Which? Technology news roundup, 25 October 2013iPad Air, iPad mini, Nokia 2520 and more

25 October 2013

New iPads, Nokia Lumia 2520 and Sim-shaped padlock

Apple once again took centre stage this week by announcing two new tablets: the iPad Air and iPad mini.

We take a look at each, explain what's to choose between the two and ask whether they offer value for your money.

Apple wasn't the only company to announce a new tablet this week however. We take a first look at the Lumia 2520, Nokia's first ever tablet device. But find out why our expert is concerned by the decision to use the Windows 8 RT operating system.

Elsewhere, Which? was celebrating a modicum of success this week with the news that Ofcom has chosen to follow the lead of the supporters of our Fixed Means Fixed campaign. The communications regulator has announced new rules for mobile phone contracts; find out how the power over your mobile tariff has been placed firmly back in your hands.

Also on Which? Tech Daily this week:

  • MacBook Pro and OS X Mavericks - price and key features
  • What is fibre optic broadband? - see our 60-second guide
  • Helpdesk Challenge - how to upgrade to Windows 8.1
  • Nikon D5300 - a DX-format DSLR with wi-fi and GPS
  • Optimise your TV - picture and sound settings explained

All this and more on Which? Tech Daily.

iPad Air vs iPad mini – which tablet is best?

There was only one news item trending in technology circles on Tuesday night, as Apple announced both the iPad Air and new iPad mini. Both tablets immediately impressed in terms of design and speed, but perhaps not so much in terms of price.

We take a good long look at both the iPad Air and iPad mini, see what features each device includes and consider whether their relative price points offer value for money. 

We also compare both tablets directly, as our tablets expert considers the relative merits of each to help you choose the ideal tablet for your needs.

Nokia Lumia 2520 – Nokia’s first ever Windows-powered tablet

Almost forgotten in the wake of the iPad hype was the announcement of Nokia's first ever full-size tablet - the Lumia 2520.

The tablet certainly left our expert looking forward to getting a closer look, although find out why reservations linger following Nokia's decision to use the Windows 8 RT operating system.

Ofcom rules you can now opt out of mobile contract price rises

The days of being unable to leave your phone contract after a price rise are soon to be over as Ofcom rules in favour of our Fixed Means Fixed campaign.

We explain what this means for you, and why you should soon be able to leave your current mobile phone tariff without suffering a penalty if your network provider decides to hike its prices mid-contract.

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