Apple EarPods review

Trying something new is always strange! And unboxing and using the new Apple EarPods was definitely one of those moments. I was really interested at the Key Note for the launch of the iPhone 5 to see what these amazing new design earphones would be like.

Check out the unboxing and first look video below.



On first look it took me a moment to work out which ear they would go into - until my son pointed out that there were little ‘L’ and ‘R’ written on them! The design is definitely different and Apple claim that these have similar sounds to more expensive makes.

Sound quality of the audio is very good and the corresponding sound quality from the microphones is very clear when making calls.

I did however, find them very uncomfortable to wear - almost to the point of being painful, but that might just be my first go with them.

In summary,

  • Very interesting design which offers very good quality audio
  • Excellent design and build quality, feel like that they will probably last a while
  • Handy case
  • Easy to use volume controls on the microphone
  • Some users may find them uncomfortable to wear at first




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iTunes 11 Review

iTunes 11 is here!

iTunes 11 update

I am so impressed with the totally redesigned interface and user experience with iTunes 11.

iTunes EULA

After updating and installing my first impressions of the interface are positive. There has been much negative chat on twitter today but I think that the new design and layout is very simple to navigate and use.

ITunes interface


iTunes interface2

I am most impressed with the streaming and easy downloaded of previously purchased content. I had forgotten how many films and TV shows I had bought and to be able to access them so easily is a positive step.

Father Ted

The final feature I was really looking forward to was the mini player. First impressions of this are really positive. I like the simplified interface and the controls seemed very slick to use.



Mini player

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Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA



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iWires Mini DisplayPort to HDMI

Bought today my first cable from the range of iWires cables at my local Apple Store.

For £25 the connector is able to connect -

Mac mini / MacBook (Post May 2010) / MacBook Pro (Post April 2010) and an iMac to a TV / Monitor.

The connector is also compatible with the thunderbolt display on the new MacBook Air offering both audio and video connection to a HDMI TV.

Initially connecting to the TV was easy and the MacBook Air recognised the TV quickly. I did however have trouble establishing an audio connection. A quick look on line didn’t offer any help so I tried the obvious trick of rebooting whilst still connected to the TV and this cleared the issue.

I did need some experimentation trying to find the best video settings but eventually 1080i seemed the sharpest image.

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GoogleDrive

I transfer files on a daily basis from home to work and then within various locations at work. This in the past involved moving either a USB HDD from place to place or memory sticks (which I hate!).

Cloud based services can be a really good way of getting around these problems and I have been particularly keen to use DropBox and iCloud.

GoogleDrive is now a new player on the scene and my initial first impressions feel very favourable to it.

What is your favourite cloud based service? Leave a comment below.

Check out this installation video.

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2-in-1 camera adapter

One of the first accessories I got for my iPad after a case was the 2-in-1 camera connector.

This has to be one of the best purchases I made! Not only does it allow you to upload photos / video from SD card to your IPad / iOS device it also lets you plug in other USB devices.

I have been using it to connect a USB keyboard which works well. I was disappointed to see that the Apple keyboard doesn’t work - irony! Also I have had good success connected the USB blue snowflake microphone for use with Garage Band.


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Evi - an alternative to Siri

Would you love to run Siri but don’t have an iPhone 4S?

Evi is a great app which gives much (not all) of the functionality of Siri

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MacBook Air Superdrive

I recently bought the MacBook Air Superdrive for mostly burning DVDs.


Pros

  • Very smooth disk insert and eject action
  • Very quite when reading and writing
  • Superb beautiful design

Cons

  • If you forget to take it with you don’t have CD / DVD drive facilities
  • Does not work on Windows computers

Overall

A very nice piece of Apple equipment
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