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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.

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.

Verizon iPhone for Mom and Dad

Verizon iPhone On January 3rd, I talked a little about the iPhone coming to Verizon in this post: http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/new-to-2011/. Now that AT&T’s exclusive contract with Apple’s iPhone is up, guess what……the iPhone will be for sale with Verizon as soon as February 10, 2011. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, good planning Verizon!

The iPhone will be the newest version, the 4G, I currently have the iPod verison, (sans phone capability) I really wish that the iPod had the option to just turn on phone capabilities, but I understand that would boost the cost as well. With a 2 year plan and data pak (required) Verizon is offering the iPhone for $199.99 plus tax. If you are currently a Verizon customer you can reserve your iPhone before they are available to the public using this link: http://ecrm.vzwshop.com/2011_ECRM/consumer/2011_Program_CES/1101_device/?LANGCODE=EN

Personally being a parent I love my iPod because it has so many applications that Miss A can learn from and have fun with too, there are apps to teach her how to draw letters, sound out words, perform match equations and more, plus she’s learning hand-eye-coordination as well as how to use modern technology. I keep her play limited because if I didn’t she’d be on it all day long.

Angry BirdsFor me there are great apps that allow me to create schedules, reminders of important dates we have, check my email from anywhere and even some great recipe apps too, not to mention a few minutes of Angry Birds to give me a little “zone out time” you know what I’m talking about!

I do wish the iPhone was a little cheaper because it would be nice not to have to carry both my iPod and my phone with me, but maybe in time.

What do you think about Verizon getting the iPhone?? Are you excited? Could care less? Would you buy one?