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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


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.…

Features: 
4 OS X Yosemite features we'd love to see in Windows: MailDrop, AirDrop, notification centre and more

Apple has just announced the latest update to OS X, called Yosemite. A few of the new features are already built into Windows 8.1, such as the…

Features: 
How to install Windows 7 without the disc. Plus: How to find a lost Windows product key

If you’ve lost your Windows DVD, or you never had one, you can still reinstall Windows without it. Here’s how.

Review: 
ZTE Open C Firefox Phone review: £60 phone runs Mozilla Firefox OS but can't compete with budget Androids

The ZTE Open C is a £60 smartphone aimed at those on a tight budget upgrading from a feature phone. It runs the new Firefox OS, based on HTML 5.…

Review: 
Jabra Solemate Max review - a portable Bluetooth speaker that's big on price and lacking in bass

We really liked the original Solemate, which means the Max has big boots to fill. It's massive, but can the sound quality match expectations? Find…

Features: 
How to get mobile internet on your laptop: 3G and 4G dongles, Mi-Fi and tethering explained

Need to get online with your laptop when you're out of Wi-Fi coverage? Here's everything you need to know about dongles, Mi-Fi and tethering.

Video: 
VIDEO: Nokia Lumia 630 - a budget smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1

The Lumia 630 is the first smartphone to launch with Windows Phone 8.1. It's a strong alternative to Android and iOS, but this budget handset…

News: 
Now you can use any music or radio app with Pure Jongo multiroom speaker thanks to Caskeid Bluetooth

With the introduction of Caskeid Bluetooth, you can now use your Pure Jongo multiroom speakers (see our Jongo S3 review) with any audio app,…

Features: 
How to use the Samsung Gear Fit with a Google Nexus 5 or other non-Samsung Android smartphone

The Gear Fit, reviewed, is a great-looking fitness tracker and smart watch, but Samsung has restricted it to working with only 17 or so of its own…


 

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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Nexus 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 comparison: Lollipop phablet takes on KitKat flagship smartphone

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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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Free rocket & space sounds: NASA launches archive of interstellar audio on SoundCloud

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iPad Air 2 review: Insanely fast and alarmingly thin. Speed tests, camera tests, beautiful...