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"Who's it for?"

Anyone who's either just purchased or is about to purchase a top end phone or smartphone - this isn't supposed to be TV for uber-geeks or programmers, it's more 'all about smartphones for the rest of us'. 

"What happened to your MP4 downloads and feed?"

14 years after starting the show, almost everyone now watches in streaming form, via this web site or directly on YouTube, plus the 540p MP4s were starting to look too shabby. Plus there are logistical issues, server-side. So, for all these reasons, the MP4 feed was axed in Autumn 2018. If you're blind and relied on grabbing these files in order to listen though, or if you simply prefer audio, I've resurrected the MP3 version's feed.

"When does it come out?"

In busy times, every week or two. When there's less to review or cover, every two or three weeks. Meanwhile, the weekly Phones Show Chat audio podcast keeps a scheduled beat going with my thoughts - and guests!

"Shot ON a smartphone? Really?"

Yes, virtually all of The Phones Show is shot (video and stills) on a phone. In previous times, I've used the Nokia N93, N86, Samsung i8910 HD, N8, Lumia 1020 and 808 PureView (the Nokia phones have always had by far the best captured audio and video quality). I wanted to demonstrate how powerful some of these modern devices are in terms of multimedia creation. The Show is the proof.... My latest are the Samsung Galaxy S9+, Huawei P30 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, though I'm still mixing and matching - let me know what you think of the capture quality.

"Why isn't The Phones Show in 4K?"

Because no one wants to see my 50+-year-old hair, wrinkles and facial defects in 4K. It's bad enough in 1080p! Yes, I really am that self-conscious. Plus it's all about content, hopefully, not picture resolution!

"Your Show has helped me, how can I help you?"

In many ways: by spreading the word to your friends and colleagues; by linking to The Phones Show (use from your blog or web page; by using the small Google ads on these pages; by buying your must-have devices and accessories through Steve's Amazon Store, by asking for a free GiffGaff SIM with free credit, and, most of all, by making a small donation to help keep the show going.

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Show 430 - Full review of the Sony Xperia 5 iii

Show 429 - Full review of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

XR20Show 428 - Reviewing the super-rugged behemoth, the Nokia XR20

Show 427 - Full review of the Sony Xperia 1 iii

Show 426 - Update and video capture comparison

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...

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