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Motorola Moto G6 Plus initial review: Bigger and better... without costing a fortune

Motorola Moto G6 Plus initial review: Bigger and better... without costing a fortune

By Mike Lowe

The Moto G6 comes in three flavours - G6 Play, G6, G6 Plus - the G6 Plus being the largest and most powerful of the trio. Following the 2018 G-series launch in Sao Paulo, Brazil, we got to handle the larger-scale phone and compare how it fares against... Read more

Motorola Moto G6 initial review: Refined and affordable, the reinvented Moto G is here

Motorola Moto G6 initial review: Refined and affordable, the reinvented Moto G is here

By Mike Lowe

The Moto G. It's a phone that's been at the forefront of affordable since kicking off six generations ago, back in 2013. Almost five years on the Moto G6 represents a wholly different beast; it's the phone to shake-up the series more than any of its predecessors.With... Read more

Motorola unveils trio of G6 handsets, wants to own the affordable phone market

Motorola unveils trio of G6 handsets, wants to own the affordable phone market

By Mike Lowe

Not content with just the one Moto G-series handset, Motorola has gone all out and unveiled a trio of G6 models: the G6 Play, G6 ("standard", if you will) and G6 Plus.With a glass-back style akin to the mid-level Moto X, the new trio is taking the G-series... Read more

Motorola Moto G6 Play vs G6 vs G6 Plus: What's the difference?

Motorola Moto G6 Play vs G6 vs G6 Plus: What's the difference?

By Mike Lowe

The Motorola G-series has a longstanding history as the affordable phone to beat. Well, that used to be the case. However, with the advancement of Chinese competition, Motorola in 2018 is taking a different tact by delivering no less than three Moto G6... Read more

Honor 7A delivers facial recognition in a phone for just £140

Honor 7A delivers facial recognition in a phone for just £140

By Mike Lowe

In the affordable phones market, most manufacturers are retreating at pace. Even those well known for delivering budget handsets now have their sights set on loftier, pricier aspirations.Not so with Honor. The Huawei-owned Chinese brand has long been... Read more

Best Huawei P20 Pro tips and tricks: The ultimate EMUI 8.1 masterclass

Best Huawei P20 Pro tips and tricks: The ultimate EMUI 8.1 masterclass

By Mike Lowe

If you've just bought a shiny new Huawei P20 Pro (hopefully in unicorn dust-like Twilight finish) or P20 then well done you for picking up one of 2018's top-drawer phones.However, while both devices run Google's Android Oreo as their backbone operating... Read more

Huawei P20 Pro review: A new phone camera king is born
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Huawei P20 Pro review: A new phone camera king is born

By Mike Lowe

It was just a few years ago we were criticising Huawei for its software and design approach (take a look at our P8 review, from 2015). But how far the Chinese company has come. With the P20 Pro in hand, reviewed here in its delightful Twilight dipped-in-Unicorn-dust... Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S initial review: The dual camera affordable flagship to take on OnePlus

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S initial review: The dual camera affordable flagship to take on OnePlus

By Mike Lowe

All current flagships worth their salt are shrinking screen bezel, looking to make the most display-forward design possible. But it wasn't one of the "big three" that started this trend. It was Xiaomi. Yep, a Chinese brand name you may or may not have... Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review: Flagship design without the flagship price tag
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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review: Flagship design without the flagship price tag

By Mike Lowe

It's finally happened: Xiaomi, the affordable Chinese phone brand, has worked its way over to Europe. Well, Spain for the time being. But we've prised a top-spec Mi Mix 2 handset from overseas to see how it holds up in ol' Blighty - which is of particular... Read more

LG 4K HDR TV choices for 2018: W8, G8, E8, C8, B8, SK9500 and more compared

LG 4K HDR TV choices for 2018: W8, G8, E8, C8, B8, SK9500 and more compared

By Mike Lowe

After releasing some of the most astounding tellies in 2017, LG has refined its processing prowess by introducing the Alpha 9 (a9) processor to its updated 2018 OLED TV line.All the company's tellies feature 4K Ultra HD pixel resolution and support major... Read more

Light L16: This 16-in-1 camera is a real product you can buy. No, really.

Light L16: This 16-in-1 camera is a real product you can buy. No, really.

By Mike Lowe

Don't fret, your eyes haven't crossed; you're not looking at a Photoshopped image of a smartphone from the future. Nope, you're looking at the Light L16: a 16-in-one camera that is, well, every bit as barmy as it looks.So what exactly is it? The L16's... Read more

Huawei MateBook X Pro review: Pro by name, pro by nature
4.5 stars

Huawei MateBook X Pro review: Pro by name, pro by nature

By Mike Lowe

Fewer manufacturers are making genuinely great laptops these days. Which is why it came as something of a surprise to see Huawei produce the formidable MateBook X back in 2017. However, it's nigh-on impossible to buy one in the UK - which is ludicrous,... Read more

Best cars of Geneva Motor Show 2018: All the concepts, hybrids, supercars and more

Best cars of Geneva Motor Show 2018: All the concepts, hybrids, supercars and more

By Mike Lowe

Now in its 88th year, the Geneva Motor Show had plenty of world firsts to show-off on the show floor at the 2018 exhibit in Switzerland.With the themes split somewhere between autonomous cars, electric cars and concepts combining the two, it's certainly... Read more

Nissan Juke gets 2018 update; facelift and new tech options rule the way

Nissan Juke gets 2018 update; facelift and new tech options rule the way

By Mike Lowe

The Nissan Juke was always a trailblazer. Whether you loved or loathed this quirky crossover when it first appeared on the streets years back, it set the bar for what brands could achieve in terms of being different; in making standout design.For 2018,... Read more

Nissan iMX Kuro concept reveals our electric crossover future

Nissan iMX Kuro concept reveals our electric crossover future

By Mike Lowe

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2018, Nissan's electric crossover concept of the future, the iMX Kuro, was revealed for the first time.Look familiar? That's because this is the evolved version of the iMX concept that was revealed at the Tokyo Moto Show... Read more

Bose SoundLink Micro review: Mega sound from the palm-sized portable
4.5 stars

Bose SoundLink Micro review: Mega sound from the palm-sized portable

By Mike Lowe

When we first looked at the SoundLiink Micro's diminutive proportions, we thought "nah, this dinky speaker can't sound good, can it?". How wrong we were, for Bose's smallest speaker kicks out considerable volume and with more bass than you might imagine.It's... Read more

Vivo Apex concept phone: Pushing bezel-free design to the limit

Vivo Apex concept phone: Pushing bezel-free design to the limit

By Mike Lowe

At Mobile World Congress 2018 it was a lesser-known brand - in Europe, anyway - that produced one of the most exciting smartphones on the show floor: the Vivo Apex concept. MWC 2018: All the launches that mattered We've watched phone bezel shrink over... Read more

What are Moto Mods? Everything you need to know about the snap-on accessories for Moto Z

What are Moto Mods? Everything you need to know about the snap-on accessories for Moto Z

By Mike Lowe

The smartphone industry is always seeking the next big thing. For Motorola that's Moto Mods (or Moto Snaps in some territories): clip-on Moto Z accessories - such as cameras, projectors, printers and more - that can transform a phone's functionality or... Read more

Lenovo announces Yoga 530 and 730, ups its trim-bezel laptop game

Lenovo announces Yoga 530 and 730, ups its trim-bezel laptop game

By Mike Lowe

At Mobile World Congress 2018 it's not only smartphones that rule the show. Lenovo has used this year as a platform to unveil its latest Yoga 530 (known as the Flex 14 in the US) and Yoga 730 laptops (in 13-inch and 15-inch forms). What to expect from... Read more

Lenovo Yoga 730 initial review: Trim bezel bolsters this sterling laptop

Lenovo Yoga 730 initial review: Trim bezel bolsters this sterling laptop

By Mike Lowe

How to improve upon one of last year's best laptops? Trim the bezel, but of course. That's exactly what Lenovo has done in the Yoga 730, which refreshes the already impressive Yoga 720. Best laptops 2018: The top-rated notebooks and Ultrabooks to buy... Read more

Canon ups its budget DSLR game, intros EOS 2000D and 4000D

Canon ups its budget DSLR game, intros EOS 2000D and 4000D

By Mike Lowe

Looking to entice a new audience into the budget DSLR category, Canon has introduced a pair of entry-level EOS models: the 2000D and 4000D.The 2000D replaces the EOS 1300D, while the 4000D is an entirely new entry designed to include every possible cost-saving... Read more

Canon EOS M50 initial review: Hooray for 4K

Canon EOS M50 initial review: Hooray for 4K

By Mike Lowe

Since Canon launched its mirrorless camera line-up - known as the EOS M range - we've failed to be too impressed. The EOS M50, however, could be the camera to change that.Why? The M50 is the first time we've seen a number of things in this range: there's... Read more

Canon EOS 2000D initial review: Asserting DSLR's entry-level place in a smartphone world?

Canon EOS 2000D initial review: Asserting DSLR's entry-level place in a smartphone world?

By Mike Lowe

The camera market is more divided than ever before. Hot off the heels of Samsung announcing its new flagship S9 smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2018 - with a dual aperture lens camera unlike anything in a phone before it - Canon, in a sphere all of... Read more

Huawei MateBook X Pro is the new mini-bezel laptop king

Huawei MateBook X Pro is the new mini-bezel laptop king

By Mike Lowe

Huawei used its Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference to not focus on new phones, rather up the ante when it comes to laptops by unveiling the MateBook X Pro, starting at €1,499 Euros.  MWC 2018: What to expect from this year's show The 2018 follow-up... Read more

Huawei unveils trio of tablets: MediaPad M5 8.4-inch, 10.8-inch and Pro

Huawei unveils trio of tablets: MediaPad M5 8.4-inch, 10.8-inch and Pro

By Mike Lowe

It's been rather quiet on the Android tablet front of late. Which is perhaps no surprise, given that even Apple's iPad range is seeing an overall decline in sales.No biggie for Huawei, though, which wants a piece of that iPad Pro pie, and has used Mobile... Read more

Pioneer HDJ-X7 review: Pump up the volume
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Pioneer HDJ-X7 review: Pump up the volume

By Mike Lowe

There's diametric opposition in the DJ world: you're either behind Sennheiser, with its HD25 on-ears; or you're on team Pioneer, with its over-ear HDJ-X line.Which adorns your ears - or perhaps, more accurately for most, ear singular - most likely depends... Read more

Master & Dynamic MH30 review: Exquisite sound with a design to match
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Master & Dynamic MH30 review: Exquisite sound with a design to match

By Mike Lowe

What do you want from a pair of headphones? Luxe design, ultra comfort and aesthetic appeal? Or all the new-fangled wireless tech in a glossy, shiny package?If it's the former then the Master & Dynamic MH30 are an incredibly well-built pair of on-ear... Read more

The best Bluetooth headphones 2018: Top on-ear or over-ear wireless headphones

The best Bluetooth headphones 2018: Top on-ear or over-ear wireless headphones

By Mike Lowe

With more phones ditching the 3.5mm headphone socket, there's never been a better time to cut the cord than now.Sure, you can use Lightning headphones if you're an Apple user, but embracing Bluetooth means convenience and pretty much universal compatibility... Read more

Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: A true flagship to take on the best of them
4.5 stars

Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: A true flagship to take on the best of them

By Mike Lowe

Talk about arriving just at the perfect moment. Despite Huawei having its fair share of ups and downs since pushing into the smartphone market - the P10 that didn't quite hit the mark, especially on reflection of the better and cheaper Honor 9 - that's... Read more

Honor 9 Lite review: Setting a high bar for budget phones
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Honor 9 Lite review: Setting a high bar for budget phones

By Mike Lowe

With top-spec phones typically costing several hundred pounds, you'll be relieved to know there are increasing numbers of affordable options that don't scrimp on the design - such as the Honor 9 Lite, which retails for a penny shy of £200.A couple of... Read more

Fujifilm X-H1 mirrorless camera marries pro-spec stills and 4K video thrills

Fujifilm X-H1 mirrorless camera marries pro-spec stills and 4K video thrills

By Mike Lowe

Looking for a high-performance mirrorless interchangeable lens camera? Fujifilm just unveiled the X-H1, which is gunning to be king of the hill.With a robust build - it's weather-resistant and scratch-resistant - this mirrorless marvel wraps a magnesium... Read more

Fujifilm X-H1 vs Panasonic Lumix G9: What’s the difference?

Fujifilm X-H1 vs Panasonic Lumix G9: What’s the difference?

By Mike Lowe

It's battle of the mirrorless big guns, with the new Fujifilm X-H1 posing some considerable questions for Panasonic's formidable Lumix G9. If you're looking for a pro-spec interchangeable lens camera, minus the DSLR bulk, which makes best sense for you?Fuji... Read more

Fujifilm X-H1 initial review: Does the most advanced X-series live up to its potential?

Fujifilm X-H1 initial review: Does the most advanced X-series live up to its potential?

By Mike Lowe

In 2018 it's certainly the turn of mirrorless cameras to really up the pressure being put on DSLR cameras. We've already seen the excellent Panasonic Lumix G9 deliver strong in performance, stills and video. Now Fujifilm wants a piece of the pie, with... Read more

Best laptop 2018: All the top notebooks, 2-in-1s and ultraportables to buy today

Best laptop 2018: All the top notebooks, 2-in-1s and ultraportables to buy today

By Mike Lowe

Mobile devices like tablets and smartphones are great for enjoying games and movies on the sofa or browsing emails on the train on the way to work, but neither are a match for actually getting things done when it comes to work. Whether it's school work,... Read more

Honor 9 Lite vs Honor 9: What's the difference?

Honor 9 Lite vs Honor 9: What's the difference?

By Mike Lowe

As mid-range phones go, the Honor 9 from 2017 is about as good as they come - winning the Best Mid-Priced Phone at the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017. And now there's a new baby brother to join the line-up: the Honor 9 Lite.As the name of the latest "lighter"... Read more

Lexus RC 300h review: The coupé conundrum
3.5 stars

Lexus RC 300h review: The coupé conundrum

By Mike Lowe

There's something to be said for rarity. When sighting an unusual car it turns heads because it bucks the familiar trend. Which is exactly what the Lexus RC 300h does.Drive through town in this sporty-looking coupe and its mammoth front grille will get... Read more

Honor View 10 review: Flagship perks without the price-point hurts
4.5 stars

Honor View 10 review: Flagship perks without the price-point hurts

By Mike Lowe

Honor has been gaining reputability with each of its phone releases over the last few years, establishing itself as an affordable player in a bustling market. But just because its devices are affordable doesn't mean it's a cheap-and-cheerful brand. One... Read more

Alfa Romeo Stelvio review: A stellar SUV not to be overlooked
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio review: A stellar SUV not to be overlooked

By Mike Lowe

Say hello to Alfa Romeo's very first SUV. Yep, the heritage Italian brand has finally stepped up to the big-boy plate with the Stelvio. Which is, in essence, an Alfa Guilia on stilts. The Stelvio is part of its push into the SUV-car category that, in... Read more

Fujifilm X-A5 is the company's smallest mirrorless camera to date

Fujifilm X-A5 is the company's smallest mirrorless camera to date

By Mike Lowe

We've long harped on about Fujifilm's image quality prowess from its mirrorless X-series cameras. Well, now you can get the utmost quality in the smallest-and-lightest package to date: the X-A5.Fuji's latest interchangeable lens snapper introduces the... Read more

Hyundai Kona review: The quirky, colourful crossover
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Hyundai Kona review: The quirky, colourful crossover

By Mike Lowe

It's the era of the SUV crossover, with the Hyundai Kona looking to take a bite out of Nissan Juke territory, while taking on its Kia Stonic cousin (that car is built on the same platform, so is essentially much the same car, albeit not so good looking)... Read more

Best mirrorless cameras 2018: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

Best mirrorless cameras 2018: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

By Mike Lowe

You're looking to buy a mirrorless camera - sometimes called a compact system camera (CSC) - but don't know what to go for?You're probably interested in such cameras because they offer image quality above that of a compact camera, with the ability to... Read more

Best compact cameras 2018: The best point and-shoot-cameras available to buy today

Best compact cameras 2018: The best point and-shoot-cameras available to buy today

By Mike Lowe

If you're looking for the best compact cameras of 2018 then you've come to the right place. Here we'll guide you through the hottest cameras to save you time when it comes to buying one from your local shop or online.Run this question through your head:... Read more

Best DSLR cameras 2018: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

Best DSLR cameras 2018: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

By Mike Lowe

You want to buy a DSLR camera but don't know what to go for? Then you've come to the right place, as this is where we round-up the best DSLR cameras of 2018. We'll guide you through the hottest cameras available - and only models that we've seen in reality... Read more

Acer Chromebook 11 (2018) initial review: Blue, budget and potentially brill

Acer Chromebook 11 (2018) initial review: Blue, budget and potentially brill

By Mike Lowe

The Chromebook category has come an awful long way over the years. The 2018 Acer Chromebook 11 goes to show just how much you can squeeze out of a £249 budget.With both online and offline operation (something lacking at the beginning of Chromebooks'... Read more

LG W8 OLED TV initial review: Signature set brings processor, voice-control and HDR enhancements

LG W8 OLED TV initial review: Signature set brings processor, voice-control and HDR enhancements

By Mike Lowe

The world's largest technology show, CES, has long been known as the place to unveil brand new tellies. Which is exactly what LG did at CES 2018 with its latest and greatest W8 Signature OLED.We got to see the new top-tier set behind closed doors at the... Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) initial review: HDR screen makes for sensational sixth-gen laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) initial review: HDR screen makes for sensational sixth-gen laptop

By Mike Lowe

The Lenovo ThinkPad series is well-known for its business appeal. And for the sixth-gen 2018 model it's ramping up design to look even more suave and sophisticated.It's also crammed in features many other laptops can only dream of, including an ultra-bright... Read more

What is VR180? How to capture and view Google's VR photo and video format

What is VR180? How to capture and view Google's VR photo and video format

By Mike Lowe

As virtual reality (VR) gets more and more popular, the ways in which such content can be captured and experienced begins to change.VR180: What is it?You may think that all VR experiences are fully immersive 360-degree views, but Google's V180 offers... Read more

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream initial review: Capable, phone-free VR for under $400

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream initial review: Capable, phone-free VR for under $400

By Mike Lowe

When it comes to virtual reality there are a few options: go down the fully-formed route, with PC powering everything, like HTC Vive; opt for a headset that requires a phone to be slipped in to act as the processor and screen, such as the Google Daydream... Read more

This is the BlackBerry KeyOne Bronze: A dual-SIM BB in a molten bronze-gold finish

This is the BlackBerry KeyOne Bronze: A dual-SIM BB in a molten bronze-gold finish

By Mike Lowe

BlackBerry had a respectable year in 2017. The reason was pretty simple: it started to produce attractive, well-made and secure devices once again, luring in both the company's die-hard fans and newcomers alike.When we reviewed the BlackBerry KeyOne just... Read more

Lenovo Miix 630 initial review: Bossing battery life with 20 hours per charge

Lenovo Miix 630 initial review: Bossing battery life with 20 hours per charge

By Mike Lowe

Lenovo has been producing Miix 2-in-1 tablet-cum-laptop devices for a number of years, but relying on Intel for its chipsets. In the last model, the Miix 720, that resulted in an over-powerful, battery-limited product that didn't quite cut the mustard.But... Read more