Broadband Genie blog

  • Interview: BSG’s Pamela Learmonth talks traffic management and unlimited broadband

    Unlimited broadband is a term that gets thrown around a lot, but all too often it comes with caveats that have made us all wary of trusting ISPs who promise a limitless service. Things have improved lately - completely unrestricted connections are now available from Sky Broadband and BT, among others - but it's still not unusual to find ISPs selling an unlimited package with important details hidden...

    by Matt Powell on 08 July 2013 3 Comments
  • Guest post: Asus FonePad review

    The Asus FonePad is the first Android tablet offering from the Taiwanese manufacturer to be powered by an Intel processor. It runs the latest version of Google's mobile OS and has display similar to that found on the Nexus 7. But unlike the popular N7 the FonePad offers voice calling as well as 3G, so if you wanted to you could look at using this as a phone replacement. Better have some mighty...

    05 July 2013
  • The smartphone user experience: iPhone vs Android vs Blackberry vs Windows Phone 8

    For the first few years of the world famous Broadband Genie Road Trip we were operating with a skeleton crew, just the bare minimum needed to cover the main networks. But with our team bigger than ever this year we took the opportunity to expand its scope to cover more than just dongles.  As well as testing tablets on the move we had a handful of recent smartphones which we put through their...

    by Matt Powell on 03 July 2013 1 Comment
  • The tablet user experience: Apple iOS vs Android vs Windows 8

    On the recent Broadband Genie Road Trip, we took along a couple of extra staff and instead of giving them dongles to test, we gave them tablets – but tablets with operating systems they weren’t used to. Apple, Android and Windows 8 stood toe-to-toe in a new user face-off through a series of tests designed to mirror the average user experience. Throughout the overnight trip to Scotland...

    by Chris Marling on 24 June 2013
  • Broadband Genie Road Trip 2013 Award Winners

    Around this time each year the Broadband Genie team piles onto a train with armfuls of technology to discover how mobile broadband really performs.  Forget estimated speeds or vague coverage maps, this is a practical study of how the UK’s mobile networks cope with real world tasks. The Mobile Broadband Road Trip continues to be the only test of its kind and we’re very proud to...

    by Matt Powell on 17 June 2013 1 Comment
  • Broadband Genie Road Trip 2013 awards: Results Analysis

    The Broadband Genie Road Trip is now in its fifth year and continues to be the toughest and most unique test of mobile data services in the UK.  No one else puts mobile broadband through this kind of rigorous real-world trial, and we stepped things up this time round by going all the way to Edinburgh. The train journey is over 4 hours each way and travelling from King’s Cross to...

    by Matt Powell on 17 June 2013 1 Comment
  • LeWeb London 2013: It's good to share

    Post-conference emotions vary; usually somewhere between relief that it’s over and how much you wish 80 per cent of the speakers were as interesting, engaging and non-salesy as the 20 per cent.  How often, instead, do you come away from them 90 per cent energised? Welcome to LeWeb London 2013. I guess it certainly helps when you have a genuinely exciting and disruptive topic to talk...

    by Chris Marling on 10 June 2013
  • Guest post: Optimise your Android phone or tablet for speed and battery life

    In a world of high-speed internet usage and app processing you need your device to be as efficient as possible, and thanks to the flexibility of the Android platform speeding up your smartphone or tablet can be as easy as it is on a PC.  There are a variety of tweaks that can help the functionality of your device. While some users want to root in order to give more control for overclocking it...

    06 June 2013
  • Broadband and phone services: a guide to moving home

    The internet is now such an integral part of our lives that it’s become an important consideration when moving home. According to Halifax, a third of people surveyed said broadband coverage would affect their home buying decisions and a fifth said they would even pay extra for decent broadband speeds. Clearly it's incredibly vital for many of us, so when moving the last thing you want is...

    by Matt Powell on 16 May 2013 1 Comment
  • Google Fiber infographic: Will it take over the world?

    Unless you've been under a tech news rock for the past couple of weeks, you've probably heard all the hype about Google Fiber.  For the uninitiated, Google launched a fibre broadband service in Kansas offering 1Gb speeds for reasonable prices - blowing the US competition out of the water (details below). Hundreds of column inches have been dedicated to this 'new' superfast phenomenon; most...

    by Chris Marling on 25 April 2013 3 Comments