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[4 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Touchdown for RIM?

The BlackBerry Torch 9860 is a 3.7-inch touchscreen smartphone, sweeping aside the Storm name to give RIM another crack at a keyboardless device. It arrives with BlackBerry OS7, the same as the BlackBerry Bold 9900 which we reviewed recently, but offering a large screen BlackBerry experience.
Touchscreen devices are the most competitive category of smartphones. With big players producing increasingly sophisticated devices and refining the user experience at such a pace the BlackBerry Torch 9860 faces a huge challenge. Can BlackBerry still make an impact on the consumer space, …

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[4 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Touchdown for RIM?

The BlackBerry Torch 9860 is a 3.7-inch touchscreen smartphone, sweeping aside the Storm name to give RIM another crack at a keyboardless device. It arrives with BlackBerry OS7, the same as the BlackBerry Bold 9900 which we reviewed recently, but offering a large screen BlackBerry experience.
Touchscreen devices are the most competitive category of smartphones. With big players producing increasingly sophisticated devices and refining the user experience at such a pace the BlackBerry Torch 9860 faces a huge challenge. Can BlackBerry still make an impact on the consumer space, …

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[4 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Small, but perfectly formed

Small phones seem to have gone out of fashion. A few years ago, before the iPhone, manufacturers were falling over themselves to miniaturise their handsets. Now though, smartphones are all the rage, and with that comes the need for ever larger screens.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray bucks that trend slightly. It’s a candybar phone, very much in the style of old handsets from Sony Ericsson, like the K800i. Of course, there’s no keyboard anymore and the screen is huge, with a far higher resolution that we …

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[4 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Small, but perfectly formed

Small phones seem to have gone out of fashion. A few years ago, before the iPhone, manufacturers were falling over themselves to miniaturise their handsets. Now though, smartphones are all the rage, and with that comes the need for ever larger screens.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray bucks that trend slightly. It’s a candybar phone, very much in the style of old handsets from Sony Ericsson, like the K800i. Of course, there’s no keyboard anymore and the screen is huge, with a far higher resolution that we …

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[1 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

The hardcore racer returns

Last year’s F1 2010 achieved something that few Formula One games had ever managed: coming very close to a perfect balance between simulation, arcade-style gaming and outright speed. It resulted in one of the most rewarding and enjoyable racers of this console generation. It was however not without its flaws, boasting multiple AI problems, weak online functionality and a patchy and awkward handling model.?
Codemasters has returned this year with F1 2011 and a game that has seen more polish than a soldiers’ boots. The result is a …

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[1 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

The cheapest Kindle yet

With all the fuss over the launch of the Kindle Fire tablet, it would have been easy to overlook the new Amazon product that Jeff Bezos expects to sell “many millions” – the cheapest Kindle ever, slightly confusingly also called the Kindle. (The Kindle 3 has now been renamed the Kindle Keyboard and the original Kindle has simply been erased from Amazon’s history.) We’re nicknaming this model the Kindle 4 just to make things even foggier.
Stripped back and slimmed down, the latest Kindle is the closest thing …

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[29 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

The best FIFA yet

It’s harder to write a FIFA 12 review than you might think. It was doddle when Pro Evolution Soccer was a viable contender, but it’s been a fair few generations since that particular franchise has been in the same stadium, let alone on the same pitch.
So, unless PES 2012 presents a dramatic and vast improvement over its recent forebears, the only rival to FIFA 12 is FIFA 11, and therein lies a quandary. Where last year’s edition was a massive leap forward for EA Sports, FIFA 12 …

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[28 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Best value travel zoom on the market?

The “travel zoom” market – meaning pocket compacts with extended lens reaches beyond, let’s now say, 8x or more – has really taken off in recent years, with Panasonic’s all-conquering Lumix TZ series, and recent TZ20 iteration, leading the pack. However its cameras aren’t the cheapest. Enter Samsung with its WB (Wide and Big) series of pocket cameras, aiming to deliver both that longer lens reach as well as better value for money.
Design and specification
The latest example in the 18x optical zoom WB700 which, …

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[28 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Not a huge upgrade to the NEX-3

Sony came to market with its first compact system camera duo in the NEX-3 and NEX-5 last summer, quickly securing the number one sales spot in the Far East, based largely on the fact that its system, when lens is removed, is truly compact.
This second-generation mirror-less Sony NEX, the NEX-C3, numerically replaces the year-old NEX-3, the baby of the range. Available with a black or silver body, it’s arguably the most approachable Sony compact system camera, or ‘CSC’, for anyone trading up from …

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[27 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Bold, bright and beautiful

The designers of Sony’s colourful new VAIO C series notebooks were definitely wearing the brave trousers when they came up with these models. Neon-bright polycarbonate 14″ cases in red, green, orange or pink -as well as a more subtle white- that use the refraction of the material to make it look as if the edges and the logo are glowing from within. You’ll either love the look or hate it, but what’s inside the high-fashion gleam? ?
The translucent colour isn’t just on the lid, it surrounds …