Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Spigen neohybrid case for S4, a cool new look to your phone

      Galaxy S4 has a very rounded corners and a plasticky feel. You don't get the feel of holding a premium phone in your hand. I have been looking for a case that looks cool and protects the phone as well. After a very very long search I came across the Spigen Neohybrid case. It's a simple bumper case and has TPU and polycarbonate components. Both feel very nice in hand. You don't get the feel of a cheap case in your hand. Each penny you spend on this is worth it. You get to choose from 6 different colors for the frame and you can as well buy only the frame if you choose to do so. The box contains the case itself and three jelly buttons. The best part of the case is that the buttons on the phone are 'clicky'. You don't lose the feel of pressing the buttons on your phone directly. But I have been taking too many screenshots unnecessarily because of the prominent buttons. I wouldn't mind because the feel of the case is much more important to me.  
Reventon yellow feels as premium as Lamborghini Reventon

The case adds a little bulk to the phone but yeah it protects from accidental falls and also from scratches when you put the screen flat on the table

The left side just has the volume rockers and the right side has a subtle neo-hybrid engaving

The back TPU case has a spigen engraving and also makes a mention of 13 MP on the top

     There are a few cons for the case though. All the default cables that come with S4 fit perfectly with the case but most of the third party accessories won't. That's the price you have to pay if you are willing to get the case.
All my accessories won't fit in now
    All my OTG drive, battery pack, third party cables and chargers don't fit with the case on and I need to take the phone out of the case and access the micro USB port.
    I would definitely rate this product 4.5/5 and would definitely suggest it to anyone who would like a bumper case for their S4. 

Friday, 18 April 2014

Phonesuit, a terrible disappointment!

Mobile phones have gone a long way from their time of invention by Martin Cooper. Phones these days are not used for just calls and messages anymore. Few months ago I have got my Galaxy S4. It's a beast. I still enjoy it with MIUI ROM on it. But the enjoyment lasts about twelve hours with extensive usage. Sometimes you cannot find a point to charge your phone and you need a power bank on the go. I was looking for something elegant, tiny and that fits in the pocket. I came across this Phonesuit charger which just matched my requirements. As usual, most of the products I crave for are not available in India and had to get it through friends. 
       The look and feel of the product is exceptional. It just feels very premium. It has an aluminium build with a micro-USB pin and a plastic cap. There's no power on and off button but there's this electrostatic button that shows four blue dots indicating the level of charge left. Everything about the product is just great. I took out my S4 plugged in the battery pack and it started charging. It's heavy. In a way it feels good because once you hold the battery pack with the phone docked into it, you don't have to hold the phone with the other hand and trust me you won't feel like it would drop off. The other advantage of this battery pack is that it charges with the micro USB port and you don't need a separate charger. With the phone docked into the battery pack, you can charge both same time. Neither you need an extra charger nor an extra port.

The blue lights that flare up with touch feels great.
Lovely aluminium body
Perfectly placed micro USB pin and the subtle logo

       I realized what a disappointment it was only the next day when I put the battery pack to test. I plugged it in and slipped it into my pocket. Every time the screen goes off the phone stops charging and I have to remove it and plug it in again to keep it charging. I thought it was some problem with my phone or the battery pack or the ROM I am using and contacted the customer support for the same. I was taken aback with their reply. It says, "Unfortunately for the S4 the only solution you have is to go to the settings>developer options>stay awake and it charges the phone without problem."
       I definitely wouldn't recommend this product to anyone and if any of you out there decide on buying it, I would say DON'T! How can you keep the screen awake and drop your phone into your pocket? Why does the charger have to stop when the screen goes off?
A big NO until the bug is fixed.
Looks and feels very premium

Feels very solid and doesn't wobble much