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Apple release new Smart Battery Case by Ricky

Apple has released their first product of the year and it gives you the ability to extend battery life on the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max with a new redesigned smart battery case.

It is available to order from Apple’s online store today or pop in to one of their many retail shops.

It comes in two different colour choices black or white and will work with iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.

It has been redesigned since it’s previous model which had a hump, and looked like Apple rushed it through research and design.

Old Smart Battery Case Design.

New Smart Battery Case Design.

If you charge your iPhone via Qi Wireless Pad this case can also be charged without interruption and when fully charged gives you a combined total talk time of 37 hours and internet use for 20 hours without needing a charge.

Looking at numbers the case has a battery size of 1,369mAh which is same for XS, XS Max case.

The all important number that you all want to know is the price in UK this will cost you £129 from Apple UK for either iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.

Post written by Ricky West TechTalk on YouTube .

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Best USB-C Headphones in 2019 – OnePlus Type-C Bullets vs Google Pixel USB-C Buds vs Soundmagic E11D

Welcome to my review of the best USB-C headphones in 2019. With the rapid loss of the 3.5mm headphone jack and at the same time more devices from phones, macbooks, chromebooks, laptops and more adopting USB C over the outgoing micro USB, my review covers the best affordable options.

The three headphones chose are –

1) Soundmagic E11D which retails at £60.

2) OnePlus Type-C Bullets which retail at £16.

3) Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds which retail at £30

All three have different qualities, build and strengths, however I do pick a winner.

Main Review

Useful Links

Soundmagic E11D on Amazon UK
Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds on Amazon UK
OnePlus Bullets Type-C on Amazon UK

Honor View 20 – Unboxing and Full UI & Camera

Welcome to my unboxing of the new Honor View 20 smartphone with a 48mp rear camera. Photography just took a huge step forward.

My full review will be coming very soon.

Key Features

– 48mp Sony IMX586 AI Rear Camera with a 3D TOF Sensor (Time of Flight)
– 25mp AI Front Camera
– 6.4 inch IPS screen with a punch hole cutout
– Kirin 980
– 6gb ram/128gb storage
– 4,000mAh battery

Huawei P Smart 2019 – The Review – Full UI Tour incl Camera – Camera & Audio tested in detail

Welcome to my review of the Huawei P Smart 2019 smartphone. The Huawei P Smart 2019 retails for around £199 and is Huawei’s budget offering. Camera aside they were 2 other surprises with this phone that made it really stand out for me.

Key Features/Specifications

– Huawei Full view display with an 6.21-inch 18: 9 screen with smart split screen
– Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4G BT4.2, USB 2.0.
– Rear Cameras 13MP f/1.8 + 2 MP dual rear cameras including Bokeh effect, face beauty and gesture shoot
– 8mp from camera
– EMUI 9.0.1 AI intelligent engine + smart multitasking + 2nd Gen fingerprint sensor + speed sharing + dual Bluetooth connection
– 3 GB RAM + 64 GB memory (up to 512 GB with microSD)
– Android 9.0
– Kirin 710 processor
– 3400 mAh battery
– 3.5mm headphone jack included
– TPU case included

Main Review

The video review includes an index at the start of the video.

Camera Samples

The video review includes many more photo and video samples. Below are a few shots from the camera. First photo is using the hand held 5 second night mode. No tripod is needed. Apart from being extremely dark, it was also foggy.

Below is shot of Bellever Tor on Dartooor. Auto mode.

Conclusion

The budget Huawei P Smart 2019 offers a lot of phone for the money. Recommended.

Useful Links

More info and latest pricing on Amazon UK – click HERE.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 review + 15 reasons why it crushes the iPad Pro 2018

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is one of the best android tablets available, and this in my review which incorporates 15 reasons why it crushes the iPad Pro 2018.

In fact the Tab S4 is probably the only decent android tablet available, but it actually is far more capable, thanks to all the Samsung tweaks.

Key Features

– 10.5 inch OLED screen
– 4gb ram, 64gb storage plus micro SD card support
– 481g weight
– Slim bezel and no home key for a more immersive display
– True-to-life sound experience with auto rotate stereo and AKG tuned louder output
– A more immersive game environment with Game Launcher with the most famous and consumed games preloaded
– Adaptive Fast Charging (AFC) technology means you can get off zero and on your way faster than ever
– DeX mode operates with a recognisable interface, including multi windows, PC like task bar, drag and drop and maximise windows
– 7,300mAh battery

Main Review

Useful Links

Samsung Tab S4 on Amazon UK

DJI Osmo Pocket Review – with nearly 13 mins footage from the Osmo Pocket

Welcome to my review of the DJI Osmo Pocket 3-axis gimbal.

Key Features

– the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera DJI has ever designed
– Osmo Pocket snaps photos in stunning detail, thanks to a 1/2.3-inch sensor, 80° FOV, and f/2.0 aperture. It can also shoot 4K/60fps video at 100Mbps and photos at 12 MP with a pixel size of 1.55 μm
– In real time, it precisely adjusts for your movements
– A sandstone handle is non-slip and sweat-proof, offering a comfortable grip. The built-in touchscreen and buttons provide a quick, single-handed user experience, letting you choose modes and adjust settings in a few swipes and taps.
– Intelligent functions include ActiveTrack, NightShot,Motionlapse, and Panorama.
– DJI Mimo, a dedicated app with editing tools with exclusively-designed filters and soundtracks give a unique finish to your footage. Mimo is the companion to let you point, shoot, edit, and share amazing moments. My Story lets you set the tone of your video with templates, filters, music, and watermark stickers with a single tap.

The Review

The DJI Osmo Pocket is available from Amazon UK.

DJI Osmo Pocket First Impressions with new firmware plus detailed look at functions and app

Welcome to my first impressions of the DJI Osmo Pocket 3-axis gimbal.

Key Features

– the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera DJI has ever designed
– Osmo Pocket snaps photos in stunning detail, thanks to a 1/2.3-inch sensor, 80° FOV, and f/2.0 aperture. It can also shoot 4K/60fps video at 100Mbps and photos at 12 MP with a pixel size of 1.55 μm
– In real time, it precisely adjusts for your movements
– A sandstone handle is non-slip and sweat-proof, offering a comfortable grip. The built-in touchscreen and buttons provide a quick, single-handed user experience, letting you choose modes and adjust settings in a few swipes and taps.
– Intelligent functions include ActiveTrack, NightShot,Motionlapse, and Panorama.
– DJI Mimo, a dedicated app with editing tools with exclusively-designed filters and soundtracks give a unique finish to your footage. Mimo is the companion to let you point, shoot, edit, and share amazing moments. My Story lets you set the tone of your video with templates, filters, music, and watermark stickers with a single tap.

Useful Links

DJI Osmo Pocket on Amazon UK
Samsung EVO U3 High Speed Micro SD Cards

Amazon’s Last Days of Christmas – My Top Picks for Today – Some Cracking offers Today Too!

Found some superb stuff on sale today.

61% off Jaybird Freedom Wireless bluetooth headphones. Great price.
https://amzn.to/2UFPmQs Normally around £111. Today £34.99 !!

Lots of Philips Hue gear on sale today. Some crazy pricing on most of the range. The lowest I’ve seen on some items as well.
https://amzn.to/2zSlibC

Up to 40% off Sony Cameras, some fabulous cameras included https://amzn.to/2SI3WVP

Up to 40% off Sony lenses and camcorders, again some cracking deals with these https://amzn.to/2QqQGbq

27% off Sony FDRX3000R Ultra HD 4K Action Cam,Balanced Optical SteadyShot, New Live-View Remote & Finger Grip – White/black https://amzn.to/2SQ5a1B

53% off Sony RX100 MK4, superb camera in such a small body with a 1 inch sensor. 4K video.
https://amzn.to/2SI3gQh

35% off Dalmore 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (1 x 0.7 l) https://amzn.to/2Le68BV

All the remaining top deals of the day https://amzn.to/2RW3vaF

Tesla’s new Roadster – 0 to 60mph in 1.9 seconds – Exclusive footage

Tesla is building a new faster roadster that will be sold in 2020. It claimed it could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. It has a top speed of over 250 mph. It goes 0 to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds. And has a huge range of 620 mile on one full charge.

As an all-electric supercar, the Tesla Roadster maximizes the potential of aerodynamic engineering—with record-setting performance and efficiency. It is also the first supercar to set every performance record and still fit seating for four.

So what happens when people get to experience the road crushing accelerations. Watch below, video courtesy of Tesla.

Source – Tesla

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless In-Ear Headphones – THE REVIEW – AirPods finally de-throned! + Comparisons with Bose, Jabra & Sony

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Welcome to my review of the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless In-Ear Headphones. It has taken Sennheiser a while to release true wireless earphones, but finally they have and blown ALL the competition out of the water. The retail price is £279.

The earphones feature a brand new 7mm driver. The key focus on the earphones is the sound quality. And this is where Sennheiser have hit gold. But there is more to earphones than just the sound quality, so let’s take a look at the key features.

The Key Features/Specs

– Control your music, calls, volume and voice assistant simply through the touchpad technology built into both earbuds
– Transparent hearing mode keeps you aware of your surroundings, allowing you to easily listen and chat without having to remove your earbuds
– 4 hours of listening becomes 12 with the compact charging case that gives you two full extra charges
– durable, tough, splash resistant materials, IPX4 rated
– AAC and APT-X codecs, and APT-X Low Latency, SBC
– Bluetooth 5, class 1
– USB C for Charging
– 4 Hours battery plus 2 further charges via the case
– iOS and android Smart App
– MEMS microphones

The Sennheiser Momentum are also smart in ear headphones. Music pauses the second you remove an earbud, then starts again the second you put them back in. They also feature auto on/off. Place them back in the case, and they start charging. Sennheiser have clearly looked at how easy AirPods are to use and copied everything they did, and then added even more options. They also looked at all the other earphones from Bose, Sony, Jabra and more.

Another feature is transparent hearing mode keeps you aware of your surroundings, allowing you to easily listen and chat without having to remove your earbuds. High-quality noise pick up even in the noisiest environments, thanks to the two-mic beam technology and the MEMS microphones.

You can fine-tune your audio just the way you want to hear it through the integrated internal equaliser, by using the Sennheiser Smart Control App. The app also controls firmware updates.

So now let’s take a closer look at the earphones, talk more about the sound quality,pro and some of the cons,usability, comfort, noise cancellation, call quality and comparisons with other competitors including AirPods, Bose, Jabra and others.

Main Review

Conclusion

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless in-ear headphones are simply the best true wireless earphones available. Period. Grab a pair on Amazon UK.

Amazon’s Cyber Sale Thursday 29th November 2018 – My 4 Picks for Today

Just 4 deals that caught my attention today. If you have a cat or dog, some lovely discounts on food and treats. Teabags and Vodka too.

Up to 30% off Cat & Dog food https://amzn.to/2Q2E6PB

Up to 43% off Absolut Vodka https://amzn.to/2AvG1Sg

43% off PG Tips One Cup Pyramid Tea Bags (Pack of 1, Total 1100 Tea Bags) https://amzn.to/2Q1u2q8

This looks like a lovely gift pack, and really reasonably priced.

28% off Dalmore 12 Year Old Gift Pack https://amzn.to/2DOCDoO

Amazon’s Cyber Sale Tuesday 27th November 2018 – All the Top Deals

Tuesday 27th All the Cyber Tuesday Deals https://amzn.to/2zuIBrK

All the Deals under £15 https://amzn.to/2KAYv8m

All the “Deals of the Day” https://amzn.to/2QoMY1e

All the Deals in electronics, computers, gadgets, phones, headphones https://amzn.to/2PYF4w0

All the lightning deals https://amzn.to/2AoVOlO

All the top trending deals https://amzn.to/2QhpcnZ

All the deals in TVs, Movies & Home Cinema https://amzn.to/2SftWaW

All deals in Smart Home https://amzn.to/2zvQ35U

All the deals in Video Games & access https://amzn.to/2OZ7jpf

All the deals in Grooming & Personal care https://amzn.to/2PWoAod

All the Deals in Toys https://amzn.to/2AqfsxA

All the deals in clothes, shoes & bags https://amzn.to/2DNIpqN

All the deals in Kitchen appliances & accessories https://amzn.to/2PU9kYY

All the deals in DIY & Tools https://amzn.to/2DPivma

All the deals in Sports & Fitness https://amzn.to/2KyGVBT

All the deals in Jewellery & Watches https://amzn.to/2Ky7JSZ

All the deals in Pet Products https://amzn.to/2PWvFVL

All the deals in camera https://amzn.to/2zsyZxH

It’s Amazon’s Cyber Monday Sale Today – My Top Picks of the Day

It’s Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale today and below are my TOP picks. First up, always worth a look at the deals for under £15. You might find a good idea for a present. And next I have listed all the deals classified as “Deals of the Day” in the Black Friday Sale.

Amazon Cyber Monday Deals for under £15 https://amzn.to/2zfN95b

All the “Deals of the Day” https://amzn.to/2P31YNA

17% off Phone 7 Plus, 7S, 7, 6 Plus, 6S and 6 – Refurbished, prices from £221 for an iPhone! https://amzn.to/2DNBm1l

All the Amazon Devices discounted today from Echo’s, Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Smart Devices and more https://amzn.to/2Bvu5Bp

Up to 30% off AmazonBasics Range https://amzn.to/2PTuPZX

34% off Felix Cat Food, 120 x 100 g (120 Pouches) https://amzn.to/2P4ZG0m

Big savings in Pet supplies including cat and dog food & other pets https://amzn.to/2P1YLxK

Save £80 on Ring Video Doorbell Pro | Kit with Chime and Transformer, 1080p HD, Two-Way Talk, Wi-Fi, Motion Detection (Assorted Colours) https://amzn.to/2ArT3zU

Up to 60% off Logitech accessories https://amzn.to/2P2INn7

40% off Sony TV’s https://amzn.to/2PUicy1

25% off Anker Soundcore Earphones, Chargers and Cables https://amzn.to/2DXsW8s

Up to 40% off Sony cameras https://amzn.to/2PU28Mz

Up to 40% off best selling fragrances including Calvin Klein, Jimmy Choo and Ghost https://amzn.to/2DWHo0b

Up to 50% off Merrell Outdoor shoes https://amzn.to/2PQGIQm

Up to 70% off Men’s Shaver’s, Beard Trimmers and Body Groomers (Philips, Braun, Wahl) https://amzn.to/2PVefJl

28% off Sony NWZX300S.CEW 64 GB Hi-Resolution Audio Walkman (3.1-inch Touch Display, MicroSD, DSD Native Playback with 30 Hours Battery Life) https://amzn.to/2BvPWsG

Up to 50% off Philips Hue https://amzn.to/2DGFyQ6

During the day I have a team of people who will tweet any decent lightning offers https://twitter.com/gavinsgadgets

Shot on the Pixel 3 – My Top 10 Photos – So What do you think of the Shots?

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is renowned for having a very good camera for photography. Unlike many other phones, it only has one rear lens which relies heavily on Google’s AI and software computational expertise.

So below are my top 20 shots taken with the Pixel 3 so far.

Above, stunning shot of autumn leaves on a tree. The colours were extremely accurate.

Taken at night, in the rain and fog. The complex lighting was handled well by the Pixel 3.

A classic Dartmoor landscape shot.

A lovely sunset shot looking over Tavistock, Devon, UK.

The above two shots were taken using the new night mode on the Pixel 3. The night mode works really well. Low noise in the photos and fantastic dynamic range.

The Pixel 3 camera has no issues focusing on close up flowers or insects.

The Pixel 3 camera has a particular feel and look. It is also reliable and is just as good with the front selfies cameras, as it is with the rear camera.

So what do you think of these photos?

Amazon’s Black Friday Sale – It’s the Last Day of the Sale – My Top 20 Picks – All New Deals

It’s the last day of Amazon’s Black Friday sale today and below are my TOP picks. An additional tip, if there is something specifically you were looking for, search for it directly as there are many products discounted today that aren’t listed in the Amazon Black Friday listings.

First up, always worth a look at the deals for under £15. You might find a good idea for a present. And next I have listed all the deals classified as “Deals of the Day” in the Black Friday Sale.

Amazon Black Friday Deals for under £15 https://amzn.to/2zfN95b

All the “Deals of the Day” https://amzn.to/2QQUVt3

Up to 70% off Cookbooks https://amzn.to/2TH7IAf

All 31 Amazon Devices discounted today from Echo’s, Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Smart Devices and more https://amzn.to/2QirLpC

Up to 50% off Speakers from Sonos, Ultimate Ears, Bang & Olufsen, Beats and more https://amzn.to/2TIJFAU

Up to 24% off Panasonic 4K TV’s from £379 https://amzn.to/2RctOJl

Up to 30% off TV’s from Sony, Samsung, LG & More starting from £189 https://amzn.to/2AkfSWd

Up to 25% off Smartphones from Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Huawei, Xiaomi, OnePlus & more, starting from £49.99 https://amzn.to/2R9XkiD

30% off 4K Action Cameras https://amzn.to/2PTtt1t

Up to 50% off Vtech and Leapfrog pre-school toys https://amzn.to/2PS8Uma

Up to 25% off selected toys, from £5, all the top brands and toys for Christmas https://amzn.to/2P123BB

Up to 50% off Philips Hue https://amzn.to/2RbV7U1

Up to 50% off Wireless headphones from Sony, Bose, Jabra, AKG, House of Marley, RHA & Beats https://amzn.to/2PRRWEk

34% off RHA MA750 Wireless: 12 Hour Battery Life Bluetooth Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphones with Universal Remote & Microphone, 3 Year Warranty included, now £98.99 https://amzn.to/2QdMXxd

35% off am Live Loose Sweat Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds, 6 Hour Playtime, 10 Metre Range, Hands Free Calling, Magnetic Cord Management, Lightweight Design Sport Headphones – Black now £12.99 https://amzn.to/2RcAsiu

Up to 30% off Up to 30% off Smartwatches and Fitness Trackers from Garmin, Huawei and Samsung https://amzn.to/2zoIqOR

47% off Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch, now £159 https://amzn.to/2PSZZR9

21% off AmazonBasics High Capacity AA Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries 2500 mAh / minimum: 2400 mAh [Pack of 8] https://amzn.to/2BuiF0W

21% off AmazonBasics AAA Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries 800 mAh [Pack of 12] https://amzn.to/2QkF2OG

The best Xbox One bundle deals https://amzn.to/2RdxnPs

During the day I have a team of people who will tweet any decent lightning offers https://twitter.com/gavinsgadgets