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Jim Martin

Jim Martin

Jim is Editor of PC Advisor and has been testing and reviewing both hardware and software for 15 years. These days his specialities include tablets, smartphones and gadgets as well as writing and commissioning reviews, features and tutorials. Jim is also a proud dad, drinker (and brewer) of real ale and ardent motorsport fan.


 

Articles by Jim Martin


Review: 
Y-cam HomeMonitor HD Pro review - a 720p outdoor camera you can view on your smartphone

Keeping an eye on your kids, pets or your property via an app on your smartphone is something most people would like to do, and now that's…

Video: 
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom: a compact zoom camera with a built-in Android smartphone

The concept of bolting a huge zoom lens to the back of a smartphone isn’t new. Samsung has already had a couple of tries and must be hoping it’s…

Features: 
Inside the Surface Pro 3: What the specs don't tell you

Microsoft says the new Surface Pro 3 is a tablet that can truly replace your laptop. A new teardown reveals that it's very hard to repair, so if…

News: 
Google Android Auto - a new operating system for your car

With the announcement of Android Auto, your next smartphone accessory could be... a car. Here's what we know about the new in-car Android system.

Review: 
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review – an Android smartphone married to a 10x zoom camera

Smartphone cameras are ever improving, but they lack one crucial feature: a zoom. Not so with the Galaxy K Zoom. This Android smartphone has a…

Review: 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs iPad Air: the big tablets compared

So Samsung has announced its latest Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. How does the new tablet shape up against the iPad Air? We find out in…

Features: 
Best travel gadgets: Top tech to take on holiday with you this summer

Heading off on holiday this summer? We’ve rounded up the best accessories and gadgets that will make your time away even more fun.

Review: 
Brydge+ with speakers review: this is the keyboard to buy for your iPad 2, 3 or 4.

If you want to use your iPad like a laptop for typing long documents there are plenty of Bluetooth keyboards around. Few come close to the…

Video: 
ZTE Open C review - Firefox Phone one of the cheapest smartphones you can buy

Strapped for cash and need a cheap unlocked smartphone? Find out if the ZTE Open C is the one for you in our video review.

Features: 
5 of the best online racing games: free driving games with online multiplayer

Racing games have been around ever since the first home computers were available, and these days there’s no shortage of great driving simulators.…


 

Comments by Jim Martin


Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

I should have cropped the address bar out of the screenshot as it's misleading. I took that screenshot when I'd temporarily unzipped the files in…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

This is one of the big benefits of buying a Google device... or another device which basically uses plain Android such as the Moto G.

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

We've had no issues with connecting to our Wi-Fi hotspot here, but as the warning says: this is still beta, unfinished, unstable software. The…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

No, this is not rooting. (I've done more research so I know for sure now). Unlocking the bootloader is merely turning off the 'security flag' so…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

No, it looks as if you'll have to either flash back to the official KitKat image, or download the final Lollipop one and install it the same way…

Comment: 
CyberLink PowerDirector 12 Ultra

This isn't a review! It's our download section. Have you seen our comparison review with Adobe Premiere Elements 13? http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/rev...

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

I suppose you could technically call this rooting, but all you're doing (if you follow the guide) is installing the official Google developer…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

If you make sure that the files are extracted into the Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder (leave the zip file alone), then flash-all should work just…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

Not a stupid question at all. In fact, I don't know the answer as this is the first time I've installed an Android preview version.

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

The 5.0 Lollipop SDK will be available in a few hours, but yes, this article was from July. Only the title was updated, and I've now added a…

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Why people aren't upgrading to iOS 8: new features are for power users, not the average Joe

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