OtterBox Defender for Nokia Lumia 920 UnBoxing

From my previous post you can see that I recently purchased a Nokia Lumia 920.  Anyone who follows my blog will also know that I am a huge fan of tough cases for phones, it means I can go to work and forget about my phone, go out on the bike, go for a run and never be overly worried about the phone, safe in the knowledge that it is well protected.  Of course there is the fact that these cases will add considerable bulk to a phone and I appreciate that therefore tough cases are not for everyone.  With that to the side it is hard to deny that OtterBox make a good case, and it is for that reason that I opted for an Otterbox Defender for my new Lumia.

Also I should say that there is very little variety when it comes to this phone, and even the OtterBox was difficult enough to source in the UK.  The other alternatives were eBay imports that looked like rather cheap Otterbox imitations.  Maybe the difficulty in sourcing this case explains the condition it arrived with me in, you may see in the photographs that the packaging certainly had better days and although it is hard to see the case itself was filthy, covered in a thick layer of dust as if it had been lying in an old store room since the beginning of time.  To be fair the phone has been released for a while and the case itself didn’t come direct from Otterbox, so there are external factors worth considering.

Anyway this case does exactly what it says on the tin, it is big and bulky for shock and drop protection, the ports and switches are covered up with should offer good dust protection and it has a build in screen guard.  It is at this point that I find my only fault with the case.  The screen guard, when the case is installed, is not tight against the screen, there is a small layer of air in there that you feel when using the phone, it is almost like a cushion effect and it detracts heavily from the touch screen.  I mean heavily.  It is not nice to use.  Also this gap seems to be a magnet for dust.  After just a short period of time I noticed an alarming amount of dust and debris had accumulated inside the case, between the screen shield and the phone itself.  This case should be removed frequently and the phone cleaned.

Having said that as far as extreme protection goes for the Lumia 920 this seems to be the best option, so if it is protection you require, and can deal with cleaning the phone and case regularly and the reduction in sensitivity and less than pleasing use of the touch screen this is a decent case, offering a standard of protection that no one else seems to for the Lumia 920.  If you don’t need the heavy duty protection but like keeping your phones in pristine condition a decent full body shield such as those supplied by Zagg or BestSkinsEver may be the way forward?

OtterBox Defender for Nokia Lumia 920 UnBoxing :

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G-Form Extreme Case for iPhone 5/5s – Unboxing and Review

Having been using my G-Form Case for my iPad since April 2012 and with it still going strong, (although a little dirtier than when it started life) I had a G-Form case ordered and sitting on my desk about 10 days before I even had my iPhone 5s. I had made an enquiry with G-Form to make sure it would fit (which it does) and that order was placed.

I am a huge G-Form fan, the iPad case I use is this one :

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I have had my iPad safely homed in it for 18 months and it has been in some strange and wonderful places. The iPad is still absolutely immaculate, the case although the yellow shows up any marks is still 100%, the material is uncreased, unfolded with no scuffs or tears. It is generally in a back pack but I have 100% faith in the job it is doing in there, after all back packs are not generally one of the safest nor more stable places on earth!

It is for these reasons that I decided to entrust my brand spanking new release day iPhone 5s to G-Form.

The case feels tough and strong with the reassuring ‘squigginess’ of the G-Form material. The case has a certain ‘tackiness’ or ‘stickiness’ that means you can put the case on the dash of your car and most of the time it will sit there, however it wouldn’t be as sticky as, for example, a Griffin Survivor. It slips into your pocket and out again with ease, something the pure silicon cases don’t. And it isn’t a dust magnet, so unlike the silicon cases when you put it into your pocket it doesn’t come out as if it has just done an impression of a vacuum in your pocket.

The case is face-safe, in that it has a raised lip sitting above the bezel of the screen, meaning you can place it face down on a desk and the screen won’t touch the desk.

All ports are open and plugging in the official Apple sync charging cable causes no issues, however the official Apple 9 pin to 30 pin connector won’t fit in, you would need the cabled adapter if this was an accessory you relied on.

The camera ports caused me no issues when taking photos, with or without the flash.

The full screen is open so using the Touch-ID fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s isn’t an issue.

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iPhone 5 Lunatik Taktik Case : UnBoxing

I firmly believe a picture speaks a thousand words, so as with many of my unboxings, this unboxing is based around a photo gallery.

The Lunatik Taktik Case is a hardcore monster of a case. It started its life on KickStarter (a crowd funded startup site, that helps fledgling companies get the money they need from the public often by offering great incentives to ‘backers.’

As you can see from the photos this is a big case, nothing about it says subtle, it needs its own tool just to get it on your phone! The gorilla glass adding further protection to your phones screen and the overall styling shouting ‘go ahead, break me, I dare ya!’

Although obviously nothing is unbreakable, just ask the Titanic! However if this thing breaks in your pocket, there is a good chance your leg is broken too, so you’ll be more worried about that!

UnBoxing Gallery :

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Griffin Survivor iPhone 4/4s Case Thoughts and Photos…

Griffin Survivor

Having been an admirer of the Griffin Survivor Case for quite some time I purchased one around a year ago. It took me so long as this is an expensive case, at the time I bought it it had just went sub £30GBP, I think now though you can pick one of these bad boys up for around half that! That my friends is a brilliant investment!

I purchased this one pretty much immediately after the Ballistic HC (previous post – http://tbni.blog/2012/08/23/ballistic-hc-iphone-4-4s-case-thoughts-and-photos/ ) and when it arrived I was immediately impressed! This case is not for the weak of heart, it is huge, it is heavy and if you like the look of your iPhone naked, you will probably hate this. However if you want to protect you phone this thing is just the ticket.

It claims the following rather impressive stats (and also has under its belt that it is approved to military standards) :

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‘Durable’ iPhone 4s Case – Thoughts / Reviews and Photos…

So to start this is an eBay case, and it ranges massively in price from seller to seller, expect to pay about £7.00 including post and packaging for this case, anything more and you are being ripped off.  The best sellers also have it in pretty much every colour you could ever want.  As you can see I have opted for the ‘dark blue’ option, thinking that it looked very like the Subaru WR Blue shade of blue, in actual fact as you can probably tell from the photos it is a good bit lighter than WR Blue.

I am a big fan of hard and tough cases, and this definitely ticks those boxes.  It is tough and hard, it is after all metal, and whats more you need an ‘Allan’ key to put the thing together.

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Extreme Stunt Show Gallery – Sunday 10th June 2012

Extreme Stunt Show - Antrim, Northern Ireland 10th June 2012

Well the Extreme Stunt Show has left Northern IReland after a flat out tour of the Country. So I think it is safe enough for me to put the picks up now, without the chances of spoiling it for anyone.

If however you are in Europe elsewhere and the show hasn’t reached you, you may want to look away now…

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Coming Soon – Extreme Stunt Show Gallery

Extreme Stunt Show

If you live in Northern Ireland you have without a doubt seen the posters up in every town across the country for this ‘Extreme Stunt Show.’  I was really dubious about how a stunt show could be mobile and good, I had a vision of a poor circus, with people who couldn’t give a ^*&?> about the show, and well it’s mobile so how can it be any good.  Regardless I went to the Extreme Stunt Show more out of curiosity to see how bad it could be.

And I am happy to say I was WRONG!  This is a great day, with really skilled guys doing really crazy things!  If you get the chance to go, do so and you’ll enjoy it.  I mean skilled and crazy, and that’s a damn good combination!

I have a full Gallery to share in relation to this and a video!  WOO HOO! Yes indeed a video!  Now it is my first attempt at a video so don’t expect too much, but it is just a taster.

Finally there is a good chance these guys will have left Northern Ireland by the time the Gallery and video are up, so once again if you get the chance to go check them out, do it, and then come back here to remember it!

Oh and as you will see I got a glorious sunny day, actually got a little burnt, but with the crazy ass weather we are getting at the moment, keep you fingers crossed for a nice day, as with any outdoor event I can imagine the rain could really put a dampener on things!

Oh and if you are not in Northern Ireland I believe these guys are touring Europe all summer long!

Full Gallery and Video COMING SOON!

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Extreme Stunt Show – 10/06/2012 Junction One, Antrim

April 2012 Review : G-Form Extreme Sleeve for iPad (and others up to 10″)

G-Form Extreme Sleeve

OK so first off it should be noted that I am a little bit OCD when it comes to keeping my gadgets and tech in pristine condition.  I mean after all I paid big money to have them, money that I had to work damn hard to get, and as such I want to keep my stuff looking nice and shiny.

Now I know that some people say that you shouldn’t obsess about keeping things immaculate, I have to say I don’t, I just try and buy a few things that will keep my tech new and shiny without me having to worry about them at all. Means more money back on the re-sale for the upgrade too!

So my iPad (3) then, it cost me £659.  For a little further investment I can keep it clean, scuff and scratch free and protected anywhere I go, without having to worry about it.

My iPad (3) for example has a Zagg Full body invisible shield on it, an Apple Smart Coverand a Belkin rear shield.  As far as scuffs and marks go it is pretty protected, all I needed was something to keep it safe in my bag.

Then I went to the Gadget Show Live 2012 at the Birmingham NEC, and whilst wondering around I saw a yellow iPad case.  Now yellow is my colour so I was instantly intrigued.  Then came the claims of this yellow iPad case being the home to an iPad that was dropped from 100,000 ft and survived.

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Up and Coming Reviews : G-Form Extreme Sleeve & Best Skins Ever

I have been flat out over the past week, since I came home from the Gadget Show Live, however whilst over there I made a few purchases, one such purchase that I am particularly proud of is a G-Form Extreme Sleeve.  http://www.g-formuk.com/

They dropped this thing from the edge of space, 100,00 feet, with an iPad in it, and the damn thing survived!

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Now to be far in the latest episode of the Gadget Show : World Tour, a ninja was able to break an iPad in one (yes though it was a real ninja).

Full review to follow!

I finally got myself an iPod Nano! This thing is so cool, and I’m not going to bore you with a review of it, as there as literally thousands out there, but I do plan on sharing my thoughts on a ‘Best Skins Ever’ (www.bestskinsever.com).

I am a Zagg InvisbleShield (www.zagg.com)man through and through but this is my second Best Skins Ever and I have to say they are impressive, and a fraction of the cost.

Full pictorial on the install and a review to follow!

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