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Which? Technology news roundup, 16 May 2014

Moto E, Mercedes S-class and battery power saving


This week Motorola dropped a bombshell in the shape of the Moto E smartphone. Not because it’s lightning fast or in possession of a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor or 50 megapixel camera, but because it’s built for everyday use and available for £89. Read on about the unassuming budget handset set to make a big splash.

Elsewhere, our Which? Car team went for a test drive with the new Mercedes S-class and came back with a showreel of the car’s safety and ‘infotainment’ gadgets. We also put the Galaxy S5’s Ultra Power Saving mode to the test, as well rating the latest YouView PVRs.

All this and more on Which? Tech Daily.

Motorola launches £89 Moto E

Running the latest version of Android and with enough under the bonnet to handle the majority of apps, the £89 Moto E looks like a bargain. Read on for the latest on the wallet-friendly Motorola Moto E, and find out why we think it’s a phone that might spark good news for the consumer.

Mercedes S-class – the world’s most high-tech car?

From anti-lock brakes to passenger airbags, the S-class has always been a pioneer for car tech, and we found the latest to be no different. Read on to find out more about the new S-class’ in-car touchscreen panel and its pedestrian-spotting camera.

Power trip – smartphone battery-saving modes tested

The battery capacity of the latest smartphones might be increasing, but not at a rate that’s good enough for some. That’s why the likes of Samsung, HTC and Sony have built ever more elaborate battery-expanding power-saving modes into their latest handsets. Find out which works better, and how long that last 10% of battery life might last.

Spot the difference – the Samsung tablet range explained

Checking out the tablets on Samsung’s website can be an exercise in confusion, with as many as nineteen models on sale (of which most look almost identical). If you want a Samsung, but can’t work out which one, our quick guide should help.

YouView boxes – five of the best

YouView boxes combine Freeview channels with catch-up TV from the likes of BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD. They can also be used to record hours of TV footage, so you’ll never need to miss your favourite show again.

Easy to use products – tablets, laptops, TVs and more

If you’re finding tasks a bit trickier these days, we’ve put together lists of easy to use products, including TVs, laptops and tablets. Plus, we reveal the great accessibility features that you should know about.

How to speed up your Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

We’ve come up with a few ideas to speed up your Nexus 7, bringing your apps back to life, and making your tablet feel like new again. And, though we’ve focused on the Nexus 7, these tips should apply to the majority of Android-based tablets, too.

Canon EOS 1200D – a £350 DSLR for amateur photographers

There’s no doubt that DSLR cameras are expensive, in fact our most pricey Best Buy costs a whopping £2,000. But do you need to spend that much to take a great photo? Canon’s EOS 1200D doesn’t think so.

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