Archos Helium 50

Archos Helium 50 review – a generic 4G Android saved by its screen

With thanks to Archos for the handset Better known in the UK for its audio and video players, French firm Archos has been making smartphones in Europe for quite a while. The Helium 50 is one of two phones in its first ever 4G LTE offering: a mid-range black plastic slab running Android Jelly Bean.…

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Holly BrockwellArchos Helium 50 review – a generic 4G Android saved by its screen
Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 review: Still the brightest star in Samsung’s Galaxy

With the much-discussed Galaxy Alpha just around the corner, we take another look at Samsung’s current top dog, the S5, to see if it’s still a worthy contender half a year on. Is this the best Galaxy in the universe, or will the Alpha leave it feeling like a beta release? With thanks to Vodafone…

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Holly BrockwellSamsung Galaxy S5 review: Still the brightest star in Samsung’s Galaxy

Jawbone Up24 Review: Stylish, comfortable and wireless activity tracking

So what's a Jawbone Up 24? Jawbone is a company that creates all kinds of cool tech products. Earlier in the week, we wrote about its new bluetooth headset, the Era, and chances are you'll recognise its colourful little Jambox speakers too. But Jawbone has also been one of the first companies to really get…

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Becca CaddyJawbone Up24 Review: Stylish, comfortable and wireless activity tracking

HTC One Max review

Type: Android phablet Price as reviewed: £500 Things have been tricky for HTC over the past few years - mainly due to competition from rivals such as Samsung and Apple. Anyhow, despite this, they have managed to create possibly one of the world's sexiest Android smartphones - the One. And now we have a much…

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NicholasFearnHTC One Max review

REVIEW: Slim and padded be.ez LA Garde Robe laptop bag (in juicy raspberry)

Here at Shiny Shiny we're on a mission to find lots of different laptop bags that don't just carry our gadgets around, but look good and aren't too bulky. You'd think there'd be plenty of choice, but accessories that tick all of the boxes are actually REALLY hard to come by. A few weeks ago…

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Becca CaddyREVIEW: Slim and padded be.ez LA Garde Robe laptop bag (in juicy raspberry)

REVIEW: Kodak Pulse Digital Frame lets you share photos instantly

As part of our fortnight of Instagram goodness we were sent a 10" Kodak Pulse Digital Frame to try out, so we could showcase our favourite images from a fancy frame and not just squint at them on our teeny iPhone screens. The Pulse looks like a regular digital photo frame, but what makes it…

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Becca CaddyREVIEW: Kodak Pulse Digital Frame lets you share photos instantly

REVIEW: Atomic Floyd SuperDarts the ultimate headphones for music lovers

A lot of headphones claim to bring us good quality sound that'll rival anything we've ever tried before. Most of them are good, but don't really stand out in a sea of similar products that all deliver in terms of sound and look good too. However, we were sent a pair of Atomic Floyd SuperDarts…

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Becca CaddyREVIEW: Atomic Floyd SuperDarts the ultimate headphones for music lovers

Review: Wacom's clever new Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch tablet CTH-670

Wacom is well known for its clever tablet and pen solutions, which aim to make all kinds of activities, from sketching to game development to image editing as easy and intuitive as possible. The brand creates different kinds of interactive pen displays for specialist industries, the Cintiq range for animators and designers and we can't…

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Becca CaddyReview: Wacom's clever new Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch tablet CTH-670

Review: The LG Optimus 3D – nice phone but our poor little eyes can't deal with the third dimension

I'll say it straight out - I'm not convinced by 3D cameras or 3D screens. I liked watching Avatar and of course 3D cameras were involved there, but outside several select films in the cinema I find the technology to be more hype than performance. More ow than wow. My eyes are naturally squinty and…

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Anna LeachReview: The LG Optimus 3D – nice phone but our poor little eyes can't deal with the third dimension

Five Game-Changing Motorola Phones

In many ways it has been Motorola (and not Nokia or even Apple) that has lead the way in mobile design. Since the late nineties it has delivered an array of game-changing handsets which have been hugely popular and very influential. So with the deal with Google in the can now, here's five mobiles that…

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Anna LeachFive Game-Changing Motorola Phones

Stitch-Your-Own iPhone case: X Stitch and iShoe

If you fancy giving your iPhone 4 more of a stitched DIY feel then why not get a case which lets you STITCH ON YOUR IPHONE. Not into the glass of course... but into a soft silicon iPhone 4 case with stitchy holes in it. It's the cunning idea behind the X Stitch case from…

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Anna LeachStitch-Your-Own iPhone case: X Stitch and iShoe

Review: Beautiful Video Magazine Astronaut most innovative iPad Mag I've seen yet

iPad magazines have been hyped hard, but the form is still finding its way. Many iPad mags I've looked at have simply been paper magazines dropped onto the tablet with little alteration except for maybe a video in the middle. There's a lot more to be done with the format and Video Magazine Astronaut is…

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Anna LeachReview: Beautiful Video Magazine Astronaut most innovative iPad Mag I've seen yet

Blackberry fix their Touch Screen: Liquid Graphics on new Blackberry 7

Blackberry the masters of the QWERTY keyboard have made a serious effort to improve their touchscreens with a new system that they call Liquid Graphics, promising that it will be more responsive and faster. All three of the top smartphones they launched today on Blackberry 7 feature the new capacitive touch screens with the Torch…

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Anna LeachBlackberry fix their Touch Screen: Liquid Graphics on new Blackberry 7

Why The Huffington Post might struggle in the UK

Today is a big day for the UK media with the long awaited arrival of the British edition of The Huffington Post. The HuffPo has had a huge impact on US media and is apparently in the nation's top the nation's top three news sources. Can it repeat that sucess here? Well it chose a…

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Ashley NorrisWhy The Huffington Post might struggle in the UK

Brugo Tip'n'Sip mug keeps drinks at optimum temperature for Tea Fascists

If you're one of those people who refuses to drink tea or coffee unless it's at an optimum temperature, then you should probably should consider an insulated mug: for the good of yourself, of the environment and of the other people in the office who make you all these cups of tea that you BARELY…

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Anna LeachBrugo Tip'n'Sip mug keeps drinks at optimum temperature for Tea Fascists

Listen to music in the back garden: Wireless Outdoor Speakers from BestBuy

Glastonbury has got us all thinking about spending time outside lying on the grass, listening to sweet tunes. And if that means lying out in your back garden, so be it. And especially if you chose to take your music while lying in in your back-garden, you'll want a decent set of outdoor speakers. Which…

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Anna LeachListen to music in the back garden: Wireless Outdoor Speakers from BestBuy

Review: The Emporia RL1 simple mobile phone

It's stylish in a scaled-back, retro sort of way, the Emporia RL1 mobile phone. You could sort of see it take off in certain hipster-clusters, but the core target market for this simplified mobile phone is those aged 50 or over. This is less a "bells and whistles" phone then, and more a "what it…

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ShinyJessReview: The Emporia RL1 simple mobile phone

REVIEW: Canon Legria HF G10 – pro camcorder for the amateurs

Packing a lot of pro-level features in a slim body, the Canon Legria HF G10 is top of Canon's amateur range. And at around £1200, it would stretch the budgets of even the keenest amateur cinematographer. However it is a really solid piece of kit and has a few pleasant surprises... LOOK AND FEEL Design…

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Anna LeachREVIEW: Canon Legria HF G10 – pro camcorder for the amateurs

REVIEW: Ministry of Sound Headphones MOS004

We had a quick try-out with the Ministry of Sound Headphones - the MOS004s - selling for £19.99 on the Ministry website. They boast: "Stereo headphones with single sided cable, soft-touch and detailed logo. These distinctive headphones pack a punch with 40mm drivers that deliver the purest sounds. High grade leatherette pads give complete comfort…

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Anna LeachREVIEW: Ministry of Sound Headphones MOS004

Review: The FT for Android tablets – is the £233 app as premium as it could be?

When looking at the app of a magazine or paper, it's sometimes hard to separate the quality of the content from the quality of the format. And that's a good thing. Ideally, you shouldn't notice the format at all because it's so intuitive that it unobtrusively lets the content shine. But when reviewing it, you…

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Anna LeachReview: The FT for Android tablets – is the £233 app as premium as it could be?