Month: October 2016

Rhinoshield CrashGuard For iPhone 6/6s Review

Rhinoshield CrashGuard For iPhone 6/6s Review

Summary

The CrashGuard for iPhone 6/6s can be summed up with in one sentence, “Amazing protection, while showing off your iPhone”. This case boasts drops from up to 11.5 feet, and from the drop tests I have seen, ( I’m not going to risk dropping my phone) this seems to have held up well. The case may seem pricey for some, at £18/$25. But after installing this bumper, believe me when I say that you money will have been spent right.

In the Box

The packaging is quite up there, with Rhinoshield’s black and yellow theme. In the box, you get the bumper, a guide on installing the bumper, which is very clear. You also get a back of phone protector too, which the guide does cover. You will also find a dust removal sticker and a microfiber cloth.

Features

The case features a new polymer plastic blend, which according to Evolutive Labs, accounts for 90% of the absorption in this bumper. There is a protective honeycomb structure, which adds even more protection. If that’s not enough to convince you, the bumper boasts compartments of pressurised air, which act like air bags. Although, all these features would be useless, if they don’t perform. And they exceed everyone’s expectations by miles. Good job.img_0056

Drops

Time to go into detail about the drops. Evolutive Labs claims it absorbs impact from up to 11.5 feet. The case has a lip to cover the front screen and aluminium back, so if your iPhone lands on the face, the screen doesn’t actually touch the floor, unless you throw your phone at a rock or corner. Now I can’t risk my personal phone being destroyed, so I’ll let the video shown on the Rhinoshield website demonstrate how amazing this bumper is:

Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Amazing protection
  • Slim Profile, adds little bulk at just 2.5mm thin around your phone
  • Clicky pass through buttons
  • Has lip to prevent the screen touching the surface.
  • Easy instructions to follow
  • Ports can easily be accessed

Cons

  • A bit pricey at £18/$25
  • Is a bit hard to remove the case

Availability

The Rhinoshield bumper is available from Amazon at £18/$25 here:

Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/2eHgnjZ
Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/2f0NoWz

Verdict

This case has satisfied my need for a protective case, while showing off the back of my phone, and I have a feeling that it will fill your need for one as well. If you can get over the price tag, then this is a must buy. Would 100% recommend to a friend.

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Samsung 55″ KU6400 TV Review

Samsung 55″ KU6400 TV Review

Summary.

This KU6400 TV is what you can call budget. At just £749, for a 55″ TV, with HDR, this is the TV to really get consumers into 4K.  It has a beautiful design, and is relatively sleek, but that is now the standard for 2016. But if the upwards of £1000 price tag puts you off, believe me when I say that this is worth it. By no means is it perfect though, and there are some noticeable corners cut by Samsung. For one, this TV’s weak point is definitely the remote.

The buttons are very mushy and hard to press, unlike Samsung’s higher model, which provide some innovative additions like in the volume up and down buttons.img_0004

Features

The KU6400 has all of the regular features of a SMART TV, nothing new here. The TV features a slightly outdated version of Tizen, this may be the specific model that I got, but I am unsure they all run the same version of Tizen OS. Press the Smart button on the remote, you will be presented with a simple, easy to understand interface. I have to admit, it isn’t as good as the higher models’ OS, but for £749, you aren’t missing out on much.

You have access to BBC iPlayer and other British streaming services, and if you live in the US, then you will find Hulu and HBO. img_0012

Ports And Remote

The KU6400 features 4 HDMI ports, which are all facing the side. Some don’t appreciate the fact that it faces the side, since that increases accessibility. Even on TV’s that cost upward of £3000, you can find that the I/O is facing towards the wall. For example if you wanted to use an outdated version of Chromecast, or anything with a long dongle, that is only natively possible with the HDMI ports facing the user. Asides from that, there is access to a built in receiver, which means you could use Freesat or any other satellite service, which is a big plus as most TV’s don’t include that.img_0007

With the remote, this is probably the biggest gripe I have with this TV. It is the same remote that Samsung has been using in all of it’s TV’s with no refresh since 2009. Within that time, even for the low end 4K TV’s, Samsung should be able to provide all the latest TV’s with a newly designed remote. If you own any other Samsung TV, you will know the pain.

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Availability And Specifications

This TV is available of Amazon for £749/$1482 here:

Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/2fjPsMp
Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/2eKzjyR

The full list of specifications for this product would be too long, so instead I’m going to list the dimensions and weight only:

  • Product Dimensions: 124.3 x 6.3 x 76.4 cm ; 17 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 25 Kg

Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Budget TV
  • Great price to performance
  • Great picture

Cons

  • The remote needs a refresh and has horrible buttons
  • The OS is slightly outdated

Final Verdict

If you are in the market for a budget, entry 4K TV, I recommend this to be on your list of TV’s to consider. The TV has great 4K picture and of course has great connectivity to the internet. This TV is more of the bare bones of a 4K TV, which is Internet access and 4K picture.

Turtle Beach XO One Headset Review

Turtle Beach XO One Headset Review

Summary.

Here is my unbiased review of the Turtle Beach XO One Headset. Costing £40, these could be considered as mid range. At this price, you are getting really good sound, and it comes with a detachable microphone. I really like this, since it means that with the slim profile the headset has, they can be used as normal headphones.

The headset does plug into your computer, but you cannot monitor the audio. So for those that plan to record audio with this headset, you may want to look elsewhere. However, it has XO One in the name, so you shouldn’t really be expecting to use it with a PC at all. The ear cushions are relatively comfortable, but may not be suitable for gaming sessions longer than 4 hours.

Comfort

Underneath the headband, there are some more cushioning, to prevent discomfort. The headset can be adjusted to fit any head size. They have a very closed fit, and in my testing, doesn’t leak sound. The monitors swivel 90 degrees to be placed flat on a table. The build of the headphones is all out of plastic, but for £40, you can’t really expect a premium build. Overall for the comfort, I am pleased.

The XO One Headset doesn’t appear to be ‘rage-friendly’. So if you like to throw your headset at the wall, these seem a bit too fragile for that, since the build is mainly plastic. They are light, which like I said earlier, can easily go unnoticed as headphones in the public.

Sound quality for this price is more than exceptional. The bass is deep and you hear things clearly. I have played Forza Horizon using them and found that the car engines are deep and sound like a real car engine while the music is still clear. I also like to watch Netflix with them on, and you really can’t go wrong with the sound quality for under 40.

Availability

As this a Turtle Beach headset, it will be easy to find. You can get them from Amazon for £40/ $59 here:

Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/2ejADqu
Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/2dEZg33

The headset has product dimensions of 20 x 15 x 5 cm ; 299 g

Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Great sound quality
  • Price is reasonable
  • Detachable microphone
  • Works with PC
  • Has chat audio interface, with mute switch
  • 90° swivel.

Cons

  • Made of plastic
  • Seems slightly fragile

Final Verdict

This is a solid headset priced reasonable. I would definitely recommend, and the cons don’t really affect the experience too much. Go for this headset only if your budget is under £40. The sound quality is good, and it is relatively comfortable.

Is the iPhone 6s Still Worth It?

Is the iPhone 6s Still Worth It?

So is the iPhone 6s still worth it? With the launch of the iPhone 7, the £539/$649 base price may not appeal to everyone. 2015’s release of the iPhone 6s will now go down in value, and still offers new features like 3D Touch and even better still, it has a headphone jack, yes, you heard me right.

The iPhone 6s can now be purchased from the apple store for £499 and the 6s Plus for £599, and from Amazon for a few pounds cheaper.

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Courtesy of apple.com

If you have an iPhone 6 and you are debating whether you should get an upgrade you should ask yourself this: What do I get by upgrading my phone? Do the higher specs, 3D Touch and the Rose Gold colour mean much to me? If the differences justify you selling your iPhone 6 and buying the 6s, then go for it. However, if you are coming from an earlier generation of iPhones or any other phone made before 2014, then the iPhone 6s will definitely keep you pleased while keeping some extra cash by not buying the latest iPhone.

iPhone 6s VS iPhone 7

Camera

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Courtesy of IBtimes.co.uk

The iPhone 6s and 7 may both have a 12MP rear camera, but the iPhone 7’s definitely takes it up a notch. There is now real OIS instead of digital Optical Image Stabilisation, resulting in much less shaky video, and no more blurry pictures. If you want to big with the 7 Plus, then you get two camera lenses, with digital zoom. This means that you can zoom in with the telephoto lens to retain clarity while zooming in.

Sound

You may think that the iPhone 7 has stepped back in terms of sound; the 3.5mm headphone jack being missing. However, Apple have added stereo sound. Meaning now if you step up with the iPhone 7, you will get louder audio playback coming from the speakers from the bottom and the front. Still, no headphone jack. If that’s a really a deal breaker for you, purchase the iPhone 6s.

Water Resistance

This is quite a big difference in that the iPhone 7 is the first to have IP67 water resistance. However, if your used to your phone not being in water, then even this new feature may not be much for you to upgrade.

Conclusion

I don’t think, in my opinion, having the latest iPhone is important in 2016. The differences between the two for many won’t be enough for the extra money needed. Hopefully this article has helped you decide whether you need the 6s or the latest in Apple’s line up.

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