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

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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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Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei Ascend P7 review: a great selfie phone – if you can keep hold of it

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With thanks to Carphone Warehouse for the handset.  One of the higher-end offerings from the unpronounceable Huawei, the Ascend P7, is priced for the mid-range but taking aim at the flagships. With good looks, an unusually strong selfie camera and an excellent screen, it makes a good start. But as we soon found out, it's a slippery customer...…

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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

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

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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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New iPhone case lights up to show your friends' mood

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We thought we couldn't know any more about what our friends are doing at any given moment, thanks to the world of social media, but The Feeling Skin has now created a social network based on emotion, complete with a smartphone case that lights up to tell you what mood your friends are in. The…

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Will anyone really buy a Tesco smartphone?

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Tesco is set to launch its own branded smartphone by the end of the year, according to a radio interview with the supermarket's Chief Executive, Philip Clarke. According to reports today, the Tesco phone will be running a version of Google's Android OS and will come with a number of Tesco services already installed, much…

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VIDEO: Best camera phones 2014: Samsung K Zoom, Galaxy S5, Nokia 1020

Becca Caddy Features, Phones, Top Stories 2 Comments

Nowadays every smartphone has a pretty decent camera built-in, but in our latest video we take a look at some of the more high-end devices that promise to bring professional grade photography to your handset. Samsung K Zoom The Samsung K Zoom was only officially unveiled this week. When it comes to its new specifications,…

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These new mock up photos could put iPhone 6 rumours to rest

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While no one knows exactly what the new Apple iPhone 6 will look like, this new mock up that's been released by 86Digi, has apparently been made by the official iPhone 6 schematics. Rumoured to be unveiled between now and the autumn, the new phone looks even sleeker than the iPhone 5, with a 4.7-inch…

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The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is a camera/smartphone mash-up

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Today Samsung unveiled a new smartphone called the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. The device is packing a professional grade camera, which suggests the tech giant is taking another stab at creating a camera/smartphone hybrid that we all actually want following the disappointing effort with the S4 zoom last year. When it comes to the handset's…

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Project Ara: All you need to know about Google's phone for the future

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Last October Google announced that a dedicated team had started working on an exciting modular and fully-customisable smartphone that could well change the way we look at the mobile phone industry for good. Code-named Project Ara, the smartphone will consist of one framework and a series of separate sections. The thinking behind it is that…

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Ace Style, a budget phone for social teens

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This week Samsung launched a low-end handset called the Galaxy Ace Style. The curvy, affordable device is designed for young social media addicts and looks set to compete directly with Motorola's Moto G. Powered by Google's Android 4.4 KitKat, it features a 1.2GHz dual core processor for seamless multi-tasking and fast app responses. It also…

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HTC unveils the new One M8 with depth-sensing camera

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It's been one of the worst kept secrets in the world of tech, but today HTC made the announcement of its latest flagship handset, the HTC One M8, official. The newest iteration of the One is marginally bigger than its predecessor, with a 5" full HD resolution screen. However, the thing that has us most…

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The Ember case will make your night out photos look WAY better

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Although the cameras built into our iPhones are slowly evolving with each model, we can still all agree that night time photos look REALLY lame. If you don't put the flash on then you're left with dark, indistinguishable blurs and if you do you're left with an unflattering image that makes everyone look much more…

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Cortana: Microsoft's Siri clone is a friendly circle

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Microsoft's new voice-activated personal assistant, called Cortana, is expected in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update and The Verge got its hands on a set of leaked images that reveal the Siri clone is a small, blue animated circle (nothing like the AI woman also called Cortana who features in the Halo game series). Although…

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Ellen DeGeneres officially wins at selfies with star-studded Oscars photo

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Ellen DeGeneres has managed to break the record for most retweets EVER with this awesome star-studded selfie taken at last night's Oscars. If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014 So far the tweet has had more than two and a half million retweets and counting,…

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