Amazon Prime Day has arrived early with this massive Amazon device sale (day 6)

Amazon Prime Day has arrived early with this massive Amazon device sale (day 6)

Get up to 40% off Amazon Echos, Fire tablets, Fire TV sticks, Ring Video Doorbells and more

27 May 2019 update: it’s day six of this mega Amazon device sale and prices are staying low. All current price cuts on Amazon devices are shown below. We’re guessing this is the last day of this sale.

Did we all just go through a time warp and arrive six weeks into the future in the middle of the Amazon Prime Day sales? It looks that way as Amazon has just discounted an absolute truckload of its devices with savings of up to 40%!

We’re seeing savings in pretty much every category of devices that Amazon makes – cheap Echo smart speakers, prices slashed on Amazon’s Fire tablets, reductions on Fire TV Sticks and some tasty price cuts on camera systems and video doorbells from Blink and Ring, which Amazon also owns. In fact, the only Amazon device category that isn’t seeing price cuts right now is Kindles.

Even better, because this is not an actual Amazon Prime Day sale, you don’t need to be a Prime member to be able to take advantage of the offers (although you can get a free Amazon Prime trial account if you want one, and the free one-day delivery that comes with it).

We have no idea how long these discounts will last – our guess is that this is part of Amazon’s (very low key) Bank Holiday sale, so the prices might stay down until midnight on Monday 27 May, assuming the products don’t sell out before then. Or they might not, we just don’t know. But you can bet that prices will go back up again between now and Prime Day so if you don’t to wait until July, you might want to hurry. Read on to see exactly what the reductions are and then click through to make your savings. 

Amazon Echo Dot deals

Amazon’s Echo range of smart speakers lets you ask Alexa to read you the news, tell you the weather or traffic conditions, set reminders, stream music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, TuneIn and others and control your smart home devices such as Hue bulbs or Nest thermostats.

Amazon Echo Dot deals

Amazon’s Fire HD tablets are some of the best priced tablets out there and now they’re even more attractively priced as you can save up to 31%. There are tablets for adults and tablets for kids on sale now – so perhaps it’s a good time to pick one up for the summer vacations.

Amazon Echo Dot deals

Amazon Fire TV sticks let you watch content from Prime Video, BBC, Netflix, ITV, Channel 4, Disney and others on any TV with an HDMI input, while Alexa voice control means that you don’t have to fiddle around with buttons to play or pause a program. And because Fire TV Sticks work with any HDTV you can take it away with you to use in your hotel or Airbnb apartment as long as there’s a Wi-Fi connection for it to connect to.

Amazon Echo Dot deals

A video doorbell means you can see who is at the door without getting up from the sofa, while two-way talking and motion-activated notifications make these smart doorbells even more useful. Because you can check in on your home at any time via the accompanying smartphone app these doorbells are as useful as security devices as they are if you just want to see who is at the door before deciding to answer it. And because Blink and Ring are Amazon companies, these doorbells and cameras can all be controlled via an Alexa device.

Save up to £75 on Nextbase dash cams in Curry’s May Sale

Save up to £75 on Nextbase dash cams in Curry’s May Sale

Get a bargain dash cam to record your rear ends

We can’t stress how important it is to get a dash cam – they constantly record your driving and could prove your innocence in an accident, saving you lots of money when it comes to insurance premiums.

Now, thanks to Curry’s May Sale, you can save money when buying a dash cam as well, with some cracking deals on Nextbase and Mio dash cams.

There are several dash cams on offer, but the one we want to focus on is the brilliant Nextbase 612GW.

The 612GW currently sits in second place in our best dash cam buying guide. It offers the best image quality possible with a 150° ultra-wide viewing angle in 4K resolution. 

That clear footage means you’ll be able to see number plates and other details, while a special filter reduces windscreen glare.

It’s also fitted with a G-sensor, which automatically starts recording when it senses an impact, and GPS, so your location and speed are never in doubt.

All in all, it’s the complete dash cam package, and a steal at £174.

Nextbase 612GW Dash Cam | £249 | £174 | save £75

Leave little room for objections with the Nextbase 612GW Dash Cam, which records road action at a 150° ultra-wide viewing angle in 4K resolution. Clear footage means you’ll be able to see number plates and other details, while a special filter reduces windscreen glare.View Deal

MIO MiVue 785 Touch Dash Cam | £129 | £99 | save £30

The MIO MiVue 785 Touch Dash Cam records in Full HD 1080p at 30 fps so finer details, like other driver’s number plates or road signs, will still be clear. Each impact or incident is recorded, timed and dated, and automatically saved in a protected folder to avoid accidental overwriting. View Deal

Nextbase 312GW Deluxe Full HD Dash Cam | £79

If you get into an accident or want to look back over the footage of your journey, the 312GW Dash Cam can send recordings straight to your smartphone or tablet using the Nextbase In Car Cam viewer app.View Deal

Best watches for men 2019

Best watches for men 2019

From Audemars to Zenith, with Omega, Rolex and Swatch in between, these are the best watches to be seen wearing

This is T3’s guide to the best watches in 2019, featuring the best watch brands in existence. It’s not all about Rolex, Omega and TAG – there’s a host of top pieces for any budget right here.

While some people might be replacing watches with smartwatches or fitness trackers, we still believe a quality timepiece is an essential executive accoutrement. Serving two purposes; it makes a statement about your style and standing, and it tells you the time (which is incredibly useful).

So, whether you flex a rugged, tech-heavy chronograph or a classic, slimline dress watch designed to compliment your suits, your choice of watch says a lot about you. 

That’s why we’ve taken care to pick out the best men’s watches available to buy, including the timepieces that caught our eye at Baselworld this year.

Before you start, here are a few watch buying tips to keep in mind:

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet, also known as AP, is a favourite of the rap elite. The company was founded in 1875, and the Royal Oak is the brand’s most popular model. We love this simple stainless steel model with a blue Grand Tapisserie pattern dial. It features a a self-winding manufacture calibre 2385 movement with a 40-hour power reserve, and is water resistant to 50 metres.

Price: £21,500 | Browse Audemars Piguet watches at Rox

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

The Bamford Mayfair Date is dependable and has the added benefit of being waterproof to 10ATM, making it a great accessory for outdoor activities whilst remaining effortlessly cool and stylish.

Price: £500 | Browse watches at Bamford London

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Baume is a sustainability minded watch brand which only launched earlier this year (2018). The brand aims to use sustainable, recycled, and up-cycled materials where possible, and the elegant watches are fully customisable, with over 2000 permutations achievable on an online configurator.

Price: £430 | Customise your watch on Baume’s website

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

This watch is for those who prefer square watches. No complicated bells and whistles here; the Bell and Ross BR03-92 has its roots in aviation, a heritage the folks at B&R have clearly channelled into the BR03’s straightforward, seconds-minutes-hours-date design. Now happily available to those of us without our wings, the BR03 packs a sapphire crystal face and a hard-wearing leather strap.

Price: £2,300 | Browse Bell & Ross watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Blancpain is the world’s oldest watch brands, founded in 1735, and the Fifty Fathoms is one of the first diving watches. This model has been updated for 2018 and features a striking blue bezel, dial, and canvas strap. Each piece is designed and assembled in Switzerland, and embodies all the luxury you’d expect from such a historic brand.

Price: £11,480 | Browse Blancpain watches at Selfridges

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Taking inspiration from Deiter Ram’s classic design, this Braun Watch is understated, sharp, and sophisticated. It’s not too chunky with a 38mm diameter, and only 8.5mm thickness. Perfect for industrial design fans.

Price: £88 | Browse Braun watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

The Navitimer is Breitling’s most iconic and popular collection, it has been a fan favourite with aeronautical enthusiasts since its original release in 1952. This model boasts a 43mm stainless steel case with a transparent case back, showing off the impressive COSC-certified self-winding movement. It’s accurate to -4 to +6 seconds a day and has an impressive 70 hour power reserve.

Price: £6,460 | Browse Breitling watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Bremont is T3’s favourite English watch brand, but despite appearing so historic, they’ve only been going since 2002. This range of watches were built in collaboration with Jaguar, celebrating the historic Jaguar E-Type. The MKI is beautifully paired back, featuring a slim steel case and black tachometer-inspired dial. The winding crown resembles the original Dunlop tyre tread, and features Bremont’s anti-shock movement.

Price: £3,500 | Browse Bremont watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

There is noting more elegant than a Cartier Tank. It was created by Louis Cartier in 1917, and was first presented to General Pershing of the American army during World War I. This model is powered by reliable quartz movement and enclosed in a 31mm 18ct rose gold and stainless steel case.

Price: £3,900 | Browse Cartier watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Okay, so this isn’t the last word in elegance, but sometimes occasion calls for a cheap, durable digital watch. You could buy a classic Casio in black like a normal person, but where’s the fun in that? This watch is compact and unobtrusive on the wrist, featuring a digital display with time, day and date always on show.

Price: £39 | Browse Casio watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

As a true Swiss made diver’s watch the Certina DS Action Diver Powermatic 80 fulfils all the requirements of the ISO 6425 standard. It’s waterproof up to 300 metres and has a massive power reserve of up to 80 hours. That’s a very desirable package considering the watch costs under £700.

£655 | Browse Certina watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Christopher Ward has gone retro with its latest range of watches, and we think they’ve hit the nail on the head with their designs. The brand just keeps getting better and better. The durable 41mm case houses a mechanical movement, and for £695 it’s quite a bargain.

Price: £695 | Browse the watches at Christopher Ward’s website

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

With a watch face that could be described as a little bit busy, the Citizen Navihawk GPS is Citizen’s latest hero watch. The GPS is used to keep your watch synchronised as you travel across the globe. With world time in 27 cities, the Navihawk boasts the fastest time keeping signal reception speed and pretty much every single dial you can imagine on a watch face.

Price: £995 | Browse Citizen watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Chopard’s Mille Miglia collection celebrates the world’s most beautiful race. With its resolutely vintage style, this watch is crafted from DLC-treated blackened stainless steel and is finished with a rubber strap which resembles 60s Dunlop tire treads. Inside is a chronometer-certified self-winding in-house movement.

Price: £5970 | Browse Chopard watches at Ernest Jones

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Fifteen years after the dazzling success of its emblematic Bubble watch, Corum continues to celebrate its iconic design with a number of limited edition models. They’re really fun pieces. The Bubble Gaming watches revive the signature themes of the original Bubble, while the Bubble Tourbillon watches showcase versions incorporating grand complications.

Price: £11,200 | Browse Corum watches at Jura Watches

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

We really like the clean aesthetic of this chronograph from Fossil. The 42mm case houses a blue satin dial with stick indices, chronograph movement and a brown leather strap.

Price: £109 | Browse Fossil watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

If you like the idea of fitness tracking, but don’t like the cheap rubber straps of Fitbit et al, the Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch Worldtimer is for you. Quite simply, this is the most elegant fitness tracker you can buy, sporting a 42mm rose gold plated steel case, paired with a deep navy blue alligator leather strap.

Price: £1016 | Browse Frederique Constant watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

If you hadn’t guessed from the name, Glashütte is a German brand, and the Senator Chronograph XL is a bold, very ‘Germanic’ watch. The watch face and stainless steel case looks quite classical, and the Louisiana Alligator leather strap adds luxury.

Price: around £5,250 | Browse Glashütte watches at Joma Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

G-Shock claims the Mudmaster was designed for people who frequently come into contact with ‘rubble, dirt, mud, debris’, and judging by the styling – explosions. This update boasts a digital compass, thermometer, LED lighting and timeserver signal reception.

Price: £650 | Browse G-Shock watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Circular watches are for, well… squares. If you’re looking for something a little different check out Hamilton’s Ventura range. This timepiece looks like a 1950s interpretation of a futuristic watch, and we love it.

If you hadn’t guessed from the name, this model pays tribute to the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley (a Ventura actually featured in his film, Blue Hawaii). Powered by Hamilton’s own H-10 movement, with a massive power reserve of 80 hours, it is a truly modern timepiece.

Price: £1,140 | Browse Hamilton watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

This watch is much more than a watch, the Carré H is a designer object from the luxury fashion house. Based on Marc Berthier’s design from 2010, it plays with geometric shapes and finishes, and is now a bit larger, at 38mm.

Price: £5,800 | Browse Hermés watches at Neiman Marcus

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

While Hublot is more famous for its popular Big Bang model, we also love the Classic Fusion range. We’ve had the pleasure of reviewing the Classic Fusion Ultra-thin Skeleton All Black and let us tell you – it’s something special. With a 90-hour power reserve, this manually wound piece lets you see the inner workings of the HUB1300.4 movement, while the alligator leather and black rubber strap keep the watch secure in place. It’s thin (by Hublot standards) at 2.9mm, and features the classic Hublot design traits – such as the H screws.

Price: £12,600 | Browse Hublot watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

The IWC Portofino Chronograph combines precision engineering and elegant design into one breathtakingly beautiful timepiece. Finding the perfect balance between function and form, the watch features a 42mm 18ct rose gold case, sapphire crystal, and brown alligator strap.

Price: £12,750 | Browse IWC watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

The Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso was born at the beginning of the 1930s from a challenge to design a watch that could withstand British Army polo matches in India. An innovative mechanism means the dial is smoothly concealed by the reversing case, switching to a metal back that fully protects the crystal and dial from possible mallet strokes. It’s been an icon since its inception, and was even worn by Christian Bale when playing Batman.

Price: £5,400 | Browse Jaeger LeCoultre watches at Jura Watches

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

We’re a bit obsessed with the Junghans brand at the moment. It’s the largest German watch manufacturer and was founded in 1861. It now creates clean, simple, and very attractive timepieces. The Max Bill Chronoscope is our favourite model, commemorating one of the most extraordinary designers of the last century.

Price: £1,500 | Browse Junghans watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Founded by Auguste Agassiz in the Swiss town of Saint Imier in 1832, Longines has propelled itself to one of the world’s leading watch brands with it’s 185 year proud history. Fully automatic making full use of the heritage and engineering prowess that Longines have perfected over the last 180 years this Heritage Gents watch is as striking and bold as it is well made.

Price: £2,180 | |Browse Longines watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

The Squelette’s metallised sapphire crystal skeleton dial displays almost all of its movement’s complex workings, while remaining waterproof to 100m. A crocodile and calfskin leather strap adds class, while a limited run of just 250 adds exclusivity.

Price: £6,146 | Browse Maurice Lacroix watches at Jura Watches

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

We can’t describe the Helvetica any better than Mondaine can: “a classy-unpretentious and practical timepiece. No1 for simplicity and unshowy neutral elegance.” The case is made from polished stainless steel and it’s water resistant to 30 metres.

Price: £280 | Browse Mondaine watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Montblanc’s beautiful new Timewalker features all the hallmarks you’d expect from a collection over a decade old. Narrow bezel and Arabic numerals give the face its signature clean look, whilst the rigorous tests set by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500 means this watch is as reliable as it is stylish. 

Price: £3,680 | Browse Montblanc watches at Beaverbrooks 

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Nixon has a long history of collaborating with icons (we’ve seen Star Wars and Metallica in the past) and was excited at the chance to do something special for Mickey Mouse. The Disney range of watches are filled with small details, look closely at the band of the Arrow Leather, the eyelet holes have mouse ears and the custom locking looper holes on the Time Teller P are actually shaped like Mickey Mouse’s buttons.

Price: £150 | Browse Nixon watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Ideal for those who value straightforwardness as much as precision, the Nomos Glashütte Tangente neomatik 39 is a stylish accompaniment to the working day. The tempered blue hands on the white silver-plated dial look great whether with a suit or smart casual attire, while the large dial is easy to read. The watch is kept slender thanks to the automatic in-house movement DUW 3001.

Price: £2,880 | Browse Nomos Glashütte watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

James Bond wore a Omega Seamaster 300 in the 24th Bond film, Spectre. Daniel Craig’s model featured a bi-directional rotating bezel, 5-stripe NATO strap, and lollipop second hands. It was limited to just 7,007 pieces (see what they did there).

If you can’t find the Spectre limited edition, there’s still the regular version (pictured above), which is slightly easier to find and equally as stunning.

Price: £4,320 | Browse Omega watches at Beaverbrooks

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Oris made its first diver’s watch in the 1960s and has since had a close relationship with the oceans which has contributed to its commitment to conservation. This is encapsulated by the ongoing #ChangeForTheBetter campaign. The most recent version of the Divers Sixty-Five features a new strap made entirely of recycled plastic.

Price: £1,450 | Browse Oris watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

If you’re looking for a bit of Italian-flare mixed with Swiss watchmaking, look no further than Panerai. The company is based in Milan, but all watches are made in Switzerland. Our favourite watches from Panerai are the Luminor 1950 collection, with their clean watch face and automatic movement, designed entirely in-house.

Price: around £9,600 | Browse Panerai watches at Mr Porter

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

If you’re looking for one of the best watches available, you can’t go wrong with Patek Philippe. 

Patek Philippe is one of the oldest Swiss watch brands around, founded in 1851, so knows a thing or two about designing watches. The company is known for creating some of the most complicated mechanical watches you can buy. The first Calatrava model was created in 1932, inspired by the minimalist principles of Bauhaus.

This beautiful blue timepiece features a white gold case, hand-stitched alligator strap, and a sunburst dial. Rather than having a date complication, it is displayed on the outermost circle, which we think is a very elegant solution.

Price: around £13,000 | Browse Patek Philippe watches on the brand’s website

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

The newest edition of Raymond Weil’s best-seller combines sophistication with a powerful look. Its 42.5mm steel case (water resistant to 100 meters) is geared up for intense practices thanks to its robust construction which incorporates years of carefully handed down watchmaking know-how. It’s powered by a mechanical self-winding movement providing a 46-hour power reserve.

Price: £2,395 | Browse Raymond Weil watches at Beaverbrooks

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Before Omega started looking into sending watches into space, the bods at Rolex had a more humble goal: to create the first water resistant watch. Invented in 1926, Brit swimmer Mercedes Gleitze swam the channel in ten hours wearing a Rolex Oyster in 1927, and it’s been the darling of big business types and shady internet resellers ever since.

Equally legendary, the GMT-Master II has been a icon of the jet age, embraced by airline pilots as their onboard chronometer of choice. T3’s favourite reference is the steel case with a “Pepsi” bezel, introduced at Baselworld in 2018.

Price: £7,150 | Browse Rolex watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

If you’re after a classy looking watch on a budget, the British brand Rotary are perfect. This classic looking timepiece is worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock! Get buying Cumberbitches.

Price: £95 | Browse Rotary watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

We love this glorious re-creation of Seiko’s 1970 diver’s watch (named the Prospex 1970 Diver’s Recreation). It’s slightly larger than the original but is faithful in every other respect to its design. Of course, it’s been completely updated inside, incorporating the caliber 8L35 which was specially designed for use in diver’s watches. 

If you looking for something a little more modern, you should check out the new Prospex LX line, which has been developed in collaboration with Ken Okuyama Design. 

Price: €4,350 | Browse Seiko watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

No best watch list would be complete without Swatch, the budget Swiss brand (who also happen to make some pretty snazzy designs). We love the Swatch Originals range — made from plastic and silicon but featuring quartz movement and waterproof to 3 Bars, but we’ve gone for the Sistem51, which is a bit more techy. In fact, the Sistem51 is a technological wonder, featuring 51 parts, one screw, and a 90-hour power reserve.

Price: £108 | Browse Swatch watches on the brand’s website

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

The classic TAG timepiece, the TAG Heuer Carrera was created in 1964 as a tribute to the Carrera Panamerica, or “Mexican Road Race” of the fifties, at which the day’s most balls-out drivers raced 2000 miles across Mexico at full speed. Today’s Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 is made from titanium carbide coated steel, and is completed by a strap made from black rubber for a stylish, sporty look.

Price: £4,000 | Browse TAG Heuer watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

If you’re after something a little more traditional, try the Heuer Autavia. Part of TAG’s Heritage range, the Autavia was favoured by racing drivers in the 1960s and revived in 2017. The vintage silver dial features a retro Heuer logo, and is encircled by a black aluminium notched bezel. It’s now larger, and features a brand new movement.

Price: £4,250 | Browse Heuer Heritage watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

If you’re after a watch which is a bit smarter than a normal watch, but not as smart as an Apple Watch, the T-Touch range from Tissot may be for you.

T-Touch is a technology developed by Tissot that turns the glass into a ‘touchscreen’, showing different information (such as altitude, digital compass, or timer) depending where you touch. This newest watch in the range, the Expert Solar, uses the Sun’s rays to power all of the functions.

Price: £795 | Browse Tissot watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

The Tudor Black Bay might be the ideal piece to start a “proper” watch collection. It’s premium but not too expensive, it’s got history, and it’s a very attractive, wearable, everyday watch. Our favourite is the Black Bay Black Heritage with the black face and bezel (pictured above), but Tudor offers a number of variants, including a striking bronze model, made from a high-performance aluminium bronze alloy. The Black Bay features an in-house movement and numerous classic design cues.

Price: £2,630 | Browse Tudor watches at Goldsmiths

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Uniform Wares pieces are made in Switzerland but designed in London, and we think they’re a great brand if you’re looking for something clean and simple. The M40 features UW’s signature lug-less M-Line case, and, as the name suggests, measures 40mm in diameter. It’s paired with an Italian nitrile rubber strap. There’s an incredible attention to detail here.

Price: £325 | Browse Uniform Wares watches on the brand’s website

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Put together by the same industrious Swiss tinkerers who make those little red army knives, you’d be right to expect some engineering creativity in the Victorinox INOX watch. As if a steel shell and hardened sapphire crystal face didn’t make it outdoorsy enough for you, the INOX also features a paracord strap, which you can unravel and voila! You’ve got some potentially life-saving rope. Victorinox will also replace you strap for free if you tell them how it saved you.

Price: £380 | Browse Victorinox watches at Watch Shop

Best watches for men: Audemars Piguet

Founded in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot, Zenith has a rich history in the manufacture of Swiss timepieces. The most notable achievement was the creation of the first integrated automatic chronograph movement, the Zenith El Primero, as well as the Zenith Defy Lab, the most accurate mechanical watch ever made.

The Zenith Chronomaster Heritage 146 features a El Primero 4069 movement and a 50 hour power reserve.

Price: £5,500 | Browse Zenith watches at Goldsmiths

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Samsung Galaxy S10 review: the complete package

Samsung Galaxy S10 review: the complete package

The Galaxy S10 gets just about everything right, and is a stunning all-round package

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Dimensions: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm

Weight: 157 g

Screen: 6.1-inch, 19:9, 550 ppi (1,440 x 3,040)

CPU: Exynos 9820

RAM: 8GB

Storage: 128-512GB

Battery: 3,400mAh

Cameras: 12MP+12MP+16MP rear / 10MP front

OS: Android 9.0 Pie, One UI

Every year we see a whole host of new Android flagships hit the market – phones from everyone from Huawei to Google to OnePlus – but for many the Samsung Galaxy phones are the ones to beat, and this year it’s the Galaxy S10 leading the charge.

This is smaller and cheaper than the Galaxy S10 Plus, and larger and more expensive than the Galaxy S10e – so does that mean it hits the perfect sweet spot of power and price? Or does it fall awkwardly between the other two options in the range?

There’s also a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G version, which changes up some of the specs and will be arriving in April.

Here we’re going to focus on the Samsung Galaxy S10, set to be one of the most loved and most popular phones of the year. Does it have what it takes to hold off its competitors and claim the title of the best phone of 2019? This is what we thought of the phone after putting it through its paces for several days.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is available right now to buy in the UK in your choice of white, black, and green – enough colour choice if you decide to opt for this over the Galaxy S10 Plus and the Galaxy S10e.

Go direct to Samsung and you’ll pay £799 for the version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Pony up £999 instead and that’ll get you the same 8GB of RAM with 512GB of storage. Those are up front prices for SIM-free phones.

Head to Carphone Warehouse and you can pick up a Samsung Galaxy S10 from £39.99 per month with a £99.99 up front payment – that’s with 1GB of data a month, and for the 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage model.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

At this point it’s been fairly well established that Samsung is capable of making some fantastic-looking smartphones, and the Galaxy S10 is by no means a disappointment in this regard. It oozes style and class from every glass and metal pore, and feels like a luxury product from the moment you pick it up.

Samsung’s experimentation with the notch continues with a hole-punch cut-out in the top right-hand corner, known as an “Infinity-O” display in Samsung parlance. We prefer a thicker bezel rather than any notch, but it’s really a matter of personal preference.

What can’t be argued is the quality of the craftsmanship here – Samsung has once again excelled itself in the way it’s managed to put together its flagship smartphone. The new all-screen design pushes the display to the very edge of the handset, leaving almost no bezels whatsoever.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

The bezels are much smaller this year, but the front-facing camera is much, much more noticeable 

The combination of the Infinity-O design and software tweaks means the 6.1-inch screen on the Galaxy S10 is easier to use and more comfortable to handle and than the 5.8-inch display on its predecessor, despite the Galaxy S10 standing a fraction more than 2mm taller than the S9 too.

In fact, it’s one of the most compact phones with a screen bigger than 6 inches that we’ve ever had the pleasure to handle. A whopping 93.1 percent of the front of the phone is taken up with the screen. IP68 waterproofing is here too for peace of mind.

If we were being picky we’d say that the layout and the bulge of the triple-lens camera on the back of the unit isn’t the most elegant of solutions, but we really are struggling to come up with anything bad to say about the design and the build quality of the Samsung Galaxy S10. It takes what the Galaxy S9 had to offer and offers a substantial boost in aesthetics.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Samsung has, once again, produced an absolutely brilliant display in the 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen that sits on the front of the Galaxy S10. With a fantastic resolution, stunning vibrancy, and rich contrast, it’s undoubtedly one of the best screens we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. It even makes looking at your emails a pleasure.

You can ramp the brightness way, way up, which hurts battery life but can help in daylight. Viewing angles are excellent too, while the edge-to-edge screen and rounded sides of the display help to add to the immersive feel.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

The HDR10+ support helps to boost contrast and colour on the fly, and if you fire up something like Netflix or YouTube then the sharp resolution and rich HDR quality really do shine through. You might even decide to start watching more videos on your phone just to enjoy what the display has to offer – it’s that good.

As with previous entries in the Galaxy S series, handsets sold in the United States and China are powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor – the Snapdragon 855 in this case. Those on shelves in Europe and South Korea have Samsung’s own Exynos silicon under the bonnet, and so if you buy the Samsung Galaxy S10 in the UK, it will be powered by the Samsung Exynos 9820.

That’s coupled with an ample 8GB of RAM, and in use the Galaxy S10 feels slick and lightning-fast, no matter what the task. Switching between apps is near instant, with even graphics-intensive games firing up in seconds. You’ll struggle to find a better-performing Android phone in 2019, and the benchmarks we ran backed that up.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

We loaded up as many different apps as we could and played a few laps of Asphalt 8, and the Samsung Galaxy S10 coped without breaking a sweat (or a hint of extra heat). Android phones can have a problem with lag, but we wouldn’t expect the Galaxy S10 to be one of them, even after a few years of use.

From scrolling through long websites to editing photos, the Galaxy S10 runs at a very speedy clip, which can of course be very useful when you’re trying to track down a nearby restaurant or fire up the camera.

The question is whether the extra money you’ll pay over a mid-range phone is worth the extra performance you’re going to be able to get from the Galaxy S10. After a few days of use, we’d say so – though of course you have to make your own judgement call on that. The RAM and processor packed in here are certainly more than capable of coping with everything a phone needs to do in 2019.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

[CPU test]

Single-core: 4,502

Multi-core: 10,347

[Compute test]

Compute score: 10,182

[Battery test]

Battery score estimate: 2,631

If you want the very best performance a smartphone can offer in 2019, and you’re prepared to spend money to get it, then the Samsung Galaxy S10 definitely fits the bill. If you’re more of a lightweight phone user, you probably don’t need all of the power the Galaxy S10 offers up.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Samsung phones have earned a strong reputation in the camera department over the last few years, but the jumps in quality and innovation have been getting smaller each year. It’s the same story with the S10, which offers a noticeable but not huge improvement over what we saw with the S9.

That’s not a problem, as the Galaxy S9 had a great camera, but it’s fair to say phones like the Google Pixel 3 and iPhone XS have now caught up to Samsung in the photo-taking department.

What we do have is an extra sensor: last year, Samsung introduced a secondary sensor, and with the Galaxy S10, the number of rear-mounted sensors increases again, bringing the total to three.

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This triple-lens system comprises a 12-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and a variable aperture that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, as well as a new 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4.

This enables 0.5x wide-angle shots (as seen on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro), as well as 2x optical zoom. Both modes are really easy to access with a single tap on a small pop-up that appears in the default camera mode – these new additions feel genuinely useful.

From tourist shots of ancient architecture and towering skyscrapers, the 0.5x zoom means you won’t have to keep retreating away from the subject to get the ideal shot, and the 2x optical zoom is likely to be popular with those who take photos at concerts and want to give the impression they were in the front row, whilst simultaneously avoiding the squeeze. In both cases, photo quality seems to be retained very well.

Other new features are more forgettable, like the Live Focus that can adds an artificial bokeh-style blur, a partial greyscale filter, or a swirling blur to the background behind your chosen subject. Fun, but not really essential.

As with its predecessors, the Galaxy S10 is capable of taking some really nice smartphone shots, rich in colour and contrast, and well balanced in terms of darker and lighter areas. A scene needs to get seriously underlit before the rear camera on the S10 starts to struggle, and even then you can often come away with something usable.

The supplied camera app comes packing some optimisations and processing features that we weren’t particularly impressed with: it did take us several goes to work out how to take portrait and night shots properly, but perhaps that’s more our fault than Samsung’s.

If you need a smartphone camera that’s going to give you great results almost every time just by pointing and shooting, the Galaxy S10 passes with flying colours. If you need to dig deeper and take more control over your shots, the Galaxy S10 can do that too.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

It’s not a perfect camera system though, and doesn’t really raise the bar for phone photos – it just keeps it at a very high level. We’d say even with a single lens, the Pixel 3 phones have the edge, especially in low light shots, for the time being.

Selfies from the 10MP front-facing camera are good – better than good, in fact. Whether you’re using the front or the back camera, focus is grabbed in a snap, and photos are taken in an instant.

Choose to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10 and you’re going to get snaps that are an upgrade on the photos taken with almost every other camera out there, even if it’s not quite at the top of the ladder. Add in all the photo modes and extra tricks on board, and it’s another big tick in the positives column for the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Battery life is a crucial consideration for every smartphone purchase, with just about a day’s use possible from a full charge on most modern-day smartphones. The Galaxy S10 doesn’t really vary from that, with a 3,400mAh battery packed in.

That’s a decent-sized battery, but the S10 has a bright, big, high-resolution screen, which takes its toll on battery life. In our standard battery test – an hour of Netflix on maximum brightness and 50 percent volume – the S10 dropped from 100 percent to 87 percent.

That’s fine, but not game-changing, and it’s worse than (for example) the Xiaomi Mi 9 – but then the Mi 9 doesn’t have such a quality display, so it’s all about compromises. If eight hours of constant Netflixing between charges is enough for you, the S10 will do just fine.

According to Samsung, one of the biggest improvements to the Exynos 9820 is power efficiency, which has been improved 40 percent over the predecessor that powered the Galaxy S9. We never got to the evening worrying about battery life dying before bedtime, but it’s possible that with particularly heavy usage you might need a top-up.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Bear in mind that we were testing a brand new phone, so battery life is likely to degrade over time. The bottom line is that despite the increase in battery capacity over the Galaxy S9, you’re not going to be able to change your charging habits with this.

What you do get is wireless charging and fast charging, as with previous Samsung Galaxy phones. The Galaxy S10 can get a full recharge in as little as an hour and a half using the bundled, wired charger, and you’ve got the option of wireless too. Reversible wireless charging is supported as well, so you can juice up other devices on the back of the S10 (provided you have 30 percent or more charge left on your phone at the time).

We were definitely impressed with the stereo speakers on the Galaxy S10. No smartphone is going to be able to compete with a Sonos speaker or Apple HomePod for filling a room with high-fidelity audio, but the S10 is perfectly fine for the odd tune, regular podcast listening, and movie dialog – even at high volumes.

Having watched a few television show episodes on the Galaxy S10, we came away very satisfied with the audio performance. Just be careful where you put your hands when watching, as the speakers are easily muted. As an added bonus, the S10 keeps the 3.5 mm headphone jack as well.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Samsung recently revamped its Android software under the new label One UI, and we like it a lot: powered by Android 9 Pie, the new software acknowledges that massive smartphone screens can be tough to use, especially one-handed while walking or squished into the carriage of a train.

With that in mind, it sensibly shifts all the interactive elements of the user interface into the lower-third of the screen where they’re within easy reach. The phone is already a compact one considering its 6.1-inch screen, and the One UI interface really helps.

It’s not quite the best take on Android we’ve ever seen (hello OnePlus), and it won’t necessarily get updates as fast as other handsets (hello Pixels), but it’s an improvement over Samsung’s previous attempts to build on top of Google’s source code.

Admittedly the bundled apps aren’t particularly great, but they’re easily replaced by Google’s own – even down to the digital assistant (Google Assistant vs Bixby). Menus are clearer and easier to get around, and you’ve got more layout and theme customisation options than you get with stock Android.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

For security, the biometric sensor has been relocated to underneath the edge-to-edge screen on the front of the handset. Samsung says this sensor is much more reliable than solutions from competitors since it records every single ridge in your print, and it should work in a variety of tough weather conditions.

It’s actually a breeze to set up and worked well in our tests, though it’s not quite as responsive as the fingerprint sensors we’re all used to – that goes for speed as well as reliability.

We wouldn’t say it’s a major issue but you might have to have a second attempt at unlocking maybe one time in five. Whether that’s worth the convenience of having a sensor on the front and not having to get your face into view is your call – but we do prefer a fingerprint unlock to a face one.

This tech is going to get better over time but we found it perfectly usable (and better than the in-screen fingerprint sensors we tested last year). You do still need a relatively firm press for the time being.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

For the 10th anniversary of its iconic Galaxy S smartphone range, Samsung has added some genuinely useful improvements and refined just about everything on its flagship phone. It’s easily the best smartphone that Samsung has ever built, and is going to take some beating in 2019.

Granted, we’ve seen many of these features before – the Infinity-O design (debuting on the Galaxy A8s), the fingerprint scanner (the OnePlus 6T), the reversible charging (Huawei Mate 20 Pro), but everything feels a little more polished and less gimmicky here.

If we’re being picky then some areas are very good rather than best-in-class – battery life and low-light camera performance among them – but it’s difficult to think of another smartphone that gets so much right in such a brilliant all-round package.

The screen, design, and performance are all truly top notch, and with One UI Samsung has an operating system it can be a lot more proud of (though you might still be waiting a while for future updates to roll out).

For the time being at least, the biggest rivals to the Samsung Galaxy S10 are the Galaxy S10 Plus and the Galaxy S10e: you can spend a little more for a bigger phone or a little less for a more compact one. For a lot of people though, we think the Galaxy S10 will be the perfect mix of features, performance, and price.

Is it the best Android phone you can buy at the moment? Well, no. That honour goes to its bigger brother, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. If, though, you prefer more modest sized handsets, then the Galaxy S10 will be an absolute top tier choice.

Since we published our Samsung Galaxy S10 review, new details about the Samsung handset have emerged. We’ll keep you posted about the latest updates below to help you make the best buying decision…

23 April 2019: A new Samsung Galaxy S10 update which brings a dedicated night mode option to the camera app is now rolling out. The update means that S10 owners can now launch the mode manually; previously it would only launch automatically in low light scenarios. The update also improves Wi-Fi stability. According to Tizen Help it’s a 205.81MB update with the firmware version of G973FXXU1ASD5 / G973FOXM1ASD4 / G973FXXU1ASD4. Users who don’t want to wait for the update to arrive automatically,  can get their S10 to download it in Settings > Software update.

25 April 2019: While the SIM-free price of the Galaxy S10 remains at £799 right now new, Mobiles.co.uk has a very attractive with-contract offers that allow you to pick the phone up for as low as £125 upfront. That modest upfront outlay then bags you a 128GB Samsung Galaxy S10 in your colour of choice, along with a contract that delivers a whopping 30GB of data per month, as well as unlimited minutes and texts for £37 per month. Total cost of that deal over the two years is £1013. For Samsung’s latest flagship phone, which has only been on the market a month or so and received a perfect 5-star score from us on review, we think that is a great package.

29 April 2019: Samsung Galaxy S10 owners can now view their phone’s notifications on their PC. This isn’t a Samsung update; it was introduced for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 by Microsoft and now, according to Sammobile, which also explains how the function works, it has now been rolled out to the Samsung Galaxy S10 (and the Note 8 and Note 9).

17 May 2019: A new firmware patch that is rolling out for carrier-locked Galaxy S10 phones in the US brings the security patch for May but does not include the night mode option which has been arriving on phones outside of the US, Sammobile notes. Sprint is the first to release the patch and it appears that it only contains the security update, so US users will have to wait a little longer for the night mode.

21 May 2019: Apparently, the Samsung Galaxy S10 (and the Galaxy S10 Plus) will become available in a ‘Cardinal Red’ finish. Sammobile has discovered renders of the new handset but notes that it is unclear when this new colour will go on sale and in which markets it will be available. If this new colour finish does become available, it will bring the number of colours up to 10.

Many thanks to Vodafone for supplying a device for review. Vodafone’s full Samsung Galaxy S10 range can be viewed on its official website.

Best smartwatch 2019: T3’s guide to the best intelligent timepieces

Best smartwatch 2019: T3’s guide to the best intelligent timepieces

All the advice you need to choose the best smartwatch for you

These are the very best smartwatches money can buy, from the stylish Apple Watch Series 4, through to the powerhouse Samsung Galaxy Watch, and onto the incredibly desirable TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45.

But there can only be one ‘best smartwatch’, and the best smartwatch in the world right now is the Apple Watch Series 4.

Of all the wearables available in 2019, the Apple Watch has the most developed platform. It’s also the most attractive, and, arguably, more technologically advanced than its competitors.

So there you have it, we’re recommending the Apple Watch Series 4 as the best smartwatch available to buy right now… but, there are of course alternatives, because if you have an Android device, the Apple Watch won’t cut it…

Luckily for you dear reader, we’ve also got a selection of brilliant alternatives for those who don’t have an iPhone.

No matter what smartwatch you’re after, this page will help you find the best one.

Best smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

There’s no doubt Apple is king when it comes to smartwatches, but how has it achieved such meteoric success? Let’s take a look.

First off, it’s the only smartwatch which generates a tonne of interest, and not just from tech addicts, but from the general public. That interest hasn’t exactly helped Apple’s competitors, but it has helped Apple’s smartwatch survive four generations. 

Next is the big focus on health and fitness. The Apple Watch can monitor your heart rhythm and suggest you see a doctor if it detects something irregular, it can call the emergency services you’ve fallen over, and it will keep you healthy by tracking your run. These potentially life saving features are a major reason people are ditching their traditional watches for an Apple Watch.

Finally, it’s the only device which has straddled the line between tech and fashion. It’s simply the best looking smartwatch available.

Every generation has seen minor improvements that have gone a long way to perfect the Watch. The Series 2 added waterproofing and adding GPS, and the Series 3 improved on that by adding Cellular, so it can would without your iPhone present, but again, remaining loyal to the original design.

The fourth generation improves the design, with a stunning new screen which stretches to the edges of the device.

Put simply, the Apple Watch Series 4 impresses us greatly. The design is well considered and sleeker, the screen, in terms of PPI and colour depth, is perfect, and the number of third-party apps and accessories is unrivalled. 

That last point is important, because if you’re buying a personal device such as a watch, you actually want it to be unique.

It does have a few negative points, the UI is fiddly (although greatly improved with watchOS 5), especially compared to more simple rivals such as Android Wear. Of course, it’s iOS only, so if you have an Android Phone, you’re going to want to continue reading this guide…

The Apple Watch Series 4 sits at the top end when it comes to cost, with prices ranging from £399 to £1,399. That makes it slightly more exclusive, again drawing comparisons with the luxury watch market.

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Best smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

If you prefer Android phones to the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is a very worthy competitor. This is the best smartwatch if you’re an Android user, with a sleek design and powerful hardware.

Let’s start with the circular screen, which is certainly on par with the Apple Watch, so too is the gorgeous, streamlined design. It comes packing some neat abilities as well, such as Blood Pressure monitoring (eventually) and water resistance. 

A collection of new, infomation-filled watch faces give it a modern edge, and while it lacks quality third party apps we think you’ll find the built-in apps sufficient. Overall, it’s a very compelling package.

Best smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

If you’re not interested in the sleek, compact design of the Galaxy Watch Active, then the Galaxy Watch is probably more up your street. Its availability in two sizes will definitely help it appeal to more people, and itt also has a very good battery life (we’re talking between three and 6 days, depending on the model).

It’s more attractive than previous incarnations, and comes packing some neat new fitness tracking abilities. It’s the innovative rotating bezel that is the star here, though, as it is without doubt the best way to control a smartwatch.

The Galaxy Watch works with most Android smartphones, and even iPhones, but it’s not perfect, however, as the Galaxy Watch isn’t as comfortable to wear as the Apple Watch, and its app and accessory ecosystem pales in comparison.

The pros far outweigh the cons however, and you won’t be let down by the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Best smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

Fossil is now on its fourth generation of smartwatches, with the company learning from and improving each new iteration. As a result the Fossil Sport is probably the best Wear OS smartwatch available to buy today.

It’s a premium smartwatch which features GPS, a lightweight design, and the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip inside, which offers a greatly improved experience over older smartwatches.

As it runs Google’s Wear OS, there are a plethora of apps and watch faces to choose from, so it’s better than the Samsung smartwatches in that respect.

You can expect around two days of battery life, and, while the Sport doesn’t feature any unique features, it is still a very capable, wearable, smartwatch.

Best smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

TAG’s second attempt at a smartwatch, the Connected Modular 45, is a handsome looking device, mimicking a traditional mechanical watch, with its fully circular display and sporty-looking case. The Modular adds some welcome customisation to the smartwatch mix.

The Modular 45 is undeniably a class above its Android Wear siblings, and aesthetically preferable to the most expensive Apple Watch variants, which are the only rivals in the ‘luxe smartwatch’ market. It feels more ‘watch-like’ than any other rival too. 

The seconds Connected feels more premium than the first generation, and TAG has upgraded the screen.

If you’re looking for the most premium smartwatch look no further than the Tag Connected. If you really like watches and you really like tech, it’s the only game in town outside of the Apple Watch.

Best smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

If you’re looking for something a little smaller, then try the Skagen Falster 2 smartwatch. It’s probably the best all-around WearOS smartwatch you can buy.  Not many Android smartwatches can be described as elegant, but Skagen is a Danish brand known for creating simple, timeless timepieces.

The Falster 2, just like a few other smartwatches on this list, is powered by Google’s WearOS, which includes Google Assistant, smartphone notifications, activity tracking, world time, weather and more. 

A battery-efficient dial design provides up to 24 hours of use on a single charge, and interchangeable straps allow you to customise your look. 

We love the simple watch face designs which come preinstalled, and each watch comes with an inductive magnetic charger.

Best smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

The Huawei Watch GT is different to every other smartwatch on this list – it’s a mix between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker. 

It looks like a smartwatch, and it has a great, high-resolution screen. It can even run basic system apps (like a calendar) and notify you about calls and messages. It can’t run third-party apps, however, and you can’t personalise the watch faces.

It’s main focus is on fitness tracking, with the Watch GT keeping tabs on your lifestyle and exercises. It has a heart-rate sensor and GPS. Of course, without the integration of Strava or other fitness apps, this is more likely to appeal to fitness novices rather than road warriors.

What’s most impressive is that the battery life lasts around 30 days, meaning, theoretically, you’ll only have to charge it 12 times a year.

The Huawei Watch GT is a weird sell, but if basic fitness tracking, notifications, and a long battery life are key, then this could be the smartwatch for you.

Best smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

Money can’t quite stretch to the Apple Watch Series 4? The Apple Watch Series 3 is still a good option, and now it’s more affordable than ever.

The Apple Watch Series 3 introduced a cellular connecting, meaning you can continue to receive phone calls and notifications away from your iPhone.

It also runs the latest software with all the latest features, it just misses the more futuristic design of the  newer Series 4.

Best smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

If you prefer watches made from more traditional watch/fashion brands, then take a look at the Emporio Armani Art5003. Made by analogue watch-maker Fossil and running Android Wear, it’s a surprisingly good device. 

Just like the Tag Heuer Connected it’s very well made, and feels ‘watch-like’ for want of a better word. It’s even managed to fit pretty decent specs into quite a slimline body.

Fossil has put a lot of money into connected watches, and this device demonstrates it’s paying off. The Art5003 is a real rival to more established tech brands like Motorola and ASUS, so much so Fossil has pretty much pushed them out of the market altogether.

Best smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

Watch 2 has a bright screen and everything runs smoothly and speedily. It’s incredibly comfortable and the look is, if not great, then at least acceptable. It’s unfortunate that Huawei hasn’t included any rotary controls on this, especially as the bezel is a big old thing and as such probably quite easy to grip ‘n’ twist.

Despite that, it’s a very competent Android Wear 2 watch. What’s more interesting, however, is the concentration on fitness.While it features all of the necessary sensors to track running, cycling and swimming, our initial testing has revealed the Huawei Watch isn’t the stellar performer we hoped it would be. Which is a shame, because emphasising the fitness element was exactly the right thing for Huawei to do, and hopefully the company can improve its fitness tracking software updates.

One final note we’ll say about the Watch 2, something we’re having trouble putting our fingers on. While the screen is small, the UI cramped, and the fitness tracking poor – we really enjoy wearing the Huawei Watch 2. It’s incredibly comfortable, and just has a certain ‘wearability’ factor that makes us keep coming back to it.

Best smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

The Nixon Mission is a rugged ‘action’ smartwatch, and we really like it. The durable casing can take a bashing, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 keeps things ticking inside. It runs Android Wear, but also comes with some useful pre-installed apps which track real-time surfing and snowboarding conditions. It’s water resistant to 10ATM (roughly 100m), and best of all, it comes in Orange.

Best smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

The Samsung Gear S3 is a couple of years old now, but in terms of hardware, it’s still a more than capable smartwatch. It runs Tizen and the design is solid.

There are a couple of things that let the Gear S3 down. Mainly its lack of an ecosystem. It’s also chunky and not as attractive as the Apple Watch (although, the Frontier version is much better than the Classic model).

Still, those foibles are easy to look past if you can pick one up for a decent price.

Best smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 4

If you’re interested in wearing a smartwatch but don’t want to spend £200+ on a top of the range device, then the TicWatch C2 from Mobvoi could be for you. It does everything you’d expect of a WearOS smartwatch, including heart-rate tracking, GPS, and Google Pay, but costs significantly less.

It also has a pretty inoffensive design, but it won’t win any prizes for build quality.

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Best cheap camera deals for May 2019: snap up mega saving on a selection of cameras

Best cheap camera deals for May 2019: snap up mega saving on a selection of cameras

Save on cameras from Sony, Canon, Nikon, and more

Welcome to our roundup of the best camera deals for May 2019!

In this article we’ll bring you our selection of the best photography and accessories deals this year. We’re picking out the best camera deals from basic point-and-shoot cameras through high-end compacts, bridge cameras and mirrorless cameras. It’s all here!

All these deals are curated by humans from the T3 team and are found by clever bots which scan the internet for the best prices.

Looking to record your adrenaline-filled adventures with an action camera? Don’t pay full price for one – check out the action camera best deals below.

Mirrorless cameras are generally smaller than DSLRs and usually offer better image quality than compact cameras. They’re the perfect middle ground. Check out T3’s selection of of the best mirrorless camera deals below.

Looking to step up from your smartphone? These compact cameras will do the trick.

If you’re seriously into photography and aren’t convinced by mirrorless cameras yet, you’ll want a DSLR. These are the best DSLR prices:

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Best sleeping bag 2019: hard-wearing bags for warm or cold weather camping

Best sleeping bag 2019: hard-wearing bags for warm or cold weather camping

Guarantee a refreshing night’s sleep whatever the weather, and whatever your adventure with our pick of the best sleeping bags

If you go right back to basics there are few true essentials needed for camping, but a cosy sleeping bag to settle into under the stars is definitely one of them. 

Camping is easy in the daytime, when you’re relaxing in a comfy camping chair, drink in hand, or jovially firing up a camping stove after a long day hiking, it’s really nighttime that makes or breaks a camping trip, especially if you’re not tucked up in one of the best sleeping bags for outdoor adventuring. 

As with most of the gear we test and review for you here at T3  – that’s a lot, by the way – choosing the best sleeping bag really does depend on the conditions you’ll be in. 

That’s why we’ve chosen the best sleeping bags for different weather conditions. We’ve also included bags at several price points, so you can choose the toughest, toastiest bag that you can afford.

You should also consider thickness and resulting weight weight. If you’re a casual camper driving along the coastline, you can splurge on a cosier, heavier bag, but if you’re backpacking or trekking, a lightweight bag would be much handier. Get one small and light enough, and you can roll it up neatly on the back of your backpack.

Before we get to list, let’s look at what else you need to consider when choosing the right one for you.

Sleeping bags can generally be categorised as either down (the light plumage in between a bird’s skin and its feathers) or synthetic. We’ll talk more about this later.

Although down takes a bit of looking after (you need to store it uncompressed and keep it dry, for example), this material delivers huge bang for buck and is relatively lightweight. So unless you’re training to be a camping porter, we suggest going for the lightest option you can get away with. 

With that in mind, our top pick for the best sleeping bag top pick the Thermarest Hyperion, a lightweight sleeper with ample room for a comfortable night’s slumber. Keep in mind that in temperatures below zero, though, you’ll need the big guns to stay truly comfortable. We have those listed below too. 

Best sleeping bags: two sets of feet on top of sleeping bags

Sleeping bags tend to rely less on technology, per se, and more on high quality materials. That said, there are a range of outershells, down treatments and heat-capturing trickery that are worth keeping an eye out for.

When choosing among the best sleeping bags, it’s best to stick to better known outdoor manufacturers such as Thermarest, Rab, Vango, Mountain Equipment, Mountain Hardware, Montane, Mammut, Patagonia and North Face. 

These brands will not only have wide ranges to choose from, ensuring you get the ideal spec and sizing for you, but they also have strong environmental pedigrees. That means such companies would offer ethical down choices, for example.

Best sleeping bags: two sets of feet on top of sleeping bags

Sleeping bags are split into two broad groups: down bags and synthetic bags. 

Broadly speaking, down sleeping bags offer lightness and unparalleled warmth… along with the opportunity for you to catch hypothermia if they get soaked. Why? Down absorbs the water, clumps together and provides no insulation when wet.

Down bags have evolved a wide range of waterproof coatings and down treatments to try and stave off the damp problem, but these are sometimes only partially effective, and the treatments often lose their potency over the years. 

With down bags, pay attention to the baffle construction, as better sleeping bags employ a range of funky shaping tactics to avoid all the down clumping together at one end, and to prevent cold spots forming between the pockets.

Also keep a sharp eye out for ethical down, down quality (cheaper types will include duck), and fill power. The latter is a measurement of the ‘loft’ you’ll get from 1 gram of down. Better quality down will ‘loft’ (fluff up) better than cheap down, giving you more insulation per gram.

Synthetic bags tend to be heavier for the same warmth rating on a down bag, and are usually bulkier in pack terms, but will see you right in the dampest scenario. Artificial down materials like Thinsulate mean that even the wettest synthetic bag will insulate you. 

There are a host of materials that try to strike a balance between weight, durability and warmth, so it’s worth looking at a few. On the other hand, synthetic fill bags suffer from de-lofting over time, which reduces their warmth.

Be wary of taking minimum temperature ratings too literally – often the lowest temperature in a rating is a ‘survival’ temperature, which just means you probably won’t die if the mercury drops that far, but it won’t add up to a pleasant trip.

On a related note, check the fit of a sleeping bag before you buy, as different lengths and chest sizes are often available. The better the fit (you want it to be snug but not tight), the warmer you’ll be. Don’t be tricked into thinking you’ll be wearing more than just base layers in a sleeping bag, either, as extra clothing changes the fit of the bag and makes it colder! If it’s nippy out, lay jackets on top.

Ready to find the best sleeping bag for you? Let’s take a look at the current cream of the camping crop.

Best sleeping bags: two sets of feet on top of sleeping bags

The Thermarest Hyperion is squarely aimed at those covering ground, where weight is of vital importance. An astonishingly light 1lb, and the packsize of a large water bottle, this is one for the fast and light crowd, as well as anyone who doesn’t like lugging heavy loads. 

The specs are strong too, massive 900 Fill Power ethically sourced Nikwax Hydrophobic Goose Down ticks all the boxes, while a RipStop shell and inner lining, which also has ThermaCapture Lining to trap more heat all add up. Finally, neat touches like the synergylink connector, which straps the bag to a mat, really make this stand out.

Best sleeping bags: two sets of feet on top of sleeping bags

The North Face Gold Kazoo is a solid choice for 3-season requirements, it’s got some different design cues to mark it out from the crowd, and neat touches that will keep you warmer and happier than a cheaper competitor. 

The ethically approved 700 fill ProDown is hydrophobically treated, keeping it drier and warmer for longer, while anti-compression pads are designed to keep you more insulated from the ground – a cunning plan, as that’s where you lose most heat. 

A well-thought out fitted hood and zipper baffle combine with a draft collar to combat heat loss for minimal weight too, and there are even pad loops to connect the bag securely to a pad – ideal for springtime bivvying.

Best sleeping bags: two sets of feet on top of sleeping bags

An old favourite among the camping fraternity, the Ghost Whisperer is packed with 900-fill-power goose down, and is ‘QShield’ treated to combat the dreaded damp. 

A 10D ripstop fabric two/three-season bag with a lower rating of 4 degrees, the Mountain Hardwear’s is widely considered to be one of the best sleeping bags around because of its impressive lightweight and extremely packable design. 

The Ghost Whisperer bag is aimed at alpine-style mountaineering types, as well as hikers who want to stay warm at night without paying a hefty weight penalty.

Best sleeping bags: two sets of feet on top of sleeping bags

It’s not a new sleeping bag, but the classic Mountain Equipment Iceline has graced many an expedition to very cold places, and rightly so. 

It keeps you relatively comfortable down to a frigid -30 degrees, thanks to 994g (minimum fill power 800) of 90-10 Russian Goose Down, all wrapped in a rain-resistant and breathable Gore Thermium 10D outer shell. All that makes this the best sleeping bag for cold weather camping. 

Mountain Equipment has gone to town with the baffle design, packing in a variety of shapes in different areas to maximise loft to keep you warm. An anatomically shaped hood hugs your head, and a neck collar provides a snug yet soft fit.

The fact that the Iceline comes ‘expedition fitted’ (so it’s roomier than usual) is another reason why this serious bit of camping gear is top of our best sleeping bags list. When you’re done using it, just roll the bag into the supplied waterproof roll-top stuff-sack.

Best sleeping bags: two sets of feet on top of sleeping bags

A stone cold classic, for years the Vango Venom has been a byword for budget-friendly lightweight sleeping bags. Boasting considerable technical assets for a minimal spend, it’s no surprise that this bag is recommended by DofE groups. 

One of the cheapest picks in our best sleeping bags guide, the Venom 300 brings with it a box wall construction, which ensures an even distribution of warmth once you’re nestled inside it.

The ethically sourced hydro barrier-treated down (at 700 fill power) is teamed with a durable, water-resistant mini ripstop 30D nylon fabric. It’ll see you through sprint to autumn without a whimper.

Best sleeping bags: two sets of feet on top of sleeping bags

The Mammut Tyin might not be the lightest winter sleeping bag, but the artificial insulation is a definite win in anything other than very dry conditions… Or in other words, anywhere in Europe. 

Not only are there three layers of insulation in the main sleeping bag, there are additional layers in the foot box to stave off those dreaded midnight chills. 

As well as shrugging off general dampness, the Tyin bag is made from robust Polyamide, so it will last you many a camping trip. 

This best sleeping bag contender is also rated for washing and tumble drying at 60 degrees, so you can get that expedition musk properly laundered out – something that down bags are usually much less tolerant of.  

Best sleeping bags: two sets of feet on top of sleeping bags

The HyperLamina Flame is an excellent choice for potentially rain-lashed camping, as the synthetic insulation keeps you warm regardless of how wet it is. 

This sleeping bag is no technical slouch either, packing in a half length centre zip, a face gasket and Lamina welded construction.

Another reason why it’s routinely considered to be one of the best sleeping bags money can buy is something called mapped insulation. This clever design works to keep heat in and weight down. 

Best sleeping bags: two sets of feet on top of sleeping bags

The Montane Deep Heat Sleeping Bag delivers on two key fronts: it’s very warm and, at a shade over a kilo and a half, it’s pretty lightweight too. In addition, Montane have deliberately designed the bag to work in cramped conditions, such as bivvy sites where sitting up might be the most relaxed you’ll get. 

The sleeping bag’s hood is designed to move with your head, keeping the insulation where you need it at all times and enabling proper protection, even if you’re propped up in a bivouac. In short, this is a bag for adverse weather camping and survival missions, as the specs go on to prove…

Not only is there an internal stash pocket for any batteries you don’t want frozen, there’s also a water bottle pocket, which means your Nalgene can be a hot water bottle at bedtime, and still be unfrozen by dawn.

Best sleeping bags: two sets of feet on top of sleeping bags

Do you have a romantic camping trip planned with your partner? If so, this is the Rolls-Royce of sleeping bags; a comfy double duvet big enough for two. 

With a slightly optimistic comfort rating of -2, Outwell’s Constellation Lux Sleeping Bag will be ideal for car camping in late spring, summer and through to autumn. 

Rather brilliantly, the bag also zips apart into two separate sleeping bags… This might come in handy if you discover that your partner is actually far too wriggly a sleeper to share such a cosy space with. 

Best sleeping bags: two sets of feet on top of sleeping bags

The Rab Ignition 2 is a light-weight, yet burly, packable synthetic insulated sleeping bag that will serve you well for three-season camping trips. 

The synthetic fill makes it ideal for inclement conditions, while a plethora of robust materials – including a 30D ripstop outer fabric and YKK zips – add up to a bombproof package of warmth.

A classic mummy shape makes up the design, hugging your body without restricting movement too much. There are left and right-hand zips available, depending on your personal preference.

Unless you’re going full winter camping and need super-warmth, the Thermarest Hyperion takes the cake with it’s attention to lightness. Light is right as the outdoor experts say, and for less than half a kilo the Hyperion is impressively warm and fully-featured. Down does require a bit of care, but it’ll repay you in both the short and long term once you master it.  

That said, if you’re planning to be very cold at altitude, the Mountain Equipment Iceline is a proven, bulletproof hotel in a bag. It’s not light, and it’s not small, but if temps are the wrong side of zero, you’ll be very glad you carried it out there.

About the author…
Mark Mayne is an outdoors journalist who specialises in camping, hiking and diving.

Best hiking boots 2019: dominate walking in all conditions

Best hiking boots 2019: dominate walking in all conditions

Weekend ramblers, hardcore hikers and Three Peaks contenders! Walk on air and feel supported underfoot with these sturdy hiking boots that are built to last

Hiking boots are the ultimate purchase for anyone who regularly spends a lot of time walking outdoors, whether that’s meandering through lush forests on a lazy Sunday afternoon or hitting your nearest mountain trail for a weekend adventure. 

To do any of this without running the risk of blisters, raw heels or crushed toes, it’s important to buy the best hiking boots that you can afford – and ones that match the type of hiking you’ll mostly be doing on the regular.

While we love a tech-laden technical hiking boot for certain scenarios, you might not need that much tech if you just want boots to keep your feet dry and protected when walking the dog on country trails. In that case, one of the more budget friendly hikers will see you right. This will save you cash and a whole heap of research time.

There are also different types of hiking boots for different terrains, and choosing the right pair for challenging conditions can boost your enjoyment of the outdoors and bolster your confidence on the trail. That’s why we’ve considered a range of styles, features and tech when rounding up our picks for the best hiking boots.

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

Hiking boots, as a term, is a broad church, but the main reasons you’ll need some for the rough stuff are their blend of protection, grip and stiffness. Standard street boots – Doctor Martens, for example – might offer some ankle support by lacing up high, but a lack of ankle padding will cut you to ribbons on a long trek. 

Most modern hiking boots include a waterproof membrane, which will be useful when you head off the beaten track. In addition, hiking and mountain boots often incorporate a raised ‘rand’, a rubber buffer over the leather of the boot nearest the sole, which protects the boot from sharp stone cuts when walking across scree.  

Hiking boot soles will also be much stiffer than street shoes/boots to shrug off rough surfaces, incorporating aggressive tread for better grip on wet grass, moss or mud, and often cleverly-placed sticky rubber areas for extra grip on wet rock. 

That stiffer sole gets a grade from B0 to B3-B0 and below, making them fine for casual summer hikes, but too flexible for crampons. Meanwhile, B1-3 boots offer increasing levels of stiffness to accommodate increasingly technical rigid crampon use. 

This might sound excessive for the causal walker, but if you’re hill walking in the UK winter, opting for a stiffer crampon-compatible walking boot is highly recommended, as conditions can change fast.  

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

Outdoor tech has come a long way in recent years, with huge strides being made in the way hiking boots are designed and built. From tech geared to keep your toes warm in sub-zero conditions, to innovations that help you stay upright on the most treacherous and slippery trails. These are:

In a nutshell, you’re looking for boots that are luxuriously comfortable, unstintingly waterproof, heroically breathable, tank-like in their ruggedness, and offer as much grip as Spider-Man’s socks. 

It’s essential to get the right rating for your hiking boot – wearing B3 double-boots for summer trekking will be hell, as will attempting the likes of Indicator Wall in Converse. Overall, you’re looking for ankle support from a boot – which in the hills can be vital when a stone shifts underfoot – but also a comfortable fit. 

A snug (not tight) fit minimises heel lift, as well as assorted blisters at ‘hot spots’ like heels and toes. When seeking out winter boots (B1+) this is particularly important, as a loose fit will see your toes smash into the toe box when using crampons, and the stiffer sole will also exaggerate heel lift unless the heel pocket fits just right.  

The accepted wisdom is to try on hiking boots in the afternoons, once your feet have expanded, and take a range of socks to try them on with. Thin office socks are helpful to show up any obvious shape mismatches and pressure points, before moving on to your preferred walking sock. 

Do experiment with sock fit as well as boot fit, as even the most expensive socks are cheap compared to boots, and some of the more specialised socks can make a real difference to your hiking comfort. 

Hiking boots come in different weights. Generally speaking, any weighing 400-500g and under are best suited to speed hiking, trail running (some types, not all) or day to day offroad use. Dog walkers and fairweather hikers, you’ll like these ones.

Hiking boots that are tough enough to withstand multi-day hikes, where you might be carrying a heavy load on your back, are usually heavier. The trade-off for that extra weight is that these types of technical boots are much more supportive.

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

Construction-wise, old-school full leather hiking boots are rare beasts these days, not only because of cost but also because they need months of ‘breaking in’ before extended use. Modern boots use a range of synthetic materials in addition to leather panels, so are much softer out of the box. 

Indeed, the latest thermo-fitted/NestFit models are pretty much ready to rock straight off the shop floor, although wearing around the house or to and from work is always a good idea before leaving on a major expedition.

In short, the golden rule is to buy what fits, and a model that suits your main use. In terms of brands, at the more robust end of the spectrum La Sportiva, Scarpa, Mammut, Lowa and Aku all build boots that will shame a tank, while at the lighter, summery end Teva, Keen and Salomon bring considerable expertise to the table.

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

The latest iteration of the genuine classic Scarpa Manta boot, the Scarpa Manta Pro is arguably the best hiking boot for four-season use on the market. It has been the benchmark four-season UK hiking boot for many years, so if you’re planning a walk involving any of the UK’s mountain terrain, these should be top of your list. 

Fully crampon compatible (rated B2), this newest iteration brings improved impact absorption via a TPU crampon plate and PU shock absorbing insert, plus enhanced ankle support from Autofit Collar and Speed Lacing. 

In addition, they offer improved distance walking comfort thanks to more progressive flex in the Pro-Fibre XT 20 midsole. In short, these are the hiking boots you need for when the going gets a little tougher.

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

The AKU Trekker Pro isn’t the lightest boot here but it is a very robust option. The leather and synthetic upper strikes a beautiful balance between durability and breathability, with a Gore-Tex liner ensuring a high level of water-resistance. 

Support from the relatively stiff midsole and high cuff is excellent, and the traditional tongue and lacing are welcome too. An outsole of Vibram Curcuma dishes out grip in all the right places, exactly when you need it.

This high-tech hiking boot features AKU’s proprietary Elica Natural Stride System technology, designed to enhance ‘bio-dynamic performance’. In plain English, that should make longer days on the trail much easier on your legs. That very same tech works to distribute weight more evenly through the foot too.

We don’t often pay too much attention to the way a hiking boot looks – after all, if it’s waterproof, supportive, protective and well-fitting, who really cares what it looks like? – but the Trekker Pro is easily one of the most stylish new boots we’ve seen this year.

Ultimately, if you want a reliable hiking boot to see you through spring and summer hiking, and well into autumn and beyond, you won’t go wrong with this one. 

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

The Hanwag Ferrata II is a secret badass. Superlight, super stiff and very sticky, goes everywhere and do anything. From alpine hikes to climbing, Via Ferrata routes to scrambling, this is a beefy boot for the modern adventurer. 

The basic recipe here puts protection at the top of the list, mainly via blending polyamide and polyurethane fabric with leather, and introducing Hanwag’s TubeTec technology. 

Essentially TubeTec is an extremely cushioned PU midsole material, protected with a tube of TPU, that results in a rugged yet lightweight midsole that cuts weight without sacrificing comfort.

Click clamp eyelets enable two-zone lacing, something you’ll be glad of on long days switching between ascent and descent, while a high cuff keeps your foot locked in, reducing heel lift and abrasion. 

There’s even a heel welt for semi-auto crampons, plus a Gore-Tex membrane and a Vibram sole. In short, the Hanwag is a serious mountain boot that will make enjoyable work of your climbs.

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

A fast and light hiking boot for those sun-soaked European breaks, the La Sportiva Stream GTX won’t weigh you down. Designed to be highly breathable with an abrasion-resistant mesh outer, yet waterproof with a Gore-Tex inner, the Stream GTX is for built for hiking fast and light in good conditions.

That fast and light ethos is taken to great lengths, with La Sportiva even incorporating aeration channels (Gore-Tex Surround tech) into the midsole to augment the breathable upper. This hiking boot is all about keeping your feet comfortable when you’re powering along the trail. 

There’s a Vibram sole for grip, and stability control systems baked in, so the total package is more than capable of dealing with rough stuff in a hurry.  

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

An updated take on the classic walking boot, the Teva Arrowood is a surprise entrant here, and boasting a highly robust full-grain leather upper and Vibram soles, this is the 4×4 of walking boots. 

Less visible is the eVent membrane inside the upper, a highly breathable but waterproof layer that’ll keep water out but allow sweat out, and nylon shanks to stabilise your feet on rough ground and add stiffness on more challenging terrain. EVA midsoles and polyurethane footbeds round out the package. 

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

The Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi brings six years of running heritage to the hiking world in a highly technical package. Likely to be popular with the speedier end of the hiking community (Hoka One One athletes are regulars at the UTMB mountain ultramarathon), these are some serious boots. 

Outsoles of Vibram MegaGrip with 5mm lugs are a statement of intent, while the company’s Meta-Rocker geometry and midsole blend of EVA and RMAT material delivers underfoot comfort in spades. 

Looks-wise they’re definitely on the chunkier side, so keep that in mind if you prefer a narrower profile hiking boot. However, they’re lighter than many boots in this guide so won’t weigh you down.

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

The Tecnica Forge brings a little something special to the usual footwear mix. In short, it’s a solid enough three-season walking boot, but with ski-boot technology in the sole and heel area that’s thermo-formed to your feet using heaters and huge inflatable bags.

The result of all that effort is well worth it, with these hiking boots being moulded precisely to your feet. With a deeper heel pocket than normal, there’s little heel lift either. 

A wrap-around overlap cuff instead of traditional tongue also minimises potential chafing. Blister free walking with no breaking is here – and very welcome it is too. 

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

Very much at the technical end of the spectrum, the Ayako High GTX is designed to perform brilliantly as a summer mountain/scrambling/via ferrata boot, but those attributes make for an excellent hiking boot too. 

Protective of the ankle and stiff enough for mountain travel, but prehensile enough to feel and grip rock and scree, these are the pros choice. 

Mammut’s ‘three zone lacing’ pulls the heel into the rear of the boot, minimising the dreaded heel lift, as well as giving the toes room to breathe. 

Memory foam on the high cut ankle makes for a snug fit, while the ‘climbing zone’ on the sole of the toe provides more grip where you need it most.

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

If you’re going on a long walk, comfort is, of course, a big concern. The Salomon boots featured above are hardly uncomfortable of course, but the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Boot really pushes the boat out when it comes to keeping you hygge

The boot is incredibly soft with plenty of movement in the toes, but the leather outer is both striking in appearance and long-lasting in nature, but doesn’t take too long to break in

Although it’s not ideal for rough and rocky terrain, the Renegade GTX is a great choice for clocking up miles across hills and dales.  

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

Intended as an upgrade on the classic walking and hiking boot, the TOG24 Whernside is all business on the trail. This isn’t a hugely technical boot, but it’s supportive and very comfortable.

A suede and leather upper will break in quickly and mould to your foot shape (just like the good old days), while a built-in waterproof membrane keeps damp at bay. 

A wicking lining is there to help internal dampness levels, with an EVA heel cup taking care of stability as well as boosting comfort. Finally, a Vibram outsole with a deep-cut traditional tread will handle the rough stuff along with the smooth. 

For a sub-£100 price point there are always compromises, but here you’re getting a very solid package for the cash – ideal for light summer/autumn hikes across the moors and downs. For steeper, more technical terrain you’ll be wanting a more technical beast, though.

The best hiking boots: a person treks through the forest

If you are a keen hill climber, then the Keen Galleo (figaro, magnifico!), will serve you well. Its PU heel cushion and EVA foam foot bed make them good for comfort and shock-absorbing when going uphill; and the rubber toe protects the feet when walking downhill. 

If some of the classic Gore-Tex and Vibram soled boots are slightly out of your price range, this could be the best men’s hiking boot alternative for you, as the sole and waterproofing technologies are designed in-house by Keen, helping to shave a few quid off the price.

As with all types of outdoor gear, you get what you pay for. The Scarpa Manta Pro GTX takes our best hiking boots crown because you can wear them through all four seasons, and they offer a superb fit. Get past the initial outlay, and look after them properly –  clean off muck and re-waterproof them as directed – and they will last you years. 

For a budget step into the world of hiking boots, check out the Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX. They’re regularly on sale for a good price, and will see you comfortably through a range of trekking scenarios.

If you’re looking for something not quite as extreme as a hiking boot, check out T3’s selection of the best walking shoes. Walking shoes are lighter and more comfortable than boots, but don’t provide as much support.

Now that you’re all kitted out, why not check out our complete guide to hiking or list of the best hikes in Europe to start planning your next adventure? 

About the author…

Mark Mayne is an outdoors journalist who specialises in camping, hiking and diving.

Damian Hall is an outdoors journalist, ultrarunner and walking expert who has authored books on the subject.

5 best watches to invest in right now

5 best watches to invest in right now

With advice from watch experts and industry professionals

If you’re looking to buy a watch that looks great and will hold its value (or, potentially even rise in value), you’ve come to the right place.

It’s a question we’ve heard often: what watch brands will increase in value over time?

There’s a short and simple answer: Rolex or Patek Philippe. But there’s also a longer version, which we’ve answered here with the help of Rox Jewellers.

Rox has recently carried out some research into the art of luxury watchmaking, with an aim to highlight the sheer level of effort and craftsmanship that goes into creating the world’s most sought after timepieces. 

It identified three pillars of watch investment: brand recognition, demand, and rarity. 

Taking these three pillars into account, and with advise from watch experts and industry professionals, Rox created a list of the five best watches to invest in right now.

Check out the selection below:

best watches to invest in: Tudor Heritage Black Bay

A new addition to the Heritage Black Bay family this diver’s watch in stainless steel draws its characteristic elements from Tudor’s history. Fitted with Tudor’s MT5602 self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system, with power reserve of 70 hours.

What the expert says: 

“Stick to the classic pieces that people will always want and you’ll have a watch that, 10 years down the line, will recoup the majority of your initial outlay. Tudor’s recent phoenix-from-the-ashes revival was spearheaded by the gorgeously but not slavishly retro-styled Black Bay. 

Now it’s fitted with an in-house movement and always in steel, rather than precious metal (flamboyance is inversely proportional to successful investment!) It’s already a classic that feels like it’s always been around.”

– Kyron Keogh, MD of ROX

best watches to invest in: Tudor Heritage Black Bay

The iconic Rolex Submariner is one of the most successful diver’s watches in history. The Rolex Manufacture 3135 movement is housed in a 904L stainless steel case which is waterproof to 300 metres (1,000 feet).

What the expert says:  

“Rolex’s steel sports watches are a surefire investment, you never see examples older than two or three years selling for less than what they originally cost. That’s because Rolex is the ultimate luxury watch brand, their Submariner was the pioneering diving watch of the 1950s and you can wear it every day with everything.”

– Simon de Burton, watch and auction expert

best watches to invest in: Tudor Heritage Black Bay

The Royal Oak is made up of 280 parts and 40 jewels, this watch is powered by a self-winding manufacture calibre 3120 movement and has a 60-hour power reserve.

What the expert says: 

“The Royal Oak has barely changed since 1972 and for good reason – its designer Gérald Genta’s octagonal case and integrated bracelet was spot-on from inception. That sort of integrity will come to bear in a lifetime’s value, both sentimental and monetary.”

– Kyron Keogh, MD of ROX

best watches to invest in: Tudor Heritage Black Bay

This Seamaster 300 has a sand-blasted black dial with rhodium-plated hands coated with  “vintage” Super-LumiNova. The polished ceramic bezel ring has a Liquidmetal diving scale, and the transparent caseback makes it possible to see the anti-magnetic OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibre 8400 within.

What the expert says: 

“Buy into James Bond’s model of choice and you’ll be buying into a brand that’s increasing in resale value faster than anyone else. What’s more, if you look hard enough, you’ll still be able to find the quartz version of the Seamaster, which is being phased out very soon. Discontinued watches are very collectable and you will undoubtedly reap more on the vintage market than what you sowed at retail.”

– Lloyd Amsdon, co-founder of Watchfinder

best watches to invest in: Tudor Heritage Black Bay

The Panerai Luminor Base features a hand-wound Panerai OP I calibre, with a 56 hour power reserve. It’s designed it Italy, but made in Switzerland.

What the expert says: 

“Panerai’s chunky, cushion-shaped watches are a modern cult phenomenon and one of the best investments you can make. Panerai has a fantastic collector base and, even if it’s just to make a slight change, every model is limited, so whatever Panerai you buy will become a collectable soon enough.” 

– Simon Sutton, Director at Watches of Knightsbridge

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