Roy Smyth

Associate Editor and part of the team of gadget reviewers at DroidHorizon. Also been known to dabble in software development to pay the bills.

[Editorial] The Huawei Without Google Experience

Undoubtedly the current trade ban that the United States placed on Huawei (and by extension, their subsidiary company Honor) has had the biggest impact on their global smartphone business. Including industry leading technology in their handsets may no longer be enough to excel in a western market that relies heavily on Google apps and services that they aren’t permitted to include. Huawei ha...[Read More]

8.7

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Review: Vanguard VEO 2S AM-234TR Monopod

The portability and quick set-up advantages of a monopod can be ideal for those situations when you’re unable to carry or assemble a full tripod. The Vanguard VEO range offers something for every budget, and today we’re taking a look at their mid-range VEO 2S AM-234TR – a lightweight aluminium monopod with three fold-out feet. Out of the box and in its folded state, this monopod ...[Read More]

8.8

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8.2
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Review: Anker PowerConf Bluetooth Speakerphone

Anker PowerConf is a new Bluetooth speakerphone that’s ideal for your home office. It offers smart voice enhancement, 360° pickup (using no less than 6 microphones), direct USB-C connection to your computer and a large internal battery for up to 24 hours of wireless talk time. Along with a USB Type C cable and instruction booklet, the PowerConf also comes with it’s own zipped carry cas...[Read More]

8.2

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Review: Urbanista Athens True Wireless In-Ear Headphones

Swedish audio specialists Urbanista continue their city based naming convention with Athens – a pair of true wireless in-ear earphones designed to give full freedom of movement while playing sports. Athens are the round style of in-ear earbuds, covered in a black silicone material that keeps out water and dust. With their IP67 rating they can cope with more than a little sweat, even handling...[Read More]

8.5

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Review: Vanguard VESTA TT1 Mini Table Tripod

VESTA TT1 is a miniature table-top tripod from Vanguard that’ll provide excellent support for your camera or smartphone without weighing you down. Available in the choice of four different colours, we were impressed with the build quality of the TT1 as soon as it was removed from the packaging. The reassuringly solid aluminium build gives the impression that this little tripod will last a li...[Read More]

8.3

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Review: Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim 65W Wall Charger

PowerPort Atom III Slim is a powerful little wall charger from Anker. It packs a 45W USB-C port along with three USB-A ports in a compact, travel-friendly form factor. Inside, Anker have used Gallium Nitride to reduce the size and improve both efficiency and heat dissipation. This results in a 3.5″ square charger that’s just over half an inch thick and weighing under 150g. The bulkiest...[Read More]

8.2

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Review: Moshi Otto Q Wireless Charging Pad

Moshi Otto Q is a premium Qi wireless charging pad that supports 10W fast-charging through phone cases up to 5mm thick. Apparently inspired by a Danish ottoman, the device itself is a small, circular pad finished in a fancy “Nordic Gray” fabric. The base is covered in non-slip silicone and there’s also a ring of silicone on the top that gives your phone some traction when sitting...[Read More]

7.8

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Review: Soundcore Flare Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Soundcore Flare Mini packs a powerful 10W 360° sound, 12 hour battery life and even a LED light show into a relatively small Bluetooth speaker with IPX7 waterproofing. This is a compact, can-shaped speaker that widens near the bass for extra stability. Although there’s no carabiner hook, it’s easy to carry around at only 5.5″ tall and weighing just 480g. Black is the only colour ...[Read More]

Review: Targus CityLite Security Backpack for Laptops

We need expensive gadgets with us on our travels, but this always comes with an additional risk of theft. Targus CityLite helps you carry all your gear in comfort, while incorporating some additional security measures compared to your everyday laptop backpack. It’s made from 300D polyester which is water-resistant and seems high quality. As backpacks go, the CityLite looks good but somewhat ...[Read More]

7.2

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Review: EasyAcc 6000mAh Power Bank With Integrated Lightning Cable

EasyAcc PB6000CBL is an ultra-slim 6000mAh power bank with a built-in non-removable Lightning cable that’s been MFi certified for charging Apple devices. Measuring around 5″ x 3″ and being only about a quarter of an inch thick makes this external battery extremely portable – it’ll slip easily into your bag or pocket and won’t weigh you down. The stand-out featur...[Read More]

7

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Review: Ember Mug² – Temperature Controlled Beverages

Ember Mug² lets you enjoy your favourite hot drink at a constant temperature that you can control from a smartphone app. While Ember’s range includes 14 oz and travel versions, we’ve been enjoying our cuppa from the 10oz (295ml) size. This model comes in a choice of black, white or special edition copper colours. Inside the box you get the mug, saucer, power adapter and a getting start...[Read More]

8.5

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Review: Samsonite Magnum Spinner 4-Wheel Medium Suitcase

The name Samsonite needs no introduction as they’ve been a top name in high quality luggage for many years now. Today we take a look at their Magnum Spinner zip-less suitcase which has a tough polypropylene shell and 4 spinning wheels. Available in the choice of 3 sizes including 38L and 104L versions, we evaluated the medium-sized 80 litre capacity. The first thing that stood out to us was ...[Read More]