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All posts by Hadlee Simons

Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings over seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat.
  • 4 other companies that should release a pure Android phone

    Between the HMD/Nokia range, Lenovo's latest phones and the brand-new (but not really) Xiaomi Mi A1, our choices for pure Android smartphones have expanded nicely this year. Offering regular updates and a lightweight skin, it's not hard to see why these developments are such a big deal. Nevertheless, we'd love more options beyond Nokia, the Mi A1 and the Pixel range. So with that in mind, we look at a few companies we'd like to see offer stock Android. Samsung We've previously seen Samsung offer a Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, delivering speedy updates and none of the horrendous (at...

  • 4 older flagship phones that haven’t aged well

    Earlier this year, we looked at a few 2016 flagship smartphones that are well worth buying now, mainly due to price drops and/or still providing an excellent experience. But what about older high-end phones you should be avoiding in the last two years? We've got a few picks to stay away from. LG G4 The G4 was one of my favourite smartphones in 2015, delivering a fantastic camera experience and a slick hardware design. There was just one issue though, as Andy Walker and countless other G4 users can tell you, and that's the dreaded boot-loop issue. LG's leather-clad device was one of...

  • This is what you should expect from 2018’s smartphones…

    The year isn't over yet, but we've already had a tantalising glimpse at the future of smartphones. This is thanks to the likes of ARM and Qualcomm revealing their next-generation plans. So with these plans and emerging trends in mind, we take a look at what you might find in next year's smartphones... Fingerprint scanners to go under the display? Not so fast... One of the biggest disappointments this year has been Samsung's fingerprint scanner -- or rather, the position of it. Word is that the company was trying to get the scanner under the screen, but results weren't satisfactory. In saying so,...

  • 5 simple tips to save your battery life on Android

    Android smartphones have come a long way in the battery department. Hell, I remember the HTC Bolt and its woeful battery life, being one of the first LTE phones on the market. Nowadays, we've seen battery capacity taking a welcome step up in flagship handsets, with 3000mAh batteries being the norm for many a high-end phone. But between WhatsApp and high resolution screens, it's still possible to kill your battery before the day is over (or while travelling). We've got a few pointers to eke out a few more hours of juice. Reduce the brightness Screens are the biggest battery hog around, so...

  • 5 questions to ask before buying a smartphone

    Buying a phone isn't quite as big a commitment as buying a car or house, but it's still a pretty noteworthy move to make. You don't want to be stuck with a smartphone you hate, especially when many people keep their devices for two years or more. So how do you ensure that you get a capable device that delivers value for money? We've got five questions you should ask yourself before buying the phone. Is your old phone good enough? It might seem like an obvious question, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?If your old phone works well enough...

  • iPhone X: 7 little things to know about Apple’s premium model

    We've got our massive roundup of Apple news from last night's event over here, but it was obvious that Apple's premium device, the iPhone X, took centre stage. Between the powerful A11 chip, Essential-style screen design and OLED display, there's a lot to like about the new phone. But here are a few tidbits that may have gone under the radar... Telephoto shots should be better on iPhone X than 8 Plus The iPhone 7 Plus debuted the secondary telephoto camera next to the main shooter, offering 2x lossless zoom. But the big issue is that low-light photos look pretty crap. This year's...

  • iPhone X, iPhone 8 and more: here’s what Apple showed off

    We've read the reports. We've seen the renders. We've cast our eyes on the code references. Now, it's time for Apple to show us what it's been working on. From the iPhone X to the Apple TV 4K and more, here's what the company had to share... Apple iPhone X The headline gadget of the event was indeed the iPhone X (it's a Roman numeral, so "iPhone ten"). And yes, it features a 5.8-inch HDR-capable OLED screen with that oft-leaked high screen/body ratio, which Apple has taken to calling a Super Retina Display. The phone packs 3D Touch support still, so fans...

  • Samsung charging Apple $120 per OLED panel?

    By now, it's all but guaranteed that the most expensive iPhone to be revealed this evening will have an OLED screen and high screen/body ratio. Samsung is the world leader in mobile OLED marketshare and quality, so it stands to reason that the company is supplying Apple. Now, prominent analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that the South Korean firm has the iPhone maker by the proverbial short and curlies. In a note obtained by Apple Insider, the analyst estimated that Apple is paying between US$120 and US$130 for each OLED panel produced by Samsung. The company apparently pays roughly US$50 for...

  • Ahead of iPhone launch, Qualcomm boasts of ‘Android firsts’

    Apple events and third-party brands go together like Pavlov and his dog. When the Cupertino firm carries out a launch event, rival brands come running in a bid to spoil the parade. Now, it's Qualcomm's turn to rain on Apple's parade. Or rather, it looks like a few drops on a bonfire at this point. The US chipmaker, embroiled in a legal battle with Apple, has shown off its list of "Android firsts" by partners and itself. "Qualcomm Technologies has enabled some notable world firsts on Android, and some remain Android exclusives to this day. Although by no means comprehensive, here...

  • 6 Android features we’d like to see in iOS

    Android or iOS? I have my preference, but it's a debate that's gone on for far too long. Both platforms offer similar levels of functionality at their core, from WhatsApp and social media to web browsing and camera capabilities. But we'd be lying if we said there weren't a few things that Android did better and vice versa. Now, as Apple readies its latest iPhone, we pick a few Android features we'd like to see on iOS. Multi-user support This isn't so much a desired feature for iPhones as it is a wanted feature for iPad. Multiple user accounts would make it...