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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review: first look

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

When Sony unleashed the first Tablet Z back at MWC 2013, it was the thinnest, lightest tablet around; now it’s the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet’s turn to take over. Sony’s new top-end Android tablet is lighter and slimmer than the original, and by a noticeable margin.

In fact, at 426g, the Wi-Fi version of the Z2 weighs a full 69g less than the Z, and itmeasures 0.5mm thinner, at 6.8mm from front to rear. Quite how Sony’s engineers have managed it, we’re not sure.

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Sony Xperia Z2 review: first look

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Sony Xperia Z2Sony has carved out a niche for itself over the past couple of years with its waterproof range of smartphones; its latest flagship, the Sony Xperia Z2, builds on that position of strength. Like the Samsung Galaxy S5, however, it doesn’t deliver anything particularly radical, with Sony preferring to make smaller, evolutionary changes over its predecessor, the Xperia Z1.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 review: first look

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Samsung Gear 2

Samsung’s assault on wearable technology has continued at this year’s MWC conference in Barcelona, with the launch of three new wrist-bound devices.

The Samsung Gear 2 – the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Gear – is the most fully featured of the bunch, benefitting from a new design, along with a completely revamped software platform. The Gear 2 no longer sports Android, but Tizen – an open-source, HTML 5-based operating system designed specifically for wearable devices.

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Nokia XL review: first look

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Nokia XL

The Nokia X made all the headlines in the build-up to MWC, but it’s the largest of the company’s three new smartphones – the Nokia XL – that makes the most sense.

It runs the same mangled version of Android as the Nokia X, and features the same limited 4GB of storage expandable via the microSD slot, but for only €16 more, you get a bigger 5in screen and 256MB more RAM (at 768MB).

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Samsung Galaxy S5 review: first look

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung has launched its latest Galaxy S5 smartphone at the Barcelona MWC trade show, boasting a smart new design and a number of new features. Surprisingly, the firm has chosen not to boost the screen resolution of the phone, sticking with 1,080 x 1,920, and has only slightly increased the size of the display, from 5in to 5.1in.

Instead, Samsung is pinning its hopes on going “back to basics” with the new handset. “We’ve decided to … focus on the features and things that matter the most to our customers – namely the camera, ability to view and download data and content quickly, and their health and wellbeing,” said Simon Stanford, of Samsung UK.

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Nokia X review: first look

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Nokia X

The Nokia X – alongside its siblings the X+ and XL – is perhaps the oddest product the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer has released in recent times. It’s Nokia’s very first Android handset, yet it arrives only a few months after the announcement that Microsoft had bought the company.

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Apple iPad Air review: first look

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Apple has launched a new version of both the iPad mini and the full-sized iPad, and, bar a couple of small surprises – and a name change – it’s pretty much business as usual for the new tablets.
The big change for the iPad 5 isn’t the screen size, or resolution, but a revamped chassis, and upgraded internals.
As predicted, the iPad Air is slimmer than the iPad 4, which it replaces in the range, measuring 7.5mm from from front to back, and in a strong echo of the iPad mini, it has narrower bezels all around for a much smaller all-round package. To bring it into line with the new iPhone 5s, the colours have changed, too, with the smart Space Grey now an option, in addition to white.
It’s certainly a more attractive design than the old iPad, but what’s most noticeable when picking it up for the first time, is how much lighter the iPad Air is than its predecessor. We took an iPad 4 into the even with us for comparison, and the difference is palpable, bringing Apple in line with lighter Android rivals such as the Sony Tablet Z. It weighs a mere 454g.
Below the screen, the home button now sports the fingerprint reader that adorns the iPhone 5s, allowing users to unlock the iPad and authenticate purchases with a dab of the finger. And, inside, Apple has boosted the power available to the new iPad, with the same 64-bit A7 CPU and  M7 motion coprocessor as the iPhone 5s.
We’ll wait until we have our review sample to report full benchmark figures, but if our experience with the iPhone 5s is anything to go by, it’ll be seriously quick. We certainly experienced no problems with the iPad Air we tried on the stand.
But what of battery life? With all that extra power and a significantly shrunken chassis, there’s a danger that battery life will have suffered. Once again , we’ll report back in full once we get  our mitts on one.

iPad Air

Apple’s full-size tablet may have a new name – the iPad Air – but it’s pretty much business as usual for the new tablet. As such, the big change for the iPad Air a dramatically revamped chassis and upgraded internals.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 review: first impressions

Friday, September 13th, 2013

1020 in gripIt’s been available in the US for a month or so, but the Nokia Lumia 1020 has only now arrived this side of the pond. Just in case you hadn’t heard, this is Nokia’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, and the natural successor to the 41-megapixel 808 PureView we reviewed last year. We picked up a review unit at a press event yesterday, and have spent the intervening time frantically snapping away to bring you our first impressions.

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Nokia Lumia 625 review: first look

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Nokia 625 -002Nokia today launched its biggest screened smartphone yet, the Nokia Lumia 625, but this is oddly no flagship device. Instead, the Lumia 625 sits between the budget, compact Lumia 620 and the mid-range Lumia 720.

That means the price is set to be very reasonable indeed – around £200 exc VAT on prepay according to Nokia, and probably around £20 per month on contract — yet both in look and feel this phone punches well above its weight.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra review: first look

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Sony Xperia Z UltraISO 800Giant smartphones have become a common sight at press launches of late, and the latest to hit the scene is the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. We had the chance to try one out at an event in London today, and first impressions are that it’s a serious contender.

For starters, Sony reckons it’s the slimmest big smartphone on the market. We’re not going to disagree: the Ultra is just 6.5mm thick, yet despite the dimensions, there was no hint of weakness across its aluminium frame and glass rear. It’s a remarkably sturdy piece of kit, and Sony hasn’t just concentrated on making its latest Xperia feel solid – it’s comfortable to hold, too. The brushed aluminium borders aren’t quite as angular as the original Xperia Z, and don’t dig into your palm in quite the same way. Its 212g weight is high for a smartphone, but then we’d expect a little bit of extra heft for a device this big.

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