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Urban Armor Huawei P20 Pro Plyo Case Review – This is proper protection!

Welcome to my review of the UAG Huawei P20 Pro Plyo Case. The case features –

– Perfect fit for the Huawei P20 Pro
– Armor shell & impact resistant soft core
– Air-soft corners for cushioning impact
– Feather-light composite construction
– Compatible with wireless NFC payments
– Oversized tactile buttons & easy access to touchscreen and ports
– Protective screen surround
– Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)

Nearly 2 weeks ago, UAG sent me their Huawei P20 Pro Plyo case. I have been looking at tons of different cases for the P20 Pro, but after 2 weeks of outdoor testing of there Plyo case, it is firmly sitting at the top of the tree as the best case and my preferred case for my Huawei P20 Pro.

I take hundreds of photos on Dartmoor National Park, walking across its rugged terrain. The other day, I came across Black Tor Waterfall and had my P20 Pro balanced on some loose rocks. Was I worried? Not at all. The UAG Plyo case provided superb protection. To understand why its so good, take a look at my video review.

Useful Links

UAG Huawei P20 Pro Plyo Case on Amazon UK

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Fotopro UFO2 Flexible Tripod Review vs Joby & Aukey Tripods

The Fotopro UFO2 flexible tripod review.

Key Features

– The Fotopro is a flexible tripod made with high-density rubber-coated robust legs which makes it more sturdy, more durable and better the skid resitance and allowing the phone to be angular in every position. You can wrap it anywhere you want
– The desk tripod stand weighs only 0.28kg and is 28cm tall.
– The smartphone tripod with ball head ensures a 360 ° shooting perspective allowing you to capture the perfect shot. You can simply take horizontal or vertical photos by rotating the phone clamp and selecting the cellular mode
– The Tripod Stick is suitable for Android and iOS devices up to 3.5 inches
– The tripod comes with with 1/4” screw is fully compatible with most devices

Video Review and Comparison

For more info on Amazon as well as the latest pricing, for the Fotopro UFO2 click HERE.

eniTAB360 Universal Tablet Holder from Filofax – Unboxing and First Impressions

The eniTab360 Universal Tablet Holder from Filofax comes in two sizes.

The Key Features

– Compatible with ANY tablet with a screen size between 8.5″ and 13″ (Tablet not included)
– 360 degree rotation for multiple viewing positions
– 0 to 140 degree fully adjustable friction hinge for unlimited viewing angles
– The non-slip rubber foot offers added stability
– The holder has a slim profile, yet is of a strong, injection moulded construction
– It can be removed from your tablet and reused without leaving any marks.

Video Review

For more info on Amazon for the eniTab360 Universal Tablet Holder from Filofax, click HERE.
For more info on Filofax’s website, click HERE.

Apple HomePod – 2 weeks later – Wood Staining Update & Final Verdict

Welcome back everyone. I thought I would give an update on hows I have been getting on with the Apple HomePod.

I have had my HomePod on a wooden piece of furniture and I decided to have another look to see if any damage had occurred.

Plus my final verdict.

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Apple Products on Amazon UK

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

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.