Holly Brockwell with iPhone 6

I’m a die-hard Android fan. Here’s what happened when I tried the iPhone 6

Holly Brockwell Android, Apple, Gadgets, iPhone, Mobile, Must read, Premium 84 Comments

With thanks to EE for the handset I'm one of those intensely crappy people who have a passionate alliance to one side of a tech war. In fact, I have several. I'm firmly PC over Mac (though I'll probably go Chrome OS when it's more developed), digital media over physical, and Android over iOS. I…

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An army of bloggers and a backpack of tech: ShinyShiny does #AcerLiveblog2014

Holly Brockwell Android, Video, Video reviews, Wearables Leave a Comment

This weekend, a whole bunch of tech bloggers and me - Shiny Editor Holly - headed to Edinburgh with Acer to take up their liveblogging challenge (#acerliveblog2014). With only a few hints of what was to come, we departed on the sleeper train from London, leaving at a bleary-eyed 11.50pm. Despite the time (and the fact that…

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Jolla’s Sailfish tablet raises a million dollars in just 2 days

Holly Brockwell Android, Gadgets & Apps, Nokia, Tablets, Tech News 1 Comment

iOS, Android, Sailfish? Jolla's operating system looks like a major contender in the mobile market now that the Jolla Tablet, dubbed "the world's first crowdsourced tablet," has exceeded $1million of crowdfunding in just two days on Indiegogo. Even more impressively, Jolla's original target for the campaign was $380,000, which it achieved in just two hours. Clearly, there's…

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We’ve found the best-value 6-inch phone. And it’s not the one you’re expecting

Ashley Norris Android, Gadgets & Apps, Mobile Leave a Comment

ShinyShiny CEO Ashley talks about his new favourite phablet – and the inevitable comparisons to *that* iPhone. When it comes to mobiles I am, to use cliché marketing speak, a bit of an early adopter. I had one of those Motorola Razr flippy phones very early on and bought an iPhone as soon as it…

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review – a mini flagship without the compromise

Holly Brockwell Android, Mobile, Phones Leave a Comment

If you’ve had your eye on the newest generation of Sony Xperia phones, you might be wondering whether you’re better off going for the £549 full-sized Z3 or its ‘mini’ version, the Z3 Compact, at £429. But smaller versions of flagships are often compromised, weakened versions of their namesakes – how much will you be…

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Motorola Moto E

Stocking-filler smartphones: 10 phones for under £150 this Christmas

Holly Brockwell Android, Buying Guides, Gadgets & Apps, Google, Microsoft, Premium, ShinyShiny Awards 2014 1 Comment

Moto G 4G, £149.99 Widely hailed as one of the greatest budget smartphones of recent years, the Moto G's upgrade to 4G LTE only reinforced its credentials. This basic but slick KitKat handset comes in black or white, has a 4.5-inch HD screen, a 1.3MP front-facing camera and 5MP main, and 8GB of internal…

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ASUS ZenFone 5

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

Holly Brockwell Android, Gadgets & Apps, Reviews 3 Comments

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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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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