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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In case you are not aware, I occasionally do video game reviews on my site, and it is rare that I review two games that are similar with their style. The style is that of surrealism, which can bring the player into worlds similar to that of a Salvador Dali painting. This is only one of the best aspects of The Gardens Between and My Brother Rabbit, and they are both great games in their own right.
The Gardens Between Game Review
It will be very difficult to describe the settings of these games, and I’ll try and let the visuals speak for themselves. Both of these games have some kind of real world event taking place, but then it slips into the surreal. In the case of The Gardens Between, it tells the story of a boy and girl who meet after one of them moves into town. If you ever had a best friend in childhood, you tend to do a lot of fun things together, and the surreal aspect celebrates this.
At the beginning of each stage, the boy and girl (Frendt and Ariana) go to some weird island that has oversized objects on it. For example, they go to one where there is a huge couch on it. From there, the two friends attempt to make it to the top of the island, where they put a lantern on top. Arina is the one that holds the lantern, while Frendt has the power to occasionally interact with objects.
The Gardens Between takes place is truly a unique game because the controller literally moves time forward. I am absolutely serious and I will try to describe this as best as I can. If you move the controller forward, the two friends go on their path like any other game. The issue is when you move the controller in the direction opposite of forward, the main characters go backward because time is going backward.
So how does it play out? Well, as I said before, you have to move a lantern to a certain point, but you can place it in places along the path. Also, since you can manipulate objects, imagine if you could go back in time, manipulate something, and then go forward again. This would cause things to change, and this is the puzzle-solving aspect to this game.
As you probably have probably predicted, I don’t have much time to do a game before I need to write a review of it. I can usually only give a game a few hours before I get into a game and can fairly write about it. The Gardens Between is a game that I didn’t want to stop playing, because it was so relaxing. Seriously, most video games really are full of intense action, but this game, with its cool new-agey theme song that really calms me down instead of winding me up. This is a good thing.
The Gardens Between is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 (NA, EU), Steam, and Mac App Store for $19.99. It’s a small price, and I don’t know how long the game is, but it is worth double its price. You can find out more information about the game here.
My Brother Rabbit Game Review
I can’t help but compare My Brother Rabbit to the last game, because it also has a real world situation taking place in conjunction to a surreal one. The real world in this is a real problem based on a sad memory and not a happy one. The game starts with a family who has a daughter who is very sick. The daughter has a brother, who gives her a stuffed rabbit, who is the main character in the surreal world.
This story can’t help but feel sad, and I am reminded of The Velveteen Rabbit and its very bittersweet story. The rabbit main character has to help out his friend, a plant-like being, who is also sick. The world the stuff rabbit lives in is cartoonist’s surreal kingdom, with strange objects all around and everything kind of has a face.
The action of My Brother Rabbit is an old-fashioned point-and-click. The player has to solve puzzles to advance to the next world on the map, and a lot of these require a lot of hidden objects puzzles. The usual pattern is to find the hidden objects in order to open up a new puzzle, which will lead to another puzzle. It then becomes very fun to assemble a vehicle by putting pieces of puzzles together in order to advance.
I was able to play My Brother Rabbit all the way through, and I loved it. Some of the puzzles were pretty difficult and time-consuming, but that is part of the fun.
My Brother Rabbit is available for $14.99 in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Turkish on Nintendo Switch, Steam, Windows Store, Mac App Store, GOG, Humble Store, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One now. More information is available on the website here.
With all the technology we have to deal with these days, there is an inevitable mess of cables. BlueLounge is a company that creates gadgets to help manage that mess. We have the opportunity to review some of those items today.
photo credit: BlueLounge
This device is a stand to hang your headphones on. With dimensions of 4.25 x 4.25 x 9.6 in, Posto will give you a place to store headphones and reduce clutter on your desk. It comes in black or white, and will accommodate all sizes of headphones.
The headrest is rubberized- made to form to the headphones. The base is a sturdy aluminum. It looks very classy. You can purchase a base of your own for $19.99.
Discouraged by cables everywhere? This product comes in a mini size for little cables like MicroUSB and Apple Lightning connectors. They also come in a regular size for larger cords. The sticky back is perfect for sticking to desks, walls. People even use them in their bathrooms!
They come in many color choices- black, white, bright, and muted. You get six CableDrops in a package. If you purchase the mini version, there are 9 in the package. They both cost $9.95. Their plastic build is firm, but somewhat flexible. The adhesive backing eventually becomes permanent over time, so you should take precautions when trying to remove them.
We’ve reviewed similar management systems for earbuds and their cables. This system is unique in that it has a magnetic center that holds the earbuds. You could also store lightning cables in it. It’s also made of silicon- rather than the hard plastic ones we’ve reviewed in the past. There are different options of colors, too! There are ones in Dark Grey, Light Grey, Lime Green, Black with a Gold magnet and Blue with a Gold magnet. These handy gadgets are only $9.95 and make a great gift!
photo credit: Blue Lounge
The last BlueLounge product we have to review is the CableClip. As you can see, this is another gadget to keep your cords tangle-free. This is great, because if you’ve ever thrown cords into your backpack, you know that they often don’t come out so well. For $9.95, you can buy a package of 2 large, 4 medium, or 6 small clips.
The large ones work great for thick power cords and network cables. Medium ones will work well for USB and data cords, small power cords, audio cords and phone cables. The small ones are ideal for earbuds, small data cables and charger cords.
We’d like to thank BlueLounge for sending us these great products to review at no charge. Our opinion is unbiased and fair, and no other compensation has been paid to influence our reviews.
Kids these days… They love technology- just as much as their grown-ups. That’s why we think the product we’re about to review would make a nice Christmas present for young children. Designed by a company in Belgium called Muuselabs, the Jooki will allow your little ones to listen to their music independently.
photo credit: Jooki
Once adults set up the playlist using the downloadable app(compatible with IOS from 9.0, Android from 4.4, MAC and PC), young ones will be able to choose which playlist they want to listen to by popping a character on to the middle of Jooki. The characters that come with the Jooki right now are a ghost, a dinosaur (I think? I don’t know), a whale, fox, and knight. The characters are… interesting, for sure. It sort of reminds me of Amiibo, but with odd characters. The intended audience will love it, though. It works with Spotify, by the way, so they will love it even more.
Other great features of this product includes it’s durability. It’s built to last in little hands- including being splashproof. Also, with little ones in mind, parents can set the maximum volume it plays, and it has a headphone jack, so great for trips in the car. 8 hours of battery life will let the kids enjoy Jooki on long rides.
Set-up of the device is simple, and there are videos by Jooki on YouTube to help set things up. This company is also known for great customer service- if your device seems to be having issues. You will need an SD card if you have downloaded music you want to use wirelessly.
If you’re one of the people who is looking forward to buying a new iPhone XR or Xs Max, there are already cases for you! Urban Armor Gear(UAG) is one of the companies who have rolled out their cell phone cases to protect your valuable phone. Today, we’re looking at two of those cases.
The first case is
The Urban Armor Gear Trooper Series Case
UAG Trooper Photo Credit: UAG
These rugged, but classic looking cases will surround your phone to a lip on your screen with a poly-carbonate shell backing. The back opens to reveal a recess that holds up to 4 credit cards.
The inside backing is rubbery and springy- built with the hexagonal pattern you’ll find in many UAG cases. The back is tough to open initially, but should get easier after a while.
The Metropolis case is another fabulous case by UAG. This one provides 360 degree protection by wrapping completely around your phone. The inside of the cover has a soft, felt material that lines and protects the screen of your phone. It also holds credit cards in pockets.
The outside of the case has a leathery feel, but is water resistant. There are raised ridges on the back. The strap closure is held in place by a magnet. Your ports and buttons remain easy to access. The thinness of the case allows you to wirelessly charge your phone, or access Apple Pay.
Both of the cases in these collections are covered by a one year warranty, and have free shipping.
Thanks to UAG for sending us these cases free of charge in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation was given.
There are 91 days until Christmas. Fewer than that if you are reading this days after the article comes out. Our hope is that you can get some good ideas for Christmas presents from all of the products we get to review. Here’s a review of some phone cases and a waterproof backpack to protect your mobile devices from Catalyst. We’ve reviewed many of their protective items in the past.
Catalyst Impact Protection Case
photo credit: Catalyst
This case is built to protect your phone from drops as high as 9.9 ft. It has the 810G Military Standard protection that these durable Catalyst cases carry. Now we’ve reviewed the Impact Protection Case for other phones in the past, but Catalyst has sent us the cases for iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Each case has most of the same features-
impact truss system for protection
rotating mute switch for iPhones
non-slip rubber for easy gripping
wireless charging through the case
blocks dust and debris
a wrist lanyard is included
The cases come in colors of clear, blueridge/sunset, clear, and stealth black. The X/XS cases come in other colors as well.
If you buy the iPhone XS Max case now, you can get a 20 percent discount coupon on the upcoming waterproof cases. The price of this case on the Catalyst site is $49.99. The X/XS and XR cases also have the 20 percent discount code offer off the waterproof cases if you order now. Their price is $39.99. The Galaxy Note 9 case is $49.99.
Now, for our next review:
The Catalyst Waterproof 20L Backpack
photo credit: Catalyst
This backpack is surprising in its real size when you first see how small the case it comes in is.
Wow. If you can’t tell from the picture, this item fits in the palm of my hand.
This backpack will hold all your items- up to 20 L worth, and will keep them dry. This would make a great daypack for those adventurers out there who like getting wet! The seams inside the pack are taped to provide the waterproof seal. There is a roll top closure, and the material has a waterproof testing rate of 10,000mm HH. The side pockets are nice and deep(9 inches) to securely hold a water bottle.
If you want to purchase this item, they are $119.99 on the Catalyst site.
Thanks to Catalyst for sending us these products for free to review in exchange for our fair and unbiased evaluation.