Month: May 2016

Amazon Kindle E-reader Review

I am writing this from the perspective of being a long-time experienced Kindle user vs. someone brand new. From an overall perspective, considering the pricing of the Kindle with Special Offers at $79 vs. higher amounts for the different flavors of Kindle available today, this one is a bargain. If you have wanted to get your kids a Kindle to encourage reading as well as sharing of books but hesitated because $119 to $400+ is a lot of money to risk with a child, maybe at $79 this is your price point.

Kindle E-reader

From a size standpoint, the reading screen is the exact same size as the other e-Ink Kindles. It is slightly thicker – but slightly lighter – than the Kindle Paperwhite, but to me it’s not really a noticeable difference when you’re holding it in a protective cover.

I am writing this from the perspective of being a long-time experienced Kindle user vs. someone brand new. From an overall perspective, considering the pricing of the Kindle with Special Offers at $79 vs. higher amounts for the different flavors of Kindle available today, this one is a bargain. If you have wanted to get your kids a Kindle to encourage reading as well as sharing of books but hesitated because $119 to $400+ is a lot of money to risk with a child, maybe at $79 this is your price point.

From a size standpoint, the reading screen is the exact same size as the other e-Ink Kindles. It is slightly thicker – but slightly lighter – than the Kindle Paperwhite, but to me it’s not really a noticeable difference when you’re holding it in a protective cover.

Opening up the box, included with the Kindle is a micro-USB cord but no power adapter. That’s really annoying. Interestingly, and it seems rather chicken of Amazon, a power adaptor has to be purchased separately for $15 if you purchase it at the same time as you purchase the Kindle (or $20 if you purchase it later), so if you already have a micro-USB charger handy I wouldn’t order one of the chargers.

There are no page buttons – no buttons at all except for the power button – and turning the page is as easy as tapping the side of the screen with your thumb while you’re reading, or swiping the screen with your finger.

Reading is easy on this one: in comparison to my Kindle Keyboard, the previous version of Kindle, and a Kindle DX the letters on the screen are much, much darker and easier to read: the display is crisp and dark. Looking at the display side-by-side in the same location of an eBook against the versions of Kindle mentioned above, the text on this Kindle is much darker and reads a lot better. Compared to a Paperwhite it is not as dark but those results are to be expected since the Paperwhite has 25%+ more pixels per inch, but at this price point that’s not too big of a concern for me as each new version of the Kindle gets better and better with the fonts and screen display and this one is pretty darn good – you want to be able to read what you’re supposed to, right?

If you like the text-to-speech feature of previous Kindle models or listened to music with your previous Kindle, please be aware there are no speakers nor is there a plug for headphones.

Web surfing speed with the wireless is about the same as with other versions of the e-Ink Kindles: slow as Christmas! My usual test of the connectivity on a Kindle was hitting the main pages of the mobile websites of Fox News, CNN, and Google. I pushed “go” or “enter” buttons / icons at the same time on each and did not see a visible difference in the load speeds start to finish: I was about 50 yards away from my wireless router at home with a couple of walls in the way for the wireless test, with similar results at my office after the Kindle arrived. I did try to check one of my Google email accounts but it crashed. I learned a couple of years ago to not try and surf the Internet with an e-Ink Kindle because it’s so darn slow; besides, I use the Kindle to read a book and I can surf the Internet or check my email on my other devices

In comparison the previous version of Kindle this one is replacing, other than the crisper text / fonts from the improved screen display, as far as I can tell this new version of Kindle has the same technical specifications of the previous Kindle: about the same size, same internal memory. If you had a precious version of the Kindle this version is replacing, that means you can use the same cover as the previous version.

Battery life is supposed to last “…weeks on a single charge” but I doubt it: I charged it up 100% late yesterday afternoon and, 24 hours later, the battery meter is indicating about 50% left. This was with the Wi-Fi left on but the Kindle not being used overnight as I left it in the office in sleep mode. Time will tell if this is going to be a problem or not.

It did take a few minutes to get this model up and running as, in addition to the normal making sure it is registered and going through a mandatory tutorial on which areas of the screen to tap to perform various functions, there is a lot of Amazon marketing you have to weed through: do you want to sign up for Goodreads (an Amazon affiliate), would you like to sign up for Kindle Unlimited (for a monthly recurring revenue stream to Amazon), would you like to link your Facebook and Twitter accounts so your’re friends / family / perfect strangers can be voyeuristic on what you are reading (absolutely not for me).

You can also sign up for parental controls with this version which I think is a great idea – sometimes you don’t want your children to read what you are reading.

One annoying thing (to me, at least) is the automatic import of the various categories / collections you have linked to your Amazon account onto this version and links to the books in the Cloud that you can immediately download in the same category on the new Kindle. If you’re replacing an older Kindle with this one that could be handy, but if you have other people on your account / family in households with more than one Kindle, that can be a pain in the neck because, for example, my wife and I generally have different tastes in books – I don’t want her books cluttering up my Kindle’s screen and she feels the same way about mine. IT’s not a deal killer, but it does make you wade through a lot of stuff.

Despite some of my nits above, as a parent whose children can be hard on electronics I likethis version, and think with this $79 price point it will help to continue to explode the eBook revolution even faster as they get in more people’s hands. If you have not purchased a Kindle before due to price, need a cheaper replacement than the other versions, or maybe a relative or a friend has hesitated to get one this one is in your price zone, I would recommend this one!

Every Kindle needs a case, but why limit your choices? Find the best ones below: http://www.tagreat.com/kindle-cases-c-42_45. TAGreat cases and covers keep your Kindle living happily ever after.

3 Best Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Cases

Looking for a protective and inexpensive casefor your new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge? We found the best protective cases for your brand new phone.

1. iCarer Genuine Leather Flip Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

iCarer Genuine Leather Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
iCarer Genuine Leather Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

So my last phone case was a leather Marc Jacobs that also held cards. However, when I dropped my phone in Vegas it popped out and the screen shattered. I was looking for a new iphone 6 case that could hold a few credit and business cards, but be able to withstand a fall. This case was $50 less than the Marc Jacobs and actually wayyy better quality. The packaging was very considerate, and the construction of the case is just smart. My phone fits very securely and have dropped it several times with no problems. The folding side with the card also works as a privacy wall when on your phone, and it also folds in the back to create a stand when you hook the magnets. I love love love this case and recommend it for any professionals who are constantly on the go!

You want leather. You don’t want the magnet flaps to get in your way, or have to worry about shutting them. You want the case to function as a stand. You don’t want the case to be too bulky, but you also want it to carry a few cards and some cash comfortably, along with a window card slot for your ID. You want to be able to remove the phone easily from the case for use in a dock or car mount. You don’t want the case to interfere with taking pictures using the flash.

I’ve had this case for about a week now, and I love everything about it. It does all of the things listed above obviously, and I found it a much needed improvement over my last case that had an extra flap for cards that just added more bulk. To reiterate:

2. Defender Rugged Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Defender Rugged Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Defender Rugged Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Defender use the best material and brand new design to pursue both excellent appearance and high quality product. Only buy from Defender to get genuine Defender products with manufacturer warranty and superb customer service.

Case is sleek and sturdy. The four unique covers allows me to have a new look every day which is good because I carry my phone in my hand almost all day for work and afterhours as well. The group at my gym loved the camo cover and the gold cover was a hit at work. I couldn’t believe people would stop and comment on my phone case. In addition to the good looks it fits my Galaxy S7 Edge like a glove. All the openings line up perfectly and it is really rugged as touted in the ads.

One of the best phone cases I have owned, thus far. In total, it is a three piece case that holds your phone very securely. I am not going to purposefully drop my $700 iPhone, but I’m sure if and when it happens the case will protect it. It is very rugged and you can just feel how greatly made it is. I like that it has the four interchangeable back plates to suit your style or mood. The colors are a dark grey, silver, gold, and green camouflage. I personally would have preferred to have another color instead of either the grey or silver, maybe red or blue, but other than that I think it is a great case. It is also presented as water resistant, but I have yet to try out that feature. The water seals look to be good enough to handle the task. Overall, I love the case and recommend it!

3. Premium S-View Flip Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Premium S-View Leather Flip Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Premium S-View Leather Flip Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge S-View Flip Cover, with Samsung ID Chip, was developed with the user’s lifestyle in mind. This smart case, designed to protect and enhance the Galaxy S7 edge Smartphone, is the perfect combination of fashion and function.

I am so impressed with this case; had no real idea what it could do when I ordered it. I was just looking for a case that really fit the design and style of the phone, and this was my fourth try among all the options out there. I was quite happy with a wallet style case I had found, but wanted to be able to see information without having to open the case all the time. This solved that and more. I love the S View and sleep/wake functions and am so impressed with how slim and compact the phone is when it’s installed. I went ahead and ordered the third party magnetic clasp that is referenced frequently throughout other reviews, since I am one who likes to keep the case closed when in my purse. I found it easy to install and very effective. I am particularly impressed with the color of this case. I wasn’t sure what to expect since the title says “Green” but the main picture is more of a Teal and the pictures by the Product Description were more Blue. The color is absolutely true to the first main picture and looks great with the customized screen saver options. This is a keeper!

I know there are a lot of negative reviews about this cover. I bought it anyway having seen it at the TAGreat store. I love the cover. It protects the phone nicely while in my pocketbook or pocket. I don’t feel I have to take special precautions like I did with my old cover. This cover fits great, looks nice, and protects the phone. Some people said that the cover does not stay closed. I have not had this issue at all. If I’ve had the cover folded back (which I do when I’m playing on it), I will turn it face down on the table when I close it. This prevents the cover from opening. Don’t have to leave it that way for long either.

Without a doubt, a Galaxy S7 Edge Case is a good investment. There are many different cell phone accessories available in the TAGreat.com, so be sure to test out a few before purchasing one.

The Best iPhone SE Leather Case

Fantastic looking case for your device. There are plenty of cases out there but this is built to last with style. Crafted from real leather this iPhone SE wallet case will wear well and maintain the look of your phone. The iPhone SE wallet also has storage slots for credit cards or money, giving you a sleek and convenient phone carry option. The Icarer Brand Craft is tightly around the Spirit of Retro, Elegant and Fashion, which is a decoration to strut your style and stand out from the masses, creatively reflect the individual spirit of its owner. We focus on refinement and details in every aspect of our products.

  • Slimmest Flip Leather Case: Perfect Form with Fancy Genuine Leather, Excellent Protection with Flip Shut Folio Style. A Real Liberation of Weight Reduction.
  • Handcraft & Fashion Style: Handmade Finished, Original Leather Texture in Appearance, Underlines the Fashion Taste. Elegant and understated.
  • Perfect Fit & Cutouts: Snap-on Shell, Easy Operation, Open Cut-Outs to the Buttons , Ports, Sensors, Speakers & Camera.
  • Kickstand & Magnetic Snap Feature: Adjustable Built-in Stand, which is an additional function for your device, Hand-free in video time. A slight Magnetic Closure has been inserted to remain closed, no damage to the signal.
iCarer Vintage Genuine Leather Wallet Case for iPhone SE
iCarer Vintage Genuine Leather Wallet Case for iPhone SE

I had a very hard time finding a case I liked, so when I found this case and decided I loved it, I thought I would share in case someone else is have trouble finding that perfect one. I purchased the vintage red case for my iPhone SE. I had previously purchased two other cases that were cheaper and I got what I paid for. One broke when I removed it from my phone and scratched the case during the removal due to the cheap plastic. The other I returned as it arrived damaged – the leather was already peeling.

The iCarer case was a pleasant surprise. I liked the fact soft leather held my phone firmly yet I could remove it easily. I have had no trouble using the stand feature after a little practice I can slide the phone in and out of the left hand brackets with ease. The leather is a higher quality than other cases I purchased although they were a lot cheaper too. The color of the leather is a nice deep red and I have had no issues with color changes. My phone rides in my back pocket a lot so there is a lot of potential for color fading.

All the areas for the volume and power buttons, camera, speaker, earphone jack all line up well. I had issues with a previous case interfering with my earphone jack but not with this case. The front even has a cutout for the top speaker so you can close the flap and talk on the phone although I prefer to fold the flap back when on the phone which works well too. I like the magnetic closure on the flap. I looks very nice and it keeps the flap from shifting when it is covering the phone.

Without a doubt, a iCarer iPhone SE Leather Case is a good investment. There are many different iPhone cases available in the TAGreat.com, so be sure to test out a few before purchasing one.

The Best Samsung Galaxy S7 Cases You Can Buy

With a starting price of £550, we’re sure you’ll want to keep your Samsung Galaxy S7 safe. Here, we’ve got 3 great cases that’ll do just that.

Some of the cases in this round-up were originally released with the Galaxy S7 in mind.

We think almost all Galaxy S7 cases will be compatible, but there is a tiny tiny difference in size so the tigther cases might be a bit of a squeeze for the new models. Truth is, there are plenty of good phone cases out there. A bad case is actually a pretty rare thing. But in looking for a few cases that work for most people, we sought out a case that can adequately protect your phone without adding too much bulk or unnecessary embellishments while doing so.

Champion: iCarer Genuine Leather Case for Samsung Galaxy S7

 

iCarer Genuine Leather Case for Samsung Galaxy S7
iCarer Genuine Leather Case for Samsung Galaxy S7

The front is leather with nice stitching all around the edge. It is just thick enough to provide some protection and stays in place with a small magnetic catch. The best thing about it is that you can put the 6 plus in your front pocket and it is still very slim – while still being protected from whatever else in your pocket (keys, change, etc.). It provides enough protection for typical office workdays etc. and it looks nice and professional.

The color in the picture is pretty accurate, it is a very dark brown. The workmanship seems good for something in this price range. I am sure it will not last forever, but looks likely to hold up for a reasonable period of time. The phone clicks into it securely in a way that makes it unlikely to come out.

There is a little pocket in the front cover that theoretically you could stick your driver’s license or a credit card into. But don’t buy this expecting it to replace your wallet. First of all, the cover uses a magnetic catch, meaning there is a good chance that the magnet in the cover will wipe the information on the mag-stripe of your credit card. It might be ok, but seems like a bad idea to store your credit cards a half-inch from a magnet. Even if it doesn’t wipe your credit cards, the pocket is small and is not going to hold multiple things anyway.

It does have a stand feature, you sort of unhook the bottom of the case and then the back folds so it presents the phone at an angle. You can fiddle with the angle a bit to get it right. The Galaxy S7 is actually big enough that you could watch video on it, so this is a nice feature to have. I’ve already tried it out and it works fine.

Price: $18.99

Runner-up: Defender Series Rugged Case for Samsung Galaxy S7

Defender Rugged Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy S7
Defender Rugged Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy S7

This case also has good functionality; An annoyance of the otterbox was how much it stuck out on the front, I couldn’t use the edges of the screen some times. The way Spigen did it is almost perfect, the front sticks out enough around the screen to protect it on flat surfaces which is just how I like it but not so much as to impede my usage of the screen. The buttons feel great, this button style isn’t everyones cup of tea but I personally love them. I have yet to drop the phone so I can’t exactly comment on the protection case provides but I am fairly confident in the case.

My only real complaint is that the case doesn’t come with a screen protector, even though I went with a glass one on my phone it’s nice to get a screen protector with cases, I may just be spoiled by otterbox in that area though. Very nice fit in your hand, and nice and grippy so you don’t accidentally drop it. I have dropped my phone several times from a couple of feet off the ground and the phone is still in pristine condition. And it is a good looking case, as well!

Overall, this is hands down my favorite case at this price point. Are there better cases out there? Yes, there are $100 cases out there that would put this to shame, but the fact that this $20 case puts a $70 case to shame (In my opinion) speaks loads for it.

Price: $15.65

Third Place: ROCK S-View Flip Cover for Samsung Galaxy S7

ROCK S-View Flip Cover for Samsung Galaxy S7
ROCK S-View Flip Cover for Samsung Galaxy S7

This case is perfect. Not too bulky…it protects the phone but I can still see who is calling without opening the case. My friends that have iPhones all want to know where I got it!

I am so impressed with this case; had no real idea what it could do when I ordered it. I was just looking for a case that really fit the design and style of the phone, and this was my fourth try among all the options out there. I was quite happy with a wallet style case I had found, but wanted to be able to see information without having to open the case all the time. This solved that and more. I love the S View and sleep/wake functions and am so impressed with how slim and compact the phone is when it’s installed. I went ahead and ordered the third party magnetic clasp that is referenced frequently throughout other reviews, since I am one who likes to keep the case closed when in my purse. I found it easy to install and very effective. I am particularly impressed with the color of this case. I wasn’t sure what to expect since the title says “Green” but the main picture is more of a Teal and the pictures by the Product Description were more Blue. The color is absolutely true to the first main picture and looks great with the customized screen saver options. This is a keeper!

Price: $10.95

Without a doubt, a Galaxy S7 Case is a good investment. There are many different cell phone cases available in the TAGreat.com, so be sure to test out a few before purchasing one.

USB Type-C Male to USB 3.0 A Female Adapter OTG Cable

If you have adopted the new 2015 MacBook then this cable is a must! It allows attaching USB 3.0 and older USB devices to the 2015 MacBook. At the time of posting this, there are very few devices with a USB-C connector, so this USB-C to USB 3.0 adapter is a must. I found the build quality to be good and I like the black color that I chose. I like how it’s so short and light. That makes throwing it in my backpack along with my 2015 MacBook hassle-free.

Premium USB Type C to USB 3.0 A Female OTG Cable
Premium USB Type C to USB 3.0 A Female OTG Cable

Connect Any Device to the Latest Laptops and Tablets

As computers, desktops, and mobile phones adapt the latest technology, sometimes your other devices can’t keep up. With our USB C Adapter Cable you have a simple, effective solution to any convert any Legacy USB cords to a USB C (3.1) port. Keep all your devices connected to new MacBooks, Chromebook Pixels, Nokia Tablets and more.

Looks Good, Works Great

We’ve designed these USB C Adapters with a high quality aluminum casing to seamlessly blend with the appearance of the latest generation of laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

The adapter supports high speed transfer of up to 10Gbps.

Simple to Use

All you need to do to is plug in your USB cable, no drivers or installation required. The Adapter supports USB 3.0 plugs, but is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1.

Remember the days when we’d go through a new charger per year because the Micro USB jack/port was too fragile and would go bad and wobbly? Remember the fun times we had leaning the phone in precarious positions just so it could stay plugged? Oh, right….that wasn’t fun at all. Remember how you’d ALWAYS get the wrong side facing up on the first try?

Well, help is on the way, because USB Type C is the new standard, and will eventually be the one connector to rule them all as soon as everything catches up. For example, the latest Macbooks only have USB-C as charging ports. And why is this exciting? Well,

1. The jacks are symmetrical, so it doesnt matter which side faces up. Freedom!!!

2. Having one industry standard means that the user won’t have to tote around so many different cables and adapters for different devices, USB-C will handle charging, connecting peripherals and other devices, etc. Goodbye, proprietary charger connectors (ahem.. I’m looking at you, Apple Lightning.)

3. Type C connectors and 3.0/3.1 cables deliver more power/speed, which means more options for users.

4. And, since devices won’t need to have so many different ports crammed inside, they can become less bulky/thinner, which is a plus.

But back to this product….So I was hunting for backup USB-C to USB-A’s and had the opportunity to try these out for free in exchange for a candid review. The 2-pack arrived neatly bundled in normal retail packaging (versus sketchy unmarked plastic bags…) and the cables were in pristine condition. I was thrilled to find a 2-pack—–I wanted two identical lengths, so I’d never have to guess, and would always have a spare. One meter is a convenient length—any longer and everything gets tangled up too easily. The cables have a slightly larger diameter than my other ones—so they feel pretty sturdy. When I tested them on my portable power bank, the connectors plugged in crisply and firmly. You can get inexpensive adapters if you have a device that doesn’t use USB Type C (e.g. my old Android phone, whose charger crapped out long ago); USB Type C 3.0/3.1 cables are backward compatible with all other USB types/versions that came before, as long as you have the right adapter.

This cable adapter is well made, sturdy and a bit bulkier than we are used to. It has gold plating design and the cord seems to be of high quality. It’s portable, delivers great signal at a high speed stability. It comes in a 100% recycled box. This product is also available on Tagreat.com here: Premium USB Type C to USB 3.0 A Female Adapter OTG Cable.