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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 switch energy suppliers in 5 minutes using your smartphone

Switching energy suppliers for electricity and gas is easier than ever, meaning you can switch as regularly as you like in order to save money.…

Review: 
Bush MyTablet review: a tablet running full Windows for £99

Tablet prices have crashed to the point where you can even get a tablet running Windows for under £100, but should you? Read our Bush MyTablet…

Features: 
How to install old games in Windows 7: Make Battlefield 2142 run under Windows 7

There are some classic Windows games which you might want to play on your PC or laptop running Windows 7 (or even Windows 8). Here's how to make…

Features: 
11 best new tablets you should be most excited about in 2015: iPad, Nokia N1, Xperia Tablet Z4 and more

Compared to smartphones, it's looking quite a lean year for tablets in 2015. However, there will be new models from all the big names - here's 11…

Features: 
How to increase the maximum volume in Windows 8: make your audio louder

Sometimes your speakers aren't loud enough even when the volume is set to maximum in Windows. Here are a few ways you can boost audio levels and…

Features: 
How to set a GIF as your background in Windows 8: get animated wallpaper

If a pretty picture isn't enough as your desktop wallpaper, an animated GIF can liven things up (and drive you crazy). Here's how to set a GIF as…

Features: 
7 best budget (sub-£50) headphones 2015: What's the best cheap headphones you can buy in the UK?

Mobile music lovers have never had it so good. Here we rank and rate the best cheap headphones under £50 you can buy in the UK in 2015.

Features: 
Best quadcopters 2015: drones with cameras for first-person view and aerial photography

Drones, quad-copters and multi-rotor helicopters are all the rage at the moment, but the sheer amount of choice as well as the huge range of…

Features: 
7 best e-readers of 2015 UK: The best e-book readers you can buy in the UK

With a e-reader, you'll never be stuck for something to read. We reveal the seven best e-readers you can buy in the UK in 2015.

Features: 
Best satnavs 2015 UK: the best sat navs you can buy in the UK

With navigation apps now either free or very cheap, is there still a need for dedicated in-car satnavs? To find out, we took to the road to see…


 

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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