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  1. Kobo Mini review

    Kobo Mini review

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    A versatile, customisable and highly portable e-reader that can be held in one hand, the Kobo Mini is cheap, but is it too limited?

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    Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 review

    Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 review

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    Samsung's Galaxy Player 4.2 makes sense as a cellular-free alternative, but with a wider variety of low-cost Android smartphones now on the market, the iPod touch remains the reigning champ of media players.

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    Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3 8GB review

    Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3 8GB review

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    The Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3 is a portable media player that is so small it can fit in your shirt pocket.

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    Kindle Touch review

    Kindle Touch review

    8  

    Amazon's touchscreen ebook reader offers tablet-style control with the same great E Ink screen, so is it worth the extra £20?

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    Bookeen Cybook Odyssey review

    Bookeen Cybook Odyssey review

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    An ebook reader with a touch-screen interface and Wi-Fi connectivity aimed to compete directly with the Kindle.

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    Elonex 705EB review

    Elonex 705EB review

    4  

    Elonex's latest LCD device falls uncomfortably between ereader and tablet

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    Amazon Kindle review

    Amazon Kindle review

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    The cheapest Kindle yet lacks a physical keyboard, but can the ereader get away with it?

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    Elonex 500B eBook review

    Elonex 500B eBook review

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    Can this LCD based eBook reader challenge the Amazon Kindle?

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    Samsung Galaxy Player 50 review

    Samsung Galaxy Player 50 review

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    With the Samsung Galaxy Player 50, we seem to finally be seeing a household name come out with major competition to the iPod touch. Now that the Galaxy brand is strong, the time seems right for this Android media player.

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    Sony PRS-650 Reader Touch review

    Sony PRS-650 Reader Touch review

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    The tablet market may be casting a dark shadow over the future of the ebook reader, but there are still two big-name manufacturers out there who believe that a dedicated reading device is what consumers want.

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    Archos 9 review

    Archos 9 review

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    The media player specialist turns its hand to tablet computing

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    Chumby Classic review

    Chumby Classic review

    4  

    The Chumby Classic is everything you don't need

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    Elonex ebook reader review

    Elonex ebook reader review

    7  

    Can Elonex and Borders sew up the UK ebook market before Amazon arrives?

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    Interead Cool-er ebook reader review

    Interead Cool-er ebook reader review

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    There a few gadgets that divide opinion in the TechRadar office and none more so in recent months than electronic readers, or ebooks as we now affectionately (or sneeringly) refer to them. This new category really does seem to engender strong reactions in readers – veering between vehement hatred through to cannot-live-without adoration. The latest ebook on the block, the Cool-er, launches this month courtesy of British start-up Interead, with the company's MD claiming to usher in the 'iPod moment' for electronic reading.

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    New iPod touch 32GB (2nd Gen) review

    New iPod touch 32GB (2nd Gen) review

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    The new touch packs more technology into a wafer-thin, contoured, sliver of stainless steel and glass than NASA used in building Apollo 13, and we love it

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    iPod nano 8GB (4th Gen) review

    iPod nano 8GB (4th Gen) review

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    We're considering starting a petition to officially designate September as Apple iPod month, since it seems the first month of autumn has been graced with new iPods for as long as we can remember. This year is no exception either, with Apple launching a brand new range of whisper-thin iPod nanos in nine exciting colours as well as a refined iPod touch.

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    Carl Zeiss Cinemizer review

    Carl Zeiss Cinemizer review

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    The Carl Zeiss Cinemizer displays a 640x480 resolution and works with an iPod dock and a range of sliding trays to cradle your iPod or iPhone and lock it into a Universal Dock Connector. The power button is small, fiddly and off to one side, and the earpieces slide out under the bars that go over your ears to rest on, but not in, your ears. A wired remote on the connecting cable gives you basic volume and browsing controls.

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