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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

By Chris Hall

Sony has announced three new flagship handsets in the Z5 family. There's the regular Z5, but it has been joined by the predicable Z5 Compact, and the less-than-expected Xperia Z5 Premium, which brings a shine to things, literally. It's a threesome of... Read more

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

By Chris Hall

The new Sony Z5 family might be a new generation of devices, but it's really about the camera. The switch to this new 23-megapixel camera is the first change since the introduction of Sony's 20.7-megapixel model on the Z1.The camera is probably the biggest... Read more

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on)

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on)

By Chris Hall

For a number of years smartphone manufacturers have been slapping the word "mini" at the end of a handset name to denote the fact that something is smaller. Typically it mirrors the design of a flagship, carries practically the same name, but has the... Read more

Huawei promises to touch you with its latest 5.5in smartphone, the Mate S

Huawei promises to touch you with its latest 5.5in smartphone, the Mate S

By Chris Hall

Huawei has announced the Huawei Mate S, its latest smartphone that promises to touch you.Taking to the stage at IFA 2015, Huawei used its press conference to talk about the importance of touch, saying that the "smartphone is the human extension" and that... Read more

Huawei Watch officially priced from €399, now available for pre-order

Huawei Watch officially priced from €399, now available for pre-order

By Chris Hall

Huawei has taken to the stage at IFA 2015 to announce that the Huawei Watch is now officially on sale, with pre-orders opening in the US from 2 September. The Huawei Watch, Huawei's first Android Wear smartwatch, was first introduced at MWC 2015 where... Read more

Lyle & Scott unveils a contactless payment jacket in cahoots with Barclays bPay

Lyle & Scott unveils a contactless payment jacket in cahoots with Barclays bPay

By Chris Hall

You've probably been waiting for garments to embrace the fashion for contactless payments. Or, like us, you've probably been waiting for your credit card to become a wearable.Rejoice! For that day has come with the announcement that Lyle & Scott have... Read more

Nextbit Robin is a cloud-first Android smartphone that wants to ease your storage woes

Nextbit Robin is a cloud-first Android smartphone that wants to ease your storage woes

By Chris Hall

Nextbit has announced its first smartphone, the Nextbit Robin, described as a cloud-first Android device.The Nextbit Robin wants to shake up both hardware and software, taking Android deeper into the cloud with a unique storage management approach.The... Read more

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

By Chris Hall

Apple HomeKit is going to hit the mainstream with the release of iOS 9 - expected on an iPhone or iPad very soon after 9 September - and it's going to turn the smarthome segment on its head.Some people may refer to connected devices, connected appliances,... Read more

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

Ford S-Max first drive: Redefining MPVs

By Chris Hall

Competing against the ever-popular SUV in the kids'n'dog category is the MPV. It's a much derided class of car; where SUVs have "sport" in the name - suggesting athleticism and virility - MPVs carry the stigma of being the end of the motoring line. It's... Read more

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun
3.5 stars

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde review: Four-leaf fun

By Chris Hall

They say that you're not a real driver until you've owned an Alfa Romeo. They also say that most of that ownership time will be spent waiting for breakdown services to arrive. With a motoring heritage as rich as that of Alfa Romeo, reputation and expectation... Read more

HTC One A9/Aero gets pictured next to an iPhone: Can you spot the difference?

HTC One A9/Aero gets pictured next to an iPhone: Can you spot the difference?

By Chris Hall

The existence of a new hero handset from HTC has been circulating for a while and new images claiming to be that device have now surfaced. Coming from a familiar source (@stagueve) we now have a fresh picture of the HTC Aero, or HTC One A9 as it might... Read more

Now the BlackBerry Passport appears on video, running Android

Now the BlackBerry Passport appears on video, running Android

By Chris Hall

The Venice isn't the only BlackBerry that might be running Android. There have been rumours that the Passport might be getting an Android makeover too. There's long been chatter about BlackBerry's relationship with Android. This started with support... Read more

TomTom Bandit review: Capture action the easy way
4.0 stars

TomTom Bandit review: Capture action the easy way

By Chris Hall

TomTom is diversifying and the Bandit sees the Dutch navigation company move into action cameras. We've seen TomTom lend its name to sat nav and sports devices and there's a nod to GPS experience in the TomTom Bandit, but this is really a foray into new... Read more

Photos reveal that the Huawei Nexus looks awesome

Photos reveal that the Huawei Nexus looks awesome

By Chris Hall

There has been plenty of speculation that Huawei is building a Nexus handset, and the growing mass of evidence makes it difficult to deny. Having seen video renders for the new device, we've now got photos of what's reported to be a prototype of the... Read more

LG G Pad II wants to be the ultimate affordable media tablet

LG G Pad II wants to be the ultimate affordable media tablet

By Chris Hall

LG has announced a new G Pad tablet, saying that long battery life and a large display are what people are asking for, without an increase in the price.The LG G Pad II has a 10.1-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution (224ppi), giving it an... Read more

Big Mac, large fries, Android Pay: McDonald's outs 26 August live date

Big Mac, large fries, Android Pay: McDonald's outs 26 August live date

By Chris Hall

We've all been waiting for Android Pay to officially launch and it could be as soon as 26 August, in the US at least, if details from McDonald's prove to be true.Android Police has got hands on some internal documents from McDonald's, informing staff... Read more

Swatch CEO calls Apple Watch an "interesting toy", outlines plans for NFC Swatch

Swatch CEO calls Apple Watch an "interesting toy", outlines plans for NFC Swatch

By Chris Hall

In an interview with Swiss paper Tages-Anzeiger, Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek candidly outlines smartwatch plans for the Swiss company moving forward, while taking the opportunity to call out manufacturers like Apple, Samsung and Sony for their rivalling... Read more

EE TV update adds search, personalisation, photo and video playback, more

EE TV update adds search, personalisation, photo and video playback, more

By Chris Hall

EE has announced its biggest update to EE TV since the launch of the service in late-2014. The update brings more flexibility and personalisation to EE's TV service, which is one of the most dynamic TV offerings currently available.One of the biggest... Read more

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the next version of Google's mobile OS

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the next version of Google's mobile OS

By Chris Hall

Google has unveiled a Android lawn sculpture outside its Mountain View headquarters, confirming that M is officially Android Marshmallow.There had been plenty of speculation about what sweet treat Google would name the next version of Android after,... Read more

Samsung confirms Gear S2 smartwatch launch for IFA 2015 in September

Samsung confirms Gear S2 smartwatch launch for IFA 2015 in September

By Chris Hall

Samsung dropped a surprise annoucement at its Samsung Unpacked event where it unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 edge Plus. At the end of the presentation, Samsung teased that there was more to come in the near future, before quickly showing off a... Read more

LG HS8 is a curved, connected, soundbar for your curved TV

LG HS8 is a curved, connected, soundbar for your curved TV

By Chris Hall

Curved TVs have been hitting the market for the last couple of years, and now LG has the perfect accompaniment for your sweeping screen. The HS8 Curved Sound Bar is designed to match your curved LG TV, similar to the curved soundbar that Samsung offers... Read more

4GEE Action Cam review: Live-stream your hardcore action
3.5 stars

4GEE Action Cam review: Live-stream your hardcore action

By Chris Hall

EE is looking to diversify its offering, making a step into action cameras. The aptly named 4GEE Action Cam arrives with the hook that it's connected, tying it into the 4G network and giving you the option to broadcast your adventures direct from the... Read more

New Moto X photos flaunt sexy design, front-facing flash

New Moto X photos flaunt sexy design, front-facing flash

By Chris Hall

Motorola has sent out invites for an event on 28 July, promising that it will change your relationship status with your phone. There's some ominous kisses at the bottom of that invite that look a lot like XGX. It's predicted that Motorola, now under... Read more

PayPal fuels Shell's new Fill Up & Go service, allowing app payments at the pump

PayPal fuels Shell's new Fill Up & Go service, allowing app payments at the pump

By Chris Hall

Shell has today enabled a new pay at the pump system in the UK in partnership with PayPal.Unlike older systems that integrate a card payment terminal, the Fill Up & Go system lets you use PayPal to complete the transaction through your smartphone.Shell... Read more

OnePlus Power Bank: A bank you can trust

OnePlus Power Bank: A bank you can trust

By Chris Hall

There's a lot of hype about OnePlus. Among smartphone fans, OnePlus is probably the most talked about brand at the moment, which is surprising for a company that's relatively new on the scene.If you weren't paying attention, then you might not know that... Read more

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Power, performance, price
4.5 stars

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Power, performance, price

By Chris Hall

The latest tablet to roll off Sony's line is the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Announced before Sony confusingly launched a Z4 smartphone in Japan and the Z3+ in the rest of the world, the Z4 Tablet looks to deliver everything you could want from a modern Android... Read more

Honda CR-V 2015 review: Tech-tweaked SUV
4.5 stars

Honda CR-V 2015 review: Tech-tweaked SUV

By Chris Hall

Honda is looking at having a big year in 2015. You can't help but have noticed the new Type-R or NSX that will be hitting the roads in 2015, leading the charge in a complete refresh of the company's cars. The new Honda CR-V, first off the blocks, is... Read more

HTC Grip slips, but there's a whole suite of Under Armour products coming

HTC Grip slips, but there's a whole suite of Under Armour products coming

By Chris Hall

In February 2015, HTC unveiled the Grip, a wearable sports bracelet, the fruit of its union with Under Armour. Since the announcement and early prototype demos, we've heard very little about HTC Grip.However the company has now come forward and issued... Read more

Moov Now wants to be your wearable fitness coach

Moov Now wants to be your wearable fitness coach

By Chris Hall

Moov Now is a second-gen wearable sports tracker, aiming to offer more than your average passive fitness band.The Moov Now has ambitions to be a complete coach, not only tracking your activity, but monitoring how you're running, cycling, or swimming... Read more

Motorola launch scheduled for 28 July, new Moto X and G expected

Motorola launch scheduled for 28 July, new Moto X and G expected

By Chris Hall

Motorola has sent out formal invitations to the press inviting them to a launch event on 28 July.There's no indication of exactly what the launches will be, with the invitation simply stating that "your relationship status is about to change", with some... Read more

Getting a OnePlus 2 invite is going to be much easier

Getting a OnePlus 2 invite is going to be much easier

By Chris Hall

One of the turnoffs when it came to buying the OnePlus One - especially when it launched - was how hard it was to actually get one.OnePlus has detailed that it wants to make the process smoother when it comes to buying the OnePlus 2, which will be announced... Read more

HTC One M8 will be updated to Android M

HTC One M8 will be updated to Android M

By Chris Hall

The HTC One M8 is a popular handset, more so, perhaps, than HTC's current flagship, the M9. Well it looks like there's life in the old (ish) dog yet.Responding to a question on Twitter, HTC product manager Mo Versi said that the HTC One M8 would indeed... Read more

HTC One M9+ announced for Europe: 5.2-inch QHD hero handset

HTC One M9+ announced for Europe: 5.2-inch QHD hero handset

By Chris Hall

HTC has confirmed that the HTC One M9+ is coming to Europe. The flagship phone was originally launched in China, offering a larger, and in some cases better-specced, alternative to the One M9. It now appears that we're going to benefit from HTC's more... Read more

Polar Loop 2 adds notifications, vibration alerts, and keeps on tracking

Polar Loop 2 adds notifications, vibration alerts, and keeps on tracking

By Chris Hall

Polar has announced an updated version of its activity tracker, the Polar Loop. The new Loop 2 retains many of the features of the original, but expands the feature set for a more connected smart experience.The Polar Loop 2 adopts many of the skills seen... Read more

Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge: The kit we used

Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge: The kit we used

By Chris Hall

Readers of Pocket-lint will know that we've just completed the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24 hours.You can read all about the experience right here on Pocket-lint, but we thought we'd... Read more

This is the new Hive smart thermostat, and it's awesome

This is the new Hive smart thermostat, and it's awesome

By Chris Hall

Hive has announced Active Heating 2, outlining the future for the connected heating system, with an expansion into the connected home.At the core of Active Heating 2 is this new thermostat, a replacement for the digital thermostat box of the original... Read more

Hive turns up the heat on smarthomes: Door sensors, motion detectors, smart plugs, IFTTT-style recipes join the system

Hive turns up the heat on smarthomes: Door sensors, motion detectors, smart plugs, IFTTT-style recipes join the system

By Chris Hall

Hive by British Gas today announced an expansion into the smarthome, reaching beyond heating and hot water.With an aim of connecting as many houses in the UK as possible, Hive has announced a full family of complimentary products, all of which can be... Read more

Hive will add connected cameras, Honeycomb platform offers third-party support

Hive will add connected cameras, Honeycomb platform offers third-party support

By Chris Hall

Hive from British Gas has made a sweeping run of announcements today, including Active Heating 2 with a new smart thermostat and a full family of smarthome products, designed to make every home connected. One of the things that hasn't been announced... Read more

Hive Active Heating 2 adds multi-zone support, heating boost, more

Hive Active Heating 2 adds multi-zone support, heating boost, more

By Chris Hall

Hive has today announced Active Heating 2, with a brand new smart thermostat and a range of new features for your smart heating system.Through an update to the app, Hive is going to enable many of the new features for existing Hive customers, as well... Read more

A tale of three mountains: The Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge

A tale of three mountains: The Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge

By Chris Hall

There was a palpable sense of excitement as we packed our gear into the Land Rover Discoverys for the long drive north to Kinlochleven in Scotland. Pocket-lint teamed up with Asus, with support from friends at Land Rover, Berghaus and Under Armour, aiming... Read more

Ted Baker partnered with Quella for a retro-fantastic road bike collection

Ted Baker partnered with Quella for a retro-fantastic road bike collection

By Chris Hall

We wouldn't normally feature a bicycle here on Pocket-lint, unless it was made from gold or is an electric bike. But setting eyes on the Ted Baker collection, memories of loved Raleigh road bikes from the 80s came flooding back.So please indulge us, there's... Read more

Office 16 for Mac is now available: Here's everything you need to know

Office 16 for Mac is now available: Here's everything you need to know

By Chris Hall

Office 16 for Mac sees a big step forward for the Microsoft Office suite on Apple's computers, updating the version of the software for the first time since 2011.Version trackers will also note that this sees the Mac getting its updated version of Office... Read more

Homido is a universal virtual reality headset for smartphones (hands-on)

Homido is a universal virtual reality headset for smartphones (hands-on)

By Chris Hall

There's a lot of talk about VR at the moment, from the cheapest of the cheap - Google Cardboard - to the premium experience like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.The Homido Virtual Reality Headset is a headset that's been cleverly designed to accept any smartphone... Read more

Guardians! This limited edition PS4 Destiny: The Taken King console is calling you

Guardians! This limited edition PS4 Destiny: The Taken King console is calling you

By Chris Hall

Sony has announced a limited edition PS4, finely dressed in Destiny livery.Launched to celebrate Destiny: The Taken King, this white PS4 has been adorned with a map of the cosmos, designed to reflect the opening of the game.The Guardian's crest adorns... Read more

Withings Activité and Activité Pop now offer automatic swim tracking

Withings Activité and Activité Pop now offer automatic swim tracking

By Chris Hall

Withings has announced that swim tracking is now available on the Activité and the Activité Pop.Just in time for the summer to start here in the UK, the stylish activity trackers from Withings are, according to the company, the first devices to automatically... Read more

The Rook is EE's £49 4G handset

The Rook is EE's £49 4G handset

By Chris Hall

EE has announced a new addition to its bird-named handsets with the launch of the Rook.The Rook joins the line-up that includes the Harrier and Harrier Mini, but this model is available for just £49 for new customers, or £39 for existing customers.EE... Read more

Panasonic Smart Home system wants to keep your house and shed safe

Panasonic Smart Home system wants to keep your house and shed safe

By Chris Hall

Panasonic has announced that its Smart Home system is coming to the UK, looking to provide another solution for security, monitoring and smart control. Panasonic's system offers a range of components that all link to a central hub using DECT ULE. Panasonic... Read more

GoPro goes small with the Hero4 Session

GoPro goes small with the Hero4 Session

By Chris Hall

GoPro has announced its smallest camera yet, the GoPro Hero4 Session. The new camera takes on a smaller cube format and doesn't need a separate waterproof case. It's designed to expand the versatility of the GoPro family, with GoPro saying it's 50 per... Read more

Apple Pay UK expected to go live on 14 July

Apple Pay UK expected to go live on 14 July

By Chris Hall

Apple Pay is coming to the UK in July, but so far Apple has remained tight-lipped on exactly when you'll be able to pay using your iPhone, rather than your debit or credit card.It looks like Waitrose has now spilled the flageolet beans thanks to a leaked... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 design leak serves up no surprises at all

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 design leak serves up no surprises at all

By Chris Hall

One of the hottest devices to launch in 2015 will be the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Riding high following the SGS6 and the SGS6 edge, the Note is already seeing a lot of rumour and speculation.Joining the fray is a leaked CAD (computer aided design), a 3D... Read more