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LG L3 E400
2.5 stars

LG L3 E400

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It's not a huge surprise that low-cost mobile phones are popular. There are a lot of people in need of smartphones, but not all of them have the money to spend on them. Most operators have a phone that costs about £100 or so, on pay-as-you-go, which... >>

Nintendo Wii U final GamePad details emerge

Nintendo Wii U final GamePad details emerge

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At E3, Nintendo is starting to answer the many questions that gamers have about the upcoming console, including many about its revolutionary new GamePad controller.  First and foremost is the confirmation that it *will* be possible to use more than one... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Hootsuite (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Hootsuite (Android)

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We think it's fair to say that, as good a service as Twitter is, when it comes to making apps, it's second in line to the dreadful Facebook for making a hash (pun very much intended) of things. Hootsuite aims to provide solutions to the many problems... >>

Samsung XE 300M Chromebox pictures and hands-on

Samsung XE 300M Chromebox pictures and hands-on

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The Chromebox is actually a very good idea. Between them, Samsung and Google are trying to make a computer that costs less than a normal PC, but still offered access to the world of cloud computing. How well it has succeeded probably depends on what you... >>

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 pictures and hands-on

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 pictures and hands-on

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The Chromebook is a curious idea. Essentially, it's a normal laptop - albeit one too low-powered to really run Windows - that has a stripped-down version of Linux installed, along with a version of Google's Chrome browser. And that's it. There are no... >>

Motorola Razr Maxx
4.0 stars

Motorola Razr Maxx

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We have been using the Motorola Razr for quite a long time now. It's a phone that we've honestly fallen in love with. It's styling is unique and interesting, it's tough without looking like a builder's phone and it's been a sturdy and reliable companion.... >>

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch

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It is not an exaggeration to say that the original Galaxy Tab is one of our favourite gadgets. While Steve Jobs was telling his disciples that 7-inch tablets were dead on arrival, Samsung was busy winning us over with its compact, but functional tablet.... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Wyse PocketCloud Remote (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Wyse PocketCloud Remote (Android)

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You've gone to work, but forgotten that crucial presentation, which is sitting on your home computer waiting to have its day in the spotlight, unaware that it will never come. Well, panic not, because with Wyse PocketCloud Remote, you can simply "dial"... >>

Canon EOS 5D MK III
5.0 stars

Canon EOS 5D MK III

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After Nikon’s D90, it felt like the crown of video would go to that firm. But, surprisingly, it was Canon that swooped in, and hoovered up the newly established video-from-SLR market. The D90 was never able to produce video sufficient for professional... >>

Mazda CX5 2.2 TDI AWD
4.0 stars

Mazda CX5 2.2 TDI AWD

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Talking to the Mazda team, it's interesting to hear how the company views itself, and even more interesting to hear how the firm is introducing some pretty interesting engineering techniques to make its cars better, and its production lines even more... >>

Cisco Linksys X3000
3.0 stars

Cisco Linksys X3000

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We're on the hunt for the best domestic router we can find. Why? Because routers play a huge part in your home these days, and too many of them are utter rubbish. Cisco is one of the biggest names in networking hardware, and its name carries a gravitas... >>

APP OF THE DAY: GO SMS Pro (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: GO SMS Pro (Android)

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You might use the default Android SMS app, you might use one provided by your handset manufacturer. The problem is, there's no consistency in Android SMS clients, and most of them are ugly and don't have much in the way of functionality. GO SMS Pro is... >>

Porsche Cayman S
4.5 stars

Porsche Cayman S

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"Would you like to drive a Porsche around the south of France?" is the kind of question which - like, "Would you like either a kick in the crown jewels, or this gold ingot?"  - doesn’t require a lot of thinking about. "Yes," we replied, and a couple... >>

Nike Max Transitions pictures and hands-on

Nike Max Transitions pictures and hands-on

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Those old enough to remember a time when something called the "Sun" shone on our great nation will remember the need for things called "sunglasses" to prevent being overwhelmed by light. Sadly, the gods of water, including Thames, Veolia, Sutton and East... >>

Tesla Roadster
4.5 stars

Tesla Roadster

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We find people fall in to two categories: those who love electric cars, and think they're the future, and those who don't want to give up on petrol. It is, perhaps, unsurprising that we, as gadget and technology lovers, find the idea of electric cars... >>

Motorola Defy Mini
1.5 stars

Motorola Defy Mini

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We reviewed the Motorola Defy+ some time ago, and we didn't care for it. Not at all. So when the Defy Mini arrived, we couldn't see our hearts splitting in half with the love. And we aren't sure why it's called the Defy Mini either, because it's not much... >>

APP OF THE DAY: MX Player review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: MX Player review (Android)

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One of the great things about Android, is that it has a flexibility - especially with regard to the file system - that you don't get on iOS. It is, for example, perfectly possible to drag and drop video and music files over USB on to the SD card or internal... >>

HTC DG H200 Media Link HD
4.0 stars

HTC DG H200 Media Link HD

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One of our bugbears with DLNA, the home media-streaming standard, is that it's a bit of a pain to use. A standard it may be, but simple across every device you use, it most certainly is not. So HTC's Media Link HD is an interesting proposition. It's a... >>

EchoStar announces slimmest Freeview HD box

EchoStar announces slimmest Freeview HD box

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With analogue TV going the way of the dodo in the UK, there is presumably a lot of demand for people who are still enjoying their old, analogue-only TVs, but would like to watch more than just snow when the last UK region switches later this year. Now... >>

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T
4.5 stars

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T

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Asus blew our minds with the original Transformer. A tablet with a keyboard, we muttered, surely that's just a laptop running Android? But no, in fact it was a very clever idea: build a terrific tablet, that's both stylish and powerful, then offer a keyboard... >>

Sony SmartWatch
3.0 stars

Sony SmartWatch

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The idea of a Bluetooth watch that keeps you updated about phonecalls, text message and tweets and allows you to get yourself into Eighties teen comedy style scrapes with a spy camera, is almost too cool to be true. So we've spent some time with the Sony... >>

Amazon Kindle Touch 3G
4.5 stars

Amazon Kindle Touch 3G

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It wasn't all that long ago that we reviewed the new Kindle. As you might imagine, we loved it. This is, after all, the best known and best designed ebook reader on the market. It's simple, cheap, and pretty much single-purpose. What it does, it does... >>

HP Envy 14 Spectre
4.5 stars

HP Envy 14 Spectre

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What's in a name? In the case of the HP Envy 14 Spectre, a lot of really confusing nonsense. Of course, it's better than the model numbers you get with TVs, but even so it's very hard to work out what Spectre really has to do with anything - although... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Photon (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Photon (Android)

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Trains are boring places, and always have been, but thanks to the world of mobile gaming long, drawn-out and delayed journeys can be made all the more entertaining with cheap apps that take your mind away from Christopher the sweaty commuter and his rancid... >>

Huawei Ascend G300
4.5 stars

Huawei Ascend G300

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If you're a mobile operator that doesn't have a £100 Android handset for your pay-as-you-go customers, then you're very silly indeed. The leaders in this area are T-Mobile and Orange, who have very capable phones in this price range. Orange has the San... >>