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Three Cygnett Products to Charge Your Devices

cygnett_chargeup_digital_6000It has been a while since we’ve reviewed Cygnett products, but the opportunity to do so has come to us again. Like the last time, we have a portable powerbank- the ChargeUp Digital 6000. We were also given a Lightning™ to USB cable, and a Micro-USB to USB cable.

The first item I’ll cover is the ChargeUp Digital powerbank. This particular one at 6,000 mAh is one of their mid-range as far as power goes. They also have similar products that are at 10,000 mAh, and lower ones at 4,000. This change is mostly reflected in the price. The super thin devices are black with your choice of blue, green or red accents. They have a nice digital display in the corner to let you know how much battery life is remaining.  *Note: On the box, it says it is precharged and ready to use. When I pulled it out, there was only 78% charge. Other reviews I have read seemed to have various percentages. One review said there was no charge. I’m guessing your mileage may vary.

It comes with a Micro-USB charge cable, and also works with Lightning™ to USB cable(not included). There are two USB ports on the powerbank, so you can charge two devices at once. The lithium polymer battery gives it the ability to hold more charge and to charge devices at a high speed. The 6,000 mAh ChargeUp Digital can be purchased on Cygnett’s site for $69.95.

Lightning-black_e2e579d2-060e-48d7-86c6-c7ee608e9893_1024x1024The Lightning™ to USB cable we received is a reinforced, braided cable made for iPods, iPhones and iPads. There is 13 ft/4 m of cable, which is a nice length to charge devices without having to be right on top of a USB port. You can buy as short a cable as 1 m, and that will reduce the price. This cable costs $49.95 if you buy it on the Cygnett site

And finally, we have a Micro USB to USB Cable. This one Cygnett sent to us to review is also 13 ft/ 4 m. As with the Lightning™ cable, it is also braided to make it durable. It provides rapid 2.1A charging. This cable is available for $29.95. You can also get the white PVC style cord for the same price. 

Posted by on June 5th, 2017 No Comments

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.

Posted by on May 28th, 2017 No Comments

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

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

The Wilson WeBoost Drive 4G-X

weBoost 1When you think Wilson, what do you think? Maybe it is that volleyball from Cast Away or the next-door neighbor from Home Improvement. Honestly, you should be thinking cellular phone booster, because Wilson makes them. In fact, they make them really well, as you can read in my previous reviews of DT4G 5-Band SmarTech III or Sleek 4G Home/Office Accessory Kit. Now there is the weboost Drive 4G-X, which the company says is “the most powerful, professional grade 4G vehicle booster”.

The way this works is going to be simplified. Essentially, there is an antenna within this kit that allows low-level signals to be channeled into something that is much higher. There’s a video of this that you can watch here to see how this interesting process works.

You may notice in the video that the bars on your phone could be different depending on your phone. For example, an amplification of one bar on one type of smartphone could equal two on another type. One thing is for sure: the Weboost Drive 4G-X works on both carriers in the United States and Canada.

weboost 2So how much of a boost are we talking about? In some cases we are looking at about 32x of the 4G LTE and 3G signals. This works for fewer dropped calls, better voice quality, faster uploads/downloads, as well as 2 hours of additional talk time in weak signal aeras.

Everything that you need is available in this package that includes the Drive 4G-X, the outside antenna, and inside antenna, as well as a power supply to plug in to your car’s cigarette lighter (now mostly used as a cellular phone charger).

You should be able to purchase the WeBoost Drive 4G-X here for about $479.99. That might sound like a high price to pay, but if you are on the road a lot and need great coverage, then this could be better than anything Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or US Cellular can give you.

Posted by on March 10th, 2017 No Comments

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.

Posted by on March 1st, 2017 No Comments

The Airbar Gives a PC/MacBook touchscreen functionality

Airbar PicI am still terribly upset about missing CES this year, and one of the receivers of the Innovation awards was the AirBar. The AirBar is a product that can turn an ordinary screen into a touchscreen.

I know what you’re saying: aren’t all screens touchscreens? Yeah, you would think that, or at least I would. I mean, I just started a job where we have these somewhat old looking mobile devices, and they have touchscreens.

Anyway, with the Airbar, you do all the gestures that you can do on a touchscreen. You know, like the pinch, swipe, zoom, and scrolling. What is interesting is how you can do things that you normally can’t on a touchscreen smartphone or tablet. For example, if you have gloves on, you can totally use it. Also, if you have a brush or stylus, it works!

What is great is how easily that it installs, at least for the MacBook 15.6 inch version. Seriously, the Airbar sesnor just kind of plugs in there.

You should be able to purchase the AirBar on the main website for $69.

Posted by on January 26th, 2017 No Comments

JCPAL LINX Ultra Slim USB-C to 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub

jcpal-3I don’t know why I have never heard of JCPAL products before, but I can tell you that they certainly make some useful stuff. Today, I am going to be looking at the LINX Ultra Slim USB-C to 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub.

I believe that the purpose of the 4-port Hub is to connect to a range of USB A devices to your MacBook’s USB-C port. This way, you can access a hard drive, printer, or anything else that uses USB, which is just about everything.

MacBooks aren’t the only thing that the 4-port Hub is good for. I had a chance to try it out on my HTC 10, and I was able to use the 4-port USB A Hub to read files on thumb drives. I could also use it to recharge USB devices, as I just used the battery in my HTC to charge my Bluetooth headset.

In addition to that, the 4-port Hub has the latest 3.1 standard for high speed data transfer, and if you like it, check it out on the JCPAL site. It can be purchased in gold and silver for $49.99 CAD.

Posted by on January 6th, 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