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Which is the most popular TV size?

Which is the most popular TV size?

most popular TV size poll

So we have successfully completed another of our technology polls. This time we asked you to vote for the most popular TV size and the results as expected showed there are basically two sizes that are much more preferred over the rest.

The first place in our poll is taken from the 32-inch size which seems to be the most popular TV size in the world. This result wasn't surprise for us but we expected bigger difference with the runner up in this poll which is the 42-inch size. What we see in recent years is that most customers prefer to buy bigger TVs than their current one. So we assume when all the 32-inch TV owners decided to change their TV set for new one they are most probably going to buy 42-inch or bigger size. But for now the clear winner is the 32-inch size and I think this will remain for quite some time.

As for the rest of the competitors it looks like the 47-inch sizes and bigger are getting very popular but still the difference with the 32 and 42 -inches is quite big.

So this was another very informative poll at our consumer blog, expect much more like these. We have plenty of researches to do so your opinion will be very much appreciated.
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Nurvo NURVO7DCB 7-inch Android tablet

Price, specs and review of the cheap 7-inch Android tablet Nurvo NURVO7DCB











Nurvo NURVO7DCB 7-inch Android tablet
Nurvo NURVO7DCB 7-inch Android tablet


Today at our consumer blog we will take a look at another of the cheap Android tablets that offered on the market. Nurvo NURVO7DCB is a 7-inch Android tablet with average specifications and very low price tag.

Probably the biggest advantage of the NURVO7DCB is its Infotmic X15 Cortex-A5 dual-core processor. Unfortunately this 7-inch cheap Android tablet has only 512MB of RAM which is very low by today's standards.

The 7-inch capacitive multi-touch display of this Nurvo tablet has maximum resolution of 1024 x 600.

As for the connectivity options you can rely on good connection to the Internet thanks to the fast 802.11 b/g/n WiFi connection. Here we also have micro USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD card slot.


Nurvo NURVO7DCB has 4GB of storage capacity which can be expanded with additional 32GB with microSD card. This tablet also has two cameras on board - 0.3MP front facing camera and 2.0MP rear camera.

The manufacturer claims this tablet will hold charge for some 3-6 hours of active use but you will be lucky if you get around 4 hours of work time.


OS - Nurvo NURVO7DCB is using Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as operating system.


As I already mentioned this is one very cheap tablet. You can find it in online auction sites and tech stores for around £50-70 which is not a bad deal for a dual-core tablet. The only thing that probably leaves negative impression (considering this is a a cheap tablet) is the fact that Nurvo didn't put at least 1GB of RAM.


Nurvo NURVO7DCB dimensions - this tablet measures 188 x 126 x 11 mm and weighs around 304g.


You can also take a look at the cheap 7-inch Android tablet Nurvo HorizonNurvo Horizon II and the Nurvo Horizon 10.1-inch cheap Android tablet.
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7-inch Allwinner A20 tablet deal at eBay

Price and specifications of the cheap 7-inch Allwinner A20 tablet

It looks like eBay deals will never stop surprising me. Today I saw yet another cheap Android deal for a 7-inch Allwinner A20 tablet with dual-core processor. And what surprised me the most wasn't the fact that thousands of people spend their money on no name tablet with doubtful qualities but the fact that there are people who think it is worth spending money on a tablet which has only 512MB of RAM.

I know that many consumers aren't aware of  hardware characteristics and specifications but still such device would only make sense in case you need to buy some gift for a kid who might be excited with the performance of this cheap tablet.

Well the price of just £50 is a very strong selling point for this 7-inch Allwinner A20 tablet but still I wouldn't recommend it.
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2014 Mercedes E-class sedan video review

Test drive and review of the all new 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan

Mercedes E-class is probably one of the most popular and well sold mid-sized luxury sedans in the world. The E-class together with the Audi A6, BMW 5-series and Lexus GS set the pace in this class for quite some time and I personally doubt that these four are going to let any serious competition to take big piece of the pie in the coming years. All these are well thought and put together vehicles specifically oriented to the business customer and it is no secret these are the most popular company luxury cars.
For 2014 Mercedes-Benz made a significant facelift for its E-class, making it much more futuristic and in line with the latest design and technology trends that the company from Stuttgart is trying to apply in its newest models.
Actually some car critics even say that this is more of a new model rather than a facelift because the changes in some areas of the car are so significant that you can't even tell that this is a refreshed E-class.
Probably the most visible change for the 2014 Mercedes E-class is its front which now looks much more modern and dynamic compared to the boring front end of its predecessor. Mercedes implemented their latest LED technology in the front lights and in the rear as well, so it is all LED and Xenon now.
As for the changes in the interior, well they are not so significant but everything feels just a bit better than in the model it replaces. Everything in the interior is well put together and feels quality and upmarket. 
Of course it is not all good news for the new 2014 Mercedes E-class. The price of the car still remains pretty high and the desirability factor is still in favor of the best selling BMW 5-series. 
But I am sure with this new model Mercedes E-class will keeps its good positions in this class and also its well known name of practical and yet comfortable and luxurious way of transportation.

Here is a quick test drive of the new 2014 Mercedes E-class sedan which I hope you will enjoy:

2014 Mercedes E-class sedan video review

You can also take a look at our 2013 Mercedes A-Class review or at the rest of our car test drives and reviews.
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iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C drop tests - video

Video with iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C drop tests

iPhone 5S iPhone 5C drop test

I have no idea why anyone would buy an iPhone but it seems like people are still buying these expensive and poor performing smartphones. Today we are going to test the durability and strength of the latest Apple iPhone products - the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. These are two very expensive smartphones with slight updates compared to the iPhone 5 which if I have to be honest is a real success around the world smartphone markets. I myself wouldn't use one of these even if it was a gift to me. When I had the chance to test one of these Apple smartphones I instantly compared it to my 'old' Samsung Galaxy Nexus which combined with the Diztronic Samsung Galaxy Nexus case is an outstanding communication machine. 
And I can assure you the results of this comparison weren't in iPhone 5 favor, there wasn't a single component where the iPhone is significantly better than the Google Nexus, even though it is significantly more expensive. As I said I would never choose iPhone 5 over any of the new Samsung smartphones, they are just so much better.

Anyways, lets get back to the drop test that we are going to perform. It shows what will happen to you precious iPhone 5S / 5C if you drop it for any reason (or without a reason). It will most probably brake, but if you are lucky enough you can get away with only a small dent or a scratch.  The most vulnerable part as it seems is the display, which in all previous iPhone generations tended to brake a lot. It is the same story with the  iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C displays.

So enough talking, you can watch the video now and see what and how happens.

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C drop tests - video

Of course you can also take a look at the rest of our smartphone reviews.
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Finlux 32H6072-D - 32-inch HD LED TV

Price, specifications and review of the 32-inch HD LED TV Finlux 32H6072-D

Finlux 32H6072-D LED TV review
Finlux 32H6072-D 32-inch HD LED TV
Finlux 32H6072-D review
Today we are going to take a closer look at yet another cheap and funny Finlux LED TV. You are wondering why I say 'funny'? Well it is funny how some people are ready to spend their money on products form brands they don't know anything about and products which offer quality which is far from the best in class.

Yes, the price is low and there isn't much competition when spending under £200 for 32-inch LED TV but still I would rather give £50 more and get some cheap LG or Samsung model rather than some Vestel, Finlux device which quality is quite doubtful.

So what does the Finlux 32H6072-D has under the hood. Well, if you ignore the cheap plastics and looks of the TV itself you will find a 32-inch HD 720p panel and... and I don't know what. Probably here is the time and place to say this TV has USB port with PVR function, as well as HDMI and VGA port so the Finlux 32H6072-D sores good points in the connectivity category.

And few words about the price which is the biggest advantage of the Finlux 32H6072-D LET TV. Currently this TV can be found for £179.99 as daily deal in the UK Finlux store at eBay UK. And in case you want to stay really low on the budget than this 32-inch HD LED TV might be the perfect choice for you.

Finlux also has some better performing and looking TVs in the 32-inch class like the Finlux 32H7072-DT 32-inch 3D HD LED TV which just like the 32H6072-D doesn't support Full HD picture.

And if you want to see the best in class than check out our Best performing 32-inch LED TVs selection.
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Samsung NP300E5E-A08UK - laptop specifications

Full specifications of the 15.6-inch Series 3 laptop Samsung NP300E5E-A08UK











Samsung NP300E5E-A08UK laptop
Samsung NP300E5E-A08UK




Samsung NP300E5E-A08UK is a budget 15.6-inch laptop from Samsung's Series 3 laptops. It is offered exclusively for UK and can be found in eBay UK in Dabs Outlet and few other computer dealers.


Here is a list with the full specifications of the Samsung NP300E5E-A08UK laptop:





CPU

Intel Celeron 847 / 1.1 GHz



Number of Cores

Dual-Core



Cache

L3 - 2 MB



64-bit Computing

Yes



Chipset

Mobile Intel NM70 Express


Memory



RAM

4 GB ( 1 x 4 GB )



Technology

DDR3 SDRAM



Speed

1333 MHz



Slots Qty

2



Empty Slots

1


Storage



Hard Drive

500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm



Interface

Serial ATA-300



Optical Drive

DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM


Display



Type

15.6"



LCD Backlight Technology

LED backlight



Resolution

1366 x 768 ( HD )



Widescreen

Yes



Features

Anti-reflective


Audio & Video



Graphics Processor

Intel HD Graphics



Memory Allocation Technology

Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0



Camera

Integrated webcam



Sound

Stereo speakers , microphone



Compliant Standards

SoundAlive


Input



Type

Keyboard, touchpad



Features

Built-in numeric keyboard


Communications



Wireless

802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0



Network Interface

10/100 Ethernet


Battery



Technology

6-cell



Capacity

48 Wh


Connections & Expansion



Interfaces

VGA , HDMI , Headphone/microphone combo jack , 3 x USB 2.0 , LAN



Memory Card Reader

3 in 1 ( SD Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card )


Software



Software Included

SAMSUNG Support Center, Samsung Recovery Solution, Samsung Easy Settings


Miscellaneous



Colour

Sleek silver



Features

Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)



Localization

United Kingdom


Dimensions & Weight



Width

37.6 cm



Depth

24.8 cm



Height

3.18 cm



Weight

2.2 kg


Environmental Standards



EPEAT Compliant

EPEAT Gold



ENERGY STAR Qualified

Yes



Price
Currently the Samsung NP300E5E-A08UK can be found for less than £300 (with exclusive £270 price tag at the Electrical 123 Shop).

And if you need something a bit more capable I would recommend you the Samsung ATIV Book 8 NP880Z5E-X01UB touchscreen laptop.
You can also take a look at the rest of our laptop reviews.

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LG 50PN450B 50-inch HD plasma TV review

LG 50PN450B 50-inch HD plasma TV specifiicaitons, price and review

LG 50PN450B review
LG 50PN450B 50-inch HD plasma TV
LG 50PN450B review - I know these days everybody is talking about Full HD, Smart TV, LED TV, 3D TV... well the LG 50PN450B doesn't have any of these. What the 50PN450B has is probably one of the lowest price tags for a 50-inch TV that you can find on the market today and that makes it one very popular TV, because cheap is almost always popular, especially if it is LG branded product.

LG 50PN450B is definitely not going to impress you with high-end specifications. It has resolution of only 1024 x 768 but thankfully the contrast is pretty high with 3 000 000:1 contrast ratio.
One very positive thing that I can say about this plasma TV is that it has very compact dimensions. It is very thin and has very small frame and actually looks pretty elegant. It is the cheap plastics which are used to 'dress' the panel give up that this is a TV from the low price range. 

LG 50PN450B also has Real Cinema 24p movie mode and a good set of connection options including USB port, 2x HDMI ports, RF In, CI Slot, Component (Y,Pb,Pr), Scart Full and Digital Audio out. 

The picture processing in this TV is provided by the popular LG Triple XD Engine image processor and 600Hz Sub Field Driving. 

As for the price, this TV is the absolute winner in the 50-inch category. You just can beat a price tag of under £400 in UK (around 450 Euros) for such big screen TV.
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Colorfly CT704 Book 7-inch cheap Android tablet

Colorfly CT704 Book 7-inch Android tablet price and specs

Colorfly CT704 Book review

Colorfly CT704 Book review

Honestly, yesterday when I opened the daily deals at eBay it was the first time that I actually heard of Colorfly tablets. Nowadays there literally thousands of tablet manufacturers around the world who are producing all kinds of Android tablets, from extremely cheap ones to high-end mobile devices with quad-core processors.
Colorfly CT704 Book tablet is definitely on the cheap side of the chart. Actually this tablet is totally outdated, with 1GHz single-core processor and only 512MB of RAM it is no match for any modern tablet.

Here are the full specifications of the 7-inch Colorfly CT704 Android tablet:
CPU: 1GHz RK2926 ARM Cortex-A9 Single Core
GPU: Mali 400
Memory: 512MB DDR3
Display: 7-inch 5-point G+G Capacitive Touch Screen (4 : 3)
Display resolution: 800x600
Operation system: Android 4.1
Storage Device 8GB Flash
Support external Micro SD card (TF card) up to 32GB (Card Not Included)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
Front Camera: 0.3MP
G-sensor: Yes
OTG Function: Yes
Picture format: BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc
Audio format: MP3, WMA, RA, OGG, WAV, APE, FLAC, AC3, DTS, etc
Video format: MKV, MP4, AVI, RV/RMVB, VOB, WMV, MPG, TS, etc.
Video decoding: 2160P(3840x2160); 1080P: H.264, MPEG4/XVID, WMV/VC-1, MPEG2 MP, AVS, H.263 up to 50Mbps; VP8 up to 30Mbps
Bluetooth No
Power Adapter Input: 100-240V, 50/60Hz, 0.3A; Output: DC 5V, 2A
I/O Port 1x Micro USB Port
1x 3.5mm Headphone Jack
1x Micro SD(TF Card) Slot
1x DC 5V Port
Battery: 2300mAH, 3.7V
Dimensions: 18x13.6 x1 cm / 7.09x5.35 x0.39 in
Weight: 325g / 11.46oz

Of course the most appealing specification of this cheap Android tablet is its price. You can find it for less than £50 which is a good price for a mobile device that can be best used as a beginner tablet but definitely not portable entertainment or business tool.

I would also recommend you to take a look at the best cheap Android tablets for 2012 and 2013.
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Toshiba 40L6353DB 40-inch Full HD Smart LED TV price, specs and review

Price, specifications and review of the 40-inch Full HD LED TV Toshiba 40L6353DB

Toshiba 40L6353DB review
Toshiba 40L6353DB
Toshiba 40L6353DB review - today I saw a great TV deal at eBay for a 40-inch Full HD Smart LED TV and decided to make a small research about the featured model.

As it appeared the 40L6353DB is one of the very popular TVs in Toshiba's model range. Thanks to its low price, variety of useful features, good all around specs and very pleasant design Toshiba 40L6353DB managed to become one of the preferred 40-inch LED TVs in UK.
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Samsung UE46F5000 46-inch Full HD LED TV specs and review

Price, specs and review of the 46-inch Full HD LED TV Samsung UE46F5000

Samsung UE46F5000 review
Samsung UE46F5000 46-inch Full HD LED TV
Samsung UE46F5000 is currently one of the best sellers in the 46-inch LED TV category. It offer exceptional Full HD picture quality but is also quite affordable. Actually the UE46F5000 is one of the most popular 46-inch TVs in the world. And if you are wondering why is that so I will sum up all the advantages that this TV has over the competition - great value for money.
As we all know Samsung makes one of the best (if not the best) LED panels but most of the time these come at a cost which is mostly on the high side. That is not the case with the Samsung UE46F5000 which at the price of around $700 in the US and £500-550 in UK can be considered pretty affordable.

So now lets talk about the main features and specifications of this TV. Samsung UE46F5000 will impress you with the bright clear picture it offers, with vivid colors and adequate response time. Of course to achieve this affordable price Samsung skipped some features like Smart TV functionality, 3D or built-in WiFi. Basically what you get when you buy the UE46F5000 is perfect picture quality delivered on a big 46-inch screen. The sound is also pretty good, considering it is delivered by two 10W stereo speakers (no subwoofer) with Dolby Digital Plus / Pulse, DTS Studio Sound and DTS Premium Audio 5.1.

Another drawback of the Samsung UE46F5000 that I can point out is the lack of some initial ports like D-sub and Ethernet (LAN). You also get only two HDMI ports and one USB port.

As I said you shouldn't expect any special features from this TV. It is really made with some simple task - to deliver great picture for a reasonable price. I think Samsung managed to do that pretty well and most customers will be more than happy with this TV.

Samsung UE46F5000 quick video review

And in case you are interested in the best TVs in two other very popular categories you can check our best 32-inch LED TV and best 42-inch LED TV for 2013 lists. 
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Samsung UE46F6400 46-inch 3D Full HD Smart LED TV

Price, features, specifications and review of the 46-inch 3D Full HD Smart LED TV Samsung UE46F6400

Samsung UE46F6400 TV review
Samsung UE46F6400
Samsung UE46F6400 review - today we are taking a look at one of the latest 46-inch Full HD LED TVs from Samsung.  As you probably know Samsung is currently leader in this segment and every new TV they release instantly becomes a best seller. We will soon see if that will be the case with the UE46F6400.

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LG 39LN5400 39-inch Full HD LED TV review

Price, specs and review of the 39-inch Full HD LED TV LG 39LN5400












LG 39LN5400 review
LG 39LN5400


It`s about time to have a look at one of the best mid-size TV sets available on the market.

LG 39LN5400 is a 39-inch LG LED TV with Full HD resolution, stylish design and MHL (Mobile High Definition Link).

This product is excellently designed, being provided with the Narrow Bezel slim frame which reduces visual obstruction for improved TV viewing. 

With this model you have the opportunity to enjoy a stunning picture quality thanks to the 100 Hz refresh rate, image processor and Triple XD Enginetechnology, Picture Wizard II, which allows you to easily make the optimal settings for picture quality (black level, color, tint, sharpness and brightness levels) and adjust the volume to your desired level.

 

LG 39LN5400 is equipped with the latest and most advanced Triple XD Engine providing the highest level of image processing, giving you excellence in color, contrast and image clarity.

 

MHL mobile audio / video interface is available for direct connecting of mobile phones and other portable devices to TV sets with high definition. You can display HD content from your phone to your big screen TV and control the whole process with Magic Remote. The phone is being charged while it is connected.

You can watch movies, pictures or listen to music directly from your USB stick or Hard Drive, using one of the two USB ports provided. There are also three HDMI ports, SCART and CI Slot.

The built-in digital tuners DVB-T and DVB-C (cable) give you access to new digital channels without additional equipment.



If you are still wondering whether this is the right choice or not, you can pay attention to three more options – PHILIPS 39PFL3208H LCD TV, SAMSUNG UE39F5000 LED TV and PHILIPS 39PFL3008H LED TV. 

Price - around $500 / 400 Euros.

LG LN5400-series viewing angle

And if you are specifically searching for 39-inch TV you should definitely take a look at Samsung UE39F5000.

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Android tablet apps reviews

Android tablet apps

Android tablet apps

There are several new Android apps for tablets that are making a lot of buzz in the mobile marketplace and among users. With so many different apps available and new ones being released every day, it’s not easy to know which ones you should download and try. For this reason, it’s a good idea to read app reviews to get an idea of what the app is all about and if it is of interest or of practical use to you.

On the other hand, if you want to develop an Android tablet app that will be popular enough to actually be reviewed, you will need to make sure that your app has been effectively advertised, so that it reaches your target audience.

Appnext and other similar mobile and social ad networks, can make establishing an effective advertising campaign a breeze. Whether you have developed a game or any other mobile app for android-powered tablets, you can easily integrate the ad network’s SDK and use their technology to reach the ideal user, helping you to monetize your app.

Some great new apps that have recently been reviewed and released for Android tablets include: Digg Reader, Puffin Flash Browser, TeamViewer for Remote Control, Color Zen, and more.
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Acer Aspire V3-531 laptop specifications and video review

Full specifications and video review of the Acer Aspire V3-531 laptop

Acer Aspire V3-531 laptop
Acer Aspire V3-531 laptop
Acer Aspire V3-531 is one of the popular and yet quite affordable laptops currently offered in UK. 
There are different versions of the  Aspire V3-531 depending on the hardware that is being used but the most popular versions use Intel Pentium 2020M Ivybridge processor which one of biggest advantages of this 15.6-inch laptop. Acer are well known for their good performing affordable laptops and the Aspire V3-531 is not an exception.

Acer Aspire V3-531 laptop specifications:  

Processor: Intel 2020M Pentium Ivybridge Dual Core (2.4Ghz)
64-bit Computing: Yes 
Chipset type: HM77
   
Display   
Display type: 15.6- inch HD Acer CineCrystal™ LED LCD
LCD Backlight Technology: LED Backlight 
Max. resolution : 1366x768
Image aspect ratio: 16:9
    
Video   
Graphics Processor: UMA GRAPHICS
    
RAM: 2x 4GB DDR3 RAM (max 8GB)
   
Storage: 750 GB (5400 Rpm) HDD
   
Optical drive: DVD-Super Multi DL drive
   
Card reader  
Type Multi-in-1 card reader
    
Audio  
Audio Output Headphone/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support
Features Built in Microphone
   
Camera: HD webcam
   
Networking / Wireless
Wireless LAN Supported:  Acer Nplify 802.11a/g/n 
      
Interfaces: 3x USB ports (1 X USb3 2 x USB2 ), External display (VGA) port, HDMI, Headphone/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support, Microphone-in jack, Ethernet (RJ-45) port, DC-in jack for AC adapter

Price: around £300-320 in UK

Acer Aspire V3-531 unboxing and video review



Acer Aspire V3-531 is definitely a very good laptop for the money and it can also be found on sale at eBay and some online tech stores.
I would also recommend you to take a look at the rest of our latest laptop reviews where plenty of information and interesting reviews are available. 
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Samsung UN55F8000BF Full HD 3D Smart LED TV price, specs and review

Price, specifications and review of the 55-inch Full HD 3D Smart LED TV Samsung UN55F8000BF

Samsung UN55F8000BF Full HD 3D Smart LED TV
Samsung UN55F8000BF

Samsung UN55F8000BF review - today at our Test and Review blog we are going to take a look at one of the best big screens in the 55-inch class. Fully equipped with the latest features Samsung UN55F8000BF is the smart choice in this price segment.

Samsung UN55F8000BF is part of Samsung's 8000 series TVs which are not their top of the range panels but offer exceptional picture quality, high specs and pretty reasonable price tag. These are just some of the reasons why 8000 series TVs became so popular.
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