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DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Review – DJI’s updated gimbal that’s over 50% cheaper than the original

Welcome to my review of the DJI Osmo Mobile 2. I owned and reviewed the original Osmo Mobile, so I was quite keen to see how this improved upon the original, also considering the original cost £299 whereas the updated version is only £139.

Key Specifications

– Dimensions 295 × 113 × 72mm
– Weight 485g
– Model OM170

– Consumption 1.2 W -Under ideal conditions with the gimbal fully balanced.
– Controllable Range Pan: ±160°
– Tilt:±155° (landscape orientation)
Mechanical Range Pan:±170°
– Roll:-90° to +70°
– Tilt:±170°
– Max Controllable Speed 120°/s
– Width of Compatible Phones 58.6 – 85mm
– Battery Type 18650 LiPo,Capacity 2600 mAh,Energy 18 Wh,Voltage 7.2 V
-Operating Time 15 hrs – Under ideal conditions with the gimbal fully balanced.
– Charging Time 2 hrs
– Bluetooth LE 4.0

Review

I reviewed the original Osmo Mobile, link at end to review which includes sample footage to some of the modes in the DJI app, which cost £299. On top of the £299, you had to buy so many accessories from a tripod attachment mount and more which added another £70 plus to the cost. With the new version, DJI lowered the price to £139. And you don’t need any accessories for it either. Why? Firstly by making the battery integrated, it added a tripod mount. Plus the integrated battery lasts up to 15 hours which is a vast improvement over the original.

The new version is also much lighter which makes it easier to hold for longer. Plus the new version allows you to charge your phone on the go when using the gimbal, or just acting as a power bank. You can’t charge both at same time though.

The DJI app is available on iOS and android. And just as iOS and android have differences, so does the app depending on the platform. See video review for differences.

As a gimbal, the Osmo Mobile 2 is fantastic. The new phone grip holds much bigger phones , although you might still need to take your phone case off. See video again which illustrates this. Using the gimbal you get smoother video footage. You can also take perfect panoramic shots , and a range of time lapses, motion time lapses and hyper time lapses. You can also shoot long exposures hand held!

Conclusion

It is incredible to think DJI not only reduced the price by over 50%, they actually made it much better than the original too. If you want a gimbal, this is the one to get.

Useful Links

DJI deals on Amazon UK
DJI Osmo Mobile Review (original) with sample footage from all the modes

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro – Top Cases Reviewed

Huawei Mate 10 Pro, top cases reviewed. When you have a beautifully designed phone like the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the last thing you would want to do is put a case on it. Unfortunately, if you don’t, one simple drop could end in tears. Glass no matter how strong, scratches and cracks.

So I have looked at a range of cases from different companies looking at a number of factors and then picked a winner. I will leave some links to the cases at the end. My favourite case for the Mate 10 Pro, is also the same case that I use for the Google Pixel 2 XL and LG V30+.

Useful Links

Huawei Mate 10 Pro cases on Amazon UK

USB C to 3.5mm Adapters Reviewed & Explained

USB C audio is a complicated mess. Very few manufacturers have adopted the format is the same manner, some doing their own thing and others following the system incorrectly. In my video below, I take a look at several different types and explain the differences, what works and what doesn’t. Due to the changing landscape, this is still an evolving landscape too!

Useful Links

USB C to 3.5mm adapters on Amazon UK

Google Daydream View & Samsung Gear VR (Note 8) Reviews & Comparison – The Ultimate Shootout

Welcome to my reviews of the new Google Daydream View VR Handset and the upgraded Samsung Gear VR which now fits the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Google Daydream View Key Features

– Headset – Dimensions Length 167.8 mm x Width 117.1 mm x Height 100.2 mm
– Weight 261 g
– Material Lightweight fabric
– Colours Fog, Coral, Charcoal
– Compatibility Daydream-ready phones including Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ & Note 8, Moto Z & Z2 and more

– Controller – Dimensions Length 105 mm x Width 35 mm x Height 17 mm
– Weight 40 g
– Sensors 9 axis IMUs for precision tracking
– Wireless Bluetooth low energy (LE)
– Ports & Connectors USB-C charger and cable (not provided in box)
– Battery – 220 mAh battery (rechargeable)

Samsung Gear VR (Note 8) Key Features

– 101º Field of View
– Sensors – Accelerometer,Gyro Sensor,Proximity Sensor
– Headset Dimension (HxWxD) 98.6 x 207.8 x 122.5 mm
– Weight 345g
– 800+ apps
– USB Type C and Micro USB connectors

Main Review

I have used VR for about 2 years and in that time quite a bit has changed. There are many more apps and experiences available. The Samsung Gear VR experience is superb. Lots of apps, slick software too. The headset is over 100g heavier than the Daydream View. The Daydream is lighter and more comfortable to wear. But I had glitches using it with my Note 8, whereby I had to keep removing the Note 8 out of the headset to fix things so that I could move on again. At one point, it was driving me mad. However, it is all about the software. If you find an app or game that you prefer on one platform or another, then that might hold some more weight for you. Personally, I think Samsung is superior in both hardware and software at the moment, but is restricted by the fact it only works for certain Samsung phones. Therefore, with Daydream View you probably will end up with the ability to use it with so many different phones and brands. Now continue to the video review for more insights.

Video Review

Conclusion

Quite simply if you have a Samsung phone that is compatible with the Gear VR, then stick to Samsung’s own offering. It offers a wide selection of content and a slicker software package. For everyone else, Google’s Daydream View offers compatibility across multiple brands. It just lacks the number of VR apps and slick software experience.

Useful Links

Google Daydream View – more info and latest pricing on Amazon – click HERE
Samsung Gear VR with Controller (Note 8 version) – more info and latest pricing on Amazon – click HERE

Belkin PowerHouse Dual Apple Watch & iPhone Charger Stand – Review

Welcome to my review of the Belkin PowerHouse Apple Watch & iPhone Charger stand.

Key Features

– Dual fast charging: Dock offers 3.4 A total power output (1 A for Apple watch, 2.4 A for iPhone); simultaneously charge iPhone via lightning connector and Apple watch via integrated magnetic charger at the high speed possible
– Safe, neat, elegant: Elevates Apple watch safely while charging and provides easy access and visibility to both devices; built-in power supply with 1.2 m/4 feet cable and UK/EU plugs supplied for your convenience.
– Universally case compatible: Wheel at back of stand raises/lowers lightning connector to fit any protective case; forwards/backwards movable connector makes it easy to plug in your device
– MFI certified: Electronical accessory has received Apple’s made for Apple watch and made for iPhone certifications which ensure compatibility and performance
– Compatibility: Compatible with all Apple iPhones with lightning connector such as iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus or SE and all Apple watches such as Apple watch Series 2, Nike+, Edition or Series 1

Review

Conclusion

The Belkin PowerHouse Apple Watch & iPhone Charger Stand was far better than I anticipated and now sits proudly on my bedside table. Highly recommended. Available from Amazon.

Joby GripTight ONE Magnetic Tripod Review

Welcome to my review of the superb Joby GripTight ONE Magnetic Tripod.

Key Features

– Compact Design. Patented, compact, foldable design
– Universal Fit. Fits most smartphones with or without a case
– Quick Release. Stainless steel spring loaded design for quick grip and release of smartphone
– Flexible Base. Flexible gorilla pod legs with rotating ball head and magnetic feet provide endless platforms and creative angles

Main Review

Conclusion

The Joby GripTight One Magnetic Tripod is simply amazing. I have used it in so many different scenarios and with a number of portable devices from my iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Gear 360 (2017) and Sony RX100 camera. Highly recommended.

Available from Amazon UK.

Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar iPhone Adapter – Review

Welcome to my review of the Belkin

Key Features

– Power in and audio out: The RockStar delivers power in to your iPhone/iPad and audio out; it only supports lightning audio; it does not support audio split, dual charge, data sync or any other lightning adapter other than Apple lighting to 3.5 mm adapter
– Dual functionality: Listen to lightning audio and charge at the same time (supports up to 48 kHz, 24-bit audio output + pass-through charging up to 12 W for iPhone and iPad)
– Remote control and microphone: Supports remote control and microphone from lightning audio headphones
– Works with: Made for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus and any lightning device that runs iOS 10 or later, MFI certified lightning audio headphones, Apples lighting to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter, MFI certified USB to lightning cables
– Smart battery case compatibility: Works with Apple smart battery case for iPhone 7; in order to work properly, connect charging cable and lightning headphones to RockStar prior to inserting RockStar into the Apple smart battery case

Review

Conclusion

The Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar iPhone adapter solves the problem of being able to charge your iPhone and listening to music. It works perfectly. Recommended. Available from Amazon.

Moshi USB C Multimedia Adapter Review – Designed for Photographers 


The Moshi USB C Multimedia Adapter is a brand new adapter designed for the needs of a photographer. 

Consequently, I have been putting the Moshi adapter through its paces and this is what I have found. 


So why has this adapter been invaluable for me – 

– It has a SD card reader/writer. SDHC/SDXC cards with speeds up to 104 Mbps. So after shooting a load of photos and video on my DSLR or Sony RX100, I can take the SD card out and transfer the photos from my camera to my MacBook.  In addition after editing my photos in Adobe Lightroom I can use the adapter to quickly transfer the photos back onto the memory card. 

– HDMI – say no more. I can now instantly connect my MacBook to my large screen or TV. Great for viewing my photos and videos. It’s also HDCP complaint. 4K too. The audio is multi channel digital output. 

– Two USB 3.1 ports with up to 5 Gbps data transfer speed. This is ideal for transferring lots of video between my devices. 

With all new MacBooks only featuring USB C ports, this adapter is a must have an has been so useful for me for my photographic workflow. 

Video Review 

Moshi have a range of USC C adapters. More info available on Amazon.

Aukey USB C Hub Multiport Adapter Unboxing & First Impressions

Welcome to my Unboxing and First Impressions of the Aukey USB C Multiport Hub. So what are the key features – 

– Connect your new and old peripherals to your USB C computer for data transfer, display expansion, and charging. (MacBook Pro, Samsung S8 etc). 

– Charges your USB C laptop or smartphone and also supports data transfer at up to 480Mbps via USB C Power Delivery port.

– Three USB 3.0 Gen 1 ports support data transfer rates up to 5Gbps. microSD & SD card slots work with SDSC, SDHC, and SDXC cards.

– HDMI port outputs video resolutions up to 4K@30Hz

– Package Contents: AUKEY CB-C59 Multiport USB C Hub, User Manual, 24-Month Warranty Card

The CB-C59 is a powerful, compact USB C hub that’s easy to take on-the-go. It turns a single USB C port into HDMI, USB C Power Delivery, three USB 3.0 Gen 1 SuperSpeed ports, and microSD & SD card slots. No driver needed to realize the full potential of this hub.

USB C Power Delivery Plus Data. The USB C port does more than just enable charging of your USB C host device or connected device. It’s been upgraded to also transfer data between them.

Compatible with 2016 MacBook Pro, 2015 Google Chromebook Pixel, Lenovo Yoga 900, Dell XPS 15, HP Spectre x360, Microsoft Lumia 950, LG G5, and many more.

Video Review 

Conclusion 

The Aukey USB C Multiport Hub Adapter is a great little product for those in need of connections! 

Check out more info on compatibility and pricing via Amazon UK.

Aukey 5,000mAh USB C Mini Power Bank Unboxing & First Impressions 

Welcome to my first impressions and unboxing of the Aukey 5,000mAh USB C Mini Power Bank. The key features are –

– One Port for Input and Output: The reversible and high-power connection Type-C make it possible to recharge this power pack at 5V/2A and charge a Type-C device at 5V/3A on the same port.

– 5,000mAh in Ultra-compact Design: Its size of small cylinder (111x30x30mm, 130g) fits perfectly your pocket or hang bag.

– Certified Safe: For protection against over-current, over-charging and short-circuiting.  

– Power Indicator: 4 LED dots shows you the remaining power and you could recharge the battery pack in time

– Box Contents: AUKEY Power Bank, USB-C to C Cable (20cm), User Manual, Warranty Card. Rubber ring. 

Video Review

Conclusion 

The Aukey 5,000mAh USB C is one of the new breed of power banks for devices that now come with the new USB C standard. 

Available from Amazon UK.

Aukey 2-in-1 Wireless Adapter, Transmitter & Receiver Unboxing – A really neat product 


Welcome to my first look and unboxing of the Aukey Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver. 

This little device does an awful lot for under £25, so let’s look at the key features- 

– Portable, lightweight wireless audio transmitter & receiver.

– Ideal wireless audio solution for a wide range of situations and uses. It features advanced wired and wireless digital sound technologies to transfer stunning sound all the way from the output to the input device

– Transmitter mode wirelessly streams audio from your non-Bluetooth TV, home stereo system, or CD player to your Bluetooth headphones or speakers

– Receiver mode wirelessly streams audio from your Bluetooth-enabled phone, tablet, or computer to your wired stereo, speakers, or headphones

– Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX delivers fast, easy, energy-efficient connection and enhanced wireless sound quality on your aptX-compatible headphones and speakers. 

– BR-O2 also supports simultaneous wireless connection with two devices, so it can output audio to two pairs of headphones or receive audio from either one of two connected phones

– Box Contents: AUKEY BR-O2 2-in-1 Wireless Transmitter and Receiver, Toslink Optical Cable, 3.5mm Audio Cable, Micro-USB Cable, User Manual, 24-Month Product Replacement Warranty.  

Video Review 


Conclusion 
The Aukey Bluetooth transmitter and receiver is a nifty product capable of a number of different actions. Available from Amazon UK.

Aukey Outdoor Bluetooth Water Resistant Speaker Review 


Welcome to my review of the Aukey Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker that costs less than £30. Before I get to the meat of the review, let’s highlight the key features – 

– Rugged & water resistant. 

– 24 hour playtime/talk time, enhanced bass mode. 6 hour recharge time. 

– Dual 5W drivers produce deep lows, textured mids, and clear highs

– Bluetooth 4.1 which automatically reconnects to the last device used, 33ft wireless range

– A2DP Bluetooth or use the AUX input with included 3.5mm audio cable.

– Audio playback/calls and volume controls, and built-in microphone. 

– Choose your sound signature with the Mode switch. Built-in 1/4″-20 standard tripod screw mount for outdoor use. 

– Package Contents: AUKEY SK-M12 Bluetooth 4.1 Speaker, Micro-USB Cable, 3.5mm Audio Cable, User Manual, 24 Month Warranty

– Weight 650g. 

– Dimensions 20.9 x 8.3 x 7.3cm. 

Video Review and Unboxing 

Conclusion 

The Aukey Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker is recommended as is my speaker of choice when walking on Dartmoor National Park. Available from Amazon UK.

Aukey Portable Pocket Bluetooth Speaker Review – for iPhone, Samsung, iPad & Tablets


The Aukey Portable Pocket Bluetooth Speaker Review. 

Key Features 

– Compact, easy-to-grip aluminum Bluetooth speaker bar with dual 3W drivers and subwoofer. Small enough to fit in your pocket. 
– Minimalist small sized design with one button to turn on the speaker and instantly initiate pairing. 

– One piece of carefully crafted aluminum with crisscross-cut speaker grill and soft rubber ends. 

– Looks cool. 

– Technology: BT 3.0, A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP

– Charging Time: 2 hours
– Play Time: 4 hours

– Standby Time: Up to 80 hours

– Operating Range: Up to 10m / 33ft

– Battery Type: Li-Polymer (600mAh)

– Package Contents: AUKEY SK-M29 Pocket Wireless Speaker, Micro-USB Cable, User Manual, 24-Month Warranty Card

Available from Amazon UK.

Video Review 

Aukey Flexible Mini Tripod Review – With Phone Mount & GoPro Stand


The Aukey Mini Flexible Tripod is just £12.99 and yet is a full featured tripod. 

Key Features 

– Extremely flexible and versatile tripod for amazing images with an extensive range of phones and cameras.

– Total freedom to capture super-steady shots and videos anytime, anywhere. Fix your phone or camera to tree branches, railings, furniture, and more. Stable standing on sloping and uneven surfaces

– Get the perfect position. Highly adjustable tripod with tilting & rotating ball mount, pivoting legs, and twenty-seven full flex leg parts

– Fits phones up to 5.7″ screen size and a diverse range of cameras from DSLR to compact to GoPro. Also suitable for other devices with 1/4″ screw mounting point. If your phone is larger you just need to use a different phone mount. 

– Maximum Load: 800g 

– Phone Mount Width: 55-70mm 

– Leg Length: 210mm 

– Folded Length: 270mm 

– Weight: 207g 

– Package Contents: AUKEY CP-T03 Flexible Tripod, Phone Mount, GoPro Camera Mount, Two 1/4″ Mounts, 24-Month Warranty Card

Available from Amazon UK.

Video Review 

Belkin Classic Leather Apple Watch Strap review vs Nike Sport Band


Welcome to my review of the Belkin Classic Leather Apple Watch Strap with a comparison with the Nike Sport Band. 

Key Features 

– The classic Apple watch strap is made from genuine high grade Italian leather

– Custom designed fittings ensure a secure fit and easy band exchange. That is black metal to match the Apple Sports Watch frame!

– 3 mm thick band and extra holes for maximum comfort and fit for your wrist

– Fits 42 mm Apple watch, Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch Edition, Apple Watch Nike+, Apple Watch Hermès, series 1 and 2

– Available in three different colours black, tan brown and grey

– A lot cheaper that the Apple Leather Strap. 

Available from Amazon UK.

Video Review