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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: 
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…

Features: 
Windows users: how to protect your PC from Gameover ZeuS and Cryptolocker

The UK’s National Crime Agency along with the FBI, Europol and various tech firms have worked together to temporarily pause the attacks from the…

News: 
HTC One mini 2 release date, price and specs: A smaller version of the One M8

Almost a year on from the One mini, HTC has announced a successor: the One mini 2. With a new design and some uprated components, it could be the…

Video: 
Jawbone Up24 review: An easy to use activity tracker which lacks a display

We review the latest activity and fitness tracker from Jawbone, the Up24.

Features: 
Hive or Nest: which is the best smart thermostat?

There are lots of smart thermostats to choose between now, with Google’s Nest and British Gas’ Hive two of the best known and most popular. Here…

Review: 
Surface Pro 3 vs Surface Pro 2 comparison: new Windows tablet is bigger and better - but who will buy?

During the launch of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft freely admitted that it hadn’t quite got it right with the original Surface Pro and even the…

Review: 
Jawbone Up24 review: an excellent but expensive activity tracker

Now with Bluetooth and therefore wireless synching, the Up24 is the activity tracker the original should have been. Or is it? Read our Jawbone…

Features: 
SSD vs SSHD: which is the best hard drive to buy?

If you're looking to upgrade your hard disks or buy a new PC or laptop, it pays to choose wisely when it comes to storage. In the battle of SSD vs…


 

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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Amazon Fire HD 6 is a really good value tablet. The Amazon Fire HD 7 isn't. Amazon Fire HD 6 and...

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Why Sony's PS4 2.0 update is every gamer's dream (well, mine at least)

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ACLU's Halloween-themed animation warns of dangers of ignoring threats to your privacy

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