Gizmos: Top tech this month

There's something for everyone this month, from globetrotters to couch potatoes to running fans. MT takes stock.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 02 Oct 2014

Samsung BD-F7500 3D, Ultra HD Smart Blu-Ray and DVD Player


With their motion control and yoga apps, smart TVs may be exciting, but they're also incredibly pricey. This little box, though, is all you want from a smart TV, but without the extra packaging. For geeks, it has Ultra HD upscaling, it plays 2D and 3D Blu-rays and has the full suite of Samsung's Smart Hub apps (including yoga, natch). It makes it hard to understand why people would shell out for a smart TV, if we're honest - but perhaps that's just us.

Rating: ***


Free. iOs, Android, Facebook

Learning languages is, let's face it, something most of us don't get around to doing once we've left school. This app aims to change that by turning learning a language into a game, teaching you the basics of spelling, grammar and vocabulary, and awarding points based on how well you do. This is 'gamification' at its finest: by playing to their competitive sides, its users push themselves harder. The only downside is that it can be repetitive.

Rating: **



The undignified bunfight to squeeze everyone's carry-on bag into the overhead locker has become even worse since legacy outfits like BA also began charging to put bags in the hold. But Gate8's top-quality luggage complies with every airline's carry-on size allowance. A very boysy piece of kit, it has a detachable laptop holder and will hold two suits plus a spare pair of shoes. And it's a British product.

Rating: ***


Free. iOS

If you're one of the few who didn't ditch the new year's resolutions on 3 January, this is for you. The most irritating thing about the free Nike+ app on the iPhone is that you have to buy the equipment to go with it. Runkeeper is an improved version of that, using GPS to track where you've been, how fast you ran and how many calories you burned, and it's also appealingly designed. Runkeeper has also rolled its 'pro' and 'free' versions into one free app - we like it a lot.

Rating: **

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