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The Gadget Man – Episode 22 – BMW i8

BMW i8 from Cooper BMW
BMW i8 from Cooper BMW

Completing our reviews of BMW electric vehicles (or EV’s), this week we talk about the BMW i8 Super car.



The i8 was one the most exciting vehicle I have been able to drive, and again; a BIG shout out to Matt Dawson at Cooper BMW Ipswich and Emily Adcock at Cooper BMW Norwich for providing the car for review. What an amazing opportunity, Matt went to a great deal of effort and Emily was amazing with her describing the car and demonstrating it’s features.

Full reviews of both the BMW i3 and BMW i8 are in the pipeline. For now, listen to myself and Mark Murphy chatting about the i8 on BBC Radio Suffolk this morning.

The interior of the BMW i8 is amazing in its own right
The interior of the BMW i8 is amazing in its own right
Matt Porter and Emily Adcock from Cooper BMW Norwich
Matt Porter and Emily Adcock from Cooper BMW Norwich

The Gadget Man – Episode 21 – BMW i3

BMW i3 front view
BMW i3 front view

Staying on the subject electric cars (or EV’s), this week we talk about the BMW i3, a supermini sized electric vehicle. I really enjoyed driving this vehicle and I am massively appreciative of the help I received in organising the use of the car from Matt Dawson at Cooper BMW Ipswich and Emily Adcock at Cooper BMW Norwich. Both dealerships went way beyond the call of duty to help us out.

Don’t forget to tune in next week as I also had a test drive in BMW’s i8, which was something to behold!!

BMW i3 Rear View
BMW i3 Rear View
Electric Charge Points at Waitrose in Ipswich
Electric Charge Points at Waitrose in Ipswich

Hello Zoe!! Breathe easy with the whisper quiet family sized electric vehicle from Renault

We were very lucky to have been given the opportunity to review the Renault Twizy, so upon arrival at Bristo’s Ipswich  we were really looking forward to trying out the full sized family friendly electric car from Renault. We are of course referring to the Zoe. Continue reading Hello Zoe!! Breathe easy with the whisper quiet family sized electric vehicle from Renault

The Gadget Man Episode 20 Chromecast

This week we chat about the Google Chromecast, a very nice little thumb sized gadget that allows your to stream your videos, images and music from your Android phone, Tablet, iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac (providing you are using Chrome browser) or Chromebook.

Google uses the term ‘casting’, similar to cast a fishing rod, but put more simply you are controlling your audio or video using your mobile device and then playing it to a TV connected to the Chromecast.

Jack reviewed the Chromecast back in July, you can read it here.

Nexus 9 is here, running Lollipop and it’s built by HTC

Google and HTC have officially announced their newest line of Nexus devices after months of speculation that the Nexus was no more.

With pretty impressive specifications, form factor and screen size to rival the iPad, the Nexus 9 comes with brand new 64bit Tegra K1 processor, Android 5.0 Lollipop and optional magnetic connect keyboard. Along with HTC’s much vaunted Boomsound™ front mounted stereo speakers, this could be the device that HTC has been waiting for to claw back some market share for it’s old rivals.

HTC was responsible for launching the Nexus range with Nexus One back in 2010, but since then has conceded to standing back and watching Samsung, LG and Asus steadily produce Google’s products. However it looks like the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 have been removed from Google’s Play Store. Leaving the Nexus 5 (from LG), the brand new Nexus 6 (from Motorola, lets hope Philip K Dick’s estate have given the OK for this naming).

Full specs can be found here, the tablet is priced at £319 for the 16gb version and £399 for the 32gb model. Available in Lunar White and Indigo Black with an interesting Sand coloured model ‘available soon’. You can pre-order now, with shipping in 2-3 weeks.

To read the original blog post click here

The Gadget Man Episode 19 – C63 AMG Edition 507

This week Matt chats to Mark Matthews about the AMG Drive Experience he attended at the weekend at Ipswich Mercedes.

Find out what it’s like to ride in a 507bhp car electronically limited to 174mph!!!

Big thanks to Carl Beer and everyone else at Lancaster Mercedes who made the experience so memorable!!

The Gadget Man – Episode 18 – Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3

LG G3 from Three - 2GB Data, All-you-can-eat Minutes

This week we chat about the alternatives to iPhones that are available.

Most popular is the Samsung Galaxy S5 with its faux leather back and amazing functions. We also talk about the LG G3 which has an amazing Quad HD screen  and laser focus camera technology. Both devices can record 4K video and a massive amount of other functions.

Thanks as ever to Iyesha and Laura at Kazoo for the loan of the Galaxy S5 and also thanks to LGOne for the loan of the G3


The Gadget Man – Episode 17 – Samsung Smart TV – Open WIFI – Shellshocked

This week we talk about the Samsung Series 6 32″ Smart LED TV, the potential dangers of connecting to open WiFi access points and the worldwide server vulnerability better known as ‘shellshocked’.

Lots of exciting things coming up, included more electric car fun from BMW. Don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes or your favourite podcast software, you can also find us on Google Play Newstand.

Check your website (or anyone else’s) for the shellshock bug here


Gadget Man – Episode 14 – Renault Zoe

The Renault Zoe, Kindly provided by Peter at Bristos Ipswich
The Renault Zoe, Kindly provided by Peter at Bristos Ipswich

This week we review the Renault Zoe Electric Car. This is a full sized 5 door hatchback and it really was absolutely amazing to drive. If you haven’t test driven an electric vehicle, you should. You will be surprised at the performance and comfort.

Massive thanks to ‘Electric’ Pete Frost at Bristos Renault for being so helpful at a very busy time!!

Peter Frost

Above image displayed in the Renault Zoe over the weekend!!

Gadget Man – Ice Bucket Challenge

Matt was asked for his take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge which has become an Facebook and Twitter sensation. Mark asked Matt where it started and if it is the most viral craze seen so far on social networks.

Scroll down the our audio player to hear what Matt had to say.

Below is Matts Ice Bucket Challenge and Marks reply which he bravely did in front of a packed house at Ipswich Town Football Club at Portman Road Stadium.

Matt Porter – Ice Bucket Challenge

Mark Murphy – Ice Bucket Challenge

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