An iPhone / Apple Watch / AirPods charging stand that is cheaper than one MagSafe charger

The (deep breath) Magnetic Wireless Charger Stand, 3 in 1 Magsafe 18W Fast Charging Station with QC3.0 Adapter for Apple iPhone13/12,13/12Pro,13/12Pro Max,13/12Mini,AirPods 2/pro,iWatch 6/ SE/5/4/3/2 is currently available in the UK on Amazon for £28.89. The HiRise 3 Wireless Charging Stand from Twelve South is $99.99 and by all accounts doesn’t work as it should … Continue reading An iPhone / Apple Watch / AirPods charging stand that is cheaper than one MagSafe charger

Hamilton Khaki Field Auto / Garmin Vivosmart 5 / iOS 16

The Hamilton Khaki Automatic is, to me, the quintessential watch. I owned one when I first got into watch for approximately 1 hour. A purchase from eBay, but alas the one I bought was way out and lost over 10 minutes a day. The seller was nice, but he had no other stock and so … Continue reading Hamilton Khaki Field Auto / Garmin Vivosmart 5 / iOS 16

The Garmin epix (gen 2) is the fenix from the flames

The new Garmin epix is effectively a Garmin fenix 7, but with an AMOLED display. There are subtle differences between the two (flashlight, size and power options, price etc) and for most people it will be hard to decide which is the right model to purchase. Those who really do need a Garmin fitness watch … Continue reading The Garmin epix (gen 2) is the fenix from the flames

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 review

You can buy the Smart Band 6 for £33.99 at this time on Amazon, but the price does vary somewhat. It can drop below £30 or nudge up a little, but wither way we are talking about a budget tracker here. For that money you get the following (my summings up are in the brackets)- … Continue reading Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 review

Samsung Galaxy (Note 22☺) S22 Ultra 5G First Thoughts

(In case of variances – UK model – Black – 512gb/12GB – Dual sim – direct from Samsung) Been a while since I reviewed anything – but since it’s arrived 2 days before official launch day, it’d be rude not to give some initial impressions (clearly they’re more relaxed than Apple about launch day protocols). … Continue reading Samsung Galaxy (Note 22☺) S22 Ultra 5G First Thoughts

The Fitbit Charge 5 is good, but inconsistent

So far I must say that the Fitbit Charge 5 is a decent fitness tracker in terms of the hardware design. The screen is responsive which is unusual for Fitbit devices and also visible, in a good way, in most lighting conditions. It also sits well on the wrist meaning that it can be worn … Continue reading The Fitbit Charge 5 is good, but inconsistent

Testing the Fitbit Charge 5: not the best of starts

I have been testing the Fitbit Charge 5 and after 1 day I am already struggling. My experience with Fitbit has note historically been one where I have a lot of faith in the hardware, but this is a strange start. See above and you will see the battery at 68% in the Fitbit app … Continue reading Testing the Fitbit Charge 5: not the best of starts

Is the Kindle Paperwhite 2021 (11th generation) worth the money?

Yes. Yes it is. The new Paperwhite does look and feel like the previous Paperwhite, and the one before that and so on. A Kindle, however, does not need to surprise with amazing new features and clever tricks because to do so would be to negate what they are design to be, which is to … Continue reading Is the Kindle Paperwhite 2021 (11th generation) worth the money?

On Cloudflow (Rust | Eclipse) review

Developed with elite athletes, the third-gen Cloudflow can do it all and is faster than ever. The explosive Speedboard® loads every stride with spring-like energy. It’s engineered for high speeds and maximum comfort whether you’re crushing a 5K or a marathon. It sounds impressive doesn’t it, but then again this kind of technology speak is … Continue reading On Cloudflow (Rust | Eclipse) review

JABRA Elite 45h Wireless Bluetooth Headphones review

It is hard to believe that headphones which cost £70 could be in any way comparable to the competition which often cost a lot more. From the SENNHEISER HD 450BT (£150) to the BOSE Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 (£300) to the SONY WH-H910 (£150) it can be difficult to know what represents good value … Continue reading JABRA Elite 45h Wireless Bluetooth Headphones review

One month with the iPhone 13 Pro

It’s been a month and the latest and greatest iPhone has, as every other year, fallen into my daily life as expected. The camera has proved to be a big bonus on days out, and surprisingly the ability to capture and copy text via the camera has been used often, but overall I am using … Continue reading One month with the iPhone 13 Pro

The Mystery Hour Board Game review: it could save your Christmas

I listen to James O’Brien on LBC most days and truth be told he has really helped me through the pandemic while I have had to work from home. It helps that my leanings in politics, culture and seemingly in most areas seem to align with his, and in my opinion these leanings are to … Continue reading The Mystery Hour Board Game review: it could save your Christmas

Smartwatch Wars: The fenix 6 Pro finally beat the Apple Watch

I wrote three articles (part one, two and three) about the Apple Watch and its competitors and at the time I found myself sticking with the Apple Watch for a variety of reasons. It became clear to me that the Apple Watch was functionally easier to use and much more flexible in terms of apps … Continue reading Smartwatch Wars: The fenix 6 Pro finally beat the Apple Watch

The Garmin fenix 6 Pro: a watch should just be worn

I have been playing with a Garmin fenix 6 Pro for the past week and by pure accident my view of Garmin has completely changed since my previous experience with the fenix 5. There was never any intention to use it seriously or to keep it for any period of time, but the good bits … Continue reading The Garmin fenix 6 Pro: a watch should just be worn

iPhone 13 Pro: day 3

A couple of observations for day 3. The sound!!! I mean the speaker when playing a podcast or music without headphones. It is markedly louder than the 11 Pro I had before and now useful in many more situations than previously. It is also clearer and capable of dealing with bass and high notes at … Continue reading iPhone 13 Pro: day 3

iPhone 13 Pro: day 1

I didn’t expect to buy the iPhone 13 Pro. It offers little above my 11 Pro apart from the camera features, but things changed quickly. My wife and I were discussing her iPhone X and my daughter’s iPhone 8 and eventually we decided that it was worth the cost for the benefits we would get. … Continue reading iPhone 13 Pro: day 1

URBAN ARMOR GEAR Active Apple Watch strap review

“High strength materials work together to provide the peace of mind you need to take your Apple Watch along on your most rigorous activities.” There is no doubt that this is a high strength strap. It feels particularly solid in almost every area and there is a sense of rigidity to the form, perhaps too … Continue reading URBAN ARMOR GEAR Active Apple Watch strap review

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