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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: 
Best cases and covers for the iPad mini: 12 iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 1 cases

The iPad mini is the most affordable iPad yet, but you'll still want to protect it with a case or cover. Here's our roundup of cases and covers…

Features: 
How to find your IP address: get your computer, smartphone, tablet or broadband IP address

Here's how to find the IP address of your PC, iPhone, iPad or Android device quickly and easily.

Review: 
Nest learning thermostat review UK: a good smart heating system especially when paired with the smoke and CO detector

It took longer than expected for the Nest learning thermostat to arrive in the UK, but it's here and we've tested it. Here's our Nest UK review.

Review: 
iPad Air 2 vs iPad mini 3 comparison: which is the best iPad?

We examine Apple's latest pair of iPads, explain their differences and tell you which to buy. Here's our iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 comparison.

Features: 
Why can't you give a Kindle book as a gift in the UK? Only US customers get the Give as a Gift button

The Kindle is the best-selling ebook reader, so it's odd that such a basic facility as sending an eBook as a gift remains unavailable to UK customers.

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

The Amazon Fire HD 6 is a really good value tablet. And Amazon Fire HD 7 not so much. Here's why.

Features: 
New features in Yosemite: what's new in the latest version of OS X

Here's what's new in OS X Yosemite

News: 
Amazon Fire TV release date, UK price and features: Rival to Chromecast, Apple TV and Roku out today

Here's all you need to know about the Amazon Fire TV streaming box's release date and features. This rival to the Apple TV, Roku players and…

Review: 
Amazon Kindle (7th generation) review: the £59 eReader now has a touchscreen

We test out the new cheapest Kindle, which now has a touchscreen. Here's our 7th generation Kindle review.

Review: 
Amazon Fire HD 7 review: the 2014 tablet is overpriced compared to rivals

Amazon's 2014 Fire HD 7 is a gateway to Amazon's services, but although decent quality, has a few issues which make it overpriced. Here's our Fire…


 

Comments by Jim Martin


Features: 
How to put films on an iPad: with or without iTunes

Thanks for the suggestion. Next time we update this article, we'll explain how to create video playlists. Many third-party video player apps let…

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

We'll look into this, as removing features is something Nero should be up front about.

Review: 
Surface 3 vs iPad Air 2 comparison: Microsoft's new, powerful Windows 8 tablet & Apple's slim, speedy flagship compared

The Surface 3 doesn't come with a keyboard either. Hard to believe, I know, but it's a £109.99 optional extra, just like it is with the Surface Pro 3.

Features: 
How to factory reset a laptop with a recovery partition

It's very unlikely, but you can try some free file recovery software as a last resort. You'll find our guide here: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how...

Features: 
How to set an MP3 as a ringtone on an iPhone

As always, appreciate the feedback. Happy it was useful for you :)

Features: 
Best video editing software: make great home videos using free software

MovieMaker is certainly limited. If you want to trim and re-save a video, try AnyVideoConverter by Freemake.

Review: 
Microsoft Band review: useful features make Microsoft Band a worthy rival to Apple Watch and Android Wear... clunky design makes it unlovable

Unless you've already tried out the Microsoft Band then, with respect, you don't know what you're talking about. This is way more bulky (and…

Features: 
How to dry out an iPhone: how to fix water-damaged iPhone

Best thing to do is to get a pentalobe screwdriver and open up your phone to see if it has dried out. If it has, try turning it on and see if it…

Features: 
Group test: what's the best antivirus?

The reason is that we update the article regularly. We are planning to add a 'publish date' in addition to 'last updated' for all articles. We…

Review: 
Huawei P8 max review: Hands-on with the 6.8in giant phone

Good to know. The general consensus - not just from reviewers - is that this is too big for most people. Clearly it's going to be appealing for a…

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