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Review – Huawei Freebuds 3

Huawei Freebuds 3 in their charging case.
Huawei Freebuds 3 in the Charging case.

Having bought several pairs of earbuds and headphones over the past 18 months to replace a pair of wired buds that I was particularly attached to, I hadn’t found that one pair that did it all, the one pair that ticked every box. The Huawei Freebuds 3 are my latest purchase, and here is how they hold up.

To cut a long story short – These things are next to perfect for me.

In the Beginning

I had been very wary of True Wireless Buds after seeing the Apple AirPods looking like a wedge of money waiting for me to lose one and waste £150. When I got the Huawei P30 Pro, it was my first Android phone, and the first phone I had that didn’t have a 3.5mm jack to plug my headphones into. For a while, I had an adapter to keep using my existing buds and headphones, and then I bought a set of Skullcandy Crusher 3 over the ear headphones, and while I love them, they are too big for day to day use.

Just before Christmas, I was lucky enough to get a voucher from the Huawei community forum for 50% off the new Freebuds 3 wireless buds. At £165, it was the same story as the fruity AirPods, but given a voucher for 50% off. It would be churlish not to take the offer and make a leap of faith.

I received the buds on Same Day delivery from Argos, and I had the buds charged in time for me to use them on the way to work that evening.

Getting Set Up

Connecting the buds to the P30pro was as simple as downloading the app and opening the case. Yep, that simple. I was astounded by this as I have had some tough times trying to get certain wireless devices connected. While talking about connection, these buds stay connected until you need them to be disconnected (to do this you simply put them back in the charging case).

The most important element when it comes to earbuds or headphones for me is how they sound (obviously) – Well, these buds sound fantastic. Possibly the best sounding earbuds I have ever used. I won’t compare them to over the head/ear devices as I believe that they have a different job to do in different circumstances. Seeing as most of my listening is done on the move, the Freebuds is going to be my main buds, and I am more than happy with this.

Huawei Freebuds out of the Charging Case

Charging times are really quick, and the charge lasts so long. I haven’t timed the charge times, but I have only had to recharge the case twice in the two weeks I have been using them. The Buds recharge from the case and a quick splash and dash charge from the P30pro wireless charging for a quick charge to get me home.

Testing

I listen to a lot of Audio Drama, and the Freebuds do a great job of allowing me to get lost in the drama. For music, there is clarity and super clear separation. I really cannot fault these buds for what they are designed to do.

Since I got the Freebuds, I have given them thorough testing over various musical styles. Ranging from Iron Maiden to Beethoven, from a Ministry of Sound playlist on Spotify to a Relaxation video on YouTube and not once have the Freebuds let me down. The sound is clear and full. The Bass isn’t overwhelming to the point of distortion and the high end is crystal clear and beautiful to listen to.

Conclusion

I can’t compare the Freebuds to any other device of its kind, but I won’t be straying far from these in the future as to my ears, these are about as close to perfect as I think I am going to get. I think if you have an android device, especially a Huawei one, the Freebuds are the way to go. I would say that if you want full compatibility, then using the Freebuds on an Apple device could leave you disappointed as the App that controls the Freebuds isn’t available in the iOs App Store. If that isn’t a deal-breaker, go for the Freebuds, but if you want to make the most out of your money, go for what works best for your device. For me… the way forward is Free

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United – O.M. Faure

United (The Cassandra Programme #3)

United by O.M. Faure

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The breathtaking roller coaster ride that is The Beautiful Ones trilogy comes to a huge climax. It really is a ride as I had no idea what twists were coming next.

The Ugandan side of the mission is over and now DeAnn and Olivia are now relocated to the USA, and if anything this is the book of the trilogy that hit me the hardest. The stark realisation that the African portions were hard to stomach, I personally feel that what comes from the Almighty USA is by far harder to comprehend.

Morals and Ethics are really out of the window this time and, as in the previous two books, the possible reality of what I was reading struck home, the fact that this was SO close to homemade this more of ann out-right horror story. IN the same way that A Clockwork Orange was never meant to be Horror, the nature of the outcomes (or possible outcomes) make this scarier than any Stephen King book.

United rounds off and almost finishes the Beautiful Ones story (as mentioned before there is a prequel short story that answers a few more questions) in such a way that I was actively hoping that the next books were around the corner. After speaking with Ms Faure on Twitter last week, it seems we have a bit of a wait for the next batch of missions. I for one, can’t wait.



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Torn – O.M. Faure

Torn

Torn by O.M. Faure

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The second book in the Cassandra Trilogy #1, Torn is exactly as the title describes. You become torn about ethics and morality. O.M Faure goes deeper than in Chosen to highlight the possibilities of what is to come.

In Torn, you start to get the flesh and bones of Olivia and DeAnn, your relationship with both characters change and you start to see that they really aren’t what you expected from the first book. DeAnn especially has a huge amount of growth throughout this book.

I read this pretty much straight after I finished Chosen. I bought both Torn and United (book 3) together and once I had finished Chosen at around 2 am, I had to start Torn as cliffhangers bug me and, well, it just made me start reading.

The middle part of the story is quite possibly the most hard-hitting and morally difficult to read. Faure gives us more home truths about a future that makes Nuclear War look like a picnic at the beach.

I am so glad I got the opportunity to jump into this world. Not only have I been entertained, but I have also genuinely started to think about the issues raised and have started to wonder how I can do my little part to make a change. I won’t say that this will happen for everyone who reads the Trilogy, but each one who does can only help the cause.



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The Chosen – O.M. Faure

Chosen (The Cassandra Programme #1)

Chosen by O.M. Faure

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The fact that I got this book for free, will make no difference in the manner in which I gush over this book (and the two that followed).

Chosen introduces us to Olvia and DeAnn – one you will love and one you won’t… it is up to you to decide which is which.

For me Olivia was the sympathetic character that I rooted for from the start, she wasn’t meant to be in the situation she found herself, the Programme was destined to clash with Olivia, whether she liked it or not. DeAnn, on the other hand, thought she deserved to have a spot and demeaned everyone and everything to get there. For me, in this first book, DeAnn has very few (if any) redeeming features. O.M. Faure gives us everything we need to dislike her and it’s pretty easy.

Obviously, Chosen takes chances and gambles on making big leaps in the storyline – it is all set up rather quickly and then you get hit by facts; that if you are even slightly human, will start to make you think about the world we currently live in. The Trilogy is never preachy in its delivery, it just gives you the hard facts and allows your morality to decide whether the ‘story’ affects you or not.

This is the start of a journey that has so much going for it and will educate and entertain you in equal spadefuls.



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