Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Samsung Galaxy SIII UK Sim Free Unlocked Smartphone Review

The Samsung Galaxy SIII truely is a smartphone, it stays awake when you look at it and if you are texting and decide to call instead just lift the phone to you ear and it will automatically call, brilliant. Along with the 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED screen the SIII has a powerfull Quad-Core 1.4 Ghz Samsung Exynos proccessor and 1GB of memory resulting in an incredibly high definition display and vivid viewing experience. The 8MP camera is also smart, it will automatically take a burst of 8 pictures and select the best. Control volume, calls and wake up with S Voice and use AllShare Play to share content across multipple devices: documents, photos, videos etc. The Social Tag is a nice feature, it lets you link the faces in your photo album with their social media streams. Smart Stay uses the front camera to determine if you are looking at the screen and maintains a bright display.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 5 Stars


  • OS Anroid 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Quad-Core 1.4 Ghz Samsung Exynos Processor
  • 1GB (RAM)
  • 16GB Internal Sroage
  • Display: 720 x 1280 (720p) HD Super AMOLED
  • 4.8 Inch Screen With Gorilla Glass II
  • Touch Sensitive Capacitive Display
  • 8MP Camera (Rear), 1.9MP Camera (Front)
  • LED Flash
  • Image Stabiliser: Photo & Video
  • HD 1080p Video Recording
  • 7 Hours Talk Time
  • 440 Hours Standby Time
  • Wireless Charging
  • Bluetooth: 4.0, WiFi, NFC
  • mcroUSB

  • Lightning Fast Phone And 4G Internet
  • 4.8 Inch Super AMOLED Screen With Gorilla Glass II
  • Super Slim & Light
  • 8MP Camera (Rear)
  • Android 4 Plus (Ice Cream Sandwich) Including TouchWiz 4
  • Good Battery Life
  • NFC Enabled


  • Alot Of Gimmicky Features, Inpractical And Unintuitive
  • The Extended Battery Life Is Effected For Normal Usage Only
  • Has Gorilla Glass Was Scratched In My Pocket
  • Pebble Blue Colour

Monday, 1 October 2012

Apple iPod Classic 6th Generation Review

The iPod Classic 160GB has lots of storage space to ensure you can bring your whole media library with you where ever you go. The Genius feature truely is ingenius, you can create playlists of similar tracks automatically. With a 2.5 inch display you can watch all your movie and TV shows, syncing your content from iTunes to your iPod has never been easier. The Click Wheel is a nice way to quickly search by catagory, artist, playlist, genre, video etc. The battery life (36 hours) is superb.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 5 Stars


  • 2.5 Inch Screen
  • Anodized Aluminum Metal Face Surrounding A Sctrach Proof Screen
  • 160GB Storage Capacity
  • 320 x 240 Display Resolution
  • 640 by 480 Video Resolution
  • 30 FPR
  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
  • USB 2.0
  • Docking Port
  • PC Connection


  • Largest Storage Capacity Of All iPods
  • Longest Battery Life Of All iPod Models
  • Scratch Resistant Screen
  • Improved Animated Menus & Coverflow
  • Free Games

  • Old 5G Games Not Compatible
  • Limited Games
  • Polished Metal Scuffs Easily

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Garmin Approach G3 Golf GPS Unit Review

The ideal golfer's aid, with around 5000 preloaded courses and battery charge length for a few rounds the Garmin Approach G3 is a terrific golfing gadget. The GPS receiver has a very high sensitivity factor meaning you can measure individual shot distances and see exact yardage to fairways, greens and hazards etc. The 2.6 inch touchscreen allows you to quickly gain valuable information on your next shot. Its waterproof and compact and can be clipped to your golf bag or belt and fits perfectly in your pocket. It also allows you to record your score card digitally. The G3 is a real confidence booster, as you have complete control of the course in your hand. Overall, the G3 is great value with a solid build, and there is a free course database

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 4 Star


  • 2.6 Inch Touchscreen
  • Touch Targeting
  • Manual Pin Placement
  • Shot Distance Calculator
  • Course/Hole Previewer
  • Digital Score Card
  • PC Connection


  • Great Performance
  • Low Price
  • 18000 Plus Free Course Database
  • Waterproof
  • Solid Design

  • Small Screen
  • No Stats Tracking

Friday, 28 September 2012

Apple iPhone 4S Review

With the expectation that Apple would release the iPhone 5 there was initial surprise and dissapointment with the iPhone 4S. However, there has been a hugh overall of features and gadgets that more than compensate. The Camera is 8MP with a great aperture ratio. The CPU (Dual Core A5) is the same as the iPad2. The Retina Display is truely stunning, with four times the pixel count of previous iPhones. Siri is Apples voice recognition service which could be market changer or a flop, time will tell. I can see improved performance in multitasking and the HD video recorder works extremely well even in poor light conditions. Apple FaceTime is great, instant video calling at a touch.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 4.5 Stars


  • 8MP Camera (iSight)
  • Dual Core A5 Processor
  • 1080p HD Video Recording
  • Fingerprint Resistant Front Coating
  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery (8 Hour Talk Time)
  • Voice Recognition Services (Siri)
  • USB, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS


  • Great Camera
  • Dual Core CPU
  • Stunning Screen and Graphics Quality
  • Slick Performance
  • Solid Design
  • Voice Recognition Services (Siri)
  • Price
  • Still No Flash
  • No LTE
  • No Visual Differentiation

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Karcher WV50 Window Cleaning Vacuum Review

Amazing, it makes a horrible job easy. The Karcher WV50 handheld vac will leave your windows in immaculate condition, bone dry, streak free and without a single drip. Of course its not just windows; showers, mirrors, literally any glass or plexi surface can be cleaned in seconds. With a single charge you can clean all the windows in a standard sized home. Fully portable (lithium-ion battery) you can achieve a professional finish without the cost.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 5 Stars

  • Portable (cordless) wet vacuum suitable for multiple surfaces (windows, mirrors, tiles, glass doors etc.)
  • Dual layered neoprene blades
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Lightweight and Compact
  • Versatility

  • Charge Life
  • Ease Of Use
  • Professional Results 
  • Construction Quality
  • Grip Comfort


Friday, 21 September 2012

Kindle Fire HD Review

The Kindle Fire HD is incredibly light and slim, and has great easy grip rubber back. It's 7 inch HD display has a resolution of 1280 x 800. The display is very sharp and crisp and maintans this at any viewing angle. It has a HD camera (front) that supports Skype. You can connect the Kindle Fire HD to your TV using the HDMI port, bluetooth is also included. The WiFi is lightning, quiker than the Nexus and iPad. The new Kindle Fire HD is a massive improvement on the earlier release and is effectively a portal into the Amazon's inifinite media content.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 4 Stars


  • 7 Inch Capacitive Touchscreen Display
  • Android OS 4.0
  • 1280 x 800 Resolution
  • Dual Core Processor (Cortex A9), 1200 MHz
  • 1GB Memory
  • 1.3 MP Camera (Front)
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI

  • Perfectly integrated into Amazon's digital media stores
  • Amazon FreeTime
  • HDMI port for TV connect 
  • Very fast WiFi 
  • Improved streaming quality

  • Heavily geared to Amazon services
  • Lack of sensors, GPS, NFC, maps etc.
  • Limited Android Apps

Monday, 17 September 2012

Nikon Coolpix L25 Review

A great price, simple to use and a wonderful optical zoom (5X), the Coolpix L25 also has a nice 3 inch screen included in it's slim design. The controls are somewhat limited but there is an auto focus and the performance quality is even better than other more expensive cameras. It is a 10MP camera and video is 720P HD giving crisp results.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 4 Stars

  • 10 MP Camera
  • 3 inch Screen
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • Still Picture Capture - 3648 X 2736 Resolution (Max)
  • Video Capture - 1280  X 720 Resolution (Max)
  • 30 fps Frame Rate
  • 20MB Internal Storage
  • USB & AV Ports


  • Great Price
  • Ease Of Use
  • Good Handling
  • Nice Design & Build Style
  • Optical Zoom
  • Large LCD Screen (3 inch)


  • Image Noice
  • No Stablization 

Roku 2 XS Review

The Roku 2 XS lets you turn your TV into a Smart TV for a fraction of the price. You can stream media content directly to your TV from the internet through the HMDI port in 1080P picture quality. The Roku 2 XS user interface is truly stunning, smooth, intuitive and simple to use. The initial setup was easy and quick. The channel section is good and you can download new channels from the Channel Store, games etc. I liked the ability to strean content from my external hard drive using the USB port.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 3 Stars

  • 1080P HDMI
  • Digital Surround Sound (HDMI)
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • LAN


  • Simple Setup
  • Supports Gaming
  • Wide Range of Services & Apps


  • LAN Streaming Not Supported 
  • Limited Audio & Video Formats Supported
  • Disk Image Mounting Not Supported

Friday, 14 September 2012

Ployer Momo9 Tablet Review

You need to be realistic when spending this amount of money on a Android Tablet, so don't expect to much for the price. The Ployer Momo9 is about as cheap as you can get, however, the specification is rather good for the price. With a 1.2GHz processor (Cortex A8), 512MB RAM (DDR3) running Android OS 4.0.3 it's quite impressive. Include a 7 inch (800x480 resolution) capacitive screen and 1080P HD this should meet your multimedia needs. There is 8GB of internal storage expandable to 32GB with microSD. The camera is a rediculous 0.3MP so I am not sure why they even bothered to include one as the quality is shocking. I think for day to day internet and multimedia usage at a bargain price this will be just about right for a lot of users.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 2.5 Stars

  • Android OS 4.0.3
  • 1.2 GHz CPU (Cortex A8)
  • 7 inch Display, Capacitive Touchscreen (800x480 Resolution)
  • 512MB RAM (DDR3)
  • 8GB Internal Storage Expandable to 32GB With microSD Card
  • WiFi, 3G, Browser, eBook, Video & Audio Playback
  • 0.3 MP Camera (Front)
  • Built-in Lithium Battery (4-5 Hours)

  • Price/Specification
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality Screen
  • Good Video & Audio
  • Expandable Storage

  • No HDMI Included
  • Possibly The Worst Camera Ever
  • Intermittent WiFi Connection Issues
  • Intermittent Performance Lag

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review

With an impressive specification; quad core processor (tegra 3), 1GB of RAM and internal storage of 8-16GB this newcomer is out performing other tablets of a higher price range. Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean it has a 7 inch touchscreen (1200x800 resolution) IPS and a front camera (1.2MP). All the usual USB, GPS, WiFi etc. are present. I can't help be just a little bit dissappointed.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 3 Stars

  • Android 4.1 OS Jelly Bean
  • Quad Core CPU (Tegra 3)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 7 Inch Touchscreen (1200x800)
  • 1.2 MP Camera (Front)


  • Price
  • Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 12 Core Graphics
  • Good Hardware Quality
  • Lots of Google Play Freebies


  • Limited Storage Capacity
  • Poor Display Contrast 
  • Limitied Apps Market 

Apple iPad 3 Review

At first glance it looks identical to the iPad 2 but the changes are all internal. Running iOS 5.1 and the new A5X CPU and quad core qraphics the retina display results in truly stunning display quality. It includes a front (VGA) and rear (MP5) camera. The new model is slightly heavier and thicker. It has a 9.7 inch screen and its new Retina Display gives a crisp, vivid, sharp resolution that is by far the best I have ever seen on a tablet and is scratch proof protectected.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 5 Stars

  • 9.7 inch Screen
  • 2048 x 1536 Resolution
  • 1GHz Processor (A5X)
  • Internal Storage (16GB - 64GB)
  • 5MP Camera (1080P HD, 30 FPS)
  • 4G WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0


  • Exceptional Screen
  • Simple, Intuitive User Interface 
  • Perfect for Multimedia & Gaming
  • Processor Speed
  • High Resolution Camera


  • No Storage Expansion 
  • Overheating
  • Heavier and Thicker Than The iPad 2
  • Apps Storage Is High

HTC One S Review

A Multimedia master class, it's slim design and latest android OS provides high end performance. It's 4.3" display has a 540 x 960 resolution. I really liked the 8MP Camera with HTC's ImageSense, allowing for multiple shot modes, panoramic, macro and HDR. The One S has 16GB of internal memory but to my horror no microSD slot, this was a dissapointment. Performace is impressive, it has a 1.5MHz dual core processor which means a very slick user interface.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 4.5 Stars

  • Android OS Version 4 & HTC Sense4
  • 4.3" Capacitive Display (540 x 960 Resolution)
  • 1.5 GHz Processor
  • 16GB Internal Storage Capacity
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, Radio Etc.
  • 8MP Camera (1080P HD)

  • Quality Camera - Multiple Shooting Modes
  • Slim, Attractive Design
  • Perfect for Multimedia & Gaming
  • HDMI TV Connection
  • WiFi, USB, Flash Enabled Browser

  • No MicroSD Port
  • Average Call Quality
  • No Radio
  • Non Removable Battery

Sony Ericson Xperia Ray Review

My first impression about the Experia Ray was that the size was just about right. I absolutely love the display screen, the colour depth is amazing, much better than the iPhone in my opinion. The style of the phone may not appeal to everyone, there are no seductive curves, it's literally a block. The camera is impressive with 8.1MP and 720P video providing stunning results.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 4 Stars

  • Android OS Version 2.3
  • 1 GHz CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 32GB Storage Capacity (Micro SD, 4GB Included)
  • 8MP Camera with 720P HD Video Record
  • Capacitive Touchscreen Display
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, USB
  • HTML & Flash Browser
  • Messaging, Radio & GPS


  • Incredible Screen Quality
  • Superb Battery Life
  • HD 8MP Camera
  • Lightning Fast Browser
  • Smooth QPS Action

  • Small Screen (3.3)
  • Multiple External Memory Slot Slow Performace
  • Only 512MB Memory

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Review

I am stunned at the quality of this phone compared to it higher priced big brothers. It has a dual core processor (800 MHz) making it lightning fast. The user interface (UI) layout is simple to use, very responsive and intuitive. I also found app downloads speeds considerably faster than from iTunes on my iPhone 4S. The Ace 2 has a larger screen than its predecessor (3.8) and is slimmer and lighter, if somewhat bulkier.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 4 Stars

  • Android OS Version 2.3
  • Dual core 800 MHz CPU
  • 32GB Storage Capacity (Micro SD)
  • 5MP Camera with AutoFocus and LED Flash
  • Capacitive Touchscreen Display
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, USB
  • Messaging, Browser, Radio, GPS
  • Lithium Ion Battery, up 16 Hours Talk Time

  • Price
  • High Resolution & Display Density
  • Processor Speed
  • Android OS Version 2.3.6
  • Battery Life


  • No Gorilla Glass
  • No Ambient Light
  • Only an Average Camera
  • Direct Sunlight - Poor Display Readability

Spy Mini Sports Camera Review

Easily one of worlds smallest spy cameras this little thing has a bracket/mount system that lets you record video and audio on the move which is great in particular I thought when skiing and mountain biking. Considering it's size, 2 mega pixel (720/480 - AVI format) is quite good.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 2.5 Stars

  • Smallest DVR In The World
  • 16GB Micro SD Capacity (Not Included)
  • AVI Format - 720 X 480 Resolution
  • Helmet And Belt Attachments
  • USB or Mains Charged

  • Good Picture Quality
  • Price
  • USB Recharge

  • Replacing the SD card can be problematic
  • Battery Life
  • Sound Quality

Spy Car Keyring Camera Review

This tiny covert camera is excellent for spy use. It includes video and audio recording in AVI format and has a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery. I liked the easy setup, there is no driver required and the keyring also doubles as a USB storage device.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 3 Stars

  • Video & Audio Recording
  • 16GB (TF Card) Capacity
  • AVI Format - 640 X 480 Resolution
  • Still Picture Camera
  • Also Acts As USB Memory Stick or Card Reader
  • USB or Mains Charged
  • Automatic Driver Installation (Plug & Play)

  • Great Picture Quality
  • Price
  • Field Depth
  • USB Recharge

  • Not HD (but considering the price that should not be expected)
  • No SD card included

Spy Pen Camera Review

It includes a covert camera with audio and has a still picture capture feature. There is a 4GB memory card included but can be expanded to it's 16GB capacity. This pen can double as a USB flash drive which is useful. The camera placement is very good, just above the pen clip so that you can record from your shirt pocket. A simple click of the top button starts recording.

Gadgets Ireland Rating: 3 Stars

  • Real Pen with Video & Audio Recording
  • 16GB Micro SD Capacity (4GB Included)
  • AVI Format - 1280 X 960 Resolution
  • Still Picture Capture - 1280 X 1240 Resolution
  • Also Acts As Flash Drive or Memory Stick
  • USB or Mains Charged
  • Automatic Driver Installation (Plug & Play)

  • Great Picture Quality
  • Price
  • Ease Of Use
  • Good Storage Capcity

  • Not HD (but considering the price that should not be expected)
  • Frame Rate Slow