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Nubia Z11 Review

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Nubia Z11 review

We won’t blame you if you’ve never heard of Nubia. This particular Chinese smartphone brand has recently been making waves in its home territory, but until now hasn’t made a big push into the western hemisphere, though its parent company, ZTE, has some presence.

The Nubia Z11 is the brand’s first smartphone to launch worldwide, and touts a “bezel-less” design and camera technology which will supposedly give your DSLR a run for its money.

Announced at IFA 2016 in Berlin, the Z11 is a flagship that focuses firmly on design and photography, while also offering a hearty spec sheet, complete with up to 6GB of RAM, to ensure it keeps pace with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G5 and HTC 10.

Though we have yet to fathom why anyone would need the option of 6GB of RAM in their phone in 2016, Nubia isn’t the only manufacturer to bump up the RAM, as the very similar OnePlus 3 also boasts that amount, and costs less too.
 

Read More about the Nubia Z11 on TechRadar.com


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Your future smartphone could be free

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iMac 2016 release date, news and rumours

With smartphone ownerships levels near saturation point in Western markets, manufacturers and network operators are busy looking for new ways to entice customers, while at the same time extending their presence into emerging markets.

In those developing spaces (and in the budget market in the West), it’s a race to the bottom to bring costs down – and the end result could be a free smartphone, complete with free calls, texts and data.

Meanwhile, marketing and advertising agencies around the world are experimenting with increasingly audacious schemes in a bid to get their products and ads in front of consumers in a highly competitive landscape.

Many believe we could be heading towards a revolution in smartphone provision, with technology and marketing converging to the point where your future smartphone could cost you absolutely nothing.

Users are now accustomed to seeing adverts on most websites and apps – and it could eventually be possible to support the cost of both a smartphone and a network plan simply by including adverts on the lock screen or launching apps.

 

Read More on TechRadar.com…

 

Posted in: Mobile, Opinions

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The Best LG G4 Accessories

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The Best LG G4 Accessories

The LG G4 is the Korean giant’s latest attempt at a top smartphone, which packs a stunning display, cracking camera and plenty of power.

 

The design is certainly alternative compared to the variety of black rectangles on the market, as you can have it in plastic or leather – plus the power and volume buttons are on the back. In short, the G4 takes many aspects we loved about the G3, and brings them bang up to date.

 

If you’ve decided this IS your handset of choice, then make sure you’re making the most of your new smartphone by lavishing it with a selection of the best LG G4 accessories available.

 

Whether you simply want to protect it with a hard-wearing case, keep it charged with a handy dock or give it even more storage capacity for storing games and media, there’s a wide range of kit available to match up with your LG G4.

 

Read More on TechRadar.com…


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EE Rook review

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EE Rook
 

The introduction of the BenQ-manufactured EE Harrier and EE Harrier Mini was the start of a new breed of own-branded handsets from Britain’s largest network, continuing the ornithological theme that started with the EE Kestrel, built by Huawei.

 


The EE Rook is the latest addition to the flock. This time made by ZTE, it’s a smartphone that fills the ultra-budget end of the spectrum, and yet still features stock Android Lollipop 5.1, 4G connectivity and a quad-core processor for less than the price of a meal for two.

 

This is clearly somewhat of a my first smartphone. But even casual users is search of a no-frills experience expect a phone that never lets them down – and is that really possible at this price?

 

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EE Harrier review

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EE Harrier
 

EE launched its first own-brand smartphone last year named the EE Kestrel. Also bearing an avian name, this handset was a rebrand of the Huawei Ascend G6, and was very much a contender at the low end of the market, baring little other than 4G connectivity.

 

This year, EE has debuted two new handsets that keep the bird-theme alive: the Harrier and Harrier Mini. I’ve been having a look at the larger of the two handsets to see whether it can find a foothold in the middle market.

 

The Harrier from EE may not be perceived as a rival to top flight handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S6, but don’t let the lack of familiar branding fool you.

 

Pegged at the pay-as-you-go price of £199, the Harrier packs a pin-sharp 5.2-inch full HD screen, 16GB of storage (10.3GB of which is usable), a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm processor backed by 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop, which thankfully is not spoilt by any unnecessary third-party launchers.

 

Read more on TechRadar…

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Oppo N3 review

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Oppo N3A few short months ago, Oppo was barely a blip on the international radar. After moving beyond the bounds of Blu-Ray players, it first garnered international attention with the Find 5 superphone.

 

At the time it was the first smartphone to launch with a 1080p screen onboard, beating the HTC One andSamsung Galaxy S4 to the punch, and gaining Oppo the attention it rightly deserved.

 

Fast forward to the latter months of 2013 and Oppo had introduced the Oppo N1: another flagship to take over from where the Find 5 left off. This time, the headline spec was the rotating camera, a feature not seen since the Nokia N90.

 

Its latest flagship the N3, takes queues from the N1 and enhances the camera’s rotational skills as well as bumping the other specifications all round.

 

Read more on Techradar…

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Huawei Honor 3C review

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Honor 3c
If you’d looked at the smartphones available on the market available 18 months ago, those with a minimal budget would have had a limited choice consisting of the highly-commended original Motorola Moto G, or a range of low-spec Android handsets from Huawei, Alcatel or Samsung.

 

Following the success of Motorola’s Google-backed budget blower, manufacturers have visibly stepped up their game in an attempt to claim a share of the lower end of the market; after all, not everyone has £500+ to blow on the latest iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

 

The Honor 3C offers mid-range specifications at a thoroughly budget price, and for that you get an 8GB smartphone with a wealth of features, including a quad-core processor, a 5-inch 294ppi HD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720, 2GB of RAM, dual micro SIM capability and an 8MP camera.

 

Read more on Techradar…

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Oneplus One Review

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2014-07-29 17.27.51At the dawn of the year, a newcomer emerged from the mist with wild claims about a new smartphone it was developing. It was to have specs of a flagship device, but at a bargain price – a pipe dream. Nobody would sell a high-end smartphone for near cost price, right? Though through trials and tribulations the young company released the OnePlus One. Let’s take a look at this curious Chinese phone, and the story behind it.


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Nokia Lumia 930 Review

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IMG_0048 copyIt has been three years since Nokia entered its Windows Phone partnership with Microsoft, and is just months since Microsoft bought the Finnish giant for about £4.6bn. Over the course of their special relationship we have seen no shortage of colourful Lumia devices, covering all sizes and budgets, in a bid to remind us that Nokia’s ability to make quality phones hasn’t diminished. The Lumia 930 is the latest of these, and the first to feature the long-awaited 8.1 update. Read on to see if the software can do the hardware justice.


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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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Vonda Barnes’ Top 5 Apps

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untitled-shoot-0576Coming from a background in music you would think I’d be fluent in music apps and all manner of social media. However my band, Madasun were predominantly around before the age of Facebook and Twitter, and this new social scene hit faster than any of us could imagine.

I’ve had to catch up with a world of apps, but now they’re a part of my daily life.


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Sony Xperia Z2 Review

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IMG_0055 copySony surpassed many expectations with the original water-resistant Sony Xperia Z, but it was not without its issues – dodgy port covers, a lacklustre screen and a disappointing camera meant it wasn’t the Galaxy or iPhone rival that Sony had hoped.  A short year later and Sony launched the second take on their Xperia Z: the Z2. Have they managed to turn a good smartphone into a great smartphone? Read on to find out.

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HTC Desire 300 Quick Review

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IMG_0003 copyThe HTC One might have grabbed headlines as a classy flagship of HTC’s 2014 lineup, but there’s still plenty of space at the opposite end of the spectrum, where cheap Nokia Windows Phones and Motorola Es and Gs are doing incredibly well here in the UK. HTC’s latest affordable handset is the Desire 300, and it’s got all the specs you’d expect if you didn’t want to get the incredibly good value Moto G. Does the Desire 300 compete? Let’s take a closer look.


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HTC BoomBass Speaker Review

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IMG_0036 copyIn the words of The Fresh Prince, backed by DJ Jazzy Jeff, “Boom! shake-shake-shake the room, Tic-tic-tic-tic Boom!” And with that, I present to you an unusual smartphone accessory in the form of the HTC BoomBass.  It’s a Bluetooth speaker cube that pairs via NFC, and has a rather novel sliding base on which you can rest your smartphone. The curious part? It’s not a normal speaker. So if you own one of HTC’s One smartphones, keep reading…


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Motorola Moto G Review

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IMG_0002 copyMotorola was bought out by Lenovo in a surprise move that cost Google a few billion US $ earlier this year.  A strange move considering Motorola has started making some of the boldest moves since the company came out with the first so-called ‘Super-phone’, the Motorola Atrix in 2011. Boldest of all, the Motorola Moto G, the cheaper sibling to the flagship Moto X. It’s proven incredibly popular, but is it any good? Keep reading…


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