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.
A 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!
Odoyo (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.
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
Do you run in the Disney Marathon, walk at lunch or even run/walk on a treadmill? Heck, if you do any type of exercise the Denon Exercise Freak Bluetooth headset is for you! I walk every day at lunch (I call it “getting my Disney legs) and one thing I hated was as I was listening to my iPod at least once during my walk I would swing my arms and pull the earphones out of my ears or disconnect my iPod. I was very excited to find a wireless Bluetooth headset that sounds great and allowed me to “cut the cord”. I can now walk freely and not have to worry about how I carry my iPod/iPhone , MP3 player or other Bluetooth device. The Denon Exercise Freak is not just for exercise, it’s perfect for that flight to Orlando or even doing housework! One of the best features of this Gotta Have Gadget is you can control the volume or even take a phone call while wearing them. They are extremely comfortable and designed to resist sweat. The behind the ear design keeps the earpiece in place even through the most intense workout! Heck what could be better than running a Disney Marathon while listening to Pirate Radio to keep you motivated and going! Right now Denon is offering a rebate toward your purchase of the Exercise Freak Headphones. Check them out at http://usa.denon.com/us/Pages/Home.aspx.
I have several different golf GPS apps on my iPhone, and I can’t tell you how many times I leave my phone in the cart. I’ll get out to the fairway, reach for my phone and see it sitting in the cart. Izzo Golf makers of the SWAMI GPS have solved my dilemma! The SWAMI Golf GPS Watch is a stylist wrist watch with 25,000+ pre-loaded worldwide courses that gives you accurate data to the front, center and back of the green. The rechargeable Li-polymer holds a 6-8 hour charge in golf mode to last even the longest round. This watch goes where you go, so you will always know the distance to the pin! Check it out on-line at http://www.izzo.com/products/swami-watch-golf-gps.
The Creative Sound BlasterAxx SBX 20 is just loaded with technology! Built not only for great sound, but there are several features that I really like when I am searching for a bluetooth audio speaker. First of all, I love the iPod app that allows me to control this speaker right from my iPod. Actually, I use this from my iPhone so if I get a phone call while listening to music, I can answer the call and use the SBX 20 to hear and talk. The built in microphone can pick up my voice from across the room without yelling. Another cool feature is the “in focus” setting so the microphone only picks up audio from a specific area. That is a key feature when you have a dog like mine (Ricky Bobby) who barks at everything. If Ricky Bobby is not in the “in focus” zone, no one would ever know he is barking! When it comes to audio, the SBX 20 is as outstanding as you would expect from Creative Technology. The audio is crystal clear no matter if you are listening to music, playing a game or watching a movie. The design allows you to place this in a room without it standing out like a sore thumb. For all the technical specs, check it out on-line at http://us.creative.com/.
Do you own an iPad? Sure there are plenty of protective cases out there, but you will be hard pressed to find a better sounding protective case than the iMainGo XP. To call the iMainGo XP a protective case does it no justice at all, in fact I would call it the best sounding audio you can get in an instant. You see the iMainGo XP is a case that opens up to a portable audio system. With 4 superior high output stereo speakers you can get the most from your iTunes library without losing the portability of the iPad. The iMainGo XP is rechargeable and the batteries last for hours. Great sound system or protective case, you make the call! Check them out on-line at here.
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.
Speaking of relaxing, after mowing the lawn, I like to lay back in the hammock and listen to some tunes. To fully engulf myself into the sound, I reach for the Aerial7 Chopper2 headphones. These headphones are designed to give you optimal sound from your iPod™, BlackBerry™ or any other MP3 player or phone. What’s cool about the Aerial7 Headphones is most of them are compatible with the iPhone™ and Skype™. With a 3.5mm adapter and built in slim profile microphone you can listen to your favorite music and not have to worry about missing a phone call. If you are more of an “in ear” person, check out the Aerial7 SUMO line of headphones. They offer the same great sound, and also feature the slim line microphone. If you go to www.aerial7.com, you can certainly find the style and design that fits your style. GET TO THE CHOPPER!!! Sorry, had to do that, please read in your best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice!!
I found a really cool gadget from Crosley Radio. The Crosley Revolution™ turntable will truly rock your world. Yes, that is right the Crosley Revolution™ plays record albums! You remember those right? The cool thing is the Crosley Revolution™ can play your 45s or full albums through your FM Stereo, through the built in speaker, or my favorite option you can connect it to your computer and record them into audio files which can be converted to MP3 files. I know what you are saying, you can download the MP3 files on-line, guess what not every record is on iTunes! Find those records in the basement you haven’t heard in years, convert them for your iPhone and rock out to your favorite tunes. Another cool thing about the Crosley Revotution™ is it is portable. It takes up very little space, and can run on AC or batteries making it easy for you to move all around your house. It was fun to find records I have not downloaded, or couldn’t download and hear them again. Check out the Crosley Revolution™ at www.crosleyradio.com.
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.
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!
T-Pro Golf Caddy is a cool app for the iPhone! OK, I hear you asking, “what does it do?” Well, the T-Pro Golf Caddy app is a series of short videos to help with your golf game. I can’t tell you how many times I have been on the tee box trying to figure out if I open the club face or close the club face to hit a draw. Well, with this app, all I have to do is go to the main menu and select the shot I am trying to hit. In this case it, I hit the “driving” button which brings me to another menu. There my choices are “Straight Drive”, “Draw”, “Fade” “Hybrid” or “Par 3 knock down shot”. I click on “Draw” and quickly, Ted & Buck shows me in 1 minute and 13 seconds how to hit the draw shot. My only wish is I could execute it as good as Buck in the video. There are videos for every part of your golf game. From the main menu, you can choose “Golf Swing”, “Driving”, “Thru the Green”, “Bunker Play”, “Short Game”, “Trouble Shots”, “Putting”, “Practice Area” or “T&B Tips”. There is a video for any shot you want to hit, or it seems like any situation you can get on the course. You have all seen the tour caddies giving advice, well this is your tour caddy! Now, I wouldn’t recommend going out with your buddies and watching a video before every shot, what I do is watch a few videos while I am eating lunch. Another great way to use this app, is to take it to the driving range. The app cost is $9.99 available in the app store. You should be able to get that back by improving your score and winning a few bets! Check them out on-line at http://www.tedandbuckgolf.com/
Here is a gift mom and dad can share! The iLuv iMM183 Dual Dock Alarm Clock will keep their relationship strong as there will never be a fight to see who gets to charge their iPod using the iLuv iMM183! Why you may ask? The dual dock in dual dock alarm clock is not only because there are two alarm settings, but there are two iPod docking stations which both charge your iPod or iPhone at once! Once you choose which one to listen too, the sound from the iMM183 is impressive! There are some other features which I think are pretty cool. You can setup the iMM183 for NOAA alerts. I walked into my room the other day and saw there were flash flood warnings for my area in New Hampshire. If you have an iPhone, you can receive a call while docked! Simply hit the answer button and the call will be on speaker phone utilizing the iPhone microphone and the iLuv speaker system. While listening to your favorite tunes, the remote control allows you to easily navigate through your favorite playlist. Whether (yes that was a pun) you use the iLuv iMM183 as an alarm clock, weather alert or an additional docking station, the iLuv is perfect gift for mom & dad. For all the features and other great iLuv products, check them out on-line at www.i-luv.com.
In the spirit of looking good and practical, Aerial7 offers the Sound Disk Beanie with built-in headphones/microphone to work with your iPod, iPhone or Blackberry. Ultra slim speakers are tucked into the beanie offering great sound and keeping your head warm with that perfect knit hat fit! No more worrying about your headphones if you wipe out and you can simply lift the beanie up to hear your friend on the chair lift! The Sound Disk Beanie is not only great for the slopes, but I will use mine while snow blowing the driveway or out shoveling off the deck! For audio specs and colors visit www.aerial7.com
Philips 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…)