Archive for Chris Hall

  • Nokia Lumia 530 orders open: Here are the best deals

    Nokia Lumia 530 orders open: Here are the best deals

    By 20 hours ago

    The Nokia Lumia 530 is the latest affordable Windows Phone from Nokia/Microsoft. It will be hitting the shelves on 4 September, but it's now available for order. You'll get the latest Windows Phone 8.1, including the new Cortana assistant, on a quad-core...

  • Ted Baker Rockall review
    4 out of 5

    Ted Baker Rockall review

    By 21 hours ago

    Ted Baker has fashionably stepped into audio, bringing with it with a range of bespoke device designs. The Rockall headphones - named after the location on The Shipping Forecast - are of the over-ear variety, designed to appeal to those with an eye (and...

  • Best smartphones to look forward to in 2014

    Best smartphones to look forward to in 2014

    By 21 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. We've rounded up the best smartphones for...

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows vs Nokia Lumia 930: What's the difference?

    HTC One (M8) for Windows vs Nokia Lumia 930: What's the difference?

    By 19 August 2014

    There's now competition in Windows Phone. Where Nokia (as it was) ruled, there's a new challenger, in the body of one of the best Android phones around. The launch of the HTC One (M8) for Windows marks the first time a flagship device has been available...

  • How HTC can shake up Windows Phone

    How HTC can shake up Windows Phone

    By 19 August 2014

    The Windows Phone device market is dominated by one manufacturer. Until recently we called that manufacturer Nokia, now it's known as Microsoft Devices.  Windows Phone was never intended to be a single brand market: the 2010 launch of Windows Phone 7...

  • Blinkbox movies review
    4 out of 5

    Blinkbox movies review

    By 15 August 2014

    Many are choosing to look for streaming solutions for TV and movies rather than buying physical solutions to watch their favourites. The big names are familiar, with Netflix offering a subscription-only model where you can watch as much as you like, but...

  • Worx Landroid robot lawnmower review
    4 out of 5

    Worx Landroid robot lawnmower review

    By 13 August 2014

    There are some household chores that never get done. In a world where we're becoming time poor, stepping out to cut the grass might be one such chore. All is not lost, however, because there are robots that want to do it for you. The cutely named Landroid...

  • Bringing the tech to bathtime: How to make your bathroom smart

    Bringing the tech to bathtime: How to make your bathroom smart

    By 6 August 2014

    You might think that the bathroom is the simplest room of the house. It's a place to clean, relax, and take care of life's essentials. But that doesn't mean it has to be the dumbest room in the house. Of course you probably already have app control of...

  • Oral-B Pro 6000 SmartSeries review
    4 out of 5

    Oral-B Pro 6000 SmartSeries review

    By 6 August 2014

    Electric toothbrushes are determined to stay at the forefront of bathroom gadgetry and the latest Oral-B model arrives with Bluetooth 4.0, ready to bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to right to your gum line. It syncs with an app to detail your oral...

  • Connected kitchens: Putting the smart into cooking

    Connected kitchens: Putting the smart into cooking

    By 4 August 2014

    The kitchen is the heart of the home. It's where we start and finish our days and it's one of the rooms that we invest in the most - some of our most important gadgets live in the kitchen. Kitchens are designed to be functional, but that doesn't mean...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review

    By 25 July 2014

    Samsung has not been shy of launching new tablets in recent years, with different lines, sizes and specs meaning there's a Tab for just about anyone, no matter what your predilection. The Galaxy Tab S joins the line-up in a slightly confusing position...

  • HTC One E8: First impressions of the plastic One

    HTC One E8: First impressions of the plastic One

    By 22 July 2014

    The HTC One E8 is a plastic version of the HTC One M8 that's been widely lauded for its design. The HTC E8 has launched in China, but we've managed to get our hands on one to see what's on offer. Here are our first impressions. This handset is closely...

  • Panasonic HX-A500 action camera review
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic HX-A500 action camera review

    By 18 July 2014

    Panasonic is tackling the action camera and wearable trend in one go, with its HX-A500 action camera - the follow-up to 2013's HX-A100.  This time around the headline is that it's ready for the future, offering 4K video capture from the off, as well...

  • Nokia Lumia 930 available today: Here are the hottest deals

    Nokia Lumia 930 available today: Here are the hottest deals

    By 17 July 2014

    The Nokia Lumia 930 is the best of Windows Phone, giving you the latest software, a great display and a camera that really performs. It's also on sale from today, so we've rounded up the best Nokia Lumia 930 deals so you can grab yourself a bargain....

  • Android Wear review
    4 out of 5

    Android Wear review

    By 17 July 2014

    Android Wear is a new platform for smartwatches designed to put the power of Google's Android onto your wrist. It keeps you always connected by delivering tailored alerts from your smartphone, but also acts as a point of input for interaction with your...

  • The Airbus E-Fan is the Tesla of the skies, almost

    The Airbus E-Fan is the Tesla of the skies, almost

    By 17 July 2014

    There's something slightly eerie about watching the Airbus E-Fan slip along the runway near silence. This is an electrically-powered aircraft, so there's no roaring engine as this prototype takes to the air, just the hissing of the electric fans. It reminds...

  • Striker II: The helmet-mounted display system coming to a warplane near you

    Striker II: The helmet-mounted display system coming to a warplane near you

    By 16 July 2014

    BAE Systems today unveiled the Striker II helmet-mounted display (HMD) system at the Farnborough International Airshow, looking to streamline the flow of information to the pilots of combat aircraft. The biggest change that Striker II brings over the...

  • LG G Watch review
    3.5 out of 5

    LG G Watch review

    By 15 July 2014

    The LG G Watch is one of the first Android Wear devices, and the most affordable at the time of writing, making it the first step in a the brave new world of Google's Android platform. Following in the footsteps of the Sony Smartwatch, various Samsung...

  • Nokia Lumia 930 pre-orders open at Carphone Warehouse: Here are the hottest deals

    Nokia Lumia 930 pre-orders open at Carphone Warehouse: Here are the hottest deals

    By 10 July 2014

    The Lumia 930 will be on sale on 17 July, bringing the very latest from Microsoft Devices, Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Cyan into a new flagship handset. The Lumia 930 offers a 5-inch full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 20-megapixel PureView...

  • Ok Google, No Google, Help Google: The first few hours with Android Wear

    Ok Google, No Google, Help Google: The first few hours with Android Wear

    By 8 July 2014

    Android Wear has landed in the UK, meaning you can get your hands on the latest gadgets from Google and friends. It's the newest thing in the Android world, pulling some of your phone onto your wrist, saving you from having to scrabble in your pocket...

  • Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 930 review

    Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 930 review

    By 7 July 2014

    The Nokia Lumia 930 is a new flagship Windows Phone handset. Announced at Microsoft's Build 2014 conference, and available on 17 July in the UK, the Lumia 930 is a global variation of the Lumia Icon, which launched on Verizon in the US recently. There's...

  • bPay: Using Barclaycard's vision of a cashless future

    bPay: Using Barclaycard's vision of a cashless future

    By 7 July 2014

    Barclaycard recently announced bPay, a wristband designed to give you quick and convenient contactless payments on the go. Making appearances at a couple of festivals prior to general launch, we went down to British Summer Time in Hyde Park to put bPay...

  • Now you can colour match your Sonos Sub with ColourPlay

    Now you can colour match your Sonos Sub with ColourPlay

    By 7 July 2014

    The Flexson ColourPlay range lets you change the colour of your Sonos speakers, giving you the chance to add some personalisation, or match your home décor. The accessory range has now extended to the Sonos Sub, meaning you no longer have to look at...

  • Christopher Ward: 'We want to be the Rolex of the internet'

    Christopher Ward: 'We want to be the Rolex of the internet'

    By 7 July 2014

    Christopher Ward might be a watch brand you haven't heard of, but it has just celebrated its tenth birthday. That's not old, in watch terms, but this British watchmaker has ambitions.  "We want to be the Rolex of the internet," said Mike France, co-founder,...

  • Surface Pro 3: Play time with Microsoft's laptop killer

    Surface Pro 3: Play time with Microsoft's laptop killer

    By 3 July 2014

    It was clear with the launch of the Surface Pro 3 that Microsoft had someone in its sights: Apple. The MacBook Air and the iPad took the full broadside as Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3, the device that it thinks can replace both, offering a full...