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Android Advisor 42

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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IDG Communications - UK
12 Issues

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7 min.
android oreo

Free Never mind the name rumours, here’s the final product. It was always going to be called Oreo, wasn’t it? Android 8 is now available for Google’s own devices following a surprisingly stable beta period. We’ve been using it on Pixel and Nexus devices here at Android Advisor, and it’s a pleasingly refined update to Nougat. Google’s attention to detail is improving, and Oreo represents an Android user’s dream of granular customization mixed with genuinely useful and thoughtful tweaks to the user interface. It’s an operating system that is reaching maturity following the larger aesthetic changes brought about by Marshmallow and Nougat. There aren’t any big new headline features to show off here, but Google is wise to resist. The only thing to worry about now is how skin-heavy manufacturers such as Samsung…

18 min.
samsung galaxy note8

£879 inc VAT from fave.co/2x6WEUZ Both beauty and the beast, the gorgeous Note8 has an extraordinary feature set and magnificent performance. It’s expensive, but can you really afford not to consider it? Find out what we made of Samsung’s brand-new flagship in our in-depth Note8 review. Design Samsung’s Note 7 was a gorgeous handset, but the Note8 is in a different league with its Infinity Display. It’s not entirely bezel-less, but it’s close enough, with a screen-to-body ratio of 83 percent and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. In real terms, there’s about a centimetre of frame visible above and below the display, but the rest is all immaculately polished and largely fingerprint-free glass, with a load more space for enjoying media and games, and for working with multiple apps at once. On either side the panel…

9 min.
sony xperia xa1

£229 inc VAT from tinyurl.com/yb6krsor Sony’s Xperia XA1 offers 23Mp stills (as well as facial recognition and a bunch of nice photographic features) for £229. We test out the camera and feature set, as well as putting the phone through our rigorous battery of processor and graphics tests, to help you work out if this is the device for you. Design The XA1 has an appealingly simple look. Viewed front-on it’s a blocky design, with comparatively square corners, but this is offset by a very slight curvature on the left and right-hand edges of the screen. There’s a refreshing lack of gumpf on the back, too: just a single camera lens and accompanying flash top left (these are arranged vertically, which seems to be the vogue this year) and a couple of discreet logos.…

7 min.
lg v30

The V30 isn’t the typical fall flagship from LG. While the V20 was a bountiful bag of tricks for hardcore Android nerds, the V30 is more subtle and refined – LG’s bid to make a premium Android phone that appeals to a wider audience. The philosophy shift starts with ditching two novel features that were unique to the previous V phones: the removable battery and the second screen. While their usefulness was debatable, they definitely gave the earlier V phones some identity, and there will certainly be a faction of LG fans who rage-tweet about the loss. But for everyone else, the V30 could be the best phone of the year. The competition is fierce with the Note8 and Pixel 2, not to mention the iPhone 8 if we’re talking about the…

6 min.
sony xperia xz1

I FA always means new gadgets and you can rely on Sony to bring a few to the party. This year is no exception and the firm released three new Xperia phones – the XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XA1 Plus. Over the following pages we look at the XZ1 (£599). For more on Sony’s Xperia XZ1 Compact go to page 62. Design Over the years, Sony has developed a style of smartphone design that’s instantly recognizable. Xperia devices have a distinctive character which helps somewhat in the crowded market. The XZ1 is certainly no departure from what we’ve seen before. It is a continuation of it which has pros and cons. We like the ‘Loop Surface’ design, which incorporates a metal unibody chassis and a Gorilla Glass 5 front. Overall, the phone looks…

5 min.
sony xperia xz1 compact

As we mentioned in the previous Hands-on Sony has used this year’s IFA as a platform to launch its new phones. We’ve already see the XZ1 (page 55). Here we look at the Xperia XZ1 Compact (£499). Design Not much has changed about the design of the XZ1 Compact when compared to the X Compact, or even the Z5 Compact really. Sony has its design language and is sticking to it. Once again, the idea of the phone is that it’s smaller in size to make it more usable for those who don’t want or can’t handle a larger handset. The drawback here is that it still remains a chunky little number at 9.3mm and only just over 10g lighter than the XZ1. That won’t be a huge problem for most as…