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Tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

Microsoft has pitched it's new, bigger tablet fairly and squarely at the laptop market. With Windows now touch-friendly, is this the future of laptops?

20 Nov 2014 | Read our quick review of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet, a larger and faster laptop alternative.

Apple iPad Air 2 review

A hands-on look at Apple's second-generation iPad Air 2 tablet finds it lighter, thinner and faster. Could this be the iPad upgrade you've been waiting for?

27 Oct 2014 | Read our quick review of the iPad Air 2, faster, thinner tablet with fingerprint recognition.

Facebook forces extra app for mobile chat

Separate messaging app sparks angry response, affecting more than one billion Facebook users.

4 Aug 2014 | Facebook is replacing live chat in its core mobile app, with a dedicated messaging service. Users who want to instant message via Facebook will need to install the extra app.

Surface Pro 3

Tech giant promises lighter hybrid with larger screen, that's thinner than Apple's Macbook Air.

21 May 2014 | Microsoft sets its sights on the thin-and-light end of the portable computer market, pitching the Surface 3 as the hybrid to replace your laptop.

Ebook reader reviews

We've tested 15 ebook readers, including e-ink and tablet models, from Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Sony and Google.

25 Mar 2014 | Find out which models have the best readability and design for reading eBooks, and are the easiest to use.

Tablet productivity apps

20 free tablet apps that can boost your productivity.

20 Mar 2014 | Having trouble getting things done? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by your to do list? These free productivity apps could be the answer.

First look: Asus Transforme Book T100

Our hands-on review of the new Asus Windows laptop that’s also a tablet.

29 Jan 2014 | The T100 cuts out the bells and whistles to deliver an affordable Windows 8 hybrid device.

First look: Tech21 Impactology

We get our hands on the shock-resistant Tech21 smartphone case and screen film

26 Nov 2013 | This case and screen film combination claims to use "bulletproof" technology to protect your smartphone or tablet. We put it to the test.

Hybrid laptops

Can a cross between a laptop and tablet really work? We put eight hybrids to the test.

11 Nov 2013 | Can a cross between a laptop and tablet really work? We put eight hybrids to the test.

Thin and light laptops review

We test 12 thin and light laptops to see which give the best mobile computing experience.

6 Nov 2013 | We test 12 thin and light laptops to see which offer the best combination of speed, portability and battery life.

Apple iPad2 First Look

Our hands-on impressions of Apple's next-generation iPad Air tablet computer

1 Nov 2013 | Read our quick review of the iPad Air, Apple's faster, thinner and more compact tablet.

Seagate Slim

We check out an external hard drive that's no thicker than a pen

23 Oct 2013 | Seagate has released a 500GB external hard drive that weighs just 150 grams. Is a smaller package worth the asking price?

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

30 Aug 2013 | TV on the internet is gaining a new audience as viewers find new and unique shows for all types of interests.

Seagate Wireless Plus first look

We give this portable multimedia hub with Wi-Fi hotspot and 1TB storage the once-over.

26 Mar 2013 | The Seagate Wireless Plus lets you stream multimedia to your smartphone or tablet on the go. So what's our verdict?

Tech giant referred to the ACCC

Microsoft’s 32GB tablet has only 16GB of available hard disk space.

22 Jan 2013 | CHOICE has requested that the ACCC investigate Microsoft for potentially misleading advertising claims.

Technology reliability survey

Just how reliable are your tech devices?

13 Nov 2012 | The CHOICE technology reliability survey reports on what types of problems can go wrong with common computer devices.

Apple announces iPad mini

A hands-on look at Apple's new iPad mini 7.9 inch tablet.

2 Nov 2012 | Apple's iPad mini throws down the guantlet to 7-inch tablet rivals from Google, Samsung and Amazon.

Apple announces iPad mini

This smaller tablet plugs the gap between the iPod Touch and the iPad.

25 Oct 2012 | Apple's iPad mini announcement ends months of speculation and throws down the guantlet to 7-inch tablet rivals from Google, Samsung and Amazon.

Apple iOS 6 first look

We get hands on with Apple's new mobile operating system.

24 Sep 2012 | We take a hands-on look at Apple's updated iOS 6 mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Liquipel treatment review  

Can you protect your mobile devices from water damage?

14 Sep 2012 | A new treatment for mobile devices promises to make them "water safe" - but how well does it work?

Nexus 7 first look

Google's tiny tablet gets a boost with more storage and a new flavour of Jelly Bean - Android 4.2. Is this the Droid you're looking for?

4 Sep 2012 | The updated Nexus 7 tablet is the first to use the Android 4.1.2 operating system, code-named Jelly Bean.

Telstra Elite mobile broadband first look

The Telstra Elite prepaid mobile Wi-Fi delivers mobile broadband on a prepaid plan.

5 Jul 2012 | The Telstra Elite is an affordable option for accessing the web on a wireless device, such as your laptop or tablet, using a pay-as-you-go prepaid plan.

Apple fined for misleading advertising

Apple has copped a $2.25 million fine for misleading consumers about its iPad's 4G capabilities.

22 Jun 2012 | The Federal Court has found that the technology giant contravened the Australian Consumer Law by misleading consumers.

Asus Eee Pad Slider first look

Another tablet comes out from ASUS, this time with the keyboard attached.

23 May 2012 | If you’re keen on an Android tablet but can’t do without a physical keyboard all the time, the Asus Eee Pad Slider is for you.

Eee Pad Transformer Prime first look

The latest innovation from the tablet series by Asus.

16 May 2012 | The Prime follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Transformer 101, with some impressive results.

Apple may mislead with iPad 4G claims

The ACCC seeks orders against Apple for claiming the new iPad has 4G capabilities.

28 Mar 2012 | The ACCC says Apple's promotion is misleading because Australia’s 4G network runs on a different frequency to the one the iPad is capable of using.

New iPad for 2012 first look  

Our impressions of the third-generation iPad.

16 Mar 2012 | We take a hands-on look at Apple's latest iPad and find out how it compares to its predecessors.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

We check out some of the latest mobile and wireless technologies at the MWC in Barcelona.

2 Mar 2012 | On day four of the MWC we check out 4G technology, QR codes, and Windows' latest operating system for smartphones.

iPod speaker dock reviews

Some can be used as a sound system for a flat, but most will struggle if you turn them up.

1 Mar 2012 | Price is no guarantee of quality when it comes to iPod docks.

Sony vs Lenovo first look

How do the latest tablet computers from Sony and Lenovo measure up?

1 Feb 2012 | We decided to check out how the latest offerings from Sony and Lenovo compare with their super-famous competitor – and each other.

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

We head to Las Vegas to check out some of the innovative products shaping consumer technology.

11 Jan 2012 | We take a look at some of the latest gadgets, gizmos and technologies at CES 2012.

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

ASUS EeePad Transformer First Look

This Eee Pad Transformer responds to one of the big shortcomings of tablet computers.

13 Jun 2011 | A dedicated add-on keyboard makes the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet more versatile than the average tablet.

Acer Iconia A500 First Look

How sweet is Acer’s 10inch Android Honeycomb tablet? We take a hands-on look.

23 May 2011 | Read our quick review of Acer's 10 inch Android Honeycomb tablet. Competitor to the Apple iPad 2.

Apple iPad2 First Look

Our first impressions of the eagerly awaited iPad 2.

28 Mar 2011 | Read our quick review of the Apple iPad 2, a slimmer, faster and cheaper follow-up to the original.

Samsung Galaxy Tab First Look  

Is Samsung's first tablet computer a serious challenger to the iPad? Here's what our experts think.

1 Mar 2011 | The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab is the thin end of the wedge in a fast-growing all-out assault on the Apple iPad.

ViewPad-First-Look  

We size up ViewSonic's debut tablet computer in Australia.

1 Mar 2011 | The tablet war hots up, as the ViewPad 7 joins the Samsung Galaxy Tab as rivals to the iPad.

iPad hands-on update  

See the Apple iPad in action and read our review.

31 May 2010 | How good is the Apple iPad? Our video tells you what everyday users think of it.

Tafli

Valiant Enterprises Tafli Bath Seat recall

The warning label may not be adequately affixed to the bath seat.

26 Sep 2011 | Valiant Enterprises recalls Tafli Bath Seats sold between 15 January 2010 and 22 September 2011 because warning labels may not be adequately affixed.

Takeaway

Heart Foundation drops takeaway Tick

The National Heart Foundation is ending its Tick licensing program in the takeaway food industry.

22 Sep 2011 | The National Heart Foundation has announced it is scrapping its Tick licensing program in the takeaway food industry, citing its desire to broaden its work across the takeaway and catering sector.

South Australia to count kilojules

South Australian Government forces fast food retailers to display energy counts on menu boards.

14 Mar 2011 | New regulations requires food chains with 20 or more outlets in SA to display the kilojoule content alongside product price.

Ready meals

From shelf to microwave, they're ready in minutes. But are these packaged meals any good?

3 Feb 2010 | Supermarket shelves are crammed with shelf-stable meals, costing between $3 and $5. We sort the best from the rest.

The takeaway dilemma

CHOICE compares the most popular dishes and provides healthier, cheaper alternatives.

21 May 2009 | Although there’s nothing wrong with takeaways occasionally, many contain too much salt and saturated fat for regular eating.

Roast chicken  

Thirty years of intensive farming practices means expensive organic and free-range chickens don’t taste any better than a standard factory chook.

3 Mar 2008 | So what’s the tastiest chicken? Do the more expensive organic and free-range chooks really taste better than standard factory-farmed ones?

Restaurant hygiene

Do you know if the food in your favourite restaurant is safe to eat?

11 Nov 2007 | There’s no fast and easy way of knowing if a restaurant has a kitchen that’s filthy or is infested with rats, or even if it passed its last council inspection.

Fast food

"Upsizing" your meal will really push the fat, salt and sugar right over the top.

9 Jan 2005 | When we started analysing the nutrition info from the fast-food giants, even our hardened food team was shocked by the amount of kilojoules, fat and salt that some options packed.

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Junk food advertising to kids

One in four Australian children is overweight or obese. Is the all-pervasive junk food advertising to children part of the problem?

25 Nov 2013 | Around the globe, governments and communities are grappling with the social, financial and health costs of overweight and obese populations. Is restricting junk food advertising to kids part of the solution?

Heart Foundation drops takeaway Tick

The National Heart Foundation is ending its Tick licensing program in the takeaway food industry.

22 Sep 2011 | The National Heart Foundation has announced it is scrapping its Tick licensing program in the takeaway food industry, citing its desire to broaden its work across the takeaway and catering sector.

Tanning

NSW bans solariums

New South Wales will ban the use of commercial solariums in three years.

8 Feb 2012 | We welcome the ban on commercial solariums in NSW, but we're calling for a national ban.

Moisturising tanning lotions

They promise a hint of colour before summer arrives. Do they live up to their claims?

3 Sep 2008 | As the last vestiges of winter creep away it’s time to pack up your winter woollies and get into summer clothes.

Self tanning

How to get the bronzed look without the harmful rays.

4 Oct 2006 | Our results show that a big name or a higher price is no guarantee of how much you’ll like a product.

Taps

Kitchen and laundry mixer taps recall

There is an increased risk of the mixer leaking and in rare cases the handle & cartridge assembly may disengage from the body of the mixer.

21 Oct 2011 | Starion Industries is recalling kitchen and laundry mixer taps sold nationally between 1st February 2010 and the 5th October 2011.

Target

Massive global ID theft nets 1.2 billion passwords

Cyber-attack by Russian criminals targets 420,000 websites, according to US security firm claiming to have discovered the breach.

6 Aug 2014 | US firm Hold Security reveals one of the largest data breaches of all time. Individual and corporate usernames, passwords and email addresses put at risk across the world.

Sandwich press and jaffle maker reviews

We've tested 24 sandwich presses and jaffle makers in the CHOICE labs including models from Breville, Cuisinart, Sunbeam and more.

21 Jul 2014 | Turn your favourite sandwiches into mouth-watering snacks with a sandwich maker.

Hand mixer reviews

We test 26 hand mixers in the CHOICE labs, including models from Breville, KitchenAid, Sunbeam and more.

17 Apr 2014 | Fiona Mair, home economist from CHOICE's test kitchen has tested 26 hand mixers priced from $15 to $199.

The pros and cons of lay-by

Lay-by can be a cheap and convenient way to budget but you should be aware of the pitfalls.

22 Oct 2012 | Lay-by can take the sting out of Christmas shopping, but the fine print can sometimes include tricky conditions such as expensive cancellation fees.

Customer service shadow shop

Our customer service shadow shop produces mixed results for major retailers.

26 Sep 2012 | How do Australia's bricks and mortar retailers stack up when it comes to customer service? We shadow shop Australia's 10 most popular retailers.

Modern Living or Initial 12L and 16L stockpot recall

The sides of the stockpot may split, creating a spill hazard and causing serious scalding.

28 Sep 2011 | Target Australia Pty Ltd has recalled 'Modern Living' and 'Initial' 12L and 16L stockpots, because the sides of the stockpots may split during or after use.

Safety 1st complete healthcare kits recall

Urgent medical device recall. Thermometers included in the kits read in degrees fahrenheit instead of degrees celsius.

4 Jul 2011 | Product Distribution: supplied throughout Australia at Kmart, Target, Toys R Us and independent retail stores between April 2011 and June 2011.

Tasman Eco

Cot reviews

Safety is key when a newborn comes into the picture. We have test results for 116 cots to tell you which are the safest.

11 Aug 2014 | The mandatory Australian standard aims to benchmark all cots to a safe level, but some failures still slip through the cracks.

Change table reviews

Forty-four change tables tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Boori, Ikea, Childcare and more.

27 Mar 2014 | Our test results reveal which change tables are stable, strong and, most importantly, safe.

Tax

Tax scams on the rise and getting tricker

Six thousand complaints so far this year.

17 Jul 2014 | The ATO and the ACCC are warning consumers not to fall for the latest round of phone and email scammers who pose as government officials during tax filing time.

ATO crackdown on medicare levy exemption cheats

Taxpayers dodging payment of Medicare levy to be identified under ATO-led attack

16 Jul 2014 | A new ATO program cracks down on people unfairly claiming exemption and shirking payment of the Medicare levy.

Qantas won’t pass on carbon tax repeal savings

Doubt raised over whether consumers will see Abbott’s promised $550 annual saving.

10 Jul 2014 | Airline Qantas joins growing list of companies saying the repeal of the carbon tax won’t reduce prices for consumers.

Debt levy passes the senate

High-income earners set to pay more tax from July.

17 Jun 2014 | The federal government's controversial debt levy has passed through the Senate with Labor support.

ATO to police travel, tech expenses

Be careful what you claim for – the ATO is on the hunt for dodgy work-related expenses on tax returns.

16 Jun 2014 | The Australian Taxation Office has announced that they will be scrutinising travel expenses and computer and phone write-offs in this year’s tax returns.

AMA warns of shorter appointments as a result of co-payments

GPs are likely to churn through more patients to make up for income shortfall, says AMA president.

2 Jun 2014 | Doctors who continue to bulk-bill will be forced to see patients for less time to make up for income shortfall says AMA president.

2014 Budget reaction

If you ask the people of Twitter, few were happy with the 2014 budget.

14 May 2014 | Following last night's federal budget, the Twittersphere has been abuzz with responses. Many have summed it up under the #threewordbudget. What was the general mood?

Debt tax income threshold to be raised

A debt tax now seems a sure thing, but it may only hit those earning at least $150,000 a year.

8 May 2014 | A new debt tax seems like a done deal, but the likely annual salary threshold has moved from $80,000 to at least $150,000.

2014 budget countdown: 7 days to go

The proposed 'debt tax' is coming under increasing scrutiny from within the Liberal party.

6 May 2014 | The proposed introduction of a "debt tax" has drawn sharp criticism from Peter Costello and John Hewson.

2014 Budget countdown

Consumers could be in for some hard hits following the Abbott government's first Budget.

5 May 2014 | CHOICE looks at the main stories relating to the upcoming 2014 budget, to be delivered on 13 May 2014

Changes to tax returns flagged

Could this be the end of the road for tax returns?

1 May 2014 | Some taxpayers stand to save time and money if reports that the ATO will complete certain returns on our behalf are confirmed.

Tax payers face deficit levy in budget

If you're bringing in more than $80,000 you can expect to pay an extra 1-2% tax while the Budget is in deficit, according to reports.

29 Apr 2014 | Earning over $80,000? It's expected you'll have to pay an extra 1-2% tax while the budget is in deficit.

The internet tax explained

Just what is the low-value threshold and why do some retailers want it lowered even further?

6 Feb 2014 | Some retailers want to expand the GST online, but we explain why this may be a bad idea.

Save-on-hearing-aids

You may be able to save thousands on a top-range hearing aid.

20 Feb 2013 | One in six Australians suffers hearing loss, but top-end aids can cost a small fortune. We've surveyed the market to find out how and where you can save.

CHOICE's tax tips

We reveal items you may not realise you can claim on your tax return.

25 Jun 2009 | Budgets are stretched and times are tough for many people. But there are simple ways you can reduce your taxable income to save money.

Watch out for tax email scams

Don't be fooled by fake emails about your tax return.

10 Jun 2009 | As tax time looms, there are emails doing the rounds that pretend to be from the Australian Tax Office. The emails are fakes and it is a phishing scam intended to trick recipients.

Charities

How much of your donation is gobbled up by fundraising fees and expenses?

1 Apr 2008 | Nearly nine out of 10 adults give to charity, and the average annual donation is more than $400.

Investment tax stratergies

Minimising the tax you pay on investments is all about good planning

3 Feb 2006 | It is possible to plan your investment strategy to reduce tax, without taking too much risk.

Duty-free is it worth it?

As much a holiday tradition as cocktails by the pool, does duty-free still offer good value?

23 Aug 2005 | Duty-free shopping was one of the perks of travelling overseas. The introduction of GST saw a whole raft taxes phased out, so is still good value?

TBS

The Body Shop secretly sells out on animal testing  

CHOICE uncovers the truth about the company's operations in China.

11 Mar 2014 | CHOICE has found The Body Shop products on sale in airports in China, where under Chinese law products can be pulled off the shelves for safety testing at any time, which can include testing on animals.

Tea

Kettle reviews

We review 51 kettles, including models from Breville, Sunbeam, DeLonghi and Le Creuset.

19 Mar 2014 | Find out which kettles are efficient as well as quiet. We've tested electric and stove top models ranging in price from $9 to $220.

What's your caffeine intake?

Do you know how much you’re actually consuming?

20 May 2013 | Caffeine shows up in products from corn chips and smoothies through to painkillers and weight loss products.

Sponge cake

This sponge cake recipe can be adapted to many different desserts.

1 Jul 2010 |

Breville Tea Maker and Kettle

The latest kettle that also brews the perfect cup of tea.

4 Jun 2010 | If you enjoy a good cup of tea, you're sure to find your perfect brew with this tea maker and kettle.

Sunbeam Glass Kettle review

The latest kettle has a glassy design, but at a cost.

7 Mar 2010 | Is it worth sacrificing ease of use for style when buying your next kettle?

Shelf time reducecs teas health benefits

Green tea has long been prized for its antioxidants, but recent research suggests even short-term storage drastically reduces its health benefits.

2 Jul 2009 | Just six months in the pantry could be enough to destroy nearly 90% of antioxidants in some tea, according to a recent US study.

Hot chocolate review and compare

Hot chocolate now promises all manner of sensual delights.

27 May 2008 | Montezuma, the 16th century ruler of the Aztec empire, is said to have fortified himself by drinking chocolate before visiting his harem. And, according to research, chocolate causes a longer-lasting buzz than kissing.

Kettles review and compare

Looking for a kettle that combines cool style with hot performance?

6 Dec 2006 | Good controls, easy-to read water level indicators, and being easy to fill and pour all help make a kettle easier to use.

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Plasma and LCD TV reviews  

We put TVs of all types through their paces in our laboratories. You could even say we screen them thoroughly.

19 Dec 2014 | Which TV best suits your needs? Confused by LED, LCD or UHD? Our review will help you make the critical decisions.

PVR reviews   

Take control of your TV viewing. Find the right PVR to suit you needs.

10 Jan 2014 | We review eight of the latest PVRs including models with DVD/Blu-ray drives, priced between $149 and $699.

iPod speaker dock reviews

Some can be used as a sound system for a flat, but most will struggle if you turn them up.

1 Mar 2012 | Price is no guarantee of quality when it comes to iPod docks.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

HD set-top box reviews  

A high-definition set-top box is an inexpensive way to upgrade to digital TV.

13 Oct 2011 | We put 14 set-top boxes, priced from $80 to $150, through their paces, and find out which ones come out on top.

Technika

Dishwasher reviews  

We take the guesswork out of buying the best dishwasher in your price range..

21 Nov 2014 | More than 50 dishwashers rated on their washing and drying performance, energy and water use, including models from Bosch, Dishlex, LG, Miele and Westinghouse.

Technology

Travellers switch off to avoid bill shock

One in two Aussie travellers choose to switch their phones off rather than risk a big bill.

16 Dec 2014 | Recent research shows that one in two Aussie travellers will either switch off or leave their phones at home when travelling overseas because of fears of high global roaming fees.

Digital camera reviews  

We review 94 DSLRs, Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds and some bridge cameras, priced from $399 to $5300.

5 Dec 2014 | We review digital SLRs, system and bridge cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, Samsung and Sony.

Laptops buying guide  

Head back to school with the right laptop or tablet computer

20 Nov 2014 | What you need to know before you buy a computer for your child's back-to-school needs.

Basic digital camera reviews  

We compare more than 100 basic digital cameras, including models from Canon, Nikon, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic.

29 Sep 2014 | In our latest digital camera test we review 156 compact digital cameras, priced from $87 to $749.

Curtain falls on Crazy Johns

Discount mobile retailer to be shut down in September.

10 Jul 2014 | It's the end of an era for mobile phone retailer Crazy John's as Vodafone announces closure in September 2014.

Printed e-label breakthrough

Advance in printed diode technology has potential to connect paper to the internet.

9 Jul 2014 | Printable e-labels provide yet another means of data storage and communication embedded in or on objects, with a new development potentially enabling communication at mobile phone frequencies.

Amazon launches Fire Phone

New smartphone from online behemoth Amazon

19 Jun 2014 | US online retail giant Amazon has launched its Fire Phone today and is hoping to light up with smartphone market with new quick-access features and response technology.

Consumers to get movie downloads sooner

Studios to cut delay from cinema release to DVD and digital download to encourage consumers to buy rather than download illegally.

17 Jun 2014 | Movies will now be available to Australians on DVD and download three months after their release in Australian cinemas.

Portable hard drive reviews  

We review and compare 13 portable hard drives from 1TB to 4TB capacity along with a 256GB SSD, including models from LaCie, Buffalo, Seagate and Thunderbolt.

4 Jun 2014 | Portable hard drives can carry all your data, but which one should you buy? We compare 13 portable hard drives from 1TB to 4TB capacity along with a 256GB SSD.

Everything you need to know about three strikes

The government has flagged new anti-piracy measures – but what will they mean for consumers?

29 May 2014 | CHOICE tells you what you need to know about anti-piracy measures coming to Australia.

Westpac and Samsung sign a deal to bring the bank to your home

There may soon be no need to go into the bank, with new technology allowing customers to do all their banking from a variety of smart devices.

22 May 2014 | Banking at your fingertips, literally. Westpac is collaborating with Samsung to innovate banking applications.

Cyber attack warning from CSIRO

CSIRO says the digitisation of Australia will escalate cyber crime.

6 May 2014 | Bank robbers and house burglars may be outdone by cyber crime in Australia’s digital future.

Hulu blocked to Australian viewers

Geoblocking services in doubt as popular US-based internet video streaming service prevents access.

30 Apr 2014 | Australian viewers relying on geoblocking services to watch their favourite shows on US sites could miss out now that Hulu is blocking VPN users.

Cordless phone reviews

We test 21 cordless home phones plus one corded landline, priced from $55 to $399.

28 Apr 2014 | We review a range of cordless phones, with one corded landline in the mix, including models from Panasonic, Telstra, Uniden and more.

First look Oculus Rift virtual reality headset

Social media giant buys Oculus Rift technology.

26 Mar 2014 | The Oculus Rift virtual reality kit is already shaping up to be the defining VR headset for PC users. And Facebook wants a piece of the action.

Media hubs and streamers

Seven media hubs and streamers put to the test in the CHOICE labs.

26 Mar 2014 | With the ability to play music, videos and pictures on your TV and stream directly from the internet, media hubs can be great tools for today's digital age.

Ebook reader reviews

We've tested 15 ebook readers, including e-ink and tablet models, from Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Sony and Google.

25 Mar 2014 | Find out which models have the best readability and design for reading eBooks, and are the easiest to use.

External desktop hard drives

We compare eight of the largest single-drive USB 3.0 external desktop storage devices.

24 Jan 2014 | We test eight drives from Buffalo, La Cie, Seagate, and others for performance, capacity, features and ease of use.

LG OLED TV first look

20 Dec 2013 | OLED is the latest technology in televisions. CHOICE checks out the new-release OLED TV from LG.

3D printing hits home

We get hands-on with one of the most affordable consumer-level 3D printers in Australia.

11 Dec 2013 | The UP!Mini is a relatively inexpensive 3D printer aimed at the consumer market: we put it to the test, printing a miniature rabbit.

Apple ebook pricing

Is there a problem with ebook pricing?

6 Dec 2013 | Apple's recent loss at a US trial into ebook price fixing raises questions about the market.

Laptops buying guide  

Take the guesswork out of choosing your next laptop.

5 Dec 2013 | Our buying guide tells you everything you need to know about buying a laptop in easy-to-understand terms.

Copyright law reform

Is a fair-use system the way to go?

19 Nov 2013 | With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.

First look: Ouya

Console games go open source with this Android alternative

19 Nov 2013 | The next console to step into the ring against Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo - but costs far less than the big boys. Does it deserve a place in your living room?

Journaling and brainstorming

When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools

16 Oct 2013 | Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.

Camcorder reviews

The latest dedicated digital camcorders offer more features and greater control.

27 Sep 2013 | We review 21 of the latest high definition (HD) camcorders, including models from Sony, Canon, JVC, Panasonic and Samsung.

National broadband network

Which NBN plan will result in consumers getting the best network?

12 Jul 2013 | The national broadband network is underway, but with an election looming and two competing plans, will consumers get the best network?

Online tracking

Browser cookies can reveal your online habits, so how do you protect yourself?

22 May 2013 | Information gleaned by cookies is valuable to marketers and advertisers, but you may not realise just how much can be pieced together about you.

Buying guide desktops

We reveal what you need to consider when buying a desktop computer.

7 May 2013 | Find the right desktop computer within your budget with our comprehensive guide.

Google to shut down Reader

CHOICE says to back up your RSS subscriptions before it's too late.

15 Apr 2013 | Google Reader will be defunct as of 1 July, giving consumers less than three months to back up their RSS subscriptions and find another service.

Parliament summonses tech giants

Parliament calls on Apple, Adobe and Microsoft to explain high IT prices.

13 Feb 2013 | Tech giants Apple, Adobe and Microsoft are now being forced to answer for the higher prices they charge Australian consumers.

CHOICE takes aim at online geoblocking

We've told the Attorney General’s department to protect consumers who bypass online geoblocks.

29 Aug 2012 | Geoblocks prevent consumers from getting a better deal, and help companies discriminate on price.

Have you paid too much for IT products?

We want to hear if you’ve paid more for digital products because you’ve bought them in Australia.

2 Aug 2012 | We're asking for examples of price discrimination on computer, software, gaming, and music products.

Groundhog Day on Australia’s price gouge

Technology industry has predictable reaction to IT pricing inquiry.

30 Jul 2012 | Industry groups claim that the costs of doing business in Australia are driving up the prices of IT hardware and software products.

CHOICE lodges submission on IT price discrimination

CHOICE research has found that Australians are paying 50% more for IT products.

18 Jul 2012 | New CHOICE research shows that Australians are paying 50% more for computers, software, games and music.

Telstra Elite mobile broadband first look

The Telstra Elite prepaid mobile Wi-Fi delivers mobile broadband on a prepaid plan.

5 Jul 2012 | The Telstra Elite is an affordable option for accessing the web on a wireless device, such as your laptop or tablet, using a pay-as-you-go prepaid plan.

Price discrimination inquiry

Parliamentary inquiry to demand answers for price discrimination.

30 Apr 2012 | Federal Labor politicians are seeking answers as to why Australians pay more than shoppers overseas for products that are exactly the same.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

We check out some of the latest mobile and wireless technologies at the MWC in Barcelona.

2 Mar 2012 | On day four of the MWC we check out 4G technology, QR codes, and Windows' latest operating system for smartphones.

First look JVC GC PX-10 camcorder

HD camcorder with the ability to deliver good stills as well.

15 Feb 2012 | The JVC GC PX-10 looks like a still camera on steroids but performs well as a video camcorder.

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

We head to Las Vegas to check out some of the innovative products shaping consumer technology.

11 Jan 2012 | We take a look at some of the latest gadgets, gizmos and technologies at CES 2012.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

FetchTV first look

CHOICE takes a look at an internet-based alternative to pay TV.

26 Oct 2011 | FetchTV provides another alternative to cable, with your Internet provider delivering a host of channels and rental movies to your television.

Optus-HomeZone-first-look

If you're experiencing connection problems, the Optus Home Zone may be the answer.

26 Sep 2011 | The Optus Home Zone 3G cell can turn a mobile phone black spot into five bars of communication.

Bose Videowave

It's meant to be the 'best sounding TV' ever... but is the cost worth it?

8 Sep 2011 | The Bose Videowave is indeed a great sounding TV, but the price for good audio and an easy to use system should not be so prohibitive.

Powerline networking

Network your home instantly using its existing electrical wiring.

29 Aug 2011 | Powerline devices provide a simple home networking alternative or addition to traditional Ethernet cabling and Wi-Fi.

Mini stereo system reviews

When you want better sound, it's time get out of the bargain basement

17 Aug 2011 | CHOICE put a range of CD, DVD and Blu-ray stereo systems through their paces, ranging from $849 to $1900.

Cordless phones without answering machine

Hold the phone! A simple landline phone could still have a place in your home.

21 Jul 2011 | We look at models that work with an extra handset, providing added versatility.

Old appliances that last

Not everything is disposable these days.

28 Apr 2011 | Our readers share stories of old reliable appliances and recount tales of appliances that have failed within minutes of first use.

First look Panasonic 3D camcorder

Make a 3D movie blockbuster in your own home.

28 Apr 2011 | The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 is one of the first consumer 3D camcorders to be released.

Five things to know before you buy a new mobile phone  

Five things you need to know before buying a new mobile phone.

21 Dec 2010 | CHOICE takes some of the confusion out of smartphone technology.

CHOICE Computer Technology Reliability Survey 2010

How reliable is your computer equipment?

24 Nov 2010 | Desktop computers, laptops and printers, monitors and external hard-drives are part of our line-up this time.

USB TV tuner reviews

With a USB digital high-definition TV tuner and a laptop you can take your HDTV on the road.

19 Nov 2010 | We test 12 go-anywhere digital TV tuners for your PC.

External 2TB hard drive.

Doubling in capacity every year is the norm and still the cheapest way to dramatically boost your storage capacity.

17 Aug 2010 | We review 9 of the latest drives with a variety of connections.

Setting up a home theatre  

Don't get duped by the sales hype. See part one of our video series on the basics of home theatre.

6 Aug 2010 | Our expert talks you through some of the more common mistakes you could make when setting up your home theatre.

Capped mobile phone plans

CHOICE shows you how to avoid the “capped” sting that tricks consumers into paying higher bills.

23 Jul 2010 | Be wary of the 'soft cap' ruse and use our tips to help you find the right mobile phone plan.

Basic mobile phone reviews

When you don't need all the bells and whistles, a basic phone provides all you need at a fraction of the cost of a smartphone.

9 Jul 2010 | CHOICE reviews 16 basic phones priced from $69 to $319.

Mobile phone music players

Some of the latest music phones deliver music player features and functionality that would rival a dedicated MP3 player.

8 Jul 2010 | CHOICE tests 16 models, including battery performance, to find the best music phone.

Sudio Solar first look

Play it safe and keep your hands on the wheel with this solar-powered bluetooth handsfree device.

14 Apr 2010 | It's a cheap alternative to a hands-free car kit, but it has some limitations.

Digital and internet radio

Digital radios, while expensive, allow you to listen to internet radio or music stored on your home network.

17 Mar 2010 | We test 10 digital radios, priced from $170 to $1000.

Digital photo frame reviews

Digital photo frame technology has improved but is still a little raw.

19 Feb 2010 | Two years after CHOICE first set out to test digital photo frames, there are improvements in picture quality but we’re still seeing many of the same flaws.

Sony PlayTV

This add-on device for PlayStation3 owners has its limitations.

3 Dec 2009 | The Sony PlayTV struggles to provide an effective two-in-one games console and personal video recorder machine.

DVD/HDD recorders review and compare

A DVD recorder with a 160GB hard drive gives you hundreds of hours of recording capacity.

26 Nov 2009 | Test results for four DVD/hard disc recorders with a capacity of 160GB, priced from $440 to $659.

Digital SLR zoom lens reviews

A digital camera zoom lens can take your photography to greater heights.

21 Jul 2009 | If you own a digital SLR camera (DSLR) and want to expand your photographic horizons the next step is to decide on the best lens to complete your kit.

Media hubs review

We compare 10 media devices for playing high definition files on your TV.

2 Jul 2009 | These days it seems that just about everything is going digital and high definition (HD), but if you create or download HD content to your computer, how do you get it over to your TV?

Uninterruptible power supplies review

Beat the blackout blues with these battery backup units.

30 Apr 2009 | The power is gone and with it all your painstaking work - it won't occur if you use an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).

The future of broadband

Plans to upgrade the broadband network need to be carefully considered

29 Apr 2009 | In April 2009 the Federal Government announced it will establish a new company that will invest up to $43 billion over 8 years to build and operate a National Broadband Network.

Chumby review

The beanbag that for many may represent the future of the internet.

12 Mar 2009 | It’s small and squeezable, and Chumby is a versatile gadget designed to deliver a constant stream of personalised information updates on any topic.

ISPs policing your internet use

Watch out! If certain music industry representatives have their way, internet service providers will be required to police your use of the internet.

19 Feb 2009 | The music industry reports a reduction in CD profits, which has motivated them to push for control over how consumers access and store music.

Government internet filter puts consumers at risk

Protecting internet users from illegal material is important, however the proposed mandatory ISP-based filter won’t do the job.

19 Feb 2009 | CHOICE holds a number of concerns about the government’s current proposal to introduce mandatory internet filtering at an ISP-level.

Classic keyboard review

We tried out two modern versions of the ‘classic’ keyboard style for comparison.

3 Feb 2009 | Modern PC keyboards have evolved into many different designs. But how good are they for their basic purpose — typing?

VoIP routers review and compare

Using VoIP can save you money, but you need the right hardware to do it — so we put seven VoIP capable modem routers to the test.

21 Jan 2009 | There’s a lot of talk about the cost advantages of moving to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), for both long-distance and local calls as well.

Guide to digital radios

Digital radio has hit the airwaves.

19 Jan 2009 | If you're keen to experience the difference digital technology makes to the radio waves you will have to open your wallet along with your eyes and ears.

Nikon Coolpix P quick review

We test a camera that tags your photos with the GPS location as you shoot.

1 Jan 2009 | We’ve seen devices that show your location as you drive, where you’ve been and how to get somewhere, but what about a product that tags your photos with the location as you take them?

Hyperdrive Colorspace review

We take a look at the modern day photo album.

7 Nov 2008 | Designed for the photographer on the go, the Hyperdrive Colorspace is a storage device that's supposed to take the place of a laptop or multiple memory cards.

Telecomms industry needs reform

Consumer protection in the telecommunications industry falls short of good practice.

16 Oct 2008 | Consumer complaints are soaring with a 31% increase in the number of complaints to the Telecommunications Industry ombudsman in 2007.

Laptops ultrapolrtables compared  

Ultraportable laptops can do most of your computing tasks while on the go.

16 Oct 2008 | If you’re always on-the-go and don’t want to leave your home or office behind, you need a laptop that won’t weigh you down — and that’s where the ultraportable category shines.

Childsafe headphones review

Headphones designed to protect your child’s ears from excessive noise.

15 Oct 2008 | We looked at a pair of headphones designed specifically for children aged six years or above. While the lead for plugging into a suitable music player is short, it’s suitable for a child.

Webcam reviews

Webcams are handy for instant messaging, video chats and quick snaps.

30 Jul 2008 | They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a moving picture must surely be even more valuable — which is probably why webcams have become so popular for personal communication.

Laptops multimedia notebooks  

Our tests review the latest generation multimedia laptops.

13 Jun 2008 | If you’re looking for a successor to your trusty old desktop computer but don’t want the bulk of a traditional PC, you might want to consider a portable multimedia powerhouse instead.

PC speakers

We tested 16 speaker systems to see which gives the best boom for your buck.

20 May 2008 | The PC speaker market is 'booming', driven by the growth in high quality multimedia — from music and DVD movies to games and even websites.

Pricing of computer products

Are consumers getting a raw deal on the price of locally available computer products?

20 May 2008 | It doesn’t take long for a net-savvy consumer to compare the cost of computer products here and overseas.

CDDVD repair kits

We tried a range of CD/DVD repair kits and found them less than impressive.

13 May 2008 | Optical discs, such as CDs and DVDs, are fairly fragile and it doesn’t take much damage for them to skip or not play. Grease, dust, exposure to excess heat, and rough handling can all result in damage that may affect playback.

Speaker dock reviews

Take a bus ride these days or walk down the street and nearly everyone you pass is tuned in to a portable music player.

18 Apr 2008 | These speaker docks let you listen to your music aloud, but don’t expect too much in terms of sound quality.

Broadband basics

Make sense of the bits and bytes.

16 Apr 2008 | CHOICE's simple guide to broadband tells you what you need to know in order to choose the right broadband plan.

Asus eee PC laptop review

Fans of Linux will appreciate this new offering from Asus — a linux-based laptop.

9 Apr 2008 | cool, compact and cheap. At just under $500, it’s the cheapest full-featured laptop on the market.

Storage options

Backing up is essential to protect your data, but which medium will you choose?

25 Feb 2008 | It’s all well and good to have a backup plan for preserving your data, but where will you back up your files? What type of storage solution will suit you?

Digital cameras buying guide  

Thinking about buying a digital camera? Here's what to look for.

30 Jul 2007 | Buying a digital camera can be a daunting exercise — there are literally hundreds of models on the market and a bewildering array of specifications and features.

ADSL2

ADSL2 is the new kid on the broadband block.

7 Apr 2007 | More households are opting for broadband over dial-up internet services, looking for better speeds and fewer delays and disruptions.

Home theatre projectors review and compare

Digital projectors bring the movies to your lounge room.

3 Jan 2007 | A projector may not be the most suitable display for watching television or playing games as the lamps can be expensive to replace.

LCD monitor reviews

A 19” LCD monitor will help you make the most of multimedia computing.

30 Apr 2006 | Our research shows that prices vary by hundreds of dollars, but the more expensive brands we tested weren’t necessarily the top performers.

Update firmware

Want to upgrade your computer for free? Here’s how.

3 Jan 2006 | Firmware used to be read-only — it limited what the hardware could do. Nowadays, however, most firmware can be updated to give your hardware new features and capabilities.

Interactive digital camera

Explore all the digital camera features on this moveable camera.

17 Mar 2005 | What's a megapixel? What does a USB cable do? We take you through the basics with our interactive visual tool.

CHOICE Computer Magazine

Decode the techno-babble with CHOICE Computer, the magazine designed for beginner and intermediate computer users.

| Learn about CHOICE Computer, the only technology magazine designed for beginner and intermediate computer users.

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BDazzled Teeth Whitening System recall

The user may suffer irritation or inflammation to the gums.

18 Jan 2012 | Nouveau Smiles Pty Ltd is recalling BDazzled Teeth Whitening System due to an excessively high concentration of hydrogen peroxide in the product.

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Aldi all-in-one cooker recall

Aldi's Kuchef Thermo Cook recalled due to burns risk.

20 Jun 2014 | The Kuchef Thermo Cook, Aldi's private label all-in-one appliance, has been recalled following concerns it could eject burning hot food.

Stick blender reviews

We test 38 stick blenders in the CHOICE labs, including models from Bamix, Breville, Braun, Kenwood and Sunbeam.

10 Apr 2014 | Our home economist reviews 38 stick blenders, and finds safety is just as important as performance.

Iron reviews

Are you about to spend too much? Our testers have found buying the most expensive iron is not always a guarantee for wrinkle-free clothing.

5 Feb 2014 | Irons are a less expensive alternative to steam stations, and there are plenty to choose from at varying prices that will get the job done.

Steam station reviews

You don't have to spend big bucks to get a good steam station.

5 Feb 2014 | Steam stations generate a lot of steam so you can effortlessly iron out the wrinkles in your clothes.

Soup makers home test

CHOICE member Winsome Hall tests three soup makers.

21 Jun 2012 | Homemade soups are a winter favourite, and having a warm, quick and healthy meal on the table is always welcome.

Christmas gift guide

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.

16 Nov 2011 | From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

Telcos

Travellers switch off to avoid bill shock

One in two Aussie travellers choose to switch their phones off rather than risk a big bill.

16 Dec 2014 | Recent research shows that one in two Aussie travellers will either switch off or leave their phones at home when travelling overseas because of fears of high global roaming fees.

Aussies lose two digital music services in one week

Samsung and Telstra announce plans within a week of each other to pull the plug on Music Hub and BigPond Music by end of year.

27 Nov 2014 | Samsung has announced plans to shut down its Music Hub streaming service, and Telstra will close its downloadable music store, BigPond Music, at the end of 2014.

Telstra introduces real-time alerts for excess data usage

Telstra will be the first Australian telco to offer real-time data usage alerts

12 Nov 2014 | CHOICE welcomes Telstra’s move to provide real-time mobile data usage alerts to its customers.

Government introduces metadata retention bill

Data capture could also target piracy.

30 Oct 2014 | The federal government has introduced its controversial data retention bill into parliament that would compel internet service providers to retain a set of user metadata for two years.

Telstra promises to improve compliance with ACL

We swear we'll be good, Telstra tells ACCC.

22 Oct 2014 | Telstra promises to behave after potentially misleading consumers about their rights when they complained about faulty mobiles.

Telcos face class action over late payment fees

Specialist law firm to argue that penalty charges are illegal.

20 Aug 2014 | Telco customers set to benefit from class action against Telstra, Optus, Vodafone for charging late payment fees.

Curtain falls on Crazy Johns

Discount mobile retailer to be shut down in September.

10 Jul 2014 | It's the end of an era for mobile phone retailer Crazy John's as Vodafone announces closure in September 2014.

Mobile phone rights for consumers

Signing on the dotted line doesn't mean signing away your mobile phone rights. CHOICE outlines your top six rights.

7 Jul 2014 | Fighting with your telco? Find out what your rights are in relation to your mobile phone and contract.

Facebook, Vodafone and Optus go back up after outages

There were a number of outages across mobile and social media services yesterday.

20 Jun 2014 | What was going on yesterday? Facebook, Vodafone and Optus all experienced outages.

Telco complaints down but excess data charges an issue

Less complaints are being made about telcos overall, but excess data charges are emerging as an issue.

18 Jun 2014 | Being charged for excess data usage is emerging as an issue for consumers despite an overall drop in complaints about mobile service providers.

ACCC to intervene on SMS charges

The days of telcos gouging consumers for SMSes could be numbered.

17 Jun 2014 | The ACCC will regulate wholesale SMS pricing for the first time, potentially bringing the cost of text messages down.

Telcos tussle over data sharing lures

Telstra and Optus fight for customers with new plans that allow multiple mobile devices to share data on a single plan.

4 Jun 2014 | Telstra and Optus are playing tug of war over customers using new data sharing plans that allow customers to spread their data usage across multiple mobile devices.

Aussie iPhones held to ransom

Australian iPhone and iPad owners locked out of their devices.

28 May 2014 | iPhones and iPads across Australia have been targeted in an attack that locks the devices and demands money to release them. CHOICE explains the issue and how to fix it.

Telcos crunch consumers

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone come under ACCC scrutiny for signalling their intention to raise contract fees.

19 May 2014 | The ACCC is concerned about comments from the telco giants amid booming profits and increased consumer costs.

TPG fined for not giving access to Triple Zero

Customers denied 000 access after telco was unable to top up their accounts.

17 Apr 2014 | Some TPG customers didn't have access to 000 emergency numbers for six months.

Calls, text and data go unused

Half of mobile phone consumers aren’t using all of their included calls, text and data.

14 Mar 2014 | Research from ACCAN, CHOICE and the Consumer Action Law Centre shows Australians aren’t getting the most out of their mobile phone plans.

Beware new bill shock threat

Sweeping changes to Telstra mobile phone call charges could cost Aussies while overseas.

24 Feb 2014 | Changes to Telstra’s pricing mean consumers could be stung by unexpectedly high global roaming mobile phone charges.

ISP-satisfaction-survey-2013

Your internet provider scorecard revealed

6 Dec 2013 | How does your ISP stack up against the others? Almost 4000 CHOICE members rated their provider to give us a snapshot of the state of Australia's internet today.

Telco shared data plans

Sharing data could mean big savings for you and your family

8 Aug 2013 | We look at how shared data plans for mobile devices could save you money - and why Australian telcos aren't offering them.

Roaming rort

New rules to crack down on global roaming charges

3 Jul 2013 | The government has announced new rules to force telcos to alert consumers to global roaming charges.

Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?

4 Mar 2013 | We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.

Optus breaks customer contracts

Optus is playing fast and loose with customer contracts.

4 Dec 2012 | We've been hearing from Optus customers who aren’t impressed with the company’s latest trick of upping monthly rates in the middle of contracts.

How can ombudsman services help you?

Ombudsman services can't do everything, but they're getting better at what they can do.

28 Nov 2012 | Consumers have a lot to gain from understanding how ombudsman services operate and how the complaint process works.

Fair calls from mobiles

There's been some success but there's still a way to go with free or local rate calls.

18 Nov 2011 | A campaign being run by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) aims to have calls to 1800, 1300 and 13 numbers charged at a fair price from mobile phones.

Telecommunications

Travellers switch off to avoid bill shock

One in two Aussie travellers choose to switch their phones off rather than risk a big bill.

16 Dec 2014 | Recent research shows that one in two Aussie travellers will either switch off or leave their phones at home when travelling overseas because of fears of high global roaming fees.

Aussies lose two digital music services in one week

Samsung and Telstra announce plans within a week of each other to pull the plug on Music Hub and BigPond Music by end of year.

27 Nov 2014 | Samsung has announced plans to shut down its Music Hub streaming service, and Telstra will close its downloadable music store, BigPond Music, at the end of 2014.

Telstra introduces real-time alerts for excess data usage

Telstra will be the first Australian telco to offer real-time data usage alerts

12 Nov 2014 | CHOICE welcomes Telstra’s move to provide real-time mobile data usage alerts to its customers.

Mobile data charges jump in annual telco report card

Shrinking data limits and more mobile services to blame.

31 Oct 2014 | Complaints about excess data usage charges have jumped by a quarter and replaced mobile coverage as the top problem for telco customers, according to the industry ombudsman's annual report on consumer complaints.

Government introduces metadata retention bill

Data capture could also target piracy.

30 Oct 2014 | The federal government has introduced its controversial data retention bill into parliament that would compel internet service providers to retain a set of user metadata for two years.

Telstra promises to improve compliance with ACL

We swear we'll be good, Telstra tells ACCC.

22 Oct 2014 | Telstra promises to behave after potentially misleading consumers about their rights when they complained about faulty mobiles.

Telcos face class action over late payment fees

Specialist law firm to argue that penalty charges are illegal.

20 Aug 2014 | Telco customers set to benefit from class action against Telstra, Optus, Vodafone for charging late payment fees.

Mobile phone rights for consumers

Signing on the dotted line doesn't mean signing away your mobile phone rights. CHOICE outlines your top six rights.

7 Jul 2014 | Fighting with your telco? Find out what your rights are in relation to your mobile phone and contract.

Telco complaints down but excess data charges an issue

Less complaints are being made about telcos overall, but excess data charges are emerging as an issue.

18 Jun 2014 | Being charged for excess data usage is emerging as an issue for consumers despite an overall drop in complaints about mobile service providers.

ACCC to intervene on SMS charges

The days of telcos gouging consumers for SMSes could be numbered.

17 Jun 2014 | The ACCC will regulate wholesale SMS pricing for the first time, potentially bringing the cost of text messages down.

Emergency radio reviews

Battery-powered radios that charge using solar panels or by cranking a handle could keep you in touch when the mains power goes off.

10 Jun 2014 | CHOICE tests six radios designed with an emergency in mind. All can run on batteries or by cranking the handle. Five have a solar charger as well.

Everything you need to know about three strikes

The government has flagged new anti-piracy measures – but what will they mean for consumers?

29 May 2014 | CHOICE tells you what you need to know about anti-piracy measures coming to Australia.

Aussie iPhones held to ransom

Australian iPhone and iPad owners locked out of their devices.

28 May 2014 | iPhones and iPads across Australia have been targeted in an attack that locks the devices and demands money to release them. CHOICE explains the issue and how to fix it.

Telcos crunch consumers

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone come under ACCC scrutiny for signalling their intention to raise contract fees.

19 May 2014 | The ACCC is concerned about comments from the telco giants amid booming profits and increased consumer costs.

Optus misleads customers given right to cancel

An Optus ad earlier this year misled viewers by saying that there was minimal difference in coverage between Optus and Telstra

3 Apr 2014 | A misleading ad has given Optus customers the right to cancel their plans.

Panasonic KX-PRX150 hybrid phone review

Take calls at home and on the go with Panasonic's KX-PRX150 hybrid landline/smartphone.

27 Mar 2014 | Is Panasonic's KX-PRX150 hybrid landline / smartphone the perfect phone? CHOICE called in to find out.

Beware new bill shock threat

Sweeping changes to Telstra mobile phone call charges could cost Aussies while overseas.

24 Feb 2014 | Changes to Telstra’s pricing mean consumers could be stung by unexpectedly high global roaming mobile phone charges.

ISP-satisfaction-survey-2013

Your internet provider scorecard revealed

6 Dec 2013 | How does your ISP stack up against the others? Almost 4000 CHOICE members rated their provider to give us a snapshot of the state of Australia's internet today.

Web TV series

Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows

30 Aug 2013 | TV on the internet is gaining a new audience as viewers find new and unique shows for all types of interests.

Telco shared data plans

Sharing data could mean big savings for you and your family

8 Aug 2013 | We look at how shared data plans for mobile devices could save you money - and why Australian telcos aren't offering them.

TV on the net  

When it comes to watching popular TV shows via online streaming, we're missing out.

9 Jul 2013 | Australian viewers get a raw deal when it comes to streaming our favourite TV shows online. We pay more, yet content isn’t easily accessible or not available when we want.

Roaming rort

New rules to crack down on global roaming charges

3 Jul 2013 | The government has announced new rules to force telcos to alert consumers to global roaming charges.

Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?

4 Mar 2013 | We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.

Article

The Commonwealth rattles a sword at the telecom industry, but will any real enforcement ensue?

23 Aug 2012 | The announcement of possible regulatory intervention to prevent excessive international roaming charges is good news, but will the telecommunications world really change?

Mobile phone usage

We find out why excessive phone bills continue to top consumer-complaint lists in Australia.

16 Mar 2012 | Mobile service providers are supposed to be making bill shock a thing of the past, but weak regulatory intervention has allowed plenty of lingering aftershocks.

Fair calls from mobiles

There's been some success but there's still a way to go with free or local rate calls.

18 Nov 2011 | A campaign being run by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) aims to have calls to 1800, 1300 and 13 numbers charged at a fair price from mobile phones.

Telemarketing

Telemarketers and door-to-door sales

What can you do to discourage unwanted telephone and door-to-door sales?

9 May 2014 | What rights do you have when a telemarketer calls you and tries to sell you something you don't want, or a salesperson knocks on your door and tries the hard sell?

Televisions

Plasma and LCD TV reviews  

We put TVs of all types through their paces in our laboratories. You could even say we screen them thoroughly.

19 Dec 2014 | Which TV best suits your needs? Confused by LED, LCD or UHD? Our review will help you make the critical decisions.

How many Australians watch Netflix?

New research finds how many Australian households are really using international streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Vudu.

24 Nov 2014 | New research from CHOICE has found an increasing number of Australians are dodging online geoblocks and purchasing movies and TV shows directly from overseas.

Product reliability survey

Our 2014 report reveals how our members rate common technology product and appliance brands for reliability.

21 Feb 2014 | Use our brand reliability results to help guide your decision before buying. A bargain isn't a bargain if you're likely to pay a lot for repairs in the long term.

Universal Remote Control Reviews and Compare

A well-designed universal remote control can reduce stress. A poor one is sure to raise your blood pressure.

22 Jan 2014 | The idea behind a universal remote control is to allow you to reduce the number of remotes in your lounge room to one easy-to-use device.

LG OLED TV first look

20 Dec 2013 | OLED is the latest technology in televisions. CHOICE checks out the new-release OLED TV from LG.

Surround sound AV receiver reviews

A Surround sound AV receiver is your home theatre system's command centre.

27 Nov 2013 | We test 16 surround sound AV receivers, to find out which models have the best sound quality, and are the easiest to use.

A First look at the Sony 4K TV

CHOICE has a first look at the Sony 4K TV.

2 Sep 2013 | CHOICE has a first look at the Sony 4K TV.

Blu-ray player reviews

Our testing reveals whether 21 Blu-ray players live up to the hype.

26 Jun 2013 | Blu-ray players are the next step up from the DVD player, but how effective is the evolution?

Home theatre projectors

The best home theatre projectors can produce some very impressive images.

19 Mar 2013 | We've tested 10 home theatre projectors, ranging in price from $1799 to $3999, to reveal which have the best picture quality and are easiest to use.

CHOICE Guide to setting up your home entertainment system

Get the most out of your home entertainment system

12 Mar 2013 | This guide will take you through some of the more common traps that ensnare the unprepared, and help you get the most out of your home entertainment purchases.

CHOICE Guide to setting up your home

Taking out risk and guesswork when setting up your home

12 Mar 2013 | Congratulations! You’re moving into your first house. But now what? How do you begin to turn those empty rooms into your home?

LG 84 inch TV first look  

We review LG's largest TV.

19 Oct 2012 | This impressive TV will appeal to people who want a big screen with the potential to deliver very high definition images.

Optus loses TV recording court battle

Football codes and Telstra win appeal in TV recording court battle, Optus to appeal decision.

10 May 2012 | Optus announces its plan to appeal the Federal Court’s decision on the legality of its TV Now service.

2012 Apple TV first look

A quick review of Apple's updated set-top box

20 Mar 2012 | We get hands on with the new 1080p Apple TV, and check out some of its new features.

CeBIT 2012

We head to the world's largest digital and IT trade fair in Hannover.

12 Mar 2012 | We check out a couple of high-tech cars, another waterproof smartphone, and robots that perform some pretty unusual tasks.

127-132cm TV reviews  

CHOICE puts large HD plasma and LCD televisions to the test.

3 Feb 2012 | Not all big HD TVs are 1920 x 1080, but that doesn't mean you can't get a good picture on a slightly lower resolution.

102-107cm TV reviews  

Our updated report looks at the latest HD plasma and LCD televisions.

2 Feb 2012 | CHOICE puts the latest 102-107cm HD plasma and LCD televisions through their paces.

81cm LCD TV reviews  

Our update reviews the latest models and newest technology.

31 Jan 2012 | Get unbiased test results for the latest 81cm LCD televisions, priced from $497 to $1399.

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

We head to Las Vegas to check out some of the innovative products shaping consumer technology.

11 Jan 2012 | We take a look at some of the latest gadgets, gizmos and technologies at CES 2012.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

117cm TV reviews  

Don’t be swayed by the latest tech-speak when shopping for a new TV – just look at the picture.

31 Oct 2011 | CHOICE reviews the latest 117cm LCD and plasma TVs, priced $1199 to $3799.

FetchTV first look

CHOICE takes a look at an internet-based alternative to pay TV.

26 Oct 2011 | FetchTV provides another alternative to cable, with your Internet provider delivering a host of channels and rental movies to your television.

Netgear Push2TV first look

This media streaming device allows you to put small pictures on the big screen.

20 Oct 2011 | Streaming high definition video from your laptop to your TV has never been this easy.

Sony BRAVIA LCD TV recall

The television may ignite internally and emit smoke while in use.

14 Oct 2011 | Sony Australia Limited is recalling some BRAVIA LCD TVs sold nationally between July 2007 and December 2008.

HD set-top box reviews  

A high-definition set-top box is an inexpensive way to upgrade to digital TV.

13 Oct 2011 | We put 14 set-top boxes, priced from $80 to $150, through their paces, and find out which ones come out on top.

Bose Videowave

It's meant to be the 'best sounding TV' ever... but is the cost worth it?

8 Sep 2011 | The Bose Videowave is indeed a great sounding TV, but the price for good audio and an easy to use system should not be so prohibitive.

Web TV grows up

The age of streaming TV over the internet is here. How do you take advantage of it?

2 Aug 2011 | More and more TV content is becoming available over the internet, both via browsers and direct to your TV with new hardware.

Digital-TV-switchover

How do you know if your TV is digital or analogue?

10 May 2011 | The government has set aside funds to make sure pensioners don’t get cut off as the analogue TV signal is phased out, but how do you know what kind of set you have?

Keeping fit with consoles

Use the motion controller in the latest consoles to keep fit at home.

14 Apr 2011 | We asked 17 people to try out a selection of fitness, party games and multi-player titles on three consoles.

TV redemptions

CHOICE puts the redemption process to the test.

7 Apr 2011 | With so many hoops to jump through, are the free goodies offered by redemption promotions really worth it?

Energy efficient home guide

We look at energy savings everyone can make.

30 Mar 2011 | We've used our CHOICE testing to bring you a comprehensive list of energy-efficient products for your home.

Best TV brand 2011

Samsung awarded Best Television Brand in the 2011 CHOICE Awards.

28 Mar 2011 | CHOICE has tested over 70 TVs over the last 12 months. The results and CHOICE member feedback have determined the best performing TV brand.

TV LCD 94cm review and compare

A large-screen TV may look impressive, but it might not be ideal for your room.

15 Mar 2011 | The top peformers in this test deliver a quality picture - and prove that performance needn't come at a cost.

106cm TV reviews  

Large screen HD plasma and LCD televisions on test. Review and compare models to find the best TV.

1 Feb 2011 | We take the guesswork out of buying the major television brands by putting them through their paces in our specialised laboratories.

Digital TV  

What will it mean for you?

8 Oct 2010 | Your normal analogue TV will go blank if you haven’t invested in a set-top-box or digital ready TV by 2013. So, what is digital TV and why have it?

DVD and Blu-ray recorder reviews

You can record, store and playback your favourite TV shows and other video.

16 Aug 2010 | Blu-ray technology increases a DVD recorder's quality and capacity, but not necessarily its convenience.

HD Set top boxes with USB review and compare

These devices are a cheaper alternative to a digital video recorder – but you only get what you pay for.

22 Jun 2010 | These products may save you money, but you'll have to compromise on features and performance.

EPG review and compare

Electronic program guides (EPGs) are supposed to help Australians record their weekly TV fix, but how reliable are they?

2 May 2010 | CHOICE explains why electronic program guides fall short of the mark.

3D-TV-Heads-Up

CHOICE brings the new Samsung 3D TV into the lab for a quick once over.

24 Feb 2010 | CHOICE gives its preliminary verdict on the new Samsung 3D TV, ahead of our full test of 3D models.

Q-ACOUSTICS-Q-TV2 first look

If you're disappointed with the sound from your TV, this could be a neat solution.

1 Feb 2010 | This audio device attaches to the back of your TV and can fit 81cm-106cm screen sizes.

Sony PlayTV

This add-on device for PlayStation3 owners has its limitations.

3 Dec 2009 | The Sony PlayTV struggles to provide an effective two-in-one games console and personal video recorder machine.

Drowning in e-waste  

As digital TVs replace analog sets and more TVs end up in landfill, what can be done about recycling?

5 Aug 2009 | Approximately 1.5 million obsolete TV sets are sent to landfill each year and this number is to set to escalate as the digital network rolls out, according to Tipping Point: Australia’s E-waste Crisis, a report by the Total Environment Centre (TEC).

Wireless networking at home

Wireless networking allows you to access the web anywhere in the home.

7 May 2009 | CHOICE reveals the issues you need to consider before you incorporate Wi-Fi into your home networking environment.

66cm TVs review and compare  

These 66cm televisions were a little disappointing with poor sound and uninspiring pictures.

1 May 2009 | CHOICE takes the guesswork out of buying the major television brands by putting them through their paces in our specialised laboratories.

TV LCD 80cm reviews

We take the guesswork out of buying the major television brands by putting them through their paces.

26 Apr 2009 | CHOICE reveals which TVs have the best picture quality, have the best sound quality, are the easiest to use and use the least energy on standby.

Television gets energy label

More stars on your new TV mean greater efficiency.

1 Jan 2009 | The federal government mandated that all TVs must have energy ratings by April 2009 and any with a one-star rating or less will be banned from sale after October 2009.

HD set top boxes review and compare

High-definition set-top boxes on test – should you buy one?

1 Dec 2008 | High definition set-top boxes are designed to replace your existing television’s tuner.

Extended warranties

Are you being served or served up when offered an extended warranty?

12 Nov 2008 | To find out if people are being pressured by retailers into buying extended warranties, CHOICE and the NSW Office of Fair Trading conducted an online survey and shadow shop of electrical retailers.

Toppling televisions

Hospitals are reporting a significant number of injuries resulting from a TV falling onto a child.

7 Jul 2008 | Victims are particularly children under five, and the incidents include fatalities and some injuries requiring hospitalisation.

PVR twin tuners review and compare

They're still on their training wheels, but at around $1,000, you'd expect more.

29 Jan 2008 | A twin tuner HD personal video recorder can record shows on two different channels at the same time but which one should you buy?

Telstra

Next G mobile phone reviews  

We help you take the guesswork out of buying a next generation mobile phone.

17 Dec 2014 | CHOICE finds the best Next G phone for every user and budget.

Telstra in ACCC firing line - again

Telco contravenes consumer law for the second time this year.

16 Dec 2014 | Telstra caps off the year with a $102,000 fine from the ACCC for shonky iPhone 6 advertising.

Aussies lose two digital music services in one week

Samsung and Telstra announce plans within a week of each other to pull the plug on Music Hub and BigPond Music by end of year.

27 Nov 2014 | Samsung has announced plans to shut down its Music Hub streaming service, and Telstra will close its downloadable music store, BigPond Music, at the end of 2014.

Telstra introduces real-time alerts for excess data usage

Telstra will be the first Australian telco to offer real-time data usage alerts

12 Nov 2014 | CHOICE welcomes Telstra’s move to provide real-time mobile data usage alerts to its customers.

Mobile data charges jump in annual telco report card

Shrinking data limits and more mobile services to blame.

31 Oct 2014 | Complaints about excess data usage charges have jumped by a quarter and replaced mobile coverage as the top problem for telco customers, according to the industry ombudsman's annual report on consumer complaints.

Telstra promises to improve compliance with ACL

We swear we'll be good, Telstra tells ACCC.

22 Oct 2014 | Telstra promises to behave after potentially misleading consumers about their rights when they complained about faulty mobiles.

Mobile phone rights for consumers

Signing on the dotted line doesn't mean signing away your mobile phone rights. CHOICE outlines your top six rights.

7 Jul 2014 | Fighting with your telco? Find out what your rights are in relation to your mobile phone and contract.

Aussie iPhones held to ransom

Australian iPhone and iPad owners locked out of their devices.

28 May 2014 | iPhones and iPads across Australia have been targeted in an attack that locks the devices and demands money to release them. CHOICE explains the issue and how to fix it.

Telcos crunch consumers

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone come under ACCC scrutiny for signalling their intention to raise contract fees.

19 May 2014 | The ACCC is concerned about comments from the telco giants amid booming profits and increased consumer costs.

Cordless phone reviews

We test 21 cordless home phones plus one corded landline, priced from $55 to $399.

28 Apr 2014 | We review a range of cordless phones, with one corded landline in the mix, including models from Panasonic, Telstra, Uniden and more.

Optus misleads customers given right to cancel

An Optus ad earlier this year misled viewers by saying that there was minimal difference in coverage between Optus and Telstra

3 Apr 2014 | A misleading ad has given Optus customers the right to cancel their plans.

Panasonic KX-PRX150 hybrid phone review

Take calls at home and on the go with Panasonic's KX-PRX150 hybrid landline/smartphone.

27 Mar 2014 | Is Panasonic's KX-PRX150 hybrid landline / smartphone the perfect phone? CHOICE called in to find out.

Telco shared data plans

Sharing data could mean big savings for you and your family

8 Aug 2013 | We look at how shared data plans for mobile devices could save you money - and why Australian telcos aren't offering them.

National broadband network

Which NBN plan will result in consumers getting the best network?

12 Jul 2013 | The national broadband network is underway, but with an election looming and two competing plans, will consumers get the best network?

Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?

4 Mar 2013 | We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.

Telstra EasyTouch 4G first look

We review this Android smartphone with 4G network speed, designed for first-timers.

11 Jan 2013 | The Telstra EasyTouch 4G mobile is aimed at first-time smartphone users who also want fast online data performance.

Apple iPhone 5 heads up

We look at some of the features on offer and what you can expect to get once it arrives.

18 Sep 2012 | The iPhone 5 due is due for release next week, and we check out some of its new features.

Optus loses TV recording court battle

Football codes and Telstra win appeal in TV recording court battle, Optus to appeal decision.

10 May 2012 | Optus announces its plan to appeal the Federal Court’s decision on the legality of its TV Now service.

Mobile phone usage

We find out why excessive phone bills continue to top consumer-complaint lists in Australia.

16 Mar 2012 | Mobile service providers are supposed to be making bill shock a thing of the past, but weak regulatory intervention has allowed plenty of lingering aftershocks.

ISP satisfaction survey

CHOICE's latest survey reveals the ISPs worth celebrating.

27 Oct 2011 | The survey results show which internet sevice providers performed best, how satisfied users were with service, speed, costs and billing, and trends in our use of the internet.

Telstra USB 4G broadband modem

It's not the cheapest wireless broadband option, but its one of the fastest.

13 Oct 2011 | Telstra claims its new USB 4G modem is up to 10 times faster than other 3G wireless internet options.

Tents

Family sized tent reviews

We test 10 family-sized tents ranging from $141 to $700, including models from Coleman, Kathmandu and Caribee.

11 Jul 2014 | A good tent can make or break a camping trip. We test 10 family-sized (four-person) tents.

Small Tents review

We review 14 small tents, ranging in price from $110 to $500. Essential camping gear tested.

3 Sep 2013 | A light tent is essential camping gear if you're planning on hiking to a campsite. We test a range of lighter tents, including OzTrail, Macpac, Mountain Design and more.

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

Christmas gift guide

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.

16 Nov 2011 | From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

Eskies

Summer wouldn’t be summer without an esky, but are they all equally cool?

1 Dec 2009 | If you’re out and about and need a place to store cold food and drinks, an esky is essential. Our results showed dramatic differences in the nine models tested.

Tents buying guide

Camping can be a fun and low expense, but keep in mind your comfort when purchasing your tent.

24 Apr 2009 | Whether you are looking for a solo tent, a two-person or a palatial tent for family and friends, make sure you take into account your needs first.

Termites

Termites

Is your house being eaten by termites? Don’t get bitten twice.

30 Oct 2005 | Our special report brings you up to date with the current issues and practice in termite treatment and helps you protect yourself from ineffective, expensive or harmful treatment.

Thane

Steam mop reviews  

Steam mops are an effective way to clean your home and many people are opting for these over a mop and bucket.

16 Jan 2014 | Test results for 25 steam mops, including 12 newly tested models, priced from $49 to $349.

the-body-shop

The Body Shop secretly sells out on animal testing  

CHOICE uncovers the truth about the company's operations in China.

11 Mar 2014 | CHOICE has found The Body Shop products on sale in airports in China, where under Chinese law products can be pulled off the shelves for safety testing at any time, which can include testing on animals.

The-George-Institute

Daily intake percentage labels discredited  

A new report finds the front-of-pack labelling system is too confusing for consumers to understand.

28 Nov 2011 | Research has confirmed CHOICE's long-held belief that Percentage Daily Intake labels are confusing and based on inconsistent serving sizes.

Thermochef

All-in-one kitchen machines

Is it worth upgrading to the new Thermomix TM5?

22 Oct 2014 | We compare the Thermomix TM5 to its predecessor, the Thermomix TM31, and to the Bellini Intelli Kitchen Master and the ThermoChef Natura to see if it's worth the cash splash.

Aldi all-in-one cooker recall

Aldi's Kuchef Thermo Cook recalled due to burns risk.

20 Jun 2014 | The Kuchef Thermo Cook, Aldi's private label all-in-one appliance, has been recalled following concerns it could eject burning hot food.

Thermochef first look

How does the Thermochef stack up against its famous rival, the Thermomix?

25 Jan 2012 | The Thermochef performed well, but how does it stack up against its rival, the Thermomix?

thermometers

Digital baby thermometer reviews

A good thermometer is a must-have for any home with kids.

25 Jul 2012 | We review 10 digital probe thermometers that are suitable for babies and toddlers, as well as older children and adults.

thermomix

All-in-one kitchen machines

Is it worth upgrading to the new Thermomix TM5?

22 Oct 2014 | We compare the Thermomix TM5 to its predecessor, the Thermomix TM31, and to the Bellini Intelli Kitchen Master and the ThermoChef Natura to see if it's worth the cash splash.

Thermomix issues fix for faulty TM31s

TM31 fault may cause spills and burns without this fix.

2 Oct 2014 | Vorwerk will replace seals for all affected Thermomix TM31s soon, says Thermomix Australia.

Angry thermomix owners in a spin

Cult kitchen appliance criticised for secret launch of new model.

11 Sep 2014 | Thermomix customers frustrated by the unexpected release of a new model machine.

Thermomix review

This surprising benchtop appliance could make many of your kitchen essentials obsolete.

1 Sep 2014 | This 10-function cooking appliance is much praised for its versatility in the kitchen.

Aldi all-in-one cooker recall

Aldi's Kuchef Thermo Cook recalled due to burns risk.

20 Jun 2014 | The Kuchef Thermo Cook, Aldi's private label all-in-one appliance, has been recalled following concerns it could eject burning hot food.

Thomas Coopers

craft-beer

Lion, Foster’s, Coca-Cola, Woolworths and Coles are all muscling in on the craft beer business.

26 Jan 2014 | Large breweries and industry companies using a cottage industry image to take over the craft beer market in Australia.

Ticketek

Ticketek and Ticketmaster improve price disclosure around fees

Better disclosure of unavoidable fees when purchasing tickets online has finally arrived.

23 Oct 2014 | In a long-overdue win for consumers Ticketek and Ticketmaster have finally improved their pricing disclosure of unavoidable fees.

The problems with ticketing

No matter the event, you’ll likely be slugged a whole lot of extra charges for tickets.

28 Mar 2014 | We investigate the problems associated with buying tickets through agents, cinemas, and from scalpers.

NSW set to introduce anti-ticket scalping laws

CHOICE hopes the legislation achieves its objective without hampering consumers who have genuine reasons for on-selling their tickets.

25 Oct 2013 | New legislation proposed in NSW seeks to reduce ticket scalping, but CHOICE hopes it does not inadvertently prevent consumers from on-selling their tickets for legitimate reasons.

Ticketing hidden costs

No matter the event, you'll likely be slugged with extra charges for tickets.

1 May 2013 | Add-on charges for tickets vary from event to event and from one ticketing agency to another.

Shonkiest shonky - vote now!

The results are in! Which of the 8 CHOICE Shonky Award winners was voted the Shonkiest?

6 Nov 2012 | The results are in! The winner of the People’s Choice Shonkiest Shonky is Nature’s Way Kids Smart Natural Medicines, with 44% of the vote.

The 2012 Shonky Awards  

CHOICE's awards for the shonkiest products and shoddiest services are back.

30 Oct 2012 | Our annual Shonky awards recognise and reprimand misleading claims, false advertising, lack of transparency, faulty goods and/or poor service, awarding lemon gongs to the 'winners'.

Ticketmaster

Ticketek and Ticketmaster improve price disclosure around fees

Better disclosure of unavoidable fees when purchasing tickets online has finally arrived.

23 Oct 2014 | In a long-overdue win for consumers Ticketek and Ticketmaster have finally improved their pricing disclosure of unavoidable fees.

The problems with ticketing

No matter the event, you’ll likely be slugged a whole lot of extra charges for tickets.

28 Mar 2014 | We investigate the problems associated with buying tickets through agents, cinemas, and from scalpers.

NSW set to introduce anti-ticket scalping laws

CHOICE hopes the legislation achieves its objective without hampering consumers who have genuine reasons for on-selling their tickets.

25 Oct 2013 | New legislation proposed in NSW seeks to reduce ticket scalping, but CHOICE hopes it does not inadvertently prevent consumers from on-selling their tickets for legitimate reasons.

Ticketing hidden costs

No matter the event, you'll likely be slugged with extra charges for tickets.

1 May 2013 | Add-on charges for tickets vary from event to event and from one ticketing agency to another.

Shonkiest shonky - vote now!

The results are in! Which of the 8 CHOICE Shonky Award winners was voted the Shonkiest?

6 Nov 2012 | The results are in! The winner of the People’s Choice Shonkiest Shonky is Nature’s Way Kids Smart Natural Medicines, with 44% of the vote.

The 2012 Shonky Awards  

CHOICE's awards for the shonkiest products and shoddiest services are back.

30 Oct 2012 | Our annual Shonky awards recognise and reprimand misleading claims, false advertising, lack of transparency, faulty goods and/or poor service, awarding lemon gongs to the 'winners'.

Tickets

Ticketek and Ticketmaster improve price disclosure around fees

Better disclosure of unavoidable fees when purchasing tickets online has finally arrived.

23 Oct 2014 | In a long-overdue win for consumers Ticketek and Ticketmaster have finally improved their pricing disclosure of unavoidable fees.

ACCC looks at AFL variable pricing

Fans' Association angered by surprise changes to seat reservations.

23 May 2014 | The AFL Fans Association has lodged an ACCC complaint about the league's variable pricing regime.

The problems with ticketing

No matter the event, you’ll likely be slugged a whole lot of extra charges for tickets.

28 Mar 2014 | We investigate the problems associated with buying tickets through agents, cinemas, and from scalpers.

NSW set to introduce anti-ticket scalping laws

CHOICE hopes the legislation achieves its objective without hampering consumers who have genuine reasons for on-selling their tickets.

25 Oct 2013 | New legislation proposed in NSW seeks to reduce ticket scalping, but CHOICE hopes it does not inadvertently prevent consumers from on-selling their tickets for legitimate reasons.

Ticketing hidden costs

No matter the event, you'll likely be slugged with extra charges for tickets.

1 May 2013 | Add-on charges for tickets vary from event to event and from one ticketing agency to another.

The 2012 Shonky Awards  

CHOICE's awards for the shonkiest products and shoddiest services are back.

30 Oct 2012 | Our annual Shonky awards recognise and reprimand misleading claims, false advertising, lack of transparency, faulty goods and/or poor service, awarding lemon gongs to the 'winners'.

Qantas surcharge rip-off

CHOICE estimates Qantas collects at least $204 million in payment surcharges yearly.

18 May 2012 | We're concerned that the Qantas payment surcharge is being used to disguise the real cost of an airline ticket.

Tickets

The Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council reviews ticket onselling

1 Jul 2010 | Federal consumer affairs body looks into ticket onselling and scalping.

Tiffany

Hand mixer reviews

We test 26 hand mixers in the CHOICE labs, including models from Breville, KitchenAid, Sunbeam and more.

17 Apr 2014 | Fiona Mair, home economist from CHOICE's test kitchen has tested 26 hand mixers priced from $15 to $199.

Christmas gift guide

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.

16 Nov 2011 | From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

Tigerair

Excessive credit card surcharge update

CHOICE research reinforces the need for more to be done to lower excessive credit card surcharges.

31 Jan 2014 | The latest CHOICE research reveals that excessive credit card surcharging continues despite recent RBA changes designed to limit the practice.

Tiles

Timber and tile flooring buying guide

Choosing flooring is an important part of home building or renovation.

8 Nov 2004 | When you’re building or renovating, elegant flooring that’s also practical can add substantial value to your home, in addition to looking and feeling great.

Timber flooring

Sustainable Flooring

From recycled timber to bamboo, we reveal the most and least planet-friendly floors.

24 Jun 2010 | The increasing popularity of timber floors poses concerns about exactly how that timber is harvested.

Timber and tile flooring buying guide

Choosing flooring is an important part of home building or renovation.

8 Nov 2004 | When you’re building or renovating, elegant flooring that’s also practical can add substantial value to your home, in addition to looking and feeling great.

TIO

Premium SMS services targetting school kids

SMS service warning: is your kid's school being targeted by premium SMS marketers peddling teddy bear wristbands?

24 Feb 2014 | CHOICE tells parents to warn kids about premium SMS numbers, so you don't get stung with a huge mobile phone bill.

Global roaming SIMs

Don't get stung by bill shock when travelling overseas with your mobile phone.

18 Dec 2012 | Curb bill shock with a pre-paid roaming SIM and our useful tips for limiting phone calls and data usage while overseas.

Tivo

PVR reviews   

Take control of your TV viewing. Find the right PVR to suit you needs.

10 Jan 2014 | We review eight of the latest PVRs including models with DVD/Blu-ray drives, priced between $149 and $699.

Toasters

Toaster review

We’ve tested 42 two-slice and four-slice toasters, including models from Breville, Kambrook, Dualit and Cuisinart that are priced from $20 to $399.

21 Mar 2014 | We look past the smart styles and retro designs to reveal which toasters are best at actually making toast.

Breadmaker reviews

Breadmakers can save you money - plus, you know exactly what goes into your loaf.

30 Oct 2013 | We test nine breadmakers priced from $100-$350.

Jams vs fruit spreads review and compare

In the battle between jam and fruit spreads, CHOICE taste testers discover true value.

20 May 2009 | The term fruit spread sounds so much healthier than jam. The reality is while jam has its own food standard and strict definition, fruit spread doesn’t.

Two-slice toasters review

You can’t put a price on the smell of warm toast in the morning.

3 Mar 2008 | Like all modern household appliances, the pop-up toaster has evolved beyond its basic duties over time.

Breadmakers review and compare

If there’s no bakery nearby, why not make your own bread?

9 Jul 2007 | Whether you use a premix or create your bread from scratch, all breadmakers can make bread of many kinds, rolls, pizza dough, focaccia, yeast-free bread, cakes… even jam.

Bread and superbread

Can bread really make you brainier?

15 Sep 2006 | Claims that certain breads keep you regular, are good for your heart, or make your kids brainier are mainly marketing hype. The healthiest breads are those made from whole grains — plain old wholemeal and multigrain.

Four slice toaters review and compare

Will price guarantee a better toaster?

2 Mar 2006 | Today's toasters come in a range of colours and sizes to suit individual needs but how are they at toasting bread?

Butter and margarine review

We check out over 90 spreads and dairy blends, and pick the healthier options.

1 Jan 2005 | Margarine’s now a "spread" and butter can come from the fridge soft enough to spread on your toast. But which is the healthiest?

Toilet

Toilet paper greenwashing

We trawled the supermarket aisles and found 21 brands of toilet paper, then star-rated them according to their sustainability claims.

28 Sep 2010 | Toilet paper packaging sports a massive amount of greenwash, so which green claims are true?

Toilet paper user trial

Finding a toilet paper that does its job is no simple matter.

4 Sep 2008 | It’s easy to get lost in a sea of emotive images and tissue jargon in the supermarket aisle. We ask our dedicated Home Testers to get to the bottom of it.

Toilet paper

Toilet paper greenwashing

We trawled the supermarket aisles and found 21 brands of toilet paper, then star-rated them according to their sustainability claims.

28 Sep 2010 | Toilet paper packaging sports a massive amount of greenwash, so which green claims are true?

Toilet paper user trial

Finding a toilet paper that does its job is no simple matter.

4 Sep 2008 | It’s easy to get lost in a sea of emotive images and tissue jargon in the supermarket aisle. We ask our dedicated Home Testers to get to the bottom of it.

Toilet training

How to toilet train your toddler

Tips for when and how to potty train your toddler.

7 Jun 2011 | Toilet training your toddler can be a test for any parent's patience but staying calm will make the process easier for everyone.

Tommee Tippee

Baby monitor reviews

We've tested audio-only, video monitors and Wi-Fi monitors priced from $70 to $399.

6 Jun 2013 | Find out which monitors are best for sound and picture quality, with new models from Angel Care, Belkin, Oricom and iBaby among those tested.

Digital baby thermometer reviews

A good thermometer is a must-have for any home with kids.

25 Jul 2012 | We review 10 digital probe thermometers that are suitable for babies and toddlers, as well as older children and adults.

TomTom

Smartphone car GPS apps review

Which mobile GPS apps can you trust to get you from point A to point B?

19 Jun 2014 | We've tested 19 apps for iPhone, Android and Windows, priced from $0-70 to guide your decision.

Christmas gift guide for the traveller

We round up some of the best buys for your globetrotting friends.

16 Dec 2011 | We pick fun and handy products that will make great Christmas presents for anyone who loves to travel.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Christmas gift guide

We've trawled our test results to bring you a range of great gift ideas.

16 Nov 2011 | From digital cameras to kitchen gadgets, our gift ideas cater to all budgets.

Tools

Cordless drill reviews

We’ve tested 12 cordless drills priced from $78 to $249, including models from AEG, Bosch, Ryobi and Makita.

2 Jun 2014 | A cordless drill is a must-have tool for the dedicated DIYer, but which ones can handle the tough jobs?

Pressure cleaner reviews

These high-pressure water cleaners blast away grit and grime.

19 Feb 2014 | CHOICE reviews 30 pressure cleaners priced from $69 to $749 and finds that higher operating pressure really is the key to a good blaster.

Multi-function tools home test

CHOICE member Sean Wain puts four oscillating power tools to work to see which one makes the cut.

15 Jan 2014 | We recruited a serious DIY renovator, CHOICE member Sean Wain, to test four popular multi-function power tools for us.

Secateurs

Secateurs are an essential tool for most gardeners - but do you need to pay top dollar for them?

8 Aug 2013 | We test 13 bypass secateurs, priced from $4 to $66, for cutting performance and ease of use.

Consumer sharing

Swap, share and rent your way to a better future.

23 Apr 2013 | Consumer sharing is growing in popularity to meet today’s buyer demands. It’s energy efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective, and it’s now easier than ever.

Hitachi Inverter Welding Machine recall

If the product is not used according to instructions there is a risk of fire and burn injuries.

11 Jan 2012 | Lincoln Electric Company (Australia) Pty. Ltd is recalling Hitachi Inverter Welding Machines.

Ryobi 2400W Electric Impact Shredder recall

The motor cooling fan may disintegrate, possibly causing laceration or impact injuries to bystanders.

17 Nov 2011 | Techtronic Industries Australia Pty Ltd is recalling Ryobi 2400W Electric Impact Shredders due to a potential manufacturing defect.

Austech-Industries-Mechpro-MP2540-Air-Compressor-recall

A manufacturing defect may give rise to a short circuit in the motor, potentially causing it to overheat.

21 Sep 2011 | Due to overheating of various components in the motor, flammable components may combust, leading to other flammable components catching fire.

Welding-Industries-of-Australia-WIA-190-WELDMATIC-recall

Under certain circumstances, the metal case could become electrically live, posing a risk of electric shock.

14 Sep 2011 | Due to a manufacturing assembly process error, side ventilation louvres could pierce wires from the welding transformer.

Bosch Ciso cordless secateurs

The Bosch Ciso cordless secateurs offer powered pruning for the serious (or arthritic) gardener.

20 Jul 2011 | This product claims to make pruning an effortless task; we put it to the test.

Blower vacs review

These garden tools are quicker than using a rake or broom, but also noisier and dirtier.

17 Mar 2011 | We tested affordable petrol models as well as several corded electric models to see if they're a better option than the backyard broom.

Alligator lopper quick review

The Lopper chainsaw is now available in a cordless version. We tested it to see how it compares to the original

19 Mar 2009 | When CHOICE reviewed the corded Alligator Lopper we found it worked well and was easy to use but we had some reservations about safety.

HAAGA Outdoor sweeper review

A quiet and efficient outdoor sweeper - does it live up to expectations?

7 Oct 2008 | The HAAGA TopSweep55 is a manual outdoor sweeper which claims to work quickly, quietly and efficiently at picking up almost anything in its path: leaves, stones, paper, empty cans and fine dirt.

Small stepladders

Don’t risk your safety when washing the windows.

26 Feb 2008 | Only three out of 12 household stepladders passed all our safety tests so choose carefully.

Ladders review 2005

Are they all equal?

8 Jan 2005 | We put seven multipurpose ladders to the test as well as five stepladders to see if they'd pass a "walking" test.

Toothbrushes

Australian children's dental health a concern warn experts

Sugary food and drinks proving a disaster for Aussie children's teeth.

1 Aug 2014 | Parents aren't ensuring their children avoid cavities and tooth decay, the Australian Dental Association has found.

Electric toothbrush review

We tested 10 electric toothbrushes in the CHOICE labs including models from Oral-B, Colgate and Philips.

19 May 2014 | While a manual toothbrush can give you a good clean, an electric toothbrush can be a great alternative.

Toothpaste marketing

The toothpaste market is not as clean as you might think.

3 Jul 2012 | We've looked at 17 toothpastes, and spoken to dental experts to find out if there's any truth to the marketing claims.

Philips Airfloss first look

Flossing your teeth regularly is an important step in maintaining good oral health.

2 Jul 2012 | Philips have introduced the Sonicare AirFloss, designed to make flossing easier.

Dental decay

It’s not just sugary foods and drinks that are bad for your teeth, other nasties contribute to dental decay.

21 Jun 2010 | CHOICE tested 85 foods and drinks readily available in supermarkets and found that many promoted as healthy snacks are some of the worst offenders.

Dental shadow shop

Our investigation highlights the diagnostic minefield the average dental patient faces and the pluses of dental tourism.

23 Nov 2009 | Our undercover "patient" visited 14 Sydney dentists. Their wildly different verdicts on her teeth expose flaws in our dental system.

Is natural toothpaste worth the price tag

Read the fine print, and you’ll find some "natural" toothpastes may not be as pure as you think.

1 Aug 2009 | Many of the so-called “natural” brands aren’t so different from conventional toothpaste, yet they’re often far more expensive.

Dental care

Something's rotten in the state of Australia's health - our teeth.

12 Jun 2007 | Many people are avoiding preventative care and early treatment because they can’t afford dental care, resulting in more serious oral and general health problems — with more extreme treatment and higher costs later on.

Whitening toothpaste review and compare

Hoping for a DIY Hollywood smile? You might be disappointed.

1 Jan 2005 | Before you buy any whitening product, we’d recommend talking to your dentist about the particular type of stain that affects your teeth, to avoid wasting money.

toothpaste

Electric toothbrush review

We tested 10 electric toothbrushes in the CHOICE labs including models from Oral-B, Colgate and Philips.

19 May 2014 | While a manual toothbrush can give you a good clean, an electric toothbrush can be a great alternative.

Toothpaste marketing

The toothpaste market is not as clean as you might think.

3 Jul 2012 | We've looked at 17 toothpastes, and spoken to dental experts to find out if there's any truth to the marketing claims.

Topfield

PVR reviews   

Take control of your TV viewing. Find the right PVR to suit you needs.

10 Jan 2014 | We review eight of the latest PVRs including models with DVD/Blu-ray drives, priced between $149 and $699.

Top-loaders

OMO Pods first look

OMO says these liquid capsules contain its ‘most advanced liquid ever’ – but does it deliver?

6 Oct 2011 | CHOICE finds out whether these water soluble pods are any different to a standard liquid detergent.

Toro

Mulcher lawnmower reviews

Mulcher mowers can give you a greener lawn and greener environment, but catcher models are handy for collecting clippings for compost bins.

18 Nov 2014 | In our updated test of over 30 mulcher and catcher lawnmowers, we reveal which models keep your lawn looking its best.

Ride on mowers review

Tractor-type ride-on mowers reviewed, and a guide to finding the right ride-on for you.

18 Nov 2013 | Eight ride-on mowers tested, plus a buying guide for researching which mower you need and what to look for.

Toshiba

Plasma and LCD TV reviews  

We put TVs of all types through their paces in our laboratories. You could even say we screen them thoroughly.

19 Dec 2014 | Which TV best suits your needs? Confused by LED, LCD or UHD? Our review will help you make the critical decisions.

Tablet computer reviews  

Find the tablet computer that's right for you.

13 Nov 2014 | Tablets are taking over personal computing. We test more than 40 models you can buy in Australia.

Budget laptop reviews  

We test 14 low-cost laptops to see how much bang you get for very few bucks.

16 Oct 2014 | You don’t have to sacrifice speed when buying a cheap laptop. We test 14 low-cost laptops that provide a good combination of power and features at a reasonable price.

Internet smartcams review

We test 20 internet-enabled cameras that can keep an eye on home from anywhere.

4 Dec 2013 | We reveal our latest test results for smartcams, including new models from EDIMAX, D-Link, Swann and Uniden.

Camcorder reviews

The latest dedicated digital camcorders offer more features and greater control.

27 Sep 2013 | We review 21 of the latest high definition (HD) camcorders, including models from Sony, Canon, JVC, Panasonic and Samsung.

Blu-ray player reviews

Our testing reveals whether 21 Blu-ray players live up to the hype.

26 Jun 2013 | Blu-ray players are the next step up from the DVD player, but how effective is the evolution?

Technology reliability survey

Just how reliable are your tech devices?

13 Nov 2012 | The CHOICE technology reliability survey reports on what types of problems can go wrong with common computer devices.

127-132cm TV reviews  

CHOICE puts large HD plasma and LCD televisions to the test.

3 Feb 2012 | Not all big HD TVs are 1920 x 1080, but that doesn't mean you can't get a good picture on a slightly lower resolution.

102-107cm TV reviews  

Our updated report looks at the latest HD plasma and LCD televisions.

2 Feb 2012 | CHOICE puts the latest 102-107cm HD plasma and LCD televisions through their paces.

81cm LCD TV reviews  

Our update reviews the latest models and newest technology.

31 Jan 2012 | Get unbiased test results for the latest 81cm LCD televisions, priced from $497 to $1399.

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

We head to Las Vegas to check out some of the innovative products shaping consumer technology.

11 Jan 2012 | We take a look at some of the latest gadgets, gizmos and technologies at CES 2012.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

117cm TV reviews  

Don’t be swayed by the latest tech-speak when shopping for a new TV – just look at the picture.

31 Oct 2011 | CHOICE reviews the latest 117cm LCD and plasma TVs, priced $1199 to $3799.

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Amazon launches Fire Phone

New smartphone from online behemoth Amazon

19 Jun 2014 | US online retail giant Amazon has launched its Fire Phone today and is hoping to light up with smartphone market with new quick-access features and response technology.

Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?

4 Mar 2013 | We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.

Windows 8 preview

We take a look at the key features of the Windows 8 OS update.

26 Oct 2012 | This is the biggest change to the operating system in a very long time, and it’s certainly not going to be to everyone’s liking.

Asus Eee Pad Slider first look

Another tablet comes out from ASUS, this time with the keyboard attached.

23 May 2012 | If you’re keen on an Android tablet but can’t do without a physical keyboard all the time, the Asus Eee Pad Slider is for you.

New iPad for 2012 first look  

Our impressions of the third-generation iPad.

16 Mar 2012 | We take a hands-on look at Apple's latest iPad and find out how it compares to its predecessors.

Mobile World Congress 2012  

We check out some of the latest mobile and wireless technologies at the MWC in Barcelona.

2 Mar 2012 | On day four of the MWC we check out 4G technology, QR codes, and Windows' latest operating system for smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus First Look

A new smartphone Android operating system improves the overall experience.

3 Feb 2012 | The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is less about the phone and more about the latest Android OS it runs on – 4.0, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich.

Consumer Electronics Show 2012  

We head to Las Vegas to check out some of the innovative products shaping consumer technology.

11 Jan 2012 | We take a look at some of the latest gadgets, gizmos and technologies at CES 2012.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

Touchscreen mobile phone reviews

We found quality, features and performance differ enormously between models.

24 Feb 2011 | Our review of 18 touchscreen phones includes the Apple iPhone4 and HTC's Desire, Legend and Wildfire.

Toyota

Car security scores

Before you lock in your next car purchase, use these NRMA Insurance security scores to choose a more secure model.

16 Oct 2014 | We've teamed up with NRMA Insurance to present data on which vehicles from leading manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Audi, Hyundai and Holden, have better security.

Car tyres 205-55R16 reviews  

We review tyres suitable for some of the most popular car models in Australia, such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30.

6 May 2014 | 18 brands of 205/55R16 tyres are put through CHOICE's rigorous braking, cornering and rolling resistance tests. We'll tell you which sets to buy and which to avoid.

Small vehicle repair costs

The results of this low-speed crash test show there are vast differences in repair costs across the range of top selling small vehicles.

28 Nov 2012 | NRMA Insurance put the spotlight on nine top selling small vehicles in Australia to see how their bumpers performed when involved in a collision.

Toyota Prius V first look

The Prius V, a people-mover, joins the hybrid market.

7 Oct 2012 | Our tester and a CHOICE family take the new hybrid people-mover for a ride to see if it measures up.

Toyota Prius C first look

A new Prius has entered the hybrid market.

5 Jul 2012 | The latest Prius is designed for city travel and the base model is roughly half the price of the larger Prius i-tech.

Hybrid cars

Fed up with high petrol prices? A hybrid or electric car might be one answer.

27 Jun 2012 | We test-drove the fuel-efficient petrol, hybrid and electric models currently available in Australia and found there's a lot to like, plus some trade-offs.

Lexus and Toyota assorted models recall

The amount of adhesive agent applied between the outer ring and torsional rubber damper of the crankshaft pulley may be insufficient.

17 Nov 2011 | Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited is recalling Lexus and Toyota assorted models, sold between the 1st June 2004 and the 30th March 2005.

Car reliability survey

Our latest car reliability member survey gives the low down on breakdowns.

12 May 2011 | Advanced technologies used by car manufacturers aim to make your ride as smooth and safe as possible, how do they fare for reliability?

Toys

ACCC releases choking hazard detection tool

ACCC issues free safety tool to identify choking hazards for babies.

2 Jul 2014 | The ACCC has released a free safety tool to help parents determine choking hazards for babies and toddlers.

Trampoline reviews

Do nets and padding make modern trampolines any safer than the models of the past?

12 Dec 2012 | Trampolines are a fun way to exercise, however they can also be the cause of many injuries to children.

Toy safety reviews

We tested 23 toys against safety standards, and over half of them failed.

12 Nov 2012 | Australia now has a single regulatory product safety system covering all states and territories - but unsafe products, including toys, can still appear in stores.

Venom Island Hopper Plus R/C Plane recall

There is a risk that the lithium polymer battery can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

9 Jan 2012 | Venom Group International Pty Ltd is recalling Venom Island Hopper Plus R/C Planes due to a potential fire and burn hazard.

How to avoid unsafe toys

It's up to parents to act as the last line of defence against potentially dangerous playthings.

15 Nov 2011 | Dangerous toys are relatively rare, yet every year major products are still recalled for safety reasons.

Kaleidoscope Twirlla rattle recall

Kaleidoscope Australia Pty Ltd recalls Twirlla wooden rattle.

22 Aug 2011 | The Twirlla rattle does not comply with the mandatory standard for toys for children up to and including 36 months of age.

Puffer-urchin-ball-toy-recall

Cheap as Chips recall their novelty stretch puffer urchin ball toys due to the item length

17 Aug 2011 | The Cheap as Chips puffer urchin ball toys are banned under Consumer Protection because the cord can stretch to over the safe limit of 500mm in length.

Elka-Australia-Puffer-Ball-Toy-Recall

Elka recalls its rubber spiked puffer ball toys

13 Jul 2011 | The cords on Elka puffer balls have been found to be too long, which could cause choking. It is banned under Consumer Protection Notice 20 of 2011.

CHOICE's toy industry survey

Our survey that safety is only part of the complex issues we face when buying toys for our children.

6 Jun 2008 | CHOICE investigate how seriously corporate social responsibility is taken in the toy industry.

Toys R Us

Safety 1st complete healthcare kits recall

Urgent medical device recall. Thermometers included in the kits read in degrees fahrenheit instead of degrees celsius.

4 Jul 2011 | Product Distribution: supplied throughout Australia at Kmart, Target, Toys R Us and independent retail stores between April 2011 and June 2011.

Tractors

John-Deere-Limited-X300-X300R-X304-SELECT-SERIES-LAWN-TRACTORS-recall

The engine may overheat and in some instances, the surrounding plastic could melt creating the risk of fire.

21 Sep 2011 | The cooling fan installed on top of the front mounted Kawasaki engine in the lawn tractor can break, causing risk of fire.

Traffic light labelling

Increasing portion sizes

Food portion sizes are increasing, and so are our waistlines. We investigate the connection.

12 Sep 2012 | Supersizing – and increasing portion sizes in general – is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Front-of-pack food labelling talks begin

Governments and stakeholders turn attention to front-of-pack labelling design.

3 Apr 2012 | CHOICE has met with key industry groups, and government officials to discuss the development of a single front-of-pack food labelling system.

Healthy eating - theres an app for that

Scan your way to healthier food choices.

19 Jan 2012 | Consumers can now use their iPhones to scan food barcodes and instantly see traffic light information thanks to an app developed by The George Institute and BUPA.

Selective labelling

Nutrition claims on food labels often don't tell the full story.

15 Sep 2011 | Seductive labels on food that promise less saturated fat, no added sugar or a bumper amount of wholegrains often don't tell the whole nutritional story.

Sweet-snacks

Beware processed snacks that are loaded with sugar and bad fats.

25 Feb 2011 | We tell you which shelf-stable sweet snacks are worth throwing into your glove box or office drawer, and which should be avoided.

Traffic light labelling

New research shows traffic light labels help consumers make healthy choices.

19 Sep 2008 | A colour-coded traffic lights system, first developed by the UK Food Standards Agency, has been suggested as a more useful tool for helping consumers to make healthier food choices.

Trampolines

It can't hurt to play it safe

When marketers and well-meaning friends give advice on a product's safety, it's not always sound.

6 May 2013 | With so many products out there purporting to keep your baby happy and healthy, how do you know which ones will also keep them safe? CHOICE investigates.

Trampoline reviews

Do nets and padding make modern trampolines any safer than the models of the past?

12 Dec 2012 | Trampolines are a fun way to exercise, however they can also be the cause of many injuries to children.

Transaction accounts

Move-your-money

To celebrate World Consumer Rights Day, move your money from accounts that simply top up the profits of banks.

14 Mar 2011 | $153 billion worth of Australian money currently sits in everday transaction accounts that earn little or no interest.

Low-fee transaction account reviews

Say goodbye to bank fees by simply switching to a different transaction account.

12 Mar 2010 | Switching to a new transaction account with no monthly fees and low transaction costs may save you more than $200 per year. CHOICE selects the picks of the crop.

Transcend

Portable hard drive reviews  

We review and compare 13 portable hard drives from 1TB to 4TB capacity along with a 256GB SSD, including models from LaCie, Buffalo, Seagate and Thunderbolt.

4 Jun 2014 | Portable hard drives can carry all your data, but which one should you buy? We compare 13 portable hard drives from 1TB to 4TB capacity along with a 256GB SSD.

transport

Travelling with a disability

A guide to accessible tourism for people with disability.

13 Nov 2014 | The how-to of accessible travel, from boarding flights and hiring cars to booking hotel rooms and dealing with discrimination.

Opal card users get anonymous option - with a catch

Privacy concerns about Sydney's Opal card are finally being addressed, but issues remain.

1 Aug 2014 | Transport for NSW has announced Sydneysiders will finally be able to purchase anonymous Opal public transport cards, but only for a limited time and at selected locations.

Australia's inefficient road spending

A government-commissioned report says road agencies are gambling away taxpayer dollars.

30 Jul 2014 | A report commissioned by Infrastructure Australia lambasts monopoly road agencies for hideously inefficient road spending.

Uber ride-sharing service under investigation

The low-cost Uber 'ride share' service comes under criticism and closer scrutiny.

1 May 2014 | While consumers may be cheering for a cheaper alternative to taking a taxi, Uber's new ride sharing service could be short lived.

Consumer sharing

Swap, share and rent your way to a better future.

23 Apr 2013 | Consumer sharing is growing in popularity to meet today’s buyer demands. It’s energy efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective, and it’s now easier than ever.

Hyundai iMax first look

The Radosavics found the Hyundai iMax roomy and manageable over a trip to the Central Coast.

12 Nov 2012 | The Hyundai iMax is an eight-person carrier and one of the larger people-movers on the Australian market that we’ve looked at.

Steering clear of car repair scams

Not all motor vehicle repairers are doing the right thing.

14 Aug 2012 | Car repair shops are coming under greater scrutiny in NSW and WA, but consumer awareness is still the first line of defence.

Toyota Prius first look

The most recent model copies previous engine design and delivers just as good a fuel economy, but is it worth the expense?

18 Apr 2012 | CHOICE takes a look at the most recent Prius on the market, with the optional i-Tech add on.

Mazda 3 SKYACTIV first look

We take a look at Mazda's latest green car.

4 Apr 2012 | We've driven the Mazda 3 SKYACTIV for 3000km, to find out how it performs, how fuel efficient it is, and what makes it green.

Holden JG Cruze Series I Diesel

Potential manufacturing defect within fuel feed hose.

8 Dec 2011 | GM Holden Ltd is recalling Holden JG Cruze Series I (Diesel) vehicles due to a potential manufacturing defect within fuel feed hose.

Carry-on suitcase reviews

Onboard suitcases are convenient, but price isn't always an indicator of quality.

24 Oct 2011 | CHOICE tested 10 suitcases, which can be used as either check-in or carry-on luggage, and enlisted three cabin crew to put them through their paces.

Kawasaki-ZX1000KBF-and-ZX1000JBF-recall

An electrical fault could cause an accident in the Kawasaki models.

7 Sep 2011 | The main wiring harness of the Kawasaki models may rub against the rear of the frame, causing an electrical fault. The loss of ignition could cause the engine to stop running, creating the potenial for an accident.

Ducati Diavel Motorcycles recall

The motorcycle may fall and potentially cause injury

7 Sep 2011 | The side stand on the Ducati Diavel motorcycles may bend or break under heavy load while the bike is resting on it.

Jayco-Swan-Camper-Recall

A recall has been issued on the campers due to a potential electrical hazard.

7 Sep 2011 | The 240V wiring for the power inlet could be damaged by the roof winder cables over time. The defect could cause a short circuit or activation of the electrical safety switch.

Mercedes-Benz-Actros-trucks-recall

There is a possible oil leakage in vehicles produced between April 2007 and January 2010.

29 Aug 2011 | Mercedes-Benz recalls its Actros trucks as there is a possibility of oil contacting hot engine components, which in extreme cases may cause leaks.

Citreon-C3-vehicles-recall

The fixing bracket of the air unit on the engine may break under the effect of vibrations.

29 Aug 2011 | Citreon's C3 vehicles have been recalled due to the fact that the fixing bracket of the air unit on the engine may break under the effect of vibrations.

Kawasaki Motorcycle Recall

Kawasaki recalls a range of its motorcycle models

22 Aug 2011 | A damaged tube will cause air to escape from a range of Kawasaki motorcycles, resulting in a flat tyre, which may create potential for an accident.

transport-for-nsw

Opal card users get anonymous option - with a catch

Privacy concerns about Sydney's Opal card are finally being addressed, but issues remain.

1 Aug 2014 | Transport for NSW has announced Sydneysiders will finally be able to purchase anonymous Opal public transport cards, but only for a limited time and at selected locations.

Australia's inefficient road spending

A government-commissioned report says road agencies are gambling away taxpayer dollars.

30 Jul 2014 | A report commissioned by Infrastructure Australia lambasts monopoly road agencies for hideously inefficient road spending.

Travel

Travellers switch off to avoid bill shock

One in two Aussie travellers choose to switch their phones off rather than risk a big bill.

16 Dec 2014 | Recent research shows that one in two Aussie travellers will either switch off or leave their phones at home when travelling overseas because of fears of high global roaming fees.

Travel insurance alcohol exclusions

Does travel insurance cover you if you've had a drink?

9 Dec 2014 | We might enjoy relaxing with a drink on holidays but most travel insurance policies say they won't pay if you're under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Are there ever any exceptions?

Chargeback rights

CHOICE investigates how to claw back your hard-earned holiday money if your travel agent goes bust.

26 Nov 2014 | Travel agent gone broke? How to reclaim a credit card payment before it's too late.

Whats your holiday horror story?

CHOICE launches campaign for a consumer-friendly travel market.

24 Nov 2014 | If holiday horrors have ever plagued your vacation we want to hear about it! Help our campaign by sharing your story.

ATAS-accredited travel agents

Is a travel agent accredited with the new voluntary travel accreditation scheme a better bet?

24 Nov 2014 | A new voluntary accreditation scheme is seeking to provide assurance for consumers after the abolition of the Travel Compensation Fund.

Holiday accommodation and your rights

What rights do you have under Australian Consumer Law if there's a problem with your holiday accommodation?

17 Nov 2014 | Had trouble with your holiday accommodation? Our troubleshooting guide can help.

Travelling with a disability

A guide to accessible tourism for people with disability.

13 Nov 2014 | The how-to of accessible travel, from boarding flights and hiring cars to booking hotel rooms and dealing with discrimination.

Travel insurance review

How do you get the right travel insurance without having to book a second holiday to get over the headache of buying travel insurance for the first one?

12 Nov 2014 | We compare over 80 travel insurance policies from 30 insurers offering cover for backpackers, singles, couples, families and seniors. Check our recommendations to find the best travel insurance policy for you.

Travel insurance buying guide

How are you meant to decode all the info on just one insurance policy, let alone work out which of the dozens available is the best one for you?

23 Oct 2014 | Not all travel insurance policies are created equal, but CHOICE can help you find the right policy.

Cosmetic surgery tourism

Do the risks of a 'nip and tuck holiday' outweigh the savings?

1 Oct 2014 | Should you go offshore to save some bucks on your cosmetic procedure, or are there too many risks?

Governments launch advertising blitz on travel industry changes

The ‘Pack Some Peace of Mind’ advertising campaign has hit the airwaves – but what is it all about?

25 Aug 2014 | Government ad campaign aims to inform consumers about travel industry deregulation.

CHOICE will establish consumer voice in travel industry

New travel hub project to provide information and advocacy for Australian travellers.

5 Aug 2014 | CHOICE is kicking off a major project for travel consumers, following industry deregulation.

Changes to the travel industry - FAQs

What is happening and what do you need to know?

1 Jul 2014 | Major changes have come to the travel industry - but what do they mean for consumers?

travel-tips

Don't count on travel insurance to cover you if an airline or travel agent goes broke and takes your money with them.

1 Jul 2014 | Save money on travel insurance and avoid the pitfalls with our general travel tips and travel insurance advice.

Taxi alternatives & apps

New booking apps such as Uber, goCatch and Ingogo are changing the Australian taxi landscape. CHOICE logs on to see how they compare.

20 Jun 2014 | CHOICE gives you the lowdown on the fastest-growing taxi apps before you tap the 'book' button.

Smartphone car GPS apps review

Which mobile GPS apps can you trust to get you from point A to point B?

19 Jun 2014 | We've tested 19 apps for iPhone, Android and Windows, priced from $0-70 to guide your decision.

Dream destinations are different to travel reality

Where we dream of holidaying isn't necessarily where we end up.

16 Jun 2014 | Roy Morgan research reveals that where Australians would like to holiday isn't necessarily where we end up.

Qantas chief predicts cutbacks in discount airlines

Will average airfares rise as local market reaches capacity?

4 Jun 2014 | Qantas chief Alan Joyce predicts discount airfare cutbacks at International Air Transport Association annual meeting.

Cheap flights and variable pricing

Why are cheap flights and other airfares on airline websites so fleeting?

2 Jun 2014 | CHOICE investigates variable pricing and cheap flights on Qantas, Virgin and other airline and booking agent websites.

Car roof box reviews

Travel first class with your own overhead luggage compartment for your car.

15 May 2014 | A car can get really cramped when it’s loaded up for a family road trip. A car roof box may be just the ticket for reclaiming some space and comfort.

Headphones review

13 sets of headphones were tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Beats by Dre, Bose, Sennheiser and more.

8 May 2014 | We review 13 headphones, including Beats by Dre, Bose and Sennheiser, to find the ones with the best sound quality to help you choose the best headphones at the right price.

Frequent Flyer failure

Unless you fly often, frequent flyer points won’t get you very far.

20 Mar 2014 | Scoring an airline ticket or an upgrade can be a tall order if you’re relying on Frequent Flyer rewards.

Volunteer abroad

Volunteering overseas sounds like a great way to do some good and have a holiday. But who really stands to profit?

14 Mar 2014 | Who really profits when you volunteer overseas?

Online dating

Our investigation shows paid and free online dating sites including RSVP, eHarmony and Oasis Active may use members' private information and photos in advertising.

27 Feb 2014 | Are paid online dating sites eHarmony and RSVP and free online dating sites Oasis Active and OkCupid worth the money and time?

Online dating

Our investigation shows paid and free online dating sites including RSVP, eHarmony and Oasis Active may use members' private information and photos in advertising.

27 Feb 2014 | Are paid online dating sites eHarmony and RSVP and free online dating sites Oasis Active and OkCupid worth the money and time?

Online dating

Our investigation shows paid and free online dating sites including RSVP, eHarmony and Oasis Active may use members' private information and photos in advertising.

27 Feb 2014 | Are paid online dating sites eHarmony and RSVP and free online dating sites Oasis Active and OkCupid worth the money and time?

Top-travel-tips

It’s high season for travel, so make sure you get your dream holiday with our tips.

31 Dec 2013 | It’s high season for travel, and a good time to refresh your travel knowledge. CHOICE offers a few choice tips.

Travel health guide

Don't let an avoidable illness ruin your long-planned holiday

18 Dec 2013 | The last thing you need to worry about on a trip is illness. Here's how to keep safe and healthy while you're travelling.

Esky or cooler reviews

Eskies, coolers or chilly bins - these picnic favourites are known by many names around Australia. We test nine of them.

6 Dec 2013 | Eskies, ice boxes, coolers or chilly bins - these camping favourites are known by many names around Australia. We put nine on test, finding how long it takes for the packed ice to melt.

Proposal for a new consumer travel advocate

CHOICE has submitted a proposal to fund consumer advocacy in the travel market

14 Nov 2013 | CHOICE is seeking funding to create a Consumer Travel Hub to significantly improve the experience of Australian consumers in the travel market.

Hotel review sites

Think twice and double-check before trusting a user-generated review.

4 Nov 2013 | User-generated review sites like Trip Advisor still have a long way to go in ensuring the reliability of their reviews.

Duty free shopping

Why you should just keep on walkin'.

11 Sep 2013 | Deals in airport duty-free shops may not be the best offer in town.

Car insurance fact sheet

Tips on how to find the right car insurance.

20 May 2013 | Even if you drive a bomb you don’t think is worth insuring you’re still wise to take out some form of insurance.

Small travel cots review

We reveal which of these lightweight travel cots, priced between $80 and $396, are the safest for your baby.

13 May 2013 | We review four portable travel cots from brands including Baby Bjorn, Childcare, Goldbug and Phil & Teds.

Top travelling tips for summer

If you're planning a holiday this summer, check out our checklist for a smooth break.

3 Jan 2013 | CHOICE puts together ten top tips to help you have a safe and happy holiday this season.

Consumers left high and dry by travel agent clauses

CHOICE asks the ACCC in investigate Flight Centre

21 Dec 2012 | After a tip-off from a member, CHOICE requests that the ACCC investigate Flight Centre for potentially misleading conduct.

MP3 and MP4 player reviews  

We compare two popular smartphones with the latest in media players.

15 Nov 2012 | See how the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy III compare with the latest MP3 and MP4 players.

Private car park fines

Have private car parks shifted their focus from collecting fees to handing out dodgy fines?

2 Oct 2012 | Some private car park operators have been slapping motorists with bogus “fines” and threatening legal action if they don’t pay up.

Hotel clubs and reward programs

Do hotel reward programs really stack up in your favour?

4 Sep 2012 | We've looked into hotel club memberships, comparing the loyalty programs of a few major players, to see how much bang for your buck you really get.

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The Commonwealth rattles a sword at the telecom industry, but will any real enforcement ensue?

23 Aug 2012 | The announcement of possible regulatory intervention to prevent excessive international roaming charges is good news, but will the telecommunications world really change?

Foreign transaction fees

Foreign exchange is rarely a straightforward transaction.

10 Jul 2012 | Exchange rates say Aussies should be picking up a nice little bonus on overseas transactions this year. Research by a savvy CHOICE member says otherwise.

Hybrid cars

Fed up with high petrol prices? A hybrid or electric car might be one answer.

27 Jun 2012 | We test-drove the fuel-efficient petrol, hybrid and electric models currently available in Australia and found there's a lot to like, plus some trade-offs.

Toyota Prius first look

The most recent model copies previous engine design and delivers just as good a fuel economy, but is it worth the expense?

18 Apr 2012 | CHOICE takes a look at the most recent Prius on the market, with the optional i-Tech add on.

Travel money card comparisons

Avoiding fees is the first order of business when it comes to pre-paid travel money cards.

27 Mar 2012 | The travel card market has expanded in the last couple of years, with a range of new products released to the market, but the fees can still pack a sting.

Air Australia goes bust

Stranded ticketholders highlight need for new protections.

17 Feb 2012 | We're calling for a built-in passenger safety net in the airlines industry and a travel industry ombudsman to make sure it works.

Credit card travel insurance reviews

Can you trust the complimentary travel insurance that comes with your credit card? We decipher the small print.

13 Dec 2011 | Many gold and platinum credit cards offer travel insurance, but the cover can vary.

Carry-on suitcase reviews

Onboard suitcases are convenient, but price isn't always an indicator of quality.

24 Oct 2011 | CHOICE tested 10 suitcases, which can be used as either check-in or carry-on luggage, and enlisted three cabin crew to put them through their paces.

Jayco-Swan-Camper-Recall

A recall has been issued on the campers due to a potential electrical hazard.

7 Sep 2011 | The 240V wiring for the power inlet could be damaged by the roof winder cables over time. The defect could cause a short circuit or activation of the electrical safety switch.

Mercedes-Benz-Actros-trucks-recall

There is a possible oil leakage in vehicles produced between April 2007 and January 2010.

29 Aug 2011 | Mercedes-Benz recalls its Actros trucks as there is a possibility of oil contacting hot engine components, which in extreme cases may cause leaks.

Citreon-C3-vehicles-recall

The fixing bracket of the air unit on the engine may break under the effect of vibrations.

29 Aug 2011 | Citreon's C3 vehicles have been recalled due to the fact that the fixing bracket of the air unit on the engine may break under the effect of vibrations.

Flight comparison websites

Don't assume you'll always find the cheapest flights on the most well-known sites.

9 Aug 2011 | We surfed more than a dozen Australian flight comparison websites and found savings of up to $369 for flights leaving to and from the same destination on the same dates.

Your rights in flight

Delays due to natural causes, lost baggage or poor cabin service can ruin your travel plans.

21 Jun 2011 | Most airlines do everything they can to limit their liability for any losses you encounter as a result of delays or cancellations. In some cases we think their terms and conditions wouldn’t hold up if challenged.

Suitcase safety

We look at some suitcase safety measures that may protect your belongings at home and abroad.

28 Apr 2011 | Locks, straps, cable ties or shrink wrap? CHOICE runs through the options.

Travel Rewards Credit Cards

CHOICE identifies the cards that offer the best value for your spending levels.

6 Oct 2010 | Choose the wrong card and any potential reward can be quickly wiped out in expenses.

Handheld GPS units buying guide

A handheld GPS makes it easier to find your way in the wilds of city or bush, but don't rely on it alone.

1 Jul 2010 | If you know the co-ordinates of a destination, anywhere in the world, a handheld GPS will show you how to get there on foot.

Domestic airline satisfaction survey 2010

Before booking your next interstate trip, read how 11,000 CHOICE members rate domestic airlines for price and quality of service.

23 Apr 2010 | Once again, we found that members will sacrifice a lot for a bargain flight.

Airline satisfaction survey

See which airlines our members rate the best and worst.

14 Mar 2010 | CHOICE’s recent survey of nearly 9000 respondents who had flown in the past three years. We give you the top reasons for selecting an airline.

Travel money cards

It's a safer bet than carrying cash or a bank card when you travel overseas, but will these cards save you money?

21 Dec 2009 | We expose the hidden costs.

Travel tripods review

These travel tripods are small and light but not so stable.

1 Aug 2009 | There's nothing quite so disappointing as getting back your travel photos only to find they're all blurred.

Tents buying guide

Camping can be a fun and low expense, but keep in mind your comfort when purchasing your tent.

24 Apr 2009 | Whether you are looking for a solo tent, a two-person or a palatial tent for family and friends, make sure you take into account your needs first.

Travel money buying guide

Keep currency costs to a minimum on your next overseas trip.

23 Apr 2009 | CHOICE recommends you take a mix of cash and cards to cover expenses and provide a back-up plan. We tell you which companies provide the best products and rates.

Airline satisfaction surveys

Results for our international and domestic airline satisfaction surveys.

22 Apr 2009 | CHOICE’s recent survey of nearly 3500 respondents indicates that convenient flight schedules, a good standard of service and value for money are the top reasons for selecting an airline.

Handheld GPS reviews

Finding your way in the world can cost the earth with some of these handheld GPS.

6 Apr 2009 | An 'adventure' handheld GPS can reveal your position if you're lost, or record every step you take so you can find your way back.

Portable fridge buying guide

You need to know your stuff when choosing a portable fridge.

20 Mar 2009 | There are three types of portable fridge to choose from with big differences between them.

GPS car navigation review and compare

GPS test results for both city and country driving.

1 Mar 2009 | CHOICE took 17 car GPS units to the streets, including our first ever ALDI model, and found that while most performed well, following their directions unequivocally isn't recommended.

GPS trackstick review

What alternative GPS options are available?

16 Dec 2008 | Car GPS devices are becoming increasingly common. But what alternative are there if you do not own a car or don’t wish to carry a handheld unit?

House minding agencies

Guide to leaving your home in the hands of a housesitter.

1 Jul 2008 | Ever had that sinking feeling as you leave home to head off on holiday? Will the house be secure? Will the garden survive? Will the pets be safe and will your neighbour remember to feed them?

Noise cancelling headphones

What price should you pay and will they cut the racket?

26 May 2008 | The best performing models make you wonder how you ever coped without them.

Travel insurance buying guide

Are you paying too much to insure your holidays? Here's how to find a good deal on travel insurance.

1 May 2008 | This article helps you decide on insurance for international travel, tells you about cover and exclusions and gives tips about how you can save money.

Renting a car

Car rental contracts operate in favour of the rental companies, but you can reduce your risks.

21 Apr 2008 | Renting a car at your destination offers the flexibility to make the most of a holiday but nearly everyone knows of someone who's been ripped off.

Mini folding bike quick review

This A-bike may have a clever design, but our testers considered it a B-grade ride.

2 Jan 2008 | At first glance, this mini aluminium folding bike seems like a great alternative to a scooter

Folding bike reviews  

Cycling is a great way to save time, save money and get a bit of exercise. But are folding bikes up to the challenge?

11 Dec 2007 | CHOICE tested seven folding bikes with a range of designs and prices, to see what sort of quality and ride you get.

Portable cots review and compare

Of the 10 portable cots we tested, only three passed all our safety tests.

25 Oct 2007 | How can you tell which portable cots are safest? What features should you look for? Are accessories like change tables useful, or a potential hazard? We can help you make the right choice.

First aid kits review and compare

Many of the first aid kits we tested could leave you ill-prepared when an accident strikes.

29 Sep 2007 | Nine of the 22 kits tested provide insufficient equipment to cope with five common household emergencies.

First aid kits buying guide

What items do you need in a general purpose first aid kit?

12 Sep 2007 | With these contents in your "general purpose" first aid kit, you should be equipped for a range of emergency situations.

Carbon offsets for flights

Can you pay extra to make your air travel carbon neutral?

21 Jun 2007 | One long haul flight could cause the same or more greenhouse gas emissions per person than a whole year’s electricity use in your home.

The foreign currency gouge

For years some major credit card companies failed to adequately disclose the fees for overseas transactions.

30 Apr 2007 | Our investigation shows many consumers were charged more for overseas transactions than the fees disclosed on their statements suggested.

Duty-free is it worth it?

As much a holiday tradition as cocktails by the pool, does duty-free still offer good value?

23 Aug 2005 | Duty-free shopping was one of the perks of travelling overseas. The introduction of GST saw a whole raft taxes phased out, so is still good value?

Travelex

Top travelling tips for summer

If you're planning a holiday this summer, check out our checklist for a smooth break.

3 Jan 2013 | CHOICE puts together ten top tips to help you have a safe and happy holiday this season.

Travel money card comparisons

Avoiding fees is the first order of business when it comes to pre-paid travel money cards.

27 Mar 2012 | The travel card market has expanded in the last couple of years, with a range of new products released to the market, but the fees can still pack a sting.

Travel health guide

Cosmetic surgery tourism

Do the risks of a 'nip and tuck holiday' outweigh the savings?

1 Oct 2014 | Should you go offshore to save some bucks on your cosmetic procedure, or are there too many risks?

Dream destinations are different to travel reality

Where we dream of holidaying isn't necessarily where we end up.

16 Jun 2014 | Roy Morgan research reveals that where Australians would like to holiday isn't necessarily where we end up.

Travel health guide

Don't let an avoidable illness ruin your long-planned holiday

18 Dec 2013 | The last thing you need to worry about on a trip is illness. Here's how to keep safe and healthy while you're travelling.

The rise of dental tourism

CHOICE investigates why some consumers are going overseas to save money on their dental treatment.

21 Nov 2011 | Australian consumers are increasingly looking to overseas dental treatment in order to save money on their dental bills.

Travel vaccinations

Avoid paying for vaccinations you don't need.

13 Apr 2011 | If you're travelling off the beaten track, you need the right advice on travel vaccinations.

Travel insurance buying guide

Are you paying too much to insure your holidays? Here's how to find a good deal on travel insurance.

1 May 2008 | This article helps you decide on insurance for international travel, tells you about cover and exclusions and gives tips about how you can save money.

Travel insurance

Chargeback rights

CHOICE investigates how to claw back your hard-earned holiday money if your travel agent goes bust.

26 Nov 2014 | Travel agent gone broke? How to reclaim a credit card payment before it's too late.

ATAS-accredited travel agents

Is a travel agent accredited with the new voluntary travel accreditation scheme a better bet?

24 Nov 2014 | A new voluntary accreditation scheme is seeking to provide assurance for consumers after the abolition of the Travel Compensation Fund.

Travelling with a disability

A guide to accessible tourism for people with disability.

13 Nov 2014 | The how-to of accessible travel, from boarding flights and hiring cars to booking hotel rooms and dealing with discrimination.

Travel insurance review

How do you get the right travel insurance without having to book a second holiday to get over the headache of buying travel insurance for the first one?

12 Nov 2014 | We compare over 80 travel insurance policies from 30 insurers offering cover for backpackers, singles, couples, families and seniors. Check our recommendations to find the best travel insurance policy for you.

Travel insurance buying guide

How are you meant to decode all the info on just one insurance policy, let alone work out which of the dozens available is the best one for you?

23 Oct 2014 | Not all travel insurance policies are created equal, but CHOICE can help you find the right policy.

Cosmetic surgery tourism

Do the risks of a 'nip and tuck holiday' outweigh the savings?

1 Oct 2014 | Should you go offshore to save some bucks on your cosmetic procedure, or are there too many risks?

Governments launch advertising blitz on travel industry changes

The ‘Pack Some Peace of Mind’ advertising campaign has hit the airwaves – but what is it all about?

25 Aug 2014 | Government ad campaign aims to inform consumers about travel industry deregulation.

CHOICE will establish consumer voice in travel industry

New travel hub project to provide information and advocacy for Australian travellers.

5 Aug 2014 | CHOICE is kicking off a major project for travel consumers, following industry deregulation.

travel-tips

Don't count on travel insurance to cover you if an airline or travel agent goes broke and takes your money with them.

1 Jul 2014 | Save money on travel insurance and avoid the pitfalls with our general travel tips and travel insurance advice.

Dream destinations are different to travel reality

Where we dream of holidaying isn't necessarily where we end up.

16 Jun 2014 | Roy Morgan research reveals that where Australians would like to holiday isn't necessarily where we end up.

Top-travel-tips

It’s high season for travel, so make sure you get your dream holiday with our tips.

31 Dec 2013 | It’s high season for travel, and a good time to refresh your travel knowledge. CHOICE offers a few choice tips.

Top travelling tips for summer

If you're planning a holiday this summer, check out our checklist for a smooth break.

3 Jan 2013 | CHOICE puts together ten top tips to help you have a safe and happy holiday this season.

Air Australia goes bust

Stranded ticketholders highlight need for new protections.

17 Feb 2012 | We're calling for a built-in passenger safety net in the airlines industry and a travel industry ombudsman to make sure it works.

Credit card travel insurance reviews

Can you trust the complimentary travel insurance that comes with your credit card? We decipher the small print.

13 Dec 2011 | Many gold and platinum credit cards offer travel insurance, but the cover can vary.

The rise of dental tourism

CHOICE investigates why some consumers are going overseas to save money on their dental treatment.

21 Nov 2011 | Australian consumers are increasingly looking to overseas dental treatment in order to save money on their dental bills.

Suitcase safety

We look at some suitcase safety measures that may protect your belongings at home and abroad.

28 Apr 2011 | Locks, straps, cable ties or shrink wrap? CHOICE runs through the options.

Travel insurance buying guide

Are you paying too much to insure your holidays? Here's how to find a good deal on travel insurance.

1 May 2008 | This article helps you decide on insurance for international travel, tells you about cover and exclusions and gives tips about how you can save money.

Renting a car

Car rental contracts operate in favour of the rental companies, but you can reduce your risks.

21 Apr 2008 | Renting a car at your destination offers the flexibility to make the most of a holiday but nearly everyone knows of someone who's been ripped off.

First aid kits buying guide

What items do you need in a general purpose first aid kit?

12 Sep 2007 | With these contents in your "general purpose" first aid kit, you should be equipped for a range of emergency situations.

Travel money cards

Airline travel money cards

Our latest analysis of fees, features and exchange rates.

12 Dec 2014 | There is no single best travel money card out there, but some will suit your travel plans better than others.

Dream destinations are different to travel reality

Where we dream of holidaying isn't necessarily where we end up.

16 Jun 2014 | Roy Morgan research reveals that where Australians would like to holiday isn't necessarily where we end up.

Top travelling tips for summer

If you're planning a holiday this summer, check out our checklist for a smooth break.

3 Jan 2013 | CHOICE puts together ten top tips to help you have a safe and happy holiday this season.

CHOICE Awards 2012  

Our experts hand out bouquets to the worthy recipients.

28 Mar 2012 | The third annual CHOICE Awards is our chance to celebrate the people, products, services and brands that improve the lives of consumers every day.

Travel money card comparisons

Avoiding fees is the first order of business when it comes to pre-paid travel money cards.

27 Mar 2012 | The travel card market has expanded in the last couple of years, with a range of new products released to the market, but the fees can still pack a sting.

Treadmills

Treadmills buying guide   

Like to exercise in private rather than in a gym? A treadmill could be for you.

3 Sep 2010 | We all know we need to exercise, but few of us have the time, or the motivation to fit it into our lives. That's where the home treadmill comes in.

Crosstrainers  

Elliptical crosstrainers offer a low-impact, full-body workout at home.

2 Jul 2010 | The crosstrainer (also called an elliptical trainer) has been growing in popularity. The smooth-flowing movement has been likened to a mix of cross-country skiing and slow running.

tricycles

Tricycle reviews

We test eight tricycles with parent handles, priced $49 to $349.

5 Dec 2012 | We put tricycles with parent handles to the test. Are they a substitute for a stroller?

Tripod

Rugged cameras  

Australia’s outdoor life can be pretty hard on cameras - but these models claim they can handle water, dust, or sudden shocks.

14 Oct 2013 | Choice tests manufacturers' claims for rugged cameras. Some survive, some don't.

Photokina 2012

CHOICE heads to a major photographic trade show in Europe.

19 Sep 2012 | On Day 2 of Photokina 2012, Chris Ruggles takes a look at the latest cameras from Canon and Nikon.

Travel tripods review

These travel tripods are small and light but not so stable.

1 Aug 2009 | There's nothing quite so disappointing as getting back your travel photos only to find they're all blurred.

Triumph-Australia

Triumph Daytona 675 motorcycle recall

The engine may stall during operation.

26 Oct 2011 | Triumph Australia Pty Ltd is recalling Daytona 675 motorcycles as the engines may stall during operation.

Trolley-jacks

Portable Quick Lift Hydraulic Trolley Jack recall

The consumer may incorrectly use the product, creating a crushing hazard.

29 Sep 2011 | TWM PTY LTD is recalling Portable Quick Lift hydraulic trolley jacks sold between 4th February 2009 and 6th June 2011, because it may pose a crushing hazard.

TVs

Plasma and LCD TV reviews  

We put TVs of all types through their paces in our laboratories. You could even say we screen them thoroughly.

19 Dec 2014 | Which TV best suits your needs? Confused by LED, LCD or UHD? Our review will help you make the critical decisions.

How many Australians watch Netflix?

New research finds how many Australian households are really using international streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Vudu.

24 Nov 2014 | New research from CHOICE has found an increasing number of Australians are dodging online geoblocks and purchasing movies and TV shows directly from overseas.

Universal Remote Control Reviews and Compare

A well-designed universal remote control can reduce stress. A poor one is sure to raise your blood pressure.

22 Jan 2014 | The idea behind a universal remote control is to allow you to reduce the number of remotes in your lounge room to one easy-to-use device.

LG OLED TV first look

20 Dec 2013 | OLED is the latest technology in televisions. CHOICE checks out the new-release OLED TV from LG.

A First look at the Sony 4K TV

CHOICE has a first look at the Sony 4K TV.

2 Sep 2013 | CHOICE has a first look at the Sony 4K TV.

Home theatre projectors

The best home theatre projectors can produce some very impressive images.

19 Mar 2013 | We've tested 10 home theatre projectors, ranging in price from $1799 to $3999, to reveal which have the best picture quality and are easiest to use.

Living in a digital home

How to create your perfect home entertainment environment.

15 Jan 2013 | The latest networked and wireless technologies will make the task of connecting all your home entertainment gear easier.

2012 Apple TV first look

A quick review of Apple's updated set-top box

20 Mar 2012 | We get hands on with the new 1080p Apple TV, and check out some of its new features.

127-132cm TV reviews  

CHOICE puts large HD plasma and LCD televisions to the test.

3 Feb 2012 | Not all big HD TVs are 1920 x 1080, but that doesn't mean you can't get a good picture on a slightly lower resolution.

102-107cm TV reviews  

Our updated report looks at the latest HD plasma and LCD televisions.

2 Feb 2012 | CHOICE puts the latest 102-107cm HD plasma and LCD televisions through their paces.

Gadget gift guide for Christmas

Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.

23 Nov 2011 | We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.

117cm TV reviews  

Don’t be swayed by the latest tech-speak when shopping for a new TV – just look at the picture.

31 Oct 2011 | CHOICE reviews the latest 117cm LCD and plasma TVs, priced $1199 to $3799.

HD set-top box reviews  

A high-definition set-top box is an inexpensive way to upgrade to digital TV.

13 Oct 2011 | We put 14 set-top boxes, priced from $80 to $150, through their paces, and find out which ones come out on top.

CHOICE Awards 2011

Read which products and services were voted best of the best in our second annual CHOICE Awards.

31 Mar 2011 | The CHOICE Awards recognise companies developing innovative, quality products and services.

106cm TV reviews  

Large screen HD plasma and LCD televisions on test. Review and compare models to find the best TV.

1 Feb 2011 | We take the guesswork out of buying the major television brands by putting them through their paces in our specialised laboratories.

Sony Media Network player review

Hook this handy device up to your TV to enjoy video, audio and image files stored on your network.

4 Jan 2011 | The Sony SMP-N100 also provides access to over 20 internet TV channels under Sony’s BRAVIA Internet banner.

DVD and Blu-ray recorder reviews

You can record, store and playback your favourite TV shows and other video.

16 Aug 2010 | Blu-ray technology increases a DVD recorder's quality and capacity, but not necessarily its convenience.

LCD vs plasma buying guide  

Buy the best TV. Find information on picture and sound quality, screen type, size and ease of use.

27 Jul 2010 | Plasma or LCD TV? Buying a TV in the 21st century is no mean feat. CHOICE suggests some things to consider before you buy.

HD Set top boxes with USB review and compare

These devices are a cheaper alternative to a digital video recorder – but you only get what you pay for.

22 Jun 2010 | These products may save you money, but you'll have to compromise on features and performance.

EPG review and compare

Electronic program guides (EPGs) are supposed to help Australians record their weekly TV fix, but how reliable are they?

2 May 2010 | CHOICE explains why electronic program guides fall short of the mark.

CHOICE-50th-anniversary  

See the changing face of CHOICE over 50 years, as we roll back the decades.

23 Mar 2010 | From the sixties through to the noughties, CHOICE TV captures all the highlights.

3D-TV-Heads-Up

CHOICE brings the new Samsung 3D TV into the lab for a quick once over.

24 Feb 2010 | CHOICE gives its preliminary verdict on the new Samsung 3D TV, ahead of our full test of 3D models.

Q-ACOUSTICS-Q-TV2 first look

If you're disappointed with the sound from your TV, this could be a neat solution.

1 Feb 2010 | This audio device attaches to the back of your TV and can fit 81cm-106cm screen sizes.

Sony PlayTV

This add-on device for PlayStation3 owners has its limitations.

3 Dec 2009 | The Sony PlayTV struggles to provide an effective two-in-one games console and personal video recorder machine.

TV LCD 80cm reviews

We take the guesswork out of buying the major television brands by putting them through their paces.

26 Apr 2009 | CHOICE reveals which TVs have the best picture quality, have the best sound quality, are the easiest to use and use the least energy on standby.

Television gets energy label

More stars on your new TV mean greater efficiency.

1 Jan 2009 | The federal government mandated that all TVs must have energy ratings by April 2009 and any with a one-star rating or less will be banned from sale after October 2009.

Twitter

Massive global ID theft nets 1.2 billion passwords

Cyber-attack by Russian criminals targets 420,000 websites, according to US security firm claiming to have discovered the breach.

6 Aug 2014 | US firm Hold Security reveals one of the largest data breaches of all time. Individual and corporate usernames, passwords and email addresses put at risk across the world.

Adobe patches Flash Player

A flaw in the well-known software program could allow hackers to steal your login details if you don't update your browser.

10 Jul 2014 | Flash Player hole could let hackers steal login details for sites such as eBay, Twitter and Google. Browser updates are critical to patch vulnerability.

How to get fit and lose weight with apps and gadgets

Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.

5 Mar 2014 | Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?

Online complaints reviews and resolutions

Jump online to ensure your complaints and compliments are heard loud and clear.

13 Jan 2013 | Before you post a scathing online review of a company’s product or service, there are some crucial things you need to know so you get results and avoid legal trouble.

Tyre pressure gauge

Tyre pressure gauge reviews

Properly inflated tyres are safer, last longer and save you fuel.

19 May 2011 | Gauges at petrol stations are not always well maintained which may affect accuracy. You may want to think about getting your own. We tested 18 models, from $5 to $80.

Tyres

Car tyres 205-55R16 reviews  

We review tyres suitable for some of the most popular car models in Australia, such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30.

6 May 2014 | 18 brands of 205/55R16 tyres are put through CHOICE's rigorous braking, cornering and rolling resistance tests. We'll tell you which sets to buy and which to avoid.

Car tyres 175-65R15 review and compare  

We test 18 brands of 175/65R15 tyres, suitable for small cars such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift.

29 Nov 2013 | Our new rolling resistance test evaluates “eco” claims made by some manufacturers.

Car tyre 205/60R16 reviews  

We've tested 15 brands of car tyres, including models from Bridgestone, Dunlop, Continental and Michelin.

24 May 2013 | Find out which brands score best for braking and cornering performance in wet and dry conditions.

Small SUV tyre reviews  

Performance on sealed roads is what sets these SUV tyres apart.

15 Nov 2012 | We review 225 60R17 car tyres, which are suitable for many small SUVs on the Australian market.

Car tyre 215/60R16 reviews  

You can’t rely on price, tread pattern or brand name to find the best-performing tyre.

10 May 2012 | We review 18 brands of car tyres (215/60R16) priced from $105 to $229 each.

Car tyres 175-65R14 82H review and compare  

Maintaining the right tyre pressure helps keep your car on the road and money in your pocket.

19 May 2011 | If you’re shopping for tyres, you don’t have to get the same ones your car left the factory with. We tested 18 size 175/65R14 tyres, costing $75 to $127.

Tyre pressure gauge reviews

Properly inflated tyres are safer, last longer and save you fuel.

19 May 2011 | Gauges at petrol stations are not always well maintained which may affect accuracy. You may want to think about getting your own. We tested 18 models, from $5 to $80.

Tyrecheckers-LED-Alert-caps

A novel way to alert you when it’s time to top up your tyres.

29 Oct 2010 | These LED Alert caps for car tyres are a step towards safer and more economical motoring.

Car tyres 195-65R15 review and compare  

Safety is paramount when purchasing a new set of tyres.

31 May 2010 | This size is currently used on a number of popular small cars such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Kia Cerato, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla and the Volkswagen Golf.

Useless car extras

Don’t get taken for a ride with expensive or unnecessary new car options.

1 Aug 2008 | If you’ve ever bought a new car, you’ll have experienced the hard sell from the dealer, pushing you to add options to the vehicle. Are any of them worth the money?

Car tyres 20565R15 review and compare

We tested tyres for a range of family cars, for cornering, braking and noise.

6 Apr 2008 | For almost two weeks, our tyre testing team put their bodies on the line for you during high-speed cornering and emergency braking tests — and about 500 tyre changes

Tyre pressure checkers review

A simple device can help you keep your tyre pressure in check.

22 Feb 2008 | If you’re one of the majority who find it a bit of a chore to check your tyre pressure on a regular basis, why not invest in a set of tyre pressure indicators that do the monitoring for you?

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