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olloclip September 11, 2013

Posted by nicholas gill in iphone, olloclip, photography, product review.
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I was fortunate to receive an Olloclip to try out over the Summer. Olloclip clips onto your iPhone and allows you to take photos with fish-eye, wide-angle and macro lenses.  The actual product is small and comes with it’s own carry bag which also doubles as a lens cleaning cloth. You also get a new protective case for your phone which has a simple flip-top to enable quick fitting of the Olloclip. It’s really quick to fit and use. Changing from the wide-angle to macro requires unscrewing one to reveal the other but even that’s pretty easy.  Taking the photos is as simple as it is taking it with an iPhone normally too. The product gathers a bit of attention when you use it too so you end up having to explain and demo it to people. It’s quite hard to see the wide-angle results on the iPhone though. The macro lens was good and the fish-eye too.

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I did find it a pain to try and remember the kit and then to get it out and take shots with it. It’s not for spur of the moment photos but makes a nice addition to your phone if you want some photos out of the ordinary. Here’s a selection of shots I took.

Top: macro lens, daughter’s hair, filtered in Instagram.

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Above: Dam Square, Amsterdam, wide-angle lens.

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Above: Dam Square, Amsterdam, fish-eye lens.

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Above: Amsterdam Sloterdijk train station. View from client office window. Wide-angle lens.

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Above: the team ready for the meeting at client offices, Amsterdam Sloterdijk. Fish-eye lens.

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Above: top of a beer glass, Amsterdam. Macro-lens.

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Above: red rose, macro lens.

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Above: white rose, macro lens

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Above: the duck pond at Beaulieu, Hampshire. Wide-angle lens.

Thanks to Emil for sharing. I have not been paid for this post.

take 2 bottles into the shower? September 19, 2012

Posted by nicholas gill in apple, innergie, product review, productivity.
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Well… no bottles of shampoo. And no showers (one for another day). But chargers. The bane of a commuters life. I have many. I have to carry the bastards wherever I go. Every day. Because I know I will run out of juice when I really need it. Especially for my iPhone which I’m convinced has an inbuilt knowledge of when I will need it most and pack up at just the wrong moment. So I have chargers everywhere. And any iPhone user will know the cord is pathetically short. So unless you have a plug outlet on top of your desk, your phone resides on the floor as it charges and increases the likelihood of you stomping on it, rolling your chair on it, your colleagues doing the same, forgetting it completely and the rather stupid look of bending down to read and answer text messages or calls when it’s charging.

So I was overjoyed to get my hands on the Innergie Pocketcell. I can break free of plugs and if the “20% battery life left” red bar of death pops up, I know I’ll be ok. It looks neat. It won’t last that way in my backpack I’m sure. But the cool 3-in-1 Apple, micro USB and mini USB and a regular USB at the end charges pretty much any device you may have and flips back around to be stuck in a regular Apple plug or your laptop to recharge the Pocketcell when it needs it. Which presumably is not nearly enough as my iPhone which can be charged fully twice from the Pocketcell. I’m liking it already. One less thing to carry. It’s even convinced me to leave the Macbook plug at home as I seem to carry it like a security blanket. I have a plug at work. I could always take that if I need to go off site for any period of time.

Here’s a nice video of the Innergie products. It is ace.

Thank you to Jenny @ Adrenalin for supplying the product. I have not been paid to say any of this.

headphones made for mac November 18, 2011

Posted by nicholas gill in a-Jays Four, brand experience, headhone, ipad, iphone, ipod, Jays, mobile, product review.
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The kind folk at Jays sent me some of their new a-Jays Four headphones made especially for iPhone, IPod and iPad mac stuff to try out. Which is incredibly timely as I have always hated the headphones that come with iPhones. They have poor sound, get tied in knots at the earliest opportunity and hurt your ears after more than half an hour of use.

The first major challenge with the Jays headphone are to actually get in the box. It’s like the Krypton Factor and I broke two pens getting into it. Not mine, Nick’s, who I share a desk with. Don’t tell him. Once in, the immediate thing you notice is that the wires are not wires at all. They’re more like ribbon which is designed to be pretty much tangle free. And after using them, stuffing them in my bag and pockets this week they haven’t tangled once. Hurrah. The sound quality is excellent. I have a pair of the big headphones at work, Panasonic ones, and the quality is on a par. But the Panasonic ones cost three times as much. Pretty impressive. The design deliberately follows the nuances of the iPhone 4 so Apple-ites will be familiar with it and the buttons work as you’d expect.

The second major challenge is the ear buds. This may be just me as I seem to struggle with keeping any in-ear elements actually in my ear. They slide out. A lot. Which is annoying as you can imagine. I need to play some more with the various size options which come with the pack but it’s pretty fiddly. I’m sure I’ll get there. I wish I had the black version though.

Jays developing a product especially for the iPhone is a smart idea. In their home market, nine out of ten phones sold are smartphones that always include free internet usage, so listening to music and watching video clips on phones is completely taken for granted. Having high-quality earphones that dramatically improve the listening and browsing experience for customers is now a necessity.

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