Gadgets i Want https://www.gadgetsiwant.com We review the best gadgets Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:14:20 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 iPhone 7 Review https://www.gadgetsiwant.com/iphone-7-review/ Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:23:12 +0000 https://www.gadgetsiwant.com/?p=9238 Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 7 was launched in September 2016 and was soon met with record-breaking sales, but does that mean the world’s most popular smartphone lives up to the hype? With some major and minor improvements and features, including water resistance and up to 256GB storage capacity, Apple’s flagship device has users wondering how […]

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Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 7 was launched in September 2016 and was soon met with record-breaking sales, but does that mean the world’s most popular smartphone lives up to the hype? With some major and minor improvements and features, including water resistance and up to 256GB storage capacity, Apple’s flagship device has users wondering how it stacks up to not only other smartphones on the market but also its predecessor, the iPhone 6s. With the removal of the headphone jack and a higher price tag, the iPhone 7 seemingly has both Apple fans and tech experts alike divided.

iPhone 7 Specs

  • 32GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities
  • 138.3mm x 67.1mm
  • 138 grams (4.87 ounces)
  • 4.7 inch Retina HD display
  • A10 fusion chip
  • 12MP camera
  • 4K video recording
  • Up to 2 hours longer battery life than iPhone 6s
  • iOs 10
  • Design

Much like the iPhone 6 and 6s before it, the iPhone 7 features an aluminium body that provides a comfortable grip and weight. Unlike the iPhone 5c or even the 3G, Apple’s second generation of the iPhone, that feature plastic backings, the weight of the metal gives the phone a feeling of quality and luxury, though slightly lighter than the iPhone 6.

One of the first differences users will notice from previous versions of the iPhone, however, are the finishes. Apple has dropped Space Grey, which debuted on the iPhone 5, in favour of a black matte finish. They’ve also added Jet Black, which is a glossy black finish that has become extremely popular with users, causing this version of the iPhone to sell out almost immediately. Of course, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold are also still available on the iPhone 7 and all current models.

The absence of the antenna bands is also a welcome change to the iPhone 7 and gives the phone a cleaner and more minimalistic look, similar to iPhones released in years past.

Though the aesthetic remains roughly the same, there are some key differences in the hardware. Gone is the 3.5mm headphone jack featured on all other iPhone models before it. In its place, Apple has redesigned their headphones to include a lightning connector that plugs into the same single lightning port that the charger does.

Major Changes

Gone is the 3.5mm headphone jack featured on all other iPhone models before it. In its place, Apple has redesigned their headphones to include a lightning connector.

The home button also got a redesign in the iPhone 7. Instead of a traditional button that clicks when pressed down, the touch sensitivity gives the users of the new iPhone a completely different tactile sensation.

One of the biggest changes to the iPhone 7, though least noticeable up front, is the inclusion of water and dust-resistance. For Apple fans, this feature is a long time coming, as it’s been featured in a number of other high-profile phones in the recent past. Its addition means reduced likelihood of damage caused by dropping your phone in the water or from dust getting into the ports and the body.

Display

The iPhone 7 receives a brand new beautiful display, and while it looks amazing, it’s no sharper than the one that appears on the iPhone 6s. The 4.7 inch, 326ppi, 1334 x 750 Retina display is crystal clear and the wide-color-gamut, the same that is featured in the iPad Pro and iMac, means it’s bright, rich and wonderfully colourful. Watching videos and movies is as good as its ever been on an iPhone, especially when combined with other new features, such as the dual speakers.

Audio

If audio is an important component to your mobile experience, the iPhone 7 delivers. Unlike models before it, the iPhone 7 now features two speakers on the bottom of the phone, one on either side of the lightning port. On previous versions, this was not possible due to the 3.5mm jack, though Apple has found a workaround. Not only are there two speakers on the phone, but they’re extra loud. In fact, the top volume on the iPhone 7 is double that of the iPhone 6. If you’re someone who regularly plays music from your iPhone, this means it’ll be loud and clear and can easily fill in if you don’t have access to a Bluetooth speaker.

This upgrade to the speakers doesn’t come without controversy, however. Apple’s decision to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 has caused a stir in the Apple community and one that won’t be settled anytime soon. The 3.5mm jack has been an industry standard for decades and every other smartphone on the market features it, so it came as somewhat of a surprise to learn that Apple was dropping the jack in favour of its own lightning port connection. Though it’s a novel idea, in theory, this means that users cannot use their standard headphones in the new iPhone without the use of an adapter dongle. It also means that users cannot use their lightning headphones at the same time the phone is charging because there is only one port.

The decision to not include the 3.5mm jack is just another step Apple is taking to make the future wireless, but it comes at a cost. Alongside the launch of the iPhone 7 was Apple’s own AirPods—wireless headphones that connect via bluetooth—though they come with a hefty price tag. It’s also worth noting that Apple’s new MacBook Pros do not include this new headphone technology and instead rely on the same old 3.5mm jack. This means, in order to use your iPhone 7 headphones in the new MacBook Pro, you’ll need another adapter. For many, this is seen as one step forward and two steps back.

Performance

Like other iPhones before it, the iPhone 7 comes with an all-new A10 fusion chip that makes this iPhone the most powerful yet. Though it retains the same 2GB of RAM as its predecessor, switching between apps and opening new ones is as quick as smooth as ever. 3D gaming and multitasking also works like a charm and overtakes the iPhone 6s in both categories, with graphics that shine.

In fact, the new iPhone is 30% faster than the 6s and 12% more powerful than Samsung’s Galaxy S7. For users of much older generations of the iPhone, this is a huge boost in processing power. If you’re upgrading from the 6s, however, it may not be a largely noticeable difference, as both are extremely powerful.

Operating System

The iPhone 7 also comes pre-installed with iOS 10, Apple’s latest iPhone operating system. While the look of the new OS remains mostly the same, there are a few tweaks here and there that will make the user experience all around more enjoyable.

iMessage now features larger emojis and sticker and even offers the ability to send doodles. The new touch home button also means that you can send a reading of your pulse that will appear as a graphic to other contacts. Apple Music also receives a much-needed refresh that streamlines the layout to make it more user-friendly.

Much of which makes iOS 10 great is its simplification. One of the biggest draws users will first experience on the new operating system is the ability to delete stock Apple apps, like Stocks, Podcasts, Find My Friends, etc. For many iPhone users, these apps were relegated to an extra folder and not touched, only taking up precious storage.

Camera

The new camera built into the iPhone 7 is also a big improvement over the iPhone 6s. This 12MP camera with OIS works a lot better in low light and delivers results in nearly every condition. It’s wider aperture allows for more light into the sensor, leading to clearer photos with a reduction in the depth of field. The front-facing, 7MP camera also received a boost so selfies and FaceTime video chatting are improved too. Though it’s an upgrade from previous iPhones, the new camera doesn’t perform leaps and bounds better than that of the Samsung Galaxy S7, but definitely, stands out in low or mixed light settings.

Battery

Like with most other aspects of the iPhone 7, the battery itself receives a nice boost when compared to the iPhone 6s. The 7 battery can now last up to two hours longer than its predecessor. That increases life when using the internet and wireless video playback, which jumps from 11 hours to 13 hours, while talk time and standby remain the same.

Real World Water Proof Test

So after a trip to Gran Canaria in Spain, I put the iPhone 7 through its paces. Both in terms of the claim from Apple that it is dust resistant and also water resistant. Although Apple do state that the iPhone can lose its water resistance over time, therefore the warranty does not cover water damage.

Kean to test how water proof was I jumped in the pool and took some under water footage.

Note Apple doesn’t support this under their Apple Care Scheme, so if your phone was to get damaged you are on your own. I tried it anyway and a few minutes after getting out of the water, the phone was asking me to insert a new SIM Card.

Panic struck in as I had just destroyed my new iPhone. I removed the SIM, dried it out with a hair dryer and put it back in again.

Thankfully the phone started to work again but it’s safe to say, I won’t be taking such massive risks in future.

Conclusion

The iPhone 7 is a dazzling piece of tech that not only performs well but looks like a work of art in and of itself. Though it includes a number of key upgrades and improvements, for users of the iPhone 6 or 6s, it may not be enough to justify a purchase, especially considering its price. For users of older models, however, the iPhone 7 will perform circles around older generations as nothing in anything before the iPhone 6 can match the A10 chip.

The decision to not include the 3.5mm headphone jack may be a turnoff for some, but as time goes on, it may prove to be less of an issue than expected. As iPhone 7’s continue to sell, it’s likely that the iPhone 6 and 6s will also drop in price to sell off existing stock. For those looking for a similar performance to the iPhone 7 but with a 3.5mm headphone jack, this may be their best option. If you’re can afford a new smartphone and own a pair of Bluetooth headphones, the iPhone 7 may just be the phone for you.

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Mangroomer Review – Ultimate Pro Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver https://www.gadgetsiwant.com/mangroomer-review-ultimate-pro/ Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:49:08 +0000 https://www.gadgetsiwant.com/?p=9192 There’s a never-ending debate about whether to grow a beard or to maintain a clean shaven look. Some people also think that chest hair is manly. But there’s no doubt that there’s a consensus about back hair—they’re just plain icky. While some espouse having it waxed or zapped off, others say that you can just […]

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There’s a never-ending debate about whether to grow a beard or to maintain a clean shaven look. Some people also think that chest hair is manly. But there’s no doubt that there’s a consensus about back hair—they’re just plain icky. While some espouse having it waxed or zapped off, others say that you can just shave it off. And you don’t really need to have it done for you. With the Mangroomer back shaver, you can just do it yourself.

Can this really be done all by yourself? Lots of Mangroomer reviews on various online ecommerce websites attest to this, and they’re written mostly by verified customers. The Mangroomer comes with a lot of features that can make it all possible. In fact, the Ultimate Pro Mangroomer is the most advanced back hair shaver from Mangroomer.

What’s In the Box?

Let’s first check what you really get when you buy the Mangroomer do it yourself electric back hair shaver.

  • You get 2 interchangeable attachment shaving heads, and they both come with flexible necks. These attachments are designed for the extendable handle, which is designed for extreme reach and also equipped with ergonomic rubber.
  • It also comes with a power adapter, as the Mangroomer Ultimate Pro back shaver uses battery power for certain functions. You just need to charge the unit, so it doesn’t need to be plugged in when you use it.
  • You also get a manual detailing the operating and safety procedures. This is Spanish, German, and French, as well as in English.
  • There’s also a cleaning brush so you can get rid of the hair from the shaver more easily.

Features of the Mangroomer Electric Back Shaver

So what features does the Mangroomer Ultimate Pro have that makes it exquisitely ideal for shaving your back? Take a good long look:

  • The shaver head attachments lock to the handle, so what you end up with is a design that allows you to reach every square inch of your back. You can bend it at any angle, or extend it fully to reach areas that are more difficult to access.
  • It has the new Pro XL extension button, which locks the two parts of the Ultimate Pro in the angle you want. You can then customize the angle for various areas of your back, with an angle range of 135 degrees. What this means is that you won’t ever have to ask anyone else to shave your back for you.
  • You can also fold the unit flat, so it’s easier to bring along with you on your travels.
  • The 2 interchangeable attachment shaving heads give you a 1.8-inch wide back groomer blade. This allows you to shave larger areas and longer hairs more quickly.
  • You also get a bidirectional head for regular maintenance and shorter hairs. With this, you can shave along two directions instead of just one.
  • There’s also the Power Burst button. With this, you can get an extra burst of power to the shaver so that you can more easily trim very thick and coarse hair on your back. All you need to do is to press the button, instead of pushing down more forcefully.
  • The shaving heads also come with “shock absorber” flexible necks. This enables you to shave by following all the contours of your back.
  • The blades are ultra-sensitive. They’re made of stainless steel and are also hypoallergenic. This makes sure that the shaving process is soothing for your skin, without the usual irritants that your skin may normally have to endure.
  • The handle comes in a hexagonal design, which makes the grip more ergonomic. It’s rubberized too. This design is meant to boost your ability to control the shaver securely, while you’re also comfortable in handling it.
  • It’s also very light. This means you’re less likely to get tired holding the shaver up for extended shaving periods. It also makes it more portable too.
  • The battery charges up quickly and there’s even a charge light indicator. It goes red when it’s charging and green when it’s fully charged.
  • There’s also a 2-year warranty against any defects due to failure or manufacture. While you will shoulder the shipping costs to Mangroomer, the manufacturer will cover the costs of shipping the shaver back to you.

Comparison to the Other Models

Some say in their Mangroomer Ultimate Pro review that there’s not much of a difference to this unit compared to the more affordable Mangroomer Professional. But that’s not quite true.
Yes, it’s true that they share several key features. The less expensive model does have the special 135-degree design. It also comes with a rubberized grip. It also works without a cord, it’s rechargeable, and they both have a charging light.

But the Ultimate Pro has features you won’t find on the Professional version. There’s no bonus foil head for regular maintenance in the Pro. There’s no shock absorber feature with a multifunctional flexible neck. The lock button is missing, and so is the extreme reach handle. And you won’t find the Power Burst feature either.

PROS:
  • First and most important of all is that this thing works. You really do get a close shave, and you can access every area of your body easily. All you need is as full length mirror, one hand for the shaver, a small mirror for your other hand, and a bright light so you can check whether or not you missed a spot. It’s very maneuverable and light, so you can just relax and get to every hair on your back. It simply is very easy to use, since if you can’t reach a spot then all you need to do is to change the angle of the shaving handle.
  • There’s also no pulling on the hair, and no pain. Just make sure that you move the shaver head slowly as you pass it over your back. There’s no irritation to your skin either. Since the design allows you to follow every square inch of your back, you can get a very close shave indeed.
  • The charge also gives you a lot of time to shave. It won’t let you get the job half-done only. After all, the wide blade gets things done quickly. And the Power Burst button helps you with the thick coarse hair.
  • It’s even portable too. Just fold it up, bring the extra head and the power adapter, and you’re good to go. It’s so portable that you don’t even need to find a bathroom to use it, since you don’t need even water to make it work. And sure as heck, you don’t need shaving cream.

CONS:
  • In fact, this thing is ideal only for your back. Since it’s so big, it’s unwieldy to use for your face. The blades also are quite wide, so it’s not quite suitable for other areas of your body where there are deep contours to think about.
  • You can’t even use this on your chest hair without being very careful, since it doesn’t have a guard to protect your nipples.
  • Some people may not be that convinced that it’s better than having someone else do it for you. Having others do it for you can be an embarrassing experience, even if you can afford to have it done professionally. Some people even find it hard to ask their significant other to shave their back. But if your spouse or partner doesn’t mind, then maybe you shouldn’t mind it either.

Mangroomer Reviews

Consumer Ratings

By and large, just about every Mangroomer back shaver review for the Ultimate Pro gives it top marks. Just about every one finds it easy to use, and people marvel at the results. It’s no surprise that it’s a bestseller, and the most recent reviews all give it glowing recommendations.

Of course, a few people here and there will have something to complain about. One mentioned that it’s too light, and so there’s a question about its durability. Another even complained about the need to use mirrors—is there even a back shaver that doesn’t need mirrors to let you see if you’ve gotten all the hair on your back?

So all in all, people say that this is a beaut. It’s terrific—that’s very much the consensus.

Conclusion

So should you buy it? If you’re plagued with hair on your back and you’re no longer amused by the taunts and jokes, then the Mangroomer Ultimate Pro back shaver is for you. It’s very affordable, compared to the costs of other hair removal techniques. Using lasers will cost you about $600 to $900, and that’s just for one session. With the Mangroomer, it’s a one-time cost.

It simply is a wonder of a product. It’s very easy to use, and the results will be amazing. Never again will you feel self-conscious on the beach and in pool parties, and you won’t have to annoy other guys when your play basketball shirtless. And it gives you the self-confidence you need when you’re intimate with your partner. So if you have any hair on your back, get this shaver.

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Types of Kindle https://www.gadgetsiwant.com/types-of-kindle/ Mon, 05 Sep 2016 13:07:09 +0000 http://www.gadgetsnreviews.com/?p=9043 What are the different types of Kindle? There is the Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage and the 2016 launched Kindle Oasis. Then of course there is the Fire, this comes as a tablet in various shapes and sizes and then there is the Fire TV of which there are two versions. Confused? It’s not the easiest […]

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What are the different types of Kindle? There is the Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage and the 2016 launched Kindle Oasis. Then of course there is the Fire, this comes as a tablet in various shapes and sizes and then there is the Fire TV of which there are two versions. Confused? It’s not the easiest product line to follow, especially as Amazon took the decision to launch their tablets under the name Kindle Fire, realised the confusion, and then relaunched the tablets simply as Fire. I want to help to clear up the confusion.

What is an ereader?

The Kindle

An ereader is a handheld electronic device that let’s you read electronic books and magazines. Amazon Kindle electronic readers are aimed at trying to replace the physical book. Whether this is actually possible or not is a debate for another blog post.

A Kindle will allow you to download and read books, newspapers and magazines on a specialist

screen that is designed to allow you to read for hours and hours.

A tablet on the other hand uses similar technology to a laptop or desktop, there is nothing specialist about it.

If you are a fan of reading books and magazines, this device is particularly convenient for you. Amazon currently features four varieties of Kindle units, each with a unique appearance and differences.

Learning more about each of these devices and how they differ will assist you in choosing the right device that fits your lifestyle and budget. Let’s break each Kindle down and discuss each model individually.

What is a tablet?

A tablet is a handheld mini computer that lets you read emails, go online, watch video and install apps. It also lets you read electronic books and magazines.

What is the difference between an ereader and a tablet?

Kindle

Kindle Fire Tablet

I have written an in depth blog post about this ereader vs tablet. To summarise, an ereader is for books and magazines and a tablet is a handheld computer. Although by installing an app on the tablet it’s possible to access the same content as your ereader. The app downloads all the ebooks you have purchased from the Amazon Store and using WhisperSync technology, it synchronises where you are up to magically, across all devices.

The biggest differentiator though is that the screen on a tablet is like a computer screen, but the screen on an ereader is designed to mimic a book.

Types of Kindle

I have listed below the difference types of Kindle that are available to buy and for reference some of the now obsolete models. If you want a full list and specification of the current Kindle line up then take a look at my comparison chart.

Kindle

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The Kindle is the baseline model and like it’s bigger brothers and sisters it features the revolutionary e-reader or eink display. This display provides a sharp and high-resolution screen designed for those that want to read books electronically. The entry level model is simply know a The Kindle whereas the other Kindle ereaders have names like Paperwhite, Touch and Oasis.

It includes a six-inch display that utilities the Amazon E Ink technology to form a 16-level gray scale image, that does not have glare even in direct sunlight. It uses Wi-Fi as the only mean of connection, and you need to be in the range of an active Wi-Fi connection to browse and download content. It is simple to use and does not require computer cables or syncing to use.

None of the Kindles include any audio functionality, something that was available on the previous generations. It’ wireless functionality makes it easy to log into Amazon to find and buy an e-book. Shop anywhere in the world, whether you are in bed, taxi or airport. As soon as you buy a book, it will be delivered immediately electronically.

The Kindle comes with an internal storage of 2 GB, with 1.25 GB available for use. This will allow you to approximately store 1400 books. It includes a powerful battery, that can last for up to one month if the wireless is off, and about three weeks if the wireless is on throughout. The device offers five controls well placed in the bottom of the display area.

Kindle Touch

Kindle Touch WiFi

Like the entry level version of the Kindle the Kindle Touch features a 6-inch E Ink screen. The main different is that this version is a touch-screen and allows swipe or tap the display, which is an easier way of navigating menu system or turn the page on your book or document. The Kindle Touch comes with a larger battery than the Kindle, which can last up to two months when the wireless is turn off and about one month when the Wi-Fi is on most of the time.

It comes with a larger space of about 3 GB as compared to 1.25 GB in the Kindle version. The Kindle Touch is advanced in term of internet connectivity as it includes a 3G version, which is much faster wehnaccessing online contents as well as downloading books, because you don’t have to worry about logging on to WiFi networks.

Kindle Keyboard

Kindle Keyboard

This device is now obsolete, but can still be purchased second hand. Although it features almost the same internal storage as the Kindle Touch, the Kindle Keyboard E Ink display is not a touch-screen. The Kindle Keyboard offers a five-controller and a full QWERTY keyboard for input. It also includes a two side buttons that use to advance the page while reading. It features a powerful Wi-Fi and 3G models just like the Kindle Touch model.

It comes with a more powerful battery like that of Kindle Touch model and can last for up to two months on a single charge, when it is offline most of the days. If you keep the Wi-Fi on most of the time, the battery will last for about ten days. It is important to avoid the low-coverage mobile area connections (this is what the 3G card uses)

as it will drop down to 2G standards like EDGE and GPRS. Although they still work, they consume battery power faster.

The Wi-Fi network is compatible with 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n standards and supports WEP, WPA and WPA2 security that uses a password for authentication. If you don’t know what that means, then don’t worry as it’s just another way of saying open WiFi standards. It cannot to connect to WPA and WPA2 secured network using 802.1X authentication methods, which are only really used in the workplace and does not support to connecting to ad-hoc Wi-Fi networks.

Kindle DX

Kindle DX

The Kindle DX version, also now obsolete, is totally different than the previous three versions that we have mentioned so far. It features a 9.7-inch E Ink display compared to the 6 inch on the other models.

It features a high-contrast display, that allows for up to 50 percent contrast as compared to other E Ink displays. It includes a full QWERTY keyboard, a 5-way controller, and standard turning buttons. It comes with an internal memory of about 4 GB internal storage with 3.3 GB available for storing content and is available in 3G version.

The main weakness as compared to other is that it does not feature a touch screen, its battery can last to up to 2 weeks when the wireless is off. If the wireless is on most of the time, a single charge can last for about one week.

The battery life depends mainly on the wireless usage such as when shopping the Kindle Store and when downloading content. It should also be noted that low-coverage area wireless technologies such as EDGE/GPRS which can be called as 2G, consumes more battery and should be avoided.

Kindle Fire

This is the most advanced version of the Kindle as it features a full-color, multi-touch display. The tablet comes with a modified version of Google’s Android operating system, that allows you to download and run a wide range of applications just like any other standard tablet. Some models start 8 GB internal storage and go up to 64GB and the storage can be used for books, games, videos and music.

Its battery can last for about eight hours when the Wi-Fi connection is on most of the time and about two days when the Wi-Fi is off.

The Kindle Fire only includes a Wi-Fi  receiver just like the Kindle ereaders. The operating system supports different files which includes Kindle AZW, PDF, TXT, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, Audible, JPEG GIF, PING, BMP, MIDI, WAV, OGG, and NON-DRM ACC AND PNG.

Although this model is a bit expensive as compare to the most other Kindles, it’s designed as an alternative to the iPad or Samsung tablets rather than competing against ereaders.

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Kindle Oasis Review https://www.gadgetsiwant.com/kindle-oasis-review/ Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:02:08 +0000 http://www.gadgetsnreviews.com/?p=9055 The post Kindle Oasis Review appeared first on Gadgets i Want.

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In April 2016 Amazon launched the Kindle Oasis. When I first started writing this Amazon Kindle Oasis Review, I fully expected to be archiving the Amazon Voyage review given it’s specification and price point.

For now anyway it looks like the Kindle Oasis is an entirely new device.  The first thing I’d like to say about this, is at the time of writing we have four Kindles to chose from and each one has various options, like 3G or WiFi only and also do I want one with sponsored advertisements on it or not?

Amazon normally get the marketing spot on, it’s why they are the giant that they are. However, I am not sure they have got this right. It seems to confuse people more than anything having this number of devices to chose from.

There are currently four models of Kindle on sale, I am not sure if this is one too many.

So with my initial concern out of the way let’s get down to the details.

What’s new with the Kindle Oasis?

The Kindle Oasis has had the battery moved to the side as you can see from the image below:

Kindle Oasis Flat

This means the device can be held with the thick bit in the palm of your hand. Not only does this make it more comfortable than the other versions of the device, but it’s also the lightest Kindle to date. So reading books on the Oasis is the best ereader experience on the market.

The downside it that battery life has suffered a little but Amazon have come up with an inventive way to get around this. The Kindle Oasis comes with a case that also doubles up as a battery boost.

The Kindle Oasis comes with a case that also acts as an additional battery.

We have seen this concept used in the smartphone world for some time and now Amazon have brought the same concept to the ereader market.

Difference between Kindle Oasis and Kindle Voyage

The previous high end Kindle was the Kindle Voyage. The Kindle Oasis now sits in the category and given that it starts at $289 / £ 269 its £100 / $90 more expensive. You could buy a Kindle Voyage and a Kindle and still have money left over.

The specification of the two devices is almost identical, the biggest difference is the Oasis is thinner, lighter and comes with a cover that also charges the device. Maybe we will see prices drop over time but this is definitely high end tech that we are dealing with when it comes to the Oasis.

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Amazon has traditionally tried to make their devices as cheap as possible, their strategy as a content creator is to make money from content. Whilst the technology in their devices can’t be faulted, the quality of the components used can sometimes feel cheap.

The Oasis feels classy, like a high end Samsung or Apple device. They don’t seem to have cut any corners here, hence the hefty price tag.

The Screen

In my opinion most electronic devices live and die by their screen. Whilst the casing on a Kindle has always felt a bit cheap, the screens are a delight. Not only does the casing feel high end the same is true with the screen.

The screen is 300 pixels per inch and it features 60% more LEDs than the Kindle Voyage. As a result the Oasis is an absolute delight to read a book on.

Ereaders feature a touch screen interface and if you’re used to using a tablet then as a word of warning an ereader is nowhere near as responsive as a tablet. It probably doesn’t need to be but I can see future devices improving massively in this area.

Software

The homepage displays the book that you are currently reading, in addition it pulls your suggestions in from Goodreads. Buying a book from the Amazon Store is a piece of cake, just a few taps and your latest purchase is downloaded to your device.

Whispersync is amazing, it synchronises your books across all devices, so if you are reading using the Kindle App on your smartphone, tablet or desktop app then you can pick up where you left off. Nine fonts are available to choose from and you can make the font bigger or smaller to suit your taste and eyesight.

Like most technology these days, it’s integrated with Twitter and Facebook so you can share your thoughts whilst you are reading.

Right Handed or Left Handed

The Oasis has an accelerometer built into it much like a smartphone or tablet. What this means is that if you are right handed or left handed, it doesn’t matter. The Oasis will detect that you have changed hands and rotate the screen. Very clever and very useful.

A case with a battery

The Oasis comes with a case that attaches magnetically to body of the ereader. Very similar to the case that comes with the iPad. As well as protecting the Oasis, the case doubles up as a battery, this helps to overcome the issue of a smaller battery than the one you normally find in the Kindle.

Once the cover is attached the battery in both the Kindle and the cover is charged at the same time, when not on charge, the battery in the cover is used before the battery in the Oasis.

There are three choices of cover available, walnut, merlot and black. One of the major drawbacks is that you won’t want to have an Oasis without one of these cases, what makes technology fun is being able to personalise it with your own accessories. I can’t see many third party manufacturers producing a case for the Oasis.

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Video Baby Monitor Security https://www.gadgetsiwant.com/video-baby-monitor-security/ Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:27:14 +0000 http://www.gadgetsnreviews.com/?p=9036 Are you among the thousands of people using baby video monitors? If the answer is yes, then you must be aware of some of the issue raised in the news recently. There has been reports that several baby video monitors were hacked and used by hackers to talk to the children and view them. Hackers proved […]

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Are you among the thousands of people using baby video monitors? If the answer is yes, then you must be aware of some of the issue raised in the news recently. There has been reports that several baby video monitors were hacked and used by hackers to talk to the children and view them. Hackers proved this by broadcasting some of the footage on several websites. This action has brought panic among several nurseries who readily use them on a day to day basis. Although this is concerning there are things that you can do to stop this from happening. Read on to find out what can be done to improve your video baby monitor security.

To ensure security of baby video monitors, you must first ensure all online services are secure. The hackers in the UK must be collaborating with other people from others nations as footages from the UK baby video monitors were broadcasted live on a Russian website. This action has brought tension among people whose monitors have been hacked. Their hacked monitors show all activities in their homes particularly in their baby’s bedrooms, with a recent stream showing a child’s bedroom in Birmingham.

This has become not only a parent’s concern but something that has worried the whole IT industry. Several IT Security companies have demonstrated how this is possible. Different baby monitors were tested and it seems to be that hackers used the same method to gain access to them.

Ways of accessing baby monitors:

If you own one of these baby monitors, then it is worth knowing how these monitors have been compromised. The main way that hackers compromised these monitors is because it never asks for a password in their default installation. Anything that is connected to the internet without log in passwords mean they can be easily accessed by anyone who knows their default passwords.

Mostly, the baby video monitors are accessed via an application on a smartphone or even a website. More so, the default passwords are published on the internet, mainly to help consumers who may have forgotten the password, but also hackers are publishing the details to allow other hackers to take advantage of the situation.

The frightening part of this news story is that these monitors were used by hackers to monitor their owners activities and even to talk to the children. This was a case in the state of Washington. KIRO TV reported that a US woman, whose identity was withheld for personal security complained to them about how their wireless Foscam IP camera was hacked. She said her son complained to her about voices in his room but she never took it serious at first, as she assumed those were voices from outside. It was not until when she heard a woman’s voice from her son’s room that she had to check it out.

She got shocked realising that the voices were actually coming from the camera. Someone had hacked their system and had been talking to their son for a month. The voices could tell her son when his father was coming to his room and when his mother was also coming to his room. The hackers had taken full control of their wireless Foscam IP camera twisting it to any direction they want to see. However, they could only talk to the child but he couldn’t talk back.

KIRO 7 reporter, Kevin McCarty explained that it possible that the system was hacked after hearing from the wireless Foscam IP Camera Company. The bad thing is that it was not possible to tell whether the hacker was someone from within or even outside the country. This was so because these cameras are controlled with an application. Such application are compatible with not only smartphones but also laptops. However, there was nothing that could be done by then other than uninstalling the camera from their home.

Another family in the same state was surprised to hear creepy music from their Foscam baby monitor. The only thing you can do in such cases is to check which IP addresses have been accessing your Foscam. This will help you determine whether or not your camera has been hacked and being controlled. Each logon to the camera is logged so in the first instance you should check if someone has been logging onto your monitor at unusual times. This will help to ensure your home has not been breached and all your activities are being monitored.

The family, living in Minnesota that looked at the log files and they discovered that the IP address used to access their camera came from overseas, Amsterdam to be specific. The site used to access their home camera had thousands of streams coming from many other cameras from as many as 15 countries. This site was later discovered to be Insecam.com which has been streaming footages of many private Foscam IP cameras. All these cameras had a default password which allowed intruders access to them. The site has reported more than 152 countries which have been affected. Intruders are able to spy people’s offices, swimming pools, restaurants, bars, shops, swimming pools and gymnasiums.

This raised an alert to Foscam Company concerning the security threats caused by their default password camera modes. They started manufacturing new cameras which could allow users to change the default passwords to their own personal passwords which could only be known to themselves. This made it hard for those hackers who only accessed the cameras through their default passwords. However, as noted by the Washington family, they had set passwords and even usernames but this never protected them. The couple claimed that their camera had a username and a password but was still hacked.

Are you thinking of doing away with the Foscam camera system and maybe installing another baby video monitors for your home? Then you must be very keen. Many other cameras have also been reported to be exploited by voyeurs with a recent case in Kansas. This shows that almost all the baby monitor system are very vulnerable to hacking. A US mother, Megan Klaassen, reported that her summer infant brand wireless IP camera had been hacked. Megan got worried when she knew that someone had been watching over her napping her 3-month old son. KWCH 12 reports that Megan Klaassen had a password on her baby monitor. The hackers must have easily accessed her password through the internet as she uses an open network Wi-Fi connection in her home.

Megan explains how she removed the camera system from her home. She had to return the wireless camera system to the store and got another one without wireless capabilities. She said it is very important that if your home has a Wi-Fi connection, then consider securing the connection with passwords. This will prevent internet hackers from accessing your homes’ internet-based equipment. She farther cautioned all the mums to take the need to secure the cameras very seriously. She stressed the need for passwords and constant checking systems to make sure no intruders have hacked them. However, Megan Klaassen insists that there should be more help concerning hijacking of baby monitors other than just passwords and usernames.

Many families have been unnerved by these privacy intrusion issues. Obviously, no one will feel safe knowing all their actions are being monitored.

Security considerations

The increased hacking incidences have called the help of many security companies. For instance, Paul Ducklin of Naked Security came up with certain security considerations which include:

• IT-savvy: Paul explains the need of consulting the help of an IT friend to check on your system incases you suspect security breaches.

• Passwords: Paul explains that passwords will make it hard for your home monitor system to be hacked. He farther explain that there is no need of replacing your monitor system just because they have been hacked but instead make use of strong passwords.

For strong passwords, consider using both non-sequential numbers and letters. This was a message for all those using webcams and baby monitors from the UK privacy watchdog Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). They stressed that passwords should never be names of pets at homes, date of birth nor the names of children. This will only make it easier for hackers to guess what your password is to access your monitor system.

Consider your Wi-Fi routers security

Turn off the wide area network options

Most people will configure their Wi-Fi routers through web browsers. You should start by turning off the wide area network option in either remote administration, remote management or setup via WAN so that your configuration screen will be accessed only from within your home. This prevents anyone on the internet from accessing your Wi-Fi network to hack your monitor system.

Usernames and passwords

It is important to note that usernames are not of great importance. What matters most in protecting your Wi-Fi router is the password. Make sure you have a strong password that will be used to administer the router.

Strong passwords cannot be easily hacked which means that if the router cannot be compromised then it makes it more difficult for the camera to become compromised.

Another good tip is to change passwords on a regular basis. Consider using both non-sequential numbers and letters to make very strong passwords for any of your home internet based systems.

Control over Wi-Fi

Controlling who can access your Wi-Fi network connection will also be of great advantage. There are three Wi-Fi security levels: open (no passwords), WEP and WPA (1 and 2). Among the three, it is very clear that you don’t have to use an open security access level for your Wi-Fi router as anyone can connect to your network. Also WEP security levels sound secure but there are know issues which means it is easy to crack a WEP password within no time. No one will want to have a false sense of security in using a WEP password for their Wi-Fi routers.

Update routers

Make sure your router is always up to date with the current software. Download the latest firmware for your router from your vendor’s website. Make sure you always access your vendor’s website reading through all the support articles about routers and their security measures. Read about other people’s comments and concerns. Being up to date with the current firmware will help keep your Wi-Fi network strong. This will prevent hackers from breaking into your network to access and change your settings so that they can start monitoring all your activity.

However, caution should always be taken regarding what firmware to download. You will need to know this model number and it is usually on a sticker somewhere on the router. This helps you to download the firmware compatible with your router’s model.

 Use a password on your webcam or baby monitor

Most webcams don’t have passwords and neither do baby monitors. However, make sure your webcam or monitor has a password to protect it from hackers. Usually, webcam passwords are difficult to set. One can either check on the vendor’s support forum or else visit the vendor so that they can show you how to set the password. Strong passwords are recommended on cameras.

Conclusion

In conclusion, if you have a baby monitor, then you should consider the following four ways to make them secure:

• For strong password, use both non-sequential numbers and letter which are hard for the hackers to guess. It is risky to use default passwords on your baby monitor as these passwords can easily be found on the internet.

• Keep up to date with software used on your baby monitor system. This will improve the security of your baby monitor system, as updated software will make it difficult for hackers who have been used to the previous software.

• Secure your router, since your router is what is used to connect to the internet, make sure they have strong passwords. Never use default passwords on such devices. Also make sure your router software is always updated.

• Turn off unused connections

Turning off unused access points will help enhance your baby’ monitor. You can also consider using non- internet- based device. Such devices will protect your baby monitor from hacking since hackers cannot access they are connected to the internet.

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Cheap Electric Scooters https://www.gadgetsiwant.com/cheap-electric-scooters/ https://www.gadgetsiwant.com/cheap-electric-scooters/#respond Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:04:51 +0000 http://www.gadgetsnreviews.com/?p=9028 Scooters can be both for children and adults depending on what they are needed for. They can be both for children as a play thing and adults viable method of transport. Prices have come down over the years and it’s easy to pick up cheap electric scooters for adults and for children, without having to […]

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Scooters can be both for children and adults depending on what they are needed for. They can be both for children as a play thing and adults viable method of transport. Prices have come down over the years and it’s easy to pick up cheap electric scooters for adults and for children, without having to compromise on quality.

Finding an inexpensive scooter can take some time, but your search can save you a great deal of money. There are a variety of scooter options, but electric scooters save you money in the long run because you do not have to spend money on fuel.

Most scooter shoppers begin their search online, just as they would for a car or truck. Searching for cheap electric scooters online gives you a chance to determine what options you have. You can check out different models and read reviews from scooter owners. You can also search what scooters are available for sale in your area. Whether you are buying a used or brand new scooter, searching online will help you narrow your choices.

Budget

Before you begin your search, set a budget. Determining how much you want to spend helps you limit the choices you have so the search process does not feel as overwhelming. There are plenty of cheap electric scooters available, so there is no sense overspending on something that can be found for a cheaper price.

Consider Shipping and Handling Costs

Remember, if you are not buying a scooter locally, you will need to factor shipping and handling into the overall cost of your scooter. You might find a great price online, but when you add shipping into the total cost, the deal is much less appealing. Also consider what is included in the purchase price of the scooter. Sometimes you can get accessories and standard maintenance costs included in the purchase price of the scooter. In the long run, paying a little bit more and getting more might save you money.

Maintenance

Even though they will cause fewer headaches than cars and trucks, very cheap electric scooters need to be maintained. Keeping the scooter in tip-top shape could decreases the amount of money you will need to put into maintenance. Taking care of very cheap electric scooters ultimately keeps them working for years to come. When determining how much you want to spend on a scooter and evaluating how much you will save choosing cheap electric scooters over a traditional vehicle, maintenance cost should play a role. Scooters are not maintenance free, but you will certainly save overall.

More and more people are turning to electric scooters as their main method of transportation. Instead of purchasing a vehicle that contributes to pollution, a scooter is a clean driving vehicle. Those living in an urban areas with moderate temperatures year-round also view scooters as a great investment. The demand for very cheap electric scooters is high right now and consumers can take advantage of prices that are lower than ever.

Cheap Electric Scooters for Adults

Electric scooters for adults can be an alternative method of transportation and are sometimes referred to as “dirt scooters” because their large, inflatable tires easily traverse bumps, cracks, and all sorts of urban terrain. Like electric bikes, electric scooters propel riders forward with speeds reaching up to 25mph with a simple twist of the wrist. Note that range and power for both vehicle types ultimately depend on riders’ weight (including backpacks and grocery bags); each model specifies maximum weight capacity.

Scooters have enjoyed varying levels of popularity over the years, but they always seem to come back into favour, especially in climates with higher temperatures. Scooters are a lot less expensive than cars and trucks. Their initial purchase price is usually under £2,000 and their cost of maintenance and operation is also much less than car owners pay. If you are searching for an economical vehicle that is ideal for traveling short distances, consider cheap electric scooters.

Finding an inexpensive scooter can take some time, but your search can save you a great deal of money. There are a variety of scooter options, but electric scooters save you money in the long run because you do not have to spend money on fuel.

Most scooter shoppers begin their search online, just as they would for a car or truck. Searching for cheap electric scooters online gives you a chance to determine what options you have. You can check out different models and read reviews from scooter owners. You can also search what scooters are available for sale in your area. Whether you are buying a used or brand new scooter, searching online will help you narrow your choices.

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Kindle Comparison Chart – See Easily Which Is The Right One For You https://www.gadgetsiwant.com/kindle-comparison/ Mon, 23 May 2016 19:53:43 +0000 http://www.gadgetsnreviews.com/?p=8887 It's not easy to find out which of Amazon's devices is the right one for you. I have put together a Kindle Comparison Chart for you so that you can easily compare each model and work out which is the right one for you.

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We have put together a Kindle comparison so you can easily see the differences between all the current Amazon e-readers that are available to buy. We take a look at the original device and how things have evolved over the years. Our comparison chart should help you easily see the differences between each model.

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Kindle E-reader
Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Voyage
Kindle Voyage
Fire Tablet 7
Fire HD 8
Fire HD 8

Type E-Reader

Storage Space
4GB (holds 000's
of books)

​WiFi Yes

3G No
(not available)

Size
160x115x9.1mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life 
30 days

Recharge Time 
4 hours

Weight 161g

Screen
Features

Display
Type 
EInk

Screen Size
6inches

Resolution 
167ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen No

Screen Light No

​Glare Free
Screen Yes

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books No

Video No

Documents Yes

Photos No

Apps No

Email No

Camera No

Type E-Reader

Storage Space
4GB (holds 000's
of books)

​WiFi Yes

3G Yes
(additional)

Size
169x117x9.1mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life 
30 days

Recharge Time 
3 hours

Weight 205g

Screen
Features

Display Type 
EInk

Screen Size
6inches

Resolution
300ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen No

Screen Light Yes

​Glare Free
Screen Yes

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books No

Video No

Documents Yes

Photos No

Apps No

Email No

Camera No

Type E-Reader

Storage Space
4GB (holds 000's
of books)

​WiFi Yes

3G Yes
(additional)

Size
162x115x7.6mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life 
30 days

Recharge Time 
3 hours

Weight 180g

Screen
Features

Display Type 
EInk

Screen Size
6inches

Resolution
300ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen No

Screen Light Yes

​Glare Free
Screen Yes

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books No

Video No

Documents Yes

Photos No

Apps No

Email No

Camera No

Type E-Reader

Storage Space
8GB (32GB Option

available)

​WiFi Yes

3G Yes
(additional)

Size
143x122x3.4mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life 
30 days

Recharge Time 
3 hours

Weight 131g

Screen
Features

Display Type 
EInk

Screen Size
7 inches

Resolution
300ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen Yes

Screen Light Yes

​Glare Free
Screen Yes

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books No

Video No

Documents Yes

Photos No

Apps No

Email No

Camera No

Type Tablet

Storage Space
8GB (16GB
available)

​WiFi Yes

3G/4G No 
(not available)

Size
169x103x10.7mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life
8 hours

Recharge Time 
6 hours

Weight 290g

Screen
Features

Display Type
IPS

Screen Size
6 inches HD

Resolution
252ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen Yes

Screen Light Yes

​Glare Free
Screen No

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books Yes

Video Yes

Documents Yes

Photos Yes

Apps Yes

Email Yes

Camera Yes

Type Tablet

Storage Space
8GB (16GB 
available)

​WiFi Yes

3G/4G No 
(not available)

Size
214x128x7.7mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life
8 hours

Recharge Time 
5 hours

Weight 311g

Screen
Features

Display Type
IPS

Screen Size
8 inches HD

Resolution
189ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen Yes

Screen Light Yes

​Glare Free
Screen No

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books Yes

Video Yes

Documents Yes

Photos Yes

Apps Yes

Email Yes

Camera Yes

Type Tablet

Storage Space
16GB (32GB 
available)

​WiFi Yes

3G/4G No 
(not available)

Size
262x159x7.7mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life
8 hours

Recharge Time 
5 hours

Weight 432g

Screen
Features

Display Type
IPS

Screen Size
10.1 inches

Resolution
149ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen Yes

Screen Light Yes

​Glare Free
Screen No

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books Yes

Video Yes

Documents Yes

Photos Yes

Apps Yes

Email Yes

Camera Yes

How to choose a the right one?

In this buying guide, we have omitted the Amazon Fire TV from our comparison chart as this sits under a different category of device all together and we will be doing a separate post about the Amazon Fire TV.

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TV, Phone, ereader and Tablet. It's confusing but we can help!

There was of course the failed Amazon Fire Phone which was launched way back in 2014 and then was discontinued in 2015, although I suspect at some point the company will return to the market with a brand new smartphone as this just seems too good an opportunity for them to miss.

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To put it simply - an ereader is solely for reading books. The Fire tablet lets you do more.

Tablet vs Kindle

So Amazon two products that have some cross over but are very different devices, you have the Amazon Fire which is a tablet much like the iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab and you have the ereader, if you want to know more then you can always read our ereader vs tablet blog post which will give you the full low down.

The basics are this, an ereader is just for reading books. A tablet lets you do more like check emails, go on the internet and use kindle apps like Facebook and Twitter.

You won't find any web browsers either on a Kindle device, these are reserved for the tablets.

Once you have decided the type of device you want then the next step is to chose the kindle model that you require, depending on you answer to the following questions, you can then decide which is the most appropriate device:

Ereader Considerations

  • 3g option - do you need it?
  • Which model of ereader do you need?
  • Which ereader has the best screen?
  • Which ereader comes with a builtin screen light?
  • How does the Kindle compare with other ereaders?
  • Water resistance?
  • What screen size do you require?

Tablet Considerations

  • 3g option - do you need it?
  • What size screen do you need on my tablet?
  • How much storage space do you need on your tablet?
  • Can I read ebooks on my tablet?
  • What else can I do on my tablet?
  • How does it compare with other tablets on the market?
  • What screen size do you require?

Basic Kindle - The Budget Kindle

Similar to the noble nook the standard kindle is the cheapest option on the market. It comes with a 4gb of storage which is perfect for storing thousands of books.

Amazon has now migrated all their kindle devices so that they are touch screen whereas some of the 1st gen model had physical page turn buttons , which was a bit clunky when reading a kindle book .

The reading experience on this device is far from perfect however as the screen isn't as crisp as that of amazons kindle oasis.

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Basic Amazon Kindle vs Paperwhite

The next jump up in class from the basic kindle is the kindle paperwhite. The step up in class and also budget means there are quite a few added features, which inevitably mean a higher price point.

The Kindle Paperwhite features more pixels per inch and front lighting which is really useful when it comes to bed time reading.

Unlike the basic, the Paperwhite has a light sensor which automatically switches on the front lighting on the device, whenever you happen to be reading in low light. The technical term for this is it features an ambient light sensor but to the non geek, it simply means builtin light.

The builtin light certainly saves arguments at bedtime when I want to read and my better half wants to sleep. The extra money for this model of ebook reader certainly makes it worthwile.

Having spent a considerable amount of time reviewing each ebook reader, you can see my Kindle Voyage Review, then I have to say that the Kindle Paperwhite right now gets my vote as the best ereader.

Those extra pixels per inch that they have added to the device just make the reading experience all that more pleasureable.

It's no coincidence that it's Amazon's best selling ereader, there is a good reason for that.

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Paperwhite vs Voyage vs Oasis

As you scale up from the basic kindle you end up with the higher end models which all come with a better screen. Once you move up from the basic, these devices all have a 3g model available.

To be honest this probably warrants a blog post in it's own right. The basis is more features but you don't necessarily get much more between the Paperwhite and the Voyage.

The Oasis is a different animal altogether but we will come to that later.

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Which Kindle Should You Buy? - Amazon Kindle vs Paperwhite vs Voyage vs Oasis

Whichever device you choose to buy there is a common feature set across all devices. There are:

  • touchscreen display - now standard regardless of which device you decide upon
  • freetime unlimited - rent 000's of books which is available for amazon prime customers
  • amazons digital downloads - purchase thousands of books instantly using a gift card or credit card
  • single charge - each kindle model lasts weeks on a single charge
  • standard software features - it's the same software regardless of the model you want to go with

Out of the four ereaders that Amazon currently makes, the entry level Kindle, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite , the Kindle Voyage and the Kindle Oasis, the Kindle Paperwhite has the perfect balance between cost and features.

The basic Kindle is fine for the occasional beach holiday and the Kindle Voyage is priced at the same level as Amazon’s the Kindle Fire HD 10, which is full on tablet.

The Kindle Paperwhite is a very similar to the Nook Glowlight which is a competing product available from the books giant Barns & Noble in the United States. Amazons offering has the 3g data option which allows you to buy online books without the need for a WiFi connection.

Other than being lighter in weith Amazons Kindle Voyage seems operpriced in my view anyway. If you jump up to the high end Kindle Oasis is comes with a charging cover and the added benefit of water resistance.

The Kindle Oasis also features Audible which is Amazon's audio books service, which features thousands of titles, so you can have books read back to you, which is a nice addition.

The ability to list to audio books was one of the features on the original Kindle, back in 2007, so it's nice to see this brought back almost a decade later.

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Kindle Fire Tablet Editions

Amazon seems to update it's tablet offering on quite a regular basis. For example at one stage we has the Kindle Fire HDX which was an all singing all dancing tablet.

Instead now they have settled for:

  • Fire 7 - this is an entry level device that doesn't feature a HD screen.
  • Fire HD 8 - A middle of the range device that features an 8inch HD Screen and better battery life.
  • Fire HD 10 - The top end tablet that features a 10.1" screen, a faster processor but the trade off is the battery life on the Fire HD 10 isn't as good as the 8.
  • Fire Kids Edition - this comes in two versions the Kids Fire 7 & the Kids Fire HD 8. Similar to the Fire HD (Parent) editions the hardware spec is the same. It comes with kids software features so it's slightly easier to use. It also comes with a Kids Cover which makes the device a bit less prone to breaking should it be dropped accidentally. 

Another goof thing about the Amazon Tablets is unlike the iPad there is a card slot for a memory card. This means that each version can have the storage space expanded upon my inserting a memory card in to the card slot.

Although everything seems to be streamed these days, have the additional expansion means that for car journeys and flights downloading movies offline makes these devices usable when there isn't an internet connection on hand.

16gb 32gb 64gb 128gb and 256gb expansion cards are all available to purchase as an add on. A stanard definition movie is about 2GB in size, so depending on how many movies you would like to watch offline, then you can take your pick.

There are plenty kindle apps for you to download to you tablet and although the Amazon fire tablets and based on Android Software you won't find the Google Play store on kindle devices.

These devices are designed to get you to buy on Amazon and comes fully loaded with things like Amazon Prime which is their video and music streaming service. Amazons digital content is what the company really wants you to consume.

All kindle devices, from the kindle eraders, the standard kindle, kindle fire hd, even the fire kids editions are geared up towards you purchasing or subscribing to their content.

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Things have changes a lot since 2007

Original Kindle

When the original Amazon Kindle was launched in 2007 it was quite straightforward which device to buy. The choice was limited to one.

It was truly a ground breaking device. Lightweight. Durable. Thin. You could playback audio books using headphones.

There was enough space to store 200 non illustrated books, with the option to install more memory should you fill it. Add to this an amazing battery life in a device that was only 6 inches tall, and you have a winner.

The true game changer however was the screen. For the first time you could read a book on an electronic device without straining your eyes.

It became an instant hit, selling out in five and a half hours. It took Amazon five months to replenish their stock, as a result it never shipped outside the United States.

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When the original Kindle launched in 2007. It was simple. There was only one.

Fast forward five or six years. Amazon has launched the yet another generation of the Kindle ereader, a tablet called the Fire, a TV and a failed phone.

Improvements along the way means (kindles keyboard has been retired, so you are left with kindle touchs only) more features, a greater number of devices, but that now leaves Amazon with six devices, under the Kindle brand.

This is great progress from a company that started out selling books. It shows a company investing and moving with the times.

However, it introduces a layer of complexity for the customers of Amazon that hopefully we can help you solve.

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The future for Amazon

The company hasn't just evolved in terms of manufacturing their own devices. Since 2011, when Amazon acquired the DVD rental come online streaming company LoveFilm, they have moved into the realms of becoming a content creator.

This puts the online retailer into a very unique position. They not only manufacturer the devices that people can to consume other peoples content, those devices can be used to consume Amazon content.

They have produced numerous shows over the years, from comedies like Alpha House, to dramas like Bosch and Hand of God. Right now there is only Netflix that are producing content in a similar way, that aren't what you would call a traditional media company.

Amazon don't just create TV shows though, they also have their own music streaming service to rival that of tech giants Apple and Spotify. Again putting them streets ahead of their competitors.

It's simple to see that they are creating a supply chain for a digital area that no other rival can match at the moment. What this means is we are seeing the cost of the hardware to consume this content, continually drop in price.

This can only be good news for the consumer. As Amazon is able to make more of it's profits from it's own content, rather than selling other people's content like books.

As the content creator they make the most money. The supply chain is owned by them, as they have a massive database of customers to promote to and as we can see from the number of devices that they have made.

The consumer portables are owned by them. They truly own every part of this market, making them a prime candidate to become the largest technology company in the world.

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Kindle Comparison Chart - Conclusion

So I set out when writing this blog post to put together a Kindle Comparison so that people could easily see what the difference each been each of Amazon's flagship products.

It took time and effort to put together a Kindle Comparison Chart but hopefully it helps you to decide which is the best model for you.

Hopefully I have covered all things amazon kindles compared but please post in the comments section if there is anything else you would like me to add.

All devices are available to buy on amazon.

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Seems that electric and hybrid cars are everywhere, especially given the desire to want to move away from traditional cars that run on petrol and diesel. Have you ever stopped to think How Do Electric Cars Work? Where did the original idea for an electric car come from? and What is the future for electric cars?

Where it all began

Almost one hundred years ago, there was a deal between Thomas Edison and Henry Ford for making electric cars that fell apart due to the fact that 1914 battery technology was unable to do the job. After that, cars ran on gas almost exclusively, driving us directly into the global warming mess we currently find ourselves in. Ford has now joined companies such as Chevrolet and Tesla for mass producing electrical vehicles. The craze was started by Toyota with Prius, its gas-electric hybrid, while hydrocarbons were abandoned altogether by the Tesla Elon Musk with its all-electrical Model S. In the meantime, plug-in hybrids are a type of shotgun marriage between these two. However, the plugin Prius hybrid from Toyota is significantly different from the Chevy Volt. So what is the purpose of all the different technology being used? Let’s tour the most recent hybrid and electric car technology.

What Is This Technology?

Electric cars date back all the way to the early 1800’s. However, Thomas Parker, an English tram magnate, invented the first practical one in 1884. At the turn of the 20th century there was a mini golden age for EVs, which peaked in 1912, when in the U.S. alone 34,000 were produced – which is around the equivalent of 2002’s entire electric/hybrid production. These kind of cars were very popular in cities because of their limited range and simpler operation. They were marketed to women frequently. However, with the development of highways and discovery of vast petroleum reserves, long-range cars running on gasoline took over. By the mid 1910s, a majority of companies stopped manufacturing EVs with the exception of niche applications such as golf carts and forklifts.

After that, electric car development practically stopped altogether, with the exception of a couple of stunted attempts such as the one made by Henney Kilowatt. There was some research and development that did continue. In 1967 the AMC Amitron was an early attempt to build a hybrid-electric car. This was first car in the US that used an energy regeneration brake. The concept was for braking energy to be used for recharging the car’s battery. It was pursued later in several other experimental vehicles from Volvo, Audi and others.

It hasn’t proven to stem the tide of gasoline powered vehicles, despite the fact that in virtually every way modern electric cars are vastly superior. EV drivetrains are much simpler, given that liquid cooling, complex transmissions, and other accessories are not needed. EVs are much more efficient as well, utilizing approximately 90 percent of power that is stored within their batteries, in contrast to the 30-35 percent achieved by gas vehicles. EVs can, in fact, be built for much less than gas cars, with the exception of one issue: the battery, which is expensive and can store only 5 percent of the energy of gasoline by weight.

The best batteries these days for cars are lithium-ion models (which are similar those found in many laptops). Their energy density is decent, but they are highly flammable and expensive. It is estimated, for example that the battery for the Tesla Model S costs around $15,000, which is about 20 percent of its total $70,000 purchase price. (With its forthcoming Gigafactory Telsa is hoping to get this down to $8,000). New technology for making batteries cheaper and more efficient is tantalizing close, however it hasn’t been commercialized yet.

Who Are The Hybrid And EV Players?

Birth Of The Hybrid

The hybrid craze was started in 1997 by Toyota with the Prius, when it was launched into the Japanese market with great fanfare. In its home country, the car was a great success, exceeding the expectations of Toyota, with its 18,000 units in sales during its first year. In the meantime, other car manufacturers introduced EVs into the U.S. from 1997 to 1999. However, sales were poor and they were dropped quickly. The first into the U.S. to introduce a hybrid was Honda in 1999 with the its two-door Insight. The next year, Toyota’s Prius was introduced in the U.S.

With the Prius and Insight boasting 52 and 61 mpg (EPA) respectively in the city, they became the go-cars for those going green. In 2009, Prius sales exceeded the 12 million mark, while most of the other manufacturers later launched hybrid-electric cars, including Porsche, Volkswagen, Chevrolet and Ford.

In 2008, Tesla’s all-electric Roadster was launched by PayPal magnate Musk. It was the first car produced using lithium-ion batteries. Although the chassis wasn’t even built by the company, other manufacturers such as Chevrolet stated that the Roadster was the inspiration for pursuing their own commercial EVs. In 2010 both the Nisan Leaf (pure EV) and Chevy Volt (hybrid EV) were both launched. This was followed by the Toyota RAV4 EV, BMW ActiveE, Ford Focus Electric, Volvo C30 Electric and others. In 2012 Tesla launched its Model, which many consider to be the most famous of all electric cars.

How Does A Hybrid Car Work?

All electric and hybrid vehicles utilise regenerative braking for recovering braking power. It is stored inside the battery. However, there are several different hybrid drivetrains utilised in modern EVs and hybrids. Parallel hybrids, such as Honda’s Insight and Civic, are gas-powered cars that have a small electric motor that connects in parallel to the transmission with the internal combustion engine (ICE). At highway speeds, these vehicles operate efficiently, but for stop-and-go driving not as much.

The Chevy Volt is a kind of “series” plug-in hybrid car. The vehicle’s drivetrain is completely electric. The gas engine just recharges the battery using a generator. During recharging, due to the efficiency that is lost, series hybrids are not as efficient on highways, but for stop-and-go driving in the city are better. Finally, cars such as the Toyota Prius utilize a combination of parallel and series systems for operating efficiency at both highway and city speeds – who due to the extra parts are more expensive.

Plug-in hybrids such as the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid or Chevy Vol are hybrids that have a battery and charging port large enough for allowing all-electric driving over longer distances. For instance, the Prius on a three-hour charge off of a regular outlet is able to go 11 miles, while the Volt on a 10 to 16 hour charge can go 38 miles.

What About EVs?

Although EVS are simple, there charging designs, battery and drivetrain can vary greatly. The Tesla Model S is a rear-wheel-drive, rear-engine vehicle with one electric induction motor. The Nissan Leaf, on the other hand, is a front-wheel-drive, front-engine vehicle that has a synchronous electric motor. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive, on the more extreme end, has a total of four electric motors, each located on a wheel, which produces a total of 740 horsepower.

A majority of EVs can be charged over night off of a standard socket to near-full battery or charge at 240 volts at around half that time. There is an optional dual charger with the Tesla Model S that is able to produce 58 miles of traveling per every hour of charge. Free Superchargers are also offered by Tesla that are able to charge a battery in 20 minutes to half-full at 103 stations around the United States, and have many more planned. In addition with Tesla, it only takes 90 seconds to replace the battery with a full one at certain service stations.

Why Is This Important?

Fossil-fueled powered vehicles have played a significant role in acidification of oceans, rising temperatures and other detrimental environmental side effects. They have also produced a major foreign oil habit for the U.S., and the sellers of oil aren’t friendly countries always.

However, even if geo-politics isn’t a concern of yours, there are numerous benefits to greener cars. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that certain hybrid models are less expensive now to run compared to non-hybrid models. EVs are often quieter compared to gas cars, due to no internal combustion and lower weight. The whole front of electric cars may be crumple zones, which in collisions makes them safer. Even when alone, you can frequently legally drive a plug-in hybrid or EV in an HOV lane.

PUre plug-ins and electric cars are much more expensive (due to the large batteries), which makes it harder to save money. However, you can receive a $7,500 federal tax credit for a majority of EV as well as some of the plug-in hybrids such as the Chevy Volt, and some states such as California are offering $1,500 for plug-in hybrids and $2,500 for EVs on top of the federal tax credit. For example, the Nissan Leaf costs around $30,000, however the price can be reduced to $20,000 after the state and federal rebates. According to Nissan you will also save around $4,000 in gasoline over a period of five years, giving it an effective price of around $16,000. When it comes to maintenance it is difficult to know since EVs haven’t been out on the roads that long. However, the vehicles are a lot simpler and should be less expensive to keep up eventually.

What Is The Argument Against?

With hybrid and electric vehicles there are sticky issues involved. The batteries are expensive to replace, hard to dispose of and don’t last forever. The heat-resistant battery backs that come with the Nissan Leaf cost $5,500, while the battery on the Tesla Model S is estimated to cost $12,000 to $15,000 in order to replace it. Th batteries on both of these cars come with eight-year warranties. However, after several years the charging capacity considerably diminishes. Because of their immaturity, both EVs and hybrids currently are expensive to maintain. Lastly, depending on the area where you live, an EV’s eco-friendly aspect might be questionable. If coal powers your electric grid, then you are still charging your EV from the grid, and therefore contributing still to global warming. There is an entire set of pollution problems with nuclear plants.

As the number of electric/hybrid vehicles out on the road continues to increase, the cost of both maintenance and batteries continues to fall. Tesla is planning on reducing the price to around $8,000 for its Model S battery with Panasonic at its Gigafactory. Eventually battery science – just like recent advances in lithium anode – will be commercialized, which will reduce the cost and weight. In just a couple of years, hybrids and EVs have evolved significantly, with improved power, endurance and batteries. This all came about due to competition, rebates and regulations motivating the car makers to continue to improve the state of the art. As the prices continue to go down, they will be inexpensive enough eventually that EV government incentives will be completely dropped. Everyone will win when that happens.

Do You Want Even More?

You can hardly touch your keyboard without running in a website about hybrid or EV vehicle technology, thanks to the level of interest being so sky high. However, there are a few sites that really standout. There is the Autoblog Green site, from our Autoblog sister site, which details all things hybrid and EV. There are also Hybrid Cars, Clean Techhnica and Green Car Reports. A majority of car builders these days have both EV and hybrid models. However, a couple of standouts are the Tesla Model S, the Chevy Volt, Fusion Hybrid SE, Ford Focus Electric and Nissan Leaf. To determine if you can afford any of these, there is a hybrid calculator from the US Department of Energy that is pretty useful. There is also a list of federal rebates for plug-in hybrids and EVs. There is a useful map of the various state tax rebates that are available from the Plug In America coalition. Finally, click here: where we cover a wide selection of electric and hybrid vehicles.

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OnePlus has become one of the leading smartphone brands recently. Its first phone OnePlus One was a huge success. Very soon, the company came up with its second device, OnePlus Two. The demand was absolutely crazy. Initially, the phone could be purchased only if you had an invitation. However, they had lifted the invitation rule and made it available to everyone. Apart from that, they also reduced the price to just £249, making it one of the most affordable high end devices. Features and specification wise, it is as good as any other high end device, but the price is almost half than their competitors. Some of the notable specifications include a powerful Snapdragon processor, 4 gigabytes of RAM, a huge storage of 64 gigabytes and also a large display. After writing this One Plus 2 review I have to say it was undoubtedly the best flagship device of 2015, leaving behind its competitors such as Motorola and HTC.

PROS:
  • Low price
  • Amazing Spec
  • Customisable OS
  • Fantastic display
  • Dual Sim
  • Fingerprint Sensor

CONS:
  • No microSD slot
  • Non-removable battery
  • Low speaker volume

Perfomance

It comes with the Snapdragon 810 chipset, which is extremely fast. Along with that, its huge 4GB RAM makes it one of the fastest performing devices in any price range. You can easily switch between the apps. Even if you open a lot of apps together, there is no sign of a lag. In some of the benchmark tests like Geekbench 3 multicore tests, it had an impressive score of 4744. It only lost out to the extremely high priced Galaxy phones.

Battery Life

It comes with a huge 3300 mAh battery, hence battery life is pretty awesome. You can use the phone throughout the day, and you will still find enough charge left by the time you reach home. Apart from that, it also comes with the new technology of Type C charging. The charging port here is different from what we see in most other standard Android devices. Like most high end devices, it comes with the Quick Charge feature. Hence, you can charge your phone in no time.

Specification

  • Processor: Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 801 2.3 GHz
  • Screen Size: 5.5in
  • Dual Sim: Yes
  • Screen resolution: 1,920×1,080
  • Rear camera: 13 megapixels
  • Front camera: 8 megapixels
  • Storage: 16GB – 64GB
  • Wireless data: 3G, 4G
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Size: 140mm x 69mm x 6.9mm/li>
  • Weight: 144g
  • Operating system: H2OS (based on Android 5.1.1)

Design

It has a massive screen measuring around 5.5 inch. Such a big phone may be difficult to handle and is not everyone’s cup of tea. But the designers have done a great job. They have tried to make it as comfortable as possible. You can easily hold it with one hand, and the grip is also comfortable. It comes with their typical sandstone black cover, which is not bad. But there are better back covers available in their official website. For example, you can try out the Bamboo back cover. It looks great on this phone.There is a volume slider button towards the left, which allows you to navigate easily between the different sound profiles.

Display

It comes with a high resolution display. With such a huge screen size, it is difficult to get the perfect results, but they have done a good job. However, you can argue, that in terms of display, its competitor MotoX Play has done a better job. The colours are not very clear, but still you can enjoy all the high resolution movies and TV shows comfortably. The sunlight readability is also good, you can easily operate it outdoors. Plus, the viewing angles are also impressive. But the screen easily gets dirty, and the fingerprint marks are clearly visible. Hence, you have to clean it frequently. In short, the display may not be the best, but it is still better than most other phones in this price range.

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Gaming Performance

Since it comes with enough RAM, the gaming experience is great. Casual games like Temple Run and Subway Surfers run excellently. Apart from that, high end games like Asphalt also runs very smoothly. You can play them in the high graphic mode, and still there will be no lag.

Operating Systems

What makes this phone stand out from the others, it its excellent Oxygen OS. It is much better than the standard Android OS, that we see in most phones. It allows you to customise the phone as per your preference, and also provides some excellent features. In most phones, you have to press the physical button on the side of the phone to unlock it. But here, you just have to double tap on the screen to unlock it. It also has a Dark Mode, which makes it easier to operate in the night. However, the stand out feature is that it allows you to modify the permissions of the different apps. For example, if you want one of your apps to not have access to your address book or messages, you can simply disable it and still continue using the app.

Connectivity Options

The connectivity features are decent. It comes with the latest version of Bluetooth and also supports fast WiFi. It does not have the NFC feature, but that is pretty rare and shouldn’t be a deal breaker. The fingerprint scanner also works very well.

Camera

It comes with a thirteen Megapixel camera. While 13 MP may not sound great, but the photos are extremely good. The colors are very bright and the photos look extremely crisp and full of details. The shutter speed is also extremely fast, and there is no noise. It doesn’t have a huge variety of shooting modes. But, the HDR mode is great, and allows you to click some awesome pictures. At the front it has a 5MP camera, which lets you click some good selfies. You can also shoot some high quality videos with it.

Indoor Performance

The camera also does a good job in indoor conditions. While most cameras struggle in low light situations, it clicks some crisp images. The new update is expected to come with a new manual mode, which will make the experience even better.

Audio Quality

The audio quality may not be excellent, but it still does a fairly good job. The speakers are quite loud and also clear. You can comfortably watch movies and TV shows.

Conclusion

Overall, it is arguably the best phone you can buy at this price range. In terms of value for money, no other phone comes even close. Maybe in terms of battery and display, MotoX does a better job, but OnePlus Two is much ahead in terms of camera and performance. No one can match this phone in terms of specifications. This is the reason, why it was one of the most purchased phones in the year 2015. And now, since they have removed the invitation only option, it is much easier to buy one.

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Amazon Fire TV Review https://www.gadgetsiwant.com/amazon-fire-tv-review/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:47:48 +0000 http://www.kindlecompared.com/?p=8328 Amazon Fire is what is known as a streaming media player. In other words, it will stream content from the Internet and display it on any high-definition television. It is a small box that comes with a remote control. Amazon aren't the only makers of these streaming boxes. Google and Apple also have their versions, in […]

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Amazon Fire is what is known as a streaming media player. In other words, it will stream content from the Internet and display it on any high-definition television. It is a small box that comes with a remote control. Amazon aren't the only makers of these streaming boxes. Google and Apple also have their versions, in this Amazon Fire TV review we see if Amazon's TV streamer is any good.

Amazon Fire TV Features


Amazon Fire TV Review
  • Ample Storage with 8GB
  • Quad Core Processor
  • Amazon Prime - streaming video service
  • Works on any TV with an HDMI connector
  • Voice activated remote control
  • Micro SD - supports memory up to 128GB storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • WiFI

Competitiveness

Before we delve into the more technical aspects of Amazon Fire, we need to appreciate how it stands up to some of its major competitors. First, it is priced at £79 or $99 (at the time that this article was written). This enables the unit to offer comparable benefits to other major players such as Roku 3 and Apple TV. It is still yet to be seen how the Google Nexus Player (yet to be released) will compare to the Fire, but many believe that this Amazon version will fare quite well. As Amazon boasts a rather large market share. most customers believe that they are getting a great deal for their money.

Amazon Fire TV Summary


Features

Price

Usability

Support

Voice activate remote

2GB RAM

8GB Storage

WiFI

Micro SD Card Slot

USB 2.0 micro-B connector​

Quad Core Processor

£79 / $99

Compatible with any TV that has an HDMI connector.

Lots of Apps available.

Super Fast Delivery

Protection Plan

Live Support with Mayday

Summary: The Kindle Fire TV is a powerful streaming media player.

Also allows you to stream NetFlix

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Ease of Installation

One of the benefits associated with Amazon Fire is that it can be set up in only a matter of minutes. All that you need to do is connected it to your TV set using an HDMI cable (between the unit and the television) and the standard power supply cord.

Once this is completed, the on-board wizard will guide the user through the remainder of the installation process. The only possible downside to this method is that this generation is no longer equipped with a digital audio jack. This signifies that an HDMI switcher will need to be used if you wish to interconnect Fire and an audio-visual receiver. Still, this is a rather minor drawback in relation to how quickly it can be integrated into any home entertainment system.

Design and Usability

One important point to mention in this Amazon Fire TV review is that the product is specifically moulded with Amazon itself in mind. This is in contrast to similar platforms such as Roku 3. Some of these sections which can be quickly accessed include:

  • Amazon Prime Video.
  • Netflix
  • You Tube Playback
  • Movies and music.
  • One's personal watch list.
  • The Amazon Cloud drive.

If you are already a frequent Amazon user or an Amazon Prime subscriber, this is an excellent feature. You don't just need an Amazon Prime subscription either. You can but movies and TV shows to own.

It also supports the playback of YouTube, Netflix (subscription required) or Vimeo. The home screen can be a bit busy and you can find yourself scrolling through endless amounts of choices of things to watch. Recently accessed applications are stored at the top of the page. This feature can help to prevent excessive scrolling when normally using the system. 

Thankfully there is the voice control, you press a button on the remote and speak in to it. The box then goes off and searches Amazon for the content you would like to watch. ​

On an additional note, the appearance of the Amazon Fire TV box itself is extremely sleek and minimalistic. In fact, it is no larger than the average external hard drive. This enables Fire to fit into extremely tight spots such as within an entertainment centre or even behind the television itself. If you are a fan of smaller (and portable) electronic devices, which I am, you don't even know it is there.

Sleek Design

If you are a fan of smaller (and portable) electronic devices, which I am, you don't even know it is there.

The Type and Quality of Content Offered

Of course, it is also critical to mention the type and quality of content offered on the Amazon Fire TV. Amazon Prime is at the heart of this material, while Netflix programmes are likewise available. It is a good idea that we place a special focus upon a category known as Amazon Originals.

Originals represent a wide selection of newly released pilots for television programmes. Based off user responses, Amazon decides which ones warrant a continuing series in the future. So, you will remain at the forefront of all of the latest shows. Series such as Transparent, Bosch and Black Sails are already stellar examples of how Amazon Originals can impact a viewing audience.

Amazon Originals

View and vote on pilot episodes of TV shows, so you decide if the next series gets made.

My only gripe, is that it isn't always obvious if a movie or TV show is included with your subscription. There is a ribbon at the top of the icon for the movie or TV show that says prime. This means it is included in your subscription, but kids may end up accidentally purchasing content, so make sure you enable a PIN number so that you have to enter the PIN, before content can be purchased.

Another negative is that if you are watching a TV Series, not all the Season on some TV shows are available.​

New Features

It only stands to reason that Amazon Fire exists in an extremely competitive market. The new model is able to offer 4K Ultra-HD TV. All streaming content is likewise offered in a resolution of 2160 pixels; ideal for those who expect nothing but the best viewing experience. This is the same type of resolution currently provided by both Roku and TiVo. We should still mention that currently, only Amazon and Netflix content are supported in 4K Ultra-HD. Analysts claim that the list will expand once other third-party companies begin to offer this software to the public.

4k Ultra HD Cotent

Stream Ultra HD content from both Amazon Prime and Netflix.

While a voice recognition system was available on previous Amazon Fire models, the addition of "Alexa" has enhanced this useful service. It is said that Alexa boasts the ability to understand normal language. So, audio interfacing is likely to be much easier than before. Weather, sports scores and even general information from Wikipedia can all be accessed with a few simple commands. Another improvement is that you can now ask questions directly through the television, as well as with the dedicated Amazon Echo speak system. Keep in mind that voice searches tend to pull up Amazon-oriented content.

Speed and processing power are two of the major concerns when buying technology. The Kindle Fire TV box features more than enough RAM and processing power to playback the most demanding content. It also has the ability to play games and there is the option to purchase a game controller. My kids use it for playing basic games that you find on a smartphone or tablet. It isn't a replacement for an Xbox or Playstation, but you can see that one day, it is likely to be the case.

The number of Kindle games seems to be growing on a daily basis. While the majority of genres run off of the Kindle HDX system, they display quite well on a television. There are currently more than 100 titles and this number is expected to substantially grow into the future.

It is said that this version of the Amazon Fire TV offers no less than 75 per cent higher speeds than the previous model. This is accomplished through the use of a MediaTek Quad-Core 2GHz processor, alongside a Power VR GX 6250 graphics processor (commonly referred to as a GPU). 2 gigabytes of RAM and 8 gigabytes of storage are also available. These have not changed from the previous version. Although you may not notice a massive difference in terms of streaming capabilities, this enhanced power is one of the reasons why its voice recognition system has improved.

Mobile Device Mirroring

Another interesting feature associated with the Amazon Fire TV is that the screen of a tablet or mobile can be "mirrored" directly onto the television. This will require a Kindle Fire HDX tablet, a Fire-compatible phone or certain Android applications. There are two benefits with this feature. First, media and programmes which are not Fire-specific can be transferred from a mobile platform directly onto the television, using the Fire TV. Additionally, non-streaming content such as Facebook or Twitter profiles can also easily be transferred from a remote device directly to the television.

Device Mirror

Watch content from a smartphone or tablet on your TV, using the Fire TV mirror functionality.

There is also a plugin available from the app store that will allow AirPlay playback. This allows Apple devices to be displayed on a TV set, using the Fire TV.​

The Primary Benefits of Amazon Fire Television

So far, this Amazon Fire TV review has highlighted some of the major differences and improvements which have been added. So, it only makes sense to briefly recap this information by listing some of the major benefits that you can expect to enjoy. These will include:

  • Massively enhanced processing power.
  • The ability mirror content on remote devices such as smartphones and Kindle tablets.
  • Improved voice recognition software through the use of the Alexa system.
  • A very competitive pricing package.
  • More than 100 games currently available.
  • 4K Ultra-HD television resolution.
  • Ease of installation.
  • An intuitive and streamlined design.
  • Quality and original content

Having listed these amazing features, there are still some drawbacks that you should take into consideration before making an ultimate decision. Some negative aspects observed in this Fire TV review can include:

  • A proclivity to only display content directly related to Amazon.
  • 4K television resolution limited to Amazon and Netflix programmes.
  • The lack of a dedicated digital audio jack.
  • A game controller that is rather unrefined compared to third-party models.

The Verdict

Ultimately, Amazon Fire TV seems to represent a significant leap forward in terms of digital streaming capabilities. As this system has kept many of its most popular features from the last generation, users can expect only a minimal learning curve.

The price is also very competitive in comparison to similar systems. This is a great choice if you are already a dedicated follower of the Amazon Prime network. Still, this is not necessary in order to enjoy the numerous features which are offered. If you have been looking for an all-in-one system with very few downsides, Amazon Fire is definitely worth a closer look.

Kindle Fire TV Wrap Up


Kindle Fire HDX 8

Pros: An amazing streaming media device, that is very competitively priced. 4K Ultra HD playback.

Cons: Running proprietary software, that means you can only buy apps from the Amazon store. Not always obvious if the content is available via an Amazon Prime subscription or needs to be paid for.

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