Huawei P8 – can the new Chinese flagship smartphone keep you out of contract?

SIM-only contracts for smartphones are getting cheaper all the time and more and more discerning individuals are opting not to tie themselves into a talk plan for years, even if that does mean stumping up a fair whack for a  new phone. For many this puts the flagship phones from the major players just out … Continue reading Huawei P8 – can the new Chinese flagship smartphone keep you out of contract?

Microsoft’s Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL: what do the critics think?

At last, the highly-anticipated Lumia 640 has hit the high streets and online stores. Lumia’s latest addition to its portfolio will soon be joined by the Lumia 640 XL, due to be available by the end of April. So how are the latest Lumia handsets bearing up to the scrutinising eye of the tech press? … Continue reading Microsoft’s Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL: what do the critics think?

Archos 50 Oxygen Plus: Taking the ‘smart’ out of the smartphone?

Archos, the French multinational producer of tablets, phones and other electronic devices, has extended its range with the 50 Oxygen Plus. Okay, so its name might sound more like a medical device designed to help people breathe than a smartphone, but that doesn’t mean to say it’s not worth bothering about. On the contrary, according … Continue reading Archos 50 Oxygen Plus: Taking the ‘smart’ out of the smartphone?

Hands On With The HTC M9 – Evolution Or Revolution?

The release of HTC’s M9 is perhaps the company’s most significant launch since the M7 – a device that for many represented the very pinnacle of the premium smartphones market. Since then Samsung has delivered some all-metal beauties of its own and Apple made a significant generational leap with iPhone 6 and 6+, so everyone … Continue reading Hands On With The HTC M9 – Evolution Or Revolution?

Samsung S6 EDGE – Game Changer or Flawed Beauty?

Samsung’s certainly doing what it can to get noticed in the smartphone arena, not that this seems particularly necessary. After delivering all-metal bodies in the A5 and A3 for those who crave a sleeker shell it’s now thinking outside the box with the S6 Galaxy EDGE, a device that aims to take aesthetics to a … Continue reading Samsung S6 EDGE – Game Changer or Flawed Beauty?

LG G Flex 2 – there’s no beauty without curves

“Same is not sexy”. This is the rather bold statement LG is going with to describe its intriguingly shaped Flex 2. We’re not sure how true this is in the grand scheme of things but we’re inclined to agree that as far as sexy tech goes, LG may have a point. It’s nice to see … Continue reading LG G Flex 2 – there’s no beauty without curves

Kyocera Torque – budget-priced ruggedized smartphone crosses the pond

There are few things in life more frustrating than damaging a smartphone. Apart from the expense involved, the thought of spending days without catching up on Twitter and playing Candy Crush is often too much for some people to bear, so it’s no wonder we’re starting to see an increasing focus on durability. Toughened screens … Continue reading Kyocera Torque – budget-priced ruggedized smartphone crosses the pond

CES 2015 Video: SelfieBrush, smartphone holder hairbrush

The SelfieBrush, from the creators of The Wet Brush, shows more of the more quirky side of the gadgetry displayed at CES 2015. The brush allows the user to slide their smartphone (iPhone 5/5S/6, Galaxy S4 and an upcoming Galaxy S5 model) into the brush itself, displaying the screen from the back of your phone. This … Continue reading CES 2015 Video: SelfieBrush, smartphone holder hairbrush