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Last year's Oppo R5, touted as the world's thinnest phone, got consumers to notice the Chinese handset maker, but the company has been in the market for a while.
Last year's Oppo R5, touted as the world's thinnest phone, got consumers to notice the Chinese handset maker, but the company has been in the market for a while.
If you are going to protect your Apple iPhone 6 Plus with a case, you might as well use a hybrid power case, such as the Boostcase.
My love affair with BlackBerry ended a few years ago, but I still know of several folks who would happily trade their souped-up smartphones for a trusty one with a reliable Qwerty keyboard.
When it comes to launching a successor to a popular tech gadget, a common practice is to bump up the old specs and not raise the price.
As the battle for the sharpest and brightest phone screen gets more intense, one Russian handset maker is asking: "Why make do with one screen when you can have two?"
The wrong time to buy a new phone is always the first three months of the year. Events such as February's Mobile World Congress pave the way for companies to launch new devices for the year.
It is a no-brainer to say that this phone is not for everyone. Its US$6,000 (S$8,300) price tag can easily pay for a vacation for two to Europe, a string of dinners at decent restaurants and enough flagship smartphones for your whole family.
Almost a year to the day that Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone division, I still expect to find the Nokia brand when I pick up a Lumia smartphone.
When the HTC One X was released back in 2012, I picked one up as my personal phone as I was impressed by it when it was announced at Mobile World Congress 2012.
After producing five generations of high-end smartphones in plastic shells, Samsung has finally done away with the cheap finishings that have attracted much criticism.
The new Acer Aspire S7 looks exactly like the 2013 model, which itself looks very much like the one that debuted in 2012.
This laptop is apparently selling so well that Asus did not have a review unit to spare. But this is not surprising, as the ZenBook UX305 is, by far, the most affordable ultrabook here at $999.
The Yoga 3 Pro is a luxury device with a unique hinge inspired by the metallic straps on watches.
This is a classy laptop that currently ranks as my favourite convertible ultrabook.
The new Acer Aspire S7 looks exactly like the 2013 model, which itself looks very much like the one that debuted in 2012.
This is an all-in-one, or AIO, PC built for gamers. Hailed as the world's first gaming AIO by manufacturer MSI, it sounds interesting.
Many laptop-makers have come up with thinner and more innovative 13-inch laptops, such as the HP Spectre x360 with a 360-degree hinge and the Dell XPS 13 with a high-resolution display of 3,200 x 1,800 pixels.
Dell's Alienware laptops are among the most powerful gaming machines money can buy - if you can afford them.
This is the Clark Kent of laptops. Like the alter ego of Superman, this gaming laptop cuts an unassuming appearance but hides a powerful force. It is a machine that lets you run the latest games smoothly.
The Chi is about as slim as the Apple MacBook Air (16.5mm versus the Air's 17mm). However, its slimness is actually quite remarkable, given it is a convertible laptop.
To accommodate a laptop this svelte, Apple redesigned a full-sized keyboard to match this thin chassis.
The mid-range Nikon D7000 DSLR series has become a cult classic among professionals and serious amateurs with its great build, intuitive handling, good image quality and affordable pricing.
The Samsung NX mirrorless camera series gets a new model in its ever-expanding line-up with the NX3300.
The mid-range Nikon D7000 DSLR series has become a cult classic among professionals and serious amateurs with its great build, intuitive handling, good image quality and affordable pricing.
If you are a landscape or architectural photographer looking for a zoom lens with the widest angle possible, your search will probably end with the Canon EF11-24mm f/4L USM lens.
Many photographers swear by prime lenses, especially fast prime lenses. Such lenses have fixed focal lengths. This simplifies the complex arrangement of lens elements found in zoom lenses, resulting in sharper images.
When you start Photos, the first thing that strikes you is its flatter and cleaner interface. It appears closer in looks to the OS X Yosemite.
This camera is clearly designed for selfie lovers, as its 3-inch 1.04 million-dot touchscreen display can be flipped up to 180 degrees. That way, the display faces the user for an easy selfie or wefie. Several selfie functions become accessible via the touchscreen once the display is flipped 180 degrees.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is the successor to the E-M5, the first model in the company's OM-D mirrorless camera series.
Nikon's new D5500 is the successor to the Nikon D5300, which sits just above the entry-level D3300. So, the D5500 may be considered an upper entry-level DSLR camera.
Businesses have been known to pay thousands of dollars to have 360-degree spherical pictures taken of their premises, to allow their prospective clients to take virtual tours of business facilities.
In an industry where it is routine for model upgrades to be churned out every year, you have to give credit to Casio for coming out with something new and refreshing.
The Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 is actually an Apple iPad Air 2 case with a Bluetooth keyboard that doubles as a cover. This way, both the tablet's front and back are protected.
The Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 is actually an Apple iPad Air 2 case with a Bluetooth keyboard that doubles as a cover. This way, both the tablet's front and back are protected.
Microsoft announced a more affordable Surface tablet yesterday.
Tablet sales were stagnant last year as consumers held onto their existing slates, according to research firm Gartner. It said that the lack of hardware innovation kept users from upgrading.
In just four years, Xiaomi has become the world's most valuable tech start-up. The start-up, worth more than US$46 billion (S$63 billion), has more than 500 million users, mostly in China, but is also expanding rapidly in India and South-east Asia.
With the help of a colleague who was in the United States on a working trip, I got my hands on a Chromecast dongle last year.
With the help of a colleague who was in the United States on a working trip, I got my hands on a Chromecast dongle last year.
The D-Link Smart Plug is a simple home automation gadget.
Consumers have to realise that the media player is not always at fault if a digital movie does not play.
Fenix 3, Garmin’s latest GPS running watch, is the do-it-all watch.
Is Adidas' new Ultra Boost the "greatest running shoe ever"?
Fenix 3, Garmin’s latest GPS running watch, is the do-it-all watch.
Under Armour's SpeedForm Apollo Vent is the enhanced version of last year's well-received SpeedForm Apollo minimalist running shoes for runners with a neutral stride.
The new Vivoactive is Garmin's first proper smartwatch.
The new Puma evoPower 1.2 FG might be inspired by barefoot kicking, but there is nothing bare about the technologies powering this pair of football boots.
The Wellograph fitness tracker was one of the gadgets which caught my eye at last year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. That is because it is one of the few such devices that look like a proper dress watch.
When I reviewed the Fitbit Charge earlier this year, I found it to be a no-frills fitness tracker which monitors your physical activities and sleep patterns quite accurately.
Slipping on Under Armour's latest pair of running shoes was a bit of a surprise. It wears like a pair of socks and feels different from other running shoes.
The TomTom Runner + MultiSport Cardio is the only one of the running watches we tested that works without a heart-rate monitor chest strap - great news for runners who just hate to wear one.
The Timex Ironman Run Trainer 2.0 heart-rate monitor bundle consists of the GPS watch and the Timex Flex Tech HRM chest strap.
Apple may have started the talk about Lightning-connected headphones, but Philips is the first to deliver such a product with the Fidelio M2L. This pair of headphones uses a Lightning cable instead of an audio cable that plugs into a 3.5mm headphone jack.
When Creative founder Sim Wong Hoo showed me the Sound Blaster Roar 2 in September, I was a little sceptical.
Apple may have started the talk about Lightning-connected headphones, but Philips is the first to deliver such a product with the Fidelio M2L. This pair of headphones uses a Lightning cable instead of an audio cable that plugs into a 3.5mm headphone jack.
After years of churning out small speakers, some just the size of golf balls, Singapore tech firm X-Mini is finally moving on to something bigger.