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

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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.

 

 

New Urban Armor Gear (UAG) Cases for the new iPhones: Trooper and Metropolis

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

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.

There is the usual drop test standard to MIL- 810G-516.6. We have reviewed this series for other phones before as well, but for the iPhone X/XS and XR this black case costs $39.95. The case for the XS Max costs $44.95.

The UAG Metropolis Series Case

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.

The cases for iPhones X and above come in black, blue and red. They’re available for $39.95 on the UAG site.

UAG Metropolis
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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.

Thinking of Christmas? Our Review of Some Great Catalyst Products including Impact Cases for Note 9, GS9, iPhone XS, iPhone XR as well as the Waterproof 10L Backpack

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

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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.

Now Featuring White Marble iPhone X Case From The Casery

We’ll take a break from our reviews of rugged, practical looking cases to bring you a different design. This White Marble case comes to us from The Casery- a website that sells fashion cases for phones. In particular, they sell iPhone cases.

This is the design of the iPhone X case that we were sent to review. It’s got a nice, sleek design that will make your phone look like an elegant countertop. In fact, if you have a similar countertop, you might want to be careful when you put your phone down on it, or you might lose your phone.

It really is a nice design, though, and the case itself has been drop tested from a 4 foot drop. In fact, my husband was watching an indie-film called Ingrid Goes West, and he noticed the case that the main character was using…

Is that Aubrey Plaza using a Casery case? Not only that, she’s got the white marble model that we had a chance to use. We don’t have confirmation on that, so we can’t say for sure.

This case is not the only design you can get. Check out The Casery website to see all the different designs you can get. This case and others for the iPhone X have a $32 pricetag attached. If you want other cases, The Casery has deals of thirty percent off when you buy a 2nd case, and free shipping.

 

Apple unveils new Apple Watch Series 3, AppleTV 4K, iPhone 8, and iPhone X Release Date and Price

iPhone 8 1As part of their annual event, Apple announced their new version of the iPhone. It was a little bit different this year as what should have been the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus has become the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Their was also a surprise with the iPhone X (X being a Roman numerial 10, which marks the tenth anniversary of Apple’s smartphone).

The Announcement at the Steve Jobs Theater

The announcement came from the brand new Steve Jobs Theater, which is located on Apple’s big spaceship campus of Apple Park that they have been working on for quite some time. Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive took the stage after an audio file from Steve Jobs, Apple’s former and late CEO had words to say. The room was completely packed with reporters, and the entire two hour event can be watched here on the Apple site.

Before Tim Cook spoke about the new products, he said a brief word about hurricane Harvey and Irma. He talked about giving for relief, and then talked about the new Apple campus. The park is powered by 100 percent renewable energy, and there is a visitors center inside with augmented reality and a brand new Apple store.

Apple Watch Series 3

It was strange that Tim started with the new Apple Watch, as he usually leads with the newest iPhone. The sales performance of this product has been shrouded with mystery as Apple doesn’t seem to give its numbers about how much it has actually sold. The smartwatch market never really “took off” like the smartphone one, but Apple was pleased to say that their Apple Watch is the number one smartwatch.

For what it is worth, the Apple Watch has built-in cellular, so you can talk with your watch without the phone. Apple music will also allow for “40 million songs on the wrist”. There is also a new dual-core processor, complete for Siri to talk to you.

Apple TV 4K

Next was the announcement of Apple TV 4K, which will “bring cinematic quality to whatever you watch”. They made a comparison of 4K and their new 4K HDR, for the highest picture quality ever. They took the time to show off a new video game for Sky from thatgamecompany, and it looks pretty spectacular.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

It took an hour before Apple finally got to the iPhone. The announcement of the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus was expected, but it looks like Apple is leaving the “S” thing behind (a pattern of a new number every two years, with an “S” model in the second year). The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is essentially the same size as its respective iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus predecessors, even though its bigger battery makes it slightly heavier.

This model will have glass on the front and back, which is the most durable of a smartphone. It is microscopically sealed for dust and water, and the Retina Display with 3D touch technology. It has a new chip with the A11 bionic.

They really went off on how the phone’s cameras are set up for augmented reality. Also, wireless charging is going to be happening. If you aren’t familiar with that, it is just putting that device on a Qi-enabled device, and this flat device just powers it up.

The iPhone 8 will have 64 GB and 256 GB options starting at $699, while the iPhone 8 Plus will have the same options for $799.

The All-New iPhone X

Tim Cook took the stage with his “one more thing” catchphrase, and it wants to re-create the experience of an iPhone. Of course, the big thing is the iPhone X, which is going to be the most expensive phone that Apple has ever put out at $999.

What makes this different is that the iPhone X comes with a huge Super Retina Display screen (5.8 inches), which is thinner, lighter, and brighter than the usual LCD screen. It is also an edge-to-edge display, and it has no home button.

It also has some advanced technology known as Face ID, which could become something that could easily be a standard on all phones. The odds of one person just using your phone with this FaceID is one in a million. By the way, you can use your Face ID to make Animoji to express yourself via face, and this was demonstrated with recorded messages.

New Apple Announcements Release Dates

The iPhone 8 can be pre-ordered on September 15th, and will be available on the 22nd. The iPhone X will be available for pre-order on October 27th, and will be available on November the 3rd. The Apple Watch, Series 3 will be available for order on September 15th, and available on the 22nd, which are the same dates for Apple TV 4K. The newest version of the operating systems will drop on September 19 with iOS 11 for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod and watchOS 4 for the Apple Watch.

How Apple’s New iPhone X will Change Smartphone Technology in the Next Ten Years

iPhone XIt is hard to believe that it has been ten years since Apple unveiled the iPhone. Of course, none of us really thought ahead, but it was pretty clear the easy-to-use smartphone technology was the wave of the future and has yet to crest. Now almost every smartphone has a touchscreen that goes from edge-to-edge, with minimal buttons, as even Android has just a few.

Improvements over the last decade have made the original iPhone practically a dinosaur. The idea of an edge-to-edge phone that has no home button is probably going to be the new standard, as well as huge advancements to the display.

Unless someone comes up with some kind of easy-to-use holographic interface or some big new thing, I’m not certain how smartphone technology is going to change, really. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple is the one who makes the tech possible for the typical consumer.