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Gadget Reviews Samsung Galaxy SIII

We take a look at the much anticipated Android phone

The phone that all android fans have been waiting for is finally here - the follow up to the Samsung Galaxy S2 has arrived with all the fanfare of a big and glitzy launch event, a huge advertising campaign that should convince everyone that this phone is in fact a really big deal. If that doesn’t convince you, the fact that Samsung received 10 million preorders should. It is unimaginatively called the Galaxy S3 but that is where the lack of innovation ends. Sporting a huge 4.8 inch screen that displays full 720p resolution, a quad core processor it is…

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Gadget Reviews Wire Worries

This month, Murphy Simmonds is wrapped up in wires

"You got wires going in. You got wires coming out of your skin." So sung Athlete, and while they were relaying the harrowing experience of having a loved one in hospital, we like to sing it at our toaster.

No disrespect to the band and their original sentiment – it’s just that the acoustics right by our toaster are amazing. And, of course, our toaster does have wires going in, and indeed wires coming out.

It’s really the only thing wrong with toasters. They are, by and large, the perfect product creating the perfect foodstuff, hampered only by the big…

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Gadget Reviews Ride in Dalek

This month, Murphy Simmonds is raising a generation of killing machines

Kids these days, eh? You feed them. You water them. You move to the nice part of town to make sure they don’t become crackheads. You do damn near everything for the little blighters, but when the time comes to send them out on an assassination mission, what do they do?

Cry and go to their room, is what. Bam – you lose out on a lucrative £30,000 contract and the Queen of Bolivia, or whoever your target may be, escapes with her brains and skull frustratingly intact.

It was far easier in the olden days. Back then, children had…

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Gadget Reviews VW Camper Van Tent

This month, Murphy Simmonds is camping it up

Do you like camping? We like camping. We love nothing more than to strap sheeting and poles to our back, traipse across a few mountains, lovingly assemble our tent, sit inside it shivering, briefly go outside to defecate behind a bush, then finally fall blissfully asleep with a rock jabbing our spine.

From that description, it might sound like we don’t actually like camping. And you’d be quite right, we don’t. It’s rubbish. Sure, it’s a fun feeling to climb inside a temporary cloth house in the middle of a field, but then the fun goes away, and it’s cold…

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Gadget Reviews iTwin

Murphy Simmonds is tying string to yoghurt pots and climbing up trees

When you were little, somebody will have shown you the trick with two yoghurt pots and a length of string. You know the one: you stick a hole in each pot, thread the string through it, then put tights over your head and rob an off-licence.

Our childhood was unusual, though, so perhaps you were shown the other trick, in which one person stands at one end with the pot to their mouth while the other climbs up a tree and holds the pot to their ear. The person on the ground whispers insults into the pot and the other…

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Gadget Reviews Fit Fur Life Treadmill

This month, Murphy Simmonds looks for the best way to walk a dog in the middle of the sea

It’s a common problem. You own a dog, but you live on a small boat in the middle of a sea. Twice a day your beloved pet looks hopefully up a you with his or her loving eyes, only to be told: no, there are no walkies now; there will be no walkies later; in fact, there will never, ever be any walkies for all of the rest of time, because we live on a tiny boat, you and I, and that tiny boat is in the middle of the sea.

Dogs, being dogs, can only grasp the very first…

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Gadget Reviews iPad 2 Accessories

A look at the best accessories for Apple's latest gizmo

Hello. This is part two of our iPad 2 accessory round-up (read part 1 here). If you don’t have an iPad 2 we’re very sorry. We’ll talk about something different next month.

Now – onward! For anyone who has lost large chunks of their life hunched over a screen and hammering little keys, the iPad is a blessed release. But though it’s a wonderful thing to write while schlumped on the sofa, screen-prodding isn’t the swiftest way to churn out a novel.

The Logitech Keyboard Case (previously known as the ZAGGmate) fixes this. It connects via Bluetooth, props…

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Gadget Reviews iPad2 Cases

This month, Murphy Simmonds is looking at padding your iPad 2

If you’re lucky enough to own an iPad 2, you’ll have noticed that it’s the single greatest thing to ever have been created by man. Screw the motor car, screw the wheel, screw maths and science and language. Does any of that let you watch porn on the train? No.

We’re forever getting scared that ours will break, or scratch, or have its ethereal beauty otherwise tarnished. So we’ve investigated a series of protective cases to ensure that nothing can hurt it. Here, we share our favourites.

Worried about your iPad getting nicked? Disguise it as a book. The BookBook…

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Gadget Reviews MusucBag

Murphy Simmonds tries out a man-shaped sleeping bag

We love sleeping bags. Ever since our parents first packed us into one of these thick, fluffy people-sleeves, we have felt an intense fondness for the sensation of womblike safety they provide in any given surroundings.

When we were being shunned, bullied, beaten and – on a good day – fondled during a series of scout camps, it was the warm embrace of our sleeping bag which soothed our soul. When we collapsed, frothing at the mouth after injecting a cocktail of heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, gin, Fisherman’s Friend and Tipp-Ex into our neck at a music festival, it was…

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Gadget Reviews Veho Muvi Micro DV Camcorder

This month, Murphy Simmonds is size-obsessed

What’s the smallest thing you can think of? A house? A car? Neither of those are particularly small – try harder. How about a cat? Or a shrew? Or a bee? How about a cat the size of a shrew the size of a bee? You could keep it in a matchbox and feed it tiny slices of anchovy. It’d stink after a while, a fetid mixture of cat poo and rotten fish emanating from the box, but it’d be worth it to have such a small cat.

We digress. What we’re getting at is that small things are excellent.…

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