Being an iPhone and iPad user over the past 4 years, the one thing that I have found is that I tend to run up against the file storage limitations of those devices. I especially find it an issue when trying to edit movies or music on the road. Mophie, a company we know at The Gadgeter for their charging accessories and their battery packs, has not only come up with a storage solution for your backup needs, but also an external power source as well. The Mophie Spacestation has a 6000mAh battery capacity and 32, 64, and 128 GB storage capacity depending on which model you buy. With dimensions of 2.26″ x 4.31″ x 0.61″ and a weight of 5.7 ounces, the Spacestation is primed to be your next road trip companion. Prices start at $149.99 for the 32GB model on the Mophie website and the Spacestation is compatible with Apple products as well as other smartphones and tablets using their free software. So, even if you are not a road warrior, you can never have enough devices that do double duty like the Mophie Spacestation.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really sick of the whole selfie craze. No one wants to see image after image of your goofy looking duck face. But if you absolutely must use your phone to take pictures or videos of yourself, having a remote shutter button is a handy gadget for the selfie and even the not so selfie obsessed. EmoFix is a Bluetooth selfie remote project on IndieGoGo that is currently seeking $15,000 funding. [click to continue…]
If you don’t like to leave home without your digital data, you should check out the Corsair Flash Survivor Stealth USB 3.0 flash drive. The casing is made of anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum, and it’s waterproof to 200 meters, and it’s both vibration- and shock-resistant. Because it’s USB 3.0, it offers read-speeds up to 4 times faster than USB 2.0, so you can even watch some video directly from the flash drive. It’s backwards compatible with USB 2.0, and it works with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux without drivers.
Amazon offers the Corsair Flash Survivor Stealth USB 3.0 flash drive in the following capacities: 16GB ($24.99), 32GB ($41.00), 64GB ($42.99), 128GB ($93.99), and 256GB ($144.99). Hey, it would be foolish to not upgrade from 32GB to 64GB for the extra two bucks, wouldn’t it? Check them out at Amazon.
If you like your accessories to be unusual and not something everyone you’ll meet will be carrying, too, then you need to check out Tovi Sorga’s beautiful, colorful leather goods. Tovi’s biography says he is an “independent artist, designer and craftsman of bespoke, printed leather fashion accessories. He is one of the only leather-craft artisans creating for the fashion market in the UK who works with printed leather. Each product is designed and printed in-house, and then hand-stitched on a vintage Singer sewing machine – the only tool with which to achieve absolute control and accuracy in the manufacturing process. ” His designs are original and are printed on 100% fine calf skin leather and cow hide sourced from some of Britain’s oldest and last remaining tanneries.
He creates a line of tablet cases (full-sized and mini tablets or ereaders), phone cases with wallet slots, tote bags for laptops, mouse pads, wrist wallets, luggage tags, and zippered clutches and bags. The bags have beautiful, bright tattoo-like designs or graphical designs. Some of these bags will appeal more to women, but many will appeal to all genders. In the image above, you’ll see a tablet case, a laptop tote, and the front and back of a phone case with card slots on the back.
Prices range from £35.00 for a leather mouse pad to £250 for the tote bags (about $52 – 370 US). See all the beautiful leather goods at Tovi Sorga‘s website.
From the world’s stupidest products category comes the Duracell Powermat + Ring. This product is for people who have devices that don’t have wireless charging built in and no common sense. Just plug the huge plastic loopy thing into the micro USB connector on your device and then set it on the two piece charging pad. Kudos on that design idea… and by kudos I mean what the heck?! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of wireless charging, but this solution is just about the dumbest thing I’ve seen in awhile. First of all, it’s doesn’t even use the Qi standard. Duracell’s Powermat uses PMA-3 technology. Yuck. Then there’s that giant dongle that houses the charging coil. You have to plug it when you want to charge and then remove it when you are done. How is that even a tiny bit better than just using a simple USB cable which comes free with your device? It’s not. This is a product for morons. You can purchase the Duracell Powermat + Ring for $53.98. For more info visit Duracell.
[Hat tip to Android Police]
When it comes to mobile devices, fans can be very vocal when talking about their favorite. If you dare put down their chosen platform, some people will take it as a personal insult worthy of verbal fisticuffs. I’ve often wondered why we can be so sensitive about our choices when it comes to smartphones and tablets. To add more fuel to the fire I thought I’d offer up my own list of 5 reasons why I think Apple devices are better than Android devices. Since I currently prefer Android to Apple, this list may come as a surprise. [click to continue…]
I work from home, so I don’t use a laptop bag or large gear bag every day. However, I do like to take my iPad with me when I go to an appointment, and sometimes I may even want to take my 11″ MacBook Air. I don’t want to have to change bags every time I need to take something different with me, but I don’t want to have to carry a huge, heavy bag every day with my little bit of daily-carry stuff, either. I’ve tried the Healthy Back Bags from AmeriBag in the past, and they come in various sizes and have plenty of room inside each size, so you can carry a lot of stuff in them. The original bag shape was narrower than what you see in the above photo, so they weren’t wide enough to even fit a tablet in unless you got one of the largest sizes.
Recently, though, AmeriBag introduce their HBBevo line of bags that are made wider so you can fit a small-sized tablet and a cellphone in the XS size HBBevo and a full-sized tablet and a cellphone in the Small size HBBevo. They also make Medium, and Large sized HBBevo bags. I found a shiny, red Small HBBevo in GoGo Vinyl on sale for about $25 at Amazon a while back, and I decided I couldn’t pass it up at that price. It was shiny, red, and big enough for my iPad. What could be better? Turns out it was even a bit better than I hoped! [click to continue…]
Logitech is now offering their popular Keys-To-Go keyboard for the iPad, redesigned for Android and Windows Mobile devices. This ultra portable Bluetooth keyboard features a water-repellent FabricSkin that protects the keyboard from spills and dirt, a well-spaced layout with Android and Windows shortcut keys, a rechargeable battery that lasts up to three months and a detachable stand that holds your smartphone or tablet at an upright position for easy typing. This thin keyboard easily stows in your gear bag so you’ll always have it ready for entering large amounts of text in a quicker / easier manner than using the on-screen keyboard. Available in black or dark blue, the Logitech Keys-To-Go keyboard for Android and Windows Mobile devices is priced at $69.99 and is available now. For more information, please visit Logitech.com.
If you put the battery-powered BerryBreeze on the top shelf of your refrigerator, the manufacturer promises that it will keep your stored foods fresher for up to 2-3 times longer than normal. The BerryBreeze “filters and cleans the air in your fridge. Using newly-patented technology, BerryBreeze fills your refrigerator with activated oxygen to neutralize bacteria, mold, and other harmful microbes. As a result, your food stays fresh for longer in your fridge, without the use of carcinogens, chemicals, or harsh cleaners.” It promises to keep the fridge cleaner and fresher smelling, too.
It measures 5″ X 2.5″ x 5″ and uses 4 D-cell batteries. It’s $49.98 with free shipping, directly from BerryBreeze.
For those times when you need to tidy up your hairdo but don’t have access to your normal set of beauty tools, I present the Go-Comb. The Go-Comb is a fine toothed comb that has been specially designed to fit in your wallet’s credit card slot so that it becomes part of your EDC. Available in stainless steel, brass and plastic, the Go-Comb comes in different colors and patterns. There are even versions of the comb that have a mirror finish or can be personalized with your name. Prices range from $9.99 for the plastic Go-Combs up to $21.99 for a personalized brass mirror finished comb. Visit Go-comb.com for more info or Amazon to buy.
I’ve been using an inexpensive set of Philips wired earphones forever and have been pretty happy with them. However, the more time that has passed, the more I have thought about replacing them with a Bluetooth set, especially when doing chores around the house. The iClever IC-BTH01 Bluetooth Stereo Headset was then offered to the Gadgeteer for review, so I asked to review them to see if they would be a good replacement for my Philips wired pair (SHQ3200).
Sometimes a quick wipe with a microfiber cloth just isn’t enough to clean all the junk off your screen, but carrying a cleaning kit with a spray bottle isn’t always convenient. You can just toss a pack of Well-Kept pre-moistened towelettes in your gear bag, and you’ll be able to clean dirt, fingerprints, and smudges from your phone, tablet, lenses, and other electronic devices. You get 15 towelettes per pack, and there’s a selection of package styles to choose from – from floral to camouflage. Each pack is $5.99 or a set of 6 packs is $32.94. Check the Well-Kept page for more information.
Are you tired of the boring black background on your Roku streaming player or your Roku TV? Now you can add a theme featuring your favorite TV show to jazz up the backgrounds. Right now, the Game of Thrones and Netflix original series House of Cards are free for a limited time only. Additional Themes range from $0.99 and $2.99, including designs for Star Trek and Star Trek: TNG, Fast and Furious, and general designs. You can add the themes from the U.S. Roku Channel Store from your set-top box or Roku TV through Settings>Themes. Go to Roku to learn more.
What is your design style when it comes to your workspace? Do you prefer modern? Shabby Chic? Steampunk? If you’re into warm woods that offer sleek beauty with ergonomic and storage benefits, check out Grovemade’s new desktop collection. Handcrafted from domestic hardwoods, these desk accessories are available in maple or walnut and include a monitor stand that raises your display for an easier viewing height while adding storage space underneath. A laptop stand offers the same type of benefits as the monitor stand, while the keyboard tray adds a bit of sophistication to the Apple wireless keyboard, while also providing a hidden storage compartment below it which can hold batteries, pens and other small items. The desk collection also includes a leather mouse pad and leather covered wrist rest. All items are designed and made in the USA. Prices range from the $49 wrist rest up to the $119 laptop and monitor stands. The desktop collection is available at www.grovemade.com.
I love the ease and convenience of wireless charging. I have Qi charging pads and stands strategically placed throughout my world. They all get the job done but none are really all that noteworthy or eye catching. All are made of some sort of plastic varying in size, shape, and quality. Until recently that is. The artisans at Lutman have created a inductive charging stand that is not only more functional than the others, but hands down, more drop dead gorgeous as well. Let’s see if the Swich lives up to its good looks. [click to continue…]
Early last year, we told you about the new space pack case for iPhone 5/5s from mophie that added up to 100% extra battery life with its built-in battery and added 16-32GB extra storage to the iPhone, too. This year, mophie is introducing space pack cases for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and even for the iPad mini! In addition to extra battery life (100% extra for iPhone 5 and the iPad mini, 50% extra for iPhone 6 Plus), the cases give you your choice of 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of extra storage that’s controlled by the free Space app. The cases give the devices edge-to-edge protection from everyday wear and tear, and an integrated LED power indicator on the back displays battery levels and charge status so you’ll never end up with a dead phone battery and a dead backup battery. The Space app “automatically organizes all of the files on your device into collections, making your media easy to manage, simple to find, and great to experience. Store photos and videos, play music and create playlists, and manage and share documents all in one place. Access anything from your phone, tablet, Mac, or PC.”
The space pack for iPhone 6 is available in black or gold or iPhone 6 Plus in black only, starting at $149.95 and shipping in May 2015. The space pack for iPad mini is available in black only starting at $199.95 and shipping later this month. All of these cases are available in 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB capacities. Check mophie‘s website for more information and to order a space pack case for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or iPad mini; space pack cases are still available for the iPhone 5/5s, too.
This past week we featured reviews and on a variety topics from travel chargers, Lightning cables, standing desks, business card wallets and more. If you’re not interested in any of those topics, never fear because we had posts about all sorts of other products too. Click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles from this past week. [click to continue…]
The iPhone 6 Plus is a big beautiful smartphone that comes close to being a small tablet. If you own this phone and find yourself wishing you could type long emails or text messages with a physical keyboard instead of the onscreen version, consider this clip-on Bluetooth keyboard from Brando. The iPhone 6 Plus Ultra-thin Bluetooth Keyboard effectively turns your phablet into a mintop (I just made up that term to stand for mini laptop). The keyboard comes with a clear case that snaps on the back of the iPhone and then allows the keyboard to snap over it when not being used, doubling as a screen protector. When you do want to use the keyboard, it features a fold out stand where the iPhone can rest in a comfortable viewing angle. The keyboard is powered by rechargeable battery which charges using an included micro USB cable. You can purchase the iPhone 6 Plus Ultra-thin Bluetooth Keyboard for $48 from Brando.
Technology has come a long, long way in the last 10 years but battery technology has lagged behind. There are limitations to electrochemistry that nanoscale carbon substrates can help boost but until that day we have become accustomed to carrying around spare battery packs for our devices. With more and more devices sealing their batteries up, portable battery pack chargers have become all the rage. Whether it’s a charge case or a battery brick, portable chargers seem to be here to stay. [click to continue…]
When it comes to every day carry items, I am always looking for the unique or different, especially when it comes to wallets. I am not necessarily in the market for a new wallet, but when I see one that has a little quirk or a different design philosophy I like to check it out. The Vallett wallet on Kickstarter caught my eye. Working on the theme that less is more, the Vallett is a super thin Aerospace grade carbon fiber wallet that is stronger than steel and weighs less than two ounces. When I first saw this wallet it looked a lot like other two piece (front plate, black plate, elastic band to hold together) wallets like the HuMn, but when I looked into it, I realized it was different. The Vallett is more like a traditional wallet then it first appeared. With the two carbon fiber outer covers being permanently held together by an elastic band, it allows it to expand or contract to fit what is in your wallet. The Vallett has elastic sewn to the inside of each piece of the carbon fiber cover to hold your items secure. It comes in two sizes: The Small and The Smaller with a choice of stitching colors. There are several pledge points for this project with a $49 pledge getting you a choice of Vallett wallet sizes and stitching colors. This project is seeking funding until May 11, 2015 and if successfully funded is slated to ship in the July 2015 time frame.