Category: Cell Phones

Armorz

How many do you see with a cracked screen?  Small pieces of plastic may keep your screen clean, however they will not protect them from shattering!  Armorz Stealth Extreme screen protection is among the best I have seen!  I have actually cracked my screen when I tossed my tennis racket into my gym bag.  It hit it just right and bam, there goes the screen.  Armorz will protect your screen from scratches, cracking and everything else.  With the cost of replacing a screen or smartphone, Armorz Stealth Extreme is worth the investment!  They have different levels of thickness depending on your use and environment.  For example someone in the construction field will need more protection than someone in sales!  To find the right fit for your smartphone, visit www.armorz.com.

photo 1If you are married, engaged or have a serious girlfriend, go to the App Exchange and download the Husband Helper right now!  This is an app that will keep photo 2you out of the dog house!  I was lucky enough to marry a woman with the same birthday as me, so I will never forget her birthday.  This app helps reminds you of important dates, as well as all your wife’s sizes!  I used to keep a small piece of paper in my wallet to try to keep track of all her sizes.  Now I just click on the app, select sizes and I have everything at my fingertips!  You can customize and add any size of something she loves to wear.  It also offers great date suggestions (see #15 and thank me later).  You or your wife can add onto the “Honey Do” list so you won’t forget.  There is also a Gift Idea section where you or her can add gifts you have seen or heard about when you were together.  This is a great app for guys!  Heck, who wouldn’t want to get a reminder a week before your anniversary so you don’t forget?  Want to see more, check them out on-line at http://husbandhelperapp.wordpress.com/.  Download it today, thank me later!!

s470 photo PRInfosonics introduces the verykool® s470 Black Pearl. This is a pretty fast phone for only a 1.2 GHZ Quad Core Processor. With the latest Android OS 4.2 operating system it was able to handle all the apps I downloaded and ran. One of the key factors when buying a phone for me is battery life and I was able to run the phone pretty much all day with moderate usage. It has the ability to accept Dual Sim cards which is great for international travel and is priced under $250 unlocked! Being unlocked, this GSM phone can work with AT&T, T-Mobile and TracFone which gives you the opportunity to have a no contract smartphone. For all this phone has to offer head over to http://www.verykool.net/Products/s470!

Dockem iProp blackA cool little gadget I found is called the iprop™.  The iprop is a universal tablet stand.  It is soft and infinitely adjustable because it reminds me of a small beanbag chair for my iPad.  The flexibility allows this to be used on flat or uneven surfaces.  It works with your iPad, iPhone, Motorola, Sharp, BlackBerry and every other manufacture of a tablet or phone.  It is perfect to use on the airplane tray, or on your lap in the backseat!  The design is so simple but effective and even held my iPad without removing the hard-shell case.  Check out the iprop™ for yourself at www.dockem.com!

There are apps for everything!  For me, I have over 5 Disney apps on my iPhone, one for wait times, one for hours and one to let me know where I am LOL.  That means when I am at a Disney park my phone is on constantly!  I do chuckle around 5 or 6:00pm when I hear people talking about turning their phones off, or when I see people battling for a power outlet to get a quick charge on their phones.

Around 5 or 6:00pm I still have 100% battery life thanks to two great products.  PowerSkin and Odoyo manufacture cell phone cases with a built in spare battery giving you the power you need throughout the entire day and extra magic hours!

PowerShell-EX-Black-2Odoyo (www.ODOYOusa.com) gives you options for the extra battery life based on your usage.  For heavy iPhone users like myself, I use the Power+Shell EX- Saturn which features a built-in 2200mAh high capacity rechargeable battery!  That is far more powerful than the standard 1440mAh battery in the iPhone 5.  In addition to the extended battery life, the Power+Shell EX-Saturn also protects your iPhone.  A cool little feature is it’s “kickstand” that allows you to watch videos or movies hands free.

The PowerSkin (www.power-skin.com) has a thinner design and features a 1500 mAh battery.  I have been using the PowerSkin for years with my iPhone 4 (http://gottahavegadget.com/powerskin/) and was extremely happy to see some upgrades for the iPhone 5.  The 1500mAh battery gives you up to 70% more talk time and standby Time.power-skin

So if you are a heavy cell phone user or even a casual cell phone user these cases will cut down your search for power for that late afternoon charge!  Both units have a micro-usb charger that charges both the case and phone at the same time.  In addition to the iPhone cases, each manufacturer offers a variety of cases for other manufacturers.  Both the Odoyo and PowerSkin live up to the name of a Gotta Have Gadget

Newer Technology Power2U

This is simply one of those “Gotta Have Gadgets” that you look at and instantly think, “Why didn’t I come up with that idea?”  In the simplest of terms, the Newer Technology Power2U is a standard outlet with two built in USB charger plugs.  How many of your outlets are taken up by your iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry or even your GPS?  With a wife and two kids in the house we have more USB devices plugged in than we do any other power outlets.   No more fumbling around to find that USB power outlet, simply plug your USB device right into the Power2U plug and you are up and charging in no time.  Newer Technology makes it easy for businesses with 10 packs, 20 packs and even 100 packs.  How many times during the day does one of your co-workers ask to borrow a charger because their smartphone is running out of battery power?  This is as simple to install as a standard outlet, and has an internal fuse to protect from a power surge.  The USB plug is designed to handle USB 3.0, 2.0 and older 1.1 plugs.  All four power outlets can be used at one time.  Such a simple design with a powerful space saver idea.  Being a “Gadget guy” I need at lease two or three of these house in my kitchen alone!  Perhaps this will help my wife as well, as she will certainly have to yell, “Can you clean up your mess” far less thanks to the Power2U outlet.  For all the technical specs, check them out online at www.newertechnology.com.

This holiday season, one of the questions I get asked the most is, “What is a good reliable phone I can get without breaking the bank?”  The LG Revolution is a great deal right now!  At $199 (with a two year Verizon contract) the LG Revolution gives you the quickness of 4G LTE, a 4.3 inch screen, high res camera and Android marketplace.

Some features I really like are micro-HDMI port for quick connections to a TV or computer to transfer your 720p HD videos, and the 5 megapixel camera.  I know what you are going to say, there are much higher resolution camera phones out there, yes there is, but the LG Revolution gives you options which takes far better pictures than you would expect with a 5 megapixel camera.

Something that is over looked now a days with cellular phones is audio quality.  With the backing of the Verizon Wireless network, I didn’t lose a single call and the audio was just fine.  The battery life is what you will find in most data phones, of course the more you use it, the less the battery will last.  If you are a heavy data user, a back-up battery is always recommended.

If you don’t need the latest and greatest phone the LG Revolution is a great alternative at a reasonable price that will give you everything you need and with the power of Verizon’s 4G LTE service, it will give you it quickly.

For all the latest LG phones, you can check them out at http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/view-all-phones/view-all-phones.jsp.

 

 

PowerSkin

PowerSkin iPhone 4S

Looking for some holiday swap gifts or some great stocking stuffers?  Do you know someone with a SmartPhone?  Of course you do, most 13 year old kids have one now.  What is the biggest complaint?  Battery power!   I have a PowerSkin for my iPhone and now I never have to worry about the battery.  I can surf the web all day, use the GPS for golf, make calls or check email and still have a full battery at the end of the day.  The PowerSkin is basically a protective case that has a second battery built into the case.  Find your PowerSkin at www.power-skin.com.

***UPDATED 2/7/13***

I wanted to give a shout out to the customer service team at Power-Skin.  I had an issue with the mini-USB connector which for some reason would not charge the battery.  With a quick e-mail the customer support team is replacing my power-skin!  In my humble opinion this kind of customer service is rarely seen!  All the more reason to visit www.power-skin.com!

Does dad own a motorcycle? Cardo Systems’s G4 PowerSet is a Bluetooth headset that helps motorcyclists stay connected while riding. The Cardo System’s G4 PowerSet comes in a package of two that are paired together to help riders communicate with one another. The G4 Powerset has some great cool features. First you can communicate with another rider with a range of up to 1 mile! Secondly, with the Click-to-Link™ feature, if you see another rider with a G4 PowerSet, you can easily connect to communicate with that rider. Thirdly, with the multi-device connectivity, you can listen to your MP3 player or connect to your cell phone in addition to talking to your riding partner. Fourth, having the windscreen mouthpiece will reduce the amount of bugs in dad’s teeth! For more information or technical specs, visit them on-line at www.cardosystems.com.

Is dad always on the go?  Does he have to stay connected via his laptop?  If so, trying to find a wifi hotspot or paying $20 per day at a hotel is a pain.  Virgin Mobile’s MiFi® 2200 with Broadband2Go can give dad instant nationwide Sprint® 3G network coverage.  Dad can connect up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices to the 3G wireless internet with no contract needed!  It doesn’t matter if dad has a PC or Mac, the Virgin MiFi® 2200 can connect to either with very little set-up.  The pay as you go is probably the best feature of the MiFi® 2200 because dad can change his plan based on his personal needs with Broadband2Go plans as little as $10.  Backed by the Sprint® 3G Network, dad can find the coverage he needs.  Check it out at www.virginmobileusa.com.

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If mom or dad have an iPhone give them more power!  You have all seen the Energizer Bunny, but did you know Energizer can power your iPhone too?  I received the Energi to Go® AP1500 just in time.  My iPhone was almost completely drained.  I simply slid the iPhone into the AP1500 and instantly had power.  (more…)

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Another great present for mothers or fathers day!  Does your mom or dad love to watch golf?  What do they do when they are not home?  With the Samsung Mythic, and AT&T Mobile TV service, they can watch sporting events or any of their favorite programs from CNBC, Comedy Central, ESPN Mobile, FOX, MTV, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and more!  The Samsung Mythic is all mom & dad will need from a smart phone and then some.  (more…)

width=214Philips makes some great gifts that are perfect for the holiday season.  In keeping with the iPod touch/iPhone theme earlier, the Philips DC315 docking system would be a great gift for the business executive on your holiday list.  What is cool about this system is you can dock your iPod touch or iPhone, connect the system to your PC via a USB cable and synchronize your contacts, to-do list and calendar.  All that with the ability to accept calls via your Bluetooth connection and an audio system that sounds great, all while charging your iPod touch or iPhone.  (more…)

exilim-sinkWhen it comes to Verizon Wireless phones, check out the Casio® Exilim.  Im having a hard time figuring out if this is a fully functioning camera with a built-in phone, or a fully functioning phone with a built-in camera.  The phone features built in VZ NavigatorSM and V Cast Music with Rhapsody.  Most camera phones take low resolution photos that at best can be used as part of a picture message.  (more…)

SCS-26UC4_FrontIf you happen to be a Verizon Wireless subscriber, I have a Gotta Have Gadgets to help you as well.  Depending where you live, any cell service could have a weak signal.  Verizon Wireless has an amazing gadget called the Verizon Wireless Network Extender.  I am a Verizon Wireless customer, and to get a signal in my house I had to find a spot, stand on one leg, and have my left hand raised above my head to get a single bar.

As soon as I plugged in the Verizon Wireless Network Extender, hooked it up to my wireless router, within minute I had full service in every part of my house.  The Verizon Wireless Extender can help up to FOUR phones in your network.  I chuckle now when I see my neighbors out on their front lawn searching for a single bar!  I look at my phone and have full service!  The Verizon Wireless Network Extender would be a perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season!  Check them out on-line at www.verizonwireless.com

TL92278How many times have you run around looking for your phone when your cell phone starts to ring?  By the time you find the phone you may have missed an important call.  AT&T has come up with a brilliant idea incorporating Bluetooth technology in their cordless home phone.  The AT&T TL92278 DECT 6.0 Expandable Cordless Phone has built in Bluetooth technology, so you can sync up your cell phone and not have to run all over creation to find your cell phone.  Simply sync your Bluetooth cell phone to the AT&T system and when your cell phone rings, you can answer it from any of the cordless phones.  You can program the AT&T phone for a distinct ring tone so you know the call is to your cell phone.  (more…)

Discovery925_Purple_rgbFor moms on the go, check out the Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth earpiece.  Many states now have hands free laws in place so if mom wants to use her cell phone while on the road, she will need a Bluetooth headset.  The Plantronics Discovery 925 is easy to sync with your Bluetooth cell phone and will keep mom safe while driving.  (more…)

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If you hate clutter, I have the perfect gadget for you!  Is called the E-ZCHARGE Docking Station.  This is a very simple concept that organizes all the wires and chargers that you have to keep things neat and clean.  Simply wrap your charging cord around the E-ZCHARGE and place your cell phone or mp3 player or Bluetooth earbud on top and there are no more wires all over your counter, (more…)