Dollarama Tech Finds: Tech1 Tablet-Smartphone Holder

Price – $3.50

Another day, another Dollarama deal! This one does exactly what it says – it’s a holder for your devices, at a nice low price. 

It holds your iPhone perfectly fine, but you can’t trust your tablet on it as it doesn’t seem very secure and it will tip over if you’re not careful. 

When your iPhone is placed on this holder, it fits snug – I feel like it wouldn’t tip over very easily. The base is very solid and there are four gripper pads on the bottom which help everything keep in place. It seems to be the perfect height and I think it’s just right for your smartphone. 

There are a lot of colour choices to choose from, and for $3.50 it’s a fantastic deal for this sort of thing. Seriously, why pay more if you don’t have to? This thing is basically the same as a higher priced one, maybe even better because the base is very solid. 

If you’re looking for a smartphone holder/stand, I believe you’re safe with this one and you really are getting a bang for your buck!

Dollarama Tech Finds: Tech1 AC To USB Adapter

Here’s another Dollarama discovery, the Tech1 AC to USB adapter. This one is a pretty basic tech gadget. You will be buying this to hopefully charge your smartphone or tablet or smaller devices. This one can charge up to two devices at a time, and if you’re wondering how it works – turns out it works pretty good!

This is what you are working with: 

Input – 100 – 240V – 5V – 2.4A 

2 USB 

Basic stuff. 

It charges my iPad and iPhone at the same time, safely, like it should. When I first plugged my charger into the unit, it didn’t seem to go in all the way at first. I had to force it a bit. After a little bit of force it went in all the way, but it does seem a bit tight. I would recommend this adapter if your plan is to keep it plugged in the wall, but I wouldn’t move it around too much. 

There are three orange lights that make the unit look more exciting than it actually is, although I sometimes hate seeing lights in the dark. It still looks pretty cool, though.

I think if you’re looking to charge your devices, this is a decent option to go with, especially for the price. 

Happy gadget finding! 

Stylus Review: Blackweb 2-in-1 – One Stylus, Two Functions

If you’re not already aware of the brand Blackweb, it’s trademarked by Walmart. I was searching for a decent stylus pen because I recently watched a video on smartphone radiation. After watching that video I decided it would be better to touch my phone as little as possible.  

I found this Blackweb stylus/pen 2-in-1 at Walmart for $6.98. I didn’t look up any reviews, I just bought it hoping it would do exactly what it is designed to do and if it doesn’t I still would have a classy looking pen.

What the back of the box says:

•Use as a traditional pen to write in your notebook
•Use as a touch stylus for your tablet and smartphone devices
•Rubber tip glides smoothly across touch screens
•Clip provided to attach securely to a folio for travel
•Compatible with most touch screen devices

My review: 5/10

I found that using the stylus on my iPhone 7 was not a very good experience at all. It just doesn’t seem to respond and you have to press a little harder on the screen just to get the page to move/respond. I did test it on my iPad and it seems to respond much better and it seems a lot more comfortable to use and a much better experience.

I was very interested in seeing what the reviews on this product had to hold, just to make sure it wasn’t just me. It turns out, half say it works as it should while some of the reviews experienced what I did, where the pen feels too firm and it seems to be that the stylus is too hard to properly function well. Someone even mentioned they had to pound on the screen just to get a reaction. That was exactly my problem when I tried it on my iPhone, but like I said, it was a much better experience on my iPad. The stylus does a fine job responding to the screen and it does glide smoothly like it says.

If you’re wondering if the pen works very well, it does. I love using this pen to take notes while working. It’s nice to have a pen feature for quick notes. While holding and writing with the pen it does feel a little heavier, but it is very solid and comfortable. The ink also runs very smooth with a fine tip. I wouldn’t purchase this for your smartphone, but if you’re looking to use this stylus for your tablet I think it should do the job.

And if it doesn’t then you still have a classy pen that flows nicely!

Nice try, Blackweb, you made an attempt with this one but it just didn’t turn out as expected!

Buyers Tips – Reliable Phone Cases: What I Recommend For Your Smartphone Apple or Android Devices

Your smartphone tags along with you everywhere you go. Do you drop your phone often? Are you up for an adventure if your case doesn’t do the job protecting it from falls? Or… do you even believe in case protection at all?

What is your idea of the perfect phone case? What makes you choose the perfect one?
Is it.. Protection? Durability? Looks? Comfortability? Price? What do you specifically go for when you want to dress up your phone? Maybe you aim for them all but can you find one that does it all?

The real question is, what SHOULD you be looking for when buying a case if you’re serious about protection? Price doesn’t matter – you need to pay attention to certain details when looking for this stuff and sometimes it’s tough.

Here are some keywords to look for when shopping for a reliable case:

Durability
Protection from impact
Dual layer
Grip
x foot drop protection
Military grade protection
Shock barrier

Everything else you get is just an extra bonus 😉

Let’s start with the packaging – what does the packaging say about the case? This can tell you a lot about the product… have a close look at it. Get to know the brand. Does the packaging do a good job of advertising the product? If the description looks like it’s done up quick or there’s not much of one at all, but the case looks pretty and dope while also looking sorta thin and cheap – it probably is and it might not protect you fully. You should have something reliable.

Look to see if it would be slippery in your hands or slide around on a surface. Does it look like cheap plastic? Can you see any grips on the back? It should have a slightly thick-ish solid rubber to protect from falls. That’s what really prevents your device from being damaged. This is what I mean by not worrying about the price. At Dollarama they sell different cases for iPhones and some of them seem to be decent enough for the price. Before you buy it, have a look at the company – check out what they got going on Google. The case should have a thicker edge and look like it’s got some grip on the back. If you can spot these two things, you should be good to go. Don’t worry, you can cheap out on some of these. If you buy the right one from Dollarama, it will do a decent job. These are okay to buy. I mean, not everyone can afford a somewhat expensive phone case.

Often when devices see the tech trainers, it’s because of shattered screens. If the phone drops and it lands on the corner, it’s definitely going to smash or crack the screen. Certain cases do a great job at protecting against these things. If the case doesn’t have a pre-installed built-in screen protector, you should consider tempered glass for maximum protection.

My new favorite smartphone company is Speck and I think I will be sticking with them. When I look for a case, I want something that offers solid grip and good protection, but I also appreciate having a colorful design. I need a case with a good grip that feels comfortable in my hand since I use my phone for hours on a daily basis. It’s a good feeling when you find an honest brand to know your device is safe from falls. I’ve had so many phone cases, I’m tired of dealing with new ones.

Candyshell Grip — Designed For Impact
Drop-tested: Meets or exceeds military standards
No-slip grip: Raised rubber grips for secure hold and confident control
Dual-layer impact protection: Exterior layer disperses impact while interior layer absorbs shock
Bezel screen protection: Raised bezel protects screen from impact

This company seems to be promising. I decided to look on Twitter to see what the latest tweets were under keyword “Speck case” and I came across someone’s tweet that said they had dropped their phone from a three-storey apartment and their phone survived intact. That’s crazy good. Their device was being protected with Speck. So yeah, it’s got to be good.

You don’t have to be, but you should be slightly concerned if your phone isn’t fully protected. These devices are super expensive; who wants to spend extra money and waste time dealing with problems caused by accidental falls? Certainly not me – I do care about my sanity. Are you one that has spent numerous dollars on smartphones because of accidents? Think about it, some of these phones are just as much as rent for the month. You break your phone accidentally and you end up having to buy a new one on top of paying all your other bills. Investing in the right protection for such a valuable device seems like a wise decision to me.

Removing Your PopSocket From Your Device

Items needed: 2 microfiber cloths, dish soap and a small flat screwdriver

  1. Start by placing your device upside down on top of the microfiber cloth so your screen doesn’t get damaged.
  2. Insert the small flat screwdriver on the base where it’s sealed on and start pulling upwards.
  3. Slowly insert the screwdriver all around the PopSocket lifing upwards so the seal becomes loose. (don’t apply much pressure and be extra careful)
  4. Once the socket is off, apply some water and dish soap to the other microfiber cloth
  5. Keep wiping in a circular motion until all the adhesive comes off and the back looks nice and clean again

There you have it, done with no damage and it can now be transfered to your new device! claps

PS: Don’t forget when you remove your PopSocket to place it on your new device within at least 15 minutes so the gel doesn’t stand a chance to dry out!