Motorola Moto G Review

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IMG_0002 copyMotorola was bought out by Lenovo in a surprise move that cost Google a few billion US $ earlier this year.  A strange move considering Motorola has started making some of the boldest moves since the company came out with the first so-called ‘Super-phone’, the Motorola Atrix in 2011. Boldest of all, the Motorola Moto G, the cheaper sibling to the flagship Moto X. It’s proven incredibly popular, but is it any good? Keep reading…


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Edifier Luna Eclipse Review

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Edifier’s latest 2.0 speaker system comes in the form of the ‘Luna Eclipse’ set, which packs Bluetooth alongside a traditional 3.5mm input in a rather attractive package that from some angles could be mistaken for a space-dwelling craft, whilst delivering a build quality that rivals far more expensive brands.  Of course it’s not all about the looks; Edifier has to deliver something that sounds as good as it looks. Read on to see if it has.


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HTC One Max Review

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IMG_0042 copyHTC’s 2013 One family was finished off with the announcement of the highly rumoured “phablet” (urgggh) in October last year – The HTC One Max.  Rocking a humongous 5.9″ display, this gadget really earns it’s name. It might not be equipped with a Stylus, and it’s not quite the Aluminium unibody of the original One, but if you’re Goliath-handed or are looking for a device to meet halfway between a phone and a tablet, then read on.


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Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

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Nokia has been slowly ramping up the photographic credentials of their Windows Phone lineup, with the Lumia 925 easy rivalling, if not outdoing efforts from Samsung and HTC.  Their latest top-end handset, the Lumia 1020 totally out-does all of these rivals by packing a 41MP “Pureview” sensor with a Zeiss lens.  Read on to find out just how sharp that snapper is, and whether all those pixels matter.


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Libratone Loop Review

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IMG_0002 copyLibratone first came to my attention early last year after I was demonstrated their new range of wireless speakers at the Bristol Sound & Vision show.  Shortly after we reviewed the Zipp, which still stands as one of the most impressive portable speakers I’ve heard. A year later and their latest addition comes in the form of the Loop.  Larger than I had expected, the Loop is a substantial speaker that can take audio from a range of sources;  read on to find out what I thought.

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Win Some Gadgetry Protection From STM! [CLOSED]

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Blue SPARK Digital USB Condenser Microphone Review

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IMG_0018 copyBlue came to the attention of YouTubers and podcast producers with their Snowball and Yeti USB microphones.  Renowned for quality and ease of connectivity, they spawned Blue’s more recent professional digital condenser microphone designed to make professional quality recordings possible in any creative environment – on either iDevices or PC.  How did I sound – pretty awful probably, but read on to confirm your suspicions.

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Swann PenCam HD Review

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SWVID-PENBK4The Pencam “Spy-cam” is a beautiful writing pen (think Mont Blanc style), with a hidden 720p camera and microphone just above the clip.  Operated by a push of a concealed button, hidden LEDs indicate when you’re filming, which you can do for about 90 minutes. Unscrew the pen to reveal a USB stick with 4GB of storage and a simple way transfer your film/audio/pics to your PC. Initially I thought the Pencam was only for the most ardent gadget geek – would anyone in normal life ever want a pen that doubles as a camera?” After 2 weeks I’m a convert – read on to find out why!

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Win a NudeAudio Move Bluetooth speaker! [CLOSED]

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Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a Happy new year from TechNow, we’re giving away one lucky reader one of the NudeAudio Move speakers that featured in our recent review!


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Craig Rowe talks tablets

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Best_tabletsTablet computer ownership more than doubled in the past year, but if the idea of choosing one puts you in a spin let Craig Rowe, QVC Presenter, tech lover and blogger explain in straightforward terms how to go about choosing the right tablet without the headache.

Working on tech shows I’m amazed by the variety in spec, price and quality of tablets, so don’t just grab the first thing you see. Here’s my top 5 points to bear in mind when choosing a tablet…


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Nude Audio ‘Move’ Bluetooth Speakers Review

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IMG_0015 copy I admit it – I giggled like a child when I was offered the chance to look at the NudeAudio ‘MOVE’ Bluetooth speakers.  I presumed they’d be another set of speakers with more style rather than substance, though I’m happy to report I was largely surprised. There’s more than just a funky brand and lovely design at hand, so as the late Marvin Gaye would no doubt say… let’s get it on with the Nude MOVE in sizes medium and small. 


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HTC Desire 500 Review

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IMG_0032 copy So HTC, we meet again. Now though, it is time to adjust focus from their flagship ‘One’ lineup and take a look further down the pecking order at the reprisal of their Desire branding in the form of the Desire 500. With styling reminiscent of last year’s One X, the Desire sits comfortably in the £200 budget ballpark, but does it stand out against metallic might and strong competition? Read on to find out for yourself.

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PCTV AndroiDTV Dongle Review

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IMG_0011 copyHauppauge have made a well respected name for themselves in PCTV devices for PCs as well as a range of capture boxes for gamers and video editors alike.  Last year they brought to market a dongle that enabled iPads and iPhones to pickup Freeview TV, and now it’s the turn of Android to get in on the party with its own TV-anywhere dongle (that works with Windows too!).  Is there really a need for such a device in the world of iPlayer and other streaming services? Read on to find out more.


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The Gadget Show Live @Christmas 2013

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IMG_0132IT’S CHRISTMAS! Or at least it will be in less than two short months.  I’m not one for pre-empting the joys of the festive season and tend to avoid anything festive until mid-December, but a chance to play with some of the latest tech due to hit our shelves is an opportunity I’ll never pass up.  After visiting The Gadget Show Live at the NEC earlier in the year I was eager to see what the Earl’s Court London event would have in store.


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iPhone 5c, 5s and iOS7 put to the test

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IMG_4342Apple’s been busy maintaining their perceived lead over other mobiles by updating the design of iOS and releasing new phones that aren’t particularly innovative, but have the beautiful finish and smooth operation that will keep the faithful happy for a while to come. I’ve combined my experiences with the new iPhone 5c and 5s, and delved into what sets iOS 7 apart in one review; so get comfortable and read on.

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