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sharp mobileIt started off on giant movie screens using silly glasses with mismatched lenses. Then the screens shrunk, bringing 3D into the living room with 3D-capable HDTVs, but you still had to wear the glasses. Now the screens are even smaller, sitting on things like smartphones, digital cameras, and handheld gaming devices, and best of all, there’s no more need for the silly glasses. Read the rest of this entry »


HX5V Cross SectionWe were going over our data for June and noticed a very interesting trend among our most popular products for the month. It turned out that of our 10 most popular items on alaTest, 7 of them were digital cameras. It seems that consumers are getting serious about taking some great photos, perhaps for summer vacations or family get togethers. We decided to take a closer look at our most popular cameras and what makes them so great. Read the rest of this entry »


Smartphones these days do a little bit of everything, but that’s the catch; it’s only a little bit of everything. Many people think that because their smartphone has an 8 megapixel camera and can shoot 1080p HD video (like the HTC Sensation 4G), they have no need for a compact digital camera. Unfortunately, smartphones have small image sensors and lack key features to make them suitable for any serious photography. Read the rest of this entry »


Those of you who are regular readers of our blog probably remember our last alaTest Trends article from back in March. Back then, the most popular products on alaTest were the Nokia C7, Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, LG LE5300 Series LED TVs, Canon EOS Rebel T2i, and Sony KDL-HX800 Series 3D TVs. But as expected in the technology world, trends are constantly shifting, and we have a new set of top items based on our data from May 2011.


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Ashton and his NikonSome of the best compact digital cameras sit right around that $200 mark, and manufacturers know that this price is a marketing sweet spot. The result is a super saturated lineup of what seems like an endless list of point and shoot cameras. We’ve weeded through it and come up with a list of the top five best digital cameras for less than $200, each one suited for a unique purpose.

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TeaserIn order to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information and recommendations on products, we watch popular consumer trends very closely. Last month’s numbers are in, and it’s clear that most consumers are interested in Cell Phones, HDTVs, Laptops, and Compact Digital Cameras (in that order). But we didn’t stop there. We decided to take a look at which specific products have been getting the most attention.

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2010 Holiday Shopping TrendsIt’s no secret that the winter holiday season is by far the biggest shopping season of the year. In the United States alone, consumers spent nearly $600 billion this year. With all that money flying about, you can’t help but wonder just what exactly people are buying, so we decided to take a look at some of the more popular items this year.

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and with the recent popularity of HDTVs, many people are looking for a great digital High Definition camcorder to replace their aging Standard Definition models. Whether you’re purchasing it as a gift or to immortalize the holidays in the form of digital film, there is a wide selection of HD camcorders to choose from.

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