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HTC One review

HTC One review

admin  May. 1, 2013 at 14:30

Never before has a company's fortunes rested so much on one product. Just three years ago, HTC was the go-to maker for Android handsets. The HTC Hero, the HTC Desire and so on were gadgets to behold until Samsung came along and spoiled the party.

Last year's One X failed to set the world alight - even when it was rebadged with a plus symbol on the end. Something truly special had to be pulled out of the bag.

Which is exactly what HTC's boss, Peter Chou, did when he unveiled the HTC One - the worst kept secret in recent months. He said he'd resign if it didn't sell. Let's hope for his sake it does.

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Google Nexus 4 review

Google Nexus 4 review

Phil Lavelle  Nov. 9, 2012 at 17:32

The LG-built Google Nexus 4 is one of those devices sure to delight geeks. Google’s annual unveiling of its latest handset is always a big affair and gives us the latest pure Google handset.

It’s teamed up with HTC and Samsung in the past but this is LG’s first crack at the whip. The difference here is the price. It’s being sold so cheaply, it's already been widely reported that Google is actually shifting the Nexus 4 at a considerable loss (on Google Play, at any rate).

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HTC Windows Phone 8X review

HTC Windows Phone 8X review

Phil Lavelle  Nov. 2, 2012 at 15:30

HTC came from seeming obscurity where it had built a solid industry reputation for building Windows Mobile devices (Orange SPV anyone?) before Google launched Android and it smelt an opportunity.

Handsets like the HTC G1 and the Hero really launched the Taiwanese maker into the major league. And then Samsung came along, wanting a slice of the Android pie; launching its Galaxy line and showing HTC that nothing lasts forever.

Luckily, HTC hasn't gone down without a fight. When Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 two years ago now, HTC was right there at the forefront. And with the 8X it's done that once again, making sure it's front of the queue for Windows Phone 8.

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Motorola RAZR Maxx review

Motorola RAZR Maxx review

Phil Lavelle  Jul. 31, 2012 at 14:30

Take a fantastic but understated Android handset, throw in a much larger battery and what do you get? One of the best Droids out there at the moment. See, whilst the RAZR may have sold modestly, the Maxx takes that design and - in exchange for a little bit of girth - bumps the battery from 1780mAh to a whopping 3300mAh. Wow.

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LG Optimus 4X HD review

LG Optimus 4X HD review

Phil Lavelle  Jul. 30, 2012 at 15:30

LG used to be one of the great innovators. Remember the Chocolate, the Shine, the Crystal, the Arena? All phones pretty ahead of their time and five or six years ago, there wasn't much in it between Samsung and LG. Both South Korean and both with big ambitions to take on the world.

But in recent years, LG has gone a bit stagnant. Whilst Samsung has overtaken Nokia to become the biggest mobile phone manufacturer on the planet, LG has released a few mediocre Android offerings and watched on with envy. Could the Optimus 4X HD and its killer specs be the one release that redraws the battle lines? 

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LG Prada 3.0 review

LG Prada 3.0 review

Phil Lavelle  Mar. 20, 2012 at 13:00

When LG announced the first Prada back in 2007, it was the handset to have. Anyone with money - indeed, anyone who wanted to show off - had to get one.

The South Korean manufacturer even claimed Apple copied the design for the first iPhone from its flagship phone. Whether that's true is an entirely different story - but it's fair to say that the iPhone has since taken the Prada's crown. And despite a further couple of iterations, it's never managed to steal it back. The phrase/cliche "iPhone killer" is banded about whenever a new device is launched. Question is, is the LG Prada 3.0 the one to claim it? Let's see...

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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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Apple iPhone 4S review

Apple iPhone 4S review

Phil Lavelle  Nov. 17, 2011 at 13:00

For months, we pontificated about the launch of the new iPhone. The iPhone 5 would be slimmer, have a bigger screen, be capable of predicting lottery numbers and establish world peace.

In the end, we got an iPhone 4 with an S on the end of the name. But make no mistake, this is not merely a minor upgrade.

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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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BlackBerry Torch 9810 review

BlackBerry Torch 9810 review

Phil Lavelle  Oct. 20, 2011 at 13:05

A year ago, BlackBerry fans were salivating over the release of RIM's first hybrid phone. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 was a touchscreen handset with a built in keyboard too - albeit one that slid out from underneath.

What on earth was BlackBerry playing at? And it rocked Blackberry OS 6 - the brand new BB system. It was almost all too much.

Twelve months on and now the Torch 9810 is in the wild. As you can see by the name, it's only an incremental upgrade - but nevertheless, RIM seems to think it warrants release. So we took it for a spin!

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