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OnePlus 6 Red Edition – Full review

OnePlus 6 Red Edition – Full review

Posted on 10 July 2018 by Chris Ford

For a while, I’ve been weighing up the pros and cons of buying the new OnePlus 6 phone. I couldn’t decide whether to take the plunge… but then last week, OnePlus made that decision for me by rather generously sending me their new OnePlus 6 RED edition. I’ve had it a week now so here’s what I think.

Screen

First the specs. The red edition of the OnePlus 6 comes with a quite frankly massive 8GB of ram (to put this in context the iPhone X, Apple’s flagship device currently only has 3GB). This 8GB makes a phone that is extremely quick, snapping through the menus at lightning fast speed with no lag at all even when pushed hard.  Screen-wise we have an Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels FHD and it just simply is a pleasure to look at. It’s bright, sharp and super colourful.

Yes there is a notch (like most new phones this year) but I really don’t see why there are so many complaints about notches anyway? The benefits of the super slim bezels as a result make it more than worth it to me.

Security and Unlocking

I have to take a minute to talk about Face ID here. When my girlfriend got her iPhone X at the start of the year, the most underwhelming thing about it was the Face ID.  It was choppy, sometimes worked sometimes didn’t and I routinely see her making funny faces trying to get it to open. Really when you spend that kind of money on a phone and laud a feature so much as Apple have done, then it really should just work shouldn’t it?  Well take note here because that’s exactly what happens here with the OnePlus 6. It just works, every time and flawlessly, to say I’m impressed is an understatement.

Storage

Storage wise the Red version I have here comes as standard with 128 GB which is more than enough for most people. There isn’t an option for additional SD card storage like some phones, but certainly not an issue for me.

Battery Life and Charging

As I say I’ve had the phone for a week now and am a fairly heavy user but still have failed to kill this battery. The 3300 mAh battery lasts me all day with plenty of juice left over before I go to bed.

If battery life is an issue though OnePlus use their own excellent dash charging system, using the proprietary wall charger and cable the OnePlus 6 can go from 0% to 60% charged in a mere 30mins which quite frankly is amazing. On top of that if you want to fully charge your device, in my tests, I’ve achieved this in just over 45mins from just over 0%, again wow!  I have seen some complaints about the lack of wireless charging but let’s be honest when you have dash charging and 60% battery in 30mins does this really matter?  Also with recent reports claiming wireless charging can be harmful to your battery health in the long run it’s no great loss as far as I’m concerned.

Camera

The OnePlus 6 main camera has a dual lens 16 mega pixel and 20 mega pixel setup which really helps to get that all-important bokeh effect everyone is looking for. In tests (sample photos below) I’ve found the camera more than stands up to the iPhone X my girlfriend has, and low light photos have been particularly impressive.  Photos are detailed and well exposed and the portrait mode working extremely well for those selfies.  Video-wise you can shoot in up to 4k  but like most people I only really want to record videos in 1080p HD and from my few tests the videos have turned out bright, detailed and stable (even with my wobbly hands).

colours are bright and true to life with plenty of detail in the finished image

 

 

 

Portrait mode on front facing camera

 

Indoors low light shots are impressive and detailed

Software

One bugbear I’ve had in the past with Android phones is manufactures insistence to skin and customise from the stock Android experience. In the case with my last Huawei phone they went so far to make it look and feel like a IOS device it took away from all the things that make Android a great operating system resulting in lagging pointless bloatware at times.  OnePlus have taken a different approach, while they have tweaked and slightly customised Android, they have only done so in a very minimal way – and the results make using the phone a fast, pleasurable experience.

 

Price Point

This is the thing to really shout about, the OnePlus 6 entry model (6GB ram and 64GB storage) can be had for only £469.00 and this Red edition at £519.00 this is an amazing price for a phone with these specs and features – especially when compared to the likes of Samsung and Apple. The OnePlus 6 is not only affordable but you aren’t compromising on features either.

In conclusion after a week I’m a total OnePlus convert, their motto of Never Settle is quite apt, they offer a good value product while not settling on value features, this feels like a premium device that is a pleasure to use and well isnt that red just beautiful?

 

The OnePlus 6 Red edition is out today and can be ordered direct from OnePlus here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spanish Craft Beer Showcase

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Spanish Craft Beer Showcase

Posted on 02 July 2018 by Chris Ford

Every one can name a Spanish beer. Lager brands like Estrella and San Miguel are the perfect thirst-quenching bevvy for scorching days, whether you’re in the Costa Del Sol, or Croydon.  I’ve just got back from a week in the Spanish sun myself and had more than my fair share of refreshing Mahous as I lounged by the pool. But while I was there, I got to thinking that I really don’t know what craft beers Spain has to offer. So I decided to find out! Here are my favourites.

La Pirata – Viakrucis IPA

ABV 6%

Style – IPA

La Pirata started off as a home brew (like many craft breweries seems to) and now with their own brewery based just outside Barcelona. Viakrucis IPA was their first beer made for sale to the public was born in 2012. A Golden orange colour with aromas of citrus and grapefruit I instantly loved this, al slight bitterness finishes off a very tasty IPA from LA Pirata.

Ceriux Rubia

ABV 5.4%

Style – Blonde

A blonde top fermented ale made from Perle, East Kent Golding and Cascade hops. Concentrated white grape juice is then added before secondary fermentation in bottle.  Very fruity I can definitely taste the grape here but it’s almost candy like, very nice and like nothing I’ve really had from a beer before. This is a must to check out.

Mala Gissona – Red Bay Rye Red Ale

ABV 5.2%

Style – Red Ale

The Mala Gissona brewery is based in Gipuzkoa in the Basque country. This red ale was brewed to celebrate the 1st expedition of Basque Whalers in Newfoundland and Labrador. A strong caramel flavour dominates this one for me with a fruity sweet finish, I’m not a massive red ale fan but this is a great example of red ales done right.

Beer Cat – Barcelona Blonde

ABV 5.0% 

Style – Blonde

Another brewery (as the beer name suggest) based in Barcelona. Beer Cat describe this Blonde as a homage to Catalonia and its capital city. This one was to me surprisingly hoppy with a nice underlying fruity aroma and subtle bitter finish. I really liked this beer!

La Pirata – Suria American Pale ale

ABV 5% Style – American Pale Ale

Lastly I tried another beer from La Pirata, this American Pale ale was a little disappointing. Flavours were a tad light for me , quite floral but not much else going on, it was pleasant enough but I don’t think I’d go back again for this one, I much preferred their Viakrucis.

 

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5 ways to luxe up the London experience

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5 ways to luxe up the London experience

Posted on 18 April 2018 by Chris Ford

Life can’t all be about penny-pinching and everyone deserves to live like a VIP sometimes. So we’ve taken these five quintessentially London experiences and shown you how to do them in style rather than slumming it with the hoi polloi.

 

Hospitality at Twickenham rugby game

Going to a football or rugby game in London is always great, with an amazing atmosphere but experiencing a game in a hospitality suite is something else entirely! Twickenham is the historical home of England rugby and Twickenham hospitality packages have a great mix to suit all tastes and budgets with dining options ranging from street food to a sit down four course meal as well as prime seats for the big game.

Private box at The Globe Theatre 

A reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse most famous for its links to Shakespeare sits on London’s Southbank. If there’s a gang of you, consider living it up Elizabethan style by renting out a Gentlemen’s Room – exclusive seating for up to ten guests. First you’ll dine in the Swan Restaurant before watching a performance in the Globe, along with complimentary programmes, cushions and blankets. There are more treats in the interval and you can chat about the play afterwards, enjoying a nightcap at a reserved area in the bar. Bravo!

Luxury limo tour of the sights 

If it’s London itself you want to see how about a private limo tour of the city?

Take in all the sites in the comfort of your own private car, 24-7 Limos say they can cover most of the major London sites within an hour all while sitting back with a chilled glass of champagne! Beats a blustery open top bus!

Private pod on the London Eye

A relatively new addition to the London skyline but already an iconic one, the London Eye is a giant ferris wheel sitting just off the river Thames.  From your private pod you can take in a panoramic view of the immense London cityscape. With fully customisable packages from birthdays, team building to weddings, the people from The London eye can even arrange a proposal capsule complete with photographer to capture the moment!

 

Luxury sleepover at London Zoo

Fancy sleeping with the lions?  Well you can sleep metres away from them if you take up London Zoos luxury sleepover experience. Included in the experience is a private guided afterhours tour of the zoo as well as amazing animal feeding experiences. Also included with your stay is a two course dinner and even breakfast in the morning!

 

 

 

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Abd el Wahab bring their Lebanese delights to  London

Abd el Wahab bring their Lebanese delights to London

Posted on 15 March 2018 by Chris Ford

A few weeks ago on an extremely cold snowy evening we were invited to the London opening of upscale Lebanese restaurant Abd el Wahab in Belgravia.

Abd el Wahab is named after the street in Beirut where their original restaurant still stands, and now has 45 locations in the Middle East. But this London opening marks their first European venture. , With a strong reputation for both their food and service, we were eager to try their famed dishes for ourselves.

Upon entering Abd el Wahab we were greeted with a bright modern clean relaxed space which while feeling extremely high end was welcoming at the same time.

The five course feast that followed was nothing short of amazing.  Having never really experienced Lebanese cuisine before I wasn’t really sure what to expect other than of course the hummus (which was amazing) but the sheer variety of flavours and dishes on offer was a real treat. Each course was brought to our table family style (which I’m a big fan of) enabling us to try a wide variety of what’s on offer.

Hummus with Chickpeas

Highlights were of course the previously mentioned hummus but we really enjoyed the platter of grilled meats including their amazing mixed grill platter featuring grilled lamb koftas and cubed chicken as well as the extremely moreish cheese pastries which I had stop myself from eating the whole plate of! We finished with final course of desert consisting of some wonderfully palate cleansing fresh fruit as well as their decadent pistachio baklawa stuffed with ashta (pictured) to finish.

pistachio baklawa stuffed with ashta

A big surprise for us though was the fantastic wine on offer. Not previously knowing the Lebanese even made wine we thoroughly enjoyed the Lebanese wine on offer from Abd el Wahab’s cellar which they are rightly very proud of. As well as the Lebanese wines Abd el Wahab of course offer wines from around the world to cater for all tastes.

Abd el Wahab is a very welcome addition to the London food scene which really would recommend you go and try for yourself, speaking to the manager they have big plans for the building including in the coming months a cigar lounge in the basement with a fully stocked humidor, what a better way to end your meal that a cigar afterwards? I know I will be returning to do just that!

Where:

Abd el Wahab , 1-3 Pont St, Belgravia, London SW1X 9EJ

Abd El Wahab

Nearest Tube : Sloane Square

 

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London’s Soho Through The Ages

London’s Soho Through The Ages

Posted on 07 February 2018 by Chris Ford

HBO’s The Deuce, released on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download 12th February 2018, stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and explores 1970s New York and the rise of the pornographic industry within the area.

During this era the streets of New York were wild and dangerous and became a centre for mobsters, pimps, prostitutes, sex shops, drugs and gangs before the area was swept clean with major department stores, McDonalds and Starbucks cafes – the New York we know of today. The Deuce faithfully recreates some of the notorious Time Square destinations and gives viewers an up-close look at this gritty world of sex and crime.

 

London of course has  it’s very own version of a red light district named Soho. Once known as the biggest sex district in the U.K. we’ve taken a look at how the infamous area has transformed itself from London’s sleazy heartland, to fashionable up market restaurants and retail outlets over the last decades.

 

In the 1970s and 80s Soho was a den for sex shops and clubs, which the area became renowned for. There were over 160 sex shops and around 40 flats were used for prostitution in the neighborhood. At the time, Soho was the only place in England where sex was visibly on sale – in adult cinemas, sex shops, strip clubs, peep shows and stag clubs.

By the mid 80s things began to change. Westminster council, under pressure from high-end residents in the area, began clamping down on the sex trade, refusing to renew licenses for sex shops and closed many illegal video shops that sprung up in the central London pocket.

Within 5 years the gay community moved in taking over shops and bars and by the 1990s Soho became a vibrant hub of clubs, cafes and shops fuelled by the “pink pound”.  Clubs such as G.A.Y, Village and Heaven started popping up everywhere and Old Compton Street became the capital’s gay epicenter.

Soho has also been home to some of the best clubs and bars including the world’s most famous Jazz club Ronnie Scott’s which was opened by Ronnie himself in 1959. It’s attracted some of the world’s biggest musicians in the industry such as Chick Corea, Miles Davis and Dave Holland all having performed in the legendary club.

Madame Jojos was around for about 50 years before it was closed in 2014 after having its license revoked on 29 March 2014. Long established as the West End’s finest club for burlesque and cabaret shows, comedy nights, music gigs and legendary club nights. It was White Heat from 2007, a weekly club night that hosted gigs for some of the world’s biggest names including Adele, The XX, Lorde and The Klaxons.

In the 1990’s the area was also a mecca for record shops. There were over 20 independent stores on Berwick Street alone, but fast forward to today and there are only a mere 3 record stores still in existent in the area.

Legendary vinyl shops such as Vinyl Junkie, Black Market and Sister Ray – once essential hubs for world class DJs such as Groove Amarda, Giles Peterson, Norman Jay, Carl Cox, Goldie, Shy FX and the cult vinyl collector all closed shop since the dying of vinyl and the considerable amount of gentrification to Soho.

Although fashionable private members clubs have been around since the famous Groucho emerged in the 80s private members clubs are still as hot as ever. Attracting celebrities, royalty and the creative industry, clubs such as Soho House, The Ivy, Century Club and Library gives folks somewhere cool to go for date spots, an alternative office or for somewhere to escape for a late night drink or to snort cocaine.

This is the Soho as we know of today; customers queuing outside the latest super-trendy cafes and restaurants. In this picture you can see customers queuing to get into The Breakfast Club, for some hipster breakfast! The restaurant scene in Soho has never been hotter and has a killer range of restaurants to satisfy any culinary craving.  Some of the best cafes & restaurants include Soho Grind, The Milk Bar, Flat Iron, Zelman Meats, Bone Daddies, Chotto Matte and Cay Tire.

The Deuce out on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download 12th February 2018.

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Nokia Steel HR – More than just a pretty face

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Nokia Steel HR – More than just a pretty face

Posted on 19 December 2017 by Chris Ford

My phone, my iPad, Bluetooth headphones, electric toothbrush, and Bluetooth speaker.  The last thing I needed in my life was another gadget that needed charging every day.  But I did want a fitness watch. And that’s just one of the reasons I love the Nokia Steel HR, with its battery life that lasts 25 days on a single charge. Then just an hour or so in its dock and it’s fully charged and ready to go again. But the super battery is not the only killer feature of this nifty bit of kit.

Another thing that makes the Nokia Steel HR stand out from its competitors is the simple, smart design. It’s subtle and sleek, easy to wear with any outfit. And for a more high-end look you can even purchase leather straps to replace the silicon ones it comes with. It could easily be mistaken for an analogue watch, apart from two small circles – which make it more than just a pretty face.

 

The lower circle shows at a glance how far you’ve got towards your daily steps goal – set on the accompanying app. The top circle is the techy bit – a screen activated by pushing a button the side – which shows the date, time, heart rate, number of steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned as well as alarm set and the remaining battery life in turn.

The watch will light up and vibrate with notifications such as texts, calls or reminders from your phone. It’s handy to peek at who is getting in touch before digging your phone out your bag or excusing yourself from a meeting only to answer a call that turns out to be from a company asking if you’ve had an accident that’s not your fault.

 

The heart rate monitor kicks in sporadically throughout the day, giving you an average of your day. But by pressing the side button and holding it down you activate the heart rate monitor to track you constantly – which is great to get a more accurate reading while exercising. It also sends the info of your workout to partner apps, like MyFitnessPal or Apple Health so calories burned can be taken into account. The Nokia Health Mate app itself is simple to use and attractive.

 

The watch is comfy too – and waterproof so you can leave it on and forget about it even when sleeping or showering. Or even when going for a swim.

There are only two areas for me where there’s room for improvement. Firstly, it’s not super accurate tracking sleep, and often estimates that I’ve fallen asleep much earlier than I have (though this is usually when I’m flaked out on the sofa binging Netflix, so maybe that’s understandable…). Also, I’d love to see the watch working with third-party apps, such as Whats-App. Maybe this is something that Nokia can offer in the future?

 

Overall I’m so impressed with the Nokia Steel HR and have had lots of compliments and enquiries from friends and colleagues. It’s the perfect device for someone like me. Not a fitness freak or techy nerd. Just someone who wants to simply track their fitness and stay connected – without sacrificing style.

 

The Nokia Steel HR is available now for £169.99 from Amazon by clicking here.

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Top Christmas Gifts for the Gentlemen in your Life 2017

Top Christmas Gifts for the Gentlemen in your Life 2017

Posted on 05 December 2017 by Chris Ford

There’s not long to go now but if like us you have left things to the last minute then heres our pick of the awesome products we have seen over the last 12 months that most guys would love in their Christmas stocking this year…

Booze

The spirit of choice in the GG’s office is whiskey, and here are two of our faves from this year:

Woodford Reserve

first introduced to the market in 1996 its a relatively new player on the scene but still a firm favourite in our office and with whiskey lovers alike, you will seriously impress if you select Woodford for your loved one this Christmas.  £20.99 here

Loch Lomond Gift Pack

Gift a journey through Loch Lomond with this specially created Loch Lomond Highland Single Malt Taster Pack.

Whisky lovers can discover a selection of Loch Lomond whiskies with this collection of 3 x 5cl miniature bottles of Loch Lomond Original, Loch Lomond 12 Year Old and Loch Lomond 18 Year Old, presented in an eye-catching gift box.

This gift pack showcases some of Loch Lomond’s very best single malt whiskies from the Scottish Highlands region.  £22.99  here

 

Grooming

The Bluebeards Revenge Beard grooming kit

Untangle knots and transform your beard into a masculine masterpiece with The Bluebeards Revenge Beard Grooming Kit.

The kit consists of a pocket-friendly travel beard grooming kit comprising of a travel beard brush and travel beard oil, perfect for those weekend breaks you are already planning for 2018!  £23.99 from  www.shaving-shack.com

 

Tech

Nokia Steel HR

With classic watch stylings and all the health related options you would expect from most smart watches now (including a heart rate monitor) the Nokia HR has been a real winner for me for the week I’ve had it so far. The best thing about it for me though is its packing a whopping 20 day battery so there isn’t the need to add another device to the pile you end up sticking on charge each night.

The software is easy to use and links up with the My Fitness Pal app which I was already using to calculate calories burned and match up with food entered etc.  A more extensive review will follow but I had to include this, consider me impressed.  £169.95  from Amazon

Propel Star Wars Drones

We went to the launch of these a few months ago see the post here.  These are true big boys toys for the Star Wars fan in your life, with organised meetups alleady going on to battle with strangers you don’t even need to know someone else with one. Imagine piloting your own xwing and battling with a tie fighter?  Well now you can get yours for £139.99 now.

Threads

Turnbull & Asser – I’m not fashion icon, but I’ve always been drawn to good quality and Turnbull & Asser are certainly that.  Specializing in formal mens shirts of outstanding quality that are built to last,  and while you may end up spending upwards of £90 on a shirt you will have that shirt for a long time.  I’ve still got some of my Turnbull & Asser shirts I bought near 15 years ago and once washed and pressed they look as good as they day I bought them … Invest in quality.  turnbullandasser.co.uk

 

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V-MODA: Crossfade 2 Wireless – Review

V-MODA: Crossfade 2 Wireless – Review

Posted on 07 November 2017 by Chris Ford

 

Recently V-Moda sent over their new flag ship Bluetooth headphones the Crossfade 2 Wireless for us to take a look at, and my hour long commute each day I took them on a two week trial run. Here’s my thoughts on how they stack up to my current headphones the Bose QC35’s.

Sound Quality

I’ve used a variety of Bluetooth headphones over the years (most recently the direct competitor to to these Vmodas the Bose QC35) and I was instantly struck by the sound, both power, clarity of bass all very strong, these quite frankly make my Bose headphones sound muddy! And I was totally happy with them beforehand.

Noise Cancelling

So the V-Modas do not have active noise cancelling instead they use what they call passive noise isolation. The ear cups are extremely well insulted meaning a natural barrier to outside noise without the need for powered assistance, and yes it does work quite well. Is the noise cancelling as good as something like the Bose QC 35? Well no not quite but it’s not far off. On a packed train to work I could hear my music crisply and clearly without the distraction of the rumbling train, again on a short flight to Belgium the noise cancelling was just as affective  without the power draining ANC on something like the Bose.

Battery Life

On battery life they beat competitors hands down,  with a 15% Longer Battery than than the original Crossfade this bigger battery provides up to 14+ hours of music with no ANC and they can also be used with the cable even when the juice dies which was a massive plus to me when testing.

Comfort

The Vmoda crossfade 2 are extremely comfortable, Id go as far to say they are a pleasure to put on my ears, with some over ear headphones I find they pinch my ears but the Vmoda’s comfortably surround my ears with the memory foam cushions blocking the outside world wonderfully

Looks & Design

The Vmoda Crossfades 2 come in a striking and a tad unusal design compared to a lot of cans but that’s no bad thing, there’s also the ability to change the side plates for different colours or even custom engravings if you really want that bespoke feel.

Using Vmodas ‘CliqFold Hinge’ the headphones fold into an impossibly small exoskeleton case perfect for on the go and traveling.

Conclusion

I have been really impressed by the Vmoda Crossfade 2. The sound quality , battery life and comfort are all on point, there is a slight compromise on noise cancelling abilities compared to some active noise cancelling models out there but the foam cups in our  testing did a excellent job blocking the outside world.

Vmoda Crossfade 2 Wiresless are out now and currently £279.99 on Amazon.co.uk

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Christmas at the Casino? You bet!

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Christmas at the Casino? You bet!

Posted on 02 October 2017 by Chris Ford

Confession. I’m not much of a gambler. In fact even fruit machines confuse me! Which is why when Grosvenor Casinos asked if I fancied popping down to experience some of their Christmas casino offerings I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Thankfully, the moment we walked in staff were welcoming and only too happy to guide us where to go and the dos and don’ts of the casino, so even a beginner like me couldn’t get lost. I went from a little scared to completely at ease in a matter of seconds, a great first impression.

The casino itself is a buzzing hive of activity, flashing lights surround you, with sections for slots, roulette and black jack tables scattered around as well as several bars to either celebrate your win (or drown your sorrows!)

Food and Drink

I think what surprised me the most having never been to a casino was that  Grosvenor have a fully-fledged restaurant menu as well as several bars in their casinos I’m not sure if people come to the casino just to have a steak and a cocktail but you can certainly do just that! For Christmas Grosvenor Casinos have a special party menu which will  be launched from November, which includes starters such as Prawn Cocktail With Marie Rose Sauce, On Crisp Iceberg Lettuce, Topped With Smoked Salmon And Chives, or mains such as Roast Turkey Breast Served With A Cranberry Thyme And Smoked Bacon Stuffing And Pigs In Blankets. Also on offer are a selection of desserts including Raspberry And Hazelnut Meringue Roulade On Raspberry Sauce. You can pick from the set menu or create your own package with options including Festive Fork Buffets or Vegetarian Festive Sharing Platters.

 

How To gamble?

The main reason we came here was of course to learn how to gamble and Grosvenor are obviously keen for you to do just that. They have come up with the great idea of holding some gaming how-to sessions, where as a group – such as an office Christmas party or a group of friends – can learn with the help of one of their experienced croupiers the art of black jack or roulette.

Using practice chips but on a real table we had the ability to grasp the basics of the games while the croupier would give us pointers and tips along the way. I did this with a small group of people I’d never met before and it really was a real fun friendly environment we had a great time getting to know each other and laughing at each other’s bad bets. I could imagine this being a fantastic team building event – don’t chat to Roger in accounts much?  Well after 30 mins learning blackjack maybe he could be your new best mate!

The Real Deal

Once we had learnt the basics we were given £10 in real chips to go and try our luck on the main tables. I chose to give roulette a go. My first observation was in a real game situation its very fast-paced, lots of serious players laying down bets, despite this the croupier managed to find time to advise me on the bet I had placed and help with a few minor queries I had during my time at the table. I will be honest I have no idea how she was able to multitask with all that was going on but the atmosphere even on the real table remained friendly and fun.  I certainly enjoyed myself and managed to walk away with £60 in winnings! Not bad at all for a beginner I thought.

I will definitely recommend giving the casino experience a go as a Christmas gift or for a team night out, casinos don’t have to be scary places and I left Grosvenor vowing to return very soon.

 

Experience packages start at £20 per person.  More information can be found here: http://www.grosvenorcasinoslondon.com/experience-packages/

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Propel Launch Star Wars Battle Drones

Propel Launch Star Wars Battle Drones

Posted on 31 August 2017 by Chris Ford

Recently I received a rather exciting email, “would you like to come to Brussels for a Start Wars product launch it “ it said , well rather excitedly I of course said yes!

The launch was for a Propels new Star Wars drones, yes you read that right STAR WARS DRONES! These aren’t what you would usually think of drones as, they don’t have cameras these drones are made to battle! The drones come in the familiar shape of a X-Wing Star fighter, Darth Vaders Tie Advanced fighter, and a Speeder bike.

The idea is you get two of these together and battle each other shooting the built in laser blaster to score points and eventually down your opponent.

 

 

Tech

I think the first thing that struck me is the great deal of thought and detail that has gone into designing these drones, for a start there is  the Li Fi technology use in the drones laser scoring system (li-fi is a system similar to wifi except it uses light instead of radio waves to send and receive data).

We then have things like when your x-wing or Tie Fighter takes a hit, not only do you hear it through authentic star wars sound affects you also see the drone physically react to the hit.

 

The Propel Star Wars drones also feature integrated flight control algorithms for various types of high-precision multiplayer air battles, including a new T Mode (Training Mode) for first-time flyers, which creates an invisible aura around you and makes the drone easier to control. Special manoeuvres like corkscrew rolls in forward flight and innovative reverse propulsion drone technology enable the craft to reproduce the famous flight action in Star Wars , imagine spinning your drone in mid air just like in the movies?  Well the Propel can do it!

Packaging

This first quadrocopter edition comes in a presentation box with a wax seal and a three-dimensional scale model of the craft on the front. When the top of the box is opened, the box lights up and various soundbites as well as the Star Wars theme are played through speakers which are integrated in the box. Each box and drone has a unique serial number making these drones Im sure highly collectable as well as being seriously impressive I mean who does this with their packaging?

Learning To Fly

The App

 

Propel have also produced a App for both Iphone and Android to help you get the most out of your drone. The initial release will be a flight simulator with 34 training modes to train you from cadet to admiral status, the app syncs your remote controlleryour phone via Bluetooth and movement mimics the actual live flight experience allowing you to perfect your piloting before taking on your mates in battle!

 

 

Durability

Obviously a concern with anything like this especially when its designed to battle is durability so its good to know that Propel are offering a comprehensive parts replacement service and even include a 12 months unlimited parts replacement service so if you do get into a scrape you are covered.

Battles

 

A big appeal of the Propel drones is of course the ability to battle others,  Propel plan to organise battle arena events like the ones in our videos around the country as well as the ability to arrange your own battles via social networks  and the Propel app there should be no shortage of people to battle.

 

Our Verdict

 

I think it’s clear from this review we are pretty impressed with what Propel have done with their Star Wars Battle drones the attention to detail is insane and Im sure anyone from the casual fan to the serious obsessive will be impressed with what they have done, my only gripe would be the battery last for 8mins which isn’t long but you do get two batteries and can buy more via Propels parts service so all is not lost there either.

The Propel Star Wars Battle Drones are available in the UK from 1st September 2017 with the individually numbered Collector’s Edition available exclusively from John Lewis at a price of £199.

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