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A sound bargain from MPow.


First up is a huge shoutout to MPow for sending this unit out for the review. You should definitely check out the web page at the link for all their products and a new section being added to the site for giveaways.

Unboxing video

The MPow Muze touch BT 4.0 Headphones are by no means the loudest headphones you can find, but at this price point there aren’t many, in my opinion, to beat them.

The touch controls, once gotten used to, work well and I had no problems with them at all, very smooth and intuitive. A neat touch if I might say so.

Review video

From a sound point of view, they are driven more towards the bass happy of us. When connected via Bluetooth to a device I found the best thing to do was turn the device to it’s max. volume then use the touch controls to find your happy place, they are pretty bass laden but connected via iOS I could not get them to distort, believe me, I tried with many genres of music and the limiting on the volumes prevents it but still allows them to be loud, and the sound cancellation prevents the wife or kids from lowering your enjoyment. A full range of sounds is easily heard right through to some pretty high trebles too.

If you run out of battery, though 12 hours is more than enough, then you just plug them in via the supplied flat anti-tangle cable using the 3.5 mm headphone jack and you’re good to go again. Once home you just plug in via the micro USB for a couple of hours and you have that care free unto 12 hours of wire free music again.

They have plenty of soft padding in all areas and you only start to feel them after long 3-4 hours sessions of listening and even then I didn’t find them too uncomfortable to carry on listening. If you’re in the market for such a set of cans and you’re on a budget then you can’t go far wrong with these.

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The Plinth. A great traveller.


The Plinth is not just any stand for your tablet device, It is a must have if you like to travel light and get your typing and browsing done easily and with no fuss.

The video above shows just how compact it really is, and how easily it can be opened and closed again down to the size of an iPhone 4.

It has a clean and simple design yet on closer inspection you will see that it is a pretty intricate collection of small carefully designed parts put together to create what is probably one of the most innovative designs this year.

I love it, and what’s more I just love playing with it, it’s just so satisfying when you set up and start typing from you’re iPad or whatever your choice of device, within seconds.

I funded it back in the Kickstarter stage and after it was very quickly funded and a few months later it arrived, I truly haven’t looked back, even though my iPad has a cover with a built in stand I still prefer this for speed and adjustability. Try it out, you should be quite surprised.

My time with the Nokia Lumia 1520


So the awesome people over at Connects sorted me out with a two week trial and review time of the Nokia Lumia 1520. And as a Mac and iPhone user this was going to be interesting.

 

So in the video above I unboxed it and gave my first impressions before taking it on a two week round of my daily work and home life, putting it through it’s paces with apps, browsing,  social networking, vlogging and a smattering of photography with that huge 20 megapixel rear camera.

So with all this in mind I immediately set up the basics and logged into many of my online accounts and got to grips with the camera.

I have to start by saying this thing is huge, I mean really huge. It just fits in my work trouser pockets and surprisingly easily into my jeans pocket and leaves me able to sit in a regular chair.

Thats where the size part reaches its limit. Once seated I have no choice but to stand to get it out of my pocket. In the hand I very quickly got used to it and for many applications i.e. browsing, gaming, messaging, tweeting and emailing I actually preferred it to my iPhone 5. Indeed when going back to the iPhone I found myself wondering where my phone had gone.

Now I’m not saying I’m converted but this super sized device is actually a pleasure to use and I wish I didn’t have to return it, I would (funds allowing) definitely have one as a second device for work, where I use windows as my daily OS. I’m too financially invested in OSX and iOS to make a complete change, plus the Apple eco system “just works” and does it well.

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My only real problem with it as a YouTuber was getting footage off it. Maybe there is some software out there that could help but when I plugged it into my Mac iPhoto launched as expected and created a folder automatically called Lumia 1520, but then it did nothing. So the easiest work around I found was “One Drive”, this worked pretty much like iCloud all be it a little slower but it worked.

After a lengthy two week trial of this device I have found it to be perfectly adept at all the jobs you would expect from it, apps can be buggy and lacking in numbers, however as a UK work device for email and connection to a Windows based environment (which is why I say UK) ,still the main business work software here in the UK, it is perfect for sending detailed photos back to base when on working days out, which is where it would be a good performer for my working situation. My full round up video can be watched below.

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Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Bring MagSafe-Style Charging to iPhone | Mac|Life


This looks a great idea but remember there’s a new device not far away.

Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Bring MagSafe-Style Charging to iPhone | Mac|Life.

The panoramic world of the Bubblescope.


I’ve been using the bubblescope on and off for a year now and I still struggle to make a regular uses of it, not that I don’t like it, it’s just, well it’s just so awkward to share the pictures or videos taken with it.

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above you see what you get in the packaging with the case already fitted to my iPhone 5. A nice little package with an easy to use design and a little pouch to carry the business end of the device in.
The pictures produced are a little fuzzy in places and a little out of focus in other places making it lose credibility straight away.

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The most annoying part I suppose is to share the photos you need to set up an account on bubblepix.com then add the unique code from your device packaging. Once you have an account you can then see other peoples bubbles and upload your own. Then to share them you share the link and affixed image that unless your recipients have the app they cannot rotate the picture on a handheld device so need to go to the website via a desktop or laptop machine.

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So with all this in mind I haven’t actually uploaded many to the site. Here’s one of my better ones.

So with all this in mind the device itself is “ok” it’s the sharing side of things that make it a little cumbersome. Current pricing on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. In summary for me it belongs in the just for fun bracket.

The Mpow V4.0 Bluetooth headset.


When opening the box you are immediately treat to a well presented package, with a USB cord held in a nice reusable clip, a 12v car USB charger and 2 spare ear buds, all of which can be carried in the snap top pouch supplied.

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I have been testing this headset for some time now and have to say it has to be the most comfortable and easy to use headset I have ever had, I have tried it next to spectacles too and it still stays on my ear without feeling heavy or floppy as some can.
It has performed flawlessly since I got it, with no hiccups what so-ever.
Ease of use with devices like this is very important and this one does not fail in this department with only needing a volume rocker and a call-answer/ power button, which also when in use allows you to listen to music at a single press on or off. The music or perhaps sat nav app will reduce in volume as a call is made or received.

The call quality is the best I have ever had from this kind of device, even with my car window open the air noise could hardly be heard by the person on the other end of the line, therefore the noise cancellation is very good. I also had no echo or sound drop and a very good range of volume. If you are in the market for such a device and don’t want to have to disconnect from your car when near by to it then this is definitely a good option for it’s very fair price. MPow have definitely ticked all the boxes with this device, check out their website here http://www.xmpow.com and hit the Amazon links below for the latest prices.

Amazon product link UK: http://amzn.to/1m0pWZj
Amazon product link US: http://amzn.to/1hLQntS

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