BlackBerry Rio: high-end, all-touch, launching 2015?

BlackBerry Rio: high-end, all-touch, launching 2015?

Lewis Curdie  25 minutes ago

It’s amusing that every time a new high-end BlackBerry phone is rumoured, the collective blogosphere wonders: ‘Could this be BlackBerry’s saviour?’ Never say never, I guess.

The latest candidate for reversing the Canadian manufacturer’s ailing fortunes is something called the BlackBerry Rio, an all-touch flagship.

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Motorola Moto X, 16GB, SIM free, £230 delivered @ Expansys

Motorola Moto X, 16GB, SIM free, £230 delivered @ Expansys

Lewis Curdie  1 hour ago

Get this Motorola Moto X deal @ Expansys

Floating around in the increasingly interesting no man’s land between Motorola Moto G-esque affordability and wallet-punching flagship territory, it’s the Moto X 2013 – SIM free, white and with 16GB storage – going for £229.99 at Expansys.

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Huawei Honor 3C: 5in 720p, 8MP/5MP, quad-core, 2GB RAM, £110

Huawei Honor 3C: 5in 720p, 8MP/5MP, quad-core, 2GB RAM, £110

Lewis Curdie  21 hours ago

Following on nicely from our Four of the best phones under £150 feature, Chinese manufacturer Huawei has today introduced the spanking new Honor 3C, with a wallet-friendly price tag of £109.99.

The Huawei Honor 3C certainly offers plenty of bang for your buck, following the grand Chinese tradition of decent-but-affordable phones, but the picture's not entirely rosy.

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Four of the best phones under £150

Lewis Curdie  22 hours ago

There’s an ever-growing army of phones - not just phones but smartphones - below the £150 mark, with at least three hands required to count recent sub-£150 mobile deals.

Here we’re focusing on the £100-150 range, with four very different phones from four very different manufacturers.

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John Lewis, free 3-year guarantee on Apple products @ John Lewis

John Lewis, free 3-year guarantee on Apple products @ John Lewis

Lewis Curdie  23 hours ago

Get this 3-year Apple guarantee deal @ John Lewis

If you’re thinking of forking out significant buckage on a shiny new Apple product, head over to John Lewis, where you can take advantage of a free 3-year guarantee. That’ll save a few quid on AppleCare.

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No more ‘Free’ apps on the App Store, but you can still ‘Get’ them

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

The Google Play Store recently bowed to pressure from angry customers and the European Commission over the use of the word ‘Free’ in relation to gratis apps that offer – or sometimes demand – in-app purchases in order to unlock content, or perhaps to progress in a game. "Freemium" apps, for short.

In a similar move, App Store apps that are free to download are no longer listed as ‘Free’, with the button now labelled ‘Get’.

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Motorola Moto E, Vodafone PAYG, £45 delivered @ Vodafone

Motorola Moto E, Vodafone PAYG, £45 delivered @ Vodafone

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Get this Motorola Moto E deal @ Vodafone

Vodafone is currently selling the Motorola Moto E on PAYG for £45. Choose to “Keep your existing Vodafone SIM” to avoid having to buy a top-up. If the site hangs when you add the phone to your basket, delete the last portion of the URL, leaving just http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop.

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Google Nexus 6 UK release finally on the horizon

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

For our money, the rollout of the Google Nexus 6 has been nothing short of farcical, with US stock being replenished each Wednesday (seriously) and the phone initially being “unavailable” in the UK.

But at least there’s light at the end of the tunnel, with the Google Nexus 6 now “out of stock” on Google Play UK, and available to pre-order at Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse.

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Nokia Lumia 735, Three PAYG, £160 delivered with £10 credit @ Three

Nokia Lumia 735, Three PAYG, £160 delivered with £10 credit @ Three

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Nokia Lumia 735 deal @ Three

Generally praised for its low-light performance and selfie-friendly 5MP front camera, the Nokia Lumia 735 is currently available for £149.99 at Three, with a £10 top-up taking you to £159.99. The off-contract price at Amazon, for comparison, is £196.70.

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Four things you (maybe) didn’t know about the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge isn’t quite available to pre-order in the UK just yet, but evidence suggests (most recently a leaked internal Carphone Warehouse communication) that it’ll go on sale on November 28. Yep, that’s Friday next week.

It’s a strange beast, no doubt, but Samsung is looking to allay fears that this is strictly a niche device for freaky-phone lovers with more money than sense. Here we present four things you probably didn’t know about the Galaxy Note Edge.

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LG L90, Virgin Mobile, £110 delivered with £10 credit @ Virgin Media

LG L90, Virgin Mobile, £110 delivered with £10 credit @ Virgin Media

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this LG L90 deal @ Virgin Media

Over on Virgin Media, you can grab the wallet-friendly LG L90 for £109.99 – that’s including £10 of Virgin Mobile PAYG credit.

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Jolla launches IndieGoGo campaign for Sailfish-rockin’ Tablet, target almost hit already (UPDATED)

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Cast your minds back to last week, and you might recall Jolla was promising “something BIG” for this morning, something that – quite logically, with hindsight – has emerged as a tablet.

More specifically, it’s an IndieGoGo campaign for the world’s first crowdsourced tablet, and the first running Sailfish 2.0. Impressively, at the time of writing, they’ve just about reached the $380,000 target. EDIT: Target hit!

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LG G3, SIM free, £314.99 delivered @ mobilephonesdirect

LG G3, SIM free, £314.99 delivered @ mobilephonesdirect

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Get this LG G3 deal @ mobilephonesdirect

Down a further £5 from a couple of weeks ago, it's the LG G3, notable for being one of the first phones with a QHD display (2560 x 1440 = 3.7 MILLION pixels), and it’s yours for £314.99, SIM free, from mobilephonesdirect.

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Samsung to reduce smartphone models by up to 30%

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Samsung recently endured its worst quarter in years, and as such the South Koreans are desperately trying to plug the various holes threatening to sink the smartphone Titanic.

In what definitely sounds like a sensible plan to us, Samsung reveals it’ll cut back on the number of Galaxy smartphone models by up to 30% next year.

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Sony Xperia Z2, SIM free, £299.99 delivered @ mobilephonesdirect.co.uk

Sony Xperia Z2, SIM free, £299.99 delivered @ mobilephonesdirect.co.uk

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Get this Sony Xperia Z2 deal @ mobilephonesdirect.co.uk

It may have been succeeded by the Sony Xperia Z3, but the Xperia Z2 is a mere seven months old, and still features face-slapping specs. Here, mobilephonesdirect.co.uk will hook you up with an Xperia Z2, SIM free, for £299.99.

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Five of the best iPhone, iPad and Android fitness apps

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Smartphones aren’t just great for lying on the couch playing Angry Birds while eating cake and Toblerone (guilty); they’re also great fitness trackers and motivational tools.

Here we’re looking at five of the best fitness apps for your iPhone and/or iPad and/or Android device, covering everything from walking to running to pumping iron to having a baby.

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