PhoneSuit JOURNEY All-in-One Charger

Phonesuit JourneyToday, we’re doing another PhoneSuit review with the JOURNEY. I really want to start singing the opening lines from “Don’t Stop Believing”. The JOURNEY is just a mobile charger that feels like the HubPlus from myCharge.

In fact, it has both the Lightning Cable and a Micro-USB cable, and it has an AC wall charger as well. Seriously, it is pretty much the same thing, but it is much thinner. In fact, it is supposedly the world’s thinnest, yes, I don’t know how to really prove that.

The battery has a 3500 mAh which can deliver a 200 percent extra charge. So let’s see here, it can charge 3 devices at once because, as I failed to mention, it has one full USB Outport, micro-USB cable, and a Lightning Cable.

So, there is a terrific travel charger, and it is pretty cool. You can get it on the PhoneSuit site for about $79.95.

Caseco Blu-Toque, Sono Earbuds, and Testa Shock-Proof Folio Case

Caseco Blu-ToqueSo, I have had a chance to try out three Caseco products, and I have to admit that they are innovative, for lots of stuff that could have just come off as a cheap imitation. I’ll start with the Blu-Toque Bluetooth Beanie.

I’m not certain who decided that it would be a good idea to put Bluetooth in a Beanie, but I have to admit that it is a good idea if you are in cold weather. After all, earbuds can get pretty cold in freezing temperatures.

Once the Blu-Toque is synced via iPhone or Android, you can listen to your tunes and still hear what is going on around you. It even has a built-in microphone for making and answering calls.

Charging is capable via micro-USB port with included charging cable, and if you want to wash the Blo-toque, you can do that. The thing is that you have to open the Bluetooth module

If this sounds like something that you want, head on over to the Caseco website and pay $49.99 for it in many different colors.

Caseco SonoThe next product that I need to talk about is the Sono Earphone with Mic and Volume Control. Yes, they have that built-in microphone for switching easily between calls and music.

Of course, the aforementioned feature is very standard with earbuds these days. The thing that makes the Sono different from most earbuds is that it comes with medium sized buds and extra silicon tips in small and large in order to fit every size of ear. It also has some bass as well as noise canceling seal.

Not only that, it looks pretty good, doesn’t it? I am not certain why they are shaped like horns, but if it makes the sound better, then more power to it. It could just simply be a design choice.

Like the Blu-Toque, the Sono comes in all kinds of colors. The price on the Caseco site is $23.99.

Caseco TestaThis last product is the Testa Shock Proof Folio Case for the iPhone 6/6S. Yes, this has been done before, so let’s talk about what makes it different.

The first thing is it has a Mirror Function so you can see the clock function or whatever on the iPhone screen when it is closed. Yes, this is a closed case, and it means that you stand it up and watch video or whatever else that you want to do in landscape mode.

The second thing that is unique is that it has this sound enhancement attachment thing that will boost the sound even when the Testa is closed. I have to admit that I usually don’t see this for products like these.

The third thing is there is a slot for cards, because every case seems to have a place for that these days. Man, pretty soon that wallet thing is going to be a thing of the past.

This particular Testa Shock Proof Folio Case is available on the Caseco Site for about $49.99.

PhoneSuit Elite 6 PRO Battery Case for the iPhone 6/6S

Phonesuit Elite 6 PROIt has been a while since I reviewed a PhoneSuit product, and one of things that I reviewed was the PhoneSuit Elite Battery case for the iPhone 5. This time, I am reviewing the PhoneSuit Elite 6 PRO Battery Case Series, the next step up.

This is one of those battery cases, which we are not a stranger to, and chance are, you are not either. Not only is it a case that gives you more protection (Military Standard 810G), but some power as well. In this case, it is good enough for 130 percent, and the case charges via micro USB.

If you know that, then you know that these mobile battery cases usually have some indicator lights to show how much power is on them. Most of the time it is four, but in this case, it is five. What is interesting is how to access it. You can tough on side for 1 second to check it, and if you want to put juice on your phone, touch both the left and right side for 3 seconds. That part is actually pretty neat.

The biggest issue with these products is that each corner, curve, seam, and opening has some ergonomic foam to them. There isn’t a lot of real estate taken up with this case/battery, and that is always a good thing.

Should this sound good for you, you can get it on the PhoneSuit site for about $89.95.

iHome Part 3: iB37 Glowtunes Color Changing Headphones

iHome iB37Well, today is the last iHome product that we will be reviewing today. It is quite similar to the color-changing speaker that I reviewed yesterday. I guess people just want that color-changing action.

In fact, I believe that when I spoke to one of the representatives at iHome, and he stated that “the user won’t see the color change, but it is apparently the style”. There is a lot of truth there, and if you are in a dark room, you can see the colors of the rainbow all around you. It is comforting to know that you are a part of it.

So, as far as the colors are concerned, it isn’t quite the rainbow, but it is blue, cyan, green, yellow, red, and purple. It has a strobe to the beat, color pulse modes, for all kinds of color combinations of fun. It works with any 3.5 mm headphone jack, and it has an in-line remote control with play and pause buttons. Oh, these buttons also give you access to calls, because there is a microphone.

So, what else is there? Well, there is padded earpads and the adjustable headband. If you want to see what they will be like on your ears, it is on the iHome site for about $49.99.

Hideaway Case for the iPad Pro from Gumdrop Cases

Gumdrop 1It has been a while since I reviewed a product from Gumdrop, and I was pleased that I have had a chance to review the Hideaway Case for the iPad Pro. I’ll start by saying that the Hideway case really spotlights how big the iPad Pro is with its 12.9 inch screen, making the Case look like a digital picture frame or a small TV set when propped up.

Yes, it is propped up, which is why I chose the second image down below. What happens is one flap folds out, and the other smaller flap folds to magnetically lock it into place.

Gumdrop 2The material is the typical soft rubber, yet is also hard, like the tread of a good tire, but you don’t get your hands dirty by touching it. It has two layers of protection with internal polycarbonate frame and impact absorbing durable silicone external shell.

The Hideway is especially reinforced in the corners, and in one of the corners is a place for the Apple Pencil. You can see in the first illustration how it sticks in the side, and it can also poke through the corner as well.

If this is something that you want for your big iPad Pro, feel free to head to the Gumdrop site and lay down $69.95.

iHome Part 2: The iBT74 Wireless Color Changing Speaker

iHome IBT74Well, today’s iHome product isn’t like any that I haven’t seen before, but it is quite great. The iBT74 color changing rechargeable Bluetooth speaker is a gem of a product, and you can quote me on that.

Why would I say something like that? Well, it does kind of look like a gem, you know, a well-polished one. So, there are some really cool color effects that can do this thing where it slowly changes or blinks. There is a push-button thing to change it.

Syncing to the iBT74 is pretty easy through Bluetooth, and I had a brief problem syncing it, but I got through it. It also works via direct line-in via the included cable and any device with a headphone jack.

For those that want to use it for Bluetooth phone calls, that is possible. Another bonus is the convenient carrying strap included with it.

Something like this is quite good, and it is available for $59.99 on the iHome site.

Brydge 9.7 Keyboard for the iPad Air and iPad Air 2

BrydgeI realize that what you are looking at in the image looks to be an overhead view of a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. However, if you look closer, this is an iPad on a Brydge 9.7 keyboard.

Yes, this is a Brydge, and it is spelled as incorrectly as a super-hero of the nineties. When I saw this product on display at CES with an iPad in it, I thought I was looking at a small MacBook, and perhaps this is the point of this product.

Yes, there are some people that want a Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard when they type on an iPad, and might welcome the set-up of a laptop. If you are going to have clamps that hold the iPad in place, attached to a keyboard, then you might as well give it some speakers.

The good news is the Brydge 9.7 keyboard has 3 month’s of battery life on a single one hour charge via included micro USB cable. It really is a wondrous product for those who wish to transform an Apple tablet into an Apple laptop, at the lowest possible price.

Yes, there is a lot of good reasons to purchase a Brydge 9.7, and it can be found on the Brydge site for about $129.99 in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. It is good for the iPad Air 1, 2 and the 9.7 inch Pro.

iHome Part 1: The SmartPlug iSP5

iHome Smart PlugWe managed to get a hole of three particular iHome products this week, and we are going to be looking at them one at a time. We’ll start first with the iHome Control SmartPlug, or iSP5.

I will start by saying that yes, this is a product that is already being made from several competitors, as having a connected home is kind of the thing to do these days. In particular is to make a connected home simple, so adding something to an outlet and plugging in an appliance is about as simple as it gets.

Also, using Wi-Fi is pretty simple too, and this is Wi-Fi enabled with no hub required, working on appliances up to 1800 watts and under. It is recommended for devices such as lights, window air conditioners, fans, portable heaters, coffee makers, as well as home audio systems.

This SmartPlug is certified for the Apple HomeKit, which works with Sir for turning devices on or off. It can do more than just that, as there is an application that works with multiple SmartPlugs for creating “scenes” that enable maximum control. By the way, the SmartPlug works with both the Wink app and Nest as well.

If this sounds like something that you want, head on over to the iHome site and lay down $39.99 for it.

Speculative Fiction Saturday, So Bad It’s Good Month: Turbo Kid

Turbo KidWell, we are now reviewing a film called Turbo Kid, and with that title like that, you know it can’t be good, but is it so bad that it is good? The answer is yes.

Granted, it isn’t the best “so bad it’s good” movie that I’ve ever seen, but here’s the strangest thing: if this film were released in the eighties, it would have been taken seriously. The premise is about how the world has been decimated by acid rain, and the survivors rule the wasteland…blah blah blah….this is the world of 1997.

Yeah, this film knows that this didn’t happen in 1997, and because it is so self-aware of these tropes in these “wasteland” film, it also doesn’t bother to explain how there were survivors. I think that I mentioned in my review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes how it doesn’t take much to really turn the world into a wasteland. Then you got your setting for a dystopian science fiction movie without all the people! Yay!

Anyway, after the opening narration sets the stage, the opening shots are some kid riding his bike through this wasteland while some really sporty eighties music plays. You know that you are in for it with this. The Kid, who actually has no name, is a lover of comic books, and has found some sort of shelter out in the wasteland. Yeah, don’t ask me how no one has found this and taken advantage of this.

In fact, since this is a dystopia, you know there are always those ravagers that are out to steal from the poor and give to themselves. In this case, it is Zeus, played by the legendary Michael Ironside, who is the only star power here. Not that this film needs any.

After Turbo Kid visits a certain town full of bandits and merchants, he comes back to his hideout, and he has a female visitor. This woman, Apple, is very naive, and very annoying, but not so much that you want her out of the film. The two of them are attacked by Zeus’ ravagers, and Apple is taken away.

Then, because the movie wanted it, the Kid stumbles into a hidden chamber where he finds a super weapon. Why is there a super weapon in this world? Why does it destroy you with a single blast? There is just no explanation, and maybe none is needed. I said maybe. I mean, it would have helped.

Eventually, the Kid saves Apple from the ravagers, and then they are on the run from Zeus and his henchmen. One of them is this guy in a skull mask known as Skeletron.

As it so happens, the Kid has a backstory that really joins him and villain. By the way, Apple is…you know what, I could spoil that, but I don’t think I will. If you think Apple is a love interest, you are right, but they put a very interesting twist.

Yes, there is an interesting twist on this story which feels like a satire of a Mad Max (the eighties ones) as well as those really cheap apocalyptic films that came out at that time.

I also follows the “so bad it is good” trope of taking itself too seriously. I don’t know why the Kid has a blaster, and honestly, I don’t really care. The one thing that I wish these films would cut down on is the gore, as these really insist on showing a lot of blood. I don’t know when that became funny, but apparently, it is now.

STM Haven Laptop Backpack

STM Haven Laptop BackpackThere is nothing like a good STM products, and they make a lot of them. It has been a few weeks since I received the Atlas Wallet case before the iPhone 6/6S and iPhone 6/6S Plus. Now we will be doing the Haven Laptop Backpack.

So I have reviewed a lot of laptop backpacks on this site. In this case, the main pocket can probably both hold a tablet and a 15 inch laptop. The next pocket has a bunch of pockets including a zippered pocket, there is a strange hole in this, which looks to be made for the earbuds or cord or something.

Yeah, it holds an elastic power pocket for the laptop’s charging brick, a place for sunglasses, and much more. For exmaple, there is an internal document sleeve, so you can put in stuff like file folders and not get them wet. Why not wet? Well, as it turns out, the backpack has some water resistant fabric.

All in all, it is quite a good way to transport your laptop, and it comes in black, frost gray, Moroccan blue, and steel. It costs about $99.95 on the STM website.