Best of TechRadar: this week's best features and hottest reviews

31st May 2014 | 06:00

Best of TechRadar: this week's best features and hottest reviews

All the hottest hits and techiest toys from the past 7 days

OnePlus One review

OnePlus One

A brilliant new smartphone with an astonishing price

The OnePlus One's performance-to-price ratio is one of the most impressive we've ever seen in a smartphone, offering Samsung Galaxy S5 performance for less than half the price. We'd almost call it the Motorola Moto G of the high-end Android world, but for a few small but significant flaws that interfere with everyday usability. Still, if you're after a truly top end phone that can be customised to the Nth degree, and you don't mind accepting a few rough patches as part of the package, we can't see a better - or cheaper - alternative. Read:OnePlus One review

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The laptop killer we've been waiting for?

the Surface Pro 3 is not only Microsoft's most striking and versatile device to date, but the most convincing poster child for the hybrid category yet. And this ringing endorsement comes from a long-time skeptic of such devices. That said, the Pro 3 is hamstrung by flaws that cannot be ignored. Namely, the battery life might be in line with most Ultrabooks, but it doesn't come close to what Apple's leading laptop and top tablet have shown. And the Type Cover being billed as an accessory doesn't help Microsoft's cause in the slightest – it's quite pricey to boot. At any rate, this version of the tablet comes in cheaper than the most affordable iPad Air and 13-inch MacBook Air combined, even with the Type Cover, and that's the point. On paper, this slate is more powerful than either Apple device, not to mention most other comparably priced laptops and tablets. The Surface Pro 3 might not be perfect, but it's far and wide the brightest shining example of a potential tablet takeover. Read:Surface Pro 3 review

LG G3

Super screen, metallic skin - has LG leapt to the top of the pile?

The LG G3 is a phone that's a real step forward and sends LG charging to the front of the pack when it comes to smartphone features – mostly because it has the most advanced screen out there with the new QHD option. The internal specs are largely similar to the rest of the competition – nowadays this is less of an issue, as we're running with phones so powerful that the performance is impressive no matter what, so not being the first with the Snapdragon 805 CPU isn't as big a deal as it could be. The LG G3 has a better design, uprated internals and all the things people look for in a smartphone: microSD support, a removable battery and upgraded design. A faster camera, less of a focus on health and a better UI is exactly what we need from most phones today, and LG has offered that well in the G3. Hands on:LG G3 review

LG G3 vs LG G2

LG G3 vs LG G2

With a brand new screen, larger body and extra power the good news is that the G3 builds on 2013's LG G2 in several areas. We've gone through both handsets to see if the LG G3 is enough of an upgrade on last year's offering to see it tackle the burgeoning mobile market. LG G3 vs LG G2

LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 vs iPhone 5S

LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 vs iPhone 5S

There's fierce competition at the top of the mobile market, with the G3 joining the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8 in the 2014 flagship enclosure. Don't forget about Apple's iPhone 5S either. It may not have the specs of its Android rivals, but it's still an incredibly popular device. Here's our lowdown on all five handsets to see if the LG G3 is enough of an upgrade on last year's offering for it succeed in the busy flagship market. Continue reading...

How Hollywood effects are shaping your next laptop

Gravity

A shortcut to the stars

You might not think that the latest blockbuster playing down at the local cineplex has had any impact on the laptop you use to find showtimes and buy tickets. After all, training dragons doesn't have much to do with RAM and cloud computing doesn't involve a great deal of striding slowly away from explosions - at least not if you're doing it right. But what's happening in Tinseltown has more bearing on your next computer, tablet and phone than you think. Read on to find out why

Nikon 1 V3 review

Nikon 1 V3

A small, sleek and stylish CSC with a tilting touchscreen and Wi-Fi

The Nikon V3 is a great camera to use, and produces images which are of a good, if not exceptional, quality. It's great to see Nikon experimenting with different body types to suit different customers, and it's also nice to see a traditional company such as this fully embracing touchscreen and Wi-Fi technology in a way that some other manufacturers seem to be leaving out. It would have been nice to have kept the viewfinder though. Read:Nikon 1 V3 review

10 things you need to know about Apple buying Beats

10 things you need to know about Apple buying Beats

Jimmy, Dre and whether your fave streaming service is sticking around

Apple made its purchase of Beats official today, capping off an almost-month long flurry of speculation, drunken video brags and dropping decimal points. While we know a few fast details, like the $3 billion payday coming Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine's way, there are plenty of points that could use a hash out. Read on for what you need to know about this blockbuster deal

Here's how you'll live in Apple's smart home of tomorrow

Here's how you'll live in Apple's smart home of tomorrow

What would it be like if iOS ran everything?

iOS is already in many homes. We use it to control WeMo switches and to stream music; you might use it to control your heating or to access your favourite films. What's going to change at WWDC is that manufacturers will no longer have to roll out their own iOS solutions: Apple will have a system they can use, branding they can stick on their ads and hype that might finally make internet fridges sound attractive. Read all about it

Motorola Moto E review

Motorola E

An entry level phone at a budget price

The Motorola Moto E seems aimed at cashing in on the success of the Moto G, a phone which combined mid-range specs with an eye-catchingly low price tag and went on to sell by the truck-load. The approach taken by the Moto E is much the same, except that rather than being mid-range it's an entry level handset with a truly bargain bucket price. Read:Motorola E review

HTC One Mini 2

HTC's premium design arrives in a smaller suit

The HTC One Mini 2 is a solid smartphone and provides a strong option for those seeking a high-end device closer in size to the iPhone 5S than the current fleet of Android flagships. With a premium design and decent feature set the One Mini 2 offers an enticing package, but unfortunately it isn't without some flaws. Read:HTC One Mini 2 review

Best Camera 2014: which camera should you buy?

Best camera 2014: what camera type should you buy?

Buying Guide

When it comes to buying a camera, you're really spoiled for choice. The range is massive, stretching from cheap and cheerful compact models competing with your smartphone, right through to professional-spec SLRs that cost as much as a decent used car. In this jargon-free overview, we'll discuss the main types of camera out there, to help you make a wise buying decision. Read:Best Camera 2014

Sony HX60V review

Sony HX60V

30x zoom, Wi-Fi and full manual control

The HX60 is a solid choice for anybody who wants a reliable travel camera that can take great shots, has a decent range of creative options and offers a lot of flexibility in terms of the zoom range. Unfortunately for Sony, where once it offered something unique with its huge zoom range, other manufacturers, namely Panasonic and Canon, have caught up and also offer that range, giving consumers more choice and making it difficult for Sony to stand out quite so much. Still, it's an attractive option, with built-in connectivity making it appealing to those who want to share images quickly while out with the camera. Read:Sony HX60V review

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