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Review: Nokia Lumia 635

Introduction

The Nokia Lumia 635 adds a sprinkling of 4G magic and external bling to the impressively solid and ultra-affordable Nokia Lumia 630. It makes a positive first impression but is its existence strictly necessary?

While Microsoft's modern Windows Phone reinvention was intended as a premium smartphone experience, Nokia has established that the low-end is where it's at for the platform.

With the Nokia Lumia 520 flying off shelves (relative to previous Windows Phone handsets at least) and now even Microsoft seeing value in affordability with the likes of the Microsoft Lumia 640 and the Microsoft Lumia 535, Windows Phone 8.1 is establishing itself as a bona fide alternative to all those cheap (and sometimes nasty) Android phones.

The Nokia Lumia 630 was one of the first to show off Nokia's vision of a classy entry-level phone, and the Nokia Lumia 635 is identical in all but three areas.

The first and perhaps most notable of those areas is its price tag. At the time of writing the Lumia 635 is available SIM free from around £85 (US$90 / AU$170) for the Lumia 635 compared to a roughly £70 (US$85 / AU$130) price tag for the 630.

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That additional cost gets you 4G LTE network connectivity, as well as a glossy finish to the Lumia 635's colourful rear cover. That price bump used to be bigger, but the question remains, is it worth the extra?

Alongside these extras, the Nokia Lumia 635 offers the same 4.5-inch 854 x 480 display, the same quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU backed by 512MB of RAM, the same 8GB of storage, and the same 5-megapixel rear camera as the 630.

In fact, it inherits pretty much all of its sibling's strengths and weaknesses.

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With the average smartphone size seemingly expanding by the year, the Nokia Lumia 635 almost feels small in the hand. In fact, moving from an iPhone 5S to the Lumia 635 didn't feel like such a jolting leap as moving to something like the Nokia Lumia 1520 or the OnePlus One did.

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But with a 4.5-inch display, it's small in relative terms only. In fact, I'd probably say that the Nokia Lumia 635's screen is very close to optimal in terms of the balance between single-handed usability and widescreen media clarity.

Sadly the Lumia 635's screen is not going to show your HD movies or favourite web pages in the best light. At 854 x 480, the resolution is distinctly behind the smartphone curve. The similarly priced original Motorola Moto G, for example, offers the same size of screen with a 1280 x 720 resolution.

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Still, Nokia has always had a number of display tricks up its sleeve, and the Lumia 635 is no different. IPS and ClearBlack technology combine to ensure that viewing angles and outdoor legibility are above what you'd normally expect from a "cheap" smartphone.

However, I was disappointed that there was no apparent sign of Nokia's super sensitive touch display technology, meaning you can't operate the phone with gloves on. This was even present in the Nokia Lumia 520, so it's not as if it's a high-end feature.

Nor do you get the desirable tap-to-power-on option that the likes of the Nokia Lumia 1320 possessed, or the ability to glance at the time and whether you have any new notifications by hovering your finger over the display. The absence of these features is perhaps a little more understandable as Nokia strives to keep costs down on the Lumia 635.

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Aside from a somewhat underwhelming display, the Nokia Lumia 635 is a pretty desirable piece of kit. Like the Nokia Lumia 630, it features a clever two-part design that almost makes it feel like one of Nokia's premium unibody constructions.

The screen, the removable battery, and all of the phone's innards for that matter are all contained within a skeletal core unit. The other part of the Lumia 635 is an extended cover, made of fairly thick plastic (or 'polycarbonate' to use the fancy official branding), which fits around the back and the sides of the device.

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Once clicked into place, this is a solid device with minimal flexing or creaking. We've said it before, but no one does affordable phone design as well as Nokia.

Having said that, I didn't find the Nokia Lumia 635 to be as nice to look at or hold as the Nokia Lumia 630. It's opted for a glossy dual-layer effect, which makes it look like it's covered by a thin, clear gel layer.

While this differentiates the Lumia 635 from the 630, I preferred the latter's matte finish. Not only does it look nicer (which is admittedly subjective), it also feels nicer in the hand (which is less so). There's a certain clammy greasiness that accompanies the Lumia 635's slick finish, especially in warmer conditions.

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Otherwise, the dimensions of these two Nokia Lumia phones are identical. Like the 630, the Lumia 635 weighs 134g, and measures 9.2mm thick. Not the slimmest or lightest of smartphones, then, but neither is it the bulkiest.

With identical dimensions you can swap a glossy cover for a matte finish one on the 635, so if you really can't live with the shiny shell there is an easy work around.

Button layout is as I like it for any phone over 4-inches in size (which is the vast majority these days), with both the volume and power keys located on the right-hand edge of the phone. This makes them nicely reachable when held naturally in one hand - whether you're talking right or left.

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One omission that might rankle with faithful Windows Phone users is the lack of a dedicated camera button. In previous phones this would grant point-and-shoot-like two-stage control over your shots, not to mention reliable snaps when in a rush or shooting from an awkward position.

It would also grant the quickest and most reliable shortcut to the camera app possible. It was missed here, but it's one more element that's been sacrificed in the name of cost cutting, and it's an understandable one.

Nokia has included a microSD card slot in the Lumia 635, which is a good job given the scant 8GB available internally. You'll need to remove both the rear cover and the battery to access this port, though, just as you do with the microSIM slot.

Key features

The Nokia Lumia 635's stand-out feature has to be 4G. Unlike its sister the Nokia Lumia 630, the Lumia 635 can connect to the UK's fastest LTE mobile networks.

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I took the Lumia 635 for a spin in a 4G-equipped town, and sure enough, I comfortably attained broadband-like download speeds without so much as a sniff of Wi-Fi.

Even with only two 4G signal bars showing out of a potential five, a quick Speedtest.net test yielded download and upload speeds of around 4Mbps either way.

So the Nokia Lumia 635 is automatically a good choice for those who are intent on capitalising on the fastest connection speeds currently available, but who don't want to pay the earth for the privilege.

It's worth noting that 4G contracts tend to come at a premium, so if you value fast network speeds over class-leading hardware, the Lumia 635 could be your phone.

That's not the Nokia Lumia 635's only stand-out feature though. Following closely on the coattails of the Nokia Lumia 630, the 635 was only the second smartphone to ship with Windows Phone 8.1 as standard.

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I'll discuss the ins and outs of the latest Microsoft mobile OS in the next section, suffice to say that it's a notable (if not wholesale) improvement over Windows Phone 8.

In particular, you finally get the notification menu that we've been crying out for since Windows Phone 7 launched, and which Android and iOS adopted some time ago.

You also get a Swype-like keyboard that allows you to type out messages by sliding your thumb from letter to letter. Again, this is a feature that has been on Android for some time, while iOS is lagging behind. Regardless, we're glad it's here on Windows Phone now.

However Windows Phone 8.1 has since arrived on the majority of Windows Phone handsets, so while this was a big selling point at launch it's less so now.

Still, that Nokia and Microsoft would make these two budget phones the first to receive such a major update says a lot about how important they are to both companies.

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One final key feature I should talk about is that removable rear panel. Nokia has always been good at providing alternative covers for its phones, and that's certainly the case with Nokia Lumia 635.

Share my distaste for the glossy finish? Just purchase a new one and swap it around.

Interface and performance

If you've used a Windows Phone device before, then the Nokia Lumia 635 will feel familiar to you.

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You get the same rigid two-homescreen layout, with the first dedicated to widget-like Live Tiles that provide you with key information at a glance (such as freshly taken photos, or news headlines), and the second showing you a simple list of installed applications.

Familiar, then. But not identical.

For while Nokia hasn't modified Microsoft's OS at all (beyond a few additional settings and stock apps), when it launched this was one of only two smartphones to run Windows Phone 8.1. It's a subtle update from WP 8, but it does bring some notable additions.

As mentioned in the previous section, the most noteworthy addition here is Action Centre, which is the name Microsoft has given to Windows Phone 8.1's long-awaited notification menu.

Now, when you drag down from the top of the screen from within any app, an overlay will drop down detailing your latest unread notifications. Emails, SMS messages, social network posts, app updates, downloads - anything you need to know about will be in here.

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Tapping each notification will jump you to the appropriate app, while a swipe will dismiss it from view.

Notifications aren't the only thing you'll find in Microsoft's new Action Centre. You also get some handy shortcuts for commonly-used functions. By default this includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and screen brightness toggles, as well as a camera shortcut (handy given the lack of a physical camera button).

These can be swapped out and customised in the settings menu, so you can add a rotation lock toggle, a flight mode shortcut, or a range of other functions.

Talking of the settings menu, Action Centre also provides a shortcut to this vital hub. Indeed, it felt like I spent a little too much time in this settings menu, and it was slightly overloaded with options that were difficult to sift through and differentiate.

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Of course, such tweaking shouldn't be necessary for the average casual user, and Windows Phone has never been more usable outside than it is here.

A large part of that is down to Action Centre, but there's also a neat lock screen that helps. Once again you have to dive into that murky settings menu to get it running to its full potential, but once you do you can set the background image to reflect the weather or your Facebook account, to name but two options.

You can also choose an app from which to show a detailed status, such as your latest email, and to show artist information when playing music.

Also new to Windows Phone 8.1 is an improved keyboard. It still looks much like the stock (and non-swappable) Windows Phone keyboard of old, but it now comes with the addition of Word Flow.

If you've ever used Swype or SwiftKey Flow on Android, you'll know what this means. You can type out words by sliding your thumb between letters, with spaces entered when you remove your finger from the screen.

It can be extremely quick to type out words in this way, once you grow accustomed to it, and it's more reliable when trying to type one handed whilst walking along. It's a welcome addition, though with Apple unexpectedly joining Android in relenting to demands for third party keyboard support in iOS 8, it's in danger of looking like a token gesture on Microsoft's part.

Since launching, the Nokia Lumia 635 has been updated to Lumia Denim, which lets you make use of Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant, which can answer your questions, launch apps and carry out other tasks, just like Google Now or Siri.

Among other minor tweaks and additions Lumia Denim also added Live Folders, so you can group apps together on the home screen.

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General navigation through Windows Phone 8.1's menus on the Nokia Lumia 635 was predictably smooth. There were no stutters at all when flitting between the home screens and scrolling down through my Live Tiles, which is what I've come to expect from Nokia and Microsoft's joint efforts.

Where I did notice performance issues was in more intensive tasks, such as when installing or updating multiple apps, which caused significant (though temporary) freeze-ups.

Jumping into the camera, too, takes longer than I would like.

You might initially be surprised at this when you consider the Lumia 635's hardware. While it only runs on a relatively modest 1.2GHz processor, it is a quad-core Snapdragon 400 unit.

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This somewhat sluggish performance was reflected in my benchmark tests. An average WP Bench score of 255.45 is significantly slower than that of the Nokia Lumia 1320 at 312.22.

The Lumia 1320 runs on a dual-core variant of the same Snapdragon 400 chip - albeit one that's clocked 500MHz faster, suggesting that the Windows Phone OS perhaps continues to be optimised for raw clock speed over multi-core cleverness.

Of course, a more likely culprit in all of these performance issues is the Nokia Lumia 635's 512MB of RAM, which is half that of the aforementioned Lumia 1320.

It has an effect on game playing too. Taking Asphalt 8 for spin, while general performance was okay, there were periodic stutters to both the frame rate and the soundtrack - a sure sign that the Lumia 635 is straining against memory limitations.

Of course, when placed against Nokia's older budget phones like the Lumia 520 and the Lumia 620, the Nokia Lumia 635 comes out on top thanks to its stronger processor.

When viewed in this entry-level context, it's a decent little runner. Just don't expect a premium, completely uncompromised Windows Phone 8.1 experience and bear in mind that there are newer yet still quite affordable Lumia's now, such as the Microsoft Lumia 640, which has 1GB of RAM.

Battery life and the essentials

Battery life

As with the Nokia Lumia 630, the Nokia Lumia 635 is powered by an 1830mAh battery. It's more than enough for a smartphone with such modest specs.

Having said that, the standard TechRadar battery test yielded some surprising results. I ran our usual 90 minute 720p video with all notifications on and screen brightness set to maximum.

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The result was an average of 71 percent remaining battery life, which doesn't sound particularly great. Indeed, it's not, and what's more it's a good six percent less than the Nokia Lumia 630 managed.

"Aha," you're probably saying. "That's because it's 4G."

Nice idea, but when I ran the tests I was in a 3G area. So why the discrepancy? I honestly have no idea. Maybe there's something in the Lumia 635's different network chip that requires more juice.

Still, that's a pretty specific battery stress test. In general usage, which included dealing with emails and messages, a little light gaming, fielding and making a few calls, checking a few websites and taking a handful of camera snaps, the Nokia Lumia 635 comfortably made it through the day.

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Nokia's official figures reflect that, with 14 hours 3G talk time, 12 hours of 2G talk time, and 58 hours of music playback.

Windows Phone 8.1 also includes the latest version of Battery Saver, which is a stand-alone app that allows you to monitor and adjust power usage settings.

For example, you can spot a particularly power-hungry app and opt to turn off its ability to run in the background.

You can also opt to save battery life by cutting down on such background processes whenever battery life gets low, or until the next charge.

These are all handy features for extending the Lumia 635's life when caught short.

The essentials

Microsoft's Windows Phone OS isn't readily customisable like Android, so the Nokia Lumia 635 doesn't offer up any software surprises - especially as we've already seen this particular Windows Phone 8.1 configuration in the Nokia Lumia 630.

Naturally, as a Lumia device, you get Nokia (or now Microsoft's) own custom apps such as Lumia Camera in place of the stock Windows Phone camera app (though you can switch between the two). You also get HERE Maps and HERE Drive, which are two of better navigation apps to be found on any platform.

While they're perhaps not as immediately familiar or intuitive as Google Maps, both have the distinct advantage off allowing you to preload maps for offline usage.

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In the case of HERE Drive, in particular, this makes for a genuine sat nav replacement. That's not to be sniffed at.

For web browsing, Windows Phone 8.1 comes with Internet Explorer 11. Unsurprisingly, it's much the same as Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Phone 8, with its topsy-turvy universal address bar configuration (it's on the bottom rather than the top which actually makes a certain amount of sense) and severely stripped-back style.

New to version 11 is InPrivate browsing, which lets you set up a private browsing session from the Tabs menu. No data is stored or shared in these private sessions. It's not the first web browser to do so, but it's a welcome feature nonetheless.

Another nice-but-hardly-original addition is Reading View. Tap the book icon that appears in the address box when a web page loads, and it will switch to a stripped-out, mobile-optimised view. It makes standard web content that much more readable, and on a phone like the Lumia 635 with its less-than-sharp display, that's a big plus.

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Talking of tabs, you can now have more than six of the things open at once. There's also great synchronicity with Windows 8, better web search predictions, and the option to save rather than open downloaded files.

In terms of general performance, Internet Explorer 11 on the Nokia Lumia 635 keeps up with its rivals on other platforms. The full TechRadar web page loaded up fully in around 10 seconds, which is a strong result.

However, I'd recommend keeping the default mobile website bias in place, as viewing desktop websites on that low-res 4.5-inch display isn't pretty.

Besides the aforementioned Battery Saver, Windows Phone 8.1 also includes Data Sense and Storage Sense. These allow you to customise settings aimed at optimising your data allowance and physical storage respectively.

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Given that the Nokia Lumia 635 is aimed at those on a tight budget, who will likely be on low-cost contracts, and who probably won't be splashing out on a 128GB microSD card (yes, they're supported!), these are particularly noteworthy features.

Call quality during my time with the Nokia Lumia 635 was strong. You can always rely on Nokia to remember that these are phones first and foremost. Connections were consistently stable and voice quality was loud and clear, if a little harsher than on a high-end phone like the iPhone 6.

Microsoft's People app is a colourful way to deal with your contacts, as always, though there continues to be an issue with contact duplication.

I've noted before that this is the case when implementing your Facebook contacts, but I found it with Gmail too. There seems to be some kind of HTC-like contact-linking feature to help cut down on all those irritating doubles, but for some reason it lets certain examples slip through the net.

That aside, I continue to appreciate the ability to scroll right from your contacts list to view a social network hub, summarising your contacts' latest posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, and the like.

Camera

The Nokia Lumia 635's camera offering seems pretty weak at an initial glance. The main rear snapper is a basic 5-megapixel offering with no flash whatsoever, so night shots are out.

But do you know what? The Lumia 635 is capable of taking some surprisingly decent shots. I'm not saying it's anything to write home about, particularly, and there's certainly nothing here that warrants the PureView label of Nokia's high-end cameraphones.

But this is a pretty well balanced smartphone camera for the price, and it's certainly better than the vast majority of low-end Android phones that pass through our doors.

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Scenery snaps picked out the clouds surprisingly well, though the darkened foreground revealed the need for a HDR mode, which has since been added with the Lumia Denim update. Meanwhile close-up shots of flowers revealed reasonably sharp edges and accurate colours.

Finally, low-light indoor shots were distinctly less grainy than many of those aforementioned cheap Android efforts can manage.

More problematic for our money is the total lack of a front-facing camera. That means no video calls from the preinstalled Skype app, but more importantly, given the likely target audience, no selfies.

With that cheap price tag and gaudy design, the Lumia 635 is clearly going to be an appealing choice to kids - or at least to parents footing the bill for their kid's new phone. So omitting the facilitator for one of the key things kids do with their phones these days seems a little strange to say the least.

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Video recording on that rear camera is a bit of a weakness. It's 720p, but pretty much all of our test videos had an element of shake and blurriness to them, while it didn't react too swiftly to changes in lighting conditions.

On the software front, the Lumia Camera app is as intuitive as always, but it doesn't have a lot to work with here. There are settings for white balance, ISO, exposure and the like, but there aren't any funky filters or settings beyond Smart Sequence.

The latter takes a series of quick-fire photos and lets you form a single perfect photo from them, doing things like removing moving objects, changing faces (perfect for group or family photos), or simply picking the best shot.

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Media

Microsoft has finally reached a point with Windows Phone where it's offering a reasonably rounded media experience, and the Nokia Lumia 635 benefits from that.

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In Xbox Video, Windows Phone at last has a video content store to call its own. It contains a pretty comprehensive library of TV shows and movies to rent or own at competitive prices.

This stand-alone video app forms one half of the replacement for the old music and video app. The other half, you'll be unsurprised to hear, is called Music.

Again, this is fairly complete store for music tracks, though there's not much of a storefront. You kind of have to know what you're looking for here.

Of course, Nokia provides its own means of music discovery in the form of MixRadio. This app provides free curated playlists built around certain themes. These can be based on genre, moods, or events like festivals. Each playlist can be downloaded for offline listening, too.

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You can also create personalised mixes by feeding up to three artists into the app, which will then spit out a bunch of related tracks. You can't specify particular artists to play, and you're limited to six skips per hour, but as a free music discovery tool (with no sign-up required), it's hard to complain.

So Microsoft's media ecosystem has finally matured. We're not sure the Lumia 635 is necessarily the best handset to exploit that fact, though.

Its 4.5-inch display is large enough for videos, but again, that 854 x 480 resolution isn't quite sharp enough to show it in all its HD glory. SD material fares better, of course.

The same goes for gaming, which I touched upon in the performance section. While the Lumia 635's quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU can just about run everything the Xbox Live app has to offer, it won't look at its best on the display. Still, for the price, you have yourself an adequate gaming machine.

Comparison

Motorola Moto E (2015)

If there's one company which can deliver as impressive low cost phones as Nokia and now Microsoft it's Motorola, and the Moto E (2015) is one of its most affordable yet at around £90 SIM free.

It's perhaps the closest Android competitor to the Lumia 635 too, with 4G support, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 5MP camera and a 4.5-inch screen.

Moto E 2015

Yet it trumps Nokia's offering in a number of ways. For one thing that screen is a little sharper at 540 x 960. The Moto E also has twice as much RAM (1GB) and a VGA front-facing camera, which isn't up to much but is a whole lot better than no front-facing snapper.

However it's also ever so slightly more expensive than the Lumia 635 and for better or worse it runs Android 5.1, not Windows Phone 8.1.

Microsoft Lumia 435

The Microsoft Lumia 435 is the first 400-class device in the Lumia range and as such you won't be surprised to hear that it's one of the cheapest at around £55 SIM free.

That makes it significantly cheaper than even the Lumia 635 yet surprisingly it's actually better in some ways, with a front-facing camera and 1GB of RAM rather than 512MB.

Lumia 435

But inevitably a number of sacrifices had to be made to achieve that price point. There's no 4G for one and it only has a dual-core processor. It's also got a smaller 4.0-inch screen and a weak 2MP rear camera.

Despite losing out in a couple of ways the Lumia 635 is clearly a better phone then, but it's hard to argue that the Lumia 435 isn't good value for money.

Microsoft Lumia 640

If you can break the £100 barrier then the Microsoft Lumia 640 is a worthy alternative to the Nokia Lumia 635. It's newer and at around £130 SIM free it's significantly more expensive, but it still falls into the low end of the market.

There's a lot to like about it too, with an impressive 5.0-inch 720 x 1280 display, a long-lasting battery and a decent 8MP camera.

Lumia 640

It supports 4G as well, so price aside it's an equal or better phone than the Lumia 635 in just about every sense, though in most areas it's only a modest upgrade.

It's undoubtedly worth the money, but if you're on a tight budget you won't miss out on much by choosing the cheaper Lumia 635.

EE Harrier Mini

The EE Harrier Mini is the successor to the surprisingly accomplished EE Kestrel and with a price tag of just under £100, coupled with 4G connectivity and Wi-Fi Calling, it's a tempting little phone.

It's locked to EE of course, which could be a deal breaker right there, but if it's not you can look forward to a respectable 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 display, an 8MP camera and a near stock version of Android 5.0.

EE Harrier Mini

That leaves it with a clean, uncluttered and intuitive interface, which you can customise to your liking while dealing with minimal manufacturer bloat.

Its performance sometimes feels a little lacking (though on paper it's actually slightly more powerful than the Nokia Lumia 635) and the 635 is a little cheaper, but it's a good option if you want stock Android on a budget, especially if you're already an EE customer.

Verdict

The Nokia Lumia 635 adds 4G connectivity to the already decent Nokia Lumia 630 package. But it also adds an extra bit to the price tag, which is a considerable amount at this entry level.

That brings the Lumia 635 within range of far better-equipped Android phones, and makes it less easy to recommend.

We liked

The Nokia Lumia 635 is all about offering 4G connectivity at a low price, and it does that with Nokia's customary entry-level flair.

As only the second phone to ship with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, the Lumia 635 had a certain feeling of importance and exclusivity. That's since worn off, but the new OS itself brings some notable improvements like Action Centre.

While similarly priced Android phones may have better specs, none have the premium feel and general cohesiveness of this Nokia effort.

We disliked

The addition of 4G has nudged the Lumia 635's price up a little, but as a percentage of the Nokia Lumia 630's price it's quite considerable.

Now pitched up against a range of more powerful Android phones, the Lumia 635 is trickier to recommend.

I also can't fathom why Nokia has left off a front-facing camera. Given the youth audience the Lumia 635 is likely aimed at, taking away the ability to take selfies seems like quite the oversight.

Verdict

The Nokia Lumia 635 is nigh-on identical to the Nokia Lumia 630, only with the addition of 4G connectivity. But the resultant bump up in price carries things in the wrong direction.

All of a sudden, comparisons to similarly priced Android phones become less flattering, and a case for buying the Lumia 635 becomes tougher to make.

The Lumia 635 remains a decent all-round phone, though, with a level of build quality that outshines anything else at this price point and a fresh new Windows Phone 8.1 OS.

First reviewed: July 2014








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GENERAL
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - RM-974 HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-975
4G Network LTE band 3(1800), 7(2600), 20(800) - RM-974 LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 17(700) - RM-975
Sim Micro-SIM
Announced 4/2/2014
Status Available. Released 2014, June
BODY
Dimensions 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm, 78.5 cc (5.10 x 2.63 x 0.36 in)
Weight 134 g (4.73 oz)
DISPLAY
Display Size 4.5 inches (~62.9% screen-to-body ratio)
MultiTouch YES
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 - ClearBlack display
SOUND
AlertTypes Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudSpeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY
CardSlot microSD, up to 128 GB
Internal 8 GB, 512 MB/ 1 GB RAM
DATA
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat3 100/50 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, hotspot
Blue Tooth v4.0, A2DP, LE/ apt-X after WP8 Denim update
USB microUSB v2.0
CAMERA
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592 ? 1944 pixels, autofocus
Camera Features 1/4'' sensor size, geo-tagging, panorama
CameraVideo 720p@30fps
CameraSecondary No
FEATURES
OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
Sensors Accelerometer, sensor core
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
Java No
Colors Bright Orange, bright green, bright yellow, white, black
Others - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic - MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player - MP4/H.264/WMV player - OneDrive (15 GB cloud storage) - Document viewer - Video/photo editor
BATTERY
Battery Li-Ion 1830 mAh battery (BL-5H)
StandBy Up to 648 h
TalkTime Up to 12 h (2G) / Up to 14 h (3G)
MISC
SARUS 0.97 W/kg (head) 0.77 W/kg (body)
SAREU 0.75 W/kg (head) 0.79 W/kg (body)
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1. Samsung Galaxy S6

See the best deals for the Samsung Galaxy S6 - Samsung's best-ever smartphone

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2. iPhone 6

See the best deals for the iPhone 6, Apple's most impressive handset ever and a TR favourite

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3. HTC One M9

See all the best deals for HTC's amazing new phone - the best looking Android phone ever

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4. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

See all the best deals for Samsung's best looking phone ever with an incredible USP

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5. LG G3

See the best deals for LG's 2014 flagship phone which both looks and performs excellently

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6. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

See the best deals for what is probably the best midrange handset ever made

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7. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

See all the best deals for Samsung's latest phablet with its gorgeous scree and S Pen

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8. iPhone 6 Plus

See all the best deals for the super-size iPhone 6 Plus with it's enormous HD screen

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9. Sony Xperia Z3

See all the best deals for Sony's amazing flagship waterproof smartphone

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10. Google Nexus 6

See all the best deals for Google's biggest and best ever own-brand Android smartphone

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11. iPhone 5C

See all the best deals on the cheapest iPhone currently available - 2013's iPhone 5C

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12. iPhone 5S

See all the best deals for the midrange iPhone 5S, now available for lower fees than you might think!

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Budget phones for cheap prices

See all the best deals budget phones like the Moto G, and Nokia Lumia for the best possible value

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Samsung Galaxy S6 deals

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Samsung Galaxy S6

Simply the best phone in the world this year

TechRadar's favourite and top-ranked phone right now is the Samsung Galaxy S6. It's got all the features you'd want in a brand new market-leading smartphone, as well as fantastic looks, super build quality and a really great camera. This is not a cheap phone but if you take a look below you'll see we've found some surprisingly good deals!

  • The Good: + Great for media | + Amazing camera | + Super sharp screen
  • The Bad: - Battery life isn't good enough | - Very expensive

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Apple iPhone 6

Probably the best iPhone ever produced

Our second-favourite phone is the iPhone 6 - certainly the best phone Apple has ever created and definitely worth the extra money over an iPhone 5S. The larger screen, better keyboard and improved battery life make it a much more useable device than ever before.

  • The Good: + Great design | + Improved battery | + Better keyboard
  • The Bad: - Still quite pricey | - Screen is low-res next to the competition

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HTC One M9 deals

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HTC One M9

Looks fantastic and has all the features to match

The HTC One M8 was our favourite phone for the whole of 2014, but this year's entry the HTC One M9 is down at number 3 - still a highly commendable position given the immense competition. The camera is good, though not as brilliant as the two phone above, and everything else about the M9 is right up there with the very best money can buy.

  • The Good: + Premium design | + Excellent build quality | + Great camera
  • The Bad: - Expensive | - Weak battery performance | - Few improvements

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge deals

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Sexy looks that'll make everyone stop and look

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is practically the same as the S6 at the top of this page but with a crucial difference - the screen curves down on both sides. It makes the phone look truly stunning and also enables a few nifty new features that aren't possible on flat-screened phones. Check out the deals we've found...

  • The Good: + Eye-catching design | + Super-sharp screen | + Powerful performance | + Stunning camera
  • The Bad: - VERY expensive | - Disappointing battery | - Edge screen offers little | - No microSD

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LG G3

LG's flagship phone looks and performs excellently

We reckon the number 5 smartphone in the world right now is the LG G3. Like its predecessor, if you're after power and precision (perhaps over design and form) then this is a winner. The camera and battery combo is superb, and the improved user interface will woo you immediately.

  • The Good: + Great screen | + Decent camera | + Improved interface
  • The Bad: - Lacking in premium design | - Battery life is lower than expected

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact deals

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Has all the features of the Z3 but smaller

If you are looking for a feature-packed phone that looks fantastic and performs brilliantly, then you'll be very pleased with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. It's actually a smidgen smaller than the iPhone 6, which means it's still packing a good-sized screen but it's more manageable for small hands.

  • The Good: + Great design | + Super screen | + Good battery life
  • The Bad: - Camera isn't the best | - Sony's apps offer little

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 deals

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung's latest Note is super-powerful

The Galaxy Note is the phone that made big screens fashionable and it's still the best phablet available today. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4's 5.7-inch screen is simply gorgeous, extending almost to the edge of the handset so you can still hold it on one hand comfortably.

  • The Good: + Fantastic screen | + Powerful performance | + Excellent camera
  • The Bad: - It's expensive

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iPhone 6 Plus

The biggest iPhone ever is visually stunning

The iPhone 6 Plus is the best looking phablet around. Its specs don't match the Android powerhouses like the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and its sheer size does make it tricky to hold, but there's no denying Apple's beautiful 5.5 incher is a winner.

  • The Good: + Best looking phablet | + Great HD screen | + Strong camera
  • The Bad: - It's very big | - Very expensive

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Sony Xperia Z3

A great all-rounder that offers great performance

Sony has been releasing new phones thick and fast in the last few years, and the latest in a long line of flagship handsets is the Sony Xperia Z3. It's got all the high-end specs you'd want, and the screen is the brightest of any in our top 10.

  • The Good: + Brilliant battery | + PS4 Remote Play is excellent | + Premium build
  • The Bad: - OS is a big buggy

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Google Nexus 6 deals

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Google Nexus 6

Google's biggest phone ever is excellent

Google chooses a different hardware partner for each yearly refresh of its Nexus flagship smartphone, and the Nexus 6 is built expertly by Motorola. It's certainly not a small phone: its near 6-inch display is about as big as it gets when it comes to smartphones and for that reason it's somewhat of an acquired taste, some will find it far too big, others will be absolutely besotted by it.

  • The Good: + Super-size screen | + Latest versions of Android | + Great camera
  • The Bad: - It's very large | - Expensive compared to Nexus 5

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iPhone 5C deals

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iPhone 5C

The cheapest iPhone currently available on contract

OS: iOS 8 | Screen size: 4-inch | Resolution: 1136 x 640 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8/16/32GB | Battery: 1,510mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

The iPhone 5C is essentially 2012's iPhone 5 repackaged in a new plastic shell and that means the technology inside is three years behind the iPhone 6. However, if you want to spend as little as possible while still getting an iPhone experience from your handset, the iPhone 5C is still a competent device and unlikely to disappoint with deals like this.

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iPhone 5S

Last year's iPhone flagship is still a great phone, and now a lot cheaper!

The iPhone 5S used to be really quite expensive but these days you'll find plenty of great deals available with monthly fees under £30 even when you get the handset for free.

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10 best cheap mobile phone deals 2015

Don't want one of the expensive smartphones on pages one and two? Want a cheap mobile phone deal and don't mind which handset you go for?

There are loads of awesome phones and contract deals to choose from! Allow us to recommend the best mobile phone deals for cheap-and-cheerful smartphones:

Best cheap phone deals April 2015:

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1. Motorola Moto G (2014)

The best cheap contract phone and there's some amazing deals too

OS: Android 4.4.4 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: 2,070mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP

The Moto G (2014) and its predecessors have been some of the best (if not THE best) cheap phones on the market for a few years now, and if you're looking for maximum bang for your buck look no further. The camera is surprisingly good for such a cheap phone, and the screen is also bigger and better than you'd expect.

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2. Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

A waterproof contract phone available for watertight deals

OS: Android | Screen size: 4.8-inch | Resolution: 960 x 540 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: non-removable 2,300mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 0.5MP | Waterproof: Yes

The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua is a cheap and cheerful smartphone with a killer feature - it's waterproof. So you can take it in the shower or accidentally drop it in the toilet and it'll be fine. And with a design not all that far removed from the more expensive Sony Xperia handsets, the M2 Aqua makes a good first impression, sure to raise a few eyebrows among your friends.

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3. Nokia Lumia 635

A truly cheap contract phone that punches above its weight

OS: Windows Phone 8.1 | Screen size: 4.5-inch | Resolution: 480 x 854 | Memory: 512MB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: 1,830mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: N/A

The Nokia Lumia 635 is an excellent-value budget Windows Phone, offering build quality that you'd normally find in more expensive phones and adding 4G functionality on top of the original Lumia 630 package. It comes with the latest version of Windows and it's tough as old boots.

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4. Nokia Lumia 735

A super cheap selfie phone available on contract with great deals!

OS: Windows Phone 8.1 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: 2,200mAh | Rear camera: 6.7MP | Front camera: 5MP

Another Windows Phone here and a step up from the Lumia 635 above, the Nokia Lumia 735's 5MP front-facing camera makes it the perfect cheap selfie phone... if that's your sort of thing! Honestly it's not the greatest phone in other areas but then... look at that price.

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5. HTC Desire 510

A good looking contract phone available at a cheap price

OS: Android | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB |Battery: non-removable 2,400mAh | Rear camera: 13MP dual | Front camera: 13MP

If you just want a cheap phone on contract for taking advantage of the new, super fast 4G network at a low price, then you'll be quite happy with the HTC Desire 510! The battery life on this one is also very good, coping with heavy use pretty well, and with some power saving features onboard it's unlikely to let you down.

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6. Nokia Lumia 530

A cool little phone available on contract with some really great deals

OS: Windows Phone 8.1 | Screen size: 4.0-inch | Resolution: 480 x 854 | Memory: 512MB |Storage: 4GB | Battery: 1,430mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: N/A

If you're after a cheap and cheerful smartphone that packs a number of features for a rock-bottom price, then you won't go too far wrong with the Nokia Lumia 530. Microsoft and Nokia really add value with a light smattering of pre-installed apps - MixRadio is the pick of the bunch, but Microsoft's OneDrive and Office are very handy too. There's enough here out of the box to cater for most basic needs.

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7. OnePlus One

A bigscreen phone at a smallscreen price

The OnePlus One offers Samsung Galaxy S5 performance for less than half the price. If that doesn't make it attractive it also has a customisable OS and a 1080p display. There are a few downsides, but overall the OnePlus One is amazing value for money.

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8. Nokia Lumia 930

This phone has a fantastic camera - worth buying just for that!

The Lumia 930 is the most complete Windows Phone to date. It's the first to properly challenge the flagship might of Android and iOS with its impressive design, new Windows Phone 8.1 software and all round decent specs.

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9. Samsung Galaxy Alpha

One of Samsung's best looking phones ever

The Galaxy Alpha is a phone that's pleasant to use in a variety of situations, thanks to its lightweight design, just-right size, and impressively swift performance.

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10. Samsung Galaxy A3

A gorgeous metal unibody makes this budget handset one to watch!

The all metal design on the Galaxy A3 is a step in the right direction for Samsung, and the speed and precision with which this phone performed was impressive, given the amount of grunt under the hood.

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7 days in smartphones: Dear Microsoft, please don't eat my Android phone

Your princess isn't in another smartphone

It's Friday. You're giddy with excitement. It can only mean one thing…7 days in smartphones is back again!

Forget being "social" with your so-called "friends", stay here in the dark with as we try to make you laugh. Once. It's the best we can hope for.

It's-A-Not-Me, Mario!

Nintendo is finally entering the smartphone market. We've waited years to say it and – phwoar– that felt seriously good.

The bad news is it isn't exactly as we'd anticipated, it looks like Mario and co will be taking a back seat to make way for new mobile franchises.

Link on a horse

The move comes after a partnership with developer DeNA who will have free reign over the Nintendo IPs but won't be aiming to create ports of Wii U or 3DS games.

Instead it'll be focusing on new titles – is that really such a bad thing? Well, probably - these things rarely go well.

Even though the Mario, Zelda, Pokémon, rinse and repeat formula can sometimes feel a little tiresome, Nintendo wanting to enter the world of Candy Crush doesn't necessarily fill me with glee.

That said, if anyone can do it with style and create some new engaging characters to go on the journey with, surely it's Nintendo. You hear that Iwata? My credit card is waiting and I'm ready and waiting to make micro payments now.

Microsoft wants your Android!

Windows 10 news now smartphans: Microsoft wants to bring its new operating system to your Android smartphone.

Wait, WHAT?!

Yeah, that's right, Microsoft wants to wrangle your unrestricted OS, throw up a bunch of electric fences and restrict the amount of apps you'll be able to download.

Microsoft Windows 10

OK, maybe not quite like that, but the Softies have announced plans to allow users to trial a custom ROM on the Xiamoi Mi 4 that removes all trace of the Android OS for an almost complete version of Windows 10.

It's Microsoft's attempt to steal users from the Android ecosystem and switch them over to Windows Phone, but it'll be some seriously hard work considering the reduced number of apps available on the platform.

Will anyone actually choose to make their Android run Windows Phone? Only time will tell.

Or, well, no.

One hoof forward

One hoof, two hoof, three hoof, four, repeat. Walking was becoming easier by the day as Winston's long recovery continued to drag.

"You're doing great, just a few more steps" reassured the nurse ready to catch him at the slightest sign of a stumble.

One hoof, two hoof, three hoof, four, done. Winston collapsed into the really rather long wheelchair, sweat dripping from his mane. The nurse looked at him sympathetically, stroking his fetlock, and said tenderly: "That's enough for one day... let's get you back to your bed."

Wheeled back to the side of his bed, he clambered onto the sheets and forced himself to look at the odd, faceless black brick that seemed to be staring him from the bedside table.

Over the preceding days and weeks he'd gradually been building the confidence to explore the Apple iPhone and take control of his first ever keyless smartphone. OK, the Storm didn't have any keys... except it did. The whole display was a key. It was glorious, but now it was gone.

In that time he'd learnt how to turn on the display, unlock it, take a few snaps around his hospital room and even get used to the onscreen keyboard. Apps were still a weird experience: he'd finally realised how to download them, but was bewildered by how many there were. Inside, he still missed the choice of just 11 that used to populate BlackBerry App World.

Then the day came: it was time to go home. His rehab was over. It was time to venture back out into the world, a robotic unicorn sent out to live once again.

With an NHS prescribed iPhone 6 Plus in his left hoof, a small bag of belongings in his right, it was time to flip open Apple Maps, type in Mobonia, get confused as to why it wasn't there (before finding it simply on Google Maps) and continue on his journey, but where next?

A flagship for the Shin!

Although likely not the best smartphone you've ever owned, the Samsung Galaxy S ended up being one of the major competitors to the iPhone 4.

Here are some of the highlights from the one and only JK Shin announcing it way back in March 2010. Kevin from Twitter is definitely NOT reading from an auto-cue.

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9m4-CbvuR8

Strange press shot of the week

Sony Camera Lens

*Read in your best David Attenborough voice*

Here we see a young stubble-styled hipster out of his normal Shoreditch habitat, discovering the phenomenon of fresh berries.

This specimen, likely known as Atticus to his friends, has lost his Polaroid camera and decides to join the modern world with the Sony QX100 Lens Style Camera for smartphones and tablets.

He attaches it to a Sony Xperia Z2 to snap some blackberries and then ask all his Instagram friends what they are.

Sadly he has yet to receive a response as none of his followers could identify them through the Nashville filter.

Retro video of the week

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1YBrVevn4w

"You know there's a sexier way to connect to the web." That was the slogan of the Siemens C35i.

It seems the company wanted to sex up its image – if that's even possible with a NSFW name like Siemens – so it employed some proper hot bods to strut around the emptiest, weirdest lit nightclub in all of Germany.

If you can discern what actually happens at the end of the video please let us know in the comments as our tiny little tech focused minds can't work it out.

Proper bits from the site

Remember the best phone you ever had? It was likely the Nokia 3310 and we went on a journey through time to bring you back the best details we could find on it – just look how pretty it is!

EE has replaced its Orange Wednesday's deal with a significantly less exciting streaming proposition. We don't know exactly what kind of films it'll include just yet but we can speculate 70% of them will include Steven Seagal.

Dyson has invested in some new technology to make your smartphone's, and your vacuum cleaner's, battery last even longer.

And finally the auto-tuned Robocop look-a-like that is Will.i.am has teamed up with the fashion brand Gucci to bring you yet another horrible "smartband".








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DealsRadar: DealsRadar: great deals on tech and games updated daily

DealsRadar

DealsRadar is the go-to destination for all the best prices on tech and games on the internet. We update daily with links to the best deals on miscellaneous tech and games, with dedicated sections for all your favourite products!

Today we've got some great deals on a Macbook Air, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, Parrot Bebop Drone and lots more great tech bargains.

DealsRadar's Daily Deals:

Macbook Air

John Lewis have reduced their Macbook Air's by £70, this is a great price for a fantastic laptop and it comes with John Lewis's 2 year guarantee. You can buy it for just £679.

Samsung Galaxy 10.1

This Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1-inch Tablet is on offer at Amazon for just £179.49. This tablet features a 1.2ghz processor with a 16gb hardrive and around 10 hours of battery life.

Amethyst

This great blue-tooth speaker has been reduced down to just £23.59 at Amazon.

BT Mini Wi-Fi 500

If you have poor Wi-Fi signal then you should have a look at this BT Mini Wi-Fi 500, it was particularly popular when we last had it up on daily deals. You can grab this for just £79 from Amazon

Parrot Bebop Drone

Interested in doing some spy work? or maybe you would just like to take some aerial photos. Well look no further, you can fly this Parrot Bebop Drone with its easy to pilot dedicated app and use its 14 megapixel 180 fisheye camera. All this for just £354.66.

DealsRadar Recommended Deals:

Handset: Native Union Curve BT Handset with Base - Black - Now only £7.99 at Amazon

Coffee Machine: NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine - Now only £68.95 at Amazon

Torch: LED Lenser T7 Tactical Torch - Reduced down to £29 at Amazon

Speaker: TDK T79074 A26 Trek Weatherproof Wireless Speaker - Down to £40 at Amazon

Storage: ZyXEL NSA325 v2 2 Bay Desktop Network Storage Power Plus NAS Enclosure - Now only £78.39

Powerbank: Anker® 2nd Gen Astro E4 13000mAh 2-Port Power Bank - Reduced down to £18.99 at Amazon (Use code 8F46L9IZ)

Signal Booster: Belkin N600 Universal Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender/Wireless Signal Booster - Now only £34.99 at Amazon

Binoculars: NIKON Travelite VI 8 x 25mm Porro Prism Binoculars - Reduced down to £49.97 at Currys

Tablet: Apple iPad Mini 16GB Wi-Fi (White) - Only £172.99 at Amazon

Charger: TeckNet® 50W 6-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Wall Charger - Down to £15.97 at Amazon

Memory Module: HyperX Savage 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) 2400 MHz DDR3 CL11 DIMM XMP Memory Module - Now only £95.99 at Amazon

Keyboard: Logitech Ultrathin Magnetic Clip On Keyboard for iPad Air 2 - Reduced down to £49.99 at Amazon

Tablet: Samsung Galaxy TabPRO Tablet, Qualcomm Snapdragon, Android, 8.4" 16GB, Wi-Fi - Down to £199 at John Lewis

Modem: NETGEAR D6100-100UKS AC1200 Dual Band Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections - Reduced down to £59.99 at Amazon

Powerbank: EasyAcc 9000mAh Power Bank Waterproof Dustproof Shockproof Travel Charger - Reduced down to £21.99

Security Camera: Y-cam HomeMonitor HD Pro Outdoor WiFi Security Camera - For only 139.99 at Amazon

Storage: Toshiba HDWC240EK3J1 4TB Stor.e Canvio - Down to £98.96 at Amazon

Headphones: AKG K702 Open-Back Dynamic Reference Headphones - For as little as £149 at Amazon

Mouse: Logitech Touch M600 Mouse - Now only £15.99 at Amazon

Audio: Denon DA-300USB Audio DAC with USB-B - Reduced from £329 down to £189.90 at Amazon

Headphones: Sennheiser HD 558 High End Open Over-Ear Headphones - For as little as £99 at Amazon

Storage: Seagate 4TB Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive - For as little as £99 at maplin

Bluetooth Transmitter: August MR250 - Bluetooth Wireless Transmitter - Now only £19.75 at Amazon

Camera: Canon PowerShot SX400 16MP Bridge Camera - Down to £129.99 at Argos

Smartphone: Vodafone Pay As You Go Nokia Lumia 530 Handset - Reduced down to £39.99 at Amazon

Printer: HP M251n LaserJet Pro 200 Color Printer - Reduced down to £79.99 at Amazon

Powerbank: TeckNet® Power Bank 12000mAh Fast Portable Charger Battery Pack USB - Reduced down to £13.97 at Amazon

Sound Base - Sony HT-XT1 2.1 Channel Wireless S-Force PRO Sound Base with Built In Subwoofer - For as little as £229 at Amazon

Keyboard: Logitech Ultrathin Magnetic Clip On Keyboard for iPad Air 2 - For only £49.99 at Amazon

Headphones: Technics RP-DH1250E-S Professional DJ Headphones - Down to £81.52 at Amazon

Sport Watch: Polar M400 GPS Heart Rate Monitor Watch - Only £129 at Amazon

Camcorder: Joby GorillaPod Video Tripod for Mini and Pocket Camcorders - For as little as £13.99 at Amazon

Games deals of the day

Xbox One: Shape Up (Xbox One) - Now only £20.38 at Amazon

Xbox One: Metro Redux - Down to £14.99 at Amazon

PS4: Batman: Arkham Knight (Free Pre-order DLC) - For only £37.99 at Zavvi

PS4: Lego Marvel Superheroes (PS4) - For only £19.50 at tesco

Xbox One: Assassin's Creed IV 4: Black Flag Xbox One (Digital Code) - For as little as £3.95 at cdkeys

PC: Cities Skylines Deluxe Edition - Only £16.99 at base

PS Vita: FIFA 15 - Now only £16 at Amazon

PS4: Pro-Evolution Soccer 2015 - Down to £26.50 at Amazon

Xbox One: Pro-Evolution Soccer 2015 - Down to £26.50 at Amazon

Nintendo Wii U: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - Down to £16.99 at Amazon

PS4: Destiny - Only £25 at Amazon

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The week's best PS4 deals:

There's no doubt that Sony's PlayStation 4 is the hottest games console on the planet now. Here are the cheapest PS4 standalone and bundle prices we've found this week:

Cheapest PS4 console: Get the PS4 console on its own at Amazon for just £319.00

DealsRadar's Top 3 PS4 bundles...

Deal 1: Get the PS4 with Lego Batman 3 &The Lego Movie for just £351.00

Deal 2: Get the PS4 with The Crew at The Hut for just £339.99

Deal 3: Get the PS4 with Dying Light at The Hut for only £349.99

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The week's best Xbox One deals:

The Xbox One has evolved into a fantastic, versatile console with loads of cool features. Here are the cheapest Xbox One standalone and bundle prices we've found this week:

Cheapest Xbox One console: Get the Xbox One on its own at eBay for just £269.99

DealsRadar's Top 3 Xbox One bundles:

Deal 1: Get the Xbox One with Forza 5 for just £329.00

Deal 2: Get the White Xbox One with Sunset Overdrive for just £279.99

Deal 3: Get the Xbox One with Halo MC Collection, Battlefield Hardline, Ori and the Blind Forest & 1 month EA Access for only £319.99

See more Xbox One deals: Best Xbox One bundles and deals

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Top 10 Games: best titles, cheapest prices!

The best games at the cheapest prices

We all want to play the top games, but none of us want to pay top prices, right? We'll be scanning the web on a daily basis to find the best prices on all of the top selling games on all of the top gaming platforms. So if you're going to order a new game online this week - check with DealsRadar first!

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1. Dying Light

Dying Light is a first-person, action survival horror game set in a vast and dangerous open world. During the day, players traverse an expansive urban environment overrun by a vicious outbreak, scavenging the world for supplies and crafting weapons to defend against the growing infected population. At night, the hunter becomes the hunted, as the infected become aggressive and more dangerous. Most frightening are the predators which only appear after sundown. Players must use everything in their power to survive until the morning's first light.

Best PS4 price: £42.99 at Amazon | Best Xbox One price: £42.91 at Amazon | Best PC price: £21.90 at cdkeys

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2. Grand Theft Auto V

The biggest, most dynamic and most diverse open world ever created, Grand Theft Auto V blends storytelling and gameplay in new ways as players repeatedly jump in and out of the lives of the game's three lead characters, playing all sides of the game's interwoven story.

Best PS4 price: £40.00 at Amazon | Best Xbox One price: £41.00 at Amazon | Best PC price: £29.97 at GameStop

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3. FIFA 15

FIFA 15 brings football to life in stunning detail so fans can experience the emotion of the sport like never before. Witness the intensity of crowds chanting and cheering like on match day, and listen to commentators guide fans through the story of the game with dynamic match presentation.

Best PS4 price: £34.00 at Amazon | Best Xbox One price: £34.99 at Amazon | Best PC price: £33.00 at Amazon

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4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare envisions the powerful battlegrounds of the future, where both technology and tactic have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise. Delivering a stunning performance, Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey stars as Jonathan Irons – one of the most powerful men in the world – shaping this chilling vision of the future of war.

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5. Dragon ball Xenoverse

Dragon Ball Xenoverse will bring all the frenzied battles between Goku and his most fierce enemies, such as Vegeta, Frieza, Cell and much more, with new gameplay design!

Best PS4 price: £48.85 at ShopTo | Best Xbox One price: £44.09 at Base | Best PC price: £29.99 at GAME

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6. Minecraft

Experience the Minecraft gaming phenomenon, rebuilt with new features designed for console. Create worlds limited only by your imagination. Explore, build, and conquer alone or with your friends via split-screen mode or online.

Best PS4 price: £12.99 at John Lewis | Best Xbox One price: £14.00 at John Lewis

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7. The Order: 1886

The Order: 1886 introduces players to a unique vision of Victorian-Era London where Man uses advanced technology to battle a powerful and ancient foe. As Galahad, a member of an elite order of Knights, join a centuries-old war against a powerful threat that will determine the course of history forever in this intense third-person action-adventure shooter, available exclusively on the PS4 system.

Best PS4 price: £43.99 at Zavvi

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8. Zombie Army Trilogy

Zombie Army Trilogy is a terrifyingly intense third person shooter set in a gruesome alternate vision of World War II. Berlin 1945. Facing defeat at the hands of the Allies, Hitler has unleashed one last unholy gamble - a legion of undead super soldiers that threatens to overwhelm the whole of Europe. Fight alone or team up to save humanity from the zombie menace in this apocalyptic shooter for 1-4 players!

Best PS4 price: £29.99 at Argos | Best Xbox One price: £29.99 at Argos

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9. Evolve

The creators of Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock Studios, bring you Evolve, the next-generation of multiplayer shooters, in which four hunters face off against a single player-controlled monster. Stalk your prey, execute your attack, and prove you are the apex predator in adrenaline-pumping 4v1 matches

Best PS4 price: £42.99 at Zavvi | Best Xbox One price: £28.85 at Simplygames | Best PC price: £22.90 at cdkeys

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10. Far Cry 4

Built from the legendary DNA of its award-winning predecessor, Far Cry 4 delivers the most expansive and immersive Far Cry experience yet in an entirely new and massive open world, with integrated drop-in/drop-out co-op play.

Best PS4 price: £44.98 at Zavvi | Best Xbox One price: £44.86 at ShopTo | Best PC price: £21.99 at cdkeys

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Updated: 50 best iPhone games 2015

50 best iPhone games: 1-25

Gaming on iOS is so big that the platform is becoming dominant enough to threaten the likes of Nintendo and Sony, long-reigning kings of the mobile gaming hill.

Yet for all iOS's gaming prowess, there's no escaping the fact the App Store has a lot of dross. Apple's relative openness, in enabling anyone to develop for the system, means there's almost no meaningful quality control. The flip-side is that previously undiscovered indie talent can find an outlet for frequently innovative fare.

Too often, though, people focus only on the negative, mistaking stories about in-app purchases and low-quality clones for evidence that there are no good games on iOS. But there are. In fact, the best games on iOS are among the very best on any platform, mixing traditional fare with titles that could only have appeared on a capable multi-touch device. Here are our current favourites…

1. Asphalt 8 (free)

Some time long ago, the gaming gods apparently decreed that racing games should be dull and grey, on grey tracks, with grey controls. Thankfully Gameloft chose to ignore their foolish omniscient notions - along with a large chunk of real-world physics - with Asphalt 8: Airborne. Here, then, you zoom along at ludicrous speeds, drifting for miles through exciting city courses, occasionally being hurled into the air to perform stunts that absolutely aren't acceptable according to the car manufacturer's warranty.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

2. Badland ($3.99/£2.49)

This darkly humorous title at its core echoes copter-style games, in you prodding the screen to make your avatar fly. But the hazards and traps are devious and plentiful, imaginative and deadly contraptions in silhouette, ready to eliminate any passing creature. Your retaliation in Badland comes via cloning your flying monster, and figuring out how to manipulate the environment to bring as many clones home as possible.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

3. Beat Sneak Bandit ($2.99/£1.99)

One thumb is plenty when a game's so cleverly designed. Beat Sneak Bandit is part rhythm-action, part platformer and part stealth game, with the titular hero aiming to steal back the world's clocks from the nefarious Duke Clockface. You move on the beat, rebounding off walls, and avoiding guards and alarms. It's clever, charming and brilliant.

4. Bejeweled (free)

We've lost count of how many gem-swappers exist for iOS, but PopCap's Bejeweled has a long history, its maturity reflected in this iPhone release. Along with a polished standard mode, where you match three or more gems with each swap, there's Diamond Mine (dig into the ground), Butterflies (save insects from spider-ronch doom), and Poker (make 'hands' of gems).

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

5. Beyond Ynth ($1.99/£1.49)

This fantastic platform puzzler stars a bug who's oddly averse to flying. Instead, he gets about 2D levels by rolling around in boxes full of platforms. Beyond Ynth hangs on a quest, but each level forms a devious test, where you must figure out precisely how to reach the end via careful use of boxes, switches and even environmental hazards.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

6. Bit Pilot ($1.99/£1.49)

A pilot finds himself trapped inside a tiny area of space frequented by an alarming number of deadly asteroids. You must stave off death for as long as possible. Bit Pilot is the best of the iOS avoid 'em ups, with precise one- and two-thumb controls guiding your tiny ship, effortlessly dodging between rocky foes — until the inevitable collision.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

7. Blackbar ($2.99/£1.99)

As much a warning about digital surveillance as a word-based puzzler, Blackbar is a unique and compelling iOS classic. The game comprises single screens of communications, many involving your friend who's gone to work in the city, which you soon learn is part of a worryingly oppressive society. You literally fill in the blanks, while becoming immersed in a stark dystopian reality that's fortunately still peppered with warmth, humour and humanity.

8. Blek ($0.99/69p)

Blek is akin to shepherding semi-sentient calligraphy through a series of dexterity tests. Each sparse screen has one or more dots that needs collecting, which is achieved by drawing a squiggle that's then set in motion. To say the game can be opaque is putting it lightly, but as a voyage of discovery, there are few touchscreen games that come close.

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9. Boson X ($2.99/£1.99)

In what we can only assume is a totally accurate representation of what boffins in Geneva get up to, Boson X finds scientists sprinting inside colliders, running over energy panels and then discovering particles by leaping into the abyss. It's equal parts Super Hexagon, Tempest and Canabalt, and it's very addictive indeed.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

10. Coolson's Pocket Pack ($0.99/69p)

This word puzzler's all about chaining. You drag tiles from the bottom of the well and make short words; do so without swapping any letters from the well's bottom row or the area you create the words and you start amassing huge points. Coolson's Pocket Pack is then a test of nerve, and your ability to not forget every single short word in the dictionary when under pressure.

11. CRUSH! ($1.99/£1.49)

CRUSH! is deceptive. At first, it appears to be little more than a collapse game, where you prod a coloured tile, only for the rest to collapse into the now empty space. But subtle changes to the formula elevate this title to greatness: the tiles wrap around, and each removal sees your pile jump towards a line of death. So even when tiles are moving at speed, you must carefully consider each tap.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

12. Dark Nebula 2 HD ($2.99/£1.99)

One of the first titles to truly make use of the iPhone gyro, Dark Nebula was a beautiful tilt-based steampunk adventure and dexterity test, with you leading a strange craft through maze-like levels. Dark Nebula 2 ramped up the beauty and complexity, and the HD reissue added iPad and Retina support. The title still feels fresh and is perfectly suited to mobile, rewarding speed-runs and careful exploration of each level alike.

13. David. ($1.99/£1.49)

David. is a game that flirts with the conventional but comes across as half art piece, half brutally difficult action game. The eponymous hero is a simple square, charged with ridding the world of evil shapes. The controls broadly align with platform games, but David. goes all slow-motion when held, whereupon you can unleash colourful blobs of death on multi-angled foes. Tricky level design tests your ability to move, leap, plan, and tackle encroaching enemies while everyone's floating about as if immersed in water.

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14. Death Ray Manta ($0.99/69p)

Akin to what Robotron might have looked like had its developer managed to recreate a 24-hour sherbet binge on-screen, Death Ray Manta is a wonderful, eye-searing twin-stick shooter. But whereas you initially think KILL ALL THE THINGS, each level contains a collectable 'tiffin'. Death Ray Manta therefore becomes both shooter and puzzler as you attempt to score the maximum 64 — and you've only got one life.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

15. Device 6 ($3.99/£2.49)

Device 6 is first and foremost a story — a mystery into which protagonist Anna finds herself propelled. She awakes on an island, but where is she? How did she get there? Why can't she remember anything? The game fuses literature with adventuring, the very words forming corridors you travel along, integrated puzzles being dotted about for you to investigate. It's a truly inspiring experience, an imaginative, ambitious and brilliantly realised creation that showcases how iOS can be the home for something unique and wonderful.

16. Devil's Attorney ($1.99/£1.49)

A satirical take on 1980s lawyering, this turn-based strategy has you battling in court by using your legal skills on the opposition, who then fight back after you've exhausted your action points. Wins result in cash that can be spent on goods that boost your materialism, decadence and vanity, which results in new skills. Our verdict? Devil's Attorney is a very silly (or, depending on your outlook, entirely accurate) and compelling take on court-based sparring.

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17. Eliss Infinity ($2.99/£1.99)

Eliss was the first game to truly take advantage of iOS's multitouch capabilities, with you combining and tearing apart planets to fling into like-coloured and suitably sized wormholes. Eliss Infinity, a semi-sequel, brings the original's levels into glorious Retina and adds a totally bonkers endless mode. Unique, challenging and fun, this is a game that defines the platform.

18. Frisbee Forever 2 (Free)

We were big fans of the original Frisbee Forever, with its Nintendo-like fling-a-plastic-disc about larks. Frisbee Forever 2's essentially more of the same, but prettier, smoother and with wilder locations in which to fly through hoops and collect stars. It's lovely and costs precisely zero pence, so download it.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

19. Gridrunner (Free)

Jeff Minter is a shoot 'em up genius, and his Gridrunner series has a long history, starting out on the VIC-20, at the dawn of home gaming. This update riffs off classic Namco arcade machines but also shoves modern bullet-hell mechanics into a claustrophobic single screen. And in this version's survival mode, you have just one life. Argh! The 69p/99c 'Oxtended Mode' in-app purchase adds the rest of the standard game.

20. Hitman GO ($4.99/£2.99)

Square Enix would have been on a hiding to nothing converting its free-roaming 3D game to touchscreens, and so it's great to see the company do something entirely different with Hitman GO. Although still echoing the original series, this touchscreen title is presented as a board game of sorts, with turn-based actions against clockwork opposition. You must figure out your way to the prize, without getting knocked off (the board). It's an oddly adorable take on assassination, and one of the best iOS puzzlers.

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21. Impossible Road ($1.99/£1.49)

A roller-coaster ribbon of road winds through space, and your only aim is to stay on it and reach the highest-numbered gate. But Impossible Road is sneaky: the winding track is one you can leave and rejoin, if you've enough skill, 'cheating' your way to higher scores. It's like the distillation of Super Monkey Ball, Rainbow Road and queue-skipping, all bundled up in a stark, razor-sharp package.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

22. Leo's Fortune ($4.99/£2.99)

Leo's Fortune finds gruff hairball Leo in search of his gold, which has been dropped in a suspiciously trail-like manner across typically platform-game environments. As he scoops up coins, he finds himself whizzing round Sonic-style loops, solving puzzles by manipulating the environment, and negotiating increasingly complex and deadly pathways. It's a beautiful game, full of character, and well-suited to quick bursts on your iPhone.

Leo's Fortune

23. Letterpress (Free)

What mad fool welds Boggle to tug o' war Risk-style land-grabbing? The kind who doesn't want anyone to get any work done again, ever, that's who. Letterpress is, simply, the best word game on the App Store. You make words to win points and temporarily 'lock' letters from your opponent by surrounding them. The result is a tense asynchronous two-player game with plenty of last-move wins and general gnashing of teeth when you realise 'qin' is in fact an acceptable word.

24. Limbo ($4.99/£2.99)

A boy awakens in hell, and must work his way through a deadly forest. Gruesome deaths and trial and error gradually lead to progress, as he forces his way deeper into the gloom and greater mystery. Originating on the Xbox, Limbo fares surprisingly well on iOS, with smartly designed controls; and its eerie beauty and intriguing environments remain hypnotic.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

25. Magnetic Billiards (free)

A game that could have been called Reverse Pool For Show-Offs, Magnetic Billiards lacks pockets. Instead, the aim is to join like-coloured balls that cling together on colliding. Along the way, you get more points for trick shots and 'buzzing' other balls that must otherwise be avoided. 20 diverse tables are provided for free, and many more can be unlocked for $1.99/£1.49.

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26. Micro Miners ($1.99/£1.49)

Marrying the elegance of digging games like Where's My Water? with the semi-controllable critters from Lemmings, Micro Miners is a superb real-time puzzler. Initially simple, the game is soon complicated by the need to switch the colour of miners, collect objects, and avoid or utilise deadly gas and lava. It's extremely tough later on, but you'll see it through to the bitter end.

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27. Mikey Hooks ($1.99/£1.49)

If iOS is supposed to be no good for traditional 2D platform games, it's a good job no-one told the developer of Mikey Hooks. The mechanics aren't a million miles away from Nintendo titles starring a certain plumber, but Mikey's also armed with a rope that can attach to hooks dotted about the levels, enabling him to speedily swing to glory. An emphasis on time-attack racing and surprisingly solid controls round out a first-rate title.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

28. Monument Valley ($3.99/£2.49)

In Monument Valley, you journey through delightful Escher-like landscapes, manipulating the very architecture to build impossible paths along which to explore. It's not the most challenging of games (nor one with the most coherent of storylines), but each scene is a gorgeous and mesmerising bite-sized experience that showcases how important great craft is in the best iOS titles.

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29. Need For Speed Most Wanted ($6.99/£2.99)

Racing games are all very well, but too many aim for simulation rather than evoking the glorious feeling of speeding along like a maniac. Most Wanted absolutely nails the fun side of arcade racing, and is reminiscent of classic console title OutRun 2 in enabling you to effortlessly drift for miles. Add to that varied city streets on which to best rivals and avoid (or smash) the cops, and you've a tremendous iOS racer.

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30. New Star Soccer (Free)

Starting out as a fresh-faced teen in a lowly non-league side, your aim in New Star Soccer is to make your way to a top-flight club. Along the way, you get chances in each match to win balls and score goals. It's management-lite with fun playable highlights, and although there's a whiff of freemium in the energy model, New Star Soccer's top-of-the-table, if you're willing to put in a few bucks here and there.

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31. Osmos ($2.99/£1.99)

This superb arcade puzzler is at times microscopic and at others galactic in nature, as you use the power of physics and time to move your 'mote' about. Some levels in Osmos are primordial soup, the mote propelled by ejecting bits of itself, all the while aiming to absorb everything around it; elsewhere, motes circle sun-like 'Attractors', and your challenge becomes one of understanding the intersecting trajectories of orbital paths.

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32. Plants vs Zombies ($0.99/69p)

Yes, we know there's a Plants vs. Zombies 2, but some dolt infected that with a pointless time-travel gimmick and a freemium business model. The charming, amusing, silly and sweet original remains where it's at. For the uninitiated, you repel zombies with the power of hostile plants. Countless other defence titles exist for iOS, but PopCap's classic, Plants vs Zombies, is still the best.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

33. PUK ($1.99/£1.49)

PUK reminds us of what someone with a minimalism fetish might make of Angry Birds, before speeding everything up to manic levels. Here, each level lasts mere seconds, as you frantically fling discs at portals; and then just as you've got into the groove, deadly black levels aim to throw you off balance. There are no cartoon squawks here — just pure, adrenaline-fuelled arcade action.

34. Rayman Fiesta Run ($2.99/£1.99)

The iOS Rayman games are considered by some to be reductive, overly simplifying console-style platforming to an instant runner with bells on. We instead consider Ubisoft's games distilled: they take the essence of platforming action — running, jumping, timing — and make it truly fit for mobile. Smart, varied level and character design, along with a well-considered unlock mechanism, ensure Rayman Fiesta Run's an iOS classic.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

35. Ridiculous Fishing ($2.99/£1.99)

If Ridiculous Fishing is what fishing's really like, we've been missing out all these years. An angular fisherman casts his line into the inky gloom, where you cunningly avoid fish by tilting your device. Snag one and the hero reels the line back in, and you jerk your iPhone from side to side, aiming to catch as many fish as possible. At the surface, the catch is flung into the sky, to be blasted to pieces by powerful weaponry. Longevity's secured by an amusing in-game store and social network parody, along with several fishing spots to visit.

36. Rocket Robo ($0.99/69p)

It's not the most innovative game around, but Rocket Robo makes up for it with bags of character, smart level design, and tight controls. You guide your little floating droid about the place, collecting stars and swiping in and out of the screen. The first few levels are extremely simple, but you're soon introduced to complex, cunning layouts and plenty of gimmicks that add some real bite to the cutesy proceedings.

Rocket Robo

37. Smash Hit (free)

If you find catharsis in smashing things, Smash Hit will leave you in a totally blissed-out state. You float through the void, lobbing metal balls at glass objects, clearing a path and chaining collisions. Over time, the paths become increasingly complex, the camera begins to whirl, and the shots get very demanding, depleting your meagre resources. A single one-time 'premium' in app purchase upgrade exists should you want to start out on any sections of the journey you've managed to already reach.

Smash Hit

38. SpellTower ($1.99/£1.49)

SpellTower is a fantastic word game that starts off easy. You get a grid of letters and remove them by dragging out words. Your only foe is gravity, letters falling into empty space as completed words disappear. But then come new modes, with ferocious timers and numbered letters that won't vanish unless you craft long enough words. And there always seem to be too many Vs!

39. Super Hexagon ($2.99/£1.99)

Ah, Super Hexagon. We remember that punishing first game, which must have lasted all of three seconds. Much like the next — and the next. But then we recognised patterns in the walls that closed in on our tiny ship, and learned to react and dodge. Then you threw increasingly tough difficulty levels at us, and we've been smitten ever since.

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40. Super Monsters Ate My Condo

Logic? Pah! Sanity? Pfft! We care not for such things, yells Super Monsters Ate My Condo. It then gets on with turning the match-three genre and Jenga-style tower-building into a relentless time-attack cartoon fest of apartment-munching, explosions, giant tantrums and opera. No, really.

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41. Super Stickman Golf 2 ($0.99/69p)

If you've often thought golf would be much better if it was played on Mars, or in a giant castle, or in dank caverns with glue-like surfaces, Super Stickman Golf 2 is the game for you. Its side-on charms echo Angry Birds in its artillery core, but this is a far smarter and more polished game. It also boasts two equally brilliant but different multiplayer modes: one-on-one asynchronous play and frantic multiplayer racing.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

42. Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP ($4.99/£2.99)

Apple's mobile platform has become an unlikely home for traditional point-and-click adventures. Sword & Sworcery has long been a favourite, with its sense of mystery, palpable atmosphere, gorgeous pixel art and evocative soundtrack. Exploratory in nature, this is a true /adventure/ in the real sense of the word, and it's absolutely not to be missed.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

43. Threes! ($1.99/£1.49)

Threes! is all about matching numbered cards. 1s and 2s merge to make 3s, and then pairs of identical cards can subsequently be merged, doubling their face value. With each swipe, a new card enters the tiny grid, forcing you to carefully manage your growing collection, and think many moves ahead. The ingenious mix of risk and reward makes it hugely frustrating when you're a fraction from an elusive 1536 card, but so addictive you'll immediately want another go.

44. Tiny Wings ($0.99/69p)

This sweet endless title stars a bird who loves to fly but doesn't have the wings for it. Instead, she uses gravity, sliding down hills and then propelling herself into the air from the top of adjacent slopes. Meanwhile, in another mode, her offspring are happily racing, bounding over lakes, eager to earn the biggest fish from their mother. Whichever route you take, Tiny Wings is a vibrant, warm and friendly experience.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

45. Trainyard ($3.99/£2.49)

Trainyard is another devious puzzler that at first seems a cinch. Initially, you merely drag tracks to lead trains between stations of the same colour. But then rocks enter the fray, along with colour-mixing and train-splitting. Before you know it, you've 14 stations, seven trains, hazards aplenty and an aching brain from figuring out how to get all the trains home safely.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

46. Monument Valley ($3.99/£2.99)

It might not be the most challenging game in the world, but Monument Valley is a short, sweet platformer that everyone should play through at least once. Its beautiful style is very Escher-esque, but even he'd have a hard time making his way through some of these labyrinths. More than worth its price.

47. Walking Dead (Free)

We do like a good zombie yarn, as long as we're not the subject matter, having just had our brains eaten. Walking Dead successfully jumped from comic to TV screen, and it's just as good in its interactive incarnation. The first part of the story is free, and you can then buy new episodes; if you survive, season 2 is also available.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

48. WaveWave ($2.99/£1.99)

Wave Wave is cut from similar cloth as Super Hexagon. If anything, though, this demanding survival game is simpler and tougher than its forebear. It's a one-thumb affair, with you tapping to alter the direction of your line that zig-zags its way through a gauntlet of triangles as the screen lurches and spins. It's a mesmerising but utterly ferocious experience.

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49. Year Walk ($3.99/£2.49)

Year Walk preceded the same developer's iOS masterpiece Device 6, but is equally daring. It's a first-person adventure of sorts, with more than a nod towards horror literature and, frankly, the just plain weird. It's unsettling, clever, distinctive and beautifully crafted — another unmissable and original touchscreen creation.

50 best iPhone games: the greatest free and paid games around

50. Zen Bound 2 ($2.99/£1.99)

One of the most tactile puzzlers around, Zen Bound 2 doesn't sound terribly exciting, in that you're wrapping sculptures in rope. But the atmosphere and polish combine with a nagging percentage bar, urging you to perfect each level. With no time limit, it's one of the more soothing puzzlers in this round-up, but it also never drifts towards the noodly.

Best free iPhone apps: 90 to choose from!








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