Archive for Chris Hall

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

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Competing against the ever-popular SUV in the kids'n'dog category is the MPV. It's a much derided class of car; where SUVs have "sport" in the name - suggesting athleticism and virility - MPVs carry the stigma of being the end of the motoring line. It's... >>

Sony SmartBand 2 hands-on: Putting the heart into lifelogging

Sony SmartBand 2 hands-on: Putting the heart into lifelogging

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Sony has released its second-gen fitness band, the SmartBand 2, or SWR12. The headline change is the addition of heart rate sensing, thanks to a modification to the Core module inside. We got our hands on the new SmartBand 2 and - although we couldn't... >>

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

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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... >>

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun
3.5 stars

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun

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They say that you're not a real driver until you've owned an Alfa Romeo. They also say that most of that ownership time will be spent waiting for breakdown services to arrive. With a motoring heritage as rich as that of Alfa Romeo, reputation and expectation... >>

Android 6.0 Marshmallow preview: What to expect from your next version of Android

Android 6.0 Marshmallow preview: What to expect from your next version of Android

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Android M has evolved into Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It's always a moment for celebration when a new version of Android gets its sweet treat name, because it means we're closer to release and wider availability. We've been using the Android M preview through... >>

IFA 2015: What to expect from Samsung, Sony, LG and others

IFA 2015: What to expect from Samsung, Sony, LG and others

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Consumer electronics show IFA is fast approaching and that means just one thing for the weird and wonderful world of tech: new devices! IFA takes place from 4-9 September 2015 in Messe Berlin, but the press conferences start on 2 September. Typically... >>

HTC One A9/Aero gets pictured next to an iPhone: Can you spot the difference?

HTC One A9/Aero gets pictured next to an iPhone: Can you spot the difference?

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The existence of a new hero handset from HTC has been circulating for a while and new images claiming to be that device have now surfaced.  Coming from a familiar source (@stagueve) we now have a fresh picture of the HTC Aero, or HTC One A9 as it might... >>

HTC Aero: Everything we know about HTC's next hero phone

HTC Aero: Everything we know about HTC's next hero phone

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HTC's last two flagships released with nearly indentical designs, but now, for the first time in a couple of years, it's getting ready to break away from tradition and launch a new smartphone line. Or at least that's what all the latest reports, rumours,... >>

Now the BlackBerry Passport appears on video, running Android

Now the BlackBerry Passport appears on video, running Android

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The Venice isn't the only BlackBerry that might be running Android. There have been rumours that the Passport might be getting an Android makeover too.  There's long been chatter about BlackBerry's relationship with Android. This started with support... >>

Huawei Nexus 6: What's the story so far?

Huawei Nexus 6: What's the story so far?

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Most of the major smartphones for 2015 have already been announced, with many of the flagships appearing at Mobile World Congress way back in March. The new Nexus, the next iteration of Google's purebred Android flagship, is one of the most anticipated... >>

TomTom Bandit review: Capture action the easy way
4.0 stars

TomTom Bandit review: Capture action the easy way

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TomTom is diversifying and the Bandit sees the Dutch navigation company move into action cameras. We've seen TomTom lend its name to sat nav and sports devices and there's a nod to GPS experience in the TomTom Bandit, but this is really a foray into new... >>

Photos reveal that the Huawei Nexus looks awesome

Photos reveal that the Huawei Nexus looks awesome

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There has been plenty of speculation that Huawei is building a Nexus handset, and the growing mass of evidence makes it difficult to deny.  Having seen video renders for the new device, we've now got photos of what's reported to be a prototype of the... >>

LG G Pad II wants to be the ultimate affordable media tablet

LG G Pad II wants to be the ultimate affordable media tablet

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LG has announced a new G Pad tablet, saying that long battery life and a large display are what people are asking for, without an increase in the price. The LG G Pad II has a 10.1-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution (224ppi), giving it an... >>

Big Mac, large fries, Android Pay: McDonald's outs 26 August live date

Big Mac, large fries, Android Pay: McDonald's outs 26 August live date

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We've all been waiting for Android Pay to officially launch and it could be as soon as 26 August, in the US at least, if details from McDonald's prove to be true. Android Police has got hands on some internal documents from McDonald's, informing staff... >>

Swatch CEO calls Apple Watch an "interesting toy", outlines plans for NFC Swatch

Swatch CEO calls Apple Watch an "interesting toy", outlines plans for NFC Swatch

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In an interview with Swiss paper Tages-Anzeiger, Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek candidly outlines smartwatch plans for the Swiss company moving forward, while taking the opportunity to call out manufacturers like Apple, Samsung and Sony for their rivalling... >>

Nexus 5 (2015): What's the story so far?

Nexus 5 (2015): What's the story so far?

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There are only a couple of major smartphones left to be announced in 2015, as most of the big manufacturers have come to market with their flagship. Among the most anticipated is the next Nexus, the next iteration of Google's purebred Android flagship.... >>

EE TV update adds search, personalisation, photo and video playback, more

EE TV update adds search, personalisation, photo and video playback, more

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EE has announced its biggest update to EE TV since the launch of the service in late-2014. The update brings more flexibility and personalisation to EE's TV service, which is one of the most dynamic TV offerings currently available. One of the biggest... >>

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the next version of Google's mobile OS

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the next version of Google's mobile OS

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Google has unveiled a Android lawn sculpture outside its Mountain View headquarters, confirming that M is officially Android Marshmallow. There had been plenty of speculation about what sweet treat Google would name the next version of Android after,... >>

Huawei Nexus and LG Nexus 5 (2015) videos hint at next-gen design

Huawei Nexus and LG Nexus 5 (2015) videos hint at next-gen design

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A set of videos have surfaced that might give us a first look at the new Nexus 5 and Huawei Nexus designs.  The new Nexus 5 (2015) is rumoured to be manufactured by LG and has been subject to a wide range of speculation, alongside the rumours of a second... >>

Samsung confirms Gear S2 smartwatch launch for IFA 2015 in September

Samsung confirms Gear S2 smartwatch launch for IFA 2015 in September

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Samsung dropped a surprise annoucement at its Samsung Unpacked event where it unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 edge Plus.  At the end of the presentation, Samsung teased that there was more to come in the near future, before quickly showing off... >>

LG HS8 is a curved, connected, soundbar for your curved TV

LG HS8 is a curved, connected, soundbar for your curved TV

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Curved TVs have been hitting the market for the last couple of years, and now LG has the perfect accompaniment for your sweeping screen.  The HS8 Curved Sound Bar is designed to match your curved LG TV, similar to the curved soundbar that Samsung offers... >>

Best smartphones 2015: The best phones available to buy today

Best smartphones 2015: The best phones available to buy today

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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... >>

4GEE Action Cam review: Live-stream your hardcore action
3.5 stars

4GEE Action Cam review: Live-stream your hardcore action

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EE is looking to diversify its offering, making a step into action cameras. The aptly named 4GEE Action Cam arrives with the hook that it's connected, tying it into the 4G network and giving you the option to broadcast your adventures direct from the... >>

New Moto X photos flaunt sexy design, front-facing flash

New Moto X photos flaunt sexy design, front-facing flash

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Motorola has sent out invites for an event on 28 July, promising that it will change your relationship status with your phone. There's some ominous kisses at the bottom of that invite that look a lot like XGX.  It's predicted that Motorola, now under... >>

PayPal fuels Shell's new Fill Up & Go service, allowing app payments at the pump

PayPal fuels Shell's new Fill Up & Go service, allowing app payments at the pump

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Shell has today enabled a new pay at the pump system in the UK in partnership with PayPal. Unlike older systems that integrate a card payment terminal, the Fill Up & Go system lets you use PayPal to complete the transaction through your smartphone. Shell... >>