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Best Phones Hitting IFA 2014!

2nd Sep, 2014 | Comments Off

What phones will you be seeing at IFA?

It’s that time of year again, where all of the world’s technology press gather for a week packed full of smartphone fun. IFA, held in Berlin comes around each September and boasts one of the biggest selections of upcoming smartphones, but what can we expect to see this year?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

We couldn’t start anywhere else could we? The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is arguably the biggest name on the calendar every year, alongside the iPhone of course, making it an obvious highlight for IFA.

Boasting a 5.9” Super AMOLED display, the Note 4 won’t be planning on disappointing many people with its super powered spec sheet. With a rumoured 64GB built-in storage and 4GB RAM, memory won’t be much of an issue either.

Samsung is even going all out with the processor placed within the Samsung phablet, with an octa-core Exynos version making for one of the most responsive smartphones ever made. Also, with an Adreno 420 GPU making a home in the device, gaming will look as good as ever on the Note 4.

Will the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 prove the biggest hit of IFA?

Sony Xperia Smartphones

Sony’s always in the smartphone news, mainly thanks to its six month product cycle for its flagship phones, meaning once one has been released, it’s not too long before we see a successor. But, IFA is apparently promising us two Sony phones this time around, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact.

Boasting a 5.2” TRILUMINOS display, the Xperia Z3 is the obvious successor to the Z2, which was unveiled at MWC in February. Also expected in the flagship device is a Snapdragon 805 chipset, 3GB RAM and a quad-core 2.7GHz processor.

The Z3 Compact however, will feature a smaller display, with a mooted 4.6” effort making its way onto the handset. 2GB RAM is also set to feature alongside a Snapdragon 801 chipset and 2.5GHz processor.

Can the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact impress?

Motorola X+1

After the success shown by the Moto X over the past year, it was no surprise to see Motorola hint at a new version of the handset for IFA. But with several big name flagship phones coming out at IFA, can Motorola make the X+1 stand out?

Featuring a similar design to its predecessor, the Moto X+1 will be sticking with the value for money mantra, pricing well below the flagship standard of recent years. This won’t be meaning sub-standard specs though, with a 1080p display already confirmed.

2GB RAM and 32GB storage also make for good reading on the X+1, whilst a Snapdragon 800 chipset keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes. Also, with a 12 megapixel camera and possible smartwatch connectivity, the X+1 could be the surprise handset of the year.

Is the Moto X+1 going to be the surprise hit of the year?

LG G3 Stylus

The LG G3 has already been a tremendous success this year, so it makes sense for LG to try and milk it even more at IFA, releasing a brand new version of the handset. The LG G3 Stylus looks the same as the G3, but believe it or not, boasts a stylus with it.

With a 5.5” QHD display, the G3 Stylus will be competing with the aforementioned Note 4, and it couldn’t have picked a tougher opponent. Its specs aren’t quite up there, with 1GB RAM and a 1.3GHz quad-core processor aiming the handset at the mid-range market.

LG could be on to a winner with the G3 Stylus, especially if it’s priced competitively, making it one of the more affordable phablets on the market. Hopefully its appearance at IFA will turn some heads before its release!

Will the LG G3 Stylus compete with the Note 4?

Nokia Lumia Handsets

After Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia, it might be a bit of a surprise to see two handsets making the rounds ahead of IFA this year. The Nokia Lumia 730 and 830 are the smartphones in question, and we can’t wait to get our hands on them!

The Lumia 730 is aimed at the more photo happy fans out there, with its 5 megapixel front lens ideal for selfies, Snapchats and Instagram photos of any kind. Also, with a 4.7” display, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, the Lumia 730 should be competitively priced.

The Lumia 830 however, is aiming for a more premium crowd, mimicking the surprisingly powerful Lumia 930, which was released earlier this year. A 4.5” HD display makes for great viewing, whilst the aluminium trim style also gives the handset a professional feel.

Can Nokia win some more fans in Berlin?

Interested in these two upcoming Nokia handsets? Take a look at the latest details about the Lumia 730 and 830 here!

Time for IFA!

So, with all of these phones set to make an appearance in Germany at IFA, it looks like we’re getting a very early Christmas present. This all comes alongside the iPhone 6 of course, which is due to be revealed on the 9th September in its own launch event. Who said autumn was boring?

If you don’t fancy waiting around for one of these smartphones to hit the market, you can always take a look at our current smartphone deals here!

Tag Team! Why you should look out for the Nokia Lumia 730 and 830!

27th Aug, 2014 | Comments Off

Which Nokia Lumia should you buy?

Nokia’s been on the smartphone market for decades, giving us handsets like the 3210, N95 and the Lumia 1020, all of which were impressive for their respective time. But Nokia has since been taken over by Microsoft, giving it a somewhat uncertain future.

But don’t count it out just yet, Nokia is continuing to produce some classy smartphones, and now it’s time to take a look at two brand new pieces of kit coming off the Nokia press. The Lumia 730 and 830 are both expected to make an appearance sooner rather than later, but why should we be looking out for them?

Classic Nokia Design

Nokia has always boasted a stylish and immaculate design; you only need to take a look back at the likes of the 3210 or more recent models for proof. So, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to see the Lumia 730 and 830 keeping true to form.

Sporting bright colours, just like previous Lumia efforts, it’s safe to say that you should find the ideal design for any pocket. The Lumia 730 keeps things simple with a standard polycarbonate style which reminds us a lot like the Lumia 1020.

The 830 however has a more premium feel to it, verging away from the curved plastic edges of the 730 and opting for a metallic trim around the entire edge of the device. Not only does it give the phone a sleek and stylish feel, it also makes the handset look all the better as well.

Could the Lumia 830 be the phone to get this year?

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Nokia Lumia Specs

Catering for any budget, the Nokia product line has always been a diverse one and it’s no different with these two upcoming handsets. The Lumia 730 for example has a distinctly mid-range feel, with its 4.7” display, 8GB memory and 1GB RAM holding things down.

Switch over to the Lumia 830 however, and you’ll see a much more power focused device, obviously for a slightly higher cost. A smaller 4.5” display shouldn’t have you struggling, and with a 2.4GHz processor handling speed, you’ll be cruising from app to app without issue.

All in all, both phones are aimed at separate markets, and either could prove to be hugely successful. With the specs listed here, we definitely wouldn’t be surprised to see them do well.

Stunning Nokia Cameras

Nowadays you need a good camera on your smartphones, whether you need to take a quick snap or handle a meticulously edited selfie, your smartphone simply has to be able to handle itself on the camera front. Lucky for us, it looks like Nokia knows this, and is putting in a real shift to get its cameras right at the top of their games.

Packing a 6.5 megapixel lens on its back side, you might be slightly underwhelmed by the Lumia 730 at first. However, on the front side of the handset you’ll be gifted to a 5 megapixel selfie snapper, making it the ideal phone for handling video calls and taking those beauty shots.

The Lumia 830 is slightly more mainstream, and opts for a brilliant 13 megapixel PureView camera on its back side, similar once again to the Lumia 1020 with its Carl Zeiss optics. The front lens hasn’t been confirmed as of yet, but you can expect it to settle at the flagship average of around 2 megapixels.

What's your take on the Nokia Lumia 730?

Windows Phone OS

Being owned by Microsoft has its advantages and Windows Phone 8.1 is certainly one of them. Both the Lumia 730 and 830 are both set to feature the mobile operating system, bringing a tonne of great features to the fray.

Cortana is one such feature, giving Windows users a chance to rival Siri, Apple’s own voice operated assistant. Also, the likes of Microsoft Office is included on every Windows based phone, meaning work doesn’t have to wait until you’re in front of a computer screen.


With Nokia set to release two smartphones like these, it makes it hard to think why you shouldn’t be picking one of them up when they finally make their way onto the market. Both are due to make their respective appearances this September, giving them the ideal run up toward the festive period.

Plus, with both devices boasting great design, super specs, flashy cameras and a top-notch operating system you can’t really go wrong with these Nokia brothers. Have we convinced you? If so, you can check out all of our Nokia smartphone deals here!

iPhone Killer: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

19th Aug, 2014 | Comments Off

Which Samsung Galaxy Alpha will you be grabbing?

Each year we face the same question; which is better, Apple or Samsung? It’s always a tough question to answer, with Apple fans supporting the iPhone’s user-friendly design and style and Samsung supporters berating its lack of customisation. But could the Samsung Galaxy Alpha make this question even tougher to answer?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Design

Widely regarded as Samsung’s answer to the iPhone, it’s no surprise to see the Galaxy Alpha become the first metallic styled Samsung handset. The Alpha’s front side is dominated by the 4.7” Super AMOLED display which has become synonymous with flagship Samsung phones of late. A physical home button can also be found at the bottom of the device underneath the display and also hosts the fingerprint scanner which was first seen on the Galaxy S5.

The edge of the handset is a step in a new direction for Samsung though, with the Galaxy Alpha sporting an all metal trim surrounding the entirety of the phone. This not only looks great, but thanks to its smart construction, is also comfortable and easy to grasp. The back side verges back to the style of the Galaxy S5 which was released back in March, with a faux leather look, topping off a stylish design for the Galaxy Alpha.

What do you think of the Galaxy Alpha's design?

Galaxy Alpha Specs

Trying to match the iPhone design is one thing, but tackling it on the spec sheet is a completely different proposition, but the Galaxy Alpha looks as if it may well have a good shot at topping it. Its HD 4.7” display speaks for itself, making for great visuals without being too big or too small to manage.

2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage sit nicely inside the Alpha, meaning you shouldn’t be left in need of extra memory anytime soon unless you store a ridiculous number of films on your smartphone. It is worth noting however that the memory is non-expandable, meaning you can’t upgrade it through using a memory card, much like the current iPhone set-up.

Samsung’s very own Exynos chipset is built in to help handle the speed side of the Galaxy Alpha, and the addition of an octa-core processor keeps things nice and tidy behind the scenes as well. Finally, the Samsung handset is powered by a 1860mAh battery, which is more than big enough to handle over a day of regular use without breaking down.

Samsung Camera

Smartphone cameras have quickly grown into a key commodity, especially in more expensive handsets, so it comes as no surprise to see Samsung opt for a photo friendly lens on the Galaxy Alpha.

Featuring a 12 megapixel effort on its back side the Galaxy Alpha offers up sharp images and vibrant colours with minimal fuss. The LED flash also couples as a heart rate sensor, meaning that you can even keep a track of your fitness levels without having to head down to your GP for a check-up.

A 2.1 megapixel lens handles matters on the front side of the Alpha, giving us good quality video calls and selfies despite not being a powerhouse on the spec sheet. When it comes down to it, the Galaxy Alpha looks to have matched the iPhone on the camera side of things, unless Apple has something hidden up its sleeve for the iPhone 6.

Will the Galaxy Alpha really compete with the iPhone 6?

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Samsung Galaxy Features

One thing which could have Apple fans feeling a little bit envious of the Galaxy Alpha is the inclusion of all the Samsung features that have become fan favourites over the past year or so. So what features can we expect to see?


We’ve already mentioned the heart rate sensor in the LED flash, but also included in the Galaxy Alpha is a fingerprint scanner in its home button. This isn’t something brand new, but it’s certainly one of the more attractive features.

Ultra-Power Saver Mode

Battery life has always been at a premium with smartphones, and with Ultra-Power Saver Mode you can rest easy knowing your battery won’t be dropping to unmanageable levels anytime soon. This means you won’t need to cart around a charger with you next time you leave the house.


Samsung’s very own user interface that covers up the stock Android found on the Galaxy Alpha, Touchwiz essentially turns your phone from ‘just another Android’ into a true Samsung smartphone. It’s been a hit so far, so it would be no surprise to see it show out yet again on the Alpha.

What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha?


This is looking more and more like a good competitor to the iPhone from Samsung. It boasts a number of great specs, brilliant features and is also taking on the Apple flagship on the design front as well.

It will definitely be a hard job to usurp some of the Apple faithful, but if any smartphone will, it will be the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Let us know your thoughts about the Samsung Galaxy Alpha on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ here!

Of course, if you’d prefer to opt for an iPhone, you can take a look at all of our brilliant Apple deals here!

Budget Deal! Three of the best budget phones you can buy!

11th Aug, 2014 | Comments Off

What are the Best Budget Smartphones?

Whilst we’d all love to have the latest iPhone tucked into our pockets, it’s pretty safe to say that plenty of us can’t really afford to grab ourselves a top of the range smartphone every two years. So, what should you do if you can’t go for a flagship smartphone? The answer lies in the budget smartphone!

Still handling all of your standard smartphone needs, our budget handsets can keep you tweeting, Snapchatting and Whatsapping all day long, and for the portion of the price of a flagship device. But which budget phone are you best off getting? That’s what we’re here to answer, so put away your wallet and tighten those belts, because here come three smartphones that are guaranteed to keep you in contact for a lower price!

EE Kestrel

Not the most well-known smartphone on the market, the EE Kestrel is EE’s first soiree into manufacturing, rather than just mobile communications. The handset was released this year, meaning it’s right at the top of the technological peak for now.

Packing a 4.5” display, 8GB expandable storage and 1GB RAM, you shouldn’t be caught moaning about your screen size or memory allowance anytime soon. A 5 megapixel camera handles the rear end of the device, whilst a smaller 1 megapixel effort is there for your selfies and video calls.

A Snapdragon 400 chipset keeps the handset running smoothly, and is supported by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, whilst a 2000mAh battery tops off the spec sheet. Also, with Android 4.3 JellyBean handling the software, you can rest assured in having one of the more trusted operating systems on the market.

Finally, being 4G ready, the Kestrel is arguably the most well connected smartphone for its price. Also, with a price tag of £99, you get a great deal as well, making the Kestrel a pretty easy sell.

Should you pick up the 4G ready EE Kestrel?

After something with a bit more bite for a small price? Why not check out the OnePlus One here?

Nokia Lumia 520

One of the veterans of the budget smartphone market, the Nokia Lumia 520 has been on the market since April 2013 and is showing no signs of giving in. The Lumia 520 has proven so good; it’s still outclassing some smartphones released to this day!

Featuring a 4” IPS LCD display, the Lumia 520 packs a surprisingly hefty punch for a smaller screened handset. With 8GB expandable memory and 512MB RAM, you might not be blow away by the specs on paper, but in practice you’ll quickly realise how it’s done so well.

A 5 megapixel lens is the only camera featuring on the handset, whilst its dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm chipset deals with all of the heavy lifting. Windows Phone 8.1 also comes with the handset, meaning not only will you get a great little handset, but you’ll also have one of the upcoming mobile operating systems as well, all for just £103!

Does the Nokia Lumia 520 tickle your fancy?

Motorola Moto G

The last of our three budget handsets but certainly not the least, in fact the Motorola Moto G is considered the most powerful budget phone on the market today. Coming up to its first birthday, the Moto G mixes design with power brilliantly and has rightly become one of the best smartphones available on a budget.

With a 4.5” 720p display, 16GB storage and 1GB RAM, it’s easy to notice why the Moto G has done well up to this point. The Snapdragon 400 chipset and quad-core 1.2GHz processor also testify to this fact, making it incredibly easy to use.

A 5 megapixel lens adorns the back of the handset, whilst a 1.3mp secondary lens handles your selfies, making your pictures come out nice and clean regardless of the circumstances. Plus, with a 2070mAh battery, you won’t need to worry about a recharge every couple of hours!

Finally, with the very latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS, you know you’re getting a trusted and worthwhile mobile system to play with as well. Pricing up at £135, you can definitely do much worse than the Moto G, and let’s face it; you can spend a heck of a lot more as well…

Can you do much better than the Motorola Moto G?

Have we interested you? You can take a look at all of our great budget smartphone deals right here!

What are your thoughts on these budget smartphones? Why not let us know your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or Google+?

OnePlus One: Worth the Wait?

4th Aug, 2014 | Comments Off

Will the Oneplus One be worth the wait?

It’s been a pretty long time since we first saw glimpses of a smartphone running a strange version of Android, packing some seriously powerful specs and costing us less than half of what we expected it to. That smartphone was the OnePlus One, a good looking device from a company few people had heard of, but even now we’re still waiting around for it to go on general sale, will it be worth the wait?

What can we expect from OnePlus?

There’s a reason many of us smartphone fans are drooling over the OnePlus One, and that reason is its tremendous spec list coupled with its rock bottom price tag in comparison to other flagship phones.

Packing a 5.5” LCD 1080p display, up to 64GB storage and 3GB RAM, the OnePlus One already shapes up as a true competitor for the likes of the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S line-ups. Add a 13 megapixel lens on the back, 5 megapixel lens on the front, a Snapdragon 801 chipset and quad-core 2.5 GHz processor and you have yourself one of the most powerful smartphones on the planet.

It’s not just the hardware winning us over either, with the OnePlus handset boasting Android 4.4.2 KitKat transformed with the CyanogenMod version of the software, making for an Android lovers’ dream. This not only adds a unique style to the handset, but it also allows for added customisation and features, something which is bound to draw interest.

Costing just £229 for the 16GB option, the OnePlus One is far cheaper than its flagship competitors, making for a seemingly great deal for consumers. But even now, the handset still isn’t available for general sale from the OnePlus website, leaving users paying hiked up prices in other online retailers.

What can we expect from the OnePlus One?

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Why are we waiting for the OnePlus One?

Many smartphone fans have been left stewing through online forums and Google+ communities because of the extended waiting time for the OnePlus One, wondering just why they’re being made to wait for so long. But the answer comes down to the size of the manufacturer, which was founded less than a year ago.

Featuring a tiny workforce compared to the likes of Apple and Samsung has its obvious advantages, keeping costs down is one such upside for example. Unfortunately, it also means that production is slow, and problems take longer to be rectified, something OnePlus has had to deal with.

It’s Smash the Past marketing strategy is proof of this; having only made a few units of the handset, OnePlus only sent out 100 invites to lucky entrants. Over 140,000 people entered the competition, meaning you had odds of around 1400/1 of grabbing a handset through the campaign.

Other competitions held by the company have proved more fruitful, but the demand for the handset still heavily outmatches the supply. This has been further troubled by delayed launches of the winning devices, mainly caused by issues with the handset, adding more fuel to the fire that has grown somewhat out of control in front of OnePlus’ eyes.

When will the OnePlus One be up for sale?

If you’re happy to pay around £100 more than the official price tag listed by OnePlus, you’ll be able to pick up the handset right away through sites like eBay. But if you’re planning on saving some cash and paying the retail price you’re going to have a real task on your hands.

OnePlus is sticking with its ‘invitation’ strategy, making consumers enter social media competitions or complete other tasks for an invite to grab the phone at the retail price. We have received word of a general release sometime in the future, but details from the company have been few and far between.

This means that it could be months before we see the OnePlus One gracing high street stores or its own online marketplace. For now, it doesn’t look like there’s much light at the end of the tunnel, unless you’re in the business of paying a few quid more than you should be. At least it’s still cheaper than an iPhone…

Of course, if you don’t fancy waiting for the OnePlus handset, you can always check out our current smartphone deals here!

What are your thoughts on the OnePlus One? Are you still waiting to grab one? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

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