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caseable Phone Cases { Guest Review }

I constantly find myself changing my phone due to the nature of the case. I switch between the case with the best phone protection to the case that looks great.

Are you a cell phone case flip-flopper too?

Those who know me know I am not one for bulky cases. I often opt for slimmer cases because even though bulky cases are great for protection, they are thick and heavy which I find to be an inconvenience. {Not to mention they hurt my hands.}

Despite the reasons I don’t like thick cases, I still find myself not fully content with slimmer cases. While the look of the case is important, there is one common problem with slim cases: protection. If you drop your phone, you want it to be safe from shattering. I’ve dropped my phone because often times slim cases are very slick, to the point where a “death grip” is needed in order to prevent yourself from dropping it. It has been difficult finding a case that meets all the criteria, since one set of pros and cons are often sacrificed for another.

caseable cases have proven me wrong in thinking a case with all these characteristics does not exist.

 

The look of their cases are unique and will appeal to anyone who is looking to buy one. Because of the vast selection, it took me quite a while to narrow my picks down to just two. I found many that I liked and want to buy. Unfortunately, the website did not have a search bar which made it hard to find a specific kind of case. {Hopefully they will add a search option to make shopping on their site easier.}

Protection in slim cases normally fails to protect the entire phone. caseable cases have a unique texture, unlike any cases I have used. They are soft, but provide just enough traction to have a good grip on your phone without being worried it will slip out of your hand.

Usually the case will cover the left and right sides of the phone, but fall short on the top and bottom of the phone. This case covers more of the bottom and top by curving around it, providing additional protection if dropped. The case doesn’t cover the entire top and bottom of the phone, which some people might not like. I personally think it is better that it doesn’t because it’s easier to remove the case.

Another thing, {that my friend brought to my attention} is that the difference in weight of the phone with and without the case is not noticeable. When I pick up my phone I don’t notice right away, but feel comforted when I realize the case is on my phone.

 

 

By buying a caseable case not only are you protecting your phone, but the environment as well. These cases are made out of recycled water bottles, which is a plus in the purchase of one of these cases. While the price is a bit on the higher end, I think the price suits what the case provides. A five-dollar case on Amazon would not come close to the needs I have in a case for my phone as a college student and soon-to-be-teacher.

I would recommend a caseable case if you are looking for a case that will both look great, and give you the protection you are looking for.

caseable is giving MommyB Knows Best readers a discount good for $7 off any purchase when you enter the code  Summer7 at checkout. Head to their website www.caseable.com see their full line of phone cases for iPhones, Samsung, and more .

We received product samples from caseable in order to experience the product and provide you with honest thoughts.

 

Hayley is finishing up her sophomore year in college studying to be an elementary school teacher. In her free time Hayley enjoys photography, singing, watching Netflix, spending time with friends, and writing on her personal blog. Find more of Hayley’s work at halestakescollege.blogspot.com

Rayovac Mobile Battery Power Pack Review

As an ambassador for Rayovac I have been compensated for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions on the products are my own.

As a busy on-the-go mom with a million things on my to-do list there are often things I forget like picking up bread at the grocery store or charging my cell phone.

Having an uncharged cell phone at home is okay, easy fix, however having an uncharged cell phone when I’m out of the house and not able to charge for various reasons can be a problem.

 

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Some of you know from my Facebook thread that last week one of my tires was flat. {Thanks to those of you who gave support and advice.} When I went inside to call my insurance company for roadside assistance I realized my phone was completely dead and I had to charge it before I could even make the call.

The thing that kept running through my head was how thankful I was that we were not stranded on the side of the road, with no cell phone.

That’s where Rayovac‘s newly released Mobile Battery Power Pack comes in handy. I could have easily charged my phone not needing to worry about being at home, near a charging station, or worrying about if I brought my car charger and in some instances {thankfully not mine} whether or not your car battery is working.

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Power Packs feature:

  • Availability for Apple and Android smart phones.
  • Small size for portability.
  • Reasonably priced at under $30
  • Holds enough power to recharge your mobile phone for 150 minutes of talk time
  • Ability to recharge the Phone Boost power pack 500+ times by using a USB charger
  • Holds charge for up to 6 months
  • Has 4 LED battery gauge indicators show charge and discharge status
  • Provices instant power once your device is plugged in
  • Has push button switch turns charger on – if the device inactive for 30 seconds, charger will automatically turn off to save battery power
  • Comes with a limited product warranty

You can see why this product is a must have, and potentially a life saver depending on the situation.

In my video you can see how easy to attach, charge, and detach to your own phone:

 

What are your favorite features of this Rayovac product??

I know for me, I won’t ever leave home without my Mobile Battery Power Pack because I’d rather be prepared and proactive.

For more information on Mobile Battery Power Packs visit Rayovac’s website: Rayovac.com

 

 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of my partnership with Rayovac. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary.

Hands-Free Gift – Great for Mom

I am a proud brand ambassador for Jabra brand products.

When I was younger I would talk on the phone for hours, and now that I’m a mom, I have select hours when I make phone calls and typically they’re pretty brief. When I am on the phone it’s usually when my girls are asleep or occupied, that way they have my attention when I’m not on the phone and the person on the other line has my attention when I’m on the phone. {Although that’s not the case 100% of the time, it’s the norm.}

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My favorite times to talk on the phone are rest time {when Lil’ C is resting, let’s not get carried away folks, I don’t remember the last time I took a nap mid-week}, when I am driving, and when I am washing dishes, but let’s face it, it’s not always safe or comfortable to hold my phone with my neck or multi-task while chatting on the phone. A couple of the many reasons I love Jabra’s STYLE bluetooth headset

Aside from saving me the crick in my neck, making sure my phone doesn’t drop into dishwater, giving me increased safety on the road, and allowing me to multitask like a BOSS, I have a few other reasons I’m recommending the Jabra STYLE headset as a great gift for mom.

In most cases, I’ve often felt that bluetooth headsets are a little bulky and seriously, pretty manly. Now I’m not looking for a diamond encrusted pink headset, but I also don’t want to feel like I’m working the drive-thru when I just want to make a simple call. Jabra has got it figured out with their fashionable, sleek hands-free headset design. Even the ear hook is clear!

Not only does it look good, but the functionality is on par as well. I made a few calls while going about my daily task and the recipients of my calls gave a thumbs up to the quality of sound they were experiencing. Of course it is a bluetooth however so I would recommend being mindful of your background noise {aka screaming children, clanking dishes} because that can sometimes be picked up by any device like the Jabra STYLE.

But seriously, check it out!!

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The Jabra STYLE also features:

  • Audio that automatically adjusts to your environment
  • Wear in-ear or on-ear options
  • Spoken battery and connection status
  • Multimedia streaming – GPS , music and podcastsStylish brushed steel design with few buttons for easier user experience
  • NFC technology for easy pairing with your NFC enabled devices
  • Clear wireless streaming of your favorite multimedia – GPS, music & podcasts (A2DP enabled devices)
  • HD voice* for better sound experience
  • Voice guidance, voice dialing, automatic volume control, multiuse™
  • Up to 6 hours talk time and up to 7 days standby time
  • Lightweight – Weighs only 10 g (0.353 oz)

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The Jabra STYLE retails for $49.99 and comes with the following:  1 Jabra STYLE headset, 1 extra eargel, 1 AC charger, & a handy-dandy quick start guide {although it’s really easy to use}.  You can hint to those who are buying your gifts to pick them up at Verizon or TMobile.

Make sure you are following Jabra on Facebook and Twitter, they have some great giveaways and discounts you don’t want to miss out on!!

 

 

I received a product sample in order to complete this review. My opinions and thoughts are based on product research and testing and are my honest thoughts, your opinions may vary.

HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE Reviewed by an Audiophile {Guest Post}

So, DaddyB has been bugging me to get his hands on my Droid Incredible 4G LTE by HTC smartphone ever since it arrived in the mail. He’s a huge data user, loves music and streaming audio on his own phone and I thought who better to let test it out than someone who could do that in the comfort of our own home.

Here are DaddyB’s thoughts for all of you data lovers, dads, and audiophiles!

I was excited to get a chance to review the Droid Incredible 4G LTE by HTC. It’s is a solid smartphone all around. I had the chance the to put it to the test during a typical day of work. I stream Internet radio and podcasts most of the day and I was curious to see how this phone would handle it; in terms of battery life, connection, and sound quality.

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I’ve noticed Beats audio and that “B” logo popping up everywhere these days, but I hadn’t tried it out until now. I figured that it was all just a cool trend thanks to the company’s creator Dr.Dre and all of the high profile endorsers like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. But, after listening to music with the Beats mode enabled, I have to say that I can see why it’s so popular. There was so much more depth and layers to the quality of my music with the Beats mode. Even the podcasts, that just consisted of voices, sounded a good bit clearer. So, the HTC passed this test. Not only did audio sound good, it sounded great!

Droid Incredible by HTC – Connection & Data SpeedI’m not sure how much I can attribute to the phone versus the network itself, but thanks to the HTC Droid Incredible and Verizon’s 4G LTE, I had a strong connection indoor or outside through out the day. Browsing the Web and downloading podcasts were both a breeze. I was impressed in the past with the Stratosphere, but I’d have to put this phone just a bit above it

Droid Incredible by HTC – Battery Life
Compared to my previous smartphones (LG Ally, Samsung Stratosphere), the HTC Droid Incredible had impressive battery life. As usual, I streamed music while I worked nearly the entire day and it still had plenty of life left when I went to bed. Usually, my Stratosphere was on its last legs or needed to be plugged in by the end of the day.

verizon-4g-lteThe HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE is a mid-range smartphone, so I’m not sure how it’d compare with the most expensive phones on the block, but I definitely enjoyed using it. I’d recommend it for it’s speed, sound quality and battery life. It performed seamlessly and met or exceeded my expectations.
 

 

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

What is Verizon 4G LTE Really??? #VZWA

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You may have heard the term 4G LTE thrown around when it comes to cellular service, on Verizon commercials or from your favorite techy person, but if you’re like me, you don’t really know what 4G LTE really is.

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This post is to help you understand 4G LTE, why it’s important, and how you can get it. Seriously, if you don’t have it, you should get it, in my humble opinion.

Okay, so let’s start from the beginning 4G LTE is Verizon’s unique brand of wireless network. Different companies have different names for theirs, and honestly they run differently too. That’s the biggest difference. But really, 4G and LTE are pretty much the same thing, the only problem is that you have a lot of 3G providers saying they offer, “4G like” service.

Basically what it boils down to is speed. Being the crazy Americans that we are, I’ll admit it, it’s the whole reason cellular phones and data plans and even more technologies were made. The faster we can get things, often, the better.

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Where does Verizon’s 4G LTE effect you? Well, it’s faster than it’s competition so if you are struggling with a competitor’s wireless network, or even a network on Verizon that’s lower than 4G LTE you may consider switching if any of the below apply:

  • You’re a serial App loader
  • You watch video on your tablet
  • You need access to important documents and quick loading time
  • You play games using your smartphone
  • You stream anything (radio, television, etc.)
  • You video chat with friends, family, business colleagues

Really, if you have a smartphone, you’re probably doing at least one of the above actions if not more, and if you’re not satisfied with load times or how fast your receiving your data, it may be time to check out Verizon’s 4G LTE. Using the Droid Incredible by HTC, vs my previous 3G phone I can really tell the difference even on Verizon’s same network. If nothing else I encourage you to check it out.

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.