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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

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.

image-Beats-Audio-logoDroid Incredible with Beats Audio – Sound Quality

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.

I’m a Verizon Wireless Ambassador

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Yep, that’s right. In case you didn’t notice the cool, new badge on my right side bar, I’m one of the newest Verizon Wireless Ambassadors, and I’m really excited to share this news with you. No, I’m not rubbing it in, not one bit, the reason I’m excited is because this means that I get to share with you.

As a member of this ambassadorship I am testing out the DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC so that means that you get to learn a little more about a cool Verizon product AND if you’re not already familiar with their 4G LTE service (which I wasn’t until I was in this program) you can learn more about that as well.

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Not only will I be posting topics around my new phone, but I’ll be posting some general deals, tips for any Android phone, updates on what’s new at Verizon (as a Verizon Wireless Ambassador I’m privy to some cool perks), and answering any questions you may have through my own learning process.

A few things that I recently learned during my initial HTC Droid Incredible tutorial, or what I like to call Verizon School are that there are some great features to this phone.

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1. This phone can be used as a mobile hot spot – so wherever I need internet service I can pretty much get it, on my laptop, on my iPod, it’s pretty handy if you ask me. I’ve been in some conference situations where the internet was spotty at best and I really could have used this feature.

2. It’s super easy to personalize and make your own. The home screen doesn’t just show you a weather app, it actually shows you the weather. You can also have several home screens depending on your needs and your use of this phone. I love having options.

3. While I do love my current phone, I can definitely see myself falling in love with this phone because of the specs I care about. 4″ screen, great camera and video quality, super light weight (compared to my current phone), and user friendly.

I encourage you, if you’re looking for a new phone, or even if not, to check out my posts in case the Droid Incredible 4g LTE by HTC may be something you are interested in, and also remember, it’s not just about the phone either. 🙂

Any questions??

 I am a member of the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program. In receive complimentary services and technology provided by Verizon in return for my honest opinions. You can count on my posts to be my own thoughts and opinions throughout my ambassadorship, just as in any of my other opinion based posts.