This week's top reviews include the Asus Eee Pad Transformer - one of the best tablets we've seen so far, running Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
We've also reviewed the new HTC Wildfire S - a new breed Android handset that's available on budget tariffs.
And then there's the simplicity of passive 3D with the LG 42LW550T. Below we've the details on all these top reviews as well as a full listing of all this week's reviews published across these pages.
Finally, the Android tablet we've all been waiting for has arrived. While Android 3.0 has been knocking around for months now, viable, available-to-buy tablets have been rarer than a rare thing in a place that doesn't exist. The Transformer is an excellent touchscreen tablet that comes with its own battery-packing keyboard dock. The dock turns the device into something resembling a netbook, so you can use the touchscreen on the go and the keyboard and mouse when you're at your desk. It's the best of both worlds, and all for just £429. The days of the £600 honeycomb tablet are surely already a thing of the past. The war is on.
The likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Desire S might be taking the plaudits in the smartphone stakes, but these phones are expensive. Luckily, there are lots of phones out there that run the same software and can use the same apps as the leading smartphones, while costing a whole lot less. The Wildfire S is just such a phone. It's smaller, lighter, cheaper phone along the lines of the Samsung Galaxy Ace and LG Optimus One. The problem is though, that that it's more expensive than those other two options. So why exactly would you want to opt for this over them? The honest answer is that you probably wouldn't.
The Panasonic G3 manages to combine the best elements of the Lumix G2 and GF2 and as a result is a camera that is likely to find favour with many enthusiasts, especially those who like street and reportage photography. While Panasonic has made strides in noise control and low light performance, the G3's strength is in its small size and high-quality images in 'average' lighting conditions. Sometimes it's hard to put your finger on exactly what you like about the images that a camera produces and while the results from the G3 may not be absolutely perfect, they do have a lovely film-like quality.
The Panasonic DMP-BDT110 3D Blu-ray player is the 'lite' version of the DMP-BDT310, boasting many of the same features but with a few nips and tucks to get the price down a bit (by £70, to be precise). It's a terrific entry-level 3D Blu-ray player that backs up its generous feature list with stellar 2D and 3D pictures
The combination of the simplicity of passive 3D and a reasonable price (bearing in mind the multiple pairs of glasses) makes the 42WL550T well suited to a mainstream audience rather than picture quality-obsessed AV enthusiasts. Its design is likeable and it's very well connected, with multimedia support galore, including includes LG's hugely expanded Smart TV online platform. The PLEX approach is interesting too, though it needs a little more work before it becomes slick enough to deliver on its full promise.
This week's other reviews:
Digital TV recorders
Joysticks and gamepads
Media streaming devices
Hands on reviews
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