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Friday, December 14th, 2012
When Apple announced that they were switching from the old 30 pin connection to the new Lightning one there was pandemonium, with Apple fans questioning what they’d do with old 30 pin docks and how they’d possibly survive having both 30 pin and Lightning accessories.
The KitSound Dock Air Bluetooth Adaptor solves this issue and so much more. A tiny yet revolutionary product, the KitSound Dock Air simply attaches to the 30 pin connection port of the old Apple accessory and converts it so that it can be used with any bluetooth device. Not only does this mean that the iPhone 5 can be used with the old docking station, but now any bluetooth device including laptops, tablets and non-Apple products can stream audio through the Dock Air and the old speaker – pretty clever.
As the Dock Air is so small it can be popped into your bag and pocket so that you can use it wherever it’s needed so that you can really get the party started. It’s perfect for use at home, in the office or when at hotels – opening up iPhone docks to new handsets and devices. You don’t even need to download any software or apps to use the Dock Air, just pair it via bluetooth and let the media stream! Plus as the streaming media is controlled from your phone you can control what plays from the comfort of the seat.
So don’t worry about having an iPhone 4 docking station, iPhone 5 docking station and a tablet docking station – simply use the KitSound Dock Air Bluetooth Adaptor and everything can stream from one place.
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
I’ve been using an iPhone for the last two years: I started with the iPhone 4 and switched to the 4S when it came out last year… you could say I’m a bit of an Apple fan girl! However when my contract came up for renewal last week I just couldn’t see myself getting the iPhone 5 (let’s be honest it’s not that much different from the 4S), I wanted something completely new with completely different software, so I plumped for a Windows 8 Phone – the HTC 8X.
I’m sure a few of you are screaming ‘Why didn’t you choose Android?!’ – simple answer is I already have a Nexus 7 tablet, so an Android phone wouldn’t be too much different to that, plus I’m not the biggest Android fan. It’s like I have the full collection now though: an Apple Mac, Android tablet and Windows phone. So with this in mind and with it being Windows week over on our Facebook Page, I thought I’d share my experience of moving from Apple to Windows and which I prefer.
In my opinion, the HTC 8X looks so much better than my old iPhone 4S, It’s a lot lighter and just feels a nicer in the hand. This is because of the curved design of the 8X whereas as my boyfriend always used to say my iPhone was a bit of a brick. I chose the blue 8X and I think the colour really adds to the design and adds character to the phone – a clear HTC 8X case is definitely in order so that I don’t cover up the blue. The display of the 8X seems to be a lot brighter than my old iPhone too and I like not having a button on the display also.
This is the area where Windows Phones fall down for a lot of people….. lack of apps. The main apps that I use are available, such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and IMDB but it’s a shame that a lot of shops and banks don’t have apps for Windows 8 and that you can’t get Instagram on there. Also there aren’t too many games to choose from either and when you do have games many are linked to Xbox Live: for me I use my Nexus 7 for games so it’s not a big deal, but for others this could be the downfall of the 8X. Therefore for apps, the iPhone definitely wins.
Both phones use an 8MP camera so should perform the same, however so far I feel that the iPhone has the edge. I have a bit of a shaky hand when taking pictures and this never really used to be an issue with the iPhone, but it seems to be a problem on the 8X. I liked how the camera could be accessed when the phone was locked on the iPhone which you can still do on the 8X with the dedicated camera button on the side, instead of having to use the touchscreen. This button can then be used to take the photo or you can simply tap the screen, so on ease of taking a photo – it’s neck and neck.
Being a Mac user this is where I had the biggest issue. In order to put music on my 8X from my Mac I had to download a Windows Phone app on the Mac app store. However my Mac needed to be updated to Mountain Lion first so it took a good 4 hours before I could even consider syncing my 8X. When I finally got to syncing the phone it was extremely easy and I could even put my iTunes playlists onto the 8X, which I didn’t think would be possible, so it was a nice surprise.
When listening to music, the 8X has Beats audio built-in which I’ve found really does make a difference. The music is definitely louder and feels fuller than that of the iPhone. You don’t even need to turn the volume up half way and your ears feel like they might explode. On music, the 8X wins.
In my opinion the HTC 8X is a lot better than the iPhone 4S: it’s faster, has more RAM, a better display, is lighter and is better for listening to music. The iPhone will always win when it comes to apps but I’d like to think that as Windows Phones become more popular, developers will start to make more apps for them.
The overall experience of moving from Apple to Windows was seamless too (minus my small Mac hiccup); it doesn’t feel like there’s anything I could do on my iPhone that I can’t do on my 8X which is great. However the best thing about the move is that I now have a phone that I’m having to learn how to use – everything is brand new and it’s put the fun back into getting a new phone!
Friday, May 11th, 2012
Essentially, Multipoint is a new development in Bluetooth technology that allows your headset to connect to two devices at the same time. If either receives a call, then it’s automatically put through.
This can be really useful in a number of situations:
For more information on Multipoint and nine brilliant Multipoint-enabled devices, please visit our comprehensive “What is Multipoint?” article which we’ve recently updated.
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
It comes as no surprise really that Samsung have announced that ‘The Next Galaxy‘ or The Galaxy S3 will have a quad-core processor. After the recent release of the HTC One X, it seemed like a no-brainer move for Samsung,who do need to pull something amazing out of the bag with the ‘Next Galaxy’ to knock the smartphone crown from the One X.
Here’s what Samsung have to say about the Exynos 4 Quad-core processor:
“The quad-core processor offers phenomenal multitasking abilities surpassing any single or dual application processor…….Given the diverse functionalities consumers are demanding from their mobile devices today, the Exynos 4 Quad meets those high-performance needs while keeping power consumption very low.”
In technical terms, the Exynos 4 Quad chip will run 1.4GHz per core and is based on the ARM Cortex A9. It’ll be pin-to-pin compatible and fully capable of full 30fps, 1080p video playback, plus has an interface for HDMI 1.4. Samsung are claiming that this chip will offer double the processor power of its predecessor whilst drawing 20 percent less power.
What else do we know about ‘The Galaxy S3′ though?