These are the wireless earbuds from TaoTronics. At the time of this review, they are on sale on Amazon for $29.99.
Bluetooth keyboards can serve a wide range of purposes for mobile users. They can provide an alternative keyboard for those unhappy with their device’s built in keyboard or can be used with devices such as tablets, which don’t have physical keyboards. There is some level of variation between different keyboards, but many of them are quite similar in terms of functionality and build. MoKo’s Bluetooth keyboard is different. This keyboard has a wide range of unique features that make it quite special and actually excellent. A quick disclaimer: I have written this entire review using this Bluetooth keyboard.
MoKo’s LED Desk Lamp is a sleek and powerful lamp that runs on a rechargeable battery. It makes a great accessory for small spaces and a powerful backup for power outages.
Many new car models enable drivers to use their own device to play music on the car’s stereo. Whether this be through an auxiliary wired connection or a Bluetooth wireless connection, it certainly comes in handy! For those driving older cars without this ability, there are many devices available to serve a similar function. Previously, I was using the Mpow Bluetooth Adapter to play music from my phone to my car speakers. This device is currently on sale for under $25 on Amazon. For $15 cheaper, there is the Moko FM Transmitter. This inexpensive device performed consistently and with high quality, but lacked a key feature for devices of this type.
Recently, metal has become the preferred material for premium cell phones. Companies that primarily made phones with plastic builds have switched, in order to keep up with consumer demand. At this time, phones with metal bodies have batteries soldered into the device, making it impossible to remove or switch it out. This change has placed a level of dependence on locating outlets to quickly charge up a phone or other mobile device on the go. There is another option for times where wall charging may not be possible. This is a review of the Anker PowerCore+ 10050 portable battery charger.
In the beginning of January at CES 2016, Samsung unveiled some promising devices. Arguably the most notable of which being the TabPro S: Samsung’s return to the Windows “tablet” market. I put quotes around tablet because I think this device would be more accurately classified as a convertible or a two in one. Whatever you call it, the convertible market is the future of tablets. I anticipate mobile tablets (tablets running a mobile operating system i.e. Android/IOS) soon becoming passé as their functionality is limited.
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The Samsung Galaxy S6 is my favorite phone. When it comes to my needs and wants for a mobile handset, the S6 is close to perfect. Whenever someone tells me they are looking to buy one for themselves or if I recommend it to someone, I always warn them about the battery life. For a phone as premium as the S6, the battery life is unsatisfactory. There are a few ways that tech savvy consumers can counteract this flaw. One option is to simply carry around a charger and hope for an outlet. Another option is to carry around a power bank, which comes in capacities large enough to provide multiple charges for your device. Admittedly, these methods are too tedious for me. That’s why I decided to try a charging case. This is essentially an external battery built into a cell phone case. MoKo’s case is currently retailing on Amazon for a mere $24.99, here is our in depth review.
Wireless charging is awesome. We no longer have to fuss with pesky, tangled and undersized cables to recharge our phones. Now, we can simply drop our phones on a pad and they start charging! Sounds great right? Well, this elimination of wires doesn’t come without sacrifices.
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OnePlus has attracted quite a bit of attention since the release of their OnePlus One: their entry device into the smartphone market. It was referred to as “the flagship killer” because of performance, had a quality design, came out of the box with Cyanogenmod (a super customizable Android-based rom) and cost only $299 off contract with a unique but irritating invite system that made the phone very difficult to get your hands on. This was succeeded with the OnePlus Two (surprise, surprise). The Two came with an updated design, USB-C, a fingerprint scanner, those same awesome specs, Oxygen OS (a nearly stock Android customizable rom) and a new $389 price tag with the same invite system. Now we have the OnePlus X, with a new $249 price tag. Let’s talk about how it stacks up to its predecessors and the competition.
The world of computers is very dynamic. Manufacturers are always looking for ways to make computing easier, more portable and more powerful. Each new form factor of computing comes along with benefits and drawbacks. When the first generation iPad was released, Apple showed consumers that many tasks could be done with a flat, thin and light notebook.
Progressively, laptops have gotten thinner, lighter, more powerful and come with premium build qualities. Tablets now range in size from the seven inch form factor all the way up to the almost 19 inch form factor of the Samsung Galaxy View (see our thoughts here). This all raises the question, can one of these tablets really replace your laptop? In short, my opinionated answer is no.