Hottest new tech in April revealed
The smartphone the world was waiting for, the Galaxy S8, and a Google smart speaker that talks back. Our edit of the gadgets we currently love…
Samsung Galaxy S8
In a nutshell: Samsung’s gorgeous new frameless smartphone has a huge screen, perfect for Netflix and multi-tasking
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the most anticipated phones of all time. And it certainly lives up to expectation. Slim enough to hold in one hand, the smooth, continuous surface is like a piece of slate. But its elegance belies the fact that the new S8 boasts Gorilla Glass for toughness and IP68 waterproofing to keep the rain off. Here’s the lowdown…
There’s two S8 models – the S8 has a 5.8 inch screen, and larger S8+ has a 6.2 inch screen. Both have the previous ‘Edge’ model’s curved screen and although physically smaller in size than their S7 predecessor, they have bigger screen sizes.
Instead of a physical Home button, there’s a pressure-sensitive virtual Home button embedded beneath the screen. This expanse of uninterrupted screen has pin-sharp Quad HD resolution and you can even multi-task by running two apps side by side.
If you’re still struggling to juggle your life admin, Samsung’s new virtual assistant, Bixby, is on hand to help get stuff done. Cleverly, you can mix voice commands and physical controls. Move over Siri and Cortana, there’s a new virtual assistant in town!
Can’t wait? Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S8
In a nutshell: Stay organised, entertained and informed with Google Assistant on this hands-free smart speaker
Google’s always been the go-to for answering our burning questions. And with Google Home you don’t even have to fumble your phone out of your pocket or try to open apps with your nose while your hands are busy – simply speak the words aloud and get an instant response. Just say ‘Ok Google’.
With it you can…
- Find out when your next meeting is
- See what the traffic is like or if the train is delayed
- Add stuff to your shopping list
- Get the latest news from your favourite source
- Learn how many calories really are in a Mars bar
- Get the football scores
- Settle arguments over obscure general knowledge
But it’s not just a one-way relationship. Google uses a ‘combination of our natural language processing, machine learning and voice recognition’ so you can enjoy a natural chat about whatever takes your fancy. ‘Ok, Google… how was the cronut invented?’
New 9.7-inch iPad
In a nutshell: Apple’s most popular-sized iPad is updated with an even brighter Retina display and improved performance
The iPad is the world’s most popular tablet and whether you’re looking for a tablet to use at home, work or on your commute, the 5th generation iPad has bags of benefits. With this latest release, the iPad is now ‘even more affordable’ says Apple.
Netflix addicts can enjoy the latest box-sets on the even brighter Retina screen, while the all-day battery life is perfect for keeping your happy on the train to and from work. With Microsoft Office apps you can even get some work done. So how does the new iPad match up to its predecessors?
- Well, in the Apple tablet line-up, it replaces the iPad Air 2
- Despite having the same screen resolution as the iPad Air 2, the new model’s screen is 25% brighter
- Size and weight-wise, it’s a lot like the original iPad Air
- And it costs about half as much as the iPad Pro
The new iPad comes with iOS 10, which has redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News. Touch ID lets you unlock the iPad, keep personal information private and approve purchases.
In a nutshell: Sleek and affordable smartwatch with all the fitness tech, but not the luxury price tag.
Unveiled at CES 2017, the Vapor is Misfit’s first touchscreen smartwatch. You can definitely see parent company Fossil’s influence – it’s sleek and handsome, modelled on a circular analogue watch which gives it a timeless (pun intended) look.
Apart from looking suave, the Vapor delivers brilliant usability. Giving you a lot more than just flashing lights, the smartwatch features a 1.4-inch AMOLED display and touch-sensitive bezel which you can use to select the different apps.
The watch will run Android Wear 2.0. Fossil says this’ll give more options for third-party apps. But don’t despair iPhone users – Android Wear 2.0 is now compatible with iOS.