IFA Hands-on

Sony HMZ-T2 hands-on

Sony HMZ-T2 hands-on

Wearable displays have jumped in attention over the past twelve months, with the arrival of Google's Glass driving interest, but Sony continues to push virtual big-screen entertainment rather than augmented reality. The HMZ-T2 Personal 3D Viewer was a quiet surprise at IFA, replacing last year's T1 with a more compact, lightweight version using a pair of 720p HD OLED screens to create a virtually vast individual screen. Read on for our hands-on first impressions.

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Dell XPS One 27 Hands-on

Dell XPS One 27 Hands-on

The Dell XPS One 27 isn't a new all-in-one PC, but with Windows 8 and full multitouch it really comes into its own. Fronted by a huge 27-inch Quad HD LCD - that's 2560 x 1440 - and mounted on an adjustable stand, it's an interesting alternative approach to all-in-ones to what we've seen from the other big name in the marketplace, Apple's iMac.

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Dell XPS Duo 12 eyes-on

Dell XPS Duo 12 eyes-on

Dell's XPS Duo 12 has some lineage, but it's not really the sort of ancestry you'd want to talk about too loudly. The original Inspiron Duo was a case of good in theory, poor in practice: a notebook with a rotating touchscreen that could turn it into a slate, let down by an underperforming CPU, clunky build and Windows 7's lack of finger-friendliness. Now, with the XPS Duo 12, Dell has brought some of its ultrabook knowledge to the concept, and from what we've seen today it's with good result.

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Dell XPS 10 tablet eyes-on

Dell XPS 10 tablet eyes-on

Dell is playing things coy with the XPS 10 tablet, keeping things behind glass for the most part, but we managed to coax the 10-inch slate out for some hands-off photography. Actually playing with the Windows RT tablet isn't an option here at its IFA launch, unfortunately, but we've at least seen how slick Dell's industrial design is for the metal slate.

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HTC Desire X hands-on

HTC Desire X hands-on

HTC has a low profile at IFA this year, with only one new smartphone - the HTC Desire X - and a midrange one at that. More compact than the One X and One S (and likely to be cheaper, too), the Desire X resurrects a familiar name with an eye firmly on the mass market. We caught up with HTC to find out whether it strikes the all-important balance between affordability and performance.

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Galaxy Note II: Air View and Quick Command demo

Galaxy Note II: Air View and Quick Command demo

Samsung's Galaxy Note II may have some slick new hardware, but it's software where the company is making its most significant changes to everyday usability. Two of the biggest enhancements are Air View and Quick Command, using a combination of the S Pen digital stylus and gesture recognition, and taking advantage of Wacom's active digitizer technology. Head on past the cut for a video demo.

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Samsung ATIV Tab Windows RT tablet hands-on

Samsung ATIV Tab Windows RT tablet hands-on

Samsung's cheapest new Windows tablet for IFA is arguably its most interesting: no removable keyboard, but Windows RT on an incredibly lightweight form factor. Strongly reminiscent of Samsung's Android tablets - no great surprise there, really - it's a well-made and impressively slim slate with a tactile brushed aluminum rear panel that feels great in the hands.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Camera hands-on

Samsung's Galaxy Camera might run Android, but in your hand it's most definitely a point-and-shoot. Still, Samsung has taken advantage of that heft well: you get a huge 21x optical zoom, 16-megapixel camera and a vast 4.8-inch HD screen. We caught up with Samsung ahead of its IFA 2012 "Unpacked" launch event to see how the Galaxy Camera holds up. Read on for our hands-on first impressions.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Note II hands-on

Take the DNA of the original Galaxy Note, add the style of the Galaxy S III, and throw in a more comprehensive understanding of what digital pen-users want, and you'd come up with the Galaxy Note II. Samsung's second-gen "phablet" manages to deliver a larger screen in a more pocketable form-factor than its trail-blazing predecessor, including making the digital S Pen itself easier to wield. We caught up with Samsung and the Note II ahead of its official launch at IFA 2012 to see if one of our favorite devices could really have been so improved.

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