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Apple iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max vs iPhone X: What's the difference?
Apple iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max vs iPhone X: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Apple announced a collection of new iPhones at the beginning of September, with two new models that advance the iPhone X launched in 2017. They are the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max.How do the iPhone XS and the XS Max compare to last year's iPhone X... Read more

Apple CarPlay explored: Taking iOS on the road
Apple CarPlay explored: Taking iOS on the road By Britta O'Boyle

Apple CarPlay has been around for a few years now but things have moved on significantly in those years, with more and more manufacturers offering compatibility and not just in premium models either.We used it in the 2017 Kia Sportage for the sake... Read more

What is Alexa and what can Amazon Echo do?
What is Alexa and what can Amazon Echo do? By Britta O'Boyle

Amazon Echo is one of a range of hands-free speakers and devices that can be controlled with your voice. The voice-controlled Amazon "personal assistant" on these devices is called Alexa, who will perform various tasks for you and control various systems.In... Read more

Withings is back on the pulse with Steel HR Sport
Withings is back on the pulse with Steel HR Sport By Britta O'Boyle

Withings has announced the Steel HR Sport activity tracker featuring heart rate monitoring, connected GPS, a 25-day battery life and VO2 Max measurements.The Steel HR Sport is the first product to launch following the company reacquiring itself from Nokia... Read more

Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL specs, release date, news and rumours
Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL specs, release date, news and rumours By Britta O'Boyle

For Android fans there's little as exciting as the launch of a new Pixel with pure, unadulterated, Android software.The leaks surrounding the Pixel 3 have been prolific, with little now left to the imagination about these phones. Google has send out... Read more

Best iPhone XS and XS Max cases: Protect your new Apple smartphone
Best iPhone XS and XS Max cases: Protect your new Apple smartphone By Britta O'Boyle

Apple announced the iPhone XS and XS Max during an event in September, alongside the iPhone XR and Apple Watch Series 4. The XS and XS Max are the top-of-the-range iPhones, bringing with them a beautiful premium design with an almost all-screen front,... Read more

OnePlus 6T release date, features, specs and rumours
OnePlus 6T release date, features, specs and rumours By Britta O'Boyle

Chinese manufacturer OnePlus has built its reputation on delivering smartphones that are nearly half the price of their competitors, but comparable in terms of design, features and specifications.Tradition suggests the company is due to launch the upgraded... Read more

LG V40 ThinQ specs, release date, rumours and news
LG V40 ThinQ specs, release date, rumours and news By Britta O'Boyle

LG traditionally announces two flagship smartphone ranges in a year. The first comes in the form of the G Series, with the latest model being the LG G7 ThinQ, while the second comes in the form of the V Series, the latest of which is currently the LG... Read more

Which is the best iPhone? iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone XR, or iPhone XS?
Which is the best iPhone? iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone XR, or iPhone XS? By Britta O'Boyle

There is plenty of choice when it comes to smartphones, almost too much in fact. Chances are if you are reading this feature, however, you have at least narrowed your options down to the Apple iPhone.So as you have discarded Android, as well as the other... Read more

Apple iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: What's the difference?
Apple iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Apple revealed three new iPhones revealed at its September event, comprising a refreshed iPhone X, called the iPhone XS, a larger iPhone X called the iPhone XS Max and a replacement for the iPhone 8 called the iPhone XR. Yes you read that right, the iPhone... Read more

Apple iPhone XS vs XS Max vs iPhone XR: What's the difference?
Apple iPhone XS vs XS Max vs iPhone XR: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Apple announced three new iPhones during its September event, including a new iPhone X, a larger iPhone X and a cheaper model that offers the iPhone X design.The new iPhones go by the names iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, respectively. Here is... Read more

Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and XR specs, release date, news and features
Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and XR specs, release date, news and features By Britta O'Boyle

Apple's 2018 iPhone launch has seen three iPhone X replacements announced - the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR. The iPhone XS is an upgraded model of the iPhone X, the iPhone XS Max is a larger version and the iPhone XR is a cheaper aluminium-based... Read more

Google Pixel watch specs, release date, news and rumours
Google Pixel watch specs, release date, news and rumours By Britta O'Boyle

A Google-branded smartwatch has been rumoured for some time - no pun intended - but it has yet to materialise despite the WearOS platform running numerous third-party smartwatches.Speculation suggests that a Pixel Watch is finally coming though, it's... Read more

Best upcoming smartwatches: Future wristwear to look forward to
Best upcoming smartwatches: Future wristwear to look forward to By Britta O'Boyle

To hear watch without the word smart in front of it will soon be indicative of a heirloom description. Even luxury watch brands have embraced smartwatches. In 2018, we've already seen Tag Heuer announce its Modular Connected 41, Samsung launch its... Read more

Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro specs, release date, rumours and news
Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro specs, release date, rumours and news By Britta O'Boyle

Huawei may have already won several hearts over this year with its beautiful P20 Pro but the Chinese manufacturer isn't done yet. Like rivals LG with its V series and Samsung with its Note series, Huawei also releases two flagship smartphone ranges a... Read more

Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom 3 review: Booming excellence
5.0 stars Ultimate Ears UE Megaboom 3 review: Booming excellence By Britta O'Boyle

Ultimate Ears makes some of the best Bluetooth speakers around. If you're in the market for a portable, waterproof speaker that will deliver when it comes to bass and volume, the UE line-up is an excellent place to look.The original UE Megaboom was fantastic,... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: A sensational big-screen experience
4.5 stars Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: A sensational big-screen experience By Britta O'Boyle

The Samsung Galaxy Note series is one of the best smartphone ranges out there. It's the series that made so-called 'phablets' fashionable (indeed, no one even bothers to call them phablets any more) and brought with it integrated stylus control.There... Read more

The best budget phone 2018: Top cheap phones for under £200
The best budget phone 2018: Top cheap phones for under £200 By Britta O'Boyle

Just because you want a cheap smartphone doesn't mean you have to compromise on features.There are plenty of bargain budget phones under £200 - often so good that it seems bizarre that a flagship phone costs at least three times as much.  Compare... Read more

Which is the best mid-range phone under £400?
Which is the best mid-range phone under £400? By Britta O'Boyle

Choosing a new smartphone isn't as simple as it used to be. They may not come in more than one shape, but they do come in lots of different sizes, with plenty of different features and most importantly, at plenty of different price points.For some the... Read more

Which UE speaker is best? Megablast, Blast, Megaboom 3, Boom 3 and Wonderboom compared
Which UE speaker is best? Megablast, Blast, Megaboom 3, Boom 3 and Wonderboom compared By Britta O'Boyle

Ultimate Ears is well known for its excellent Bluetooth speakers. They all deliver a great sound quality from distinctive designs made up of giant volume buttons, rubber and fabric materials and bright and vibrant colour options.Which UE speaker is the... Read more

Samsung Galaxy X: What's the story on Samsung's foldable phone?
Samsung Galaxy X: What's the story on Samsung's foldable phone? By Britta O'Boyle

The Samsung Galaxy X has long been rumoured as Samsung's foldable smartphone. Until very recently, at least, when rumours suggested the Galaxy X would in fact be a gaming phone, while the Galaxy F will be the foldable phone.So will it be the Galaxy X... Read more

Michael Kors Access Runway initial review: Smartwatches can be sexy
Michael Kors Access Runway initial review: Smartwatches can be sexy By Britta O'Boyle

Fashion brand Michael Kors has returned for a third time, adding to its Access range of smartwatches with the Runway.The new device goes back to the chunkier design we saw on the initial Bradshaw watch but it keeps the fully round display, whilst adding... Read more

Sony WH-1000XM3 initial review: Round three for the noise-cancelling champs
Sony WH-1000XM3 initial review: Round three for the noise-cancelling champs By Britta O'Boyle

Sony's MDR-1000X headphones are an exceptional set of noise-cancelling cans. We adored them when they launched in 2016 and we love their successors - the Sony WH-1000XM2 - even more.It was to our great delight therefore, that Sony announced a third generation... Read more

LG G7 One initial review: LG's first Android One smartphone
LG G7 One initial review: LG's first Android One smartphone By Britta O'Boyle

LG announced two new smartphones at IFA 2018 in the form of the G7 One and the G7 Fit. The G7 One is the more exciting of the two, offering good hardware, a decent design and a great display, even if the G7 Fit is the device with the more premium finish. The... Read more

Sony FES Watch U: The e-paper watch that costs more than an Apple Watch
Sony FES Watch U: The e-paper watch that costs more than an Apple Watch By Britta O'Boyle

Sony-owned Fashion Entertainment presented a crowd-funded e-paper watch called the FES Watch in 2015. It then succeeded this device the year after with the FES Watch U, which was made available to buy in Japan in 2017.Two years on from its initial debut... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ3 initial review: Finally, the Xperia flagship we've been waiting for
Sony Xperia XZ3 initial review: Finally, the Xperia flagship we've been waiting for By Britta O'Boyle

Sony Mobile isn't the smartphone manufacturer you go to for a device that pushed boundaries. The company has been a stickler when it comes to design especially, but also things like display resolution, display panel and even software experience.Something... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ3 could be the best looking Sony phone yet
Sony Xperia XZ3 could be the best looking Sony phone yet By Britta O'Boyle

Sony has announced its third flagship smartphone of the year at IFA 2018 in the Xperia XZ3. The device succeeds the Xperia XZ2 but sits under the Xperia XZ2 Premium and it brings with it a refreshed design with a curved OLED display.The Xperia XZ3 has... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ3 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs S9+: What's the difference?
Sony Xperia XZ3 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs S9+: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Sony has announced its latest flagship smartphone at IFA 2018 in the form of the Xperia XZ3. The new device brings a lovely design, coupled with a curved OLED display, but how does it compare to its competition?This is the Sony Xperia XZ3 up against the... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ3 release date, specs and features
Sony Xperia XZ3 release date, specs and features By Britta O'Boyle

Sony Mobile made a big design shift in 2018, giving the Xperia XZ2 a new "Loop Design" and washing away the square design language it utilised over the last few years.The Xperia XZ2 Premium was then announced a month later, casting something of a shadow... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ3 vs XZ2 vs XZ2 Premium: What's the difference?
Sony Xperia XZ3 vs XZ2 vs XZ2 Premium: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Sony typically announces a new flagship smartphone every six months, so it will come as no surprise to fans that the Xperia XZ2 has now been succeeded by the Xperia XZ3.The Xperia XZ2 was revealed at MWC 2018 in February, followed by the XZ2 Premium a... Read more

Ultimate Ears UE Boom 3 review: Booming brilliant
Ultimate Ears UE Boom 3 review: Booming brilliant By Britta O'Boyle

Ultimate Ears speakers are a distinguishable bunch. They not only offer similar design properties such as prominent volume controls, but they also offer excellent sound quality too.The UE Boom is one of the smaller options in the Ultimate Ears portfolio... Read more

UE Megaboom 3 and Boom 3 speakers redesigned, refined and more affordable than ever
UE Megaboom 3 and Boom 3 speakers redesigned, refined and more affordable than ever By Britta O'Boyle

Ultimate Ears has introduced two new speakers at IFA 2018 in the form of the UE Megaboom 3 and the smaller UE Boom 3. The two speakers come with the same internals as their predecessors for 360-degree sound, but they offer a refreshed design and cheaper... Read more

Best Fitbit fitness tracker: Which Fitbit is right for you?
Best Fitbit fitness tracker: Which Fitbit is right for you? By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit has been around for years, sitting at the top of its activity tracking class smugly watching as its competitors hope to raise the same sort of brand awareness. For many, a fitness band is simply called "a fitbit", such has the impact been of this... Read more

Fitbit's new Charge 3 adds waterproofing, a touch display and will last a week
Fitbit's new Charge 3 adds waterproofing, a touch display and will last a week By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit has introduced the successor to its popular Charge 2 fitness tracker in the Charge 3. The new device refines the design of the 2016 model, whilst also adding water-resistance up to 50-metres, a touchscreen display and a longer-lasting battery life... Read more

Fitbit Alta HR vs Charge 3: What's the difference?
Fitbit Alta HR vs Charge 3: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit has no fewer than nine activity trackers in its portfolio. The latest in the line up is the Charge 3, which succeeds the excellent Charge 2 fitness tracker from 2016. The Alta HR meanwhile, was introduced in 2017 and as its name suggests, it... Read more

Fitbit Charge 3 vs Charge 2 vs Charge HR: What's the difference?
Fitbit Charge 3 vs Charge 2 vs Charge HR: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit offers numerous devices in the activity tracking market, from the plain and simple Flex 2 to its GPS sportswatch, known to friends as Ionic.The latest device to join the Fitbit family is the Charge 3. We've compared it to the Fitbit Charge 2,... Read more

Fitbit Charge 3 specs, release date, news and features
Fitbit Charge 3 specs, release date, news and features By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit's last two product launches focused on fitness smartwatches rather than fitness trackers, with the Fitbit Ionic announced in late August 2017 and Fitbit Versa following in March 2018, but it's back to trackers for the second launch of 2018.The... Read more

Fitbit Charge 3 initial review: The fitness tracker we didn't know we wanted
Fitbit Charge 3 initial review: The fitness tracker we didn't know we wanted By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit is a company anyone in the market for a fitness tracker will have heard of. It's been around for over a decade and it is said to be accountable for over 80 percent of the UK's fitness tracker market. That's a pretty big market share.The latest... Read more

Arlo Audio Doorbell vs Nest Hello vs Ring Video Doorbells: What's the difference?
Arlo Audio Doorbell vs Nest Hello vs Ring Video Doorbells: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Nest Hello is the video doorbell from Nest. The company already offers various smart home devices including its popular Learning Thermostat and various cameras for both indoor and outdoor, but a video doorbell has been a long time coming.Ring meanwhile... Read more

Sonos tips and tricks: Get the most out of your multi-room speaker system
Sonos tips and tricks: Get the most out of your multi-room speaker system By Britta O'Boyle

Sonos has one of the strongest multi-room offerings out there. Its speaker line-up is not only plentiful, with several combinations possible, but the platform that controls everything is one of the best out there, if not the best.If you've opted for Sonos... Read more

Best Samsung Galaxy Note 9 cases: Protect your new Samsung device
Best Samsung Galaxy Note 9 cases: Protect your new Samsung device By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone at an event on 9 August. The new device joins the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in the company's 2018 line-up of flagship smartphones, adding an S Pen to the party.It's a fabulous looking device that refines the Note... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Watch initial review: Premium design meets beefy battery
Samsung Galaxy Watch initial review: Premium design meets beefy battery By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung has been in the smartwatch game a long time. Things started in a very different place to where they are now but based on the latest addition, the journey appears to have been worth it. The company's newest smartwatch member comes in the form... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs, release date, news and features
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs, release date, news and features By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 following months of leaks of rumours, many of which were on the money.The new device sits alongside the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in the company's smartphone range, differentiating itself with the new and... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9+: What's the difference?
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9+: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung announced its latest Note device on 9 August at an event in New York, completing its line-up of 2018 flagship handsets.The Galaxy Note 9 sits alongside the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, primarily distinguishing itself from the other two handsets... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Huawei P20 Pro: What's the difference?
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Huawei P20 Pro: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung has announced its third flagship smartphone in the form of the Galaxy Note 9. There was plenty of speculation surrounding the device but now the details are official so how does it compare to the current competition?Here we are running the Galaxy... Read more

The best tablet 2018: Top tablets and 2-in-1s to buy today
The best tablet 2018: Top tablets and 2-in-1s to buy today By Britta O'Boyle

So you're looking for the best new tablet to buy? Or you rather like the thought of a 2-in-1 tablet-PC convertible? You've come to the right place.We'll guide you through the top tablets and 2-in-1 devices available today, in order to help you reach a... Read more

Sonos One vs Amazon Echo: What's the difference?
Sonos One vs Amazon Echo: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

If you've considered buying a smart speaker in the last two years, you'll undoubtedly be aware of Amazon's Echo and its Alexa assistant and if you've ever considered multiroom audio, you're almost certain to have come across Sonos. Until very recently,... Read more

Honor Play vs Honor 10: What's the difference?
Honor Play vs Honor 10: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Honor has confirmed it will be announcing a new device at IFA 2018 and while we don't yet know what this device will be, many are expecting the Honor Play.The Honor Play recently launched in China so we already know a little bit about the new big-screened... Read more

How to tune your Sonos speakers with Trueplay for better sound quality
How to tune your Sonos speakers with Trueplay for better sound quality By Britta O'Boyle

Sonos offers a software feature called Trueplay that aims to make your existing Sonos speakers sound better. The software is designed to allow users to place their Sonos speakers wherever they like, even a cupboard, and still achieve good sound quality.Trueplay... Read more

watchOS 5 features: What's in Apple's new watch software?
watchOS 5 features: What's in Apple's new watch software? By Britta O'Boyle

Apple has revealed several new features that will be coming to Apple Watch with the WatchOS 5 software update.Here's what's coming up later this year - the watch OS 5 release date is probably late September.  Apple Watch Series 4 rumours, specs, release... Read more