Category: Gear Reviews

iPhone 5s versus iPhone 5 – Is it Worth the Upgrade?


Now that we’ve had a couple of days to look at the new iPhones it’s possible to make some solid recommendations about whether or not to upgrade from your current phone. Specifically we are going to look at the upgrade path from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 5s and my official recommendation is a semi-firm no.

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iPhone 5s Camera Receives Solid Upgrade – 8MP Sensor and Advanced Flash

iPhone Camera

It’s not the 40 megapixel offering that a recent competitor seems to think is the end-all phone camera but the iPhone 5S’ 8MP camera is still an impressive update to an already nice camera offering.

The new features are going to raise the quality level of pictures in an obvious way and are going to help with action shots and low light situations. Best of all you can shoot slow motion video, which will certainly mean a lot of slow motion content on people’s Facebook pages in the coming weeks.

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New M7 Motion Coprocessor Unifies iPhone Features

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The new iPhone 5S looks pretty amazing and includes a powerful new way for developers to work with data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. The M7 chip continuously measures movement and makes the data available to apps.

Nike announced a new app called Nike+ Move, which is the successor to Nike+ and showcases the power of the new CoreMotion API and the power of what Apple is calling  “Optimizations based on contextual awareness.”

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Have a lot of iPads and iPhones? Griffin’s New MultiDock has your Charging Needs Covered


Mobile devices have been adopted by schools and educators all over the world but what happens when you reach 2/3 of the way through the day and batteries begin to die? Unless every desk has available power you are going to have to be creative in how you use these amazing tools. It doesn’t make sense to use an iPad all day anyway, but now there is a very effective tool that will help charge and sync large numbers of devices simultaneously.

Griffin has announced a new MultiDock which is going to be in high demand for anyone needing to connect to a lot of devices. Not only does it look great, but it also looks like it works great.

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Jawbone’s MINI JAMBOX Speaker and Playlist App Lets You Take the Party Anywhere


The wildly popular JAMBOX speaker now has a little sister and is more portable than ever. Devices such as the MINI JAMBOX fill a growing need in a mobile ecosystem that is constantly providing more content to users but which has to be viewed on devices with weak sound systems.

This year I purchased my family a rechargeable and portable Bluetooth speaker set which was an instant hit and has logged many more hours than our multi-thousand dollar sound system. In fact, the kids prefer to watch movies on the iPad instead of the flat screen. Until a mobile device can include a really great onboard sound system, the market for 3rd party solutions is likely to continue to grow.

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PadGadet’s Sound Stage: IK Multimedia’s iKlip Stand is a Musician’s Friend – Hands-on Review

iKlip Stand 1Welcome to another installment of PadGadget’s Sound Stage. Each week, we slip the bouncer a fiver in order to get backstage and find out about apps and accessories for musicians and fans of music. Last week, we went hands-on with the multi-charging FM clock radio from iHome. I haven’t been late for work once since I started using it.

This week, we have a hands-on review of IK Multimedia’s new iKlip Stand for the iPad. If you are a musician who uses a keyboard, or just needs a tabletop stand for your iPad, you’re going to want to stick around.

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CoolStream Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Gear Review



Take your music anywhere with this new Portable Bluetooth Speaker from CoolStream. Wherever you want your tunes – at home, by the pool, at your office, or on the beach this amazing little speaker will play your mp3’s from a smartphone, tablet, laptop, even an SD card, 3.5mm jack, or USB memory stick. And the best part is that all fits in the palm of your hand.

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Capture Stunning Images of Birds with Bird Photo Booth and iPad — iPad Gear Review

Last December, Bird Photo Booth exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal by over twenty percent. Now this one-of-a-kind iOS photo accessory is available for purchase from the company website. I love birds, and was excited to test Bird Photo Booth to see if I could capture any unforgettable shots of my back yard visitors. While there is a bit of a learning curve, I found that not only does Bird Photo Booth take great pictures, but it’s also very entertaining to use.

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Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker – Gear Review


Looking to take your music poolside? Or maybe out by the grill, or to the park? Our friends at Kinivo have the perfect accessory for your iPhone, iPod, or any mp3 playing device this summer. Their ZX100 Portable Speaker is a clever and cool new pocket-sized accessory that takes sound anywhere, and we think you’ll love how ultra-portable and feature-packed this mini speaker is.

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Apple Adds WatchESPN and HBO GO to Apple TV

Appple TV

In a move that is sure to both excite and frustrate Apple TV users, several new apps have been announced that are available when you download and install version 5.3 of Apple TV software. The update includes HBO GO, WatchESPN, Sky News, Crunchyroll, and Qello.

While each has access to free content, HBO GO and WatchESPN require that you have a subscription through a participating television provider and several others have subscription options available. Adding these apps certainly points to a shift away from traditional cable and satellite offerings and more towards an on-demand paradigm. For those of you that have dropped your television provider, this update is a reminder of an industry that is refusing to let you go without a fight.

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