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Pick of the Camera Reviews

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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
Sena Prism Tube

My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

 

What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

            

 
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Wednesday
Sep142011

The Cheapest 8" Android Tablet in the World?

This week Chinavasion rushed me over their latest budget Android Tablet. I say rushed, because they needed me to have my review done within three days of receiving the parcel so that they can coordinate it with the product launch. Well I'm up for a challenge - so rather than take my usual month or so to put together an overly long, complicated and unnecessarily intricate video review - here's what I can slap together in a few evenings. Please bear in mind that I haven't touched an Android device before, so we really are in unfamiliar territory here - oh and I've got a terrible cold so my voiceover may be a bit weird....anyway on with the show...

This 8” tablet is one of the cheapest Android Tablets on the market, and is currently available from Chinavasion for just £64 (+ postage) - it's called the Leotab and the Product Code is CVWS-PC17

Here is the direct link to the product on the Chinavasion website.

http://www.chinavasion.com/wzpu/

Apple’s current lofty position at the top of the tablet mountain seems virtually insurmountable, they have the mid to high-end tablet market all but sewn up. They have however stated that they have no interest in making cheaper tablets with smaller screens. So whilst the Blackberry Playbook struggles on and the HP Touchpad retreats from it's fight against the almighty iPad with a bloody nose – the bargain-end of the tablet market has been left wide open.  It therefore makes a lot of sense for smaller tablet manufacturers to direct all their efforts at this segment of the market.  

There are two ways that a manufacturer can approach the budget tablet market. One approach is to try and shoehorn in as many features as possible whilst offering a competitively priced product, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab or the Motorola Xoom.  The other approach, the one favored by this tablet is to try and make the cheapest tablet on the market using the most economical components available to them today. 

So what do you actually get for your (rather small amount of) money - well the one extravagance on this tablet seems to be the screen, which is a pleasingly sharp 800x600 8" display. Beyond that everything has been stripped back to meet the lowest possible price. The screen is resistive rather than capacitive, you'll need to supply your own storage memory (on microSD), the wifi is 802.11b/g (no 802.11n),  there's no built in 3G sim card slot or bluetooth, there's no GPS, it's running Android 2.2 and the processor is an 800mhz ARM 926EJ-S (Rev 5). 

How does this translate into real world usage and what can you actually do with a £64 tablet? Well one way of finding out, might be to press play on the video below. If after watching this you decide that you really do need a higher feature count and more oomph, then it's still worth having a look at Chinavasion's Android Tablet range. They seem to get new models in all the time so they might still have one that fits your needs.

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Reader Comments (6)

nice review and very thorough as per usual.

I do like the way u point out the weaknesses aswel as the good things even tho it was given to you gratis - well done for being impartial.

Please dont be swayed to become a fanboy if other suppliers start sending you stuff - remain true to your followers - I feel you always will :)

PS any new 808 cams u know of soon?

September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Another outstanding review from you..... I feel that the £64 for the entry level tablet is not bad value for money.... A bit of a let down looking at their website... You cannot flash upgrade the Android OS....

September 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

Personally, I really think that that tablet is just sexy. :)

George Z.
Impact Battery

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Zeed

After seeing your video and not sure enough to buy a Ipad, I sent off to Chinavasion and waited tracking it to europe.
And can say I'm most pleased with access to most of the Google apps, and surprisingly having a Sony E-reader I found most use out of the Kindle app.
Thank you for the nod towards a cheap (admittedly slow) usable convenient size/weight Tablet

May 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ. Potter

From my experience with these tablets, I've found the built in memory/ROM is usually an internal TF card and the actual device memory is more like 128MB. So you have the Internal memory, the Internal SD card, and then any card you put in will be an External SD.

Like the cameras you've reviewed, I've found the video can play quite differently depending on what storage you are using. The HD movie clip might have been on the tiny Internal device memory, while the internal MicroSD card was probably very slow and poor, causing jerky playback of anything on it.

Though this device is quite anaemic in the RAM/processor department, so it may just be that. But when I first got mine, I found it a little confusing keeping track of which storage device was being used.

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

First of all thank you for all your great video's, im watching them al with great joy!

Im wondering or you can do a revieuw of something like a 'Rikomagic MK802 II' (or other a brand) and then with a remote (keyboard / fly mouse), this product make from a regular tv a computer (android or linux) and i think many people will be intrest cause it is mutch cheaper then a computer and even cheaper then a cheap ass tablet, this android dongles cost around 40 pounds (and upwards), there are many diffrent brands with different specs and different prices, im wondering (and i think with me many more people do wonder) how good it is, cause it sounds a bit to good..

again thanks for all great revieuws!

Cheers!

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermixster

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