Three top tech gadgets coming to a retailer near you soon
Looking for an augmented reality headset, a pocket-size compact camera, or a budget phone which excels? Our Tech Editor has it covered
Microsoft Hololens (€3,300)
Microsoft’s ‘augmented reality’ Hololens is different from ‘virtual’ reality headsets in that you stay in your real world, complemented by virtual layers. It’s a bit more comfortable than earlier models, but is still largely aimed at industrial and education markets.
Lumix LX15 (€730)
For a really, really good compact camera that fits in your pocket, try Panasonic’s new Lumix LX15. It’s a cross between the company’s semi-professional LX100 model and its big zoom TZ100 model, with a camera sensor close in size to both. While its 3x zoom (24mm-72mm equivalent) doesn’t come near the (similarly sized) TZ100’s massive 10x zoom, the lens is much, much faster starting at a light-loving f1.4.
Moto E2 (€140)
AS budget phones go, Moto models excel. For what you’re paying, it’s hard to get a better handset. The E2 model is a case in point. It has a decent 8-megapixel camera (and 5-megapixel selfie-camera), a very decent 5-inch screen and a better user interface than most Android phones (because it’s stock Android without the annoying layers). It’s also easy to handle and doesn’t feel anything like as cheap as its price. The 2,800mAh battery is surprisingly good and outlasts most rivals in its category.