UMIDIGI Z2 review – Tech Advisor

UMIDIGI is a Chinese phone brand that makes good-looking smartphones at affordable prices. This Z2 follows on from the UMIDIGI Z1, with upgrades to the processor, cameras and design. A 2018 release, the Z2 looks very different to its predecessor, adopting the tall aspect ratio and notched-screen design that has become trendy in recent times. It features a gradient rear, with the Twilight option reviewed here switching seamlessly from green through blue and purple. It’s not all about the looks, of course, and the Z2 packs a Helio P23 processor with 4-…

Huawei P30 Pro review: Quad Cameras Go From Ultra-wide to 10x Zoom

Last year we were seriously impressed with the P20 Pro which was then eclipsed six months later by the Mate 20 Pro. Now, another six months on, we have the P30 Pro which takes a lot of the best features from the Mate 20 Pro and makes them even better. It isn’t the only new model. There’s also the P30 which is arguably just as good a choice for different reasons. Read our Huawei P30 review to find out why. P30 Pro: Price & Availability The P30 Pro costs £899 for…

Samsung Galaxy Fold hands-on: First class ticket to the same destination

Ever since the original iPhone in 2007, the tech industry has hyped up a lot of Next Big Things. From VR to smartwatches, none has in any way challenged the dominance of the smartphones at the centre of our modern lives. The best way to oust the smartphone, then, is to try and reinvent it. The Samsung Galaxy Fold literally folds in half. Because why not? A technology at least eight years in the making is here, but is it what every smartphone will look like from now on? Or…

Best Windows phones 2019: Steer clear

Windows Phone, later rebranded as Windows 10 Mobile, is officially over. The company stated it had shut down its hardware division in 2017 but it has now confirmed that software and security updates to existing devices will end in December 2019.  Microsoft has even said that “with the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device.” So if the company that makes Windows phones is saying you shouldn’t use them then you probably shouldn’t. Try these better phones instead. They even…

Samsung Galaxy A70 review: hands-on

Samsung Galaxy A70 full review While the Galaxy A80 might have the flashy camera pop-up and better specs, the Samsung Galaxy A70 is a fine mid-range phone in the making too. At £369 it boasts features you might not expect to get for the price. With a big, beautiful screen, a headphone jack and tons of RAM and storage, this triple camera phone could prove to be one of the better mid-tier handsets around. Here’s our hands-on first impressions from the launch event in Milan after its announcement earlier in the…

Samsung Galaxy A80 review: hands-on

Samsung Galaxy A80 full review While eyes have been on Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series recently, the company has announced the still-premium Galaxy A80 phone that it says appeals to a different audience. Aimed at a younger user with a penchant for video recording and streaming, the A80 has a unique rotating triple camera system that helps it stand out in a year of phones with pop-up cameras. We went hands-on with the A80 at the launch event in Milan. Here are our first impressions on whether it makes a great…

Black Shark 2 Review: Hands-On With The Mobile Gaming Powerhouse

Following months of teasers and a Beijing reveal, the Black Shark 2 is now available to buy in the UK. The gaming-focused smartphone is a solid improvement on the original Black Shark, with upgraded internals, an updated design and a range of new technologies to enhance the gaming experience. We went along to the Black Shark 2 UK launch event to get some hands-on time with the mobile gaming powerhouse, and here’s our hands-on review. For other gaming-focused options, take a look at our selection of the best gaming smartphones.…

Huawei P30 vs P30 Pro: Android Flagships Compared

Huawei’s latest Android flagship is the P30. So far there are two models in the range (with the P30 Lite just a rumour at this stage) but here we’ll outline the main differences between the pair that you can actually buy. Price Before we dive into the specs, it’s worth noting that the P30 starts at £699/799 Euros and you’ll need to splash out £899/999 Euros for the P30 Pro so there’s a decent different already. You can buy both phones from Carphone Warehouse, EE, Vodafone and Sky Mobile. For the latest deals, including SIM-free…

Huawei P30 Pro vs P20 Pro: All the Upgrades Explained

Although most of the P30 Pro’s specs leaked before it launched, one thing that wasn’t obvious was just how much it was like the Mate 20 Pro. That phone was the first in Huawei’s range to adopt Samsung-like curved edges on the front and rear, and the P30 Pro follows in the same footsteps. This means that, along with the newer CPU, upgraded front and rear cameras plus wireless charging, it’s a pretty big upgrade on the P20 Pro. You can find out more about the new models in our P30 and P30 Pro…

Google Pixel 2 Review: Camera King

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…