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Android Advisor 56

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

in this issue

11 min.
google pixel 3

Price: £739 inc VAT from fave.co/2RDX8sL Possibly one of the most leaked smartphones of all time is here, so it might not come as a surprise but Google’s latest flagship handset is official. We attended the Pixel 3’s London launch and have spent solid time with it. Read on for our thoughts. Design There’s not a huge design change when it comes to this year’s Pixel phone as on the whole, Google is sticking to the same style and look. The Pixel 3 has a distinctive style at the back with its two-tone effect, which not everyone will like. The iconic glossy section at the top houses the camera with the lower part containing the fingerprint scanner. This time around, it’s a fully glass design, with the lower section offering a matte finish, which…

9 min.
google pixel 3 xl

Price: £869 inc VAT from fave.co/2zqZkf0 There’s a new king in town – the Google Pixel 3 XL. The larger of two new Pixel 3 phones has a remarkably large notch at the top of its tall 6.3in display – odd at first given that the smaller Pixel 3 has no notch and the same dual cameras as the XL. It’s a little unremarkable to look at in pictures, but once you start to use it, it’s all about the software and what it can do wrapped up in surprisingly premium hardware. And oh, that camera. It’s the best yet on a smartphone and is a bug enough reason to buy this phone over any other. Google’s vision of the perfect phone seems to be going to plan. Notch Yes, there’s a big notch…

10 min.
oneplus 6t

Price: £499 inc VAT from fave.co/2OjuZUR When you follow tech and smartphones closely the constant onslaught of new, supposedly better models coming out can be numbing. It can also wrongly convince you that you need to upgrade your phone that is six, 12, or 20 months old. The OnePlus 6T is one such phone. It is a very good smartphone, but it’s not much of an upgrade from the OnePlus 6 that launched just five months before it. It has the same processor, same basic design, very similar display and comes in two of the same colours. If you own a 6, you do not really need a 6T. And you might not even want one, either. But for the rest of the world, for the normal people out there, this is one…

18 min.
huawei mate 20 pro

Price: £899 inc VAT from fave.co/2q8bvJb Last year, Huawei unveiled the Mate 10 Pro, which had not only the new Kirin 970 processor but also a noticeably different design from the Mate 9 which preceded it. The Mate 20 Pro continues that trend with another completely new design, a next-generation CPU and the camera setup everyone wants: standard, wide angle and telephoto. Huawei has obviously listened to our wishes, ditched the monochrome camera and replaced it with an ultra-wide angle colour camera which means you can now go from an effective 0.6x zoom right the way through to a 5x hybrid zoom. With other new features such as the innovative in-screen fingerprint sensor, 3D face scanning unlock and reverse wireless charging, it’s a very tempting 2018 flagship to add to your shortlist. Design If the…

8 min.
google home hub

Price: £139 inc VAT from fave.co/2OMdrWL Google Home Hub combines a Google Home digital assistant with a 7in screen, allowing a graphic display of your schedule, weather, and commute traffic all at the command of your voice. There’s more in there too: it has a good speaker for playing music, will act as a digital photo frame when not otherwise in use, and you can use it to watch your favourite shows if you have a compatible pay television service, or monitor the feed from your home security cameras. In many ways it mirrors what a modern Android phone can already do, but with a better speaker and a bigger, always-on screen. There’s a lot to like about this impressive little gadget, and its thoughtfully designed software is a big improvement on a…

31 min.
best android phablets

Most phones with displays over 5.5 inches are considered phablets, but in recent times phones have got taller and thinner displays in order to fit in larger overall displays. Most of the phones in this buying guide have these taller aspect ratios as they are known Not all phones with large screens could be considered ‘big’ though – despite its 5.7in screen we wouldn’t consider the regular Galaxy S9 to be a phablet, because its tiny bezels mean it’s not a huge handset, yet we would consider the iPhone 8 Plus a phablet with its 5.5in screen, a regular 16:9 display aspect ratio and big bezels. Samsung, Huawei, LG and others all have phones that require two-handed use most of the time, such is the size of their displays. But big phones…