Under Armor Gear (UAG) Review: Monarch and Pathfinder for iPhone XS and iPhone XR

Once again, we have got our hands on Under Armor Gear (UAG) products, and they do make some of the greatest cases in the universe. I honestly don’t know if this is an accurate thing to say.

UAG Monarch Case for the iPhone XS Max

Once again, the Monarch Case has one of those five-layers of protection. You can see that it has that typical UAG look that always reminds me of a complex belt buckle.

This particular Monarch has a metal alloy and leather, and it even has this odd kind of hexagonal pattern that feels like…I don’t know, rubber? I am told it is called a honeycomb traction grip.

It’s completely set-up for drop protection approved by the Military. What is really cool is that it is set-up for the wireless charging, which is odd, considering all the layers of protection.

This sound good for you, you can get the Monarch case for the iPhone XS Max on the UAG site for $59.95.

UAG Pathfinder Case for the iPhone XS Max

I’m sure that you can see the difference between the Pathfinder and the Monarch, as the black leather areas are kind of sanded over. Yeah, I wasn’t certain how to describe that, but then again, I never really know how to describe the shape of UAG cases.

While I couldn’t confirm the 5 layers of protection, the Pathfinder sure looks tough, and it is much lighter too. I am guessing it is made for the hikers, and is it just me, or does the color of Carmine that you see in the photo seem perfect for hiking?

Well, it is good for the military protection and the wireless charging, and the UAG Pathfinder case for the iPhone XS Max is available on the UAG site for $39.95.

UAG Pathfinder SE Case for the iPhone XR Max

Okay, I was glad to review the Pathfinder SE for the iPhone XR, because I have been wanting to review stuff for the iPhone XR for a while. Besides the size, this Pathfinder SE case for the XR isn’t that much different from the Pathfinder for the iPhone XS Max. You can see that the Pathfinder SE has some camo pattern, and that seems to be one big difference.

Anything else I can say about this would be a cut and paste, and I see no reason to do that. I guess that I will just say what I forgot to say and that it is feather-light and has some scratch resistant pads.

For some reason, the UAG Pathfinder SE for the iPhone XR is more expensive than the Pathfinder regular, as it is available on the UAG site for $49.95.

Blackloud’s Soundot AF1 Earphones Allow Access to FM Radio Without Wi-Fi

photo credit:Blackloud

What is Blackloud Soundot AF1?

These excellent earbuds, made specifically for iPhones, provides something that other earphones don’t. When these babies are plugged into your iPhone, you can access FM radio signal without WiFi access.

The Soundot app, available in the iTunes store, is user friendly. It allows for easy control of the FM tuner and adjusts Equalizer and Sound Effect settings.  You don’t need the app to enjoy music on these earphones, though. They have the ability to save EQ and sound effect settings into the headset. This way you can listen to quality music on other music apps and iOS devices.

As with other earphones, there is a microphone that allows you to take calls, or control Siri. The multi-function controller on the mic has controls to adjust volume and select between songs as well.

The bass is quality with its dual dynamic driver design.  The build overall is impressive, and you can experience the premium sound quality advertised on the box for yourself.

Soundot Specs

Driver size: 15mm and 7mm
Codec: 21-bit audio Codec with 24-bit DSP
Microphone: Omni-directional
Material: Metallic Case
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 11dB/mW at 1kHz

Looks Great! How do I buy the Soundot?

The Soundot is priced at $79.89 on the Blackloud website. Great Christmas present if you know someone who wants quality sound, and would like to listen to FM radio without needing WiFi!

Thanks to Blackloud for sending us this product to review free of charge in exchange for our honest and unbiased analysis. No other compensation has been given.

A Numerous Amount of ITSKINS Cases to Review

ITSKINS is a company based in China, but run by a French man. We’ve reviewed some of their great phone cases in the not so distant past. They just sent us a lot more to review. Some of these cases are repeats from before, but available for the new iPhones.
Buckle up. Here we go.

Nano Ice

All photos courtesy of ItSkins

These cases are slim and rigid. A basic case that has a clear back with trim in colors of black, light green, light blue, pink and purple. This is available for only the newer iPhone models as far as I can tell. Raised beveled edges will protect the front of your phone if placed on its face. $19.99 USD will pay for this case that is drop tested up to 1 meter.

 

 

 

SpectrumFolio

Moving on up to the 2Meter drop protected cases, the SpectrumFolio offers drop protection, but also has RFID protection, which is meant to protect your credit cards that fit in the inside pockets of this case. The corners have airpocket technology to absorb and disperse shock. There’s also the honeycomb design on the inside that is known for absorbing shock as well. This case is available for $29.99 for the new iPhones, but also for some older ones and Samsung Galaxy phones, too. Many different colors to fit your style- you can check them out here.

HybridFolio

Almost exactly the same as the case above, but this folio is made of real leather. Offered in black, black with red stitching, blue, white, or brown for $39.99, it offers the same protection as the above.

 

 

 

 

HybridMKII

This case looks similar to the NanoIce, but it offers a dual layer protection up to a 2Meter drop. It has the same air cushion technology that their other cases offer at this level. The design is a crystal clear back with edges in red, green, pink, purple, black or clear. $25.99 will buy this protective case for your new iPhones and also the Galaxy Note 9.

 

 

HybridGlass

In colors of black, sliver, rose pink, gold, and white mat, this case is backed with a 9H tempered glass panel. This is the first ever made Drop Certified cover of its kind. There’s a specialized blend of the HEXO-TEK technology for beauty and strength. A built-in magnet makes this case compatible with all ITSKINS magnetic mounting system. This design is also thin enough for wireless charging, and yet is anti-shock up to 2 Meters.

HybridEdge

This case with a transparent cover, has soft, black bumpers, and a metallic-feeling frame. You can interchange different colors to make it fit your personality. The colors offered are rose gold, gold, black piano, silver, black matte, and space gray. For $29.99, this case can be bought to fit many iPhones and even Samsung Galaxy phones 6 and higher.

 

 

Itskins Spectrum

The Spectrum is another case that looks basic, but offers the level 2 drop protection. The translucent case is offered in colors of clear, black, purple, pink and light blue. $19.99 will buy this for new iPhones, and also for other phones that I’ve never heard about before. You can check to see if your phone is covered here.

 

And finally, we have the

SUPREME FROST

This is an extreme impact case that has been drop tested up to 3 Meters! It has 4 layers of protection to give it great high impact absorption. The back of the case is frosted, and the sides are also available in different colors. Red, blue, baby pink, grey… just some of the colors available for the newest iPhones at $34.99.

 

 

We hope this gave you some ideas for new cases for Christmas. Thanks to ITSKINS for sending us these cases to review. Our analysis is our own, and not influenced by any monetary compensation.

 

Our Review of the ANGLR Bullseye Fishing Tracker

We’re not really anglers, but we know people who are. If you like to fish, or know someone who does, this would be a good item for a Christmas stocking stuffer. This review is for the ANGLR Bullseye Fishing Tracker.

photo credit:ANGLR

This little button doesn’t look like much, but this tiny little button comes with a clip that attaches to a lanyard,keychain, or other item. One click of the button will record catches with weather, water, and location details. Two clicks drops waypoints. All this information is helpful to anglers to keep track of vital data.

How does it work? An app that is free to install pairs your phone to this little button, and helps you track your fishing trip while building up your own personal data base of things like best days to fish, time of day, barometric pressure, lure colors, etc. You can share these things with other people if you desire, or keep your fishing secrets to yourself.

The button also has an adhesive backing in case you want to stick it to your hat or boat. There is nothing to charge. One button has a battery life of 2 years. The battery is not replaceable.

Here’s a video that explains it more:

This handy device is available for $29.99. You can buy packs of two or three as well, and save more. Get them as gifts for your fishing buddies, or have a spare in case you lose one.

Thanks to ANGLR for sending us this product for free to review. No other compensation was given in exchange for our fair and unbiased analysis.

Pet Photo Saver Finds and Stores Pet Photos with Ease

We all know someone who loves their pets- a lot. I’m a dog lover, too. Our dog, Yuki, is a part of our family. Just like I want an organization of the photos of my kids, I also want to organize photos of my dog. The product I’m about to review will help with that.
photo credit- Pet Photo saver

This is the Pet Photo Saver. It’s a 16 GB storage device that plugs into your Apple or Android device. It pairs up with the free downloadable app. This app will only work if you buy the product, though.

The app detects your pictures of your pet and organizes them on to the device. It also connects to Facebook, so you can find those pictures, easily.  Within the app, you can order prints, accessories and other gifts. More than one drive can be connected to the app, and you can create different profiles for different pets.

Compatible devices for the Pet Photo Saver include: iPhone/iPad/iPod 6 and newer (iOS 10+) and most Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG, Nexus and other Android devices running OS 4.3+.

Our Yuki

If this is something that would make a good Christmas gift for the pet lover in your life, you can buy it for $89.99. Their website currently has a 15 percent off deal, so get in on it quickly!

Disclaimer:Pet Photo Saver sent us this product for free to review. Our opinions are our own. No other compensation has been given.

N-Range by SureCall Improves Cell Signal on the Road

It’s happened to all of us, or maybe most of us. Has it happened to you? Do you get dropped calls while out driving in the middle of nowhere? This product that I’m about to review will help with that issue. Last year we reviewed a similar product. Today, we are reviewing the N-Range by SureCall.

photo credit: Sure Call

What is N-Range?

This device by SureCall attaches to the roof of your vehicle via a magnet (or you could use the adhesive attachment option). Your signal is boosted to the nearest cell tower, so you can have a broader range. This is the most powerful cell phone signal booster available.

Installing N-Range

Installation is simple, and can be completed in 3 steps. The fin part sticks on top of the vehicle roof via magnet. The magnetic phone holder is connected to the fin by a cord. Once your phone is placed on the phone mount, you plug the 12v power adapter into your vehicle’s power port. It’s now ready to boost your signal. It’s so easy, you can transfer it to other vehicles as well.

Buying N-Range

We think this product that works for all cell phone carriers in the U.S. (and other countries as well), will be beneficial to those wanting more coverage on the road. If this is you, the N-Range can be purchased for $199.99 at Amazon.com, and also at other places like Best Buy.

Surecall sent us this product for free to review in exchange for our fair and honest analysis. No other compensation was given.

iHome and Aquio Pair up for Your Drinks and Your Tunes

iHome makes a lot of great audio products, and we’ve reviewed some in the past. This new and exciting product combines a way to hydrate with a Bluetooth speaker to listen to your music. The iBTB2 Aquio is something that would make a great Christmas gift for your work-out fan or beach-goer.

photo credit- iHome

There are two separate parts:

The Aquio Bottle

The bottle itself is a great item. It keeps cold beverages cold for 24 hours. If you want to put coffee or soup in it, those liquids will stay warm for 14 hours. It has a great build, and is designed to fit most cup holders. It’s only 16 ounces, though. Hopefully, they will get some demand for bigger water bottles. A little loop at the top allows for easy carrying. You could clip a carabiner to it and carry it hands free. You could also clip your keys to it. It’s BPA free, and for easy cleaning, you can separate it from

The Aquio Speaker

For a little speaker of this size, there is excellent 360 sound. All the sound is controlled through your phone or Bluetooth device once they are paired. There is 6 hours of playtime after charging with the provided cable. The speaker has a waterproof rating of iP67, so you can feel safe taking it to the beach or by the pool.

Combine them together, or use them separately. Either way, you can find them for $69.99 and free shipping at their site. Different colors include Midnight(black), Seafoam (aqua blue), Merlot (maroon) and Blush (pink).

Thanks to iHome/Aquio for sending us a free product to review in exchange for our fair and unbiased analysis. No other compensation was given.

TikiTunes Bluetooth Speaker Review

Ready for another Bluetooth speaker review? We do a lot of these. Here’s a review of a speaker that would make a great Christmas present for someone who wants a little atmosphere with their tunes…featuring TikiTunes from Limitless Innovations.

photo credit: Limitless Innovations

Now, this speaker isn’t going to be the most pure sound you can get from a Bluetooth speaker, but the sound is good for something at this price level. For $39.99, you get a nice speaker with ambient lighting that looks like real flame. It works well indoors and out with 6 hours of playtime with a 2,000 mAh battery. It’s a small size at 4 x 6.5 inches.

At the top of the device, there are the play/pause buttons as well as volume controls and power button. Two TikiTunes can be paired up to 30 feet apart. You could either set them on the table, or if you have a tripod, there is a hole at the bottom that allows for attachment to various stands. Although I think you could probably run a string through and hang it from the top, there doesn’t seem to be a way to hang it built in. That feature might be helpful.

At the time of this writing, the item is sold out on the Limitless Innovations site. Sharper Image is offering a set of two for $69.99. You can also find one at Amazon.com

Thanks to Limitless Innovations for another nice product to review. It was given to us at no charge in exchange for our fair and unbiased analysis. No other compensation was provided.

JumpSmart Will Jumpstart Your Car, Charge Your Phone and Give you Light

photo credit: Limitless Innovations

We’ve reviewed a few devices in the past that will charge your car battery as well as your phone. The closest comparable product I think we’ve reviewed is the ToughTested Jolt. These products are very similar, but both very useful, so we’ll take a look at why you might want this product in your stocking this Christmas. This review is of the JumpSmart Jump Starter Flashlight Power Bank.

 

JumpSmart Features

This flashlight casing is made of a very sturdy aluminum casing. There are four modes on the light which reaches 1100 Lumen that shines up to 150 meters. There are high beam, weak beam, strobe, and SOS Modes.

The jumper cables include 10 built-in safety features- including an alarm that will sound and safety indicator lights that warn if you are not properly connected. The Lithium battery is 10,000 mAh / 37000 mWh. A 5V / 2.4A USB Port utilizes SmartSpeed technology to charge your phone or other devices.

What you get With JumpSmart

Opening the box reveals a handsome, well-built case that houses the flashlight. Also included is some instructions, and charging cables with wall and car adapters to charge the JumpSmart.

What you Should Know About JumpSmart

Based on the research from this site, you shouldn’t leave your portable jump starter in your vehicle- especially if it’s extremely cold. The jump starter might not help you if your battery is completely dead, or has very low cold cranking amps. So it’s a good idea to bring this in out of the cold, and make sure that it is charged frequently. This device can be recharged 1,000 times, and suggests that you recharge it every 3 months at least. You really want it to be ready to go.

Here’s the video for the product

If you want to purchase a set to keep in your car, or maybe a Christmas gift for someone you love, you can get them for $119.99.

We thank Limitless Innovations for sending us one of these for free in exchange for our honest and unbiased review. No other compensation was given.

Otterbox Protection for Devices: Symmetry, Pursuit, Defender, and Alpha Glass

With new iPhones coming out and the recently released Galaxy Note 9, consumers are looking to protect their investments. Otterbox has been a trusted company by many to provide this protection. We got the privilege of receiving some of their cases and a screen protector to review.

Otterbox Symmetry Series

all photos credit:Otterbox

The Symmetry series provides cases in many colors and designs- too numerous to list them all. This particular case is called “Gradient Energy.”

All of the Symmetry cases offer Otterbox Certified Drop Protection. They’re easy to put on and take off. The cases are ultra-slim, so you can wirelessly charge and use Apple Pay.

Symmetry cases vary in price greatly, so we’ll just tell you the prices of the cases we received to review. The iPhone XS Max case in Gradient Energy is $54.95. The same case for the Samsung Galaxy Note S9 is also $54.95. There is not quite as many styles and colors for the Note S9, though.

Otterbox Pursuit Series


The Pursuit case is said to be ultimate protection. In addition to the sturdiness of the case, it also offers an ultra-thin design. It protects from dust, mud, dirt and snow. Good to take skiing or backpacking. This case offers enhanced audio and the ability to access the screen directly. There are port covers to keep unwanted materials out, but still provide access when needed.

This case also comes in various colors- including this clear one with the black edges. We received an all black one. There are other colors, too. $79.95 will purchase this case for the iPhone XS Max. Check out the website for more colors and device options.

Otterbox Defender Series

 

This case that we received for the iPhone X/Xs is the screenless edition. The multi-layer case offers great drop protection, and protects from dust as well. It comes with a holster that attaches to your belt with a clip. Otterbox Defender has been around for a long time. We even reviewed it back in 2012 on the iPhone 5! It still has the great reliability and standard you can trust. Different colors and cases for different devices will bring different prices, but for this particular case- $49.95.

Otterbox Alpha Glass Screen Protector

Otterbox screen protectors are cut precisely for their cases. If you get an Otterbox cases, you will probably want to get the screen protectors made to go with them. The Otterbox website offers a discount when the screen protector is purchased with many of their cases.

The protector is reactive to touch and fortified to protect from splintering and shattering. Most important is that the screen below doesn’t get damaged. The Alpha Glass protector for the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is $44.95. It wraps nicely around the edges to get that edge protected. It comes with edges for the top and bottom of the note 9, and some cleaners. Glass protectors really need to be placed carefully.

This wraps up our review of Otterbox products. Thanks to Otterbox for sending us these to review free of charge with no other compensation in exchange for our honest and unbiased review.