Sony Xperia Z1 review

October 11, 2013 Simon Hill Sony_Xperia_Z1

Sony_Xperia_Z1It wasn’t very long ago that Sony kicked off the new wave of Android flagships with the Xperia Z. A move that signalled the Japanese electronic giant’s renewed determination to crack the smartphone market. The Z1 is an unexpected mid-cycle …

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review

October 4, 2013 Simon Hill Galaxy_Note_3

Galaxy_Note_3The success of the original Note really kick-started the phablet market and Samsung’s latest annual improvement puts it right back on top. The Note 3 manages to pack a bigger screen and more powerful components into a slightly smaller and …

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch review

September 27, 2013 Simon Hill Samsung_Galaxy_Gear

Samsung_Galaxy_GearThe Galaxy Gear is available right now, but it will cost you a staggering £299. Does Samsung’s first smart watch release really do enough to justify that price tag? We take a look at the design, the features, the specs, …

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Goodbye Nokia and BlackBerry, as we head for smartphone oligopoly

September 20, 2013 Simon Hill smartphone_oligopoly

smartphone_oligopolyThe smartphone market is being dominated by a shrinking group of powerful companies. You have to wonder if there’s room for any real diversity anymore. The barriers to entry for new companies are almost impossibly high. Apple and Samsung have …

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Apple’s new iPhones

September 13, 2013 Simon Hill iPhone_5C

Another year, another iPhone. Actually this year we got two new iPhones. The iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C will both be available from the 20th of September. The new premium flagship is the iPhone 5S, whereas the …

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Nokia Lumia 1020 review

September 6, 2013 Simon Hill nokia_lumia-1020_product_image

Lumia 1020With a 41MP shooter on-board the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the camera phone world. We wanted to find out just how good that camera is and see how the 1020 measures up as a smartphone. …

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What’s the cost of early upgrades?

August 30, 2013 Simon Hill Karaoke

The world of consumer technology moves fast. A steady stream of new models is unleashed on the market as manufacturers do their best to convince us of the need to upgrade. Nowhere is this truer than in the smartphone market. …

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Are heavily discounted tablets like the Surface or Playbook worth buying?

August 23, 2013 Simon Hill Microsoft_Surface_RT

Tablets are the latest trend to sweep the world of tech by storm. Smartphones may be reaching saturation in some places, but tablet sales are going strong. According to IDC Research 49.2 million tablets shipped in the first three months …

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Will Apple push Google out of iOS?

August 16, 2013 Simon Hill Apple-vs-Google

Apple-vs-GoogleIt’s no secret that Google and Apple are not the best of friends. It wasn’t always so. They got along fine for years; reportedly in 2001, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin even wanted Steve Jobs to be Google …

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HTC One Mini vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

August 9, 2013 Simon Hill HTC_One_Mini_vs_Galaxy_S4_Mini

HTC_One_Mini_vs_Galaxy_S4_MiniThe battle for supremacy at the top of the smartphone market has driven specs through the roof. We’re talking about fast quad-core processors as standard, and at least 2GB of RAM. Various components are being improved dramatically; look no further …

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