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More Sony smartphones incoming: Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XA1 Plus announced at IFA 2017

More Sony smartphones incoming: Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XA1 Plus announced at IFA 2017

By Britta O'Boyle

Sony Mobile has announced three smartphones at consumer electronics show IFA, comprising the Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact and the Xperia XA1 Plus. The Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact will sit within the company's flagship smartphones, but under the Xperia... Read more

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus preview: Mid-ranger with a beefy battery

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus preview: Mid-ranger with a beefy battery

By Britta O'Boyle

Sony announced three smartphones at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, including two flagships to complement the 4K Xperia XZ Premium and one "super mid-ranger".The super mid-ranger comes in the form of the Xperia XA1 Plus, sitting alongside the... Read more

Neato launches D7 Connected, its smartest robot cleaner yet with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT compatibility

Neato launches D7 Connected, its smartest robot cleaner yet with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT compatibility

By Britta O'Boyle

Neato has announced its most connected robot vacuum cleaner yet at consumer electronics show IFA in the form of the D7 Connected.The new metallic-finished model joins the D3 Connected and D5 Connected that launched at the show last year, along with... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs LG V30: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs LG V30: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung announced its Galaxy Note 8 on 23 August, eight days before LG announced its second flagship smartphone of 2017 - the LG V30.The Galaxy Note 8 brings with it a lovely design with an almost all-screen front, a dual rear camera and an all-new... Read more

LG V30 vs LG V20: What's the difference?

LG V30 vs LG V20: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

LG has announced its second flagship smartphone of 2017 at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin. The smartphone comes in the form of the LG V30, succeeding the V20 that launched in September last year.Although in the past the V series hasn't been... Read more

LG V30 vs LG G6: What's the difference?

LG V30 vs LG G6: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

LG announced its second flagship of 2017 at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin. The company revealed the LG V30 during its press conference on 31 August, offering a great design and great specs.Question is, how does it compare to LG's current... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 vs S8+: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 vs S8+: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung's next Note device was unveiled at an event on 23 August in New York following months of rumours. The new Galaxy Note 8 joins the Galaxy S8 and S8+ as the company's third flagship smartphone in 2017, adding a stylus to the mix.The question is,... Read more

Fitbit Ionic: Release date, specs and everything you need to know about Fitbit's GPS smartwatch

Fitbit Ionic: Release date, specs and everything you need to know about Fitbit's GPS smartwatch

By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit is well known in the activity tracking field but until now, it had yet to fully take the leap into the smartwatch world. The Fitbit Blaze was an attempt at bridging the gap between fitness tracker and smartwatch but it was never an Apple Watch or... Read more

Fitbit Ionic preview: A smart start for Fitbit's smartwatch

Fitbit Ionic preview: A smart start for Fitbit's smartwatch

By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit is no stranger to the wearables market. In fact, it's been kicking around for a decade this year, having sold over 67 million devices. That's quite a lot. While the company dominates the fitness tracking market though, it isn't as prominent in... Read more

Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Flyer: Fitness tracking giant introduces GPS smartwatch and wireless headphones

Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Flyer: Fitness tracking giant introduces GPS smartwatch and wireless headphones

By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit has announced its long-rumoured GPS smartwatch in the form of the Fitbit Ionic, alongside a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones called Fitbit Flyer.The Fitbit Ionic smartwatch has an aluminium build with interchangeable straps and it comes with... Read more

Fitbit redesigns its Wi-Fi smart scales, say hello to Aria 2

Fitbit redesigns its Wi-Fi smart scales, say hello to Aria 2

By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit has redesigned its Aria Wi-Fi scales, introducing the Aria 2 scales that bring improved accuracy, an improved display and easier setup.The Aria Wi-Fi scales first launched in 2010, tracking weight, body fat percentage, BMI and lean mass. They... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy Note 7: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy Note 7: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung officially unveiled the new Note 8 on 23 August at its Unpacked event in New York. The new Galaxy Note 8 succeeds the Galaxy Note 7, a device that started off as an excellent smartphone until battery issues saw it discontinued, leaving Note users... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was a fantastic phone, until the battery issues destroyed its reputation and left it with a legacy of being the only phone to be singled out before boarding a flight.We expected the Note family to die with the Note 7, but it lives... Read more

Motorola Moto X4: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Motorola Moto X4: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Britta O'Boyle

Motorola will have five phone ranges on shelves before the end of 2017. We've already seen the new Moto G5 range, Moto C range, Moto E range, as well as the Moto Z2 Play and Moto Z2 Force, but the Moto X has also made a comeback.The Moto X took a... Read more

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung announced the Gear Fit2 in June 2016, bringing GPS tracking and a new design to the original Gear Fit model. Fast forward one year (and a bit) and the South Korean company has another fitness device up its sleeve in the form of the Gear Fit2... Read more

Nokia 8 vs HTC U 11: What's the difference?

Nokia 8 vs HTC U 11: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Nokia announced its 2017 flagship smartphone at an event in August in the form of the Nokia 8. It joins the company's portfolio of three Android devices that were introduced at the beginning of the year, but it brings more advanced hardware and a couple... Read more

Essential Phone (PH-1) vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs S8+: What's the difference?

Essential Phone (PH-1) vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs S8+: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

The Essential Phone, or PH-1, is the latest in the line up of Android smartphones. It comes from one of the original creators of the Android platform, Andy Rubin, and it has been designed with minimalism and durability in mind. It has an edge-to-edge... Read more

Nokia 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: What's the difference?

Nokia 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Nokia has announced a fourth Android smartphone to its 2017 portfolio. The company, which is now under the brand HMD Global, announced the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 in March but the true flagship contender comes in the form of the Nokia 8.How does the... Read more

Now TV vs Now TV Smart Box vs Sky Q: Which Sky package is right for you?

Now TV vs Now TV Smart Box vs Sky Q: Which Sky package is right for you?

By Britta O'Boyle

There are three ways to get access to Sky's content. The options are the Now TV or Now TV Smart Box route or the Sky Q route, choosing either the standard option or the Silver offering. The question is, which is the right service for you?   This... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active vs Galaxy S8: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active vs Galaxy S8: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung has announced a rugged version of its super Galaxy S8 smartphone. The company has described the Galaxy S8 Active as the "toughest Galaxy yet", adding various alterations that turn the S8 into a more suitable device for those in the construction... Read more

LG Watch Style review: Subtlety over style
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LG Watch Style review: Subtlety over style

By Britta O'Boyle

When the LG Watch Style was announced in February 2017, it was one of the only Android Wear 2.0 watches, which gave it a notable point of interest. Six months on, however, at the point of its release, it faces some tough competition from the likes of... Read more

Motorola Moto C vs Moto E4 vs Moto G5 vs Moto Z2: Which Moto is right for you?

Motorola Moto C vs Moto E4 vs Moto G5 vs Moto Z2: Which Moto is right for you?

By Britta O'Boyle

Motorola has already announced several smartphones in 2017, 10 if you're counting.There are two Moto Cs, two Moto Es, four Moto Gs and two Moto Zs so far and based on the rumours, that won't be the last we hear from the Lenovo-owned company before the... Read more

Motorola Moto G5 vs G5 Plus vs G5S vs G5S Plus: What are all these Moto phones?

Motorola Moto G5 vs G5 Plus vs G5S vs G5S Plus: What are all these Moto phones?

By Britta O'Boyle

Lenovo has already announced nine Motorola smartphones this year. Yes nine. Four of those sit in the Moto G range with the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus released at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the newer, "special edition" Moto G5S and Moto G5S... Read more

LG Q6 vs LG G6: What's the difference?

LG Q6 vs LG G6: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

LG has a new smartphone that goes by the name LG Q6 and it will go on sale in Korea at the beginning of August, with key markets in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas following.The device is being dubbed a mini G6 thanks to its FullVision... Read more

Motorola Moto Z2 Force vs Moto Z vs Moto Z Force: What's the difference?

Motorola Moto Z2 Force vs Moto Z vs Moto Z Force: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Motorola has announced a second Moto Z device in the form of the Moto Z2 Force. It joins the Moto Z2 Play as the tougher and more premium device and with it marks the last of the Z devices being announced this year.That means there will be no "standard"... Read more

Motorola Moto Z2 Force: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Motorola Moto Z2 Force: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Britta O'Boyle

The Motorola Moto Z launched in 2016 as Motorola's first crack at a modular mobile, brought in to replace the flagship X series. Now, in 2017, Motorola appears to be looking to reintroduce the X series, but the Z range remains at the top of the family... Read more

Best smart lighting: Philips Hue, IKEA, Osram and more

Best smart lighting: Philips Hue, IKEA, Osram and more

By Britta O'Boyle

Having a smarthome isn't just about clever appliances or smartphone-controlled heating, you can also get clever lights too and that doesn't just mean smartphone control, it means all sorts of great features.You switch lights on or off everyday and they... Read more

Nissan Leaf takes on Mongol Rally: 10,000 miles in an all-electric vehicle

Nissan Leaf takes on Mongol Rally: 10,000 miles in an all-electric vehicle

By Britta O'Boyle

If the idea of trading in your petrol-guzzling car for a planet-friendly all-electric model has appealed to you but range anxiety has stopped you, this is a story that might help you take the leap. Chris Ramsey, founder of Plug In Adventures, set off... Read more

Best smart thermostat: Nest, Hive, Tado, Honeywell and more

Best smart thermostat: Nest, Hive, Tado, Honeywell and more

By Britta O'Boyle

Clever heating systems have really come into their own over the last couple of years, with several solutions available to allow you to control your heating using your smartphone.The systems that exist all look to make it simpler and easier to control... Read more

Ford Fiesta (2017) review: The little car that's a very big deal
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Ford Fiesta (2017) review: The little car that's a very big deal

By Britta O'Boyle

The Ford Fiesta has been the best selling car in the UK for eight years straight. That's a long time to hold the top spot and a lot of pressure for an all-new model to have on its pillars. So the question is, how does Ford make Britain's favourite... Read more

Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what services are compatible?

Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what services are compatible?

By Britta O'Boyle

Amazon's Echo is a range of hands-free speakers and devices that can be controlled with your voice. They feature a personal assistant called Alexa, who will perform various tasks for you and control various systems.There are microphones within Echo... Read more

15 secret WhatsApp tricks you might not know about

15 secret WhatsApp tricks you might not know about

By Britta O'Boyle

WhatsApp. Wonderful, wonderful, WhatsApp. The messaging service that made BBM look boring and text messages redundant.Of course there are now heaps of messaging services around, but WhatsApp has had a massive head start on almost all of them, meaning... Read more

Best Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases: Protect your new Samsung smartphone

Best Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases: Protect your new Samsung smartphone

By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus offer stunning designs, huge displays and plenty of power. They come with IP68 waterproofing, super slim bezels, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and 18.5:9 ratio curved screens.As with all smartphones though, they won't... Read more

OnePlus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: What's the difference?

OnePlus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

OnePlus has announced its 2017 flagship, the OnePlus 5, which will be available from 27 June.There have been several rumours surrounding the new handset over the last few months, but with everything now official, how does it compete against its rivals?Here... Read more

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: What's the difference?

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

OnePlus' next flagship killer has been stealing headlines over the last few weeks with several confirmations from the company itself prior to the launch. Now all the details are official though with the OnePlus 5 arriving seven months after the OnePlus... 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've been using it in the 2017 Kia Sportage to give... Read more

OnePlus 5 vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium: What's the difference?

OnePlus 5 vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

OnePlus has announced its new "flagship killer" smartphone in the form of the OnePlus 5. The new device will hit shelves on 27 June for under £500, but how does it compare to its competition?We've put the OnePlus 5 up against the LG G6, Galaxy S8 and... Read more

OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: What's the difference?

OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

OnePlus revealed its new flagship, the OnePlus 5, on 20 June. The next "flagship killer" has some stiff competition on its hands this year though, perhaps more so than ever, with Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ already out there, as well as LG's G6 and... Read more

OnePlus 5 vs LG G6: What's the difference?

OnePlus 5 vs LG G6: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

OnePlus has announced its 2017 flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 5. The new device hits shelves on 27 June bringing plenty of power for under £500, but how does it compare to its rivals?We've compared the OnePlus 5 to the Samsung Galaxy S8 in a separate... Read more

Kia announces Stonic SUV to take on Nissan Juke

Kia announces Stonic SUV to take on Nissan Juke

By Britta O'Boyle

Kia has unveiled its first smaller SUV in the Kia Stonic. The new compact crossover will launch in Europe during Q3 of 2017, taking on the likes of the Nissan Juke and sitting below the larger Kia Sportage.The Kia Stonic is claimed to offer the company's... Read more

Best roaming plans: Which is the cheapest network for EU and abroad?

Best roaming plans: Which is the cheapest network for EU and abroad?

By Britta O'Boyle

Roaming data charges have been scrapped by the European Commission in its 28 member countries entirely from 15 June 2017.You will now be able to use your bundled texts, minutes and mobile data anywhere in the European Union without it costing you any... Read more

Best iPad Pro 10.5 cases: Protect your new Apple tablet

Best iPad Pro 10.5 cases: Protect your new Apple tablet

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple announced the iPad Pro 10.5 at its WWDC developer conference in June 2017. The slightly redesigned iPad bridges the gap between the now discontinued iPad Pro 9.7 and the larger iPad Pro 12.9, bringing a 20 per cent increase in display size but a... Read more

Apple 3D Touch tips and tricks: Get the most out of the your iPhone

Apple 3D Touch tips and tricks: Get the most out of the your iPhone

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple's pressure sensitive display technology, called 3D Touch adds a vast array of options to the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus.Thanks to the technology, the displays on board the newer iPhones don't just recognise gestures like tap,... Read more

What is Apple's 3D Touch and how does it work?

What is Apple's 3D Touch and how does it work?

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple's latest iPhones, from the iPhone 6S onwards excluding the iPhone SE, feature a new type of screen. They not only have different glass to older models, but they offer new interactive levels too thanks to a technology called 3D Touch.The iPhone... Read more

Apple iPad Pro 10.5: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Apple iPad Pro 10.5: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple officially revealed several new products during its WWDC developer conference in June, one of which was a new iPad Pro, while another was the larger iPad Pro with updated specs. There was also a Siri speaker - called HomePod - announced, but that's... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs Apple iPad Pro 12.9: What's the difference?

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs Apple iPad Pro 12.9: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Microsoft announced the successor to the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Pro, at an event in May, while Apple announced updated specs for it's iPad Pro 12.9 device at its developer conference in June.Both devices are similar in size, designed to work with... Read more

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 vs iPad Pro 9.7: Should you upgrade?

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 vs iPad Pro 9.7: Should you upgrade?

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple unveiled several new devices at WWDC 2017, one of which was an update in specs to the iPad Pro 12.9, while another was a slightly redesigned and upgraded successor to the iPad Pro 9.7.We have put the specs of the new, larger, iPad Pro 10.5 against... Read more

Which Apple iPad is best for you? iPad mini vs iPad Air vs iPad vs iPad Pro

Which Apple iPad is best for you? iPad mini vs iPad Air vs iPad vs iPad Pro

By Britta O'Boyle

There may not be as much choice as smartphones when it comes to tablets, but there are still a number of decisions to be made if you're in the market for one.If you are reading this feature it is likely you have already decided on the platform, disregarding... Read more

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 vs iPad Pro 12.9: What's the difference?

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 vs iPad Pro 12.9: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple announced its next-generation of iPad Pro at its WWDC developer conference 2017, while also announcing refreshments and updates to the 12.9-inch model.The new 10.5-inch iPad replaces 2016's 9.7-inch Pro model, offering a 20 per cent larger... Read more

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 vs iPad 9.7 (2017): What's the difference?

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 vs iPad 9.7 (2017): What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple announced a new 9.7-inch iPad at its March 2017 event, replacing the iPad Air 2 but ditching the Air name, while at WWDC 2017, a new iPad Pro was revealed.The Apple iPad 9.7 (2017) is the cheapest way to get your hands on an Apple tablet, but... Read more