This week we got our full look at LG's Optimus Pad, which stands alone in being the only tablet to take 3D photos and video.
We also got a review with the 12.1-inch Windows 7 Asus Eee Slate EP101 tablet - essentially a full PC with touchscreen that packs 4GB RAM and a Core i5 CPU. The bad news? It's £999.
Below are the top reviews we've published this week as well as the full listing of our reviews below that.
Top five reviews on TechRadar
Android 3.0 is coming to a town near you, and there's nothing you can do to stop it. The latest Android tablet to grace TechRadar Towers is the LG Optimus Pad. It's a dual-core Tegra 2 powered device like most of the other Honeycomb tablets, but it's got a bit of a USP – it can shoot video in 3D. Yep, it's got twin 5MP cameras on the back, meaning it can record 3D home movies. There's no 3D screen though, so unless you've got a 3D TV, you'll have to watch your footage back in re-cyan anaglyph – ick!
Who needs a desktop PC when you can get a 12.1-inch Windows 7 tablet packing 4GB RAM and a Core i5 CPU costing £999? Yep, the Eee Slate EP121 dwarfs tablets such as the iPad, and while Windows isn't exactly what we'd describe as a touch-friendly interface, this isn't a tablet designed for iPad users.It's designed for business users, graphic designers and the like. And for them, this is the kind of tablet that's been a long time coming. The main problem here though is that this tablet has woeful battery life, and it's a touch heavy at 1.2Kg, which basically rules it out as a portable device.
Smartphones have being getting cleverer and more powerful in iterations ever since they were conceived, but the Optimus 2X is something else. It's the world's first dual-core mobile phone, and is consequently faster than a bounding hare on a summers day. What's more, it's got a fantastic screen, a decent price and it offers amazing HDMI output for watching videos on your telly. It's a brilliant phone, so it's a shame that it's slightly let down by a poor camera and a lack of polish.
Nikon is aiming the D5100 at novice photographers who want to take their hobby more seriously and want a versatile camera that will enable them to take more creative images. The Nikon D5100 is a great choice for these users, but it is also worthy of consideration by more experienced photographers as well. There's plenty of control available over the appearance of images and the 16.2Mp sensor is a higher performer in average low lighting conditions.
With a compact chassis and up to six hours of battery life, the VAIO VPCZ13M9E is a great machine for anyone who needs to stay productive on the go. The speed/stamina switch means you can prioritise between longevity and performance. If you're a regular traveller who needs a highly portable laptop that has enough power to run all of your applications, the VAIO VPCZ13M9E is a great option. Providing you can afford it, that is.
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