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3
Sep

iRig UA is the first truly portable Guitar and Bass solution I have used


iRig UA is the first truly portable Guitar and Bass solution I have used
Build Quality70%
Sound90%
Ease of Use95%
Price90%
Application80%
The Good
  • Affordable
  • Zero latency
  • Small and compact
The Bad
  • Feels cheap
  • Looks cheap
  • No way to clip it to anything

2015-09-03

85%Overall Score
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I call myself a guitar player. In reality, I pluck strings and make things sound how I like them. Sure, I read tablature, pick out notes or chords in songs, and piece together my own stuff but I certainly can’t sit down and fluidly hammer out a Kirk Hammett solo and make it look effortless. That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy learning new riffs, solos of rhythms. While I am not a ‘musician’, that doesn’t mean that I don’t look for solutions to issues that many musicians face daily. On the guitar and bass front there is always a fairly constant scenario. Once you have played on good, or above average equipment, you can’t go backwards and be as satisfied. Generally that equipment runs hundreds or thousands of dollars. It is the price we accept when we want a sound and feel that works for us. However, often times those sounds come by way of exceptional large amps/heads, speaker cabinets and one or more effects peddles. None of which makes for an ideal impromptu playing session, quick inspirational melody composition or easy portability. There is a solution that was recently launched by IK Multimedia called the iRig UA that might just do the trick for many like myself and even the more professional of players.

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I covered the press release at launch and was quick to see about getting my hands one on for review. I wanted to look at it for a number of reasons. First being that it was the first device of its kind that was created specifically for Android devices. Secondly it claimed ‘zero latency’. Simply put, you strike a chord and hear it immediately rather than suffering through a small delay. There is nothing more annoying to me than hitting a chord and hearing it through my speakers or headphones when I am already three chords past it. It really messes up your playing and rythem. Thirdly was the size of the device and lastly was the price. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the iRig UA.

In the box

  • iRig UA amplifier/processor
  • Micro USB to Micro USB cable
  • 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable
  • Manual

Tech Specs for the Geeks and Audiophiles

  • Maximum Input Level: 8.0Vpp (+11.2 dBu)
  • Dynamic Range: 121dB A-Weighted (112dB RMS)
  • Distortion: <0.025%
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
  • DSP: 32-bit floating point
  • Conversion: 24-bit A/D
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1 and 48 KHz

The box doesn’t look like much. It is small, measuring in at 2.01 x 3.9 x 0.83 inches and weighing only 2.82 oz. It is extremely light and portable. On the top you find a small LED light to indicate that it has power from your device. It also alerts you to volume levels being to high from input devices and the app.

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You will also see two small idiot proof pictures of a guitar and a pair of headphones. The corresponding locations on the side under the image are your two input ports. One being a 1/4 inch jack for your guitar/bass and the other the 3.5mm headphone jack.

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To the right side we have an independent volume control that reminds me of the discman days, to the right of that is an AUX jack. This AUX jack is an secondary input port that allows you to connect a MP3 player, computer or other device to pipe audio like drum loops or complete songs to your headphones.

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The other end houses a Micro USB port that is used to give the device power from your phone as well as utilize the associated app on your device to gain you various effects. The port puts your phone in USB host mode to accomplish this task. Much like using an OTG USB cable paired with a mouse/keyboard or external hard drive.

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The iRig UA houses the magical components to do make the associated free app do its job, but the app is what brings it to life.

The iRig UA app, AmpliTude UA

The app won’t do you a darn bit of good without the iRig UA device above, but paired with the AmpliTude UA app it is nothing short of amazing. Once installed you simply connect the iRig UA to your phone and open the app. Inside you are given a set of amps, mics and effects peddles to alter the sound to your liking. There is even a built-in tuner to get you from standard tuning to drop D and any other tuning you prefer. With the free version of the app you are given 5 amplifiers and 2 mics along with 9 effects peddles. Your included effects are Delay, Phazer, Flanger, Chorus, Octave, Noise Filter, Wah, OverDrive and Distortion. It really gives you a lot of freedom to customize the sound without spending anything beyond the iRig UA product price tag.

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You can set up presets like Black Clean, Metal 1, Octave bass and Solo! Bouncing between presets is only a two taps away and they leave you enough room to save any configuration you have put together for future use. 


More stuff to buy

While you are given quite a few configurations with the free variant of the app, its capabilities don’t stop with what you see. There is a store in the app that offers up plenty more amps, effects peddles and bundles to put to use. You can go all out and purchase the All-In Bundle which carries with it 15 amps and 7 effects, or you can pick and choose what you need or want. They even have a few signature amps like the Slash Marshall JCM and Slash Marshall AFD 100.

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I am not sold on the additional purchases as of yet. Being that I am a bit more of a casual player the included amps and effects keep me plenty happy for the few hours a week I find time to play. A more consistent player who has a sound or preference in their music will find plenty of things to pick up that will deliver.

Does it do what is advertised?

Simple answer, yes it does. Once connected I was able to easily switch things around and get different sounds with zero latency. Harmonics, hammer-ons, pull-offs and all. Mind you, I also have a really big pile of a guitar at the moment, but was still quite impressed with the sound it gave through the iRig UA. Connecting the iRig UA and opening the app is straight forward and very simple. I have read a few user reviews that experience issues with it not staying connected and no audio out, but over the last few weeks of playing I haven’t experienced any of those issue first hand.

Fiddling with the configurations and knobs is intuitive and simple as well. I spent most of my time playing through a set of Marshall headphones, but I also used the line out to connect it to my home stereo system and cranked it with no latency and crisp clear sound.

IK Multimedia has a slew of recordings that were taken with the iRig UA so you can hear how various configurations sound. You will want to head over to the IK Mutimedia SoundCloud account to take a listen.

But wait, there’s more

Beyond the standard configurations and abilities of the app, there are also a few alternative apps that are compatible. One being Samsung’s Soundcamp app. In a nut shell this app is designed for the Note 4 and Galaxy S6 devices and anything newer. The app gives you the ability to toss down drum beats, keyboard tracks, a looper function, a sampler board and the ability to record it all together. I haven’t seen anything else that works together with the AmpliTude UA app that offers the same abilities.

Possible deal breakers

There are only one minor flaws to the device that I have discovered in my few weeks of jamming. The iRig UA is powered by your device’s battery and there is no alternate way to power it. while I have sat for 3 to 4 hours playing and have not run into a dead phone because of it, I would have liked to see a way to keep the phone powered at the same time. I did place the Galaxy S6 on the wireless charging pad to keep power to the device with no ill effects though. So that could be one option for an all day jam session. Of course, if you get a lot of calls and notifications you might want to switch into airplane mode while you rock out to keep from being interrupted.

The construction of the iRig UA seems fine, but being so light and made of a hard plastic, it feels like a cheap toy. It detracts from its physical appearance, but certainly doesn’t make it perform any less than a high quality audio product. Had they changed the housing to something a bit more premium it might have looked better, but in turn would have inflated the price and its weight. While a bit of a turn off, it isn’t a deal breaker for me.

I also feel that the iRig UA could have done something about potential mounting solutions. While a person could easily slap some Velcro to the back to easily attach it to places, it would have been nice to have a clip on the back or some sort of detachable clamp.

The app works well and I didn’t experience any issues connecting the iRig UA to a Note 4, Galaxy S6 or LG G4. While the app works well, you might find yourself needed to purchase additional apps to get more out of it. By design the app doesn’t offer a way to record what you are playing. That takes another app, in my case I poked about with Samsung Soundcamp, and it was fine. If you really want to get solid recordings and don’t own a Samsung device you should expect to hook it up to external recording equipment.

Should you buy it?

Even though I might nit pick a little above, mainly for others than for myself, I still think the product is excellent for its cost, function and size. It is portable, which lets me grab the guitar case and go play anywhere. If you are just starting out learning the guitar or bass the iRig UA is a tool you should easily own. More seasoned vets might not be extremely pleased with it if they are looking to replace their current gear. Taking it for exactly what it is, a tool to play anywhere anytime and factoring in that it works and has zero latency, it is a great purchase. Mix in the apps offerings and that it is only $99.99, you get a lot more freedom on a budget, not to mention saves a ton of space in your garage, bedroom or living room. It is worth checking out.

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3
Sep

International travelers need the Twist Plus+ World Charging Station



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Traveling abroad for work or play is always exciting, but it can also be a bit stressful. Among the many things to consider, like monetary conversion, is how you will charge up your phones, tablets and other gadgets. Often times you will need to pack at least one adapter kit for the location you are traveling too. Some just pack them all just in case. No one wants to add bulk to their travels unnecessarily. That is where the Twist Plus+ World Charging Station can make your traveling life a bit easier.

This nifty little gadget is an international travel charger that can power up 4 devices, plus a Macbook anywhere in over 150 countries. The unit measures in at 2.28 x 2.28 x 3.41 inches and weighs in at 0.39 lbs. It also offers up a built-in fuse for surge protection. Check out the video to get a better look.


The Twist Plus+ World Charging Station is currently on sale through StackSocial for $34.99 in US. If you are in Europe or Australia you are looking at $37.99 and $41.99 in South America, the Middle East or Africa. Hit the appropriate link for your country below.

Twist Plus+ World Charging Station (Europe/Australia)
Twist Plus+ World Charging Station (South America/Middle East/Africa)
Twist Plus+ World Charging Station

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3
Sep

IndieGoGo: Make your TV a giant Android touchscreen tablet with the Touchjet WAVE



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Dad: “Don’t touch the TV screen!” Son: “But dad, I am supposed to touch it now.”

As a parent I loath fingerprints on the TV. It is annoying when trying to watch a show or movie and often times they come with food and gunk attached. However, being an Android enthusiast and tech lover, I have always wanted to make my TV an interactive touch panel for games, drawing and other activities. The Touchjet WAVE is going to do just that without the need of buying a new TV to do it. Check it out:

The Touchjet WAVE It is powered by a 2.0GHz Quad-Core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and sports Android 4.4.  The unit sits on top of your TV and plugs straight into an open HDMI port on your TV which can range in size from 20-inch to 80-inch. It also offers an audio line out jack and 2 USB host ports. The physical unit creates a grid with its Light Processing Unit (LPU) it recognizes where you are touching with your finger, or the soft touch (infrared) stylus, and translates that into touch on the Android based operating system. There is a companion app for your phone and tablet as well to let you send things to the TV screen or open and use other applications.


 

Touchjet WAVE

The unit looks to be small and very portable giving you a killer travel companion for work and play and it will cost you far less than a specialized touch screen TV or some of the other units I have seen in the past. The IndieGoGo campaign has 5 days left, but it has shattered its goal 5 folds. The group was looking for $100,000 and have cleared over $500,000. That shouldn’t stop you from getting in on the action though. One Touchjet WAVE funding purchase is %35 off what they will go for at retail launch and will set you back $129 with free shipping stateside. Retail launch timeline is set for April 2016, which is always a drag and a downfall to funding campaigns for cool tech. If you do back the project they are estimating a March 2016 deliver date.

Go check it out on their IndieGoGo page.

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1
Sep

SCOSCHE launches its latest rugged Bluetooth speaker, the SCOSCHE boomBOTTLE+



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Are you the kind of person who enjoys extreme activities and wants their mobile accessories to be able to sustain the same treatment you put your body through? Well, the SCOSCHE boomBOTTLE+ might just be the Bluetooth speaker for you. SCOSCHE has just launched its bottle-shaped speaker which boasts 55mm drivers and two passive radiators for great sound while out and about. Of course, the great sound isn’t all that’s impressive about the boomBOTTLE+ – it’s also got a IP67 rating meaning its water and dust proof and has a durable TPU outer casing to really outlast whatever you put it though.


Shaped like a bottle, the boomBOTTLE+ is perfectly shaped for taking on offroad biking trips (a la the video above), and its 6,000mAh battery means you can last 15 hours of continuous playback, which can also be used to charge your mobile device while playing music. If you’re more of an indoors person, the boomBOTTLE+ also has an EQ function which lets it toggle between sound that’s best for inside or outside. If the boomBOTTLE+ sounds like your kind of speaker, it’s available now for $179.99 USD from SCOSCHE.com and is available in black/gold, black/gray and blue/green versions.

What do you think about the SCOSCHE boomBOTTLE+? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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31
Aug

Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4 Review: leather and elegance for your LG G4



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The LG G4 is a very rare device indeed – LG decided that its 2015 flagship should have an option of leather for its back cover, giving smartphone users an option of class that they might not necessarily have had with any other manufacturers. However, even if you got the leather version, you might still want to protect your device with a case, but it seems so futile since you’ll have all that beautiful leather hidden beneath the case. Well, for those of you in that situation, you might want to consider the Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4, a case that has leather on the back – this also applies to all those LG G4 users who got the plastic version and feel they want a leather option now. We’ve been reviewing the Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4 this week so let’s see what’s what.

 

What’s in the box

Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4 ReviewThe box of the Napa is a relatively simple affair – you’ll get the case itself and a statement of lifetime warranty from Moshi. Not a bad start. The case itself is mostly constructed from a hard plastic which we’re guessing is some kind of polycarbonate which makes for a very hard and impact-absorbing case. As you have no doubt already guessed, that is leather on the back of the Napa – specifically vegan leather which seems pretty genuine to me.

Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4 Review
Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4 Review
Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4 Review

On the case itself, you’ll get access to all ports of the device with ample space given to the flash and laser focus sensor beside the camera. Unfortunately we didn’t have a LG G4 dummy on hand to try with the Napa, however, if we assume it’s similarly fitting as the Moshi Sensecover case we reviewed the other day, the fit of the Napa should be tight but not difficult to get your device in and out of the case if required. There are no button covers to worry about as the LG G4’s buttons are all rear mounted and there is ample space for that to be reached.

 

How does it perform

Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4 ReviewIf nothing else, the one thing that’s striking about the Napa is its looks. Even if you missed out on getting a leather back for your LG G4, you can now get it with the Napa, in either Metro Black or Garnet Red ,which is what we’ve got here – I find it’s more of a deep red/browny colour. Unlike the leather on the LG G4, the leather on the Napa doesn’t extend all the way to the corners, meaning it’s less likely that you’ll wear away the leather at the edges. It’s hard to tell how the leather will fare over a long time, but I had a scratch at it while taking these photos and it appeared to be quite durable.

Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4 ReviewOf course, for many of you protection is paramount and I’m glad to say that you will be well catered for with the Napa. Like all the good cases, the Napa has a raised lip which protects your display if you put it face down. Furthermore, since the leather doesn’t go around the corners of the case as well, you have very good coverage over the corners of the device which should easily withstand daily knocks and bumps.

 


What I like about the Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4

moshi_iglaze_napa_lg_g4_00007I really just love the idea of the Napa as a case that offers leather on the back of the device. While I understand why people want cases on their smartphones, getting a case for a LG G4 with leather on the back always seemed like a moot point since you would never get to feel the leather once the case goes on. While that’s not untrue with the Napa since it is still a case, at least this way you still get the leather experience without the fear of damaging your phone. And it works doubly well for the LG G4 owners who didn’t get the leather and now want in.

 

What I don’t like about the Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4

Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4 ReviewWhile Moshi doesn’t typically offer many colour variations of its cases, I was hoping that they’d make an exception for the Napa considering the number of coloured leathers you can choose from for the LG G4 itself – a white Napa would be killer. It’s definitely not a dealbreaker, but if you don’t like red or black, you may be out of luck here.

 

Final thoughts

Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4 ReviewThe Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4 is a wonderful case for owners who are looking to protect their LG G4 and still have the leather feeling when using their devices day to day. At $44.95 USD, it’s a bit dear for a case, but it’s unlikely most cases out there will give you the versatility of the Napa.

If you want to find out more about the Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4, you can visit its product page on the Moshi website here. We’ve also provided Amazon links below if you feel like pushing the button now.

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Moshi iGlaze Napa for the LG G4 Review: leather and elegance for your LG G4
Build Quality80%
Protection80%
Style100%
Value for Money60%
The good
  • Option of leather
  • Solidly built
The bad
  • Not many colours
  • A little pricey

2015-08-31

80%Overall Score
Reader Rating: (0 Votes)

0%

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29
Aug

Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: elegance and minimalism meet the Galaxy S6



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The S-View folio case has had less emphasis in Samsung’s marketing of late, however that doesn’t mean it’s not an incredibly useful thing to have around. The fact that it allows for interaction with a small part of the screen for menial tasks means you save battery life and is generally quite convenient. The only problem is that the S-View case is usually not included with the purchase of a Samsung device, and it tends to be a little overpriced. Accessory maker, Moshi, wants to be your second option as it has its own S-View product, the Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 – and we’ve been checking it out.

 

What’s in the box

Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewInside the minimal white box you’ll find the Sensecover case itself and a statement of lifetime warranty from Moshi – not a bad start. This isn’t the first Sensecover that we’ve had a look at: we also had a look at the version for the Samsung Galaxy S5, and this one for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is much of the same, though with a few new tricks.

The Sensecover is made from two main materials – what Moshi calls a “leatherette” covering and an inner shell that is most probably polycarbonate. What this makes for is a very hard inner case covered with a soft, cloth-like exterior that is durable and doesn’t look out of place anywhere. In case you haven’t heard of Moshi before, this is what they excel at – unassuming, elegant accessories that compliment your device, rather than overpower it.

Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewThere are two coloured versions of the Sensecover for you to choose from: we’ve got the Steel Black version which gives off a distinct gunmetal vibe, and there is also a Rose Pink version, for those who are so inclined.

 

How does it perform

Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewAs far as case formats go, the folio case can be considered pretty protective as it inherently has protection for your screen, but the Sensecover gives you additional insurance by adding a sizeable lip around the edge of the inner shell to protect your screen in case you do manage to drop it that way.

Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Review
Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

Despite all this protection, the Sensecover is actually extremely light – that’s thanks mostly to the nature of polycarbonate, but in general the materials are just lightweight. This is really what you want in a case so that it doesn’t change too much how your phone feels. In terms of accessibility, you will have ample space to access all ports of the device, and all buttons are covered by the sides of the inner shell.

Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewUnfortunately, as I only have a Galaxy S6 dummy, I can’t test the functionality of the S-View itself, but I’ve got no reason to believe it shouldn’t and the plastic appears to be quite durable too.

Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewAs an added bonus, the front cover of the Sensecover can be folded back, allowing your Galaxy S6 to sit at a tilted angle, which is useful for those of you who watch lots of videos on your phone. It should be noted that there’s not really a stopping mechanism for what angle the case sits at, so you’ll be fiddling with it to try and sit at the angle that you really want, but it’s a handy feature nonetheless.


 

What I like about the Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6

I’m a big fan of how the Sensecover looks – it has the benefit of looking like a normal folio case, but on closer inspection you can see that it has bits of flair that really make it a quality accessory. The “leatherette” material is particularly good as it is one of the most interesting materials I have seen on any case as it combines durability and style.

Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewAnother little thing that I really like is the Moshi-branded magnet buckle on the side of the case. It’s not a huge thing, but it’s elegant and gives some class to the case.

 

What I don’t like about the Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6

Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewAt $44.99 USD, the Sensecover is marginally cheaper than the official Galaxy S6 S-view flip cover, which retails for $49.99 USD. While I like the build and feel for the Sensecover, its price point makes it a direct premium competitor to the S-View as opposed to a cheap alternative. It’s a bit of a bummer to me as the Sensecover is very good, but I feel that its price proximity to the S-View could bode ill – you can always prove me wrong though.

 

Final Thoughts

Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewThe Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 upholds Moshi’s standards for an elegant and minimalist accessory and is a solid alternative to the official Samsung S-View flip cover.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Sensecover, you can visit its product page on the Moshi website here. We’ve also provided Amazon links below to the products if you feel inclined.

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Moshi Sensecover for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: elegance and minimalism meet the Galaxy S6
Build Quality90%
Protection75%
Style100%
Value for Money60%
The good
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Elegant appearance
The bad
  • Still quite expensive

2015-08-28

81%Overall Score
Reader Rating: (0 Votes)

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27
Aug

128GB SanDisk Ultra Micro SD card on special for $59.99, smaller variants equally inexpensive



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While the world argues over the need and use of micro SD cards in phones and manufactures like Samsung taking them out completely on the latest devices, that doesn’t stop many from needing more storage. Picking up that additional storage at an affordable price is almost as big of a perk as getting one that is impressively large. Right now SanDisks micro SD card line up is on sale through Amazon at some pretty stellar prices. While saving a few bucks on a 32GB or 64GB is nice, knocking $40 off the 128GB card is better.

The card in question is a 128GB UHS-I Class 10 Micro SDXC card. It comes with the full size SD card adapter to give you more uses then just your micro SD card toting phone or tablet. It is listed with read/write speeds of 48MB/s and is backed with a 10 year warranty. I personally sport one of these in my Note 4 at the moment and have been using one since April of 2014. I have yet to fill it up, but it certainly is loaded with plenty of wonderful stuff. Just because the new line of Samsung devices don’t allow for this type of expansion doesn’t mean you couldn’t use one of these in your life. A person could always grab a Leef Acccess microSD card reader along with the SD card and have access to the storage easily.

Hit the links below for the 128GB card from SanDisk and be sure to check out some of my other recommendations for using it with other devices too.


Amazon: SandDisk Ultra 128GB Micro SD card

Amazon: Leef Access Microsd reader

Amazon: Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2

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27
Aug

LG introduces the LG Rolly Keyboard, a “full-size keyboard for pockets”



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Let’s be real – no matter how good on-screen keyboards get, they’re still no match for a physical keyboard. For people who do lots of typing, there’s no substitute, and LG has just launched a new product that it hopes will make these people happy: the LG Rolly Keyboard. Despite its unusual name, the Rolly Keyboard is actually a pretty cool piece of kit, giving you a full-size keyboard that is wireless (via Bluetooth) and with one AAA battery last 3 months without a change. However, the Rolly Keyboard’s best party trick is the ability to be rolled up into a stick to be transported – perhaps not quite in a pocket as LG says, but pretty close.

LG Rolly Keyboard
LG Rolly Keyboard
LG Rolly Keyboard
LG Rolly Keyboard

LG isn’t just going to stop with the Rolly Keyboard, however. As LG’s VP of Innovative Personal Devices, Seo Young-jae, says:


“LG Rolly Keyboard is just one of the many premium input devices we’ll be unveiling in the coming months as we expand our accessories offerings.”

If it’s more products like the Rolly Keyboard, keep it coming LG. LG says that the Rolly Keyboard will be available in the US in September and availability in Latin America, Europe and Asia will follow in Q4 this year – no word on pricing however.

What do you think about the LG Rolly Keyboard?

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26
Aug

AT&T partners with VOXX to bring Car Connection 2.0 to consumers



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We live in a very digitally connect world. We wear watches and fitness trackers for easy life management. We install Bluetooth and Wi-Fi locks, lighting, cameras, thermostats and sensors. In the vehicle we have a few options to link them to our lives. Some come with built-in Bluetooth features and head units and those that don’t can easily be adapted in some fashion. AT&T and VOXX Electronics have announced a new partnership to do just that, connect you to your car.

The service is Car Connection 2.0. It is an upgraded variant of a previous service labeled Car Connection Elite. The service lets you manage and monitor your vehicle. Car Connection 2.0 offers the same abilities, but steps up the game with Automatic Crash SOS, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery.


“Safety features are among one the most desired features for many car buyers and owners today.  The addition of Car Connection 2.0 delivers many of the most sought after safety features available in the market today, plus much more thanks to the wireless coast-to-coast coverage from AT&T,” said Tom Malone, President of VOXX Electronics Corporation.

Take a quick read of the new additions in the upgraded service.

  • Automatic Crash SOS will call our trained emergency response call center automatically when the vehicle detects that a severe crash has occurred
  • Emergency Roadside Assistance providing users with a dedicated Emergency Call Center running 24/7 to help you if you break-down, run out of gas, or get a flat tire.
  • Stolen Vehicle Assistance can allow you to share the vehicle location with the police to help recover your vehicle in the event of theft
  • Convenience Services include the ability to add Security and Remote Start allowing users to control their vehicle through a smartphone or computer (requires the purchase of a VOXX Electronics Security and/or Remote Start modules)
  • Emergency Response will allow you to call a 24/7 Emergency Response call center from your Smartphone when in the vehicle
  • Safe Driver includes our unique Driver Distraction text blocking service app to reduce texting and driving, Safety Zones (Geo-Fencing) for automatic alerts, and Driver Scoring reports to help improve driving habits
  • Insurance Discount Program provides a digital connection to 19 major Insurance companies for potential insurance discounts when users opt-in to have their driving data reviewed by a selected, participating carrier
  • Vehicle Maintenance Report communicates most major vehicle issues including the check engine light to help reduce your maintenance costs
  • Fuel Reports helps to understand how to reduce your fuel costs based on driving habits

The service is being offered for a low $10 a month fee. This gives you all you see above. You do need some hardware for this to play nicely together though. AT&T retail stores will be offering up the Car Connection 3G OBD II unit that is a simple plug-in-play device for most vehicles from 1996 and up. The unit will set you back $99.99, but is on special online for $89.99 and doesn’t require a contract to obtain.

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16
Aug

UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review




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Urban Armor Gear (UAG) has made quite the name for themselves in the accessories world for making high-quality, heavy duty cases. While they don’t necessarily have the same water resistant credentials of say the Otterbox family, UAG marries protection with a military-grade appearance, which is actually backed up by passing military drop-test standards. As a version was made for the Nexus 6, I just had to check it out – let’s get into the review.

 

What’s in the box

UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 ReviewInside your UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 box, you’ll get the case itself as well as a screen protector, screen protector application card, and a cleaning cloth. There doesn’t appear to be anything particularly special about the included screen protector, but it’s an added bonus anyway.

UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 ReviewThe case itself is transparent, and is only available in this style. To be honest, I’m not really complaining as – if you were so inclined – you could apply a skin the the back of your Nexus 6 and still have it visible through the case. Considering some of the colours other UAG cases are available in, transparent is relatively conservative, but it makes up for that with its carapace-like, hexagonally tessellated finish. The military vibe that is common on UAG cases is well and alive with this iteration of the case for the Nexus 6.

 

How does it perform

UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review
UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review
UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review

I previously owned a UAG case for my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and that served me very well – in the time that I’ve been reviewing this UAG for my Nexus 6, I can’t say much has changed. The case provides very good protection for any phone – with rubber bumpers on all corners and a pretty significant lip around the edges of the screen mean that any day-to-day drops likely won’t do your device in. All this rubber around the edges also makes it really easy to hold onto the UAG case so that you don’t get in that situation in the first place. In my case, my second-hand Nexus 6 actually already had a crack in its screen and the UAG case gave me enough confidence to not have to be paranoid every second of the day – it’s even survived multiple falls that gave me chills down my spine at the time.

UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review
UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review
UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review

A feature I’m glad is still around is the button covers, which provide exceptional tactile feedback – I’d even say superior to the buttons without the case on. Other access ports, like the microUSB slot, the audio jack and camera are given enough space to be utilized, but the audio jack housing was a little small for my liking – using an audio cable which had slightly larger housing meant that i would need to take my Nexus 6 out of the case to use it.

UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 ReviewIt’s a good thing then that the UAG Maverick case is actually really easy to put on and take off. Unlike other heavy duty cases that often involve inner sheaths and dual layer arrangements, this case is one piece that slides on and off without much coercing – that’s not to say its loose, because it is still quite a tight fit, but it won’t take more than 5 seconds to get it in or out.

 


What I like about the UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6

UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 ReviewI’m a big fan of how the UAG Maverick case looks – it looks tough and it is tough. The two UAG cases I’ve owned so far have never made my question UAG’s quality or credentials which makes the look of it all the more appropriate.

Something that’s perhaps a little more tangible – but still subtle – is that the rugged design of the UAG Maverick case actually improves how the Nexus 6 feels in the hand. While it’s definitely not as slimline anymore, the deep grooves in the back of the case give your fingers something to dig into while you’re taking calls or watching videos.

 

What I don’t like about the UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6

UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 ReviewIf there’s one thing that has been annoying me since day one is that the volume up button protrudes quite a lot further than the power button, a fact that makes pressing the power button to unlock the screen while in the dark more of a chore than it needs to be – the number of times I have pressed the volume up button thinking I’d pressed the power button are numerous. Having said that, it’s not quite a dealbreaker thanks to the fact Motorola has include its Active Display technology in the Nexus 6 which negates the need to press the power button all the time.

 

Final thoughts

UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 ReviewMy previous UAG is the best case that I’d ever had for the Galaxy Note 2 and I’m glad to say that the Nexus 6 version is just as good. It’s protective, durable, easy to use and still gives you a chance to see your device through the transparent back. And at $39.95USD, it won’t break the bank either – the UAG Maverick case for the Nexus 6 is actually sold out on the UAG website at the moment, but you can still pick one up on Amazon for $29.95 USD – that’s pretty much a win-win (links are below).

What do you think about the UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review
UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review
UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review
UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review
UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review
UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review
UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review
UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review
UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review

UAG Maverick Case for the Motorola Nexus 6 Review
Build Quality90%
Protection90%
Style100%
Value for Money80%
The good
  • Mean, military-inspired look
  • Easy to use
The bad
  • Volume up button protrudes
  • Only one colour style

2015-08-16

90%Overall Score
Reader Rating: (0 Votes)

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