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With so many phone makers releasing large-screen devices these days, it can be easy to forget that Samsung was the one that started the phablet craze. It did so, not only by increasing display dimensions, but also by adding features, such as a stylus and dual-display modes, to enhance the overall user experience.
With numerous smartphone makers launching flagship devices this season, it is easy to overlook the fact that Sony's Xperia Z2 comes just seven months after the Xperia Z1.
Mention "Chinese smartphone brands" and images of cheap devices, mostly devoid of design aesthetics, come to mind.
Backed by Ryan Seacrest of American Idol fame, the Typo Keyboard is an iPhone 5/5s case with a BlackBerry lookalike Qwerty keyboard.
In crafting a new smartphone, the trick is not just to do it better than everyone else, but to do it better where it actually counts.
A fter two years, handset company Motorola, now owned by Lenovo, is back in town.
The modern history of the smartphone is filled with experiments by manufacturers to see if their new product, which is significantly different from what is readily available, will be embraced by consumers.
HTC's latest smartphone fails to stand out from its fellow budget competitors. In fact, its specifications read very much like a typical entry-level smartphone.
If smartwatches usually turn you off, the Martian Notifier might change your mind.
You will probably not find a more affordable 4G smartphone than the Nokia Lumia 635. But it is far from being the ideal budget handset.
Need one phone number for work contacts and another for close friends and family?
The Asus ROG GR8 console PC was conceived as a "Steam Machine" - a gaming computer which runs Valve's SteamOS platform.
Lenovo continues to churn out hybrid Windows devices that can be used as both laptop and tablet.
Love them or loathe them, Windows hybrids have become the most interesting devices in the PC market.
Acer's latest all-in-one PC is propped up by an adjustable kickstand. Push its touchscreen all the way back with a finger and it effectively becomes a giant 23-inch tablet. Or as Lenovo and Sony would call it, a table-top PC.
You have probably heard about 4K TVs and how, with the right content, you can get images that are sharper and clearer than those on full-HD sets.
Ever felt the need for more display real estate when you are overseas and rushing that important report? Asus' new MB168B+ mobile monitor might just be your salvation.
As one of three routers boasting a top aggregate transfer speed of up to 1,900Mbps, it is a given that the Asus RT-AC68U will be expensive. The question is whether the speed is worth the premium.
Gaming laptop batteries are not known for their stamina. While the latest models generally have enough juice for a three-hour movie, they often fail to deliver when it comes to their bread and butter task - running games.
The Dominator Pro looks a lot like last year's model.
This laptop suffers from a problem another recent Dell machine, the Inspiron 11 Series 3000 2-in-1, has.
The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is one of the most highly anticipated laptop computers of the year.
Unlike its predecessors, which use the 1/1.7-inch or smaller image sensors, the LX100 uses a 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds (MFT) image sensor found in Panasonic's interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras.
The K zoom is the successor to last year's Galaxy S4 zoom. It now boasts a faster hexa-core processor comprising a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1.7GHz dual-core processor and a higher megapixel count of 20.7 megapixels.
The unusual design of Sigma's dp2 Quattro caused quite a stir when it was unveiled in February during the annual camera and imaging show CP+ 2014 in Yokohama, Japan.
The 3-inch 921,000-dot display (640 x 480 pixels) on the camera back is not tiltable and is not a touchscreen.
The new Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) has been hailed as a superzoom compact camera.
Canon must have been looking at the immense success of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 prosumer compact series with much envy.
Olympus' new mid-range mirrorless camera, the PEN Lite E-PL7, is all but made for the selfie lover.
Canon Powershot
As the E-PL7 is a mid-range model in this series, it does not have as many buttons and dials as its illustrious OM-D cousins. However, it does have most of the essential controls. All the buttons and dials are on the right. Sorry, left-handers.
An Android tablet with a large 13-inch display is unusual enough. But Lenovo goes even further by building a projector into its new Yoga slate.
So far, small Windows slates have been fairly formulaic. They use Intel Atom processors, offer limited RAM and storage, and have mediocre 1,280 x 800-pixel screens.
Some men relish running a sharp blade against the contours of their face, while others prefer taking the electric route.
Cliches such as "the best of both worlds" and "good things come to those who wait" seem surprisingly fresh and apt when applied to LG's new curved Oled TV sets.
Every household has at least one fridge and most refrigerators are designed to store eggs, bottled drinks and other small items on the door shelves, as opposed to being placed on the shelves within the fridge itself.
If you enjoy creating your own cushions, quilts and greeting cards but find it time consuming, this machine will help speed things up.
WD has finally refreshed its WD TV media player, three years after the last Live model.
The Wahoo Fitness Rflkt is the world's first iPhone-powered bike computer, according to its maker. It is for cyclists who need to keep their iPhones safe, inside a waterproof bag for instance, but still want their biking statistics displayed in real time.
The Striiv Touch is a wristband activity tracker that doubles as a smartwatch - which is what the yet-to-be-released Razer Nabu is supposed to do.
The first time I saw the Fresh Foam 980, I was reminded of the rocker sole shoes most commonly used by Skechers.
The Sony MDR-1ADAC and Focal Spirit Classic are likely to be on the shortlist of those searching for headphones in the $500 range. But they could not be more different - both in looks and sonics.
Solo2 are the first headphones Beats Electronics have released since the company was acquired by Apple for US$3 billion (S$3.75 billion).
If you are 35 or older and a home owner, chances are, you have a decent home entertainment set-up in your living room or bedroom, complete with a set of great speakers that is meant to last a few decades.
The Linksys E8350, part of the latest "Wave 2" generation of Wi-Fi routers, is among the fastest wireless routers available. It is the second router after the Asus RT-AC87U to provide 2,400Mbps in wireless-transmission capacity.
This is probably the best consumer router you can buy now. At least until other manufacturers release their own Wave 2 802.11ac models.
Regular globetrotters may find it a hassle to adjust their watches each time they cross time zones.
TomTom's latest GPS navigator, the GO 600 comes with free lifetime map updates and lifetime TomTom Traffic service.
With so much road rage and so many errant motorists, the best defence for any driver is to install a video recorder in the car. Not just a front camera but a rear one as well.