This week on TechRadar

This week on TechRadar we saw the first pictures of the PSP Phone emerge, while Virgin announced its 100Mb broadband service.

HTC leaked a new Android handset, codenamed the HTC Mecha, and Sky formally announced Anytime+ arrival.

Android proved popular, too, this week, with roundups of Android apps in our most-read in-depth articles.

Read on for this week’s most popular stories on TechRadar…

Top five news stories

First pictures of Sony PlayStation Phone emerge

Possible first pictures of the much-rumoured Sony PlayStation Phone prototype have been leaked onto the internet.

Sony is rumoured to be planning to launch the PlayStation Phone in 2011, with an apparent PlayStation Phone prototype having been obtained by Engadget this week, which is the device you can see pictured here.

Vodafone offer us Nokia N8 and HTC Desire HD

Vodafone has confirmed that it is now offering the Nokia N8 and HTC Desire HD – two of the most desirable handsets around, with the former available in an exclusive green hue from the network.

In a short statement Vodafone stated that it would be carrying both the N8 – Nokia’s new flagship phone and HTC’s Desire HD – a follow up to the immensely popular Desire.

“Vodafone customers can now buy two of the hottest new smartphones on the market, the HTC Desire HD and the Nokia N8, both of which are available now on the UK’s best network,” said Vodafone,

Virgin Media uses supercar taxis to promote 100Mbps

Virgin Media is celebrating the announcement of its 100Mbps broadband by offering a fleet of ultrafast taxis – giving Londoners the chance to hitch a ride in a Ferrari, Porsche or Aston Martin.

Gimmick it may be, but Virgin Media’s decision to pimp out three supercars as Hackney Carriages will give the public the chance to ride in style on Thursday – free of charge.

Jon James, executive director of Broadband at Virgin Media said, “With today’s announcement of our new 100Mb service, we wanted to do something fun and iconic to celebrate.”

HTC Mecha set to be next Android superstar?

HTC looks like it’s readying a new Android handset, codenamed the HTC Mecha.

The phone is showing up in the ‘Choose your phone’ section of the account creation screen for, the company’s new phone portal to keep track of your phone’s content and location.

Listed under the Desire HD and Desire Z is the Mecha – with a picture showing an HTC Hero next to it.

Sky formally announces Anytime+ arrival for next week

As revealed on TechRadar yesterday, Sky’s Anytime+ VOD is coming next week, with the broadcast giant confirming that the service will begin to roll out on Tuesday.

Although a lack of HD streams and the exclusion of all other ISPs apart from Sky have picked up criticism, Early Sky Anytime+ reviews have been largely positive.

Anytime+ adds to the already established Anytime push VOD (which does bring HD programmes) to add SD streaming and download video, and the movie section alone bring a wealth of goodies.

Top five in-depth articles

Top 10 best tablet PC iPad alternatives

Apple hasn’t just rekindled interest in tablet devices, it has created the kind of hysteria that only Apple can.

There’s no denying that the iPad is a beautifully crafted device that’s a joy to use, but not everyone wants to buy into Apple’s design and marketing hype.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up ten alternatives to the iPad and put them in descending order to prove that Apples are not the only fruit.

Best Android phone – which should you buy?

There’s one key way in which Android is massively different from its Apple-branded smartphone competition – the number of phones out there running Google’s hot mobile OS.

Samsung makes loads of them. Sony Ericsson makes a few. Then you’ve got Android-powered phones from Acer, LG, Huawei and many others, while HTC releases more in a month than all the rest added together manage in a year.

The many variations in screen size, processor power, software features and design makes finding the best Android phone for you extremely tough.

Do you physically and emotionally need a QWERTY keyboard? Are you the sort of oddball who prefers the rough pressing needed to make resistive touchscreens work? Do you actually like Orange widgets?

30 best free Android games

As Android phones have increased in popularity the number of apps available for the platform has rocketed.

And that means more free Android games. There’s a lot of junk out there, but fortunately, there are gems within the junk.

We’ve worked our way through a whole load of Android games to reveal the ones you should download to your phone.

25 Windows Phone 7 tips and tricks

If you’ve just bought yourself a snazzy new Windows Phone 7 handset, no doubt you’re keen to get to grips with it and explore all the new features.

To help you get the best from your new handset, we’ve compiled 25 handy Windows Phone 7 tips and tricks.

Top 90 best Android apps

While Android doesn’t feature the same volume of apps in its Marketplace as iPhone users are used to, there are still loads of great apps to download.

Whether you’re after the best free Android apps or the best paid ones, we’ve compiled our favourites.

Top five reviews

Samsung Galaxy Tab review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first major tablet release since the Apple iPad launched about five months ago. Running Android 2.2 and some decent hardware specs, can it compete?

HTC Desire HD review

After the success of the HTC Desire, HTC is looking to take smartphones to the next level with the super-sized HTC Desire HD. But is it a super-sized effort too far?

Samsung PS50C6900 review

With its £1,300 price tag and an extensive secondary feature count this Samsung 50-inch plasma TV has the potential to become the first bona fide 3D bargain

Acer Aspire 5745PG 5464G32Mn review

Nvidia’ s Optimus technology, which allows the laptop to automatically switch between basic integrated graphics and powerful dedicated graphics, makes this lappy a bit of a steal

Office for Mac 2011 review

Make no mistake, Office for Mac 2011 is a big improvement over the previous iterations. Across the board, it’s noticably faster and feels more at home on the Mac than before.

Also reviewed this week

Audio systems

Leema Stream III and Pulse III review

NaimUnitiQute review


CanonLegria HF M31 review

Samsung HMX-H200 review

Toshiba Camileo SX900 review

CD players

Meridian 808.3 Signature Reference review

Graphics cards

AMD Radeon HD 6850 review

AMD Radeon HD 6870 review


Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13″ review

Medion Akoya P6512 review

MSI CR630 review

Packard Bell EasyNote TM98 review

Sony VAIO VPCEB2L9E/BQ review

Acer Aspire 5745PG 5464G32Mn review

Toshiba Satellite L630-13M review


MicrosoftOffice for Mac 2011 review


Samsung Galaxy Tab review


Samsung PS50C6900 review

Sharp LC-22DV200E review


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