Holiday list for Christmas 2013

Today’s post, and only post for the holidays, will be simply a summary of things you can buy for the holiday. It is made for those last-minute shoppers, or for those who did their shopping too late.

They are in the order of when I reviewed.

For those that want a new phone, Galaxy S Note 3! I like that Galaxy S IV, too. You might want to hold it with an Armpocket i-35 armband. I also reviewed the Sprint Force. I also reviewed the Lumia 920 from Nokia. I also reviewed a wireless charging pillow known as the Fatboy. I also had a chance to try out the Galaxy Tab 2.

Perhaps you are looking for a smartwatch. Yes, I tried out the Galaxy Gear, and I can recommend it, here.

For those who want a Stylus, try out the Nomad Mini 2 and the Virtuoso by Kensington.

Want a camera that can take some time-lapse pictures? Try the Blynk Camera.

Okay, let’s talk iPhone Accessories. I reviewed a lot of them. There is the Olloclip Macro 3-in-1 Photo Lens for the iPhone 5/5S and the 4-in-1 iPhone Lens. For other photo lens for the iPhone, I suggest the Optrix PhotoPro X. Then there is the Solace Au iPhone 5/5S case, in gold. Don’t forget the Alec Wallet and Workmate Utility, also from Cygnett. The Candyshell + FACEPLATE from Speck, and the CandyShell Grip for the iPhone 5C, also by Speck. X-Doria had some good ones for both the iPhone 5 and 5C with the Dash Icon as well as the Rapt, Spots, not to mention the Defense 720 and Scene Plus. Then there is the Toughsuit by Body Glove. Oh, the Lifeproof has the frē for the iPhone 5C as well as for the iPhone 5S. Also check out the Trina Turk and the Loot from M-EDGE. Incipio had some winners with the CODE and LGND and the DualPro SHINE for the iPhone 5C. Then there is the Hydra Series Case from Ballistic. You want to hold that iPhone, I recommend the Nighthawk from Armpocket. Then there is the La Pedrera iPhone 5C Case from iLuv. Oh, and let’s check out the Odoyo Power + Shell EX Rechargeable Battery case. I’ll also suggest the Stashback from Incipio as well as the ATLAS. For some other holder effects, I would like to suggest the Miveu X Kit. For photos, try the Manfrotto KLYP iPhone 5 Flash. Then there is the Brickcase by Smallworks, with Lego compatibility. I also had a chance to try out the Herringbone for the iPhone 5. You can also find the Band-Era iPhone 5 case from Wyers. EK USA made a tough case with the Speak Easy. Then there is the Ampjacket, for turning up the volume on the speaker. Then there is the Quick-‘flip case from Olloclip, once again. Some of the cases for the iPhone are the ArtsCase. I also had some fun with Tech 21’s Impactology Cases and Impact Shields. Griffin also put out a resilient case with the Survivor. Then there is the Rapture Elite, Aero, and Ekon Cases from Cellairis. You might want to try out the Proximo Starter Kit from Kensington. I also reviewed some cool cases from Case-Mate. I also had a chance to try out the Mobio Pivot and Go, and they are worth looking into. The Clear-coat Aurora is also excellent. For waterproofing, try the Slim Waterproof Case by Keystone ECO. Then there is always the Otterbox Armor Series for the iPhone 5. I also tried out the SEIDIO and Active Convert Cases for the iPhone 5. Check out the Axis Wallet for the iPhone 5 by HEX.

So what about iPad Accessories? How about the Kensington KeyFolio Pro for the iPad Air. Then there is the DODOcase Endangered Species case. Then there is the Node and Paradox Texture for the iPad Air by Cygnett. Also, the iPad Air also has the SmartJacket and Engage from X-Doria. Then there is the MirrorCase for the iPad, from RHP Multimedia. I like the Westmore Tablet Cross Body, for pretty much any tablet. There is also the Crayola DigiTools Paint Pack, also for Android Tablets. Then there is the Ultra-Slim Power Case, from Justin Case. Then there is the Universal StealthPro Keyboard Folio from M-EDGE. The SecureBack Case from Kensington to lock the iPad in place. Then there is the Griffin PowerDock 5, for five iPads or other iDevices. Then there is also the Loft Folio and Recliner iPad Cases, not to mention the Tri-Lounge, all from Domeo. Check out the Cosmopolitan iPad Cover by idAmerica. Also check out the Crayola Light Marker from Griffin. For something fine, try the Orion Leather iPad Case from MapiCases. Then there is the MagFolio Luxe by Speck. I was pleased to review two new products from Discovery Bay Games with the Duo Gamer and Duo Pinball. Let us not forget the iSucker.

Oh, if you have the iPad Mini, then you might want to try the HandyShell by Speck. This is good for the iPhone/iPad, but check out the iLaunch Thunder by Dream Cheeky. Then there is the Lifeproof nüüd for it, and it is nice. Then there is also the Printed Lexington Hard Shell Folio Case. Then there is the Recliner Mini Folio from Domeo. Don’t forget the Kensington Hard Shell iPad Keyboard. Then there is the fre for the iPad Mini from Lifeproof. Also, there is the SKECHbook from SKECH.

If you need a case for 7-inch tablets, you might want to try out the Universal Stealth 360 Case from M-EDGE.

I would recommend the HEX Cabana Laptop Tote for some portable action for your laptop.


For the Office, I recommend the Powershred 73Ci paper shredder.

For the Galaxy S III, there is the nüüd from Lifeproof. There’s also the Dri Cat Waterproof case for both Galaxy III and IV. Check out the DiCAPac Waterproof case for these models. Then there is the Otterbox Armor Case. I also reviewed the Kraken A.M.S. Case from Trident.

Oh, if you have a Galaxy S4, another phone I can recommend, here’s some accessories for that. There’s the Lavish Wallet from Cygnett. The Incipio Ghost Charging is also quite good, too. Speaking of the Incipio, check out the Watson Wallet. You also might want to check out the Petite Leather Wallet for the Galaxy S4 from More-Thing. Also, there is the offGRID Backup Battery Case. I also had the chance to try out the CM4 QCard Case. Then there is the Echo and Enforcer cases, from M-EDGE. From Element Cases, there is the Atom S4 and Eclipse S4. Check out the ChargeCard.

Also, this product is Android related, the PlayPad Pro from Nyko. Another good Android related product is the Android Mirror from J5 Create.

Another great gift is the Jak Multishare from bCoda, as well as the Coda One Bluetooth Speaker.

You got to like the Sonic Alert Sonic-Connect 2. See what it does here.

If you are looking for a Phone Cradle, you might want to try the Zyroshell.

I definitely recommend any accessories from Dotz, who I wrote about twice. You can read about them here and here.

One gift you might consider for anyone with a phone is the PortaGrip with a Suction Cup Mount.

If you need a microphone, I would suggest the Spark Digital from Blue Microphones.

Another gift I can recommend is the Epishock “Music Survival Kit”.

Then there is my review of the HoverCam MiNi 5, which I like a lot.

A good speaker is the Aud 5 from iLuv. Check it out here.

If you are looking for something interesting, may I suggest the Blueflame Bluetooth Wireless Music Receiver?

Chargers make great gifts, and I had a chance to review the Solar Porter 12 from Digital Foci as well as the 5200 and 8000. Also check out the Powerocks Magicstick 2800 mAh Chargepack. EnerPlex also gave me some nice things to try out like the Kickr IV, the Jumpr 4400, and the EnerPlex Surfr.

For a scanner, you might want to try out the SimpleScan SP Simplex.

You might want to try out the Honestech nScreen Deluxe for connecting the computer to the TV.

The Wilson Sleek 4G is made to boost your signal.

Need headphones? Or earbuds? I liked the Able Planet NC550BC Sound Clarity Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones and the True Fidelity Wireless Infrared Headphone with Transmitter. Also, the Soundcheck Headphones by Cygnett are also quite cool as well. You might want to check out the EPIC Earbuds by JLab. I had a chance to check out the Audio-Technica SonicSport, the Audio Technica ATH-WS77 Solid Bass Headphones, the ATH-CP700 SonicSport headphones, and QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones. One of my favorites is the Aftershokz Bluez. As far as the cheap ones go, I would suggest the DJZ Neon headphones. Check out the Audiofly AF56m Premium In-Ear Headphones with mic, too. Check out the Incipio F38 Headphones as well, of a low price. Then there is the Yurbuds Signature Series Sport Earphones. Then there is the REVO, from Jabra, the Wireless and non-Wireless versions. Check out the Wooden Earbuds and Headphones from Tribeca. You might want to try out the Jabra Vox Earbuds. Then there is the Zoro Fashion Hi-Fi headphone from Cellairis. I-MEGO also had the Throne headphones. Also, check out the VFree On Ear Bluetooth headphones from Velodyne. Then there was the Spider PowerForce. Then there is the AR 808 Headphones from Acoustic Research. Then there is the Munitio NINES.

If you want some gaming headphones, try out the 3HV2 and 5HV3 Gaming Headphones from SteelSeries. I also tried out the Free, the SteelSeries Sensei MLG Edition, and the Apex Gaming Keyboard. I also had a chance to try out some ROCCAT gaming products with the Kone Pure Gaming Mouse.

Want a Bluetooth speaker? Check out the iLuv MobiOut and iLuv Mobicup. Also check out the Braven 570. I also tried out the IUI Design’s Mirror Boombox. I also tried out the RockSteady XS. Then there is also the Multifunction Bluetooth Speaker from Spider. Then there is also the Portable Wireless Speaker from Acoustic Research. Then there is the OontZ. Also, I don’t want to forget the X-Mini KAI Capsule.

For a keyboard, try the myKeyO 6-in-1 Computer Keyboard with Restt Technology.

Go old school with the newKUBE MP3 player.

I had a chance to try out the D-Link Wireless Range Extender DAP-1320 and the AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router. A similar product is the zBoost Metro Cell Booster.

I also had a chance to try out a bunch of TYLT products, like the Energi Sliding Power Case. You should also check out the Capio and the Vu Wireless Charger. I also had a chance to try out the Tunz.

Check out the Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen from Livescribe.

I have also had a chance to check out some Eagle products like the Portable Battery Pack, Foldable Bluetooth headset, Bluetooth Speaker System, and Bluetooth keyboard with speakerphone.

If you want some interesting device, check out the Epic from the Celluon Store.

Then there is the Jabra, with the Classic Bluetooth headset. Other Bluetooth devices that I have tried include the Blue-Wi Nighthawk Bluetooth Lapel Microphone. I also tried out the BlueAnt Q3 as well as the Endure. I don’t want to forget the Marque 2.

Always a beautiful gift is the Sphero 2.0.

I also highly recommend the Sensia 200D Connect from Pure.

Anyone who golfs will appreciate the SwingTIP.

I had a chance to try out the Wi-Drive+ MobileLite from Kingston. Read about that here.

You might want to try out the MINIKIT Neo by Parrot.

For a lady on the list, may I suggest the Finders Key Purse Phone Pouch? It does solve a problem. You might also want to look into the Large Rolling bag from Jill-E Designs, the Laptop Career Bag, and the Jack Metro Tablet Bag.

One great eco-friendly gift is the Clipray Crank-powered flashlight.

I found a cool smartphone case with Toast.

TopCor has some cool products with the TopCor Sport Armband and Tech Wallet. I also tried out the HuMn Wallet.

If you need a new camera for the house for surveillance or baby monitoring purposes, try out the SwannEye HD Pan and Tilt All-in-One Network camera. I also recommend the Dropcam Pro or just the Dropcam HD.

I also had a chance to review two great Joby products, the GorillaPod Action Tripod and the Action Clamp + Gorilla Arm.

I’m not certain what category this falls into, but if you need something at the door to see who is there, check out the Swann Doorphone Video Intercom.

Want Toys? I got to review them, too. Check out the Transformers Construct-Bots and Angry Birds Star Wars toys. I also finally had a chance to review the Sifteo Cubes. Then there is the LeapReader Reading and Writing System. Then there is the awesome Lego Mindstorms EV3, which I will have a book out next year. For board games, check out the Kickshot. I also had the chance to try out the Lite Brix Laser Copter.

As for the gamer, I highly recommend the Razer Orbweaver.

Oh, yeah, this is good microwave oven: The Oster 0.9 Cubic Foot Compact Microwave.

I would like to suggest a great gift, the Monitor2Go from MMT. Just read about it.

Then there is the TuneBelt, made for all kinds of mobile devices.

I would also like to recommend the Intuos Pro from Wacom, based on its coolness factor alone.

Also a great gift is the ChromaLuxe cases, made to personalize all kinds of smartphones and tablets.

If you want to get an entirely new computer, check out the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Convertible Ultrabook.

Want power tools? Try the Black and Decker Platinum 20V Max Drill/Driver and Snakelight. Then there is the Gyro Rechargeable Screwdriver.

Need something educational? How about the Casio PRIZM fx-CG10 graphing calculator and the FX-9860GII Graphing Calculator.

You want a camera? Try the Polaroid XS80 1080p HD Action Video Camera. You also might want to consider the ATC Chameleon by Oregon Scientific.

If you have a DSLR type camera, I recommend the Lowepro Transit Sling 250AW.

I also had a chance to check out some Mobee products like the Magic Feet and Magic Numpad. I also reviewed the Magic Juice and Magic Charger. On a somewhat related note, I had a chance to try out some J5Create with the JUE130, JUA210, and JUA310. I also reviewed the Ultra STation JUD500 and Wormhole USB Transfer Cable JUC400.

I had some action with Beyerdynamic with the A20 Premium Headphone Amplifier and the T 51 p headphones.

For miscellaneous, try the Magnet 3.0 USB Drive from Leef Technology. Every one needs a USB Drive now and then.

Know someone who wants to get into shape? Get them the Sync Burn from Sportline.

Okay, this is all the products that I had the pleasure of reviewing this year. I look forward to reviewing even more.

That’s all until the holidays. See you on the 26th.

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