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HTC Desire owners are eagerly awaiting Android 2 2

This week, Vodafone users went ballistic when their HTC Desire update turned out to be a branding update and not the Android 2.2 update many were hoping for, while a new report showed that Android phones are outselling the iPhone.

And to help you choose a new laptop, we put together our list of the 20 best laptops to buy.

Read on for this week's most popular stories on TechRadar…

Top five news stories

Vodafone users angry at HTC Desire 360 update

The Vodafone UK forum is alight with posts from angry owners of the HTC Desire who feel they have been duped with the latest firmware update for their handsets.

While most were expecting the firmware update that landed this morning to be Froyo – Google's latest OS – it turns out the update was something called 2.1-update1 which commenters are calling a "branding update".

HTC Desire HD and Desire Z coming soon?

HTC looks likely to be announcing two new handsets in the near future, with the Desire HD and Desire Z showing up on inventory lists.

The two new phones have surfaced on Vodafone Germany's inventory lists, with the Desire HD and the Desire Z being rebadged from the Ace and Vision codenames respectively.

O2: HTC Desire Android 2.2 update 'several weeks' away

O2 has told TechRadar that it will be 'several weeks' before HTC Desire owners on its network will get the Android 2.2 upgrade, with tests on a service provider specific version ongoing.

The eagerly awaited upgrade to the Android OS brings a host of new features and functionality, but its arrival for phones locked to networks will be weeks and not days away.

Google Android phones more popular than iPhone

Google Android Phones are outselling Apple iPhone so far in 2010, according to a new report of the US market by leading analyst group Nielsen.

Despite the fact that Apple seems to dominate the headlines with the recently-released iPhone 4, Nielsen's latest data shows that Google is so far winning the sales race this year.

Vodafone to launch BlackBerry Torch 9800 in UK

Vodafone has told TechRadar that it will be one of the first carriers to bring the BlackBerry Torch 9800 to the UK, with more details soon to go live on its website.

As it has done with most of the major handsets on the market, those interested in getting their hands on the BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be able to pre-register their interest.

Top five in-depth articles

20 best laptops in the world today

There's no shortage of cheap laptops out there to choose from, but with new models bring released and almost immediately replaced by manufacturers, the choice is no easy task.

That's why we've pored over our huge database of laptop reviews and picked out the best notebooks money can buy. We've picked out five of the best cheap laptop computers in each of four categories - the sub £400 and sub £600 price ranges as well gaming laptops and lightweight notebooks.

20 best web apps you've never heard of

Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr - a few giants so dominate the web app world that it's hard for anyone else to make an impression.

We've spent some time looking beyond the leading sites, though, and discovered a host of interesting tech startups.

How cheap technology is costing us dear

Cheap technology isn't as cheap as you might think. When something's designed to a particular price, compromises have to be made. Those compromises aren't just in the design, although of course you can't expect Porsche quality at Primark prices; they're in every part of the technology company's business from the factories it uses to the way it provides technical support. Typically, cheap technology means cutting every possible corner to make the price as low as possible.

Android 2.2 release date: when will you get it?

If you're waiting impatiently for the Android 2.2 update to arrive on your mobile, then hit this page, because we'll be keeping it up to date with all the latest Android 2.2 release dates.

How to make your own iPad or iPhone 4 micro SIM

Despite the 3G version of the iPad being sold unlocked, both that and the iPhone 4 requires a whole new type of SIM card - the micro SIM. Or does it?

Top five reviews

Sony Ericsson Zylo review

Though the Zylo doesn't have all the fancy PS3 connectivity that made the Aino so unusual, it still has digital playback at its core.

Sony Bravia KDL-32EX503 review

If you're after something more than just a basic flatscreen TV, this polished affair from Sony makes for a tempting option. It's low-end, but it's packed with features worthy of more expensive sets.

Sharp TU-T2HR32 review

Few Freeview+ HD recorders made it to shelves in time for the World Cup, but post-South Africa sees a swathe of new boxes – and this Sharp is on the front of the grid.

Hands on: BlackBerry Torch review

The BlackBerry Torch is RIM's first slider phone, and the first time we've seen a 'normal' touchscreen too. It seems smarter than the Bold and better than the Storm, but what's it like to use?

Hands on: New Amazon Kindle review

Amazon is doing its best to convince the world that dedicated ebook readers are the way forward, and this new reader and an update to the Kindle Store shows this.

Also reviewed this week:


Sony Bravia KDL-46EX503 review

Toshiba 32LV713 review

Sony Bravia KDL-32EX503 review

LG 47LD950 review

Freeview+ HD PVRs:

Sharp TU-T2HR32 review

Samsung BD-C8500M review


Hands on: BlackBerry Torch review

SSD drives:

Corsair Force F100 100GB review

Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB review

Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD review

Corsair P128 128GB SSD review

Corsair Nova V64 64GB review

OCZ Onyx 32GB review


Asus M4A88TD-V EVO review

MSI 880GMA-E45 review

MSI 870A-G54 review

ASRock 880GMH USB3 review

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