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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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Huawei Ascend Mate

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IMG_4206 copyIt was only a short couple of years ago that most laughed at the massive phones that started emerging.  These ‘Phablets’ even garnered their own marginally-mocking moniker, but before too long and with the guiding hand of the original Samsung Galaxy Note sales, these over-sized handsets have found themselves settled into their own comfortable niche.  So it’s only inevitable that the less highly-regarded manufacturers have come along to the party, and here in the form of the Huawei Ascend Mate is the Chinese handset maker’s biggest handset yet. But can it go up against the likes of Samsung’s Mega or the Xperia Z Ultra – let’s take a look.


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HTC One Mini

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IMG_4200So far this year the HTC One has so far been the phone to pull the Taiwanese manufacturer back from the brink of certain failure. It was received to critical acclaim as well as my own high praise and even now 5 months after launch it’s still amongst the top handsets around and is my daily driver of choice.  It was therefore not hugely surprising that HTC would use the One as a base for a range of handsets as other manufacturers have done, by first introducing the One Mini.  The Mini is slightly smaller than its brother but keeps almost all of the features that made the One great.  So if you like the design of the One, but prefer a smaller device, then read on to find out what I made of it.


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The Blackberry Q10

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IMG_4024 copyWhen Blackberry announced the 10th version of their OS in January this year, most people expected them to go all out on a range of touchscreen smartphones as virtually all other smartphones on the market have shunned physical keys in favour of an on-screen keyboard.  Blackberry however knew that to keep favour with their loyal, if diminishing following they would have to keep the physical keyboard offerings alive; and this came in the form of the Q10.  It’s taken me a while to figure out how to be fair on a phone where the major differentiating factor is also one of its biggest downfalls, so do carry on reading to find out what I thought.


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Nokia Lumia 925

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For Nokia it’s either back to the glory days, or certain failure.  If you’d asked me 2 or 3 years ago what Nokia would do to save themselves from missing the smartphone train, I’d have likely said they’d have to switch to Android.  Of course, they chose to partner with Windows Phone instead, a huge improvement over Symbian but a decision that has yet to be vindicated. Their true saviour however lies in attempting to out-do the photographic credentials of every other smartphone on the market with their PureView camera tech. Can a good snapper make the Lumia 925 a great smartphone? Read on for my view.


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Vodafone Smart III

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IMG_3886 copyDespite offering the latest smartphones from the various brands, Vodafone has been topping-up the budget end of the market in recent years with their range of ‘Smart’ handsets.  The latest, the Smart 3 is an Alcatel-built, Jellybean-powered phone with a respectable spec list considering it will only set you back £90.  It begs the question – why spend £500+ on another Android handset? Let’s take a look and find out!


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The Sony Xperia Z

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IMG_3733 copyThe Xperia T was the last top-end phone we tested from Sony and although it was great in many respects, it was an absolute dust magnet. With their newest handset the Xperia Z, they’ve made it comply with IP57 certification, making it water and dust-resistant meaning even if it does get dusty or mucky you can just wash it off under a tap. Though this feature is a great idea, how does the rest of the phone hold up? Let’s find out.


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The Samsung Galaxy S4

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IMG_3620 copyWatching Samsung unveil their latest flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S4 to the eager crowd at Radio City Hall in New York gained Samsung a lot of attention, but not necessarily for the right reasons.  As I watched the live stream on a late night here in the UK, it took me a few attempts to remind myself I wasn’t inebriated in any way.  What I was watching was one of the most bizarre launches I’ve seen yet.  Lots of glitz, glamour, glee and the occasional sexist poke.  It felt like Samsung had taken a surreal step backward in launching what is clearly a feature packed phone in such a completely out of touch fashion.  I’m not here to talk your ear off about that atrocity, and instead am taking a look at the phone itself, and whether it lives up to the huge amount of hype that proceeded it.


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The Blackberry Z10

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IMG_3286 copyIt’s no secret that Blackberry lost it last year. They just couldn’t keep up with other smartphone giants in finding a winning combination of great hardware coupled with a modern interface. Blackberry have quickly become the young teens phone of choice – something ‘RIM’ neither intended or necessarily wanted. They have had to do something to bring them back in line with everyone else and that comes in the form of the Blackberry Z10.


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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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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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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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Apple iPhone 5 – Review

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It’s probably the most rumoured and anticipated handset ever, at least since the day after the 4s was released to a tepid applause.  It’s taller, lighter, thinner and has a couple of other little tweaks, but these are not necessarily the features that have caught the public’s attention and so far the iPhone 5 has received a pretty rough ride from press and increasingly technologically educated consumers.

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