Tech Stuff and Gadgets
Tech Stuff and Gadgets some of those little things we think we cannot be without. Maybe we are better off without, who knows but we have choices to make and its fun checking out the pros and cons and then disagreeing. Lots of great gift ideas too.
Page last updated 29 October 2018
Retro gift idea a portable turntable/record player with stereo speakers, headphone jack and three speeds. Also, converts vinyl to digital just plug in the USB cable and play your record. The Keepsake automatically creates a digital file on your computer, software included. Shop via TK Maxx RRP £179.99
Is There An Echo In The House
NEW Amazon Echo PLUS - technology that grows the more it understands you real sci-fi stuff - get it to order a pizza or an uber! Search a recipe RRP £139.99
‘Always ready, connected and fast. Just ask.’ Also available in white and a smaller version dot. Amazon DOT £49.99 2nd Generation released 20 October 2016 *Alexa is the brain behind your Amazon Echo growing smarter the more you use it. Alexa responds to your voice she will probably realize on a Monday morning your voice might be a little different. Alexa will get used to the fact you are less tolerant when running late. That will be fun to see if it begins to react even faster or even by putting tasks together, that go hand in hand. It could wake you up, try again with a blast of your music. Tell you about the weather and any journey disruptions. Whilst you figure out where you left your keys.
It could be very useful, at first was a little sceptical but must admit it would also be a handy helper in the kitchen when you want to check a recipe or figure out weight conversions, without having to wash your hands yet again. For now, it gets a thumbs up it will free your phone up. So you can keep social on there and not miss a thing. Plug it in, connect to the internet via a free app and explore.
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Sleek Mobile Phones
Still, a fan of Samsung happy to have recently upgraded to this Galaxy S9 model. Others here went for the S9+ which is slightly bigger (more expensive) and not too much else. But personally, love this model. The S8 is still a popular choice too. Customise your plan with O2 to suit your needs, from the model, up-front fee, monthly costs and data required. Key things about this phone are the amazing camera quality including slow playback video. The screen has no border so you have a large viewing area 5.8 inch display.
I was reluctant to give up my S6 Edge but happy now I took the plunge. Rain will not ruin the phone, so you can play with it in bad weather or on the beach. Water resistant for up to 30 mins at 1.5 metres (not sure that means water-tight but should withstand little accidents!) Dual stereo speakers AKG. It has Bixby Translate which I still need to try out. I love the little swipe up for volume control when playing video but I don’t recall having that before, but sometimes it’s the little things that please.
Use our link to the O2 shop above and see what they have for you if you can’t wait to check out their click and collect same day service where available. Many many reasons to use O2.
More Reasons To Try O2
Also check out O2 REFRESH if you like to have the latest model you can upgrade earlier than normal plans as the bill separates your Device Plan from your Airtime Plan.
Order online by 10pm for free next day delivery or click and go collect it same day (where available) at a store near you.
Front Lit Phone Cases
Have the seen or heard the fuss over the LuMee smartphone cases it's a front lit case that also protects your phone, it's easy to charge, doesn't drain your battery and is ready to use at the touch of a button. Designed to brighten your face with professional lighting kit, using front facing lights and a dimmer. Currently available for iPhone 5/5S iPhone 6/6Plus/6S/6SPlus and Samsung Galaxy S6 selfie lovers check out the latest Lumee LED cases as shown similar to popular selfie taker Kim Kardashian
Fun Flash Drive Gadget
Fun but useful gift/gadget available via Amazon and on Prime (next day delivery) FEBNISCITE 16GB Game Controller Shaped USB 2.0 Flash Drive in black, a cool way to save and store your photo, music, notes etc for home, school or work.
Pay On The Flypay
This is a fun and useful app 'flypay' allows restaurant customers to check, split and pay their bill from their phone, transforming the restaurant experience' we were first introduced to flypay (downloaded free) at wahaca (the uber cool mexican restaurant) fast becoming a go to app for business and makes paying, sharing bill and leaving a lot easier as shown here download it before your mates and introduce them to it too. Take mates out to wahaca for quality food and fun atmosphere there's hopefully one near you check wahaca for their awesome story and even more awesome food.
Just Google It
Google Home is a hands-free smart speaker the latest voice activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant - Google Home plays music from radio, podcasts, services such as Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, and Google Play Music. Get started asking questions by saying OK Google than ask it anything, you know Google it OK Google who is Alexa? Learn, play you name it.
Amazon Prime You'll benefit from free next day deliveries on *eligible Prime orders (*UK delivery items dispatched from and sold by Amazon and items sold by Marketplace Sellers but dispatched by Amazon) Look for the Prime logo on Amazon pages.
So on top of unlimited next day delivery, you get unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows, you also get unlimited listening with Prime Music. The Amazon Prime subscription is only £7.99 a month or up front £79p/year
and if you’re a *student even better you can get a six-month trial followed by annual membership at reduced price currently only £39p/year.
*student aged 18+ and enrolled in UK for Higher Education.
Amazon Family join for £79p/year and have the option to sign up for nappies at 20% discount
See details for Prime T&C but we think it’s a worthwhile sub. Sign Up Here
Amazon Protect 2 Year Breakdown and Accidental Damage £20 Covers GAMES CONSOLES £200 – £249.99 it is also transferable if product sold on or gifted only £16 order at time of ordering your Games Console you also get a cool off period to change your mind 45 days – just in case your magical powers tell you your console is in extremely safe and unworried hands. Quite often pass on the cover (sorry) but this sounds like a good idea, knowing what can and sometimes does go wrong a lot less than having to repair or replace, see more Amazon Protect they also offer three years for £20!
XBox One v PS4
PS5 Rumours for 2018 could be true code name Erebus if you’re in to all the geeky Greek names but honestly we know nothing more at this time.
XBox One vs PS4
Firstly it’s still very much personal choice if you’re buying as a gift this might help you decide but if you’re buying as a gamer you probably already have your favourite, so unless you’ve experienced a problem we’re not likely to sway you!
Key points to consider – outsider point of view, they are similar in price though the extras add up at least you could get a base kit at a similar price now that the XBox One can be purchased without the fun Kinect.
Microsoft - XBox One
More of an entertainment system, possible longevity the new larger unit will allow more airflow which (in the 360 model) caused many overheating issues. It also has potential to do more, cool Kinect -mid-air commands, Better Apps, Uses 2 x AA batteries but last longer than PS4 rechargeable and probably just as cost effective.
Sony - PS4 PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro
Peoples favourite in general, easy to set up more power at launch, better graphics but probably only noticeable by avid gamers Controller Dualshock 4 new improved design requires charge kit for each controller and charge doesn’t last as long as you might like so possibly bit of drawback. Most mates tend to bring their own controller along, best option to save money!
Both have Amazon Prime Instant Video, BBCiplayer, Demand , Eurosport, IGN, Internet Explorer, Netflix, Now TV, Sky Go, Skype, Youtube.
XBox One also has Plex (Plex Pass membership holders are able to stream all media from PC/Mac to XBox One e.g. photos, videos) Blinkbox, Wuaki TV & 4oD (4oD is a service that lets you watch Channel 4, E4 and More4 programme’s online at channel4.com, or via iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, PS3, Xbox, Samsung IDTV, Sky, BT Vision and Virgin Media. After a programme has been broadcast, provided the rights to use it in this way have been given the program becomes available on 4oD for a period of 7-30 days. Programmes from the Channel 4 archive are also made available for a longer period so that you can enjoy Channel 4 classics on demand. Currently not all our archive content is available outside channel4.com ) You can also record and share your moments of glory, or live broadcast your gameplay with Twitch.
PS4 has BBC News & Sport
Xbox One has arguably the better games especially the amount of exclusives, but this could also change. Will endeavour to add review of best games later … according to Forbes recent studies Xbox One outsold PS4 for the first time since its launch outselling in USA in November 2014 this could be due to price cuts.
Subscriptions and More FAQ
Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have subscriptions to their premium services to play games online. But what, exactly, do you get some questions answered below and there are deals out there for subscriptions. More food for thought!
Frequently asked Xbox Live Gold Questions here
Ditto for Play Station Plus Memberships here
Need to replace the battery on your iPhone it is not too expensive or difficult but suggest to order the battery with the toolkit included check out here for what’s available for your model Amazon most battery and tools are just over £10 some are less. Or check out here first with Apple Support for current costs and advice. Apple
The link also has separate toolkits to open and repair various mobile phone and tablet models. It’s up to you if you give it a go, but if you do, please be aware you will be breaking any guarantee you may have with the supplier/manufacturer. Therefore, only do as a last resort or if fully confident.
Brighten up any room with this elegant, fun and stylish black and silver-tone floor lamp. Tripod style Requires 40W bulb. Measures H 79cm W 54cm D 54cm. Shop via T Maxx
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