Archive for Chris Hall

Office for Android tablet coming November 2014, Mac early 2015, Windows late 2015

Office for Android tablet coming November 2014, Mac early 2015, Windows late 2015

By

If you were wondering when you'd get your hands on the latest version of Microsoft Office, then rumours have pulled together a run of dates, across platforms.  First to hit should be a fuller version of Office for Android, designed to empower tablet... >>

Moto X is discounted for 24 hours, get it while it's hot!

Moto X is discounted for 24 hours, get it while it's hot!

By

Motorola has given the new Moto X a discount for 24 hours, so you can get it from £359.99 right now. On sale though Motorola's UK website - where you'll be able to customise your handset using Moto Maker - the base price for the phone has taken a £60... >>

Amazon.co.uk cosies up with O2 to sell you mobile contracts: We compare the deals

Amazon.co.uk cosies up with O2 to sell you mobile contracts: We compare the deals

By

Amazon.co.uk will now sell you a mobile phone contract, meaning you can buy not only the hardware, but the tariff to go with it. Amazon has been selling smartphones for a long time, offering devices like the Moto G as a retail partner for Motorola before... >>

Fitbit refresh: Surge, Charge and Charge HR put more monitoring on your wrist

Fitbit refresh: Surge, Charge and Charge HR put more monitoring on your wrist

By

Fitbit has announced three new devices, the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR and Surge. The Surge is the new top-of-the-line, a fully-fledged sportswatch that offers so much more than just movement tracking. It's the most sophisticated Fitbit device so far and... >>

Nexus 9 hands-on: Your next Nexus tablet

Nexus 9 hands-on: Your next Nexus tablet

By

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

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 stars

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

By

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

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 stars

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

By

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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... >>

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

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

By

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

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

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

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
5.0 stars

Sony Xperia Z3 review: Third time's a charm

By

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

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
4.0 stars

Kia Soul Mixx review

By

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... >>