John Schettino

verykool-s470-schettino-01

The verykool s470 is a full featured 4.7" no contract/unlocked dual SIM Android phone marketed as an affordable "buy it and use it anywhere" device. This is a market segment that's fairly sparsely populated in the US among the major phone OS platforms - for example the Nokia Lumia 520/521 (sub $100 no contract) in the [...]

Posted in: Android related, Reviews
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spytec-mobius-1080p-actioncamera-schettino-11

The Mobius 1080P HD Action Camera from SpyTec is a small, 1080p HD, fixed-focus camera that is small and light (and cheap) enough to be used for capturing video in settings where size and weight are a premium, or where you'd like to record video but the recording device could be in harm's way, or [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Camera Gear, Car Gear, Reviews
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case-logic-slr-camera-backpack-schettino-11

The Case Logic SLR Camera Backpack from Case Logic aims to provide a roomy and safe place for your SLR (digital or otherwise) camera, and (based on the insides) enough lenses to shoot a wedding, football game, and several other events. You'll likely be able to squeeze in a digital video recorder and a few point-and-shoots [...]

Posted in: Bags, Camera Gear, Reviews
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buffalo-drivestation-ddr-schettino-review-01

The DriveStation DDR line of external USB 3.0 drives from Buffalo (in capacities from 2 to 3 TB - the 2TB version is reviewed) make the bold claim on the box that you should "Compare to SSD!" when considering them. That claim is based on the speed up you get from the 1GB of included [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews
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ipazzport-pearl-schettino-review-14

The iPazzPort Pearl Entertainment System from EFO is yet another entry into the Android stick/set top box/media player field, using rockchip 3066  internals with the exact same specifications as the ProBox2 I reviewed earlier this year. Not surprisingly the performance of the Pearl is right on par with the ProBox2, but it includes some additional hardware [...]

Posted in: Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews
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cobra-airwave-joyride-schettino-review-10

The Cobra AirWave Bluetooth Music Receiver can transform any non-Bluetooth audio playback device with a 3.5mm aux port or RCA inputs into a Bluetooth enabled audio receiver. Add the JoyRide 2.1 Amp Intelligent Car Charger and you can power either the AirWave or just about any other mobile device in your car. If your mobile [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, Reviews
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tan1_high_power_wi-fi_adapter_for_windows_8_schettino_review_12

The TAN1 High Power Wi-Fi Adapter for Windows 8 from Amped Wireless is a USB 2.0 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter that uses high-power transmission amplifiers and high-gain antennas to boost wireless range of Windows 8 devices. I tested it out on my aging Acer Netbook to see how it stacked up against typical low-end, built-in [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables, Wireless
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favi_wireless_keyboard_touchpad_schettino_review_10

The FAVI Bluetooth PC / Tablet Keyboard and Presenter with Laser Pointer (yes, that is the actual product name) is a handy little Bluetooth keyboard with integrated touchpad and laser pointer. I guess FAVI couldn't work Touchpad into the name. It includes some dedicated Android keys, some dedicated presentation keys, a laser pointer, and just about [...]

Posted in: Android related, Bluetooth Gear, Computer Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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magellan-roadmate-9250t-schettino-review-01

The Magellan Roadmate 9250T-LMB GPS is one of the latest Roadmate dedicated GPS products from Magellan. It's got a large 7" touch display, live traffic, spoken road names and landmarks, video inputs for an optional rear view camera (not reviewed), Bluetooth supporting hands-free speakerphone, lifetime map updates, and more. In other words, it's got more [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, GPS, Reviews
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sumo_emperor_schettino_review_05

The Sumo Emperor beanbag chair is certainly aptly named. This is a big beanbag chair from SumoLounge. How big? Really big. Like, massive. It's just a beanbag chair, so this isn't going to be the longest review ever. Did I mention it was big? Oh, and it comes in Red, or red. Yep, it's a [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews
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SherwoodS9Soundbar-review-schettino-01

The S-9 SD Sound Bar System from Sherwood is a full featured, multipurpose sound bar that aims to provide rich "surround" sound for small to medium sized rooms. It supports a wide range of input devices (3 HDMI, one optical, and one stereo analog input, 1 HDMI out, Bluetooth, FM radio, and USB for MP3 and [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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manhattan-flyte-review-schettino-09

The Manhattan Flyte Wireless Headset is a versatile Bluetooth/wired headset that aims to cover all the bases for your music and voice needs. All of this capability is provided in a "flip-up" ear-piece design to allow for more compact transportation, to boot. The tradeoff here is going to be the weight/size of the headset. Since [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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podium-schettino-review-05

The Spiderpodium from Breffo is, um, well... it's this spider-shaped thing you can use to hold smartphone-sized objects in a variety of ways. It comes in black, blue, graphite (the review unit color), green, pink, purple, or white.  Let's give it a look.   Inside the box is the Spiderpodium in its resting position. Like Gumby [...]

Posted in: Android related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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iduo2go-schettino-review-04

The iDuo2Go Charge and Sync Cable for iPod, iPhone, and iPad with USB 3.0 SD Card Reader from Atech Flash Technology is a surprisingly useful if simple bit of mobile gear. It's a USB 3.0 SD card reader, or an iPhone/iPad 30-pin sync/charge cable. Why bring two things on your next trip when one will [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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powerjacket-schettino-review-12

The Power Jacket for Nokia Lumia 920 from Brando is an extended battery/case that can nearly double the battery life for the Lumia 920, if you're willing to accept the trade-offs that come with it.  So what are the trade-offs?  Let's look at them. Besides the nearly impossible to photograph black version I received above, the [...]

Posted in: Cases, Covers, Reviews, Windows Phone
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perch-schettino-review-12

The IPEVO Perch Side Security Stand (shipped in safe but bland cardboard boxes) is a fixed height, adjustable orientation/angle, table/chair-side stand for your iPad (versions 2-4). You can opt for either the snap-in top or a secure top that locks the iPad in place and prevents access to the Home button, which makes this version [...]

Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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autoanything-schettino-review-12

var noskimlinks = 'true' The Bracketron Universal USB Power Dock Pro Flex (from AutoAnything) is a 12-volt power adapter/device holder for most any car. The dock itself can hold devices up to 5.25" high by 3" wide. The long neck and sturdy base, along with standard USB port with high capacity 1.5A power, will support and charge just [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
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spytec-schettino-review-13

The Inventio-HD 720P Video Sunglasses from Spy Tec Gear Shop discretely record HD video with mono audio for a bit more than an hour on a single charge, in a not too cumbersome and fairly stylish package.  With a system like this, there is nothing but trade-offs - balancing weight, size of the glasses, battery [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Camera Gear, Reviews
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probox2-schettino-review-14

The Probox2 (sold by W2COMP) is a recent entry in the Android TV (or Android Stick PC) category. These devices fit somewhere between the size of a fat USB memory stick and a deck of cards and are full Android devices. They usually have DVI video-out, one or more USB ports, WiFi, and sometimes wired Ethernet [...]

Posted in: Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews
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schettino-slappa-review-00

This review covers three bags from SLAPPA - the Velocity SPYDER PRO 15.4" laptop backpack, the Manalishi 15.4" laptop sleeve, and the Damask 10" sleeve. They are a representative sample of the wide range of styles and sizes SLAPPA offers. The 15.4" sleeve isn't too distinctive, but the other two show SLAPPA's focus on unique styling [...]

Posted in: Bags, Cases, Covers, Travel Gear
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