Jan 31

Insten® 10400mAh High Capacity Dual USB (5V/2.0A Output) Portable Power Bank ★★★★☆

Insten® 10400mAh High Capacity Dual USB (5V/2.0A Output) Portable Power Bank External Battery Charger Compatible With iPhone 6 Plus 6 5S 5C 5 4S, iPad Air 2 mini 3, Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Note 3 4, Tab 4 3 2 Pro, Nexus, HTC One M8, LG G3, Nexus , White

Whenever I get a new power bank, I already have an idea of what to expect. For 10400 mAh, the Insten® Power Bank should fully charge my HTC One M8 at least twice. It does. After charging my HTC two times, there was enough juice to give a little charge to both my iPhone 4S and my Huawei Ascend Mate2 phones at the same time. Excellent!

The only drawback I see is the glossy surface. Any time I see a power bank wrapped in protective plastic film, I know I need to treat it with care or it will mar. All I need to do is stick it in my purse with the keys and it will scratch. For this reason, I prefer a matte textured finish. Don’t let me see that protective film!

This product was provided for review by eForCity.

Jan 31

Nail Clipper/Cutter Set ★★★★★

Nail Clipper/Cutter Set For Fingernails & Toenails – Pack of 2

I’ve owned more than a few cheap nail clippers and this Nail Clipper/Cutter Set does not qualify as cheap. They feel solid in my hand. They cut cleanly. I like the flat finish, which lends an air of sophistication to something that doesn’t beg sophistication. The toenail clipper doesn’t have a nail file onboard, but I’m not missing it. Nice nail clippers.

This product was provided for review by Duque Beauty.

Jan 31

Ohuhu® 2 in 1 Salt and Pepper Grinder Set ★★★★★

Ohuhu® 2 in 1 Salt and Pepper Grinder Set, Pepper Mill with Salt Grinder of Highest Quality, Elegant Look & Durable, 2 Shakers in 1, Perfect for Kitchen, Restaurant and BBQ

A salt and pepper mill in one. Now that’s more like it. Not only is the Ohuhu® 2 in 1 Salt and Pepper Grinder Set easy to use, it saves space and adds to the décor.

This mill will replace a small salt and pepper grinding set I own which require a pounding action rather than the smooth turning motion of this grinder. My guests will be able to grind their own freshly ground salt and pepper at the table without injuring their palms.  Nice.

This product was provided for review by Ohuhu.

Jan 31

Sunnytech® Solar Power Energy Wood Windmill ★★★★☆

Sunnytech® Solar Power Energy DIY Kits Brick Block Wood Windmill Child Educational Puzzle Toy W120

I would love to see this Sunnytech® Windmill generate enough electricity to turn on a light bulb. Instead, the windmill uses light to turn the blades. That’s backwards, don’t you think? My husband calls it a solar powered fan.

Still, it’s a fun 3-D model that only took a few minutes to assemble without requiring any tools. The box says for ages six and up. I’m trying to remember my kids at 6. They would probably have needed a little adult help.

I put the windmill outside. The light from a cloudy day wasn’t enough sun to start the fan (ahem, windmill). I shined two different lamps at it. I thought they’d be bright enough, but they were too dim. Finally, I remember my CREE flashlight. That did the trick.

The windmill demonstrates solar, not wind, energy. If that’s okay with you, it’s a cute windmill and a fun project.

This product was provided for review by Sunnytech.

Jan 31

Classic Brands 8-Inch Advantage Innerspring Mattress ★★★★★

Classic Brands 8-Inch Advantage Innerspring Mattress, Twin

Maybe I shouldn’t have chosen the Classic Brands Mattress. My daughter doesn’t want to get out of bed in the mornings because the mattress cradles her in comfort. After years of sleeping on a firm foam mattress, she’s not used to innerspring coils. Apparently, “not used to” equates with “didn’t know life could be this good.”

The mattress came bundled up in a canvas bag with drawstring closure. This made dragging it upstairs a breeze. I could do it myself, but my ten year-old helped keep the ends from getting stuck on the steps as I ascended. Dumping the mattress out of the bag was not an option. It was packed in tight. I ended up cutting it out. For anyone wondering if there were odors, I didn’t detect any.

Instructions said to let it fluff up for 48 hours before sleeping on it. What was I supposed to do? Let my baby sleep on the floor? Nah. The coils weren’t going to suffer from being squished by a kid after being mushed in that bag for so long. She slept on it that night, after the mattress aired out all day. As I predicted, no harm came to the mattress.

This product was provided for review by the Amazon Vine program.

Jan 31

Kindle for Android ★★★★★

Kindle for Android

I’ve downloaded Kindle for Android on every Android tablet I’ve ever owned, more than I can count. It worked on every one of them, even the cheapest variety. I have it on one Android tablet right now.

The Kindle for Android is a great way for me to sync my books on my Kindle and Android tablets. I can see all my books in the cloud — arranged by collections, even. Every now and then, I reach the limit for devices for a book, so I have to go take some of the old tablets off my account, but it’s no big deal.

I still prefer reading on my Voyage to reading on an Android tablet, but that’s more a matter of screen resolution and less strain on my eye. The app itself works perfectly every time.

Jan 29

iLepo® Andriod Smart Watch ★★★★★

iLepo® Andriod Smart Watch Phone Support Game Play Store Apps Download 4G ROM Bluetooth GPS Wi-Fi+G-Sensor+Touch Screen and Tf-card Compass Camera Call Messaging Clock Music Player Email Support Wireless Input Devices

My last smart watch impressed me so much, I didn’t think it could get better, but it has. Here’s a smart watch that doesn’t rely on a Bluetooth connection to a phone for anything. It is a smart phone in its own right, with all the functionality of a smart phone shrunken to the size of a large watch.

SETUP

The iLepo® Andriod Smart Watch uses micro SIM and micro SD cards. To insert either, teeny tiny screws must be removed. A tiny screwdriver and one teeny tiny screw are included. Good luck if you drop the screws. They will be nearly impossible to find. Why the need for screws, I’m not even sure. My other smart watches do not have that inconvenience.

Charging requires a proprietary charging dock which I dislike because it’s one more thing to lose. Some other smart watches only require a micro USB cable.

STORAGE

Even if I don’t install a micro SD card, there is about 1 GB of storage space onboard. Before I even knew I could install a micro SD card, I installed two apps (McAfee and Songza). There was plenty of room.

APPS

Native apps include YouTube, camera, browser, news, texting, and more. If you don’t see what you like, download your own apps from Google Play like I did.

PHONE CALLS

Making calls manually is a chore, because the keyboard keys are very tiny. Fortunately, I get the numbers right 60% of the time. The calls themselves come in clear. No one ever has trouble hearing anyone.

CAMERA

Yes, there’s a camera. It’s on the side of the watch face, so I need to aim at my subject like I’m a super hero. It takes photos and video which we can view and edit in the gallery. I’m impressed with the images I took.

WIRELESS

Not only does it have Wi-Fi capability, it also boasts Bluetooth. Why Bluetooth? So we can pair it with a whole slew of devices. When we use a speaker, the music sounds superb.

I tried to pair the watch with a keyboard, since typing with fat fingers is so difficult. The keyboard paired, it did not input. Maybe that’s the fault of the keyboard, since I didn’t experience any problems with my Bluetooth earphones and speaker.

SURFING AND STREAMING

I watched YouTube videos, which stream smoothly. I also shopped on Amazon. The only problem with surfing the internet is trying to type in a search term or web address. I’m getting good at it, but those with fat fingers will be frustrated.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

This watch is terrific. If they could make it a little thinner, that would be great. I might say I’d like a smaller, more feminine watch face, but it’s hard enough to see and type as it is.

My biggest complaint is the watch band, which has that tacky rubber feel. I find it hard to slip on because the band grips onto itself and the end doesn’t want to slide into the two straps that hold the band end down.

PROS:
– full smart phone functionality
– phone calls are clear
– uses micro SIM card
– micro SD card slot
– Wi-Fi
– Bluetooth
– includes Google Play for downloading apps
– camera
– all the standard apps pre-installed
– screwdriver and extra screw included

CONS:
– must unscrew tiny screws to install micro SD or micro SIM cards
– requires proprietary charging dock
– keyboard keys are tiny, difficult to type
– keyboard often obscures the screen
– watch band takes a little work to get on
– large for a watch (though not large for a smart watch)
– my Bluetooth keyboard doesn’t work with this watch

This product was provided for review by Shenzhen Gaoxin Electronics Digital.

Jan 29

Metamucil Biotic Probiotic Supplement ★★★★☆

Metamucil Biotic Probiotic Supplement with Bio-Active 12

I rarely take probiotics, especially when I feel just fine. So many people go on them when they’re perfectly healthy that I decided to see what I was missing. How am I feeling now? Well, at least I’m not feeling sick. No side effects have popped up. Everything is still running fine.

Metamucil Biotic Probiotic capsules are all individually sealed and shouldn’t be opened before they are taken. No punching them out so you can put them in a 7-day pill dispenser, for instance.

The capsules are small and easy to swallow. They start dissolving almost as soon as they touch my tongue. I had it there for a second as I was fetching the water and contents started leaching out in seconds.

Not sure if I’ll keep taking these. Maybe I’ll save them for when I’m ill.

This product was provided for review by the Amazon Vine program.

Jan 29

Hi-Eshop Nameblue In-Ear Bluetooth 4.0 Earphones ★★★★★

Hi-Eshop Nameblue In-Ear Bluetooth 4.0 Mini Lightweight Wireless Stereo Earphones for Sport, Gym, Running, Exercises, Game, Driving and Walking, with Built-In Mic / Playback & Volume Controls / Hands Free Calling/ Music A2DP, Music/Video Streaming and Mic Noise Cancellation Control for iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, 6 plus, iPhone 4/4s, iPad 4, 3, 2, iPad Air, iPod, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Galaxy note 3, LG Optimus, Nokia Lumia, HTC One, Sony Xperia and other Android Cell Phones

It’s not the most wonderful fit in the world, but the Hi-Eshop Nameblue Earphones don’t fall out. They’re fine for music, but not the best. What makes these earphones stand out is how they function for phone calls. Amazing.

I spent the evening on the phone with a call center using these Bluetooth earphones. Not once did the guy ask me to repeat myself. In the world of Bluetooth earphones, that is a rarity. I called my husband on them yesterday. The call came in crystal clear. When I asked him how it was on his end, he said yes, it’s very clear.

If you need earphones for phone calls, I highly recommend Nameblue Earphones.

This product was provided for review by Vcall.

Jan 29

Extendable Monopod ★★★★★

Extendable Monopod [Okeyn Series] Selfie Handheld Stick Pole with Smartphone Adjustable Tripod Mount Holder Adapter

Anyone who’s seen me at my children’s events knows I love monopods. They are the best thing for getting snapshots and photos over those other parents’ heads. I’ve used a variety and I’ve seen them all. The Okeyn Monopod is well-built, sturdy and large. I can’t fit it in my purse like some other monopods (15 ¾” collapsed without phone mount). On the other hand, it extends a great distance (47 ½” without phone mount), it will hold a heavy camera, and it doesn’t look like something that will break any time soon.

I like the locking clips that keep the monopod extended. I prefer the wire clamp phone mount this monopod comes with as opposed to the ones that hug half the outer rim of HTC One M8. The rubber on the upper part of the clamp surrounds the metal bar, which means it won’t fall off. Trust me, that has been a problem with other mounts. You’ll need that rubber to stay on if you don’t want your phone to fall out.

The mount will fit small and medium phones. Phablets need not apply, but large mounts are available separately if you desire. Phones and camcorders, anything that will fit on a standard tripod will also work.

This product was provided for review by OkeynDirect.