Events Out and about

The Gadget Show Live 2016

I’ve been to The Gadget Show Live at the NEC for the last two years and I’ve always had a fantastic time so when I had the opportunity to go again this year I just couldn’t miss it! When I’ve visited The Gadget Show before I was a student and I went with my ICT class on college trips. Unfortunately I’m not a student any more but my brother is so I managed to get onto the trip as his +1.

We got to the NEC for about 10.30am and made our way straight to the exhibition entrance. The queue was ENORMOUS but as soon as the doors opened it didn’t take us long to get inside. Because we went on the first day 9 – 11am was reserved for press and trade visitors only so the doors opened to the general public at 11am.

My brother absolutely loves Formula 1 so when we saw the Formula 1 experience simulator we had to go on! It was quite a bumpy ride, much more bumpy than I was expecting but we both enjoyed it.

the formula 1 experience ride

Another fun part was the FIFA competition in the gaming area of the show. Basically the host invited people onto the stage to have ten attempts to score as many goals as they could. I’m not sure exactly which version of FIFA it was and what console they were playing on but it was really entertaining to watch.

FIFA competition

Because I’ve been before I could compare the range of brands there this year to who I’ve seen there in previous years and, if I’m honest, I was kinda disappointed. I really wanted to see HTC because I was interested to see if they had any decent mobile phones coming out soon but unfortunately their entire stand was dedicated to their brand new virtual reality headset.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s no doubt that virtual reality is going to be enormous this year but it’s not something I’m particularly interested in. I wouldn’t go out and buy a virtual reality headset, but that’s just my personal opinion! I know that David McClelland was there presenting in The Connect Theatre and he is absolutely bonkers about virtual reality. It’s just personal opinion.

Another big trend from The Gadget Show was portable charging, be it through power banks or phone cases with built in batteries. They were everywhere! Luckily my phone has great battery life but I know I’m in a minority. These products would be fantastic for people who’s phone battery isn’t great and there’s an enormous variety of products out there so there’ll be something for everyone.

The highlight for me had to be the Top Tech of 2016 show in The Connect Theatre hosted by David McClelland and John Mason. They picked out some incredible gadgets but my personal favourite was the LG G5 chosen by David McClelland.

the connect theatre

He had a prototype to show us but I wanted a closer look so at the end of the show I made a dash for the stage. He showed me the device up close and we had a quick chat about the operating system and the add-ons available. I’m so glad I went up and said hello otherwise I wouldn’t have had that opportunity. It just goes to show that if you don’t ask you don’t get!

The Gadget Show Live is on all weekend and ends on Sunday 3rd April so if you’re interested click here for more information, I think there’s still tickets available!

Let me know in the comments whether you’ve ever been to The Gadget Show Live before. If so, what did you think? Would you ever go again? If you haven’t been to The Gadget Show Live before, do you think you ever would?

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