Tablift Tablet Stand by nbryte – Review

Tablift

What we love…

Sturdy, well-made, works with a variety of tablets in portrait and landscape modes, works on soft uneven surfaces, keeps weight off you

Cons..

Will not work with most iPad Cases, limited viewing angles

Summary

If you like to use your iPad in bed to read or watch movies and don’t mind the iPad being without a case the Tablift is a stand worth considering. It feels sturdy and well-made and works well on soft, uneven surfaces.
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The Tablift is a tablet stand designed to fit the iPad (all generations), iPad Mini and Android tablets. It is designed to hold the tablet when you are using it on an uneven surface such as a bed or couch. I tested it with an iPad 2. iPad 3, iPad Mini and iPad Air 2.

The Tablift consists of a plastic centre console with 3 grooves in it for holding the the tablet at different viewing angles, 4 flexible metal legs and an elastic strap with a plastic clip.

Set Up

Set up is pretty simple:

a) Open the 4 legs to the outside

b) Spread the legs apart

c) Place the iPad in one of the grooves, it can be in landscape or portrait modes

d) Use the clip to hold the elastic on the upper edge of the iPad

The Tablift is designed for use with tablets without a case on. The slots that the tablet sits in are approximately 10 mm wide so the tablet must the thinner than that to fit. With the older iPad 2 & 3 I have not found any cases that will work with the Tablift. With the newer iPads that I tested- the iPad Mini and iPad Air 2 they could be used with a case if it was very slim such as the Impact Mesh iPad Mini case by Tech 21.

In Use

The Tablift is surprisingly stable on a bed, I found even when moving around a little to shift position in bed it stayed well in place. The legs are very flexible and can be placed at a variety of angles to fit different uneven surfaces, as long as you make sure the 4 feet are well spread apart is is pretty stable. I did like that it could be used in both landscape and portrait modes, and that it could accommodate a variety of 7″ and 10″ tablet models.

There is not a huge range of viewing angles, just 3 options- the centre slot is vertical, the rear slot puts the iPad screen a little tilted back and the front slot tilts it forward. The angle depends on the thickness of the iPad- the slimmer models (mini, Air) are more tilted than the older models. I did find, especially with the thinner iPads, you need to be careful using the front slot- before you have secured the iPad in place with the elastic strap it tends to fall out forward if you don’t hold it in place. I like that it keeps the weight of the tablet and stand off your legs or body, unlike many other stands designed for using your iPad in bed.

The Tablift worked fine when using it on the sofa, but doing so made me nervous. I felt that it would be very easy to accidentally knock the iPad and stand over, and potentially have it fall from the sofa to the floor. With the iPad without a case, or in a very slim not very protective one, this could have disastrous consequences. This may be less of a concern for some people, but with a household full of kids and animals, that are liable to make sudden movements and unwittingly knock it over, I wouldn’t use it on my sofa. On the bed it did not worry me the same way, because, as long as I wasn’t too close to the edge of the bed, it would fall onto a soft surface and unlikely to be damaged.

The Tablift weighs just over 2lb and folds down for storage to approximately 6″ x 11″ x 3″.

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Summary

If you like to use your iPad in bed to read or watch movies the Tablift is a stand worth considering. It feels sturdy and well-made and works well on soft, uneven surfaces. A downside is that it will not work with most cases, so if you use a case on your tablet you will probably need to remove it to use the stand. As this leaves the iPad unprotected I would be uncomfortable using it in situations where there was a risk of it falling onto a hard surface.

Available from Tablift.com and Amazon RRP $59.95

 

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Universal Car Mount from Kensington – Review

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When traveling by car I often use my cellphone as a GPS navigation system, and to do that I need it securely mounted where I can see it without taking my eyes off the road. The Universal Car Mount from Kensington is a great solution for this, and is really flexible, working with different vehicles and phones. This makes it a great accessory to take when traveling as you never know exactly what model rental car you will get.

It mounts in 2 ways- either via a 12 inch long flexible arm attached to a powerful suction cup, or via a vent clip.  The suction cup adheres really firmly to the windscreen, with a lever that adds extra suction, and a tab to pull when you need to release it. The arm is strong but can be gently bent to adjust the angle to work with different windscreen angles. It some states it is illegal to use a windshield mount, so it also includes a vent mount as an alternative. The vent mount is like a short cone with 4 slightly flexible petals, and I found it attached easily to my car’s heat/ air vent. The mount works in both portrait and landscape mode.

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I love that it is really easy to adjust to fit different size phones, so my husband and I can use it interchangeably even though we have different model phones. It fits my iPhone 5 and my husbands iPhone 6 fine, and will even fit an iPhone6+! It will work with or without a phone case. Adjustment is really easy, you just touch a button to release the phone, this opens it fully and when you put a new phone in just squeeze the fits and it automatically adjusts to the correct size. It has a soft foam lining that grips the phone securely and releasing the phone just takes a simple touch of a button.

I highly recommend the Universal Car Mount from Kensington as a very simple, easy to use, secure, flexible smartphone mount that will fit a variety of  vehicles and a large range of Smartphone sizes. Available from Kensington.com , Amazon or other retailers for RRP US $29.99.

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

 

Review and Giveaway for The Otterbox Agility System for iPad

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Pros…

Good drop protection, variety of case options and accessories available, you can pick and choose which accessories to buy

Cons…

Quite bulky and heavy, no screen protector, not spill proof, buying the whole system can be expensive

Summary

The Agility Tablet system from Otterbox combines good drop protection with a very flexible system of cases and accessories.

Our Rating

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Otterbox are known for their rugged protective cases for Smartphones and Tablets and they have recently introduced a modular line – the Agility Tablet System. It is available for iPad Mini, iPad 2/3/4, iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Tablets. I tested the iPad 2/3/4 system. In my household, like many others the kids get to use the older iPads and we still have iPad 2 and 3 that are used daily. Any time kids are using iPads having them in a protective case is a high priority, so I am always interested to test out any new protective cases on the market.

The Shell

The Shell is the heart of the Agility system, none of the other accessories work without it. The Shell is a hard plastic case, it has a cutout on the back of the case that connects with all the other parts of the Agility system. The Shell gives the iPad drop protection, it is made of a thick layer of plastic and is very solid. It has a raised edge that sticks out past the edges of the iPad in all directions adding extra protection of dropped on an edge or corner. There are cutouts over the speaker, buttons and ports, there is not a screen protector. The Shell can be used on its own as a case, and my children will usually use the Shell without a cover when playing games on the iPad. The Shell comes in Charcoal Grey, and retails for $39.95.

All of the accessories for the Agility system have a strong magnet in the shape of a circle with 4 tabs on them. This magnet fits perfectly into the cutout on the back of the Shell, so that the accessory connects to the iPad. The circular shape allows the iPad to be rotated, and the tabs make sure it stops perfectly in landscape or portrait position and keep the iPad securely in this position.

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The Folio and Portfolio Covers.

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The Folio is the more slimline of the case options and comes in Apple Grey, it retails for $49.95. The Folio is similar to the Apple Smart Cover but with the addition of the magnet for connecting to the Shell. The front has a vinyl type covering and inside is a micro-fibre lining. It has automatic wake/sleep for the iPad when the cover is opened or closed. The Folio can be folded to create a stand for the iPad but I didn’t find this very stable – it was easy to accidentally collapse the Folio when touching the screen.

The Portfolio is the more luxurious outer case option, it comes in black leather  with a grey micro-fibre lining and retails for $69.95. The Portfolio has a magnetic clasp and automatic sleep/ wake when the cover is closed or opened. There are 2 flaps inside the Portfolio which create a 2 position stand for the iPad, I found that this worked much better than the Folio stand and was quite stable in both positions. The Portfolio is larger and heavier than the Folio but I thought it was a much nicer case option.

Wall Mount

The Wall Mount is a 2 piece mount that allows you to securely mount your iPad on a wall or other flat surface. The back plate can be attached to the wall with 3M Command Strips (which come attached to the plate) or with 2 screws. Once the back plate is in position the front plate slides onto it via 2 grooves on the sides, the 2 parts attach very firmly together. The front plate has the magnetic mount and includes an even stronger magnet than the cases have so the iPad is very securely mounted. The Agility mount system lets you easily change the iPad from landscape to portrait mode. This is a great idea if you like cooking using your iPad and want to keep it off the counter, clean and protected from spills and could also be used in a bathroom or on the wall by a treadmill or exercise bike. It comes in a choice or Charcoal or White and retails for $29.95.

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Dock

The Dock is a great multi-position stand for the iPad, it retails for $49.95 and comes in Charcoal. It has a weighted base which makes it very stable. The iPad connects to the Dock (via the Shell) with the standard Agility magnetic mount which is Part of the upper section of the Dock. The viewing angle can be adjusted to any angle from lying flat to just under 90° (it will not go completely to 90°  to prevent it toppling over.) The dock needs to be on a flat surface such as a table or countertop and works really well as a stand for movie viewing or working on the iPad. It can also be used on a desk when using the iPad as a second screen for your computer.

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Power Base

We did not test the Power Base, but it is designed to be used underneath the Dock creating a powered docking station. It has 3 USB ports allowing it to charge 3 iOS or Android devices at once. It comes in Charcoal and retails for $49.95

Summary

I love the flexibilty of the Agility system, it gives great drop protection but also allows for a variety of different covers, mounting and charging options. One downside of the system is that it is, like most protective case options, quite bulky and heavy. The Shell on its own is similar in weight to other protective cases so when you add the Folio or Portfolio it is heavier still. It does not have a screen protector, which for some people may be a problem, but I actually like it without – the screen is more responsive than with a screen protector and it is protected from scratches in transit if it has the Folio or Portfolio cover on. The magnetic mount system works very well and I love the idea of being able to add the Power Base to the Dock so that it can be a charging system as well as stand.

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Giveaway

Otterbox have kindly offered to give an Agility System Package to one lucky iMums Reader – the Package consists of one Shell + Portfolio +Dock + Wall Mount, total value of the package is over $170. The winner can choose a package for iPad 2/3/4, or iPad Mini or iPad Air.   Winner must have valid US shipping address. Enter via Rafflecopter below, winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize.

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NOTE: Products were supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Review of Tatch – a simple, portable way to attach your iPad to a car headrest

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Pros…

Compact, light, quick and easy to install, great for travelling, works with most cases

Cons…

iPad too far away if need to touch screen frequently, can’t adjust angle

Summary

The simplest, most portable iPad car mounting system I have tried. It works very well for watching movies on the iPad during long car journeys, especially when paired with headphones, not so good for game playing

Our Rating

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There are no shortage of ways to attach iPads and other tablets to your car headrest, but many of them are cumbersome and may require removing your iPad from it’s protective case. A new product on the market the Tatch aims to simplify the process with a simple, portable, quick and easy mounting system that lets you use your regular iPad case.

The Tatch is basically a large piece of shaped rubber, you slip the Tatch over 2 corners of your iPad  (diagonally apart from each other), then wrap the rubber strap around your headrest and close it with velcro. They say with will work with any 10″ tablet, most cases and any headrest (they enclose an extra piece of velcro to extend it for very large headrests). It is very fast and easy to install and uninstall- it literally takes seconds.

Every summer we spend a month or so traveling and this includes long flights, rental cars and long drives, so anything to make these journeys easier is appreciated. I do have other headrest mounting options but often don’t take them along just because of the extra bulk in our luggage so I do appreciate how compact the Tatch is.

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I took the Tatch along to test out on this summer’s trip. We found that for watching movies on long car trips it was a great solution – both the child in the seat immediately behind it and in the middle seat could watch the movie comfortably. I did get some complaints from the driver (whose headrest the Tatch was attached to) that he could hear the movie a little too well! We easily solved this by giving the kids headphones, we bought a headphone splitter (little adapter that lets you plug in 2 sets of headphones to one headphone jack) for 2 Euros (about $3) and then both kids could listen via their own headphones.

For playing games on the iPad it was less successful for us- my kids are 7 and 10 and were sitting on backless boosters and their arms were too short to reach the iPad to play without leaning forward. Carseats for younger children typically move them further forward than backless boosters to so it may work better for kids in carseats vs boosters.

Overall, I love how quick and easy to install the Tatch is, that it fits iPads in a variety of cases and that it is very light and easy to carry with you when traveling. It is definitely the simplest, most portable iPad car mounting system I have tried. It works very well for watching movies on the iPad during long car journeys, especially when paired with headphones. It didn’t work well for us when the child need to be able to touch the iPad screen frequently, so I’d recommend it for movie watching but not for game playing.

The Tatch is available online from buytatch.com for RRP $29

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Review of the iDL46 Dual Charging Stereo FM Clock Radio with Lightning Dock from iHome



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What we love…

Dual charging ability, lots of options for wake up music, can set  different music for bedtime vs waking, nap option

What we’d love to see…

Ability to set up the app when it is not connected to the iDL46, ability to store more than 2 alarm presets.

Summary

The iDL46 Dual Charging Stereo FM Clock Radio with Lightning Dock from iHome is a modern twist on the classic clock radio, it includes a lightning dock and a USB port so he can charge 2 devices at once and wake up and go to sleep to your favorite music tracks or radio station.

Our Rating

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The iDL46 Dual Charging Stereo FM Clock Radio with Lightning Dock from iHome is a modern twist on the classic clock radio, it includes a lightning dock and a USB port so you can charge 2 devices at once and wake up and go to sleep to your favorite music tracks or radio station.

The Lightning dock works with  Lightning compatible iOS devices including the most recent iPod Touch, iPhone 5/5s/5c, the iPad Air and iPad Mini. I’ve tested it with the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. It works well with devices not in a case or in a slim case, bulky protective cases will prevent the dock from working. I Like the fact that as well as the lightning dock there is also a USB port so you have the option to also charge non-Lightning compatible devices and ones in bulky cases.

The iDL is an oval shape – approx 9″ long, 6″ high and 6 ” deep at it’s thickest part. It looks stylish, with a black cloth grille cover and fits nicely on a bedside table.The  iDL46 is designed to work with the free iHome Set app. The iHome Set app will only work when connected to a compatible iHome product so you can only set up the alarms when connected to the iDL46. I tried doing this with my iPhone in the dock and it was painful- the iPhone touchscreen really didn’t respond well when docked and it was slow and awkward to set up. I did discover however that it worked much, much better when I connected by iPhone via its charging cable to the USB port. I could set everything up easily this way and then put the iPhone back on the dock once it was set up if I wanted to. I would love to see the app allow you to set up without being connected, but for now I’d definitely recommend connecting via USB when setting up.

The clock allows you to have 2 alarms set up, for each of them you can set them up for everyday, weekdays or weekends.  The clock will auto sync to your iPhone./ iPad clock time. You can adjust the volume you will wake up to, wake up music duration, snooze duration and the music source. You can also set a nap time where it will wake you up x amount of time from now, and you can set music playing at bedtime that will switch off after a set amount of time. For the music source for each alarm there are several options- you can choose the radio, device connected via USB or docked device. For each device you can set it to continue playing from where you last played (either from your music library or iTunes radio) or to a custom playlist.  The radio is an FM radio and has 6 station preset options. If you choose the playlist you need to create a new playlist in your device named “iHome”. There are lots of other settings in the app such as adjusting the brightness of the clock display, there is currently no option to have an alarm tone instead of music to wake up to.

The sound quality is a far cry from the crackly old clock radios of my youth – it’s nice to wake up to clear, nice sounding music. It is both much louder and better sound quality than listening directly from your phone. It doesn’t have the same depth and sound quality as a  dedicated speaker system like the Kicker Amphitheater but for a clock radio at this price point it is good. It is pretty powerful for a small speaker unit, there is some distortion at higher volumes- however this is not an issue at the volumes I would normally be listening at in the bedroom.

Overall, if you have a hard time waking up in the morning the iDL46  provides a nice alternative to a traditional clock radio and will charge 2 devices whilst you sleep!
RRP $99.99 from iHomeaudio.com and many other retailers.

iHome Set – iHome


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iHome Set is for use with all app-enhanced iHome models. iHome Set requires iOS 4.3 thru iOS 7 on iPhone, iPod touch & iPad.

iHome Set provides a convenient interface to set clock, alarms, radio.

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

iSkelter ‘s Apple TV Station – Review

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iSkelter is a company with a mission – to create fine, hand-crafted, desks and accessories in the USA, their company slogan is “hand-built by people who give a damn”. They create beautiful handmade pieces from Bamboo, and their latest product is the Apple TV station.
If you have an Apple TV you’ll know the remote control is very “Apple”- sleek, silver, minimalist, but tiny! Because it is so tiny it is really easy to lose. I live dread that the kids will lose it between the sofa cushions and we’ll never see it again, so the idea of having a special place to keep it really appeals.

The  iSkelter Apple TV Station is simple and elegant. It is made from a piece of bamboo that has been polished so it is very smooth to the touch. The top surface has custom cutouts for the Apple TV and the remote. Both slots are lined with a black felt-like material, and the same material is used to make 4 small feet for the base so it doesn’t scratch your furniture. The remote slot has little cutouts to make to easy to pick up.

 

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The iSkelter Apple TV Station is a beautiful, organic, eco-friendly way to display your Apple TV and to keep the remote safe. It is well designed and very well made with good attention to detail. It is hand made in the USA and is available online from iSkelter.com RRP $39.99 but currently on sale for $32 with free shipping, this is a great price for a high quality, hand-made product.

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Review & Giveaway- Grip & Shoot Bluetooth iPhone Controller -a Useful Accessory for iPhonographers



The Grip & Shoot  is a Bluetooth smart grip which helps to decrease motion blur and hand fatigue when taking pictures and videos. It is also a remote control so you can be in your own pictures. It comes as complete system  with the smart grip, app, carrying case, lanyard, and grip adapter.  RRP $99.95 from  GripandShoot.com

What we love…

Comfortable grip, reduces fatigue and motion blur when using iPhone camera; ability to use it as a remote control

What we’d love to see…

More apps compatible with it

Summary

A handy device for the iPhonographer, the Grip & Shoot is a Bluetooth smart grip which helps to decrease motion blur and hand fatigue when taking pictures and videos. It is also a remote control so you can be in your own pictures. It comes as complete system with the smart grip, app, carrying case, lanyard, and grip adapter.

Our Rating

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Do you love taking photos and videos with your iPhone but find your shots often have motion from hand shake? The Grip & Shoot was designed to help. The Grip & Shoot connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth and allows you to use buttons on the handle to zoom in and out and take your shot. As well as using the handle to hold your camera, you can also remove the small “foot” from the handle and use this as a stand then use the handle as a remote control to take pictures from up to 100ft away. The “foot” also has a standard tripod screw thread allowing you to attach it to a tripod if you wish.

The Grip & Shoot comes as a package including: an iPhone 5/5S case, an iPhone 4/4S case, a Bluetooth smart grip, a leather carrying case, a free iPhone app and a wrist lanyard.

 

To use the system you first download the free Grip & Shoot app, then pair your phone and SmartGrip via Bluetooth. The iPhone slips into the included case- which is just a hard plastic shell but with a connector which slides onto the SmartGrip. The case slides on to the end of the Smart Grip handle and locks in place. The Grip & Shoot app is a fairly simple camera app- it allows you to switch between camera and video function, use front or rear camera, switch the flash on or oallows you to use the buttons on the Smart Grip to zoom in and out and take pictures.

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I’ve been testing out the Grip & Shoot with pictures in a variety of locations. I recently used it on a trip to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco where I was taking a lot of pictures, including many close -ups of animals such as butterflies, frogs and Jellyfish. I found it definitely made it easier to hold the iPhone for taking close-up pictures, and I had a lot less handshake than I would have had taking a lot of closeup pictures holding my phone conventionally. Here are some of the pictures I took at the academy and in my garden:

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20140527-155100.jpg I found the grip very comfortable in my hand and easy to use – being able to zoom in and put and take the shot without touching the camera also helps reduce movementThe carrying case was very handy too -it attached to my belt allowing me to carry both the iPhone in its case and the handle with me, and I could access them easily when I wanted to take pictures. The ergonomic grip is definitely a much more comfortable way for holding the camera for extended periods when taking videos  too.

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The ability to remove the handle and still use it as a remote control is great for taking pictures where you are in the shot, for long exposure pictures such as at night, and situations where you want to be away from the action such as candid animal shots.

My one wish is that the Grip & Shoot would work with my favorite iPhone camera app – Camera+. The Grip & Shoot developers have an open API so App Developers may utilize all the features of the Bluetooth Smart Grip, so I’m hopeful there will be more apps compatible with it in future. The company is hoping that developers will also connect it to other types of apps such as video games.

Overall, a handy device for the iPhonographer. The Grip & Shoot  is a complete system  with app, carrying case, lanyard, and grip adapter as well as the Bluetooth smart grip. It is useful for decreasing motion blur and hand fatigue when taking pictures and videos, as well as working as a remote control so you can be in your own pictures.

Available from GripandShoot.com  RRP $99.95

GRIP&SHOOT – Grip & Shoot


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Price: $FREE

We've all taken pictures and video with our phones; it's a shaky and awkward process. GRIP&SHOOT™ adds everything your mobile device is missing. The Bluetooth Smart Grip is easily attached and provides.

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OPEN TO USA ONLY. 1 lucky winner will receive a white Grip&Shoot (includes an iPhone 5/5S case, an iPhone 4/4S case, a Bluetooth smart grip, a leather carrying case, a free iPhone app and a wrist lanyard.)
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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

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Breffo Gumstick- a Fun, Versatile, Portable Smartphone Stand


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Summary

A very flexible  stand that works with any Smartphone, with or without case, in portrait and landscape mode at a variety of angles. It is small, lightweight and very portable, easy to slip into a bag or pocket,  is fun to use and costs under $20.

Our Rating

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The Gumstick Stand is the latest product from Breffo the British company known for its Spiderpodium smartphone, tablet and camera stands. Breffo designs and manufactures all its products in the UK. The Gumstick was initially launched on Kickstarter and is now available from the Breffo website.

The Gumstick really does look like an oversized stick of gum. It is very flexible and you can bend it to whatever angle you like, and then flatten it again to make it easy to slip into a bag, purse or pocket to carry with you. It comes in a variety of colors: grey, white, black, pink, green, blue and purple.

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The Gumstick is designed to work with iPhones,  iPod Touches, Smart Phones or similar sized devices. (I did also try it with an iPad mini and it worked pretty well in landscape mode, but was unstable in portrait mode)  Because it is so flexible it can be used with any Smartphone, in portrait or landscape mode, and will work phones in cases as well as “bare” phones. The surface of the Gumstick is rubbery so it won’t scratch your device, and it has a metal core that keeps it shape when bent.

I have to stay this stand is really fun – I like bending it into different shapes – it’s a little like a stress ball and phone stand in one! You can get creative trying different ways of bending it to hold the phone at different angles. Once you finished using it just flatten it again and it slips easily into a bag or pocket -it is only 4 3/4″(L) x 1″(W) x 1/8″(D), so it’s very portable.

It is available online from Breffo.com RRP $19.99 though it is currently on sale for $11.99 if you hurry!

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

EverDock Universal Dock for Smartphones and Tablets by FŪZ Designs – Review


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Pros …

Works with any brand of  smartphone or tablet, simple elegant design, very stable, can be used with or without a case.

Cons…

Need to provide your own charger and cable (only micro-USB cable included)

Summary

If you are looking for a simple way to turn your smartphone or tablet’s charger and cable into an elegant desktop charging dock this is a great option.

Our Rating

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Have you ever bought a dock for your Smartphone or tablet, but when you later upgrade your device your dock isn’t compatible with your new device and sits unused in a drawer?  FŪZ Designs aims to put an end to that with the EverDock, which is designed to be used with any smartphone or tablet. The EverDock was launched via a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, and is now available for purchase.

It is a very simple, yet elegant solution- a solid block of machined aluminum, with a micro-suction base that keeps the dock firmly in place. It comes with a micro-USB cable and is also compatible with Apple 30 pin and lightning cables (which you need to supply yourself). The secret to its versatility is that it is designed to easily allow you to change cables so you can update it with your own charging cable for whatever is the latest and greatest tablet or smartphone.

Setting it up is simple – first you peel away the protective plastic from the base – this reveals a channel in the base and a hole that leads to the top of the dock. Inside the hole is the cable adapter which you remove. Thread the cable through the hole and through the cable adapter, then put the adapter back in place. You don’t need to use the adapter with the Apple 30 pin cable, with other cables it is used to hold the charging tip firmly in place. Next you push the cable into the channel, where small teeth cover it, to keep it in place. Turn over the dock and install one of the silicone dock bumpers if needed. The EverDock comes with 2 different thickness bumpers- use the thickest if no case, the thinner one for a thin case and no bumper for a thick case. The bumpers can be installed and removed quickly if you use the dock with 2 devices that have different cases.

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The EverDock is surprisingly stable – the weight of the aluminum base plus the micro-suction keep it very stable even with an iPad on it. The EverDock comes in 4 color choices- silver, gold, black and  space grey.  I reviewed the silver – which fits in really well with my Apple products and looks simple and elegant on a desktop. The  EverDock is not a charger – it is designed to work with your device’s own charger and cable to turn it into a simple elegant stand and charging dock. Because it utilizes your device’s charger and cable it can continue to be used even if you change to a new smartphone or tablet.

Bottom line: If you are looking for a simple way to turn your smartphone or tablet’s charger and cable into an elegant desktop charging dock this is a great option. The machined aluminum base looks stylish, and its weight plus the micro-suction base provide a surprisingly stable dock in a small footprint.

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The EverDock is available from FŪZ Designs , Amazon and other retailers RRP $49. An EverDock Duo which holds 2 devices is also available.

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.