Ugreen’s Magnetic Charger for Apple Watch is slim enough to keep in your pocket

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 31, 2016

Most people experience all-day battery life with the Apple Watch, whether it’s the single core first generation model, or the dual core Series 1 or 2 versions that were launched just this year. While this is true for most people who use their Apple Watch regularly, new apps like Pokémon GO for the Apple Watch threaten to deplete your Apple Watch’s tiny battery much faster.

With that being the case, investing in some kind of portable power pack made specifically for the Apple Watch, like the Ugreen Magnetic Charger, is a good idea. Read More

 

Nomad’s Rugged iPhone case makes plastic look classy

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 27, 2016

The new Nomad Rugged case has been my daily driver case for close to a month now, and having had the opportunity to go hands-on with it for that long, I have to say I think I’ll probably continue using it for a while longer.

Built into this incredibly thin, yet protective design is a case that can withstand your everyday clumsiness and still look good while doing it. Nomad’s design team has created a TPU-based case that actually looks good that can still take a hit and save your iPhone. Read More

 

Mujjo is a high quality leather wallet case for iPhone at a great price

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 21, 2016

The phenomenon of wallet case popularity among iPhone owners hasn’t gone unnoticed by luxury case makers, and the Mujjo case is just one of those sexy options that leather lovers will have a hard time resisting.

Crafted out of vegetable-tanned leather and internally lined with a layer of suede to keep your iPhone cradled with the softest touch possible, the Mujjo is a luxurious travel case made for anyone who doesn’t want to lug their wallet around with them just to carry an ID and credit card on them at all times. Read More

 

Aukey’s 30,000 mAh battery pack stores lots of power and charges with Lightning

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 15, 2016

There are a ton of battery packs out there, and we just showed you a couple of very stout options from Anker last month, but for those who need even more juice, Aukey has a versatile 30,000 mAh battery pack with handy unique features.

Because I was personally impressed with the build quality and features this battery pack had to offer, I’m excited to show you everything it can do. Read More

 

Video hands-on: everything new in iOS 10.2

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 13, 2016

Apple yesterday released the latest iOS 10.2 software update for public consumption. Being a second major update to iOS 10 following its debut in September of this year, iOS 10.2 brings out more than a dozen new features and enhancements for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

There’s Apple’s new channel guide app, named “TV”, 100+ new emoji, the Emergency SOS feature from the Apple Watch, options that let you preserve Camera settings, two new fullscreen effects for Messages, several improvements for the Music app and much more. Read More

 

Hands-on with exclusive Apple Watch Nike+ watch faces and complications

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2016

The Apple Watch Nike+ is available as of yesterday and our resident video editor Andrew O’Hara just published a video showing off its design and features. As we mentioned many times before, the Apple Watch Nike+ is literally the Apple Watch Series 2 with some exclusive features.

Now, exclusivity comes in the form of unique Nike-inspired bands and Nike-themed watch faces and complications that are not available on regular Series 2 devices. Here’s our hands-on with the watch faces and complications that Nike and Apple jointly designed for the Apple Watch Nike+ edition. Read More

 

Hands-on with Apple Watch Nike+

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2016

The Nike+ edition of the Apple Watch Series 2 went on sale yesterday and we have managed to put our hands on one. The Apple Watch Nike+ includes all of the hardware features of the Apple Watch Series 2 like a lot brighter screen, a faster CPU/GPU, built-in GPS and better waterproofing with swim tracking.

What you won’t get with the regular Apple Watch Series 2 devices that the Nike+ edition provides are perks like exclusive bands, watch faces and complications, plus the preloaded Nike+ Run Club app and more. Read More

 

Logitech’s G933 wireless surround sound headset takes desktop gaming to the next level

By Timothy Reavis on Oct 8, 2016

I’ve always been a PC gamer at heart. While consoles appealed to me in my younger years, I’ve never owned one and instead waged war in Age of Empires II on my Windows Vista (I know, I know) laptop. Although I casually played iOS games for a while, I’ve never found one that I can consider a “hardcore” game that I would continuously return to for the storyline or multiplayer – the two main reasons I’d consider playing any game.

The essentials of PC gaming begin with a solid monitor and graphics card to push those frames and make your games look incredible. The rest of the experience mainly comes from peripherals – your mouse, keyboard, and headphones – which all help you excel at the game you’re playing while enhancing the experience with programmable macros and directional audio. Logitech’s G933 Artemus Spectrum wireless gaming headset is perhaps the peripheral that has upped my game the most, as I truly found myself playing considerably better when using these headphones. Read More

 

Hands-on with Apple Watch Series 2, iPhone 7 and AirPods

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2016

Following its big iPhone 7 event this morning, Apple gave journalists the opportunity to go hands-on with some of the new products it announced today including the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and AirPods. And as usual, we’ve rounded up some videos of these first impressions so you can get a better look at the new hardware. Read More

 

Videos: hands-on with the iPhone SE

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 21, 2016

Although a good portion of Apple’s customers have migrated over to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, it’s just too hard for some people to let go of the tried-and-true 4-inch handset because it fits in their hands so well. As a result of the demand, Apple has breathed new life into the 4-inch iPhone with the new iPhone SE that the company unveiled during Monday’s ‘Let us loop you in’ event.

Because the iPhone SE won’t be available for pre-order until Thursday, March 24th, no one actually has one yet. On the other hand, a few publications have already gone hands-on with the device on Apple’s campus post-event, and we’ll share some of the first reputable videos to hit the internet right here in this post. Read More

 

Videos: hands-on with the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 21, 2016

Apple announced its new 9.7-inch iPad Pro on Monday at the ‘Let us loop you in’ event, and although the tablet is already gaining a lot of hype for its on-par hardware and lower price from its bigger brother, you’re still probably wondering just how powerful the little brother of the most powerful iPad ever made actually is.

In this post, we’ll share some of the first reputable hands-on videos with Apple’s new tablet to hit the internet since the announcement on Monday. With some insight, you’ll have a clearer understanding of whether or not the smaller iPad Pro is the right one for you. Read More

 

iOS 8.4 Music app video walkthrough

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 13, 2015

If you’ve yet to go hands-on with the just-released iOS 8.4 and the redesigned Music app, then I recommend checking out our video walkthrough. In this video, we step through many of the new changes, from both a visual and functionality standpoint. Read More

 

Hands-on with Apple’s new ultra thin 12-inch MacBook

By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2015

So by now you’ve likely watched Apple’s keynote, and know Apple unveiled a new 12-inch MacBook today, but thus far you’ve probably only seen it on stage or in marketing materials. Obviously the new laptop is going to look good in photos, but what about in real life?

Following the event today, select journalists were given the chance to go hands on with the new ultra thin MacBook, and have posted videos of their initial reactions. So naturally, we’ve rounded up some of these clips that show folks trying out the notebook for the first time. Read More

 

Hands-on with iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and iMac with Retina 5K display

By Cody Lee on Oct 16, 2014

So you’ve watched Apple’s keynote, and you’ve been keeping up with the news today, but thus far you’ve only seen the new iPads and Retina iMac from either afar or in marketing materials. Obviously, the products are going to look good in photos, but what about in real life?

Following the event today, select journalists were given the chance to go hands on with the two new iPads, and 5K iMac, and have posted videos of their initial reactions. So naturally, we’ve rounded up some of these clips that show folks trying out the devices for the first time. Read More

 

Early hands-on videos for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit the web

By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2014

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus don’t officially launch until Friday, but it seems that some users have managed to get their hands on the two devices early. YouTube channel UNDERkg, which appears to be based in South Korea, has posted hands-on videos for both a Space Gray iPhone 6 Plus and a Gold iPhone 6.

The two clips are 4 minutes long and 7 minutes long respectively, and are both shot in 4K for excellent detail. The videos do a good job of exploring the external hardware of the handsets, as well as some of the more nuanced features in the iOS 8 software. If you have the time, they’re definitely worth a look. Read More

 

Hands on with iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2014

So you’ve watched Apple’s keynote, and you’ve been keeping up with the news today, but thus far you’ve only seen the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch from either afar or in marketing materials. Sure, the products look good in rendered photos, but what do they look like up close and personal?

Select journalists were given the chance to go hands on with the aforementioned products after the event today, and have posted videos of their initial reactions. So naturally, we’ve rounded up some of those clips of folks trying out the iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple Watch for you below. Read More

 

Roundup of initial iPad Air and Retina iPad mini impressions

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013

Apple introduced two new tablets this morning at a media event in San Francisco: the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display. Both tablets got performance boosts thanks to the A7 64-bit processor, among other changes.

After the event, attending journalists were given the chance to go hands-on with the new devices. And for those of you who still don’t know what to make of the two new iPads, we’ve collected some of their initial impressions of them… Read More

 

Hands-on with the new 16GB iPod touch (video)

By Christian Zibreg on May 31, 2013

Apple yesterday phased out the fourth-gen iPod touch in favor of a new entry-level $229 16GB model. Basically the fifth-generation, it includes EarPods and has the same four-inch Retina screen, Lightning I/O and the A5 chip as other models – sans the iSight camera and the lanyard hook.

However, there’s one more major difference between this iPod touch and the more capacious models. Ben Pasternak of Sydney, Australia was one of the first buyers and posted a quick hands-on video… Read More

 

First look at the new iPad mini Smart Cover

By Cody Lee on Oct 29, 2012

Although the iPad mini won’t start hitting shelves and doorsteps until this Friday, it appears the Cupertino company has decided to go ahead and start shipping the tablet’s accessories. Earlier this afternoon, my local FedEx driver dropped off this little guy: a Dark Grey polyurethane iPad mini Smart Cover.

At first glance, the smaller Cover may seem like an exact replica of its larger sibling. But there’s one significant difference between the two, and that’s the hinges. Instead of using a bare metal hinge, like it does in the full-sized Smart Cover, Apple used a covered hinge in the mini version. So there’s no metal on metal… Read More

 

Hands on with Google Drive [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 28, 2012

A few minutes ago, Google released their official Google Drive app on the App Store. We’ve since then downloaded the app and have put it through its initial paces.

What we found was a first offering that’s lacking a whole lot of what makes other apps like DropBox great. You can easily view your files, but that’s where most of the fun ends.

Sadly, you can’t create new documents, or even upload photos via this initial version of Google Drive. The interface is decent, and the app seems solid from a stability perspective, but there really isn’t a compelling reason to choose it over something like DropBox thus far… Read More

 
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