HTC U12+ battery test: a step backward

The HTC U12+ has a difficult task. Its predecessor was a secret successor that only found its way to a few buyers. The U12+ should now step out of the shadows and inspire more customers. To get the job done, the new smartphone can’t afford to have any weaknesses, especially when it comes to the battery.

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End of the line: our guide to the death of the telephone

The only person who rings your landline is your mum. And now even mobile calls are passé. How did this happen?

When did we fall out of love? Why did we stop talking? How hard is it to pick up the phone? Apparently, quite hard. Research indicates a quarter of smartphone users never use them to place a voice call. It’s not just digital natives; I can’t remember the last time I called a friend for a chat. The idea is as alien as eating a pint of mayonnaise prawns, or standing when a lady enters the room. Getting a phone call is even worse: it feels like being hijacked, or thrust on stage at the Albert Hall, without a script. With email, messaging, hangouts and social media on the menu, it’s not as if we suffer a lack of options when it comes to asking honey about their day. But are we losing something? Let’s take a look at the ways we still talk, to see if conversation really is dying, and if it even matters.

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