Apple has taken the iPhone X design that introduced in 2017 and made it the template for all of their new iPhone models. With three new iPhone models this year, the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, Apple has made the near-bezel-less design their standard. The two premium models, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have identical specifications other than display size. That means everything I cover in this review should apply to both flagship models. After a couple of weeks using the iPhone XS, here's what I've learned.
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The Apple Watch Series 4, which is the fifth major product version of Apple's smartwatch platform, offers a number of substantial changes over its predecessor while retaining much of what has made it the most popular smartwatch around. While it is an evolution on previous versions, it represents, perhaps, the first compelling reason for early adopters to consider an upgrade.
Microsoft has played a very steady game with its Surface family of computers. It took a couple of generations of the Surface Pro convertible before venturing into more traditional laptop form factors with the Surface Laptop and Surface Book and desktops with the Surface Hub. It's surprising that it's taken over six years to produce the Surface Go, a more compact device that appeals to those seeking a Windows system in an iPad-like form factor. But the company has produced a solid performer that will fulfil the needs for those who want a second computer to complement their main computer or whose computing needs are more modest.
While printing has never really died (Long live the paperless office!) the ease with which we can take high quality photos and share them has almost rendered personal printing redundant. And the ability to print at home means the post-holiday trip to the chemist or local photo-lab to get pictures printed is also a rarity. Enter the Lifeprint - a portable printer that lets you take a mini photo lab with you wherever you go.
With Sonos doing a great job of making exceptional speakers that fit in almost every situation in your home, three further battlefields remained - becoming a less proprietary option so you can stream music from any device to the speakers without having to go through the Sonos app all the time, smart speakers and home theatre setups. All of those have been addressed over the last year or so as the Santa Barbara-based company has revised most of their range. The Sonos Beam is their second home theatre product. Here's what I've found after using the Beam in my lounge room.
The iPad may have started its life as a content consumption device but over the last eight years, since its release, it has evolved through a combination of upgrades from Apple and the release of many accessories into a valid alternative to a traditional computer for many people. One of the key apps many people need is an image creation and editing tool. Pixelmator fills that gap with a powerful suite of image creation and editing tools for iOS and the Mac.
If you're a presenter or trainer and you like to use iOS devices to show things from your screen off to a broader audience, it can be challenging. Perhaps you're a developer and what to see how things look on different mobile devices. Or, if you are responsible for providing AV facilities to visiting presenters, ensuring you have all the right cables and connectors for connecting smartphones and tablets can be annoying. Reflector 3 is a solution to those challenges. Here's how it works.
Motorola's smartphone business has been through some challenging times. After the mobile phone business was spun off, it landed with Google who later sold it to Lenovo where it sits today. And while other brands have garnered plenty of attention, Motorola has continued to create some decent Android handsets. The Moto G Plus is the company's flagship smartphone and it's a great phone that won't break the bank.
Screen recording and video editing are essential tools if you're involved in producing tutorials or other educational materials. Camtasia, which is developed by TechSmith, has been around for many years and has progressed from being a simple screen capture tool into a handy video editor for Mac and Windows systems. I've used it to produce a couple of short videos over the last week. Here's what I found.
Small form factor PCs have traditionally been a story of compromise. In order to fit a full PC into a case the size of a book, they've had to cut back on processing power, storage, and ports for connecting to peripherals. But the advent of fast SSDs, and smaller but powerful processors that don't generate massive levels of heat have changed the equation significantly. Intel has been one of the leaders with their NUC (Next Unit of Computing) range of PCs. The NUC VR Machine is a system that will meet the needs of almost any computer user.
NAS devices have transformed from simple storage devices into multimedia and data management centres that are as much at home in the home as they are in the office. The QNAP TS-453Be straddles that line between work and play, offering a bunch of connectivity, applications and storage options. And while it offers a rich set of features, it's let down by some usability challenges.
Razer Blades are instantly recognizable for their sleek, black coat and glowing green triple-snake logo -- and they're powerful units. Some of the most impressively designed and specced-up gaming laptops you can find. We've looked at the Stealth in the past and were very happy with it, overall - so how does it's Big Daddy, the Razer Blade Pro, stack up?