Archive for Chris Hall

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop: When is it coming to my phone?

    Android 5.0 Lollipop: When is it coming to my phone?

    By 18 hours ago

    Google has launched Android 5.0 Lollipop, making its debut on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices, announced today.  The new devices will be available from early November 2014, but the real question is when will Android 5.0 Lollipop will appear on your...

  • Nexus 9 hands-on: Your next Nexus tablet

    Nexus 9 hands-on: Your next Nexus tablet

    By 19 hours ago

    Google calls the Nexus 9 a tablet for mover and makers, perhaps an indicator that the new Nexus tablet is going to be pitched at productivity, rather than just portable entertainment. Built by HTC, the Nexus 9 breaks new ground for Android with a 4:3...

  • Android Wear state of the nation: New software, new devices

    Android Wear state of the nation: New software, new devices

    By 22 hours ago

    Android Wear so far has been interesting, if not really raising itself to "must have" status. As we knew it would, the pace of change is rapid, with the first generation of devices now almost forgotten. There's been respectable change of step in the past...

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows review: Same genes, different DNA
    4.5 out of 5

    HTC One (M8) for Windows review: Same genes, different DNA

    By 23 hours ago

    When the HTC One (M8) for Windows was announced, there was something of a cheer. It's no secret that we think the HTC One is one of the best handsets of the year thanks in no small part to its solid design, now available to a Windows Phone 8.1 market...

  • BeoPlay A2 packs wonderful B&O sound into premium Bluetooth speaker

    BeoPlay A2 packs wonderful B&O sound into premium Bluetooth speaker

    By 23 October 2014

    The BeoPlay A2 is Bang & Olufsen's first Bluetooth speaker, launched under the B&O Play label. It's looking to force its way into a market that's already packed with plenty of options.  We caught up with B&O prior to launch to get our hands on this speaker...

  • Motorola Moto X (2014) review: An uncluttered Android marvel
    4.5 out of 5

    Motorola Moto X (2014) review: An uncluttered Android marvel

    By 21 October 2014

    The Motorola Moto X has been reformed for its second generation model, with a brand new handset for 2014. It carries the Moto X name, and offers the same customisation options that the original offered. Originally launching off the back of the "made...

  • HTC One (M8) update: Welcome to the HTC Eye Experience

    HTC One (M8) update: Welcome to the HTC Eye Experience

    By 20 October 2014

    HTC is looking to embrace the current trend for selfies, with an update to the HTC Camera app, introducing what the company is calling the HTC Eye Experience. The update for HTC Sense 6 brings a range of new features to existing devices, debuted on the...

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Fun time in phablet town

    Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Fun time in phablet town

    By 17 October 2014

    The Apple iPhone 6 steps into phablet territory with the iPhone 6 Plus, a smartphone with a 5.5-inch display. Some suspect this is to appeal to Asian markets and it's certainly a break from iPhones of the past.  When it comes to big-screen phones there...

  • 'I'm sorry, I'm on the train': Railways found to be mobile blackspots

    'I'm sorry, I'm on the train': Railways found to be mobile blackspots

    By 17 October 2014

    If you spend a lot of time on commuter trains around London, you'll know the frustrations you face when trying to use your mobile devices. Now, thanks to research by Global Wireless Solutions, we can put a figure on just how bad cellular connections are...

  • Mo Glow is the coolest part of PlayStation's Movember sponsorship

    Mo Glow is the coolest part of PlayStation's Movember sponsorship

    By 17 October 2014

    PlayStation has announced that it's sponsoring Movember in 2014, but the thing we're really interested in is giving your DualShock 4 controller a mo makeover. Called the Mo Glow, PlayStation will be offering a limited edition vinyl to stick over the rear...

  • Apple iPad mini 3 adds Touch ID, but makes the old model more appealing (hands-on)

    Apple iPad mini 3 adds Touch ID, but makes the old model more appealing (hands-on)

    By 17 October 2014

    The iPad mini 3 saw itself updated at Apple's special event. But where the iPad Air 2 got plenty of investigation, the "new" iPad mini 3 was skirted over rather quickly. It got itself one screen, with blink-and-you'll-miss-it coverage, before the attention...

  • iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9: Battle of the brand new tablets

    iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9: Battle of the brand new tablets

    By 16 October 2014

    Two days, two new tablets. Who'd of thought that would happen? Apple has announced the new iPad Air 2 hot on the heels of Google announcing the Nexus 9, its latest pure Android device. The Nexus 9 steps into new territory for Google and Android, while...

  • Apple SIM is a pick-and-mix pre-installed SIM for the new iPad

    Apple SIM is a pick-and-mix pre-installed SIM for the new iPad

    By 16 October 2014

    Lurking in the wireless details for the newly-announced iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is reference to the Apple SIM, not mentioned at the announcement of Apple's new tablets. The description reads as follows: "The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to...

  • Apple iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air: What's the difference?

    Apple iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air: What's the difference?

    By 16 October 2014

    Another year means another iPad. Updating the iPad Air, launched in October 2013, comes the iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 will be sold alongside the iPad Air, so you still have the choice of both. But with your existing iPad Air already offering a great...

  • New Apple Mac mini is faster, cheaper, available today

    New Apple Mac mini is faster, cheaper, available today

    By 16 October 2014

    Apple has announced an update to the Mac mini, its most accessible desktop computer. It now starts at $499/£399. Sticking to the same design, the new Mac mini now has fourth-generation Intel Core processors, with Intel Isis and HD Graphics 5000, and...

  • Best smartphones to look forward to in 2014

    Best smartphones to look forward to in 2014

    By 16 October 2014

    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. We've rounded up the best smartphones for...

  • Nexus 9: Everything you need to know about the iPad rival

    Nexus 9: Everything you need to know about the iPad rival

    By 16 October 2014

    Google has announced the Nexus 9, its newest tablet, debuting Android 5.0 Lollipop. It squares up against the iPad, quite literally, making a few important changes over previous Nexus tablets. We've drilled through the specs of the new device and here's...

  • Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Battle of the big phones

    Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Battle of the big phones

    By 15 October 2014

    Google has announced the Nexus 6, rocking a 5.96-inch display and the latest that Android has to offer. It was only last month that Apple announced its huge phone, the iPhone 6 Plus. These two titans go head to head, but which will be knocked for six? ...

  • Five things you didn't know about the Nexus 6

    Five things you didn't know about the Nexus 6

    By 15 October 2014

    Google has just announced the Nexus 6, but didn't embellish too many of the details as it did so. It's a huge phone with a 5.96-inch display and running the very latest Android 5.0 Lollipop software. That much we got, but there's more to Android's new...

  • Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 officially announced, debuts Android 5.0 Lollipop

    Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 officially announced, debuts Android 5.0 Lollipop

    By 15 October 2014

    Google has officially announced the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, the latest in the line of pure Google devices. Announced without fanfare via a post on the company's blog, the new devices bring with them a new version of Android, known as Android 5.0 Lollipop....

  • Sony Xperia Z3 review: Third time's a charm
    5 out of 5

    Sony Xperia Z3 review: Third time's a charm

    By 14 October 2014

    Sony has revised and updated its flagship smartphone more times than any rival in recent years, with the Xperia Z3 model arriving just six months after the previous Z2 hit the shelves. The Sony Xperia Z3 sticks very much to the lines laid by its predecessors,...

  • Inaugural Golden Brickies celebrates Star Wars Lego in perfect fan style

    Inaugural Golden Brickies celebrates Star Wars Lego in perfect fan style

    By 13 October 2014

    The Golden Brickies took place over this weekend with a red carpet event at Legoland Windsor, looking to celebrate the clash of cultural titans Lego and Star Wars. With Warwick Davis in attendance - who played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi - Lego...

  • Kia Soul Mixx review
    4 out of 5

    Kia Soul Mixx review

    By 12 October 2014

    The Kia Soul sits in the increasingly popular crossover segment of the market, taking something that's essentially a hatchback and giving it characteristics closer to that of an SUV. It's the follow-up to the 2008 original, now based on the Kia C'eed...

  • These accessories reveal the Re camera lifestyle HTC wants you to have

    These accessories reveal the Re camera lifestyle HTC wants you to have

    By 9 October 2014

    HTC unveiled a camera at the Double Exposure event in New York. A camera, it says, that rethinks things. Called Re, this connected, highly portable, device will be a companion to your smartphone, looking to capture your life in pictures and video unobtrusively. ...

  • HTC Desire Eye preview: A phone that wants to redefine the selfie (hands-on)

    HTC Desire Eye preview: A phone that wants to redefine the selfie (hands-on)

    By 8 October 2014

    HTC has grabbed selfies by the proverbial with the launch of the HTC Desire Eye. The new handset hits the headlines by offering a front-facing 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash. This cyclops phone may be a knee-jerk reaction to the latest social...