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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Apple Watch Series 3 review: The smartest smartwatch yet

The hint of bright color on the Apple Watch Series 3 digital crown serves no function. It’s just a bold reminder that this wearable doesn’t need your iPhone to do its job, thank you very much.

Apple describes the blood-red dot as a sort of aesthetic accent that announces to the world that this Apple Watch has its own LTE radio. With that and the built-in GPS, the Apple Watch Series 3 is self-sufficient, letting you go for a run and leave your phone behind without worrying about not being able to make and receive calls, get and send texts, and get turn-by-turn navigation guidance.
For some, this is a big deal. Apple’s small change basically transforms the Apple Watch into a tiny smartphone.



Think about it. The Apple Watch Series 3 can perform many of the same skills as your iPhone, including email, messaging, phone calls, maps and directions, smart home control, health and fitness tracking, weather, Find My Friends, gaming, access Siri, and much more. Obviously, you can’t take pictures, but there is an iPhone camera remote control so you can snap pictures on your iPhone via the watch.

Of course, most of that's been true since the first Apple Watch. I’ve been making and receiving calls through my Apple Watch for years; I just can’t do it if my iPhone isn't within a roughly 50-foot radius of the Apple Watch. Perhaps that’s why I’m not over the moon about the Series 3's LTE radio. Making phone calls from a tiny device on my wrist has some appeal, but, like many I know, I never, ever leave my phone behind. 
I am not, though, a good representative for all Apple Watch wearers, especially those who regularly go for a run or a swim. Runners, swimmers, and those who go to the gym on a regular basis will appreciate the ability to not only leave their iPhone behind, but to strap on their Apple Watch Series 3, dive right into the swimming pool or ocean, swim a few laps, then pause to check their email, social media, or text messages.
For owners of the bigger "Plus" iPhones, the ability to leave behind their large 5.5-inch handset might be enough of a reason. Where does that phone go when you don’t have pockets and want to carry a tiny clutch bag? There’s always room on your wrist for a device like the Apple Watch Series 3, and with all the material and band options, it'll look fashionable, too. 

That connectivity, though, does not come cheap. While the 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS starts at $359, adding LTE raises the price to $429 (for the 38mm model, those prices are $329 and $399, respectively). Plus, you still pay for any data you consume via the watch.
Some carriers, like Sprint, will be offering free Apple Watch Series 3 data service for the first three months. Sprint told me there is no activation fee and that, after the grace period, Apple Watch Series 3 customers will pay $15 a month for unlimited data or $10 a month with their auto-payment option



Tuesday, 11 July 2017

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

The best laptops of 2016: Budget PCs, 2-in-1s, Ultrabooks and more


Laptops had a banner year in 2015, and all signs keep pointing to an even better selection in 2016. It’s still confusing out there, though: The number of choices to navigate just continues to grow. Picking a form factor (traditional, 2-in-1, or convertible) only begins your run through a gauntlet of decisions.
But whether you’re choosing between the new crop of incredibly sleek 15-inch ultrabooks, hunting for a worthwhile luxury laptop, or finding the convertible that has the most value, it’s been a great year so far for anyone buying a new system, and will only get better.
To help you with your decision, we’ve been hard at work evaluating more laptops—our latest reviews include the HP Spectre X360 15TDell XPS 15Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, and LG Gram 15. Though our existing winners hung on to their crowns, competition was fierce enough that we’ve added runners-up to our Best Ultrabook (Razer Blade Stealth), Best Convertible (Samsung Galaxy TabPro S), and Best Gaming Laptop (Origin EON-17) categories.

Best Ultrabook: Dell XPS 13 (2016)

Dell’s 2016 XPS 13 keeps the same big display and small form factor that helped make last year's model the best Ultrabook of 2015.
When Dell's XPS 13 launched last year, it got a well-deserved nod as our pick for best Ultrabook. Its aluminum exterior and carbon fiber top exuded quality; its nearly bezel-free 13" screen resulted in a laptop body that wasn't much bigger than a typical 11-inch notebook.The 2016 version of the XPS 13 keeps its predecessor's excellent chassis, while including a USB Type-C port that serves as an alternative charging port and offering upgrades to the processor and storage types. Battery life takes a small hit with the move to Intel's newer Skylake CPUs, but the difference is minor enough that it's worth having the option of either NVMe or PCIe M.2 drives.The only complaints that remain are the small keyboard, and the lack of auto updates for driver and BIOS updates. They're far from being deal-breakers, but slightly bigger keys and an easy way to update system software would be welcome.
RUNNER-UP: Razer Blade Stealth
If you’re bored by the standard look of ultrabooks, the Razer Blade Stealth certainly has a flashiness to it. Besides featuring the same sleek, black MacBook Pro-esque design of Razer’s gaming laptops, the Blade Stealth also sports a beautiful keyboard with customizable per-key RGB backlighting.Inside is a Core i7-6500U Skylake processor along with 8GB LPDDR3/1866MHz RAM, and anywhere from 128GB-512GB of storage space. Overall, performance stays competitive with rivals in the Blade Stealth’s price range, but a small performance drop in low-intensity tasks keeps it out of our winner’s circle.

The best laptops of 2016: Budget PCs, 2-in-1s, Ultrabooks and more

Laptops had a banner year in 2015, and all signs keep pointing to an even better selection in 2016. It’s still confusing out there, though: The number of choices to navigate just continues to grow. Picking a form factor (traditional, 2-in-1, or convertible) only begins your run through a gauntlet of decisions.But whether you’re choosing between the new crop of incredibly sleek 15-inch ultrabooks, hunting for a worthwhile luxury laptop, or finding the convertible that has the most value, it’s been a great year so far for anyone buying a new system, and will only get better.To help you with your decision, we’ve been hard at work evaluating more laptops—our latest reviews include the HP Spectre X360 15TDell XPS 15Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, and LG Gram 15. Though our existing winners hung on to their crowns, competition was fierce enough that we’ve added runners-up to our Best Ultrabook (Razer Blade Stealth), Best Convertible (Samsung Galaxy TabPro S), and Best Gaming Laptop (Origin EON-17) categories.

Best Ultrabook: Dell XPS 13 (2016)

Dell’s 2016 XPS 13 keeps the same big display and small form factor that helped make last year's model the best Ultrabook of 2015.
When Dell's XPS 13 launched last year, it got a well-deserved nod as our pick for best Ultrabook. Its aluminum exterior and carbon fiber top exuded quality; its nearly bezel-free 13" screen resulted in a laptop body that wasn't much bigger than a typical 11-inch notebook.The 2016 version of the XPS 13 keeps its predecessor's excellent chassis, while including a USB Type-C port that serves as an alternative charging port and offering upgrades to the processor and storage types. Battery life takes a small hit with the move to Intel's newer Skylake CPUs, but the difference is minor enough that it's worth having the option of either NVMe or PCIe M.2 drives.The only complaints that remain are the small keyboard, and the lack of auto updates for driver and BIOS updates. They're far from being deal-breakers, but slightly bigger keys and an easy way to update system software would be welcome.
RUNNER-UP: Razer Blade Stealth
If you’re bored by the standard look of ultrabooks, the Razer Blade Stealth certainly has a flashiness to it. Besides featuring the same sleek, black MacBook Pro-esque design of Razer’s gaming laptops, the Blade Stealth also sports a beautiful keyboard with customizable per-key RGB backlighting.Inside is a Core i7-6500U Skylake processor along with 8GB LPDDR3/1866MHz RAM, and anywhere from 128GB-512GB of storage space. Overall, performance stays competitive with rivals in the Blade Stealth’s price range, but a small performance drop in low-intensity tasks keeps it out of our winner’s circle.

iPhone 7 rumors: Say goodbye to space gray and hello to space black

The new iPhone doesn't come out until September, but that won't stop the rumor mill from churning at a furious pace.
Now that WWDC is over, the iPhone 7 rumors are getting even louder, since its expected unveiling in September is probably the next time we’ll see Tim Cook on stage. Yes, that’s still a good while from now. To help keep track of all the scuttlebutt, we’re collecting every rumor we’ve heard so far—and every new one that crops up between now and the day Tim pulls the new iPhone out of his pocket. 

The rumor: It’s not easy being green, and iPhone owners might be starting to get envious of how many colors you can get an Android phone in. iPhones used to be pretty monochromatic, until Apple added gold and then an even brighter splash of color with last year’s rose gold hue (OK, OK, it’s pink). Japanese blog Macotakara and 9to5Mac are both reporting that Apple plans to switch it up this year, swapping the space gray color for space black, which will look more like the Apple Watch’s version of space gray (a much darker hue than the iPhone uses). The Japanese site first said a deep navy was in the cards for this year’s iPhone, but has since changed its tune.

Headphone jack after all?

The rumor: Via Engadget comes some component photos from Rock Fix, a smartphone repair shop in China. They allegedly show a dual-SIM tray, another shows a dual-lens camera for the larger Plus model, and curiously, there’s even an Lightning assembly that still has the headphone jack attached. People who need a lot of storage will be pleased to hear another photo shows SanDisk memory ships up to 256GB, which would be the most storage Apple’s ever offered in an iPhone.


Plausible? It’s hard to give much weight to photos of components, and as reported in the same Engadget article, conflicting rumors about the dual-lens camera surfaced within days. But it is plausible that these components could be for the iPhone 7—and we know plenty of people who would be thrilled if the new phone had a headphone jack after all.