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goDock, the shelter to your smartphone

13 Feb

GoDockIt’s a dock, it’s a plug, it’s a shelter for your cables and earphones … and it’s small enough to carry in your pocket !
It’s the goDock: innovative, versatile and mobile!

GoDockThe goDock is a portable way to bring with you your iPhone plug and cable as well as your earphones.
At the same time, it will also welcome your iPhone as it works as a dock station (with or without a case). Even on the go, we should be able to dock and charge!
3 in one and in style!
It’s made of aluminium (choose between the grey, black or its coloured edition).
The goDock is also ecological and 100% recyclable.
This will definitively be your smartphone new BFF.GoDock

Early birds price starts at $47 then $58 (black or white), then $74 for the coloured edition.

The project is live on Kickstarter, check it out.GoDock

PS: it works for iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and for Android phones too!

More infos
. Follow @goDockofficial
. Instagram goDock

Your ears, Yurbuds!

14 Oct

imageI use my iPhone and iPad 24/7, to listen to @WRMF, watch TV shows, watch tennis matches on TennisLive and also to FaceTime, Skype and call.

I don’t like to have the phone near my head because it’s warming up, I hate having one hand busy with the phone and not being able to take notes on my phone while talking, …

That’s why I’m always using headsets.

My preference goes to the iPhone headset I received with the phone but lately we moved to a landscape office and I needed to take the “earphones files” seriously and upgrade.
Many choices were possible: stick to the iPhone earphones, or explore what’s out there.

Let’s explore together.

There are 3 types of earphones out there: around the ears, inside the ears or the regular headsets covering the ears.

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The key specs for me are the following
. Comfortable to wear all day long (I need a great bud bit in my ear)
. Fit for bad weather or sports
. Great to listen to music or to talk on the phone for hours (I need a mic)
. Easy/light to carry with me all day long (so no regular headsets for me)

At the end of my benchmark, 2 headsets passed my personal cut: the Beats Tour by Dre (149,99$) and the Yurbuds Iron Man edition for woman (59,99$).

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The pros for the Beats Tour by Dre: small buds, light, flat red wire, easy to tight around your iPhone when not listening to music, sleek and stylish but …
The Beats are expensive and I don’t like inner headphones and also you don’t hear the noise around you and this can be dangerous while running or simply walking downtown as you are cut from the traffic.

Consequently, I decided to skip the Beats to turn myself to the Yurbuds which passed the final cut because
. the buds are extremely comfortable to wear all day long,
. they are light, made of silicon (don’t hurt my ears)
. and exist in 4 different colors
. the buds are sweat and water resistant
. they are ment to never fall out! Just insert them in your ear, twist and lock, they will not fall out where you are running, doing exercises …
Be aware that the buds for men and women have different shapes to respect the ear shape

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The model I chose has a dry mic with controls (volume up, volume down, start/stop the music, answer/hang-up phone calls, advance to next song, go back to beginning of the song).image

The cable is a little bit longer than the standard iPhone one, the extra 3 inches are not really necessary for me)
. The jack is thin and will fit cases like Rockform ones, this is definitively a plus. The Y-shape dry mic is placed a little bit far from the mouth but this can easily be fixed with the clip for the cable provided
. Yurbuds headphones also come with an extra pair of silicon buds to perfectly for your inner ear (small and bigger size)
. In the box, I received a little read pouch, an extra pair or silicon buds (larger) and a cable clip
. The price is affordable 59,99$

The claim of Yurbuds is “Developed by athletes for athletes“, I’m an urban athlete so it will work for me!

imageBut what about the sound ? I asked to an expert MrT working in the music business for many years now and he tested the Yurbuds vs the iPhone headphones provided by Apple. For him, the Yurbuds sound quality  is very close to the Beats ones, with much presence and lots of bass. Works for me!

More info
. Visit Yurbuds official website
. Follow @yurbuds

Jawbone Era vs Icone

28 Nov Era vs Icone

It’s an endeavor to choose an earphone. Wireless or wire ? Bluetooth ? Noise assassin ? Multi connections ?

OK, roll up your sleeves and let’s dig in this.
I bought my 1st Jawbone 3 years ago, it was the Premium. Last year I switch to the Icone and now I just bought the new Era.
So what is the difference between all of them ?
Jawbone is famous for creating the first earphone that works through the contact of your cheek and for pointing to the mouth. I like the idea that your jaw conducts the sound of your voice. That’s different from the other earphones !

They also invented the Noise assassin. This function kills the sound around you.
The  sound also adjusts itself depending on your environment; you can turn it down or up throuh your phone volume function.

The earphone comes with buds in 3 different sizes and 2 different models, with an earloop, so you can wear it just the way you want.
You can also keep it in the ear when you’re not on the phone and still hear well  because of the drop position.
The new buds are really cool with a little canal that goes slightly deeper in your ear. The sound is perfect.
The autonomy is now 5 hours when you talk or 10 days in the standby mode. It’s enough time to talk with your bff about the last episode of Bachelor pad (is Vienna really mean ? Jack was so nice but … anyways Jack is not in the pad anymore, so who cares !).
Charging time goes from 30minutes for 80% of charge and 60minutes for a full charge.

Multi points connections. You can connect up to 8 devices to your Jawbone and the earphone will switch automatically to the phone ringing. You can even pair it with your laptop or iPad at the same time! How cool is that ?

Like the iPad and iPhone, the Era integrates an … accelerometer ! Can you believe it ? It will help you pair your earpiece to your phone and also take calls.

The coolest feature is the fact that you can program your earphone by updating its software through the MyTalk program. You’ll be able to program a favorite number, choose the voice that talks to you in the earphone to say “You got 10 minutes of talk time remaining” or “Jawbone is ready, what’s up with the phone”, the Era can also store the name of 10 contacts and will say their name in the earphone when they call you. Like the GPS you can choose the voice talking to you, I chose “The rogue”.

ChaseIt or BeChased ?
BeChased because wired headphones are way better than bluetooth headphones. BUT bluetooth headphones are stylish and you don’t have to untangle the cables before every call … The Era is an improvement in term of function and technology on the side BUT my interlocutors keep telling me that the reception is bad.

Also the pricing of the Era is at the top of the range with 129$, kinda expensive if you compare it to a first price bluetooth at BestBuy that you can get for as low as 29$. So, I decided to bring back my Era and stick to my old Icone! Sorry, but it’s too expensive to have people asking to call you on your landline number …

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