Recently I explained how to choose an Android phone. This article follows on from that one, and details the different ways you can go about buying a phone today.

I’m sure you already know that you can get an Android phone from a variety of places: the Internet, high street retailers, second hand shops – but which would be best for you? In this article I’ll look at the pros and cons of the different ways you can get an Android phone without a new contract.
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From the erudite technology expert to the everyday blogger, the furore surrounding the heavyweights of the smartphone and tablet industry is generating a wonderfully stimulating blend of fierce discussion. These patent wars have not only captured the imagination of the avid tech enthusiasts among us, but have also made headline news across the globe.

As many of us start to draw our allegiances to our preferred brand for a battle that promises to be strenuous, drawn out, and riddled with underhand tactics, speculation is rife as to what lies ahead. How will Google fare in its new partnership with Motorola? Can HTC really succeed in its litigation battle against Apple? Will Apple ever be able to get along with anyone?!

I’ll leave those questions for another day (and let the complex and rather tedious details of patent infringement to be discussed in court) and focus on just one: has Apple taken its patent infringement claims too far?

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We’ve all heard about Angry Birds. It’s available on every major platform (Android, iOS, web). The only place you wont find it is on consoles. Quite frankly I’m tired of seeing those birds everywhere. After browsing the Android Market, I found a new, refreshing Angry Birds styled game.

It’s called Bouncy Mouse and it’s a new take on a slingshot platformer. Read on to find out whether this really is a good alternative to Angry Birds.

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I never took my last smartphone on holiday. I was too scared that I’d accidentally hit the Internet button and end up paying more than I spent on the holiday. (I live in the UK, so going on holiday often means going abroad, which in turn means paying data roaming fees.) I used to stick my SIM card in a spare phone that couldn’t handle anything more than WAP and take that instead.

Thanks to airplane mode, hotels with WiFi, and a widget that lets me quickly disable data sync, I’m comfortable taking my Android abroad. It’s weird not to be free to quickly Google directions to a place I want to go, though — although I suppose if I plan ahead that’s not an issue, since Google Maps now caches local data.

Of course, bringing a mobile phone does mean being tethered back home, to some extent. I’ll still get my emails when I’m at the hotel, and I’ll still check Facebook and Twitter and Google Plus, just out of (bad) habit. Some people leave their phone at home, or force themselves to switch it off, and I can see the appeal of that — though it’s nice to be able to snap a quick photo of the surroundings and post it to my friends from the nearest café with WiFi, just to say, “Wish You Were Here”. Or perhaps more accurately, “Don’t You Wish You Were Here?”

What about you — do you take your phone? Do you take your tablet? Vote in the poll, and give us the details in the comments.

Since Android is a flexible mobile platform, it is not limited to a small set of phones. It’s a blessing and a curse: with such a large array of devices available today, there’s sure to be one that suits you, but how do you find it? If you are considering buying an Android phone, there are many factors to take into consideration.

In this article, I’ve split Android phones into four categories; within each category, I have popped in a little description, along with a few pro’s and con’s of each, and a phone of choice.

First, you need to work out what you want from an Android phone…
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Admit it. Android has always played catch-up to iOS in the tablet department. (Not surprising, since Apple essentially invented the modern tablet market.) The iPad, in its first and second generation, has been the clear market leader and, even at their best attempts, tablet makers have found it hard to catch up and share in its success.

However, that seems to have changed (or at least, is on its way to being changed) with the news that Android has gained a stake of 20% in the tablet market. Honestly, I found this pretty hard to believe since I’ve never seen an Android tablet in the wild, but the report seems solid. It does point out that no single vendor is able to put up any front to Apple, meaning the open nature and collectiveness of Android is certainly a more advantageous choice for tablet makers over rival, non-iOS platforms. (more…)

The Android platform has seen manufacturers constantly try to one-up each other over the last year, regarding who can get the highest powered processor in their device, often at the expense of other necessities for a phone to really be considered great. Sure, a bigger processor will normally result in better performance over a lower end processor, but that’s only a tiny part of the real experience of a phone.

After Google released the Nexus One back in January 2010 the processors in smartphones began to be seen as the most important aspect that manufactures seemed to care about – with 1GHz processors being the bare minimum if you wanted to be considered a high-end smartphone, irrespective of how your phone performed. You can see why these firms like HTC, Samsung and Motorola went for that strategy: it was about marketing.

HTC were actually late comers to the Dual-Core game, which is unusual for the company that has a reputation for being first to everything (Android and 4G in USA to name a few), but will their entry, the HTC Sensation, be worth the wait, or have they too entered the market purely for publicity? Read on for the review.

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The possibilities of getting news on your Android device are endless. Just head over to the Market, search for news and look at the number of options that come up (10,475 last time I checked…). But the question is, which one do you use?

Well, we’ve already had a good look at Feedly, a popular Google Reader based news reader for Android phones and we loved it. It allows you to browse easily browse news from a variety of different sources and it’s completely free. But now, there is a tablet version available for Honeycomb tablets such as the Motorola Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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It’s Envato’s 5th birthday and we’re ready to celebrate! With another year comes another Bundle, and this year’s Bundle is bigger and better than ever with over $500 ($507 in fact) worth of awesome files all for only $20!

With the recent public launch of Envato’s stock photography marketplace PhotoDune, we’ve been able to include even more great files. Our team have handpicked picked some super cool stuff from around the marketplaces and have worked tirelessly to cram them into our 5th Birthday Bundle. See the full list of files on the Birthday Bundle page!

Read on for a quick look through what’s inside this year…

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These days, if you stumble and fall in the mobile app universe, you are sure to land either on a task management or an image sharing app. That isn’t a bad thing entirely, as we get the chance to be very picky. Since a lot of image capturing and sharing happens from mobile phones, it’s a comfort to have such a choice of photo sharing apps at our disposal.

Instead of having tens of mindless photo sharing apps, a couple of apps that focus on certain niche would be immensely helpful. Fancy for Android helps users to show off the things they have/love and to window shop for things they admire. Are you as curious as I am to check out this app?
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