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12 min ago

Nextbit's Robin looks to merge phone and cloud like never before

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Nextbit Robin

The sub-$400 market gets another interesting entry — and it's looking to change the way you think about on-board and cloud storage.

You don't use a smartphone in 2015 without using the cloud in some form or another. It's just not possible. (OK, it's possible, but it won't be fun.) But now Nextbit — a new company led by a former head of partnerships for Android in its early years, a power-management engineer and one of the lead industrial designers behind some of HTC's most iconic smartphones — is looking to bring the cloud to your phone in a whole new way.

Meet the Nextbit Robin.

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15 hours ago

Head to head: The ASUS ZenFone 2 and the Moto G 2015

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Once again, we're putting two budget priced Android phones — the Moto G 2015 and the ASUS ZenFone 2 — against each other to see who comes out on top.

We have four major criteria a smartphone needs to get right before we can recommend them to anyone: Performance, Display quality, Battery Life and Camera. We chose these categories based on the results of a recent poll where we asked everyone what they thought was most important, and I think it's a great mix.

See how these two phones matchup, and which one gets crowned the winner.

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20 hours ago

Nextbit will announce, begin accepting orders for its upcoming smartphone on September 1

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At the beginning of August, Nextbit stated it would announce its smartphone on September 1, and here we are, the day before. Nextbit will not only officially announce the phone, but also begin accepting orders for it as well.

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20 hours ago

Moto X Play review

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Moto X Play

The most affordable Moto X yet aims to dominate the competitive new mid-range market — but falls short in an important area ...

The quick take

Launching around the £270 mark, the Moto X Play delivers a great deal for the money — a great screen, a decent camera and solid battery life, not to mention Moto's excellent software experience. But nagging performance and multitasking issues hamper what might otherwise have been the perfect Android mid-ranger.

The good

  • Fantastic display and impressive speaker
  • Solid construction and ergonomic design
  • Pure Android UI with Moto software goodness
  • Capable camera — at least in most conditions

The bad

  • Low-light camera performance is patchy
  • Stuttery animations and frequent performance hiccups
  • 16GB base storage doesn't leave much breathing room
Width Height Thickness 5.83 in
148mm
2.95 in
75mm
0.43 in
10.9mm
  • Display:
    • 5.5-inch Full HD
    • LCD Display
    • 1920x1080 resolution (400ppi)
  • Camera:
    • 21MP, ƒ/2.0 lens
    • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Battery:
    • 3630mAh capacity
    • Quick Charge 2.0
  • Chips:
    • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor
    • 4x1.6GHz A53 cores + 4x1.1GHz A53 cores
    • 2GB RAM
    • 16GB internal storage
    • microSD slot

Moto X Play Full Review

The second half of 2015 is a great time to be buying a smartphone. You've never been able to get so much phone for your money, especially in the new mid-range space, which has brought forth really capable devices like the Zenfone 2 and Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. Motorola has a strong history of targeting key price points with laser accuracy through its Moto G series, so it was no surprise to see a mid-range Moto X — the Moto X Play — emerging alongside the higher-end Style-slash-Pure-Edition.

On paper the Moto X Play is a tantalizing proposition — for £270 SIM-free, you get a handset with a great display, an enormous battery and the prospect of the first really good Moto camera. In reality, the Play delivers on a many of those promises, but falls short in other areas. And in the past week of using the phone as a daily driver, we've been more surprised by what it's bad at than what it's good at.

Read on to find out all one of 2015's most intriguing mid-range phones.

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1 day ago

Alleged Xperia Z5 lineup leaked on video, including a variant with a 4K display

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Ahead of the official unveil of the Xperia Z5 later this week at the IFA, a three-minute video showcasing the device — along with the Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium — has made its way onto the internet. The video in question is from French tech publication Clubic, and while it is likely that the video was meant to go live after the launch of the handsets, the leak gives us a n early look at what's to come this Wednesday.

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1 day ago

Moto X Play video walkthrough

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The Moto X Play, is finally upon us — in Europe at least. And while we finish up our full review of the phone, be sure to check out our brand new video walkthrough of Motorola's most affordable Moto X yet. You'll find it right after the break.

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2 days ago

Honor 7 video walkthrough

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The Huawei-built Honor 7 is now available in Europe, bringing impressive specs, a capable camera and fingerprint scanning technology to the table, along with a host of new software features. We've got all the details you could want in our Honor 7 review, but if you're more of a visual learner, we've also got the whole thing summed up in three and a half minutes.

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3 days ago

Head to head: The Alcatel Idol 3 and the Moto G 2015

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It's time to pit two smartphones we love against each other. We've picked out four categories — things we think every phone (Android or otherwise) needs to get right before we can recommend them — and squared off the Alcatel Idol 3 against the Moto G 2015.

This is a tough one. Both are great phones, and neither one is the wrong choice. But it's human nature to find the "best" and we're going to dive in and make that hard decision.

Buckle up.

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4 days ago

Should I upgrade from the Galaxy Note 4 to the Note 5?

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Galaxy Note 5 and Note 4

If you can take two notable losses in stride, you'll be happy with this switch.

The time comes each year when the phone you have is thoroughly supplanted by a newer version. In the case of the Note 4, just shy of a year on we have ourselves a new Note 5 to look at — and of course the next step is questioning whether you should upgrade or not. The Note 5 isn't all that exciting to anyone who has a Galaxy S6 right now, but if you're sitting with a last-generation Note 4 you're likely looking to see if the grass is greener.

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4 days ago

LG G4 with brushed metal finish now available in India

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Two new variants of the LG G4 have launched in India, sporting back covers with a brushed metal finish. Dubbed Titanium Black and Gold, the phones feature a similar back pattern as that of the ceramic models, and are also made out of plastic.

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4 days ago

Xperia Z5 promo images surface ahead of launch, 23MP camera rumored

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Sony has teased a smartphone with "greater focus" earlier this week, and it looks like the handset may turn out to be the Xperia Z5. A series of promotional photos of the phone were inadvertently published on Sony's social media channels, with the folks at Xperia Blog managing to get a hold of them before they were taken down.

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4 days ago

Samsung offers extra goodies for Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ and S6 edge buyers after 'Test Drive'

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It turns out that those who decide to purchase a new Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+ or Galaxy S6 after taking part in Samsung's "Ultimate Test Drive" program for current iPhone users are in for a treat. The manufacturer is offering buyers $100 in Google Play credit for purchasing, along with an extra $100 check if they traded in their iPhone to their carrier or retailer.

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4 days ago

Moto G 2015 now available from U.S. Cellular

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If you call U.S. Cellular your wireless home and are looking for a budget-friendly smartphone, the carrier is now offering up the Moto G 2015.

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4 days ago

Honor 7 officially launches in the UK

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Today at an event in London, Huawei's Honor brand has officially launches its latest handset, the Honor 7 for the UK. The phone, which steps up from the Honor 6 with a faster processor and bigger screen, along with a new metal chassis and fingerprint scanner, will become broadly available in September.

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4 days ago

Honor 7 review

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Honor 7

The latest from Huawei's Honor brand boasts phenomenal value — but with a few familiar caveats ...

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