Tag Archives: mobile

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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Lycamobile Data: A Routing Issue or Malicious Blocking?

It hasn’t quite been a year since I joined the Lycamobile family in the quest for cheap data over the superior Telstra network. While initially their “slowness” took on an almost legendary status, they took some strides to improve their … Continue reading

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Genuinely Confused: Another Samsung Galaxy SIII Battery (EB-L1G6LLU)

Around a year ago, I needed a replacement battery for my Samsung Galaxy SIII, which started a long series of posts encountering fake batteries. This provoked some responses, and a lot of interest, given the quality of the fake cells. … 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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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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Review, Teardown: *Fake* Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Silver 10400mAh Power Bank

It might seem that I’ve been singing the praises of Xiaomi/Mi power banks lately, and that’s because they’re very good products. However, the journey to obtain the product is often fraught with more difficulty than expected. In my case, when … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Gold 10400mAh Power Bank

This post comes to you thanks to a generous reader from Germany (thanks Tobias!), who decided to contribute a power bank for testing. Unfortunately, the reader didn’t tell me what it was before it was dispatched, and it turns out … Continue reading

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Random: Site Stuff, LG D686 Fail, Shellshock, Transport Stuff, etc.

It’s been a few weeks since my last random post, and many things have happened in the tech world. Unfortunately, because of the amount of work that I’ve had to do, I haven’t been able to take a break to … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Silver 10400mAh Power Bank

On an earlier post about power bank endurance and modification, Joy Test made a recommendation in the comments for me to test a Xiaomi, otherwise known as Mi, branded power bank. This is a Chinese manufacturer, which is most widely … 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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Random: Site Stuff, Sydney Trains Stuff, Raspberry Pi Fun, Permissions Creep, etc.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a random post, or any sort of post for that matter. Don’t worry though – I’m still here, and I’m still busy as always. If there was a picture that could describe how … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung Evo 32Gb (MB-MP32D) microSDHC Card

It seems that Samsung has done some shuffling with their memory cards, and the Samsung Plus is no longer available. Instead, they have instead drawn on their SSD branding scheme and bought the Evo moniker to their microSD and SD … Continue reading

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Exploration: Improving Power Bank Ripple Performance

Those who have been following along in my power bank testing articles will note that the vast majority that I have looked at have hardly been impressive. Some things seem rather fixed – for example, the voltage regulation which is … Continue reading

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Amaysim: Unlimited now $44.90/mo w/5Gb Data but no free Social Media

It seems like the trend of Optus data price hikes has slowly been reflected in carrier pricing, one of their victims being TPG, which shaved their data offerings, in some cases, hiked the price and killed off free social networking … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: World Solution Technology (WST) A28 8000mAh Power Bank

This will be the last of a long series of power bank related posts, at least for a while. You have no idea how glad I am, since testing easily will drive you nuts. Without further ado, the last power … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Power on the go! 6000mAh Power Bank

If you haven’t already guessed it, testing power banks gets a little tiring after a while. But it doesn’t matter, because I might as well do it while I still have some motivation to keep going – this one’s thanks … Continue reading

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Genuinely Fake Pt 4: Samsung Galaxy SIII Batteries (EB-L1G6LLA/U)

This week, I received a very interesting e-mail from an anonymous reader in Europe. The reader had been following the series of posts about well-disguised counterfeit Samsung Galaxy SIII batteries and had something to contribute. This anonymous reader had put … Continue reading

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Exposed: Power Bank Ripple – Devices at Risk?

One of the most popular articles on my site are those related to power banks – specifically, those related to the eBay unbranded 5000mAh and 30,000mAh power banks, as well as the Comsol 11000mAh, PowerMonkey 3500mAh and the Orzly 4050mAh … Continue reading

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Review: Sony MDR-10R “High-Res Audio” Headphones

I’ve been in a slight “headphone pickle” lately. My AudioTechnica ANC9’s have been in RMA for a long time (over a month), and my morning commute with canalphones has been causing my ears irritation over time. My A900’s at home … 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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Genuinely REAL: Samsung Galaxy SIII Batteries (EB-L1G6LLU)

If you’ve been following along, you probably already know my frustration (and adventure) in trying to get a genuine replacement battery for my Samsung Galaxy SIII. Instead of merely letting the sellers “get off”, or pocketing a partially functioning battery, … Continue reading

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Genuinely Fake Pt 3: Samsung Galaxy SIII Batteries (EB-L1G6LLU)

After having learnt of fake “genuine” Samsung Galaxy SIII replacement batteries after my last two purchase attempts, I used the knowledge I already gained to try and buy another battery which looks more promising. Third time lucky, I thought. I … Continue reading

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Aldi Mobile: Ain’t no data for you this morning!

I woke this morning to find my AldiMobile data wasn’t functioning. A quick reboot, toggle of the flight mode on and off, and check/change of APN didn’t help either. I checked my credit – it was still there, ready to … Continue reading

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Aldi Mobile Discontinues $35 Plan and 2Gb Data Pack

This post is another post done from a mobile phone, so please bear with me if it’s a bit short. This morning, after connecting to my AldiMobile data service, I received an SMS. The news was not good. It caught … Continue reading

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Genuinely Fake Pt 2: Samsung Galaxy SIII Batteries (EB-L1G6LLU)

Lets just say, after the last attempt, I thought I might have aimed a little bit too optimistically at the price point, so I opted to choose a different listing for an original, genuine battery at about 70% more. Eagerly … Continue reading

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Genuinely Fake Pt 1: Samsung Galaxy SIII Batteries (EB-L1G6LLU)

Lately, I’ve been having a few charging issues with my Samsung Galaxy SIII where, despite being connected to the charger, it refuses to completely charge on occasion. There are numerous posts online which claim the problem is in the connector, … Continue reading

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Random: element14 Webinar, UNSW OWeek, Transport Sydney, etc.

I don’t know what it is, but the interval between these random posts seems to be getting more and more irregular. Part of the reason must be because of how insanely busy I’m becoming … it’s likely that blog posts … Continue reading

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