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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 play AVI files in Windows: fix video playback problems

Windows Media Player should play .AVI files by default, but a variety of factors from installing other media players to Windows updates can cause…

Review: 
Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 review: a powerful budget Android tablet

With performance to rival an iPad Air, this budget Android tablet punches well above its weight. It's by no means perfect, but it's a tempting…

Features: 
How to change the channel your Wi-Fi router uses

If you find your home Wi-Fi connection is slow or drops out, it's worth changing the channel your router uses: it will likely fix the problem.…

Review: 
Nike FuelBand SE review: a decent activity tracker but lacking in features

We test out the second-generation FuelBand - the SE - to find out whether Nike has improved its activity tracker enough to warrant an upgrade.

Video: 
Apple iPad mini 2 - a Retina screen arrives on the littlest iPad

It's more expensive, but the updated second-generation iPad mini is everything the original should have been. Watch our video review to find out why.

Review: 
GoClever DVR Sport Gold review: a cheap action cam and in-car recorder

This combined action cam and car DVR is cheaper than a GoPro and has a built-in colour touchscreen. But is it any good? Read our review to find out.

Review: 
Kindle Fire HD (2013) review: The Kindle Fire HD is Amazon's 7-inch budget Android tablet

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013) is an Android tablet with great price and specs, but its lack of access to Google's app store could be an issue…

Review: 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids review: a decent but pricey children's tablet

Samsung has launched a kids' version of its Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, complete with an easy-to-use, colourful interface. Here's our Galaxy Tab 3 Kids review.

Features: 
How to update satnav maps: TomTom, Garmin and Navman charges

Here's how to update the maps on your TomTom, Garmin or Navman satnav, and roughly how much you can expect to pay.

Video: 
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7in review - tablet with excellent performance and great screen

The Fire HDX is a great tablet with excellent performance and a great screen, but one that suffers from a couple of problematic flaws. Take a look…


 

Comments by Jim Martin


Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

I should have cropped the address bar out of the screenshot as it's misleading. I took that screenshot when I'd temporarily unzipped the files in…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

This is one of the big benefits of buying a Google device... or another device which basically uses plain Android such as the Moto G.

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

We've had no issues with connecting to our Wi-Fi hotspot here, but as the warning says: this is still beta, unfinished, unstable software. The…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

No, this is not rooting. (I've done more research so I know for sure now). Unlocking the bootloader is merely turning off the 'security flag' so…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

No, it looks as if you'll have to either flash back to the official KitKat image, or download the final Lollipop one and install it the same way…

Comment: 
CyberLink PowerDirector 12 Ultra

This isn't a review! It's our download section. Have you seen our comparison review with Adobe Premiere Elements 13? http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/rev...

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

I suppose you could technically call this rooting, but all you're doing (if you follow the guide) is installing the official Google developer…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

If you make sure that the files are extracted into the Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder (leave the zip file alone), then flash-all should work just…

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

Not a stupid question at all. In fact, I don't know the answer as this is the first time I've installed an Android preview version.

Features: 
How to get Android L now: a beginners step-by-step guide

The 5.0 Lollipop SDK will be available in a few hours, but yes, this article was from July. Only the title was updated, and I've now added a…

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