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Secure Protection for Your Phone With the Urban Armor Gear PATHFINDER Series

GLXS8_PATHFINDER_RST-MAIN.1006_grandeUrban Armor Gear has protection available for many devices- laptops, tablets, and phones, and we have reviewed many of them here at TheGeekChurch. The case we’re reviewing today comes from the PATHFINDER series.

The case we were sent to review is specifically for Samsung Galaxy S8, but you can also get them for iPhones. The PATHFINDER series cases come in black, white, and rust- which is the color we got. It looks more orange, and brighter than what you might think rust would look like, but still a very nice, sporty color.

This case has many of the same characteristics that other UAG series cases have- like being feather-light, impact resistant, anti-scratch, and having the same great access to charging ports, and the camera/flash. I currently have the Composite case on my phone(Galaxy S7), and it feels very similar. In fact, the descriptions on the UAG website here and here are pretty much the same- with the exception of things unique to the S8- like being “compatible with Samsung Pay and Samsung Fast Wireless Charging Convertible.”

As with all of their cases, the Pathfinder series is drop tested according to military standard of 810G-516.6, which is assuring to those who want to protect their phones in case they drop. If you can appreciate this quality of case for your phone, they sell for $34.95 on the UAG site, or you can buy them at other places like Amazon, Best Buy and Wal-Mart.

 

 

Posted by on May 21st, 2017 No Comments

Protect Your HUAWEI P10 and Mate 9 with UAG Plasma Series

We’ve reviewed many excellent phone cases from Urban Armor Gear. These cases that we’ve been sent to review from the company are from the popular PLASMA series. They are for the HUAWEI phones like P10 and Mate 9.

Ice for the Huawei Mate 9

                         Ice for the Huawei Mate 9

The PLASMA series for other phones like Samsung Galaxy S7 have come in different colors like Ash (which is dark grey in color), Magma (red), and Cobalt (blue). There is even a Citron(green)- in addition to the other colors for an iPhone. From what we can tell, if you want a PLASMA case for the Mate 9, it will come only in Ice- which is the clear case. The P10 has the option of Ice and Ash. So there isn’t as broad a variety of colors for these phones, but color can be overrated anyway.

These cases have it where it really counts, though. There is the three layer protection- which consists of an armor shell, shock cushions, and impact resistant rubber. The case is feather light, while still providing the quality that you need to protect your phone. As with all the other UAG products, the cases have been drop-tested to Military Standard of 810G–516.6.

The P10 comes in Ash and Ice

                  The P10 comes in Ash and Ice

Each case has the sturdy, rubberized grip that helps those of us with butter fingers. Also, there is easy access to the ports for charging, headphones, and an opening for the camera, as well as access to the fingerprint sensor on the HUAWEI Mate 9 located below the camera. The power button and volume button is covered and protected, but still work just as well.

Overall, this is a great product that we trust to protect our phones, and if you want the same protection, you can purchase one for $39.95 on the UAG website for the Huawei Mate 9 here and the P10 here.

Posted by on May 21st, 2017 No Comments

30th Anniversary Edition Street Fighter Pixel Pals

chun-liPixel Pals™ are an officially licensed collection of light-up, pixelated iconic characters brought to you by Performance Designed Products. Such characters include Mario, Luigi, Link, and Vault Boy from Fallout 4. We have been given the new 30th Anniversary Edition Street Fighter Pixel Pals™ to review.

Chun-Li is number 11 in the Pixel Pals™ series. Fans of Street Fighter II will recognize her as the first female fighter. She became a playable character in the game in 1991, and now is one of the most popular characters of the game. Now her fans can have a little 8 bit Chibi form that glows with the addition of two AAA batteries- not included.

Number 12 in the series is Ryu. I would think that he would come before Chun-Li, but ladies first, eh? Ryu, of course, was a main character in the very first Street Fighter game- which premiered in 1987. His character is wearing ryu1the classic gi, black belt, hachimaki(headband), and sparring gloves.

The plastic, pixelated, glowing characters stand at almost 5 inches tall, and a little over 4 inches wide. If you have a long shelf, you could line up all the 8-bit characters from your favorite game classics and have a little lighted parade!

We’re told that the next release will be announced shortly. What game character would you like to see from Pixel Pals? Leave your favorite in the comments below, and go purchase the other characters for $14.99 on their website, or at Amazon.com. They are also available in Best Buy, Walmart, and GameStop stores.

Posted by on May 12th, 2017 No Comments

TYLT Flipcard Portable Power Pack

TYLT FlipcardLet’s consider this a sequel to the Flipstick Portable Power Pack that I reviewed yesterday. Yes, this is another review of another mobile battery back, but it is quite something.

I have to admit that I really like the Flipcard. While it may not be small and compact as a credit card, it is a little thick because it is made for 5,000 mAh. That’s good, because you can get 2 full charges on a regular smartphone.

Much of what is on the Flipcard is on the Flipstick, with the LED battery level indicator lights and made for micro-USB, Lightning, and Type-C connector. This is one of the issues with mobile batteries, is they tend to be all alike. Oh wait, there is something different as the Flipcard has a 2.4 Amp output.

Okay, it really is quite a product, and you need to get in on this if you want a great mobile battery. You can purchase it on the TYLT site for about $49.99.

Posted by on May 9th, 2017 No Comments

TYLT Flipstick Portable Power Pack

TYLT FlipstickSo, most people now have one of these mobile batteries because most smartphones can’t go a few hours without needing a charge. I suppose that we are to blame for what we put our phones through. I have reviewed so many that I have lost count, and today it is the Flipstick from TYLT, another company whose products that I have reviewed.

There is brand known as PocketJuice that it very cheap and does its mobile battery job. I don’t know if this is by design, but TYLT’s Flipstick has a similar shape.

I can’t remember what the stats are for a typical PocketJuice, but the Flipstick has a 3,350 mAh battery, as well as an input/output for 1 Amp USB port. Most mobile batteries have a USB port, and the Flipstick has that, plus some connector for the Micro, Type C, or Lightning Connector.

So what else does it have? Well, it has the typical LED battery level indicator lights, and it has a 3 hour charge time for the internal battery. I’m told that it provides about 1 full charge to the smartphone.

The Flipstick will be available on the TYLT site soon in colors of blue, white, and black for the micro-USB, Lightning, on USB Type C Connector.

Posted by on May 8th, 2017 No Comments

Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon Chat Review

ReconChat-PS-PackagePhoto-1200x1200For the video gamer looking for a simple way to chat while playing on their PS4 Pro, PS4, Xbox One, or even mobile device, Turtle Beach has a relatively inexpensive answer: the Ear Force Recon Chat.

This product would primarily be used for chatting during a game. If you want to include your family and friends in the room with you during the game, this would definitely be the ideal way. Anyone can still hear the volume coming into/out of the ear cup. The description on the box says that this “Open ear-cup allows you to hear game audio in both ears.” Likewise, you can reverse what side you have your ear-cup on.

The shape of the earcup is unique to allow it to fit over glasses. That might be a bonus to many gamers. There isn’t a lot of padding to the headset, but it does feel reasonably comfortable. There’s not really a fair comparison to other Turtle Beach headsets that are more expensive. They aren’t bad for the price. You get what you pay for. Some gamers might prefer the non-bulky experience of this headset to the heavier ones that weigh you down after a while.

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The mic does make your voice heard clearly, and it is adjustable, as well as having the toggle on the wire for volume control, or to mute the mic. This gaming audio product is not yet available in the U.S., but you can pre-order one on the Turtle Beach site for $19.95. It is anticipated to ship starting May 15th. You can either get blue for PS4, or green for XBox.

Disclaimer: Turtle Beach sent this free product to TheGeekChurch in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received, and this review is not influenced in anyway by the company.

Posted by on May 3rd, 2017 No Comments

Yesgo Cases for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6/6S

YesgoWe do a lot of reviews of iPhone cases on this website, so it is always refreshing to receive one that I have never heard of. In this case, it is the company of Yesgo, which I am going to just assume is not from this country. The issue is for a product that does so much, it comes at a good price.

But we will get to that (the price). The Yesgo cases have a slim design that allow for full protection with dual layers of shock absorption. The interior of it is textured with all the rubberized goodness that comes with more expensive cases.

In spite of the rubberized case, there is a strange metallic feel on some of the cases. I got to try out the Gun Metal and Rose Gold variations of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and they feel like metal, assuming that they aren’t. Yeah, I don’t know if that makes sense.

Okay, so I will recommend them, especially because the price is pretty good at $14.73 CAD, and I’ll let you do the translation for currency, but it is quite good. I will give you the link to the Yesgo website, and you should just purchase one if you are in the market for an inexpensive website.

Posted by on April 6th, 2017 No Comments

Beyerdynamic MMX 300 2. Generation (2nd Generation)

Beyerdynamic MMX 300 2nd GenerationIt’s a brand new day, and we are going to review another great pair of headphones with the MMX 300, 2. Generation, or second generation. The new MMX 300 is a professional gaming headset which is “designed for champions”, and you can read our review of the first generation here.

The MMX 300 has some pretty huge earcups that are made to completely block out all sound, which makes a lot of sense as they were originally developed as a headset for the private aviation industry. That doesn’t surprise me in the least, honestly.

So yes, the sound is quite good. Right now, I’m just using them to listen to something on Netflix, and I can hear a lot of minutia in the sound. I can’t help but think the sound would be much weaker if I was using my regular earbuds.

You might notice the microphone on it, and the gooseneck is quite flexible. There is a high-quality condenser on it, and it is made so any ambient noise is kept out thanks to its cardioid polar pattern and pop shield.

There is also a remote control that is integrated into the cable, and it is very helpful for in case you want to mute the mic, not to mention accepting a phone call. The volume control is also there as well, so you know this is going to be good.

There is only one bad thing about this product. If you go to the Beyerdynamic website, it says that the MMX 300 2. Generation is temporarily unavailable as noise interferences may occur in certain applications. I didn’t find any applications as yet, but I am not certain if I will find it. It is available with 299 EUR.

Posted by on April 4th, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of the Solo Sullivan Briefcase Messenger Bag

Solo Bradford BriefcaseWell, I have to say that I haven’t heard of Solo before, but I have reviewed a lot of products from companies that have turned up on my doorstep. So, this is the Sullivan Briefcase Messenger, which is good for 15.6 inch laptops.

I suppose that is good enough for a MacBook of that size, and it is fully padded. For those that are Apple fans and have an iPad an iPhone, there are pockets for them. While there is a pocket inside for the tablet (about a good size for an iPad), and your iPhone can fit in the two front pockets. `

I’ve found that many bags are full of pockets, and I will say that this particular model isn’t quite full of pockets. However, how many pockets do you need? Well, in addition to the inner one, the inner tablet one, the two on the front, there is another in back.

Other features include a self closing magnetic flap, padded carry handles, and an adjustable strap. I’m going to say that this is something really great to have, and I will recommend it if you have the need. It can be purchased on the Solo website for $59.99.

Posted by on April 1st, 2017 No Comments

ZAGG Week Part 6: iFrogz Plugz, Charisma, Summit, and Impulse Wireless Earbuds

ZAGG Plugz WirelessOkay, we are going to conclude ZAGG week with not one, but four pairs of earbuds, and they are all wireless. I’m really going to be cramming a lot of information into this, but I will start by saying that they are all under $39.99. This includes the Plugz Wireless, Charisma Wireless, Summit Wireless, and the Impulse Wireless.

The Plugz Wireless are basically a very standard lightweight pair of Bluetooth earbuds. It has a wireless Bluetooth hub that can clip to the shirt collar, and this is a magnetic clip, which gives full control to the user for calls and music. By the way, it can store the earbuds when not in use.

I’ll get to the price eventually, but I will let you decide if it is worth its low price because it has 9 mm drivers. In case you are concerned about the fit, it has three sizes of earbuds, and they are IPX-2 certified to be resistant to sweat.

All right, let’s get to the price. You can get them on the ZAGG site for $29.99 in silver and blue.

ZAGG Charisma earbudsOkay, so let’s talk about the Charisma Wireless, which looks a lot like the Plugz. They seem to be targeted for females in bragging that they were “designed by women, for women”.

I’ve reviewed earbuds for women before, such as the Maroo GEM earbuds, and these are less pink and feminine looking. Apparently, they are trying to forget about the drab design.

Much of the specifications are similar to the Plugz, and this includes that wireless hub that can clip magnetically to the shirt. They are also IPX-2 standardized, so they are resistant to sweat. Also, it is good for 10 hours of battery life, which is something that I forgot to report about when it came to the Plugz.

Now, here’s where it differs. The drivers are about 6 mm, so that is a little bit smaller. It is available on the ZAGG site for the same price of $29.99 in Black/Red, White/Rose Gold, and Gray.

ZAGG Summit WirelessNote that both of the earbuds that I have reviewed are sweat-resistant, but the Summit Wireless are made for an exercise culture. You will notice that each individual earbud has a wing on it that are made to hold it in place.

Other than the shape of the earbud, it doesn’t seem to have any improvements over its sweat resistance, I guess. It does have 8 mmm drivers, so that is something great.

It looks like in addition to being wireless, it has that wireless hub that has a clip to secure the earbuds when not in use. Oh, it also has the three sizes of earbud tips, and the 10 hours per charge.

You can find the Summit Wireless on the ZAGG site for about $39.99 in Black or Red.

ZAGG Impulse WirelessAnd now, we are on the last iFrogz wireless earbuds with the Impulse Wireless. About the only difference is that this brags of reflective acoustics which is “advanced audio technology engineered to create premium sound and rich, natural clarity”.

Oh wait, there is another difference. This has 11 mm drivers, so I guess this makes it the largest of the drivers of the four we are reviewing today.

This has the sweat-resistant design and a wireless hub that clips to the shirt collar. By the way, I feel that I should have said that all four of these have an Earbud Tips for Life limited lifetime warranty, so if the eartips get worn or damaged, they will be replaced.

You can get the Impulse Wireless on the ZAGG site for about $39.99 in White/Rose Gold and Black/Silver.

Posted by on March 31st, 2017 No Comments