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Nokia N86 8MP

Nokia N86 8Mp cameraphone

While many mobile makers in the smartphone game have been concentrating their designer firepower on touchscreen devices, the Nokia N86 8MP rolls in as a successor to Nokia’s previous generation of Symbian S60 3E-packing heavyweights rather than as another touchphone contender. Nokia N86 8MP Nokia's N86 8MP: the N-series …
Phil Lattimore, 09 Nov 2009
T-Mobile Pulse

T-Mobile Pulse

There haven’t been that many Android smartphones in the UK yet, but T-Mobile is already looking to capitalise on the burgeoning demand Google's operating system by releasing the Pulse, the first pay-as-you-go Android handset. T-Mobile Pulse T-Mobile's Pulse: Android goes PAYG Running Android 1.5 - aka Cupcake - the Pulse is …
Phil Lattimore, 03 Nov 2009
Samsung Tocco Lite GT-S5230

Samsung Tocco Lite budget touchscreen phone

Having scored considerable touchscreen success with its debut Tocco F480, Samsung has been understandably keen to extend its Tocco-branded portfolio – first with the Tocco Ultra Edition GT-S8300 numberpad-packing slider/touchscreen combo, and now with a budget version, the Tocco Lite GT-S5230, also known as the Star in some …
Phil Lattimore, 20 Oct 2009
Samsung GT-B2100 Solid Extreme

Samsung GT-B2100 Solid Extreme rugged phone

Following on from the original Solid SGH-M110 and the recent B2700 Bound, the GT-B2100 Solid Extreme is the latest in a line of Samsung handsets that show themselves as well ’ard. While designed for harsh outdoor conditions, the Solid Extreme nevertheless touts features we typically expect to find on phones these days, namely a …
Phil Lattimore, 18 Sep 2009
Orange Vegas

Orange Vegas

Would you take a punt on a sub-£50 touchscreen phone? With a wallet-soothing price but few must-have features, Orange’s own-brand Vegas plays a very different hand to most high-rolling touch-operated devices currently available. Orange Vegas Orange's Vegas: budget touchscreen There are no iPhone-alike pretensions here, as you …
Phil Lattimore, 09 Jun 2009
Samsung Tocco Ultra Edition S8300

Samsung Tocco Ultra Edition S8300

While last summer’s Tocco proved a hit for Samsung, its follow up isn’t simply a feature-refreshed, identikit Mark II model. For this season’s flagship Tocco Ultra Edition, Samsung has reconfigured the original minimalist design with a significant extra – a sliderphone keypad – adding a different dimension to the look, feel and …
Phil Lattimore, 15 May 2009
LG Arena

LG Arena touchphone

As they say, it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it. The LG's KM900 - aka Arena - may pack in an impressive quantity of functionality, but the real question is whether LG’s new S-Class touchscreen UI, making its finger-dabbing debut on this device, has the touch. LG Arena LG's Arena: smooth and stylish The Arena …
Phil Lattimore, 01 May 2009
Sony Ericsson Walkman W705

Sony Ericsson Walkman W705 music phone

No mobile maker has been as prolific as Sony Ericsson at churning out music mobiles, largely because it commandeered the Walkman brand. Sony Ericsson Walkman W705 Sony Ericsson's Walkman W705: smart and stylish looks That’s meant plenty of Walkman models that remix familiar music phone functionality, adding extra features …
Phil Lattimore, 17 Mar 2009
Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C510

Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C510

Like the rest of the mobile big boys, Sony Ericsson has been upping its cameraphone firepower, with top-of-the-range, multi-megapixel sharpshooters like the 8.1Mp C905 and the forthcoming 12Mp Idou flying the flag for its photo-centric Cyber-shot line-up. Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C510 Sony Ericsson's Cyber-shot C510: a nicely …
Phil Lattimore, 10 Mar 2009
Samsung Emporio Armani Night Effect

Samsung Emporio Armani Night Effect designer phone

After some flash for your cash? Hot on the well-turned heels of LG's new Prada phone, Samsung and Armani have delivered their latest ensemble - the Emporio Armani Samsung Night Effect. Samsung Emporio Armani Night Effect Samsung's Emporio Armani Night Effect: sophisticated? Rather than reworking last year’s elegant Giorgio …
Phil Lattimore, 19 Feb 2009

Nokia N85 smartphone

While there’s been much talk of touchscreen operation coming to its N series, Nokia continues to roll out conventional additions to its high-end smartphone range that don’t demand the spotlight but which still put in a big-stage feature performance. The N85 slots into the N line-up just below the flagship N96, and there’s a …
Phil Lattimore, 10 Feb 2009

Nokia 6600 Fold clamshell phone

What swings it for you? First-in-class features? Terrific usability? Value for money? Or is it pure design style? While some mobile makers have been cosying up to top fashion houses for the kiss of designer cachet, Nokia has been busy doing its own thing, and the 6600 Fold is its latest model to sashay that fine line between …
Phil Lattimore, 04 Feb 2009

LG Prada II fashionista phone

Times have certainly changed since Prada's first touchscreen phone strutted into UK stores back in early 2007, bringing minimalist chic touch control to the fashion conscious, cash-splashing phone buyer months ahead of the iPhone’s arrival. LG Prada II LG's Prada II: It’s taken a while for Prada II to land, but LG’s second …
Phil Lattimore, 02 Feb 2009
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic touchphone

It’s hardly a surprise that Nokia’s first post-iPhone foray into touch-controlled mobiles has drawn massive amounts of interest. Nokia may have dabbled briefly with touch-operated handsets before, with its 7700 and 7710, but the 5800 XpressMusic is certainly year-zero as far as Nokia devices designed to take on Apple’s game- …
Phil Lattimore, 21 Jan 2009

Nokia 6600 Slide 3G mobile phone

While Nokia continues to trundle out heavyweight smartphones like the N96 and N85, it’s also taking care of business down-market with models like the 6600 Slide. Rather than majoring on top-of-the-line, do-it-all gadgetry, the 6600 Slide is a 3G-enabled slider that’s more likely to gladden potential buyers with its smooth looks …
Phil Lattimore, 16 Jan 2009

LG KC870 cut-price 8Mp cameraphone

LG’s making a habit of this. Having taken touchscreen phones into the mass market with the release of the Cookie, the maker of the upscale Renoir is now aiming to do the same with eight-megapixel handsets, with the help of its more affordable KC780. LG KC780 LG's KC780: eight million pixels on a budget Unlike the Renoir and …
Phil Lattimore, 09 Jan 2009

Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905 eight-megapixel cameraphone

With Sony Ericsson’s Cyber-shot cameraphone pedigree, it’s no surprise that the firm's been swift to join the ranks of eight-megapixel mobile makers. Its new flagship, the C905, not only ups the pixel count but it's comfortably the most feature-laden Cyber-shot yet. Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905 Sony Ericsson's Cyber-shot C905 …
Phil Lattimore, 26 Dec 2008

LG Cookie budget touchscreen phone

Just because it’s a touchscreen phone, it doesn’t have to be wallet-stingingly expensive. Following on from its high-end eight-megapixel touch-controlled Renoir, LG is now bringing the joys of finger tapping and thumb stroking to the masses with the Cookie KP500. Initially available in the UK on various pay-as-you-go packages …
Phil Lattimore, 23 Dec 2008

LG KF300 budget clamshell phone

So what if you’re after a phone that doesn’t have an eight-megapixel camera, smartphone functionality or touchscreen tech? LG’s been busy of late speccing up and serving out a pick-and-mix of eye-catching and - occasionally - innovative mobiles, but they're not for everyone. Enter LG’s KF300, aimed squarely at those mobile …
Phil Lattimore, 12 Dec 2008

Sony Ericsson Walkman W902 mobile phone

Is there any real reason why a Walkman phone shouldn’t have a top spec camera like a Cyber-shot phone? With the W902, its first 5-megapixel camera-packing Walkman mobile, Sony Ericsson is attempting to address this often-asked question. While Sony Ericsson’s Walkman line-up have been consistently high quality music performers, …
Phil Lattimore, 05 Dec 2008

Samsung Pixon M8800 8Mp cameraphone

Samsung is getting serious with its cameraphones. Having recently landed its first eight-megapixel phone in the UK, the i8510, it's now doubled its tally with the Pixon M8800, its debut 8Mp touchscreen phone. Jostling for position among a small but growing band of eight-megapixel new-wavers, including the Sony Ericsson C905 and …
Phil Lattimore, 02 Dec 2008

Nokia N96 16GB smartphone

As the muscular successor to the N95, it’s no surprise that the N96 packs in a flagship set of high-end features. It's beefed-up spec list pushes up the on-board storage capacity to 16GB and adds Micro SDHC expansion to a formidable spread of functionality that includes Wi-Fi and HSDPA high-speed connectivity, A-GPS satnav …
Phil Lattimore, 26 Nov 2008

Nokia 5320 XpressMusic mobile phone

Nokia has cranked up the volume of its mobile music message recently with the debut of its Comes With Music download service and the unveiling of its touchscreen 5800 XpressMusic handset. At the same time, Nokia has also been reinforcing its band of XpressMusic devices with the release of some tidy if relatively low-key music- …
Phil Lattimore, 22 Nov 2008

LG Renoir eight-megapixel cameraphone

LG’s successor to its Viewty focuses on imaging capabilities with a centrepiece eight-megapixel camera. The KC910 - or Renoir, as it's artistically labelled - doesn’t only have an eyebrow-raising cameraphone resolution, though. The device, built around a large, 3in touchscreen, is packed with a roll-call of the latest must-have …
Phil Lattimore, 11 Nov 2008

Nokia 7310 Supernova candybar phone

Nokia is re-introducing the once-popular exchangeable Xpress-On cover concept to a new generation of impressionable mobile buyer with its Supernova range of budget mobiles. The 7310 Supernova is one of a trio of blast-from-the-past cover-swapping mobiles aimed at cash-strapped phone users. It angles for a bit of low-cost style …
Phil Lattimore, 08 Nov 2008

Sony Ericsson Walkman W595 music phone

Flag-flying top-of-the-rangers like the Walkman W902 and C905 are all very well for grabbing headlines, but the really big sellers are usually further down the range. And with the W595, Sony Ericsson might very well have a serious mid-tier box-shifter on its hands. Sony Ericsson W595 Sony Ericsson's W595: funky-looking HSDPA- …
Phil Lattimore, 31 Oct 2008

Samsung Innov8 i8510 eight-megapixel cameraphone

It may be the first eight-megapixel cameraphone to hit the UK, but Samsung’s i8510 does more than simply take nice snaps. Much, much more. The i8510 flexes a formidable set of features that out-muscle most other smartphones in its class – and it’s certainly Samsung’s most feature-packed handset to date. Samsung i8510 8- …
Phil Lattimore, 25 Oct 2008

BenQ E72 budget Windows Mobile smartphone

The BenQ E72 has touched down in the UK initially as an exclusive device on the BT Fusion mobile/Wi-Fi dual-mode phone service, though you can find it SIM-free - and quite cheaply too. It’s a Windows Mobile 6 Standard-powered smartphone, using a non-touchscreen interface and a conventional candybar-style design. Although the …
Phil Lattimore, 09 Oct 2008

LG KS360 Qwerty keyboard phone

Normally you’d suspect any handset with a slide out Qwerty keyboard and touchscreen functionality of having smartphone aspirations. But not so the LG KS360. This is a handset designed to appeal squarely to younger mobile buyers looking for messaging and social networking on the move. It has a budget price tag to match, selling …
Phil Lattimore, 04 Oct 2008

Samsung U800 3G mobile phone

It may have some elements of Samsung's Soul chic in its design, but the U800 is an altogether more straightforward affair than that touch-controlled sliderphone. There’s no touch-sensitive pretensions on the U800 - instead it’s a smart-looking though conventionally buttoned candybar with an attractive brushed-steel casing that’s …
Phil Lattimore, 25 Sep 2008

Sony Ericsson Walkman W980 music phone

The extensive Walkman phone line-up now has a new flagship: the W980, a glossily stylish clamshell that features 8GB of built-in storage among its spread of music-centric features. Unlike Sony Ericsson’s previous 8GB-packing Walkman W960i effort, the W980 doesn’t bring touchscreen smartphone functionality into play. Instead, it’ …
Phil Lattimore, 02 Sep 2008

Nokia 6210 Navigator phone

The upgraded successor to last year’s 6110 Navigator, the 6210 is a tidy slider-design handset, bearing more than a passing resemblance in looks and specs to the recently-launched 6220 Classic. It’s another of Nokia’s S60 3.2 smartphones, packing in much of the functionality and applications found on Nokia’s higher-end N series …
Phil Lattimore, 27 Aug 2008

Sony Ericsson Walkman W760i 3G sliderphone

A bit more where-it’s-at functionality has been added into the mix with the W760i - alongside a typical spread of music mobile features, Sony Ericsson has introduced integrated A-GPS for the first time. As part of Sony Ericsson’s first wave of GPS-packing handsets, the W760i has Google Maps software pre-loaded, plus a three- …
Phil Lattimore, 20 Aug 2008

Samsung Tocco SGH-F480 touchscreen phone

Samsung has been keen to tap into the touchscreen trend, with recent models like the F700, F490 and its Armani phone collaboration all following the iPhone’s lead into fingertip-tapping control. The Tocco SGH-F480 is another compact touchscreen effort, smaller than its near-namesake, the F490, and consequently packs a 2.8in …
Phil Lattimore, 11 Aug 2008

Sony Ericsson W350i entry-level Walkman phone

Checking into the Walkman phone range with a sub-£80 pre-pay price tag, the W350i’s appeal is built around its key music player features, a touch of slimline chic, and just enough eye-catching style. At 11mm thin and weighing 75g, it’s easy on the pocket as well as the eye, while the design reintroduces a retro-style flip …
Phil Lattimore, 01 Aug 2008

Nokia 6220 Classic candybar phone

It may look like an ordinary phone, but under the skin the 6220 Classic is anything but that. Nokia has crammed in much of the high-end features usually reserved for its Nseries smartphones. A 5-megapixel camera, featuring Carl Zeiss optics and a Xenon flash, sits on the back panel, while inside there’s A-GPS navigation …
Phil Lattimore, 28 Jul 2008

Motorola ROKR E8 music phone

Motorola’s ROKR music mobiles hasn’t exactly set the world on fire, the let-down of its E1 setting the par for the rest. With the E8 however, Motorola has approached the music mobile arena afresh. This model introduces some new design thinking to the range, not least Motorola’s own take on the current vogue for context-changing …
Phil Lattimore, 15 Jul 2008

Motorola Z10 'kick slider' media phone

It's take two for Motorola's kick slider concept. With the Z10, the phone maker has refined the back-bending sliderphone quirkiness of last year’s Z8 with an upgraded features list and a more sober design. The Z10 is geared up with high-speed HSDPA 3G data connectivity; a 3.2-megapixel camera with enhanced imaging and video …
Phil Lattimore, 11 Jun 2008

Samsung Soul SGH-U900

With touch control, a slim slider design, HSDPA mobile broadband and a 5-megapixel camera, the flagship Samsung Soul is aimed squarely at the hearts and wallets of style-conscious mobile buyers. Working from the blueprint of its ultra thin-as-you-can phone family, Samsung has created a premium mobile with a more substantial …
Phil Lattimore, 29 May 2008
Samsung miCoach

Samsung Adidas F110 miCoach personal trainer phone

Many of us spend a fortune on gym membership only to join the gang of guilty no-shows after just a few weeks. So is a mobile phone capable of putting you on the fast track to personal fitness? Samsung and Adidas think so. They’ve teamed up to produce the miCoach mobile phone and integrated personal coaching system. It’s a …
Phil Lattimore, 21 May 2008

LG KF700 slider phone

LG has come up with another touchscreen option to get your fingers working: the LG KF700 sliderphone, which combines a tap-to-control UI and dial-spin control with HSDPA 3G high-speed connectivity. How many different ways can you package touch technology for mobiles? LG seems determined to find the answer, with a flurry of …
Phil Lattimore, 12 May 2008

Sony Ericsson Z770i mobile phone

Fans of clamshell phones may feel a touch hard done by when it comes to Sony Ericsson. Despite some desirably stylish Walkman and Cyber-shot designs, the real style icons to date have tended to be candybars. The Z770i is its attempt to redress the balance. It's constructed with a smart, elegant look rather than brash style- …
Phil Lattimore, 06 May 2008

Nokia 3110 Evolve eco-friendly mobile phone

The planet's warming up, and we want to do something about it. Yet we still can't stop using our power-gobbling gadgets. What's the best way to minimise this paradox? Ask Nokia, and it'll tell you to try its "environmentally-friendly" 3110 Evolve. Nokia has taken the basic design of its 3110 Classic and added a few greener …
Phil Lattimore, 29 Apr 2008

Sony Ericsson K660i internet phone

It may not be as eye-catching as a Walkman music mobile or a Cyber-shot cameraphone, the K660i's web-focused features may grab another type of user in a similar way, Sony Ericsson hopes. The candybar K660i is SE's first mid-tier handset to be marketed specifically for its online-friendliness, and it features a set of illuminated …
Phil Lattimore, 18 Apr 2008

Sony Ericsson Walkman W380i budget music phone

Having revamped its high-end Walkman line-up with the W890i and the W960i, now it’s budget music mobile buyers' turn to get a fresh deal, with the W380i clamshell. But are its smart design and novel features enough to give it pocket pulling power? On the scale of music phones, the W380i may be less ‘iPhone killer’ more ‘Shuffle …
Phil Lattimore, 10 Apr 2008

LG KF600 dual-display sliderphone

LG has dreamed up a novel twist on the touchscreen concept that adds a dash of Viewty and a splash of Chocolate to create an original look that combines two front-panel displays: a touchscreen and a standard display. LG KF600 touchscreen handset KF600: are two screens better than one? The lower, touch-sensitive screen - LG …
Phil Lattimore, 17 Mar 2008

Sony Ericsson Walkman W890i mobile phone

Sony Ericsson turned heads last year with its ultra-slim Walkman W880i. Now its successor, the W890i, aims to play to an even wider audience with improved handling and upgraded features. The W880i was a breathtaking switch into ultra-slim mode for Sony Ericsson’s Walkman phone range. It was admired not only for its bold design, …
Phil Lattimore, 13 Mar 2008

Samsung Armani mobile phone

Following the fashion set by LG with its Prada Phone, Samsung has become the latest mobile maker to bring together couture culture and touchscreen technology. Running up its own style-savvy Giorgio Armani number, Samsung has embraced the iconic Italian fashion house chic for this premium label handset. Not surprisingly, the …
Phil Lattimore, 29 Feb 2008

Nokia N82 smartphone

Nokia has boosted its N series with its most heavily-featured candybar yet. With a five-megapixel Carl Zeiss-lensed, xenon flash equipped camera and GPS, it’s comparable to the N95 and one of the best cameraphones around. Even if it’s not the prettiest. Working on the principle that you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover, …
Phil Lattimore, 01 Feb 2008

Samsung SGH-G800 5Mp cameraphone

Samsung has put itself in the frame as a serious cameraphone contender with the SGH-G800, a five-megapixel cameraphone sporting a 3x optical zoom plus face-detection and autofocus technology. Samsung SGH-G800 mobile phone Samsung's SGH-G800: a serious contender? Samsung has already hit the five-megapixel cameraphone mark in …
Phil Lattimore, 17 Jan 2008