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By May 29, 2016 Read More →

Archos 70 Platinum tablet Review

P1020999Archos have sent us one of their budget tablets, costing a mere £54.99. Have Archos made a premium cheap tablet or is the Archos 70 platinum lack lustre?  Out of the box the casing on the tablet has a brushed metal feel, which is a good start. The tablet weighs 272g which feels nice and light. The tablet has a 7inch screen.

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On the top of the tablet you have the micro USB charging port, a microphone and a 3.5mm head jack. On the left hand side there is MicroSD card slot.

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On the right hand side you have the volume rocker, followed by the power on button.

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At the bottom of the tablet there is another mic.

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On the front of the screen there is the front facing camera, 0.3 megapixel.

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On the back of the tablet there is a camera 2 megapixel, 1080p video capture and a speaker grill on the lower right side.

Inside the Archos we have a Mediatek MT8127 quad-core clocked at 1.3 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM running Android lollipop 5.0.  There is 16gb onboard storage with an expandable microSD slot up to 64gb. There is a 2600 mAh battery offering 6hrs 25mins of battery life, video playback. Before turning the tablet on I was worried that only having 1gb of ram the tablet would not keep up with the latest apps, although this was the least of this budget tablets problems.

When I turned on the tablet it became evident that there was a 3mm gap between the screens. Perhaps this was Archos advanced IPS technology that boasted ‘extra wide viewing angles’ but I was not a fan. I tested the speakers and found their output horrific. The sound was muffled and distorted. A problem that could be forgiven as you still have the 3.5mm jack for headphones but shared viewing or watching a video on the tablet would be an unpleasant ordeal. I also noticed a burn in on the screen, for those who had the first wave of HD plasma screens you will understand the annoyance when you leave one screen to move to the next, the ghost image of the screen before lingers for a few seconds.

This being said the tablet did run games like Minecraft and Roblox well, although my son did complain about them being sluggish at times.

The cameras on tablets frustrate me, why have them there if they are not going to give you a reasonable camera display for video calling. Below are a few images and video taken with the futile cameras.

As with Android lollipop the operating system was fine on the tablet. Clear, clean and simple, Archos did not imprint a heavy overlay on top of the Android platform which makes the tablet easy to use for children or grandparents. The Archos 70 Platinum comes about a stock as you can get however you are reliant on Archos to support it. Lollipop is present as this verison of Android is compatible with their Fusion Storage system to allow users to combine the MicroSD card with the internal ROM and have a larger usable space without having to transfer bits of app to SD, like in days of old.

I tested Antutu on the device and as you can see it scored a very low score.

I had to remember that this was a budget tablet and although it had its screen and sound flaws this tablet did have it’s positives. The USB host cable for connection with a keyboard or mouse was something you did not see on tablets at this price. The storage capacity on the tablet was great, the feel of the tablets metal casing was nice. The Archos 70 Platinum offers a well designed robust tablet with a few flaws but at £54.99 this can be overlooked. Had Archos input an extra 1gb of ram, a better speaker, and a better screen and still kept the price this low this tablet could have been an excellent purchase. Nonetheless still an affordable tablet for kids that’s life expectancy might be short and thanks to the metal casing extended a little longer.

  • Expandable Storage - Micro SD card, up to 64GB (when formatted to fat32 standard)
  • Internal Storage 16gb
  • RAM 1 GB
  • GPU - Mali 450 MP4
  • CPU - Mediatek MT8127/ Quad-Core @1.3 GHz Cortex A7
  • Diagonal Size- 7 inches (17.8 cm)
  • Resolution - 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Technology Type - IPS technology, 5 points Capacitive Multi-touch
  • Back camera - 2 MP 1080p
  • Front Camera - 0.3 MP
  • Battery Size - 2600 mAH
  • Battery Life – Video Playback 6hrs 25min
  • Battery Type - Li-Ion Polymer
  • Battery weight - 40g
  • Charging Adaptor - 5V – 1.5A, Micro-USB IN
  • Bluetooth, Wifi & GPS for better connectivity everywhere

 

 

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By May 25, 2016 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 25th May 2016 – Featuring a proper smartwatch

Podcast logoWednesday 25th May 2016 at 8.00pm

Featuring: Gareth Myles, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond, Sam Pullen and Jay Garrett

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A question. Have you ever reviewed any reasonably priced mini or pico projectors please?  Im after something to use to give informal presentations on a wall at a short notice.

Thanks

Dan

http://www.tracyandmatt.co.uk/lazertouch-mini-projector-transforms-surface-150-inch-touchscreen/

http://www.tracyandmatt.co.uk/qumi-q6-hd-pocket-projector-unboxing/

http://gadgetynews.com/touchjet-pond-projector-turns-any-surface-into-an-interactive-touchscreen/

 

Stephen from Dragonfly

You mentioned that DragonFly Black has an advantage over DragonFly Red in that the former is firmware upgradeable.  In fact, both DragonFly models are upgradeable. We apologize if we somehow contributed to this misunderstanding.

 

What have you been playing with?

 GarethEasyAcc 9000mAh Waterproof Power Bank, Anki Overdrive (Jay: Going to new Anki release tomorrow ;) http://gadgetynews.com/anki-overdrive-review-the-ultimate-slot-car-smartphone-game-mash-up/ ), Archos 70 Platinum 7-Inch Tablet -

Gavin - Garmin Vivoactive HR & Garmin Fenix HR Sapphire (proper smartwatch), Samsung S7 Lens Cover (official case with 2 screw on lenses), Xiaomi Mi Max arrived today (don’t have to mention them all btw) http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/accessories/case/ET-CG930DBEGWW

 https://gavinsgadgets.com/2016/05/25/samsung-galaxy-s7-official-protective-lens-cover/

 Sam - THL T7 4800 mAh smartphoneCreative Labs Sound Blaster Free, Mini Quadcopter,

 Jay - Wilson Audio Alexx (£105,000 speakers) , Tascam US-2×2 TrackPack Eyejusters reading glasses, and hanging with Brian May and his Owl

 

Discussion: GOOGLE I/O Day 1 + Day 2

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 https://www.firebox.com/product/1327/Nabaztag-tag

Discussion:  XIAOMI MI BOX ANDROID TV

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By May 25, 2016 Read More →

EasyAcc 9000mAh Waterproof Power Bank Unboxing

EasyAcc 9000mAh Waterproof Power BankEasyAcc are no strangers to Powerbanks. Their style is easily identifiable now and their brand has become a more recognisable sign of quality. Having looked at their previous Rugged 20000mAh offering, EasyAcc have sent over their smaller and more versatile Waterproof powerbank. Weighing in at 9000mAh the Waterproof Powerbank has a lot more going for it:

  • Ingress Protection Rating of IP67
  • detachable compass
  • Inbuilt LED flashlight
  • output of Max 2.1A
  • input of DC 5V/2A

By May 24, 2016 Read More →

Petcube Camera Review

IMG_20160521_152450Let’s face it our cats and dogs are as important to us as any other member of the family. Insuring they looked after and entertained during the day whilst we are at work is one of our higher priorities. Petcube camera promises to do this whilst essentially just being an IP camera whilst also operating as an activity centre and it looks pretty good to boot.

Inside the Petcubes attractive exterior are three things. Firstly an IP camera, This requires minimal setup, works almost first time, seems to be fairly reliable and whilst the quality isn’t superb it is certainly serviceable.
Secondly, a microphone and speaker.  For your animals to be able to hear your voice whilst you are not their offers a lot of reassurance. This can also be useful for directing family members to find something in a room.
Thirdly, a laser beam. The primary focus of the laser beam is a distraction for your animal.  dogs aren’t terribly amused by it however cats and children love it.

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These three things are housed within the black and silver housing. The silver aluminium around the outside is strong and elegantly designed. The black glass on the front proves fingerprinty, however it looks well and with the three small divisions for the camera laser and Petcube logo/notification light this device wouldn’t be distracting sitting on a shelf.

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Around the back of the device there is a rubberised exterior that houses the power button the micro USB charger and the speaker. On the bottom is a rubberised surface with the tripod hole added for convenience.

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Using the device is very simple, everything runs through an app that is compatible with both Android and iOS, sadly no reference to Windows just now. Once set-up the application is easy to navigate and proves to be a fun distraction even if not being used for it’s main purpose. Petcube have taken the opportunity to make the app a more Social experience,  allowing the user to view other shared cameras and you can even interact with the animals belonging to the shared profiles if the user has opted to give access.

The image quality can be a little uneven. Whilst you can connect to the device whilst out of the house the stream picture quality can really become degraded depending on the quality of  the network you are connected to. Even inside the house on the 5 Ghz wifi the picture quality  was less than stellar. Camera support is 720p and I rarely saw anything close to that.

Initially I thought the asking price of £170 was quite steep, having spoken to a number of interested parties I realise that people are happy to pay this amount for such a device.  Cheaper options certainly are not as elegant, perhaps omit the laser or the two way audio function, or might be more problematic to setup.

One thing that could be added to the Petcube help function a little better would be a battery inside it. If the power goes down this goes down. Also you are limited to putting this close to a power outlet, even temporarily.

Petcube Camera is a fun and interesting device. Those dedicated to their animals and not wanting to install a lesser, uglier product I can fully recommend the Petcube as a good looking and feature filled device.

 

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By May 13, 2016 Read More →

Follow us on Twitter at the Acer Live Blog 2016 #AcerLiveBlog2016

acer-logoThis year Acer is coming to Belfast for their yearly Live Blogging event and we will be blogging live with the best of them. Using #AcerLiveBlog2016 you can see a bunch of hand picked bloggers from Friday to Sunday embarking on a series of tasks and endeavours utilising various Acer goodies along the way. You can follow us on Twitter as the best source.

Things will be kicking off around 1pm on Friday and rolling on until Sunday. There might be certain theme from a popular Television show with deep links in Northern Ireland. Winter Acer Is Coming!!!

By May 12, 2016 Read More →

Pick up the Samsung Galaxy S7 from Mobile Phones Direct

samsung-galaxy-s7-blackMobilephonesdirect.com has an neat idea up their sleeves. If you are pondering over the idea of purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S7 you can have an extra read over some interviews with several Bloggers, including myself, as to why we are excited about the Samsung Galaxy S7. We were asked what we would do first if we had the phone, each answer was wildy different from the next and the article covers many aspects of the phone in different walks of life. In the end, one of the bloggers will have the opportunity to win the device to review.

Check out the answers on mobilephonesdirect.com and you could convince yourself that the Galaxy S7 is the phone you want next.

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By May 11, 2016 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 11th May 2016 – No O2 for Three

uwFGWPjeGareth Myles, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond and Jay Garrett are back for a second podcast. With a slight hiccup last time in the recording the guys are ready for action and reporting back on their experiences in technology over the last four weeks. 

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What have you been playing with?
Gareth: Archos F24 Power, Petcube, PitPat and ChargePit
Gavin – LG G5 – 2 more Friends. LG HiFi DAC & LG Tone Platinum (world’s first headphones with APTX HD) now reviewed every LG G5 Friend, Cam Plus, 360 cam, 360 VR, Samsung S7 – Official Samsung Wireless Battery Pack, Audioquest Dragonfly RED, Huawei P9 – “00” really  
Jay – Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 tablet, reviewed P9, a Guild Hammer Drill, Ratchet and Clank the movie and was at the launch of the IXION Maestro and Solo:2 compact Hi-Fi at Harrods last night.
Discussion: Three & O2 merger not allowed. Problems ? Three #makeitright advert banned by Advertising Agency. EE won appeal.
Discussion:  The Next@Acer line up Aspire S 13 Acer Chromebook 14 for Work Switch Alpha 12 Predator Gaming Line

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By May 6, 2016 Read More →

Petcube Camera Unboxing

vlcsnap-00001The Petcube camera is a dedicated piece of hardware to look after your animal friends whilst away from the home. Allowing the user a secure window into your house from a smartphone the Petcube also allows you to vocally interact with the animals and even play with them.

  • Check up on your pets when away from home
  • High Definition 138 degree wide angle camera
  • 2-way audio so you can hear and speak to your pet
  • Built-in laser to play with your pet
  • Connect to your existing home Wi-Fi
  • Tripod mount compatible
  • iOS and Android compatible

The Petcube Camera is for sale from Mobilefun for £170 here.

By May 4, 2016 Read More →

WIN Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights White 100 LEDs

blingstring_100_whiteRed Robin Solar are giving one lucky winner the opportunity to bling up their garden this summer with an enchanting set of Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights

The Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights are one of the bestselling solar fairy light brands in the UK. The lights come with an amorphous solar panel designed to give improved performance in dull weather. The back of the solar panel has been designed to enhance the waterproofing. Incredibly easy to install and free to run you will not be disappointed with your Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights. This particular version has 100 white LEDs.

To be in with a chance of winning some Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights, all you have to do is follow tracyandmatt on Twitter and retweet the following tweet: “RT I want to win some Blingstring Solar Fairy Lights from @tracyandmatt  and @redrobinsolar – You could too: http://wp.me/p3WUB6-fNO ” You can also click the retweet link below to save you copying and pasting the phrase. Your twitter name will be entered in to the draw.

RETWEET ME!

You’ll have to keep following us as we’ll notify winners via DM. 

Entry is open until midnight on the 15th May 2016 and the winner will be picked at random on the 16th May. Will that be a lucky day for you?

We’ll contact the winner via twitter so make sure that you are still following us!

Good luck.

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By April 29, 2016 Read More →

Touching the Panasonic DX902

21371_TX_65DX902_1Recently I was  invited along to experience the new Panasonic DX902, a television that Panasonic are extremely proud of. Instead of getting distracted with all the latest Smart TV features Panasonic is focusing entirely on the best picture quality they can get from a panel. With the DX902 they are proud to point out it is receiving some of the best reviews across the Internet of any LED TV.

Previously Panasonic have spent a lot of time concentrating on plasma however they are having to keep up with the times as people are wanting thinner televisions with better power usage ratings. Pushing the LED technology as far as they can Panasonic has put in a vibrant 4K panel that handles HDR better than most. Additionally the Firefox TV operating system is in play here and gives a fast, responsive and easy to use experience for any TV user.

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Around the back of a panel are 4 HDMI ports with Audio Return Channel (ARC) and thankfully each of these is compliant with the high definition copy protocol (HDCP) 2.2 standard. Three USBs have been installed one of which is USB 3.0, and Panasonic have thankfully added set of optical audio outputs alongside the standard ethernet and tuner for Freeview and Freesat. As usual with the last few incarnations of Panasonic Viera TV’s we have two remote controls, a standard IR remote and a Bluetooth TouchPad that adds voice control.

The real star of the show year however is the new backlight technique Panasonic are employing, utilising local dimming. This screen is not lit from the edge, instead it uses a very specific structure with seven by seven clusters creating isolated areas of the screen to minimise any leakage. This allows the panel to have exceptionally deep blacks. We witnessed a test of Mad Max: Fury Road from a 4k disk and the results for stunning.

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What we’re seeing here is one of the first televisions with 10-bit HDR, a new standard supported by Ultra HD Blu-ray. The loss of detail and clipping is astonishing however Mad Max: Fury Road actually has dropped frames integrated into the original negative and some may mistaken this for performance problems. The DX902 has a new HCX+ (Hollywood Cinema eXperience plus) processing chipset, an improvement on the 4K Studio Master Processor, that helps produce pre-HDR Rec 709. This has earned 4K Certification from the renowned independent quality assurance group, THX.

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The Award-winning cinematographer Vanja Cernjul, known from TV series such as Marco Polo and Orange Is The New Black, noted: “I think when consumers see a 4K HDR image, they will get used to it very quickly, and then just start demanding it”. Panasonic utilised Vanja to create a cinematic short film to demonstrate Panasonic’s VIERA Ultra HD Premium TV’s ability to reproduce the director’s vision.

When all this is put together this TV really is one of the top TVs for the regular consumer,  certainly experts may be able to see problems however for the average customer the combination of outstanding colour, ease of use, to the point feature set and elegant look really make for a winner. Whilst pricey you really are getting what you pay for here and if you’re entertaining a 4K screen this summer then the DX902 is one to look at.

The DX902 comes in two sizes, 58-inch for around £2700 and 65-inch costing around £3200.

More information is available on Panasonic’s website.

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