Category Archives: Smartphone blogs

The latest news, views, reviews, previews, comparisons, photos of and rumours on smart phones.

LG G3 S officially unveiled – the mini phone that’s too big to be a mini phone

LG G3 S officially unveiled - the mini phone that's too big to be a mini phoneRight then, let’s talk about mini phones. You may well have seen them for yourself, shrunk-down versions of smartphones like the HTC One M8 or the massively popular Samsung Galaxy S5, that technically are “mini” phones, but in the same way that a minigun is like a shrunk-down Vulcan cannon.

And now, there’s a “mini” version of the epic LG G3, but as you might well have expected, it’s still massive… Continue reading

Apparently, smartphone manufacturers are going mad for ‘selfie phones’

Apparently, smartphone manufacturers are going mad for 'selfie phones'Now then, if you’re on Facebook, or Twitter, or another social site like that, how many times do you see your friends sharing photos of themselves? When they do share photos of themselves, how many of ‘em are selfies?

I’d wager it’s quite a lot, which is probably why smartphone manufacturers seem to have gone gaga over the idea of releasing a selfie phone, with both HTC and Sony seem to want a piece of that action… Continue reading

The Amazon Fire has been unveiled! And guess what! I don’t like it…

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The Amazon Fire has been unveiled! And guess what! I don't like itWell, there we have it. Years of rumours (ever since the Kindle Fire tablets were first unveiled, in fact), and we’ve now finally seen the world’s first Amazon smartphone, called (completely unsurprisingly) the Amazon Fire.

And look, it’s packed full of new stuff, that you won’t find anywhere else, on any other phone! Stuff like a pseudo-3D interface that tracks your head movement! Stuff, in other words, you likely won’t need… Continue reading

SwiftKey is now FREE on Android, so go and grab it!

SwiftKey is now FREE on Android, so go and grab it!I love swipey virtual keyboards, I do. You know the kind I mean, the kind where you can drag your finger across the keyboard to type, instead of tapping individual keys. It’s such a cool feature that even Android itself now does that, but the utterly brilliant thing about Android (and iOS, now, with the advent of iOS 8) is support for third-party keyboards. This week, something rather cool has happened with one of the two most well-known third-party swipey keyboards…

Yes, as you can probably tell from the title of this post, the rather brilliant SwiftKey keyboard is now completely free on Google Play! Continue reading

Apple unveils iOS 8, and a couple of the new features look hauntingly familiar…

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Apple unveils iOS 8, and a couple of the new features look hauntingly familiar...Welp, there we go, folks; another year, another version of iOS (which’ll undoubtedly be followed up later in the year with the sequel to the iPhone 5s). Yep, iOS 8 has been officially unveiled, so it’s time to take at all the new features Apple’s built into their smartphone OS.

And, erm… you may well find that one or two of the new features looks eeeeeever so slightly familiar… Continue reading

Woo, and indeed, hoo! The LG G3 has gone official!

Woo, and indeed, hoo! The LG G3 has gone official!Well folks, I did a post last week, about how the LG G3 had been teased online in a bid to try and build up excitement for this week’s official unveiling. It worked, or at least, it got me excited, ‘cos the LG G3 was starting to look like it might be able to take on the current crop of superphones, the likes of the Sony Xperia Z2, and beat them.

Well now, it’s been officially unveiled, and I’m pleased to say it’s gob-smacking… Continue reading

Nvidia Tegra K1 benchmark scores appear online, and ye gods, it’s fast!

Nvidia Tegra K1 benchmark scores appear online, and ye gods, it's fast!The phone I’ve got at the minute is a One X, made by HTC, and one of the reasons I decided to get this particular phone was because it had a Tegra 3 processor in it (i.e. because it was stupidly fast in its day, and had a load of graphics cores in it). Since then, the Tegra range has been more or less supplanted by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, but now, Nvidia is looking to redress the balance. Y’see, the new Tegra K1 is on the way and, well, it’s fast. Really fast… Continue reading

XCOM: Enemy Unknown finally lands on Android phones

XCOM Enemy Unknown finally lands on Android phonesI’ve mentioned before about how I’m a massive fan of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. In fact, I’ve even gone so far as to say that XCOM is the one thing that made me actually start to like turn-based games. I was also shocked when it came to iOS devices, and proved to be a full-on port of the PC/console original.

And now, awesomely, it’s made the jump to Google Play. Yes, XCOM: Enemy Unknown has finally come to Android! Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S5 review – not a revolution, but what an evolution!

Samsung Galaxy S5 - not a revolution, but what an evolution!Like clockwork, the year after the release of their best flagship phone ever, Samsung goes ahead and releases another flagship that’s even better than last year’s flagship (which is thus toppled from its flagship-perch), and that has a name one number higher. We should be used to it by now, ‘cos it happens every year, and the end results are always brilliant. And now it’s the turn of the new Samsung Galaxy S5, so it’s time to see how good this phone really is… Continue reading

HTC One M8 – The Big MobileShop Review!

HTC One M8 - The Big MobileShop Review!Well folks, here we go. This beastie has been rumoured for months, and after seeing just about every detail of the phone in a leaked stylee, the HTC One M8 has finally gone official, so at long last, we can take a look at what this new superphone is really like. Not that I’m excited or anything, obviously. It’s just that there’s one bit of this phone that goes beyond mere tech specs, ‘cos it’s made of magic and pixie dust. More on that in a sec, but let’s start with… Continue reading