Archive for Ian Morris

  • Orange San Diego
    4 out of 5

    Orange San Diego

    By 13 June 2012

    Orange seems to be the one mobile operator that puts the most effort into adding value and providing an interesting, and unique, range of phones. Other networks tie in key handsets - such as the Samsung Galaxy S III - to exclusive deals, but that's little...

  • Samsung XE 300M Chromebox
    3 out of 5

    Samsung XE 300M Chromebox

    By 8 June 2012

    Samsung's new Chromebox is essentially a desktop version of its Chromebook. It's a little bit cheaper at £280, instead of £380 for the Chromebook Series 5 550. It lacks the display, but has a lot more connectivity - especially in terms of video output....

  • APP OF THE DAY: aWallet Password Manager

    APP OF THE DAY: aWallet Password Manager

    By 8 June 2012

    This is the week that your password was stolen. But if, somehow, you aren't a member of either LinkedIn, LastFM or eHarmony then you might be in luck, and you might not have had your security compromised on one or more sites. The problem with passwords...

  • LG L7 P700
    2.5 out of 5

    LG L7 P700

    By 7 June 2012

    For every three budget phones there are another couple of handsets that have better screens,  more attractive design and some extra processor speed. So, the LG L7 is the upgraded version of the L3. It's got a much prettier design, has NFC built-in and...

  • LG L3 E400
    2.5 out of 5

    LG L3 E400

    By 6 June 2012

    It's not a huge surprise that low-cost mobile phones are popular. There are a lot of people in need of smartphones, but not all of them have the money to spend on them. Most operators have a phone that costs about £100 or so, on pay-as-you-go, which...

  • Nintendo Wii U final GamePad details emerge

    Nintendo Wii U final GamePad details emerge

    By 5 June 2012

    At E3, Nintendo is starting to answer the many questions that gamers have about the upcoming console, including many about its revolutionary new GamePad controller.  First and foremost is the confirmation that it *will* be possible to use more than one...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Hootsuite (Android)

    APP OF THE DAY: Hootsuite (Android)

    By 1 June 2012

    We think it's fair to say that, as good a service as Twitter is, when it comes to making apps, it's second in line to the dreadful Facebook for making a hash (pun very much intended) of things. Hootsuite aims to provide solutions to the many problems...

  • Samsung XE 300M Chromebox pictures and hands-on

    Samsung XE 300M Chromebox pictures and hands-on

    By 1 June 2012

    The Chromebox is actually a very good idea. Between them, Samsung and Google are trying to make a computer that costs less than a normal PC, but still offered access to the world of cloud computing. How well it has succeeded probably depends on what you...

  • Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 pictures and hands-on

    Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 pictures and hands-on

    By 1 June 2012

    The Chromebook is a curious idea. Essentially, it's a normal laptop - albeit one too low-powered to really run Windows - that has a stripped-down version of Linux installed, along with a version of Google's Chrome browser. And that's it. There are no...

  • Motorola Razr Maxx
    4 out of 5

    Motorola Razr Maxx

    By 31 May 2012

    We have been using the Motorola Razr for quite a long time now. It's a phone that we've honestly fallen in love with. It's styling is unique and interesting, it's tough without looking like a builder's phone and it's been a sturdy and reliable companion....

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch
    4 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch

    By 29 May 2012

    It is not an exaggeration to say that the original Galaxy Tab is one of our favourite gadgets. While Steve Jobs was telling his disciples that 7-inch tablets were dead on arrival, Samsung was busy winning us over with its compact, but functional tablet....

  • APP OF THE DAY: Wyse PocketCloud Remote (Android)

    APP OF THE DAY: Wyse PocketCloud Remote (Android)

    By 25 May 2012

    You've gone to work, but forgotten that crucial presentation, which is sitting on your home computer waiting to have its day in the spotlight, unaware that it will never come. Well, panic not, because with Wyse PocketCloud Remote, you can simply "dial"...

  • Canon EOS 5D MK III
    5 out of 5

    Canon EOS 5D MK III

    By 25 May 2012

    After Nikon’s D90, it felt like the crown of video would go to that firm. But, surprisingly, it was Canon that swooped in, and hoovered up the newly established video-from-SLR market. The D90 was never able to produce video sufficient for professional...

  • Mazda CX5 2.2 TDI AWD
    4 out of 5

    Mazda CX5 2.2 TDI AWD

    By 22 May 2012

    Talking to the Mazda team, it's interesting to hear how the company views itself, and even more interesting to hear how the firm is introducing some pretty interesting engineering techniques to make its cars better, and its production lines even more...

  • Cisco Linksys X3000
    3 out of 5

    Cisco Linksys X3000

    By 18 May 2012

    We're on the hunt for the best domestic router we can find. Why? Because routers play a huge part in your home these days, and too many of them are utter rubbish. Cisco is one of the biggest names in networking hardware, and its name carries a gravitas...

  • APP OF THE DAY: GO SMS Pro (Android)

    APP OF THE DAY: GO SMS Pro (Android)

    By 15 May 2012

    You might use the default Android SMS app, you might use one provided by your handset manufacturer. The problem is, there's no consistency in Android SMS clients, and most of them are ugly and don't have much in the way of functionality. GO SMS Pro is...

  • Porsche Cayman S
    4.5 out of 5

    Porsche Cayman S

    By 15 May 2012

    "Would you like to drive a Porsche around the south of France?" is the kind of question which - like, "Would you like either a kick in the crown jewels, or this gold ingot?"  - doesn’t require a lot of thinking about. "Yes," we replied, and a couple...

  • Nike Max Transitions pictures and hands-on

    Nike Max Transitions pictures and hands-on

    By 15 May 2012

    Those old enough to remember a time when something called the "Sun" shone on our great nation will remember the need for things called "sunglasses" to prevent being overwhelmed by light. Sadly, the gods of water, including Thames, Veolia, Sutton and East...

  • Tesla Roadster
    4.5 out of 5

    Tesla Roadster

    By 14 May 2012

    We find people fall in to two categories: those who love electric cars, and think they're the future, and those who don't want to give up on petrol. It is, perhaps, unsurprising that we, as gadget and technology lovers, find the idea of electric cars...

  • Motorola Defy Mini
    1.5 out of 5

    Motorola Defy Mini

    By 7 May 2012

    We reviewed the Motorola Defy+ some time ago, and we didn't care for it. Not at all. So when the Defy Mini arrived, we couldn't see our hearts splitting in half with the love. And we aren't sure why it's called the Defy Mini either, because it's not much...

  • APP OF THE DAY: MX Player review (Android)

    APP OF THE DAY: MX Player review (Android)

    By 4 May 2012

    One of the great things about Android, is that it has a flexibility - especially with regard to the file system - that you don't get on iOS. It is, for example, perfectly possible to drag and drop video and music files over USB on to the SD card or internal...

  • HTC DG H200 Media Link HD
    4 out of 5

    HTC DG H200 Media Link HD

    By 3 May 2012

    One of our bugbears with DLNA, the home media-streaming standard, is that it's a bit of a pain to use. A standard it may be, but simple across every device you use, it most certainly is not. So HTC's Media Link HD is an interesting proposition. It's a...

  • EchoStar announces slimmest Freeview HD box

    EchoStar announces slimmest Freeview HD box

    By 3 May 2012

    With analogue TV going the way of the dodo in the UK, there is presumably a lot of demand for people who are still enjoying their old, analogue-only TVs, but would like to watch more than just snow when the last UK region switches later this year. Now...

  • Asus Transformer Pad TF300T
    4.5 out of 5

    Asus Transformer Pad TF300T

    By 2 May 2012

    Asus blew our minds with the original Transformer. A tablet with a keyboard, we muttered, surely that's just a laptop running Android? But no, in fact it was a very clever idea: build a terrific tablet, that's both stylish and powerful, then offer a keyboard...

  • Sony SmartWatch
    3 out of 5

    Sony SmartWatch

    By 30 April 2012

    The idea of a Bluetooth watch that keeps you updated about phonecalls, text message and tweets and allows you to get yourself into Eighties teen comedy style scrapes with a spy camera, is almost too cool to be true. So we've spent some time with the Sony...