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Ben Johnston

When independent film reviewing didn’t scratch his itch for discussing CPUs and bass frequencies, Ben pivoted industries and joined Expert Reviews in 2021. Nowadays, he goes by the title of Reviews Writer and covers all manner of mobile technology and audio products. After getting paid to listen to music and take photos with phones by day, this mild-mannered reporter can be found by night (and other times of day) earning his reputation as our resident comic book nerd or out on the water pretending that kayaking counts as real exercise.

Recent articles by Ben Johnston

Rear of Google Pixel 8 Pro in hand against bookcase background
The best smartphones you can buy in 2024
Mobile phones

The best Android and Apple smartphones to buy this year, as tested and reviewed by us

Nubia Flip 5G folded in hand, time showing on external display
Nubia Flip 5G hands-on: New blood in the flip phone game
Mobile phones

Nubia’s first swing at a folding phone, the Flip 5G, could be a strong rival for the Motorola Razr 40 – if it comes to the UK, that is

Motorola Adaptive Display Concept bendable phone wrapped around a woman's wrist
Motorola brings its bendable, wearable concept phone to MWC
Mobile phones

Chunky, ridiculous and highly impractical, the Motorola Adaptive Display Concept is exactly the kind of thing I want from MWC

Xiaomi 14 Ultra front view, in hand, grey bench in the background
Xiaomi 14 Ultra hands-on review: A mostly enticing UK debut
Mobile phones

With the 14 Ultra, Xiaomi is finally bringing its top-tier handset to the UK. But does it have what it takes to compete?

Xiaomi 14 hands-on review: Size matters
Mobile phones

Debuting with Xiaomi's new OS and a handful of hardware improvements, the Xiaomi 14 looks a solid, if safe, upgrade

Lenovo gets transparent about its see-through laptop at MWC
Laptops

Lenovo's ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop concept pairs a bright, see-through screen with a keyboard that doubles as a graphics tablet

Honor Pad 9 on an orange cushion on a desk, display on
Honor Pad 9 review: Growing in an Apple-shaped shadow
Tablets

It’s priced too close to the 2021 iPad, but key improvements make the Honor Pad 9 one of Android’s strongest competitors

300 inc VAT
Honor Magic 6 Pro, display on, in hand, geometric greyscale pattern in the background
Honor Magic 6 Pro review: An Android flagship like no other
Mobile phones

With outstanding stamina and some unique features, the Magic 6 Pro is Honor’s most compelling flagship yet

1099 inc VAT
Man on beach looking at smartphone
What is roaming data? The best UK networks for travel
Mobile networks

What is roaming data and which are the best networks for travelling abroad? We reveal all below

The best mid-range smartphones to buy
Mobile phones

Looking to save money on your next smartphone? Forget the flagships and check out these excellent mid-range options