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HTC One Mini 2 Review

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HTCOneMini2 (4)Facing a steady drop in revenue in the wake of massive competition from the Samsung juggernaut, HTC went on the attack in 2013 with their new and improved HTC One. Not to be confused with the previous array of One phones from 2012; the One made a striking impression with its beautiful form and beefy internals, as well as some great additional features, including a beefed-up loudspeaker. Now that the second revision of the One -the M8- is here, it’s time to find out whether the One Mini 2 offers all the beastly features of its bigger brother at a reasonable size. Read on to find out.


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HP ChromeBook 11 Review

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HPChromeBook11(11)When Chromebooks first appeared, there was confusion as to what niche they were trying to fill, whether anyone would buy a machine which relies largely on Internet connectivity for functionality, and if manufacturers were going to take Google’s netbook replacements seriously.  May 2011 seems like a long time ago, and it’s only now that Chromebooks are starting to gain traction and become relevant. So is HP’s first effort any good? Read on to find out.


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Craig Rowe talks tablets

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Best_tabletsTablet computer ownership more than doubled in the past year, but if the idea of choosing one puts you in a spin let Craig Rowe, QVC Presenter, tech lover and blogger explain in straightforward terms how to go about choosing the right tablet without the headache.

Working on tech shows I’m amazed by the variety in spec, price and quality of tablets, so don’t just grab the first thing you see. Here’s my top 5 points to bear in mind when choosing a tablet…


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Wearable tech – Which will you be wearing?

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wearable-technologyUnless you’ve somehow created a technological void or have stumbled upon this site through some kind of clicking frenzy, You’ll know it’s been a fascinating few years for portable technology.  There’s an extremely high likelihood you could be reading this on a smartphone or tablet right now and as these all-in-one devices fulfil the gadget gaps in our day to day lives considerably well you’d never have thought there would be a need to be any more personally connected than you already are.


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HTC One

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IMG_0252 copyFor me, it’s that time of year that so many of us look forward to – phone upgrade time.  I had pondered my options and whether I should wait to see what Google would offer in the next Nexus handset as I have always liked Motorola hardware and have enjoyed the stock Android experience on my Huawei Ascend P1.  Fortunately my decision was made for me by a lovely chap in the upgrade department when he offered me a choice – Sony Xperia Z or HTC One.  The HTC One wasn’t even supposed to be available but from the early previews I had been totally sold on the design and specs.  Let’s see if it’s lived up to my expectations shall we?


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Vodafone Smart Tab II

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IMG_3271 copyThe head-honcho at TechNow has nervously given me the new affordable 7” tablet from Vodafone to review. The last time I handled anything made by Vodafone, it could only make calls, had a battery life of around one week and an external aerial that you could chew on. The Vodafone Smart Tab II looks anything but vintage and is also very affordable. Over the past week I have been using the Smart Tab to show you that it’s not just a huge smart phone with no ability to make calls.


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HTC One X+

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onex+12012 was a tough year for HTC with rocky financial forecasts, decimation by other Android manufacturers and Google’s decision to overlook them for the latest Nexus.  Despite this they still won critical acclaim in the form of the One X – boasting excellent specs, build quality and a superb camera.  A few months later and the follow up came in the form of the One X+, bringing with it a bigger battery, faster processor and an increase in onboard storage options.


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Huawei Ascend P1

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IMG_2178 copyLast month I looked at the Huawei Ascend G300, which was a great surprise all round.  More recently I was very lucky to win a Huawei Ascend P1 in a magazine’s competition, so I of course wouldn’t let this phone pass me by without a review of this higher spec model – and with it being my daily driver I’ve had plenty of time to form a full opinion. Again, Huawei has managed to pull out a really great spec for the money, but we all know that this isn’t all that counts to make a good phone these days.


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The SMS is 20 years old – but still lives on

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The Short Messaging Service (or SMS for short), has now reached it’s second decade, and could be considered one of few technologies that has aged well with time.  With the advent of 3G you’d think users would have flocked to services that send messages via the internet rather than a specific phone-to-phone protocol. But no, the SMS somehow still lives on.


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Sony Xperia T

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Since parting their ways with Ericsson, Sony have moved their Android smartphones in a very positive direction.  The Xperia S was received with wide approval with an excellent camera and one of the smallest HD screens around.  The Xperia brand has continued to march onwards at a steady pace with their range of single-letter branded smartphones and their latest – The Xperia T, is apparently so good that even 007 himself gave it a go.  Not to be outdone by my fellow Brit, I took the opportunity to have a look and see if the phone really is worth of her Majesty’s secret service.


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Why do third party App stores exist on Android?

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I’ve taken a look at quite a few Android handsets over the last few months and one thing that I’ve come up against over and over again is the plethora of manufacturer-branded app stores that pointlessly spoil the coherence of the Android experience.  In the early days when Google’s app experience was no where close to that of iOS, you would forgive the of Samsung for being cautious and including a third party store to bolster the quality of the app availability to users.


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Huawei Ascend G300

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To the average consumer Huawei would be an almost unknown mobile brand. They’d usually only be associated with 3G dongles in the UK and until recently only had recognised success with their smartphones in China. Now considered the second largest ‘telecoms’ brand in the world, they’re growing big in the UK with recently announced plans to spend over $2 billion in Britain over the next few years. I checked out the Vodafone-exclusive Ascend G300 to find out what you’re sacrificing to get mid-range specs for only £100 – you’ll be surprised.


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Samsung Galaxy S3

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When I first saw the Samsung Galaxy S3 launch I wasn’t sure it could keep up with offerings from rivals and thought it could disappoint those not convinced by the S2’s plastic build.  However, since it’s launch the S3 has gained much industry praise and recently became the best selling smartphone and Samsung’s best selling phone to date.  Luckily I managed to get lengthy time to form my own opinion.


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LG L7 P700 Smartphone – Review

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LG have recently had lots of attention on their official arrival to the Google party with the Nexus 4, but they’ve been with Android for a while now and have launched some handsets that have been fairly popular, especially in their native South Korea. One of LG’s latest , the Optimus L7 takes a seat at the mid-range and has a lot going for it considering it’s sub-£180 price. Hopefully there’s more to this handset than it’s slightly unimaginative name!

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Yarvik Zania 10ic Tablet – Quick Look

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Until Recently cheap Android tablets were a bit of a half-baked option and didn’t exactly show off the operating system in it’s best light.  The lesser known Dutch brand Yarvik has been responsible for some fairly average tablets until recently.  Some of their newer offerings such as the 10″ Zania have Google Play included and are considerably better finished. I took a quick look at one to see how it faired.


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