Splash – water resistant spray for phones

Have you ever had a phone ruined by water? My son was on a school trip and had his phone in his pocket on a rainy day. When he came back it refused to work, the rain had damaged it. Luckily it was not an expensive phone but we still had to go to the expense of replacing it. These days phones can do so much and are often expensive. On rainy days I worry about using my phone to take pictures in case the water damages it. It can even be a problem when you visit theme parks, like the splash zone in Flamingoland. Luckily help is at hand with Splash, water resistant spray from Reviveaphone. You spray it on your phone and it creates a water resistant barrier around your phone which helps protect the insides from damage. It does not make your phone waterproof so you won’t be able to use it while swimming, but it will protect it from accidental spills and rainy days.

Splash water resistant sprayWhat do you get in the box?

The box is quite small and contains a bottle of Splash water resistant spray, a microfibre cloth, a small plastic card to help you apply the Splash and a comprehensive set of instructions. The bottle of Splash contains enough to cover one smart phone.

SplashApplying Splash

I was a little bit worried about applying Splash to my phone. To apply it you need to spray it on all the opening and buttons around the phone and also inside the battery compartment. The spray is allowed to dry and then the excess can be removed with the plastic card. The  splash is applied to the screen using the cloth. Application was actually very simple and I had no need to be worried at all. Splash have a video that shows you how to apply it in great detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The splash proof coating will last a year and then it should be reapplied. I am happy to have the extra protection on my phone and it had made me more confident about using it on rainy days. The Splash water resistant spray is RRP £14.99.

Giveaway

If you would like to win a bottle of Splash water resistant spray Revivephone are hosting a giveaway on my blog where you can win one. The giveway ends on the 3rd May 2015.

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I was sent some Splash for the purposes of this review, my opinions are my own. The giveway is run by Reviveaphone and is being hosted here.

Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor and PagerTag

A little while ago I was asked if I wanted to try out the Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor and Beets Blu Key Finder Pager Tag technology. I am always happy to try out new technology and was actually interested to find out how well these devices perform. Both devices sounded useful to me. The Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor would be another way to monitor my activity during my running sessions and the Pager Tag sounded like a great way to help to locate my garage key. My son has a habit of taking his bike out and throwing the key down randomly and then we can never find it. Anything that would help me locate the key without searching for ages would be helpful.

Beets Blu Pager Tag

Beets blu pager tagThe Beets Blu Pager tag is a small key fob that you attach to your key ring. It is paired to your phone using blue tooth. When you lose your keys you just go into the PagerTag app on your phone and select the option to make the tag make a beeping sound. You can then track down your keys by listening for the beeping sound.

Beets blu pager tagI was concerned that it might be difficult to install the application and pair the PagerTag with my phone. In fact the whole process was very simple. First you need to download the app from the google play store or itunes and install it on your phone. When you have done this insert the battery into the PagerTag. A green light starts flashing and it is looking for a phone to pair with. The application then finds it and pairs it with your phone.

Beets blu pager tagOnce the pairing is complete the PagerTag just needs to be attached to the key ring. The next time your keys go missing you just need to get your phone and press to activate the beeping sound on the PagerTag. You can also track the location of the tag using the app which is useful.

I think this is a great idea and have used it quite a few times to track down my missing keys. You do need to have a compatible phone, it works the iPhone 4s (and above), the iPad 3 (and above) and Samsung phones with Bluetooth 4.0 and Android* 4.3

Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor

Beets Blu Heart Rate MonitorThe Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor is a heart rate sensor that uses ECG technology to get an accurate reading. It syncs via bluetooth with a number of fitness apps like RunKeeper, Endomondo and many more.

Beets BluThe heart rate monitor is a small light weight device that is attached to your chest by an adjustable strap. The strap has two electrode which take the heart rate readings and send them to the device. The strap is made of a soft material and is not noticeable when you wear it. It is also easy to adjust to the right size. When the heart rate monitor is in place it is easy to forget you are wearing it.

I tried using the heart rate monitor with Endomondo and it worked really well. It tracked my heart activity during exercise and connected easily with my phone. It was really easy to use and the strap is washable as well. Using the heart rate monitor allowed me to see if I was actually working out effectively and gave me a way to see if I had improved next time.

 

I was sent the devices in return for an honest review. The opinions are my own.

Netflix comes to TalkTalk

TalkTalk customers already enjoy a great range of TV stations and on demand television. With seven days of catch up available on your television, the option to add Sky movies, entertainment and sports as and when you want them and the latest blockbuster movies available to rent in the box office you are never short of something to view. The range of programmes available to view has just been extended with the addition of Netflix to the TalkTalk service and it is available to watch your You View box.

Netflix comes to TalkTalkViewing is easy, you just need to press the TalkTalk button on your remote, go into the On Demand section and choose players. You can then go into the Netflix player. If you already have an account you just need to sign in. If you have never tried Netflix before you can sign up for an account. The first month is free and then it costs £5.99 a month. There is no long term contract so you can drop out whenever you want.

You can find lots of television series available to watch on Netflix. I found the critically acclaimed House of Cards (which I am looking forward to watching), Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad and Marco Polo as well as old favourites like Gossip Girl. There is as wide range of documentaries, comedy specials, feature films and kids’ entertainment as well as exclusive shows you will not find anywhere else. As the programmes are on demand you can watch the whole series in one go. You don’t need to wait a week for the next episode. Just get some popcorn and settle down for a weekend’s viewing. I much prefer watching a series this way, I hate the cliff hanger ending that leaves me hanging on for a whole week.

If you prefer films there are films from every genre to choose from. The hard part is choosing, you can spend so much time browsing that you run out of time to watch. There are kids films, horrors, thrillers, you name it. You will be spoiled for choice and never be short of something to watch.

Netflix is a great addition to the TalkTalk TV package, giving you more freedom to watch and enjoy TV your way. You can watch what you want at a time you want allowing you to plan your viewing to suit your daily life.

I am a TalkTalk Family blogger.

Save money with TalkTalk bill busters

January is always a month for re-evaluation. Most of us have made resolutions to lose weight and get more healthy and have started taking positive steps towards this. January is also a time for realising how much you have spent over Christmas and often drastic saving measures are needed. It is a time for writing up a budget and working out where you can save money. TalkTalk have just launched a range of ways that their broadband, tv and phone customers can save money, called bill busters.

Bill bustersBill busters hands over control to the customer, you can look easily and work out ways you can save money on your services. This allows you to stay in control and helps you budget.

Smart ways to save

  •  Save 10% on your bill with a speedy payment discount. If you pay your bill within 24 hours you will get 10% off.  Payment is easy online or on your mobile using the TalkTalk app.
  • Save 10% with value line rental by paying a year in advance. This can be done at any time, without affecting your contract time or bill date.
  • Reduce mobile call costs with Talk2Go. This allows you to save your mobile minutes by redirecting landline minutes to your mobile and make calls from abroad at landline rates.
  • Privacy calling features are free so you can add 1571 voicemail, anoymous caller reject, last caller barring and caller display at no extra cost.
  • Opt for paperless billing and view your bills online saving yourself £22.80 a year.
  • Set up a calling circle and call friends and family at a discounted rate. Up to 16 numbers can be added.

Your Bills, Your Way

  • Choose how you want to pay your bill. There are plenty of different ways. You can set up a reoccurring card payment, use a Keyfob and pay at the Post Office, make a one off card payment or set up a direct debit on whatever day is best for you.
  • Set up a monthly usage allowance. This allows you to limit your spending on calls and movie rentals. You get alerts when you reach 50% and 90% of your allowance so you can stay in control.
  • Add and remove call boosts. This allows you to add extra minutes for mobile and international calls into your call allowance. These can be added on a monthly basis so if you need to call abroad one month you can just add an international boost and save money.
  • Add and remove TV boosts. If you want to watch a movie on sky you can add a movie boost for a month. If you want to watch a football match add a sports boost. These can be removed at the end of the month allowing you to dip in and out of telly as you wish and keep on top of your spending.

I feel more confident that I am in control of my bills and can budget for the year ahead. You can find more information on the TalkTalk website.

I am a TalkTalk family blogger

Keeping Fit with a Fitbit Flex

I like to think I am pretty fit. Although I work in an office I get out for a long walk with the dog every day and running around after the family keeps me in trim. I used to run regularly but recently I have not been doing as much exercise as I should have and have started to gain weight again. One of the reasons for this is that the colder weather and dark mornings put me off. It is fine running along country paths in the Summer when mornings are light, but it is not so easy to see your way on a dark Winter morning. Once you get over 40 it is much harder to keep the weight off, it seems to go on if you just look at a slice of cake, never mind eat it.

I needed some motivation to get me doing more regular exercise again. I definitely feel much happier when I exercise as well as being healthier. When Legal and General sent me a Fitbit Flex to try out, I was delighted. I do try and keep track of how many steps I do each day, but my pedometer keeps going missing in the house and I can never find it. The Fitbit Flex is a wireless activity and sleep wristband, it tracks steps and works out the distance you have travelled per day. It also monitors how well you sleep and it can also be used to check your calorie intake. Even better it is worn as a wristband so there is less chance of mislaying it.

Fitbit flexIn the box you get two wristbands, a small one and a large one,  a usb charging cable, a wireless sync dongle and the Fitbit tracker which is inserted in a wristband. Getting started is as easy as charging up the Fitbit using the usb charger, inserting it into the wristband and snapping the wristband onto your wrist. To track your progess you need to install the Fitbit app on your computer, which is download from the website. Once you have done that add the wireless dongle into a usb port, sign up for a free Fitbit account and sync your wristband. It then proceeds to track your activity.Fitbix flexThere is also a Fitbit app available on android and ios which allows you to sync the fitbit using bluetooth so you can view your progress during the day. Once the wristband is in place it feels secure. Even better it is splash proof so you can wear it in the shower, although I did take it off to have a bath. It is comfortable to wear and after a while you do not notice it.

fitbitAs well as tracking your progress via the app the Fitbit also uses LED lights to show you how close to your goal you are. Each light represents 20% of your goal. You can set the goal to be steps walked, calories or distance. Just tap the Fitbit and it will light up showing you how near your goal you are.

fitbitIf you want exact numbers just log into the app and it will show you.

fitbit flexI wore my Fitbit just to monitor my normal activity and see where I could increase my exercise. I found that on weekdays I was managing to fit my target of 10,000 steps per day. I was amazed to find that during my normal weekend activity on a Saturday I had actually walked 7.5 miles. This was just doing the shopping and cleaning, it was no wonder I was tired at the end of the day! I did find that I was motivated to walk more just to see all the little LED lights lit up. The fitbit also sends you emails to notify you when you have earned badges, which you get for walking certain distances. This makes you want to do more exercise to see what bad

The other thing I like about the Fitbit is that it monitors how well you are sleeping. At night you just tap it to put it into sleep mode and it tracks how well you have slept that night and how often you have got up. Even better you can set a silent alarm so that the Fitbit will buzz in the morning. This is great for waking me up but not my husband.

The Fitbit Flex is RRP £79.99 but it is a great motivational tool. Since I have had it I have found that I have wanted to get my exercise routine back on track and you may even see me out running again soon. I found out that the Fitbit Flex will also integrate with Runkeeper, the app I use to keep track of my running distances, so I will be trying that out soon. Hopefully I will also lose some weight in the process.

I was sent a Fitbit Flex in return for an honest review.