Samsung S9 Review

Another year, another phone release from Samsung. This March we have the chance to review the Samsung S9, and give you feedback on the latest offering from Samsung.

This year sees Samsung fall into the Apple trap – maintaining the look and feel of previous years handsets with few new and subtle enhancements to justify the release. Basically these brands are releasing a mildly modified handset, to ensure that the previous popular handset does not loose fans.


The S9 offers no new surprises for overall design and appearance, with the S9 being basically the same as last years S8. This may sound negative, but why change a good thing? The S9 has a great look, seamless and it feels like you are holding a screen only. The curved glass on the S9s front and back allows the phone to fit comfortably in your hand, letting the phone be thinner then expected.

It is a pretty phone, it is also pretty hard to keep clean of fingerprints with its glass front and back.


The display of the S9 is the best offering from any Android product currently in the market, but nothing new or exciting can be said about the display.

As expected, the screen is 5.8 inches, with a high resolution, OLED panel, vibrant colours and awesome viewing angles, with the screens now slightly brighter – a plus on a sunny day.  The display is great for all your gaming potions and if you love playing CAD casino games on your mobile, it is a winner.The Bezels on the S9 are not as minimized as those on the iPhone X, which is one of the few times iPhone does better in a handset, and is also something Samsung should be working on.


The S9 is fast wired and has wires charging capabilities, water resistant with a 3.5mm headphone jack. This is one of the few new more upscale phones that still have a headphone jack – it is becoming a rare find in handsets these days.

Bixby assistant is still located in the same spot as the S8, but you can now disable this button (but not change it to another function – why!)

Battery and storage in the S9 remain unchanged from the S8.


There have been a few upgrades to the software – but nothing to get excited about

What is new on the S9?

Fingerprint scanner – they listened to the landslide of complaints about the location of the fingerprint scanner and moved it to a better more accessible location on the back of the phone.

The S8 fingerprint scanner is small and hard to reach, with users often ending up touching the camera lens instead of the scanner.

Stereo Speakers – the new speakers are a hit, they are clearer and louder but Samsung has been behind the majority of phone manufacturers in this area, so yes this is a great upgrade but no this is not the best stereo speaker to be found in a handset today.

In summary….

The basic review in short for the Samsung S9 released in 2018 is – If you have handled or own the Samsung S8, then you basically have already handled the S9.

This is not a negative review, as the Samsung S9 is a great phone, and it is one of the best phones on offer n 2018. However it is basically the Samsung S8 with a few gimmicky modifications, so no ground breaking, earth shattering enhancements for this latest Samsung handset.

The Need to Know Guide to 2018’s Smartphone Cameras

The advances in phone camera technology has made point and shoot cameras almost obsolete. Why carry around two devices when you can carry one. The one you are going to use to upload all your photos to your social media account.

A phones picture snapping ability has now become one of the key features consumers check before they purchase, so here’s the breakdown of what 2018 has to offer.

iPhone X

The iPhone X features two 12-megapixel cameras and has a couple of handy modes to shoot in. Portrait mode which creates sharp foreground images with blurred backgrounds, and portrait lighting filters to enhance your photos.

It also has a telephoto lens to go along with its image stabilised sensors and 10x digital zoom.

Samsung Galaxy S9

The S9, at an aperture of f/1.5 currently has the widest aperture available. This makes it an excellent camera for low light conditions. The S9 comes with a single 12-megapixel rear lens, whereas the S9 Plus has an additional wide-angle camera.

Also improved from its predecessor is the camera super slow-motion video quality and additional noise reduction.

Sony Xperia XZ2’s

The Sony’s rear camera allows full HDR video shooting at 4K res. Sony has always been a strong contender when it comes to the photography front, but have chosen to stick with a single sensor not to compete with Apple and Galaxy.

Sony says that it will release the dual sensor phones that they debuted as prototypes this year at a later stage, when they feel the tech is tested enough.

Asus Zen Phone

Asus has followed suit with the dual-lens camera at the rear (13 + 5MP) and an 8MP in front. It doesn’t take great pics especially in low light, but for a mid-range offer and at its price point it does a good enough job.

The pics are good enough for social media, which in truth is the market ASUS is aiming for.

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The LG V30S is expected to hit the shelves in March. It has 16 filters available which means if you are a less than stellar photographer you can filter the evidence away. Same as the other offerings for 2018 the V30S has dual cameras.

The main camera is a 16-MP and a second 13-MP wide angle lens to help it along.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The Mate Pro has secured its bragging rights with its new neural network processing unit which allows the camera to set it exposure based on what it sees. It has several different modes it can identify including portraits, macro, pet and plants.

The camera features a 12-MP main sensor and a 20-MP monochrome one to support it.

HTC U11 Eyes

This HTC has dual front facing cameras, which is a little different to its competitors. The Beauty mode claims to create the selfie to beat all selfies which explains the front facing sensors. It also offers the bokeh, or portrait effect of its rivals.

Planted firmly in the selfie market, it also has a 12-MP rear facing camera which can tell the difference between a real face and a video.

The Straightforward Guide to the most Popular Smartwatches on the Market

When it comes to smartwatches and tech talk, it can be difficult to know which smartwatch is for you. Here is a quick review on the 5 most popular smartwatches, for those of you who want the details that really matter.

Apple Watch Series 3

Always at the forefront of anything tech. They say once you go Mac you never go back. The Apple Watch Series 3, is one of the best. A decent upgrade from the Apple Watch 2, the improvements make an enormous difference.

It’s faster, has an improved battery life, and let’s be honest, who can live without Siri? The most notable upgrade for the Series 3 is its cellular access. Which means you no longer need to have your phone with you at all times.

Fitbit Ionic

With its excellent battery life, the Fitbit Ionic is the leader here. Think 3 to 4 days. Being a Fitbit, it is geared toward fitness when it comes to features and tracks your activity all through the day.

It also features notifications, GPS, and NFC (Near-field communication) that allow you to make payments if your bank supports this. It falls short in the looks department, keeping its fitness tracker design firmly in place.

ASUS ZenWatch 3

A winner in the looks department this smartwatch is just that, smart. With Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity you can receive calls and notifications, but it doesn’t allow cellular connectivity. It doesn’t offer much in the line of fitness tracking but does cover your basics, and you can upload your music, pair some headphones and you’re out the door.

A good compromise for someone looking for a smartwatch/traditional timepiece hybrid.

Huawei Watch 2

One of the few smartwatches that supports 4G, the Huawei Watch 2 also has cellular connectivity and lets you play real money pokies online. Excellent for situations where you don’t want to expose your phone to heavy wear and tear, but still want to stay connected.

Another excellent fitness watch that you can make and receive calls on, but it is a bit chunky for a smaller wrist.

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

A rugged but elegant looking piece. It looks more like a traditional watch than a smart watch. Although the watch features the same AMOLED display as the ASUS, it’s not as attractive. The bezel is used to control your calls, check your apps and scroll through your emails.

It stores your activity data and claims a 4 day no charge time. With Spotify access offline and the built in GPS, this one is great for the outdoor enthusiast.

It’s true that sitting in a restaurant with your watch glued to your ear can make you look like a bit of an idiot, but who doesn’t want to pretend they’re in an action movie and speak into their watch? That aside, it is convenient to have hands free access to apps, calls, emails, and fitness trackers. The biggest decision being whether you want cellular or are happy to stay connected via your phone.

They can tell the time too, but that’s really what your mobile phone is for.

Whatsapp Tips for 2018

What did we do before Whatsapp? We used carrier pigeon, post and…BBM. But Whatsapp revolutionised the messaging world and we have come to take it for granted.

But we can do even more than just message on Whatsapp, there are so many time saving tips to try out that you will have plenty extra time to find some great Australian betting apps to use.

Here are our favourite tricks for Whatsapp:


You can now tag someone in a group chat, this is great if you are in a large group chat but want a specific person to get the message immediately. The person tagged will also get a notification of the tagging, even if their group chat is muted.


Type your message in the group chat

Select the “123” button and tap on the @ button

A menu will appear with all the members in the group chat, select the person who the message is for and hit send…easy!


Do you not want your boss to see your Whatsapp status on your work group chat? Want to keep other contacts from seeing your private updates? Try out this tip:

Go to:

WhatsApp Settings>Account>Privacy>Status

Then choose the setting to suit your needs

My contacts: this is the standard setting for Whatsapp, and means all contact will see your status

My contacts except: here you have the choice to exclude as many contacts as you like from seeing your status

Only share with: with this option you block everyone from seeing your status except your chosen group of contacts

Starred Messages

If you have a message that you need quick access to, maybe banking details or a grocery list, it is super easy to star it to have easy access to that message at all times!


In you chat, long press the message you wish to star, a few icons will appear at the top of the screen, select the start button and you are done.

Access these starred messages by selecting the three dots in the top right of the screen and selecting the starred messages options – simple.

Format Text

When you want to emphasize your message, there is nothing better than Bold. And when you want to shout at someone via message, there is nothing better than CAPS and Bold to make a point.

Bold:     add a star * to the beginning and the end of the text you are writing

Italics:   just add an underscore _ to the beginning and the end of the text you are writing

Strike through: just add a ~ to the beginning and the end of the text you are writing

Two Step verification

It is easy to access someone’s Whatsapp messages; applying the two step verification will help prevent this hack from occurring to you.

Go to:

WhatsApp Settings>Account>Two-Step verification>enable

By enabling this, the next time you register your phone number you will have to supply a pin

Pin Chats

This is a super simple and easy hack, so if you have a favourite chat that you want to keep at the top of your chat list, simply do this:

Press and hold down on the desired chat and a few icons will then appear at the top of the screen, just select the pin icon and that chat will remain at the top of your chat list.

Our Favourite Four Mobile Games So Far In 2018

These days you would be considered weird if you didn’t have a mobile phone, and maybe even weirder if that phone wasn’t a smart phone. If you’re playing snake on you Nokia 3310, you are living in the Stone Ages of Mobile gaming, and also probably living under a rock.

With the ease of use of smart phones these days, mobile games are reaching massive audiences and are super easy to download and play. Two easy, so competition is tough and trying to get a number one game means a lot of effort goes into designing these games to attract gamers to your specific game.

Here are our picks for the best games to download and play as soon as possible in 2018.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

This collectable digital card game is super addictive clean fun, and is a must play for 2018. You get to play as either a hero or a villain in the universe of Warcraft, you get to fight and have minions! This game is free to download and is available across PC, Android and iPhone and I highly recommend using strategy in this game to earn more gold!

Although it was first released in 2014, its constant updates and expansions make this game fresh.

World Series of Poker (WSOP)

This licensed app is from the professional tournament and high level poker players, brings you the best poker competitions right to your hand. The game also assists you by helping you play better poker, so your odds of winning grow too.

The game offers you options to either play with your friends or fellow online players, so you can get on the world leader board and get your mad poker skills known. The app also offers a virtual slot machine game, Vegas style, to earn some extra chips.

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This mobile game was originally released in 2016, but is still one o the top Android games currently on offer.

The game revolves around a crash-landing on an alien planet and then building your life from there, collecting item, building a base and saving this alien planet from world domination.

Although it costs money to download, it has zero in app purchase cluttering up your screen, so it’s a definite win for a small price. You will thoroughly enjoy this RPG game, with its interesting characters and many items that you can collect.

Trivia Crack Kingdoms

The name has the key to this game; it is highly addictive and is a healthy form of crack for your mind. So if you’re looking for a game to still work your mind, but do not want to murder zombies or run over pedestrians, this is the game for you!

Players get to choose their channel of trivia questions, and you can challenge a friend or stranger on Facebook to a trivia dual online. You can play in a single channel game or multi player, and have multiple games going while waiting on your opponent to take their turn.

Hottest New Mobile Tech From CES 2018

CES showcases some of the latest technologies in the industry, giving us a preview of what’s to come, and a look inside what’s busy being developed as we speak. Of all the tech that appeared at the show, one of the most prominent is mobile technology, which has been the case for the last few years.

Mobile devices continue to be the future, and electronic companies from all over the world have made it their business to bring out the hot new tech, often in the form of prototypes designed to give us glimpse of the upcoming future.

From projector smart phones to portable augmented reality, 2018 is set to be a fantastic year for the average mobile user.

The Movi Phone

Projectors are one of the oldest viewing technologies that we use today, having remained mostly unchanged for decades, despite huge refinement in quality and ease-of-use.

The biggest problem with a projector, even the modern ones, is their bulkiness, where the user has to drag along this extra piece of hardware to project their movies on to a wall.

This is set to change with the Movi Phone, an Android device that has an in-built projector capable of projecting anything from films to Australian betting sites up to 720p.

Smart Watches

While we didn’t see any new smart watches on the market, Samsung has released new software for their current Gear S3 range.

The software is designed to integrate with tech oversees our homes; essentially allowing us full control our homes from our wrists.

The 01 Dimensioning Device

This is device, which looks like a simple stylus, is modern technology’s answer to the tape measure. The 01 is able to take extremely accurate measurements of just about anything in real time.

From measuring a person’s height to finding out the dimensions of objects, the 01 will take the numbers and send them directly to your smart phone.

The Iota Security Camera

Aimed at home security, the Iota is the a video recording device that’s meant to give home owners an extra peace of mind.

The Iota will record whatever is happening at home, but if an alarm is triggered, the Iota will automatically broadcast the video directly to your smart phone or work computer, allowing you to see what’s going on.

HTC Vive Pro

Virtual reality didn’t quite make the big comeback that everyone thought it would. While it has seen some success here and there, VR, for the most part, hasn’t exactly changed the world.

There main reasons for this are a combination for this is a mixture of the price and how horribly uncomfortable some VR headsets could be, especially with low refresh rates.

The VIVE Pro is the answer to the refresh rates, with a massive improvement in resolution. This means a crisper, clearer image that doesn’t make users feel sick, and might just make VR more applicable to the average user.

CES 2018 was, by all accounts, a huge success, especially in the mobile scene. 2018 promises a bright and exciting year for all mobile users.

Smartphones To Watch Out For In 2018

While the new Samsung launch set for the World Mobile Congress in February has dominated much headline space, there is a fantastic field heading into the MWC this year.

While the iPhone X has set the benchmark, the other players in the mobile space have set themselves to topple Apple once again.

The New Google Pixel Devices

With Google purchasing HTC last year, people are looking forward to the new devices that could come from these two giants collaborating. The Pixel 3 is set to be unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

The device hopes to improve on the Pixel 2’s offering which, while decent, was already outdated within a few months after release. While Google certainly can afford to have their Pixel flop, it would be a shame to see the company’s dreams unrealised.

The Pixel 3 has been kept quite under wraps but we can expect the same ridiculously good camera quality we saw in the Pixel 2 along with a hopefully better designed screen.

The codenames for 3 new devices from Google has been leaked namely Crosshatch, Albacore and Blueline but so far it is unclear what their stats are.

The Mysterious Huawei P20

While rumours abound that it won’t appear at the Mobile World Congress this year, the Hauwei P20 looks to be released more to the middle of the year.

While like most other devices on this list no official states have been released, there have been rumours that the device will be set to have 3 separate cameras that could have up to 40mp in resolution each.

Insiders also suspect that the device will also be following the bezel less design of the iPhone X. While opinions differ over Apple devices it can’t be argued against that the launch of the iPhone X has cast a long shadow and Apple still remains a trendsetter in the mobile space.

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The Much Anticipated Nokia 9

Nokia will be unveiling a host of new smart devices at this year’s MWC. Most notable is the budget handset, the Nokia 1 which will be running the custom Android Go operating system specifically optimised for lower end devices, but Nokia will also be revealing their Nokia 4, 7 and flagship device the Nokia 9.

Details have been few and far between but the Snapdragon 212 processor seems to be at the heart of the higher end devices currently.

Recent rumours may have revealed the stats of the Nokia 9 early after FCC documents emerged from the US where a patent was registered for the device with less than stellar features which are not much better than can be seen in current devices.

The Premium Sony Xperia XZ1

Leaked information suggests that Sony will be unveiling a new set of killer devices including the rumoured premium XZ1 device.

The rumoured stats for the device claim it will have  Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of ram and a 128GB hard drive.

An up to 13 megapixel camera and fingerprint scanner sensors puts this device on the same playing field as the iPhoneX and as with all Sony’s Smartphones it will come with eye catching design and understated elegance.

iPhone Hacks You’ll Want to Try Immediately

The Android vs iPhone war rages on: many iPhone users passionately believe that their phone is far more intuitive and Android users enjoy the ease of customisation and configuration of their phone.

Still, as simple as iOS seems, there are plenty of hidden features you probably have no idea about!

Use the Keyboard as a Trackpad

With the trackpad feature you will be able to move the cursor more accurately and jump to parts of text without having to tap on the screen.

To enable, press firmly and hold anywhere on the keyboard and then simply drag your finger around to move the cursor through the text.

Use Your iPhone As a Spirit Level

Did you know that you have a built-in spirit level app hidden in the compass app? Probably not!

Simply open the compass app, swipe left, and your spirit level app will be revealed.

The spirit level can be used in either portrait or landscape mode and if you tap the screen you will be able to measure the difference between two surfaces.

Correct a Mistake in the Calculator

There’s nothing worse than doing a complex calculation only to mistype one digit and have to start all over again – we’ve all been there.

The good news is that you can easily correct mistakes in the calculator app.

Simply swipe to the left or to the right of where the digits are displayed and the last number you entered will be deleted.

Siri Can Use Nicknames

We can’t deny that Siri is pretty awesome – you can ask her to look up the rules of blackjack or what the weather is like in another country!

What makes her even more awesome is the fact that you can add nicknames to people’s contacts which can be used by Siri to figure out who you are trying to contact.

You’ll be able to tell Siri to “call mom” simply by adding ‘mom’ as the nickname in your mother’s contact.

Hide Your Sensitive Photos

Nowadays, whole lives are lived on mobile phones and sometimes our phones contain certain things you would rather not have anyone else see.

Fortunately iPhone has made it easy to hide private and sensitive photos. Select one of more images in photos, tap ‘share’ and then select ‘hide’.

The image will be hidden from all places in your library, but can be found easily in the ‘Hidden’ album.

Find Your Lost iPhone

It’s important to fill out the Medical ID section of the Apple Health app as you will be able to list your allergies, pertinent medical information, as well as your next of kin.

Your details will also show up here if someone taps the dialer’s Emergency link which will make it much easier to track you down should you misplace your iPhone and it’s found by a Good Samaritan.

Use the Camera as a Magnifier

This is quite possibly our favourite hidden iPhone gem!

You can now use your camera as a magnifier and all you have to do to enable is go to Settings – General – Accessibility and then tap Magnifier to turn it on.

Then, to launch the feature, triple-tap the Home button and use the slider at the bottom of the screen to take a closer look at anything and everything.

Things You Didn’t Know About Your Android

Android phones come in many forms and are one of the most popular forms of smartphones in the world. A huge percentage of the planets and Australia’s population own them and use them for everyday tasks such as texting, taking selfies and calling people.

There are a few little hacks that you may not be aware of however which will make owning an Android even more fun.

Control Your PC From Anywhere

Your Android phone can be used as a remote-control device using an app like TeamViewer. Make changes, access files, enjoy horse racing betting and run programmes from anywhere that you are using only your mobile.

This is sure to make life much easier, and will really help if your Nan needs you to be a techno boffin and help her with her computer.

Use A Paper Cup As A Speaker

We have heard of the toilet roll speaker, but are you aware that you can use a paper cup in almost the same way?

Simply put your phone into a (dry!) paper or polystyrene cup, and it will amplify the sound emanating from the speakers.

Unlock Your Phone Via SMS

Loading an app called SMS Bypass allows you to lock or unlock your phone without having to use the pattern or password.

Use this with care, however, as it may lead to potential security threats.

Hack A Wi-Fi

Your phone can actually hack a Wi-Fi signal. With the correct apps, you can disconnect people or even take charge of a Wi-Fi signal in your area.

This is highly frowned upon however unless you are a part of the FBI.

Record Your Screen To Make A Tutorial

Nan got a new smartphone? Has no idea how to work it and keeps calling you? No problem! Use this handy app called No Root to record exactly what you do on your screen.

This is great for creating tutorials that you can then send to your Nan.

Make Your Own LAN

Gone are the days when you had to lug your enormous desktop pc into a LAN in order to play multiplayer games against your mate.

Now you can use Wi-Fi and your Android device to sync up and play games to your heart’s content, pretty much wherever you are.

This works especially well if one of your devices is creating its own hotspot that the others then connect to.

Make The Most Of Your Battery

Battery optimisation is essential for any Android user. Smartphones use a lot of juice so knowing how to get the most out of your power source will make a huge difference in your life. Turning off your ambient display and adaptive brightness.

This basically adjusts the display according to its surroundings. This can be found under settings and display.

Take a look at the various power saving options which your phone offers, they come with varying degrees of usefulness ranging from hardly affecting how things work to severely limiting apps and data.

Knowing how to make the best use of these can seriously help you out in a jam when your phone has low power and you are nowhere near a charging source.

Android Into A TV Remote

How To Turn Your Old Android Into A TV Remote

As far as gadget-hacks go, it probably doesn’t get any better than this: turning your old Android into a TV remote.  The fact is, universal remotes are great.

But: universal remotes are also very expensive.  What better way to circumvent the niggly issue of forking out bags full of money for a television remote than to up-cycle an existing device to do the same job?

So, if you own an Android device with an Infrared (IR) blaster, we’ll show you how to navigate your television set without having to spend an additional dime on the project.

There’s An App For That

Isn’t there always?  What a time to be alive.  Your App of choice is basically going to be the make or break of your Android-assisted viewing experience.

We’ve done the hard work on your behalf and will now present you with a general overview of some of the more popular Apps for this particular life-hack.

AnyMote – Smart Remote Control

Intuitive is what AnyMote is all about.  This becomes apparent as soon as you open the App.  It’s as simple as sports betting NZ, all you need to do is choose your specific device make and model from the set-up screen, and follow the rest of the installation prompts as you are guided along from one set-up screen to the next.

If your device or model of device is not listed among the pre-listed devices, the “most models” option will most probably work a charm.

Next it’s as simple as choosing the IR blaster in your phone and look on as your Android is transformed from the old device that you used three smartphones ago into a charming button-like remote interface.

The App comes with the option of customising what your digital remote will ultimately look like in terms of fuctionality buttons.  Once you’re happy with your design, simply tap on the “keep” option to save your personal selection.

The App is free for one device.  As soon as you want to add more than one device, i.e. more than one Android remote, you will have to start paying.  Even then, nowhere near the cost of a universal television remote.

ASmart Remote IR

We’re all about options and this is another one.  Asmart Remote IR comes with many of the same bells as whistles as AnyMote, but with the added advantage of a special feature called the Rooms Feature.

The Rooms Feature allows you to to set up various remotes for different devices in the scope of a solitary room.  Once set up, you will be able to effortlessly toggle between the different devices as and when the need arises to do so.

You will even be able to customise the names of the different rooms in your home as well as the various remotes that go with those rooms, in order to rule out any confusion.

Best of all, ASmart Remote IR is 100% free.  The App controls most TV’s, home theatre systems and streaming boxes.