Sleepphones review: blocking out my rhino of a neighbour with Bluetooth

Holly Brockwell Apps, Audio, Gadgets & Apps, Reviews, Wellbeing 1 Comment

My upstairs neighbour is a rhinocerous. This is the only conclusion I can come to, considering the noise he makes tramping around on his wooden floorboards every night. Given the total absence of any kind of soundproofing in rental flats, this has been keeping me awake every night  – and I've had it. I've tried earplugs…

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Huawei Ascend P7

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

Holly Brockwell Gadgets & Apps, Phones 1 Comment

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 Mini

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

Holly Brockwell Gadgets & Apps 2 Comments

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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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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Waterproof gadgets put to the test: Misfit Shine, Braven speaker, Ricoh camera, Proporta Beachbuoy

Sadie Hale Gadgets & Apps 2 Comments

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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Sony Xperia Z2

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

Holly Brockwell Gadgets & Apps 4 Comments

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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Alcatel OneTouch Pop S3 review: The £80 4G phone that’s a little ray of Android sunshine

Hayley Minn Gadgets & Apps 3 Comments

This phone is the epitome of ‘cheap and cheerful’. It’s bright, sweet, and just £80 on pay-as-you-go. So what exactly do you get in a sub-£100 Android handset these days? A surprising amount, in this case – 4G LTE, a quad-core Snapdragon™ processor, a main and front-facing camera, and even a choice of three snap-on…

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Review: The Emporia RL1 simple mobile phone

ShinyJess Features, Phones, Reviews, Top Stories 23 Comments

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

Ashley Norris Features, iPad, Top Stories 18 Comments

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

Anna Leach Phones, Reviews, Top Stories 30 Comments

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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Hands-on Preview of the Microsoft Kin: Shiny verdict

Anna Leach Microsoft, Phones, Reviews, Top Stories Leave a Comment

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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Twitcasting: we review the app bringing TV to Twitter

Anna Leach Reviews, Top Stories, Twitter Leave a Comment

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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