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Flylink® Replacement LCD Display & Touch Screen Digitizer Assembly with Tools for iPhone 6 4.7 Full Front Screen Assembly Adhesive High Definition Replacement
Flylink® Replacement LCD Display & Touch Screen Digitizer Assembly with Tools for iPhone 6 4.7 Full Front Screen Assembly Adhesive High Definition Replacement
Offered by ecshop-leader
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Everything you need to fix your screen - I've included details of the You Tube instructions below., 22 May 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a few years, I was delighted to receive this iPhone 6 replacement screen kit in return for an unbiased and independent review.

First thing that struck me when I opened up the packaging was “Where’s the instructions?”. There were none included, but don’t worry, it’s pretty much intentional, as it’d be almost impossible to describe the steps needed, but thankfully there’s lots of videos on You Tube which helpfully demonstrate exactly what to do.

I spent a while searching for the best, and ended up with this. Just search for:-

“You Tube v=t6O-bGY_1dM"

It displays a 5 minute video (it takes a mere mortal about an 30 minutes or so) on how to remove the screen from your iPhone 6, and fix the replacement screen. Think of it like trying to defuse a £500 (expensive) bomb. Scary, but a lot cheaper than a replacement phone.

The second thing worth mentioning, is just how well packaged and presented this is. Nicely delivered in a simple brown box with a thick layer of protective black foam, and a thin foam strip over the top. Nice to see this level of attention to detail from manufacturers, which gives a sense of comfort.

Included in the box (in addition to the replacement screen) you get all the tools needed which are:-

* A pair of safe open pry tools to lever up the screen
* Two specially designed tiny screw drivers (Apple use custom designed screws on their devices)
* A small “plectrum” lever/pry tool
* A small suction cup and ring to attach and remove your screen
* A pair of 3M sticky labels

It’s clearly a tricky operation, and you’ll want to lock yourself away from cats, children and interruptions for half an hour, and I’d recommend you set up a PC or tablet computer playing the video. You’ll also need a large clear area on which to place the various parts. In short, you need to take off the screen, and carefully remove each of the screws, clips, ribbon cables and components.

Most of these you’ll re-use and attach back in the phone.

Compared to a replacement iPhone (or living with a smashed screen), this is an incredible bargain. Provided you’ve got fairly steady hands and can follow you tube instructions you shouldn’t have any problems.

Be aware - this is a replacement screen for the iPhone 6 - not the iPhone 6 Plus (phablet) or iPhone 5 or 5S. There’s separate screens available for these. Don’t choose the wrong model.

Highly Recommended.


Strong Cardboard Boxes - Pack of 20 - 12 x 9 x 6" - Double Wall
Strong Cardboard Boxes - Pack of 20 - 12 x 9 x 6" - Double Wall
Offered by Speedy Packaging
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, easy to assemble - highly recommended, 22 May 2015
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Surprised to find myself writing a review of cardboard boxes, but as you can’t actually see or handle the product, we as customers are dependent upon what reviewers say about it.

Super fast delivery as I've come to expect from Amazon, but also a top quality product.

Very impressed by the quality of these. They come flat-packed in a box of 20, quick to assemble and as the summary above describes them - they are “double walled”. This means, unlike the standard Amazon boxes which are one thickness, these are twice as thick with slightly more corresponding weight (242g to be exact), but they also have a quality feel to them.

I guess if you send a million parcels a year, saving 1p on each is worth a lot (£10,000), but if you’re only sending 100s it’s worth it for the peace of mind, and the feeling of quality you’re delivering.

I’d certainly have no hesitation in recommending these - I’ll certainly be buying a repeat box once this set run out, and will also try the smaller size.

Be aware, these are rated by the UK postal service as “medium sized parcel” so there’s a slight cost in mailing them compared to the “small parcel”.

Highly Recommended.


GOtek® 6000mAh Deluxe External Battery Power Bank For iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, Galaxy S6 S5 S4 S3, Note 4 3, Nexus, HTC One, Most other Phones and Tablets (Black)
GOtek® 6000mAh Deluxe External Battery Power Bank For iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, Galaxy S6 S5 S4 S3, Note 4 3, Nexus, HTC One, Most other Phones and Tablets (Black)
Offered by GOtek
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart little charger - small and light with lots of power, 22 May 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was delighted to be offered this smart power bank in return for an unbiased and independent review.

What is it and what does it do?
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Open the simple cardbard packaging to reveal a stubby little device - 4.5" x 2.5" and just under an inch deep battery in quite smart black plastic. In terms of weight it comes in at 186 g which to put this in context is really quite light - an iPhone 6 is 133g without case. Certainly small enough to carry in a back-pack or bag, and with enough power for a weekend away.

In terms of output (to charge your phone or tablet), this is 2 USB sockets, so you've the option of charging power intensive devices (eg. an iPad) using the faster 2.1A rate, and charge a smartphone at the same time.

Great if you've an tablet computer and a smartphone.

Nice to see the ubiquitous 4 white LEDs to indicate how much power it has left, and each counts down in 25% units from 100% to zero as you drain the battery. There's a single micro-USB socket and a short cable to plug into your existing smarthphone charger, although at this size, you'll need to leave it charging over night. You also get a cable and converters for a Mini-USB and a 30 pin Apple lightning cable.

Finally, press and hold the on/off button, and it shines a bright white LED - useful if you’re rooting around in your bag in the dark.

Does it work?
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Glad to say, yes. it charged my wife's iPhone 5S from absolutely flat to 100% in around 90 minutes.

The battery is rated at a 6,000 mAh which should recharge most smartphones several times. To put this in context, here’s the battery size of a range of smartphones:-

* Google Nexus 5 - 2,300 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S3 - 2,100 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - 2,600 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S5 - 2,500 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S6 - 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

You never get 100% power out of these devices (typically around 70% is acceptable), but you should get about 2-3 charges for a Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone 5S.

What's Good about it?
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* Two USB output sockets to charge two devices in parallel
* Huge power bank - lots of power for the entire weekend
* Small and light - means you could carry it in your bag without noticing it

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).

Conclusion
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Top quality power smartphone battery/power-bank.

Highly recommended.


GOtek® 10400mAh Deluxe External Battery Power Bank For iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, Galaxy S6 S5 S4 S3, Note 4 3, Nexus, HTC One, Most other Phones and Tablets (White)
GOtek® 10400mAh Deluxe External Battery Power Bank For iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, Galaxy S6 S5 S4 S3, Note 4 3, Nexus, HTC One, Most other Phones and Tablets (White)
Offered by GOtek
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice device - can charge a smartphone and tablet at the same time, 22 May 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was delighted to be offered this smart power bank in return for an unbiased and independent review.

What is it and what does it do?
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Open the simple cardbard packaging to reveal a 4.5" x 3" and just under an inch deep battery in quite smart white plastic. In terms of weight it comes in at 247 g which to put this in context is really quite light - and about double the weight of an iPhone 6 which is 133g without case. Certainly small enough to carry in a back-pack or bag, and with enough power for a weekend away.

In terms of output (to charge your phone or tablet), this is 2 USB sockets which share a combined output of 3.5A, so you've the option of charging power intensive devices (eg. an iPad) using the faster 2.1A rate, and charge a smartphone at the same time using the 1A output.

Great if you've an tablet computer and a smartphone.

Nice to see the ubiquitous 4 blue LEDs to indicate how much power it has left, and each counts down in 25% units from 100% to zero as you drain the battery. There's a single micro-USB socket and a short cable to plug into your existing smarthphone charger, although at this size, you'll need to leave it charging over night. You also get a two additional converter plugs which give you the option of charging a Mini-USB device (used on some cameras), and a 30 pin Apple device (used on the iPhone up to the iPhone 4S).

Does it work?
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Glad to say, yes. it charged my wife's iPhone 5S from absolutely flat to 100% in around 90 minutes.

The battery is rated at a 10,400 mAh which should recharge most smartphones several times. To put this in context, here’s the battery size of a range of smartphones:-

* Google Nexus 5 - 2,300 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S3 - 2,100 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - 2,600 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S5 - 2,500 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S6 - 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

You never get 100% power out of these devices (typically around 70% is acceptable), but you should get about 4-5 charges for a Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone 5S.

What's Good about it?
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* Two USB output sockets with outputs - means you can charge a tablet and smartphone or two smartphones
* Huge power bank - lots of power for the entire weekend
* Relatively small and light - means you could carry it in your bag without noticing it

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).

Conclusion
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Top quality power smartphone battery/power-bank.

Highly recommended.


GOtek® 4000mAh Deluxe Brush Steel External Battery Power Bank For iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, Galaxy S6 S5 S4 S3, Note 4 3, Nexus, HTC One, Most other Phones and Tablets (4000, Black)
GOtek® 4000mAh Deluxe Brush Steel External Battery Power Bank For iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, Galaxy S6 S5 S4 S3, Note 4 3, Nexus, HTC One, Most other Phones and Tablets (4000, Black)
Offered by GOtek
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny little device - great for emergencies., 22 May 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while, I was delighted to be offered this tiny powerbank in return for an unbiased and independent review. I was quite impressed by the design (especially the size and weight) of this device. It really is very small and light.

What is it and what does it do?
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Open up the simple cardboard packaging, and inside is a small lightweight device measuring 4.5" x 2.5" 1/2" inches deep. While the edges are clearly plastic, the front and back plates appear to be made of brushed steel or aluminium. Weighing in at minuscule 98g in weight (for context an iPhone 6 is 133g), it's so light you could easily carry it in a shirt pocket and not even know it was there - that is, until you need it.

Designed for emergencies, when you're running out of power on your phone, it includes a USB to micro-USB cable to charge it. Unusually for these kind of devices it also includes a converter for a Micro-USB to mini-USB (used by some devices), and a converter for the 30 pin Apple - used by the iPhone up to the iPhone 4S.

This means you're pretty much covered, although if you've a more recent iPhone (eg. the iPhone 5 or 6) you'll need to use your own lightning cable, but that's true of most power banks.

Nice to see it also has a touch sensitive on/off button to start charging your device, and 4 blue LEDs to indicate how much power it has left - great feature meaning you won't unexpectedly run out of power.

Does it work?
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Glad to say, yes. it's charging my iPhone 6 as I write this review. The battery is rated at a 4,000 mAh which is absolutely great for an emergency. To put this in context, here's the battery size of a range of smartphones:-

* Google Nexus 5 - 2,300 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S3 - 2,100 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - 2,600 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S5 - 2,500 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S6 - 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

While you won't get quite a full re-charge on the enourmous iPhone 6 Phablet, it's exactly what you need if you're running low on power in an emergency. What's more, it's so small and light you'll always have it with you, and the built in cable means it's always available.

What's Good about it?
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* Smart small sized device means you'll always have it with you
* Ultra-Light weight - means you could carry it in your pocket without noticing it
* Converter plugs for other devices.

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

Conclusion
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Tiny little device - great for emergencies.

Highly recommended.


AVANTEK DTZ5-12W Portable Wireless Doorbell Kit, 36 Chime Tones, 1000 ft / 300 m Range [1 Touch Button Operated Transmitter & 2 Plug-In Door Chimes], White
AVANTEK DTZ5-12W Portable Wireless Doorbell Kit, 36 Chime Tones, 1000 ft / 300 m Range [1 Touch Button Operated Transmitter & 2 Plug-In Door Chimes], White
Offered by Avantek UK
Price: £43.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully simple and elegant with 36 tunes. I love it!, 22 May 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was delighted to receive this device in return for an independent and unbiased review. Just as well, because I love it. I’d never have thought a doorbell could make you laugh!

What’s it like?
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First impressions are good, and it’s great to see manufacturers realise the importance of packaging - even for something as simple as a door bell. Open the beautifully designed (but simple) cardboard packaging to reveal a surprisingly large size (just under 4” x 2”) button press in white. The second thing is, although it’s clearly a “button press” there’s not obvious “button” to press. Just a simple plain white plastic face. Nice design feature - who says a “button press” needs to be a button. This one is touch sensitive and weights just 32g - next to nothing.

Pull out the remaining cardboard packaging, (again very well designed) to reveal a pair of really surprisingly small receiver units. Each receiver unit is just under 5” tall by 2.5” wide and about 1.5” deep, and again weights almost nothing at 96g - less than an average smartphone. I say “surprisingly small” because this is the second doorbell unit I’ve reviewed, and this one is much smaller by comparison.

These are again, very simple, very elegantly designed with a plain white front, and enough space to fit two side-by-side in a wall plug. Not that you’d want to fit two, but it does mean you could plug in another device beside it, and it doesn’t take up two spaces in your wall as you’ll need to leave it plugged in permanently.

On the front there’s two touch sensitive buttons, one to choose one of 36 tunes from a simple as “Bing Bong” to “Happy Birthday”. That’s what made me laugh - it’s my birthday today!

It also has a button to adjust the volume - which is again a nice touch if you’re hard of hearing or want a quiet life.

The receiver also comes with two “sticky pads” so you can stick it to the front door (nice and large so it’s hard to miss), and the back has two punch holes so you could screw it to the door permanently if needed.

Overall, very impressed. Lovely design, very simple and elegant - everything from packaging to “push button” transmitter. Also worked with one downstairs, and the other upstairs without issue.

Highly recommended.


Apple Watch 38mm Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop
Apple Watch 38mm Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop
Offered by Shelfone™
Price: £1,350.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully designed - but is it the best watch for you?, 20 May 2015
Length:: 1:20 Mins

Having reviewed on Amazon for a few years I was lucky enough to be able to get an Apple Watch on release day. (Unfortunately I needed to buy one as Apple don't need to give watches away for review purposes). In common with the "Apple" view of the world I'll steer away from the technical nonsense over gigabits and concentrate on the actual experience.

Apologies if this review is a bit rambling, it's my first impressions, and I'll update it later with a more structured review. If you've any questions, I've included a Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Options Available
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Firstly this particular model is the middle of the price band, the "Watch" with the Stainles Steel case and an incredibly hard sapphire crystal watch face.

As you may know there's three models to choose from in increasing cost - the "Sport", the "Watch" and the 18-Karat gold "Edition". Obviously most people will choose the "Sport" or "Watch" as all three have exactly the same electronics, the only difference being the case and screen material. I'll therefore focus on these options.

The "Sport" comes in anodised aluminum case in silver or space gray, and the face is Ion-X glass, which is tough, but not quite as tough as the sapphire crystal on the "Watch" face.

On the other hand, the more expensive "Watch" comes in stainless steel shiny chrome or a cool space black finish. It's rumoured that steel is more likely to scratch than the aluminium sport model, and only time will tell. Both come in 38mm and 42mm sizes, and additional watch straps are available to buy which fit either model (provided you buy the correct size).

Finallly there's not a great difference in weight. The "Sport" watches (with strap) vary between 62g-72g and the stainless steel "Watch" between 56g-105g depending upon size and watch strap selected. The heaviest is the 42mm "Watch" in the stainless steel link strap - it's also the most expensive in this range.

First Impressions
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First impressions are it's gorgeous in a futuristic, science fiction kind of way. There's lots of ways to interact with this device including the touch sensitive press and swipe screen of the iPhone in addition to the new "Force Touch" sensitive screen which senses not just "where" you're pressing but "how hard". In addition you get the "Digital Crown" to scroll though lists.

The "Crown" is a surprisingly useful feature as it means you're fingers are away from the screen while you're scrolling through options or zooming into a huge array of photos. Generally, anything you can do with the "Crown" you can do with the screen.

One of the great features of the watch is the innovative new ways you can interact with it, and these are via "Notifications" and "Glances".

You'll get a notification when (for example) an Text Message arrives on your iPhone, and you'll get a light tap on your wrist. The watch face won't light up unless you raise your wrist, at which point it will show you what "type" of notification you have. If you keep looking, it displays the full information, and allows you to reply. Of course you'll quickly be overwhelmed by the rate of notifications, and you'll need to switch off all but your most important channels.

It's worth noting, that in normal use, the watch screen is turned off to save power, and there are multiple sensors "listening" for when it should turn on the screen. In theory, this means if you raise your wrist to look at the watch, the screen turns on. This is fine in about 99% of the times, but very occasionally it doesn't which is a little frustrating when you simply want to know the time. In that case you need to tap the screen to light it up.

"Glances" are a great feature that I absolutely loved.

You get a notification (again a tap on your wrist), and swipe up from the bottom to reveal a set of "cards". These can be customised to include information about the weather, a traffic update about your journey home or your health (calories burned, minutes of exercise etc). For example, if you live or work in London, New York, San Francisco or Montreal you can get real time public travel information on your iPhone (and now watch) directly from the CityMapper App. This works a treat, as you'll be notified of delays on the London underground, without the need to fish out your phone.

The only drawback with "glances" is you don't get the information right away as they don't update in background, but are sent on-demand from the phone. This can be a bit frustrating as there'll often be a slight delay, and you'll get a "spinning wheel" while the information loads. I'm sure this will however get better with time.

As an indication of where Apple is going with this technology it's terrific, and I look forward to further software updates in the future.

The watch is incredibly accurate, and it uses what Apple call "Coordinated Universal Time" to keep all watches exactly in sync. This has one wonderful little side effect in that if you and a friend have the "Micky Mouse" watch face - you'll notice they're both tapping their feet at exactly the same time. This will (eventually) become a great party trick - once these becomes popular enough or you've got lots of wealthy friends.

The watch extends and (to some extent) replicates the functions you'll find on your phone. I found this a little confusing, and you may find yourself checking a notification on your iPhone, only to remember you could have checked it on your wrist. You'll also find that using the "Watch" App on the iPhone you can send every notification to your watch, but this will quickly become overwhelming. I soon found I needed to triage my notifications, and ended up only sending iMessages to my watch as otherwise I'd get 50 buzzes a day from the various eMail accounts I run.

In terms of what you can do with your watch:-

* You can tell the time - there's lots of options to customise the look and colour of the many watch faces
* Make a phone call (it has a speaker and microphone) although it looks a bit weird to be speaking into your wrist
* Send and receive text messages (it suggests suitable replies eg. "I'm on my way") which can be helpful
* Navigate around using the "Maps" App (although I found this slow as all geographic information is transferred from your iPhone - the watch doesn't have a GPS installed.
* Monitor your activity, work-out and cardio health (number of steps or miles and heart rate)

I found the activity and health monitoring features by far the best feature of the watch. It really does focus the mind, and at times motivates you to get up and walk about if you've been sitting around too long. It can count the number of steps or calories, and you can measure yourself against goals. Be aware, it's actually measuring your cardio activity, (your heart rate), so while it's great for running, walking or cycling, it doesn't do anything for you if you're into weight lifting or yoga.

Having said that - I tested it against a wrist based health band, and it was incredibly accurate.

The "Complications" feature of the watch were a real hit, and a feature I'd love to see extended to the iPhone. You can customise the main screen to tell you all sorts of useful (or useless) stuff including when your next appointment is, the phase of the moon or the weather outside.

One feature Apple have really promoted is the ability to send your heart beat to someone else. This isn't as ground-breaking as I thought it would be. Firstly you've got to find someone else with an Apple Watch, and then once you've send your heart-beat....well that's it. You've done it. You'd maybe send your heartbeat to your wife or girlfriend, but it'd be a bit weird to send it to anyone else. Similarly the ability to send a sketch to someone is less useful than I'd hoped. Maybe on the iPhone it'd be more of a hit, but on a 1.5 inch screen there's just not enough real estate to draw anything meaningful.

In terms of messages, you can select a favourite contact from your contacts list, and quickly send them a text or phone them directly from the watch. You can also send a custom Apple Watch "emoji" - but in my opinion these really are a little bizarre, and best avoided.

One drawback you need to be aware of is that data for apps appear to reside on your iPhone, and are loaded when you start them. This can be a little frustrating as you'll find yourself waiting for information to load (especially maps). This means any app which needs to grab GPS location information your iPhone is extremely slow. I'm hoping this will be improved over time, although GPS devices are very power hungry so I don't expect one to be added to a watch update in the near future.

You also get "Apple Pay" which means you can pay for stuff by just waving your watch in front of the payment receiver. You authenticate yourself using the "Touch ID" (finger print reader) on your iPhone, and the watch stays authenticated as long as it remains on your wrist which is a lovely touch. Paying with the Apple Watch is even faster than using the iPhone, and it's a pleasure to use. Certainly one of the stand-out feature of this device.

As a fashion item, the jury is out. It's certainly a beautifully designed device, and a first step in wearable computing. Of course you've got to have an iPhone 5 better to use it, and it's certainly better than any other wearable device on the market at the moment.

It's certainly up to Apple's beautiful design standard, and I really loved it.

I do hope these random thoughts helped.

Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What's the battery like?
A: Officially it lasts 18 hours. Personally I've found it pretty much lasts the day, and only during the first week did I find it go into "power saving mode" which means you can see the time but nothing else, and I was practically glued to it all day (as you can imagine). In short, you'll need to recharge it every night - just like you do with your iPhone.

Q: Will the watch work by itself?
A: No. You'll also need an iPhone 5, 5S, 5C or 6 to "pair" with the phone. A lot of the features (eg. sending texts or making phone calls or GPS features) are entirely dependent upon the iPhone.

Q: What's the difference between models?
A: There are three models and each come in two sizes. The "Sport" model is made of aluminium with a tough Ion-X glass face, the "Watch" model is made of stainless steel and a sapphire crystal face while the "Edition" is made of 22 Karat gold, again with a sapphire crystal face. The internals of all three are exactly the same, absolutely no difference in speed or features, and although some people say the "Watch" is heavier than the "Sport" it all depends upon which watch strap you pair it with.

Q: What's the warranty with the Watch?
A: As with all Apple products, you get 90 Days support and a 12 month warranty. You can extend this with AppleCare+ for up to two years which includes up to two incidents of accidental damage cover subject to a minimum fee.

Q: Can I mix and match the straps?
A: Yes. There's a huge number of additional straps available from Apple. No doubt there'll be cheaper 3rd party wrist straps available also.

Q: Is it waterproof?
A: Yes and No. Officially Apple say it's "Water Resistant - conformed to IPX7 standards". This means it will be fine in the rain. However, the IPX7 standard is an internationally agreed standard, and to pass Apple needs to have tested the watch under 1 meter of water for 30 minutes which sounds pretty waterproof to me. There's also lots of you tube videos demonstrating it working under water. Personally, I'd have no problems keeping it on in the shower or a fresh water pool, but I'd not wear it in the sea.

Q: Is it any good as a fitness tracker?
A: Yes, It includes an accelerometer to track your steps, and the GPS on your iPhone to trace the exact route. There's two health apps built in. Activity shows your daily progress towards exercise goals whereas workout is more detailed for tracking pace, time and calories burned during a gym session. Both apps sync back to the Health & Fitness Apps on your phone.

Q: Isn't the watch an extension of the iPhone
A: Yes. Pretty much everything you can do on the watch you can already do on the iPhone. Incoming mail notification, sending a message and making a phone calls are examples. However, it's great to be able to glance at your watch to see this without taking out your phone. It won't replace the iPhone, but works along side it. About the only thing you can do on the watch that the iPhone doesn't support is sending a "tap" to someones wrist or sending a "heart-beat".

Q: If my iPhone is out of juice, can I still use the watch?
A: Yes. You can still tell the time and use normal functions. You can also track fitness (sync afterwards), play music (there's 2Gb of onboard storage for music) and use Apple Pay to make purchases (provided you've already authenticated yourself.

Q: Can I use the watch with Apple Pay?
A: Yes. Once you've authenticated yourself, provided you don't take the watch off just swipe it in front of an Apple payment receiver.

Q: How does it work for left handed people?
A: Perfectly. When you pair you phone to your watch you have the option of indicating it's for your right or left hand. It flips the screen so you can have the "digital crown" in the right place for you. How very clever.


Apple Watch Sport (42mm, Space Grey) Black Sport Band
Apple Watch Sport (42mm, Space Grey) Black Sport Band

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully designed - but is it the best watch for you?, 20 May 2015
Length:: 1:20 Mins

Having reviewed on Amazon for a few years I was lucky enough to be able to get an Apple Watch on release day. (Unfortunately I needed to buy one as Apple don't need to give watches away for review purposes). In common with the "Apple" view of the world I'll steer away from the technical nonsense over gigabits and concentrate on the actual experience.

Apologies if this review is a bit rambling, it's my first impressions, and I'll update it later with a more structured review. If you've any questions, I've included a Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Options Available
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Firstly this particular model is the "Watch Sport" with the aluminium case and Ion-X glass face.

As you may know there's three models to choose from in increasing cost - the "Sport", the "Watch" and the 18-Karat gold "Edition". Obviously most people will choose the "Sport" or "Watch" as all three have exactly the same electronics, the only difference being the case and screen material. I'll therefore focus on these options.

The "Sport" comes in anodised aluminum case in silver or space gray, and the face is Ion-X glass, which is tough, but not quite as tough as the sapphire crystal on the "Watch" face.

On the other hand, the more expensive "Watch" comes in stainless steel shiny chrome or a cool space black finish. It's rumoured that steel is more likely to scratch than the aluminium sport model, and only time will tell. Both come in 38mm and 42mm sizes, and additional watch straps are available to buy which fit either model (provided you buy the correct size).

Finallly there's not a great difference in weight. The "Sport" watches (with strap) vary between 62g-72g and the stainless steel "Watch" between 56g-105g depending upon size and watch strap selected. The heaviest is the 42mm "Watch" in the stainless steel link strap - it's also the most expensive in this range.

First Impressions
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First impressions are it's gorgeous in a futuristic, science fiction kind of way. There's lots of ways to interact with this device including the touch sensitive press and swipe screen of the iPhone in addition to the new "Force Touch" sensitive screen which senses not just "where" you're pressing but "how hard". In addition you get the "Digital Crown" to scroll though lists.

The "Crown" is a surprisingly useful feature as it means you're fingers are away from the screen while you're scrolling through options or zooming into a huge array of photos. Generally, anything you can do with the "Crown" you can do with the screen.

One of the great features of the watch is the innovative new ways you can interact with it, and these are via "Notifications" and "Glances".

You'll get a notification when (for example) an Text Message arrives on your iPhone, and you'll get a light tap on your wrist. The watch face won't light up unless you raise your wrist, at which point it will show you what "type" of notification you have. If you keep looking, it displays the full information, and allows you to reply. Of course you'll quickly be overwhelmed by the rate of notifications, and you'll need to switch off all but your most important channels.

It's worth noting, that in normal use, the watch screen is turned off to save power, and there are multiple sensors "listening" for when it should turn on the screen. In theory, this means if you raise your wrist to look at the watch, the screen turns on. This is fine in about 99% of the times, but very occasionally it doesn't which is a little frustrating when you simply want to know the time. In that case you need to tap the screen to light it up.

"Glances" are a great feature that I absolutely loved.

You get a notification (again a tap on your wrist), and swipe up from the bottom to reveal a set of "cards". These can be customised to include information about the weather, a traffic update about your journey home or your health (calories burned, minutes of exercise etc). For example, if you live or work in London, New York, San Francisco or Montreal you can get real time public travel information on your iPhone (and now watch) directly from the CityMapper App. This works a treat, as you'll be notified of delays on the London underground, without the need to fish out your phone.

The only drawback with "glances" is you don't get the information right away as they don't update in background, but are sent on-demand from the phone. This can be a bit frustrating as there'll often be a slight delay, and you'll get a "spinning wheel" while the information loads. I'm sure this will however get better with time.

As an indication of where Apple is going with this technology it's terrific, and I look forward to further software updates in the future.

The watch is incredibly accurate, and it uses what Apple call "Coordinated Universal Time" to keep all watches exactly in sync. This has one wonderful little side effect in that if you and a friend have the "Micky Mouse" watch face - you'll notice they're both tapping their feet at exactly the same time. This will (eventually) become a great party trick - once these becomes popular enough or you've got lots of wealthy friends.

The watch extends and (to some extent) replicates the functions you'll find on your phone. I found this a little confusing, and you may find yourself checking a notification on your iPhone, only to remember you could have checked it on your wrist. You'll also find that using the "Watch" App on the iPhone you can send every notification to your watch, but this will quickly become overwhelming. I soon found I needed to triage my notifications, and ended up only sending iMessages to my watch as otherwise I'd get 50 buzzes a day from the various eMail accounts I run.

In terms of what you can do with your watch:-

* You can tell the time - there's lots of options to customise the look and colour of the many watch faces
* Make a phone call (it has a speaker and microphone) although it looks a bit weird to be speaking into your wrist
* Send and receive text messages (it suggests suitable replies eg. "I'm on my way") which can be helpful
* Navigate around using the "Maps" App (although I found this slow as all geographic information is transferred from your iPhone - the watch doesn't have a GPS installed.
* Monitor your activity, work-out and cardio health (number of steps or miles and heart rate)

I found the activity and health monitoring features by far the best feature of the watch. It really does focus the mind, and at times motivates you to get up and walk about if you've been sitting around too long. It can count the number of steps or calories, and you can measure yourself against goals. Be aware, it's actually measuring your cardio activity, (your heart rate), so while it's great for running, walking or cycling, it doesn't do anything for you if you're into weight lifting or yoga.

Having said that - I tested it against a wrist based health band, and it was incredibly accurate.

The "Complications" feature of the watch were a real hit, and a feature I'd love to see extended to the iPhone. You can customise the main screen to tell you all sorts of useful (or useless) stuff including when your next appointment is, the phase of the moon or the weather outside.

One feature Apple have really promoted is the ability to send your heart beat to someone else. This isn't as ground-breaking as I thought it would be. Firstly you've got to find someone else with an Apple Watch, and then once you've send your heart-beat....well that's it. You've done it. You'd maybe send your heartbeat to your wife or girlfriend, but it'd be a bit weird to send it to anyone else. Similarly the ability to send a sketch to someone is less useful than I'd hoped. Maybe on the iPhone it'd be more of a hit, but on a 1.5 inch screen there's just not enough real estate to draw anything meaningful.

In terms of messages, you can select a favourite contact from your contacts list, and quickly send them a text or phone them directly from the watch. You can also send a custom Apple Watch "emoji" - but in my opinion these really are a little bizarre, and best avoided.

One drawback you need to be aware of is that data for apps appear to reside on your iPhone, and are loaded when you start them. This can be a little frustrating as you'll find yourself waiting for information to load (especially maps). This means any app which needs to grab GPS location information your iPhone is extremely slow. I'm hoping this will be improved over time, although GPS devices are very power hungry so I don't expect one to be added to a watch update in the near future.

You also get "Apple Pay" which means you can pay for stuff by just waving your watch in front of the payment receiver. You authenticate yourself using the "Touch ID" (finger print reader) on your iPhone, and the watch stays authenticated as long as it remains on your wrist which is a lovely touch. Paying with the Apple Watch is even faster than using the iPhone, and it's a pleasure to use. Certainly one of the stand-out feature of this device.

As a fashion item, the jury is out. It's certainly a beautifully designed device, and a first step in wearable computing. Of course you've got to have an iPhone 5 better to use it, and it's certainly better than any other wearable device on the market at the moment.

It's certainly up to Apple's beautiful design standard, and I really loved it.

I do hope these random thoughts helped.

Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What's the battery like?
A: Officially it lasts 18 hours. Personally I've found it pretty much lasts the day, and only during the first week did I find it go into "power saving mode" which means you can see the time but nothing else, and I was practically glued to it all day (as you can imagine). In short, you'll need to recharge it every night - just like you do with your iPhone.

Q: Will the watch work by itself?
A: No. You'll also need an iPhone 5, 5S, 5C or 6 to "pair" with the phone. A lot of the features (eg. sending texts or making phone calls or GPS features) are entirely dependent upon the iPhone.

Q: What's the difference between models?
A: There are three models and each come in two sizes. The "Sport" model is made of aluminium with a tough Ion-X glass face, the "Watch" model is made of stainless steel and a sapphire crystal face while the "Edition" is made of 22 Karat gold, again with a sapphire crystal face. The internals of all three are exactly the same, absolutely no difference in speed or features, and although some people say the "Watch" is heavier than the "Sport" it all depends upon which watch strap you pair it with.

Q: What's the warranty with the Watch?
A: As with all Apple products, you get 90 Days support and a 12 month warranty. You can extend this with AppleCare+ for up to two years which includes up to two incidents of accidental damage cover subject to a minimum fee.

Q: Can I mix and match the straps?
A: Yes. There's a huge number of additional straps available from Apple. No doubt there'll be cheaper 3rd party wrist straps available also.

Q: Is it waterproof?
A: Yes and No. Officially Apple say it's "Water Resistant - conformed to IPX7 standards". This means it will be fine in the rain. However, the IPX7 standard is an internationally agreed standard, and to pass Apple needs to have tested the watch under 1 meter of water for 30 minutes which sounds pretty waterproof to me. There's also lots of you tube videos demonstrating it working under water. Personally, I'd have no problems keeping it on in the shower or a fresh water pool, but I'd not wear it in the sea.

Q: Is it any good as a fitness tracker?
A: Yes, It includes an accelerometer to track your steps, and the GPS on your iPhone to trace the exact route. There's two health apps built in. Activity shows your daily progress towards exercise goals whereas workout is more detailed for tracking pace, time and calories burned during a gym session. Both apps sync back to the Health & Fitness Apps on your phone.

Q: Isn't the watch an extension of the iPhone
A: Yes. Pretty much everything you can do on the watch you can already do on the iPhone. Incoming mail notification, sending a message and making a phone calls are examples. However, it's great to be able to glance at your watch to see this without taking out your phone. It won't replace the iPhone, but works along side it. About the only thing you can do on the watch that the iPhone doesn't support is sending a "tap" to someones wrist or sending a "heart-beat".

Q: If my iPhone is out of juice, can I still use the watch?
A: Yes. You can still tell the time and use normal functions. You can also track fitness (sync afterwards), play music (there's 2Gb of onboard storage for music) and use Apple Pay to make purchases (provided you've already authenticated yourself.

Q: Can I use the watch with Apple Pay?
A: Yes. Once you've authenticated yourself, provided you don't take the watch off just swipe it in front of an Apple payment receiver.

Q: How does it work for left handed people?
A: Perfectly. When you pair you phone to your watch you have the option of indicating it's for your right or left hand. It flips the screen so you can have the "digital crown" in the right place for you. How very clever.


GRDE® 60 LEDs 420 Lumens Solar Powered Security Light, Waterproof Solar Motion Sensor Light, Powerful Rechargeable Floodlight for Garden / Lawn / Wall / Porch / Garage etc. (60LED, Motion Detection)
GRDE® 60 LEDs 420 Lumens Solar Powered Security Light, Waterproof Solar Motion Sensor Light, Powerful Rechargeable Floodlight for Garden / Lawn / Wall / Porch / Garage etc. (60LED, Motion Detection)
Offered by UK tree
Price: £49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive solar powered security light. Bright and versatile!, 20 May 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for several years I was delighted to be offered this super-powerful solar powered security light in return for an unbiased and independent review. I really am impressed. It’s MUCH better than I’d ever have expected.

What’s it like?
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Effectively it comes with two separate components and the bits needed to fix it where you need it. Sounds odd at first, but you get what looks like a standard out-door security light with an under-slung motion sensor in one pack, and the solar power plate and a 4 foot power cable in the other. I was immediately impressed by this design feature as it means you can keep the lamp where you need it, but fix the solar powered plate separately in the best place for all-day sunshine.

Terrific stuff.

As you’ll see from the photos, the lamp itself looks completely indistinguishable from a normal outdoor security light. The main light unit is made of aluminium and appears to be hard wearing, but instead of a halogen bulb (which requires a connection to the mains), it has a total of 60 LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). It kicks out an impressive 420 Lumens which is about the top end of a output of a 40 watt light bulb so while it’s not going to be quite as blinding as a halogen bulb - it’s an awful lot more versatile.

Under the 5” x 4” light unit itself is a sealed tough ABS plastic box (presumably) with the 4,000 mAh lithium rechargeable battery in it. The quoted time on this device is about 6-8 hours on a full charge, and while it’s too cold for me to stay outside and check, it certainly ran for several hours last night. To put this in context 4,000 mAh is pretty big for a light. The iPhone 6 has a 2,915 mAh battery in it - and it’s powering a hand-held computer with a WIFI connection all day.

In terms of functionality, it’s relatively simple. You either have it in “motion detection” mode, or not. If not, you can have it switched on or off. This means it won’t (for example) automatically switch itself on when it’s dark and keep going until the battery runs out, but that’s hardly a criticism. It means it will light up the front garden as you approach the house, or the back-garden (as I found) when you let the dog out.

The solar power panel itself is 6” by 5” which is quite generous for these kind of lights. I have a solar powered water pump which has a similar sized panel, and it generates enough power to pump water all day. Useful that it’s also independent, so in theory you could plug your solar powered panel into something else as it comes with a standard charge plug.

Finally, it comes with two sets of fixings. A wide “U” shaped arm to fix to the light fitting and attach it to the wall, and a spike and attachment which you can use to point the solar powered panel to the best position to catch the sun-light.

Conclusion
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I must admit to being skeptical at first, but I really am impressed by the design, quality and features of this light. The fact that it’s eco-friendly is a bonus, but the really great feature is you don’t need to fix it where there’s access to mains power. Just fix them anywhere convenient in the garden, and place the solar panel where it gets the sun.

Very Impressed. Highly Recommended.


RAVPower® 7800mAh Power Bank with iSmart Charging (Multiple Safety Protections, 4 LED Indicator)
RAVPower® 7800mAh Power Bank with iSmart Charging (Multiple Safety Protections, 4 LED Indicator)
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £69.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dinky little power bank - I love it, 20 May 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was delighted to be offered this smart power bank in return for an unbiased and independent review.

What is it and what does it do?
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Open the simple cardbard packaging to reveal a really quite dinky little device - great to stash in a handbag. Measuring just 4" x 2.5" and just over half an inch deep battery in quite smart black plastic it comes in at 179g which to put this in context is really quite light - an iPhone 6 is 133g without case. Certainly small enough to carry in a back-pack or handbag, and with enough power for a weekend away.

In terms of output (to charge your phone or tablet), this is a single USB sockets with an output of up to 2.4A, so you've the option of charging power intensive devices (eg. an iPad) using the faster 2A rate, and charge a smartphone at the lower (slightly slower) rate. The device is auto-sensing so it works out how much power you need and adapts accordingly

Great if you've an tablet computer and a smartphone.

Nice to see the strip of blue LEDs to indicate how much power it has left. There's a single micro-USB socket and a short cable to plug into your existing smarthphone charger.

Finally, this device also has an automatic cut-off if there’s a short circuit, and likewise will automatically cut-off if there’s an overload to ensure it doesn’t damage your smartphone.

Does it work?
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Glad to say, yes. it charged my wife's iPhone 5S from absolutely flat to 100% in around 90 minutes.

The battery is rated at a 7,800 mAh which should recharge most smartphones several times. To put this in context, here’s the battery size of a range of smartphones:-

* Google Nexus 5 - 2,300 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S3 - 2,100 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - 2,600 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S5 - 2,500 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S6 - 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

You never get 100% power out of these devices (typically around 70% is acceptable), but you should get about 3-4 charges for a Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone 5S.

What's Good about it?
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* The USB output socket is auto sensing to power up your tablet computer quickly and your smartphone at it’s own pace
* Relatively small and light - means you could carry it in your bag without noticing it
* Smart blue line indicating the amount of charge your have left.

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).

Conclusion
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Top quality power smartphone battery/power-bank.

Highly recommended.


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