Archive for David Phelan

  • iFlight: The BA business plane that ditches its entertainment system for iPads

    iFlight: The BA business plane that ditches its entertainment system for iPads

    By 11 July 2012

    You know how it is: you like to have your iPad with you when you fly. Play some Where’s My Water? and SpellTower, read some books and check out a movie you downloaded from iTunes before wheels up. The only downside is not being able to read or play...

  • Leica V-Lux 40 pictures and hands-on

    Leica V-Lux 40 pictures and hands-on

    By 12 May 2012

    This week’s Leica event in Berlin launched so many products it was easy to miss one if you blinked. The most affordable item, the Leica V-Lux 40, was brushed over so quickly that even the keenest of Leica watchers may have missed it. This is a shame,...

  • HTC's Scott Croyle talks design, the One X, and how it's steering clear of cheap phones

    HTC's Scott Croyle talks design, the One X, and how it's steering clear of cheap phones

    By 28 March 2012

    Scott Croyle is the vice-president of Design at HTC. He knows something about how phones should look. But taking over from Horace Luke - the man who brought the world the award-winning Legend and the Desire - in 2011, you might think that Croyle has had...

  • Apple iPad (3rd generation)
    4.5 out of 5

    Apple iPad (3rd generation)

    By 16 March 2012

    This year, it’s all about the screen. The third-generation iPad has lots of other improvements but it’s the brilliance of the display which leaps out at you as soon as you wake the screen. Apple has come in for some criticism that the new iPad doesn't...

  • Jawbone Up
    4 out of 5

    Jawbone Up

    By 26 December 2011

    Get ready with those new year resolutions. If one of them is going to include trying for a fitter, healthier you in 2012, Jawbone is here to help. Jawbone is best known as the maker of excellent Bluetooth headsets and a great portable speaker, the Jambox....

  • Andy Serkis walks us through motion capture, shows us how it's done

    Andy Serkis walks us through motion capture, shows us how it's done

    By 20 December 2011

    This year’s 20th Century Fox blockbuster, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, boasts the latest motion capture technology, with Andy Serkis, whose performance as Caesar, the ape who gains enough intelligence to lead other chimps to revolution, being tipped...

  • HTC Rhyme: More metrosexual than plain girly

    HTC Rhyme: More metrosexual than plain girly

    By 20 September 2011

    Here’s the thing: the history of mobile phone companies making handsets specifically targeting women has not been glorious. Mostly, it’s been a series of ho-hum phones picked out by dusty pink cases, the addition of diet apps or, pardon me, a pink...

  • Packard Bell EasyNote TM
    4.5 out of 5

    Packard Bell EasyNote TM

    By 30 August 2010

    "Friends and fun in one place" is Packard Bell's appealing promise on the EasyNote TM. Incidentally, we're not writing trademark there, TM is the model code, though it is a little confusing. Anyway, the promise is to do with social networking. Like the...

  • Asus Bamboo U53JC
    4 out of 5

    Asus Bamboo U53JC

    By 23 August 2010

    Bamboo is a cool material: it looks good, reduces our use of plastics and is ecologically sound because bamboo is a sustainably renewable source. It's used for the lid and wrist rest for this new 15-inch display laptop from Asus. Asus has made laptops...

  • Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch i5
    4.5 out of 5

    Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch i5

    By 20 July 2010

    So, you know you want a computer with a big screen but you want to be able to move it around reasonably easily. So a desktop machine like the iMac 27-inch screen computer is right out. Well, there are plenty of Windows PCs on the market, but the most...

  • Samsung Q330
    4 out of 5

    Samsung Q330

    By 15 July 2010

    Recent Samsung laptops have been stylish affairs, notable as much for their glossy red casing and matching keyboard and trackpad as for their computing capabilities. This new 13.3-inch display model is a more demure machine, dressed in discreet gloss...

  • Samsung R780 notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung R780 notebook

    By 22 June 2010

    This laptop is the bigger brother to the Samsung R580 that we reviewed a couple of weeks back. Its snazzy semi-transparent deep red casing caught the eye, and that's duplicated here. Samsung has also neatly mirrored the default wallpaper on the display...

  • First Look: Apple iPhone 4
    0 out of 5

    First Look: Apple iPhone 4

    By 8 June 2010

    So the hectic fun and drama of DubDub DC is over for another year and, guess what, it produced another iPhone. One that Steve Jobs claimed would be as revolutionary as the first - hence the tagline: "This changes everything. Again." So was it worth the...

  • iPhone 4 hands-on

    iPhone 4 hands-on

    By 8 June 2010

    We've shown you the official photos from Apple, but now its time to show you our up close and personal shots following our quick and dirty fondle of the new iPhone 4.  So what's it like? In the hand and it seems well built, solid, and yes that screen...

  • Sony VAIO VPCM12M1E/P notebook
    4 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VPCM12M1E/P notebook

    By 7 June 2010

    How pink can a laptop be? Take a glance at the VAIO M12 and you'll say: none more pink. It's a deep, rich colour that makes the chrome VAIO logo leap out. The underside of the lid, around the display, is similarly eye-popping, though the area surrounding...

  • Samsung R580 notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung R580 notebook

    By 24 May 2010

    Say what you like about Apple, without the Cupertino company we'd probably still have been using beige computers until that other style-conscious company, Sony, entered the fray. But thanks to the greater attention paid to design these days, we're rewarded...

  • Toshiba Qosmio X500-116 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba Qosmio X500-116 notebook

    By 17 May 2010

    Toshiba's Qosmio desktop replacement laptops are big machines. Large, strikingly-designed and with lots of features. Add in Toshiba's exceptional build quality and you have a potentially winning series. This latest machine is the snazziest yet, with its...

  • Packard Bell EasyNote LM notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Packard Bell EasyNote LM notebook

    By 12 May 2010

    The EasyNote LM is a desktop replacement. Its large screen (17.3-inches, so not just a 17-incher, Packard Bell boasts) would dominate any desk, though it is not as heavy as you'd think at 3.3kg, certainly not so heavy that you'd need to anchor it to one...

  • Sony VAIO VPC-Y11M1E notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony VAIO VPC-Y11M1E notebook

    By 26 April 2010

    Sony's Y-series laptop is good-looking and light. The case is brushed aluminium all over apart from the plastic undercarriage and parts of the edges. Still, with its chrome VAIO label on the lid, there's enough metal to make it a snazzy machine. While...

  • Dell Studio 17 (2010)
    4 out of 5

    Dell Studio 17 (2010)

    By 19 April 2010

    The Dell Studio 17 1747 is a hefty beast. You'll want to use it as a desktop replacement rather than a portable to carry around with you. Still, the glossy black case with subtle patterning and red edging looks pretty neat, so it won't be out of place...

  • Samsung N210 notebook
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung N210 notebook

    By 12 April 2010

    Last year Samsung released some cool-looking coloured netbooks which stood out in the crowd. For its latest model, the Korean manufacturer has gone for a more demure look with its gloss-black N210. The new netbook has a 10.1-inch screen, though the frame...

  • Fujitsu Lifebook T4410 notebook
    3 out of 5

    Fujitsu Lifebook T4410 notebook

    By 5 April 2010

    The iPad is not the only tablet. Of course, Microsoft had invested in a touchscreen laptop interface way before Apple did, it just never took off. Maybe now the iPad is rolling out, interest in Windows touchscreens will flourish. Mind you, at £999, this...

  • Toshiba NB305 notebook
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba NB305 notebook

    By 29 March 2010

    Last year's NB200 netbook from Toshiba was a neat, effective performer from a manufacturer known for its reliability and strong build quality. Now, the successor, wittily titled the NB300, has arrived. This is the NB305 variant, most noticeably differing...

  • Five tips for buying a digital SLR camera

    Five tips for buying a digital SLR camera

    By 25 May 2009

    Thinking about upgrading or investing in a digital SLR camera? Then check out these helpful tips below: Are you trading up from a compact? In that case, remember you'll need Live View if you want to frame your shots using the LCD screen. While most compacts...

  • Seven Android applications you can't do without

    Seven Android applications you can't do without

    By 24 December 2008

    All the programs available at launch on Android were free, so if you've got a G1, make the most of this – here's our guide to some choice cuts. 1 Google Maps Of course we know Google Maps from other mobiles, but this is the program at its purest. Sure,...