Monday, 27 January 2014

PSYC Capella Earphones

So with my life in general, getting places requires me to do what people try to accompany in their lives as an extra nessecity, walking or running. Now i run to work everyday, listening to a vast amount of music, from Anime Soundtracks to even some of the Sonic Colors OST. As well as running from place to place and even 16 miles or more on a night out. So when headphones break, it kind of makes me shocked and annoyed at the same time, mostly with one of the earphones deciding to cut out without having to twist the wires.

So picking new earphones is usually tricky, i have a budget of £10, now that is pretty poor for most listening but i'm more selfless or investing it into love related ventures which is more important. But i've noticed these earphones that i've been selling in work for a few months recently, Made by Sumvision under the PSYC branding, i show you the Capella:
The front of the Box, with the artwork as well as my work's pricetag. 

The rear of the box, which shows the features of the earphones, like the design, the extra ear plugs, the pouch

The left hand side of the box, with the devices it can support, but anything with a 3.5mm Jack will play sound, although the listed devices will support the Microphone built in

The right hand side of the box, with the barcode and a small summary

The inside of the box, well the front is actually just a cover, which includes the actual earphones themselves and some more text and artwork on the left hand side. 

Another look at the box with the earphones outside of the box. You can really feel the vibrant red on these

Now the packaging is really vibrant ant impressive, it also attracts me more than the previous headphones i've purchased, like ones from poundland to some Panasonic ones i buy from Towels at various times. But unboxing these was quite easy, except for worrying if getting the earbuds out of the plastic casing would rip the cable, but it didn't, even though it is best to be careful.  Although you would think it would just contain the earphones, it actually does have some nice extras which i'll list below:

  • The earphones themselves
  • A Pouch to put the earphones in
  • A bag with some extra caps for the earphones
The contents of the item, which is listed above. 
Now the pouch is a simple but actually quite a huge sized pouch for the earphones, which is a better than having one that doesn't fit the earphones type pouch. Also the length of them is a decent sized length which is really useful, its even long enough to tuck the wire inside my wirefronts and then have at the pocket which my phone is in, to help hide away the wiring, which is useful when Dancing in a nightclub or maybe even in a fight, they are about 1.2 to 1.5m, its funny since the box doesn't mention the length. But if you want to know how long that is then have a look at them below:
This is just to show the length of them, which is quite long and they are not that easy to get tangled, which is a good bonus, leads can get tangled badly with my life.
So now it was the time to actually see if they fit my ears, now the caps are quite nice but i'm going to be honest and they did fall out quite easily, which is going to be an issue, either that or i have too much ear wax inside of my ears, But this can be solved with some glue and broken sports earphones. Even from an attempted picture of these in my ears, they were and felt close to dropping out. 
The earphones in my ear, they do look kinda loose.

Now it comes to the point of earphones.....The Sound. 
This has impressed me and i will give a quick simple bullet point on how my first test with them went when running home from work, it was quite nice but not everything is perfect:
  • Quality is superb - there was no feeling of it being tinny at any point
  • Really amazing Bass - when i was running across the park to one of my favourite songs, part of it felt like a club vibe. 
  • There is a nice depth of loundness to it, which can help immerse myself in the music, ok its not recommended when running across the moors at 3am at night after raving at a nightclub (jesters) but its nice nontheless.
  • The earphones dropped out of me at least 3 full times and 5 times where my hands had it pushed in before, but this is a common problem with earphones with no ear hooks on
  • The 3.5mm connector isn't a Right Angled one, which can be bad but the connector has a slight angle so it isn't going to fully need to bend. 

So i was reasonably happy with them, they are some good ones to buy. I'm feeling its well worth the £10, sure there are no ear hooks but i think with some DIY skills, i can fix that. 

omracer's Rating: 7/10

  • Loud
  • Good pakaging and design
  • Nice Bass

  • No ear hook to help it stay on your ear
  • It can easily fall out of your ear
Now buying them isn't as simple for everyone as it would be. Yes you can buy from amazon which i'll link below, but not all shops sell them, luckily if you live in Tavistock, 23 market street has a nice stock of them, there are two other shops in plymouth to buy them. But you will be looking at least £12 for them, anywhere, or if you have a discount at a shop which sells them. 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

NAM-GEAR G40C Android Phone

So the story of how this review came out was a surprising one, a week ago i was checking my Youtube Subscriptions, one was of the IAAPA Expo from Namco's point of view, which you can see below:

Now when watching this it suddenly occured to me, in an expression of "WAIT, NAMCO MAKE ANDROID PHONES" and so after looking around and even looking at the namco site.  I decided to look into buying the NAM-GEAR G40C, now i did find on on ebay for £20 + £4.95 P&P . So i did bid on it and then it came to Wednesday which then i won the auction, paid £29.95 for it over paypal 5 hours later and was PM'med that it would arrive either Tuesday or Wednesday, which would of been a shame since i've got major plans for those days.

The Arrival

But i was working on Saturday and i got a delivery through the post, it turns out the seller used 2nd class signed for and then it was with me. Although i wasn't going to review it during work, since i would end up distracted and it would of been annoying for everyone, i did it later on in the evening, after watching Die Another Day. For Now, you can enjoy the pictures of the Phone's outer packaging below:

The front of the box for the phone. 
The right side of the box, to show off the slimness of the phone 

The top of the box, with the Namco Nam Gear Logo

The Left side of the box, with the Name and model. 

The Rear of the box, which include the description, the Specs and the barcode

So the packaging is quite clean and simple which makes it easier to see and it does have that Namco feel to it. But then it was later on and i decided to get the video review done, which i show you how it looks as well as test it and try the internet as well as a few applications and games

The Unboxing:

Now the box was easy to open up and the phone and manuals were the first thing you would see when opening it, Enjoy some pictures of the Manual, there isn't much i can say here, it actually is quite a fair bit more documented than laptops and even some of the other high end android phones have, which for the novice is quite a bonus. 
The front of the Manual

The first few pages - which include some notes as well as the features and picture of the phone. 

This part of the manual is more on the how to part, like setting up the Wifi, using bluetooth and how to even text someone

The final pages of the manual, the Technical Specs, which actually might not be all as it seems, but i'll mention that int a minute, This is a good thing with some namco products, manuals help everything.

Before i get to the main point of the phone itself, there was actually some things extra that it did come with, which is the standard with most other phones and the like. But one thing was slightly different, the fact it came with 2 different USB Chargers instead of the one, but that makes sense since this was also sold to european arcades as well as British ones.
The contents of the box, which includes:
1 x UK USB Charger
1 x EU USB Charger
1 x Micro USB Cable
1 x Pair of Headphones
1 x Battery (Not shown since by this point, i had fitted it into the phone
1 x Warranty Document
Now this was quite a neat amount to get going with, sure the headphones are rubbish and the cable is starting to wear itsway out without even being used ones, well i did fall asleep with them in my ears overnight, to test them on my main phone. The USB Chargers are just your bog standard 5V 2A USB which isn't ideal for Tablets. But now on to the Phone itself.

The phone is quite a slim shape with the stock Android Navigation Bar buttons as the soft keys, along with a power button at the top, volume keys on the right side ofthe phone, the Micro USB and 3.5mm jack was along the top and the speaker at the back, along with the NAM GEAR Logo.

The front of the phone, with the home screen, notice is looks very much like 2.3 (Gingerbread)

The Back of the phone, with the trademarks as well as a camera and a speaker

The back of the phone with the cover off and the battery inside, oh and a 2GB SD card i had somewhere,  its a simple look, nothing too advanced, but actually quite similar to my phone

The Right side of the phone, to show how slim it is and how the volume buttons looks

The left side of the phone

The top of the phone, with the Power button, the Micro USB port and the 3.5mm Headphone jack

The bottom of the phone, which has a microphone and thats about it

Using the phone. 

The phone had some charge in the battery so it was a simple case of turning it on, the setup was simple, although me typing on the keyboards was quite bad, but it was quite responsive for a single core phone. The Browser worked fine, it loaded up the BBC and Google quite fast. Installing Youtube was neat as well, although the keyboard problem was the worst at this point, it played my recent video fine
Trying Youtube out on the phone, it worked fine but the keyboard i don't get on with

Playing Games however, was not too bad, i mean i only tried Frisco Frenzy and that played reasonably well, although installing that and Adobe Air made the phone only have 14mb left to install apps and only 2 apps i installed could be moved to the 2GB SD Card, of course if the phone was easy to root, which after a few hours, its not as easy, it can ease that to a degree

Using the Camera was quite ok, it was slightly similar to the camera app on my phone but the quality, well it was DISGUSTING. i'm not kidding, look below:
Just a test pic of the box and my main phone

This was after a sunday roast as a snack or desert,

This was of my garden

This was a selfie video clip
The info on the Camera for the garden image

The information on the selfie video i recorded, which is worse than the front camera on my main phone

I'm going to be honest here, i didn't test much else, the vibration was quite strong, the sound was reasonable as well as the torch being useful, which might help you in life or death situations.

The Geeky bit:

Now with the phone saying it was a MT6515, i found out it WAS NOT. Well to root the phone, you need to install CWM and although i've failed when attempting it, i've got something it didn't mention to me. The phone is actually using a MT6575 processor instead, either that or MTK Droid Tools is lying but i'm not sure, but Droid Tools was quite unstable when the phone was connected.
MTK Droid Tools showing the phone when connected, with the information as well as the fact i could possibly root it, but that didn't work, oh and also it kept crashing when the phone was connected, so using this was quite difficult
It took a few hours trying various thing but alas there was no avail.

The Verdict:

So the phone has been under my day for over a day and it is quite a good phone, for under £30, it was a cheap buy, but it is a basic internet phone, maybe too basic for a 5 year old. But it was a check to see Namco's entry into the market, even though it was a chinese basic type. 


  • Nice sized screen
  • Quite responsive for the basic internet use over wifi
  • Has playstore
  • A Torch


  • Not 4.1
  • No GPS and No 3G (which is bad since most phones are now starting out for 4G)
  • VERY LOW ROM SPACE (i only installed 5 apps and it was pretty much full)
  • Feels like Android 2.3.7 from the icons and settings menu
  • No front Camera
  • Poor Rear Camera

So i give this phone a 5/10, mainly because of the cost of the phone makes it reasonable to have these missing features, oh and since it has the Namco Brand linked to it, as well as having a MediaTek processor, which means with more expertise than i have, it could run 4.1 and be a better phone. 

See you in the Next Review