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Sony Xperia 10 Plus review

Sony Xperia 10 Plus review

For the past 5 or so years, Sony has found itself in a bit of a mess when you look at its mobile division. Apple and Samsung continue to dominate the top spots of the best sellers list, and Microsoft, Blackberry and HTC have nigh on disappeared out of the industry altogether (being replaced with upstart Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Huawei, OnePlus and Oppo). It would have made the perfect time, tactically, for Sony to really innovate and push themselves…

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review

In the future, when people look back on the history of the evolution of the smartphone, 2018 will be looked upon as the year whereby pretty much every manufacturer was in a race to produce phones with the smallest bezels possible. Xiaomi had a fantastic effort long before this in 2016 with the then-groundbreaking original Mi Mix, managing to nigh on eliminate three of the four bezels that traditionally surrounded the screen on mobile devices.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review

You may never have heard of Xiaomi, but give it a year or so and I’m sure you will. Often called “the Apple of China,” this company has seen a meteoric rise all the way to number 4 in the charts for global handset shipments since the company was founded in 2010 (in context, that’s the year Apple released the iPhone 4) by becoming known for their ability to create flagship quality handsets for a fraction of the price bring…

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OnePlus 6 long-term review

OnePlus 6 long-term review

With the release of the OnePlus 6T imminent, it’s high time to get this long-term review out in the open! I’ve been using this phone pretty much exclusively since purchasing in May and, simply put, it’s one of the best phones I’ve ever used. I’ve been a big fan of OnePlus and their ethos since their relatively recent aggressive push into the cut-throat world of smartphones. Back in 2014, OnePlus became an instant cult classic with their OnePlus One smartphone….

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Essential PH-1 review

Essential PH-1 review

Around a year ago the public was teased with rumours of a handset launch from a brand new company headed up by one of the co-founders of Android themselves: Andy Rubin. The thought of a handset blending the exact features that one of the fathers of Android envisions was an exciting prospect, and with the death of the Nexus line, this may provide hardcore fans of vanilla Android the rebirth of a platform for them to enjoy Android as it…

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Android 9.0 Pie review

Android 9.0 Pie review

Last week Google officially released their latest version of Android: version 9.0, Pie. The name follows the pattern of Google naming their versions of Android after desserts in alphabetical order (starting with Cupcake and continuing recently with Nougat, Oreo and now Pie). This follows on from a months long beta programme available on certain handsets. I type this review on an Essential PH-1, which was graced with the Pie update on day 1 along with the Pixels. Below are some…

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Xiaomi Mi A1 review

Xiaomi Mi A1 review

Shifting focus from flagships that I was lucky to procure on the cheap, to the section of the market that this blog was initially set up to cover, kicking things off we have a phone from a manufacturer that has had massive growth in its 8 years of existence: Xiaomi (the pronunciation rhymes with chow-me). To put “massive growth” into context, Xiaomi only released its first phone in 2011 a few months before Apple released the iPhone 4S, and can…

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Huawei P20 Pro review

Huawei P20 Pro review

I received this product as part of a review program in return for an unbiased review. Before now, I wouldn’t have said I was snobby when it came to my choice of phone: after all, I’ve batted for both of the big rival teams in the mobile phone world, having owned an iPhone 4 and 6 representing Apple, but also a number of HTCs and Samsungs for Android. But perhaps I think I may have been slightly choosey, especially when…

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Huawei P20 Lite review

Huawei P20 Lite review

Huawei’s P20 trio of phones follows on from 2017’s rather average P10 – in my opinion, the P10 design was stale compared to the S8, which was a marvel in comparison. Huawei has opted for three sizes of handset for this year’s lineup (similar to last year), with each ascending model having some extra features compared to the model below. First up, is the P20 Lite, the most affordable of the P20 range, with an RRP of £300.

OnePlus 6 preview

OnePlus 6 preview

I was lucky enough to get the chance to go along to the OnePlus 6 launch this evening in London’s Copper Box Arena, located in the middle of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, originally built to house the Olympic handball events during the 2012 games. OnePlus had taken over the arena to present its latest flagship to the world, plus unveil its new wireless Bullets headphones. Sticking with the handset, the OnePlus 6 follows on from the OnePlus 5T only…

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