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GOtek® 7800mAh 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® 7800mAh 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: £25.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little smartphone battery/power-bank. Dual outputs to charge two devices, 30 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 - 3.5" x 2.5" and just over half an inch deep battery in quite smart black or white plastic with a rounded edge. In terms of weight it comes in at 168 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 pocket, and with enough power for a weekend away.

I really like the design of this power-bank. The rounded edges mean it sits nicely in the hand, and it’s nicely light.

In terms of output (to charge your phone or tablet), this is a dual USB socket for output and a supplied cable to charge it. This means you can charge two smartphones or (as one is 2A and the other 1A), charge a smartphone and tablet at different speeds.

Nice to see the ubiquitous 4 green 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. You also get a cable and converters for a Mini-USB and a 30 pin Apple lightning cable.

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 charges for a Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone 5S.

What's Good about it?
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* 4 LEDs indicating how much power you have left - never run out
* Smart design - very small - easily slips into a pocket or bag - feels great in the hand. Nicely rounded edges
* 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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Lovely little smartphone battery/power-bank.

Highly recommended.


GOtek® 5000mAh 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 (5000, Black)
GOtek® 5000mAh 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 (5000, Black)
Offered by GOtek
Price: £23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice little smartphone battery/power-bank., 30 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" x 2.5" and half an inch deep battery in quite smart black or white plastic with a metal surround. In terms of weight it comes in at 158 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 pocket, and with enough power for a weekend away.

In terms of output (to charge your phone or tablet), this is a single USB socket for output and a supplied cable to charge it.

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. You also get a cable and converters for a Mini-USB and a 30 pin Apple lightning cable.

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 5,000 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 charges for a Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone 5S.

What's Good about it?
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* 4 LEDs indicating how much power you have left - never run out
* Smart design - very small - easily slips into a pocket or bag
* 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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Nice little smartphone battery/power-bank.

Highly recommended.


GOtek® 7800mAh 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® 7800mAh 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: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific little power bank with built in LED light., 30 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 or white 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 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 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 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 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.


Letouch Apple Certified 4 Feet / 1.2M Lightning to USB Cable, Sync and Charger for iPhone, iPad, iPod, iPad Mini (gold)
Letouch Apple Certified 4 Feet / 1.2M Lightning to USB Cable, Sync and Charger for iPhone, iPad, iPod, iPad Mini (gold)
Offered by Prodigy3
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality iPhone cable with metal tips! Love it, 30 May 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a while I was delighted to be offered this iPhone lightning cable in return for an independent and unbiased review.

There seems an awful lot of poor quality cheap Apple compatible cables for sale on Amazon. Even the cable supplied with my iPad Air broke after 6 months (and was promptly replaced by Apple free of charge). I’m pleased to report this is not a cheap and nasty Apple clone/copy as it’s “Apple Certified” (MFI) so you won’t get any “Not compatible with this device” issues.

It’s a standard 3 foot long white Apple iPhone/iPad charge cables with USB and lightning plugs. It works exactly as the Apple supplied cable, and I was able to charge up my iPhone and iPad without problems. The nice thing about this particular model is the cable itself is braided which means it should be a lot longer lasting than even the standard Apple variety, and the plugs themselves are top quality aluminium covered in matching colours for your iPhone or iPad.

Unlike the 1 inch wide 30 pin connector, this is the new (small) “Lightning” connector which works with:-

* iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
* iPhone 5s, 5c, 5
* iPad 4th Generation, iPad Air and iPad Air 2
* iPad mini range (including original, 2 and 3)
* iPod 5th and iPod Nano 7th generation

Personally I’ve tested it out without problems on my iPad Mini, iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6, and all worked flawlessly.

Highly Recommended.


Muze- Black Battery Case Cover for Men Iphone 5 Iphone 5s Universal Slim Battery Case Battery Rechargeable Backup Case Charger Battery Case Cover Portable Outdoor Moving Battery Slim Light External Battery 2200 Mah for Iphone 5 5s with 4 LED Lights and Built-in Pop-out Kickstand Holder Support IOS 6 IOS 7 IOS 8 Short Circuit Protection
Muze- Black Battery Case Cover for Men Iphone 5 Iphone 5s Universal Slim Battery Case Battery Rechargeable Backup Case Charger Battery Case Cover Portable Outdoor Moving Battery Slim Light External Battery 2200 Mah for Iphone 5 5s with 4 LED Lights and Built-in Pop-out Kickstand Holder Support IOS 6 IOS 7 IOS 8 Short Circuit Protection
Offered by Muze UK Store
Price: £9.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely designed battery case in vibrant colours, if it was Apple certified I’d give it five stars., 30 May 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for several years, I was delighted to be offered this iPhone 5 battery case in return for an independent and unbiased review. I’m quite impressed by
this is nicely designed battery case. It’s designed for the iPhone 5 or 5S with a built in 2,200 mAh battery too keep you going for hours longer (about 20 hours extra talk time).

What's it like?
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Quite nicely designed, it's relatively slim, and although it adds a little weight (67g) and depth (about 3mm), to the iPhone 5, it's worth it for the additional battery life you get.

To fit your iPhone in place you simply unclip the top, drop in your phone, and snap the plastic top back on. It protects the phone on all sides, and includes a slight 1mm thin lip over the screen to protect it from a "face-plant" kind of drop.

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

On the back of the case there's what I think is a bit of a gimick - a "kick-stand". Bit difficult to unclip using my short finger-nails, but it acts as a stand, and lets you (for example) watch a video. More useful is the four blue LEDs which indicate how much charge you've got left, as each indicates 25% left.

Finally, press and hold the small button on the back, and it starts to discharge the power into your iPhone. This has another nice side-effect, in that you can pretty much dispense with the iPhone lightning cable (or keep it as a spare). You can charge the case using the supplied micro-USB cable, and then discharge the power into your iPhone by pressing the button.

Finally, one nice feature of this phone case is a tiny feature, but a terrific bonus not available on all case/batteries I've tested. Plug it into the power, and it charges both the the phone AND the case at the same time. Nice touch. A lot of phone cases I've tried only charge the case-battery alone.

The only issue I have with this (and what’s prevented a five star review), is it’s not MFI - Made for Apple. This means that while it worked on my wife’s iPhone 5S there’s a minor risk if Apple do an update it will come up with the dreaded message “This device is not compatible with the iPhone”.

What's Good about it?
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* Nicely designed, adds very light weight, but gives all around protection
* Adds a huge battery bonus - just press the button to start charging.
* Protects your phone from scratches and knocks. Just add a “Screen Protector” to give 100% cover.
* Nice selection of bright colours - bit of a change from the standard black.

What's not so good?
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It’s not certified by Apple

Conclusion
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Nicely designed battery case in vibrant colours, if it was Apple certified I’d give it five stars.


CHOETECH 50W Desktop 6-Port Rapid USB Charger Intelligent Multi Port USB Wall Charger Travel Charger With Auto Detect Technology for iPad /iPhone 6/iPhone6 plus/5s/5c/5; iPad Air mini;Sony XPeria Z3V;GalaxyS6/S6 Edge/S5/S4; Note 4/3/2;LG G3/G2,Nexus 4/5/6/7; the new HTC one (M8) and More
CHOETECH 50W Desktop 6-Port Rapid USB Charger Intelligent Multi Port USB Wall Charger Travel Charger With Auto Detect Technology for iPad /iPhone 6/iPhone6 plus/5s/5c/5; iPad Air mini;Sony XPeria Z3V;GalaxyS6/S6 Edge/S5/S4; Note 4/3/2;LG G3/G2,Nexus 4/5/6/7; the new HTC one (M8) and More
Offered by CHOETECH
Price: £50.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny little charger with power for 6 devices., 30 May 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for several years, I was delighted to be asked to review this six port USB charger in return for a sample. It really is an impressive example of design.

What is it?
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This quite tiny black matt box measures just 3.5 x 2.5 inches and 1 inches deep - so small it’d be great to take away on holiday or a trip away. Weighing almost nothing at 160g (an iPhone 6 weighs 133g) it’s light too, so won’t add much to the travel weight in a bag, and comes with a 1.5 metre standard power cable and plug.

Plug it in, and you’ve got the equivalent of six smart phone chargers, all packed into a tiny space.

The real selling point of this (aside from the size), is the auto-sensing power output. Many low powered smartphones need to be charged at 1 Amp while more power hungry tablet computers take 2+ Amps. This device automatically senses the power requirement, and adjusts the output as needed. I’ve reviewed a number of other chargers, and they tend to be marked with 1.0 or 2.0 Amp outputs which means you’ve got to plug in your device to the correct socket. Not that it’d damage your device, but it’ll charge much slower than you’d expect if you charge a 2.0 device in a 1.0 output.

Good to see it’s also auto-sensing for the input voltage. This means (for example), you can use it in the UK or USA without issue.

Pleased to say it charged my iPad Air 2 from absolutely flat to 100% in just over 3.5 hours. Very impressive.

What's Good about it?
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* Tiny little device which adds little in the way of size or weight - great for travelling
* Powers up to 6 independent devices
* Auto sensing output for smartphones and tablets
* Auto sensing input power from 100-240V

What's not so good?
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* As far as I can see, nothing.

Conclusion
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Tiny little charger with power for 6 devices.

Highly Recommended.


Woopower®USB 3.0 Superspeed Universal Laptop Docking Station Dual Monitor with DVI/HDMI of up to 2048 x 1152, Audio, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio for Headset and Microphone, 6 USB Ports (2 USB 3.0 + 4 USB 2.0) for Windows (12V / 2A Power Adapter included)
Woopower®USB 3.0 Superspeed Universal Laptop Docking Station Dual Monitor with DVI/HDMI of up to 2048 x 1152, Audio, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio for Headset and Microphone, 6 USB Ports (2 USB 3.0 + 4 USB 2.0) for Windows (12V / 2A Power Adapter included)
Offered by Woopower
Price: £169.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Turns your laptop into a dual screen, multi USB & Gigabit internet device. Terrific, 30 May 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for a few years I was delighted to receive this USB 3.0 Universal dock in return for an independent and unbiased opinion.

What’s it like?
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This is an absolutely terrific device. Measuring just 9 inches long by 3.5 inches it’s packed with ports, including:-

* 1 x DVI monitor output up to 2048 x 1152 resolution
* 1 x HDMI monitor output
* A Wired ethernet at 10, 100, 1000 speeds for an internet connection
* 4 x standard USB 2.0 ports for USB devices
* 2 x super-fast USB 3.0 ports for devices using the faster 3.0 speeds
* 2 x 3.5mm microphone/headphone sockets

It’s effectively a fully powered desktop hub so you can set up your desktop to connect to two monitors (maximum 2048 x 1152 resolution), a Gigabit wired internet connection, and 5.1 channel surround sound via the HDMI connection which supports both screen and sound.

Do be sure to run the supplied CD first before plugging in the device - typical bloke I didn’t bother to read manual first. Once installed, it was a breeze to set up. It works with both Windows and Mac OS right out of the box, and everything worked exactly as expected.

For either a Windows or Mac user this would be an excellent solution. Particularly important on the Mac where you’ve got less options for dual screen, but be aware of the maximum resolution of 2048 x 1152. I’m now running a huge 32” with 2560 x 1440 and some of the top end larger screens can handle very high resolution, so do check the resolution you’re currently using first.

Otherwise terrific. A great way to convert a laptop into a desktop device.

Highly recommended


Tendak Smart Charger SuperSpeed USB Hub with 4 USB 3.0 Data Ports + 1 Smart Charging Port (5V/2A) with 5V 3A Power Adapter Blue LED Arounded
Tendak Smart Charger SuperSpeed USB Hub with 4 USB 3.0 Data Ports + 1 Smart Charging Port (5V/2A) with 5V 3A Power Adapter Blue LED Arounded
Offered by Tendak Store
Price: £21.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific little USB hub!, 30 May 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for several years I was delighted to receive this USB 3.0 hub in return for an independent and unbiased opinion. Its a terrific little device with some additional features.

In terms of design it’s made of black plastic and measures 4.5 x 1.5 x 1 inches and is very light weight so easily carried around in a laptop bag. It comes complete with a fixed two foot USB 3.0 cable - which is handy as it means you can’t loose it or leave it behind, and as a nice bonus an additional (optional) power transformer.

The additional transformer is a great bonus, as it means you get additional power to (for example) power a number of self-powered hard drives. I sometimes find with USB powered devices you run out of juice if it’s powered only from the USB socket on your laptop. Great that it works with or without the transformer too.

Plug it in, and it lights up 4 bright blue LED lamps, one for each plug. You can also switch off each USB plug independently although I can’t quite see why you’d want to. I found the lights a tiny bit distracting, but if for example you wanted to place this under a desk out the way, the bright lights will help.

You also get (in addition to the 4 USB sockets for power and data transfer) an additional socket to charge a mobile phone or tablet - a great addition.

Finally, in terms of speed, this is the latest USB 3.0 standard, which while completely backwardly compatible with USB 2 and 1.1, will give the fastest possible speeds your device can handle.

Overall, great little USB hub.

Highly Recommended.


[Smart Design] MAISI MS-LD01 20-Level Touch Controllable LED Desk Lamp (4 Lighting Modes, Up to 20 Lighting Levels, 60 Minute Auto Timer, 5V/1A USB Port for Smartphones Charging, Fold-able & Fully Adjustable) - White
[Smart Design] MAISI MS-LD01 20-Level Touch Controllable LED Desk Lamp (4 Lighting Modes, Up to 20 Lighting Levels, 60 Minute Auto Timer, 5V/1A USB Port for Smartphones Charging, Fold-able & Fully Adjustable) - White
Offered by Direct Digi Sales
Price: £129.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very smart desk or bedside lamp with a great range of light options., 30 May 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for several years I was delighted to receive this smart black LED desk lamp in return for an independent and unbiased opinion. I love it.

What is it and what’s it like?
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Standing at 18 inches tall, the first thing that strikes you is the sleek and modern design with a cool black arm rising from a piano black base. Very 1980s - but in a cool contemporary way.l

It’s remarkably versatile and adjustable, as it has a hinge connecting the arm to the base, and then a second level which is highly adjustable.

The “lamp” bit (which holds the LED lamps) is just under inches long by 2 inches wide, and again, this is connected by a flexible hinge meaning it can flex from zero (vertical - so the lights would be shining directly into your eyes - interrogation style), through 90 degrees (horizontal - shining straight down to the desk), to vertical again (so it’s folded up flat for storage).

In short, it’s remarkably versatile - although can’t be twisted left or right, although you could simply twist the base around.

In terms of lighting, you’ve got a number of options including reading (very bright, very white), study, relaxed and sleep and each produces a different colour temperature and brightness. In addition, within each setting you can control the brightness with 5 settings, and there’s even a 60 minute timer so you could leave it in a childs bedroom on “sleep” brightness, and have it automatically switch off after an hour. A lovely design touch.

Near the smart black base you get four “touch sensitive” buttons for the settings, plus brightness (up/down) and finally the sleep and on/off button.

Finally, you also get a small black combined transformer and plug, and there’s even a USB charging socket so you can charge up your mobile phone directly without hunting around for a another charger. Terrific.

What's Good about it?
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* A beautifully designed smart black lamp which is incredibly adjustable
* Several options for lighting including mode and dimming to set the light exactly as you want it
* Includes a sleep timer - great to switch itself off in a child’s bedroom
* Very light (in weight - no pun intended), and folds away to nothing.
* LED lights use 75% less electricity an ordinary bulbs, and have a huge (40,000 hours) average life span

What's not so good?
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* The entire lamp is a fingerprint magnet otherwise great

Conclusion
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Very smart desk or bedside lamp with a great range of light options.

Highly Recommended.


Apple Watch 38mm Stainless Steel Case with Link Bracelet
Apple Watch 38mm Stainless Steel Case with Link Bracelet
Offered by Shelfone™
Price: £1,595.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully designed - but is it the best watch for you?, 24 May 2015
Length:: 1:32 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.

This is my first impressions of the Apple watch, and I've tried to include the three options available. 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.


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