Apple devices have long been a favorite for musicians looking to enhance, mix, or record music from instruments. The hardware and software technology has always been top-notch, delivering quality results in real-time. Attempting to do the same with an Android device has been little better than playing with a toy. That is, up until now with the latest from IK Multimedia.
Although activity bands have their own popularity, many people still use smartphones to track daily runs or steps. If corded earbuds are also involved, it’s far more convenient to have the mobile device attached to you instead of stuffed in a pocket. Most of these solutions, in the form of a belt holster or arm band, pale in comparison to the universal compatibility and magnetic power of Clipless.
I’ve spent the past week or so with the new Adonit Jot Script and Jot Touch. For some background, if you haven’t seen my other stylus reviews, I love to draw on my iPad– I draw disney characters and not much more, because I’m eternally nine years old. Having spent a good couple months with more »
Flygrip is a $29.95 plastic doohickey that attaches to the back of your phone (or, for most of us, your phone case) so you can securely hold it while you’re multitasking. It also serves as a handy kickstand in both portrait and landscape mode.
By now, you might have a small collection of USB cables and wall adapters from all the mobile devices you’ve ever purchased. Power needs have changed quickly over time. It used to be that 5V/1A was good enough for just about everything, but that’s not really the case anymore. Bigger and more power-hungry smartphones and tablets have demands that reach up to 2.4A.
So the Apple iPhone 6/6+ and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are out and in full swing. The latest Google Nexus smartphone is about to hit retail shelves too. But even though these newer models are getting much media attention, it doesn’t mean that everyone is choosing to upgrade. Some of us upgrade every other year, or maybe hold out even longer than that. Either way, it’s hard not to get caught up in the “latest and greatest” frenzy.
If part of your day involves lots of phone time, it pays to have a good earpiece. It doesn’t really matter if you’re in an office, mobile office, or just chit-chat with people frequently. That earpiece is going to be your best friend for quality, wireless communication.
When gadgets come out of their bag or protective pockets, there’s an element of danger involved. But it varies. Pulling out a digital camera to take close-up photos of a bucket filled with kittens is not on the same level as holding that same camera, one-handed, to capture video while riding a roller-coaster.
#bendgate aside, the iPhone 6 and 6+ are just as susceptible to drop damage as any other large-screen smartphone out there. No matter how careful you plan to be, you won’t escape that occasional drop. Manufacturers make these latest smartphones so slim, sleek, and light that it seems almost a crime to encase them at all. But unless you don’t mind damaged tech or have an open-budget for replacement, protection is necessary.
For power-hungry mobile users, external battery packs are necessary as much as they are a convenience. Whether you’re a multi-device user or someone one who simply enjoys video media on a bright screen, you’re likely to start feeling a little tapped out halfway through the day. External battery packs provide that energy you need without the hassles of trying to locate a wall outlet.
Health is both big news and big business these days. It probably always has been, if you consider the decades of infomercials peddling the latest iteration of fad exercise equipment and/or diet pills. But that’s not what I’m talking about. We have mobile devices and live mobile lives, therefore fitness trackers and/or apps mean money and data collection for companies. Consumers are likely more willing to be motivated through such technology than a clunky piece of exercise equipment in a room.
If you’ve had the opportunity to get away from big cities for a night or two – like during a camping trip – you might have looked up at the sky to stare at stars. If the timing and location were right, it might have been a meteor shower show. Either way, there’s no contesting that a city’s air and light pollution really put a damper on celestial beauty.