Otterbox Reflex Series Case for Iphone 4/4S Review

By | Jan 1, 2012

I got an Iphone 4s for my birthday back in October, and of course, knowing how clumsy I can be with my phone at times, there was no way I was going to use it, until I bought a case for it.

I wanted a case which was specifically designed for the 4s, and after much research I decided on the otterbox Reflex Series case. You can buy it direct from otterbox for US$34.95

Now I have seen a number of drop tests for the iphone 4/4s and the screen just shatters even with a normal everyday drop. The ultimate in protection seemed to be the otterbox defender series, but that case looked way too restrictive, and no way I would want to compromise to that degree on the every day use of the item, besides, I had no plans to drop it in water, or from a ten storey building. What really sold me on buying the reflex series was this drop test video from mobilesyrup.com

Negatives about the case

1. The case I got, it had a small tiny sharp piece on the front lip, which is not really a problem, because it could easily be scraped off using just your finger. It was only a minor annoyance.

2. The hole at the top for the earphones may be a little too small. When I first pulled my earphone cable out of it, the cable shield got ruined. So this is something you may want to be careful about. Possibly something otterbox may want to address in future designs.

Positives about the case

1. It really does protect your case well, as advertised. I have dropped the phone three times, including dropping it on a hard concrete road, with not even a scratch on it. It has a protective lip to protect the front screen and the rubber inserts no doubt help protect the phone upon impact.

2. It does not add much to the overall size of the phone and does not impact on the everyday use of it. Yes, you have to install a screen protector on it for it to fit properly, but I do that anyways. The case comes with otterbox screen protectors, but I purchased anti-glare ones separately.

3. It fits to the phone with relative ease and is a tight secure fit. Note, I would make sure to get the newer model which I believe has a velvet insert on the inside.  Basically when you hold the two pieces together without the phone, they will not hold together, and this was my main reluctance to buy this two piece case, you just have to trust me on this, it is a tight fit, and the case stays on securely and does not come apart unless you specifically apply pressure to remove it.

4.  The case is made in USA. This was a real big surprise to me, nearly everything is made in China these days.

Overall I would give the case a solid 9/10, taking off one mark only for the headphone socket not being large enough.

Note: In addition to being sold directly from otterbox for $34.95, you should be able to buy one from amazon as well.

Iphone 3GS announced

By | Jun 8, 2009

iphone3gsLooks like the rumours surrounding the release of a new Iphone were fairly spot on, with the exception of the front facing camera.  Named the Iphone 3GS. I believe the S stands for speed, full details can be found here. Some of the new features include.

1. Up to 2x faster browsing, although they do not mention RAM or processor specifications.

2. Can now shoot video without using any unapproved apps like the previous iphone.

3. A 3.0 megapixel auto-focus camera which people have stated is a major improvement over the old 2.0 megapixel one.

4. Voice control

5. Cut, copy and paste, a landscape keyboard and MMS

For all those who currently own a 3g iphone, will these new features be tempting enough to make you upgrade?

New Banner and Comments Now Open

By | Jun 8, 2009

Below is a banner which I had made for this blog. I will be adding it to computerforum.com in the future, to help promote the site.

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Also, this blog will have more of a stand alone element, in that I will not be linking to posts at computerforum.com for discussion, but instead will be leaving all new posts open for comments.

Will we see a new iphone at WWDC 2009?

By | Jun 8, 2009

navskin-contained-greyApple Iphone fans all around the world are anxiously awaiting to see if there will be an announcement of a new Iphone at WWDC 2009 to commence on Monday June 8th.

If a new iphone is released, the main items rumoured are a better camera, maybe 3.2 megapixel with auto-focus that can handle video, an additional front facing camera, a faster processor and more RAM. I am considering getting one myself for my next phone, if the specs are good enough, this will be a very interesting announcement.

Iphone Humour

By | Feb 11, 2009

Those who remember some of the first mobile phones ever released, might find this funny.

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Speakers

By | Feb 7, 2009

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For those that want a good mid range 5.1 Surround sound setup on a budget, then the Logitech-X540 is what you need!
I’ve been looking at getting this set for a while, but at launch end of 2006 they were too expensive for me, thankfully they have steadily gone down in price over time and now are at a bargain price of just $79, in some places you can get them cheaper.

Sound quality form the Logitech-X540 are fantastic, I upgraded from its little brother the X-140 and ohh what a difference, I could hear things in my music, games and movies which on my older speakers didn’t appear. I do however have a Creative X-fi card so this may add to the brilliant sound quality. Continue Reading >>

Will games really use all 4 cores?

By | Jan 22, 2009

I have seen many debates about this issue in a number of forums in the past year.  I was interested which side of the argument was correct and started doing some research to find the answer. I decided to run a test myself with three popular games that are installed on my computer and see if games really can or will use 4 processing cores.  I am just a normal guy with a normal computer and wanted to see what real world results I would record.
I have seen gamers say “it is a complete waste to buy a Quad Core cpu, games can not even use 4 processing cores.”  I have even seen gamers also say “by the time games use 4 processing cores, the current quad core processors will already be outdated.”  If you have surfed any forums I am sure you have seen this debate also.  Let us see what happens… Continue Reading >>

Guide: Replacing a laptop LCD

By | Jan 18, 2009

 
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 We all know the dreadful cracked display on a laptop, but there’s an easy solution to fix a broken or cracked LCD.

This guide is done on an Acer Aspire 5100 laptop.  I’ve replaced a few LCD’s and they all may be slightly different in the disassembly which may make it easier or harder, though the process is still the same for the most part.
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Tech Layoffs

By | Jan 18, 2009

It seems like the new year has brought much bad news for tech companies. I’ve constantly been reading press releases and news stories about job cuts and layoffs happening left and right in the technology world. People that thought technology was recession-proof have now been proven very wrong. According to Layoff Tracker (8/27/08 – 1/17/09), 347 companies have made layoffs and over 140,000 employees have received the bad news. Below I’ve made a list of some of the more notable tech companies that have been hit, and how many employees that have been cut.

  • AMD – 1,100
  • Google – 100
  • Motorola – 4,000
  • Seagate – 800
  • Dell – 1,900
  • Lenovo – 2,500
  • Logitech – 500
  • Electronic Arts – 400
  • Western Digital – 2,500

These are just a fraction of all the companies. To see an up-to-date list, visit TechCrunch.

Microsoft Songsmith

By | Jan 18, 2009

 

When I first watched that video, I laughed. It was a fairly funny comedy act poking fun at Microsofts quirkiness. I showed it to a friend and then out of curiosity, followed the link at the end of the video because it looked legit. http://research.microsoft.com/songsmith

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