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Android Advisor Issue 46

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

16 min.
google pixel 2

£629 inc VAT from fave.co/2CvIuPk The Google Pixel 2 is an odd phone. It has no headphone jack, large bezels and an uninspiring design. It doesn’t ignite excitement in the same way the hardware of the larger Pixel 2 XL does, with its curved, tall 18:9 display. Samsung, LG and even Apple have phones with tiny bezels and bleeding edge design. The smaller 5in Pixel 2 has neither of these things. But the little Pixel is still a winner for two reasons: its software and its camera. It’s the first phone I’ve used for a long time where the hardware melts away and you’re just left with the best possible software experience a phone can give you right now. That’s what happens with the best PCs and with the iPad, but in a competitive…

9 min.
honor view 10

£449 inc VAT from fave.co/2CClrCE Hot on the heels of the mid-range 7X, Honor has announced the View 10, a flagship device that starts 2018 with the 2017’s biggest smartphone trend, an 18:9 display. The phone was expected to be called the Honor 9 Pro as per its usual naming conventions, but the company have chosen View 10 thanks to its similarities to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. It’s the first time the View branding has been used outside of Asia. The device has premium build, and while is not exactly the same dimensions as either Huawei’s Mate 10 or Mate 10 Pro shares many of the traits of the two. For a company trying to break into the UK mainstream at the same time as its parent company Huawei, this affordable high-end flagship makes…

6 min.
doogee mix

£135 inc VAT from fave.co/2C8PH4v Doogee might not be a brand that instantly sparks recognition (or if it does it’s about a TV show starring a very young doctor), but this Chinese manufacturer has much to offer those looking for an inexpensive Android phone. The Mix is it’s latest creation, and ticks many of the important boxes for potential buyers. But, what compromises do you have to make for a sub-£200 device? We take a look. Price As Doogee doesn’t have a direct retail presence here in the UK, you’ll need to import one from an online retailer like Gearbest. While this is perfectly fine, and something that UK buyers are increasingly doing, you will want to weigh up the pros and cons of doing so before you spend any money. Design The first impressions made…

19 min.
best new android smartphones in 2017

It’s If you’re in the market for a new phone your choices available right now are pretty good, but it’s always the way that as soon as you take the plunge and upgrade something better comes along and you regret your decision. In this article we outline the phones that will be released in 2018 to help you decide whether or not to wait. Google Pixel 3 Three new Google Pixel phones are expected to land on 4 October 2018, with one of them potentially poised as a rival to the iPhone X. Release date The Pixel phones are unlikely to be unveiled before early October 2018, with an on-sale date later in October probable. For the past two years Google has unveiled the new phones on 4 October, so 4 October 2018 is…

12 min.
samsung galaxy s9

It’s interesting, given that the Galaxy S9 is rumoured to appear in early 2018, just how few images have leaked. We’ve yet to see a photo of the Galaxy S9 in the flesh, and even renders and concept images are notably thin on the ground. At a guess we’d say this is because it’s going to look an awful lot like the Galaxy S8. That certainly seems to be the case, judging by the first Galaxy S9 cases from accessory maker Olixar (shown at the top of this page). With the Galaxy S9 on the left and Galaxy S9+ on the right, it’s clear that a key difference between the two is a dual-camera on the larger model. This is backed up by a rear Galaxy S9 panel unearthed by Sammobile,…

6 min.
google in 2017

After jumping head first into the hardware game last year with the Pixel phones and Home smart speaker, Google seriously picked up the pace in 2017. Not only were there two awesome new Pixel phones, but also smaller and larger Google Home devices, as well as a pair of Pixel-branded earbuds. And through it all, Google’s AI-powered Assistant got smarter and smarter. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Google took its share of lumps over the past 12 months, and proved that making great hardware isn’t as easy as it looks. Here are all the hits and misses in 2017: Hit: Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL The Pixel phone was one of the best Android phones of 2016, and the Pixel 2 is just as good, if not better. The Pixel 2…