Archive for October, 2016

By October 31, 2016 Read More →

Archos Diamond Selfie Review

archos-55-diamond-selfieWith superior build quality the Archos Diamond Selfie is marred by a couple of little concerns, however, these can easily be ironed out by a software update. It has to be said that once you pick up the Archos diamond selfie it’s difficult not to fall in love with it. The all metal surround and the black glass really give off a real, premium feel. Certainly there is a lot of weight and heft to the device, however, you will quickly notice just how slippery the device is, especially on a cold day.

The Archos Diamond Selfie has some of the best specs we have seen in a phone from Archos and that are very competitive for the price bracket too.

  • Display – 5.50-inch 1920 x 1080 (FHD) IPS, Full lamination
  • Processor – Qualcomm MSM8937, Octa-core Cortex-A53 1.4 GHz
  • Front Camera – 8-megapixel
  • Resolution – 1080×1920 pixels
  • RAM – 4GB DDR3
  • OS – Android 6.0
  • Storage – 64GB + Micro SD card, up to 128GB
  • Rear Camera – 16-megapixel
  • Battery Capacity – 3000mAh Li-ion, Quick Charge

Looking around the device on the top there are two slits for the antennas and a 3.5-millimetre headphone jack.

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On the right-hand side lies a volume rocker the power button and another antenna slit.

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At the bottom are some fool speaker grills, that we will get back to those later, a microphone hole and a micro USB charger slot. Again some antenna slits.

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On the left-hand side is only has an indentation for the micro SD and SIM card tray. This is where we come to one of the first problems with the phone. This tray is not flush with the device you can feel it move ever so slightly every time you run your finger over it. Your fingernail will stop at the slight protrusion at the hole for the sim ejector tool. The tray itself fits two cards, a microSD or Micro SIM in one and a Nano SIM in the other.

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The back is entirely black glass and finger print city. At the top are the camera and the LED flash. Midway down there is a fingerprint reader and towards the bottom a whole for the speaker. Yes, the speaker is on the back of the device despite the two grills either side of the micro USB connector.

The screen is almost perfect, it’s beautiful, bright, responsive, and efficient. Archos have added an extra button to the screen buttons toward the bottom of the screen. This button removes the onscreen buttons to maximise the screen resolution.

The battery life of the device is quite impressive. Having used it for a few days as my main device I noticed that I was finishing the day with around 40% left, perhaps I don’t have as many apps installed on this as I do with my Nexus 6P, however, having it finish the day with a good bit more than I usually have, is quite impressive.

Android itself runs perfectly smoothly on this device there is very little in the way of additions from Archos. Aside from a couple of applications that they have added, that are not required to be installed during the initial setup. However, there has been a button added to the interface of the Task Manager. A small, ugly button, off centre, to speed up your device the closes all of the applications.

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As it turns out these grills at the bottom are purely cosmetic, the speaker is situated on the back of the device. Whilst this is hardly a problem, or a flaw, it just opens a little concern as to why there would be grills at the bottom, did the device have to be reworked at a later stage in development for reason?

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As this phone is called a Selfie, you would expect there to be an impressive experience with the photos front facing camera. In truth the camera works well, however, the added features in the beautification mode mean that camera’s on-screen preview run at around 15 frames per second, and in low-level light, the preview is around 2 frames per second. I can only hope this device has an early version of the selfie software and retail will see an update.

Flip the camera round the to the rear camera and you have 120 frames per seconds on the preview and it looks gorgeously smooth, the exact opposite of the front facing camera.

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The shots are crisp and attractive. There is little in the way of compression, and honestly, this camera turns out to be one of the better cameras on the marker for the money, Archos have done some great work here. As you can see from the gallery below the colour mix is impressive and the clarity is never questionable.

So what is wrong with the Archos Diamond Selfie? Not that much, to be entirely honest. The phone is retailing for around £200 and what you are getting is amazing. Certainly, you can notice where some of the cutbacks have been made. The lack of precision on the sim card tray, no support for the 5Ghz wifi spectrum, the weight. However, what it does have it is hard to find in that price range, a decent stills camera, a beautiful screen, 64gb of expandable storage and a speedy performance. I really like this phone and I am prepared to admit that I honestly wondered why I paid more than double for a Nexus 6P.

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By October 30, 2016 Read More →

Whats new on Netflix and Amazon Prime this week?

post-coverLet’s take a look and see what appeared on Amazon Prime and Netflix for the week of the 24th October to the 30th October 2016.

 

 

By October 30, 2016 Read More →

Christmas gadget gift idea – 360 camera

asdsadIf you’re in search of the ultimate tech gift this Christmas, then look no further than the Kodak Pixpro 360 range.

  • 360 4K HD Camera
  • 360 4K Camera – dual pack
  • 360 Camera

360 4K HD Camera

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The 360 4K Camera is a pocket-sized marvel that’ll shoot nearly an hour (55 mins) of full 360 degree, ultra-HD 4K resolution video on a single charge.

Check out this stunning footage:

The Kodak Pixpro 360 4K Camera is available from Argos for £349,99 now.

The Kodak Pixpro 360 4K Camera is the world’s first and most complete 4K recording device to capture stunning 360° immersive videos and still images without the need for multiple cameras. With a professional-quality 12MP BSI image sensor, super-simple uploads to Facebook and YouTube 360 video and NFC and Wi-Fi as standard, it’s not hard to see why the Kodak Pixpro 360 4K Camera has won plaudits as a pocket-sized powerhouse.

The Kodak Pixpro 360 4K is easy to use too, featuring intuitive interfaces and simple controls to get the best out of every moment without the hassle of more complex systems. Features such as time-lapse video, burst mode, automatic white balance and stunning 4K still photos are available at the touch of a button.

Whether you’re looking for the ultimate tech gift for a loved one or want to preserve those festive memories, the Kodak Pixpro SP 360 Camera offers serious bang for buck value. Although it’ll fit in the palm of your hand it’ll record 360 degree super-high resolution video for up to 160 minutes on a single charge.

360 4K Camera – dual pack

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The Kodak Pixpro 360 4K Camera is also available in the immensely impressive duo pack, which harnesses two individual 4K Kodak action cameras into a full 360×360 action rig that’ll shoot entirely spherical point-of-view footage in stunning 4k resolution. Available now from Jessops for £749.00.

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Sharing the fun is simplicity itself too, as the Kodak Pixpro SP 360 supports Facebook and YouTube, as well as having a handy companion smartphone app to help keep everything organised. It’s also shockproof, freeze-proof, dust proof and splash resistant into the bargain!

The Kodak Pixpro SP 360 Camera is available from Argos for a mere £249.99 now.

Check out this stunning footage of the camera in action!

The Kodak Pixpro SP 360 Camera captures stunning 360° immersive videos and still images without the need for multiple cameras. With a professional-quality 17MP image sensor, super-simple uploads to Facebook and YouTube 360 video and Wifi as standard, it’s not hard to see why the Kodak Pixpro SP 360 Camera has won plaudits as a pocket-sized powerhouse.

The Kodak Pixpro SP 360 is easy to use too, featuring intuitive interfaces and simple controls to get the best out of every moment without the hassle of more complex systems. Features such as time-lapse video, burst mode, automatic white balance and stunning High quality still photos are available at the touch of a button.

By October 28, 2016 Read More →

Everything you need for Bonfire Night

atago_04Celebrating Bonfire Night? Shop the supplies you need to make sure your night goes off with a bang! Newly launched online retailer for industrial and consumer electronics, reichelt.co.uk, offers a range of tools, components, tech accessories and more – save up to 20% on many top brands.

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One device, countless possibilities. Enjoy barbecuing with no compromises, with the Petromax Atago barbecuing is a breeze. The unique air supply regulation makes it easy to control the temperature, so setting the ideal one for both steak and fish is very easy. The Petromax Atago can be used in combination with the Petromax Dutch ovens, or a Dutch oven of similar size, to conjure up casseroles, soups, pasta, or even bread when camping, in the garden or during other outdoor activities. A sweet dessert and a delicious coffee is usually the grand finale of an evening barbecue. The residual heat of the Petromax Atago can used for a dessert or coffee. The Petromax percolator and the Petromax ft3 are perfect for this. A campfire is a unique moment for children as well as for a romantic evening as a couple. The Petromax Atago can be used as a fire bowl either folded or unfolded, and offers an easy option for making a safe camp fire with firewood.

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The camping stove from BioLite makes environmental awareness a top priority: The compact mini-oven for use while on the go is fuelled only by renewable resources and therefore protects the environment and the user’s health. Cumbersome carrying of heavy petroleum bottles is a thing of the past. Fir cones, branches, and twigs are used as heating material to fuel the thermo-electric generator inside. A litre of water can be brought to the boil in just 4.5 minutes.

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The cold blast lantern Feuerhand is produced in Germany ever since. The Feuerhand storm lantern is fueled by Petroleum and features heat-resistant glass. It provides a gentle light which lasts up to 20 hours of maximum burning time.

 

 

By October 27, 2016 Read More →

Give Your Phone a Christmas Jumper This Year with FLAVR’s quirky cases

unspecifiedFLAVR, the new lifestyle brand from global mobile accessories and connected devices specialist, STRAX GmbH, today launches its brand new festive range of comedy Christmas jumper themed phones cases for iPhone 5/5SE, 6/6S, 7, 7 Plus and Galaxy 7 and 7 Edge. The new cases are available from £9.99 at Carphone Warehouse.

Christmas jumpers have increased in popularity over the last few years with more and more people sporting them on nights out or at work in the festive season. Usually the rule is the more extreme the design, the better. Now that need not just apply to the jumper with FLAVR’s new Christmas cases where the design is so bad, it’s good!

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With designs to appeal to everyone such as the “I want to believe” case (For X-Files fans), the “Selfie Elfie” case, the “Do the Dab” case and the “Jingle Balls case”, the new FLAVR range is sure to cause amusement amongst friends and colleagues.

For the more reserved who still want to get involved in the festive spirit, there are also a number of patterned designs to match their chosen jumper shown below. All of the range will be packaged in the shape of a stocking or Christmas card to make the perfect pre-Christmas or secret Santa Gift.

The FLAVR Christmas jumper cases are available from £9.99 from Carphone Warehouse and will also be available online in November from http://www.shopflavr.com/

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By October 27, 2016 Read More →

iPhone Data Loss and Recovery [Infographic]

iPhone Data Loss and Recovery [Infographic]

Data Loss and Recovery. An infographic by the team at Secure Data Recovery Services

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By October 25, 2016 Read More →

Benq GW2270 LED Monitor unboxing

image5The Benq GW2270 is a wallet friendly 22-inch monitor with a 1080p resolution and IPS LCD screen. Including popular features, such as, low-blue light mode for reduced eye-strain and a low-power backlight, this display looks to be a simple, cheap and reliable option.

 

Specs

  • Response Time: 5ms
  • Viewing Angle: 178°/178°
  • Panel Type: AMVA+
  • Contrast: 3000:1
  • Brightness: 250cd/m2
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • LCD Size: 21.5″
  • Back Light Unit: LED
  • VGADVI-D
  • Without Stand: HxWxD 400 x 506 x 178mm
  • Weight: 4.6kg
  • AMA
  • Flicker Free
  • HDCP
  • 100 x 100 VESA
  • Tilt: -5°/20°
  • Low Blue Light
  • Power Supply: 90-264AC
  • Power Consumption (Power saving mode): 0.5W
By October 24, 2016 Read More →

Logitech M330 Silent Plus Unboxing

image3The Logitech M330 Silent Plus wireless mouse is the Swiss company’s latest portable mouse and there a killer feature… silence. Logitech claims that the mouse can deliver durability, precision and realistic click without the accompanying sound. Thus eliminating distraction.

  • Mouse (height x width x depth): 105.4 mm x 67.9 mm x 38.4 mm
  • Weight: 91.0 g
  • Connection Type: 2.4GHz wireless connection
  • Wireless range: roughly 10 meters
  • Battery Details: 1 x AA
  • Battery Life (not rechargeable): roughly 24 months
  • Sensor technology: Yes, 2D, mechanical
  • Sensor resolution: 1000 dpi
  • Scroll Wheel
  • 3 button

By October 23, 2016 Read More →

What’s New Amazon Prime and Netflix for 17 Oct – 23 Oct 2016

post-coverLet’s take a look and see what appeared on Amazon Prime and Netflix for the week of the 17th October to the 23rd October 2016.

By October 21, 2016 Read More →

Urbanista Launches its Stylish Berlin Wireless Earphones

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Available in white, black, rose gold and blue petroleum, the Berlin has a unique construction with soft silicon ear buds and a flat cable which gives users an ergonomic and tangle free fit. The earphones offer a playtime of up to 4 hours and the hands-free microphone means users can easily take phone calls without having to reach for their phone.

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Whether it’s between meetings, relaxing on a plane or commuting on a crowded bus or train, the Berlin earphones are the perfect everyday companion. Compact, easy to use and easy to enjoy!

Berlin is available in stores and at www.urbanista.com now for £39

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