4-in-1 iPhone Lens and Quick-Flip Case by Olloclip – Review-  A Great Package for iPhoneographers!

4-in-1 iPhone Lens and Quick-Flip Case by Olloclip – Review- A Great Package for iPhoneographers!




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Bottom line…

The Olloclip 4-in-1 is an incredibly small, convenient, high quality, portable, easy to use, lens system that gives added versatility to the iPhone’s photographic capabilities. It is a good deal at $70 and is highly recommended.

The Quick-Flip Case is a useful extra accessory for those who, like myself, prefer to have their iPhone in a case whilst in use. I would love to see it offer more protection, and I did feel it was a bit pricey at $50.

The Olloclip 4-in-1 is a quick-connect lens solution for the budding iPhoneographer. It is a simple, slip-on solution that allows you to take iPhone photographs using a Fisheye, Wide-Angle and 2 Macro lenses.

To use the Olloclip 4-in-1, the upper right corner of your iPhone needs to be uncovered. The Quick-Flip Case makes it easy to expose that corner whilst protecting the rest of the phone, and also adds additional functionality. I tested the 4-in-1 and Quick Flip Case with an iPhone 5, on a recent trip to Hawaii, and I will share some of the photos I took with it. The version I tested can be used with the iPhone5/5s/5c or iPod Touch 5th generation, an iPhone 4/4s version is also available.

The lens system is incredibly small and comes in a microfiber drawstring bag, which is easy to keep in a handbag or pocket. It slips easily onto the corner of your iPhone, over the iPhone camera lens. There are 2 sides to the system- one side contains the Fisheye 180 lens, the other has a Wide-Angle lens, you can rapidly switch between them by sliding off the lens system, flipping it and sliding back on. Unscrewing the Wide-Angle lens reveals a 10x Macro lens, and underneath the Fish-Eye lens is a 15x Macro. When using the Macro lenses I recommended unscrewing both Wide-Angle and Fisheye and keeping them in the drawstring bag, then you can easily flip between the 2 Macros to get the image you want. Cleverly the Fisheye and Wide-Angle lenses have slightly different threads, so you can’t accidentally put them back in the wrong place.

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The 10x Macro has a 18mm focus distance and the 15x has a 12mm focus distance, so they are designed for very close up photography – such as details of a leaf,  pictures of tiny flowers, or details of a surface. You need to be very close for the 15x Macro, so camera shake can be an issue here, especially for plant pictures outdoors, where the plant may also be moving in the wind. Using a tripod with the Quick-Flip case can be useful to overcome this issue.

This series of 3 pictures show the same plant taken with the regular iPhone lens, the 10x Macro and the 15x Macro lens.  With regular lensWith 10x MacroWith 15x Macro

These pictures show close ups of lava taken with the Macro lenses.

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These pictures show close ups of flowers taken with the Macro lenses:

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The Fisheye lens creates some very fun effects. Here is a picture I took of Hawaiian Petroglyphs using the Fisheye:

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The Wide-angle lens is the one I’ve used the least, as the iPhone lens has a pretty wide angle to start with. However, there are some situations where it is very useful such as taking a photo of a large group of people, or getting in the full height of a tall building. It roughly doubles the field of view of the iPhone. The lenses are made from high quality precision ground coated glass and the barrels are aircraft-grade anodized aluminum. They look well-made, and the photographs come out clear and sharp.

The Quick-Flip Case is made of hard plastic and covers the back, sides and corners of the iPhone, with cutouts over all buttons and ports. When you are using it with your Olloclip lens the top of the case flips over, leaving the right hand corner of the iPhone free so you can easily slip on the lens system. The edge of the flipped case also acts as a trigger so you can use this to depresses the + volume button which will take the photo. The case comes with a “Pro-Photo Adapter” which has a tripod mount and a cold-shoe mount for a light or microphone, and with an adapter to allow it to be used with a 5th generation iPod Touch.

olloclip caseThe Quick-Flip Case is less protective than my usual everyday case, but for days when I was planning to do some iPhoneography it was a great compromise in allowing easy access to put on the lens system, yet still giving the protection of being in a case. I did occasionally have difficulty getting the trigger to deploy. The case doesn’t have a screen protector so I used a Cloak by Tylt  stick-on screen protector. It is a pretty thick screen protector  and I found the lens system did not slip easily over it (which it did with a bare screen), so I needed to cut a window in the screen protector where the lens went on.

I found the lens system very easy to use and it produced high quality images. The drawstring back was very useful for storing the lenses and also doubled as a lens cloth when I accidentally got fingerprints on the lenses! I would caution to be careful using a thick screen protector on the iPhone with the 4-in-1 as you may need to cut a hole in the screen protector. Without a screen protector the lens slides on easily, and stays in place well. The lens does cover the sleep/wake button but you can just lift the corner slightly to access this if you wish to leave the lens on between photography sessions. It also partly covers the flash, but this isn’t a big issue for me as I’m not usually using the flash and the 4-in-1 at the same time.

Overall, the Olloclip 4-in-1 is an incredibly small, convenient, high quality, portable, easy to use, lens system that gives added versatility to the iPhone’s photographic capabilities. It is a good deal at $70 and is highly recommended. The Quick-Flip Case is a useful extra accessory for those who, like myself, prefer to have their iPhone in a case whilst in use. I really like having a case that works with the Olloclip lenses, but I would love to see it offer more protection, and I did feel it was a bit pricey at $50.

The 4-in-1 retails for $69.99 and the Quick-Flip Case retails for $49.99 both are available online from olloclip.com and Amazon.

 

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Olloclip also has a free to download photo app to use with their lenses: olloclip – olloclip

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by olloclip

Category: Photo & Video, Utilities
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 22.77 MB

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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).
LINKASE PRØ Signal Enhancing Case For iPhone5/5S by Absolute Technology – Review

LINKASE PRØ Signal Enhancing Case For iPhone5/5S by Absolute Technology – Review


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Pros…

Simple, relatively inexpensive solution to poor internet reception.

Cons…

Won’t turn a really weak signal into a really strong one- a 1 bar improvement is typical

Summary

If you struggle with poor internet connection on your iPhone 5/5s I would recommend checking out the LINKASE PRØ – it will typically increase signal strength by 1 bar which can be enough to significantly improve performance

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Do you ever struggle with getting a decent WiFi, or 3G/ 4G signal on your iPhone ? I know I do. Absolute Technology have a simple solution to help with this frustrating problem – a case that improves your signal. The LINKASE PRØ  is available for the iPhone 5/5s, I tested it with the iPhone 5.

At first glance the LINKASE PRØ  looks like a regular simple Polycarbonate case. It comes in a variety of colors- black, white, midnight blue and pink, I reviewed the pink version. The iPhone slips easily into the case and the back and all 4 corners are protected against knocks. There are cutouts over the camera and all buttons and ports. There is no screen protection, so I used it with a stick-on screen protector to avoid scratches.

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The real secret to the case is in two hidden 2 EMW elements. The EMW stands for Electro Magnetic Waveguide and they are like a flat antennae that is normally stored within the case, but when you want to use it you just pull on the tab to extend it. The upper one is for WiFi, the lower one is for 3G (4G in some areas).

The way that it works is that cellular phones use low level radiation for signal reception, but a lot of this energy is wasted. The EMW steers some the the radiation away from the body and into the open air this has 2 effects : 1. It improves the signal and 2. It decreases the person’s exposure to this low level radiation.

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How well does it work ?

I frequently stay in a cabin that has very poor 3G/4G reception to the point that I can’t connect at all in some rooms and have very weak connection elsewhere, so I tested out the LINKASE PRØ there. I found that it did improve my signal by 1 bar (which is the level of improvement the manufacturers say to expect). Now this isn’t spectacular- it doesn’t turn a weak signal into a really strong one but it can be enough to make a real difference. Without the LINKASE PRØ I could check my email, but couldn’t use my iPhone as a hotspot for my computer and couldn’t watch Youtube or similar streaming videos. Using the LINKASE PRØ I was able to use my iPhone as a hotspot (thought it was still a slow connection at least it was a connection) and watch videos online. This was enough to make a real difference for me. An added benefit is that as the phone is having to work as hard to get a signal, it also improves battery life, the manufacturer quotes the battery life as increasing by 20%. This will only happen when you have the EMW elements extended so if, like me, you only extend them when you are actively using the phone the effect may not be so noticeable.

If you spend time in places with poor 3G/4G or WiFi signal I would definitely recommend checking out the LINKASE PRØ case. Don’t expect it to turn a really weak signal into a really strong one, but it will typically increases signal strength by 1 bar, which can be enough to make a real difference in performance. The LINKASE PRØ case is a simple, relatively cheap solution to the problem of poor internet reception on your iPhone.

Available online from AbsoluteTechnology RRP $39.95

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One lucky winner will get a LINKASE PRO case for iPhone 5/ 5s. This giveaway is open to USA and Canada only. Winner will be announced here and emailed, must contact the The iMums (info at theimums.com) within 48hours to claim their prize. Good luck!

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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).
iPad Mini / Mini2 Flip Turn Case by iGear Unlimited – Review

iPad Mini / Mini2 Flip Turn Case by iGear Unlimited – Review

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The Flip Turn Case by iGear Unlimited turns your iPad into a miniature laptop. The case is available for the iPad Mini/ Mini 2, and an iPad Air version is coming soon. I tested the Mini version with an original iPad Mini.

The case is a polycarbonate hard shell case that incorporates a Bluetooth keyboard. The iPad Mini slips easily into the top part of the case, and there are cutouts over the speaker, camera, headphone jack and all the buttons. The Bluetooth keyboard is built-in to the lower part of the case, and the 2 halves are hinged together. The case incorporates an automatic sleep/ wake function when the case is closed or opened.

 

Keyboard Mode

In keyboard mode the Mini acts like a mini laptop. The keyboard connects to the iPad via Bluetooth, and has a re-chargeable battery which is charged via a mini-USB to USB cable. The manufacturer does not give a battery life estimate, but I have used the keyboard for several weeks without yet needing to recharge. The keyboard has 3 lights at the top – a caps lock light to let you know when cap lock is on; a battery status light and Bluetooth status light (that just come on briefly after switching on the keyboard). The keyboard layout is a fairly standard QWERTY layout with the exception of some punctuation keys which are combined with letter keys to slightly decrease the keyboard width. The keyboard also has iPad shortcut keys such as cut, paste, copy all, volume control and track changing keys as function keys. Obviously as the keyboard is sized to fit an iPad Mini, the keys are smaller than a standard keyboard, so typing is a more cramped experience, but the keys do have a nice scissors action and work well given the space constraints. The screen must be in landscape mode when using it as a mini-laptop, there is no option to have the screen in portrait mode.

The hinge between the 2 halves of the case is very flexible giving the case added versatility. Not only can you use it like a laptop and vary the angle of the screen but you can also rotate the screen through 180 degrees and use it for movie viewing; you can also fold the iPad flat on top of the keyboard for times when you don’t need the keyboard.

Movie Mode

When watching a movie, reading or playing games the screen can be rotated through 180 degrees and this creates a nice stable stand with multiple viewing angles. This works best in landscape mode, but if you wish to view it in portrait mode it can also stand securely in this orientation.

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Flat mode

For some games it is preferable to have the iPad screen flat and the case also supports this as the iPad mini can lay flat on top of the keyboard whilst still in the case. When not in use the case does a good job of protecting the mini and creates a nice compact portable package.

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Overall, if you are looking for a keyboard case for an iPad Mini the Flip Turn Case from iGear is a good option – it is protective, the keyboard works well and the unique 360 degree hinge allows the case to be flexible enough to also be used for watching movies, reading and playing games.

Available from iGear.com for $99.99

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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).

I love my iPhone 5, but what I don’t love is about it is that it needs re-charging frequently. I have switched off background app re-fresh and only switch on Bluetooth when I need it, but it is still uses up it’s battery much faster than my old phone, especially when I’m in areas with weak phone and 3G/4G signal.

PhoneSuit have come up with a great solution for those days when I have forgotten to re-charge or the battery runs low when I’m on the go. The PhoneSuit Elite is an elegant -looking case with nice curved lines, it comes in  “metallic black” or “ice silver”, I tested the silver version with an iPhone 5.

 

The case is very easy to use, it is in 2 pieces and the phone just slides in. It has nice big openings around the camera, speaker, headphone jack; on/off, volume and mute buttons, so these all work well with the case on. I find some cases make phone conversations difficult for callers to hear, but I had no problems with calls with the PhoneSuit Elite. Once the phone is in the case you re-charge both the phone and the case using a Micro-USB cable (included), this can also be used to synch to iTunes whilst charging. I typically leave the case switched off, so I have extra power when I need it, but you can also opt to leave it in automatic mode and the Elite will control the power between the iPhone and battery. To check the back-up battery status press the power button and up to 5 blue bars will light up to show the battery status. Pressing and holding the power button will switch the charging power on or off to the iPhone.

The case is made of a shock absorbent composite rubber/ plastic material that feels good in your hand and protects the phone if it is dropped. I have dropped my phone several times and there is no visible damage to either the case or iPhone. I use it in combination with a stick-on screen protector to prevent scratches to the screen.

Obviously any battery case is going to add some extra weight and bulk to the phone, but for a battery case this is relatively slim – similar in size to a protective case – the dimensions of the case are 138mm long x 62mm wide x 15.5mm thick and it weighs approximately 80 gms (just under 3 oz). The battery capacity is 2100mAh, which was enough to double my iPhone usage compared to using the iPhone without the case. It also charged the iPhone very rapidly when I switched on the backup battery – putting it back to full charge within a couple of hours.

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I have been using the case for several weeks now and have been very pleased with it. It doubles my iPhone battery life, with it’s elegant curves it looks good, it feels comfortable in my hand and protects my phone from drops . When I want to use iPhone lenses on the camera it is easy to so, as the top section of the case just slips off. My only complaint is sometimes when I’m removing the phone from my pocket the top of the case accidentally pulls off.

Overall, if you are looking for a battery case for an iPhone 5 or 5s the PhoneSuit Elite Battery Case is a great choice, it looks good, feels good, protects your phone and doubles the battery life all in an elegant, slim package.

Available from PhoneSuit.com RRP $99.99

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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).

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