Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TechRadar's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 reviews are now live

TechRadar's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 reviews are now live

Apple's two new tablets, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have landed, following their reveal in Cupertino last week.

And our reviews for the two new iDevices are now live on the site, so you can get the full picture of what Apple's brought to the table this time around. We cover every aspect of each tablet in the reviews, giving you the most in-depth information on performance, key features, cameras and more.

Phones and Tablets Editor Gareth Beavis said the iPad Air 2 is "a brilliant tablet that has further raised the bar for the rest of the competition. If you're in two minds what to go for - this is your choice." Read more in the full iPad Air 2 review.

Meanwhile, the iPad mini 3 sees a much more incremental upgrade on its predecessor which, as Gareth Beavis says, makes it harder to recommend. Check out the full iPad mini 3 review for more.

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Sky now lets you beam pics from your phone to the big screen

Sky now lets you beam pics from your phone to the big screen

Sky has updated its iOS and Android Sky+ app with an interesting new feature, allowing users to beam photos stored on their smartphone or tablet direct to their TV.

You'll need to have your compatible Sky+HD box connected to your home broadband connection, and your smartphone/tablet needs to be on the same network, but after that Sky says it's as easy as tapping an icon in the application.

There are already a variety of ways of getting your smartphone content onto your television screen, such as Google Chromecast, but with Sky's entrance into this market it leaves us wondering if there's more to come.

The update is available in both the App Store and Google Play, and it's free to download.

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EE is selling more Eagles than iPads

EE is selling more Eagles than iPads

Financial results are generally pretty dull affairs, but hidden within EE's latest set was a little nugget on its tablet sales, and it's not great news for the iPad.

EE currently offers a fleet of iPads (including the new PGEgaHJlZj0iaHR0cDovL2hvc3RpbmdraXRhLmNvbQ0iIHRhcmdldD0iX2JsYW5rIiByZWw9Im5vZm9sbG93Ij5pUGFkIG1pbmkgPC9hPg==3 and iPad Air 2) as well as slates by Sony, Samsung, Google, Alcatel and its own brand Eagle.

And it's the own-brand EE Eagle (made by Hauwei) which seems to be the favourite among customers.

A new number one

The network has seen "strong demand for EE branded devices, with the EE Eagle the company's number one selling tablet in Q3."

Apple has already announced that it's seen a drop in iPad sales, and with EE's budget bird outselling the highly rated slates from Cupertino it shows consumers aren't willing to bow down to high prices (or trade in old iPads for new ones).

  • Has this news got you in a flap? Check out our hands on: EE Eagle review