We’ve put Apple’s latest tablet through its paces, plus our expert lab tests have uncovered a Don’t Buy dash cam plagued by shoddy video that’ll have you shaking your head
Brand new products are constantly flying in and out of the Which? test lab, as we continue our mission to uncover affordable picks worthy of Best Buy status.
As part of our recent round of tests, we’ve reviewed a selection of mobile phones, dash cams, tablets and printers. The full list includes a sub-£200 smartphone and a 720p dash cam that’ll only set you back £40.
But always make sure you read our reviews before buying – you’ll be able to find out which products score highly in our independent lab tests and know whether they’re worth your money, or not.
Keep scrolling for a closer look at some of our recently-reviewed products.
Latest mobile phone reviews
- A mobile phone we were impressed by: Which? test score 79% – pictures and videos have incredible detail and the cameras have one of the best zoom qualities we’ve seen.
- A mobile phone that didn’t score so well: Which? test score 56% – it might be 5G ready with impressive battery life, but it’s slow and the camera quality is pretty pathetic.
This month, we’ve been hands-on with the iPhone SE 2022 (£420) – the first mid-range iPhone released since 2020. It’s been given Apple’s latest A15 bionic chipset and, compared to its predecessor, a bigger battery at 2,018mAh. But the 4.7-inch screen is small compared to some of the giant handsets released in the last few years.
Samsung’s highly anticipated Galaxy S22 5G (£769) has landed. Its 6.1-inch OLED screen has a high resolution, and there’s a 50Mp wide lens, a 10Mp telephoto lens and a 12Mp ultra-wide lens on the back. The phone’s specifications aren’t too different from the previous Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, but we were excited to find out what impact they would have.
If you’re looking for a phone under £200, consult our in-depth review on the TCL 20 R 5G (£170). It has a 6.5-inch LC display with 720 x 1,600 pixel-resolution and a suite of three rear cameras.
Our list of recently-tested mobile phones also includes:
- Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G (£949)
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (£1,149)
Amy Axworthy, Which? mobile phones expert
‘The mobile phone market is bustling in 2022 with quicker charging capabilities and refined camera software for professional-looking pictures and videos. But innovation has not been reserved for the most expensive mobile phones. Mid-range and budget phones are now getting quick processors, better cameras, and responsive screens with high refresh rates. Plus you now have a choice of phones with a 5G connection for under £200.’
Latest dash cam reviews
When shopping for a dash cam to keep a watchful eye on the road ahead, you want a model that captures clear pictures and videos. To see which models are worth your money, we’ve put several new releases through our rigorous tests. The worst dash cam we tried was so poor, we had no hesitation in labelling it a Don’t Buy.
- A dash cam we were impressed by: Which? test score 71% – a premium model that offers enough detail to read most road signs in captured footage.
- A dash cam that didn’t score so well: Which? test score 38% – a nailed-on Don’t Buy let down by grainy video and a parking mode that we couldn’t get to work reliably.
The pricey Road Angel Halo Ultra (£250) has now returned from our test lab. It’s a compact, forward-facing dash cam that records in 4K. There’s built-in wi-fi, which means you can review, edit and download footage through the accompanying Road Angel Halo smartphone app.
Buyers on a budget might be considering the Orskey Dual Dash Cam S800 (£40). It has both a forward and rear-facing camera and captures 720p footage. If you’re tempted, check our review first for our expert verdict.
Our list of recently-tested dash cams also includes:
- Navitel R6 Quad HD Dash Cam (£95)
- Thinkware F100 with rear cam and GPS (£150)
- Thinkware X1000 (£250)
- Mio MiVue 886 (£250)
ill Stapley, Which? cars editor
‘If you’re on a tight budget, avoid expensive dash cams with both front and rear cameras. Some dash cams let you add a rear camera module (such as the Nextbase Rear Window Camera, £69) at a later date – just be sure to check it’s compatible with your dash cam before purchasing. And don’t get let down by a dash cam that underperforms at night – we lab-test all dash cams both during the daytime and at night, so you can be sure of getting one you can rely on.’
Latest tablet reviews
- A tablet we were impressed by: Which? test score 82% – a fantastic tablet with a wonderful display.
- A tablet that didn’t score so well: Which? test score 73% – it’s a decent investment if you don’t want to spend over £200, but our expert tests prove you can do better on a budget.
Our much-anticipated review for the iPad Air 2022 (£569) has arrived, which means we can finally see how it shapes up compared to the pricier iPad Pro. This model has a 10.9-inch screen and is available with 64GB or 256GB of internal storage – we tested the cheaper, entry-level model.
Taking aim at Apple’s new iPad Air is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 2021 (£495). It has a bigger screen at 12.3 inches, plus it comes bundled with a stylus that you can use to take notes and sketch with. We tested the 64GB model, but if you think you’ll need more space for apps, pictures and videos, you can go with the 128GB version.
Our list of recently-tested tablets also includes:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2021 (£160)
- Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus, 2021 (£180)
- Xiaomi Pad 5 6GB 128GB (£365)
- Microsoft Surface Pro X SQ2 4G (£1,330)