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Cheap and Has a Nice Design ASUS ZenPad 10

The ZenPad 10 has a low price, a nice design, a UK keyboard, great sound, microSD support and okay battery life on its side, but it’s also slow and running old, bloated software. It can’t stand up to the best Android tablets, but at just under £200 it may well do the job. Let’s have a closer look at the Asus ZenPad 10 ZD300C.

There are two variants of the Asus ZenPad 10. The Z300C is simply the tablet, while the ZD300C reviewed here comes with the AudioDock keyboard. You can pick up the ZD300C from eBuyer for £199.97.

A Z Stylus is also available for the ZenPad 10, which you can buy from Amazon for £26.60, although we weren’t supplied one for review.

One of the best things about the ZenPad 10 is its design. It might be a plastic tablet, but it’s finished to a high standard with a metal-effect trim around the screen, smooth rounded corners and a grippy leather-effect rear on both the tablet itself and the bundled AudioDock keyboard. It looks much more expensive than it is, and it feels very well made.

The keyboard is of better quality than most Bluetooth keyboards, with a UK layout and – given the space available to it – sufficiently spaced keys. It can pair with up to eight devices, which will be useful if this is to be a family tablet, and has a wireless range of 10m. Also see: Best tablets coming in 2016.

The AudioDock must be charged separately to the tablet, which is a frustration, though it does have long battery life and we like the fact Asus has added a separate battery indicator to the keyboard to the tablet’s notification bar. If the tablet could lean back even slightly further it would be a vast improvement to usability, but the fact it doesn’t is likely due to this tablet’s weight.

At 510g on its own and nearly 1kg with the keyboard, the Asus ZenPad 10 is no lightweight machine – it’s almost as heavy as some ultraportable laptops. But it does have a generous 10.1in screen, and there’s plenty of audio hardware built in for a more immersive multimedia experience. See all Android tablet reviews.

The screen itself uses IPS tech, which is common among tablets and provides realistic colours and strong viewing angles. Asus builds in several of its own VisualMaster screen technologies, which are said to optimise contrast, sharpness, colour, clarity and brightness on this fully laminated display. We like the overall effect, but it can’t escape the fact this is a low-resolution screen. With a 1280×800-pixel WXGA resolution, the ZenPad has a low pixel density of just 149ppi. The bezels are also fairly chunky, with a screen-to-body ratio of 72 percent.

Audio, meanwhile, is excellent for a budget tablet such as the ZenPad 10, with good bass and more volume than you need. The front-facing speaker has DTS-HD Premium Sound, which allows it to create a surround sound experience. This is also a feature of the AudioDock keyboard, which adds another pair of Bluetooth speakers and can offer up to 12 hours of music playback. Audio presets and customisable settings allow you to finetune audio to your taste or the specific task at hand.

Stylus Chuwi Hi10 Pro Laptop

The Chuwi Hi10 Pro is a cheap tablet that dual-boots Windows 10 and Android Lollipop and to which you can add a stylus and keyboard to turn it into a cheap portable laptop. But is it any good? Read our Chuwi Hi10 Pro review to find out.

You won’t find a Windows 10 tablet much cheaper than this, with the Chuwi Hi10 Pro currently costing £128.53 at GearBest. The optional keyboard dock (a recommended purchase) is an extra £29.31, also from GearBest, while the HiPen H2 stylus can be bought from Geekbuying for £11.16. That’s a total price of £169, but note that you could be asked to pay import duty upon its arrival to the UK that would take the total price closer to £200. Even so, that’s a tiny amount of money for a product that is Windows 10 tablet, Android tablet, Windows 10 laptop and Android laptop.

Buying products from China typically returns huge savings, but you should always take into account the risks. Products can take several weeks to arrive, depending on which shipping option you select, and if they are faulty you’ll have the hassle of returning them at your cost and dealing with customer services in a non-EU country with different legislation. We’ve outlined some of the pros and cons in our separate article on buying grey-market tech, which is worth a read before you buy.

You might be paying less than £200, but you wouldn’t think it to look at Chuwi’s range of Windows 10 hybrids. In common with its brothers, the Hi10 Pro has a full metal build with chamfered edges that is reasonably stylish and feels built to last. Also see: Best Windows tablets and Best Android tablets

There are some giveaways of its budget roots, for example some rather thick screen bezels, a display that attracts fingerprints and some unsightly legends on the rear, but on the whole build quality is good.

The display, bar the fingerprint issue, is among the highlights, an IPS panel with a full-HD resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. It’s clear and bright enough in all but the sunniest conditions, and its 16:10 aspect ratio is well suited to media. Colours are realistic and viewing angles are good; perhaps more importantly, at 10.1in on the diagonal it makes for a very portable laptop.

The Hi10 Pro measures 261.8×167.3×8.5mm and weighs 562g, making it easy to slip into a bag and carry wherever you want. Adding the keyboard roughly doubles the weight, but it’s still an easily portable package.

This tablet-laptop hybrid is the Pro version of the older Chuwi Hi10. We haven’t reviewed that device, but from what we can understand this is a thinner version that swaps full-size USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports for a faster-charging and reversible USB-C port. Both tablets also feature Micro-USB and Micro-HDMI ports, though only the USB-C port will charge the Hi10 Pro (you’d be better off using this port for charging since it supports 3A even if you had the choice)

Best Tablets For Kids You Have To Know

Best kids tablets: buying guide

Age appropriate

The best tablet for your child will depend on their age. LeapFrog and VTech make tablets which are well suited to young children from around 3-6. When kids reach around 6 or 7, they no longer want what they see as a ‘toddler’s tablet’ and will start asking for something a bit more grown up.

They’ll no doubt already know what a ‘proper’ tablet should be like because they’ve borrowed your iPad or Android tablet. That’s one reason we’ve included the iPad mini 2 in this list: it’s a lot cheaper now than when it first launched, but it remains the most expensive option here. If an iPad becomes available as a hand-me-down, that’s great: your child will be over the moon even with an old one. The issue is that iPads don’t have great parental controls. They’re also quite fragile. But, they have the widest selection of apps and games, many of which are free. You can buy child-proof iPad cases, and disable Safari (to prevent web browsing) and restrict music, videos, apps and games to the appropriate age level, so they’re actually quite a good choice for kids.

Where’s the Tesco Hudl?

Aside from VTech and LeapFrog, there isn’t a massive amount of choice for kids’ tablets. Tesco discontinued the excellent Hudl 2, and since it’s almost impossible to find now, even on ebay, we’ve had to remove it from the list below. Samsung never made a successor to the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, which is a shame as it was a good – if overpriced – kids’ tablet.

This leaves only Amazon, which sells a Kids Edition version of its £49 Fire tablet. It costs twice that price, but includes a foam case, a two-year warranty that covers accidental damage, plus a year’s subscription to Fire for Kids which gives them access to a fairly good range of apps, games, videos and books. Parental controls are also excellent.

Best kids tablets: How to choose

If you’re not going for one of the options we’ve already mentioned, you’ll have to go for a standard tablet (probably running Android) intended for adult use. Then you’ll have to lock it down (or not) to ensure they don’t see things in apps or online that you’d rather they didn’t.

The advantages of a specially designed kids’ tablet include a ‘safe’ web browser (or no internet access) and games and pre-loaded apps which are appropriate for kids. What they don’t tend to have is a wide choice of the latest games. The LeapPads, for example, are great tablets, but your kids might be frustrated when they can’t get the same games or apps their friends have on Android or iPad.

And that’s why we rate Amazon’s range of Fire tablets. These are fully fledged tablets with a great feature called Fire for Kids (even those which aren’t specifically the Kids Edition). You can set up password-protected profiles so you can give each child access to only the books, games and apps you want them to see. Plus, you can set different time limits for reading and playing. The fact that the range starts from just £49 is why we think the Amazon Fire is one of the best choices for kids right now.


It’s best not to dwell too much on specs. They rarely tell you how good a kids’ tablet is. Two things you should consider are battery life and screen size. Many kids’ tablets last around half the time of an iPad – around five or six hours. They can, of course, use their tablet while it’s charging, but it’s worth avoiding any that don’t charge over USB as this makes it awkward to power them on long car journeys.

Younger kids might struggle with a 10in tablet, which is why the Amazon Fire is a good choice all round. Its 7in screen is just the right size for small hands.

Rather than looking at processor speeds and RAM, read our reviews to find out if a tablet is fast enough to keep up with your kids. Gigahertz ratings aren’t a helpful guide in this respect.

A third important aspect is storage. If the tablet you’re considering has no micro-SD card slot, you’ll have to start deleting apps, music, photos and more when the internal storage is full. It pays to get as much storage as you can, but it’s still important to have a microSD slot. Memory cards are cheap and even if a tablet doesn’t let you install apps on it, you can still use it for photos, videos and music.

ASUS ZenBook UX310UA Review Details

The Asus ZenBook UX310UA is what happens when a practical everyday laptop and an expensive all-aluminium Ultrabook fall in love. It gets you the pricey look and feel of a portable, stylish machine with the features of a workhorse and a price way below that of a rival MacBook.

We’ve seen a few laptops arrive with similar ideals, the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 being the most recent. This one is something special, though. It’s a laptop we can imagine recommending to many people over the next 12 months, and is even better than its ‘predecessor’ the ZenBook UX305 in several respects.

The Asus ZenBook UX310UA we’re reviewing costs £699 from Currys. It’s not cheap, but is also only about 60 per cent the price of a top-end laptop that, for many, won’t feel much faster to use day-to-day.

The exact specifications for the Asus ZenBook UX310UA vary depending on the country in which you buy the thing, but in the UK you get an Intel Core i5 CPU, a 128GB SSD, 500GB hard drive and 8GB RAM.

There’s also a cheaper version with an Intel Core i3 CPU, 1920×1080 screen and 4GB RAM that sells for £549 from John Lewis.

We’ve reviewed several laptops from the Asus ZenBook UX series over the past couple of years. The slightly disappointing UX360CA was the most recent, a good-looking but flawed convertible laptop.

The Asus ZenBook UX310UA is a return to the roots of the range. This is a normal laptop, without a touchscreen or a 360-degree hinge.

It’s also slightly chunkier than some of our favourite mid-price ZenBooks, because it fits in a hard drive as well as an SSD. However, it’s not thick and it’s not heavy. Its shape is simply a little less sharp and wedge-like than the MacBook 12-inch or the ZenBook UX305.

The Asus ZenBook UX310UA is 19mm thick and weighs 1.45kg, light enough to carry around with you all day, every day. It’s amazingly practical.

It’s a looker too. Like other 13-inch ZenBooks, the UX310UA has an all-aluminium frame that comes across as a more affordable Windows 10 take on what Apple has made with its slimmer MacBooks. The Asus flavour comes from the brushed concentric circles design on the lid, used across ZenBooks. There are plain silver and light gold shades to choose between. Both look great.

LG G6 UK will be released

Once upon a time HTC showed Samsung stiff competition in the Android market, but these days it has LG to fear. The G5 was a fantastic phone, and the LG G6 should be even better – potentially with waterproofing and wireless charging! So, should you wait for the LG G6 or buy the LG G5 now? We round up the LG G6 rumours, including details on the LG G6 UK release date, price and specifications.

LG G6 UK release date rumours: When is the LG G6 coming out?

LG G6 UK release date: 26 February 2017 (TBC)

For the first time in 2016 LG announced its annual flagship upgrade at the MWC tradeshow in February, putting it in direct competition with the also announced Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. In previous years LG had held off until later in the year for a late-Spring launch.

This paid off well for LG and we think it will follow the same pattern for the G6. Samsung is expected to announce its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus at an Unpacked press conference the day before MWC starts on 26 February, so expect LG to also pick that date to announce its G6. (The HTC 11 will likely be another key rival to the LG G6.)

LG G6 UK price rumours: How much is the LG G6?

LG has always managed to undercut its rivals on pricing, and its ability to make high-end handsets at great-value price points has always been a key reason to choose LG. The LG G5 had a £529 SIM-free RRP in the UK, so we expect LG to keep the price roughly similar for the G6. Given the current economic climate we would certainly be surprised to see it cost any less than the G5.

LG G6 specification rumours: What to expect from LG G6

With the G5 LG tried the whole modular thing with its ‘Friends’ accessories that were bought separately. Now, according to ETNews, it will be going it alone, leaving behind its Friends and its modular design for the all-new LG G6. It says this is because the LG G6 is expected to get a new waterproof design. However, it also says the G6 will retain its removable battery, which doesn’t tally with other whispers we’ve heard.

LG has now confirmed that it is ditching its unpopular modular design to WSJ. A company spokesman said that the company was scaling back the modularity for the G6, and would focus on “aesthetics and usability”.

Some things are likely to stay the same, such as the 5.3in Quad-HD display (potentially with an upgrade to 4K), dual-camera, 32GB of storage as standard and USB-C. But the G6 is thought to feature a more traditional design, possibly with a glass rear and this time with wireless charging built in (there were fears the tech wouldn’t be ready in time for the G6 but in October LG announced a 15W Quick Wireless Charging Pad). It will also get an update to the Snapdragon 830 processor and Android Nougat.

With the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus set to be key rivals to the LG G6, it makes sense that LG will look to ensure it can keep up with those phones in terms of spec. The Galaxy S8 is expected to be extraordinarily powerful for a phone, with a strong focus on graphics that are able to power the best mobile VR experience, potentially with an upgrade to 6- or even 8GB of RAM. The S8 is also expected to get the dual curved-edge screen as standard, complete with a built-in fingerprint scanner.

According to ChosunBiz LG is having difficulty sourcing curved displays from LG Display, which is busy producing OLED displays for the Apple Watch and LG’s own smartwatches, so LG is unlikely to go for a dual-edge screen in the G6. But powerful graphics, a focus on VR, a larger complement of RAM and a fingerprint scanner built into the screen will likely be high up on its list.

More recently we’ve heard that the LG G5 will feature an iris scanner, which will use the same sensor as the front camera rather than a separate module. This will be made possible by applying a filter, and will bring down both the build costs and the amount of space required. However, LG has told GSM Arena that while such a camera has been developed, it has not been confirmed that it will be used in a smartphone.

 LG G6 rumours: Should I buy LG G5 or should I wait for LG G6?

LG is becoming a true force to be reckoned with in the smartphone world, and though we have judged its flagship offerings second-best to the Samsung Galaxy S-series for the past few years, the gap between the two smartphone families is getting ever shorter. We were seriously impressed with the LG G5, especially at its £529 RRP, but the LG G6 could be a very different beast.

Reasons to buy the LG G5:

• It will cost you less than the G6 will new (and better deals will be available if you can wait a few months)

• It is modular and allows you to bolt on (optional) accessories

• It has a removable battery and a microSD slot, which the G6 could lose if it gets a rear glass panel

• It’s still a fantastic phone and though the G6 will be faster the G5 is plenty fast enough

• You can buy it right now rather than wait four or five months

2017 Best Tech CES

CES is one of the biggest tech shows that takes place each year, and 2017 is no exception. The Tech Advisor team has been spending time on the show floor in Las Vegas checking out the hottest new tech, and has picked out the best of the best. Our top 10 products each receive a Tech Advisor Top Pick award and are the gadgets we’ll be keeping the closest eye on throughout the year.

Our top 10 from CES 2017 is in no particular order. All of these great products have made the cut and we’re looking forward to spending more time with them to bring you full reviews of each product.

Xiaomi Mi Mix

We’ve already published our full review of the Mi Mix by Xiaomi and have awarded it a Tech Advisor Recommended award as well as our Top Pick of CES 2017. We were blown away by its breathtaking bezel-less display and flawless performance

Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung’s latest update to its A series Galaxy phones bring the mid-range handsets one step closer to a flagship but without the big price tag. We went hands-on with the Galaxy A3 at CES 2017, so find out our first impressions in our Galaxy A3 review.

Huawei Mate 9

The third and final smartphone to get a Tech Advisor Top Picks Award is the Huawei Mate 9, which was just introduced for the US this month.

Misfit Vapor

Misfit’s first touchscreen smartwatch is brilliantly priced but still offers all of the features you’ll need including a waterproof design, a heart-rate monitor and built-in GPS. We went hands-on with the watch on the show floor to bring you our first impressions

Lenovo Miix 720

Lenovo’s Surface rival has a gorgeous display and a slim, practical design with a kickstand built-in. Add the optional keyboard and you’ve got yourself a truly portable device that could potentially replace your laptop.

Review iPhone 6S with plus 3D Touch

Apple’s iPhone 6S is the phone that can’t come as much of a surprise to many. Every odd-numbered year has yielded an ‘S’ variant of the previous year’s phone, offering a few upgrades to the handset but largely keeping the same design and chasis.

The iPhone 6S is almost identical to 2014’s iPhone 6, to the point that we could barely tell the difference between the two in the hand, with a little extra thickness and weight to give you the clue that you’re holding a next-gem phone in your hand.

But while the outside is identical, the stuff that Cook’s Crew crammed inside is supposed to be a big change – hence Apple’s decision to give this phone the tagline: ‘The Only Thing That’s Changed Is Everything’.

With an all-new way of touching the phone, an improved chassis and a pseudo-magical way at viewing your photos, will this be the first iPhone ‘S’ variant that is just a polished version of the previous year’s model?

iPhone 6S design

The design of the iPhone 6S is, well, the iPhone 6 with 0.2mm thickness and 14g more weight. That’s it.

Everything else is the same as the iPhone 6, with even the same cases from last year slipping snugly around its svelte form.

The same ceramic-feeling metal is in effect once more, but this time it’s been given a 7000 series aluminium upgrade – the same as used in space programs to make rockets that little bit stronger.

If it wasn’t for the hoopla around Bendgate last year, you’d say that this was an utterly unnecessary upgrade – after all, you’d hope that Apple wouldn’t have made a phone that bent in the first place, so needing to strengthen it should be necessary.

The screen on the iPhone 6S is identical to last year’s model as well, with the same 4.7-inch, 750p display adorning the handset. It’s easy to be snobbish and say that’s terrible for a phone that costs well over £500, but it still looks stunning thanks to being laminated close to the glass.

Then again, it’s not in the same league as the Super AMOLED of the Samsung Galaxy S6, with its QHD resolution starting to offer a better experience for everything from photo viewing to web browsing.

Perhaps we don’t need that level of clarity just yet, but 1080p wouldn’t have gone amiss here to add a little bit of shine to the screen.

Here You Go Review Of Iphone 7 Plus

It’s also the first iPhone to bear the “7” moniker, this isn’t just an “S” update, and while new numbers usually bring new designs, the iPhone 7 appears to be laying the groundwork for something much more important (which we’ll get onto in due course).

Both iPhone 7 models are now waterproof, have more storage, and don’t feature a headphone jack, but the iPhone 7 Plus differentiates itself with a dual camera.

The iPhone 7 measures 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm. That really is massive. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7, for comparison, is 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm, despite featuring a screen which is 0.2-inches larger than the iPhone (5.7 vs 5.5-inches).

This is down to the large bezels around the 5.5-inch screen. But hey, at least the iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t explode, right?

As we’ve already mentioned, the iPhone 7’s design isn’t a massive departure from the iPhone 6 aesthetic. You can see this two different ways:

1. The iPhone 6 was the best-looking smartphone around and has been for years. It’s essentially peak Apple design. Jony Ive can retire, and Apple should never change the iPhone again.

2. The iPhone 6 looked great, but reusing the same design for three years feels stagnant. The iPhone 7 looks overly familiar, and tired as a result.

We can see the argument for both points of view, but really, the design would not put us off buying this smartphone – we think it looks great.

There are a few, small changes which become apparent when you flip the device over.

The antenna lines are now less prominent – instead of dissecting the rear panel, the lines now flow around the edge. They’re almost non-existent on the Jet Black model.

The camera lens still protrudes from the rear casing, but the aluminium is moulded around it. This makes it appear more organic and harmonious with the rest of the phone, less like an afterthought.

On the bottom of the iPhone, there’s no headphone jack (but you already knew that, didn’t you?). Instead, it’s been replaced by a faux speaker grill – for symmetry, we’re guessing.

It is worth noting that the iPhone 7 Plus now feature stereo speakers for music and audio – one on the top of the screen and one underneath. They’re both certainly very loud, big improvements over previous iPhones, but lack bass for proper music listening. They do create a pleasingly wide soundstage.

What can we say about the loss of the 3.5mm headphone jack? You’ve probably already made up your mind whether this is a dealbreaker for you.

It didn’t affect us, we’ve been using Bluetooth headphones for the last year, there are some excellent wireless cans around now, but if you have a wired pair which you won’t give up there is the adapter free in the box. That’s obviously not ideal, as you can’t charge and listen to music at the same time. If you think that’s going to be a major

The front of the phone is dominated by the large 5.5-inch screen and Touch ID home button.

While it looks identical, the classic home button has received a small redesign as well. It’s now capacitive touch, rather than a mechanical button.

This transition feels completely natural – behind the button is a “Taptic Engine”, similar to the subtle vibration motor found in the Apple Watch. This creates a clicking sensation, but crucially, nothing moves. The Taptic Engine works incredibly well, it’s like physical skeuomorphism – try pressing the button with paper in between it and your finger, you’ll soon realise how effective it is.

Why change the Home button? Well for starters, there are now fewer parts to go wrong. But people are suggesting this is a stepping stone – eventually Apple will remove the home button completely.

Review of Mac book 15 inch

It’s fair to say there’s been a few negative reactions around Apple’s new MacBook Pro line-up.  There’s a (somewhat worthwhile) school of thought that says this laptop should have been a new MacBook Air, with Apple announcing a workstation-level notebook called the Pro.

Naturally this would have also come in for some criticism. But it’s clear that Apple does not see itself as a mainstream supplier of notebooks. It’s somewhat odd to think of the MacBook Air as old hat, but that’s what it is, the closest thing Apple has to a mid-ranger.

Here we’re looking at the Touch Bar version (which comes in 13 or 15-inch sizes, available in Silver or Space Grey) but there’s also a base-level MacBook Pro without TouchBar and with only two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports that shaves £300 off the 13-inch TouchBar price.

What’s incredible about all the new Pros is that they’re the same thickness as the rear of the MacBook Air but with retina display and far more power. Except for a small subset of users, these truly are do-anything devices.

They borrow the best new features from the 12-inch MacBook, drops all ports (save the headphone jack, still needed in PCs and Macs) in favour of four all-purpose USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, boasts a massive trackpad and maxxes out at 16GB of memory (this is the maximum of low power memory allowed by Intel’s Skylake platform).

The stunning retina display continues to astound, especially with the 15-inch version – and in these Macs the retina display has a wider colour gamut, too. The keyboard takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s an improved version from that in the 12-inch MacBook.

The 15-inch features quad-core Intel Core i7 chips, the 13-inch a still-speedy 2.9GHz Core i5.  The limitation of 16GB of low power memory isn’t ideal for some people who would have considered this notebook. But it’s a small amount of people – for many, 16GB will do fantastically.

And all models are 8GB by default, anyway. Apple believes that the speedy 256GB or 512GB SSD drives used here (3GB/s write) means that these Macs can page the drive as extra memory without a performance hit for all but the highest-demand user.

Review Of Galaxy Note 7

The first time we saw a Galaxy Note was in 2011. And while it’s a bit embarrassing to admit now, we thought it was bloody ridiculous and Samsung was – well, crazy. After all, who needs a 5.3-inch phone?

Well more fool this writer because here we are, five years down the track. And not only does the Note now have an even bigger 5.7-inch screen (unchanged in size since 2014’s Note 4) but we all have massive phones. And we love them.

The Note has always been an interesting device. Originally pitched as being neither a tablet nor a phone, the Note’s key feature has always been the S Pen, which has been further refined with this release. The new Note 7 follows on from the Note 5. There’s no Note 6 because we now have a Galaxy S7, so it makes sense for the Note series to follow the same numbering so it doesn’t appear older than models that sit below it in the range. After all, the Note 7 is Samsung’s very best handset.

The main thing that strikes you about the Note 7 is the screen. The Note 7 is smaller than the iPhone 6S Plus in terms of footprint, yet has a screen that’s 0.2-inches larger. So much of the Note 7’s surface area is taken up by the display. It’s not that the bezels are non-existent, but they are super small. It’s also light – 169g (compared to the 192g of the iPhone 6S Plus). And it’s an Edge screen, too, making it super sleek. It feels fantastically smooth in the hand and it makes our current beau, the Nexus 6P, seem weirdly old-fashioned in comparison.

the sides are very clean and tidy, with the standard volume and on/off controls.

Of course, slipper handsets do mean they’re more likely to be dropped, and the Note 7 joins the Galaxy S7 in being infinitely droppable because of its Edge display. It is sooooo sleek and slippy and yes, we have dropped it (no harm done). The outer glass is the recently announced Gorilla Glass 5 from Corning.

Here’s the handset in both blue coral and black onyx (which we wish we could pronounce).