Review: AUKEY iPhone Lens 2 in 1 Kit 0.45x Wide Angle 140 Degrees

Review:

I’ve tried loads of attachable camera lenses for phones, and they tend to be just novel items that really serve very little practical use. This lens however is a beast. It’s big, like really big! The frame is well made, finished off in metal, but the main thing that makes it so good is the large size of the lens itself.

Most of these types of attachments are too small so you get a fish bowl affect around the outside of your image. With this, you don’t get that due to the larger size of the lens. I was actually able to take photos using the wide angle lens that didn’t distort around the edges!

If you’re in the market for this kind of attachment, this is by far the best I’ve used. It is big, but that has its advantages. Well worth the low cost!

Manufacture Description:

  • 2 in 1 Kit: 140 degree wide angle can expend angle, making your photos cover more views. 10x macro lens can make your cell phone to shoot tiny objects, you will discover the beauty of the details of the object. The photo will not deform and without black circle.
  • 58mm Filter Lens Interface: this lens can install different colors filter lens on it, the lens functional diversification, shooting more personalized photos.
  • High Quality Material: Personality profile, this phone lens is using high quality aluminum and optical glass materials, exquisite workmanship will not affect pixel imaging and color.
  • Removable Clip: With a removable clip to fix or remove retaining clip by rotating. The clip with internal protective rubber non-slip, is not easy to fall, and the phone will not scratch and is suitable for most phones and tablets.
  • Lens-round protection: the front and rear of the lens has a protective cover to prevent dust and avoid damaged to lens’ glass, the package contains a protective bag, easy to carry when you are traveling. The best choice for traveling.

Check it out here: Amazon

Review: Wireless Headphones SmartOmi Boots Wireless Earphones Bluetooth 4.1 with Mic

Review:

I was pretty skeptical of these little headphones when I was offered the chance to review them. After seeing so much about other similar products from a well known company, I didn’t really think that this sort of design would be a good idea. My biggest concern was that they would fall out easily, and soon get lost.

They are oddly comfortable, and seem to stay in my ears much better than expected. The ever so slight angle to the design means that the top edge nestles just under the top of my ear, securing itself. I used these a fair bit while doing house work, and moving a lot of stuff around, and at no point did either one of the buds fall out. I don’t know if its because normal headphones normally have a cable that tugs, but these felt much more secure than any other in ear headphones I’ve used before.

The two buds are very small and come with a charging cradle. To pair them up, you push and hold the power button on one of the buds, search for it in your bluetooth settings, then pair up. Once paired, power on the second bud, and they then communicate together. When you power down one, the other also shuts down! Sadly, they don’t do the same when powering on, but that isn’t a huge deal.

Sound quality is really good considering their small quality. Music came out loud and crisp, and I never felt the need to go about half volume. Anything louder would have just been uncomfortable.

At the time of writing they are retailing for £70 and I believe this is pretty reasonable.

Manufacture Description:

  • ✔ FULLY WIRELESS EARBUDS DESIGN − Eliminate stethoscope effect of all wired headphones and noise reducing. Enjoy rich sound from bass to treble. Great for calling in car, navigation, fishing and travel.
  • ✔ SWEATPROOF − This completely wireless earphones are withstand dripping sweat, no any affect running, jogging, hiking, biking, gym or other workout.
  • ✔ SIRI AND GOOGLE NOW WITH ONE TOUCH − Quickly press the main button twice on the buttom of master earphones for starup, hand free to control your mobile phone.
  • ✔ QUITE SIMPLY PAIRING − Just open one earbud to connect your device, then open the another one, all connected. Single or both as you like.
  • ✔ 5 HOURS CONTINUOUS TALK OR MUSIC TIME − Longest Battery life among Similar small earbuds, 200 hours of standby, also fit for people who wear glasses.

Check it out here: Amazon UK

Review: AUKEY Transmitter, Stereo Bluetooth 4.1 FM Transmitter

Manufacture Description:

  • Built-in microphone makes hands-free calls easy
  • Supports A2DP , high-performance built-in microphone which can offer your clear talking and wonderful music .
  • Latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology, up to 33 ft range , supports pairing two smartphones at once .
  • DC 5V, easy connect iPod/iPhone, Samsung, iPad, Nexus, Sony, LG, Motorola, Nokia and other mobile devices
  • The aukey wireless FM transmitter is capable of simultaneously connects to two devices

Review:

This is an awesome bit of kit. It’s very small and compact, a lot smaller than I expected, and delivers exceptional quality. When I tested voice calls on it I found the quality to be as good as using my phone. Most things like this have me leaning in closer so that the other person can hear me, but that wasn’t an issue here. The other great thing is that the person I was speaking to didn’t hear themselves echoing.

The devices feels well made is is very easy to set up. Simply plug it in and tune your cars radio into the same frequency displayed. Once that’s done, you’re ready to pair your smartphone with the transmitter and from there you can bluetooth music and voice. It’s that simple.

The car charger has a second USB port so that you don’t have to sacrifice charging your phone while using this. Another big bonus.

All in all this is one of the best in car bluetooth transmitters I’ve used. The audio and voice functions are brilliant and I can’t find a single thing to fault.

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01E12G1SW

Review: Sunvito Quick Charge 2.0 20000mAh Ultra-Slim Aluminum Intelligent Power Bank

Manufacture Description

  • Quick Charge Technology: Quick Charge 2.0 compatible devices up to 75% faster than standard chargers. Also charges all non-Quick Charge TM 2.0 phones and tablets (5V / 2.4A Max)
  • Huge capacity: 20000mAh charges an iPhone 6S & 6 almost 7 times, a Galaxy S6 almost 5 times or an iPad Air more than once
  • Support Multi Voltage Outputs: Outputs 5V/2A for universal smartphone devices; Outputs 5V/2.1A for tablet devices; Outputs 5V/2.4A 9V/1.67A 12V/1.2A for compatible QC2.0 devices
  • With 4-LED battery level indicator, 100% safe circuit protection; charger automatically shuts down if short circuit or overload occurs to protect your devices
  • Big Convenience: The 3 USB output is ideal for desks and office spaces or at home in a living room so the entire family can charge

Review

This is one of the nicest portable batteries I’ve used, with a real premium finish. I love how nice it feels and looks, the metal casing giving it a real top end look. Throw in the fact that it has such a large capacity and you’re on to a winner!

The battery has three USB ports, two that charge at the standard rate and a third (the red one) that charges at a faster rate with compatible devices. This comes in very handy if you have a compatible device, giving you a full battery on the go a lot faster. The only issue is that due to the capacity of the battery it takes a long time to charge and doesn’t support fast charging input. That would have been a great feature.

So back to the build quality. It’s a great looking device which only has a few flaws which let it down. The logo stands out and looks out of place on the otherwise minimilist finish which is a shame. I feel it would have been better positioned on one of the ends, either near the USB ports or the opposite side. Also, it picks up finger prints and small marks very easily, so I’m not sure how the premium finish will look after a while.

So, its a great looking device and feels high end. I personally prefer the more rugged portable batteries as they seem to keep on looking good for much longer, and I’m also not sure how well this one will last if it is dropped or knocked, and considering that it’s portable, that seems like something that could very well happen! Despite this however it charges devices quickly, especially if you have a compatible device for the quick charge feature.

 

Review: GreeGear Legend G9021 Mobile Gaming Wireless Bluetooth Controller

Getting a controller right tends to be a pretty difficult job, especially when it comes to the low end price point. This device looks great, but the question is does it perform?

Well, I’m happy to say that it works pretty well, especially considering the price. It feels comfortable in the hand, and for anyone who has used an Xbox controller, you’ll feel right at home with this.

Pairing up with my Android was a breeze, and playing games worked great. There was very little set up required, and the controller was working pretty much straight out of the box.

The phone grip is adjustable, and seems to have a pretty flexible range. When it comes to phones I can’t see there being many devices on the market that won’t fit this, including the larger phablets. The grip also feels sturdy, with two rubber pads to hold the phone in place, ensuring it won’t slip out during gaming sessions.

The controller is charged via Micro USB, a cable is kindly supplied with the device. This is pretty handy considering it means you won’t need to carry around multiple cables.

So you might be wondering why the controller lost a star. Well, it feels extremely light weight and the build quality isn’t quite where I’d like it to be. For the most part all the buttons worked well, but the right trigger felt a little loose, pressing in far too easily, especially compared to the left.

Apart from those small niggles regarding the build quality, this is a pretty great controller. You won’t find much better for the price, and for anyone who wants to game on their phone or tablet, this is a great accessory.

Review: Microsoft HD-500 Dock

One of the big features that we got to see with the newly announced Lumia 950 and 950 XL, was Continuum. After picking up my 950 I tried Continuum using wireless methods, and they worked pretty well, but with noticeable lag. Finally, I managed to get myself a Microsoft dock and took Continuum out for a real test drive.

I’ll admit, the results are ok, but until there are more apps supported, it’s not really worth the investment. The big problem, app support. For anyone who has stuck around with Windows phone, you already know that the platform doesn’t really get much support from developers, so I’m not holding my breath for anything to change with Continuum.

While using my phone on the big screen I found myself continually having to pick up my phone to use an application because it had no support. Continuum doesn’t even try to just scale it to the big screen, it just gives you the option to load on your phone. Granted, the Microsoft apps work amazingly well, Office for example is absolutely fantastic.

When I first started using the dock, I found it laggy, unresponsive, and just awful to use. Edge browser didn’t work, and most of the Microsoft apps were broken. After trying a full restore on my phone, I found that this fixed all of my issues (but it was a pain having to do a restore just to use my phone with a dock!)

So, I’ve said some not so great stuff about the dock, but it does have some great points. The dock itself is beautifully built, with a very premium finish. It’s heavy, so you won’t have to worry about it sliding all over your desk. A big win, it uses USB C to power the dock which means you’re not going to end up with multiple types of cables to carry around.

The experience is ok. The apps that work are fantastic and great to use. When hooked up with a mouse and keyboard Continuum almost fools me into thinking I’m using a full blown version of Windows, but then I click on an app that’s not supported, or try and multi-task, and I’m reminded it’s not even close. At this stage though, this is NOT a PC like experience, it’s a Windows 10 skin on a big screen that lulls the user into thinking it is more than it really is. As of right now you can’t really do that much, and to be honest, you’d be better off getting a cheap Windows tablet that runs a full version of windows and hooking this up to a display.

The overall experience is ok, average, but it’s not what Microsoft are bragging about. To be honest, getting an Android device and HDMI adapter probably works just as well, if not better than what Continuum can currently do, at least all of the apps scale to the large screen, even if they do look a little ugly. For the price, and the fact that you will end up carrying another accessory and more cables, I can’t really find it to recommend this. It’s a good experiment, and if Microsoft can actually get developers on side, then there is huge potential, but given their track record I’m not holding my breath.