Reviews & hands-on

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    Hands-on: CAT Active Urban cover for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S5 review

    By 22 April 2014

    There is no shortage of cases looking to protect your smartphone from damage and CAT are bringing their own flavour to things with the Active Urban case. The Active Urban case is available for a variety of popular phones and tablets and we have dressed...

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    Hands-on: Barbour and Julia Dodsworth cases for iPad and iPhone review

    By 21 April 2014

    Proporta has introduced a new collection of Apple iPad and iPhone cases in collaboration with Barbour and Julia Dodsworth and we got our hands on some. Julia Dodsworth is best known as a canal boat artist and the cases and parts of Barbour's Spring/Summer...

  • Phones 4 out of 5

    Windows Phone 8.1 review

    By 18 April 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 is (sort of) here and it's a much needed boost to the Microsoft operating system. Better presentation, more personalisation, the voice assist Cortana, quick actions and notifications via Action Center and a number of other tweaks throughout....

  • Phones 4.5 out of 5

    Sony Xperia Z2 review

    By 17 April 2014

    Sony is in a funny place with its smartphones, pumping out a flagship device refresh every six months, rather than on a yearly cycle like most of its rivals. This sees the Sony Xperia Z2 landing seven months after the Z1's September launch, offering much...

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    Samsung Galaxy S5 Copper Gold pictures and hands-on

    By 11 April 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available, but if you want an SGS5 with added bling then the Copper Gold edition might have caught your eye. Frankly, it'd be hard for anyone to ignore, whether you're a fan of the different colour finish or not. But before...

  • Phones 4.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy S5 review

    By 11 April 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 is likely to be one of the best selling devices of 2014. It is the successor to the incredibly successful Galaxy S4 that, despite the attempts of HTC, Sony Mobile and LG, sold by the truckload. But the launch of the SGS5 was overshadowed...

  • Phones 5 out of 5

    HTC One M8 review

    By 10 April 2014

    The HTC One (M8) has been officially announced, having been more comprehensively leaked than any previous smartphone device in recent years. There's plenty of interest and anticipation too. With Samsung and Sony launching flagship devices at Mobile World...

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    Hands-on: OtterBox Commuter case for Samsung Galaxy S5 review

    By 9 April 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 takes its built-in protection up a notch bringing IP67 certification to the flagship handset. But if you're looking to increase protection for your device further, probably to save it from drop damage or scuffs, then you might want...

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    Hands-on: Jawbone Era review

    By 8 April 2014

    Bluetooth headsets have been around for years, but only now in the age of multiple mics, fast charging and low power Bluetooth 4.0 are they really becoming an all day gadget. Jawbone, one of the pioneers of Bluetooth headsets, has just released its new...

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    Hands-on: OtterBox Commuter and OtterBox Defender cases for HTC One M8 review

    By 5 April 2014

    The HTC One (M8) is a very pretty handset. But its beauty is more than skin deep: it has a fantastic display, plenty of power and a wonderful user experience provided by HTC Sense 6.0. It's understandable that you'd want to take it with you everywhere...

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    Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 630/635 review

    By 3 April 2014

    The Nokia Lumia 630 and the Nokia Lumia 635 are new devices to the Lumia family, amongst the first trio to launch with Windows Phone 8.1. Launched alongside the premium Lumia 930, this brace of handsets sit at the opposite end of the spectrum. They are...

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    Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 930 review

    By 3 April 2014

    The Nokia Lumia 930 is a new flagship Windows Phone handset. Announced at Microsoft's Build 2014 conference, and available in June in the UK, the Lumia 930 is a global variation of the Lumia Icon, which launched on Verizon in the US recently. There's...

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    Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition pictures and hands-on

    By 27 March 2014

    There are some great black editions around. The muted stylings of the Audi A5 Black Edition or the carbonfibre interior of the Mercedes SLS Black series. Now Samsung is getting in on the act with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition.  Ok it's perhaps...

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    HTC One (M8) Dot View cover pictures and hands-on

    By 25 March 2014

    The HTC One (M8) is finally official and it's a gorgeous looking phone. However, should you fancy protecting it from the elements, while you might be covering up some its nicest aesthetic features, the Dot View cover is a clever and intuitive way in doing...

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    HTC Sense 6.0 vs Sense 5.5: New features, tweaks and changes reviewed

    By 25 March 2014

    HTC Sense 6.0 has launched on the HTC One (M8), the new flagship HTC device for 2014. It's also being referred to as Sixth Sense, although it appears listed in the device as Sense 6.0. We've had the new HTC One for some time, giving us the chance to dive...