Review: In Depth: Amazon Fire Phone

Introduction, hardware and software Jumping into a highly competitive space, like the smartphone market, is risky. But if there’s a company out there that could do it with a chance of success, it’s Amazon. Its new Fire Phone is the company’s first stab at it, and we’re going to find out how well it fares against the competition. In order to have any measure of success, Amazon has to differentiate its smartphone from everyone else, namely Android and iOS smartphones. There have been rumors of an Amazon smartphone for years, but because of the insane success of Android smartphones from Samsung, HTC and LG, the Amazon smartphone hype never reached the heights that future iPhone iterations would. Of course, Amazon is no stranger to the mobile device market. Aside from the Amazon apps and Kindle apps, Amazon also has the Kindle Fire HDX, which succeeded the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire. It’s important to note its tablet efforts, because many of the features found on Amazon’s tablets are also on the …
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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review

Finding a compact phone with flagship specs is something of a rarity these days, with many manufacturers delivering smaller-screen devices in the mid-range instead. Not so the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a device powerful enough to stand up to its larger-screen…
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Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review

We've been using the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 for three weeks now, which is since the day it was unveiled at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Despite originally thinking "blimey, a 6-inch phone" we've become accustomed to this behemoth living in our pocket….
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Review: Updated: LG G3

Introduction and key features With the LG G3, we saw a brand release a phone ahead of time in order to grab a foothold in an industry that could be spiralling away from its grasp. It’s an odd thing to say considering we’re talking about a manufacturer that launched one of the critically acclaimed phones of 2013, with the LG G2 impressing far more than most expected. But that was last year, and LG realised that with Samsung, Sony and HTC all bringing out far superior models it couldn’t wait until later in the year to catch up, so it’s tried to race to the front of the pack with a previously-unseen step forward in screen technology. If you need more evidence that this is a phone that LG has accelerated to launch, check out the changes it’s made: removable battery, microSD slot, metallic frame and new, mature interface; in short, everything that was wrong with last year’s model in the eyes of many. So with that in mind, is the LG G3 the perfect smartphone? FutTv : u8BX3Mc9yp7lD Key features There are …
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Sony Xperia Z3 review: Hat trick

To say we are eager to get the Xperia Z3 out for a spin would be a massive understatement – with the race track still warm from the Compact. After all, if the Robin in Sony’s IFA lineup can do that well, we can only imagine what Batman is capable of…
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Review: Moto G (2014)

Introduction The 2014 version of the Moto G has an imposing task ahead of it. To live up to expectations it needs to better one of the most popular smartphones ever made, not to mention the best-selling phone Motorola has ever produced. I am, of course, talking about the 2013 Moto G. This new version offers a larger 5-inch screen and an improved camera, aiming to clean up some of the few criticisms many had about that budget supremo. Sure enough, the 2014 Moto G’s camera is a whole lot better, and having a 5-inch screen instead of a 4.5-inch visage is great in many situations. It is not a flat-out better phone in every respect though. Its larger frame isn’t as palm-friendly, it’s not quite as good-looking and battery stamina is worse than the old model. However, it’s not enough to make the new Moto G anything less than one of the top bargains of the year. The new Moto G is available SIM-free for around £145 (US$270, about AU$267), which is similar to or slightly less than the 16GB and 4G …
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Motorola Moto G (2014) review: Baby steps

As a successor to the most successful smartphone in Motorola’s history, the second generation Moto G surely has hefty expectations to meet. A year after the XT1032 redefined the budget smartphone category by combining high-res screen, quality hardware, and…
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Motorola Moto 360 review

When Android Wear – Google's operating system for wearables – was announced, three devices lined up for scrutiny: the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and the Moto 360. Of the three, the Moto 360 was heralded as the best of the bunch, the apple of Android…
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Xiaomi Redmi 1S review: Stormtrooper

Xiaomi has been a regular around here lately and one of the last times we heard of them was how they sold a boatload of phones in no time. And it wasn't their finest either. A heavily discounted midranger made a splash at the box office, in India no less…
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Review: Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

Introduction In recent times, Sony has become one of the leading makers of water resistant phones. Just a few years ago weatherproof mobiles like this were big, chunky, and looked like they belonged on a construction site. Phones like the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua are a completely different proposition. There’s nothing in the basic look of this phone that shows it’s a tough, rugged phone. That’s a good thing, if you’re wondering. The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua also sees Sony’s waterproofing make its way a bit further down the price scale. It’s no longer reserved for phones that cost almost as much as your first car. This is the water resistant version of the Sony Xperia M2, a fairly low-cost 4G phone that we thought was pretty good at review. The Aqua doesn’t solve any of that phone’s core issues, and as the waterproofing adds a bit to the cost, it is a slight missed opportunity. However, it’s still a solid, sturdy phone and one of the cheaper water resistant mobiles. As well as offering waterproofing and …
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