Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – review

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Welcome to my review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet. This review will focus on how I use this tablet versus the default setup from Samsung. Also this is not a loan device from Samsung PR, this is my preferred tablet of choice. The key specs of this tablet are –

– Android OS 4.4.2 (KitKat) – Lollipop is due in summer 2015
– 10.5in Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 288 ppi
– Exynos Octa-core processor
– microSD, up to 128 GB
– 16/32 GB internal storage
– 3 GB RAM
– 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, DLNA
– Bluetooth 4.0 LE with A2DP
– Infra Red Blaster
– Fingerprint scanner
– microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2.1)
– stereo speakers
– 3.5mm jack
– 8 Mp, 3264 x 2448 pixels, 1080p@30fps
– 2.1 Mp front camera
– Non-removable Li-Po 7900 mAh battery
– 247 x 177 x 6.6 mm
– 465 g

The Tab S is a high specification device with a number of USP’s. It is fast and powerful with a fabulous screen. All day battery life of around 10 plus hours. Storage is expandable with a micro sd card for music, photos and documents. The rear camera has a flash unit. It has a fingerprint scanner for a securer mode and an infra red blaster.

Touchwiz comes as the default launcher and that also has a magazine UI layout too. It all looks fancy but it slows down the speed of the tablet, so now I use Apex Launcher as you can probably see from the photo above. My setup with Apex Launcher includes Google Now widget, infra red button widgets, and my favourite apps on the single home screen. I have also replaced the Samsung keyboard with Swiftkey which works really well with this tablet.

The Tab S is protected by the Samsung cover that also has a typing position and movie viewing too. What is unusual about the cover is that it has 2 studs that push into the back of the tablet, and then when pushed in, click and lock. It is not the easiest of cases to connect, but at least it won’t detach now.

The tablet is typical Samsung, with all the bells and whistles included. But what I like is the micro sd card slot for storing all my photos and music, the infra red blaster than I use everyday and the good stereo speakers that also have a decent volume. The audio quality via the headphone socket is excellent. USB Audio is supported too. The 8mp camera comes with the all singing Samsung camera app. Flash is included too. Options include metering modes, touch to capture, ISO from 100 to 800, Night mode, face detection, Full HD Video recording (1080p), Video Stabilisation, effects, timer and location tagging. Shooting modes include Auto, Beauty Face, Shot & More, Panorama, HDR, Dual Camera, Sports, and there are other modes you can download. Camera quality is ok but in anything but good light, noise is present in photos captured.

As I have a Samsung Note 4, I use the Samsung Side Sync mode/app. This enables full control of my Note 4 from the Tab S. Pretty cool stuff. I use Wi-Fi Direct a lot between my Note 4 and Samsung Tab S, mainly to transfer photos taken on my Note 4, that are then edited on the Tab S.

The Tab S screen is really fantastic and makes all viewing really pleasurable. The Tab S also has Ultra Power Saving mode, 4 different screen display modes (adaptive, amoled cinema, amoled photo and basic), a reading mode, Toolbox shortcuts, motion controls for mute/pause and palm swipe to capture, blocking mode, private mode, finger scanner, users and profiles (you and setup more than one person to use the Tab S with their own profile), lock screen shortcuts and screen cards.

When it comes to multitasking, the Tab S also possesses multi window, allowing 2 apps to be on the screen at the same time.

I have had the Tab S about 3 months now and really enjoy using it. It is a powerful tablet that gets loads of use by myself and I cannot see myself changing it anytime soon.

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Oppo HA-2 Portable Headphone and DAC – review

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Welcome to my review of the Oppo HA-2. Now some of you may be thinking what is Oppo doing manufacturing a portable headphone and digital to analogue amp. Well, Oppo are well known for the blu-ray disk players, headphones and associated products. The quality and sound of their audio products are gaining many fans. The top line takeaways of this device are –

– It is a Portable Headphone Amplifier and DAC
– High-resolution USB DAC for Apple/Android/PC/Mac
– It uses an ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018-K2M DAC chip
– Two gain settings for optimal headphone matching
– Mobile power bank for charging your phone
– It looks gorgeous!

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Before I go discuss the specifications and sound in more depth, lets take a look at the box and its contents. The Oppo packaging is top notch. Everything is neatly organised in the box which includes the Oppo HA-2 itself, a 2 pin VOCC charger, a short lightning cable, a OTG micro USB to micro USB cable, a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable, 2 rubber bands for securing it to another device and detailed instructions. The Oppo HA-2 simply stands out as a solid, well built and gorgeous looking device (see photos). It does not need a case as it is bound in leather.

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Ok, so what makes the device really special. The Oppo HA-2 is a Hybrid Class AB Amplifier with integrated circuits and discrete transistors. Oppo uses hand-picked and matched parts for the discrete transistors. The output transistors are biased to operate in their most linear range for the critical small signal, and deliver their full potential when power is required. This was most noticeable for when I was listening to music that scaled up suddenly.

The Oppo HA-2 is “MFI” Apple certified and is compatible with the latest iPod, iPhones and iPads, meaning it can be use the digital audio output via the supplied lightning cable. The HA-2 does not need the Camera Connection Kit. I tested the HA-2 with an iPhone 5S and 6 Plus and the iPad Air and all worked as advertised.

Android – The HA-2’s micro-USB input port works with Android devices that support USB OTG (USB On-The-Go) and USB Audio Class. A special USB OTG cable is supplied with the HA-2 to facilitate the connection. When used with a compatible Android device, the HA-2 can support the device’s built-in music app, tones and notifications. Additionally, a high-resolution music playback app can use the HA-2 as its external DAC to play lossless PCM and DSD audio files eg USB Audio Player Pro app for android.

Audio-In and Line-Out – The HA-2 has a 3.5 mm Audio-In port to support portable music players that do not have a USB-compatible digital output. While the HA-2 is used with one of its USB digital input ports, the 3.5 mm jack acts as Line-Out for the USB DAC.

And now on to the crown jewels of this device. ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC – The DAC is one of the most important components for digital audio playback. The ES9018-K2M DAC chip used in the HA-2 is the mobile version of the ES9018S. Oppo use this DAC in their award-winning HA-1 desktop headphone amplifier which costs £1,100. With the ESS patented 32-bit Hyperstream™ DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the SABRE32 Reference DAC delivers an unprecedented performance for mobile applications. The performance and quality of this DAC is outstanding.

Asynchronous USB DAC – The HA-2 can bypass the smartphone’s built-in DAC and headphone amplification circuit that are often cost-constrained. The asynchronous USB DAC input of the HA-2 also works with PC and Mac computers to replace the built-in sound card and support high-resolution audio playback with PCM up to 384 kHz 24-bit and DSD up to 12 MHz (DSD256).

Clean Signal Path – There is no DSP (Digital Signal Processor) in the HA-2. Volume control is operated by a combination of the DAC chip’s internal digital volume control and an analog potentiometer (the volume knob). Bass boost is performed by pure analog audio circuits. By avoiding re-digitising the audio signal for volume adjustment or bass boost, the HA-2 provides a clean signal path for the audio. And the difference is noticeable in playback.

Bass Boost – HA-2 offers a Bass Boost function. With Bass Boost off, the HA-2 delivers a ruler-flat frequency response; with Bass Boost on, the HA-2 adds force and impact to the sub-bass region without muddling the important mid- to high-frequency bands. In reality, I found I didn’t need the bass boost, although I can’t deny it wasn’t fun to use at times.

Two Gain Settings – The HA-2 offers two gain level settings for optimal headphone matching. The High Gain mode is capable of driving large power-hungry headphones, delivering up to 300 mW into 16-Ohm headphones. The Low Gain mode is intended for sensitive In-Ear Monitor type earphones.

Rapid Charging – The HA-2 features patented VOOC rapid charging technology from OPPO. Using the supplied rapid charger, the internal battery can be quickly and safely charged to 75% capacity in about 30 minutes. It only takes approximately 90 minutes to fully charge the battery. A quick charge gives the HA-2 hours of operation time. The box came with a 2 pin adapter, but also included was a UK VOOC charger.

Mobile Power Bank – The HA-2 functions as an external battery pack to charge your mobile device.

Full specifications –

– Dimensions (W x H x D) 68 x 157 x 12 mm
– Weight 175 grams
– Frequency Response 20 Hz – 200 kHz
– Audio-in Level 1 Vrms
– Line-out Level 1 Vrms
– Recommended Headphone Impedance 16 Ohm – 300 Ohm
– Maximum Headphone Output Power 300 mW into 16 Ohm,220 mW into 32 Ohm, 30 mW into 300 Ohm
– Output Jacks 3.5 mm stereo headphone
– 3.5 mm stereo line-out
– Input Ports Analog: 3.5 mm stereo audio-in
– Digital: USB A for iPod / iPhone / iPad; USB micro-B for smartphones with USB OTG feature and computers.
– DAC Chip ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018-K2M
– Input Format Stereo PCM, Stereo DSD (DoP v1.1 or native)
– PCM Sampling Frequencies 44.1 kHz – 384 kHz, 16 / 24 / 32-bit
– DSD Sampling Frequencies 2.8224 MHz (DSD64), 5.6448 MHz (DSD128), 11.2896 MHz (DSD256, native mode only)
– Profile USB 2.0, USB Audio 2.0
– Included Accessories Power Supply Unit (Rapid Charging Charger)
– USB A – USB micro-B data and rapid charging cable
– USB A – Lightning data cable (for Apple devices)
– USB micro-B to micro-B data cable (for Android and other smartphones)
– 3.5 mm – 3.5 mm stereo audio cable
– Silicone rubber band (2 pieces)
– User guide and warranty documents
– Battery Built-in Battery type 3000 mAh lithium polymer rechargeable battery
– Battery Operation Time Approx. 13 hours for analog source via Audio-in; approx. 7 hours for digital sources via USB
Charging Time Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes

So what really matters ultimately is how does the Oppo HA-2 sound. For this test I used the following headphones: AKG K845 (wired), Sennheiser HD518 and V-Moda Crossfade M100. Genres used – Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock, Female Vocal. FLAC recordings via Tidal and 320mp3 bitrate songs otherwise. Below are a selection of the songs I have listened to via the HA-2 using iPad Air, iPhone and Samsung Note 4.

Sally Barker – To Love Somebody/Dear Darlin – With all 3 headphones the vocals, guitar and the extra detail extracted by the HA-2 was superb. Sally Barker’s voice sounded so delicate and emotional. I preferred the sound from my HD518, then AKG K845 and lastly V-Moda Crossfade M100. The HA-2 did wonders with the HD518 creating a sound from them that I haven’t witnessed before.

Adele – Rumour Has It/ Lovesong – vocals, drums, instruments and the beat – all so well captured and played. The musicality of the HA-2 was present in abundance. The HD518 excelled again. The V-Moda had tons of kick too. The HA-2 pushed deep bass into the AKG K845 which was pleasing.

Paloma Faith – Can’t Rely on You – punchy, musical and a superb presentation. Plenty of bass but not overkill. The bass boost is nuts and so powerful in the sub bass, I have to turn the volume down.

Yolanda B Cool & D Cup – We No Speak Americano – even without the bass boost, the AKG K845 were being supplied bass at perfect levels. Of course, I had to flip the bass boost mode too, and bass freaks will love it in this mode. Again, a detailed musical presentation. Vocals are so good. The V-Moda M100 with bass boost on were awesome with a tight in control beat.

The Louis Lester Band – Downtown Uptempo/ Sweet Mary Jane – such great musicality, beat, bass, vocals, wide soundstage, instruments clearly placed in different positions. If you get this device, you must listen to Sweet Mary Jane – you will be blown away at just how good this track sounds across all headphones.

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody – what’s not to like. Superb presentation again.

Bastille – Weapon/ the Driver – the electronic sounds and fast beat really well delivered. Great vocals again.

Nicola Benedetti – The Lark Ascending – mesmerising delivery. Frighteningly amazing. Brought my hairs up on my arms. The music scales up as the drama unfolded too.

What I did find with all the headphones used is the HA-2 was better in high gain mode. Low gain worked better with IEM’s. Also, you will be cranking the volume knob of the HA-2 up to near full or one or two steps before it.

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I have shown the Cayin C5 which costs £110 vs the Oppo HA-2 at £259. The Cayin C5 is just a headphone amp without a DAC, so in my current setup I used the HiFiMeDIY Sabre Android USB DAC which costs £27. Links to Cayin C5 Review click here and HiFiMeDIY Sabre Android USB DAC review click here . The HiFiMeDIY uses a Sabre ES9023 DAC which is a decent DAC and hence value for money is incredible. In terms of the Cayin C5 amp this delivers an astounding 800mw at 32ohms, whereas the Oppo HA-2 delivers 220mW at 32ohms. So the Cayin C5 is capable of delivering oodles of power. However, it just does not sound as good as the HA-2. So it we adds the cost of my previous setup, that totals £137 vs £259 for the HA-2. Do you get twice the increase in quality. No. More like 30% and in a single classy looking unit, with fast charging which means it takes 1 hours 30 mins to fully recharge vs 4 hours with the Cayin C5.

So Oppo have really delivered with the HA-2 and on a number of fronts. Due to the components used inside, these will sound better after 100 or so hours. I will do another post, once I have reached above this point to update you on any of my findings.

In the meantime, if you are interested in one of these units head over to http://www.mikemanningaudioshop.com/product/oppo-ha-2-portable-usb-dacheadphone-amplifier/ . I would also like to thank Mike Manning Audio for all their help great service too.

Looking to buy a Phone, Smartwatch, Headphones, Smart Devices and more – read the review first – all the top devices reviewed

Tablets/Laptops/Chromebooks

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Tablet review
Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 – 9 Part Review
Sony Xperia Z Tablet – 12 Part Review
Nvidia Shield Tablet –  7 Part review
Acer V15 Nitro Windows 8.1 laptop review
Acer C720 Chromebook review

Amazon Devices

Amazon Fire Phone –  2 Part review

Apple Phones

Apple iPhone 6 Plus – 24 Part Review

BlackBerry Phones

BlackBerry Passport 10 Part Mammoth review

Android Phones

Yotaphone 2 –  4 Part review

Samsung Note Edge – 14 Part Review
Samsung Note 4 – 17 Part Review
Samsung Galaxy Alpha –  2 Part review
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – 26 Part Review
Samsung Galaxy S5 – 17 Part Review
Samsung Note 3 – 16 Part review
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom – 18 Part Review
Samsung Note 2 – 8 Part review

LG G3 review – 31 Part Review
LG G Flex – 3 Part Review

HTC Desire Eye – 13 Part Review
HTC One M8 – 11 Part review
HTC One M7 – 20 Part Review

Acer S55 review – 6 Part Review

Honor Holly –  4 Part review
Honor 6 – 12 Part Review
Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review
Sony Z Ultra views and Camera Samples
Sony Xperia Z1 – 10 Part Review

Motorola Moto X – 4 Part review
Motorola Moto G – 8 Part review

Windows Phone

Nokia Lumia 1520 – 6 Part review
Nokia Lumia 820 – 5 Part review
Nokia Lumia 1020 – 10 Part review
Nokia Lumia 925 – 9 Part review
Nokia Lumia 620 – 7 Part review

Fitness, Watches and Wearables

FitBit Charge HR review

Acer Liquid Heap Smartband review

LG G Watch R – review
LG G Watch – 9 Part Review

Samsung Gear S – 9 Part Review
Samsung Gear Neo Impressions
Samsung Gear Fit review
Samsung Gear 5 Part review

Pebble Smartwatch review

Headphones, Speakers and Amps/DACS

V-Moda Crossfade M100 headphone review
Plantronics BackBeat Pro bluetooth headphones review
Fiio RC-HD1 Headphone cable review
Sennheiser HD518 Headphone review
Philips Fidelio M1BT Headphone review
AKG K845 Bluetooth Headphone review
Sony SBH80 Bluetooth headphones review
Sony XBA-H1 Headphone Review
Logitech UE Headphones – 3 part Master review
Audio Technica ATH-AD900x Headphone review

Oppo HA-2 Portable Amplifier and DAC review
Cayin C5 Portable Headphone amplifier review
Fiio E12 – master review
HiFiMeDIY Sabre Android USB DAC review
Little Dot MKIV Tube Headphone Amplifier review

App Enabled Accessories

Belkin WeMo Smart light Bulb starter kit review

Mipow Playbulb Rainbow review
Mipow Playbulb review

Imperihome Pro review
Netatmo Urban Weather station – 5 Part review

Camera Lenses

Shoulderpod S1 smartphone rig review
Sony QX10 and QX100 – 13 Part master review

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha review

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Welcome to my review of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. This will be a 2 Part review,  with a separate post covering the camera samples.  I’ve also wanted to review the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.  It’s compact frame and smart looks always have impressed me. It also was Samsung’s first design language change that offered a light-weight compact body with a metal frame. Picking up the Galaxy Alpha is great as its size means it offers good in-hand grip and control. There is something to be said for easy one-handed use, and the Alpha delivers on this point.

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Let’s take a look at the specifications –

– Network -LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps)
– Display -4.7” HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)
– Processor – Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)
– OS Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)
– Camera 12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front)
– Camera Features -Beauty Face, Dual Camera, HDR (High Dynamic Range),Panorama, Selective Focus, Shot & More, Virtual Tour
– Video – UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps ,Video Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8,
– Video Format : MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV,MKV, WEBM
– Audio-Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+,WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
– Audio Format : MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA,AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF,IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
– Additional Features- Ultra Power Saving Mode,Download Booster,Quick Connect,Private Mode
– Connectivity WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2)
– Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+
– USB: USB 2.0
– NFC
– Sensors – Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor ,Gesture Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor
– Memory -RAM : 2GB,Internal Memory : 32GB -No micro SD Slot
– Dimension – 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm, 114g
– Battery – 1,860 mAh

Key aspects standout from the specifications. It has a powerful Octa Core Exynos processor. This is backed up by the AnTuTu score I obtained of 50,794. The Geekbench 3 single core score was 937 and 3231 for the multi-core score. The AnTuTu score is higher than my Note 4 and in real life the Alpha is snappier and faster.

The screen despite being only 720p is really lovely. The 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED screen really helps makes this phone standout. Other notable features are the S Health software along with the built in heart rate monitor, fingerprint sensor and along with a private mode and Ultra Power Saving Mode. In many ways the Alpha is a powerhouse of specifications. The Alpha uses a nano sim and comes with fixed storage of 32gb (about 25gb free). There is no micro sd card slot. The back is removable so you can change the battery if required.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha features Samsung’s Touchwiz launcher as shown below. On the Alpha’s 4.7 inch screen I really felt it suited the phone’s compact look.

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So what about the camera and audio. The builtin loudspeaker is average and unlikely to set the world alight. However, the audio quality via the headphone jack is nothing but outstanding. This is partly due to the Wolfson DAC and also due to the actual headphone amplifier being better than expected. A lot better than expected. I tried a number of headphones, full size and in ears and the Alpha rocked them in style. USB Audio worked a treat too. I used USB Audio Player Pro app and this had no issue with the Alpha, and also connected my HiFiMeDIY Sabre USB Android DAC directly into the phone, and again everything just worked.

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Camera. With live HDR and 4K video recording the Alpha can deliver some superb shots in good lighting. In low lighting it was a good as most other phones. Noise was apparent in photos in low light but as I said it was no worse than most other phones. Camera modes included are auto, beauty face, shot & more, panorama, virtual tour and dual camera. You can also download additional camera modes – surround shot, sports shot, animated photo and sound and shot. I personally use surround shot and sports shot modes so downloaded these. As mentioned above the rear camera is 12mp. In the settings you can control ISO from 100-800, activate picture stabilisation (night mode), adjust the metering, tap to take pics, selective focus is available too, slow motion for video and more. With any camera the proof is in the pudding. So head over to my other post today with all the camera samples. There is also a link to the Flickr album set where you will find even more camera samples. My verdict on the camera is that it can take some spectacular shots and overall is a competent shooter. It is also quick to fire up from the shortcut on the lockscreen.

Samsung released the Galaxy Alpha about 6 months ago. In that time it price has dropped. In fact, Amazon UK is now selling the Alpha in black for £294 sim free. Other colour finishes are just over £300 whereas gold is at a premium price of £429.

So in conclusion, I really like the Alpha. It is a smart looking, compact metal framed phone, decent specs, high quality audio via headphones, decent camera, S Health, Heart Rate monitor, Ultra Power saving modes and a powerful processor. And at its current available price even more attractive.

Apple Watch – yours for $75,000 – details

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Brikk has announced Lux Watch, an expensive line of modified diamond-studded Apple Watches. The Lux Watch is available in three versions — Standard, Deluxe, and Omni — with prices set based on its materials, size, and the amount of diamonds included. A Lux Watch Standard starts at $7,500, while the Lux Watch Omni in 24-karat yellow gold can reach a price as high as $75,000, with 12.30 carats of diamonds on the 42mm version of the watch. Brikk is now accepting pre-orders on Lux Watch, which will ship four to six weeks after the Apple Watch’s release.

So one of each then ☺

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Say hello to the new Motorola Moto E – details and video

Motorola took the wraps off the new Moto E which now includes LTE.  It will sell for £109.

What’s New with Moto E:

– 4G LTE / 4G speed
– Faster, with a quad-core processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
– a 2390 mAh battery, the new Moto E is designed to last a full day.
– The new Moto E comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a second camera in front. With two twists of the wrist, you can launch the camera with Motorola’s Quick Capture feature. Want to take a selfie? Just twist your wrist again to switch to the front-facing camera.
– Start with the latest Android™ OS, Lollipop
– Give your phone a splash of color with interchangeable Motorola Bands and Grip Shells. Start with a black or white phone and then choose from six Motorola Bands like turquoise or raspberry, or attach a colorful Grip Shell for added protection from scrapes and spills.
– the new Moto E, you get premium Moto experiences like Moto Display for notifications and updates without interruptions and Moto Migrate to quickly and easily transfer contacts, photos and videos to your new phone.

Apple Watch to launch with 100,000 apps

Via Cultofmac -

Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research falls somewhat into the latter category. His prediction? That the Apple Watch will have 100,000 apps ready to go when it launches in April, and that 42 million units will have sold by the end of December.

Chowdry’s claim about 100,000 apps is based on his attending six Apple Watch-Kit hackathons over “the past few months.”

Can you imagine if Apple pulled off this feat.  Overnight it would rule smart watch apps!

The Perfect Setup on my Smartphone

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After owning the Samsung Note 4 for 3 months I have finally settled on my perfect setup. With every new phone it takes real time day to day experiences to decide on what works and doesn’t. Even new and updated apps can influence that decision. For starters I have switched from Nova to Apex Launcher. These third party launchers are very similar but Apex themes the interface much better than Nova. Apex allows for so many gestures but I keep it simple. Swipe down to bring down the notification shade and swipe up to access the app drawer. The icon set is Audax. On the home screen I’m using the S-Pen widget and HD Widgets for the clock. I use the S-Pen every day. Tapping on the sunrise or sunset icon on the clock widget opens my netatmo weather station app.

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Now my second home screen features Google Now widget which is handy as occasionally it displays useful info. I then have a few apps below. WeMo is the app that controls my Belkin WeMo Smart light Bulbs and Smart sockets. TeslaLED is a torch app. And then the icons below are all the buttons I use regularly to control my TV and DVD. These command icons are widgets from an app called Galaxy Universal Smart IR. As these use the infra red blaster on the Note 4, there is zero lag or delay from pressing these to operation. Plus the Note 4 has a powerful infra red blaster.

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The third home screen is the month view widget from business calendar and the met office weather widget. I have Apex set up that I can scroll continuously from one screen to the next without having to go back to the home first screen.

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And finally I have the app drawer all sorted into neat folders. I leave some apps outside of folders too but not that many. In total I have 199 apps installed on my Note 4. 51 of those are top notch games. 45 are themes/dock apps/clocks. 21 are photography apps. And the rest are tools, shopping, news, social, office, health, fitness and weather apps.

So now I have the perfect setup this means only one thing – time for change :)