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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: 
How to stop nuisance calls: 3 ways to prevent cold callers and unwanted messages

Cold callers have always been a nuisance, but now you can use technology to banish them. We explain how to stop nuisance calls and block numbers.

Features: 
Best cases and covers for the iPad mini: 13 iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 1 cases

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

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.


 

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.

Features: 
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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