Month: February 2017

ZVE iPhone 6/6s Waterproof Case Review

ZVE iPhone 6/6s Waterproof Case Review

If you would like a small introduction, I can link that to you here. In regards to this case, i have mixed feelings, primarily because I have never liked cases that like to add bulk to the original phone. However, I won’t let that perspective affect this review. Firstly, the fact you can get a reasonable case offered at below £15 is amazing. The comfort of this case is also decent, the case is built out of plastic.

Testing.


Installation of the product was simple enough, just use the pry tool in the right corner to take it apart, put the phone in, and put it all together. I had to unfortunately take off my screen protector in order to put on the case which is a drawback of this case.  The case adds some reasonable protection as well, their claims are up to 2m, with the “shockproof” buzz word, evidently a marketing strategy.

The case claims to be waterproof to 1m for 30 mins, and they have every right to claim that. I put the case to the test by putting it under water (1m) for 30 mins, and then I dried it off, happy to see that no water got inside the case. However, ZVE do say you must check all seals on the case before dipping in water, otherwise that will consequently cause some issues.

In my use of the case, the buttons were like most other cases, in that the buttons are easy to press. ZVE’s clever solution around the mute button is that they made a turning switch, as their passthrough, which I thought was a nice addition. This may pose to be a negative for you, making it slightly more difficult to mute/unmute the device.

The absolute worst thing about this case is the plastic that protects it. Being £14, they couldn’t afford to make the case screen to have some quality in it, by that I mean the screen doesn’t even touch the transparent plastic. This translates into me having to press again on anything on my phone, what I think is too many times.

It usually occurs when I am really tired at the end of the day, and when I select an option for example, the plastic part doesn’t reach the screen, resulting in me having to press again harder. If this was fixed, this would definitely be a contender for one of the best cases under £15. Also, the sound is heavily muted as a result of the case being waterproof, the only real problem being is that the sound is re directed at the back, which is a horrible idea.

Availability And Specs


This case is available for £13.99/$19.

Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/2l8HPf9
Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/2lQdW1W

The specs for the case can be found below

  • Compatible with BOTH iphone 6 and iPhone 6s. Not compatible with the majority of non-Apple branded USB to Lightning cables.
  •  IP68 standard Waterproof , designed and tested to submersible to over 6.6 ft deep for 30 minutes.Protect your phone from water/rain,perfect for swimming and daily use.Sealed from snow, ice, dirt & dust particles. You can use it even in the extreme outdoor environment without any worry or limit.
  •  Withstands drops from 6.6’/2 m – meets or exceeds MIL STD 810F-516. Add Non-slip mat in Bottom four corners.
  • Fully compatible with all key functions like volume, charging, headphone jack, home button (Fingerprint ID), mute, power,camera etc.

Pros And Cons


Really affordable
Adds really good protection
Waterproofing IP68
Buttons are relatively easy to press
Plastic screen is too easy to scratch, screen is very unusable at times
Adds bulk to the phone (to be expected)
Awful sound directing

Overall, I have mixed feelings about this case. It will definitely cause some frustration to you if you don’t prod at you phone to take a picture. Although, at £15, the case does provide plenty for the price. I cannot though, fully recommend this case, if you want waterproofing. At this price, it is near impossible to get decent materials, that will provide the same screen experience as your iPhone without a case.

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Ryzen CPU’s: My Thoughts

Ryzen CPU’s: My Thoughts

I thought in the midst of AMD’s attempted comeback with the pre-release of the new high spec Ryzen CPU’s, I should help the viewers in whether they should pre order or not. The demand is quite evidently going to be very high during the launch period, so I am going to explain the reasons why you should and shouldn’t pre order this chip, before all the reviews come out.

Why You Should Pre Order

With the new CPU’s there are many compelling reasons why you may want to pre order. If your current CPU is older than 3 generations, from the Intel side, then I would recommend to consider pre ordering. However, I must add that you should really pre order form a retailer that is willing to give you a refund if you don’t like the purchase.

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In comparison to the i7 7700k, the R7 1700 is most likely going to be the one you have your eyes on. With all the Ryzen CPU’s having 8 cores, it may seem too good to be true. The R7 1700 is priced at $30 less than the 7700K, making it a direct competitor.

By going for the red team, you are getting an extra 4 cores, with hyper-threading. In the CPU’s reveal a few days ago, they demonstrated how the 1700 can live stream with absolutely no dropped frames, whereas the 7700K while live streaming suffered noticeably.

Why You Shouldn’t Pre Order

Of course, AMD has been in the ground for the past decade, with Intel having 98% of the CPU market share. It does seem like Intel has nothing to lose, but the tech community at the moment has no idea how the Ryzen line up will stack up against normal, day to day tasks, and extreme benchmarking (except from Cinebench R15). You may have reason to be a bit wary of pre ordering, especially if you have no idea what you are buying into.

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When thinking of upgrading, for the regular consumer that is, you should consider your current hardware. If your £200+ CPU has been manufactured in the past 3 years, then you don’t really need to upgrade.

In regards to the other higher specification models: the R7 1800 and 1800X, these essentially the same 8 core 16 thread cpus, however they overclock better. The biggest selling point I think personally, is that the top end 1800X (£500) gets 9% better overall score in Cinebench, but costs less than half of the price of Intel’s 6900k (£1050). If I were you, I would simply wait out the few weeks, just to see if the hype for the Ryzen CPU’s are worth it or not.

Veryfit SW 321 Fitness Watch Review

Veryfit SW 321 Fitness Watch Review

Summary


This watch will have to be split into this watch’s review, and the SW-321, since there are some significant differences. This watch is very impressive for the price, at £25, with many functions to complement your phones, like heart rate, which may not be the most accurate, step and mileage, all very useful statistics easily accessible from the watch.

Unboxing And Experience


The unboxing experience was nothing out of the ordinary, and for good reason, otherwise costs would have to be cut elsewhere. In the box is a manual, the watch, and a charging cable.

My experience with this in all honesty blew my expectations out of the water. For £25, I was anticipating for the watch to cut back on my features, like the processor and the OS. The OS is very simple, which is good for saving costs of course, and is also a plus for easily getting used to the operating system. It is also better for making the watch run better if the operating system isn’t a cluttered mess.

The battery life is very exceptional, beating out flagship watches in my usage, which was relatively normal, and lasted for 2-3 days. Smartwatches like the Apple watch  only last one and a half days at best, which is nice to see. On moderate to heavy use, I was seeing more of 2 days battery life, which is still excellent.

In regards to the screen, this is a very obvious way that Veryfit have cut the costs, as this is a white only screen, that is very small. The specifications don’t list the resolution, however it states that the screen is 0.49 inches, which can be a major drawback for some.

The comfort-ability of this device is relatively good as well, considering the price. It is built out of plastic, which is good for absorbing sweat, but don’t expect to turn heads, as the design of this watch is very subtle. The watch doesn’t get uncomfortable during the day, and the fit is adjustable, which should be expected in all watches.

Finally, before I list the availability and the specifications, I have to say it is a very compelling feature that this watch has an app for Android and iOS, which is probably the one thing I wasn’t expecting to see. Most watches at this price don’t venture into the iOS playing field.

Availability And Specs


  • Display: 0.49 inch OLED display
  • Wristband Material: TPU
  • Strap Size:6 inch to 8.4 inch
  • Acceleration: 3 axis G-sensor
  • Charge: by clip charger
  • Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
  • Charging Time: About 1.5 hours
  • Standby Time: 7-10 days
  • Time Mode:24 Hours
  • Unit:Metric

You can purchase for £25/$35 from Amazon

Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/2mpM4iu
Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/2ldVIV1

Pros And Cons


Really affordable
Extremely good functionality
Great battery life
Relatively comfortable
Compatible with iOS and Android
Screen is small
Poor resolution ( unavoidable at this price)


My final verdict of this product is very good. I will definitely recommend this product if you are looking for a fitness watch to accompany your fitness routines, at a really cheap price. To buy this, you must not mind the poor resolution, or the basic operating operating system. At this price, you not see anything to the complexity of the Apple Watch, or the Moto 360, purely because you are paying £25 for this watch.

ZVE iPhone 6s Waterproof Case First Impressions

ZVE iPhone 6s Waterproof Case First Impressions

Summary


I was kindly sent out this product by ZVE for me to review. For £14, I was pleasantly surprised in the effort ZVE put out in the packaging, which was nicely displayed in an envolpe like box, which is nice to see.  Installation of the product was simple enough, just use the pry tool in the right corner to take it apart, put the phone in, and put it all together.

Unboxing And Installation

The unboxing experience for £14 was second to none. ZVE are evidently pursuers for high standards, and they have made the experience really enjoyable.  In the box, you find a summarised booklet manual, which isn’t lengthy, the case itself inside some wrapping, a microfiber cloth, and an attachment string for holding the phone.

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The installation was easy enough, just take apart the case with the pry tool, put your phone in, line up the mute button with the plastic switch, and place the your phone into the two pieces. ZVE do note that you should check all of the corners and edges to see if the pieces are placed together properly.

Overall First Impressions

My impressions are in fact really good with this product so far, and I see no major fault of it so far, however the test of time will prove if this product can handle my criticisms or not. The phone doesn’t get that much thicker, and it is relatively comfortable in the hand. My waterproof testing in the full review will show you if this case is worthy of your money or not.