Archive for February, 2014

Review: Moto X w/ Ebony Finish

by on February 18th, 2014

Moto XI’m an iPhone girl but saw the new Moto X with the Ebony wood grain finish and asked my friends at Motorola to send me one to test out. I haven’t had an Andriod phone but use google apps frequently.  I was curious to see how easily I could switch from the  iOS mindset to Andriod using the Moto X.

When I unboxed the Moto X it was beautiful with a sleek wood finish and ready to go without charging it. The interface was simple I quickly added Moto Screen Shotmy facebook, twitter and g-mail accounts. One thing I was not familiar with was the screen alert icons while locked that just informed you of a new message on twitter, facebook or email. They were non-disruptive and only showed the icons when a new message or notification came in while on a locked screen.

Since one of the advertised features is that it responds to your voice with no touching necessary I put the Moto X to the test and asked it a load of questions. Since I am a Siri junkie I was curious to see if it was better. I asked the same question to both devices “Please find me a French restaurant in 78701.” The Moto X came up with a list quickly while Siri responded with (and I wish I was joking) ” Sorry I couldn’t find any French restaurants in inseminate.” (Gross Siri just gross!)

Moto X picI use my iPhone or DSLR to take allot of photos so I had to put the Moto X to the test and took it with me on my walk to the Golden Gate bridge. I didn’t see much of a difference from my iPhone only that it was easier to take a picture.  The Moto X features easy camera usability by just twisting your wrist twice to enable the camera instantly. The back camera has burst mode, auto HDR, panorama and tap to focus features while the Front has 2MP 1080p HD video. I would also like to note the battery life on the Moto X out powers my iPhone. I have to charge my iPhone Nina and Motodaily but the Moto X I could go two days without charging,

The Moto X comes in several colors but for the wood grain look there are 4 options, Ebony, Teak, Bamboo and Walnut. You can design your own Moto X with wood finish on the Motorola Moto Maker site for retail of $354.99 or  with a 2 year contract at AT&T for $79.99. One cool tid bit I learned while reviewing this product, it is the only smartphone assembled in the US!

Besides these features it operates just like every other Andriod on the market with goggle. If your wanting to stray away from the iOS and looking for a cool Android smart phone the Moto X with the wood grain finishes are the way to go. It’s sleek, sexy and classy; believe me it will catch people’s eyes when you are using it (I got allot of attention particularly by men who liked the wood grain finish).

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Valentine’s Gift Guide For Your Cutegeek!

by on February 4th, 2014

SpkValentine’s Day is just 10 days away and if you still don’t have a gift for your cutegeek never fear Nina’s here with some cool geeky gift ideas!

Speck Product Accessories- Speck products is currently running a Valentines special of 20% off red, white and pink cases and offers free shipping. They have cases for your Galaxy, Moto X, iPhone, and HTC smartphones starting at $29.95. To check out Speck Product’s Valentine’s Day gift promotion click hereBluetune Bean

Bluetune-Bean Speaker- The Bluetune Bean Speaker is a portable pocket sized bluetooth speaker with a clip that your cutegeek can attach anywhere.  It comes in 6 vibrant colors (black, white, blue, pink, red or yellow) and retails for $29.99 on their site.

Chicbud walletchicBuds Fashion Audio AccessorieschicBud is currently running a Valentine’s day special of 20% off all products.  chicBud’s Porta Party Bluetooth Speaker ($49.99), Gurl Power Bank Charger ($39.99), and the Onesie Wristlet case for iPhone 5 ($24.99) come in several different designs to mix and match. The newest designs of these products are the Katie, Donatella, and Phoebe and can be purchased on their site.Logitech case

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover – This cover protects the screen of your iPad and has a built-in Bluetooth keyboard. To make your Valentine feel extra special you can also engrave a special message onto the cover! The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover  retails for the iPad Air ($99.99) and iPad mini ($79.99) which can be found on their site. 

ishoweriShower  Water-Resistant Bluetooth Shower Speaker – The iShower can forever change your cutegeek’s bath time if she likes to sing in the shower or zen out in a bath.  The iShower has a clock display, water resistant, has up to 200-foot Bluetooth® range and pairs up to 5 Click and Growusers. The device is sold out on their website however you can find it for $99.00 on Amazon or Sharper Image.

Click and Grow’s Smart Herb Garden– This smart pot grows fresh herbs naturally. Just plug it into the wall and add water, the smart device takes care of everything else. Each Smart Herb Garden comes with cartridges for basil, thyme and lemon balm. It’s currently available for pre-order on their site at $99.00.

Sony HD CameraSony’s Full HD Camcorder HandyCam HDR-CX220/R– The Full HD Camcorder shoots 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p video and 8.9MP stills and comes in red; perfect for Valentine’s Day. It is currently on sale at $179.99 on the Sony site and the site also offers free shipping.iwatch

i’m Watch Smartwatch–  i’m Watch is one of the only Bluetooth watches on the market that has its own app store ( i’market) including a music player,  social media apps, a compass, and games. The strap can come in black, pink, red, blue, yellow or white.  i’m Watch also offers an Instagram app in addition to the standard Facebook and Twitter apps. It’s currently going for $349.00 on their site however I have seen it for $299.00 on other sites.

KorusKorus V400- The Korus V400 is a portable wireless speaker system that delivers Hi-Fi quality without pairing with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi plus can stream music using up to 4 speakers simultaneously. As a Valentine’s day special Korus is offering a package deal for the V400, including a wireless speaker; USB, 30 pin and Lightning Batons to connect your smartphones, tablets, Mac’s and PC’s; and two charge cables. The V400 premium package is offered at $349.99 and can be purchased on their site or Amazon, Best Buy’s MagnoliaDesign Centers, or Crutchfield.Happy Plugs

Happy Plugs: 18-Carat Gold Deluxe Earbud Edition– If your cutegeek has been a good little girl or you have an excess amount of money to spend (or in the dog house) the 18-Carat Gold Deluxe Earbuds are the gift priced at $14,500 (yes blink and read it again…they are $14,500). A Swedish goldsmith in Old Town, Stockholm, makes the headphones by hand. The 18-carat solid gold is molded into the shape of the Happy Plugs Earbuds and 25 grams of gold are used for each pair of earphones. If you aren’t a millionaire Happy Plugs also have earbuds that start $34.99 in 13 different colors. You can purchase both products on their site.

If you’re looking for great gadgets for your man for Valentine’s Day check out my gift guide on the Examiner here.

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