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Android Advisor Issue 55

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

5 min.
google pixel 3

Price: £739 inc VAT from fave.co/2RDX8sL Possibly one of the most leaked smartphones of all time is here. It’s a shame that almost nothing about the Pixel 3 was a secret, though it’s still a fantastic device. Read on to find out more. Availability Google’s phone goes on general sale on 1 November, though you can pre-order it now at fave.co/2RDX8sL. Design There’s not a huge design change when it comes to this year’s Pixel phone as on the whole, and Google is sticking to the same style and look of its predecessor. The Pixel 3 has a distinctive style on the rear, with a two-tone effect that may not be to everyone’s taste. The glossy section at the top houses the camera, while the lower part containing the fingerprint scanner. This time around, it’s a…

6 min.
google pixel 3 xl

Price: £869 inc VAT from fave.co/2OhIrgY There’s a new leak king in town. The Google Pixel 3 XL is the worst kept smartphone secret of recent years, but that’s no reason not to be excited now it’s finally official. The larger of two new Pixel 3 phones announced at events in New York and London 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, but that’s not what Google is going for here. It’s all about the software and what it can do. We went hands-on at the launch event to see why Google made such design decisions and to see if…

9 min.
sony xperia xz3

Price: £699 inc VAT from fave.co/2xKAIg5 Just six months after the Xperia XZ2 introduced the new Sony smartphone look, the XZ3 refines it by adding a curved edged, curved corner OLED display that borrows from Sony’s Bravia TV range. This is the best-looking Sony phone for some time, looking equal parts Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy S9, but with a unique glass back that you’ll either love or hate. We still aren’t sure it does enough for us to recommend it over those phones though, despite its high points. But all credit to Sony, it has made a beautiful piece of phone hardware at a reasonable flagship price and improved in key areas. If you like where it’s coming from, this could be the phone for you. Design While the XZ3 retains the style of…

7 min.
huawei mate 20 lite

Price: £379 inc VAT from fave.co/2QX1fj0 With Huawei fans eagerly awaiting the launch of the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the company has whet their appetites with the Mate 20 Lite, the cheapest member of the new line. It’s a slightly odd strategy, but one that probably serves the Mate 20 Lite itself well, as it’s freed from comparisons to faster (and pricier) siblings and instead gets its own time in the spotlight. That doesn’t save the phone from comparisons to the rest of the midrange market though, and the Mate 20 Lite can’t quite keep up with the competition. Design Following on from the P20, it’s no surprise to see that the Mate 20 Lite boasts a big, notched display, though it’s actually a slightly wider notch, a necessary change to cram…

5 min.
moto e5 play

Price: £89 inc VAT from fave.co/2PkKo8N The E series is Motorola’s budget range, and the E5 Play is the budget-est of the current budget phones, clocking in at just £89 in the UK. Inevitably any phone this cheap comes with some serious compromises, and anyone used to a faster phone may find the E5 Play a challenge to get along with – but at less than £100 it’s really hard to complain too much. Design The E5 Play looks surprisingly attractive for its price, though make no mistake: you won’t fool anyone into thinking this is a flagship device. The 5.3in display is in the thinner 18:9 aspect ratio that’s become more popular in recent years, though is still flanked by thick bezels at the top and bottom of the screen – the…

7 min.
honor note 10

Price: £350 inc VAT from fave.co/2NySTLX Honor is fairly firmly established in the European smartphone market, making budget to midrange smartphones with good specs. Many of the company’s best handsets have the same internals as the best Huawei phones. But not all of Honor’s phones launch globally. The unapologetically huge Honor Note 10 is one of these, a massive flagship glass slab with dual cameras and a 6.95in screen. The Chinese market traditionally demands huge screens and the Note 10 has nearly seven inches of display, without a notch. It’s nothing if not impressive, even if you think it’s overkill. What are the advantages to such a huge phone, and is this one any good? Read on to find out. Design The Note 10 is incredibly well-built, helped by its sheer imposing size. Yes, this…