Archive for Mike Lowe

  • Fujifilm FinePix XP70: Splish splash with waterproof Wi-Fi compact camera

    Fujifilm FinePix XP70: Splish splash with waterproof Wi-Fi compact camera

    By 6 January 2014

    Fujifilm has got the waterproof compact camera market fairly sewn up because of its affordable price point. Year after year it releases an additional model in the XP-series, and in 2014 that brings us to the FinePix XP70. It's waterproof, it's got Wi-Fi...

  • Acer Iconia B1-720 (2014) pictures and hands-on

    Acer Iconia B1-720 (2014) pictures and hands-on

    By 5 January 2014

    Budget tablets made a lot of headway in 2013 as entry-level products began to offer elegant solutions without breaking the bank. The Acer Iconia B1 was one such tablet, replaced in 2014 by the latest B1-720. And we've been giving one a whirl ahead of...

  • Acer Iconia A1-830 (2014) pictures and hands-on

    Acer Iconia A1-830 (2014) pictures and hands-on

    By 4 January 2014

    Acer has updated its A1 tablet with a new version for 2014, the A1-830. It's a subtle upgrade compared to its predecessor, but there are new features that make for a decent and affordable 7.9-inch tablet. First and foremost the build is now metal, with...

  • Acer Iconia W4 pictures and hands-on

    Acer Iconia W4 pictures and hands-on

    By 4 January 2014

    Announced at the tail-end of 2013, the Acer Iconia W4 is the company's latest Windows 8 tablet. Using the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 as a platform to officially launch the product - it will be available later this month, replacing the W3 - we got...

  • Hands-on: Acer Liquid Z5 review

    Hands-on: Acer Liquid Z5 review

    By 4 January 2014

    Acer has used the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 to position itself in the budget smartphone wars. Its unveiling of the Liquid Z5, priced at €169 (£140), sounds like a hot contender for the Motorola Moto G in terms of price. But can the Acer's relatively...

  • Hands-on: Acer Chromebook C720P review

    Hands-on: Acer Chromebook C720P review

    By 4 January 2014

    We're not the biggest Chromebook fans here at Pocket-lint, but they've been going down a storm with the public eager to snap up these affordable Google-OS-based machines. And Acer has stepped up to the plate and introduced the first affordable touchscreen...

  • CES 2014: We're here

    CES 2014: We're here

    By 4 January 2014

    It's that time of year once again when Pocket-lint descends on sunny Las Vegas to attend the world's largest consumer electronics show: CES 2014. Cameras at the ready, stacks of press conferences lined up, and with our usual tech-loving enthusiasm raring...

  • A week in reviews: 30 December - 3 January

    A week in reviews: 30 December - 3 January

    By 4 January 2014

    As we roll back into the office - literally, after too many Christmas mince pies - the year has ticked over into the big 2014. And it's been a busy week of gadget reviewing just ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 which kicks off in just a couple...

  • Philips 65PFL9708 9000 Series 4K TV review
    5 out of 5

    Philips 65PFL9708 9000 Series 4K TV review

    By 3 January 2014

    If you’re contemplating a 4K television to dominate your living room then there are a number of options out there. The Philips offering, found in its 65-inch PFL9708 form, offers a distinct point of difference: ambilight technology. Ambilight introduces...

  • Alleged Snapchat database leak sees 4.6 million user's numbers available online

    Alleged Snapchat database leak sees 4.6 million user's numbers available online

    By 1 January 2014

    Mere hours into 2014 and Snapchat is the next big tech company to have its users' security breached. The website SnapchatDB! has appeared online, offering over 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers for download. SnapchatDB! claims this is...

  • Nikon Df review
    4 out of 5

    Nikon Df review

    By 1 January 2014

    Looking back to move forward - that’s what the Nikon Df is all about. This retro style DSLR marries the classic Nikon SLR style of years gone by with much of the Japanese company’s modern tech. It’s the only Nikon DSLR capable of supporting current...

  • Gear of the Year 2013: The Pocket-lint team's favourite tech gadgets of the year

    Gear of the Year 2013: The Pocket-lint team's favourite tech gadgets of the year

    By 31 December 2013

    It's been a rollercoaster ride through the world of tech in 2013. The promise of wearable tech seems to have all but worn off - pun intended - and we're at the advent of Ultra HD 4K content and devices becoming mainstream. Or supposedly. The chatter of...

  • Asus Transformer Pad TF701T review
    4.5 out of 5

    Asus Transformer Pad TF701T review

    By 30 December 2013

    Is it a laptop? Is it a tablet? The Asus Transformer Pad TF701 straddles the divide between the two forms, marrying together an Android tablet and keyboard dock into the one affordable device. The TF701’s 10.1-inch screen delivers a whopping 2,560 x...

  • A week in reviews: 23 - 27 December

    A week in reviews: 23 - 27 December

    By 28 December 2013

    This week has been more reserved in the Pocket-lint offices. We blame the port. And the mince pies. What with it being Christmas, we've taken the liberty of hanging up our boots for a couple of days this week and focused instead on eating, drinking and...

  • A week in reviews: 16 - 20 December

    A week in reviews: 16 - 20 December

    By 21 December 2013

    Panic! It's the eve of the week before Christmas and there are plenty of stocking fillers to buy. Which is why this week's reviews have varied from toys to cameras and the rather lovely Kindle Paperwhite. So, go on, fill yer boots. We've been playing...

  • Libratone Loop review
    4 out of 5

    Libratone Loop review

    By 20 December 2013

    We’ve had something of a love-hate relationship with the Libratone Loop. This circular-fronted speaker has a distinctive, quirky design and - even though we’ve ended up with the grey finish for review instead of one of the more exciting colour options...

  • Fujifilm XQ1 review
    4 out of 5

    Fujifilm XQ1 review

    By 19 December 2013

    When we first saw the Fujifilm XQ1 we were rather excited. This dinky, pocketable compact promised a good slice of the greatness that its big brother X20 model offers, albeit in a smaller package that ought to bring a yet wider appeal. One look at the...

  • Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review
    5 out of 5

    Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review

    By 17 December 2013

    To the avid - and aged - gamer, slotting Zelda: A Link Between Worlds into a 3DS is a bit like getting into a time machine and spinning the clock back 20 years. Because, on the face of it, the latest Zelda feels exactly like the early 90s Zelda title...

  • Hands-on: Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 review

    Hands-on: Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 review

    By 16 December 2013

    Bluetooth speakers are all the rage, but if you’re looking for a slice of audio product hot stuff to adorn your bookshelf or desk then British manufacturer Bayan Audio might have just the ticket in the Soundbook X3. The name is a clue to the product’s...

  • Panasonic Lumix FZ72 review
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix FZ72 review

    By 16 December 2013

    The Lumix FZ72 - or the FZ70 as it’s known outside of Europe - is Panasonic’s answer to the superzoom that truly earns its super dues. With a top-end zoom of 1200mm equivalent it's the embodiment of a "do it all" zoom lens that can also cater for...

  • A week in reviews: 9 - 13 December

    A week in reviews: 9 - 13 December

    By 14 December 2013

    The Christmas countdown is on and there's tech aplenty on the approach too. What will Santa put under the tree this year? Perhaps it'll be the rather lovely 8-inch LG G Pad tablet. Or, if there's a bit more cash in the kitty and you're off on a new year's...

  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (iPhone & iPad) review
    4 out of 5

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (iPhone & iPad) review

    By 13 December 2013

    On the memories. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was the 2004 classic that kept students from lectures, parents from work and players the world over hours-deep into gun-toting and generally mad cap antics. The era of PlayStation 2 may be over - but San...

  • Sony Alpha A7R review
    4 out of 5

    Sony Alpha A7R review

    By 10 December 2013

    The Sony Alpha A7R is a specialist camera if we ever saw one. Visually it looks nigh-on identical to the Alpha A7 - the other full-frame compact system camera released alongside this one - but it’s that capital "R", which we’ll call "resolution",...

  • GoPro HD Hero3+ Black Edition review
    4 out of 5

    GoPro HD Hero3+ Black Edition review

    By 9 December 2013

    Just over a year ago GoPro unveiled the Hero3, a dinky mountable camcorder-like device that - and just like its earlier Hero models - made waves among its users. But as if that wasn’t good enough, the company has refreshed the model in the form of the...

  • A week in reviews: 2 - 6 December

    A week in reviews: 2 - 6 December

    By 7 December 2013

    As we roll into December there’s a sense of looming Christmas cheer. Awards season is over, next-gen consoles are on the shelves - well, sort of, their stock has been emptied and they’re hard to get hold of - and we’ve spent the week tying up various...