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All posts by Phil Lavelle

  • Sony Xperia Z: Has Sony finally got a smartphone right?

    With a cutting-edge camera, a super-slim design and the ability to withstand life’s knocks and bumps (and Android Jelly Bean to boot) the Xperia Z is a phone that’s got us fired up about Sony Mobile again. Earlier handsets such as the Sony Xperia S and Sony Xperia T were extremely promising from a brand striking out on its own – but it’s with the Xperia Z that Sony is really banking on making a cataclysmic dent in the makeup of the smartphone market. If you don’t believe us, just look at its marketing hype – Valentine’s Day saw ads on several, consecutive pages of...

  • HTC 8X review: the signature Windows Phone, but is it any good?

    A splash of colour, Microsoft’s latest mobile platform and a sleek new body are combined with more powerful hardware – is the 8X the phone to bring Windows Phone 8 to the masses? HTC’s been in a bit of a weird position these last few years. From the days of anonymity when it made Windows phones for others, it rode the crest of the Android wave when Google’s platform launched becoming, pretty much,the Android handset OEM of choice. And then Samsung happened. HTC’s offerings appeared to dip and even the pretty fantastic One X – struggled to make inroads against the seemingly unstoppable Galaxy line,...