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Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Windows Phone 8 photos leak

Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Windows Phone 8 photos leak

By Ian Morris

We know that Nokia is launching new phones next week. It does not take a genius to work out that these will be Windows Phone 8 devices. How they would look though, was anyone's guess. Well it was, right up until EVLeaks posted photos to Twitter, the same... Read more

Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard
2.5 stars

Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard

By Ian Morris

Microsoft hardware goes one of two ways: it's either mind-blowingly good, or something that isn't fit to keep a door open on a windy day. Keyboards are no exception, and when you find a good Microsoft keyboard, it will be with you for a long time. Our... Read more

Microsoft Wedge Touch mouse
4.0 stars

Microsoft Wedge Touch mouse

By Ian Morris

With our Windows 8 review taking up so much of our time, it seemed only sensible to test Microsoft's newest OS with some of its new hardware. The Wedge Touch mouse is designed to work specifically with Windows 8, although it's a standard Bluetooth affair,... Read more

Ford bringing Sync to UK and Europe in its Focus Electric

Ford bringing Sync to UK and Europe in its Focus Electric

By Ian Morris

Ford is bringing its smart in-car technology Sync to the UK next year with its all-electric Focus. The voice-control system is built in collaboration with Microsoft, and will include MyFord Touch - the latest generation of the system - and includes a... Read more

Dell announces XPS 10 Windows RT tablet

Dell announces XPS 10 Windows RT tablet

By Ian Morris

Dell has used the German trade show IFA to announce that its first foray into the world of Windows RT tablets will be called the XPS 10.The tablet will feature a detachable keyboard, as seems to be the trend with these Windows 8-based tablets after Microsoft... Read more

Windows 8
4.0 stars

Windows 8

By Ian Morris

It's fair to say that Windows 8 is just about the most controversial operating system for some time. The strange thing is, everyone knows what Microsoft is trying to do, and most people agree that it's actually heading in the right direction. The only... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Easy Voice Recorder Free (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Easy Voice Recorder Free (Android)

By Ian Morris

A baby's first words, a memo to yourself or recording an important interview - all things for which you'll need a voice recorder. In times gone by, that would be a job for the dictaphone, but these days smartphones are more than capable of stepping up... Read more

Lenovo Ideapad U410
4.0 stars

Lenovo Ideapad U410

By Ian Morris

When Lenovo got in touch to see if we'd like to review a U410, it was pitched very much as a low-budget, but super-powerful laptop. The range, it was pointed out, starts at £600 for the 13-inch and £650 for the 14-inch model. Interesting, we thought,... Read more

Hands-on: Motorola Razr Ice Cream Sandwich review

Hands-on: Motorola Razr Ice Cream Sandwich review

By Ian Morris

When the Razr came out at the end of last year, we maintained that it was a more exciting phone than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. That's mainly because the Razr is an impressive-looking device. It's rugged and stylish - we've dropped ours countless times,... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: TweetCaster review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: TweetCaster review (Android)

By Ian Morris

Twitter apps are ten-a-penny, but most of them are pretty unimpressive. This becomes even more true when it comes to using them on a tablet. Even the official Twitter app still looks like a dog's dinner on Honeycomb, Ice cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean... Read more

European Motorola Razr and Razr Maxx getting Ice Cream Sandwich now

European Motorola Razr and Razr Maxx getting Ice Cream Sandwich now

By Ian Morris

UPDATE: Today, the 17th of August, our Motorola Razr has notified us this update was ready. We didn't have to check via the settings menu, we got notified there was a new 300MB download waiting. It's currently installing on our handset.  Both GSM Arena... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

By Ian Morris

Samsung has a unique ability to release a confusing number of devices that all do very similar things, but with slightly different names and aimed at different audiences.The Galaxy Note is a good example. The phone makes some sense, although it's essentially... Read more

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo
4.5 stars

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo

By Ian Morris

Oh my, what a name. It's hard to deny that Mophie has a penchant for the verbose when it comes to naming things. It's good then, that its devices are so solid, and have rescued us from some very deep holes in the past.The Powerstation Duo is the latest... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
4.5 stars

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

By Ian Morris

Samsung would like you to think of its tablets as the Android market leaders. To some extent, the firm has earned that right. It was early putting devices on sale, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 remains a consumer electronics classic, proving valuable even... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Pubtran (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Pubtran (Android)

By Ian Morris

You know the situation, you need to get somewhere - in London, in this case - and you don't know how. Finding out is usually hard, not because the journey is different, but because there are lots of different modes of transport, and not usually one place... Read more

Philips Fidelio M1
4.5 stars

Philips Fidelio M1

By Ian Morris

We recently reviewed the Philips Fidelio L1s, and we did like them quite a bit. So these new M1s were greeted with some excitement when they landed on our doorstep. They're about £50 less expensive than the L1s, but still retain that interesting design... Read more

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
4.0 stars

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

By Ian Morris

We think that Asus, even more than Samsung, has produced the most interesting tablets, along with Apple. The firm threw itself into Android tablets from the start, and has really pushed the keyboard dock, giving people a way of getting more out of their... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: BraveSmart for Android and iOS

APP OF THE DAY: BraveSmart for Android and iOS

By Ian Morris

We're about to ruin your life, so sorry about that. Don't worry though, we're not going to seduce your other half, or kick your cat. No, we're going to tell you to download BraveSmart. And at that point, your life - as you know it - will be over, and... Read more

Accutone Pisces headphones
4.0 stars

Accutone Pisces headphones

By Ian Morris

If you've watched the Olympics, then you might have noticed during swimming events the athletes often appear wearing big headphones. It seems to us, more often than not, these are Beats Audio cans. It seems like Dre's headphones are certainly managing... Read more

ZyXEL WHD6215 wireless HDMI kit
4.0 stars

ZyXEL WHD6215 wireless HDMI kit

By Ian Morris

Cables are, it has to be said, Satan's own work. Put two cables together behind your TV, give them five minutes alone, and when you return they will have knotted themselves into an impenetrable mess. Returning them to two cables will take a life, either... Read more

Humax DTR-T1000 YouView PVR
2.5 stars

Humax DTR-T1000 YouView PVR

By Ian Morris

YouView is one of the most complicated products ever to launch. It's not so much technically difficult to do what has been done here, but it involves a lot of what, in management terms, are known as "stakeholders". Namely, the people who have a vested... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: London 2012 "Results" for iOS, BB and Android

APP OF THE DAY: London 2012 "Results" for iOS, BB and Android

By Ian Morris

It's here, and love it or hate it, you can't avoid the Olympics now. Nor will you be able to for the next six weeks. But if you are interested, and there are plenty who are, then you'll probably be keen to stay up to date with the results.So enter the... Read more

Three WebCube
4.5 stars

Three WebCube

By Ian Morris

"You don't know what you've got 'till it's gone," sang Joni Mitchell, and while the things she was singing about where certainly more socially important, when you move house, you find yourself humming her 1970 hit when you discover you're without internet... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: London 2012 "Join In" for Android, iOS and BB

APP OF THE DAY: London 2012 "Join In" for Android, iOS and BB

By Ian Morris

There's a lot to hate about the Olympics, the oppressive weapons on tower blocks and parkland across London, and the copyright and branding nightmares that will befall anyone who dare show a logo or mascot without approval. But, none of that should get... Read more

Huawei Ascend P1
4.0 stars

Huawei Ascend P1

By Ian Morris

The Huawei Ascend G300 is one of our favourite phones of the last year, at least in its price range of just £100. If you don't already know, Huawei is one of those firms you've probably never heard of but is huge and a key player behind the scenes. Like... Read more

Gear4 Renew SleepClock pictures and hands-on

Gear4 Renew SleepClock pictures and hands-on

By Ian Morris

No one likes the amount of time we humans have to sleep. Imagine what you could do with that time if you didn't have your eyes shut and your head on a pillow. But of course, without sleep we'd all be in big trouble, and modern life doesn't make it easy... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Strikefleet Omega review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Strikefleet Omega review (Android)

By Ian Morris

Sad news: the Earth has been destroyed. This should make you cross. If it doesn't, then Strikefleet Omega isn't for you, because this is a game about avenging the destruction of your homeworld.The principal itself is quite simple, you have to kill aliens.... Read more

Braven 650
4.0 stars

Braven 650

By Ian Morris

We've previously looked at the Jambox and Big Jambox. Now comes another portable, battery-powered Bluetooth speaker that claims to offer even better quality than Jawbone's brilliant devices.This speaker is made from aircraft grade aluminum, looks superb... Read more

Steadicam Merlin2
4.0 stars

Steadicam Merlin2

By Ian Morris

It's hard to overstate the effect that Steadicam has had on camerawork. Football is given a new edge by cameras that can move around on the pitch without any of the traditional shaking that comes with shoulder-mounted cameras. Movies that use steadicam... Read more

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid-2012)
4.5 stars

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid-2012)

By Ian Morris

To some extent, Apple has made a rod for its own back. The MacBook Air reached such impressive heights last year, with just about the best computer hardware on the market, and with more than enough features to keep even demanding users happy. This year... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Ninja Fishing review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Ninja Fishing review (Android)

By Ian Morris

Ninja this, Ninja that. It seems that if your game doesn't feature a Ninja of some kind, you might as well not bother releasing it. It's like TV shows without zombies or vampires: pointlessSo enter Fishing Ninja. That's right, a Ninja has been shoehorned... Read more

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Pro
4.0 stars

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Pro

By Ian Morris

Portable power packs are nothing new. When the smartphone landed on the scene, people quickly realised that getting more than a working day out of their devices was going to be impossible. One of the first Android smartphones, for example, the HTC Magic,... Read more

I wanted to love YouView, but I don't. Yet.

I wanted to love YouView, but I don't. Yet.

By Ian Morris

The development of YouView has been a long and arduous affair, not just because of the technical hurdles, but because of other broadcasters and rights-holders. The service started as a brilliant notion that IP TV was quickly becoming a reality, and that... Read more

Nokia 808 Pureview
4.0 stars

Nokia 808 Pureview

By Ian Morris

When Nokia announced the 808 it was, perhaps, the most exciting development in mobile phones for some time. Perhaps, the most exciting development since the first camera was attached to a mobile phone.The problem was, as many saw it, that Symbian is an... Read more

Volvo S60 DRIVe R-Design 1.6 litre turbo diesel
4.0 stars

Volvo S60 DRIVe R-Design 1.6 litre turbo diesel

By Ian Morris

Why not buy a German car? We'll tell you why not, because you can have a Swedish one instead. Of course there are a lot of German car lovers out there, so it might be a tough sell to get them to make the switch.But that's a shame, because cars like the... Read more

Windows 8 upgrade pricing announced

Windows 8 upgrade pricing announced

By Ian Morris

Microsoft has published a blog post today that puts all of us out of our misery. That's right, it's announced pricing for Windows 8, and it's a fairly wallet-friendly $39.99 (£25.50) to upgrade from Windows XP, Vista or 7.This price isn't without some... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Firefox for Android beta

APP OF THE DAY: Firefox for Android beta

By Ian Morris

The pre-installed web browser on Android phones is okay. We wouldn't care to be any more enthusiastic about it than that. It's a bit limited, can be slow and isn't inspiring from a user interface perspective. The good news is that it's been given its... Read more

Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid pictures and hands-on

Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid pictures and hands-on

By Ian Morris

The world is increasingly focusing on hybrid technology, and why not? After all it's a pretty good way to help reduce emissions and hopefully save money. However you feel about the tech though, hybrid cars often divide opinion. The Prius is certainly... Read more

Seagate Backup Plus USB 3 portable hard drive
3.5 stars

Seagate Backup Plus USB 3 portable hard drive

By Ian Morris

Cloud this, cloud that, if it’s not in the cloud these days, well, that’s bad news isn’t it? Of course, local storage can’t really be in the cloud, and we’re a while off replacing all our hard drives with a direct line to a server on the internet.Seagate,... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.2 (YP-GI1)
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.2 (YP-GI1)

By Ian Morris

Remember MP3 players? Those were the things that were popular at the start of the decade, before mobile phones all got dozens of gigabytes of storage and apps and games and lots of things to keep you occupied when you are bored.Well, Samsung thinks that... Read more

Jawbone Big Jambox
4.5 stars

Jawbone Big Jambox

By Ian Morris

The original Jambox was one of those devices that just surprised everyone. A tiny box that produced enough sound to fill a modestly-sized room. It wasn't cheap, of course, but it was sturdy and had a decent battery.Now, the Big Jambox has arrived. As... Read more

Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook
3.0 stars

Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook

By Ian Morris

What do you do on your laptop? Surf the web, write documents, watch a bit of video? Yeah, we thought so. Despite having machines that are capable of incredible things, laptops that have enough computing power to achieve almost anything you can imagine.... Read more

BBC iPlayer gets live TV rewind function

BBC iPlayer gets live TV rewind function

By Ian Morris

It's easy to forget that we have one of the best - if not THE best - catch-up TV services in the world, in iPlayer. Today, the BBC has announced that to make it one notch better, you will be able to restart a currently airing TV programme at the touch... Read more

Vauxhall Astra VXR
4.5 stars

Vauxhall Astra VXR

By Ian Morris

The hot hatch is the preserve of young, enthusiastic petrolheads the country over. No doubt seen as a blight by some, these cars offer staggering performance at an incredibly reasonable price. Well, it's reasonable before your insurance company tells... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Fieldrunners HD review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: Fieldrunners HD review (Android)

By Ian Morris

If the first-person shooter was the game that defined the PC, then surely tower defence games must be the thing that sets mobile phones apart as gaming devices. It's not a lot of fun trying to play games that require elaborate moves on a touchscreen device,... Read more

Orange San Diego
4.0 stars

Orange San Diego

By Ian Morris

Orange seems to be the one mobile operator that puts the most effort into adding value and providing an interesting, and unique, range of phones. Other networks tie in key handsets - such as the Samsung Galaxy S III - to exclusive deals, but that's little... Read more

Samsung XE 300M Chromebox
3.0 stars

Samsung XE 300M Chromebox

By Ian Morris

Samsung's new Chromebox is essentially a desktop version of its Chromebook. It's a little bit cheaper at £280, instead of £380 for the Chromebook Series 5 550. It lacks the display, but has a lot more connectivity - especially in terms of video output.But... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: aWallet Password Manager

APP OF THE DAY: aWallet Password Manager

By Ian Morris

This is the week that your password was stolen. But if, somehow, you aren't a member of either LinkedIn, LastFM or eHarmony then you might be in luck, and you might not have had your security compromised on one or more sites.The problem with passwords... Read more

LG L7 P700
2.5 stars

LG L7 P700

By Ian Morris

For every three budget phones there are another couple of handsets that have better screens,  more attractive design and some extra processor speed. So, the LG L7 is the upgraded version of the L3. It's got a much prettier design, has NFC built-in and... Read more

LG L3 E400
2.5 stars

LG L3 E400

By Ian Morris

It's not a huge surprise that low-cost mobile phones are popular. There are a lot of people in need of smartphones, but not all of them have the money to spend on them. Most operators have a phone that costs about £100 or so, on pay-as-you-go, which... Read more