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Aukey Multi Ports USB Charging Station Wall Charger (78W 5V/15.6A 10Ports) with AlPower Tech for Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4; iPad Air mini; Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3; Note 3 2; Tab 3, 2;, LG G3HTC One, One 2 (M8); Google Nexus Series; Motorola MOTO X, G; LG Optimus and other Apple and Android Devices; Google Glass, External Batteries; Bluetooth Speaker, PS Vita, GoPro, Smart Watch and More USB-Powered Devices - White
Aukey Multi Ports USB Charging Station Wall Charger (78W 5V/15.6A 10Ports) with AlPower Tech for Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4; iPad Air mini; Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3; Note 3 2; Tab 3, 2;, LG G3HTC One, One 2 (M8); Google Nexus Series; Motorola MOTO X, G; LG Optimus and other Apple and Android Devices; Google Glass, External Batteries; Bluetooth Speaker, PS Vita, GoPro, Smart Watch and More USB-Powered Devices - White
Offered by AukeyDirect
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars No more hunting around for a smartphone charger, here's 10 in one go...., 1 Feb. 2015
I have to admit to being surprised that I’d ever rate an Aukey product at 4 stars because I’m normally consistently impressed by their design, bullet proof build quality and incredible attention to detail.

What does this mean for this 10 port charger? It means it’s “good” but not “great”. It does the job (of charging up to 10 devices), but in design terms, it’s just doesn’t stand out - which is a pity because they produce some of the finest technology products available today.

Here's why....

What is it?
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Well, at 5 inches by 2.5 inches and 1 inch deep, this weights in at a remarkably light 125g (to put this in context, just under the 136g of my iPhone 6). It has a total of ten, nicely spaced USB sockets to charge any number (well 10 actually) iPhones, iPads, smartphones, cameras, kindles and all manner of other stuff.

It seems just about everything these days has a rechargeable battery (even batteries are rechargeable), and this is just what you need in the lounge for the entire family.

It means, no more hunting around for a spare charger - or one that’s already got a smartphone charging from it already.

What's it like?
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Well, the device itself is great, it’s just the enormous external transformer that comes with it, that loses the star. Measuring 4.5 x 2.5 inches and 1.5 inches deep, it weights in at 325g - which is heavier than the device itself.

While admittedly it has a 2 metre cable, and another one from the transformer to the wall (so you can hide all this stuff under a chair), it’s not quite the excellent design I’m used to.

Having said that, it does charge up loads of devices at 2.4 Amps at a time (maximum), and it does include “intelligent” charging - which means it adapts the speed at which it charges depending upon your device so it’s not al bad.

It’s just the seemingly huge transformer that puts me off.

Finally however, if you’ve a growing family (of both children and electronic devices), this is a great device to save plug socket space and always be able to find the charger (it’s the one with 10 sockets and the massive transformer attached).

It’s nice to see, the ports all point vertically, and are well spaced out so you’ll have no problem plugging in an additional device.

Conclusion
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A great charger for up to 10 devices. Pity about the transformer

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


Aukey 4400mAh Power Bank with Cigarette Lighter for iPhone 6 ,iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, 5, 4S,4; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note4, Note3, Note 2, Galaxy Tab; Nexus 10, 7, 6, 5, 4; LG G3, Optimus; HTC ONE M8; Motorola Moto G, Moto X; Bluetooth Speaker, GPS, External Battery Charger and Many other USB-Powered Mobile Devices - Black
Aukey 4400mAh Power Bank with Cigarette Lighter for iPhone 6 ,iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, 5, 4S,4; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note4, Note3, Note 2, Galaxy Tab; Nexus 10, 7, 6, 5, 4; LG G3, Optimus; HTC ONE M8; Motorola Moto G, Moto X; Bluetooth Speaker, GPS, External Battery Charger and Many other USB-Powered Mobile Devices - Black
Offered by AukeyDirect
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid build little charger with a twist - you can light a cigarette, 1 Feb. 2015
This is a great battery backup for your smartphone in an emergency with an unusual twist - it’s also a cigarette lighter.

What's it like?
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At 3 x 2 inches long by 3/4 an inch deep, this tiny little device sits nicely in the hand. Designed to be kept in a pocket or handbag, wrapped to cool black aluminium, and weighing just 149g (just slightly heavier than my iPhone 6 at 135g), you can carry it with you everywhere.

Made of tough black aluminium, it’s remarkably simple in design with a micro-USB socket on one side, and a USB on the other (one to charge it, one to plug in and charge your smartphone with). On the long edge it has a spring loaded sliding door (see the photo below), which when opened, automatically powers up the cigarette lighter.

I played around with it for a while, and it’s clearly well designed, with an all metal outer shell, and it’d be really hard to accidentally burn yourself as the lighter element is about 10mm inside a metal cavity.

Does it work?
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Glad to say, yes. it charged my iPhone 6 from absolutely flat to 50% in around 35 minutes. Of course you don’t get 100% efficiency from one of these, but here's the additional talk time you can expect using this battery on popular smartphones:-

* Samsung Galaxy S3 - 27 hours
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - 16 hours
* Samsung Galaxy S5 - 19 hours
* Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - 16 hours
* Apple iPhone 5 - 14 hours
* Apple iPhone 5S - 13 hours
* Apple iPhone 6 - 19 hours
* Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Phablet) - 21 hours

So (as you can see above) this battery will give you lots of extra talk time in an emergency. I tested it on an iPhone 6 and my wife’s iPhone 5S without any problems.

Rated at 4,400 mAh this battery is bigger than the huge battery in an iPhone 6 Plus, but of course you don’t get 100% efficiency so I’ve included a large margin of error above.

What's Good about it?
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* Tiny little device, small and light weight.
* Solid build quality - should last for years
* Comes with a USB to Micro-USB cable (to charge your smartphone)
* You can even use it to light your cigarette

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. Highly recommended.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review.
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Urban Grains Raw Organic Mountain Flower Honey 250g
Urban Grains Raw Organic Mountain Flower Honey 250g
Offered by Beauty Outlet
Price: £8.14

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5.0 out of 5 stars Honey from the Gods of Mount Olympus!, 1 Feb. 2015
I was delighted to be asked to produce an independent review of this, as my wife has honey on porridge for breakfast every day.

Even I was hugely impressed. As with all Urban Grains products, the packaging is lovely, with that “home made” feel to it. It’s nice to see honey in a real glass jar rather than an anonymous mass produced squeeze plastic bottle.

Open the jar, and the honey is a lovely deep golden colour, slightly darker than our standard honey, and it tastes very different. Even a bloke from Liverpool (me), can tell the difference. It’s not ultra sweet, but has a very subtle sweet honey taste. Difficult to describe, but impossible to forget.

My wife says “it is just beautiful in porridge. Love the taste of it, it’s completely different from our local honey which is heather based. It has a subtle tang to the taste. Not a sickly sweet taste like you find in some mass produced honey”.

Also worth mentioning, is the consistency which is like a soft runny treacle. I’ve tried to illustrate this in my photo below.

In short - I love it. Definitely an affordable luxury you can have every day, and looking around at the competition, quite remarkably good value for money too.

Note: I was pleased to receive this in return for an independent and unbiased review. I’m delighted I did - it’s honey from the Gods!
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Urbangrains Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (250-ml)
Urbangrains Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (250-ml)
Offered by Urbangrains
Price: £4.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality "cold press" extra virgin olive oil., 1 Feb. 2015
As you can see from the photo below, my family, (although more Irish than Greek), consume an awful lot of Olive Oil, and I was delighted to be asked to review this. So you're aware, it's a bit more expensive, but it's a "cold press" extra virgin oil from "Lakonia" - a particular region of Greece. And it shows in the taste.

While I'm no expert "wine taster" so I won't wax lyrical about "depth of flavour" and "hints of Greek hillsides in warm summer evenings", but I can say I really loved this.

Firstly, the bottle, very dark green and stylish in that "home grown" sort of way, take off the top and it has a sensible "no spill" inner bottle lip so you don't get oil pouring down the side of the bottle - nice touch. Gently pour out the cold press extra virgin oil, and you'll be surprised to find just how "olive green" it is. Then dip in some bread, and try it - it's lovely. My wife's says it was "remarkably smooth and subtle taste with a slightly sweet after taste". We normally have at least three bottles on the go at any one time, and this was a clear favourite.

The other dish in the photo goes beautifully with the Urban Grains - it's a "balsamic vinegar glaze". We normally poor the oil over a tiny amount of glaze, but this stuff was far too good - so we kept it separate, and dip from one to the other.

This is definitely too good for heat based cooking, but it's lovely by itself, or (can't wait), for the Summer - to drizzle over salads.

In short - highly recommended. I love it.

Note: I was kindly sent this by the producer in return for an unbiased and independent review. Glad to say they did. I love it.


APPLE MGHY2TY/A IPAD AIR2 64GB WIFI CELL SILVER
APPLE MGHY2TY/A IPAD AIR2 64GB WIFI CELL SILVER
Offered by DB Technology srl
Price: £609.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure which iPad to buy? This might help, 1 Feb. 2015
It’s hard to believe that Apple could improve upon the iPad Air, but they managed it with this device, the "iPad Air 2" launched in October 2014. It’s even thinner and lighter than the astonishingly slim predecessor. It has the same remarkable all day battery life, but an even faster processor, anti-glare screen, and (my personal favourite), the “Touch ID” fingerprint reader which means I can avoid using passwords and pin numbers.

I’ve owned several iPads (starting in 2010), and they are “a thing of beauty”.

A word of warning, this is a very long review and describes the entire iPad range to help you decide the best model for you. It’s broken up into sections to make it manageable, so make a cup of tea, sit down and read on.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Is this the latest iPad Air?
A: Yes. (Provided you’re reading this before October 2015). Launched 16th October 2014. Likely to be superseded October 2015. Be aware, there’s several “generations” available (roughly one per year) on Amazon. Skip down to “Should I upgrade” for a description of each.

Q: Is this covered by Warranty ?
A: Yes. Full 12 month Apple warranty, and 90 days free technical support. You can also extend the warranty with "AppleCare+" for £79 a year provided to take out the cover within 60 days of buying your iPad. This includes accidental damage insurance (up to two incidents per year subject to a £39 excess).

Q: Why are these cheaper on Amazon than at the Apple store? What's the catch?
A: No catch. You can buy in person from the Apple store (including free engraving), or from John Lewis, and get a free 2 year John Lewis warranty. Alternatively buy from Amazon with a 30 day NO QUESTIONS ASKED return policy. If you find this item is NOT as described, (eg. does not have a UK plug), return it immediately, report the issue to Amazon, and write a critical review.

Q: Is this a UK or USA model of the iPad?
A: UK model. It is illegal to sell an electrical device in the UK without a UK plug or a foreign plug and adapter. If it doesn't have a UK plug you're entitled to a refund. Otherwise there's absolutely no difference.

Q: Help! There seems to be loads of “Generations” and iPad model numbers - how can I tell which one I’m looking at?
A: Yes, it’s confusing, and I’ve provided full details below, but there’s a relatively simple way to check - just see which version of iOS (the operating system) it’s running.
Full Size iPads: I wouldn’t really recommend anything but the “iPad Air” (iOS 7) or “iPad Air 2” (iOS 8).
Mini iPads: There’s 3 generations: iPad mini 1 (iOS 6), iPad Mini 2 - “Retina Display” (iOS7) or iPad mini 3 (iOS8).
Note: You can upgrade your iPad for free to the latest version, but you may find it runs slightly slower than before.

Q: Should I buy the Cellular option?
A: Read “Which model should I buy” below. You almost certainly don't “need” to - as ever it always depends. Many iPads never leave home, and even when they do you can store your videos/music on the device or connect to a coffee bar hotspot to get online. If you have a smartphone (eg. Android or iPhone) you can set up a "personal hot spot" or "tethering" and use your data plan on your phone. This effectively allows you to connect a WIFI only iPad to the internet via your mobile phone while you’re out and about. On an Android phone go to Setup --> Tethering & portable hotspot. On on iPhone go to Settings --> Personal Hotspot, and set up a personal WIFI network from your phone. Try it now, but be aware it may be an optional extra dependent upon your mobile phone plan.

Q: How much storage or "disk space" do I need?
A: It depends. If intend to buy lots of Apps or store lots of videos and photos then go for the 64Gb or 128Gb is you need. If it’s your first iPad, and you'll mainly be using it for accessing web pages and reading the odd book, then 16Gb will be fine. Be aware, you cannot increase the storage - you can't add an SD card. .

Q: Is it easy to set up?
A: Yes - very easy. Be sure to be near a WIFI connection, and the iPad will carefully take you through the steps needed to set it up. No, there’s very little in the way of an instruction manual - which is a testament to the simplicity of this device. It’s so easy to use most people find they don’t need one. However, there are lots of books available on Amazon. Just search for “iPad” under books if you’re concerned.

Q: Does it have a USB connection?
A: No. This means you can’t connect just any old device, but also means you can’t accidentally get a virus. To help support this, all Apps (programs) are available “over the air” (downloaded from the Apple App Store) and vetted by Apple. You can buy a cable which means you can plug in an SD Card to download photos. Search Amazon for "lightning to sd card reader” to find these. Apple provide a free back-up service for upto 5Gb of data (or 20Gb for 79p per month). Just plug in your iPad to re-charge, and it will automatically be backed up to the Apple servers (the “cloud”).

Q: Do I need a computer?
A: No. All you really need is a WIFI connection. Whether an iPad could replace your laptop is another question. You can type (and print) letters, read eMails, view web pages, view photos or watch videos and listen to music on an iPad. You can even attach an external keyboard and type entire documents (this review was partly written on an iPad Air on a train). You can run MS Office or use the free Apple versions (Pages and Numbers). Personally, I find I use my iPad 90% of the time, only using a laptop to connect to the office. Whether you can get by with only an iPad is your decision based upon your needs.

Q: Does it run Microsoft Office?
A: Yes. And guess what? It’s now absolutely FREE on the iPad. Word, Excel and Powerpoint. You now only need pay for the PC/Mac version.

Q: Can I print from the iPad?
A: Yes. Provided you are running a relatively modern printer with a WIFI connection you can.

Q: Can I read books, watch films and listen to music on an iPad?
A: Yes. That’s what I use it for most of the time. Kindle or Apple books work beautifully. You can rent/buy films from Apple, Amazon and lots of others. You can watch catch up services (BBC iPlayer, ITV and Channel 4). You can load your music (MP3 files) on an existing computer to iTunes
and sync them with the iPad or stream unlimited music from music sites including Spotify. Finally, you can stream video to your TV using a set-top box from Apple (TV), Amazon (Fire) or Google (Chromecast)

Q: Do you work for Apple or Amazon?
A: A fair question that nobody has yet been brave enough to ask. No. Neither. I love the iPad, and I'm a great fan of Amazon’s customer service. Fantastic technology and great service at a terrific price. What's not to get excited about? ;-)

Which model should I buy?
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Skip this section if you are familiar with the range, otherwise read on.

Firstly, there’s a confusing number of options available including the iPad 3rd or 4th generation, iPad Air, Air 2, Mini, Mini 2 and 3. We then have WIFI and Cellular options, all with different size storage. Bare with me, and I’ll take you through them.

Which model - Full size iPad or Mini?
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The “full size” iPad is slightly smaller than an A4 pad of paper whereas the mini is more the size of an incredibly thin paperback book (comparable in fact to the Amazon Kindle). Both iPads have a colour touch sensitive screen, and largely the same functionality, although the iPad Air 2 is now faster than it’s smaller “mini” equivalent.

In short, the main difference is physical screen size. If you plan to read books or watch video standing on train or bus, the mini is your best option. If you want the bigger screen (or perhaps faster iPad Air 2 procesor), then the full size iPad is the best option.

What’s the storage options?
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Storage (for Apps, photos or videos) start at 16g which is fine if you plan to surf the web, read books or stream video. Personally I used a 16g iPad every day for four years - it’s a lot more space than many people will need. If however you intend to save lots of films or photos, then you’re better off with the larger storage options. Be aware once bought, you can’t add storage, so choose carefully.

Storage options are 16, 32, 64 or 128g, however, the iPad Air 2 no longer has the 32g option.

Personally, I’d take a cue from Apple sizing:-

* 16g if you’re a first time iPad user or are unlikely to store lots of top-end games or video.
* 64g if it’s for a teenager or you plan to store lots.
* 128g if you’ve got really deep pockets.

The 32g option is available on the range up to the iPad Air, and is a good compromise.

WIFI or Cellular?
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Firstly all iPads include a WIFI connection. You can pay extra for a “cellular” option which means you can (for an additional monthly fee) buy a data subscription from a mobile phone network, and use your iPad to surf the web when you’re out an about. If however like me you have a smartphone (Android or iPhone it doesn’t matter) then navigate to Settings —> Personal Hotspot and set up a password.

This means you can create a “Personal Hotspot” using your smartphone data subscription. Also known as “tethering”, you can then connect your WIFI only iPad to the web, and off you go.

Personally, I use this every day on the train and it’s just brilliant. Just as fast as a cellular iPad, but more flexible (two people can share the connection), and cheaper too. Just check your mobile contract supports tethering, and includes enough of a data allowance. Otherwise you’ll run up a huge bill as you’ll find your iPad uses data faster than than your smartphone.

Accessories - What else will I need ?
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All you “need” is a WIFI connection - you don’t even need a computer. However, there’s a number of additional accessories/devices you could buy with your iPad, and it's worth doing a search on Amazon. These include:-

* An iPad cover or case - to prevent it getting scratched (definitely worth buying). You can even get “Child Proof” cases - a must have for parents with toddlers.
* A wireless bluetooth speaker A MUST HAVE for anyone who loves music. Sound quality incredible, and will also work with your smartphone or laptop.
* A "power bank" - as an emergency battery back-up. Also great for your smartphone - never run out of battery again.
* A separate keyboard - to turn your iPad into a virtual laptop. (I use mine every day on the train instead of a bulky laptop).
* An Apple TV, Google Chrome or Amazon Fire TV. Means you can stream photos/video from your iPad to your TV.

Most people (me included) buy a cover (or case) to avoid scratches and bumps.
Effectively you have two options:-

* Attached to the iPad by magnets, the “cover” protects only the screen from dirt or scratches
* A “case” encloses the entire device protecting back and screen. You can also buy “child proof” cases.

Both types automatically shut down the iPad when you close the lid (a lovely touch). You can pay £35-£65 for an admittedly top quality cover from Apple, alternatively buy one on Amazon for about £10-£30. The highest rated covers (by customer rating) seem to be produced by “Swees”, “Mofred” and “EasyAcc”. Just be careful to buy one that fits your device. You’ll find your existing “cover” (screen only) will fit almost any iPad (2nd generation to Air 2), but you’ll need to be careful to buy the correct “case” as the iPad Air and Air 2 are each thinner than previous models.

A "Bluetooth Speaker" is a fantastic way to listen to music or the radio streamed from your iPad or Smartphone, and sound quality is astonishingly good.
The best devices I've tested and reviewed at every price point are:-

* £25 - Lepow Modre - Really cute design, bright colours and impressive sound for the money.
* £40 - ADX Fusion - Stylish aluminium design and excellent sound quality. Great value for the money from a small UK based company
* £60 - Audio Dynamix Atom V2 - Solid build in a beautiful brushed aluminium design with an impressive sound stage. Incredible value.
* £90 - Audio Dynamix Pulse V2 - Quirky design, but packs a punch way above its weight. Incredible sound quality, amazing value.
* £129 - Soundblaster Roar - Fantastic design with tons of features and a great sound
* £160 - Bose Soundlink Mini - Beautifully stylish with a warm and full room filling sound
* £250 - Bose Soundlink V3 - Simple but stylish design with an incredible sound stage
* £400 - Bowers & Wilkins A5 - Mercedes top end HI FI in a bluetooth speaker. Unlike the others, this is mains only, not rechargeable
* £700 - Bowers & Wilkins A7 - Mercedes S Class. Absolute top end HI FI quality at a price to match

All of these are available on Amazon. Just “mouse over” the stars for these speakers. You’ll find in each case 90% of customers rated them at FIVE STARS. An incredible achievement. These really are the best speakers in their class as of October 2014.

You can also buy a separate keyboard which turns your iPad into a virtual laptop computer.
Again there's lots of options - the best I've tried, tested and reviewed are:-

* Zagg - a top quality "full” keyboard. Some models even have “back-lit” keys - great for sitting in bed late at night
* Logitec Ultrathin - a top quality "half depth” keyboard, but a pleasure to use
* Hoo Too - a budget version of the "Logitec Ultrathin”. Great functional keyboard

Again, take care to buy the keyboard which fits your particular iPad model.

Many people buy a "Power Bank" - effectively an external battery to charge your iPad or smartphone. Great for emergency power, there's hundreds available, with the better designed models from a company called "Lepow". Just search Amazon, and read the reviews.

How about Apps?
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Firstly, an App, is a small "application" (a program) that runs on your iPad, and there's literally thousands available from the "App Store", with the most important ones (web browser, mail, music player, word processor, spreadsheet etc) are pre-installed or free to download.
Many apps cost 69p, and loads are free (frequently advertising funded with the option to "add on" stuff - but beware you can run up a huge bill).

Here's my favourites:-

* Mailbox. Incredibly slick mail app (or use the built in Apple App) (Free)
* Photo & iPhoto. Built in apps to take/view/edit photos (Free)
* Skype or Apple Face Time. Chat to the family for free using a video call (Free)
* BBC iPlayer. Great way to catch up on BBC TV. Also ITV and Channel 4 and 5 have players. (Free).
* TVCatchup. Watch real time TV (the Freeview stations anyway). (Free)
* Netflix. For £6 a month watch a huge collection of films online. (Free)
* Evernote. Write and organise notes. Edit them on your Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac (Free)
* DropBox. Access your files, documents and photos on Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac. (Free)
* Tune In Radio. Listen to 1,000s of radio stations world-wide - or listen to Radio 4 like I do (£2.40)
* Spotify. Stream music for £5 a month (or free with ads). Brilliant! (Free)
* eBay. Buy and sell your stuff online. (Free)
* Garage Sale. Fantastic way to produce professional looking sales on eBay. (£2.99)
* Rightmove. Search for your next Flat or House or just gape at daft prices (Free)
* Zite. Online web magazine that learns what you like. Terrific! (Free)
* Movies by Flixter. Read reviews of films on cinema and DVD. (Free)
* Kindle. Read your books from Amazon Kindle bookstore. (Free)
* QuickOffice. Edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents (Free)
* Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Apple's version of MS Office. Edit/save documents in Word, Excel andPowerpoint format. (Free)
* MS Office. £80 a year subscription for 5 PCs, Macs or an iPad or "read only" for free. (Free)

Of course you could also use it to read web pages (my wife is addicted to the Daily Mail Online), or playing amazing games like “Real Racing” (Free) or "Cut the Rope" (69p). It's a wonderful surprise having come from a PC background to find the most expensive game in the top 100 cost £6.99 and most cost £2.99 or less.

Personally, I tend to use it for Mail, watching TV (BBC iPlayer, Netflix or Amazon Instant), or shopping using the built in browser - Safari. Having said that, I'm writing this review (using an external keyboard) on the free Apple word processing App, Pages - so it can (with a stretch) do "most" of what you can do on a PC or Mac.

Should I upgrade my existing iPad?
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Each iPad is slightly better, although each upgrade can appear a relatively small change, and you need to compare the “full size” and “mini” iPads separately.

* Full size: I’d upgrade anything up to the iPad 4th generation without question. The Air and Air 2 are now up to twice as fast, 33% lighter and 1/3rd thinner than the 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation device. If you already have an iPad Air it’s less clear cut, and probably not worth upgrading.
* iPad Mini: The upgrade from iPad Mini 1 to 2 was to an incredible screen and faster processor. The upgrade to Mini 3 adds only the “Touch ID” fingerprint reader, and it’s questionable whether it’s worth paying for.

In my opinion, if you’ve got an iPad 4 or below, then upgrade without question - this is a much better device.

Word or warning - this section is fully of the techie statistics. Skip past if you’re not that interested.

The “full size” iPad range:-

iPad (1st Generation - Launched April 2010)
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* 1Ghz A4 processor with 256Mb memory and storage at 16 to 64Gb. Weighs 680g. 13.4mm thin.
* 1024×768 screen, but no front or rear facing camera.
* The “Classic” iPad. Now a collectors piece - but still great to surf the web

iPad 2 (2nd Generation - Launched March 2011)
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* Faster, lighter and 33% thinner than the first generation. A huge leap in performance and size.
* Upgraded dual core (2 processor) A5 CPU and 512Mb memory - a faster device. Weighs 601g. Just 9mm thin.
* Now includes a front and rear facing camera.
* Great device, but you’ll see a massive difference if you upgrade

iPad 3 (3rd Generation - Launched March 2012)
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* A significant upgrade. Faster with the incredible “retina” (2048×1536) sharp screen.
* Uprated A5X CPU and quad core graphics and 1Gb memory - faster again. Weighs 650g. Still 9mm thin
* Huge screen improvement to 2048×1536 pixels at 264 ppi. Incredibly sharp and clear
* Upgraded cameras. 1080P (front) and 5MP (rear facing)
* The last iPad to use the wide (30 Pin) connector. My wife still uses hers daily for web surfing (Oct 2014)

iPad 4 (4th Generation - Launched October 2012 - just 7 months later)
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* Quite a small upgrade from the previous generation. Again you’d see a huge difference upgrading to the latest device
* Guess what? Upgraded dual core A6X processor. A faster device, with the launch date moved to catch the Christmas buying period. Weighs 650g. 9mm thin.
* Upgraded front facing camera (1.2MP still and 720P video)
* First iPad to use the smaller narrow (Lightning) connector.

iPad Air (Launched Oct 2013)
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* Amazing upgrade. Twice as fast, nearly 17% thinner and shedding almost a 1/3 of the weight of the predecessor. It’s an incredible device.
* Blisteringly fast 64 bit A7 processor with faster memory, and a motion co-processor. Weighs 469g. (28% Lighter) and now only 7.5 mm thin.
* New iPads now come with a free licence for Pages, Numbers, Keynote (Apple’s version of Word, Excel and Powerpoint). Plus Garage Band, iPhoto and iMovie.

iPad Air 2 (aka iPad 6 - Launched October 2014)
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* Another incredible upgrade. Now 1/3rd lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 launched just 2 years ago.
* A8X Processor (faster variation on the A8 fitted to the iPhone 6) with M8 motion co-processor. Weighs 437g and only 6.1mm (18% thinner).
* Touch ID fingerprint sensor (the first iPad Air to have this). Means you can effectively avoid using passwords
* Improved screen now includes an “antireflective” coating.
* Improved 8MP rear facing camera (3264×2448) with 10 frames per second “burst” mode and slow motion. Front facing camera has improved f/2.2 aperture.
* Lock/silent switch has been removed (to save space), but you can mute your iPad by swiping up the “Control Centre”
* Battery is slightly smaller (7,340mAh) compared to the previous model, but the same 10 hour battery life
* WIFI now supports new “ac” standard and is dual channel 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Also built in barometer.
* Storage options are now Small, Medium and Large. 16g, 64g or 128g.
* Available in Space Grey, Silver/White and Gold.

Now the iPad Mini Range:-

iPad Mini 1 (Launched November 2012)
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* Very first iPad mini is like an incredibly thin paperback book. Beautiful colour screen, but now a bit slow and now dated.
* 1Ghz A5 processor - same as the iPad 2nd generation launched in March 2011. Weight 310g. 7mm thin.
* 1024x768 (Non-retina) screen at 163ppi (pixels per inch). Good but not brilliant
* 1.2MP front facing camera (720p video) and 5MP still and HD Video camera.

iPad Mini 2 (Launched October 2013)
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* Incredible screen improvement at double the pixels per inch (ppi). Faster processor and quad core graphics. Stunning!
* Improved A7 processor and motion co-processor with double the memory. Much faster than the previous device
* Retina display (2048×1536) is just amazing. Absolutely pin sharp screen at 326ppi it’s even better than the iPad Air at 264ppi
* Storage options include 16, 32, 64 and 128g. Weight 330g. 7mm thin.

iPad Mini 3 (Launched October 2014)
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* Almost no improvement. Same processor, screen and camera. Only the Touch ID fingerprint sensor added.
* Nothing more to say here, and certainly not worth the upgrade from iPad Mini 2. Available in silver, grey and gold.

Overall Opinion
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It's hard to believe the first iPad was launched in 2010, and there's a huge raft of cheaper tablet computers to choose from, but the Apple iPad is still the one to beat. I can’t put it better than Wired Magazine who said: "Want the best tablet on the market? Then get the iPad Air 2. It's as near to tablet perfection as you're going to get"

Yes, there are cheaper Android based alternatives, but the quality, design and beauty of this tablet just sets it apart. If it were a car it'd be a top of the range Mercedes, BMW or Porsche.

I do hope this review was useful.


Apple iPad Air 2 (9.7 inch Multi-Touch) Tablet PC 128GB WiFi + Cellular Bluetooth Camera Retina Display iOS 8.0 (Space Grey)
Apple iPad Air 2 (9.7 inch Multi-Touch) Tablet PC 128GB WiFi + Cellular Bluetooth Camera Retina Display iOS 8.0 (Space Grey)
Offered by Kikatek
Price: £894.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Not sure which iPad to buy? This might help., 1 Feb. 2015
It’s hard to believe that Apple could improve upon the iPad Air, but they managed it with this device, the "iPad Air 2" launched in October 2014. It’s even thinner and lighter than the astonishingly slim predecessor. It has the same remarkable all day battery life, but an even faster processor, anti-glare screen, and (my personal favourite), the “Touch ID” fingerprint reader which means I can avoid using passwords and pin numbers.

I’ve owned several iPads (starting in 2010), and they are “a thing of beauty”.

A word of warning, this is a very long review and describes the entire iPad range to help you decide the best model for you. It’s broken up into sections to make it manageable, so make a cup of tea, sit down and read on.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Is this the latest iPad Air?
A: Yes. (Provided you’re reading this before October 2015). Launched 16th October 2014. Likely to be superseded October 2015. Be aware, there’s several “generations” available (roughly one per year) on Amazon. Skip down to “Should I upgrade” for a description of each.

Q: Is this covered by Warranty ?
A: Yes. Full 12 month Apple warranty, and 90 days free technical support. You can also extend the warranty with "AppleCare+" for £79 a year provided to take out the cover within 60 days of buying your iPad. This includes accidental damage insurance (up to two incidents per year subject to a £39 excess).

Q: Why are these cheaper on Amazon than at the Apple store? What's the catch?
A: No catch. You can buy in person from the Apple store (including free engraving), or from John Lewis, and get a free 2 year John Lewis warranty. Alternatively buy from Amazon with a 30 day NO QUESTIONS ASKED return policy. If you find this item is NOT as described, (eg. does not have a UK plug), return it immediately, report the issue to Amazon, and write a critical review.

Q: Is this a UK or USA model of the iPad?
A: UK model. It is illegal to sell an electrical device in the UK without a UK plug or a foreign plug and adapter. If it doesn't have a UK plug you're entitled to a refund. Otherwise there's absolutely no difference.

Q: Help! There seems to be loads of “Generations” and iPad model numbers - how can I tell which one I’m looking at?
A: Yes, it’s confusing, and I’ve provided full details below, but there’s a relatively simple way to check - just see which version of iOS (the operating system) it’s running.
Full Size iPads: I wouldn’t really recommend anything but the “iPad Air” (iOS 7) or “iPad Air 2” (iOS 8).
Mini iPads: There’s 3 generations: iPad mini 1 (iOS 6), iPad Mini 2 - “Retina Display” (iOS7) or iPad mini 3 (iOS8).
Note: You can upgrade your iPad for free to the latest version, but you may find it runs slightly slower than before.

Q: Should I buy the Cellular option?
A: Read “Which model should I buy” below. You almost certainly don't “need” to - as ever it always depends. Many iPads never leave home, and even when they do you can store your videos/music on the device or connect to a coffee bar hotspot to get online. If you have a smartphone (eg. Android or iPhone) you can set up a "personal hot spot" or "tethering" and use your data plan on your phone. This effectively allows you to connect a WIFI only iPad to the internet via your mobile phone while you’re out and about. On an Android phone go to Setup --> Tethering & portable hotspot. On on iPhone go to Settings --> Personal Hotspot, and set up a personal WIFI network from your phone. Try it now, but be aware it may be an optional extra dependent upon your mobile phone plan.

Q: How much storage or "disk space" do I need?
A: It depends. If intend to buy lots of Apps or store lots of videos and photos then go for the 64Gb or 128Gb is you need. If it’s your first iPad, and you'll mainly be using it for accessing web pages and reading the odd book, then 16Gb will be fine. Be aware, you cannot increase the storage - you can't add an SD card. .

Q: Is it easy to set up?
A: Yes - very easy. Be sure to be near a WIFI connection, and the iPad will carefully take you through the steps needed to set it up. No, there’s very little in the way of an instruction manual - which is a testament to the simplicity of this device. It’s so easy to use most people find they don’t need one. However, there are lots of books available on Amazon. Just search for “iPad” under books if you’re concerned.

Q: Does it have a USB connection?
A: No. This means you can’t connect just any old device, but also means you can’t accidentally get a virus. To help support this, all Apps (programs) are available “over the air” (downloaded from the Apple App Store) and vetted by Apple. You can buy a cable which means you can plug in an SD Card to download photos. Search Amazon for "lightning to sd card reader” to find these. Apple provide a free back-up service for upto 5Gb of data (or 20Gb for 79p per month). Just plug in your iPad to re-charge, and it will automatically be backed up to the Apple servers (the “cloud”).

Q: Do I need a computer?
A: No. All you really need is a WIFI connection. Whether an iPad could replace your laptop is another question. You can type (and print) letters, read eMails, view web pages, view photos or watch videos and listen to music on an iPad. You can even attach an external keyboard and type entire documents (this review was partly written on an iPad Air on a train). You can run MS Office or use the free Apple versions (Pages and Numbers). Personally, I find I use my iPad 90% of the time, only using a laptop to connect to the office. Whether you can get by with only an iPad is your decision based upon your needs.

Q: Does it run Microsoft Office?
A: Yes. And guess what? It’s now absolutely FREE on the iPad. Word, Excel and Powerpoint. You now only need pay for the PC/Mac version.

Q: Can I print from the iPad?
A: Yes. Provided you are running a relatively modern printer with a WIFI connection you can.

Q: Can I read books, watch films and listen to music on an iPad?
A: Yes. That’s what I use it for most of the time. Kindle or Apple books work beautifully. You can rent/buy films from Apple, Amazon and lots of others. You can watch catch up services (BBC iPlayer, ITV and Channel 4). You can load your music (MP3 files) on an existing computer to iTunes
and sync them with the iPad or stream unlimited music from music sites including Spotify. Finally, you can stream video to your TV using a set-top box from Apple (TV), Amazon (Fire) or Google (Chromecast)

Q: Do you work for Apple or Amazon?
A: A fair question that nobody has yet been brave enough to ask. No. Neither. I love the iPad, and I'm a great fan of Amazon’s customer service. Fantastic technology and great service at a terrific price. What's not to get excited about? ;-)

Which model should I buy?
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Skip this section if you are familiar with the range, otherwise read on.

Firstly, there’s a confusing number of options available including the iPad 3rd or 4th generation, iPad Air, Air 2, Mini, Mini 2 and 3. We then have WIFI and Cellular options, all with different size storage. Bare with me, and I’ll take you through them.

Which model - Full size iPad or Mini?
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The “full size” iPad is slightly smaller than an A4 pad of paper whereas the mini is more the size of an incredibly thin paperback book (comparable in fact to the Amazon Kindle). Both iPads have a colour touch sensitive screen, and largely the same functionality, although the iPad Air 2 is now faster than it’s smaller “mini” equivalent.

In short, the main difference is physical screen size. If you plan to read books or watch video standing on train or bus, the mini is your best option. If you want the bigger screen (or perhaps faster iPad Air 2 procesor), then the full size iPad is the best option.

What’s the storage options?
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Storage (for Apps, photos or videos) start at 16g which is fine if you plan to surf the web, read books or stream video. Personally I used a 16g iPad every day for four years - it’s a lot more space than many people will need. If however you intend to save lots of films or photos, then you’re better off with the larger storage options. Be aware once bought, you can’t add storage, so choose carefully.

Storage options are 16, 32, 64 or 128g, however, the iPad Air 2 no longer has the 32g option.

Personally, I’d take a cue from Apple sizing:-

* 16g if you’re a first time iPad user or are unlikely to store lots of top-end games or video.
* 64g if it’s for a teenager or you plan to store lots.
* 128g if you’ve got really deep pockets.

The 32g option is available on the range up to the iPad Air, and is a good compromise.

WIFI or Cellular?
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Firstly all iPads include a WIFI connection. You can pay extra for a “cellular” option which means you can (for an additional monthly fee) buy a data subscription from a mobile phone network, and use your iPad to surf the web when you’re out an about. If however like me you have a smartphone (Android or iPhone it doesn’t matter) then navigate to Settings —> Personal Hotspot and set up a password.

This means you can create a “Personal Hotspot” using your smartphone data subscription. Also known as “tethering”, you can then connect your WIFI only iPad to the web, and off you go.

Personally, I use this every day on the train and it’s just brilliant. Just as fast as a cellular iPad, but more flexible (two people can share the connection), and cheaper too. Just check your mobile contract supports tethering, and includes enough of a data allowance. Otherwise you’ll run up a huge bill as you’ll find your iPad uses data faster than than your smartphone.

Accessories - What else will I need ?
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All you “need” is a WIFI connection - you don’t even need a computer. However, there’s a number of additional accessories/devices you could buy with your iPad, and it's worth doing a search on Amazon. These include:-

* An iPad cover or case - to prevent it getting scratched (definitely worth buying). You can even get “Child Proof” cases - a must have for parents with toddlers.
* A wireless bluetooth speaker A MUST HAVE for anyone who loves music. Sound quality incredible, and will also work with your smartphone or laptop.
* A "power bank" - as an emergency battery back-up. Also great for your smartphone - never run out of battery again.
* A separate keyboard - to turn your iPad into a virtual laptop. (I use mine every day on the train instead of a bulky laptop).
* An Apple TV, Google Chrome or Amazon Fire TV. Means you can stream photos/video from your iPad to your TV.

Most people (me included) buy a cover (or case) to avoid scratches and bumps.
Effectively you have two options:-

* Attached to the iPad by magnets, the “cover” protects only the screen from dirt or scratches
* A “case” encloses the entire device protecting back and screen. You can also buy “child proof” cases.

Both types automatically shut down the iPad when you close the lid (a lovely touch). You can pay £35-£65 for an admittedly top quality cover from Apple, alternatively buy one on Amazon for about £10-£30. The highest rated covers (by customer rating) seem to be produced by “Swees”, “Mofred” and “EasyAcc”. Just be careful to buy one that fits your device. You’ll find your existing “cover” (screen only) will fit almost any iPad (2nd generation to Air 2), but you’ll need to be careful to buy the correct “case” as the iPad Air and Air 2 are each thinner than previous models.

A "Bluetooth Speaker" is a fantastic way to listen to music or the radio streamed from your iPad or Smartphone, and sound quality is astonishingly good.
The best devices I've tested and reviewed at every price point are:-

* £25 - Lepow Modre - Really cute design, bright colours and impressive sound for the money.
* £40 - ADX Fusion - Stylish aluminium design and excellent sound quality. Great value for the money from a small UK based company
* £60 - Audio Dynamix Atom V2 - Solid build in a beautiful brushed aluminium design with an impressive sound stage. Incredible value.
* £90 - Audio Dynamix Pulse V2 - Quirky design, but packs a punch way above its weight. Incredible sound quality, amazing value.
* £129 - Soundblaster Roar - Fantastic design with tons of features and a great sound
* £160 - Bose Soundlink Mini - Beautifully stylish with a warm and full room filling sound
* £250 - Bose Soundlink V3 - Simple but stylish design with an incredible sound stage
* £400 - Bowers & Wilkins A5 - Mercedes top end HI FI in a bluetooth speaker. Unlike the others, this is mains only, not rechargeable
* £700 - Bowers & Wilkins A7 - Mercedes S Class. Absolute top end HI FI quality at a price to match

All of these are available on Amazon. Just “mouse over” the stars for these speakers. You’ll find in each case 90% of customers rated them at FIVE STARS. An incredible achievement. These really are the best speakers in their class as of October 2014.

You can also buy a separate keyboard which turns your iPad into a virtual laptop computer.
Again there's lots of options - the best I've tried, tested and reviewed are:-

* Zagg - a top quality "full” keyboard. Some models even have “back-lit” keys - great for sitting in bed late at night
* Logitec Ultrathin - a top quality "half depth” keyboard, but a pleasure to use
* Hoo Too - a budget version of the "Logitec Ultrathin”. Great functional keyboard

Again, take care to buy the keyboard which fits your particular iPad model.

Many people buy a "Power Bank" - effectively an external battery to charge your iPad or smartphone. Great for emergency power, there's hundreds available, with the better designed models from a company called "Lepow". Just search Amazon, and read the reviews.

How about Apps?
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Firstly, an App, is a small "application" (a program) that runs on your iPad, and there's literally thousands available from the "App Store", with the most important ones (web browser, mail, music player, word processor, spreadsheet etc) are pre-installed or free to download.
Many apps cost 69p, and loads are free (frequently advertising funded with the option to "add on" stuff - but beware you can run up a huge bill).

Here's my favourites:-

* Mailbox. Incredibly slick mail app (or use the built in Apple App) (Free)
* Photo & iPhoto. Built in apps to take/view/edit photos (Free)
* Skype or Apple Face Time. Chat to the family for free using a video call (Free)
* BBC iPlayer. Great way to catch up on BBC TV. Also ITV and Channel 4 and 5 have players. (Free).
* TVCatchup. Watch real time TV (the Freeview stations anyway). (Free)
* Netflix. For £6 a month watch a huge collection of films online. (Free)
* Evernote. Write and organise notes. Edit them on your Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac (Free)
* DropBox. Access your files, documents and photos on Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac. (Free)
* Tune In Radio. Listen to 1,000s of radio stations world-wide - or listen to Radio 4 like I do (£2.40)
* Spotify. Stream music for £5 a month (or free with ads). Brilliant! (Free)
* eBay. Buy and sell your stuff online. (Free)
* Garage Sale. Fantastic way to produce professional looking sales on eBay. (£2.99)
* Rightmove. Search for your next Flat or House or just gape at daft prices (Free)
* Zite. Online web magazine that learns what you like. Terrific! (Free)
* Movies by Flixter. Read reviews of films on cinema and DVD. (Free)
* Kindle. Read your books from Amazon Kindle bookstore. (Free)
* QuickOffice. Edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents (Free)
* Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Apple's version of MS Office. Edit/save documents in Word, Excel andPowerpoint format. (Free)
* MS Office. £80 a year subscription for 5 PCs, Macs or an iPad or "read only" for free. (Free)

Of course you could also use it to read web pages (my wife is addicted to the Daily Mail Online), or playing amazing games like “Real Racing” (Free) or "Cut the Rope" (69p). It's a wonderful surprise having come from a PC background to find the most expensive game in the top 100 cost £6.99 and most cost £2.99 or less.

Personally, I tend to use it for Mail, watching TV (BBC iPlayer, Netflix or Amazon Instant), or shopping using the built in browser - Safari. Having said that, I'm writing this review (using an external keyboard) on the free Apple word processing App, Pages - so it can (with a stretch) do "most" of what you can do on a PC or Mac.

Should I upgrade my existing iPad?
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Each iPad is slightly better, although each upgrade can appear a relatively small change, and you need to compare the “full size” and “mini” iPads separately.

* Full size: I’d upgrade anything up to the iPad 4th generation without question. The Air and Air 2 are now up to twice as fast, 33% lighter and 1/3rd thinner than the 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation device. If you already have an iPad Air it’s less clear cut, and probably not worth upgrading.
* iPad Mini: The upgrade from iPad Mini 1 to 2 was to an incredible screen and faster processor. The upgrade to Mini 3 adds only the “Touch ID” fingerprint reader, and it’s questionable whether it’s worth paying for.

In my opinion, if you’ve got an iPad 4 or below, then upgrade without question - this is a much better device.

Word or warning - this section is fully of the techie statistics. Skip past if you’re not that interested.

The “full size” iPad range:-

iPad (1st Generation - Launched April 2010)
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* 1Ghz A4 processor with 256Mb memory and storage at 16 to 64Gb. Weighs 680g. 13.4mm thin.
* 1024×768 screen, but no front or rear facing camera.
* The “Classic” iPad. Now a collectors piece - but still great to surf the web

iPad 2 (2nd Generation - Launched March 2011)
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* Faster, lighter and 33% thinner than the first generation. A huge leap in performance and size.
* Upgraded dual core (2 processor) A5 CPU and 512Mb memory - a faster device. Weighs 601g. Just 9mm thin.
* Now includes a front and rear facing camera.
* Great device, but you’ll see a massive difference if you upgrade

iPad 3 (3rd Generation - Launched March 2012)
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* A significant upgrade. Faster with the incredible “retina” (2048×1536) sharp screen.
* Uprated A5X CPU and quad core graphics and 1Gb memory - faster again. Weighs 650g. Still 9mm thin
* Huge screen improvement to 2048×1536 pixels at 264 ppi. Incredibly sharp and clear
* Upgraded cameras. 1080P (front) and 5MP (rear facing)
* The last iPad to use the wide (30 Pin) connector. My wife still uses hers daily for web surfing (Oct 2014)

iPad 4 (4th Generation - Launched October 2012 - just 7 months later)
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* Quite a small upgrade from the previous generation. Again you’d see a huge difference upgrading to the latest device
* Guess what? Upgraded dual core A6X processor. A faster device, with the launch date moved to catch the Christmas buying period. Weighs 650g. 9mm thin.
* Upgraded front facing camera (1.2MP still and 720P video)
* First iPad to use the smaller narrow (Lightning) connector.

iPad Air (Launched Oct 2013)
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* Amazing upgrade. Twice as fast, nearly 17% thinner and shedding almost a 1/3 of the weight of the predecessor. It’s an incredible device.
* Blisteringly fast 64 bit A7 processor with faster memory, and a motion co-processor. Weighs 469g. (28% Lighter) and now only 7.5 mm thin.
* New iPads now come with a free licence for Pages, Numbers, Keynote (Apple’s version of Word, Excel and Powerpoint). Plus Garage Band, iPhoto and iMovie.

iPad Air 2 (aka iPad 6 - Launched October 2014)
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* Another incredible upgrade. Now 1/3rd lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 launched just 2 years ago.
* A8X Processor (faster variation on the A8 fitted to the iPhone 6) with M8 motion co-processor. Weighs 437g and only 6.1mm (18% thinner).
* Touch ID fingerprint sensor (the first iPad Air to have this). Means you can effectively avoid using passwords
* Improved screen now includes an “antireflective” coating.
* Improved 8MP rear facing camera (3264×2448) with 10 frames per second “burst” mode and slow motion. Front facing camera has improved f/2.2 aperture.
* Lock/silent switch has been removed (to save space), but you can mute your iPad by swiping up the “Control Centre”
* Battery is slightly smaller (7,340mAh) compared to the previous model, but the same 10 hour battery life
* WIFI now supports new “ac” standard and is dual channel 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Also built in barometer.
* Storage options are now Small, Medium and Large. 16g, 64g or 128g.
* Available in Space Grey, Silver/White and Gold.

Now the iPad Mini Range:-

iPad Mini 1 (Launched November 2012)
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* Very first iPad mini is like an incredibly thin paperback book. Beautiful colour screen, but now a bit slow and now dated.
* 1Ghz A5 processor - same as the iPad 2nd generation launched in March 2011. Weight 310g. 7mm thin.
* 1024x768 (Non-retina) screen at 163ppi (pixels per inch). Good but not brilliant
* 1.2MP front facing camera (720p video) and 5MP still and HD Video camera.

iPad Mini 2 (Launched October 2013)
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* Incredible screen improvement at double the pixels per inch (ppi). Faster processor and quad core graphics. Stunning!
* Improved A7 processor and motion co-processor with double the memory. Much faster than the previous device
* Retina display (2048×1536) is just amazing. Absolutely pin sharp screen at 326ppi it’s even better than the iPad Air at 264ppi
* Storage options include 16, 32, 64 and 128g. Weight 330g. 7mm thin.

iPad Mini 3 (Launched October 2014)
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* Almost no improvement. Same processor, screen and camera. Only the Touch ID fingerprint sensor added.
* Nothing more to say here, and certainly not worth the upgrade from iPad Mini 2. Available in silver, grey and gold.

Overall Opinion
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It's hard to believe the first iPad was launched in 2010, and there's a huge raft of cheaper tablet computers to choose from, but the Apple iPad is still the one to beat. I can’t put it better than Wired Magazine who said: "Want the best tablet on the market? Then get the iPad Air 2. It's as near to tablet perfection as you're going to get"

Yes, there are cheaper Android based alternatives, but the quality, design and beauty of this tablet just sets it apart. If it were a car it'd be a top of the range Mercedes, BMW or Porsche.

I do hope this review was useful.


Geartist GB01 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands Free Car Kit with LCD Screen FM Transmitter for Apple iPod, Apple iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android Smartphones - Supports Siri Function - Dual USB Car Charger and Magnetic Base Included (Black)
Geartist GB01 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands Free Car Kit with LCD Screen FM Transmitter for Apple iPod, Apple iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android Smartphones - Supports Siri Function - Dual USB Car Charger and Magnetic Base Included (Black)
Offered by Uxpressbuying
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little device - means I now get my music in the car, 1 Feb. 2015
If you’ve got a huge MP3 music collection on your smartphone, but no way to listen to it on the car radio, this “may” be the device for you.

What is it?
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This little device is a bluetooth to FM converter. All modern smartphones can send music via a wireless bluetooth signal, this device converts that to a standard FM radio signal which you can use to play music on your normal car radio.

Great stuff!

This kit also includes a small black USB cigarette lighter adapter (a tiny little thing, about the size of a shotgun cartridge) which has space to charge two mobile devices. This is a great feature as it has both a 1amp and 2amp socket, which means I can power this device on the 1amp and my kids tablet computer (or my mobile) on the other one - so everyone’s pleased.

What's it like?
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Effectively it’s a tiny little black shiny disk (about 1.5 inches diameter) with a small window to display the FM frequency you’re tuning into, plus a 44 inch long cable ending in a USB plug to power the device. The cable length is important, as it means you can plug in the device to the power, and still place it almost anywhere in your car. It also comes with a handy little black fixing tab which sticks to the dashboard, and then holds the “Shiny Disk controller” firmly in place using a magnet. Nice touch, as it means it's easy to pick up to re-tune the FM frequency if you need to.

In terms of operation, it's as easy a pie. Just plug it in, and you'll see a light on the USB plug to indicate it's powered on, and tune in the radio to the same frequency as the device. I found in London, I needed to scan around a bit to find a free signal, but once found I was able to play music from Spotify or my music collection without problems.

Sound was clear, and I only hit some minor interferrence in a particular part of East London where's there's clearly a lot of pirate radio stations in the air, but I get that while listening to normal FM reception anyway, so not a Gearist issue.

I was pleased to see you can also use it to take hands free phone calls, as it has a built in microphone. The other person (spookily) is heard through the car speakers, and after you've made an outgoing call, just double tap the control button and it will call back the last number you rang. I personally found this useful, as I don't tend to make a lot of outgoing calls, and it means I can quickly call the wife if I'm late without taking my eyes off the road.

Finally, running an iPhone, I was pleasantly surprised to find I could activate SIRI by holding down the control button for a couple of seconds - an even better way to control the phone safely (if you like SIRI of course!)

What's the other options?
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Well, I've tried a number of other options and each have their drawbacks.

1. If you're lucky enough to have an existing top-end car radio with built in bluetooth (wireless) connectivity, you can just connect your smartphone to the radio directly (worth checking - you may have this - depends upon how expensive the radio is).

2. If you're radio doesn't support bluetooth, but has a USB connection, you can buy a bluetooth to USB converter, and plug that into the USB in the radio. But this has more wires involved.

3. If your radio has a 3.5mm AUX socket, you can buy a Bluetooth to 3.5mm receiver, that will convert a wireless bluetooth signal to a wired 3.5mm wired connection.

Conclusion
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I must admit, I was skeptical of the sound quality I expected on these kind of devices, but was really pleasantly surprised. A great little device, and well worth the money.

Great little device - means I now get my music in the car

Disclosure: I was provided this device for an independent, unbiased review. Having said that, when it's this good it's an absolute pleasure to test.

Highly Recommended.


AquaAudio™ Cubo - Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with Strong Suction Cup for Showers, Bathroom, Pool, Boat, Car, Beach, Outdoor etc. / Optimized Buttons for Easy Control / Amazingly Powerful & Crystal Clear Sound / Compatible with All Devices with Bluetooth Capability + Siri Compatible - 10 hours Playtime Rechargeable Battery / with Built-in Mic for use as a Powerful Hands-free Speakerphone [100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - WE GUARANTEE YOU WILL LOVE IT!] (Silver)
AquaAudio™ Cubo - Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with Strong Suction Cup for Showers, Bathroom, Pool, Boat, Car, Beach, Outdoor etc. / Optimized Buttons for Easy Control / Amazingly Powerful & Crystal Clear Sound / Compatible with All Devices with Bluetooth Capability + Siri Compatible - 10 hours Playtime Rechargeable Battery / with Built-in Mic for use as a Powerful Hands-free Speakerphone [100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - WE GUARANTEE YOU WILL LOVE IT!] (Silver)
Offered by F&W Trading
Price: £29.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific shower speaker!, 31 Jan. 2015
This is a cute (and for the price quite impressive sounding) bluetooth speaker with the addition of being able to answer the phone in the shower! Terrific stuff...

Here's why....

What is it?
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The Aqua Audio Cubo is a little Bluetooth wireless speaker. In summary, if you've got a smartphone (ie. Android or iPhone) or tablet (eg. iPad, Nexus or Kindle Fire) or even a relatively modern laptop you can wirelessly stream (play) music from your device. No wires, no fuss just great sound in the bathroom.

The really nice feature of this device is it's almost entirely waterproof, and comes with a 3 inch diameter suction cup, so it will stick to a glass wall (or on the side of the bath) in the shower. You can even use this device to answer your mobile phone remotely.

My wife loves it as she now takes Nicky Campbell (Radio Five Live Breakfast show) into the shower every morning!

What's it like?
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It's a lovely little device.

It's a diminutive little speaker at around 4 inches diameter, about 2 inches deep, and feels quite light in the hand.

While the sound quality is not quite HI FI (as you'd expect at this price point), I was pleasantly surprised by the full sound this device produced. The case is in hard silver coloured plastic surface with pale grey rubber buttons for volume up and down, and if you're playing songs (for example from Spotify), you can skip to the next track. Great feature if you want to skip a track you've heard too many times already.

Once nice little feature is the voice indications. When you switch it on it says "power on", and when in pairing mode - says "pairing" with a small blue/red light flashing to indicate it's waiting.

In terms of build quality, it does feel a little light-weight but it worked well for me in the shower - and it certainly got a good soaking. At one point it accidentally fell into the bath, and although it cut-out at first, it kept going afterwards.

Certainly, it's loud and clear enough to use in a bathroom (unless you're bathroom is absolutely massive), and will have no problem in the shower.

I tested it without any problems on:-

* iPhone 6
* iPad Air 2
* iPhone 5S

Connection (pairing) was almost immediate, and sound quality great!

Finally, the instructions are surprisingly clear, but like most blokes, I never bother to read instructions. Still. Nice to see the efforts made.

Who should buy it?
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I'd say the main reasons you'd buy this are:-

* You want to listen to the radio on your iPad or Smartphone in the shower in the morning
* If you want some fun music playing while you bath the children (they'd love it!)
* If you want to go camping and want some music, but are worried about it getting wet.
* You want some soothing music while you're in the bath

What's Good about it?
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* Sound quality is surprisingly good.
* Voice quality (for example listening to the radio) is incredibly clear.
* Water proof and designed for the shower.
* Incredibly small and light

What's not so good?
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I honestly can't find fault with this. Sound quality is remarkably clear (I'm listening to a few test tracks as I write this review, and it just gets better!!)

Conclusion
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A great little waterproof bluetooth device which would be terrific both indoors (in the bathroom), and outdoors in heavy rain at a rock festival. I love it.

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

Highly Recommended.


Jackery Giant+ Premium Fast-Charging Aluminum Portable Charger 12000mAh External Battery Pack Power Bank with Dual USB Port for Apple iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad, Air, Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note, Nexus, LG, HTC. USB Charger, Portable Charger, Portable Phone Charger, USB Battery Pack, Dual USB Car Charger, Power Bank, Portable Battery for Mobile Devices (Gold)
Jackery Giant+ Premium Fast-Charging Aluminum Portable Charger 12000mAh External Battery Pack Power Bank with Dual USB Port for Apple iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad, Air, Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note, Nexus, LG, HTC. USB Charger, Portable Charger, Portable Phone Charger, USB Battery Pack, Dual USB Car Charger, Power Bank, Portable Battery for Mobile Devices (Gold)
Offered by Jackery UK
Price: £69.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic little charger. Absolutely love it. Highly recommended., 31 Jan. 2015
This is a terrific standby battery for your smartphone or tablet computer - in fact anything with a Micro-USB connection or a USB charge cable.

What is it and what does it do
—————————————
This remarkably powerful shiny orange box is an external battery charge pack for an iPhone or Android Smartphone or an iPad or Android 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 loads of times back to full charge.

What's it like?
—————————
It’s a chunky little device. just about the size of a smartphone (3.5 inches by 5 inches), but deeper, at just over 3/4 of a inch with a nice heft to it. It comes in at 302g which to put in context is “chunky”, but less than the weight of a standard tin of beans which typically weights 400g.

In terms of functionality, it has two USB ports (means you can charge two devices at the same time), and a single button which lights up 3 rather cool looking blue LED lights to indicate how fully charged it is (each light indicates 33%). This is a great feature, because this battery has so much power you’d not need to charge it for ages, and it’s great to see how much charge you have left.

You press the button once to see how much charge is left (it arrived with all lights on - fully charged), and double click the button to light up the handy white LED light which makes it a great device to take away with you on a camping trip - no more hunting around in the dark.

Finally, these things are rated in miliamps per hour. I’ve tested a number of these devices so far, and this is one of the biggest, rated at a whopping 12,000 mAh - which is is just MASSIVE. What it means, is it can charge your phone LOTS of times before finally needing a recharge.

Does it work?
------------------
Glad to say, yes. it charged my iPhone 6 from absolutely flat to 50% in around 35 minutes. What’s more, the 3 lights didn’t move. Lots more power!

For example, here's the additional talk time using this battery on popular smartphones:-

* Samsung Galaxy S3 - recharge 3 times or 73 hours talk time
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - recharge 2.6 times or 44 hours
* Samsung Galaxy S5 - recharge 2.4 times or 51 hours
* Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - 2.1 times or 45 hours
* Apple iPhone 5 - 5 times or 40 hours talk time
* Apple iPhone 5S - 4.3 times or 35 hours
* Apple iPhone 6 - 3.8 times or 53 hours
* Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Phablet) - 2.3 times or 56 hours talk time

So (as you can see above) this battery will give you lots of extra talk time before it will need to be recharged.

I tested it on an iPad Air 2 (lightning connector), iPad 3rd Generation (wide plug), iPhone 6 and an iPhone 5S.

What's Good about it?
-----------------------------
* Fantastic huge power bank - will keep you re-charged for days !
* Relatively light weight - means you could carry it in your bag.
* Solid and sturdy, built to last
* Enough power to charge a standard smartphone lots

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

Conclusion
---------------
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.


Jackery® Giant+ Premium Portable Charger 12000mAh Power Pack and External Battery with Dual USB Port for Apple iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Nexus, LG, HTC (Orange)
Jackery® Giant+ Premium Portable Charger 12000mAh Power Pack and External Battery with Dual USB Port for Apple iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Nexus, LG, HTC (Orange)
Offered by Jackery UK
Price: £69.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic little charger. Absolutely love it. Highly recommended., 31 Jan. 2015
This is a terrific standby battery for your smartphone or tablet computer - in fact anything with a Micro-USB connection or a USB charge cable.

What is it and what does it do
—————————————
This remarkably powerful shiny orange box is an external battery charge pack for an iPhone or Android Smartphone or an iPad or Android 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 loads of times back to full charge.

What's it like?
—————————
It’s a chunky little device. just about the size of a smartphone (3.5 inches by 5 inches), but deeper, at just over 3/4 of a inch with a nice heft to it. It comes in at 302g which to put in context is “chunky”, but less than the weight of a standard tin of beans which typically weights 400g.

In terms of functionality, it has two USB ports (means you can charge two devices at the same time), and a single button which lights up 3 rather cool looking blue LED lights to indicate how fully charged it is (each light indicates 33%). This is a great feature, because this battery has so much power you’d not need to charge it for ages, and it’s great to see how much charge you have left.

You press the button once to see how much charge is left (it arrived with all lights on - fully charged), and double click the button to light up the handy white LED light which makes it a great device to take away with you on a camping trip - no more hunting around in the dark.

Finally, these things are rated in miliamps per hour. I’ve tested a number of these devices so far, and this is one of the biggest, rated at a whopping 12,000 mAh - which is is just MASSIVE. What it means, is it can charge your phone LOTS of times before finally needing a recharge.

Does it work?
------------------
Glad to say, yes. it charged my iPhone 6 from absolutely flat to 50% in around 35 minutes. What’s more, the 3 lights didn’t move. Lots more power!

For example, here's the additional talk time using this battery on popular smartphones:-

* Samsung Galaxy S3 - recharge 3 times or 73 hours talk time
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - recharge 2.6 times or 44 hours
* Samsung Galaxy S5 - recharge 2.4 times or 51 hours
* Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - 2.1 times or 45 hours
* Apple iPhone 5 - 5 times or 40 hours talk time
* Apple iPhone 5S - 4.3 times or 35 hours
* Apple iPhone 6 - 3.8 times or 53 hours
* Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Phablet) - 2.3 times or 56 hours talk time

So (as you can see above) this battery will give you lots of extra talk time before it will need to be recharged.

I tested it on an iPad Air 2 (lightning connector), iPad 3rd Generation (wide plug), iPhone 6 and an iPhone 5S.

What's Good about it?
-----------------------------
* Fantastic huge power bank - will keep you re-charged for days !
* Relatively light weight - means you could carry it in your bag.
* Solid and sturdy, built to last
* Enough power to charge a standard smartphone lots

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

Conclusion
---------------
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.


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