Crossy Road review

Crossy Road review

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“Stop getting angry”…

“Stop punching your phone”…

“It’s just a game!”…

My girlfriend doesn’t get it.

I have invested an hour and a half into Crossy Road, and I’m no closer than I was to begin with at being able to cross the road. It should be simple – child’s play. But it isn’t. I keep getting squashed by cars, smashed by trains, engulfed by water or swooped up by a hawk… being a chicken has never been so hard, and I’m going through them at a rate faster than KFC does.

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Xiaomi Mi Band review

Xiaomi Mi Band review

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Keeping track of your fitness should not be expensive. After all, you’ve probably already spent plenty of dough on new-age foods and exercise equipment to keep you in tip-top shape. So when it comes to simply tracking your day-to-day activity, a welcome thing would be a product which doesn’t cost the earth — a fitness band that’s, say, $13.

The Xiaomi Mi Band is just that. It’s a fitness band and sleep tracker that’s significantly cheaper than the likes of the Jawbone UP3 and other products such as the Withings Activite. The key difference between the Mi Band and other fitness trackers though is that the Mi is very difficult to get ahold of – it’s only on sale in China, where Xiomi sells plenty of them.

But we’ve managed to get ahold of one of these fitness bands. So what’s it like?

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Choosing a smartphone operating system

How to… choose a smartphone operating system

Buying a smartphone should be easy, and you probably already have an idea about what you want. But with so much choice on the market, it’s important to take a step back and assess your needs and look at what the current crop offers as well as the crop of the near future, as there is always a smartphone just around the corner that boasts more speed and a sleeker design.

But the biggest consideration when buying a smartphone should be the operating system it runs on. You are essentially buying into an ecosystem, an ecosystem dominated by apps, cloud services and home-grown syncing. This is the most important consideration because some operating systems won’t have the apps you need and some operating systems won’t offer the features you need – which is why we have written a handy guide on choosing a mobile operating system below.

Have a read and make sure you buy into the right mobile ecosystem.

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LG G Flex 2

LG G Flex 2 reviews: The best curved smartphone?

The LG G Flex 2 is the first of the next-generation smartphones; smartphones with the super-quick Snapdragon 810 processor. It’s also LG’s second curved smartphone (but contrary to its name, it isn’t flexible). If you are looking into buying one of these smartphones, we thought we’d help you in your decision process by collecting all of the best LG G Flex 2 reviews from across the internet. One thing I was surprised about was the overwhelmingly positive reviews this smartphones has received. It’s not that I was expecting the G Flex 2 to follow the old cliché of it being LG’s difficult second album, but the reviews are really rather glowing. See for yourself:

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Best tablets

The best tablets you can buy

Buying a tablet is not a unique experience – it’s pretty much the same as buying a smartphone.

Key considerations are going to include display size, ecosystem (operating system) and battery life, and to a lesser extent processing power (speed). A vibrant display, access to a quality app marketplace, solid battery life and snappy performance can all be found in one device, but with so many tablets on the market finding one which ticks all the right boxes can be difficult.

Which is why we are here. Below, we have listed the best tablets you can buy and we will be keeping this list updated throughout the year to keep it current. So without further ado, let’s jump into the tablet market and take a look at the best tablets you can buy:

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Wireless mechanical keyboard

Wireless mechanical keyboards are rare, aren’t they?

I’ve been typing on a Microsoft Wireless Comfort Keyboard 5000 for over two years, and I’ve not got a bad word to say. It lasts well over two months on AA batteries (with at least four hours of daily use) and the accuracy is top notch. I rarely mistype a word.

But I like to change things up and while the 5000 would no doubt continue to serve me well into the future, I want a mechanical keyboard. I had the pleasure of using a Das Keyboard 4 Professional for a couple of hours this week and I was blown away by how good it felt to work on a mechanical keyboard – when I was growing up, my family home had two computers both with mechanical keyboards, and I forgot just how nice it feels to have a robust click under your fingers.

It helped that the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is full size like the 5000 with similar spacing and key sizes, so I was able to jump straight onto it and type away.

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Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet

The Dell Venue 8 7000 is a solid 8.4″ Android tablet

Not long ago if I was asked what Android tablet somebody should buy, my answer would’ve been:

  1. The Sony Xperia Tablet Compact, but if you can’t afford that then;
  2. The Google Nexus 9 will fulfill your every need.

I even included these two devices in my best tablets you can buy post. But another tablet is worth considering if you want to venture away from the norm- the Dell Venue 8 7000, which I’ll be honest about and say that I hadn’t played with up until one week ago.

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