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

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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.

Review of IONA Dock for iPhone and iPad by Landing Zone

Finally, to wrap up our Landing Zone review series, we will conclude with the IONA dock for the iPhone and iPad.

The IONA is a great dock for those who are looking for something to hold an iPad or iPhone in order to FaceTime, watch movies, listen to music, read recipes, or do a variety of activities without having to hold your device.

Size and Aesthetics

The aluminum base is 4.5 inches in diameter. The dock stands at 6.5 inches tall and is a white, plastic material. It weighs in at 1 lb. Most of the weight is in the sturdy base which has a rubberized bottom to accommodate a solid hold. The base also rotates 120 degrees, so you can easily adjust to your viewing preference. The backing that your device rests on is an aluminum material like the round base.

Compatible Devices and Cases

Included in the box are different bumpers to make many different iPhones and iPads compatible. You can use it with iPhones 5 and 5s, and all the way up to 6s and 6s Plus. Do you have an iPad mini? The iPad minis 2 through 4 will work as well. The iPad Air and the Air 2 can also fit.

Most cases will fit on the dock. Thicker cases like Otterboxes and those with battery cases will not work. If you don’t have a case, there is a bumper to use. You’ll see this in the next video I post in…

Set Up

The IONA is relatively easy to use. Here’s a great video that can show you how easy it is to set up.

Other Cool Features

As you may have seen in the video, you can charge your device while it is docked. It didn’t use to come with a Lightning Cable, but the company decided to start including one that is 4.5 feet long, and it is an official Apple cord. You can also use the one that came with your phone.

There is a slot that makes the audio input port accessible, so you can plug in headphones or a speaker while your device is docked as seen here:

The designer, Mike Nuttall, made sure to make the dock stand at a perfect height and angle to match with other screens like the MacBook computer and Thunderbolt monitor shown here:

All in all, a great little docking station that sells for a very reasonable price of $19 on the Landing Zone website.

This concludes the series of Landing Zone products we were sent to review, and I’ll throw in the disclaimer that we have not received any compensation from this company, and this is my fair and unbiased analysis of the product. I’ll also include the photo credit to Landing Zone for all pictures used in these reviews.

Apple’s big announcements: The iPad Air and new iPad Mini!

apple-live-0578Hopefully, you heard that Apple was making a big announcement today, which usually means that I am pretty busy today. Tim Cook himself took the stage and sure talked about how good it was with 81 percent of the market and 170 million sold. Eventually, they talked about the new iPads, with the initial billing of “thinner, lighter, and more powerful”. This is the iPad Air!

The iPad Air has a 9.7 inch Retina display with a 43 percent thinner bezel. It is 7.5 mm thinner, approximately 20 percent thinner, actually. The last version of iPad was 1.4 pounds, and this one is 1 pound.

As for what is inside, it has the A7 chip and it is eight times faster than the last generation. Applications can load up twice as fast, with a two-fold increase in rendering.

Then there is the 10 hours of battery life feature, 1080p H video, a 5 Megapixel iSight camera, dual microphones, and a new FaceTime HD camera with larger pixels.

There is also a new iPad Mini! It has a Retina display with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution. It also has the A7 chip inside, 10 hour battery life, and graphics that are 8 times faster.

You can get the iPad Air for $499 for the 16 GB version, and $629 for the Wi-Fi and Cellular version. You can get the iPad Mini in 16GB version for $399, and a Wi-Fi and Cellular version for $529. By the way, there are some new iPad Accessories, like a brand-new cover for $39.

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