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By September 23, 2015 Read More →

Spigen Stealth Universal Cradle Unboxing

vlcsnap-error001The name Spigen is fast becoming one of the favorites when it comes to mobile accessories. Ever reliable cases and peripherals that might cost a little more but the quality is easily impressive. There has been a bit of a wait for their Steatlh cradle and now it has arrived I am far from disappointed.

Combining quality with a simple approach is the way to most people hearts. The Stealth is essentially a clam shell that holds you phone in place, in landscape orientation. There are two notches to pitch your phone depending on the height of your dashboard and this is about all of the functionality. When the phone is not in the holder it folds down to be almost out of sight. No rubber suction cups, not long necks or arms pushing the device out from the windscreen and a significantly smaller footprint to see past, even when in use.

The styling of the Stealth is much like that of a Stealth bomber. The rubberised exterior has facets allowing for a more stylish look and appeal. The interior is a little more plain however there is a small groove behind the phone large enough to take a coin… for your trolley perhaps?

The cradle is attached to the dashboard by a large, super sticky pad on the underside. Packaged are two alcohol wipes, one for the first time you attach it to you dashboard, the second for an hour later when you decide to move it a little as it’s in the way.

The only problem I have encountered with the Stealth is the limitation to landscape. Invariably this will mean the buttons on the side of the phone are more likely to be pressed, therefore the phone has to sit at a point whereby the buttons are not being touched by either part of the Cradle clamp mechanism. No buttons on the sides of your phone? This is the one for you. Another small problem is the landscape orientation, this isn’t ideal for some. Quite a few phones on the market lack the ability to rotate their home screen. It really isn’t designed to take a device in portrait mode.

The Spigen Stealth is a great cradle for your car, simple in design and simple to use. You can purchase the Spigen Stealth Universal Cradle from Mobilefun for £24.99

By September 20, 2015 Read More →

Zing is Launching in the UK

watchThe Zing is the perfect Christmas gift, and is the new fashion wearable technology created by Cambridge based MvBii (pronounced Moo-Bee). On 23rd September the Zing goes ‘Live’ on Amazon to capture the Christmas market. At the same time you’re invited to a launch party at the Junction Theatre, Cambridge to see the Zing in action.

Zing combines the best features of a top line smartwatch, and offers more fun and interaction than a standard fitness tracker for an affordable price of £64.99. The product comes with a free app so you can enjoy all of its features.

One of the Zing’s most popular features is that you can visualise your activity over time, allowing people to become more mindful of how active they are without having to make a conscious effort to do so. The Zing acts as a remote for your smartphone, making it possible to take group selfies and change the music track you are listening to with a simple flick of the wrist.

When connected to the app, the Zing can also make use of Zing-ER messenger, where you can build closed and private friendship groups, and send animated messages by simply blowing on the Zing. There are games to play, and even a virtual coin toss to decide arguments!

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Perfect for young people who do not want the distraction of a smartwatch, for mothers who want to keep active without counting calories, and for anyone who wants to keep in touch with friends and family without fuss, the Zing can be worn on your wrist, as a pendant, or in your pocket as a pebble.

Justin Pisani, founder, said: “Our company has all the right attributes to be a modern, hi-tech design and manufacturing business – speed, strong product design skill, a good network of global suppliers and lots of ideas. With wellbeing, we are particularly interested in helping communities, both young and old, to deal with the challenges of living with health or lifestyle issues.”

The Zing is available on Amazon, with a recommended retail price of £64.99. For further product information and details on where to buy, please visit www.mvbii.com

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By September 19, 2015 Read More →

Strike Hands Free car cradle

vlcsnap-error122There are are couple of things that will become obvious about the Strike Alpha Cradle when you consider it for your in car docking solution. Some good, some bad. There is still no perfect solution and there likely never will.

The Strike Alpha Cradle is a well constructed and sturdy phone holder. This is evident as soon as you touch it. If you are dedicated to your phone and want the most serious solution then this is the one to be looking at. The combination of features and design is second to none.

This brings us to the crossroads of how far do you take something. Back in the late 90’s cars were being fitted with holders that latched onto the dashboard and specifically designed for particular phones. If you had a work/business phone then this was the norm. A nokia phone mount was in nearly all fleet cars in the UK. Eventually this was done away with as mobile phones became more popular and everyone had one. Apple and Blackberry become more popular in the business world and the phone cradle had to be more flexible. People changed their phone yearly or even 6 monthly and an expensive install of a phone holder gave way to a suction cup and a cheaper universal holder from Ebay.

Strike cater to all desires. Offering suction mounts, dash mounts, hard wiring solutions, NFC or Bluetooth integration. It is hard to measure the fast charge capabilities of the mount and some might be a little confused between fast charge compatibility and the super fast charging terminology used here. There will even be a wireless charger compatible version available in the future.

Are a mount there are a lot of options and out of the box this performs well. There are a few liberties that work out for the best. The USB connector is a welcome one, whilst it might not suit everyone it suits me as I would be plugging this into an already existing USB cable and there was a little extra cable to play with. The signal booster cable wasn’t terribly useful as I am unable to find a use for it or even a fitment to install in the car to accommodate it.

Strike are treading a line between specific build and universal fitting. It’s a dangerous one but for someone picking up a particular phone, a Samsung Galaxy for example and knowing that they will be keeping it for the 24 months of a contract then this a good choice as it is a well build and a very convenient design. If you are likely to be looking for a new phone after 6 months and are not the type to stay loyal to a manufacturer then there is little to recommend here unless you have money to burn.

Strike Alpha Cradle for Samsung Galaxy Xcover is available RRP GBP is £84.99.

Check out www.strike.com.au

By September 18, 2015 Read More →

Parrot Drone tour

vlcsnap-error610Parrot have a wide range of drones available and here we take a look at four of them. Each device has a particular twist on ability and it’s easy to see what this is. Whilst being designed for fun there are practical uses in Search and Rescue for each device. These device become more sophisticated every year and the flexibility is endless.

Air Drone 2.0

  • 720p – 30FPS – H264 encoding base profile
  • Low latency streaming
  • Video storage on the fly with remote device or with USB flash drive
  • JPEG photo capture
  • As you fly, the HD video is recorded and sent directly to your device

Bebop Drone

Parrot Bebop Drone produces the best flight performance ever seen in a leisure drone. The feather-weight ABS reinforced structure makes Parrot Bebop Drone robust and safe. In case of an emergency, the emergency function automatically stops the propellers and lands the drone. EPP hulls are included in the pack and ensure that indoor flights are safer

Hydrofoil NewZ

Discover Parrot Hydrofoil Drone, one of our second-generation Minidrones. The hydrofoil is a hybrid drone that uses its propellers to move on fresh water. Its nautical structure props the Hydrofoil Drone up 5 to 6 cm above the water, in a balanced manner. Fast and easy to pilot, it speeds up to 10kph (6.2 mph) on water. You can also fly your Minidrone for an incomparable piloting experience!

Jumping Night Buzz

Discover Parrot Jumping Night Drone, one of our second-generation Minidrones. Energetic, ultra-stable and easy to pilot, this astounding drone is equipped with two powerful LEDs for exploring in the dark. Be it at night or day, shed light on your path and get ready to perform incredible moves and create light and sounds effects with this animated Minidrone. Parrot Jumping Night Drone is a responsive Minidrone with a strong personality that rolls, rushes, zigzags, circles and makes quick turns. In a flash, it leaps up to 80 cm/2.5 feet in the air. It is a true explorer and can see everything, even the darkest places, thanks to its two headlights. You can record videos with sounds directly onto the internal memory. The embedded camera puts you at the heart of the action! 

 

By September 17, 2015 Read More →

Amazon announces new Fire TV has 4K Ultra HD

downloadAmazon have given their Fire TV set-top box an overhaul, led by one feature missing from the recently added to a new Apple device: 4K. The new Fire TV adds support for 4K Ultra HD videos, letting you watch movies and TV shows at four times the resolution of 1080p video. And Fire TV owners will have plenty of 4K content to watch: All of Amazon’s original programming is offered in 4K and the Fire TV interface highlights movies available in 4K for your viewing pleasure. Amazon says it’s working on adding support for 4K streaming with Netflix content to Fire TV. Whilst the Fire TV looks the same on the outside, it’s entirely different on the inside. It features a quad-core 2.0 Ghz MediaTek CPU, a dedicated PowerVR GX6250 GPU, and 2GB of RAM under the hood. It connects to the internet through either an ethernet port or 802.11ac wireless. Unfortunately the unit retains the 8GB of internal storage however the annoyance is diluted a little by a the new microSD card slot or via a USB drive connected to its USB port. It has an HDMI port and still includes an optical audio port. The new Fire TV will retain the £79.99 price tag and can be pre-ordered now.

The new Fire TV comes with a new revised voice remote that no longer uses Bluetooth, but instead connects via WiFi direct which reduces latency and greatly improves battery life. There is also a new, much improved Fire TV Game Controller available separately for £39.99 which also uses WiFi direct for improved latency and battery life. The new game controller now features a microphone for voice commands and a headphone jack for private listening. Stateside there was an announcement of a Fire TV Gaming Bundle for $139.99 however this does not seem to be available on the UK site, perhaps an oversight. Amazon added voice-powered search in the first generation, this time around it is been expanded to app launching, navigation, and searches relating to a particular context like “New movies.” 

Advanced features, not including the 4K, will roll out to the older model in due time.

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By September 17, 2015 Read More →

Archos Diamond Tab in 60 Seconds

vlcsnap-error466Cutting a very familiar design the Archos Diamond Tab is a cheaper 8″ tablet with a few interesting aspects. It has a 7.9-inch 2,048×1,536 IPS touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front-facing unit, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 4,800 mAh battery. It’s powered by MediaTek’s MT8752 64-bit chipset boasting a 1.7 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU. Cat.4 LTE is in, with theoretical peak download speeds of up to 150Mbps, and you also get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The tablet runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. Its dimensions are 202 x 134 x 7.8 mm, and it weighs 360g. The Archos Diamond Tab will become available in October for £179, which a great price!

By September 17, 2015 Read More →

Archos Diamond S in 60 Seconds

vlcsnap-error297One phone I haven’t stopped thinking about since leaving Berlin was the Archos Diamond S. This low end phone really sat out as one of the most accomplished devices at the show. The glass body was elegeant, the polish was high and the specs were not to be sniffed at. A  5-inch Super AMOLED screen with 720 x 1280 pixels catchs the eye. Powered by an octa-core, 64-bit MediaTek MT6753 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. On the glass-like back, the Diamond S has a 16 MP camera, while on the front you’ll find an 8 MP camera. Other features include LTE connectivity, dual SIM support, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage space, and a 2300 mAh battery. When you consider this is a £160 phone, you will probably hear very few complaints.

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By September 17, 2015 Read More →

Archos Diamond Plus in 60 Seconds

vlcsnap-error024We have seen three new devices from Archos this year. Each one bringing something new to the table. This device is a lower end high end phone comprising of a good combination of tech inside a nicely designed body and priced at a very eye catching price. The Diamond Plus features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 1.5GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6753 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and microSD expansion up to 32GB. It also comes with two SIM card slots, a 16MP rear-facing camera, an 8MP front camera, and a 2850mAh battery. The Diamond Plus will be available sometime in November for just £179.99. 

 

 

By September 16, 2015 Read More →

Motorola 360 2 in 60 Seconds

vlcsnap-error596The updated Moto 360 2 or Motorola 360 2nd Gen has garnered much press and buzz over the last number of weeks and rightlfully so, as this is an update of the most popular smartwatch on the market. Now owned by Lenovo the Motorola 360 2 has received not one, not two but three new facelifts. Whilst the specs are somwhat similar inside each Motorola are giving options to appeal to different areas of the consumer base. Available in a range of colours and sizes we will see the Moto 360 2 start shipping in late September and a new Moto 360 Sport version coming later this year.

The Moto 360 will be available in three different sized smartwatches. There are two versions of the 42mm model – one for men and one for women – and a male-only 46mm model. The 42mm and 46mm models have a 1.37 or 1.56-inch LCD display featuring Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The larger 46mm version has a resolution of 360 x 360.

By September 16, 2015 Read More →

The Lenovo A1000 in 30 Seconds

vlcsnap-error681Lenovo are really pushing for the lower end of the market with a couple of devices low on cost yet containing fairly decent specs. This device is confusingly titled the same as a tablet they put out some years back however it is quite different. featuring a lesser display than the Lenovo A2010 it also contains a 4″ screen, a 1.3GHZ quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB ROM. Powering this is a 2000 mAh battery.

 

  • Processor:  Quad core, 1.3 GHz
  • Screen: 4.0” 480 x 800 pixels
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 8gb + microSD card up to 32gb
  • Battery: 2000 mAh
  • OS: Android 5.0
  • Camera: 5 megapixels + 0.3 megapixels
  • Networks: 3G
  • Connections: USB 2.0 microUSB

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