Category Archives: Tablet

Review: Logitech Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard & Mouse (K380 & M337)

Some of my readers have noted that it’s been a while since I last made a blog posting. This is mainly because I’ve been extremely busy trying to prepare everything for my upcoming holiday. As I mentioned previously in this … Continue reading

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Failing: Sandisk Ultra microSDXC 128Gb (Class 10, UHS-I, Up to 80MB/s)

The new year just keeps getting better. Sure, the battery in the phone is failing, but the microSDXC card as well?! The Culprit The culprit was a Sandisk Ultra microSDXC card of 128Gb capacity, Class 10, UHS-I rated up to … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Askborg ChargeCube 20800mAh Powerbank (M021)

When it comes to power banks, while some users are content to have a moderate-sized unit that charges their phone a few times, there are other users who really demand as much capacity as practical. For those users looking for … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Keweisi KWS-V20 USB Tester

It’s almost been one year since I’ve looked at “USB charger doctor” style devices, but having reverse engineered, tested and modified one, I didn’t think I’d ever bother with them again. That was, until I saw the Keweisi KWS-V20 USB … Continue reading

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Review: Jawbone UP2 Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker (JL03)

When it comes to fitness trackers, aside from Fitbit, the next name that most comes to mind is Jawbone. Unfortunately for them, things have been a little rocky, with them taking Fitbit to court over hiring away their employees and … Continue reading

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Review: Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker

It’s not often it happens, but there was another gift that headed past my table in the past months, and it was a Fitbit Zip. As I recently reviewed the Fitbit One, most of the comments about apps and setup … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Anker PowerCore+ 10050 (A1310) QC2.0 Power Bank

When it comes to discussing power banks and USB charging in general, it’s hard to overlook Anker branded products. The company was started by a group of friends working at Google, and has since put out a multitude of USB … Continue reading

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Review: Mi Band Pulse Fitness Tracker (XMSH02HM)

Up until now, I have been a regular user of my Xiaomi Mi Band fitness tracker that I reviewed back in 2015. It was simple, good value for money and performed consistently although the silicone band eventually wore out and … Continue reading

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Teardown: Failed MovNow W79 (Counterfeit Xiaomi) Fitness Tracker

Someone had commented on my review of the MovNow W79 about that to do about his fitness tracker which suddenly stopped working. An interesting coincidence? Mine also stopped working for some unknown reason. I tried my best to revive it … Continue reading

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Fail, Teardown: LG G Pro Lite Dual (D686) BL-48TH Battery Swelling

Aside: Given that I’ve got a PhD thesis to hand in on Thursday this week, what the hell am I doing posting blogs? Well, as it turns out, in-between putting-out fires, I need to recharge and it seems that posting … Continue reading

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Review: 1MORE Super Bass Earphones (EO303)

On this site, I’ve managed to review and test numerous 1More design products under the Xiaomi/Mi branding, but in this article, I will be reviewing a 1More branded product for the first time. The EO303 is also known as their … Continue reading

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Review: Xiaomi (Mi) In-Ear Headphones Pro

Xiaomi (or Mi for short) have been on a roll, showing time and time again that you don’t need to pay much for quality, style and functionality. Their portfolio of electronics continues to grow, as does their brand presence, spreading … Continue reading

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Review: OSRAM LIGHTIFY Smart Connected Lighting System

As we rapidly move towards an IP-connected society, with buzzwords such as “internet-of-things” and “sensor networks”, suddenly the concept of home automation has become cool again. No, we’re not talking about the old fashioned expensive, temperamental, slow and clunky power-line … Continue reading

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Modification: Ausdom M06 Headset to Bluetooth Headphone Adapter

Having recently just reviewed the Ausdom M06, I decided it didn’t quite fit my needs as a headphone, but it had a perfectly adequate and capable Bluetooth chipset. As a result, I decided to embark on a short journey to … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Ausdom M06 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

To most, Ausdom is not a highly recognizable brand. In fact, it is another one of those Chinese Shenzhen-based companies with lofty ambitions, currently focused on headsets, speakers, surveillance and automotive accessories. Such companies are often operating in highly price-sensitive … Continue reading

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Mega Review, Teardown: Oukitel A28 Smart Watch

At the present moment, Oukitel is one of the lesser known mobile phone brands from China. Symbolizing an “OK life for U and I”, the company has diversified its product range by launching their first wearable product – the Oukitel … Continue reading

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Review: MovNow W79 (aka Counterfeit Xiaomi Fitness Tracker)

So maybe you’ve got duped on eBay and got sent a counterfeit Xiaomi Fitness Tracker that turns out to be a MovNow W79, or you’re thinking of buying one with the full knowledge that you’ve somehow ended up paying for … Continue reading

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Review: Vidonn X6 SmartBand Fitness/Sleep Tracker

It seems the wearables market is gaining momentum, with increasing interest and publicity of fitness tracker and smartwatch style devices. Along with this, comes an influx of less well-known devices from smaller manufacturers, which often promise big features for a … Continue reading

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Review: Mi Band Fitness Monitor and Sleep Tracker (XMSH01HM)

Wearable technology is a currently a big growth market, captivating consumers with many options in the market ranging from highly advanced smartwatches which offload some tasks from your mobile phone, down to more single purpose fitness tracker accessories which aim … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) Mini Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker (NDZ-03-GA)

The Xiaomi or Mi brand has been gaining prominence in Asia for providing functional, quality and elegant products at very reasonable prices. Initially focusing mainly on smartphones, they have diversified into power banks, tablets, audio and mobile phone related accessories. … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: HP Stream 8 Tablet (Intel Z3735G+Windows 8.1 w/Bing)

In a world where ARM CPUs and Android OS have come to be dominating factors in the tablet and mobile marketspace, and Chromebooks have become a big force in the educational market (at least in the US), it seems that … Continue reading

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Review: Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint

Working with capacitive touch screen devices has often been a compromise of input accuracy. Having previously trodden down the path of capacitive stylii, I have always been impressed by Adonit’s products, which began with their innovative “plastic disc” style design. … Continue reading

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Mega Random: Merry Christmas, Site Updates, Transport Updates etc.

Gee, it’s been ages since my last random post. Since then, countless security vulnerabilities, mobile OS updates, world news events, scientific discoveries, scandals and wild weather events have happened – so many that it seems pointless to try and even … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Two Popular USB Charger Doctor/Detector/Current Meters

There seem to be many circumstances where checking the current and voltage to a USB device could come in very handy. For example, maybe you are troubleshooting a slow charging device – maybe it’s cable related and the voltage is … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: P.Power (or Generic Unbranded) 12000mAh Power Bank

Back in January 2013 (which seems a long time ago), before I started all of this powerbank testing, as someone who was none-the-wiser, I bought one of my friends a pair of “generic” unbranded power banks. The cost was about … Continue reading

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USB Cable Resistance: Why your phone/tablet might be charging slow

Tablets and smartphones are now ubiquitous, and almost universally, they rely on some form of USB connection to provide the power to charge the device. This is, in no doubt, because of a desire to reduce waste and meet EU … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Unbranded Bluetooth Stereo Audio Receiver

Sometimes you would like to go wireless for audio but you still love your cabled stuff. Maybe it’s a pair of quality amplified speakers, or maybe it’s a set of cabled noise cancelling headphones. Whatever the reason is, you’re probably … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Orzly Portable Power Bank (Black) 4050mAh

Update: It appears that there may be problems with endurance of the batteries used within this power bank. As a result, I can not recommend its purchase anymore. UPDATE 2: Further investigation of the endurance problem confirms rapid degradation in … Continue reading

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Review: Avantree Bluetooth 4.0 Micro USB Dongle

Bluetooth is a short-range personal area network technology which is used for transferring files, contact information, connecting hands free sets and stereo headsets to mobile phones, tablets and PCs wirelessly. While generally touted as easy to set up and get … Continue reading

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Review: Native Union POP Bluetooth Handset

Thanks to the guys at MobileZap, I’ve got my hands on the Native Union Retro Bluetooth POP Phone in Soft-Touch Black for me to thoroughly review. The POP phone is designed by David Turpin, inspired by the classic 1950’s Bakelite … Continue reading

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