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Everything you need to know about your next tablet

iPad Mini

All the buying advice you need

Your trusty iPad 4 might have cut it last year, but it's 2014 now and a new wave of tablets is fast approaching, with specs and features set to blow away earlier models. More power, better screens and increasingly premium builds are just the tip of the iceberg and we've got all the latest details on all the most promising upcoming slates. If you're feeling impatient though there have already been some high profile and high quality launches in the last few months, so head over to page two to see the best tablets you can currently get your hands on. Continue reading...

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Hands on: HTC One Mini 2 review

HTC One Mini 2

The best phone in the world now has a little brother

The HTC One Mini 2 is a beautifully designed smartphone with a reasonable feature set providing a pleasing advance on its predecessor. Altogether it creates a package which rivals the equally pocketable iPhone 5S in terms of premium appeal and raw power. If you're looking for the best of HTC the One Mini 2 comes close, but you'll want to plump for its fully fledged bigger brother the One M8 for the true experience. HTC One Mini 2 review

Has Sony given up on the dream of 4K OLED TVs?

Has Sony given up on the dream of 4K OLED TVs?

It's gone the way of Crystal LED, for now...

OLED TV development remains a cash-hungry black hole so it's not hugely surprising to hear that Sony might have turned its back on it. It makes some business sense for Sony because it's currently doing quite well with its LCD TVs and 4K products after years of heavy losses. But for those of us praying for a new dawn in ultimate yet affordable picture quality, it would be a tragic shame. That's because Sony was our great hope for OLED - its ideas for the technology were far more exciting than that of Samsung and LG, the only brands to make decent headway with OLED to date. Read all about it

Nintendo Wii U review

Nintendo Wii U

It's been 18 months, so is the family console finally worth buying?

The Wii U is now over 18 months old, and as any gamer will know, a hell of a lot can happen in that time. Most significant has been the launch of the Xbox One and PS4, which officially fired the starting gun on the new-gen race. Meanwhile the Wii U has been slowly building up its arsenal of titles and attempting to lure us over to its unique style of GamePad play. Now it's had time to settle in, we've gone back and taken another look at Nintendo's latest console to see how it's coming along, and whether 2014 is the year that will make the U an essential buy. Nintendo Wii U review

Train as a firefighter with Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift could one day let you train as a firefighter

Virtual pole sadly not included

To help Gloucestershire's Fire Services College prepare new recruits for service while keeping them clear of danger zones, Capita's G2G3 unit developed a series of 14 increasingly challenging simulation exercises for the Oculus Rift. Continue reading...

Hands on: Sony RX100 III review

Sony RX100 III

The best pocket camera just got better

Unlike most pocket-sized compact cameras the RX100 III has a viewfinder. That, and the high-quality sensor and processing engine combination, could make it a popular choice with enthusiast photographers. Hands on: Sony RX100 III review

Best cheap smartphones: PAYG mobiles compared

Best cheap smartphones: PAYG mobiles compared

The best budget blowers on test

With the mobile marketplace teeming with a multitude of highly priced smartphones, one might wonder whether cheap phones still have a place in the mobile infrastructure. With massive innovation in both hardware and operating systems, phones now do a lot more than just let you talk and text, with handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and iPhone 5S stealing headlines around the world these days. Sadly all this innovation isn't cheap – and most of it is reserved for high-end contract handsets. So, is there such a thing as the 'best phone on a budget'?