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Best smartphone camera: iPhone 6S Plus vs SGS7 edge vs LG G5

Best smartphone camera: iPhone 6S Plus vs SGS7 edge vs LG G5

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Phone cameras have become mighty impressive in recent years, almost making dedicated cameras redundant. As we push into 2016 the new wave of flagship devices come with formidable camera specs. And having reviewed the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and... >>

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III superzoom boasts 24-600mm zoom and 1-inch sensor size

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III superzoom boasts 24-600mm zoom and 1-inch sensor size

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It wasn't so long ago that Sony released the second-gen Cyber-shot RX10 - a camera, ultimately, similar to the original superzoom in that range. But it's all change with the RX10 III (which you might see called DSC-RX10M3 on some sites), which embodies... >>

What is Apple Renew and how does it benefit me? Trade-in and recycle options explored

What is Apple Renew and how does it benefit me? Trade-in and recycle options explored

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Apple is going extra green. And no, that's not a new iPhone colour variant. It's all to do with recycling, with Apple Renew - the company's trade-in and recycling incentive programme - announced proper at the company's iPhone SE and iPad Pro (9.7-inch)... >>

Astell & Kern AK380 is one bonkers but beautiful high-res portable player

Astell & Kern AK380 is one bonkers but beautiful high-res portable player

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We've seen swathes of audio devices in our time, but when it comes to portable audio nothing has ever quite stood out like the bonkers but beautiful looking Astell & Kern AK380.Now this is no Sony Walkman. Crafted from a single block of aluminium, which... >>

Shark Proof liquid screen protector works for any screen, even curved phones

Shark Proof liquid screen protector works for any screen, even curved phones

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Screen protectors can be priceless to help keep your beloved (and probably expensive) phone or smart device free from scratches. But they can also look unsightly. Now there's a quirky solution that doesn't depend on a stick-on layer at all. Shark Proof,... >>

Nokia Ozo will cost €55,000: Pro-spec VR capture doesn't come cheap

Nokia Ozo will cost €55,000: Pro-spec VR capture doesn't come cheap

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In 2016 virtual reality (VR) is tech's big fish. So it's apt that the pro-spec Nokia Ozo 360-degree VR camera looks like a futuristic flying fish. One priced to the tune €55,000. (Update: since publishing, Nokia has contacted us regarding UK price,... >>

Want VR on a budget? Homido Mini clip onto your phone and cost £15

Want VR on a budget? Homido Mini clip onto your phone and cost £15

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There's been an explosion of virtual reality - better known as VR - in recent months. But if the idea of PlayStation VR, Vive or Oculus sounds like an over-expensive pipe-dream then here's a budget option: the Homido Mini.It's not the first time we've... >>

Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat just got smarter
4.0 stars

Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat just got smarter

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We had Nest 3.0, the smart learning thermostat, installed at the tail-end of 2015, replacing the 2.0 model installed in the summer of 2014. Since then it's been sensing and learning our heating habits. Good job, as the wintry cold spell has really stuck... >>

Nest Cam review: The next level in home security?
4.0 stars

Nest Cam review: The next level in home security?

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Wi-Fi based home security camera options are everywhere at the moment, with the Google-owned Nest Cam not the first product with its foot in the door, so to speak. We've already seen Withings Home, Netatmo Welcome and Panasonic Nubo to name but a few.Nest... >>

Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition review: The stepping-stone to Oculus proper
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Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition review: The stepping-stone to Oculus proper

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Virtual reality, often known as VR, has a long and winding history. From the distant dream of Sega's VR, unveiled back in 1993, to the modern day it's-almost-here reality of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, it's South Korean giant Samsung that's... >>

Fujifilm X-Pro2 review: Pro perfection?
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X-Pro2 review: Pro perfection?

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When the Fujifilm X-Pro1 burst onto the camera scene its retro digital rangefinder style was like a pleasurable punch to the face; the kind of kipper-slap that left us, and many, a bit tingly around the chops and hungry for more. No camera maker had dared... >>

Nest major update: Phone geo-tracking added, family accounts introduced

Nest major update: Phone geo-tracking added, family accounts introduced

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Nest has introduced a major update to its app and services today, adding family accounts for up to 10 individual users per account and phone-based geo-tracking for smarter auto-home/away activation. As long-time users of the Nest Learning Thermostat,... >>

Canon EOS 1300D brings Wi-Fi to the entry-level DSLR

Canon EOS 1300D brings Wi-Fi to the entry-level DSLR

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The entry-level DSLR camera sector doesn't see too many new models these days, but Canon has quietly just unveiled its latest: the EOS 1300D. An update to 2014's EOS 1200D, the 1300D is an altogether similar and affordable beginner product, but dresses... >>

Fujifilm X70 review: Wide-angle wonder
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X70 review: Wide-angle wonder

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Fujifilm is a winner when it comes to high-end compact cameras. So when the company unveiled the X70 at the tail-end of 2015 we were surprised and delighted by the concept: this 28mm f/2.8 (equivalent) fixed-lens camera pools together all that's great... >>

Mini Cooper Convertible (2016) first drive: Topless fun

Mini Cooper Convertible (2016) first drive: Topless fun

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It's almost hard to believe that the BMW-reimagined Mini is now in its 15th year. Call it a birthday, if you will, that the Cooper Convertible arrives this month in its third-generation and best-looking guise to date; a little puppy fat, cute looks, bags... >>

Libratone Zipp review: A sound Scandinavian success
4.5 stars

Libratone Zipp review: A sound Scandinavian success

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Libratone is a Scandinavian company and does things a little differently. First, it likes its materials: whether woolly coats or similar, like with its Diva soundbar. Second, its products aren't as outlandishly expensive as most things in Copenhagen.The... >>

Panasonic Lumix TZ100 review: Imaging liberation meet lens limitation
4.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix TZ100 review: Imaging liberation meet lens limitation

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The Panasonic Lumix TZ100 (known as ZS100 in the US) joins an increasing raft of cameras built around a 1-inch sensor size, promising upgraded image quality over what you would normally expect from a standard compact. Most prominent camera companies are... >>

Oppo F1 review: Pole position or pit stop for this affordable phone?
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Oppo F1 review: Pole position or pit stop for this affordable phone?

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When you look back at how phones have progressed over the last few years, it's easy to just focus on the top models: your iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S-es. However, for your average person who wants a phone but doesn't want to blow a massive hole in their... >>

Far Cry Primal review: Kings of the Stone Age
4.5 stars

Far Cry Primal review: Kings of the Stone Age

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In the modern games industry, once a publisher has a hit and follows it up with a successful sequel, all thoughts of risk and reward go out of the window. For that marks the point at which a new "franchise" is established, and we all know what those are... >>

Nikon DL: Trio of 1-inch sensor cameras, can Nikon finally make its mark in compacts?

Nikon DL: Trio of 1-inch sensor cameras, can Nikon finally make its mark in compacts?

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As one of the biggest camera manufacturers in the world, Nikon compacts have, by and large, been uninspiring and lost out to better competition. Until now, thanks to the announcement of a trio of 1-inch sensor compacts, called Nikon DL. It's an interesting... >>

Microsoft Surface Book review: One for the books
4.0 stars

Microsoft Surface Book review: One for the books

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After picking up the Microsoft Surface Book the bag in which it was placed promptly ripped through at the handles as we wandered down the street. Ah, this isn't a lightweight tablet-esque Surface product and, we suppose, we learnt that the hard way before... >>

Denon AH-MM400 headphones review: Wonderful or just wooden?
4.0 stars

Denon AH-MM400 headphones review: Wonderful or just wooden?

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Tired of plasticky headphones? Well, here's your chance to buy into some with a wooden exterior - Denon's new AH-MM400 reference over-ears.Which, some might think, look somewhat mad. Apt, then, that they top the "Music Maniac" range, we suppose.We've... >>

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS preview: Putting 40x zoom in the palm of your hand

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS preview: Putting 40x zoom in the palm of your hand

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Ah, the compact superzoom. Over the years they've got smaller yet, somehow, have managed to cram more and more features in. In the case of the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS it's all about the zoom - 40x optical zoom, no less. Which is quite a feat. In the... >>

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II: Upping the high-end compact ante

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II: Upping the high-end compact ante

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When we first used the Canon PowerShot G7 X, the company's first 1-inch sensor compact, it felt like Canon's attempt to deflect a strong Sony line-up - namely the RX100 series. Some 18-months later and it's time for round two, with the G7 X Mark II upping... >>

Beats Pill+ review: A pricey pill to swallow
3.5 stars

Beats Pill+ review: A pricey pill to swallow

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Portable Bluetooth speakers are available in abundance right now. Whether ones made by companies you've heard of, or ones that you haven't, the price and ability of such speakers hugely varies. With Beats now owned by Apple adding a sense of extra kudos... >>