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How to buy a smartphone: 8 top things to look out for

Tom Pritchard Buying Guides, Gadgets & Apps Leave a Comment

Buying a phone can be tricky, especially if you don't really know what you need to be looking out for. Or maybe you do know, but all the numbers and component specs confuse the hell out of you.¬†Then again you might understand it all perfectly but find yourself feeling incredibly indecisive - after…

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Will anyone really buy a Tesco smartphone?

Becca Caddy Phones, Shopping, Smart Shopping Leave a Comment

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

Becca Caddy Phones, Photography Leave a Comment

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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MWC 2014: The best smartphones and tablets you've missed so far

Becca Caddy Features, Mobile World Congress 2014, Phones, Tablet PCs, Top Stories 1 Comment

So far we've been focusing on the newest wearable devices and smartwatches from the big names at Mobile World Congress, but let's not forget about the stars of the show: the mobile phones. Here's our rundown of the best smartphones and tablets that have been unveiled this week: Huawei wants you to be better at…

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Parents served a stalking order after monitoring daughter's phone and computer

Becca Caddy Behaviour, Computers 3 Comments

We always come across really worrying software and apps designed to help suspicious - and sometimes just actually mental - people stalk their boyfriends and girlfriends and wives and husbands. However, a case over in the US has got people talking because a college student has been granted a civil stalking order against her parents…

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FFS WORLD: Indian village decides phones make women slutty

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A small village council in eastern India has decided to ban local women from using mobile phones, because they "pollute the social atmosphere" by encouraging them to have too much sex and destroying their marriages. The village council in Suderbari decided that if you use a mobile phone and have a vagina then it automatically…

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WE HEART YOU: Happy 20th birthday texting!

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Happy birthday texting, you're 20 today and wow have you served me well over the past few decades. I really don't know how I'd have got through my awkward teenage years without you and the thought of talking to boys via the medium of speech and not short text-based messages with an abundance of emoticons…

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STUDY: Are over 40s really the most prolific scumbag sexters?

Becca Caddy Behaviour, Phones Leave a Comment

The media likes us to think that it's only over-sexed teens and Scarlet Johansson who send naughty texts, but according to recent research it's actually the over 40s who are the biggest scumbags when it comes to risque messages, dirty chats and naked photos. The study, commissioned by MobileInsurance.co.uk, found that 37% of those polled…

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Top 10 new Samsung Galaxy S3 cases and accessories

Becca Caddy Phones, Samsung, Top Stories 7 Comments

We collected together some of our favourite cases for the new iPhone 5 earlier in the week and lots of you got in touch and reprimanded us for being so Apple-centric, so here we go, an equally awesome collection of cases for the Samsung Galaxy S3. Enjoy. Related: Ten great apps to download onto your…

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LG upping their cameraphone specs with optical zoom in new smartphones?

Gerald Lynch Phones 1 Comment

LG have revealed that they're looking into the development of sleek optical zooms for their future smartphones. With the mobile photography bar raised by Nokia's PureView Camera tech and Samsung's unusual Galaxy Camera, the company are working on a mechanical shutter that will allow for better-lit cameraphone shots to be taken. Jakyung Jeon, Senior Research…

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Nokia announces Lumia 920 and 820 Windows Phone 8 smartphones

Becca Caddy Nokia, Top Stories 4 Comments

Today Nokia announced the first two handsets from its Windows Phone 8 range, the Nokia Lumia 920 with some great photography and navigation features and the Nokia Lumia 820, a mid-range option with a customisable exterior. Nokia Lumia 920 The Finnish company's flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone is packing a 1.5GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon S4 processor…

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IFA 2012: James Bond's Skyfall smartphone named as the Sony Xperia T

Becca Caddy IFA 2012, Phones Leave a Comment

Shiny Shiny's sister site Tech Digest has headed over to IFA 2012 in Berlin this week to find out the latest from the biggest names in tech... Sony have a new Android smartphone flagship in the shape of the Sony Xperia T, freshly revealed at IFA 2012. Leaked first as the Mint and LT30i, the…

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