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Impossible Project Instant Lab Universal review: Make Polaroid-style prints from your phone snaps
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Impossible Project Instant Lab Universal review: Make Polaroid-style prints from your phone snaps

By Libby Plummer

The first thing you need to know about the Impossible Project Instant Lab Universal is that it produces Polaroid-style photos from your smartphone snaps. The second thing you need to know is that it's a camera, not a printer.Unlike the rather disappointing... Read more

What is 4G?

What is 4G?

By Libby Plummer

You've probably heard the term 4G thrown casually into conversation by mobile phone aficionados, but what does it actually mean? In simple terms, 4G refers to the fourth generation of wireless technology networks and follows on from 2G and 3G.While 1G... Read more

Best Android productivity apps

Best Android productivity apps

By Libby Plummer

Productivity apps form the core of every smartphone experience. They are the reason that most of us invest in one, along with mapping and music. The useful apps available  are numbered in the hundreds, but these are the ones we think every mobile should... Read more

Best iPhone apps for reference and learning

Best iPhone apps for reference and learning

By Libby Plummer

The iPhone is a hugely powerful reference tool. Like having a portable library stuck in your pocket, you can find an answer to pretty much any question instantly. Sure it might not always be correct, but there is an armada of info buried at your fingertips. Be... Read more

Best iPhone cooking apps

Best iPhone cooking apps

By Libby Plummer

Being a decent cook is no easy task. In the old days few worried about what they put on the table, be it gruel of pigeon brains, the family would eat it. Now thanks to the like of Jamie Oliver and his merry brigade of tv chefs, no food is acceptable if... Read more

Best iPhone music apps

Best iPhone music apps

By Libby Plummer

Take one iPhone, add a decent data connection, a pair of headphones that didn't come free in the box and all you need to bring yourself 24/7 music wherever you go is a well chosen set of apps and services. As ever, this is where we come in at Pocket-lint... Read more

Best iPad reading apps

Best iPad reading apps

By Libby Plummer

At launch, the iPad was pegged as the future means of content consumption for all magazines and newspapers. Now this might not have come completely true, but there is definitely a lot available to read on it. Its 9.7-inch IPS display is perfectly suited... Read more

Best iPad photography apps

Best iPad photography apps

By Libby Plummer

The iPad 2 lured many punters in with its front and back facing cameras. Sure a tablet isn't the first thing you think of when it comes to photography but actually that giant screen makes an excellent viewfinder. All that space meant more of a play area... Read more

Lomography LomoKino pictures and hands-on

Lomography LomoKino pictures and hands-on

By Libby Plummer

Analogue camera specialist Lomography has unveiled its very first movie camera, the LomoKino, and we were invited along to Lomo HQ for a top secret preview prior to the official launch.As we'd already received an invite to the launch event in the form... Read more

How the iPad is changing the face of music

How the iPad is changing the face of music

By Libby Plummer

Android may be catching up fast, but it was the iPad that made the tablet a must-have piece of kit for any self-respecting gadget aficionado. For the while, at least, the iPad continues to lead the charge and, though its games, web browsing and playing... Read more

7 Days living with ... film photography

7 Days living with ... film photography

By Libby Plummer

Almost everyone on Team Pocket-lint is a camera nut of some description but out of all of us with our various bits of high tech snapping kit, I've also got quite a strong collection of Lomo cameras. The question is though, is film still relevant beyond... Read more

Philips O'Neill The Stretch SHO9565BK
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Philips O'Neill The Stretch SHO9565BK

By Libby Plummer

We reviewed Philips' previous colloboration with surf brand O'Neill last year, giving the first version of The Stretch headphones a well-deserved four our of five stars. When we heard that there was a new version in town, once again featuring the handy... Read more

Electrolux Design Labs 2011 finalists

Electrolux Design Labs 2011 finalists

By Libby Plummer

If you want to know what the home gadgets of the future might look like, then you should take a peek at the Electrolux Design Labs 2011 finalists' designs, currently on show at John Lewis in Oxford Street, London. This global design competition was... Read more

Orbitsound T12v3
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Orbitsound T12v3

By Libby Plummer

Not to be confused with the upcoming T14 soundbar with separate iPod dock and wireless subwoofer, which Orbitsound debuted at CES in January 2010, the Orbitsound T12v3 is the third version of the maker's T12 model. Boasting the same spatial sound technology... Read more

Orbitsound launches T12v3 soundbar

Orbitsound launches T12v3 soundbar

By Libby Plummer

The Orbitsound T12v3 soundbar is the third version of the the British audio specialist's popular iPod-friendly T12 TV speaker and features new drivers along with improved bass response. We were invited along for a sneak preview, as well as being given... Read more

APP OF THE DAY - The Warhol: D.I.Y. POP (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY - The Warhol: D.I.Y. POP (iPhone)

By Libby Plummer

We've featured plenty of camera apps in App of the Day and we've even put together fully-fledged camera app round-ups for the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7. We've covered everything from an app that renders your subject in lego bricks, to retro... Read more

Best iPad apps for musicians

Best iPad apps for musicians

By Libby Plummer

The iPad's big, friendly screen and instantaneous swipe control, not to mention its portability, make it an excellent tool for musicians, whether that's for laying down and mixing tracks, tuning a guitar or simply horsing around on a set of virtual bongos.... Read more

Google acquires Motorola: Industry reaction

Google acquires Motorola: Industry reaction

By Libby Plummer

It's all official - Google has acquired Motorola Mobility for the sum of $12.5 billion. On what we thought would be a slow news day, the internet bohemoth unveiled the acquisition of Motorola's phone and tablet arm in a deal that it says will "supercharge"... Read more

Philips Fidelio DS7700
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Philips Fidelio DS7700

By Libby Plummer

We've seen plenty of iPod speakers at Pocket-lint towers from affordable products like the Memorex PurePlay through to high-end speakers like the B&W Zeppelin Air, but we're gradually starting to see more iPad docks emerging as well. Designed specifically... Read more

Proporta unveils future iPhone case designs

Proporta unveils future iPhone case designs

By Libby Plummer

Accessory brand Proporta has unveiled designs for its next generation of iPhone cases and we were able to take a sneak peek. Although the products that we were shown are made to fit the iPhone 4, these won't actually be released for the current model.... Read more

Best celebrity gadgets

Best celebrity gadgets

By Libby Plummer

Celebrities have been endorsing products for years, including everything from Ronald Reagan appearing in Chesterfield cigarette ads (during his acting years, not his presidential terms), through to Kate Moss flogging mascara.But simply appearing in the... Read more

Pure Evoke Mio by Orla Kiely hands-on

Pure Evoke Mio by Orla Kiely hands-on

By Libby Plummer

Following the success of DAB specialist Pure's first collaboration with renowned designer Orla Kiely, the maker has introduced a further update of the Evoke Mio radio featuring a new print, and we were invited along to the designer's flagship store... Read more

Lomography La Sardina
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Lomography La Sardina

By Libby Plummer

When Lomography sent us a tin of sardines in the post with a message attached inviting us along to a sneak preview of its new camera, we were expecting some sort of waterproof model or perhaps even a fisheye snapper. The clue was in fact much more literal... Read more

Soundmagic E10
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Soundmagic E10

By Libby Plummer

Here at Pocket-lint we've reviewed all sorts of earphones from the achingly hip Monster Diddybeats to the non-tangle RHA MA-350 earbuds. Next on the test bench is the new E10 from Chinese brand Soundmagic. The E10 in-ear headphones are the first model... Read more

Polaroid - how instant snaps came back

Polaroid - how instant snaps came back

By Libby Plummer

In musical terms, kooky popstrel Lady Gaga, singer-songwriter and actor Sting and rock duo The Kills haven't got much in common, but one thing that they all share is a passion for Polaroid. In fact, Gaga is such a big fan of the cult instant-photo brand... Read more

BlackBerry Bold 9900 vs BlackBerry Bold 9780

BlackBerry Bold 9900 vs BlackBerry Bold 9780

By Libby Plummer

RIM has unveiled five new Blackberry 7 handsets - the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, the BlackBerry Torch 9810, 9850 and 9860. All models will pack a QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen controls and the long-rumoured NFC connectivity.First confirmed at the... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: Banksy-Locations review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: Banksy-Locations review (iPhone)

By Libby Plummer

We've reviewed all sorts of apps here on Pocket-lint, ranging from social networking and photography to games and even an app that will point you in the direction of the nearest condom machine. Sometimes we like to get a bit arty and having previously... Read more

Pure Contour
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Pure Contour

By Libby Plummer

Internet radios are gradually increasing in popularity thanks to the gargantuan selection of global radio stations that they offer access to and the Pure Contour goes one better by throwing a retractable iPod dock into the mix. Boasting the official... Read more

Roberts Radio Vintage hands-on

Roberts Radio Vintage hands-on

By Libby Plummer

The Roberts Radio Vintage is the latest DAB from the British brand, following on from its hugely popular Revival radio and being launched as part of Roberts' 80th anniversary celebrations.Sporting similar retro styling to the distinctive Revival model,... Read more

RHA MA-350
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RHA MA-350

By Libby Plummer

We recently reviewed the SA-500 headphones from RHA - a division of the Reid and Health Group - a British audio company based in Glasgow, with the can's performance impressing us, so we were very interested to see how the brand's MA-350 noise isolating... Read more

Polaroid X720E waterproof camcorder hands-on

Polaroid X720E waterproof camcorder hands-on

By Libby Plummer

The Polaroid X720E is the brand's first waterproof camcorder and we managed to get up close and personal for some hands-on time with the new product. The compact gadget is waterproof up to 3m so it should survive unscathed if you're planning to use... Read more

Polaroid X800E waterproof camera hands-on

Polaroid X800E waterproof camera hands-on

By Libby Plummer

Polaroid has dipped its toes into the waterproof camera market in the UK for the first time with the introduction of the X800E compact and we were invited along to see it in action.This lightweight 8MP snapper is waterproof up to 3m, so that you don't... Read more

Polaroid GL10 Instant Mobile Printer hands-on

Polaroid GL10 Instant Mobile Printer hands-on

By Libby Plummer

First unveiled at the CES tech show in Las Vegas back in January 2011, the Polaroid GL10 Instant Mobile Printer is the first product from the Lady Gaga Grey Label range to hit the shops.We first caught a glimpse of the printer in Vegas when the singer... Read more

Polaroid Z340 camera hands-on

Polaroid Z340 camera hands-on

By Libby Plummer

The new Polaroid Z340 has been designed to combine digital photography with instant printing in one handy product, and we were invited along for a sneak preview. The 14MP camera sports classic Polaroid styling, with the rather large chassis sporting... Read more

Samsung Tocco Icon
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Samsung Tocco Icon

By Libby Plummer

The Samsung Tocco Icon GT-S5260 is an updated version of the brand's popular Tocco Lite and looks fairly similar, although it does throw a few extras into the mix - with the key update being the step up from a resistive touchscreen to a capacitive display.... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: F-SIM Space Shuttle review (iPhone/iPad)

APP OF THE DAY: F-SIM Space Shuttle review (iPhone/iPad)

By Libby Plummer

The Atlantis orbiter recently completed its final mission, bringing the space shuttle programme to a close after 30 years. On board the shuttle were two space-certified iPhone 4s, running the experimental SpaceLab app. Also available to us Earth-based... Read more

Han Solo in carbonite ice tray

Han Solo in carbonite ice tray

By Libby Plummer

Calling an ice tray a gadget might be pushing things somewhat, but we didn't think you'd want to miss out on this one as it enables you to craft your very own Han Solo frozen in carbonite. For Star Wars fans who feel that their lives aren't quite complete,... Read more

Swarovski crystal-encrusted Samsung cameras on show

Swarovski crystal-encrusted Samsung cameras on show

By Libby Plummer

Samsung has added some bling to its camera range with Swarovski crystal-encrusted versions of the NX11 and the ST30, but don't get too excited, as these little beauties aren't for sale.The one-off pimped up cameras were on show at camera retailer Jessops'... Read more

Jessops debuts tablet for in-store printing

Jessops debuts tablet for in-store printing

By Libby Plummer

Jessops is set to introduce an exclusive tablet that will sit alongside its in-store kiosks in order to make printing your snaps even easier.Produced by software company Lucidiom - which provides the software for Jessops' printing kiosks - the tablet... Read more

RHA SA-500
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RHA SA-500

By Libby Plummer

The selection of headphones on offer has never been bigger and there are plenty of options to choose from, ranging from high-end cans such as the Bose AE2 to quality earbuds like the Monster Diddybeats, to affordable headphones like the SA-500 from RHA.... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: CoPilot Premium review (iPhone)

APP OF THE DAY: CoPilot Premium review (iPhone)

By Libby Plummer

The previous version of CoPilot's satnav app has proved so popular that it's been given a full makeover, despite the previous app only being updated a few months ago. Following a successful launch on the Android Market, the new CoPilot Premium UK &... Read more

Sony PS4: specs and features wishlist

Sony PS4: specs and features wishlist

By Libby Plummer

Web rumours suggest that the PS4 will go into production by the end of 2011 and that it will launch in 2012. However, with announcements made at the 2011 E3 show in LA limited to the PS Vita, it seems unlikely that the PS4 will be here this year or... Read more

Stop your phone from getting hacked

Stop your phone from getting hacked

By Libby Plummer

The phone hacking scandal at The News of the World made global headlines when it was revealed that the newspaper had been using private investigators to hack into the voicemails of not only celebrities, but also murder victims and the families of people... Read more

Space shuttle: the ultimate gadget - 30 years of service

Space shuttle: the ultimate gadget - 30 years of service

By Libby Plummer

Despite lifting off 135 times, making an appearance in a Bond film, and even its immortalisation in Lego, the famous space shuttle is taking early retirement. On 8 July 2011, the Atlantis orbiter will embark on the very last space shuttle mission bringing... Read more

Samsung HMX-Q10
3.5 stars

Samsung HMX-Q10

By Libby Plummer

The Samsung HMX-Q10 made headlines when it was unveiled at CES back in January 2011, largely thanks to its flexible design that makes it easy for left-handed moviemakers to use. Samsung's SwitchGrip means that the camcorder is ambidextrous so it can either... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: PhotoToaster review (iPhone/iPad)

APP OF THE DAY: PhotoToaster review (iPhone/iPad)

By Libby Plummer

There are lots of photography apps around including the phenomenally popular Hipstamatic, as well as a few other gems like Shakeit and Colour Splash. We've even rounded up some of the best iPhone photography apps and the best Android photography apps... Read more

Harry Potter gadget goodies for the kids

Harry Potter gadget goodies for the kids

By Libby Plummer

It seems hard to believe that Harry Potter has been battling arch-enemy Voldemort in cinemas for 10 years now, but 15 July 2011 will see the eighth and final film unleashed. With just days to go before the big finale, no doubt young Potter fans (and possibly... Read more

Muvi HD 1080p Action Cam
3.5 stars

Muvi HD 1080p Action Cam

By Libby Plummer

We've reviewed plenty of pocket camcorders here on Pocket-lint, including the Toshiba Camilieo S30 and the Kodak Playtouch, and with one of the big hitters - Flip Video - recently pulling out of the market, there's plenty of room for other brands to make... Read more

Panasonic 2012 Olympics cameras and camcorders hands-on

Panasonic 2012 Olympics cameras and camcorders hands-on

By Libby Plummer

Panasonic has unveiled a range of Olympics-branded products for the 2012 games in London and we were able to get our hands on some of them for a sneak preview. The new product lineup is set to include cameras, camcorders, headphones and SD cards and will... Read more

What is Google+?

What is Google+?

By Libby Plummer

Search engine giant Google has just announced its Google+ social networking platform that's set to rival Facebook. Well, that's the plan anyway. Google doesn't have a particularly strong history when it comes to social networking services with both Google... Read more