Archive for Ian Morris

Pac-Man Ghost Lamp
5.0 stars

Pac-Man Ghost Lamp

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Does a lamp in the shape of a ghost qualify for a Pocket-lint review? Probably not, normally, but what if that ghost were a Pac-Man ghost, and what if the moment we took it out of the box we fell in love with it? Well then, of course it's worth a review,... >>

Acer CloudMobile S500
4.0 stars

Acer CloudMobile S500

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Reasonably priced Android phones are a mixed bag. At £100 you have the bargain-basement, but still very likeable phones that are popular on pay as you go - think Orange San Francisco 2 and T-Mobile Vivacity. Then there are the £200 phones, like the... >>

APP OF THE DAY: UK Bus Times review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: UK Bus Times review (Android)

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We've mentioned bus apps before. Why, you might ask, are we so obsessed with them? Well, the answer, dear reader, is that buses are Satan's own work and we need all the help we can get to overpower their forces of evil. For example, there are certain... >>

Fanny Wang 3000 series
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Fanny Wang 3000 series

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Unlike Dr Dre, Fanny Wang isn't actually a person, despite what the headphone firm might want you to think. But, clearly, people need a "name" attached to their headphones these days, or they simply refuse to be seen out-and-about sporting them. But a... >>

Onkyo TX-NR818
4.5 stars

Onkyo TX-NR818

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Home cinema audio is often neglected, with TVs getting all the attention. The truth is though, that you could spend less on a TV and more on your audio system and have a more enjoyable experience. After all, most of the problem with TV and movies come... >>

Panasonic TX-P50VT50
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Panasonic TX-P50VT50

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When Pioneer announced it was pulling out of the TV market, and ceasing production of the Kuro, there were plenty of home cinema fans who had a little panic. The problem was, there was no TV out there that could match the Kuro. Sure, it wasn't perfect,... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Netflix review (Windows 8)

APP OF THE DAY: Netflix review (Windows 8)

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When Microsoft launched Windows 8 in New York last month the firm told Pocket-lint that it was being careful to get good apps in the store. It went on to tell us that that the apps you have when you launch are crucial to the success of your ecosystem.... >>

Microsoft Surface RT
4.5 stars

Microsoft Surface RT

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In many ways, Microsoft is typical of a massive company. It's visibly slow to react to things, and it takes a very long time for the firm to manoeuvre. But 2012 is looking like the year it finally gets its ducks in a row. Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Hotel Tonight review (iOS / Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Hotel Tonight review (iOS / Android)

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The idea behind Hotel Tonight is to get you a hotel room. Tonight. So the name of the app is pretty much bang-on. It's very much a short-order type thing. So rooms become available from about 12pm on the day you're looking to stay, and can - in theory... >>

Apple iPod nano (2012) 7th generation
4.5 stars

Apple iPod nano (2012) 7th generation

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In some ways, the iPod nano is Apple's most difficult child. Not because it's a bad product, on the contrary, it's a great idea, sensibly priced and with the all the features you might reasonably want in a basic MP3 player. What's more, it sells well... >>

Nexus 4 pictures and hands-on

Nexus 4 pictures and hands-on

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Google understands something a lot of manufacturers don't. Not every person on the planet can afford a £400 handset, and perhaps even some people who CAN afford one, aren't inclined to pay that much for what is, essentially, a phone. So the Nexus 4 is... >>

Microsoft's Times Square store in pictures, we take a walk around

Microsoft's Times Square store in pictures, we take a walk around

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Microsoft launched its latest store in the tourist Mecca of Times Square at 10pm on 25 October. Its mission: to sell the new Surface tablet to as many people as it could find with the cash to spare. Opened by a trio of gigantic scissors, and Steven Sinofsky,... >>

Samsung Series 7 AIO 23 pictures and hands-on

Samsung Series 7 AIO 23 pictures and hands-on

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Oddly, the most interesting Windows 8 machines at the launch event weren't the laptops, but the all-in-one PCs. Consistently large crowds gathered to look at these machines, and we can see why. Massive screens with bright colours really suit Windows 8,... >>

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist pictures and hands-on

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist pictures and hands-on

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Sitting in the business class of computers, the Twist offers a powerful Windows 8 laptop, with a twisting screen that allows it to become a tablet - albeit rather a chunky and functional-looking device. While it lacks the funky Dell screen which flips... >>

Microsoft Surface skateboard pictures and eyes-on

Microsoft Surface skateboard pictures and eyes-on

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Microsoft has a lot of faith in its Surface, and how tough it is. To prove the point, the company claims that you can drop it in 72 separate ways, and it won't break. This strength, apparently, comes from the construction process. It uses Gorilla Glass... >>

Netflix for Windows 8 pictures and hands-on

Netflix for Windows 8 pictures and hands-on

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So far, most of the apps that come with, or can be downloaded, for Windows 8 have left us cold. “People” is awful, and most of the third-party apps are basic and uninspiring. But today at the Windows 8 launch in New York, we’ve seen the newly released... >>

Microsoft: It's not the number of apps, it's what you do with them

Microsoft: It's not the number of apps, it's what you do with them

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Microsoft is not interested in having the largest number of apps in its store, it told Pocket-lint yesterday. It wants high-quality software that's of genuine use to its customers. But then it went on to announce that Windows 8 will have the largest number... >>

Hands-on: Skype for Windows 8 review

Hands-on: Skype for Windows 8 review

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With Windows 8 launching this week, it's inevitable that we'll start to see a lot more apps appear in the official app store. These apps will make use of the new tablet-friendly "modern" interface and are likely to be the key to Microsoft's success or... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Edge review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Edge review (Android)

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Sometimes App of The Day is an app we couldn't live without; sometimes it's a game we love; and sometimes - like today - it's a game we utterly despise because it's so fiendishly difficult, but simply can't live without because of it's style and sheer... >>

Apple iPod touch (2012) fifth generation
4.5 stars

Apple iPod touch (2012) fifth generation

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The iPod touch has always been an interesting device. Branded as an Apple music player, it's rich feature set, sitting alongside the wide functionality of the iPhone, has always attracted those who either couldn't afford, or didn't want, an iPhone in... >>

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard
4.0 stars

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard

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When Microsoft launched the Natural Keyboard everyone though it had been at the industrial chemicals again. Who in their right mind would want to buy a keyboard that looked like it had been melted, then one half sat on by an elephant? In fact, the Natural... >>

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart
3.5 stars

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

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There a couple of things that we’re going to do our best to leave at the door for this HP Spectre XT TouchSmart review. The first is Windows 8. This is a Windows 8 machine. There’s no two ways about it. If you buy the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart, it’s... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Oh! Sheep (iOS)

APP OF THE DAY: Oh! Sheep (iOS)

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There is a very definite format to some games these days. Everything from the level selecton menu and the way the game is structured is very similar. Think the Angry Birds layout, and you've got a lot of games from Where's My Perry to Oh! Sheep down to... >>

Focal introduces white Spirit One headphones

Focal introduces white Spirit One headphones

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You know the score, headphones are big business these days with every company pushing its products in the £100 to £200 price range. Focal is no different, introducing the Spirit Ones, which have a whiff of Beats about them. The company has a different... >>

GoPro releases CineForm Studio and Hero2 firmware update for 24p video

GoPro releases CineForm Studio and Hero2 firmware update for 24p video

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GoPro is the, erm, go-to camera for extreme sports enthusiasts, people who like blowing things up and car reviewers. Its flexibility, and toughness, is well documented now, but perhaps most impressive is the constant stream of improvements GoPro makes... >>