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Google Pixel XL review: Android's new heavyweight champion
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Google Pixel XL review: Android's new heavyweight champion

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Google is finally taking the smartphone fight seriously, launching two new handsets with one simple message: Pixel, Phone by Google.That might sound like a slightly gawky message, but it's laced with potency. More than at any other time in the history... >>

Kodak Ektra review: Phone camera failings can’t revive those nostalgic Kodak moments

Kodak Ektra review: Phone camera failings can’t revive those nostalgic Kodak moments

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We all owe a lot to Kodak. The imaging company was the forerunner in colour film, but also a largely unsung hero in technological developments: it invented the digital camera and even OLED display technology.That was all before it fell behind the times,... >>

BlackBerry DTEK60 review: More than just an Alcatel clone?
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BlackBerry DTEK60 review: More than just an Alcatel clone?

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BlackBerry has officially stopped building and designing its own phones. When that news broke, it was almost as dramatic as when it announced its first Android phone, the keyboard-equipped Priv.For a company known for building its devices, operating system... >>

Google Pixel review: Android at its best
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Google Pixel review: Android at its best

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For years, Google chose to partner with manufacturers to create handsets showing off the purest form of Android, with the latest innovations highlighted by the best hardware. This was what the Nexus range was all about. But this lead to at least a few... >>

Android 7.1 Nougat review: Subtle but super-sweet OS update
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Android 7.1 Nougat review: Subtle but super-sweet OS update

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Android 7.1 Nougat is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. It makes its debut on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the company’s first home-made phones, and will soon make its way to other devices.While the pre-Pixel version of Nougat... >>

Huawei P9 Plus review: The big and the bold
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Huawei P9 Plus review: The big and the bold

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Huawei is fast emerging as one of the most popular smartphone brands in the world. A lot of that notability is thanks to its budget sub-brand, Honor, which cranks out affordable but high quality phones. Still, Huawei has done a lot of work on its own-brand... >>

BlackBerry DTEK50 review: Secure, just not top drawer
3.5 stars

BlackBerry DTEK50 review: Secure, just not top drawer

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BlackBerry has a long tradition of building its own hardware and software, but having fallen on harder times of late, the company was forced to outsource. With the DTEK50, its first mid-range Android phone, it has partnered with TCL Communication and... >>

Oppo F1 Plus review: A flagship at half the price
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Oppo F1 Plus review: A flagship at half the price

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Oppo is a Chinese smartphone brand that isn't especially familiar to UK customers. Yet on a global scale it was one of 2015's fastest growers. That's for one very good reason: it's been making decent phones at competitive prices, and everyone loves a... >>

Android 6.0 Marshmallow review: Polish and performance
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Android 6.0 Marshmallow review: Polish and performance

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. It made its debut on the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, a double helping of Marshmallow to kick off the next generation of Android devices.The updates have subsequently rolled... >>

Nexus 6P review: The best Nexus device to date
4.5 stars

Nexus 6P review: The best Nexus device to date

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This year we've had not one but two Nexus phones. The Nexus 5X, manufactured by LG, is the smaller of the bloatware-free Android devices, but while we liked that handset, it just doesn't really stand-out beyond the current mid-range market.But don't fret,... >>

Nexus 5X review: Not quite got the X factor
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Nexus 5X review: Not quite got the X factor

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Having spent two weeks using the Nexus 5X - the Google device made by LG - we think it's a great little Android phone. You'll hear people talk about how plasticky it feels and so on, but really, who cares about that? It's a mid-range phone, but one capable... >>

Better Call Saul app: Prank caller's soundbite dream (hands-on)

Better Call Saul app: Prank caller's soundbite dream (hands-on)

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The official app for TV show Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spin-off, is now available to download for free. We've installed it to see if the app can hope to compare to the genius of the show.The Better Call Saul app is free on the Amazon Appstore.... >>

HTC and Android 5.0: How well has Lollipop been integrated?

HTC and Android 5.0: How well has Lollipop been integrated?

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With every iteration of Android, we're moving closer to platform perfection. That might sound like an opinion served with a healthy dollop of bias, but consider this: in 2009 we'd have baulked at native Android Eclair, but HTC made that palatable with... >>

Nexus 6 review: Highly accomplished, but a bit of a handful
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Nexus 6 review: Highly accomplished, but a bit of a handful

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There's a certain mystique surrounding Nexus devices, a certain je ne sais quoi that often sees the Nexus elevated to the status of the Android Supreme Being.Previous generations of Nexus smartphones and tablets have always brought bang for your buck:... >>

Z Launcher Beta for Android: Nokia may be onto a winner

Z Launcher Beta for Android: Nokia may be onto a winner

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Nokia recently launched its N1 Android tablet, showing the world that the sale of its mobile arm to Microsoft wasn't to be its end. While it agreed not to make phones anymore it is still going to be on smartphones thanks to its own launcher, the Z Launcher.Nokia... >>

Nexus 9 review: The cutting edge of Android tablets
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Nexus 9 review: The cutting edge of Android tablets

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The Nexus 9 is Google's new tablet, launching with a new version of Android - Lollipop - and bringing 64-bit hardware and software with it.It pushes the aged Nexus 10 aside and also sees the departure of the Nexus 7, sitting between the two and partnering... >>

Nexus 9 hands-on: Your next Nexus tablet

Nexus 9 hands-on: Your next Nexus tablet

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Google calls the Nexus 9 a tablet for mover and makers, perhaps an indicator that the new Nexus tablet is going to be pitched at productivity, rather than just portable entertainment.Built by HTC, the Nexus 9 breaks new ground for Android with a 4:3 aspect... >>

Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 review
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 review

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Samsung is certainly no stranger to tablets. But you might be left scratching your head and wondering what's what given how many model numbers and sizes are available throughout its ranges.Enter the Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1, the 10.1-inch Android tablet... >>

Jolla Sailfish OS pictures and hands-on

Jolla Sailfish OS pictures and hands-on

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Jolla, a company made up of former Nokia developers, is out to create the best open source mobile operating system with its Sailfish OS, based loosely on MeGo. Until now the Jolla phone itself was €400 - a pricey way to access the OS.Now Jolla will... >>

Toshiba Excite Pro 10.1 review
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Toshiba Excite Pro 10.1 review

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There's such a huge variety of tablets in the market right now that it can be hard to know where to look. Fire, Arc, Note, Nexus, to name but a few, are names to try and entice you in. And now Toshiba's take on the 10.1-inch tablet, the Excite Pro, goes... >>

Motorola Moto X review (UK edition)
4.5 stars

Motorola Moto X review (UK edition)

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you, this is the second time we've reviewed the Motorola Moto X. This is not something we're going to make a habit of, but in this case we think there's a real need to look at the device as it launches in the UK.Not because... >>

Oppo N1 review
4.5 stars

Oppo N1 review

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Oppo has got a mammoth mountain to climb to become the familiar name that it wants to be for a European audience. Good job it's just released the N1, then, a mammoth-sized phablet that's certain to grab your attention.It will do so for a number of reasons.... >>

Hands-on: ZTE Grand S II is bigger, bolder and more powerful than original

Hands-on: ZTE Grand S II is bigger, bolder and more powerful than original

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Big phones are all the rage at the moment. ZTE's sequel to the Grand S, the aptly named Grand S II, pushes into phablet territory thanks to its large 5.5-inch screen. It's not only bigger than the original 5-inch model in the series, it's more powerful... >>

Asus Transformer Pad TF701T review
4.5 stars

Asus Transformer Pad TF701T review

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Is it a laptop? Is it a tablet? The Asus Transformer Pad TF701 straddles the divide between the two forms, marrying together an Android tablet and keyboard dock into the one affordable device.The TF701’s 10.1-inch screen delivers a whopping 2,560 x... >>

Instagram Direct hands-on: Facebook's pursuit of Snapchat

Instagram Direct hands-on: Facebook's pursuit of Snapchat

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Facebook-owned Instagram sits at 150 million users and looks to create the ultimate multimedia experience on mobile, borrowing from other services in the process.When Vine came on the scene in spring 2013, Instagram was quick to add videos too. Now as... >>

Nexus 5 review
4.5 stars

Nexus 5 review

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For many Android fans, the Nexus line is the ultimate expression of Google's mobile ambitions: affordable, powerful and unfettered with manufacturer customisation, the Nexus offers the purest Google Android experience you'll find. It's no surprise, then,... >>

Android 4.4 KitKat review
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Android 4.4 KitKat review

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Another year, another version of Google's Android operating system. This time it's version 4.4, better known as Android KitKat. Yup, the Nestle four-finger chocolate wafer bar will have its name aligned with tech as much as it does with casual confectionery.... >>

Hands-on: Nexus 5 review

Hands-on: Nexus 5 review

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Google has sent it’s flagship handset to fat camp, and it’s come back thinner and better looking than ever before, and we've already played with the new device ahead of the official announcement. Huzzah.The new handset, which goes on sale in the UK... >>

Hands-on: Argos MyTablet review

Hands-on: Argos MyTablet review

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What's the tipping point in a device where the savings you make start to have an adverse affect on its quality and performance?That's a question Argos has clearly asked itself with the creation of the Argos MyTablet. Just how many corners can it cut to... >>

Vertu Constellation hands-on, we handle the £4,200 fashion phone

Vertu Constellation hands-on, we handle the £4,200 fashion phone

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There are moments in tech when we're left wondering, "What the heck?" And Vertu's latest Constellation smartphone is definitely one such moment. As much as we try and join up the stars the only pattern we can see is one that spells out "pricey". For the... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review

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Samsung's Galaxy Note has always been one of the company's more interesting products. It's the one that leads rather than follows the lead of another phone manufacturer. In many ways, it's the handset that proves Samsung can have great ideas that show... >>

LG G2 review
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LG G2 review

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If LG is going to make a success of its premier G2 smartphone, complete with 5.2-inch screen, it's going to need to battle it out hard with Samsung, Apple and Sony while trying not to make the same mistakes as HTC - like not spending enough on good quality... >>

Google Android KitKat hands-on, literally

Google Android KitKat hands-on, literally

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Google announced Android KitKat this week, or Android 4.4, if you're taking the technical name, the latest version of its Android operating system.The KitKat moniker follows a long line of sweet or desert-based names for the operating system and follows... >>

LG G2 in-depth hands-on video

LG G2 in-depth hands-on video

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LG has, for some time, been making rather nice phones that have been largely ignored by everyone. We loved the Optimus 2X and thought it was one of the smarter additions to the Android phone world that we'd seen. It was only with the Nexus 4 that the... >>

LG G2 pictures and hands-on

LG G2 pictures and hands-on

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After numerous rumours and official teases from LG itself, the LG G2 has been announced and it sits proudly at the top of the Korean manufacturer's Android smartphone range.It boasts a mighty set of specifications, enough to not only put the phone in... >>

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is a phone… Or is it a camera? It's somewhere between both - a Galaxy S4 mini-alike with a 10x optical zoom compact camera strapped to its rear. Conceptually that's brilliant for snapping shots a step above many a standard... >>

Nexus 7 (2013) pictures and hands-on: Yes, the screen really is that good

Nexus 7 (2013) pictures and hands-on: Yes, the screen really is that good

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Google has updated the Nexus 7, acknowledging Asus as the manufacturer but taking the approach that this is very much a Google product, one of the Nexus family, a true follow-up to the most popular Android tablet to date.Pocket-lint was at the Google... >>

Moga Pocket and Pro: Hands-on with the Android accessory that will change the way you game

Moga Pocket and Pro: Hands-on with the Android accessory that will change the way you game

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Moga, the mobile gaming system for Android, has announced it is coming to the UK, offering both the Moga Pocket and the Moga Pro, and looking to take your mobile gaming to the next level.We caught up with Moga for a quick introduction to the mobile gaming... >>

White Nexus 4 pictures and hands-on

White Nexus 4 pictures and hands-on

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"If you are thinkin' about my baby, it don't matter if you're black or white," as Michael Jackson sang, and that would be a good job too because as we found out with the white Nexus 4 just announced by LG and Google, it's white, but also black too. We... >>

App of the day: Crazy Jump review (Android)

App of the day: Crazy Jump review (Android)

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Some apps boast incredible graphics, or console quality gameplay, but others go back to basics, strip things back and deliver a simple gameplay experience that you just can't get enough of.In the case of Crazy Jump, things err on the side of simple. Really... >>

Evernote Smart Notebook pictures and hands-on

Evernote Smart Notebook pictures and hands-on

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Evernote has collaborated with Moleskine to produce the rather clever Smart Notebook. Designed to help you catalogue and store any written notes you might have, the book promises to change the way we jot things down.It isn't without its faults and the... >>

Disgo 8400G 7.9-incher brings 3G, Snapdragon S4, and Google Play to the budget tablet market, we go hands-on

Disgo 8400G 7.9-incher brings 3G, Snapdragon S4, and Google Play to the budget tablet market, we go hands-on

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To be brutally honest, the lower end of the tablet market is a bit of a mess. Those seeking a bargain tablet have generally been disappointed with the experience they've received. Even Disgo admits that some of its early efforts have not been of a particularly... >>

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S4 review

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S4 review

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Samsung has finally unveiled its flagship Android phone that has been the subject of much speculation and rumour since, well, the Samsung Galaxy S3 came out. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been launched officially during the Samsung Unpacked event in New York... >>

HTC One
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HTC One

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HTC was once known for its device names: Hero, Desire, Incredible, Legend, Sensation. Names that stirred passion, names that told you these were the latest and greatest smartphones out there. Each device name took it higher than the last, as though HTC... >>

Asus Padfone 2
3.5 stars

Asus Padfone 2

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The Asus Padfone 2 wants to simplify the smartphone or tablet or conundrum, giving you both sides of the equation, locked into symbiotic coexistence.It gives you the benefit of both worlds: the big screen when you want it; the powerful pocketable phone... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Real Racing 3 review (iPhone and Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Real Racing 3 review (iPhone and Android)

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Real Racing 3 represents a significant leap in the world of smartphone gaming. Some apps, such as Horn and Modern Combat, all manage near console-like graphics but under closer scrutiny, give themselves away.Real Racing 3 is closer to an Xbox 360 game... >>

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review

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Samsung has finally unveiled its long-rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and Pocket-lint has had a chance to play with one on the eve of Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona.We haven't had anywhere near enough time with the device for a full review,... >>