Category: Niche apps

Xperia Ray priced at £349 – launching “August 15″

The very nice looking Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray has been listed by online retailer Play.com, which has given the mid-sized Android 2.3 mobile phone a launch date of August 15. And it’ll cost you £349 for one of the company’s unlocked models. Which seems like rather a lot for an Android phone with a 3.3″ […]

NICHE APP: Release Mako

It’s been a while since we spotted a nice NICHE Android app out there, so how about Release Mako – it lets users “report live releases of shortfin mako sharks from Android mobile devices while still on the water”. It has a nice, happy subtext to it, with fishermen who accidentally catch sharks able to […]

NICHE APP: Boeing Primary Flight Display

PFD Boeing simulates what the app maker claims to be the “most important screen in the cockpit”, utilising Android’s GPS to display accurate directional data depending on your heading. It will be a bit like being in an aeroplane, only without being responsible for lives or the fun of spotting sexual tension between cabin crew. […]

NICHE APP: Machinery Sizing

This Android app utilises a database of tractor performance figures, letting users estimate their power taking into account surface conditions. Somehow. Here’s the official explanation of how and why this might seem like a useful thing: Quickly estimate tractor horsepower to pull various implements. No more standing at farm auctions wondering if your tractor could […]

NICHE APP: Colonoscopy Prep Assistant

Colonoscopy Prep Assistant seems to be little more than a glorified timer and counter app, designed to help people preparing to have their bottoms looked at in a medical capacity drink the required number of glasses of water before enduring the procedure. Yes really. Here’s the description: WellApps, LLC, developer of GI Monitor for Crohn’s […]

NICHE APP: Wet Cement

Wet Cement is an astonishing new Android social/sharing/location app, which exists for the SOLE PURPOSE of guiding Android users to their nearest patch of wet cement. It lets people tag and upload cement locations, overlaying moist infrastructure building works on a Google Maps layout. It’s certainly original. Here’s the description: WetCement is an Android app […]

NICHE APP: Volvo HeaterStart

Volvo’s HeaterStart is an Android app that lets you turn on the heater in your Volvo. You’ll need to have the Volvo on Call system installed. And you’ll need a Volvo. Here’s the app’s description: Start the car heater from anywhere; from the comfort of your home, from work or even from the ski lift. […]

NICHE APP: Offshore Abbreviations

Hooray! Another app that’s so NICHE we have trouble understanding exactly what it’s about or who it’s really aimed at. If we had to guess based on the description, Offshore Abbreviations appears to be for employees of companies that operate North Sea oil drilling operations and might need an app to translate the shorthand industrial […]

NICHE APP: Skydiving Logbook

This is a lovely, tight little niche production – an Android app for those smartphone owners out there who also happen to be into skydiving. Skydiving Logbook does what the title suggests, providing a way for parachuting enthusiasts to log their various jumps. Here’s the app’s description. It works for both people who jump out […]

NICHE APP: Vasectomy Reversal

Fascinating. Vasectomy Reversal is an app for men who’ve had the internal tubing chop, but now, after the break-up of their relationship and the installation of a fresher, younger wife, want to get back to effective breeding again. Here’s the description: “Developed by top health professionals, the Vasectomy Reversal app offers accurate and comprehensive information […]

  • Reviews

    • Sony Xperia Z2 review

      This is Sony’s latest go at producing a high-spec Android flagship model, with the Xperia Z2 ticking every one of 2014’s must-have tech bullet points. It has a large 5.2-inch 1080p display. It has the hot new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset inside. It has a massive 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. It’s […]

    • LG/Google Nexus 5 review

      Nexus 5It’s smooth to use, the 1080p display is sharp, clear and bright, the device is extremely light and thin and therefore very pocketable and portable — much more so than other 5-inch phones we’ve used. And yet… we’re a bit unimpressed by the overall package…

    • Vodafone Huawei Ascend G510 review

      Huawei Ascend G510A relatively high-spec smartphone, with a 4.5″ display running at 480 x 854 resolution and powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, plus the Ascend G510 arrives running Android 4.1.1 — albeit potentially hindered by Huawei only sticking 512MB of RAM inside it..

    • Kogan Agora 5.0" Dual-core Smartphone review

      We bought one of these using our actual money. We couldn’t quite believe that budget hardware maker Kogan was able to sell a 5″ Android phone for £119 plus delivery from Hong Kong so had to get one to have a look at the thing under our usual LABORATORY CONDITIONS. First impressions of the Kogan Agora […]

    • Panasonic Eluga review

      Panasonic ElugaThe Panasonic Eluga marks the company’s return to the European mobile phone scene years after several years of absence, and it’s come back to us with a moderately high-spec Android model that features a rather stylish, slim case.

    • HTC One V review

      The HTC One V is HTC’s third entry in its high-profile new HTC One range, offering a smaller 3.7″ display running on a single-core 1GHz processor. It is is very much the “affordable” option in HTC’s newest Android series, but it still arrives running the same HTC Sense 4 interface we saw in the excellent […]

    • HTC One S review

      The HTC One S is the piggy in the middle of HTC’s 2012 line-up, offering a 4.3″ AMOLED display inside a very slim and stylish aluminium chassis. You get the same ImageSense camera technology as employed to such great effect in the HTC One X, along with Android 4.0.3 and the very latest HTC Sense […]

    • HTC One X review

      Here it is then, HTC’s new quad-core monster, the 4.7″ flagship for 2012 that introduces the Tegra 3 processor to mobile phones, updates HTC’s range to Android 4.0 and brings us the supposedly streamlined version 4.0 of HTC’s Sense user interface. You also get a fantastic 8megapixel camera that we’ve previously examined in great detail, […]

    • HTC One X review: Camera, photo and video samples

      HTC’s new quad-core flagship phone doesn’t just feature Android 4.0, a 4.7″ display and Nvidia’s newest Tegra 3 chipset – there’s also an entirely new 8megapixel camera in the phone, powered by a system HTC is calling ImageSense. And this camera is one of the many highlights of the new Android phone, offering the perfect […]

    • Sony Xperia S review

      Xperia S Sony returns with an all-new mobile design for 2012, pairing a dual-core processor with a 720p display. It’s a lovely phone, but is it enough to end our Samsung and HTC obsession?

    • Sony Xperia S review: Camera, photo and video samples

      We’ve spent most of the last week captivated by the staggeringly sharp screen of the new Sony Xperia S, while putting together what will hopefully be something resembling a review for you all to read very shortly. In the meantime, to be getting on with, here are a few sample photos and videos, taken using […]

    • LG Prada 3.0 review

      LG Prada 3.0 review LG’s updated Prada phone comes with an absolutely crazy black & white theme, but is it just for fashionable suit wearers who want to make themselves look a bit more interesting?

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: Case-Mate Tough Case for Galaxy Nexus

      £30? For a phone case? It had better be good.

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: Samsung Official Mesh Vent Case for Galaxy Nexus

      Samsung’s official Galaxy Nexus case. Costs a lot. Has a glittery little logo.

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: Case-Mate Barely There for Samsung Galaxy Nexus

      Fresh from reviewing the cheap and cheerful FlexiShield case for the Galaxy Nexus, we’re back with another protective offering from industry veteran Case-Mate. Although this particular product retails for around the same price as FlexiShield’s TPU option, it’s quite a different proposition. Review submitted by extremely patient retro gaming advisor Damo. As the name suggests, […]

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: FlexiShield Case for Galaxy Nexus

      Seeing as we’ve just reviewed the brand spanking new Galaxy Nexus, we’re in the mood for some accessorising – and we don’t mean earnings and handbags. To that end, we’ll be covering a few Galaxy Nexus-themed items over the next few weeks, starting with the FlexiShield Case. Review submitted by reader, writer, gamer and occasional […]

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