Best phone 2017: the 10 top smartphones we’ve tested

Update: The Lenovo P2 has gone off sale, so finally the LG G6  - having undergone a recent price drop too – has made its way into the list of best smartphones on the market.

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Thinking of buying a new phone? We've got the best smartphones of the moment all listed here – and we've got the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus handsets duking it out with the iPhone at the top of our list.

Here's the ranking we've spent hours whittling down to a top ten. We take into account the power, specs, design and, most importantly, value for money of each handset.

(If the price is too high, check out our list of the best cheap handsets that won't cost you more than £200). 

Best smartphone

For those in a rush, here you go: the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best smartphone in the world.

A new stunning design, amazing screen and great camera combined make it for the best phone you can buy right now. Be sure to take a look through the full best phone ranking though to know what's best for your needs.

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The LG G6 has struggled to make it into our best phones list for the simple reason that it was too expensive. It had the same high price as most other flagship phones and yet still used last year's processor from Qualcomm, which is going to limit its lifetime.

However, now it's a big cheaper it's a better option. The cameras are strong, the battery management improved (and should last longer over the lifetime of the phone) and that large, 18:9 display is really great for watching movies on.

This is a phone that just feels better than the sum of its parts, and with the lower price it's one that we're happy to recommend. The great news is that LG's phones often keep falling in price, so this handset could become even better value in a few months' time.

Read the full review: LG G6 review

  • What's next? There's little information out at the moment regarding the LG G7, but we do think that it'll be taking the Snapdragon 845 as LG looks to make its phones among the most powerful on the market once again. However, it's also worth keeping an eye on the LG V30, as that could be the phone the G6 wanted to be in terms of power.

Also consider: Like what you see, but need more screen real estate? You you'll want the Google Pixel XL – the 5.5-inch brother of the Pixel which boasts an eye-popping QHD (that's 2K) resolution. 

The Google Pixel is an excellent flagship phone that's an impressive debut for Google as a manufacturer – and the new Assistant is a great Siri rival. If you're OK with the price point, the Pixel is a breath of fresh Google air in a world of Android over-complication. 

The 12MP camera on the back is one of the best on the market, while the clean, fresh Android Nougat interface is a joy to use.

There's heaps of power under the hood making it perfect for gaming and multi-tasking, while the bright, colorful screen provides an excellent viewing experience for your movies and TV shows.

It may not be the most attractive handset on the market but it's far from ugly… and what you can be sure of is a lot of bang for your buck.

Read the full review: Google Pixel review

  • What's next? There's little information out at the moment regarding the Google Pixel 2, but we do expect it to pack the new Snapdragon 835 chipset (or a slight upgrade on it) when it emerges around October this year – and it looks like it'll be water resistant too.

Also consider: Like what you see, but need more screen real estate? You you'll want the Google Pixel XL – the 5.5-inch brother of the Pixel which boasts an eye-popping QHD (that's 2K) resolution. 

HTC  is back with another effort aimed at becoming the phone you want to have in your pocket – and this one has squeezable sides.

You read that right – and unfortunately, they don't really add a lot. But wait! Beyond that this is a very impressive phone, getting the basics right across the board.

The camera offers some brilliant snaps and has a strong HDR mode, the audio performance (combined with the bundled buds and headphone upgrader in the box) is excellent and the two-tone design is thoroughly unique.

It doesn't do enough to topple the Galaxy S8, but if you're looking for something a bit different the U11 is a phone that won't disappoint.

Read the full review: HTC U11 

  • What's next? The HTC U12 will be next in line, but we know nothing about that yet – except that it probably won't be called the U12 as HTC keeps messing around with its naming strategy.

Also consider: It's hard to know what to recommend here, as there's nothing that really compares on the market right now. However, with the price you'd probably look at the Galaxy S8 or the LG G6 as something a bit different.

We thought the days of the 4K phone were over, but Sony's back and reinvigorated the technology by cramming in HDR compatibility… which really makes videos stunning.

Sure, there's not masses of HDR content out there, but the tech makes even the most mundane image look brighter and more colourful, and the rest of the phone is impressively powerful.

The camera is capable of exceptional pictures, the slow motion capabilities are insanely great in the right light and the raw grunt of the handset is up there with the very best – if you're a Sony fan, you'll love this phone.

Read the full review: Sony Xperia XZ Premium

  • What's next? We're not sure what Sony is cooking up next, but chances are we'll see a sequel to the Xperia XZ at IFA this year – stay tuned for more information on that in the coming months.

Also consider: The easiest comparison here is to the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus – they're both impressive phablets with excellent HDR screens, so it really depends which brand you're most attracted to.

Motorola Moto Z

Moto Z takes the modular accessory idea we liked so much about the LG G5 and actually makes it work with better add-ons and an easier-to-use snap-on design.

It's an Android phone that performs well right now and the potential behind its future accessories hold a lot of promise down the road. 

Usually when we talk about mid-cycle upgrades, we're strictly talking about new software. Moto Z could take on new form at any time, and new mods are still being offered a year on.

It may be the world's thinnest phone, but that comes at a cost with a reduction in battery size and the loss of the headphone jack – potential issues for some users. But if you can overlook these shortcomings then good news: you'll have a truly innovative device in your hands.

Read the full review: Motorola Moto Z

  • What's next? The Moto Z (2017) rumours are pretty thin on the ground right now, but the hottest leaks promise a metal-bodied phone with a QHD screen, coming around July.

Also consider: The only phone which comes close to matching the Z's modular capabilities is the LG G5, although it's the Moto which has the more intriguing line up of mods.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus fits a monstrous 6.2-inch curved display into an acceptably large body that doesn’t feel too different from its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 Edge. 

That’s not all that’s impressive. It features the best phone display, chipset and camera of any phone to date, plus it’s still water- and dust-resistant and it features 64GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot for expandable storage.

The battery life is very good, it can power the next generation of mobile VR games and it has software that rivals stock Android. 

Aside from Bixby and some slightly clunky biometrics, the Galaxy S8 Plus is the perfect phone for anyone looking to maximism smartphone screen real estate. 

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Also consider: If the Galaxy S8 Plus is proving a little too big for your hands, then the more compact Galaxy S8 could be right up your street. It still sports the impressive Infinity Display while its 5.8-inch screen is still sizable without being overbearing.

The new iPhone is rather iterative: it comes with a similar look and feel to previous models, but it's still the iPhone many will hanker for. 

Apple's refusal to lower the price of its flagship phones over time also harms its place in the list, but then again, if you're an iPhone fan you'll probably look past the cost.

That doesn't mean it's a bad phone though. Actually, far from it – with a power boost under the hood, water resistant and a decent camera upgrade all on offer there's enough to keep potential buyers interested.

There's no point upgrading from the 6S to 7, but if you're currently using an iPhone 6 or older then the jump to the 7 is a smart one.

Read the full review: iPhone 7

  • What's next? Well, it's either the iPhone 7S (which would make sense with the naming convention) or the iPhone 8, as it's the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone – and rumours are it'll pack an all-new design that uses more glass to allow for wireless charging and more powerful water-resistance. Could it even be called the iPhone X?

Also consider: If you want to save yourself a bit of money then the iPhone 6S is still an excellent smartphone. It looks identical to the 7, also runs iOS 10 and has the benefit of still having a headphone jack. Those wanting something a bit bigger should look at the iPhone 7 Plus – the best iPhone currently around. 

The OnePlus 5 is one of the more affordable devices in this list and offers one of the best Android phone experiences on the market. It comes with a more refined and comfortable to hold design than previous OnePlus handsets as well as dual-cameras round the back and some phenomenal power under the hood.

There's a 1080p 5.5-inch AMOLED display on the front and inside is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and you have the choice of either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The battery life isn't incredible on the OnePlus 5, but it rivals a lot of the other devices you'll find on this list.

There's still no microSD support on the OnePlus 5, much like previous OnePlus phones, but you do have the choice of either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.

The true highlight of the OnePlus 5 is the price though and this may will be one of the best devices for you on this list if you're looking to spend as little as possible on a top-of-the-range phone.

Read the full review: OnePlus 5

  • What's next? We expect the OnePlus 6 to launch at some point in the future, but considering the OnePlus 5 launched in June 2017 it'll likely be a very, very long way off.

Also consider: If OnePlus isn't doing it for you, then check out the Moto G5 Plus which has slightly less power, but a still very strong feature set, a lower price tag and a new metal design.

iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus is the best iPhone available right now, giving you a whole heap of power, water resistant body, not one, but two cameras on the back and super slick performance.

It does use the same design as previous handsets, and Apple's removed the headphone jack and upped the price – but if your pockets are deep and headphones wireless you'll love the 7 Plus.

The camera is a big improvement on the 6S Plus, while the improvement in power makes usage even slicker and battery life is better than previous iPhones.

Read the full review: iPhone 7 Plus

  • What's next? The current whispers surrounding the next, larger iPhone is that it'll be the iPhone 7S Plus with minor upgrades, and there'll also be a special edition, re-designed iPhone 8. You'll have to wait until September for the launch though.

Also consider: The standard iPhone 7 is very good too, with a more manageable form factor and lower price point it's the phone that's likely to appeal to a wider audience – but for those looking for Apple perfection it has to be the 7 Plus. 

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best phone in the world for a few reasons, but none more so than the display: it makes every other handset on the market look positively antiquated.

The camera is still excellent, the screen quality the best that can be found right now and it's smashed through all our benchmarking tests. 

While it costs a lot to own, there are a lot of premium reasons for the premium price, and with the screen Samsung has managed to find some impressive innovation at a time when there's very little to be found in smartphones.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S8

Also consider: Fancy even more screen? Then you'll want to check out the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus with its gigantic 6.2-inch offering. It too offers the bezel-less Infinity display design and exactly the same internals too. It is even more expensive though.

We're all about testing and rating all the phones here at techradar. There's nothing we like more than brewing a pot of tea and deciding where each new phone should sit in the list.

However, sometimes they don't make it into the top 10 – sad, we know, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have a quick look to see if they fit your needs. After all, there are very few bad phones these days…

The Google Pixel XL is a phone you should definitely check out – it’s one of the best phones out there in terms of speed, user interface and camera.

The reason it’s not higher is the amazingly high price for this phone – it makes it hard to recommend as there are handsets with equivalent performance that are a lot cheaper.

But if you want the latest lick of Android in a phablet, the Pixel XL is the place to be.

Read:  Google Pixel XL

Motorola is doing well with its flagship Z series, but it’s also a great brand for making low cost handsets as well. The G4 Play is a great mix of decent spec and low price – it’s one of our very best budget phone recommendations.

It’s nowhere near the power levels of the other phones we’ve suggested here, but if you’re in the market for a bargain you could do a lot worse.

Read: Moto G4 Play review

Huawei Mate 8

The Huawei P9 is a phone that offers a lot for the price, and shows that the brand is really getting its act together in terms of making a phone that can mix it with the best.

The P9 shines in the camera – our tests have it as the third best snapper overall out of all the phones on the market – and the solid build quality. If this had come in at Huawei’s usually-low price, it would have troubled the higher echelons of this chart, but even still the brand clearly knows what makes a good phone.

Read: Huawei P9 review

Cheap laptops: the 10 best budget laptops that (very little) money can buy

Everyone needs a laptop. Whether for school or work, a foldable clamshell of a computer is necessary to carry out tasks both on the go and sitting stationary at a desk. But not everyone needs the most powerful laptop – sometimes the cheap laptops will suffice. And of course, it’s our job and our passion to recommend the best cheap laptops for you.

  • These are the best laptops overall in every category

The best budget laptop has its priorities straight. It makes concessions only in the areas that casual PC users won’t notice. While it won’t run the newest games at the highest settings, you shouldn’t expect it to; the top cheap laptops only promise the bare essentials to get you by. They’re all under 500 bucks, too, so don’t expect any MacBooks.

Instead, the best cheap laptops are comprised of those running the now-Android compatible Windows 10 and the soon-to-be text messenger Chrome OS. Here they are. 

Dell

That the Asus Transformer Mini T102HA comes with a keyboard cover is definitely a pro, considering many make it an expensive option. The keyboard itself is serviceable, the build quality of the tablet is acceptable, and it’s thin and light enough to commute with easily. Couple that with full-size ports and impressive battery life, then you have a winner.

Read the full review: Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

Lenovo

With the Google Play Store now supported on every new Chromebook released, it only makes sense to craft a Chromebook with a 12.3-inch QHD touch display, with a 360-degree hinge and pen support to boot. The Samsung Chromebook Pro may have a keyboard that’s a bit too compact for comfort, but it more than makes up for it, even mastering pen input on the first try.

Read the full review: Samsung Chromebook Pro

Acer

Lenovo has crafted an impressive, futuristic product that could very well create a subcategory in mobile computing all its own. Even with low-power parts that need a bit of work, the Yoga Book bridges the gap between tablet and laptop in ways that we, honestly, didn’t anticipate for a much longer time – if at all. 

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book

Asus X102BA

With its slick lines and a slim silhouette, the Acer Chromebook 14 makes for a subtle, snazzy laptop. Although its display isn't the most attractive we've seen, it's rich and fine. And, while not amazing, the keyboard and trackpad serve just as well as most. Battery life satisfies as well, even if it falls a bit south of Acer's 12-hour claim in real-world use.

Read the full review: Acer Chromebook 14

  • From Australia? Try a fine alternative in the Samsung Chromebook Pro.

Satellite Click Mini

Heavy and ready to heft hours of school work, HP's Pavilion 15 makes for a fine deal that bears the known moniker well. Frankly, this is a broke college kid’s laptop. With power that the average pupil needs but at a cost the average student may afford, should be considered before the primo PC aisle, leaving you strapped with a few more clams for more books (or fun).

Read our hands-on review: HP Pavilion 15

X551MAV

Going for under 200 bucks on a regular basis, this 11.6-inch laptop with an HD screen should serve you well as a budget companion device. With 32GB of storage, it’s twice as capacious as most Chromebooks, though the 2GB of slower RAM is something to watch out for. Available in several colors and complete with a microSD card slot, this is one versatile device. 

Lenovo B40

Lenovo has its very own 11.6-inch Windows 10 laptop with an HD screen, but does the Inspiron one better (for a bit more cash) with Pentium processors from Intel as well as a full SD card reader. Lenovo rounds out the package with up to 7 hours of battery life, matching or surpassing rivals in nearly every category. In the budget space, another few bucks can go a long way.

Flex 10

With a starting price of just above 200 large, the HP Stream 14 is a fine value for those seeking  a strong if basic web browsing machine. It's cheaper than even some Chromebooks while offering a bigger screen and the fullness of Windows 10. Other 15-inchers lack the ergonomics and aesthetics of HP’s cheapest Windows laptop yet.

X205TA

Available in a variety of colors, this number from Acer brings things into practically a whole new class, with a 15.6-inch HD display powered by an Intel Core i3 processor. The metallic frame should make using this device feel more like a luxury without the sticker shock. Plus, with up to 12.5 hours of claimed battery life, this should last at least once forgetting to charge it.

The only 100% AMD laptop on our list, this lovely 15.6-inch machine offers up to 1,920 x 1,080 pixels of display and a massive amount of optional storage. Even picking this laptop up at its base specification would provide a laptop that could last your school career. That said, some standards, like AC Wi-Fi, don’t come standard, so look twice before checking out.

The best mouse of 2017: 10 top computer mice compared

There’s been tons of processor news lately, what with AMD having recently launched Ryzen 3 and Intel’s earnings on the rise, but this has resulted in other imperative PC components such as the mouse going overlooked. 

In the forty years that have passed since the mouse was simply a wooden block with a small red knob it its far-right corner, the mouse has begun to take many forms. Nowadays, you have the choice between wired and wireless, stationary and travel-sized and so much more.

Whatever your preference, we’ve gathered the top mice in every category – from the gesture-wielded Apple Magic Mouse 2 to the U-shaped Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse. Now take notes as we venture out to find you the best mouse of 2017.

The MX Anywhere 2 is smaller than Logitech's flagship MX Master, making it a more travel-friendly option. It connects with up to three devices using Bluetooth or 2.4Ghz wireless, can connect with up to three devices and sports excellent low-latency tracking. Plus, its non-rechargeable battery lasts up to 60 days, making it our top pick for the best mouse.

  • After finding a great mouse, get the best keyboard

Logitech MX Master

Logitech's flagship is a mighty mouse indeed. Hand-sculpted for comfort, the MX Master connects via Bluetooth or USB dongle and it can pair to up to three devices. The rechargeable battery lasts for up to 40 days and goes from flat to a day of power in four minutes, and you can even use it while it's charging.

Anker Vertical Mouse

As the name suggests, Anker's mouse sits vertically, so you hold it as if you're shaking hands with someone. It feels strange until suddenly it doesn't. The price means a few corners have been cut – where other mice are a collection of curves the Anker has a couple of sharp bits to jab the unwary – but it's a good and inexpensive choice for anyone who has or fears RSI.

Apple Magic Mouse 2

It has its critics, but the Magic Mouse has plenty of fans and the second version is a big improvement over the first generation. It boasts a trackpad-like multi-touch surface and moves more smoothly around your desk than the first version, and it doesn't require normal batteries thanks to a built-in rechargeable battery. 

Triathlon

Like the MX Master, the Triathlon M270 can pair with up to three devices using Bluetooth. It also gets the Master's free-spinning scroll wheel, letting you zip through documents or webpages. Logitech promises up to 24 months of use before the Triathlon gives up the ghost on one AA battery. The only drawback? Bluetooth makes for lower latency than a wired mouse.

Though it isn’t chock-full of buttons like most gaming mice in its price range, the Asus ROG Gladius II still shines. With only six buttons, the Asus ROG Gladius II is versatile yet discrete. Plus you can change the switches on the bottom of the mouse and, better yet, the lighting style and color can be personalized to your liking. 

Read the full review: Asus ROG Gladius II 

Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

The Logitech M330 Silent Plus features left and right buttons that barely squeak – ahem – click, when pressed. Using it for the first time is like booting up a fanless laptop for the first time – quiet, inconspicuous and curiously satisfying. With only three buttons, its silent and compact nature, comfortable design and leggy battery life make it a great choice.

Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600

Running for up to a year on a single battery and is that rare thing, a mouse that's designed for both left and right handed use. It doesn't have 32 billion buttons, a sensor capable of tracking atoms or the ability to turn into a car and save the universe, but if you want a good, comfortable, reliable mouse to take wherever you go the 3600 is a winner.

Razer DeathAdder Chroma

Offering high-end performance for a pretty reasonable price, the Razer DeathAdder Chroma's USP is its 16.8 million-colour lighting effects coupled with a 10,000 dpi optical sensor. It's blazingly fast, exceptionally accurate, offers on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment and looks fantastic, which is probably why it's so popular among e-sports athletes.

Read the full review: Razer DeathAdder Chroma

Better known for its mechanical keyboard switches, Cherry has made a no-frills mouse in the MC 4000 Precision. Featuring an ambidextrous symmetrical design, the MC 4000 lights up red or blue to indicate whether it's in 2,000 DPI mode (the former) or 1,000 (the latter), with the higher value modes being useful when using 4K and other high-resolution displays. 

  • Pick one of the best laptops to go with your new mouse

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10 best Android tablets of 2017: which should you buy?

Finding the best Android tablet isn't an easy buying decision, as they come in all shapes, sizes and prices. But there's hope.

We've tested and sorted through the latest Android tablets in order to come up with a top 10 list, all ranked below. Our recommendations are a combination of performance for your dollar, design, features, build quality and value.

This comprehensive Android tablet list will be updated frequently throughout 2017, as Samsung, Google and many other companies continue to release new tablets and upgrade the software with Android Nougat and Android O.

Here are the best tablets that you can buy this year.

Google Pixel C

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is easily the best Android tablet to date, headlined by an HDR-ready display, four powerful speakers and an upgraded S Pen that's included inside the box. The keyboard folio is a worthwhile extra.

It shocks us to say this, but it's actually a bit too future-proofed in some ways. Its HDR screen looks great, but the trove of promised content from Netflix and Amazon isn't here yet – at least not on tablets. But that shouldn't stop you from considering Samsung's latest and greatest if what you're after is a top-tier Android tablet.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Google Pixel C

The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 might look like an iPad in design, but given its roots in Android, it's obviously a much different beast.

For your money, it's a hard ask to find another Android tablet that puts classy design at the forefront like the ZenPad 3S 10. Paired with its gorgeous 2K display and strong audio performance, it makes quite the impression from a multimedia perspective.

Our review points out that there are a few low points in the presentation, like the average battery life, but issues aside, the amount of features and performance level you get here is well worth the low asking price.

Read the full review: Asus ZenPad 3S 10

Google Pixel C

Google's first foray into crafting its very own tablets started couldn't have gone much better. While it was once the best Android tablet out there, the Pixel C is   still recommended for a few reasons.

Its design borrows from the gorgeous Chromebook Pixel, then builds upon it with versatility to allow easy switching between a standalone tablet or a laptop. Android power-users will also appreciate that it runs stock OS and thus, like Nexus and Pixel products, the Pixel C is now running the latest software, Android Nougat, with support for Android O coming soon.

The Pixel C certainly isn't cheap, but you won't find another Android tablet packed with this slick combination of power, style and the latest software updates.

Read the full review: Google Pixel C

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

Most tablets are very similar to one another, but not the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro. It sits in its own sub-category of Android tablets that try and succeed at being weird, yet awesome.

This tablet has all of the usual amenities that one desires in a 2017 tablet, including some extras, such as 2,560 x 1600 display and a huge 10,200mAh battery. But this tablet also houses a hidden projector that can splash the screen onto a wall for night-time viewing. Cool, right? It's novel and useful.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

One of the best things about the Huawei MediaPad M3 is its build quality. The slim, light aluminum frame looks and feels good in the hand. 

The screen and speakers are great, too. These attributes alone make the MediaPad M3 a competent entertainment tablet. And despite a few instances of lousy gaming performance, the Kirin 950 does an admirable job of keeping things smooth. 

You can find a cheaper tablet further down on the list, but you'll be giving up on the compact, premium design of the MediaPad M3.

Read the full review: Huawei MediaPad M3 8.0

The Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) is among the best of the retail giant’s tablets, as while it’s in many ways lower end than the similar HD 10, the smaller screen is sharper as a result, and the price is lower.

It also delivers surprisingly strong gaming performance, with a decent amount of power for the money. The speakers aren’t great and the cameras are awful, but tablets aren’t for taking photos and you can always use headphones.

What you do get is solid if not spectacular performance, and tight integration with Amazon’s other services through Fire OS, all at a price that’s well below most of the non-Amazon branded competition. You should also note that if you already own the 2016 version of this tablet, it won't be worth upgrading to the 2017 version as the differences are very minimal.

Read the full review: Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017)

The Amazon Fire HD 10 is the company’s flagship tablet, but to call it a flagship is misleading, as while it’s top of the range it sports middling specs at best. But that’s okay because it’s very, very affordable.

Its 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 screen doesn’t provide a very sharp picture, but audio fares much better thanks to loud and clear stereo speakers, and with up to 64GB of built in storage plus a microSD card slot there’s plenty of room for apps, games and other media.

Which is all good, because this being an Amazon product you’re faced with things to buy, download, rent and stream at every turn.

Read the full review: Amazon Fire HD 10

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung is firing straight at the iPad's greatest weakness with the Galaxy Tab S2: storage capacity. The latest from the popular smartphone and tablet maker offers 32GB of internal storage as the standard out of the box, with support for up to 128GB via the microSD slot.

It also stands out amongst the greater tablet competition with a stellar 2,048 x 1,536 Super AMOLED display and Samsung's own zippy Exynos 7 5433 octa-core chipset, which consists of a 1.9GHz quad-core processor working in tandem with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor.

Given that the Tab S3 sits at the top of our list, the S2 still comes recommended given that it is now an even better deal.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Tablets don’t get any cheaper than this – well, functional ones don’t anyway. The incredibly low price and sturdy design make the Amazon Fire a great choice to give to a kid – in fact, Amazon’s even built a (pricier) version specifically for children.

But even for a grown audience the Amazon Fire far exceeds expectations, with a fairly bright 7.0-inch screen, acceptable speakers, solid battery life and even reasonable performance, with a snappy interface and the ability to run most games.

Fire OS won’t suit everyone and this isn’t a tablet that impresses once you take the price out of the equation, but for what the Amazon Fire costs it would almost be rude not to consider it.

Read the full review: Amazon Fire 7 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

There's no shame in buying last-gen tech products. The best-case scenario sees you saving a bunch of cash, while still having access to fairly modern specifications. And with the Galaxy Tab S, that's exactly what you'll get, plus some.

The Galaxy Tab S3 is the latest and greatest in Samsung's line of tablets. But the Tab S is still a respectable purchase, packing in impressive specs like a Super AMOLED display pushing 2560 x 1600.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Using eye smiles to predict the state of your whole face in VR

 They say you can tell a real smile because it reaches the eyes. Of course, that just means we all have to learn to fake that kind of smile, too. But the subtle expressiveness of our eyeball area has a fringe benefit: VR researchers can use it to guess at what the rest of your face is doing. Read More