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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nomad Leather Case for the iPhone

nomad-3Well, I have already reviewed two Nomad products with the Charging Wallet and the Apple Watch Strap. I figured that I might as well tackle one last one before Christmas with the Leather Case for the iPhone.

Since I have reviewed a lot of cases in the past few days (and weeks), I might as well just say what is different about the the case: it is made of leather. I am told that this is made of Horween Leather, which is apparently from America’s oldest tanneries, the Horween Leather Company.

I am told that this develops a “rugged patina”, and I think that means something. Maybe I need to get more into leather culture. Man that didn’t come out right! Anyway, that’s just on the outside, but the inside appears to be velvet lined, for some reason.

You should be able to get this on the Nomad site for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus. The price is about $39.95, and it is available in Horween Brown or Horween Gray.

Whoosh3D Tempered 3D Lens

whoosh3d-screen-protectorI will have to say that this is one article that I might need rewrite, but it is something that I am surprised has not really taken off. It is about the Whoosh 3D, a screen protector for the iPhone, and it soon will be available for other products as well.

You heard me right, I said 3D. Remember 7 years ago when Avatar was really popular, and audiences were so impressed by its 3D nature? I will have to admit, the film might only be mediocre and the story is unoriginal, but at least the 3D sucked people in. After that, every film had to have a 3D option, and it was thought that this would affect the smartphone and tablet business.

HTC tried to capitalize on the 3D fad back in 2011 when they released the HTC EVO 3D, and it was able to show things in 3D. Why did this not take off? Why doesn’t every Apple, Android, or Windows phone have this capability.

This is where Whoosh3D comes in. This Whoosh3D is a tempered 3D lens that has high optical transparency and can make a smartphone into a 3D viewer. I had my first chance to see this technology at CES last January, and the reason why I am hesitant to report on it is because it is difficult to describe. It takes

The Whoosh 3D is able to have some serious depth control so you can watch a lot of videos with a 3D option. You can go 2D if you really want to, but who can refuse creating your own 2D videos and turn them into 3D that is glasses-free.

I am told that you can get the Whoosh 3D for smartphones for about $29.99-$34.99, and I am told it can be purchased for tablets for $59.99. The 3D app is free, and you can get more information about it here.

MiLi iData Pro Smart Flash Drive for iOS/Android/PC

mili-idataproThis is my second and last review of a MiLi product this week, and I have actually reviewed MiLi products before with the iData Flash Drive. I got a chance to review what I believe is the follow-up with the MiLi iData Pro.

The MiLi iData Pro that I got to try is a Smart Flash Drive wtih about 16 GB of storage. There are models that have more storage, but I will get to them later. The Smart Flash Drive is made for importing photos from a smartphone or tablet.

I honestly have to say that I forget how the first iData Flash Drive works. I seem to remember it coming with a Lightning connector and it is just a backup drive for your iPhone/iPad. The MiLi iData Pro can connect with just about any device, provided it doesn’t have USB C charging, like my HTC 10.

So, you got yourself a backup drive for just about any device, and the 16 GB will cost you $69.90 on the MiLi Site. It is available in silver, gold, and rose gold, and it has storage for 32 GB ($99.90), 64 GB ($129.90), 128 GB ($189.90), and 256 GB ($269.90).

MiLi iDataCable Pro

mili-idatacable-proIt really is strange that I am reviewing a lot of Lightning charging cables, and if it wasn’t for the MiLi’s iData Cable Pro’s unique ability, I would ordinarily just not make it a subject of an article.

The iDataCable Pro from MiLi is a charging cable that has a microSD card slot inside it. That really comes in handy for when you want to store some information on a charging cable, which is something that I haven’t really tried to do, honestly.

So yes, it can charge up an iDevice, and you can store data in the card slot. This makes it easy for transfer when you truly want to. You can even use the in-App camera to save photos and other media to the card instead of the iDevice.

Just to let you know, I tried it out, and my computer didn’t recognize the cable without an SDcard inside. After that, file transfer is as easy as pie.

Just to let you know, it is pretty expensive at $69.99, but that is with 16 GB of storage, on a card. The model that I had to review didn’t come with a card, and I am not certain of the price of that. The price goes up to $99.90 for 32 GB, $129.90 for 64 GB, and $189.90 for 128 GB. Check it out for yourself on the MiLi site.