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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: 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs iPad Air: the big tablets compared

So Samsung has announced its latest Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. How does the new tablet shape up against the iPad Air? We find out in…

Features: 
Best travel gadgets: Top tech to take on holiday with you this summer

Heading off on holiday this summer? We’ve rounded up the best accessories and gadgets that will make your time away even more fun.

Review: 
Brydge+ with speakers review: this is the keyboard to buy for your iPad 2, 3 or 4.

If you want to use your iPad like a laptop for typing long documents there are plenty of Bluetooth keyboards around. Few come close to the…

Features: 
ZTE Open C review - Firefox Phone one of the cheapest smartphones you can buy

Strapped for cash and need a cheap unlocked smartphone? Find out if the ZTE Open C is the one for you in our video review.

Features: 
5 of the best online racing games: free driving games with online multiplayer

Racing games have been around ever since the first home computers were available, and these days there’s no shortage of great driving simulators.…

Features: 
4 OS X Yosemite features we'd love to see in Windows: MailDrop, AirDrop, notification centre and more

Apple has just announced the latest update to OS X, called Yosemite. A few of the new features are already built into Windows 8.1, such as the…

Review: 
ZTE Open C Firefox Phone review: £60 phone runs Mozilla Firefox OS but can't compete with budget Androids

The ZTE Open C is a £60 smartphone aimed at those on a tight budget upgrading from a feature phone. It runs the new Firefox OS, based on HTML 5.…

Review: 
Jabra Solemate Max review - a portable Bluetooth speaker that's big on price and lacking in bass

We really liked the original Solemate, which means the Max has big boots to fill. It's massive, but can the sound quality match expectations? Find…

Features: 
How to get mobile internet on your laptop: 3G and 4G dongles, Mi-Fi and tethering explained

Need to get online with your laptop when you're out of Wi-Fi coverage? Here's everything you need to know about dongles, Mi-Fi and tethering.

Features: 
VIDEO: Nokia Lumia 630 - a budget smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1

The Lumia 630 is the first smartphone to launch with Windows Phone 8.1. It's a strong alternative to Android and iOS, but this budget handset…


 

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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Android M Developer Preview announced at Google I/O: Android M UK release date and new features. Wh?......

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Why I think the Apple Watch sucks and you'd be mad to buy it

IDG UK Sites

Ben & Holly's Game of Thrones titles spoof is delightfully silly

IDG UK Sites

Mac OS X 10.11 release date rumours: all the new features expected in Yosemite successor