04.Phones and mobile devices
Smartphones can virtually perform as a mobile office. And whilst Apple's iPhone made these devices more accessible, Google’s Android operating system is making sure Apple doesn't have everything its own way. Android-based touchscreen phones, such as the HTC Desire, and the Samsung Galaxy S2, have created some tough competition for Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S. The Android OS has now eclipsed both Apple and Nokia as the most widely used smartphone operating system in the world. To find out which models come out on top, take a look at our Smartphones review. And see our article on smartphone operating systems to help you decide on the software, a factor to consider for your overall experience.
MP3 and MP4 players
MP3/MP4 players have evolved over the last decade to the point where the latest models provide an intuitive interface and a simple, effective way to get music from a computer into your pocket. Since the rapid uptake of the smartphone, prices for media players have dropped significantly in the last few years. Our latest review of 19 media players, including Apple's iPod Touch, Nano and Shuffle, as well as Creative's ZEN, reveals which models are the easiest to use, have the best sound and video quality, and are the most durable. For more information, take a look at our MP3 and MP4 players review.
At the moment, competition is increasing in the eBook reader space, and the steady trickle of computer tablets hitting the Australian market (offering eBook reader capacity), means manufacturers are making rapid improvements. Most eBook readers adhere to the basic requirements; long battery life and portability. In addition to this, you should look for a screen that's clear to read in all lighting conditions and does not cause eye strain. We've tested models such as the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes and Noble Nook, and the Sony PRS-650. Take a look at CHOICE's latest eBook readers review to find out which models scored best.
A dedicated GPS for your car is a great Christmas present for those who do a lot of road-travel, and like to know exactly where they're going. While GPS-capable smartphones such as the iPhone are making some inroads in the GPS market, it seems most drivers still prefer the full functionality of a dedicated car GPS unit. Features such as lane guidance, announcement of school zones and text to speech are standard in most models. Some even come with preloaded maps of Australia. Have a look at our latest Car GPS review to see how models such as the Garmin Nuvi, Navman and TomTom compare.