Archive for Mike Lowe

  • A week in reviews: 21 - 25 October

    A week in reviews: 21 - 25 October

    By 26 October 2013

    This week it's all about computing. Well, largely about computing. We've been treated to the second generation of Microsoft laptop-meets-tablet devices in the shape of the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2, the latter a head-to-head dead ringer against the...

  • Nokia Refocus: Adjust focus after shooting, but it's no Lytro

    Nokia Refocus: Adjust focus after shooting, but it's no Lytro

    By 22 October 2013

    Nokia continues to push its camera solution, with the introduction of Refocus - a forthcoming app as part of the Windows Phone 8 Lumia Black OS update - set to enable focus adjustment after taking a picture. The new camera option will be arriving on the...

  • Nokia Lumia 1520 first smartphone to offer raw file output

    Nokia Lumia 1520 first smartphone to offer raw file output

    By 22 October 2013

    Nokia is to roll out raw file output in its camera-focused Lumia smartphones, with the new Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet the first smartphone to introduce the universal DNG format to capture options. Wowzers. Pocket-lint is on hand at the Nokia World in Abu...

  • Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2: What's the difference?

    Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2: What's the difference?

    By 22 October 2013

    It's official: Nokia is dabbling in the world of tablets, with the announcement of the Lumia 2520. The Finnish company, due to be bought by Microsoft at the beginning of 2014, has stepped on board with the Windows 8.1 RT operating system, the same as...

  • Nokia Camera app introduced in Nokia Lumia 1520: Multiple shooting modes, maps integration, Storyteller and more

    Nokia Camera app introduced in Nokia Lumia 1520: Multiple shooting modes, maps integration, Storyteller and more

    By 22 October 2013

    Nokia has introduced the Nokia Camera app for Windows Phone 8, as introduced by the latest Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet. The new Camera app combines the existing Smart, Pro and Video modes as found in the Lumia 1020, all of which are easily accessible at...

  • Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite review
    4 out of 5

    Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite review

    By 21 October 2013

    Windows 8 is beginning to embed itself into the public knowledge and we're getting more and more used to the concept of touchscreen laptops. And that's the exact where the affordable, sub-£500 Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite fits in. Its name might sound like...

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review
    4 out of 5

    Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review

    By 21 October 2013

    The original Microsoft Surface Pro - the "is it a tablet, is it a laptop replacement, and will we argue about this forever?" device - was sort of great and sort of not all at once. It found itself jostling between techie genres, almost trying to establish...

  • A week in reviews: 12 - 18 October

    A week in reviews: 12 - 18 October

    By 19 October 2013

    Another week rolls on by and it's been busy, busy, busy. In addition to the announcement of the 10th Pocket-lint Awards, due to take place at the end of November, there have been all kinds of mighty products rolling in through the office. Top of the list...

  • Hands-on: Fujifilm XQ1 review

    Hands-on: Fujifilm XQ1 review

    By 18 October 2013

    Fujifilm continues to push into the more affordable, yet tech savvy market space with the introduction of its latest X-series camera, the XQ1. Think Fujifilm X20, then think smaller, and that's what we have here. It's Fujifilm gunning for a place in Canon...

  • Hands-on: Fujifilm X-E2 review

    Hands-on: Fujifilm X-E2 review

    By 18 October 2013

    Why hello there good lookin'. The Fujifilm X-E2, the compact system camera to succeed the earlier X-E1 model, may be a little older but it's lost none of that retro charm and visual appeal. That's clear from just taking one glance at this silver-topped...

  • Fujifilm XQ1 unveiled, the 'mini X20' compact camera that's gunning for Canon S120 space

    Fujifilm XQ1 unveiled, the 'mini X20' compact camera that's gunning for Canon S120 space

    By 18 October 2013

    Fujifilm is looking to close in on the competition with the announcement of its XQ1 compact camera. The model incorporates the same 2/3-inch sensor size as found in the much lauded Fujifilm X20, albeit on a considerably smaller scale. It's gunning for...

  • Fujifilm X-E2: Autofocus upgrade and X100S sensor spearhead CSC model's improvements

    Fujifilm X-E2: Autofocus upgrade and X100S sensor spearhead CSC model's improvements

    By 18 October 2013

    Fujifilm has announced its latest compact system camera, the X-E2, a model that brings with it a stack of updates to improve on the earlier X-E1 model. The latest X-E2 incorporates the same 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder as its predecessor,but is all...

  • Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GM1 review

    Hands-on: Panasonic Lumix GM1 review

    By 17 October 2013

    Is it a compact? Is it a compact system camera? The latest Panasonic Lumix GM1 is a camera that feels somewhere between the two. It's small and compact-like in form, yet its Micro Four Thirds mount means you can chop and change between different lenses....

  • Hands-on: Nikon D5300 review

    Hands-on: Nikon D5300 review

    By 17 October 2013

    There's a new DSLR in the Nikon range, the D5300, which slots into the line-up alongside the D5200 model. Pocket-lint was on hand to get a feel for the new DSLR at a Nikon pre-launch event. It was only eight months ago that we saw the final D5200 model,...

  • Nikon D5300 DSLR is all about connectivity: Wi-Fi and GPS on board, new processor and more

    Nikon D5300 DSLR is all about connectivity: Wi-Fi and GPS on board, new processor and more

    By 17 October 2013

    Nikon has unveiled another model in its mid-level DSLR line, the D5300. It's hot on the heels of the earlier D5200 model, but this isn't a replacement: it's more like a subtle upgrade with its focus on built-in sharing functionality, along with some other...

  • Hands-on: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 review

    Hands-on: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 review

    By 16 October 2013

    Everyone loves a superzoom. And Sony has gone and taken the category up a notch with a model that looks more akin to a DSLR with a fixed lens: the Cyber-shot RX10. At a Sony launch event in London's City Hall, Pocket-lint got to handle this bridge camera...

  • Sony Alpha A7R hands-on: We test out the 36-megapixel full-frame system camera

    Sony Alpha A7R hands-on: We test out the 36-megapixel full-frame system camera

    By 16 October 2013

    Not content with launching one full-frame compact system camera, Sony has gone and launched two. The Sony Alpha A7R joins the A7 model, but offers a significant push in resolution. That sensor houses 36 million pixels. Wowzers. But that's not all, the...

  • Hands-on: Sony Alpha A7 review

    Hands-on: Sony Alpha A7 review

    By 16 October 2013

    The NEX is dead. That's right, the new Sony Alpha A7 compact system camera represents Sony's decision to push the Alpha brand forward. And it does so in style. The key feature of the A7 is that it has a full-frame sensor yet compact body, the likes of...

  • Thief gameplay preview: We steal, shoot and lockpick our way through early play of the 2014 title

    Thief gameplay preview: We steal, shoot and lockpick our way through early play of the 2014 title

    By 15 October 2013

    Thief is set to land on consoles in the first quarter of 2014, almost a full decade after the last title in the series surfaced. Pocket-lint got to play some sections of a pre-release version of the game on Xbox One to see whether it's been worth the...

  • Nintendo 2DS review
    3.5 out of 5

    Nintendo 2DS review

    By 14 October 2013

    Nintendo is making moves to remain relevant in the shifting landscape of handheld gaming. That is, to some degree, what the Nintendo 2DS handheld console is all about. Because this handheld is something of an oddity. Why? The clue's in the number of the...

  • Divoom OnBeat 500 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Divoom OnBeat 500 review

    By 13 October 2013

    Bluetooth speakers are spilling out of every corner of every manufacturer at the moment and we're seeing swathes of new names surfacing too. Divoom is one of those names that you might not immediately familiar with, and that might put a question mark...

  • A week in reviews: 7 - 11 October

    A week in reviews: 7 - 11 October

    By 12 October 2013

    Varied. That's the word to best describe the mixture of tech goodness that we bring you this week. October has landed in style, and the trickle of gaming is starting to burst its banks into a torrent of wonderfulness. The first heavyweight title ahead...

  • Canon PowerShot S120 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Canon PowerShot S120 review

    By 10 October 2013

    Canon has a knack for making great compact cameras. The PowerShot S120, the replacement of last year's S110 model, might not reinvent the wheel, but it certainly get things turning faster in the pocketable high-end compact market. And if that's what you're...

  • How to play through Beyond: Two Souls with a smartphone, no PS3 controller required

    How to play through Beyond: Two Souls with a smartphone, no PS3 controller required

    By 9 October 2013

    Here's a fun thing. Rather than using a PS3 controller to play through Beyond: Two Souls you can instead use an Android or iOS device and control the game wirelessly. That's right: no need for the controller. We've been plugging our way through the Quantic...

  • AKG K812 hands-on, we sample the £1,000 professional studio monitor headphones

    AKG K812 hands-on, we sample the £1,000 professional studio monitor headphones

    By 9 October 2013

    Sometimes we get asked to do the strangest yet most exciting of things here at Pocket-lint. So when we were invited down to Red Bull Studios in London to check out AKG's latest top-spec studio monitoring headphones we couldn't resist. Enter the AKG K812....