Archive for Mike Lowe

Nintendo Switch storage full? The best microSD card offers to buy and avoid download disappointment

Nintendo Switch storage full? The best microSD card offers to buy and avoid download disappointment

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You've got a shiny new Nintendo Switch but, wait, what's that? Yep, just one game download can easily fill the console's measly 32GB storage.Fortunately the Switch has a microSD card slot for expansion to avoid this being a huge issue.Furthermore cartridge... >>

Netflix app update: Better compression for less data usage incoming, mobile HDR for LG G6 launch

Netflix app update: Better compression for less data usage incoming, mobile HDR for LG G6 launch

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Netflix is pushing hard when it comes to mobile streaming in 2017. The video-on-demand service has told Pocket-lint at Mobile World Congress 2017 that its mobile app is about to receive a major update which will mean better quality streaming at lower... >>

Mobile HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10 and everything you need to know about future mobile entertainment

Mobile HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10 and everything you need to know about future mobile entertainment

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Mobile HDR got off to something of a false start. When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 7 in 2016, it also announced that it had equipped the super-sized smartphone with an HDR display and that glorious movies would be streamed to your phone for enjoyment... >>

Lenovo Yoga 720 (13-inch) preview: Flexibility at your fingertips

Lenovo Yoga 720 (13-inch) preview: Flexibility at your fingertips

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When it comes to flexible, adaptable laptops Lenovo has really got its act together in its Yoga series. We thought the 11-inch Yoga 710 was a great little portable; the newer Yoga 720 ups the scale to a 13-inch sweetspot, while boosting power too. Is... >>

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

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Huawei has been pushing up the smartphone ranks in recent years. Its more recent devices have delivered premium build quality and great spec for a lower price than many competitors, making them a serious consideration.With the bigger-scale Mate 9 launch... >>

Huawei Watch 2 preview: Fitness first for smartwatch sequel

Huawei Watch 2 preview: Fitness first for smartwatch sequel

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When Huawei launched its original Watch in the UK it was in association with GQ, the men's lifestyle brand. The Chinese maker's desire to push its fashion-forward smartwatch to an image conscious crowd was clear. Thing is, the Watch, despite its glitzy... >>

Moto G5 Plus preview: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag

Moto G5 Plus preview: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag

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Not content with launching the best budget phone money can buy in the Moto G5, Motorola has also unveiled a G5 Plus version: a marginally larger, more powerful, svelter (and pricier) phone that's touching on mid-level ground at its £259 price point.With... >>

Moto G5 preview: The best budget phone, now dressed in a full metal jacket

Moto G5 preview: The best budget phone, now dressed in a full metal jacket

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The Moto G has long been the hero of affordable phones. In 2017, Motorola - now owned by Lenovo - is stepping things up a notch in the fifth-generation G model, the G5, without causing a greater dent in your wallet.Yep, not only is the G5 priced at the... >>

Huawei P10 preview: The lean, green photo machine

Huawei P10 preview: The lean, green photo machine

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It's not often a phone is revealed in a green colour finish. Or “greenery” to give it full credit. Which, as it so happens, is Pantone's colour of the year 2017. Huawei is oh so on trend.Not that offering a green finish is the Huawei P10's biggest... >>

Huawei P10 vs Huawei P10 Plus: What's the difference?

Huawei P10 vs Huawei P10 Plus: What's the difference?

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A new phone's in town: the Huawei P10. It comes in green, if you want. It also comes in a Plus-sized and more powerful model: the Huawei P10 Plus.So what, exactly, is the difference between these two models and which one will best suit your needs?Huawei... >>

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus focus on fancy colours, dual camera advancements

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus focus on fancy colours, dual camera advancements

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With many phones looking much the same these days, Huawei is going for a colourful unique selling point for this year's P-series flagships, the P10 and larger-scale P10 Plus. Yep, it's all about colour.The P10 and P10 Plus will arrive in one of eight... >>

Huawei Watch 2 official: Classic and Sport add Android Wear 2, GPS and fitness focus

Huawei Watch 2 official: Classic and Sport add Android Wear 2, GPS and fitness focus

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The original Huawei Watch looked like the real deal, but to wear we found it big, clunky and - despite its glitzy image - it just didn’t feel right.Enter the Huawei Watch 2 - in Classic and Sport forms - and the approach is a little different. There’s... >>

BlackBerry KeyOne preview: Fingerprint scanner and QWERTY keyboard for BB’s next flagship

BlackBerry KeyOne preview: Fingerprint scanner and QWERTY keyboard for BB’s next flagship

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Say hello to the next flagship BlackBerry phone, the KeyOne. Looks like a beaut, doesn't it? It was given a quick preview session via new parent company TCL (which owns Alcatel) at CES 2017 - and shown off in full at a launch party at MWC 2017.BlackBerry... >>

Orbitsound One P70 preview: The compact, affordable soundbar

Orbitsound One P70 preview: The compact, affordable soundbar

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British-based audio company Orbitsound has unveiled a new soundbar, the One P70. At its £299 price point it's very well positioned to undercut some of the big-boy competitiors and deliver TV-boosting sound.But that's not all the P70 can do, for it's... >>

For Honor review: The must-have multiplayer for 2017
4.0 stars

For Honor review: The must-have multiplayer for 2017

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Swordplay has long been a staple of videogames, but primarily on the PC: it's much easier to emulate fencing-type skills with a keyboard and mouse than a typical console gamepad.However, For Honor – a bold new mediaeval-style IP from Ubisoft that pitches... >>

Panasonic Lumix GX800 review: An affable, affordable entry-level mirrorless camera
4.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix GX800 review: An affable, affordable entry-level mirrorless camera

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We thought the era of Panasonic making palm-sized compact system cameras was over: the earlier GF7 model was the last sighting of small-scale, as the GF8 was skipped in the UK. But, as it turns out, that's not the Japanese camera maker's approach: the... >>

Huawei EMUI 5.0 tips and tricks: Take charge of your Mate 9, P9, Honor 8

Huawei EMUI 5.0 tips and tricks: Take charge of your Mate 9, P9, Honor 8

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Many have been quick to dismiss Huawei's latest mobile operating system, EMUI 5.0, as an less desirable rework of its Android Nougat base. It's because, by default, the system flings a lot of repeat alerts in your general direction in a bid to better... >>

Canon EOS 77D preview: Lucky 7s for the '80D lite'?

Canon EOS 77D preview: Lucky 7s for the '80D lite'?

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You've probably heard it time and again: "cameras are dying". Well, not according to Canon. The Japanese camera maker seems to be investing in a DSLR for every possible user, with the new EOS 77D fitting in beneath its 80D mid-ranger to carve out a new... >>

Canon EOS M6 preview: Canon's top-end mirrorless, minus the viewfinder

Canon EOS M6 preview: Canon's top-end mirrorless, minus the viewfinder

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The Canon take on the mirrorless camera market has been interesting (you can read that as generally disappointing): having lackadaisically introduced the sub-par M-series system in a bid to - and this is how we see it - avoid undercutting its own DSLR... >>

Canon EOS 800D preview: Mid-range made accessible

Canon EOS 800D preview: Mid-range made accessible

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Canon is bulking out its EOS range with a number of new DSLR models, the 800D taking on a more beginner role than its also-announced step-up 77D cousin.Between the two new models, certainly in terms of specification, there's not a great deal of difference.... >>

Canon EOS 77D and 800D expand mid-range EOS DSLR lineup

Canon EOS 77D and 800D expand mid-range EOS DSLR lineup

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If you're thinking of buying a feature-packed DSLR then chances are you'll be looking at a £1,000 piece of kit. Canon is looking to change that with the introduction of the EOS 77D and 800D cameras.If you're familiar with the Canon DSLR line-up you'll... >>

Canon EOS M6 is Canon’s new top viewfinder-free mirrorless camera

Canon EOS M6 is Canon’s new top viewfinder-free mirrorless camera

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Hot on the heels of the Canon EOS M5 - the mirrorless camera that, finally, put Canon in contention with some of its competition - the Japanese company has announced the EOS M6. It does away with the viewfinder (leaving a hotshoe in place for an accessory... >>

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

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Honor made a big song and dance about its 6X smartphone 'launch' at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Which was a bit odd for a phone that's been available in China since the later part of 2016. George Zhao, Honor CEO, took to the stage and spent far too... >>

Panasonic Lumix LX10 / LX15 review: The best high-end compact camera money can buy?
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix LX10 / LX15 review: The best high-end compact camera money can buy?

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It was only a handful of years back that Panasonic ruled the high-end yet pocketable compact camera market with its Lumix LX7. In the years since Sony has been the manufacturer to forge an enviable position at the top with its RX100 models. But now Panasonic... >>

Best compact system cameras 2017: The best mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

Best compact system cameras 2017: The best mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

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You're looking to buy a compact system camera (CSC) but don't know what to go for? Perhaps the term alone confounds: we've seen plenty of naming conventions being thrown around of late, from simple "mirrorless" through to terms such as "digital single... >>