It's said that Apple product's cycle iteration are improved upon from generation to generation; dubbed the tick tock method. In that regards, LifeProof has proven itself to be in sync. The Frē for iPhone 5s is an incremental update (see our iPhone 5s review) that goes hand in hand with the update of the Apple’s latest iPhone. To the untrained eye, the iPhone 5s' outer design is relatively unchanged from the iPhone 5 except for a few important aspects, which LifeProof simply nails.
Let me say that right off the bat, the Touch ID is nothing short of a marvel. Biometric security is nothing new, but in and of itself, many companies have attempted it and many have failed miserably. On the other hand, Apple has executed it to perfection while making it look easy. My biggest trepidation was how LifePoof's new case would continue to provide protection from environmental factors like snow, water, dirt and shock while still allowing access to the Touch ID's function, without hindering biometric authentication in any way. So, how did it perform? Join us for our LifeProof Fre for iPhone 5s review to find out!
We give you a look at SOL REPUBLIC's first over-ear headphone, the Master Tracks, in this episode of Unboxing Live. The Master Tracks include:
- X3 Sound Engines with SonicSoft speaker pads
- Audio cable with built-in three-button remote control
- Sound Track headband
- Slim-fit carrying case
That's all in addition to the great warranty on the headband itself. Check out this episode to see how they look visually, and then head on over to Gear Live for our full SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks review.
You can pick up the SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks on Amazon.
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Here's a backpack that's worth of being featured in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: the Ogio Renegade. If you're like us, packing a ridiculous amount of gadgets with you when you leave the house, the crush-proof tech vault on the Renegade should pique your interest. There are also other compartments that are meant to keep your expensive tech safe, like the paddes camera pocket, tablet pouch, and the armor-sealed laptop area. The Ogio Renegade is as comfortable as it is durable, featuring ergonomic padded straps to make it easy to carry around. They're available in two colors: black and black pindot.
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Our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide needs more accessories, and we found a cool one for smartphones owners in the Bracketron NanoTek Stand. It securely grips your phone and desk without messy or sticky adhesives, and is forged out of durable, aircraft grade aluminum composite with an elegant matte finish. It'll hang onto your device in both portrait and landscape orientations, and the integrated cable management system keeps your cable handy for easy charging. They're available in both silver and black.
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When Apple released the iPhone 5 last year, it did so without offering a dock. WIth the upcoming release of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, it seems the company has learned from the error of its ways. When the two new Apple smartphones go on sale in ten days, Apple will be offering a Lightning-compatible dock for each, and in fact, they're already available to view in the Apple Store online:
Each dock will cost $29, and will be available on September 20th.
The iPhone 5S isn't the only new smartphone getting a custom Apple case, as the company has also announced a multi-colored line of cases for its iPhone 5C. Unlike the leather iPhone 5S case, these are soft-feel silicon rubber cases with microfiber lining on the inside, making them easy to put on and take off of the iPhone 5C. They'll be available in all the iPhone 5C colors, too, those being green, blue, yellow, pink, and white, as well as an extra black color as well. As you can see in the image above, the cases are made in such a way that you can choose to match your 5C, or have a two-toned approach, letting the color of the 5C show through the circle cutouts on the back. You can pick up an iPhone 5C case for $29.
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Alongside the announcement of the iPhone 5S, Apple hit us with a leather case for the iPhone 5S as well. As you can see in the image above, the case covers the rear of your iPhone 5S, as well as the sides, all the way up through the chamfered edges. There's a hole on the back that allows your camera, microphone, and flash to operate as expected, and another on the side to give access to the mute switch. You can get them in brown, beige, black, yellow, blue, and (PRODUCT) RED. The iPhone 5S leather case sells for $39, and we wouldn't be surprised if it also fit on your current iPhone 5.
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Tile may be a small Bluetooth accessory, but it is an ingenuous idea, currently being crowdfunded, that helps users find their lost items like keys, wallet, purse or anything you might attach Tile to.
Tile connects to iOS devices that support Bluetooth 4.0 with Bluetooth Low Energy. At this time, Tile is selling for $18.95 each in a KickerStarter-style pre-order system. The price will jump to $25 dollars when it officially goes on sale. One of the cool features includes a crowdsourced search that enlists the help of others to retrieve items that have been lost or stolen. Battery life is about a year, and when it's time to get a new one, they even send you an envelope to send the old TIles back for recycling. So far, Tile has over 25,000 backers and has surpassed its goal of $20,000 by $1.3 million dollars with 5 days left to go. Check out the video after the break for an in-depth look at how it all works.
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The Pebble Smart Watch was a Kickstarter sensation that is still struggling to fulfill the orders of its initial backers, but that's not stopping the device from launching in Best Buy in just a few days. Initially you'll be able to get the e-ink display-powered Pebble in Jet Black at Best Buy while the company works to get the other colors into the hands of those who pre-ordered the device. Once those are fulfilled, you can expect to see other colors hit Best Buy as well. In fact, the Cherry Red model will hit store shelves in August.
Now is the time for the Pebble Smart Watch to try and get some attention on a larger stage, and Best Buy may be the place to do that. If you're unfamiliar, the Pebble connects to your iPhone or Android device and allows you to interact with it from your wrist. I have one, and it's convenient to see my messages, texts, and notifications pop-up on the Pebble without having to check my phone. I can also control apps like Music and Runkeeper right from my wrist as well. With Apple and Google expected to announce smart watches of their own sometime soon, some might argue that time is running out for Pebble to make an impact and fain traction. The Best Buy deal should help. You'll be able to order the Pebble from Best Buy for $149.95.
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Following up on the Juice Pack Helium ($71) and Juice Pack Air ($92), Mophie has announced the Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 5. This is the highest-capacity iPhone 5 battery case offered by Mophie, the company that made these accessories a common purchase for Apple smartphones. On the inside of the Juice Pack Plus you'll find a 2100mAh battery that the company says will add a whopping 120% of extra battery life to your iPhone 5, which is good enough for 10 additional hours of talk time, 12 hours of Wi-Fi Internet usage, and 12 hours of video playback.
The Mophie Juice Pack Plus is available in black right now, with white and Product (RED) versions shipping within the next two weeks. All models cost $120.