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Fitbit Versa review: Lacks GPS, but loaded with other features
4.0 stars Fitbit Versa review: Lacks GPS, but loaded with other features By Chris Hall

The second Fitbit smartwatch - following the 2017 launch of the Fitbit Ionic - is a smaller, softer model that comes in at a cheaper price point.It's designed to widen the appeal of Fitbit watches, providing the familiarity of the company's popular lifestyle... Read more

Huawei announces 6 million P20 smartphones sold: What's all the fuss about?
Huawei announces 6 million P20 smartphones sold: What's all the fuss about? By Chris Hall

Huawei has confirmed that it has managed to shift some 6 million P20 smartphones, although it doesn't divulge what the breakdown is between the regular P20 and the super P20 Pro model.Launching on 27 March 2018, Huawei has confirmed that P20 sales are... 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

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music adds offline music to Garmin's sporty smartwatch
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music adds offline music to Garmin's sporty smartwatch By Chris Hall

Garmin has announced the Vivoactive 3 Music, which as the name suggests, adds music to the sporty smartwatch experience that the Vivoactive offers.Like the Forerunner 645 Music that was announced earlier in the year, the Vivoactive 3 Music will let you... 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

So you're looking for the best smartphone? Then you've come to the right place. We'll guide you through all the top mobile phones we've reviewed, both on Android and iOS. If you're after the best camera phone, the best phone for business or the best... Read more

Google Pixel 3 XL flaunts every angle in revealing prototype leak
Google Pixel 3 XL flaunts every angle in revealing prototype leak By Chris Hall

Google's next smartphone - the Pixel 3 - has surfaced online in a series of photos showing the phone from all sides. Originally shared with XDA Developers, the website returned to the source of the original pictures and managed to coax out some more,... Read more

Vodafone Smart N9 offers a big screen, attractive price, and parental control features
Vodafone Smart N9 offers a big screen, attractive price, and parental control features By Chris Hall

The Vodafone Smart N9 is pitched as something of a "my first smartphone" proposition. Priced to make it accessible to many, this £109 (pay as you go, £18 a month on contract) Vodafone phone offers some of the latest smartphone tech in its svelte body.On... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ3 release date, specs and rumours
Sony Xperia XZ3 release date, specs and rumours By Chris Hall

Sony Mobile made a big design shift in 2018, moving the Xperia XZ2 to Loop Design and washing away the squared designs of the last few years.Launching at MWC 2018, the Sony Xperia XZ2 is a good phone, but the Xperia XZ2 Premium was then announced, casting... Read more

IFA 2018: What to expect from Berlin's giant tech show
IFA 2018: What to expect from Berlin's giant tech show By Chris Hall

IFA, Internationale Funkausstellung, now holds one of the most significant spots on the calendar for international launches and product showcases.The show started in 1924 as a radio convention and now, hosted in Messe Berlin, it's one of the world's... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ3 could bring dual cameras to a slimmer body
Sony Xperia XZ3 could bring dual cameras to a slimmer body By Chris Hall

Sony Mobile's current flagship model is the Xperia XZ2. Announced in February 2018, it changes the Xperia design and has plenty of power. In many ways, it's a great phone.But at the same time that Sony Mobile announced the new device, it was already talking... Read more

Fire TV Cube official: 4K HDR steaming with voice control for your TV, lights and everything else
Fire TV Cube official: 4K HDR steaming with voice control for your TV, lights and everything else By Chris Hall

Amazon has announced another twist on the Fire TV in the form of the Fire TV Cube. If you imagine the functionality of the Fire TV, combine it with an Echo Dot and add in a bit of universal remote control, you've arrived at the Fire TV Cube. Not only... Read more

Audi MMI: Exploring Audi's in-car infotainment and tech options
Audi MMI: Exploring Audi's in-car infotainment and tech options By Chris Hall

Of all the car brands out there, Audi is known for offering one of the most expansive and integrated information and entertainment systems you'll find in a car.There's whole range of options available: from Wi-Fi hotspots, to live traffic, there's Virtual... Read more

Three's 5G ambitions include massive customer capacity and a move into 5G domestic broadband
Three's 5G ambitions include massive customer capacity and a move into 5G domestic broadband By Chris Hall

Three is preparing itself for the move to 5G. That will come as no surprise, as much of the talk in mobile circles over the last few years has been the step forward to 5G. The company also finds itself in a strong position, with plenty of spectrum allocation,... Read more

Google Lens: What is it and how does it work?
Google Lens: What is it and how does it work? By Chris Hall

Google Lens was one of Google's biggest announcements in 2017, but it was a primarily a Google Pixel-exclusive feature at launch.If you've been waiting for Google Lens to come to more phones, you'll be glad to know that day has finally arrived. At Google... Read more

Audi e-tron: Design, battery range, price and everything you need to know about the all-electric SUV
Audi e-tron: Design, battery range, price and everything you need to know about the all-electric SUV 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, led by the Audi e-tron Quattro concept... Read more

Apple announces Google Maps and Waze integration into CarPlay
Apple announces Google Maps and Waze integration into CarPlay By Chris Hall

Apple took to the stage at WWDC - its 2018 developer conference - and introduced a wide-range of new features coming to iOS 12, the next version of its mobile software due later in 2018. Although the company didn't delve too deeply into CarPlay, it did... Read more

The best mobile phone deals for June 2018: Find the right phone deal for you
The best mobile phone deals for June 2018: Find the right phone deal for you By Chris Hall

Looking for the best mobile phone deal for you? Look no further as our comparison table below enables you to select the contract phone deal that's right for you. Not sure what phone will suit you? Our handy guide to the best smartphones in 2018 breaks... Read more

Top phone photography tips from the team responsible for the Google Pixel camera
Top phone photography tips from the team responsible for the Google Pixel camera By Chris Hall

When it comes to smartphones, all the talk is about cameras. No manufacturer is immune from talking-up the prowess of its phone camera, from Apple to ZTE, it's the part of a phone launch that garners the most attention.Some great things have been achieved... Read more

Panasonic UB9000 UHD Blu-ray player plugs the high-end gap left by Oppo
Panasonic UB9000 UHD Blu-ray player plugs the high-end gap left by Oppo By Chris Hall

Panasonic announced a new reference grade Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the DP-UB9000 which has a substantial chassis and a range of other technologies to ensure supreme audio and visual performance. It was announced in February and more recently we've had... Read more

Jurassic World Alive: How to play, in-game payments and everything you need to know
Jurassic World Alive: How to play, in-game payments and everything you need to know By Chris Hall

There's a new mobile AR game, jumping onto the release of the next Jurassic Park film - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - and looking to take some of that cult Pokemon Go AR action into the realm of dinosaurs.Jurassic World Alive release dateJurassic World... Read more

Nokia 7 Plus review: Shooting for mid-range glory
4.0 stars Nokia 7 Plus review: Shooting for mid-range glory By Chris Hall

Nokia has seen itself resurrected. Leaping from the frying pan into the Windows Phone fire, the resurgence under the tutelage of HMD Global has been impressive.That comeback has been in the affordable end of the market, where Nokia has released a lot... Read more

Nest Hello is now available in the UK for £229
Nest Hello is now available in the UK for £229 By Chris Hall

Nest Hello is the company's take on the connected doorbell, looking to rival the likes of Ring, with a smart solution that will let you know who is at your door, no matter where you are. Part of the Nest family, the Nest Hello slips in alongside Nest's... Read more

LG V35 ThinQ vs LG V30: What's the difference?
LG V35 ThinQ vs LG V30: What's the difference? By Chris Hall

LG's V series is the alternative flagship model, often ranged alongside the G series. Traditionally the V series was larger, but felt a little niche; recently, LG has been doing more to make the V series more competitive.After the appearance of the LG... 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

Nok, Nok. Who's there? Three new affordable Nokia handsets
Nok, Nok. Who's there? Three new affordable Nokia handsets By Chris Hall

Nokia has continued its ambitious assault on the affordable end of the Android market, announcing three handset updates. The existing Nokia 2, 3 and 5 have all been updated for 2018, gaining a .1 after their name.The new Nokia 2.1 is an entry-level proposition,... Read more

Nokia 5.1 initial review: Another impressive affordable Android
Nokia 5.1 initial review: Another impressive affordable Android By Chris Hall

Nokia's first year under the command of HMD Global seems to have gone rather well. The company has launched a wide selection of phones, hitting all price points, and as we march through 2018, it has started updating 2017's devices with new versions. Hence... 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

HTC U12+ vs HTC U11+: What's the difference?
HTC U12+ vs HTC U11+: What's the difference? By Chris Hall

HTC has announced its flagship phone for 2018, the HTC U12+. You'll notice that "+" in the name which indicates that this is a step on from the HTC U11+, rather than the HTC U11. But, as the HTC U11+ is close to the U11 in specification, if you've got... 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 has formally announced its latest smartphone, the HTC U12+. Wait a second - what happened to the HTC U12? Well, there isn't one. HTC is launching the U12+ with that name, so that you know it's big, it's new and it's a competitor to other "+" devices... Read more

HTC U12+ official: Quad cameras grace this flagship phone
HTC U12+ official: Quad cameras grace this flagship phone By Chris Hall

HTC has announced its 2018 flagship phone, the HTC U12+. Following on from the recent HTC U11+, the company is keen to point out that this is the flagship for the year and you don't need to wait a few months for another.As such, you'll find an IP68 protected,... Read more

HTC U12+ initial review: More than meets the eyes
HTC U12+ initial review: More than meets the eyes By Chris Hall

HTC, having offloaded a hefty portion of its talent to Google's Pixel programme, is back with a fresh offering for 2018, the HTC U12+. Where's the HTC U12 you might ask? There isn't one, it's coming straight out of its corner with a plus size model.This... Read more

This is the stunning Flame Red HTC U12+ in pictures
This is the stunning Flame Red HTC U12+ in pictures By Chris Hall

HTC has announced a new phone and rather than making you wait until Chinese New Year or Valentine's Day, it's launching its red phone right away.Following on from the amazing Solar Red U11 - by far the most interesting colour of 2017 - there's a Flame... Read more

HTC U12+ vs Samsung Galaxy S9+: What's the difference?
HTC U12+ vs Samsung Galaxy S9+: What's the difference? By Chris Hall

HTC was clear when launching the U12+ that its naming was designed to square up to other flagship rivals. And let's be blunt - there's one big plus size phone out there to take down and it's the Samsung Galaxy S9+.Samsung launched earlier in the year... Read more

HTC U12+ vs Huawei P20 Pro: What's the difference?
HTC U12+ vs Huawei P20 Pro: What's the difference? By Chris Hall

HTC has announced its new flagship phone, the HTC U12+. HTC is keen to stress that this is its flagship offering for the year, that this is the phone to rival all others.The biggest surprise smartphone of 2018 has been the Huawei P20 Pro. This phone sees... 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

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

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
4.0 stars 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