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Motorola Xoom review

Motorola Xoom review

Dave Oliver  May. 12, 2011 at 13:05

The success of the iPad has seen tablets flying off the shelves quicker than at Boots. Motorola’s Xoom (you know it’s pronounced Zoom, right?) contribution comes with the latest Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a 10.1in screen, dual-core processor and lots more besides.

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HTC Incredible S review

HTC Incredible S review

Dave Oliver  May. 8, 2011 at 13:00

Android handsets are flowing thick and fast from HTC these days, with seemingly something for just about everyone and every price point.

The Incredible S comes with version 2.2 of the operating system, a 1GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera and much more besides, with a distinctive rubbery look to round things off. How does it all stack up? Let's have a look.

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LG Optimus 2X review

LG Optimus 2X review

Dave Oliver  May. 5, 2011 at 13:02

Dual-core handsets are being talked up as the future of mobile phones, promising greater than ever processing power for more complicated apps and general speed of use.

Devices are promised soon from Samsung and Motorola (the Galaxy S II and the Atrix), with others likely to follow, but the first to arrive in the UK market is this little beauty from LG.

It's not just a one trick pony either, since the Android 2.2-packing Optimus 2X also includes an 8-megapixel camera and an HDMI connection.

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Apple iPad 2 review

Emma Kelly  May. 3, 2011 at 13:25

Apple iPad 2 review

The iPad 2's arrival is without a doubt the biggest technology launch of the year so far, and Apple's second-generation slate is slimmer, lighter, faster and cheaper than the original. So it's obviously better then too, right? Let's find out.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc review

Dave Oliver  Apr. 17, 2011 at 13:16

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc review

Sony Ericsson was once one of the biggest names in mobile phones, but its reputation took a bit of a tumble with the original Xperia a couple of years ago, which was a dog’s dinner of a smartphone – lots of good ideas, but badly executed.

Things improved with the Xperia X10 version last year and this latest effort is easily the best yet, with the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, an 8.1 megapixel camera with Exmor R sensor and a Sony Bravia engine powering the screen.

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Nokia E7 Review

Dave Oliver  Apr. 14, 2011 at 13:02

Nokia E7 Review

The debut of Nokia's next would-be saviour handset has been a long time coming. A long time. First announced last summer, the Nokia E7 has finally arrived bearing an impressive spec – battleship build quality, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 8-megapixel camera, HD video camera and an HDMI output, but alas, still running on the knackered old warhorse that is Symbian.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review

Dave Oliver  Apr. 12, 2011 at 13:44

Given Sony Ericsson’s direct link with PlayStation, the biggest brand in gaming, it seems amazing that there has never been a Sony PlayStation phone until now.

The Xperia Play is the first phone to carry PlayStation certification, and comes with its own mini version of the PS controls, a 5.1 megapixel camera, 1GHz processor and a 4in screen. How does it stack up? Let's find out...

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HTC Desire S review

HTC Desire S review

Dave Oliver  Apr. 7, 2011 at 13:00

HTC picked up all sorts of accolades for the extremely capable Android all-rounder that was the original Desire when it first appeared last year.

The new version sports a sleeker look, the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and a few other tweaks, but is it really that different to its predecessor? Let's take a closer look...

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Samsung Wave II review

Dave Oliver  Mar. 17, 2011 at 13:00

Samsung Wave II review

Samsung’s first Wave debuted last year with a generally good reaction to its ‘smartphone on a budget’ shtick.

Like its predecessor, the Samsung Wave II runs on Samsung’s Bada OS, which is designed to bring smartphone functionality at less expense but it now also has a larger, improved screen and HD video recording.

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HTC 7 Mozart review

HTC 7 Mozart review

Dave Oliver  Mar. 10, 2011 at 13:01

HTC marked out its Windows Phone 7 turf early on. Of the seven handsets initially launched, the Taiwanese manufacturer produced three of them.

Having laid out its stall, however, the problem has been to make much of a distinction between them. The HD7 was top of the heap, but a little further down comes the HTC 7 Trophy (only on Vodafone) and this, the HTC 7 Mozart (Orange only), which distinguishes itself mostly by its 8-megapixel camera.

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Nokia N8 review

Nokia N8 review

Dave Oliver  Feb. 18, 2011 at 13:25

Despite recent headlines, Nokia is still a very big player in the mobile phone market. But it’s not the colossus it was, and it’s lost a lot of impetus particularly in the smartphone market, where it's struggled – OK, let's be honest, failed – to keep up with the competition.

There was a lot of anticipation ahead of the N8's launch, and it has a decent set of features, headed up by a 12-megapixel camera and HDMI port for transferring HD video. The main problem, as it has been for a while, is with the Symbian operating system and its user interface. Now that's all in the past thanks to the WinPho 7 merger, but should be judge the last Symbian N-Series phone too harshly?

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First Look: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (from MWC 2011)

First Look: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (from MWC 2011)

Martin James  Feb. 14, 2011 at 15:58

We've had a good long wait for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, so it was with a fair bit of excitement that we held the finished product in our hands at the SE booth here at Mobile World Congress 2011.

So how does the finished PlayStation phone live up to our expectations? Well, going on first impressions, it feels a lot like a phone trying to be a games console. Which of course is what it is, so no harm there. But somehow we have to say we expected more after that ludicrous – and slightly scary – Super Bowl ad.

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LG Optimus One review

LG Optimus One review

Dave Oliver  Feb. 9, 2011 at 13:00

Last year LG brought out an Android smartphone called the Optimus, and if left alone it could have killed the company’s smartphone ambitions stone dead, with its poor, unresponsive screen and middling spec.

Fortunately for us, LG didn’t leave it there, and bounced back with the Optimus One, a low- to mid-range handset boasting a praiseworthy capacitive screen and running the latest Android 2.2 operating system.

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HTC HD7 review

Dave Oliver  Jan. 24, 2011 at 13:00

HTC HD7 review

Bloody typical! You wait ages for a handset that reimagines a long-established operating system and then seven of 'em come along at once. Microsoft has rebuilt its unloved Windows Mobile platform from the ground up and launched it as Windows Phone 7 with seven (geddit?) premium handsets, the first of which is HTC’s HD7.

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HTC Desire HD Review: The Prince formerly known as "Ace"

HTC Desire HD Review: The Prince formerly known as "Ace"

Jan Stuhlmacher  Jan. 11, 2011 at 17:38

It's the same old desire..., crooned Ozzy Osbourne, and P.J. Harvey asked, "Is this Enough Desire"... and on and on. It seems we all have issues with desire, but for those of you who have used the original HTC Desire the questions may indeed be valid: Is HTC's new Opus Magnus, the Desire HD enough? Just bigger but the "same old..."?

Answers. It Is. It Isn't. The image above may partly explain why many reviewers judged the HTC Desire HD as "just a slightly updated and bigger Desire." Every HTC phone is promoted using more or less the same homescreen image, and th e homescreen dominates a touchscreen phone. HTC obviously try to create brand awareness, and though the Sense UI clock has almost become synonymous with "Android phone", it seems now it's backlash time. Is the prince worthy of the crown? Are there actually new clothes on the future King?

Fear not. This is the Android King, and the King rocks.

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