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28 March 2015 ~ 2 Comments

We’re 4 years old today!

Happy birthday to us! Thank you everyone of you – readers, watchers, commenters, reviewers, helpers, sharers. You’ve been grand 🙂

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Here’s the some of the most popular articles over the last twelve months. Please check them out if you missed them the first time round and let us know what your favourites were in the comments below.

Mobile Network Comparison table – what gave us our name. For the first time, a game-changing complete sortable chart of the pricing of all the UK’s PAYG networks.
Samsung Galaxy SIII vs S2 – Full Benchmark Test – an in-depth look at how the Samsung Galaxy SII fares against its old brother, the SIII. Just how much difference do you think the newer Exynos 4 Quad clocked at 1.4 Ghz will make in our test?
Top 5 smartphones for battery life – it’s been a bugbear of ours for a while, especially in the age of smartphones without replaceable batteries and massive power-sapping displays. We take a look at alternatives that will last a few days.
O2 acquired by Three Mobile – one of the biggest pieces of news to break in the mobile world this year. There’s still a few Is to dot and Ts to cross but this is set to be a massive £10 billion deal creating easily the UK’s biggest mega-network.

And of course, we’re looking forward to the next near here at MNC HQ and we’re busy planning lost of exciting new articles and projects. But for right now, we’re going to celebrate a bit as we’re not really grumpy kittens 🙂

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19 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Our Lenovo A850 review is live

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We’ve already given the detailed review treatment to the Lenovo A789 and the Lenovo A820 and they both got great scores in our tests. But now it’s time to look at their stunning 5.5″ A850.

It looks to be a great phone on paper with its MT6582M chipset sporting a quad-core 1.3Ghz CPU backed by 1GB of RAM. It’s benchmarks are strong and it also has a front-facing camera as well as a hi-res 5 megapixel back shooter.

Combined with aGPS, 3G connectivity and the all-important dual SIM this is a phone to be reckoned with. But how does it fare in real-world use and what score would it get in our battery of tests. Check out the video below or click through for the in-depth Lenovo A850 review.

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06 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Samsung Galaxy SIII vs S2 – Full Antutu Benchmark Test

So how do you think this will go down? just how much better is the Galaxy S3 compared to the older Galaxy S2 model? What difference does all of Samsung’s improvements make and is it worth the extra money the newer phone costs these days?

The main difference affecting performance will be the CPU upgrade. Samsung put a beastly dual core Exynos 1 Ghz processor in the the S2 but the S3 really steps things up with a Exynos 4 Quad clocked at 1.4 Ghz. Not only is it a much more powerful chip but it even consumes less power.

As for the other specs, the newer S3 boasts a much bigger screen but it still only has the same 1GB of RAM as the S2. However, it does have a Mali-400 MP4 Adreno 225 GPU which should outperform the ARM Mali-400 MP4 of the S2.

Both were flagship phones when they came out and wildly popular selling about 100 million units combined. In the video above we subject both handsets to a rigorous benchmark test to check their processing speed, RAM performance and their graphical performance.

Which phone will win? And by how much? Give us your predictions in the comments below then watch the video benchmark test for our full verdict.

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