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Avantree Force 13000mAh 2 port (4.5A Output, 2A input) Fast Charging External Battery with build in cable, High Capacity for Android phones, iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S iPad Air Mini (Apple cable NOT included), Samsung HTC and many more
Avantree Force 13000mAh 2 port (4.5A Output, 2A input) Fast Charging External Battery with build in cable, High Capacity for Android phones, iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S iPad Air Mini (Apple cable NOT included), Samsung HTC and many more
Offered by AvantreeDirect
Price: £39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With great power..., 27 Mar. 2015
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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—— WHAT’S IN THE BOX? ——

- 13000mAh power bank
- 1x USB-micro USB cables
- Instruction manual

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—— INITIAL IMPRESSIONS ——

Well packaged.
Good design, and an in-built cable that creates an easy-charging solution.
A great start.

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—— FEATURES / PORTS ——

This power banks has two ports, one touch-button, one in-built cable and four lights.

The two ports are:
- 1x micro USB port to charge the power bank
- 1x standard USB port to charge devices (2.4A)

Simply hold your finger on the touch-button (that you wouldn’t know was there if it wasn’t stated) for three seconds, and up to four light illuminate to show you how much battery is remaining.

The built-in micro-USB cable means that charging devices becomes extremely easy, and doesn’t involve fumbling around looking for a cable. This charges at 2.1A.

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—— IN USE ——

I’ve been using this power bank for a month now, and these are my condensed findings:
- The 13000mAh is plenty enough to charge my iPhone 6 Plus multiple times.
- Simply plug a device into the power bank (using either a cable or the in-built one), and it starts charging automatically, without the need to press the button.
- For the physical size of this power bank, 13000mAh is fairly impressive. Quite often, that amount of juice results in a larger form-factor, but not this time.

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---- CONCLUSION ----

This product is an easy five stars. It looks great, feels great, and most importantly, works brilliantly. If you’re in need of 15600mAh, then this could well be the thing for you.

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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes.

PROS:
✓ Looks great
✓ Provides numerous charges
✓ Simple to use
✓ Lights to show remaining battery/charging
✓ Small enough to carry around in a small bag

CONS:
✗ None
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Letouch Apple Certified 4 Feet (1.2M) Lightning Cable to USB Charge and Sync / MFI Certified Longer 8 pin lightning Cable Charger Made for iPhone 6 6plus/5 5S 5C / iPad 4 / Mini / Mini Retina / iPad Air , iPod 7 etc (Gold)
Letouch Apple Certified 4 Feet (1.2M) Lightning Cable to USB Charge and Sync / MFI Certified Longer 8 pin lightning Cable Charger Made for iPhone 6 6plus/5 5S 5C / iPad 4 / Mini / Mini Retina / iPad Air , iPod 7 etc (Gold)
Offered by Prodigy3
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charges the same, but you're charged less!..., 27 Mar. 2015
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge, to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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In the box, you get a dark coloured nylon-braided cable MFI (made for iPhone/iPad/iPod) cable with gold ends. It comes it at 1.2m in length.

The quality of the material is lovely and leaves me with no concerns about its long-term survivability. The use of a nylon-braided means that it has a real premium look and feel. The outer material is actually ‘metalized nylon mesh material’. It feel different to all other braided cables I’ve used, and not in a bad way!
The MFI bit in the name is very important, ad means that the end connector has been certified by Apple, so you know it’s not some cheap, tacky ripoff from lands afar.

I’ve owned this cable for a little while now, and have encountered no issues, literally. With other cables in the past, I've been greeted by error messages, either continuously or intermittently. This cable has given me no error messages. It charges in the same amount of time as all of my other cables, and it just works.

If you’re looking for an alternative, I’d highly recommend this cable. Not only is it cheaper than the official Apple version, but also better quality in my opinion.

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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes, without hesitation.

PROS:
✓ 1.2m in length
✓ Metalized nylon mesh material
✓ Fit and finish
✓ No error messages
✓ Charges just like the Apple cables
✓ Very fair price (cheaper than Apple)

CONS:
✗ None
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LEPOWER G3 750mAh Peak Current Car Jump Starter and 21000mAh High Capacity Portable External Battery Charger with Multi-functions
LEPOWER G3 750mAh Peak Current Car Jump Starter and 21000mAh High Capacity Portable External Battery Charger with Multi-functions
Offered by Prodigy3
Price: £144.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jumping for joy..., 27 Mar. 2015
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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—— INITIAL IMPRESSIONS ——

Very well packaged in a neat little carry case that is easy to keep in the boot.
Manual is unfortunately in broken English, but you can just about understand it.
Everything looks and feels of a decent quality.
The box contains chargers and adapters for pretty much any device to ever be invented.

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—— FEATURES / USE ——

The process of using this device is extremely simple:
- Connect the red clip to the + terminal
- Connect the black clip to the - terminal
- Connect the clip’s cable to the battery pack
- Turn the battery pack on
- Start the vehicle
- Obviously leave the engine running for a little while, and you’re done. Simple.

The power bank has enough power to jump start your vehicle between 30-60 times (in one full charge) according to the box.
The battery pack can also be used to charge mobile phones, tablets, laptops and pretty much anything that can be charged via a standard USB.
The battery pack has a screen that clearly shows the percentage of remaining power.
It also has a fairly bright light, that can be steady on, SOS or strobe.
A wall plug is supplied to charge the battery pack.

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—— CONCLUSION ——

This little device is considerably easier than connecting another car to your own. It is also a lot more likely to be useful if you are out in the middle of nowhere and your battery dies.
Bottom line - if there is no one around to give you a jump, then you’ll wish you’d bought this!

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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes.

PROS:
✓ Jump starts a car (around 30-60 times!)
✓ Very well packaged (just keep in your boot)
✓ Charges electronic devices as well
✓ Emergency torch and signal light
✓ Very simple to use

CONS:
✗ None

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Griffin GB40545 - Survivor All Terrain Case/protection cover for Apple iPhone 6 Plus > black/blue
Griffin GB40545 - Survivor All Terrain Case/protection cover for Apple iPhone 6 Plus > black/blue
Offered by MEXXTRONICS
Price: £46.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenally tough, but falls short on some of the simpler things..., 26 Mar. 2015
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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—— WHAT’S IN THE BOX? ——

- iPhone 6 Plus case
- Instruction manual
- Belt clip

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---- GETTING DRESSED / UNDRESSED ----

Putting the case on is a fairly simple process:
- Put the phone into the back part of the case
- Click in all six parts of the front section of the case

Removing the phone from the case:
- The manual says you should push hard on the centre of the rear of the case, and the phone should drop out into your hand. I’ve tried this, and it doesn’t feel all that good, pushing hard into the back of an iPhone 6 Plus.
- My way is to simply do the reverse of what you did to put it on
- Just remove the front portion of the case, and then remove the phone from the rear portion

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—— PORTS/BUTTONS ——

Access to buttons/ports/features are as follows:
- Sleep/wake button (indirect access, simply press the moulded button for use, very easy to use)
- Volume buttons (indirect access, simply press the moulded buttons for use, the volume up button works every time, the volume down can be quite temperamental)
- Silent/ringer switch (lift up the rubber cover, and you have direct access)
- Headphone jack & lightning charger point (lift up the rubber cover, and you have direct access)
- Speaker (indirect access, music still sounds fine though)
- Lightning port (direct access once rubber cover is folded out)
- Camera (front and rear) (indirect unimpeded access, photos remain unaffected)
- Touch ID (indirect access - you can still use Touch ID, and it works just like it does without the case - no issues there)
- Main screen (indirect access. There is a thin layer of plastic over the screen. This doesn’t make perfect contact with the screen, which results in some air between the plastic and screen. This means that you have to tap/push slightly harder on the main screen to get the response you want)

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—— IN USE ——

The following are condensed finding after three weeks’ use:
- It’s big, it’s bulky, and it doesn’t care if you throw it off a mountain. OK, I’m exaggerating, but it’s seriously tough - if you want to protect your iPhone, THIS is the case you want.
- It’s very attractive
- The size creates an issue when you want to take it with you. It almost definitely won’t fit in your pockets, so you’re forced to use the belt clip provided. It clips onto the Survivor well, and attaches to your belt fairly securely. I wouldn’t want to do any rock climbing with it clipped onto my belt, but it’s good enough for walking around. I however am certainly not a fan of displaying my £800 phone on my belt for everyone to see when I’m walking around town.
- It claims to be droppable from 2m. I’d certainly be happy to drop is from a normal holding height onto tarmac, and probably from head height (mine is 6’ 1” high) onto tarmac.
- It’s weatherproof. It’ll survive a light rain, but don’t go taking it underwater. The ports etc are all sealed, so it’ll do well up against dust and dirt as well.
- I’ll say it again, it makes an already large phone, even larger, so make sure you’re aware of the size of the case prior to purchase
- Even though the Touch ID sensor is covered, it still works perfectly - very impressive
- Phone calls are still clear and precise

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—— CONCLUSION ——

This is the daddy of all cases I own. If I were to choose a case in which to drop my phone, it would be this one, without question.
There are however a couple of negatives that mean I won’t be using this as my day-to-day case, and instead will save it for when I go hiking, mountain biking etc, where the possibility of a big drop is increased.

The lack of a good seal between the built-in screen protector, and the phone’s screen causing you to have to press harder, lost this case one star. The fact that the volume down button doesn’t seem to be positioned properly, as it only works for the first couple of presses each time, and then manages to position itself somewhere other than above the volume down button, has lost another star.

I think three stars is a fair rating. The case is extremely good at doing one job, however as mentioned above, a couple of the simpler things have fallen a little short.

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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes, but only after explaining the above

PROS:
✓ Water-resistant
✓ Brilliant protection
✓ Easy access to most ports/controls
✓ Quite easy to put phone in/take phone out
✓ Ports are well sealed, meaning good protection from water, sand and dust etc
✓ Touch ID works perfectly - very impressive
✓Phone calls still sound fine
✓ Looks the business

CONS:
✗ Integrated volume down button is temperamental, only working some of the time - not ideal
✗ Slightly greater amount of force is required on the main screen, as the in-built screen protector doesn’t make perfect contact with the phone’s screen

NB:
- The size of the phone+case means that it’ll most likely not fit in pockets. The use of the belt clip means that everyone can see your iPhone. I’d rather leave the phone in the case, in a backpack (or a very large pocket)

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Griffin GB40543 - Survivor All Ter iPhone 6 Plus - Black - Warranty: 1Y
Griffin GB40543 - Survivor All Ter iPhone 6 Plus - Black - Warranty: 1Y
Offered by sotel-electronics
Price: £34.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenally tough, but falls short on some of the simpler things..., 26 Mar. 2015
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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—— WHAT’S IN THE BOX? ——

- iPhone 6 Plus case
- Instruction manual
- Belt clip

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---- GETTING DRESSED / UNDRESSED ----

Putting the case on is a fairly simple process:
- Put the phone into the back part of the case
- Click in all six parts of the front section of the case

Removing the phone from the case:
- The manual says you should push hard on the centre of the rear of the case, and the phone should drop out into your hand. I’ve tried this, and it doesn’t feel all that good, pushing hard into the back of an iPhone 6 Plus.
- My way is to simply do the reverse of what you did to put it on
- Just remove the front portion of the case, and then remove the phone from the rear portion

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—— PORTS/BUTTONS ——

Access to buttons/ports/features are as follows:
- Sleep/wake button (indirect access, simply press the moulded button for use, very easy to use)
- Volume buttons (indirect access, simply press the moulded buttons for use, the volume up button works every time, the volume down can be quite temperamental)
- Silent/ringer switch (lift up the rubber cover, and you have direct access)
- Headphone jack & lightning charger point (lift up the rubber cover, and you have direct access)
- Speaker (indirect access, music still sounds fine though)
- Lightning port (direct access once rubber cover is folded out)
- Camera (front and rear) (indirect unimpeded access, photos remain unaffected)
- Touch ID (indirect access - you can still use Touch ID, and it works just like it does without the case - no issues there)
- Main screen (indirect access. There is a thin layer of plastic over the screen. This doesn’t make perfect contact with the screen, which results in some air between the plastic and screen. This means that you have to tap/push slightly harder on the main screen to get the response you want)

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—— IN USE ——

The following are condensed finding after three weeks’ use:
- It’s big, it’s bulky, and it doesn’t care if you throw it off a mountain. OK, I’m exaggerating, but it’s seriously tough - if you want to protect your iPhone, THIS is the case you want.
- It’s very attractive
- The size creates an issue when you want to take it with you. It almost definitely won’t fit in your pockets, so you’re forced to use the belt clip provided. It clips onto the Survivor well, and attaches to your belt fairly securely. I wouldn’t want to do any rock climbing with it clipped onto my belt, but it’s good enough for walking around. I however am certainly not a fan of displaying my £800 phone on my belt for everyone to see when I’m walking around town.
- It claims to be droppable from 2m. I’d certainly be happy to drop is from a normal holding height onto tarmac, and probably from head height (mine is 6’ 1” high) onto tarmac.
- It’s weatherproof. It’ll survive a light rain, but don’t go taking it underwater. The ports etc are all sealed, so it’ll do well up against dust and dirt as well.
- I’ll say it again, it makes an already large phone, even larger, so make sure you’re aware of the size of the case prior to purchase
- Even though the Touch ID sensor is covered, it still works perfectly - very impressive
- Phone calls are still clear and precise

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—— CONCLUSION ——

This is the daddy of all cases I own. If I were to choose a case in which to drop my phone, it would be this one, without question.
There are however a couple of negatives that mean I won’t be using this as my day-to-day case, and instead will save it for when I go hiking, mountain biking etc, where the possibility of a big drop is increased.

The lack of a good seal between the built-in screen protector, and the phone’s screen causing you to have to press harder, lost this case one star. The fact that the volume down button doesn’t seem to be positioned properly, as it only works for the first couple of presses each time, and then manages to position itself somewhere other than above the volume down button, has lost another star.

I think three stars is a fair rating. The case is extremely good at doing one job, however as mentioned above, a couple of the simpler things have fallen a little short.

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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes, but only after explaining the above

PROS:
✓ Water-resistant
✓ Brilliant protection
✓ Easy access to most ports/controls
✓ Quite easy to put phone in/take phone out
✓ Ports are well sealed, meaning good protection from water, sand and dust etc
✓ Touch ID works perfectly - very impressive
✓Phone calls still sound fine
✓ Looks the business

CONS:
✗ Integrated volume down button is temperamental, only working some of the time - not ideal
✗ Slightly greater amount of force is required on the main screen, as the in-built screen protector doesn’t make perfect contact with the phone’s screen

NB:
- The size of the phone+case means that it’ll most likely not fit in pockets. The use of the belt clip means that everyone can see your iPhone. I’d rather leave the phone in the case, in a backpack (or a very large pocket)

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Griffin Survivor All Terrain Case for Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Black
Griffin Survivor All Terrain Case for Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Black
Price: £25.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenally tough, but falls short on some of the simpler things..., 26 Mar. 2015
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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—— WHAT’S IN THE BOX? ——

- iPhone 6 Plus case
- Instruction manual
- Belt clip

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---- GETTING DRESSED / UNDRESSED ----

Putting the case on is a fairly simple process:
- Put the phone into the back part of the case
- Click in all six parts of the front section of the case

Removing the phone from the case:
- The manual says you should push hard on the centre of the rear of the case, and the phone should drop out into your hand. I’ve tried this, and it doesn’t feel all that good, pushing hard into the back of an iPhone 6 Plus.
- My way is to simply do the reverse of what you did to put it on
- Just remove the front portion of the case, and then remove the phone from the rear portion

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—— PORTS/BUTTONS ——

Access to buttons/ports/features are as follows:
- Sleep/wake button (indirect access, simply press the moulded button for use, very easy to use)
- Volume buttons (indirect access, simply press the moulded buttons for use, the volume up button works every time, the volume down can be quite temperamental)
- Silent/ringer switch (lift up the rubber cover, and you have direct access)
- Headphone jack & lightning charger point (lift up the rubber cover, and you have direct access)
- Speaker (indirect access, music still sounds fine though)
- Lightning port (direct access once rubber cover is folded out)
- Camera (front and rear) (indirect unimpeded access, photos remain unaffected)
- Touch ID (indirect access - you can still use Touch ID, and it works just like it does without the case - no issues there)
- Main screen (indirect access. There is a thin layer of plastic over the screen. This doesn’t make perfect contact with the screen, which results in some air between the plastic and screen. This means that you have to tap/push slightly harder on the main screen to get the response you want)

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—— IN USE ——

The following are condensed finding after three weeks’ use:
- It’s big, it’s bulky, and it doesn’t care if you throw it off a mountain. OK, I’m exaggerating, but it’s seriously tough - if you want to protect your iPhone, THIS is the case you want.
- It’s very attractive
- The size creates an issue when you want to take it with you. It almost definitely won’t fit in your pockets, so you’re forced to use the belt clip provided. It clips onto the Survivor well, and attaches to your belt fairly securely. I wouldn’t want to do any rock climbing with it clipped onto my belt, but it’s good enough for walking around. I however am certainly not a fan of displaying my £800 phone on my belt for everyone to see when I’m walking around town.
- It claims to be droppable from 2m. I’d certainly be happy to drop is from a normal holding height onto tarmac, and probably from head height (mine is 6’ 1” high) onto tarmac.
- It’s weatherproof. It’ll survive a light rain, but don’t go taking it underwater. The ports etc are all sealed, so it’ll do well up against dust and dirt as well.
- I’ll say it again, it makes an already large phone, even larger, so make sure you’re aware of the size of the case prior to purchase
- Even though the Touch ID sensor is covered, it still works perfectly - very impressive
- Phone calls are still clear and precise

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—— CONCLUSION ——

This is the daddy of all cases I own. If I were to choose a case in which to drop my phone, it would be this one, without question.
There are however a couple of negatives that mean I won’t be using this as my day-to-day case, and instead will save it for when I go hiking, mountain biking etc, where the possibility of a big drop is increased.

The lack of a good seal between the built-in screen protector, and the phone’s screen causing you to have to press harder, lost this case one star. The fact that the volume down button doesn’t seem to be positioned properly, as it only works for the first couple of presses each time, and then manages to position itself somewhere other than above the volume down button, has lost another star.

I think three stars is a fair rating. The case is extremely good at doing one job, however as mentioned above, a couple of the simpler things have fallen a little short.

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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes, but only after explaining the above

PROS:
✓ Water-resistant
✓ Brilliant protection
✓ Easy access to most ports/controls
✓ Quite easy to put phone in/take phone out
✓ Ports are well sealed, meaning good protection from water, sand and dust etc
✓ Touch ID works perfectly - very impressive
✓Phone calls still sound fine
✓ Looks the business

CONS:
✗ Integrated volume down button is temperamental, only working some of the time - not ideal
✗ Slightly greater amount of force is required on the main screen, as the in-built screen protector doesn’t make perfect contact with the phone’s screen

NB:
- The size of the phone+case means that it’ll most likely not fit in pockets. The use of the belt clip means that everyone can see your iPhone. I’d rather leave the phone in the case, in a backpack (or a very large pocket)

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Swiss Legend Scubador 10537-01-BB 49mm Stainless Steel Case Black Calfskin Synthetic Sapphire Men's Watch
Swiss Legend Scubador 10537-01-BB 49mm Stainless Steel Case Black Calfskin Synthetic Sapphire Men's Watch

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real stand-out timepiece..., 25 Mar. 2015
Length:: 0:55 Mins

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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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*** I own the `black dial, black leather' version of this watch. This review will be placed on all Swiss Legend Scubador pages, as the only differences across the range are cosmetic, and those differences are explained below. ***

---- INITIAL IMPRESSIONS ----

You can often tell how much care and thought has been put into a product by the way it is packaged. As you can see in the video, this watch comes in a lovely presentation box. The watch itself is wrapped around a soft cushion, and the box also contains a very helpful manual, that clearly explains all of its functions.
When I first opened the box, I was very pleasantly surprised at how attractive the watch was.
A great start.

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---- SCUBADOR RANGE ----

The Scubador range consists of 17 watches, all sporting a Swiss made chronograph movement.
The main differences between these 17 are the colours of the rotating bezel, buttons and crown, the colour of the watch face, as well as the colour of the strap.

The colours of the bezel, buttons and crown are always the same as each other. They come in silver, black, gold or bronze.
The watch face comes in black, silver, gold, red, blue, yellow and bronze (that the company refers to as `rose'). The variants are some solid colours, and some mixed with others. The full range can be seen at http://www.swisslegend.com/collectionsku/Scubador?s=&page=1
The leather strap comes in either black or brown.

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---- STRAP ----

The entire range is secured via a calfskin leather, single-pronged buckle strap. There are nine holes to place the buckle in, so plenty of size variants that will accommodate the vast majority of wrists.
The strap is made from genuine leather and feels absolutely marvellous.

The exterior is a rough and rugged looking leather with attractive creases throughout. For both the brown and black leather straps, you get beautifully appointed white contrast-stitching running parallel down both sides of the strap. This gives it a very professional look, and certainly makes it stand out from the crowd.

The inside of the strap (the part that goes against your wrist) as shown in the video, is a lighter colour. What the video can't get across is that this leather is a lot smoother and softer on the inside, and feels great against the skin.

When on your wrist, you have two leather strap `keepers', to stop the strap from flapping around. These can be seen in the video. One is fixed, and close to the buckle, the other can be slid up and down the strap. They're simple, they look good and they're effective.

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---- CASE, BEZEL, BUTTONS, CROWN ----

The innards of the watch are housed in a silver stainless-steel circular exterior.
It's unapologetically bulky, and stands out because of this. The exact dimensions can be found either in the product description above this review, or alternatively via the link I previously provided to the Swiss Legend website.

The rotating bezel is unidirectional (counter-clockwise). It displays a circular luminous dot at the 12 o'clock position (I'll go into further details regarding luminosity later on in the `WATCH FACE' section) and other helpful markings. These are individual minute markers for three to twelve inclusive (with five and 10 standing out), followed by markings at five minute intervals from 15 to 55; with 15, 30 and 45 being displayed in numbers. These are extremely useful for keeping track of how much time has passed. Match the luminous circle to the current minute hand, and you have a quick and easy-to-read indication of time elapsed. Alternatively, place the luminous hand in the future, and use as a kind of countdown timer. The four sides of the bezel have a square like design, accomplished by straightening/flattening parts of it. Whilst it remains circular, at a glance (and in the right light) you could be forgiven for thinking it was square.

The buttons match the colour of the bezel, and are protected by silver folding gates. These are fairly easy to fold out (if you have nails) and expose the buttons for ease of use. Rather handily, the buttons can still be used with the gates closed, which I've found to be a nice feature. They click in securely, and I've had no issues with them. Pressing the top button starts the stopwatch, pressing again stops it. The lower button is used for lap times, and to reset the stopwatch back to zero.

Twisting the crown counter-clockwise releases the spring into position 1, and allows you to wind the watch. Pulling the crown out one notch into position 2 allows you to change the date, and another pull into position 3 will enable you to alter the time. Pushing the crown all the way back in whilst twisting clockwise will re-secure it to the main watch housing.

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---- WATCH FACE ----

The watch face has had a decent amount of design put into it, and depending on what colour watch you choose, these various design features will either stand out, or they won't. On my black watch they largely don't stand out, but are instead subdued, which is the look I was going for.
The top half of the face is textured with vertical stripes that pleasantly catch the light. This design continues though to the lower half via an almost tail-like shape broken into segments, which contrasts beautifully with the lower half's otherwise plain design.

Starting from the middle, and working out:
- The three main hands are, minute, hour and stopwatch seconds. The second hand for the stopwatch (the longest hand on the watch) has a red-tip, meaning it stands out when in use.
- You have three circular dials in the centre of the face. The bottom indicates the day of the week, the left shows the minutes past for the stopwatch, and the right displays the seconds ticking away (not for stopwatch, but instead current time).
- The chronograph hands can all be repositioned (a process that is clearly explained in the manual) if they are not perfectly aligned - mine were, so no need.
- On the lower right of the dials you have the date shown in black writing on a white background, making it very easy to read.
- The numbers are written in a large, bold font that is extremely easy to read, even at a quick glance.
- All of the odd numbers are represented by circular indicators.
- These circular indicators, bold numbers, circle on the bezel mentioned earlier and hour/minute hands all have a luminous coating on them. They store light and enable you to read the time in the dark. This works just as well as other watches I've used, and I've no complaints.
- The ring just outside of the flat watch face, that is presented at a fairly steep angle, contains minute marks, and written numbers for each five minutes. They are something that you may not notice at a glance, but they are a lovely feature, that really gives the watch that little something extra.

All of these features are placed behind a beautifully clear sapphire-coated mineral display window.

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---- IN USE ----

I've been using this watch daily for a little while now, and the following are my condensed findings that you'll hopefully find helpful:
- The manual says that if you're wearing the watch daily, you should wind it once a week. It also says that if not worn daily, it should be kept on a watch winder.
- The watch is happy in water down to 100m (when the crown is fully screwed in and tightened). Whilst I haven't yet gone down to 100m(!), it has happily survived the odd splash, and being placed under a tap for test purposes.
- I'm sure the ease of reading the time at a quick glance will differ between various colour combinations. The black face with white hands approach however, makes it remarkably easy to complete this task. A quick glance and you instantly know the time - very impressive.
- If you have tiny wrists, a bulky watch may look a little strange. Make sure you completely understand the dimensions of this watch, prior to purchase. I'm used to wearing a Casio G-Shock Aviator, so big watches aren't an issue. This watch (minus its crown and buttons) is almost exactly the same size as the Aviator.
- The comfort whilst wearing this watch means that I often forget I'm wearing it, which is exactly what you want.
- In a little over a week's use, the watch hasn't seemed to lose a single second (when compared to my self-correcting Aviator), so no issues there either.
- The watch looks great no matter how you're dressed; smart casual, casual casual, or smart smart - and yes, I may have just made some of those up, but you get my meaning! It goes with pretty much everything. Obviously, your choice of watch colour will dictate just how well it looks with various outfits, but the black face with black strap looks marvellous with everything I've worn so far.

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---- CONCLUSION ----

From opening up the display case for the very first time, to taking the watch off at the end of the first day, the Swiss Legend Scubador was, and continues to be, an absolute delight to wear and own.
I have no issues with recommending the Scubador to anyone who is thinking of buying one.
An easy five stars.

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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes.

PROS:
✓ Presentation box
✓ Very comfortable/soft strap
✓ Extremely easy to read, even at a glance
✓ Holds time nicely
✓ Genuine leather
✓ Contrast stitching
✓ Stand-out design features across the entire watch
✓ Rotating bezel
✓ Swiss made chronograph movement
✓ Stopwatch
✓ Date feature

CONS:
✗ None

NB:
- It's not the smallest watch you'll ever own, so be aware of the dimensions prior to purchase to avoid disappointment

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Spigen Neo Hybrid Metal Cover Case for iPhone 6 Plus - Red
Spigen Neo Hybrid Metal Cover Case for iPhone 6 Plus - Red
Offered by Keep in Case
Price: £17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful..., 23 Mar. 2015
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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*** There are numerous cases being sold on this one page, so look carefully underneath the reviewer's name, to see exactly which one they're talking about. My review covers the "Neo Hybrid Metal - Metal Red", but will also apply to any of the other "Neo Hybrid Metal" cases of different colours ***

---- INITIAL IMPRESSIONS ----

It looks the business.
I love the cold metal straight out of the package.
Colours are as shown on the product images.
A great start.

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---- GETTING DRESSED / UNDRESSED ----

Placing the phone in and out of the case for the first few days is a living nightmare. It's stiff beyond belief, to the point that I thought either the phone or case were going to break/bend! Needless to say, neither did.

The phone is placed into the black case (without the red metal part on), and this is the easy bit as it goes in just like any other soft case.
Now comes the tough part. Push the red metal part onto one corner of the black case, and then finish the other corners one at a time. Be aware that at the beginning, you are going to have to use a decent amount of force!

To remove the case, just push one corner back, away from the phone, and then do the same with the other corners, one at a time. This is easier than putting the case on, but was still extremely stiff to begin with.

With all of this said, I think having a phone in for a day or two loosens everything up, and it's now extremely easy to put it on and take it off - so in the long run, this initial stiffness certainly isn't something that should put you off the case - just something to be aware of.

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---- ACCESS / PORTS ----

With the phone in the case properly, you have access to the following:
- Sleep/wake button (built in button, extremely easy to use)
- Volume buttons (built in buttons, extremely easy to use)
- Silent/ringer switch (direct access, you have to get your finger in there a bit, but it's pretty easy)
- All three features on the bottom of the phone (direct, unimpeded access)
- Camera (direct access to both cameras - pictures remain completely unaffected)

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---- IN USE ----

With your phone in this case, the first thing it will do is attract comments. The build, the colour, the contrast in materials, all come together to create a truly unique looking case.

When your phone has been on a desk for a while, the sensation of picking up the cold metal outer ring is akin to picking up a cold metal iPhone, just on a smaller scale - much nicer than grabbing an all-plastic case.

The rear of the phone is a mixture of smooth and textured plastic. I hesitate to use the word `plastic', as it has such negative connotations. This looks and feels brilliant - very top notch.
On the rear of the phone, there is also a circular cutout to showoff the Apple logo.

The edges of the metal ring are `dia-cut'. A very similar look and feel to the edges of the iPhone 5S. It's a premium approach to a phone case that I've never seen before.

There is enough of a lip on the front of the case, to allow the phone to be placed face-down on a table, and not have the screen touch the surface.

I own many cases for my iPhone, but for the past couple of weeks, this one has rarely been taken off. That is a testament to the phone's overall design, build quality, look and feel.

I'd be fairly happy to drop this phone from a normal holding height onto a carpeted surface. Any higher, or onto a hard surface, and I'd certainly be wincing. This phone wasn't built for drop-protection however, so no real marks away from the case for that.

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---- CONCLUSION ----

It looks the business.
It looks better than pretty much any other case on the market today.
It's being sold at a very fair price point.

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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes, without hesitation.

PROS:
✓ Beautifully presented
✓ High-quality materials
✓ Level of craftsmanship and design
✓ Ease of use
✓ Access to controls
✓ Doesn't add too much weight

CONS:
✗ Extremely hard to put on and take off in the first day or two (it eases up after that, becoming very simple but still secure, so it won't be losing any marks for it)

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Thermodo Black - Thermometer for mobile devices (iPhone, iPad and Android compatible)
Thermodo Black - Thermometer for mobile devices (iPhone, iPad and Android compatible)
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: £34.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It’s getting hot in here..., 23 Mar. 2015
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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—— INITIAL IMPRESSIONS ——

Simple, minimalistic packaging hides a powerful and good looking device.
There are two versions of the Thermodo; black, and premium.
The black is made from aluminium with a “midnight automotive grade paint job and a hand stamped logo”.
The premium is made from "anodised aluminium with an electrode erosion engraved Thermodo and Robocat logo”.

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—— IN USE ——

The Thermodo comes in two pieces that clip together to form one. It stays on your keyring, ready to be used when you need it. A quick pull, and the important bit comes away from your keys, leaving the housing still safely attached to your keyring.
The bit that comes apart, then plugs into the headphone jack of your phone (I’ve been using mine with an iPhone 6 Plus). You can then download the free Thermodo app, and you’ve got all you need to start monitoring the temperature wherever you are.

In the month or so that I’ve been using it, it has appeared to be extremely accurate, and coincides with other devices I’ve tested it near.
There are things that can interfere with its accuracy however:
- Human heat (if you’re holding it, and then expect it to suddenly give a perfectly accurate reading, you’re going to be disappointed. Transferring heat from your hand to the Thermodo happens almost instantly, however it takes the device a little while longer to lose it).
- Contact with other surfaces (I tend to have my phone near the edge of a desk or worktop, with the Thermodo hanging off, so it’s not touching anything).
- Heat from your phone (the company sells an optional extension cable (I happened to have a random audio extension cable lying around, and it works with that perfectly) that brings the Thermodo away from your phone, that can only help with the accuracy of the reading. The app also contains the option to adjust the reading based on your phone’s temperature).

The Thermodo protrudes from your headphone port around 1.3cm, so very compact. This adds to its already attractive design to create a very attractive piece of tech.

The only real negative I can find for the Thermodo itself, is that it doesn’t play well with any of the cases I have for my iPhone 6 Plus. So whenever I wish to test the temperature, I need to take the case off. Not a deal breaker, but certainly worth noting.

A few notes regarding the app:
- It’s designed in a way that makes tracking temperature over a period of time very simple (you don’t just insert the Thermodo, get a temperature of that specific moment, and the app shuts down)
- During a reading, you get the following information on the main screen; the current temperature; an indicator arrow showing if the temperature is on the rise, or falling; your location (in text); a lovely flowing wavy line to indicate the changes in temperate; acknowledgement of how long this test cycle has been running (it can last for as long as your phone has battery); the low, medium and high readings or your current cycle and a background indication shown in graph form of the overall temperature changes in the past 15-20mins of so. That sounds like a lot to take in, but it’s all presented in an easy to understand and clean format, making readings extremely simple.
- You also have the option to add a photo (either during or after a reading), which will be assigned to that specific reading. This makes it easy to see where and in what circumstances the reading took place. A nice addition to the app would be to allow you to add a brief set of notes to each reading if you wished.
- You can also review any past temperature readings. This shows you the same information as before, but allows you to drag your finger along the screen to easily select a time during the test. This was you can easily see at what times certain temperature changes happened. I love this feature. it means that you can leave your Thermodo reading the temperature throughout the night, and then see at exactly what times (to the second) it changed.
- Whilst reviewing past results, you can share them via text (SMS), email or any social media outlet you like.
- You can also get these results in a map view. This enables you to see where on a map your readings have taken place, and at a glance, compare temperatures of different areas.
- You can also see (also on the map view) where others have taken readings, and what their results were.
- Within the settings for the app, you can change between C and F and compensate for device heat. There are other options, such as whether or not you want the indicator arrows to show, but these are all largely cosmetic changes.

Much like the actual Thermodo itself, the app is extremely clean, and very user friendly.

I’ve tested it out, and even though there is something plugged into my headphone port, my 6 Plus still behaves as if there wasn’t, in terms of notifications. It will still ring when you get a call, and still shout at you when you get an email for example - that’s a very important feature, that if it hadn’t worked, or hadn’t existed, would have ruined the Thermodo in my opinion; but as it is, it’s great!

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—— CONCLUSION ——

This is an extremely powerful bit of kit, that when teamed up with the free and extremely clean/user friendly app, creates a partnership that is hard to beat when it comes to this specific task.
Whether you’re looking to measure the temperature over just a few minutes, or many, many hours, this is the device for you.
The only downside, is that I have to remove my iPhone 6 Plus from its case to get a measurement, as the Thermodo won’t fit past any cases I have - and I have about 20! For this reason, one star is lost.

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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes.

PROS:
✓ Minimalistic design
✓ Materials used
✓ Clean and user-friendly app experience
✓ Accurate

CONS:
✗ I need to take the case off my iPhone 6 Plus before measurement (not a huge issue, but I’m lazy!)

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AGPtek 200*45CM Chalk Board Blackboard Removable Wall Sticker Decal - Self-adhesive and Water Resistant
AGPtek 200*45CM Chalk Board Blackboard Removable Wall Sticker Decal - Self-adhesive and Water Resistant

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4.0 out of 5 stars Turn almost any surface into a blackboard..., 22 Mar. 2015
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DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.
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—— WHAT’S IN THE BOX? ——

- Adhesive blackboard (200cm x 45cm)
- 5 x Chalks (2x white, 1x pink, 1x blue, 1x yellow)

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—— INITIAL IMPRESSIONS ——

The blackboard is a flexible paper thin material. It has a smooth, plastic finish on one side and adhesive on the other. It is easy to cut to the size you want with scissors, the peel off backing paper is marked with lines to help you cut straight.

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—— IN USE ——

I tried the blackboard on a number of surfaces to see how well it stuck. It stuck well to smooth surfaces such as painted woods and plastics. It didn’t stick however to unpainted wood. I tried sticking it to a painted door with tiny ridges to give wood grain finish. As the blackboard is so thin, the wooden grain came through as the chalk was used. It stuck well though. The instructions don’t specifically say if the blackboard should be used outside, I’ve made a small blackboard outside and will update this review if it starts to fall off.
Using the blackboard with chalks is just as you would expect, they write on just like a normal blackboard. You don’t however get the irritating squeaky sound when using it that you do with a standard blackboard. I was brave enough to run my nails down the board; silence. A traditional blackboard rubber doesn’t remove the chalk, you need to use a damp cloth as stated in the instructions. After cleaning, the board dried quickly.

After some use, I have found a few negatives with the product:
- Although the adhesive sticks well, repeated rubbing of the board with a damp cloth (particularly over the edges) did cause one of the corners to lift off. Once it started to peel, the section did not stick back, I needed to cut the board a bit shorter to repair it.
- Because the board is so thin, it is easy to go off the board and start drawing on the surface it is stuck to.

Both of these issues could be solved by putting a wooden frame around the outside of the board, this would protect the edges from lifting and stop excited children from missing the board.

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An easy to use adhesive blackboard that will stick to most surfaces.

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Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes.

PROS:
✓ Easy to install
✓ Works like a normal blackboard

CONS:
✗ The corners may peel off if not carefully cleaned with a damp cloth

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