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Android Advisor 43

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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4 min.
all the news from google’s october event

Google’s annual hardware event on 4 October didn’t disappoint. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were revealed, as expected, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. The tech giant also expanded the Google Home line-up with not one, but two new smart speakers of various sizes, tweaked its Daydream VR headset, and finally rolled out the Pixelbook – a sleek (and more versatile) successor to its swanky high-end Chromebook Pixel. Plus, a Babel Fish-like rival to Apple’s AirPod earbuds even appeared. Funnily enough, though, the software on these devices almost outshone the hardware itself. Over the following pages, we reveal everything Google announced earlier this month. Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL aren’t as exotic as Apple’s iPhone X, but they appear poised…

7 min.
google pixel 2

£629 inc VAT from tinyurl.com/ybkwo29d One year after launching its first Pixel phones, Google is back with its second generation of handsets. Once again there are two sizes to choose from and we were lucky enough to get an early look at both devices. We look at the Pixel 2 here and the Pixel 2 XL on page 20. Design The Pixel 2 is manufactured in partnership with HTC. The Taiwanese firm made both of Google’s phones last year, but the Pixel 2 XL is made by LG, which over the years has made numerous Nexus devices. The result is that these are two quite different handsets rather than simply being two different sizes of the same thing. The Pixel 2 is the cheaper option, though the design isn’t as exciting compared to the…

6 min.
google pixel 2 xl

£799 inc VAT from tinyurl.com/ybkwo29d Expectations were high for the second-generation Pixel phones, and Google hasn’t disappointed. This year’s flagship is better in every conceivable way, but it does come at a higher price. We’ve spent some time with the new phone – set to go on sale on 15 November – and here are our initial impressions. We’ll update this with our final conclusions once we’ve had time to properly test out every area of the phone, specifically its camera performance and battery life. Design With its 6in screen, this isn’t a small phone. But thanks to minimal screen bezels it isn’t as big as you might imagine. It feels exceptionally well made, and although it’s tall, it’s not to wide to comfortably hold in one hand and not top heavy. At 175g,…

5 min.
nokia 5

£179 inc VAT from fave.co/2gebE9w Although the Nokia 5 was launched by HMD Global at MWC 2017 back in February, it’s only recently hit the shelves. If you’re wondering who HMD Global is, the company has made a huge splash this year by launching four phones with the Nokia brand: the wonderfully nostalgic Nokia 3310 as well as three budget and mid-range Android phones with excellent price tags – the Nokia, 3, 5, and 6. Here, we review the Nokia 5, which sits in the middle of the range when it comes to size, specs and price. Design We love the design of the Nokia 5. We were so pleasantly surprised when we first picked it up, already knowing how low the price tag is. It has a 5.2in display within a neat,…

6 min.
cube iplay 10

£74 inc VAT from fave.co/2huHaU5 One of the most difficult things in choosing a budget tablet is knowing how far you should compromise on specifications and performance. You don’t expect a powerhouse with an amazing screen, but you also don’t want to waste your money – no matter how small an amount of cash that is – on what is in essence a rubbish device that you’ll probably bin in a few months. Two of the most popular budget tablets on the market right now are Amazon’s Fire 7 (£49 from tinyurl.com/ydzcc6g2) and Fire HD 8 (£79 from tinyurl.com/y9kwbmgy). We think they’re great tablets, well-priced and -sized for children especially, but they have one massive drawback in that they don’t support Google services, including Google Play. If you are buying one for…

5 min.
lego boost creative toolbox

£129 inc VAT from tinyurl.com/y7jtb2Lm Do you want to build really cool Lego robots, and then control them with your tablet? Yes, please. Lego Boost is aimed at children aged seven to 12, so I was a little worried that it would be too hard to enjoy with my son – he’s five just started school. But while I had to direct the complicated builds, controlling the finished robots and vehicles with the iPad app was well within his grasp – and so much fun for both of us. Lego Boost teaches children in two ways: the builds themselves are a lesson in mechanics, showing how the motor, gears, and pieces fit together to make a moving robot. Plus, the tablet app is full of programming challenges to direct the robot to…