Archive for Chris Hall

Audi RS Q3 Performance first drive: RS thrills and spills in an SUV guise

Audi RS Q3 Performance first drive: RS thrills and spills in an SUV guise

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Audi's quest to give every car in its range the S treatment or RS treatment rolls on unrelenting, with the RS Q3 probably the oddest RS of the lot. Giving the regular A3 the RS treatment makes sense, as it results in a typical hot hatch, albeit one that's... >>

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league
4.5 stars

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league

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If there's any smartphone manufacturer that deserves a second chance it's HTC. We can credit HTC for much of what we love about smartphones today. It popularised Android, it pushed premium metal design and build quality, and focused on user experience.... >>

HTC Sense 8.0 vs Sense 7.0: New features tweaks and changes reviewed

HTC Sense 8.0 vs Sense 7.0: New features tweaks and changes reviewed

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The HTC 10 brings with it a new version of Sense that's moved a fair distance from the experience on HTC's previous flagship device, the HTC One M9, with a change in software emphasis. We've been tracking the changes in Sense for a number of years, but... >>

Kindle Oasis: Amazon's premium reader is stunning, but it's ridiculously expensive

Kindle Oasis: Amazon's premium reader is stunning, but it's ridiculously expensive

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Amazon has announced its latest Kindle ebook reader, and it's a radical departure from the devices that have come before it. The Kindle Oasis is a complete rethinking from the components up, stripping the Kindle down to its essentials and giving you a... >>

HTC 10: Release date, official specs and everything you need to know

HTC 10: Release date, official specs and everything you need to know

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HTC has revealed its new flagship smartphone, known simply as HTC 10. Launched via a virtual event, the new handset takes a fresh look at what HTC has done in the past and feels like a real step forward for the company. The HTC 10 comes at a time that's... >>

Ford Focus (2016) review: Unlearn everything
4.5 stars

Ford Focus (2016) review: Unlearn everything

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It's difficult to ignore the Ford Focus. With an impressive 83,816 of them sold in the UK in 2015, it's also difficult to drive anywhere without seeing one. So this might be the UK's best selling hatch, edging out the Golf marginally, but there's no escaping... >>

Oculus Rift hits shipping delays, blaming component shortages

Oculus Rift hits shipping delays, blaming component shortages

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There has been no shortage of buzz surrounding the launch of the first full virtual reality system, Oculus Rift, but it seems there might be a shortage of components, leading to some delays. Oculus was first to announce a date for the Rift, opening pre-orders... >>

JBL Reflect Aware C will pipe noise-cancelled music from your USB Type-C port

JBL Reflect Aware C will pipe noise-cancelled music from your USB Type-C port

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If you're jumping on the bandwagon with the latest devices, you'll have probably have encountered the new USB Type-C format. The new USB connection has appeared on the MacBook, Pixel C tablet, as well as a number of smartphones, like the new HTC 10 and... >>

HTC 10: BoomSound is dead. Long live BoomSound Hi-Fi edition

HTC 10: BoomSound is dead. Long live BoomSound Hi-Fi edition

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One of the features that defined the HTC One family was BoomSound. Introduced on the HTC One M7, BoomSound remained one of the strongest features of HTC handsets, offering the best external speakers, bar none, for three generations of phones. With the... >>

Ice, Ice, Baby: Ice View is the new HTC Dot View

Ice, Ice, Baby: Ice View is the new HTC Dot View

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Alright stop, collaborate and listen, HTC's back with a brand new invention. The HTC Dot View cover has always been one of our favourite cases. It is the sort of funky fresh design that characterises HTC, a cover that lets the display shine through,... >>

HTC through the ages: A brief history of HTC's Android handsets

HTC through the ages: A brief history of HTC's Android handsets

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HTC, above and beyond any other manufacturer, has done more than its fair share of popularising Android.  HTC was there at the beginning, producing some of the first Android handsets, the first Nexus handset, and launching the first handset that really... >>

Huawei P9 Plus preview: Huawei's true P series flagship

Huawei P9 Plus preview: Huawei's true P series flagship

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Huawei has a new champion and it's the P9 Plus. Launched alongside a "regular" P9, it's the bigger of the two devices that might turn more heads. The Huawei P9 Plus takes the advancements of the P9 and combines them with a premium feature from the Mate... >>

Huawei P9 and P9 Plus bring twin Leica cameras in powerful slim bodies

Huawei P9 and P9 Plus bring twin Leica cameras in powerful slim bodies

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Huawei has today unveiled its latest handset as the company looks to increase its global smartphone influence outside of its homeland China. Following a number of successful launches, Huawei has unveiled the P9 and P9 Plus, the latest in a line of slim... >>

LG talks webOS 3.0 and Freeview Play updates: Roll-out starting in May

LG talks webOS 3.0 and Freeview Play updates: Roll-out starting in May

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LG announced webOS 3.0 late in 2015 and showed off the new user interface for its TVs at CES 2016. Since then we've been awaiting details on the webOS 3.0 release date. Talking today in London, LG demoed some of the new features coming to webOS 3.0, as... >>

Windows 10 Mobile review: A new hope?
3.5 stars

Windows 10 Mobile review: A new hope?

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Microsoft made a move into smart, connected, mobile devices that were relatively unchallenged. The early versions of Windows CE drove Pocket PCs, long before the modern smartphone had taken off. Window's life... >>

Tesla Model 3 pre-orders hit 276,000 in three days

Tesla Model 3 pre-orders hit 276,000 in three days

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Tesla pulled the covers off the Model 3, its new electric car for the masses, on 31 March and it seems the masses have responded. Elon Musk, CEO and co-founder of Tesla Motor has been regularly updating on the progress of Model 3 pre-orders via Twitter.... >>

Surprise, surprise: The LG G5 isn't as metal as you might think (updated)

Surprise, surprise: The LG G5 isn't as metal as you might think (updated)

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When we first picked up the LG G5 at MWC 2016, we were surprised by the feel. We commented at the time that it had a finish that didn't quite look and feel right. This was something we echoed in our review having spent more time with the LG G5 - admittedly... >>

ROAM-e is the selfie drone your narcissistic self needs

ROAM-e is the selfie drone your narcissistic self needs

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If you're the sort of person to get annoyed by selfie sticks in public, then look away now, as the ROAM-e takes things to another level. The ROAM-e pitches itself as a flying selfie machine, and is the inevitable mash-up of drones and the need for an... >>

LG G5: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

LG G5: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

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The LG G5 was officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona and has since become available to pre-order in the UK. It seems LG making quite a large departure from the G3 and G4 handsets that came before, so is definitely one that should... >>

Cortana is coming to Xbox One, as is background music

Cortana is coming to Xbox One, as is background music

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Microsoft has taken to the stage at Build 2016, revealing some detail about what to expect in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and the future for Xbox One.  There's a collection of enhancements coming to the Xbox, and while Microsoft spent a fair amount... >>

EE TV Recordings To Go enables mobile viewing, takes fight to Sky Q

EE TV Recordings To Go enables mobile viewing, takes fight to Sky Q

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EE TV was ahead of its time in many ways when it launched in 2014, offering a number of features that until recently, weren’t available on any other TV platform. Not one to shy away from new features, EE TV has just added a great new option, called... >>

New HTC 10 performance teaser appears, revealing more juicy details

New HTC 10 performance teaser appears, revealing more juicy details

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HTC has been on a mission to tease us in the run-up to the launch of the HTC 10, its next flagship handset scheduled to be revealed on 12 April. This new image appears to give us the most direct view of the handset yet, following the style of HTC's previous... >>

Best iPhone SE deals: Orders are now open

Best iPhone SE deals: Orders are now open

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The new Apple iPhone SE is now available.  The new handset refreshes the design of the iPhone 5S, sticking to a smaller 4-inch form factor, but is packed with powerful internals to match the iPhone 6S. It's small, but powerful, and importantly, it's... >>

Sony PlayStation games and characters are coming to Android and iOS

Sony PlayStation games and characters are coming to Android and iOS

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Sony PlayStation seems to be undergoing some changes, not only is the newly formed Sony Interactive Entertainment coming into being on Friday 1 April, but there's also another company being formed and that's ForwardWorks.  ForwardWorks is detailed by... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 camera: Raw shooting expert guide

Samsung Galaxy S7 camera: Raw shooting expert guide

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One of the more advanced features offered by the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is raw shooting. This is a camera feature that's been creeping into smartphones over the past few years. We first saw Nokia announce it and it's also been... >>