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HTC One (M8) in Red comes exclusively to O2, deals from £13 a month

Former British Telecom mobile phone network O2 has announced that it will exclusively be retailing the HTC One (M8) in Red.

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This will be on its O2 Refresh Tariffs, with data offerings between 500MB and 8GB.

The network currently sells the grey and gold versions, where deals start at £13.

That is with a 500MB data offering, with 500 minutes and an unlimited text message offering – with an upfront cost of £609.99.

Zero upfront costs start at £38 a month, with a 2GB mobile broadband bundle, and unlimited calling and texting.

Omio expects these costs to be matched with the red version of the HTC One (M8) on O2, when it arrives on the 4th of August.

This is for a smartphone that has a 5-inch full HD screen, flanked top and bottom by front-facing stereo speakers.

Those are 25 per cent louder than the ones found on the HTC One (M7), where the red version was exclusive to Phones4u

There is also a Duo Camera on the rear, with a depth sensor that captures detailed depth information, allowing you to refocus on the pics – after it’s been taken.

O2 Travel add-on now offers unlimited roaming

Former British Telecom mobile phone network O2 has increased the data roaming amount in its O2 Travel bolt-on, to offer its customers all the data they need – while roaming in Europe.

This is for just £1.99 a day for pay monthly and PAYG customers, where the latter has a 50MB allowance – increased from 15MB.

The new found travelling allowance means that people on O2 will no longer be confined to WIFI networks, for their data needs on holiday.

Or, feel the need to turn off roaming on their mobile phones, to avoid bill shock.

This coincides with the launch of a free O2 app, with Tripadvisor content, giving customers access to city guides and maps – available on both iOS, and Android devices.

“People use their mobiles as a source of information on a daily basis; we believe it should be no different when they are on holiday.”, said Nina Bibby, Marketing and Consumer Director at O2.

“By giving our customers access to all the data they need for just £1.99 a day when they are in Europe, we are offering them a worry free way to get the most out of their smartphones, whether it’s looking for a great place to eat, or navigating the streets of an unfamiliar city”

O2 Travel can be enabled by texting O2TRAVEL to 23336 (Pay & Go text TRAVELON to 21300).

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Mobile Phone Review Roundup: Nokia Lumia 930

Omio is rounding up all the Nokia Lumia 930 mobile phone reviews over the past week from the major tech titles in the UK.

This is all in order to bring you an all-inclusive and encompassing view of the opinions, from the various handset reviewers.

 

Pocket-Lint

Nokia Lumia 930 review

Since Microsoft acquired Nokia’s phone hardware business there’s been some confusion about where things go from here. Take the Lumia 930, the top-spec Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone that we’ve been reviewing for the last few days: Microsoft has left the "Nokia" name absent from all its press materials, yet the Nokia name sits proudly on the phone’s rear.

Clearly we’re in a period of transition. But what’s in a name – and does it even really matter? Only time will tell. What we’re most interested in is how the Lumia 930 embodies the evolving nature of Windows Phone 8.1. It showcases the ever-strong Lumia hardware – which is better built than plenty of top-spec Android rivals – and, perhaps ignoring the Lumia 1020′s camera prowess, represents the most compelling Windows Phone package to date.

It’s been a long time coming though. After first seeing the handset in April, the release date slipped back to mid-July in the UK; while those in the US will never see the 930 in this particular format. What with LG, Samsung and HTC having already outed their respective Android phones and with Apple supposedly due to announce a bigger, bolder iPhone in September has Nokia (or Microsoft – take your pick) got the guts to stand out – or is it a phone and operating system combination still scrabbling to keep up with the pack?

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Verdict

The Lumia 930 is as close as we’ve got to Windows Phone’s wow moment. But, in saying that, we’re still on the fence about whether it’s enough to lure new customers in.

We love the 5-inch Full HD screen, the camera good in decent light, and the solid build quality separates the device from all those plasticky competitors with removable back plates. It’s a touch on the thick size and is a large device overall, but we think the Lumia 930 gets away with it. We’re not sure about all the colour options though.

Now in version 8.1 the Windows Phone experience is also more complete than it’s ever been before. Although, in many respects, that just means it’s caught up with the competition – and if you’re a gamer then the lack of apps will still disappoint. There are still some fussy points in use too, but the lack of bloatware otherwise keeps the Lumia experience pure.

The Lumia 930 is big, bold and has touches of brilliance. As much as it wows, though, there’s still work to be done to truly set it apart from the competition. This is one that will divide the crowd, but is a device that can’t be ignored for its positives and its aspirations. Whether it can be so highly praised in two months’ time from now is another matter, but right now this is the best Windows Phone device that money can buy. Read the full Nokia Lumia 930 review on Pocket Lint.

– Check out all the Nokia Lumia 930 deals on OMIO today!

 

Reghardware

Nokia Lumia 930

The Lumia 930 is the first upmarket phone in eight months from Nokia’s former mobile phones division, which is now owned by Microsoft. It’s a solid but quite unspectacular upgrade for Windows Phone users.

However, there’s nothing really new here. If you’re looking for a phone with something distinctive, a bit of a wow factor, you may wish to wait until later in the year, when, hopefully, the buggy and crufty Windows Phone 8.1 release should be in better shape.

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The Reg Verdict

As if in recognition of this, the Lumia 930 comes with a decent two-week launch offer of a dinky Bluetooth speaker, a wireless charging plate and a £20 app voucher. Even after that, every 930 sold in the UK will include a wireless charging plate.

So if you’re already in the Windows Phone world, it may be worth waiting until later in the year to see what Nokia-soft has up its sleeve. That said, the Lumia 930 isn’t a bad device by any means. It has superb build quality and its corporate-friendly features could see it sell in decent numbers. You wouldn’t grumble if you were assigned one.

But is that enough? Read the full Nokia Lumia 930 review on The Register.

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TechRadar

Nokia Lumia 930 review

Windows Phone is going on four years old now – and it’s still never had the standout phone that shows it’s a platform that can compete with the iPhone and the best Android has to offer.

The Nokia Lumia 930 looks to be just that phone, with a next-generation screen, a much-improved processor and a new version of the OS to give users more customisation than ever before.

This is still a Nokia phone, despite the buyout by Microsoft, and the heritage is plain to see with the choice of coloured plastic backs combined with the metallic trim.

But here’s the key question: does the Nokia Lumia 930 have the ability to mix it with the big boys? It’s got a higher spec sheet than ever before, the still-great camera and all of the Finnish / American toys it can pack on board, and it’s coming out of the gate for cheaper than the competition too.

On top of that you’ve got a decent accessory ecosystem around it, a strong identity and an ever-growing user base for Windows Phone.

But there’s also the other side of it: the Lumia 930 is using last year’s components and still has to battle against the fact Windows Phone is still running behind iOS and Android in both the popularity and app stakes.

It’s a tricky one – read on to see if the new Lumia could possibly be your next phone.

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Verdict

The Nokia Lumia 930 is the best Windows Phone yet – you’ll probably read that across the web. But that’s like saying it’s the best seaplane: you’ll really need some elements of it from time to time, and you’ll be able to use it, but really you want something that’s able to flourish in more scenarios.

The build quality is excellent and iconic, and the camera is powerful and results in mostly great snaps. I like that 32GB is on offer as the base model, and wireless charging built in is perfect.

The price is pretty good too, and if you’re a fan of Windows Phone there is nothing better right now. But Microsoft needs to boost the UI and usability of its OS as soon as possible to make sure it keeps up with pack – and that’s the main thing that’s troubling the Nokia Lumia 930 right now. Read the full Nokia Lumia 930 review on TechRadar.

– Check out all the Nokia Lumia 930 deals on OMIO today!

 

Trusted Reviews

Nokia Lumia 930 review

The Nokia Lumia 930, also known as the Lumia Icon in the US, is a 5-inch Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone that’s the first handset to launch since Microsoft’s buyout of Nokia’s mobile division. The successor to the Lumia 925, it’s available on contracts from £30 a month, so it’s competing with the iPhone 5S and top-tier Android phones like the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2.

It’s a step up in almost every department on the 925 and with Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft’s slowly improving mobile operating system, it’s the closest we’ve come to a Windows phone that can compete with the best Android phones and iPhones.

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Verdict

The Nokia Lumia 930 is another very good top-end Windows Phone from Nokia, but we’d like it to last a longer and be less chunky. Read the full Nokia Lumia 930 review on TrustedReviews.

– Check out all the Nokia Lumia 930 deals on OMIO today!

 

uSwitch

Nokia Lumia 930 review

We’re just over halfway through the year, and already we’ve seen HTC’s luscious One (M8), Samsung’s stripped-back Galaxy S5, and LG’s eye-poppingly high resolution G3.

And now comes a new Nokia, the first high-end device to run Windows Phone 8.1 (bizarrely, we’ve already seen the OS on its entry-level Lumia 630 and 635 handsets).

The Lumia 930 has a new design to go with its new software. But can it mix it with the big boys of the smartphone world? Let’s have a look.

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Verdict

Windows Phone has come on leaps and bounds in recent months.

The Lumia 930 might have been bested in the specs department, but it’s a great all-rounder that’s more than capable enough for all but the most demanding of smartphone users. And it has a unique and stylish look to boot.

It’s the best Windows Phone handset around right now, and a serious contender for flagship of the year. Read the full Nokia Lumia 930 review on uSwitch

– Check out all the Nokia Lumia 930 deals on OMIO today!

Three users get free WIFI on London Underground

Numerical mobile phone network Three is the latest network to join Virgin Media’s wholesale partnership, allowing its customers to freely access fast WIFI on the London Underground.

This will be at no extra cost and is set to become available by the end of July.

Three joins O2, Vodafone, EE and also Virgin Media on this service – offering the capability to be able to check social networks, web sites and emails, while they are in the station.

That is from the ticket hall, to the escalators, on the platforms and to the actual tube (not in the tunnels).

This is all within 137 tube stations, with 7 more coming on board next week – including Edgware Road and Ealing Broadway.

Three’rs can sign up for the service when entering the station for the first time, with a password then being passed along.

“Giving our customers access to free WiFi on the London underground is another step towards them being able to enjoy the benefits of being connected no matter where they are.”, said Danny Dixon, director of customer strategy, Three.

“Our customers will also have the added benefit of being able to use our new Three InTouch app, which means they will be able to surf the web, as well as make and receive calls and texts when they are in Wi-Fi enabled London tube stations.”

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS rolls out

Microsoft owned mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has announced the Lumia Cyan update is being deployed to Nokia handsets running Windows Phone 8.

Coming with this update is Windows Phone 8.1: the new update to the Microsoft mobile phone platform.

This builds in the Action Center, with its one swipe access to settings and notifications on the phone.

There is also the introduction of a third column of live titles on the home screen, once only a feature of the phablet – Nokia’s Lumia 1520.

It will also have a swipe-esque WordFlow keyboard, plus the personal assistant, Cortana.

The latter will be available in the USA first of all, where it is due to arrive in the UK at a later date.

Microsoft has enhanced the camera experience, with better access to pics, editing them and sharing.

This OS also allows the installing of apps to a microSD card, where the phone supports it, and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio recording – in the 1520 and new, Nokia Lumia 930.

Microsoft Devices has said that it expects the update to be available to the full range of devices in the coming weeks, where it is starting with the 920 and 625 – in the UK.

Three brings free 0800 calling to SIMO

Numerical mobile phone network Three has brought in its free 0800 calling offer to its SIM Only plans, while introducing lower costs to other numbers.

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Those are the likes of numbers starting with 084 and 087, which are now capped at 5p a minute.

These changes were first introduced in Three’s pay monthly plans, mid-March.

The SIMO plans have a range of data allowances attached, with 500MB; 1GB; 2GB; 4GB and its famed, all-you-can-eat bundle.

These have voice packages with 200 minutes; 600 and unlimited minutes – which start at £7 for 12 month plans.

1 month plans start at £13 a month, with a 1GB data allowance, plus 600 minutes.

These all have an unlimited text message offering, no matter what tariff.

Tethering has been expanded to 4GB, on plans that support that offering – with this coming to handsets on contracts, next year.

“People want choice and control so they are able to enjoy their devices without worrying about bill shock. These SIM-only plans give them exactly that.”, said Three’s Marketing Director, Tom Malleschitz.

“They’ll also benefit from free 0800 numbers and with Feel At Home customers can use the internet and call and text home while in Australia, France, Italy, the USA and twelve other countries out of their UK allowance.”

Mobile Phone Review Roundup: Nokia Lumia 930 and OnePlus One

Omio is rounding up all the mobile phone reviews over the past week from the major tech titles in the UK.

This is all in order to bring you an all-inclusive and encompassing view of the opinions, from the various handset reviewers.

 

Pocket-Lint

Nokia Lumia 930 review

Since Microsoft acquired Nokia’s phone hardware business there’s been some confusion about where things go from here. Take the Lumia 930, the top-spec Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone that we’ve been reviewing for the last few days: Microsoft has left the "Nokia" name absent from all its press materials, yet the Nokia name sits proudly on the phone’s rear.

Clearly we’re in a period of transition. But what’s in a name – and does it even really matter? Only time will tell. What we’re most interested in is how the Lumia 930 embodies the evolving nature of Windows Phone 8.1. It showcases the ever-strong Lumia hardware – which is better built than plenty of top-spec Android rivals – and, perhaps ignoring the Lumia 1020′s camera prowess, represents the most compelling Windows Phone package to date.

It’s been a long time coming though. After first seeing the handset in April, the release date slipped back to mid-July in the UK; while those in the US will never see the 930 in this particular format. What with LG, Samsung and HTC having already outed their respective Android phones and with Apple supposedly due to announce a bigger, bolder iPhone in September has Nokia (or Microsoft – take your pick) got the guts to stand out – or is it a phone and operating system combination still scrabbling to keep up with the pack?

Verdict

The Lumia 930 is as close as we’ve got to Windows Phone’s wow moment. But, in saying that, we’re still on the fence about whether it’s enough to lure new customers in.

We love the 5-inch Full HD screen, the camera good in decent light, and the solid build quality separates the device from all those plasticky competitors with removable back plates. It’s a touch on the thick size and is a large device overall, but we think the Lumia 930 gets away with it. We’re not sure about all the colour options though.

Now in version 8.1 the Windows Phone experience is also more complete than it’s ever been before. Although, in many respects, that just means it’s caught up with the competition – and if you’re a gamer then the lack of apps will still disappoint. There are still some fussy points in use too, but the lack of bloatware otherwise keeps the Lumia experience pure.

The Lumia 930 is big, bold and has touches of brilliance. As much as it wows, though, there’s still work to be done to truly set it apart from the competition. This is one that will divide the crowd, but is a device that can’t be ignored for its positives and its aspirations. Whether it can be so highly praised in two months’ time from now is another matter, but right now this is the best Windows Phone device that money can buy.

Check out all the Nokia Lumia 930 deals on OMIO today!

 

Stuff

OnePlus One review

The flagship killer. That’s how OnePlus – a fresh Chinese start-up that’s suddenly sprung out of nowhere – is pitching its debut £230 smartphone.

And boy, does it live up to that pitch.

Charging onto the smartphone scene under an ambitious ‘Never Settle’ banner, OnePlus has made a genuinely brilliant, genuinely disruptive device with a huge 5.5in screen, the best processing power currently available and kickass battery life. All for less than the price of a Nexus 5.

The sheer, almost-unbelievable value of the OnePlus One is impossible to resist. Pick up this smartphone just once and you will want to own one.

But there’s the rub: owning one right now is very tricky thanks to an invite-only ordering process. So just how far should you go to get yourself on the list?

ONEPLUS ONE VERDICT

To get one of the best smartphones on the planet, you don’t need £500 or £40 a month anymore. You just need a OnePlus One invite.

OnePlus tells us that as production ramps up, more invites will be sent out (to buyers and on forums) and a good, old-fashioned pre-order system set up. Letting gadget fans buy the device the proper way means the £230 One could well be the flagship killer that was promised. On supreme value alone, it deserves it.

If OnePlus decides to make a smaller smartphone in 2015, it might even put a few tech giants out of business. For now, the OnePlus One might be too big for some.

But it really does have ‘it’ – that combination of good design, reliable performance and value for money. The Nexus 5 has it, so does the smaller Moto G. But now the OnePlus One has surpassed both and takes its place as the king of the budget flagships. It’s perfect for early adopters, spec worshippers, tinkerers and anyone willing to take a gamble on an unknown – but utterly brilliant – gadget.

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Trusted Reviews

Nokia Lumia 930

The Nokia Lumia 930 is the successor to the Lumia 925. It’s a high-end 5-inch screen Windows Phone, with a focus on camera technology. However, it’s not quite as camera-obsessed as the Lumia 1020, making it a slightly more accessible phone.

First Impressions

The Nokia Lumia 930 isn’t going to get camera geeks quite as excited as something like the Lumia 1020. But this seems like another Nokia success. A good-looking, part-metal design (although we’re not sure about the green), an impressive-sounding camera and the reliable Windows Phone software make this a phone to consider if you simply don’t want an Android.

We took a closer look the phone at its launch to find out if it deserves to head-up Nokia’s 2014 phone line-up

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T3

OnePlus One review

The OnePlus One has caused quite a stir. It’s a phone that offers specs you’d normally have to pay £500 for, but you get the lot for £230.

It sounds too good to be true, but is it? There are a few problems holding it back, but the OnePlus One is a cracking phone for the most part.

OnePlus One: Verdict

The OnePlus One offers an awful lot of phone for not much money. In most respects, it’s the equal to phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2. And given it costs as little as £229, it’s pretty amazing when you think about it.

However, there are a few niggles – the dodgy 4G support being the most important one. The biggest problem in reality is quite how tricky these phones are to buy. In short supply and not available on shelves in the UK, you need to put some effort in to get hold of one.

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Nokia Lumia 930 available 17th July, deals from £33 a month

Microsoft owned mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has unveiled that its new flagship Nokia Lumia 930 mobile phone will be available to buy on the 17th of July, from £33 a month.

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Accompanying this, for the first two weeks, will be a gift bundle worth £130.

It contains an additional wireless charger for recharging on the go (plus the version in the retail box); the Nokia Bluetooth Mini MD-12 speaker, and a voucher for £20 of free apps from the Windows store.

Nokia has said its first high-end phone to run Microsofts’ Windows Phone 8.1 will be available with Vodafone, EE, Phones4U, O2, Carphone Warehouse, Tesco and Amazon.

These will be in the colours of bright orange, bright green and black – where Phones4u will exclusively be stocking the white edition.

This is for a phone that has a 5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 screen, with a 441 PPI and good outdoor readability, thanks to Nokia’s ClearBlack display tech.

It is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

On the rear is a 20-megapixel camera, with optical image stabilisation and ZEISS optics.

There is also the SensorCore tech built-in, with its low-power motion sensor, aiding in tracking activities, with minimal power use.

Windows Phone 8.1 brings in the Action Centre notifications to the OS, along with the voice activated personal assistant Cortana - due to arrive at a later date.

Vodafone WorldTraveller launches, offering access to tariff allowances, around the world

Red logoed mobile phone network Vodafone has introduced a more far reaching version of its EuroTraveller add-on, called WorldTraveller, which allows its customers to call, text and use the Internet, around the world – as if they were the UK.

This Roaming bundle costs £5 a day, for use within the USA, India, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Ghana, Qatar and South Africa

It is available for pay monthly and business customers on certain price plans, where receiving calls and text messages are free.

To enable the service, Vodafoners can call 555 and are only charged for the days they use the service, and not for any other time.

EuroTraveller offers a similar setup, costing £2 a day, for use within the EU and other places.

That is for use within Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey), Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark (inc Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France,  French West Indies, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy (inc Vatican City & San Marino), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Northern Cyprus, Norway, Poland, Portugal (incl. Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (incl. Canary Islands), Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

Three offers a similar service to both of the above, under the name of Feel At Home. Unlike Vodafone, it is part and parcel of its plans, and is available at no extra charge.

Check out all the Vodafone deals on OMIO today!

Mobile Phone Review Roundup: Nokia Lumia 630, LG G3, LG G2 Mini and Sony Xperia E1

Omio is rounding up all the mobile phone reviews over the past week from the major tech titles in the UK.

This is all in order to bring you an all-inclusive and encompassing view of the opinions, from the various handset reviewers.

 

Pocket-Lint

Nokia Lumia 630 review

The Nokia Lumia 630 is one of the last devices that will launch with the Nokia Lumia name now that Microsoft is at the helm. It’s also the Windows Phone attack on the affordable market, with a price tag of just £100 certain to capture attention.

As one of the first devices to arrive with Windows Phone 8.1 – a software update that addresses many of the shortcomings of Microsoft’s mobile platform – the Lumia 630 is built on solid foundations. But with rivals such as the Motorola Moto G offering plenty of budget wow in the Android camp, how does this perky Lumia handset hold up? We’ve been living with it to find out.

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Verdict

The Nokia Lumia 630 is something of a mixed bag. It’s cheap, cheerful and Nokia succeeds in delivering a bright and well built handset that’s ahead of many competitors’ plastic offerings. It also gives you the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system experience, as well as the latest additions from Lumia Cyan.

But we found the software experience can feel a little slow and, with our review device, a little buggy too. There are hardware compromises too, especially in the display, when pitched against rivals such as the Motorola Moto G.

Affordability is one of the things that starts to work against Nokia: with plenty of legacy devices, you could pick up a stronger Lumia device on contract that offers a better hardware experience without breaking the bank. That said, you can get the Nokia Lumia 630 from as little as £10 a month.

With Motorola dominating this market the Nokia Lumia 630 doesn’t feel quite like the budget shining star it’s designed to be. Read the full Nokia Lumia 630 review on Pocket Lint.

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Reghardware

LG G3

LG is releasing its new G3 smartphone today. It’s a large device made slim and comfortable by clever design, and is distinguished by a mind-boggling screen, and a superb camera. It’s let down only by hardware buttons, which can be a challenge to locate with accuracy, and the software execution, which hasn’t really tamed Android or added much to it.

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The Reg Verdict

The LG G3 has its share of contradictions, such as its quad HD screen and a laser focusing camera coupled with a so-so Android reskin and basic photo shooting controls. And then there’s its appealing compactness, offset by those back buttons that are a bit Marmite. Yet there’s some sensible thinking here too, as the storage expansion and removable battery are must-haves for many. All in all, LG arrives with one of the year’s best phones – as long as you can get used to the controls. Read the full LG G3 review on The Register.

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TechRadar

LG G2 Mini review

There has never been a better time to be shopping in the middle or low end of the smartphone market. Whereas a few years ago any device at this level would be very slow, have a tiny screen, a very poor camera and weak battery life, LG is once again proving with the G2 Mini that times have changed.

None of this is to say that the G2 Mini is an especially cheap smartphone, although at just over the £200 mark off contract it is hardly expensive. Motorola is doing amazing things with its Moto G and Nokia has the Lumia 630 both of which undercut the G2 Mini by a fair chunk.

Given LG’s standing as potentially the most innovative and improved manufacturer of 2013, the G2 Mini deserves a fair look despite its relatively high price compared to its peers.
LG has carried over the most unusual and unique aspects of the G2 into its lower end offering, most notably the buttons on the back. It is an unusual placement but does make sense given that they sit just where your fingers often are when holding the phone normally.

It takes a little time to get used to the buttons being on the back, but after a few days I found it quite natural to use them. I don’t particularly find they offer an improved experience over well-placed buttons on the side of a phone, but they are not a hindrance either.

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Final verdict

Ultimately it is hard to recommend the G2 Mini over something like the Motorola Moto G, which has a superior screen, similar performance and very good battery life. Only the camera on the LG device is clearly better.

This doesn’t tell the whole story though, as the G2 Mini is a very nice device to use and has a compelling overall proposition. It just lacks a few key refinements and could do with either packing a higher resolution screen or a lower price to really be a standout device. Read the full LG G2 Mini review on TechRadar.

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Trusted Reviews

Sony Xperia E1 review

The Sony Xperia E1 is a small, affordable Android phone that makes sense for people who want to steer clear of expensive contracts. Selling for around £70, it would also make a good first smartphone for younger folk.

In several respects it’s a good deal. However, the Motorola Moto E is significantly better and only £10 more expensive, and there are some added performance issues here.

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Verdict

The Sony Xperia E1 is a decent value entry-level Android phone, but hardware compromises matched with some performance and stability issues mean you can get better for under £80. Read the full Sony Xperia E1 review on Trusted Reviews.

Check out all the Sony Xperia E1 deals on OMIO today!