Archive for March, 2013

By March 31, 2013 Read More →

My love affair with HTC

HTCphones Ok so the title of this post might be a bit extreme but HTC has been a company that I have followed for the past 12 years.

I’ve been using HTC devices even before HTC were selling devices with their own brand name on them. My ‘smartphone’ obsession began long before the term smartphone was in common use. I first got my hands on the HTC Canary, being sold as the Orange SPV here in the UK, in November of 2002. By today’s standard it was an extremely basic phone but at the time it was groundbreaking with its 176×220 colour screen, 132MHz CPU, SD Card reader, 16MB RAM and running Windows Smartphone 2002. It could run some of the existing Windows CE apps but there was suddenly a raft of apps that began to flood the scene soon after. You could even use MSN Messenger!

This was all at a time when many other phones were still using mono LCD screens.

There have been many other iterations of the SPV range and some of these began to spill over to other mobile networks here in the UK and beyond.

It wasn’t until June 2007 with the launch of the HTC Touch, powered by Windows Mobile 6.0, that HTC really began to drive forward with the use of their own brand name and have now, just under 6 years later, really established themselves as a global player in the smartphone market.

Over the past 11 years I’ve been lucky enough to be able to use and/or own almost every device that HTC made. Some have been amazing, those that stick in my mind most include the HTC Touch Diamond, TyTN and TyTN 2 and the Desire. At the moment I am super-impressed with the HTC One and really enjoy using it as my main daily phone, easily knocking the iPhone 5 off that spot.

Over the next few weeks I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the HTC phones that I still own. Feel free to fire over your requests and of course share your own experiences!


Posted by: Matt

Posted in: Editorial
By March 30, 2013 Read More →

HTC’s new head of EMEA

blair HTC has just appointed a new head of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Phil Blair. Philip was previously product director for Europe Previous roles as Head of Handset Commercialisation at Orange, and as a consultant with PA Consulting.

HTC, a global leader in smartphone innovation, has today announced the appointment of Phil Blair as its new Head of EMEA. Previously Vice President of Product and Operations for the region, Phil has been with the company since it launched in EMEA in 2005 and has worked closely with Florian Seiche as co-founder during that time to grow the business to where it is today. Replacing Florian, who has made the decision to leave the company, Phil will be responsible for leading HTC’s strategic growth across EMEA, in addition to heading up the UK arm of the business. Phil’s depth of experience in the smartphone market, intrinsic understanding of mobile products and long-standing relationships with key industry partners put him in a strong position to create new opportunities for the business, taking HTC into its next phase of growth. We would like to thank Florian for his commitment to the company and to wish him well in his future endeavours.


Posted by: Matt

Posted in: News
By March 29, 2013 Read More →

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes/Phantom Pain announced

metal gear 5Metal Gear Solid is one of the best and longest standing gaming series and has a huge fan base to boot, so you would imagine that the announcement from GDC 2013 has got the community all excited.

As you will see In the title there are Im fact two separate titles for what initially seemed to be one game, but Konami have moved to quash the rumour mill by announcing that there are two separate games that make up to Metal Gear Solid 5, named Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain – this is definitely an interesting decision from Kojima productions but i imagine they will pull it off with very few hitches as Kojima himself is a perfectionist.

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By March 29, 2013 Read More →

Sony Xperia Tablet Z expected in stock mid May


Expansys dropped me a line today to let us know that the Xperia Tablet Z is (hopefully) going to be in stock with them on May 17th – although these dates do change sometimes.

Pricing is not yet confirmed but there will be a range of devices including a 4G variant.

More news as we get it.


Posted by: James

Posted in: News
By March 29, 2013 Read More →

Kindle Fire updated

amazon-kindle-fire-on-fire-tablets-updatesFolks who own the newer versions of Amazon Kindle Fire products will be happy to know that some software updates have started pushing out OTA. The 2nd Generation Kindle Fire and the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch & 8.9-inch devices are all getting the updates. Here’s a quote with more of the details,


For each device, the update provides enhancements for viewing textbooks, with the 2nd generation Fire and the Fire HD 7" getting "X-Ray for Textbooks". This feature allows users to access the most important terms and concepts, with glossary definitions and links to relevant pages within books.
The update also provides enhancements for print replica textbooks across each device. Thumbnails of each page are now available at the bottom of the screen, and you can make notes and highlights in your books, as well as jump from one chapter to another.
Other improvements include "Time To Read", which calculates how much longer you have left until completing a book based on your reading speed, and each device can now read books with audio and video clips, too.
The update will be downloaded to devices automatically, but if you want to force the update to happen more quickly, you can initiate it from your Kindle and get it straight away.

These are great new features that Amazon added to their product line-up. It’s great to see the company continuing to support their device by making it do new and useful things.

Posted by: Gareth

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By March 29, 2013 Read More →

Time for some Friday fun

Friday Fun


Posted by: James

Posted in: News
By March 28, 2013 Read More →

Alcatel One Touch EVO 7 is now available on Three


The Alcatel One Touch EVO 7 tablets (3G and Wi-Fi variants) are now available online at and in all Three stores.

The affordable Alcatel One Touch EVO 7 runs using Google Android to make the most of 600,000 apps and games from Google Play. Both variants of this tablet come with Wi-Fi, making it easy to browse the web and chat to friends online whether using wireless internet at home or in a coffee shop.

With a 7-inch screen, a thickness of 11mm and weighing in at only 430g, the Alcatel One Touch EVO 7 is perfectly sized to hold in one hand. Packing a super clear 7-inch TFT touchscreen display, the tablet is also ideal for watching movies, video chats and viewing friends’ latest social media pics. Plus, the device also features a fast 1GHz processor meaning people can play quick-paced games, such as the latest version of Temple Run.

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By March 28, 2013 Read More →

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Posted by: James

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By March 28, 2013 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S4 goes up for pre-order


Here in the UK the Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available to pre-order from a few of our carriers. Both Three and EE dropped us an email today to confirm the details and Phones 4U are also offering it too.

As things stand at the moment, if you want 4G you will be restricted to EE (as long as you have LTE coverage) but saying that I can get some pretty awesome 3G speeds from Three anyway.

Head on over to the respective websites to place your orders. I suspect this one may well be popular!


Posted by: James

Posted in: News
By March 27, 2013 Read More →

Galaxy Note 2

Note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Fancy a bigger phone? Read our extensive review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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