21 December 2012

Review: Touchkraft Auris

AurisKickstarter projects are always a mixed bag, as you give an unknown vendor money in hopes of a project coming to fruition as described. On top of that, you’re not actually buying the product, but giving money to support its development, often in exchange for a final version as a “reward”. This model has worked well for many (just ask the guys at Studio Neat), and once products actually become successful, they can sustain an enterprise enough to be sold and manufactured via traditional means. Such is the case with Touchkraft’s Auris, a product I initially became interested when I was trying to find a better way to integrate my iPhone 4 in my car. After some changes from the initial deign, the Auris will now be available to the general public for $40…

27 November 2012

Review: SwitchEasy Tones for iPhone 5

TonesWhile the iPhone 4/4S case market is quite mature, options for the iPhone 5 are still emerging, especially with the new shape and longer design. Products are slowly popping up from the usual companies, and SwitchEasy is no exception. Announced almost immediately after the iPhone 5, Tones is a $25 case that mixes hard polycarbonate plastic and flexible TPU to create a unique hybrid design…

13 November 2012

Review: Realmac Software Clear for Mac

ClearOne of the biggest complaints with Clear for the iPhone, a venture between Impending and RealMac Software, was that it was iPhone-only. Although an iPad version would make some sense, the concern was that other options (including Apple’s own Reminders) synchronize across devices and even to the desktop. Last week, Clear for the Mac was released and also introduces iCloud synchronization…

31 October 2012

Review: Belkin Grip Candy Sheer

Grip Candy SheerWithin a week of the iPhone 5 being released, retailers started selling cases and other accessories, beating preorders and general availability of the iPhone 5 itself. One of the first cases on store shelves was the Belkin Grip Candy Sheer, a minimalist $25 rubbery case…

22 October 2012

Review: Check the Weather

Apple iPhone 5Although there are a few standout hits, it seems that to-do lists and Twitter apps are overrunning the App Store. Weather apps have also grown into yet another one of these categories, despite Apple including a very basic forecast one in iOS. The early leader was the free offering from The Weather Channel, but other traditional weather outlets have followed. Now, David Smith & Cross Forward Consulting have created a new challenger—Check the Weather

19 October 2012

Review: Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5Is the iPhone 5 a worthwhile upgrade for users of the iPhone 4 or earlier? Do the early complaints of scratches, fragility, and camera issues have merit? In this review, we take a look at the upgrade process, how the iPhone 5 compares from the perspective of an iPhone 4 user, and how the device gives hints at the future of Apple…

24 September 2012

Review: Apple EarPods

Apple EarpodsWhile one may automatically assume that the earbuds included with Apple’s iPods and iPhones are uncomfortable, poor sounding, and fragile, September 12’s introduction of EarPods hopes to change that. After more than three years of work, the cheesily-named $29 earbuds are Apple’s attempt to provide a product that will suit most users’ tastes…

22 June 2012

Review: Hex Vision

Hex VisionThanks to Apple’s iPod nano recall, I ended up with an iPod nano that I didn’t really need. However, since the introduction of the sixth-generation iPod nano almost two years ago, I always was intrigued with the idea of an iPod as a watch. Numerous manufacturers came up with bands that clip on the iPod, but many were plastic or not exactly my style. August Accessories’ Hex division offers the $50 Vision and similar Vision Classic, two leather watch bands…