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OhGizmo! Review: The Zus Kevlar Charging Cable

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We reviewed the Zus Car Charger and Car Locator a while ago and came away impressed with its design and functionality. We thought it had accomplished something pretty impressive by redesigning and improving on a seemingly banal piece of tech. And they’re now done the same with yet another commodity: the charging cable. We’ve been playing with the Zus Kevlar Charging Cable for the last couple of weeks, and we simply don’t see ourselves going back to Apple’s touch-it-and-break-it cables.

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The Zus offering’s claim to fame is that it’s built like a tank. It’s reinforced with Kevlar, which is the same material you find in bulletproof vests. The company claims it can pull a car, and resist the normally irresistible force of a cat’s cable-chewing addiction; we believe them. The cable also features a 90 degree plug, which helps it get into tight spaces, like a cramped car’s cigarette lighter socket receptacle. In third-party testing, the Zus Kevlar Cable was bent 15,000 times, which is 50% more than Belkin’s, its closest competitor.

We have no trouble believing any of these claims. The cable definitely feel solid in your hands. It’s not supple and feels rather sturdy, staying bent at the angle you select. The nylon braiding is a nice touch and give its a premium feel. Even the packaging it comes in has obviously been designed with care and attention to detail.

The most impressive thing about the Zus Kevlar Cable is that it’s just $19. It’s on pre-order now, with shipping in mid-July.

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OhGizmo! Review: The Uuni 2S Is The Portable Wood-fired Pizza Oven You’ve Been Waiting For

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There’s a bunch of ways you can make your own pizza at home, but if you ever have a chance to get it cooked in a wood-fired oven, you’ll realize just how awesome these are. Unfortunately, these tend to be huge, not portable in the least, cost a fortune, and therefore are out of reach. The Uuni 2S that we received as a review unit a few weeks ago however is none of the above. It’s extremely portable and costs a very reasonable $300. It uses granulated wood pellets as fuel, which are energy dense and low in cost, and is able to reach temperatures of 900F (480C) in as little as 10 minutes of heat-up time. That’s hot enough to cook a pizza in 2 minutes. Or at least, this is what the company claims. So how did it do? Let’s find out.

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OhGizmo! Review: The G Pen Elite Vaporizer

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Today we’re going to take a look at the G Pen Elite, a new portable vaporizer made by Grenco Science. The G Pen line of vaporizers is well known among a wide range of people for reasons ranging from their sleek designs to high-profile partnerships with celebrities like Snoop Dogg. However, one thing Grenco hasn’t been known for is creating vaporizers that succeed in true vaporization of dried material.

If you aren’t expecting much from a Grenco produced vaporizer, then you’ll probably be very surprised if you get the chance to try the Elite. This small and elegantly designed vape really blew us away in terms of overall quality compared to our expectations, especially given the price.

There certainly are a few downsides, but overall this is a vaporizer that we expect to be very popular. Let’s take a look at the materials and design that went into this vape, then we’ll go over how it performed when put to the test.

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It Might Get Loud

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The following article is brought to you by Raghav Govindarajan and 1ByOne. -Ed.

We’ve all been in those situations where we needed our music to be just a bit louder or even portable. I know I’ve been to social events like picnics and small parties where I need that extra oomph in my music. I was able to find that extra firing power in the form of a seven inch speaker made by 1byone.

The 1byone Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a pretty small speaker, relatively speaking. It is about the size of my HTC One M8 in terms of length, and width. It is a very light speaker, and I will admit that initially threw me off. I did not think that this tiny speaker would be capable of producing a respectable sound, but boy was I wrong. Syncing the speaker was not a difficult task at all, it was as simple as holding the power button until you heard the confirmation that the speaker was on. It automatically starts searching for devices, and I was able to immediately able to sync to it with no issues. After that, I took a look at the interesting interface. The top of the device has 4 buttons that act as the control panel, with the rest of the circles acting as an aesthetically pleasing effect.

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OhGizmo! Review: The Adv.Sound 993 Bluetooth Speaker

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There are tons of Bluetooth speakers on the market, but that doesn’t mean they’re all equal. We’ve spent the last couple of weeks playing with the Adv.Sound 993 Bluetooth Speaker, and have come away impressed with its craftsmanship, its sound quality, battery life, and overall value. Read on for our brief, but full impressions.

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OhGizmo! Review: The Arizer Air, a Premium Portable Vaporizer

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Vaporizers tend to be an extremely popular gadget, with portable vapes being all the rage these days. Today we’ll be reviewing the Arizer Air, which follows in the footsteps of one of the most popular portable vaporizers of all time, the Arizer Solo. The Solo was known for producing outstanding vapor, unrivaled by other portables that were out at the time. It has some downsides though, which include a large glass stem that made the unit less discrete, as well as prone to breaking. What we’re interested to see is if the Air addresses the negatives of the Solo without compromising on vapor quality.

We’ll dig into all of this now, but spoiler alert: this thing rocks and lives up to its older brother’s reputation.

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OhGizmo! Review: The Prima Vaporizer

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Today I am fortunate enough to be reviewing another of the latest generation of portable vaporizers, the Vapir Prima. Many people who are content with their original vapes tend to jump to the conclusion that these newer vaporizers are just marketing gimmicks and ways for companies to make more money. Now sometimes this is true but after testing the Prima I can confidently say that the Vapir Prima is truly a beast of a unit, offering some exciting features that really can’t be found combined in any other vaporizer on the market. One thing that I like about the Prima, for example, is the easily removable vapor pathway that allows for convenient cleaning and maximum vapor freshness. On the flipside the unit does get hotter than the average vaporizer out there.

Read on for our full impressions.

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OhGizmo! Review: The ZUS Car Charger & Car Locator

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You would think car chargers are a dime a dozen, but it turns out some of them stand out from the rest of the crop due to their design and features. We’ve been playing around with the ZUS Car Charger & Car Locator for the last couple of weeks, and we’d like to spend a minute talking about why we like it so much.

Winner of the 2016 IF Design awards, the ZUS Car Charger by Nando does look pretty slick, as far as car chargers go. Integrated LED lighting (which the company calls ElegantShineTM) makes it easy to find in the dark and gives it a bit of a touch of class. It’s a slick, solid piece of kit, and nothing about it feels flimsy (especially the USB connector).

More importantly, it features two angled USB ports, so you can power up two devices simultaneously. Integrated circuitry detects which device is plugged in and automatically adjusts power output to the maximum. In this way, charging time is minimized while reducing the risk of damaging the electronics. And in our testing we did find that our iPhone 6 Plus does get juiced up considerably quicker than when we were using a competitor’s charger.

The “Car Locator” part of its name refers to its ability to direct you back to your car after you’ve parked. It does this by pairing to your smartphone through bluetooth, and keeping track of your car’s whereabouts through the companion app. When it senses the phone disconnect (by your walking away), the system knows you’ve parked and remembers the location the car was in. When it’s time to find your way back, just start the app up and follow directions. In our testing we found this feature worked relatively well, but the compass directions were mostly hit and miss; it was better to just find the car on a map. Also, it has its limitations, such as when you’re parked in an indoor car park,for which you’re prompted to “take a picture of your car’s location”. Of course, this is not the fault of the ZUS, but just how GPS signals work.

Overall we’re extremely satisfied with the ZUS Car Charger & Car Locator. You’re purchasing a solid, titanium-coated charger with a construction rated to “US Military MIL-STD-810G High Temperature Standard. Temperature as high as 100ºC”. The best part is you get all this for $35, and until March 31st, OhGizmo! readers can use promo code SMM-AKZUSSUMMER16 to get 10% off, when buying on Nonda’s website below.

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OhGizmo! Review: Huawei’s Nexus 6P

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huawei for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Frequent readers of this site may remember that we recently featured the company Huawei and their flagship phone the Nexus 6P in partnership with Google. Well, a few days ago I received a package from Huawei with a silver 32GB Nexus 6P enclosed and couldn’t wait to get started with my new daily driver.

The first thing you notice when you hold the 6P is how smooth and solid it feels in the hand. The aluminum body gives you a sense of a premium products‘ quality that makes you feel as if you are holding a much more expensive phone. The fingerprint scanner on the back is placed in such a way that it is easy to feel where it is located, but not to accidentally touch it when picking up the phone. 

The radiused edges feel sleek and unobtrusive in the hand and serve to further reinforce the sensation of the high level of build quality of the frame.

The USB type C port located at the bottom of the device has been one of my favorite things about this phone as it allows for ridiculously fast charges.

With a large battery of 3,450mAh, you would expect the charge times to take a while, say maybe 3 hours or so. Not so with the 6P. Thanks to its USB Type-C port, you can get the phone fully charged from roughly 20% in about an hour. So not only do you have a big battery for a big phone, but you also have the charge times of a much smaller phone. It’s the best of both worlds, really. Below is a screenshot I just took of the battery’s current state.

As you can see, 86% with a little over an hour of screen on time. Screen on time is typically the biggest drain on battery, especially on larger phones as there is more screen to illuminate. I have been getting 4 hours of screen on time easily with the 6P and have never had to be worried about running out of power throughout the day.

The 5.7” AMOLED display does a good job of not oversaturating colors as AMOLED displays have been prone to in the past. What is truly impressive though is how sharp and crisp everything looks, especially pictures. Huawei has managed to cram in 522 pixels per square inch (essentially the equivalent of having a 1080p display in your hand) and results in one of the sharpest displays I have ever used on a smartphone.

The Nexus 6P also makes use of Qualcomm’s latest chipset, the Snapdragon 810. With an octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM, this phone is plenty fast. Honestly, I have never used another smartphone that can do so many things so quickly and not break a sweat.

For me, having a good camera is a must in a smartphone. The camera in the new Nexus 6P has been widely publicized as being one of the best on the market, especially in low light scenarios because of its large sensor size. I was eager to test this, and I have to say, I was thoroughly impressed. The very first picture I took with the 6P was at a friend’s house. To test its low light performance, I had my friend turn off all the lights in his living room. No interior lighting, coupled with it being almost midnight outside, allowed for a pitch black environment. You can see below that not only did it capture the room’s details but you can even see his bathroom in the background!

I was thoroughly impressed and decided to take some more pictures in dark environments since these have historically been tricky scenarios for many smartphone cameras. The pictures speak for themselves.

The speakers are another great feature of the phone as well. There are two speakers, both featured on the front of the phone that allow for a stereo-like sound. They can get very loud without much distortion and sound great if you are watching a video on YouTube or Netflix.

In conclusion, Huawei has really hit it out of the park with the Nexus 6P. The build quality, hardware specs, battery life, display, camera, and front facing speakers all come together in a fantastic package that one would expect from a high-end smartphone. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Nexus 6P though, is that it costs only $499. Honestly, to get these features on any other smartphone would cost at least $700+.  It’s refreshing to find a phone that does so many things so well for so little money. I for one am looking forward to what Huawei has in store for the North American market in the future, because if it’s anything like the Nexus 6P, it should be amazing.

Head on over to Huawei‘s website to check out more cool stuff, like their latest smart watch.

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