Vodafone Smart 4 Mini

Vodafone Smart 4 Mini review – a £39 Android that punches above its weight

With thanks to Vodafone for the handset. The smaller of Vodafone’s two Smart 4 handsets, the Smart 4 Mini is an entry-level Android at an appealing £39. It’s only on Vodafone (obviously) and some features are more compromised than you might like, but the screen and battery hold up well and you won’t have to worry…

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Holly BrockwellVodafone Smart 4 Mini review – a £39 Android that punches above its weight
Archos Helium 50

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

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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Holly BrockwellArchos Helium 50 review – a generic 4G Android saved by its screen
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Waterproof gadgets put to the test: Misfit Shine, Braven speaker, Ricoh camera, Proporta Beachbuoy

As we well know here at shinyshiny, there's a whole world of mind-blowing new gadgets out there, and we're sometimes lucky enough to try them out. After #swimmingweek over at Brandish, it seemed only fitting to test out some waterproof products here: whether it was in the depths of the local pool, splashing in the sea or a brief dip…

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Sadie HaleWaterproof gadgets put to the test: Misfit Shine, Braven speaker, Ricoh camera, Proporta Beachbuoy
Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2 review: A handsome high-end handset you can safely drop in the bath

Handset supplied by Vodafone. Just six months after the Sony Xperia Z1 hit the shelves, the Z2 bounded onto the scene with its bigger screen and beefier battery. It’s a fantastic all-rounder with very few drawbacks, but will it be outclassed by the next version before the year is out? The handset 7/10 The Xperia…

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Holly BrockwellSony Xperia Z2 review: A handsome high-end handset you can safely drop in the bath

Review: The Emporia RL1 simple mobile phone

It's stylish in a scaled-back, retro sort of way, the Emporia RL1 mobile phone. You could sort of see it take off in certain hipster-clusters, but the core target market for this simplified mobile phone is those aged 50 or over. This is less a "bells and whistles" phone then, and more a "what it…

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ShinyJessReview: The Emporia RL1 simple mobile phone

Wired iPad magazine review – we have (sort of) seen the future

For the last six months the magazine industry has been wetting itself about the launch of the iPad. It needs to keep the magazine format going (you'll see why in a minute) but doesn't really want to have to pay for mashed up trees (print media is going to die quicker than you think) and…

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Ashley NorrisWired iPad magazine review – we have (sort of) seen the future

Nokia N900 v the N8 v the X6: the Nokia smartphone throw-down

Nokia busted out the specs of a new phone this week, by releasing details of the N8 a big Amoled touch screen with a massive 12 megapixel camera. Last week we stacked up the iPhone 3G, the Android powerhouse the Nexus One and the Nokia N900. This time we decided to measure up the three…

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Anna LeachNokia N900 v the N8 v the X6: the Nokia smartphone throw-down

Hands-on Preview of the Microsoft Kin: Shiny verdict

So it's cute, it's for social-networking youngsters and it's going to be cheap. We were at the press unveiling in San Francisco today and had a play around with it. Here's our verdict: How it feels: With rounded corners and solid-feeling slider keyboards both sets are palm-sized and nice to hold. The Kin One is…

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Anna LeachHands-on Preview of the Microsoft Kin: Shiny verdict

Twitcasting: we review the app bringing TV to Twitter

If you are lucky enough to possess an iPhone 3GS run to the app store right now and get this app. Like Twitpic - but with video - Twitcasting brings TV to Twitter. Shot with your phone's camera in short bursts it's not exactly high quality but it's pretty fun and lets you capture short…

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Anna LeachTwitcasting: we review the app bringing TV to Twitter

Shiny Review: Nintendo DSi

It's not out until April 4th, but Duncan managed to get hands on with the latest iteration of the Nintendo DS handheld. This is about as close as you're going to get to it for now, so sit back and feast your eyes on its bigger screen, faster processor and double injection of cameras (front…

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Lucy HedgesShiny Review: Nintendo DSi