I’ve always tried to shy away from third party charge and sync cables for my iOS devices lately due the fact that I don’t want to take the risk of damaging my prized possessions since Apple took control of who’s after market products would be allowed to work with them. So when I was asked to review a rather nice looking cable from Winnergear I was going to be sceptical from the start.
So if you watch the above video you will see I was pleasantly surprised and very satisfied with the results. This cable is cheaper than Apples own cable and looks better to boot. The aluminium plug casings are tough and durable, and match your MacBook or other aluminium laptops superbly which adds a nice touch to an already nice braided cable tough and tangle free so no more cursing as you get it out of your bag. My only criticism of the one I was sent is the fact that the braid is white and will eventually show up the general dirt and skin oils from handling but that of course has absolutely no bearing on the fact that tis cable is perfect in it’s operation and is much cheaper than the genuine Apple branded cables which let’s face it, are expensive and don’t stand up to the wear and tear of every day handling. Hit the links below to get hold of yours, before they’re all gone.
Only Amazon US or Winnergear website
So being the lucky guy that I am, I was sent a case to review for my iPhone 5 by Newtrent. This case of theirs is the “Trentium Ultra-thin rugged” case for the iPhone 5/5s.
I unboxed the case and installed it to my iPhone 5 on camera.
The first thing you notice is that it adds a reasonable amount of bulk to the device (not a bad thing, it’s for protection remember). There is a noticeable addition to the weight too, most of which is from the second part to the case which is a rubberised material in black, which has all the port covers and rubber nubs built in to control all the buttons on the phone.
As you can see from the packaging you will also receive three interchangeable back plates of different colours, so you can personalise your device somewhat. Once installed you get an immediate feeling of strength and ruggedness as the name suggests, now I wouldn’t want to immediately slam it to the ground but, as a manual worker in a workshop and site environment I have to say it does give me a good sense of that extra protection, which at the end of the day is the main objective of purchasing such a case.
I have no fear of my keys or coins being in the same pocket and less fear of banging it against the edge of a workplace bench now due to that fairly thick feeling front screen protector, which contains the only bad point for me, which is that home button cover that reminds me of a rather weak condom. Not that it has split but I fear it will in the not too distant future. However I get the feeling it is so thin for the finger print sensor built in to the home button of the iPhone 5S, where I believe it would be much less of a worry as this button would require less physical movement causing any wear and tear.
In rounding up I would say for the money you couldn’t go far wrong in purchasing this case, I have used it in the rain with no water ingress, as it is water resistant (NOT waterproof), so don’t go for a bath with it. Great for us hard working guys out there. A huge thank you to Newtrent for sending the case out for my review and if you are interested the Amazon links are below.
After a long search and decision process in the purchase of a folding tripod that I felt was going to be strong enough and versatile enough for some long term use as a vlogging handle with the ability to stand on a desk or table while I talked to a camera (my iPhone 5 camera), I finally settled on this one.
I just needed a handle and tripod for my vlogging channel due to a few minor factors starting with the basic ergonomics of holding my iPhone 5 while keeping clear of the lens and microphone without having to constantly think about it.
But into the bargain with this particular tripod you get quite a bit more in the way of it’s capabilities and strength. Very solid in build and construction and able to carry
**Maximum body weight of 650g/ 1.4lb
Maximum 85mm Focal length
Maximum total payload 1kg/ 2.2lb
So as you can see from these statistics it is able to carry a fair weight. For the serious photographer or anyone who intends to use it a fair bit, the price is pretty good right now from Amazon stores (Affiliate links below). If you won’t use it much, maybe just for the odd Phone shot then maybe a cheaper option would suit better.
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This tripod in some stores subject to availability can also be bought in other colours, for the more expressive of you out there. So hit the links above, at the time of this post going live the price is much lower than I paid.
So if your all up to date you will have seen my video posted on YouTube last week (which you WILL have LIKED and SHARED) and now it’s time I shared my thoughts and observations on the Macaron case for the iPhone 5 by iOttie.
For me a case is purely for protection, it’s looks are an added bonus, IF it looks nice but then looks are down to individual taste after all.
Now from a protection point of view this case performs amazingly well with a hard poly shell on the rear giving impact protection and a tough rubberised material forming the rest of the case and no drop in functionality of the device.
The hard shell at the rear is a bit of a fingerprint magnet but wipes with a soft cloth very easily and only shows very light scratching after a week and a half bouncing around my pocket in a workshop environment where i occasionally lean against benches and machinery.The rubberised part of the case is still fairly impact resistant and stands up to knocks very well. My iPhone 5 suffered no damage whatsoever.
My only gripe is the depth of the recess for the mute switch being a little too deep for my fingers which are reasonably slender.
My personal feeling towards the looks in photos and video is that it looks rather bulky and awkward but in the hand I find it not to be so bulky at all and grippy enough to hold one handed and looks (although a little different from the slew of cases out there) rather handsome.
This case can be bought in 6 different colours for the iPhone 5 and 5 different colours for the Galaxy SIII from iOttie.com for a very (in my opinion) fair price of $29.95.
Well worth a look if you’re in the market for a case.