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YotaPhone 2 now available in white, price drop to £440

YotaPhone 2 now available in white, price drop to £440

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Your eyes do not deceive you: this is the dual-screen YotaPhone 2 finished in white. Even the E Ink panel on the phone's rear has inverted its user interface to lead with black text on white to fit the new look. When we reviewed the YotaPhone 2 back at... >>

What's new in YotaPhone 2 software? YETI 2.0 explored, from Gmail to YotaFitness and more

What's new in YotaPhone 2 software? YETI 2.0 explored, from Gmail to YotaFitness and more

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The YotaPhone 2 is a unique proposition thanks to its dual screens: a 5-inch OLED panel on the front and secondary 5-inch E Ink panel on the rear. And now - from 14 May 2015, in addition to a white variant and new £440 price point - it also features... >>

Microsoft Surface 3 review: Sensible, affordable, but still on the fence
4.0 stars

Microsoft Surface 3 review: Sensible, affordable, but still on the fence

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Microsoft is a software company at heart, which has seen the Windows operating system maker not always taking like a duck to water when it comes to hardware. From the uncomfortable Microsoft Band, to the flurry of budget Lumia handsets following the acquisition... >>

LG G4 camera explored: The smartphone camera to beat?

LG G4 camera explored: The smartphone camera to beat?

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The smartphone camera wars continue, with the LG G4 hotting things up in the photography department. But is its latest camera the one to plump for? We've handled the G4 at its London launch to get a taste of what it's all about. In 2014 the LG G3 made... >>

Huawei P8 review: Slighted by software
3.5 stars

Huawei P8 review: Slighted by software

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It's been a curious year for flagship smartphones so far: from the impressive highs of the Samsung Galaxy range revamp, with the company's S6 and S6 edge, to the oh-it's-the-same-again HTC One in its M9 form. Sitting in among them is Huawei, with its... >>

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E: The bold yet budget 2-in-1 (hands-on)

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E: The bold yet budget 2-in-1 (hands-on)

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A third of the way through 2014 we were introduced to the Acer Aspire Switch 10, a 2-in-1 tablet-meets-laptop device that, despite its somewhat blocky design form, was a decent stab at the concept. That model gets a Gorilla Glass-topped re-lick for 2015,... >>

Acer Aspire R11: The Pilates to Lenovo's Yoga, with 360-degree swivel screen (hands-on)

Acer Aspire R11: The Pilates to Lenovo's Yoga, with 360-degree swivel screen (hands-on)

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Just like the Dead Or Alive classic song, the new Acer Aspire R11's screen can be spun right around - quite literally - to accommodate various positions to take on laptop, tent, stand and tablet forms.  We've seen a variety of solutions in the 2-in-1... >>

Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531: Big and budget (hands-on)

Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531: Big and budget (hands-on)

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It's not the first time we've seen the Acer Chromebook 15, but the CB3-531 version, unveiled at Acer's global press conference, adds some extras to the existing range, bringing some added refinement. Well, we say refinement, but first impressions don't... >>

Moto Maker for Moto 360 review: Is personalised smartwatch design worth the extra wait?

Moto Maker for Moto 360 review: Is personalised smartwatch design worth the extra wait?

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Silver or gold? Or maybe black with stone leather? This is tricky. In the tech world it's almost always been black, black, black, maybe a white option. More recently space greys and mystic champagnes have begun to dominate (in among other bonkers colour... >>

Twelve South BaseLift for MacBook review: Upstanding support

Twelve South BaseLift for MacBook review: Upstanding support

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A MacBook is an almost perfectly designed product, right? So why would it need an attachment to raise its position? According to Twelve South, the accessory company that designs for Apple products, the BaseLift is here to make for a better typing experience.... >>

Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi review: Budget 2-in-1 makes its mark
4.0 stars

Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi review: Budget 2-in-1 makes its mark

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It's all Zen and Chi over at Asus HQ of late. The company's latest laptop-meets-tablet, the Transformer Book T100 Chi, has meditated its way to a slimmer, fitter state than its more letter-laden T100TAF predecessor, presenting a slender design that incorporates... >>

Sony Cyber-shot HX90 review: Travel compact gives Panasonic TZ70 something to chew over

Sony Cyber-shot HX90 review: Travel compact gives Panasonic TZ70 something to chew over

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Sony is going for gold with its latest travel zoom compact, the Cyber-shot HX90 (and HX90V, which adds GPS), which includes a pop-up electronic viewfinder - a key feature as adopted from its higher-end Cyber-shot RX100 III camera. But whereas the RX-series... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge review: Livin' on the edge (not a prayer)
5.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge review: Livin' on the edge (not a prayer)

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is a radical phone. After a tepid response to 2014's Samsung Galaxy S5, the Korean giant had to do something special to stand out and get back to the top of its game. The "standard" Galaxy S6, with its new metal build, is an... >>

Motorola Moto G (2015) review: Budget big screen adds 4G, lacks new design thrills
4.0 stars

Motorola Moto G (2015) review: Budget big screen adds 4G, lacks new design thrills

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When the original Moto G was unveiled back in 2013 it blew other budget phones out of the water. Its 2014 follow-up threw its weight at a larger screen size and, bizarrely, ditched 4G connectivity in the process. That's where the Moto G 2015 comes in... >>

Devialet Silver Phantom review: Futuristic funk from this French Fancy will make your ears dance with delight

Devialet Silver Phantom review: Futuristic funk from this French Fancy will make your ears dance with delight

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Gaming fans might think the Devialet Phantom looks like a real-life replica of Ghost from smash-hit title Destiny, but audiophiles will know the high-end French manufacturer doesn't speak in vocoded Peter Dinklage, but instead top-end, crystal clear audio.... >>

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II review: OM-D has landed
4.5 stars

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II review: OM-D has landed

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Thank the stars that Olympus has settled on a name and number, with the second-generation OM-D E-M5 deploying the "Mark II" badge of honour. That's earned confidence: rather than reaching into the numbers pool and being named an E-M27 or something, the... >>

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

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Philips Hue, the adjustable lighting system that can be colour and luminance controlled via your smart device, is expanding, with the new Hue Go portable offering a slightly different stance to the range. With the majority of Hue products you require... >>

Microsoft Surface 3: 10.8-inch HD screen, full Windows 8.1, 50% cheaper than the Pro 3 (hands-on)

Microsoft Surface 3: 10.8-inch HD screen, full Windows 8.1, 50% cheaper than the Pro 3 (hands-on)

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We've been following Microsoft Surface - the laptop-meets-tablet hybrid device - since its conception, cumulating in the Surface Pro 3 towards the end of 2014. Now it's new year, new gear: with the brand new Surface 3, a 10.8-inch edition to the line-up,... >>

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge tips and tricks: What can the curved screen edges do?

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge tips and tricks: What can the curved screen edges do?

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After a tepid response to the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Korean giant has come out all guns blazing for the launch of its 2015 follow-up, most particularly in its curved screen format, the Galaxy S6 edge. We've been using the phone for 24-hours ahead of its... >>

Fujfiilm X-A2 review: Selfie system snapper makes a budget splash (hands-on)

Fujfiilm X-A2 review: Selfie system snapper makes a budget splash (hands-on)

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The selfie craze is in full swing, with all manner of devices getting in on the action. The Fujifilm X-A2, the company's update to the X-A1 from 2013, is the latest compact system to opt for a flip-forward screen. But does it strengthen the X-series line-up?... >>

Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner
4.5 stars

Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner

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Builder's dust. If you know it well, then you know just what it can do. And having caused our previous vacuum cleaner to meet an early grave, we needed a new and powerful lil sucker to replace it. Enter the Vax Air Revolve Pet, a bagless vacuum cleaner... >>

Nikon D7200 review: Connectivity features see enthusiast DSLR push forward (hands-on)

Nikon D7200 review: Connectivity features see enthusiast DSLR push forward (hands-on)

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As technology advances more traditional camera formats are progressing their feature sets to keep in check with the current norms. The Nikon D7200, the company's first DSLR with both Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC (near field communication) for smart device... >>

Mad Catz Lynx 9 mobile gaming controller is as cool (and complex) as the Batcycle (hands-on)

Mad Catz Lynx 9 mobile gaming controller is as cool (and complex) as the Batcycle (hands-on)

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At first glance you might think you're looking at a maquette of the Batcycle. Or, based on another picture, maybe the Batarang. But, no, this is the Mad Catz Lynx 9, a mobile gaming controller that can cater for phones, phablets, tablets and pretty much... >>

Apple TV 2015 billed for summer launch, A8 chip on board, subscription service launch anticipated

Apple TV 2015 billed for summer launch, A8 chip on board, subscription service launch anticipated

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It looks as though summer 2015 will finally be when Apple TV gets its big re-launch. Following a Wall Street Journal report earlier this week, suggesting Apple's yet-to-launch new streaming service is all but in place, the rumour mill momentum gathers... >>

Acer Revo One RL85: The mini PC for work and play (hands-on)

Acer Revo One RL85: The mini PC for work and play (hands-on)

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It's not the first time we've seen a mini PC, but the Acer Revo One RL85's dinky one-litre scale means you can wave goodbye to the bulky tower of old, while its versatile feature set means it's more than just a PC. Indeed, by default it comes boxed with... >>