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OnePlus 6 initial review: All-powerful flagship is better than ever

OnePlus 6 initial review: All-powerful flagship is better than ever

By Cam Bunton

Four years ago, few could have predicted that OnePlus would be where it is now. At its beginning, it created a powerful phone for tech fans with low budgets. Since then it's evolved. It still builds powerful flagship contenders, but with a lot more class... Read more

Honor 10 review: The affordable flagship to upset OnePlus
4.5 stars

Honor 10 review: The affordable flagship to upset OnePlus

By Mike Lowe

Honor is an increasing force to be reckoned with when it comes to affordable and stylish smartphones that don't cost the earth. And the Honor 10, its 2018 flagship, is no different.However, unlike the company's top-ranking predecessors - which banked... Read more

Nokia 6 review: Affordable mid-ranger is on fighting form
4.5 stars

Nokia 6 review: Affordable mid-ranger is on fighting form

By Chris Hall

There's a new 2018 Nokia 6 from HMD Global, candidly being called the Nokia 6.1. It's a nod to release versions that will put a smile on the face of the technically minded, as HMD looks to do right by this plucky mid-ranger. The 2017 Nokia 6 had a strength... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Dual camera skills meet S Pen thrills
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Dual camera skills meet S Pen thrills

By Chris Hall

If you're a Samsung Galaxy Note user, then you'll know there's been a trend for the stylus-wielding series to take what the latest Galaxy S smartphone has started and to enhance upon it, while also debuting some new features.However, when the Note 7... Read more

Motorola Moto G6 Plus review: A big deal?
4.0 stars

Motorola Moto G6 Plus review: A big deal?

By Mike Lowe

The Moto G has long been known as the affordable phone to beat. For 2018 it's changed its face, dabbling in a more premium finish for the series. The range has expanded, too, with big-battery G6 Play and higher-power G6 Plus joining the standard model... Read more

LG G7 ThinQ initial review: A solid flagship competitor

LG G7 ThinQ initial review: A solid flagship competitor

By Chris Hall

The LG G6 had a chequered life. It celebrated a new aspect display - one of the first phones to offer this breakthrough - but launching in early 2017 it was soon swallowed up by newer models, with newer hardware. LG's approach to 2018 is different: avoiding... Read more

Motorola Moto G6 review: The affordable smartphone, reinvented
4.0 stars

Motorola Moto G6 review: The affordable smartphone, reinvented

By Mike Lowe

The Moto G. It's a phone that's been at the forefront of affordable since kicking off six generations ago, back in 2013. Almost five years on the Moto G6 represents a wholly different beast; this phone shakes-up the series more than any of its predecessors.With... Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S review: The flagship and the folly
4.0 stars

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S review: The flagship and the folly

By Mike Lowe

All current flagships worth their salt are shrinking screen bezel, looking to make the most display-forward design possible. But it wasn't one of the "big three" that started this trend. It was Xiaomi. Yep, a Chinese brand name you may not have heard... Read more

Huawei P20 review: Every inch the flagship alternative
4.5 stars

Huawei P20 review: Every inch the flagship alternative

By Cam Bunton

Fewer companies have grown in size or popularity as quickly as Huawei over the past few years. But, perhaps more important than that, is how quickly the company has learned to refine and improve its phones from both a hardware and software perspective.... Read more

Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS initial review: In technological pole position?

Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS initial review: In technological pole position?

By Chris Hall

Huawei's partnership with Porsche Design has yielded some interesting results. And the latest collaborative smartphone from the two brands carries a rather long and prestigious name - Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS, no less - to play on Porsche's prominent... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none
5.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none

By Chris Hall

Samsung broke the mould with its Galaxy S8 handsets, producing two devices that are the same spec, apart from screen size and battery capacity. If you want this phone, just pick the size that fits you with no compromises or additional considerations.That's... Read more

Apple iPhone SE review: Great things can come in small packages
4.5 stars

Apple iPhone SE review: Great things can come in small packages

By Stuart Miles

There are two ways of looking at the iPhone SE, the "special edition" smaller-scale 4-inch iPhone.One is that it's Apple simply churning out a two-year-old design with a spec update; the other is that it delivers what many people actually want: a small... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ2 review: The best Sony phone in years, but is that enough to lead the flagship pack?
4.0 stars

Sony Xperia XZ2 review: The best Sony phone in years, but is that enough to lead the flagship pack?

By Chris Hall

The biggest criticism of Sony's phones in recent years has been the company's dogged persistence in sticking with a design that hasn't moved with the times. OmniBalance, as the company calls it, has retained bezel scales well beyond its competitors. And... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review: If small is your all
4.0 stars

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review: If small is your all

By Cam Bunton

The Sony smartphone approach over the past few years has been rather non-committal. There have been plenty of Xperia devices launched, sure, but each has changed so little between generations - and often within just six months of each other - pushing... Read more

Huawei P20 Pro review: A new phone camera king is born
5.0 stars

Huawei P20 Pro review: A new phone camera king is born

By Mike Lowe

It was just a few years ago we were criticising Huawei for its software and design approach (take a look at our P8 review, from 2015). But how far the Chinese company has come. With the P20 Pro in hand, reviewed here in its delightful Twilight dipped-in-Unicorn-dust... Read more

Apple iPhone 8 review: The compact iPhone should not be overlooked
4.5 stars

Apple iPhone 8 review: The compact iPhone should not be overlooked

By Stuart Miles

While most of the excitement and expectation for this year's new iPhones is for the flagship iPhone X, rather than the iPhone 8 and larger-scale iPhone 8 Plus, that's not to say that the smallest of the three models should be overlooked.The new iPhone... Read more

Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: Strong and steady
4.0 stars

Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: Strong and steady

By Stuart Miles

For 2018 there's a trio of new iPhones: the small-scale iPhone 8, the larger iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X (that's "iPhone 10", if you're saying it properly).The biggest and widest of the three, the iPhone 8 Plus, is far more handset than the predicted... Read more

Apple iPhone X review: The future of Apple smartphones
5.0 stars

Apple iPhone X review: The future of Apple smartphones

By Stuart Miles

Ten years after the launch of the first iPhone, Apple has launched what it says is the phone that kickstarts the next decade for the iPhone. It's the biggest shift in iPhone design since Steve Jobs launched that first device, introducing a new range of... Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review: Flagship design without the flagship price tag
4.0 stars

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review: Flagship design without the flagship price tag

By Mike Lowe

It's finally happened: Xiaomi, the affordable Chinese phone brand, has worked its way over to Europe. Well, Spain for the time being. But we've prised a top-spec Mi Mix 2 handset from overseas to see how it holds up in ol' Blighty - which is of particular... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 review: A refined evolution
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy S9 review: A refined evolution

By Cam Bunton

The Galaxy S9 is now on sale. For the last few years only one big name Android phone maker has made a success of offering a non-compromise flagship phone and charging a premium for it: Samsung. The Galaxy brand has developed over the years to become... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: If it ain't broke, don't fix it
5.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: If it ain't broke, don't fix it

By Chris Hall

The Galaxy S9+ is now on sale. But looking at the new phone and you'd be forgiven for thinking it's the Galaxy S8+.For some the immediate reaction is that Samsung hasn't evolved this phone since the last iteration (as with the standard Galaxy S9). The... Read more

OnePlus 5T review: A true flagship in every way
5.0 stars

OnePlus 5T review: A true flagship in every way

By Cam Bunton

Over the past four years, OnePlus has gained some serious momentum in the smartphone world. For better or worse, it's a company that draws the attention of technology enthusiasts.The biggest reason for this is that, since the beginning, it's sought to... Read more

LG G6 review: A truly great, trend-setting and underrated flagship
5.0 stars

LG G6 review: A truly great, trend-setting and underrated flagship

By Cam Bunton

For years, the LG G-series has been the Korean company's smartphone effort to outsmart its biggest local rival, Samsung, and do so at a more wallet-friendly price.But with the less-than-successful launch of the LG G5 in 2016 - largely down to its modular... Read more

Asus ZenFone 5 initial review: Is this the phone to take Asus to the big time?

Asus ZenFone 5 initial review: Is this the phone to take Asus to the big time?

By Dan Grabham

Asus' new ZenFone 5 is here - or rather it will be when it launches later in 2018 in the UK and elsewhere. We don't have a price for it as yet, but we reckon it will be less than £400 SIM-free. In fact, Asus is also going to have a flagship handset... Read more

Vivo Apex concept phone: Pushing bezel-free design to the limit

Vivo Apex concept phone: Pushing bezel-free design to the limit

By Mike Lowe

At Mobile World Congress 2018 it was a lesser-known brand - in Europe, anyway - that produced one of the most exciting smartphones on the show floor: the Vivo Apex concept. MWC 2018: All the launches that mattered We've watched phone bezel shrink over... Read more

Nokia 7 Plus initial review: Shooting for mid-range glory

Nokia 7 Plus initial review: Shooting for mid-range glory

By Chris Hall

You'd be forgiven for being a little confused about the barrage of handsets coming from HMD Global under the Nokia brand.In the past year since the reintroduction of Nokia on Android - ditching Windows Phone - and we've seen a wide array of devices surface. The... Read more

Nokia 8 Sirocco initial review: The high-end Nokia looking to steal Samsung's crown

Nokia 8 Sirocco initial review: The high-end Nokia looking to steal Samsung's crown

By Chris Hall

Nokia's hardware guardian, HMD Global, has released a full portfolio of devices in the year that it's been releasing phones. Aiming to deliver Nokia quality with pure Android benefits and priced affordably, there have been some interesting devices. The... Read more

Alcatel 5 initial review: Striking edge-to-edge looks in an affordable package

Alcatel 5 initial review: Striking edge-to-edge looks in an affordable package

By Cam Bunton

Long aspect ratio screens in smartphones has quickly become the norm, despite being a trend that's barely 12 months old in the mainstream market. The challenge then is to offer up this trendy long screen in a way that's not like anyone else. Enter: the... Read more

Alcatel 3v initial review: Big, sharp and shiny budget phone

Alcatel 3v initial review: Big, sharp and shiny budget phone

By Cam Bunton

It was back in 2015, at that year's Mobile World Congress that Alcatel started to catch the eye. In the Idol 3, it created a device that promised close-to flagship performance and specifications at a fraction of the cost. In the following years it failed... Read more

Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: A true flagship to take on the best of them
4.5 stars

Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: A true flagship to take on the best of them

By Mike Lowe

Talk about arriving just at the perfect moment. Despite Huawei having its fair share of ups and downs since pushing into the smartphone market - the P10 that didn't quite hit the mark, especially on reflection of the better and cheaper Honor 9 - that's... Read more

Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming
4.0 stars

Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming

By Chris Hall

Google stepped away from the Nexus family in 2016 and launched the Pixel smartphones, adopting the line of the previous Chromebook Pixel and Pixel C and presenting a Google-designed premium product.The Pixel 2 XL is the second-gen, looking to replace... Read more

Honor 9 Lite review: Setting a high bar for budget phones
4.0 stars

Honor 9 Lite review: Setting a high bar for budget phones

By Mike Lowe

With top-spec phones typically costing several hundred pounds, you'll be relieved to know there are increasing numbers of affordable options that don't scrimp on the design - such as the Honor 9 Lite, which retails for a penny shy of £200.A couple of... Read more

Huawei P Smart review: Smart design lacks performance to match
3.5 stars

Huawei P Smart review: Smart design lacks performance to match

By Cam Bunton

Huawei is a company that's increasingly hard to ignore when looking for a new smartphone. Regardless of what your budget is, the company has something available that's usually competitive, whether it's through its own-brand devices, or through its more... Read more

Oppo R11s review: Super screen, except for one major flaw...
4.0 stars

Oppo R11s review: Super screen, except for one major flaw...

By Cam Bunton

Over the past few years we've seen Chinese smartphone manufacturers grow from strength to strength. Perhaps the biggest success story has been Huawei, along with its related Honor subsidiary brand. But while that Chinese giant has been making a name for... Read more

Honor View 10 review: Flagship perks without the price-point hurts
4.5 stars

Honor View 10 review: Flagship perks without the price-point hurts

By Mike Lowe

Honor has been gaining reputability with each of its phone releases over the last few years, establishing itself as an affordable player in a bustling market. But just because its devices are affordable doesn't mean it's a cheap-and-cheerful brand. One... Read more

Google Pixel 2 review: Clean, speedy Android in a minimal can
4.5 stars

Google Pixel 2 review: Clean, speedy Android in a minimal can

By Cam Bunton

In 2016, for the first time, Made by Google phones hit store shelves with a fresh look and new name to replace the aging Nexus. While Nexus represented pure Android for the nerds, Pixel was about making something truly great for everyone. And it was.... Read more

HTC U11+ review: Big, bold, but a bit late to the game
4.0 stars

HTC U11+ review: Big, bold, but a bit late to the game

By Chris Hall

Having released the HTC U11 in the early stages of 2017, HTC announced an update in late 2017 in the guise of the HTC U11+. The biggest change is a shift in design to an 18:9 display, making for a less wide device that's easier to hold.This design move... Read more

Samsung Galaxy A8 initial review: The S8 experience for much less

Samsung Galaxy A8 initial review: The S8 experience for much less

By Dan Grabham

We love flagship phones, but there's a reason that shelling out for a Galaxy S8 or iPhone 8 can seem a bit of a folly. Why? Because mid-range phones are getting so good. Honor. Moto. Lenovo. Nokia. All produced very decent Android-based devices last year.Samsung... Read more

Sony Xperia XA2 initial review: 23 megapixel pics plus super-wide selfies

Sony Xperia XA2 initial review: 23 megapixel pics plus super-wide selfies

By Dan Grabham

Sony has debuted new mid-range Xperia phones at CES 2018, the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra plus the L2. The XA2’s key feature is its 23 megapixel camera, while there’s also a super-wide angle 8 megapixel front camera, too, above the 5.2-inch display.... Read more

This is the BlackBerry KeyOne Bronze: A dual-SIM BB in a molten bronze-gold finish

This is the BlackBerry KeyOne Bronze: A dual-SIM BB in a molten bronze-gold finish

By Mike Lowe

BlackBerry had a respectable year in 2017. The reason was pretty simple: it started to produce attractive, well-made and secure devices once again, luring in both the company's die-hard fans and newcomers alike.When we reviewed the BlackBerry KeyOne just... Read more

BlackBerry Motion review: The big boss of business
4.0 stars

BlackBerry Motion review: The big boss of business

By Cam Bunton

BlackBerry has a mixed history with its all-touchscreen phones. The reason is simple: the company has made (and continues to make) handsets with the best physical keyboards going, which is arguably a large part of why it has such a loyal fanbase.Times... Read more

Planet Gemini PDA initial review: The Psion organiser makes a comeback of sorts

Planet Gemini PDA initial review: The Psion organiser makes a comeback of sorts

By Stuart Miles

Remember the Psion personal organiser? Seen by many as the original personal digital assistant, it was launched in the late-90s and is regarded as the precursor to the smartphones we use today. The big selling point was that it had a miniature keyboard... Read more

Nokia 8 review: Flagship specs, mid-range feels
4.0 stars

Nokia 8 review: Flagship specs, mid-range feels

By Chris Hall

Nokia filled the gap at the top of its smartphone portfolio with the Nokia 8, the flagship phone that we'd been waiting for since the announcement of Nokia's return, which has seen the birth of the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 in the first year of its life.On the... Read more

HTC U11 Life review: The ups and downs of Life
4.0 stars

HTC U11 Life review: The ups and downs of Life

By Mike Lowe

One of 2017's best - and perhaps most underrated - phones is the HTC U11. With its top-spec innards and unique two-tone colour rear, it's one of the most striking phones on the market. And it has a baby brother: the HTC U11 Life, a mid-level equivalent... Read more

Honor 7X initial review: Adding 18:9 screen X factor to the affordable phone market

Honor 7X initial review: Adding 18:9 screen X factor to the affordable phone market

By Mike Lowe

It's not just top-end flagship phones that are getting taller, skinnier and therefore easier to handle: the Honor 7X, which is expected to launch on 5 December 2017 at Honor's UK event (although you can already buy it now via some channels for £279-300),... Read more