Category Archives: Reviews

Cowon iAudio 9 Review

Decided to pick up a new DAP because my old Meizu Mini Player’s down to less than an hour’s worth of battery life left per charge and, I really didn’t want to use my mobile phone as a music player now that I know more about sound quality.

This time I decided to go for the Cowon iAudio 9 since I’ve read Cowon’s players produce the best sound signals and it supports lossless formats. So that should give me all the things needed for a good audio experience – good quality source, signal and listening gear.

The player came packaged in a nice sturdy acrylic box good enough for displaying. Talk about creative packaging…

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Nokia 5800 Review, GPS Navigation and Internet on a Smartphone

Decided to replace my current mobile with a smartphone because I thought internet on the move and GPS would come in handy when scouting for new places for the odd photo stroll or good spots for practising my photography. However, I didn’t want to pay the price of a laptop for say the HTCs or an iPhone so I decided to try the Nokia 5800 instead.

The following also looks at internet usage and GPS navigation on mobile phones just for anyone curious about how it all works and how well it works.

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Advanced MP3 Player’s Surprise Santa Sack

Was browsing around looking for a new DAP because my current one’s built-in battery is wearing down to only 2 hours. Then I found this – A “Santa Sack” filled with random goodies from Advanced MP3 Players‘ shop for £5 ( £7 including P&P).

It’s kind of like paying for a raffle ticket really and in this case, you have a chance to win a DAP, pair of speakers and earphones if you’re lucky enough. I thought I buy one just for fun since it’s Christmas and see what’s inside…





AMP3's Santa Sack

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Hama Star 62 Tripod Review

Decided to pick up a tripod for night photography. Originally I was going to go for the Hama Star 61 but it seemed to be a little on the light side at 1.3kg so I went for the Hama Star 62 version instead which is at 1.5kg.

It seems to be good value for money at its small price. It comes with a bag but no instructions. Shouldn’t be too hard to work out how to use it, though. As you can see, the legs are made of aluminium but just about everything else is made of cheap plastic including the head.

Hama Star 62 Tripod

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DSLR Photography – 55-250mm Telephoto Lens, Hoods and Polariser

Uh oh, I’m starting to buy into Canon’s DSLR system which means my wallet will soon be gone.

Anyway, thought I’d share a little of the information I’ve learned as I read more about photography and experiment with more gear. The more experienced photographers amongst you can correct me if I’m wrong about anything ^^;

Set of DSLR camera equipment.

Different Lenses

DSLRs have all kinds of lenses for different situations so that a high quality image can be maintained e.g. wide angles for landscape, telephotos (zoom) for wildlife and fixed range for portaits.

Compacts on the other hand (apart from the high-end models) can make a trade off with their all-in-one lenses because of their smaller sensors which are about a tenth of a DSLR’s and captures less detail – Fine for home prints but not at the professional marketing level where larger prints are needed and must still remain sharp and noise (grain) free in most cases.

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