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Motorola Moto G6 Plus initial review: Bigger and better... without costing a fortune

Motorola Moto G6 Plus initial review: Bigger and better... without costing a fortune

By Mike Lowe

The Moto G6 comes in three flavours - G6 Play, G6, G6 Plus - the G6 Plus being the largest and most powerful of the trio. Following the 2018 G-series launch in Sao Paulo, Brazil, we got to handle the larger-scale phone and compare how it fares against... Read more

Motorola Moto G6 initial review: Refined and affordable, the reinvented Moto G is here

Motorola Moto G6 initial review: Refined and affordable, the reinvented Moto G is here

By Mike Lowe

The Moto G. It's a phone that's been at the forefront of affordable since kicking off six generations ago, back in 2013. Almost five years on the Moto G6 represents a wholly different beast; it's the phone to shake-up the series more than any of its predecessors.With... Read more

Detroit Become Human initial review: First 2 hours play with the PS4 exclusive

Detroit Become Human initial review: First 2 hours play with the PS4 exclusive

By Rik Henderson

Back in 2012, during the Games Developers Conference that year, developer Quantic Dream debuted a graphical tech demo running in real time on a PlayStation 3. It starred Kara, a sophisticated android being built on an assembly line and gaining a form... Read more

Sony PS4 review: The entry-level PlayStation 4 with HDR thrills
4.0 stars

Sony PS4 review: The entry-level PlayStation 4 with HDR thrills

By Rik Henderson

Although the PS4 Pro gets most of the attention these days, with its 4K visuals, the slimmer, standard PlayStation 4 is a great starting point for anyone who wants to get into console gaming and doesn't have a large budget.It is, by far, the most widely... Read more

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review: Outside security camera gets smarter
4.0 stars

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review: Outside security camera gets smarter

By Adrian Willings

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is a version of the company's Nest Cam IQ smart home camera designed for the outside world, ideal to help keep a secure eye on your property. It's also the update for the original Nest Cam Outdoor. Nest Cam Outdoor review: Secure... Read more

God of War review: Stunning reinvention marks Kratos' triumphant return
5.0 stars

God of War review: Stunning reinvention marks Kratos' triumphant return

By Rik Henderson

When the original God of War was released 13 years ago for the PlayStation 2 it successfully combined fast-paced, combo-based combat with excellent platforming and puzzle solving. It soon became a fan fave.A sequel followed and was equally well received,... Read more

Samsung Q9FN TV review: The big, bright, back-lit QLED boss
5.0 stars

Samsung Q9FN TV review: The big, bright, back-lit QLED boss

By John Archer

Looking back at Samsung's debut QLED tellies from last year, it's hard not to think that they came out a year too soon. They were eye-wateringly expensive, and their use of only edge-based LED lighting ultimately seemed to sell the potential of Samsung's... Read more

Hive View review: Great looks, but one big video flaw
4.0 stars

Hive View review: Great looks, but one big video flaw

By Chris Hall

Hive is back with a second smart home camera. The original Hive Camera was a rebranded white label camera with a separate app, not integrated into the rest of the Hive system, which made it not worth buying.The Hive View is an entirely different thing.... Read more

Nintendo Labo initial review: Crazy cardboard fun for the Switch

Nintendo Labo initial review: Crazy cardboard fun for the Switch

By Stuart Miles

Zany, wacky, crazy, mind-boggling, pointless, bizarre, very Japanese. I don't get it.These are just some of the words and phrases that we've heard from others when talking about Nintendo's latest gaming concept: Nintendo Labo.But do any of the above really... Read more

Volkswagen Passat GTE review: The best plug-in hybrid estate to buy?
4.0 stars

Volkswagen Passat GTE review: The best plug-in hybrid estate to buy?

By Joe Simpson

Are you ready to plug-in yet? In an environment where many are shunning diesel, yet where many petrol models still don't deliver stellar fuel economy (and have a tax bill to go with them), plug-in hybrids look like the ideal option for the discerning... Read more

Samsung Gear Sport review: Health-tracking in a compact and capable package
4.0 stars

Samsung Gear Sport review: Health-tracking in a compact and capable package

By Cam Bunton

Samsung is in an interesting place with wearables. It's been making them for years and, since switching to making exclusively Tizen-based watches and wrist-worn bands, is making some of the best smartwatches around. The Gear S3 from earlier in 2017 was... Read more

Sea of Thieves review: Terrific team-play let down by tedious tasks
3.5 stars

Sea of Thieves review: Terrific team-play let down by tedious tasks

By Steve Boxer

Sea of Thieves well and truly busts the commonly held myth that videogames are all about full-on, constant action. At times, it can be positively restful, and it must be the only game out there which can sometimes feel like taking a yachting holiday.Developer... Read more

Huawei P20 review: Every inch the flagship alternative
4.5 stars

Huawei P20 review: Every inch the flagship alternative

By Cam Bunton

Fewer companies have grown in size or popularity as quickly as Huawei over the past few years. But, perhaps more important than that, is how quickly the company has learned to refine and improve its phones from both a hardware and software perspective.... Read more

Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS initial review: In technological pole position?

Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS initial review: In technological pole position?

By Chris Hall

Huawei's partnership with Porsche Design has yielded some interesting results. And the latest collaborative smartphone from the two brands carries a rather long and prestigious name - Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS, no less - to play on Porsche's prominent... Read more

Apple TV 4K review: A long-awaited boost to the premium streamer
5.0 stars

Apple TV 4K review: A long-awaited boost to the premium streamer

By Stuart Miles

A lot can happen in a couple of years. Whole industries can shift, evolve, or even die.Since the last Apple TV launch - which was all about games - we've seen an increasing transition to 4K and high dynamic range (HDR) content. The Apple TV 4K jumps... Read more

Brainwavz B400 review: Affordable earphones with premium sound
4.5 stars

Brainwavz B400 review: Affordable earphones with premium sound

By Cam Bunton

Brainwavz may not be a brand you're all that familiar with, but if you're looking for a pair of affordable earphones that offer you the best sound possible for the money, it's a savvy choice indeed (as we found out with our first pair, the B200, last... Read more

Audi A7 review: A tech-packed grand tourer
4.0 stars

Audi A7 review: A tech-packed grand tourer

By Chris Hall

The launch of the Audi A8 was the start of something new. While Audi seems to release lots of new cars all the time, the Audi A7 is one of new generation: its modern exterior meets a vastly updated interior compared to the older model, complete with new... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none
5.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none

By Chris Hall

Samsung broke the mould with its Galaxy S8 handsets, producing two devices that are the same spec, apart from screen size and battery capacity. If you want this phone, just pick the size that fits you with no compromises or additional considerations.That's... Read more

Netatmo Presence review: Right off the ugly tree and straight into our hearts
4.0 stars

Netatmo Presence review: Right off the ugly tree and straight into our hearts

By Dan Sung

Think of a leading smart home device and most will mention the connected thermostat. For us, however, the smart home security camera has become just as successful – and as if to prove it there are at least 10 or 20 decent models out there, each worthy... Read more

Garmin Forerunner 935 review: The sports watch of champions
5.0 stars

Garmin Forerunner 935 review: The sports watch of champions

By Chris Hall

The top-end Garmin Forerunner model has always been something of a chunky monkey, stretching all the way back to the heady days of the Forerunner 101 in 2003. It wasn't until 2013 with the Forerunner 220 that things really started to feel slimline, but... Read more

Apple iPhone SE review: Great things can come in small packages
4.5 stars

Apple iPhone SE review: Great things can come in small packages

By Stuart Miles

There are two ways of looking at the iPhone SE, the "special edition" smaller-scale 4-inch iPhone.One is that it's Apple simply churning out a two-year-old design with a spec update; the other is that it delivers what many people actually want: a small... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ2 review: The best Sony phone in years, but is that enough to lead the flagship pack?
4.0 stars

Sony Xperia XZ2 review: The best Sony phone in years, but is that enough to lead the flagship pack?

By Chris Hall

The biggest criticism of Sony's phones in recent years has been the company's dogged persistence in sticking with a design that hasn't moved with the times. OmniBalance, as the company calls it, has retained bezel scales well beyond its competitors. And... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review: If small is your all
4.0 stars

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review: If small is your all

By Cam Bunton

The Sony smartphone approach over the past few years has been rather non-committal. There have been plenty of Xperia devices launched, sure, but each has changed so little between generations - and often within just six months of each other - pushing... Read more

Huawei P20 Pro review: A new phone camera king is born
5.0 stars

Huawei P20 Pro review: A new phone camera king is born

By Mike Lowe

It was just a few years ago we were criticising Huawei for its software and design approach (take a look at our P8 review, from 2015). But how far the Chinese company has come. With the P20 Pro in hand, reviewed here in its delightful Twilight dipped-in-Unicorn-dust... Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S initial review: The dual camera affordable flagship to take on OnePlus

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S initial review: The dual camera affordable flagship to take on OnePlus

By Mike Lowe

All current flagships worth their salt are shrinking screen bezel, looking to make the most display-forward design possible. But it wasn't one of the "big three" that started this trend. It was Xiaomi. Yep, a Chinese brand name you may or may not have... Read more

HTC Vive Pro review: The best VR experience, bar none... if you can afford one
4.5 stars

HTC Vive Pro review: The best VR experience, bar none... if you can afford one

By Adrian Willings

The HTC Vive is considered by many to be the leading virtual reality device on the market. And from 5 April 2018 things get even more exciting, as there's a new and more advanced option available: the HTC Vive Pro. As the Pro namesake suggests, the updated... Read more

Knockout League review: Arcade-style VR boxing is a smash hit
4.5 stars

Knockout League review: Arcade-style VR boxing is a smash hit

By Adrian Willings

Virtual reality games naturally lend themselves to experiences that require you to move around in a virtual space. Knockout League goes even further: as an arcade-style boxing game, this is one experience that teeters on exhausting.But is it a smash... Read more

Sony PS4 Pro review: 4K HDR gaming for PlayStation fans
4.5 stars

Sony PS4 Pro review: 4K HDR gaming for PlayStation fans

By Rik Henderson

Although Microsoft makes a song and dance about its powerful Xbox One X console, and justifiably so, it was Sony that beat its main rival to the 4K punch, with this, the PlayStation 4 Pro.It is capable of playing games with resolutions up to 4K and with... Read more

Apple Watch Series 3 review: A great smartwatch comes with some caveats
4.0 stars

Apple Watch Series 3 review: A great smartwatch comes with some caveats

By Stuart Miles

We've been wearing, exercising, calling, texting, and plenty of other things using the new 4G-equipped Apple Watch Series 3 to find out whether now is the time to start wearing it, or whether you can pass this one by.While much remains the same in the... Read more

Apple HomePod review: The smart sounding speaker that's just not smart enough
3.5 stars

Apple HomePod review: The smart sounding speaker that's just not smart enough

By Stuart Miles

The Apple HomePod is a £319 speaker with Siri built-in. It plans to take on not only the much-cheaper Amazon Echo and Google Home but systems like Sonos too.Apple wants to deliver not only a connected smart speaker but wants to address one of the... Read more

Apple iPhone 8 review: The compact iPhone should not be overlooked
4.5 stars

Apple iPhone 8 review: The compact iPhone should not be overlooked

By Stuart Miles

While most of the excitement and expectation for this year's new iPhones is for the flagship iPhone X, rather than the iPhone 8 and larger-scale iPhone 8 Plus, that's not to say that the smallest of the three models should be overlooked.The new iPhone... Read more

Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: Strong and steady
4.0 stars

Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: Strong and steady

By Stuart Miles

For 2018 there's a trio of new iPhones: the small-scale iPhone 8, the larger iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X (that's "iPhone 10", if you're saying it properly).The biggest and widest of the three, the iPhone 8 Plus, is far more handset than the predicted... Read more

Apple iPhone X review: The future of Apple smartphones
5.0 stars

Apple iPhone X review: The future of Apple smartphones

By Stuart Miles

Ten years after the launch of the first iPhone, Apple has launched what it says is the phone that kickstarts the next decade for the iPhone. It's the biggest shift in iPhone design since Steve Jobs launched that first device, introducing a new range of... Read more

Far Cry 5 review: Politically charged and powerful return for the first-person shooter
4.0 stars

Far Cry 5 review: Politically charged and powerful return for the first-person shooter

By Steve Boxer

Well over five iterations into the series (lest we forget the likes of Primal and Blood Dragon), we know what to expect from a Far Cry game. Namely, first-person shooter gameplay in a lush open-world setting, pitching you against some bunch of crazed... Read more

The Invisible Hours review: A voyeuristic VR delight
5.0 stars

The Invisible Hours review: A voyeuristic VR delight

By Adrian Willings

Imagine what life would be like if you could watch a movie from any angle you wanted. If you could follow every character at any point and stick with them even if they weren't part of the main action. Then on a whim, you could fast-forward or rewind time... Read more

Apple iPad (2018) review: Pencil time
5.0 stars

Apple iPad (2018) review: Pencil time

By Stuart Miles

Apple has turned its focus on the education market with the launch of its new iPad. It's a great device for all, but the Cupertino company is also hoping to woo teachers and students with cheap pricing, dedicated software and Apple Pencil support. The... Read more

Xbox One S review: Great console and 4K Blu-ray player for the budget concious
4.0 stars

Xbox One S review: Great console and 4K Blu-ray player for the budget concious

By Rik Henderson

After the Xbox One X was released in 2017 you could be forgiven for thinking the lesser specced Xbox One S would be slowly phased out. Not so. Considering its beefier stablemate is over twice the price, this machine is more accessible; a better family... Read more

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 review: The tablet to finally replace your laptop?
5.0 stars

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 review: The tablet to finally replace your laptop?

By Stuart Miles

As the 10.5 numerical suggests, this iPad Pro 10.5 is smaller than the 12.9-inch model, but marginally larger than regular 9.7-inch iPad that comes without Pencil or Keyboard support.With lots of power under the hood - the screen is bigger and brighter... Read more

Xbox One X review: 4K HDR console gaming doesn't get better than this
4.5 stars

Xbox One X review: 4K HDR console gaming doesn't get better than this

By Rik Henderson

When Microsoft first announced it was creating “the world’s most powerful console” – under the working title “Project Scorpio” – there were few 4K HDR TVs around and even fewer sources for Ultra HD content to feed them.Now though, there... Read more