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  • Apple’s new EarPods: up to the task?

    In its unending search for perfection, Apple has decided to completely redesign its iconic white earbuds. The new Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic are now the default earphones that ship with the new iPhone 5 and iPod touch, but you can also buy them separately. They're still white, and aesthetically they look slightly squashed, but that's because they've been redesigned to ensure the maximum amount of sound is pumped directly into your ear canal. The new EarPod design makes sense – ear holes are not perfectly round, yet most earbuds are. The new design makes clever use of acoustic vents that enable...

  • iPhone 5 hands-on: The sixth generation iPhone touches down

    The Apple iPhone 5 is finally here, with the latest arrival boasting a 16:9, 4 inch screen, new smaller port, thinner, lighter design and 4G LTE. Last year's iPhone 4S always felt like an incremental upgrade rather than a true step change, and although it sold wonderfully for Apple and brought some interesting additions, few would argue against the suggestion that it opened the door for competitors. As a result, this year's launch was...

  • Motorola Droid Razr HD — The Razr’s back, and it’s better than ever

    Those wondering the effect Google would have on buying Moto? Apparently, it's to make the phones much better. While we had some reservations about the first Moto Droid Razr, the Razr HD takes all those problems and removes them to make a much slicker and well-rounded smartphone. In the hand you'll instantly see a lot of similarities between this and the original, with the larger build and Kevlar back taking centre stage. But then you switch on the display, and you'll see why this is an upgrade. It's bigger, packs a 720p display, and doesn't come with more bezel than an introverted iPad. That...

  • Sony Xperia Tipo — The baby of the Xperia range offers up ICS at a low price

    The Sony Xperia Tipo is the latest addition to the Xperia smartphone range, and it's undoubtedly the baby of the family. It comes in at around £100 (around $160), with an 800MHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 2.5GB of internal storage, a 3.2MP camera and a 3.2-inch 320 x 480 display. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which in terms of its specifications is definitely the standout feature. The Sony Xperia Tipo (also known as the ST21i) is priced at around the same level as the Huawei Ascend G300,Samsung Galaxy Y and LG Optimus L3. In other words, it's an entry-level Android smartphone. But while...

  • Kobo Arc — is it an eReader or a full-blown tablet?

    Is Kobo's new touchscreen an e-reader or a full-blown tablet? Presented to us at a side-show at Berlin's Grand Hyatt Hotel during the recent IFA exhibition, the successor to the last November's Vox is a seven-inch, 364g colour touchscreen tablet running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Arc supports any of the 600,000 apps from Google Play inside a brand new user interface called the Tapestries Discovery Edition - and it's this that gives the...

  • Nokia Lumia 920 — The flagship Windows Phone 8 device appears – is it any good?

    Nokia's Lumia 920 is seen by some as a vital phone for the survival of the company – but is it a leading smartphone worthy of Windows Phone 8? We'll get it out the way early on: Nokia was being overly-cautious with the Lumia 920 at its Nokia World press event – we were allowed only brief time to take pictures and were only shown the device being used, rather than play with it...

  • Nokia Lumia 820 — The baby brother steps up

    Nokia's second Windows Phone 8 handset is a little bit more interesting than its flagship older brother, as it comes with some alternative design features. We're not going to wax lyrical about the interface, as we were given very little time to play with it. However, we did notice that a very slight amount more lag than we saw on the Lumia 920 when flicking about the apps – although we're going to thoroughly put...

  • Sony Xperia Ion – what it lacks in substance it makes up for in style

    The look and feel of Android devices has been a hot topic for some time now, and which has recently come to a boil, in the form of litigation. Many diehard Apple fans contest that Android smartphones and tablets, or at least certain models, shamelessly rip off Cupertino. And believe it or not, the other side sometimes shares that sentiment. Many choose Android because they want a break from Apple and are never...

  • Hands on: Samsung Ativ Smart PC

    Samsung has signalled its intentions for the forthcoming release of Windows 8 by announcing a raft of hybrid tablets that couple the portability of tablets with the usability of a laptop. The Samsung Ativ Smart PC is a hybrid tablet that comes with a keyboard dock to enable you to use it as a tablet or a laptop. The 11.6-inch tablet itself measures 9.9mm thick; it's slightly less svelte than the Asus Vivo Tab, announced at IFA...

  • Hands-on review: Sony Xperia Tablet S

    The Sony Xperia Tablet S was announced in Berlin at IFA 2012 and gives the well received Tablet S a welcome refresh, while retaining its iconic folded-book design. You'll immediately notice that the new Tablet S is considerably thinner than its predecessor – almost 10mm less at its thickest point - and this goes hand in hand with a 30 gram drop in weight, making the 570g slate very easy to hold, even in one hand. The aluminium body provides the Xperia Tablet S with a solid build quality, which feels more premium in the hand than a lot of other Android tablets, and makes...