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Android Advisor Issue 52

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

11 min.
asus zenfone 5 (2018)

Price: £349 inc VAT from fave.co/2J5ILYN If the ZenFone 5 sounds familiar, it probably should – Asus released a phone of that name way back in 2014. Unsurprisingly, this latest version has had a few upgrades – not least a very familiar notch. It was first announced the phone at Mobile World Congress 2018, but Asus has unusually decided to wait until July to actually release the phone. We’ve spent some time putting the phone through its paces, and here’s what we think of the firm’s latest attempt to crack the smartphone market. Design If you thought the ZenFone 5 sounded familiar, that’s nothing compared to how it looks. No, that isn’t an iPhone X, but you’d be forgiven for making that mistake. Asus was one of the first of the major Android manufacturers to…

11 min.
blackberry key2

Price: £579 inc VAT from fave.co/2Ks21VR BlackBerry is back again – sort of. The brand has been revived by manufacturer TCL, a company invested in cashing in on nostalgia. The BlackBerry KEY2 is a better phone than 2017’s KeyOne (£349 from fave.co/2IJvnt5), but still a stunted device compared to the rest of the market. It’s an undoubtedly slick smartphone, with a look clearly modelled on 2015’s BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, a phone that supposedly was meant to run Android until the last-minute change to BlackBerry’s own software. History aside, the KEY2 is a device with limited appeal in 2018. Unless you really, really want a keyboard on your smartphone, this is not the handset for you, despite especially secure Android Oreo 8.1 and productivity-focused keyboard functions. If, however, you are in the vocal minority…

13 min.
htc u12+

Price: £699 inc VAT from fave.co/2x2FiJu HTC is having a funny old time of it since Google nicked a load of its employees. Having made the Google Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel 2 (but not the LG made 2 XL), you’d be forgiven for thinking there wouldn’t be another HTC flagship. But the HTC U12+ is its high-end phone for 2018 – and the company is so convinced it’s a winner, there’s no regular model. It’s Plus or bust. The phone looks quite a bit like the chunky U11 Plus, but with some decent upgrades, particularly in the camera. HTC has been treading water for a few years now and needs a hit, despite the strength of the U11 line. But the U12+ is a buggy mess. It has bad battery life, unnecessary…

9 min.
huawei nova 2i

Price: £229 inc VAT from fave.co/2KsJyIO The Nova 2i is yet another great-value Android phone coming out of the Huawei/Honor camp. It’s clear there is a lot of crossover between the brands, and the 2i is in essence an Honor 7X with the Honor 9 Lite’s front dual-camera and dual-SIM functionality. It’s specifications are similar to, but an upgrade over the Huawei P Smart, as well. To put that into perspective, as we saw last issue the Honor 9 Lite is the current champion of our best budget phones round-up. So falling just a short way behind this is not a bad place to be, especially when you have a slightly better specifications for not a lot more cash. If money were no option, we could argue that the Nova 2i is…

5 min.
best antivirus apps

It’s important to remember that, like PCs and laptops, it’s possible to come across viruses and malware on mobile devices. There are, however, antivirus apps available for Android to help make sure your phone or tablet doesn’t get infected, so we share our pick of the best here. Do you need Android antivirus? Unlike Apple devices, which only allow downloads from the iOS App Store to protect users from bogus apps, Android will allow you to install APK files that could be infected with viruses and malware created by cybercriminals. There is also less of an approval process for the Google Play Store, so dangerous apps can make their way onto the store from time to time. And even when they’ve been pulled from Google Play, they can reappear. Phishing emails and dodgy…

5 min.
what does google know about you?

In order for the search giant to identify you, you have to have a Google account. Without one Google may well have anonymous data about you as a cookie on a phone or computer, but it is impossible to know what data that is (just as it is impossible for Google to know who you actually are). So all of the information below relies on you being logged in to your Google Account, which I’m sure you have. Ever logged in to an Android phone or tablet, used Gmail, or used YouTube as a registered user? The email and password you use for those things (or Google Calendar, Docs, Drive, and so on) is your Google Account. You may – as I do – have several. In which case you will…