Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Keep the Change -- Tech on a Shoestring

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Keep the Change -- Tech on a Shoestring

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Byline: Ben Travis

ALL'S fair in love and new tech, and there is a sure-fire way to get the competitive edge on your rivals -- undercut them by price. The latest gadgets to enter the spotlight are fast, smart and significantly cheaper than previous mainstream models. Big companies like Nintendo, Nokia and Amazon are even making cheaper versions of their own products to maximise appeal -- take the Nokia 3310, which at just PS55.99 is the ultimate summer phone. You don't have to worry about losing it at the beach or festivals because you can just buy a new one.

Another contender for the phone of the moment is the OnePlus 5, a phone which will leave you with money spare to spend on a better contract.

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has packed its latest handset with the same top-of-therange features as its major rivals, but at a fraction of the cost. It's PS449 simfree (an iPhone 7 plus is PS590). Like the iPhone 7 Plus it boasts a dual-lens camera, shooting in 20MP with instant-focus. Inside it has a speedy 8GB of RAM and a minimum of 64GB storage space, and it runs on Android so it's well-supported for apps and software. Best of all, it has "Dash Charge" capabilities, meaning you'll get a whole day's battery life from a 30-minute charge.

It's a bargain compared with all other high-powered smartphones. Apple, Samsung and Google might have to up their game, or drop their prices, to compete.

If your summer plans involve sinking hours into an addictive video game, Nintendo has just released the perfect device -- no, not the Switch (although that flagship console is a genuine marvel). The Japanese games manufacturer has released yet another version of the 3DS, confirming its intention to continue supporting its handheld range.

The 2DS XL is set to go down as the definitive version of the 3DS range, removing all the non-essential features from previous models with a lower price tag. …

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