Archive for Chris Hall

  • Xbox One Invitation advert sets the message straight (video)

    Xbox One Invitation advert sets the message straight (video)

    By 25 October 2013

    There has been some criticism aimed at Microsoft in the handling of the Xbox One's message so far. While Sony has been been targeting gamers strongly, some have seen Microsoft's "catch-all" approach as rather diluted. A new advert for the Xbox One now...

  • HTC Sense 5.5 for HTC One rollout begins

    HTC Sense 5.5 for HTC One rollout begins

    By 24 October 2013

    The HTC One Sense 5.5 update rollout has begun, bringing a range of tweaks and updates to those with HTC's flagship smartphone. The news of the update for the international version of the HTC One devices - which packages both Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5...

  • LG G Flex curved smartphone shown in early photo and video reveal

    LG G Flex curved smartphone shown in early photo and video reveal

    By 23 October 2013

    The LG G Flex is yet to be officially announced by LG, but that hasn't stopped it getting an early reveal both in photos and in video. The anticipated curved handset was shown off on Telefe Noticias by journalist Federico Ini, who also posted a photo...

  • Move along smartwatch: The Garmin Tactix is SWAT you want

    Move along smartwatch: The Garmin Tactix is SWAT you want

    By 22 October 2013

    Garmin has announced a new GPS navigator watch called the Garmin Tactix.  Garmin says it's inspired by "the requirements of Law Enforcement and Police Special Operations", hence the name. The Garmin Tactix is a rugged watch, offering 50-metre waterproofing,...

  • HTC Android smartwatch plans revealed, following confirmation of interest in wearables

    HTC Android smartwatch plans revealed, following confirmation of interest in wearables

    By 22 October 2013

    Wearables are the talk of tech town and it's reported that HTC is planning to launch an Android smartwatch of its own to rival the Samsung Galaxy Gear or Sony SmartWatch 2.  The news comes from Bloomberg citing an anonymous source who claims to be "familiar...

  • Nokia Lumia 1520 uses Apical Assertive Display to ensure outdoors readability

    Nokia Lumia 1520 uses Apical Assertive Display to ensure outdoors readability

    By 22 October 2013

    One of the striking features of the Nokia Lumia 1520 is the display. It's big at 6 inches on the diagonal, has a whopping 600 nits brightness, and it crams in a Full HD resolution, but this LCD display is one of the real talking points of this new device...

  • Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Lumia 1320: What's the difference?

    Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Lumia 1320: What's the difference?

    By 22 October 2013

    Nokia has announced its move into the world of phablets with the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Nokia Lumia 1320 at Nokia World 2013 in Adu Dhabi. Nokia is not only putting out larger devices, but it also marks the move of Windows Phone into new...

  • The things we do for tech: Just how stupid do you look with a phablet?

    The things we do for tech: Just how stupid do you look with a phablet?

    By 18 October 2013

    Phones are growing, with more and more manufacturers adding a big-screened device to its list of "smartphones". They've attracted the universally derided name of "phablets" something that seems fitting for these too-big-for-smartphone-too-small-for-tablet...

  • Binatone The Brick hands-on: It's hip to be square

    Binatone The Brick hands-on: It's hip to be square

    By 17 October 2013

    Looking to inject a little 80s fun into your life, Binatone has reimagined the Gordon Gecko classic in The Brick. It was announced earlier in the year, but we managed to catch up with it at a Carphone Warehouse showcase. The Binatone Brick is a hybrid...

  • Sony QX10 and QX100 third-party app support arrives from Camera360

    Sony QX10 and QX100 third-party app support arrives from Camera360

    By 17 October 2013

    Camera360 has updated its popular camera app for Android, bringing with it support for the Sony QX10 and QX100 lens-style cameras. Sony announced that the API would be available for these devices alongside their announcement at IFA 2013 and Camera360...

  • Swiftkey 4.3 Layouts for Living beta hands-on: Fighting the phablet finger problem

    Swiftkey 4.3 Layouts for Living beta hands-on: Fighting the phablet finger problem

    By 17 October 2013

    SwiftKey is one of the most popular apps around, delivering a clever keyboard for your Android device that will predict your next word, giving you nice fast entry speeds, cloud back-up for your language profile, and a lot more. We've seen SwiftKey bundling...

  • Kindle Fire HDX vs Kindle Fire HD: What's the difference?

    Kindle Fire HDX vs Kindle Fire HD: What's the difference?

    By 16 October 2013

    Amazon has announced that the new Kindle Fire tablets are now available in the UK, following US launch in September, bringing you all the goodness of Amazon in a glossy new device. It's going under the name Kindle Fire HDX, with that X, you guessed it,...

  • Where does HTC go next? What we want from the new HTC One M8

    Where does HTC go next? What we want from the new HTC One M8

    By 15 October 2013

    HTC has launched the third handset in the One series, revealing its take on the phablet in the HTC One max. With three devices spanning three sizes - 4.3, 4.7, 5.9-inches - it leaves us looking to the future. Where does HTC take this family from here? ...

  • HTC Power Flip Case for HTC One max pictures and hands-on

    HTC Power Flip Case for HTC One max pictures and hands-on

    By 14 October 2013

    HTC has lined up a run of accessories for the new HTC One max, including the HTC Power Flip Case. As case is a case, right? Wrong. In this case, it includes a 1200mAh battery, which brings you HTC One max up to 4500mAh in total, which sounds like a weekend's...

  • HTC Sense 5.5 update coming to HTC One, soon

    HTC Sense 5.5 update coming to HTC One, soon

    By 14 October 2013

    The HTC One will be receiving an update to Sense 5.5, bringing with it a range of tweaks and updates. HTC Sense 5.5 debuted on the HTC One max, HTC's 5.9-inch phablet, but the software is due to come to the older, original, HTC One sometime soon.  HTC...

  • HTC One max review
    3.5 out of 5

    HTC One max review

    By 14 October 2013

    The HTC One max is the third member of the One family, joining the HTC One and the HTC One mini. This time, however, HTC pushes well into phablet territory with a device that offers a 5.9-inch display, wrapped in the aluminium body that characterises...

  • HTC One max officially announced: 5.9-inch handset debuts Sense 5.5

    HTC One max officially announced: 5.9-inch handset debuts Sense 5.5

    By 14 October 2013

    HTC has officially announced the HTC One max, the largest device in the One family, with a 5.9-inch Full HD display. Pushing into the phablet territory, the HTC One max comes with many of the design features of the HTC One, with a body that's finished...

  • Sage Dual Boiler: Hands-on the Heston Blumenthal coffee machine

    Sage Dual Boiler: Hands-on the Heston Blumenthal coffee machine

    By 10 October 2013

    While Heston Blumethal's Sage Tea Maker shows all the hallmarks of the chef's extravagance, the Sage Dual Boiler coffee machine is a slightly different story. Eagle-eyed coffee fans might recognise this as a Breville model, as it's branded as such in...

  • Gold HTC One pictures and hands-on

    Gold HTC One pictures and hands-on

    By 9 October 2013

    "What do you know about gold, Moneypenny?" A lot more having got our hands on the gold HTC One. The limited-edition gold HTC One is one of five devices that has been specially created in partnership with Goldgenie, in celebration of HTC's sponsorship...

  • Hasselblad Stellar pictures and hands-on

    Hasselblad Stellar pictures and hands-on

    By 9 October 2013

    If you're after a compact camera, perhaps that sort of thing to match your yacht moored in Portofino and don't know where to look, then we might be able to help. You could turn your eyes to Leica, knowing you'll be getting a lovely re-badged Panasonic,...

  • HTC Sense 5.5 screenshots leak, revealing future features

    HTC Sense 5.5 screenshots leak, revealing future features

    By 8 October 2013

    Screenshots reportedly from HTC Sense 5.5 have leaked online, giving us an insight into what could appear in the next update for your HTC One, or perhaps debut on the HTC One Max, reported to be launching on 15 October. One of the most distinctive features...

  • Gold HTC One official: Limited edition model goes to MOBO winners

    Gold HTC One official: Limited edition model goes to MOBO winners

    By 8 October 2013

    The gold HTC One is real, with the Taiwanese company confirming that the 18-carat gold model exists. But this is going to be a rare beast, as HTC only has five models and one will be presented to the MOBO Awards 2013 Best Newcomer winner. HTC is a headline...

  • BlackBerry Z30 review
    3.5 out of 5

    BlackBerry Z30 review

    By 3 October 2013

    The BlackBerry Z30 arrives at a time when BlackBerry is in turmoil. Racking up losses, a question mark over who will end up owning the company and what the future holds, sees the BlackBerry Z30 launching into a storm. It's ironic, then, that the BlackBerry...

  • Canon Legria mini hands-on and sample video: The social camcorder

    Canon Legria mini hands-on and sample video: The social camcorder

    By 2 October 2013

    Canon recently announced the Legria mini, a device you might have missed, not only because of its compact nature but also because it seems to be a throwback to a category of devices we've all but forgotten. The Canon Legria mini is a pocket camcorder,...

  • Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablets puts Windows power at your fingertips

    Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablets puts Windows power at your fingertips

    By 2 October 2013

    Dell has revived the Venue name, officially announcing the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets at a press event in New York. The tablets offer high-end specs, delivering a Windows 8.1 package with plenty of power, portability and flexibility....