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Review: Jaybird X2 Bluetooth sports earphones

I’m a huge fan of Bluetooth earphones. They are great for enjoying music from your smartphone while on the move. That’s why I’m excited when Jaybird send me their latest X2 Bluetooth earphone for review.


Firstly, the Jaybird X2 looks beautiful. Comes in bright colours like Charge (Neon), Fire (bright red) and Ice (blue), its hard to miss someone wearing it. The earphone comes with a beautiful sport silicone carry case that for all the ear tips and accessories. And Jaybird is pretty generous with the accessories that comes bundled with the earphone.


The X2 comes with 3 different size standard silicon ear tips and Premium Comply foam sport tips that are exclusively designed for Jaybird X2 for delivering maximum noise isolation, fit, and comfort. It also comes with Jaybird’s patented redesigned ergonomic ear fins. I haven’t got the opportunity to wear the Jaybird X2 out for a run due to the haze (Ya right, excuses!). For normal day to day usage, the standard ear tip is good enough. If you are wearing the X2 for sports, then the Comply foam sport tips and ear fins will come in handy.


The Jaybird X2 earphone housing is designed to allow user to wear it under-ear or over-ear. Personally I prefer to wear the X2 under-ear but some runners like to wear it over-ear. It comes with a cord management clip that allows you to reduce the cord length if required.


Sound quality on the Jaybird X2 is pretty fantastic. Jaybird developed its own codec for decoding the audio with an enhanced bit rate. This produce crystal clear audio that can compete with a good wired headphone.


The Jaybird X2 is sweat resistance and great for workout. It is also great for everyday use. There is a mic at the volume control for making phone calls. Audio quality is good. I tried making a few phone calls and the other party didn’t even know that I’m using a Bluetooth earphone.


But perhaps the best thing about the Jaybird X2 is the battery life. This thing is small yet they are able to pack enough battery for around 8 hours of usage. Pretty impressive.


The Jaybird X2 is now available in Singapore at recommended retail price of S$259. It’s a bit on the expensive side but definitely worth the investment.

Jabra Boost Review

One of the latest bluetooth headset from Jabra to hit Singapore is the Jabra Boost. It may look small but this bluetooth headset is works great.


I was initially sceptical when I saw the size of the device. The microphone is rather far away from my mouth when I put it on my ear. Do I need to speak louder for the bluetooth headset to pick up my voice?

Well, all my doubts about the Jabra Boost were cleared after my first phone call using the bluetooth headset. The other party can hear my voice clearly when I speak normally. Audio quality is pretty good.


Pairing the device with my iPhone 5S is very easy and straight forward. It takes a while to get used to wearing the Jabra Boost. The ergonomically designed ear-gels is comfortable and after a while you’ll almost forget that you are wearing it. The small size makes it less obvious to others that you are wearing a bluetooth headset. Which is good and bad. Good in the sense that people won’t judge you for constantly wearing your bluetooth headset. Bad in the sense that people might think you are talking to yourself when you are on the phone.



iPhone and Android users will be glad to know that the Jabra Boost works with both Siri and Google Now. Now you can keep your smartphone in your pocket and tap the dedicated headset button to activate Siri or Google Now.

The Jabra Boost has an impressive 9 hour talk time battery life and up to 1 year standby time. I didn’t have the opportunity to try out myself since I hardly talk more than 1 hour on the phone per month. Lol.


The Jabra Boost is available in Black, White and Gold colours and retails in Singapore at S$78.

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive

I was quite excited when I heard that the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is available in Singapore. After hearing so much good reviews from the tech journalist in the US, I finally managed to try it out for myself. And it didn’t disappoint.


In short, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is a small portable wireless drive. You can easily connect up to 5 mobile devices to the Wireless Media Drive via WIFI. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive works with iOS and Android devices. It even work with your Kindle Fire if you have one. Once connected, you can use it to stream HD video, music or photos. This is great for sharing media files or if your mobile device doesn’t have much spare memory space.


The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive can also be used with PC running Windows XP or higher or Mac running Mac OS 10.6 or higher.

My favorite feature on the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is the SDHC/SDXC memory card slot. The SD Card slot is great for photographers who want to share their photo quickly and easily. Simply slot in your camera’s SD Card into the Wireless Media Drive and you can view your photos conveniently on your mobile device. You can also download the photos from your SD Card to your mobile device for quick sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


I reviewed the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive using my iPhone 5s. Setting up was a breeze. Simply download the SanDisk app from Apple App store, connect to the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive using WIFI and it’s ready to go. File transfer speed is surprisingly fast. Battery life was great. According to SanDisk, the Wireless Media Drive is able to last up to 8 hours of continuous streaming. Good enough to last you a day. Really love the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive comes with 32GB or 64GB storage capacities at S$139 and S$209 respectively.

Sony SRS-BTV5 NFC and Bluetooth Speaker

I’ve been using the Sony SRS-BTV5 NFC and Bluetooth Speaker for almost 2 months and I’m loving it.


The Sony SRS-BTV5 is a small and lightweight wireless speaker shaped like a ball. The ball shape design allows an even 360 degrees sound distribution. Bluetooth pairing between Sony SRS-BTV5 and your phone is easy if you have a NFC phone. Simply place tap phone on the top of the speaker and you are connected in no time. We’ve seen this kind of NFC assisted Bluetooth pairing before and it is great to see more company using it. I’ve tried the NFC pairing on both Sony and non-Sony Android phones and they all work like magic.



But don’t worry if you don’t have a NFC phone. You can always use the traditional Bluetooth pairing method. The Sony SRS-BTV5 has a battery life of 5 hours. It uses the same MicroUSB charger that most phones are using. When a call comes in, just press the answering key and the music will fade and you can take the call hands-free.



Sound quality wise, the Sony SRS-BTV5 is pretty decent if you are not a audiophile. The compact size makes it great for carrying around and sharing music with your friends.


The Sony SRS-BTV5 NFC and Bluetooth Speaker is available in Singapore at a recommended retail price of S$119. Comes in black, white, blue and pink colours.

Review: iSpectacles – Turn your iPhone or Android phone into Google Glass

Thanks to the folks at April Technology, I got a chance to review the iSpectacles before they officially launch it later this month. The iSpectacles, for the uninitiated, is a 3 part system that turns your iPhone or Android phone into Google Glass.


Setting up the iSpectacles is straight forward. Just tape your iPhone or Android Phone on the iSpectacles using the black tape provided. You want to be careful while using the black tape. Do not cover the camera hole with the black tape or you won’t be able to see anything. And if you are using an iPhone, you might not want to cover the Apple Logo. You still want others to know that you are using an iPhone. Right? Once your phone is secured, you are ready to go.


The iSpectacles system comes with a iOS and Android app that you can download for free. Make sure you turn on the app before wearing the iSpectacles. It will take a while to get used to seeing the screen so close to your eyes. Most people claim that they have headache and nausea when they first started using the iSpectacles. This is perfectly normal. Once you get past that stage, the iSpectacles will be like an extension of your eyes. In fact, I don’t feel the iSpectacles on me after wearing for an hour. In fact, I don’t feel a thing at all after wearing for 1 hour. Cool.

Once you get past the initial state of uncomfortness, you’ll love the iSpectacles. The iSpectacles knows everything about you. What you eat and drink, what you like or dislike. It is constantly connected to your Facebook, Twitter and Email. You can program it to automatically reply to all your emails. For example if a Saudi Prince needs your help to transfer large amount of cash to your country, iSpectacles will automatically reply the Prince with your bank account number. But that’s not the most amazing part about iSpectacles. iSpectacles is a heads-up display that provide you more information of your surrounding.

iSpectacles can calculate the amount of calories in your meal and give you the best health recommendation.


It knows what bus you are taking and your latest IPPT results. So if the bus is too far away, it will tell you not to run since you most likely won’t catch up.


It knows the location of your friends and if you owe them money, iSpectacles will warn you if they are approaching your direction.


There are so many things that iSpectacles can do. It even advise you the best place to meet girls and Google best pick up lines from the internet. Cool feature. I’ll try that out soon.

I’ve been using the iSpectacles for a few days and I’m loving it. Besides providing useful information, I also become the centre of attention when I’m using iSpectacles. Few days ago, I saw a girl taking photo of me wearing the iSpectacles on train. When I talk to her, she said that she is submitting my photo to STOMP. COOL! I bet they are going to feature me in the new Tech Whiz section.

The iSpectacles will be available in the market later this month. No pricing available yet. Currently support iOS and Android 4.0 and above. I heard that they will be supporting Tablets in the near future. Looking forward to wearing my iPad 2 on my face.