Reviews & hands-on

  • Phones 4 out of 5

    Windows Phone 8.1 review

    By 18 April 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 is (sort of) here and it's a much needed boost to the Microsoft operating system. Better presentation, more personalisation, the voice assist Cortana, quick actions and notifications via Action Center and a number of other tweaks throughout....

  • Laptops

    Hands-on: Windows 8.1 Update review

    By 8 April 2014

    Microsoft has released its first major update for Windows 8.1 as promised and Pocket-lint has installed it on a desktop PC to see exactly what the more significant changes do. And we can start by saying that it's a hark back to Vista. The software giant...

  • Phones

    Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 630/635 review

    By 3 April 2014

    The Nokia Lumia 630 and the Nokia Lumia 635 are new devices to the Lumia family, amongst the first trio to launch with Windows Phone 8.1. Launched alongside the premium Lumia 930, this brace of handsets sit at the opposite end of the spectrum. They are...

  • Phones

    Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 930 review

    By 3 April 2014

    The Nokia Lumia 930 is a new flagship Windows Phone handset. Announced at Microsoft's Build 2014 conference, and available in June in the UK, the Lumia 930 is a global variation of the Lumia Icon, which launched on Verizon in the US recently. There's...

  • Apps

    Bubbli iOS app lets you create and share a spherical photo bubble with sound

    By 1 April 2014

    Bubbli is a photo app with panoramic-like shooting features. It has debuted at time when the market is already brimming with stiff competition from the likes of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple. But Pocket-lint has decided to give Bubbli a whirl...

  • Apps

    Hands-on: Microsoft Office for iPad apps review‏

    By 27 March 2014

    Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad at a San Francisco-based event on 27 March, with Satya Nadella, the company's new chief executive, leading the helm. The mobile software's long-awaited debut follows years of leaks, and even some adamant denials from...

  • Gaming

    Xbox One Titanfall controller pictures and hands-on

    By 14 March 2014

    Titanfall has been one of the most eagerly anticipated titles for the Xbox One, launching on 11 March in the US and 14 March in Europe. To commemorate the launch, Respawn Entertainment and EA teamed up with Microsoft to produce a special limited edition...

  • Gaming

    Titanfall preview: First play of Beta - Attrition, Hardpoint and Last Titan Standing modes (video)

    By 12 February 2014

    Behold the game of 2014. Titanfall has been lauded by eager praise ever since its non-playable debut during the E3 trade show last June. And with each public outing since, the admiration has grown ever larger by those who have been lucky enough to...

  • Tablets 4 out of 5

    Acer Iconia W4 review

    By 11 February 2014

    The Acer Iconia W4 is the company's latest stab at a Windows 8 tablet. It's a step up from the earlier W3 model thanks to Intel Bay Trail Atom processor innards and a higher resolution 8.1-inch display. That's Windows 8.1 in an 8.1-inch tablet - it sounds...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Zoo Tycoon review

    By 5 December 2013

    Of all the launch games for the new Xbox One, Zoo Tycoon is perhaps the most surprising. It's a game that screams "family friendly" in a way that the usual line-up of racing and killing games don't. And it's as much a statement of Microsoft's intent as...

  • Gaming 3.5 out of 5

    Ryse: Son of Rome review

    By 27 November 2013

    The face of the Xbox One launch was divided between McLaren's utterly modern P1 supercar in Forza Motorsport 5 and that of the Roman Empire, as found in Ryse: Son of Rome. As an Xbox One launch title lots hangs on Ryse to represent Microsoft's latest...

  • Tablets 4 out of 5

    Nokia Lumia 2520 review

    By 26 November 2013

    Let's get something out of the way before you get too deep into this review: the Nokia Lumia 2520 is Nokia's first Windows RT 8.1 tablet. While that's all fine and dandy, you must realise it competes directly with the Surface 2, the tablet-laptop combo...

  • Gaming

    Xbox One Day One Edition pictures and hands-on

    By 21 November 2013

    Launch day is almost here, and we've managed to bag a Day One Edition Xbox so those of you who have ordered it, or not, can see what you get in the special limited-edition box.  The console is identical, and the box, which you'll no doubt chuck in the...

  • Apps

    Xbox One SmartGlass explored: Smartphone console control

    By 21 November 2013

    SmartGlass is the Xbox's companion app, linking up with your console and bringing some of the experience to your smartphone or tablet. SmartGlass was first announced at E3 2012 and made its debut on the Xbox 360. SmartGlass for Xbox One is a separate...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Dead Rising 3 review

    By 21 November 2013

    Capcom’s Dead Rising series has become a benchmark for Microsoft’s gaming hardware. When the original was released in 2006, it was the first Xbox 360 game that was truly "next-gen" - its shambling zombie hordes just wouldn’t have been technically...