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  • Nokia Lumia 520 review: low end but not low rent

    The Nokia Lumia 520 is Nokia’s fifth Windows Phone 8 handset. It’s a phone which slots into the very bottom end of the range, just below theNokia Lumia 620. And we do mean just below – the specs of the 520 and 620 are remarkably similar, meaning that Nokia’s main competition at the bottom end of the market is itself. Otherwise, its biggest rival is likely to be the recently launched Huawei Ascend W1 – a low-end handset that we’re rather fond of. Of course if you look beyond Windows Phone 8 then there’s also a whole host of Android competitors such as the Huawei Ascend...

  • Nokia Lumia 620 review: welcome a new baby in the family

    The Nokia Lumia 620 is Nokia’s third foray into Windows Phone 8 territory, but while the previous two – the Nokia Lumia 820 and the Nokia Lumia 920 – were both fairly high-end affairs, this is a decidedly budget handset. Really its closest competitor is the HTC Windows Phone 8S, since the two phones have pretty similar specs. They both have a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video and a 480 x 800 resolution display. The Nokia Lumia 620 has a fairly small 3.8-inch screen while the HTC Windows Phone 8S has a marginally bigger 4-inch one, but on the other...

  • Google Nexus 10 review: the budget tablet range gets a new big brother

    The Google Nexus 10 was only announced around a week ago but in many circles it had been anticipated since the announcement of the Nexus 7. After all, if Google was entering the tablet field directly then how could it resist the potentially very lucrative 10-inch market? And here we are, just a few short months after the Nexus 7’s launch and Google is taking the fight to Apple, going head to head for tablet supremacy. It’s not going to be an easy fight for Google; the iPad has always been in a league of its own and has a serious head start,...

  • Sony Xperia Tablet S review: thin, light and splash-proof

    This is the second time out the gate for the Sony Xperia Tablet S. It originally launched in September, but was quickly pulled from the shelvesthanks to a manufacturing fault. That’s unfortunate for Sony, because in the interim the Google Nexus 10, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, iPad 4 and iPad mini have all hit the market. That gives this refresh of the Sony Tablet S some rather stiff competition. But with a premium build and specs to match, it’s certainly still got a chance. A striking folded book design ensures that the Sony Xperia Tablet S is eye catching, easily standing out from the hordes of identikit Android tablets. On...

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