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.
We review the Kogan Agora, a budget Android smartphone with five-inch screen and dual-SIM support.
Kogan isn’t a name you’d normally associate with smartphones, and its aggressively priced Agora is the first to become available in the UK. Does it do enough to establish Kogan as a force to be reckoned with?
Well, Kogan has managed to cram a 5 inch screen, dual SIM support, dual core processor and a pretty neat design into a handset that it is selling for a mere £119 ($149). Really, with just those basic specifications listed many people will be reaching straight for their wallets. But as ever the devil is in the detail and it is worth looking closer to see if, even at such a seemingly bargain price, you get good value for money here.
Dual SIM support is rare enough in any handset and to see it pop up in such a low cost phone is a real treat. The software support for a two SIM setup is good and you could easily combine work and home SIMs, or save the second slot for the cheap local SIM you buy when you are travelling and don’t want to get stung on roaming costs. It’s a nice option to have.
The Facebook Home Android app is only available for direct download on the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and a handful of other devices. Here’s how to get it on any Android device you may own.
If you’re an avid user of Facebook, and I mean avid, then chances are you’ll want to check out the new Facebook Home app. This app replaces the current launcher installed on your device and replaces it with a complete Facebook overhaul. Unfortunately, the app is only being released for a handful of devices in the first instance, so if your device is a little older than the current crop of new releases, chances are you’ll need to find an alternate way to get your hands on Facebook Home.
Check out these five apps that need to be downloaded on to your device straight away. Let us know what you think of The Room, Cinemagram or any other app mentioned.—————– The Room (£1.49)
This beautifully made 3D puzzler will keep you scratching your head for hours. Not only are the puzzles varied and difficult to master, there’s so much to cover that you’ll be solving the mystery for hours.
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If you’re a fan of The Masters, then the official app is definitely worth checking out. Through the app you can get an overview of the course, as well as live scoring information and any breaking news.
The ZTE Geek looks to challenge the plethora of mid-range Android phone on the market.
The ZTE Geek is the Chinese manufacturers latest attempt to make an impact on smartphone sales. The phone has been announced at Intel Developer Forum and boasts a decent set of specs.
Its making talking point, is that the Geek will feature Intel’s latest CPU, the CloverTrail+ clocked in at 2GHz. You’ll also find a 5-inch 720p screen on-board alongside 1GB of RAM and Android 4.2 out of the box. Around the back is an 8-megapixel camera with 8GB of storage also included.
ZTE has been tightly lipped on whether we’ll see the Geek hit the UK market, but we’ll let you know when we know more.