Unboxing : Tech21 Special Ops Combat Case

Tech21 Special Ops Combat case for iPhone 5

I was just going through some old folders and found a few unboxing of products that I didn’t get publishing.  Time moved on, my tech moved on and these products got forgot about.

However some of these products do need a little bit of showcasing.  The first one I will upload is a tough case for the iPhone 5. It is the Tech21 Special Ops Combat case.  Tech21 do a full range of cases from the reasonably subtle right up to this one.

This case utilises 3DO – a great product that takes the bang out of impacts and in doing so should protect your gear fantastically well.  Of course this case is big and bulky, but it is protective.  It has a built in screen shield so if you already have a screen guard installed it may well cause water marking.  That is the only issue I experienced with this case, but I would class it as a direct competitor to the Otterbox Defender and Griffin Survivor Range and if you keep your eyes out you can pick this case up now at a fraction of its original £49.99 retail price!

I was hugely impressed by this case, so much so that this was the final case I put my iPhone 5 in before upgrading and it remained in it for a couple of months.

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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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FAKE Otterbox Defender for iPhone 5s – Unboxing, Review and Warning!

IMPORTANT UPDATE : After making contact with Otterbox this case has found to be fake! A refund was received from the seller who claims it was a genuine mistake. The original post has been corrected by removing any reference to this case being genuine and any Otterbox related conclusions then, I would like to stress Otterbox were extremely helpful as was the original seller, however at this point I will use this post and associated gallery as an illustration of what you can look for for!

For clarity here is a copy of the confirmation I received from OtterBox informing me the case was fake :

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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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New Apple iPad (3rd Generation) Unboxing and Zagg InvisibleShield installation

New Apple ipad

I know it now a week later since the new Apple iPad got released in the UK (amongst others) but I didn’t have the time to get my little post up on release day so I thought today would be a good enough day as it is 23rd MArch 20212, and for those of us not in the first wave of releases, it is release day for the new iPad. Today the new iPad gets released in a further 23 countries so here is my experiences with the unboxing. Also works quite well as on release day I was not in possession of my Zagg invisibleShield. It actually arrived on 17/03/2012 and I got it on on the 18/03/2012. This is despite it being advertised by Expansys eBay store as being in the UK and getting dispatched 1st Class, it actually came from France, so took longer than I was prepared to wait, had I have known this another UK based seller would have got my business! Anyway thats another story.

This story begins at 05:00 hours on 16th March 2012 when I pulled myself out of bed, and drove to the nearest McDonald’s, got myself an awesome double sausage and egg McMuffin along with a hash brown and some brown nectar in the form of Coca Cola, brilliant!

Feeling a little fresher off I trundled to the Apple Store, Victoria Square Belfast, arriving at the shopping centre at about 05:40 hours I was worried that the queue would be horrific (from last year’s iPad 2 release) but to my surprise there was only around 100 people ahead of me. By the time the store opened there would have been 200 – 300 people in the queue so I was happy enough with the timing.

In and went and out I came £658 lighter in the pocket, having picked up a iPad 64Gb wifi along with AppleTV (see previous post) and home I went, where I waited on the postman, with the iPad still in its little box, still untouched by a human hand, and there it would remain until 18th March 2012! Gutted, and all no thanks to Expansys! Not impressed!

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