Casio G-Shock GBA-800 Unboxing and Initial Review (GBA-800-9AER)
At CES 2018, Casio introduced two new G-Shock watches to its ever growing collection of tough timepieces. Known as the GBA-800 and GPR-B1000, both devices connect to the G-Shock Connected app to help track different metrics and information.
The relevant watch to this review is from G-Shock’s new G-Squad series, the GBA-800 — a hybrid fitness watch that you can adds a little bit of fitness tech to G-Shock’s already iconic style. It comes in six different colour models – and of course the poster child for the series is the almost day-glo yellow (or is it green) model.
Using a built-in accelerometer the watch measures your daily steps along with your walking or running pace, the amount of steps you’ve taken will be displayed on the watch, both as a figure and a graphic.
So to wet your appetite here are a few of the promo shots released for the watch…
Disclosure :I purchased this Mous Limitless iPhone X Case direct from Mous.co for £43.95 (GBP) Delivered, the review is my own as are my thoughts on the product. Like me you may have seen the Sponsored Adverts on Facebook or some other social media for a company called Mous. Mous make phone cases and have a few under their belt already (from iPhone 6 to iPhone X as well as the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus). The Limitless case that this review refers to was funded via crowd funding. Their indigogo campaign almost raised $2.5 million : https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/protective-iphone-x-and-8-cases-mous-limitless#/
The advert that caught my attention was one outside the Apple Store in London where they went in and purchased an iPhone X on release day, popped it in their case, walked outside and chucked it up in the air. This all being done right in front of a crowd of Apple fans looking to go in and buy the very phone that was now taking a live flying lesson with a combined drop test onto the concrete right in front of their own eyes.
That’s a ballsy move and on watching how the case coped with drop after drop and even being offered to the public to have a go my mind was made up. The order was placed with an expected shipping date of 21st November 2017.
Another iPhone and another chance for Griffin to produce a new version of their hugely popular, successful and extremely protective Survivor Case.
In fact the traditional Survivor Case is now actually a range of cases. There is a Survivor Extreme, Survivor Strong, Survivor Clear, Survivor Prime, Survivor Fit and coming soon there is a Survivor All-Terrain. With the exception of the latter the above list goes from most rugged to least. Least by the way does not mean none, the survivor fit is tested for a 2.1 metre drop so is certainly no slouch.
This review though focuses on the Griffin Survivor Extreme.
I managed to pick this up off Amazon at a bargain £21, the RRP being £47 on the Griffin website and Amazon are now selling it for closer to the £40 mark.
It arrived next day (thank you Prime) and I was excited to get at it. I have used a Griffin Survivor before, although I think it was about the era of my iPhone 5. I remember it as a proper rugged case, I had no issues whatsoever with it, it really is remembered fondly.
Look at that range – it was a great case and I remember correctly – it was the case I got for my iPhone 5 on release day :
But times have changed – we are now at the iPhone X, my needs haven’t really changed though – I still need a good rugged case and when I seen this Griffin Survivor Survivor Extreme (especially at the price I paid) I thought my problems were solved.
Rather than do an unboxing video or solo gallery of the new iPhone X I have decided to combine a gallery with my initial thoughts and a very short term review.
I have had the iPhone X a week, having been lucky enough to get one on release day (3rd November 2017), and I’ll be straight up – I am impressed.
I’ll also be honest – it is damned expensive! A 256 GB model will set you back £1149 and if you want AppleCare it’s another £199 – so thats £1348 for a phone with 2 years piece of mind! If you dont want piece of mind just throw your eyes over this repair price list – it may (or may not) sway your decision on AppleCare. Personally I get AppleCare on all my Apple devices – (something I have never actually had reason to use) whether you do or not is obviously a personal choice however at these prices some sort of insurance seems like a no-brainer.
At the moment retro could not be more current. The Mini NES bringing back retro gaming into the mainstream, Nokia re-release the most classic and iconic handset of all time – the Nokia 3310 – RetroPi bringing pretty much every game ever released for all the classic systems right into your living room!
Retro is so cool and everyone agrees, well everyone agrees until you use it. Forget gaming, because retro gaming is awesome, but what about the rest of it? The truth is – retro tech suffers, because technology moves on, when we go back to old tech we instantly think – “Wow, how did we cope with this? It is so slow!”
Go back to the start of the mobile web, remember it? Chances are you could be reading this post on a mobile device and thanks to 4G, and responsive web themes you can get the full enjoyment and all the information from this site and pretty much every other site on the internet on any device from one in the palm of your hand to another on a full 5K 27 inch screen!
Do you remember what we had for mobile devices before that? (Tablets didn’t really exist at this point either). It was called WAP. If it interests you you can read all about here : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_Application_Protocol but basically this is what we had from 1999 to the late noughties. What happened next? In a nutshell the iPhone happened (other operating systems popped up to, Symbian, Android…
From this HTML became accessible by handsets and then tablets (as we now know them) popped along. Fast forward a little now we are right here, right now.
And then back to the point of this post. We look back on all things retro with great nostalgia and think “how great was that iPhone”. Truth is it was great, but technology has moved on so much that those devices we hold so highly would now be unusable, if not unusable at least so frustratingly slow that we wouldn’t want to use them. Out 2G original iPhone wouldn’t even be able to load this web site at any sort of useful speed, whereas with 4G it loads like lightning in glorious technicolor. But our original iPhone was so cool and retro is cool. So here you go, here is the idea :
Here are the original iPhone backgrounds. Save them to your device and add them as your wallpaper. You now have the best of both worlds. The cool as hell retro backgrounds from the original iPhone, wrapped in the shell of an up to date and completely usable device. Let’s be honest that’s what we want anyway, the retro chic with the functioning of the latest tech.
Now get back to your Mini NES and guide that little heroic plumber to save his bride. Oh and talking of which, when the Mini SNES is announced, get it preordered – it’s going to be in high demand. That’s my prediction for this Christmas anyway!
For those unfamiliar with Night Shift, it’s designed to cut down on the amount of blue light you’re exposed to during the evening by shifting the display of a Mac to a more yellow tone. Blue light is said to have a harmful effect on your circadian rhythm, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Studies suggest that eliminating blue light exposure at night might help you sleep just a bit better, but it does significantly change the look of your display. Many Mac users have been using blue light reduction software f.lux for years now, but with Night Shift, there’s no need to install an additional app because it’s an operating system feature.
The new watchOS 3.2 software with Theater Modes comes along side tvOS 10.2, both of which bring a number of tweaks and small features to the Apple TV and Apple Watch.
watchOS 3.2 :
The biggest change in watchOS 3.2 is the new Theater Mode. When activated, the feature turns off Apple Watch’s display when you get a notification so the light doesn’t disturb those around you. Wearers still get haptic notifications though and can view alerts by tapping the screen or pressing the digital crown.
placeholder 178 blocked. Reason : no sizes watchOS 3.2 also adds support for SiriKit, giving developers all-new ways to integrate Siri into apps. You can now use Siri to start a workout, hail a ride, send money and more.
tvOS 10.2 :
Of the four the four new software updates released today, tvOS 10.2 is perhaps the least exciting of all. Apple have added some improved scrolling behaviors. Apple TV watchers use a long swipe on the Siri remote to scroll through data quicker. You can also swipe from the right side to bring up indexes.
And you can rent something to watch one one device and watch it on any of your others.
The new revision of macOS Sierra has just been released by Apple. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 is now available for Mac users, but before you install it, here’s the lowdown on the new features.
Please remember that when you decide to install the update make sure you have backed up your Mac’s data. Losing everything on a hard drive is something no one wants to consider so make sure to protect yourself, just in case!
The major new feature in macOS Sierra 10.12.4 is Night Shift, which made its debut in iOS9.3. Night Shift is available on the following Macs: