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A case for the rugged.


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.

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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.

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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.

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The MPow Streambot mini Bluetooth 4.0 Music receiver.


I’ve been enjoying some music connectivity in my car lately. The thing is though I do not have a car with any connectivity in it.
So lets explain.

 

I have recently been given the opportunity to try out a great little device by MPow.

Little is the key word here as you can find out from watching the above video. The compact size was my first shock, the second shock was it’s great ability to stream music from my iPhone 5 to the sound system in my car seamlessly and without any problems whatsoever.

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It also has the ability to stream your calls however it has no microphone so an external mic would be somehow need to be connected to the setup, rendering it a not such a viable option for making and receiving calls although the sound quality when I tried it was impeccable, I just could not be heard by the caller or recipient of any call.

This brings me to the point of such a gadget. I have a good quality Surround sound hi-fi system which when purchased, some years ago before connectivity was used to transfer large amounts of data, was a rather expensive set up by Technics which is now relatively old but without cables is no use for modern forms of playing music digitally. This small but powerful device from MPow sorts this problem out and allows me to play high quality music tracks from all my connected devices.

So what are you waiting for? The financial benefit of this over buying a Bluetooth connected speaker is a no brainer.

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I’d like to extend a huge thank you to MPow for sending me this review unit and the links below direct you to the Amazon product pages for the respective countries.

US http://amzn.to/1qpt6ZC

UK http://amzn.to/1jKxwHy

The Mpow V4.0 Bluetooth headset.


When opening the box you are immediately treat to a well presented package, with a USB cord held in a nice reusable clip, a 12v car USB charger and 2 spare ear buds, all of which can be carried in the snap top pouch supplied.

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I have been testing this headset for some time now and have to say it has to be the most comfortable and easy to use headset I have ever had, I have tried it next to spectacles too and it still stays on my ear without feeling heavy or floppy as some can.
It has performed flawlessly since I got it, with no hiccups what so-ever.
Ease of use with devices like this is very important and this one does not fail in this department with only needing a volume rocker and a call-answer/ power button, which also when in use allows you to listen to music at a single press on or off. The music or perhaps sat nav app will reduce in volume as a call is made or received.

The call quality is the best I have ever had from this kind of device, even with my car window open the air noise could hardly be heard by the person on the other end of the line, therefore the noise cancellation is very good. I also had no echo or sound drop and a very good range of volume. If you are in the market for such a device and don’t want to have to disconnect from your car when near by to it then this is definitely a good option for it’s very fair price. MPow have definitely ticked all the boxes with this device, check out their website here http://www.xmpow.com and hit the Amazon links below for the latest prices.

Amazon product link UK: http://amzn.to/1m0pWZj
Amazon product link US: http://amzn.to/1hLQntS

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