Archive for the ‘iPhone Accessories’ Category

Pelican Marine for the iPhone 7

pelican-marine-waterproof-iphone-7-caseI have to admit that I believe now that Pelican is just as good as creating protector cases that might be even better than Otterbox. Pelican has proven itself over and over again with their recent iPhone 7 offerings with Voyager and the Protector. Now, they have the appropriately named Marine.

The Marine has the Pelican stamp of approval that has kept the business in the protection racket since 1976. This one really keeps the iPhone 7 safe from the four destructive elements of water, snow, dirt, and dust.

It has a five layer shell with serious impact abosorbing materials, not to mention a scratch resistant coated screen protector. Yeah, that is a lot of terrific protection at IP68, and you can look that up if you want to know what it is capable of.

After trying this one out, I am very amazed at how thin it is, not adding to the initial volume of the iPhone 7 by much.

You should be able to purchase the Pelican Marine Case on the Pelican website for about $74.99 (marked down from $80.00) in colors of clear, clear with black, and clear with teal.

Posted by on February 15th, 2017 No Comments

Speck Review of Three iPhone 7 Cases: Presidio SHOW, CLEAR + GLITTER, and GRIP

Speck 1I always love reviewing Speck products, and it has been a while since I have reviewed them. Fortunately, I had a chance to review three for the iPhone 7.

I’ll start with the Presidio SHOW, which is for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 6/6S. I believe that it is called the SHOW because it is transparent, which means it shows just about everything on the back of the iPhone.

In addition to the transparent style, it also has this shock barrier on the side which is made of Impactium. That sounds like a dumb name, like unobtainium from Avatar. This is a good shock barrier to protect the iPhone, so isn’t that great?

Yeah, it is, and the Presidio SHOW can be purchased on the Speck website for $39.95.

Speck 2The next up is the Presidio CLEAR + GLITTER. It is very similar to the Jewel case from SKECH, but it doesn’t have the fakey rhinestones. This is very glittery, and it comes in one solid glittery shape and has some embedded glitter crystals.

Like the Presidio SHOW, it is also made of Impactium. I don’t know if that has officially become an element, but this is definitely a thing now.

You should be able to purchase the Presidio CLEAR + GLITTER on the Speck site for about $44.95 in Clear/Gold Glitter, Onyx/Gold Glitter, and Rose Pink with Gold Glitter/Rose Pink.

Speck 3So, let’s talk about the Presidio GRIP. Let’s just talk about why it is called the GRIP, and it has some divets in it for some extra grip.

In other words, you could have your hands slippery in oil, and you could probably use your iPhone. Or at least you can hold it, but using the touchscreen could be problematic.

Of course, it has Impactium, because apparently all Speck smartphones have that these days. You can get the Presidio Grip on the Speck site for about $39.95, and it comes with Black/Black, White/Ash Gray, Graphite gray/Charcoal Gray, Twilight Blue/Marine Blue, Lipstick Pink/Shocking Pink, and Whisper Purple/Lilac Purple.

Posted by on February 8th, 2017 No Comments

Bezalel Latitude, Futura X, and Futura X Stand

Bezalel 1Okay, today, I’m going to talk about three products from Bezalel. I thought that name sounded familiar, and it is apparently from the Bible. Bezalel was the chief artisan of the Tabernacle, and now the company designs some great accessories.

I’ll start with the Latitude, which is apparently the first universal wireless charging case for the iPhone. That is quite a big boast, and honestly, it would be really just great if the iPhone has this ability.

If you are not familiar with wireless charging, it is a cool way to just put your mobile device down on a platform and let it charge. Some devices have this ability already, but some need a case to get it working. The Latitude is a case for the iPhone 6, and yes, it is coming soon for the iPhone 7.

The Latitude is designed to fit in the iPhone, and then the connector slides into place. It is quite a great case, and even more practical. It can be purchased on the Bezalel site for about $49.90 in black or white.

Bezalel 2Since I have talked a lot about wireless charging, I should probably talk now about the Futura X. This is the pad that you can put down, and it has a Qi compatible receiver. Qi is that wireless charging standard that allows for just slapping your mobile down and getting juice.

There is some magnetic alignment happening there, which is just what you need to keep your device engaged for power. it is always good to have one of these around, because they are just plain handy.

Anyway, you can purchase the Futura X on the Bezalel site for about $49.99, also available in white or black.

Bezalel 3Now it is time to end with Futura X Stand. This is a stand that is made for the Futura X charging pad so you can use the smartphone while it is charging.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch your phone’s video content while it is charging. Like the wireless charger, it is also very handy. Heck, you can use it without the wireless charger, and it would still be useful.

In fact, as a stand, it would be worth the price. It costs $20.00 on the Bezalel site, but it isn’t available for black and white. It does seem to be available in black and white.

Posted by on January 24th, 2017 No Comments

The Catalyst Ultimate Case for the iPhone 7

Catalyst iPhone_7_-_black_front_and_rear_grandeOkay, this is another time that I get to review a Catalyst product. This time, it is for the iPhone 7, and it has been known as the “ultimate case for the ultimate device”.

So why is it ultimate? Well, it is waterproof and drop proof. In fact, every Catalyst for the iPhone 7 is tested to IP68 waterproof to 33 fee (10 meters). Then it is designed to meet drops and shocks of up to 6 feet (2 meters), which is MIL-STD 810G.

I’ve seen a lot of cases like these, such as those from Otterbox and Lifeproof. The difference is that the Catalyst case is transparent on both sides. So the front is ready for the touchscreen, but the back shows off the Apple logo.

What we are looking at is a case for the iPhone 7 made for life itself. Not only will the Catalyst protect you from dust, dirt, and snow, but it has a lanyard.

I’m going to highly recommend this Catalyst for the iPhone 7. You can find it on the Catalyst website for $79.99 in Stealth Black or Alpine White (starting in March 2017).

Posted by on January 21st, 2017 No Comments

The Gravitas from Henge Docks

gravitasJust in case you don’t know, the word “gravitas” is defined as “dignity, seriousness, or solemnity of manner”. For some reason, I remember hearing this word around some presidential election, but not the last one. It’s funny how certain buzzwords show up around certain occasions.

In the case of Henge Docks, the Gravitas is a great dock for an iPhone or iPad. It is pretty heavy, so it can sit on your desk like a paperweight or something. I’m told that it is made of some zinc alloy that is more dense than aluminum, so it feels quite heavy.

If you haven’t realized it yet, there is a lightning port so you can dock the iPhone or iPad there. There are all kinds of inserts so you can put in all kinds of iPhones, and I don’t have enough iPhones from other generations to try this out.

So, since this is a dock, can you use it for recharging? Uh, yes, that is what a dock is! The coolest part is you can use the included double USB cord so you can sync your iPad or iPhone to your computer. By the way, there is a built-in speaker.

In short, I believe that the Gravitas is something that really needs to be owned by everyone with an iPhone or iPad. You should be able to purchase it on the hengedocks.com for $69.

Posted by on January 21st, 2017 No Comments

Merry SKECH-mas, Part 2: Polo Book for iPhone 7 and Journal for Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro 9.7

skech-4Since I am on a series about SKECH products, I decided to end it with things that close. So I am going to write on the Polo Book for the iPhone 7 as well as two Journal slim fit folio style case for the Surface Pro 4 and the iPad Pro 9.7.

The Polo Book for the iPhone 7/6S/6 puts Apple’s most famous smartphone in something that looks like a wallet. Most products that I see like these hold about three credit cards, and this one has one as well. This one has a transparent cover which is perfect for a driver’s license, and there is even a small pocket for cash, assuming you folded your bills and have no coins.

So it shuts on the iPhone 7 like a wallet, and it has a magnetic clasp to seal it shut. What is interesting is that Polo Book has an iPhone case that magnetizes and becomes a folio, so it is perfect for watching videos.

You should be able to purchase the Polo Book on the SKECH site for about $39.99 in Black, Brown, and Pink.

skech-5Now it is time to start reviewing the Journal, or at least one of them. I will start with a slim folio style case for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. I will have to admit that this has an interior shell to provide maximum protection.

It looks black, like it could be leather, but it really is not. It has an anti-slip lining so you can view your Surface Pro 4 from many angles. It is compatible with the Surface keyboard, so you can find the perfect typing angle. Oh there is also a pen holder made for the stylus. Those things always help, really.

In short, it is very slim fit design, and it is a pretty interesting product. You should be able to get it on the SKECH site for $39.99.

Those who know my usual routine that I usually put separate pictures by the text about this, but I found that the picture for the Journal for the iPad Pro 9.7 looks just like the image that I found for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

Since I had both to review, I can tell you that they are different, but not completely different. I mean, they have a slim-fit design, hard shell, faux leather design, anti-slip lining for positioning, but the Journal for iPad Pro 9.7 has an Apple Pencil holder.

Oh, the price is different at about $34.99 on the SKECH site.

Posted by on December 17th, 2016 No Comments

Merry SKECH-mas, Part 1: Crystal, Jewel, and Matrix Cases

skech-1It has been too long since I have received a SKECH product, but I am actually reviewing several today. This is a two-part review, and I’ll start with the SKECH Crystal.

The SKECH Crystal is a case for a smartphone, and the one particular product that I go to review is the one for the iPhone 7 Plus. It is one of those transparent ones that has a super clear UV coated scratch resistant PC panel. It can also protect the side with a shock absorbent molded frame.

In addition to this, it has some raised front screen rim that lines the case for “optimal screen protection”. If this sounds like something that you want/need, it is available on the SKECH site for $24.99.

skech-2Now, we have the Jewel Case. I realize that sounds like a case for jewelry, but this is a way to put some jewels on your smartphone case.

Well, it is a way to put “elegant stones carefully crafted and placed onto the back of the case for the ultimate fashion statement”. Yes, I took that from the website. I will have to say that it looks pretty shiny, but the jewels actually serve an alternative purpose.

The many jewels give it “griptape” feel. If you don’t know what that is, then you probably have never skateboarded. This is tape that feels like sandpaper so your feet can stay on it. In the same way, the jewels allow you to to keep a good grip on the phone.

You should be able to purchase the Jewel for the iPhone 7 in Rose Gold, Silver, or Gold for $49.99 on the SKECH site.

skech-3This next product here is the Matrix, named because the Matrix is so…oh come on, it’s 2016, who cares about the Matrix series anymore?

Yeah, I don’t know why it is called that, and if you called it the Cyrstal, no one would be able to tell the difference. It is, after all, a pretty transparent case, but it has a soft shell on the inside. It also has the raised rim for screen protection, and it has great side protection.

I will have to say that is an interesting case, and it is available in Clear, Gold, Rose Gold, and Space Gray for about $34.99 on the SKECH site at least for the iPhone 7/6/6S Plus.

Posted by on December 17th, 2016 No Comments

Silver Belkin, Part 2: Belkin Air Protect SheerForce Case

belkin-3Okay, time to look at another Belkin product, and this is Air Protect SheerForce Case for the iPhone 7 Plus.

I have to admit that I always like iPhone cases like this. Granted, I was given the one for the iPhone 7 Plus, but you can see what I mean. It is transparent, which means you might not be able to see that there is even a case on your type of iPhone.

As for the name of Air Protect, it is so named because of the Air Protect Technology. It has some kind of air pockets on the side for some interesting protection on the sides of the phone, plus access to all the buttons.

The Belkin Air Protect SheerForce Case has a soft squishy feel to it, and I always like the feel of them. They are very durable as well.

You should be able to purchase the Air Protect SheerForce Case for the iPhone 7 Plus on the Belkin site for about $29.99.

Posted by on December 15th, 2016 No Comments

Gumdrop Cases for the Holidays 4: DropTech iPhone 7 Case

gumdrop-4Okay, this is the last review of a product from Gumdrop Cases. This time, it is the DropTech Series for the iPhone 7, and it is different than the other ones that I have reviewed.

Unlike my first three cases that I have reviewed, this Gumdrop Case is made for the smartphone. I was thinking that it would have that tire tread look to it, but it actually is a transparent case. The border is that rubbery feel that feels imported from the aforementioned tire tread tablet cases.

Just to let you know, the transparent protection is only on one side. So it will cover the back of your iPhone, but you will have to purchase a screen protector for the front. By the way, the case has an obvious “Gumdrop Cases” label on it. Then again, I don’t think I know any case of a protective case that didn’t have a label on it.

All in all, I would recommend this, so head over to the Gumdrop Cases site and lay down $34.95 for it, and snap in your iPhone 7.

Posted by on December 11th, 2016 No Comments

Nomad Ultra Rugged Battery Cable

nomad-4Well, I think I am through reviewing leather products from Nomad, so I guess I will review…another Nomad product? Yes, this is an Ultra Rugged Cable, and it comes in four forms.

I’ll talk about the one that I was sent to reviwe, the Ultra Rugged Battery Cable. Unlike the other cables, this one has a 2350 mAh battery. Since this is a battery cable with a Lightning connector, that means it will give you a good charge for your iPhone 7.

Now, when I first saw this product, I thought this this was some kind of super thick and flexible steel cable. That is not the case, but it is made of Kevlar and nylon, so it is quite tough. I will say that I like this thing on it that makes it easier to wind up.

The battery cable is a pretty great product to have, and is quite a great gift for $39.95 on the Nomad site. Also available is the Universal cable at $34.95 and Lightning cable for $29.95.

Posted by on December 8th, 2016 No Comments