Archive for Chris Hall

  • Android 4.3 debuts on new Nexus 7, coming to other Nexus devices today

    Android 4.3 debuts on new Nexus 7, coming to other Nexus devices today

    By 24 July 2013

    Google has announced Android 4.3, the lastest version of its mobile operating system. As confirmed by Hugo Barra, VP of Android Product Management, at Google's breafast briefing today, the new version of Android will debut on the new Nexus 7, and brings...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review

    By 24 July 2013

    The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is closest of the S4 family of devices to the original model. It offers similar points on the spec sheet when it comes to the display size, the hardware that powers it, and the overall experience that it offers: the same can't...

  • SwiftKey heads into the Cloud offering sync, back-up, trending phrases

    SwiftKey heads into the Cloud offering sync, back-up, trending phrases

    By 23 July 2013

    SwiftKey Cloud is the headline feature of the next generation of the Google Play-topping Android keyboard. Today, SwiftKey 4.2 has entered beta, bringing with it a collection of new features: cloud sync and back-up, enhanced personalisation and trending...

  • Nokia Lumia 625 vs Lumia 620: What's the difference?

    Nokia Lumia 625 vs Lumia 620: What's the difference?

    By 23 July 2013

    Nokia has just announced another new handset, the Nokia Lumia 625. It looks to follow a logical sequential numbering pattern, making it an obvious step-up over the Nokia Lumia 620.  The Nokia Lumia 620 is one of our favourite Windows Phones: it's affordable,...

  • Loewe Speaker 2go review
    4.5 out of 5

    Loewe Speaker 2go review

    By 22 July 2013

    Unless you have a fair wodge of cash to spend, there's a chance that you've never looked at Loewe. Except, perhaps, in passing fascination, the same way that you gawp at a passing Ferrari. Purveyors of high-end televisions, Loewe isn't short of innovation,...

  • STM Bags Velo 2 hands-on: Papa's got a brand new bag

    STM Bags Velo 2 hands-on: Papa's got a brand new bag

    By 19 July 2013

    It's not often that we're moved to write about a bag, but having spied the STM Velo 2 back in May, we quickly got one to play with. We've been carting around the mobile office in it since and it's quite the bag. The STM Velo 2 is a shoulder bag. It's...

  • Driving the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: The world's first production hydrogen fuel cell car

    Driving the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: The world's first production hydrogen fuel cell car

    By 18 July 2013

    "It's right here, it's right now", said Tony Whitehorn, Hyundai UK president and CEO. He wasn't quoting Fat Boy Slim, but talking about hydrogen, which Hyundai is making a serious commitment to as a future fuel for cars, as an alternative to conventional...

  • HTC One mini vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: What's the difference?

    HTC One mini vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: What's the difference?

    By 18 July 2013

    There's a mini war raging in tech land. We blame Dr Evil for this obsession with the Mini Me phones. But when these two smartphone giants stand chest to chest, who is Austin Powers and who is Dr Evil? HTC and Samsung both have "mini" versions of their...

  • HTC One mini vs HTC One: What's the difference?

    HTC One mini vs HTC One: What's the difference?

    By 18 July 2013

    With HTC announcing the HTC One mini, the family of devices is growing. Both the HTC One mini and the HTC One have a lot in common, so how do you choose between the two? We've seen both, we've played with both, and here we've pulled apart the specs of...

  • HTC One mini hands-on: Same great quality, smaller package

    HTC One mini hands-on: Same great quality, smaller package

    By 18 July 2013

    The HTC One mini has been officially announced, bringing much of the HTC One love to a smaller, more compact, more affordable handset. The big brother is a fantastic Android device, but can the HTC One mini measure up? We got our hands on the new handset...

  • HTC One Mini official: 4.3-inch 720p display tops a premium design

    HTC One Mini official: 4.3-inch 720p display tops a premium design

    By 18 July 2013

    HTC has officially announced the HTC One mini, a mid-range Android handset that follows the design lines of the flagship HTC One. Encased in an aluminium body, with polycarbonate edging, the HTC One mini shares the same great looks as its sibling device,...

  • App of the day: Blinkbox review (Android)

    App of the day: Blinkbox review (Android)

    By 17 July 2013

    When it comes to watching TV or movies on your tablet, you're not short of choices these days. There are the big players, like Netflix, offering a subscription-based system. Then you've got Lovefilm (on some platforms), as well as a range of catch-up...

  • HTC One Glamour Red pictures and hands-on

    HTC One Glamour Red pictures and hands-on

    By 16 July 2013

    How do you make the hottest phone hotter? You paint it red, that's how. Today we got our hands on the HTC One in "Glamour Red", one of several special coloured editions that we told you would be coming. In the UK, the red HTC One is an exclusive to Phones...

  • Blinkbox goes HD: Games of Thrones season 3 HD streaming for £23.99

    Blinkbox goes HD: Games of Thrones season 3 HD streaming for £23.99

    By 15 July 2013

    As previously announced, Blinkbox, the TV and movie streaming service from Tesco, is now offering programming in high definition. Kicking off the new service is Game of Thrones season 3. Having Game of Thrones season 3 is something of a coup for Blinkbox,...

  • Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (2013) review
    4.5 out of 5

    Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (2013) review

    By 15 July 2013

    The smaller MacBook Air is one of the most affordable Macs you can buy. Upon its original launch, there was a small murmur that the 11-inch MacBook Air was the netbook that Steve Jobs said Apple would never make, but in reality, this diminutive Mac has...

  • Android 4.2.2 HTC One update arrives in the UK

    Android 4.2.2 HTC One update arrives in the UK

    By 15 July 2013

    The Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One has arrived in the UK, following the commencement of rollout in Europe recently. The update to HTC's popular flagship smartphone brings it up to date, adding a few enhancements along the way. The update is pushed...

  • LG 55EA9800 Curved OLED: Stunning in the flesh, beautiful to behold

    LG 55EA9800 Curved OLED: Stunning in the flesh, beautiful to behold

    By 11 July 2013

    LG promised that the curved OLED TV would be coming, and here it is in the flesh. We caught up with the LG 55EA9800 at a Currys PC World showcase, so had the chance to set our eyes on this magnificent television. On the spec sheet, the LG curved OLED...

  • HTC M8 is 2014's flagship handset, but first will be an updated HTC One

    HTC M8 is 2014's flagship handset, but first will be an updated HTC One

    By 10 July 2013

    HTC is planning to release an updated version of the HTC One later in 2013, according to a source familiar with the matter. The source also confirmed that, internally, the 2014 flagship HTC One model will go under the M8 codename. Starting with the plans...

  • HTC looking to merge One and Butterfly: Plastic HTC One incoming

    HTC looking to merge One and Butterfly: Plastic HTC One incoming

    By 10 July 2013

    HTC is looking to merge the HTC One and HTC Butterfly product range of smartphones, a source close to the matter has told Pocket-lint. Currently the metal-bodied One sits in parallel to the Butterfly models that are available across some Asian markets,...

  • ZigBee support coming to Samsung phones, HTC and others may follow suit

    ZigBee support coming to Samsung phones, HTC and others may follow suit

    By 10 July 2013

    Samsung devices might in future incorporate support for ZigBee wireless technology - so your next Samsung Galaxy smartphone could directly control your automated home, Pocket-lint has been told by a source close to the matter. The ZigBee Alliance has...

  • BT HomeHub 5: Wi-Fi ac support, Gigabit Ethernet, the partner for your 300mbps Infinity broadband

    BT HomeHub 5: Wi-Fi ac support, Gigabit Ethernet, the partner for your 300mbps Infinity broadband

    By 10 July 2013

    BT will be launching the BT HomeHub 5 later in 2013, following hot on the heels of the HomeHub 4. The BT HomeHub 5 will bring with it support for the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi protocol, as well as including Gigabit Ethernet connections to give you faster...

  • BlackBerry Q5 review
    3 out of 5

    BlackBerry Q5 review

    By 9 July 2013

    With the flagship Z10 and Q10 BlackBerry handsets out of the way, attention turns to something further down the scale, the BlackBerry Q5, a Qwerty handset that doesn't quite hit all the highs of the Q10. It steps somewhere into the path of the old BlackBerry...

  • App of the day: Skype 4.0 review (Android)

    App of the day: Skype 4.0 review (Android)

    By 8 July 2013

    Some services are so heavily weaved into your work or social life that it's difficult to see a way around them. They become part of a binding system, the fabric that keeps your network together, be that friends or colleagues, for work or play. Skype is...

  • Huawei Ascend P6 release date, price and where to get it

    Huawei Ascend P6 release date, price and where to get it

    By 5 July 2013

    Huawei has announced that the Huawei Ascend P6, a super-slim Android smartphone that squeezes plenty of power into its 6.18mm-thick body, is now available in the UK. At the heart is a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, with a tray...

  • Canon EOS 70D: Hands-on with a mid-range DSLR with a difference

    Canon EOS 70D: Hands-on with a mid-range DSLR with a difference

    By 4 July 2013

    The Canon EOS 70D is the latest mid-range model from the Japanese imaging company, replacing the EOS 60D. It comes four long years after the 60D, during which a huge amount has changed in the world of cameras. As such, the EOS 70D isn't just a spec refresh,...