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August 4, 2010

Vizio VF551XVT 55-inch HDTV

by Franz Bicar
The VF551XVT is a 55-inch HDTV from Vizio announced during this year's Consumer Electronic Show. It comes with a local dimming LED backlighting and 240Hz processing. As always, Vizio sells low-priced sets, and the VF551XVT is not an exception. The VF551XVT is one of the cheapest 55-inch LCDs out in the ...



August 3, 2010

Samsung LN46B750 HDTV Review

by Franz Bicar
The Samsung LN46B750 packs very good picture quality and excellent sound into one complete package. Add in YouTube viewing, Yahoo Widgets, and the ability to play media files rom USB storage or your networked PC, and you have an all-in-one then you'll have everything you need for your very own home ...



June 3, 2010

Sony KDL32EX500 1080p LCD HDTV

by Franz Bicar
Everyone enjoys watching the evening news or TV dramas in life-size HD on a big-screen flat panel HDTV. But really, everyone wants to watch something with a little more suspense, a little more intensity, and a whole lot of action. Not all HDTVs, however, can deliver sports and action movies with ...



Panasonic TCP65S1 1080p Plasma HDTV Review

by Franz Bicar
When buying televisions, specially in this time of high-definition content, one would say that everything is all in the detail. Panasonic, the manufacturer of the TCP565S1 plasma gets this, and created this set with that saying in mind. A Neo PDP panel displays gorgeous full-time 1080p resolution in an energy efficient way. ...



May 13, 2010

Mobile Phone Recycling companies: scam? A review

by Brian Turner
Mobile phones are the most common electronic devices on earth by volume, and a third of the tin used in them is mined from the war-ravaged Republic of Congo, last home of the threatened Mountain Gorilla. No wonder recycling old mobile phones should be considered a priority, and why a number of companies are trying to position themselves as the market ...



May 6, 2010

Microsoft Kin One Review

by Franz Bicar
Microsoft has finally taken the plunge, it has now entered the mobile phone market. Sure, in some way, it has been a part of it with its Windows Mobile Operating System, but this is the first time a handheld mobile phone got Microsoft's seal of approval. Last April, Microsoft unveiled Project Pink and introduced two new phones, the Kin One and ...



May 4, 2010

HTC Droid Incredible Review

by Franz Bicar
There is no doubt that HTCs Droid line of smartphones is one of the best Android device out in the market today. But among them, which is the best? The Droid Incredible is arguably the best Droid phone available. It has a speedy user interface, gorgeous AMOLED display and fun Sense user interface.
Aesthetically, the Droid Incredible looks very much like ...



March 2, 2010

LG HB354BS 2.1ch Blu-ray Home Cinema System

by Franz Bicar
LG-HB354BSThe LG HB354BS has it all. An iPod dock, an MP3 player, a Blu-ray player, and a media streamer all in one neat package. The 2.1-channel surround sound speaker system is a great equipment for those who are just starting to create their very own cinema/theater setup. Of course, today, you can't ...



February 10, 2010

LG Lotus Elite Review

by Franz Bicar
We haven't heard much from LG these days. With Apple and Google getting all the buzz with their mini "smartphone war", it's pretty hard for companies like LG to get into the limelight. The LG Lotus Elite might not ring any bell like the iPhone ...



Nokia 2720 Fold Review

by Franz Bicar
$20 for a camera phone? That's unbelievable. You might think that you'd get a cheap-looking shooter, yet, the Nokia 2720 Fold isn't half bad. This glossy, flip handset gives you more than advertised. It can act as a music player, video recorder, and has Bluetooth that takes you beyond the basics. As ...



January 12, 2010

Vizio Showcased Powerhouse Entertainment Lineup at CES

by Franz Bicar
vizio-hdtv-lineupVizio's CES booth is alive with activity as the company showcased their powerhouse home entertainment lineup. First up is their huge lineup of HDTVs and home entertainment components. These devices feature the latest and the best in entertainment technology. Features include 3D capabilities in full 1080p (separate 1080p image for ...



November 21, 2009

Panasonic TC-P42G10 1080p Plasma HDTV

by Franz Bicar
panasonic-tc-p42g10The Panasonic TC-P42G10 1080p Plasma HDTV's Neo PDP panel can display gorgeous full-time 1080p resolution in an energy efficient way. That's pretty much unique for plasmas as they were never branded as energy savers. But plasma manufacturers have put in a lot of research in this direction. The Panasonic TC-P42G10 ...



Kyocera Announces 3 Budget Phones

by Franz Bicar
Although Kyocera is not that big in the mobile market, they do manufacture some vert good handsets. Just in time of the holiday shopping season, Kyocera released three new cell phones with various designs and capabilities. First up is the Kyocera Torino S2300. It is a candy bar phone that opens up to show a featured QWERTY keyboard. If looks very ...



November 12, 2009

Mitsubishi LT52249 1080p Diamond LCD HDTV

by Franz Bicar
mitsubishi-lt52249For several years running, Mitsubishi's Unisen series HDTVs have been redefining the way you think about TV audio. Now, with the emergence of a Diamond-series Unisen panel, they're taking your audio experience even further. HDTVs usually feature a built-in two-way, two-channel speaker system so that you can at least hear ...



November 2, 2009

Sharp LC52LE700UN 1080p LED LCD HDTV

by Franz Bicar
Sharp-LC52LE700UN The key to reproducing all your favorite cinematic moments with vivid realism is light. But not just any light, advanced light sources like the UltraBrilliant LED System offered by Sharp's LC52LE700UN HDTV. Flat panel HDTVs with ...



Sony KDL-40Z5100 1080p LED LCD HDTV

by Franz Bicar
Sony-KDL-40Z5100 A few more weeks and its the holidays. Sales among stores will be popping out left and right. I don't think anyone would argue that this time is the best time of the year to get ...



October 28, 2009

Sony Ericsson Equinox Phone

by Franz Bicar
Is flip still hip? That is the question Sony Ericsson will find out in the coming months as it prepares to launch its flashy Equinox cell phone. With today’s obsession with anything smartphone and touch screen, some people are questioning Sony Ericsson’s decision to create a flip phone. To top it all off, the Equinox comes only with mediocre features: ...



October 21, 2009

RIM Introduces a Slimmer BlackBerry 9700

by Franz Bicar
A slimmer BlackBerry will soon be available via the BlackBerry Bold 9700. The BlackBerry 9700 is an update to the popular BlackBerry 9000 which was released last year. The 9700 will feature a slimmer more sophisticated style. It will also have a better camera with 3.2 megapixels as compared to the 9000 which ...



Sony KDL40VE5 40-inch BRAVIA 1080p LCD Eco HDTV

by Franz Bicar
sony-kdl40ve5Manufacturers now are becoming more and more conscious about the environment. Well, consumers are much more. So when a company tries to create a product which does not only give excellent performance but helps the environment, then you have yourself a winner. As for TVs, as long as it's plugged in, ...



Mitsubishi LT46249 46-inch LCD HDTV

by Franz Bicar
mitsubishi-lt46249For several years running, Mitsubishi's Unisen series HDTVs have been redefining the way you think about TV audio. Now, with the emergence of a Diamond-series Unisen panel, they're taking your audio experience even further. HDTVs today usually feature a built-in two-way, two-channel speaker system so that you can at least hear ...



September 22, 2009

Samsung PN63B590 1080p Plasma HDTV

by Franz Bicar
Samsung-PN63B590 At 63-inches, the Samsung PN63B590 is huge. This is every videophiles wet dream. But its not just the size that makes the PN63B590 special, its the combination of size and features.You might say its both ...



September 16, 2009

Dell UltraSharp 2408WPF LCD Review

by Franz Bicar
If you're looking for a 24-inch cinema display, then look no further. The Dell UltraSharp 2408WPF is arguably the best in this category. Tests show that the 2408WPF delivers quite possibly the best image for DVD playbacks. As for its design, the 2408WPF is pretty basic. It has a thin bezel ...



September 15, 2009

Sony KDL40W5100 1080p LCD HDTV

by Franz Bicar
With the developments in technology, everyone is used to the sharp, high definition realism, vivid colors, and smooth video reproduction for which Sony BRAVIA LCD panels are known. Now it's time to discover a new dimension of the BRAVIA experience. With Sony's KDL40W5100 LCD. Sony successfully meshed the internet with ...



September 8, 2009

Mitsubishi LT40151 1080p LCD HDTV

by Franz Bicar
Audio, sometimes, is being disregarded when looking for the ultimate TV. But, with the Mitsubishi LT40151, most of you will think differently. Most HDTVs usually feature a built-in two-way, two-channel speaker system so that you can at least hear the audio that accompanies your video picture. Mitsubishi's LT-40151, on the ...



September 2, 2009

Samsung UN-46B7000 1080p LED HDTV

by Franz Bicar
LED Television are slowly making its mark in the HDTV market. The Samsung UN-46B7000 1080p LED HDTV is one example. It has a gorgeous exterior design and it boasts an edge-lit LED technology. As in most LED-backlit sets, the light comes from behind the screen and shine from the edges. ...



August 28, 2009

Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 LCD HDTV Review

by Franz Bicar
kdl-52v5100The 52-inch KDL-52V5100 from Sony is a simple TV. It is encased in a glossy black bezel that gives it a classic and stylish look. It has a very simple yet elegant design. For connection, this set comes packed with the latest selections. It has 4 HDMI ports, optical audio out for ...



August 15, 2009

LG Fusic Review

by Franz Bicar
The LG Fusic is a mock-up of Apple’s iPod. While the looks certainly look similar, its function is entirely a different story. Don’t get me wrong, the Fusic is designed to be a digital audio player, but it won’t have you ditching the iPod for it. The Fusic has a pearly-white exterior ...



August 14, 2009

Honeywell Altura MLX 42-inch HDTV

by Franz Bicar
There are inexpensive sets with great performance, excellent picture quality and sufficient features that would make purchasing them worthwhile. From time to time, manufacturers will give us sets with those criteria. The Honeywell Altura MLX may ...



August 10, 2009

Mitsubishi LT46153 1080p LCD HDTV

by Franz Bicar
Be prepared to think about your HDTV's audio in a whole new way. Many other HDTVs usually feature a built-in two-way, two-channel speaker system so that you can at least hear the audio that accompanies your video picture. The Mitsubishi LT-46153's main selling point, on the other hand, gives you the ...



August 7, 2009

Samsung PN58B860 58" 1080p Plasma HDTV

by Franz Bicar
Samsung is still going strong with their Plasma HDTVs. The Samsung PN58B860 Plasma HDTV is one these. At 1.2" deep, the PN58B860 allows you to achieve the ultra-modern look of a highly low-profile, wall-mounted HDTV home theater. Furthermore, by adding a built-in subwoofer to its vamped-up 15W x 2-channel audio ...



July 31, 2009

Motorola Q4A Review

by Franz Bicar
We haven't heard much from Motorola these past few months. But they released one phone that could certainly pique your interests. The Motorola Evoke Q4A comes in slightly different form from what we are used to for Motorola handsets. It now has a sleek slider design and a few smartphone-like features such as a full HTML browser and a widget-based ...



July 29, 2009

Nokia 6760 Slide review

by Alan Harten
Nokia 6760 Slide review For those who like the style of the Nokia Surge that is now available exclusively with AT&T win the United States, you may be glad to hear that Nokia has released a replica model almost named the Nokia 6760 Slide that is available for global use. Coincidently, the global model also comes equipped with ...



LG Embeds Vudu BX100 Set-Top Box on their HDTVs

by Franz Bicar
LG-Vudu Earlier, we reported that Samsung completed a deal with Blockbuster’s ONDemand service. LG, on the other hand, will have Vudu. LG won the privilege of embedding the functionality of Vudu’s BX100 set-top box into their televisions ...



June 30, 2009

Panasonic TH-50PZ850U 50-inch Plasma TV

by Franz Bicar
Panasonic TH-50PZ850U Panasonic has been pretty quiet this past few months. With Vizio, LG and Sharp getting all the media attention, one might wonder what Panasonic has been doing in this tough HDTV market. Well, they ...



June 29, 2009

LG 42LH40 1080p LCD HDTV

by Franz Bicar
LG-42LH40 Have you ever experience a time when watching a favorite sporting event or an action movie and you said to yourself that something is missing? Blurry images? Choppy pictures? LG's TruMotion 120Hz offered on the 42LH40 ...



June 24, 2009

Leaked Details for the HTC Firestone

by Franz Bicar
A Windows Mobile handset from HTC has surfaced. The device is named the HTC Firestone, although this name could be changed at launch date as its clear the handset has not been officially released yet. It seems as though HTC hasn't forgotten about Microsoft after all. News about HTC these days ...



June 23, 2009

Sony KDL-52V5100 LCD HDTV

by Franz Bicar
One of Sony's least expensive LCD model is the KDL-52V5100. Even so, it still packs in quite a punch with its 120Hz processing that to some brands, can only be found on their higher-end products. It does lack the interactive extras and design complexities of the more expensive Sony sets ...



June 22, 2009

Insignia NS-LCD52HD-09 HDTV

by Franz Bicar
The right price is what makes most television sets successful today. However, the right performance will also play a vital part. The Insignia NS-LCD52HD-09 definitely has the right price, but its image quality is another story. The Insignia NS-LCD52HD-09 is at the $1400 price range, a very good deal for a ...



June 15, 2009

Sharp LC-52D85U HDTV

by Franz Bicar
It’s hard to start a review on a negative note. But, the Sharp LC-52D85U is not something that’s easily praised. The Sharp LC-52D85U offers good images but fewer features than some competing TVs.  Another thing about the ...



June 12, 2009

Toshiba Regza SV670 LED-backlit LCD HDTV

by Franz Bicar
LED-backlit LCD HDTVs are the more popular LCD models today. LCDs using LEDs instead of fluorescent tubes for backlighting is slowly being recognized as the future of the LCD HDTV industry. This allows sets to have ...



June 11, 2009

Sharp LC46D85U 46-inch LCD HDTV

by Franz Bicar
TV programs are mostly filmed at 30fps while movies on Blu-rays or DVDs is filmed at 24fps. Televisions today are usually designed to reproduce 30fps videos. When it comes time to watch a film-based movie, then, ...



June 9, 2009

Panasonic TC-P50C1 50-inch Plasma HDTV

by Franz Bicar
The TC-P50C1 brings glorious high definition to your home in a stylish, glossy black bezel. Curl up for your favorite movie with friends and family to enjoy the ultimate viewing experience. Image-enhancing features like 24p playback ...



June 8, 2009

NEC CRV43 43-Inch Display

by Franz Bicar
The wider the better right? Well, it’s good to see that NEC is going towards that route. On Thursday, NEC officially announced one of its masterpieces, the humongous CRV43 monitor. The monitor is a 43-inch curved display with a 32:10 aspect ratio and native resolution of 2880x900. That is big especially for those users used to dual or even triple ...



June 2, 2009

Toshiba 55ZV650U 55-inch LCD TV

by Franz Bicar
In the battle for supremacy, LCDs and Plasmas are on the frontline vying for popularity and picture quality bragging rights. Picture quality is one of LCDs weaknesses but recent models have slowly surpassed that. Nevertheless, this weakness ...



June 1, 2009

Panasonic TC-P50V10 V10-Series 1080p plasma HDTV

by Franz Bicar
An HDTV can be as beautiful and as full-featured as it wants, but it needs someone to appreciate its greatness. The Panasonic TC-P50V10 is the set to admire. When we are talking about style, the TC-P50V10’s 2-inch thin design provides a contemporary , low-profile design that enhances any home. When ...



May 27, 2009

Philips 42PFL7403D/F7 42-inch LCD

by Franz Bicar
philips-42pfl7403d1Philips is a great company who has been around for several years now. Of course, we all know that one their main products is in the field of audio and video entertainment. So, it is quite surprising that the Philips 42PFL7403D/F7 is not up to par with what most people ...



Vizio VF550XVT 55-inch LCD

by Franz Bicar
vizio-vf550xvtVizio usually gives us reasonably priced LCDs with adequate features that is perfect for those consumers content on just watching television. However, the VF550XVT is a surprise for everyone. The VF550XVT packs a 55-inch LCD screen at a reasonable price, but its image, sound, and extra features don't add up ...



May 26, 2009

Samsung UN-40B7000 1080p LED HDTV

by Franz Bicar
LED television is the fad nowadays. That is why the Samsung UN-40B7000 is going to be a very attractive purchase for consumers with some extra cash. Gorgeous all-round, the UN40B7000 1080p LED HDTV boasts edge-lit LED technology. While in LCDs and backlit LEDs, the light comes from behind the screen, edge-lit ...



May 22, 2009

Mitsubishi LT-52149 52-inch LCD HDTV

by Franz Bicar
The Mitsubishi LT-52149 is not just for video enthusiasts, but also for audio geeks. Be prepared to think about your HDTV's audio in a whole new way. Other HDTVs usually feature a built-in 2-way, 2-channel speaker system so that you can at least hear the audio that accompanies your video ...



May 20, 2009

Samsung PN50A760 50-inch HDTV

by Franz Bicar
The Samsung PN50A760 is not a cheap HDTV set. However, it combines cool multimedia capabilities and great image quality to make it one of the best in the market. It literally obliterated its opponents in the 50-inch category and it shines when it comes to its image quality. You may ...