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How I changed the white front to black on my Red iPhone 7 for £12

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So I received my lovely red iPhone 7 Plus over the weekend and across the internet many people were saying, “if only it had a black front instead of white”.

Personally, when you see the red iPhone in person the white front is amazing. But I already knew how I was going to alter the front to black to see for myself whether the black version looked better.

I also have tried many Apple cases with the red iPhone 7 Plus. The black silicone, sea blue leather and saddle leather cases and none look right. I also have seen the Apple red silicone case. This is the wrong shade of red. So the only option was a clear case.

So for less than £12, I now have a black front red iPhone and a clear silicone case. This is how.

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I applied a 3D black glass protector. I will have a note of all the items I used at the end. Don’t use a 2D glass protector as this won’t fit properly.

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Here’s a top down view with the black screen glass protector fitted. As you can see, there is a slightly amount of white around the edges and the Touch ID button is still white.

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I put the iPhone in the black Apple silicone case.

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Hopefully, you’ll agree that this combination doesn’t look right. However, the white border on the front is hidden by the case.

So to show off the full colour of the red iPhone 7 Plus, I fitted a clear silicone case.

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And now the front.

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The white border is not visible now. The only issue is the white Touch ID button. I have thought about using a black marker pen, but I’m not sure if this will work and or void the warranty.

So for the sake of a white home button I can live with this set up. The 3D glass protector and silicone case were £5.99 each.

So to refresh you, this is what the original red iPhone 7 Plus looks like. My Red iPhone Unboxing & 1st Impressions.

So do you prefer the white or black front on the red iPhone 7 Plus?

Useful Links

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Clear Silicone case for iPhone 7 Plus

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Shot on an iPhone 7 Plus – Princetown to Hexworthy – The Old Road – Dartmoor National Park

Desolation #dartmoor - nothing for miles

On Saturday, I walked from Princetown to the Forest Inn at Hexworthy on Dartmoor. The route is 5 miles easy way across Dartmoor National Park. The above shot is one of the views you will see en route. All the photos were snapped using my iPhone 7 Plus.

After about 40 minutes, this is the view from behind of the North Hessary Mast at Princetown in the distance. The path starts off in great condition. To start the route from Princetown, walk down Tor Royal Lane, all the way to the end. After a mile, you will get to Tor Royal Farm. Walk down the road, with the farm on your right. Just continue following the path/road.

Of course, like all good things, the condition of the path deteriorates and becomes a bit boggy. So good walking boots are a must.

Rocky Road to Hexworthy #dartmoor

In fact, along one section of the route, the path is lined with large chunks of rocks/granite, so be careful. Also the path occasionally fades out but it is still visible for the entire route.

Racing along the road from Princetown to Hexworthy #dartmoor

My 3 labradors were having a blast along the route too.

After about 3.2 miles the path narrows and you will pass the Blowing House ruins. This section was particularly muddy in places and had a lot of muddy surface water. You boots will get wet and muddy at this point no matter how hard you try to avoid everything.

Above is Blowing House itself, well the ruins.

Fairy Bridge #dartmoor

Fortunately, Fairy Bridge has been replaced with a new structure, otherwise you would have had to cross the river getting extremely soaked! The goal was to reach the Forest Inn at Hexworthy. The last part of the walk is a little tricky in terms of directions, but you eventually reach the end of the path, and come to a country lane. Cross straight over and walk down the road to the farm house entrance. As you get near the entrance, you will see a downhill path, take this, walk down until it becomes road, turn left, walk 15 yard, turn right downhill in-between the farm buildings. This will make sense when you are there. At the end of the downhill part, you reach another road. Turn right and walk 50 yards uphill to the Forest Inn. Job done.

Enjoy the food and drink at the Forest Inn (make sure you book as its always busy), and then prepare yourself for the return journey.

All photos shot on my red iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Product Red – First Impressions, Photos & Video – It’s stunning in RED!

The new Product Red, or Red iPhone 7 went on sale today at 3.01pm UK time. I currently have a jet black iPhone but now have moved across to the new Product Red iPhone 7 Plus.

Once you see the new red iPhone in real life, you will just love the colour. It looks fabulous!

Just look at the photo gallery of the iPhone 7 in red. Such a stunner.

And as to my first impressions and unboxing. Here you go 🙂

Shot on an iPhone 7 Plus – Bellever Forest – Dartmoor National Park

This morning, I went out on a bitterly cold morning to Bellever Forest Dartmoor. The temperature never rose above 2ºC, and in the wind it was sub zero. Apart from the temperature, it was foggy and raining.

So despite the weather and visibility, I managed to capture the beauty and wonder of Bellever Forest, Dartmoor National Park using my iPhone 7 Plus.

Forest Walks, Bellever Forest, Dartmoor

Along the forest path at Bellever. Lovely views and colours.

Ancient Trees at Bellever Forest, Dartmoor

Along the path, the trees and plants look fantastic.

The Forest is Alive - Natural Colours of Bellever Forest, Dartmoor

I really like all the greens, browns and red tones.

Ancient Circle - Bellever Forest, Dartmoor

For one minute, it looks like a row of stone seating.

Up High on a Foggy Day at Bellever Forest, Dartmoor

Up high, and you can really get a sense of the visibility or lack of!

With the rainy conditions, I was so happy to have my iPhone 7 Plus which is water resistant. And I love the photos the camera captured too.

Audeze iSine 20 – World’s 1st In-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones – First Impressions – If Aliens made Headphones

The Audeze iSine 20 are a world first in ear planar magnetic headphones. Audeze has loads of patents on these headphones too. There are also the world’s first headphone to include a lightning cable with an in built 24 bit DAC/Amp for iOS users, apart from the included standard 3.5mm cable.

The iSINE 20 features key specifications –

– Planar magnetic drivers for better dynamics and frequency response
– Premium materials for style and durability
– Sleek contemporary design by DesignWorksUSA a BMW group company
– Ear hooks and Earlocks for long listening comfortability
– Fluxor magnetic arrays
– Uniforce diaphragms
– 1.5m audio cable, 1/8” stereo plug input to 2-pin plug output
– 1.5m Cipher cable, Lightning plug input to 2-pin plug output
– Style In-ear, universal fit
– Transducer type Planar magnetic, semi-open
– Magnetic structure Fluxor
– Magnet type High-grade neodymium
– Diaphragm type Ultra-thin Uniforce
– Transducer size 30mm
– Maximum power handling 3W
– Maximum SPL >120dB
– Frequency response 10Hz – 50kHz
– THD <0.1% @ 100dB
– Impedance 24 ohms
– Cable type non-microphonic
– Dimension 31mm x 35mm
– Weight 20g without cable

The new iSINE Series barely weighs 20 grams, contains Audeze exclusive patented technology including power enhancing Fluxor Magnets that nearly double the magnetic driving force on the large, ultra-thin diaphragms with patented Uniforce voice-coil technology that delivers the most accurate in-ear headphones experience ever. The distortion (THD) is less the 0.1% overall even at high volumes, an amazing achievement for in-ear headphone designs.

For iOS users, there is the world’s first 24-bit Lightning cable for higher-resolution sound. Audeze’s award-winning CIPHER Lightning cable specially optimized for the iSINE Series, delivers 24-bit digital audio from iPhone/iPad/IPod to the headphones. The CIPHER cable contains a high-quality inline amplifier, digital-to-analog converter, and DSP. With the powerful DSP capabilities of the Cipher cable, the iSINE headphones deliver a vivid, almost like-you’re-there experience. Customize the sound in real-time with the Audeze iOS App. It features two presets and a 10-band equalizer that changes EQ in real time. Refine the bass levels and tamp down the highs on peaky recordings you still love to hear. The two EQ presets travel with the cable when switching devices.

I will be providing my review in due course but in the meantime, enjoy my first impressions of these extraordinary looking headphones. They are like nothing you have seen before.

Useful Links

More info & latest pricing on the Audeze iSine 10 and Audeze iSine 20

It’s Official – Apple Store is back online – New Red iPhone, iPad Watch Straps & ALL Changes – Updated

After about 5-6 hours offline, the Apple Store is now back online revealing the new iPhone. 

This is the product Red iPhone. 

Same iPhone just a different colour. Personally, it is a shame the front wasn’t red as well. Of course, once you fit a case, the colour is irrelevant;)

Also Apple has released a cheaper iPad and new watch straps and for the first time you can buy the Nike Watch Straps too. The Apple Watch is no longer offered bundled with leather, nylon or link straps.

The new iPad essentially replaced the iPad 2. It is also thicker than the iPad 2 and now is the same dimensions as the iPad Air.

There are new iPhone cases to match the new straps too.

The iPhone SE now comes in 32gb and 128gb storage. The iPad mini is now available with 128gb, with 32gb model discontinued.

Shot on an iPhone 7 Plus – Soussons Stone Circle and Forest on Dartmoor National Park

As with all UK weather, it was fabulous during the week and come the weekend, the rain and fog descended on Dartmoor. Snow is forecasted later this week too.

Anyway, below are photos taken on my iPhone 7 Plus of Soussons Stone Circle and in around the forest on Dartmoor National Park.

Happy Hounds #Soussons #dartmoor

Above, Tiggy is very happy to be in the lead. The shot is taken in Soussons Forest, Dartmoor.

Mystic Walks thru Soussons #dartmoor

There are so great trees too. With walkways in between.

Soussons Stone Circle #dartmoor

This is the Soussons Stone Circle, comprising of 25 stones. Dartmoor seems to have many sites with stone circles.

Logs #Soussons #dartmoor

Abandoned logs. Did someone forget to collect these? Also a great place to find beetles.

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George happy as always.

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Fury, she is doing the side step dance, somehow.

Soussons Forest #dartmoor

The weather was awful during the walk around Soussons. Rain, fog and strong winds. Fortunately, the trees provided some shelter, and it times like this you appreciate having a iPhone that is water resistant!

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ – All the latest info and FULL Specifications & Camera Low Down

Samsung is due to announce the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on the 29th March. At the current rate of leaked specs, videos and more, Samsung could save some money and cancel the press event!.

So below are all all the latest (leaked) information –

– 3D Touch-style home button
– Samsung’s Bixby AI assistant
– Video capture at 1,000 frames per second slow motion
– Dual-curved edges
– Quad HD+ resolution
– 5.8 and 6.2-inch screen sizes
– 18:9 aspect ratio
– Processor: Exynos 8895 / Snapdragon 835.
– RAM: 4GB/6GB. (6GB only for China)
– Rear camera: 12MP f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
– Front camera: 8MP f/1.7, dual video call, Auto HDR
– Battery: 3,000mAh, 3,500mAh for larger version
– Rear fingerprint scanner
– Water and dust resistant
– Sensors – Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
– Gorilla Glass 5
– USB Type C
– Samsung Desktop Experience

So the next question, is this your next phone?

@evleaks

Sunset on Dartmoor – Shot on an Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Sometimes timing is everything as well as skill of course 🙂

The below shot captured the ponies grazing just as the sun was disappearing behind a Tor. A minute before the sun was too bright and a minute later the sun had vanished.

To help capture this shot, I used my iPhone 7 Plus and Adobe Lightroom mobile to snap it in raw. When I capture photos like this, I cannot see the need of carrying a DSLR!

Cracking sunset on Dartmoor

Tech Addicts Podcasts – What’s around the corner from Apple, HTC & Samsung?

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Tech Addicts Podcast is back again with a new episode starring Gareth Myles, Jay Garrett, Leila Gregory, Brendan Arndt and myself. Tech Addicts is released every week. Twitter: @garethmyles ; @gavinfabiani ; @GadgetyNewsCom ; @JayGarrett ; @swanny ; @girlsngadgets ; @wildlime

To listen to the latest episode subscribe by searching “Tech Addicts” within your favourite podcast app, iTunes, Google Play Music Podcasts or use the URL “mobiletechaddicts.libsyn.com/rss” to add directly.

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AirPods vs BeatsX – My Final Verdict

AirPods vs BeatsX – Which headphone is my favourite?

I have now had and used both of these headphones for a while. Both contain Apple’s W1 chip that allows for a seamless connection. Once paired it is connected via iCloud to all your other Apple devices too.The faultless bluetooth connection continues over a vast distance.

These two headphones are vastly different to each other. The BeatsX have more sound isolation and consequently greater bass and depth. They can last 8 hours on a charge. The AirPods allow you to wear them for 5 hours and then the case will recharge them to get up to 24 hours usage in total, by using the case. Both headphones have a 5 or 10 mins quick charge option.

In terms of fit, the BeatsX fit inside your ear canal, whereas the AirPods sit in the ear, but they are not ear canals. For some strange reason, the BeatsX fall out unless whereas the AirPods never fell out. In terms of comfort the BeatsX takes the trump card.

If I had to choose a single pair, it would be the AirPods. I like the fact I can carry on a conversation and hear what someone is saying. I also like the wire free design which do not fall out.

What would be great is if Apple brought out the over the ear Beats headphone with the W1 chip. That would be ideal!

BeatsX Wireless Headphone Review

AirPods review

Useful Links

Latest info and pricing on AirPods
Latest pricing and more info on the BeatsX

Optoma GT1080E Full HD 1080p Short Throw Projector review – Time to Impress your Friends!!

Key Features/Specfication

Create a 100” Full HD 1080p image from just over a metre away
– Lights on viewing – 3000 ANSI Lumens
– I/O Connectors/Easy Connectors – 2 x HDMI (1.4a 3D support) + MHL v1.2, Audio Out 3.5mm, 12V trigger, 3D-Sync, USB service
– 10w integrated loudspeaker
– Carry bag included
– Dimensions (W x D x H) (mm)- 315 x 224 x 114
– Weight 2.65kg
– Security – Security bar, Kensington lock, password protection
– In the box – Carry bag, lens cap, AC power cord, HDMI cable, remote control, 2x AA batteries, quick start card, CD user manual
– Warranty 2 years

The Optoma 1080e is a short throw projector that retails for £599. Optoma kindly loaned the projector for my review.

As this is short throw projector, all I had to do was place it on a coffee table and voila, I had a stunning 100 inch Full HD 1080p image on my wall.

The Optoma 1080e has low latency so I found playing games ideal and I even watched a few football matches too. I connected different devices to it using the array of inputs provided. I even hooked up my iPhone 7 Plus and played BBC iPlayer, home videos, Netflix and more through the Optoma 1080e. As there are 2 HDMI inputs it is possible to connect anything from laptops, PC’s, blu-ray players, media streamers and even a game console. Optoma even sell an optional a smart wireless dongle called the HDCast Pro if you want to go wireless.

I always find that the real test of how good a new gadget is, comes from the reaction of my wife. I demonstrated the Optoma 1080e by connecting my iPhone 7 Plus playing Netflix. The 100 inch image was played beautifully on the living room wall, with great sound coming from the 10w speaker too. So what was the verdict from my wife. “You can buy one if you want”. NEVER has my wife ever given me instant permission to buy a new gadget. During the course of several weeks, I showed off the projector to several friends and every single one of them was impressed.

What about longevity? The expected lifetime of a typical Optoma projector lamp is 6500 hours. So if you watch a two hour movie every day, the lamp should last for almost 9 years. In addition, Optoma state that the image colour quality will remain as good as the day you bought, so much so, that Optoma guarantee it for five years.

Video Review

To really encapsulate just how good this projector is, I filmed a video review showing the projector in more detail, and the great footage with different options on my wall. So sit back and enjoy the video review now.

Conclusion

This is the first projector I have used and reviewed and without a doubt I have been blown away at just how amazing the Optoma 1080e projector has been to use. With the included carry bag, it is so easy to transport the projector to your friend house, watch football on a 100 inch large screen or play the latest games and so much more. The short throw projection is ideal for normal sized living rooms too!

Highly recommended.

Useful Links

Optoma 1080e latest pricing and more info on Amazon
Optoma Website

Sony Xperia XZ review – Sony’s flagship phone with a 23mp rear camera!

Sony Xperia XZ is Sony’s flagship phone currently available to purchase. It is available for around £530 and on various contract deals. My thanks go to Vodafone for the loan of the Sony Xperia XZ.

The Key Specifications / Features

– Android 6.0 OS – Update to Nougat soon
– 23 MP 1/2.3″ rear camera, laser autofocus, RGB-IR sensor, 4K Video, 5 x Clear Image Zoom, ISO 12800 Photo/3200 Video, video stabilisation, LED Flash
– 5.2” HD 1080p resolution IPS LCD Screen – With Triluminos and X-reality for vivid colours, 423 PPI
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Adreno 530 GPU & 3GB RAM
– Bluetooth 4.2 with apt-X, A2DP, LDAC, LE
– WiFi – 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 / 5 GHz)
– 32 GB storage & micro SD support up to 256 GB
– In the box – Sony MH750 earphones & buds, 3 pin UK Sony fast charger
USB Type C Data Cable

Phone Basics

The Sony Xperia XZ has a good 1080p screen. When you watch my video review you will see how vivid it looks. Viewing angles are reasonable. Call quality is good. The loudspeaker is of average quality but doesn’t go to a high volume. This is demonstrated in the video review. Plugging in wired headphones and its a gold star for Sony. It produces a high quality output, not the loudest, but decent quality. Bluetooth audio is fantastic and the phone includes Sony’s Hi-Res bluetooth LDAC codec. The special audio features are again shown in my video review.

From a hardware design point of view, I really like the look and style of the phone. It is easy to hold one handed too.

The camera hardware on paper is awesome. Unfortunately Sony has a record of not having the best software processing on its phone cameras. The better news is that this is the first Sony phone where I got some exceptional photos, the best from all Sony smartphones I have tested and reviewed. In fact, on the day I tested the Sony Xperia ZX, it took better outdoor shots than my iPhone 7 Plus. However, indoor and low light shots don’t fair as well. Also, the camera seems to take some dud shots amongst the great ones. In other words the auto mode is not as good as other competing flagship phones. I have shown the camera app interface in more depth in my video below. The front camera is just average.

Camera Samples

Sun & Stormy Weather - sub zero, bitter winds & heavy rain all at once

The above shot in one of my favourite. Dynamic colours picking up the sun, rain and hail storm.

In a line - Fury, George & Tiggy sprinting up to Great Mis Tor

The above photo shows my 3 dogs running which the Sony Xperia XZ captured fairly decently.

Little Mis Tor  & Great Mis Tor - High up on Dartmoor in stormy conditions

The above shot is of Little & Great Mis Tor on Dartmoor. A good shot again from the Xperia XZ.

Video Review

For the next part of my review, watch my video review which details even more information and thoughts.

Conclusion

The Sony Xperia XZ has a lot of positive aspects. Great headphone audio using wired or wireless headphones. A design which I personally like. Easy to use one handed. The weakness is the camera which despite its huge hardware specification is let down by software processing, meaning its not up with current flagship standards.

Useful Links

Latest pricing & more info on Amazon UK
Vodafone Shop
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Sinclair ZX Vega+ funding campaign halted by Indiegogo

“Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo intervened to stop a handheld retro computer console campaign from acquiring further funding, the BBC has learned.

The Spectrum ZX Vega+, backed by Sir Clive Sinclair, had achieved its original crowdfunding target.

But then Indiegogo halted further fundraising because of delivery delays and a lack of communication to backers.

The project’s organisers had asked the BBC not to reveal the development.
The BBC understands no consoles have been delivered to backers, despite a pledge last month that they would “ship after 20 Feb 2017”.

And the company behind the project – Retro Computers Limited – suggested these details might put its team at risk.

“Following a credible threat of violence against personnel of Retro Computers Limited, including threats made as recently as last night, we asked [technology desk editor] Leo Kelion and the BBC to refrain from publishing a story we believe to be factually inaccurate and might put people at risk of physical harm, alarm and distress,” Retro Computers Limited founder David Levy said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Since December 2016 the BBC have formally been on notice that this is a police matter, and we ask that the BBC and Mr Kelion do not compromise the police investigation.”

The BBC delayed publication of this report to give RCL managing director Suzanne Martin time to provide evidence of the threats, but she did not do so.”

The BBC published the above and more (see link below for more info). This doesn’t look good for anyone who has given money across at the moment based on what the BBC has stated.

Source – BBC