Archive for Chris Hall

  • MWC 2015: We're here in Barcelona

    MWC 2015: We're here in Barcelona

    By 8 hours ago

    Mobile World Congress 2015 doesn't officially start until Monday 2 March, but a lot of the action is happening before the show opens. We've ensconced ourselves in the Catalan capital, ready to bring you all the action. The fun starts on Sunday 1 March,...

  • LG G Flex 2 review: Is curved the new cool?
    4 out of 5

    LG G Flex 2 review: Is curved the new cool?

    By 27 February 2015

    The G Flex is back and better than before as LG has another crack at the curved smartphone format. That's perhaps no surprise, as the company is pushing the curved message in television too. The justification remains more or less the same: that viewing...

  • HTC One M9: What to expect during MWC 2015 press event

    HTC One M9: What to expect during MWC 2015 press event

    By 27 February 2015

    The HTC One M8 has been a popular device but with 2014 behind us, anticipation is rising about what will come next for HTC's flagship. It should come as no surprise if it's known as the HTC One M9, following the model numbering of previous years. The...

  • HTC One M7 gets a sweet taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop

    HTC One M7 gets a sweet taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop

    By 25 February 2015

    The HTC One (M7) has just been updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, bringing the first metal One up to date. Although HTC missed the 90-day self-imposed timeframe for Lollipop updates on the HTC One M8 (in some territories) it looks like the M7 isn't that...

  • HTC Desire 820 review: Mixed performance mid-ranger
    3.5 out of 5

    HTC Desire 820 review: Mixed performance mid-ranger

    By 25 February 2015

    One of HTC's surprise successes over the past year has been in the Desire family. The Desire 816 sold well in Asia, was updated in the Desire 820 on review here and has a newer model waiting in the wings, the Desire 826.  The success of this handset...

  • Samsung is winning the next-gen hype war

    Samsung is winning the next-gen hype war

    By 22 February 2015

    If you hadn't noticed, there's a hype war raging at the moment. On Sunday 1 March, there will be two new flagship smartphones launched. And in the battle of the hype building, Samsung is winning. There are two big launches scheduled the day before Mobile...

  • These are the best HTC One M9 pictures we've seen so far

    These are the best HTC One M9 pictures we've seen so far

    By 22 February 2015

    German retailer Cyberport.de listed the HTC One M9 on its online shop over the weekend, leading to a flurry of excitement surrounding the forthcoming flagship HTC smartphone. Discovered by website Mobilegeeks.de, the images look like full device renders....

  • BlackBerry 10.3.1 tips and tricks: New features examined

    BlackBerry 10.3.1 tips and tricks: New features examined

    By 20 February 2015

    BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is being rolled out to all BlackBerry 10 smartphones and it brings a whole swathe of new features. Most of them were already available as part of OS 10.3 for the BlackBerry Passport and Porsche Design P'9983, and the Classic comes...

  • Windows Phone 10 technical preview: Hands-on with Windows Phone of the future

    Windows Phone 10 technical preview: Hands-on with Windows Phone of the future

    By 20 February 2015

    Windows Phone 10 isn't actually called Windows Phone 10, but as is often the way, when a large corporation like Microsoft changes a naming convention the fans do their own thing. So here we have the Windows 10 technical preview for phones, that runs as...

  • YouView from BT DB-T2200 mini box review: Ideal for your second TV
    4 out of 5

    YouView from BT DB-T2200 mini box review: Ideal for your second TV

    By 19 February 2015

    There's a new YouView from BT set top box in town, offering the smart TV platform for less of your cash.  However, the new DB-T2200 box strips out some of the connections and features found in the higher-spec DTR-T2100, but allows you to get YouView...

  • HTC One M9 registration opens at Carphone Warehouse. Wait, what?

    HTC One M9 registration opens at Carphone Warehouse. Wait, what?

    By 18 February 2015

    Carphone Warehouse has opened up a page to let you register your interest in the new HTC One. That's right, the phone that hasn't been announced yet. HTC seems to have stepped up its hype-building as we approach the launch for the HTC One M9, with a...

  • Pebble is now compatible with Android Wear notifications

    Pebble is now compatible with Android Wear notifications

    By 17 February 2015

    We've not heard much from Pebble recently, but the plucky wearable has just rolled out a new software update for Android users bringing compatibility with Android Wear notifications. With Google pushing its own smartwatch agenda through Android Wear -...

  • Non-removable battery on the SGS6? Samsung's wireless charging monologue will ease your concerns

    Non-removable battery on the SGS6? Samsung's wireless charging monologue will ease your concerns

    By 17 February 2015

    The internets was aflame recently with reports that the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 would have a sealed body, with a smaller battery in it. Worse, said battery would be not be user replaceable. It's as if the last bastion of Samsungness is being ripped...

  • LG Watch Urbane: A classic design twist on the G Watch R

    LG Watch Urbane: A classic design twist on the G Watch R

    By 16 February 2015

    LG is releasing a new smartwatch - the LG Watch Urbane - a classic reworking of its G Watch R. The Watch Urbane has been designed to look like a classic timepiece, with a metal body and stitched leather strap, resulting in an Android Wear watch that looks...

  • British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

    British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

    By 13 February 2015

    British Gas has announced that it is to acquire AlertMe, the company that powers its Hive Active Heating, in a deal worth £44 million. This figure includes the 21 per cent holding that British Gas already has in AlertMe, bringing AlertMe's total valuation...

  • Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

    Best smartphones to look forward to in 2015

    By 13 February 2015

    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...

  • Lumia Denim: Updates, devices and everything you need to know

    Lumia Denim: Updates, devices and everything you need to know

    By 12 February 2015

    Lumia Denim was announced at IFA 2014 in September 2014, but its wider roll-out to older Nokia devices has only just started. Lumia Denim has made its appearance on a number of devices already launched by Microsoft, so if you have a new Lumia, you might...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 to feature best smartphone camera yet

    Samsung Galaxy S6 to feature best smartphone camera yet

    By 11 February 2015

    In the run-up to any major smartphone launch, much of the information that gets revealed comes from unsubstantiated rumours. It's not often that the company involved gets specific on it own forthcoming phone. Samsung, however, has taken to its blog to...

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

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

    By 11 February 2015

    We know that HTC is lining up a new flagship handset - the HTC One M9 - to replace the One M8. HTC has sent out invitations to an event on 1 March just before Mobile World Congress 2015, which pretty much confirms that. But as we've been following the...

  • Nikon Coolpix S9900: Retro style 30x superzoom (hands-on)

    Nikon Coolpix S9900: Retro style 30x superzoom (hands-on)

    By 11 February 2015

    The Nikon Coolpix S9900 supplants the S9700 and brings with it a new design, adding some retro feel to this superzoom camera. It has grown slightly over the previous model, but it brings with it a big change, and that's a 3-inch vari-angle display on...

  • Nikon Coolpix AW130: Tough keeps getting tougher (hands-on)

    Nikon Coolpix AW130: Tough keeps getting tougher (hands-on)

    By 10 February 2015

    The Coolpix AW130 sees Nikon update its tough camera in what is pretty much a yearly move.  The design has been more or less the same over the past three iterations of the this camera, and we're happy there's still a camouflage model for those armchair...

  • Skoda uses augmented reailty to let you design and try on a new Fabia

    Skoda uses augmented reailty to let you design and try on a new Fabia

    By 10 February 2015

    Skoda has turned to tech to promote the Skoda Fabia and it will get your geeky self salivating. Using augmented reality, Skoda has set up a promotional booth in Waterloo Station, taking over the largest advertising screen in Europe.  You get to customise...

  • You shouldn't bet on Cortana, just yet

    You shouldn't bet on Cortana, just yet

    By 9 February 2015

    Last week we brought you the news that Cortana was now offering Premier League football predictions directly to your Windows Phone.  Cortana has previously enjoyed plenty of success with such predictions, leading us to think that Microsoft had somehow...

  • LG 55EC930V TV review: Throwing an OLED curveball at 4K competitors
    4.5 out of 5

    LG 55EC930V TV review: Throwing an OLED curveball at 4K competitors

    By 9 February 2015

    With plasma having drawn its last breath, the choices you have for TV displays are narrowing. The vast majority are now LCD with some form of LED illumination, with plenty of advancements at all levels of set, or there's the typically more expensive OLED. ...

  • iSheep are real: Internet-connected sheep are roaming Wales

    iSheep are real: Internet-connected sheep are roaming Wales

    By 7 February 2015

    Researchers in North Wales have created a flock of iSheep - sheep connected to the internet - in the latest twist on the internet of things. Using a small tracker, the idea is to enable a farmer to keep track of the flock, and stop rogue sheep wandering...