What do I use (Artem Lutfullin)

It so happened that for almost a year now, Zhenya Vildiaev has been reminding me from time to time that it would be very interesting and useful to tell readers what I use on a daily basis. Moreover, each of the editors of mobile-review.com should tell about it, in a good way. And we are talking not only about electronic devices: smartphones, tablets and laptops, but in general about what surrounds us and what we use daily or very often.

I didn't think too much about the format because it's just a trial, an attempt at a short but hopefully interesting and a bit useful to share with you information about the things that I use in my daily life. The others will probably follow me (in fact, I hope so).

Below you will find a table of contents with all the items that will be discussed in the article. I want to say right away that everything written is my personal, of course, subjective impressions. But, at the same time, I will describe all things, albeit briefly, but having a long service life for many of them, so this is not a short reply with a description of items, but exactly my experience of using them.

Content

HTC One M9

Before the M9, my main smartphones were about the same proportion of HTC One (M8) and Meizu MX4 Pro. I will write about the latter below, but I have already told everything I could about the M8.

On the HTC flagship, I was satisfied with everything except the resolution of the main camera. Note that it is its resolution, not quality. The M8 has no problems with image quality: the ultra-pixel module allows you to get deep, voluminous and saturated photos, but their low resolution turned out to be a serious disadvantage for me personally. Otherwise, the device has become almost ideal for me: metal, moderate dimensions, not the most successful, but you can get used to it, a cool screen with a comfortable diagonal and natural color reproduction, great sound in the speakers and good in headphones, excellent performance, pleasant Sense, and so on.< /p>

For the M9, HTC has kept much of the best of the M8 in place, replacing the camera and slightly tweaking the color characteristics of the display. The camera in the early versions of the smartphone, to be honest, scared me not of the best image quality with a huge sensor resolution for a smartphone - 20 MP. But with the release of a couple of firmware, the situation has seriously changed.At first, they simply improved the quality, then added support for RAW, which by itself on a small, by the standards of cameras, sensor in a smartphone should hardly produce much better quality frames than in JPEG, but in direct comparison, at least on the HTC One M9, still gives. From what upsets me in the new M9, I can note the heating of the case, it is present and unpleasant when I actively use the device. Otherwise, it's still the same M8 that I love with the right improvements.

Meizu MX4 Pro smartphone

Since the device went on sale, I have used it as my main phone along with the M8. Naturally, to write a review of a particular smartphone, I switched to it and used the device for 2-3 weeks, but then, if possible, returned to the MX4 Pro. I won’t dissemble, I didn’t get used to the dimensions of the MX4 Pro for a couple of days, but much longer, and even now, when I pick up this smartphone, at first I remember the moments of getting used to and training again. For me, a screen size of 5.5 inches is overkill. But some other features of the device still turned out to be more important, and in the end I put up with the dimensions of the MX4 Pro in their favor.

First, it's a camera. The 20 MP resolution and manual shooting mode together make it possible to take very cool photos in a wide variety of conditions and situations. And yes, I really don't use this mode very often on the MX4 Pro and on the same M8 and M9.

Second is the display. The resolution of 2560x1536 for a diagonal of 5.5” is just right, the screen is good in all respects, as I like, without excessive contrast and so on.

Thirdly, a hardware key under the screen, which is also a touchpad and a fingerprint scanner. To be honest, I did not use the scanner on the MX4 Pro, although it works perfectly in the device - it recognizes touch from the first time and from any angle. But I really liked the button. Pressing it turns on the screen or returns to the main desktop, and holding it turns off the screen. I assigned the “back” action to the touch of the key, as a result, one button solves many tasks at once, you quickly get used to it, and then switching to a smartphone without this element with the same capabilities is not easy - you have to wean yourself from such a convenient thing.

Finally, one more point for which I chose the MX4 Pro is the battery life. Despite the high resolution, the smartphone runs on a single charge all day. It's not that I have any problems with devices that break out by dinner, I always have an external battery with me, but it's still nice to use a device that, with active use, survives at least until the evening.

And yet I can't help but say that I'm most looking forward to a smartphone with a 5” screen (like Xiaomi Mi4) and top-end features from Meizu. I have little hope that the company will introduce something like this soon, but what if?

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 (1st generation)

As indifferent as I am to tablets in general, I adore my Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 in particular. It would seem that the first generation, a test of the pen in a new format of devices with a capacious battery in an unusual form factor. At the same time, Tablet 8 has a low screen resolution (1280x800 pixels), a slow platform (Mediatek MT8125), so even when flipping through desktops, the device lags, both cameras are installed just for show, their quality is low. And despite all this, I use this device constantly and every time I am glad that I have this tablet. Why?

It's simple - I only use the Yoga Tablet 8 for one task - watching videos before bed or when traveling, whether it's a trip to a meeting on the subway or a business trip to another country. And in this role, the device is simply gorgeous. A small screen resolution with a diagonal of 8'' is quite appropriate, I watch videos in HD quality, just under the screen.The performance of the MT8125 is enough to “twist” FullHD in any codec without any problems, and I don’t care about the slowness of the platform when flipping through the screens, I have MX Player running, and I rarely leave it. But the main thing is the time of work. The tablet lives on a single battery charge for about 14-16 hours, I don’t count how much for a long time, I just take a fully charged Yoga Tablet 8 with me on a two-three-day trip and often never charge it during this time, while constantly using by appointment - to watch the video.

External battery Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 10400

A beautiful battery in an aluminum case from the Chinese Xiaomi. It costs just ridiculous money in the company store - about 600 rubles, the quality of workmanship is excellent. I carry it with me all the time, taking it out of my backpack just to recharge it. The complete accessory cable is short, so I use a long one, the battery itself is in my backpack, and I am holding a charging smartphone in my hands.

It is best to put Mi Power Bank in a silicone case right away so that it does not damage items in the backpack.

Experimentally, I found out that this capacity is most suitable for me. 5000 mAh, of course, is more convenient, but it is not enough when traveling. 16,000 is enough everywhere, but on trips, especially on vacation, the extra 150 grams, when a backpack weighing 5-6 kilograms is already on your back, begin to play an important role.

Xiaomi Mi Band

After a year of studying these accessories, I have not been inspired by the idea of ​​fitness bracelets? so I wear the Mi Band in a yellow strap rather just to cheer up with a colorful thing on my arm and, as a bonus, know how many kilometers and steps I have walked. I tried to measure sleep with a bracelet, but I don’t see any benefit in this. Well, yes, he shows me the phases of deep and light sleep, and what's next?

Despite the amazing simplicity of the accessory, it is very popular among my friends and acquaintances. Almost everyone has already asked to bring him “such a thing”, and when asked why, everyone answers the same way: “Interesting, and it is very cheap!”. It is really cheap, in China in the Mi Band company store it costs 700 rubles, even a little less.

Headphones Creative Aurvana Live!

I bought these headphones instead of the Marshall Major. In the latter, everything suited me, except that I could not wear them for more than a couple of hours - they pressed too hard on my ears and head in general. And Creative Aurvana Live! chose after reading the reviews in Yandex.Market, several people praised them very much for their incredibly comfortable fit on the head.

In general, in reality, everything turned out just like that. The headphones sound good, as several of my friends have noted, who are definitely better than me in this matter, but for me personally, the most important thing is the fit on the head. In Creative Aurvana Live! I can spend 5-6 hours and only then feel a slight discomfort, the headphones sit very comfortably on my ears and do not remind me of myself - this is exactly what I was looking for.

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 laptop

For nearly five years now, the ThinkPad has been my primary laptop and I'm still satisfied with its performance, screen, keyboard and battery life. Yes, the X220 with extended battery is a bit heavy, and it's not a thin model, but otherwise it's a chic (in my opinion) product. A real working tool, yes, expensive, but in these five years it has never let me down.

The stock in the X220 turned out to be so large in all respects that even after such a long time, using this device, I absolutely do not feel the need to change it to something else, more relevant or fresh.

Fujifilm X20 digital camera

Before settling on the Fujifilm X20, I traveled to exhibitions and various presentations, as well as on vacation, with a Sony Alpha A580 SLR camera and a 16-105 DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. The weight of the camera without a lens is about 700 grams, the weight of the lens is a little less than 500 grams, in total more than a kilogram around the neck in order to be able to take photos of fairly average (as I now understand) quality. Naturally, people who use a reflex camera and a fleet of optics all the time will only smile when they read about “already a kilogram of weight on the neck!”, After all, they are used to ten to fifteen kilogram backpacks on their backs with “glasses”, a flash, a tripod and other auxiliary accessories, but for my scenarios, a 1-kilogram set of a camera and a universal zoom lens turned out to be enough at first, and then I realized that this was too much for me.

When choosing a compact camera, I hesitated between the Sony RX100 and Fujifilm X20, the first camera is more compact with similar photo quality, the second allows you to quickly and conveniently adjust the camera settings for yourself due to the many mechanical controls on the body. In the end, I settled on the Fujifilm X20 and have never regretted it. With a weight of 350 grams and three times smaller dimensions compared to the Sony Alpha 580, this camera completely suits me in terms of photo quality, and in terms of ease of use it will give odds to many cameras on the market (in my opinion) due to convenient mechanical keys and switches. I like this control option much more than a huge touch screen and a couple of buttons.

And, of course, the Fujifilm X20 looks amazing Fashion shoes , I know people who, when choosing a compact camera, settled on Fuji simply because of the design of this camera. And I can understand them.

Eastpak Provider backpack

I bought this backpack about 4-5 years ago, I don't remember exactly. I settled on the Eastpak brand, based on online reviews and the stories of several of my friends who have already managed to buy backpacks from this company. Now Eastpak Provider costs about 85 euros, I bought it, of course, cheaper, for about 60 euros, if I'm not mistaken. Why this backpack?

Firstly, it is very roomy. The volume is 33 liters, while you can pack a lot of things in it, sometimes I go on short trips with just a backpack, because I manage to fit a camera, a tablet, a laptop, all cameras and chargers, things for several days and even a full-size external keyboard (I don't like laptop keyboards, what can you do). Yes, I'm quite serious, this Eastpak is very, very roomy.

Secondly, the backpack looks good: not quite youthful, but not a black "coffin" either.

Third, and this is the most important property - it is very reliable and practical. Doesn't let water through: I've been caught in a downpour with a backpack several times, and all its contents remained dry. It practically does not get dirty, and if traces appear, they can be easily wiped off with a damp cloth. It can withstand a very large weight: I don’t know how many kilograms are acceptable for this model, but sometimes I put 10-12 kilograms of things in a backpack, then throw it behind my back, and everything is fine. During these five years, I have been using my Eastpak Provider constantly, both when traveling and when I just go somewhere for work or to the office. For all the time, the backpack not only didn’t break any loop or the strap came off, there was not even a hint of the slightest damage and wear - it’s like new.

InCase EO Travel Backpack

By the time I bought the InCase, I already had an Eastpak, and the decision to add another backpack was dictated simply by curiosity. InCase just released a new line of travel bags, and the backpack was one of them - a beautiful and simple advertisement went through, and I thought, why not take a separate backpack specifically for business and travel, if they already created one?

By the way, here is a video demonstrating the possibilities of EO Travel on youtube.

In short, this is a comfortable backpack for short trips. It has a separate fold-out pocket for a laptop and tablet, so during security screening at the airport, even when the backpack is full, you can take out your laptop and tablet in just a couple of seconds. There is a compartment for storing things, closing with a mesh - also convenient. There is a whole compartment with small pockets for pens, pencils, batteries, smartphones and cables. There are a lot of pockets, so enough for a couple of smartphones and a lot of other things. It is important that the backpack expands to 40 liters from the base 30. You can go "there" with a folded thirty-liter backpack, and back, when you need to carry gifts and souvenirs, expand it to forty liters.

Overall, I like InCase EO Travel. I can’t call it as reliable and indestructible as my Eastpak, and if I used it as actively, it would probably have “spoiled” by now. But if you take EO Travel only on business trips and trips, on average once a month or a little less, it will last 3-4 years (this is in my case), and most likely much longer.

Shoulder bag Kata National Geographic NG 4568

I wrote a short article about this bag on mobile-review.com a couple of years ago. Then I took it for the Sony Alpha NEX-6 camera, I sold the camera a long time ago, and I still use the bag now, and it helps me a lot when traveling.

The bag has some useful features for me. Firstly, the bag is worn around the neck, that is, it cannot be lost and dropped, they will not be able to snatch it from you somewhere in a crowded place, if only with you in addition.

Secondly, the bag has two large compartments, a pocket for documents and two pockets for small items. In the main compartment (located at the bottom) I put my Fujifilm X20 digital camera, and in the secondary (smaller) compartment I put an external battery and a couple of cables, and sometimes a spare.

Thirdly, my wallet with maps and a passport inside fits perfectly into the pocket on the back. Velcro pocket, and the wallet is very tight, that is, it cannot accidentally fall out. In addition, there are two small pockets on the belt, one will fit a push-button phone (the smartphone will not fit entirely), the other - small things like a memory card and a flash drive.

I use this bag on all trips: on business trips and travels, even if I go to an exhibition and carry a backpack with a tripod, a laptop and other things, I still throw the bag over my shoulder to have quick access to all important things . I bought it two years ago for 2,000 rubles, can I buy it now, to be honest, I don’t know, I probably need to look.

Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet

There are three materials on our website about different Bellroy wallets, if you are interested, read them:

I bought the Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet in February 2013 and have been using it as my main wallet ever since. In two years it has worn a little, but not too much, although it should be noted here that I use it very carefully and far from daily (because I often work at home and I simply do not need to go somewhere). With daily use, the wallet will probably wear out much more.

In my wallet I carry three bank cards, a Troika travel card, and usually a couple of large bills and a few small ones. I throw the change into my backpack. For me, this wallet turned out to be very convenient, it's exactly what I was looking for: simple, thin, compact, with convenient pockets and a hidden compartment for a five-thousandth banknote "in reserve".

The downside of a wallet is that it probably costs almost 6,000 rubles in Russia now, on the other hand, Bellroy gives a three-year warranty on all its products, and if in a year or two after purchase your wallet becomes unusable (it wears out badly or something else happens to it through no fault of yours), you can send it back to Australia and get a new one, the same. Moreover, if you just do not like the wallet, you can send it back and get money.

Bellroy Travel Wallet

I use this wallet on business trips and travels, in fact, it is intended for this purpose.

The wallet has two compartments for banknotes, the wallet is tall, so even large euros fit normally. In one of the two pockets you can store a plane ticket, it will also fit neatly here and will not protrude from the edge of the wallet. On the inside of one of the pockets for banknotes there is a slot for a SIM card, here you can put a miniSIM and even more so a microSIM or nanoSIM.

The Travel Wallet also has a separate pocket for a passport, it is a standard size, so it will fit a passport, a regular passport or any other document of this size. Not far from this pocket is a miniature pen. A pen is a very useful item that always ends up somewhere far away when they give you a small ticket on the plane to fill out before boarding somewhere in Hong Kong or Beijing (or in the USA). And here both the pen and the passport are nearby, you don’t need to look for anything, the ticket can be filled out right on the spot right on the wallet, if there is nothing solid to support at hand. I sometimes fill out these forms on the way from the plane to the passport checkpoint, not very convenient, but quickly.

Like the Hide and Seek Wallet, this wallet wears out over time, but if you use it only on trips, it will keep a decent appearance for several years.

What do I use (Artem Lutfullin)

It so happened that for almost a year now, Zhenya Vildiaev has been reminding me from time to time that it would be very interesting and useful to tell readers what I use on a daily basis. Moreover, each of the editors of mobile-review.com should tell about it, in a good way. And we are talking not only about electronic devices: smartphones, tablets and laptops, but in general about what surrounds us and what we use daily or very often.

I didn't think too much about the format because it's just a trial, an attempt at a short but hopefully interesting and a bit useful to share with you information about the things that I use in my daily life. The others will probably follow me (in fact, I hope so).

Below you will find a table of contents with all the items that will be discussed in the article. I want to say right away that everything written is my personal, of course, subjective impressions. But, at the same time, I will describe all things, albeit briefly, but having a long service life for many of them, so this is not a short reply with a description of items, but exactly my experience of using them.

Content

HTC One M9

Before the M9, my main smartphones were about the same proportion of HTC One (M8) and Meizu MX4 Pro. I will write about the latter below, but I have already told everything I could about the M8.

On the HTC flagship, I was satisfied with everything except the resolution of the main camera. Note that it is its resolution, not quality. The M8 has no problems with image quality: the ultra-pixel module allows you to get deep, voluminous and saturated photos, but their low resolution turned out to be a serious disadvantage for me personally. Otherwise, the device has become almost ideal for me: metal, moderate dimensions, not the most successful, but you can get used to it, a cool screen with a comfortable diagonal and natural color reproduction, great sound in the speakers and good in headphones, excellent performance, pleasant Sense, and so on.< /p>

For the M9, HTC has kept much of the best of the M8 in place, replacing the camera and slightly tweaking the color characteristics of the display. The camera in the early versions of the smartphone, to be honest, scared me not of the best image quality with a huge sensor resolution for a smartphone - 20 MP. But with the release of a couple of firmware, the situation has seriously changed.At first, they simply improved the quality, then added support for RAW, which by itself on a small, by the standards of cameras, sensor in a smartphone should hardly produce much better quality frames than in JPEG, but in direct comparison, at least on the HTC One M9, still gives. From what upsets me in the new M9, I can note the heating of the case, it is present and unpleasant when I actively use the device. Otherwise, it's still the same M8 that I love with the right improvements.

Meizu MX4 Pro smartphone

Since the device went on sale, I have used it as my main phone along with the M8. Naturally, to write a review of a particular smartphone, I switched to it and used the device for 2-3 weeks, but then, if possible, returned to the MX4 Pro. I won’t dissemble, I didn’t get used to the dimensions of the MX4 Pro for a couple of days, but much longer, and even now, when I pick up this smartphone, at first I remember the moments of getting used to and training again. For me, a screen size of 5.5 inches is overkill. But some other features of the device still turned out to be more important, and in the end I put up with the dimensions of the MX4 Pro in their favor.

First, it's a camera. The 20 MP resolution and manual shooting mode together make it possible to take very cool photos in a wide variety of conditions and situations. And yes, I really don't use this mode very often on the MX4 Pro and on the same M8 and M9.

Second is the display. The resolution of 2560x1536 for a diagonal of 5.5” is just right, the screen is good in all respects, as I like, without excessive contrast and so on.

Thirdly, a hardware key under the screen, which is also a touchpad and a fingerprint scanner. To be honest, I did not use the scanner on the MX4 Pro, although it works perfectly in the device - it recognizes touch from the first time and from any angle. But I really liked the button. Pressing it turns on the screen or returns to the main desktop, and holding it turns off the screen. I assigned the “back” action to the touch of the key, as a result, one button solves many tasks at once, you quickly get used to it, and then switching to a smartphone without this element with the same capabilities is not easy - you have to wean yourself from such a convenient thing.

Finally, one more point for which I chose the MX4 Pro is the battery life. Despite the high resolution, the smartphone runs on a single charge all day. It's not that I have any problems with devices that break out by dinner, I always have an external battery with me, but it's still nice to use a device that, with active use, survives at least until the evening.

And yet I can't help but say that I'm most looking forward to a smartphone with a 5” screen (like Xiaomi Mi4) and top-end features from Meizu. I have little hope that the company will introduce something like this soon, but what if?

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 (1st generation)

As much as I'm indifferent to tablets in general, I love my Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 in particular. It would seem that the first generation, a test of the pen in a new format of devices with a capacious battery in an unusual form factor. At the same time, Tablet 8 has a low screen resolution (1280x800 pixels), a slow platform (Mediatek MT8125), so even when flipping through desktops, the device lags, both cameras are installed just for show, their quality is low. And despite all this, I use this device constantly and every time I am glad that I have this tablet. Why?

It's simple - I use the Yoga Tablet 8 for only one task - watching videos before bed or when traveling, whether it's a meeting on the subway or a business trip to another country. And in this role, the device is simply gorgeous. A small screen resolution with a diagonal of 8'' is quite appropriate, I watch videos in HD quality, just under the screen.The performance of the MT8125 is enough to “twist” FullHD in any codec without any problems, and I don’t care about the slowness of the platform when flipping through the screens, I have MX Player running, and I rarely leave it. But the main thing is the time of work. The tablet lives on a single battery charge for about 14-16 hours, I don’t count how much for a long time, I just take a fully charged Yoga Tablet 8 with me on a two-three-day trip and often never charge it during this time, while constantly using by appointment - to watch the video.

External battery Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 10400

A beautiful battery in an aluminum case from the Chinese Xiaomi. It costs in the company store just ridiculous money - about 600 rubles, the quality of workmanship is excellent. I carry it with me all the time, taking it out of my backpack just to recharge it. The complete accessory cable is short, so I use a long one, the battery itself is in my backpack, and I am holding a charging smartphone in my hands.

It is best to put Mi Power Bank in a silicone case right away so that it does not damage items in the backpack.

Experimentally, I found out that this capacity is most suitable for me. 5000 mAh, of course, is more convenient, but it is not enough when traveling. 16,000 is enough everywhere, but on trips, especially on vacation, the extra 150 grams, when a backpack weighing 5-6 kilograms is already on your back, begin to play an important role.

Xiaomi Mi Band

After a year of studying these accessories, I have not been inspired by the idea of ​​fitness bracelets? so I wear the Mi Band in a yellow strap rather just to cheer up with a colorful thing on my arm and, as a bonus, know how many kilometers and steps I have walked. I tried to measure sleep with a bracelet, but I don’t see any benefit in this. Well, yes, he shows me the phases of deep and light sleep, and what's next?

Despite the amazing simplicity of the accessory, it is very popular among my friends and acquaintances. Almost everyone has already asked to bring him “such a thing”, and when asked why, everyone answers the same way: “Interesting, and it is very cheap!”. It is really cheap, in China in the Mi Band company store it costs 700 rubles, even a little less.

Headphones Creative Aurvana Live!

I bought these headphones instead of the Marshall Major. In the latter, everything suited me, except that I could not wear them for more than a couple of hours - they pressed too hard on my ears and head in general. And Creative Aurvana Live! chose after reading the reviews in Yandex.Market, several people praised them very much for their incredibly comfortable fit on the head.

In general, in reality, everything turned out just like that. The headphones sound good, as several of my friends have noted, who are definitely better than me in this matter, but for me personally, the most important thing is the fit on the head. In Creative Aurvana Live! I can spend 5-6 hours and only then feel a slight discomfort, the headphones sit very comfortably on my ears and do not remind me of myself - this is exactly what I was looking for.

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 laptop

For nearly five years now, the ThinkPad has been my primary laptop and I'm still satisfied with its performance, screen, keyboard and battery life. Yes, the extended battery X220 is heavy and not thin, but other than that it's a (in my opinion) chic product. A real working tool, yes, expensive, but in these five years it has never let me down.

The stock in the X220 turned out to be so large in all respects that even after such a long time, using this device, I absolutely do not feel the need to change it to something else, more relevant or fresh.

Fujifilm X20 digital camera

Before settling on the Fujifilm X20, I traveled to exhibitions and various presentations, as well as on vacation, with a Sony Alpha A580 SLR camera and a 16-105 DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. The weight of the camera without a lens is about 700 grams, the weight of the lens is a little less than 500 grams, in total more than a kilogram around the neck in order to be able to take photos of fairly average (as I now understand) quality. Naturally, people who use a reflex camera and a fleet of optics all the time will only smile when they read about “already a kilogram of weight on the neck!”, After all, they are used to ten to fifteen kilogram backpacks on their backs with “glasses”, a flash, a tripod and other auxiliary accessories, but for my scenarios, a 1-kilogram set of a camera and a universal zoom lens turned out to be enough at first, and then I realized that this was too much for me.

When choosing a compact camera, I hesitated between the Sony RX100 and Fujifilm X20, the first camera is more compact with similar photo quality, the second allows you to quickly and conveniently adjust the camera settings for yourself due to the many mechanical controls on the body. In the end, I settled on the Fujifilm X20 and have never regretted it. With a weight of 350 grams and three times smaller dimensions compared to the Sony Alpha 580, this camera completely suits me in terms of photo quality, and in terms of ease of use it will give odds to many cameras on the market (in my opinion) due to convenient mechanical keys and switches. I like this control option much more than a huge touch screen and a couple of buttons.

And, of course, the Fujifilm X20 looks amazing Fashion shoes , I know people who, when choosing a compact camera, settled on Fuji simply because of the design of this camera. And I can understand them.

Eastpak Provider backpack

I bought this backpack about 4-5 years ago, I don't remember exactly. I settled on the Eastpak brand, based on online reviews and the stories of several of my friends who have already managed to buy backpacks from this company. Now Eastpak Provider costs about 85 euros, I bought it, of course, cheaper, for about 60 euros, if I'm not mistaken. Why this backpack?

Firstly, it is very roomy. The volume is 33 liters, while you can pack a lot of things in it, sometimes I go on short trips with just a backpack, because I manage to fit a camera, tablet, laptop, all cameras and chargers, things for several days and even a full-size external keyboard (I don't like keyboards in laptops, what can you do). Yes, I'm quite serious, this Eastpak is very, very roomy.

Secondly, the backpack looks good: not quite youthful, but not a black "coffin" either.

Third, and this is the most important property - it is very reliable and practical. Doesn't let water through: I've been caught in a downpour with a backpack several times, and all its contents remained dry. It practically does not get dirty, and if traces appear, they can be easily wiped off with a damp cloth. It can withstand a very large weight: I don’t know how many kilograms are acceptable for this model, but sometimes I put 10-12 kilograms of things in a backpack, then throw it behind my back, and everything is fine. During these five years, I have been using my Eastpak Provider constantly, both when traveling and when I just go somewhere for work or to the office. For all the time, the backpack not only didn’t break any loop or the strap came off, there was not even a hint of the slightest damage and wear - it’s like new.

InCase EO Travel Backpack

By the time I bought the InCase, I already had an Eastpak, and the decision to add another backpack was dictated simply by curiosity. InCase just released a new line of travel bags, and the backpack was one of them - a beautiful and simple advertisement went through, and I thought, why not take a separate backpack specifically for business and travel, if they already created one?

By the way, here is a video demonstrating the possibilities of EO Travel on youtube.

In short, this is a comfortable backpack for short trips. It has a separate fold-out pocket for a laptop and tablet, so during security screening at the airport, even when the backpack is full, you can take out your laptop and tablet in just a couple of seconds. There is a compartment for storing things, closing with a mesh - also convenient. There is a whole compartment with small pockets for pens, pencils, batteries, smartphones and cables. There are a lot of pockets, so enough for a couple of smartphones and a lot of other things. It is important that the backpack expands to 40 liters from the base 30. You can go "there" with a folded thirty-liter backpack, and back, when you need to carry gifts and souvenirs, expand it to forty liters.

Overall, I like InCase EO Travel. I can’t call it as reliable and indestructible as my Eastpak, and if I used it as actively, it would probably have “spoiled” by now. But if you take EO Travel only on business trips and trips, on average once a month or a little less, it will last 3-4 years (this is in my case), and most likely much longer.

Shoulder bag Kata National Geographic NG 4568

I wrote a short article about this bag on mobile-review.com a couple of years ago. Then I took it for the Sony Alpha NEX-6 camera, I sold the camera a long time ago, and I still use the bag now, and it helps me a lot when traveling.

The bag has some useful features for me. Firstly, the bag is worn around the neck, that is, it cannot be lost and dropped, they will not be able to snatch it from you somewhere in a crowded place, if only with you in addition.

Secondly, the bag has two large compartments, a pocket for documents and two pockets for small items. In the main compartment (located at the bottom) I put my Fujifilm X20 digital camera, and in the secondary (smaller) compartment I put an external battery and a couple of cables, and sometimes a spare.

Thirdly, my wallet with maps and a passport inside fits perfectly into the pocket on the back. Velcro pocket, and the wallet is very tight, that is, it cannot accidentally fall out. In addition, there are two small pockets on the belt, one will fit a push-button phone (the smartphone will not fit entirely), the other - small things like a memory card and a flash drive.

In my wallet I carry three bank cards, a Troika travel card, and usually a couple of large bills and a few small ones. I throw the change into my backpack. For me, this wallet turned out to be very convenient, it's exactly what I was looking for: simple, thin, compact, with convenient pockets and a hidden compartment for a five-thousandth banknote "in reserve".

The downside of a wallet is that it probably costs almost 6,000 rubles in Russia now, on the other hand, Bellroy gives a three-year warranty on all its products, and if in a year or two after purchase your wallet becomes unusable (it wears out badly or something else happens to it through no fault of yours), you can send it back to Australia and get a new one, the same. Moreover, if you just do not like the wallet, you can send it back and get money.

Bellroy Travel Wallet

I use this wallet on business trips and travels, in fact, it is intended for this purpose.

The wallet has two compartments for banknotes, the wallet is tall, so even large euros fit normally. In one of the two pockets you can store a plane ticket, it will also fit neatly here and will not protrude from the edge of the wallet. On the inside of one of the pockets for banknotes there is a slot for a SIM card, here you can put a miniSIM and even more so a microSIM or nanoSIM.

The Travel Wallet also has a separate pocket for a passport, it is a standard size, so it will fit a passport, a regular passport or any other document of this size. Not far from this pocket is a miniature pen. A pen is a very useful item that always ends up somewhere far away when they give you a small ticket on the plane to fill out before boarding somewhere in Hong Kong or Beijing (or in the USA). And here both the pen and the passport are nearby, you don’t need to look for anything, the ticket can be filled out right on the spot right on the wallet, if there is nothing solid to support at hand. I sometimes fill out these forms on the way from the plane to the passport checkpoint, not very convenient, but quickly.

Like the Hide and Seek Wallet, this wallet wears out over time, but if you use it only on trips, it will keep a decent appearance for several years.

What do I use (Artem Lutfullin)

It so happened that for almost a year now, Zhenya Vildiaev has been reminding me from time to time that it would be very interesting and useful to tell readers what I use on a daily basis. Moreover, each of the editors of mobile-review.com should tell about it, in a good way. And we are talking not only about electronic devices: smartphones, tablets and laptops, but in general about what surrounds us and what we use daily or very often.

I didn't think too much about the format because it's just a trial, an attempt at a short but hopefully interesting and a bit useful to share with you information about the things that I use in my daily life. The others will probably follow me (in fact, I hope so).

Below you will find a table of contents with all the items that will be discussed in the article. I want to say right away that everything written is my personal, of course, subjective impressions. But, at the same time, I will describe all things, albeit briefly, but having a long service life for many of them, so this is not a short reply with a description of items, but exactly my experience of using them.

Content

HTC One M9 smartphone

Before the M9, my main smartphones were about the same proportion of HTC One (M8) and Meizu MX4 Pro. I will write about the latter below, but I have already told everything I could about the M8.

In the HTC flagship, I was satisfied with everything except the resolution of the main camera. Note that it is its resolution, not quality. The M8 has no problems with image quality: the ultra-pixel module allows you to get deep, voluminous and saturated photos, but their low resolution turned out to be a serious disadvantage for me personally. Otherwise, the device has become almost ideal for me: metal, moderate dimensions, not the most successful, but you can get used to it, a cool screen with a comfortable diagonal and natural color reproduction, great sound in the speakers and good in headphones, excellent performance, pleasant Sense, and so on.< /p>

For the M9, HTC has kept much of the best of the M8 in place, replacing the camera and slightly tweaking the color characteristics of the display. The camera in the early versions of the smartphone, to be honest, scared me not of the best image quality with a huge sensor resolution for a smartphone - 20 MP. But with the release of a couple of firmware, the situation has seriously changed.At first, they simply improved the quality, then added support for RAW, which by itself on a small, by the standards of cameras, sensor in a smartphone should hardly produce much better quality frames than in JPEG, but in direct comparison, at least on the HTC One M9, still gives. From what upsets me in the new M9, I can note the heating of the case, it is present and unpleasant when I actively use the device. Otherwise, it's still the same M8 that I love with the right improvements.

Meizu MX4 Pro smartphone

Since the release of the device on sale, I have used it as the main phone on a par with the M8. Naturally, to write a review of a particular smartphone, I switched to it and used the device for 2-3 weeks, but then, if possible, returned to the MX4 Pro. I won’t dissemble, I didn’t get used to the dimensions of the MX4 Pro for a couple of days, but much longer, and even now, when I pick up this smartphone, at first I remember the moments of getting used to and training again. For me, a screen size of 5.5 inches is overkill. But some other features of the device still turned out to be more important, and in the end I put up with the dimensions of the MX4 Pro in their favor.

First, it's a camera. The 20 MP resolution and manual shooting mode together make it possible to take very cool photos in a wide variety of conditions and situations. And yes, I really do not use this mode very rarely on the MX4 Pro and on the same M8 and M9.

Second is the display. The resolution of 2560x1536 for a diagonal of 5.5” is just right, the screen is good in all respects, as I like, without excessive contrast and so on.

Thirdly, a hardware key under the screen, which is also a touchpad and a fingerprint scanner. To be honest, I did not use the scanner on the MX4 Pro, although it works perfectly in the device - it recognizes touch from the first time and from any angle. But I really liked the button. Pressing it turns on the screen or returns to the main desktop, and holding it turns off the screen. I assigned the “back” action to the touch of the key, as a result, one button solves many tasks at once, you quickly get used to it, and then switching to a smartphone without this element with the same capabilities is not easy - you have to wean yourself from such a convenient thing.

Finally, one more point for which I chose the MX4 Pro is the battery life. Despite the high resolution, the smartphone runs on a single charge all day. It's not that I have any problems with devices that break out by dinner, I always have an external battery with me, but it's still nice to use a device that, with active use, survives at least until the evening.

And yet I can't help but say that I'm most looking forward to a smartphone with a 5” screen (like Xiaomi Mi4) and top-end features from Meizu. I have little hope that the company will introduce something like this soon, but what if?

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 (1st generation)

As indifferent as I am to tablets in general, I adore my Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 in particular. It would seem that the first generation, a test of the pen in a new format of devices with a capacious battery in an unusual form factor. At the same time, Tablet 8 has a low screen resolution (1280x800 pixels), a slow platform (Mediatek MT8125), so even when flipping through desktops, the device lags, both cameras are installed just for show, their quality is low. And despite all this, I use this device constantly and every time I am glad that I have this tablet. Why?

It's simple - I only use the Yoga Tablet 8 for one task - watching videos before bed or when traveling, whether it's a trip to a meeting on the subway or a business trip to another country. And in this role, the device is simply gorgeous. A small screen resolution with a diagonal of 8'' is quite appropriate, I watch videos in HD quality, just under the screen.The performance of the MT8125 is enough to “twist” FullHD in any codec without problems, and I don’t care if the platform slows down when flipping through screens, I have MX Player running, and I rarely leave it. But the main thing is the time of work. The tablet lives on a single battery charge for about 14-16 hours, I don’t count how much for a long time, I just take a fully charged Yoga Tablet 8 with me on a two-three-day trip and often never charge it during this time, while constantly using by appointment - to watch the video.

External battery Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 10400

A beautiful battery in an aluminum case from the Chinese Xiaomi. It costs in the company store just ridiculous money - about 600 rubles, the quality of workmanship is excellent. I carry it with me all the time, taking it out of my backpack just to recharge it. The complete accessory cable is short, so I use a long one, the battery itself is in my backpack, and I am holding a charging smartphone in my hands.

It is best to put Mi Power Bank in a silicone case right away so that it does not damage items in the backpack.

Experimentally, I found out that this capacity is most suitable for me. 5000 mAh, of course, is more convenient, but it is not enough when traveling. 16,000 is enough everywhere, but on trips, especially on vacation, the extra 150 grams, when a backpack weighing 5-6 kilograms is already on your back, begin to play an important role.

Xiaomi Mi Band

After a year of studying these accessories, I have not been inspired by the idea of ​​fitness bracelets? so I wear the Mi Band in a yellow strap rather just to cheer up with a colorful thing on my arm and, as a bonus, know how many kilometers and steps I have walked. I tried to measure sleep with a bracelet, but I don’t see any benefit in this. Well, yes, he shows me the phases of deep and light sleep, and what's next?

Despite the amazing simplicity of the accessory, it is very popular among my friends and acquaintances. Almost everyone has already asked to bring him “such a thing”, and when asked why, everyone answers the same way: “Interesting, and it is very cheap!”. It is really cheap, in China in the Mi Band company store it costs 700 rubles, even a little less.

Headphones Creative Aurvana Live!

I bought these headphones instead of the Marshall Major. In the latter, everything suited me, except that I could not wear them for more than a couple of hours - they pressed too hard on my ears and head in general. And Creative Aurvana Live! chose after reading the reviews in Yandex.Market, several people praised them very much for their incredibly comfortable fit on the head.

In general, in reality, everything turned out just like that. The headphones sound good, as several of my friends have noted, who are definitely better than me in this matter, but for me personally, the most important thing is the fit on the head. In Creative Aurvana Live! I can spend 5-6 hours and only then feel a slight discomfort, the headphones sit very comfortably on my ears and do not remind me of myself - this is exactly what I was looking for.

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 laptop

For nearly five years now, the ThinkPad has been my primary laptop and I'm still satisfied with its performance, screen, keyboard and battery life. Yes, the X220 with extended battery is a bit heavy, and it's not a thin model, but otherwise it's a chic (in my opinion) product. A real working tool, yes, expensive, but in these five years it has never let me down.

The stock in the X220 turned out to be so large in all respects that even after such a long time, using this device, I absolutely do not feel the need to change it to something else, more relevant or fresh.

Fujifilm X20 digital camera

Before settling on the Fujifilm X20, I traveled to exhibitions and various presentations, as well as on vacation, with a Sony Alpha A580 SLR camera and a 16-105 DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. The weight of the camera without a lens is about 700 grams, the weight of the lens is a little less than 500 grams, in total more than a kilogram around the neck in order to be able to take photos of fairly average (as I now understand) quality. Naturally, people who use a reflex camera and a fleet of optics all the time will only smile when they read about “already a kilogram of weight on the neck!”, After all, they are used to ten to fifteen kilogram backpacks on their backs with “glasses”, a flash, a tripod and other auxiliary accessories, but for my scenarios, a 1-kilogram set of a camera and a universal zoom lens turned out to be enough at first, and then I realized that this was too much for me.

When choosing a compact camera, I hesitated between the Sony RX100 and Fujifilm X20, the first camera is more compact with similar photo quality, the second allows you to quickly and conveniently adjust the camera settings for yourself due to the many mechanical controls on the body. In the end, I settled on the Fujifilm X20 and have never regretted it. With a weight of 350 grams and three times smaller dimensions compared to the Sony Alpha 580, this camera completely suits me in terms of photo quality, and in terms of ease of use it will give odds to many cameras on the market (in my opinion) due to convenient mechanical keys and switches. I like this control option much more than a huge touch screen and a couple of buttons.

And, of course, the Fujifilm X20 looks amazing Fashion shoes , I know people who, when choosing a compact camera, settled on Fuji simply because of the design of this camera. And I can understand them.

Eastpak Provider backpack

I bought this backpack about 4-5 years ago, I don't remember exactly. I settled on the Eastpak brand, based on online reviews and the stories of several of my friends who have already managed to buy backpacks from this company. Now Eastpak Provider costs about 85 euros, I bought it, of course, cheaper, for about 60 euros, if I'm not mistaken. Why this backpack?

Firstly, it is very roomy. The volume is 33 liters, while you can pack a lot of things in it, sometimes I go on short trips with just a backpack, because I manage to fit a camera, a tablet, a laptop, all cameras and chargers, things for several days and even a full-size external keyboard (I don't like laptop keyboards, what can you do). Yes, I'm quite serious, this Eastpak is very, very roomy.

Secondly, the backpack looks good: not quite youthful, but not a black "coffin" either.

Third, and this is the most important property - it is very reliable and practical. Doesn't let water through: I've been caught in a downpour with a backpack several times, and all its contents remained dry. It practically does not get dirty, and if traces appear, they can be easily wiped off with a damp cloth. It can withstand a very large weight: I don’t know how many kilograms are acceptable for this model, but sometimes I put 10-12 kilograms of things in a backpack, then throw it behind my back, and everything is fine. During these five years, I have been using my Eastpak Provider constantly, both when traveling and when I just go somewhere for work or to the office. For all the time, the backpack not only didn’t break any loop or the strap came off, there was not even a hint of the slightest damage and wear - it’s like new.

InCase EO Travel Backpack

By the time I bought the InCase, I already had an Eastpak, and the decision to add another backpack was dictated simply by curiosity. InCase just released a new line of travel bags, and the backpack was one of them - a beautiful and simple advertisement went through, and I thought, why not take a separate backpack specifically for business and travel, if they already created one?

By the way, here is a video demonstrating the possibilities of EO Travel on youtube.

In short, this is a comfortable backpack for short trips. It has a separate fold-out pocket for a laptop and tablet, so during security screening at the airport, even when the backpack is full, you can take out your laptop and tablet in just a couple of seconds. There is a compartment for storing things, closing with a mesh - also convenient. There is a whole compartment with small pockets for pens, pencils, batteries, smartphones and cables. There are a lot of pockets, so enough for a couple of smartphones and a lot of other things. It is important that the backpack expands to 40 liters from the base 30. You can go "there" with a folded thirty-liter backpack, and back, when you need to carry gifts and souvenirs, expand it to forty liters.

Overall, I like InCase EO Travel. I can’t call it as reliable and indestructible as my Eastpak, and if I used it as actively, it would probably have “spoiled” by now. But if you take EO Travel only on business trips and trips, on average once a month or a little less, it will last 3-4 years (this is in my case), and most likely much longer.

Shoulder bag Kata National Geographic NG 4568

I wrote a short article about this bag on mobile-review.com a couple of years ago. Then I took it for the Sony Alpha NEX-6 camera, I sold the camera a long time ago, and I still use the bag now, and it helps me a lot when traveling.

The bag has some useful features for me. Firstly, the bag is worn around the neck, that is, it cannot be lost and dropped, they will not be able to snatch it from you somewhere in a crowded place, if only with you in addition.

Secondly, the bag has two large compartments, a pocket for documents and two pockets for small things. In the main compartment (located at the bottom) I put my Fujifilm X20 digital camera, and in the secondary (smaller) compartment I put an external battery and a couple of cables, and sometimes a spare.

Thirdly, my wallet with cards and a passport inside fits perfectly into the pocket on the back. Velcro pocket, and the wallet is very tight, that is, it cannot accidentally fall out. In addition, there are two small pockets on the belt, one will fit a push-button phone (the smartphone will not fit entirely), the other - small things like a memory card and a flash drive.

I use this bag on all trips: on business trips and travels, even if I go to an exhibition and carry a backpack with a tripod, a laptop and other things, I still throw the bag over my shoulder to have quick access to all important things . I bought it two years ago for 2,000 rubles, can I buy it now, to be honest, I don’t know, I probably need to look.

Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet

There are three materials on our website about different Bellroy wallets, if you are interested, read them:

I bought the Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet in February 2013 and have been using it as my main wallet ever since. In two years it has worn a little, but not too much, although it should be noted here that I use it very carefully and far from daily (because I often work at home and I simply do not need to go anywhere). With daily use, the wallet will probably wear out much more.

In my wallet I carry three bank cards, a Troika travel card, and usually a couple of large bills and a few small ones. I throw the change into my backpack. For me, this wallet turned out to be very convenient, it's exactly what I was looking for: simple, thin, compact, with convenient pockets and a hidden compartment for a five-thousandth banknote "in reserve".

The downside of a wallet is that it probably costs almost 6,000 rubles in Russia now, on the other hand, Bellroy gives a three-year warranty on all its products, and if in a year or two after purchase your wallet becomes unusable (it wears out badly or something else happens to it through no fault of yours), you can send it back to Australia and get a new one, the same. Moreover, if you just do not like the wallet, you can send it back and get money.

Bellroy Travel Wallet

I use this wallet on business trips and travels, in fact, it is intended for this purpose.

Like the Hide and Seek Wallet, this wallet wears out over time, but if you use it only on trips, it will keep a decent appearance for several years.

What do I use (Artem Lutfullin)

It so happened that for almost a year now, Zhenya Vildiaev has been reminding me from time to time that it would be very interesting and useful to tell readers what I use on a daily basis. Moreover, each of the editors of mobile-review.com should tell about it, in a good way. And we are talking not only about electronic devices: smartphones, tablets and laptops, but in general about what surrounds us and what we use daily or very often.

I didn't think too much about the format because it's just a trial, an attempt at a short but hopefully interesting and a bit useful to share with you information about the things that I use in my daily life. The others will probably follow me (in fact, I hope so).

Below you will find a table of contents with all the items that will be discussed in the article. I want to say right away that everything written is my personal, of course, subjective impressions. But, at the same time, I will describe all things, albeit briefly, but having a long service life for many of them, so this is not a short reply with a description of items, but exactly my experience of using them.

Content

HTC One M9 smartphone

Before the M9, my main smartphones were about the same proportion of HTC One (M8) and Meizu MX4 Pro. I will write about the latter below, but I have already told everything I could about the M8.

In the HTC flagship, I was satisfied with everything except the resolution of the main camera. Note that it is its resolution, not quality. The M8 has no problems with image quality: the ultra-pixel module allows you to get deep, voluminous and saturated photos, but their low resolution turned out to be a serious disadvantage for me personally. Otherwise, the device has become almost ideal for me: metal, moderate dimensions, not the most successful, but you can get used to it, a cool screen with a comfortable diagonal and natural color reproduction, great sound in the speakers and good in headphones, excellent performance, pleasant Sense, and so on.< /p>

For the M9, HTC has kept much of the best of the M8 in place, replacing the camera and slightly tweaking the color characteristics of the display. The camera in the early versions of the smartphone, to be honest, scared me not of the best image quality with a huge sensor resolution for a smartphone - 20 MP. But with the release of a couple of firmware, the situation has seriously changed. At first, they simply improved the quality, then added support for RAW, which by itself on a small, by the standards of cameras, sensor in a smartphone should hardly produce much better quality frames than in JPEG, but in direct comparison, at least on the HTC One M9, still gives. From what upsets me in the new M9, I can note the heating of the case, it is present and unpleasant when I actively use the device. Otherwise, it's still the same M8 that I love with the right improvements.

Meizu MX4 Pro smartphone

Since the release of the device on sale, I have used it as the main phone on a par with the M8. Naturally, to write a review of a particular smartphone, I switched to it and used the device for 2-3 weeks, but then, if possible, returned to the MX4 Pro. I won’t dissemble, I didn’t get used to the dimensions of the MX4 Pro for a couple of days, but much longer, and even now, when I pick up this smartphone, at first I remember the moments of getting used to and training again. For me, a screen size of 5.5 inches is overkill. But some other features of the device still turned out to be more important, and in the end I put up with the dimensions of the MX4 Pro in their favor.

First, it's a camera. The 20 MP resolution and manual shooting mode together make it possible to take very cool photos in a wide variety of conditions and situations. And yes, I really do not use this mode very rarely on the MX4 Pro and on the same M8 and M9.

Second is the display. The resolution of 2560x1536 for a diagonal of 5.5” is just right, the screen is good in all respects, as I like, without excessive contrast and so on.

Thirdly, a hardware key under the screen, which is also a touchpad and a fingerprint scanner. To be honest, I did not use the scanner on the MX4 Pro, although it works perfectly in the device - it recognizes touch from the first time and from any angle. But I really liked the button. Pressing it turns on the screen or returns to the main desktop, and holding it turns off the screen. I assigned the “back” action to the touch of the key, as a result, one button solves many tasks at once, you quickly get used to it, and then switching to a smartphone without this element with the same capabilities is not easy - you have to wean yourself from such a convenient thing.

Finally, one more point for which I chose the MX4 Pro is the battery life. Despite the high resolution, the smartphone runs on a single charge all day. It's not that I have any problems with devices that break out by dinner, I always have an external battery with me, but it's still nice to use a device that, with active use, survives at least until the evening.

And yet I can't help but say that I'm most looking forward to a smartphone with a 5” screen (like Xiaomi Mi4) and top-end features from Meizu. I have little hope that the company will introduce something like this soon, but what if?

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 (1st generation)

As much as I'm indifferent to tablets in general, I love my Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 in particular. It would seem that the first generation, a test of the pen in a new format of devices with a capacious battery in an unusual form factor. At the same time, Tablet 8 has a low screen resolution (1280x800 pixels), a slow platform (Mediatek MT8125), so even when flipping through desktops, the device lags, both cameras are installed just for show, their quality is low. And despite all this, I use this device constantly and every time I am glad that I have this tablet. Why?

It's simple - I use the Yoga Tablet 8 for only one task - watching videos before bed or when traveling, whether it's a meeting on the subway or a business trip to another country. And in this role, the device is simply gorgeous. A small screen resolution with a diagonal of 8'' is quite appropriate, I watch videos in HD quality, just under the screen. The performance of the MT8125 is enough to “twist” FullHD in any codec without any problems, and I don’t care about the slowness of the platform when flipping through the screens, I have MX Player running, and I rarely leave it. But the main thing is the time of work. The tablet lives on a single battery charge for about 14-16 hours, I don’t count how much for a long time, I just take a fully charged Yoga Tablet 8 with me on a two-three-day trip and often never charge it during this time, while constantly using by appointment - to watch the video.

External battery Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 10400

A beautiful battery in an aluminum case from the Chinese Xiaomi. It costs just ridiculous money in the company store - about 600 rubles, the quality of workmanship is excellent. I carry it with me all the time, taking it out of my backpack just to recharge it. The complete accessory cable is short, so I use a long one, the battery itself is in my backpack, and I am holding a charging smartphone in my hands.

It is best to put Mi Power Bank in a silicone case right away so that it does not damage items in the backpack.

Experimentally, I found out that this capacity is most suitable for me. 5000 mAh, of course, is more convenient, but it is not enough when traveling. 16,000 is enough everywhere, but on trips, especially on vacation, the extra 150 grams, when a backpack weighing 5-6 kilograms is already on your back, begin to play an important role.

Xiaomi Mi Band

After a year of studying these accessories, I have not been inspired by the idea of ​​fitness bracelets? so I wear the Mi Band in a yellow strap rather just to cheer up with a colorful thing on my arm and, as a bonus, know how many kilometers and steps I have walked. I tried to measure sleep with a bracelet, but I don’t see any benefit in this. Well, yes, he shows me the phases of deep and light sleep, and what's next?

Despite the amazing simplicity of the accessory, it is very popular among my friends and acquaintances. Almost everyone has already asked to bring him “such a thing”, and when asked why, everyone answers the same way: “Interesting, and it is very cheap!”. It is really cheap, in China in the Mi Band company store it costs 700 rubles, even a little less.

Headphones Creative Aurvana Live!

I bought these headphones instead of the Marshall Major. In the latter, everything suited me, except that I could not wear them for more than a couple of hours - they pressed too hard on my ears and head in general. And Creative Aurvana Live! chose after reading the reviews in Yandex.Market, several people praised them very much for their incredibly comfortable fit on the head.

In general, in reality, everything turned out just like that. The headphones sound good, as several of my friends have noted, who are definitely better than me in this matter, but for me personally, the most important thing is the fit on the head. In Creative Aurvana Live! I can spend 5-6 hours and only then feel a slight discomfort, the headphones sit very comfortably on my ears and do not remind me of myself - this is exactly what I was looking for.

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 laptop

For nearly five years now, the ThinkPad has been my primary laptop and I'm still satisfied with its performance, screen, keyboard and battery life. Yes, the extended battery X220 is heavy and not thin, but other than that it's a (in my opinion) chic product. A real working tool, yes, expensive, but in these five years it has never let me down.

The stock in the X220 turned out to be so large in all respects that even after such a long time, using this device, I absolutely do not feel the need to change it to something else, more relevant or fresh.

Fujifilm X20 digital camera

Before settling on the Fujifilm X20, I traveled to exhibitions and various presentations, as well as on vacation, with a Sony Alpha A580 SLR camera and a 16-105 DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. The weight of the camera without a lens is about 700 grams, the weight of the lens is a little less than 500 grams, in total more than a kilogram around the neck in order to be able to take photos of fairly average (as I now understand) quality. Naturally, people who use a reflex camera and a fleet of optics all the time will only smile when they read about “already a kilogram of weight on the neck!”, After all, they are used to ten to fifteen kilogram backpacks on their backs with “glasses”, a flash, a tripod and other auxiliary accessories, but for my scenarios, a 1-kilogram set of a camera and a universal zoom lens turned out to be enough at first, and then I realized that this was too much for me.

When choosing a compact camera, I hesitated between the Sony RX100 and Fujifilm X20, the first camera is more compact with similar photo quality, the second allows you to quickly and conveniently adjust the camera settings for yourself due to the many mechanical controls on the body. In the end, I settled on the Fujifilm X20 and have never regretted it. With a weight of 350 grams and three times smaller dimensions compared to the Sony Alpha 580, this camera completely suits me in terms of photo quality, and in terms of ease of use it will give odds to many cameras on the market (in my opinion) due to convenient mechanical keys and switches. I like this control option much more than a huge touch screen and a couple of buttons.

And of course, the Fujifilm X20 has an absolutely stunning Fashion shoe look, I know people who, when choosing a compact camera, settled on Fuji simply because of the design of this camera. And I can understand them.

And, of course, Fujifilm X20 has a simply stunning appearance. Fashion shoes fashion shoes , I know people who, when choosing a compact camera, settled on Fuji simply because of the design of this camera. And I can understand them.

Eastpak Provider backpack

I bought this backpack about 4-5 years ago, I don't remember exactly. I settled on the Eastpak brand, based on online reviews and the stories of several of my friends who have already managed to buy backpacks from this company. Now Eastpak Provider costs about 85 euros, I bought it, of course, cheaper, for about 60 euros, if I'm not mistaken. Why this backpack?

Firstly, it is very roomy. The volume is 33 liters, while you can pack a lot of things in it, sometimes I go on short trips with just a backpack, because I manage to fit a camera, a tablet, a laptop, all cameras and chargers, things for several days and even a full-size external keyboard (I don't like laptop keyboards, what can you do). Yes, I'm quite serious, this Eastpak is very, very roomy.

Secondly, the backpack looks good: not quite youthful, but not a black "coffin" either.

Third, and this is the most important property - it is very reliable and practical. Doesn't let water through: I've been caught in a downpour with a backpack several times, and all its contents remained dry. It practically does not get dirty, and if traces appear, they can be easily wiped off with a damp cloth. It can withstand a very large weight: I don’t know how many kilograms are acceptable for this model, but sometimes I put 10-12 kilograms of things in a backpack, then throw it behind my back, and everything is fine. During these five years, I have been using my Eastpak Provider constantly, both when traveling and when I just go somewhere for work or to the office. For all the time, the backpack not only didn’t break any loop or the strap came off, there was not even a hint of the slightest damage and wear - it’s like new.

InCase EO Travel Backpack

By the time I bought the InCase, I already had an Eastpak, and the decision to add another backpack was dictated simply by curiosity. InCase just released a new line of travel bags, and the backpack was one of them - a beautiful and simple advertisement went through, and I thought, why not take a separate backpack specifically for business and travel, if they already created one?

By the way, here is a video demonstrating the possibilities of EO Travel on youtube.

In short, this is a comfortable backpack for short trips. It has a separate fold-out pocket for a laptop and tablet, so during security screening at the airport, even when the backpack is full, you can take out your laptop and tablet in just a couple of seconds. There is a compartment for storing things, closing with a mesh - also convenient. There is a whole compartment with small pockets for pens, pencils, batteries, smartphones and cables. There are a lot of pockets, so enough for a couple of smartphones and a lot of other things. It is important that the backpack expands to 40 liters from the base 30. You can go "there" with a folded thirty-liter backpack, and back, when you need to carry gifts and souvenirs, expand it to forty liters.

Overall, I like InCase EO Travel. I can’t call it as reliable and indestructible as my Eastpak, and if I used it as actively, it would probably have “spoiled” by now. But if you take EO Travel only on business trips and trips, on average once a month or a little less, it will last 3-4 years (this is in my case), and most likely much longer.

Shoulder bag Kata National Geographic NG 4568

I wrote a short article about this bag on mobile-review.com a couple of years ago. Then I took it for the Sony Alpha NEX-6 camera, I sold the camera a long time ago, and I still use the bag now, and it helps me a lot when traveling.

The bag has some useful features for me. Firstly, the bag is worn around the neck, that is, it cannot be lost and dropped, they will not be able to snatch it from you somewhere in a crowded place, if only with you in addition.

Secondly, the bag has two large compartments, a pocket for documents and two pockets for small items. In the main compartment (located at the bottom) I put my Fujifilm X20 digital camera, and in the secondary (smaller) compartment I put an external battery and a couple of cables, and sometimes a spare.

Thirdly, my wallet with maps and a passport inside fits perfectly into the pocket on the back. Velcro pocket, and the wallet is very tight, that is, it cannot accidentally fall out. In addition, there are two small pockets on the belt, one will fit a push-button phone (the smartphone will not fit entirely), the other - small things like a memory card and a flash drive.

I use this bag on all trips: on business trips and travels, even if I go to an exhibition and carry a backpack with a tripod, a laptop and other things, I still throw the bag over my shoulder to have quick access to all important things . I bought it two years ago for 2,000 rubles, can I buy it now, to be honest, I don’t know, I probably need to look.

Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet

There are three materials on our website about different Bellroy wallets, if you are interested, read them:

I bought the Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet in February 2013 and have been using it as my main wallet ever since. In two years it has worn a little, but not too much, although it should be noted here that I use it very carefully and far from daily (because I often work at home and I simply do not need to go anywhere). With daily use, the wallet will probably wear out much more.

In my wallet I carry three bank cards, a Troika travel card, and usually a couple of large bills and a few small ones. I throw the change into my backpack. For me, this wallet turned out to be very convenient, it's exactly what I was looking for: simple, thin, compact, with convenient pockets and a hidden compartment for a five-thousandth banknote "in reserve".

The downside of a wallet is that it probably costs almost 6,000 rubles in Russia now, on the other hand, Bellroy gives a three-year warranty on all its products, and if in a year or two after purchase your wallet becomes unusable (it wears out badly or something else happens to it through no fault of yours), you can send it back to Australia and get a new one, the same. Moreover, if you just do not like the wallet, you can send it back and get money.

Bellroy Travel Wallet

I use this wallet on business trips and travels, in fact, it is intended for this purpose.

The wallet has two compartments for banknotes, the wallet is tall, so even large euros fit normally. In one of the two pockets you can store a plane ticket, it will also fit neatly here and will not protrude from the edge of the wallet. On the inside of one of the pockets for banknotes there is a slot for a SIM card, here you can put a miniSIM and even more so a microSIM or nanoSIM.

The Travel Wallet also has a separate pocket for a passport, it is a standard size, so it will fit a passport, a regular passport or any other document of this size. Not far from this pocket is a miniature pen. A pen is a very useful item that always ends up somewhere far away when they give you a small ticket on the plane to fill out before boarding somewhere in Hong Kong or Beijing (or in the USA). And here both the pen and the passport are nearby, you don’t need to look for anything, the ticket can be filled out right on the spot right on the wallet, if there is nothing solid to support at hand. I sometimes fill out these forms on the way from the plane to the passport checkpoint, not very convenient, but quickly.

Like the Hide and Seek Wallet, this wallet wears out over time, but if you use it only on trips, it will keep a decent appearance for several years.