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Gadget Man – Episode 8 – Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

Hear Matt chat about the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition.  After planning to do some lovely footage at Cove Hithe in Suffolk, the AR.Drone 2.0 didn’t wan’t to play nicely. Hear all about it here. Also we preview the iRobot Roomba 880 autonomous Vacuum Cleaner!!

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 – Size is sometimes everything!

Samsung have never been a company to flinch to competition, and the big screen tablet market is no different here. The Tab Pro may not be the best tablet on the market, but it’s one of the best media consumption devices you’re going to find. Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 – Size is sometimes everything!

Gadget Man – Episode 7 – Smart Ebike from Mercedes Benz

This week we talk about Matt’s seven days with the Smart Ebike from Mercedes Benz.  The bike is built from the ground up to be an pedelec bike, with futuristic looks and amazing features. A true ‘gadget’ for the 21st century.

Special thanks to Carl Beer at Ipswich Mercedes for arranging the loan of the bike and for being incredibly helpful and informative prior to picking the bike up!!

The Smart Ebike from Mercedes Benz – Update July 2020

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Smart eBike Support in the UK – 1 July 2020

I get quite a large number of messages in the UK requesting assistance with the Smart eBike. Whilst I am also an eBike owner, I also fall into the category of everyone else with regard to problem-solving and troubleshooting issues with our bikes. I have actually reached out to Mercedes Benz and highlighted the issue of ongoing support from them on these bikes, which of course cost all of us a fairly hefty sum of money at the time of purchase. 

Personally, I have struggled to get support with my bike and had to bend several peoples eardrums to get a result after feeling left high-and-dry in the event of needing assistance. I personally was successful getting the repair work done on my Smart eBike whilst also having a Firmware update to boot. The technician at Smart was very helpful and in fact, was excited to be involved in the maintenance of a vehicle that was no longer manufactured. This involved the installation of software on his PC and connection directly to the bike. It might well be a good time for Smart to release this software into the public domain to allow for their customers to continue to maintain their bikes for years to come.

This does continue to feel unfair as I have (like many others) approached bike repair shops for assistance and have got absolutely nowhere! So indeed the only port of call continues to be Mercedes Benz themselves.

So, the official line is that in event of any issues with your Smart eBike, you should contact Mercedes-Benz Customer Care on the following email address [email protected].  I am reliably informed that you will be assisted with your query.

You can also view the Smart eBike Owners manual online using this link. Now read on!!

Matt Porter – 1 July 2020


Last Saturday I visited Lancaster Mercedes in Ipswich, an hour later I left with a beautifully designed and engineered German machine. But this wasn’t an AMG SLK, this was the ‘smart e-bike’.
Continue reading The Smart Ebike from Mercedes Benz – Update July 2020

Google Chromecast,

Here at Gadget Man, we appear to go for the heavy hitters. I don’t think we’ve looked at a device that is below £100 yet, so today we’re going to change the pace with an insanely cool piece of affordable tech. Let’s take a look at the Chromecast. Continue reading Google Chromecast,

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, amazing zoom and functionality

If you’re looking for a decent camera with the functionality and ease of access commonly associated with the Android operating system, you may be in luck with the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2.  Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, amazing zoom and functionality

Gadget Man – Episode 6 – Smart Ebike, My Puppy Maths and Money, Go Pro Hero 3, Sony Action Cam and Drone talk

The electric bike mega test continues with the smart ebike from Lancaster Mercedes in Ipswich. We review My Puppy Maths and Money from Ipswich Building Society. Chat about Go Pro’s and Sony Actioncam’s and talk about drones filming from the air.

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For more information about My Puppy Maths and Money click here

Here is James Hazell’s drone footage from Suffolk Coast Day

BBC Radio Suffolk Coast Day from Merlin on Vimeo.

Here is the footage of 4th of July fireworks from a drone in the USA

Finding your car with mobile Apps

Have you ever lost your car in he car park after coming back from shopping?

I have, I spent an hour looking around the wrong car park in Welwyn Garden City once…. How silly is that?

Listen to Matt talking to Mark Murphy about Car Finder apps.

Sony Smartband…. This could be the wearable of the year!

When we received the Sony Smartband along with an Xperia Z2, it left us in a bit of a quandry.

The Xperia Z2 is a very nicely designed big screen handset, with lovely  stereo sound and expansive bright screen. In fact all of the features that make you want to pick it up and play with it.
Continue reading Sony Smartband…. This could be the wearable of the year!

Festival Season is here, does the Moto G save the day?

Moto G AppsWith the ‘Festival Season’ now is full swing and Glastonbury now just a faint memory, music lovers now look forward to ‘T in the Park’ on the 11th July.

What people can expect for certain is that the coming weeks are going to provide people with the chance to see their rock idols in amazing locations and share that experience with thousands of other fans!
Continue reading Festival Season is here, does the Moto G save the day?