Archive for Chris Hall

  • HTC One M9 cases: Dot View gets enhanced, active case will keep you protected

    HTC One M9 cases: Dot View gets enhanced, active case will keep you protected

    By 1 March 2015

    HTC has lined up a wide range of accessories for the HTC One M9 and one of the most interesting is the next generation Dot View case. We love Dot View because of its innovative show-through display, meaning you check the time and glance at notifications...

  • BlackBerry Leap: Affordable 5-incher lacks Z30 charm (hands-on)

    BlackBerry Leap: Affordable 5-incher lacks Z30 charm (hands-on)

    By 2 hours ago

    We knew that BlackBerry was going to use Mobile World Congress to talk about future devices and it announced the Leap, alongside a tease of a whacky slider handset, with double curved display. The Leap sits in the same sort of space as the BlackBerry...

  • Nokia N1 is a magnificent tablet, despite the copycat design (hands-on)

    Nokia N1 is a magnificent tablet, despite the copycat design (hands-on)

    By 2 March 2015

    Nokia announced the N1 tablet in November 2014, but it has been shown off at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and we couldn't help but play with it. When Nokia moved its hardware division over to Microsoft devices, it stopped being a hardware company....

  • Harman Kardon One is the Bluetooth speaker for your HTC One

    Harman Kardon One is the Bluetooth speaker for your HTC One

    By 2 March 2015

    Harman Kardon has partnered with HTC to launch a new Bluetooth speaker: Harman Kardon One.  The new portable Bluetooth speaker has been designed with the HTC One in mind, announced following the launch of the HTC One M9 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. ...

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL hands-on: Big brute packs in Zeiss lens

    Microsoft Lumia 640 XL hands-on: Big brute packs in Zeiss lens

    By 2 March 2015

    Although we're still waiting for a new flagship Windows Phone to sail Microsoft Devices into the Windows 10 future, the Lumia 640 XL is an interesting new launch, announced today at MWC in Barcelona. With a 5.7-inch display it's sitting in phablet territory,...

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 hands-on: Incremental, but good value

    Microsoft Lumia 640 hands-on: Incremental, but good value

    By 2 March 2015

    Microsoft took to the stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to talk about Windows 10, but also introduce two new Lumia handsets.  Stephen Elop teased that a flagship Lumia would be coming later in the year, but in the meantime Microsoft has brought...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: What's the difference?

    Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9: What's the difference?

    By 1 March 2015

    Mobile World Congress was only ever going to be about two things: HTC and Samsung. Both companies have been very open about the fact that they were launching new flagship handsets, with Samsung running a "next Galaxy" campaign, and HTC openly talking...

  • What's new in HTC Sense 7?

    What's new in HTC Sense 7?

    By 1 March 2015

    HTC Sense 7 makes its debut on the HTC One M9, the new flagship 2015 handset from HTC. Sitting on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Sense 7 isn't a major reworking of HTC's user interface, but it does make a few changes and introduce some new features. Here's...

  • LG Watch Urbane LTE: Fully connected glimpse of the future (hands-on)

    LG Watch Urbane LTE: Fully connected glimpse of the future (hands-on)

    By 1 March 2015

    When the LG Watch Urbane LTE was announced, it was easy to assume that this was the Android Wear device, but connected with LTE. Nothing could be further from the truth.  The LG Watch Urbane LTE might share its name with the Android Wear device (which...

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

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

    By 1 March 2015

    HTC has announced a new flagship handset, the HTC One M9. At first glance it looks to be very similar to the M8, the phone it replaces. So is this more of the same, or is there more to the HTC One M9 than meets the eye?  We've drilled though the details...

  • HTC Grip: GPS sports tracker is the first child of the Under Armour and HTC union

    HTC Grip: GPS sports tracker is the first child of the Under Armour and HTC union

    By 1 March 2015

    Under Armour and HTC announced a partnership in January promising new hardware. The HTC Grip is the first device to appear from that paring. It sees HTC able to apply its industrial design expertise to Under Armour's sporting prowess, resulting in a...

  • This is HTC Vive, the Steam VR headset built by HTC and Valve

    This is HTC Vive, the Steam VR headset built by HTC and Valve

    By 1 March 2015

    HTC used its Mobile World Congress keynote to announce a partnership with Valve, and launch a VR headset called HTC Vive. Before we talk about Vive, let's take a quick step back. HTC is known as a smartphone company and known best for its Android devices,...

  • HTC One M9 focuses on power, refinement and customisation

    HTC One M9 focuses on power, refinement and customisation

    By 1 March 2015

    HTC has officially announced the HTC One M9, its new 2015 flagship smartphone. The HTC One M9 is a refinement of the HTC One line, aiming to improve on the HTC One M8, rather than completely reinventing the phone from the ground up. The design closely...

  • HTC One M9: The devil is in the details (hands-on)

    HTC One M9: The devil is in the details (hands-on)

    By 1 March 2015

    The HTC One M9 has probably been the most leaked handset in recent history, but it isn't until you have this device in your hand that you can appreciate the quality it brings with it. HTC's aim with the new M9 was to address the weaknesses of the One...

  • LG Magna hands-on: All about that curve, 'bout that curve, no P-OLED

    LG Magna hands-on: All about that curve, 'bout that curve, no P-OLED

    By 1 March 2015

    The LG Magna is the top device in LG's "premium mid-range", recently announced and shown at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  It sits amongst its brothers - Spirit, Leon and Joy - but Magna is the device that speaks to us. The important thing about...

  • LG Watch Urbane: A classic take on Android Wear (hands-on)

    LG Watch Urbane: A classic take on Android Wear (hands-on)

    By 1 March 2015

    Smartwatches are not standing still. Having impressed us with the round display of the LG G Watch R, the smartwatch has taken a step forward with the LG Watch Urbane.  The G Watch Urbane is a premium take on the smartwatch, looking to add desirability...

  • Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness band has changeable straps, works with iOS, Android, Windows Phone

    Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness band has changeable straps, works with iOS, Android, Windows Phone

    By 1 March 2015

    Acer today announced a new version of its fitness band, the Liquid Leap+. The Leap+ is based around a touchscreen core sitting in a rubber strap. It can be popped in and out, meaning you can switch straps to get a different colour.  The Leap+ itself...

  • Where's Grandma? Don't worry, she's wearing Haier's new super snooping wearable

    Where's Grandma? Don't worry, she's wearing Haier's new super snooping wearable

    By 1 March 2015

    Haier has unveiled a selection of wearable devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but they might not be what you think. These are about tracking, rather than being a computer on your wrist. There is a model for children, which is bright and colourful,...

  • MWC 2015: We're here in Barcelona

    MWC 2015: We're here in Barcelona

    By 28 February 2015

    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....