A little over a month after competitor Verizon Wireless unveiled its Share Everything data plans, AT&T has announced its own version: AT&T Mobile Share. Unlike Verizon, which is offering only Share Everything to new customers, newcomers to AT&T will still have the option of choosing an existing individual or family plan. And current customers can switch over to a sharing plan without extending their contracts, if they choose

Thinking of buying a smaller tablet soon?

The Samsung Galaxy S III lives up to its high expectations: It’s one of the most advanced Android smart phones we’ve seen. This newest Galaxy star is our new top-ranked smart phone on the three carriers on which we’ve tested it

What Microsoft’s Surface tablets promise


The Microsoft Surface tablets, announced yesterday for fall availability, promise to be more businesslike than Apple’s iPads, while seeking to replicate Apple’s tight integration of hardware and software into a user-friendly “ecosystem.” How well might they accomplish that? Microsoft’s history in making hardware, and in creating and sustaining systems to support them, offers reasons for both optimism and skepticism. The iPad, the newest version of which tops our tablet Ratings , has always been more about play than work, thanks to its rich and responsive screen and access to Apple’s unequaled selection of games, movies, apps, and music.

The HTC Evo 4G LTE (from Sprint) and HTC One X (from AT&T), each $200 with two-year contracts, have all the key ingredients of today’s marquis smart phones: 4.7-inch, high-definition (720p) displays; high-speed, dual-core processors; and the ability to run on their carriers’ 4G LTE networks. And both are currently our highest-rated phones for their respective carriers, though our image engineers weren’t impressed with some aspects of the cameras’ performance

The best reason to use a smart phone to take photos instead of a camera is that you’re more likely to have your smart phone with you when a photo op arises.

Facebook Camera for iPhone was announced and launched just a few weeks after the social network purchased the similar Instagram app, which hasn’t (yet) been more fully integrated into core FB functionality. Here’s a hands-on look at this relatively recent app

Later this month, you’ll finally have the option to buy Apple iPhones from two so-called prepaid carriers—including Virgin Mobile, which received high scores in our Ratings of cell-phone carriers. But the new options for no-contract iPhones, while offering lower monthly costs, will require paying a higher upfront cost for the phone itself

Intel has been slowly rolling out the latest batch of its Core i5 and i7 processors.

If you’ve been on the fence about buying a new tablet because you don’t want to break the bank, take heart. Three of the four newly recommended tablets in our latest batch of Ratings are Consumer Reports Best Buys (recommended models with the best combination of performance and price), as are the Apple iPad 2 and several others.