WIN the experience of a lifetime and an Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia GB are teaming up with Ed Stafford and his crew of intrepid explorers to take the Xperia Z1, the world's best camera in a waterproof smartphone, to four Hidden Wonders of the World, testing its capabilities to the limit. Follow them as they post clues along the way and locate the Xperia Z1 for your chance to win a trip to one of our Hidden Wonders. This sounds like an excellent adventire and you can discover more, along with details of how to enter here

Why No BIG Giveaways?

Over the past few weeks, we have seen a growing trend in the number of emails here at Geekanoids HQ asking why we don't do big giveaways. Many of them citing other channels that give away smartphones, tablets & laptops on a semi-regular basis. Wherever possible, all emails get a response, but a couple asked us to make a video response. Whilst this subject does not really warrant a video, we are happy to cover the subject here.

From the outset, the Geekanoids Channel was put together to share valuable information about the latest technology to hit the scene. The primary goal of most videos is to help prospective buyers make an informed purchasing decision. There is nothing worse than buying a piece of tech, only to find it either under-delivers or does not have the features you were expecting. We hope that the videos that appear on the channel help give you the info you need.

As Geekanoids grew, it became possible for us to fund our own smaller giveaways and also publish sponsored videos whereby the prize was supplied to us. When we run these videos it is for the sole purspose of giving back to you, the viewers. It is our way of appreciating you watching and more importantly being part of our community. Think of it as an 'exclusive club' where you are all really appreciated. In fact just recently, with some hard behind-the-scenes work, we managed to secure three new sponsors, so we are able to share some really nice products with more of you.

When you see channels doing large giveaways, of course, enter, you would be silly not too. If you win a nice new smartphone then congratulations. We would even enter these on occasion, in the hope we would win and be able to give the prize away to someone who has supported Geekanoids. What I would be wary of though is channels that do this purely to build viewers & subscribers. The reason I mention this is that we still live in an online society where numbers matter. When approaching PR companies for products, the often look at the number, rather than the community & engagement the channel offers. If you see a channel that is just running big giveaways time after time, just bookmark them as such, enter & move on (oh and good luck).
There are some exceptions to this, for example TechnoBuffalo run regular giveaways. These are sponsored though and their other content speaks for itself, backing up that they are a trusted source of information. 

In closing, the question still remains unanswered… why don't Geekanoids run big giveaways. Well, it is not to say that we never will. If the opportunity arises to give away a nice sponsor prize that will perhaps kickstart a budding video producers career, that would be epic and we would jump on it. However, for the timebeing, we are happy with where the channel is. With previous, current & future giveaways, we have helped so many people with YouTube related products and will continue along that path as it is truer to our overall vision of our community.

Tokyoflash Kisai Online Winner

A couple of weeks ago Geekanoids published a review of the Kisai Online watch from Tokyoflash. This modern watch looks awesome and shows the time in a very unique way. You can check out the review below.

In addition to the review, Tokyoflash very kindly gave us an Online watch to give away. So many of you entered and we cannot thank you enough, but there can only be one winner. 
The winner of the Kisai Online is @geekhelpinghand on Twitter … a BIG CONGRATULATIONS goes out to you.

If you were not lucky enough to win, then there is some good news here for you too. Head on over to the Tokyoflash website and place your order. Use code GEE15 at checkout for up to 15% off your order (valid for the next seven days). 

Geek Competition Results - the finalists

The results of the Geek Competition were announced earlier today. It now gives us great pleasure to share the three finalists with you here. Click through to see their channels & of course subscribe if you like what you see (I am sure you will). A big thank you to all the companies involved in supplying prizes too.

First Runner-up is houlker199 who wins a Belkin Tri-Fold Folio & PowerPack 4000 (thanks to Belkin).

 Second Runner-up is TechMeOut who wins a Belkin Tri-Fold Folio & PowerPack 4000 (thanks to Belkin).

The Grand Final Winner is TechnologyGadgets who wins the following;
Blackberry Curve 9380 (thanks to Blackberry UK).
Editors Keys SL150 Mic & FCPX Keyboard (thanks to Editors Keys).
White Sennheiser HD228 Headphones (thanks to Purely Gadgets).
Belkin Conserve Surge Protector (thanks to Belkin).

Geek Competition Results

Over the past three months we have been running a very cool competition. Giving viewers the chance to make a video on a particular theme each month, with a winner selected in each round to earn their place in the final. 

I would like to personally thank everyone who entered. It has been a great pleasure watching all your videos, all of which were entertaining in their own individual way. In a way, it is a shame that there can only be three grand final entries. If you were not selected, do not worry, there will be plenty more opportunities in the future… keep making videos… and keep enjoying what you do.

Well, the time has come now. The video below reveals the best from round three, followed by the three videos in the Grand Final and of course the overall winner. I won't spoil anything in this text, other than to say congratulations to the prize winners. There will be a further post later, showing all three finalist videos for you to enjoy.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 Winners

Back on the 20th July we posted a video review of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 (see video below). This superb collection of applications really does deliver a well rounded package to give the creative designer some very powerful & intuitive tools. Please do check out the video & the Corel website.

In the video, we also gave viewers the chance to win one of three CorelDRAW packages. With so many entries, I would like to personally thank everyone who took part.
The winners are detailed below, congratulations go out to;

Win a Speck SeeThru Case Every Day This Week


You all know me by now… one of the first things I do when I get a new laptop is to put some sort of case on it. With the elegance of Apple design, it is always nice if I can achieve this without too much bulk being added. For an example of how this can be acheived, check out my review below of the Speck SeeThru Case.

Every day this week I will be randomly selecting one winner, who will get to choose a Speck SeeThru case of their choice from the selection below. This giveaway will run from Monday 30th January 2012 at 1am GMT through to 5th February 2012 at midnight GMT. I will randomly select the winner the following day, with the last winner being announced on the 6th Feb. You can enter as many times as you want, max once per day. Any age is welcome to enter & available worldwide.

All you need to do to enter is copy & paste the message below into a tweet, or click THIS LINK & tweet out the resulting message.

RT Check @speckproducts & sub to @geekanoids for a chance to win a SeeThru Case every day #GeekSP 

The winner will be able to choose from the following prizes (subject to stock). 

MacBook Pro 13" See Thru case (Raspberry, Colbalt, Peacock, Clear)
MacBook Pro 13" See Thru Satin case (Aubergine, Raspberry)
MacBook Pro 15" Fitted case (SpexyHexy Purple, TartanPlaid Grey/Black, TartanPlaid White)
MacBook Pro 15" See Thru Satin case (Clementine, Peacock, Aubergine, Raspberry)
MacBook Pro 17" See Thru Satin case (Black)
MacBook Air 11" See Thru case (Raspberry, Cobalt, Peacock, Clementine)
MacBook Air 13" See Thru case (Colbalt, Raspberry)
MacBook Air 13" See Thru Satin case (Aubergine, Clementine, Black)

Are you Visibly Smart? Asus Competition

ASUS UK, alongside partner Intel, has announced the launch of the 'Visibly Smart' short video competition; a celebration of the creative strength in British filmmaking and a chance for talented teams to win a video commission from ASUS UK as well as their own N Series notebooks. 

The Visibly Smart video competition invites moving-image makers from across the UK to create a 2 minute piece of work that commends being Visibly Smart, reflects the ASUS global ethos (Inspiring Innovation, Persistent Perfection) and cleverly incorporates an innovative feature of the N Series range of notebooks. 

All entries will be uploaded onto the ASUS consumer portal (Here) from 20th June 2011 where the public will be invited to engage through comments and voting. 

Everyone that votes or comments on the videos will be entered into a prize draw to win an N Series laptop for themselves. The visionary team behind the winning video will each receive an N Series laptop (up to 4). What's more, the talented filmmakers will be profiled on ASUS' global website and commissioned to create a video for ASUS UK later in 2011/2012. 

For a more detailed brief about the campaign please visit TechInStyle

Click here for FAQs about the campaign and for details on how to upload your own video