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  • Samsung Galaxy S4 hands on review: the new king of mobile

    Update: We’ve had the Samsung Galaxy S4 in our testing labs for a few days now, and we’re putting it through our rigorous testing process as you read this to bring you a fully in-depth analysis of the handset. In the meantime, check out our updated hands on shots and check back as we’ll be bringing the full review with star rating any time soon. The Samsung Galaxy S4 brings a huge Full HD screen, an improved camera and faster innards, and fits it all in a chassis the same size as theGalaxy S3. However, many will struggle to tell the difference between...

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega hands on review: big is beautiful

    There was the Note. Then the Note 2. But has Samsung finally pushed things too far with the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega, or is it the ultimate fusion of tablet and smartphone? The Galaxy Mega might not have a price yet, but it’s certainly not going to be jostling with the Galaxy S4 at her sharp end of the smartphone market. Packing a 1.7GHz dual core processor and 1.5GB of RAM, it’s not slouch in the performance department,...

  • Sony Xperia SP hands on review: massively impressive

    Sony has been hard at work pushing its high-endXperia Z, but that’s not stopped it quietly crafting a superb-looking and hard-working handset. The Xperia SP might lack some of the specs of its larger brother, but there’s no doubt that its got enough going for it to make it a real consideration for the smartphone buyer that’s not going to shell out a fortune each month. There’s no prizes for guessing where the SP’s heritage lies, with the handset apparently taking the best bits of theXperia SandXperia Pand fusing them together into one device. Sony predictably wouldn’t give us a price or...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 hands on review: all hail the king

    The Samsung Galaxy S4 brings a huge Full HD screen, an improved camera and faster innards, and fits in all in a chassis the same size as theGalaxy S3. However, many will struggle to tell the difference between the S4 and its predecessor, as the polycarbonate chassis is still in use, although the metallic banding around the side, while still plastic, is much sturdier and feels more premium. We’ve already seen a lot of the Samsung Galaxy S4, as it’s been snapped multiple times in leaks – some more accurate than others, it has to be said – and the specs...

  • HTC One review: all hail the king

    Samsung and Apple better beware – the HTC One combines stunning design, a supreme screen and explosive power to offer one of the best smartphones around. It’s got a full HD screen crammed into 4.7-inches, which brings a 468ppi – well above what’s needed for the eye to discern, but it does definitely bring sumptuous sharpness throughout the use of the phone. On top of that there’s a CPU and RAM combo that is barely bettered, a more-than-enough 32GB of storage and top-end Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G / 4G connections, all topped off by a completely re-imagined version of HTC Sense....

  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 hands-on review: powerful, rugged and impressive

    Samsung has always enjoyed dabbling with the rugged crowd: be it theoriginal Xcover or the Beam range, it’s enjoyed offering up more robust phones. The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 brings with it a whole new gamut of features and functionality and really shows straight away that it’s not a phone to be messed with. And here’s some more good news for you tough fiends – the Xcover 2 release date is set for 7 March, which is barely any time at all to save up the €319 (£275 / AUS$405 / $415) it’s slated to cost. Let’s get the key features that make it...

  • Samsung Galaxy Young hands-on review: super-budget smartphone

    Samsung knows there’s a lot to be gained in the cheap phone game, so has released the basic Galaxy Young. Similar in many ways to the new Samsung Galaxy Fame, and likely to be sold side by side in some outlets, the Young skimps on a number of specs in order to bring an ultra-low price to consumers. As the name clearly suggests, this is a smartphone designed for the whippersnappers, those who don’t want to do anything more than download a few apps, show off to their friends and generally do smartphone things that don’t involve trawling through a million menus...

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand hands-on review: ‘Note’ impressive

    The Samsung Galaxy Grand is the phone that promises to bring the best of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 in a more affordable smartphone, while not skimping too much on the specs. Well, actually that’s a little misleading, since the specs on the Grand are nowhere near those on the flagship range, but it does strike a nice design balance between the two top-end marvels. The Galaxy Grand comes with a 5-inch screen, for instance, which means users who are fans of the larger screen size will find something to love here. Let’s hope they haven’t clocked one of the aforementioned higher-res...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on review: supersize me

    Fed up with the likes of Apple and Google stealing its tablet thunder, Samsung has launched the latest in its stylus-powered range. TechRadar nabbed a decent chunk of hands on time with the new device, and it’s clear that the tablet is different from the rest of the larger devices Samsung has on offer, taking most of its design cues from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. Clad in the familiarly light polycarbonate, the device brings a smaller form factor that’s designed to be held in one hand. But like the iPad mini before it, the...

  • HTC One hands-on review: losing letters but leveraging lustre

    The HTC One is the firm’s new attempt at a market-leading handset, and with an all-aluminium body, super-high-res 4.7-inch HD screen and futuristic camera technology hint that this could be something of a winner. It’s well-documented that HTC hasn’t had the best of it recently, with the profits slumping and market share down. The firm rode a heady wave just two years ago with the success of the HTC Desire and friends, but it seems since then the trend has been firmly downward. However, with the HTC One there’s an instant reason (actually, two) to think that it will be able...

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