Take a look at the five apps we highly recommend you download this week. Let us know your thoughts on the likes of MeteoEarth and Puk.
This app provides an instant way of pushing your files from your computer to your phone. After downloading the app and connecting your device to a computer, any file you then push across will be instantly available to use from within your notifications bar.
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We review the Motorola RAZR HD, an Android 4.1 smartphone with 720p display.
Motorola doesn’t always hit the headlines with its handsets. They can be disappointing. But the RAZR HD shows that Motorola really does know how to do the right thing. It is a super phone.
The RAZR HD is really nicely made. The distinctive angled corners that Motorola uses widely these days as a signature design feature make an appearance, and the back also has a recognizably Motorola style block pattern finish.
The Kevlar material means the handset is tough, and it has a splash guard coating that helps it resist small amounts of water. What this handset is not, though, is waterproof. Its left side mounted USB and HDMI connectors are not protected by a cover, and nor is the top mounted headset slot.
In our first look review we go hands-on with the Sony Tablet Z, an ultra-thin premium Android 4.1 tablet. Could Android finally have a match for the iPad?
Since is was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February, Sony’s Tablet Z has been seen as the most likely candidate to make a dent in an Android tablet market dominated by the budget Nexuses and Kindle Fires, or the ubiquitous Galaxies.
It certainly is one of the most strikingly designed tablets we’ve seen to date. It takes its styling from the Xperia Z smartphone, and while we found its harsh angles uncomfortable to hold in small form, on a tablet it is perfect.
How big is too big? We go hands-on with the Samsung Mega 6.3, the latest – and biggest – phablet to date to find out.
For those that found the Galaxy Note II just that bit too small Samsung has introduced the Mega. This 6.3” device (there’s also a 5.8” version) is the largest phablet we’ve seen, and really does push the limits of what could acceptably be used as a phone.Galaxy Mega 6.3 key specs
Display: 6.3-inch (159.7mm) HD TFT (233ppi) Processor: 1.7GHz Dual Core AP Memory: 1.5GB RAM, 8/16GB storage OS: Android 4.2 Camera: 8mp rear, 1.9mp front Dimensions: 167.6 x 88 x 8.0 mm , 199g Battery: 3200mAh
Even though the size is a step up from the Note II the specs do not make this Samsung’s new flagship phablet. The processor is fast, but only dual-core, and the 1.5GB of RAM is slightly less than we’re becoming accustomed to (although still above average).
Will the Samsung Galaxy S4 live up to expectations? We take a hands-on look at the biggest new Android smartphone
On its initial announcement the general consensus about the Galaxy S4 was that it was a very incremental update of the S III. To an extent that is true – the S4 feels like a more polished version of it best-selling predecessor.
The less rounded styling looks classier, the build quality feels a notch better, thanks in part to the metal trim around the edges, and the larger display embedded into a shell marginally smaller than the S III is stunning.
While still no match for the HTC One in the design stakes the market appears to have decided that such factors are unimportant, so the ultra light weight (7.9g) and good feel in the hand are likely to be the main issues that serve in its favour.
The HP Slate 7 is a direct rival to the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD and for £129 it might just have a chance.
If you’re in the hunt for a bargain tablet then the HP Slate 7 might just be for you. HP’s first Android tablet was first announced at MWC earlier this year and has finally gone online for pre-order from HP’s UK site.
The tablet has largely flown under the radar for the past couple of months, but HP are hopeful at wrestling away some of the budget tablet market share currently owned by Amazon and Google.
For £129 the seven inch tablet seems like a really good buy, on paper. To place your pre-order just go to the official HP site listed below.