Macworld 2012: Snap Cases HD Case January 27, 2012 No Comments
So far, Macworld has been a success. I’ve seen everything from iPad cases to shields, but one thing stuck out the most: the Snap Cases HD case. The HD case features stretchy TPU sides and a hard plastic back. This provides a comfortable grip in the hand while maintaining a durable design. The HD Case retails for $19.99 on Snap Cases’ website. Stay tuned for the full review.
Review: Motorola Droid RAZR January 11, 2012 No Comments
The Droid RAZR is one of the latest phones to be pushed out of Motorola. This phone features a 4.3″ capacitive touchscreen, 4G LTE on Verizon and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The RAZR may do well for Android fans, but how about the common user? Stay tuned to find out. Before I start this review, I’d like to thank Verizon Wireless for sending this phone out for review.
The Droid RAZR features 4G LTE connectivity as well as Wireless b/g/n. In our tests, the 4G LTE connection in Chicago measured in at 8mbps down and 7mbps up. While these speeds are great compared to 3G and DSL, it isn’t amazing compared to other LTE phones like the Galaxy Nexus. I received great reception when using this phone in covered buildings or in my basement. Finally, the Wireless chip in this phone is decent compared to other mobile phones like the iPhone 4S.
The Droid RAZR’s screen comes in at 4.3″. To me, this is a little too big for a smartphone, you may disagree. The screen’s resolution isn’t great at 530 x 960 (256 ppi) compared to most current smartphones. This is definitely disappointing compared to the iPhone 4S’s 960 x 640 (326 ppi).
I’m not a fan of the Droid RAZR’s design. This is because it feels very plasticy. The back side of the phone is coated with a fake carbon-fiber material which gets dirty and is “stained” by any type of grease. The sides of the RAZR are also very plasticy, this material tends to scratch and chip. Lastly, the front of the device is almost completely glass. The Droid RAZR features scratch-resistant glass which definitely does its job.
In terms of performance, the Droid RAZR definitely falls short of other phones such as the iPhone 4S. The RAZR tends to lag when scrolling and pinching to zoom. Since the device is still running Android 2.3 “Gingerbread”, it doesn’t bring many of the speed improvements that come with Android 4.0. Fortunately, an Android 4.0 update is coming in the near future which should hopefully speed up the RAZR.
When it comes to battery life, the Droid RAZR leaves much to be desired. With 4G LTE turned on, I only get two to three hours of normal use. To me, this is unacceptable. The battery is built-in and non-removable, leaving you with no backup when the battery dies.
All in all, I cannot currently recommend the Droid RAZR. This is simply because of the battery life, outdated OS and cheap build. Hopefully some of these issues will be fixed with the upcoming Android 4.0 update which should be pushed out to customers in the coming months.
Review: Lenspen LapTop-Pro January 8, 2012 No Comments
Clean screens are important for most laptop, tablet and smartphone users. While most people like to use a cleaning solution like iKlear or ZAGG Foam, these products can only be used for a short period of time because they’re not reusable. Not to mention they often leave streaks on your screen. What if there was a reusable, non-streaking product to clean your screen? Good news, there is! In this post, I’ll be giving you my thoughts on the Lenspen LapTop-Pro. Before we start, I would like to thank Lenspen for sending this product out for review.
The LapTop-Pro is a portable screen and keyboard cleaner. This cleaner features three different brushes: keyboard brush, screen brush, and carbon pad. The keyboard brush has a rough texture that’s useful for taking crumbs out of your keyboard. The screen brush has an extremely soft and thick texture, perfect for wiping dust off of your screen before using the carbon pad.
The carbon pad is what makes this product shine! The carbon pad uses carbon to remove finger prints, dust and smudges from your device’s screen. This is an especially great feature because no liquid solution is used, making it reusable and non-streaking. To prove that this technology works, below is an iPhone 4S. Half of the screen is finger printed, and the other half has been cleansed by the LapTop-Pro.
The LapTop Pro retails for $24.95 on Lenspen’s official store and is definitely worth the money. I would like to thank Lenspen for sending this product out for review. Check back soon for more tech news and reviews!
Deal: Amazon MP3 Promo November 27, 2011 No Comments
Want a couple free songs from Amazon MP3? If so, use the promo code “STUDYBRK” for $2 of free MP3 credit. This code expires November 28th, 2011 at 11:59pm PST. Enjoy!
Site Relaunch November 9, 2011 No Comments
As most of you know, Podreviewz.com has been very inactive lately. This Thanksgiving, that all changes. We are relaunching the site Thanksgiving day! Stay tuned for more information.
Editorial: To Steve. October 8, 2011 No Comments
As most of you know, Steve Jobs, the former-CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc., died on October the 5th 2011. He was an innovator and an overall creative genius. Us Apple fans think of him as more than a CEO, but as a friend to some extent. He drove Apple to be the company they are today and made sure we loved the outcome.
Not only did he jumpstart Apple, he helped create Pixar. Without him, we wouldn’t have Toy Story, Cars or Bug’s Life. I’m not sure about you, but a lot of (late 90′s) childhoods would be totally different without those classic movies.
Thanks Steve, for the awesome products, the inspiration and for revolutionizing the tech industry.
Deals: Free Amazon MP3 Credit September 28, 2011 No Comments
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Review: Line 6 Spider III 15 amp September 25, 2011 No Comments
Hey, I’m Tom, and this is my first review on Podreviewz. My iPod Touch was stolen a few weeks ago, so I can’t quite review iPod stuff for now, so I’ll review a guitar amp.
I’ve had a Line 6 Spider III 15 amp for quite a while now, a little over a year. It’s a great piece of equipment, for any guitar player’s style, thanks to it’s 4 settings. The 4 settings are Clean, Crunch, Metal, and Insane. I’m going to review the settings individually, because they’re very unique.
Clean: The “Clean” setting is kind of self explanatory, it’s supposed to sound clean. This worked when I first bought the amp, but not so much now. There are knobs on the right side that add echo effects, and can be turned on and off. However, after a while, the tape echo effect got stuck on, so whenever I set the amp to Clean, it would do nothing but echo on and off when I play. This may just be on mine, it could be defective, but it’s still pretty annoying. This is great for psychedelic melodies, but it makes the guitar pretty hard to tune through the amp. To tune, I have to set it to the next setting, which is Crunch.
Crunch: This setting is one setting dirtier than the Clean setting. On the amplifier’s label, this setting is recommended for songs like “Whole Lotta Love”. I tried playing that song through it, and it does work quite well. I use this setting for tuning through the amp, because of the previously mentioned tuning problem. I have had absolutely no problems with this setting, and I use it quite often.
Metal: The title of this setting is also pretty explanatory, it’s a setting used for metal songs such as “Enter Sandman”. I also tried playing this song through it, and it does work really well. This setting is a very dirty setting,it’s best used with palm muting, it makes an amazing metal sound. This setting is one of the things that makes this amp special, how good it’s metal sound is.
Insane: Insane is a setting unique to Line 6, made specifically to make solos sound amazing. There is no recommended song to play through this setting, so I decided to try everything. From doing this, I think that besides soloing, nothing but power chords should be played through this particular setting. This setting is for the most hardcore of solos, because you can just make it scream. It truly is amazing, and it makes Line 6 amps worth buying.
There are some other features of this amp that I love, such as the headphone plug-in. I own a pair of studio headphones, and I often play at night, when everyone else is sleeping, and it would be obnoxious to wake them up with a guitar solo at 2 AM, so this feature is great. Another thing I like about this amplifier is the A/V plug in, which I use to plug in my laptop to the amp and play music through it in my room, seeing that my iPod dock isn’t capable of putting out that much volume. On the subject of volume, I would just like to mention that this amp is LOUD, and for a guitar player, that’s great.
To rate this amp? I’d give it a solid 4 stars. If it weren’t for the glitch on the Clean setting, it’s be a full 5 stars.
It’s an honor reviewing on your site, Andrew. -Tom
Do you love thin cases, but still need excellent scratch protection? Then the Incipio Feather is for you! The Feather is an ultra slim case for your iPhone 4 that comes in a variety of colors. This case retails for $18.95 on Amazon.com. This case was given to me free for review.
- This case is extremely thin. Measuring in at only 1mm, this case is perfect for anyone who loves their iPhone naked, but still wants to keep it scratch free.
- The Feather features a soft-touch finish. This is awesome because it makes your iPhone easier to grip.
- You can easily access your 30-pin dock connector as well as your headphone jack/power button. This is because the top and bottom of this case is completely open.
- This case includes two screen protectors and a microfiber cleaning cloth. This ensures that your iPhone’s screen is always protected and scratch free.
- This case is compatible with the Verizon and AT&T/GSM iPhone 4.
- This case doesn’t feature a “lay on the table” design. This means that if you lay your iPhone down face first, your screen will be touching the surface of the table. To me, this is a major downside.
All in all, this case is an awesome deal at under $20. I would highly recommend this case to anyone who doesn’t need exceptional protection, but wants basic scratch protection.