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Weekend Reading – All Your Favourite Reviews in One Place

It’s the weekend and you are not sure what to do. Well how about reading some good old tech reviews, covering a wide range of products.

You will notice below sub categories for various tech devices, so hit the menu that interests you the most. If ever you need to find anything on Gavin’s Gadgets, you can use the search icon top right, or tap menu, and then the sub menu of your choice.

Phones, Tablets, Chromebooks and Laptop reviews

Smartwatches, Fitness and VR reviews

Audio, Headphones, Amp DACs, Projectors & Sound Bar Reviews

Photography Accessories – Add on lenses, gimbals, tripods, photo apps

Connected Home and Apps accessory reviews

Accessories – cables, power, cases and more

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Pump-Audio Mix vs V2 In Ear Headphones Review & Comparison


Pump-Audio was originally founded in 2014 by entrepreneur Adam Blair. Today the company is quickly becoming known as a high quality headphone producer in the UK and across the World.

PUMP Headphones are specifically designed for lovers of dance music.

Today I am going to be reviewing the new and soon to be released Pump-Audio Mix In Ear headphones versus the current V2 In Ear Headphones.

Key Specifications

Pump-Audio Mix In Ear

– Weight: <15g
– 3.5mm gold connector jack
– In line microphone & volume control
– Frequency range: 12hz – 28khz
– Sensitivity: 102dB (+/- 3dB)
– Passive Noise Isolation
– Silicone and Memory Foam earbuds

Pump-Audio V2 In Ear

– Frequency range: 16hz – 24khz
– Sensitivity 102db (+/- 3db)
– Impedance 18 ohms
– Passive noise isolation
– Silicone and Memory Foam earbuds
– Weight <15g
– 3.5mm gold connector jack
– In line microphone

The Review


If you love dance music, the Pump-Audio Mix and V2 headphones dig deep with the bass but not at the expensive of the treble. As the new Mix headphones have a wider frequency range the extra top end is slightly more refined. The Mix also has volume controls on the in line remote over the V2. Recommended for dance music fans.

Useful Links

Pump-Audio on Amazon

Note – PS. Note these were a review sample supplied by Pump Audio

HTC 10, Xiaomi Mi Max, LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, MS Lumia 950 and more – check out the latest on these phones

There have been many review recently published and many more coming soon. Below is a highlight of the reviews of all the smartphones recently published.

Apple iPhone 6S Plus – review

HTC 10 review

LG G5 – And All The Modules – review

LG V10 review

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Review

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – The Experience

Xiaomi Mi Max review

Xiaomi Mi Max with MIUI v8

Phone Accessory Reviews

Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic review

Samsung Lens Cover – Closer Look at the Telephoto Lens

Samsung Lens Cover for S7 and S7 Edge review

Audio Reviews

iBasso DX80 with Chord Mojo – review

Pioneer XDP-100R – review

Chord Mojo – Review

Dragonfly Red – review

Fiio Q1 review

Oppo PM-3 Headphones – review


Miguard A105 Security System

Netatmo Welcome – review

Piper NV HD Security System

LG G5 Friends – My Reviews of all 6 Friends / Modules

LG have released a combination of 6 Friends of the LG G5. The good news is that several of these can be used with other android and iOS devices. I have now reviewed all of the LG G5 Friends.

LG 360 Cam – Review



To read my detailed review of the LG 360 Cam – Click HERE

LG Cam Plus – Review


To read my detailed review of the LG Cam Plus – Click HERE.

LG Tone Platinum HBS-1100 Stereo Bluetooth Headphone – Review


To read my detailed review of the LG Tone Platinum Bluetooth headphones – Click HERE

LG HiFi Plus Module – Review


To read my detailed review of the LG HiFi Plus DAC – Click HERE.

LG 360 VR – Review


To read my detailed review of the LG 360 VR – Click HERE.

LG Rolling Bot – Review

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Review coming soon as Rolling Bot not released yet.

So there you have it, all the LG G5 Friends now reviewed. If you have any questions please ask away.

HTC 10 – The reviews are out

All the HTC 10 reviews have appeared from a number of tech websites. My HTC 10 is due shortly and likely at the same time as the Huawei P9. However, my first focus will be putting my LG G5 retail unit through its paces, now that this has now arrived.

I have a special treat for the G5 camera (weather permitting) so stay tuned.

So the reviews from Engadget, Pocketnow. Mobilegeeks, Android Authority and many more all seem to summarise that they really like the HTC 10. Clearly there is some love left for the company.

Below is a review from Pocketnow.

Samsung Gear S2 and S2 Classic – review


Welcome to my review of the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic. The watches are virtually identical apart from the fact the Gear S2 Classic (on right) uses a standard 20mm leather watch strap and has a fancier rotating front bezel. The other aspect of these smart watches is that they work on all android phones from android 4.4 upwards and soon on iOS.

The Key Specifications

– IP68
– 250 mAh battery
– RAM 512mb, 4gb rom with 1.9gb storage free
– Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, WiFi
– Sensors – Acc, Gyro, Heart Rate Monitor, Barometer, Ambient Light
– OS Tizen
– Exynos 3250
– Gear S2 – 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4 mm
– Gear S2 Classic – 39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4 mm
– Wireless Charging Dock included


On the side you have a back button and an apps button. The mode of operation is simple. Either touch the screen and/or rotate the circular bezel. So by gently turning the bezel you can scroll through long emails, zoom in on a map or skip a track during playback. The large watch bezel is so easy to rotate too. The Gear S2 is my favourite smart watch to date. In terms of ease of use it is way ahead of the Apple Watch. I also prefer it to Android Wear. Android Wear does not have a single watch that correctly uses the heart rate monitor for fitness. Now some of you are shouting the Gear S2 doesn’t have any third party app developer support. Maybe so, but neither does it matter. Running apps on a watch is crazy. The heavy processing should be done on your phone. The Apple Watch has very few third party apps worth talking about and being honest they only send data back to the phone app. Also Apple Watch apps are slow to use. So what matters is what the watch does out of the box, not what it might do next year. Next year there will be an advancement in tech, so more will be possible. I can state the Gear S2 does exactly what it says on the tin. Unlike previous Gear watches, the Gear S2 works with all android phones that have android 4.4 and above. iOS support is due later this year.

So using S Health you can stay fit and focused, get heart rate readings and more. The S Health app on the phone is extremely extensive. However, it is worth noting there is no way to export the health data outside of S Health.

The Gear S2 has a decent range of watch faces plus you can buy in the Galaxy Gear app store more apps and watch faces. The watch faces are customisable along with watch complications. You also have watch widgets which again are selectable. The included watch faces in my opinion are extensive enough.


So by swiping the screen to the right or rotating the round bezel, shows your notifications. You can reply to messages using voice, emojis or type a reply with the on screen keyboard which uses T9 for speed. Swiping or rotating the bezel in the other direction you get access to a selection of widgets. You can add or remove the widgets to your liking. The included apps on the Gear S2 are messages, email, phone, timer, stopwatch, S Health, Settings, Schedule, Alarm, S Voice, Nike Running, Music Player (300 songs limit, you connect bluetooth headphones to the Gear S2), Bloomberg, CNN, Gallery, Find My Phone, Maps, Voice Memo and World Clock. Via the Gear S2 phone app you can re-arrange the layout of the apps. The Gear S2 concept works on apps around the edge which you can select by tapping the icon or rotating the bezel. To go to the next page of apps you can either swipe left or right, or select next page.

S Health links into the the Samsung S Health app. The S Health app on the Gear S2 can track your activity from running, walking, cycling, hiking, elliptical training, exercise bike, step machine and treadmill. The Gear S2 can read your heart rate every hour, or every 10 mins or not at all. You can also use the S Health watch up to track water and caffeine intake. However, the Gear S2 does not have built in GPS. It uses the GPS connection from your phone.

In terms of third party apps, the Gear app store includes apps from Fit Evolution,Uber, Line, KLM, eBay, Golf Navi, ESPN, WSJ, Live Soccer, Watchmaster. Samsung have extra apps you can install including Calculator, Find My Car and News Briefing. There are also a number of watch faces. But the app store is not that extensive.


With the Gear S2 Classic you can fit standard 20mm watch straps. I got a brown crocodile leather strap for £7 from Amazon. I think it makes a massive difference to the look and smartness of the Gear S2 Classic. I have provided all the links to the Amazon straps at the end of the article.


With the standard Gear S2 you have to buy Samsung straps. Samsung have a range of designer straps by Mendini. I got this one below which costs around £30.



Personally, I really like the Gear S2. It does exactly what is says on the tin and no more. Is this watch for you? It all depends on what you want your smart watch to do!

Amazon UK Links

iStrap 20mm Replacement Brown Crocodile Leather strap

Official Samsung Mendini Sports Strap

Samsung Gear S2 and S2 Classic Smart Watch

Amazon US Links

Click Here to Buy via Amazon USA

Apple iPhone SE – Review

Apple’s new iPhone SE went on sale yesterday and already the reviews are appearing across the web. Below are a highlight from across the internet with added commentary from myself.

The Wall Street Journal highlights the impressive battery life in the iPhone SE, which out performs both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6s, but criticizes the unoriginal design. The design is difficult to radically change as this is how people identify its an iPhone.

The Independent stated that the iPhone SE will appeal most to those who currently use a 4-inch iPhone. There also commented that as it can be difficult to adjust to a smaller 4-inch screen after using Apple’s larger 4.7 or 5.5-inch iPhones. Agree on this point totally

iMore noted that while the iPhone SE received the 12-megapixel rear camera from the iPhone 6s, the front-facing camera is a measly 1.2 megapixels. I really think Apple was wrong here not to include the 5mp front camera. Selfies are all the rage at the moment.

Techradar called the exterior “svelte and sleek,” and added that it’s just like handling an iPhone 5s, the phone the SE is modeled after. Now that’s a shocker, not

The Daily Mail added in its review that the iPhone SE, with its A9 processor – the same processor in the iPhone 6s – is “blazingly fast”. Do reviews from the Daily Mail count?

The Telegraph commented that its back is made from bead-blasted aluminium, according to Apple, and the logo is now made from colour-matched stainless steel, meaning it has a slightly different appearance on each of the four metallic colours. This is a nice touch.

The Verge added that the new iPhone SE finally makes a small phone powerful. True but obvious as well.

It does seem that all of the websites that have released reviews that were being polite and respectful to Apple. At the end of the day it is really a spec bumped iPhone 5S with a build that uses the latest manufacturing techniques, hence the change in process for finishing the phone in its different colours. However, none of that matters, as its a cracker of a phone, now with an improved battery and one of the only phones across any platform that is as pocketable and powerful at the same time. With summer approaching, you can pocket the iPhone SE in to any pocket, tight jeans and more. Business orders for this phone are huge too. Apple once again have hit the jackpot!

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Day Two Impressions

Another 24 hours has whizzed along and my thoughts on the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge have altered slightly.

I mentioned in my first impressions yesterday that I was having issues with the camera failing to open. Well since I swapped out the 200gb Sandisk Class 10 micro SD card for a 64gb Class 10 Sandisk micro SD card the problem has not arisen yet. However, in a conversation with Samsung Engineers, this is being widely reported as a problem and the solution is unknown currently. I was asked to return my phone for a replacement.

I have had more time with the camera and today posted some more shots. So far the camera has been fairly consistent but it does over saturate the shots, sometimes far too much. Last night I took a lot of photos in the dark and at dusk and did a comparison with the Apple iPhone 6S Plus. I need to pixel peep at these photos and by Monday I will have the 4th part of the Samsung S7 Edge comparison completed. The fourth part also used the Pro Mode with a tripod.

Battery life seems to be holding up well with at least five hours screen on time so far. The positives so far are the screen, the Gear VR experience, good audio quality via the headphone output and via bluetooth audio, the software tweaks made by Samsung and general usability. Overall everything works really well. The always on display is too bright and I have started to turn it off whilst watching TV. It is also poor for notifications as it only displays notifications from Samsung apps. So as a clock it works well.

This phone is a finger print magnet and I am keep having to wipe them off. It is also fairly slippery so a case is a must. Currently I am using a Samsung Official Clear Back cover case. I would rather have a leather back cover, but Samsung has not got these to market yet.

Another minor issue, but still something that happens, is unwanted screen taps, or activating the capacitive buttons by accident. There is just so little bezel.

I will be looking at the gaming options shortly and see if the phone really does stop notifications disturbing gameplay. I like the sound of the “game mode” and all the others aspects it provides.

I have owned nearly all the previous Samsung phones, but I do think so far based on my current usage that the S7 Edge is one of Samsung’s best. The flow between the gorgeous hardware and its software is so refined. However, it is about to face some really tough competition from a few new flagship releases so it will be interesting if it can still maintain its top ranking.

Feast your eyes on Bluetooth Headphones, Amps, DACs and other great audio gear reviews

Below are all the reviews I have written covering headphones, amps and DACs. I have owned many more headphones not reviewed including Sony MDR-1R, JVC HA-FXZ200, Audio Technica ATH-AD900x, Bose AE2i, Sennheiser HD558, Beyerdynamic DT880 600 ohm, Denon AH-C751s, Sony MDR-EX91, Sennheiser HD415, Fischer Audio FA-011, REO, Sennheiser HD600, Fischer Audio FA-003, Sennheiser PX-200 IIi , Brainwavz B2 and Sennheiser HD202ii, so if you would like to know more about these please ask in the comments.

Previous Amps owned and not reviewed include Sony PHA-1, Fiio E7/E9/E17/E12, Fiio E5, Fiio E11 and Musical Fidelity V-DAC/V-PSU so again if you would like to know more about these please ask a question using the comments section below. Again I have owned many many more audio devices, so please ask if you have any questions.

Digital Audio Players

iBasso DX80 review including using it with a Chord Mojo

Headphone Amps/DACS

Chord Mojo – First Impressions
Oppo HA-1 Headphone DAC review
Oppo HA -2 Portable Amplifier and DAC review
Cayin C5 Portable Headphone amplifier review
Fiio E12 – master review
HiFiMeDIY Sabre Android USB DAC review
Little Dot MKIV Tube Headphone Amplifier review

In-Ear Headphones

Lindy IEM-50X Hi-Fi In Ear Headphone review
August EP610 Bluetooth Headphones – review
Sony XBA-H1 Headphone Review

Bluetooth and or Noise Cancelling Headphones

Lindy Cromo NCX-100 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones review
August EP650 Bluetooth Headphones – review
August EP610 Bluetooth Headphones – review
August EP636 Bluetooth Headphones – review
Plantronics BackBeat Pro bluetooth headphones review
Philips Fidelio M1BT Headphone review
AKG K845 Bluetooth Headphone review
Sony MDR-1RNC – Noise Cancelling Headphone review
Sony SBH80 Bluetooth headphones review

On Ear and Over Ear Headphones

Oppo PM-3 Headphone review
Oppo PM-2 Headphones – First Impressions after 100 hours
Oppo PM-2 Headphone review
V-Moda Crossfade M100 headphone review
Sennheiser HD518 Headphone review
Logitech UE Headphones – 3 part Master review
Audio Technica ATH-AD900x Headphone review

Headphone Cable

Fiio RC-HD1 Headphone cable review

Bluetooth Speaker Systems and Soundbars

Evolve Audio Soundbar SB-2501 review
August SE20 Portable Bluetooth Mini System – review

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Review Catalogue updates plus new section – updates on Gavin’s Gadgets

Every day  several articles or review go live. The back catalogue of reviews and information is extensive. If you want to find if there is information on a particular topic use the search option (magnifying glass icon) near the top right. 

Now if you’re browsing on your PC, Mac, iPad or tablet you should see the above screen layout. Tapping on Menu, Reviews will open up the review menu structure. 

Now if you’re using a mobile device like an iPhone , the mobile version is as below. 


 As you will see there are now 8 review sections. These have been updated to include all the latest published reviews. A new category has been started called “Photography”. 

In the Photography section will be reviews covering mobile photography accessories and or related camera attachments. There are several reviews in this section already. 

The Audio section covers Bluetooth headphones and systems, headphones of all types, amps, DACs and other cool audio gear. As there are over 30 plus reviews I have reorganised this page to make it easier to find exactly what you need. 

The Phones section covering mobile phone reviews across every operating systems , tablets, laptops and more now has over 80 reviews. 

Smart wearables section is expanding and again there are reviews across a number of different platforms. So far there are over 15 reviews. 

Internet of Things is an expanding review section too. 

Accessories is self explanatory. 

The HTC One M7 and M8 section is a dedicated section which is for all the fans who keep reading this content. 

And if you fancy some nostalgic reviews from the post, take a look at the historical reviews. Some real gems in there. 

Going forward in 2016 there will be plenty more reviews too. 

Thank you all for visiting Gavin’s Gadgets. 

Nexus 6P – First Impressions


So my Nexus 6P 128gb Frost White arrived yesterday. It is a big device.


From left to right, Huawei G8, Nexus 6P, iPhone 6S Plus, Sony Z5 Compact and a BlackBerry. I do wonder if we have lost the plot on screen sizes now?

The Nexus 6P has stereo front speakers and a new USB C cable.



I was disappointed to find only 111gb free of the 128gb model. Clearly despite being hardcore android the firmware is large. As a comparison the 128gb iPhone 6S Plus has 113gb free out of the box but does include loads more apps.


Despite the space available, I can’t see myself running out any day soon. So what do I like and what don’t I like ?

As first impressions, the frosted white is fantastically beautifully amazing choice of colour. I am so pleased I didn’t opt for aluminium or black. There are 2 cables in the box, one is USB C to USB A but so short it is a joke. The USB C to USB C cable is an ideal length. Suddenly, I realised I have no compatible cables and charging in the car and around the house is an issue until I get more USB C cables. I found a good selection of USB Type C Cables and Adapters on Amazon

The phone feels premium but is not that comfortable to hold as it is big. The Nexus 5X was much easier and more comfortable to grip in the hand. The fingerprint sensor works really well, but when the phone is face up on the table, its no use at all. Apple and Samsung and even Sony have the sensor is a more suitable location.

The camera. I have tried some random shots just to get an idea of its standard. It takes good shots but as to how good the quality of the camera is will only be established after I have had and more time and dry weather to take more photos. So far it took 3 indoor low light shots to get 1 shot to be better than that from the iPhone 6S Plus. My iPhone only needed one shot to get it right first time. The Sony Z5 Compact also only needed one shot. However, don’t read too much into this at the moment, as I need to understand the quirks of the phone and I will also see what can be achieved using third party camera apps. More soon.

Screen. I don’t like the screen. It feels muted except for watching films etc when it looks great. Add to the fact there are stereo speakers and it is a lovely media player. I will test for audio quality later as well.

And before I sign off, the highlight of the phone is its running pure android. That is a benefit to ensure you get the latest updates to the firmware, but it is also bland. Huawei’s EMUI and Xiaomi’s skins do add a lot of extra features. So it ultimately boils down to what your preferences are.

Recent Phone, Bluetooth Headphones and Audio Equipment reviews

There have been several reviews over the last few weeks. Below are the links. Over the next few weeks there will be more reviews covering new smartphones and the brand new Chord Mojo which has taken the audio world by storm.

Apple iPhone 6S Plus incl Apple Watch review (continuously updated) – Now 14 Parts

August SE20 Mini Radio and Portable Bluetooth Stereo System Review

August EP650 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Review

August EP610 In Ear Bluetooth Stereo Sports Headphones review

August EP636 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones review

Honor 7 Smartphone review

Suaoki 40W 8A 5 Port Compact USB Charger

Motorola Moto X Play

LG G4 – 4 month review

LG G4 – main review

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact 23mp Camera Test

Huawei Watch review

Samsung Note 5 Dual Sim review

All the Reviews from the last 30 days – iPhone 6S Plus, LG G4, Honor 7, Huawei Watch and more incl accessories

In the last 30 days I have written and published over 10 reviews. For ease I have included the reviews below along with the links.

Apple iPhone 6S Plus incl Apple Watchhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/07/apple-iphone-6s-plus-the-review/

Huawei G8https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/06/huawei-g8-first-impressions-of-huaweis-mid-market-flagship/

Samsung Note 5 Dual Simhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/22/samsung-note-5-dual-sim-first-impressions/

Honor 7https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/05/honor-7-review/

Huawei Watchhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/21/huawei-watch-my-review/

Huawei Mate S https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/18/huawei-mate-s-my-review/

Acer Liquid Jade Shttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/08/acer-liquid-jade-s-review/

Acer Iconia One 8 Tablethttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/28/acer-iconia-one-8-tablet-review/

Samsung S Health app (Google Play version) – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/23/samsung-s-health-app-works-in-all-android-devices-but-is-it-any-good/

Suaoki 40W 8A 5 Port Compact USB Chargerhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/29/suaoki-compact-40w-8a-5-port-high-usb-charger-review/

Motorola Moto X Playhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/01/motorola-moto-x-play-review/

LG G4 – 4 month reviewhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/09/24/lg-g4-4-month-review-the-ultimate-package/

LG G4 – main reviewhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/06/04/lg-g4-the-review-all-26-parts/

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact – 23mp Camera Testhttps://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/10/08/sony-xperia-z5-just-how-good-is-the-new-23mp-camera-see-for-yourself/

Mipow Power Packs – review


I mentioned earlier in the week, that I would review the power packs that I use to keep my devices charged. My wife uses an iPhone 5S and I have several phones on the go. Between us we both use Mipow Power pack options.


My wife uses the Mipow Power Tube 5200 for her iPhone 5S. The key features of this device are –

– Compact all-in-one design with 5200mA battery
– Built-in Lightning plug to directly charge iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation,) iPad mini, iPad touch – (5th generation,) iPod nano (7th generation)
– Built-in standard USB plug for recharging
– Extra USB socket is available to ensure its compatibility with most other devices via their original charging cable
– iPhone Companion app

There is also an iPhone companion app, screen shot below.

This is rather neat as it can show you the battery level and has options to sound a warning when it is at a low charge level (parameters options available), temp warnings and when it is out of range of your iPhone. The last option could be handy to ensure you don’t leave home without it!


Part of my power needs is handled by the Mipow 5200M Portable Power Cube.

The features of this are –

– Charging cube with vast capacity (5200mA)
– Anodised aluminium alloy casing
– Extra USB output to support charging to most other devices via their original cable
– 2.1A output, support charging for two mobile devices at the same time
– Elastic pouch included to protect the luxury surface from scratches

Both of these Mipow Power packs include built in cables, lightning cable on one and micro USB on the other. Each built in cable also doubles up with USB plug as you can see from the photos so you can recharge the both power packs without hunting for a cable.

Mipow have a wide range of packs in different capacities and designs and were the “iF Design Award Winner in 2013”.

If you want to see the full range of Mipow Power Packs click the link below.

Mipow Power Range – Deals at Amazon Click Here

Reviews coming soon

Just a quick update on new reviews coming soon. 

As mentioned in the previous post, I have the Xiaomi Mi4i and Mi Note Pro arriving soon. 

I have been testing the Lindy NCX-100 and Lindy IEM-50X headphones for the last 3 months to get a good feel for how these performs. My final thoughts and review will be live soon.
I have also been testing over a period of 2-3 months some power batteries from Mipow which have a few tricks up their sleeves. 

The Oppo HA-2 , Oppo PM-2 headphones and PM-3 headphones have truly burnt in and an update on these will appear soon.