Britta O'Boyle

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+: What's the story so far?

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+: What's the story so far?

By Britta O'Boyle

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ launched in spring 2017, but speculation for their successors is already in full flow. As is always the way, as soon as one great device appears, there are always those wanting more. Here are all the rumours relating to... Read more

CES 2018: What is it and what to expect from the technology show

CES 2018: What is it and what to expect from the technology show

By Britta O'Boyle

Consumer electronics show CES is one of the biggest tech events of the year and we expect CES 2018 to showcase a truck load of new gadgets, TVs and initiatives that'll take your breath away.The one thing that defines CES is that virtually all the world's... Read more

LG G7: What's the story so far?

LG G7: What's the story so far?

By Britta O'Boyle

LG normally releases two flagship smartphones a year, one in the form of the G-Series at the beginning of the year and the other in the form of the V-Series towards the latter half of the year.With that in mind, the LG G7 is the next smartphone expected... Read more

Best iPad mini cases: Protect your 7.9-inch Apple tablet

Best iPad mini cases: Protect your 7.9-inch Apple tablet

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple's iPad mini 4 was announced as the replacement for the iPad mini 3 way back in September 2015. It starts at £419 and it is the smallest tablet in the iPad portfolio with its 7.9-inch display, which is the same as the original iPad mini, iPad... Read more

Michael Kors Access Sofie tips and tricks: Master your new sparkly smartwatch

Michael Kors Access Sofie tips and tricks: Master your new sparkly smartwatch

By Britta O'Boyle

The Michael Kors Access Sofie is the second smartwatch to appear from the fashion giant, following in the footsteps of the chunkier Access Bradshaw.The new device brings all the bling, along with a fully-round display, smooth performance, an excellent... Read more

Best Android Wear smartwatch 2017: The best smartwatches available on Google's platform

Best Android Wear smartwatch 2017: The best smartwatches available on Google's platform

By Britta O'Boyle

Android Wear launched in 2014 with three hero smartwatches that are now obsolete, taken over by fancier models that are far more appealing, far better looking and far more fashionable.The platform has had several big updates since it originally launched,... Read more

65 ways to get a giggle out of Siri

65 ways to get a giggle out of Siri

By Britta O'Boyle

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, you've probably met Siri, Apple's voice assistant. He is an interesting little fellow, sometimes useful, sometimes funny and other times, a sarcastic little so and so.To most questions you'll get a standard... Read more

Best Android phones 2017: These are the Androids you're looking for

Best Android phones 2017: These are the Androids you're looking for

By Britta O'Boyle

Android now makes up a huge proportion of the smartphone market. Unlike Apple where you have the choice of a smaller, larger or super expensive iPhone, in Android you have some serious decisions to make when it comes to buying a new phone.Android celebrates... Read more

Best speakers 2017: Best wireless and Bluetooth speakers for your tunes

Best speakers 2017: Best wireless and Bluetooth speakers for your tunes

By Britta O'Boyle

Speakers come in all different shapes and sizes, from larger options that have the power to fill your whole living room and then some, to smaller, portable ones that are great for taking to picnics or moving from room-to-room.Finding the right speaker for... Read more

Best smartwatches 2017: The best smart wristwear available to buy today

Best smartwatches 2017: The best smart wristwear available to buy today

By Britta O'Boyle

Smartwatches used to be gadgets only James Bond would have access to, but that's no longer the case. These wrist-worn phone companions that can receive calls, texts, emails and social network notifications have been whipping the wearables sector into... Read more

Which Fitbit is right for me?

Which Fitbit is right for me?

By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit has been kicking around for a years, sitting at the top of its activity tracking class smugly watching as its competitors hope to raise the same brand awareness.Chances are if you are reading this feature, you too have heard of it. The problem... Read more

Michael Kors Access Sofie review: Stunning smartwatch with serious sparkle
4.5 stars

Michael Kors Access Sofie review: Stunning smartwatch with serious sparkle

By Britta O'Boyle

Fashion brand Michael Kors is back with a second version of its Access smartwatch - the Sofie. The device follows on from the chunky but brilliant Access Bradshaw and it brings a smaller design, some serious sparkle and a fully round display. Yep, that's... Read more

Which Apple MacBook is best for you? MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?

Which Apple MacBook is best for you? MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?

By Britta O'Boyle

Decided you want an Apple laptop, but you're not sure which one is the right one for you? You've come to the right place. With six MacBook models available before you even consider configuration options, it's not an easy decision, or a simple one.This... Read more

Best indoor smart home cameras: See inside your home anytime

Best indoor smart home cameras: See inside your home anytime

By Britta O'Boyle

A smart home consists of all sorts of exciting gadgets from app-controlled lighting and heating to robotic vacuum cleaners, but there is one gadget that is likely to be picked first for the smart home cool team - the camera.Smart home cameras will not... Read more

Best outdoor smart home cameras: See outside your home anytime

Best outdoor smart home cameras: See outside your home anytime

By Britta O'Boyle

There are plenty of smart home security cameras available to help you keep an eye on the inside of your home from wherever you may be, but there are also now a number of options for keeping check on the outside too.In the past, security systems for around... Read more

Best iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9-inch keyboards: Turn your Apple tablet into a laptop alternative

Best iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9-inch keyboards: Turn your Apple tablet into a laptop alternative

By Britta O'Boyle

It's time to get a keyboard for that fancy Apple iPad Pro you've just bought or been given as a nice little, but not little at all, pressie.Whether you have Apple's largest iPad, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, or the slightly newer and smaller iPad Pro 10.5,... Read more

Best budget smartphones 2017: The best phones available to buy for under £200

Best budget smartphones 2017: The best phones available to buy for under £200

By Britta O'Boyle

The budget smartphone market has really come into its own over the last couple of years, with numerous devices appearing with price tags under £200 and an aim to offer you a good enough smartphone experience that you don't need to splash half a grand... Read more

Best battery packs for smartphones: Portable power on the go

Best battery packs for smartphones: Portable power on the go

By Britta O'Boyle

There is nothing worse than running out of power on your phone. Well, there is, but when it happens it feels like the worst thing in the world.Unfortunately, as advanced as smartphones have become in recent years, battery life is still something they... Read more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK fashion watch deals: Casio, Fossil, Vivienne Westwood, Cavalli, Kors, Boss and more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK fashion watch deals: Casio, Fossil, Vivienne Westwood, Cavalli, Kors, Boss and more

By Britta O'Boyle

Smartwatches might have become the norm for some people, but there are still those of us who would rather a beautiful, elegant timepiece on our wrists rather than one that tells us how many likes we've had on our latest Instagram post.If you're in... Read more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK tablet deals: Apple, Amazon Fire, Huawei, Lenovo and Acer tablet bargains

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK tablet deals: Apple, Amazon Fire, Huawei, Lenovo and Acer tablet bargains

By Britta O'Boyle

With Christmas coming up fast, sales season is picking up the pace, especially as Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us.There's no better time to snaffle a quality Christmas present for a loved one or even yourself, and why not a shiny new tablet?Plenty... Read more

Apple iPhone 2018: What's the story so far?

Apple iPhone 2018: What's the story so far?

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple announced three iPhones in September 2017 in the form of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus followed the traditional iPhone design, while the iPhone X shook things up a little.What does that mean for next year's... Read more

Fitbit Alta HR vs Charge 2: What's the difference?

Fitbit Alta HR vs Charge 2: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit has no fewer than seven activity trackers in its portfolio. The Alta HR, as you might guess from its name, adds heart rate monitoring to 2016's slim and stylish Alta tracker meaning it starts to step into Fitbit's Charge 2 territory. Starts... Read more

Sonos One review: The smart speaker we've been waiting for
5.0 stars

Sonos One review: The smart speaker we've been waiting for

By Britta O'Boyle

The Sonos One is the speaker that Sonos owners have been waiting a long time for. Well, the Sonos owners who have wanted a personal assistant from their speaker and voice control for their multi-room systems anyway.The speaker is described by the company... Read more

Best smart plugs: Google, Alexa and smartphone compatible control

Best smart plugs: Google, Alexa and smartphone compatible control

By Britta O'Boyle

If you have ever walked out of your house and wondered a few minutes up the road whether you had turned the iron or straighteners off, smart plugs are what you need in your life. For some electronics it doesn't matter if you leave them on all day, except... Read more

OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: What's the difference?

OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 3T vs OnePlus 3: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

OnePlus has announced an upgrade to its OnePlus 5 smartphone. The new device, called the OnePlus 5T, is available to pre-order as of 16 November, five months after the original 2017 flagship from the company.We've compared its specs to the OnePlus... Read more

OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 5: What's the difference?

OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 5: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

OnePlus has announced another smartphone at an event in New York on 16 November in the form of the OnePlus 5T. Rumours for the new device increased from zero to multiple in a matter of days earlier in the month but now everything is official.How does it... Read more

OnePlus 5T vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S8+: What's the difference?

OnePlus 5T vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S8+: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

OnePlus has announced its second 2017 flagship, the OnePlus 5T, which will be available to pre-order from 16 November and on sale from 21 November.The new handset offers the same hardware as its predecessor, the OnePlus 5, but it brings an 18:9 aspect... Read more

OnePlus 5T vs Google Pixel 2 XL: What's the difference?

OnePlus 5T vs Google Pixel 2 XL: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

OnePlus has announced the OnePlus 5T, its second flagship smartphone of 2017. The new device offers very similar hardware to the OnePlus 5, but it brings with it a 18:9 aspect ratio display, putting it in the same playing field as the likes of the Samsung... Read more

Best advent calendars 2017: From lipsticks and Lego to gin and rare whiskey

Best advent calendars 2017: From lipsticks and Lego to gin and rare whiskey

By Britta O'Boyle

December is an exciting month for lots of children, not just because of Christmas falls and the (very, very small) chance of snow, but because many get a piece of chocolate every single morning for 25 days straight. The chocolate might be a bit on... Read more

Best fitness trackers 2017: The best activity bands to buy today

Best fitness trackers 2017: The best activity bands to buy today

By Britta O'Boyle

The wearables market offers a plethora of devices from smartwatches and heart rate measuring headphones to sports watches and activity trackers. There is such a breadth of choice, it's difficult to know where to start, let alone make the right decision... Read more

Next Apple iPad Pro: What's the story so far?

Next Apple iPad Pro: What's the story so far?

By Britta O'Boyle

The latest Apple iPhones have now been announced and are now available to buy, including the premium iPhone X model that ditches the TouchID home button in favour of FaceID. With the phones out of the way though, the spotlight has turned to the next... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: What's the story so far?

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: What's the story so far?

By Britta O'Boyle

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may have only launched a couple of months ago, but if you thought that would stop rumours circulating for the Galaxy Note 9, you were wrong. Yes, they have already started, albeit only a few, but they have started nonetheless.... Read more

Which is the best 2017 budget smartphone under £400?

Which is the best 2017 budget smartphone under £400?

By Britta O'Boyle

Choosing a new smartphone isn't as simple as it used to be. They may not come in more than one shape, but they do come in lots of different sizes, with plenty different features and most importantly, at plenty of different price points.There are numerous... Read more

Best tablet / 2-in-1 2017: The best tablets and 2-in-1 devices available to buy today

Best tablet / 2-in-1 2017: The best tablets and 2-in-1 devices available to buy today

By Britta O'Boyle

So you're looking for a new tablet or 2-in-1? If you're looking for the best tablet or 2-in-1 to buy in 2017, then you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest tablets and 2-in-1 devices available today, in order to help you reach... Read more

Which iPhone is best for you? iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8 or iPhone X?

Which iPhone is best for you? iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8 or iPhone X?

By Britta O'Boyle

There is plenty of choice when it comes to smartphones, almost too much in fact. Chances are if you are reading this feature however, you have at least narrowed your options down to the iPhone.So as you have discarded Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry,... Read more

Apple iPhone X vs iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S: What's the difference?

Apple iPhone X vs iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple announced the iPhone X during its September event alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The X device brings with it a more exciting design, alongside a number of hardware differences compared to the more standard 8 and 8 Plus.How does it compare... Read more

Apple iPhone X vs iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 8: What's the difference?

Apple iPhone X vs iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 8: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple announced three iPhones at the beginning of September in the form of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, which has also been called the iPhone 10.The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are similar to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but the iPhone X changes... Read more

Best iPhone X cases: Protect your new Apple device

Best iPhone X cases: Protect your new Apple device

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple's iPhone X features a lovely design made up of a surgical-grade stainless steel frame coupled with a glass rear and an all-screen glass front. It's the kind of finish you really don't want to cover up with a case but you know if you don't, it's... Read more

HTC U11+ vs Google Pixel 2 XL: What's the difference?

HTC U11+ vs Google Pixel 2 XL: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

HTC has announced the U11+, a slightly larger, more exciting version of the U11 flagship that appeared earlier this year. The new device follows the trend of super slim bezels and a huge display but without the huge footprint, putting it on par with... Read more

HTC U11+ vs HTC U11: What's the difference?

HTC U11+ vs HTC U11: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

HTC has announced two new smartphones at an event on 2 November, one of which is the HTC U11+ - a larger version of the HTC U11 that graced us with its presence earlier this year.The HTC U11+ has been heavily rumoured over the last couple of weeks,... Read more

HTC U11 Life vs HTC U11: What's the difference?

HTC U11 Life vs HTC U11: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

HTC has announced two new U handsets at an event in Taipei. The two devices come in the form of the U11 Life and the U11 Plus, both following on from the U11 flagship that launched earlier this year.The HTC U11 Life has been described as the "little... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Car

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Car

By Britta O'Boyle

The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 will be taking place for the 14th year in a couple of weeks in association with EE. There are 18 categories this year, with a couple of new ones joining and a couple of category splits.Each of the 18 categories has... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Smartwatch

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Smartwatch

By Britta O'Boyle

The 14th annual Pocket-lint Gadget Awards will be taking place in a couple of weeks, celebrating the best products and devices across 18 categories spanning smartphones and tablets to cars and smartwatches.As usual, we have been running a series of features... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Fitness Gadget

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Fitness Gadget

By Britta O'Boyle

The 14th annual Pocket-lint Gadget Awards will be taking place in the middle of November, celebrating the best devices and products across 18 categories from smartphones and games to speakers and smartwatches.Each of the 18 categories have between six and... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Gaming/VR Device

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Gaming/VR Device

By Britta O'Boyle

The 14th annual Pocket-lint Gadget Awards are just a couple of weeks away, with this year celebrating 18 categories from best smartphone and best camera to best gaming/VR device and best car.To be nominated within our Awards, all products and devices... Read more

Google Pixel 2 XL vs Apple iPhone X: What’s the difference?

Google Pixel 2 XL vs Apple iPhone X: What’s the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Google announced two new flagship smartphones in the form of the Pixel and the Pixel XL at an event in October. The latter is the more progressive of the two devices, with a design that follows the trend of other 2017 flagship devices, such as the Samsung... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Wireless Speaker

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Wireless Speaker

By Britta O'Boyle

It's nearly November, which means the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards are weeks away. The Awards are turning 14 this year and there will be 18 categories ranging from best smartphone and best tablet to best speaker and best smart home device.Each category... Read more

Sonos tips and tricks: Get the most out of your multi-room speaker system

Sonos tips and tricks: Get the most out of your multi-room speaker system

By Britta O'Boyle

Sonos has one of the strongest multi-room offerings out there. Its speaker line-up is not only plentiful, with several combinations possible, but the platform that controls everything is one of the best out there, if not the best.If you've opted for Sonos... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Smart Home Device

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Smart Home Device

By Britta O'Boyle

The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards will take place in the middle of November and that means we will soon be finding out the winners of the 18 categories ranging from smartphone to smarthome. Each category has been narrowed down to between six and eight nominees... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Streaming Service

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Streaming Service

By Britta O'Boyle

The 14th annual Pocket-lint Gadget Awards are nearly upon us, which means in just a few weeks we will be celebrating the best devices across a number of categories including smartphones, TV, laptops and cameras.There are 18 main categories this year,... Read more