Pocket Insider https://pocketinsider.com Latest Technology Review Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:39:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 13429846 Review: Otterbox uniVERSE https://pocketinsider.com/2017/06/22/review-otterbox-universe/ https://pocketinsider.com/2017/06/22/review-otterbox-universe/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:30:25 +0000 http://wordpress-110972-316190.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=6921 Otterbox released the Otterbox uniVERSE Case System, which features a slotted rail on the back of the case, to allow users to securely attach and easily swap out powerful partner modules like camera lenses, card readers, batteries, speakers and more – without removing the case. Let’s take a quick look at some of the features before diving into …

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The Otterbox uniVERSE is a great case, giving users the benefits of the module accessories without having to give up the OtterBox protection.

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Otterbox released the Otterbox uniVERSE Case System, which features a slotted rail on the back of the case, to allow users to securely attach and easily swap out powerful partner modules like camera lenses, card readers, batteries, speakers and more – without removing the case. Let’s take a quick look at some of the features before diving into the review.

Features:-

  • Expand the phone’s features by connecting uniVERSE modules
  • Connect swappable modules
  • Raised edge around the display keeps the touchscreen safe
  • Passes OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection standards

Review

Design & Build Quality

Weighing at ~2.3 oz, the Otterbox uniVERSE is made with glass-filled (GF) nylon, which is a stiff and durable thermoplastic. The case is certainly not the most heavy-duty case ever (and is not waterproof), but it definitely provides great all around protection for the device, even on concrete.

The Otterbox uniVERSE features a screen bumper that has a raised, beveled edge to fully protect the device’s screen. Fit wise, the case fits perfectly on our iPhone 6S, with precise cutouts to button functions. We still have access to all button functions after fitting the case on, which is great.

Located at the lower back of the case, users will find a slotted rail underneath the removable accent plate. The slotted rail allows users to switch out a variety of modules. Some of the available modules include external battery packs, camera lenses, card readers, and speakers. All the modules have been tested for durability by Otterbox, so everything should hold up just as well as the Otterbox uniVERSE.

Coupled with its unique modular design and its great build quality, we really like the Otterbox uniVERSE.

Battery Life

We managed to get our hands on an external battery pack module to test out. The PolarPro PowerPack is designed to fit perfectly over the Otterbox uniVERSE.

The PolarPro PowerPack has a power switch on the back with the LED indicators. Rated at 2,100 mAh battery capacity, it delivers close to a full charge on our iPhone 6S.

Recharging the external battery pack via microUSB takes approximately an hour on average.

Final Thoughts

The Otterbox uniVERSE is great semi-rugged case. Its sleek design, paired with its modules swapping capability, definitely makes this case system unique. Not to mention, it also has Otterbox certified Drop+ protection. Overall, we really love the Otterbox uniVERSE and would easily recommend it to everyone.

 

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Review: Plantronics Backbeat 500 Series Headphone https://pocketinsider.com/2017/06/12/review-plantronics-backbeat-500-series-headphone/ https://pocketinsider.com/2017/06/12/review-plantronics-backbeat-500-series-headphone/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:30:34 +0000 http://wordpress-110972-316190.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=6712 Plantronics, a company that specialized in producing audio communication devices, has recently launched the Backbeat 500 Series headphone. Available in three different colors, the wireless headphone features an attractively design, good battery life at an affordable price range. Let’s take a quick look at the features before diving into the review. Features:- Memory foam 18 hours of …

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The Plantronics BackBeat 500 Series headphone has a good design and a solid build quality. It also offers a solid listening experience and features a multipoint connection where it allows users to automatically connect up to two separate devices simultaneously. However, the lack of a stronger bass might be a turn down some audiences.

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Plantronics, a company that specialized in producing audio communication devices, has recently launched the Backbeat 500 Series headphone. Available in three different colors, the wireless headphone features an attractively design, good battery life at an affordable price range. Let’s take a quick look at the features before diving into the review.

Features:-

Review

Design & Build Quality

The Backbeat 500 features an all plastic body, with the exception of the metal extension. It comes in three different colors; White, Gray or Dark gray, all inspired to target the younger audience.

On the left side of the headphone, users will find the playback control located on the outside of the earcup, while the volume control, micro-USB port and a 3.5mm jack are located at the side.

On the side of the right earcup, users will find the power button/pairing mode alongside the answer/decline button.

The build quality of the Backbeat 500 seems sturdy even though it is constructed mainly with plastic, which contributes to the light weight of the headphone at 5.4 oz. The memory foam material on the earcups definitely helps reduce the pressure while having it on.

Plantronics has also included necessary accessories; a regular 3.5mm audio cable and a micro-USB cable. It also comes with a carrying pouch to help protect the headphone from scratches.

Overall, we felt that the build quality of the headphone is quite sturdy and we love the design of the headphone.

Battery Life

Plantronics claims that the battery life on the Backbeat 500 will last up to 18 hours. During our test, we found that the headphones lasted 17.5 hours on average before needing a recharge.

An charging indicator is located at the right side of the earcups; a red glow indicates the headphone is charging while the LED goes off to indicate that it is fully charged.

The Backbeat 500 takes about 2.5 hours to be fully recharged.

Audio Quality

The Backbeat 500 features 40mm drivers with Plantronics signature audio which helps to “deliver the right audio balance and a deep, rich sound”.

The first song tested was Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean. The overall audio seems pleasant to ears with no distortion while listening to the track at a higher volume. However, we felt that the bass is a little lacking to our enjoyment.

As for mids, we played the track Hallelujah by Pentatonix. The overall vocal was heard clearly and definitely felt satisfying to our ear.

Lastly, for the highs, we played Celine Dion’s It’s All Coming Back to Me. The overall vocals and instruments are quite well balanced.

Overall, the headphone definitely performed well when it comes to the mids and highs. However, we felt that the bass could still be improve to provide a better kick while listening to music with heavy bass.

Final Thoughts

The Plantronics BackBeat 500 Series headphone offers a solid listening experience at the price of just $79.99. It also features a multipoint connection where it allows users to automatically connect up to two separate devices simultaneously. However, the lack of a stronger bass might be a turn down some audiences.

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Review: Fugoo GO Speaker https://pocketinsider.com/2017/05/22/review-fugoo-go-speaker/ https://pocketinsider.com/2017/05/22/review-fugoo-go-speaker/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 14:30:38 +0000 http://wordpress-110972-316190.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=6666 Fugoo GO is a Bluetooth speaker that has 4 custom-designed acoustic drivers to provide 360-degree stereo sound. It is also capable of pairing two Fugoo GO speakers for a stereo mode. Let’s take a quick look at the features before diving into the review. Features:- Four custom-designed acoustic drivers Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connectivity up to 100 …

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Fugoo GO is a Bluetooth speaker that has 4 custom-designed acoustic drivers to provide 360-degree stereo sound. It is also capable of pairing two Fugoo GO speakers for a stereo mode. Let’s take a quick look at the features before diving into the review.

Features:-

  • Four custom-designed acoustic drivers
  • Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connectivity up to 100 feet
  • 360-degree audio mode with the unit sitting on it’s back
  • Pair two Fugoo GOs with one source device in Double or Stereo mode
  • Up to 10 hours continuous play at 50% loudness

Review

Design & Build Quality

The Fugoo GO speaker has a very simple yet minimalist design. Constructed with plastic and waterproof materials, the Fugoo GO has an IP67 rating like the Fugoo Style, which means it is waterproof and dust resistant up to a certain limit. It is also mud, snow and shock proof, which means it is pretty much built to withstand all harsh environments.

Weighing at ~1 lb, the Fugoo GO can be easily carried around. It also has a bungee cord at the side of the speaker, which helps secure it to any mounting point.

Located at the front of the speaker are the play/pause and volume button.

The power and Bluetooth pairing button can be found on the top of the speaker. The speaker also has a stereo mode, which can be activated by holding the Bluetooth and volume down button.

At the back, users will find a micro-USB port under its waterproof protective cover. Unlike the Fugoo Style, the Fugoo GO does not have a built-in microphone or a 3.5 mm audio port.

Overall, we like the simplistic design of the Fugoo GO. Its ruggedness definitely helps protect it from the environment, and the inclusion of the side bungee cord definitely helps with securing it to mounting points.

Battery Life

Fugoo claims that battery life on the Fugoo GO will last up to 10 hours of continuous play at 50% volume. During our test, we managed to achieve about 10.5 hours of battery life at 50% volume on average, which is a little more than what the company claims.

Fully charging the Fugoo GO via the micro-USB port took us a little under 5 hours on average.

Audio Quality

The Fugoo GO boasts four proprietary, custom-designed acoustic drivers; two full range drivers and two bass radiators.

The first song tested was Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean. The overall audio is balanced but loses out to Fugoo Style due to the lack of driver that handles each range.

As for mids, we played the track Hallelujah by Pentatonix. Without any instruments in the background, we could hear the group’s vocal clearly. The mids definitely felt nice to our ears.

Lastly, for the highs, we played Celine Dion’s It’s All Coming Back to Me. The overall vocals and instruments are quite well balanced and clear.

Overall, the Fugoo GO definitely deliver a great listening experience indoor. However, it certainly loses its bass in an open outdoor environment. But having a pair of the speakers fixes the issue with its Stereo mode.

Final Thoughts

The Fugoo GO is certainly a good Bluetooth speaker for any outdoor enthusiast. With its IP67 rating, users can bring it anywhere and it will be able to withstand the environment. Its Stereo mode will enhance the listening experience, especially in the open outdoor environment.

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Google I/O 2017 Highlights https://pocketinsider.com/2017/05/19/google-io-2017-highlights/ https://pocketinsider.com/2017/05/19/google-io-2017-highlights/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 14:30:09 +0000 http://wordpress-110972-316190.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=6756 Google’s annual developer’s conference, Google I/O, held from May 17-19 this year. The company had many great announcements this year, for both developers and consumers. For starters, Google’s Android operating system (OS) now has more than 2 billion monthly active devices. There are also over a billion daily active users using Google Search, Android, Chrome browser, YouTube, Google …

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Google’s annual developer’s conference, Google I/O, held from May 17-19 this year. The company had many great announcements this year, for both developers and consumers.

For starters, Google’s Android operating system (OS) now has more than 2 billion monthly active devices.

There are also over a billion daily active users using Google Search, Android, Chrome browser, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Play, and Gmail. Also, YouTube users now watch more than 1 billion hours of videos each day.

Similarly, Google’s cloud storage, Google Drive, also seen an increase in users, with over 800 million active users. Meanwhile, Google Photos has now crossed 500 million active users, with 1.2 billion photos being uploaded to the service each day.

Next up, Google announced Google Lens, an initiative for an improved Google Assistant, by providing users with info about things around them. It even takes action, while users are in a conversation with the Google Assistant.

Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, gave a short demonstration, showing how Google Lens recognizes the type and name of the flower, and taking a photo of the Wi-Fi router’s SSID and password and the device can automatically connect to the Wi-Fi network.

Google Home will also be getting three new features; hands-free calling, Visual Responses, and Proactive Assistant. The hands-free calling feature allows users to make hands-free calls via Google Home to anywhere within the United States and Canada.

The Visual Responses feature sends notifications to the devices so users can not only listen to reminders, but also be able to view them as well.

Lastly, with Proactive Assistant, it will only send notifications when users ask for it. This is best when users do not want to be notified with every notifications.


Google Home now supports more media content providers and it will be launching in Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Japan in the coming months.

Google Assistant will also be getting many new features and capabilities that will make the life of the users definitely easy. To start off, the Google Assistant is now available for iOS.

On top of that, users can now ask questions to Google Assistant via the keyboard. This is particularly helpful, especially when users are in a large crowd, or are not convenient to talk.

Google also introduce Actions on Google for its Assistant platform, which allows for interactions with apps such as ordering, making purchase, etc.

Valerie Nygaard, senior product manager at Google, demonstrated how easy it is to order something with the help of Google Assistant. Once the order is placed, users get presented with the total cost and payment method and finally, order confirmation.

Google also announced that their Google Assistant will now support more connected appliances, including refrigerators, ovens, washers and dryers.

On the Android TV side of things, Google Assistant will soon be integrated with it. Alongside that, the Android TV home screen will also exhibits a new app drawer with favorite apps on the top, notifications, and shortcuts for recommended content.

As for the Google Photos department, it will be getting three new features as well; Suggested Sharing; Shared Libraries, and Photo Books. Suggested Sharing, as the name sounds, suggests the names of people to share photos with quickly. On the other hand, Shared Libraries automatically shares user’s photo library with anyone the user gives access to.

Photo Books turns the user’s photo library into a physical photo album, with price starting at $9.99 and $19.99 for a larger one.

Google also announced 360-degree YouTube videos for the TV. YouTube will soon support 360-degree videos on the biggest screen in your living room.

Next up is the Super Chat API. Super Chat was introduced by YouTube earlier this year. It allows users to get their comments highlighted and pinned at the top of the comments section. Now, with the Super Chat API, developers can create different applications with it, such as allowing viewers to trigger real-world actions with Super Chat.

One of the biggest announcements during Google I/O was the newest version of the Android OS, Android O. Android O’s new features can be categorized into two main categories, Fluid Experiences and Vitals.

Fluid Experiences, as the name implies, takes care of the experiences to provide users a smooth and seamless experience in accessing various apps. This includes various features like Picture-in-Picture, Notification Dots, Autofill, and Smart Text Selection.

Next up is Vitals, which is a new project available for developers to help spot issues with apps that can potentially impact phone security, battery life, and more.

Also, Google has released the second developer preview of Android O. Users can now sign-up for the Android Beta Program and have the over-the-air (OTA) update downloaded to their devices.

Another big announcement is Android Go, a lightweight version of the Android O crafted specifically for the lower end devices. Android Go is designed with features relevant for users with limited data connectivity.

Google also announced that their Daydream platform will now support standalone VR headsets. These headsets will work without a smartphone.

The Daydream platform features a new headset tracking technology called WorldSense, which enables positional tracking. HTC and Lenovo will be one of the firsts to release such devices later this year.

Google also announced Visual Positioning Service (VPS), which offers detailed indoor location tracking using Tango’s 3D sensing technology.

And finally, Daydream is coming to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices via a software update later this summer.

Kotlin is now officially the programming language for Android development, after C++ and Java.

Google also revealed TensorFlow Lite, a lite version of the original TensorFlow designed to be used on Android devices.

So, that’s all the highlights from Google I/O 2017.

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Review: Blue Satellite Headphone https://pocketinsider.com/2017/05/15/review-blue-satellite-headphone/ https://pocketinsider.com/2017/05/15/review-blue-satellite-headphone/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 14:30:30 +0000 http://wordpress-110972-316190.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=6591 Blue announced its wireless headphone, Blue Satellite, at the beginning of the year at CES. The headphone features both proprietary active noise cancelling (ANC) and a built-in audiophile amp to deliver Blue’s legendary sound quality. Let’s take a quick look at the features before diving into the review. Features:- 4-driver system featuring 2 custom 44mm ultra-responsive …

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The Blue Satellite features two pairs of drivers and an audiophile amp built-in so users can enjoy better overall sound quality without the need to plug into a portable amp. We highly recommend the Blue Satellite for users that can afford it.

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Blue announced its wireless headphone, Blue Satellite, at the beginning of the year at CES. The headphone features both proprietary active noise cancelling (ANC) and a built-in audiophile amp to deliver Blue’s legendary sound quality. Let’s take a quick look at the features before diving into the review.

Features:-

  • 4-driver system featuring 2 custom 44mm ultra-responsive Blue dynamic drivers
  • Blue noise-cancelling technology with dedicated ANC drivers
  • Built-in audiophile amplifier for true high-fidelity sound on any device
  • On-board controls for intuitive operation
  • Fold-able construction for easy portability and storage

Review

Design & Build Quality

Blue Satellite bears a somewhat similar resemblance to its elder siblings, Blue Ella and Blue Sadie, in terms of its unique design. However, the Blue Satellite is lacking certain design features such the hinged arm. The lack of hinged arm is certainly a disappointment, as we try to find a perfect fit while having the headphone on.

The Blue Satellite weighs a little lighter than its predecessors but the weight is definitely noticeable due to its built-in amplifier and the rechargeable Lithium Ion battery.

On the left side of the headphone are buttons for the amplifier, active noise cancellation (ANC) and Bluetooth connectivity. Located at the bottom of the left earcup, users will find the power button and a micro-USB port for charging.

Travelling along the outside of the right earcup are buttons for a volume rocker, track and call control. At the bottom of the right earcup is a 3.5 mm audio port for users that would prefer a wired connection.

Blue also included necessary accessories; a regular 3.5 mm audio cable and a micro-USB cable. It also comes with a carrying case to help protect the headphone while travelling with it.

Overall, we love the build quality and the attention of details that was put into the Blue Satellite.

Battery Life

Blue claims that the battery on the Blue Satellite will last up to 8 hours with Bluetooth, ANC and Amp turned on and 24 hours with just Bluetooth. During our test, the headphones lasted about 7.5 hours with Bluetooth, ANC and Amp turned on at 50% volume. With just Bluetooth, we managed to achieve 25 hours of playtime.

Another nifty feature is that the power button serves as an indicator, where it blinks every second to indicate that the battery is low (around 10%). Fully charging the Blue Satellite via the micro-USB port takes about 3 hours on average.

Audio Quality

All of Blue’s headphones have a built-in amp and the Blue Satellite is no exception. It features a combination of both analog audiophile amplifier and Blue’s proprietary 44 mm driver to deliver “every detail of your music with clarity and punch.”

The first song we played was Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean and Awolnation’s Sail. Right off the bat, we can tell that without the Amp turned on, the bass was almost non-existent. But once we turned it on, the bass was definitely amplified.

As for mids, we played the track Hallelujah by Pentatonix. Without any instruments playing in the background, the group’s vocal can be heard clearly. The mids definitely felt nice and has some warmth to it.

Lastly, for the high, we played one of Celine Dion’s song, It’s All Coming Back to Me Now, which sounds absolutely amazing. With the Amp turned on, the 44mm driver places its focus on both the singer’s high octave range and the instruments in the background.

Final Thoughts

The Blue Satellite offers plenty of features and delivers on its promise for a premium wireless noise-cancelling headphone with audiophile amp. With its custom tuned 44mm drivers powered by the built-in all-analog amplifier, it definitely did not disappoint. And being wireless is definitely a plus, especially in today’s market.

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Review: Fugoo Style Speaker https://pocketinsider.com/2017/05/04/review-fugoo-style-speaker/ https://pocketinsider.com/2017/05/04/review-fugoo-style-speaker/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 14:30:47 +0000 http://wordpress-110972-316190.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=6561 Fugoo Style is a stylish and durable Bluetooth speaker. It consists of six proprietary, custom-designed acoustic drivers which provides a 360 surround sound. It also incorporates with iOS’ Siri and Android’s Google Now. Let’s take a quick look at the features before diving into the review. Features:- Six proprietary, custom-designed acoustic drivers Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connectivity …

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The Fugoo Style is a great bargain for music lovers who are looking for a Bluetooth speaker with great audio, unmatched battery life and superb durability.

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Fugoo Style is a stylish and durable Bluetooth speaker. It consists of six proprietary, custom-designed acoustic drivers which provides a 360 surround sound. It also incorporates with iOS’ Siri and Android’s Google Now. Let’s take a quick look at the features before diving into the review.

Features:-

  • Six proprietary, custom-designed acoustic drivers
  • Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connectivity up to 33 feet
  • 3.5mm stereo input for wired connection
  • Omnidirectional microphone with echo cancellation
  • Up to 40 hours continuous play

Review

Design & Build Quality

The Fugoo Style has a modular design, where the sleeves (also known as jackets) can be removed and interchange. Interchanging the sleeves do not compromise the audio quality as the driver is located inside the core. The speaker has an IP67 certification; fully protected from dust and can be submerged in water for up to 30 mins. It is also shockproof, so it is pretty much built to withstand any harsh environment.

Weighing at ~1 lb, the Fugoo Style has a dimension of 7.4″ x 2.9″ x 2.3″, which is a relatively small Bluetooth speaker. Users will find the power, LED indicator, and Bluetooth button on one side of the speaker while a micro-USB port and a 3.5 mm audio jack on the other side. The micro-USB port is used for both charging and firmware updating purposes.

There are 3 buttons located at the top of the Fugoo Style; volume up, multi-function button, and volume down.

Fugoo also bundled some accessories with the Fugoo Style; an AC adapter, micro-USB cable, 3.5 mm audio cable and travel bag.

Overall, we loved the attention to details the team put into its design, which is both stylish and durable.

Battery Life

Fugoo claims that battery life on the Fugoo Style will last up to 40 hours of continuous play. During our test, we managed to achieve 38.5 hours at 50% volume, 1.5 hours short of what Fugoo claimed. Still, that is really impressive.

While the Fugoo Style is charging, the LED indicator will blink green. A solid green indicates that it is fully charged. Charging time is about 3.5 hours on average, via the micro-USB port.

Audio Quality

The Fugoo Style boasts a six proprietary, custom-designed acoustic drivers; two tweeters to deliver clean highs, two subs to provide mid-range punch and two passive radiators to yield a full and deep bass.

We ran our usual audio test. We played Awolnation’s Sail and Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive to test the bass. The overall audio is well balanced and the bass does not sound muddy, thanks to the positioning of both bass on either side of the speaker.

As for mids, we tested with the track Payphone by Maroon 5. The overall audio is pretty well balanced too with detailed background audio.

Lastly, for the highs, we played Celine Dion’s How Does a Moment Last Forever. The overall vocals and instruments is not as crisp as we would like it to be but it is still well balanced overall.

Final Thoughts 

The Fugoo Style is a great and stylish Bluetooth speaker that delivers great 360-degree audio with unparalleled battery life. From its build quality to its audio quality to its durability, the Fugoo Style is a perfect outdoor companion for music lovers.

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Review: JBL Charge 3 https://pocketinsider.com/2017/04/27/review-jbl-charge-3/ https://pocketinsider.com/2017/04/27/review-jbl-charge-3/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:30:07 +0000 http://wordpress-110972-316190.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=6520 The JBL Charge 3 is a full-featured waterproof portable speaker with a high-capacity battery. It comes in 5 different colors; black, blue, red, grey and aqua. Let’s take a quick look at some of its features before diving into our review. Features:- IPX-7 Waterproof Certification Built-in Power Bank JBL Bass Radiator Voice Assistant Integration Review Hardware …

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The JBL Charge 3 is a fantastic Bluetooth speaker with its great build quality and long-lasting battery life. Paired with its IPX-7 certification, the JBL Charge 3 is a perfect outdoor companion.

Buy Now

The JBL Charge 3 is a full-featured waterproof portable speaker with a high-capacity battery. It comes in 5 different colors; black, blue, red, grey and aqua. Let’s take a quick look at some of its features before diving into our review.

Features:-

  • IPX-7 Waterproof Certification
  • Built-in Power Bank
  • JBL Bass Radiator
  • Voice Assistant Integration

Review

Hardware

Design & Build Quality

The JBL Charge 3 has a cylindrical design with a dimension of 8.4″ in length and 3.5″ in diameter. Covered with durable fabric materials and a rugged rubber housing, the speaker weighs in at about 1.8 lbs.

There are total of 6 buttons located at the top; Bluetooth pairing, volume down, power, JBL Connect, volume up and play/pause. There isn’t a skip button but pressing the play/pause button twice will perform the similar action.

On both end of the JBL Charge 3 are the passive radiators. The passive radiators provide the speaker a deep tone and a larger audio output.

At the back of the JBL Charge 3 is a sealed rubber cover, which gives it its IPX-7 certification. To receive an IPX-7 certification, it has to be able to stay submerged in the water up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes. We submerged the JBL Charge 3 underwater for 10 minutes with music playing and did not encounter any issues after that.

Underneath the rubber cover, there are 3 ports; 3.5 mm auxiliary jack, a micro-USB port for charging, and a USB port for charging devices.

There are also 5 LEDs located at the bottom of the JBL Charge 3 to indicate the remaining battery life.

Battery Life

The JBL Charge 3 has a battery capacity of 6,000 mAh, which can be used as an external battery pack to charge devices while on the go. JBL claims that the built-in battery supports up to 20 hours of playtime. We managed to get close to 21 hours of continuous playtime at 50% volume, which is pretty awesome.

The 5 LEDs at the bottom of the speaker lights indicates the remaining battery capacity, with each LED indicating a 20% charge. The LEDs light up progressively too as it is charging. Fully charging the JBL Charge 3 took us a little under 5 hours.

Call & Audio Quality

Answering calls from the JBL Charge 3 works really well, thanks to the built-in noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone. We also found no noticeable difference in the audio quality when streaming via Bluetooth or through the 3.5 mm audio jack.

We first tested the bass with Awolnation’s Sail and Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive. The overall audio is well balanced but at the same time, we can feel its deep and powerful bass. The JBL Charge 3 can definitely pack a punch in this field.

As for mids, we tested with the track Payphone by Maroon 5. The overall audio is pretty well balanced too with detailed background audio.

Lastly, for the highs, we played Celine Dion’s How Does a Moment Last Forever. As we expected, the overall vocals and instruments is not as clear, sounding a little muddled, due to its powerful bass.

Software

We highly recommend to anyone that owns the JBL Charge 3 to download the JBL Connect app. The app works with most newer JBL Bluetooth speakers; Flip 4, Flip 3, Charge 3, Pulse 2 and Xtreme.

The JBL Connect app is used for multiple speaker configurations as well as firmware upgrade.

It can also be used to check the battery status.

Final Thoughts

The JBL Charge 3 is a great speaker that delivers in both its build and audio quality. The ability to use it as an external battery pack to charge devices while on the go is definitely a plus. With all of the features that’s being packed into the JBL Charge 3, we would highly recommend this to all outdoor enthusiasts.

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Review: Carved Wood Cases https://pocketinsider.com/2017/04/24/review-carved-wood-cases/ https://pocketinsider.com/2017/04/24/review-carved-wood-cases/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:30:33 +0000 http://wordpress-110972-316190.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=6381 Carved, a company based in Elkhart, Indiana, strives to provide beautiful wood cases for their customers and we think that they are doing a pretty good job. The wood cases are beautifully handmade and in our opinion, they have some of the best designs. Let’s take a deeper dive at the cases. Features:- Real wood case back …

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Design & Build Quality

The Carved wood cases are really great with its slim rubber bumper profile and amazing design on the back, providing all around protection for devices. We would highly recommend these Carved wood cases to anyone that's looking for a great case for their devices.

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Carved, a company based in Elkhart, Indiana, strives to provide beautiful wood cases for their customers and we think that they are doing a pretty good job. The wood cases are beautifully handmade and in our opinion, they have some of the best designs. Let’s take a deeper dive at the cases.

Features:-

  • Real wood case back handmade with protective slim black rubber bumper and raised front edge/bezel
  • Unique natural wood grain and finish, handmade in Indiana, USA
  • Precision laser cut and engraved wood cover, all natural wood finish
  • Slim design, maximum protection, minimum bulk and provides a protective armor for your phone. Combine with a glass screen protector for maximum protection!

Review

Design & Build Quality

Handmade in Elkhart, Indiana, the Carved wood cases have a thin profile, with its slim black rubber bumper and wooden panel on the back. Our first impression upon fitting it on our devices is how great it feels in our hands. The cases also fit snugly and perfectly on our devices.

The rubber bumper offers great edge protection while the raised bezel offers screen protection when laying the device faced down. Not to mention, the cutouts for the camera, headphones jack, and speakers are precise too.

We can tell that the company really puts a lot of attention into the design of their cases. There are even grooves made on both sides of the cases offering better grips to help prevent accidental slips.

Now, on the back of the Carved wood cases are where these cases are unique. We received the Grand Teton design for our iPhone 6S and the craftsmanship is superb. The designs are absolutely amazing with every single details carved out perfectly.

On the inside of the cases are signatures of the people that put their utmost efforts into designing and creating the Carved wood cases. This shows that they are proud of their craftsmanship and also showing the commitment to provide their best to their customers.

Overall, we really love these cases. From its design to build quality, the Carved wood cases are absolutely stunning.

Final Thoughts

All the Carved cases are handmade and made with real wood. With its slim rubber bumper and the wood back design, the cases provide great protections all around. The attention to details on the wood back designs are amazing as well. Additionally, users can get their own custom art work designed in the Carved wood cases. We really love these cases and would highly recommend them to anyone that’s looking for get a great case for their devices.

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Review: TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case https://pocketinsider.com/2017/04/20/review-tylt-energi-sliding-power-case/ https://pocketinsider.com/2017/04/20/review-tylt-energi-sliding-power-case/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:30:37 +0000 http://wordpress-110972-316190.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=6426 TYLT recently launched the TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case. It features a removable 3,200 mAh battery sleeve. With the sliding design, users can just slide on the battery sleeve when power is needed, and slide off to enjoy the slim case. But how does it perform in our normal day-to-day life? Let’s find out. Features:- Sliding Design …

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Battery Life

The TYLT Energi Power Case is an elegant case and perfect traveling companion. With its two-piece design, users can opt to only have the slim protective case and slides in the battery sleeve when needed.

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TYLT recently launched the TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case. It features a removable 3,200 mAh battery sleeve. With the sliding design, users can just slide on the battery sleeve when power is needed, and slide off to enjoy the slim case. But how does it perform in our normal day-to-day life? Let’s find out.

Features:-

  • Sliding Design
  • Greater Protection
  • Intelligent Power Sleeve

Review

Design & Build Quality

The TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case is a two-part design; a slim protective case and the battery sleeve. Both the parts have a soft matte finish and we find that the build quality is great too.

The slim protective case is easy to fit, protecting the device from knocks and bumps. The case also has cutouts on both side of the case to matches the grooves on the battery sleeve for an easy attachment.

Fit wise, the Energi Sliding Power Case fits perfectly well on our iPhone 6S. We still have access to all button functions, which is great. At first, we were concern that it will feel wobbly when those two cases are attached, but we quickly found out that our worry was unfounded. Both cases attached really well and it feels great in our hand.

At the bottom front of the battery sleeve, we noticed that there are speaker grills. Upon closer inspection, these are not actual speakers but it is designed to direct audio from the bottom of the device so that the audio does not sound muffled.

 

Coupled with its soft matte finish and attention to details, we really like the design and build quality of the Energi Sliding Power Case.

Battery Life

The Energi Sliding Power Case features a battery capacity of 3,200 mAh, which is almost twice the size of the built-in iPhone 6S battery. Located at the bottom of the battery sleeve is a micro-USB port located at the bottom of the case, which is used for both charging and syncing.

We found out that whenever the case is plugged in for charging, it charges our device first, then the case. In our opinion, this is a great feature as it prevents overheating from both batteries being charged at the same time. Alternatively, the battery sleeve can be charged separately. It takes about 1.5 hours on average to be fully charged.

To charge the device, simply press the button on the rear of the case. Once the device is fully charged, the Energi Sliding Power Case will automatically turns off, preserving any remaining charge. There’s four little LED on the button to indicate how much charge is left in the battery sleeve.

Final Thoughts

The Energi Sliding Power Case is a great battery sleeve. With its two-piece design, users can use it with its slim protective case and slides in the battery sleeve when needed. With this, users no longer have to worry about running out of battery on a long weekend without a power source.

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Review: Blue Sadie Headphone https://pocketinsider.com/2017/04/17/review-blue-sadie-headphone/ https://pocketinsider.com/2017/04/17/review-blue-sadie-headphone/#respond Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:30:12 +0000 http://wordpress-110972-316190.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=6389 Blue recently released two new headphones, the Blue Ella and Blue Sadie. We have recently reviewed the Blue Ella, which is the flagship headphone for the company. So, can the younger sibling, the Blue Sadie live up to its elder sibling’s reputation? Features:- Built-in audiophile amplifier for true high-fidelity sound on any device 50mm drivers custom-tuned for …

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Blue recently released two new headphones, the Blue Ella and Blue Sadie. We have recently reviewed the Blue Ella, which is the flagship headphone for the company. So, can the younger sibling, the Blue Sadie live up to its elder sibling’s reputation?

Features:-

  • Built-in audiophile amplifier for true high-fidelity sound on any device
  • 50mm drivers custom-tuned for a superior soundstage
  • Refined personalized fit for superior comfort
  • Sealed over-ear design for immersive isolation
  • Powers on and off automatically when headphones are opened and closed
  • Rechargeable battery provides up to 12 hours of playtime; Sadie continues to play music even when battery has no charge

Review

Design & Build Quality

The Blue Sadie is pretty similar to its elder sibling, the Blue Ella, in terms of design and build quality with the exception of its color. The Blue Sadie comes in a glossy black finish while the Blue Ella has a glossy silver finish. The Blue Sadie is also a little lighter, weighing a little less than 1 lb.

Like the Blue Ella, users will find an enclosed audio jack surrounded by a circular amp switch on the Blue Sadie. The amp control provides three different settings; Off, On and On+. Off puts the headphone in passive mode without using the built-in amplifier. On, on the other hand, turns on the built-in amplifier to provide crisp and natural sound, and On+ turns on the amplifier with an enhanced bass presence. There’s also a micro-USB port for charging the built-in battery.

Blue also included necessary accessories; a 3.5mm to 1/4″ adaptor, a 3.5 mm audio cable with Apple iPhone/iPad control and microphone and a regular 3.5 mm audio cable with no controls. One noticeable difference is that the cables provided with Blue Ella are of premium quality as compared to what’s provided with the Blue Sadie.

Battery Life

Like the Blue Ella, the Blue Sadie comes with a 1,000 mAh non-removable battery. Blue claims that the battery will last up 12 hours. During our test, we found the claim to be quite accurate with the amp control set at On. An indicator can be found on the side; a solid glow indicates the Blue Ella is fully charged, a quick glowing pulse indicates the battery is running low, and a soft glowing pulse indicates the headphone is being charged.

The Blue Ella takes about 4 hours to be fully charged. Note that the headphone can be used even though the battery is drained, without the amp control.

Audio Quality

Unlike the Blue Ella, which is powered by a combination of both planar magnetic technology and a built-in amp, the Blue Sadie uses an updated and custom-designed 50mm dynamic drivers much like Blue’s debut headphone, Mo-Fi. It uses the same driver with a few improvements to deliver improved clarity, more defined low end, highly articulate mids and accurate high frequency response.

For the bass, we tested using Awolnation’s Sail and Imagine Dragon’s Radioactive. With the amp turned off, the bass on the Blue Sadie seems weak, but once we switch the amp on, we can definitely tell the difference; the bass does not sound distorted nor muddy. There wasn’t much of a difference in bass level when listening to bass heavy music when the amp control was set to “On+”.

As for mids, we played the track Payphone by Maroon 5. The overall audio sounds great. The background music, especially the keyboard, can be heard clearly without the drum overpowering it.

Lastly, for the high, we played Celine Dion’s How Does a Moment Last Forever. Like the Blue Ella, every instruments used can be heard perfectly, accompanied by the high vocals and clarity from the artist. However, we feel that Ella provides more warmth in both mids and highs.

Final Thoughts 

The Blue Sadie headphone definitely offers a pleasant listening experience with a lower price point. With its unique design and great build quality, the Blue Sadie is a great dynamic driver headphone. The Blue Sadie is currently priced at $399.99.

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