Broadband Genie blog

  • Infographic: TV packages explained

    Premium TV bundles used to be straightfoward - you could either go for Virgin Media cable or get a Sky dish bolted to the side of your house. Now there's a lot more choice, which is definitely a good thing but does make selecting the right package a little more complex.  While Sky and Virgin still lead in terms of sheer variety of channels, TalkTalk and BT's TV offerings have...

    by Matt Powell on 18 December 2013
  • Caps, allowances and unlimited broadband - a guide to home broadband data usage

    No longer do we have just a single computer connected to the internet. Instead, households are increasingly likely to have multiple laptops and desktops along with smartphones and tablets, games consoles and smart TVs, plus a multitude of other hardware all communicating over broadband.  But this gadget lust places increasing demands on our connections, which can be troublesome if your service...

    by Matt Powell on 17 December 2013
  • Next-gen consoles and broadband: using the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 online

    It’s been eight years to the month since the Xbox 360 went on sale and heralded the start of a new generation of consoles. This was followed by the PlayStation 3 a year later in November 2006 (or March ‘07 for us in the EU, the slackers).  That’s not a bad run, especially when the first Xbox only lasted around five years, but developers have about reached the limit of what...

    by Matt Powell on 21 November 2013
  • The Wi-Fi Journey: can public hotspots replace mobile broadband?

    The UK's mobile networks spent billions at last year's spectrum auction to bag a share of the frequencies allocated for 4G services. But an executive at one leading hotspot provider claims this might have been a waste of money: that public Wi-Fi is so widespread, and so good, that mobile broadband has been rendered obsolete. It’s a bold claim, and one we couldn’t allow to go...

    by Matt Powell on 20 November 2013 1 Comment
  • Guest post: 5 things to consider when getting broadband in a rented property

    Considering its importance to modern life, internet access is all too often overlooked by people hunting for a new home to rent. So here are 5 things that we think you should always consider when it comes to getting broadband in your new property. Long contracts Many broadband contracts (and many of the best deals) extend for a minimum of 12 or 24 months, which can often be longer than the term...

    22 October 2013
  • Flexible OLED screens: what they are, how they work and why you should care

    Smaller, faster and more affordable components have meant that affordable wearable technology is finally in our reach, and with the success of the Kickstarted Pebble and the recent launch of Samsung’s flawed Galaxy Gear, not to mention the persistent rumours of an Apple smartwatch, there’s every indication that this could be the next big thing. But while the technology has improved a...

    by Matt Powell on 15 October 2013
  • Review: Google Nexus 7 (2013)

    The first Nexus 7 proved to be a big hit for Google and manufacturer Asus. Unsurprisingly, a high-spec tablet for under £200 turned out to be quite popular. Now there’s a new 2013 edition of the N7. A follow-up was always on the cards, it was just a question of whether Google could fix the flaws of the original and improve the specification while retaining that attractive price tag. ...

    by Matt Powell on 09 October 2013
  • Budget tablet head-to-head: Tesco Hudl vs Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD

    A few years back buying a budget Android tablet meant seriously compromising on every aspect of the hardware and software.  Going for a low price tag meant you could expect to get something with a slow CPU, tiny helping of memory and very limited storage. Not to mention there was every chance that whatever ancient version of the Android OS it was using suffered numerous bugs, and you could usually...

    by Matt Powell on 07 October 2013 2 Comments
  • Smartphones head to head: Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C vs Samsung Galaxy S4

    Apple has now unleashed the latest iteration of its world-conquering smartphone but, as predicted by the rumour mill, this time round there's a twist.  Not only do we have the anticipated yearly upgrade - with the iPhone 5S following the bi-annual evolutionary step pattern of the 3GS and 4S - but Apple devotees get a new option in the form of the iPhone 5C.  Scuttlebutt leading up...

    by Matt Powell on 23 September 2013
  • Streaming video head to head: Netflix vs Lovefilm vs NOW TV

    Now the UK’s broadband infrastructure has reached a point where a significant number of us have access to affordable high speed connectivity, we can more seriously consider the potential for online streaming services to offer a compelling alternative to content delivered via satellite, cable or TV aerial. New streaming offerings are springing up all the time, but there are three big names which...

    by Matt Powell on 05 September 2013