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Android Advisor Issue 48

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

in this issue

2 min.
nokia looks to the past again with 8810

At last year’s Mobile World Congress, HMD Global whipped the geek crowd into a frenzy with a fun reboot of the Nokia 3310, complete with bright colours, hard keys, and candy bar nostalgia. They’ve done it again at MWC 2018 with the 8110, but this time around the game might be a little played out. Popularized by Keanu Reeves’ character in The Matrix, the 8810 was a weird phone for 1999 and it’s even weirder in 2018. On the outside, it looks very much like that 20-year-old phone, with a slider mechanism that pulls down to reveal a full set of keys. It’s just as long, cumbersome and clunky as it was back then, and the specs haven’t been upgraded all that much either: Display: 2.4in QVGA Processor: Qualcomm 205 RAM: 512MB Storage: 4GB Camera: 2Mp Battery:…

3 min.
lg adds ai to its new v30s thinq smartphone

LG is starting to think differently about phone releases. If you were hoping for a new LG flagship phone at Mobile World Congress, you got your wish. Well, sort of. Instead of the G7, LG has launched the V30S ThinQ, which freshens the V30 with AI, though not specifications. The V30S has the same display, chip, battery, and camera as the V30, but bumps the RAM up to 6GB and the storage to 128GB. It also comes in two new colours, Platinum Gray and Moroccan Blue. But those minor changes do not a new model make. To justify the name, LG has given the V30 adds AI. While current V30 owners might be a little miffed that they’re not getting in on the action, if you’ve been on the fence about buying…

8 min.
samsung galaxy s9

£739 inc VAT from fave.co/2sXJKXV It’s no surprise that Samsung announced a new flagship at MWC 2018 and it’s even less of a shock that it’s called the Galaxy S9. The S8 was almost a perfect phone so can Samsung really make it even better? Read on to find out. Design It’s immediately clear that the Galaxy S9 is very much a new version of the S8, rather than a radically new device. Like a point upgrade in software terms if you like, so this is essentially the Galaxy S8.1. With an almost identical design to its predecessor you’d be hard pressed to notice the difference, especially from the front – the bezels above and below the screen are a fraction smaller. The device is also a little shorter than the S8 and it’s…

9 min.
samsung galaxy s9+

£869 inc VAT from fave.co/2sXJKXV The Galaxy S9+ might not be the biggest upgrade compared to the Galaxy S8+, but it’s perhaps better than having to wait longer for a new device. Overall, you might struggle to tell the new Galaxy S9+ apart from its predecessor, apart from the new purple colour, but there are improvements namely in the camera department, which Samsung says it has “reimagined”. Design Since the Galaxy S9+ is an incremental upgrade from last year’s smartphone, there’s not a huge amount to say when it comes to design and build. Samsung hasn’t changed much about the handset at all. In fact, you might struggle to figure out which one is the new model in a side-by-side test unless you’re looking at the new Lilac Purple colour. There’s also Midnight Black and…

6 min.
sony xperia xz2

Sony used Mobile World Congress 2018 to unveil the Xperia XZ2, the Japanese giant’s first phone to boast the now-ubiquitous 18:9 aspect ratio on its screen. We went hands-on with the XZ2, and are our thoughts. Price Sony hasn’t confirmed a release date or price for the handset yet, but did hint that it’s expected to arrive in the first week of April. That sees it arrive a little over six months after the company’s previous flagship, the Xperia XZ1, a break from the usual strategy of releasing a ‘Premium’ version at MWC. As for price, the XZ1 launched at £599, so the XZ2 will almost certainly cost at least that much. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it run a little higher, to fall in line with flagship pricing from Samsung…

5 min.
sony xperia xz2 compact

Sony has broken its usual smartphone release cycle to bring its next flagship, the Xperia XZ2 (page 31), to Mobile World Congress 2018, a few months earlier than expected, and alongside it comes a smaller sibling: the Xperia XZ2 Compact. The Compact packs a smaller screen (no surprise there), but the rest of its specs are impressively close to the bigger version. We’ve tested the phone out ourselves, and here’s what you’ll get when the XZ2 Compact arrives later this year. Price First up, Sony hasn’t announced an official price or release date for the phone yet, but it’s expected to be out some time around the first week of April, presumably alongside the main XZ2. The XZ1 Compact retailed at £499, and we’d expect the XZ2 Compact to hit a similar price…