Best gadgets Reviews


Welcome to Best gadgets Reviews! This blog will cover the technology, gadgets, events and cool toys that have affected me in some way. I will also give recommendations on the products that I have actually used.


Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Reviews

When it comes to picking the right juicer for you and your family, there are many different brands and models to pick from. Each offer their own benefits and each offer their own common problems and disadvantages. When it comes to the idea of owning a juicer, there are several brands that come to mind as the best, but then there are products like the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center that blow away the competition and make people realize that a product is more than just a name. Does this Omega 8006 juicer compare to others in the class, or does it stand alone as the best?

The Omega J8006 juicer comes in black and chrome, giving those with sleek and modern looking kitchens another perfect juicer to use on their counter. It is considered to be a low speed juicer, processing fruit at just 80 RPM. Other juicers boast their high RPM totals, while the Omega juicer 8006 understands that the slower the speed, the more natural enzymes are being kept and longer shelf-life the juice can have in your refrigerator. The juicer has a dual stage processing system that ensures you get every drop of liquid from your fruits, leafy greens, and vegetables. The unit can also be used to make healthy baby food for your toddlers and even make different nut butters and spreads. The machine is equipped to automatically rid itself of the pulp, allowing for continuous operation. It also runs quietly, allowing you to use it late at night when everyone is sleeping or even while having a conversation nearby. If you run into any technical or mechanical problems with the unit, it comes with a 15-year warranty that should give you a sense of relief.

There are many positives to using this device to add to the healthy-food intake of your family. If the item being juiced is small enough to fit inside the chute, the juicer will be able to handle it. In other juicers, when you look at the pulp and see it drenched, it could lead you to wonder why it didn’t get all the juice out. By running at a slower RPM than other juices, the Omega J8006 ensures that it gets every droplet of juice into your cup instead of your compost pile. Another plus with this juicer is that the heat build-up never transfers to the juice, keeping the fresh taste when you raise your cup for a drink. The device is also easy to disassemble, clean, and reassemble again, not requiring a diagram to determine which part goes where like some other juicers.

The Omega 8006 juicer reviews will show that the biggest problem is the size of the chute. Some people want to throw in whole pieces of fruit and produce in a juicer, but with this unit, it isn’t possible for all foods. For some harder items, you will be better served cutting them up first so the blades will cut through it easier. There are a lot of misconceptions about juicers just from watching infomercials. You think that it is a quick process that is completed rapidly. With some juicers that use a higher RPM, this may be possible. With the lower RPM of the 8006 you need to be patient but the final product will be much better. The plastic on the output cups can stain if you don’t clean it well immediately after use. Items like carrots and beets could cause it to discolor.

The Omega 8006 is one of the best juicers you can get today. It has a higher price tag compared to some other brands, but provides you with all the juicing power you need. Some people are turned off by the slower process compared to other more well-known high speed juicers on the market, but this 80 RPM motor will allow you to get every bit of juice from your shredded items, which is something no other juicers can stake claim to. It is easy to clean, but could stain if you aren’t too careful or wait too long after using to clean. It is always best to clean as soon as possible to making the juice. It is quieter than other juicers and is one of the best juicers for the money.

Galaxy S4 Camera Reviews

The S4’s camera has seen a bump from the 8 megapixels you’ll find on the S3, up to a mighty 13 megapixels. That’s rivalling the megapixels of the Sony Xperia Z and it’s a massive jump over the 4 megapixels of the HTC One. Pixel count isn’t everything though — HTC boasts that its fewer pixels are bigger, resulting in better quality — so it’s important to see how it really performs.

In my original tests the S4 put up a good fight, but to see how it really stacks up against the competition, I took it for a spin alongside the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920 and the Galaxy S3 (click images to see full size versions). I’ve included some example shots here, but if you want to see all the tests, head over to the full camera test.

The S4 managed to come out tops in nearly every test. In London’s Borough Market, it produced a rich, colourful and sharp image of this lovely fruit. By comparison, The HTC One was a little washed out while the Lumia 920 had very cold colours. It performed similarly well with HDR scenes (shown below) and indoor shots, so long as there was sufficient lighting.

The S4 fell down in low-light conditions though. Without flash, its picture was very dark, grainy and suffered from image noise. The Lumia 920 however managed to capture the scene brilliantly, with bright colours, good detail and low image noise. If low light photography is your chief concern, the 920 is probably a better option.

Another point to note is that the S4 has quite a narrow field of view, so if you’re hoping to do a lot of wide, sweeping landscape shots, the HTC One might be more suitable. The HTC One produced generally good images, but its 4-megapixel sensor just doesn’t provide the level of detail achieved by the S4. That won’t be a problem for Facebook snaps but if you want to order large prints — or crop into an image — go for the S4.

Along with the now compulsory panorama, burst mode and HDR functions, you’ll find some extra Samsung-specific camera tricks too. The most unusual of which is called Dual Shot. It allows you to take a photo with the main camera and superimpose your own face over the top using the front-facing camera.

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The only time I can really see Dual Shot coming in handy is to make stupid photos like this.

The idea is to allow you to get into the scene too. I personally think it’s hilariously daft and I doubt I’d ever really want to use it seriously. Jessica Dolcourt warmed to the feature in her review though, and both Luke Westaway and Rich Trenholm seemed to have fun with it, so I guess I’m just a bit of a stick in the mud.

Up next in “things you didn’t ask for, but got anyway” is Sound & Shot. It lets you take a photo while recording nine seconds of audio. Samsung reckons it’s a great way to add context to an image — hearing your daughter practice the violin with a photo to go with it, for example. Personally, I’d rather capture it in video, particularly as you can only share the sound shots with other S4 owners.

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The S4’s Drama Shot action sequence looked nicer, but it had quite poor stitching errors (click image to see full size).
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While HTC’s action sequence was stitched flawlessly, it lacked the bold colours of the S4. I’ll let you decide which you’d prefer. (click image to see full size).

You’ll also find a mode called Drama Shot. It takes multiple photos of an action sequence and stitches them all together, showing the movement take place across an unchanging background. The HTC One rocks a similar feature, so I headed into the sunny London streets to see which came out best. While the S4’s image quality was better — it was much brighter, bolder and clearer — it didn’t do a great job at stitching the different scenes together. The HTC One’s was dull in comparison, but stitched them together seamlessly.

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Want to see a constant, bizarre loop of water going in and out of a glass? You need to use the animated photo feature.

Animated Photo will be familiar to those of you who ever used the Cinemagram app on the iPhone or the Cinemagraph feature on any of Nokia’s Lumia phones. You’re able to selectively animate certain portions of a moving scene to loop into an odd, often quite creepy GIF image.

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Frankly, I could watch Rich Trenholm spin in his chair all day. Thanks.

It’s sometimes difficult to do — a shaky clip can make the resulting animation quite poor — but if you get it right, it’s quite fun. I think Crave editor Rich Trenholm particularly enjoyed getting involved to test the camera. Annoyingly though, the resulting images are too big to share on Twitter, and Facebook doesn’t support moving GIFs, so sharing your carefully crafted animations is very difficult.

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The delightful faces in this image have been combined into one photo. Click to see the full sized version and see if you can tell.

The Best Face mode takes multiple shots of a group of your friends, then lets you pick the individual faces from all images to merge together so everyone looks good — at least in theory. I roped in the help of our buddies from GameSpot and CNET’s own Katie Collins to pull a variety of faces. I then chose my favourites from each and created this picture. It might look like one seamless shot, but the faces have all been selected from different photos.

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You can edit your snaps using various tweaks. Or just download Snapseed from the app store.

There are various built-in editing functions too. You can tinker with the brightness and contrast, as well as apply the usual array of vintage-style filters and frames. There’s sadly no Photo Sphere that Google introduced on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, meaning you can’t make a crazy mini planet of wherever you are.

It’s still early days with the camera and I really need to see how it performs in various different conditions before I can say whether it’s truly the top dog. It’s certainly off to a very impressive start though. Colours and clarity are great and the slew of extra features, while hardly game changing, are undeniably fun.

How to Coupon Effectively

If you’re interested in couponing, but aren’t sure how to get started, this guide’s for you:

Where to Look for Coupons

There are lots of coupons up for grabs, if you know where to find them. By far, the best places to look are:

    • Newspapers- the Smart Source and Valassis coupon inserts appear on a near-weekly basis. The Procter and Gamble insert appears at the start of each month
    • Magazines- women’s publications such as Woman’s Day, Red Book, Family Circle and Good Housekeeping frequently carry manufacturer coupons

  • In store- look for coupons on store shelves, on products and on the back of your receipts. Also look for coupons to print out at the register

Additional places to look:

    • Online- look to free grocery coupon sites for loads of printable coupons. Not all stores take them; but if yours does, you’re in luck
    • Junk mail- high-value manufacturer coupons have started to appear in junk mailers, so be sure to look before you toss

    • Direct from the manufacturer- check manufacturer websites for printable coupons or contact companies (by mail, e-mail or phone) to request coupons
    • Store mailings- get a frequent shopper card for the grocery stores that you shop, and you may be rewarded with special coupon mailings

How to Keep Coupons Organized

There are lots of ways to organize coupons; the key is to find the approach that works best for you. Three options to consider:

  • Clipping out all coupons
  • Clipping out just the coupons that you intend to use
  • Leaving the coupon inserts intact, and clipping coupons on an “as-needed” basis

Whichever approach you choose, there are several things that you can do to ensure that your coupons remain neat and accessible:

    1. Develop a filing system. Many couponers organize their coupons by grocery category—dairy, frozen foods, deli, etc. – but it’s not the only way to go. Find a filing system that works for you—by aisle, by expiration, etc. – and put it into action.
    1. Find a container to hold your coupons. Use a shoebox, a storage container, a coupon binder, a coupon wallet or a recipe box – it doesn’t matter what you choose – but it’s important to have a landing spot for all of those coupons.

    1. File coupons the same day you get them. Okay, so you may not always have time to file your coupons right away, but try to file them as soon as you can. This will prevent them from getting lost, and save you the hassle of having to sort through a big mess of coupons all at once.
  1. Purge regularly. Expired coupons won’t save you money, so don’t let them hog space in your coupon file. Set a schedule for purging expired coupons, and stick to it.

How to Maximize Your Savings:

  • Shop at stores that double coupons
  • Keep your coupons with you at all times – you never know when a deal might pop up
  • Match coupons to sales – use a site like to help you do this
  • Learn each store’s coupon policy
  • Get creative: Clever Couponing Strategies
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Kindle Fire HD Review: All Need to Know Before Buying

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Android-based gaming service Green Throttle has now officially launched and is capable of turning your Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet into a games console.

One of many Android gaming platforms to launch this year, Green Throttle, unlike Ouya or GameStick, doesn’t have any dedicated console hardware. Instead, it works by combining a games portal in an app format, Green Throttle Atlas controller and an Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Players must download the free Green Throttle Arena app from the Amazon Appstore, which gives players access to the Green Throttle games catalogue. The app will recommend compatible titles, but also check back through previously purchased games on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD to find any that will work with the system.

All Green Throttle users then have to do is plug their Kindle Fire into the TV using an HDMI cable to play Android games on the biggest screen in the house. The Green Throttle Atlas controllers, look very similar to an Xbox 360 gamepad and use Bluetooth to connect wirelessly to the tablet.

Up to four controllers can be connected at once, enabling users to play multiplayer games on a single screen.

“I really do think, even more so than phones, that the tablet is going to be the entertainment platform of choice going forward,” says Green Throttle CEO Charles Huang, who also co-created the Activision Guitar Hero franchise. “The console’s monopoly on gaming is going to end.”

“The biggest segment of revenue in the game industry comes from gaming on TVs, but the most common devices that play games are actually phones and tablets.”

The Green Throttle Arena app is available now on the Amazon Appstore, and the Green Throttle Atlas controllers can be purchased from Amazon, albeit only currently from the US store. The controllers can be shipped internationally and one will set you back $39.95 (£26.35). Green Throttle also offers a “2 Player Bundle” that ships with two Atlas controllers, a micro USB charger and a micro HDMI to HDMI cable for $89.99 (£59.36).

Green Throttle has confirmed that the Android-based gaming service will soon be supported on other Android tablets and smartphones, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Google Nexus 4 and upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 could also get a look in too.

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