Which? Technology news roundup, 20 December 2013Tech gifts under £100, 4G deals, TV sound & more

20 December 2013

Best 4G deal, Tech Christmas gifts, best TV

Still looking for that perfect tech-themed Christmas present? It’s still not too late to pick up a great-value gift for the techie in your life.

Whether you’re looking to buy someone a new phone, a decent pair of headphones or a great keyboard for their tablet, we’ve got you covered.

Elsewhere this week, we compare EE, O2, Tesco Mobile, Three and Vodafone to find out which of the major 4G providers is best for price and data.

We also test the common assumption that modern TVs don't sound like they used to. Find out the surprising results of our investigation as we pit a modern cutting-edge TV against a 17-year-old CRT set.

Finally, our Which? investigation reveals how you might still be eligible to return faulty goods even if the item in question is out of warranty. But are the major electronics retailers playing by the rules?

Also on Which? Tech Daily this week:

  • Tech Time Tunnel: Apple’s iPad through the ages
  • Christmas movie streaming – Now TV trumps Netflix and Lovefilm
  • Tesco Hudl vs Aldi Medion Lifetab – which tablet is best?
  • Helpdesk Challenge – a quick guide to keyboard shortcuts
  • Do phone and tablet speeds matter?

All this and more on Which? Tech Daily.

Best tech Christmas presents for under £100

To give Santa some inspiration our tech team have picked out their top present picks for under £100 - just remember to buy today if you're hoping to post your item so that it arrives in time for Christmas.

From sound docks and smartwatches to mobile phones and headphones, we suggest some great gifts that will be sure to please the techie in your life.

4G – which network is best for price and data?

Now Three and Tesco Mobile have joined the great 4G party, you can enjoy super-fast mobile internet from every major UK mobile network. That means prices have dropped dramatically as each provider competes to lure in new Christmas customers.

We compare EE, O2, Tesco Mobile, Three and Vodafone to find out which 4G network offers the best value.

Do older TVs really sound better? – Which? lab test

When reviewing the latest flatscreen TVs, we at Which? nearly always take umbrage with their poor sound. Old CRT sets simply offered better audio quality, or at least that’s how we remembered it.

We decided put our own claim to the test in our unique snapshot test.

The faulty goods fob-off – Which? investigation

It's a little-known fact that you might still be able to return faulty goods to the retailer, even after they're out of warranty. We put six major retailers – including Amazon, Apple, Argos, Currys, Euronics and John Lewis – to the test.

Watch undercover footage of our mystery shoppers, as our Which? investigation reveals how retailers don’t always recommend the best course of action.

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