Archive for Britta O'Boyle

Sony Xperia Z5: What's the story so far?

Sony Xperia Z5: What's the story so far?

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Sony has a slightly different release cycle to the rest of its competition, normally announcing a new handset every 6 months rather than one a year. The Xperia Z1 arrived in 2013 and since then we have seen the Z2, Z3 and the Z3+. The Xperia Z3+, known... >>

Vector Luna Watch review: Simple but stylish
3.5 stars

Vector Luna Watch review: Simple but stylish

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The Vector Luna Watch isn't your typical smartwatch. Sure, it does everything you'd expect a smartwatch to do – deliver notifications, track your activity, wake you up with an alarm and offer customisable watch faces – but Vector claims those receiving... >>

Best smartwatches to look forward to in 2015: Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01, Moto 360 2, Samsung Gear S2 and more

Best smartwatches to look forward to in 2015: Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01, Moto 360 2, Samsung Gear S2 and more

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To hear watch without the word smart in front of it will soon be indicative of a heirloom description. Even luxury watch brands are embracing smartwatches and this year has already had some exciting announcements with their launches anticipated, while... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus vs Galaxy Note 5 vs Google Nexus 6: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus vs Galaxy Note 5 vs Google Nexus 6: What's the difference?

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Samsung has announced two new flagship phablets - the Galaxy S6 edge Plus and the Galaxy Note 5. Both devices have been the subject of rumours for several months and now they have finally arrived sporting some pretty decent specs. But how do they hold... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus vs Galaxy Note 5 vs Motorola Moto X Style: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus vs Galaxy Note 5 vs Motorola Moto X Style: What's the difference?

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Samsung has announced two new flagship phablets just two weeks after Motorola introduced us to two new Moto X handsets, one of which sits well within the phablet territory. Although Samsung isn't bringing its Galaxy Note 5 to the UK just yet, its partner... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S6 edge: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S6 edge: What's the difference?

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Samsung has announced a bigger version of its stunning Galaxy S6 edge smartphone during an event in London, where the successor to its Note 4 was also unveiled. The Galaxy S6 edge Plus will take pride of place as the new flagship phablet for Samsung after... >>

Samsung Galaxy 6 edge Plus vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy 6 edge Plus vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: What's the difference?

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Samsung has announced a bigger version of the beautiful Galaxy S6 edge smartphone that was announced back in March at Mobile World Congress. The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus has been the subject of rumours for several months, and it is every bit as good... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: What's the difference?

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Samsung has announced its new Galaxy Note smartphone, alongside a larger version of its Galaxy 6 edge that was introduced back in March at Mobile World Congress. Consumer electronics show IFA is normally the launch platform for the annual Note update,... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5: What's the difference?

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Samsung has announced not just one but two new phablets - a larger version of its Galaxy S6 edge and the successor to its popular Note 4. Although they were heavily rumoured beforehand, it is still unusual for Samsung to announce two similarly sized... >>

Mirror mirror on the wall, what’s the best iPhone cover of them all?

Mirror mirror on the wall, what’s the best iPhone cover of them all?

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The Apple iPhone 6 might have been around for almost a year, but that hasn't stopped new cases arriving for it - with a couple of the latest coming from Ted Baker. Ted Baker is better known for its clothing - mens and womens - but it also makes some pretty... >>

Asus VivoWatch review: Pretty but not perfect
3.5 stars

Asus VivoWatch review: Pretty but not perfect

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Asus is no stranger to good design. Its ZenWatch was greeted with showers of praise when it launched last year and many have high expectations for its successor, the ZenWatch 2, which was announced back in June. It's a company with heaps of potential... >>

OnePlus 2 software: 7 features you must check out

OnePlus 2 software: 7 features you must check out

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OnePlus announced the successor to its popular OnePlus One smartphone earlier this month. The new handset has been described as the "flagship killer" for 2016 and it will be available through an invite-only system for £239 from today, 11 August. Aside... >>

Best budget smartphones 2015: The best phones available to buy for under £250

Best budget smartphones 2015: The best phones available to buy for under £250

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The budget smartphone market has really come into its own over the last couple of years, with numerous devices appearing with price tags under £250 and an aim to offer you a good enough smartphone experience that you don't need to splash half a grand... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 release date, rumours, and everything you need to know

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 release date, rumours, and everything you need to know

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The Galaxy Note series is one of Samsung's most popular. It is often groundbreaking, introducing a run of new features you don't get elsewhere. In 2014 we saw the release of the Note Edge, and we've also seen advanced camera performance, as well as UI... >>

Motorola Moto G (third-gen 2015) review: An affordable ace
4.5 stars

Motorola Moto G (third-gen 2015) review: An affordable ace

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When the original Motorola Moto G arrived back in September 2013, it shook up the smartphone market from top to bottom. It didn't just make people realise a smartphone a fifth the price of a flagship could offer decent performance, it also forced the... >>

Sony Xperia M5 vs Motorola Moto G (third-gen): What's the difference?

Sony Xperia M5 vs Motorola Moto G (third-gen): What's the difference?

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The lower-end of the smartphone market is almost as exciting, if not more exciting, than the top-end at the moment. In the last couple of weeks, we have seen not only the OnePlus 2 arrive, but also the third generation of Moto G, two new models of the... >>

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra vs Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra vs Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the difference?

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Sony is no stranger to the launch of new devices. No sooner does one smartphone hit the shelves, than another swiftly appears to expand the portfolio yet again. Two new mid-range devices were announced this week, comprising the Xperia M5 and a 6-inch... >>

Sony Xperia M5 vs Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: What’s the difference?

Sony Xperia M5 vs Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: What’s the difference?

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Sony is well known for launching several smartphones a year. It doesn't stick to the annual refresh cycle that many of its competitors do, instead it opts for more of a bi-annual cycle with both its flagship and mid-range series of devices. The latest... >>

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review: Beautifying the mid-range
4.0 stars

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review: Beautifying the mid-range

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The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is one of the first waterproof smartphones to offer exposed ports, meaning no faffing around removing a flap to reveal the Micro-USB charging port. That, along with its flagship-mimicking design, saw this mid-ranger greeted with... >>

OnePlus 2 vs Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG and Motorola: Is it really a 'flagship killer'?

OnePlus 2 vs Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG and Motorola: Is it really a 'flagship killer'?

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OnePlus recently announced the successor to its popular OnePlus One smartphone, describing the second generation device as another "flagship killer". The company did a brilliant job with the original, offering virtually top-end specs for a low-end price,... >>

Moto G 2015 (third-gen) vs Moto X Play: What’s the difference?

Moto G 2015 (third-gen) vs Moto X Play: What’s the difference?

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Motorola has been busy - launching not one but three new smartphones at an event in London and New York. It has introduced a new contender to its budget Moto G range, as well as two additions to the Moto X line. Both the Moto G and the Moto X were originally... >>

Moto G 2015 (second-gen) vs Moto G 2015 (third-gen): What's the difference?

Moto G 2015 (second-gen) vs Moto G 2015 (third-gen): What's the difference?

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Motorola introduced the first Moto G back in 2013 and it was a delightful device, delivering impressive specs for a low price and consequently causing upheaval in the budget handset world. Since that 4.5-inch original (2013, first-gen), we have seen a... >>

Moto X Play vs Moto X Style vs Moto X (2014): What's the difference?

Moto X Play vs Moto X Style vs Moto X (2014): What's the difference?

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Motorola has announced three new devices at a launch event in London, including two new additions to the Moto X flagship range. The Moto X line was originally introduced in 2013 and it has seen annual updates since, making this the third generation of... >>

Motorola Moto G 2015 (third-gen) hands-on: A beautiful device, for a beautiful price

Motorola Moto G 2015 (third-gen) hands-on: A beautiful device, for a beautiful price

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Motorola has updated its budget smartphone range - the Moto G - just three months after the last addition to the line. The Moto G originally launched in November 2013, shaking up the sub £150 smartphone market entirely. This little number was an amazing... >>

OnePlus 2 vs OnePlus One: What's the difference?

OnePlus 2 vs OnePlus One: What's the difference?

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Chinese manufacturer OnePlus has finally revealed all the details of the OnePlus 2 - the succeeding device of the invite-only OnePlus One smartphone that graced us with its presence last year. The company made a clever play with the OnePlus One - delivering... >>