David Phelan

David Phelan (Twitter) is an actor and tech writer (AVForums, Time Out, The Independent, Monocle, The Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail)

David is a freelance journalist who covers tech launches, events and news for AVForums as well as tech reviews.

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    Apple iPhone 12 Pro Review

    by David Phelan
    Apple iPhone 12 Pro Review
    The iPhone 12 Pro takes the iPhone 12 series staples of 5G connectivity, an OLED display, A14 Bionic chip, Ceramic Shield protection, MagSafe accessories and Dolby Vision recording and adds an extra camera and depth sensing LiDAR scanner. Does this make the already good even better?  
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    Apple iPhone 12 Review

    by David Phelan
    Apple iPhone 12 Review
    The iPhone 12 range is Apple's first to feature 5G connectivity and there's also a move from LCD to OLED displays. Throw in a brand new 5nm A14 Bionic chip, Ceramic Shield protection, MagSafe compatible accessories and the ability to record video in Dolby Vision and the price rise over last year might just be seen as acceptable.  
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    Apple iPhone SE Review

    by David Phelan
    Apple iPhone SE Review
    This phone is the very definition of déjà vu. At a glance it’s nearly identical to the iPhone 8, released in September 2017. But inside, though much of the hardware is the same, it’s powered by the latest iPhone chip, the A13 Bionic, also found in the current flagship phones. Despite the price rise, it is arguably the most affordable, and certainly best-value, iPhone yet.  
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    Apple iPad Pro (11in and 12.9in) Review

    by David Phelan
    Apple iPad Pro (11in and 12.9in) Review
    It’s the highest-specced tablet from Apple, available in two screen sizes: 11in and 12.9in. The 12.9in model is in its fourth-generation, having gone through three major redesigns, and the 11in version is on its second go-round. Is either of them worthy?  
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    Huawei P40 Pro Review

    by David Phelan
    Huawei P40 Pro Review
    The P40 Pro offers a new design, four cameras, a screen which slopes down in four directions and other new features. Does it miss Google Mobile Services though?  
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    Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Review

    by David Phelan
    Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Review
    From the outside, the Galaxy Z Flip is a small folding phone, and it looks great. It’ll fit into a small pocket, and then fold out impressively to be as big as most other smartphones. So, is Samsung's second recent attempt at a folding phone worth your while?  
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    Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Review

    by David Phelan
    Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Review
    For the first time ever, Samsung has opted to change the number of its latest Galaxy release by not one but ten. So last year’s Galaxy S10 is followed by the new S20. You didn’t miss a decade, but Samsung is suggesting a huge step forward.  
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    Huawei Mate 30 Pro Review

    by David Phelan
    Huawei Mate 30 Pro Review
    A casualty of political maneuvering, can Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro make up for its lack of crucial Google apps with appealing features in other areas?  
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    Apple iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Review

    by David Phelan
    Apple iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Review
    We take a look at the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max to see if the upgrade is really worth the outlay. So does it warrant your attention?  
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    74

    Apple iPhone 11 Review

    by David Phelan
    Apple iPhone 11 Review
    The combination of snazzy colours, business-like camera square and sparse detailing looks classy and appealing. We take a look at the new iPhone 11.  
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    Sony Xperia 1 Review

    by David Phelan
    Sony Xperia 1 Review
    Sony's 2019 flagship serves up a 4K HDR OLED display in a 21:9 design and adds a side mounted fingerprint sensor and versatile camera setup for both stills and video. Does the screen set it apart from the pack?  
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    Nokia 9 PureView Review

    by David Phelan
    Nokia 9 PureView Review
    This is one of the most attractive and elegant phones yet from Nokia and a software update has fixed the fingerprint sensor issues reported elsewhere.  
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    Huawei P30 Pro Review

    by David Phelan
    Huawei P30 Pro Review
    Let’s be clear, I haven’t seen a phone that comes close to what this camera can do. Huawei’s smart move of involving Leica in its photographic endeavours is a part of that.  
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    Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

    by David Phelan
    Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review
    Samsung's latest smartphone is likely to be a big seller that is powerful, has a great screen and superb features. So does it live up to the hype?  
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  • Tech Article

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    Editor's Choice Awards - Best Smartphones 2018

    by David Phelan
    Editor's Choice Awards - Best Smartphones 2018
    There is a smartphone for everyone, and we pick the best in 2018 for different uses and budgets.  
  • Tech News

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    Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs OnePlus 6T Smartphone Comparison Review

    by David Phelan
    Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs OnePlus 6T Smartphone Comparison Review
    We compare two brilliant, flagship smartphones arriving towards the end of 2018.  
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    Huawei Mate 20 Pro Smartphone Review

    by David Phelan
    Huawei Mate 20 Pro Smartphone Review
    The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is one of the most beautiful phones yet made, by any manufacturer.  
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    OnePlus 6T Smartphone Review

    by David Phelan
    OnePlus 6T Smartphone Review
    With a fingerprint sensor in the screen and a price tag of just £499, how does the OnePlus 6T stack up against rival flagship models?  
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    Nokia 7.1 Smartphone Review

    by David Phelan
    Nokia 7.1 Smartphone Review
    The latest smartphone from Nokia is here for review. It's a display which looks gorgeous: it supports HDR10 - one of a tiny number of phones at this price with a HDR-capable screen. But is it any good at normal smartphone tasks?  
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    Apple iPhone XR Review

    by David Phelan
    Apple iPhone XR Review
    Is it the poor relation to the more expensive XS and XS Max or does it offer something the others don't have? Read our review to find out...  
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    Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max review

    by David Phelan
    Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max review
    2018's 'XS' variant on the iPhone X provides incremental improvements, including the A12 Bionic chipset, faster wireless charging and a better IP rating.  
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    Samsung Galaxy Note9 Review

    by David Phelan
    Samsung Galaxy Note9 Review
    The Note9 ups the ante in every way over its predecessor with stereo speakers, a better camera setup, larger screen, bigger battery and more storage.  
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    Nokia 8 Sirocco Review

    by David Phelan
    Nokia 8 Sirocco Review
    The latest Nokia phone to arrive takes the same number as last year’s high-end model but adds an extra word to the name and a lot of class.  
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    Huawei P20 Pro Smartphone Review

    by David Phelan
    Huawei P20 Pro Smartphone Review
    It's likely the thing that'll draw you to Huawei's P20 Pro is the remarkable camera set-up. Three on the back, one on the front. For a camera in your pocket, it's sensational, matching or even beating the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9+.  
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    Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Smartphone Review

    by David Phelan
    Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Smartphone Review
    Samsung launch their new Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones and have not only taken on board criticisms of the the S8 and S8+ but also added some cool new features.  
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    Apple iPhone X Review

    by David Phelan
    Apple iPhone X Review
    After 10 days of solid testing it's time to decide whether Apple's new iPhone X justifies all the hype and its price tag.  
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    Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Review

    by David Phelan
    Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Review
    Apple's new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus offer a faster processor, improved camera and image processing, a glass back and wireless recharging but do they do enough to move out of the shadow of the upcoming iPhone X?  
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    Samsung Galaxy Note8 Smartphone Review

    by David Phelan
    Samsung Galaxy Note8 Smartphone Review
    After the problems with Samsung's Galaxy Note7, there's a lot riding on the success of the Note8, so can this new smartphone tablet hybrid get the company back on track and pre-empt the next iPhone?  
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    Nokia 8 Smartphone Review

    by David Phelan
    Nokia 8 Smartphone Review
    The Nokia 8 is the new flagship Android smartphone from the revamped company and it looks well specced and competitively priced. Is this the best phone to bear the Nokia logo?  
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    Sony Xperia XZ Premium Smartphone Review

    by David Phelan
    Sony Xperia XZ Premium Smartphone Review
    Sony's latest super-sized smartphone is the Xperia XZ Premium and this time the Japanese giant has bunged in everything!  
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    LG G6 Smartphone Review

    by David Phelan
    LG G6 Smartphone Review
    LG's new G6 Android smartphone returns to a more traditional design but boasts a bigger screen and support for HDR including Dolby Vision.  
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    Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Smartphone Review

    by David Phelan
    Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Smartphone Review
    After a disastrous year in 2016, Samsung have a lot riding on their new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones but can they possibly live up to the expectations?  
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    Google Pixel and Pixel XL Smartphone Review

    by David Phelan
    Google Pixel and Pixel XL Smartphone Review
    Google launch the Pixel and Pixel XL, the first smartphones made entirely by them, and the tech giant clearly has the iPhone in its sights.  
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    Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact Smartphone Review

    by David Phelan
    Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact Smartphone Review
    Sony launch their new flagship Xperia XZ and smaller X Compact smartphones but how do they measure up to the competition in terms of features, performance and price?  
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    Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Review

    by David Phelan
    Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Review
    Apple are back with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus but are there enough improvements to justify upgrading from their previous generation of smartphone?  
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  • Tech Article

    91

    iPhone 7 and 7 Plus hands-on first look

    by David Phelan
    iPhone 7 and 7 Plus hands-on first look
    We take a close look at Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as their clever AirPod wireless headphones.  

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