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MPow Petrel bluetooth 4.0 in ear headphones


As always a huge thank you to MPow for supplying this device for the review.
I have just one gripe with these but I shall get to that later, first here’s the unboxing video.

So for you’re money (fairly reasonable pricing) you get more than enough parts to customise the fit into your ear canal and keep them there. The fit is comfortable to say the least, and if you are a big user of in ear cans then you should have no problem wearing these for fairly prolonged times.

I found the smallest buds the best for me. The stabilising silicone parts have two types, you get one type described as indoor sports (only one size) which I found a little strange, and another type (three sizes) which look very stealthy with their perforated design are classed as outdoor sports and fitness training, again with these I found the smallest the best, however if the going got rough then the next size up weren’t too uncomfortable. There’s a cable tidy to keep it short and a useful little clip for when not in use too.

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From a sound point of view, not the loudest at this price point, they’re not bass heavy but give very clear sound right throughout the range and gave a rather nice listening experience, crystal clear pretty much top to bottom.

Connectivity as always from MPows range is spot on and gives no trouble whatsoever and in my opinion of all the Bluetooth devices I have tried from them these (once first connection is made) are the fastest to connect to your device, finding and connecting within a second in most cases.

My review video.

And this brings to my one true bug bear (other than the lack of a bag) which is charging them. A full charge is two hours, giving approximately five hours of play back and calls (and use of siri), and although aesthetically pleasing and good for keeping dust and splashes out, getting that cover off to charge them is fiddly to say the least, there is a little nick in the black outer casing allowing for a finger nail to get in there, but nothing to actually hook onto so you can lift that little lid off to gain access to the micro USB charge port. Not a huge deal breaker but it can get pretty frustrating at times. Other than this one small but annoying caveat I would happily recommend these to any sportster out there for outdoor sports or for gym based training.

Amazon UK Would appear to not be selling them at the time of writing this post, however the AmazonUS link is below.51D5sPE8DJL._SL1000_

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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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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.

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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