Archive for Chris Hall

  • Android Wear is getting a feature boost, here's what's coming

    Android Wear is getting a feature boost, here's what's coming

    By 16 hours ago

    Android Wear hit the streets about a year ago, as Google's platform for wearables. Today, a major update was announced, as Android Wear moves to fend off Apple Watch. Android Wear has been incrementally updated since its launch. Like many Google products...

  • OnePlus One now available to all, but you won't buy it

    OnePlus One now available to all, but you won't buy it

    By 18 hours ago

    OnePlus has announced that it's ditching the invite-only system for the OnePlus One, so now anyone will be able to buy it.  The OnePlus One shot to fame with tech fans, because it offered great value for money, with flagship specs at enviable prices....

  • Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

    Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

    By 20 hours ago

    With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, then there's anticipation of something else, the next big thing to envy. We've rounded up the best smartphones...

  • Best smartphones 2015: The best phones available to buy today

    Best smartphones 2015: The best phones available to buy today

    By 17 April 2015

    So, you want to buy a new phone? If you're looking for the best smartphone of 2015, you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest mobile phones of the year to save you time when you go to your local phone shop. We continually update...

  • Apple Watch's special aluminium alloy could form iPhone 6S unibody

    Apple Watch's special aluminium alloy could form iPhone 6S unibody

    By 17 April 2015

    The Apple Watch comes in three different materials - aluminium, stainless steel and gold. Apple could be planning to use its new Watch aluminium alloy for the body of the next-gen iPhone 6S. The report comes from Taiwan's Economic Daily News, so is far...

  • R2-D2 Boeing Dreamliner proves the Star Wars bandwagon knows no limits

    R2-D2 Boeing Dreamliner proves the Star Wars bandwagon knows no limits

    By 17 April 2015

    We've seen the toys, mugs, pajamas, and dinner plate set. We've used the water bottle, dressed in the costume, watched the films at the cinema (twice), own the VHS edition(s), own the DVDs, own the Blu-rays. But at least we now know there's no boundary...

  • Samsung TouchWiz review: A deep dive into the Samsung Galaxy S6 software

    Samsung TouchWiz review: A deep dive into the Samsung Galaxy S6 software

    By 16 April 2015

    TouchWiz sits over the top of Android in Samsung's devices. The latest to join this party is the Samsung Galaxy S6, which ushers in a range of changes over its predecessor, the Galaxy S5.  Samsung isn't as openly formulaic as HTC when it comes to talking...

  • Huawei does HTC Dot View cover for P8max

    Huawei does HTC Dot View cover for P8max

    By 15 April 2015

    Huawei today unveiled two new phones, the P8 a new flagship and the P8max its phablet cousin. Both offer power, impressive specs and metal unibody designs, and both will be more affordable than many rivals. While we've covered both of these handsets,...

  • Huawei P8: Metal meets Android modifications

    Huawei P8: Metal meets Android modifications

    By 15 April 2015

    Huawei has unveiled a new flagship, the Huawei P8. It's quietly dropped the Ascend name, and launched this new model alongside the P8max phablet, with a massive 6.8-inch display.  The Huawei P8 makes a number of bold moves, with Huawei calling out the...

  • Fiat 500X first drive: 500 goes chunky

    Fiat 500X first drive: 500 goes chunky

    By 14 April 2015

    There's something strange happening on our roads. Where we once had reasonably well defined types of car, we now have an assortment of the weird and wonderful. The crossover segment is popular and rightly so. Smaller and more affordable than a conventional...

  • High dynamic range coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video on the TV you don't yet have

    High dynamic range coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video on the TV you don't yet have

    By 10 April 2015

    Amazon has confirmed that it will be offering support for high dynamic range (HDR) video on its Prime Instant Video service.  Furthermore, Amazon has said that it will be first to offer this next step in enhanced quality TV entertainment, although the...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: Which handset should you choose?

    Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: Which handset should you choose?

    By 10 April 2015

    Mobile World Congress was about two things: HTC and Samsung. Both launched new flagship devices, with similar launch dates, looking to dominate 2015 with new devices. We've now lived with both devices, so to help you decide which it worth your money we're...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 review: Samsung's crowning moment
    5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy S6 review: Samsung's crowning moment

    By 9 April 2015

    The Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best Samsung smartphone ever made. Now that's an easy statement to make when it's the newest device to hit the market, but speaking relatively, we think it's the best to launch since the Samsung Galaxy S II fluked its way...

  • Huawei goes Greek: We ponder the mixed messages of its Ascend P8 teasers

    Huawei goes Greek: We ponder the mixed messages of its Ascend P8 teasers

    By 8 April 2015

    Huawei has been running a teaser campaign for the Ascend P8, scheduled for launch on 15 April 2015.  The message is following a somewhat predicable arc around themes of light. Whether that's light in weight, light for the camera, light on the pocket,...

  • EE WiFi Calling launches on Samsung Galaxy S6, coming to iPhone 6

    EE WiFi Calling launches on Samsung Galaxy S6, coming to iPhone 6

    By 7 April 2015

    EE has officially announced its WiFi Calling service, which lets you make voice calls and send text messages via a Wi-Fi network. The service will go live on 10 April, alongside the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.  The WiFi Calling service...

  • HTC One M8s vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

    HTC One M8s vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

    By 2 April 2015

    There's a new M8 in town, which might have caught you by surprise, as HTC has only just launched a new flagship, the HTC One M9.  However, the HTC One M8s isn't a rival to the top phone on the spec sheet, even if it does come with the stunning design...

  • HTC One M9 review: Distracted by refinement
    4 out of 5

    HTC One M9 review: Distracted by refinement

    By 31 March 2015

    The HTC One M9 is, in every sense, an evolution of the flagship M8 smartphone that came before it. It offers a similar design, a similar feature set, similar specs and a similar user experience. It is, therefore, a similar overall experience. But the...

  • HTC One M9+: What's the story so far?

    HTC One M9+: What's the story so far?

    By 30 March 2015

    HTC announced the HTC One M9 at Mobile World Congress and it's hitting stores on 31 March. But there's More than One, a second device that's facing launch. Prior to the launch of the One M9, there was talk of this second device. The rumours were never...

  • HTC One M9 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3 cameras: A quick performance comparison

    HTC One M9 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3 cameras: A quick performance comparison

    By 26 March 2015

    We've just reviewed the HTC One M9, HTC's flagship for 2015. One of the aims of this new device was to address the criticism of the camera on the HTC One M8. In the process of testing this camera for our review, we wanted to compare its photos to a couple...

  • Nexus Player now available in the UK, yours for £79

    Nexus Player now available in the UK, yours for £79

    By 26 March 2015

    Google's Nexus Player is now available in the UK, bringing all the entertainment of Android to your TV. The Nexus Player was originally released in the US in November 2014 and has taken its time to cross our shores. The set-top box, built by Asus, was...

  • HTC One M9+ is real: Launch event scheduled, hardware photos leak

    HTC One M9+ is real: Launch event scheduled, hardware photos leak

    By 25 March 2015

    The HTC One M9+ has taken a big step towards being real today, with HTC scheduling a launch event for a new device. This is the first official indication from the company that this phone actually exists, following a long-running series of rumours and...

  • TomTom Go Mobile is free premium satnav for Android, but there's a catch

    TomTom Go Mobile is free premium satnav for Android, but there's a catch

    By 25 March 2015

    TomTom has announced a new free app for Android called TomTom Go Mobile. The new app replaces TomTom's previous satnav app and completely changes the fee structure, giving you free navigation, speed cameras and traffic for 50 miles a month, every month....

  • HTC One M9+ picture hints at a larger flagship

    HTC One M9+ picture hints at a larger flagship

    By 24 March 2015

    The HTC One M9+ continues to be talked about, despite not seeing launch alongside the HTC One M9 at Mobile World Congress. Now a mock-up of the device has appeared online.  HTC has so far said nothing about the M9+, but the rumours don't seem to be going...

  • BBC iPlayer app now supports BBC iD, allows cross-device syncing

    BBC iPlayer app now supports BBC iD, allows cross-device syncing

    By 23 March 2015

    An update to the BBC iPlayer app has brought with it a handy new feature: the ability to sync across devices. BBC iPlayer is one of the most popular apps across all platforms, serving up the BBC's catch-up service. BBC iPlayer has been groundbreaking...

  • HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

    HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8: What's the difference?

    By 23 March 2015

    HTC announced a new flagship handset, the HTC One M9, at Mobile World Congress 2015. We've now fully reviewed that phone, the replacement for last year's popular One M8. At first glance it looks to be very similar to the M8. So is this more of the same,...