Author Archives: Steve Litchfield

About Steve Litchfield

Steve Litchfield has been a freelance writer, blogger and videographer, specialising in PDAs, smartphones and mobile imaging for the last 20 years. For Android Beat, he handles mainly device reviews, in conjunction with his hands-on video assessments for The Phones Show. Steve is married, with one daughter, and lives in the UK. As far away from the rat race as possible!

Top 5 Bitcoin Apps for Android

Top 5 Bitcoin Apps for Android

Bitcoin is a phenomenon of the digital age, a currency without borders or regulation, a form of money that is totally anonymous – and, as a result, it has been taking off slowly but surely over the last five years, especially among geeks and tech-enthusiasts. If you have an Android smartphone then there are applications, widgets and utilities which can help you manage your bitcoin stash, send funds and keep a close eye on what the market is doing. Here’s my Top 5.

Best Android Smartphones 2016: The Top 10 Android Phones You Can Buy Right Now

Best Android Smartphones 2016: The Top 10 Android Phones You Can Buy Right Now

Six months on from our last Top 10, here’s the Christmas 2016 list, with mainly new content – as you’d expect in a busy smartphone world. And, in terms of variety and value, we’ve never had it so good in the Android world, even if all but one of the top of the line phones are still as eye-wateringly expensive as ever…

Google Pixel XL Review: Premium Android Phone, Premium Price

Google Pixel XL Review: Premium Android Phone, Premium Price

Time to answer a few questions. Yes, this is Google’s headline Android phone for the year. Yes, it goes under the Pixel brand rather than Nexus. Yes, Google’s marketing department has gone into overdrive trying to create a genuine consumer phone that can more obviously match the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. And yes, as a result it’s arguably at least £200 too expensive here in the UK. And similarly across the world. But is the super speedy and phenomenally well put together Google Pixel XL worth the branding premium?

Tips to Keep Your Android Phone Secure from Malware and Viruses

Tips to Keep Your Android Phone Secure from Malware and Viruses

Security scares are everywhere in 2016, both on the desktop and on mobile. But how worried should you be as an Android user? In short, not very – but that doesn’t mean you should relax completely, I still have some hard hitting advice to impart and some settings that I’d strongly advise are in place. Read on and (hopefully) be reassured….

Sony Xperia X review

Sony Xperia X review

The cracks are starting to show in the smartphone world, I believe. Under incredible pressure from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei/Honor, Meizu and Xiaomi, the old guard are having to change tack and try something different just to survive. So we had LG and its ill-fated detachable bottom module, and now Sony has abandoned its ‘three sizes’ strategy in favour of the same size but having three levels of specification, with the Xperia X the first to be available. Hmm…. While I applaud the choice of specs, I do think this ‘one (physical) size fits all’ strategy is potentially more confusing in the long run.

The Top 10 Android Smartphones (June 2016)

The Top 10 Android Smartphones (June 2016)

With thousands (literally, if you include storage, finish and market variants) of smartphones running Android right now, picking a top 10 was never going to be easy. But we sorted through and went ahead anyway. By the way, absent from the top 10 are any of the multitude of Chinese designs (including Xiaomi) flooding the East and sub-continent – most simply never appear in Europe and the West in any quantity – and I don’t apologise for only picking smartphones here that I can personally vouch for in one way or another.

LG G5 review: a flakily finished but futuristic flagship?

LG G5 review: a flakily finished but futuristic flagship?

If there’s one company you can count on to shake things up with something different for each year’s flagship then it’s probably LG. They like taking risks – and that’s fine – but after evaluating the latest, the G5, it does seem as if they went a bit too far this time. Unpleasant edges, a wacky replaceable bottom concept, a dual camera that doesn’t really add much. Read on for the details in our LG G5 review, but it just doesn’t feel like a top-end flagship. And that’s a crying shame, given the absolute top end specifications and ambitions.

HTC 10 Review: A Perfect Slice of High-Tech

HTC 10 Review: A Perfect Slice of High-Tech
As the first company to really deliver unibody aluminium smartphones to the mainstream, HTC has got some form in this game, of course. All the HTC One devices have been terrifically built, and the 10 here is no exception.

Review: Fairphone 2 – What Price a Conscience?

Review: Fairphone 2 – What Price a Conscience?

For the true geek, especially one who values the planet we all exist on, the Fairphone 2 is perhaps the ultimate smartphone. That it’s demonstrably not the best ‘bang per buck’ or indeed the prettiest phone out there, is almost irrelevant in light of the game changing Unique Selling Point here – you can take the Fairphone apart. Officially.

Huawei P9 Review: A Premium Mid-Ranger

Huawei P9 Review: A Premium Mid-Ranger

It’s hard to deny that the Huawei P9 is a thing of beauty. The chamfered aluminium, the 2.5D glass, the glossy black camera island have all been done before, but there’s a certain holistic sense of ‘completeness’ that’s exuded by Huawei’s latest flagship. The P9 is certainly up near the competition from Samsung and LG but it’s also not quite as inexpensive as we’re used to seeing from this Chinese brand, so you’re going to want to read right through this review before thinking about opening up your wallet.