Motorola RAZR UK Launch Event

I was lucky enough to attend the UK launch event for the new Motorola RAZR smartphone.

This was Motorola’s first reinvented smartphone, with a fully flexible & folding display.

I made a short video (below) capturing some of phone.

The Moto RAZR can be exclusively purchased on contract within the UK via EE.

Urbanista Sydney Portable Speaker Review

Upon opening the rather small box, you’ll be greeted with a fabric covered face staring back at you.

The first thing to note is that size, really doesn’t matter. And the Sydney portable speakers should definitely not be judged based on first appearance – small though it is, the speaker packs a mighty punch.

Along the top of the speaker, you’ll find the power button, a bluetooth button, a volume up button and volume down button.

Along the sides you’ll find the Urbanista logo, and at the bottom; two rubber non-stick grips, to secure the speakers on any side table or work surface.

On the back panel, you’ll find a rubberised water resistant seal. And under that seal, there’s a charging port and aux port – so you could connect a phone (with a headphone jack) to the speaker, directly. Rather than via bluetooth.

The speakers main function, is to connect to a phone or tablet via bluetooth. And it’s couldn’t be simpler to connect.

Just hold the bluetooth button on top of the device, and from the bluetooth menu on your phone (or tablet), just tap on the ‘Urbanista Sydney’ device. And confirm the pair – job done.

Once you’re connected, the beach party can begin.

The sound is incredibly loud, the quality is great, having a beach party with a pair of these speakers will go down very well, with all guests hearing the music easily.

Thankfully, I was sent two of the Sydney speakers. And this, in turn meant. I could pair them together and create a stereo pair of speakers; trust me when I say the sound quality of one is great, but two… WOW!

Urbanista Sydney Portable Speakers

To pair two of the Sydney speakers together. Before pairing to a phone, simply turn on both speakers. Then at the same time; hold the bluetooth button on both speakers. The led will flash between red & white. And then once connected, both speakers will flash with a white led. You can now connect one ‘main’ speaker to a phone, and now you can enjoy stereo sound.

The Sydney Portable Speakers are the best I’ve heard in a long time. For their size, this really is a speaker to consider. It’s lightweight, portable, affordable and as I mentioned; packs a mighty punch.

If you’re interested in buying a Sydney Portable Speaker. They’re currently on offer for £24.43 at Urbanista for Black Friday.

The speakers can also be purchased through my Amazon Affiliate link below. Any items purchased via my link will earn me a small percentage, which helps support both my website costs and other channels.

Urbanista Sydney Speaker (White Mist) – https://amzn.to/37JYiel

Urbanista Sydney Speaker (Olive Green) – https://amzn.to/2Ovvnmx

Key Features:

Total Playtime: 5 hours
Connect two speakers
Water-resistant (IPX5)
Bluetooth 5.0
Volume controls
Driver unit: 40mm
Driver Power: 3W
Compatible with Android and iOS

Product Specifications:

Driver unit: 40mm
Driver power: 3W
Sensitivity: 80dB+/-3dB
Impedance 4±3﹪Ω
Frequency: 80 – 20.000 KHz
Working time: 5 hrs
Charging time: 1.5 hours
Stand-by time: 30 days
Charging Type: Micro USB
Battery type: Lithium-ion battery/600mAh
Battery watt hours: 2.22Wh
Bluetooth Version: V5.0
Working Range: >10
Mic Distance: 0.5m
Supporting codecs : SBC, MP3, AAC

PlayStation’s Black Friday Deals Begin

With Black Friday just around the corner, PlayStation have kicked off their deals, and with up to 60% off. You’d be crazy not to check them out.

Spider-Man / PSN Black Friday Deal

Just one of the many brilliant games I’ve seen (and played) was Spider-Man for a wallet-pleasing; £15.99.

God of War / PSN Black Friday Deal

Or God of War, for £12.99.

Days Gone / PSN Black Friday Deal

Days Gone, for £34.99.

Go check out some of the deals, as I’m pretty there’s something for everyone on there.

Follow the link below, which will take you directly to the PSN Store.
https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/campaigns/black-friday/

Sword & Shield Is The Pokémon Game I’ve Been Waiting For

While a lot of people have been complaining about the new game and how the storyline is short, reduced and not much to do.

I’ve had the complete opposite experience. I’ve only just completed the psychic gym. And I still have loads to do and lots to explore.

So far, I’ve put over 20 hours into the game. And I couldn’t be enjoying it any more than I have been.

The wild area is giving me lots to do; catching Pokémon for one, as well as collect the newly added currency – watts.

I’m enjoying the open world, which has been really nice to explore. I’m enjoying the new richer graphics, the updated menu, the refined UI and the new catching system.

Everything about the game has just been nicely updated. And I really don’t know why there have even been any complaints at all.

This is the the biggest and best Pokemon game to date and I for one am very much in the Game Freak fan club on this one.

The Pokémon games be can purchased through my Amazon Affiliate link below. Any items purchased via my link will earn me a small percentage, which helps support both my website costs and other channels.

Pokémon Sword – https://amzn.to/2QI3eu2

Pokémon Shield – https://amzn.to/2D3VElg

Motorola Announce The Foldable RAZR

It had been rumoured for a while, and many leaks came out in the run up to its official announcement. But finally, it’s here, Motorola have revealed the new RAZR phone that folds in the right way(?).

Instead of a phone that unfolds into a tablet, Motorola have made a phone that folds to a smaller, compact size. This to me is much more appealing, though don’t get me wrong, a phone that opens to a tablet size is nice – I just don’t think it offers the full potential as say, an iPad Pro for example.

But let’s not dwell on that, the RAZR phone is what we’re here for – I remember the original and I remember the iterations that followed. I had two RAZR models (the V3 & V3i), and they literally were the best stylish clam shell phone you could buy at the time.

The smart metallic keyboard and that very sexy design overall. It was just a stunning phone to have.

But now, we’re in 2019 and it’s all about moving forward – I’d say Motorola have definitely done this, while maintaining the very thing that made the original RAZR what it was. And that was it’s design.

The new RAZR phone offers a very familiar blast-from-the-past design, while the flexible futuristic foldable display is like something you’d expect Captain Kirk to whip out his trouser pocket.

I haven’t had a chance to see the phone in person yet, but I already know that the nostalgic feel of this iconic phone is sure to sit well with me.

I know right now, the price leaves a very bitter taste in my mouth – at an estimated £1,500. It’s a very steep price to pay. But on the other hand, I get why they’ve gone down this road. You see, Motorola are normally King at selling you a high-end phone, for a mid-range (or lower) price. But with the new RAZR, it’s different, but not. It’s stylish and extremely portable. It’s a futuristic phone, available now (well, from December onwards). They’re going up against Samsung and Huawei. So maybe the price had to match too?

Originally, it was rumoured to be limited in quantity. But in the UK – EE are it’s exclusive network partner. And that’ll be for 24 month contracts only. Which tells me it won’t be a limited phone – so what sort of monthly cost will this £1,500 phone set you back?

As soon as the pricing goes live, I’ll update this page.

Features:

  • Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • 6.2 inch pOLED Foldable Display
  • 16MP Dual Pixel Camera
  • 5MP Front Facing Camera
  • 128GB On-board Storage (non-expandable)
  • External 2.7 inch gOLED Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Processor
  • 6GB Memory
  • 2,510mAh Battery
  • 15W Quick Charge via USB-C

Available from EE. Starting December 2019.
Pricing: TBC

iPhone 11 Pro Review

After a 2 month wait, I decided to upgrade from my iPhone XS, to the 11 Pro.

It was a decision I didn’t make lightly, but in the end. I made my mind up, and here’s why;

Like all iPhone unboxings, the phone was neatly packaged and pristine.

Only when I opened my first 11 Pro, the screen had a hairline crack. Which luckily was replaced swiftly.

I decided after many years of silver iPhones, to change to a new colour and try something different. So I opted for the space grey colour option. And have had no regrets since. The colour looks great and I’m really happy.

The display is the same 5.8 inch OLED panel as that on a iPhone XS/X – this time with added XDR technology. Meaning a Super Retina display with 2 million-to-one contrast ratio and brighter, at 1,200 nits, with wide colour support. The only thing missing from this was 3D-Touch (and I have found the difference in not having it).

The camera comprises a triple-camera setup, with a 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide & Telephoto camera. You get f/2.4 aperture and 120 degree field of view on the ultra wide lens, f/1.8 aperture on the wide lens and f/2.0 aperture on the telephoto.

Photos look incredibly sharp and crisp. And one of the main reasons I upgraded to the 11 Pro, was because how how much I use my camera – I was looking to replace my Sony Camera for going fully mobile, and so far. I have no regrets with this.

I’m able to capture beautiful photos and stunning sharp videos. And this is exactly what I needed. Also having the wide angle lens means I get to capture photos with a lot more scenery, without the need to step-back!

On the front you get a 12MP TrueDepth camera, with added 4K video recording, next-gen smart HDR for photos, wide colour capture, Portrait Lighting, and auto image stabilisation. The TrueDepth camera also helps recognise your face with facial recognition via FaceID. And this makes unlocking the phone quick and effortless – by the time I’ve picked my phone up and looked at the display. The phone is unlocked. And all I need to do, is swipe up from the bottom of the screen. This is now an automated gesture I’ve come accustomed to. And I do it without even thinking.

The battery life is definitely improved since the iPhone XS. And I’m noticing my phone gets me through the day and then some. By the time I’ve done my morning checks, I still have 90% plus, something I would have been a lot lower on the XS. It seems whatever wizardry Apple have COOKed up (no pun intended). The battery life has been drastically improved.

With the 11 Pro, Apple (finally) include an 18W fast charge via the 18W adaptor and USB-C to Lightning cable. Fast charge means, you’ll get up to 50% charge in around 30 minutes. Meaning even if I deplete my battery while out. A quick 30min coffee break and charge. Will mean around 50% to get by until home.

Under the hood, you get iOS 13, an A13 Bionic chip with 3rd-gen Neural Engine, splash, water & dust resistant; Rated IP68 for a maximum depth of 4 metres, up to 30 minutes.

Apple Pay, iOS 13 and Siri all compliment the phone. And a small list of Apple-included apps means you’ll be up and running in no time.

For a limited time, you’ll also get 1 years free subscription to Apples new Netflix-rival service; Apple TV+.

In the box, you’ll get; the iPhone 11 Pro, EarPods with Lightning Connector, USB-C to Lightning Cable, 18W USB-C Power Adapter and the usual documentation

In the UK, the iPhone 11 Pro starts at £1,049 for the 64GB model.

The iPhone 11 Pro can be purchased from many retailers, including Apple themselves.

However, the phone can purchased through my Amazon Affiliate link below. Any items purchased via my link will earn me a small percentage, which helps support both my website costs and other channels.

iPhone 11 Pro (64GB) – https://amzn.to/2XwqrR8

Motorola E6 Plus Review

The Motorola E6 Plus is part of the low-end affordable range of E-series smartphones.

Upon opening the box, you’ll be greeted with a large display, and in my case a very polished graphite back case.

The colour looks really nice (but because of the mirrored finished, you will notice fingerprints quite easy).

Talking of fingerprints, you also get a fingerprint reader on the back – which is great considering the price range of the phone.

The display is large – at 6.1 inch – and is the HD+ Max Vision, that Motorola put on most of there phones.

You’ll also get a dual camera setup on the E6 Plus – a 13MP main camera, as well as a secondary 2MP lens.

On the front, you’ll find an 8MP snapper for those all important selfies.

Taking the back panel off the phone, you’ll get nostalgic over a large 3000mAh REMOVABLE battery. The battery size alone is larger than most high end smartphones, so to get it on the E6 Plus was quite a surprise – but a welcome one at that.

Under the hood, there’s a 2Ghz Octa-core processor, 2GB of Ram, 32GB of onboard storage, a dedicated SD card slot (for up to 512GB), Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box, a headphone jack, micro USB charging and 4G.

All this and plenty more, for a very reasonable £99.

If you’re in the market for an affordable phone, with some decent specs, look no further than the E6 Plus. You’ll be very surprised at what you get for your money. And I personally, would recommend this for use to any first time buyers of a smartphone – and have no doubt in my mind, they’ll be able to do everything you would expect and more from this little-big phone.

The phone can purchased through my Amazon Affiliate link below. Any items purchased via my link will earn me a small percentage, which helps support both my website costs and other channels.

Motorola E6 Plus (Polished Graphite) – https://amzn.to/2s0bRWt

Motorola E6 Plus (Bright Cherry) – https://amzn.to/345cfkR

Motorola Announces Three New Devices

Today, Motorola hosted a media filled event at Swingers West End. Announcing, three brand new phones.

The Motorola One Macro, the Motorola G8 Plus and the Motorola.

After talking about figures, we’re now hearing about flagship Motorola phones, going forward with the business.

Motorola are profitable again, for 4 years in a row. And they’re now ready to show there hand at what’s next.

Motorola E6 Play:

With improved camera experience. Fast and convenient.

• Fingerprint sensor. • 32GB on board storage. • Dual sim capable • Expandable micro sd storage. • 5.5” HD Max Display. • 13MP camera, with HDR. • 3000mah battery. • Starting at £99. • Releasing January 2020.

Motorola G8 Plus.

• Quad pixel camera system. • 48Mp camera, with depth sensor, laser autofocus & ultra wide camera. • Record vertically, play horizontal. • 117 degree action-cam. •Low light, night vision mode. • 25MP front-facing camera, with quad pixel technology. • Dolby Audio, with 2x more powerful sound & 50% louder bass. • Dual stereo speakers. • Octa core, snapdragon processor. • 4000mah battery, with turbo power. • Starting at £239.• • Releasing October 28th.

Motorola One Macro

• Macro vision lens. • 13MP PDAF lens. • Depth sensor. • Laser autofocus. • 5x Closer macro lens. Works on food, flowers, • AI processor. • 4GB ram. • 6.2” Max vision display, at 19:9 aspect ratio. • 64GB onboard storage. • 512GB expandable storage, with micro sd card. • 4000 mah battery. • 10w rapid charging. • Starting at £179. • Releasing October 28th.

***ORIGINAL POST BELOW***

As I get ready for a triple(?) phone announcement from Motorola. 

What Motorola will reveal, we’re about to find out. 

We’re at an amazing venue – Swingers West End – and the room is now filling. 

Drinks & food are flowing… it’s like a buffet of food and media laptops – we have media representatives from various news companies, including; T3, The Verge & Digital Trends. Many faces I recognise! 

There must be something big coming to have this kind of coverage.. (could we get a Razr announcement today(?). I doubt it, what with the 13th November being pencilled as the official tease and that tag line “you’re going to flip”. 

So I think today will be reserved, for the next high end smartphones that Motorola (& Lenovo) have been working on. 

As soon as the embargo is lifted, you’ll see updates galore.

PlayStation 5 Confirmed by Sony

Sony have not only confirmed, the name of its next-gen console – PlayStation 5 – they’ve also given us a release window.

Confirmed that the PS5 will release, in time for Holiday 2020.

Read the full statement from Jim Ryan below;

Since we originally unveiled our next-generation console in April, we know that there’s been a lot of excitement and interest in hearing more about what the future of games will bring. Today I’m proud to share that our next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5, and we’ll be launching in time for Holiday 2020.

These updates may not be a huge surprise, but we wanted to confirm them for our PlayStation fans, as we start to reveal additional details about our vision for the next generation. WIRED magazine covered these updates and more in a story that posted this morning.

The “more” refers to something I’m quite excited about – a preview of the new controller that will ship with PlayStation 5. One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion.

To that end, there are two key innovations with PlayStation 5’s new controller. First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.

The second innovation is something we call adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain. In combination with the haptics, this can produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions. Game creators have started to receive early versions of the new controller, and we can’t wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal.

While there’s much more to share about PlayStation 5 in the year ahead, we have plenty of blockbuster experiences coming your way on PS4, including Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima. I’d like to thank all PlayStation fans for continuing the journey with us, as we embark on the future of games.

PlayStation 7.0 Announced

Sony’s latest software update for PlayStation 4, version 7.00, is launching this week worldwide. The update includes new functionality to key system features including Party and Remote Play.

Along with “bug fixes”. PS4 users can expect a couple of key feature updates.

Party Feature Update

For PS4 fans who love to play alongside their friends or other community members, the Party feature has been rebuilt to include new features and services including: 

  • Maximum number of Party users increased from 8 to 16
  • Network connectivity improved
  • Audio quality improved
  • Accessibility support with Chat Transcription has been added (US Only)

Within the Party feature, you will experience better network connectivity and audio quality. The improved back-end now improves network connectivity and allows users to overcome connectivity issues previously experienced when connecting with other users.

Lastly, the Party App will also offer a new Chat Transcription feature for US users via the PS4 Second Screen App on your smartphone or other mobile devices. The new feature supports US English and converts party voice chat to text, or enables you to enter text that is read aloud to other party members. If using your mobile device to connect to your PS4 during a Party, you will now see a new Party tab has been added where the new functionality is available. 

Remote Play

For those who want to stream select PS4 games on mobile devices, Remote Play can now be used on smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0 or higher. Just download the PS4 Remote Play App from the Google Play store to use the feature.

Meanwhile, for iPhone or iPad users, the Remote Play App has been updated so you can now display the controller at all times and lock the screen orientation.

Also, players will be able to use their DualShock 4 wireless controllers via Bluetooth for Remote Play on an Android, iPhone, iPad, and Mac. All you need to do is update to Android 10, iOS 13, iPadOS 13, or macOS Catalina (releasing in October) to use this feature. 

As a reminder, a PS4 system with a wired connection via a LAN cable is recommended.

So there you have it. Sony have finally delivered on the remote play side, for not only Apple users, but now Android.

It’s a nice feature to use, and with native connectivity between the phone and DualShock 4 controller now being supported. It might just be lag free enough to play a game.

Once the 7.0 update goes live, I’ll get it all tested To see if it performs better.