A premium smartie lump: Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition

Monster phablet rooted at the factory for your pleasure Review   While most Chinese smartphone OEMs started life making cheap tat and then slowly began moving upmarket, Oppo has taken a slightly different tack. Its devices have been fairly high-end from the get-go and the N1, initially released running Android 4.2 back in September 2013, made quite a splash.…
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Sony Xperia Z2 review: a big, powerful slab of a phone

It’s been nearly three years since I reviewed the Xperia Neo, manufactured by what was then Sony Ericsson. The Neo represented just the second generation of Xperia phones running on Android, from a period when Sony was finding its feet in the world…
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HTC One M8 video review

KitKat-powered HTC One sequel
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Sony Xperia Z2 review

Sony is in a funny place with its smartphones, pumping out a flagship device refresh every six months, rather than on a yearly cycle like most of its rivals. This sees the Sony Xperia Z2 landing seven months after the Z1's September launch, offering much…
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Samsung Galaxy S5 video review

We break down the key strengths and weaknesses of Samsung’s latest Android flagship
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Review: Updated: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Introduction A mini handset has, inexplicably, come to mean a smaller, lower-spec version of a popular big screen device, which does nothing for those that want a slightly smaller display. So kudos to Sony for taking a stand, crushing down the powerful Xperia Z1 but losing almost nothing on the spec list, giving the Z1 Compact a real chance to fight fight in a fierce market currently dominated by the HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, two devices that launched to critical acclaim but with a poorer spec list. Eagle eyed readers will have noticed that the Sony Xperia Z1′s baby brother hasn’t adopted the traditional “Mini” moniker but rather comes with the title of “Compact”. Yes, Sony has given the Z1 Compact the smaller screen, but it has kicked diminutive RAM and lesser cores to the mobile kerb. Sony has even allowed the Xperia Z1 Compact to keep the waterproof nature of the Z1. A SIM free price of £430 (around $740, AU$850) and free on contracts starting at £27pm makes the Xperia …
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Sony Xperia E1 review: Enter Walkman

Back in 2012, the simple and affordable Xperia E was targeting youths and first-time smartphone users. Two years later and out of elementary school, the Xperia E1 has more screen size and brain power to stay afloat in the rough waters of junior high…
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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review

Tablet season 2014 is upon us and vying for your attention is the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. It's slimmer, lighter and more powerful than its Tablet Z predecessor and offers some standout features such as waterproofing. If you want to splash around in the…
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Review: Sony Xperia Z2

Introduction So here I am, it’s a little over 12 months since the Xperia Z hit selves and I’m checking out the third iteration of the Japanese firm’s flagship series, the Sony Xperia Z2. While the timing may be a little odd, you’ve almost got to look past the Xperia Z1 completely, the Xperia Z2 is a flagship smartphone in its own right and it heralds the next generation for Sony. It builds on its predecessors with an improved screen, increased power under the hood and a slightly more compact chassis. There’s no question that the Xperia Z2 will be going head to head with the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Nokia Lumia 930 this year – and with that in mind it’s got its work cut out. Sony’s had some trouble getting the Xperia Z2 into stores, missing its original early April release and thus giving an upper hand to the HTC and Samsung, although units are trickling through. It carries the lofty price tag you’d expect from a flagship handset, with the SIM free Xperia Z2 setting you back at least …
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Samsung Galaxy S5 review: a solid improvement, but don’t rush to upgrade

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 and a trio of Gear smartwatches, the company made a big to-do about how it listens to its customers. We know, we know: Every company’s supposed to be doing that. But remember, this is Samsung we’re talking about….
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