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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: 
GoPro Hero4 Black review: an expensive, great-value action cam for those that need the best image quality

If 1080p isn't good enough for your action footage, how about 4K? The Hero4 manages to record 4K video in a matchbox-sized package. Here's our…

Review: 
Huawei Ascend G7 review: a tempting combo: Android, 5.5in display and 4G all for less than £200

Huawei's Ascend G7 is a 5.5in mid-range Android smartphone with a metal chassis and decent specs. Here's our Huawei Ascend G7 review.

Features: 
How to improve smartphone battery life: 10 tips and tricks to make your phone's battery last longer

Fed up with charging your phone every night? We offer some simple tips and tricks you can use to make your battery last longer.

Features: 
How to delete a corrupt file or a file that refuses to be deleted in Windows

Usually it's easy to delete files, and it's much more common to delete a file by accident. However, there are some files which pose a problem and…

Features: 
How to use a spare internal hard drive as an external hard drive in 5 easy steps

If you've upgraded to an SSD or replaced an old hard disk with a bigger capacity model, you probably have a spare drive doing very little. Why not…

Features: 
VR headset buying advice: which virtual reality goggles are best?

Unlike 3D, which appears to have died yet another death in the TV market, virtual reality (VR) is booming. Here, we explain exactly what virtual…

Features: 
Chromebook Pixel release date, price, specifications UK: The new Chromebook Pixel is coming soon

Google has launched a new Chromebook Pixel - and update of the original from two years ago. Here's everything you need to know about the 2015…

Review: 
Keecoo WiFi Sports Camera review: a GoPro Hero 4 clone for under £65

GoPro clones are widely available now. We take a look at the sub-£70 Hero 4 lookalike in our KeeCoo WiFi Sports Camera review.

Review: 
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet vs Surface Pro 3: which is the best tablet with a keyboard?

Sony recently announced the Xperia Z4 tablet, a relatively minor update to the Z2 tablet. With the keyboard dock, it's a cheaper rival to the…

Features: 
Apple Pay vs Samsung Pay vs Google Wallet: mobile payments explained for UK users

Want to pay for goods and services with your smartphone? Apple, Samsung and Google all want your business, but they're not the only options. It's…


 

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.

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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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