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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 bus... >>

Fanny Wang 3000 series
4.0 stars

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
5.0 stars

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.Until... >>

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... >>

Denon MC2000 DJ Controller
5.0 stars

Denon MC2000 DJ Controller

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When Pocket-lint was a bit younger, and had that inevitable urge to take to the decks, the whole thing was a lot more costly and hard get in to. For a start, you needed to track down both records that you liked, and build a collection. Often, if you'd... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 2
5.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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The Galaxy Note 2 is the successor to the, erm, Galaxy Note, which is predictable. What wasn't predictable was how we would feel about this new handset. The Note, you see, is a bit of an enigma. A massive phone, or really small 3G tablet. It sits in a... >>

Kindle 6-inch (2012)
5.0 stars

Kindle 6-inch (2012)

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No one could really accuse the Kindle of ever having been massively over-priced. For one, there has always been a good range of models, giving users the choice about what they spend and what options they get. But recently, Amazon has made the entry-level... >>

Philips Fidelio X1 headphones
5.0 stars

Philips Fidelio X1 headphones

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The biggest sellers in headphones now are earphones, and those Beats-style on-ear jobbies. It makes sense, because most listening happens when you're on the road, and you need something compact and that gives you a bit of isolation from the noise of the... >>

APP OF THE DAY: World of Goo review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: World of Goo review (Android)

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To be honest, World of Goo is a bit odd.The first time you load it up, it doesn't make huge amounts of sense. And if you don't know what you're doing, it can take a little while to fumble through. But there's also something vaguely unnerving about helping... >>

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

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If you're about to buy a mid-range phone, then you'll more than likely be glad of the help from sites such as Pocket-lint, because it is, without doubt, the most confusing part of the market. At the high-end, with phones like the Samsung Galaxy S III,... >>

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean review

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean review

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If you're a Samsung Galaxy S III owner, then you will likely be aware that there is a new version of Android on the way. Jelly Bean brings the usual array of updates, optimisations and improvements, and as always, it's free and delivered either over the... >>

Get Jelly Bean early on your Samsung Galaxy S III

Get Jelly Bean early on your Samsung Galaxy S III

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We get it, Android fans want updates as soon as possible. Some judge you, but we're with you, waiting is a frustration we can do without. What's worse than waiting, is knowing that other people in Europe have the update already, while we're all sitting... >>

Joanna Lumley shins up a ladder, hits a car, to launch TalkTalk's YouView service

Joanna Lumley shins up a ladder, hits a car, to launch TalkTalk's YouView service

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This morning was another one of those mornings. Get an invite to fight through the London rush hour to see Joanna Lumley at a TalkTalk launch or not? As it turned out, the whole affair was so ridiculously surreal - as you'd expect from a luminary of British... >>

TalkTalk YouView pictures and hands-on

TalkTalk YouView pictures and hands-on

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When YouView landed in its plain vanilla form we were whelmed. Not overwhelmed, or underwhelmed, just plain, regular whelmed. And that was because, although the user interface was pretty, and the box seemed to work well in its PVR duties, it was not an... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Refraction review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Refraction review (Android)

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The whole point of App of the Day is to find you a game that is brilliant, or an app that helps you in some crucial way. However, we do sometimes worry that our tips are causing a massive decline in the productivity of the UK and beyond. That's because,... >>

Thinksound MS01 wooden earphones
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Thinksound MS01 wooden earphones

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It's the easiest thing in the world to claim that your headphones or speakers are "studio monitors". It's also all the rage these days, thanks to the likes of Beats. But with most people never having heard audio in a studio, they don't really have a way... >>

Pure Avalon 300R Connect Freeview HD+ pictures and hands-on

Pure Avalon 300R Connect Freeview HD+ pictures and hands-on

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With YouView arguably landing with a plop. rather than then splash LordSirAlanSugar would have liked, the set-top-box arena still has plenty to play for. So, with that in mind, Pure is stepping out of its radio comfort zone, and into making Freeview PVRs.Pure... >>

Oree Board wooden keyboard pictures and hands-on

Oree Board wooden keyboard pictures and hands-on

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It's not everyday you get invited to see a keyboard made out of wood, but today was one of those days. And when you do get the call to see a keyboard made out of wood, you'd be pretty silly to turn it down.The idea behind the Orée Board is to provide... >>

Toshiba AT300
3.5 stars

Toshiba AT300

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It's fair to say we've slammed previous Toshiba tablets for being utterly dreadful. We haven't done this to be mean, or to look big and clever, we've done it because, in our view, those tablets were a waste of money and offered nothing that tablets from... >>

APP OF THE DAY: Confused.com parking (iOS)

APP OF THE DAY: Confused.com parking (iOS)

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Private car parks are a miserable pain in everyone's life. Gone are the days where you could pull up outside a shop, grab a parking space, race in, get what you need and get out. These days you have to park 30 miles away and pay £900 an hour for the... >>

Huawei Honour
3.0 stars

Huawei Honour

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Not every phone will be earth-shatteringly beautiful. The Huawei Honour - or Honor, if you're from a non-English speaking country - is one phone we don't think you could ever describe as beautiful. But just as all of us can't look like Brad Pitt, there's... >>

iPhone 5 won't work on O2 or Vodafone's 4G networks

iPhone 5 won't work on O2 or Vodafone's 4G networks

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You could be forgiven for thinking that if you buy an iPhone 5 at launch you'll be able to use 4G when Vodafone, O2 and Three launch their 4G networks in the future. Sadly, this is not the case, and the 4G iPhone 5 which will be available from 21 September... >>

ZTE Grand X
3.0 stars

ZTE Grand X

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You might not have heard of ZTE - its full name is Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment - but like so many companies such as Ericsson and Huawei, ZTE was originally a telecommunications equipment supplier, but like the other companies it's also had its... >>

Apple EarPods: New earphones for iPod and iPhone

Apple EarPods: New earphones for iPod and iPhone

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Apple headphones probably account for 99.9 per cent of all music listening or something lame. Sadly, they're rubbish, something that Apple seems to be happy to admit, as it's been working on its new earphones for three years now.The redesigned 'phones... >>

iTunes gets major overhaul

iTunes gets major overhaul

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At its iPhone 5 launch, Apple admitted that people don't buy music from their computers anymore, they do it from their device. And why not, after all, everything you do on your iPhone is automatically synced to your computer anyway. So to that end, the... >>

Litepanels Croma
4.0 stars

Litepanels Croma

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You might not have heard of Litepanels, unless you happen to be a professional videographer or photographer. The firm specialises in all manner of lighting systems, but for most people these solutions are far too expensive. But now, the firm is launching... >>

APP OF THE DAY: OneCast podcast simply review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: OneCast podcast simply review (Android)

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Like many people, we used to get our podcasts via Google Listen. But the search company killed that product some time ago. So, what instead? The quality of these apps in the Play Store seems to vary wildly, as does the price.So we took a look at free... >>

Ford Focus Zetec S 1.0 Ecoboost
5.0 stars

Ford Focus Zetec S 1.0 Ecoboost

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"Go on" we asked, "guess how big the engine is" we continued with an annoyingly knowing grin on our face that probably gave the game away. "I don't know came the answer, 1.6-litre?". "HAHA, NO! A million times NO!" we roared back. And then, with joy in... >>

HTC One X Cushnie et Ochs limited edition pictures and hands-on

HTC One X Cushnie et Ochs limited edition pictures and hands-on

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HTC has unveiled a special, limited-edition version of its flagship Android handset, the HTC One X. The handset was specially designed to celebrate Cushnie et Ochs' new range.No, we have no idea what Cushnie et Ochs is either, it's a fashion thing, or... >>

APP OF THE DAY: IP Webcam review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: IP Webcam review (Android)

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Now, what we're going to tell you about requires that we trust you. Because with great power, comes great responsibility. And IP Webcam does give you great power, because it allows you to turn your Android phone into a webcam, one which can stream video... >>