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By February 15, 2017 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 15th Feb 2017 – 3310 lovers rejoice

podcast-logo-600x600Gareth Myles, Jay Garrett, Brendan Arndt, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond and Leila Gregory

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News:

A Nokia 3310 comeback? – What ONE phone are you wanting to make a comeback?

Android Wear 2.0 in a Nutshell

What have you been playing with?

Gavin

Gareth

Bargain Basement:

SanDisk Ultra 256 GB MicroSDXC Was £172.99 now £109.99

Three free sim 200mb Data inc p&p 200Mb allowance credited to to the sim every 30 days

https://www.three.co.uk/Free_SIM_MBB/Order ← for copy and paste.

USCAMEL® – 13×50 Powerful Monocular reduced from £106 down to £40

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-36935424

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3701839/Has-mystery-Beast-Dartmoor-finally-solved-Owner-missing-lynx-zoo-admits-released-pumas-wild-1980s.html

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By February 15, 2017 Read More →

Gear4 Buckingham case for iPad review

I have been rather impressed with Gear4 products. I have been lucky enough to check out a few of their iPhone cases and have always found that they manage a nice balance between being very rugged, but not massively overbuilt. So when I got the opportunity to get my hands on the new Gear4 Buckingham iPad case for my Air 2, expectations were high.

The Buckingham features the same DSO “smart material” that Gear4 uses in their phone cases and purports to meet military standards at keeping your tech safe from being dropped. This wallet style case is almost identical to the Oxford model that my phone is currently encased within and I have been very happy with that.

As soon as I received the package from Tech Addicts HQ, I noticed something was up. It felt much heavier than I was expecting. It’s not uncommon for us to receive several products for review at the same time and, although I wasn’t expecting anything else,  I thought this was maybe the case. Nope. Just the Buckingham. Now, Gear4 do package their products very robustly, so maybe it’s the packaging. After opening it, it still felt rather heavy so out came the scales. The case weighed in at a rather chunky 427g. That may not seem like much, but to put it into context, the iPad air 2 weighs around 440, so the case weighs almost the same as the device!

 

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In fairness, it does feel like a very sturdy case and I would certainly have faith in its ability to keep my iPad secure. The iPad sits snugly inside the holder and the wrap around cover stays closed thanks to a magnetic tab and offers the very handy sleep/wake function. It’s a great looking case, nicely styled without going over the top and does not add significant bulk to the ipad. I did like the flat black with blue accents on the front and the card/note holders inside the cover. I wasn’t sure at first about the tab, it seemed to get in the way, but after a short while, I kinda got used to it. The cover also acts as a stand for the iPad, although I found that the material on the inside cover was too soft and not grippy enough to stop the screen from slipping flat. Perhaps this is something that would improve with time as the case wears in. Another little niggle that is common to most of these style cases is the access to the buttons

Another little niggle that is common to most of these style cases is the access to the buttons along the edge of the iPad. The thick DSO material actually works against the Buckingham in this respect. The controls themselves are covered, but there are raised “virtual buttons” on the cover directly over them with the idea being that you press on the case and it, in turn, presses on the actual button. This works in theory, but in practice, I have always found that you have to press a few times and generally rather firmly before anything happens. Truth be told, I have become so frustrated with them in the past that I have taken a craft knife and removed them, leaving recessed access to the controls. Elegant? No, but it does work.

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Overall I liked the Buckingham, I liked it a lot in fact, but the burning question is did I keep it on my iPad or did I revert back to the relatively simple Targus cover that I had been using?

As much as I like the Buckingham, and as fond as I am of super protective cases, I personally did not like the extra weight it added. It is a lot more protective than most cases, including the one I am currently using, but it is also double the weight. This makes it a judgement call. If weight isn’t a factor for you, or you need that extra protection, then I say go for it, you won’t be disappointed with it. However, if your daily carry bag is already feeling a bit on the hefty side, you may want to look at other options.

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By February 13, 2017 Read More →

A look at the Vodafone Smart Platinum 7

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Vodafone has a self-branded, cost conscious, high-end smartphone to offer. Here we take a look at the contents of the box and quick peek as the phone operation ahead of an upcoming review. Essentially, this is a rebadged Alcatel Idol 4S and that is no bad thing, Blackberry pimped it out for the more expensive Dtek60. Vodafone has merely added their own software suite to the phone and brands to the box and in the glass.

Initial impressions are high as the device looks a feels very elegant, if a little slippery. The camera appears to be fast and responsive and the screen is beautiful. There is a noticeable step in quality from mid range options and whilst this does cost a little more you are getting a beautifully constructed device that is easily on par with devices priced £100 more.

One concern might be the Vodafone bloat. There is quite a bit however on closer inspection there isn’t much more than you would expect from a network branded device, in fact a number of the applicaitons added actually enhance the experience and utilise some of the hardware features we have seen ignored in the past.

  • Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652, Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB + Expandable MicroSD
  • 5.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1440 x 2560 pixels resulting in 534 ppi
  • 16 MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0,  phase detection autofocus
  • 8 MP front facing
  • Android 6.0.1

Stay tuned for a full review in the near future.

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By February 12, 2017 Read More →

Uniquefire XM-L2 Led Torch Unboxing

vlcsnap-00034Here we have a quick look at the externals of the XM-L2 Led Torch from Uniquefire. This £14.99 torch features 3 Brightness Levels, Tactical Security design with Strobe and SOS Function. An intense spotlight that can cover 600 feet and the floodlight has a high level of brightness.

A skid-proof and water resistant designed is freely usable in poor weather or harsh conditions. Useful to carry when caving, hiking, night riding and outdoor camping. Super bright, blinding effect and crenellate design to protect the head.

Check back for a review soon…

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By February 8, 2017 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 8th Feb 2017 – S8 and G6 speculation

podcast-logo-600x600Gareth Myles, Jay Garrett, Brendan Arndt, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond and Leila Gregory

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News:

Samsung Galaxy S8 renders leaked

S8 Doesn’t fold but them are making something else that does.

LG G6 invites out

What have you been playing with?

Jay

Gareth

Leila

 

Bargain Basement:

Virgin Mobile – 5000 Minutes / Unlimited Texts / 20GB Data / 30 day contract £15.00

Tesco Mobile £20 for 5000 minutes, 5000 texts, 20GB data

Samsung 128GB Bar USB 3.0 Flash Drive £24.99

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By February 6, 2017 Read More →

Playing with devolo Home Control Additional Units

Image36A follow-up to our previous unboxing of the Home Control Starter kit.

devolo have sent across some additional units to add to the experience. Here we look at:

dLAN® 650+ Powerline

Expand your existing dLAN® network with the dLAN® 650+ Powerline adapter. Connect network-compatible devices directly using the electrical socket and use transmission rates of up to 600 Mbps throughout the home.

devolo Home Control Humidity Sensor

Keep your home at the ideal temperature with devolo.

With a Humidity Sensor, you can continuously monitor the temperature and humidity of rooms and keep them within your ideal range. The devolo model also allows owners to provide a healthy room climate and contribute towards general wellbeing and mould prevention.

devolo Home Control Floodsensor

Ensure your home isn’t damaged by water with devolo.

With a Water Sensor, owners can make sure that no water damage goes undetected by receiving reliable updates and notifications to their devices.

devolo Home Control Motion Sensor

The devolo Home Control Motion Sensor gives you optimal protection in your own home. The wireless PIR Motion Sensor can be positioned discreetly at any desired location of your home and keeps a watchful eye on the surroundings at angles up to 90 degrees.

devolo Home Control Key-Fob Switch

The devolo Home Control Key-Fob is a smart home controller that ensures you have full control over your smart home at all times. The “smart home for your pocket” is always at hand to control heating, lighting and any additional function at the touch of a button.The smart home Key-Fob Switch is as easy to use as a car key. This way you have the ability to set all of your living areas, from the master bedroom to anywhere else, to night mode or to switch of the lights when leaving the home. Make your everyday life easier and control the selected devolo Home Control components with a touch of a button on your Key-Fob Switch.

devolo Home Control Room Thermostat

The devolo Home Control Room Thermostat provides a personalized comfortable temperature in all areas of your home. You can use the wireless Room Thermostat to choose the ideal temperature near your sofa or dining room table. When the devolo Home Control Radiator Thermostat is used in this manner, it automatically compensates for the temperature differences that normally exist between your favourite spot and the radiator.

devolo Home Control Wall Switch

The Home Control Wall Switch makes your smart home more versatile than ever before! The Wall Switch offers you convenient operation of all devolo Home Control components that you have selected for your home. You decide for yourself whether you would like to control the heat from the master bedroom or if you would like to switch to energy saving mode with a push of a button when you leave your home. Whether as a simple light switch, as an operation for the home theatre system or for controlling various modes: Pressing a button on the devolo Home Control Wall Switch is all it takes to activate the desired scenario. Each switch can be programmed with up to four functions and can be installed hassle-free at any position in the home.

Find out more and purchasing options here:

http://www.devolo.co.uk/home-control/

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By February 5, 2017 Read More →

The Phones Show Chat Episode 380 – Gareth Myles, X Compact and no ads!

The Phones Show Audio followup podcastPhones Show follow-up chat, views and reviews from Steve Litchfield, Ted Salmon and guests from the mobile world. Comments and questions welcome to Twitter account @stevelitchfield . See also the associated Facebook group and forum and Google+ Community.

Download Phones Show Chat episode 380 (“Gareth Myles, X Compact and no ads!”,05/02/2017) manually (Size: 47MB, 65 minutes duration).

Phones Show Chat 380 – Show Notes
Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon with Gareth Myles

Errata & Feedback
Troy Dyall highlights the lies of HTC in order to sell the A9
Antonis Petridis picks up on the Death of Google Now rumours!
Ahmed Bebars spots Android 7.1.2 adding swipe gestures to Nexus 5X/6P fingerprint reader
Neil Gilroy on Motorola Good on their Promise still for Z-Series Updates
Gareth Williams on Microsoft, what might have been
Joshua on TECNO and INFINIX
Darren Steel on Nokia Refocus for Android

Phones Show Chat is helped out by IMax Repairs – phone, tablet and general tech repairs and servicing

Pub Meet Photo

Device Week
Google Pixel
Moto Z
Nexus 6P
Kodak Ektra
Sony Xperia X Compact
Steve’s Emergency Torch/Charger
Network Signal Info
BATTOP keyboard with trackpad
Microsoft Universal Folding Keyboard
Other Keyboards: OneTwoThreeFour Logitech K480

Live Draw
We make a draw for smartphone accessories each week and this week the winner is…
Sri Ganesh K.. Do get involved before the next draw by joining the Virtual Pint of Beer a Month Club – It could be you! stevelitchfield.com/paypal.htm & tinyurl.com/pspromo

The Phones Show
Tune into Steve’s YouTube Channel to watch the main Phones Show videos.

Phones Show Flickr Group (Richard Yates)
Picture of the Week/Month: Amazing Clouds by Pete Warner using a Huawei P9
Sunday Afternoon by Pete Warner using a Huawei P9

Amazing clouds

And that bonus photo from Pete:

Sunset

Forum Classifieds (Kev Wright and Nick Robinson)
Don’t forget to check out the classified sales bargains at pscforum.co.uk

App of the Week
Glynn Stone
on Wifi Switcher for Android

Links of Interest…
PSC on TwitterFaceBookGoogle PlusFlickRTTUKWhateverWorksAAWPTechAddictsUKChewing Gum for the EarsProjector RoomPodHubUK

 

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By February 1, 2017 Read More →

Tech Addicts UK Podcast – 01st February 2017 – P10 and P10 Plus

podcast-logo-600x600Gareth Myles, Jay Garrett, Brendan Arndt, Gavin Fabiani-Laymond and Leila Gregory

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Listener feedback:

Hi Gareth & Crew, Really enjoying the podcast – great to hear a Northern Ireland accent on a tech show (I’m a local), a nice change from the American! As you’re probably aware, buying power banks and replacement batteries in NI can be a bit of a challenge as Amazon and most other sellers will no longer post them here. Personally, it took 5 attempts before I found a seller on eBay willing to dispatch an Anker to NI, rather than simply cancelling my order outright. Do you have any suggestions for purchasing items like these online for people in Northern Ireland, or are we always going to be restricted to what’s available locally? Out of interest, purchasing a replacement battery for my Note 4 was initially futile as no-one will send a rechargeable lithium ion battery here, until I went direct to the Samsung UK site, and they dispatched one no questions asked. How come they can do it and other sellers can’t? And how come a brand new boxed phone containing a rechargeable battery can be sent from Amazon no problem, but the battery can’t be sent on its own? Frustrating! Thanks again for any insight you might have, It would be interesting to know what Aukey, Anker, and companies like them have to say on the matter. Personally, I’d even be happy to pay an additional postage charge, or use a slower ground-based shipping method, if this allowed for the transport of such items. Andrew

 

News:

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus leaked images and details

Netflix can download

What have you been playing with?

Jay


Gareth

Bargain Basement:

BT Sim Only contract 20GB Unlimited Minutes Unlimited Texts £16 per month BT Broadband customers can add a £70 voucher working out at £10.66pm

 

AUKEY Table Lamp Dimmable Rechargeable LED Bedside Lamp

£10.99 £4 off code: RJGDAQ48 Final Price: £6.99

AUKEY Wireless Speaker 21W Portable Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker with LED Display

£35.99 £8 off code: AKSOBCBA Final Price: £27.99

AUKEY Bluetooth Headphones

£17.99 £5 off code: 7S7S32BO Final Price: £12.99

AUKEY VR Headset Adjustable 3D Glasses

£14.99 £6 off code: O7DAHRVG Final Price: £8.99

HiHiLL Camping Lantern Power Bank

£9.99 £3 off code: IBNAUXLO Final Price: £6.99

 

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By February 1, 2017 Read More →

A look at the Aukey Portable Wireless Speaker

Image33It’s ruggedized, cheap, loud and portable, but is it any good? We take a look the the AUKEY Bluetooth Speaker with 12 / 30 Hour Playtime, Enhanced Bass and Water Resistance

Dual 5W drivers produce deep lows, textured mids, and clear highs to enjoy at home or outdoor.

Latest Bluetooth 4.1 Instantly connects your phone or tablet and automatically reconnects to the last device used among 33ft wireless range.

Up to 30-hour playtime and talk time, stream your music wirelessly with A2DP Bluetooth or plugged in via AUX input with included 3.5mm audio cable.

Easily manage audio playback and calls with volume controls, and built-in microphone. Choose your sound signature with the Mode switch. Built-in 1/4″-20 standard tripod screw mount for outdoor use.

Package Contents: AUKEY SK-M12 Bluetooth 4.1 Speaker, Micro-USB Cable, 3.5mm Audio Cable, User Manual, 24 Month Warranty.

Grab one from Amazon for £29.99.

By January 27, 2017 Read More →

Thinkware Dashcam F770 Unboxing

vlcsnap-00031Here we go for more that just an unboxing with the Thinkware Dashcam. This £199.99 dashboard mounted camera combines a slick design with some great image quality. Don’t believe me? Check out the video!

Thinkware’s flagship camera offers top of the range capabilities. The F770 also incorporates new features including ‘Super Night Vision’, a night image correction feature, and ‘Time Lapse’ that dramatically extends the parked recording hours.

This model comes with a low profile and discreet shape with a fully matte black finish.

The F770 features a 1080p Full HD front facing camera and an optional 1080p Full HD rear facing camera. Available as Plug & Play or Hardwired.

Road safety warning systems
FCWS
(Forward Collision Warning System)
Alert Drivers when approaching too closely to The vehicle ahead to avoid collision

LDWS
(Lane Departure Warning System)
Alert drivers when swerving out of lane

FVDW
(Front Vehicle Departure Warning)
Inform drivers when vehicle ahead is moving off

Parking Mode
With the built-in parking mode, the device stays on even after the ignition is off to provide impact and motion detection surveillance when you are away from your car.

Pick one up from Amazon.

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