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21st November 2017

 

Top Picks For Gift Ideas 2017

 

 

 

 

1.       Fujifilm SQ10

Designed with Instagram in mind, the Fujifilm SQ10 arguably one of the most useful gadget you could get for the upcoming holiday season. With an easy way to upload and capture your Instagram moments, it’s not only easier to share but everybody gets to keep a memory with the inbuilt printer in the camera.

 

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2.       Zhiyun-Tech Smooth-Q Smartphone Gimbal

Ever wondered how to take deliciously smooth videos without breaking the bank? The Smooth Q is an affordable option for all the aspiring videographers everywhere. With a dedicated app that has all sorts of functionality from “Follow” to manually adjusting the pitch of your phone, the Zhuyin Smooth Q is a sure gift to get for anybody who likes taking video on their phone.

 

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3.       Google WIFI

Touted as the most intelligent WIFI router on the market, Google WIFI intelligently optimises your network to best fit your home. No longer do you have to fiddle around with setup assistants or with placement to get the best coverage. Google WIFI does all of that with an easy to follow app.

 

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4.      Apple iPad 9.7 (2017)

If you want some of the features of the iPad Pro but without the price hike, then the iPad 9.7” 2017 is the best tablet for you this coming season. Although it doesn’t have the ProMotion display or the latest A10X, it’s still blazingly fast for everyday tasks. From playing games to doing some light editing on the run, the iPad 9.7” is still a serious contender amongst tablets.

 

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5.       Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

The Dyson Supersonic is the latest innovation from the British tech company. With an emphasis on the weight and the intelligent technology that built into the dryer to prevent overheating your hair. It’s a must have for people loves having a dry and fluffy head of hair after a shower.

 

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6.       JBL Pulse 3

Bound to be a conversation starter, the JBL Pulse features a stunning glossy design with lights running down the length of the speaker as they hum along to the song. Coupled with the 360-degree speakers, the Pulse 3 ensures everybody around gets to jam out! Add a little feeling to your party with this awesome speaker.

 

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7.       JBL Flip 4

If pure sheer music awesomeness is your thing, then the JBL Flip 4 is the one for you. With the classic JBL design, the Flip is the less glitzy version of the Pulse 3. Coupled with the durable and portables design, it’s almost like having a live band in your pocket. Even though it doesn’t have the cool lights, the hair raising bass, and steady thump of your favourite song is bound to awe anybody in the same room.

 

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8.       Huawei P10 Lite

Good phones are getting cheap. And cheap phones are getting good.” - Marques Brownlee

 

The Huawei P10 Lite is no exception to the rule. With a premium glass build and frankly in our opinion one of the most stunning colourway line up in 2017; the quality of the phone far exceeds what could be expected from a mid-ranged price tag. Coupled with the feature rich EMUI running on Android 7.0 and the blazingly fast new CPU designed and made by Huawei, the phone chews through anything thrown at it. A sure must have for anybody looking for an affordable option in the world of expensive flagships.

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9.       DJI Mavic Pro

Have you ever wanted your own drone? The Mavic Pro features an excellent camera in a far more portable size than any of its predecessors. It’s a perfect entry level drone for anybody looking to get into the hobby.

 

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10.   Samsung Gear Sport

Even though there are a lot of wearables on the market, it’s not every day that a fitness first watch hits the market. The Samsung Gear Sport features swim tracking and the upgraded internals from the Gear S3. With some of the best smart watch tech, it’s a steal for the amount of features you get.

 

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19th October 2017

Hands on Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

 

One of the hottest gadgets to come out this year is of course the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. With the familiar smoothly curved body of last year’s Note 7, the Note 8 retains the same amazing design language albeit with a few noticeable upgrades. First of all is of course the dual camera system. With many manufacturers coming out with their own method of managing two cameras, the Galaxy Note 8 has opted for the “zoom” implementation. With the zoom lens, you are now able to zoom and take surprisingly stable shots (thanks to the OIS on both cameras) and a new Portrait Mode-like functionality called Live Focus. However, this is just one of the many upgrades that Samsung has brought to the Note 8. Here are some of the other features that we feel that deserves a special mention.

 

The Infinity Display

This year like for the rest of their flagships, Samsung has opted to upgrade the Note line-up with the new aspect ratio found in the Galaxy S8 series. With the Infinity Display (as awarded the best smartphone screen in our 2017 flagship comparison) covering the front of the phone and the bezels melting to what seems like thin air. The AMOLED display is true work of art. Known for their eye popping colours and the market leading contrast ratios, Samsung’s displays are known for their outstanding quality and accuracy. Now the Note 8 further improves on that by making their display brighter and more accurate than ever.
With a whopping 1240 nits or 75% brighter than the iPhone 7 display, the increased brightness makes images and text easier to read in direct sunlight. Furthermore, the Note 8 is also able to push the display to very low brightness levels, sending the display only down to 2 nits, making it more comfortable to use at night or in the dark.  

 

Water Resistance

Another huge bonus for most people out there is the IP rating. For those who don’t know what it is, the IP rating stands for how “sealed” a phone is. For instance, the iPhone X is IP 67 rated while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is rated at an IP 68 Certification, meaning that it is both dustproof and submergible underwater for 30 minutes.
It might not sound like much but for those rare accidents where something does spill on your phone, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief when it comes out just a little bit stickier. Best of all, it does it with the headphone jack still there.

 

Battery and Charging

Battery life has always been a strong point for Samsung phones in the past. With all the new power saving features of Samsung Experience and the improvements in battery technology, the Note 8 is now able to last you longer in both day to day use and in the general lifespan of the phone. With a 3,400 mAh battery, the Note 8 can comfortably last heavy users for a full work day and even light users for more than a day. Samsung also promises that the battery will not lose its capacity as quickly as previous generations, making your investment last a lot longer.

However, if the battery doesn’t cut it for you, you can top it up quickly with Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charge. With Adaptive Fast Charge, you’ll be able to top up your Note 8 for a day’s use in 45 minutes. Did I mention that there’s wireless fast charge as well?

 

Samsung Experience and S-Pen

With all these new features, how is the software experience on the phone? Although previously, Touchwiz UX has always been on the slow side, Android Nougat has really breathed new life into Samsung devices. With further optimisations brought on by Samsung, the new “Samsung Experience” on Android 7.1.1 is something truly special. Buttery smooth and packed with features such as Live Focus in the camera, animated messages, Edge UX and of course the S-Pen optimisations. The S-Pen brings an unapparelled stylus experience to phones, with an almost ridiculous amount of pressure levels and Note specific productivity tweaks such as Live Messages and Screen-Off Memo. Every feature brings something new to the Note line-up, giving it a balance of productivity and fun to the device!

 

Accessories

To make your Note 8 experience a little more awesome, we have compiled a list of the must have accessories for your new Galaxy Note 8.

1.       Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Clear View Cases

– Frankly one of the prettiest cases out there; the Clear View case keeps your new phone free from scratches while still showing notifications on the front of the case. It’s the perfect balance between utility and aesthetics. 

2.       Gear 360 (handheld version)

– Film your own 360-degree videos with the Gear 360. Start vlogging 360 style or use the panorama to capture the moment in stunning clarity.

3.       Gear VR (Note 8 edition)

– After filming your videos on the Gear 360, you gotta play it back somehow! Immerse yourself in VR with the all new Gear VR for the Galaxy Note 8 and enjoy videos in your own virtual cinema.

4.       DEX Station

-  Have you wanted to seamlessly transform your phone into a full-fledged PC? Well with the DEX station, you’ll be able to use your Note 8 as a productivity monster! Turning your phone into a desktop experience, you’ll marvel at how easy and convenient it is to convert your phone to your workstation.

5.       Wireless Adaptive Fast Charge pad (Out of Stock)

– Wirelessly charge your phone with the Adaptive Fast Charge Pad. Now faster than the previous generation, you’ll be able to top your phone up quickly and do it all wire free.

6.       SD cards

– What’s the point of having the gorgeous Infinity Display if you’re only going to load up a couple TV shows for it? Watch all your movies and shows in stunning 4K, all stored in your 256 GB SD card.

7.       Screen Protectors

– Protect your phone with a screen protector. Coupled with the Clear View Case. It’ll protect your new Note 8 from most scratches and drops. 

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19th September 2017

DJI Mavic Pro  VS  DJI Spark

 

 

Price

Let’s get the most obvious point out of the way first. The Spark will run you around £350 to £380 and the Fly More combo (we will discuss this further later) will run you £530 to £560. However, the Mavic Pro will take the price to £790 to £830, almost double the DJI Spark. The Fly More combo will cost £980 to £1020.

 

Advantages of the Spark

1.       Size

One of the best and most obvious features of the Spark is the small size. While it is flying, it takes very little space and can fit in tight areas. Due to its small size and weight, the drone is also more quieter and much more discreet. Being so small, the Spark is easy to take around and can fit into smaller bags.

2.       Convenience

Besides being so small, the Mavic can also be flown without a dedicated DJI controller. You can fly the little drone off your phone. This means that you don’t even need to lug your controller around. Even without a phone, the Mavic has basic gesture controls allowing you to control the drone to move, take a selfie and even return to your hand to land.

3.       Newer features

The Spark is a newer drone from DJI. This comes with its perks as it has some software features that is not currently on the Mavic Pro. Two of these features are, ShallowFocus and new Pano (panoramic) modes. The ShallowFocus feature allows you to take photos which a much more shallow depth of field, giving a blurry background and focused subject. The new Pano modes will help to create much larger and detailed panoramic photos.

 

Advantages of the Mavic Pro

 

1.       Size

Wait, what? Size is the advantage of the Spark, is it not? Yes. The spark is smaller, especially when the drone is ready to fly. However, the Mavic Pro has folding arms which, when transporting or in storage, makes it not that much larger than the Spark. Therefore, if storage or carry-on space is concerned, the Mavic Pro is not at that big of a disadvantage. Furthermore, even though it may be larger, with better obstacle detection in terms of being able to detect smaller and further away obstacles, this allows it to also travel through tight spaces as well.

2.       Professional

It is no doubt that the Mavic Pro is a professional level drone. With the need of a dedicated, and better controller (if you buy the Fly More combo for the Spark) which also has a better operation range. The Mavic Pro can steer and navigate far more nimbly than the Spark. If you need accuracy and precision in your shot, the Mavic Pro will do this better and more reliably than the Spark.

3.       Faster Speed and Battery life

If you don’t think drone speed is important, chances are you may be content with the Spark’s 31MPH as most likely you won’t need to be chasing anything that fast with this drone. However. the Mavic Pro can go up to speeds of 40MPH rendering it better at chasing, say a moving car. It is also important to note, if you need to activate obstacle avoidance, the drone’s speed will fall to 22MPH and 7MPH respectively.

The battery life is also better on the Mavic Pro with advertised fly time of 27 minutes and 16 minutes for the Spark. In our tests, we got flight times of approximately 23 minutes and 12-13 minutes.

 

4.       Video Quality

Last and to many, the most important is the 4k video quality of the Mavic Pro. This is a big step up from the 1080p sensor of the Spark. Although the Spark’s video quality is great, if you push the little fellow to the limit and want to have more flexibility in post-production, it will not fair well. With so much more resolution, the Mavic Pro will capture more detail.

The Mavic Pro also has a 3axis Gimbal as opposed to the 2axis Gimbal of the Spark. Meaning you will get smoother video on the Mavic Pro.

We would like stress that the Spark, in non-windy and regular conditions, still produces an amazing video quality.

 

Fly More Combo

The Fly More combo is necessary if you plan to fly your drone for extended periods of time. With the short battery life of drones, the extra batteries in the kit will allow you to extend your flight sessions. To charge these extra batteries, the battery charging hub is also vital. Furthermore, the extra propellers are important as you cannot fly these drones if you break all your spares. Both kits will also come with a nice carry case. One big difference however, is that the Fly More combo for the Spark will come with the controller that is not included with the drone.

 

DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Spark

Video Resolution

4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p

1920x1080 30p

Gimbal

3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)

2-axis (pitch, roll)

Battery Life (advertised)

27 minutes

16 minutes

Max Speed

40mph (65kph)

31 mph (50kph)

Fly More Combo

- Battery Charging Hub

- 2 Spare Batteries (3 total)

- 1 Extra Set of Propellers (10 propellers in total)

- Extra Bag

- Remote Controller

- Battery Charging Hub

- 1 Spare battery (2 total)

- 1 Extra Set of Propellers (8 propellers in total)

- Propeller guards

- Extra Bag

 

Conclusion

Both DJI drones are compelling devices. If after reading all the pros and cons above, you are still unsure, I would suggest going with the DJI Spark. The Spark is a cheaper and simpler entry into the drone world. If you do not have any specific expectations of a drone, the Spark’s video quality and user-friendliness will satisfy all newcomers. If you are also extra tight on space and would like the most compact drone, the also go with the Spark.

The Mavic Pro on the other hand, is for intermediate and even professional users. With its speed, and amazing 4k sensor, the Mavic is a content creator’s dream. It packs many professional features into a package only slightly smaller than the Spark when folded up.

21st August 2017

What is the best flagship phone right now?

 

Huawei P10 Plus

HTC U11

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Samsung Galaxy S8+

LG G6

Announced

2017, February

2017, May

2017, February

2017, March

2017, February

Dimensions

153.5 x 74.2 x 7 mm

153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm

156 x 77 x 7.9 mm

159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm

148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

165 g (5.82 oz)

169 g (5.96 oz)

195 g (6.88 oz)

173 g (6.10 oz)

163 g (5.75 oz)

Water Resistance

- Splash resistant

- IP67 certified - dust and water resistant

- IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes

- IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes

- IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes

Type

IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.5 inches (~71.6% screen-to-body ratio)

5.5 inches (~71.4% screen-to-body ratio)

5.46 inches (~68.4% screen-to-body ratio)

6.2 inches (~84.0% screen-to-body ratio)

5.7 inches (~78.6% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels (~540 ppi pixel density)

1440 x 2560 pixels (~534 ppi pixel density)

3840 x 2160 pixels (~807 ppi pixel density)

1440 x 2960 pixels (~529 ppi pixel density)

1440 x 2880 pixels (~564 ppi pixel density)

OS

Android 7.0 (Nougat)

Android 7.1 (Nougat)

Android 7.1 (Nougat)

Android 7.0 (Nougat)

Android 7.0 (Nougat)

CPU

Octa-core

Octa-core

Octa-core

Octa-core

Quad-core

Card slot

microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

Internal Storage and RAM

64 GB, 4 GB RAM (L09) or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM (L29)

64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM

64 GB, 4 GB RAM

64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM

32/64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM

Primary Camera

Dual 20 MP + 12 MP, f/1.8, Leica optics

12 MP, f/1.7

19 MP, f/2.0, 25mm

12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm

Dual 13 MP (f/1.8) + 13 MP (f/2.4)

Image Stabilization

OIS

OIS

EIS

OIS

OIS (f/1.8 lens only)

Secondary

8 MP, f/1.9

16 MP, f/2.0

13 MP, f/2.0

8 MP, f/1.7

5 MP, f/2.2

3.5mm jack

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bluetooth

4.2, A2DP, LE

4.2, A2DP, LE

5.0, A2DP, aptX, LE

5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX

4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD

NFC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Infrared port

Yes

No

No

No

No

Radio

No

No

No

No

FM radio (market dependent)

Battery size

Non-removable Li-Ion 3750 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 3230 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery

 

What is the best flagship phone right now?

Nowadays phones are becoming more featured filled which makes it hard to judge what is the absolute best or the king of smartphones. That is why we will help to break it down for by topics so you guys can know which phone is best for you!

 

Weight and size

Winner: LG G6

Runner-up: Huawei P10 Plus

At 165g and 163g both these smartphones are the lighter option if you worry about weighing down your pocket! The LG G6 however is not that thin at 7.9mm whereas the Huawei P10 is a razor thin 7mm compared to the others.

 

Display

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S8+

With all the other displays either IPS or SLCD displays, the Samsung S8+’s AMOLED display stands out and wins hands down. The Samsung S8+ has deepest blacks and a high color range, making the photos and colors really pop out. Having an AMOLED display has also allowed the Samsung S8+ to have an always on display as the black pixels drains very little power. Not to mention with the highest screen-body ratio, the ‘infinity’ display of the Samsung is absolutely beautiful.

A notable mention however is the SLCD display of HTC. These displays draw little power and therefore makes the battery life notably better.

The Sony also has the highest resolution but at such a high pixel density, it is barely noticeable to the naked eye.

 

Performance

Winner: P10 Plus

Runner-ups: XZ Premium, U11 and S8+

With the latest and greatest in octa-core processors, these phones are using the latest CPU and chipset making them formidable in the performance department. Switching between apps and multi-tasking is buttery smooth and with very little issues. Although the LG G6 uses the older quad core processors, the performance was still very good although there can be hiccup once in awhile.

The Samsung S8+ takes advantage of this the most with the long aspect ratio allowing for better multi-window applications. If you like to play games with intensive visual graphics, the P10 Plus is a great choice.

 

Storage and Memory

Winner: Samsung S8+

Runner-up: HTC U11

6GB RAM on a mobile phone is unimaginable a few years back. Only desktop and laptop computers with 6GB of RAM ruled the world. Now Samsung and HTC’s offerings have 6GB options for their 128GB storage models. This makes them the clear winners in this category. All the other phone still come with at least 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is more than enough for most of us.

 

Camera

Winner: Samsung S8+

Runner-ups: P10 Plus, LG G6

Cameras are still a very competitive topic between phones with the camera quality being good enough to use on a day to day basis. One camera that does stand out is the Leica co-produced camera on the Huawei P10 Plus. With Leica’s expertise, Huawei has had a great consultant in developing one of the best phone cameras on the market. Huawei’s camera is a dual camera system taking advantage of different apertures and features allowing the camera to take better photos overall. LG G6 also does this by having one lens have a wider angle and another with a tighter angle.

However some have argued that single camera systems outperform the dual by putting all the effort into just one lens. Here in our personal tests, we definitely feel the Samsung S8+ has one of the most amazing photos.

It is also important to note that all these phones have image stabilization, reducing the amount of blurriness in your photos. Although the Sony XZ Premium only has electronic stabilization which is inferior to the optical image stabilization featured in the rest.

 

Battery Life

Winner: Huawei P10 Plus

Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy S8+

With a 3750mAh battery, the Huawei P10 Plus has the potential to last the longest. Huawei also has kept the Android software as minimal as possible to help it on this edge as well. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ follows closely with a 3500mAh battery. With the AMOLED display we have found using a black background, it helps save batteries and in our tests, even out performing the Huawei P10 Plus at times.

However, all these phones can safely and easily last a day. With all the manufacturers focusing on battery draining issues and as well as more efficient chips being used. Unless you need a phone as a power user to last longer, none of these phones will have any issues with battery life.

 

17th July 2017

Canon 77D – An amazing entry level DSLR

 

Shop Now >> Canon EOS 77D

77D and 70D comparison:

Features

Canon 77D

Canon 70D

Megapixel

24 Megapixels

20 Megapixels

Image Processor

Digic 7

Digic 5+

AF Points

45 AF points

19 AF points

ISO

100-51200

100-25600

Video

1080p at 60fps

1080p at 30fps

Weather Sealed

No

Yes

NFC

Yes

No

Bluetooth

Yes

No

Wifi

Yes

Yes

Dimensions

131 x 100 x 76 mm

139 x 104 x 79 mm

Weight

532 g

755 g

 

Are you looking for a good DSLR but don’t want to break the bank and still take great photos?

The Canon 77D offers an extremely great value for a DSLR up-to-date package. The 77D is Canon’s new (launched this year) entry level DSLR targeted at new and casual photographers. This camera is a great example of how cheap DSLRs nowadays can manage amazing features and image quality.

To start with, the camera comes with more megapixels than other similar offerings like 70D with 24 MP and a new image processor, Digic 7. This combines to produce better pictures and end results.

However, what will benefit new photographers or amateur photographers the most would be the 77D’s 45 AF points which is a huge step from the 70D’s 19. This makes the focusing more accurate and more importantly makes regular photo taking more carefree as you do not have to go back to check your photos to see if you manage to focus or not because with 45 AF points, more than likely the 77D managed to get what you want in focus. With higher ISO capability as well, the 77D can manage to take photos in even darker conditions than the 70D.

Video is also upgraded to 60fps to allow for a more buttery video and more options when editing your videos. With video in DSLR becoming more and more important, this was a much-needed upgrade.

One of the best features in our opinion is how light the 77D is. At 532g, it is almost lighter than the 70D counterpart by 50%. In our opinion, this is commonly overlooked as we do not consider this often in our purchases. However as DSLRs are already a more bulkier choice of a camera, when your camera is light this allows for more extended periods of use and it becomes less of a hassle or burden to carry around especially when traveling.

Another great feature that may not seem important is its wireless capabilities with WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC. Although the 70D has WiFi, allowing for wireless transfer of photos to your phone or your PC, the 77D includes NFC and Bluetooth for more convenient, faster and on-the-go transferring capabilities. Either tap your phone to begin the transfer, or pair your phone to the camera via Bluetooth to sync photos as well as image data like geolocation.

The one disadvantage of the 77D is that it is not weather sealed. Although this may be a deal breaker for some, many of you will probably never require weather sealing on your camera.

So who is this camera for? With upgrades in the image and video quality side, the 77D has become one of the most amazing options for consumer grade DSLR. Its low price does not come with low end specs or features. This camera would be amazing for a new photographer beginning their shooting adventures, or for someone to upgrade from their outdated bulkier DSLR. This would also be a great summer gift especially if your family or friends are taking vacations.

Shop Now >> Canon EOS 77D

 

18th May 2017

Want to know what you can do with a 360 degree camera?

 

Take beautiful 360 videos and photos to capture the entire moment around you

A photo taken at the crossroad of Riga, Latvia.

A field of trees ready for the Autumn change, captured in 360.

Create Globe Photos that place your surroundings as if you were standing on a tiny globe!

The city of Dresden, depicted like a giant city on a tiny globe!

Look at the sky, turned into the surrounding atmosphere of this grass globe!

Create interactive experiences where viewers can see your surroundings. See this pilot fly his plane from take-off to landing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEEIzZ7UjRg

 

Post engaging videos onto your Facebook wall! Let your friends see everything around you. Ones like this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9-i_F3xYhI

 

Editor’s Choices for 360 Degree Cameras

Keymission 360

·         Amazing 4K quality for pictures and videos

·         Waterproof, shockproof even freezeproof

·         Removable battery

·         Videos instantly post to YouTube and Facebook. No need for aftermarket software

 

360fly 4k

·         4K resolution

·         64GB internal storage

·         Single button use

 

Samsung Gear 360

·         Pairs to your phone

·         Live Streaming available

·         Simple to use

 

Insta360 Air

·         Lightweight and simple device

·         Compact size makes it easy to carry

·         Good build quality

 

360 too expensive? Try a regular action camera first!

Nikon Keymission 170

 

27th Mar 2017

Start your spring off healthy with the most popular fitness tech! 

There is no better time to start your new fitness training and healthier lifestyle than Spring. Temperature is rising and there’s more daylight to spare. Moreover, eGlobal has you covered with the best prices for these gadgets. With great features to help keep track of your workouts and your health, these little devices are sure to motivate you!

 

Fitbit Charge 2 HR – The fashionable and trendy option for the average active person

Fitbit has lead the charge in bringing fitness tracking to the masses. With the huge popularity in their first rendition of Charge HR, Charge 2 HR is quite possibly the most complete fitness device for the average user. The new charge has a larger screen for better viewing and interchangeable bands. These are great quality of life changes to the device. However, the best addition to these devices are the two new apps: VO2 Max and Guided breathing.

VO2 Max application will give you a score that judges your fitness compared to others like your demographic, thus giving you a good picture of how healthy you are. It is already a standard for fitness scoring and is a great addition to the Charge 2. Guided breathing on the other hand helps to calm you down after or before exercises. It continuously tracks your heart and guides you on how deep and quickly you breathe. This sort of exercise also destresses and helps you relax.

 

Featured Highlights

  • Sleek and lightweight design
  • Accurate VO2 Max Data and Guided Breathing
  • Lower pricing
  • Built-in Heart Rate Monitor

 

 

 

 

 

Garmin fenix 3 HR – The professional’s choice with amazing build quality

As one of the largest fitness trackers out there, the Fenix 3 promises one of the most feature packed watch. Even though his newer brother the Fenix 5 is out, this only means this watch becomes a better deal as the price has been lowered due to the Fenix 5 release.

The Garmin fenix 3 will plot your hikes, runs and walks along with the built-in compass accurately. For those that wish to go on extended hikes (or just prefer not to have a watch to charge every few days) the Fenix in our tests has lasted for five weeks as a watch and up to 50 hours of hiking and sport.

The build quality of the Garmin is sturdy and can withstand a lot more with its stainless steel frame. You can even upgrade the Gorilla Glass 4 display to a Sapphire one.

 

Featured Highlights

  • Amazing Battery Life
  • Built-in Heart Rate Monitor
  • Native app system is strong (Connect IQ)
  • Superb Build Quality

 

 

 

 

SUUNTO Traverse Alpha – Featured packed watch great for hiking and active people

As the oldest model of the bunch the Traverse from SUUNTOhas been one of the most consistent and well-reviewed fitness watches. The reason why this is one of our best sellers is quite simple; it gets the job done at a very reasonable price. The SUUNTOhas all the great and important features for an outdoorsman but they ensure that it is very affordable.

The SUUNTO Traverse Alphaalso allows up to five different sport modes, thus giving you the flexibility to change what is displayed easily. This device’s trail and hiking route mapping also makes it a beauty to hike with.

 

Featured Highlights

  • GPS and compass built in
  • Smart Notifications
  • Amazing Battery Life
  • Built-in Topographic Maps

 

 

 

Fitbit Charge 2 HR

Garmin fenix 3 HR

SUUNTO Traverse Alpha

Time Display

Yes

Yes

Yes

Water Rating

Sweat, rain, and splash proof

10 ATM; withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 100 meters

328' (100 m)

Heart Rate Sensor

Yes

Yes

No

GPS

No

Yes

Yes

GLONASS

No

Yes

Yes

Wireless

Bluetooth LE

Bluetooth 4.0, ANT+, Wi-Fi

Bluetooth LE

Battery Life

Up to 5 days

Up to 40 hours in UltraTrac mode
Up to 16 hours in GPS training mode
Up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (with 24/7 HR monitoring)

Up to 14 days in time mode

 

25th Jan 2017

Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for your Partner and Friends!

Valentine’s Day is a day of giving and love. What is better than a brand-new gadget that your partner or friend will use all the time? A part of you will always be with them, giving them smiles and sweet thoughts!

To make it simple for you to make the decision here is a guide for you to save you time.

 

Below £150

Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 T560 8GB WiFi Tablet

Our color choice – White

Nothing screams beautiful like the Samsung Galaxy Tab E with a great 9.6 inch screen size for cuddling time in bed to watch YouTube and videos. This tablet is an amazing media device. Plus white is a great color that will match any outfit on a guy or girl!

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

Strap to your partner’s wrist, the Fitbit charge will ensure he or she will stay healthy and walk the daily recommended steps! If your new year’s resolution is to be more healthy with your partner, get two to have matching devices.

 

£151-£300 – A little more money for a whole lot more love!

Canon EOS 1300D Kit with 18-55mm III Lens Digital SLR Camera

Has your partner been sorely lacking a quality camera and complained at the photos that you take? Or maybe you want to capture the endearing moments to look back on later? Look no further as we strongly recommend the Canon 1300D, with a great versatile 18-55mm lens, this camera will ensure you do not miss a moment in a light small body DSLR.

Beats By Dr. Dre Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones - Rose Gold

Alright, alright. Rose Gold headphones? How many companies have Rose Gold headphones? Not many. Definitely not many that have the oomph in bass and music quality of the Beats Solo3. These headphones can be used at the gym, on your daily commute, at home. But no matter where you wear these, these are a fashion statement! (For the boys I definitely suggest black, unless you can rock the Rose Gold!)

 

£301-500 – Love is IN the air!

GoPro HERO5 Action Camera - Black Edition

No one else builds a better action camera than GoPro. And with the latest rendition of Hero5 even the most non-techy person can use this device with smart voice controls and a waterproof body that does not require an external case. Make sure you capture every moment on your honeymoon or trip to an island as this can be used on land or below water. You will be watching these 4K videos back with your partner for days.

DJI Phantom 3 Standard RTF Kit

Feel like flying? Want to catch the love that is in the air? Enter DJI Phantom 3. The entry model priced drone with all the bells and whistles of a high end one. This drone will capture shots like you never thought you could. Remember to bring this along to your next trip to capture the scenery and surroundings around you. Who doesn’t want a zoom out shot after you’ve climbed that giant hill?

 

Above £501+ - Wow. Really? You are SPOILING this person!!

Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 IV Digital Cameras

Crème-de-la-crème. Top of the ranks. Best of the best. The RX100 line from Sony has been a long time favorite with everyone here in the office. Whenever someone needs a recommendation for a compact camera no one skips a beat in recommending this. The quality of photos for the size of this device is unrivaled. But the real question, can this photo take a photo with a nice focused subject and a beautifully creamy blurred background? Yes. The 1.8 aperture lens can definitely do this.

 

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge G9350 32GB Dual SIM – Pink Gold

The iconic S7 edge, was one of the most daring and most beautiful smartphone of 2016 with all the highest accolades from reviewers across the world. Now with the Pink Gold option, this phone is the perfect gift for your partner. This color is unique and rare, so you can stand out and be unique. And of course every time your partner looks at the phone, they will definitely be reminded of you.

 

However, this is just our recommendations. There are so many more choices out there for you, but one thing is for sure, eGlobal Central has an item right for your partner and friends. A gadget or electronic that he or she will be sure to use daily.

 

29th Nov 2016

eGlobal’s 2016 Top Holiday Gift Picks – The only guide you’ll need!

Top Pick Gift

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

This little fellow is in the heart and dreams of many. The ability to instantly print out any memory serves as a great gift, and one that can immediately be used upon opening! Make sure you buy some Instax Film paper too!

 

Waterproof Portable Speaker

JBL Charge 3

It may not be summer anymore but a waterproof speaker can be used in a shower and near your bathtub with no worry at all. The JBL Charge 3 is an amazing sounding speaker that is IPX7 water resistant ensuring you can play your music anywhere you want.

 

Biggest Oomph Portable Speaker

JBL Xtreme

The JBL Xtreme may be big, but it comes with ultra-powerful performance and features. With deep and low bass, and clear mids and highs, this will surely blast your parties with sound for all corners of the room to enjoy.

For more speaker options, make sure you find our speaker blog here!

 

Best Quality Drone to Buy

DJI Phantom 4

By far and still the most ultimate in consumer drones. With unbeatable video quality and stability technology, the Phantom 4 does not only produce the best in aerial videography in an easy to use package. Link to your phone then go!

 

Most Portable Drone to Buy

ZEROTECH DOBBY Pocket Selfie Drone

Taking the holiday season by storm, the ZEROTECH DOBBY Pocket Selfie Drone has been the dream product so many potential drone adopters have wanted. In the smallest possible package, you can easily fit it in your backpack so your drone can never leave your side. With a Selfie function, you can capture yourself with no trouble at all.

 

Best Budget Phone

Google Nexus 5X

The Google Nexus 5X is the still the best budget phone you can buy. With so many companies releasing a ‘budget’ phone, no other phone can compete with the Google Nexus 5X in terms of price to value ratio.

 

The Full Package Phone

Samsung S7 Edge

This phone’s stunning design with two curved edges make the screen seem like it blends into your hand. Samsung has also placed all their cutting-edge technology and latest chips in this device to ensure the performance is just as good. Along with one of the best cameras on the market, this is our choice for the full package phone.

 

Best Bang for Buck Smartphone

OnePlus 3

Since OnePlus’ inception, its mission has been clear; to create an affordable phone with no compromise. With the latest OnePlus 3, OnePlus continues to stay true to this mission offering high-end specs for a cost that is a cut below its competitors. For the best value phone, we say trust in the OnePlus 3.  

 

Best Small Phone

iPhone SE

iPhone SE is the love of all small phone lover’s life. Since the size boost from iPhone 5 to iPhone 6 there have been many that have held onto their iPhone 5 for dear life. Unfortunately, as with all technology, it will break and become unusable. As the hopes of small phone lovers wilted, Apple launched the SE. Finally there is a small compact phone on the market that offers specs and technology that is not small at all!

 

Best Value Tablet

Samsung Tablet E or A

Looking for a great tablet? Look no further, Samsung’s E and A line give us a 9.6 and 10.1 inch option respectively. At a great size, with a beautiful screen, solid specs, this tablet can be a media consumption device and a casual gaming hub for your whole family!

 

Best Looking Tablet

iPad Air 2

        

The beauty of Apple products is imbued in the iPad Air 2. With the thinnest design so far for the tablet of this size, and the amazing build quality of Apple products, this tablet will leave everyone grinning when they pick it up.

 

Best Small Tablet

iPad Mini 4

Fancy a lighter tablet that won’t weigh down your bag? Enter the iPad Mini 4. With all the features of its bigger sibling the iPad Air 2, this tablet will be sure to fulfill all your needs at a fraction of the weight.

 

Snap Snap! Time for some photos!

For the Budding Photographer

Nikon D5300 and Canon 1300D

Ever heard your family member or friend say, I want a proper camera. If ‘proper’ is what you need, please turn your heads to the Nikon D5300 and Canon 1300D. These two DSLR cameras are a great gift choice for those that want to take photography seriously but at a very affordable price. These cameras come with all the controls and features that any budding photographer will need in a package that is also easy to learn and with great resources to learn from.

 

Best Gift for the Trendy

Samsung Gear360

I’m sure you’ve heard of VR and 360 cameras a plenty this year. But did you know you can actually buy this? The Samsung Gear360 lets you take 360 pictures and videos that can be viewed on Facebook. This will surely make you stand out in the Facebook crowd.

 

Great Street Photography Lens

NIkon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lenses & Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lenses

    

 

These lenses are beautiful choices for the street photographer. With 50mm focal length and a wide 1.8 aperture, these are dynamic and flexible lenses that can suit any situation the real word throws at you. We promise you will be able to capture the most shots with these lenses.

 

Best Action Camera

GoPro Hero 5

The undisputed leaders in Action Cameras, GoPro, have released their latest and greatest GoPro Hero 5 this year. With a newly built case that is waterproof on its own, this GoPro will no longer need any bulky case for your average swims. Now with voice controls as well, the GoPro Hero 5 is packing more and more technology into this tiny package.

 

Great Lenses to gift

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

  

This Canon lens is great for landscape and travelling. With Image Stabilization technology from Canon, you can rest assured your shot won’t be shaky!

 

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

The Nikon 55-300 is a go to zoom lens for so many. This versatile lens makes it a no brainer when leaving the house as you have such a large focal range to play with. With Vibration Reduction, this lens will also ensure crisp images.

 

Tamron 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC

Covering both wide and zoom focal lengths, this Tamron lens is great for anyone. Switch from landscape to zoom photography without having to change lenses!

 

Sony SEL55210 55-210mm F4.5-6.3mm

Have a Sony e-mount camera? Have no fear, we have your back too! If your friend or family member has a Sony mirrorless, this is the most versatile lens that they will need. This will be the perfect gift.

 

2nd Sept 2016

Hottest bluetooth speakers comparison

Bluetooth speakers are slowly becoming an everyday device for many. The simplicity, the convenience and the portability is what makes this category so attractive. With the booming demand and with more people buying these, companies have invested a lot of money to create better Bluetooth speakers aiming to become the ultimate in portable convenience. Today we will explore the best Portable Bluetooth Speaker options available to this day as each seem to have their own niche, own specialty. Of course we will take into account cost!

 

Best Waterproof Option

The JBL Charge 3. The Charge from JBL has always been an amazing series with improvements with every new release. This great sounding speaker has just been updated to the third generation and with this release comes IPX7 certifies waterproof protection. Now you can even submerge the speaker underwater without worry. Now you don’t have to fret bringing it out for an outdoor pool party!

 

Value for Money Option

Although we just talked about the newer sibling, the JBL Charge 2+ is still a superb option. Still one of the better sounding options as well as having built-in speakerphone capabilities. It is loud, has a strong bass and doesn’t distort much either at high volumes. It also comes water resistant (if you want waterproof check above) and doubles as an external charger for your mobile devices. With so many features and with a recent price cut due to the Charge 3 launch, this is your best bang for buck buy!

 

The Party Starter Option

I promise this will be the last JBL choice on this list. It was hard considering the wide variety JBL is bringing to the stage! The Pulse is the premier choice for JBL with much of the great features of their other speakers such as being splashproof, great sounding, good battery and speakerphone capability. However the feature that truly sets this product apart from not just JBL’s but all other speakers on the market is the amazing LED ‘pulse’ lights that light up to the beats of your songs. A party starter, an ice breaker and a hype generator! If you want to stand out, this is the option for you.

 

Best Sounding Option

Now I know this is entirely subjective in many cases, but I believe I can speak for the average consumer that the UE Boom 2 is one of the best sounding portable Bluetooth speakers on the market right now. Improving on the previously top 3 options in 2015, UE keeps the same formula but improves the sound and the waterproofing on the second generation. The sound on these little buggers is truly staggering. Of course if you go will the less portable MegaBoom version the bass may be thicker, I would argue the portability you sacrifice won’t be worth it.

 

Best Looker Option

Looks may not be important, but to some, they want their speaker to furnish and decorate their home. Or when taking it out, turn eyes. This is exactly what the B&O S3 speaker achieves. With a beautiful design, this speaker will sink into any interior design setting. Do not think it is all looks however. Utilising B&O’s sound technology, the company has brought forward not only one of the best looking speakers but one that can fill a small room with beautiful sound.

For a more portable option however, I would also suggest the B&O A1 is another beautiful looking speaker. Hook the strap onto your backpack and you immediately have the attention of those that place care on looks. Again using the sound technology from B&O, the company has built an excellent sounding portable option.

 

The Ultimate Option

The Harman Kardon Aura Studio has seen many years of iteration. This latest version has Bluetooth speaker capability with built in tweeter (no more sound sticks). Although definitely not as portable, this speaker packs a punch and looks great in any home with its transparent shell. This speaker is the best of all worlds, and besides waterproofing, achieves much of what we have discussed today.

 

All bluetooth speakers mentioned above are available here with great deals: 

>> JBL Charge 3 <<

>> JBL Charge 2+ <<

>> JBL Pulse 2 <<

>> UE Boom 2 <<

>> B&O Beoplay S3 <<

>> Harman Kardon Aura Studio <<

 

10th Aug 2016

Is the Fitbit Blaze the top smart wear for 2016?

Fitbit has a strong presence in the fitness tracker market. The new Fitbit Blaze is a fresh release that is more stylish, sophisticated and comfortable compared to it's other siblings, the Fitbit charge HR and Fitbit surge. Some fashion changes include the ability to interchange the watch bands between leather, steel and silicon. There are numerous improvements and differences in this new release and we will look over them shortly. 

The Fitbit Blaze simply has a more attractive design. The watch can be worn anytime when working out or even casually.  The 1.25 inch OLED display is very colorful, bright and easy to read undersunlight. There are 3 physical buttons to go with the touchscreen compared to one single button on the Fitbit charge. The device is designed to be fully water resistant against rain and sweat but not suitable for those who spend a lot of time in water.

Just like other Fitbit smart wears, the Blaze tracks daily activities, counts steps, monitors heart rates, detect your sleep and these data are readily available in the Fitbit app. The heart rate monitor has similar accuracy like the Fitbit surge.

This device features an exercise mode that tracks running, walking, biking, hiking and log work out activity if the duration is over 15 minutes. For those who likes to receive alerts quickly, the Fitbit Blaze has notification for calls, text and calendar.

Unlike the Fitbit surge, the Blaze unfortunately does not have a built in GPS function. However, it is able to connect and use the GPS feature of a smartphone if brought along together.

One of the distinct features of the Blaze is the Fitstar. It's a program that shows the user how a workout or warm ups can be performed by showing gif like animations.

Surprisingly the Fitbit has an amazingly long battery life of 5 days which lasts almost as long as the Fitbit surge. To charge the Blaze, the device is popped out and placed in a separate housing case.

There are other interesting features including adjustable profiles, multiple sport profiles as well as silent alarms. Here is a quick comparison between Fitbit Blaze, Fitbit surge, Fitbit charge HR if you are looking at which one to get:

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Overall, the Fitbit Blaze has a vastly improved design and features. The price is also very attractive where it is significantly less than the Fitbit surge. It is definitely a great choice for those who want a beautiful looking watch that has fitness tracking features.

       

>> Greatest Deal on Fitbit Blaze <<

 

 

27th May 2016

Quick Budget Smartphones Comparison and Review

Many of us will look for the latest, shiniest, most powerful smartphones. However, there are also many that look for a budget phone with the best value. We have narrowed down to a list that deserves attention and will perform a quick comparison to help you make a better decision. In this article, we will compare the following devices: 

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Smartphone Name

Launch Date

Price

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

Aug-15

From £107.99

Huawei P8 Lite

May-15

From £119.99

Nexus 5X

Oct-15

From £177.99

OnePlus X

Nov-15

From £184.99

iPhone SE

Mar-16

From £349.99

 

 

Here is a quick table comparison between the devices:

 

Display: OnePlus X

The OnePlus X is the only budget smartphone that features a Full HD AMOLED panel 1080x1920 display. The AMOLED allows for very deep and true blacks which are very noticeable. The contrast is also very high and colors are very saturated on the display. However, if you are outside a lot, alternatives like the Nexus 5X or iPhone SE may give a better viewing experience under broad daylight with its IPS LCD display screen.

 

Appearance: iPhone SE

Apple is well known for its luxurious and stylish design of the phone. The aluminum made iPhone SE despite using the previous iPhone 5 frame still delivers a beautiful look especially in new colors such as Rose Gold. If you prefer Android phone, the OnePlus X which is made of glass with metal frame that has micro cuts also gives a very premium look and feel. If you do not like plastic, you can skip the Nexus 5X. Other phones such as Huawei P8 lite has a full metallic body but plastic on the side.

 

Lowest Price: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

Clearly, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 stood out among its competitors in terms of price. The device not only has the lowest price among the budget phones but also has one of the best specifications in this relative comparison.

 

Memory: OnePlus X

If you want large memory, OnePlus X clearly stood out as the top choice. The device has 3GB of ram with an expandable storage slot of 128GB. If you are looking for high storage space, the iPhone SE is certainly very limited and costly in this aspect. 

 

Battery Life: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 has the longest battery life in relation to other devices at 3060 maH. 

 

Best Camera: Nexus 5X

We have narrowed down to the iPhone SE and Nexus 5X since their hardware came from the more popular higher end flagship models, the iPhone 6 and Nexus 6P respectively. Apparently, the Nexus 5X did better in outdoors and selfies while the iPhone SE outperformed in close ups, low light and night time. When looking at the price together, the Nexus 5X is the clear winner.

 

Final Verdict

There's no single phone which is a clear winner in all areas but OnePlus X did fairly well in several including memory and display aspect. If you are looking for premium design look and feel with good camera, the iPhone SE is highly recommended. If you are just strictly looking at price, Xiaomi Redmi beats them all.

 

All Budget Smartphones mentioned above are available here with great deals: 

>> Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 <<

>> Huawei P8 Lite <<

>> LG Nexus 5x <<

>> Oneplus X <<

>> iPhone SE <<

 

 

 

11th May 2016

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80: pocket-sized but feature-packed

Helloooooo TZ80! The newest member of the ever popular TZ family. The TZ80 is the sibling to the previous TZ70 that was so highly regarded as one of the best bang-for-buck, all-round point and shoot cameras. So what is new and should you get the new TZ80?

 

Differences

The most noticeable difference is the grip design as it now protrudes a little further and is designed in a way that makes the camera easier to hold and handle.

Besides this subtle change, the TZ80 bears much resemblance to the TZ70 which has a proven layout and size combination.

 

   

Why TZ80 when Smartphone?

Smartphones will always have one limitation. Due to the thin profile of phones, it is impossible to add optical zoom without seriously affecting the bulk of the device. As such this is where point and shoots still shine brightly.

The TZ80 carries over the 24-720mm f/3.3-6.3 lens from its predecessor which allows it to be extremely versatile. From a wide angle to a telephoto zoom focal length, the TZ80 can do it all.

The TZ80 even as an AF Macro mode allows it to focus at a distance also of 0.03m at 24mm allowing you to take close up photos with nice bubbly backgrounds. At the same time you could then switch it back and use the point and shoot as a landscape shooter.

 

             

What are the other bells and whistles?

The new TZ80 comes with a touch screen (finally) which comes in much more handy than you would expect on a device like this. You can point on an object on the screen to select it for focus, changing settings is a breeze and browsing pictures is smooth. Also, TZ80 has amazing post-focus function that allows you to decide what to focus after you've taken the photo. 

Wi-Fi is also built in for quick and easy wireless transfers to your phone for that Instagram speed.

 

Image Quality

The TZ80 has a 1/2.3 inch sensor, taking photos with a resolution of 18.1 mega-pixels. The images from this device were beautiful, with great colors, contrast and clarity. It is a very consistent shooter and never fails to make me smile when I look back at the photos taken.

 

What else?

The TZ80 has a few special features that help to make capturing the perfect moment easier. For example, the TZ80 can take rapid burst shots which you can then extract individual 8-megapixel frames from. TZ80 also has a Lytro-esque post focusing system. This allows you to shift the focus of the picture during post processing. These amazing features were unavailable on the TZ70.

 

                      

 

4K Photo & Video

The last greatest upgrade of the TZ80 is the capability for 4K. Like the GH4, the TZ80 can capture 4K video which we believe will quickly become the standard for video capture resolution. This means that the camera is future proof to when 4K televisions become more affordable, allowing you to re-watch your beautiful memories at full resolution on your TV!

 

Final Verdict

Ultimately, the TZ80 is a camera multi-tool that has many functions and features as well as a wide and versatile lens that allows it to be used whenever. This is the main reason of a point and shoot. Something small enough to carry without burden and something that is versatile enough that can account for all situations and requirements. The TZ80 meets all these conditions at a great and affordable price. It is a camera that will last you a long time and is great to have in the drawer for any situation be it travel, event or casual snaps!

 

Click HERE for great deal on Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80!

 

 

24th Mar 2016

Samsung listened to our prayers with the Galaxy S7/ S7 Edge

Hallelujah! With Samsung's announcement of the S7 and S7 Edge, we have finally been given with what we have all been asking for. At first glance, the new S7 seems like a small iPhone 6 to 6s-esque update as the S7 and S7 Edge may not have brought anything new to the table. However this update may be what everyone has been waiting for (sometimes even against the norm for mobile updates these days). Let us explore further!

 

Point 1 — Bigger battery

Thank you Samsung. Thank you for not sacrificing the importance of my phone lasting the day for an extra mm in thinness. Too many manufacturers these days are foregoing a bigger battery for a hair’s more thinness. The S7 and S7 Edge is 7.9mm and 7.7mm thin, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge 6.8mm and 7mm respectively. Is this a bad thing? No. The S7 and S7 Edge actually feels nicer in the hand which we personally believe is partly due to this. Nonetheless, the main point here is this:

Galaxy S73000 mAh vs S6 - 2550 mAh

Galaxy S7 Edge3600 mAh vs S6 Edge 2600 mAh

I say again, thank you Samsung! Although a significant increase in battery capacity from S6 to S7, the Edge is definitely the star in this category with an outstanding 3600 mAh battery. Of course we would have to do field testing with the new “Always-On” display, but just from this increase alone, I am excited to try this product.

Samsung have claimed this increase is due to new self-made malleable batteries. Neat.
Let's hope the new iPhones and future phones will follow this trend. Fingers crossed.

 

Point 2 — Camera bump

Every year we hate the camera bump. It is in every single Samsung Galaxy review. Every review we talk about how much we hate the camera bump. This year they have considerably changed the design to make the bump much smaller, and much less concerning. Could it also be because of the increased thickness? Either way, hats off to you Samsung, finally.

 

Point 3 — Expandable storage

Last notable change is the re-introduction of expandable storage. Especially for Android users who have and usually prefer much more customization and are often power users. This was a much needed revival after the drought in the S6 and Note 5 series. Although my S6 never really ran into storage issues soon enough, at least now with the S7 we won’t have to be so wary about our storage getting full.

All in all, Samsung’s new S7 and S7 Edge is a very welcome update to their premium Smartphone line. With improvements we have been asking for since S5 and keeping all the beauty and features from the Samsung Galaxy S6 that we loved. However, now more than ever I expect innovation in Samsung’s next phones.

Click HERE for great deal on Samsung Galaxy S7/ S7 edge!

 

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17th Mar 2016

Xiaomi Mi 5 v.s. Samsung Galaxy Note 5

 

Xiaomi, proclaimed Apple of the East has unveiled its latest flagship mobile release during the MWC 2016 in Barcelona, the Xiaomi Mi 5. With an incredibly sleek design and built as well as top of the line hardware specifications, there's no doubt Xiaomi has made clear to the public Mi 5 will be a tough contender in the smartphone arena especially against iPhone 6, S7 and even the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. To prove their point, the Xiaomi Mi 5 has garnered over 14 million registrations before its first day of sale in China on Mar 1st. 

Despite Mi 5 powerful specs and beautiful design such as beveled back sides and curved metal frames, a lot of these design cues are actually borrowed from Samsung Galaxy Note 5 such as exterior look. Some even say the hand feel is also reminiscent to Note 5. Upon looking closely at the specification, the two smartphones are almost identical in every way except the processor, optical image stabilization feature and price.

    

The Note 5 features a slightly larger dimension measuring at 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm while the Xiaomi Mi 5 is 144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3mm. Due to the larger size, the Note 5 weighs 171 grams and the Mi 5 weighs 139 grams. For display, while both have touchscreen and multi-touch, the Galaxy Note 5 beams with Super AMOLED display while Xiaomi Mi 5 beams with IPS LCD. The primary and secondary camera specifications are also very similar in terms of megapixels, aperture size, video resolutions, max photo size, camera flash but there are some minor differences in other hardware and software features. In fact, the Galaxy Note 5 has a higher secondary camera megapixel compared to Xiaomi Mi 5.

      

In terms of memory and storage as well as battery, there's almost no difference between the two devices such as battery life where they both have 3000 maH. However, the Galaxy Note 5 supports wireless charging whereas the Xiaomi Mi 5 does not. Additional Specifications like Audio, Sensors, and Wi Fi are also the same across the two devices.

Despite many similarities between Note 5 and Mi 5, there are also some difference worth mentioning such as the processor and cellular network. The Xiaomi Mi 5 features the latest Snapdragon 820, 4-core, 1.8 & 1.6 / 2.15 & 1.6 GHz and the Note 5 utilize the Exynos 7420, 8-core, quad-core 1.5 & quad-core 2.1 GHz. In terms of cellular network, the Xiaomi Mi 5 supports dual sim and the Note 5 supports only a single Nano Sim.

With everything else looking so similar if not the same inside and outside, there's no reason one should not consider Samsung Galaxy Note 5 when looking at Xiaomi Mi 5.

For the best deal on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, just click HERE.

For the best deal on the Xiaomi Mi 5, just click HERE.

 

                     

 

9th Apr 2015 

Step Over, GoPro: Yi Action Camera is Here

Do you know what this is?

 

This is the Yi Action Camera and your wallet will thank you for it.

For the last few years, GoPro has been the name on the lips of every DIY filmmaker out there- specifically, GoPro Hero.The legendary action video camera has been adopted by everyone from Youtubing mountain bike stars to amateur filmmakers looking to switch up the way they make movies. But for the first time since GoPro Hero release, a serious competitor- the Yi Action Camera has finally arrived, fresh from the minds of the Chinese Smartphone company Xiaomi.



So, we’re taking a look at what this hot new competitor has to offer. The first and probably most important difference is the price, which could very well launch the Yi into the hands of consumers all over the world. The GoPro Hero costs around 812 RMB($130) and the Yi camera costs less than halfofthat at 399 RMB ($64). This kind of price gaphas many tech outlets pretty excited, as the possibility of a genuinely competitive action camera market is looking more and more like a reality.

Of course, as anyone who’s bought a knockoff smartphone will know, a low price doesn’t actually mean anything. But the Yi’s specs look set to eclipse the basic model of the GoPro Hero. According toa blog post from Xiaomi (brilliantly, one of their demonstrated uses for the camera involved strapping a cat into a harness and having it run about with the Yi attached to it’s back, which is a video I would totally watch).

Their new release will come with the ability shoot videos at 1080p and 60 frames per second thanks to a 16MP camera that comes with the coveted Exmor R BSI CMOS image sensor, which was created and cultivated by Sony. Compare this to the GoPro basic model, which offers 1080p at just 30 frames per second with a 5MP camera. The Yi Action Camera might have taken some inspiration from it’s GoPro counterpart, but it looks like it might well overtake the Hero with stats that good. And, with a price that’s less than half of the GoPro Hero, it seems likely that consumers well start heading in the Yi’s direction. Take a look at these comparison shots from the GoPro and the Yi if you need convincing that a camera this cheap can produce results that good:



While the basic model of the Yi doesn’t come with the equipment usually required to get the most out of an action camera, for a minimal price bump, you can pick up the travel edition which comes with the now-eponymous selfie stick.
 

Xiaomi have been looking at taking a shot at the American market over the last year or so, mainly with the introduction of lines of household electronics, but the Yi could mark their first major success in the USA. In the future, they’re apparently hoping to help their customers benefit even further from their products by creating a bunch of interconnected releases that work in harmony with each other. If they can keep the prices as low as they have with the Yi, I think Xiaomi could be a name to watch out for.  



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6th Jan 2015

 
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