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Samsung folds, Apple's gold and the greatest console story ever told 

For the first time in history, we've given the full five stars to a tablet. And of course, the recipient was Apple's spanking new iPad Air. Put it this way: when was the last time you read a device review that talked about "joy"? The iPad Air wasn't the only thing we lusted over this week. We're pretty keen on the new Nikon Df too. It's "superbly retro" while boasting state of the art technology, and while it's pricey, the "considerable excitement" appears to be entirely justified.

With the launch of the next generation games consoles mere days away, it's time to ask the big question: who won this generation's console wars? Was it the PS3? The Xbox 360? Um, the Wii? Our writers have made the case for all three this week - read them and tell us which you think comes out on top.

Sadly the Wii is no more, and it looks like BlackBerry's going the same way after yet more bad news - but Samsung's amazing bend-o-phone gave us something to look forward to. It could be on sale as soon as 2015. "It's an exciting prospect… it could also remove the need to have both a phone and a tablet if it can effectively combine the two," says James Rogerson. That would make the phablet redundant, heralding the end of the worst word technology has ever seen. Now that deserves the five-star treatment.

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In this week
Week in Tech: Samsung folds, Apple's gold and the greatest console story ever told
Talking points: Nexus 5, PS4 vs Xbox Graphics, Microsoft console beats Sony on media, Jelly Bean for S4
Competition: Win! A Nikon J3 worth £579.99
The week's best buys: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Google Nexus 7 (2012), Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Top 10: The world's top 10 tablets
Talking points
Hands on: Google Nexus 5 review
The Nexus range has taken a real step forward here. The Nexus 4 was a great option for those that don't want to spend a lot, but the handset really began to creak after too long.  The Nexus 5, while a little later in the year compared to the other top-end handsets, seems to be a lot more bullet-proof in terms of being able to carry on chugging for a couple of years. Read more
PS4 vs Xbox One graphics: what are the differences and do they matter?
What was once a rumour is now confirmed. At least some cross-platform games will run at a higher resolution on the Sony PlayStation 4 than on Microsoft's Xbox One. But why is this happening and should it influence your decision over which of the next-gen game boxes to buy? Read more
Xbox One one-ups PS4 with support for CDs, DLNA streaming
In a rare move, Xbox One one-upped the PS4, announcing that the forthcoming console supports CDs and DLNA media streaming. That means the system can play your entire library of audio CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays, and stream files from a home network. PS4 supports only DVDs and Blu-rays. Read more
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean arrives on Samsung Galaxy S4
There's good news for Samsung Galaxy S4 owners in the UK as the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update arrives on the handset. The Android 4.3 rollout began in early October, but it is only now making its way to British shores. Our in-office Galaxy S4 has received the update, which includes a boost from version 4.2 to 4.3 of Jelly Bean plus support for Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Read more
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The week's best buys

As Android tablets go, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 hits the nail on the head.  It's doesn't offer anything truly exciting or different, but it also ensures that it doesn't fall flat on its face. The Tab 2 10.1 brings rich power on top of the latest version of Android.
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It may not tread a lot of new ground, but the Nexus 7 is a strong performer and easily the best tablet around for the thriftier buyer. It's astounding value for money. If you're on a budget this is the tablet to buy and, even if you're not, it's well worth considering, as its specs and performance make it competitive with tablets twice the price.
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The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a triumph, a tablet that genuinely deserves consideration when you're in the market for a new top-end gadget. If you're against the iPad for any reason, or even just agnostic over your OS, the Sony has taken the best of Android and fused it with its own innovation to make a device that delights in more ways than we can count.
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Do console graphics matter to you?
@strickers66 Yes, it matters. It's a visual medium and power allows extra elements in gameplay too. Cloud couldn't offset any graphics power.
@Haylz1808 Very disappointing. Xbox is allowing ps4 to dominate. Seems too much thought went into Kinect and not Xbox One itself. Gutted.
@Zio_Excel Raw graphics power means nothing. PS4 is suped up PS3, Xbox One is about looking to the future.
Top  10  tablets in the world
We have a new player at number one! If you've already read our iPad Air review this will come as no surprise, as Apple's latest slate is the first tablet ever to gain a five star rating on TechRadar.
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