Why the HTC One M8 is our Smartphone of the Year 2014 #ShinyShinyAwards

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Brad Pitt was recently spotted taking a selfie with one, the Apprentice candidates use it horizontally, and it's been one of the most popular HTC phones of all time. But none of those reasons are why we chose the HTC One M8 as our Smartphone of the Year 2014: the fact is, it's just a really excellent…

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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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Hipster, hippie or Kim Kardashian: what type of ancient phone user are you?

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It's official: Kim Kardashian uses an ancient phone! Not two tin cans tied together with string, but pretty damn close – a Blackberry Bold, which they don't even sell anymore. So devoted to her favourite B'berry is Kim that she even buys spare handsets on eBay and hoards them for future use. 'I like to…

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Text with care: Research shows a rise in mobile phone-related accidents

Diane Shipley Health & Fitness Leave a Comment

It’s official: technology is dangerous. According to new research, we’re all fumbling, bumbling, and stumbling our way around, so distracted by texting or tweeting that we hurt ourselves and our mobiles. A cross-Europe survey from mobile insurance company SquareTrade found that in the last couple of years, 37.2% of smartphone users in the UK have…

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North Korean women prefer mobile phones to engagement rings

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Despite living under one of the most oppressive regimes in the world, people in North Korea are just like us: when they get engaged, they want a ring. On the phone, that is. According to The Guardian, mobile phones are an increasingly popular engagement gift in North Korea. The country’s brides don’t traditionally wear wedding…

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Google announces the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet

Tom Pritchard Gadgets & Apps Leave a Comment

They've been rumoured for a very long time, and despite us having to wait for a month after all the other big announcements Google has finally unveiled it's new Nexus models: The Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone, and the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet. The announcement also marked the official launch of Android 5.0 a.k.a Lollipop, which…

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A new motion controlled app could make it even easier to use our phones

Diane Shipley Gadgets & Apps Leave a Comment

A team of computer scientists from ETH Zurich has created a motion controlled app that finally makes it possible to operate a smartphone using gestures. (Just not the kind of gestures you might make when it's run out of charge for the third time today...) The controls include pointing, spreading the fingers, pinching, and everyone’s…

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A Nexus 6 benchmark claims it’s more powerful than any other Android device

Tom Pritchard Gadgets & Apps Leave a Comment

We've been hearing a lot about what the Nexus 6 might be including, and benchmark tests are proving to be a valuable source of information. One that's been spotted recently, however, shows off that the Nexus 6 might end up being seriously powerful. More powerful than the likes of the LG G3 and the Galaxy…

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The Xperia Z3X looks like an absolute beast, if it’s real

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At IFA we were introduced to the Xperia Z3 and the Z3 Compact. At 5.2-inches the Z3 is firmly settled in phablet territory, but it seems Sony may go one step further by releasing a 6.2-inch Xperia Z3X, a mighty impressive phone with some incredibly specs. We've heard about the possibility of a Sony phablet…

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Nose smelling flower

Five situations in which we’d like to taste and smell with our phones (and three we really wouldn’t)

Lauren Bravo Facebook, Features, Gadgets & Apps, Instagram, Twitter, Twitter Leave a Comment

This week Adrian Cheok, professor of pervasive computing at City University London and the inventor of the Scentee, a Japanese iPhone attachment that emits pre-programmed scent, revealed that he's working on technology that will allow our smartphones to transmit taste and smell electronically. Considering how much of our youths we spent excitedly waiting for the…

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Google’s modular phone will let you swap modules while it’s still on

Tom Pritchard Gadgets & Apps Leave a Comment

The idea of a modular phone has been floating around for years, a phone with hardware that can be customised to suit you. Google's Project Ara is one such device, and it was recently revealed that the modules can be changed while the phone is still on. The display and CPU are exceptions to that,…

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The best place to unbox a waterproof smartphone? Underwater, obviously

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A lot of people might be wary about testing the capabilities of a waterproof smartphone, which is hardly surprising given how expensive they are. You don't want to end up with a £400 brick because you decided to throw it into a swimming pool do you? The folks at Carphone Warehouse were less wary, instead…

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Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, the Portal smartphone is supposed to bend

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As anyone who's ever dropped a phone will attest to, smartphones are incredible fragile creatures. Gone are the days where you could throw a Nokia phone around like a rag-doll to find that it doesn't have a scratch on it. It's not quite the same, but the Portal smartphone isn't going to shatter when you…

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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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