I take a look at a charging solution called Fourza from GELID Solutions

Like many, I have plenty of devices to charge. Going from smartphone, tablets, to accessories, I sometimes need to have more than just the odd outlet. This is where I take a look at a charging solution called Fourza from GELID Solutions.

Google Play books will recognize comic books and Bubble Zoom the text

In Google's ever intensifying strategy to 'understand all the thingz', whether it be text on a screen, voice or images, they've updated the Google Play Books app.

The update it's getting will be to go through any comics you've got (of supported types at the moment) and it'll recognize where the speech bubbles are.

Currently we have to zoom in on the page and then pan around to read everything.  Especially if it's a 2 page spread on panel image.

Now, it'll just recognize the bubbles, and if you tap them, they'll expand to make them bigger (see the attached gifs) with a feature they call 'Bubble Zoom'.

USB-C to USB-C cable from CHOETECH is a solid cable to add to your list

Many USB-C chargers don't always come with a USB-C to USB-C cable and you may need to add one to your arsenal of items to have. CHOETECH makes a premium USB-C cable at an affordable cost.

20% off RND USB-C to USB-C Charging Dock for Android Coliseum fans!

RND Accessories has just released their USB-C to USB-C charging dock that will deliver fast charging capability for your smartphone! Just a few months ago I reviewed their USB-A to USB-C charging dock and was quite pleased. Fast forward today, and they've just announced it with a 20% off RND USB-C to USB-C Charging Dock for Android Coliseum fans!

Turn your phone into a laptop with Superbook on Kickstarter

Okay, I just got a chance to review the Galaxy Tab S Pro and it has me excited about using a laptop again, but not even 24hrs after that article do I see something which might better suit my needs and save me $1200 in the process.

A while back we've talked about a couple of their projects in the past and I was excited.  This might be even better.  They tout it as the ultimate accessory for your smartphone.  I'm inclined to agree.

For $99USD on their Kickstarter you can snag their "Superbook" as a companion to your Smartphone.

Coocheer has a portable battery perfect for your Pokemon Go behaviour

It's Pokemon Go fever... as I look out of my window at a park I can see about a dozen players wandering form Pokestop to Pokestop.

As with Ingress, the battery drain on the app is pretty significant, not something you can easily overlook so you're going to need a spare battery to go with you (unless you get the LG X Power I showed the previous day).  And then, unlike Ingress, going portal to portal, you go stop to stop, but also follow the audio cues to get close enough to a Pokemon, so you may find yourself going a little off road.  So what you bring with you should be resilient.

Coocheer has the battery you're looking for then.  7500mAh for a lot of power, and it's rugged and water resistant.

Are you a Type C consumer? CHOETECH has you covered with their rapid charger

CHOETECH isn't really known around Canadian consumers and my job today is to bring forth interesting accessories that can deliver. Are you a Type C consumer? CHOETECH has you covered with their rapid charger. With the USB-C craze, you may be one of those consumers!

Patec HD telephoto lens kit

We've reviewed a few different lens adapters for your phone on this site in the past, and then I got the one today.  Now it's a telephoto adapter, nothing new... except this one has some 'heft' to it.

As well it should, for $40 from Patec, it's meant to not just be one of those novelty adapters you put on, it has a nice brass telephoto adapter that screws on to the clip.

The clip is fairly large, but that's to ensure that there's a tight fit on the device o ensure no light leak into it.  And it does a great job of that.

It's a little bulky with the size of it, and it does take some figgerin' to get it just right over the lens and not get vignetting (you can see just a bit on the bottom right of the above photo).

The bulk does mean that most likely it's going to cover your sensors/flash (not that you'll need a flash for telephoto shots, or that it would be effective).

Overall it's a great accessory to keep in the pocket to help you out in that scenario where you want a photo a little more zoomed in.  Consider it!

Source:  https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01GCHJ30W

The LG X Power has a lot of battery but not much else

So I got the call from LG the other to see if I would review a phone by them, and it was weird... I hadn't heard of the X Power phone, so I was intrigued.

Part of me because I hadn't heard of the phone yet and the other part because I hadn't known about it, that maybe I was being a little too flagship oriented and meant I was overlooking something.

The LG X Power is a lower end device, being only $250 available at Bell, Wind, Virgin, Koodo, SaskTel and Telus.

For that $250 you'll get:

  • 5.3" @ 1280x720
  • 1.3GHz x4 MediaTek 6735
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage + microSD
  • 8MP/5MP
  • 4100mAh
  • QuickCharge 2.0

Looking over the specs, that's not a lot of specs... but then again that's not a lot of money you're shelling out either.  It's biggest winning feature is the battery.  4100mAh is a LOT of battery, and then it's also a quick charging device.

So, with my recent want to change myself from being a bit of a flagship snob I did something I thought was going to be unheard of for me; I put my SIM in the device and used it as my daily device.  How did that go?

Canada's Sony Xperia X Performance shines through - REVIEW

Anyone who's familiar with Sony Xperia like of devices will undoubtedly find themselves right at home with the Xperia X Performance. It's a good time to highlight that the Canadian variant is also the same as the world edition which is different than what you'll find in the United States. However, like many have noted, the $699,99 price tag isn't justified.

Canada's Sony Xperia X Performance shines through!

You can take a look at my first 24 hours hands-on with Sony's Xperia X Performance. Link 1, Link 2, Link 3 & Link 4.

Many other reviews have noted issues with screen responsiveness, poor battery performance, weird button positioning. All right, those are some great pointers, but from the device I tested myself as my daily driver for my day to day activities, I have suffered no issues with the screen responsiveness, no problems with the battery and the button positioning although awkward, didn't bother me.

At the time of the review, the device was running Android 6.0.1 with April 1st, 2016 security patch, which made me wonder what was Sony's commitment to keeping things updated? (At the time of my review, I still haven't received a reply back from Sony).

The Good:

  • Performance is off the chart.
  • Excellent battery life for average use.
  • Great photo capability in daylight.
  • Great stereo front speakers.
  • Gorgeous display for 1080P.
  • Waterproof.

The Bad:

  • Low light camera shots aren't the greatest.
  • The camera sensor isn't optimised.
  • The camera app is slow to activate.
  • The price doesn't warrant the $699.99.

Dimensions 143.7 x 70.4 x 8.7 mm (5.66 x 2.77 x 0.34 in)
Weight 164.4 g (5.78 oz)
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- IP68 certified - dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meters and 30 minutes

Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 PPI pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Protection Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
- Triluminos display - X-Reality Engine

Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
CPU Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
GPU Adreno 530

Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal 32 GB, 3 GB RAM

Primary 23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Features 1/2.3" sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps, 1080p@60fps
Secondary 13 MP, f/2.0, 22mm, 1/3" sensor size, 1080p, HDR

The Xperia X Performance comes with a nice aluminium body while having a compact figure at just 5-inches, it almost feels natural. Keeping in line with Sony's promises to bring you something different, we sure got that hint with 2700 mAh battery, but that left plenty of room for Sony include a really nice pair of front-facing stereo speakers.

The added fingerprint scanner in the power button the side made for a joy to operate. The responsiveness of the button made for unlocking the phone just as fast as any of the other devices I've tested.

There's some aspect of the previous generation that Sony should have brought and kept from the Z-series.

The IPS display of the Xperia X Performance will provide anyone with a 1080P experience that some of us haven't seen in a while. The crisp images, vivid colours and amazing video display does make use of the X-Reality engine that Sony is famous for at 441ppi, what could you ask more?

While many have critic the phone's touch sensor, I can't embark with them in saying so, I had no issues with the sensor at any given time, day, night, wet or dry.

When it was time to take the camera for a spin, the Xperia X Performance camera left me underwhelmed. I don't take a lot of pictures to start with. For the few pictures I did take, I wasn't left satisfied with the result. I needed to take several and try different settings, method, lights, no lights and the likes. The sensor used in the current Xperia X isn't the latest that Sony produces and that left me wondering why?

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Users looking at getting the most power out of their device will be happy with the Snapdragon 820 from Qualcomm. It delivers impressive performance for the multitasker in all of us. I threw a large load at it and it flew through it fabulously.

The device comes preloaded with man applications that Sony thinks most of us will use. Unfortunately, I personally disabled and removed plenty when I was testing the device. Even after doing so, I was still using 9.8GB worth of space. I'd like to see future devices with fewer apps and more choices for users. Instead of having them pre-install, Sony's should offer a selection.

Sony's default launcher has gone through a large update on this device, I didn't feel as if I needed to replace it. I could use it as is. The theme engine now provided in Sony's smartphone allowed me to customise my experience to my needed and resulted in almost "heavy custom themes".

The upside of having features is finding excellent additions like the DSEE HX and the enhance ClearAudio+ that made listening to music enjoyable with any price range pair of headphones I through at it.

Juiced up with 2700 mAh of power, I tested the device performance non-stop for a period of 7+ hours of continuous usage this resulted in about the same amount of screen on time. This led me to continue testing as an average user and I could easily get 24 hours + of usage. Even with less battery capacity than the predecessor, Sony has been able to deliver. Even if you were a power hungry shark, you'd be ok, since the device does make use of Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 standard allowing to quickly charge up.

This is where I am with the Sony's Xperia X Performance; Would I buy it? Yes & No. This device performs well, it runs everything you'll need and it's perfect for the average user if you can get passed the $699,99 price point, then by all means GO! I feel that $499,99 is a fair price for a mid-range device. You have better options on the market right now. You may want to explore them. If the price came down, I'd be happy getting one, but not at its current price.