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Top reasons why you should upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S6 to Galaxy S7

Top reasons why you should upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S6 to Galaxy S7

By Britta O'Boyle

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones are great, brilliant in fact. So if you made the decision to buy one of them last April, you've probably been patting yourself on the back for the last year.Their time is up, however, with the Galaxy... Read more

Best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals

Best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals

By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung's Galaxy S7 will arrive on 11 March starting at £569 for the 32GB model, making it just £70 cheaper than its larger sibling - the Galaxy S7 edge.If the standard model is the one you want, buying it outright and opting for a SIM-only plan will... Read more

Best Samsung Galaxy S7 edge deals

Best Samsung Galaxy S7 edge deals

By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung's Galaxy S7 edge will hit shelves on 11 March, with prices starting from £639 for the 32GB model. Pre-orders are already open across the networks though, with some offering incentives like a free Gear VR. If you can afford to buy the new dual-edge... Read more

Nespresso gets connected: Here are a few more must-have smart kitchen gadgets

Nespresso gets connected: Here are a few more must-have smart kitchen gadgets

By Britta O'Boyle

The kitchen is commonly referred to as the "hub of the home" or the "heart of the home", which is fitting given how much time many of us spend in it. Whether you have a kitchen that's old or new, big or small, open-plan or enclosed, there are several gadgets... Read more

Sony Xperia X Performance vs Xperia Z5: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia X Performance vs Xperia Z5: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Sony announced the X series at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, comprising three new smartphones. The company also confirmed the Z series will end with the Xperia Z5, leaving the new X range to take over. The Xperia X Performance sits at the top of... Read more

A closer look at LG's X cam and X screen smartphones

A closer look at LG's X cam and X screen smartphones

By Britta O'Boyle

LG has a busy Mobile World Congress this year, not only did it launch its new flagship - the LG G5 - but we also saw two mid-rangers appear in the form of the X cam and the X screen.The LG X series was teased in the run up to the mobile-focused show but... Read more

ZTE Blade V7: All about that metal, that metal, no plastic

ZTE Blade V7: All about that metal, that metal, no plastic

By Britta O'Boyle

Chinese company ZTE announced a number of devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, including a couple of new additions to its Blade series.The Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite both launched at the show, destined for Germany, Spain and Mexico. The V7... Read more

Saygus V Squared: Squaring up to the competition

Saygus V Squared: Squaring up to the competition

By Britta O'Boyle

Saygus first announced its entrance into the smartphone world in 2015 and it was greeted with huge amounts of praise.This year sees the company make a couple of changes here and there, including the latest version of Android and some hardware advancements,... Read more

Alcatel Idol 4S: Premium smartphone, budget VR in one

Alcatel Idol 4S: Premium smartphone, budget VR in one

By Britta O'Boyle

Alcatel, formerly known as Alcatel OneTouch, announced the Idol 4 series of smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2016, succeeding the Idol 3 range.The Idol 4 series comprises two handsets - the Idol 4 and the Idol 4S - both of which have an interesting... Read more

Sony exec confirms company will not launch an Xperia Z6

Sony exec confirms company will not launch an Xperia Z6

By Britta O'Boyle

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was more pertinent to Sony than some may have initially realised. A new Xperia range of smartphones called the X series were announced at the show, believed to sit below the flagship Z line. However, it has now been... Read more

Sony Xperia X Performance: The Sony smartphone everyone should be talking about

Sony Xperia X Performance: The Sony smartphone everyone should be talking about

By Britta O'Boyle

You may have heard by now that Sony announced a new line of Xperia devices at Mobile World Congress, called the X series.The range has three smartphones within it comprising the Xperia X, Xperia XA and the Xperia X Performance. This latter model is the... Read more

These are the new Guess Connect watches and they are amazing

These are the new Guess Connect watches and they are amazing

By Britta O'Boyle

Fashion brand Guess first announced its entry to the world of smartwatches at CES 2015. The Guess Connect took its design cues from the Guess Rigor watch but added smart functionality from Martian.It prioritised being a good-looking, stylish watch with... Read more

Sony Xperia Eye, Projector, Agent: Concept visions of a connected future

Sony Xperia Eye, Projector, Agent: Concept visions of a connected future

By Britta O'Boyle

Alongside the launch of new handsets, Sony revealed a collection of Xperia concepts at Mobile World Congress 2016, products designed to help users interact in a more meaningful way.The Xperia Eye, Xperia Projector and Xperia Agent, constitute a line-up... Read more

Sony Xperia XA: Edge-to-edge beauty

Sony Xperia XA: Edge-to-edge beauty

By Britta O'Boyle

Sony used Mobile World Congress to announce a new series of smartphones that will sit below the flagship Z line and above the mid-range M line.The Xperia X series features three handsets - the Xperia X, the Xperia XA and the Xperia X Performance. The... Read more

Sony stokes sub-flagship smartphone selection with new Xperia X series

Sony stokes sub-flagship smartphone selection with new Xperia X series

By Britta O'Boyle

Sony has announced a new smartphone range at Mobile World Congress 2016 called the X series. No, you're not getting deja vu, the same name was used for LG's new mid-range smartphones in the run up to the show.The Sony X series is aiming above the mid-range... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Galaxy S6 edge: What's the difference?

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Galaxy S6 edge: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung announced its flagship Galaxy S6 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last year but that wasn't the only device to be unveiled on the stage. The South Korean company also revealed the Galaxy S6 edge.One year on and once again, two handsets... Read more

Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 aims squarely at the iPad Pro and Surface 4

Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 aims squarely at the iPad Pro and Surface 4

By Britta O'Boyle

Huawei has announced the MateBook at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, putting the company in the 2-in-1 category.The Huawei MateBook goes firmly after the iPad Pro and Surface 4 with its detachable keyboard cover and MatePen stylus, the latter of which... Read more

LG G5 vs LG G4: What's the difference?

LG G5 vs LG G4: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

LG launched its G4 flagship smartphone in April 2015 and with it came a lovely leather finish, fantastic display, competitive price and a great camera. The South Korean company has now announced the successor to that perfect balance of phone meet phablet... Read more

What does the LG X series reveal about the LG G5?

What does the LG X series reveal about the LG G5?

By Britta O'Boyle

LG has a habit of pre-announcing devices before they officially debut. It's a tactic the company has used for a while meaning by the time we get to the upcoming event or show, there are normally few surprises remaining.The LG G5 is the next hotly-anticipated... Read more

Which Windows Phone is right for you? Microsoft Lumia 650 vs 550 vs 950 vs 950 XL

Which Windows Phone is right for you? Microsoft Lumia 650 vs 550 vs 950 vs 950 XL

By Britta O'Boyle

Microsoft has announced another Windows 10 smartphone to its portfolio in the form of the Lumia 650. The device is the first to appear with the operating system in 2016, joining three existing handsets that launched in October 2015.If you are after a... Read more

Which Withings activity tracker is right for you? Go vs Pulse Ox vs Activite

Which Withings activity tracker is right for you? Go vs Pulse Ox vs Activite

By Britta O'Boyle

Withings is a company dedicated to helping you live a healthier life. It not only has numerous activity trackers to monitor how much you move, but it also has a sleep system, smarthome camera, baby monitor, blood pressure monitor and Wi-Fi scales within... Read more

17 great gadget gifts for girls

17 great gadget gifts for girls

By Britta O'Boyle

There are hundreds of gadgets out there, some much more exciting than others. It could be the latest smartwatch, delivering notifications directly to your wrist, or a quirky external battery pack to keep your devices charged up.Either way, gadgets make... Read more

Best iPhone photography and editing apps

Best iPhone photography and editing apps

By Britta O'Boyle

Can you remember your first camera phone? If you can, you'll probably also remember it was pretty rubbish. Luckily technology has moved on significantly since the first camera phones appeared and smartphones these days are actually, well, pretty good... Read more

Best language and translation apps

Best language and translation apps

By Britta O'Boyle

The world is a big place, full of people who speak hundreds of different languages so if you need to speak to someone in China, but only know English, you might run into a few problems. There are a couple of options available to you when it comes to... Read more

Best designer handbags for work: Here are 11 for carrying your tech in style

Best designer handbags for work: Here are 11 for carrying your tech in style

By Britta O'Boyle

It doesn't matter what profession you are in, many of us need a practical bag for work and for some that means carrying a laptop, tablet or some other form of tech around with you on a daily basis.Just because you need to carry a laptop, doesn't mean... Read more

Smart ForTwo Cabrio first drive: Topless thrills

Smart ForTwo Cabrio first drive: Topless thrills

By Britta O'Boyle

Smart is a word that carries a couple of meanings. It can refer to clothing or intelligence, but since 1998 it's carried a third meaning - a small, ingeniously packaged and seriously useful city car.The first Smart car from Daimler was iconic. The little... Read more

What is VR? Virtual reality explained

What is VR? Virtual reality explained

By Britta O'Boyle

Virtual reality, or VR, is the latest buzzword in the wonderful world of technology. Don't be fooled into thinking it is a new technology though, it isn't, but that's not to say it isn't something to get excited about.For those who are wondering what... Read more

Ted Baker SS16: Sexy cases, funky headphones

Ted Baker SS16: Sexy cases, funky headphones

By Britta O'Boyle

Ted Baker is well known as a clothing brand but pretty dresses and whacky shirts aren't the only thing it dabbles in. It has its fingers in all sorts of pies from bedding and lingerie to crockery and there are a few cases and headphones thrown in... Read more

Withings Activite Steel review: Step-tracking with style
4.0 stars

Withings Activite Steel review: Step-tracking with style

By Britta O'Boyle

Withings is no stranger to beautiful design. Its original Activité fitness tracker was one of the most wearable wearables of 2015, which is probably why the cheaper Activité Pop and newer mid-level Activité Steel both adopt a similar design.All three... Read more

Best Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus camera accessories

Best Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus camera accessories

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple's more recent iPhones are pretty good in terms of smartphone camera performance, some of the best in fact. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both offered decent snappers, while the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus took things up a notch and improved... Read more

7 best apps for planning your vacation or holiday

7 best apps for planning your vacation or holiday

By Britta O'Boyle

January is a pretty depressing month all in all. It tends to be cold and wet and many of us have the added bonus of having very little cash to our names. But let's forget about that money situation for a minute and focus on cheering ourselves up. We could... Read more

Five parental control apps for Android devices

Five parental control apps for Android devices

By Britta O'Boyle

The internet is a fantastic source of information. Whether you use it for social media, researching or cheating on the pub quiz, you can discover nearly anything you need to know these days.But while you might be happy to have unlimited access to all... Read more

Top photography tips for beginners

Top photography tips for beginners

By Britta O'Boyle

Photography is a complicated subject that can be a minefield for some, while to others it comes as naturally as eating a piece of cake.If you sit in the first camp, where the idea of jumping out of a plane is more appealing than picking up a DSLR and... Read more

Multi-room audio: What is it and what are your options?

Multi-room audio: What is it and what are your options?

By Britta O'Boyle

Multi-room audio is one of those buzzwords that's been kicking about for a couple of years. It's a word that ultimately refers to what you might expect - audio in multiple rooms - but don't be fooled into thinking that's all there is to it.The simple... Read more

Fitbit goes fashionable with Blaze smart fitness watch

Fitbit goes fashionable with Blaze smart fitness watch

By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit is no stranger to the activity tracking field with numerous devices in its portfolio including the popular Charge HR. Despite being excellent trackers though, none of the Fitbit models are what you would call pretty.Until now that is. The company... Read more

New Year, new you: 7 tech resolutions for 2016

New Year, new you: 7 tech resolutions for 2016

By Britta O'Boyle

The clock has struck and another year has begun. You have probably made all sorts of resolutions - quit smoking, drink less, go out more, spend less, etc.While some of those are more manageable than others, we have rounded up seven tech resolutions that... Read more

Best fitness apps: 9 apps to get you moving in 2016

Best fitness apps: 9 apps to get you moving in 2016

By Britta O'Boyle

New year, new you. Make of that what you will, but if it is getting fit with the help of your trusty smartphone then you've come to the right place. We have rounded up some of the best fitness apps out there, some free and some paid, to help you get moving... Read more

Siri vs Cortana: Which is the funniest assistant?

Siri vs Cortana: Which is the funniest assistant?

By Britta O'Boyle

You might have heard of Siri and Cortana. They are the lovely personal assistants from Apple and Microsoft, both looking to help their users out whenever they are in need. They aren't just helpful though - they are pretty funny too, depending on what... Read more

Best place to put a speaker: Sonos head of design gives us tips and tricks of the trade

Best place to put a speaker: Sonos head of design gives us tips and tricks of the trade

By Britta O'Boyle

Sonos has a mission to fill every home with music, as well as to give you the ultimate home music experience.To do this, you not only need to have great speakers, but you also have to have the best possible set-up for them with the best possible objects... Read more

Best Apple Watch apps: 31 apps to download that actually do something

Best Apple Watch apps: 31 apps to download that actually do something

By Britta O'Boyle

The Apple Watch is no longer the new kid on the smartwatch block. It's been kicking around for nearly a year now and in that time, the apps available for it reach over 10,000.Of course, not all these apps are great, useful or even suited to the Apple... Read more

How to create a photo collage: Six best apps

How to create a photo collage: Six best apps

By Britta O'Boyle

It wasn't until quite recently that Instagram made it much easier to create a photo collage of several images in one. It's now possible to upload one image that combines up to 10 photos in one directly through the Layout app, which is accessible through... Read more

Best iPad Air 2 cases: Protect your Apple tablet

Best iPad Air 2 cases: Protect your Apple tablet

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple offers five iPad options with display sizes ranging from 7.9-inches in the mini models to a huge 12.9-inches in the largest iPad Pro. The portfolio starts with the iPad mini 2 and it includes the newer iPad mini 4 followed by the iPad Air 2, the... Read more

Best apps for capturing Christmas fun

Best apps for capturing Christmas fun

By Britta O'Boyle

You wait 364 days for Christmas Day to come round for it to all be over in 24 hours. Countless days of shopping, hours of cooking, more food and drink than is normal for four people to consume let alone one, and then bang, it's Boxing Day and you're... Read more

Christmas cooking: 5 best apps

Christmas cooking: 5 best apps

By Britta O'Boyle

Christmas can involve months of preparation, from the endless weeks of shopping for gifts, to the pre-ordering of the turkey and stocking up the fridge.The dinner itself can be a mammoth task and although every extra helping hand is useful, there can... Read more

Microsoft Band 2 review: Function over form
3.5 stars

Microsoft Band 2 review: Function over form

By Britta O'Boyle

Microsoft introduced the original Band in October 2014, bringing a device that combined an array of fitness tracking features with a few smartwatch-like functions. Despite being great in terms of functionality, it was heavily criticised for its rigid... Read more

Best 10 gadgets for a more connected home

Best 10 gadgets for a more connected home

By Britta O'Boyle

Connected homes used to be something you'd associate with the future but that's no longer the case. Over the last few years we have seen several smarthome gadgets and devices appear and they have really come into their own in 2015.Smart heating and lighting... Read more

Best 8 gadgets for entertaining the kids this Christmas

Best 8 gadgets for entertaining the kids this Christmas

By Britta O'Boyle

This year has seen some amazing gadgets and devices make their way through the Pocket-lint offices, from the new Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV with 4K capability to the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and the Apple iPad mini 4.Whether you are looking for the... Read more

What's Android Wear really like on iPhone?

What's Android Wear really like on iPhone?

By Britta O'Boyle

Smartwatches are now a thing. It doesn't matter if you love them or hate them, think they are great or entirely pointless, there are new models launching every month and this is only set to continue.It wasn't all that long ago that options were more... Read more

Nodus Access Case 2 and Shell Case: When simplicity equals greatness

Nodus Access Case 2 and Shell Case: When simplicity equals greatness

By Britta O'Boyle

Smartphone cases are funny things. A little like Marmite you could say. You either love the idea of protecting your device and making it different from everyone else, or you hate the fact that you essentially have no choice but to put a case on to protect... Read more

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Samsung S6 edge Plus: Which is better?

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Samsung S6 edge Plus: Which is better?

By Britta O'Boyle

At the top of Sony's Xperia Z5 family is the Z5 Premium. It steals headlines with its 4K display, putting itself forward as part of the new breed, the next generation of super smartphones.It runs headlong into the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung's big-screened... Read more