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Monday, February 17, 2014

Skullcandy Uprock Headphones

Skullcandy Uprock Headphones

**NOTE** This review was written by me for Mama Melissa. She did not want to deal with writing it, so I did it for her.

Product Description
Get up, tune in, and rock out with the Skullcandy Uprock Headphones -- the latest offering from the headphone gurus that are Skullcandy. This ergonomic and adjustable headphone accommodates to all sizes of domes while the twin 40mm drivers hit hard like an anvil dropping on your cortex. The Uprock is constructed from a blend of lightweight materials that can stand up to adventures of life. The blanket-soft padded ear pillows are comfortable enough to lull you to sleep, assuming you weren't blasting you alt-country/rap/bebop/rock mashup mixes.

Product Features

  • Material: [cord] TPE; [magnet] neodymium
  • Driver: 40 mm
  • Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000 KHz
  • Input Connection: 3.5 mm standard jack
  • Cord Length: 1.3 m
  • Recommended Use: escaping
  • Manufacturer Warranty: lifetime

I've tried MANY different styles of headphones, ranging from the cheap, hard plastic earpiece-covered-with-foam type to the noise cancelling ones, my last set being the Sentry Headart 870CD headphones (in pink). This is my favorite set so far.

The ear pads are double-cushioned, with a piece of heavy, thick foam over a soft, squishy ear cup. The wire is truly tangle free, allowing free movement of my head and the headphones, without worries of knots in the wires, which is a plus for disabled people.

The sound is crisp and clear, and the headphones produce a 'Digital Surround Sound' experience.

I do wish they had included a volume control dial on the wire, like the Sentry headphones have, but for me, it wasn't a total deal-breaker.

I like these, and probably would buy another set if/when the need arises!

These are available at Amazon for $24.89
Skullcandy S5URFZ-101 Uprock - Blue/Black (other colors available at the website - prices my vary with color choice)

FINAL VERDICT
Great set of headphones. Rich sound and comfortable.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

iLLumiShield - Verizon Ellipsis 7" Crystal Clear Screen Protectors with Anti-Bubble/Anti-Fingerprint

iLLumiShield - Verizon Ellipsis 7" Crystal Clear Screen Protectors with Anti-Bubble/Anti-Fingerprint

**NOTE** This review was written by me for Mama Melissa. She did not want to deal with writing it, so I did it for her.

Product Description
The iLLumiShield screen protector 3 - Pack for the Verizon Ellipsis 7" tablet offers true crystal clear visibility while also staying to true to what screen protectors are designed to do; to keep your Verizon Ellipsis 7" screen protected. Designed from high quality PET film imported from Japan, iLLumiShield anti-bubble anti-fingerprint protectors are easy to install and will not leave residue when removed. A unique precision laser-cut manufacturing process allows the screen protector to be accurate, precise and a perfect fit for each device. The iLLumiShield's screen protector kit for the Verizon Ellipsis 7" includes a lint-free microfiber cleaning cloth, 3 screen protectors, an installation squeegee and even a set of detailed instructions to aid you during the installation process. All iLLumiShield protectors for tablets and phones are backed by a lifetime warranty program.

I bought these for use on my Ellipsis 7 tablet, based on the fact that they were depicted as anti-bubble, oil-resistant, smudge/fingerprint free, lint-free and easy installation.

Not a ONE of these were 'easy to install.' They left LOTS of tiny bubbles that would NOT push out with the included squeegee, which is NOTHING more than a plastic card the size of a loyalty program keyring card in length.

No matter HOW many times I cleaned the screen of the Ellipsis, I had fingerprints and lint under the shield.

I tried applying all three of these shields and none of them would apply as depicted.

Disabled folks would NOT be able to apply these at all.

I would have requested a refund, but I wasn't willing to spend the money to return them. I am NOT happy with this purchase.

FINAL VERDICT
Do not bother with these shields. Unless you have tons of patience, they are nearly impossible to install as depicted.
STARS
WOULD RECOMMEND: No

Verizon Ellipsis 7 Inch Tablet Case - UniGrip Edition

Verizon Ellipsis 7 Inch Tablet Case - UniGrip Edition



**NOTE** This review was written by me for Mama Melissa. She did not want to deal with writing it, so I did it for her.

After purchasing the Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet directly from Verizon, I decided I wanted a case for it. However, after searching on ebay for countless hours, I didn't find anything I really liked or met my needs/budget. I found this case on Amazon for less than what eBay wanted, so I purchased it. I actually like this case VERY much. It's easy to put the Ellipsis into and it keeps the tablet VERY secure, while still allowing access to all the buttons/connection ports. The 'feet' don't slip off the corners and the thick elastic keeps the case securely closed when not in use.

Three different viewing angles

I find that this case is more along the lines of an Universal case, since the 'clips' go to the corners, leaving all ports and connectors open for access. This could EASILY be used for the Google Nexus 7 (any edition) or even the iPad Mini.

Only thing I DON'T like about the case is I can't 'prop' it in the portrait orientation, if I wanted to read hands-free. The case can only be 'propped' in the landscape mode, which is fine for some games and videos/YouTube. There also is no dedicated markings for the camera, so if you wanted to use the rear-facing camera, you will need to remove the tablet from the case.

Disabled people with moderate to high function/use of their hands will be able to put a tablet into this easily. The rubber-band style enclosure on this case is pretty thick/wide and can be moved with ease.

This case was purchased at Amazon for $14.95.
Verizon Ellipsis 7 Inch Tablet Case - UniGrip Edition

FINAL VERDICT
This is a great case. Easy to use and hold. Keeps the tablet secure and clean
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

Friday, February 14, 2014

10 days with Scratch Wireless

10 days with Scratch Wireless

​Let me ask you something...How much of your day is spent somewhere Wi-Fi capabilities are available? At home, At work, in your favorite restaurant or coffee shop? Is it safe to say 90% of your day?

Now let me ask you another question... How much do you pay for your cell phone service? $50 a month? $75 a month? $100 a month? Can you even say OVER $100 a month?

If you answered 'YES' to any of the above questions, What if I told you that you could have cell phone service for as little as $1.99 a month, depending on your usage?

Introducing Scratch Wireless, Where Mobile Lives Free!™

Scratch Wireless is built on the premise of using Wi-Fi connections as your MAIN source of access, and using traditional Cellular data to fill in the gaps when you're not on a Wi-Fi connection.

Calls are free and unlimited on Wi-Fi, Data is free and unlimited on Wi-Fi, and texting is free and unlimited no matter what!

Instead of a '2 year contract,' this is a true 'pay-as-you-go' phone. You can buy 'passes' for when actual cellular data is needed.
~$1.99 per day... gives you 30 minutes of talk time or 25 MBs of data
~$14.99 per month... gives you 250 minutes of talk time or 200 MBs of data.

You DO have to purchase THEIR phone, which right now is the Motorola Photon Q on the Sprint network. (if you are in a Sprint-roaming area, don't worry. As long as you have Wi-Fi, the cell network WILL NOT MATTER)

This phone runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, right out of the box.




Recorded on a GE C1033 Digital Camera -- lighting was ALL wrong


What I recieved

It comes with a 8MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing web-cam.

^^photo snapped with the 8MP rear-facing camera^^

The screen is a 4.3 (540 x 960) ColorBoost TFT LCD, and it brings a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage to the table. The storage is expandable to 32 GB via MicroSD card. The battery is a NON-removable 1785 mAh battery and it DOES have NFC built in.

It's no Samsung Galaxy S4 or even a Motorola Moto X, but it has decent enough specs to get your typical phone tasks done.

Now, I received this phone 10 days ago, (02.04.14) and I haven't had ANY problems with it at all. It's snappy, it's responsive (if not OVER-responsive), and the colors are bright and vivid.

The sound quality is EXCELLENT, even over Wi-Fi connections. The voices are a bit delayed when using Wi-Fi, but they are VERY clear.

There ARE a few downsides to the phone, but I feel those aren't 'deal-breakers,' at least not for me.
~The battery life
Yes, the battery life isn't the greatest. But it will get you through a typical day easily. I use my phone quite a bit if I'm NOT at the desktop to check the mail, surf the web, check the weather, and I've never KILLED the battery completely.
~It's heavy
Weighing in at 6.00 oz, The Motorola Photon Q is no heavier than the LG G Flex or the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The upswing, in my opinion, is the heavier a phone is, the less likely you are to drop it. You can feel the weight in your hand and KNOW when it's slipping.
~It's outdated
Seriously? Is this a total deal-breaker? Look on the Google Play Store. Most apps are going to require Android 2.3 Gingerbread or higher. You're running Jelly Bean on this phone. I'm not even running Jelly Bean on my Coby tablet.
~The MPs on the camera is low
Sure, maybe it's only 8 MP, but as you can see, the shots are crisp and clean. You can't have Instagram on a digital camera (The Samsung Galaxy Camera notwithstanding), but 8 MP is perfect for those Instagram shots. It also shoots video in 1080p HD, so it's great for those Vine videos.

As far as the disability factor goes, Like with the Samsung Galaxy Centura I reviewed, it will vary. Those with decent and better motor skills will not have much of an issue. Those who shake a lot will have a more difficult time operating the touch screen. But it does come with the slide-out keyboard, so those who have a hard time typing on the touch screen can use that to type with.

Something to note on the slide-out keyboard... It is a bit HARD to work at first, but I can do it using one hand on top and bottom, sliding in OPPOSITE directions.

It's also great for those of us who are on fixed incomes, because once you buy the actual phone, you're done. This phone will pay for itself within 3-6 months, based on a contract with AT&T or Verizon.

The Motorola Photon Q retails for $269.00 and is ONLY available at their website. For More information on Scratch Wireless, Please visit their website: http://scratchwireless.com/

FINAL VERDICT
I love the idea behind Scratch Wireless. We pay ENOUGH for everything else in life, why are we paying so much for cell service when we can have it for free?
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Absolutely YES

**I HAVE RECEIVED THIS PRODUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. A HUGE shoutout to Jon Finegold and the wonderful people at Scratch Wireless for making this possible.

Shower Stool

Shower Stool

As I age, my cerebral Palsy is affecting me in different ways, ways I could only imagine when I was younger.

One of those ways is my balance is very bad, and it doesn't take much for me to lose what balance I do have. Add smooth, wet surfaces and it's a hazardous combination. So I bought this last year from Dr. Leonard's, to help myself take a shower.


Description from the product page
Enjoy a safe, relaxing shower on a stool made for tight spaces. This durable shower stool has a 13" plastic seat, flared legs and rubber feet for stability. Easy push button lets you adjust the height from 13" to 17" for comfort. Rust-resistant aluminum. Weighs only 3 lbs., yet supports up to 300 lbs. No tools needed.

I really like this stool. I feel safe and secure when taking a shower now. It's wobble-resistant, and the rubber 'feet' keep it from sliding around the tub. It's very easy to assemble. I had no trouble assembling this by myself, even with CP-affected hands. The screws are wing screws with washers. I haven't had to tighten them often either. In the year I've had this stool, I've had to tighten them twice... and then not very much. Only way I knew I had to tighten them is because I checked them as a safety measure.

I would say the level of independence to use this item is on the moderate to high side. Someone that can lift their legs high enough to get into a typical tub would have no problem using this, but a person in a wheelchair with no mobility of their legs would find it difficult to use.

Unfortunately, Dr. Leonard's is sold out of this item, But it is available on Amazon for $26.99.

FINAL VERDICT
This would be a great addition to any high-functioning disabled person's arsenal to take a shower safely and independently.
STARS
WOULD RECOMMEND: YES!!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Super Long Cable Knit Leg Warmers

Super Long Cable Knit Leg Warmer

My friend Ursula sent me these as a late Christmas gift. And they are SOOOO warm and awesome. I can pull them HIGH up on my thighs and they keep my knees warm.


^^the color^^


^^how long they extend^^

You can see my sneakers (with my left shoe lift) in the shots. What I like about these is that actually go over my knees without cutting into the skin and hurting. Also, Not sure WHAT they have to do this, but I was able to take more steps unassisted with them on.

Contrary to how they look, they aren't itchy or scratchy at all. They are extremely comfortable, and they don't add much bulk under pants, even stretch/yoga pants.

These are available from Amazon.com for $10.00+.
Super Long Cable Knit Leg Warmers

FINAL VERDICT
These would be a great addition to any disabled person's arsenal to keep their legs warm during the winter months, preventing arthritic aches and pains.
STARS
WOULD RECOMMEND: YES!!!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird

I heard about this app from Elly Awesome (You can see her review here) and decided to give it a try.

This app stayed on my tablet for FIVE minutes and was promptly removed.


The premise of the game is to get the little bird through the 'Super Mario-like' tubes without hitting them OR the ground. If you hit either one the game is over.




If you watched Elly's video, you saw how hard it was for a able-bodied person to play this game... it's even harder for a disabled person to control and play. My best attempt was a score of 1 before I died. Many times, I died at 0.


I appreciated the retro Super Mario Bros-esque 8-bit graphics, since I LOVED Super Mario Bros as a child, but this app... just didn't cut it for me.


This game is available for FREE on Google Play Store and the iTunes App store... Sorry, the apps are now removed from the major app stores.

 
FINAL VERDICT

Flappy Bird is a very difficult game to play. The only enjoyable aspect of this game is the retro 8-bit graphics.
STARS
WOULD RECOMMEND: No