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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


Review: 
Grid Autosport review: the best PC racer we've played in 2014

Here's our Grid Autosport review.

Features: 
LeapFrog LeapTV hands-on preview: the first games console for kids with an Xbox Kinect-style sensor

Well-known for its child-friendly tablet, the LeapPad, LeapFrog has announced a brand new games console for kids: the LeapTV. Here's our hands-on…

Review: 
Rock Jaw Alfa Genus review: outstanding quality headphones at a bargain price

You probably haven’t heard of British company RockJaw, but that doesn’t matter one jot. What matters is the quality of the headphones it produces,…

Features: 
How much data do I need? What video, music, email and web browsing consumes over 3G and 4G

How much mobile data do you use per month? There's little point in paying over the odds for data you don't need. We look at how much mobile data…

Review: 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 review: barely an upgrade from the Tab 3 and overpriced to boot

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 range is the entry level and includes 7-, 8- and 10-inch screens. Here's our review of the Tab 4 8.0 Wi-Fi & 4G, which also…

Review: 
HTC Desire 816 review: a 5.5in Android smartphone that's cheap, but not cheap enough

Not everyone wants to shell out for a flagship smartphone, and HTC is aiming the new big-screened Desire 816 squarely at the mid-range buyer.…

Review: 
Belkin QODE Thin Type Keyboard Cover for iPad Air review: bad layout ruins a great keyboard

Despite the iPad Air being released over a year ago, there are still a lack of thin keyboards available. Belkin's QODE Thin Type is one of the…

Review: 
Nokia Lumia 530 vs 520 comparison review: why the new Windows Phone is worse than the old one

Take a look at the spec sheet and you might think the Lumia 530 is a reasonable upgrade to the popular 520. Look again, though, as we explain why…

Review: 
Tylt Energi+ review: a backpack for charging your tablet and smartphone on the move

You may balk at the price, but this backpack is more convenient than simply sticking a USB battery in any old rucksack. Here's our Tylt Energi+ review

Features: 
Best smartphone for students 2014: How to choose the best smartphone

Need a new smartphone for college or university? We explain what to look for and how to get the best smartphone for students.


 

Comments by Jim Martin


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

We'll look into doing a review on ZoneAlarm.

Features: 
What's the fastest smartphone 2014: Processor, graphics, web performance comparison

I think you mean BIAS. And in what way? This is a chart of the benchmark scores. So are you accusing the benchmarks of being anti-Nokia and…

Features: 
5 best Samsung Galaxy S6 cases: Protect your Samsung Galaxy S6 from damage

Correct - the back cover is not removable. We were given bad information. The S View Cover just clips over the phone like a case. It doesn't…

Features: 
AMD vs Intel: which processor is best?

I guess you can't please everyone.

Features: 
Should you buy grey market tech? The pros, cons and risks of buying cheap phones and other electronic goods from overseas markets. How to buy cheap phones from China

Also, watch out for DHL trying to double-charge you. I paid the duty (VAT) and their handling fee having had repeated SMS about it. But when the…

Features: 
Should you buy grey market tech? The pros, cons and risks of buying cheap phones and other electronic goods from overseas markets. How to buy cheap phones from China

As I say, every phone we've tested has Google Play. We haven't reviewed the G510, but would have certainly made a big deal of it not having Google…

Features: 
6 best cloud storage services - 2014's best online storage sites revealed

We're about to add reviews of another six services, one of which is Copy. :)

Features: 
Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 release date, price and specs: Selfie smartphones for hipsters

It's actually 'soft pink' (better if you're searching online). They're not yet widely available, but you can get the A5 from Handtec:…

Features: 
Group test: what's the best PDF software?

Hi Enrique, I think you're right! I had to read it twice, but yes, it does seem to be on Matt's side. I'm apologising on his behalf as he's not…

Review: 
Lenovo B50-30 review: A £200 budget Windows laptop to rival Google's Chromebooks

It is not "utter nonsense". It is perhaps misleading to suggest that the resolution is "very low" when (as you correctly state) most laptops under…

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