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How phones have evolved since 2010

How phones have evolved since 2010

On: Saturday, 12 October, 2019
If the photo above this article elicits a pang of nostalgia, you’re old enough to remember that mobile phones haven’t always been sophisticated miniature computers. Millennial phones offered texting and rudimentary gaming, but little el...
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Smartphone camera jargon buster

Smartphone camera jargon buster

On: Tuesday, 8 October, 2019
In theory, smartphone cameras have the relatively simple job of taking a picture when you press a button on the phone body or screen. In reality, there are numerous technical challenges involved in capturing a high-quality image. As a resul...
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Dos and don'ts when charging smartphones

Dos and don’ts when charging smartphones

On: Friday, 4 October, 2019
Across the UK, millions of people take their phones to bed and plug them into a wall socket to charge overnight. And, as it turns out, those people are all making a big mistake. A growing body of evidence suggests charging smartphones to 10...
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Why are smartphone sales falling?

Why are smartphone sales falling?

On: Tuesday, 1 October, 2019
To no great surprise, smartphone sales fell again in the second quarter of this year, with only Samsung and Huawei reporting stronger sales. However, a recent trade ban by the United States has prevented Huawei from loading Google apps onto...
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Should I choose Android or iOS?

Should I choose Android or iOS?

On: Tuesday, 24 September, 2019
Since the late Noughties, two rival smartphone operating systems have competed for the hearts and minds of consumers around the world. Both have more similarities than differences. Yet as consumers, we’re often too deeply enmeshed in eith...
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What are underscreen cameras?

What are underscreen cameras?

On: Saturday, 21 September, 2019
When looking at an older smartphone, its limited screen size often comes as a surprise. In the 1980s, mobile phones had no screen at all. Then a two-line monochrome display was added, to show incoming call numbers and improve dialling accur...
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What are the most useful new apps?

What are the most useful new apps?

On: Tuesday, 17 September, 2019
Last week, the faintly terrifying Zao app was launched in China, and promptly went viral. Zao is a deepfake program that lets users paste their own face over the face of a celebrity, using just a snapshot – and it’s incredibly convincin...
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Which way for Huawei?

Which way for Huawei?

On: Friday, 13 September, 2019
Just weeks before launching its hotly anticipated Mate 30 smartphone, controversial tech company Huawei has launched 5G in Russia. And that’s got everyone talking. For not only is the Huawei 5G launch on a grander scale than any other in ...
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How to buy a luxury smartphone

How to buy a luxury smartphone

On: Monday, 9 September, 2019
A decade ago, the concept of spending £1,000 on a smartphone would have seemed absurd. Yet as the third decade of the 21st century approaches, Apple’s decision to whack a premium price tag onto its 2017 iPhone X doesn’t seem exceptiona...
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