Review: Updated: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Introduction and design The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the latest entrant in Sony’s rapidly expanding line of Xperia Z handsets. Though the original Xperia Z was only launched in March 2013, there have since been three main entries into Sony’s flagship line (the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2 and the new Xperia Z3) along with tablets and the occasional compact variant. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the smaller version of Sony’s latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3. As has become customary with Sony’s compact variants, the Xperia Z3 Compact shares quite a bit of technology with its bigger brother, but is it more than just a shrunk down version? With a 4.6-inch screen (compared to the Xperia Z3’s 5.2-inch) and an asking price of £429 (around US$703, AU$792) , the Xperia Z3 Compact is one of the more expensive mini variants of flagship smartphones that we’ve seen. The LG G2 Mini, for example, comes in at around £180 ($295, AU$332), whilst the HTC One Mini 2’s asking price is around the £300 …
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Review: Yotaphone 2

Introduction and design It’s not often you come across a truly unique device in the smartphone market, but the Yotaphone 2 is exactly that. Unique. From the front it looks like any other Android smartphone, but flip it over and you’re greeted with a second, all-touch display – only it’s an e-ink screen similar to those found on ereaders. The Yotaphone 2 is the Russian brand’s second entry into the market following on from the original, proof of concept, Yotaphone which launched in 2013 and aimed squarely at early adopters. This time round Yota Devices means business. This is a global device aimed at the average consumer rather than those sitting at the forefront of technology. It’s even opened a dedicated store in London to really drive home the intent. The Yotaphone 2 release date is December 4, where it goes on sale in over 20 countries, with Asia Pacific and China joining the party in early Q1 of 2015, and the US, Canada and Latin America towards the end of the same quarter. Fitting two …
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