Apple iPad Pro 10.5″ 256GB Wi-Fi – Space Grey.

For the first time ever, I bought an iPad, the one I went for is the Apple iPad Pro 10.5″ 256GB Wi-Fi – Space Grey.

An impressive tablet I must say.

Apple’s packaging was as usual spot on.

I also picked up a cover and Apple Pencil.

I decided to buy the tablet from Amazon as I checked the price and it was approximately £50 less than Apple direct.

As this is the first iPad for me, I have nothing to compare with on any other model, all I can say is that everything is incredibly smooth, setup of course was very easy.

Like the Apple iPhone SE 128GB, it is capable of recording at 4K – although this requires a visit to your settings to change from the default of 1080p.

Another decision I made was not to buy the keyboard for a couple of reasons, I really want to try to get used to not relying on keyboards any more and the cost from Apple is too much and it does not even have back lighting.

All of the Apps that I use except one were easily installed.

I am looking forward to the IOS 11 upgrade, especially the Augmented Reality and using the camera to scan documents.

In short – so far – impressive.

Brian Collins

Apple iPhone SE 128GB – First Impressions

As it was high time to upgrade my old iPhone 4S (great phone – lasted me for years), I came to the conclusion that the SE model was the best match for me.

The main reason for the upgrade was the upcoming release of IOS 11, which has the Augmented Reality feature.

Other reasons include 4G, bigger memory and 4K video recording.

The packaging, as usual, was a dream, except I almost missed the SIM opening tool.

Spending most of yesterday setting up all of the apps I use and configuring WiFi at home and mobile connections, was able to do everything I wanted to do.

Note: make sure you take the front & rear plastic covers off before putting this in a phone cover 🙂

There is no doubt that Apple produce an expensive phone but the quality is really, really top notch and if my 4S is anything to go by, will last for years to come.

Brian Collins

P.S. A quick shout out to Carphone Warehouse who were able to offer the best deal I could find on O2.

Windows 10 Upgrade On Microsoft 640 Phone

I strongly advise that your phone is plugged into the power and if necessary, forwarded to another number while the upgrade is happening.

This upgrade took some time on my phone once I found out that it could be done.

I may have missed something but I waited a long time for this, the only reason I found it was due to the current lack of new windows phones on the market.

Start here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-mobile-upgrade

Go to the windows app store on your phone and search for Upgrade Advisor download and install.

There are a couple of things to do once updated, on checking my storage after the upgrade, it was 4.44 GB used out of 7.28 GB main memory and small amount used on my SD card.

Things look pretty much the same, all in all, good upgrade.

Brian Collins

Voice Control Personal Assistants

As time goes on, I realise that I for one, depend on Voice Control for a number of the devices that I have and use on a daily basis.

From mobile phones to computers and entertainment devices.

Specifically, Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant and Alexa.

I perform a number of tasks with these assistants from dialling a phone number to controlling my smart home and listening to and watching my entertainment choices.

Comparing one to another is not really fair, as each have their strengths and weaknesses.

When deciding which assistant I would like to help me, I invariably choose the one that is easiest to use (and get to understand me).

A secondary consideration is the task most suited to the assistant.

Although life would be simpler if one assistant was capable of doing everything, I quite like the idea of being surrounded by a number of assistants – I spent a lot of my professional life as a manager, so am used to heading a team to work together to complete tasks.

Where possible, information such as contacts, calendars, reminders and messages are shared between the various devices.

Sometimes this can be technically challenging but is very useful.

Brian Collins

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)

I picked up a contract on this phone for upfront cost of £20 and monthly £10.99 for 24 months from Carphone Warehouse, I normally buy Pay-As-You-Go phones and get a monthly bundle for £10 but this was only £0.99 a month more.

I’ve seen this on Amazon for around £120 SIM Free.

Now, this cooking on gas when it comes to a traditional Android device.

Thankfully I’ve been able to install the apps that I need (and subscriptions that I pay for).

Although the build quality is not what I would hope for, the price tag is much less than many others.

I have previously owned a Samsung mobile (Non-Smartphone) and it lasted extremely well through a lot of cold weather abroad and not too friendly treatment by yours truly.

Brian Collins