Kazam http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/news en-GB You can slip the world's thinnest phone into your pocket for £250 http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/you-can-slip-worlds-thinnest-phone-your-pocket-250/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It doubles up as a pizza cutter too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Don&#039;t drop it down any cracks" alt="You can slip the world&#039;s thinnest phone into your pocket for £250" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kazam-phone.jpg?1413468434" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Kazam Tornado 348 sounds like a superbike, but it&#39;s actually being touted as the world&#39;s thinnest phone, measuring in at a finger-cutting 5.15mm.</p> <p>British manufacturer <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/meet-kazam-new-uk-smartphone-manufacturer-taking-aim-big-guns/news" target="_blank">Kazam</a> continues its tradition of decent specs at a friendly price by packing in a 1.7GHz octa-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and a 4.8in 720p diplay - &nbsp;all for &pound;250.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/you-can-slip-worlds-thinnest-phone-your-pocket-250/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/you-can-slip-worlds-thinnest-phone-your-pocket-250/news#comments Kazam Smartphones Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:42:04 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450322 at http://www.stuff.tv Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands-on review: the best sub-£200 phone ever? http://www.stuff.tv/android/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-octo-core-stock-android-and-5in-screen-sub-200/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This 5in, octa-core monster from British upstarts Kazam could give the Google Nexus 5 a run for its money </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands-on review " alt="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-on-review-main.png?1394645978" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>British smartphone start-up <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/meet-kazam-new-uk-smartphone-manufacturer-taking-aim-big-guns/news">Kazam</a> is joining Google and Motorola in the &#39;cheap doesn&#39;t have to be nasty&#39; revolution.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: 720p and Superb </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We get our hands on the Tornado 2 once we&#39;ve ogled a bunch of Kazam&#39;s lesser-specced handsets (its Trooper and Thunder ranges). And after turning our nose up at some shabby screens, the 5.0&#39;s is a bit of a relief.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 5in 720p IPS display is nice and bright - helpful in the kind of hip, low-lit members&#39; clubs which we frequent - and a quick stream of Shaun The Sheep from Google Play Movies shows off some vivid colours and inky-enough blacks. Text on webpages looks crisp, with good contrast, and viewing angles are decent too - the Tornado 2 would make a worthy bigger brother to the &pound;135 4.5in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Motorola Moto G</a>.</p> <p>But the most exciting thing about the display? Kazam will replace cracked or smashed screens free of charge for the first twelve months. Bravo.&nbsp;Although given that there&#39;s no Gorilla Glass here, probably just as well.</p> <p>Things now look mighty promising for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/british-based-kazams-new-55in-200-octa-core-phablet-could-be-smartphone-deal-century/news">Tornado 2 5.5</a> (being kept under wraps at present). This will arrive with a 5.5in full HD screen and should also come in at a sub-&pound;250 price when it launches across Europe in around four weeks.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - screen " alt="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-on-review-screen.png?1394645978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - screen " alt="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-on-review-screen-2.png?1394645978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - battery " alt="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - battery " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-on-review-battery.png?1394645978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and Build: Sensible outsides, awesome insides </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All-plastic, non-flashy builds are ten-a-penny when you get into the murky depths of &pound;100-200 smartphones but boy is the Tornado 2 nice and light at 121g. It&#39;s sturdy, too, and easy to hold one-handed thanks to a Samsung-style slight curve and mere&nbsp;9.5mm thickness.&nbsp;</p> <p>Curious gadgeteers will quickly figure out that the 5.0&#39;s soft touch back cover is removable. Kazam&#39;s hinted the covers will be sold separately as Motorola is trying - we fondled a range including Note 3-style faux leather.&nbsp;More importantly, the battery below it is also replaceable.&nbsp;Given that at&nbsp;1800mAh, it&#39;s&nbsp;smaller than both the Moto G (2070mAh) and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5&nbsp;</a>(2300mAh), and therefore unlikely to last a full day, that&#39;s music to our ears. Better still,&nbsp;if your battery konks out for good, Kazam will send you a new one&nbsp;as part of its warranty,&nbsp;with no faff or need to send your handset into the &quot;repairs ether&quot;, as they call it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another plus point below the hood is that it&#39;s dual SIM - one regular-sized SIM, one micro-SIM - so handy for business types, travellers or anyone who just likes to pretend to be Archer now and then. And, the biggie - its 8GB storage is expandable up to a further 64GB via microSD.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - ports " alt="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - ports " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-on-review-microUSB.png?1394645978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - build " alt="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - build " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-on-review-rear.jpg?1394645978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rescue: Kazam&#039;s Mayday button </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All Kazam&#39;s smartphones will come with a Rescue app, pre-installed - kind of like Amazon&#39;s Mayday button on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review">Kindle Fire HDX</a>&nbsp;models.&nbsp;</p> <p>Using LogMeIn&#39;s Rescue service, it&#39;s designed to help handset n00bs get on with tricky stuff such as setting up email and er... actual faults with the phone. It&#39;s free, offers both voice and text-chat options with real people and rather than keep you on hold all day, Kazam is aiming to solve 80% of concerns in six to eight minutes via remote access and helpful advice.&nbsp;</p> <p>We didn&#39;t get a chance to try the Rescue service, but we&#39;ll give it a spin when we give the Tornado 2 the full Stuff Test once-over.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - Rescue " alt="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - Rescue " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-on-review-rescue.png?1394645978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - Rescue" alt="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - Rescue" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-on-review-apps.png?1394645978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen: 5in 1280 x 720 IPS&nbsp;</p> <p>OS: Android 4.2.2&nbsp;</p> <p>Processor: 1.7GHz MediaTek octa-core&nbsp;</p> <p>RAM: 1GB&nbsp;</p> <p>Storage: 8GB (microSD expansion up to 64GB)&nbsp;</p> <p>Camera: 8MP rear, 1080p video @30fps, 2MP front&nbsp;</p> <p>Battery: 1800mAh&nbsp;</p> <p>Connectivity: Wi-Fi (2.4GHz, 802.11 b/g/n), 3G, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS</p> <p>Dimensions: 142 x 73 x 9.5mm&nbsp;</p> <p>Weight: 121g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Octa-core power, 8MP camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Octa-core - feel the words reverberate around you. Yep, the Tornado 2 5.0 is powered by a 1.7GHz MediaTek octa-core processor. But before you get too excited, that doesn&#39;t mean it will be twice as fast as a quad-core beast - instead it should help with battery life and is potentially good for mobile gamers; devs including Gameloft are working on octa-core optimised titles as we speak.&nbsp;</p> <p>A quick flick around the OS (stock Android, hurrah!, only 4.2.2 - boooo) and the Tornado 2 seems speedy enough for moving in and out of apps and web browsing. And Kazam is already bragging about benchmark performance. In Quadrant, it scores 13563 - higher than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Galaxy S4&#39;s</a> 12726 - but we&#39;ll take that with a pinch of salt for now.</p> <p>There&#39;s no NFC - we can forgive that - but also no 4G, a real shame. Still, at this price it doesn&#39;t need to be too futureproof and it&#39;s missing on the Moto G, for now, too. &nbsp;</p> <p>With three Android capacitive buttons under the screen, it&#39;s odd that onscreen buttons popped up in a couple of apps, but since these are pre-production units, we&#39;re sure kinks of this kind will be ironed out.</p> <p>Apart from a sprinkling of pre-installed apps, the only departure from stock Android is the camera app, which has Live Photo and Beauty modes as well as decent flash, shutter and ISO menus. The 8MP camera is quick to focus and the 5in screen makes a great viewfinder, but we&#39;ll hold off judgement of image quality till we take a final unit out snapping - a measly 5MP camera is what let the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Moto G</a> down so we&#39;re mighty interested in the results. The Kazam phone can shoot 1080p video @30fps too and there&#39;s a 2MP camera up front.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/two-four-six-eight-how-many-cores-does-your-phone-need/feature">Two, four, six, eight: how many cores does your phone actually need?</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - camera" alt="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-on-review-camera-app.png?1394645978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - performance" alt="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - performance" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-on-review-quadrant.png?1394645978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - performance" alt="Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review - performance" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-on-review-web.png?1394645978" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Tornado 2 5.0 doesn&#39;t have the lovely build and KitKat tricks of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a> but that doesn&#39;t mean Google&#39;s finest is safe.&nbsp;</p> <p>With its bright, vivid screen, light body and helpful Rescue service,&nbsp;Kazam&#39;s almost-flagship impressed us mightily in our time with it. And then there&#39;s that sub-&pound;200 price tag which should have the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Moto G</a>&nbsp;running scared too.</p> <p>If it backs up those good first impressions with a&nbsp;solid real-world performance, all-day battery life and decent camera,&nbsp;Europe is the Tornado 2&#39;s for the taking.&nbsp;</p> <p>Stay tuned for in-depth reviews of the Tornado 2 5.0 and its full HD phablet sibling, the Tornado 2 5.5, very soon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-octo-core-stock-android-and-5in-screen-sub-200/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-octo-core-stock-android-and-5in-screen-sub-200/news#comments Android Kazam Smartphones Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:57:31 +0000 Sophie Charara 1433625 at http://www.stuff.tv British-based Kazam's new 5.5in £200 octa-core phablet could be the smartphone deal of the century http://www.stuff.tv/british-based-kazams-new-55in-200-octa-core-phablet-could-be-smartphone-deal-century/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eight cores for less than the price of a Nexus 5? Our wallet&#039;s ears just pricked up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MWC 2014: British-based Kazam&#039;s new 5.5in £200 octa-core phablet could be the smartphone deal of the century" alt="MWC 2014: British-based Kazam&#039;s new 5.5in £200 octa-core phablet could be the sm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kazam-tornado-2_0.jpg?1394719250" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>British-based <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/meet-kazam-new-uk-smartphone-manufacturer-taking-aim-big-guns/news" target="_blank">Kazam</a> has taken once step further to fulfilling its ambition of offering the best spec to price ratio around &nbsp;by revealing two new devices at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress </a>in Barcelona.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two Tornado 2s </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While it&#39;s not running the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, it has a dual SIM card slot which will let you use one regular and one micro SIM simultaneously.&nbsp;</p> <p>Kazam also revealed the Tornado 2 5 which features the same octa-core innards but has a 5in 720p screen, 1GB of RAM and an 8GB camera.</p> <p>Kazam is looking to retail the Tornado 2 5.5 for &pound;200, which is insanely low given that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a> (considered to be one of the best bargains around) is &pound;300.</p> <p>Not only that, but if you break the screen in the first year of purchase, Kazam will sort it out, free of charge.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s customer service representatives can also remotely take over your device to help you with any problems, a feature Amazon has already implemented in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Kindle Fire HDX</a>.</p> <p>We&#39;re hoping to put the Tornado 2 5.5 through its paces in a full in-depth review, so stay tuned to see if its price and specs reall are as good as they appear.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2014 &ndash; the biggest MWC smartphone news so far</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/british-based-kazams-new-55in-200-octa-core-phablet-could-be-smartphone-deal-century/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kazam MWC 2014 Smartphones Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:25:28 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1432995 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet Kazam, the new UK smartphone manufacturer taking aim at the big guns http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/meet-kazam-new-uk-smartphone-manufacturer-taking-aim-big-guns/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Top-notch Android smartphones for less cash? &quot;We’re not spending money on sponsoring David Beckham or the Olympics.&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meet Kazam, the new UK smartphone manufacturer taking aim at the big guns" alt="Meet Kazam, the new UK smartphone manufacturer taking aim at the big guns" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kazam-guys.jpg?1394719360" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">&ldquo;Do I want to buy an HTC for a Zoe moment, or a Samsung for eyeball scrolling? Do I want to pay a premium for these features?&quot;</p> <p class="p2">Michael Coombes, CEO of UK smartphone start-up Kazam, is banking on the answer being &quot;No.&quot;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just as much, for less </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">One strand of Kazam&#39;s mobile strategy is faintly reminiscent of Apple&#39;s approach to features: if something&#39;s not going to be used, leave it out. The difference is that it&#39;s applying this to Android smartphones, in which competition is traditionally about one-upmanship: huge brands slugging it out with superior internals, sleeker designs and ever more inventive added-value features.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Kazam thinks that it has devices that go toe-to-toe with Apple, Samsung and HTC on hardware, design and reliability, but it isn&#39;t even trying to compete with the added-value stuff. Developing the likes of Samsung&#39;s Smart Scroll and HTC&#39;s Zoe is expensive and &ndash; so goes the theory &ndash; most punters would rather have good gadgets for less cash.</p> <p class="p4">&quot;The brands that define themselves by technology are in this arms race to constantly differentiate. I think that can sometimes lead to developing tech to be different rather than because it&#39;s necessarily the right thing to do,&quot; says Atkins.</p> <p class="p4">Coombes agrees. &quot;We&rsquo;re not worried about having 20,000 R&amp;D engineers creating features we don&rsquo;t really want. We&rsquo;re seeing tech-savvy customers saying, &lsquo;We love HTC but we don&rsquo;t need Sense, we want native Android; we love our Samsung device but we don&rsquo;t want TouchWiz, we want native Android.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p class="p4">Every Kazam device will run the sort of unadorned Android you get on a Nexus device, or an AOSP version of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Samsung Galaxy S4</a>. But, says Kazam, they won&#39;t carry the high prices of those devices, as the company R&amp;D costs are lower than those of competitors. All of Kazam&#39;s R&amp;D is done by NF Technology Limited, a Chinese smartphone developer, under scrutiny from Head of Products Daniel Boff who recently joined Kazam from&nbsp;WDS.</p> <p>And there&#39;s another way that Kazam&#39;s keeping costs down, says Coombes: &quot;We&#39;re not spending money on sponsoring David Beckham or the Olympics.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="TouchWiz and Sense" alt="TouchWiz and Sense" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/touchwiz-sense.jpg?1394719360" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="829" height="768" title="Kazam CEO Michael Coombes" alt="Kazam CEO Michael Coombes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qy0hux5zOEMbFivmXZ4Vu8kM1SZSBz-yC7kV-WAZH7o.png?1394719360" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Risky business </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">There&#39;s good reason that Samsung sponsors the Olympics or HTC ropes in Robert Downey Jr. for a campaign. The smartphone market is saturated. BlackBerry is teetering on the brink, and even HTC is struggling. Visibility is key, and without the marketing budget of a megacorp, it&#39;s going to be a huge challenge for Kazam to get itself seen.</p> <p class="p3">And while there&#39;s no doubt that Android offers as good a mobile experience as any on the market (well, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/three-months-heres-why-i-cant-sell-my-htc-one/feature">Sense 5</a> is pretty damn good too), with a conspicuous lack of Kazam hardware or pricing, it&#39;s impossible to judge whether its handsets will be compelling enough to make people think twice before picking up an HTC or an iPhone.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3">Indeed, with devices such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-4/review‎">Nexus 4</a> already offering unadorned Android on outstanding hardware for mid-range money, Kazam will have its work cut out.</p> <p class="p3">Atkins tells us, &quot;It&#39;s about more than just the handset,&quot; and hints at a wider strategy that hinges on top-notch background services. He also thinks there&#39;s much to be made of the company&#39;s local approach: when was the last time you bought a smartphone from a British manufacturer, or even a European one? Atkins wouldn&#39;t be drawn on specifics in either case, but the idea of a home-grown smartphone is certainly an appealing one (check out how nuts the US went over the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/moto-x-official-all-details/news">Moto X</a>).</p> <p class="p1">Coombes is similarly bullish that Kazam&rsquo;s no-nonsense approach can achieve great things in a short time. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re not trying to do anything other than the basics: great-looking devices with features, without compromising on quality. I&rsquo;m 100 per cent confident that Kazam will be a big player in a few years&rsquo; time; when you mention Kazam everyone will know who we are.&rdquo;</p> <p>A good start would be a few killer devices - it&#39;s going to be interesting to see what September brings.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/kazam-tornado-2-50-hands-octo-core-stock-android-and-5in-screen-sub-200/news">Kazam Tornado 2 5.0 hands on review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OVE1OcfB1E4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="877" height="768" title="Kazam CMO James Atkins" alt="Kazam CMO James Atkins" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ms5RN_iAlgVEqAd-Bf6f51lFjRsB9ALMGUP5VasUM7w.png?1394719360" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazing Androids, small money </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet Kazam, the UK smartphone startup targeting the big guns </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/KAZAM_LOGO22.jpg?1394719360" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/meet-kazam-new-uk-smartphone-manufacturer-taking-aim-big-guns/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/meet-kazam-new-uk-smartphone-manufacturer-taking-aim-big-guns/news#comments Kazam Smartphones Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:44:49 +0000 Will Findlater 1425573 at http://www.stuff.tv