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CandyShell Amped Review - MacReview.com

CandyShell Amped Review - MacReview.com | Hazel Guia | Scoop.it
Editor Rating OutstandingCandyShell AmpedReviewed by: MacReview.comPublished on: July 9, 2014Last modified: July 11, 2014Review Summary: More DetailsAfter developing a successful product, it is always expected from a company to improve...
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Looking for a unique iPhone case? The Speck CandyShell Amped iPhone 5s case is a sound amplification case with military-grade protection.
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MARKDROP REVIEW

At a first look, MarkDrop looks like any typical Markdown-powered editor, but if you take a look at the upper right corner you’ll see a small Droplr toggle. The primary role of this editor is to allow you write and edit text which is going to be shared via your Droplr account, which means that if you press CMD+S, a file you’re currently writing will be automatically saved to Droplr. You’ll see a small loading bar at the top, confirming that your file has been uploaded. This application is more than a simple text editor with ability to use Droplr.
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TWEETLY REVIEW

Right here on MacReview you can already find a review about the most popular Twitter client named Tweetbot, but this isn’t a reason not to see some newcomers to the iOS App Store. A couple of days back we reviewed Tweet7 which brought nicely designed iOS7 interface and some very interesting ways of staying on top of posts and tweets. Today we’ll take a look at Tweetly.
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BOWFLEX BOOST REVIEW

When it comes to design of Bowflex Boost, it isn’t as attractive as other trackers and it brings very simple design. This could be a good thing for those who don’t like design of Jawbone’s or Nike’s trackers, so I am sure that there are a lot of potential users for this product. As you can see from the pictures, this is a wristband-type of tracker which is approximately 10” long and 0.75” wide. It’s made of very strong silicone band which brings 14 holes allowing you to adjusting it to your wrist. Once you place it around your wrist you’ll see the tracker module on the top, which is also covered in silicone layer. On the top there’s a button and a small indentation which is actually a signal light.
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TIME THIEF REVIEW

In case you like those games which are trying to offer logic and strategic obstacles instead of trying to impress you with the high-end graphics, then continue reading this article because we’ll be taking a look at one of those games. Time Thief is the newly released iOS game designed for those who want a quick fix of fun and entertainment, and comes from a developer Iris Wagner.
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PHONESUIT ELITE REVIEW

Once I opened the packaging I’ve saw pretty much all the standard parts for any battery case. You’ll receive the case itself (which consists of two parts) and the micro-USB cable. There’s no headphone adapter (or extender) since this piece isn’t needed, which is a huge positive side. The case brings 2100mAh battery inside. The installation is very simple and effortless, which isn’t always the case with these products. In order to use the PhoneSuit Elite you’ll need to remove the upper part, slide your phone inside the case (the large bottom part) and simply return the top part.
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INCIPIO OFFGRID PRO REVIEW

Once you receive the offGRID Pro you’ll see that you’ve received a lot of different parts that need to be assembled. The main part is the case into which you need to place your phone. This case is made of hard plastic and features an opening for the iPhone’s camera. On the bottom you’ll find glossy plastic extruded part which features the Lightning plug and four LEDs on the front. This part is actually the plastic slab which contains the space for the battery. You’ll need to remove the phone in order to insert a new battery, which will seem odd at first but once you try it a few times you’ll be able to swap batteries very quickly.
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MOBEE MAGIC JUICE REVIEW

In a first look there’s nothing original about Magic Juice, which means that it looks like just about any external battery pack. It’s rectangular and cubic, and comes with glossy white plastic finish. Two end caps are a bit greyish, and they feature one micro-USB port, one full sized USB port, and there’s also the power button. As you can see, you can recharge it simply by connecting it to any USB port, but there’s also option for wireless charging. In case you own Mobee’s Magic Feet or Magic Charger you can simply place it on top of these chargers, and the process will automatically begin. Once it’s fully charged you can use it like any other external battery pack, so you can connect it to your iPhone via Lightning cable that you already own.
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JUMPSHARE REVIEW

Jumpshare is probably the newest cloud storage and sharing solution, which has been in its beta phase for a while now. We’ll be taking a look at its first final version, which can be used through both free and premium accounts. In order to battle its very capable opponents, Jumpshare decided to bring some unique features. The most useful one is ability to preview over 200 file formats directly in a web browser. I was pretty amazed to see how many different and interesting file formats are supported, and I even tried some more complex ones like AutoCAD (dwg/dwf) which worked very well.
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OPERA MAIL REVIEW

Opera Mail is an application which comes from the same developer which brought a well-known web browser. Even though this is not one of the most popular e-mail clients, there are still some very loyal fans of Opera which are praising this platform. Opera Mail is being advertised as lightweight and can be customized by mail client, so let’s see what’s hidden beneath. Opera Mail is truly lightweight and it will take just a few moments until its gets installed. Upon its first launch you’ll get to choose whether you’d like to import account from another client, which worked very well. I need to say that there are a lot of users around the web who complained about this feature not functioning properly, but I haven’t had that experience. The bottom line is that even if you create a new account manually, it will take just a few moments of your time.
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TAG JOURNAL REVIEW

Tag Journal is recently published iOS journal tool, being sold at $3. Even though it comes at an affordable price in comparison to other similar applications, a developer made sure to pack several interesting and very important features, so let’s see what this application offers. As you’ll see upon its first launch, Tag Journal is designed to perfectly complement aesthetics of iOS7. This is something that you can see very often these days, but I still believe that this application brings one of the best designed UIs. It brings light and colorful palette, but retains its minimalism.
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SPUTNIK REVIEW

From the first time I opened Sputnik on my OSX, I was intrigued by its nicely designed interface. The application is very light, in terms of its size, performance, and UI design. On the left side of the window you’ll be able to find your RSS sources sorted by categories. You can easily add new feed subscriptions by importing an existing OPML file, or you add feeds manually.
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OVERTURE WALLET CASE REVIEW

On a first look, Overture looks like just about any folio-style wallet case. On the inside you’ll find the standard looking shell case for your iPhone, which is nicely designed in terms of shape and dimensions. The phone can be placed inside the shell without any problems, yet the shell holds it firmly. On the left side you’ll find the wallet functionality. There are three pockets designed to hold credit or ID cards, but there’s also one very large pocket beneath. This is where you can place some bigger items, or some cash as well. I need to say that the stitching is quality done, so I don’t expect for these pockets to stretch over time.
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VERT 2 REVIEW

Vert is a typical unit conversion tool, which means that you probably already know what to expect in terms of functionality. This little tool will surely surprise you, and the first surprise will happen when you take a look at its gorgeous interface. Vert has been updated to its second major version just a few weeks ago, and it brought incredible iOS7 inspired design. Colors are minimalist and they are used to signalize chosen items, while typography is very clean and minimalist as well. There are no tool bars or status bars, so all you see on the screen are units and input numbers. This doesn’t mean that Vert is overly simple, since it uses nicely integrated gestures to flick through different screens and to choose from dozens of categories. You’ll be also able to customize its colors, so this app can really complement your iPhone 5C, in case you use this iPhone model.
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MOGA ACE POWER REVIEW

Ace Power is designed to move on-screen controls away from the screen and onto plastic buttons. While creating this game controller, MOGA needed to work with Apple in order to make a device which complies with the official design guidelines. This is why you’ll be able to see one analog Joypad on the left end, and the one on right end along with four colored buttons. As you can see from the pictures, there are also several small buttons located on both ends. These buttons offer functions like pause, sleep/wake, battery life check and similar. There are also several “shoulder buttons”, where you’ll be able to find lock system which keeps the phone in its place inside this controller. What I also need to say that even though this hardware piece is nicely designed, I wonder about its build quality since it doesn’t seem too strong. In fact, it feels hollow inside.
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SLITE CARD CASE REVIEW

Even though the Slite Card Case could be considered as a successor to the Q Card Case, there’s a number of differences and it seems that a completely new design philosophy has been used while designing it. This case is completely made from plastics, available in four colors. I am not sure why these four colors don’t match the iPhone 5C signature feature (differently colored phones), but on the other hand this could have been made on purpose. You’ll be able to choose from black, grey, blue, and dark red.
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OVERTURE WALLET CASE REVIEW

On a first look, Overture looks like just about any folio-style wallet case. On the inside you’ll find the standard looking shell case for your iPhone, which is nicely designed in terms of shape and dimensions. The phone can be placed inside the shell without any problems, yet the shell holds it firmly. On the left side you’ll find the wallet functionality. There are three pockets designed to hold credit or ID cards, but there’s also one very large pocket beneath. This is where you can place some bigger items, or some cash as well. I need to say that the stitching is quality done, so I don’t expect for these pockets to stretch over time.
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SPUTNIK REVIEW

There are two main categories of RSS readers. You can find very simple and basic ones, and there are those which are very complex and bring sharing and social features as well. Sputnik is the simple one, which isn’t a bad thing. Simple RSS readers allow you to focus on articles and catch up on news and topics you care about, and they usually offer great performance as well. From the first time I opened Sputnik on my OSX, I was intrigued by its nicely designed interface. The application is very light, in terms of its size, performance, and UI design. On the left side of the window you’ll be able to find your RSS sources sorted by categories. You can easily add new feed subscriptions by importing an existing OPML file, or you add feeds manually.
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PROCRASTER REVIEW

Procraster is one of those iOS apps, and this one seems to be very popular at the moment. This application is designed to help you break large projects into smaller steps and to give you an overview of your “productive time”. You can download Procraster from the iOS App Store for only $1.
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FREAPP REVIEW

Freapp offers you five main categories, which you can find as five icons in the bottom-positioned toolbar. Those are: Daily, Sales, Home, Apps, and Games. The first one, Daily, is designed to bring you daily deals on some iOS applications. It’s very similar to Sales tab, where you find a list of premium applications which can be now downloaded free of charge. There’s no true difference between these two tabs, expect that daily deals aim to be a bit more exclusive even though I believe these might be sponsored offers.
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LOGITECH FABRICSKIN FOLIO REVIEW

The newest FabricSkin is still an exceptionally designed folio case, which even seems improved in some areas. There are three color combinations to choose from: Carbon Black, Red Orange, and Urban Grey. It’s interesting to note that the first two bring white interior, while the grey version brings bright yellow interior and keyboard as well.
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IPORT REVIEW

Full name of this product is iPort – Charge Case and Stand, and there are two versions currently available. The first one is compatible with the 4th generation iPad, while the other one is compatible with the first generation iPad mini. As you can see, you won’t be able to use iPort with the iPad Air or the newest iPad mini, but support for these products should arrive in early 2014.
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NIKE+ FUELBAND SE REVIEW

Even though it doesn’t bring strikingly new design, FuelBand SE does come with some changes. There are no translucent colors anymore, but instead you’ll get to choose from three black versions which are simply accented with pink, orange, and green elements. You can also buy all-black version as well. Also, there’s no more silver clip which has been replaced with neutral black element. On the top you’ll find only a single button and a cleverly hidden five-character screen. I believe it’s safe to say that this still one of the most attractive wristbands in the world of activity trackers.
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PHONESUIT ELITE REVIEW

The installation is very simple and effortless, which isn’t always the case with these products. In order to use the PhoneSuit Elite you’ll need to remove the upper part, slide your phone inside the case (the large bottom part) and simply return the top part. That’s all there is. Even though it’s clear that this case is quality made, there are a few details that I didn’t like. One of those things is that the case isn’t even a tiniest bit extruded over the phone’s screen, so there’s no screen protection. Also, there are no button covers, so I assume that dirt and dust will easy accumulate in these small openings. On the other side, there are some surprisingly well designed details. For example, the bottom side is a bit rounded which gives you easy access to the headphone port, so there’s no need for any adapters or extenders. Also, the playback volume is a bit increased.
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TIME THIEF REVIEW

Time Thief is one of those games which are hard to explain until you try them by yourself. As its developer says this is the game where you fight against the clock, which is the foundation of almost any successful logic game. Once you open this application for the first time you’ll get to see a slideshow which tells a story of what a time thief actually is, and this gives you some idea of what you’ll be supposed to do. This is not a tutorial, but simply a back story. Even though there’s tutorial once you start your first match, I am sure that you’ll need to go through several matches in order to figure out what you need to do. Even though this is very simple game, it lacks quality tutorial which is not just one picture of arrows pointing you to different parts of the screen.
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