Chris Hall

Mobile World Congress 2018: What to expect from Samsung, Sony, Nokia and more

Mobile World Congress 2018: What to expect from Samsung, Sony, Nokia and more

By Chris Hall

Mobile World Congress is the biggest mobile event of the year, seeing the launch of many of the top smartphones, smartwatches and tablets, as well as seeing the emergence of the hottest new trends in mobile. Generally speaking, all the big brands attend... 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

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

Panasonic 4K HDR TVs for 2018: EZ1002, FZ952, FZ802, FX750, FX740, FX700 and FX600 compared

Panasonic 4K HDR TVs for 2018: EZ1002, FZ952, FZ802, FX750, FX740, FX700 and FX600 compared

By Chris Hall

Panasonic has a full line-up of new televisions for 2018, investing both in expanding its OLED offering, as well as delivering a range of LED TVs too.That sees the number of OLED sets expand, while there are four major divisions in the 4K HDR LED sets.... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 specs, release date, rumours and news: Everything you need to know

Samsung Galaxy S9 specs, release date, rumours and news: Everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

We know that Samsung's next flagship smartphone will be called the Samsung Galaxy S9 and will be joined by the S9+, a larger model.Samsung hasn't been shy about sprinkling mentions of the names about; they were recently confirmed in Samsung's quarterly... Read more

Panasonic Lumix GX9 initial review: Compact but powerful

Panasonic Lumix GX9 initial review: Compact but powerful

By Chris Hall

The Panasonic Lumix G Series has grown considerably over recent years and with the announcement of the new Lumix GX9, there's now a new compact model for those interested in quality and control.While this camera really updates and replaces the GX8, in... Read more

How to stop someone else buying stuff with your Amazon Echo and Alexa

How to stop someone else buying stuff with your Amazon Echo and Alexa

By Chris Hall

You've long been able to ask Alexa to buy you things from Amazon. But how do you stop accidental ordering on your Amazon Echo with Alexa? (If you don't know what Alexa is, we'll explain all in our What is Alexa? feature.)And how do you stop reckless friends... Read more

What is Bixby? Samsung's smart assistant explained

What is Bixby? Samsung's smart assistant explained

By Chris Hall

Samsung's high-end Android phones, come with their own voice assistant called Bixby in addition to supporting Google Assistant.It's Samsung's attempt to take on the likes of Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana and Alexa, with a new AI agent that's going... Read more

Best smartphone 2018: The best phones available to buy today

Best smartphone 2018: The 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.Here you'll find the best phone for your budget, the phone features you need, the size... Read more

DS 7 Crossback review: Tech meets luxury flair, but it's not all savoir faire
4.0 stars

DS 7 Crossback review: Tech meets luxury flair, but it's not all savoir faire

By Chris Hall

The DS 7 Crossback is an important car for DS Automobiles. It represents the start of something new. Announced as a new brand in 2014, this is the first car for the marque that's all DS and no Citroën. That means there's no chevron-badged version,... Read more

Panasonic's 2018 4K HDR LED TVs support HDR10+ and offer Google and Alexa voice controls

Panasonic's 2018 4K HDR LED TVs support HDR10+ and offer Google and Alexa voice controls

By Chris Hall

Panasonic has detailed its 2018 4K HDR LED TVs, joining the flagship OLED models it announced earlier in the year.There are four new series that will carry an LED panel: FX750, FX740, FX700 and FX600. The FX600 is the entry-level point for 4K HDR from... 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, then there's anticipation of the next big thing.Here we look at those phones that haven't yet launched, the... Read more

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

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

By Chris Hall

Some might say that HTC is slightly out of phase, launching the HTC U11 alongside a number of other flagship devices in 2017, but then launching the HTC U11+ late in 2017, so it arrives as other manufacturers are dropping prices and preparing 2018 launches. We're... Read more

Nokia 9 specs, release date, news and rumours: everything you need to know

Nokia 9 specs, release date, news and rumours: everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

Before the Nokia 8 was launched, there was a lot of talk of there being two flagship handsets from Nokia or, more accurately, HMD Global. HMD is the licensee for the Nokia name on phones.Some went as far as saying that the Nokia 8 was going to launch... Read more

Panasonic Lumix GX9 puts shooting power into a compact body

Panasonic Lumix GX9 puts shooting power into a compact body

By Chris Hall

Panasonic has announced the new Lumix GX9, slimming down the 2015 GX8 model for a more compact but powerful interchangeable lens system camera that look more like the GX80 in style.At its heart is a 20.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor without a low-pass filter,... Read more

Panasonic UB9000 UHD Blu-ray player aims high with THX certification, reference grade audio ... and Alexa

Panasonic UB9000 UHD Blu-ray player aims high with THX certification, reference grade audio ... and Alexa

By Chris Hall

Panasonic has announced a new reference grade Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the DP-UB9000 which has a substantial aluminium chassis and a range of other technologies to ensure supreme audio and visual performance. The new player is not only substantially... Read more

Panasonic TZ200 extends to 15x optical zoom for all your travel close-ups

Panasonic TZ200 extends to 15x optical zoom for all your travel close-ups

By Chris Hall

Panasonic has announced an update to its popular travel camera, resulting in the Lumix TZ200.The new model keeps to this line's style with a compact body, but packing an impressive 15x optical zoom Leica lens onto the front. This lens is 24mm at the wide... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ Pro specs, release date, news and features: Plus Sony Xperia XZ2 latest

Sony Xperia XZ Pro specs, release date, news and features: Plus Sony Xperia XZ2 latest

By Chris Hall

Having ditched the Xperia Z naming, Sony has moved to the XZ name for its top line of phones. We're expecting some action in the XZ family VERY soon.Mobile World Congress (MWC) starts at the end of this month and it will play host to the unveiling of... 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

Google Photos: How to create themed movies of your cat, dog or loved ones

Google Photos: How to create themed movies of your cat, dog or loved ones

By Chris Hall

Google Photos is one of the best photo apps out there for managing and sharing your photos. It's a dream on Android - and standard - but you can also download it on iPhone to take advantage of Google power.Making custom movies has been something that... Read more

Grab yourself an Amazon Fire TV Stick for just £30 or 4K Fire TV for £60

Grab yourself an Amazon Fire TV Stick for just £30 or 4K Fire TV for £60

By Chris Hall

Amazon often discounts its own-branded products, not just during major sales periods, such as Prime Day or Black Friday. And some are certainly too good to miss out on: the discounted Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote or Amazon Fire TV with... Read more

Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming
4.0 stars

Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming

By Chris Hall

Google stepped away from the Nexus family in 2016 and launched the Pixel smartphones, adopting the line of the previous Chromebook Pixel and Pixel C and presenting a Google-designed premium product.The Pixel 2 XL is the second-gen, looking to replace... Read more

How to set-up an Android phone for a child

How to set-up an Android phone for a child

By Chris Hall

There comes a point when your child needs their own phone. As a parent, it's a fork in the road: on one hand a phone provides a point of contact as your child becomes more independent, on the other it's a gateway to the darker side of online life. For... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8: What's the rumoured difference?

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8: What's the rumoured difference?

By Chris Hall

Everyone knows that Samsung's next device launch will be the Samsung Galaxy S9, a flagship device to replace the Galaxy S8.Leaks have been prolific and with the new Samsung flagship due to be announced at the end of February at Mobile World Congress,... Read more

Amazon reveals how it stops Alexa responding to its hotword unintentionally

Amazon reveals how it stops Alexa responding to its hotword unintentionally

By Chris Hall

There probably hasn't been a time that you've consciously been thankful for deep neural networks and machine learning, but that's what Amazon is using to ensure that Alexa doesn't respond to the "Alexa" keyword when you don't want it to. To demonstrate... 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

The best 4K Ultra HD TVs 2018: our pick of the top 4K TVs to buy today

The best 4K Ultra HD TVs 2018: our pick of the top 4K TVs to buy today

By Chris Hall

4K Ultra HD is no longer something for the rich and privileged. The content is readily available, making your TV viewing better than ever before. So what's the best 4K TV to buy? There's a huge amount of choice and plenty of confusion: you'll see UHD,... Read more

The best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players 2018

The best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players 2018

By Chris Hall

There are many that proclaim optical media is dead and that streaming is the way ahead, but one look at the quality of the latest blockbuster movies on Ultra HD Blu-ray and you'll change your mind.With a standardised format, Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and... Read more

Strava privacy: How to manage sharing, hide your activities and opt-out of the heatmap

Strava privacy: How to manage sharing, hide your activities and opt-out of the heatmap

By Chris Hall

Strava is a great fitness tool and favoured by runners and cyclists. An easy-to-use app, compatibility with both Android and iPhone devices, as well as integration with most other sports watches and trackers - like Fitbit and Garmin - means it's something... Read more

Roku Streaming Stick+ review: First-class streaming
4.5 stars

Roku Streaming Stick+ review: First-class streaming

By Chris Hall

Streaming represents the biggest shift in how we consume content in recent years. Where it might have once been seen as a last resort - somewhere you'd go when you missed something - it's now often the initial method of choice. After all, why watch broadcast... Read more

HTC U11+ review: Big, bold, but a bit late to the game
4.0 stars

HTC U11+ review: Big, bold, but a bit late to the game

By Chris Hall

Having released the HTC U11 in the early stages of 2017, HTC announced an update in late 2017 in the guise of the HTC U11+. The biggest change is a shift in design to an 18:9 display, making for a less wide device that's easier to hold.This design move... Read more

The best Android phones 2018

The best Android phones 2018

By Chris Hall

These are the best Android smartphones you can buy today. 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, with a wide range of specifications and... Read more

DJI Mavic Air initial review: Compact, powerful, but so much fun

DJI Mavic Air initial review: Compact, powerful, but so much fun

By Chris Hall

DJI has asserted itself as the name in drones, hitting many tiers with quadcopters that will help you capture unique video or photos. Once the preserve of the rich or professional, the move into cheaper consumer devices has opened up this segment of... Read more

Best GPS running watch: The best sports watches to buy today

Best GPS running watch: The best 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

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 now well established, offered as the de facto option for newcomers to Sky TV and throwing off its original shackles as a premium service. Existing Sky+ users can also upgrade to Sky Q at reduced rates, so it's really the provider's main option... Read more

Amazon Echo Spot review: That hits the spot
4.5 stars

Amazon Echo Spot review: That hits the spot

By Chris Hall

Alexa has liberally thrust itself into the lives of just about everyone. Amazon's omnipotent AI appeals not only to the technically minded, but to everyone.Amazon's voice-controlled virtual assistant, Alexa, has become the complete smart home influencer:... Read more

Nissan Leaf (2018) review: Electric for the people
4.5 stars

Nissan Leaf (2018) review: Electric for the people

By Chris Hall

While many manufacturers are posturing and pontificating about plans for the electrification of their cars, Nissan is releasing a proper second-gen electric vehicle, the new Nissan Leaf.The world has changed a lot since the 2010 launch of the original... Read more

Kia Stonic review: Batten down the hatches, the crossovers are coming
4.0 stars

Kia Stonic review: Batten down the hatches, the crossovers are coming

By Chris Hall

If you're a car manufacturer and not looking at how you can add a crossover to your model line-up, you're probably aiming your efforts in the wrong direction.The linear range of hatchback, saloon and estate has found SUVs thrust into the mix, with many... 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

Amazon Echo Spot now available in the UK, pre-order today for £119

Amazon Echo Spot now available in the UK, pre-order today for £119

By Chris Hall

The missing piece of the Echo puzzle - the Echo Spot - is now available to pre-order in the UK. The little brother to the Echo Show, the Echo Spot makes for a perfect bedside companion. See the Echo Spot on Amazon UK  Announced alongside the refreshed... Read more

Nokia 6 (2018) vs Nokia 6 (2017): What's the difference?

Nokia 6 (2018) vs Nokia 6 (2017): What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

Nokia has entered phase two of its Android comeback, launching a second-generation phone, the new Nokia 6.So far this phone has only been announced in China, but we have a feeling it might be heading to the rest of the world too, just as the original... Read more

CES 2018: All the announcements that matter

CES 2018: All the announcements that matter

By Chris Hall

Consumer electronics show CES is one of the biggest tech events of the year and CES 2018 will 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 tech... Read more

Best TVs of CES 2018: Sony, Panasonic, LG and more

Best TVs of CES 2018: Sony, Panasonic, LG and more

By Chris Hall

CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, held annually in January in Las Vegas is traditionally the launch platform for a new era of TVs. If you're looking to buy a new TV - perhaps to watch the 2018 Fifa World Cup - or just because it's time to update, then... Read more

Want a 2018 Samsung TV? You'll have to wait until March for the new line-up to be announced

Want a 2018 Samsung TV? You'll have to wait until March for the new line-up to be announced

By Chris Hall

Samsung surprised many at CES 2018 by not really announcing any new products. There was talk at the annual press conference about connectivity and a vision of a connected world, but aside from 14 new models of the Family Hub fridge, very little was said... Read more

Echo Show vs Lenovo Smart Display vs JBL Link View: New year, new smart display devices

Echo Show vs Lenovo Smart Display vs JBL Link View: New year, new smart display devices

By Chris Hall

While Amazon's Alexa is liberally stamping itself all over the world of technology, the fight isn't yet over, with Google staging what might look like the defence of Rorke's Drift. The announcement of new Google Assistant-equipped rivals to the Echo... Read more

Samsung's 2018 TVs will let you set them up using your smartphone

Samsung's 2018 TVs will let you set them up using your smartphone

By Chris Hall

Samsung has announced its new line-up of QLED TVs during its CES 2018 event, but the most exciting thing isn't this new range of sexy TVs, it's one clever thing that Samsung has done to make using these TVs easier.That's right, it has streamlined the... Read more

What is HDR, what TVs and devices support HDR, and what HDR content can I watch?

What is HDR, what TVs and devices support HDR, and what HDR content can I watch?

By Chris Hall

The television and display industry never stands still, with manufacturers introducing new technologies every year to improve their TVs and convince you that now is the time to upgrade.Over the past few years we've seen the move from CRT to thin TVs,... Read more

LG's 2018 OLED TVs offer enhanced HDR, Google Assistant, Dolby Atmos and voice AI

LG's 2018 OLED TVs offer enhanced HDR, Google Assistant, Dolby Atmos and voice AI

By Chris Hall

LG has pulled the covers off its flagship OLED TVs for 2018, following very much in the lines of 2017, but this time called its TVs AI OLED, to indicate the new level of intelligence that they offer.There's a new Signature Wallpaper model, the W8 leading... Read more

Amazon Kindle and original Kindle Oasis now offer Audible support with update

Amazon Kindle and original Kindle Oasis now offer Audible support with update

By Chris Hall

When Amazon launched the updated version of the Kindle Oasis in October 2017, one of the headline features was support for Audible, meaning you can switch from reading to listening, thanks to Bluetooth hardware.However, Amazon also announced at the... Read more

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music: Offline music and Garmin Pay make this a potent sports watch

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music: Offline music and Garmin Pay make this a potent sports watch

By Chris Hall

Garmin has had a music-shaped hole in its line-up of sports devices for some time. While rivals like TomTom have been offering the ability to take your music with you for a couple of years, Garmin is only just catching up. The new skills come in the... Read more