Tech Addicts Podcast – The Next Episode is Live – Note 8, Nokia and Sony Xperia Touch

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.

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Nokia 3310 (2017) Review – Snake in action 


Welcome to my review of the Nokia 3310 (2017). This is the brand new Nokia 3310. My thanks to Vodafone for the loan unit. 

Key Features – 

– 2MP rear camera with led flash.

– Up to 22.1 hours talk time and a huge 31 days standby time. 

– Snake is preloaded. 

– Opera Store – Games/Apps.

– FM Radio.

– Micro SD card support up to 32gb.

– Mirco sim. 

For more information and the latest offers on the Nokia 3310, check out Amazon and Vodafone UK.

Video Review 

Update –

thekeithbbb added some superb feedback in the comments on his usage of the Nokia 3310 –

“The phone has the Opera browser which even though basic is quite good. RSS feeds are easy to set up which makes news gathering quite quick even on 2G. Facebook and Twitter have basic apps or you can access them via the browser. I find the weather app updates within 20 seconds or shorter. Battery last me about a week with several calls per day and several browsing sessions per day. As a phone for work it is brilliant. Easy secure in my pocket. The main down point to me is the keyboard. The characters are hard to see in certain lighting conditions. The backlit keys in daylight are very hard to see.

If the phone last more than several years surely not too bad. We are expected to upgrade are perfectly working smartphones costing much much more every 2 years and no one seems to mind.”

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.

Live Photos in iOS 11 is a game changer!

I am currently using my iPhone 7 Plus with iOS 11 Public Beta. 

iOS 11 has many new features but my favourite is Live Photos which becomes super clever. For starters you can create fun loop, bounce or long exposure effects in an instant with your snapped masterpiece.  

But my personal favourite is change the key cover photo in the Live Photo. Sometimes the video part of the Live Photo holds a better shot. 

Anyway below are some shots from today, where I changed the key cover photo. 


And the new black Labrador above is our new addition to the family called Sophie. She was a rescue dog and is 2 years old. 

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.

I need you HELP urgently in the next 7 days

YouTube has deployed a new algorithm to demonetise millions and millions of unsuitable videos that aren’t acceptable for all audiences. The concept is fine. Except its not working correctly. My last 3 YouTube videos on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium all suffered from this.

YouTube offers a manual review providing your video gets 1,000 views in 7 days. This is where I need your help.

Please share this link to this video of mine and help get it to 1,000 views ASAP.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium – My Review – 4K HDR, 960fps Slow Motion and More

Sony Xperia XZ Review. The Sony Xperia XX Premium is a phone that holds many firsts in a phone. For a start it has a 5.5 inch 4K HDR display and a 19mp rear camera that can take 960fps slow motion. The phone also has the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, a 13mp front camera along with a range of camera modes and options.

Over the last 24 hours, I have published dedicated reviews on the camera, audio along with the best headphones to provide more detail on particular aspects that some of you had requested.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Mega Camera Review and Showcase – Click HERE.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Audio Review & Best Headphones – Click HERE.

Original camera shots on Flickr Album.

My thanks to Vodafone UK for the loan.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review

Also available from Amazon UK

Sony Xperia XZ Premium – Audio Review & The Best Headphones to Use

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Audio Review plus the best headphones to use with the phone. The Sony Xperia XX Premium is a phone that holds many firsts in a phone. For a start it has a 5.5 inch 4K HDR display and a 19mp rear camera that can take 960fps slow motion. The phone also has the latest Snapdragon 835 processor along with a dedicated audio setup. It is this audio setup, the Bluetooth, stereo loudspeakers,headphone output and the best headphones to use with it that I am going to cover off today.

Over the next 24 hours, I will be publishing my main review of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and a dedicated camera only review too.

Camera Review & Showcase

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Main Review
My thanks to Vodafone UK for the loan.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Audio Review

Also available from Amazon UK

Sony Xperia XZ Premium – Detailed Camera Review and Showcase

Sony Xperia XZ Mega Camera Review and Showcase. The Sony Xperia XX Premium is a phone that holds many firsts in a phone. For a start it has a 5.5 inch 4K HDR display and a 19mp rear camera that can take 960fps slow motion. The phone also has the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, a 13mp front camera along with a range of camera modes and options.

Over the next 24 hours, I will be publishing my main review of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and a dedicated audio only review too.

My Sony Xperia XZ Premium Flickr Album.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Main Review
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Audio Review & Best Headphones
My thanks to Vodafone UK for the loan.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Camera Review and Showcase

Also available from Amazon UK

YouTube has a BIG problem with de monetisations of videos – My Story so far

Apart from my website, I have videos being shown over on my YouTube channel. Please subscribe if you haven’t already. My videos are harmless, well within YouTube guideline for acceptable content, have no swearing or nudity. I also only use the royalty free music provided with the video editing apps I use – iMovie and Luma Fusion. To be even safer, I have created my own audio tracks using GarageBand now.

In addition, all video content is my own. So in practice and theory all my content meets YouTube’s guidelines. So it was a totally shock when I realised 2 of 3 new videos uploaded and scheduled to go live this weekend on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium were de monetised by YouTube, as content was flagged as unsuitable for all advertisers. WTF.

So I had a mini rant on twitter and YouTube replied.

There was no reason for any of the 2 videos to be struck off like this. None whatsoever. The appeals process to get a manual intervention involves waiting until your video gets 1,000+ views and then YouTube wants 7 days to check it. The most valuable time of a video is the first few days and for me getting 1,000 plus views is a challenge sometimes. So in other words, YouTube doesn’t care at all or even have a fair process of appeal.

I can now see what other YouTubers were moaning about when they had the same problem. YouTube has a BIG problem and they need to fix it ASAP.

My only solution was to delete the 2 videos off YouTube and re-edit them, which sadly involved me removing the AR Camera footage I had created as I could not think of any reason why my videos were against the YouTube guidelines.

Anyway here is the footage I removed shared to Instagram – Warning its scary and frightening and I have even created a scary title 😉

Sony Xperia XZ Premium #AR #Camera #mobilephotography #abitoffun – turn volume on

A post shared by Gavin Fabiani-Laymond (@gavinsgadgets) on

Scenic views of Newquay and Dartmoor – Shot on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Below are a number of shots taken with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. All shots were snapped in auto.

The above shot is one of my favourite with good colour and dynamic range. All shots have been uploaded in full resolution.

No need to rush for a space on the beach!

A home on your own rock with a private bridge too. I would imagine the maintenance costs are pretty high.

The above shot was taken before sunset. It is a little too dark versus the real lighting conditions.

Dartmoor ponies. Again the photo is a bit dark. This could be brightened up afterwards. The f/2.0 rear lens is the primary reason in lower lighting conditions, the photos tend to be a little dark.

And there you have it, some photos from the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. At the weekend, I will have a separate camera and audio reviews, and the main review too.

My thanks to Vodafone UK for the loan.