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With more and more gadgets coming out to help you track your daily activity progress, having something handy and easy to use is definitely welcomed by some people.  I was provided with one of the latest offerings from Kit: – the Milestone Altitude Activity Tracker – to review.  Now due to bad health, I am not the most active of people, but I was very intrigued to see how well my activity and sleep would be tracked.

First things first – packaging.  I have always been impressed with how well products from Kit: have been packaged.  It is always kept nice and minimal, whilst providing detailed information at the same time.  The box that the Activity Tracker arrived in was no different.  The front of the box gives a clear view of the Tracker itself, especially when you open the cardboard flap on the right side.  On the outside of the flap, you have the Milestone text, while on the inside, you are told that progress can be tracked via the free to download smartphone app.  On the bottom left corner of the packaging, you are shown that the Tracker has a vibrating alarm, is sweat resistant, and tracks your activity.  Lastly, the rear of the box has a brief description of the item, as well as a list of features, specifications, box contents, and smartphone compatibility.

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Removing the Tracker from the box, you have the item itself, a Micro USB to USB 2.0 cable, and a 3.5mm to Micro USB cable.  The Micro to 2.0 cable is used to charge the Tracker, while the 3.5 to USB 2.0 cable can be used to synchronise the data from the Tracker to the smartphone.  The tracker itself sports a nice rubber material wristband that houses the small unit.  In order to charge the unit, you simply pop it out from the wristband so that you can hook it up to a charging source using the provided cable.  It only took a few hours to charge fully, but I was unable to use it until I had done that initial charge as there was no power at all in the unit.  Once charged, inserting the unit back into the strap was as easy as it was to take it out.  It mentions on the box that a single charge should last 5-7 days – I’ve had the Tracker on since I first charged it and have yet to have to recharge it yet (around 2.5 weeks). On the side of the unit is a small button which is used to cycle through the menu – just line this up with the groove on the strap so that you get it back in the correct way round.

Once charged, I will admit that I was a little worried about how simple it was going to be to get things up and running.  There was no need for any worrying as the instruction booklet took me through the process step by step, from getting started to using the smartphone app and understanding the different functions included.  All I needed to do with the app was enter my personal details and what I would like my daily goal to be.  It finishes up with you syncing the Altitude to the smartphone app for the first time.  Now I know that the Tracker comes complete with the 3.5mm to USB 2.0 cable to help with syncing information between the phone and device, but I honestly found connecting and syncing up via Bluetooth not only quicker, but also very straightforward.

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The Altitude tracker has a range of features.  It not only tracks your daily steps taken, but also acts as a watch, tracks your sleep pattern, your distance travelled (km), the amount of calories burned during a 24 hour period, and lastly, what percentage of your daily goal was achieved.  Sleep mode monitors your sleep movement and can record when you are awake, in a light sleep, and in a deep sleep – I found this very handy, myself.  Please note that your sleep activity can only be monitored once you have synced information between the Altitude and your smartphone app.

The app itself (available on iOS 7.0 and above, and Android 4.3 and above) has as many functions as the wristband.  The History menu provides a daily chart of activity (steps, miles, and Kcal burned), as well as the amount of hours slept and how many of those hours were in a light or deep sleep state.  The Activity menu shows an overall percentage of your goals and sleep, as well as simple to understand view of your steps, Kcal, and distance.  Lastly, the Settings menu contains the section where you enter your personal information, workout goal, a reminder setting, and lastly, the alarm clock (with is a nice and steady vibration that comes through the Altitude).

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I found the tracking provided by the Altitude to be pretty precise, although, sometimes just sitting and moving my arm a bit swiftly would register as steps taken.  The sleep monitor is something that I found useful.  I did like being able to see how much of my sleep was light or deep, and from what I could tell, that was all registered as precise as possible.  Syncing was very straightforward both with the provided cable, and via Bluetooth – the latter of which is definitely preferred method of synchronising.

Overall, when you consider the functions provided by the Altitude when compared to other Activity Tracker devices, I don’t really see much difference – except the price!  You can get the Altitude from Amazon UK or Carphone Warehouse for around £39.99 (at time of posting).  It does what you would expect, is easy to operate (even for people who don’t have much experience with tech), and doesn’t cost a fortune.  I haven’t taken mine off since I first put it on a couple of weeks back – apart from when showering – and intend to use it on a very regular basis.  I highly recommend the Milestone Altitude Activity Tracker to both hardcore, and casual, fitness fanatics.

I’d like to thank the kind folk over at Kondor for providing me with the Milestone Altitude Activity Tracker for review.

If I am honest, I had not heard of KitSound until a few months ago and I have to admit, I was really looking forward to receiving a pair of their iD headphones to review.  I was asked what colour I would like and I simply replied “surprise me”.  I had the green pair arrive, which I was pretty happy about as green is my favourite colour!

The box that the headphones arrived in is pretty minimalistic.  The colour scheme of the inside of the box, which is visible through the window matched up with the colour of the headphones, so it all fit together rather well.  The text on the front of the box provides the information that you would more than likely like to know before buying the headphones – there is a microphone and control button, an adjustable headband, and earcups that swivel.  The back of the box shows information about the iD headphones, as well as box contents, and a list of features and specifications.

Upon removing the headset from the box, I was impressed with how lightweight the headphones were.  I also noticed that the 1.2m cable is the same green colour as the headphones – I really like the fact that everything matches so that nothing looks out of place.  This cable does attach to both earcups, rather than just one or the other.  Also, the earcups contain the KitSound brand logo, as well as the L & R so you know which way around they go.  On the cable is also a multi function button and in-line microphone which makes handling phone calls and volume control so much easier when in use.  A list of specifications will be included at the bottom of this review.

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Comfort wise, the iD headphones are easy to wear for long periods of time.  There have been a couple of occasions that I have forgotten that I have had them on, mostly because of how lightweight they are.  The earcups themselves have a very soft padding to them so that they do not start to cause discomfort on the ears when in use.  The downside to the earcups having 40mm drivers is that they will be quite small for some peoples ears.  Luckily, mine are reasonably small so I didn’t have an issue with them.  The headband also contains an area of nice padding which contributes to the comfort factor.  It is worth mentioning that the padding on both the earcups and headband is also green, which again ties in nicely with the whole colour scheme of the headphones.

Sound quality wise, I didn’t notice any distortion or tinniness.  When it came to the bass side of things, there is room for improvement.  It would have been nice to have a button or switch that could be used to increase the amount of bass for certain songs.  Saying this though, the bass that there is did do the job, albeit noticeable depending on the song in question.  The in-line microphone picked up my voice well and I was informed that I came through crystal clear on the other end of the phone call.

Would I part with my money to get a pair of these KitSound iD headphones?  Considering that they can be picked up for around £19.99 GBP on Amazon UK, and due to the fact that they are available in a large variety of colours, I would definitely pick up a pair of these – both for me or as a gift.

Specifications:

Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 105 dB
Drivers: 40 mm
Cable length: 1.2 m
Speaker magnet: NdFeb
Jack plug: 3.5 mm

Logitech has officially announced their iOS 7 gaming controller, the PowerShell.

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The PowerShell peripheral will be compatible with the iPod Touch, iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5. The device comes complete with a 1500mAh battery which enables you to keep your device(s) charged while using it.

The PowerShell sports shoulder trigger buttons, X B Y & A buttons, and a D-Pad. There are no analogue sticks included, unlike the recently announced MOGA Ace Power.

Logitech revealed that due to their research, they have discovered that 87% of iPhone and iPod Touch users play games on their device.  A handful of iOS games have been optimised for use with the PowerShell. These titles include MetalStorm Aces, Galaxy on Fire 2, Nitro, Bastion and Fast & Furious 6.

You can now pre-order the Logitech PowerShell for £89.99. Orders are expected to be shipped out next month.

Here is the video for my latest giveaway.  Up for grabs this time is a copy of PowerDVD 13 Ultra, courtesy of CyberLink.

All steps needed to enter the giveaway can be found in the description below the video.  To see the description, just click on the video and go to its YouTube page.

Thanks for taking the time to look, it is appreciated.

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