Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  1 hour ago

What. A. Week. I'll resist the temptation to turn Mobot into an impromptu political forum (though mobiles did play their part in recent goings on), and instead focus on... Apple's iPhone 6!

Yep, the iPhone 6 is on sale now having set all sorts of pre-order records, and pretty much the last thing you would've wanted to do is emerge from the Apple store and immediately drop your new purchase in front of the world, right?

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Tizen latest: first phone in November, not the Samsung Z?

Tizen latest: first phone in November, not the Samsung Z?

Lewis Curdie  19 hours ago

Incredibly, Tizen was first announced back in September 2011 – three years ago, and while we’ve met various bits and pieces of wearable tech with the OS on board, the first Tizen smartphone has yet to see the light of day.

The latest rumours suggest it’ll be released in November, and while there’s no specific mention of hardware, it probably won’t be the Samsung Z. Y’know, the phone that was supposed to be released in July?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 to get Android L by late November?

Android L is a real thing, in the sense that it’s been detailed by Google, and the release is expected to fall next month at some point, accompanied by some tasty new Nexus hardware.

Eager beavers are already starting to question when their devices will be updated, and for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5, the answer could be as early as late November.

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Huawei Ascend G6, EE PAYG, £130 delivered with £10 credit @ Carphone Warehouse

Huawei Ascend G6, EE PAYG, £130 delivered with £10 credit @ Carphone Warehouse

Lewis Curdie  22 hours ago

Get this Huawei Ascend G6 deal @ Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse is currently selling the 4G-friendly Huawei Ascend G6 for £119.95 on EE, with a minimum £10 top-up. That’s £129.95 total for the mathematically challenged. Not too shabby at all.

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Apple iPhone 6 on sale now, don’t drop it on the pavement

Today’s the day many have been waiting for, as the Apple iPhone 6 is now available to buy across, er, many many countries, including – of course – the UK, which still encompasses Scotland.

Needless to say, if you’ve been queuing for the iPhone 6 for days (as many have), the last thing you want to do is drop it on the ground outside the shop, right?

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EE revises its SIM only plans: wee bit cheaper, cheeky incentives

EE revises its SIM only plans: wee bit cheaper, cheeky incentives

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Fresh off sticking a knife through the heart of Phones 4u, which was actually doing alright until this week, EE has announced revised SIM only plans.

The upshot is that they’re a wee bit cheaper, with the usual thing where you get more data if you sign up before a certain date. “The sooner, the better!” is what Olaf Swantee would probably say.

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New iPads for 2014 to be announced on October 21?

New iPads for 2014 to be announced on October 21?

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Earlier this month (already feels like a lifetime ago), Apple unveiled the spanking new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, while giving us a taster of the much-discussed Apple Watch (which I still insist on calling the iWatch, hmm).

But if you thought the Californians were about to take their foot off the hardware gas, think again. The brand new iPads will almost certainly launch in a matter of weeks, and the latest guess is October 21.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Three PAYG, £460 delivered with £10 credit @ Three

Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Three PAYG, £460 delivered with £10 credit @ Three

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

Get this Samsung Galaxy Alpha deal @ Three

The Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s first foray into shoving metal bits on its phones, and it’s yours for £449.99 on Three PAYG, with a minimum £10 top-up taking you to £459.99.

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iOS 8 arrives for existing iDevices ahead of iPhone 6 release

iOS 8 arrives for existing iDevices ahead of iPhone 6 release

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

This week is pretty massive for Apple, as it sees the release of the long-awaited iPhone 6 in 4.7in and 5.5in (“Plus”) flavours. That’s tomorrow.

In the meantime, the Californians have rolled out their latest software update for iPhones, iPads and the latest iPod touch. Say hello to iOS 8.

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Mobile phones + social networking = good (a referendum rant)

Mobile phones + social networking = good (a referendum rant)

Lewis Curdie  2 days ago

For those who’ve been sleeping under an elephant this year, today is the day Scotland is given the chance to rise up and take control of its future, the chance to say “Goodbye, Tories!” and distance ourselves from right-wing nonsense like UKIP.

But what does that have to do with Mobot, Curdie? Quite a lot, Jeeves. Quite a lot. Join me below as I sing the praises of mobile phones and social networking, a glorious wee tag-team that’s played a major role in the referendum debate over the past few weeks.

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Duke Dashington iOS review

Short and sweet is a phrase that’s, well, never been used to describe yours truly. I’m more of a tall and tart kinda guy.

Jussi Simpanen’s Duke Dashington (Gentleman and scholar) definitely falls into the former category, however. It’s a bite-size gem currently going for £1.49 at the App Store, and while it doesn’t last long, it’s absolutely deserving of your attention.

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LG Wine Smart: a clamshell smartphone?

Cast your minds back a few years and you might recall there was nothing – literally nothing cooler than a clamshell phone. Flipping that bad boy open to answer a call? Truly, the future had arrived.

Some folk are still making clamshells of the smartphone variety, and LG looks set to take the lid off its first flippin’ effort, the Wine Smart.

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Google’s Android Silver program reportedly grinds to a halt

Google’s Android Silver program reportedly grinds to a halt

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Team Mountain View has lots of programs on the go at the moment, including Android One, which aims to get entirely decent handsets with full software support into the hands of those who – previously – could only afford feature phones. Like.

Slightly less compelling, and significantly more confusing, the Android Silver program was supposed to combine elements of Nexus, Google Play Edition and flagship phones. I say “was supposed to”; it’s supposedly been canned.

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Anker 40W 5-port USB charger, £16 delivered with code @ Amazon

Anker 40W 5-port USB charger, £16 delivered with code @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

Get this Anker charger deal @ Amazon

This Anker 40W 5-port USB charger was already down from £49.99 to £19.99, but using code 40WPOWIQ you can make it more affordable still, at £15.99. Not too shabby at all.

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Moto Maker UK now live, get building your second-gen Moto X!

Moto Maker UK now live, get building your second-gen Moto X!

Lewis Curdie  3 days ago

It was promised back at Mobile World Congress in February and reiterated earlier this month at Berlin’s IFA: Moto Maker for consumers the UK.

The service is now live o’er here, with Moto Maker inviting you to fully customise your second-gen Moto X. It’s looking prettaaaay good.

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Clove: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 price set at £575 SIM free; no Galaxy Note Edge for UK

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge were launched a couple of weeks ago, though several key details remain elusive, most notably pricing and a release date for both, and - in addition - regional availability for the Edge.

Clove is the first UK retailer to blink, offering to hook you up with a SIM free Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for just (ahem) £575, while revealing that the Galaxy Note Edge won’t be available in the UK at launch - not officially, at least.

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Apple iPhone 6: demand to outstrip supply until November?

Apple finally lifted the lid on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last Tuesday, and it came as little surprise to hear that the phones quickly set pre-order records. Indeed, writing in a press release yesterday, Apple proudly revealed that pre-orders topped four million in the first 24 hours.

As per annual tradition, it’s suggested that new-iPhone demand will exceed supply at launch (quelle surprise), but this time around, we’re told it might take until November for things to balance out. Sacré bleu, as the Russians say.

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SanDisk 128GB class 10 microSD card, £52 delivered @ Amazon

SanDisk 128GB class 10 microSD card, £52 delivered @ Amazon

Lewis Curdie  4 days ago

Get this SanDisk microSD card deal @ Amazon

If you’re looking to kit out your smartphone – or indeed any other device – with a beastly microSD card (remember to check your phone’s compatibility first), look no further than Amazon, where you can currently grab this SanDisk 128GB class 10 microSD card for £51.99.

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iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: What’s the difference?

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now a reality, and all set to go on sale this coming Friday. Question: Which one should you buy?

In layman’s terms there’s a big one (the iPhone 6) and an even bigger one (the iPhone 6 Plus), but there’s a little more to the story than that. Fortunately, some dude has drilled deeper below. Check it out.

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EE’s Cash on Tap now active on London Tube, DLR and Overground

Back in July this year, EE fired out a meaty press release declaring that its customers would soon be able to pay for travel on the London Tube, DLR and Overground using their phones.

Fast-forward to September 16, and you’ll never guess what’s happened. That’s right; said contactless payments are now live around the capital.

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