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Product Review – XMI X-mini II Mini Speaker

Let’s start with some background which led to the purchase of this speaker. Back in February when I bought a Nokia 5800 I used to listen to podcasts in the car with the phone’s speaker. However, when I changed to an iPhone 3GS I didn’t want to subject it to 3 hours of ‘almost maximum’ loud speaker usage a day – that and the loud speaker is not loud enough to be heard over motorway traffic. So, I decided to look at other options.

My car is 7 years old and doesn’t play MP3 CDs, nor does it have an AUX input to enable me to plug my iPhone to it. I went to Halfords this weekend just gone as they had a new fascia for my car which would allow me to get a new stereo fitted with both an AUX input and MP3 CD playing ability. All sounds good right? Wrong! The fascia was too small and after being contacted by Halfords yesterday I am told the manufacturer says that is the only fascia available for my car – FAIL!

So, this brought about another option – that of attaching a speaker to my phone. Only problem I found with most is that they would take their power from the iPhone and the sound was pretty poor, if reviews are to be believed.

Then I came across the XMI X-mini II Mini Speaker which is charged via USB, has 360 degree sound and reviews were very good. I ordered this from Amazon yesterday and it arrived this morning, courtesy of my 1 month free trial with Amazon Prime!

The XMI X-mini II Mini Speaker

The XMI X-mini II Mini Speaker

Don’t be fooled by the size – while it appears small in comparison to my iPod Touch the performance is very impressive. Apart from being very cute, the sound quality is superb, and the volume was more than enough to cope with motorway traffic when I used it for the first time this morning. With a simple twist the speaker expands to play mode and after being turned on a little blue LED glows from the underside.

A full charge took 2 hours and this should give me 11 hours of usage – I’ll report back to say whether that is the case. It comes with a dual lead that is USB at one end and then splits to mini USB and 3.5mm jack so that you can charge it, whilst having it connected to your audio input and playing simultaneously. All this can be housed in a little velvet pouch so it stays clean and safe.

At just £16.96, my first impressions are very favourable and it has met and exceeded my expectations and fulfills my requirements which is enabling me to get back on track with my podcast listening and fill those 3 hours in the car every day with something of interest.

As an aside, you can actually daisy chain these little speakers for enhanced sound – maybe one day I’ll try that, but for now just the one will suffice.


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Make my Nokia 5800 into an iPhone!

Thanks to a superb blog over at I have been introduced to a magnificent looking application for Symbian OS phones, and most recently the Nokia 5800, which turns the interface into that of an iPhone!

It's an i5800Phone!

It's an i5800Phone!

I have an iPod Touch and I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I love the interface, and that as much as I love my Nokia 5800, the interface isn’t as nice as that of the iTouch / iPhone. Thanks to the wonderful people at MyPhone I can now turn my Nokia 5800 into an iPhone BUT have a decent camera, be able to send MMS and record video footage – all for the bargain price of $12.99 (£9.41).

It’s very gimmicky, but that’s kind of thing a geek thrives on and needless to say I will be purchasing this very soon and will report back on how well it works on what will become my Nokia i5800Phone!


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Marvel Motion Comics coming to iTunes

As a big comic book fan and an iPod Touch owner I’m ashamed to have missed this news story which seems to have come about over 2 weeks ago and I caught at TG Daily. As the title would suggest, there are plans for Marvel to release motion comic books via iTunes.

X-Men to iPhone

X-Men to iPhone

The motion comic concept is not a new one as Watchmen motion comics were released on iTunes and Amazon to help build for the film. As a big Watchmen fan I was intrigued, but then soon put off at the prospect of having to pay £1.89 an episode, or £20.99 for the whole book, of something I already own and only cost about half that in the first place.

iVerse Comics have gone down the more traditional route and released an application that allows you to view normal comics on the iPhone or iPod Touch. It actually works quite well and with titles either for Free or priced at 59p the cost is more favourable to the Watchmen motion comic. The big barrier here is the range of titles which is far from impressive. Without the likes of Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Vertigo to name but a few, the range appears very lacking in name value.

The Marvel motion comics will debut with two titles; Spider-Woman and Astonishing X-Men, with the former being exclusive to the new format until the printed version appears at a later date. I’m very intrigued, and if the price is right I could be very tempted, though I can’t help thinking that making the standard comics available in the same way that iVerse Comics have done maybe a better route to go down. It’s possible that the motion comic concept could be a step too far and the digital delivery to iPhone/Touch of the current series’ is what Marvel really should be concentrating on, like what they already do online with Marvel Digital Comics. Either way, it’s good to see marvel thinking about the ever increasing iPhone/Touch audience.

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