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Apple iPhone X Case Review round-up (part 2)

In part 1 of my iPhone X case round-up, I looked at a trio of Olixar designs - here I present four others, three by different manufacturers. All of them kindly supplied for review by Mobile Fun - here's their full range of iPhone X cases and covers . Olixar X-Ranger iPhone X Survival Case , £20 Providing a segue from part 1 is the last Olixar design, a really, really tough neoprene design (with faux metal on the back) with a hidden pocket, from which slides - almost magically - a credit-card survival tool! Die cast in coated steel, the tool contains (nominally, and I quote) "Ruler (metric and imperial), filer, screwdriver, bottle opener, can opener, cable peeler, protractor, phone stand (to be used with a credit card or similar), letter opener, puller, knife blade, side blade, saw blade, keyring hole, butterfly wrench, a hex bolt wrenches in sizes ranging #6, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13 and #15" Phew! In fact, take some of these with a pinch of salt, in vi

Case round-up: Google Pixel 2 XL

Another month, another case round-up, for the new Google Pixel 2 XL, covering a variety of styles, and all supplied by MobileFun , kind people that they are. See their complete range of Pixel 2 XL cases and covers . Olixar Leather-style Wallet Case, £10 Darn it, this case is so close to being perfect. Admittedly you have to like the all-encompassing 'folio' style (I do, with caveats), but the materials (faux leather and neoprene, but hey, check out the price) are good, smell nice(!) and the Pixel 2 XL is protected from all sides. In situ, the phone is held VERY snugly and the ports, camera and buttons are all accessible. The fingerprint sensor is recessed quite a way, but still worked in my tests, thankfully. The magnetic flap is about right too, not too strong, not too weak, and it only gets slightly in the way when you want to flip the stand case open in order to watch some media. My only concern is that the case is such a tight fit that you'

Trying (and trying) Bluetooth headphones, they're a no-go for me

I realise that this might be a controversial opinion in the current climate, with Apple and others moving phones away from 'ye olde' 3.5mm headphone jacks and towards increasing use of wireless solutions (e.g. AirPods, Pixel Buds), but I'm still not convinced about Bluetooth audio when on the move. In my tests, I've tried several different makes of Bluetooth headphone (most recently these and  these ) with a variety of phones running Android and Windows 10 Mobile. And have been left unimpressed. And, contrary to what you might expect, the issue isn't audio quality - though, by definition, there's usually some loss in the recompression of just-decompressed music just to traverse the few feet to your ears. No, my problem are the occasional tiny cut outs. Now, this might just be me being hyper-sensitive, but every few minutes (at random) there's a tiny cut out in the audio stream - you wouldn't notice it for speech, but for music it's very distr

Review: Aukey Smart LED Atmosphere Lamp

This was slightly out of the blue and out of my normal review fare, but the idea of being able to choose any colour at all to illuminate my bedroom rather appealed to me. There are times, you know, when subtle mood lighting is appropriate [cough]... And this light is terrific, with only one big caveat - that happily has a workaround, though not an elegant one. Plug in and a bright blue status LED lights up (I'll come back to this below). Touch anywhere on the metal body of the lamp and it glow gentle white, tap again to go to medium and maximum brightness. Then it gets interesting - long touch (for three seconds) on the metal and the lamp starts cycling through myriads of colours, just tap once to select the one you want. It's intuitive and flexible and there are no buttons to wear out. To turn the lamp off again, just long touch again for three seconds. Not as fast as pressing a button, but not a problem. The light cast by the lamp is even, despite the vagar

Review: Olixar case trio for the Apple iPhone X

A new phone, new cases, and so it goes. With the iPhone X in for review, it gave me the chance to review a handful of cases from Olixar, thanks to Mobile Fun. See the links below, all taken from their line of iPhone X cases . The 'X' (pronounced "ex, err.. I mean ten"!) is an all glass design, effectively, and incredibly expensive. In addition to considering Apple Care on your new phone, you'll also want to make sure that the phone is cased when you're out and about. Which is where these cases come in... Olixar X-Duo - Carbon Fibre Silver, £20 A slightly fiddly neoprene inner-shiny plastic outer combination, this is much more solid when mounted on the iPhone X, though you're not going to want to take it on and off again too often, as the parts separate and then it's fiddle time all over again. The button detailing is immaculate and the carbon fibre pattern on the neoprene's back is mesmerising. A perfect case for a perfect iPh

Review - take 2: Drocon Bugs 3 brushless drone

Now, the eagle eyed will have spotted that I've already written about the (Blue) Bugs 3 on this blog. That was a month ago and I've not only lost one since then - and had it replaced - I've also built up a mountain of drone flying experience. Which is why I wanted to re-review this drone, in the context of the mountain of other sub-£100 drones on the market. And it's also why I included the word 'brushless' in the title - as that bit's important. But before I get started, a few links, as usual. In the USA, you can get the Bugs 3 here and there's an exclusive discount code you can apply, 3UE8L7BJ, getting you 20% off, down to $104. In the UK, you can get the Bugs 3 here and the code is ZE79A4G6, also for 20% off, bringing the drone down to £89, which is a steal for something of this quality. Ready to fly, props spinning, etc.! This being my second Bugs 3 drone (ahem), I wanted to apply all my hard won experience to the testing and reviewing.