Amazon goes the whole hog with mobile phone shop front, contracts on O2

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

I almost feel kinda sorry for Amazon as it desperately tries to carve itself a slice of the mobile phone market. Having said that, I seriously doubt Jeff Bezos is struggling to pay the rent. Where was I again?!

Aha, yes: Amazon and its dogged determination to get in on the mobile thing. The Fire Phone might’ve fallen flat on its face, but here Team Bezos takes an altogether different approach, with a full-blown mobile phone store, including O2-flavoured contracts.

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Consumers go Apple Pay crazy, but retailers not so enthusiastic

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Apple Pay launched last week, and there’s no shortage of stuff to talk about in the wake of the initial rollout. Some sites are focusing on the positives while others are predictably negative, but here we’re merging the two takes into one efficient newsbite.

In short, consumers are going Apple Pay crazy, making it easily the biggest contactless payment combatant by far, but things aren’t quite so rosy over in Retailer Town.

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Huawei Ascend Y550, PAYG upgrade, £49.95 delivered @ Carphone Warehouse

Huawei Ascend Y550, PAYG upgrade, £49.95 delivered @ Carphone Warehouse

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Get this Huawei Ascend Y550 deal @ Carphone Warehouse

Another sweet Carphone Warehouse PAYG upgrade deal (check your eligibility here) sees the quad-core Huawei Ascend Y550 going for £49.95, no top-up required. Neat.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 specs revealed in benchmark

Samsung Galaxy A7 specs revealed in benchmark

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Samsung’s Galaxy A-series smartphone line is thought to have no less than three members in the birthing canal, with the triplets tentatively named Galaxy A3, A5 and A7.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 has been the most elusive of the trio (the A3 and A5 recently popped up in video format), but here we’re seeing its specs detailed in full thanks to a GFXBench graphical performance type thingamajig. The upshot? It sounds pretty impressive.

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République Episode 2: Metamorphosis iOS review

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Rather stupidly, I’ve only gone and finished République Episode 3 before writing about Episode 2; forgive me for a moment while I try to get back into the pre-Episode 3 mindset… *vigorously rubs face*... Ok, I’m good!

République Episode 1 didn’t exactly blow me away, perhaps on account of the abundant hype; Episode 2: Metamorphosis is – as predicted – more of the same but a little better. Nice. Oh, and you Android users can now join in the fun via Google Play.

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Dell Venue 8 7000: even thinner than iPad Air 2, on sale next month

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

The iPad Air 2 is officially the thinnest tablet in the world at the moment – or the thinnest tablet you can buy, at least, but things are about to get even skinnier.

The Dell Venue 8 7000 was detailed back in September, and it’s finally set to go on sale next month (that’s November, for the calendrically challenged).

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Bendgate returns! This time it’s the ultra-thin iPad Air 2

Bendgate returns! This time it’s the ultra-thin iPad Air 2

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

The iPhone 6 Plus hit headlines recently when it materialised that the 5.5in phone was susceptible to bending when put under significant trouser-based stress. Despite the abundance of media attention, it was largely accepted that the whole thing was blown out of all proportion, and indeed Apple confirmed that only a miniscule number of customers were affected.

Being both taller and thinner, the iPad Air 2 has inevitably come under the microscope, and here we’re seeing it bent to within an inch of its life by a crazy German with more money than sense.

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Samsung Evo 64GB class 10 microSD card, £22.99 delivered @ Amazon

Samsung Evo 64GB class 10 microSD card, £22.99 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

Get this Samsung Evo microSD card deal @ Amazon

Amazon is currently selling this Samsung Evo 64GB class 10 microSD card for – no, not the £55.49 RRP, but – £22.99. A cheeky 59% off? Cheers!

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Google Nexus 9 UK release date slips back to mid-December on Amazon

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

We can’t lie; we’re not enamoured with this whole let’s-launch-stuff-but-Krist-knows-when-it’ll-be-released nonsense, as pertains to the Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

The UK appears to be behind when it comes to Motorola's Google Nexus 6 (it’s still “not available in your country” – not even to pre-order), and now Amazon says it’ll start shipping HTC's Google Nexus 9 in mid-December.

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Oppo prepping 4mm phone for October 29?

Oppo prepping 4mm phone for October 29?

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

Next week is actually looking fairly busy, with both Asus and Oppo launching new stuff out east. Oppo hasn’t exactly been coy about launching the N3, but it looks like the flagship has a little sidekick, and the rumour mill be spinning like crazy, yo.

Specifically, it’s suggested that the second phone will be the new “world’s thinnest”, at an outrageously slim 4mm. Someone get this guy a burger, stat.

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Google Nexus 5, Grade A refurb, £195 delivered @ Smartfonestore.com

Google Nexus 5, Grade A refurb, £195 delivered @ Smartfonestore.com

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

Get this Google Nexus 5 deal @ Smartfonestore.com

Smartfonestore has eight – at the time of writing – of these Google Nexus 5 Grade A refurbs in stock. That’s the 16GB model in black, and it’s yours for £189.99.

Grade A means "used but in excellent condition", the phone "won’t show any signs of use", and it's "in full working order".

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Android 5.0 update in December?

Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Android 5.0 update in December?

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

And the circle of Android life continues. The latest latest version rolls out, and inevitably everyone wants to know when – or if – they’ll get a piece. Next up on the serving tray is sickly sweet Lollipop Android 5.0.

If your question is “When can I get Lollipop Android 5.0 for the Samsung Galaxy S5?” – you should be hooked up in time for Christmas.  Probably.

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Google contemplating iOS compatibility for Android Wear

Google contemplating iOS compatibility for Android Wear

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

Uncannily, Mobot reader ZFactor asked the other day: “Does Android Wear only work with Android phones and the Apple Watch only work with the iPhone?” This here story might tickle your fancy, Z.

At present Android Wear is only interested in syncing with Android phones, but product manager Jeff Chang is keen to spread the love.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  7 days ago

Another week, another completely mixed bag of news from the world of mobile. Fortunately some mysterious hero has laid it all out below in chronological order. Yep.

In comments, there was abundant activity on these fellas: Impressive Xperia Z4 specs leaked as Sony kills the bi-annual flagship nonsense and Android Lollipop 5.0: ‘Ambient Display’ wakes your phone when you pick it up.

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Fire Phone flop partly to blame as Amazon posts 4m losses

Fire Phone flop partly to blame as Amazon posts $544m losses

Martin James  Oct. 24 at 14:30

Most of us know what it's like to have money problems of some description – all too well, probably.

But there's money problems, and then there's Amazon, which has announced losses of a massive $544m for the three months ending in September.

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Asus begins countdown to the future

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 24 at 14:00

In the past we’ve seen Asus “In Search of Incredible”, and here the Taiwanese manufacturer is counting down to the future. Literally.

In just over three days (i.e. Tuesday, October 28), Asus will kindly “UNLOCK THE FUTURE”, which seemingly plays host to a new smartphone and smartwatch.

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Samsung's enhanced Galaxy S5 Plus arrives with improved S805 chipset

Samsung's enhanced Galaxy S5 Plus arrives with improved S805 chipset

Martin James  Oct. 24 at 12:30

We felt a bit bad when we discovered we'd missed Samsung unleashing its enhanced Galaxy S5 Plus smartphone this week.

But then we noticed that Samsung itself didn't seem too bothered about it – at least not to the point of issuing a press release on the subject. All of a sudden we don't feel too bad about the whole thing.

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SanDisk Ultra 16GB class 10 microSD card, from £4.99 delivered @ Amazon

SanDisk Ultra 16GB class 10 microSD card, from £4.99 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 24 at 12:15

Get this SanDisk microSD card deal @ Amazon

This SanDisk Ultra 16GB class 10 microSD card has dropped from £17.70 to £4.99 at Amazon, so that’s a saving of £12.71 or - if you prefer - 72%. Not too shabby.

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