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Huawei Mate S: A touch of class (hands-on)

Huawei Mate S: A touch of class (hands-on)

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Huawei has announced the Huawei Mate S, the latest handset in a line of devices that have been popular with those in the know. While many of the headlines are stolen by flagship brands, Huawei has been chipping away with what it calls "affordable premium"... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

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Sony has announced three new flagship handsets in the Z5 family. There's the regular Z5, but it has been joined by the predicable Z5 Compact, and the less-than-expected Xperia Z5 Premium, which brings a shine to things, literally.  It's a threesome of... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

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The new Sony Z5 family might be a new generation of devices, but it's really about the camera. The switch to this new 23-megapixel camera is the first change since the introduction of Sony's 20.7-megapixel model on the Z1. The camera is probably the biggest... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Android's new 4K king of bling (hands-on)

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Android's new 4K king of bling (hands-on)

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Sony needs a new flagship phone: it wasn't the Xperia Z3+ or the Xperia Z4, but it's the Z5 that everyone was calling for. Launched as a triplicate of handsets, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium sits at the top of the pile, bringing with it new levels of bling. Why... >>

Sony Xperia Z5: A flagship made ordinary (hands-on)

Sony Xperia Z5: A flagship made ordinary (hands-on)

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Sony has announced not just one new flagship handset, but three. While the Compact caters for those who want performance without the size, the regular, normal, common or garden, Xperia Z5 finds itself in a bit of a pickle.  When you're launched alongside... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on)

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on)

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For a number of years smartphone manufacturers have been slapping the word "mini" at the end of a handset name to denote the fact that something is smaller.  Typically it mirrors the design of a flagship, carries practically the same name, but has the... >>

Huawei promises to touch you with its latest 5.5in smartphone, the Mate S

Huawei promises to touch you with its latest 5.5in smartphone, the Mate S

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Huawei has announced the Huawei Mate S, its latest smartphone that promises to touch you. Taking to the stage at IFA 2015, Huawei used its press conference to talk about the importance of touch, saying that the "smartphone is the human extension" and... >>

Huawei Watch officially priced from €399, now available for pre-order

Huawei Watch officially priced from €399, now available for pre-order

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Huawei has taken to the stage at IFA 2015 to announce that the Huawei Watch is now officially on sale, with pre-orders opening in the US from 2 September.  The Huawei Watch, Huawei's first Android Wear smartwatch, was first introduced at MWC 2015 where... >>

HTC Aero: Everything we know about HTC's next hero phone

HTC Aero: Everything we know about HTC's next hero phone

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HTC's last two flagships released with nearly indentical designs, but now, for the first time in a couple of years, it's getting ready to break away from tradition and launch a new smartphone line. Or at least that's what all the latest reports, rumours,... >>

Lyle & Scott unveils a contactless payment jacket in cahoots with Barclays bPay

Lyle & Scott unveils a contactless payment jacket in cahoots with Barclays bPay

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You've probably been waiting for garments to embrace the fashion for contactless payments. Or, like us, you've probably been waiting for your credit card to become a wearable. Rejoice! For that day has come with the announcement that Lyle & Scott have... >>

Nextbit Robin is a cloud-first Android smartphone that wants to ease your storage woes

Nextbit Robin is a cloud-first Android smartphone that wants to ease your storage woes

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Nextbit has announced its first smartphone, the Nextbit Robin, described as a cloud-first Android device. The Nextbit Robin wants to shake up both hardware and software, taking Android deeper into the cloud with a unique storage management approach. The... >>

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

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Apple HomeKit is going to hit the mainstream with the release of iOS 9 - coming to an iPhone or iPad near you very soon - and it's going to turn the smarthome segment on its head. Some people may refer to connected devices, connected appliances, smart... >>

Incredible BlackBerry Venice pictures show the Android BB from all angles

Incredible BlackBerry Venice pictures show the Android BB from all angles

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The rumoured BlackBerry Venice has leaked out in all its glory, showing the slider handset running Android. There have been growing leaks in the past few weeks, but the latest photos to appear courtesy of Vietnamese website Tinhte.vn and leave little... >>

IFA 2015: What to expect from Samsung, Sony, LG and others

IFA 2015: What to expect from Samsung, Sony, LG and others

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Consumer electronics show IFA is fast approaching and that means just one thing for the weird and wonderful world of tech: new devices! IFA takes place from 4-9 September 2015 in Messe Berlin, but the press conferences start on 2 September. Typically... >>

Nexus 5 (2015): What's the story so far?

Nexus 5 (2015): What's the story so far?

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There are only a couple of major smartphones left to be announced in 2015, as most of the big manufacturers have come to market with their flagship. Among the most anticipated is the next Nexus, the next iteration of Google's purebred Android flagship.... >>

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

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Competing against the ever-popular SUV in the kids'n'dog category is the MPV. It's a much derided class of car; where SUVs have "sport" in the name - suggesting athleticism and virility - MPVs carry the stigma of being the end of the motoring line. It's... >>

Sony SmartBand 2 hands-on: Putting the heart into lifelogging

Sony SmartBand 2 hands-on: Putting the heart into lifelogging

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Sony has released its second-gen fitness band, the SmartBand 2, or SWR12. The headline change is the addition of heart rate sensing, thanks to a modification to the Core module inside. We got our hands on the new SmartBand 2 and - although we couldn't... >>

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

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With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, then there's anticipation of something else, the next big thing to envy. We've rounded up the best smartphones... >>

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun
3.5 stars

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun

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They say that you're not a real driver until you've owned an Alfa Romeo. They also say that most of that ownership time will be spent waiting for breakdown services to arrive. With a motoring heritage as rich as that of Alfa Romeo, reputation and expectation... >>

Android 6.0 Marshmallow preview: What to expect from your next version of Android

Android 6.0 Marshmallow preview: What to expect from your next version of Android

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Android M has evolved into Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It's always a moment for celebration when a new version of Android gets its sweet treat name, because it means we're closer to release and wider availability. We've been using the Android M preview through... >>

HTC One A9/Aero gets pictured next to an iPhone: Can you spot the difference?

HTC One A9/Aero gets pictured next to an iPhone: Can you spot the difference?

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The existence of a new hero handset from HTC has been circulating for a while and new images claiming to be that device have now surfaced.  Coming from a familiar source (@stagueve) we now have a fresh picture of the HTC Aero, or HTC One A9 as it might... >>

Now the BlackBerry Passport appears on video, running Android

Now the BlackBerry Passport appears on video, running Android

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The Venice isn't the only BlackBerry that might be running Android. There have been rumours that the Passport might be getting an Android makeover too.  There's long been chatter about BlackBerry's relationship with Android. This started with support... >>

Huawei Nexus 6: What's the story so far?

Huawei Nexus 6: What's the story so far?

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Most of the major smartphones for 2015 have already been announced, with many of the flagships appearing at Mobile World Congress way back in March. The new Nexus, the next iteration of Google's purebred Android flagship, is one of the most anticipated... >>

TomTom Bandit review: Capture action the easy way
4.0 stars

TomTom Bandit review: Capture action the easy way

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TomTom is diversifying and the Bandit sees the Dutch navigation company move into action cameras. We've seen TomTom lend its name to sat nav and sports devices and there's a nod to GPS experience in the TomTom Bandit, but this is really a foray into new... >>

Photos reveal that the Huawei Nexus looks awesome

Photos reveal that the Huawei Nexus looks awesome

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There has been plenty of speculation that Huawei is building a Nexus handset, and the growing mass of evidence makes it difficult to deny.  Having seen video renders for the new device, we've now got photos of what's reported to be a prototype of the... >>