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Motorola Defy Mini rugged Android smartphone

Motorola Defy Mini rugged Android smartphone

Review Reg Hardware Mobile Week The original Motorola Defy from 2010 was aimed at a niche that no-one else knew was there – rugged cool. The thinking was that rugged phones that were hard to damage were a great idea, but that chunky rubber casings and hard-to-press buttons tended to put people off. Motorola Defy Mini rugged …
Dave Oliver, 01 Mar 2012
Apple's iPhone 5 (artists impression)

Tomorrow's smartphone tech today

Feature Reg Hardware Mobile Week Technology, like time, moves on, and it doesn’t half go at a hell of a rate. Tooth and nail competition means that mobile tech moves even faster than most, and it’s extremely tricky to predict what’s just around the corner. Fortunately, the annual phone industry shindig, Mobile World Congress (MWC), …
Dave Oliver, 29 Feb 2012
Toshiba 14in USB LCD Mobile Monitor

Toshiba 14in USB LCD Mobile Monitor

Review It sounds like a great idea: a 14in LCD monitor that connects using USB. Perfect for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones, right? Well no, because it doesn’t work with them. That’s not to say Toshiba’s Monitor is entirely without merit. It’s a neat looking device, similar in size to a slim laptop and weighing the same as a …
Dave Oliver, 08 Feb 2012
ViewSonic V350 dual Sim Android smartphone

ViewSonic V350 dual Sim Android smartphone

Review Every now and again, a brand new product comes along that seems to hark back to days of yore, to a time when things were different. One of those things would be the steam-powered PC, another is the ViewSonic V350 – a smartphone that can work on two networks simultaneously. ViewSonic V350 dual Sim Android smartphone Dual of …
Dave Oliver, 07 Feb 2012
Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi C4 high resolution audio player

Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi C4

Review The true audiophile is likely to have many questions concerning the Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi, but chief among them is likely to be ‘How f*%&ing much??!?’ At £549 this Chinese-made high fidelity portable music player is nobody’s idea of a bargain, but if you’re one of those brave souls who still cares about sound quality, who …
Dave Oliver, 07 Feb 2012
RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Qwerty Smartphone

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790

Review A recent rash of BlackBerry 7 handsets sees RIM's Bold 9790 sitting in the middle of the range and with a tempting feature set for BBM fans. For starters, the manufacturer's classic Qwerty keyboard is paired up with a touchscreen. RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790 Qwerty Smartphone RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9790 Compared to the Bold …
Dave Oliver, 17 Jan 2012
HTC Explorer Android smartphone

HTC Explorer budget smartphone

Review The latest from startlingly prolific smart phone manufacturer HTC won’t be top of the list for mobile aficionados. It’s a basic entry-level Android with middling specs though these are still probably a cut above its bog-standard price. But for smartphone newbies, what it offers may prove to be more than enough. HTC Explorer …
Dave Oliver, 16 Jan 2012
HTC Sensation XL Android smartphone

HTC Sensation XL

Review Following on the Sensation XE, HTC’s other Beats Audio-enabled handset is certainly bigger, but it comes out looking the weaker of the two in almost every criteria except size. HTC Sensation XL Android smartphone Beat dis: HTC's Sensation XL Android smartphone With a 4.7in display, the Sensation XL is the last stop before …
Dave Oliver, 04 Jan 2012
Motorola Pro+ Qwerty Android smartphone

Motorola Pro+ Qwerty Android smartphone

Review Motorola’s been keeping its hand in with an interesting variety of Android handsets of late. The Pro+ is clearly designed for business rather than fun, which is fine, but next to the top-end, revitalised Motorola Razr, it’s not in the same league. Motorola Pro+ Qwerty Android smartphone Doing the business: Motorola's Pro+ …
Dave Oliver, 22 Dec 2011
Sony Tablet P

Sony Tablet P split-screen Android fondleslab

Review Now here’s an odd one. Sony has created what looks like a monster Nintendo 3DS but is actually an Android Honeycomb tablet computer. So you get a sort of flattened tube that folds out to reveal two screens. Will it work? Should it work? Read on… Sony Tablet P Android fondlecrab: Sony's Tablet S This is actually one of two …
Dave Oliver, 21 Dec 2011
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphone

RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 with BBM music

Review Perhaps sensing that it’s on the verge of losing the smartphone battle, BlackBerry manufacturer RIM has all but swamped the market recently with a rash of handsets, each offering something a little bit different. The Curve 9380 is the midrange full-screen model, smaller and cheaper than the Torch 9860, and with no hard Qwerty …
Dave Oliver, 13 Dec 2011
HTC Sensation XE Android smartphone

HTC Sensation XE

HTC’s original Sensation hit the ground running in the spring, bringing with it a dual-core processor - the first time HTC had used one - and one of the firm's best ever cameras. This new version beefs up the processor and adds Beats Audio technology to improve the sound. All that makes for a big old slab of a phone: it's 126 …
Dave Oliver, 01 Dec 2011
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android smartphone

Review The much-anticipated new Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – or ICS if you’re being very 'now' – the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. It also includes one of Samsung’s top of the range HD screens, a dual core processor and 1080p HD video recording – not too aspirational then …
Dave Oliver, 28 Nov 2011
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360

RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 Qwerty smartphone

Review There’s been a rash of activity from RIM recently, with a range of subtly different BlackBerry models designed to appeal to different segments of the smart phone market. The Curve 9360 is towards the budget end but still packs in a full Qwerty hard keyboard, 5Mp camera and the latest version of BlackBerry’s OS. RIM BlackBerry …
Dave Oliver, 21 Nov 2011
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Android smartphone

Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

Review Sony Ericsson is still producing standalone Walkman devices, but the natural home for the oldest portable music player brand these days is on a phone. The Live With Walkman delivers the latest version of the music player in an Android phone with a 5Mp camera and a nippy 1GHz processor. Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Android …
Dave Oliver, 11 Nov 2011
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Android smartphone

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Android smartphone

Review Smartphones seem to be getting bigger and bigger, but among the recent models from Sony Ericsson is the Xperia Ray, a slim and stylish Android 2.3 device with a sharp 3.3in widescreen. It also sports a well-featured 8Mp camera with 720p HD video recording and a host of other handy functions at a mid-range price. Sony Ericsson …
Dave Oliver, 25 Oct 2011
HTC Radar Windows Phone 7.5 'Mango' smartphone

HTC Radar WinPho 7.5 smartphone

Review It’s been a year since Microsoft revamped its mobile offering with Windows Mobile 7, which was greeted with cautious enthusiasm by critics and punters alike. It’s taken a while, but we’re now seeing the first major update with version 7.5 (aka Mango) appearing on the solidly built HTC Radar, which also includes a 5Mp camera. …
Dave Oliver, 24 Oct 2011
RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810 smartphone

RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810

Review The Torch 9810 is the second of RIM’s recent hat-trick of BlackBerry devices to hit the shelves. Indeed, you might have heard there are five, but currently only three models will be made available in the UK. RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810 smartphone Shining examples? RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9810 The Bold 9900 was a straight-up …
Dave Oliver, 12 Oct 2011
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro Qwerty Android smartphone

Review Sony Ericsson may not be churning out Android handsets in the bulk of HTC or Samsung, but its has produced some consistently good phones recently in its Xperia range. Building on last year’s X10 Mini Pro, this new version adds a slightly bigger screen, faster processor and Gingerbread, the latest version of Android for mobiles …
Dave Oliver, 11 Oct 2011
HTC Evo 3D Android smartphone

HTC Evo 3D Android smartphone

Review LG might have been first with its Optimus 3D, but HTC hasn’t wasted any time coming up with a glasses-free 3D phone of its own. From the front, the Evo 3D looks like a standard, snazzy HTC smartphone, but it’s one of the manufacturer's chunkier numbers. Its metallic casework is sturdy, but the paint on the edges where it sits …
Dave Oliver, 04 Oct 2011
HP Pre 3

HP Pre 3 webOS smartphone

Review So it’s come to this. After a potentially brand-saving buyout by HP and the launch of a well-received – at least critically, if not commercially – operating system with webOS, Palm is finally on the way out. HP Pre 3 End of the line: HP's Pre 3 Recently, HP announced that it is discontinuing webOS and besides the Touchpad …
Dave Oliver, 05 Sep 2011
Samsung Tocco Icon S5260

Samsung Tocco Icon budget mobile

Review While smartphones grab the headlines and an ever-increasing slice of the market, cheap 'n' cheerful feature phones that focus on the basic job of communicating have had to raise their game. Indeed, the Tocco Icon builds on Samsung’s Tocco Lite, upgrading the touch screen from resistive to capacitive and adding Wi-Fi. Samsung …
Dave Oliver, 01 Sep 2011
Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30

Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30 hi-fi streamer

Review Sound quality isn’t always the first consideration in the world of digital music, where songs tend to be compressed for convenience, rather fidelity. That’s where Brit hi-fi brand Cambridge Audio hopes to make its mark with the NP30 (Network Player 30), which offers better-than-CD hi-res 24-bit audio playback for music files and …
Dave Oliver, 25 Aug 2011
RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900

Review With Android steaming ahead of Apple in terms of sales, and Windows Phone 7 soon to launch on Nokia handsets, RIM has got its work cut out to make sure BlackBerry can stay relevant and desirable in these fast-paced times. RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 The slimmest BlackBerry yet: RIM's Bold 9900 The company has just announced …
Dave Oliver, 19 Aug 2011
Samsung Galaxy Fit

Samsung Galaxy Fit Android smartphone

Review Full marks to Samsung’s marketing folk for the Galaxy Fit’s go-getting name, but it’s actually a fairly low-end Android smart phone with an outdated OS, low resolution screen and less than speedy processor. That said, it has a few good points too, including a surprisingly good 5Mp camera. Samsung Galaxy Fit Exercise …
Dave Oliver, 11 Aug 2011