All posts by Gavin Fabiani-Laymond

About Gavin Fabiani-Laymond

President, CEO & Editor of http://gavinsgadgets.com Reviews & News of Technology

Amazon Black Friday Deals – Tuesday – My picks for the best deals today

It’s Tuesday and we have another lot of amazing Black Friday deals from Amazon once again, I’ve been through the current deals, and selected my favourite picks. If you want to see all the deals http://amzn.to/2jJ91AW

Here my fav picks –

– Amazon Echo Dot – £34.99 http://amzn.to/2hJXfpF
– 20% off new Echo 2nd gen http://amzn.to/2jCu9sP
-30% off Kindle Paperwhite readers http://amzn.to/2jJ6u9W
– 31% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet for kids – ideal Xmas present – http://amzn.to/2ASV4nr
-buy a Fitbit Charge 2 & get an additional £10 off an Echo Dot http://amzn.to/2hRVlTM
-15% off Amazon Basics Audio products, bluetototh speakers, earphones, mic stand, headphones and more http://amzn.to/2A0owsg
– up to 31% off TV’s from Sony, LG, Toshiba and more http://amzn.to/2AOAzID
-55% off bath & body gift sets http://amzn.to/2jHWcqN
-25% off Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016 for PC/MAC now £86.99 http://amzn.to/2zYQNQb
-up to 40% off fragrances from Calvin Klein and more http://amzn.to/2jJ7hHU
-43% off Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Bluetooth headset with heart rate and activity monitor, amazing value now at £129.99 http://amzn.to/2jITrW6
-25% off Absolut Vodkas, various flavours too http://amzn.to/2hQZes3
-up to 20% off selected tripods, telescopes and GoPro accessories http://amzn.to/2jHGOL6
-61% off Philips Series 5000 Waterproof Mens Electric Shaver with Precision Trimmer – http://amzn.to/2hRTNsW
-57% off DeLonghi Coffee Maker , now £89.99 http://amzn.to/2AZ1u4p
-up to 35% off Melissa & Doug Kitchen Play Sets http://amzn.to/2hQnj26
-up to 40% off Kids Character Pyjamas http://amzn.to/2jIU2qO
-up to 30% off Reebok & Adidas Fitness equipment http://amzn.to/2hQwVKg
-70% off. Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 3rd Gen electric Toothbrush http://amzn.to/2jBExAR
33% off Hive Thermostats http://amzn.to/2hJ7ytY
-X-Box One deal http://amzn.to/2jBDJvS
-60% off selected Dr Martens shows mens/womans http://amzn.to/2hPV6c2
– 20% off big brands smartphones -Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Wilefox, Huawei – some decent options for around £100!! http://amzn.to/2jzxOaJ

Advertisements

Amazon Black Friday Deals – Monday – My picks for the best deals today

It’s Monday and we have another lot of super Black Friday deals from Amazon once again, I’ve been through the current deals, and selected my favourite picks. If you want to see all the deals http://amzn.to/2hLlqnk

Here my fav picks –

– Amazon Echo Dot – £34.99 http://amzn.to/2hJXfpF

– 20% off new Echo 2nd gen http://amzn.to/2jCu9sP

– up to 31% off TV’s http://amzn.to/2AOAzID

-Playstation Pro Bundle deal with FIFA 18 and Call of Duty: WWII – perfect present http://amzn.to/2hNyI2I

-– 20% off big brands smartphones -Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Wilefox, Huawei – some decent options for around £100!! http://amzn.to/2jzxOaJ

–up to 25% off intel powered laptops, wide choice http://amzn.to/2jHJbxv

–25% off Office 365 Home 1 year 5 devices Licence subscription now £49.99 http://amzn.to/2hOc8av

–upto 60% of Faber-Castell Pens and Pencils http://amzn.to/2AWWQ6W

–upto 30% off top brands Scottish Whiskies – Johnnie Walker, Dalmore, Balvenie and more http://amzn.to/2hMV04V

–44% off Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Wireless Bluetooth 2 Speaker Bundle http://amzn.to/2hLxzsu

–41% off the latest Sony MDR-XB950B1 Extra Bass Bluetooth Wireless headphones , now £99.99 these are nice http://amzn.to/2AWhgx9

–64% off Braun Series 3 3090 Mens Electric Foil Shaver with Clean and charge Station, nice, http://amzn.to/2hMQ1RR

–up to 30% off Dremel Multi Tools http://amzn.to/2hMQB1Z

–upto 30% off various Silentnight mattresses http://amzn.to/2j8iC0i

–upto 25% off various baby products, big brands http://amzn.to/2hNpUdk

-– 31% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet for kids – ideal Xmas present http://amzn.to/2ASV4nr

–70% off. Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 3rd Gen electric Toothbrush http://amzn.to/2jBExAR

33% off Hive Thermostats http://amzn.to/2hJ7ytY

-28% off Sony NW-A35 High Resolution Audio Walkman Player now £129

-X Box One S mega deal http://amzn.to/2j67uRJ

-X-Box One deal http://amzn.to/2jBDJvS

Huawei Mate 10 Pro – Camera Review – Video & Photos – Multiple Modes – Day & Night

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro has some powerful cameras. Its rear cameras consist of of a 12mp RGB sensor with OIS and a 20mp Monochrome Sensor. The front camera is 8mp.

In additional, the Huawei Camera app is one of the most comprehensive with shooting modes for every situation. The camera also possesses AI, and can automatically identify what it is your are shooting and make fine adjustments to the camera automatically. Just check out the shots of my dogs in the video and the photo below.

cof

Panorama shots are excellent too. See first photo.

I am really impressed with the camera on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

Video Review

Useful Links

Huawei Mate 10 Pro info and latest pricing on Amazon UK

Amazon Black Friday Deals – Sunday – My picks for today of the best deals

It’s Sunday, and we have another lot of super Black Friday deals from Amazon once again, I’ve been through the current deals, and selected my favourite picks. Here’s the link to see all the deals on Amazon’s Black Friday sale today http://amzn.to/2hLlqnk

Here my fav picks –

– Amazon Echo Dot – £34.99 – http://amzn.to/2hJXfpF

– 20% off new Echo 2nd gen – http://amzn.to/2jCu9sP

– up to 31% off TV’s – http://amzn.to/2AOAzID

-68% off. Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 3rd Gen electric Toothbrush- http://amzn.to/2jBExAR

-up to 65% off top brands men’s shoes from Cat, Kickers, Chatham, Caterpillar. etnies, Dockers and more http://amzn.to/2ATXBhl

-up to 55% off top brands fragrances http://amzn.to/2hLvc9i

20% off big brands smartphones -Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Wilefox, Huawei – some decent options for around £100!! – http://amzn.to/2jzxOaJ

– 31% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet for kids – ideal Xmas presenthttp://amzn.to/2ASV4nr

33% off Hive Thermostats – http://amzn.to/2hJ7ytY

-41% off Sony MDR-1A Prestige overhead headphones http://amzn.to/2hJu9Xc

-40% B&O Play A2 Active blue speaker http://amzn.to/2hLkDD4

-40% off Circulon Infinite Non stick cookware http://amzn.to/2hLkHmi

-25% off 1More In Ear Headphones, highly reviewed http://amzn.to/2hM9uBR

– 68% off Oral-B Electric Toothbrush – http://amzn.to/2hIYlld

-X Box One S mega deal http://amzn.to/2j67uRJ

Amazon Black Friday Deals – My Picks – Some decent deals now available

More Black Friday deals from Amazon today. Too many to list, but today is definitely worth a browse – http://amzn.to/2jEakkZ

Here my fav picks –

– Amazon Echo Dot – £34.99 – http://amzn.to/2hJXfpF

– 20% off new Echo 2nd gen – http://amzn.to/2jCu9sP

– up to 31% off TV’s – http://amzn.to/2AOAzID

– 68% off Oral-B Electric Toothbrush – http://amzn.to/2hIYlld

20% off big brands smartphones -Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Wilefox, Huawei – some decent options for around £100!! – http://amzn.to/2jzxOaJ

X-Box One dealhttp://amzn.to/2jBDJvS

– Up to 55% off Ted Baker Men & Womens shows – Nice Shoes !! – http://amzn.to/2jBDMI4

– 42% off Garmin Vivoactive HR – A great fitness device that I’ve owned and reviewed – http://amzn.to/2jCL91P

– 33% off Sony NW-WS414 waterproof wireless bluetooth headphones just £59.99 now http://amzn.to/2jArFez

– 31% off all new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet for kids – ideal Xmas presenthttp://amzn.to/2ASV4nr

33% off Hive Thermostats – http://amzn.to/2hJ7ytY

30% off Big Brother Funky bean bags – http://amzn.to/2hIDCy0

25% off pet accessorieshttp://amzn.to/2hK0bm6

Roth Audio Zero III Sound bar Review – 90W of Sound!

Welcome to my review of the Roth Audio Sub Zero III Soundbar. This Roth Audio Sub Zero II retails for about £130.

Main Features / Specification:

Design:
– 4x 2.75-inch 4 Ohm Ferrite Drivers
– 2x Passive Radiator Bass Drivers
– Thick Wall 3.6L Reinforced Polymer Case
– Cloth Grill
– Wall Mount Capable
– LED Display with Auto Dimming

Performance:
– Wide Frequency Response 40-20,000Hz
– High Power Class D Amplifiers
– 90 Watts Peak Output Power

Inputs:
– HDMI x2, plus 1x HDMI output (ARC)
– 3.5mm Analogue Stereo Connection
– Optical SPDIF Format (Toslink compatible) – Stereo
– Bluetooth aptX A2DP Audio
– Power Input: AC 230-240V, 50 Hz

Dimensions:
– 85cm (W) X 8cm (D) X 8.8cm (H)

The Roth Sub Zero III has been designed to provide high definition for your TV. It has HDMI (2 in/1 Out, ARC enabled), Optical, Bluetooth and Analogue inputs. This means the Sub Zero III will connect easily to any TV or audio source – even wirelessly from your laptop, mobile phone or tablet. So lots of versatility.

There is no need for a separate subwoofer as the Sub Zero III has two built-in Ultra-Bass passive drivers, 2 bass drivers and 2 full range drivers, allowing full frequency range audio in a single discrete unit.

The Roth Audio Designed to perform in any room large or small. It features the Roth MA DSP sound processor, which provides a powerful sounding home cinema experience. With the additional modes, you can select between movie, music and voice. Sometimes, you don’t need lots of bass! Considering its size, the sound bar rocks and makes a huge difference over the built in TV speakers.

The Sub Zero III can be wall or table mounted. In the box is a right angle HDMI adapter which is handy as the connections end up fairly close to the wall or table top. It would have been a nice touch if a HDMI cable was included.

Video Review

Conclusion

A superb and versatile sound bar. Recommended.

Useful Links

More info on Roth Audio Sub Zero III and latest pricing on Amazon UK

LightwaveRF Smart Home Products Review – now with HomeKit, Google & Alexa

Welcome to my review of the LightwaveRF Smart Home products. In my review, I take a look at the LightwaveRF Link Plus, Smart Wall Sockets, Home Thermostat, Smart Radiator Valve and Boiler Switch.

The new generation of products from LightwaveRF now feature HomeKit support, which adds additional two way functionality. Of course, Alexa and Google are also supported. LightwaveRF products are also sold on the Apple online store.

LightwaveRF solve a problem with smart home usage, by actually makes with physical switches smart. This means you can still turn a light switch on from the wall, or use an app, Apple Watch, Siri, Google or Alexa. Not everyone likes using an app or voice control assistants, so by still having a physical switch to adjust, keeps everyone happy in the house. It is also by far the better way of making a home, smart.

Video Review

Conclusion

With a wide range of products, the inclusion of HomeKit support, LightwaveRF Smart Home products are recommended.

Useful Links

LightwaveRF Gen 2 Products on Amazon UK

LightwaveRF

Alpha & Delta JAAP Wireless Sports Earphones Review – They don’t fall out!

Welcome to my review of the Alpha & Delta JAPP Wireless Sports Earphones Review. These wireless earphones are named after the inventor of Bluetooth, Jaap Haartsen. They retail for $90.

Alpha & Delta designed the Jaap is to overcome the existing problems that plagued truly wireless earphones namely: poor fit, poor battery life and poor connectivity.

First up they feature a behind-the-ear hook design which ensures it stays secure during workouts. I even tried shaking my head to make them fall off, and they didn’t. The tips are using the patented SpinFit bud which is amazing from a comfort and sound quality point of view. They are also IPX5 sweat resistant, so ideal for working out.

The battery life is 6 hours plus the supplied battery bank/charger provides another 8 hours.

In terms of connection, I never lost a beat. Each earphone feature a dual antenna design. To start you pair the left side and then turn on the right earphone, which pairs automatically with the left. Neat.

Key Specifications

– Bluetooth Chipset: Bluetooth 4.2 CSR64110
– Driver: 11mm Dynamic Driver
– Battery capacity: 90 mah
– Portable battery charger capacity:
– Music playback time: 6 hours ( 14 hours with battery charger)
– Talking time: 7 hours (15 hours with battery charger)
– Charging port: Micro USB Type B
– Build in microphone: Yes
– Microphone sensitivity: -38 dB
– Supports Multipoint: Yes
– Supports HD hands-free: Yes
– Battery status on IOS devices: Yes

In use, the earphones fit really well and their design is also comfortable, despite its size. I felt the charging solution felt a bit cumbersome but it works well. It is also nice that a carry case to hold everything is included.

The sound quality is pretty good as the SpinFit earbuds provide a solid seal in the ears. Treble is controlled and bass fairly deep. Mids are reasonably clear too. Average soundstage but overall these are a pleasure to listen to music with for extended periods of time.

Video Review

Conclusion

Despite their larger size, the Alpha & Delta Wireless Sports Earphones sound good with decent bass, fit securely and comfortably and are recommended.

Useful Links

Alpha & Delta

Bluetooth Headphones on Amazon UK

Can you help Gavin’s Gadgets ? Once a year request

It’s the time of year when the domain and other costs all come up for renewal. So this is my once a year request for donations of any size.

During the last 12 months there has been nearly 1,200 comments and or questions that have all been answered. I’ve lost count on the number of reviews published but it’s about 250 this year. Did you know I started Gavin’s Gadgets in December 2012, which makes this year the 5th Anniversary.

I have a PayPal address – https://www.paypal.me/gavinsgadgets which seems to be the most favoured option.

Another option is simply shop on Amazon UK, heading over via http://amzn.to/2zybPGZ and Amazon provide a few pennies per transaction whilst not costing anything extra.

So thanks in advance. All your help is greatly appreciated.

And I hope you continue to enjoy the reviews that our coming this weekend.

Take care, Gavin.

Tech Addicts Podcast – iPhone X and Xbox One X – All the X’s

Tech Addicts Podcast is back again with a new episode starring –

– Gareth Myles – Twitter / YouTube / Tech Addicts UK
– Jay Garrett – Twitter 1 ; Twitter 2 / YouTube / Gadgetynews
– Leila Gregory – Twitter 1 ; Twitter 2 / YouTube / Swanny
– Brendan Arndt – Twitter / YouTube
– Ricky West – Twitter / YouTube
– Myself – Twitter / YouTube / Instagram

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.

To listen now –

Newquay Beach – Shot on the iPhone X

I have taken a several shots on the iPhone X, but these photos taken of Newquay beach really highlight just how great the camera performs.

In all 3 of the shots just look at the colour, depth and overall tonality. The seagulls were captured perfectly too.

The middle photo really emphasises just how much of a difference the zoom lens has become and how optical image stabilisation enhances 2 x zoom photos.

I must admit I was pretty blown away by these images. I have shot this scene on many phones and by far these from the iPhone X are simply the best and outstanding in my view.

iPhone X vs Pixel 2 – Camera Comparison Part 2

Over the weekend I published two posts. A low light camera comparisons between the iPhone X and Pixel 2, and some first shots from the iPhone X. 

Now I’m back with some more camera shots from both shots, from outdoor, indoor and some more low light shots. The differences are stark at times. All on auto. 

In all these shots it’s the iPhone X first, then the Pixel 2. So which is better in your eyes ?



So perfect sunny conditions with this shot. iPhone X is the first shot. Both look great but do you have a favourite. 



In this indoor shot the Pixel 2 on the bottom has more detail. Look at the drinks fridge bottom right. But do you agree?



Now into night shots where the differences between the phones becomes more obvious. Again Pixel 2 is the bottom shot, iPhone X on top. 



Again both phones using a different exposure with the Pixel 2 going for a higher ISO. The iPhone X used a 1/4 second shutter speed. But which is better. Pixel bottom. iPhone X on top. 

So who is your winner and why? 

Some other points to note. The Pixel 2 has Bluetooth LDAC, APT-X and APT-X audio codecs and therefore sound better with headphones. Both have stereo speakers. The iPhone X sounds better than the Pixel 2 but Pixel 2 XL sounds better than the iPhone X. Screens. Lol. iPhone X has a better screen than both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. 

Apple iPhone X – First Impressions + Camera Samples

There has been a lot written and shown about the iPhone X, but what I will say, the only way you will understand and appreciate this phone is to spend time using it yourself. Why you ask? Well, I had some fears and concerns over certain aspects which have in some part turned out to be unnecessary. Photo above is using pano mode on iPhone X.

The biggest decision to make is silver or space grey finish for the iPhone X. I went space grey as it looks badass. I have since seen the silver first hand and still stand by my decision. The silver is more photogenic, but space grey looks meaner.

Just as a side note, all the photos you see embedded in this post are from the iPhone X. At the end, I have linked to the Flickr iPhone X Album, Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Flickr albums of mine. These albums give you an idea of the differences between the phones and their cameras. Plus those that like to pixel peek can!

Low light/darkness shots.

Starting up, I decided to not use my iPhone 7 Plus old backup, but restore as a new phone. This was a relatively simple job to do. Setting up FaceID was a breeze. Apple Pay and all the other aspects of the setup procedure was completed smoothly. Probably the easiest iPhone to setup.

Above, close up flower shots, one using the 2 x optical zoom.

And moving on to FaceID. It really does just work. Its brilliant actually. I really thought it would be a PITA. Its not. In real life usage, its actually faster than TouchID and effortless. Still waiting for some UK sunshine to test it in bright conditions.

Above, indoor lighting inside a shopping centre.

Above. City landscape. One using 2 x zoom.

That screen. Its stunning. No more on that one. Much better than anticipated. Apps on the whole seems to have adapted ok with the ears and new screen size. Some haven’t so I am hoping they will get updated soon. Google Maps needs an update for example.

Talking of maps, I tested the GPS and used Apple Maps for turn by turn navigation. It looks superb on the iPhone X screen, and also when did Apple Maps get so good. Seriously, for turn by turn directions, it provided great on screen instructions and clear spoken steps.

Gestures, not had too much trouble learning these as I had watched a few YouTube videos. I stumbled with Apple Pay and the double press, but nonetheless completed both transactions.

Siri. Its not as good as Google Assistant. But in some ways Siri is fantastic. I am in the car, stuck in traffic, iPhone X is clipped into my screen mount, I call up Siri and end up sending 10 iMessages to my wife back and forth with little effort.

Camera. As you can see I have taken a range of shots. If you watch my video below, you will see some portrait lighting samples as well. This proved great fun. Talking fun, Animoji is crazy fun, and super cool to use.

It’s early days and I have some thoughts on my overall score but I will compare the X to the Pixel 2 and Note 8. These 3 phones couldn’t be more different. One thing is certain, the X is just an iPhone running iOS 11.

Video Review

Useful Links

Buy something on Amazon UK & Help Support Gavin’s Gadgets at no extra cost!
Gavin’s iPhone X Flickr Album
Gavin’s Google Pixel 2 Flickr Album
Gavin’s Samsung Note 8 Flickr Album

Apple iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 – Low Light Camera Comparison

Last night I was at the historic Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth. This made for a quick camera comparison in low light using the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2. All shot handheld and in auto.

Above is the shot from the iPhone X. This is uploaded at full size, as is all the other shots.

Immediately, you can see the difference above with the Google Pixel 2. So much more clarity and quality. The Pixel 2 shot shows more of the hotel windows.

Back to the iPhone X above. Not a bad looking shot.

And now above the Pixel 2 once again showing off its chops in low light.

So as you can see the end result is pretty clear that the Pixel 2 took the better shots and by quite a margin. Do you agree?

In addition, I used the Pixel 2 to snap some incredible portrait shots, which for privacy reasons I cannot share. However, the Portrait mode on the iPhone X created some fun looking black and white portraits which seemed to go down a treat.

More soon!