Milestone Altitude Activity Tracker – Review (@Kitaccessory)

With more and more gadgets coming out to help you track your daily activity progress, having something handy and easy to use is definitely welcomed by some people.  I was provided with one of the latest offerings from Kit: – the Milestone Altitude Activity Tracker – to review.  Now due to bad health, I am not the most active of people, but I was very intrigued to see how well my activity and sleep would be tracked.

First things first – packaging.  I have always been impressed with how well products from Kit: have been packaged.  It is always kept nice and minimal, whilst providing detailed information at the same time.  The box that the Activity Tracker arrived in was no different.  The front of the box gives a clear view of the Tracker itself, especially when you open the cardboard flap on the right side.  On the outside of the flap, you have the Milestone text, while on the inside, you are told that progress can be tracked via the free to download smartphone app.  On the bottom left corner of the packaging, you are shown that the Tracker has a vibrating alarm, is sweat resistant, and tracks your activity.  Lastly, the rear of the box has a brief description of the item, as well as a list of features, specifications, box contents, and smartphone compatibility.

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Removing the Tracker from the box, you have the item itself, a Micro USB to USB 2.0 cable, and a 3.5mm to Micro USB cable.  The Micro to 2.0 cable is used to charge the Tracker, while the 3.5 to USB 2.0 cable can be used to synchronise the data from the Tracker to the smartphone.  The tracker itself sports a nice rubber material wristband that houses the small unit.  In order to charge the unit, you simply pop it out from the wristband so that you can hook it up to a charging source using the provided cable.  It only took a few hours to charge fully, but I was unable to use it until I had done that initial charge as there was no power at all in the unit.  Once charged, inserting the unit back into the strap was as easy as it was to take it out.  It mentions on the box that a single charge should last 5-7 days – I’ve had the Tracker on since I first charged it and have yet to have to recharge it yet (around 2.5 weeks). On the side of the unit is a small button which is used to cycle through the menu – just line this up with the groove on the strap so that you get it back in the correct way round.

Once charged, I will admit that I was a little worried about how simple it was going to be to get things up and running.  There was no need for any worrying as the instruction booklet took me through the process step by step, from getting started to using the smartphone app and understanding the different functions included.  All I needed to do with the app was enter my personal details and what I would like my daily goal to be.  It finishes up with you syncing the Altitude to the smartphone app for the first time.  Now I know that the Tracker comes complete with the 3.5mm to USB 2.0 cable to help with syncing information between the phone and device, but I honestly found connecting and syncing up via Bluetooth not only quicker, but also very straightforward.

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The Altitude tracker has a range of features.  It not only tracks your daily steps taken, but also acts as a watch, tracks your sleep pattern, your distance travelled (km), the amount of calories burned during a 24 hour period, and lastly, what percentage of your daily goal was achieved.  Sleep mode monitors your sleep movement and can record when you are awake, in a light sleep, and in a deep sleep – I found this very handy, myself.  Please note that your sleep activity can only be monitored once you have synced information between the Altitude and your smartphone app.

The app itself (available on iOS 7.0 and above, and Android 4.3 and above) has as many functions as the wristband.  The History menu provides a daily chart of activity (steps, miles, and Kcal burned), as well as the amount of hours slept and how many of those hours were in a light or deep sleep state.  The Activity menu shows an overall percentage of your goals and sleep, as well as simple to understand view of your steps, Kcal, and distance.  Lastly, the Settings menu contains the section where you enter your personal information, workout goal, a reminder setting, and lastly, the alarm clock (with is a nice and steady vibration that comes through the Altitude).

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I found the tracking provided by the Altitude to be pretty precise, although, sometimes just sitting and moving my arm a bit swiftly would register as steps taken.  The sleep monitor is something that I found useful.  I did like being able to see how much of my sleep was light or deep, and from what I could tell, that was all registered as precise as possible.  Syncing was very straightforward both with the provided cable, and via Bluetooth – the latter of which is definitely preferred method of synchronising.

Overall, when you consider the functions provided by the Altitude when compared to other Activity Tracker devices, I don’t really see much difference – except the price!  You can get the Altitude from Amazon UK or Carphone Warehouse for around £39.99 (at time of posting).  It does what you would expect, is easy to operate (even for people who don’t have much experience with tech), and doesn’t cost a fortune.  I haven’t taken mine off since I first put it on a couple of weeks back – apart from when showering – and intend to use it on a very regular basis.  I highly recommend the Milestone Altitude Activity Tracker to both hardcore, and casual, fitness fanatics.

I’d like to thank the kind folk over at Kondor for providing me with the Milestone Altitude Activity Tracker for review.

Mobile Solar Chargers Traveller Solar Charger – Review (@mobilesolarchrg)

I think it is safe to assume that people are relying on their mobile devices more and more nowadays.  Whether they be mobile phones, tablets, even MP3 players, they aren’t much use without any charge left in the battery.  Anything that helps keep your devices juiced and ready to use is always a plus to me, and hopefully the MSC MP-S6000 6000 mAh Solar Travel Charger will be up to the job!  A full list of features and specifications can be found at the end of this review.

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The Traveler itself comes in a packaging that is easy on the eye.  You have see-through plastic that enables you to get a good view of the black and orange coloured device, as well as information such as the high 6,000 mAh capacity, the dual USB output, and the smart LED indicator that tells you how much battery life is left.  It also states that the charger is suitable for use with tablets, smartphones, Mp3/MP4 players, and portable game systems such as the NDS and PSP.  Removing the unit from the packaging, I was greeted with the device itself, user manual, and the charger cable.  The good thing about this charger cable is that it is an elasticated rubber material, and it also comes with all of the adapters you could want or need (aside from the lightning adapter used on the newer Apple devices – you can purchase these separately though).  The front of the charger itself has a large solar panel, four power LED indicators to let you know how much charge is remaining, a power button, and two smaller LED solar indicators that give you a rough idea how much solar charge is remaining.  Lastly, along the bottom of the charger is a MicroUSB port that you can use to charge the unit via a wall socket of PC, etc, and also two USB output ports that you use to hook up the devices that you would like to charge.  The USB port on the left is suitable for the iPad, and the one on the right is suitable for the Samsung Galaxy tablet.  I had no issues with my HTC One or Nexus 7 tablet when using either of the ports.

It’s recommended that you fully charge the Traveler prior to first using it, so that’s what I did.  However, when I got everything unpacked and ready to charge, the LED lights indicated that everything was fully charged and ready to go – bargain!  I used the charger to charge my devices constantly to see how long I could get out of it.  Because of the nice weather we have had over the past week, I have not encountered an empty device at all, and the 75% LED indicator is the one that is illuminated.  This is after using the charger for around 7 days with my phone and tablet while sitting both, inside and outside.  Without the lovely weather, you could get around 3 charges  before needing to recharge the unit – that is pretty good in my opinion.  You could quite easily go off on your travels and use this handy little device to keep your gadgets charged.  Once the charger has a full charge, it apparently holds that charge for months – obviously, something I have been unable to check myself as yet, but I’ll definitely give it a go and see.

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Considering the size of the MSC Traveler, I am impressed with how it has performed so far.  It is around the size of most smartphones nowadays, and if charging via USB cable, it fully charges in around the same time as a smartphone, which is handy.  You can get three, maybe four, full charges from it when not in direct sunlight, again, handy.  For the price you pay (around £35 GBP) I think it is well worth the money.  Not only does it provide on the go charging, it also provides peace of mind as far as not being caught with a flat battery, if and when it is really needed.  As far as I am concerned, this can stay in my personal collection and it will be with me when out and about for hours at a time.

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Technical specification

Solar energy transfer efficiency: 17% Solar panel 5v/90mA
Polymer Lithium-ion Battery
Capacity 6000mAh /22.2 wh
Input : Micro micro usb DC5v/1000mA
Output 2x USB 5V/2100mA
Working Temperature -10C to + 55C
Charging time about 5 hours via USB mains
Charging time from solar about 45 hours
Cycle Life >500 cycles
Weight 178g
Dimensions 130 x 76 x 16mm
Compatible with most popular mobile phones, iPhone, Blackberry™, Nokia™, iPad, Digital Cameras, PSP, ND, PDA, Mp3/Mp 4 player, GPS, Bluetooth etc

Product Features

High Capacity 6000mah Lithium-Polymer battery
Multi-charging capabilities: Mains, car charger, USB or Solar
Compatible with most popular mobile phones, iPhone, Blackberry™, Nokia™, iPad, Digital Cameras, PSP, ND, PDA, Mp3/Mp 4 player, GPS, Bluetooth headsets etc.
Robust and stylish rubberised case design
Single Reversable charge/discharge bungy lead.
10 detachable charging tips for the most popular devices
Simple one button operation
DC Input Port
Dual USB Output Ports
Remaining power leds
Solar charging led
Multiple protection charge/discharge and overcharge/undercharge

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Website: http://www.mobilesolarchargers.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mobilesolarchrg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MobileSolarChargers

[NEWS] Trendz Accessories Brings the Football Fever (@OnTrendz)

Trendz Accessories is making it easier for you to show your support for your team and the FA Cup Final this year.  Now whether that would be through protecting your tablet with the 10″ Trendz Universal Football Tablet Case, using said tablet with the Trendz Football Stylus, or by simply listening to the match through the Trendz In-Ear Football Headphones, you are covered from all angles!

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The Trendz Universal 10″ Universal Football Tablet Case provides the protection that your tablet deserves, with its strong, hard-wearing material, and soft suede effect inner lining (which protects the screen from unwanted scratches).  The case also provides a built in stand, which not only provides 3 viewing angles, but also makes it much more functional while watching your favourite team play, or even just browsing the web!  The elasticated fastening makes inserting and removing your device easy and straightforward, and the strap keeps the case closed to provide additional protection to your prized possession.  (RRP: £20.49)

The Trendz Football Stylus pen is simple, easy to use, and it suitable for all touch capacitive touch screen devices (iPad, iPhone, HTC, Samsung, and a range of other devices).  This evenly weighted stylus will rest in your hand comfortably, provide a more accurate use than just using your finger alone, and is also designed to fit in nicely with the football theme.  Suitable for both left and right handed users, this stylus is ideal for browsing, gaming, and typing – all without leaving finger smudges on your screen! (RRP: £5.99)

The Trendz Football In-Ear Headphones provide not only a football themed, high quality design, but also bring to the table an immersive, listening experience.  The headphones deliver a rich, articulate sound with an ample amount of bass, yet also keep things clear when using them to make calls on your phone.  Complete with noise isolation to block out those unwanted sounds, feel yourself get swept away in the experience provided by the music, complete with the comfort factor. (RRP: 9.99)

You can buy Trends products in most high street and online retailers.

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KitSound Manhattan Wireless Headphones – Review (@KitSoundUK)

I think it’s only fair that I start off this review by saying how much I love these Manhattan headphones from KitSound.  Out of all of the ones that I have reviewed, these are my absolute favourite!

First up, the packaging.  As with all of their products, KitSound know how to make their packaging stand out, but not in a bad way.  The front of the box has an image of the headphones, as well as a few tidbits of information regarding play time and call-handling.  The sides of the box gives some information in regards to where the name of the headphones came from, and the back of the box lists the features and specifications for the products, as well as the contents of the box.

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Speaking of the box contents… The headset is well packaged between two cardboard inserts that offer a high level of protection during storage and transit.  Pulling these pieces apart, the headset is there for you to see in all its glory, and it is a very glorious sight!  Also provided is a USB to Micro USB cable, a Micro USB to 3.5mm jack cable, and a user manual.

The headset itself feels great in the hand.  The fully adjustable headband is padded, but not too much, whereas the rotatable earcups have a nice amount of padding.  The earcups are fitted to the headband using a silver metal fastener, which is also used to adjust the size of the headband.  The cables that feed through the headband are a braided material rather than the rubber material that you find on other headphones – a really nice change as there is no chance of stretching and damaging the cable.  The earcups both sport the KitSound brand logo on the outside and the bottom of the left earcup has the Bluetooth On/Off switch, the Micro USB port, Forward/Back button which also couple as the Volume + & – buttons, the Microphone and the LED indicator.

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Setting up these headphones to use with my phone was rather straightforward.  Because they are wireless and include Bluetooth 2.1, they are compatible with most devices out there right now.  I set them up firstly with my HTC One and I had them working within 30 seconds.  It was just as quick setting them up with the iPhone as well.  If I did run into any issues, the user manual provides steps to get things paired. Getting used to the controls on the earcup took a little longer, but once I had got used to which way I had to press the button to change song/volume level, everything as fine.

Comfort wise, I cannot fault these headphones.  They are light enough to sit on my head and over my ears for hours of use with no discomfort from both the headband or the earcups.  The sound quality is pretty amazing, too.  I have used a few high priced pairs of earphones and the Manhattan’s are way up there with those.  There is a decent amount of bass, the music doesn’t sound tinny, and no matter what genre of music I tried them with, the music sounded as it should have.  Call quality is top notch too, both incoming and outgoing sound.

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The battery life on these headphones is impressive – 18 hours of play time, 30 hours of talk time, and up to 300 hours standby time!  Charging the headphones’ Lithium Polymer battery is as easy as hooking up the Micro USB cable to the port on the left earcup and the USB to a power source and you’re away.  The other thing that I love about the Manhattan’s is that if you are caught out with a low battery, you can simply hook up the Micro USB to 3.5mm jack cable and use them as wired headphones!

If you haven’t been able to tell already, I am in love with these headphones.  They have impressed me no-end since I started using them and I look forward to using them on a regular basis.  If you ask me, these are well worth the £34.99 price-tag, and more.  I HIGHLY recommend these to anybody looking for a decent pair of headphones at a decent price and with them being available in a range of colours, there is sure to be something to suit everyone!

 

Phantomus Kids Stylus – Review (@iChicGear)

The Phantomus Kids Stylus for Tablets from the iChicGear Kids range is definitely aimed at kids or at a push, someone who is still a kid at heart.

The Phantomus stylus arrived in a nicely designed cardboard sleeve type packaging that gives you a view of the stylus through the clear window on the front.  A list of tablets that you can use the stylus with is included on the front whilst on the back, there are a couple of images of the stylus being used with different sized devices.

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The stylus itself feels very well made and when holding it, it actually sits in the hand very comfortably.  Size wise, the stylus is about the same weight, length and thickness of a felt tip pen so shouldn’t prove an issue for any kids that will be using it.  It is available in two different colours, pink and blue, and it comes with a one-eyed, one-toothed, rubberised ghost head on the top, and a small black rubberised nib on the opposite end.

The ghost head is something that can be removed and put over the nib to provide protection when not in use.  The nib itself is actually very soft, something that I am not too sure on if I am honest, but it does work very well when being used.  The stylus works extremely well for both general use, as well as gaming use.  I have not had an issue with response times, etc, since using it.

Overall, the Phantomus Kids Stylus is something that would prove handy for both adults and kids alike, and considering the price of around £12.50 GBP (€15.00 EUR), it would make a nice tablet companion.

Trendz Cupcake Earphones – Review (@OnTrendz)

Today I have a pair of Trendz in-ear canal earphones to review.  First off, the packkaging that they arrived in is simplistic but shows you everything that you need to know.  Through the clear window on the front of the box you get a clear look at the earphones themselves.  You can see the cupcake design on the outside of the earphones and can also see that they are in-ear canal earphones, rather than just the regular earbud style.  The rear of the box gives some specifications, as well as the social media and web url for Trendz.

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Removing the earphones is simple – open the box and pull out the transparent plastic sleeve that they are sat on.  I will admit that getting the earphones off of the sleeve was a bit fiddly, but that was mostly because I didn’t want to snap the cupcake part from the earphone itself.  Once removed though, you are left with a generous length of cable with the 3.5mm adapter at the end.  The cable is a nice pink colour, as it the earphone themselves, and it all fits really nicely together.  Style wise, you can mix and match these earphones with other Trendz products, from phone cases to USB drives.

Sound wise, the earphones performed pretty well.  Obviously they are not up there with the earphones that you pay through the nose for, but for the price you shouldn’t be disappointed.  Because these are in-ear canal earphones, they perform better than the standard earbuds as far as reducing outside noise so that you get to hear more of the music and less of everything else.  When it comes to comfort, I didn’t have an issue.  I have used these earphone all weekend and suffered no discomfort.  The earphones stayed in placed once inserted and there was no looseness or anything, even with prolonged use.

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These earphones can be picked up from Amazon UK for around £12.99 GBP and with Christmas just around the corner, these would make an ideal gift.

be.ez LA robe Allure Special Edition iPad Mini Case – Review (@beezbags)

Nowadays, it is a must for us to have something reliable and high quality to protect our gadgets.  Something that can do the job that is expected of it without causing any unnecessary damage is usually top of the list.  Today, I have the LA Robe Allure Special Edition iPad Mini case from be.ez to review.  It is worth mentioning from the off that be.ez do sell a large variety of bags and cases, so head over and see if they have something that will suit your needs.

The iPad Mini case is packaged in a plastic sleeve that only sports the company logo and the name of the product.  This is very welcomed because it allows you to get a clear view of the product from the outside of the packaging so you can clearly see what it is that you are getting.  The back of the packaging, there is a list of specifications – these specifications are available in 12 different languages, including English.  Attached to the top of the packaging is a small piece of material that the case is made from so that you can feel before you buy.

Getting in to the packaging couldn’t have been easier.  It was a case of just unzipping the top of the plastic to be able to access the case itself.  The case slid out as it should, without causing any damage to the packaging or the product itself.  First impressions of the case were very good.  The case feels very high quality and everything has a seamless finish to it.

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Along the top of the case there is the black zip that is used to hold the iPad in the case.  This is actually quite a nice looking thick zip and not one of the flimsy styled zips that would break easily.  The handle of the zip is not only bigger than your standard zip handle, but also thicker, which makes getting the case opened and closed very easy, especially for those with bigger hands.  The zip itself works with minimal effort.  The be.ez logo is also present on the handle of the zip.  The case itself sports the same material found on the tester piece on the outside of the case, and also have the be.ez logo on the bottom corner of the case.

The material that the case is made from is Low Resistance Polyurethane (LRP) and is 5mm thick.  The material itself can withstand the pressure that you apply to it and within a few moments, it reforms back to its original shape.  An easier way to explain it is like memory foam – press it and it moulds to you and then takes its original shape again.

The inside of the case feels very soft to touch and I feel very confident that the case could hold your iPad Mini without causing any scratches.  Going by the size of the case, you should also be able to put your iPad Mini inside this case with a hard case or cover attached.  Saying this, cases that add quite a bit of extra bulk may not fit.

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Overall, I am very impressed by this case.  The durability of the LRP material is definitely something that will help to protect your iPad Mini, as is the soft material on the inside of the case.  Judging by what I have seen so far, this case should also last a long while and keep its shape, in turn providing your device with protection and setting your mind at ease.  I would highly recommend this be.ez case to anyone and everyone.

**GIVEAWAY** PowerDVD ’13 Ultra (@CyberLink)

Here is the video for my latest giveaway.  Up for grabs this time is a copy of PowerDVD 13 Ultra, courtesy of CyberLink.

All steps needed to enter the giveaway can be found in the description below the video.  To see the description, just click on the video and go to its YouTube page.

Thanks for taking the time to look, it is appreciated.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 inch Book Case – Review (@DICOTA_Official)

With so many tablet cases out there, the choice of which one to go with can be a bit hard. I have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Inch Book Case from Dicota to review today to see if it is up to the job.

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When the case first arrived, the packaging was nice to look at. It came in a transparent plastic sleeve type box and was sat in a plastic tray so that you can see from all directions what you are getting.

The case itself is a nice grey colour and feels very nice to hold.  You have a small Dicota logo on the bottom right hand corner of the front of the case.  When you open it up, you are greeted with a very soft lining which adds to the protection of the case. Also, because the lining is so soft, there is no chance of any scratches getting on to your tablet whilst inside the case. Weighing in at a light 0.2kg, the case will not add any extra weight or bulk to your tablet.

You will find openings for all the usual controls and ports, as well as both the front, and rear facing cameras. The case has a magnetic closure, with the magnet actually adding enough force to keep the lid closed properly whilst also being able to withstand any accidental pressure that may cause other lids to open accidentally.

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The lid can be folded into a triangle shape so that you are able to use it as a stand, as well as just a case. You can use it in both typing mode and viewing mode just by adding an extra fold to the lid.

I do not have a Galaxy Tab 2 so am unable to judge the fit, but quality wise there is nothing that would let the case down. From the folding lid to the magnetic closure, the case looks as if it will do what a case should – protect your pad whilst adding extra functionality to it.

Check out the Dicota website for more details and specs and you can purchase the case from Amazon UK if you would like.

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Preferred Gaming Platform?

Hey guys.  I thought I would just put up a small poll for you today, just for fun.

If you have a poll subject that you would like to see in future, please feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments and I’ll see what I can knock up.

Thanks in advance for your votes and comments.