Archive for Mike Lowe

  • Dell announces world's thinnest tablet: The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series is just 6mm thick

    Dell announces world's thinnest tablet: The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series is just 6mm thick

    By 9 September 2014

    Dell chose the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco to unveil what it's calling the world's thinnest tablet: the Dell Venue 8 7000 Series. The company certainly chose its moment. With Apple unveiling its iPhone 6 at the same time over in Cupertino,...

  • Hands-on: Asus EeeBook X205 review

    Hands-on: Asus EeeBook X205 review

    By 7 September 2014

    Budget laptops are ruling laptop volume sales at the moment, thanks to Chromebook, and that's been enough to make Asus take note. The company's new EeeBook X205 is a reimagination of the 2007 Eee PC in a refreshed format, some seven years on. If you're...

  • A week in reviews 1 - 5 September: Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z3, Asus ZenWatch and more

    A week in reviews 1 - 5 September: Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z3, Asus ZenWatch and more

    By 6 September 2014

    It's a week like no other in the calendar year; the week when the IFA trade show sees tech companies and media alike descend on Berlin. And this year it was a big one from a smartphone perspective, with Samsung, Sony, Motorola and Nokia each revealing...

  • Hands-on: Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition review

    Hands-on: Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition review

    By 4 September 2014

    Huawei might not be the first name that pops into many people's heads when they think of phone manufacturers, but the Chinese brand has been gaining speed in the phone market. Its recent Ascend P7 smartphone did a pretty good job of positioning itself...

  • Hands-on: Asus ZenBook UX305 review

    Hands-on: Asus ZenBook UX305 review

    By 4 September 2014

    As laptop makers eye up the future of the market, there's been a divide between the high-end and the affordable budget ranges that has seen the middle section squeezed in different ways. Those laptops near but in excess of £1,000 aren't selling like...

  • Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition official: Sapphire glass front in high-end flagship rework

    Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition official: Sapphire glass front in high-end flagship rework

    By 4 September 2014

    Huawei has confirmed its special edition Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Editionat its IFA 2014 trade show press conference. It's the company's bid to dress up its top-spec phone with tougher and more attractive materials. We're almost used to seeing smashed...

  • Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 upgrades over-ear cans with top-spec drivers, C5 S2 in-ears also available

    Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 upgrades over-ear cans with top-spec drivers, C5 S2 in-ears also available

    By 4 September 2014

    Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 is the update to one of our favourite over-ear headphones in recent years. Adding new drivers based on those found in the top-spec P7 series, the P5 S2 promises big sound from its small scale. These drivers are described by...

  • Panasonic unveils new rugged tablets for business: Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 cater for Windows and Android markets

    Panasonic unveils new rugged tablets for business: Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 cater for Windows and Android markets

    By 4 September 2014

    Panasonic has unveiled its latest business tablets at IFA 2014: the Toughpad FZ-E1 and the Toughpad FZ-X1. Running on Windows 8 and Android platforms respectively, the FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 cater for a wide market - although it's not a product you'll find in...

  • Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

    Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

    By 3 September 2014

    Big phones are a big deal these days, and Samsung has just unveiled its next big-deal instalment in the Note series: the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Pocket-lint handled the new phablet ahead of its official unveil at Samsung Unpacked in Berlin - and boy oh...

  • Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The Note 4 with curved screen edge in surprise Unpacked unveil

    Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: The Note 4 with curved screen edge in surprise Unpacked unveil

    By 3 September 2014

    The big news from Samsung Unpacked 2014 in Berlin is the flagship Galaxy Note 4. But with that came a bit of a surprise: the curved-edge Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The Note Edge isn't a curved phone in the same sense as the Samsung Galaxy Round or the...

  • Hands-on: Samsung Gear S review

    Hands-on: Samsung Gear S review

    By 3 September 2014

    Samsung isn’t shy of releasing a smartwatch or two. Indeed it’s been putting them to market by the bucket load, but in so doing the company has been slowly refining its wearable offerings. The latest Gear S, which was already unveiled ahead of Samsung...

  • Hands-on: Samsung Gear VR review: Immersive headset requires a Galaxy Note 4 to function

    Hands-on: Samsung Gear VR review: Immersive headset requires a Galaxy Note 4 to function

    By 3 September 2014

    The Samsung Gear VR is not like other virtual reality headsets. Unlike Oculus Rift or Sony Morpheus, the Gear VR doesn't come with any display built-in - instead you'll need to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to pop into the front of the headset for the immersive...

  • Nokia Lumia 930 review
    4.5 out of 5

    Nokia Lumia 930 review

    By 3 September 2014

    Since Microsoft acquired Nokia's phone hardware business there's been some confusion about where things go from here. Take the Lumia 930, the top-spec Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone that we've been reviewing for the last few days: Microsoft has left the...

  • A week in reviews: 25 - 29 August

    A week in reviews: 25 - 29 August

    By 30 August 2014

    As September looms, that means the IFA trade show is incoming, so keep eyes on the site next week for all the latest coverage. We expect big things from Samsung, Sony and the usual suspects. But as we wrap up the month of August, we've got a spread of...

  • Hands-on: Olympus Pen E-PL7 review

    Hands-on: Olympus Pen E-PL7 review

    By 28 August 2014

    Your eyes do not deceive you: the Olympus Pen E-PL7 has an LCD screen that can be angled to sit beneath the camera. That makes it the apparent perfect selfie machine, giving it a key sell that few other compact system cameras can offer. But otherwise...

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review
    4 out of 5

    Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review

    By 28 August 2014

    Microsoft Surface is one of those products lines that's neither quite here nor there. But the Surface Pro 3 looks to change that, by refreshing the range in a new, larger 12-inch model that Microsoft has referred to as a "laptop killer". Cleaner cut marketing...

  • Samsung Level Over headphones review
    3.5 out of 5

    Samsung Level Over headphones review

    By 27 August 2014

    Headphones are everywhere right now, from established brand names to apparent armies of newcomers busying the market. So when a big name like Samsung releases a new flagship series of headphones boasting "superior HD organic sound" - whatever that means...

  • Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini review
    4 out of 5

    Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini review

    By 25 August 2014

    Budget smartphones are becoming increasingly popular, with a number of capable but affordable choices on the market. Such demand has prompted us to pluck the months-old Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini out of its box a year after its initial announcement. Priced...

  • A week in reviews: 18 - 22 August

    A week in reviews: 18 - 22 August

    By 23 August 2014

    It's an eclectic week of wonders here on Pocket-lint, headed up by our review of the Plug-in Hybrid Volvo V60. At over £50k does it make sense in the UK yet, or is there still much work to be done before the concept of electric can really take off? Elsewhere...

  • Creative Sound Blaster Roar review
    5 out of 5

    Creative Sound Blaster Roar review

    By 21 August 2014

    Creative is one of those companies that doesn't muck around trying to be a super-cool Beats or new-wave trendy Bluetooth speaker company. It relies on what it knows best: delivering quality sound. The Creative Sound Blaster Roar may look small and just...

  • A week in reviews: 11 - 15 August

    A week in reviews: 11 - 15 August

    By 16 August 2014

    Ahead of the Surface Pro 3 release date on 28 August here in Blighty, we've got the full ins and outs of the latest laptop-meets-tablet. Is it the "laptop killer" it claims to be or at 12-inches is it too big to tick the successful tablet box? Next up...

  • Philips 7800 Series 55-inch 4K TV review
    3.5 out of 5

    Philips 7800 Series 55-inch 4K TV review

    By 12 August 2014

    We knew that the price of 4K TVs would continue to drop, but the Philips 55PUS7089 makes it look like the market has crashed in through the roof. A 55-inch Ultra-HD telly for under £1,500 sounds like a right bargain - one that's perhaps too good to be...

  • A week in reviews: 4 - 8 August

    A week in reviews: 4 - 8 August

    By 9 August 2014

    It's been a busy week as Pocket-lint wraps up its first week covering the connected home. The Internet of Things (IoT) means we'll see increasing numbers of products available designed to make the home smarter. This week we've reviewed automated lighting...

  • Experiencing the ultimate Bowers & Wilkins sound system - but you won't find it in any home

    Experiencing the ultimate Bowers & Wilkins sound system - but you won't find it in any home

    By 6 August 2014

    Think of festivals and a mix of mud-caked wellies and lukewarm cider tends to spring to mind. That and the music of course: but it's usually a mix of body-shaking bass bins and enough excess top-end output to carve away another couple of years of hearing...

  • iKettle: The Wi-Fi kettle review
    3 out of 5

    iKettle: The Wi-Fi kettle review

    By 4 August 2014

    Picture it: a lazy weekend morning in bed and all you want is a brew but can't be bothered to get and out of bed to boil the kettle. Now there's a solution: a Wi-Fi stainless steel kettle that can sync with your smartphone, aptly named the iKettle. Despite...