Monthly Archives: October 2016

Review of Mac book 15 inch

It’s fair to say there’s been a few negative reactions around Apple’s new MacBook Pro line-up.  There’s a (somewhat worthwhile) school of thought that says this laptop should have been a new MacBook Air, with Apple announcing a workstation-level notebook called the Pro.

Naturally this would have also come in for some criticism. But it’s clear that Apple does not see itself as a mainstream supplier of notebooks. It’s somewhat odd to think of the MacBook Air as old hat, but that’s what it is, the closest thing Apple has to a mid-ranger.

Here we’re looking at the Touch Bar version (which comes in 13 or 15-inch sizes, available in Silver or Space Grey) but there’s also a base-level MacBook Pro without TouchBar and with only two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports that shaves £300 off the 13-inch TouchBar price.

What’s incredible about all the new Pros is that they’re the same thickness as the rear of the MacBook Air but with retina display and far more power. Except for a small subset of users, these truly are do-anything devices.

They borrow the best new features from the 12-inch MacBook, drops all ports (save the headphone jack, still needed in PCs and Macs) in favour of four all-purpose USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, boasts a massive trackpad and maxxes out at 16GB of memory (this is the maximum of low power memory allowed by Intel’s Skylake platform).

The stunning retina display continues to astound, especially with the 15-inch version – and in these Macs the retina display has a wider colour gamut, too. The keyboard takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s an improved version from that in the 12-inch MacBook.

The 15-inch features quad-core Intel Core i7 chips, the 13-inch a still-speedy 2.9GHz Core i5.  The limitation of 16GB of low power memory isn’t ideal for some people who would have considered this notebook. But it’s a small amount of people – for many, 16GB will do fantastically.

And all models are 8GB by default, anyway. Apple believes that the speedy 256GB or 512GB SSD drives used here (3GB/s write) means that these Macs can page the drive as extra memory without a performance hit for all but the highest-demand user.

Review Of Galaxy Note 7

The first time we saw a Galaxy Note was in 2011. And while it’s a bit embarrassing to admit now, we thought it was bloody ridiculous and Samsung was – well, crazy. After all, who needs a 5.3-inch phone?

Well more fool this writer because here we are, five years down the track. And not only does the Note now have an even bigger 5.7-inch screen (unchanged in size since 2014’s Note 4) but we all have massive phones. And we love them.

The Note has always been an interesting device. Originally pitched as being neither a tablet nor a phone, the Note’s key feature has always been the S Pen, which has been further refined with this release. The new Note 7 follows on from the Note 5. There’s no Note 6 because we now have a Galaxy S7, so it makes sense for the Note series to follow the same numbering so it doesn’t appear older than models that sit below it in the range. After all, the Note 7 is Samsung’s very best handset.

The main thing that strikes you about the Note 7 is the screen. The Note 7 is smaller than the iPhone 6S Plus in terms of footprint, yet has a screen that’s 0.2-inches larger. So much of the Note 7’s surface area is taken up by the display. It’s not that the bezels are non-existent, but they are super small. It’s also light – 169g (compared to the 192g of the iPhone 6S Plus). And it’s an Edge screen, too, making it super sleek. It feels fantastically smooth in the hand and it makes our current beau, the Nexus 6P, seem weirdly old-fashioned in comparison.

the sides are very clean and tidy, with the standard volume and on/off controls.

Of course, slipper handsets do mean they’re more likely to be dropped, and the Note 7 joins the Galaxy S7 in being infinitely droppable because of its Edge display. It is sooooo sleek and slippy and yes, we have dropped it (no harm done). The outer glass is the recently announced Gorilla Glass 5 from Corning.

Here’s the handset in both blue coral and black onyx (which we wish we could pronounce).

Best Tablets For Watching TV,Movies And Games

If you’re looking for the very best tablet to buy, get Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It’s the ultimate combination of premium design, specifications, paired with powerful software and an unrivaled ecosystem of accessories and apps.

The best thing about it, has to be the design but there’s a lot more going for it including the powerful specs, decent battery life and versatility. The breadth of accessories (including the awesome Apple Pencil) is quite something, too.

If you don’t want the iPad Pro, but don’t worry – has you covered with a number of other brilliant tabs to suit your needs.

How to choose the best tablet for you

Let’s face it, tablets aren’t the most exciting devices in the world of tech right now, there’s not that much innovation going on, and they’re not exactly flying off the shelves.

But bear with us, because most households in the UK still own one (or more), and buying a tab should be a big decision, because, unlike smartphones, your tablet will stick around for longer than two years. So what should you look out for in a tablet?

A great screen is a start, as that’s what you’ll be staring at most of the time, great speakers are also important, as these are devices primarily used for consuming media.

Key features to look out for include water resistance (so you can watch Netflix in the bath), and a MicroSD slot to fill up with plenty of media. If you’re planning on using the tab for work a physical keyboard or stylus could be useful.

Now, you may notice that our three top tablets are iPads, that’s because we think iOS is much better suited to larger screens than Android, and the app ecosystem is much better. Of course, we have the best choices for Android users as well.

Apple iPad Pro 9.7

Simply the best tablet around, don’t even bother looking at the rest

No prizes for guessing the top spot. The iPad Pro 9.7 is the best tablet ever created – and that’s not us getting excited over an Apple product for the sake of it (before you accuse us of being paid by Apple). Yes, it’s expensive, but for that money you’re getting one of the most versatile tablets available.

5 Best Smartphone Battery Cases For Androids And Iphones

1.Emtect Power Pouch

A case that fits a wide variety of phones, the Power Pouch from Emtec is more of a wallet-style holder that a case that fits every nook of your handset, but for some of you that will be ideal. Here’s something else in the Power Pouch’s favour: a 6,000mAh battery, the second-largest in this list.

We’ve put this in the Android list but such is the versatility of the Power Pouch you can use it with iPhones too (you get both Lightning and microUSB adapters when you buy one). Of course there’s the added benefit of not having to change your battery case when you next upgrade your smartphone.

2.KiwiBird Slim Rechargeable Extended Battery Case

4,000mAh of power to draw on, a slimline fit, and a rock bottom price – there’s a lot to like about this Slim Rechargeable Extended Battery Case. The model shown is for the Galaxy S6 but if you shop around you’ll find different variations made to work with several of the top Android phones on the market.

There’s an LED power indicator here too and it doesn’t interfere with any of the NFC or infrared functionality on the phone. According to the manufacturer you can get at least double the battery life of your phone with this case attached, and it’s one of the more impressive Android options out there.

3. Mophie Juice Pack

Back to Mophie and the company makes battery cases for Samsung Galaxy phones as well as the iPhone models we mentioned further up this page. For your money you get a 3,300mAh battery that provides up to 11 hours of extra video playback on your phone (by Mophie’s measurements anyway).

The case adds wireless charging capabilities if your phone model doesn’t already have them and it will work with just about any wireless charger on the market – very handy if you have one lying around. Plus, it looks sleek and smart, and has integrated LED lights so you can keep an eye on the charge level.

4.ZeroLemon Nexus 6P Battery Case

If you own a Google-Huawei Nexus 6P and value battery life above form and function then the Nexus 6P Battery Case from ZeroLemon has you covered: it packs in a huge 8,500mAh battery which should theoretically keep your phone running all weekend, so it’s perfect for travellers and explorers.

There’s no getting away from it though, this is a pretty chunky case. Still, its bulk means a lot of protection for your handset, and all the ports remain accessible (including the fingerprint sensor around the back). It’s shockproof and there’s an LED charge indicator and power button on the rear.

5.Galaxy S7 Wireless Charging Battery Pack

If you want the best kit for your phone then it’s sometimes best going down the official accessory route. Enter the Galaxy S7 Wireless Charging Battery Pack from Samsung, perfectly contoured to the shape of Samsung’s latest flagship handset, and offering 3,400mAh of extra battery juice.

The case also doubles up as a wireless charging pad, so when you’re at home you can charge up both phone and case together. The underneath of the case is left relatively uncovered, which means you can easily get at the headphone port and the microUSB charging port when you need to.