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BlackBerry Z10 review

BlackBerry Z10 review

The Z10 is a nicely designed handset with a superb touchscreen and good specifications that include LTE and NFC support. The new BlackBerry 10 OS offers a decent user experience once you get used to it, although we'd like to see a physical home button.

February 5, 2013 by in Smartphones

Eten P300

Eten P300

Microsoft OS fans seeking a connected device face a dilemma. Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Phone Edition caters for more than just data and voice telephony, and can provide all the portable computing that some users require. But the hardware is relatively bulky, and it can be tricky to use for voice calls. Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Smartphone edition, on the other hand, is limited in terms of features, but more phone-like in portability. On paper, the £351.33 (inc. VAT) P300 handheld/phone combo from Eten looks like a good compromise between the two extremes.

February 27, 2004 by in Smartphones

HTC Touch HD

HTC Touch HD

<p> HTC's <a href="http://www.htc.com/uk/product.aspx?id=64922">Touch HD</a> is built around a large, high-resolution 3.8in. screen. The company's publicity material concentrates on how this enhances the multimedia experience, but in fact the big screen improves every kind of information display including emails, documents to be edited, web pages and photographs. </p>

December 7, 2008 by in Smartphones

Orange SPV M700

Orange SPV M700

In January we reviewed the <a title="Review: HTC P3600" href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/handhelds/0,1000000735,39285465,00.htm">HTC P3600</a>, a strong contender as a Windows Mobile Pocket PC/phone thanks to its good build and wide range of features. As we predicted in that review, this device has been taken up by a network operator: Orange has rebadged it as the SPV M700, and brought it to market at a considerably lower unit price than HTC can manage. Indeed, the M700 is free on some <a href="http://shop.orange.co.uk/shop/yourplan/online">contract options</a>. Orange has also enabled a very useful feature that HTC had inexplicably disabled: the GPS receiver.

May 11, 2007 by in Smartphones

LG Optimus 2X

LG Optimus 2X

The Optimus 2X's dual-core processor makes the UI feel responsive and enhances many activities, while its 4in. screen is great for multimedia, web browsing and email. However, LG has crammed too many apps on-board, and we'd have preferred Android 2.3 and longer battery life.

April 8, 2011 by in Smartphones

HTC Desire S

HTC Desire S

The Desire S is an advance on last year's Desire, but not a huge one. Despite Android 2.3 and dual cameras, there might not be enough here to tempt you to upgrade.

April 12, 2011 by in Smartphones

Mio A701

Mio A701

Handhelds are convenient platforms for GPS navigation, and the current trend is for manufacturers to build the GPS receiver into the device, rather than rely on an external unit. This provides an even more convenient solution: there's no need to pair the handheld with a Bluetooth GPS receiver or fiddle with wired connections; you avoid separate charge cables and regimes; and you don't have to find in-vehicle locations for two devices. When such a device also accommodates a mobile phone, the result can be presented as the ultimate business traveller’s solution. This is the claim for the Windows Mobile 5.0-based Mio A701, which costs £449 (inc. VAT) with Mio Map navigation software and European maps, and £379 (inc. VAT) without the navigation software/map bundle.

March 31, 2006 by in Smartphones

O2 xda II

O2 xda II

O2 made quite a splash last year with the original <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/handhelds/0,39023880,10001359,00.htm">xda</A>, and now it’s the turn of the all-new xda II to make waves in the PDA pond. O2 has learned a lot from its xda experience, and the new model -- which is available at £349 (inc. VAT, with a 12-month contract) -- has plenty to offer anyone seeking an integrated, connected Pocket PC handheld.

October 28, 2003 by in Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy Note Review

Samsung Galaxy Note Review

The Galaxy Note has a large, vibrant and responsive screen, and is a good size for using 'notepad style' with the S Pen. However, it's too large to carry around as an everyday smartphone, and isn't as useful at home or in the office as a full-sized tablet.

December 15, 2011 by in Smartphones