September 2015

Is a $300 Savings on a Smartphone Worth It to YOU?

I asked the Gear Diary team a question last night: if you had an additional $300, how would you spend it? The reason I asked, was that $300 seemed to be the average cost difference between an iPhone/Galaxy phone, and the new Nexus phones (Nexii?) and the Moto X Pure; was it enough to lure switchers?

Scosche BoomBOTTLE+ Waterproof Wireless Speaker: Outdoor Music Needs Met

Summer may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty more opportunities to spend time outdoors. Since the changing seasons can bring unpredictable conditions, when you’re outside the Scosche boomBOTTLE+ Waterproof Wireless Speaker is a great sound solution! It’s ruggedized, waterproof, and it can fit in your bike’s bottle holder or your 4×4’s cup holder!

LuminAID PackLite 16 Will Enlighten Your Travels

I first saw LuminAID’s products on Shark Tank. I was impressed by the presentation, the product, and the ways it can be of real use in an emergency. I didn’t order one but was thrilled to get a review sample. I was sent the LuminAID PackLite 16. It’s “the new and improved version of our original LuminAID solar light!”   From the company: “The new PackLite 16 has double the LEDs (2X the wattage), is made out of a thicker, more durable TPU (PVC-free) material, and has an additional flashing setting for emergencies. The PackLite 16 provides up to 16 hours…

Koto by CubeSensors Launches on IndieGoGo!

If you were a fan of our review of the Cubesensors review, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a new model of the popular home sensors, called the Koto, launching today on Indiegogo! Koto is an updated and stylish way to help you sleep better, as well as keep your family healthy through monitoring your home environment. Created by CubeSensors, the Slovenia-based startup that brought you over 500 million environmental readings in over 50 countries worldwide, the Koto comes with three types of smart sensors. Koto Blink, the entry level sensor, helps make any room more comfortable by monitoring…

Bluelounge Aaden Charges Rechargables on the Go

BlueLounge has done it again with the Aaden USB powered charger for charging rechargeable batteries from your laptop or other USB power source. It’s one of those simple accessories you don’t need but, once you have it, you’ll be happy you do. In other words, it’s typical Bluelounge. 🙂 And at just $19.95 it will make a great stocking stuffer.

Speck Candyshell Clear iPhone 6S Cases Offer Clearly Better Protection

My new iPhone 6S is amazing. It has the same great design as the previous generation but speed, 3D touch and an improved camera. All that adds up to a powerful smartphone. I wanted to protect my investment but didn’t want to hide the sleek design and good looks. That’s where the Speck Candyshell Clear iPhone 6S Case comes in.

The LUNATIK EPIK Turns Your 42mm Apple Watch into a Tank!

I’ve got an Apple Watch, and from normal wear the stainless steel has a light patina of little scratches. I don’t worry about that, but I do sometimes worry about whacking my watch or breaking its crystal; I’m paranoid like that. If you’re worried that your lifestyle might be too active for your watch, then you need the LUNATIK EPIK.

3D Cartoon LED Lamps Review

My son has a TARDIS nightlight, which I am pleased with because it sets him up well to be exposed to good science fiction early in life. I’m always looking for similar cool ideas for him, so I was very excited to take a look at 3D Cartoon LED lamps in the form of Ironman and Minions…perfect for my son!