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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, Up Close
By Luke Jones on Tuesday October 06, 2015

Microsoft's Windows platform has failed to make an impact on the market duopoly enjoyed by Apple's iOS and of course Google's all-conquering Android. There has been respectable growth for Windows in lower prices ranges for emerging markets, but the lack of flagship hardware has held Microsoft back for some time. That could change with the introduction of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, both smartphones that were launched today.

Microsoft Lumia 950: Up Close
By Luke Jones on Tuesday October 06, 2015

Microsoft launched two devices running its Windows 10 Mobile platform today, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL. While the 950 XL is the more spec?d out of the two, it is the Lumia 950 that is Microsoft's flagship, simply because its smaller size will appeal to more people. Despite not being quite as decked out as its larger sibling, the 950 is a potent package and a welcome addition to the Windows platform, which has been bereft of high end quality for too long.

Microsoft Band 2: Up Close
By Luke Jones on Tuesday October 06, 2015

Microsoft had a mega event today where the company discussed numerous new products and some that are reserved for the future. One of the new devices was a sequel to the company's first wearable, the Microsoft Band, but does the follow up bring enough new goodies to the party.

LG V10, A Smartphone to Rival the Best
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 01, 2015

Forget the G4 Pro, LG has rolled out a new flagship that stands as a unique addition to the market with blazing specs and a standout killer feature you won't find anywhere else. The LG V10 comes with a second ticker style screen that sits atop the main panel, while elsewhere the device pushes boundaries with its high end specs and cameras. However, the big news really is that screen, so we will start there as we get up close and personal with the V10.

Some eBay Vendors Offering Nexus 6 for $300
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 01, 2015

Google announced its spiffing new smartphones this week, the flagship Huawei Nexus 6P and the LG Nexus 5X; so what does that mean for last year?s Nexus 6? That was of course made by Motorola and it was a full on flagship handset that came with a price tag to match its amazing specs. However, now the Nexus 6 can be picked up brand new for a bargain.

Google Raises Curtain on LG Nexus 5X
By Luke Jones on Tuesday September 29, 2015

Two years since LG departed the Nexus scene with the Nexus 5, the South Korean company is back in the fold with the Nexus 5X. The handset was launched today by Google today and while it is easy to think of the 5X as a mere updated version of the Nexus 5, it is so much more. It brings a 2013 handset and brings it fully into 2015 and offers a compelling and affordable package along the way.

Google Launches Huawei Nexus 6P: Up Close
By Luke Jones on Tuesday September 29, 2015

Google has just announced what is perhaps the best Nexus flagship the company has ever been involved in, the Huawei made Nexus 6P. The device was launched by Google today and alongside the Nexus 5X is the first product to be rocking Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

HTC Butterfly 3, High End and Global
By Luke Jones on Tuesday September 29, 2015

The Butterfly has always been HTC's flagship compromise, a device that comes with the absolute best specs available but the design is typically compromised with plastic instead of metal. The Butterfly 3 that was launched today fits in with that previous track record and of course it is a smartphone we have seen before. Like previous Butterfly flagships, this was first launched as the Butterfly J, an exclusive to the Japanese market.

BlackBerry Priv, First Official Image
By Luke Jones on Tuesday September 29, 2015

A BlackBerry smartphone sporting the Android operating system is one of the worst kept secrets of this year, and the company confirmed that the device will be called the BlackBerry Priv. Now the company has revealed the first official image of the Priv, a handset that could well bring BlackBerry back to the big leagues in terms of sales.

Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X Priced Competitively
By Luke Jones on Monday September 28, 2015

Google is getting ready to launch its new smartphones tomorrow, the Huawei made Nexus 6P and the LG made Nexus 5X, but we already know pretty much all there is to know. For example, the design of both handsets reveals probably the best looking Nexus smartphones so far, and one that are well spec?d for their price points.