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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: 
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…

Review: 
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition review: now a great value 'smart' quadcopter for just £230

The original AR.Drone was ahead of its time, and the AR.Drone 2.0 has now spawned multiple versions and dropped in price considerably. Here's our…

Review: 
WLtoys V666 review: a large entry-level FPV quadcopter with upgrade potential

At a glance, the V666 looks just like a Parrot AR.Drone, but this is a fully fledged starter FPV quadcopter that's ready to fly out of the box.…

Review: 
Hubsan X4 FPV review: a beginner quadcopter with first-person view - ready to fly

The H107D is a mini quadcopter with a built-in 640x480 camera that sends live video to the remote control for first-person view. Here's our Hubsan…

Review: 
Revell X-Spy review: a sub-£100 quadcopter with live video

The X-Spy is one of the smallest and cheapest quadcopters to offer first-person view (FPV). Here's our review of the Revell X-Spy.

Review: 
Lishitoys L6039 quadcopter review: a good-value starter drone

For around £40, it's hard to beat the L6039 quadcopter. It lacks features compared to more expensive drones, but this makes it ideal for starting…

Review: 
DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus V3.0 review: an expensive drone thats worth every penny

Usually, we’re not fans of expensive products when cheaper versions do the same thing. However the DJI is an absolutely fantastic drone which is…

Features: 
How to turn off predictive text on Android: plus other great keyboard tips for faster, more accurate typing

Here we explain how to turn off next word suggestions and make other changes to auto-correction and disable gesture typing (Swype) in Android

Features: 
New 12-inch MacBook release date, price and specs: 2015 MacBook is fanless and has a Retina display

Fans of the MacBook Air are in for a treat with the new 12in model. There's a completely redesigned chassis that's thinner and lighter than ever…

Features: 
How to unsubscribe from LinkedIn emails. PLUS: How to close a LinkedIn account

LinkedIn emails can be really annoying as there are so many different types of notification. Here we explain how to unsubscribe from LinkedIn…


 

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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What is Google Photos? How to back up and share all of your photos for free

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

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Swatch launches a colourful smartwatch

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New Apple TV 2015 release date rumours: TV streaming service delayed, hand gesture interface being...