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The Sony Z3 Compact Is Android's Best-Kept Secret

Small and powerful smartphones are an endangered species, like the California Condor of the mobile world. If you want a top-tier phone that fits in a normal hand, the iPhone 6 is practically your only stateside option. But you know what? An exotic handset designed for Japan and Europe could have everything you’ve ever craved.


iMac With Retina Display Eyes-On: It's Gorgeous, Of Course

The Apple iMac with Retina display looks brilliant. I mean, of course it does: There are just too many freaking pixels here (and too much of Apple’s reputation for excellence) for it to be anything but stellar.


iPad Air 2 And iPad Mini 3 Hands-On: One Of These Tablets Feels Awesome

Say hello to the iPad Air 2, the Apple tablet that’s thinner than a pencil. I just held one at Apple’s event, and I have to say: oh gosh is it thin and light and gorgeous. Enough so, in fact, to completely overshadow the new iPad mini.


Inside The Galaxy Note 4's Virtual Reality Ambitions

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now the best big phone you can buy, but it’s also something more. It’s the first smartphone designed with virtual reality in mind — just slot it into the Gear VR headset and a whole new world opens up. I say “the first” because I learnt something intriguing at Oculus Connect last month: Samsung is planning to build more.


HTC Re: Australian Photo Tests

So HTC thinks it can make a camera, eh? We’ll see about that. We were in New York last week with one of the very first Re camera units from HTC, and we decided to put it through its paces around the City That Never Sleeps.


HTC Desire Eye: Australian Hands On

With a lens that looks like a giant robot staring at you, the HTC Desire Eye looks stylishly intimidating, but what’s it like to use? We went hands on to find out.


Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Hands On: Yes, The Hinge Is A Giant Watch Band

The backflipping Lenovo Yoga single-handedly made laptops cool again. The Yoga 2 Pro added a backlit keyboard and a brilliant 3200 x 1800 QHD screen. Now, Lenovo’s going for broke with the third generation of its transforming touchscreen machine. Not only is the new $2200 Yoga 3 Pro thinner and lighter, it has a freaking watch band consisting of 813 precision-machined, hand-assembled components holding up its infinitely positionable screen.


HTC Re: Australian Hands On

Point-and-shoot cameras teeter on the edge of extinction, rendered obsolete by our smartphones. But shooting with iPhones or juggling our Android handsets aren’t always the best or most comfortable; just the most convenient. What’s the solution? HTC thinks they can ease our collective mobile photography pains with a camera that looks like a periscope.


HP Stream 13.3 And 11.6 Hands-On: Full Windows On A Budget [Updated]

Need a bottom-of-the-bargain bin Windows machine? HP has just revealed a pair of incredibly cheap laptops, the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch HP Stream. These two machines join the Stream 14 as HP and Microsoft attempt to offer full Windows at a Chromebook price, and we just snagged a hands-on at a NYC press event. Now with Australian pricing!


Nvidia Shield Tablet 4G Hands-On: Gaming On The Go

I just stepped into the future of gaming. Well, that’s not quite correct. I sampled one possible future: the one where you can take the power of your entire gaming PC absolutely anywhere.


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