Did Santa bring you a shiny new smart phone in your Christmas stocking? You might be in the market for a case to protect that present. With thanks to MobileZap, DigitalReviews is happy to bring you our impressions of the Spigen SPG Neo Hybrid Case.
They came from Stagsden! This is the catch cry of 3 Legged Thing, an innovative company based out of a chicken shed on a mission to [tripod] world domination within 5 years (from January 2011). You would imagine how gutted I was when my Eddie was not presented to me by an alien mech or a representative yelling the company war cry brandishing it high over his head, it was a much more muted affair but over a good cup of coffee.
It is no big secret that I am a fan of the thinkTankPhoto Retrospective bags. I have a Retro 20 which I use as an all-round camera bag and a Retro 50 for when I need to carry all the camera gear that I own. For a while the Retro 50 was repurposed as a laptop bag for work. Under the threat of a fate worse than death for non-disclosure - (such as permanent deprivation from coffee), I was given a Retrospective Laptop Case 15L to road test weeks before the official launch.
For a few years now I have been hoping that wireless charging will become commonplace. Certainly the technology has been available, I remember reviewing such a system back in 2010. But it seems we are still on the cusp of the technology going truly mainstream with more devices starting to support wireless charging natively. Wireless chargers too, are becoming increasingly available at a reasonable cost. DigitalReviews has the pleasure of reviewing the Qi Universal Wireless Charging Plate courtesy of MobileZap.
It's not quite like my dress watch but rather chunky, cumbersome and connected.
Oh wait! Being connected is actually quite good as the COOKOO , just like its "real life" counterpart in some European clocks, is an announcer of sorts. For the times when your smart phone is just out of reach - but still within Bluetooth range - it will announce any missed calls, messages and emails. And when you can't find your phone. Yes, complete with the famous cuckoo sound, which I haven't heard for a long time in these parts.
Should you buy one?
Sometimes a headphone is not the best solution for listening to audio. For instance when you want to share some music from your phone with others. Or when you're doing some manual work where headphone wires will get in the way. I'm often in that last category when I like to listen to an audio book whilst doing some menial task that doesn't require much brainpower.
A Bluetooth speaker that easily connects with your phone is a pretty proposition for me.
The Arctic Sound S113BT is a handsome looking device but can it deliver?
Just shy of 12 months ago, DigitalReviews previewed the Xume Quick Release Adapters and wished we thought of the concept. Thanks to the team at Xume who kindly provided a set of these adapters for review.
Ever since I got my grubby little hands on the Asus Nexus 7, I have been looking for a case to go with it. For a while I waited for the official "Travel Cover" thinking that would be the way to go. But official cases are a bit like generic cases, usually drab, sometimes with an assortment of garish colours, mostly utilitarian and well, bland. Then one day on my travels I stumbled across Waterfield Design who kindly agreed to provide DigitalReviews a Nexus
7 Smart Casefor review.
I am generally not a fan of screen protectors. I have used many different types in the past which were often hard to apply, left some air bubbles and hindered the interaction with the screen. And recently most of my gadgets featured some type of Gorilla glass which makes them almost impervious to scratches. But there are situations where a full body armour might be the best way to protect your precious link to the wonders of the World Wide Web….
Tim Overheu recently checked out what is arguably the strongest protective film technology for the iPad and here is his review.