Photos Photos in this post were taken with a Moto Z Play, and as you’ll see why when scrolling down, I don’t recommend the Z Play if you like decent pictures.. After the Android enterprise device support testing, Sony let me keep hold of the Xperia XZ1 Compact for a while longer, and I figure since it’s been more than 5 months since I sat down with the Nokia 3, I’d take the XZ1 Compact for a spin as a consumer device, too! The XZ1 Compact is Sony’s miniature alternative to their new Xperia XZ1, a device I tested earlier … read more.

It finally happened. After years of watching Nokia ship device after device running Windows Phone, gradually fading into the great technological abyss following Microsoft’s bargain £4.6 billion purchase, Nokia devices are back in the form of HMD Global, a Finnish startup comprising of ex-Nokians licensed to develop a new range of mobile devices. Not just any devices though. Android devices. As far back as 2012 I was musing the thought of a Nokia based on Android, and as the years went on – the hardware always far outshining the Windows OS it ran – the desire never left. While today’s Nokia isn’t … read more.

After months of waiting, Google Home finally launched in the UK at the beginning of April. Amazon’s Echo has sat firmly unchallenged in the personal assistant market over here for what feels like forever whilst Google dragged their feet, but at long last there’s a viable alternative for those who feel the Echo isn’t quite up to the job. When the Echo launched, I ordered one immediately; I had high hopes it’d easily match Google Now’s capabilities on my phone and add just that little extra to my day. Unfortunately at the time (a few months back as of writing) I found while … read more.

It’s been just over 250 days (or about 8 months) since I published my review of the fitlet-RM. At the time I was very impressed by the system, its versatility and being able to run a reasonably powerful PC completely passively cooled. It didn’t take long before I found the perfect use for it and given how critical it is to my home network today, I thought I’d revisit the fitlet-RM to shed some light on how I’ve gotten on with it. Around the time of publishing I was also looking to build myself a new router based on OPNsense (a … read more.

You may have heard of FreedomPop at some point, they’re an MVNO offering free (as in beer) minutes, texts and data every month with no strings attached (unless you count the requirement for their app as part of the deal). They launched in the UK in 2015 and have been slowly making a name for themselves both for the free service and their low-cost plans for when the free tier is not quite enough. I’ve been making use of their services infrequently over the last couple of years for test devices and tablets which mostly live near WIFI, but may … read more.

The 2-in-1 market has been heating up tremendously over the last few years with contenders such as Microsoft, HP, Asus, Lenovo and many, many more all turning out impressive devices that challenge the traditional laptop-tablet divide. Although ceasing production of laptops, Samsung’s tablet offerings have gone from strength to strength, arguably being ahead of the game for a number of years. Although not the first Windows tablet Samsung has released, the converged market offered a perfect opportunity for them to bridge the divide by bundling a keyboard with their latest offering. With it they’ve secured a nice corner of the … read more.

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