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Nextbit announces the Robin, a head-turning Android smartphone

It seems that almost every smartphone is identical – after all, there’s not much differentiation in terms of hardware specs and general design especially in the mid-range price bracket. With hundreds of Android phones to choose from, standing out from the crowd is becoming increasingly difficult. But a company called Nextbit (formed by a collection of ex-Google employees) is aiming to […]

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If you have an iPhone, now’s the time to sell (before the iPhone 6s is announced)!

With the next generation iPhone about to be announced — in a couple of weeks – now is the best time to sell your iPhone 6 if you’re intent on buying the new model whilst getting the best possible price for your existing handset. A recent report by Flipsy.com explains why it’s critical to sell […]

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Classic Handsets: the Siemens S10 (the world’s first colour phone)

In today’s Classic Handset series article, we’re taking a short trip down memory lane to remember what is claimed to be the first mobile with a colour display: the Siemens S10. Back in the mid to late-90’s and well before the advent of smartphones, mobiles were basic devices with the ability to make calls, send messages and perhaps even a selection of rudimentary […]

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Critical Kit: an iPad stylus

In our latest Critical Kit series, we take a look at an item that anyone using productivity software on a tablet will find immensely useful – a stylus. Tablets such as the iPad are immensely useful devices for a huge variety of tasks, but one of the persistent bugbears that many people have, especially those using […]

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Classic Handsets: the NEC e606 heralded 3G video calls

In another of our “classic handset” series, we take a brief look at another handset of yesteryear and sprinkle in a few insights into the chosen phone from my personal experiences. In this instalment we focus on one of the very first 3G handsets that launched in the UK on Three: the almost universally hated NEC e606 flip phone. The NEC […]

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Classic Handsets: the Nokia 3310 – the greatest mobile ever?

Since Nokia was purchased by Microsoft, Nokia as we know it has long gone. However, there was a time at the end of the last century in which Nokia launched a series of wonderful handsets that would lead the company to dominate the mobile market. In the 90’s and early part of this century, Nokia had […]

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Why the Apple Watch will be a hit…

When Apple teased us with a fascinating glimpse of the Apple Watch in September, it was apparent that the forthcoming device was the culmination of years of careful design and planning, with a rich set of features which would complement and enhance the iPhone. Instead of being just another smart watch that’s packed full of technology for the sake of it, Apple has aimed squarely at the fashion and […]

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2015: what can we expect from the mobile industry…?

As you are tucking into your mince pies and what remains of last week’s turkey, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the year that was 2014. It was certainly an interesting year with plenty of developments in the mobile industry from smartphones to tablets, wearables to networks and much more. There are only a few days left […]

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Google’s Year in Search reveals most popular mobile tech

Every year, Google reveals the most popular searches on its special page dedicated to everything that was hot across dozens of categories. From news to sports, science and technology to pop culture, the year in search is a detailed breakdown of everything the world has been searching for over the last 12 months. Of main interest to us are the […]

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The best smartphones of the past decade

Back in 2004, Android and iOS didn’t exist, Nokia was at the pinnacle of its stranglehold on the industry and the 3G network revolution had only just begun. In the past ten years we’ve witnessed the birth of the truly modern smartphone, with features that seemed like flights of fancy at the time. But today, every phone worth its salt can play videos and […]

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Episode 9 of 361 Degrees Season 8: Android L

We have just published episode 9 of season 8 of the 361 Degrees Podcast, and this week it’s all about Android Lollipop (“Android L” as it’s better known). Here’s the summary: The team consider the changes, impact and achievements of Android L. We discuss material design, the range of new features, the complexity of the (huge) Android ecosystem and commentators’ reactions to […]

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Android revenue: less than you might think…

Recent statistics show that even though Android has a majority share of the global smartphone market, in terms of revenue it’s not quite as successful as you may think. IDC recently published some statistics (below) that show Android is clearly “winning” in terms of the volume of smartphones shipped in 2014 with 82.3% of all handsets, and […]