May 2012


In the Mobileviews review queue: Griffin GuitarConnect Pro for iPad & iPhone

Gulp. This product has been sitting in my review queue for way too long. And, it is a good one: The Griffin GuitarConnect Pro. This $79.99 product lets you connect an electric guitar to an iPhone or iPad using a standard 1/4-inch guitar cable. Even better, it works great with GarageBand. So, GarageBand for iOS users don’t have to learn to use a new app. How does it compare to the iRig? Stay tuned.

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Apps updated for my iPhone or iPad in the past week: 35



Thirty-five (35) apps for my iPhone or iPad were updated in the past week. Here’s a summary of the updates that I found interesting.
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In the Mobileviews review queue: Wicked WI2150 Jaw Breaker with Mic Earbud

Here’s another one in the review queue.

Wicked WI2150 Jaw Breaker with Mic Earbud

These earbuds list for $29.99 but is available on Amazon for a mere $15.25. Note that it has a microphone. So, you can use it with your phone. I’m having a problem coming to a conclusion about these earbuds though my current opinion is favorable. More later…

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In the MobileViews review queue: Slingshot phone camera stabilizer (a Kickstarter project)

The SLINGSHOT is a Kickstarter project that claims to: Stabilizes smartphone video . . . and more! The testimonials would have you believe this thing works magic and is priced at merely $14. And, to their credit, this product is actually shipping. The PR firm working with the developer asked if I would like to review one. So, I’ve been playing with it for about two weeks. But, I’m still not convinced it works (despite testimonials on its Kickstarter page that indicates I’m wrong). Will play with it another week or so before writing my conclusion.

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Smule/Khursh Songify for Android released: Android audio latency solved? Not so fast… (Podcast 55)

GigaOm reported on the first music app from iPhone music creation app pioneer Smule.

Music app maker Smule finally gives Android some love

It references an interview discussion I had with Smule CTO Ge Wang last year (December 2011) in which he said that Smule had not released Android apps because of the platform’s audio latency problems. However, as GigaOm’s article rightly notes: Smule started with Songify because the app doesn’t have the realtime audio needs that other Smule apps do. But she said that Smule has come up with a work-around for Android’s latency problem that will be deployed in Magic Piano.
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In the MobileViews review queue: Energizer USB Chargers

OK. I admit it. I am woefully behind in reviewing a bunch of mobile accessories and hardware. It is embarrassing and, unfortunately, rude to the nice PR people who provided these items. So, the least I can do is let people who stumble upon this blog know what is in my review queue.

First up? Two products from Energizers new USB Chargers series. The first is the Energizer Dual Wall Universal USB Charger with an unusual list price of $28.56 but available for less than $12 from Amazon. The second is the Energizer 10 Watt USB Wall Charger and Cable with a list price of $24.99 but available from Amazon for less than $18. Both models have folding prongs making them potentially useful travel chargers. More later on this pair of gadget chargers.

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