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‘Xperia-nce’ the precision

Sony brings us the new Xperia XZ & it perfects the fundamentals of a great smartphone. Packed with innovations in technology, it boasts a photo-pro’s camera, an intelligent battery and smart features that adapt to you. And it’s all delivered in a stunning, evolved design. 

Our version came in a striking metallic blue casing, created with a high purity ALKALEIDO™ metal, adding depth, shine and brightness to the finish.

We were impressed with the idea of the intelligent battery life, it picks up when and how long you usually charge your phone for, so that I can spread its full capacity charge across the hours it’s in charge – so say if you charge it nightly whilst you sleep – it will spread the charge across those average 8 hours so it’s. It overcharging a full battery! If you want a quick blast though make sure your settings for intelligent are off otherwise you may not get that quick zap you need to get you home after work!

The camera with three times the precision – Xperia XZ comes loaded with the advanced photography technologies you recognize from other Xperia smartphones. They’ve also added triple image sensing technology to analyse, adapt and capture perfect shots in challenging conditions. Life’s best subjects are rarely still for long. Xperia XZ allows you to capture even moving objects – before the moment passes you by. Bringing together the power of an imaging sensor and a laser autofocus sensor, you can freeze movement in the sharpest detail, even when the light is low. 

 We found the camera quick to load and useful to have the second camera button on the side for landscape use, alike a real camera. It helps aid the quick load from standby to camera in 6.5 seconds – meaning you won’t miss a thing!

Overall it’s a fab phone with a good range of emojis for those that love to use them. Unfortunately I don’t get on too well with android myself, due to using phones with other platforms since the start of time, but once you’re used to it it’s great for those that want a quick happy snap to treasure your memories with or to use along with Spotify for smooth playing clear music.

Remember this could be your Christmas gift! It’s not long now!

Sony Xperia XZ, £550 Pay as you go www.vodafone.co.uk

Find more info and specs over at Sonymobile.co.uk

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The Echo in our lives

Meet Alexa, your new personal assistant, the player of your music, and your weatherwoman. Your new ‘pet’ that listens to your commands to play music, shop for something or find out where your nearest take-away is. All captured within the neat little unit that is the Amazon Echo. 

Available in black or white, with a full surround speaker in built, and several microphones embedded in the top so that she can hear your commands from across the room, at any spot around the circumference of the unit.

When you talk to her she stops everything shes already doing, momentarily of course to listen to your every word. (And glows, so you know she’s listening! If she doesn’t understand she will tell you – or ask you a question. Or infact will tell you in what way to speak to her to get the full benefits of her commands, and efficiently. 

The volume is incredible for such a little unit. Mind you – we aren’t sure your neighbours will appreciate volume 10!  (scaled 1-10) The great thing too is Alexa is ever evolving and learning, because it’s connected to her own little cloud, and you can also link up using an app available across andriod and apple devices.

This is a smart and wonderful gadget, not too big or small in size and will fit in within your decor in either colour-way available effortlessly. Our new obsession.

Picture taken with the Sony Xperia XZ £550 Pay as you go at www.vodafone.co.uk

Get yours now, Amazon Echo, (in black or white) £149.99 at Amazon.co.uk

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Fire up the gift list

This Christmas, whether adding to your own gift list, or buying for someone special, add The Amazon Fire, 

£49.99 www.Amazon.co.uk

to your shopping basket. Thanks to amazon we’ve had the chance to test this out, and we are sitting here right now, happily typing away to post out our blog to you!

With many great apps, video access and books and my more with amazon prime and Amazon music and videos, this is a great tablet to work on, with plenty of social media apps, blog apps and games available we can use this to pass the day away too. You even have a rear and front facing camera for a quick product post too.

Great for kids or take the option to buy the AmazonFireHD for Kids,

£75.05

www.Amazon.co.uk
with a specialist casing this is the gift for the kids whilst gifting the adults the fire of your choice!  These are the great specs below…

  • Beautiful 7" IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600). Available in four colours.
  • Fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and rear- and front-facing cameras.
  • Amazon Underground: All-new, one-of-a-kind app store experience where thousands of apps, games and in-app items are actually free – including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more
  • Prime members can stream thousands of Prime Video titles, access over a million book titles, thousands of audiobooks and over a million songs
  • Prime members can download thousands of Prime Video movies and TV shows to watch offline anywhere
  • Enjoy more than 38 million songs, movies, TV shows, books, apps and games
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 200GB of additional storage
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video and listening to music
  • Stay connected with fast web browsing, e-mail and calendar support

Plus… if you are looking for additional gifts for you or your loved ones tablets (across brands) this Christmas, protect them in luxury with these fab cases in all sorts of colours including Poppy reds and festive golds, from the great Filofax. We tried out… the Saffiano Zip Tablet Case, Poppy, Small, £30, and we think its great. Not only does the case zip fully around all sides of the case, it has a hard shell case (back) to clip your tablet into which has the capability to swivel meaning all round orientation. You even get a Filiofax notebook inside the case too, so you can note down anything you need, especially when using it for work! 

As above: L-R, T-B;
Pennybridge Strap Tablet Case, Black, £36.98; Pennybridge Strap Tablet Case, Raspberry, Small, £32.98;

Saffiano Zip Tablet Case, Small, Gold, £40.99; Saffiano Zip Tablet Case, Poppy, Small, £30, all www.filofax.co.uk

Shop, shop, shop…  as you’ll only miss out! We’ve already finished our shopping for this year!