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Review: OPPO R9

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Never have I ever had more people perplexed by what phone I’ve been using these past couple of weeks. OPPO R9 is one of the manufacturer’s boldest moves ever, and it’s bound to leave more than a few on the fence as to how they feel about it.

It’s a brilliant example of quality design and finish for not that much dough, but as is often the norm with heavily skinned Android smartphones, the software remains an area of improvement.

With all that said, let’s find out whether OPPO’s latest mid-range flagship stands up to its upmarket look.

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Review: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

It’s not entirely uncommon nowadays for OEMs to offer a couple of flagship handsets to cater to the needs of different users, and Sony has kept with this mantra for a few years now, offering a smaller counterpart in its Z series Compact models, accompanying the taller Z series handsets. Now, Sony is catering to those who want a larger handset, with its main selling point being that it’s the first smartphone with a 4K Ultra HD display.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium wouldn’t be “premium” if it was affordable for most, so while it’s the priciest of the Z5 range, is it worth the extra dough?

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Review: OPPO R7s

The line separating what is a manageable form factor for most, and clear phablet territory for those after greater screen real estate, could not be better exemplified than in the original two mid-range offerings from OPPO, the R7 and R7 Plus; but with the OPPO R7s there’s a happy medium that might just be for the better.

We’ve spent time with the OPPO R7 and its far bigger sibling, the R7 Plus and now the newest entrant to OPPO’s R7 series, the R7s offers a 5.5-inch panel for those torn between a relatively compact 5-inch display or going all out with a 6-inch phablet. As we found though, it’s with time that OPPO has been able to build upon a ...


Review: Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Flagship handsets may have remained at the 5-inch+ display mark this past year but it doesn’t mean those out there who still prefer a smaller form factor have to make the switch just yet. Sony believes this too, which is the reason why their third generation pocket-friendly Xperia Z5 Compact has retained a 4.6-inch display from the Z3 Compact before it, but has seen a range of improvements under the hood to put it in the company of much larger flagship competitors.

The deciding factor is whether you’d be keen on forking out the coin for a fairly unassuming device, or opt for something more premium in appearance that mightn’t necessarily be as easy to wield.

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Review: Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

If there’s one thing that’s caught on over the past few years amongst the younger generation, it’s selfies, and that’s exactly the segment Sony have their sights set on with their latest mid-ranger, the Xperia C5 Ultra.

Packing a rather discreet 13MP camera on its rear and a gargantuan 22mm wide-angle 13MP sensor up front — with an almost equally large flash LED — it’s clear this handset wants to leave an strong impression. So then, does it?

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Review: LG Nexus 5X

When it first launched as a successor to the Nexus 4, the 2013 Nexus 5 from LG took everything that made the Nexus 4’s affordable price tag and amped it up, considerably. The original Nexus 5 brought truly flagship specs at a price-point unmatched by its competitors. For that it has gone down as a favourite amongst many for what the collaboration between LG and Google managed to accomplish in a product that’s still more than able to hold its own with the latest Android Marshmallow update.

Given the success Google achieved with the Nexus 5’s enticing price wasn’t repeated the following year with the pricier Nexus 6, it’s no wonder Google sought a return to form for the Nexus ...


Review: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

The last year or so has marked a major shift in the tablet market. Sony’s last tablet with a large 10.1-inch display — the Xperia Z2 Tablet — was released at a time when there were a number of other tablets offering that kind of screen real estate. These days, phablets are encroaching upon the small tablet market which should in turn mean interest in 10.1-inch displays should be on the rise. Instead we’re seeing Sony’s competitors moving to 4:3 aspect ratios for their flagships, akin to the trend first popularised with that fruit company’s tablet. Display sizes have shrunk to the 8.9-9.7” range, which leaves Sony almost entirely in a league of its own with their flagship Xperia Z4 ...


Review: Motorola Moto X Play

The Moto X series over its brief years in existence has stood out amongst the crowd with Motorola’s intuitive and genuinely useful software additions, which enhanced the Android experience, as well as design and fit in hand. But Motorola’s first two efforts won’t be remembered positively for their battery life or imaging.

It was clear then that for 2015 the OEM would need to address these two pain points, and by doing so, they decided to offer two variants of the Moto X, with the Moto X Play to be positioned as the more affordable of the two. Being that is the case, the Moto X Play has fairly mid-range specs, but it does have an ace up its sleeve ...


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Review: OPPO R7 Plus

If the past few years have shown anything in the smartphone space, it’s that interest in phablets are on the rise. The melding of phone with a screen size that borders tablet territory makes for an intriguing proposal for folks out there who wish to consume content on a large enough display, without the need to spend the extra on a separate tablet, let alone the hassle of having to take it with them while out and about.

But phablets have typically been offered with premium specs at an outlandish price-point. In Australia at least, there are few options for those after a phablet which ticks most of the boxes, while at a price you��d actually consider. The OPPO R7 ...


Review: Motorola Moto G (2015)

For some years now, Motorola has proven the more affordable end of the market doesn’t need to be flooded with sub-par devices. The original Motorola Moto G (2013) bucked the trend of having specs which typically attracted a much higher price point than it did and while the falling Aussie dollar over the years has prevented the Moto G from being as impressive in price than it is in other markets, it’s nevertheless been a compelling range for Motorola Australia in marking their return to the Australian market.

The third generation Moto G (2015) in Australia does away with the standard 8GB model with 1GB RAM for the better equipped 16GB variant — of which 10GB was available out of ...


Review: OPPO R7

The more premium end of the mid-range market of smartphones has been relatively dormant for some time and of the devices that have been available, a good number aren’t particularly flashy or elegant, despite the price bump for specs.

Enter OPPO R7, the “style in a flash” handset the Chinese OEM is marketing as such and for a number of reasons as we found in our time with it.

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Review: Motorola Moto E (2015)

Competition in the budget and mid-range segment has reached fever pitch these past couple of years the push for true value for money handsets has been attributed most popularly in most markets to Motorola. Their first generation Moto G proved a great success for the struggling manufacturer and since then we’ve seen the OEM add an even lower cost handset geared towards those watching their wallet. The low-cost Motorola Moto E marked the third of three models Motorola has put out in most markets, with the Moto G an affordable mid-ranger and of course, the Moto X flagship.

Now in its second generation, the Moto E (2015) has grown in more ways than one, but given it’s only tens of ...


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