Phone Reviews
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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LG Optimus Black review

LG Optimus Black review

Dave Oliver  Aug. 11, 2011 at 09:24

LG leapt ahead of the pack recently with the UK’s first ever dual-core smart phone, the Optimus 2X.

But while that handset reaped all the attention, it also rather quietly sneaked out a high-end single core handset in the shape of the Optimus Black, which runs Android 2.2 and includes a 5 megapixel camera and NOVA screen technology.

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HTC Sensation review

HTC Sensation review

Dave Oliver  Aug. 4, 2011 at 09:16

HTC’s latest hero handset has been lavished with just about the best of everything the Taiwanese company has to offer.

It’s the first HTC with a dual-core processor, and also comes with the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Android, HTC’s most advanced screen, its best 8 megapixel camera yet and the very latest 3.0 version of the Sense user interface. It’s exclusive to Vodafone to begin with, but probably not for long.

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Orange Rio II review

Orange Rio II review

Dave Oliver  Jul. 28, 2011 at 09:02

Once upon a time it was HTC that produced the white label handsets that networks would brand as their own.

These days of course the Taiwanese manufacturer is a major player in its own right, and it’s Chinese company ZTE that’s hoping to follow in its footsteps for the UK market. It’s been behind handsets for 3 and now the second incarnation in Orange’s Rio series.

Since last year’s original Rio, the keyboard has been upgraded, the camera has beefed up from 2 megapixels to 3, and it’s got 3G connectivity.

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Samsung Galaxy Mini review

Samsung Galaxy Mini review

Dave Oliver  Jul. 21, 2011 at 08:51

At the top of Samsung’s smart phone tree is the Galaxy S II of course, followed by the Galaxy Ace and then this compact little budget beastie, the Galaxy Mini.

It’s Android, but with little in the way of frills, sporting a basic screen and camera, with a modest processor in an admittedly neat little case.

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HTC ChaCha review

HTC ChaCha review

Dave Oliver  Jul. 14, 2011 at 08:44

Not content with sucking up the touch screen smart phone market with its wide and varied range of Android handsets, HTC now looks like it intends to dig a scoop or two out of BlackBerry’s market share with the ChaCha, which augments its touch screen with a BB-style QWERTY keyboard.

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HTC Flyer review

HTC Flyer review

Dave Oliver  Jul. 7, 2011 at 08:25

Once the iPad had got the ball rolling there was no way that HTC was going to sit out the looming tablet war.

Its first effort runs on Android (no surprise there) and it’s gone for a pocket-friendly (just about) model with a 7in screen and a few interesting tricks with a stylus.

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Motorola Atrix review

Motorola Atrix review

Dave Oliver  Jun. 30, 2011 at 13:00

The dual-core handsets are beginning to come thick and fast now as the major phone manufacturers jump on the high-power, high-speed bandwagon. But Motorola has even bigger ideas than most, with a range of accessories designed to turn your humble smartphone into a laptop and a media centre – a PC for your pocket, no less.

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Samsung Galaxy Ace review

Samsung Galaxy Ace review

Dave Oliver  Jun. 21, 2011 at 13:00

Samsung has been wowing the world with its impressive top-of-the-range Galaxy S II, but the company’s mid-range offering also has a fair bit going for it, including its cut-down size, good battery life and relatively low price.

But is that enough to help it stand out in a crowded market? Let's find out...

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HTC Wildfire S review

HTC Wildfire S review

Dave Oliver  Jun. 7, 2011 at 17:00

HTC seems to have something for everyone these days, with a dazzlingly diverse range of Android handsets on the market.

The Wildfire S is one of the most pocket-friendly, in that it’s the smallest in the line-up. The new ‘S’ version brings the original up to date with an improved screen and new processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS as well as GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G, all for considerably less cost than its high-end companions.

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Samsung Solid Immerse review

Samsung Solid Immerse review

Dave Oliver  Jun. 2, 2011 at 13:01

Samsung has been gracing us with occasional entries in its rugged line of phones for a few years now.

The latest, the Solid Immerse, or the B2710 if you prefer, is this solid slab of candybar non-smartphone, which promises to be waterproof, shock-proof and dust-proof, as well as offering a range of outdoors-style features. It’s got no real pretentions to be an entertainment device – it’s more of a survival tool.

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Samsung Galaxy S 2 review

Samsung Galaxy S 2 review

Dave Oliver  May. 26, 2011 at 13:22

The original Galaxy from last year was an impressive piece of kit, but this new version takes it to a whole new level.

Samsung has packed its wafer-thin casing with a fine array of some of the latest tech, including one of those fancy new-fangled dual-core processors, an AMOLED display, 8-megapixel camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Samsung’s latest user interface, over-air syncing and much more.

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Dell Venue Pro review

Dell Venue Pro review

Dave Oliver  May. 19, 2011 at 13:30

Following the initial rush of Windows Phone 7 handsets, computer manufacturer Dell has delivered one of its rare forays into the mobile world, with the Venue Pro, which features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, AMOLED touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and GPS. Let's see how it gets on...

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