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Check out our latest Android review: the Sony Xperia Z. 
Sony would like to make you think that is has ‘sexy’ in the bag. But is the “superphone” branded Xperia Z nothing but mutton dressed as lamb?
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While I am meandering around the place trying to test the Sony Xperia Z, one of the bugbears I have already come to appreciate about the Z is being dealt with by Sony Head Office: the screen size. The Xperia ZR (Zed Reduced?) is substantially the same phone although it comes with a 720p 4.6 inch screen opposed to the 5 inch 1080p monstrosity of the Z. 
For many, the screen reduction will be important as 5 inches is just a little too big for some, not to mention it will improve the ergonomics of the phone no end. The angular construction of the Xperia Z is not one to fit easily into your hand, and the screen reduction should counteract that. The ZR also seems to have a more conventional casing with a rounded edge but is Sony trading the unique design of the Z for another "me too" handset?
Besides the screen, the LTE equipped phone is largely the same as the Z, with a 13MP camera, "waterproof" and dust-resistant shell, nippy Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5 GHz processor with 2GB RAM and STAMINA battery mode to improve battery life.

The Sony Xperia ZR will be available this summer. 
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+Sony NSZ-GS7 gets an update in the UK. There is now a DLNA feature! 
Wow. Only pushing 12 months late Sony. What the HELL IS TAKING YOU SO LONG MAKING THIS BOX USABLE???
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Quote of the week...
"Google are evil while they allow me to do things, whereas Apple and MS are evil and stop me from doing things."
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Google have gone Easter bonkers with a range of Easter Deals for the annual holiday. Funnily enough there is no deal on The Passion of the Christ (mainly because it is unavailable on Google Movies) but there are family favourites such as Matilda, The Muppets Take Manhattan and the Easter themed Hop naturally. There’s also Dodgeball and The Breakfast Club.

No, I am not telling you fibs: the curators at +Google Play so seem inclined to think that movies with phrases such as “c*ck flavoured lollypop” in them are suitable as Good Friday treats for the kids. Make no mistake, I love Dodgeball as a movie (despite the Lance Armstrong scene which now leaves a nasty taste in the mouth) but it should not be in that list next to Daddy Day Care or Elmo In Grouchland.

Come to think of it, the deals themselves do not actually exist. The price for Annie to buy has not fluctuated from the £7.99 that it was last month. I should know as “Hard Knock Life” is indelibly ingrained upon my psyche thanks to my daughter.

The Easter bank holiday is more or less just another shameless cash in for online retailers hoping to fool you that there is fresh value to be gained from making a purchase. That in itself is not a major problem if Google Play would only lie to me sweetly. But they cannot even compile a list of family films properly without revealing they don’t give a hoot.
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HTC has no belief in its own products (and needs to fire it's marketing team)
HTC have today unveiled the One. Which One? Successors to the X, S or V perhaps? No. Just One. Well that's a bang up job of demolishing a brand that you're doing HTC.
Firstly why the Hell go through the trouble of establishing a brand in the first place? HTC's One line was supposed to rival the Samsung Galaxy brand. A premium range of products that could stand up to any competitors and by and large they did. For a significant chunk of 2012 the One X was the Android phone to have and it has been far from a flop (albeit no Galaxy S III either).
So what has changed now? The company goes all the way to establishing a cohesive corporate image only to undermine that for some quick sales? If One as a brand failed then they would not reuse it again. And One as a range of devices had an element of longevity as demonstrated by the more recent One X+. You can successively incrementally name future generations of device. But where can HTC take 2014's range? They will either take a retrograde step back to the older naming convention or they will have to pick something else entirely.
To which I then again ask why the Hell create this brand in the first place? It seems clear that HTC is clutching at straws opposed to being steadfast in its marketing aims and ambitions. Regardless of whether the new phone is good (and I am sure it is), this smacks of weakness in a highly competitive market. This point further underlined by HTC's quick court settlement with Apple last year and ever so slightly similar appearance of the new phone to the iPhone 5. HTC seems to be running scared.
Regardless, whoever named the HTC One needs to be fired: it is a stupid, stupid idea.
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We review the Asus Padfone 2! It's a great device, no mistake, but does the hybrid design work or chronic fail?
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We have the +Sony Xperia Z in for testing thanks to +Phones 4u ! Holy crap this phone is big! #Androidreview coming soon.
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Blackberry have finally released their latest keyboard phone to much fanfare. A long time coming, the Q10 seems to have generated a enough buzz to make me feel satisfied that they are not going anywhere any time soon. And why should they?

It is very easy to get caught up in the touchscreen phenomenon and miss out that a significant proportion of smartphone users still crave a device with a keyboard. Nokia’s Asha range has not exactly dropped off the map despite ow being a distinctly budget option, and Blackberry’s are still popular devices.

The problem for BB diehards has been a lack of premium new device in 18 months. The Z10 tried something new and by all accounts it is proving a popular alternative to Android and iPhone. But while Apple treads water (admittedly at the top of the wave) and Android manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC release cutting edge features, the Z10 is just pretty good at everything and not much besides. If you were given one you would probably think it was a great bit of kit but I doubt it wil engender an evangelical response.

The Q10 is different because it provides closure to the Blackberry faithful who are so desperately seeking their panacea. Whether it remains to become this is up in the air, but the omens are good from the positive reviews to the self-imposed stock limitation (launching in Selfridges?) to quell any fears that it won’t march off the shelves.

But I want to put a prediction out there: the Q10 will be big. Very big. And it’s success will show up the short sighted nature of many Android manufacturers who have all been chasing their tails in typical headless chicken fashion. There has not been a mainstream keyboarded Android since the HTC ChaCha: the vaunted Facebook phone which still seems to have a niche market on eBay. Samsung have had a couple of devices but they seem to be competing with Nokia’s budget range more than a top end Blackberry.

Will we see more keyboarded Android phones in the near future?
Could this be that Blackberry still do something pretty unique that seem too much effort for Android manufactures to replicate? Maybe, but it seems to represent a far more blinkered approach to anticipating demand in the smartphone sector.  The general consensus is that the Blackberry are dead in the water which is daft considering the breadth of their technology. Despite the best efforts of middle-ware applications like Mobile Iron or Good, the Blackberry infrastructure is still robust and fit for purpose with the new container features of Enterprise Server 10 which allows both Android and iOS devices to connect securely to business networks. There is just significantly more competition in the market now. Which in turn means that hey will always have products available for the average consumer (even if they are not being targeted in similar fashion).

Over the next 12 months you will start to see more keyboard devices hit the market, spurred on by the success of the Q10. Android has that inherent flexibility to embed the platform into virtually any chassis so it would not be too difficult to do but will the likes of Samsung, HTC or LG take the time required to deliver truly great products? Previous efforts have been lacklustre to say the least and when a consumer is standing in the phone shop looking at the Q10 and it’s alternatives, they will want to invest in a quality product with great battery life and a good screen.

Keyboard based phones will not just go away and Blackberry would do well to play to their strengths rather than ape the iPhone. At the end of the day, for some the idea of a pure touch screen device is anathema and they have been waiting patiently for something just like the Q10.
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We review the +Archos Titanium 80 Android tablet
Any good? Yes, actually. For £130 you are hard pushed to spend your money more wisely. However, there are a few caveats...

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