow you to stand out from.. a herd of sheep? We think this could be a little dig aimed at Apple users or it could be the world’s first Mobile device aimed at Farmers?

The little pebbles like objects / paint blobs got us thinking though.. could be something to do with its form factor?

We shall find out on May 3rd.. Stay tuned.

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