iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Accessory Reviews

Amazon Fire TV Review: Does it beat out the Apple TV, Roku or Chromecast?

Amazon Fire TV

You can add one more to crowded field of media streaming set-top boxes, with online retailer Amazon jumping into the fray with the new Amazon Fire TV. The battle for the living room continues to heat up with incredibly capable sub-$100 boxes that combine support for a large number of content channels, promising an easy-to-use device coupled with simple remotes and in some cases, gaming. Beyond the boxes, all of the major players have either their own stores or partner with providers, hoping you'll spend money renting or purchasing movies or TV shows. In the case of purchases, it's a lock-in to their platform, since content cannot be transferred between platforms. Amazon being one of the largest online retail stores, it's hardly surprising … [Read more...]

Philips Hue BR30 Starter Pack Review

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The Philips Hue lighting system has been around for over a year. First introduced in late 2012, the lighting option were A19 light bulbs, the standard size you'd find in most lamps and fixtures. They have since expanded their product offering, offering customers an option as to their preferred 'starter pack', an option for those looking to either get started or expand their home automation. The Philips Hue BR30 starter pack targets consumers looking for energy efficient, wireless lighting to replace their BR30 incandescant bulbs, typically used in recessed lighting. … [Read more...]

Beats Music Preview

Beats Music Preview

The crowded streaming music service market that includes Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, iTunes Radio and others can add Beats Music among the available options to consumers. After pre-launch marketing that included the 49ers Colin Kaepernick and the infamous Richard Sherman, timing could not have been better for the Tuesday launch of the new service. Beats Music hopes they can wedge themselves in between the other services by being different. For one, there is no ad-supported version of Beats Music. It's a pay to play service, priced at $9.99, which is in line with the others. A partnership with AT&T lets their customers sign up for a discounted family plan, which costs $15 per month. AT&T customers can also take advantage of a rather … [Read more...]

iPad Air Review

iPad Air

Apple's full-sized iPad is back in a big way, with a major reduction in size, and a new name. To help drive home the drop in weight, the 5th generation is being marketed as the iPad Air, all part of a reboot of their 9.7-inch tablet. When the third and fourth generation iPads were released in 2012, they were the only retina models available, providing them with a definitive advantage when compared to the iPad and later in the year, the iPad mini. For some customers, that wasn't enough, forgoing the retina display for the diminutive mini, which has had a smaller, non-retina display. Hoping to equal the playing field within its own product line, Apple has brought much of what people love about the iPad mini, to the iPad Air. It has also been … [Read more...]

Spigen SGP Tough Armor Case for iPhone 5/5s Review

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When you think of Spigen SGP, the products that usually come to mind are ultra thin cases or their excellent line of screen protectors led by the Glas.t premium protector. The trouble with those cases is that they cater to only a certain part of the market, those looking for a high quality minimalist case. With their new line of cases, the company is looking to branch out, offering a higher level protection. Will they give Otterbox, among others, a run for their money. Read on for our full Spigen SGP Tough Armor Case for iPhone 5/5s review. … [Read more...]

Spigen SGP Saturn Case Review: Near Perfect Companion for Gold iPhone

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The introduction and subsequent release of the iPhone 5s has seen a renewed interest in all things gold, including cases and accessories. If you managed to secure a gold iPhone 5s, the natural inclination is to find a case that looks good with it. For those with an iPhone 5 and suffering from a bit of gold envy, cases can be a great way to infuse a bit of life or color into an older phone. Looking to capitalize on the gold rush is Spigen/SGP, who have announced all new cases, many of which are available in a champagne gold. I took a look at the Spigen/SGP Saturn case for iPhone 5s to see how it paired with the gold iPhone 5s. Read on for our full review to see if  it's a perfect companion? … [Read more...]

Apple iPhone 5c Case Review

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This year has seen some changes from Apple, first with the introduction of two new iPhones and a renewed focus on iPhone accessories. When the iPhone 5 launched, you couldn't find a case, be it from the Apple Store or a third party manufacturer. The iPhone 5s benefits from the bevy of iPhone 5 cases and have started making their own cases. You've got the new leather iPhone 5s case, which Marianne reviewed and the hard to ignore iPhone 5c case. Casting our first impressions aside, we went hands-on and present our iPhone 5c case review.As we noted in our review of the iPhone 5c, the lacquer finish helps to provide a scratch and fingerprint surface, but also one that is slippery, leaving users prone to drops. With the cost of screen … [Read more...]

iPhone 5c Review

iPhone 5c review

This year has seen Apple introduce two new iPhones, an update to their flagship premium model in the form of the iPhone 5s and a new lower-cost model, the iPhone 5c. After years of speculation of what some thought would be a cheap iPhone, the iPhone 5c is everything but cheap. Priced at $99 on contract and $549 off contract, it fills the void of providing consumer with a less expensive option to the iPhone 5s. Read on to find out what's old, what's new and what we think in our comprehensive iPhone 5c review.Apple is known for high quality, premium products and rarely do you see current products discounted. For the past few years, Apple has allowed wireless carriers to sell older models at a significant discount, usually at fifty … [Read more...]

Apple iPhone 5s Case Review

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When Apple announced the iPhone 5s earlier this month, the consumer electronics giant also introduced a case made to complement its new flagship iOS device. Made from premium leather, Apple's iPhone 5s Case is available in brown, beige, black, yellow, and red and retails for $39. This isn't Apple's first foray into iPhone cases though it hasn't made very many over the years. Apple made a leather sleeve for the first-generation iPhone and a bumper to help address Antennagate, a signal attenuation problem with the iPhone 4. Other than this, Apple has largely left the case market to other manufacturers, who have gleefully flooded the market with cases in almost every size, shape, and material you can think of.I purchased the PRODUCT … [Read more...]

iPhone 5s Review

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Apple in September, 2013 returned to their yearly cycle, introducing the iPhone 5S. It's joined by the low-cost iPhone 5c, that will now serve to attract buyers interested in an iPhone, but looking for a smartphone that is more affordable. Apple's upgrade scheduling has shifted from summer being the months that we can expect to see new iPhones to the fall. It started with the iPhone 4s and has followed that schedule ever since. Since the inception of the original iPhone in 2007, Apple has typically reserved major design changes for every other new iPhone release. The iPhone 3G, iPhone 4 and last year's iPhone 5 offered vastly different hardware designs, going from plastic to glass to aluminum. People naturally have a higher excitement level … [Read more...]