Do more megapixels make for better photos? Will third-party ink ruin your printer? Using our expert testing we reveal which of these popular tech claims are actually true and which are fairy tales.
Not true – Your battery only has a decent lifespan for a limited number of charge cycles (i.e. when you run down the battery from full to empty). Plugging your laptop into the mains avoids using one of these charge cycles.
Not true – PC viruses are more common than those targeted at Apple Macs but there have been several trojans targeted at Macs. Last year’s Flashback Trojan outbreak affected around 600,000 Mac users.
Not true – Facebook promises to remain a “free service for everyone”. It’s currently trialing a scheme in which users can pay to message celebrities, but we don’t suspect this practice will catch on. Facebook needs its core features to remain free so it can attract large audience for advertising.
Not true – Faster memory cards mean your camera will be able to save photos more quickly. This doesn’t necessarily translate into faster photos. A speedy SD card will come in handy for video and burst photography; see how these cards fared in our testing above.
Not true – Megapixels aren’t the be all and end all of camera technology. More pixels make for more detailed photos but bigger pixels capture more light. When buying a camera you want the best of both worlds, which is why you’ll see the HTC One’s 4-megapixel, UltraPixel snapper competing against the Samsung Galaxy S4’s 13-megapixel camera.
Not true – Microsoft is planning a return for the humble start menu in its forthcoming Windows 8.1 update. In the meantime, a free piece of software called Classic Shell will do the job.
4) ‘Unlimited broadband’ means unlimited broadband
Not true – Both BT and Sky offer truly unlimited home broadband plans but most ‘unlimited’ schemes will throttle connection speeds at peak times e.g. in the evening between 7pm to 9pm. Be sure to check the small print before you sign up for a broadband package.
Not true – According to our expert tests, Microsoft’s Surface Pro is the tablet world’s Usain Bolt.
Not true – Third-party ink works fine with your printer and is often cheaper to buy.
Not true – The amount of storage on a phone varies according to the size of its operating system and pre-installed apps. For example; the HTC Windows 8X has 15GB of free storage while the Samsung Galaxy S4 has only 9GB.