AT & T Unite Hotspot by Netgear – Review

AT&T Unite

What we love…

Easy to use and setup and use after set up, good tools to keep track of data usage as well as strong battery life.  I loved that I could pull it out at a moments notice and be booted up and using it within a few moments so my “unproductive” time quickly turned productive!

What we’d love to see…

lower cost for data when using on a stand alone basis not on a contract; improved wi-fi range closer to what’s reported when you actually use it.

Summary

Good hotspot, simple to set up and use on the go.  Data outside of a contract can be a bit expensive, but overall easy to use even for inexperienced users.

AT & T Unite Hotspot by Netgear is a portable data solution on the go  featuring a hotspot touch screen and a pricetag of only $0.99 with a two-year contract or you can buy the data stand alone with a higher device cost of $149.  The Unite provides a fast 4G LTE data speed and allows you to tether up to ten devices at a time!  At one point, I tethered my iPad 2, iPad Mini, iPhone, laptop, another laptop and another mobile phone all at the same time without a loss of data integrity.  The hotspot lasts a reported ten hours when used and provides a strong data connection on the go.  The device turns on and boots up in about a minute as a hotspot and connects to the nearest cellular connection to allow you to stream on the go.  Depending on where you are in the country you may pick up different network speeds.

Opening the package, the Unite Hotspot was easy to set up and use and I had it up and running within 5 minutes of pulling it out of the box.  I was able to easily set up the device using the home screen settings: Wi-Fi, Messages and Settings.  I configured the device to my own secure network and password as well as managing the devices that I wanted to be able to connect to the hotspot.  There is also a guest network option as well.  I liked that the messages would remind me of how much data I had left when using the device.  For purposes of the test, I logged into a VPN (which typically lowers speeds significantly) to see how the hotspot would perform.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that I got speeds as fast or slightly faster than my high speed internet connection at home.  I suspect that was because I was on the 4G LTE Network at the time.   Speeds on the 4G LTE without the VPN were about 6 megs down and 4 up, although that varied depending on my location and the network I connected to.   When I tested it in other places and was only able to get onto the 3G network I still got very respectable speeds of usage.  I also found that once it was set up, it was easy to explain to others how it worked and provide the password for usage.  I also appreciated that you could buy data in increments that I needed rather than being tied to a contract and having to pay fees when I wasn’t using it. I loved that I could pull it out at a moments notice and be booted up and using it within a few moments so my “unproductive” time quickly turned productive even while eating for appointments or other times when I had only a few minutes.

In terms of enhancements, I would like to see a lower pay on the go data price as well as a bit of increased wi-fi range.  When using the Unite off contract, there are three options for data usage all of which last 30 days.   pricing for data is $50 for 5GB, or if you have a Mobile Share plan it will cost $20 per month to add this device to your current data allotment with AT & T. These prices are a bit high in my opinion since when you are streaming data such as a movie you can go through the allotment very fast.  The wi-fi range on these devices from my testing is about 30 feet which is respectable, but when multiple devices are tethered I found that the range went down a bit.  The device reports a wi-fi hotspot of up to 100 feet, but I was never successfully able to have it work that far.  Battery life was approximately 9 hours with multiple devices tethered to the Unite Hotspot.

Overall. this is a great hotspot simple and easy to use on the go.  I can see it being very helpful in a mobile workforce when you might need data but not have access to traditional wi-fi.  Data is a bit more expensive than I think it should be outside of the two year contract.  Battery life was great, and although the tether range was a bit limited I found that I had enough range with the ability to tether multiple devices on the go.  I loved that I could pull it out at a moments notice and be booted up and using it within a few moments so my “unproductive” time quickly turned productive!

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.


10 fingers + by Marbotic – Review


What we love…

The combination of concrete and virtual learning experiences in an attractive app.

What we’d love to see…

Learn subtraction.

Summary

A versatile tool for building finger counting skills, number sense, number recognition and finger dexterity.

Our Rating

10 fingers + is an app that helps your child learn to count up to 10 with their fingers (using the iPad’s multi-touch functionality) and to learn these numbers in 9 languages.

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There are 3 activities in this app which your child can freely choose to play. The first activity shows 1-1 correspondence in counting, the second activity introduces the numerals and the third introduces simple addition. For all these activities, there are two modes of play – Free mode and Challenge mode.

 

In the Free mode, your child initiates the play by placing a certain number of fingers on the iPad screen and a corresponding number of objects, numeral or sum (depending on the activity) appears on the screen. He also gets to hear the number verbally. Kids can learn about the number order, counting up or down by placing or removing their fingers one by one.

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In the Challenge mode, the app poses a challenge – a certain number of objects, a numeral or a simple addition problem (depending on the activity) and kids have to place the correct number of fingers on the iPad. The app allows kids all the time they need to get it right, it will not respond until then. I especially like that correct answers are immediately reinforced so that kids can learn from each of their exploratory play.

 

 

The app itself doesn’t teach but rather it lets your child build a number and then learn its name and shape through play. Depending on what you want your child to learn, you can use this app differently and when you play along with your child, you may discover more ways of using this app. For me, I found it useful to help my youngest truly understand the meaning of the equal (=) sign and the (non)-impact of adding zero (0).

 

10 fingers + is also designed to work with a special set of wooden numbers. Instead of using fingers to convey a certain number, your child uses these wooden numbers to interact with the app. If you purchase this set of wooden numbers, you can unlock the full version of 10 fingers from the lite version. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to try them out myself. I think young children will love its novelty!

 

 

This is a very useful digital tool that would complement any learning program involving concrete manipulatives. The advantage of using such an app is that it can give immediate feedback to the child thus encouraging self-discovery and independent learning. It may have been designed for younger children just beginning to learn about numbers, but older kids who need a hands-on digital tool to revisit the basic math concepts will definitely benefit from playing with this app.

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Free version that works with the connected toy “10 digits” –

10 fingers + 10 fingers + by Marbotic
Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 303.3 MB

$FREE

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

 

 

Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.

EverDock Universal Dock for Smartphones and Tablets by FŪZ Designs – Review


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Pros …

Works with any brand of  smartphone or tablet, simple elegant design, very stable, can be used with or without a case.

Cons…

Need to provide your own charger and cable (only micro-USB cable included)

Summary

If you are looking for a simple way to turn your smartphone or tablet’s charger and cable into an elegant desktop charging dock this is a great option.

Our Rating

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Have you ever bought a dock for your Smartphone or tablet, but when you later upgrade your device your dock isn’t compatible with your new device and sits unused in a drawer?  FŪZ Designs aims to put an end to that with the EverDock, which is designed to be used with any smartphone or tablet. The EverDock was launched via a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, and is now available for purchase.

It is a very simple, yet elegant solution- a solid block of machined aluminum, with a micro-suction base that keeps the dock firmly in place. It comes with a micro-USB cable and is also compatible with Apple 30 pin and lightning cables (which you need to supply yourself). The secret to its versatility is that it is designed to easily allow you to change cables so you can update it with your own charging cable for whatever is the latest and greatest tablet or smartphone.

Setting it up is simple – first you peel away the protective plastic from the base – this reveals a channel in the base and a hole that leads to the top of the dock. Inside the hole is the cable adapter which you remove. Thread the cable through the hole and through the cable adapter, then put the adapter back in place. You don’t need to use the adapter with the Apple 30 pin cable, with other cables it is used to hold the charging tip firmly in place. Next you push the cable into the channel, where small teeth cover it, to keep it in place. Turn over the dock and install one of the silicone dock bumpers if needed. The EverDock comes with 2 different thickness bumpers- use the thickest if no case, the thinner one for a thin case and no bumper for a thick case. The bumpers can be installed and removed quickly if you use the dock with 2 devices that have different cases.

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The EverDock is surprisingly stable – the weight of the aluminum base plus the micro-suction keep it very stable even with an iPad on it. The EverDock comes in 4 color choices- silver, gold, black and  space grey.  I reviewed the silver – which fits in really well with my Apple products and looks simple and elegant on a desktop. The  EverDock is not a charger – it is designed to work with your device’s own charger and cable to turn it into a simple elegant stand and charging dock. Because it utilizes your device’s charger and cable it can continue to be used even if you change to a new smartphone or tablet.

Bottom line: If you are looking for a simple way to turn your smartphone or tablet’s charger and cable into an elegant desktop charging dock this is a great option. The machined aluminum base looks stylish, and its weight plus the micro-suction base provide a surprisingly stable dock in a small footprint.

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The EverDock is available from FŪZ Designs , Amazon and other retailers RRP $49. An EverDock Duo which holds 2 devices is also available.

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


Bamba Craft by Mezmedia/ Bamba Kids -Review + Win an iPad Mini



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What we love…

Exploring the rooms, the variety of templates, all the creative opporunities

What we’d love to see…

More art supplies- different pen widths and more color choices

Summary

A really fun creative app, amazing amount of content for free!

Our Rating

Bamba CraftSingapore-based app developer Bamba are known for their fun, creative kids apps.. We have previously reviewed many of their apps including Bamba Ice-cream, Bamba Burger, Bamba Pizza, and Bamba Toys. Bamba Craft is their newest app and it allows children to go on crafting adventures and use their creativity. It has no adverts or social media links, there are appstore and in-app purchase links which are protected by a maths question parental gate. The app is fully functional, but has additional “rooms” available for in-app purchase. This review is of the free app. 20140325-171613.jpgThe action starts in the craft room where the child selects which template to use, and cuts it out with the Bamba cutting machine. There are 15 different templates to choose from- from a T-shirt through a jellyfish to a television. Once they have cut out the template they go on a mission to collect materials for their project. There are 4 rooms included in the app -an alien spaceship, a kitchen, a fairy tale palace and a cave, 3 more are available for in-app purchase -a haunted castle, a pirate ship and a lab. Currently the extra rooms are $1.99 each or $3.99 for all 3. The child can collect objects from just one room or many- the choice is theirs. 20140325-171137.jpgBack in the craft studio they can decorate their project using the items they have collected. The items act as stickers and they can be re-sized, rotated and duplicated, the child can use everything they collected or pick and choose. Once they are happy with the stickers they can decorate the background using a variety of art supplies. They can choose from a roller, paintbrush or pencil in seven colors. The colors are black plus the primary colors- red, blue and yellow and the secondary colors orange, purple and green. Once they are happy with their project it goes through the massive Bamba Craft machine. The completed project appears with a background e.g. the butterfly is in the sky over flower fields, and a boy models the T-shirt design. Completed projects go on view in the Gallery where you can see your own and other people’s creations from all over the world. A magic wheel awards it stars, and app users can give more stars to their favorite creations. Completing projects earns rewards which appear in the rooms as new objects to collect.

20140325-171152.jpgOverall this is a really fun creative app. I like exploring the rooms and all the different templates available. The one change I would make is to add some more choices to the art materials- variable width pen tips, different textures and more color choices. It has an amazing amount of content for free and I highly recommend downloading today!

The app is currently FREE to download and includes all 15 templates and 4 rooms, an additional 3 rooms are available for IAP. Bamba Craft – Mezmedia

Bamba Craft - Kids draw, doodle, color and share their creations online
Bamba Craft - Kids draw, doodle, color and share their creations online
by Mezmedia

Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 144.59 MB

$FREE

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Giveaway

To celebrate the Release of Bamba Craft, Bamba have paired with The iMums to giveaway an iPad mini !! Enter via this link. Remember you can get extra entries by downloading the app and reviewing on iTunes, by social media shares of this review and by submitting a picture of your child playing Bamba Craft – Good Luck!!

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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