Archive for Chris Hall

  • Huawei MediaPad M1 pictures and hands-on

    Huawei MediaPad M1 pictures and hands-on

    By 23 February 2014

    The Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0 is an 8-inch tablet with entertainment in mind. It has been designed, not to be ultra light and slim like the MediaPad X1 - also launched at Mobile World Congress 2014 - but with front-facing speakers to better deliver the DTS...

  • Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 vs Nexus 7: What's the difference?

    Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 vs Nexus 7: What's the difference?

    By 23 February 2014

    The smaller Android tablet has come of age, with many recognising the benefits of having something smaller, rather than the bulky 10-inchers that dominated the market previously.  Affordability, power and ease of portability, mean that devices around...

  • Huawei E5786 is world's fastest MiFi, offering 300Mbps 4G LTE

    Huawei E5786 is world's fastest MiFi, offering 300Mbps 4G LTE

    By 23 February 2014

    Huawei has announced what it's claiming as the world's fastest MiFi, or mobile Wi-Fi, in the Huawei E5786, at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. The new MiFi device will offer Cat 6 LTE, with download speeds up to 300Mbps and upload speeds of 100Mbps,...

  • Microsoft announces wider hardware support for Windows Phone 8.1, more manufacturers

    Microsoft announces wider hardware support for Windows Phone 8.1, more manufacturers

    By 23 February 2014

    Microsoft has used its press conference at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona to reveal a few more details about Windows Phone 8.1. There will be an update to Windows Phone coming in spring 2014, with new devices, but the update will also be applicable...

  • What to expect from Mobile World Congress 2014

    What to expect from Mobile World Congress 2014

    By 22 February 2014

    Mobile World Congress (MWC) is one of the biggest shows in the tech calendar, traditionally the launch platform for many of the best smartphones and tablets that will steal the headlines this year. In recent times we've seen it become a little more fragmented,...

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review
    5 out of 5

    Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review

    By 18 February 2014

    The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is one of the first smaller-displayed devices to launch in recent years that can claim flagship status. It's something that fans have been calling for for some time: a device that's small, but packs as powerful a punch as the...

  • HTC Advantage offers free cracked screen replacement for HTC One family, other benefits

    HTC Advantage offers free cracked screen replacement for HTC One family, other benefits

    By 18 February 2014

    HTC has announced HTC Advantage, a new scheme that will offer a free one-time replacement if you crack the screen of your HTC One in the first six months of ownership. HTC Advantage will also offer a commitment to "software innovation", as well as content...

  • HTC One (M8) launch date confirmed for 25 March

    HTC One (M8) launch date confirmed for 25 March

    By 18 February 2014

    HTC has confirmed that the next-gen HTC One, codenamed M8, will be launched at an event on 25 March 2014. The launch will be held at simultaneous events in London and New York, as was the case for the 2013 unveiling of the HTC One. HTC shared the information...

  • Mio MiVue 388 review
    4 out of 5

    Mio MiVue 388 review

    By 14 February 2014

    Dashcams leapt into the consciousness of the average driver in the UK following the spectacular meteor shower in Russia in 2013. The clear footage captured from a dashcam seemed to awaken some public interest in this class of in-car gadget. Mio has a...

  • Nokia Lumia 930 rumoured to bring Lumia Icon specs to rest of world

    Nokia Lumia 930 rumoured to bring Lumia Icon specs to rest of world

    By 13 February 2014

    Nokia could be preparing to launch the Nokia Lumia 930 at Mobile World Congress 2014, updating the Lumia 920/925 position with a new flagship handset. It's the first time we've heard of this device, but following the announcement of the Lumia Icon yesterday,...

  • CBeebies Playtime update brings dinosaurs to life on your smartphone or tablet

    CBeebies Playtime update brings dinosaurs to life on your smartphone or tablet

    By 13 February 2014

    The BBC has updated the CBeebies Playtime app, giving your little ones the chance to join in with Andy's Dinosaur Adventures. With this latest update, the app will tie in to the new programming on the CBeebies channel, Andy's Dinosaur Adventures. In the...

  • LG G2 Mini confirmed for MWC 2014 launch

    LG G2 Mini confirmed for MWC 2014 launch

    By 12 February 2014

    LG has confirmed the rumoured LG G2 Mini, posting a picture of the new handset to its Facebook page. The LG Mobile page shows the rear of the Mini handset next to the LG G2, which carries the date of the launch of that device - 7 August 2013. The smaller...

  • Sony A6000 offers speed and control for compact system camera enthusiasts

    Sony A6000 offers speed and control for compact system camera enthusiasts

    By 12 February 2014

    Sony has announced the Sony A6000, bringing advanced features to its newly named interchangeable lens camera system, formally known as NEX. The Sony A6000 sits in the same territory as the NEX-6 and NEX-7, offering high-end features for those looking...

  • Canon EOS 1200D and EOS Companion app wants to make entry-level DSLR shooting accessible

    Canon EOS 1200D and EOS Companion app wants to make entry-level DSLR shooting accessible

    By 12 February 2014

    Canon has announced the EOS 1200D, a DSLR camera model that evolves the EOS 1100D, moving to a higher-resolution 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. The new camera is launched alongside a new EOS Companion app for iOS and Android. The app is designed to...

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II aims for DLSR quality from a compact body

    Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II aims for DLSR quality from a compact body

    By 12 February 2014

    Canon has officially announced the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, an evolution of the Canon G1 X G-series camera. The difference is immediately obvious, as Canon has moved the G-series on from the angular and slightly awkward-looking models of the past, to something...

  • Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset Adapter available from March

    Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset Adapter available from March

    By 11 February 2014

    Microsoft has announced the Xbox One Stereo Headset and the Stereo Headset Adapter will be available in March, for £59.99 and £19.99 respectively. The Xbox One-branded stereo headset will bring all your gaming audio as well as chat straight to your...

  • Here's how to get Flappy Bird on Android

    Here's how to get Flappy Bird on Android

    By 10 February 2014

    Flappy Bird certainly took a strange trajectory through the appmosphere, topping apps charts across platforms before it was promptly yanked from iOS and Android. Speculation aside, the removal of Flappy Bird from Google Play won't lead to it being grounded....

  • Google Search update enables Ok Google in UK and Canada, enhanced time-to-leave options

    Google Search update enables Ok Google in UK and Canada, enhanced time-to-leave options

    By 7 February 2014

    An update to the Google Search app brings wider support for the "Ok Google" hotword on Android, meaning it will now work with the UK and Canada English language options. Previously the app worked only with US English. When the Ok Google hotword first...

  • What is the Google Experience Launcher and why has its name changed to Google Now Launcher?

    What is the Google Experience Launcher and why has its name changed to Google Now Launcher?

    By 6 February 2014

    When the Nexus 5 launched in 2013 with Android 4.4 KitKit, one of the biggest changes was to the launcher. For those that don't know what a "launcher" is, basically that's the part of the user interface that contains your home screens and apps tray. The...

  • First HTC One (M8) photo appears online

    First HTC One (M8) photo appears online

    By 5 February 2014

    The HTC M8 has been pictured on Twitter, revealing what the next handset from HTC might look like. There has been a flood of speculation and rumour surrounding the next HTC flagship handset and the new picture appears to corroborate some of the information...

  • Pebble review
    4 out of 5

    Pebble review

    By 4 February 2014

    Pebble. The name hangs in the air when you say it. The darling of Kickstarter, the smartwatch that's acceptable to own.  Pebble was previewed at CES 2013 before shipping started later in January. With chatter about wearables now everywhere, the timing...

  • Hands-on: Archos Smart Home review

    Hands-on: Archos Smart Home review

    By 30 January 2014

    Archos is moving into remote home monitoring, offering a new range of products called Smart Home. Perhaps confusingly, Archos is referring to a range of devices as "Connected Objects", a category which Smart Home falls into, alongside wearables and standalone...

  • Archos smartwatches pictures and hands-on

    Archos smartwatches pictures and hands-on

    By 30 January 2014

    Archos announced its plans to launch a range of smartwatches at CES 2014, as it looks to join the trend in wearable tech. There are three watch models in the line-up, hitting three different price points with the aim of offering an affordable companion...

  • Audi A3 Saloon review
    4.5 out of 5

    Audi A3 Saloon review

    By 30 January 2014

    There aren't many small saloons on the roads, but the Audi A3 Saloon - or Sedan if you're from the US - is looking to swell those numbers. Judging by the mass of BMW 1-Series Coupes, which is soon to be 2-Series Coupes, that we've seen on the roads recently...

  • Amazon Kindle gets a price cut, now only £59

    Amazon Kindle gets a price cut, now only £59

    By 30 January 2014

    Amazon has slashed £10 off the price of the entry-level Amazon Kindle, meaning you can now pick one up for £59. The entry-level model offers a 6-inch E Ink display and buttons across the bottom for navigation. It comes with Wi-Fi to keep you connected...