Android Phone Reviews

The OnePlus 8 Pro Review: The Best Android Phone in the World Right Now

The OnePlus 8 Pro Review: The Best Android Phone in the World Right Now

It’s been a few years since OnePlus really annoyed me (given their ‘Never Settle’ slogan) when they lampooned Apple’s dropping of my beloved 3.5mm audio jack and then their parent company, effectively OPPO at the time, handed them a design to rebadge that… didn’t include the jack. And so they ‘settled’, with some embarrassment. But we’ve forgiven them now and I approached this, the OnePlus 8 Pro, with fresh eyes and enthusiasm, to judge it on its own merits. And was very glad I did – it may not have Apple or Samsung’s brand recognition, but it undercuts the flagships from these brands while often out-performing them. Read our comprehensive OnePlus 8 Pro review after the break.

Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20+ Review – A Mixed Bag, Not a ‘Must’ Upgrade

Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20+ Review – A Mixed Bag, Not a ‘Must’ Upgrade

It’s 2020, so why not the Galaxy S… 20. Rather than the S11, which is really what it is, a continued iteration from the decent S7, S8, the superb S9, and the slightly compromised S10. In essence, the S20 retains the ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint sensor, which I was never that keen on, fiddles with the camera system – as Samsung does every year – and… gets rid of the popular 3.5mm audio jack and heart rate/blood oxygen sensors. The main attractions here then are probably the 2020 chipsets and increased RAM, plus the optional 120Hz display. But are they enough? Find out in my full Samsung Galaxy S20 review.

Google Pixel 4 XL Review – six weeks on, still early days for this flagship

Google Pixel 4 XL Review – six weeks on, still early days for this flagship

The Pixel 4 XL (and, by extension, the slightly smaller Pixel 4) is a stunning piece of technology and a worthy flagship. It really is. And yet, even six weeks on, I can’t possibly recommend anyone buy it… yet. While its camera system is stunning, while its stereo speakers are jaw droppingly good, while its face recognition system is fast and effective, at least for unlocking the phone, real world activity is still massively impacted by third party banking and password apps not supporting the new biometric APIs (think Face ID) system. Again… yet. It’ll all come together in time and, as usual Google will need an update or two of their own (a ‘feature drop’ is happening as I write this), so I’ll leave a lengthier verdict for some time in early 2020.

Redmi K20 Pro Review: Value Flagship

Redmi K20 Pro Review: Value Flagship

Xiaomi is the largest smartphone vendor in India. Its success can be attributed to the popularity of its budget Redmi and Redmi Note series. While the company has launched its flagship Mi Mix and Mi series handsets in India, they failed to do well. This time around, Xiaomi is bringing a new flagship-grade smartphone under its Redmi branding: the Redmi K20 Pro.

Google Pixel 3a to 3a XL: Differences, Hands-on Review

Google Pixel 3a to 3a XL: Differences, Hands-on Review

Last week, I reviewed the new Google Pixel 3a, concluding that it was a huge deal in terms of getting guaranteed updates and Google’s vision for Android (plus that excellent camera) to the true mainstream, at a price half or a third that of other top smartphones, many of which will be left high and dry in terms of support after a year or so. So here we have the Pixel 3a XL, the sister device and – obviously – larger. So what’s different and is there any more significance to the XL?

Google Pixel 3a Review: Peace of Mind and a Superb Camera for the Mainstream

Google Pixel 3a Review: Peace of Mind and a Superb Camera for the Mainstream

It has to be said that the Google Pixel 3a (and 3a XL, not shown here) is something of a work of material science magic. So much of this handset screams ‘premium Pixel’, yet it’s plastic and yet it costs less than £400 in the UK, roughly 60% the cost of last Autumn’s Pixel 3. So what’s missing, does it matter, and how will the Pixel 3a fare in the mainstream ‘normob’ market? Read on for my verdict!

Huawei P30 Pro Review: Impressive, Inconsistent Flagship!

Huawei P30 Pro Review: Impressive, Inconsistent Flagship!

Huawei is in the news for either all the wrong reasons — stealing tech secrets of U.S. companies, helping create backdoors in its products to aid the Chinese government spying activities — or for its impressive smartphones. After the Mate 20 Pro from last year, Huawei is back with an equally impressive Huawei P30 Pro which takes on Samsung’s equally excellent Galaxy S10 series.

Huawei has managed to outdone Samsung in terms of the hardware and camera department with the P30 Pro but does that make it a better phone than the Galaxy S10. Find out in our review.

Redmi Note 7 Pro Review: Challenging Flagships!

Redmi Note 7 Pro Review: Challenging Flagships!

Xiaomi has been absolutely dominating the Indian smartphone market with its Redmi devices, especially with the Redmi Note series. With every new Redmi Note release, the company manages to set the bar a level higher in the budget mid-range smartphone segment in India. For 2019, the company is out with the Redmi Note 7 Pro that challenges not just the mid-range smartphones but also premium flagship devices.

Redmi Note 6 Pro Review: Camera Beast

Redmi Note 6 Pro Review: Camera Beast

Xiaomi is absolutely dominating the budget and mid-range segment in India. The company’s smartphone lineup might be as crowded as Samsung but despite that, there’s no denying the fact that it makes some quality smartphones (and even accessories!).

The Best Android Phones of 2018

The Best Android Phones of 2018

A popular feature every year, here’s our ‘Top 10’ phones from the Android world at Christmas 2018. Yes, CES and MWC are just around the corner in 2019, but for now here’s the best of the best in our (team opinion), presented in reverse order to err…. increase suspense! Factoring in functionality and value, there’s something for everything below…