ASUS ZenFone 5

ASUS ZenFone 5 A500KL review – a 5-star smartphone at a 3-star price

Holly Brockwell Android, Gadgets & Apps, Reviews Leave a Comment

We go hands-on with the upgraded ASUS ZenFone 5, the middle sibling in the ZenFone family. At just £199.99 SIM-free, this 5-inch marvel doesn't just threaten the Moto G's 'best value' title – it full-on steals it. With thanks to ASUS for the handset.  The handset 8/10 The red, gold and purple versions of this handset…

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ASUS ZenFone 4

ASUS ZenFone 4 review – the littlest ZenFone has plenty to shout about

Holly Brockwell Android, Reviews Leave a Comment

With thanks to ASUS for the handset.  After reviewing the monolithic ZenFone 6 last week, its 4-inch little brother feels a lot like ‘honey, I shrunk the phone.’ It includes many of the same features as its stablemates, but at a miniature size and price. So what can ASUS offer for your £99? The handset 6/10…

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Vodafone Smart 4 handset

Vodafone Smart 4 review – A competent starter smartphone let down by its camera

Holly Brockwell Android, Phones, Product Reviews, Reviews, Video reviews 3 Comments

With thanks to Vodafone for the handset. The Vodafone Smart 4 is one of the lower-end phones in the Smart 4 range, one step above the entry-level Smart 4 Mini. As with the EE Kestrel and most network-branded phones, it’s actually made by a Chinese manufacturer that isn’t widely known here: Yulong. The name might…

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Archos Helium 50

Archos Helium 50 review – a generic 4G Android saved by its screen

Holly Brockwell Android, Phones, Reviews Leave a Comment

With thanks to Archos for the handset Better known in the UK for its audio and video players, French firm Archos has been making smartphones in Europe for quite a while. The Helium 50 is one of two phones in its first ever 4G LTE offering: a mid-range black plastic slab running Android Jelly Bean.…

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 review: Still the brightest star in Samsung’s Galaxy

Holly Brockwell Android, Gadgets & Apps, Reviews, Samsung 2 Comments

With the much-discussed Galaxy Alpha just around the corner, we take another look at Samsung’s current top dog, the S5, to see if it’s still a worthy contender half a year on. Is this the best Galaxy in the universe, or will the Alpha leave it feeling like a beta release? With thanks to Vodafone…

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EE Kestrel

EE Kestrel review: A surprisingly good 4G Android for just £99

Holly Brockwell Android, Gadgets & Apps, Product Reviews 7 Comments

Handset supplied by EE EE’s first own-brand smartphone is one of the lowest-priced 4G handsets on the market. The Kestrel delivers a surprising amount for a super-budget Android device, but has some tough competition even at £99. Manufactured by Huawei, the Kestrel is actually a rebranded Huawei Ascend G6 with a downgraded camera – but…

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Battle of the 20s: the 20MP Sony Xperia Z2 and Nokia Lumia 930 cameras go head-to-head #PhotoWeek

Holly Brockwell Android, Gadgets & Apps, Microsoft, Nokia, Phones, Photo Week, Photography Leave a Comment

At the culmination of #PhotoWeek, we’re pitching two rival flagship phones with 20-megapixel cameras against each other in an epic duel of flash and film. Who’s fastest? Who’s brightest? Who takes the best selfies? It’s the waterproof Android Sony Xperia Z2 vs the weighty Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 930 in a fight to the photo…

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Samsung launches Galaxy S5 mini – UK launch this summer

Sadie Hale Android, Gadgets & Apps Leave a Comment

Big, bit not totally unexpected news this morning as electronics giant Samsung today announced the release of a mini version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. Like previous mini versions of Galaxy phones the S5 mini keeps many of the features of its bigger and grander sibling but sports a titchy (!?) 4.5 inch…

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Is Google missing a trick when it comes to smartwatches and Android Wear?

Becca Caddy Android, Wearables Leave a Comment

Google's new Android Wear OS, specially created for smart wearables and smart trackers and smart watches and smart anything else you could possibly strap to your body, launched with a bang this week. We already like the look of Motorola's Moto 360, which is the first product to be announced running on Android Wear, but…

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Google to launch Android SDK for wearables

Becca Caddy Android Leave a Comment

Yesterday Google revealed that it plans on branching out into wearables in a big way with the launch of a software development kit in two weeks' time. According to sources, the SDK will allows developers to create all kinds of wearable devices, like fitness trackers and smartwatches, using the Android operating system. Google has revealed…

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Evernote adds neat handwriting for Android users

Becca Caddy Android, Apps Leave a Comment

Evernote's Android app is already pretty awesome, allowing users to integrate text, to-do lists, photos and more seamlessly into their notes. In a blog post today the team explains that with its latest update it wants "to extend the Evernote experience" even more and it believes the best way to do that is with a…

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MWC 2014: Nokia unveils the X series phones – Android mobiles with a twist

Ashley Norris Android, Features, Gadgets & Apps, Mobile World Congress 2014, Top Stories Leave a Comment

It has been rumoured for quite a while and now it has been confirmed, Nokia doesn't just make Windows phones, it is also manufactures Android ones too. But in typical Nokia style there's a twist or two. At MWC 2014 it unveiled the Nokia X, X+ and Xl smartphones, but as CEO Stephen Elop insisted…

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HTC rolls out Jelly Bean to HTC One Mini users – and paints the streets Gold (because that's classy, right?)

James O'Malley Android Leave a Comment

Just in time for Christmas HTC have announced that users of their slightly-more diminutive HTC One Mini smartphone will be getting an upgrade to the "latest" version of Android - 4.3, better known as Jelly Bean. It's just in time too, as the pretty soon an even newer version of Android - dubbed KitKat -…

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Archos 45 Titanium smartphone review

NicholasFearn Android, Gadgets & Apps, Phones, Product Reviews Leave a Comment

Product type: Android smartphone Price as reviewed: £100 Over the years Archos has primarily been known for manufacturing and selling tablet style entertainment devices. However, this has now changed with the firm grabbing a slice of the mobile market with its very own range of Android smartphones like this budget-orientated offering, the 45 Titanium. Design…

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