Our Review of the LG Stylo 3, Now Available for a Special Price on Cricket Wireless!

LG Stylo 3I rarely get chances to review smartphones, and I always want to make certain that I max them out. In this case, I wanted to make certain that I had a chance to try out the LG Stylo 3, so I loaned it to my teenage daughter. I figured that if anyone could use up a smartphone, it would be that crowd.

For those that are unaware of the LG Stylo series, it is quite something as it comes with its own Stylus. It is not necessary to use the Stylus to use the Stylo 3, but I have to admit that it is really handy.

In fact, when you pluck out the stylus from the side of this particular smartphone, you will discover a world of stylus activities like Pop Memo, Capture +, Pop Scanner, QuickMemo+, and Tasks. I was pretty amazed that when I went to write a memo with this, I was able to print with good calligraphy. Most of the time, when I use a stylus to write on my touchscreen, I get what you get when you sign your signature after you slide your credit card.

I have to admit, I really like that for a phone. There is also this bonus of having a fingerprint sensor on the other side that also functions as a power button. I don’t know how unique that this is to most new smartphones, but usually everything comes with a fingerprint reader.

All that, and the camera is quite something. If you want to get in on this, it is available in rose gold on Cricket wireless for $169.99. It has no annual contracts and available on the nationwide 4G LTE network.

WinnerGear Hero True Wireless Earbuds

Winner gear Hero 2Every once in while, I get something in the mail, UPS, or FedEx that I never expected, but I feel obligated to review. In this case, this is something from WinnerGear, a company that I am only familiar with is the MicFlip, but I was pleased to review the Hero Smallest True Wireless Sports Earbuds.

So, this is one of these wireless earbuds where there is no wire between them, and you always got to like that. In fact, this is more than the beginning of the trend and every Bluetooth earbuds will be wireless in this fashion. Of course, I have talked about that many times before.

I have to admit, I like this weird boomerang thing on it made to fit in the ear. Yes, this is one of those Bluetooth earbuds that are designed for fitting in the ear, because they are made for those who have active lifestyles. They even have a sweatproof coating to seal that deal.

Winnergear HeroSo, given that is made for those that are active, what else do they have? Well, that 3 hour playtime is good enough for most people, and I like that it has 12 hours on the go as well. As for the sound, it has a 8mm Large customized dynamic driver.

So yeah, those are the specs, and they are not too much different than most wireless earbuds of its type. It does have that portable charging case as well as a build-in microphone.

If you want to get with this product, head on over to the WinnerGear site and pay $149.99 for them.

Thonet and Vander Frei Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Thonet and Vander FreiI’ve reviewed a lot of Thonet and Vander products in the past year, but they are usually big speakers of some type. The Frei is one of those Portable Bluetooth Speakers that I have reviewed, and it certainly is something small but great at the same time.

Like all Thonet and Vander products, it has the avant-garde design and German engineering that the company is so proud of. You can see that it is pretty minimal with a small box design that is a 2.1 speaker with 50 W of peak power. it has a 2-inch full range for a good driver and it also has a great passive radiator for better bass depth.

From what I can tell, this isn’t one of those Bluetooth speakers that I have been reviewing that are set up to be very water-resistant and durable. However, the Frei does seem to pride itself with a shockproof sleeve to make it very portable.

So, it might not be as durable as other speakers of their type, like the Life Jacket from Altec Lansing. I will go through the specs for the battery, 8 hours for the music playing and 160 hours on standby.

I will have to say that one of the best things about the Frei is its side panel. It has this X-shaped control with the volume and track forward/back buttons. You got to see it to believe it.

In fact, you should be able to purchase the Frei on Amazon for $49.99. You can find out more on the Thonet and Vander site here.

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.

Thonet and Vander Vertrag BT Review

vertrag-bt-introslide03I have reported on many products from Thonet and Vander since I first encountered them at CES 2016, and I had a great chance to try out the Vertrag BT. Just so you know, I did a translation of Vertrag, and it is apparently German for “contract”. It’s very clear that they want to give a contract to its users to give them great sound.

Okay, there’s my pitch for a great slogan. After reviewing the Kurbis and the HOCH and LAUT BT speakers, I was confident that the Vertrag BT would be up to speed, and it is.

As usual, Thonet and Vander brags about “German Engineering” with its “Avantgarde Design”, and it also has some “Hammer Bass”. If you aren’t certain what “Hammer Bass” is, it is the optimized resonance for bass reflex. This really makes the mesh breathe as the great sound plays.

I’ll go ahead to get rid of stats now. There is a 4-inch woofer and a 0.5 inch tweeter. Again, I’m no audiophile, and I am really getting sick of writing that when it comes to writing about these speakers. There is something called Drone FX for a “clear and enhanced sound”, and it certainly has that with some great treble, bass, and 180 PMPO. Again, not an audiophile, but hey.

So, if you like the wooden speakers with the Bluetooth 4.0 action, then I would recommend the Vertrag BT. You can find out more about these speakers on the Thonet and Vander site, and you can get them on Amazon here.

Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro for your Mixing and Mastering Needs

Beyerdynamic DT 1990Beyerdynamic is a German manufacturer of some great headphones and headsets of all kinds. We’ve done reviews of their products several times in the past. The headphones we are going to review today is specifically made for those who are into mixing and mastering music.

These headphones are top of the line and very well designed. They are pretty spendy, at $599, but from the pros reviews- they are worth the many pennies.

Here is what you get- the headphones come in a nice, semi-hard carrying case. It really has a rich, professional look. You have two sets of ear pads. Both have a soft, velour material to provide comfort. There are balanced pads for the bass. The analytical pads are softer and have a neutral sound, and I found them to be a bit more comfortable. The thing with these headphones is that they are heavy- although, well padded, so I suppose they are comfortable for what they are, but I couldn’t imagine wearing them for hours at a time.

They also come with 2 lockable connecting cables. One is a straight cable, and one has coils. The straight cable is 3 m long. The coiled able is 5 m long if stretched out. Each cable connects to the headphones via a 3-pin mini XLR cable connector that clicks into place. I found it challenging to disconnect the cord, by the way. You are supposed to push the button and pull to release. I had to pull pretty hard to disconnect. Maybe they get easier to connect and disconnect with much use.

These headphones are open back, so they are not for use when other people are around who don’t want to hear what you are listening to. Despite it being open back, the bass is clear and the sound is wonderful. If you are in the market for some high quality headphones, and can afford the $600 price tag, these could be the ones you are looking for. You can buy them here on the Beyerdynamic site.

The Mug That Won’t Tip Over- Review of the Mighty Mug ®

MM_Go_Red_-_Front_1024x1024So this was a fun product to receive to review. Taking a break from the headphones and cases, and now we get a product that will save the computer/gadget world from the inevitable drink spill. A lot of us like to drink coffee or some other beverage while surfing the web. Do you ever get nervous that you might bump your drink and knock it onto your keyboard or other nearby device? The Mighty Mug ® is the solution for you!

These amazing mugs come in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes, but they all have the same concept- a Smartgrip ® Technology that will hold your mug/cup in place when you bump it, knock it, or smack it(the instructions say not to punch it).

The amazement doesn’t stop there, though! You would think that suctioning your mug down to a table might be disastrous if you try to pick it up, but it easily lifts up when picked up above the wavy line.  That is on their travel mugs, which we were sent to review. The mugs are BPA free, fit in your car cupholders, and are dishwasher safe in the top rack.

Note: These do not work on carpeted, heavily textured or rounded surfaces. If you have a smooth desk top or table top, this is what you will need for your Mighty Mug to stay upright.

3_1024x1024They have other kinds of Mighty Mug products. What we got to review was the travel mug in 12 and 16 oz. sizes. The 12 oz size says it fits most single serve coffee machines. My coffee machine is unfortunately too small for it, but at about 6 inches tall without the lid on, it may fit yours. Back to the other kinds of products, there are some stainless steel mugs, some clear ones for cold drinks with a straw, and there are even bar glasses! You can drink wine or beer without knocking them over, too!

Prices vary by item, but for the 16 oz Mighty Mug Go, you can expect to pay $19.99. You can buy this and others on the Mighty Mug website with a 100% Happiness Guarantee.

Sports Wireless Bluetooth® Headphones from JVC Will Rock Your Workout

prod_9229655020We have another pair of wireless headphones to review. These are the HA-ET50BT Sports Wireless Bluetooth® Headphones from JVC. These are a great accessory for those who want to complete their workout without being attached to their devices.

These headphones do have a wire that runs from one earbud to the other. It’s not like the wireless earbuds that we reviewed a couple of weeks ago, but these also are relatively less money, so if you don’t mind a wire touching your neck, then you should be good with these.

When you open your cool magnetic package, you will find an included charging cable(micro USB), an open type ear piece in 3 sizes that allows for ambient sound to filter in for safety, and also 3 sizes of regular ear pieces if you don’t need to hear your surroundings.

The headphones are water resistant, which is good if you are running in all kinds of weather. There is a cute advertising video for how well they stay in when everything is thrown after the jump:

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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. 

Review of Etón Multi-Powered Emergency Weather Radio with Bluetooth®

frx5bt_img1Outdoor lovers will appreciate this item I am reviewing now- especially those who might need to charge their phones or tablets while outdoors. This would also be useful in case of a storm when the power has been knocked out. Today I’m talking about Etón’s FRX5-BT Emergency Weather Radio with Bluetooth®. 

In the past, we reviewed a similar radio from Etón- the SolarLink FR360.  I can’t find the review we did for that, but I’ll say that it worked okay for us, and we have taken it camping. The cell phone charger on it is not reliable unless you want to crank it for a while, and then you might only get a few minutes to call. This new FRX5, though, is a vast improvement.

For example, the FRX5 has a big solar panel that covers the whole back of the device, instead of the small panel on top of the handle. Where the solar panel was on the SolarLink handle, you now have an ambient light panel- in addition to the LED flashlight and emergency beacon on the side. After you turn off the flashlight or light panel, the strips around them will glow. The charging of cell phones/tablets seems to work much better on the FRX5.  I didn’t have to crank anything to charge my phone this time.

FRX5_lightSideThis product has Bluetooth capabilities in addition to being able to play tunes off the radio. In addition, you can get NOAA weather alerts and S.A.M.E. alerts.

There are a few ways of charging- with the solar panel on the back, by turning the crank, or charging through the included USB cable. The first two methods are going to come in really handy in situations where the power is out, or you are out camping. Cranking won’t give you much time for your effort, so hopefully you will have some sun to help out.  Or you can make sure it’s fully charged before you go. There is a handy little display on the front that will show you how much battery it has.

With this emergency radio being splashproof (not waterproof), and drop-proof from a height of 3.3 ft (depending on drop situations according to the website), I think this would make a great addition to camping supplies, and emergency prep kits.

You can buy it for $99.99 on Amazon.com.