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By June 29, 2015 Read More →

Mi Band Fitness Monitor and Sleep Tracker Unboxing

vlcsnap-2015-06-29-07h20m52s849Leana takes a look at the Mi Band Fitness Monitor and Sleep Tracker from Mobilefun. This is a simple, long lasting solution to fitness tracking at an extremely low price. Compatible with both Android and iOS devices the Mi Band is a small wearable that promises up to 30 days of life on one charge. Featuring fitness and sleep tracking and  the Mi Band adds some basic notification monitoring without the need for a screen. Having used it for a week Leana updates on her progress with the band.

  • Fitness monitor tracks your activity
  • Works in conjunction with the Mi Band app
  • Track your sleeping patterns
  • Gentle alarm to wake you up
  • Notification alerts
  • Up to 30 days battery life
  • IP67 water resistance
  • Apple Health and Google Fit app compatible
  • Compatible with Android 4.4 or iOS 7 or higher

Available for £29.99:

http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/mi-band-fitness-monitor-and-sleep-tracker-p51505.htm

By June 26, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Olixar Selfie Smart Pole

vlcsnap-2015-06-26-07h58m53s066Mobile Fun have sent over the Bluetooth selfie stick from Olixar, the Olixar Selfie Smart Pole is compatible with both Android 3.0 and above devices alongside iOS devices alike. Currently  reduced to £14.99 from £24.99 this Bluetooth allows for flexibility alongside some quality build aesthetics for any selfie needs out int he field.

  • Capture the perfect selfie
  • Built-in button to capture an image
  • Retractable pole for portability
  • Safety locks and shock absorbing material
  • Two smartphone mounts for greater compatibility
  • Case compatible
  • Compatible with Android 3.0, iOS 4.0 or later

You can grab one here:

http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/selfie-smart-pole-for-android-and-apple-devices-p48773.htm

By June 24, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Felix WriteOn

vlcsnap-2015-06-22-07h11m01s663Following from the Felix Flipwrite we have a look at the Writeon, a stand alone keyboard without the folio back. Available for a mere $49.99 the Writeon is an ultra thin and light keyboard boasting 2 months of battery in a super lightweight design.

http://felixbrand.com/products/writeon

By June 23, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Felix HoldTight Bands

vlcsnap-2015-06-22-07h10m41s141Carrying both a wallet and a phone can be a chore, especially in the hot weather or heading for a night out. There seem to be a number of different solutions to combine these two daily pocket fillings requirements however Felix might have come up with a great alternative.

Allowing you to configure your own simple design Felix have launch a cover for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5/5S forms. This cover has elastic barriers on the rear side to hold a card, bundle of cash or picture in place and make it easily accessible yet secure.

You can check them out here:

http://felixbrand.com/products/holdtightbands

Available in a variety of colours for iPhone 6 and 5/5S for $14.99.

By June 22, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Felix FlipWrite

vlcsnap-2015-06-22-07h10m22s415There are many folio covers for the Apple IPad out there and some come with an addition keyboard attached to increase productivity and just increase the tablets abilities making it closer to a laptop.

Felix have released a new high-ish end folio combing a multi-angle setup and Bluetooth keyboard wrapped up in a durable high quality package with a couple of novel approaches.

The Felix FlipWite is available for $99.99 from this site:
http://felixbrand.com/products/flipwrite

The options cover most in of the larger iPad options options, sadly no Mini variant yet.

By June 11, 2015 Read More →

Olixar X2 Pro Bluetooth Headphones review

olixar-x2-pro-bluetooth-stereo-headphones-p47042-aA little money can get you quite a lot in technology now. Years ago the idea of bluetooth headphones left the user unhappy with laggy audio, bulky form factors, short battery lives and high price tags. Now all that seems to be reversed. Bluetooth headphones are cheap as chips and you don’t need to spend a lot of get good value.

Take the Olixar X2 Pro Bluetooth headphones. £25 from Mobilefun. They look good, promise around 10 hours of usage and impressive sound. All completely accurate.

The headphones are made from predominantly from plastic. You can’t really expect a high quality finish at this price however they are sturdy and will withstand any number of light to medium knocks. They certainly are not ugly either. In fact the spongy head band has an ample cushion and looks quite elegant at a glance. A little aluminum around the screws break the blackness quite nicely and give just the tiniest addition of quality.

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Everything is glossy plastic around the exterior. Some will be a little put off by this as it might have been better suited to have a matte finish. The shiny finish does seem to be used on many cheaper gadgets in an attempt to add a high quality feel.

The fold mechanism is quite strong, you will break it if you are very careless however it will take some heavy use before it fails. The same with the adjustable legs.

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Playback produced commendable results for the 20mW output. There is more than adequate bass, however this does seem to be of a higher focus than the treble. Whilst the sound produced is quite agreeable there is something missing in the mix and it doesn’t feel as full as you might get on higher end phones. They thump but don’t dazzle.

For calls the microphone and receiver were both adequate. Speaking on 3uk’s HD network, calls were crisp and rich. The person on the other end didn’t notice an particular issues with the call quality at their end.

There is mention of noise cancellation technology and it doesn’t quite cut it. Use on the plane was irritating. The volume limiting on my tablet has always been a problem however in ear noise cancelling headphones have helped boost the experience in a the constant hum of the engines. The olixar X2 don’t have this benefit and there were moments I was having to strain to hear lightly dialogue in a movie. The noise cancellation does not work very well in either direction, letting sound in or keeping it from seeping out.

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Comfort is one of the most important aspects of headphones, almost on par with sound quality. For short bursts the X2 are perfectly comfortable. Using the headphones on a three hour flight I found my ears were growing weary of the padding and I switched to my in ear headphones for the journey back.

NFC seemed like a really nice inclusion to bypass the anguish of having to open Bluetooth and connect  on the go however I never managed to get it to work. Perhaps it is my phone, I saw an attempt to connect short followed by a failure notification soon after. Hardly  a deal breaker, but enough to annoy.

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In built controls were a little wonky on my Samsung. A problem I have had with other headphones. Volume Up and Down skipped tracks or exited a movie. Depending on the app in use. There are a great many button combinations to interact with calls, apps and tracks however they will take a while to learn to get the most out of them. I became a little frustrated trying to remember them, I wonder just how many folk out there make the effort.

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I honestly cannot comment negatively on the battery. I have charged it once and maybe used it for about 10 hours over the course of the week. The are still going and I have the audio cable with me in the event the charge depletes. I would say the estimate from Olixar is accurate and in comparison to other, more expensive, headphones I have used of late, I am very happy.

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The Olixar X2 are fine headphones. You could do a lot worse for the money. I would have been a little happier paying an extra £5-£10 for better noise cancelling set however these work, and work well. I would imagine they will continue to work for the next while and whilst I will not be using them for travel, I will find a place for them in the house.

Available from Mobilefun for £24.99.

 

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By June 10, 2015 Read More →

iWalk Spartan unboxing

vlcsnap-2015-06-10-06h52m44s165An extra tough backup battery for all your charging needs arrives in the shape of the iWalk Spartan. The iWALK Spartan is perfect for charging your devices while outdoors – Camping, Shows, Markets, Festivals ect.

The 13,000mAh battery can keep your phone charged for days (even up to a week on some devices) 13000mAh Mega High capacity Lithium-ion rechargeable battery Made for all USB Devices including Apple (Certified – ‘Made for iPhone’) Rugged and durable build makes the Spartan waterprrof, shock proof, dust proof and snow proof – IP66 5v/1.0A and 5v/2.4A dual USB Outputs Rapid Charge with a maximum 2.1A input current.

Pass-through charging so you can charge the Spartan and two devices simultaneously.

 

You can pick one up for £69.99 here.

By June 9, 2015 Read More →

Checking in with easyJet

EASYJET  NEW PLANE LIVERY Pix.Tim AndersonThis last week easyJet has taken the opportunity to share some of their recent developments with the public in what seems to be becoming a yearly tradition. For select group of the press an event in an aircraft hangar in Milan contained a demonstration of some of the research alongside a positive attitude and some beaming pride in what easyJet has achieved.

EasyJet has the reputation of being a better quality of low end travel providing something of a bus service to popular areas in Europe. Whilst maintaining a steady and commendable reputation easyJet has a lot of interesting developments happening behind the scenes to reduce time for which their planes are out of action and efforts to reduce costs across the board to pass on to the customers.

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One of the first innovations easyJet are proud to demonstrate is a simple but cost efficient inclusion. Oculus Rift can help engineers determine problems by posting virtual notes to areas in need of repair around a virtual aircraft. There was also reference made to cabin staff receiving training via the wearable goggles. This does not seem to be a massive stride however from easyJet’s internal point of view there is potential.

EasyJet are upgrading their application. Throwing in a few new features to keep their app fast and easy to use, not to mention a handy tool to cover everything you might need from your flight experience. For starters the app has been reformatted for 64 bit architecture to keep it running lightning fast.

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Secondly, a new feature will allow the user to receive updates about their flight including notifications from the likes of Periscope if there has been a disruption. A helping hand has been extended to the user to guide them through the airport to find their gate, at the moment this only works in Gatwick however the are rolling it out to their busiest 10 airports and they hope to have it in place by launch in July.

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Whilst it sounds alarming easyJet demonstrated their ability to print parts for their aircraft. Rather than having to pay for costly replacements a process is being finalised whereby easyJet can utilise some cutting edge 3D printing technologies and first class materials to manufacture their own parts. Whilst this is a time consuming process the cost implications will be notable without any impact on safety.

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Two years ago easyJet demonstrated their drone scanning ideas to scan a plane in minutes to access damage that would normally take a the human eye a few hours. The drone technology is constantly evolving and new developments are being made at a refreshing rate. Safety seems to be the focus this year with collision detection being a new addition. Not only for the drone to keep a close yet safe distance from the surface of the plane but for Engineers who might be working within close proximity to the plane and drone at the time of scanning.

It is refreshing to see a company that may not have a reputation for innovation, yet easyJet has become an example of proactive development, not only in cost saving but technological advancements. Their model is interesting and somewhat commendable.

By June 3, 2015 Read More →

Olixar Power Up Kit 4 in 1 Charging Pack with Travel Case

vlcsnap-2015-06-01-17h58m40s766Ideal for the holiday season, this pack contains almost everything you need for a family holiday to keep your families phones and tablets working all packaged inside an attractive, padded case.

Introducing the perfect travel companion. This 4-in-1 charging accessory kit with case is perfect for ensuring your devices are fully charged wherever you may go featuring a mains USB travel adapter, power bank and two non-tangle retractable cables.

  • 4-in-1 charging accessory pack
  • Mains travel adapter with 4 USB ports and 4 travel adapters
  • Portable power bank for charging on the go
  • Two retractable Lightning / Micro USB charge & sync cables
  • Travel case for portability

You can pick one up from Mobilefun here.

By June 2, 2015 Read More →

Olixar X2 Pro Bluetooth Stereo Headphones unboxing

vlcsnap-2015-06-01-17h58m40s766The Olixar X2 Pro Bluetooth headphones promise to combine both a low price and a big sound. Mobilefun have sent over a set for a quick unboxing. for £24.99 there is little to recommend in the market for over ear headphones and Olixar seem to want to change that. 

Enjoy an immersive audio experience with crystal clear audio and rich bass. Olixar X2 Pro Bluetooth Stereo Headphones feature wireless Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, microphone for hands-free calling and NFC for super simple pairing.

  • Lightweight, portable yet crystal clear sound
  • Wireless Bluetooth connectivity allows for greater freedom
  • Easily pair with NFC supported mobile devices
  • Hands-free calling
  • On-ear controls for easy navigation and control of music
  • Cushioned ear cup design for comfortable listening
  • Up to 10 hours of music playback and unlimited playback via the 3.5mm connection
  • 3.5mm line-in input for universal compatibility

Specifications

  • Bluetooth: Version 4.0 (A2DP 1.2, AVRCP 1.4, HSP 1.2, HFP 1.6)
  • DSP: CVC 6.0 Noise and Echo Cancellation
  • RF Range: 10m
  • Frequency Response: 60Hz-20KHz
  • Loudspeaker Output: 20mW
  • Playback Time: Up to 10 hours
  • Charging time: ~ 2.5 hours
  • Dimensions: 172 x 190 x 69mm
  • Weight: 165g

You can purchase a set for £24.99 here.

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