Broadband Genie blog

  • Streaming showdown: Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick

    Smart TVs are becoming more popular with UK telly addicts according to OFCOM, which last year reported that 7 of households now had an all-singing and dancing net-connected set somewhere in their home. That’s still a relatively small number though. Despite indications that we’re upgrading our TVs more often the slightly higher cost of a smart TV may be putting off potential buyers. ...

    by Matt on 22 August 2014
  • Mobile Broadband Road Trip 2014 in detail

    We recently published the outcome of our 2014 Road Trip, a test of the UK’s mobile broadband providers which aims to put mobile internet under scrutiny in real-world conditions. The Awards page shows the key results in various categories so if you just want to see where each network ranked head over there, here we’re going to delve into a bit more detail about the testing and results. ...

    by Matt on 14 July 2014
  • 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 on 21 November 2013 1 Comment
  • The Wi-Fi Journey: public wireless hotspots vs 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 mobile broadband has been rendered obsolete. It’s a bold claim, and one we couldn’t allow to go unchallenged,...

    by Matt 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 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 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 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 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 on 05 September 2013