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Hands-on with Far Cry 5 — America has fallen, but is it worth saving?

Fundamentalists have taken over the United States of America! But enough about politics, you’re here to read about Far Cry 5. Such is the timeliness of Ubisoft’s latest open-world shooter, it’s almost too easy to draw comparisons between the Seed family cult who now rule over Montana’s Hope County and… the Donald. Trouble is, Far Cry 5 will have been in development long before the White Hous...[Read More]

Hands-on with watchOS 4: the 6 best features coming to your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has spent the last two years figuring out exactly what it wants to be. That might seem like a strange thing to say about a five-star gadget, but the problem hasn’t been a lack of good apps or design polish – it’s still, by some distance, our favourite smartwatch. No, the Apple Watch has simply been lacking a bit of a focus and some software that helps it become a truly standa...[Read More]

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 hands-on — Enough to make you leave your laptop behind?

Apple has been trying to convince people for years that you could swap your laptop for an iPad. In fact, it’s been trying to convince people since the first model launched in 2010. For most people (read: people who need actual keyboards), it’s so far proven a step too far. Many, many people use iPads, but most still want a laptop too. The latest iPads could perhaps change that. The new...[Read More]

Cheaper mobile gaming: We take a closer look at Nintendo’s upcoming 2DS XL

Nintendo announced, a month back, that they would be launching yet another iteration of their 3DS mobile games console. Joining the 3DS, the 2DS, the New 3DS, and the 3DS XL will be the 2DS XL, a handheld that looks set to make up for the faults that the 2DS was saddled with. The handheld console is going to make its debut at the end of July this year but we managed to get our hands on a prototype...[Read More]

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S8 DeX station – Getting to work

Samsung’s flagship phones have always been powerful machines, but purely ones that live in your pocket. The DeX station is the missing piece in the puzzle, transforming the Galaxy S8 and S8+ from mere phones to multi-purpose PCs. It’s a docking station that lets you hook your handset up to a mouse, keyboard and screen. Your phone becomes the brains of the set-up, and you get a familiar way to work...[Read More]

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus – Is bigger really better?

Is the S8+ destined to be the biggest star in Samsung’s Galaxy universe? The Galaxy S8+ is big – bigger than any of Samsung’s smartphone offerings last year. Let’s put things into perspective: the S7 Edge was 5.5in and the Note 7 was 5.7in, but the S8+ towers over them both at 6.2in. On paper, at least. Glance at the spec sheet and there doesn’t seem to be much difference between the S8 and ...[Read More]

Nokia 6 hands-on – So, was it worth waiting for?

Nokia’s back! Well, the Nokia 3310 is, anyway. It’s fair to say that the Finnish company’s “dumbphone” garnered quite a lot of interest when it was announced at MWC 2017. But Nokia has other phones too! Three new Android phones, to be precise: the Nokia 6, 5 and 3. They’re all at the budget end of the spectrum, and they’re all coming out in Q2 2017. The No...[Read More]

Alcatel A5 LED hands-on – Wait, LEDs? Really?

Give up your glow sticks, raver crew – Alcatel has turned your phone into an LED light show. The A5 LED was probably one of the most attention-grabbing phones at Mobile World Congress this year – which is a pretty good effort for a mid-ranger, in a convention centre filled with flagships. It’s all because of the light-up cover, which is guaranteed to get your attention, no matter what ...[Read More]

Huawei P10 hands-on – The latest Huawei is stylish, speedy and a genuine contender

Huawei’s been steadily improving each version of its flagship P range and the Huawei P10 marks the point at which it’s truly ready to join the big boys. We spent a bit of time with it at MWC 2017 and from what we’ve seen there’s really very little wrong with it. It has an excellent camera, nice build and plenty of power – plus a few neat tricks too. Here are our early...[Read More]

Nokia 3310 hands-on – Nokia’s ‘dumbphone’ is winning everyone over at MWC

Judging by the reaction to the 3310 at MWC 2017, you’d think that Nokia was back at the height of its powers. But no, this isn’t the year 2000, it’s 2017, and the reaction reveals just how much the Finnish brand’s classic phones are revered. The Nokia 3310 aims to bring back everything you loved about those plastic bricks you owned in the ’90s. It’s sturdy, and while we didn’t test thi...[Read More]

Sony XZ Premium hands-on – Who needs a TV for 4K HDR video?

You’ve got to hand it to Sony – there’s no other phone maker out there that can keep up with its constant flow of flagship smartphones. The Xperia XZ only rocked up in September, but a successor is already hot on its heels. Only it’s not quite that simple. Think of the XZ Premium as a high-tech half brother, upping the ante on specs (and probably on price, too) but otherwise sticking with So...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 hands-on – Android fans have an Apple alternative

Apple fans have it easy. When they want to kick back for a much-needed boxset binge, they just pick up an iPad. It’s a little trickier on the other side of the fence – there’s just not a lot of quality competition out there when it comes to Android tablets. At least, that’s what we thought. Samsung’s been working on a little something to break that rule, and it just unveiled it at Mobile Wor...[Read More]

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