HUAWEI Mate 9 Hands-on Review

I just received this phone today and switched from Verizon to AT&T to get it to work. I had no issues with SIM cards or setup. I will give a quick impression now and then update later after I’ve spent some time with it. Out of the box, externally it looks beautiful. I love the metal back and the dark color. The screen is huge with very small bezels. I’m used to 2k screens but the 1080 on this phone looks so crisp I barely notice the difference. The software seems pretty well optimized. I was able to switch launchers easily. I had some issues with their backup software so I just manually did everything through google. Very little lag and everything opens immediately. The camera is very fun to use and has a lot of features to play with.

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*Weekend Update*

After spending the weekend with the phone I am still very happy with my purchase.

The battery life is great compared to my old phone. I play Clash Royale and check it frequently for texting and social media and snapchat and I can easily get through the day without having to charge it. There is very little drain while the phone is idle also, which is nice. As long as you don’t leave a ton of apps open constantly. They have a function that alerts you to background processes using up heavy battery, but it can get a little frustrating with Facebook and Spotify. Those two apps will constantly restart themselves in the background to refresh info, so I’d say once every hour or so I get a warning alerting me to close background apps that aren’t physically running on the phone. The app itself is killed there is just a process running. Would be nice to be able to permanently lock the Facebook app from reopening itself, but I don’t so much blame the phone for that as I do Facebook developers.

Performance is still great. With past phones they tend to heat up when using games, even right out of the box, but the Mate can handle everything I threw at it with no lag. I tested Clash Royale, the new Roller Coaster Tycoon port, and Non-stop Knight. No problems across the board.

I noticed the notifications do not appear on your lock screen by default, like not even an icon saying you have a notification. You have to go into each app in the settings individually and select which appear on the lock screen. Otherwise without unlocking it you have no way of knowing you have a message besides the LED. So it can be fixed you just have to take the time to do it. Speaking of unlocking the phone the fingerprint reader is phenomenal. I’ve never used a backside reader before so I figured it would be weird getting used to, but this fingerprint reader is so quick it to me no time at all to adjust. You don’t have to click to turn the screen on at all you just tap your finger on the reader quick with the screen completely black and it will unlock to your home screen instantly. Also there is feature that you can swipe on the reader to scroll through pictures or to bring down the settings screen which I think is pretty cool. Finally you can double click the volume down button to instantly take a picture from the lock screen. Again this happens almost immediately, it’s one of my favorite features so far.

I changed my rating to 5 stars for now because I do love the time I’ve spent with the phone. I’ll probably update again after about a month, and definitely after they push the Alexa update that is supposed to be coming. Until then, enjoy if you decide to buy! It’s a great deal!

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Xiaomi Mi Sport Bluetooth Headphones Review

First off, I BOUGHT these earbuds at full price of $24.99. In fact I bought two (explained below). I did not get these at a discount or for free in return for my review… what I say below is totally spontaneous and true, no gilded edges, no embellishment, no BS.

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Xiaomi Mi Sport Bluetooth Headphones

Disclaimer: THE NUMBER ONE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOUT ANY EARBUD is how to get the proper seal within your ear. This is done by selecting the best fitting “gasket” from the different sizes furnished. You must have the tightest fit possible without causing discomfort. If you choose one that is comfy because it is too small, you lose your bass response and they don’t stay in your ears as well. Size them with care and diligence so you get a tight seal but not so tight they hurt… there’s your bass. It’s true of any earbuds.

NOTICE: I have tried to explain in two places below how to put these in your ear. People who don’t read instructions or reviews will never catch on, but make sure you DO read it. I put one of the explanations at the very end of the review so it’s easy to find without reading all of the long winded review.

Bought these for my wife. Paired up instantly (once I’d read the tiny instructions). Listened for 5 minutes and ordered a pair for myself. Best buds I’ve ever heard, and I have MANY. Bass rocks (if you have one and it hasn’t got bass, you don’t have them in your ears properly). Absolutely clear, phone works perfectly by pausing the music and announcing the number calling you. Volume and fwd/back will take some practice, but they do work. Range is about 7 meters, but that’s fine because the phone can stay in my pocket or on the table/desk. When using it with my desktop computer, if I get up from my computer desk and walk out the door, through the MBR and into the kitchen, it starts reporting “Out of range” intermittently until i get far into the kitchen. When I get to the coffee maker, the signal is gone, but it returns as I am walking back through the bedroom to the office. If it’s a football game, at least I keep up with most of what’s happening… if it’s an action movie, I just pause it before I go for coffee.

My wife will use these for her million calls a day and listen to music on her two phones… wirelessly. For me it is more complicated because I watch TV entirely on my computer, plus I use e-cigs… so I have toooo many wires at my desk. This will UNcomplicate that situation.

TIPS:

1. They will be hard to insert into your ears the first few times, then you will learn the positioning. Put the Xiaomi lighted bud into the right ear, wire pointing down, the other into the left. Lock by holding the little horns, then pull the horns forward until the wing tab goes under the big lumps at the bottom of your ears… you will feel when it is in the right place. The wing tabs are flexible, so it’s easy to remove the buds without hurting the buds or your ears, and if you somehow snag the wire it’s not locked so tight it hurts when the bud pops out of your ear. They are just enough so that movements when doing things like jogging or exercise don’t easily dislodge them. I like this system better than the big wings used by most earbud manufacturers.

2. Opening the charging port is hard at first… just dig your nail into the top and pull it upward. I keep a little jeweler’s screwdriver near the usb charge source that I can carefully stick under the bottom edge in case my nails have been filed too short.

SUGGESTED IMPROVEMENTS FOR QY9 MODEL:

1. Instead of the little switch for volume and skip forward/back having tiny braille bumps, please put a large enough spike or tab on it so it’s easy to find and press up or down.

2. The cover for the charging port is very difficult sometimes. I’m hoping it will get easier, but I worry that I will get so frustrated I actually pull the thing off. It shouldn’t be hard to make it thick enough to get a thumbnail under the bottom edge… possibly even a little groove there to help get a grip on it.

You are not likely to be unsatisfied with these MAGNIFICENT Bluetooth Buds. I am totally tickled with them.

UPDATE 6/14/16: Six months later I have a lot to say, but I’ll boil it down as much as possible. My wife never became fond of her pair because she only used them with her phone and decided the advantages over her wired set was not enough to warrant the hassle of the Bluetooth. As for me, I use these daily, probably an average of 3 hours a day, because we both use our computers here in the office and sometimes don’t want to have to hear whatever the other is doing. MY SET IS STILL JUST AS GOOD AS THE DAY I BOUGHT IT! I have no issues at all with it. Plus now, of course, I have a backup set since my wife doesn’t use hers… but I have yet to need it. For me, this headset is a great liberator, great sound, ability to get up and move around the room, answer calls, watch movies on my desktop PC, etc.

Finally, here are my INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSERTING THESE INTO YOUR EARS SO THEY STAY IN PLACE AND SOUND GREAT:

1. The earbud with the lights on the back goes in the RIGHT ear.

2. Look at the angle of the output spout that goes into your ear. That should be inserted so that it points toward the FRONT of the ear.

3. Look at the plastic retaining loop IN THE PICTURE here on Amazon. It is pointing toward the rear and just a little up… maybe at 10 o’clock.

4. Insert the output spout into your ear CANAL as deeply as is comfortable. The soft white plastic cushion should make good contact in the ear canal. If it is loose, put in a bigger one from the ones supplied. If it is too tight or uncomfortable, put in a smaller one. Having the best fit is very important for bass response.

5. ROTATE the units FORWARD so that the loop at the back goes behind the big lump at the bottom of the ear… this is what provides a little protection to keep them in place. By “forward” I mean the horn that has the wire coming out goes forward, which would be clockwise for the left ear and counterclockwise for the right ear.

With these installed as above, I can nod or shake my head as hard as my brain can stand and they NEVER fall out. Running has never caused them to come out. Maybe different ears are made differently, but the system seems simple and effective to me.

Good Luck… I love mine.

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LG G6 Review: Better than the Note 4 and S7

I love the phone, the camera done very good job during our trip to Omaha Zoo and the Aquarium.

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LG G6

I have had the phone for 5 days now coming from Galaxy note note4.

The Galaxy note 4 is solid phone and one of the best phones in the market. Moving from Note 4 to LG G6 was a good move. It will take you a day or two to get used to the 18:9 ratio.

18:9 screen ratio means that tge screen is little taller and a little thinner.

The LG G6 has many great features, I will start with pro and cons while comparing it to note 4, Galaxy S7 and S8.

Pros

1- LG G6 boost a good camera that is good as and if not even better than Note4 and Galaxy S7. Taking photos In the day light or strong indoor lighting the camera has done very well. But the low light photos suffered some noise. I would say S7 and S8 may somewhat better than LG G6 in low light shooting. But, you are able to get better pictures with LG G6 if you use the manual shooting feature under settings.

2- screen is stunning and smooth. May be it is not as bright as the Galaxy S7 and the Note4 but the screen is bright enough for the daily use.

3- the colors are true and better than Note4 when playing High Def video on YouTube.

4- my favorite features in LG G6 is the thumb security scanner in the back, with split second I’m able to unlock my phone without the need to try to swipe multiple times like Note 4. It is fast accurate and once you setup you will never go back to pattern and security code

5- the phone is fast and very light and the battery last longer than the Note 4 and S7, also it does not become as hot as the Note 4 when watching a movie for couple hours or playing video games.

Cons

I hope LG will make the camera little sharper and better in low light.

The screen could be a little brighter.

The LG G6 is one of the best phone in the market and is better in everyway than the Note 4 and S7. I’M m very happy with my move from Note 4 to LG products.

Good Job LG

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3 Best Amazon Fire HD 8 Cases (2016, 6th Generation)

Amazon Fire HD 8 is the 2016 8-inch tablet from Amazon. Yes, Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016) is thicker than its predecessor. What’s more, the position of the headphone jack is different. It makes it impossible to cross-use shell cases. There is still a chance to utilize the old cover that uses elastic corner straps to hold the device in place. However, you may find it difficult to put the 2016 model inside. Remember, it’s thicker, not thinner, than the 2015 Fire.

Butterfly Flip Cover Case for Fire HD 8 (6th Generation, 2016)

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Butterfly Flip Cover Case for Fire HD 8

It is thin and does not add too much thickness to the HD 8. It has a soft plastic feel that provides great grip. Provides 3 usable viewing angles, 1 good typing angle and the triangular base also serves as a handle to hold the tablet.

If you are thinking of getting a black HD 8 and a black cover, rethink the tablet color. The only parts visible are button/headphone/charging edge and small cut outs for speakers. This cover in black effectively makes your Kindle black. It would be nice to have a splash of color.

The only questionable construction note is the cover/handle moves independently of the tablet. The movement is not enough to expose the usable screen. Not a deal breaker, just an observation

Great unit at such a phenomenal price. My first one lasted over (3) years with daily usage and it still works fine but there was wee bit of separation of materials along 2″ of one of the edges which is completely understandable after that much use i.e.thousands of times. I could have used my old one for another 1-2,000 times but at these prices just thought it a treat to upgrade. I look forward to new designs coming out (hopefully periodically) because at these prices one can enjoy a new look even though structurally it will still be functioning just fine and look like new.

Would highly recommend this cover.

Shockproof Case for Amazon Fire HD 8 (6th Generation, 2016)

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Shockproof Case for Amazon Fire HD 8

I just got this item yesterday and put my Kindle in it today. So far I like it. It does not have a closable cover, the only thing I find that I really like about the other cover I had. It does have a protective screen, which is why I wanted to try this one. It’s hard to put on and does not come with any instructions so at first you might worry you’ll break it trying to open it to put the Kindle inside. I’ll update my review after I’ve used it for a bit and read my Kindle while using it. But so far I’m enjoying it. I do think it’s perfect if kids will be using your Kindle. I would recommend it for Kid used kindles that will also be used by adults.

So far so good. One of the things that worried me about the new fire hd8 is the fact that it is so thin and slippery. With this case on it takes care of the thinness and also adds grip. Putting on the case was not hard at all, but I am familiar with installing full cases on other tablets. The front is a hard plastic that has a screen protector attached to it. This goes over the front of the tablet and hugs the sides of it. Around the back and over the sides goes the softer plastic rear cover. This cover is hard and not flimsy at all. After I put it on I felt much more at ease giving the tablet to my 4 and 3 year old without worrying that they might break it. The kick stand is also a nice addition and adds a movie or typing mode to the tablet. Over all I am very well satisfied with this cover. Also, I would like to add that I did NOT get this product for free. I purchased it with my own funds. When doing research for a case for my tablet one of the reasons why I decided on this one is because it adds corner protection, is not ugly and is affordable. There were some very nice looking flip cases where you slid the tablet in and it closes like a book, but none of those adds corner protection.

Leather Standing Case for Fire HD 8 (6th Generation, 2016)

4e6ea88f4f375b8cf325b4e38ca4f75e-image-220x264When I first got my Kindle Fire HD 8, I knew I would need a case for it but just could not see myself paying over a third of what the Kindle cost me just for the Amazon case. So I looked for an alternative. After reading reviews until I was cross-eyed, I settled on the TAGreat.

The case arrived in a nice package which was shipped in a padded envelope. I opted for the black case. The description does not say what it is made of but for $16 I doubt it is real leather however it does have the look and feel of leather. It seems substantial enough to provide good protection but is still slim enough that it does not feel bulky even in a bag, briefcase or backpack.

It took a minute to figure out how the Kindle went into it as there were no instructions but once I got it figured out, it fit perfectly. The flap on the left side folds under and is secured by velcro. You have to flip this out, slide the Kindle in and re-fold it back. Once in place, the Kindle is held securely in place. All the buttons, earphone jack and the micro SD card expansion port are easily accessible. The cut-outs for the two speakers are precisely in line with the Kindle so the sound is not affected. The size and built in strap makes it easy to hold. Once the cover is folded back to form the stand, the Kindle easily remains upright. The case does not interfere with my ability to type no matter if I am just doing web searches or creating text documents. When the case is closed the Kindle goes into hibernate mode and promptly comes out of it when opened.

This is functional case which performs as designed and good value for the price.

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Best Mini RC Drone 2017

I purchased this as a gift for my son. I decided to buy this one because he doesn’t have a smartphone so I needed something for him to play with without using that technology. He absolutely loves it it is very simple for him to fly. Him and his sister fight over it all the time. It is brightly colored and easy to find when we fly It Outdoors. Because of it says it does not need to be registered in New York state. This is what I was told by the registration agency.

  • Fun to Play: the mini rc drone can 3D flip and the colorful LED lights make your flying full of fun.
  • One Key Return: When starting the function of one key returning without other operations, the uva drone will automatically come back to you.
  • Headless Mode: enable any level of players to fly the drone easily. And protective frame can make your drone more durable.
  • Stable Flight: 2.4GHz technology and 6-axis stabilization system for anti-interference and smooth flight.
  • Flying time: 5-8 mins; Charging time: 30-50 mins; Effective Operating Range: about 100 ft(30m).
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Best Mini RC Drone

I had a big drones before with camera and we really had so much fun playing with it. But sad to say it got broken and didn’t last long and we couldn’t afford to buy same kind again. So I decided to try this mini drone as it has good reviews and of course affordable for us. My husband was so excited and he tried it right after we received it. This drone is really nice and works great. My husband didn’t have any problem flying it since he’s already used to the big drones we had. This is so cute and so fun. It has strong power and my husband was able to flip it and do some tricks like what he always do in the big drone. The battery life is not bad but we might need to buy extra batteries for longer time to play and they are only cheap. It comes with the accessories like blades and charger too. The blades has guards so it can hit the ceiling or walls without getting damage not unless you stepped on it. This is one of my favorite time to bond with my husband and 4 year old son in spite of a very busy day. Well made little drone.

How much more fun can you have for $20? This thing is stable, handles great, and pretty quick. I modded the drone to accept a bigger lipo and I have been playing with it every single day for over two months. The only issue is it won’t fly well outside. Because of its size and weight, any little wind will make it impossible to control, but inside the house, this thing is a BLAST. If you only have a few bucks you can spend on a little RC fun, this is what I would get, hands down.

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Best Quick Charge 3.0 USB Type C Car Charger

CELERITY Quick Charge 3.0 Dual USB Type C Car ChargerThis is an excellent, fairly small Quick Charge 3.0 car charger. (It actually fit in a 12V charge port inside a console with a cover where another similar product from another manufacturer did not.) It seems to operate perfectly, and quick charged my new HTC 10 just fine. It has the Quick Charge 3.0 charge port, as well as an additional port that can charge at up to 2.4 amps.

The only minor quibble I have with this charger is the light on it, which is on at all times. I prefer to leave the charger plugged in constantly, so this light is a little annoying, and also at least a small waste of power. (Yes, I realize the power wasted is probably trivial.) This was not an important enough negative, though, for me to deduct a star from my rating.

I also want to make sure, in writing this review, that people reading it understand what Quick Charge 3.0 is and isn’t. Because from reading some of the other reviews, it is pretty clear that there are a lot of misconceptions.

Only a very few devices out there right now take advantage of the Quick Charge 3.0 standard. You can find a list of them, as of May 24, on Qualcomm’s site.

There are ten devices on that list. (More devices are being added to the list all the time, of course. For example, my phone–the HTC 10, which is a Quick Charge 3.0 device–was not on the last list, which was dated in early April, as the list came out before the HTC 10 did.)

That list from Qualcomm also shows which devices can take advantage of Quick Charge 2.0, a standard this charger can also provide. There are a lot more of those devices on the list. (I counted seventy-five.)

Here’s the point: every one of those Quick Charge devices is an Android smart phone or tablet. Apple devices are not Quick Charge devices! That’s not to say this charger won’t do a great job of charging your Apple devices. It certainly will. It just isn’t going to charge them any faster than any other charger capable of supplying 2.4 Amps (for Apple devices that can accept 2.4 Amps – some can’t accept that much.)

If you’ve been using a 1.0 Amp charger to charge your iPhone 6s or your iPad, and you switch to this charger, then sure, your phone or iPad will charge much faster than it used to charge. But that has nothing to do with the Quick Charge technology, and everything to do with the increased amps this charger is providing your phone.

I apologize if you are one of the people reading this review thinking, “Yeah, I already knew this stuff”, but I really felt the need to explain it, because from reading other reviews it is very clear there is a lot of confusion about this. I certainly want people to purchase this car charger if it is the right car charger for them, and if they are buying it for the right reasons. I just don’t want to see someone who is already charging their Apple devices with a 2.4 Amp charger buying this one because of the Quick Charge 3.0 in the description, thinking it is going to charge their Apple devices faster, because it just isn’t going to do that.

CELERITY Quick Charge 3.0 Dual USB Type C Car ChargerI received this car charger at a discount, in exchange for my unbiased review.

I hope you found this review helpful. On the other hand, if you did not find this review helpful, I’d be interested in hearing why, so that I can attempt to edit it and make it more helpful to both you and others. If you leave a comment on the review, suggesting how it would be more helpful, I promise to respond to your comment, and to attempt to incorporate your suggestion in my review, if it is at all possible for me to do so. My goal is to write reviews that help people, as I have been helped by the reviews others have written.

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Top 5 Best iPhone 7 Plus Cases

Looking for a protective and inexpensive casefor your new iPhone 7 Plus? We found the best protective cases for your brand new phone.

No.1 Aluminum iPhone 7 Plus Metal Bumper Case

74f31a59a8d67e1b973dab466d1758a4-image-220x264I have a white skin on my iphone 7 and I really wanted to find something unique while still showing the skin. This case does just that. The ring is adequate and gets the job done but isn’t perfect when using it for one handed use, but as a phone stand it is good. The design is exactly like it shows, and I love it. It has a very small lip for the front screen but with a screen protector it doesn’t cover that. I love it so far, anot so much for its protection but for its looks. I have yet to drop my phone so we will see how it holds up. It is aluminum so i don’t have high hopes, but I don’t mind.

Love the case. Its slim enough to not add extra bulk but provides basic protection for the phone. I upgraded from the 6 to the 7 Plus so the size was an adjustment for me. I felt like I was going to drop it while typing or reaching to the opposite side of the screen. The ring on the back helps so much! I allows me to hold the iPhone securely in a number of positions and makes it feel a lot better in my hand. The only drawback is the kickstand function. While it works great for kickstand it does not hold the phone at a great angel for watching movies. There than that it is well worth the money. Highly recommend.

No.2 iPhone 7 Plus Qi Wireless Charging Leather Case

8c9fe1d88a59ce273b025fc05c440640-image-220x264This Qi charging case only for iPhone 7 Plus with new improved built-in Qi wireless receiver module chip. Initial impressions are very good. Build quality is excellent and the case fits well on the phone. The metal detail on the case is a black chrome finish and looks very cool – it’s not shiny chrome like the pictures imply. The case is surprisingly thin and not too heavy. I was expecting it to be much more bulky. The Qi charging function works like a charm. My vehicle has a built in Qi charger and the ability to charge without fussy cables is pretty awesome. It’s hard to say how much actual protection this case provides and I’m not sure how durable the charger will be if the case suffers a drop – time will tell and I will update this review if it proves unreliable.

No.3 iPhone 7 Plus Slim Folio Leather Case

189b8f9176b6912176f57c7678e52801-image-220x264The hand feeling of the premium leather is top-grade. Each piece of natural leather has its own veins and pores, so the texture of each product you receive is unique. What may seem like an imperfection is actually what makes it special.

The cover arrived ahead of time so there was little wait time there. ( in fact it got here before my phone lol). It was easy to install and fits like a glove. It’s thin, not bulky at all. The cover folds back when I use my phone, or I can close it to talk or listen to music. All the cut outs for the volume, etc are all easy to get to, but the phone is still protected if I drop it. Everyone who has seen it really likes how it looks. It is a quality product made of real leather. I really like the fact that it has a cover over the face of the phone because many times I have dialed a number just by putting my phone in my pocket. That alone was a huge reason that I purchased it. I am so glad that this is the phone case I got out of the millions out there. I would definitely do it again.

No.4 iPhone 7 Plus Leather Back Cover Case with Stand

e2e2eae1df9d4eb6a084ea1680300ba2-image-220x264Sleek quality design built with the highest quality materials. Perfectly slim and compact to easily attach to your phone. Suitable for any time you need to view your phone hands free – Great for watching videos or displaying pictures.Conveniently and easily open the metal kickstand. With just one pull or push of your fingertip, unlock or snap on the kickstand.

A great feature of this product is the kickstand that is built into the case. This is great for setting the phone down and looking at pictures or videos or anything else. I also like to use the kickstand when I am showing groups of people a display on my phone. It’s better than just handing my phone over to people. I particularly like this because I work with children and rather than them touching my phone, I can put the phone down and show a video or whatever else I was looking at with them.

I recently got this so I can’t say how well it will do overtime, but I will update my review if I notice any problems with their ability or long Jevity as time goes on. For now, I’m really pleased with this. It looks very substantial and much more expensive than it was. I highly recommend it. I have it on my phone so I couldn’t take a photo of the case on my phone but I did take a photo of it in the package so that you can see what it looks like. This would also make a great gift as it does appear substantial in the packaging is nice as well. Happy shopping!

No.5 iPhone 7 Plus Cartoon Flip Cover Case

iPhone 7 Plus Cartoon Flip Cover CaseThe case surrounds all the edges, cover the whole phone with a full body protection on front and back when phone in your pocket and purse, well protected, more safe including the volume buttons and the mute switch, not just a bumper guard for the sides or back, really 360 protection. View Window for Multi-information: Signal, Battery Status, Messages, Missed Calls, Time/Date, Current Music Details (if using Music Player), etc.Built-in Stand Function: Plus an Insert Kickstand for Adjustable View Watching.

I was definitely not expecting this case to feel so protective yet look nice. Have had many wallet type cases in past but this is the most protective feeling one thus far. Got it in red to pair with matte black iPhone 7 Plus. Clear TPU case on inside- phone fits nice & snug. Yes, the charging port is a bit tight but I don’t have difficulty plugging it in. There is a cardboard/paper type material inside the clear TPU- the backside of it. I thought it was insert & came out but it’s part of the case. Buttons feel nice & responsive. Another feature is when open, magnet will hold it open when folded back. Exactly what I wanted.

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Best Mouse Snap Trap

I have a vole infestation in my back yard and decided to try these. I set all six with peanut butter as bait at the hole openings. Within an hour or so I had two and reset the traps by the next morning I had two more and reset them. I check after work when I got home I had one more and had two traps that were sprung with no vole. I think that was more my fault than a tricky vole, I think it was more the careless way I laid the trap in the vole run. Not sure if this will eradicate them since voles procreate so often but it makes a great hobby. These traps are perfect for mice or voles. Ignore the bad reviews completely they don’t know what they are talking about.fe34654215b0dfb3f6dffd45d555113f-image-400x480

  • state-of-the-art mechanical trap, it sets with one hand in one easy motion — as easy as opening a clothespin.
  • Add Provoke Mice to make these traps twice as attractive.
  • Use High Quality Mini Snap Trap alone or in pairs with the opening toward the wall.
  • Place the trap along walls where mice travel, in cupboards or whereever mice are present.
  • Simply pinch the two ends together to release the mouse and the trap is automatically reset to be used over and over again.

My mouse traps came in timely manner and looked very well built. They are extremely easy to bait, just unscrew the bait holder from the bottom and fill up with peanut butter. They are also extremely easy to set, either with your hand or even stepping on it with your foot. In a few minutes you can bait and set all 6 around the house.

At first I was dubious that I needed 6 traps but have found that this is the perfect number for determining where the mice are coming from. By careful placement and observation of which traps are eaten from you can identify the main entrance/exit and hopefully seal it up.

The main issue I have with these traps is that the sensitivity of the trigger mechanisms is inconsistent (very similar to many of the old snap traps I’ve owned). I’ve been using the traps for 6 months and I have been carefully marking the traps every time they are 1) eaten from but don’t snap, 2) eaten from snap but don’t kill and 3) eaten from snap and kill. Of my six traps only two of them have proven to be (out of the box) sensitive enough to kill. Now that I know where the mice are getting in I have them all set up in a row and several times all of the dud traps have been cleaned out while one of the two good traps catches the offender. I have been toying with the idea of putting some peanut butter on the dud trigger platforms to weight them down and make it more sensitive but I haven’t tried that yet.

With all that said I’ve been extremely very happy with these traps. After years of working with the old snap traps I had just gotten sick and tired of the pain of setting the damn things and having the spring off when I was putting them in place. That or having them easy to set and never catching a mouse. The great thing about these traps is that if they are sensitive enough to catch a mouse (and I got 2 out of 6 that were) they are still easy to bait and set.

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Best Remote Control RC Battle Tank

Get ready to wage war with these Infrared Battle Tanks. They are controlled by a simple transmitter that lets you rotate the gun and fire a cannon. Once firing, the tank roars and sends an infrared beam signal attacking the opponent. Once hit by the laser, tanks become damaged, indicated by the flashing lights. Makes a great toy for adults and children of all ages. Get yours today and battle with a friend. 4 LED Indicators for your “Lives”. Every time you get hit you lose a life Full Size – Up to 30cm in length! Awesome sound effects: Ignition, Engine, Cannon Fire, Machine Gun Fire and Impact. Rechargeable 4.8V NI-CD battery, Battery for the controller: 2pcs AA Forward & backward, speed up, turn left & right, universal spin, the barrel moves up and down 30° the turret turns 320°, automatic demonstration function and infrared combat functions. With sounds.

m1a2-abrams-usa-rc-battle-tank-5I was lookng for a birthday RC Toy for my grandson. Something other than video games. I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for in the begining. Radio Controled cars, boats just didn’t seem to be the thing. Not interactive enough to play with his friends. When I stumbled across these R/C Tanks I started to get excited. I read the reviews and the price was right so I ordered the tanks.

In a couple of days Fedex truck delivered the package from Amazon. I was impressed. Vey well build. I took the tanks out the package, charges the battteries and installed and tried them out. That’s where the fun began. My brother was over (we both 65+ years old) and we started to play with the tanks.

Being an US Army Vietnam Vet let the attack begin. My brother and I played for a fun filled half hour or so. It was great. The tanks make realistic sound, engine running, cannon fire and machine gun fire. When you fire the cannon the tank recoils from the cannon fire and you must position your tank and turret to line up on your target for your next shot. Also if you aim is right and you hit the other tank, that tank simulates being hit and you must reset up to aim and at the other tank again

Then the question begins. Should we give these tanks to my grandson or be selfish and keep them for ourselfs? Ok, you know the answer. Rechages the batteries and put everything back into the box and gift wrapped it and give to my grandson.

My grandson opened his birthday gift and could not beleive what Grandpa got him. He loves it. So did all my other four grandkids who were there. I didn’t get to play with the tanks that day but my grandkids sure did.

It’s been a month since we got them. The tanks are still in great shape and being used often. I even got some time playing Army Tanks with my grandson, finally!

Just a few things. Do Not Run Tanks on Carpet. The tank tracks will come off. Easy enough to put back on. Second thing is those little tiny screws that hold the battery lid close on the tank and R/C controller. Very easy to lose. Good thing the battery lids will stay closed without the screws.

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Top 2 Best Kindle 8th Generation Cases

Cartoon Leather Cover Case for All-New Kindle (8th Generation, 2016)
Cartoon Leather Cover Case for All-New Kindle (8th Generation, 2016)

Cartoon Leather Cover Case for All-New Kindle (8th Generation, 2016)

Slim, form-fitting cover designed by TAGreat to perfectly fit your all new Kindle (8th Generation) and provide full front and back protection. The cover is easy to securely attach and remove, and folds back for easy one-handed reading. It automatically puts your Kindle to sleep when closed and wakes upon opening, making it easy to jump back into your book. Crafted from durable polyurethane with a matching nylon woven interior, the cover protects your Kindle and keeps the screen clean without adding bulk, making it perfect for taking your Kindle wherever you go.

  • Designed by Amazon to perfectly your Kindle (8th generation) – Will not fit previous generation Kindle devices and no other Kindle model
  • Wake or put your device to sleep by opening or closing the cover
  • Slim design easily and securely attaches to your Kindle
  • Magnetic clasp ensures cover is securely closed
  • Cover folds back for easy one-handed reading
  • Cover can remain on the Kindle for charging
  • Durable Polyurethane exterior protects your Kindle from scratches

It’s a nice cover. Pretty sturdy, not too heavy, well-made and does what you’d think a cover would do: cover your Kindle and somewhat protect it from wear and tear. However, I was quite shocked when I got my cover. I was sure Amazon had sent me the wrong colored cover! The picture shown on the product page makes the ‘Magenta’ cover seem like it’s pink. However, this thing is purple. It’s not even a pinkish purple, just a purple purple. Is this a deal breaker for me? No. Am I not going to use it? No. Am I being over-dramatic about the color of my Kindle Cover? Probably. But is this an issue? Yes, as it’s quite misleading. I have attached some pictures I’ve taken in natural lighting to help you get a better idea of the actual color.

I love pink and was excited to get a Cartoon Girl kindle cover. What I got instead was a purple one. Beware. If you don’t like purple, you’re not going to like the Magenta cover. I’m not a big fan of the color purple (loved the book though) and would have just gotten a black or blue cover instead if I had known what this really looked like.

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Leather Origami Case Stand for All-New Kindle (8th Generation, 2016)
Leather Origami Case Stand for All-New Kindle (8th Generation, 2016)

Leather Origami Case Stand for All-New Kindle (8th Generation, 2016)

So wonderful to finally HAVE one of these gadgets. Being able to read big books without the heavy bulk is lovely, especially as my aging hands ache from arthritis. I’m getting a free Kindle book per month with Prime membership, too, so I feel spoiled. LOVE how the lighted reading panel adjusts to my specific preference, and changing the setting is quick and simple. Pages bookmark themselves by simply closing the cover, then I pick up where I left off when I open the cover. Perfect for my reading life.

  • Designed by TAGreat exclusively forAll-New Kindle (8th Generation, 2016)
  • Origami Stand Design, Could set your hands free during your reading. Only 2.8 oz, protect your device without adding unnecessary bulk or weight
  • Wake or put your device to sleep by opening or closing the cover. Magnetic clasp ensures cover is securely closed, secures your device without straps covering the front
  • Full access to all features without removing the case from your Kindle (8th Generation)
  • Available in a variety of bright and fun colors

So wonderful to finally HAVE one of these gadgets. Being able to read big books without the heavy bulk is lovely, especially as my aging hands ache from arthritis. I’m getting a free Kindle book per month with Prime membership, too, so I feel spoiled. LOVE how the lighted reading panel adjusts to my specific preference, and changing the setting is quick and simple. Pages bookmark themselves by simply closing the cover, then I pick up where I left off when I open the cover. Perfect for my reading life.

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