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The Best iPhone Battery Cases in 2020 That Gives Your Device Some Extra Juice on the Go

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In every new version of the iPhone, you can expect it to have a much better battery life compared to its predecessor. While that has certainly become a trend, you will never know how long your device will last if you continuously use it the entire day.

If you travel a lot, you need to buy battery cases instead of using the device’s own charger to top it up.

Fortunately for you, I will cover some of the best iPhone battery cases in 2020 that will give your device some extra juice on the go.

Why Choose a Battery Case?

A lot of people might say that you just need a power bank if you want your devices to last longer than needed and while they certainly have their uses, they are a bit cumbersome to fully utilize.

You see, for you to charge your iPhone using a power bank, you will need to have it plugged in via the device’s own cable which can prove to be quite stressful, especially in certain situations where you forgot that it is plugged into the power bank itself.

I’ve heard numerous reports of people forgetting that their iPhone is plugged into power banks and a lot of devices were dropped as a result. You do not want that to happen to your expensive flagship phone, right?

A battery case is definitely much better than a power bank. While it cannot hold a lot of juice, it does have enough in its tank to help your device last a whole day even with moderate to heavy use.

In addition, a battery case can also be used as a protective case to prevent any scratches and any damage done to your precious phone.

So, if I have convinced you with the uses of a battery case, here are some of the best ones that you can find on the market:

Best iPhone Battery Cases

1.Official Apple Battery Case

Price: $129

Official Apple Battery Case

If you want to use a battery case for your iPhone, you must first look at the company that’s selling the device itself for official accessories.

That being said, Apple does offer a battery case for its newer models, starting with the iPhone X lineup.

Apple’s official battery cases have a steep price tag, but that is just Apple being the company that it is known for: Quality and elegance.

This case is made specifically for the device in question which means that you no longer have to think about compatibility or anything of the sort.

What’s great about Apple’s official battery cases is that it not only has the right fit for your particular phone but it also supports wireless charging as well.

That means that you no longer have to remove the device from the case if you intend to use your wireless charger to top the phone up overnight.

You also get to choose between a variety of different colors to suit your style and that is why this is an appealing choice for many users.

The only downside here (aside from the price) is that it only holds a 1,500 mAh charge which means that it can just give you some extra added juice, but it doesn’t last long enough compared to the other options on the market.

Still, with official device support, this is the one that you should be getting first.

2.Mophie Juice Pack Air

Price: $95

Mophie Juice Pack Air

If you want a better level of protection while also giving you the ability to provide more juice to your iPhone 11, the Mophie Juice Pack Air is a worthy contender.

I really love its subtle design and you can choose between two different colors: Aqua Blue and Black. The latter is the sexier choice, though the former doesn’t disappoint.

It is perfectly tailored for the iPhone and what’s great here is that you can also wirelessly charge this thing without ever having to remove the device from the case itself.

Another interesting thing to note here is that when you do charge the device and the case itself, the phone gets top priority first (meaning, it gets charged first) before the case does. This is a nice touch that I wish other similar products have.

One huge negative about this product, though, is that its cutout for the lightning port (the part where you plug the charger into) is a bit too small. This prompts you to lift the phone a little bit out of the case to charge it which I think is a bummer.

But, the reason why I recommend this is that aside from its good level of protection, it supports wireless charging without having the phone removed from the case itself.

3.Euhan Battery Case

Price: $29

Euhan Battery Case

Battery cases for iPhones need not be expensive and this next recommendation is certainly a testament to that.

The Euhan battery case is actually a pretty good choice for most users. It has a pretty beefy 6,500 battery capacity which can definitely charge your iPhone about two times more and it has an indicator light that tells you if it still has enough juice left in the tank.

It does offer some level of protection though it is not as good as the above-mentioned recommendations.

Although it doesn’t give you the ability to wirelessly charge your phone with the case on, its cutouts are definitely on point so you will not have any issues plugging the lightning cable into its intended port.

Lastly, the case is quite affordable. At only $29 and for the value that it gives, this is certainly one of the battery cases that will be quite appealing for most users.

4.Mophie Juice Pack Access

Price: $69

Mophie Juice Pack Access

The biggest criticism with the previous Mophie battery case on this list is that its lightning port cutout is not the best- prompting you to slightly remove your iPhone from the case which makes it useless in certain instances.

Well, the company has since rectified that issue while also adding more battery capacity into the mix. The Mophie Juice Pack Access is another slick and stylish case that works nicely with any Apple smartphone.

It has a slightly higher battery capacity at 2,200 mAh and its cutouts are perfectly made for the newer devices.

It offers a good level of protection and the best part is that you can wirelessly charge your device without having to remove the phone from the case itself.

I am surprised that this is offered at a much cheaper price but it certainly is a nice thing to be given more options to choose from.

5.Moment iPhone Battery Photo Case

Price: $99

Moment iPhone Battery Photo Case

The problem with most battery cases is that they only offer some level of protection and some juice to help your iPhone last longer during the day and that’s it.

That is a shame considering that the iPhones are well-regarded to have great cameras and having a dull battery case will not do it justice.

If you are a traveling photographer or you just want to whip out your phone for vlogging, the Moment iPhone Battery Photo Case might be quite appealing to you.

It holds a 3,800 charge which is plenty of iPhones but what’s interesting here is that it has two dedicated buttons that will help utilize your device’s cameras. You just click the said buttons and you’re on your way to capturing the best moments and sceneries out there.

Because this is one of the more interesting cases for iPhones out there, your main problem here is availability. But, if you can snag one up, you will certainly be happy with the purchase.

6.Alpatronix Battery Case

Price: $27

Alpatronix Battery Case

One of the top-rated battery cases for iPhones on the market is one from Alpatronix. It is a 4,000 mAh case that provides good protection, ensuring that your top-dollar investment is not going to break into pieces.

It has the right cutouts giving you easy access to the different ports of your device and the case itself provides a good level of scratch protection as well.

An interesting thing to note here is that this is one of the only battery case products out there that provide you with an additional tempered glass for added protection.

Of course, you will have to be the one to attach the said tempered glass but I think that this is a nice touch to help protect your expensive smartphone even more.

The only downside here is that the case itself has a smooth coating which means that it can be prone to slippage if you’re not careful.

Other than that, this is another inexpensive battery case that might appeal to most users.

7.NEWDERY Battery Case

Price: $35

NEWDERY Battery Case

If all you really care about is topping up your iPhone to last longer than a day and you do not want to spend a whole lot of money for it, then the NEWDERY battery case is another one that I can recommend.

Its design might not wow you or anything but it certainly provides some level of protection against shocks and scratches which are the most important things when putting on a case for your precious device.

The 5,000 battery case should be enough for travelers who want to ensure that their device is not going to run out of battery whenever they are on the go.

It also supports wireless charging without removing the device from the case which is definitely a nice touch for a case at this price point.

The only thing that you need to be wary about is that this particular case is not friendly with screen protectors.

But, if you do not use any screen protectors or tempered glass products, then this would be one of the better options out there.

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Google Nest Audio vs Amazon Echo- The Battle of the New ‘Smart’ Speakers

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Smart home speakers are not as popular as mobile phones, but in my opinion, it actually should be.

You see, companies are slowly rolling out smart home devices so that your life will be so much easier given the convenience of having them.

That being said, I am going to be talking about the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo speakers because they are the ones that are at the forefront when it comes to smart home speakers. Which of these should you choose? Read on to find out!

Design

For those of you who do not know, Google Nest Audio is actually the Google Home speakers that were released just about a year ago. It seems that Google wanted to use a new moniker to denote that this particular thing can ‘nest’ your other smart home devices.

The Amazon Echo, on the other hand, refers to the medium-sized Bluetooth speaker that the largest online retailer sells. The company is set to release a new version of this device soon, so it would be interesting to see how well it performs.

Even though the new version of the Amazon Echo hasn’t arrived at our doorstep yet for an official review, this is not to say that we can somehow speculate what it can offer, especially considering that the company has provided us with some really good information about it.

With all of those out of the way, let’s talk more about the design first. The Google Nest Audio takes on a more cylindrical approach in that the speaker itself has a higher height than the Amazon Echo.

For that reason, you are getting a 75mm woofer and a single 19mm tweeter. Google touts the Google Nest Audio as a better sound solution compared to its original Google Home Speaker because of the changes.

On the other hand, the Amazon Echo, in my opinion, has better sound quality. That is thanks to its two 20mm tweeters and a huge 76.2mm woofer. Its design is more spherical but I am pleased (and surprised) that Amazon was able to include two tweeters on its Bluetooth speaker implementation.

At the base of the Amazon Echo is a blue light ring that changes the way it emits light depending on the current usage.

Both of these Bluetooth speakers are offered in various colors so you have different options to choose from.

Sound Quality

Amazon Echo

If you look at the design of both speakers, you could make a case that the Amazon Echo wins this round when it comes to pure sound quality. Its two tweeters compared to the single tweeter on the Google Nest Audio, provides it with a much better chance of delivering mid-high sound frequencies.

This is not to discount the fact that Google has some tricks up its sleeves because its AI technology is smart enough to adjust the sound quality on the fly when needed.

Both of the speakers have an adaptive sound feature wherein if it detects that the ambient noise is loud enough, it increases the volume of whatever content you are consuming at that moment to compensate. This is using both of the speakers’ microphones. The volume should normalize to the last known level after it detects that the ambient sound has quieted down.

Of course, this is only my opinion after looking at the spec sheet because I will have to get my hands on these things before I can give my honest opinion. But, my initial assessment would be that the Amazon Echo delivers better sound compared to the Google Nest Audio.

Smart Features

Google Nest Audio

To be able to provide you with ‘smart’ features, both the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo are equipped with processors that can handle just that.

The Google Nest Audio comes with the company’s TeraOPS A53 processor which is a quad-core chip that boasts of better performance compared to the company’s previous Bluetooth speakers.

On the other hand, Amazon’s own speaker is equipped with the AZ1 Neural Edge processor that, according to the company, should be more responsive to voice commands compared to previous versions.

It is hard to say who wins this round. You see, Amazon has Zigbee hub integration which means that your connected smart home devices have better compatibility with the said speaker because of this.

However, we all know that Google’s AI technology is so advanced (and even more accurate) than Alexa, so it could potentially provide you with better features overall compared to Amazon’s Bluetooth speaker.

Of course, I cannot truly say which one wins this round until I get to review these wireless audio solutions. In that case, stay tuned for more.

Availability

The Google Nest Audio will be available on October 5, while the Amazon Echo will not be released until later this month (October 22). That being said, both of these speakers will retail for $99.99, so stay tuned for our official product reviews to help you know which one you should ultimately choose for yourself.

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Apple iPad 8th Generation Review- An Iterative Upgrade

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When it comes to ease of use and convenience, people like getting Apple’s products because of its more streamlined approach to everything. Sure, there is a lot to tinker on Android but that is also precisely the reason why the user experience, at least for the layman, is not as great.

That being said, the 8th generation iPad was just released after the new iOS 14 update was launched. But, if you already have a 6th or 7th generation iPad, should you upgrade to the new one?

Design

Apple iPad 8th Generation Review 2020

There is this saying that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, although I would have liked to say that here, I just don’t think that that approach applies here.

You see, the design of the 8th generation iPad is identical to its predecessor. As in everything about its aesthetics are similar which means that if you want to imagine what the new iPad looks like, all you have to do is look at the 7th gen variant.

Like all things, it can be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because that familiar design should feel right at home, especially for people that already own an iPad. It is bad because, in this day and age, more and more mobile devices have slimmer bezels and the new iPad still has those atrociously huge ones.

Don’t get me wrong, there are practical uses to having large bezels as it allows you to hold the tablet better when using it in landscape mode, but if you are watching online content, you can’t help but be bothered by the huge sides.

There are two versions of the 8th generation iPad and that is one with WiFi only and the other one having LTE. Its dimensions are 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29. The only difference between the WiFi and the LTE versions is that the latter is a bit heavier at 495 grams compared to the 490 grams of the former.

Thankfully, Apple didn’t remove the headphone jack but if you are going to utilize its built-in speakers, you are better off using a good Bluetooth speaker instead.

Display

Apple iPad 8th Gen

The 8th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 and 264 pixels per inch or PPI. It has a good peak brightness at 500 nits, though you can still experience some problems when you are outside and the sun is shining brightly.

You can utilize the Apple Pencil on this device and it is also quite accurate as well (just keep in mind that it is sold separately).

What I love about iPads, in general, is that their displays provide you with crisp and clear details. Whether you are working on your documents or perhaps watching your favorite movies and TV shows, they do not disappoint.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: A12 Bionic
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB/128GB
  • Display: 10.2-inch Retina IPS LCD Display, 2160 x 1620, 4:3 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness, 264 PPI
  • OS: iPadOS 14
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel (back), 1.2-megapixel (front)
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Battery: 32.4 Wh

So, if the 8th generation iPad has an identical design to its predecessor, what has changed here? Well, I am glad you asked. The only notable difference here is that the new model comes with the A12 Bionic chip and that’s pretty much it.

While you could be unhappy with the change, the new CPU actually beats its predecessor by a lot. By using Geekbench 5, single-core scores are about 60% higher than the 7th gen iPad and about 100% better in multi-core tasks than the previous model.

Granted that the said benchmark is relatively old, you couldn’t argue that the new processor is indeed way better than its predecessor.

Even when you are just using the tablet the way it should be used, you can really tell the difference. This is more evident if you are going to play some games

Now, do not worry about the 3GB of RAM because the iOS ecosystem is quite streamlined and efficient that you normally wouldn’t need more than that.

It should also go without saying that the included cameras are just there for show and they do not really do anything special, so I don’t think that covering them is warranted here.

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Verdict

Sure, the new 8th generation iPad doesn’t bring a lot to the table, but its new processor is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. Does that justify buying the new one? Probably not, especially if you already own the 7th generation model.

However, if you own an older iPad and you want better performance across the board, then you could probably spend your money to get one.

My gripe here is that there are only two storage options to choose from. You can get the 32GB variant for only $329 but in this day and age, 32GB is not a lot of storage space.

If you want more storage, you will need to spend an additional $100 premium just to get the 128GB model. In fact, I would go on to say that you should be buying this particular model compared to the 32GB variant. I just don’t like that the company is gouging you another $100 ($429 in total) just to get one.

The 8th generation iPad is disappointing in a lot of ways and its only redeeming quality is its new processor. It would have been nice if there is a redesign or that the lightning cable is changed to USB-C, but there is just not a lot of things to talk about here.

Therefore, I should say that the 8th generation iPad is just an iterative upgrade. Whether you want to buy it or not is entirely up to you.

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Amazon Echo Studio Review- The Bigger ‘Echo’ Speaker That Competes

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Amazon, the biggest online retailer in the world, has created its own AI implementation in the form of the Amazon Alexa.

It is actually quite polished and it can go against Apple’s Siri and Google’s own AI. That being said, the company has released some ‘Echo’ speakers that not only act as Bluetooth audio devices but as smart devices as well.

Today, I am going to be reviewing the Amazon Echo Studio. Does this thing really have what it takes to compete with the others?

Design

One of the biggest criticisms of Amazon’s Echo speakers of the past is that although its smart features are okay, their sound output leaves much to be desired. As a way of addressing the issue, Amazon has built the Echo Studio.

The Amazon Echo Studio is pretty big. It is 8 inches in height and 7 inches wide so this is indeed a pretty hefty audio solution. In fact, I would go on to say that this is one of the biggest Bluetooth speakers on the market.

Its design is pretty much akin to the Amazon Echo speakers of old. You get a fabric mesh design that encapsulates the speaker itself with all of its button controls situated at the top of the device.

You also get a blue ring light that will pretty much add to the aesthetic appeal of the unit. The microphone is also placed at the top and it is always on ‘listening mode’ so that whenever you want to interact with Alexa, it can do so at a moment’s notice.

Although you cannot see it, the Amazon Echo Studio is actually powered by a subwoofer, a tweeter, and four mid-range speakers that are mounted at the top and the sides. This thing is a beast as it can output 330 watts of power when needed, which is ample enough even for home cinema setups.

Audio Performance

Amazon Echo Studio Review 2020

The Amazon Echo Studio is quite a powerful Bluetooth speaker. No matter what genre of content you’d like to consume, this thing can output the necessary sound to make your viewing experience more immersive.

I am usually keen on an audio solution’s performance when it comes to playing music and I am happy with the Echo Studio’s prowess.

Although it favors the lower frequencies more than the mids and the highs, it does so without drowning the latter two, which is something that you normally do not see on large Bluetooth speakers.

An interesting feature that the Amazon Echo Studio has is its support for 3D Audio. You will need to sign in to your Amazon Music HD account before you can get a hold of this feature and it is the only platform that supports the Echo Studio’s 3D Audio. Amazon did mention that it will hand out support for other streaming platforms at a later date though.

So, how is the speaker’s performance on that front? Well, I am not really sure what to think about it as I have mixed feelings about the said feature.

3D audio is meant to provide a more immersive listening experience but I can hardly tell the difference between traditional Hi-Res audio and this one.

I guess you could say that for tracks that have a more melodic tone that you can discern a 3D audio-enabled track from a regular track, but other than that, non-audiophiles can hardly tell the difference.

To be fair, the said feature is still not polished yet, so expect it to improve in the years to come.

The Amazon Echo Studio also has seamless integration with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, though it does support all other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu as well.

You are also given the option to link up another Amazon Echo Studio speaker so that you can have them work in tandem to provide you with even better sound. I do not have a second unit though, so I cannot really tell anything about this. But, the feature is there if you want to get another unit.

Features

Amazon Echo Studio

Aside from 3D audio, the Echo Studio also acts as a control hub for your smart devices. You can use Alexa to turn off your lights at a specific time of the night or you can have it play your favorite track if you want. The possibilities are endless.

Do keep in mind that while it should support most of the smart home devices that you can buy on the market, there are some products that do not play ball. 

For instance, some smart locks can only be supported using Apple’s Siri, so you cannot control that using this device.

You can also link up a second Echo Studio speaker if you have one and you can use both of them to provide you with an even more powerful and more immersive listening experience.

You can control the speaker’s features by manually tapping on the buttons at the top of the device or by downloading its companion app.

Conclusion

Amazon has finally solved the issue of the Amazon Echo speakers of the past by giving you a relatively large speaker that can do a lot of things.

The Amazon Echo Studio has support for 3D audio, but you will need to have an Amazon Music HD account to get a hold of the said feature.

You can also use the speaker to control your smart home devices which is pretty nice. The microphone is always on listening mode so that you can call Alexa’s attention at a moment’s notice.

Normally, I would expect a product like this to cost more than $300, but the Amazon Echo Studio actually costs just $199. I guess getting another one is not too far out of the equation, eh?

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The Best iPhone Battery Cases in 2020 That Gives Your Device Some Extra Juice on the Go

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In every new version of the iPhone, you can expect it to have a much better battery life compared to its predecessor. While that has certainly become a trend, you will never know how long your device will last if you continuously use it the entire day.

If you travel a lot, you need to buy battery cases instead of using the device’s own charger to top it up.

Fortunately for you, I will cover some of the best iPhone battery cases in 2020 that will give your device some extra juice on the go.

Why Choose a Battery Case?

A lot of people might say that you just need a power bank if you want your devices to last longer than needed and while they certainly have their uses, they are a bit cumbersome to fully utilize.

You see, for you to charge your iPhone using a power bank, you will need to have it plugged in via the device’s own cable which can prove to be quite stressful, especially in certain situations where you forgot that it is plugged into the power bank itself.

I’ve heard numerous reports of people forgetting that their iPhone is plugged into power banks and a lot of devices were dropped as a result. You do not want that to happen to your expensive flagship phone, right?

A battery case is definitely much better than a power bank. While it cannot hold a lot of juice, it does have enough in its tank to help your device last a whole day even with moderate to heavy use.

In addition, a battery case can also be used as a protective case to prevent any scratches and any damage done to your precious phone.

So, if I have convinced you with the uses of a battery case, here are some of the best ones that you can find on the market:

Best iPhone Battery Cases

1.Official Apple Battery Case

Price: $129

Official Apple Battery Case

If you want to use a battery case for your iPhone, you must first look at the company that’s selling the device itself for official accessories.

That being said, Apple does offer a battery case for its newer models, starting with the iPhone X lineup.

Apple’s official battery cases have a steep price tag, but that is just Apple being the company that it is known for: Quality and elegance.

This case is made specifically for the device in question which means that you no longer have to think about compatibility or anything of the sort.

What’s great about Apple’s official battery cases is that it not only has the right fit for your particular phone but it also supports wireless charging as well.

That means that you no longer have to remove the device from the case if you intend to use your wireless charger to top the phone up overnight.

You also get to choose between a variety of different colors to suit your style and that is why this is an appealing choice for many users.

The only downside here (aside from the price) is that it only holds a 1,500 mAh charge which means that it can just give you some extra added juice, but it doesn’t last long enough compared to the other options on the market.

Still, with official device support, this is the one that you should be getting first.

2.Mophie Juice Pack Air

Price: $95

Mophie Juice Pack Air

If you want a better level of protection while also giving you the ability to provide more juice to your iPhone 11, the Mophie Juice Pack Air is a worthy contender.

I really love its subtle design and you can choose between two different colors: Aqua Blue and Black. The latter is the sexier choice, though the former doesn’t disappoint.

It is perfectly tailored for the iPhone and what’s great here is that you can also wirelessly charge this thing without ever having to remove the device from the case itself.

Another interesting thing to note here is that when you do charge the device and the case itself, the phone gets top priority first (meaning, it gets charged first) before the case does. This is a nice touch that I wish other similar products have.

One huge negative about this product, though, is that its cutout for the lightning port (the part where you plug the charger into) is a bit too small. This prompts you to lift the phone a little bit out of the case to charge it which I think is a bummer.

But, the reason why I recommend this is that aside from its good level of protection, it supports wireless charging without having the phone removed from the case itself.

3.Euhan Battery Case

Price: $29

Euhan Battery Case

Battery cases for iPhones need not be expensive and this next recommendation is certainly a testament to that.

The Euhan battery case is actually a pretty good choice for most users. It has a pretty beefy 6,500 battery capacity which can definitely charge your iPhone about two times more and it has an indicator light that tells you if it still has enough juice left in the tank.

It does offer some level of protection though it is not as good as the above-mentioned recommendations.

Although it doesn’t give you the ability to wirelessly charge your phone with the case on, its cutouts are definitely on point so you will not have any issues plugging the lightning cable into its intended port.

Lastly, the case is quite affordable. At only $29 and for the value that it gives, this is certainly one of the battery cases that will be quite appealing for most users.

4.Mophie Juice Pack Access

Price: $69

Mophie Juice Pack Access

The biggest criticism with the previous Mophie battery case on this list is that its lightning port cutout is not the best- prompting you to slightly remove your iPhone from the case which makes it useless in certain instances.

Well, the company has since rectified that issue while also adding more battery capacity into the mix. The Mophie Juice Pack Access is another slick and stylish case that works nicely with any Apple smartphone.

It has a slightly higher battery capacity at 2,200 mAh and its cutouts are perfectly made for the newer devices.

It offers a good level of protection and the best part is that you can wirelessly charge your device without having to remove the phone from the case itself.

I am surprised that this is offered at a much cheaper price but it certainly is a nice thing to be given more options to choose from.

5.Moment iPhone Battery Photo Case

Price: $99

Moment iPhone Battery Photo Case

The problem with most battery cases is that they only offer some level of protection and some juice to help your iPhone last longer during the day and that’s it.

That is a shame considering that the iPhones are well-regarded to have great cameras and having a dull battery case will not do it justice.

If you are a traveling photographer or you just want to whip out your phone for vlogging, the Moment iPhone Battery Photo Case might be quite appealing to you.

It holds a 3,800 charge which is plenty of iPhones but what’s interesting here is that it has two dedicated buttons that will help utilize your device’s cameras. You just click the said buttons and you’re on your way to capturing the best moments and sceneries out there.

Because this is one of the more interesting cases for iPhones out there, your main problem here is availability. But, if you can snag one up, you will certainly be happy with the purchase.

6.Alpatronix Battery Case

Price: $27

Alpatronix Battery Case

One of the top-rated battery cases for iPhones on the market is one from Alpatronix. It is a 4,000 mAh case that provides good protection, ensuring that your top-dollar investment is not going to break into pieces.

It has the right cutouts giving you easy access to the different ports of your device and the case itself provides a good level of scratch protection as well.

An interesting thing to note here is that this is one of the only battery case products out there that provide you with an additional tempered glass for added protection.

Of course, you will have to be the one to attach the said tempered glass but I think that this is a nice touch to help protect your expensive smartphone even more.

The only downside here is that the case itself has a smooth coating which means that it can be prone to slippage if you’re not careful.

Other than that, this is another inexpensive battery case that might appeal to most users.

7.NEWDERY Battery Case

Price: $35

NEWDERY Battery Case

If all you really care about is topping up your iPhone to last longer than a day and you do not want to spend a whole lot of money for it, then the NEWDERY battery case is another one that I can recommend.

Its design might not wow you or anything but it certainly provides some level of protection against shocks and scratches which are the most important things when putting on a case for your precious device.

The 5,000 battery case should be enough for travelers who want to ensure that their device is not going to run out of battery whenever they are on the go.

It also supports wireless charging without removing the device from the case which is definitely a nice touch for a case at this price point.

The only thing that you need to be wary about is that this particular case is not friendly with screen protectors.

But, if you do not use any screen protectors or tempered glass products, then this would be one of the better options out there.

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Google Nest Audio vs Amazon Echo- The Battle of the New ‘Smart’ Speakers

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Smart home speakers are not as popular as mobile phones, but in my opinion, it actually should be.

You see, companies are slowly rolling out smart home devices so that your life will be so much easier given the convenience of having them.

That being said, I am going to be talking about the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo speakers because they are the ones that are at the forefront when it comes to smart home speakers. Which of these should you choose? Read on to find out!

Design

For those of you who do not know, Google Nest Audio is actually the Google Home speakers that were released just about a year ago. It seems that Google wanted to use a new moniker to denote that this particular thing can ‘nest’ your other smart home devices.

The Amazon Echo, on the other hand, refers to the medium-sized Bluetooth speaker that the largest online retailer sells. The company is set to release a new version of this device soon, so it would be interesting to see how well it performs.

Even though the new version of the Amazon Echo hasn’t arrived at our doorstep yet for an official review, this is not to say that we can somehow speculate what it can offer, especially considering that the company has provided us with some really good information about it.

With all of those out of the way, let’s talk more about the design first. The Google Nest Audio takes on a more cylindrical approach in that the speaker itself has a higher height than the Amazon Echo.

For that reason, you are getting a 75mm woofer and a single 19mm tweeter. Google touts the Google Nest Audio as a better sound solution compared to its original Google Home Speaker because of the changes.

On the other hand, the Amazon Echo, in my opinion, has better sound quality. That is thanks to its two 20mm tweeters and a huge 76.2mm woofer. Its design is more spherical but I am pleased (and surprised) that Amazon was able to include two tweeters on its Bluetooth speaker implementation.

At the base of the Amazon Echo is a blue light ring that changes the way it emits light depending on the current usage.

Both of these Bluetooth speakers are offered in various colors so you have different options to choose from.

Sound Quality

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If you look at the design of both speakers, you could make a case that the Amazon Echo wins this round when it comes to pure sound quality. Its two tweeters compared to the single tweeter on the Google Nest Audio, provides it with a much better chance of delivering mid-high sound frequencies.

This is not to discount the fact that Google has some tricks up its sleeves because its AI technology is smart enough to adjust the sound quality on the fly when needed.

Both of the speakers have an adaptive sound feature wherein if it detects that the ambient noise is loud enough, it increases the volume of whatever content you are consuming at that moment to compensate. This is using both of the speakers’ microphones. The volume should normalize to the last known level after it detects that the ambient sound has quieted down.

Of course, this is only my opinion after looking at the spec sheet because I will have to get my hands on these things before I can give my honest opinion. But, my initial assessment would be that the Amazon Echo delivers better sound compared to the Google Nest Audio.

Smart Features

Google Nest Audio

To be able to provide you with ‘smart’ features, both the Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo are equipped with processors that can handle just that.

The Google Nest Audio comes with the company’s TeraOPS A53 processor which is a quad-core chip that boasts of better performance compared to the company’s previous Bluetooth speakers.

On the other hand, Amazon’s own speaker is equipped with the AZ1 Neural Edge processor that, according to the company, should be more responsive to voice commands compared to previous versions.

It is hard to say who wins this round. You see, Amazon has Zigbee hub integration which means that your connected smart home devices have better compatibility with the said speaker because of this.

However, we all know that Google’s AI technology is so advanced (and even more accurate) than Alexa, so it could potentially provide you with better features overall compared to Amazon’s Bluetooth speaker.

Of course, I cannot truly say which one wins this round until I get to review these wireless audio solutions. In that case, stay tuned for more.

Availability

The Google Nest Audio will be available on October 5, while the Amazon Echo will not be released until later this month (October 22). That being said, both of these speakers will retail for $99.99, so stay tuned for our official product reviews to help you know which one you should ultimately choose for yourself.

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Apple iPad 8th Generation Review- An Iterative Upgrade

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When it comes to ease of use and convenience, people like getting Apple’s products because of its more streamlined approach to everything. Sure, there is a lot to tinker on Android but that is also precisely the reason why the user experience, at least for the layman, is not as great.

That being said, the 8th generation iPad was just released after the new iOS 14 update was launched. But, if you already have a 6th or 7th generation iPad, should you upgrade to the new one?

Design

Apple iPad 8th Generation Review 2020

There is this saying that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, although I would have liked to say that here, I just don’t think that that approach applies here.

You see, the design of the 8th generation iPad is identical to its predecessor. As in everything about its aesthetics are similar which means that if you want to imagine what the new iPad looks like, all you have to do is look at the 7th gen variant.

Like all things, it can be a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because that familiar design should feel right at home, especially for people that already own an iPad. It is bad because, in this day and age, more and more mobile devices have slimmer bezels and the new iPad still has those atrociously huge ones.

Don’t get me wrong, there are practical uses to having large bezels as it allows you to hold the tablet better when using it in landscape mode, but if you are watching online content, you can’t help but be bothered by the huge sides.

There are two versions of the 8th generation iPad and that is one with WiFi only and the other one having LTE. Its dimensions are 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29. The only difference between the WiFi and the LTE versions is that the latter is a bit heavier at 495 grams compared to the 490 grams of the former.

Thankfully, Apple didn’t remove the headphone jack but if you are going to utilize its built-in speakers, you are better off using a good Bluetooth speaker instead.

Display

Apple iPad 8th Gen

The 8th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2160 x 1620 and 264 pixels per inch or PPI. It has a good peak brightness at 500 nits, though you can still experience some problems when you are outside and the sun is shining brightly.

You can utilize the Apple Pencil on this device and it is also quite accurate as well (just keep in mind that it is sold separately).

What I love about iPads, in general, is that their displays provide you with crisp and clear details. Whether you are working on your documents or perhaps watching your favorite movies and TV shows, they do not disappoint.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: A12 Bionic
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB/128GB
  • Display: 10.2-inch Retina IPS LCD Display, 2160 x 1620, 4:3 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness, 264 PPI
  • OS: iPadOS 14
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel (back), 1.2-megapixel (front)
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Battery: 32.4 Wh

So, if the 8th generation iPad has an identical design to its predecessor, what has changed here? Well, I am glad you asked. The only notable difference here is that the new model comes with the A12 Bionic chip and that’s pretty much it.

While you could be unhappy with the change, the new CPU actually beats its predecessor by a lot. By using Geekbench 5, single-core scores are about 60% higher than the 7th gen iPad and about 100% better in multi-core tasks than the previous model.

Granted that the said benchmark is relatively old, you couldn’t argue that the new processor is indeed way better than its predecessor.

Even when you are just using the tablet the way it should be used, you can really tell the difference. This is more evident if you are going to play some games

Now, do not worry about the 3GB of RAM because the iOS ecosystem is quite streamlined and efficient that you normally wouldn’t need more than that.

It should also go without saying that the included cameras are just there for show and they do not really do anything special, so I don’t think that covering them is warranted here.

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Verdict

Sure, the new 8th generation iPad doesn’t bring a lot to the table, but its new processor is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor. Does that justify buying the new one? Probably not, especially if you already own the 7th generation model.

However, if you own an older iPad and you want better performance across the board, then you could probably spend your money to get one.

My gripe here is that there are only two storage options to choose from. You can get the 32GB variant for only $329 but in this day and age, 32GB is not a lot of storage space.

If you want more storage, you will need to spend an additional $100 premium just to get the 128GB model. In fact, I would go on to say that you should be buying this particular model compared to the 32GB variant. I just don’t like that the company is gouging you another $100 ($429 in total) just to get one.

The 8th generation iPad is disappointing in a lot of ways and its only redeeming quality is its new processor. It would have been nice if there is a redesign or that the lightning cable is changed to USB-C, but there is just not a lot of things to talk about here.

Therefore, I should say that the 8th generation iPad is just an iterative upgrade. Whether you want to buy it or not is entirely up to you.

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Amazon Echo Studio Review- The Bigger ‘Echo’ Speaker That Competes

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Amazon, the biggest online retailer in the world, has created its own AI implementation in the form of the Amazon Alexa.

It is actually quite polished and it can go against Apple’s Siri and Google’s own AI. That being said, the company has released some ‘Echo’ speakers that not only act as Bluetooth audio devices but as smart devices as well.

Today, I am going to be reviewing the Amazon Echo Studio. Does this thing really have what it takes to compete with the others?

Design

One of the biggest criticisms of Amazon’s Echo speakers of the past is that although its smart features are okay, their sound output leaves much to be desired. As a way of addressing the issue, Amazon has built the Echo Studio.

The Amazon Echo Studio is pretty big. It is 8 inches in height and 7 inches wide so this is indeed a pretty hefty audio solution. In fact, I would go on to say that this is one of the biggest Bluetooth speakers on the market.

Its design is pretty much akin to the Amazon Echo speakers of old. You get a fabric mesh design that encapsulates the speaker itself with all of its button controls situated at the top of the device.

You also get a blue ring light that will pretty much add to the aesthetic appeal of the unit. The microphone is also placed at the top and it is always on ‘listening mode’ so that whenever you want to interact with Alexa, it can do so at a moment’s notice.

Although you cannot see it, the Amazon Echo Studio is actually powered by a subwoofer, a tweeter, and four mid-range speakers that are mounted at the top and the sides. This thing is a beast as it can output 330 watts of power when needed, which is ample enough even for home cinema setups.

Audio Performance

Amazon Echo Studio Review 2020

The Amazon Echo Studio is quite a powerful Bluetooth speaker. No matter what genre of content you’d like to consume, this thing can output the necessary sound to make your viewing experience more immersive.

I am usually keen on an audio solution’s performance when it comes to playing music and I am happy with the Echo Studio’s prowess.

Although it favors the lower frequencies more than the mids and the highs, it does so without drowning the latter two, which is something that you normally do not see on large Bluetooth speakers.

An interesting feature that the Amazon Echo Studio has is its support for 3D Audio. You will need to sign in to your Amazon Music HD account before you can get a hold of this feature and it is the only platform that supports the Echo Studio’s 3D Audio. Amazon did mention that it will hand out support for other streaming platforms at a later date though.

So, how is the speaker’s performance on that front? Well, I am not really sure what to think about it as I have mixed feelings about the said feature.

3D audio is meant to provide a more immersive listening experience but I can hardly tell the difference between traditional Hi-Res audio and this one.

I guess you could say that for tracks that have a more melodic tone that you can discern a 3D audio-enabled track from a regular track, but other than that, non-audiophiles can hardly tell the difference.

To be fair, the said feature is still not polished yet, so expect it to improve in the years to come.

The Amazon Echo Studio also has seamless integration with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, though it does support all other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu as well.

You are also given the option to link up another Amazon Echo Studio speaker so that you can have them work in tandem to provide you with even better sound. I do not have a second unit though, so I cannot really tell anything about this. But, the feature is there if you want to get another unit.

Features

Amazon Echo Studio

Aside from 3D audio, the Echo Studio also acts as a control hub for your smart devices. You can use Alexa to turn off your lights at a specific time of the night or you can have it play your favorite track if you want. The possibilities are endless.

Do keep in mind that while it should support most of the smart home devices that you can buy on the market, there are some products that do not play ball. 

For instance, some smart locks can only be supported using Apple’s Siri, so you cannot control that using this device.

You can also link up a second Echo Studio speaker if you have one and you can use both of them to provide you with an even more powerful and more immersive listening experience.

You can control the speaker’s features by manually tapping on the buttons at the top of the device or by downloading its companion app.

Conclusion

Amazon has finally solved the issue of the Amazon Echo speakers of the past by giving you a relatively large speaker that can do a lot of things.

The Amazon Echo Studio has support for 3D audio, but you will need to have an Amazon Music HD account to get a hold of the said feature.

You can also use the speaker to control your smart home devices which is pretty nice. The microphone is always on listening mode so that you can call Alexa’s attention at a moment’s notice.

Normally, I would expect a product like this to cost more than $300, but the Amazon Echo Studio actually costs just $199. I guess getting another one is not too far out of the equation, eh?

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