Terms of Use

(The Gear Loop) - These Terms of Use, along with our Privacy Policy govern your use of the website and other products and services offered by The Gear Loop (Services) or its affiliates.

Please review these Terms carefully before using the Services because they affect your rights.  By using any of the Services, you accept these Terms and agree to be legally bound by them.



Copyright statement

Copyright in The Gear Loop (including but not limited to text, photographs, graphics and software) *unless otherwise stated* is owned by or licensed to the publishers, Pocket-lint ltd. All rights are hereby reserved by Pocket-lint Ltd.

Users may access content in The Gear Loop solely for their own personal, non-commercial use. Users may not otherwise download or copy, store in any medium (including any other website), distribute, transmit, re-transmit, modify or show in public any part of The Gear Loop without the prior written consent of Pocket-lint ltd unless agreed with by The Gear Loop.

Find more information on how to licence to reproduce material from The Gear Loop.


Links to other sites

Our sites contain advertisements and links to other sites which allow users to leave our pages.

We are not responsible for the privacy practices, policies or the content of such websites.

You should be aware that cookies may be used by sites you visit via a link from our site and as such information relating to your browsing of our site may be accessible by third parties.


Affiliate links

Where relevant we will insert links to retailers in our articles to allow you to buy products that we recommend. In most cases these shopping links will contain a small piece of code that identifies to the retailer that you've come from The Gear Loop and by doing so allows them to send The Gear Loop a small bounty in return if you buy something.  

Affiliate links have become a common practice in online publishing. The money allows us, alongside other methods, to pay for the high-quality journalism we invest in every day.

Our affiliate program functions independently of our editorial process and our editors do not benefit from picking out specific deals.


Buying and investment advice

We do not take any responsibility of losses occurred by following the advice given in our articles. You are solely responsible for your own decisions and investments you make. Any decision you make is purely your responsibility. 


Promotional articles 

The Gear Loop works with a number of companies to create promotional, paid for, articles that are written in collaboration with the company in question. A The Gear Loop promotion will always be clearly marked at the top of the article, and does not impact on the editorial process of our other articles, reviews, features or buyer's guides. Some of the links in the article may record clicks to be able to report how effective the The Gear Loop promotion has been with our readers.


Reader conduct

You agree that when using the The Gear Loop you will not post or otherwise transmit Content which violates the rights of a third party or which is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, argumentative, flaming, hateful, offensive harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, indecent, libellous, invasive of another’s privacy or contains any illegal content.

We also ask you not to attempt to harvest Content or IP addresses or attempt to upload software that would destroy or limit the functionality of this website.

You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for maintaining a secure password for the purpose of gaining access to the commenting sections of this Website.


Commenting on The Gear Loop

The Gear Loop privacy policy

If you provide information to Pocket-lint ltd on or through this Website, Pocket-lint ltd will use it in accordance with the terms of The Gear Loop p​rivacy policy. ​That privacy policy forms part of these Terms and Conditions and by using this Website you acknowledge and agree that you have read and accept the terms of that privacy policy.



Competitions are handled via Gleam. Data is stored in an EU Privacy Shield-Compliant facility. The service allows anyone to request for their account or data to be deleted. Gleam by nature is a consent-based platform, users specifically give consent to enter campaigns and the data they provide is only ever shared with the owner of the campaign.

We might ask you for a range of information to enter the competition like your email address, so we can contact you in the future, your age so we can ensure you are over 18, or your address so we can post something to you, like a competition prize.

If you take part in any competition which is run on or through this Website you agree to be bound by the Online Competition Rules and any other rules specified by Pocket-lint ltd from time to time (“Competition Rules”) and by the decisions of Pocket-lint ltd

Competitions are only open to residents of the countries stated on the competition, and excludes employees of the sponsor, The Gear Loop and their families.

All entries must be submitted through the The Gear Loop competition web page and will not be accepted via any other means, eg, post, fax or e-mail.

The Gear Loop reserves the right to disqualify incomplete, altered or illegal entries.

No responsibility is accepted for incomplete entries due to server error or other causes beyond our control.

A The Gear Loop member of staff or a guest judge will choose winning entries.

The prizewinner will receive the prize as featured in the corresponding competition. There is no cash alternative to the prizes.

The winner will be notified by e-mail within 28 days of the end of the competition. Winner's details such as name and where in the country they live may be posted on The Gear Loop within 28 days of the end of the competition. We will not however publicly publish full address details.