Launched earlier this year in the US, the Palm Pixi Plus and Pre Plus smartphones are now ready to hit Europe.
Both models run on Palm's custom Web OS, which already featured in last year's Pre handset. The Pixi is the lower-end model of the two with a slightly more attractive price tag, but does that make it a good deal? Find out in our product test ... which will begin in just over two minutes while we wait for the phone to start up ...
> Mobile Phone Test: Palm Pixi Plus lightweight, budget smartphone
Wireless technologies offer more or less decent performance, depending on the standard used.
Today, we're looking at two very different technologies. On the one hand, the very standard Bluetooth with the Jabra Stone headset and the Halo headphones, also by Jabra. On the other, Kleer, a technology which is on the rise and is now being used by brands such as Sennheiser.
We're also seeing rival usages for wireless audio with the Jabra products targetting mobile phones, whereas the Kleer technology is more audiophile orientated.
> Wireless technology test: Bluetooth and Kleer, Jabra and Opera
Your reliable P.A., the iPhone, can also transform itself into a health coach. Very practical daily reminders and health and fitness advice!
The iPhone has your well-being at heart. Or at least some of the available apps do. Veritable swiss army knife 2.0 that it is, the Apple phone could hardly escape our health and well-being obsessions. After all, given that you've got the thing at your side all day, might as well use it to save your skin if the occasion arises.
What with advice on diagnosis and treatment, dieting, sleep patterns, first aid and fitness, today's Appzone is given over to the body.
> AppZone: 7 health and well-being apps
With a 29.8 mm wide-angle lens and a 3.5'' LCD screen, the new CX550 has certainly got a lot to show for itself.
It has 64 GB of flash memory, where it records AVCHD video at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, using a new higher bitrate of 24 Mbps.
Golf players and tennis fans can use it to analyse their performance movement by movement thanks to a new slow motion mode, which is apparently already a big hit amongst sports clubs.
But is the new Golf Shot mode really worth it? How does the camcorder actually do when out filming?
> Camcorder Test: Sony HDR-CX550 with a 29.8 mm wide angle
For a few months now, we've been using a PC with Nvidia's 3D Vision system, so now we're ready to take a step back and see how it's affected the way we play games in 3D. It's a hard job, but somebody's got to do it ...
The scores that we have given here aren't for the overall quality of the games in question. Instead, they're based on the quality of the graphics and the extra impact that playing in 3D brings. For instance, I loved playing Mass Effect 2 in 2D, but it only gets one star here because the conversion to 3D is an absolute disaster. In the same way, the 3D version of Dragon Age isn't different enough to deserve a high rating.
We've tested all these games thoroughly and have completed most of them--this isn't just missed on a five-minute preview.
> Round-Up: Gaming on 3D Vision
A couple of days ago we told you about a new range of stylish monitors from Asus. Well, Asus was quick off the mark to send us a test model, so let's see how the 23-inch version gets on when put through its paces.
The MS238H is a central model in Asus' new monitor range. You may remember that we've already tested this range's superstar monitor, the LS246H, which got a pretty decent score. Just like the LS246H, the Asus MS238H has the same unusual design with a photo-frame-style stand at the rear. It has a 2 ms Full HD TN panel and unlike the LS246H, the MS238H has a matte screen with LED backlighting that helps push down power consumption.
> Monitor Test: Asus MS238H
Asus is pursuing its incursion into the small world of gamer laptop computers. The G51J 3D, first gamer laptop to adopt NVDIA's 3D Vision, as well as the G73Jh, one of the highest perforance models currently around, have been through the lab!
The Asus G51J 3D is showing the way. It's the first laptop PC to come with NVIDIA's 3D stereoscopic 3D technology: 3D Vision. Takes you right in there!
Pure performance is what the next Asus model has been set up for. The G73Jh is one of the most powerful laptops around right now. With a nice Full HD screen and an unusual design, it has plenty of appeal!
> Gamer PC laptop test: Asus G73Jh and G51J 3D
Today, we'll be taking a look at two media centres that stand out from the crowd.
The first is a hybrid model with an integrated Blu-ray player.
The second has a DVD player that can also rip your your favourite films to the media centre hard drive.
> Media Centre Tests: Dune BD Prime 3.0 and RadioGears iTab 38HD
After the tests of the two 3D TVS (the Samsung UE46C7700 then the Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT20) here's the first 3D player.
The DMP-BDT300 is the first Blu-Ray 3D compatible player we've tested. How does it do compared to the 2D models?
> Blu-Ray player test: the 3D Panasonic DMP-BDT300
As a brand that regularly builds on existing ranges, it's no surprise that Samsung has decided to expand its selection of Genio mobiles. So after the original Genio Touch, we take a closer look at the Genio Qwerty and the Genio Pro.
We'll spare you the trouble of having to plough your way through two full tests, as these new phones are pretty much the same as the original Genio Touch. Instead, we'll just outline what's changed and what's new in each model.
> Mobile Phone Tests: Samsung Genio Pro and Genio Qwerty