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Which? Technology news roundup, 14 February 2014

Tablet battery life, broadband speed and Sony H400


Do online videos stutter and webpages take an age to load when you’re browsing at home? It could be that your broadband provider is failing to deliver its promised speed.

Our step-by-step guide explains how to go about testing your broadband internet speed and who to contact should your connection fall below your expectations.

Every major tablet manufacturer claims its flagship device has a long battery life. We put their claims to the test as we find out which tablet can rightly be declared king of charge.

Sony’s latest bridge camera, the Sony H400, features a 63x optical zoom – the highest seen in a digital camera yet. We take a look before it heads to our test labs.

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  • The best Microsoft Office alternatives
  • Helpdesk Challenge – putting Windows 7 on a diet
  • No more Sony Vaio laptops – will you miss them?

All this and more on Which? Tech Daily.

How to test your broadband speed

The members of the Which? Technology team recently decided to track our home broadband speeds. The results were alarming, with most of us managing to achieve nowhere near the speed promised by our provider.

Find out how you can test your own home broadband speed and discover what to do about it should you too be getting nothing like the promised rate. We’ve also discussed the topic in depth in our weekly Which? Tech podcast.

Tablet battery life on test

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) outpaced the iPad Air in our recent tablet speed test, proving markedly more speedy than its competitors. But how did it fare in our latest battery life test?

We put the Note up against the Google Nexus 7, Tesco Hudl and, of course, Apple’s iPad Air. Find out which tablet proved to be the best when it comes to lasting the distance between charges.

Sony Cyber-shot H400 outed with huge 63x optical zoom

Sony announced that its new H400 bridge camera will pack an enormous 63x optical zoom – the highest found in a compact camera.

Forget megapixels, these days it’s all about mega zoom.

Is it time to get a laptop-tablet convertible?

The line between tablet and laptop is getting murkier all the time – with he difference between tablets, such as the Microsoft Surface, and ultra-slim laptops being closer than ever.

Our tablets expert extols the virtues of the laptop-tablet hybrid PC; devices that combine, at least in theory, the best of both worlds.

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