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Apple iPhone 6 Plus hands-on

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The Apple iPhone 6 Plus comes as a notable departure from the company’s traditions of compact devices, bringing a 5.5-inch 1080p display for the first time on an Apple smartphone.

But how does it rank in terms of an Apple device? We’ll be taking a quick look at not only the retail package and hardware design strategy, but what the latest iOS 8 update brings to the table. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 hands-on

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The Apple iPhone 6 is finally here at HQ and we’re eager to share some hands on impressions with the smaller of Apple’s flagship devices.

Before we dive into the action let’s get a sense for what the Apple iPhone 6 is. For starters it’s one of Apple’s first two big-screened phone – even if it comes at a time when 4.7″ is considered a mini’s display for Apple iPhone 5s users the iPhone 6 ushers in a big change. Read more »

HTC Butterfly 2 hands-on

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The HTC Butterfly 2 is half of the company’s replacement squad for the HTC One (M8) in markets where the flagship isn’t available. Coupled with the HTC One (E8), it uses more or less the same platform as the One (M8) but lacks the premium build materials and the hefty price tag that comes with them.

Despite its name this is the third overall Butterfly smartphone behind the original and the Butterfly S and HTC hasn’t stood still for the past year. The HTC Butterfly 2 has a key differentiator from the One (E8) and that’s its ability to withstand water for up to 1 meter and dust. Read more »

Moto G (2014) unboxing and hands-on

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Announced earlier this month, the new Moto G succeeds the most successful smartphone in Motorola’s history. The first generation of the stylish, budget-friendly handset is solely responsible for bringing the manufacturer back in contention in a number of key markets globally.

The newcomer has grown in size compared to its predecessor, thanks to its larger display. Read more »

Xiaomi Redmi 1S video hands-on

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Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S – known as the Hongmi 1S in China – comes with a competitive blend of ultra-low price and capable midrange specs sheet.

Placed under the company’s new Mi 4 flagship, it provides a 4.7-inch 720p LCD display alongside a quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset. Read more »

Huawei Ascend Mate7 video hands-on and camera samples

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Huawei has thrown in everything and the kitchen sink into their latest Ascend Mate7 phablet, and we’ve got our hands on one fresh off its IFA 2014 announcement.

We’ll be giving you a full tour of its metal-clad unibody and instant fingerprint sensor tech on video, alongside some samples from its 13MP shooter. Read more »

Motorola Moto Hint hands-on

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Alongside its long anticipate Moto G2, Moto X+1 and Moto 360, the company also revealed its latest Bluetooth headphone accessory called the Moto Hint.

The Moto Hint, however, doesn’t look anything like the traditional in-ear Bluetooth headset we’ve got used to. It’s very small and subtle in-ear piece, which barely sticks out of your earlobe. Naturally, we were eager to see the compact earbud in action. Read more »

LG G Watch R hands-on

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Smartwatches are all the rage here at IFA 2014 with Asus, Samsung and Sony getting in the mix and now LG has shown its first rounded smartwatch – the G Watch R.

It has a rounded watch face complete with a 1.3″ rounded POLED (plastic organic light-emitting diode) display, Snapdragon 400 chipset and a battery that will reportedly be able to endure for one day and a half to two days with the always on feature enabled. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge hands-on videos

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Yesterday Samsung was set to unearth the latest Note smartphone but instead of one showed two – the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.

Both are pretty interesting and innovative and whichever one you might like more it doesn’t really matter as we’re showing you our hands-on videos with both, in case you’ve missed our in-depth coverage of Samsung’s UNPACKED event yesterday. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact video hands-on and camera samples

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This is Sony’s latest mini – the Xperia Z3 Compact – and it has a good claim one the title for the best portable smartphone on the market. As such it will pose a serious threat to Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha and the coveted Apple iPhone 6, to name a few.

Last year’s Xperia Z1 Compact was a first in many ways and carved a name for itself as a device that doesn’t want to be considered a mini in anything but the size and a company that doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Read more »

HTC Desire 510 hands-on

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The HTC Desire 510 is the company’s latest price conscious smartphone entry that sits somewhere between entry-level and midrange in HTCs lineup.

It features a 4.7-inch display of a paltry 580 x 854px resolution, but is one of the first smartphones to run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 processor, featuring integrated 64-bit processing alongside 4G LTE technology. Read more »

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua hands-on

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The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua was announced only recently and as the name suggests, it’s a water-resistant version of the Sony Xperia M2.

Mostly this is the same phone but there are some differences which we’ll discuss here. For starters the phone now offers IP68 certification for staying in up to 1.5m deep water for 30 minutes and it’s fully dust proofed. Read more »

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro hands-on

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Lenovo announced its Vibe Z2 Pro high-end smartphone at the end of July and the device is set to make an appearance at IFA 2014 in Berlin next week. Luckily, you won’t have to wait until then to find out our initial impressions of the 6” QHD monster, as we got to spend some quality time with the phablet a little early.

The Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro also marks the company’s high-end entrance in Europe and is its first smartphone with a QHD display. Read more »

Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint hands-on

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We managed to spend some quality time with the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint Wireless. Announced earlier today, the budget-friendly smartphone marks the return of the Japanese manufacturer in the United States.

Despite its sleek looks, which suggest a high price tag, the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint is quite affordable. Read more »

Weekend poll: Samsung Galaxy Alpha takes on the compact droid competition

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha made quite a stir this week as the first Samsung device not to rely entirely on polycarbonate in its body. Not only that, but Samsung has also kept the dimensions well within limits, and its 4.7-inch display and ultra-slim 6.7mm waistline put it firmly in compact smartphone territory.

In our latest poll we’ll be pitting the Alpha against the usual suspects, including offerings from LG and HTC, its Galaxy S5 mini compatriot, and the original small-stature droid, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. Read more »