Archive for Mike Lowe

  • Olloclip 2x telephoto lens with polarising filter, we test out the Apple iPhone add-on

    Olloclip 2x telephoto lens with polarising filter, we test out the Apple iPhone add-on

    By 6 September 2013

    The Olloclip three-in-one detachable iPhone lens is a gadget we've used and love. Now the company is pushing out its 2x telephoto lens to effectively double an iPhone's focal length and wave goodbye to horrid digital zoom. That means those further away...

  • Philips M1X-DJ sound system, we go in the mix with the Armin Van Buuren all-in-one

    Philips M1X-DJ sound system, we go in the mix with the Armin Van Buuren all-in-one

    By 6 September 2013

    DJ gear is a big deal. There was a point when turntables were outselling guitars. But in the digital age it's all changed. Rarely do vinyl records grace the platters and digital apps are taking over. Seeing its potential market, Philips has teamed up...

  • Asus Zenbook UX301 hands-on, Gorilla Glass-topped laptop is a stunner

    Asus Zenbook UX301 hands-on, Gorilla Glass-topped laptop is a stunner

    By 6 September 2013

    With so many laptops on the market it takes something special to impress us. And that's exactly what the Asus Zenbook UX301 did at the IFA electronics show when we popped in to Asus' tranquil off-site showroom. The 13.3-inch stunner is slim and the topped...

  • Philips 65PFL9708 TV eyes-on: 4K is here and it looks stunning with Ambilight

    Philips 65PFL9708 TV eyes-on: 4K is here and it looks stunning with Ambilight

    By 5 September 2013

    We knew that a Philips 4K television was on the way, but the company has been somewhat coy when it's come to the details. Wait no longer, as the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin was used as the platform to show off the latest 65-inch PFL9708. Philips...

  • Philips Hue now compatible with Ambilight televisions: We go hands-on with 'surround illumination'

    Philips Hue now compatible with Ambilight televisions: We go hands-on with 'surround illumination'

    By 5 September 2013

    We're already big fans of Philips Hue and now it's also compatible with Philips Ambilight televisions. Pocket-lint experimented with the expanded Hue app on the Philip's stand at this year's IFA electronics show to see what the update is all about. Any...

  • Sony Bravia S990A 65-inch Curved LED TV pictures and eyes-on

    Sony Bravia S990A 65-inch Curved LED TV pictures and eyes-on

    By 5 September 2013

    Sony might be accused of following the flock with the announcement of its Bravia S990A curved television, but this 65-inch giant isn't OLED like its LG and Samsung rivals - it's LED. Well, it sort of is and sort of isn't. Technically it's LCD with LED...

  • Samsung Galaxy Gear unveiled, a shot in the arm for the smartwatch market

    Samsung Galaxy Gear unveiled, a shot in the arm for the smartwatch market

    By 4 September 2013

    It's official - the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been revealed on stage at the company's Unpacked event on the eve of the IFA trade show in Berlin. It's the Korean giant's attempt at putting a shot in the arm of the smartwatch market and it's all-aboard...

  • Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip PC makes IFA debut: We go hands-on with the laptop-meets-tablet

    Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip PC makes IFA debut: We go hands-on with the laptop-meets-tablet

    By 4 September 2013

    Taking a different stance on the touchscreen laptop-meets-tablet, Sony unveiled the Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip PC at this year's IFA trade show in Berlin. We had a play around with the multi-function device to see if it's a fit and fancy as it claims to...

  • Oppo N1 flagship smartphone teaser-trailer: All signs point to camera-centric handset

    Oppo N1 flagship smartphone teaser-trailer: All signs point to camera-centric handset

    By 2 September 2013

    Chinese tech company Oppo has lifted the lid on its first teaser-trailer for the Oppo N1 flagship smartphone, due to be revealed in full on 23 September. The company, well known for its Blu-ray and upscaling DVD players, is fairly new to the smartphone...

  • Canon EOS 70D review
    5 out of 5

    Canon EOS 70D review

    By 2 September 2013

    At first glance the Canon EOS 70D may look like just another DSLR. But it's oh so much more than that: the 70D wages all-out war against not only the rest of the mid-level DSLR market, but also has the technology to take on mirrorless models - often called...

  • Canon EOS 70D: The first sample images

    Canon EOS 70D: The first sample images

    By 31 August 2013

    Mid-way through our Canon EOS 70D review process we thought it only fair to share a bunch of lovely snaps that we've taken with this rather special mid-level camera. Well, we say mid-level, but in use the 70D feels far more heavyweight in its delivery:...

  • A week in reviews: 26 - 30 August

    A week in reviews: 26 - 30 August

    By 31 August 2013

    The final Bank Holiday of the summer is behind us, the sun setting earlier each day, and September is just about to begin. But on the cusp of summer's end we've tested so much cool tech this week that you'll have that summery smile back on your face in...

  • Sennheiser IE 800 in-ear headphones review
    4 out of 5

    Sennheiser IE 800 in-ear headphones review

    By 30 August 2013

    Say hello to the Sennheiser IE 800 in-ear headphones. Now wave goodbye to £600 or, for our American friends, $1000. You may need to re-read the above sentence. These audiophile-aimed in-ear monitors (IEMs) command a sensational price tag and tout themselves...

  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist review
    3.5 out of 5

    Splinter Cell: Blacklist review

    By 27 August 2013

    From the moment the disc was sucked into our PS3 console, Splinter Cell: Blacklist did its damnedest to keep us enshrouded in the on-screen action. But far from the promise of a stealth title, Blacklist intros with the rip-roar of guns blazing in a US...

  • Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base: Beef up your TV's audio with this under-unit all-in-one sub and soundbar

    Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base: Beef up your TV's audio with this under-unit all-in-one sub and soundbar

    By 26 August 2013

    The Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base is an all-in-one sub meets soundbar unit designed to sit underneath the television. Even small and medium-sized screens can now deliver bigger audio without the need for a standalone, space-eating subwoofer. Following...

  • A week in reviews: 18 - 23 August

    A week in reviews: 18 - 23 August

    By 24 August 2013

    Cars, custom phones, tablets: it's never a dull week here at Pocket-lint and this week we've got an eclectic mix of gadgets for your eager eyes to digest. It's 50 years since Porsche put the 911 out to the world, a car that remains an icon right through...

  • Into 'Oblivion': DJI Phantom drone test flight over Iceland's black sand desert

    Into 'Oblivion': DJI Phantom drone test flight over Iceland's black sand desert

    By 23 August 2013

    Sometimes we get asked to do the craziest of things. Crazy in the most brilliant of ways. So when a phone call came through inviting us to visit Iceland to explore shooting locations from the Joseph Kosinski movie Oblivion - starring Mr Top Gun himself,...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 review

    By 22 August 2013

    Compact tablets are all the rage in 2013. Far from being "dead on arrival" as the late Apple boss Steve Jobs once declared, the 7-inch tablet market is thriving. And while that's the size-space that Samsung has typically occupied with its earlier Tab...

  • Canon PowerShot G16 announced: Faster AF, Digic 6 processor, intros Wi-Fi and new sensor

    Canon PowerShot G16 announced: Faster AF, Digic 6 processor, intros Wi-Fi and new sensor

    By 22 August 2013

    The introduction of the Canon PowerShot G16 brings the powerful compact camera range up to date by introducing Wi-Fi, upgrading to the latest Digic 6 processor and tweaking the autofocus for a faster response compared to its G15 predecessor. In a world...

  • Nikon Coolpix S9500 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Nikon Coolpix S9500 review

    By 20 August 2013

    The Nikon Coolpix S9500 fits into that smartphone-won't-cut-it bracket: its 22x optical zoom lens not only means wide-angle shots can be captured, but those far away subjects are also well within reach. It's a straightforward point-and-shoot model that...

  • A week in reviews: 12 - 16 August

    A week in reviews: 12 - 16 August

    By 17 August 2013

    It's been a mad week - by which we mean a mad-fun week, chock-full of review products from many corners of tech. From visiting Iceland to explore the landscape in which Joseph Kosinski's movie Oblivion was shot - with a Fujifilm X-M1 in tow, no less...

  • Fujifilm X-M1 review
    4 out of 5

    Fujifilm X-M1 review

    By 16 August 2013

    The X-M1 is something of a departure for Fujifilm. Despite bearing the "X" name this compact system camera (CSC) seems to have abandoned the retro style and dial-laden designs of its bigger X-E1 and X-Pro1 models. It may sound more B-movie than blockbuster,...

  • Panasonic Lumix GX7 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic Lumix GX7 review

    By 15 August 2013

    The Panasonic Lumix GX7 immediately took up the "most wanted" position in our desirable compact system cameras list when it was announced earlier this year. How's that for hype? But it's hype with reason: the GX7 comes complete with a brand new Micro...

  • Plants vs Zombies 2 review
    5 out of 5

    Plants vs Zombies 2 review

    By 15 August 2013

    Plants vs Zombies is one of the most popular gaming apps ever released. And for good reason: it's so good that you'll want to eat your own brain. Popcap, the title's developer, has been gobbled up by publishing giant EA since the original game's app-format...

  • A week in reviews: 5 - 9 August

    A week in reviews: 5 - 9 August

    By 10 August 2013

    This week we've been banging out the tunes via Beats' latest Studio headphones while taking a look at some top-spec camera kit. But it's also the week that we bring you the verdict on the Motorola Moto X. The all-American and, indeed, America-only smartphone...