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Jabra Elite Sport Review - Apple AirPod Alternative?

Jabra Elite Sport Review

Love music? Love sport? This pair of wireless earphones by Jabra offer a range of different features to make your music experience even better. The idea of wireless has been advancing rapidly in recent years, and since the release of the Apple AirPods many companies have been jumping on the bandwagon and manufacturing their own alternatives. 

To start these wireless earphone come in at £229.99, approximately $300 so in comparison to the Apple AirPods priced at £159 these are quite a pricey alternative. However, the Jabra Elite Sport offer a range of different features that stand them apart from the AirPods, making this product more suited for the fitness enthusiast. Features include an in-ear heart rate monitor which is very precise offering very accurate readings and a very clever use of a companion application that allows you to plan workouts, allow with monitoring them as you go. 

Jabra Elite Sport Review

Compared to an average pair of wired earphones this wireless pair are quite chunky in the ear, however due to this size and design they do fit very comfortably and after a while you don't even feel they are there. I have never been the biggest fan of the 'gummy' types earphone, as I always find them to become slightly painful after wearing them for long periods of time, therefore I prefer Apple's EarPods alternatives, however with this AirPods alternative comes with three different sizes of EarWings and EarGels allowing you to really customise the feel and fit of your earphones. Also the EarGels provided come in two forms, silicone and foam providing the user with varied levels of customisation.

Since we are becoming more and more reliant on technology, battery life is a must for technology enthusiast like me, and with this pair of earphones they give you up to 13.5 hours of charge, which I haven't been able to fully reach, however I would say that they would easily stand up to an adequate amount of use from an average user.

Jabra Elite Sport Review

The case allows two additional charges to the wireless earphones which can extend their battery life for another six hours of playback. A very good feature about the Elite Sport's is that they support fast charging therefore 15 minutes of charge will give you an hours worth of playback. The case is charged though a micro-usb and does support charging through portable charges. 

The quality of audio from these small earphones is very good, it hits high notes really well and has all-round audio functionality, however if I could improve one thing that would be the base. Slight tweaks in the low levels would make these earphone pack and even bigger punch, and would defiantly make them a rival contender with Apple.

Jabra Elite Sport Review

Another feature that was brilliant, was the fact that if you have accidentally misplaced a wireless earphone then using the companion app, you can locate them using the built in GPS in the earphones. This makes the common concern of losing wireless earphones less worrying as you know that you can always locate them. 

Personally, I would really recommend the Jabra Elite Sport wireless earphones, however I do feel that a slight reduction in the price would allow them to really compete against the Apple AirPods. They are a brilliant all-rounder with some very neat features. 



You can buy the Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Earphones from any of the retailers below:

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If you are interested in any other Jabra products, check out our review of the Jabra Halo Smart Earphones:

Jabra Halo Smart

Top 5 Smart Home Tech - Smart Speakers, Smart Plugs etc.



Smart home technology can come at a price, but it doesn't have to be expensive, as you can pick and choose between the growing range of products available on the market.

Even on a budget you can kit an ordinary home out and make it smarter, so these top five smart home tech gadgets are all priced under £100.


Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

This small, compact product by Amazon allows you to connect to the Alexa Voice Service, which is a remote assistant, where they can ask questions, play music and toggle other smart home devices.

With this device you are able to take advantage of the various connect music services such as Spotify, TuneIn and Amazon Music. Also you have the ability to connect speakers or headphones via Bluetooth, along with the ability to connect other devices using 3.5mm audio jack.


The Amazon Echo Dot can connect to any existing smart home devices the have already been installed allowing you to control lights, curtains and much, much more.

Amazon Echo Dot - Tesco

Amazon Echo Dot - John Lewis

Amazon Echo Dot - Amazon

Amazon Echo Dot - Currys


TP-Link Smart LED Bulb

TP-Link Smart LED Bulb

Make your pad feel more homely with the Wi-fi controlled LED Bulb from TP-Link. Set the mood with a tap of a button, as you can control the colours emitted from the light bulb using an app on your smart phone. 

Smart bulbs tend to be the first smart home investment people make as they are readily available and also can seem a lot more affordable than other smart home products. 

In conjunction with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or just the app, you are able to set schedules, timers and countdowns so you can make the lights work around your life. 

TP-Link Smart LED Bulb - Currys

TP-Link Smart LED Bulb - Amazon



TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug

TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug

The TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug is one of the easiest smart home devices to set up, as there is no subscription services required to get it up and running. Once the device is plugged in, you have the ability to remotely turn devices, lights and much more on or off. This can be done via the Kasa App, or using a remote assistant, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home.

This device is brilliant for running your home on a schedule and appearing at home whilst you are away, giving you extra piece of mind.

TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug at Currys

TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug on Amazon

TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug at Hughes



Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell

Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell
The Ring Video Doorbell lets you monitor your home from anywhere in the world, and make sure that you never miss a visitor. The smart doorbell connects to your home internet connection and you can view the live video from the Ring app, which is available on both iOS and Android.

This device notifies you if anybody presses the button, or motion is detected. Also the Ring Video Doorbell allows you to have two-way communication with visitors, via the smart phone app.

Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell at Currys

Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell on Amazon

Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell at John Lewis

Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell at Tesco



Elgato Eve Indoor Room Sensor

Elgato Eve Indoor Room Sensor

Improve the comfort of your home with the Elgato Eve Indoor Room Sensor. This smart device monitors the temperature, air quality and humidity of your room. 

Another feature of this smart home device, is that it works with Apple's HomeKit, meaning that just like Amazon's Alexa you can ask Siri for information regarding this device.

Also due to the Elgato Eve running on three AA batteries, it means it is wireless so can be moved around the home with ease.

Elgato Eve Indoor Room Sensor on Amazon



All prices are correct as of Saturday 17th June
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Last Minute Father's Day Gifts

Father's Day Gift

With Father's Day fast approaching and another busy working week unfortunately, not all of us have unlimited time to search for the ideal present. In order to be able to cure the mounting pressure to find a last minute Father's Day gift, we have picked a few presents that might be just what you are looking for!

All of these gift have Amazon Prime delivery, therefore allowing you to buy these presents in time for Sunday 18th. Amazon Prime is a delivery service that allows you to get next-day delivery on thousands of products. Currently Amazon are offering a 30-day free trail, which you can sign up to here: http://amzn.to/2t1kpYv



St Peters Brewery Indian Pale Ale (IPA) Beer Kit


St Peters Brewery Indian Pale Ale (IPA) Beer Kit
Over 75% of men drink alcohol, so let your Dad take up a new hobby with this Indian pale ale beer brewing kit. The kit makes a total of 32 pints, so if you are lucky, you might even get to try some for yourself!

In the beer brewing kit, there are 2 tins of malt extract, 1 sachet of brewing yeast and 1 hop sachet, along with full instructions on how to brew your own brew!

St Peters Brewery Indian Pale Ale (IPA) Beer Kit, £26.02, Amazon



Tile Mate - Key Finder. Phone Finder. Anything Finder

Tile Mate

Is your Dad always losing something? If so then the Tile Mate will help them keep track of where their lost things are! The Tile Mate simply connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and as soon as anything is either lost, stolen or misplaced, then it can be located using the simple app. 

There is also no need to charge the Tile Mate as with it's one-year battery life, zero-charging in required to keep this small, handy device up and running.

Tile Mate - Key Finder. Phone Finder. Anything Finder, £22.95, Amazon



Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

With all of our parents getting older, we always try to make things easier for them, and with the Echo Dot by Amazon, you can do just that. The Echo Dot allows your Dad to communicate with the Amazon Alexa Service by which he can ask questions, commands and much more.

The Echo Dot can also play your Dad's favourite tunes from popular music streaming services and also set alarms and reminders. This small device can help any one of any age with everyday life.

Amazon Echo Dot, £44.99, Amazon




Nextbase 112 HD In-Car Dash Camera

Nextbase 112 HD In-Car Dash Camera

This compact dash cam, means that when your Dad is driving his journey is being recording, allowing him to have extra piece of mind in the event of any incidents on the road. 

The Nextbase 112 Dash Cam, records at 720p and also has 120° wide-angle view, so everything is captured. It has also been designed to be as simple as possible with a 2" bright LED screen and easy to use buttons.

Nextbase 112 HD In-Car Dash Camera, £38.95, Amazon



All prices correct of Thursday 15th June

Microsoft Xbox One X - Best games console?

Xbox One X

Around this time every year we hear about the latest and greatest news and releases from major companies in the electronic industry. Currently the most significant news that we are aware of is the announcement of Microsoft's new console, the Xbox One X.

Before E3, Microsoft referred to this console as 'Project Scorpio' which provided great anticipation and excitement to the gaming community, and since the reveal the reactions have been very positive. 

The name of the new console had various speculations after Microsoft trademarked a mysterious 'S' logo not long before the start of E3. Many gamers believed that this would confirm the 'Scorpio' branding of the console, but since the name has been revealed people are still unsure of the relationship of the 'S' logo and this console.

Microsoft have also announced that all Xbox One accessories will work with the new console, and it will also feature all Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles currently playable on current-gen console, as well as all Xbox One games.

Xbox One X Controller

This console has been compared against the power of Sony's Playstation 4 Pro, and to many gamer's excitement this new Xbox One X has proven to be more powerful. It will be capable of delivering 6 teraflops of graphical power, where as the PS4 Pro only delivers 4.2 teraflops.

The Xbox One X also offers a custom GPU that runs at 1172MHz, which is a dramatic increase over the Xbox One's 853MHz. In comparison with Sony's 911MHz the Xbox One X offers a much greater graphical speeds. 

Moreover, Microsoft are also shipping the new console with a 1TB of storage and an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive for 4K entertainment.

In connection with the release of the new console, numerous new games were also announced including Forza Motorsport 7 which will run at native 4K at 60fps. There are 22 console launch exclusives including Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves.

Amazon.co.uk are also a fan of gaming pre-orders as they are currently offering a £2 saving, which is applied at the checkout for various games. This offer is only available to Amazon Prime members, and if you want to cash-in on this saving, you can sign up to Amazon Prime here: http://amzn.to/2t1kpYv

Games such as Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft and Halo Wars 2, will all have a free update to make them compatible with 4K. 

The Xbox One X is set to be released November 7th worldwide, and is set to be priced at $499 and £449 in the UK.

Apple Announcement


So today marks the day that Apple have made a big announcement. They are changing products and also adding some products to their vast line-up of devices and accessories. 

Normally, Apple hold a big press conference to release all of this information, but this time they kept it much more low-key and stuck with a few updates on their website. 



iPad
Apple are now only going to be selling the iPad Mini, new 9.7 inch iPad or the 9.7 inch and 12.9 inch iPad Pro.

The new 9.7 inch iPad, carries a slightly thicker design, about the same as the original iPad Air, but boasts the A9 chip which is the same one as found in the iPhone 6s.

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RED iPhone 7
Apple are launching the RED iPhone 7 in both the 128GB and 256GB options, however they are removing the 64GB option. The iPhone 7 components and features are staying the same, but Apple will be making a contribution to HIV/AIDS with each purchase of this device.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Product RedApple



iPhone SE
Once again Apple are changing the storage capacity in their devices, and ditching both the 16GB and 64GB variations of their iPhone SE device, and replacing them with a 32GB and 128GB option.

iPhone SEApple



Clips App
Apple are also releasing a new app called Clips, which is a mixture between Snapchat and iMovie. This app allows you to be able to create photos and short videos to share with your friends.

Clips AppApple

Download the App here:




Apple Watch Bands
Apple are continuing to add to the Apple Watch accessory market by introducing a range of new watch straps and bands, including new Nike Sports and Apple Herm├Ęs Bands.

Apple Watch 2 Straps/BandsApple



iPhone Cases
Apple are also adding to their range silicone and leather cases by introducing three varieties of each. For the silicone option they include Azure, Camelia, and Pebble, whereas for the leather alternative the new colours include Berry, Taupe, and Pebble.

iPhone Silicone Case & iPhone Leather CaseApple



NOTE 7 Explained


Over the last few months Samsung have been in the news regarding the mishaps that occurred with the release of their Galaxy Note 7. When this device first came out, it had a very large following from people who were fans of it's previous generations, but then many users started coming across issues with their devices, putting others off.

These issues came in the form of overheating batteries, resulting in the devices catching alight and burning out. These reports soon got publicised by the media, and originally Samsung thought that this may just be the select few devices with issues, but the reports kept appearing.

This public attention resulted in a global recall for the Note 7 devices after they were deemed too unsafe for consumer use. Moreover the dangers caused by the Note 7 then resulted in many airline companies banning it from flights, causing a lot of inconvenience for many loyal Samsung users.

After this media uproar, Samsung issued a global recall for the device, resulting in investors wiping $19 billion off Samsung's value and a fall of 9 per cent in stock value, allowing Apple's stocks to rise by 2 per cent.

Today Samsung confirmed that the faults in the device was caused by a fauly battery, which has also slowed the release of the Note 8. Lets hope that Samsung finally sort out this issue.

Top 5 Apple iPhone Accessories



Nowadays there is such a vast variety of iPhone accessories on the market, and today I am going to be suggesting my top five. Most iPhone accessories are inexpensive and are great gifts for Apple device owners, but it is essential to pick the right ones! 

There seem to be two rough trends when it comes to the best accessories for your iPhone useful/quality, and cheap/pointless. This guide will prove to you that you do not need to spend a fortune to get something that will enhance your experience using your Apple device.  

This iPhone accessory allows you to charge any of your devices powered by a USB. If you are a commuter, traveller or just love using your iPhone, this external battery pack is a must! This allows you to charge an iPhone 7 6.5 times, and an iPhone 7 Plus 4.5 times. Therefore, for the small investment of £27.99 you can always rely on having power.



Ever been lost without a Lightning cable, well in the future you will not need to worry as you will always have a small, handy one on your keyring. The ChargeKey by Gadget Juice is a flexible, rugged 8cm Lightning charging cable.




Are you a keen photographer or Instagrammer, if yes then this smartphone tripod would allow you to excel your photography further. You iPhone simply clips into the top portion of the tripod, and then you can move the legs around to grip onto any surface, tree, lamp post or anything else to get that snap!




Ever wanted to share your favourite music or Spotify playlist with your friends? Then you need this iPhone accessory. This 5-Way Splitter allows five people to listen to the same track at once, perfect for groups of friends.




Fancy a USB car charger with a twist, well the Nonda Smart Car Charger not only charges your phone, it allows you to use an app to track where your car is. Now you will no longer need to be walking around the carpark for hours on end trying to find your ride.




Sony Xperia XZ Review

With a device that is set to compete against the LG G5 and Samsung's Galaxy S7, what can we expect? I am working with Vodafone to bring you a review of the Sony Xperia XZ, a sleek, powerful device.

Currently, the Sony Xperia XZ is retailing for £479.99 which is comparable to both its LG and Samsung rivals priced at £329.99 and £458.95 as of 17th January. I do feel that this device is worth this amount, but to make it an even value for money, I would like to see some unique features that other smartphone companies have not yet implemented into their devices.



Sony are renowned for packing cameras with very high megapixels, and powerful sensors into their devices, and they have not disappointed with the Xperia XZ. This devices comes with a 23-megapixel rear camera, and a 13-megapixel front camera perfect for all of those holiday selfies!


Here is an un-edited photograph taken on the 23-megapixel rear camera, and as you can see that quality is fantastic. Firstly, the image is very sharp, allowing you to see all of the details of the grains of wood on the bird box. Moreover, one interesting feature about the camera app on this device is that it allows you to be able to manually change the settings such as the focus, shutter speed and the white balance. Additionally, this device allows ISO of up to 12,800, making it fantastic to capture images and video in low light environments. On to the note of video, the XZ records 4K video, meaning that you can create stunning pieces of art.

In combination with the XZ's camera quality, you are going to need quite a large amount of space to store all of the photographs and video, and this is helped by the 32GB of internal storage, cupeled with a up to 256GB extendable storage in the form of a micro SD card. In addition, the Xperia XZ is charged through a USB-C connector, allowing for very fast transfer speeds between the XZ and your device. The use of the USB-C also allows for quick charging of the 2900 mAh battery. I have found through testing that this battery can easily last up to four days if the device is sat idle, just receiving slow notifications, and will last approximately a day on a full charge.

One thing that I have noticed particularly whilst testing out the Sony Xperia XZ, and that is the speed that it runs at. With a Snapdragon 820 processor and 3GB RAM, this device allows you to seamlessly run multiple apps, as well as recording videos effortlessly.

And finally, you can view all of this from the crystal clear images, to the numerous games and apps on a 5.2 inch full HD display, meaning that you will be able to see every bit of detail thanks to this generous display. 

The Sony Xperia XZ is available from the following retailers.

Amazon    Vodafone    PC World 

Thank you to Vodafone for sending me out this device to review. 
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