Our Review of the Olloclip Pivot

Olloclip PivotAt this point in my life as a reviewer, I review an Olloclip product a year. If for some reason that you haven’t heard of Olloclip, they create these photo lenses made for smartphones, particularly for the iPhone, that allow for focuses and a fish-eye lens. The Pivot is essentially a holder for one of their Olloclip lenses, and I’ll start with a disclaimer saying that the Olloclip lens, like the one I reviewed last year, is not included.

It does come with a handle which has that threaded Universal Mounting thing on it. On this particular handle is a button that allows for some rotation, about 225 degrees of spinning. You can see that circle in the middle which allows you to stick your finger for extra support.

The end result is a device that reduces the shakiness in your video. The Pivot also has a Universal Clamp, a 1/4-20 mount for a GoPro adapter. There is also some kind of cold shoe mount so you can put on one of those flash things.

By now, if you are not familiar with my reviews of Olloclip, then you know that I never give them bad reviews. There is a lot of love, work, and care put in Olloclip products, and the Pivot is available for about $49.99 on the Olloclip site.

Bodyguardz Pure Screen Protector for iPad Pro 10.5 and Trainr for the iPhone 6S/7 Plus

Well, it is time to review another great product from Bodyguardz, and they are very good at making screen protectors. They also make some cases, and today I am going to review both a screen protector and a case.

BodyGuardz Pure Premium Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPad Pro 10.5

bodyguardz Tempered iPad Pro 10.5If you are not familiar with a screen protector, then you probably need one. I remember seeing one of these ten years ago, before the age of smartphones really hit. It is a simple thin piece of glass to keep the touchscreen safe, and the Bodyguardz Pure is Tempered Glass for the iPad Pro 10.5.

This one is made from ion fortified tempered glass that is not just as hard as steel, it is harder than steel. This has some extreme impact and scratch protection that is optically clear with anti-smudge coating.

The end result is one of those screen protectors that goes on pretty easily as it comes with an installation kit and a microfiber cleaning cloth. By the way, it won some innovation awards back at CES 2013.

You should be able to purchase the Bodyguardz Pure Premium Glass Screen Protector for the Apple iPad Pro 10.5 on the Bodyguardz site for $59.95.

BodyGuardz Trainr Case for the iPhone 6/6S/7 Plus

Bodyguardz TrainrI actually reviewed this protect’s brother with the Trainr Pro, but this is just the Trainr Case with Unequal Technology. I’m not certain what makes it unequal, but it is made of sport-grip materials with a clear back and has some composite padding.

Similar to the Bodyguardz Pure, it is able to absorb impact, on contact. Also, this has some impact gel with a polycarbonate back, and the end result feels like a soft grip. The entire thing is actually quite flexible to easily accommodate the iPhone 6/6S/7 Plus, and presumably the iPhone 8 Plus.

If this is something that you like, head on over to the Bodyguardz site and pay $39.95 for it. It is available in Black/Gray, Gray/Blue, Gray/Mint, and Rose Gold/White. About the only difference between the Trainr and the Trainr Pro is that the Trainr Pro has this removable armband.

UAG 2017 Part 2: Monarch Series for iPhone 8/7/6S and PYLO Series iPhone 8/7/6S Cases

Well, in addition to the Monarch and PYLO series for the iPhone X that I reviewed yesterday, today is going to be another UAG (Urban Armor Gear). This time, we are talking about the iPhone 8/7/6S and iPhone 8/7/6S Plus.

Monarch Series iPhone 8/7/6S Plus

UAG Monarch iPhone 7 and 6 PlusWell, this is the time where I could seriously just cut and paste the Monarch review for the iPhone X. I suppose that the Monarch case for the iPhone 8 Plus/7Plus/6S Plus/6 Plus is just that, but it is bigger.

Yes, it has the same 5-layers of protection, and the top grain leather and alloy metal hardware. It also has that same terrific look with the honeycomb traction grip.

There is something that I forgot to mention in my last review of the Monarch Series. It meets 2X military drop-test standards, and I don’t know why I forgot to write about the protection of this series offers.

Also, I forgot to mention that some of the colors of Monarch for the iPhone X look really similar. Not so with the iPhone 8/7/6 Plus, as it only comes in three options: Platinum, Graphite, and Crimson. The Platinum is kind of silver with black, and the Graphite is the one that you see here.

You can purchase the Monarch for the iPhone 8 Plus and its accommodating series of Apple smartphones on the UAG site for $59.95.

PYLO Series for the iPhone 8/7/6S

UAG PYLO iPhone 8Again, there is hardly any difference between the PYLO for the iPhone x and the one for the iPhone 7/6S. It has that transparent case with soft corners, but there is one thing that I want you to notice.

Just look at the images on my two articles. Go on, I’ll wait. Do you see it yet? Here’s a hint: look in the corner for the hole for the camera. You can see that the iPhone 8 version has a hole that is horizontal, but the PYLO for the iPhone X has a more vertical look to it. Yeah, I thought that I would point that out because I needed something to write about, and no one else is writing about that.

So, you can purchase get the PYLO for the iPhone 8/7/6S Case for $39.95 on the UAG site.

UAG 2017 Part 1: PLYO and Monarch Series, both for the iPhone X

Since the unveiling of the new iPhone, I have been itching to try out some of their newest accessories. I was pleased to receive in my mailbox the more new ones for the iPhone X. Today, I will discuss the PLYO and Monarch Series from our old friend, UAG (Urban Armor Gear).

Just as a reminder of the iPhone X, it was kind of a “one more thing” at Apple’s big event on September 12. The iPhone 8 will accommodate last year’s iPhone 7 model, but the iPhone X is an entirely different animal. It has a big price and a 5.8-inch screen that goes from edge to edge, with no home button.

PLYO Series iPhone X Case Review

UAG Plyo iPhone XI would imagine that it would be difficult to design a case for the iPhone X with its all-screen design. It’s pretty clear that they went with the hard plastic route, and the PYLO has a clear look, at least on its backside.

It is entirely different feel than the edges, which are very soft and flexible. It is designed to clearly be cushioning the sides, and the tactile buttons stand out well. Of course, it is set up to meet military drop-test standards.

It’s all very great, and it is pretty light as well. Just to let you know, it is set up for Apple Pay and the wireless charging feature. It’s a solid case, and can be purchased on the UAG site for $39.95 in Ice (Clear), Ash (Gray), and Crimson.

Monarch Series iPhone X Case

UAG Monarch iPhone XI’ll start by explaining that the Monarch is similar to PYLO, as it is Apple Pay and Wireless charging compatible, but it is a different set-up. Unlike the PYLO, it isn’t made with a solid plastic mold, but it boasts “5 layers of protection”.

Part of these layers is grain leather and alloy metal hardware. The end result is what has become almost a trademark for UAG with what looks like steel framework and black fill-in. Yeah, I can’t figure out how to describe it either, but there are some weird screws in it.

As for the sides, they are very soft with “honeycomb traction grip”, which you can see in the picture is aptly named. The tactile buttons are also prominent, which is also a part of their “premium design and precise engineering”.

The Monarch case is also available on the UAG site in Graphite, Platinum, Crimson, Black, and Carbon Fiber for $59.95.

IOGEAR GearGuard for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8

IoGear GearGuardWell, since we have relaunched our website, I feel it is time to do something that I haven’t done in a while: a review of a tech product. In fact, we are going to do a lot of tech reviews in the next few months due to it being the holiday season and all.

Most of you know that I have reviewed a lot of screen protectors. Most of them are basically the same, and I was pleased to review the GearGuard from a company that I am pretty familiar with, IOGEAR.

Like most screen protectors, you don’t really know it is there. This is pretty interesting, because it has about 5 layers of protection. So it is good for stopping cracks, grease, water, dust, fingerprints, and all of them.

However, one of the best selling points of this products is that it is easy to install. It has one of those pre-installation tools that will insure that you get it right. So if you have a fear about not installing this correctly, I hope that I have assuaged it.

In fact, the price is very small at $10.95, and it can be found on the IOGEAR site at certain stores. By the way, this was made for the iPhone 7, but I’m assuming that it will fit the iPhone 8, because I have heard that the iPhone 7 accessories will fit the iPhone 8.

The Trainr Pro from Bodyguardz

Trainr ProI’ve seen a lot of great products from Bodyguardz, and the Trainr Pro is one of their more unique ones. They are really great at making screen protectors, but the Trainr Pro is both a case and an armband.

The Trainr Pro has a transparent case that has “unequal technology”, which means that it has some kind of design for an active lifestyle. The case is made of some kind of transparent plastic to show off the back of the Apple device. It also has some padding on the sides on the inside and out on the sides.

I suppose that it is called the Trainr Pro because it is made for the workout. This Trainr Pro has a removable armband that pops on and off, and it is also have some elastomer construction as well.

It is something that I would recommend, and it is available on the Bodyguardz site for $49.95 in Black and Gray, as well as Gray and Mint. Granted, that is for the iPhone 7 Plus, and there is also something available for iPhone 7.

Earin True Wireless Earbuds Review

Only_Buds_front-620x400With all the activity we do, it’s great to not to have to be tied down to something. Many earbuds have you hooked up to a line trailing down your arm, neck , back, or leg. There’s an option, though, for those who don’t want strings to hold them down. We were sent these wireless EARIN earbuds to review, so here we go.

Coming from a Swiss startup, these Bluetooth- enabled earbuds come in a nice package. The box that holds them looks like a cardboard box, but it opens and closes magnetically, and the magnets also attract the earbuds so that they don’t fly out when you open the box. We still recommend that you carefully open the box because there still is a chance for them to fly out, and those little guys are miniscule and round, and they roll.

The box contains the wireless earbuds, a charging capsule reminiscent of the flashy-thing in the Men in Black movie, a micro USB cable to charge the flashy-thing, stabilizers to make extra sure they won’t come out of your ears with heavy activity. There’s also the Comply foam tips that give a tight seal, or if you would rather, there are Silicone tips.

The case, or flashy-thing, will hold the earbuds as they charge, and you had better be sure to put these earbuds in the case when you aren’t using them, as that is the only way to turn them off. If you just put them in your pocket, the battery will drain on them, so it’s best to keep them in the case. It will likely be a safer place to keep them anyway. A simple light will turn on while it’s charging the earbuds, another light on top indicates that the case is charging itself.earin-true-wireless-earbuds-with-charging-case-and-aweni7-5

There are complaints that sometimes the right ear bud will cut out, and there is sometimes lag when watching videos. The left ear bud is the one that connects to your device, and the right one is a slave, so it’s not always as reliable as the left.

Other wireless earbuds on the market might run less expensive on price, but we haven’t been able to compare the sound quality of them. We have reviewed the Jabra¬†wireless earbuds, and they are about $100 more, though the Earins used to be the same price, and the Jabra had the addition of being able to take calls because of the microphone. You can’t take calls on the Earins. You can also check your heartrate with the Jabra pair.

Earin does have a special app that you use on your phone to control the bass boost, the balance of volume in each ear, and you can see how much battery life you have left in them. Speaking of battery life, there is about 3 hours of battery life in them, and you can charge them up to 3 times in a fully charged capsule.

Earin is coming out in the future with the M-2 earbuds. These look to be more advanced with a microphone and a way to control them with touch interface on the earbuds. The question will be whether they are comparable in price and quality to the other wireless earbuds out there. Still, at $149, the M-1 might be what you are looking for.

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.

ZAGG Week Part 4: Invisible Shield glass + luxe and glass + privacy for the iPhone 7 Plus

Invisible Shield Glass LuxeOkay, it is more for ZAGG week, and this time it is a word from Invisible Shield. If you are not familiar with Invisible Shield, they used to make these really interesting plastic covers. I’ll always remember when I first met them at CES, when they threw in their products into a Tupperware box filled with nails and screws, and then they shook the box. The company grew a lot, and they sell a lot of products like screen protectors, such as the glass + luxe and the glass + privacy.

The most obvious feature of the Invisible Shield is it offers 3X shatter protection, so you can hit it with an hammer. You also have some serious scratch protection, so feel free to throw it into the box of screws. Oh, and there is also some serious smudge protection, which makes it very easy to clean.

All of that, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. It is available on the ZAGG site for $44.99, and it comes with complementary colors of black, rose gold, white, gold, and titanium.

Invisible Shield apple_iphone_7_plus_screen_privacy_glassOkay, now it is time to talk about the glass + privacy. This has a 3X shatter protection, which means that it should stand up to smashes, scratches, and smudges. It seems to brag about Ion Matrix technology, and I’m not certain if the previously mentioned product has that.

What makes it a glass + privacy is that it has two-way and side-view privacy. This means that you can check your email, text messages, and anything on your smartphone and not worry about someone else checking it out. There is also the special feature of reinforced edges.

Unlike the glass + luxe, it doesn’t come in any different colors. You should be able to purchase the glass + privacy for $44.99 on the ZAGG site.

Another Patchworks Review of Screen Protectors, Botanical Garden Cases, and Air Straps for the Apple Watch!

ITG-Privacy-Stealth-Packages-for-iPhone-7-plus-for-Shopify_1024x1024This is another time where I get to review Patchworks products, and I am very pleased to review three types today. I will start with the screen protectors.

The ITG Plus Galaxy S7 is a scratch resistant screen protector is one that we have discussed before, but for iPhones. It also has that great oleophobic coating which is great for wiping off fingerprints and other types of stains. And it is of course, shatterproof. You can purchase it for $18.99 on the Patchworks site.

Then there is the ITG Stealth Screen Protectors. In addition to having the shatterproof and oleophobic coating, the Stealth has a unique privacy filter. The privacy filter is made from 3M technology allowing you, and not some stranger watching over your shoulder to see what is on your smartphone.

What makes it better is that the version for the iPhone 7 also works for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. This goes for the Plus sizes too. You can purchase the ITG Stealth for the iPhone 7/6S/6 here for $34.95 and here for the iPhone 7 Plus/6S Plus/6 Plus at the same price.

Patchworks-Level-Botanic_Garden-image-002_1024x1024And now it is time to review another product that we have reviewed before from Patchworks, cases for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. These ones are of the Botantical Garden series.

This means that they have some serious floral print on them, and they come in Rose, Hydrangea, Blue Bird, Wild Flower, and Russian Blue. There is more than just flowers for these cases, but some rib pattern that traps some air in order to provide some protection for your smartphone if it is dropped. In fact, it can survive 26 consecutive free fall drops at 4 feet at all kinds of angles.

If you are the type that is into floral print, then you can purchase it on the Patchworks site here for the iPhone 7 and here for the iPhone 7 Plus for the price of $26.95.

Patchworks-Air-Strap-for-Apple-Watch-Series-2_001_grey_1024x1024So, let’s end this review with a product for the Apple Watch with the Air Strap. The purpose is to make the Apple smartwatch a lot more classy as the Air Strap is made of premium leather and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).

The Air Strap is so named because it has a tunnel structure that allows air to flow, for your skin needs to breathe and you won’t have that sweaty wrist that comes with most watches.

You should be able to purchase the Air Strap on Patchworks for the 38 mm version here and the 42 mm version here. The price is $49.95 in black, gray, white, brown, and red.