Not long ago we looked at the preview of Windows 10 for PCs and tablets. This time we take a look at the new features and UI in Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones. Microsoft has made fewer changes compared to the desktop OS, and perhaps they needed fewer since they didn't have to cure the schizophrenic UI problem with its OS for computers. Windows Phone is more a refinement with new wallpaper options, grouped settings, actionable notifications and notification sync across all Windows 10 devices. Watch our video to see what's new so far.
We review quite a few cameras and smartphones with capable cameras, but what do you do with that great gear after you've purchased it? This article is for novices--if your dreams are filled with photo ops in Brunei with Leica in hand, you know f/1.2 from f/11 and how to use them and are mastering advanced lighting in your photos, then you likely know these points. The things we cover here apply equally well to dSLRs, point and shoots and camera phones. From composition and lighting to using zoom, we've got you covered in words and video.
The much improved second generation Yoga Android tablets are faster, have better displays and live up to the lovely Yoga design. We look at the 8" model in this review, and it has a pleasing 1920 x 1200 IPS display, a quad core 1.33 GHz Intel Atom CPU and a high capacity battery nicely hidden in the cylindrical base that also houses a built-in stand. The tablet runs Android 4.4 KitKat and it has 16 gigs of storage, a microSD card slot, USB host and a decent 8 megapixel rear camera for just $229.
It's great to see Dell back on their A game with the new Dell XPS 13, or 2015 XPS 13 as we fondly refer to it. This is a 13.3" Ultrabook with the footprint and weight of MS Surface Pro 3, which is pretty darned impressive. But wait, there's more: greater than 10 hours of battery life, a nearly bezel-less display, Dell's usual solid build and Intel Broadwell 5th generation Core U CPUs (none of that wimpy Core M stuff here). The XPS 13 starts at $799 for the Core i3 with a 1080p matte Sharp IGZO non-touch panel. The Core i5 with a QHD+ IGZO panel will set you back $1,299 and there are configurations in between.
Lisa Gade talks about and shows you the laptops, phones, tablets and cameras that she owns and uses. You'll get a look at her office and work machine and hear the reasons why she chose the gear. Keep in mind that her tech arsenal changes often, so many of the players may be different 6 months from now. From the 13" Retina MacBook Pro to the Surface Pro 3 and a gaming tablet, it's all here!
To the average home user, setting up a new wireless router is probably up there with visiting the dentist... not something you love or even like doing. It's an inscrutable black box that tells you nada. What if it had a touch screen that walked you through the steps, even providing feedback about signal strength so you had an idea if you were putting it in the right location? Enter the Amped Wireless TAP-EX wireless range extender. It extends your main wireless router's signal to reach dead zones in your home or office.
Dell, maker of budget tablets has a shocker: they can make a truly impressive high end slate when they put their minds to it. If this were laptop land, the new Dell Venue 8 7480 would be an XPS model, complete with classy metal chassis, a stunning 2560 x 1600 OLED Infinity display and a slim design. The Dell is an angular metal slab, and it's currently the thinnest 8" tablet on the market at 6mm. Performance is strong too thanks to a quad core 2.3GHz CPU and a very clean Android UI that doesn't bog the tablet down. The rear 8MP Intel RealSense Depth camera is a bit of a gimmick with its 3 lenses and after-shooting depth of field adjustments (heck, there's even a ruler to measure things you photograph) but that doesn't stop us from liking Dell's first high class Android tablet.
Gaming laptops don't have to cost an arm and a leg. The Lenovo Y50 is a 15.6" slim gaming laptop that weighs 5.3 lbs. and it packs enough punch to play today's newest games. The Y50 runs on a quad core Intel Core i7 CPU with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics. It's also well suited to multimedia and video editing, and there's a 4K display option if you don't like the mediocre TN 1080p base configuration panel. You can get a decently configured Y50 Touch for around $1,100, and it has dual band Intel WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, a backlit keyboard, dual internal fans and up to 16 gigs of RAM. Is it a good alternative to the HP Omen 15 and 2014 Razer Blade? Read our review to find out!
Lenovo's not a company that's afraid to take design risks, not unlike Sony in its heyday. The Yoga laptop with its 360 degree hinge was one of the few very successful Windows 8 convertible designs, and Lenovo brought a different interpretation to their Yoga Android and Windows tablets. They have a cylindrical battery at the bottom that not only allows for a bigger battery but also provides a hand hold and mounting point for the swiveling stand. It's an excellent design, and with the second generation, we now have specs that match the design. The Windows Yoga Tablet 2 13" model runs Windows 8.1 on a 1.33 GHz quad core Intel Atom CPU with 4 gigs of RAM rather than the usual paltry 2 gigs for Atom tablets. Despite the low price tag and Atom CPU, the Yoga Tablet 2 13" with Windows has a striking IPS 2560 x 1440 touch screen that's sharp, bright and colorful. Other features include dual band WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth, stereo speakers with a JBL subwoofer on the rear and a front webcam.
The OnePlus One Android phone isn't new and shiny anymore- it's been on the market (in a fashion) for 6 months. The One has held up well though, with specs that still look good and a price that's hard to beat: $299. The drawback? You can only buy One Plus' only smartphone offering through a challenging invite system. The OnePlus One is an Android 4.4 smartphone running CyanogenMod (at least for now) on the Snapdragon 801 CPU with 3 gigs of RAM and 16 or 32 gigs of storage. It has a sharp 1080p IPS display clad in Gorilla Glass and an attractive matte polycarbonate casing-- good stuff for the price.
Even though Lenovo didn't quite hit the pitch of near perfection with their latest high end Yoga convertible, the Yoga 3 Pro, it still garners enough interest to stay in our 10 most popular reviews for months running. It's super thin, extremely light and it has an improved QHD+ 3200 x 1800 display with better yellow rendition than the Yoga 2 Pro. And of course it has that 360 degree swivel hinge that allows for use in tablet, tabletop and laptop positions. The 2015 Dell XPS 13 hit CES 2015 with unexpected and delightful shock and awe: so tiny, just as light as the Yoga 3 Pro, but even faster. And then there's the power frugal Sharp IGZO display, available in your choice of matte full HD non-touch or QHD+ touch. With a price of $1,299 for similarly configured Dell and Lenovo models, even price is a match. So how do you decide? Read and watch our comparison, of course!
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