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With Xiaomi upgrading the new Redmi 7A from the Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22 to the Snapdragon 439 it is worth looking at how these two chipsets compare and if the Redmi 7A is a big upgrade from the 6A.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 439

The Snapdragon 439 was launched in June 2018 and is a low mid-tier 64-bit ARM LTE system on a chip designed by Qualcomm. It is Fabricated on TSMC's 12 nm process, the 439 features four Cortex-A53 high-efficiency cores operating at 1.45 GHz along with four high-performance Cortex-A53 operating at 1.95 GHz. The Snapdragon 439 integrates the Adreno 505 GPU and features an X6 LTE modem supporting Cat 5 uplink and Cat 4 downlink. This chip supports up to 4 GiB of dual-channel LPDDR3 memory.

Helio A22 (MT6762M) – MediaTek

The Helio A22 (MT6762M) by MediaTek was actually launched later than the Qualcomm alternative, and this is also a 64-bit quad-core ARM LTE system on a chip.

Manufactured on TSMC's 12 nm process, this SoC integrates four Cortex-A53 cores operating at up to GHz and supports up to 6 GiB of dual-channel LPDDR4X-3200 memory. This SoC also incorporates a PowerVR GE8320 IGP. The chip has a modem supporting LTE cat 7 download and cat 13 uploads.

CPU differences

Qualcomm is comfortably in the lead with this one Snapdragon 439 has an octal-Core(8 x Cortex A-53) and Helio A22 has only a quad-cores(4 x Cortex A-53).

The SD439 divides the cores into two clusters with four cours upto 1.95 GHz and four at 1.45 GHz Cortex A53. Whereas the Helio only has quad-cores and all cores have an equal 2.0GHz CPU frequency.

The Qualcomm will able to use its slower cores for less intensive functions freeing up the other cores for demanding applications. It should alsop make it more energy efficient, only using the slower cores when possible.

GPU differences – Adreno 505 vs Powervr GE8320

The Qualcomm uses Adreno 505 and is generally regarded as being slightly superior to the PowerVR GE8320 found on the Helio A22.

The best way to tell how the GPU compares is through benchmarks, but at the moment there are not many benchmarks for the SD439. The Nokia 4.2 which uses the same chipset gets 821 in the 3D Mark Sling Shot test and 79436 is AnTuTu.

The Helia A22 on the Redmi 6A gets 451 in the 3D Mark Sling Shot test and 62292 is AnTuTu.

Overall

Clearly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 is the superior chipset and this is why the Xiaomi Redmi 7A is upgrading to the SD439

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 Vs MediaTek Helio A22 – A comparison of the budget chipsets

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For under £100 the Xiaomi Redmi 6A has stood out as the best budget phone in the UK for the past year. While it obviously lacks the wow factor of any flagship or even mid-range phone, it was perfectly usable for day to day functions including browsing the web, social media, and YouTube. Even the camera was able to churn out some decent shots.

This is now being upgraded to the Redmi 7A which has had the processor upgraded from the Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22 to the Snapdragon 439 chipset.

The Snapdragon 439 chipset is an eight-core chipset using four Cortex-A53 high-efficiency cores operating at 1.45 GHz along with four high-performance Cortex-A53 operating at 1.95 GHz. The Snapdragon 439 integrates the Adreno 505 GPU. In comparison, the Helio A22 uses just four Cortex-A53 cores running at 2.0Ghz and a PowerVR GE8320 GPU. So the Redmi 7A should be significantly more powerful.

Memory is either 2GB with 16GB internal storage or 3GB/32GB with expandable storage via microSD up to 256GB. Which is the same as the older model.

The display is 5.45-inch HD+ (720 x 1440px) giving a 18:9 aspect ratio, as you would expect fro a phone at this price, there is no notch, instead large top and bottom bezels. The screen is also slightly curved to the sides.

The smartphone also uses the same a 13MP main camera with PDAF and LED flash while on the front we get a 5MP snapper.

THe battery gets a large upgrade from 3000 mAh battery to 4,000 mAh and considering the screen size and resolution, combined with the SD439 I would expect this phone to have multi-day battery life.

It also launches with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box and will come with 3.5mm audio.

Pricing and release date will be announced during the launch of Redmi K20 on May 28. It will come in Black and Blue colours.

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Hot on the tails of the Garmin product releases, Suunto has announced their latest watch, the Suunto 5, which is launched after the Suunto 9. Rather than name things in chronological order, the Suunto 5 fits in as the mid-range watch of the series.

Amazon has the watch at a pre-order price of £299 whereas its bigger brother, the Suunto 9 is £412 while the cheapest offering, the 3, is £142.95.

If you are ready to part with your hard-earned cash you may be wondering how the new watch stacks up against the competition.

Pricing

The obvious alternative choice is Garmin’s range, with this being priced identically to the new Forerunner 245 Music, but thanks to the competitiveness of the internet you can also get the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music for just £299.99.

Then there is the Polar Vantage M & V. The Vantage M has an RRP of £249 but it is just £202 at the time of writing.  Whereas the Vantage V should be £439, but you can get it for £319.99.

So it is quite a crowded price category, and you have lots of choices.

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Suunto 5 vs Suunto 9

The S5 is basically a cut-down version of the S9, it has a smaller battery, no compass, and no barometric altimeter, but that’s about it, in fact, they have added a few features the S9 doesn’t have. So if you have your heart set on Suunto but can’t afford the flagship device, then this is well worth considering.

The S5 has access to a bunch of FirstBeat features that the S9 lacks and these include:

  • Stress tracking metrics
  • Body resources (aka body battery) metric
  • Sleep quality metrics
  • V02Max tracking/metrics
  • Adaptive training plans

The S9 is still probably one of the best endurance watched available on the market and it has battery options of 25/50/120hrs (depending on mode) whereas the S5 has 20/40h.

The S9 has a barometer and compass so it will be much better for hiking and climbing.

Suunto 5 vs Spartan Trainer

The S5 is the replacement for the older, but excellent, Spartan Trainer

  • Increased battery life from 10hrs to 20hrs in regular modes, and 30hrs to 40hrs in extended modes
  • Changed from plastic bezel (base option) to stainless steel bezel
  • Changed from plastic screen (base option) to mineral glass
  • Added adaptive training plans (not on Suunto 9)
  • Added sleep quality metric (not on Suunto 9)
  • Added stress tracking metric (not on Suunto 9)
  • Added body resources metric (not on Suunto 9)
  • Added VO2Max fitness level
  • Changed GPS chipset from MediaTek to Sony
  • Changed GPS recording track modes from Best/Good/OK to Best/Good
  • Added additional GPS options: GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS
  • Added intelligent battery modes: Performance, Endurance, Custom
  • Approx. the same weight: 66g for Suunto 5, to 57g/66g/74g for Suunto Trainer variants
  • Only can connect to Suunto/Sports Tracker platform/apps (not Movescount)
Suunto 5 vs Garmin

While this has the same RRP of the Forerunner 245 it may not be the best comparison, the FR245 is more of a running watch so lacks some of the multisport features this does.

The RRP of the FR645 should mean that it isn’t comparable to this, but at the moment you can get the FR645 for £299.

However, they are not like for like watches either. If you are a serious athlete doing triathlons or very long endurance events then he Suunto 5 is a better choice with triathlon modes and compatibility with bike power meters, as well as the 40h battery life.

For the average user that enjoys a variety of sports that wants a sort of hybrid smartwatch/multi-sport watch then the FR645 is likely a better choice with its music streaming, NFC payments, and generally superior Garmin ecosystem.

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Another option, again, technically the Sunnto 5 would have been closer in price to the Polar Vantage M, but as that has been out a while now, you could get it for £202, so almost £100 cheaper, or pay an extra £20 and get the Vantage V.

The Vantage V has a lot of similar specs, with some worthwhile extras, in particular, it has built-in running power, so if you are a keen running this could be well worth it. It has a similar battery life of 40h and it also has a barometer.

Movescount

When I reviewed the Suunto 9, they were in the process of phasing out Movescount, and with the launch of this watch, you no longer get access to it. My issues with the Suunto app/Sports Tracker platform was that it didn’t link it with apps like Strava, but since that review, it looks like Suunto have enabled quite a lot of connected services making it much better, and a suitable replacement for Movescount.

Feature Comparison

Table generated via DC Rainmaker

FUNCTION/FEATURESUUNTO 5GARMIN FORERUNNER 645GARMIN FORERUNNER 245POLAR VANTAGE V
PRICE£299£299£299£319
GPS RECORDING FUNCTIONALITYYESYESYESYES
DATA TRANSFERUSB & BLUETOOTH SMARTUSB/BLUETOOTH SMART/WIFIUSB, BLUETOOTH SMART, WIFI (ONLY MUSIC HAS WIFI)USB, BLUETOOTH SMART
WATERPROOFINGYES - 50MYES - 50M50 METERSYES - 30M
BATTERY LIFE (GPS)UP TO 40 HOURS14HRS GPS/5HRS GPS-MUSICUP TO 24HRS REGULAR GPS, 24HRS+ FOR ULTRATRACUP TO 40 HOURS
RECORDING INTERVALVARIABLE1S OR SMART1-SECOND, SMART, ULTRATRAC1S
SATELLITE PRE-LOADING VIA COMPUTERYESYESYESYES
QUICK SATELLITE RECEPTIONGREATGREATGREATGREAT
ALERTSSOUND/VISUAL/VIBRATEVIBRATE/SOUND/VISUALVIBRATE/SOUND/VISUALVIBRATE/SOUND/VISUAL
BACKLIGHT GREATNESSGOODGREATGOODGREAT
ABILITY TO DOWNLOAD CUSTOM APPS TO UNIT/DEVICENOYESYESNO
ACTS AS DAILY ACTIVITY MONITOR (STEPS, ETC...)YESYESYESYES
CAN CONTROL PHONE MUSICNOYES (FR645 MUSIC VERSION)YESNO
HAS MUSIC STORAGE AND PLAYBACKNOYES (3.5GB)YES (MUSIC VERSION)NO
STREAMING SERVICESNOSPOTIFY, IHEARTRADIO, DEEZERSPOTIFY, DEEZER, PANDORANO
CONTACTLESS-NFC PAYMENTSNOYESNONO
BLUETOOTH LEGACY (PRE-4.0) TO PHONENONONONO
BLUETOOTH SMART (4.0+) TO PHONE UPLOADINGYESYESYESYES
PHONE NOTIFICATIONS TO UNIT (I.E. TEXTS/CALLS/ETC...)YESYESYESFeb-19
LIVE TRACKING (STREAMING LOCATION TO WEBSITE)NOYESYESNO
GROUP TRACKINGNOYESNONO
EMERGENCY/SOS MESSAGE NOTIFICATION (FROM WATCH TO CONTACTS)NONOYES (VIA PHONE)NO
BUILT-IN CELLULAR CHIP (NO PHONE REQUIRED)NONONONO
DESIGNED FOR CYCLINGYESYESYESYES
POWER METER CAPABLEYESNOWITH SOME CONNECT IQ APPS (BUT CANNOT RECORD DATA)YES
POWER METER CONFIGURATION/CALIBRATION OPTIONSYESN/AN/AYES
POWER METER TSS/NP/IFNON/AN/ANO
SPEED/CADENCE SENSOR CAPABLEYESYESYESYES
STRAVA SEGMENTS LIVE ON DEVICENOYESNOTBD FUTURE UPDATE
CRASH DETECTIONNONOYESNO
DESIGNED FOR RUNNINGYESYESYESYES
FOOTPOD CAPABLE (FOR TREADMILLS)YESYESYES (ALSO HAS INTERNAL ACCELEROMETER)YES
RUNNING DYNAMICS (VERTICAL OSCILLATION, GROUND CONTACT TIME, ETC...)NOWITH RD POD, HRM-TRI OR HRM-RUN (NOT VIA OPTICAL HR)YES (WITH ACCESSORY)NO
RUNNING POWERWITH EXTRA SENSORYES WITH RD-POD OR 3RD PARTY APPSNOYES (BUILT-IN)
VO2MAX ESTIMATIONYESYESYESYES
RACE PREDICTORNOYESYESNO
RECOVERY ADVISORYESYESYESYES
RUN/WALK MODENOYESYESNO
DESIGNED FOR SWIMMINGYESYESYESYES
OPENWATER SWIMMING MODEYESNONOYES
LAP/INDOOR DISTANCE TRACKINGYESYESYESYES
RECORD HR UNDERWATERYESNONOYES
OPENWATER METRICS (STROKE/ETC.)YESNON/AYES
INDOOR METRICS (STROKE/ETC.)YESYESYESYES
INDOOR DRILL MODENOYESYESNO
INDOOR AUTO-PAUSE FEATURENONO (IT'LL SHOW REST TIME AFTERWARDS THOUGH)NOYES
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Twitch can be considered as the biggest online video streaming platform that you can find out there in the world. If you are reading this, you must be looking forward to ensure the growth of your Twitch channel along with time. It is not something difficult to achieve. That’s because a large number of effective methods are available for the people who are interested in increasing the popularity and ensuring the growth of the Twitch channels. Here is a list of 5 of the most effective methods that you can follow in order to grow your Twitch channel in 2019.

  • Define the goals

According to Socialboss.org/, defining your goals can be considered as the very first thing that you can do in order to increase the popularity of your Twitch channel. This can provide you with the chance to get hold of all the opportunities that Twitch will provide you with. You will be able to set your goals and develop a strategy, which can assist you to achieve the goals in the long run. Then you will be able to make sure that you will never get distracted while you are trying to achieve the goals in Twitch.

  • Stream content consistently

You need to make sure that you are using Twitch to stream content consistently. This will help you to engage with your followers and grow your network in an effective manner. On the other hand, you will also be able to increase the number of followers that you are getting under the Twitch account. This can provide you with outstanding results in the long run and you will love what comes on your way.

  • Offer value to the audience

You shouldn’t be managing just another Twitch account. Instead, you need to make sure that you are offering value to your audience. This will assist you to end up with effective results in the long run. People who are on Twitch prefer to get hold of such content, which can add more value to the time they spend. If you are managing such a channel, you will be able to boost your popularity among them in an effective manner. As a result, you will be able to ensure the growth of the Twitch account in the long run.

  • Make sure that you play the right games

You need to make sure that you are playing the right games. You may not be convinced on how this will benefit you at the beginning. But when you begin playing, you will be able to notice how the positive results are coming on your way. Therefore, you will find it as an easy task to increase the number of Twitch followers and ensure the growth. If you are not too sure about this, you can think about playing the games that you are passionate about. You should never do the mistake of playing the games, which all other people are interested in. Instead, you need to do something unique on your own.  

  • Ensure interactivity

You must also ensure interactivity through the Twitch profile. This is another key factor, which can heavily contribute towards the positive results that you can get from Twitch in the long run. If the interactivity factor is not there, there is a high possibility for your Twitch account to fail. That’s because people will get bored with the content that you share. Therefore, you need to be interactive and make sure that your followers are interested in what you share.

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A few years ago matched betting became a big thing online, it wasn’t uncommon for someone to become a professional gambler using matched betting and bonuses to guarantee wins. Times have changed though, bookies caught on and clamped down. There will always be opportunities, but it is not as easy as it once was. This has led people to seek other revenue sources from various gambling techniques.

With many sites, such as CasinoEuro ( https://toripelit.com/netticasino/casino-euro/ ), which is a well-reviewed online casino, offer large sign-up bonuses which you can then use to reduce your loses and maximise your wins. 

So with the above website, they offer 100% up to 200-Euros, so once you have bet your stake, you get it back in the form of a bonus. Quite often you will then have to wager the bonus a number of times before you can withdraw, but some games are low risk and therefore easy to achieve. There is also a time limit on some of the promotions so you need to make sure you play enough within 5 days to cash out the bonus.

On top of the bonus, many casinos will offer other in play bonuses. At the weekends the site organises surprise prices for specific games. There are also freerolls that can be earned throughout your gaming.

Slots are a popular game to do this. If a slot machine pays 95% in the long term, this does not mean that you will lose 5% of your money during your session. You may win, or you may lose, but in the long term, the house has a 5% edge on the slot used in the example.

You are not restricted to just slots though, it is just they are the easiest to play and get the bonuses. If you are a particularly good blackjack player, playing perfect hands reduces the casino edge to around 1.5%. The lower the house edge, the more profit you can make from free offers.

The competition in the market means that it is worth finding the right game to play, and this is why it is great to use review sites to identify all the options out there with the best sign up bonuses. Using review sites also gives you a good idea of how reputable the company is, including what gambling commission governs them, and what deposit methods they accept

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Torrents have become a part of our everyday life. Torrent Tracker is a website where users can share the content of any type. Each member of the website has an opportunity to share any file which meets its rules. Such sites gain in popularity due to an opportunity to save money on purchasing licensed software, as well as save on downloading games or movies.

What Website Should Your Give Preference To?

Here are top 5 widespread websites you can take into consideration willing to install any type of files. It’s also possible to find other options on Legaltorrents.com:

  • The Pirate Bay is one of the most widespread websites with 6.7 million people signed up. One of the finest torrent sites for downloading any kind of content you are willing to.
  • RARBG is a catch for users who like quality content. This Bulgarian torrent has rapidly gained in popularity with users; here you can find torrents sorted by different categories, as well as a useful search engine for finding any file you need.
  • 1337x is a torrent site where you can find any type of files. All the downloaded content is being checked in order for users to be safe when installing it. Here you will be able to install films (including documentaries), music, videos, games, etc.
  • Limetorrents is a search engine and catalog of torrents providing links to torrent files hosted on other sites. The system updates its torrents database regularly.
  • yts.ag is a website of YIFY and YTS release groups created in 2011. One of the most widespread options for installing movies and video content.
Selecting A VPN Service

Modern media technologies make people think of privacy policy. There are numerous free VPNs; nevertheless, some of them have certain limitations. Some of the services have a limited number of servers, while others limit network bandwidth. It’s important to choose a trustworthy and proven VPN for using when downloading torrents, since not every service allows torrenting.

It’s suggested to choose a paid VPN service if you want to access a large number of servers, and still have unlimited traffic, as well as have access to all security protocols. Millions of people use VPNs to protect their personal info, but not all services can guarantee anonymity. In fact, some of them keep logs with IP addresses for weeks.

Nowadays, most Internet users take the fact they are being monitored online into account. Millions of people start using VPN in order to hide their IP, such a way they safeguard themselves online. VPN for PC is also used for downloading torrent files. Torrenting through VPN has its pros:

  • It’s impossible to track anything you do online: what you install, what websites you visit, etc.
  • Your real IP will be replaced with an IP of the VPN server.

Now, there is no criminal liability for installing torrent files; nevertheless, it’s suggested to protect yourself when torrenting and remain anonymous online by means of paid VPN servers.

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Online reviews have completely revolutionised the relationship between customers and businesses. Never before have we been able to so publicly give our opinions on products and services.

This is great news for our customers as we can leverage reviews as a fantastic tool to make our buying decisions.

Here are a few brilliant reasons why online reviews are such a useful tool for consumers.

Decide who’s best

Whether it be looking for the best cooking utensils on the market, doing your due diligence using some online reviews can help you to see whether you’re making the right decision – or whether you need to be taking your custom elsewhere.

Trustworthy

These reviews are all verified nowadays. Every review you see will have a ‘verified purchase’ badge with it, meaning that it’s not just some person in the street telling you something about a brand, company or product – it’s an actual customer who has been through the process and wants to let future customers know exactly what to expect.

Simple and relevant

One of the greatest things about online reviews is that they are simple and relevant.

There is no fluff, no contesting options about different products – just lots and lots of reviews of the exact thing you’re searching for.

This simplicity and bluntness lets you see through any marketing ploys from companies and get straight down to the genuine user experience.

Companies such as Gambling Deals are a great example of this. They upload professional-grade reviews after thoroughly testing sites, meaning you can get an expert opinion on exactly the site you want – finding the best online casino has never been easier!

Options

We all love to have options.

Reading lots of online reviews allows us to search for that perfect product. We don’t have to settle for one that is right in front of us.

You can have a look round at relevant companies who are offering similar products to the one you’ve been looking at and compare them to make sure you’re getting the very best.

Online reviews – the best tool customers can possibly use when making buying decisions.

Just make sure you make use of them!

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The Samsung Galaxy A70 was only announced in March, which only recently becoming available to buy, but it looks like Samsung are already updating it, with an S variant.

The Galaxy A70S will be the worlds first phone to feature a 64MP camera sensor, in comparison most of the high MP phones, such as the Honor 20, have the 48MP sensor from Sony.

The new sensory featured on the phone is a Samsung made w ISOCELL Bright GW1 which uses pixel binning to take the 64MP and drop it down to 16MP providing superior low light performance.

It also supports real-time high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 100-decibels (dB) that provides richer hues. The sensor is equipped with a Dual Conversion Gain (DCG) that converts the received light into an electric signal.

This allows the sensor to optimize its full well capacity (FWC), utilizing the collected light more efficiently especially in bright environments. It also supports 480fps Full HD slow-motion filming and will have High Dynamic Range, as well as support for Super PD — a high-performance phase detection auto-focus technology.

Beyond the massive camera upgrade it is expected the rest of the phone will stay the same:

Samsung Galaxy A70
Dimensions164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm (6.47 x 3.02 x 0.31 in)
Weight183 g (6.46 oz)
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
ScreenSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Screen size6.7 inches, 108.4 cm2 (~86.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~393 ppi density)
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie); One UI
ChipsetQualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm)
CPUOcta-core (2x2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver)
GPUAdreno 612
Card slotmicroSD, up to 1 TB (dedicated slot)
Internal128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM
Camera32 MP, f/1.7, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
FeaturesLED flash, panorama, HDR
Video2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/240fps
Selfie32 MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm
FeaturesHDR
Video1080p@30fps
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
NFCYes (market dependent)
RadioFM radio
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SensorsFingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
ANT+
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh battery
ChargingFast battery charging 25W
ColorsCoral, Blue, Black, White
Price£399

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One of the big issues with wireless CCTV cameras is the regular need to charge or replace the batteries. With some companies, like Eufy, you can go several months between charges, while Reolink offers a solar adaptor to provide some extra juice.

The Soliom Solar Cam follows a similar concept as Reolink, but the solar charging is built into the unit while costing just  £117.21, making it one of the cheapest wireless CCTV systems I have reviewed.

Design and Features

The Soliom is a fully integrated unit, there is no hub that you need to wire up inside the house. It features 1080p video, and the footage is recorded to a microSD, though no card is provided. Along with the low purchase price, the onboard storage means you save money in cloud subscriptions. The camera does come with free cloud storage too

The camera has a PIR and motion sensor, allowing you to receive notifications when motion is detector, or for motion based recording.

The camera has a built-in speaker and microphone, allowing you to do two wall audio, and it is rated at IP66.

Inside the package, there is a decent quality screw mount, though there is no option for a magnetic mount.

The camera itself is of OK quality, it feels a bit cheap, and the microUSB port cover is fiddly, but overall it is decent enough, and the mount is far superior to the plasticky one you get with Blink XT.

Set up

Before setting the camera up you should fully charge it first, Soliom doesn’t state how long the battery will last without solar power.

I had some issues getting the camera set up the first couple of times, I can’t be sure what the issue was. However, three times lucky, after resetting the camera, on the third attempt it worked without issue. To set it up, you have to type in your SSID and password, show the QR code to the camera, and then it will pair by making some audible beeping noises. On my third attempt, this was quick and easy to do, but the fact that I had issues the first two times would indicate this may be more tricky than other systems to set up.

With the camera set up, you can tweak the various settings, motion detection can be disabled, set to low, medium or high. There is a setting for dormancy time, which has no explanation but I suspect this is the re-trigger time so avoid unnecessary notifications and recordings.

You also have the option to set the environment, which includes normal, backlight compensation, night IR, and dynamic. These will adjust the video settings to improve picture quality.

In the above photos I used an existing camera mount, but the Soliom one is similar, though white in colour.

Performance

The performance of the camera is decent, video footage is clear and covers a wide angle. Motion detection works but there are fewer settings to tweak than some competitors so fine-tuning the settings to your liking is a little harder.

The app is the weakest part of the camera, it isn’t bad, there is just a lot better out there. The scrolling style to get to events is not very good, it is easy to miss the event, I found it easier to select the storage option at the bottom of the app and manually select events. The recorded footage is quite short, nearly all of mine were 8 seconds which is fine most of the time, but if I needed to see something important it may be helpful to have a longer recording.

If you do want to use the speaker,..

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It has been a long time since I reviewed any wired earphones, with the trend leaning towards Bluetooth. However, a lot of people still love wired earphones, they technically offer superior audio performance, require no charging, there are less things to go wrong, and they are cheaper than their wireless counterparts. But what if you could have both?

The RevoNext QT5 gives you the option to switch between wired and Bluetooth, while at the same time offering a pair of earphones well into the affordable category, with prices starting at £22.98. These earphones do that by using a detachable 0.78mm 2-pin audio cable allowing you to change your cable if you damage it, want an upgrade, or convert it to Bluetooth.

The Revonext B02 Bluetooth Cable will set you back £19.98 making the total cost of the earphones just over £40, which is still what I would class as affordable for Bluetooth earphones.

The affordable nature of these does not mean they have skimped elsewhere, the QT5 is a dual driver earphone with a balanced armature and dynamic driver which is housed in a weighty metal shell.

The model I was sent is the non-mic version, so there is no volume or mic control on the audio cable (though there is with the Bluetooth cable). If you want the mic option that will cost just £2 more at £24.98

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Design and Build

These are quite unique compared to many of the earphones I have reviewed. The biggest difference is the detachable cable which is attached via a two pin connector. With very expensive earphones that feature this design, a common recommendation is to upgrade the cable, and in theory, you can with these. However, as the earphones only cost £23 it is probably not worth buying an expensive cable. You can of course upgrade to Bluetooth which is well worth the £20.

The included braided cable feels like it is good quality and uses a pin size of 0.78mm if you are tempted with an upgrade.

The earphones use a CNC metal housing making them quite weighty compared to others, and it gives them a premium look and feel. The design of them means the cable should be wrapped over the top of your ear, rather than dangling loosely below it.

Due to the design of these, they have absolutely no IP rating, so I have not used them for the gym. I suspect, if you use the cable with no remote/mic, you could get away with using these in the gym, as the actual earphone bit won’t have any sensitive electronics inside it, but it's not something I wanted to risk.

Fit

I struggle with fit a lot, which in turn affects the sound quality, I loved everything about the Rock Jaw T5 but found getting a good fit when walking around extremely difficult.

With these, I have had no such issues with these, their design to favours having the cable wrapped over your ear, which I prefer, as it gives a bit of support when you are walking around.

In both wired and Bluetooth modes, I had no issues when walking around, the earphones never needed adjustments. The Bluetooth cable is light enough that it doesn’t tug down much, and with the over-ear design, any tugging shouldn’t affect the earphones anyway.

Performance

Overall the sound quality is excellent, the dual driver design allows these to offer an excellent range with well-defined lows. They are not quite as bassy as the likes of the 1MORE Triple Driver, and for some that could be preferable, I personally like a little more bass, but I never felt it was lacking here.

Mids are exceptionally well presented and offer a bright fun sound with no harshness even at louder volumes. Vocals work equality well, and I found them to sound good across both the lower and upper register.

The treble has excellent detail and is clear with no apparent harshness to it.

Overall, these offer a well-balanced sound that far exceeds what you would expect from this price point.  

Overall

I have come away very impressed with the RevoNext QT5 when you factor in the price, they offer superb sound quality and exceptional build quality while offering an interchangeable cable that is traditionally used on vastly more expensive earphones

They have good bass response but are not as much as 1MORE or SoundMagic that I have reviewed recently, I would say the audio quality is a little more neutral with strong mids. Personally, I prefer the sound from the 1MORE triple driver, but they are a lot more expensive, and the bassy-ness of them, which is preferable to me, may not be for others.

I love the option to switch between Bluetooth and wired, this makes them perfect when travelling, as I can use them wired on trains and planes but then switch to wireless when walking. Interchangeable wires also reduces the risk of completely ruining the earphones, in the past, all my wired earphones break due to wire issues, with these, you can just get a new cable for £8.

Overall, for the price, there is little to find negative about these, and they are a superb set of earphones.

Post from: Mighty Gadget - Gadget and Technology Blog

RevoNext QT5 Earphone Review – Affordable dual driver earphones with detachable cable and Bluetooth adaptor.

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