Nokia Lumia 710 review

Nokia Lumia 710 review

Dave Oliver  Feb. 23, 2012 at 13:00

The Lumia 710 is the second of Nokia’s new wave of Windows Phone handsets and cuts down on the spec of the higher end Lumia 800 while retaining some of its best features.

So it has much the same software treats while compromising on a few of the hardware accessories such as camera and casing.

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Nokia Lumia 800 review

Nokia Lumia 800 review

Dave Oliver  Feb. 16, 2012 at 13:00

It took a while, but Nokia finally listened to both the public and the press and ditched its unpopular Symbian smart phone operating system.

What seemed modern and forward-thinking when it first appeared had become tired and out of touch, overtaken by the innovations of iOS and Android. So along comes the Lumia 800, the first Nokia phone to feature the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS, and it comes with all Nokia’s hardware know-how, including a new polycarbonate shell, a fine screen, speedy processor and 8 megapixel camera.

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HTC Sensation XL review

HTC Sensation XL review

Dave Oliver  Feb. 9, 2012 at 13:00

HTC recently dropped two phones with Beats Audio technology on us. One was the Sensation XE, a high-performance handset with a big screen and fast processor.

The other is the Sensation XL and it’s even bigger, but despite its size, it manages to offer less to phone fans.

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HTC Sensation XE review

HTC Sensation XE review

Dave Oliver  Feb. 2, 2012 at 13:00

HTC’s first phone called the Sensation arrived last spring and wasted no time making a name for itself as the company’s first-ever dual-core handset and including one of its best cameras.

Now the Taiwanese manufacturer has produced not one, but two revamps, the frankly huge Sensation XL, and the more modestly proportioned XE, which adds a more powerful processor, bigger screen and Beats Audio technology to beef up the sound of your music and movies.

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BlackBerry Curve 9360 review

BlackBerry Curve 9360 review

Dave Oliver  Jan. 10, 2012 at 13:30

Canadian manufacturer RIM has been churning out a feast of BlackBerry handsets recently, all aimed at different customer types.

This Curve 9360 is the one that fits closest to the classic BlackBerry style, with a hard QWERTY keyboard nestling beneath a standard, though non-touch screen.

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HTC Rhyme review

HTC Rhyme review

Dave Oliver  Jan. 5, 2012 at 13:00

Sometimes it feels like HTC is determined to create an individual Android handset for just about everyone on the planet, such is the rate with which they’ve been churning them out of late. There seems to be one for almost every conceivable taste and budget, and here they are again with something new.

The HTC Rhyme’s emphasis on style has led some to conclude that this is a phone aimed at women (does that mean the others are all aimed at men?) but this is a handset that has more to offer than just a nice look and a bagful of accessories.

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HTC Titan review

HTC Titan review

Dave Oliver  Jan. 3, 2012 at 13:00

The HTC Titan is the big one in the Taiwanese firm’s latest batch of upgraded Windows 7.5 handsets.

That’s literally big with a huge 4.7in screen, not to mention its 8 megapixel camera and the very latest version of the Windows Phone operating system. 

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S review

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S review

Dave Oliver  Dec. 22, 2011 at 13:00

Sony Ericsson laid its cards on the table at the beginning of the year with its Xperia Arc, an extremely classy Android smart phone with a 4.2in screen, 8.1 megapixel camera and the latest Android.

Now it's gone one better with the Xperia Arc S (are you keeping up?) which brings a more powerful 1.4GHz processor and a few other refinements to the table.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray review

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray review

Dave Oliver  Dec. 15, 2011 at 13:00

As smartphones seem to grow and grow, Sony Ericsson has gone in the opposite direction and produced an extremely slim, svelte Android that manages to pack in some impressive specs, like a high-powered processor, top notch screen technology and quality camera.

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Samsung Galaxy Pro review

Samsung Galaxy Pro review

Dave Oliver  Dec. 1, 2011 at 13:00

There was a time not so very long ago when handsets with hard QWERTY keyboards were the preserve of serious-minded business road warriors. The rise of the smart phone means they're not as popular as they used to be, but they still offer a welcome alternative to the touch screen option.

Samsung's Galaxy Pro is a budget model aimed at low-maintenance workers as well as networking social butterflies. Despite its budget price it still manages to cover virtually all the smart phone bases.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro review

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro review

Dave Oliver  Nov. 24, 2011 at 13:00

After a shaky start, Sony Ericsson's Xperia range has been producing some consistently fine handsets of late, across all the price ranges.

The Mini Pro is an update of the X10 Mini Pro from last year and adds a bigger screen and faster processor as well as the latest version of Android (so far).

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HTC Radar review

HTC Radar review

Dave Oliver  Nov. 10, 2011 at 13:00

Has it really been a year since Microsoft revamped its mobile offering with the Windows Phone 7 operating system. It launched with seven different handsets, though with such tightly controlled specs that they all seemed almost exactly the same.

Now it’s time for the first major update to the system with WinPho 7.5 Mango and the first out of the traps is the HTC Radar, which also includes a 5 megapixel camera.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

Dave Oliver  Oct. 20, 2011 at 13:00

Samsung’s first Galaxy Tab boasted a 7in screen and, like the Blackberry PlayBook and HTC Flyer, could just about fit in your pocket. The Tab 10.1 however is a different kettle of bits, with a full-size screen that has more in common with the Motorola Xoom or Apple’s iPad 2.

In fact, Apple thinks it has so much in common that it’s trying to prevent its release in Europe. But while the writs and counter-writs fly, the main question for us is – is it any good?

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HTC Evo 3D review

HTC Evo 3D review

Dave Oliver  Oct. 18, 2011 at 13:00

LG was first into the UK market earlier this year with a glasses-free 3D phone. Hats off to the Optimus 3D, but it hasn’t taken long for HTC to respond with the Evo 3D.

It can take both 3D and 2D pictures with its 5 megapixel camera and also boasts a large 4.3in screen, fast dual-core processor and the very latest Android operating system.

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LG Optimus 3D review

LG Optimus 3D review

Dave Oliver  Oct. 13, 2011 at 13:00

LG takes the laurels for the first glasses-free 3D phone to hit the UK market. We’re expecting big things of course, but in technology terms, first isn’t always best.

Regardless of the stereoscopic angle, the Optimus 3D also has a dual-core processor, stonkingly big 4.3in screen and full HD video recording.

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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 review

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 review

Dave Oliver  Oct. 11, 2011 at 13:00

Android and Apple may be the big boys in the smart phone business, but RIM is still holding on to a place at the top table with its BlackBerry handsets and operating system, even if they’re now just as synonymous with rioting hoodies as with boardroom execs.

The first of three new models to hit the shelves this autumn is the Bold 9900, which includes both a touch screen and a hard QWERTY keyboard.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo review

Dave Oliver  Sep. 15, 2011 at 13:00

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo review

Sony Ericsson staked a significant claim in the smartphone world with the Xperia Arc earlier this year, which managed the trick of creating a distinctive Android device with up-to-the-minute technology, all crammed into an extremely slim and attractive package.

This mid-range alternative isn’t quite in the same league, but the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo still has plenty going for it.

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HP Pre 3 review

HP Pre 3 review

Dave Oliver  Sep. 8, 2011 at 13:00

Barely a year after buying Palm and making a splash about its entry into the smart phone market, HP has got out, several million dollars lighter and, it would seem, with very little to show for it.

The latest in the Pre series would have been the first phone to shed the Palm brand and more over to HP but it’s been cancelled even as it’s been released. Which is a shame, since it’s actually a pretty good smart phone.

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BlackBerry PlayBook review

BlackBerry PlayBook review

Dave Oliver  Aug. 25, 2011 at 09:39

It took a while but it finally got here. BlackBerry has been bigging up its first foray into the tablet market for the best part of a year. So was it worth the wait?

Well, yes and no. It’s certainly different, with one or two innovations that distinguish it from its rivals, but it’s also seriously lacking in some key areas that could prove to be its downfall.

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HTC Salsa review

HTC Salsa review

Dave Oliver  Aug. 18, 2011 at 09:32

The second of HTC’s ‘Facebook phones’ is a very different fish to the HTC ChaCha.

There’s no QWERTY keyboard this time, just a standard smart phone big screen, with a big blue Facebook button sitting beneath it. But will that be enough to help it stand out from the slew of HTC smart phones we’ve seen over the last few months?

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