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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

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.

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?

Three UK – Black Friday Deal of the Day – Full Details

Three UK has a few offers available today on Black Friday, but this deal below is my favourite one. £20 per month for unlimited data on all of the other perks below. I myself am using Three UK, and have been with them now for over 10 years.

– SIM Only plan
– Unlimited data
– Unlimited minutes
– Unlimited texts
– 12 month Advanced plan
+
– Personal Hotspot
– Go Roam Around the World
– Go Binge

Three UK Black Friday Deal

It’s Amazon’s Black Friday Sale Today – My Top 20 Picks of the Best Deals Today

It’s Black Friday today and below are my TOP 20 picks from Amazon’s deals. 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

For one day only. Apple products at Black Friday prices! https://amzn.to/2S7hZ71

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

Up to 40% off Fragrances from Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and Marc Jacobs https://amzn.to/2S6cw0h

Up to 50% off Real Techniques, Foreo, Olay and more beauty best sellers https://amzn.to/2Kr4g8w

Up to 30% off Moët, Laurent Perrier and more https://amzn.to/2OYMHx8

30% off Fitbit Versa Health and Fitness Smartwatch in 4 finishes black, pink, silver and rose gold https://amzn.to/2KrhO3P

Up to 50% off LEGO including Friends, Star Wars, Technic & more https://amzn.to/2QbVsZA

Bundle offers on Xbox One S 1TB consoles https://amzn.to/2znu15r

35% off ASUS C202SA-GJ0027 11.6-inch Chromebook Ruggedised and Water Resistant Design with 180 degree Hinge (Dark Blue) now £129 https://amzn.to/2zmocFk

Up to 40% off Gaming Accessories from Razer, Corsair and more https://amzn.to/2PNXEaq

40% off Hive Thermostats with 12 different options to choose from https://amzn.to/2TwaSqi

40% off Sony WH-1000XM2 Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Noise Cancelling High Resolution Headphones with Gesture Control, Activity Recognition, 30 Hours Battery Life – Black https://amzn.to/2KvRu8Y

17% off Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds with Charging Case and One-touch Alexa, Google or Siri, https://amzn.to/2SaIfO4

75% off Oral-B Genius 8000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun with Premium Case https://amzn.to/2QeFrlH

Up to 30% off Cat Products and food: Felix, Whiskas and more. If you have a cat, the deals are not to be missed https://amzn.to/2PKSf3L

48% off Felix As Good As It Looks Cat Food, Mixed Fish and Meat, 120 x 100 g, 120 Pouches https://amzn.to/2TxVGci

45% off Arden Grange dog food https://amzn.to/2PRsLSr

Up to 55% off trainers from Puma, New Balance and more https://amzn.to/2OVcNBm

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

Lindy NC-60 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review – A Budget King

Welcome to my review of the Lindy NC-60 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones review. What makes these headphones stand out is the budget pricing of around £53, along with all the accessories included.

Key Features

– Active Noise Cancellation technology delivers up to 85% reduction of ambient noise
– 40mm high output drivers with neodymium magnets
– Adjustable headband and soft cushioned earpads
– Rotatable earpieces for safe storage in the supplied, hard durable vinyl carry case
– Flexible 1.5m audio cable with 3.5mm jack, adapters for connecting to dual plug in-flight entertainment systems and hi-fi are also included
– Lindy’s 2 year warranty

Main Review

Conclusion

At this price point, Lindy have produced a good noise cancelling headphone that is comfortable to wear.

Latest pricing on Amazon UK

Focal Spark Wireless Earphones Review

Welcome to my review of the Focal Spark Wireless earphones. The Focal Spark Wireless earphones retail for £89.99.

Key Features

– Lightweight and comfortable
– Fastening system for sports use
– Available in Black, Silver & Rose Gold
– Exceptional performance / price ratio
– 3-button remote control with omnidirectional microphone – works with windows, android & iOS
– Bluetooth 4.1
– Impedance 16 ohms
– Sensitivity 103db
– Battery – up to 8 hours

Main Review

Conclusion

Focal have produced a lovely wireless earphone, using their hi-end audio pedigree.

Latest pricing on Amazon UK

CEL_Fi Prime Mobile Signal Booster – Ofcom Approved – No WiFi needed

Welcome to my First Impressions and Unboxing of the CEL-Fi Prime mobile signal booster.

Key Features

– 100 dB maximum signal gain covering 1 to 2 rooms
– Ideal for dense, high rise urban areas
– Carrier approved for 3G/4G/LTE for voice and data; Cel-Fi Prime is CE and FCC approved; it is legal to use and has been approved for use by mobile operators, Ofcom approved
– Intelliboost chipset – unconditionally network safe
– Quick setup with integrated antenna system and Wave app management
– Boosts both 3G and 4G signal coverage – you must have at least one bar of signal somewhere in the building
– No WiFi needed
– Solves pilot pollution with innovative beam steering
– Unconditionally network safe
– UK Retail price £399

The CEL-Fi product range offers a cost effective solution for addressing poor signal coverage when at home or work. All you need is at least one bar in the building. This solution does not require WiFi either. All CEL-Fi prodducts comply with OFCOM regulations.

First Impressions and Unboxing

Available from

www.signalboosters.co.uk