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Steve      Ted Salmon 

Phones Show follow-up chat, views and reviews from myself, Ted Salmon and guests from the mobile world. Comments and questions welcome to my Twitter account @stevelitchfield.

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Download Phones Show Chat episode 649 ("Tayo Olasope, Laggy Ultra", 25/07/2021) manually (Size: 32MB, 62 minutes duration).

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Phones Show Chat 649 - Show Notes
Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon with Tayo Olasope

MeWe Groups Join Links
PSC - PSC Photos - PSC Classifieds - Steve - Ted

Feedback and Contributions
Sony Holland Dribbled Dross
Andy Moon on Axon 30 Ultra
TCL 20 Pro - What's not to like
- Ted's Review of TCL 10 Pro
OnePlus Nord 2 5G

Device Week
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Motorola Edge+
Pixel 4a 5G - Pixel 5
Google Play Protect Performs Miserably In Android Protection Tests
The LinkedIn Incident Darknet Diaries
Another Widget
- Ted's Review
Nova Launcher Beta 7 Update
Lumia 950 vs Fixed-Up Sony Xperia 5ii Camera Comparison
Xperia 5ii Case Roundup Here
Fjorden DSLR Grip Accessory

Live Draw
We make a draw for smartphone accessories each weekend. Do get involved before the next draw by joining the Virtual Pint of Beer a Month Club - It could be you! This week's winner is
Bart van Laer! stevelitchfield.com/paypal.htm & tinyurl.com/pspromo

The Phones Show
Tune into Steve's YouTube Channel to watch Phones Show 424 (Replacing a Smartphone with a Laptop OS?) and 425 (Chasing the Hardware)

PSC Photo of the Week

Swallowtail by Marcus France, in France, (still) using a Lumia 950

Swallowtail

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Download Phones Show Chat episode 648 ("OnePlus 9 equals 10, duh!", 18/07/2021) manually (Size: 24MB, 62 minutes duration).

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Phones Show Chat 648 - Show Notes
Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon

MeWe Groups Join Links
PSC - PSC Photos - PSC Classifieds - Steve - Ted

Feedback and Contributions
Paul Grainger on Samsung Galaxy A72
Android 12 Beta 3 - Summary of Additional Features - Even More
Sony Holland Announce Only One OS Update for the Xperia 1iii and 2 years' Security
Nice Looking Shutter/Grip for iPhone in the Works
Xiaomi Taken over from Apple as No.2 Smartphone Shipments
Freedom Phone Doesn't Free You From Anything

Device Week
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Motorola Edge+
OnePlus 9 - Ted's Review
Pixel 4a 5G - Ted's Review
Pixel 5 - Ted's Review
Pixel 3 - Ted's Review
Pixel 5 vs 4a 5G vs 4a
Comparing Sony Xperia 5ii with Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Should You Take 'Zoom' a Lens at a Time?
Do Nine Months Of Updates Fix Up Sony Xperia 5 Ii Imaging?
Sony Xperia 5ii Case Roundup
Supreet Mobile 'Pro' Camera Tutorials for the Sony Xperia 1ii and 5ii

Live Draw
We make a draw for smartphone accessories each weekend. Do get involved before the next draw by joining the Virtual Pint of Beer a Month Club - It could be you! This week's winner is Harry Thackray! stevelitchfield.com/paypal.htm & tinyurl.com/pspromo

The Phones Show
Tune into Steve's YouTube Channel to watch Phones Show 423 (Nokia N97: Losing the Plot) and 424 (Replacing a Smartphone with a Laptop OS?)

PSC Photo of the Week
George's Day by Ian Bundey using an iPhone 12 Pro Max

F1

Download Phones Show Chat episode 647 ("Rory Cellan-Jones, Always On: Hope and Fear",11/07/2021) manually (Size: 32MB, 65 minutes duration).

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Phones Show Chat 647 - Show Notes
Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon with Rory Cellan-Jones

MeWe Groups Join Links
PSC - PSC Photos - PSC Classifieds - Steve - Ted

Feedback and Contributions
Babul Mohanty on Micro SD card, 3.5mm Jack & Capacitive FPS
Vivo V21 5G released in the UK
Choetech is the latest budget electronics brand to disappear from Amazon
A Tribute To Nokia 8 Sirocco As It Gets Its Last Update
Pixel 6-Series to Offer 5 Years of Support
OnePlus and OPPO Announce Extended Software Support Period
Pixel 6 Pro Leaked Specs
Google Photos Memories Widget

Device Week
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Motorola Edge+ - Ready For - NexDock Touch
Pixel 5 on Android 12 Beta - Pixel 3 - Pixel 4a 5G
Always On: Hope and Fear in the Social Smartphone Era by Rory Cellan-Jones
OnePlus 9
UCMDA Portable Monitor - Ted's Review
Sony Xperia 5 Mk.II
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
DeX, Your Mobile Android (Continuum) Desktop, Benchmarked
The Phone Hub

Live Draw
We make a draw for smartphone accessories each weekend. Do get involved before the next draw by joining the Virtual Pint of Beer a Month Club - It could be you! This week's winner is David Jepson! stevelitchfield.com/paypal.htm & tinyurl.com/pspromo

The Phones Show
Tune into Steve's YouTube Channel to watch Phones Show 423 (Nokia N97: Losing the Plot) and 424 (Replacing a Smartphone with a Laptop OS?)

PSC Photo of the Month Winner for June 2021
Chris Bates with Jumping Spider using a Xiaomi Mi 11

Spider

Download Phones Show Chat episode 646 ("Ian Barton, Drones and Phones", 04/07/2021) manually (Size: 25MB, 66 minutes duration).

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Phones Show Chat 646 - Show Notes
Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon with Ian Barton

MeWe Groups Join Links
PSC - PSC Photos - PSC Classifieds - Steve - Ted

Feedback and Contributions
Motorola Edge Second Generation Drops Stereo Speakers
Rob Vanderkam on Text Swyping
OnePlus Nord 2 Leaks
Andrew Warden on Renting a SIM Free Phone
The Grand Bluetooth MeWe Poll
Mark Hilton on Bluetooth Issues
The Sony Xperia 1 III Europe Launch delays

Device Week
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Motorola Edge+ - Ready For - NexDock Touch
Pixel 5 on Android 12 Beta - Pixel 3 - Pixel 4a 5G
Sony Xperia 5 ii
Your Phone Companion
OnePlus Nord N10 5G
Fairphone 3+
Poco X3 NFC
How to see photo EXIF data on the iPhone

Live Draw
We make a draw for smartphone accessories each weekend. Do get involved before the next draw by joining the Virtual Pint of Beer a Month Club - It could be you! This week's winner is Francis Muir! stevelitchfield.com/paypal.htm & tinyurl.com/pspromo

The Phones Show
Tune into Steve's YouTube Channel to watch Phones Show 422 (Steve's Most Exciting Year in Smartphone History) and 423 (Nokia N97: Losing the Plot)

Photo of the Week

Lincoln Cathedral by Darren Hendley using an iPhone 11 (and Photos app + Snapseed).

Lincoln

Download Phones Show Chat episode 645 ("More than a smartphone?",27/06/2021) manually (Size: 30MB, 58 minutes duration).

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PSC is helped this week by Noreve, makers of luxury leather cases and accessories - see their front pagefor '15%-20% off' offers!  

Phones Show Chat 645 - Show Notes
Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon

MeWe Groups Join Links
PSC - PSC Photos - PSC Classifieds - Steve - Ted

Feedback and Contributions
A Question of Phone Batteries, Bluetooth vs Wired
Frank Niethardt on Monopolies and Typing
Pip Tomlinson on Crash Detection
Android 12 Beta 2.1 rolling out with Pixel bug fixes

Device Week
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Motorola Edge+ - Ready For - NexDock Touch
Pixel 5 on Android 12 Beta - Pixel 3 - Pixel 4a 5G
Sony Xperia 5ii
Your Phone Companion
OnePlus Nord N10 5G
Soundcore Motion+ Bluetooth Speaker - Ted's Review
Tronsmart Mega Pro 60w 10000mah Bluetooth Speaker
Steve's Top 10 Tips For Taking Better Phone Camera Photos
2009 To 2021: Did 'Smartphone Essentials' Verdicts Stack Up?
Surface Go vs Surface Laptop Go

Live Draw
We make a draw for smartphone accessories each weekend. Do get involved before the next draw by joining the Virtual Pint of Beer a Month Club - It could be you! This week's winner is Adrian Brain! stevelitchfield.com/paypal.htm & tinyurl.com/pspromo

The Phones Show
Tune into Steve's YouTube Channel to watch Phones Show 422 (Steve's Most Exciting Year in Smartphone History) and 423 (Nokia N97: Losing the Plot)

Photo of the Week

Warwick Castle by David Hewitt using a Samsung Galaxy S21

Warwick

Download Phones Show Chat episode 644 ("Jon Bentley, From mist to blue sky!", 20/06/2021) manually (Size: 32MB, 66 minutes duration).

Alternate download link for anyone having cellular download problems.

PSC is helped this month by Noreve, makers of luxury leather cases and accessories - see their front page for '15% off' offers!  

Phones Show Chat 644 - Show Notes
Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon with Jon Bentley (The Gadget Show on YouTube) Twitter

MeWe Groups Join Links
PSC - PSC Photos - PSC Classifieds - Steve - Ted

Feedback and Contributions
Mark Swidler on High Res Audio
Motorola Defy 2021
Pixel June Feature Drop - Material You Overview
Steve's Top 10 Tips For Taking Better Phone Camera Photos
Choosing Between Android And iOS For The Future

Device Week
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Motorola Edge+ - Ready For - NexDock Touch
Pixel 5 on Android 12 Beta - Pixel 3 - Pixel 4a 5G
Sony Xperia 5ii
Your Phone Companion

Live Draw
We make a draw for smartphone accessories each weekend. Do get involved before the next draw by joining the Virtual Pint of Beer a Month Club - It could be you! This week's winner is Troy Dyall! stevelitchfield.com/paypal.htm & tinyurl.com/pspromo

The Phones Show
Tune into Steve's YouTube Channel to watch Phones Show 422 (Steve's Most Exciting Year in Smartphone History) and 423 (Nokia N97: Losing the Plot)

Photo of the Week

Macro Fly by Chris Bates using a Xiaomi Mi 11 (Super Macro Mode)

Fly

Download Phones Show Chat episode 643 ("Tim Evans, Integration and Outliers", 13/06/2021) manually (Size: 33MB, 77 minutes duration).

Alternate download link for anyone having cellular download problems.

PSC is helped this month by Noreve, makers of luxury leather cases and accessories - see their front pagefor '15% off' offers!  

Phones Show Chat 643 - Show Notes
Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon with Tim Evans

MeWe Groups Join Links
PSC - PSC Photos - PSC Classifieds - Steve - Ted


Feedback and Contributions
Chris Kelly on NexDock, Dex, Ready For
Steve's iOS 15 Summary
Pixel June Feature Drop
Android 12 Beta 2
Understanding lossless, high-resolution, and spatial audio - Steve's Comments

Device Week
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Motorola Edge+ - Ready For - NexDock Touch
Pixel 5 on Android 12 Beta - Pixel 3 - Pixel 4a 5G
Google Pixelbook
Sony Xperia 5ii
Your Phone Companion
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2
LG Wing
Volla Phone - Volla OS - Ubuntu Touch
Hisense A7CC - Sailfish
Microsoft Surface Duo

Live Draw
We make a draw for smartphone accessories each weekend. Do get involved before the next draw by joining the Virtual Pint of Beer a Month Club - It could be you! This week's winner is Michael Reardon! stevelitchfield.com/paypal.htm & tinyurl.com/pspromo

The Phones Show
Tune into Steve's YouTube Channel to watch Phones Show 422 (Steve's Most Exciting Year in Smartphone History) and 423 (Nokia N97: Losing the Plot)

May 2021 Photo of the Month Winner
Tenby Harbour by Owen Lyttle using a Sony Xperia 5ii

Tenby



For older Phones Show Chat episodes, see our archive.

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Noreve cases

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The Phones Show (videos)

HardwareShow 425 - Chasing the hardware, is a smartphone's OS irrelevant?

Show 424 - Replacing a laptop with a smartphone OS?

Show 423 - 2009: the year Nokia lost the plot...

N95 8GBShow 422 - 2006/2007 - my most exciting year in smartphone history

Show 421 - Step inside my Mobile Office!

Show 420 - Hands-on review of a true budget champion, the Redmi Note 10 Pro

CosmoShow 419 - More QWERTY, with my review of the Cosmo Communicator, one year on!

Show 418 - Hands-on review and verdict of the Xiaomi Mi 11 5G

Show 417 - The (surprising) true value in your smartphone...

QWERTYShow 416 - A look at QWERTY options for getting text typed up in a hurry...

Show 415 - Bookending the world of 5G smartphones: Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Show 414 - Apple iOS 14.3 ProRAW and a hark back to the Lumia 1020

ChristmasShow 413 - My Christmas Top 5 Phones, plus my review of the new Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Show 412 - NexDock Touch review - a touchscreen lapdock for Samsung and Huawei flagships...

Show 411 - Reviewing the top of the range iPhone 12 Pro Max

Xperia 5 iiShow 410 - Sony's new compact flagship, the 'Xperia 5 ii' turns out to be something of a winner all round...

Show 409 - It's new iPhone time - I review the ProductRED iPhone 12...

Show 408 - Upgrading your smartphone camera in minutes! Fairphone 3 to Fairphone 3+

Pixel 4a 5GShow 407 - It's Google Pixel 4a 5G versus Pixel 5... and the cheaper phone comes out on top!

Show 406 - It's... a new Pixel, it's a cracker, and it's compared to other new Pixels!

Show 405 - Review of the phone of the year, the POCO X3 (NFC) - amazing value for all!

3 cams iPhoneShow 404 - What Apple did right with the iPhone 11 Pro's imaging...

Show 403 - OnePlus Nord review - by way of comparison!

Show 402 - The Surface Duo - in a parallel universe!

XiaomiShow 401 - The true 'budget flagship'? Not a lot missing for under UKP250 with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro!

Show 400 - A look back at 14 years of the show, plus some well-wishers!

Show 399 - Review of the new high end Sony pro-camera contender, the Xperia 1 mk II

RealmeShow 398 - Verdict on the new Realme X3 SuperZoom - the poor man's Huawei P series flagship?

Show 397 - Review of the surprisingly solid new Xiaomi sub-brand flagship, the POCO F2 Pro

Show 396 - Reasons why the OPPO Find X2 Pro exemplifies the best and the worst in the smartphone flagship world!

TitanShow 395 - Hands-on review of the unique Unihertz Titan

Show 394 - May 2020 'Top 5 Phones' and a look at the new iPhone SE (2020)

Show 393 - Review of the super-fast OnePlus 8 Pro

Galaxy Z FlipShow 392 - Verdict on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, the smartphone that folds in half!

Show 391 - Review of the Huawei P40 Pro imaging flagship

Show 390 - Verdict on the Samsung Galaxy S20 *Ultra*!

Fairphone 3Show 389 - Review of the brand new Samsung Galaxy S20 flagship (and S20+, by extension)

Show 388 - Musings on smartphone screen repairability

Show 387 - Review of the Moto G8 Plus, the budget smartphone that everyone should consider - it does everything!

Fairphone 3Show 386 - Review of the eco-conscious Fairphone 3, 100% repairable!

Show 385 - Review of the NexDock 2, a lapdock that transforms Samsung and Huawei flagships

Show 384 - Review of the new QWERTY powerhouse, the f(x)tec Pro1!

Show 383 - My Top 5 Phones for Christmas 2019, plus a review of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (Pro)

iPhone and PixelShow 382 - So I'm using an iPhone 11 Pro - "What Changed?"

Show 381 - A case with a difference (Mous) and a review of the Nokia 7.2

Show 380 - First impressions of the Cosmo Communicator

Pixel 4 XLShow 379 - Thoughts on the Google Pixel 4 XL in the context of the current smartphone world...

Show 378 - Review of the LG V50 Dual Screen - folding without creases!

Show 377 - Review of the Galaxy Note 10+

Surface DuoShow 376 - Thoughts on the teased Surface Duo and a review of the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Show 375 - Review of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Show 374 - Huawei and Google - what will happen next?

Reno 10x ZoomShow 373 - The new OPPO Reno 10x Zoom looks great - but how does it compare to the existing Huawei P30 Pro?

Show 372 - 'One year on' with the Razer Phone 2

Show 371 - The Galaxy Note 10 and the Future

OnePlus 7 ProShow 370 - It's the fastest phone on the planet - the OnePlus 7 Pro, reviewed here!

Show 369 - Review of the slender but somewhat perfect Motorola One Vision

Show 368 - Google Camera vs Huawei's triple lens powerhouse imaging shootout...

P30 ProShow 367 - Don't be tempted by shiny new hardware - newer may not necessarily be better!

Show 366 - My review of the Google Pixel 3a XL

Show 365 - My Top 5 Phones for May 2019

P30 ProShow 364 - The ultimate zoom camera-phone meets... the ultimate zoom camera-phone!

Show 363 - Review of the Huawei P30 Pro with massive imaging zoom - worth a few compromises?

Show 362 - Review of the stunning value new Moto G7 Plus...

Nokia 9Show 361 - The Nokia 9 PureView has five cameras, but is it any good, and does it live up to the brand name?

Show 360 - It's iOS vs Android in a fight to the finish!

Show 359 - thoughts on the possibly premature introduction of in-screen fingerprint sensors

E7Show 358 - Innovative form factors from the past - might one be resurrected?

Show 357 - my verdict on Samsung's One UI/Pie update

Show 356 - A folding phones rant, plus my Huawei P Smart 2019 review

3.5mm jackShow 355 - Summarising the 3.5mm vs Bluetooth debate as it stands in 2019!

Show 354 - My Top 5 Phones selection for Christmas 2018

Show 353 - The Pixel Perplexion - it could be that last year's Pixel is the best buy right now?

KEY2 LEShow 352 - Choosing which phone to shoot with, plus my review of the new Blackberry KEY2 LE

Show 351 - The most powerful 'compact' smartphone ever? This is the Google Pixel 3...!

Show 350 - The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is sleek, it's futuristic, it's one of the most powerful phones ever created. But is it the perfect camera-centric smartphone?

Note 9Show 349 - Reviewing the Galaxy Note 9 against the Galaxy S9+, plus Pixel 3 news

Show 348 - The LG V40 is announced, but what about the older G7, offering 95% the functions for half the price?

Show 347 - My verdict on the biggest iPhone ever - the XS Max...

6.1Show 346 - Establishing the 2018 Smartphone Minimum, with a Nokia 6.1 review

Show 345 - Be patient - and save your money. Plus news from IFA 2018

Show 344 - My Top 5 Phones for Summer 2018!

7 PlusShow 343 - Reviewing the Nokia 7 Plus - a perfectly balanced high end mid-ranger?

Show 342 - Review of the new Asus Zenfone 5, so close to a true flagship yet a third the price!

Show 341 - Review of the Blackberry KEY2, polished and slick, but one compromise too many?

GeminiShow 340 - The Gemini Verdict!

Show 339 - The OnePlus 6 and the Smartphone Pantheon

Show 338 - My hands-on verdict on the Honor 10 budget flagship

XZ1 CompactShow 337 - Living with a 'compact flagship' - the Sony XZ1 Compact.

Show 336 - My hands-on verdict on the Huawei P20 Pro flagship

Show 336 - My hands-on verdict on the Huawei P20 Pro flagship

Show 335 - My take on a dozen smartphone Hot Potatoes - controversial spec points!

P20 ProShow 334 - Taming the Samsung Experience, plus news of the Huawei P20 Pro.

Show 333 - My extended verdict on the Samsung Galaxy S9, the flagship with everything

Show 332 - My hands-on PREVIEW of the Gemini PDA, setting this new smartphone into context and clarifying who it's for.

Mate 10 ProShow 331 - Review of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, super premium design and specs

Show 330 - The three phases of PureView - camera phone domination

Show 329 - My Razer Phone verdict, with updated speaker, camera and display software...

Wileyfox ProShow 328 - A look at two new wheezes from Wileyfox: ad-supported Android phones, and a secure Windows 10 Mobile handset for businesses

Show 327 - Hands-on review of the Nokia 8, a cheaper and more capable Pixel 2?

Show 326 - Hands-on review of the brand new Honor 7X, the flawed mid-ranger

iPhone 5TShow 325 - Detailed review of the OnePlus 5T, this year's true budget flagship

Show 324 - Why Google's making it hard to pick a flagship, and my Top 5 Phones for Christmas 2017

Show 323 - Exclusive (p)review of the retail Razer Phone, the gaming monster

iPhone XShow 322 - Comparative review of the Apple iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 XL

Show 321 - News of the Huawei Mate 10 line and my initial verdict on the Google Pixel 2

Show 320 - News of the Google Pixel 2 and my verdict on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

iPhone 8 Plus

Archive of earlier Smartphones Shows