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  1. Awful idea. Cheapens the whole brand IMHO. No one in their right mind wants ads on their lock screen, I certainly wouldn't. Wileyfox for me have lost it completely. Obviously their phones are not aimed at people like me who know they can get better speced phones in china for less but even for the market they are attempting to hit (low end-low mid range) they don't strike me as even that good value. They also havnt released a new phone since 2016. Instead of annoying ad gimmicks they should cut down their confused product line and focus on software refinement, especially providing a good camera experience and trying to distinguish themselves from other vendors in the market with clever design choices.
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    Review: Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    Seems OK but I have been stung by xiaomi before, my mi4i is a terrible device. I think MIUI V8 is an improvement over V7 though and on good hardware like my mi note the update seems better, but....I still think MIUI has become terribly bloated and convoluted. I still get all misty eyed thinking about MIUI V4 on my Xiaomi m1 when it was still a community rom, loved that phone. I like to keep an eye on the low enders though and recently sold my old meizu m2 and ordered a Meizu M3S to replace. Tbh i just find the user experience so much better and stable on meizu phones nowadays. Flyme is just so much cleaner and runs better than miui on less ram. Its also less convoluted and love the one button nav and their hardware style is more consistent and good looking than xiaomis. The m3s also pretty much matches the redmi 3 pro on everything apart from maybe battery and no IR blaster. I paid £93 shipped from hongkong skyway for the 2GB ram version though and will run as well as the 3GB ram Xioami.
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    Honor announce the £369.99 Honor 8 flagship

    Not entirely sure why anyone would possibly consider this over the Oneplus 3, so far i'm seeing 0 reasons to spend £40 more on a what appears to be an all round worse device.
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    HTC announce the '10', their new Android flagship device

    hmm that's odd most other companies do not face such an issue with their screen electronics, all I know is It looks appalling. To be honest I feel the whole look is mediocre at best from a design perspective. Pretty chunky, wasted space, weird chamfer etc. When it comes to building hardware I think HTC has been eclipsed by the likes of oppo, vivo, meizu, xiaomi, huwaei although it is nice to see HTC bouncing back a bit with a decent spec and cameras, overpriced though.
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    HTC announce the '10', their new Android flagship device

    'The new HTC 10 with unique misaligned home button and additional acre of space above, designed exclusively in collaboration with Stevie Wonder'
  6. Yeah got DPI scaler on Cyanogen on my one plus. Probably the only good thing about the garbage that is Cyanogen.
  7. Hi got my nexus 5 the the other day, great phone, shame about the weak battery life... Anyway I have 2 questions. How do I use the always on 'ok Google' function? I've tried saying 'ok google' to it but it does nothing. Also multi touch does not seem to work in dolphin browaer any ideas? Cheers
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    Will the Pixel C be available to buy from Tuesday?

    If only it had Remix OS and some proper storage it may even be worth the extortionate price tag.
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    HTC announce the 'HTC One A9'

    So sad to see HTC reduced to this. Its obvious from this that they have serious management problems. Whoever green lighted this is completely out of touch. They took away all the subtle design cues (the back curve, the camera sensor shape, the antenna band shapes, the front speakers, the side curves etc etc) of the M7/M8/M9 design and replaced them with a straight iPhone clone design. You don't have to be a designer like me, anyone can see this is not an evolution of their design language it is a lazy clone of the iPhone. Really sad to see a company of HTC's calibre so brazenly plagiarise a design rather than actually build on your own solid design foundation. Why did they feel they needed to do this? All the biggest tech sites in the world talking about the fact this looks exactly like an iphone clone, instead of its new features, unique design or innovative function. How is being seen as unoriginal good for publicity when we all know this phone will not stack up to the iphone both in public perception or in real world performance? Then they add a whole load of bezel on the front above the fingerprint sensor for the logo. That is what is known as wasteful sloppy design. I would really like to see HTC return to focussing on product design and acting like the pioneer and innovator it once was rather than acting like a desperate underdog which lacks the design talent or ideas to produce interesting and innovative products any more.
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    Xiaomi Mi4i Review

    Thanks for the review paul....so different from my experience though the only things I agree with you on is the camera and battery. Have you been using yours as a daily driver Paul? So many of the animations on mine are horrendously laggy, especially the card multitasking interface and the multitouch is just awful, especially in gallery and performance on the whole is just generally shambolic, you can just feel the bloat and lag in the UI in everything you do, stutters regularly. Ram use is also stupidly high etc. Also gets warm under non intensive tasks, bit of wifi use and it's pretty hot. MIUI settings menu is also amazingly confusing as well. I bought mine from the official Singapore mi store as well so it is running official firmware. As I say my Meizu M2 mini feels much snappier, never heats up and everything is smooth.
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    MoDaCo Podcast 91 is now available

    Good to have podcast back btw
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    MoDaCo Podcast 91 is now available

    @nortools needs to get an Meizu MX5. I got a meizu m1 mini, it's incredible for the price....
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    Ask MoDaCo: The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    Yeah i'm still not convinced. Used to be a xiaomi fan but been sucked in my Xiaomi's low pricing too many times and then you realise MIUI is just not up to par, although I like xiaomi hardware. MIUI V6 and I presume 7 is basically the new touch wiz in my eyes, horribly bloated with high ram use, jerky animations, slow response to touch. My Mi4i has to be one of the worst phones i've owned. Overheating when doing small tasks, jerky, laggy, FC's, high ram use the works. My £94 Meizu M2 mini absolutely blows it out the water in real world use. In fact i think Flyme is a much more well thought out, better optimized, minimalist clean UI skin. Xiaomi introduce weekly firmware updates that do very little to address actual performance issues, some bugs linger for months and months at a time or dont get solved at all, also MIUI sees significant performance decreases over time too, horribly convoluted settings menus as well. Scroll around and use multi touch on miui for a while then compare it to any close to stock build and the decreased response times and reactivity of the interface becomes horribly apparent. CM12 on my Oneplus is in a completely different league to MIUI. Also the chance of receiving an update to a newer version of android when it is released is almost non existent on xiaomi phones.
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    Ask MoDaCo: The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    Is MUI V7 still as laggy and as bloated as MIUI V6 was? Is using Multitouch in the gallery and elsewhere still a painful experience?
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    Cyanogen and Microsoft sitting in a tree...

    Thing i love about cyanogen is how they went from a stalwart in the community genuinely caring about the android experience and trying to improve on googles AOSP roms etc to a smack talking bunch of corporate skum bags trying to wrestle Android away from the very people they owe their whole existence to and continue to owe all their updates and continued prosperity too. The irony is that they are basically irrelevant now. I don't even know why companies are paying them for software, when they could just install AOSP and be done with it, cyanogen is not that much better in reality. Also Cyanogen clearly lack the expertise of big manufacturers to produce properly optimised and impressive camera software, i'm not that impressed at all by the one plus camera considering what other companies have done with the Sony IMX214 sensor. Not to mention the fact that all big manufacturers roms have theme engines now, are highly customisable etc etc. Just don't see the point of their existence any more. Maybe they might be of use to some chinese oems that lack the experience in their own rom teams but cyanogen have no original software of their own, they've done essentially nothing but add some customisation options to android and now have aspirations to offer a cut down sub par android experience without google. Very bizarre strategy IMHO.
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    Honor 6 Plus gets UK price & launch date

    Struggling to find any reason as to why you would buy this over the oneplus, the Kirin 925 is long in the tooth now too.
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    Nokia N1 hands on

    Eying up an import at the minute. £228 shipped 32gb with gPlay onboard, not ideal but not too bad when you consider an ipad mini 16gb is £319. Will probably order at some point though as nokia are sounding pretty cagey about an EU release. Clucking to get my hands on one, I was close to grabbing an Nvidia shield a while back after the Nexus 7 got nabbed, but after this was announced I just knew it had to be, 4:3/all metal/decent price/lollipop/strong gpu is basically an anomaly in the android world. Only shortcoming is lack of storage but not a deal breaker for me. Quite funny the way they highlight the alignment of the back camera, kind of right though, improvement over the ipad for sure. Although its close to an iPad mini 3 externally, whats amazing is how similar internally this is too, with what i'd imagine to be exactly the same display and the fact the atom soc uses the same Power VR GPU used in the Apple A8. Not a bad thing though in my mind, iPad mini design is nice and something similar without the restrictions of iOS is a winner.
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    Samsung Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6+ cameras

    Yeah just from this brief comparison, i'm thinking samsung may have actually owned this, combined with the OIS tests, can't wait for an in depth. Would be great to see sammy truly burn the iphone .
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    Are these the best budget devices?

    Meh, id take a Xiaomi Redmi 2 or Meizu M1 Note over these anyday. Don't really fancy a display under 300 PPI either. That Moto E is criminally ugly
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    Nexus 9 Review

    Yeah lets hope so, still think manufacturers can do better. Sony are really showing android manufacturers the way at the moment but they need to seriously consider updating their skin, looks so tired and out of step with the material design goodness of Lolipop. Plus Nvidia just posted a video announcing lollipop will officially be hitting the shield this month! That may be too good to resist....with nvidia appearing to be bang on top of updates i'm finding it even harder to justify spending an extra £160 for 0.9 inches, 2mm slimmer and a 64bit cpu considering how often I update this stuff. I know its a cliche to bang on about aswell, but why are there still very few if any metal backed android tablets from the big manufacturers? Why are android manufacturers just so reluctant to do it even on a high end product? I used to think it was a manufacturing restriction yet you can buy at least 2 or 3 different budget Prestigo tablets at maplin all with metal backs.
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    Nexus 9 Review

    Yeah I actually agree with you that 4:3 8.9 inch is a perfect size for me. I found my nexus 7 just too small and didn't really enjoy web browsing on it at all. The problem is that after reading these reviews I am still reluctant to spend £400 on the Nexus 9 and am essentially left with options which are not ideal. I got my mum a Mipad a while back and i like the form factor and the screen a lot despite it being smaller, was considering it as a viable alternative. BUT after using it there are just some glaring deal breaking issues. Most notably the fact so many apps are incompatible or don't work properly. Instagram: incompatible 4OD: Streams don't work at all iPlayer Radio: Streams don't work properly Archos Video Player: crash on start up. The list goes on and on. I know I can side load APK's for incompatible apps but its annoying for updates. Also MIUI on mipad is still ropey and a bit unstable and to be honest i don't trust their engineers to smooth out problems without introducing new ones. Their OTA system for international roms doesn't work properly either. Then of course the huge elephant in the room, weather it will get lollipop, knowing xiaomi it will be a damn long time if at all. Ideally wanted a stock experience and the guarantee of lollipop so the only option I am left with is the nVidia shield really. Which looks OK but it's a little chunky and would prefer 4:3. Just annoying really, did't think a stock rom, 5.0 update, 4:3 over 7 inches and a realistic price tag was too much to ask for but I appear to be wrong...
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    Nexus 9 Review

    Thanks for the review Paul, interesting conclusions. Sadly this seems to be the most positive review I have seen so far. The verge, engadget, gizmodo, android police and a couple of others I read we're far more scathing suggesting a decent yet not amazing screen, decent but not amazing build, fairly weak or average battery performance, weak cameras and a device which essentially is not really worth the price tag especially when attempting to share a price bracket with the ipad. Also hoped lollipop would be the lag free ultra smooth android I seem to have waited my whole life for but again I feel this has fallen short. Really quite disappointed to be honest, I was actually willing to entertain the idea of paying £400 (an incredible £80 more than the 16gb to get a paltry 32gb) for an android tablet but from reading the reviews i'll be getting an Nvidia shield I think or just waiting. in fact I would have just bought a hudl 2 if they guaranteed a lollipop update but that seems unlikely. The saddest thing about it all is that it makes me realise that android tablets are still half baked and they are still not worth investing that much money in. The facebook app thing you mention as well is just criminal. As a big facebook user how can i justify spending £400 then end up being forced to use a blown up mobile app? What amazes me about google is how year after year I get excited and expect great things from the nexus line and each time they fall short. It's also amazing how they are clearly attempting to challenge the iPad head on especially when you consider the size/price and then they release something so average and boring and unpolished at launch. Hearing reports of camera shutter delay, bending if you press the back plate, cheap feeling side buttons, slow when changing orientation, lagging OS etc. Fine on a £200 device, on a £400 one though with the stakes as high as they are, doesn't inspire confidence. Sounds like i'm highlighting just the negatives and having not actually been hands on I am being clearly presumptuous, it's just sad to hear reports like this when you see the price tag and consider the opportunity they had with HTC building it.
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    Thursday night is podcast night!

    Can you tell me weather the the mipad or the Nexus 9 seems like the better deal?
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    MMW 85 - The Big Apple

    Hmm, interesting. Don't doubt iPhone camera is a far better software experience than Lumia 1020 but I still don't believe the image quality is better, seen a few different comparisons saying that the 1020 still takes it, especially in low light. Sadly Apple have managed to poach the man behind the original Lumia camera team so we will probably see them pull away further when it comes to imaging in future phones. Really wish android manufacturers would focus more on optimizing their cameras, really is a thorn in many of their sides. Battery again, debatable. Toms guide just published their findings and the oneplus crushes both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. http://www.tomsguide.com/us/iphone-6-battery-life,news-19591.html As a Oneplus user I find it hard to believe either iPhone can beat it on battery, it's just epic.
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    22 random things you didn't know about MIUI 6 and the Mi4

    Yeah look forward to trying my mums out when it arrives. I hear V6 is coming soon as well. The Xiaomi.eu roms come with playstore preinstalled too. To be fair though they seem basically the same, apart from the play services added, chinese apps removed and multi language. I believe OTA's for both stock and EU versions now have to be hosted on xiaomi's chinese servers too. The iOS similarities thing is not really an issue with xiaomi because you have thousands of themes to choose from, can easily grab a stock looking theme or others. Some of them go very deep in terms of customization In terms of android updates it's a bit of a mine field with xiaomi. The issue is that while they often provide regular updates with new fixes and features for their handsets, it depends which handset you buy. For example the mi3/4 get weekly updates, but the redmi series only every 2/3 months. This is great and everything but when it comes to actual whole android version updates this is another matter. They say that because MIUI changes a lot of the android base code a whole version upgrade eg kitkat->Android L is not as straightforward until after a stock version of android L or the next version is made available on top of which they can build. Like for example with MIUI v5 only the very latest of their handsets or handsets already with a stock version of android released like nexus 4, nexus 7 etc got a Kitkat build first. They also spent a great deal of time working on V6 and it means that not all handsets have a V6 build yet or more importantly a V6 built on 4.4.4 yet and it may take a while to arrive. I suspect full verison updates on mediatek based handsets may also be different and depends on what mediatek make available code wise. Older Xiaomi phones are different as well. Like mi2/mi2s/mi2a owners had been stuck on MIUI V5 running on top of 4.1 for ages but visually and in terms of functionality it's basically the same as V5 running on top of the of newer android versions like the Redmi 4.2.2 build. These owners were almost forgotten though until a forum vote was launched after uproar and they have now decided to launch a special V6 based on 4.4.4 for mi2/mi2s/mi2a but I think the chances of them seeing MIUI V6 on android L when it drops is next to nothing, despite capable hardware. Its not uncommon though obviously for manufacturers to phase out support for older handsets. The question is though when will the mi4 get android L? I guess it depends on qualcomm and depends when a stock build becomes available that xiaomi can start implementing V6 on. Knowing Xiaomi though their phones will certainly not be super fast to receive android L after release like owners of nexus devices will given the fact v6 for 4.4.4 is still in beta. But i guess the argument is that they change such a significant amount of base code anyway that a quick full version update is not as necessary.

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