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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.

NEWTRENT Airbender 2.0 for iPadAir


After nearly a week now of using the Airbender 2.0 I can now say that a keyboard of this size is definitely a little too cramped for every day use, for my hands at least.
As an inbetweener, and by that I mean in between a touch screen and a laptop, there is an area of usefulness for these sort of devices for people from many walks and jobs. I could see a business man or maybe even a reporter who wants to travel fast and light could definitely make use of one with plenty of practice with the narrow set of the keyboard. The chiclet keys were a pleasure to work with.

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I have found a very slight lag in the use of function keys occasionally but when purely typing like this it is quick, smooth and faultless.
The case fitted the back of my iPad Air 64Gb model with a sound secure snap and grips it securely but I get the feeling the polycarbonate used for this part will not take a heavy impact. The ability to detach this part is a big plus but needs a little practice to detach it quickly.

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The hinge part to this device is my main area of concern. It just seems so. . .well, fiddly.
I think the addition of some kind of clip/clamp to fasten the bottom or side depending on orientation to the hinge as this would aid opening the shell without having to touch the screen of your beloved iPad Air and affecting any app which may be open.

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A pleasant surprise that I didn’t expect to see with this was the support for the sleep wake function, a small thing I know but nevertheless nice. My only other minor niggle is the rubberised clasp, as I can see it either wearing relatively quickly or snapping all together.

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My unboxing and first thoughts
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In closing as a final point I can recomend this item as a useful aide to writing your emails or any typing process on an iPad as it is most definitely faster and easier. On a scale of 1-5 despite the minor points I have mentioned, I would rate it a 5, and if I were in the market for such a device these things would not put me off buying one for the price as it stands on Amazon right now.

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Acase Tiptop iPad Air case by @AcaseGlobal


A little over two weeks ago now I unpacked and gave a first look and thoughts on a folio styled case for the iPad Air, and now I’m ready to give my full opinion and review.

So as far as looks go there is absolutely no complaint from me as it looks very smart in its seductive black leather finish and very svelte appearance. I would say this is the thinnest iPad case of this type I have ever seen, let alone use.

The finish from material quality to the stitch work is of a very high standard and should please all but the pickiest of us out there.The solid part of the case fits the iPad very snugly leaving the bezel completely clear and raised above the edges.

One of my earliest worries with this case was the durability of the glue holding the leather binding to the hard shell, however this is completely unfounded as it has shown no sign of wear and neither has the leather at the edge where I tend to mostly fold the cover all the way flat back and hold it as if there was no case attached.

Now the quirky bit to this case is that there are two ways to use the stand/ prop feature. You can either fold the front back and tuck it in giving a good viewing experience for movies and turned over for typing,

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or you can use the lip and four grooves for further viewing angles.

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Either way gives perfectly usable viewing angles, and I have found this case to be a real pleasure to use.

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From a view of protection if you are, shall we say clumsy with your tech, then this is not the case for you as it will not give a large amount of drop protection but if you treasure and value your belongings, and like a classy and executive looking case to show off your iPad then you can’t, in my opinion, go far wrong with this case.

I would like to thank apluscase for sending this case out for my review.

This product can be bought here http://www.apluscase.com.tw/index-en.php

If you are in the US then here is the Amazon link below.

Protection


So if your all up to date you will have seen my video posted on YouTube last week (which you WILL have LIKED and SHARED) and now it’s time I shared my thoughts and observations on the Macaron case for the iPhone 5 by iOttie.

For me a case is purely for protection, it’s looks are an added bonus, IF it looks nice but then looks are down to individual taste after all.

Now from a protection point of view this case performs amazingly well with a hard poly shell on the rear giving impact protection and a tough rubberised material forming the rest of the case and no drop in functionality of the device.

The hard shell at the rear is a bit of a fingerprint magnet but wipes with a soft cloth very easily and only shows very light scratching after a week and a half bouncing around my pocket in a workshop environment where i occasionally lean against benches and machinery.The rubberised part of the case is still fairly impact resistant and stands up to knocks very well. My iPhone 5 suffered no damage whatsoever.

My only gripe is the depth of the recess for the mute switch being a little too deep for my fingers which are reasonably slender.

My personal feeling towards the looks in photos and video is that it looks rather bulky and awkward but in the hand I find it not to be so bulky at all and grippy enough to hold one handed and looks (although a little different from the slew of cases out there) rather handsome.

This case can be bought in 6 different colours for the iPhone 5 and 5 different colours for the Galaxy SIII from iOttie.com for a very (in my opinion) fair price of $29.95.

Well worth a look if you’re in the market for a case.

 

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