Archive for Chris Hall

  • TomTom Go 500 review
    4.5 out of 5

    TomTom Go 500 review

    By 27 June 2013

    With a totally new user interface and a re-thinking of exactly how it delivers connected services, the latest TomTom personal navigation devices feel like something of a rebirth. With all smartphones offering navigation in some form, many have been predicting...

  • App of the day: Where's my Mickey? review (Android/iPhone)

    App of the day: Where's my Mickey? review (Android/iPhone)

    By 25 June 2013

    There are some characters that are heavily woven into the history of popular entertainment. They a have a status that to some is sacrosanct, but to others, might be too much of a throwback. Mickey Mouse, you could say, sits in such a position. He's the...

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra pictures and hands-on

    Sony Xperia Z Ultra pictures and hands-on

    By 25 June 2013

    The Sony Xperia Z Ultra has been unveiled, bringing with it a huge 6.4-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, as well all the connectivity features and functions you’d expect from a premium smartphone. At only about half an inch smaller than many of the...

  • Sony launches the SmartWatch 2, offering NFC, waterproofing and Android feel

    Sony launches the SmartWatch 2, offering NFC, waterproofing and Android feel

    By 25 June 2013

    Sony has launched a new SmartWatch, the Sony SmartWatch 2. The new watch comes offering NFC connectivity, waterproofing and is also water resistant. The Sony SmartWatch 2 is a second-screen companion for your Android smartphone and comes with a range...

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra official: 6.4-inch Snapdragon 800 Android phablet

    Sony Xperia Z Ultra official: 6.4-inch Snapdragon 800 Android phablet

    By 25 June 2013

    Sony has announced the launch of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, confirming the much-rumoured move into the phablet segment of the market. Announced at a launch event in Shanghai, with a parallel event in London, the new Sony Xperia Z Ultra brings with it the...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini release date and where to get it

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini release date and where to get it

    By 21 June 2013

    Samsung has launched the Galaxy S4 Mini, a little brother to its current flagship handset. The phone is designed to satisfy those after something mid-range but with the looks and design of Samsung's other, higher-end devices. We've had the chance to see...

  • Nissan ZEOD RC: World's first 300kph electric racing car

    Nissan ZEOD RC: World's first 300kph electric racing car

    By 21 June 2013

    Nissan has pulled the covers off the Nisson ZEOD RC, the world's first electric racing car, making its entry into the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014. ZEOD stands for zero emission on demand and will be based on the same lithium battery technology found in the...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active pictures and hands-on

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Active pictures and hands-on

    By 20 June 2013

    Samsung, it seems, is intent on using the S4 name wherever it can. Announced at the beginning of June, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is the Korean giant's take on the tough phone, challenging the Sony Xperia Z in the tough stakes. The display on the front...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini pictures and hands-on

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini pictures and hands-on

    By 20 June 2013

    The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is an S4 in design, if not quite cut from the same cloth. Pinning the S4 label on it might confuse some, as this smaller-format Galaxy device doesn't quite match up to its bigger brother. In the hand it feels every bit like...

  • Samsung Galaxy NX official: Interchangable lenses, APS-C sensor, Android 4.2

    Samsung Galaxy NX official: Interchangable lenses, APS-C sensor, Android 4.2

    By 20 June 2013

    Samsung has unveiled its latest connected camera, this time adding Android to the NX family. The result is the Samsung Galaxy NX, a camera that will do just about everything. Starting with the camera side of things, there's a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS...

  • Camera360 update brings audio to photos, adds cries to babies, clucks to chickens

    Camera360 update brings audio to photos, adds cries to babies, clucks to chickens

    By 19 June 2013

    Camera360 has updated its popular photo app for Android and iPhone, bringing the option to capture audio along with your photos. The company says the new functionality will help you add to the "emotion and drama" captured using the app. The audio capture...

  • Speck GemShell, CandyShell and CandyShell Grip cases for HTC One pictures and hands-on

    Speck GemShell, CandyShell and CandyShell Grip cases for HTC One pictures and hands-on

    By 19 June 2013

    If you're looking to keep the slick aluminium body of your new HTC One protected, then Speck has some cases that might interest you. We've got our hands on the GemShell, the CandyShell and the CandyShell Grip. All the cases offer the same push-in design...

  • Nokia Lumia 925 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Nokia Lumia 925 review

    By 19 June 2013

    The Nokia Lumia 925 is a new flagship model from the Finnish company bringing a selection of updates, mostly in design, to the company's Lumia 920 that's only about 6-months old. It lands with rumours swirling about yet another high-end handset on the...

  • Huawei says no to Nexus experience: 'We've made hundreds of improvements' in Emotion UI

    Huawei says no to Nexus experience: 'We've made hundreds of improvements' in Emotion UI

    By 18 June 2013

    Those hoping to get their hands on a stock Android version of the new super-skinny Huawei Ascend P6 may be disappointed, as Richard Yu, chairman, responded to the question at the global launch of the new handset in London. We've recently seen the trend...

  • App of the day: Barclays Mobile Banking review (Android)

    App of the day: Barclays Mobile Banking review (Android)

    By 17 June 2013

    It makes the world go round but you can't buy love with it. It walks, it talks, it's the root of all evil, but all we want is dirty cash. The country has none, but fortunately banks do, and some of that filthy lucre goes into app development. Mother always...

  • Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2013) review
    5 out of 5

    Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2013) review

    By 17 June 2013

    With palms resting on the slick and familiar deck of the 2013 MacBook Air, it's with some trepidation that we look to review Apple's latest version of its iconic notebook computer. The MacBook Air launched as the lightweight alternative to the MacBook....

  • New TomTom Go starts at £159, available online now

    New TomTom Go starts at £159, available online now

    By 14 June 2013

    TomTom has confirmed the pricing for its latest TomTom Go satnav devices that were announced in April. The new TomTom Go comes in three sizes: 4.3, 5, and 6-inch displays, numbered as 400, 500 and 600 respectively and all offer the same functionality,...

  • Acer: We are looking at wearable, coming in 2014

    Acer: We are looking at wearable, coming in 2014

    By 14 June 2013

    Acer has confirmed that it is looking into wearable technology, telling us that we can expect to see some form of wearable tech from the company in 2014. The comments came from ST Liew, president of the smartphone business group at Acer, in an interview...

  • Acer Liquid ZX: Acer's incoming 3.5-inch Android smartphone

    Acer Liquid ZX: Acer's incoming 3.5-inch Android smartphone

    By 14 June 2013

    Acer's president of smartphone ST Liew has revealed to Pocket-lint that the company will soon be launching a 3.5-inch Android device, which we believe will launch as the Acer Liquid ZX. "We believe that we will capture small-screen smartphone and large-screen...

  • Acer on Android: Design, enabling hardware and a nod to Samsung

    Acer on Android: Design, enabling hardware and a nod to Samsung

    By 14 June 2013

    When Acer announced it was entering the smartphone business at Mobile World Congress 2009, we couldn't quite take it seriously. The message seemed to be volume and price, but wasn't wholly realistic in our eyes, not with the competition digging in for...

  • Acer holding off Windows Phone 8 handsets until Microsoft can build momentum

    Acer holding off Windows Phone 8 handsets until Microsoft can build momentum

    By 14 June 2013

    Acer has confirmed that it is interested in producing Windows Phone 8 handsets, but has concerns about committing to the platform at this time. In an interview with Pocket-lint, Allen Burnes, EMEA vice-president for Acer smartphone, said that Acer liked...

  • Vodafone Smart Mini: £50 smartphone brings the basics

    Vodafone Smart Mini: £50 smartphone brings the basics

    By 13 June 2013

    Vodafone has launched a new own-brand Android smartphone as part of its Vodafone Smart series. The Vodafone Smart Mini is one of the cheapest Android devices around at only £50. Of course, this basic handset eschews the bells and whistles to land at...

  • Larger display iPhone rumours continue to swirl, colours and cheap models again suggested

    Larger display iPhone rumours continue to swirl, colours and cheap models again suggested

    By 13 June 2013

    Barely a week passes without speculation about new iPhone models. This time Reuters cites comments from "people with knowledge of the matter" suggesting that Apple is looking at a larger display iPhone. These sources go as far as suggesting that Apple...

  • Sony Xperia ZU launch invite hints at phablet design

    Sony Xperia ZU launch invite hints at phablet design

    By 13 June 2013

    An invitation to the French launch of a new Sony Mobile device has given us a better idea of what the company's rumoured phablet, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, might look like. The side-shot of the new device on the invitation seems to mirror Sony Mobile's...

  • Lenovo Horizon 27-inch tabletop PC available now for £1,499

    Lenovo Horizon 27-inch tabletop PC available now for £1,499

    By 13 June 2013

    The Lenovo Horizon 27-inch gaming tablet-cum-table is now on sale online in the UK at Currys and PC World, for a not unsubstantial £1,499.99 and will be heading to stores soon, with John Lewis and Amazon expected to join the party soon after. When we...