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Android Advisor 40

Android Advisor is your go-to source for everything Android, from smartphones, tablets and the best mobile apps to wearable and in-car tech, optimised for the small screen of your mobile device. Whether you're new to the Android operating system or a seasoned user, you're sure to find something you like in Android Advisor's wealth of analysis, reviews, features and tutorials. Android Advisor will not only help you to choose the best phone or tablet for your needs, but also to get more out of that device.

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12 Issues

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11 min.
oneplus 5

£449 inc VAT from tinyurl.com/ybk58nn5 OnePlus just graduated – it’s no longer in the second division, pushing for the big time. The OnePlus 5 is technically brilliant and is the natural product of the past three years for the company. From 2014’s OnePlus One to today, these phones have shown mobile tech’s natural progression to where it is now. The only thing is, when you release a phone every few months there is only so much you can change. The OnePlus 5 is an exquisitely designed, high-spec flagship phone with outstanding cameras, a decent display and a sense of individualism. But so were the OnePlus 3 and its successor just five months later, the 3T. Just 12 months after the OnePlus 3, it is no longer an out-and-out bargain. It has joined…

11 min.
htc u11

£599 inc VAT from fave.co/2tQGZUJ The annals of Android are littered with one-and-done gimmicks that were originally hailed as the next big thing. Indeed, from slide-out game pads to built-in projectors, way too many Android phones have included features that never caught on. So, will the new Edge Sense feature in the HTC U11 meet a similar fate? Probably. But the U11 is still a great phone that’s fun to use. A more pocketable version of the ill-conceived U Ultra, HTC’s newest flagship isn’t just another highly-specified handset with good looks and a great camera. The new Edge Sense feature lets you launch apps and actions by squeezing the sides of the phone. It’s a gimmick for sure, but one of the best gimmicks ever to grace an Android handset. It’s great to…

11 min.
sony xperia xz premium

£649 inc VAT from tinyurl.com/y7gzLwzf MWC 2017 saw the introduction of many 2017 flagship smartphones from manufacturers including Sony. While you might still be pining after the Xperia Z6, you might want to let that go and get to know the brand-new Xperia XZ Premium. Read on for our thoughts. Design The XZ Premium is a bigger version of the XZ with improved specifications. Like other Sony smartphones, it has a similar ‘Loop Surface’ design, which aims to mimic a seamless tube of glass. It’s not quite as seamless as Sony would have you believe – there’s still a small seam between the display and the body, and between the sides and top of the device – but it’s not big enough to be noticeable most of the time. The main thing is the very…

6 min.
honor 9

£599 inc VAT from fave.co/2uocDct The Honor 9 is the latest flagship from the Huawei sub-brand, and it liberally borrows from the Huawei P10’s specifications while sticking to the Honor aesthetic and aiming for a much friendlier price point. Design In terms of looks, the Honor 9 is a blend of the Honor 8 and the Huawei P10. It’s available in three colours – Glacier Grey, Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black – and our review unit is the brand’s signature blue, which is immediately eye-catching. The blue is shown off to maximum effect by the glass body – built, like the Honor 8, out of 15 curved layers – which leaves the phone with an almost impossibly glossy finish (with the inevitable downside of being a bit of a fingerprint magnet). Honor has intensified the…

6 min.
snapchat spectacles

£155 inc VAT from tinyurl.com/ych5qk5a Snapchat is a hugely popular social networking app available for iOS and Android that lets users share photos and videos that automatically expire after a set amount of time. While Snap came from small beginnings, the company is estimated to be worth $29 billion and is looking to enter the camera market with its inaugural product, Snapchat Spectacles. Design The design of the Spectacles will divide opinion; while some will love the quirky and out-there design of the sunglasses, others will think it’s a bit too in-your-face and would prefer something a little more understated. It’s available in three colours: Black, Teal (Blue) and Coral (Red), with the Black variant being the most understated in terms of design. It features a black frame, black lenses and yellow rings around the…

16 min.
best android smartphones 2017

Choosing a new Android phone isn’t easy. The Android universe is teeming with options, from super-expensive flagship models, to affordable handsets that make a few calculated compromises, to phones expressly designed for, say, great photography. Chances are that whichever phone you buy, you’ll keep it for at least two years. So choosing the best Android phone for you isn’t a decision you should take lightly. But we can make things easier. Everyone has different priorities and needs, so we’ve made some picks for the best Android phone in several categories. At the bottom of this article, we reveal our top 10 Android phones reviews—in case you have your eye on a model that doesn’t make our cut. Best overall phone Samsung’s flagship phones are usually quite good, but the Galaxy S8 really pulls…