This month's issue
In the latest issue of PC Advisor we bring you the results of our mobile broadband road trip with Broadband Genie - just which operator offers the UK's fastest 3G and 4G network?
We also reveal the best-value in-ear and over-ear headphones under £50, assess the merits of home vs online printing, explain the Internet of Things and get pally with Windows Phone 8.1's Cortana. If you want to cover your digital footprint, clean bloatware off your PC or increase your productivity we'll show you how, and we explain the best upgrades for getting the most out of your PC.
And there's more: our extensive news and analysis section covers everything from smartwatches and smartglasses to electric cars, free Wi-Fi and a glimpse at Intel's vision for the PC.
We've got 49 PC and laptop reviews, as well as expert opinion on the latest smartphones, smartwatches, hard drives, printers, scanners, apps, software… loads of stuff.
And you can expect our usual Helproom reader Q&A, useful how to workshops and unique Top 5 charts. Grab your copy of PC Advisor today!
On this month's Cover Disc
Auslogics BoostSpeed 6; full program; (with 6 months of updates)
With BoostSpeed 6 you’ll be able to repair, defragment and optimise your system, remove junk files,speed up your internet connection, find duplicates, recover accidentally deleted files and protect your privacy.
• One-click scan
• Over 15 major tools
• Internet optimizer
• System advisor
• File recovery
• Disk cleaner
• Disk doctor
Abelssoft Codify 2014; full program worth £10
Codify enables you to quickly create or edit some text and encrypt it with secure measures.
Ashampoo Photo Commander 11; full program worth £35
Ashampoo Photo Commander 11 is the essential all-in-one photo suite to view, organize, edit, enhance, present and share your photos.
ABBYY FineReader 12 Professional; full program worth £15
ABBYY FineReader makes its easy to turn documents and PDFs into text you can use.
Plus additional, trials and shareware programs
Best mobile network
In partnership with Broadband Genie we've tested every 3G- and 4G network in the UK to find out what is the UK's best mobile network in 2014.
You don't need to spend a fortune on a decent set of headphones any more. We look at six great-sounding models that won't break the bank.
Home vs online printing
Should you consider buying a home printer with so many other options available to you? We investigate.
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We thought we’d already seen the best of what Android has to offer the smartphone world in 2014. The Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2 are outstanding devices, but there’s little to separate them.
Three important things happened this month in the smartphone world: first, LG announced the first Quad HD smartphone in its G3; second, previously unknown startup OnePlus entered the arena with its high-performance, low-cost One device; and third, someone finally stole the best budget crown from the Moto G — you’ll never guess who.
The OnePlus One has specs to match 2014’s flagship Androids, but costs around half the price. We grab a hands-on with the OnePlus One, and check out that gorgeous true-to-life display from LG. As to who stole the budget crown — well, it was Motorola, of course. We compare the Moto G and £89 Moto E.
Of course, we’re only at the end of May, and it’s just possible that things will get even better still. Read Android Advisor for news of upcoming devices such as the Google Nexus 8, Samsung Galaxy S5 mini, S5 Active, S5 Prime and Galaxy K Zoom, the Sony Xperia Z3, and the HTC One M8 Prime and Ace.
We also cover the best SIM-only deals, take a look at two exciting Android projects - Android Silver, which places Google's stamp of approval on the best devices, and Project Ara, which lets you build your dream smartphone to a custom spec - and show you how to add Flash to KitKat, install WhatsApp on a Wi-Fi-only Android tablet, get free money to spend at Google Play, and lots more.
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