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iFans [Apple MFI Certified] MFI 3500 mAh iPhone 6 Battery Charger Case (4.7 inches), Protective External iPhone 6 Charging Case, iPhone 6 Extended External Battery Pack Power Bank, Rechargeable Battery Case for iPhone 6--White+Silver
iFans [Apple MFI Certified] MFI 3500 mAh iPhone 6 Battery Charger Case (4.7 inches), Protective External iPhone 6 Charging Case, iPhone 6 Extended External Battery Pack Power Bank, Rechargeable Battery Case for iPhone 6--White+Silver
Offered by iFans mall
Price: £33.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Well built, rugged solid quality battery case. Great Stuff, 28 Mar. 2015
This is a quite stylishly designed, and really rugged case for the iPhone 6 with a built in quite huge 3,500 mAh battery. Great way to have some extra juice to keep you going just when you need it. To be exact, this battery case will keep you going for an additional 14-15 hours web surfing on 3G or WIFI.

What's it like?
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In a sentence, beautifully designed using top quality materials. This really is a well built case. The entire rear of the case is made of metal with a tough fixed rubber/plastic frame to protect the sides. The top of the case is designed to be removed, and you take it off and slot the iPhone in place. Re-attach the top of the frame, and it’s locked in place with two catches.

Nice design feature as my wife’s previous iPhone 5 case - the top snapped off.

It does add a little bit of weight and depth to the iPhone, but it also gives all around protection covering both the back and all edges.

In terms of additional weight, my iPhone 6 comes in at 133g and with the case on, this increases to 262g. With the case on the phone in my pocket it felt like it didn’t really add much. I have to say, I also love the finish on this case which has a rugged, rubber feel around the edge, and the back is white painted metal with a bare metal inset.

Of course if it does, it looks like it would bounce in this rugged case. Just add a screen protector for 100% all round protection.

Because it adds additional size, it comes with a headphone extender which worked fine. It's also good to see from a quick read through the instructions (not needed - like most blokes I just ignore them), it is an Apple certified product. This is reassuring as it means you won't get the dreaded message "Accessory not compatible with iPhone" message.

Once your case is fully charged, just press the button on the rear to highlight 4 LEDs to indicate the remaining power. It also has the added advantage you can pretty much dispense with the expensive iPhone lightning cable (maybe leave it at work). You can use a standard (supplied) micro-USB cable to charge the case, and then press the button to charge the phone.

What's Good about it?
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* Top quality build which is really rugged. Looks like this thing will take a bashing and keep going
* Adds a huge battery life bonus - just press the button on the back to start charging. To put this in context, the iPhone 6 is supplied with an 1,810 mAh battery, and this adds 3500 mAh.
* Protects your phone from scratches and knocks and (given the build quality) probably a few drops too

What's not so good?
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Not a lot reallly. The only other option I've considered is buying a separate battery pack (which means I can use it if I change my phone), but that means you've got to carry something else around with you - whereas this is always with you.

Conclusion
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Well built, rugged solid quality battery case. Great stuff!

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review. On the positive side, I get to review an awful lot of these mobile batteries, and this one is excellent build quality.


iFans® [Apple MFi Certified] for iPhone 6 External 3100mAh Power Pack Case and Rechargeable Back Up Battery Charger ,Apple Original Charging Plug Connector, 100% Compatible with iPhone on iOS 8.1, Slim Design& Black Clear Purple Frame
iFans® [Apple MFi Certified] for iPhone 6 External 3100mAh Power Pack Case and Rechargeable Back Up Battery Charger ,Apple Original Charging Plug Connector, 100% Compatible with iPhone on iOS 8.1, Slim Design& Black Clear Purple Frame
Offered by iFans mall
Price: £28.99

5.0 out of 5 stars All around protection and a power bank without cables. Great device, 28 Mar. 2015
This is a quite stylishly designed case for the iPhone 6 with a built in 3,100 mAh battery. Great way to have some extra juice to keep you going just when you need it. An extra 17 hours of talk time to be exact. An extra 4 hours over the slightly smaller option by the same manufacturer for an extra 11g in weight and a couple of millimetres in depth.

What's it like?
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In a sentence, beautifully designed using good quality materials. It adds a little bit of weight and depth to the iPhone, (102g compared to the 91g on the thinner model), but my wife loves it, and wouldn't be without the extra battery life she gets out of it. You simply un-clip the frame, and slide your iPhone into the cool matt black plastic case, snap the front back in place, and off you go. It protects it remarkably well, covering both the back and all edges.

In this particular model, my sample had a subtle dark purple coloured “frame” which looks lovely. As said above, this is the ever so slightly thicker model

In terms of additional weight, my iPhone 6 comes in at 133g and with the case on, this increases to 224g. With the case on the phone in my pocket it felt like it didn’t really add much. I have to say, I also love the finish on the rear of this case which has a smooth and silky feel to it. One of my personal complains is the iPhone 6 is just too slippery. This case has a lovely “velvet” feel to it, and not slippery at all as the original iPhone 6 is.

Because it adds additional size, it comes with a headphone extender which worked fine. Nice to see it’s also “Apple Certified” meaning you won’t get any of those nasty “This device is not supported by Apple” messages next time you upgrade iOS.

The only “difficult” bit was how to switch it on. There’s a subtle button on the rear of the case near the bottom. Press and hold it for a second, and it starts to discharge the power into your iPhone. It also lights up 4 tiny LEDs to indicate the remaining power - nice touch. This has another nice side-effect, in that you can pretty much dispense with the iPhone lightning cable (or leave it at work). You can charge the case using the supplied micro-USB cable, and then discharge the power into your iPhone.

What's Good about it?
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* Nice quality build and a lovely “silky” feel to the product
* Adds a huge battery life bonus - just press the button on the back to start charging. To put this in context, the iPhone 6 is supplied with an 1,810 mAh battery, and this adds 3,100 mAh.
* Protects your phone from scratches and knocks. Just add a “Screen Protector” to give 100% cover.

What's not so good?
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Not a lot reallly. The only other option I've considered is buying a separate battery (which means I can use it if I change my phone), but that means you've got to carry something else around with you - whereas this is always with you. Means you don’t need to carry an additional lightning cable either - they’re pretty expensive.

Conclusion
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My wife absolutely loves it. Highly recommended.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review. On the positive side, I get to review an awful lot of these mobile batteries, and this one is excellent build quality.


iFans® [Apple MFi Certified] for iPhone 6 External 2400mAh Power Pack Case and Rechargeable Back Up Battery Charger ,Apple Original Charging Plug Connector, 100% Compatible with iPhone on iOS 8.1, Slim Design Black & Clear Pink frame
iFans® [Apple MFi Certified] for iPhone 6 External 2400mAh Power Pack Case and Rechargeable Back Up Battery Charger ,Apple Original Charging Plug Connector, 100% Compatible with iPhone on iOS 8.1, Slim Design Black & Clear Pink frame
Offered by iFans mall
Price: £26.99

5.0 out of 5 stars My wife absolutely loves this case. One of the best I've tested and reviewed, 28 Mar. 2015
This is a quite stylishly designed case for the iPhone 6 with a built in 2,400 mAh battery. Great way to have some extra juice to keep you going just when you need it. An extra 13 hours of talk time to be exact.

What's it like?
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In a sentence, beautifully designed using good quality materials. It adds a little bit of weight and depth to the iPhone, (91g to be exact), but my wife loves it - and wouldn't be without the extra battery life she gets out of it. You simply un-clip the frame, and slide your iPhone into the cool matt black plastic case, snap the front back in place, and off you go. It protects it remarkably well, covering both the back and all edges.

In this particular model, my sample had a subtle fuchsia pink coloured “frame” which looks lovely.

In terms of additional weight, my iPhone 6 comes in at 133g and with the case on, this increases to 224g. With the case on the phone in my pocket it felt like it didn’t really add much. I have to say, I also love the finish on the rear of this case which has a smooth and silky feel to it. One of my personal complains is the iPhone 6 is just too slippery. This case has a lovely “velvet” feel to it, and not slippery at all as the original iPhone 6 is.

Because it adds additional size, it comes with a headphone extender which worked fine. Nice to see it’s also “Apple Certified” meaning you won’t get any of those nasty “This device is not supported by Apple” messages next time you upgrade iOS.

The only “difficult” bit was how to switch it on. There’s a subtle button on the rear of the case near the bottom. Press and hold it for a second, and it starts to discharge the power into your iPhone. This has another nice side-effect, in that you can pretty much dispense with the iPhone lightning cable (or leave it at work). You can charge the case using the supplied micro-USB cable, and then discharge the power into your iPhone.

What's Good about it?
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* Nice quality build and a lovely “silky” feel to the product
* Adds a huge battery life bonus - just press the button on the back to start charging. To put this in context, the iPhone 6 is supplied with an 1,810 mAh battery, and this adds 2,400 mAh.
* Protects your phone from scratches and knocks. Just add a “Screen Protector” to give 100% cover.

What's not so good?
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Not a lot reallly. The only other option I've considered is buying a separate battery (which means I can use it if I change my phone), but that means you've got to carry something else around with you - whereas this is always with you. Means you don’t need to carry an additional lightning cable either - they’re pretty expensive.

Conclusion
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My wife absolutely loves it. Highly recommended.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review. On the positive side, I get to review an awful lot of these mobile batteries, and this one is excellent build quality.


Simian Power Up 5400 mAh Water Resistant Power Bank for Tablets & Smartphones - features Torch and LED Power Indicators - 3 Year Warranty
Simian Power Up 5400 mAh Water Resistant Power Bank for Tablets & Smartphones - features Torch and LED Power Indicators - 3 Year Warranty
Offered by iHeadphones UK
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice little "Water Resistant" power-bank. Great for camping., 28 Mar. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
There’s an awful lot of these "power banks” available on Amazon, but I personally prefer these smaller sizes as you’ll always have them with you. While it’s great to have enough power to keep you going for days, I personally find I’ve only ever used mine in an emergency.

At 4 x 2 inches long by an inch thick, this little device sits nicely in the hand. Designed to be kept in a pocket or handbag, wrapped to quasi military green plastic and rubber coating, it weights just 145g (not much more than an iPhone 6 at 135g), you can carry it with you everywhere.

Made of tough plastic and rubber insets, it has a single button with 4 blue lights to indicate power, just plug the supplied micro-USB cable into your phone, and it’ll give you lots of power to keep going for ages. As the power drains down, you get 4, then 3, 2 and then 1 light to indicate remaining charge.

Of course the real selling point is it’s IP54 standard protection.
Each digit has a specific meaning:-

5 = Dust protected. Essentially it’s dust proof.
4 = Water resistant. Means it must be tested for 5 minutes under an 80-100 kPa jet water pressure.

This DOESN’T mean you can take it in the bath with you - but it should mean it’s fine up a mountain or out camping.

It even comes with a handy LED light - great for when you’re fumbling around in the dark. These things are rated in miliamps per hour, and this one comes up at 5,400 mAh which is more than double the size of the battery in an iPhone 6.

To put this in context, here's the battery capacity (mAh) of some of the more popular smartphones:-

* Google Nexus 5 - 2,300 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S3 - 2,100 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - 2,600 mAh
* Apple iPhone 5 - 1,400 mAh
* Apple iPhone 5S - 1,570 mAh
* Apple iPhone 6 - 1,810 mAh
* Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Phablet) 2,915 mAh

Each of the above are estimates (you never quite get 100% efficiency out of a battery), but they’ll give you an idea of the extra talk time you’ll get.

I tested it on an iPad Air 2, iPhone 5s and iPhone 6, although these things also work on almost anything which needs to be charged including Android smartphones and GoPro cameras.

What's Good about it?
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* Nice little device, small and light weight, but sits nicely in the hand
* Solid build quality - should last for years
* Comes with a USB to Micro-USB cable (to charge your smartphone)
* Even has a surprising THREE YEAR WARRANTY. Maybe I’ll come back in 3 years to confirm this!

What's not so good?
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* It doesn’t come with a wall charger or USB to iPhone cable (but these devices never do).

Conclusion
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Fantastic little charger. Absolutely love it. Highly recommended.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review. On the positive side, I get to review an awful lot of these mobile batteries, and this one is excellent build quality.


Simian PowerUp 10400mAh Water Resistant Power Bank for Tablets & Smartphones - Dual USB Output with Torch and LED Power Indicators - 3 Year Warranty
Simian PowerUp 10400mAh Water Resistant Power Bank for Tablets & Smartphones - Dual USB Output with Torch and LED Power Indicators - 3 Year Warranty
Offered by iHeadphones UK
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Dustproof and "Water Resistant" power-bank. Highly recommended., 28 Mar. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a quite nicely designed external battery charge pack for an iPhone or Android Smartphone or tablet computer. Basically, if you’re out and about (on a long rail journey or away camping or at a rock festival), you can re-charge your phone or iPad back to full charge - great if you’re out and about.

In terms of design, it’s a a chunky little device which sits nicely in the hand. If you’re old enough to remember, it feels about the size and weight of an original “Sony Walkman”, and it’s 5 inches long by 3 inches wide, and just half an inch thin). It weighs almost nothing at 279g which to put in context is “chunky”, but much less than the weight of a standard tin of beans which typically weights 400g. Means you could easily carry it around in a back-pack and it won’t add much weight.

In terms of functionality, it has two USB ports (means you can charge two devices at the same time), and a button which lights up 4 rather cool blue LED lights to indicate how fully charged it is (each light indicates 25%). This is a great feature, because this battery has so much power you could use it for ages without a re-charge, and it’s great to see how much power you have left. It’s also designed in the shape of a “smily face” which I like.

Of course the real selling point is it’s IP54 standard protection. Each digit has a specific meaning:-

5 = Dust protected. Essentially it’s dust proof.
4 = Water resistant. Means it must be tested for 5 minutes under an 80-100 kPa jet water pressure.

This DOESN’T mean you can take it in the bath with you - but it should mean it’s fine up a mountain or out camping.

Does it work?
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Glad to say, yes. it charged my Apple iPhone 6 from absolutely flat to 100% in around 90 minutes.
The battery is rated at 10,400 mAh (the higher the better).

For example, here's the battery capacity (mAh) of some of the more popular smartphones:-

* Google Nexus 5 - 2,300 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S3 - 2,100 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - 2,600 mAh
* Apple iPhone 5 - 1,400 mAh
* Apple iPhone 5S - 1,570 mAh
* Apple iPhone 6 - 1,810 mAh
* Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Phablet) 2,915 mAh

Each of the above are estimates (you never quite get 100% efficiency out of a battery), but they’ll give you an idea of the extra talk time you’ll get.

I tested it on an iPad Air 2, iPhone 5s and iPhone 6, although these things also work on almost anything which needs to be charged including Android smartphones and GoPro cameras.

What's Good about it?
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* Fantastic huge power bank - will keep you re-charged for ages !
* Dual power sockets - charge two devices at once!
* Light weight - means you could carry it in your bag.
* It’s shock proof and water resistant - means it’s great for camping and out-doors.

What you should be aware of
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* It doesn’t come with a wall charger or USB to iPhone cable (but these devices never do).
* Otherwise great!

Conclusion
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Great smartphone battery/power-bank. Highly recommended.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review.


Cryptex USB Flash Drive 16GB
Cryptex USB Flash Drive 16GB
Offered by Steampunk Junkies
Price: £45.00

5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter thinks this is REALLY COOL! Can't get better praise than that!, 28 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Cryptex USB Flash Drive 16GB
I have to say I like this a lot - and clearly from the number of five star reviews I’m not alone. What’s more my daughter absolutely loves it. I was sent this by the designer for an independent review, and she’s been hassling me all week to complete the review so she get get her hands on it.

What's it like?
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Measuring just 2.5 inches long and 0.5 inches wide it’s a rather bizarre “Steam Punk” designed 16Gb USB stick. Clearly inspired by “The Da Vinci Code”, (just read the details, and it’s designed based upon the original sketches by Leonardo Da Vinci ), this is a pretty solid metal clad combination lock in zinc with a brass coating which is clearly “aged” to look Victorian.

Really quite impressive design, which is nicely executed.

Weighing in at 90g (to put this in context an iPhone 6 is 135g), it has a nice chunky weight, and could clearly take some bashing around.

It comes with a sticker with the fixed five digit number (which unfortunately can’t be changed, so don’t lose it!). Just spin the wheels around to open it up. I did a quick search on the web, but couldn’t find out how many combinations you’d need to try using a “brute force” attack, but I’m sure it’d come well into the millions.

It also comes with a smart black velvet carry bag, and a brown leather strap.

In terms of speed, I copied a 219Mb file off onto my SSD drive in 6 seconds and re-wrote it in a surprisingly slow 46 seconds. Having said that, I think the real point of this device is the design, and I’ve no complains.

One final point, it wasn’t obvious to me which side you needed to set the numbers. (ie. You can set the combination number on any of the four “sides” visible).

What's Good about it?
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* Really eye catching design - a lovely “low tech” way to protect your data - cool too
* Solid build - feels tough and protects your data physically (encased in metal)
* Keeps your data secure (but don’t lose the combination)

What's not so good?
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* Not the fastest USB stick on the planet - but that’s hardly the point. I still love it.

Conclusion
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i love it. More the the point my daughter think it’s REALLY cool.

Highly Recommended.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review.


Action Cam 1080P full HD WiFi Action Camera Kit HP ac300w with Ambarella A7 Chip (Same as GoPro Hero 3+) Panasonic 16 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Underwater Waterproof Sports Digital Camera Camcorder - Top of the Range with 165° Ultra Wide Angel Lens with FREE UNDERWATER CASE to a depth of 60 Metres for open water scuba diving and Wrist Watch Remote Control with Screen - 3 Year Guarantee Exclusively from i360Direct®
Action Cam 1080P full HD WiFi Action Camera Kit HP ac300w with Ambarella A7 Chip (Same as GoPro Hero 3+) Panasonic 16 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Underwater Waterproof Sports Digital Camera Camcorder - Top of the Range with 165° Ultra Wide Angel Lens with FREE UNDERWATER CASE to a depth of 60 Metres for open water scuba diving and Wrist Watch Remote Control with Screen - 3 Year Guarantee Exclusively from i360Direct®
Offered by i360Direct®
Price: £299.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top end action camera from HP. Love it, 23 Mar. 2015
Length:: 1:39 Mins

This is a top end "Go Pro" competitor from renowned hardware maker HP. It really is a top end device with excellent build quality, and comes complete with an IPX8 waterproof case (for up to an hour at 60 meters) meaning you can even use this as an open water diving camera.

Of course as the video shows, it's also a great action camera, and comes with a load of attachments, including one for you bike.

What's it like?
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The first thing that strikes you is the smart presentation case, with camera and watch - beautifully presented.

Then when you open it, you see just how tiny this camera is. At only 2.5 inches by 1.5 and about 1.5 inches deep, it's a spy camera that weighs just 92g "naked" and 224g complete with the super tough waterproof case. Typical of Hewlett Packard (HP - better known for their printers), it's a beautifully built little device, and once inside the protective waterproof case it's designed to take a few knocks (as I found on my off-road bike ride).

Do be aware though, you'll need a Micro-SD card (I'd recommend a 16g or 32g card - very cheap on Amazon).

The waterproof housing is incredibly well built (as are all the accessories), and in addition to being waterproof, adds an additional level of tough protection. Of course the pleasure of this, is you can use it under water, and film your kids in the swimming pool, as it's guaranteed waterproof to an amazing 60 metres. To put this in context, a standard open water diving certificate only covers you for about 18-20 meters so it's well protected.

The box came with:-

* The camera itself ready to take HD video (1080p at 60fps and 126 degree field of view to 920p (1280x960) with a 140 degrees
* Wrist Watch which acts as a watch, stopwatch, countdown timer or even a remote control for the camera
* Well built Bike Mount complete with rubber inserts
* T Tip Mount and T Tip Adapter and Swivel T Tip attachments
* A Flat and curved adhesive socket
* Waterproof case with both a Vented and Waterproof back door plus anti-fog inserts
* Safely lock and Ultra thin secure tether plus a velcro strap
* CD Rom and Paper Quick Start guide

Of course the "added bonus" with this device over and above even the top-end "Go Pro" is the wrist watch. In addition to acting as a normal watch, stop-watch and alarm, you can use it to remotely control the camera, and take photos or video.

It's a fairly chunky affair, but you do get a large and bright screen with large yellow numbers, although I found the instructions on setting it up not at all clear. Being a bloke I dislike following instructions, and these needed a tad too many "press this, then double press that" for my liking. It's nicely colour coordinated with the camera case though, and equally waterproof.

Of course you can also control it via a smartphone over WIFI. Download the HP XCam App from the Apple or Google store, and pair the device to watch videos on your phone. I found this a terrific feature which means you can avoid using the tiny Micro-SD card. Of course you could aways attach a micro-HDMI cable (not supplied) directly to the camera, and play on a TV - but the smartphone option is a great way to view video.

In terms of functions on the camera you can use it to take time-lapse photographs, shoot action video or take photographs. Of course the real benefit of this thing is the waterproof tough casing. Means you can take it to the beach or swimming pool. Great for the summer holidays or (as I've found) to video your off-road bike ride.

What's Good about it?
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* Tiny little camera - weighs next to nothing but great build quality
* Can be paired with the matching watch as a remote control device
* Great quality pictures and video from the ultra-wide angle lens
* Ability to attach it to your bike handlebars with extra fittings for a helmet mount
* Underwater camera housing - very well built, and gives it extra protection down to an amazing 60 meters
* Fantastic WIFI controlled App for Android and Apple devices.

What's not quite so good?
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* As you'll find with almost any of these devices, they don't come with a Micro-SD card which I think is a pity.
* Also true of these devices it doesn't come with a charger. Instead you can use your laptop USB port or the existing charger from your smartphone.
* Finally, the instructions are not as clear as I'd have liked. Sorry to say it failed my "bloke test" as I needed to read the instructions.
* Other than that it's brilliant!

Conclusion
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Fantastic little action camera from a trusted manufacturer

Highly Recommended.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review. Having said that it's brilliant.


DBPOWER BL-18 Mini LED Projector Support 1920*1080,400:1 Maximum 20000 hours Native Resolution 320*240 with 500 Lumens Brightness, Home Theater Projector with the Inputs of AV/VGA/SD/USB/HDMI for Meeting,Game Consoles, TV, DVD, PC, Laptop, Media Player,PS,XBOX, WII Image Size Up to 60''
DBPOWER BL-18 Mini LED Projector Support 1920*1080,400:1 Maximum 20000 hours Native Resolution 320*240 with 500 Lumens Brightness, Home Theater Projector with the Inputs of AV/VGA/SD/USB/HDMI for Meeting,Game Consoles, TV, DVD, PC, Laptop, Media Player,PS,XBOX, WII Image Size Up to 60''
Offered by HappyGo
Price: £57.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entry level projector - but great for the kids, 23 Mar. 2015
As long as you’re aware this is a “budget” projector you won’t really go wrong with this. Here's why....

What’s it like?
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This tiny little box measures just 5 x 5.5 inches and 2.5 inches deep and at 443g weighs almost nothing at all. In fact it’s so small and light, it’s amazing it can produce anything - let alone a video show.

It comes complete with a tiny (credit card sized) remote control and an (annoyingly) short power cable and transformer.

In terms of connectivity, it comes with a range of inputs including USB (for a USB stick), standard sized SD card, standard sized HDMI connection plus a VGA (computer) connection so pretty much anything you’d want to throw at it. It also has as headphone socket, so you could listen using headphones - or more usefully connect it via a 3.5mm cable to an external speaker - for example a bluetooth speaker for better quality sound.

In terms of operation, you’ve got to understand it produces 320x240 pixels - which when blown up to a projector sized screen - doesn’t really amount to great clarity. We’re talking a fairly grainy picture here. To put this in context, your standard flat screen TV at 42 inches has 1920 x 1080 so we’re pretty well spoilt by the top quality screens we’re used to.

As an additional problem, the built in speaker is a bit tinny, hence the advice about connecting an external speaker connected to the headphone socket.

Having said that, it’d make a great feature for a kids birthday party or sleep-over. We projected it onto a sheet, and played horror films - complete with a a room full of moody candles. The kids loved it.

What's Good about it?
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* Very small and light, and comes with a well protected spongy packing and box
* Lots of inputs, including HDMI, VGA, SD Card and USB (more three letter acronyms that you can shake a stick at)
* Can be connected to an external speaker using the headphone socket (a must have feature)
* Excellent value for money

What's not so good?
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* Screen quality not terrific. At about 60 inches it produced a 24” x 32” inch picture (about a 40” screen), but was pretty grainy really
* Sound quality from the built in speaker not good - made worse by the “turbine jet” fan built in

Conclusion
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OK as a budget device, but don’t expect it to replace your HD TV.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review.


Bestmall Ultra-Slim Removable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard PU Folding Leather Folio Keyboard Case Cover For Apple ipad mini, ipad mini 2, ipad mini 3 Built in Stand Function-Red
Bestmall Ultra-Slim Removable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard PU Folding Leather Folio Keyboard Case Cover For Apple ipad mini, ipad mini 2, ipad mini 3 Built in Stand Function-Red
Offered by Premium Out Lets Store
Price: £35.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra slim, light weight keyboard. Very impressed., 20 Mar. 2015
If you need to take notes on your iPad mini (this will work with the original, 2 or version 3 mini), this is a great keyboard. Here's why....

What is it and what’s it like?
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Designed to wrap around your iPad mini this little device is combined iPad mini case and keyboard. At 8 x 5 inches and almost paper thin, the keyboard is just a tiny bit smaller than the iPad itself. However weighing on 126g it weights almost nothing, and can be used completely independently (ie. not attached) to the iPad mini itself. To put this in context, my iPad mini 1 weights a mighty 315g by comparison.

Switch it on and press the “Connect” button, and a small blue light flashes to indicate it’s searching for your iPad. Got to Settings, Bluetooth and “Pair” it with your keyboard, and next time, it will automatically reconnect.

The cover, includes a hard plastic tray into which the iPad mini snaps with a reassuring clip sound, meaning it’s held firmly in place. You’ve then got the option of using the case with or without the keyboard- it works equally well. Switch on the iPad and keyboard, and you can type pretty quickly - although I must admit, you’ll not be able to touch-type unless you’ve very small hands. They keyboard is just too small.

Having said that, the aluminium backed, and freely adjustable keyboard is a pleasure to use. Mine was in white with a red cover, which matches the colour of my iPad beautifully. Surprisingly for such a small keyboard, it includes a full set of Apple keys including Control, Fn, Alt and Command. This is useful as the numeric keys double up as control keys for adjusting sound, playing music or locking the screen.

Each of the keys have good “travel” - ie. they press down well, and it’s easy to type, and surprising for the size, there’s plenty of space around each key.

Finally when you close up the iPad and keyboard in the folding case, there’s a magnetic strip to hold the cover in place. Nice touch.

What's Good about it?
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* Good quality keyboard which works well and appears well built
* Keyboard is completely independent of the iPad - not locked in place like some keyboards
* Nicely designed cover which can be used with or without the keyboard.

What's not so good?
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* Unlike the full size iPad keyboards, this doesn’t automatically shut down the iPad mini when closed. Having said that, it’s hardly a deal-breaker.

Conclusion
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Great quality keyboard for the iPad mini. Very impressive.

Highly Recommended.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review.


Enjoytone® W83 IP68 Tri-proof Waterproof Dustproof Shockproof MTK6572 1.2GHz Dual Core 4.0" WVGA(960x540) Multiple Touch IPS Screen Android 4.2 512MB RAM + 4G ROM 8MP Camera Dual SIM 3G Quad band + WCDMA unlocked Smartphone (Black)
Enjoytone® W83 IP68 Tri-proof Waterproof Dustproof Shockproof MTK6572 1.2GHz Dual Core 4.0" WVGA(960x540) Multiple Touch IPS Screen Android 4.2 512MB RAM + 4G ROM 8MP Camera Dual SIM 3G Quad band + WCDMA unlocked Smartphone (Black)
Offered by Bestore
Price: £143.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible screen in a remarkable tough package!, 20 Mar. 2015
If you’re working outdoors and need a tough and waterproof phone, or even if you’ve a careless teenager who keeps busting theirs - this is the phone for you.

What is it?
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First the basics:-

* Smart incredibly tough rubber sealed water proof, shock proof Android smartphone
* Built in 2600 mAh internal battery (to put this in context, the same size as the battery in a Samsung Galaxy S4)
* It has a 4 inch IPS screen with resolution 960 x 540 which is remarkably good for a phone at this price.
* Quoted time is about 300 hours standby time or 7 hours talk time
* It runs Android version 4.2.2 (KitKat) which is not quite the latest (5.0 Lollypop), but again excellent at this price range
* It has 4Gb of “memory” but can be upgraded with a micro-SD card (16Gb for £5.53 or 32Gb for £9.92 on Amazon).

Of course the big news is it’s almost indestructible. We’re talking run over by a steam roller here!

Unlike most smart phones which fall apart if dropped in a pool or water or from a 6 foot drop on concrete, this thing is built to last. Built into a hard rubber case with a lip to protect the screen (it even comes with a stick on screen protector), it is also waterproof (provided you keep the rubber stoppers in place on the base), and dust proof.

In short - a great phone for the great out-doors.

What's it like?
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At 5 x 3 inches and 1/4 of an inch deep it’s about standard for a modern smartphone. That is, until you switch it on. Press the (admittedly tough) power button, and the screen springs to life, and what a screen! Even brighter and clearer than my iPhone 6 costing above five times the money. As said above, it’s wrapped in a tough “rubber” like material, and all buttons are covered and sealed.

There’s an 1.3 MP front facing camera (so it can be used for video calls or selfies), and a standard 8MP rear facing camera for photos. Picture quality is pretty good (certainly better than I’d have expected at this price range), and there’s plenty of scope to set your camera as you want including colour effects and exposure and flash. Video worked OK, but was not brilliant.

In terms of a phone you get a huge battery life, plus a nice bonus - a dual SIM slot. This means you could include two sim cards. A friend of mine uses hers, one for Holland and the other for the UK - means you can switch between networks when travelling. It may not be useful for you now - but worth knowing.

As standard the KitKat Android (just one behind the latest version) is pretty good, and for £10 you can upgrade the memory to a huge 32Gb - enough to store loads of video in addition to apps etc.

Of course the real bonus is the dust and water-proof nature of this phone.

It’s rated at IP68 which means:-

* It’s dust tight. The 6 is the highest rating (1-6) which means it’s completely sealed
* It’s water proof. The 8 (1-9) means it’s “suitable for continuous immersion in water”, and has been tested to a depth of up to 3M

Judging back the build quality, it’s also built to take knocks.

What's Good about it?
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* Incredibly tough, dust proof, waterproof and shock proof phone.
* Screen is remarkably good - the IPS screen quality is terrific. Very clear and bright
* Takes a massive 32Gb memory - lots of space
* Great battery life

What's not so good?
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At this price, and build quality it’s hard to fault this.

Conclusion
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If you want an almost indestructible phone - look no further.

Highly Recommended.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review.


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