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Mobile Phone Review Roundup: Motorola Moto E, HTC One E8 and Vodafone Smart 4 Mini

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

Motorola Moto E review

When Motorola launched the Moto G smartphone last year, it said it wanted to offer “an affordable smartphone for people who don’t want to compromise on quality, experience or style”. It more than succeeded in that venture, and now its focus shifts to the even more budget section of the market with the Motorola Moto E.

The Moto E is less spec-savvy than its bigger brother Moto G, but it still puts on a darn good show considering its £89 asking price. By cutting back on the specification and price point has Motorola got the balance right to be the budget king once again? We’ve been living with the Moto E as our go-to phone for a couple of weeks to see whether it adds up.

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Verdict

The Moto E is a brilliant device for the price. If your budget doesn’t stretch beyond £100 then we would say – ignoring the lack of 4G connectivity – that there isn’t a competing device that offers the same overall experience, specification and design.

Despite the price point the Moto E has glimpses of premium about its build; the matte finish on the rear makes it a delight to hold and the metal buttons feel quality. Add some useful software features, a true Android experience, solid battery life, microSD slot for storage expansion, quality sound output and it’s an undeniably decent device.

On the not-so-good side of the coin the rear camera really isn’t up to much and the lack of a front-facing one feels like an oddity, plus the screen resolution is fairly low. But that’s hardly surprising given the price.

All said and done the Moto E gives plenty of bang for your buck. But it sits in a busy market, and one that’s already dominated by Motorola. That, in part, is the Moto E’s undoing, because we would still opt to spend a little more cash and buy the 4G Moto G instead. But that can’t detract from the Moto E’s successes: it’s a great phone available at a great price. Check out the full Motorola Moto E review on Pocket Lint.

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TechRadar

HTC One E8 review

The HTC One E8 is the phone I never thought I’d see. Given HTC’s big push into making design the most important element of its flagship One M8 phone, why lose it?

And this theme returns when you turn the phone over: all the talk of the importance of the duo camera, with Ufocus and other assorted Ultrapixel gubbins, is gone in favour of an off-the-shelf 13MP sensor.

What gives, HTC? It’s nearly 30% cheaper? Oh. That makes sense.

Beyond that, we’re treated to the HTC One M8 spec for spec. That means a Snapdragon 801 chip inside, the same larger 2600mAh battery, a glorious Full HD 5-inch Super LCD3 screen, a microSD slot and, well, you might as well just read the spec sheet for the One M8 to get the full picture.

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Early verdict

There’s a lot here that I’m missing from the One M8, but not as much as I thought I would. The build quality is a lot lower, but the colour of my sample and the well-packaged unibody mitigates that somewhat.

The camera, in the early tests, performs very well, but I’ve not tried it in the full range of low light and differing texture tests, so I’ll be intrigued to see how that pans out.

Essentially, this budget version of the One M8 isn’t that budget – but it does provide competition to the likes of the Nexus 5 and the OnePlus One for a high-end phone with great specs and a lower price, and it appears HTC has managed that well here. Check out the full HTC One E8 review on TechRadar.

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Trusted Reviews

Vodafone Smart 4 Mini review

The Vodafone Smart 4 Mini is a small, very low cost phone. If you want a mobile you won’t have to worry too much about breaking, need to buy someone their first real smartphone or just want a backup, it seems like a good option.

At £50, it is just a tenth the price of the top phones. There are obvious cuts made in almost every area of the Smart 4 Mini that mean we can’t fully recommend it, but you do get the full  Android experience for very little cash here.

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Verdict

The Vodafone Smart 4 Mini is a very affordable phone that’s among the very best you can buy at the price. However, its quite slow and cuts across the board mean you need more patience than you’d need with a slightly more expensive mobile. Check out the full Vodafone Smart 4 Mini review on TrustedReviews.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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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.

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Mobile Phone Review Roundup: LG G3

Omio is rounding up all the LG G3 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.

 

TechRadar

LG G3 review

With the LG G3, we’re seeing a brand release a phone ahead of time in order to grab a foothold in an industry that could be spiralling away from its grasp.

It’s an odd thing to say considering we’re talking about a manufacturer that launched one of the critically acclaimed phones of 2013, with the LG G2 impressing far more than most expected.

But that was months ago, and LG has realised that with Samsung, Sony and HTC all bringing out far superior models it can’t wait until later in the year to catch up, so it’s tried to race to the front of the pack with a previously-unseen step forward in screen technology.

If you need more evidence that this is a phone that LG has accelerated to launch, check out the changes it’s made: removable battery, microSD slot, metallic frame and new, mature interface; in short, everything that was wrong with last year’s model in the eyes of many.

So with that in mind, is the LG G3 the perfect smartphone?

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Verdict

The LG G3 is a great smartphone – like its predecessor, if you’re after power and precision, perhaps over design and form, then this is a winner.

The camera and battery combo is sure to win some hearts, and the improved user interface both will attract new users and give relief to those that were put off by the clutter on the G2.

However, I think something was lost in design in making the backplate removable – I feel that unibody designs just feel better in the hand thanks to being more solid, and I miss that from the G2.

The plastic / metal doesn’t feel great in the hand either, and the dimensions are very much small phablet than big smartphone, which you’ll need to take into consideration if you’re thinking of buying the LG G3.

If that doesn’t bother you then the G3 is a really impressive, very accomplished smartphone that drops the gimmicks to create one of the most powerful and impressive handsets you can buy right now. Read the full LG G3 review on TechRadar.

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Trusted Reviews

LG G3 review

LG is among the last companies to release its flagship phone for 2014. It needs to play catch-up.

It aims to do this with the LG G3, a phone with an excellent 5.5-inch QHD screen and laser-focusing camera. Not only has LG caught up, in some cases it has surpassed the competition.

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Verdict

The LG G3 is LG’s best phone yet. The screen is special but we’d have been happy for a 1080p display and better battery life. However the LG G3 has no real weaknesses, it’s an all-round great phone. Read the full LG G3 review on Trusted Reviews.

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T3

LG G3 review

Last year, LG created the G2 with a big screen, striking design and a bunch of innovations. Now, with the G3, LG aims to change things again with a display that’s unprecedentedly high resolution, a striking new OS design and a great camera – with laser-guided autofocus no less. Is this the most advanced phone yet? Read on.

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LG G3: Verdict

So is this the perfect phone? It’s certainly the most powerful on the market at the moment and like Samsung did with the Galaxy S5, LG has focused on the basics rather than chucking exotic extra hardware features in for their own sake.

Apart of course from that attention-grabbing laser. And it’s a real pleasure to use the G3. Its size will be the clincher, though. Your mitts will decide whether it’s a great development in rightfully big-scale technology or else an absurdly oversized whale. Read the full LG G3 review on T3.

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uSwitch

LG G3 review

Another week, another flagship phone claiming to be the best.

LG’s effort does pack some genuinely new tech though, including the highest-resolution screen money can buy – on these shores, anyway – and a laser-guided camera.

All of which sounds great on paper. But how does it fare in practice?

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Verdict

The G3 improves on the G2 in pretty much every way. It’s faster, bigger, sharper, and takes better pictures.

Looks like the race to be this year’s top smartphone just got even more interesting… Read the full LG G3 review on uSwitch.

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Mobile Phone Review Roundup: Huawei Ascend P7, Samsung Galaxy K Zoom , Sony Xperia M2, HTC Desire 816 and EE Kestrel

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.

 

The Register

Huawei Ascend P7: We review the PANORAMIC SELFIE smartphone

Last year Huawei crept into the No 3 spot for smartphone sales worldwide without anyone really noticing. At least not here, where Chinese giant is known (if it’s known for anything) for its networking equipment. But with the Ascend P7, it raises its game in two ways.

It’s Huawei’s first 4G phone, and it’s by far the most attractive, eye-catching design we’ve seen from a Chinese vendor.

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Verdict

The super slim 4G handset eschews some bells and whistles and has a reasonable price tag. Read the full Huawei Ascend P7 review on The Register.

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Stuff

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review

If you regularly leave home laden with a phone and a camera, the Galaxy K Zoom demands your attention.

This mash-up of a smartphone and snapper combines the high-end specs and build quality of the Samsung Galaxy series with a retractable 10x optical zoom lens. In return though, it demands a lot more space in your pocket.
 
So is it the perfect phone for the photo-crazy, or just another example of convergence gone mad?

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SAMSUNG GALAXY K ZOOM VERDICT

It’s probably a long time since you owned a phone as chunky as this, so it will take a bit of getting used to. Because of its size, it feels like a step backwards in terms of design, but if it means you don’t need to take a camera everywhere you go, perhaps that’s not such a problem. We’d still be inclined to opt for a slimmer phone and a pocketable compact camera, but if you can put up with the extra girth you might have just found your next phone. Read the full Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review on Stuff.

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TechRadar

Sony Xperia M2 review

Given the critical acclaim that the newly launched Sony Xperia Z2 has received, it is vital that Sony follows up with equally impressive mid range handsets if it is to compete with Apple and Samsung. Enter the Sony Xperia M2.

Not too long ago it seemed that Sony might have been out of the mobile running. Shoot forward to 2014 and Sony has established itself at the top, although the Japanese firm has yet to firmly prove itself with a truly decent midrange handset. Could things be about to change with the Xperia M2?

At first glance the Xperia M2 seems like a respectable proposition; a quad-core processor, 8MP camera and 4G LTE support, wrapped in a chassis that looks oddly familiar all for £230 (about $385, AU$415) or free on two year contracts starting at around £13 per month.

This means that the Sony handset has a tough fight on its hands, facing off against the newly relaunched 4G Moto G, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3, EE Kestrel and the OnePlus One, all of which come in with a similarly low price tag.

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Verdict

Sony has launched its Xperia M2 handset into a very crowded market, one populated with ageing flagships and some already impressive new handsets. Can it build upon the success that the Xperia Z2 has brought though?

In short, yes, but that is the really short answer. I can’t help but feel that Sony’s impressive flagship offering sets a very high standard, and will leave consumers expecting a little more from Sony’s midrange offering.

Strong competition from the cheaper EE Kestrel in the UK and the slightly better equipped Moto G will leave many looking elsewhere but Sony has given the Xperia M2 more than enough to warrant a second look, especially if you’re going to be signing up to a two year contract. Read the full Sony Xperia M2 review on TechRadar.

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Trusted Reviews

HTC Desire 816 review

The HTC Desire 816 is a 5.5-inch Android smartphone with a similar stature to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but at a fraction of the price. Available to buy for around £300 SIM-free, it’s a big colourful phone competing with handsets like the One Plus One and the 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1320. Despite its plastic body and mid-range phone specs, there’s plenty of positives that make the Desire 816 a great value phone if you prefer your phones king sized.

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Verdict

The HTC Desire 816 is big phone that’s offers some of the best qualities of the One M8 in a cheaper but still attractive plastic body. It lacks a standout feature, but it’s a good phone that won’t let you down. Read the full HTC Desire 816 review on Trusted Reviews.

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T3

EE Kestrel review

Smartphones cost a fraction of what they used to. But inevitably to reduce price manufacturers have had to cut costs and, therefore, features. The first element to be left out is often 4G. So EE’s new phone is a big change – the first budget-priced 4G handset. Is it any good?

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EE Kestrel: Verdict

This isn’t the best smartphone on the market, but it’s very affordable, and has plenty going for it. Though the camera is average and the screen so-so, the killer feature is the 4G connectivity which is super-speedy and deeply impressive. At this price, with this data connection, this is a phone well worth a look.

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Mobile Phone Review Roundup: HTC One mini 2, Nokia Lumia 1320, Nokia Lumia 630, HTC Desire 816 and Huawei Ascend P7

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

HTC One mini 2 review

The HTC One mini 2 sets off to an unsteady start, with name that’s almost impossible to say sensibly, and a 4.5-inch screen that isn’t really as small as the name suggests.

It’s also pitching into a mid-range smartphone market that’s now dominated by substantially cheaper devices. With Motorola Moto G getting a timely 4G update and costing just £149, the HTC One mini 2 has to really sell itself on its strengths: it needs to appeal to your taste in design and your desire to have HTC Sense 6.0 in your pocket to justify the £379 price tag. But in these two very areas – design and user interface – it’s equipped to offer some of the top-spec HTC One M8 experience, which is very good.

So where does the HTC One mini 2 sit in the order of smartphones? Can it overcome the price-point obstacle, or is it a handset destined to struggle?

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Verdict

There’s a lot of good going on in the HTC One mini 2. For many it will be perfectly powerful, the battery performance is reasonable if not exemplary, and its software experience is one of our favourites in the current market.

The design and build quality is above average and there’s no denying that this is a lovely phone to use and hold. The shift away from UltraPixel to a different camera – if you can accept that it doesn’t offer all the features that HTC has become known for – doesn’t really do the phone any damage either.

However, priced at £379, this is an expensive mid-range handset. If you’re buying SIM free, then it’s more than twice the price of the Motorola Moto G 4G. Although it offers some benefits, we can’t see they are justified by the price difference. The HTC doesn’t deliver twice the experience.

The price might be levelled when you take a network contract, but then you could be walking away with many of last year’s flagship devices instead: the LG G2, for example, is only £20 more SIM free, or could  be yours for free on a £19 a month contract.

That’s the biggest barrier we see to the HTC One mini 2: you have to really want that design and Sense 6.0 software to justify the price. It’s a phone that doesn’t do anything inherently wrong, but you can buy yourself a phone that will offer a similar experience for half the price. Read the full HTC One mini 2 review on Pocket Lint.

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The Register

A budget phablet, what a curious thing:Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

My bit of London is phablet city… or phondleslab city, if you prefer. But it isn’t the media luvvies* or the bankers or the barristers who live here who carry the phablets, it’s the people who work for them.

A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

The 4G-LTE-supported smartphone-cum-tablets are wielded by the nannies and cleaners, for whom it might be their only computer – in which case something with a good screen makes perfect sense.

It’s a common sight to see the domestic help gathered around their ‘slabs comparing photos. Perhaps that’s who Nokia has in mind with the Lumia 1320, which is something different.

The 1320 is a budget phablet, a category which doesn’t really exist except as a second-hand market. It’s a niche of nought, today.

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Conclusion

Ultimately, I just couldn’t work out where to stick the Lumia 1320. (Readers will no doubt tell me where). Encasing it in a book-style flip case just seemed to make it even more gargantuan. I could leave it in a reporter’s bag (leather, John Lewis – heavier than anything that ever goes in it) – but I prefer not to, I miss too many calls and I would rather have something so basic within easier reach.

Reading, watching text – this is where this robust six-inch phablet shines. That’s not the case if you use it for playing a lot of music – it’s currently a poor music client. And don’t expect a cutting-edge camera. In the end I quite liked it, but not enough to lug. Read the full Nokia Lumia 1320 review on The Register.

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Stuff

Nokia Lumia 630 review

Nokia’s Lumia 630 is a cheap and cheerful smartphone with a fairly big screen. And we really do mean "cheap": you can buy it outright for £90. That’s got your attention, hasn’t it?

It’s essentially a bigger version of last year’s Lumia 520 with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 software. And that’s no bad thing.

That phone sold millions around the world and accounted for a third of total WinPho sales in 2013. But by our reckoning the 520 couldn’t quite match up to the benchmark set by the brilliant, Android-toting Motorola Moto G, itself now available for £100.

With a lower price from the start, can the 630 offer better value than Motorola’s mightiest?

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NOKIA LUMIA 630 VERDICT

The 630 is easy to get along with. Yes it’s a bit slow and nothing about this Nokia screams ‘game-changer’. It’s just a nice phone for the money.

It looks fun, comes with some excellent Nokia and Microsoft freebies and the OS is friendlier at first glance than KitKat, Google’s latest smartphone software.

Right now though, affordable Androids (still) make more sense. And by affordable Androids, we (still) mean the brilliant Moto G. It’s selling for around the £100 mark and is worth every penny. And more.

If your heart’s set on Windows Phone and your budget’s a little stretched, the Lumia 630 won’t disappoint. But if you’re OS-agnostic the Moto G offers unbeatable value. Read the full Nokia Lumia 630 review on Stuff.

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TechRadar

HTC Desire 816 review

Can HTC conquer the middle of the market with the Desire 816? This is an interesting smartphone with respectable specs and an attractive price tag, so where are the compromises?

A plastic body, mid-range processor and 720p display weigh up against dual speakers and a decent 13MP main camera backed up by a 5MP selfie special. All of this can be yours for around £300 (about $500, AU$550) off-contract.

There’s no shortage of competition in this space from a mixture of mid-rangers and discounted flagships of yesteryear.

It will have to tempt prospective buyers away from similarly priced phones like the Nexus 5, the Moto X and the OnePlus One.

There are also direct mid-range competitors with larger displays like Samsung’s Galaxy Mega and the Nokia Lumia 1320.

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Verdict

The HTC Desire 816 is definitely worth buying if you’re dead set on a larger screen and you don’t want to break the bank. The speakers are excellent, and in the right conditions, the camera is also a leader in this category.

Performance was surprisingly smooth and stutter-free. For the most part HTC has made compromises in all the right places to ensure that this is still a quality device. If you’re willing to spend double the price tag then you’ll certainly be able to get a much nicer phone, but it won’t be twice as nice. Read the full HTC Desire 816 review on TechRadar.

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Trusted Reviews

Nokia Lumia 630 review

The Nokia Lumia 630 is a low-end phone. As it is set to sell for around £100, you could call it Nokia’s Windows Phone 8.1 alternative to the Motorola Moto G, currently one of the most popular lower-cost phones.

The screen disappoints next to the best Android phones at the price, but otherwise this is a likeable phone for those on a budget.

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Verdict

The Nokia Lumia 630 is a cheery, low cost phone with a better camera than some bargain basement Androids. But its screen resolution is quite poor and the availability and load speed of apps are issues. Read the full Nokia Lumia 630 review on Trusted Reviews.

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T3

Huawei Ascend P7 review

When the Huawei Ascend P6 launched last spring, it turned heads. First, because the design seemed at first glance entirely derived from the iPhone, though as you looked down at the bottom end there was a different styling at play.

Now, the Huawei Ascend P7 has arrived, with an identical design language. It looks better, though, because the aluminium back of the P6 has been replaced by Gorilla Glass which looks fetching where the metal P6 just looked, well, plasticky. This time it’s a classy and subtly patterned back which is smooth, tactile and pleasing to look at.

And though this is a phone which will undercut the top-flight phones out there in terms of price, Huawei (pronounced ‘wah-way’) wants you to see the Ascend P7 as a strong and powerful alternative to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 – so how does it stack up in terms of style, features and all-round goodness?

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Huawei Ascend P7: Verdict

The Huawei Ascend P7 is a great-value phone, making other premium handsets like the iPhone 5s and HTC One (M8) look pricey. For all that, it lacks the sheer class of those phones and the Huawei operating system isn’t quite as slick as other rivals.
 
Processor speed and battery life are more than passable and Huawei has built clever operational details in so it’s easy to extend battery life and block nuisance callers.

The phone’s display is crisp and super-sharp – really easy on the eye. If you’re a fan of selfies, this phone is meant for you, thanks to an 8MP front-facing camera. There’s also a good 13MP rear camera. If the price were significantly higher, this would be just another high-end phone. As it is, it packs in a lot of value for money. Read the full Huawei Ascend P7 review on T3.

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uSwitch

HTC One mini 2 review

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact set the bar pretty high for mini mobiles, with top-end specs packed into a shrunken body.

The HTC One mini 2 is cut from the same cloth; it takes the best of the HTC One M8 and puts it in a much smaller package.

But can it wrestle the crown from the Xperia Z1 Compact? Let’s find out.

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Verdict

The HTC One mini 2 is another great effort from HTC. It feels more premium than most devices around this size, and the only real sacrifice is the processor speed and RAM. But if you’re not fussed about playing the latest games, it comes highly recommended. Read the full HTC One mini 2 review on uSwitch.

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Mobile Phone Review Roundup: Motorola Moto E

Omio is rounding up all the Motorola Moto E 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.

 

TechRadar

Hands on: Motorola Moto E review

The Moto G took the budget market by storm last year. Within five months of being on sale it became Motorola’s best-selling handset ever.

There was clearly a pretty easy meeting at Moto HQ: do that, but cheaper. That’s come in the form of the Motorola Moto E – the firm’s latest offering to the low-cost mobile arena. It’s not replacing the G, rather sliding in below as Motorola’s new entry-level device.

If you’re in the UK you’ll be able to get your hands on the Moto E right now for just £89 (that’s around $150, AU$160) SIM-free. With that price tag the Moto E finds itself rubbing shoulders with the Samsung Galaxy Fame, Nokia Lumia 520 and Vodafone Smart 4 Mini.

For that you get a 4.3-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, 5MP rear camera and a 1980mAh battery.

Early verdict

It appears that Motorola has done it again. It’s created a desirable smartphone with an impressively low price tag and a decent set of specs.

There are a few more concessions to be had on the Moto E over the Moto G, with no front camera, no rear flash and a shockingly low amount of internal storage – but a decent screen and microSD slot go some way to make up for those shortcomings.

You won’t find a better offering at this price point, and even with a few limitations the Moto E could be the

That said, spend a bit of extra cash (£70 in the UK) and you can nab yourself the new Moto G 4G, which comes with superfast connectivity, microSD slot, 8GB of internal storage and a front facing snapper. Read the full Hands on: Motorola Moto E review on TechRadar.

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Trusted Reviews

Motorola Moto E

The Motorola Moto E is the new brother of the Moto G. It’s a slightly smaller, slightly cheaper phone that is out to grab an audience of people who think £100 is still a bit too much for a mobile.

There are some sacrifices involved, but once we see the usual pre-pay subsidy eat a chunk out of the £89 SIM-free price, this could well end up being another class-leading mobile. Let’s take a closer look ahead of our full review.

Early Impressions

The Motorola Moto E is not as exciting a phone as its bigger brother. Its specs are more ordinary, its screen more commonplace. But if networks eat enough into the £89 ‘suggested’ price when the phone is locked to a network or tied in with buying £10 of credit, we could be looking at another class-leading budget Android phone. Read the full Motorola Moto E review on Trusted Reviews.

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T3

Motorola Moto E review: Hands-on

The Motorola Moto E is the Brand’s cheapest phone yet and has the inevitable task of competing with an army of budget smartphones

The Motorola Moto E isn’t just the cheapest phone the maker has on offer, it’s also the one with the most riding on it. Taking on the swathes of cheap budget smartphones,it has to, at the very least, stand shoulder to shoulder with its own Moto G in terms of success.
 
To give you some idea of what it has to compete with, the Moto G is Motorola’s best-selling smartphone ever, in just five months it now holds six per cent of the UK smartphone market and has a staggering 17 per cent of the UK pre-paid market. Apple can keep its iPhone 5c, those are the figures that make smartphone manufacturers happy.

In an effort to increase that market share even more Motorola has unveiled the Moto E, a £89 smartphone that is hoping to undercut the Samsung Galaxy Fame, Nokia Lumia 520 and even the Sony Xperia E

Motorola Moto E: Verdict

The price is clearly the big selling-point here, and whilst there are plenty of sub-£100 smartphones out there Motorola has clearly thought about what can make the Moto E a considerably better option that perhaps some of its rivals.

The loss of a front-facing camera is a decision that could come back to kick Motorola but it’s certainly not the end of the world, for now though we’ll say that from spending a short amount of time with the Moto E it certainly feels like a mid-range smartphone which is probably what Motorola is hoping for. Read the full Motorola Moto E review: Hands-on on T3.

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Mobile Phone Review Roundup: HTC One Mini 2

Omio is rounding up all the HTC One Mini 2 hands-on 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

Hands-on: HTC One mini 2 review

The HTC One mini 2 wants to capitalise on the good looks of the HTC One (M8), if not the good name.

There’s been no shortage of confusion around what HTC is going to call its devices: the HTC One and the HTC One mini made sense last year. The HTC One (M8) name didn’t make sense this year, and the HTC One mini 2 is quite a tongue twister.

It is, however, an accurate description: the second iteration of a mini version of the HTC One. What the title fails to depict is one of its strongest points, that’s the design is based on that of the M8.

That dalliance aside, this just-announced device landed in our hands for a quick pawing prior to launch, and here are our first impressions. We will follow-up with an exhaustive review closer to the launch date.

 

First impressions

There’s a lot we like about the HTC One mini 2 from the short time we’ve spent with the phone. We like the solid design: it feels good in the hand and well-built, if not quite as premium as the M8 due to that plastic band.

A quick play with Sense 6.0 reveals there’s a lot like the bigger brother on offer, and we suspect that the day-to-day experience will be fast enough from that quad-core processor.

The HTC One mini 2 doesn’t appear to do anything particularly wrong as a mid-range device, but the camera seems like an oddity, drifting from the message of the rest of the One family.

Things like overall performance and the battery life we will have to come back to when we fully review the HTC One mini 2.

The elephant in the corner is price, which HTC is yet to declare. With the Motorola Moto G (in its new 4G version) being closely matched in specs, we suspect the One mini 2 will come across as too expensive.

At the other end of the scale, there’s the impressive Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. That’s going to be more expensive, but it offers all the power of a flagship device, without some of the compromise found in this mid-range device.

The HTC One mini 2 faces more of a challenge than it did in 2013, with stronger rivals. We’ll bring you a full review in the coming weeks. Check out the full Hands-on: HTC One mini 2 review on Pocket Lint.

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Stuff

HTC One Mini 2 hands-on preview

The HTC One (M8) dethroned the LG G2 as Stuff’s favourite phone in the world, and it’s successfully fended off attacks from the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2. And now it’s got a smaller sibling – the HTC One Mini 2.

As well as being dinkier, its price tag will be considerably lower. So, where are the compromises?

That’s a question we’ll answer in detail in our upcoming in-depth review. In the meantime, here are our first hands-on impressions of the HTC One Mini 2.

INITIAL VERDICT

We’re still confirming the One Mini 2’s retail price, but we know it’ll be considerably cheaper than other Android flagships. Despite this, it offers one of the most premium examples of smartphone build quality around.

Its BoomSound speakers are seriously impressive, Sense 6.0 is as pretty as ever, and its camera appears to be pretty capable, too. We would have liked more on-paper raw power, but the performance we’ve seen so far suggests the Mini 2 will be pokey enough for most tasks.

The proof, of course, will be in the in-depth testing – so stay tuned to Stuff. Read the full HTC One Mini 2 hands-on preview on Stuff.

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TechRadar

Hands on: HTC One Mini 2 review

Here we go again, the start of the miniaturisation of another set of flagship devices and this time it’s HTC who is first to the shrink ray with the confusingly named HTC One Mini 2.

Okay, so the name does make sense if you look at last year’s HTC One Mini, but considering the Taiwanese firm has backed itself into a bit of a naming corner with the One M8 the One Mini 2 is only adding to the mixed up terminology.

To be clear the One Mini 2 is a shrunken version of the excellent HTC One M8 – although the design of the handset gives that away almost instantly.

Glance quickly at the One Mini 2 and you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the full blown One M8. It’s closer in design to its bigger brother than the original One Mini was to the HTC One.

Early verdict

The HTC One Mini 2 is a beautifully designed smartphone with a reasonable feature set providing a pleasing advance on its predecessor.

Altogether it creates a package which rivals the equally pocketable iPhone 5S in terms of premium appeal and raw power.

If you’re looking for the best of HTC the One Mini 2 comes close, but you’ll want to plump for its fully fledged bigger brother the One M8 for the true experience. Check out the full Hands on: HTC One Mini 2 review on TechRadar.

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T3

HTC One Mini 2 review: Hands-on

The HTC One Mini 2, just like the One Mini before it,  is looking to condense the full-fat M8 experience into a smaller more pocket-friendly package

The HTC One Mini 2 is the maker’s second attempt at taking a flagship smartphone and then shrinking it down into a more pocket-friendly package while losing none of the power that makes the HTC One M8 one of the best smartphones on the market.

Unlike the original HTC One Mini (a shrunken down version of the first HTC One), the new Mini 2 is up against some serious competition incuding the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact as well as Apple’s iPhone 5c which boasts the near unbeatable combination of iOS 7 and Apple’s app ecosystem.

We went hands-on with the new HTC One Mini 2 and from our short time spent with the phone it’s clear that while the specs aren’t a straight carry over, the Mini 2 is no semi-skimmed effort.

HTC One Mini 2: Verdict

The HTC One Mini 2 isn’t a straight switch to a smaller format – there’s a slight drop in specs but from what we’ve seen the changes are impressivly balanced with the Mini 2 feeling every bit as fast as the M8.

Of course the big question will be whether the Mini 2 can still offer everyday performance, a flagship-quality camera experience and a battery life that can compete with its rivals – stay tuned for our full review…

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Mobile Phone Review Roundup: Sony Xperia Z2

Omio is rounding up all the mobile phone reviews of the Sony Xperia Z2, 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

Sony Xperia Z2 review

Sony is in a funny place with its smartphones, pumping out a flagship device refresh every six months, rather than on a yearly cycle like most of its rivals.

This sees the Sony Xperia Z2 landing seven months after the Z1′s September launch, offering much the same proposition but with plenty of updates. This urgency to release new devices could be taken as an explicit expression of Sony Mobile’s ambitious aims, or a reflection that its top models haven’t quite cut the mustard.

The Sony Xperia Z2 is an incremental reworking of the Xperia Z1, a device that we felt faced some challenges, despite some standout features such as a waterproof design. Does the Z2 go one better, or is it just more of the same?

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Verdict

The Sony Xperia Z2 has the same design downfall that the Z1 did: this is a big device and it’s less comfortable to hold than its rivals. That’s something we feel detracts from the day-to-day experience because a smaller body design could have housed the same 5.2-inch screen in a more user friendly way.

However, Sony has opted for best-in-class waterproofing and a premium build that easily beats the plastics of Samsung’s Galaxy S5, but can’t better the metal body and curves of the HTC One M8.

There’s power aplenty and the Z2 feels like it handles this better than the Z1. Despite the size of the display and the power on board, the battery life is respectable and with sensible use of Sony’s Stamina mode and power saving options, it will happily see you through the day.

The camera experience offers plenty too, including those future-proof features like 4K capture being available for when you buy into that new Ultra HD telly.

Overall the Sony Xperia Z2 is a definite step forward for the series. It might be an incremental upgrade rather than a device overhaul, but it delivers in the areas that matter, making for a package that’s highly desirable and ultra powerful. Read the full Sony Xperia Z2 review on Pocket-Lint.

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Stuff

Sony Xperia Z2 review

Smartphones are all about compromises. Squeezing a hi-res screen, compact-level camera and huge battery into something the size of a Kit-Kat isn’t easy. Usually, something has to give.

Unless, it seems, you’re Sony. The Xperia Z2 makes almost zero compromises – on screen, sound, camera or battery life. So it’s perfect, right? Well, it’s close. It turns out this 5.2in slab of metal and glass won’t even compromise its stunning design for something as important as the size and shape of human hands.

The Z2 oozes quality, then. It just isn’t always the most practical choice.

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SONY XPERIA Z2 VERDICT

Of the 2014 flagships we’ve seen so far, the Xperia Z2 is the connoisseur’s choice. This is a true converged gadget that’s capable of taking brilliant photos and playing videos at cinephile quality, but also one where practicality has taken a backseat. 

So, while it might not be for the Reddit-obsessed, constantly connected, live-to-social-network geek, it’s ideal for the person for whom quality is the only measure that counts. If you have the time and inclination to show this Sony some love, it will return it in spades.  

One thing’s for certain – if Sony can stay true to its ‘better not bigger’ tagline, the rumoured Sony Z2 Compact is going to be one seriously impressive smartphone. Read the full Sony Xperia Z2 review on Stuff.

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uSwitch

Sony Xperia Z2 review

Sony can’t seem to pump out these flagship handsets fast enough. The Xperia Z2 arrives just seven months after its predecessor – the Xperia Z1 – went on sale.

The Z1 launched just six months after its own predecessor, the Xperia Z, too.

And since the Z1 landed, we’ve also had the Xperia Z1 Compact to play with, let’s not forget.

It’s tough keeping up with all these Sony phones.

So what’s new with the Z2? And does it justify an upgrade? Let’s find out.

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Verdict

The Z2 is an excellent device, right up there with the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5.

It’s a shame about all the bloatware, but HTC and Samsung are guilty of that too.

Its improvements are minimal over the Z1, so it’s not worth upgrading if you bought its predecessor.

But if you’re looking for a smart, quick and capable phone, this is one of the best around. Read the full Sony Xperia Z2 review on uSwitch.

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