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HTC Desire 610 Review: HTC’s attempt at a mid-range pocket-pleaser feels like a throwback

HTC seems to be attempting to cover all bases with its smartphone releases this year, and the Desire 610 is firmly aimed at the middle of the road. At around £240 SIM-free, it’s one of the cheapest smartphones HTC offers, but there’s stiff competition from other manufacturers in this price range, and it just doesn’t match up. The handset – …

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Holly BrockwellHTC Desire 610 Review: HTC’s attempt at a mid-range pocket-pleaser feels like a throwback
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Microsoft announce budget Lumia 530

Microsoft this morning has announced the Lumia 530, a new super-budget handset that it says is the first Lumia for “sub 100 Euros” – so that should be less than about £80. As you might expect, a budget phone isn’t going to set the world on fire spec-wise, but it still appears to be pretty decent for the price. The …

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft announce budget Lumia 530
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Red HTC One M8 comes to O2

If you prefer your smartphones brightly coloured, then how about the HTC One M8… but in red? O2 has done the deal with HTC to get exclusive rights to the red version – and it will be available from its stores from the 4th August. It will also be available on O2 Refresh, if you fancy ending your contract early. …

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James O'MalleyRed HTC One M8 comes to O2
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O2 boosts holiday data allowance to 50mb

Good news for travellers this summer as mean old O2 (pictured) has received a visit from the ghost of holidays future, and has kindly relented and opted to give us a more generous data allocation when using our phones abroad. Under the new regime pay monthly customers will now be able pay £1.99 a day when on holiday to get …

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James O'MalleyO2 boosts holiday data allowance to 50mb
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PNY Wireless Media Reader: Carry more video and music with you.

For a few years now the storage capacity in phones hasn’t increased much – once storage topped out at 64GB there hasn’t been any drive by any of the major companies to go bigger. So what are we to do if we want to carry around more music and videos? For Android users, there’s the potentially messy business of swapping …

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James O'MalleyPNY Wireless Media Reader: Carry more video and music with you.
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Water may soon be used to charge your phone

Smartphones and water are not normally best buddies – as anyone who has dropped their handset in the loo can attest – but that all may change soon thanks to some clever scientists. It seems that researchers at MIT (aka the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) could well have have found a way to harness the power of water to charge …

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Stuart O'ConnorWater may soon be used to charge your phone
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Where to get the Nokia 930 in the UK

The Nokia 930 is out in the UK today and is probably Microsoft’s new flagship device. Sporting a full-HD 5″ screen, 2.2ghz Snapdragon 800 processor and a 20MP camera, it certainly packs a punch. But where you can you pick it up? According to Microsoft, the phone will be available from Vodafone, EE, Phones4U, O2, Carphone Warehouse, Tesco and Amazon …

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James O'MalleyWhere to get the Nokia 930 in the UK
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Has Microsoft killed Nokia X?

Its a dramatic day at Microsoft as the company has announced the loss of 18,000 jobs – and it looks as though Nokia’s X series of phones will be killed off too. Earlier this year Microsoft completed its purchase of Nokia’s phone business. Whilst most of the company’s phones run Windows Phone (so no problems there), the X series run …

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James O'MalleyHas Microsoft killed Nokia X?
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HTC One Mini 2 Review: The M8’s little brother shrinks in its shadow

The trend for releasing a smaller, more budget-friendly version of a flagship phone continues with the confusingly named HTC One Mini 2, which is to the One M8 what the One Mini was to the original One. Yes, this is a hugely confusing situation, and it’s not helped by the fact that the M8 and Mini 2 look extremely similar, …

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Holly BrockwellHTC One Mini 2 Review: The M8’s little brother shrinks in its shadow
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LG announce a smaller version of flagship G3 – the G3S

LG has announced a cheaper variation on its flagship LG G3 phone – which will be known in the UK and Europe as the LG G3S and in Korea has the LG G3 Beat. Whilst the phone retains some of the key features of the G3 – including the “laser focus” on the camera, the spec has been taken down …

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James O'MalleyLG announce a smaller version of flagship G3 – the G3S