Rivet KINGPIN Review

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On January 29, 2009

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There are a few things that I really like about this companies products;  the design elements, ease of use, and product styling.

But what really sets them apart from other similar solutions, is the really high quality of materials used, and the manufacturing process which seem to produce a solid, relible, and stable product.

In addition to the Kingpin, Rivet has a large variety of iPhone mounting solutions.  A few weeks ago…

iHome iP47 – Review

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On January 28, 2009

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iHome’s top of the line device, the iP47 leaves no feature behind.  It integrates functions like A2DP stereo Bluetooth connectivity, GSM interface shielding, Alarm Clock, AM/FM Radio, iPhone Docking and Charging, Direct Dialing from the unit, Speakerphone, and a fully functional remote control.

Incase Power Slider – Review

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On January 21, 2009

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Are you one of those iPhone users that finds yourself running for a charger right around mid-day? Do you conveniently have chargers placed sporadically around your home, work, and car? Or maybe you have mastered the dance between using wifi and bluetooth the perfect amount to keep your battery up all day. But what about those days when the unexpected happens? That day when you get a phone call from that cute girl you really want to talk to, but can’t afford the battery life because you still have six hours before you can make it to a charger? Which do you choose?

Well worry no more iPhone users, Incase has come to the rescue with it’s Incase Power Slider. One of Incases’s latest and probably best cases released for the iPhone 3G (sorry first generation owners). The Power Slider features a variety of both good and bad options. From battery life to thickness, syncing to protection, Incase did an incredible job on this case.

Review – Noreve Slipcase For iPhone and iPhone 3G

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A few weeks back I had the opportunity to review a Noreve leather case for the MSI Wind over on Gear Diary. I was super impressed with the quality of the leather, the quality of the design, and the quality of workmanship itself. In other words, I immediately became a big fan of Noreve’s products.

Over the last week I’ve had the opportunity to look at one of their iPhone cases — a traditional slipcase. It allows you to carry your iPhone safely but requires you to remove the device before using.

Once again I found the quality of the leather, workmanship and design to be fantastic. The leather is high quality, beautifully tanned, and flawless. The seams on the case are tight and straight. There’s no doubt this is a case that will last the life of the phone itself.

The Element LIQUID iPhone Case Review

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On January 14, 2009

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When I was first contacted about reviewing the Element LIQUID Case, I was really quite excited. I have now been writing about iPhones for over a year and a half, and in that time I’ve written numerous case reviews. I still enjoy doing these reviews, but after a while cases start to look increasingly similar. But here was a case that was anything but the norm — how cool! In addition, here was a case that was not only unique, but it also offered customization and personalization the likes of which is rarely seen; I was anxious to receive the review unit.

So does the Element Case live up to my initial excitement? Let’s take a look —

i2i Stream, Folding Portable Speakers & AudioWear Lanyard Style Earphones Review

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I recently had the opportunity to review three offerings from i2i over on Gear Diary. I’m finding all three so useful (especially with the release of Slacker Radio) that I wanted to share the review here as well.

 

Prior to this review I was not familiar with the relatively new company i2i and their range of products.  I’m certainly glad to have had the chance to change that.

The company is best known for its flagship product, the Stream, so we’ll not only take a look at it, but two other solid offerings- the i2i Folding Portable Speakers and AudioWear Lanyard Style Earphones, as well. the three work together to create a nice, wireless system.

Accessory Review – Audioengine AW2 Wireless Adapter For iPod

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On January 8, 2009

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Although I have friends who swear by their products, the AW2 is the first Audioengine product I have tried and am I glad to have the opportunity to check it out. The AW2 is a device used to wirelessly send music from your iPod to any audio system. It means that, with the wireless AW2’s "music sender" attached to the bottom of my iPod Touch, music can seamlessly stream to a stereo, powered speakers, or boombox in uncompressed CD-quality. There’s no longer any need to attach the iPod Touch physically to another device because the AW2  does it for you.

What’s in the box:

The package arrives with —
A wireless music sender for iPod
A wireless music receiver
A USB AC power adapter
A mini jack to RCA adapter cable
A mini jack (3.5 mm) audio cable
A setup guide

The Hype —

AudioEngine describes the W2 in this way…

Audioengine W2 (AW2) Premium Wireless Adapter for iPod – Send music wirelessly from your iPod to to any music system. AW2 provides CD quality stereo sound with no reduction in audio quality. Unwire your iPod with the Ultimate Wireless Adapter!
Easy Setup: Plug the digital Sender into your iPod and connect the included receiver to your stereo and you’ll have complete control of your music from your iPod. No need to learn how to work a separate remote and the AW2 is super-easy to hook up, with no batteries needed. And since you control everything right from your iPod you’ll never have to lose another remote in the couch or go to a base station to change volume or songs.
Why buy a dock?: Think of the Audioengine W2 as the "dockless dock". With a rock-solid wireless connection that beats Bluetooth, FM, and even other 2.4MHz systems, the AW2 is pre-configured out of the box so there are no buttons to push and no software to configure. Your iPod and all its controls are right there with you and you can also add extra receivers to other audio systems around the house and "hop" between each. The AW2 Receiver is unobtrusive and easily fits on the back of any stereo system so you can finally get rid of that clunky dock.
Hear the Difference: The Audioengine W2 sets a new level of quality and ease-of-use for wireless audio. Even if you’re not an audio enthusiast, we guarantee you will still hear a difference!

The Reality–  

Hardware Review – Sony Alarm Clock model ICF-CD3iP

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I try not to fall in love with hardware.  It tends to grow old quickly and dies on you when you least expect it.  But in the case of the Sony Alarm Clock model ICF-CD3iP, it was love at first sight.

I had needed a new alarm clock anyway and saw this one on one of the gadget websites.  My old one died so I asked for and received this model for the holidays.  It was the best gift I received this year.

Unlike other alarm clocks that interact with the iPod, this one, quite simply, looks cool.  It is not bulky nor does it look like a giant black brick with an iPod dock on top.  It is compact with a nice aesthetic design and offers a great deal of useful functionality.

Rivet TREK Clip System Review

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On January 7, 2009

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After using many different cases over the years for various cell phones I’ve owned, the one thing I can always count on if I use a plastic clip to secure my phone, is that it WILL break off eventually.  No matter how its designed, I’m notorious for getting the clip caught on my cars seatbelt or seat as I exit the car and always rip the thing in half.

Well, those days are over. The Rivet Trek is made out of stainless steel and solves my problem.  In addition, it provides a variety of mounting options, which makes it the most versatile solution I have found.
 

 

OtterBox Defender Series for 3G Phones Review

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With so many choices today for iPhone 3G cases, what really makes one stand out from another?

Lots of cases are made from silcone, some are made to dock easily, some from high quality materials like exotic leathers, and some are made to withstand abuse.

The OtterBox is one such case (no pun intended)…