Riva Arena

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

(€270) There are gazil­lions of Blue­tooth wire­less speak­ers but not many ‘Wi-Fi speak­ers’. Riva’s Arena is both in one, ben­e­fit­ting both from the con­ve­nience of Blue­tooth and the (slightly) higher qual­ity of Wi-Fi con­nec­tions. Com­pat­i­ble with Chrome­cast, it also has the ad­van­tage of an ex­tra bat­tery if you want to bring it on the road with you. In terms of qual­ity, this is up there with pre­mium speak­ers from the likes of Bose and Sonos.

Moto G5 (€199 or from free on op­er­a­tor con­tract) When it comes to bud­get smart­phones, Mo­torola is ar­guably the king. Its new­est G5 (like all pre­vi­ous ‘G’ mod­els) gives you a hell of a lot for your money, in­clud­ing a fin­ger­print scan­ner, a de­cent 13-megapixel rear cam­era and a pretty nice five-inch 1080p screen. Where it cuts cor­ners is on the same­ness of the de­sign and just 16GB of stor­age. How­ever, there’s Mi­croSD ex­pan­sion built in. Bat­tery life is fine and it uses the older Mi­croUSB rather than USB-C to recharge.

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