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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s – which phone is best? [video]

by 11/04/2014

With the launch of Samsung's Galaxy S5, the iPhone 5s has a new Android-powered competitor to fend off. We compare both phones to see which handset you're better off buying. Read on for our Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s comparison

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Samsung Galaxy S5 – where to get the cheapest deal

by 10/04/2014

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has landed. We took a spin around the networks to find out where you can find the best deal on this pricey handset. Read on to find out where to get the cheapest deal

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Samsung Galaxy S5 – first look review [video]

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Samsung's Galaxy S5 takes up the baton from last year’s Galaxy S4, offering a better camera, faster processor and all kinds of exercise aids. Read on to find out what we think of the S5 in our first look review

HP Chromebook 11 & 14

HP Chromebook 11 & 14 – the best Chromebooks yet?

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Costing £600 less than a Macbook Air, the latest Chromebook range from HP are super-cheap, with excellent build quality. But without Windows or OS X Mavericks, is it worth buying? Read on for our HP Chromebook 11 first look

Fibre optic broadband versus ADSL

Fibre optic broadband – how fast is superfast?

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Superfast fibre optic broadband can provide blisteringly quick download speeds, but it does come at a price. Read on to find out just how fast 'superfast' is

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Netflix vs Amazon Instant Video

by TV Services 20/04/2014 What's your opinion?
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Netflix has a new competitor to its video streaming crown in the shape of Amazon Instant Video, although you probably remember it better under its old name: Lovefilm. We revisited the streaming service, and compared it to Netflix to see if more than just its name has changed. Amazon Instant Prime promises to add more value to traditional video streaming by offering some extras, like free shipping when you shop at Amazon.co.uk. Netflix on the other hand doesn't offer any such sweeteners, but arguably has the better viewing options. So which one should you choose? Read on as we pitch the two services against each other. Video streaming services - see how we rate Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and more

Netflix vs Amazon Instant Video - price

Price is a key factor of any streaming service and the main consideration for many of us, so how do the two services compare? A Netflix subscription will cost you £5.99 per month, and this can can be cancelled at any time. In contrast Amazon Instant Video has two tiers of subscription: Amazon Prime is a yearly subscription service, and will set you back £79. You get added extras (detailed below), but it's not possible to pay on a monthly basis. Amazon Prime Instant Video will cost you £5.99 a month for video streaming without the extras. This option is only available to new customers, so if you've had an Amazon Prime Instant Video account or trial in the past, you'll need to sign up for the £79 Amazon Prime package. Winner - there's very little in it, we'll call it a draw

Netflix vs Amazon Instant Video - extras

Something of an unfair fight this one, and it's clear that Amazon is pinning its hopes on its 'added value' offering. Netflix gives you access to TV shows and movies, and nothing else. With Amazon Instant Video, you have the option of becoming an 'Amazon Prime' member, which entails free one day delivery on purchases from Amazon, access to a Kindle ebook lending library and, of course, the usual TV and movie streaming package. Winner - Amazon Instant Video is a great package for regular Amazon shoppers

Netflix vs Amazon Instant Video - platforms

To make the most of your streaming subscription, you're going to want access to it on multiple devices. Both Netflix and Amazon Instant Video are available on a massive range of products, everything from TV's to soundbars, game consoles and set top boxes. Amazon has dropped the ball when it comes to Android though, with no app available for its service on the platform - unless you buy a Kindle Fire tablet. Considering that Amazon's own tablet uses the Android platform, it's difficult to see why owners of other devices can't get in on the act too. Winner - Netflix is available on almost any device

Netflix vs Amazon Instant Video - streaming

The beauty of having access to your streaming service on your phone or tablet, is that you can watch the latest episode of your favourite show on the go. However, Amazon's iOS app demands that you connect to its service via wi-fi, meaning that even if you have a whizzy 4G connection on your phone, you won't be able to watch anything... unless you can find a public wi-fi spot. The Netflix app has no such qualms, and will happily stream content with a mobile data connection. This means it's by far the best choice for those with unlimited 4G mobile packages. Winner - Netflix can truly be watched on the go

Netflix vs Amazon Instant Video - content

What you might want to watch is very subjective, so we can't really tell you which service is better here. However, what we can say is that signing up to  just one of the streaming services won't give you access to everything. Both offer exclusives, but it's Netflix making especially large leaps and bounds here by securing the rights to high profile programming like Breaking Bad, and creating its own content with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Amazon is securing exclusives of its own though - it recently revealed that the third series of BBC drama Ripper Street would be shown on Amazon Instant Video months before it appears on BBC One. However, while it's clear that Amazon is carving out its own exclusive content, it currently lacks the headline grabbing titles that Netflix has. Winner - Netflix still has the edge with its exclusives

Netflix vs Amazon Instant Video - the verdict

It's had a name change, and been tied to the Amazon Prime service, but the reality is that Amazon Instant Video still offers pretty much the same service as Lovefilm used to. Overall, we think that Netflix still has the edge, but with these services content really is king. We suggest taking out free trials with both in order to find which, if any, suits you best. For more information on video streaming, read our full reviews of Netflix and Amazon Instant Video,  as well as Now TV, Blinkbox and Knowhow Movies.

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How to spot whether you’ve got a broadband leech

by Computing Helpdesk 19/04/2014 1 comment
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Slow internet at home could be down to your internet provider or limited wi-fi range in your house, but there's also the possibility of something more sinister: a broadband leech. Read on to find out if you've got a broadband freeloader

Nowhere to roam – how to avoid ‘bill shock’ while abroad

by Phone networks Phones Smartphones 18/04/2014 What's your opinion?
How to avoid a shock mobile phone bill

Amid tales of mobile charges running into the thousands of pounds after consumers use their phone abroad, it's important to know your rights and options so you don't get hit by 'bill shock'. Read on for the results

Tesla Model S – five top electric car features

by Cars 17/04/2014 What's your opinion?
Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S could be the first electric car you can buy with your head and your heart, thanks to its green credentials and high-tech interior. Read more about this innovative electric car

Windows 8.1 Update – why you need to upgrade to stay safe online

by Windows 8 17/04/2014 5 comments
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Microsoft has released an update to Windows 8.1 and warned users to install it promptly, or risk exposing their PC future problems with online security. Read more about where to find Windows 8.1 Update and what it does

Is your ISP limiting your broadband speed and data allowance?

by Broadband 15/04/2014 14 comments
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In the past, ISPs have been accused of misleading their customers by applying network-slowing traffic management to their supposedly unlimited broadband packages. We investigate whether this practice is still taking place. Read on to find out the truth about traffic management

Will your sat nav go the distance?

by Sat Navs 15/04/2014 What's your opinion?
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How long will your sat nav last on a single charge? Which? took to the road to see which sat nav has the best battery life. Read on for the results

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s vs HTC One (M8) – which phone is best?

by Smartphones 14/04/2014 5 comments
iPhone 5s vs HTC One M8 vs Galaxy S5

With the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and iPhone 5s all vying for your hard-earned cash, we see which flagship phone has the best camera, most streamlined interface and premium design. Read on to find out which handset offers the best overall experience

Panasonic TVs get some Freetime

by TVs 13/04/2014 What's your opinion?
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The Freetime guide is coming to Panasonic TVs, bringing an easy to use interface that merges live TV and catch-up TV. Read on to find out more about Freetime on Panasonic TVs

Heartbleed bug – how to stay safe from the online security flaw

by Computing Helpdesk 11/04/2014 5 comments
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The Heartbleed bug is a major security flaw that's affected many of the internet's most prominent websites. We explain what it is and how to protect yourself from its effects. Find out how to protect yourself from the Heartbleed bug