Amazon Bank Holiday Sale – Friday 24th August – My Top Picks

Day 3 of Amazon’s Bank Holiday sale which seems to have better deals than on Prime Day. Each day I will bring you my best picks for the day. Below are my best picks for today. This will be updated periodically during the day too. Full list of deals – https://amzn.to/2N5mxJe

47% off Pedigree DentaStix Daily Dental Chews Dog, 112 Sticks, Medium https://amzn.to/2wo0SEH

Up to 40% off Under Armor Sports Gear https://amzn.to/2PzgNsE

56% off Jaybird Freedom Special Edition Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, designed for Sport, Running and Fitness, Black/Silver https://amzn.to/2LpjrxY

Deal of the Day!! Philips 65PUS7303/12 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV with HDR Plus and Ambilight 3-sided – Dark Silver (2018 Model) https://amzn.to/2MS9rls

Up to 20% off Sony Cameras https://amzn.to/2o4TzOD

Deal of the Day!! Xbox One S 1TB Console Sea of Thieves Bundle with Vertical Stand/Forza Horizon 3/Minecraft Explorers Pack/Wireless Controller Minecraft Creeper https://amzn.to/2wlrWEJ

25% of Ticwatch Smartwatch https://amzn.to/2MMda4g

Every special “Deal of the Day” deal today https://amzn.to/2PAZXtI

Save £10 on Amazon Fire 7 Tablet now £39.99 https://amzn.to/2LjvjkQ

Up to 35% off Smartphones from Motorola, Huawei, Honor and more https://amzn.to/2LmPZbT

Upto 35% off TV’s (Sony,LG, Philips etc) https://amzn.to/2ByHgDV

Xbox One Console deals https://amzn.to/2LivM74

Up to 32% off Huawei Watch 2 https://amzn.to/2N89abe

55% off Oral-B Pro 3 3000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable Powered by Braun, 1 Handle, 2 Toothbrush Heads https://amzn.to/2N7hqrN

31% off Duracell Batteries AA & AAA https://amzn.to/2weebaU

Massive deal. Normally £58.99, use promotion on page to get for £36.99. I did. USB C/Type C PD Power Delivery Power Bank RAVPower 26800mAh Portable External Battery Pack (Faster Recharged in 4.5 Hours with USB-C Input, 30W Type-c Output) Portable Charger for USB C Laptops https://amzn.to/2whKPsd

Samsung Qi Chargers deals https://amzn.to/2Ncry2M

Save upto 39% on Sony headphones & speakers https://amzn.to/2nYwxJ6

Save up to 60% on Fossil Smartwatches https://amzn.to/2N8AXbi

Up to 40% off Laptops & Desktops https://amzn.to/2w3CBo7

There are deals across all departments from pets, kitchen, beauty, clothing, jewellery and more. Here are all the current deals https://amzn.to/2N5mxJe

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Amazon Bank Holiday Sale – Thursday 23rd August – My Best Picks

Amazon has started their Bank Holiday sale yesterday. Each day I will bring you my best picks for the day. Below are my best picks for today. This will be updated periodically during the day too. Full list of deals – https://amzn.to/2N5mxJe

44% off Bosch Hedgecutter AHS 70-34 (blade cover, cardboard box, 700 W, 700 mm blade length, 34 mm tooth spacing) https://amzn.to/2o1cNob

Save £10 on Amazon Fire 7 Tablet now £39.99 https://amzn.to/2LjvjkQ

44% off Jabra Elite 45e – Wireless Earbuds with memory wire and One-touch Google/Siri/Amazon Alexa – Titanium Black now £49.99 https://amzn.to/2PwP3F2

30% off Barbie, Fisher Price, Hot Wheels, Thomas & Friends, Scrabble and more https://amzn.to/2o8YEpn

Now just £11.00 Back to School, REYLEO Backpack Laptop Bag School Rucksack Waterproof Daypack for Men Women, Work, Travel, College – 21L / Grey RB03 https://amzn.to/2N7iID9

34% off Fitbit Blaze Smartwatch Fitness https://amzn.to/2wrYWvh

Up to 30% off Edinburgh Gin, Johnnie Walker, Ciroc and more https://amzn.to/2PuCf1X

Up to 35% off Smartphones from Motorola, Huawei, Honor and more https://amzn.to/2LmPZbT

Upto 35% off TV’s (Sony,LG, Philips etc) https://amzn.to/2ByHgDV

29 % off Epson EH-TW5650 Full HD 2500 Lumens Projector – White https://amzn.to/2wji66q

Xbox One Console deals https://amzn.to/2LivM74

Up to 32% off Huawei Watch 2 https://amzn.to/2N89abe

60% off Oral-B Pro 3 3000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable Powered by Braun, 1 Handle, 2 Toothbrush Heads https://amzn.to/2N7hqrN

31% off Duracell Batteries AA & AAA https://amzn.to/2weebaU

Massive deal. Normally £58.99, use promotion on page to get for £36.99. I did. USB C/Type C PD Power Delivery Power Bank RAVPower 26800mAh Portable External Battery Pack (Faster Recharged in 4.5 Hours with USB-C Input, 30W Type-c Output) Portable Charger for USB C Laptops https://amzn.to/2whKPsd

Samsung Qi Chargers deals https://amzn.to/2Ncry2M

Save upto 39% on Sony headphones & speakers https://amzn.to/2nYwxJ6

Save up to 60% on Fossil Smartwatches https://amzn.to/2N8AXbi

Great savings on Laptops & Desktops https://amzn.to/2w3CBo7

10% off Neato Robotics Botvac D304 Connected Ultra Pack – Self-Docking Automatic Vacuum Cleaner with Large Dustbin – Alexa-ready Robot Vacuum with Mapping. So cool. https://amzn.to/2nVWQjk

10% off Keter Corfu Outdoor 4 Seater Rattan Sofa Furniture Set with Accent Table https://amzn.to/2BvcHip

40% off Ray Ban Glasses https://amzn.to/2N8qPQ3

There are deals across all departments from pets, kitchen, beauty, clothing, jewellery and more. Here are all the current deals https://amzn.to/2N5mxJe

Amazon Bank Holiday Sale – The Best Picks from Today’s Deals

Amazon has started their Bank Holiday sale today and below are my best picks for today. This will be updated periodically during the day too. Full list of deals – https://amzn.to/2N5mxJe

Upto 35% off TV’s (Sony,LG, Philips etc) https://amzn.to/2ByHgDV

Xbox One Console deals https://amzn.to/2LivM74

Deal of day Duracell Batteries AA & AAA https://amzn.to/2weebaU

30% off Ravpower Headphones inc bluetooth/chargers https://amzn.to/2MGPiiu

Samsung Qi Chargers deals https://amzn.to/2Ncry2M

Save upto 15% on Sony headphones & speakers https://amzn.to/2nYwxJ6

Save up to 60% on Fossil Smartwatches https://amzn.to/2N8AXbi

Great savings on Laptops & Desktops https://amzn.to/2w3CBo7

48% off Neato Robotics Botvac D304 Connected Ultra Pack – Self-Docking Automatic Vacuum Cleaner with Large Dustbin – Alexa-ready Robot Vacuum with Mapping. So cool. https://amzn.to/2nVWQjk

30% off V-Tech Toys https://amzn.to/2MKMNLV

41% off Keter Corfu Outdoor 4 Seater Rattan Sofa Furniture Set with Accent Table https://amzn.to/2BvcHip

40% off Ray Ban Glasses https://amzn.to/2N8qPQ3

There are deals across all departments from pets, kitchen, beauty, clothing, jewellery and more. Here are all the current deals https://amzn.to/2N5mxJe

Nokia 5 Review – 1 Year Later with Android 8.1

The Nokia 5 is made from a solid piece of 6000 series alumimium. It runs on a near stock version of android, called android one and it is a joy to use. It has 2gb ram and 16gb storage with a 13mp auto focus rear camera and a 8mp auto focus front camera. You can buy this from Amazon UK for just over £110.

Nokia 5 Photo Samples

The Dominos sign is looking crispy. Nothing wrong with this shot.

Again, another good shot. Maybe could do with a little brightening up, but overall pretty reasonable.

Above is the front facing 8mp camera, taken indoors. My face is a little pale as it hasn’t exposed perfectly for the light that is streaming through the glass window.

A couple of sheep on Dartmoor that were moving fairly quickly. Again, quite a fairly reasonable shot.

Before the storm. My village. Quite like this shot.

So what happens when we take the above shot, edit it in Snapseed using the HDRscape filter. A more dramatic shot!

Above, post box. This is the snapseed edit. Camera was aimed towards the sun, so the original shot was a little too dark, but snapseed helped make the shot a little bit more interesting.

Main Review

If you fancy buying one of the budget gems, you can pick one up from Amazon now.

Nokia 5 – Check out the Camera Samples from the 13mp camera

The Nokia 5 is made from a solid piece of 6000 series alumimium. It runs on a near stock version of android, called android one and it is a joy to use. My full review will be up this weekend, along with some tips and tricks. This is sat squarely in the budget category too, with 2gb ram and 16gb storage which is expandable with a micro SD card. You can buy this from Amazon UK for just over £110.

So what can the 13mp rear camera achieve when it comes to taking photos?

Let’s take a look.

The Dominos sign is looking crispy. Nothing wrong with this shot.

Again, another good shot. Maybe could do with a little brightening up, but overall pretty reasonable.

Above is the front facing 8mp camera, taken indoors. My face is a little pale as it hasn’t exposed perfectly for the light that is streaming through the glass window.

A couple of sheep on Dartmoor that were moving fairly quickly. Again, quite a fairly reasonable shot.

Before the storm. My village. Quite like this shot.

So what happens when we take the above shot, edit it in Snapseed using the HDRscape filter. A more dramatic shot!

Above, post box. This is the snapseed edit. Camera was aimed towards the sun, so the original shot was a little too dark, but snapseed helped make the shot a little bit more interesting.

I will talk more about my conclusion on the Nokia 5 camera and the rest of the phone in my main review. So stay tuned.

If you fancy buying one of the budget gems, you can pick one up from Amazon now.

Samsung’s 256gb EVO U3 Micro SD card – 4K video and more

The Samsung 256gb EVO U3 is one of the fastest micro sd cards available. Samsung describe it as ultra fast, and ideal for sports and action photography. This EVO card is also ideal for 4K UHD video recording.

So if you happened to have just ordered a Note 9, or have any other device that needs and supports micro sd cards , this is the one to go for. There are also lower storage capacities available and in a few months time, Samsung is likely to launch a 512gb version of this card, although I’d imagine this will be very expensive when it first becomes available.

At the moment, Amazon has 40% off the 256gb version, so head over and grab yourself a good deal, click HERE.

UAG Monarch case for Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – Lightweight yet Tough!

The UAG Monarch Series case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Case is designed & precisely engineered to provide a case that meets double the Military Standard for drop & shock protection. The UAG Monarch case is available for other phone models too.

Key Features include –

– Handcrafted, feather-light construction with 5 layers of protection
– Top grain leather and alloy metal hardware
– Soft impact-resistant core & honeycomb traction grip
– Oversized tactile buttons & protective screen surround
– Compatible with Samsung Pay and Samsung Fast Wireless Charging
– Meets 2X Military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)
– 10-Year Limited Warranty

Buy the UAG Monarch case at Amazon UK

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – What’s in the box? Details of everything included

In case you’re wondering what’s in the box of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, I can confirm it includes an awful lot of goodies. So what does Samsung include?

Below is the full list of what is included –

– The Note 9

– S Pen

– USB cable

– Earphones

– Ejection pin

– USB power adapter

– USB connector

– S Pen nibs

– Tweezer for S Pen nibs

– Clear Cover case (carrier and region dependant)

– Quick start guide

– USB connector leaflet

As you can see, Samsung have you covered completely in the included stuff in the box.

Samsung Protective Standing Cover for the Note 9 – Extra Tough

The Samsung Protective Standing Cover for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is Samsung’s answer to offering a extra tough case. It has MIL Standard protection as well as –

– Bumper-style allows you to see and use the screen with ease
– Textured surface provides grip
– Official Samsung accessory made for the Galaxy Note 9
– Easily access all ports, controls & connectors
– Qi wireless charging compatible
– Built in stand for portrait and landscape viewing

Buy the Samsung Protection Standing cover on Amazon UK

Spigen Tough Armor case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – Patented protection

Welcome to my look at the Spigen Tough Armor case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This is the start of my Note 9 coverage. Lots of accessories, more cases and the phone itself.

• Extreme dual-layer protection made of a TPU body and polycarbonate back

• Precise cutouts for quick access and raised lips to protect screen and camera

• Reinforced kickstand for hands-free viewing experience

• Mil-Grade certified with Air-Cushion Technology in all corners

• Samsung Galaxy Note9 Case Compatible with Galaxy Note 9 (2018)

The Spigen case is about half the cost of,Samsung’s equivalent as well. Good value!

Grab yours at Amazon UK.

1MORE Triple Drivers Earphones Review – THX Certified – Sound so powerful it’ll blow your mind!

Welcome to my review of the 1MORE Triple Driver earphone.

The Key Specifications

– Model – 1MORE Triple Driver IE E1001
– Impedance – 32 ohm
– Sensitivtiy – 99db
– Frequency Range – 20-40,000 Hz
– Cable – Enameled Copper Wire
– THX Certified
– 3 Drivers. 1 x dynamic driver and 2 x dual balanced armatures
– Patented “triple-layered” design in dynamic drivers with dual PET layers and inner aerospace metal layer for clear human voice
– Expertly tuned by four time Grammy winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi

The 1MORE Triple Driver earphone is made from an aluminium alloy, making them lightweight and comfortable. In the box there are 9 different sets of ear tips. 6 x silicone and 3 x foam, although the ones fitted by default worked great for me.

The earphones were the first THX certified earphones. The are also Hi-Res. They have won at least 12 media awards and recommendations and 17 international design awards over 4 years. That’s quite an impressive feat.

Opening the box, reveals a beautiful presentation. As we all know, presentation shows good attention to detail, but these are earphones, so sound is what ultimately matters. And OMG, the 1MORE Triple drivers delivery sound with authority and depth. I used these with an iPhone 6S, Samsung Galaxy S9, iPad Pro 10.5, Shanling MO and Shanling MO/Q5 combo. I listened to every genre and watched a few movies on Netflix using my Galaxy S9.

The 1MORE Triple drivers have lovely bass with good treble and mids. Being THX certified makes using these for movies ideal too. I listened to rock, jazz, classical, blues, dance and more with these earphones and just loved the presentation and quality. When I used them with even more powerful amplifcation the treble and mids were so clear.

Now have a look at my video review for more thoughts and a closer look.

Video Review

Conclusion

The 1MORE Triple driver earphone is highly recommended. It delivers satsiying sound across the entire spectrum and shows why the 3.5mm headphone jack will continue to live on. These have replaced all my existing wired earphones too!

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Planes & Landing at Exeter Airport – filmed in 60fps, 240fps & 960fps

What do you do while you are waiting for your plance at an airport. Naturally film somes planes. Flybe use the above plane for short haul UK flights and they are pretty bumpy when landing, albeit enjoyable.

So with the Samsung Galaxy S9, I took some video using 60fps, 240fps and 960fps. 960fps were tricky as the planes speed often meant you missed the action. But I did get some footage.

Anyway, enjoy.

Shanling MO Review – World’s Smallest Portable Hi-Res Music Player

Welcome to my review of the £99 Shanling MO. In this review I will show you how to operate the device, what’s in the box, all the options, look at bluetooth and USB and a range of headphones both wired and wireless.

Apart from being tiny the specs are –

Shanling M0 includes Hi-Res audio certification, in a tiny size, with Bluetooth wireless capability, the M0 digital audio player represents the pinnacle of portable, high-fidelity listening. Pushing the limits of technology the Shanling M0 incorporates everything required of a Hi-Res portable player, with the size of a wristwatch. It has the capability to hold SD cards with up to 512GB and features a high-definition touch screen developed by LG.

It also has a newly developed side-wheel design that offers precise control with higher durability. The core of the M0 comprises of a multi-layered Microvia HDI high-density PCB board. Compared to ordinary PCB boards it provides better electrical performance and helps avoid signal interference in the circuit. These design elements allowed Shanling to make the M0 smaller while pushing its performance to higher levels.

In fact its really light too at just 38g. It is 40 x 13.5 x 45mm. Its made from curved glass and a double curved body design. The glass is 7H tempered glass and the body is a unibody CNC aluminium. In real life, it looks stunning. The photos dont do it justice.

Bluetooth is a two way affair. It can stream music to headphones or speakers or receive bluetooth from your phone or other source. It can do this using LDAC codec too.

Review

Useful Links

Shanling MO more info & latest pricing on Amazon
Shanling MO Leather case on Amazon UK

Shanling MO – The World’s Smallest Hi Res Certified Player – First Impressions

The Shanling Mo arrived today. It had been on pre order from Amazon for quite a while. My expectations were low, I was expecting a cheaply constructive device with huge specs. especially as it only costs £99.

Shanling M0 includes Hi-Res audio certification, in a tiny size, with Bluetooth wireless capability, the M0 digital audio player represents the pinnacle of portable, high-fidelity listening. Pushing the limits of technology the Shanling M0 incorporates everything required of a Hi-Res portable player, with the size of a wristwatch. It has the capability to hold SD cards with up to 512GB and features a high-definition touch screen developed by LG.

It also has a newly developed side-wheel design that offers precise control with higher durability. The core of the M0 comprises of a multi-layered Microvia HDI high-density PCB board. Compared to ordinary PCB boards it provides better electrical performance and helps avoid signal interference in the circuit. These design elements allowed Shanling to make the M0 smaller while pushing its performance to higher levels.

In fact its really light too at just 38g. It is 40 x 13.5 x 45mm. Its made from curved glass and a double curved body design. The glass is 7H tempered glass and the body is a unibody CNC aluminium. In real life, it looks stunning. The photos dont do it justice.

Bluetooth is a two way affair. It can stream music to headphones or speakers or receive bluetooth from your phone or other source. It can do this using LDAC codec too.

USB is USB C. Yes. This means it has two way USB C interface. It can be used as an external sound card for your computer, or just as a digital transport transmitting the digital sound to another USB DAC.

So first impressions. I never read the manual. Just inserted a micro SD card (Sandisk 200gb) which had about 10,000 songs. Using the easy to use gesture interface, I added them to the players library. And hit play. Well I got my wife to have a listen first to a piano concerto. She did not want to give it back as the sounnd quality was fantastic. The MO comes in 5 colours. I have the titanium finish. There is black, red, blue and purple. They all look gorgeous.

I have had a listen too and am impressed. So far I have tried it with 3 different wired headphones and 3 bluetooth headphones. I have also used it as a digital transport. I cannot believe this Shanling MO only costs £99.

Head over to Amazon UK to get more info and pick one up too.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Duos – The Two Week Experiment

The Samsung Galaxy S9 was released back in March this year. I had the larger S9+ which was good to use. Battery life was poor though. So 4 months later, has all the firmwares made the S9 a formiddable device.

Well, one thing that hasn’t changed, the battery life is still shockingly poor.

The S9 Duos is the official dual sim version of the S9. Either 2 nano sims or one nano sim and a micro SD card. So whats my verdict after obtaining a S9 again, and using it for 2 weeks. Well, its a complex device. First of all, setting it up from scratch took a lifetime, as its on Android 8.0 instead of 8.1, and instead of using Google’s Smart unlock, Samsung insists on using its own system, Samsung Pass, that uses your eyes to reveal the passwords. And that is a pattern repeated in many apps, duplication galore. The good news, some of Samsung’s own apps are better than Google’s default ones, so you just need to pick and choose whcih app you want to do what with. At the end of the day, I ended up with a phone that can do more.

And more is a feature of the S9. It has more hardware and software features than any other phone on the market, as well as the best screen on a phone. The size of the S9 versus the S9+ is far easier to hold and use one handed too. It is just let down by a battery that is too small and means you will need to charge it during the day. I have managed 4.5 to 5 hours screen on time regularly, which sounds great, and it is, except standby time is dreadful.

The camera on the whole is fast, fluid and reliable. See shot above. Looks good enough. Video recording is very good and one of the best phones on the market for video. Audio from the video is excellent too. It is not the best phone for photos though, but its good enough.

A headphone jack. Its included and its useful from time to time. Quality is excellent too, just needs some efficient headphones. And then there is the bluetooth setup, which is superb.

There’s more to the S9 with the DeX system, enabling the S9 to be used as a processor/computer with a screen and keyboard attached. I really like how it handles USB drives and such like, moving data quickly across. Having a micro SD card slot has been handy too, switching cards when needed.

All in all, its been a good phone to use, albeit nothing super exciting. Let’s hope the Note 9 with its 4,000mAh battery can last a whole day between charges!

Below are my original reviews of the S9+.

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