We review the Nokia X, the first Android phone from the now Microsoft owned phone maker
It took a long time between Microsoft announcing it was to buy Nokia’s mobile division and the deal be completed. During that period Nokia had plenty of time to plough its own path with products without the oversight of its future parent.
Although Microsoft might wax lyrical about how much it is behind the Nokia X, the reality is that it feels like a strange fit with the existing product line and very odd indeed for a soon-to-be-Microsoft company to produce a device running the Operating System of its arch rival, Google.
First of all, let’s talk about what the Nokia X isn’t. It isn’t a flagship device. It isn’t even a powerful device. And it doesn’t run Google’s feature packed version of Android with the Play Store and Google apps. So what is it?
We review the Samsung Galaxy S5, the latest flagship Android phone
Just as HTC’s and Sony’s recent flagships have been only incremental improvements over their predecessors, with updated specs and slightly refined designs, the S5 is also a modest step up from the Galaxy S4.
The changes in design are a mixed success. It’s plastic as always, and we cannot say we’re fans of the larger bezel around the display.
The much maligned glossy backplate has made way for a new textured one. It’s an improved of sorts, though less appealing than the faux leather on the Note 3, and still not the kind of thing you’d expect to see on something that costs over £500. Of course the major benefit is that the back cover can be removed, so you can swap in an extra battery should you need to.
We review the Lenovo A10, a compact Android laptop with touchscreen
With its diminutive size and familiar style the Lenovo A10 is instantly recognisable as a netbook, the class of mini-laptop that briefly sold in huge numbers a few years ago before being killed almost overnight by the tablet.
With the A10 Lenovo has reckoned on their still being a market for compact devices with physical keyboards, but it has hedged its bets by equipping the device with a touch screen. The result is a kind of hybrid device that aims to offer the best of both worlds.
The A10 is small and lightweight. It’s built almost entirely from plastic but does not feel overly cheap and is solidly built where it most matters. The lid does not flex and the hinge feels very robust.
Cerberus is the most powerful Android security app. In this tutorial we’ll show you how you can use it to track your lost or stolen phone
Smartphones and tablets are stolen every day, often from pockets, bags and from tables in bars and restaurants. A call to the police is a mere formality for insurance purposes usually, resulting in a new phone – if you’re lucky.
There are various apps and services available that can assist with tracking your phone, but the downside of these is that a savvy thief (let’s face it, that’s most of them) will know how to uninstall the app, preventing you from tracking it or using the device camera to identify the culprit.
They don’t even have to go that far – disabling data transfers will block attempts to find the purloined phone or tablet.
We review the Xperia Z2, the new flagship Android phone from Sony. Can it compete with the likes of the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8?
Sony has recently started updating its flagship handset every six months, so that the predecessor to the new Xperia Z2, the Xperia Z1 seems hardly to have been around for long enough to warrant a refresh.
Yet that is what we have here – a familiar looking Xperia phone, with some tweaks and changes under the hood that should help it compete with the other notable top range phones of 2014.
Like its predecessors the Xperia X2 is water resistant. You can take photos with it underwater for up to half an hour, and even dive to 1.5 meters with it. Of course, you will need to ensure that the edge covers are firmly in place if you want to do that. The handset reminds you when they are uncovered with an on-screen alert just in case you need to be told.
We review The Walking Dead: Season One for Android, a game based on the popular TV and comic book series
Based on the comic book and TV show of the same name The Walking Dead pits you right into the middle of the zombie apocalypse. You play as Lee Everett, a man with a chequered past who finds himself looking after a small girl, as he seeks to find somewhere safe from the undead.
You don’t get much control over his actions – the occasional quick-time event apart this isn’t a zombie killing game – and though you get to choose how he reacts to every situation you cannot even change the outcome of the story. Unlike a choose your own adventure game there are no multiple outcomes to discover, and every key event will happen no matter which option you choose.
If that makes The Walking Dead seem like a passive experience, it really isn’t. Each interaction you are faced with enables you to shape Lee’s character and his – and by extension, your – relationship with the other characters. It becomes highly involving and is nuanced enough to even feel like a different game on a second play.