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.
‘Thin’ is important. If you’re not a size zero, you are a zero, folks. It’s the sort of ideology you see in creepy movies about ballet dancers, but it could almost be the credo of the Huawei Ascend P7.
It’s one of the thinnest phones ever made, and along with having 4G as fast as 4G gets – at present – this is the Huawei Ascend P7’s calling card. Among plastic Android phones it makes a bit of a splash.
But beauty is only half the battle, so what’s the P7 got to offer if you’re not as obsessed with looks as a Vogue magazine staffer desperate to climb the greasy pole?
HUAWEI ASCEND P7 VERDICT
The Huawei Ascend P7 is something a little different from a company known more for its ultra-cheap phones. It has a high-end look and a nice, sharp, bright screen. Huawei is stepping up its game.
But look at it in direct competition with phones such as the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5, or even the older/cheaper LG G2 and Nexus 5, and it doesn’t quite stack up. Performance isn’t great, the CPU seems aged right out of the gate and the quirky Huawei EmotionUI certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste.
At this price it’s certainly not a bad buy, and its camera is actually pretty good. But Huawei isn’t up there with the big boys’ flagships just yet. Read the full Huawei Ascend P7 review on Stuff.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini was quietly announced via press release at the beginning of July, and it’s now finding its way into stores around the world, so how does the pint-sized smartphone shape up?
As far as design goes there’s no mistaking this is a close relative to the Samsung Galaxy S5, with the S5 Mini sporting the familiar ribbed faux-metal band around its circumference and the dimpled polycarbonate rear linking it directly to its bigger brother.
It’s got the HTC One Mini 2, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, iPhone 5C and the LG G3 Beat in its sights, as these shrunken smartphones look to do battle a couple of tiers below their flagship brethren.
SIM-free you’ll need at least £360 (about $600, AU$650) for the Galaxy S5 Mini, while on contact it can be had for free on two year deals starting at £24.99 in the UK.
When it comes to design it really is a mini version of the Galaxy S5, although there’s no annoying flap over the microUSB port at the base of the handset.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is a solid smartphone with an impressive range of features borrowed from the S5, and it’s a marked improvement over the Galaxy S4 Mini.
I’m a little disappointed not to see Samsung going down the Xperia Z1 Compact route and packing the S5 Mini with the same camera and power as the Galaxy S5, but I guess I can’t have everything.
If you’re taken with the Galaxy S5′s design, fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, but simply can’t afford its lofty price tag, then the Galaxy S5 Mini looks to be a strong replacement.
Shop around a little more though and the HTC One Mini 2, iPhone 5C or OnePlus One make more some tough competition. Read the full Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review on TechRadar.
The Nokia Lumia 635 is the 4G version of the Nokia Lumia 630. Most other elements remain the same, except the 635 has a glossy body rather than a matt one. However, it’s a bit more important than that description might suggest.
This phone is part of the new 4G revolution, which is all about bringing 4G phones to people who previously might have dismissed faster mobile internet as just too expensive to consider. The Lumia 635 costs around £120 without a contract, making it pretty easy to buy outright.
The Nokia Lumia 635 is a competent little Windows Phone 8.1 mobile with 4G. However, a few too many little niggles and cuts mean it’s not the bargain the Lumia 520 and Lumia 620 were last year. Read the full Nokia Lumia 635 review on Trusted Reviews.