UAG Phone Cases Plyo and Monarch for Google Pixel 3

Another UAG phone case review from us. We’ve reviewed these cases previously for other phones. With the new Google Pixel 3 becoming popular, we were happy to receive the Plyo and Monarch cases to review for this phone.

UAG Plyo

Photo credits: UAG

This case is very pleasing to me because of the color. It is also available in Ice- which is nice if you like the clear look. This one reminds me of the blueness of some lakes we saw at Mount Rainier, but in jello form.

The design is not too bulky, but not flimsy, either. The corners are air soft cushions, with shock absorbing bumpers. It’s still light as a feather, and you can charge your phone wirelessly and use Google Pay.

It has the lip to cover the front edges in case you set your phone done. For $39.95, you get an amazing case- drop tested to the MIL STD 810G-516.6.

If you want to go heavy duty, there is the

UAG Monarch

This case offers 5 layers of protection, and looks like it would be fun to throw around a bit. Actually, I wouldn’t advocate throwing it around on purpose, but it’s a very sturdy phone case.

Even though it’s five layers, you can still wirelessly charge, use Google Pay, and all the stuff that the slimmer cases offer. The leather on the back under the alloy metal is top grain. The case has the honeycomb siding that reminds me of mountain bike tires. It’s great to grip, though.

While the Plyo meets Military drop standards, this one meets TWO times the amount. There’s also the option of purchasing it with the alloy metal in red. Black and red is a great color combo! This case can be yours for $59.95.

Thanks to UAG for sending us these free cases to review. Our analysis remains unbiased and fair, and we are not sponsored by UAG in any way.

Krusell Phone Case Review

This is the first time we will be reviewing product from the Swedish company, Krusell. They make other products like chargers, powerbanks, and airpod cases, but today we’ll be perusing a bunch of different cases they’ve produced.

Krusell Broby 4 Card Slim Wallet

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Broby is actually a series by Krusell. This series is composed of suede covers, tinted with different colors. They come in pink, blue, tan and gray. This particular Broby case has pockets for four cards, and also a long pocket to hold bills. With this case you can carry your phone like a wallet, and protect it at the same time. This case is available for the newest iPhones- X and above, for 49.90 EUR/$56.36 USD.

 

Krusell Broby Cover

Krusell also offers this design in the Broby suede style. This has open sides for buttons and ports. It doesn’t really wrap fully around, so not much protection for your screen, but it is a classy style if you want a nice suede cover. These cases for iPhones X and above are 34.90 EUR/$39.42 USD.

Krusell Tanum Cover

This case is one in its series for iPhones X and above. The material on the back is vintage leather (available in gray and beige), with a woven gray texture on the top part.

There is a polycarbonate siding, and inside the cover is a soft lining. Again, buttons and the top and bottom of the case is an open style. This will not protect your screen, either. You can purchase it for 29.90 EUR/$33.77 USD

Krusell Sunne Cover

We have some more covers in genuine leather. This particular one we got for the Galaxy Note 9, but they come in various styles for other phones that are brands I am not familiar with. They run about 29.90 EUR/$33.77 USD. Available in tan, black, brown and this cranberry color, these cases will add style to your cell phones.

 

 

Krusell Sunne 2 Card Cover

The two card cover in the Sunne Collection is available for a wide range of cases. We got one for iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR. These are also real leather, but has the handsomely stitched 2 pockets in the front. The colors come in black, beige and cranberry leather. 34.90 EUR/ $39.42 USD will purchase these cases.

Krusell Sunne Folio Wallet

This is the last in the Sunne series we have to review. Another wallet style, this surrounds your phone while still allowing easy access. You can talk with the cover shut through the slit. The camera is easily accessible as well.
There is a slot for four cards, and a place for bills. Black, beige, gray or cranberry colors gives you another array to choose from. 39.90 EUR or $45.06 USD will purchase the case for iPhone XR

 

Krusell PIXBO Slimwallet

This looks similar to the other wallet cases, but the leather-looking material is made of vegan material. It also holds 4 cards and bills and offers surround protection.

Pink, gray, beige and black covers are available in many phone case styles. The one we received for the iPhone Xs Max costs 29.90 EUR/ $33.77 USD.

 

 

Finally, we have the

Krusell SANDBY Cover

This cover gets its name from the texture of sandstone that it resembles. It is said to be inspired by the Swedish coastline and their rocky islands. It’s lightweight, and has open access to buttons and ports. We received the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 case for this one, but others are available as well. This costs 24.90 EUR and $28.12 USD, and comes in green, gray, pink and black.

These cases all have their unique styles to bring to your case. If you’d like to check out more, you can head over to the Krusell site. Although we were sent these cases for free to review, we are not sponsored by Krusell, and our opinions are fair and unbiased.

SGNL HB-N50 Wireless Earphones

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We’re no stranger to these types of earphones. We’ve reviewed similar in the past. Recently, we reviewed these comparable earphones. The SGNL HB-N50 Wireless Earphones are the ones we’re talking about today.

What’s in the Box?

In the HB-N50 box, you get

    • HB-N50 Earphones
    • Small, medium and large ear tips
    • Small, medium and large ear hooks to secure your ear tips in your ear
    • A small carrying pouch
    • Instructions
    • USB charger

SGNL Battery

The battery capacity is 200mA which will give you about 13 hours on a 2 hour charge. This is a couple more hours than the wireless earphones we recently reviewed.

SGNL HB-N50 Build and Comfort

The cord that sits on the back of the neck is a bit wider than the other we reviewed recently. They are still extremely light, and don’t feel like much at all when they are hanging around the neck. The backs are magnetic, which gives an added security that you won’t lose them when you’re not using them. They are sweatproof/rainproof with an IPX rating of 4. They weigh 35.2 grams.

There is an active noise cancelling button that allows you to block out the noise around you. Another push of the button will give you open ear control to allow you to stay connected to your surroundings.  It’s easy to pair to any phone or Bluetooth device with Bluetooth 4.1.

Other Observations

Everyone always wants to know how they sound. I would say they are comparable in sound to other wireless earphones of its kind. $139 is the price you can buy them for on Amazon.com. This seems to be a bit more expensive than others we’ve reviewed, but if you are looking for a longer battery, and a little more for around the neck, then these could be the ones for you.

We were sent these for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. We are not sponsored by this company in any way.

GeekChurch Review of Matrix PowerWatch X

It seems that fitness watches are all the rage lately. We found one to review that is a little different from the others, though. This is the Matrix PowerWatch X.

This smartwatch is unique in that it is the first in the world to be powered by the heat of your body. That’s right. You don’t have to charge your fitness tracker. This is the big selling point of the watch.

Other Matrix PowerWatch X Features

Water resistant to 200 meters, the watch is great for people who don’t want to take it off for swimming or showering. Unfortunately, it’s not good for tracking calories burned while swimming. Like most other fitness trackers, it will keep track of steps and estimate calories burned. It also tracks your sleep patterns. You pair it with a free downloadable app, and notifications of texts and calls can be sent to you, but the context of the text is not shown.

The Matrix Powerwatch X has a stopwatch, and also a small led light that doesn’t glow very bright, honestly. The buttons on the side help to cycle through the different functions of the watch.

My Overall Analysis of the Matrix PowerWatch X

I was excited to try this watch out, but with the exception of never having to charge the watch, I did not find it to be something that I would spend the $279 on. It’s an innovative idea for sure, though.  It’s bulky, but tough. I would have liked to see more smart watch features. If it was more like the Fitbit Versa with the unique features added, it might be more attractive. Did I mention that I like the feature of not having to charge the watch? It’s really nice not having a dead fitness tracker and worrying about having to charge if you are out in the wilderness.

Thanks to Matrix for lending us this watch for the purpose of the review. No compensation was given in exchange for our fair and unbiased opinion.

Review of weBoost 4G Connect

If you struggle with dropped cell phone calls in your house, this might be the product for you. WeBoost 4G Connect is somewhat similar to other weBoost products we’ve reviewed in the past. This one isn’t made for traveling, though.

photos credit: weBoost

How Does the weBoost 4G Connect Work?

For those who live in rural areas, this product will help boost their cell signal. First, the outdoor antenna picks up the signal from area cell towers. The signal is sent to the booster, and the booster amplifies the signal from outside by 32 times. Then it goes to the indoor antenna which broadcasts the signal to the cellular devices.

What’s in the weBoost 4G Connect Box?

You get

    • The Connect 4G
    • An indoor antenna
    • An outdoor antenna
    • The AC/DC Power Supply 5V/4A (connects to wall)
    • A 2 30ft. cable

Should you buy weBoost 4G Connect?

Ninety percent of the reviews on their website say they would recommend this product. I believe that it would be very beneficial if you live in an area that doesn’t have a strong signal from cell towers. At $549.99, this could be a great investment so you can really “hear me now.” In case you think we are supporting a certain network that starts with a V, then you should know that this product can boost the signal for all major U.S. networks.

Thanks to weBoost for sending us this product to review for free. Our reviews are free of bias, and not other compensation has been given.

The GeekChurch Reviews AC2600 EXO MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router by D-Link

A stronger, more powerful Wi-Fi router made its way to the house of geeks, and we will let you know what we think of the EXO Mu-Mimo Wi-Fi Router by D-Link.

Photo credit- D-Link

What is the EXO Mu-Mimo?

This alien spacecraft-looking router boast of really fast wireless and wired internet speeds. With speeds up to 2,533 Mbps (800 Mbps on 2.4GHz + 1,733 Mbps on 5GHz), it’s faster than the last router we reviewed, which delivered 867 Mbps on 5GHz. Of course, that means it’s going to be more spendy, but worth the price for being able to connect more wi-fi devices.

The four antennae that make the router look like it will take off, help to strengthen the signal through your house. We have five people who could be on their wireless devices all at the same time, so this router works great for us. The advanced AC Smartbeam tracks connected devices for enhanced Wi-Fi speed and range.

EXO MuMimo is compatible with DLNA devices, so you can play and share media on TVs, gaming consoles, smartphones and more. You also get a USB 3.0 port to get speeds 10x as fast as a 2.0.

The router was very easy to set-up. TechnoMark spent about 10 minutes setting a password, but all the devices in our house were easily connected. You can also put parental controls on your router.

The Amazon price for this router is $139.99, which is actually a good price for the high speeds and connection capability that this router puts out. You could get less powerful models if you want to spend less money, too.

In short, we recommend this router which has now become a permanent member of our home thanks to D-Link for sending us one for purposes of review. No other compensation was given, and our review is honest and fair.

 

Nomad Base Station Hub Edition Review

Charging hubs are good for families with multiple phones and devices that need a place to rejuvenate. This product that I’m about to review charges up to four devices at once. It’s from Nomad- a company we’ve reviewed several products for lately.

What is the Nomad Base Station Hub?

This charging station has a padded leather surface to place up to two phones with Qi capability. There are 3 internal charging coils underneath the padded surface that will deliver a 10W charge. In the back, there are two ports- one USB-A and one USB-C PD with an 18 W output capacity. That means you can charge your MacBook, but maybe not as fast as the original MacBook charger.

The LED lights on the front glow amber while your devices charge, and turn white when charging is finished. The station senses ambient light, and will dim at night.  There is one LED indicator per coil.

What’s in the Box?

  • The Nomad Base Station Hub
  • The Base Station AC wall adapter
  • International EU & UK adapters

Final Thoughts

In order to wirelessly charge two phones at once, it takes some adjustment to get them both in just the right spot. There’s more info on the Nomad website on that, and also about other things you need to know. Their instruction book is not included in the box. You’ll find that on-line. I think it’s a good product if you have multiple devices that need to be charged. It does cost $99.95, and currently the product is on back order, but not for long.

The GeekChurch received this product from Nomad to review for free in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been received.

D-Link Full HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera and Full HD Wi-Fi Camera Review

Home security cameras seem to be the rage these days. It’s sad that we live in a world that needs them, but thanks to technology, there are some options in security now. We’ve reviewed some of these cameras by D-link in the past, and we have a couple of new ones in case you are looking to stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas.

The D-Link Full HD Pan and Tilt Wi-Fi Camera

photo credits: D-Link

This camera has the option of panning and tilting. It twists from side to side on the base for a 330 degree pan. The ball-looking camera tilts up and down for a 110 degree tilt. In 1080p HD, you’ll get a clear look at your room. Motion and sound triggered, you will get notification pushed to your device if there is movement or loud noises. Also, you have the ability to communicate from your phone or tablet with the camera, so you can say hi to your pet. Or you can tell your kid that you see them sneaking into the fridge. Yes, you can have real-time two way conversations. Night vision is great also up to 16 feet.

With options to record locally to an SD card, or wirelessly to the Cloud, there are a few options to hold on to recordings. If you want a subscription that holds more than 24 hours, you’ll have to pay, but the average user could probably get away with a free account.  Another great feature is that you can use this with Alexa or Google Assistant. Also works with IFTTT. Your smart home is now smarter.

Here’s a good video of this camera that you can purchase now for $99.43 on Amazon.com.

 

 

Or maybe you’d like the

Full HD Wi-Fi Camera DCS-8300LH

This one has many of the same features as the camera above- same night vision, camera clarity, two way audio, sound and motion detection, and even storage options. This one doesn’t have the pan and tilt options that the other camera does, but you can still see a great view of your room. There’s also the capability of pinching to zoom in while viewing from your device.

One thing to note of these cameras is that they do not work from your computer. They seem to be Android or iOS app run only. This seems to be the biggest complaint from users.

If you want to order this camera, it is going for $89.99  on Amazon.com now.

Disclaimer- We received free product to try in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been received.

 

Our Review of Modular Robotics Cubelets Discovery Set

This year, we got to review a cool robotic toy for kids. Cubelets is a product by Modular Robotics that allows kids as young as 4 explore and create. The kit we reviewed back in April was the Twelve Kit. This one is the more basic Discovery Set.

Photo credits: Modular Robotics

What you get in the Cubelets Discovery Set

This kit is composed of 5 robotic cubes that have different functions you can put together to build mini robots. The pieces are magnetic, so they are easy to put together. In this basic set, you get

  • 1 Battery Cubelet
  • 1 Brightness Cubelet
  • 1 Drive Cubelet
  • 1 Distance Cubelet
  • 1 Flashlight Cubelet
  • 1 Bluetooth Hat
  • 2 Brick Adapters
  • 1 Micro-USB Cable
  • A guide to building different robots with your kit

The battery Cubelet is what you charge and add to your creations to power them up. The brightness Cubelet will allow your robot creation to sense light and dark. The drive Cubelet has wheels to help the creation move. The distance Cubelet is another sensing one that determines how close it is to another object. The flashlight Cubelet has a light that can brighten and dim. The free downloadable apps pair with the Bluetooth hat so you can control your robot with the app. The male and female brick adapters will allow you to add Lego, or other brick building toys to your creation.

More About the Cubelets

These are some of the things you can build with this basic kit:

Of course, you can buy more Cubelets and other kits to build different functioning robots. There are Cubelets to detect temperature and a speaker Cubelet so your robots can make noise.

How to buy Cubelets

This particular set costs $139.95 Other kits have different costs, and you can even buy individual blocks. This would make an excellent gift for the aspiring young robotics engineer in your life.

Disclaimer- We were sent a kit to review for free. No other compensation has been given. Our reviews are honest and unbiased.

Review of Mophie Charge Stream Power Station, Travel Kit, and Pad+

Almost a year ago we did a review of the Mophie Wireless Charging Base.  This is similar to one of the Mophie products we’ll review in this post. We’ll review some possible Christmas gifts for those in need of charging products.

Mophie Charge Stream Pad+

Photo credit:Mophie

Looking for a fast way to charge your QI enabled phones? This wireless charging base will do it quickly with up to 10W of power. That’s 2.5W more than the one we reviewed last year. It’s 3.82 inches wide and 0.46 inches high, so it’s great for travelling. Included is a cable and wall adapter. The rubberized pad means it won’t slide around. It is $59.95 for this product- which is what the previous version cost at this time last year.

Mophie Charge Stream Travel Kit

This travel pack comes with the charge stream pad mini for you to charge wirelessly while on the go. The travel pack holds the included stream pad mini along with a 2.4A wall adapter, 2.4A car adapter, and a 4.9 ft USB-A to micro-USB cable. This great pack for all your travel charging needs is only $49.95.

Mophie Charge Stream Powerstation Wireless

Last, but not least, we have this Powerstation Wireless that lets you wirelessly charge your Qi-enabled phones. But that’s not all! You can also charge another device at the same time using the USB-A port. Did we mention that you can do this wirelessly? This is like a battery pack, but it can charge your Qi-enabled devices without a wire attached if you desire.

This has a 6,040 mAh powerbank. That’s enough to charge an iPhone X a little more than two times. The LED lights on the side will tell you how much of a battery-life you have on this Powerstation. When you need to recharge the Powerstation, you can do it quickly through the dedicated USB-C port.

It’s thicker than some power packs, but still shorter than most cell phones; compact and lightweight. If this sounds like the device for you, it is $79.95 on the Mophie site.

Christmas is in 52 days (or maybe less when you read this), so I hope this gives you more ideas for Christmas gifts.

Disclaimer- Mophie sent us free products for the purpose of our review. No other compensation was given, and our reviews our unbiased and free of influence from the companies.