Latest articles from Jamie

Kobo Mini
2.5 stars Kobo Mini By Jamie Carter

This, the smallest e-reader on the market at around 5 inches, is gadget nirvana for book-loving commuters. The secret is in its size, which is carefully judged to fit into a handbag, a chest pocket of a shirt, or even the back pocket of a pair of jeans.DesignBuilt... Read more

Best tablet bags
Best tablet bags By Jamie Carter

No matter what tablet you have, keeping it scratch free is vital. A tablet sits at the top of the gadget hierarchy for most. So how to keep these prized possessions safe?A tablet case is the most obvious answer.  Make a quick Google search and you can... Read more

Best Bluetooth keyboards
Best Bluetooth keyboards By Jamie Carter

For anything other than tweets and status updates on Facebook, a Bluetooth keyboard can take the on-the-go typing experience that little bit further. Able to work with almost any brand or model of smartphone or tablet, and appearing in myriad styles,... Read more

Best wet weather running gear
Best wet weather running gear By Jamie Carter

The days are getting shorter and the rains getting heavier. As winter sets in, motivating yourself to go out and get fit becomes increasingly difficult. No one enjoys a soaking wet run through a muddy marsh, unless you are a dog, in which case, how are... Read more

Best folding bikes
Best folding bikes By Jamie Carter

The missing link in public transport or just a supreme space-saver; designed to be packed down and taken on trains, buses, taxis and even airlines, the folding bike also does a grand job in homes with narrow hallways or inaccessible garages. Some of them... Read more

Kobo Glo
4.0 stars Kobo Glo By Jamie Carter

When we first saw a prototype of the 6-inch, touch-screen Kobo Glo and its built-in ComfortLight a few months back, we asked a simple question to its makers: why didn't anyone think of this idea before? As it turns out, they did – you only have to check... Read more

Best portable party gear for the summer
Best portable party gear for the summer By Jamie Carter

The sun's out, friends are over and you have a BBQ grilling up some burgers. Whats more could you want from this perfect summer scene? Gadgets thats what - lots and lots of gadgets.Whether its a quick fry-up with friends, a picnic with pals or a full-blown... Read more

Best portable radios
Best portable radios By Jamie Carter

Fancy some political discourse, Olympic sport commentary, gentle DJ patter or pop-rock clatter on the run? It’s online and on your TV, smartphone and tablet, but hard-button radios are still one of the nation’s favourite gadgets. The most popular... Read more

Best baby gear for gadget-loving parents
Best baby gear for gadget-loving parents By Jamie Carter

A baby can be the start of a whole new exciting shopping opportunity for the gadget-loving parent. If you can think of even the smallest niche in the child-rearing adventure that needs to be filled, then you can bet that there are at least 50 products... Read more

Panasonic TX-L32E5
4.5 stars Panasonic TX-L32E5 By Jamie Carter

It might not manage three dimensions, but this 32-inch LED edge-lit LCD telly boasts both decent smart TV antics and digital file networking – all wrapped-up in a slinky chassis. Entry-level it may be, but this particular Panasonic helps redefine the... Read more

Panasonic TX-L37ET5
4.0 stars Panasonic TX-L37ET5 By Jamie Carter

Firmly in the Smart VIERA LED stable, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Japanese manufacturer's marrying of VIERA Connect, 3D and DLNA home networking make this a classic Panasonic LCD TV.It might shock you to know that the king of plasma TVs has... Read more

Best cycling to work gear and gadgets
Best cycling to work gear and gadgets By Jamie Carter

The sun is out, the clouds packed off on holiday for a few days and suddenly the UK is transformed from polar ice cap to that lush green and pleasant land that we all remember from last year. Long may it last.One of the best ways to enjoy the weather... Read more

The best binoculars that money can buy
The best binoculars that money can buy By Jamie Carter

Whether you want to survey the landscape, study animals from a safari 4X4 or just get a closer look at the birds in your garden, good binoculars can help you zero in on the action even better than a super-zoom camera.All binoculars are sold with two figures... Read more

Best compact tripods
Best compact tripods By Jamie Carter

When you need to balance your camera for timer shots, long-exposure images or when you're zoomed in at one hell of a distance, you’re going to need a tripod to prevent camera shake and blur. For holidays and travel, carrying a three-legged contraption... Read more

7 days living with...voice control
7 days living with...voice control By Jamie Carter

"These aren't the droids you're looking for, move along." No, not that type of voice control – we’re talking artificially intelligent gadgets rather than Jedi mind tricks here. The tech developers of the world would have us believe that dictation... Read more

Hannspree SE40LMNB
3.0 stars Hannspree SE40LMNB By Jamie Carter

Can a telly that lacks Freeview HD, 3D and any semblance of a 'smart' platform really be considered suitable for modern living? That depends on what you're after, but we're sure Hannspree's latest bargain basement edge LED-backlit LCD TV has enough to... Read more

Best skiing and snowboarding gear
Best skiing and snowboarding gear By Jamie Carter

There's one very big problem with winter sports and that's the winter. Winter is, by its nature, a pretty cold and wet affair and if there's two things that the human body is not a bit fan of its being cold and wet, least of all when it happens at the... Read more

Philips 46PFL9706
4.5 stars Philips 46PFL9706 By Jamie Carter

Is your living room ready for an insect invasion? Hugely expensive and boasting some unique tech, the headline act on this 46-inch 3D LED backlit LCD TV from Philips’ 9000 Series is undoubtedly its Moth Eye filter. The whatnow?The Moth Eye - a reflection-dampening... Read more

Panasonic TX-L32E3B
3.0 stars Panasonic TX-L32E3B By Jamie Carter

Don't you sometimes yearn for the simple life? A time when firmware upgrades weren’t a daily chore, when internet-based VOD was just a theory, and when a TV could be operated by those over forty?Panasonic has taken the ‘less is more’ approach to... Read more

Best compact Hi-Fi systems
Best compact Hi-Fi systems By Jamie Carter

MP3 players are great but, on a long winter’s night, it’s hard to beat a proper hi-fi. Good hi-fi systems cost money, people. They always have, and a £50 iPod dock just won’t cut the mustard in comparison. Naturally, there’s plenty to choose... Read more

Best home cinema systems
Best home cinema systems By Jamie Carter

A top notch TV is one thing but if you ain't got home cinema sound to go with it, then you ain't got squat, or so goes the parlance. It's a fact that audio is a huge part of video. There's a wealth of experiments on the matter that we don't care to tire... Read more

Sony KDL-55EX723
4.5 stars Sony KDL-55EX723 By Jamie Carter

How does Sony do it? This flagship TV in the brand’s EX Series is one of the most impressive we’re ever seen. The way the 55EX723 upscales all sources to fit its massive 55-inch panel is clever stuff; it cleans and polishes all kinds of web-based... Read more

Best cold weather gear
Best cold weather gear By Jamie Carter

Unless you're kitted out for a Siberian winter, you could be in for a shock; a cold snap from northern Russia is forecast. No better excuse, then, to get kitted-out for winter, and there's no better way of getting kitted-out for winter than in true tech... Read more

Best travel watches
Best travel watches By Jamie Carter

You could pick-up a fake Rolex on your travels but that's not going to be much good to you once the mechanism comes loose. In fact, if you're serious about diving, trekking or straddling a few time zones, even a genuine Rollex might not be the best choice.... Read more

Samsung BD-D8900M
4.0 stars Samsung BD-D8900M By Jamie Carter

Who cares about Blu-ray? Firmly ensconced in the PlayStation 3, standalone hi-def disc spinners regularly go for under £90 – small enough bean to set the alarm bells ringing in any gadget buyer’s ears. The trick, thinks Samsung, is to up the price... Read more

LG LW980T Cinema 3D pictures and hands-on
LG LW980T Cinema 3D pictures and hands-on By Jamie Carter

With such as aggressive stance against the active shutter 3D system, it came as no surprise when LG’s much-touted flagship flat screen TV was fitted with the brand’s Cinema 3D tech.The IFA announcement sees LG producing only plasma-flavoured active... Read more

Samsung UE32D5000
4.5 stars Samsung UE32D5000 By Jamie Carter

We’ve really only one niggle about Samsung’s latest value-busting effort. The very latest features are missing from this Series 5 set; 3D, Smart TV and Samsung’s Apps have all been slashed to get this super-slim 32-inch LED-backlit LCD TV down to... Read more

Best quick-drying travel gear
Best quick-drying travel gear By Jamie Carter

Upgrade to quick-drying travel gear and you can wave goodbye to those seven pairs of bulky boxers, giant fleeces and endless pointless outfits you normally cart around the globe. Go armed with a couple of useful -albeit slightly domesticated - accessories... Read more

Philips BDP7600
4.5 stars Philips BDP7600 By Jamie Carter

Already discounted online, this do-it-all deck from Philips is thrice a home cinema hero. Its trio of key features are 3D Blu-ray disc playback, built-in Wi-Fi and analogue 7.1 surround sound outputs, the absence of which we’ve moaned about for yonks... Read more

Best smart shoes for summer travels
Best smart shoes for summer travels By Jamie Carter

From footgloves, invisible sandals and amphibious footwear that make your toes curl (literally), to all-purpose trail shoes, weightless travel shoes for backpackers and fold-up leather loafers; we’re completely soled on the latest generation of footwear.... Read more

Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30
4.0 stars Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30 By Jamie Carter

As computer hard disks and external HDD balloon in size, are we the only ones who have returned to rip our CD collection in lossless quality?Probably not, and though streaming lossless files (in 24-bit/96kHz studio quality on the NP30, no less) around... Read more

Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4-85
4.5 stars Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4-85 By Jamie Carter

Remember when the government deemed plasmas TVs the “4x4s of the living room”? Bang & Olufsen’s latest is more a road-train, clocking-in at a mighty 85-inches in diameter - so four times bigger than a 42-inch TV.It’s high-def, it’s 3D, it’s... Read more

Best daypacks for taking your gadgets walkabout
Best daypacks for taking your gadgets walkabout By Jamie Carter

Whether it’s for the daily commute, a weekend away or for travelling light, the daypack is one of life’s little essentials for getting your gadgets from A to B. Capacity is crucial. Here we’ve included models from 20-35 litres which should give... Read more

LG Cinema 3D 47LW550T
4.5 stars LG Cinema 3D 47LW550T By Jamie Carter

We thought there was something brewing when Sky chose LG as its “official partner” for 3DTVs last year - after the Korean giant released a single “passive” 3D screen for the Sky 3D channel’s launch. And with the arrival of this, one of dozens... Read more

Best Glastonbury Festival gear 2011
Best Glastonbury Festival gear 2011 By Jamie Carter

It's not long now until Glastonbury kicks off and with it a summer full of festivals. You've bought your tickets, you've cadged yourself a lift but what you could always do with is that little bit of extra kit to keep you comfortable in your three days... Read more

Panasonic TX-L37DT30
4.5 stars Panasonic TX-L37DT30 By Jamie Carter

During 2010 Panasonic quickly made a name for itself - and plasma technology in general - with a string of high-end 3DTVs that supplied stunning depth and comfortable viewing. That’s not what happened on the LCD/LED side of the market, where quality... Read more

Toshiba 32HL833B
3.5 stars Toshiba 32HL833B By Jamie Carter

Typical Toshiba. For years this enormous Japanese company has been taunting us with tales of its “Cell” or “Cevo” TV, with its exceptional high-end features and up to 10 TV tuners, then it hit us at January‘s CES with giant glasses-free 3DTV... Read more

Samsung BD-D6900
4.0 stars Samsung BD-D6900 By Jamie Carter

That Samsung’s latest high-def hero has touch-sensitive controls, a brushed metallic top, a gloriously slim 33mm profile and is able to silently slip out a disc from within won’t surprise anyone; this has been a brand at the coal face of product design... Read more

Toshiba BDX3200
3.5 stars Toshiba BDX3200 By Jamie Carter

Normally we’d be all excited about 3D playback, but so far the capability to read 3D Blu-ray discs hardly seems to be a high-end add-on feature at all. Take this so-called “flagship” Blu-ray player from mainstream brand Toshiba; it costs only a... Read more

Sony KDL-22EX320
4.5 stars Sony KDL-22EX320 By Jamie Carter

Most kitchen or “second room” TVs feature a bog standard LCD screen and, if you're lucky, a Freeview tuner, but the competition is hotting up and Sony here brings to market a small TV that’s not only one of the best specified, but also one of the... Read more

Panasonic DMP-BDT210
4.5 stars Panasonic DMP-BDT210 By Jamie Carter

After the online content hubs of last year, is the next big thing in Blu-ray players iPhone control? It seems a bit harsh on the squillions of Android phone owners, but Panasonic has fitted its latest high-end 3D Blu-ray deck with an iPhone app as well... Read more

Samsung: Explore 3D is only the start for 3D video on demand
Samsung: Explore 3D is only the start for 3D video on demand By Jamie Carter

As Pocket-lint told you earlier this morning, Samsung has become the first TV maker to launch a 3D video on demand service. And now we've had an exclusive chat with the company to find out more, including the fact that this is only the beginning phase... Read more

Toshiba BDX1200
3.0 stars Toshiba BDX1200 By Jamie Carter

Just on sale but with a web price already hovering around £100, this effort at Blu-ray from oft-value busting brand Toshiba may deal in 2D discs, but has an overall feel that’s oh so one-dimensional.The only supporter of the much more sensibly named,... Read more

Best backpacker space savers
Best backpacker space savers By Jamie Carter

There’s nothing cool about carting half your wardrobe across the globe’s tourist hotspots, and it’s easy to end-up a sweaty mess after lugging 20 kilos of gadgets, chargers and highly unsuitable just-in-case jeans through yet another balmy bus station.... Read more

Panasonic DMP-BDT110
4.0 stars Panasonic DMP-BDT110 By Jamie Carter

Created to partner screens in the brand’s three separate line-ups of 3D plasmas (VT30, GT30 and ST30) and sole range of 3D LED-backlit LCD TVs (DT30), this player is the most affordable of a trio of 3D decks in Panasonic’s 2011 range - the others... Read more

Samsung BD-D8500
4.0 stars Samsung BD-D8500 By Jamie Carter

There’s something decidedly low-rent about the word “combi”, but this two-into-one effort from Samsung is most definitely upmarket. Costing a whopping £380, it darn well should be, but wait until you see what it can do: 3D Blu-ray playback, Freeview... Read more

Panasonic TX-50GT30
4.5 stars Panasonic TX-50GT30 By Jamie Carter

Twelve months ago the ins and outs of 3DTVs were a mystery to us all as a plethora of high-priced LED TVs were thrown our way, but now we know the truth; if you want convincing 3D in your living room, choose a plasma. Panasonic, the only brand to offer... Read more

Panasonic DMP-BD75
3.0 stars Panasonic DMP-BD75 By Jamie Carter

Always a purveyor of high-end rather than budget Blu-ray decks, it's no surprise that the majority of Panasonic’s 2011 output is 3D-ready. 3D support is handled by Panasonic’s DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210 and DMP-BDT110 decks, and while this DMP-BD75 model... Read more

Your old TiVo is dying: Here’s what to replace it with
Your old TiVo is dying: Here’s what to replace it with By Jamie Carter

It’s got fans across the globe, but the programme guide feed that powers the older generation of TiVo boxes in the UK will officially cease on 1 June this year.Originally sold to BSkyB customers at the turn of the century, the clever PVR capable of... Read more

Philips BDP7500S2
4.0 stars Philips BDP7500S2 By Jamie Carter

Fancy a Blu-ray deck that does it all? Able to spin 3D Blu-ray discs, this classy deck proves technically just as good as models from the likes of Sony, but it does lack one or two features rivals include. Its provision of 1GB of local storage is a nice... Read more