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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

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

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

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

Best Pokemon Go tips to master the Pokemon mayhem

Best Pokemon Go tips to master the Pokemon mayhem

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

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

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 will announce its next flagship smartphone very soon. The Taiwanese manufacturer is slightly out of phase in terms of its flagship phone launches, revealing the HTC U11 alongside a number of other flagship devices in 2017, but then launching the... Read more

BlackBerry KeyTwo: What's the story so far?

BlackBerry KeyTwo: What's the story so far?

By Chris Hall

Last year, BlackBerry Mobile - now under the banner of TCL - launched its first traditionally-styled BlackBerry running Android.It was called the KeyOne, and it was the cause for much excitement among both die-hard BlackBerry fans and those who left BlackBerry... 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
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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 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 has now been officially unveiled, with the company looking to... 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 numbers, skipping over P11? Because this is a massive change, according to Huawei, that deserves a bigger step in numeration. The... 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

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

Best Samsung Galaxy S9 tips and tricks: The ultimate masterclass

Best Samsung Galaxy S9 tips and tricks: The ultimate masterclass

By Chris Hall

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ update Samsung's flagship phone. While it carries on the Galaxy S8 design, it pulls in features from Android Oreo, from the Note 8, as well as introducing a whole new range of functions.The Galaxy S9 is Samsung's most... 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 the back. Dual camera phones are now fairly common, but Huawei wants to take things further - looking to bring "master level" photography to its new flagship... Read more

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro official: The most exciting smartphones of 2018?

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro official: The most exciting smartphones of 2018?

By Chris Hall

The much leaked and barely-concealed Huawei P20 and P20 Pro have been officially unveiled by Huawei in a huge global launch event in Paris.The grandeur of occasion is as much a statement of intent as the devices themselves, which are easily the most ambitious... Read more

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro launch live, watch it right here

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro launch live, watch it right here

By Chris Hall

Huawei will soon unveil its latest handsets, the Huawei P20 and the Huawei P20 Pro. The company says that these devices will bring in a "new renaissance" in smartphone photography, teasing a wide range of features.Looking to shake-up the established world... Read more

Amazon UK Easter deals still live on Echo, Fire TV, Netgear and more

Amazon UK Easter deals still live on Echo, Fire TV, Netgear and more

By Chris Hall

Amazon's Early Easter Sales week is now over, meaning we've now got to turn our attention to Prime Day for the next big wave of deals.That's not to say there still isn't a chance to snap up some bargains, though. Some of the deals we saw last week are... Read more

Google Home Mini bargain: Add Google Assistant to your home for £34

Google Home Mini bargain: Add Google Assistant to your home for £34

By Chris Hall

Google has knocked £15 off the Home Mini smart assistant until 4 April, so you can add Google Assistant to your home for less this Easter. The nationwide discount means the Google Home Mini can now be had for a very reasonable £34.The Home Mini deal... Read more

Echo bargains! Easter Sales offer £15 Echo and £10 Echo Dot discounts

Echo bargains! Easter Sales offer £15 Echo and £10 Echo Dot discounts

By Chris Hall

The Early Easter sales have hit Amazon.co.uk, bringing with them a couple of hot discounts on Amazon Echo models.The Amazon Echo - that's the smaller second-gen model with a changeable cover - has a discount of £15, bringing it down to £74.99 (it's... Read more

Fantastic fitness tracker deal will get you a Fitbit Alta for £69

Fantastic fitness tracker deal will get you a Fitbit Alta for £69

By Chris Hall

If you're struggling to stay motivated and get in your daily steps, then you might be interested in this Fitbit Alta deal.The Fitbit Alta normally retails for £99.99, but is now priced at only £69.99 in the Amazon Easter sales, so you save yourself... Read more

Massive Netgear Arlo security camera deal will save you £160

Massive Netgear Arlo security camera deal will save you £160

By Chris Hall

Arlo is one of our favourite home security systems, giving you smartphone-controlled cameras, motion detection, night vision and all with free online video storage for a week.It's an expensive system, but you can save 39 per cent today thanks to Amazon's... Read more

Best Garmin watch: Fenix, Forerunner and Vivo compared

Best Garmin watch: Fenix, Forerunner and Vivo compared

By Chris Hall

Garmin has a lot of fitness trackers and sports devices in its portfolio. It offers not only a range of options within each family, but it offers a wide range of sport-specific devices too.Choosing a Garmin can be confusing, but you're in the right place... 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 upgrade to Sky Q at reduced rates, so it's really the provider's main option going... Read more

Amazon Echo review: The best way to experience Alexa?
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Amazon Echo review: The best way to experience Alexa?

By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo and its Amazon Alexa voice-control system has been a break-away hit for smart home speakers over the past few years.When it launched - way back in 2014 in the US - the at-home voice-assistant forged a whole new category, leaving rivals... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: If it ain't broke, don't fix it
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Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: If it ain't broke, don't fix it

By Chris Hall

The Galaxy S9+ is now on sale. But looking at the new phone and you'd be forgiven for thinking it's the Galaxy S8+.For some the immediate reaction is that Samsung hasn't evolved this phone since the last iteration (as with the standard Galaxy S9). The... Read more

Fitbit Versa vs Fitbit Blaze: What's the difference?

Fitbit Versa vs Fitbit Blaze: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

The Fitbit Blaze was Fitbit's first "watch", the company's first foray into devices that were larger than the fitness bands it previously offered. It marked a fork in the path for the company's products, shifting from Flex-based design (Flex-Charge-Surge)... Read more

Fitbit Ace initial review: Doing it for the kids

Fitbit Ace initial review: Doing it for the kids

By Chris Hall

What does Fitbit have in common with the iPad? Simple, it has achieved that lofty position of becoming genericised. Not sure what genericised means? Then maybe you need to be heading back to school. Because step into the playground and trademarks don't... Read more

Fitbit Versa vs Fitbit Ionic: What's the difference?

Fitbit Versa vs Fitbit Ionic: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

Fitbit has expanded its smartwatch collection with the launch of the Versa, a new watch that sits alongside the Fitbit Ionic, offering a blend of fitness tracking and smartwatch functions.Launching a year later, the new Fitbit Versa offers many of the... Read more

Fitbit Versa is an affordable sporty smartwatch for complete lifestyle tracking

Fitbit Versa is an affordable sporty smartwatch for complete lifestyle tracking

By Chris Hall

Fitbit has a new sportswatch, the Fitbit Versa. Adding to the company's line-up of sporty smartwatches, the new Fitbit Verso very much evolves what the Fitbit Ionic started. Although designed to the unisex, the new Fitbit Versa is a softer design than... Read more

Fitbit Ace fitness tracker lets children track activity, opens the door for Fitbit family fun

Fitbit Ace fitness tracker lets children track activity, opens the door for Fitbit family fun

By Chris Hall

Fitbit has officially announced a fitness tracker for kids called the Fitbit Ace. The new tracker looks and acts like the Fitbit Alta, but in a smaller format for smaller wrists. It's really designed for kids aged 8 years and older, allowing them to... Read more

Fitbit Versa initial review: Lacks GPS, but loaded with functions

Fitbit Versa initial review: Lacks GPS, but loaded with functions

By Chris Hall

The Fitbit Ionic saw the popular fitness tracking company launch its first "smartwatch". Designed to walk a path that gave you the convenience of the smartwatch - colourful display, apps, wide notifications - with Fitbit's popular tracking platform.The... Read more

Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X: It's Samsung vs Apple in the clash of the titans

Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X: It's Samsung vs Apple in the clash of the titans

By Chris Hall

The world of top smartphones has polarised in the past few years into two distinct factions: Apple or Android. More specifically, it's Apple vs Samsung at the top of the tree for phones sold. Both shipped over 70 million devices in Q4 2017, occupying... Read more

Hive Hub 360 connects your smart home devices, provides audio detection

Hive Hub 360 connects your smart home devices, provides audio detection

By Chris Hall

Hive, the Centrica-owned smart home company, has announced a new hub: the Hive Hub 360.The new Hub 360 takes the Hive system forward a step, moving beyond the straight-forward connectivity offered by the original Hubs and playing a more central role in... Read more

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

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

By Chris Hall

Samsung has officially announced the Samsung Galaxy S9, its latest and greatest smartphone aiming to take on the world and everything else.We have now had the chance to fully review the S9, and it's now available to buy, the new Galaxy S9, at first glance,... 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... Read more

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S9, including smart select and smart capture

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S9, including smart select and smart capture

By Chris Hall

Samsung made a major change when it launched the Galaxy S8 and S8+, removing the physical home button. That's the same on the new Galaxy S9 and S9+, meaning that screenshots on a Samsung phone are different to older models, like the S7.You have a number... Read more

What is HDR and what TVs and devices support it? Plus our guide to HDR content to watch

What is HDR and what TVs and devices support it? Plus our guide to HDR content to watch

By Chris Hall

The TV industry never stands still, with new technologies every year to improve TVs and convince you that now's the time to upgrade.Over the past few years we've seen the move from CRT to thin TVs, we've seen the rise and fall of plasma, we've witnessed... Read more