By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 21, 2015
Chances are that if you’re reading this review, you have more than one portable device that charges via USB. Maybe you have two—a tablet and a phone—or maybe you have multiple phones.
Admittedly, someone like me is a bit of anomaly, as I review phones and cover them on a daily basis. Hence, it’s not out of the ordinary for me to have multiple smartphones at any given time. This has especially become true as I get acquainted with more Android devices.
One of the main caveats of having this many portable devices is keeping them charged. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up a phone or a tablet that I haven’t touched in a while, only to find it dead—the dreaded “dead phone syndrome”.
The problem really is two-fold: a). I don’t have enough wall outlets and chargers in convenient places to keep the devices topped off, and b). my devices are usually scattered all over the place.
Skiva’s new PowerFlow StandCharger 7-Port USB Charging Station aims to eliminate both problems. It can charge all of your devices at the same time via the seven 2.4 Amp USB ports, and it also houses each device in a organized manner.
But does the Skiva do enough to warrant a serious look? Is this $59.99 device truly better than your current system of charging your device? Check out our video walkthrough and thoughts inside.
By iDB Deals on Aug 13, 2015
Since its launch in 2010, the iPad has changed the way we interact with technology. After 5 years of development the iPad Air 2 is without question Apple’s most impressive tablet yet -and it can be yours for absolutely nothing, by entering our giveaway.
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 5, 2015
As an owner of a larger iPhone, OneHandWizard ($3.99) is one of my favorite jailbreak tweaks on Cydia. It allows you to quickly switch to a one-handed mode that’s far and away more practical than the built in Reachability feature on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Earlier this year, we reviewed OneHandWizard, and it was met with high praise. It may seem like a simple thing, but if you’re on a larger device like the 6 and 6 Plus, and you haven’t tried it, I think you’re missing out.
But don’t fret. Here’s your chance to see what you’ve been missing. We’re giving away 10 copies of OneHandWizard to our readers! Read More
By iDB Deals on Jun 10, 2015
Have you seen the iMac 5K Retina Display? Inside the gorgeous brushed aluminium case is 8GB of RAM and a super-fast 3.3Ghz Intel Core i5 processor. Fire it up and just about everything looks great on its breathtakingly clear 27” display. It’s the Mac everyone wants, and it could be yours for free with our latest iDownloadBlog giveaway. Read More
By iDB Deals on May 21, 2015
If you’re an Apple fan, chances are you have at least one of their gadgets on your wish list right now. Which makes us pretty psyched to be the bearers of great news: you now have a chance to get the Apple toy of your choice off your wish list and into your hands. In partnership with StackSocial, The Choose Your Own Apple Toy giveaway is now open at iDownloadBlog Deals and you have until June 17th to enter.
By iDB Deals on May 13, 2015
The Apple Watch is finally on people’s wrists, making it an exciting time to be an Apple and iOS lover. But of course, not everyone is lucky enough to already have one. That’s why we’re giving one away at iDownloadBlog Deals, in partnership with Stack Social! The Choose Your Own Apple Watch Giveaway ends tonight at 11:59pm PST, so this is your last chance to enter.
By iDB Deals on Apr 29, 2015
Maximize your desk setup with the a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Monitor: we’re giving one away at iDownloadBlog Deals, in partnership with our friends at StackCommerce. Retailing at $1,000, you could get your hands on it for free just by entering our giveaway. Read More
By iDB Deals on Apr 21, 2015
Winner Update: Congrats to Charles D., winner of the New MacBook Giveaway!
Our most popular iDB Deals giveaway ever will be coming to an end tomorrow: all entries for the New MacBook Giveaway must be submitted before midnight on Wednesday! That means this is your last chance to enter. The good news? A winner will be selected very soon! Read More
By iDB Deals on Apr 15, 2015
The Apple Watch is the must-have accessory for the summer. Whether it’s the ergonomic sports model, the elegant black leather loop, or the beautiful Milanese loop that gets you excited, there is an Apple Watch for everyone. With our new Choose Your Own Apple Watch Giveaway, you can get your hands on any Apple Watch you choose (up to $750) for free! Read More
By iDB Deals on Apr 1, 2015
Winner Update: Congrats to Greg. A, winner of the Canon Rebel T5!
Cameras on iPhones are increasingly powerful, but it will be a long time before one can compete with a Canon Digital SLR. The choice for amateurs and professionals across the world, Canon sets the standard in digital photography.
Well now you can win a Cannon EOS Rebel T5 from iDownloadBlog Deals with our latest giveaway. The EOS Rebel T5 is a mid-range camera from Canon. Lightweight, sturdy and reliable, the Rebel T5 is at home taking incredible pictures with its 18.0 megapixel image sensor as it is recording video. Read More
By iDB Deals on Mar 25, 2015
Winner Update: Congrats to Charles D., winner of the New MacBook Giveaway!
First off, congratulations to Joe A., winner of the MacBook Pro Giveaway! Here’s what he had to say: “I don’t think I have ever won a prize drawing other than one for a $20 gas card. This is awesome!”
And now (drumroll please)…enter our new giveaway to win a brand new MacBook!
The new Macbook is the lightest MacBook ever at two pounds and ultra thin at an incredible 13.1mm. It is powered by a newly designed and super-efficient battery, offering an impressive 9 hours of battery life. You get the cool Force Touch trackpad, a full-size keyboard with new and improved keys, and the beautiful retina display. Read More
By iDB Deals on Mar 18, 2015
We wanted to make sure to get out one final reminder: the Macbook Pro Giveaway from iDownloadBlog Deals ends tonight at 11:59pm PT. If you’d like a chance to win a free Macbook Pro (who wouldn’t?), now’s the time to head over to the giveaway page and enter. Read More
By iDB Deals on Feb 26, 2015
UPDATE: Congratulations to Natasha R., winner of this giveaway! Enjoy your new TV and SoundBar!
Continuing with our uber-popular weekly giveaways, this week it’s a brand new TV! Over at iDownloadBlog Deals, we’re giving away a 50″ LG TV and hey, why not throw in a sound bar speaker to complete the package? Enter for a chance to win this sweet bundle absolutely free! Read More
By iDB Deals on Feb 19, 2015
If you’re feeling envious, we’ve got another chance to win big from iDownloadBlog Deals, and it’s a major one. After giving away an iMac earlier this month, we’re back at it with the big-ticket Apple hardware; this time, one lucky winner will get a brand new Macbook Pro! If that doesn’t pique your interest, I’m not sure what will. Read More
By iDB Deals on Feb 17, 2015
First, huge congratulations to David P. from New York, winner of the iMac Giveaway!
Do you want to be the next Giveaway winner announced on iDB? How does an Apple Watch sound? Over at iDownloadBlog Deals giveaways, we’ve got an Apple Watch up for grabs! But act quick – today is your last chance to enter. All entries must be in before the Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm PST tonight.
We’re giving away one 38mm Apple Watch, valued at $349. All you have to do to enter is go to the giveaway page, click “Enter,” and sign up for an iDB Deals account. From there, you can get extra entries by following us on Twitter and Google+, as well as referring friends (5 entries per referral!).
Good luck everyone! Enter the giveaway.
By iDB Deals on Feb 11, 2015
We’re giving away an iMac at the iDownloadBlog Deals store, and today is your last chance to enter. All entries must be received by 11:59PM PST tonight, February 11.
All you have to do to enter is create an account on the iDB Deals store. You’ll get extra entries for following us on social channels, and even more for referring friends (five giveaway entries for each referral), so share your custom referral link on your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and any other social channels.
The iMac we’re giving away is the 21.5-inch 1.4GHz model, carrying a $1,099 price tag. By entering this giveaway, it could be yours for free. But time’s running out – enter to win the iMac now!
By iDB Deals on Feb 4, 2015
After launching our iDownloadBlog Deals store last week, we had an incredible response for our iMac Giveaway. Today, we’re back and keeping the good times rolling: we’re also giving away an Apple Watch at the iDB store!
Set to launch in April, the Apple Watch is one of the most hotly anticipated hardware releases of all times. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re giving one away! This is your chance to get the world’s hottest piece of tech on your wrist for free. Up for grabs is the 38mm Apple Watch model, valued at $349. Read More
By iDB Deals on Jan 28, 2015
Yesterday we announced the launch of our new iDownloadBlog Deals store, and we promised some epic giveaways. Today we’re kicking it off with a bang: we’re giving away a new iMac!
When the new iMac was released at the end of last year, we were all drooling over this beautiful piece of tech and well… most of us still are. Probably the sleekest desktop computer ever made, the iMac is only a few inches thick at fattest, and slims down to razor-thin edges. We’re giving away a 21.5-inch model, boasting a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Processor, as well as a 500GB hard drive and 8GB of memory.
Valued at $1,099, we’re guessing you want to win this beautiful, beautiful computer. So how do you enter? Go the giveaway page on the iDownloadBlog Deals store, and create an account! You’ll get extra entries for following iDB on Twitter and Google+, and get five extra entries for each friend you refer, so don’t forget to share your custom share link on Facebook and Twitter.
Stay tuned for more awesome giveaways from the iDB Deals store.
Enter the giveaway here!
And the winner is David P. from New York. The winner has been contacted with further instructions. Thank you everyone for entering the giveaway, and stay tuned for more.
By Jim Gresham on Dec 15, 2014
Since Apple announced MFi controller support for iOS games, fewer options appeared than originally anticipated. The reason for a slow response is a bit surprising. However, my point of view is slightly skewed as an iOS accessory hardware reviewer. Still, I cannot imagine why app developers would not want to build in the support. Even more shocking is the small list of hardware options.
At CES 2014, it seemed like controllers would be the new thing. Unfortunately, several companies I chatted with never released their controller. We have come a long way since January 2014 and a full year plus another six months since the MFi controller support protocol released at WWDC.
SteelSeries was one of the first companies to-market with their SteelSeries Stratus. The Stratus was an extremely small MFi controller, but perfect for on-the-go gamers. Recently, they released the Stratus XL, a full sized battle tested design, similar to a true console handheld. After settling down with the XL, it changed the way I look at iOS as a gaming platform. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Dec 8, 2014
Headphones are one of those device categories where more money does not necessarily equate to a better quality product. Many branded, read “designer,” headphones cost extra simply because they have a celebrity backing them. There is a single branded headphone line that gets most of the attention and offer a high price tag for entry.
There are ways to more intelligently choose a pair of cans. Make sure the sound is superior quality. Of course, pay attention to build quality, but sound is paramount when purchasing headphones. Start with plastic. If the entire headphone is plastic, start second guessing your purchase. Pulling the Phiaton Bridge MS 500‘s from the box was quite a rewarding experience, complete with machined aluminum, perforated leather, and red stitching. Read More