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Lenovo TAB 2 A8-50F - my first tablet

Lenovo TAB 2 A8-50F 8 inch Android tablet with HD IPS display and quad-core processor

my first tablet Lenovo TAB 2 A8-50F
Lenovo TAB 2 A8-50F - my first tablet reviewed

It has been a while since I first considered getting a tablet but then I got my Samsung Note 3 Neo and decided that having a phablet is more than enough. I had this phone for almost 2 years when suddenly I got a present for my birthday - new Lenovo TAB 2 A8-50F tablet. It is an 8 inch Android tablet with HD IPS display, quad-core processor and an amazing Dolby stereo speakers. And when I say amazing sound I really mean it. This is probably one of the best tablets for multimedia - great picture quality from the IPS screen and sound that exceeds any consumer's expectations.

Here are the main specs of the Lenovo TAB 2 A8-50F tablet:

2015, March
Available. Released 2015, June
210 x 125 x 8.9 mm (8.27 x 4.92 x 0.35 in)
360 g (12.70 oz)
Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
8.0 inches (~74.6% screen-to-body ratio)
800 x 1280 pixels (~184 ppi pixel density)
Yes, up to 5 fingers

Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Mediatek MT8735 - 4G model
Mediatek MT8161 - Wi-Fi model
Quad-core 1.3 GHz
Card slot
microSD, up to 32 GB (dedicated slot)
8/16 GB, 1 GB RAM
5 MP, autofocus
2 MP
Alert types
Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack
- Dolby Atmos

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot
To be confirmed
To be confirmed
microUSB v2.0
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
- MP3/WAV/AAC player
- MP4/H.264 player
- Document viewer
- Photo/video editor
Non-removable Li-Ion 4290 mAh battery
Up to 696 h
Talk time
Up to 8 h (multimedia)
Pearl White, Ebony, Midnight Blue, Neon Pink
Price group
Lenovo TAB 2 A8-50F review

I will use it for couple more days and I will publish a full consumer review of the Lenovo TAB 2 A8-50F tablet with my first impressions and real world testing.
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2016 BMW 750i vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 - test and video review

Video comparison and review of the two luxury limousines 2016 BMW 750i and 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550

2016 BMW 750i vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 test review
2016 BMW 750i vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550

Today, at our consumer blog we are taking a look at two of the most exclusive luxury sedans on the market - 2016 BMW 750i and 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550. The guys from MotorTrend did a nice job to present them with their individuality and custom features that are going to draw more attention to one of those two direct competitors in the luxury segment.

2016 BMW 750i vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550

In this episode of Head 2 Head presented by Tire Rack, Jason Cammisa and Jonny Lieberman head down to the L.A. River to answer the hundred-thousand-dollar (and then some!) question: S Class or 7 Series? When you think of full-size luxury sedans, the first image that pops into your mind is most likely the Mercedes-Benz S Class. A true giant of the automotive field, the S Class not only defines the segment, it—along with the E-Class—defines Mercedes-Benz. Imposing, potent, opulent, safe, technologically advanced—for a six-figure price, the S Class has it all. Buying one is something of a no-brainer. That doesn’t mean there aren’t alternatives—the Jaguar XJ, Audi A8, Cadillac CT6, Lexus LS, and, of course, the BMW 7 Series. Now in its sixth generation, the 7 Series is bigger, more powerful, more leather-lined, and more technology robust than ever before. The 2016 BMW 750i presents the first credible challenge to the W222 S Class since it debuted. Is the BMW better than the Mercedes-Benz? Watch as Jonny and Jason find out!
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs iPhone 6s Plus - consumer video comparison

Comparison video with two of the most popular smartphones (phablets) on the market today: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 6s Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs iPhone 6s Plus - consumer video comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 6s Plus are two of the most popular and also most capable smartphones on the market today. Many consumers who are wondering which one should be their next phone may find this video interesting with some side to side tests, showing their advantages and of course some downsides.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs iPhone 6s Plus - consumer video comparison

Sony Xperia XZ - Design and Functions
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Sony X750D / X700D series - premium 4K HDR Android TV

Full features and main specifications of the Sony X750D / X700D series 4K Android TV

XBR-49X700D, XBR-55X700D, XBR-65X750D
Sony X750D / X700D series

Sony X750D / X700D TV series are offered in couple of different sizes so they would suit most consumers' size preference  - 49 inch (XBR-49X700D), 55 inch (XBR-55X700D), 65 inch (XBR-65X750D). These high end 4K TV sets are totally packed with modern features including advanced Android TV technology. The price is also good - starting from $700 for the smallest panel, the X750D / X700D seem to be a very competetive offer on today's TV market. Herea re some of its main features and specifications, exlanined in few words:

  • 4K HDR2: the next generation of picture quality
A High Dynamic Range (HDR)-compatible TV will change the way you look at TV. Combined with 4K Ultra HD resolution, HDR video content delivers exceptional detail, color and contrast, with a far wider range of brightness than other video formats. The result is the most lifelike picture TVs have ever been able to create, with brilliant highlights and fine detail.

  • 4K X-Reality™ PRO: enhance every picture up to 4K
Discover a thrilling world of extraordinary clarity. Every single pixel is enhanced beautifully by our most powerful 4K picture processing technology ever. Individual parts of each scene are analyzed and matched with a special image database that independently addresses texture, contrast, color, and edges. The difference is clear with supremely lifelike detail, whatever you're watching.
  • Motionflow™ XR keeps the action smooth  
Enjoy smooth and sharp details even in fast-moving sequences with Motionflow™ XR. This innovative technology creates and inserts extra frames between the original ones. It compares key visual factors on successive frames, then calculates the split second of missing action in the sequences. Some models also include black-frame insertion for a blur-free and truly cinematic look.

  • BRAVIA meets Android TV   
Your smart TV just got smarter. Think of all the stuff you love doing on your smartphone or tablet, now on the big, beautiful BRAVIA screen. All-new Sony's Android TV lets you connect and enjoy any content, from apps to movies, between different Android devices — the simplest and easiest way ever.

Sony X750D / X700D series - premium 4K HDR Android TV

  • Google Play™: A world of content and apps    
Discover movies and TV shows, games, and much more from Google Play™. Enjoy a huge and ever-growing choice of apps on your TV in a brand new way.

  • Say what you want to see with voice search
Spend less time browsing, and more time watching. Voice Search on Android TV™ provides you with the power of Google search, allowing you to find content across different services without the hassle of time-consuming text entry. You can also get recommendations; asking for “romantic comedies,” for example, brings up a list of suitable options.

Problems and issues with Full HD and Smart LED TV

  • Content Bar: find everything fast
The unobtrusive content bar quickly lets you find the movie, TV show, or video you’re looking for. Call up the Content bar and you can keep watching, while you scan through live TV, videos on demand, downloaded TV shows, and much more. You can even customize the content bar to show you the content you go to most often first.

  • Google Cast™: Plays nice with your other devices
BRAVIA® is Google Cast™ ready so you can easily cast your favorite entertainment like YouTube™ from your personal device on to the stunning BRAVIA screen. You can cast from Android, iOS, or your laptop.

  • DSEE restores detail to your digital music   
Low-resolution Internet video, catch-up TV and other heavily compressed audio files don’t always sound so great. A large amount of information gets thrown away when digital audio is compressed. With Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) technology, lost frequency components (especially high frequencies) are restored for natural sound with a more spacious feel.

  • Clear Phase for smooth, balanced frequencies  
BRAVIA uses a powerful computer model to analyze and compensate for inaccuracies in speaker response. It does this by "sampling" the speaker frequency with higher precision. This information is fed back to cancel out any peaks or dips in the speaker’s natural response — resulting in pure, natural audio with smooth, even reproduction of all frequencies.

  • Made to listen: ClearAudio+   
Make your listening as lifelike as your viewing. ClearAudio+ fine-tunes TV sound for an immersive experience that seems to surround you. Hear music, dialog, and surround effects with greater clarity and separation, whatever you're watching.

  • Enrich your viewing with the TV SideView app
Find, record, and talk about your favorite TV shows using the TV SideView app. Use your tablet or smartphone (Android or iOS) to see the latest TV schedule as well as view the most popular programs currently trending. Once you’ve found what you want to watch, you can set an alarm so you never miss the shows you love. Live tweet your reactions and see what other viewers are saying.

  • IR Blaster – control everything with one remote
The Infra-red (IR) Blaster lets you control other devices in your home from your Sony TV remote. You can use it to control your Set-top box (cable box) with the TV remote controller.

  • Cinematic S-Force Front Surround   
Enjoy an immersive soundstage that pulls you into the heart of the action. S-Force Front Surround mimics the way the brain correlates sound sources to create proper volume, time lag, and sound wave spectrum — using only left and right speaker channels. By naturally emulating three-dimensional sound fields, you’ll enjoy rich, high-fidelity audio across a wider listening area.

  • This TV is recommended by Netflix
Get a better streaming experience with a Netflix Recommended TV. A Netflix Recommended TV is chosen for its high performance, cutting-edge smart features, and easy app access. You can also watch Marco Polo in 4K HDR today, with a premium Netflix subscription. Members will be able to enjoy more HDR content in the coming months.

  • Stream PlayStation® games straight to your TV
Play selected Sony PlayStation® 3 games directly through your TV or Blu-ray player, no console required. Get your first glimpse of PlayStation™ Now, bringing streaming technology to the immersive world of PlayStation® gaming. Just pair a DUALSHOCK® 4 controller with the TV and you’re ready to play with the same speed and responsiveness as a console.

USA best selling TV: Samsung UN32J5003
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Toshiba Satellite P55T-B5154 touchscreen laptop

Specifications and quick overview of the 15 inch touchscreen laptop Toshiba Satellite P55T-B5154

Toshiba Satellite P55T-B5154 touchscreen laptop
Toshiba's P55T series never became that popular but for most consumers it was a really good choice as many of its configurations offer solid combination of high-end hardware for an affordable price. Today we are taking a look at the Satellite P55T-B5154 touchscreen laptop which is equipped pretty well, with 16GB of RAM and super -fast Intel Core i7 processor.

Toshiba Satellite P55T-B5154 laptop main specifications:
  • Processor - 3.6GHz Core i7-4710HQ
  • Hard Drive - 2TB SATA 5600 RPM
  • RAM - 16GB
  • Graphics card - AMD Radeon R9 M265X, 2MB Memory
  • Screen - 15.6", 1920x1080 maximum resolution
  • Networking - 802.11 A/C Wireless
  • USB ports - 4, USB 3.0
  • Battery - Lithium Ion
  • Dimensions - 9.6"x14.9"x1.1"
  • Weight - 5.1lbs
  • Operating system - Windows 8.1

Toshiba Satellite P55T touchscreen laptop


Toshiba Satellite P55T-B5154 full specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-4720HQ Processor  
  • (6M Cache,up to 3.60GHz)with IntelTurbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Mobile Intel HM86 Express Chipset 
  • AMD Radeon R9 M265X with 2GB dedicated GDDR5 memory
  • Configured with 16GB DDR3L 1600MHz (max 16GB)
  • 2 main memory slots.  Both slots are occupied. 
  • 2TB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA hard disk drive 
  • TOSHIBA Hard Drive Impact Sensor (3D sensor)
  • DVD SuperMulti drive supporting 11 formats 
  • Maximum Read speed and compatibility: CD-ROM (24x), CD-R (24x), CD-RW (16x), DVD-ROM (8x), DVD-R (8x), DVD-R DL (6x), DVD-RW (6x), DVD+R (8x), DVD+R DL (6x), DVD+RW (8x), DVD-RAM (5x)

  • 15.6 diagonal widescreen TruBrite LCD display at 1920 x 1080 native resolution (FHD) 
  • Touchscreen 
  • Native support for 1080p content 
  • 16:9 aspect ratio 
  • LED backlit Sound
  • Built-in harman/kardon stereo speakers 
  • DTS Sound Input Devices
  • Premium Frameless Keyboard with 10-Key 
  • LED Backlit
  • Clickpad pointing device with multi-touch control 
  • One Touch Function Keys Communications 
  • HD webcam and stereo microphone 
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet 
  • Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 72609 
  • Bluetooth 4.0  Expandability 
  • Memory Card Reader
  • UHS-II Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, Secure Digital Extended Capacity, Mini SD, Micro SD, Multi Media Card [shared slot; may require adapter for use]
  • HDMI with 4K Ultra HD output capability
  • Microphone input port support Sleep & Music 
  • Headphone output port
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports10 (1 with USB Sleep and Charge11) 
  • RJ-45 LAN port
  • Slot for Security Lock
  • Brushed Aluminum Finish in Satin Gold 
  • Dimensions (W x D x H ): 14.9   x 9.6 x 1.1 
  • Weight: Starting at 5.1 lbs., depending upon configuration 
  • 120W (19V 6.3A) 100-240V/50-60Hz AC Adapter 
  • Weight: starting at 1.10 lbs. 
  • 4 cell/43Wh Lithium Ion battery pack (Not user replaceable)

Toshiba Software and Utilities
  • TOSHIBA eco Utility 
  • TOSHIBA HW Setup Utility 
  • TOSHIBA Media Player by sMedio Truelink+ 
  • TOSHIBA Maintenance Utility 
  • TOSHIBA Recovery Disc Creator 
  • TOSHIBA Resolution+ Upconvert Technology for Media Player15 
  • TOSHIBA Service Station 
  • TOSHIBA Sleep Utility 
  • TOSHIBA Start

Toshiba Satellite Pro C50-A-1E2 laptop
Toshiba Satellite C40-C-10K
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs LG G5 - video comparison

Test and video comparison of the two smartphone flagships from LG and Samsung -  Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs LG G5

Today we will be taking a look at two of the latest and already most popular smartphones on the market - the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs LG G5. These are two very capable devices with outstanding features and for some consumers it would be very difficult to choose between those two. Specification wise the Note 7 is superior in almost all aspects but there are some differences that could be definitely counted in G5's favor.

So, let's not waste any more time, here is the test, review and video comparison of the two smartphone flagships from LG and Samsung -  Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs LG G5:

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs LG G5 - video comparison

ASUS ZenPad 8.0 Z380M - the best cheap 8 inch Android tablet?

I would also recommend you to check our LG Leon smartphone review.
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HP Spectre 13-v000nu - world's thinnest laptop

The thinnest laptop in the world - HP Spectre 13-v000nu

HP Spectre 13-v000nu - world's thinnest laptop
HP Spectre 13
If years ago ultrabooks were something new, unusual and rare, today this segment of notebooks is already mass and any self-respecting brand offers in its portfolio at least several such devices. Among the various ultrabooks however, rarely distinguish genuine masterpieces such as this in my hand.  HP Spectre 13-v000nu certainly deserves due attention. Today will take a look at the design, comparing it with that of some competing models, test hardware functionality, display, peripheral and battery.


And since Spectre 13 is literally a work of art, we will start with design. It definitely will appeal even more demanding in their requirements of users. Each element in the cabinet is selected and crafted with taste. This is no accident, because behind the vision of Spectre 13 which stands Stacy Wolff Global Head of Design of HP Inc. His aim was to create a full-fledged computer with Core-i processor in as thinner body. Definitely succeeded, but the size a bit. Let's look first common vision - the combination of colors, dark gray with brown and gold hues.
An interesting fact that we can not overlook is that the casing Spectre 13, HP did not use any plastic, except that strip below which are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules! The upper and lower lid are aluminum and magnesium alloy chassis. Cast elements is ideal test our gestures and direct pressure also found no appearance of crackled, squeaks and other parasitic noises.


It is elegant, isn't it? Such unusual looks will appeal equally as many ladies with gold jewelry and gentlemen who have glamorous elegant look, completed by focusing metallic clock. Besides custom colors, HP Spectre 13 has interesting shapes. Front and periphery are rounded and somewhat typical of high-end brand. We look back, however, immediately find innovative thinking of Stacy Wolff and having put his "signature" by the new HP logo on the lid.

How many millimeters you think is the profile of the thinnest Ultrabook in the world? Considering that the thinnest smartphone Motorola Moto Z is 5.2 mm thick, the figure should be at least 3-4 times higher. In fact, however, here we have a pleasant surprise - by comparison, the direct competitors Ultrabook in the face of Apple MacBook Air and the Dell XPS 13 are visibly thicker. We know that waiting exact figure - Intentionally or not, Spectre 13 is just 2 times thicker than the Moto Z - 10.4 mm from which the display is only 2 mm (be careful not to cut while opening it). Now that is called record. But creating a machine with such a thin display, the HP engineers have encountered an unexpected problem - none of the currently used openers could not fit the profile 2 mm.

HP Spectre vs. Dell XPS 13 real world test and comparison

Decision as you can see was found - a special hinge mechanism which has a note - miniature gas shock absorbers that make movement smoother, firmer opening and closing slightly. As a result, even if you try to close the cover, it will not hit and cause damage. You can open and close with just one finger. At the maximum open position of 124 degrees, the display stand steady and not swaying like this than opening mechanism helps and ideal weight distribution throughout the body. Hopefully soon see this innovative technology with other notebooks HP, it is definitely because collar and practical.
Speaking of practical solutions, let's turn Spectre 13 upside down. These three rubber strips act as support legs. You can see and new laptop models in the series Pavilion and Envy. Our tests indicate that the device on a flat surface with their help was far more stable and non-slip.

Furthermore, due to the formation of channels cooling air circulates much better. Although Ultrabook has a full metal body design Spectre has active cooling at the rear. It then suggests a hardware device does not meet mobile processor Intel Core M, and a representative of the far more powerful Core-i series.
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New service on Twitter keeps our dearest memories

The new service on Twitter keeps my dearest memories

Twitter Moments image

Twitter "opened" their "Moments" (Memories) for selected users, influential brands or partners. The company revealed that it has allowed certain groups of users to keep their tweets about major events and assure us that everyone will have this opportunity in the coming months.

Twitter Moments debuted in October, but was called Project Lightning, and is one of the central elements of the marketing efforts of the company. Moments lets you gather and selected tweets to tell stories in new ways. This is a powerful feature that helps build communities interested in specific topics and events.

This does not mean that the new feature will change the flow of information on Twitter. Memories, created by individuals or companies can be found in their profiles through a special button on their profiles. The service is available via tweet - when clicking on a link in the platform, it will take you directly in any particular "moment".

Instagram and Snapchat have "Stories", which are virtually the same thing. A fragment of text or media flows into the next, then it's all over. Twitter's service is not as fast. Users have the opportunity to see the memories at any time and return content to recall what he saw.
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Kindle Oasis vs Kindle Voyage - ebook reader test

Real world testing two of the latest and most popular ebook readers on the market today Kindle Oasis vs Kindle Voyage

  Kindle Voyage is one of the two high-end ebook readers currently offered by Amazon. It incorporates high-resolution display, built-in adaptive front light and a battery that last for very long periods of time.

Kindle PaperWhite 2016 - the better ebook reader

Kindle Oasis is the most expensive ebook reader offered by Amazon. Since it is on the market for more than a year and a half I can't say it is also the most technologically advanced. It has ergonomic tapered design and enhanced built-in adjustable light. The battery of the Kindle Oazis is also extremely long lasting.

Kindle Oasis vs Kindle Voyage video test and review

New Kindle - which one should you buy!??
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New Kindle - which one should you buy!??

Wondering which of all the Kindle-s that are for sale you should buy? Lets take a quick look at the most popular ebook readers on the market today

Do you read lots of books? Do you already own the modern solution for carrying around thousands of books in your pocket? Well, probably many of you have already owned or at leased used an ebook reader and I guess you've all heard about Amazon's brand Kindle which apparently is the most popular ebook reader in the world.
In today's post we are going to take a quick look at the current offering  from Kindle, their main features and specifications and of course prices.

The KINDLE – offered at just £59.99

The latest version of the Kindle is thin and light and has a nice 6 inch E Ink display. It fits comfortable in the hand and is very well build. The latest Kindle comes in white and black, and includes Bluetooth audio so you can listen to an audio version of the on-screen text through headphones or a speaker. The internal storage has also doubled from 2GB to 4GB, meaning you can fit a whole lot more e-books on the latest version of the entry-level Kindle.

Kindle Touch features and specs

Kindle Paperwhite - offered for £109.99

Amazon’s 6" Paperwhite display with exclusive Carta e-paper technology and next-generation built-in light, 212 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale is one of the best in the business. It also benefits from a built-in light, which is a massive bonus over the stock Kindle - though it's not quite as sophisticated a component as the Kindle Voyage's.

Kindle Fire vs Nook Tablet

Kindle Voyage - priced at £169.99

That is one of the two high-end ebook readers currently offered by Amazon. Kindle Voyage incorporates high-resolution display, built-in adaptive front light and a battery that last for very long periods of time.

Kindle Oazis - offered for £269.99

That is the most expensive ebook reader offered by Amazon. Since it is on the market for more than a year and a half I can't say it is also the most technologically advanced. It has ergonomic tapered design and enhanced built-in adjustable light. The battery of the Kindle Oazis is also extremely long lasting.

Kindle PaperWhite 2016 - the better ebook reader
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Panasonic TX-48CX400B 48 inch 3D Smart 4K Ultra HD LED TV with Freeview

Full features and specifications of the 48 inch 3D Smart 4K Ultra HD LED TV with Freeview Panasonic TX-48CX400B

Panasonic TX-48CX400B 48 inch 3D Smart 4K Ultra HD LED TV with Freeview
Panasonic TX-48CX400B 48 inch 3D Smart 4K Ultra HD LED TV with Freeview

Today we are taking a quick look at one of the quality LED TV panels that are currently on sale at eBay UK this week - the 48 inch 3D Smart 4K Ultra HD LED TV Panasonic TX-48CX400B. Offered at just under £420 it seems like a good value for money but the low product satisfactions scores that some Panasonic products receive is a bit of a concern these days. I also found couple of negative consumer reviews for TX-48CX400B where tech failures show that this not the most reliable TV sets among premium brands.

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My new smartwatch - K88H

Consumer test, my review and specifications of the affordable and yet stylish smartwatch K88H

my new cheap smartwatch K88H
My new smartwatch - K88H
I got a new smartwatch K88H recently and I can say that I am quite happy with it - it is comfortable to wear, it looks nice and is very stylish (to me, at least) and has a very nice set of features. And last but not least, it K88H is offered at a very good price of around $50 which makes it one of the more appealing and desirable smartwatches on the market today.

This watch became one of my daily favorites, together with the extremely comfortable and functional Casio Wave Ceptor WVA-M640TD-1AER which is absolutely amazing and I wear it all the time.

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Should I buy new TV?

Should I consider buying new TV and why?

Sony Bravia KDL-42W650 Full HD LED TV review

Well, I am not sure if I really need new TV but I am definitely considering one of the many options for big screen TV that are currently offered in most tech stores.
Right now am still using my well performing 32 inch Sony KDL-32EX650 which is just a great piece of technology, very nice TV.
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K88H - cheap smart Bluetooth watch

K88H smart watch, is it any good? Price, specs and consumer review of the cheap smart Bluetooth watch K88H

K88H Bluetooth smart watch
K88H - cheap smart Bluetooth watch

I got my K88H smart watch recently and before making a full in-depth consumer test and review I decided to share with you its basics like main features and specs.

The watch itself has very elegant design and after couple of weeks of wearing I can say it is also quite comfortable to wear. It is offered with multiple watch straps in different colors and materials. I personally like mine with its black leather strap, it looks stylish and elegant.
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