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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: 
Microsoft Lumia 535 review: the £100 smartphone that's better than the Lumia 530 but still flawed

The new Lumia 535 addresses some of the criticisms of its predecessor - the 530 - but still fails to impress, even at this relatively low price.…

Features: 
BlackBerry Leap release date price, specifications: new budget smartphone is aimed at young professionals

BlackBerry has announced a brand new smartphone aimed at the entry-level: the professional on a budget. Here's what you need to know about the…

Features: 
Lenovo Tab 2 A8 release date, price and specs: budget Android tablet packs Dolby Atmos sound

Budget Android tablets aren't hard to come by, but those with good sound are. Lenovo hopes to appeal to those who appreciate high-quality audio…

Features: 
How to download video from Twitter including Vine and YouTube videos

If you see a video on Twitter - or Vine - that you want to keep, here's how to download it.

Features: 
Best tech deals this weekend: Don't miss these great tech deals this weekend

We've rounded up the best deals on tech that you can buy right now.

Features: 
How to activate a SIM card in the UK. Plus: SIM card sizes explained

Activating a SIM card is usually a quick, painless process, but here's everything you need to know about getting SIM cards working in the UK, and…

Features: 
How to listen to YouTube in the background on iPhone and iPad in iOS 8

Want to listen to music on YouTube while you use your iPhone or iPad for something else? Here's how to play YouTube in the background in iOS 8

Features: 
Best laptop bags of 2015: the 11 best laptop bags you can buy in the UK

We review the best laptop bags you can buy in the UK. 2015's best laptop bags for style, best laptop bags for comfort, best laptop bags for value…

Review: 
Hannspree PC on a Stick review: turn a TV or HDMI monitor into a Windows PC

Yes, this is a fully functional Windows PC that fits in the palm of your hand. Plug it into an HDMI port and away you go. Here's our Hannspreee PC…

Features: 
How to find old Gmail emails using easy search tips

Find old emails in Gmail with ease: here are our top search tips for finding the email you're looking for.


 

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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