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Nextbase 312GW dash cam specifications and review

List of specifications and consumer video review of the affordable dash cam Nextbase 312GW


Product features

The Nextbase Dash Cam 312GW offers very high quality footage, recording in Full 1080p HD at 30fps. The 312GW uses the latest 6G glass lenses which provides a wide 140 degree viewing angle to capture both sides of the road whilst maintaining image clarity. It's the first Nextbase model to have inbuilt WiFi, meaning you can quickly transfer footage to review on your smartphone or tablet, then simply share the footage with your insurer, friend’s or social media using the Nextbase app.


The 312GW is also one of Nextbases' first Dash Cams to come with the Click & Go Powered Magnetic Car Mounting system. The mount makes installation easy, just simply slide your Dash Cam onto the mount with the aid of inbuilt magnets and off you go! The power of the Dash Cam runs through the mount so no need to worry about wires and the camera will automatically turn on when you start your vehicle and off when you stop.

This 312GW also includes a GPS and G force recording system, which can also help to provide important evidence in the event of an accident. By tracking your location you can watch your footage back with speed, location and G force data shown alongside the video. This small and handy Dash Cam can easily be tucked away behind your rear view mirror, ensuring your journeys are captured at all times!

Nextbase 402G dashcam

Product Specifications


World’s first dashcam with Powered Magnetic Click & Go car mount for easy installation
Inbuilt Wi-Fi to share your footage directly to your smartphone with the Nextbase App
GPS receiver and G sensor to record location and force data
Ultra clear 2.7 inch 16:9 LED screen for easy playback and menu operation
Automatically record whilst driving - your own independent witness in FULL 1080p High Definition
Super slim line design – Measures 92 x 56 x 18mm (37mm incl.lens).

Instant evidence to support insurance claims to help prove an incident was not your fault
140 degree wide angle view with automatic 1080 High Definition recording at 30 frames per second
Six-Element Sharp Lenses made with 6 layers of glass to provide stunning clear images
Photo mode allows you to take still images for further evidence
Easy to Install with included 12v cigarette power cable and Powered Click & Go window suction mount included

SOS data protection prevents the impact/event recording from being deleted
Loop recording feature prevents recording from stopping when the SD card is full so you are always recording.

Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.6 x 1.8 cm – 3.7 incl.lens WxHxD
Supports SDHC and SDXC Micro SD cards (not included) up to 32GB

Top 3 facts for the 2018 Samsung Galaxy J7 SM-J720F smartphone

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) SM-J720F smartphone is amazing and here are my  top 3 facts why


 

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The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) will be released very soon and many Samsung fans are eager to buy the latest version of the J7. I personally like the J7 (2017) a lot and the J-series smartphones in general. In the recent couple of years they proved to be reliable devices offered at a reasonable price.

Here are top 3 facts about the latest Galaxy J7 (2018) which should impress consumers:

  1. It will have bigger display - the new J7 will have a massive 5.6 inch FHD Super AMOLED display which will be perfect for browsing and watching videos.

  2. The new J7 SM-J720F will have a dual-camera set up - I will share more info and specifications soon

  3. There will be a dual-SIM version - the SM-J720F/DS


First look at the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) SM-J720F and SM-J720F/DS


2018 Samsung Galaxy J7 SM-J720F will keep a reasonable price of $300 to $350.

Problems with Samsung J5 fingerprint scanner - resolved

The problems and issues I've been having with the Samsung's J5 fingerprint scanner are finally resolved - see how

Samsung J5 fingerprint scanner
J5 fingerprint scanner - resolved

Many people have been reporting serious issues with the Samsung's J5 fingerprint scanner and mainly not being able to unlock the device with a single push/slide. And it was exactly the same story with my personal J5 (2017) which made me turn off the fingerprint unlock for good.

The resolution

It turned out that there is a simple solution for this problem and I will try to explain it in few words. Please note that the same may be applied for the J7 (2017) which uses the same biometric verification hardware.

When I first got my new Samsung J5 I applied the required number of fingerprints in order to use the unlock option but never thought that I was actually doing it in perfect conditions when my fingers were dry and device was as clean as new. It took me quite some time (unfortunately) to realize that I needed to repeat the same process but leaving the device a bit greasy and before washing my hands. Meanwhile I also kept the first "clean" pattern I had already in the device and saved this new one as well. This simple exercise made all the difference. Now almost 90% of the unlock attempts work fine from the first click/slide.

Well, that is the simple solution that worked for my smartphone. I would strongly advice other J5 and J7 owners to check if it works for them as well as this a good feature to have.

On the other hand I hope that the new J5 (2018) and J7 (2018) will have improved fingerprint scanners that won't need more than one pattern to be saved.

The 13MP rear camera - the biggest disappointment of J7 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) has one bug disadvantage over the competition and that is the main 13MP camera


There are many discussions about the performance of the J7 and there are good and bad things. The comments left for its main camera (on the back of the phone) are pretty much always negative. And it is not because it "only" 13MP or bad color reproduction but rather something quite common for cheap and mid-range smartphones - stabilization and low light capability.

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The facts


I really hate to admit it but I found the camera of the J7 (2017) really unusable in some occasions. Sometimes when I wanted to get a good shot but my hand wasn't just as stable enough the images always came out blurry and out of focus. That became really annoying. It is exactly the same story with the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) which has exactly the same camera on the back. The front-facing 13MP camera on the other hand is good enough for selfies and I can't really complain with its performance, especially for a phone in this price range.

The fact that you should always take pictures with the J7 in super stable position really makes no sense as this is a smartphone camera and most people would always use it on the go, when holding it extremely tight and stable is mission impossible.

First look at the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) SM-J720F and SM-J720F/DS


I don't want to stress more about the J7's camera performance and leave the impression that I really hate it (but I actually do) as a whole this one very good and capable smartphone, which has a great display, stable performance and solid battery. Just if you are looking for a good camera-phone please check elsewhere, there are plenty competitors that offer better camera performance.

Please let me know what you think about it in case you are a J7 or a J5 owner, I will be happy to hear your comments.

The new Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) to hit the showrooms very soon

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) SM-J720F and SM-J720F/DS should be officially released in April - specs and price info


Samsung Galaxy J7 turned into one of the most popular smartphones. Thanks to its good performance, premium design and build quality, affordable price and reliability it deserves top score in the mid-range class.

First look at the 2018 Samsung Galaxy J7 - video


Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) SM-J720F and SM-J720F/DS
Samsung Galaxy J7
There are couple of major changes in the new Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) SM-J720F and SM-J720F/DS compared to the 2017 model. Here are some of them as reported by Test and Review earlier this week:

First look at the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) SM-J720F and SM-J720F/DS

Presenting the all new Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) SM-J720F and SM-J720F/DS (dual SIM)


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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) promises to be a successful continuation of the popular J-series that made huge impact on the smartphone market in the last couple of years. The next generation 2018 J7 will be offered in two dual and single sim versions - SM-J720F and SM-J720F/DS. One of the major differences consumers will find in the new model will be the larger 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display (compared to the 5.5 inch in the current J7 2017).

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) SM-J720F and SM-J720F/DS should be officially released in April


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Design and Looks


The fact that there are so many rumors around the release of the J7 (2018) means that this model got really important in the recent years. I am not sure how much it contributes from Samsung's overall smartphone sales but I would guess the number is high.

The design and build quality of the 2017 J7 were really impressive. The unibody design using metal for the whole device but the display was appreciated by most most consumers. I personally used for almost a year the J5 (2017) which has the same design features as the J7 and it also felt high-quality and premium, people always got it mistaken for much more expensive smartphone.

Samsung J5 vs J7 – which is better?


For the 2018 edition Samsung will keep the same trend with the J7. We will see dedicated operating buttons at the bottom front part under the 5.6 inch Super AMOLED screen.

On the back side of the phone we will see the biggest change for the new model - dual-camera with flash. This feature is a first in a J-series smartphone which will attract more buyers, especially those who care about the quality of their photos.
Due to the big interest in the J-series smartphones there are rumors that Samsung will present with release entirely new model lines in 2018 - J4 and J6 but we still don't have any firm confirmation for that. 

That is all we can comment about the looks of the new device. Soon we will update you with more details about the exact dimensions.

Release Date


The J7 (2018) with code name SM-J720F was already certified by FCC (Federal Communications Commission). This means the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) SM-J720F and SM-J720F/DS will hit the stores very soon and we expect too see it for sale in May.
Equipment Authorization Procedures - It is an equipment authorization issued by an FCC-recognized Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) based on an evaluation of the supporting documentation and test data submitted by the responsible party (e.g., the manufacturer or importer) to the TCB.  Today for example, devices such as mobile phones; wireless local area networking equipment, notebook computers, and tablet computers are a combination of radio transmitters requiring approval using the certification procedure and unintentional digital circuity requiring use of the SDoC procedure.

First week with Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 – consumer review


Price


The J7 (2018) would be priced around $350. Price may vary on different markets, since this phone is sold globally.

Please let us know what you think about this new smartphone and stay tuned for more information, specifications and full review of the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018).

BMW Z4 Concept - amazing design in the new 2020 generation Z4

BMW showed how beautiful the all new generation Z4 might be - gallery


Looking at these photos I am sure many BMW fans will hope that is exactly how the next generation Z4 would look like. The Z4 Concept was reveled recently and has become one of the favorite design for car enthusiasts around the world. Here is an image gallery of the all new (may be 2020) BMW Z4 Concept:

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Samsung J5 vs J7 - which is better?

Comparing the two best selling mid-range smartphones (2017) Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7


Samsung Galaxy J5 vs J7 in their 2017 editions are two of my favorite mid-range smartphones. They both come at a very reasonable price, look exceptionally well and perform above the average. These together with the adequate 2x 13MP cameras made the 2017 J-series extremely popular on the smartphone market.

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J5 vs J7 (2017)


There are couple of main differences between these two:

  1. Display - the J7 has a bit bigger 5.5 inch display compared to the 5.2 inch in the J5. The bigger one also has higher resolution and is a FHD Super AMOLED display compared to (just) the HD resolution of the J5. I have used both of these displays and I would say the difference is not huge but the bigger Full HD display is much better when browsing and for watching videos.

  2. The J7 has 3GB RAM vs 2GB for the J5 - after using the J5 (2017) for more than half an year I have never experienced lack of memory. Probably that is because I am not a mobile gamer. Anyways the 3 gigs of the J7 are definitely an advantage.

  3. Always on display - feature that is only embedded in the J7. I think there are some software workarounds (display management apps) for the J5 though.

  4. Price - the J7 is slightly more expensive (up to 20% more in different stores.


Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) – first impressions


I really can't wait for the 2018 edition of the J series. I hope the J5 and J7 (2018) will keep their exceptional build quality and form factor but will improve in regards to cameras (especially rear ones). Rumors are saying the new J7 will get a dual camera but I guess will have to wait a bit more to confirm that.

Top 3 things I like about the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)

Opel Vectra B on service for over 20 years

Opel Vectra B - still one of the best cheap second hand cars

Vectra B hatch
Opel Vectra B hatchback
Opel Vectra B was released in late 1995 and has been on service since then for millions of drivers all over Europe and Asia. The car was offered in 3 different body styles - 4-door sedan, 5-door estate and a 5-door hatchback. The hatchback version was very popular in UK where it was sold under the name of Vauxhall.

Vectra B - impressions when first released 

Back in the days Vectra B was one of the best looking mid-sized vehicles sold in Europe. It competed mainly with Ford Modeo, Mercedes C-class and VW Passat and all of them looked old and outdated when standing next to the recently released Opel Vectra B.

Engines

Vectra B was offered with a variety of engines. First line of Ecotec engines were first introduced in this car with displacement starting from 1.6 liters to big 2.5 V6. Gasoline engines were mostly sold in 1.6i 101 hp, 1.8i 115 hp and 2.0i 136 hp. There was also 1.6 mi (mono-injection) version with 75 bhp.
Diesels were limited to a 2.0 101 hp and 2.2 125 hp, both of which were very economical even by today's standards.

Buying a second hand car: Opel / Vauxhall Vectra B


 Many companies preferred the Opel Vectra B not only for its progressive design but also because of cheap maintenance. Company car fleets were later on sold to consumers and run on public roads even after more than 20 years.

First week with Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 - consumer review

Consumer review of Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 - best smartphone I have used so far


I've been using my Samsung J7 2017 for a week and it's already left a good impressions. The first thing I liked about this phone is the sleek look and metal casing. The phone has an almost perfect form factor. It's on the bigger end - 5.5'-inch display.

Galaxy J7 back view

Back view of the J7


J7 front view

Front view featuring Always On display


With its 5,5-inch display this phone may be bigger for most users. However, I was specifically looking for a bigger phone as it's more convenient for image viewing. The Samsung J7 is perfect on this level. It fits well in my hand. The grab is stable even without the protective case I've put on it to avoid scrtaches.

First impressions from the mid-range smartphone Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)


Performance


One week of usage may not be enough to judge on the overall performance of the smartphone. So far I have not had any issues to complain about. The phone has worked smoothly, withoit any lagging. I use several apps at a time and still the Samsung J7 has behaved up to standards, as you would expect.

Hardware


The J7 (as well as the J5) come with fingerprint scanner for security. I was excited to use the feature and it most works well, however keep in mind that even a small amount of residue or moisture on your phone will render the fingerprint scanner useless. This annoys me now as I have to use my long password to unlock the phone when the fingerprint gives up.

Unlock screen

Unlock screen with a password when the fingerprint misbehaves


Another pet peeve I have with the Galaxy J7 is that the headphone jack is on the bottom rather than at the top. This bugs me as not all headphones have long enough cable to comfortably fit at the bottom of the phone.

J7 ports

Headphone jack at the bottom. Shut up Apple users.



Battery life


Simiar to most smartphones nowadays, the battery life of the J7 hugely varies on the way you use the phone. I've noticed that under normal usage, the 3600 mAh battery can hold me 1 1/2 days. I have to recharge at the evening of the second day. Heavy Facebook / Messanger users will be able to go one whole day without recharging in my opinion.
Why Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) is the best mid-range smartphone today?

Software


The Samsung Galaxy J7 comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, which, as all Android, is easy and intuitive to use. Maybe the one thing that used to bug me, until I found a solution, was the lack of an 'all apps' button on the homescreen.

A pretty nifty feature that I like about the J7 is the 'Always On' display. You can see the time and date, as well as your notifications on the screen while the phone is idle and the screen is locked. The brightness of Always On adjusts automatically so it doesn't bother you while you sleep. As for battery usage, I have not tested it yet with Always On disabled. I think there will be some battery improvement if I disable it.

Camera quality


I quite like the J7's two cameras. Both of them are 13 MP. The photo quality is clear and focused, the colours are very brisk. As long as you don't shake your hand too much, the photo quality is rather good. The only regret I have though is that the camera is still second to that of the Huawei Mate 10.

back camera of the J7

Galaxy J7's back camera



Display


The Samsung J7 features Super AMOLED 5.5-inch 1080x1920 display. Compared to other smartphones I've used, this is by far the best display for a smartphone. You won't believe the clarity and stark colours you get. Samsung have clearly done a great job even for a mid-range smartphone as the Galaxy J7. It's perfect for Instagram lovers (like me) or casual book readers (also like me).

Overall impressions


I absolutely love the Samsung Galaxy J7. If you're looking for a mid-range phone with great display, good camera and smooth performance, this is the one.

Why Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) is the best mid-range smartphone today?

Samsung J5 and J7 are two of the most popular smartphones in the mid-range segment today - 3 things I like about it

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) smartphone
Top 3 things I like about the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

Today we will have a short discussion about one of my favorite smartphones on the market the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017). This is one very capable smartphone with 5.5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display and very good hardware specifications. Here are the top 3 features I like about the J7 (2017):

Can't wait to test the new Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018) SM-J720F and SM-J720F/DS

  1.  Very good build quality - this last generation J7 looks and feels premium. It looks durable and metal body design feels sturdy. The phone itself is quite thin and weighs only 181 g (6.38 oz).
  2. Hardware and performance - Galaxy J7 (2017) is powered by an octa-core processor and had 3 gigs of RAM which by today's standards is considered average but this phone is quite snappy and doesn't lag even when heavy loads come. 
  3. Super AMOLED FHD display - I love how bright Super AMOLED displays are. The Full HD display in the J7 is amazing and I don't really miss the higher resolution of some other smartphones. The 5.5" size is one of the most preferred these days.

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) - first impressions

First impressions from the mid-range smartphone Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)


After using the J5 (2016) for more than a year and the J5 (2017) smartphones for almost an year now I would say I am really impressed with the J-series. Samsung really does a great job offering smartphones for under $300 that have very good build quality on one hand and offer more than adequate performance on the other. It is the same story with the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) which can be found for less than $250 and believe me, that is one of the best performing 5.5-inch smartphones on the market today.

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First impressions - build quality


Build quality of the J7 (2017) is on a very good level. It's entirely metal unibody design and 2.5 curved screen looks and feels solid in the hand. The J7 is really well made, it doesn't feel heavy, it is just the right size and weight and I am sure most consumers will love its form factor. Samsung offers this phone in few different color choices but I think the black version suits it best. Thankfully Samsung also offers their own TPU cases that fit really nice.

Display


The 5.5 - inch Super AMOLED FHD screen of the J7 (2017) is one of the best in the segment. It is a Full HD screen and it is bright enough even in direct sunlight. I really prefer the Samsung's Super AMOLED display over the IPS screens of the competition because of the great color reproduction and amazing brightness. With 401 ppi density that is definitely one of the better screens out there.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) – the best mid-range smartphone today


Performance


I will not spend too much on how the J7 performs in real world conditions as this is a first impressions article but I can assure you that the J7 has petty good hardware specs for most smartphone users. Powered by Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and 3GB RAM this Samsung smartphone performs more than adequately even when multitasking and using some heavy applications. Assuming the J7 should do a bit better than the smaller J5 thanks to the better hardware I really believe that most consumers will be fine with this sub-$300 smartphone.
And yes, it has a 3.5mm headphone jack, micro SD card slot and dual-SIM tray, which are all good advantages over some of J5's competitors.

Cameras

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) has 13MP front-facing selfie camera and a rear primary 13 MP, f/1.7 camera with autofocus. There is really nothing to complain from the front camera which has its own LED flash. I really hope that the rear camera in the next generation J7 (2018) would be a bit better than the current one. In good daylight conditions it does great shots but you should always keep the phone steady in your hands otherwise lot of noise shows up. Things may get really bad in darker conditions when the f/1.7  doesn't show its strengths and images are mostly blurry with no clear focus.

Battery

There are no complaints from the 3600 mAh Li-Ion battery whatsoever. It holds charge for more than 2 days of average use.
First impressions - conclusion

Well, compared to some of the recent releases from Huawei and other brands the J7 (2017) looks the underdog of the segment - no dual camera, no 4GB of RAM etc. But that is only on paper. Having tested most of these new releases I can assure you that Samsung's mid-range smartphone has the key components and exceptional build quality that make it stand out from the crowd. So, if you don't want to spend too much on your next smartphone and you are looking for quick and reliable smartphone I would strongly recommend you the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017).

Opel Vectra C fuel consumption - real world test

Testing the optimal fuel consumption with the facelift petrol Opel Vectra C 1.8i


Opel Vectra C is a car that is still on service, more than 15 years after it was first released. We've already tested different versions of the last generation Vectra C and almost all of them proved to be quite economical in terms of fuel consumption.

The Test 
Lat week we tested petrol 1.8i Vectra hatchback in normal weather conditions and in extra-urban traffic we managed to achieve results of under 7 liters per 100 km. This is actually quite an achievement for mid-sized vehicle with 140 hp under the hood. Yes, you have to be quite gentle with the throttle but on a longer journey it will really pay out as you might save quite a lot. Of course the 1.9 CDTI engine runs on even less fuel but that is expected due to the diesel's better efficiency.

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Vectra C petrol – fuel consumption under 7 liters per 100 km


The very same Opel Vectra C 1.8i achieved 7.5-7.8 liters per 100 km in mixed cycle. Urban goes as much as 12.0-12.5 liters, which is a satisfactory result but far from perfect.
"Diesel engines have some good characteristics but I believe they will become obsolete in the next 10-15 years due to environmental reasons. Hopefully hybrids and hydrogen vehicles will get more advanced and will reach wider range of consumers." Fuel consumption under 7 liters per 100 km with 2008 Opel Vectra C – achieved

Test Conclusion 

In this test we proved that petrol vehicles without LPG systems can be also economical. You just need to be gentle on the gas pedal and avoid driving aggressively.

DJI Spark Fly More Combo - quadcopter drone deal

Buying new drone (quadcopter) - the small but mighty DJI Spark Fly More Combo


Buying new drone (quadcopter) is a matter of choice, but if you choose to buy one I would strongly recommend you the compact DJI Spark Fly More Combo. It is smaller than the popular Mavic Pro which is also a great little quadcopter. The Spark Fly More can be found on a very good price as well - currently offered at eBay for less than $600 (amazing deal).

Here are most of this compact drone features:
What are the main differences between Spark and Mavic?
Spark is smaller and lighter than the Mavic Pro, but also supports all of the Mavic Pro’s Intelligent Flight Modes. Spark also introduces new features like QuickShot and advanced gesture controls like PalmControl.


How do I control Spark?
Control Spark with your mobile device by downloading the DJI GO 4 app or use the remote controller.

How do I activate Spark?
There are two ways to activate Spark:
a. Connect Spark with your mobile device and follow the instructions in DJI GO 4 to complete activation.
b. Tap the top right icon in DJI GO 4’s main page, choose Scan QR Code, and use your mobile device’s camera to scan the QR code in the aircraft’s battery compartment. Follow the instructions in the app to complete activation.

What are the recommended Micro SD cards for Spark?
Sandisk 16 GB UHS-1 Micro SDHC
Sandisk 32 GB UHS-1 Micro SDHC
Sandisk 64 GB UHS-1 Micro SDHC
Kingston 16 GB UHS-1 Micro SDHC
Kingston 32 GB UHS-1 Micro SDHC
Kingston 64 GB UHS-1 Micro SDHC
Samsung 16GB UHS-I Micro SDHC
Samsung 32GB UHS-I Micro SDHC
Samsung 64GB UHS-I Micro SDXC

Is Spark waterproof?
No. It is recommended to avoid flying Spark in rain, fog, snow, or wet weather. Also avoid landing in or taking off from puddles, as the chassis is close to the ground.

Camera

What new functions does Spark’s camera have?
Spark supports ShallowFocus and Pano modes, which includes Horizontal and Vertical modes.


What is ShallowFocus?
ShallowFocus creates photos with a shallow depth of field with its 3D vision technology.

Which Pano modes are available?
Vertical Mode: The camera will capture three photos vertically, then combine them to make a vertical panorama.
Horizontal Mode: The camera will take nine photos from different angles vertically and horizontally, then combine them to make a horizontal panorama.

Can I capture photos or record video without a Micro SD card?
Yes, you can. The aircraft will store photos and videos on your mobile device. In this instance, the images captured are actually from the live stream with a photo resolution of 1024×768 and video resolution of 1280×720.

Vision
What is the maximum distance and speed at which Spark can sense obstacles?
Spark will automatically avoid obstacles up to 16 ft (5 m) in front of it. The maximum speed at which Spark is able to sense obstacles is 3 m/s.

What new Intelligent Flight Modes does Spark include?
Spark is the first DJI drone to feature new TapFly submodes, Coordinate and Direction.
In QuickShot mode, Spark takes professional shots for you with Rocket, Dronie, Circle, and Helix.
Spark’s Gesture Mode also includes a new set of advanced gesture recognition capabilities, including PalmControl, Follow, Beckon, and PalmLand.

Remote Controller
What mobile device sizes fit inside Spark’s remote controller?
Spark’s remote controller fits mobile devices 6.5‑8.5 mm thick and up to 160 mm long, without a phone case. Mobile devices larger than this do not fit the remote controller’s device holder.

How do I update the remote controller firmware?
The remote controller firmware can be updated in DJI GO 4.

How long does it take to fully charge the remote controller? How long is the battery life?
It takes two hours to fully charge the remote controller for up to three hours of operation.

How do I link Spark to the remote controller?
Press the Pause, Fn, and C1 buttons at the same time. Once the controller starts beeping, release these buttons. With Spark powered on, press and hold the battery power button. When you hear Spark beep, release this button. Linking is now complete.

What Wi-Fi frequencies does the remote controller support?
The remote controller supports 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz dual‑band Wi‑Fi frequencies.

What are the dimensions of the remote controller?
The remote controller is approximately 15 cm long, 8 cm high, and 6 cm thick.

Propulsion
Do I have to remove the propellers when storing or transporting Spark?
No. Just fold the propellers.

What happens if the propellers are not fully unfolded before flight?
Once the rotors start spinning, centrifugal force will automatically unfold the propellers into the correct position.

Spark’s motors are not all on the same plane. Will this affect flight performance?
No. Each motor sits at a 5° angle for optimal flight performance.

Video Transmission
What’s the resolution of Spark’s video transmission?
720p 30 fps.

What’s the latency of Spark’s video transmission?
The video transmission latency to your mobile device is about 200 ms. It is subject to the performance of your mobile device and signal interference.

What is Spark’s effective transmission range?
When connected to a remote controller:
2.4 GHz
FCC: 1.2 mi (2 km); CE: 0.3 mi (500 m); SRRC: 0.3 mi (500 m) (unobstructed and free of interference)
5.8 GHz
FCC: 1.2 mi (2 km); CE: 0.18 mi (300 m); SRRC: 0.7 mi (1.2 km) (unobstructed and free of interference)
When connected directly to a mobile device:
A max height of 50 m and distance of 100 m.

Can frequency bands be manually adjusted during video transmission?
Yes. Users can manually choose between 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz or let DJI GO 4 choose a frequency band automatically.

Where can I check the aircraft Wi-Fi’s username and password?
There are three places where you can check this information: a. The battery compartment on the aircraft (only the default Wi-Fi username and password can be found here);
b. The Settings option in DJI Assistant 2 or DJI GO 4;
c. The foam outer box (only the default Wi-Fi username and password can be found here).

How do I reset or modify Spark’s Wi-Fi username and password?
To reset, hold the power button down for 9 seconds until you hear the aircraft beep three times.
To modify, connect your mobile device to Spark, enter the DJI GO 4 app, and modify the Wi-Fi username and password in the Connection Help Menu.
(Note: If Spark is connected with DJI Assistant 2 on a computer, restart the aircraft before resetting the Wi-Fi username and password.)

My mobile device does not detect Spark’s Wi-Fi when I turn it on. What should I do?
This may be because Spark was previously connected to the remote controller. To prompt detection, power on the aircraft, then press down on the power button for six seconds until you hear the aircraft beep twice. This indicates that Spark’s Wi-Fi is now detectable on your mobile device.

Battery
How do I charge Spark?
Use the included USB cable to charge Spark. During charging, do not remove the battery from the aircraft.
Use the Charging Hub to charge three batteries simultaneously. If using the Charging Hub, you will need to remove the batteries from the aircraft and place them in the Charging Hub.

My newly purchased battery is not responding when I press the power button. What should I do?
New batteries are shipped in Hibernation Mode. In order to activate your newly purchased battery, charge it fully.

How long does it take to fully charge a battery?
When using a standard USB charger, it takes 80 minutes to fully charge a battery. When using a Charging Hub, it takes 52 minutes to fully charge one battery, 55 minutes when charging two batteries and 85.2 minutes when charging three batteries at the same time.

How often should I fully charge my Spark batteries?
It is recommended to fully charge Spark batteries at least once every three months.

When does a battery enter Hibernation Mode?
When a battery is less than 10% charged, it will enter Hibernation Mode after approximately six hours of nonuse.
When a battery is completely drained, it will enter Hibernation Mode within 10 minutes of turning off.

What functions can the power button perform?
a. Turning the battery on and off: Press the power button once, and then press again and hold it down for at least two seconds to turn the battery on or off.
b. Checking the current battery level: Press the power button once to check the current battery level.
c. Linking Spark and the remote controller: Hold down on Spark’s power button for three seconds, and release on hearing a beep. Spark’s front indicators will start to flash in red, signifying Spark and the remote controller have been linked.
d. Delinking Spark and the remote controller: In order to use your mobile device to control Spark, you will need to delink the aircraft and remote controller. Power on Spark, and hold down on Spark’s power button for six seconds until you hear it beep twice. Now Spark and the remote controller have successfully been delinked and you can search for Spark’s Wi-Fi on your mobile device.
e. Resetting Spark’s Wi-Fi username and password: Hold down on the power button for nine seconds, and release after hearing it beep three times. Your Wi-Fi settings will be reset to the factory default.
f. PalmLaunch: Power on Spark and place it on your palm with the camera facing you. Make sure your fingers are lower than Spark’s arms. Press the power button twice when the flight indicators start to flash green. The indicators will change to a slowly flashing yellow, and FaceAware will begin to recognize your face. The front indicators will turn to green if detection is successful, and PalmLaunch will be activated. If not, the indicators will flash red.

What can I do with the two USB ports on the Charging Hub?
You can charge two mobile devices or your Spark.

Updating Firmware
Can I use other apps while DJI GO 4 is updating?
No. If you do, the update will fail. You will then need to download the firmware and update again.

Why does DJI GO 4 remind me to reconnect to Spark’s Wi-Fi right before it restarts to complete the update?
Before the update is complete, Spark will need to restart. Once it does, reconnect your mobile device to Spark’s Wi-Fi. DJI GO 4 is just reminding you that you will need to do this for a successful update.

Can I disconnect from the internet once the firmware is downloaded successfully?
Yes.

If the aircraft or the remote controller battery levels drop below 50% during an update, will the update fail?
No, but it is recommended that both have a high level of battery charge during the update.

What should I do if the aircraft and battery firmware versions are inconsistent?
Connect Spark to DJI GO 4, and the app will inform you of appropriate updates to ensure consistency.


What should I do if the update is really slow?
Please wait patiently and do not operate Spark or the remote controller during the update. Usually, it takes two minutes to update the remote controller and five minutes to update Spark. If the update process is taking much longer, please check your internet connection or move to a different environment. You could also restart Spark and the remote controller to begin the update again.

What factors could lead to an update failure?
a. Low battery level. Make sure the battery level is higher than 50%.
b. Powering off Spark or the remote controller during the update. If this happens, please restart Spark/remote controller and begin the update again.
c. Internet disconnection when downloading firmware.
d.Aircraft and remote controller firmware version inconsistency. Use DJI GO 4 to update the aircraft and remote controller to the latest version.
It is recommended that you use DJI Assistant 2 on your computer to update your aircraft.
Please note that Spark will restart once the update finishes.

AUX-in to CD30 in Astra and Vectra?

How to install AUX port to CD30 / CD30 MP3 in Opel Vauxhall Astra and Vectra


Probably many of you who read this post are proud owners of Opel or Vauxhall Astra, Vectra, Corsa or Signum. As good as these cars can be (not all of them of course) most of them come preset with the CD30 / CD30 MP3 audio system. Unfortunately this car audio system is quite outdated and even though it provides high-quality sound it doesn't have any useful ports for external sources. And believe me that could be a huge deal for many owners.


Today I am sharing with you an interesting tutorial for how to modify and upgrade the CD30 car audio to such that will be able to play external sources via AUX in port.


I hope you find these video tutorials useful. Please share your opinion in case you've fixed this issue in another different way and your CD30 works fine with other sources.

DZ09 Bluetooth smart watch consumer review

DZ09 Smart watch specifications and full video review


Man is constantly evolving, which is helped by various technologies. Today we will look at such a good helper as the smart watch  DZ09 based on Android. Yes-Yes, this is another Chinese clone that tries to look like Samsung Gear 2 at a low price. The smart clock DZ09, despite its budget, looks good and its technical functionality may be intriguing. Let's look at it in more detail, as well as understand it and we need it.
The smart watch dz09 - a copy of Samsung Gear 2 at a good price.

As stated in the introduction, the  dz09 watch - this is a clone of the Korean manufacturer's device. Of course, the Chinese developer has made the most of the details to gain benefits. The look of DZ09 really resembles Gear 2: square dial, bottom navigation button, bevelled edges.

Shortly after you work with it, you will notice the false interface, especially in the incomplete translation of some of the menu items.

So let's check the main differences in 'patients'.

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DZ09 design and build quality


Let's start the DZ09 review with the look. The design, as we have already mentioned, is identical to that of the Samsung Gear 2. The smart watch is assembled quite carefully and reliably. The front is made of metal on the surface of which paint is applied. Several color solutions are available to select the user: bronze, silver or black. Very small scratches appear, noticeable in closer examination. The rear cover of the SmatrWatch DZ09 is plastic.

In terms of design, smart-clocks are identical (the copy will most likely show its "quality" after several months of use). It is also worth mentioning the great risk that Smartwatch DZ09 often sells a marriage that the reviews say.

The screen. At the creation of Samsung and the diagonal is a bit bigger and the quality is higher. The smart clock DZ09 has a wider screen, but a little below.

My new smartwatch – K88H

Supported platforms. Here, too, the Chinese clone can be given. Gear 2 has announced support for Android 4.3 and above, and for DZ09 currently - Android (most versions) and iOS (limited).

Protects against moisture and strikes. In the smart watch DZ09 is announced (you can not remove it when you wash your hands), but we do not recommend to bathe with it. With Gear 2, everything is more formal - the manufacturer has announced IP67 damp-proofing. The smart watch, the Chinese production has received a hit protection (it is not clear what exactly).

Functions


Here the dignity also has the original and the copy. First of all, the Samsung Gear 2 owner is aware of what he has. Thanks to the brand, you get a decent "iron" and should not cause lagging problems. But Smartwatch DZ09 boasts a SIM card slot and microSD slot.

Let's face that many of you guess we will agree that Gear 2 can not break its Chinese copy of the fluff and dust. And that means DZ09 deserves attention.

What they can, what they are used for

Many people buy this Chinese clone to look closer to the world of technology. The Smartwatch DZ09 looks stylish and modern, it's not expensive, so what else do we need? There are also people who are trying to extract from the smart watches a practical benefit. They can measure the distance traveled, tracking the burned calories.

The ability to faithfully follow the owner's dream. The smartwatch DZ09 smartphone tells the user to make calls, emails, and other notifications sent to the smartphone. In addition, the model supports SIM-card operation, allowing you to make calls directly over the clock. And a dozen additional features that will be useful to active users. As you probably understand, the Smartwatch DZ09 can be so great, so it will be useful for everyone.

DZ09 main specifications


- GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz , Single Micro SIM Card

- Bluetooth Dialer, Call Reminder, Bluetooth Call

- Bluetooth SMS/IM Message Notified

- 1.56" TFT LCD Touch Screen 240*240 pixels

- 1.3M Camera (Video Recording not Support)

- Anti-loss Technology to bind phone

- Pedometer, Sleep Monitor, Sedentary Reminder

- Audio Player

- Calendar (Synchronizable)

Specification:

-CPU: MTK6260A

-Network & Connectivity:

-SIM Card: Single SIM Card (Micro SIM Card) Can be as a phone

-Frequency: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

-Bluetooth: (Built - in) - BT3.0, BT4.0

-Storage: External memory: Support TF card up to 32GB

-Display: 1.56 inch TFT LCD, 240 x 240 pixels

-Camera: 1.3 M

Media:

-Music: Support

-Picture Format: JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG

-Music Format: MP3, WAV

-Languages: Support kinds of langauage, Pls check the language photo.

-Functions: Bluetooth Dialer, Contacts, Call Reminder, Alarm, Anti-loss, Pedometer, Sleep Monitor,Sedentary Reminder, Calendar,Calculator,Sound Recorder,Camera,Audio Player ,Browser Facebook,Twitter, Whatsapp

-Battery: 380 mAh

-Talk Time: 3~ 6 Hours

-Standby Time: 2~7days

-SMS: Support

-USB Port: Mini USB 5pin interface

-Color: Black,White,Coffee,Sliver

-Size: 43.5*40*11.5 (mm)

-Gravity Sensor: Support

- Case Material: Metal /Band Material:Silicon

NOTE:Normal LED Wrist Watch is not a smart watch

Package Includes:

1 x DZ09 Smart Watch(Pack With Bubble Sponge)

1 x USB Cable

1x User Manual


DZ09 consumer video review

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Display




The DZ09 smartwatch is equipped with an LCD display with a diagonal of 1.56 inches. The resolution - 240x240 pixels. The screen is pretty bright, even in the sun it behaves quite well. With careful viewing, you can see the pixels, which is not surprising.

Viewing angles at DZ09 are quite wide, but sometimes you may notice fading of the picture. The quality of the glass can not even happen, so scratches appear quite quickly. From them, you can protect the foil that comes in the set. Of course, the DZ09 watch is far out of the quality of its business models, but its price segment is pretty good. It is also possible to note the sensitivity of the sensor, which quite accurately responds to the touches.

Battery


Autonomy - the weak point for DZ09 smartwatch, which many people talk about in their comments. Of course, not only this smart clock suffers from this disease. In our "customer", the battery has a capacity of 380 mah, which is considered a good indicator. In middle load mode, (Bluetooth turned on, notifications view) DZ09 will work up to 2 x days.

If you use it as a regular watch, it can run without recharging for up to one week. For some, it's a good result, and others are giving up on a smart clock just because they need to put the clock on with the smartphone too often.


Verdict




Well, DZ09 is undoubtedly worthy of attention. And he gets it, as is the many orders in AliExpress. DZ09 is unlikely to be able to oppose branded models (except for the price), but in its price segment it is one of the best.

The clock is pretty nice, and let's not forget that it is a copy of Gear 2. The materials from which it is made are of good quality and the assembly is dense. Yes, from DZ09 you can get married, which is also confirmed by the angry comments, but this is more an exception than a rule.

DZ09 Bluetooth smartwatch specs and video review

Honor 7 Lite - 3 big reasons not to buy this smartphone

Using the Honor 7 Lite happened to be a real struggle most of the time


I know the Honor 7 Lite is not an expensive phone but I really didn't expect it to disappoint in so many terms. Having used the phone for almost a year I can confirm that there are plenty of much better performing smartphones out there for the price of $200-250.

Weak points



  1. Display - not very bright and sometimes really unusable in direct sunlight. I know this is a weak point for many mid-range smartphones but still I expected the display to be just a bit better.

  2. Interface and usability - the Honor 7 Lite is really far from the best performers in this price segment. It is not very responsive at all and I constantly had connectivity issues. This is totally the opposite from what I can share of my Samsung J5 (2017) which has similar price but feels like much better phone in all aspects. The only thing that worked more then fine is the fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone.

  3. Camera - mediocre performing rear camera, really crappy low light shots.


Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) – the best mid-range smartphone today

It is really a shame that Huawei didn't do a better job with the Honor 7 Lite. I believe it had the potential to be a good mid-ranger but that never happened. Alternatives from Samsung and Lenovo did much better in most categories and that is why I wouldn't recommend the Honor 7 Lite as a second hand purchase.

Toshiba 43U6763DG 43 inch 4k Ultra HD TV

Specifications of the 43 inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV Toshiba 43U6763DG




Toshiba 43U6763DG is a 43 inch 4k Ultra HD TV offered for around 450 Euros, mostly on the European markets. This TV impresses with solid and very elegant design as well as very nice set of features. The 4K picture quality is very close to the leaders in the segment Sony, LG and Samsung.

Toshiba 43U6763DG TV specifications



Display

















Screen Size (inch / cm)43" / 109cm
ResolutionUHD (3840 x 2160)
Panel TypeD-LED





Main Features

















Smart TVYES
Processor TypeDual Core
Total Picture Quality1000

 





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Video

























Wide Color GamutNO
HDRNO
MEMCYES
UHD UpscalerYES
Picture ModesDynamic, Game,Sports, Cinema, Natural, User





Tuner / Broadcasting









































Tuner TypeHD DVB-T2/C/S2
Dual TunerNO
UHD from SatelliteYES
HEVC (H.265) DecoderYES
Electronic Program Guide (EPG)YES
Auto SearchYES
Program Storage Capacity (Analog)200
Program Storage Capacity (Digital S/S2)10000
Program Storage Capacity (Digital T/T2/C)800





Connections

















































Antenna InputYES
HDMI™4x HDMI™ 2.0
USB1x USB3.0 + 2x USB2.0
Scart1
VGA (PC in - D-Sub15)YES
CI+YES
Component (YPbPr) inYES
Composite Video/Audio invia Back YPbPr
Digital Audio OutputOptic
EthernetYES
Headphone OutYES




Sound





































Audio Output Power (RMS)2x10W
Dolby Audio™DolbyⓇ Digital Plus (DD+)
DTS™ DecoderDTS™ HD + DTS™ TruSurround
Internal SubwooferNO
Speaker TypeSpeaker Box
Equalizer5 Band
Ger (D) + Nicam StereoYES
Sound ModesMusic, Movie, Speech, Classic, Flat, User





Smart TV Features





























































Toshiba Smart PortalYES
HBB TVYES
Web BrowserYES
NetflixⓇYES
NetflixⓇ 4KYES
YouTube™YES
YouTube™ 4KYES
Internal WLANYES
BluetoothⓇYES
FollowMe TVYES
AVSYES
Screen Mirroring (Miracast)YES
Smart Guide ApplicationYES
Smart Remote ApplicationYES





Features





















































Media PlayerYES
USB Recording (PVR Ready)YES
USB Supported FilesVideo:.mpg, .mpeg, .dat, .vob, .mkv, .mp4, .mov, .flv, .3gp, .avi; Audio: .mp3, .wma, .wav; Picture: .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .png
Channel List USB CloningYES
HDMI™ ARCThrough HDMI™3
HDMI™ CECYES
MHL via HDMI™ (Mobile HD Link)NO
TeletextYES
Child LockYES
NTSC PlaybackYES
Basic Hotel ModeYES
Menu LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Albenian, Gaelic, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Flemish, Kazakh, Thai, Belarussian





Power / Energy





































Energy Class (ErP Rank)A+
Stand-By Energy Consumption0,5W
Energy Consumption (Watt)54W
Annual Energy Consumption (Average)78kWh
Working Voltage - Frequency220-240VAC 50Hz
Luminance %72%
Lead (mg)0
Mercury (mg)0





Mechanical





























Boxed dimensions (mm)1195 x 178 x 718
Dimensions with stand (mm)220 x 965 x 588
Dimensions without Stand (mm)89 x 965 x 560
Gross Weight (kg)16,5
Net Weight (kg)12
VESA (Wall mount) WxH200 x 200

 


Unfortunately, we don't have the Toshiba 43U6763DG on site for full consumer test and review but I hope other consumers will share their impressions with the TV in the comment section below.  Thanks for visiting!