Review: Alcatel OneTouch Idol Alpha

Introduction It’s always tricky for a budget brand to climb the ladder and Alcatel’s attempt to break out of the basement and claim some mid-range success with the Idol Alpha is a good example. At first glance this looks like an expensive smartphone, but the premium aluminium exterior and intriguing translucent strips are concealing a multitude of sins. Looking past the beautiful body we find a 4.7-inch 720p screen, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, just 1GB of RAM and a 13MP main camera. There are a lot of disappointments with this phone, but the main stumbling block for potential buyers is going to be the price tag. The average selling price of Android smartphones has been falling steadily for the last couple of years. IDC reckons it will be as low £160 this year for an unlocked phone. The market is fiercely competitive and at around £280 off-contract, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol Alpha doesn’t stand out of the mid-range crowd. If it’s looking to attract people upgrading from the …
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Review: Updated: OnePlus One

Introduction The Google Nexus 4, the Google Nexus 5, the Motorola Moto G, and now the OnePlus One; this 5.5-inch bolt from out of the blue (well, China) joins an exclusive list of smartphones that offer an awful lot of smartphone for not a lot of money. But having used the OnePlus One, I’m wondering whether it needs to be placed in a category all of its own. Here is a device that rivals the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 for raw specs, but at a cost of just £269, $349 (around AU$400). That’s around half the price of those aforementioned big hitters. Initially you were able to order a 16GB model for £229, $299, but that option now appears to have been removed, with just the 64GB version remaining. Much of my early time with the OnePlus One was spent warily turning it around in my hands, like some kind of mysterious artefact of unknown origin, not quite ready to believe what was being promised of it. There has to be some compromise here, right? FutTv : v6x7m6eSR77vG Well, yes there is. …
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Goes like the blazes: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 late 2014 edition

Dolby Atmos enabled fondleslab, anyone? Review   Before you all take to the comments page and start asking why in the name of hell it has taken us more than six months to review the Fire 8.9 HDX, let me clarify one thing. This is the new, refreshed winter 2014 model. Yes, I know it looks very similar, OK, make that identical, to the previous (3rd) generation 8.9 HDX but trust me, it has been improved.…
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