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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


Features: 
Skylake release date and specifications: Intel's new desktop processors coming in 2015

Unusually for Intel, there have been a few problems with the forthcoming fifth-generation Core processors, making the launch of the sixth-gen…

Features: 
Leapfrog Leap TV video review: a games console that will help educate your kids and keep them active

The Leap TV is a games console designed for kids. It's fun, educational and safe - it will even give them some exercise. Here's our Leap TV video…

Features: 
10 best board games and family games apps to play at Christmas: old favourites and new games to enjoy during the holidays

We've rounded up some great board games - app versions of classics and some you might not have heard of, or long forgotten - which the whole…

Features: 
Celeron and Pentium vs Core i3, i5 and i7: why you don't need Intel's top-end processor

We frequently get questions asking "Do I need a Core i5 processor?" or "Should I buy a quad-core CPU?" Here we answer these and more queries.

Features: 
Amazon Fire TV video review: get internet video and play games on your TV

Should you buy Amazon's set-top box? In our Fire TV review we explain why this is the best option for watching Prime Instant Video as well as…

Features: 
How to get an iPhone out of recovery mode: works with iOS 7 and iOS 8 and iPads too

If your iPhone has a problem and gets stuck in recovery mode, here's how to try and fix it without losing your data. Works in iOS 7 and 8, and…

Review: 
Huawei TalkBand B1 review: an activity tracker and Bluetooth earpiece in one

The B1 is Huawei's first wearable and tries to run before it can walk. This activity tracker doubles as a pop-out Bluetooth headset for hands-free…

Review: 
Hudl 2 vs Kindle Fire HDX comparison: we explain which of Tesco and Amazon's tablets is best

Which is the best tablet, the 8.3in Hudl 2 or the 7in Amazon Fire HDX? In this comparison we explain how they differ and which one you should buy.

Features: 
How to take better photos on your iPhone: tips, apps and accessories for improving photos and videos

If you want to take better photos using your iPhone, we've got some great tips on how to do it. You don't have to spend any money, but if you can,…

Review: 
Kobo Aura H2O review: a waterproof eReader you can read at the beach or in the bath

A waterproof eReader that you can use in the bath, but one with a serious flaw. Here's our Kobo Aura H2O review


 

Comments by Jim Martin


Features: 
How to connect Android to TV: see your phone or tablet apps on the big screen

I don't have the figures, but I'd be surprised if that many people use a TV without HDMI ports as their main set and want to mirror their Android…

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

Sorry about that. The article was updated without my knowledge, and no-one checked the links still worked. I have now updated it as Microsoft uses…

Review: 
Android L vs Android 4.4 KitKat comparison review: What's the difference?

Yes. Just don't update Android when you're prompted and given the choice.

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How to connect Android to TV: see your phone or tablet apps on the big screen

A very good point. As far as I know, there is no way to do this if your TV doesn't have HDMI. You may be able to get around it by using an AV…

Features: 
Group test: what are the best headphones?

Obviously there are a lot of headphone brands, and we can't review every single one. However, you're right, we should track down some audio…

Review: 
Nero 2015 Platinum review: All-round media manager focuses on disc burning and streaming

Quite. You don't expect features to be removed. I find it particularly frustrating when you allow apps to automatically update, only to find…

Review: 
Nero 2015 Platinum review: All-round media manager focuses on disc burning and streaming

Ok, so it took a while, but we finally got a response (our contact was out of the office for three weeks). Unfortunately, it turns out that…

Features: 
Best free Windows software. Free alternatives to Photoshop, Office, Premiere Pro, Norton and more.

Well, someone's having a bad day... Yes, we know all about Mega and your suggestion that it could fold any minute is merely that. No-one should…

Features: 
How to get US Netflix in the UK

For the benefit of people reading these comments: SimpleTelly isn't free. It's $4 per month.

Features: 
How to get US Netflix in the UK

You don't need to sign in if you're using the Chrome or Firefox plugins, so which are you using? If it's the iOS one, that's not free: you get a 7…

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What is Google Photos? How to back up and share all of your photos for free

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Why I think the Apple Watch sucks and you'd be mad to buy it

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Swatch launches a colourful smartwatch

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New Apple TV 2015 release date rumours: TV streaming service delayed, hand gesture interface being...