Reviews & hands-on

  • Apps

    App of the day: Skype 4.0 review (Android)

    By 8 July 2013

    Some services are so heavily weaved into your work or social life that it's difficult to see a way around them. They become part of a binding system, the fabric that keeps your network together, be that friends or colleagues, for work or play. Skype is...

  • Apps

    APP OF THE DAY: GroupMe review (Android, iOS, BB and Windows Phone)

    By 31 January 2013

    Communication, communication. If there were a programme about the most successful mobile phone apps hosted by Kirsty and Phil on Channel 4, that would probably be what it was called. It’s the What’s Apps of this world, the Skypes and the BBMs that...

  • Televisions 3 out of 5

    Sony CMU-BR100 Skype camera and microphone unit review

    By 25 January 2013

    The sky's the limit with Skype. You needn't restrict the virtual face-to-face call system's use to a computer or mobile device - or perhaps you don't happen to own either - as many of the latest smart TVs have a Skype app built in. In tandem with the...

  • Cameras 4 out of 5

    Microsoft LifeCam Studio review

    By 24 January 2013

    A 1080p webcam sounds a little ridiculous doesn't it. But of course, webcams aren't just for video calls, they're for recording your thoughts to YouTube, presenting a video podcast or lip-syncing to Carly Rae Jepsen. They are, in fact, cheap camcorders...

  • Cameras 3 out of 5

    Logitech C270 webcam review

    By 23 January 2013

    Those of us in our thirties, and older, will remember how much it used to cost to buy something that could make video. And of course, those same people remember how hard it was to handle, edit and share that video. Now, for less than £20 you can have...

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Blue Microphones Tiki USB review

    By 22 January 2013

    Everything about the Tiki is interesting. It's got an interesting name - a Tiki is Polynesian wood carving, and a Māori word for the first man. It looks interesting, a little bit like some sort of high-tech snail, and most importantly it aims to liven...

  • Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Logitech TV Cam HD review

    By 21 January 2013

    Since the telephone first rose to prominence there has been chatter about the video phone. BT tried it years ago before there was even broadband - and before there was even ISDN - and it was always a flop. But it didn't fail because people didn't want...

  • Apps

    Hands-on: Skype for Windows 8 review

    By 22 October 2012

    With Windows 8 launching this week, it's inevitable that we'll start to see a lot more apps appear in the official app store. These apps will make use of the new tablet-friendly "modern" interface and are likely to be the key to Microsoft's success or...

  • Apps

    APP OF THE DAY: Skype for Windows Phone 7 beta review

    By 27 February 2012

    There are some apps that we consider core to the smartphone experience. Some that bring you a service, regardless of platform, that makes your life easier. Whether it be for work or play, Skype is one such app. Skype for Windows Phone 7 was one of the...

  • Phones

    Skype for Windows Phone 7 pictures and hands-on

    By 27 February 2012

    Over at MWC, in the city blessed with the best footballing side since Ian Bishop and Kevin Keen lined up in the West Ham midfield in the early 90s, Pocket-lint caught up with our pals from Skype who were keen to show off the brand spanking new Windows...

  • Phones

    Skype Freetalk Connect Me home phone pictures and hands-on

    By 29 November 2011

    Skype recently unleashed a couple of devices to get you all VoIPed up without even needing to turn on your PC; the Skype Freetalk Connect Me home phone adapter and the GE Digital Cordless Expandable Telephone with Skype. Starting with the adapter and...

  • Apps

    APP OF THE DAY - Skype (iPad)

    By 3 August 2011

    Skype decided to reveal itself, return to the app store, and the finally emerge triumphant following what the company called "premature release" (hehe). It is now here to stay, providing a 3G capable alternative to Apple's own FaceTime, complete with...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic DMP-BDT210 review

    By 19 May 2011

    After the online content hubs of last year, is the next big thing in Blu-ray players iPhone control? It seems a bit harsh on the squillions of Android phone owners, but Panasonic has fitted its latest high-end 3D Blu-ray deck with an iPhone app as well...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Sony KDL-32CX523 review

    By 3 May 2011

    Sony is back with one of its first offerings for 2011, and it’s a budget belter. Lacking any kind of upmarket panel tech, you’ll have to make do with regular LCD (no sign of any LED backlighting here), but elsewhere there are plenty of features to...

  • Online

    Jabra Extreme - For PC hands-on

    By 15 February 2011

    Jabra is currently in the process of unleashing a whole range of consumer VoIP-specific accessories onto the market, including a mass market version of its, previously, business-centric Speak 410 conference call-friendly speakerphone. But that still requires...