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Mobile Phone Review Roundup: HTC One E8, Sony Xperia T3, Acer Liquid E3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 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

HTC One E8 review

The HTC One E8 is the plastic-bodied cousin of the M8; a stripped down version of the flagship device that has proven popular with both customers and critics alike. It’s designed to be a cheaper handset than the M8, available online for around £330.

However, the E8 isn’t as widely available. Currently limited to parts of Asia and with rumours of it making its way to the Sprint network in the US in the near future, it’s not quite so easy to obtain in the UK unless you buy it outright.

We’ve been living with the HTC One E8 for the last month to see whether the move into a more affordable package delivers the same experience as the M8, or if this plastic-fantastic model is instead more cheap than cheerful.

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Verdict

There are a number of areas where the HTC One E8 fails to live up to the M8 experience. But given the reduced price that is to be expected, so it’s difficult to see the E8 as doing anything but delivering on its aims.

The speed, power and software experience is, with only a few minor exceptions, the same as the already excellent M8. In short that makes the E8 a compelling option if you’re looking for a powerful and affordable Android handset.

But the M8 this isn’t, and the plastic design does make a difference. In the world of smartphones that design difference might be diminished by using a cover, but for those who don’t, what the E8 lacks is that premium feel you get every time you touch your phone. The E8 might leave you wanting more: indeed it might leave you wanting the M8 instead. Read the full HTC One E8 review on Pocket Lint.

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TechRadar

Sony Xperia T3 review

The Sony Xperia T3 is a large phone. With a 5.3-inch screen it has a similar size display to the 5.2-inch Xperia Z2, Sony’s flagship Android for 2014.

However, it doesn’t have a sky-high price to match. The aim of this model is to give you the scale of one of the top-end phones, while chipping away at the specs to cut down costs.

Last year, this phone’s sibling the Xperia T2 Ultra tried a similar trick, but overdid the recipe with a huge 6-inch screen, becoming the phone no one wanted to hold. But this one stays a much more normal size, making it a good deal easier to handle.

There’s one question that matters most: has it been priced right? The Sony Xperia T3 has none of the flashiness of the top Sony phones, but still costs £300 (US/AUS price TBC) SIM-free.

Not only is that twice the price of the similarly-specced 4G Motorola Moto G and a good chunk above the expected price of the reportedly 5-inch Moto G 2, it’s more than some of last year’s top phones, which are still available to buy.

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Final verdict

Aside from being quite big, the Sony Xperia T3 is very easy to get on with. Aside from a few cut-down and missing features there are no deal-breaking issues. However, it is too expensive when you compare it to other phones at the price.

Unless you’re desperate for a big screen Sony handset and don’t have the budget to get the Xperia Z Ultra, you’re probably best off looking elsewhere. Read the full Sony Xperia T3 review on TechRadar.

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Trusted Reviews

Acer Liquid E3 review

The Acer Liquid E3 is a 4.7-inch Android smartphone and the latest member of the mid-range E Series. A follow-up to the underwhelming Liquid E2, the sub-£200 successor makes big improvements in the display and processor departments. Its biggest new trick is a front-facing camera with an LED flash to entice selfie-lovers. Whether that’s really enough to pull it off the shelves instead of a Moto G or an Xperia M2, we are not entirely convinced.

Verdict

The Acer Liquid E3 is a good mid-range Android phone in many ways, but the sluggish performance really lets it down. Read the full Acer Liquid E3 review on Trusted Reviews.

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T3

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review

There’s a trend, now that phones have tended to the hefty, that manufacturers follow their flagship blowers with smaller versions that will suit smaller hands. When they launch them the makers say, actually always say, that they have not cut any corners with their new, diddier device.

But usually they have. So is Samsung’s story any different with its new Galaxy S5 Mini?

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review

Verdict

This is a well-designed, powerfully specced phone that will suit all sizes of hands from the smallest to the most sausage-fingered – though the latter will need to type carefully.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini succeeds because it’s a more widely usable size than the bigger S5, and because it cuts few corners in the shrinking process. To include a fingerprint sensor, infra-red blaster and heart rate monitor on a phone that you can splash without ruining are significant achievements. And the size and software mean that it’s very pleasing to use. Read the full Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review on T3.

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Mobile Phone Review Round Up: Huawei Ascend P7, Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and Nokia Lumia 635

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.

 

Stuff

Huawei Ascend P7 review

‘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.

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TechRadar

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review

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.

Early verdict

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.

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Trusted Reviews

Nokia Lumia 635 review

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.

Verdict

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.

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Mobile Phone Review Roundup: OnePlus One, Nokia Lumia 930, HTC Desire 610 and Xiaomi Mi3

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

OnePlus One

The idea behind the OnePlus One is very simple: source the best components you need for a top-spec Android phone, one that’s just as good as a branded Tier One Android flagship, and sell it direct at the fraction of the price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Reg Verdict

The problem so far has been getting hold of a OnePlus One. It has only been manufactured in limited quantities so far, with some gimmicky online competitions (one Android site called it a “trollout”) generating enormous enthusiasm, while allowing a few to get to the front of the queue. OnePlus says it’s now ready to deliver volume in 16 markets including the UK.

So, caveat emptor. We’d like to see OnePlus make a commitment to the UK market and establish a professional support operation. If you can’t wait, or don’t mind the risk, the One is a steal. Read the full OnePlus One on The Register.

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Stuff

Nokia Lumia 930 review

The Lumia 930 couldn’t be described as skinny or small. It’s almost a centimetre thick and the 5in screen, even with a fairly narrow bezel, makes it a long, wide handset. But, despite the use of Gorilla Glass 3 and the metal-edged build, it’s not a heavy phone – and we found it sat quite comfortably in a trouser pocket.

The build quality befits the phone’s high-end status. Nokia has always enjoyed a reputation for solidly made gear and that’s certainly the case here: there’s nothing wobbly or creaky in evidence. Nor does the matte plastic back look or feel cheap – it’s a level or two above the plastic you’d find on the back of certain Korean-designed smartphones. The curved edges of the glass front panel also make for a lovely premium touch.

There are three hardware controls on the right-hand metal edge (the nano SIM tray and 3.5mm headphone socket are located on the top edge): a power button; a volume rocker; and a dedicated camera shutter button (more on that below). There’s a microUSB port on the bottom edge but, thanks to the wireless charging plate included in the Lumia 930’s box, you’ll rarely need to make use of that.

The Day-Glo orange finish of our review sample is certainly… eye-catching, and some might feel happier with one of the two more sober colour options: white or black. Oh, and orange isn’t the only wacky colour available: there’s fluorescent green too, if you’re feeling particularly brave.

NOKIA LUMIA 930 VERDICT

We liked the Lumia Icon a lot, and we like the Lumia 930 even more. It doesn’t make any drastic improvements to key elements – the screen, camera, performance are all the same – but the inclusion of a wireless charger and Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box make it a better buy. It doesn’t have as much raw power as top iOS and Android phones, nor access to their wealth of apps, but it’s the best Windows Phone yet. Read the full Nokia Lumia 930 review on Stuff.

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TechRadar

HTC Desire 610 review

While the top-of-the range HTC One M8 has sent all rivals scattering before it, HTC has also been busy building out a good-sized range of middle and lower-end smartphones using its former flagship brand, Desire. The Desire 610 sits nicely in the middle of the line-up, borrowing much from the company’s mid-range flagship, the Desire 816.

The first thing that has been borrowed from its bigger brother is its design. Unfortunately on this smaller device, the design falls flat.

The Desire 610 is a big and bulky phone especially for one with a 4.7-inch screen. It has oversized bezels all around that screen and a version of HTC BoomSound – stereo speakers – at the top and bottom of the phone.

It is quite an unsuccessful implementation of a visual language that worked reasonably well on the larger Desire 816.

The rear is made of a different material to the rest of the phone and this too has some issues. It is highly reflective and shiny and very susceptible to fingerprints and scratches. After just a few days use, it feels quite slimy and a bit unpleasant. I am constantly fighting with this phone just to keep it clean

Verdict

Competition is fierce in this part of the smartphone market and there are better options at even lower prices than the HTC Desire 610.

While it does deliver in its range of features, the Moto G betters it in almost every way with a superior screen, better battery life and equally successful software. The LG G2 Mini also offers a better overall compromise at a similar price.

The Desire 610 has some of the best build quality and arguably the best software available at this price as well as a smooth and fluid interface, but that isn’t enough in the end to make it a truly compelling device. Read the full HTC Desire 610 review on TechRadar.

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Trusted Reviews

Xiaomi Mi3 review

Sometimes smartphones can seem a bit boring. Every year, the same companies make the same phone but with a few tweaks, a bigger screen and a new name. Phones like the Xiaomi Mi3 are here to shake things up.

The Xiaomi Mi3 isn’t available in the UK yet aside from as an import, but Chinese companies like Xiaomi and OnePlus have a chance at changing the face of the phone market. Of course, that’s all stuff for the future.

We got out hands on one of Xiaomi’s phones right now to see whether this £200-odd wonder is really worth considering as an import alternative to something like the Nexus 5, or even Samsung Galaxy S5.

Verdict

The Xiaomi Mi3 is a bright sign of things to come from plucky Chinese phone-makers. However, there’s a bit too much work needed to make an imported Mi3 easy to use in the UK for our tastes. Read the full Xiaomi Mi3 review on Trusted Reviews.

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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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