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PUBG Mobile tips and tricks: Become a battle royale master

PUBG Mobile tips and tricks: Become a battle royale master

By Chris Hall

Everyone is talking about battle royale games at the moment and there are two which are really hitting the headlines: Drake's favourite Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown's Battleground. Both recently came to mobile, offering their brand of battle... Read more

HTC U12+ specs, release date and news: Everything you need to know

HTC U12+ specs, release date and news: Everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

HTC is preparing to launch its latest flagship smartphone, biding its time and avoiding launching direct against companies like Samsung and Sony MobileHTC revealed the HTC U11 early in 2017, but then launched the HTC U11+ late in the year, making the... Read more

Mini Cooper S Hatch review: Small in stature, big in personality
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Mini Cooper S Hatch review: Small in stature, big in personality

By Chris Hall

Mini has refreshed the Hatch, the 3-door model that most closely resembles the British classic, loading the 2018 model with more tech, more premium features and a dab more iconic design compared to the the 2014 version.Bonkers British designFrom the exterior,... Read more

HTC through the ages: A brief history of HTC's Android handsets

HTC through the ages: A brief history of HTC's Android handsets

By Chris Hall

HTC, above and beyond any other manufacturer, has done more than its fair share of popularising Android. HTC was there at the beginning, producing some of the first Android handsets, the first Nexus handset, and launching the first handset that really... Read more

OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: What's the difference?

OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

OnePlus launched a new phone at an event in London on 16 May. The OnePlus 6 is the latest of the devices that were originally marketed as a "flagship killer", bringing a glass back and plenty of great specs with it.It has some serious competition this... Read more

BT will be first to launch UK 5G in 2019

BT will be first to launch UK 5G in 2019

By Chris Hall

BT has made a huge swathe of announcements about the future of its converged networks covering BT, EE and Plusnet. Within the announcements (which basically outline plans to use the best bits of each different service), is confirmation that BT will be... Read more

Honor smartphones compared: Honor 10 vs Honor 9 vs Honor 7 vs Honor 6

Honor smartphones compared: Honor 10 vs Honor 9 vs Honor 7 vs Honor 6

By Chris Hall

Honor is only a few years old - launched as a sub-brand of Chinese manufacturer Huawei in 2014 - but is quickly becoming a brand to be reckoned with. Good value for money, good build quality and some of the latest hardware combines in these handsets.There... Read more

When is Android P coming to my phone?

When is Android P coming to my phone?

By Chris Hall

The annual cycle of Android rolls on, with the latest version of the Google mobile software not yet getting fully named: it's simply called Android P or Android 9.0. Android P was revealed at Google I/O 2018 on 8 May and like previous versions, it was... Read more

Echo bargains! Amazon offers £10 off Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick bundle

Echo bargains! Amazon offers £10 off Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick bundle

By Chris Hall

It's almost summer and a new round of sales have hit Amazon.co.uk, bringing with them a couple of hot discounts on the Amazon Echo Dot.The Amazon Echo Dot has a discount of £10, bringing it down to £39.99 (it's normally £49.99). Click here to see the... Read more

PUBG Mobile version 5: New map, new weapons and a whole lot more

PUBG Mobile version 5: New map, new weapons and a whole lot more

By Chris Hall

If you were getting a little bored playing the same map on PUBG Mobile, then salvation comes in the form of version 0.5.0, with a new Miramar desert map. The new map in the desert doesn't have a foliage cover that Erangel offers, so it's going to play... Read more

Huawei P20 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S9+: What's the difference?

Huawei P20 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S9+: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

There was a time when you wouldn't compare Huawei and Samsung phones. The fact that you now should is very much a testament to how far Huawei has come with its devices. The Huawei P20 Pro is looking to challenge all smartphone rivals.We've also reviewed... Read more

Ultimate Ears Megablast review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic
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Ultimate Ears Megablast review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic

By Chris Hall

The UE Blast and Megablast step away from the Boom 2 and Megaboom to form a new family of Ultimate Ears speakers, but with a similar story to tell: it's all about loudess and portability. These are speakers that are designed to be used anywhere, any... Read more

The best Pokemon Go tips and tricks

The best Pokemon Go tips and tricks

By Chris Hall

The basics of Pokemon Go are simple and fun. You walk, you catch Pokemon, you collect as many as you can and you visit Poke Stops to load your backpack up with goodies to help your Trainer along the way.But when it comes to mastering the game, there's... Read more

The best Google Pixel tips and tricks: Master your pure Android Oreo phone

The best Google Pixel tips and tricks: Master your pure Android Oreo phone

By Chris Hall

Whether you're an original Pixel owner or you've got the new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, we've been through Android Oreo to bring you a detailed guide to get the most out of your new phone.Some of these tips and tricks you might know, but some are essential... Read more

Nokia 6 review: Affordable mid-ranger is on fighting form
4.5 stars

Nokia 6 review: Affordable mid-ranger is on fighting form

By Chris Hall

There's a new 2018 Nokia 6 from HMD Global, candidly being called the Nokia 6.1. It's a nod to release versions that will put a smile on the face of the technically minded, as HMD looks to do right by this plucky mid-ranger. The 2017 Nokia 6 had a strength... Read more

Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos movies on demand: Rakuten TV ramps up its offering on LG TVs

Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos movies on demand: Rakuten TV ramps up its offering on LG TVs

By Chris Hall

There has been a lot of buzz around Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos recently, bringing great visual impact on one hand and boosting the immersive audio experience on the other.LG has been leading the way in technically enabling these technologies on its... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Dual camera skills meet S Pen thrills
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Dual camera skills meet S Pen thrills

By Chris Hall

If you're a Samsung Galaxy Note user, then you'll know there's been a trend for the stylus-wielding series to take what the latest Galaxy S smartphone has started and to enhance upon it, while also debuting some new features.However, when the Note 7... Read more

Huawei P20 Pro triple camera explored: Everything you need to know about Huawei's camera renaissance

Huawei P20 Pro triple camera explored: Everything you need to know about Huawei's camera renaissance

By Chris Hall

The Huawei P20 Pro will grab the attention of a lot of people because it has three cameras on its rear. Dual camera phones are now fairly common, but Huawei has taken things further, looking to bring "master level" photography to its 2018 flagship phone.... Read more

Motorola Moto G6 vs Moto G6 Plus vs Moto G6 Play: What's the difference?

Motorola Moto G6 vs Moto G6 Plus vs Moto G6 Play: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

The Motorola G a longstanding history as the affordable phone to beat. Well, that used to be the case. However, with the advancement of Chinese competition, Motorola in 2018 is taking a different tack by delivering no less than three Moto G6 phones: the... Read more

LG G7 ThinQ vs LG V30 vs LG G6: What's the difference?

LG G7 ThinQ vs LG V30 vs LG G6: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

LG has announced the G7 ThinQ, a new flagship for 2018, that will compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S9, Google's Pixel devices and Huawei's P20 handsets.The G7 ThinQ succeeds the LG G6 that launched in February 2017 with its 18:9 ratio display,... Read more

LG G7 ThinQ initial review: A solid flagship competitor

LG G7 ThinQ initial review: A solid flagship competitor

By Chris Hall

The LG G6 had a chequered life. It celebrated a new aspect display - one of the first phones to offer this breakthrough - but launching in early 2017 it was soon swallowed up by newer models, with newer hardware. LG's approach to 2018 is different: avoiding... Read more

LG G7 ThinQ nods to AI, but it's the flagship specs you'll be interested in

LG G7 ThinQ nods to AI, but it's the flagship specs you'll be interested in

By Chris Hall

After a lot of toing and froing, LG has announced the LG G7 ThinQ, its new 2018 flagship smartphone.The new model evolves the LG G6, nabs the best bits of the LG V30 and offers a big-screen handset packed with power.The ThinQ name tagged on the end is... Read more

The best VR headsets to buy 2018

The best VR headsets to buy 2018

By Chris Hall

The age of virtual reality is upon us with a torrent of devices and content appearing over the last couple of years. The idea of VR isn't new of course. It's been circulating in the tech space for a number of years, but recently, the technology has broken... Read more

Kia Soul EV review: Good, green SUV fun
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Kia Soul EV review: Good, green SUV fun

By Chris Hall

The Kia Soul EV was launched in 2014 as one of the first pure electric cars on the road. It's unique in a number of ways, not least because it made an electric vehicle (EV) out of an existing model of car. It's also a crossover or SUV (in the loosest... Read more

What is Sky Q, how much does it cost and how can I get it?

What is Sky Q, how much does it cost and how can I get it?

By Chris Hall

Sky Q is Sky's number one product, offered as the de facto option for newcomers to Sky TV. Existing Sky+ users can upgrade to Sky Q at reduced rates, and the company is keen to switch all of its customers to the platform. At some point this year you won't... Read more

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is now available - here's everything you need to know

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is now available - here's everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

The first game from Warner Bros' new Harry Potter label - Portkey Games - is now available to download for Android and iOS. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a role play game where you get your invitation letter to Hogwarts and have to create your character... Read more

LG WK7 ThinQ speaker initial review: LG's speaker has the smarts

LG WK7 ThinQ speaker initial review: LG's speaker has the smarts

By Chris Hall

With smart speakers taking many of the tech headlines in 2017, it's no surprise to find that LG wants a slice of this pie in 2018. Say hello to the LG WK7, or the ThinQ speaker as it was first announced at the turn of the year.Making its debut at CES... Read more

Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions: How to get Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon or Umbreon

Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions: How to get Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon or Umbreon

By Chris Hall

Eevee is one of the most interesting Pokemon characters. Not only is it ridiculously cute, but it doesn't have a defined evolution path - and some of the Eevee evolutions have been the best Pokemon to take into battle - like Vaporeon. Right from the... Read more

The best GPS running watch 2018: The top sports watches to buy today

The best GPS running watch 2018: The top sports watches to buy today

By Chris Hall

While the world is now discovering the benefit of a smartwatch, this is home turf for runners. Familiar names persist: Garmin and Polar offer some of the best sports watches, adding the connectivity to give you more from your smartphone, more analysis... Read more

Audi e-tron battery revealed: 400km range, 150kW super-fast charging, but designed for safety first

Audi e-tron battery revealed: 400km range, 150kW super-fast charging, but designed for safety first

By Chris Hall

Audi has revealed all the details about the battery for its forthcoming Audi e-tron, its first pure electric car. Based on the Audi e-tron prototype, the production version of the car is due to be fully revealed later in 2018 for delivery in Europe before... Read more

Audi e-tron Charging Service aims to remove electric car charging anxiety

Audi e-tron Charging Service aims to remove electric car charging anxiety

By Chris Hall

As is often the way with emerging technologies, electric car charging is currently a fragmented experience for those wanting to charge away from home. There are multiple providers, multiple standards of sockets, multiple charging rates and much more to... Read more

Audi e-tron: Specs, design, performance and battery - everything you need to know

Audi e-tron: Specs, design, performance and battery - everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

The e-tron name isn't new to Audi. It was granted to the A3 and then the Q7, as Audi dabbled in plug-in hybrids. At the same time, Audi was producing e-tron concepts as it aligned the compass on an electric future. There was the Audi e-tron Quattro concept... Read more

PUBG Mobile Arcade mode: Here's everything you need to know about the PUBG update

PUBG Mobile Arcade mode: Here's everything you need to know about the PUBG update

By Chris Hall

PUBG Mobile has updated on Android (with iOS still to come), making a range of tweaks and changes, from onscreen graphics to optimisations, and the addition of a dusk mode. Oh, there's also now in-game purchases, but we're going to ignore those.The biggest... Read more

What is PUBG Mobile and why is everyone talking about PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds?

What is PUBG Mobile and why is everyone talking about PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds?

By Chris Hall

The world online has exploded into battle royale madness, with the launch of a couple of huge games. One is Fortnite and the other is PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG to its friends. We've talked about Fortnite separately: that game is similar... Read more

Hive View review: Great looks, but one big video flaw
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Hive View review: Great looks, but one big video flaw

By Chris Hall

Hive is back with a second smart home camera. The original Hive Camera was a rebranded white label camera with a separate app, not integrated into the rest of the Hive system, which made it not worth buying.The Hive View is an entirely different thing.... Read more

The best Android phone 2018: which is the top Android phone to buy today?

The best Android phone 2018: which is the top Android phone to buy today?

By Chris Hall

These is our list of the best Android smartphones you can buy today ranked from the best downwards.Whereas Apple gives you the choice of a smaller, larger or super expensive iPhone, Android celebrates variety and you get Android phones at all prices,... Read more

Huawei P20 vs P20 Pro: What's the difference?

Huawei P20 vs P20 Pro: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

For 2018, Huawei has unveiled two mighty impressive top-tier flagship phones: the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro. These new handsets not only replace the P10 and P10 Plus from 2017, they're a total - and highfly successful - reimagining. The best Huawei... Read more

Upcoming phones: The future smartphones of 2018

Upcoming phones: The future smartphones of 2018

By Chris Hall

With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, that there's anticipation for the next big thing.Here we look at those phones that haven't yet launched,... Read more

We saw the Sony Xperia XZ Premium camera in action - here's what we thought

We saw the Sony Xperia XZ Premium camera in action - here's what we thought

By Chris Hall

Back at Mobile World Congress in late February, Sony ppreviewed a dual camera system that was in developmentThat camera has now been placed into a device - the brand new Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium set to hit stores in the summer - though maybe not in... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium vs Xperia XZ2: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium vs Xperia XZ2: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

If you are a Sony Mobile fan, you'll know that Sony likes to release Xperia handsets. The new flagship, the Sony Xperia XZ2, was announced in February 2018 and went on sale in April 2018, but there's now a new model, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium.That's... Read more

Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS initial review: In technological pole position?

Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS initial review: In technological pole position?

By Chris Hall

Huawei's partnership with Porsche Design has yielded some interesting results. And the latest collaborative smartphone from the two brands carries a rather long and prestigious name - Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS, no less - to play on Porsche's prominent... Read more

Best smartphone 2018: The 15 best phones available to buy today

Best smartphone 2018: The 15 best phones available to buy today

By Chris Hall

You're looking for the best smartphone? You've come to the right place. We'll guide you through all the top mobile phones we've reviewed, both on Android or iOS.And a new king is born - there's a totally new entry at the top of our list which has usurped... Read more

London's new black taxi: A thoroughly modern electric affair

London's new black taxi: A thoroughly modern electric affair

By Chris Hall

Think of London and you'll think of the black taxi, an icon of the city's congested streets, weaving between the red buses, splashing through puddles under grey skies, confidently driven by cabbies armed with the Knowledge.For many years The London Taxi... Read more

Audi A7 review: A tech-packed grand tourer
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Audi A7 review: A tech-packed grand tourer

By Chris Hall

The launch of the Audi A8 was the start of something new. While Audi seems to release lots of new cars all the time, the Audi A7 is one of new generation: its modern exterior meets a vastly updated interior compared to the older model, complete with new... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none
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Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none

By Chris Hall

Samsung broke the mould with its Galaxy S8 handsets, producing two devices that are the same spec, apart from screen size and battery capacity. If you want this phone, just pick the size that fits you with no compromises or additional considerations.That's... Read more

Garmin Forerunner 935 review: The sports watch of champions
5.0 stars

Garmin Forerunner 935 review: The sports watch of champions

By Chris Hall

The top-end Garmin Forerunner model has always been something of a chunky monkey, stretching all the way back to the heady days of the Forerunner 101 in 2003. It wasn't until 2013 with the Forerunner 220 that things really started to feel slimline, but... Read more

Sony 4K HDR TV choices for 2018: A1 OLED, AF8 OLED, XF90, XF85, XF80 compared

Sony 4K HDR TV choices for 2018: A1 OLED, AF8 OLED, XF90, XF85, XF80 compared

By Chris Hall

Sony has revealed its Bravia TV line-up for 2018, looking to offer a range that builds on 2017's OLED success and pushes forward with direct-lit LED models in the 4K HDR Premium line, as well as solid 4K HDR LED models.We're not covering all Sony's TVs... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ2 review: The best Sony phone in years, but is that enough to lead the flagship pack?
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Sony Xperia XZ2 review: The best Sony phone in years, but is that enough to lead the flagship pack?

By Chris Hall

The biggest criticism of Sony's phones in recent years has been the company's dogged persistence in sticking with a design that hasn't moved with the times. OmniBalance, as the company calls it, has retained bezel scales well beyond its competitors. And... Read more

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro specs, release date and price: Everything you need to know

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro specs, release date and price: Everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

Huawei has announced its 2018 flagship P-series devices, replacing the Huawei P10 with the Huawei P20. Why the big change in number? Because this is a massive change, according to Huawei, that deserves a bigger step in numeration. The Huawei P20 and... Read more

How to set-up an Alexa smart home

How to set-up an Alexa smart home

By Chris Hall

A few years ago, the coordinated smart home felt like a pipe dream, but Alexa has changed all that. Thanks to increasing compatibility with smart home devices, Alexa and the Amazon Echo is now the ideal hub of your connected home.Where previously it was... Read more