TiP Year in Review: First generation products, services, and more

December 31, 2015 11:41:55 PM
macbook-12-inch-retina 2015 was a big year for Apple, the company unveiled a lot of new first-generation products, services, and accessories. There’s a lot to cover and this could easily become a long 3,000 word post (post edit: it is), but we’ll only be going over the essentials. Products Starting in March with Apple’s Spring...

Review: BrydgeMini, the must have keyboard for iPad mini

December 31, 2015 5:57:56 AM
Brydge BrydgeMini Bluetooth Keyboard iPad mini For many, the iPad is a multi-purpose device. While a lot of work can be done with the touch screen alone, some people enjoy the ability to type on a physical keyboard. The BrydgeMini from Brydge lets you turn your iPad mini into something much more like a small MacBook. Like other iPad friendly keyboards,...

Fossil Q Founder review: Bold, beautiful, but average with Android Wear

December 15, 2015 7:04:48 PM
Fossil Q Founder review: Bold, beautiful, but average with Android Wear Valentina PalladinoFossil knows watches: its wide selection of timepieces are made of quality materials and with a consistent style while remaining on the affordable side of luxury. Now the fashion company is bringing its watch expertise to Android Wear with the Q Founder smartwatch. The most expensive...

iPhone Smart Battery Case Review: I Can't Believe I Don't Hate It

December 10, 2015 12:03:09 AM
iPhone Smart Battery Case Review: I Can't Believe I Don't Hate It My initial reaction to Apple’s expensive new iPhone battery case was in step with the everyone else’s: It looks like it has a tumor. But what I discovered after using it for a full day is it’s actually surprisingly great. What Is It? The $100 iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case is Apple’s first...

Is HTC's A9 the One?

December 8, 2015 4:44:21 AM
HTC One A9 Back So you bought iPhone 6. You love the understated styling of the aluminum enclosure and how the device feels in your hands. But iOS is a dog brain. It's loyal and friendly, but you want more than a tail-wagger that needs to be let out to pee. HTC has your back, with the shockingly similar-looking One...

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Review

December 5, 2015 7:24:26 PM
IMG_5501 Tablets? Anyone know how and why they are called so? Well, fun fact: In the stone ages and medieval times, flat stones were used as a means to write things down and were known as stone tablets and by no means is to be confused with a medical ‘tablet’.  HAHA. Today, I have the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet and...

iPad Mini 4 review

December 2, 2015 4:54:34 AM
Apple iPad Mini 4 Apple’s bite-sized iPad Mini has never gotten the love it deserves. Ever since it launched, it’s been a step behind its bigger brother in terms of processing power and screen resolution. This year’s iPad Mini 4 is no different, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an excellent tablet. With its high-res screen,...

Pebble Time Round reviewed: You can judge this book by its cover

November 21, 2015 5:58:40 PM
Pebble Time Round reviewed: You can judge this book by its cover Valentina PalladinoKeeping up with Pebble has been a challenge this year. First, the company released the Time and Time Steel smartwatches, featuring the new "Timeline" watch interface that breaks up your day into past, present, and future events. Then, it added support for third-party smart straps that allow...

iPad Pro Review round-up: bridging the notebook gap

November 11, 2015 8:50:52 PM
iPad-Pro-Apple-Event-Product-hands-on-1-1280x720 Early reviews of the iPad Pro are in, appearing to understand that Apple wants to replace your laptop, but not necessarily agreeing with that possibility wholeheartedly. While several publications suggest that the iPad Pro is ready to carve out a new spot in the device ecosphere, others say it's not...

Huawei Honor 4X Review: a Great Option for Young People Who Travel a Lot, Solid P8 Lite Alternative (Video)

November 6, 2015 12:16:37 AM
Huawei-Honor-4X_017 The Huawei Honor 4X is a midrange phablet and a HTC Desire 820 rival, that’s being reviewed over the following lines. This model can also be considered an ASUS ZenFone 2 rival and I mean the cheapest versions of that handset. Launched last fall, the handset is priced at around $150 and it comes after...

Revisiting Nexus 9

November 3, 2015 9:39:45 PM
Wicky Witch Android Nexus 9 HTC is just killing me. Last week, I bought a new Nexus 9 tablet from Amazon, thinking: "What a deal!" But every Tuesday, the device manufacturer boasts big 24-hour sale. "What a steal" is my reaction to the weekly price cut, with buyer's remorse. The company sells, today only, the 32GB LTE model for...

Fossil Q wearables reviewed: Smartwatches that actually look good

October 31, 2015 5:25:05 PM
Fossil Q wearables reviewed: Smartwatches that actually look good Valentina PalladinoUntil recently, wearables had an image problem. If the very first fitness trackers and smartwatches didn't look like a random piece of silicone with a honking module on top wrapped around your wrist, they were considered a fashionable success. Within the past year or so, companies...

Microsoft Band 2 Review: a massive hardware improvement

October 29, 2015 7:05:36 PM
MicrosoftBand2__AZL2654 The original Microsoft Band released last year wasn’t meant to sell too well. It was really just an experiment to see if people would want a sensor-packed high-end health tracking wearable with a few smart-watch functions. You know, something a bit more than a Fitbit, but not as complicated and involved...

Martian Envoy G10 smartwatch review

October 21, 2015 5:07:39 PM
martian-g10-1 We have reached a tipping point; smartwatches are no longer something worn only by early adopters and gadget geeks. Smartwatches are a common sight in most big box stores and it’s not hard to walk down the street and find cool tech affixed to someone’s wrist. Early smartwatches were bland devices that...

Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual Sim Review

October 20, 2015 2:43:29 AM
IMG_20150604_152404 I’ve only ever owned one Microsoft phone and that was a couple of years ago. Memories of my tenure with the then Nokia branded phone were off frustration, anger and resentment. So when I was given the Microsoft Lumia 535, I took it with a pinch of salt, expecting it’s problems to have multiplied and...
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