O2's Gurus Show That Great Tech Doesn't Have to Cost the Earth

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I'm sure that in a perfect world, we'd all love to have a different smartphone for each day of the week and a different-coloured smartwatch for each outfit. But sadly, the only way you'd be able to do that would be with handsets rocking Windows Mobile 6.5; decent tech is generally a bit dear. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Nowhere is the problem of price more true than with bleeding-edge smartphones. Normally, if you want to own a device that doesn't cost the earth, you'll be left digging through a mixed assortment of ancient BlackBerrys with the occasional Symbian phone thrown in. However, with the release of the iPhone 5C, Apple have for the first time made a brand-new iPhone just that little bit cheaper.

And, as O2 Guru TV's David McClelland shows in his video above, they haven't really cut corners with the 5C. Although it's packing a polycarbonate body rather than the signature aluminium of the rest of the 5 range, that just means you've got a whole range of colours to pick from. And, with an A6 processor inside and a Retina screen slapped on the outside, it's not exactly what you'd call slow.

Let's say that you want an Android phone, though. The Xperia SP is Sony's mid-range offering, but don't be fooled into thinking it's just a stripped-out Z1. The Xperia SP has a smaller 4.6-inch screen, making it hand-friendly; a genuinely nifty little 8MP Exmoor RS snapper on the back, combined with Sony's industry-leading camera software, and it's all wrapped up in a premium package, with a pass-through notification bar on the bottom of the screen that's a refreshing change from the black-slab-of-glass design that the rest of the industry follows. Most importantly, it's getting on for half the price of some of the more expensive smartphones out there, leaving you more to invest sensibly in your tax-free ISA...!

It's not all about the phones, though. Tablets have exploded over the past few years -- and for those of us who don't want the heft or wallet-burn of Apple's more premium offering, the Nexus 7 is the obvious choice.
Fresh from an update from Google, the Nexus 7 is now slinging a monstrous 1.4Ghz quad-core Snapdragon processor under the hood, with 2GB of RAM singing backing vocals. What that means is blazing-fast navigation round the screen -- which, by the way, is a 7-inch Full HD 1920 x 1200 screen. And, as the O2 Gurus point out with a few inadvisable jokes about Gav's hairstyle, it's running stock Android -- which means full use of the fantastic Google Now, among other things.

Best of all, though, is the price. At £200, it's a full £120 cheaper than the recently-announced iPad Mini with Retina -- even though the specs are pretty much the same, with only the operating system being any different. (And we won't even try and say which OS is better, for the sake of our poor commenting system.)

But if you're still not persuaded that value gadgets are a great way to go, you can always speak to the O2 Gurus in-store, online or by phone for some impartial advice -- even if you're not an O2 customer. Talk about value for (no) money. Or better yet, subscribe to their YouTube channel here, for more video reviews and updates of tech, both cheap and less-so. [O2 Guru TV]