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dovice.com
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SHIPPING PRODUCTS ONLY - NO RUMOURS OR GOSS
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UPDATED:1/1/2015
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SITE NEWS:Little time now, if you want to take over, drop me a line using the details at the base of this page.
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TIPS:Try before you buy. If you can afford it, buy a wireless device (phone, tablet etc) cash and take out a rolling monthly sim only contract. That way you can give your air time provider a months notice if they are not up to scratch or you leave the country/planet etc.
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IMPORTANT:Signal sensitivity, daylight screen visibility, device responsiveness (speed!), battery life, RAM (more=better), camera quality & auto focus speed, comfort in hand/button placement, grippyness - to avoid droppage.
So: Try phone in person first, and don't forget you have 14 days to return it in the UK, that's the law!
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NOT
IMPORTANT:
Since coming into an awesome LG G3, (along with Moto X, outstanding ergonomics and thoughtful features), I am removing my advice that suggested screen resolution was not important. It is. Small text is easier to read and 4K videos look amazing. The human eye is very sensitive.
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DISCLAIMER:My employer is in the business of 'gadgets' and so to avoid a conflict of interests, rumors or leaks about unannounced products won't be found here.
This guide exists solely to help you dear frustrated consumer, and is impartial, but I consider Motorola to be the best at mobile devices for reasons beyond the scope of this single spreadsheet cell!
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I'M ROCKINGGalaxy Note 4, iPhone 1/2G, Bose QC15 (silence those yummy mummies & their kids!), Sonixx SX1 Bluetooth Headphones, Samsung HS-3000 Bluetooth adapter for the car (brilliant!),
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MEMORY (GB)SCREENCAMERA
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RATINGPROSSUITED TOMAKENAMEMODELOSVERSIONRAMINTEXT MAXPRICESIZE "TYPESTILL (MP)VIDEO
WATERPROOF
CHARGINGCONS
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PHONES
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You have never had it so good! The top phones today are all excellent.
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* * * *Fingerprint unlock
Thin (see cons)
Incredibly light
Media consumption
Photography
Gaming
AppleiPhone6 PlusiOS8116/64/128No5.5IPS LCD81080NoLightningFragile (Don't stress it!)
Proprietory ecosystem & charger
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* * * *Fingerprint unlock
Thin
Incredibly light
Media consumption
Photography
Gaming
AppleiPhone6iOS8116/64/128No4.7IPS LCD81080NoLightningProprietory ecosystem & charger
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* * * *Fingerprint unlock
Stunning industrial design
Incredibly light
Hipsters
Gaming
AppleiPhone5siOS7.1116/32/64No£549/629/7094IPS LCD81080NoLightningProprietory ecosystem & charger
Battery life
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* * * *Coloured shell case
Curvey comfortable shape
Socialites
Former Blackberry toting young ladies
Gaming
AppleiPhone5ciOS7.118/16/32No£429/469/5494IPS LCD81080NoLightningProprietory ecosystem & charger
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* * * *Large square display
Well conceived UX
Keybordists
Productivity workers
BlackberryPassportBB10.333264TBA
4.5 x 4.5
IPS LCD131080microUSBUX confusing
Lack of contemporary ecosystem
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* * * * *Loud stereo speakers
Screen
Design
Slick Android interface
Music lovers
Video lovers
Gamers
HTCOneM8AndroidKitkat216/32128£5605Super LCD341080NomicroUSBCamera in daylight
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* * * *Loud stereo speakers
Screen
Design
Slick Android interface
Music lovers
Video lovers
Gamers
HTCOneM7Android4.3 Jellybean232/64No£2954.741080NomicroUSBCamera in daylight
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* * *Slim/Good valueMr/Mrs SensibleHuaweiAscendP7Android21664TBA5IPS LCD131080NomicroUSBSee GSMArena review
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* * * * *Thin display bezel
Laser camera focusing
Controls on rear of case
Camera Optical Image Stabilisation
Knock knock unlock & lock
Wireless charging ability
1440 x 2560 QHD display
Readers
Movie fans
Photographers
Gamers
Productivity workers
LGG3AndroidKitkat2/316/32128£5005.5IPS LCD134000No
microUSB
Wireless
Not waterproof
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* * * * *Controls on rear of case
Thin display bezel
Camera Optical Image Stabilisation
Knock knock unlock
MiscLGG2AndroidKitkat216/32No£2795.2IPS LCD131080/60PNomicroUSB
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* * * * *Controls on rear of case
Thin display bezel
Knock knock unlock
MiscLGG2 MiniAndroidKitkat1832£2794.2IPS LCD81080NomicroUSB
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* * * *Pure Android
Good value
Wireless charging ability
Comfortable grippy case
Android fans
Mr/Mrs Sensible
LG/GoogleNexus5Pure AndroidKitkat216/32No£299/339IPS LCD81080No
microUSB
Wireless
Camera
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* * * * *Superb camera
Xenon flash
PhotographersMicrosoft/NokiaLumia1020Windows Phone8232No4.5AMOLED411080NomicroUSBSome may not like the UX
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* * * * Big n hunky
Voice control from sleep
Smart Actions & other thoughtful useful features
Narrow display bezel
Comfortable shape
Superb responsive build of Android Lollipop
Developers, geeks and power users
Motorola/Google
Nexus6Android5.0 Lollipop232/64No£6006AMOLED134000No
microUSB
Wireless
Some my not like it's larger form factor although the thin bezels make up for the larger screen
Price
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* * * * Voice control from sleep
Smart Actions & other thoughtful useful features
Narrow display bezel
Comfortable shape
Superb responsive build of Android
Those who like understated design that hides intelligent functionality in a palm friendly form factorMotorolaMotoX 2014Android4.4 Kitkat216/32No£TBA5.2AMOLED10NomicroUSB
Some my not like it's larger form factor over the original X
Price
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* * * * Voice control from sleep
Smart Actions & other thoughtful useful features
Narrow display bezel
Comfortable shape
Superb responsive build of Android
Those who like understated design that hides intelligent functionality in a palm friendly form factorMotorolaMotoXAndroid4.4 Kitkat216/32No£2794.7AMOLED10NomicroUSBPrice
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* * * * *Price/Performance ratio
Comfortable shape
Now with LTE(4G)
Mr/Mrs Sensible daring to step out a bit with 4G - Go on, dare you!MotorolaMotoG 4GAndroidKitkat18/1664£1604.3IPS LCD5720NomicroUSBCamera
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* * * * *Price/Performance ratio
Stereo speakers
Comfortable shape
Mr/Mrs SensibleMotorolaMotoG 2014AndroidKitkat18/1632£1504.3IPS LCD5720NomicroUSBCamera
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* * *Price
Dual sim card option
Kids
'My first smartphone' users
Those on a budget
MotorolaMotoEAndroidKitkat1432£894.5LCD5480Yes
Splashproof
microUSBNo front camera
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* * * *Price/Performance ratio
CyanogenMod Android
Android fans
Early adopters
Those wanting to stand out
OnePlusOneAndroid
Kitkad
CyanogenMod 11S
316/64No£TBA/$3005.5IPS LCD134000NomicroUSBToo new to know
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* * * *Pleasing new part metal industrial design
Compact form factor
Versatile
Pedigree
Do it all device fansSamsungGalaxy AlphaAndroid+TouchwhizKitkat232NoTBA4.7AMOLED124000NomicroUSB
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* * * *Versatile
Pedigree
Do it all device fansSamsungGalaxy S5Android+TouchwhizKitkat216/32128£4495.1AMOLED164000YesmicroUSBDull
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* * * * *Pleasing new part metal industrial design, similar to a large Galaxy Alpha
Heart rate monitor (Dubious value!)
Wacom stylus
Screen
Camera image/video quality
Amazing 4K video recording
Battery life
Overall power
Creative thinkers
Entrepreneurs
Productivity workers
Artists
Bookworms
Photographers
SamsungGalaxy Note4Android+TouchwhizKitkat332128£TBA5.7SUPER AMOLED164000NomicroUSB
Mine crashes a lot!
Like all Samsung devices, lots of bloatware
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* * * * *Wacom stylus
Screen
Camera image/video quality
Amazing 4K video recording
Battery life
Overall power
Creative thinkers
Entrepreneurs
Productivity workers
Artists
Bookworms
SamsungGalaxy Note3Android+TouchwhizKitkat33264£4305.7SUPER AMOLED124000NomicroUSBMine crashes a lot!
Like all Samsung devices, lots of bloatware
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* * * * *Outstanding battery life
Improved ergonomics over Z2
Waterproof
High tech design
FM Radio
Photographers
Outdoorsi types
Parents with destructive kids
SonyXperiaZ3AndroidKitkat316/32128£TBA5.2
Triluminos
IPS LCD
20.74000YesmicroUSB
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* * * * *Waterproof
High tech design
Comfortable size and shape
FM Radio
Outdoorsi types
Parents with destructive kids
SonyXperiaZ3 CompactAndroidKitkat21664£3804.3
Triluminos
IPS LCD
20.71080YesmicroUSB
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* * * *Waterproof
High tech design
FM Radio
Outdoorsi types
Parents with destructive kids
SonyXperiaZ2AndroidKitkat316128£5405.2
Triluminos
IPS LCD
20.74000YesmicroUSB
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* * * * *Waterproof
High tech design
Comfortable size and shape
FM Radio
Outdoorsi types
Parents with destructive kids
SonyXperiaZ1 CompactAndroidKitkat21664£3804.3
Triluminos
IPS LCD
20.71080YesmicroUSB
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HEADSETS
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Fedup of wires & cables that tangle and frey as well as introducing interference into the equation? Bluetooth is now so good, I'm only going to list wireless headsets.
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* * * * *Excellent audio quality
Bluetooth
Latest Bluetooth audio protocol
SamsungHS3000
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* * * * *Read headband design
Amazing sound for the price (£20!)
Incredible battery life
Chunky easy to reach and operate controls
Sports
Walkers
Desk workers wanting a great sounding handsfree
SonixxSX1£20 AmazonN/AminiUSBminiUSB charging port (microUSB is the standard now)
Flashing blue 'connected' light makes you look like a rebel Borg
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Bluetooth
Built in loudspeaker
SonySBH52
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BluetoothSonySBH50
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TABLETS
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As a power user and someone with exceptional requirements, after having owned just about every tablet, I've given up trying to use one for business and sticking with my MacBook Pro. For high power productivity, tablets are not there yet for all manner of reasons. For media consumption, sales and web surfing, they are ideal.
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* * * * *Screen
Responsiveness
Apps
Media consumers
Photographers
Sales people
Gamers
AppleiPadair
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* * * * *Screen
Responsiveness
Apps
Can hold in one hand
Media consumers
Photographers
Sales people
Gamers
AppleiPadmini
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* * * * *Light weight
Can hold in one hand
Excellent responsive pure build of Android
Wireless charging capability
Readers
Sofa surfers (!)
Gamers
Media consumers
GoogleNexus7 Mk2
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* * * *Versatile
Superb Wacom stylus integration, in particular when using AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro
Thin
Very good battery life
Creative thinkers
Entrepreneurs
Productivity workers
Artists & designers
SamsungGalaxy Note10.1 2014 EditionAndroidKit Kat16/32/64£400 upwards10.1LCD1080NomicroUSBAnnoying Touchwhiz / Bloatware gets in the way.
USB Charging port is on the bottom edge making it impossible to charge whilst the tablet is upright, but the battery life is so good it doesn't really matter.
Heavy & buggy. So much so, and so sluggish when using some apps and when browsing pages in Chrome, I sent it back.
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SMART WATCHES
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Aug 12 2014 - Just bought my first one (Sony Smartwatch 2), and already convinced. Beware flaws in the first generation Google Wear watches such as non standard charging methods and hard to read in daylight displays. This Sony has none of those limitations. (I don't include the yet to be launched Moto 360 in that comment because it has yet to be reviewed by paying end users who provide the best feedback. However, it does use wireless charging and has a daylight readable display.) The greatest benefit of smart watches is that you do not have to keep removing your phone from your pocket. If you read a message on the watch and it is not urgent, you can always reply from your phone or other device later. Am already finding the Sony invaluable after only 24 hours. Amazed not to see more of them, it's very well executed in every aspect.
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* * * * *Great daylight readable eInk display
Does what it does well
Well supported
Uhm, early adopters?PebblePebble
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TBABuild quality
Display
TBASamsungGear2
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* * * *Excellent daylight readable display
Great battery life
Standard microUSB charging (The reason I bought one over the more recent Google wear models)
Typical 80s Sony retro industrial design
(May not appeal to everyone)
Very easy to use
Great for running!
Does what it does well
Sporty types
Entrepreneurs
SonySmartwatch2Android£129 Argos UK
Transreflective LCD
microUSBUnless there is a 3rd party app I'm not familiar with, there is no way to quickly respond to a message, although this is made clear prior to purchase so not a fault.
Cannot re-arrange icons on watch 'desktop', but that's nit picking.
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