This week's hottest reviews on TechRadar
20th Jul 2013 | 07:00
All the hottest hits and techiest toys from the last 7 days
Please allow us to introduce you to the HTC One Mini: the mini version of the world's hottest smartphone and presumably the precursor to the even-minier HTC One Mini Mini that we just made up.
The One Mini has been insta-billed as the most desirable midrange smartphone on the planet, which explains its price in relation to the competition. And having had a good play with it, we can say that we like it a lot. If you're in the market for a new phone, it's almost probably worth holding on for - despite the boring name.
Also sliced up and examined on TechRadar's altar of silicon this week we've seen some snazzy snappers and lovely laptops, a troop of techy TVs and a whole smorgasbord of inexplicably aggravating alliteration.
So here we go then, fetch yourself a nice hot cup of tea and peruse the week's loveliest tech. Because if you don't, who will?
HTC One Mini
The HTC One Mini follows in the footsteps of its outlandishly successful bigger brother, slicing off some components but managing to maintain a real sense of class. When it comes to the HTC One, there was a big call from fans to follow it up with something a little more affordable, in the same manner as Samsung has done with the Galaxy S4 Mini. However, while coming in at a similar price (well, unconfirmed but likely) and a slightly lower set of specs than its Samsung competitor, there's no doubt that the HTC One Mini is a more impressive device (and it has a higher-resolution screen to boot).
It's not the best upscaler, nor the slimmest TV, and some won't like the need to use MotionPlus for both 2D and 3D, but we're quite taken by the Samsung UE40F6400. Packed with apps within a reasonably polished Smart Hub system, there's plenty of contrast, colour and detail to compete with pricier options. Read:Samsung UE40F6400 review
Lenovo Yoga 11S
If you're in the market for a Windows 8 tablet or laptop you'd be remiss to not check out the Lenovo Yoga 11S. While it currently lacks a Haswell option, it's still plenty fast enough for whatever you want to do, with the exception of hardcore PC gaming. We took this model on several business trips and experienced nary a hiccup. On planes its diminutive size made it perfect for working or watching videos and it easily tucks away nicely into any bag you may be traveling with. Read:Lenovo Yoga 11S review
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
We really want to like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom but we're just not sure there's a gap in the market for it. If the camera or phone part was better or the price tag was lower then it would make sense, but right now it's a poor compact married to a mid-range phone at a high end price tag.
Read:Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review
Lenovo IdeaCentre B540p
If you're absolutely sure you want a PC/TV combo, and you've got the money in your pocket, we can see no reason to buy any all-in-one other than the Lenovo IdeaCentre B540p. It's just about the pinnacle of the genre, and we reckon the impetus is now on Lenovo's competitors to catch up. If our ethical compass weren't so finely attuned, we'd hang on to our review model forever. But we probably wouldn't shell out the cash, because we're cheap. Read:Lenovo IdeaCentre B540p review
Lytro Light Field Camera
Despite the best efforts of some avid post-capture sharpeners the focus point of most images is set at the point of capture. However, the Lytro Light Field Camera allows the focus point to be changed after the image is captured, so you switch from an object in the foreground being sharp to the background. The image refocuses before your eyes. Read:Lytro Light Field Camera review
Nikon Coolpix S31
the Nikon Coolpix S31 is a basic camera, for a basic price. Although the waterproof function works well, we can't help wishing the day to day shots had a bit more punch and brightness. However, for a family camera that you'd be happy to leave in the hands of your little ones you can't really complain about the Nikon S31 - it's easy to hold, easy to use and will withstand all the knocks, bumps and drops you and your children could put it through. Read:Nikon Coolpix S31 review