For some reason, Apple's latest keynote was the kind of thing you watch from behind your fingers. As execs fluffed lines and made a hash of their scripted banter, we all had the same thought: "This is about as cool as Microsoft!" However, Tim Cook's World of Charts was mercifully shortand we quickly got to the meat: new products. OS X Mavericks was released for free, but never mind the software. There were new MacBook Pros with spec bumps and price cuts and the new Mac Pro was teased again.
The main event was the iPad Air. It's 64-bit and boasts the usual improvements: twice as fast, twice the graphics power, and so on. It's also significantly thinner and lighter, but surprisingly there's no Touch ID sensor like the one you'll find in the iPhone 5S. There's also the iPad mini 2 with Retina Display, which - yes! - is an iPad mini with a Retina Display.
You've got to be pretty confident to launch a new product on the day of an Apple event. Say hello to Nokia, who decided that this week would be a great time to unveil its Lumia 2520 tablet. We love the design and the price. Of course, there's a but: the 2520 runs Windows RT, and some of us fear that "the problem with Windows RT tablets isn't the 'tablets' bit of the equation."
Windows 8.1 isn't a whole new operating system, but it's more than a service pack. It has a great new version of Internet Explorer, some user interface tweaks that almost everyone will prefer, and the built-in SkyDrive sync is very welcome transforms Windows RT 8.1 into a far more powerful system. Read more
Samsung is reportedly committed to upgrading the Galaxy S5 with a 16-megapixel camera. Sony and Samsung LSI - a division of the South Korean electronics giant - are vying for the job of making the camera for the company's next flagship smartphone. Read more
The smaller iPad that Apple was never going to make is now in its second iteration - say hello to the iPad mini 2 with Retina display. Here's our guide to everything you need to know about the iPad mini 2 with Retina, from that new screen to what's inside to when you can buy it. Read more
It didn't last long, but we got a sneak preview of the Nexus 5 this weel when it appeared on a mysterious Google Play page that led nowhere. The heavily leaked but still unofficial new Nexus phone is listed as starting at $349 (£215), presumably for a 16GB model. "Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways," its description read. Read more
Here's your chance to get your hands on the best QWERTY keyboard phone on the market, the BlackBerry Q10. As well as a brand new handset, the kind folk over at BlackBerry have also bundled in accessories including a case and external battery pack to make sure your new handset is well protected and even longer lasting.
This is the best HTC phone ever, without a doubt. But we'll go one better: it's the best phone on the market full stop. For sheer level of functionality, innovation and overall effect in the hand, we recommend the HTC One to anyone looking to buy a new smartphone.
The Google Nexus 7 is a remarkably solid device all round: the specs and screen are both good, it's got a premium build quality and a very low price tag. If you're on a budget this is the tablet to buy and, even if you're not, it's well worth considering.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is one of the most beautiful tablets we have ever seen, and the fact that it's so light is even better. Sony has really worked hard at adding to Android without overpowering the operating system
@teojhn Nope. Don't see much of a point to having it on a tablet.
With Apple's new tablets announced this week, it's a good time to take a look at the competition. What do the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina need to beat, and is it worth waiting to buy one of them, or is the tablet for you on sale right now?
This Kingston USB flash drive offers a meaty 16GB of pocket storage for a mere £7.18, a saving of over £12 on the RRP. It's USB 2.0 compatible and comes with a 5-year warranty for peace of mind, which is a bit of a bargain if you ask us. Perfect for the office or school.
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