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Buy now or later? Gadget updates to wait for

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Which? takes a look at technology products you shouldn’t buy until next year, including 3D TVs and Android tablets. 

It’s the time of year when many of us will be splashing out on the latest technology products, either as Christmas gifts or a treat for ourselves. But before you do read on to find out what not to buy now because it’ll be updated, and upgraded, at some point next year.

Apple iPad 2

Apple iPad 2 due early 2011?

Apple iPad

As usual with Apple nothing is officially announced in advance, but rumours abound that a second version of the iPad will be with us early next year. 

New features are expected to include a front facing camera, like on the iPhone 4, for making video calls. Other speculation suggests the updated iPad will include a faster processor, USB connection and thinner glass on the display that would make it lighter. 

The original Apple iPad, launched back in January, has been one of this year’s biggest technology stories and we look forward to seeing the updated version. If you haven’t already got an iPad it’s probably worth holding out until the new year, online sources suggest you might only have to wait until February 2011.

3D TV glasses

What will 3D TV bring in 2011?


2010 was the year that watching 3D TV in your own home became a reality. Which? brought you the first independent, lab-based, comparative 3D TV test, pitching models from LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony against each other. 

Although some impressed with a superb 3D effect the overall verdict was that there’s still a way to go. The viewing experience is still not ideal, uncomfortable 3D glasses, crosstalk blurriness, and a lack of interested 3D content were just some of the problems we experienced.

However next year should see many improvements to the world of 3D. We expect to see lots of 3D TV announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas early next year. We hope that new models will iron out some of the issues we found on the first generation of 3D TVs, making 3D TV a better option in 2011.

Android tablets for 2011

Android 3.0 Honeycomb for tablets is coming 

Android tablets

We’ve seen a range of Android tablets launched this year from the feature rich Samsung Galaxy Tab to the more basic (and rather poor) Next 10-inch tablet. These tablets run on variations of the Android operating system, but it was originally designed for smartphones so using it is not always a seamless experience. 

Android tablets next year will run Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb. This will be the first version of the operating system designed specifically to be used on tablets and should mean buying in 2011 will offer you a better tablet experience. Our tablet buyers’ guide has more advice on how to choose the best operating system for you and what features to look out for. 

New for 2011 

We’ll be bringing you all the latest news and video reviews direct from January’s CES 2011 show. Our dedicated team will keep you up to date with announcements on the TVs, tablets, cameras and mobile phones that will be making the headlines in 2011. 

To keep an eye on all the developments, bookmark our CES 2011 microsite and check back when the show starts in the first week of January.

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