iHome for the Holidays, Part 3: iHome Wireless Bluetooth Speaker or iBT9

ihome-3Okay, so it is time to conclude our iHome review products for the holiday with a product that isn’t going out of style anytime soon, the wireless, waterproof, and shockproof Bluetooth speaker. That’s about the best name I can give this product, besides its name of iBT9.

I’ll just get this out of the way and say that I have seen this product before from Fugoo and others, but this does not make it inferior. The iHome Waterproof speaker is understandably waterproof and dustproof, and it is also made to be shockproof.

Just imagine taking this to the beach. That seems to be the thing that I always say when I am reviewing speakers like this. You can stream your tunes to it via Bluetooth, so make certain that your tablet or smartphone has a good playlist. I’m told that you have nine hours with a full charge.

This has the usual stuff like an aux-in jack, and a USB port for charging other devices. So it is part speaker and part mobile battery.

You should be able to pick the iBT9 up at the iHome site for about $99.99.

iHome for the Holidays, Part 2: iHome FIT Wireless or iB73 Earbuds

ihome-2Well, it is now the second day of the iHome holidays with the iHome Fit Wireless. This product, also known as the iB73, is one of those Bluetooth 4.0 earbuds that goes around the neck.

Granted, it is probably not the first Bluetooth product of its type for iHome, and these type of models are being phased out by the wireless earbuds that will be the thing to have in 2017.

However, let’s live in the now and talk about the iPX5-rated water resistant and sweat-proof design. Yes, it is definitely designed for those with active lifestyles, and the custom fit ear cushions should keep the iHome iB73 in your ears.

They also have that built-in microphone for a switch so you can take phone calls. The controls are located very close to the ears, by the way. It’s odd design, but at least your fingers will find it quickly.

As far as the amount of time you will have to listen to your tunes, I am told that you got about 8-10 hours on a full charge. Of course, it includes the micro USB cable and a handy travel pouch.

You should be able to purchase the iHome Fit Wireless on the iHome site for $79.99 in blue, red, or green.

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.

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.

IHome Review: The iDL46 and the iBN6

iDL46G-right_iPad_jpg_450x400_q85.jpg.450x400_q85Well, I have reviewed a lot of iHome products before, and yes, I’ll probably review them again. Today, I am going to be reviewing the iDL46 for the holiday season, and I’ll give you my recommendations. Oh forget it, I’ll recommend them because they are iHome products, and they make some quality stuff, man.

Let’s start out with iDL46, as it is a typical iPod dock. Okay, we’ve pretty much moved past the age of the iPod dock, but at one time, they really ruled the market. I suppose that this is an iPad and iPhone dock, but yeah, it can do iPods too as it has a flexible Lightning dock and 30-pin connector. Actually, it doesn’t seem to have a docking port for a 30-pin connector, but it does have a USB port that you can use.

The iDL46 has an auto sync ability, which means the clock will sync with your iDevice in seconds. Other features include an FM radio as well as an alarm clock. Yeah, these products take me back to the 80s where everyone had a clock/radio. Of course, those wimpy clock radios from yesteryear had weak speakers, but this guy has Reson8 speaker chambers, meaning that the sound is very, very good with 3D stereo sound.

If this is something you might like, or give as a gift, you can get it on the iHome site for about $99.99.

iBN6B.jpg.450x400_q85All right, let’s get to the iBN6. It is a waterproof wireless speaker that is very similar to Lifejacket from Altec Lansing that I reviewed a while ago.

As I said in that review, I have seen these type of speakers before. They are loud, resilient, and usually set up for IPX7 waterproof rating. In other words, they are made for bringing sound to the beach. In fact, the clip that is literally attached to this product has a bottle opener shape to it. Seriously, who’s ready to party

Of course, it is totally wireless speaker with NFC Technology and it has a rechargeable lithium ion battery good for up to 14 hours of playback before you need to recharge again.

You should be able to get the iHome iBN6 on the iHome site for about $99.99.

The iB85 Wireless Headphones from iHome

iHome IB85Today, I’m going to end my iHome week as I will be reviewing my last iHome product, at least for now. Today, it will be the iB85 wireless headphones.

The iB85 have wireless capability with a range of 30 feet. Like all wireless headphones these days, it has a built-in microphone so you can take your phone calls in case someone calls while you’re listening to music on your smartphone. All of the controls are conveniently on the side, which is another typical feature of Bluetooth headphones these days.

So I have talked about the typical features. Is there anything that is atypical? The ear-cushions are kind of nice, and I like how it folds up and comes with a nice travel pouch.

Interested in this? Head over to the iHome site and lay down about $119.99 for it.

The iDL46 Lightning Docking Station from iHome

iHome iDL46It looks like iHome week continues here at TheGeekChurch.com, as I’m going to review something that I haven’t seen in a while, an iPod dock, the iDL46. Oh man, does that bring me back to the days of the iPod Classic!

In case you need a reminder for what an iPod dock is, it is essentially a stereo speaker where you plug in the iPod on top and the base acts as a speaker. This one is updated for the new generation of Apple products as it has the Lightning Connector for the iPhone/iPad. Oh, by the way, you can charge your iDevice there, the standard feature of an iPod dock. Perhaps we can call them iDevice docks.

By the way, the iDL46 is an alarm clock. Some of you probably don’t remember when everyone had one of these, but before cell phone woke us up, this is what we used. You can wake up to the sound of something on your iDevice or the radio. It also has all the features of a usual alarm clock like snooze and all.

This would probably be a good time to talk about the sound, as it has Reson8 speaker chambers which are “specially designed sealed speaker enclosures [that] deliver astounding clarity, depth, and power”. Yeah, I quoted that from the site, but I tried this out for myself, and the speakers are good.

I want to mention something pretty quick. You have the option of using this as a clock with just two included AA batteries. You have to plug it in to get the features. This is the only drawback of a pretty good product that you can purchase on the iHome site for about $99.99.

The iBT65 Wireless Rechargeable Speaker from iHome

iHome iBT65I’ll be reviewing three iHome products this week (at least) and I will start with the iBT65, a wireless rechargeable speaker that I have seen its type before. Someone needs to get around to naming these things that are so darn similar.

In the case of the wireless rechargeable speaker, it has this expandable speaker that can collapsible cup itself. Just do a search of “Collapsible Cup” and you’ll see what looks like this iBT65 speaker here. I didn’t really see a difference in the sound when it was expanded or not, but it is wireless.

I guess the Bluetooth part of the wireless name is pretty good working for iPad, iPhone, or other Android type of product. You can also do this direct line-in, but it is kind of weird how it hooks up. I actually had to look at the instructions to figure it out.

If you like it, you can get it in black, red, or silver for $34.99 on the iHome site.

iHome iB12 Sport Earbuds

iHome iB12It seems like I have been reviewing a lot of headphones that fit well in the ear canal, like the f99 from Incipio. I would have to say that these iB12 earbuds are definitely deserve the name of Sport, as they fit in the ear and fit well. I’m trying to shake my head now to get them out of my ear, but they won’t fall out.

So how is the sound? Do you really think I’m going to say “terrible”? Seriously, it is pretty good. Especially for something that is an earbuds and not headphones. Granted, there are not a volume control or in-line mic, but hey.

So here’s what it does have? An LED safety flasher cord wrap. This is a small box that has a rack that you pull out and wrap your cord around, and it also has lights on it. These lights are handy to have when you are jogging at night, which leads me to believe this is meant for the sporting type that can’t wait until day to jog. More power to them!

So, if you want to get in on this, head on to the iHome site and lay down $24.99.

iHome iBN16 Rechargeable Mini Speaker Cube

iBT16G.jpg.450x400_q85I have admired iHome for a while, and if you haven’t ever tried them out, then you really should.

The iBN16 is a rechargeable mini speaker but with a rubberized finish, and it is made for any and all Bluetooth devices. I realize that goes without saying, but I just like using “any and all” in a sentence, along with the words “without saying”. Anyway, this one is set up for NFC, which means you can do that thing where you tap an NFC-enabled product and it works.

The mini Bluetooth speaker works wirelessly up to 30 feet, and there is an aux line-in jack as well. There is also a line-out jack for connecting additional speakers. It also has a rechargeable lithium ion battery, and I should probably get around to testing how long it will last.

You can get the iHome iBN16 NFC Bluetooth Rechargeable speaker for about $49.95 on the iHome site.