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Google Nexus vs Google Pixel: What's the difference?

Google Nexus vs Google Pixel: What's the difference?

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Google set the cat amongst the pigeons when it announced the Pixel C tablet in 2015. Launched alongside the two new Nexus handsets (Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P), this new tablet came Pixel branded, rather than Nexus branded. The previous Pixel product we... >>

DxO Mark is another smartphone benchmark you can ignore

DxO Mark is another smartphone benchmark you can ignore

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Google took to the stage in San Francisco yesterday at its Made By Google event to launch a range of new products, including the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Replacing the Nexus programme with devices more firmly aimed at the premium smartphone owner,... >>

LG OLED C6 4K TV review: The curved OLED master
4.5 stars

LG OLED C6 4K TV review: The curved OLED master

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When the term "OLED" is uttered around people who like TVs, there's a twitch of excitement. An eye sparkles, an eyebrow raises, a corner of the mouth curls into a smile. That all comes down to the reputation that OLED has acquired: movie fans want to... >>

Huge Pixel and Pixel XL leak gives us a good look at the Made by Google phones

Huge Pixel and Pixel XL leak gives us a good look at the Made by Google phones

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Google is expected to unveil its new handsets on Tuesday 4 October and it looks like we have all the information about them thanks to launch-day images from Canadian carrier Bell and full specifications thanks to Carphone Warehouse. Rumours have long... >>

Amazon Video review: Hitting the Prime time
4.5 stars

Amazon Video review: Hitting the Prime time

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With Amazon becoming the almost default choice for DVD and Blu-ray purchases, it was perhaps no surprise to see the company offering this content in a different format.With Lovefilm on the books providing the postal rental solution, the way that Amazon went... >>

OnePlus 3 will be sold by O2 from 29 September

OnePlus 3 will be sold by O2 from 29 September

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In a surprise announcement, O2 has confirmed that it will be selling the OnePlus 3, making it the first UK network to offer OnePlus devices directly.OnePlus has been shaking up the smartphone world, offering quality devices with flagship specs and design,... >>

Amazing Google Pixel leak shows-off pure Android design

Amazing Google Pixel leak shows-off pure Android design

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With Google planning something of a mega launch party on 4 October, there has been no shortage to leaks and rumours approaching launch day. Amongst the most hotly-anticipated devices are the new Pixel handsets, stepping in to replace the Nexus devices... >>

Blue Microphones announces the Raspberry, the funkiest mic to use on the move

Blue Microphones announces the Raspberry, the funkiest mic to use on the move

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Blue Microphones has announced its latest addition to its collection of microphones, called the Raspberry.Designed with a compact form, it retains much of the character of Blue mics, with an interesting design, but has been designed with portability in... >>

Audi TT RS review: A serious upgrade, with serious performance
4.5 stars

Audi TT RS review: A serious upgrade, with serious performance

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Of all the Renn Sport models that Audi makes, the TT RS perhaps makes the most sense. At its basic level, the Audi TT is a sports car lite. That dropping roof and low-slung stance point to a sporty little coupé or roadster, even when it's a front-wheel... >>

Netflix review: The leading light in home entertainment
5.0 stars

Netflix review: The leading light in home entertainment

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Netflix needs no introduction. The company quickly gained momentum in the US with its DVD rental service that evolved into video streaming on demand, before spreading its wings to the UK in 2012. So impressive has the rise of Netflix been, that it's become... >>

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review: Carting the kids around couldn't be more cool
4.5 stars

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso review: Carting the kids around couldn't be more cool

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With SUVs flying off forecourts and onto driveways at a pace that doesn't match their often-sluggish performance, the MPV class is seen as the wallowing hinterland of modern cars.  It's where you end up when you've expanded your family beyond an estate... >>

Sony MDR-1000X review: Quite simply phenomenal noise-cancelling headphones
4.5 stars

Sony MDR-1000X review: Quite simply phenomenal noise-cancelling headphones

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Sony's mission to deliver its best noise-cancelling headphones has lead to the birth of the MDR-1000X. It's a solid name, for a solid pair of noise-cancelling headphones.The MDR-1000X set their sights on the lucrative wireless noise-cancelling segment... >>

Inside the McLaren Technology Centre

Inside the McLaren Technology Centre

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Nestled off an innocuous roundabout on the A320 lies the McLaren Technology Centre. A bespoke building which, with its sister the McLaren Production Centre, makes up the beating heart of the company most famed for its Formula 1 success. It's barely visible... >>

TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age
4.0 stars

TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age

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Waking early in the city offers plenty of unique advantages to the urban runner. It's a chance to run as the local population is wiping the sleep from its eyes, going about the routine of preparing for the day, heading to work, heading home from nights... >>

HTC Desire 10 Pro preview: A Smartphone Named Desire

HTC Desire 10 Pro preview: A Smartphone Named Desire

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HTC has announced a pair of new handsets, going under the name of HTC Desire 10. The name is designed to evoke memories of the HTC 10, the company's excellent 2016 flagship handset and the colourways are designed to stir your passions. HTC Desire 10 pro:... >>

HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle: Deco design adorns two very different devices

HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle: Deco design adorns two very different devices

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HTC has made the anticipated update to its mid-range devices with the launch of the HTC Desire 10 Pro and HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle. The biggest thing that stands these two handsets apart from other devices already available is design. HTC always likes... >>

HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle: A Desire handset never sounded so good

HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle: A Desire handset never sounded so good

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As you might gather from the title, the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle has a trick up its sleeve. Launched alongside the HTC Desire 10 Pro, the Lifestyle version offers the same body design as the "Pro" version, but makes some key changes. Pitched into the mid-range,... >>

HTC Desire 10 Pro vs Desire 10 Lifestyle: What's the difference?

HTC Desire 10 Pro vs Desire 10 Lifestyle: What's the difference?

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HTC has pulled the old trick of launching two devices with the same sort of name, but with very different specs. The HTC Desire 10 is the latest addition to HTC's mid-range. One of the distinctive things about the Desire 10 is the design, with gold trim... >>

HTC Desire 10: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC Desire 10: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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HTC is teasing the launch of its latest handset. Having been rather quiet following the launch of the HTC 10 and focusing on the HTC Vive VR launch, it now seems that there are Desire handsets in the works. The Desire family is HTC's mid-range, with... >>

Hive confirms compatibility with Amazon Echo for voice controlled heating and lighting

Hive confirms compatibility with Amazon Echo for voice controlled heating and lighting

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Amazon today confirmed that the Amazon Echo is coming to the UK, powered by its onboard smart agent Alexa. Announcing a range of partnerships, one of the more interesting for the UK is Hive, the smarthome offshoot of British Gas.  Hive has confirmed... >>

Pokemon Go buddy: How to use the new buddy system

Pokemon Go buddy: How to use the new buddy system

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Pokemon Go publisher Niantic Labs has always promised that there would be updates to Pokemon Go to add new features as the game moves forward. Although many will have seen the peak in Pokemon Go gameplay, the most recent update to the app on Android... >>

Pixel Launcher: Leak shows the fresh Android face of the Pixel and Pixel XL

Pixel Launcher: Leak shows the fresh Android face of the Pixel and Pixel XL

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There's been no shortage of leaks surrounding Google's forthcoming smartphones, the latest of which have named them as the Pixel and the Pixel XL, rather than Nexus. The thinking is that the Nexus programme is going to come to a halt, with Pixel taking... >>

TomTom Via 62 review: Gets you there, but not without a hiccup
3.5 stars

TomTom Via 62 review: Gets you there, but not without a hiccup

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Of all TomTom's satnav offerings, the Via appears to make the most sense. It offers Traffic, meaning it's a full head and shoulders above the entry-level Start model, but it's slimmer and much more affordable than the Go models. Available in two sizes:... >>

Those freaky AirPods show that Apple can still innovate

Those freaky AirPods show that Apple can still innovate

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Of all the devices launched at the Apple special event in September, it's the AirPods that have attracted the most attention.The iPhone 7 is a phone, an incremental update of last year's device; the iPhone 7 Plus is much the same, although the addition... >>

Best Apple iPhone 7 pre-order deals: £200 trade-in for old iPhone, new iPhone every year and more

Best Apple iPhone 7 pre-order deals: £200 trade-in for old iPhone, new iPhone every year and more

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The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now available for pre-order, meaning you can guarantee yourself the hottest new smartphone come launch day. Announced at Apple's special event in San Francisco on 7 September, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be in... >>