SchwarzTech
October 19, 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…

September 24, 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…

June 22, 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…

June 19, 2012

Review: Incase Origami Workstation

Incase Origami WorkstationAlthough the on-screen keyboard of the iPad is pretty good—especially in landscape mode, a keyboard adds quite a bit of usefulness for anyone doing lots of writing, coding, or manipulating spreadsheets. Although many manufacturers make keyboards specifically for the iPad, Apple’s is a good option, but a bit cumbersome for travel. To solve this problem, Incase created the $30 Origami Workstation, a case for your keyboard that also doubles as an iPad stand…

June 18, 2012

Review: Studio Neat Cosmonaut

Studio Neat CosmonautThe old story goes that the United States spent tons of money to develop a pen that worked in space (ballpoints did not), and despite all this effort, the Russians used a pencil. What better reason to call a new and unique attempt at an iPad (and other capacitive screens) stylus “The Cosmonaut”, a $25 Kickstarter-project-turned-hit from Studio Neat…

June 8, 2012

Review: Krusell BioCover

Krusell BioCoverMost iPhone cases are made of plastic or leather, the former being made from petrochemicals. Since this is not a renewable resource, and these cases will eventually end up in a landfill, some people may want sme more eco-friendly options. One such product is Krusell’s $25 BioCover, made with the help of Bioserie, a thin bioplastic shell…

May 14, 2012

Review: Uniea Rebelution Skidboard

Uniea Rebelution SkidboardThe funny thing about the new iPad is that it is compatible with only certain iPad 2 cases, giving early adopters both a mix of existing options, and the opportunity for third-parties to create all-new cases. Uniea’s Rebelution Skidboard may have a funny name, but it’s one of the earliest folio-meets-hard-shell cases for the Apple’s newest iPad…

March 19, 2012

Review: Apple iPad (Third-Generation)

Apple iPadWell, this is certainly interesting—just a few days after I stated that my original iPad was more than adequate, I’m typing this from a brand-new third-generation iPad. As it turns out, the universe aligned just so where I was able to sell my old iPad for a reasonable amount, and not have to wait in line or deal with a preorder for the new iPad (thanks, local Walmart in a non-techy area). Numerous writers have already reviewed the iPad as a whole, but I wanted to offer the perspective from an existing user…