Archive for Chris Hall

  • Hands-on: CAT Active Urban cover for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S5 review

    Hands-on: CAT Active Urban cover for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S5 review

    By 22 April 2014

    There is no shortage of cases looking to protect your smartphone from damage and CAT are bringing their own flavour to things with the Active Urban case. The Active Urban case is available for a variety of popular phones and tablets and we have dressed...

  • Background defocus: HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs Google Camera app

    Background defocus: HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs Google Camera app

    By 17 April 2014

    The latest battle in the war of smartphone cameras appears to be for background defocus supremacy. HTC launched the HTC One (M8) with a second sensor for depth detection, perhaps the largest offensive in the bokeh wars. Samsung and Sony both offer background...

  • What is S Health 3.0 and should you care?

    What is S Health 3.0 and should you care?

    By 11 April 2014

    Samsung is tying together the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Gear 2 and the Gear Fit with the idea of promoting a healthier lifestyle. Rather than talking about group play or motion features, Samsung has elevated the importance of health on its agenda. S Health...

  • The best Samsung Galaxy S5 deals and where to get them (updated)

    The best Samsung Galaxy S5 deals and where to get them (updated)

    By 11 April 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available in the UK, we've reviewed it, and we have to say it is rather good. The new handset offers a 5.1-inch Full HD display, it boasts a fast 16-megapixel camera, a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint scanner, alongside...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5: 10 things you probably didn't know

    Samsung Galaxy S5: 10 things you probably didn't know

    By 11 April 2014

    Now that it's available, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will probably be the biggest selling Android handset of 2014, regardless of the fierce competition it faces.  The fifth-generation Galaxy S has been poked, prodded and scrutinised - including a full review...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2: What's the difference?

    Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2: What's the difference?

    By 11 April 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available. And with the Sony Xperia Z2 expected to also be released in a couple of weeks you might be wondering whether to hold on or go for the Sammy device right now. After all, both are flagship devices, they are both looking...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy S5 review

    By 11 April 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 is likely to be one of the best selling devices of 2014. It is the successor to the incredibly successful Galaxy S4 that, despite the attempts of HTC, Sony Mobile and LG, sold by the truckload. But the launch of the SGS5 was overshadowed...

  • HTC One M8 review
    5 out of 5

    HTC One M8 review

    By 10 April 2014

    The HTC One (M8) is HTC's play for the high-end. It's a flagship device that HTC has poured all its design prowess into. Announcing the HTC One (M8) and making it immediately available in stores, HTC was looking to get this device into the hands of people...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch with free Deezer and Endomondo subscriptions in UK

    Samsung Galaxy S5 to launch with free Deezer and Endomondo subscriptions in UK

    By 10 April 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 is launching with a number of "gifts" for owners of the new flagship handset, which goes on sale on 11 April 2014. Owners in the UK will be getting free access to Deezer and Endomondo as part of the deal. The Samsung deal means that...

  • Hands-on: OtterBox Commuter case for Samsung Galaxy S5 review

    Hands-on: OtterBox Commuter case for Samsung Galaxy S5 review

    By 9 April 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 takes its built-in protection up a notch bringing IP67 certification to the flagship handset. But if you're looking to increase protection for your device further, probably to save it from drop damage or scuffs, then you might want...

  • Hands-on: OtterBox Commuter and OtterBox Defender cases for HTC One M8 review

    Hands-on: OtterBox Commuter and OtterBox Defender cases for HTC One M8 review

    By 5 April 2014

    The HTC One (M8) is a very pretty handset. But its beauty is more than skin deep: it has a fantastic display, plenty of power and a wonderful user experience provided by HTC Sense 6.0. It's understandable that you'd want to take it with you everywhere...

  • Nokia Lumia 630 vs Motorola Moto G: What's the difference?

    Nokia Lumia 630 vs Motorola Moto G: What's the difference?

    By 4 April 2014

    There's a lot of activity in the budget handset sector. Things were rolling along rather sedately until Motorola fired the disruptive Moto G into the mix. Recent reports suggest the Moto G has gained 6 per cent market share in a few months. Nokia is...

  • Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 630/635 review

    Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 630/635 review

    By 3 April 2014

    The Nokia Lumia 630 and the Nokia Lumia 635 are new devices to the Lumia family, amongst the first trio to launch with Windows Phone 8.1. Launched alongside the premium Lumia 930, this brace of handsets sit at the opposite end of the spectrum. They are...

  • Nokia Lumia 930 vs Lumia 925: What's the difference?

    Nokia Lumia 930 vs Lumia 925: What's the difference?

    By 2 April 2014

    Windows Phone is becoming a more and more compelling smartphone choice, with Nokia particularly leading the charge in bringing innovative features to Microsoft's mobile platform. The newest flagship device in the portfolio is the Nokia Lumia 930, announced...

  • Nokia Lumia 930 offers 20MP PureView camera, premium design

    Nokia Lumia 930 offers 20MP PureView camera, premium design

    By 2 April 2014

    Nokia has announced the Nokia Lumia 930 at Build 2014, with Stephen Elop taking to the stage at the Microsoft conference. The new Nokia Lumia 930, previously rumoured, brings a design similar to that of the Lumia Icon recently launched in the US, with...

  • Google Glass Solo looks to cure 'glasshole' woes

    Google Glass Solo looks to cure 'glasshole' woes

    By 1 April 2014

    Making its debut for the debonair gentleman is the Google Glass Solo, looking to take Glass to the next level. The new Glass monocle addresses a problem that Google is calling "the curious case of the covert overt", where those openly wearing Glass are...

  • Measuring up: How the Apple iPad is changing Clarks shoe shopping

    Measuring up: How the Apple iPad is changing Clarks shoe shopping

    By 31 March 2014

    Clarks is a high street brand that we all know. Everyone reading this probably went there to get fitted for school shoes, or has been there with children subsequently. The latest in-store innovation for Clarks, founded in 1825, uses the Apple iPad with...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition pictures and hands-on

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition pictures and hands-on

    By 27 March 2014

    There are some great black editions around. The muted stylings of the Audi A5 Black Edition or the carbonfibre interior of the Mercedes SLS Black series. Now Samsung is getting in on the act with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition.  Ok it's perhaps...

  • Panasonic ALL multi-room speakers pictures and first listen

    Panasonic ALL multi-room speakers pictures and first listen

    By 26 March 2014

    Panasonic announced a new line-up of wireless multi-room speakers at CES 2014 and confirmed that they will be available in Europe at the Panasonic Convention 2014 in Amsterdam this week.  The multi-room speaker system - called ALL - comprises of a number...

  • HTC Duo Camera explained: What is it and what will it do?

    HTC Duo Camera explained: What is it and what will it do?

    By 25 March 2014

    The HTC One (M8) is distinctive thanks to the appearance of an additional lens on the rear of the handset. It has long been a talking point and now the smartphone has launched, we have all the details about what this additional sensor, called Duo Camera,...

  • HTC One (M8) release date, rumours and everything you need to know (updated)

    HTC One (M8) release date, rumours and everything you need to know (updated)

    By 25 March 2014

    The HTC One (m8) is set to be launched later today, but what can we expect? We've been following the rumours for the last 6 months pulling it all together and updating this article regularly, giving you a one-stop for all the news, cutting through the...

  • What's new in the HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update?

    What's new in the HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat update?

    By 24 March 2014

    HTC has re-released the Android 4.4 KitKat update in the UK, after pulling it in February, saying that some users had experienced problems with it. Now it's back, headed to Vodafone, O2, and Three HTC One users. EE is coming soon.  We've already updated...

  • Panasonic HX-A500 pictures and hands-on

    Panasonic HX-A500 pictures and hands-on

    By 24 March 2014

    Panasonic today announced a new action camcorder, the Panasonic HX-A500. It follows the same design as the HX-A100 launched in 2013, offering a camera connected to a box that does all the technical stuff, but this time there's the jump to offering 4K...

  • Everything you need to know about BBC iPlayer on Chromecast

    Everything you need to know about BBC iPlayer on Chromecast

    By 19 March 2014

    As Chromecast has now crossed the pond to land in Europe, one of the headline features for those in the UK is support for BBC iPlayer. After connecting your Chromecast to your TV and setting it up - perhaps making a few router changes too - you'll be...

  • Got Google Chromecast? Got a BT Home Hub? You might want to read this

    Got Google Chromecast? Got a BT Home Hub? You might want to read this

    By 19 March 2014

    Google Chromecast owners with a BT Home Hub will need to make a change to their settings to get all the functionality out of Google's HDMI streaming stick. Setup for the Chromecast is very simple. It only takes a couple of minutes to register it on your...