This is the Zuk Z1, a new, Lenovo-backed phone from China that will soon be available in Western markets running CyanogenOS. Packing a Snapdragon 801 processor (you know, the one that doesn't set fire to your trousers and monster your battery), 3GB RAM, 64GB storage and a 4100mAh battery (!) for a price imported from China of ~£200, it looks set to challenge OnePlus in the value stakes and perhaps put another nail in the coffin of traditional flagships. We have one here - what would you like to know?
The Moto G from Motorola has long been a budget smash-hit. Since the original 4.5" phone launched back in late 2013, it has set new standards for price vs performance, providing just the right compromises in just the right places (vital at the £100-£150 pricepoint) together with a near-vanilla software build that makes the most of the hardware inside. New for the 3rd Generation, the Moto G can now be customised with 'moto maker' - so we gave it a spin, courtesy of Three.
Amazon's free app of the day is dead. But the spirit of it lives on in 'Amazon Underground' - which is Amazon's replacement promotion offering selected paid apps (and significantly all their in-app purchases) completely free to the end user ('Actually Free' in Amazon Speak). Have you tried it out yet? There are definitely some gems in there and as an added bonus, the app developer is actually getting paid for the promotion (albeit perhaps not much).
Forget about the Internet of Things, the IoT, it's really the INTERNET OF ALL THE THINGS (IOATT), as we've seen from the vast range of announcements at IFA this week. The latest device to get the cloud treatment is the humble hosepipe, courtesy of leading UK brand Hozelock. Bear with us though... this is actually far more sensible that it might appear.
This evening we recorded the MoDaCo Podcast with and ! It's been a while since the pair were last on air, and they've been discussing the IFA announcements, recent devices and what's exciting them in mobile right now. As always, the live Q&A allowed viewers to get their questions in!
Just how good or bad is a £55 Android phone? This is a question we're hoping to answer with the Doogee Nova Y100X phone courtesy of TinyDeal. At this price point, of course, you aren't going to get stellar specs and as with the Moto G (which is twice the price!), it's all about compromising in the right place.
Itching to get your hands on the new OnePlus 2 but can't snag an invite? Residing in Europe and willing to complete a few simple steps to enter? Then you just might be in luck - we have 10 European OnePlus 2 invites (yes, European only, sorry!) to give away to lucky MoDaCo readers!
If you run a small business and you want to take card payments, the associated costs are often high. The market is blighted by monthly fees, hardware costs and large percentage costs for small volume payments. If you're a budding market trader, cake maker or computer fixer, cash might still feel like your only option. We've been trying out iZettle, who are looking to resolve this problem. And it's great.
While Google Maps has matured nicely over recent years and other free alternatives such as HERE have also appeared, CoPilot, available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone and voted best sat nav app by Auto Express 3 years in a row, has long remained a favourite here at MoDaCo. The app, which offers both online features and fully offline navigation, is 30% off for a limited time AND we have 2 copies to give away!.
The newly-release OnePlus 2 blazes a trail by being one of the first Android devices to be released with USB Type C. While there are some benefits to this (such as the reversible connector), it's also primarily a bit of a pain in the posterior for most of us who have an abundance of microUSB chargers. OnePlus actually have a thoughtful solution to this issue.
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