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  • Fuji FinePix X10 review: A retro, rangefinder styled compact for enthusiast photographers

    Updated: We've now subjected the Fuji X10 to a long-term test, and have updated our review with the results. Read the 'Second opinion' page to see how we got on. Fuji created quite a stir when it released its FinePix X100 in March 2011. The combination of a retro-styled metal body, APS-C sized sensor, fixed23mm f/2 lens and a unique hybrid viewfinder caused plenty of interest among enthusiast and professional photographers alike. Now Fuji's X10 sits below the X100 in the range, sporting similar retro styling, but sacrificing the large APS-C sensor and fixed lens in favour of a 2/3-inch EXR CMOS sensor and a 4x...

  • Nokia Lumia 810 hands on review: we get a hold of the latest Windows 8 phone

    Here at MobileCon 2012, we got to put our hands on T-Mobile's exclusive Windows phone, the upcoming Nokia Lumia 810. Unfortunately, holding this handsome new handset was about all we were allowed to do. The smartphone version of the Windows 8 OS is still very hush-hush, and demo units we saw wouldn't even turn on. Still, there was a lot to be gleaned from playing with the dev

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review: the Note is back, bigger and better

    It hasn't even been a year since the original Samsung Galaxy Note launched. It was a work of genius for old Samsung. Many (including us, we admit) were not convinced. Who on earth would want something so big to make their calls and surf the internet, even with a glorified stylus? Cue awkward silence. Millions of you, it would appear. The Samsung Galaxy Note has sold by the bucketload. And while it is most definitely a niche device, it's done wonders for Samsung's balance sheet. How do you follow that up? With something better, of course - the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. If...

  • Kogan Agora ICS tablet review: How does Ice Cream Sandwich taste in a bargain tablet?

    Australian technology company Kogan has built its success on creating cheap but functional products that offer an alternative to premium priced brand names. The Agora 10-inch tablet is no exception. At AUD$199 (£129), it is by far one of the most affordable tablets on the market, especially for a device running the Ice Cream Sandwich build of Android. The question is whether or not the sacrifices made to hit that sub AUD$200 price point are too great to justify spending your hard-earned money on it. With either 8GB or 16GB of storage inside alongside the MicroSD slot, and all run by a 1GHz ARM processor...

  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac review: Can Parallels stand up to the challenge of its nearest rival?

    Going head to head with VMWare Fusion 5 is Parallels Desktop 8. This latest version boasts speed improvements and other enhancements such as support for 32GB of RAM. As with VMWare Fusion 5 there aren't many big perks over the previous version. Getting started with virtualisation can be a confusing minefield of operating system jargon and instructions. Here Parallels scores highly on our ease-of-use scale. Getting started with your virtual operating system is easy. Even if you've not downloaded the software, Parallels will go and fetch the right thing, making the whole process simple. Within seconds you can be on your...

  • Samsung Series 7 Gamer review: a big, beefy and shiny laptop ready for the latest titles

    With its blue backlit keyboard and i7 processor, Samsung's Series 7 Gamer laptop is a big shiny box of power. At 17 inches and 9 pounds, it's more of a semi-portable desktop replacement than a truly portable laptop. Still, this is a gaming computer, and with great power generally comes some serious bulk and a hefty down payment. The first thing you'll notice about the Series 7 Gamer are all the blue lights, and a silver dial on the right side, near the monitor. This lets you cycle the computer into one of four modes: Gaming, Balanced, Library and Green...

  • Windows 8 review: a definitive look at the final release of the new Windows

    Note: This review has been completely revised for the Windows 8 RTM release and we'll be updating it as we learn more about the Windows 8 apps and also about Windows RT for ARM devices. The final, Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8 is now available to developers, IT professionals and businesses with volume licences (or to intrepid testers who don't mind an evaluation version that expires after 90 days and can't be upgraded, downloaded from here). The rest of us will have to wait until later this month when Windows 8 upgrades, new Windows 8 PCs and Windows RT devices will...

  • BlackBerry 10 review: a hands on with the still heavily in-development BB10

    BlackBerry 10 (or BB10) is still heavily under development and still quite some way from being a finished product, but we've checked out an almost-final version of the user interface, which is pretty close to perfection, according to RIM - but we'll let you be the judge by checking out our findings below. Delayed until early 2013, the first BB10 devices should land in January– although we're yet to see final devices running the new OS. We saw the near-final version of BlackBerry 10 running on the new Dev Alpha B handset, building on the other test units and newer devices we've...

  • HTC One X+ review: It’s back, and it’s a bit different

    Bored of your One X? Fed up of the small storage and slow processor? Well, HTC has got a treat for you. The One X+ is a step change from the original, but like the Sensation to XE transition, this is more incremental than complete overhaul. The main change visually is the new matte finish, which, well, seems to make the black a little bit darker. On top of that are new red accents adorning the softkeys on the front and around the camera - once again, very reminiscent of the HTC Sensation XE with its Beats Audio branding. Speaking of that music boosting system, HTC...

  • Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W690 review: a great pocket camera

    The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W690 was announced in February as part of a trio of stylish and slim compact cameras. Although it's not quite as slim as the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX100, the Sony W690 is no porker, cramming in a 10x optical zoom lens in its 21.7mm deep body. Not only that, it also has a 16 million pixel 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor. That lens starts at an equivalent focal length of 25mm and rises up to 250mm at the telephoto lens. Unlike some of Sony's other compact cameras, it doesn't feature Clear Zoom technology to digitally boost the zoom capability of the camera. Other features on...