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OhGizmo! Review: The Prima Vaporizer


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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OhGizmo! Review: The Juul Electronic Cigarette


Electronic cigarettes are taking off. There are even recent reports that they’re actually much safer than traditional cigarettes, despite the increasingly common belief they’re not. Accordingly, the market is being flooded with a ton of products, and it’s getting increasingly hard to decide which one to pick. In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the Juul, a sleek device from the same people who brought you the insanely popular Pax Vaporizer. If you’re looking for an electronic cigarette to help you quit smoking, you can stop looking: the Juul is fantastic. It’s a game changer. It is, without a doubt, the closest experience to a real cigarette we’ve ever come across, and we suspect it’ll be explosively popular. Here are our thoughts.

The Hardware
The Juul is a sleek, elegant device that measures about 3.5 inches in length. Its angular design is modern, and the fit and finish speaks of quality craftsmanship. The first thing you’ll notice upon taking it in your hand is just how light it is. It’s ridiculously light, in fact. However, its brushed aluminum construction feels solid despite its lack of heft.


The device uses interchangeable liquid pods that contain all the necessary hardware to vaporize. They come in four flavours: Fruut, Miint, Tabaac, Bruule. The coil, the wick, the mouthpiece pipe, the draw sensors… everything is contained in these tiny pods about 1″ X 0.5″. Changing them is super easy; just pull it out and insert the new one in. There are no buttons to press; to draw you simply pull and a sensor will fire up the coil and vaporize the liquid. Internal temperature controls ensure a consistent puff. One pod is the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes.

The USB charger is magnetic, which is cool because you can plug Juul in even if its sideways. A full charge takes about an hour, but will last almost through an entire pod. An LED indicates battery levels, which you activate by tapping the device twice.

The Performance
The main feature of the Juul is how it delivers its nicotine to your bloodstream. Unlike traditional e-liquids, the company “used nicotine salts found in leaf-based tobacco as the core ingredient. By extracting and using those salts, Pax as able to create an experience that is more like smoking than other e-cigarettes on the market. That includes offering up two times the nicotine strength and three times the vapor quality of competing products.” In other words, when you puff on Juul, the feeling you get is extremely similar to a real cigarette. It spikes up and comes down slowly, whereas traditional e-cigs slowly build up and don’t give you that lightheadedness and alertness that smokers crave. The company even commissioned a study on this, with the results below.


Performance is stellar. Puff after puff is consistent, never getting too hot. The only negative point is that on some pods, when you first start pulling, you may experience a little sprinkling of liquid onto your tongue. This is unpleasant, since there’s nicotine in there and it creates a burning sensation on the tongue. The company assures us that the issue has been resolved and the pods that ship now don’t do that. Even if that wasn’t the case, it was a minor issue to start with, that presented itself only when first firing up a new pod.

I’ve been vaping for a couple of years and I’ve come across a LOT of products. In this world, there’s a niche for everything and there’s even a cultural aspect to vaping, which this caters to perfectly. You see, Juul is not for the big plume aficionados, nor is it for the flavour enthusiasts, although the pod pack flavours are just fine. This is not a recreational device, although it can be used that way (as it is with me). It’s for current smokers wanting to quit. It’s an elegant tool, a device with a function, not strictly a toy. This is the closest experience to smoking a cigarette that I’ve ever come across on an electronic product. It’s light as a feather, vaporizes on a draw rather than on a button press, has convenient self-contained liquid pods, and more importantly, hits your bloodstream in exactly the right way as to recreate the buzz felt by and craved so much by smokers. I mean this from the bottom of my heart, so believe me when I tell you that for the very first time since picking up vaporizers of any kind, I feel like I’m smoking a real cigarette, without nearly as much of the guilt that comes with the real thing. That’s nothing short of amazing.

A starter pack is $49.99, which includes 4 pods, a charger and the device itself. Additional pods are $15.99 for 4. It’s cheap, considering the quality and sophistication of what you’ll be getting.

+ Elegant, modern design
+ Simple to use
+ Consistent pulls with precise internal temperature controls
+ Excellent nicotine delivery very similar to real cigarettes

– Occasional e-liquid spittle on new pods

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Jurassic World Comes Alive Outside The Silver Screen


This post is brought to you by Target.

Capturing the imagination of millions of fans like no other movie before, Jurassic World has already made history, smashing a ton of opening weekend records, including “Highest-grossing domestic weekend of all time with $208.8 million”, according to The universe Stephen Spielberg created, set once again in lush Isla Nublar, is so vivid and engrossing that it’s sure to stimulate the creativity of a new generation of moviegoers. The action and adventure don’t have to end on the silver screen, you see: the dinosaurs can come alive in your hands! Thanks to Target – Jurassic, I’ve had the chance to hang out with some of the stars of the movie, and we’ve created a little comic strip for you guys to enjoy. Here it is, below.

It was really easy to make: a cozy garden with greens and rocks, a camera, along with some creative editing and finding the right angles to shoot from. It’s something that fans young and old alike could make in a couple of hours, and have a ton of fun in the process; even something like an iPhone could produce similar results. At the bottom of the strip you’ll find links for all the dinos starring in this scene.


[ Indominus Rex Figure ]


[ Spinosaurus Figure ]

[ Dimorphodon Figure ]










[ Velociraptor Chomping Foam Head ]

And below are the links to all the dinos in this strip.

[P.S. No dinos were harmed in the making of this comic strip.]

[ Velociraptor Chomping Foam Head ]

[ Spinosaurus Figure ]

[ Dimorphodon Figure ]

[ Indominus Rex Figure ]

When You’re Looking For A Deal, You Don’t Have To Go Much Further Than eBay


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


Over the last couple of years, we’ve been bringing your attention to a good number of deals on the gadgets you love.  We know the feeling: here’s this awesome item you want to buy, no, you need to buy… but if only it wasn’t that expensive.  Well, one of the most obvious places to find items at a discount is eBay; this much we think you already knew.  What you might not have known is that eBay has a special section where they highlight some of the best ones they have, and it’s called eBay Deals.  That section is relatively general and populated with all kinds of stuff, so if you’re looking for more tech specific deals, you can head on over to eBay Tech Deals. Some examples of what you’ll find there include 25% off on an Apple iPad Air 2 9.7″ with Retina Display, down to $49 from its usual $599! Or the Garmin Nuvi 2595LMT GPS Navigation Assistant for $99, down from its usual $189.

The company is making an effort to raise awareness that there’s more going on in their platform than simple auctions.  For example, I’ve been given the opportunity to write a Buying Guide.  I chose to do it about the Top 4 Gadgets To Help You Train Your Dog.  It’s a list of items you might want to consider having if you’ve embarked on the potentially difficult road to having a properly trained puppy.

So that’s it, you should take a few minutes and explore the other things eBay has to offer, like great deals and buying guides.  It’s all just a few clicks away.

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The Obvious Choice For Standing Out Is A Fresh Pair of PF Flyers

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

Long time readers of OhGizmo! will know that we try to set ourselves apart from the myriad other blogs out there by focusing on content that hasn’t already been rehashed tons of times elsewhere.  This means we’ll often eschew mainstream consumer electronics and talk about obscure items of marginal usefulness.  We do this because, well, it’s a lot more interesting to us, and we always hope you’ll feel the same.  And it’s also because at heart we like to stand out; we don’t want to follow the crowd. So when I was contacted by PF Flyers and asked to take a look at their shoes, I was intrigued.  Here is a brand with a venerable history, having been founded in 1937, and currently sitting under the New Balance umbrella. But it’s also a brand that not too many people have heard of, with an interesting array of styles to choose from. Their shoes are known for their comfort, the Posture Foundation insole, and they certainly display a keen sense of style.  I was graciously given a chance to get one of four pairs.

So, I decided to try out the Center-Hi Vintage model in black.  These are high top sneakers made out of a hearty canvas material, with a solid rubber toecap and bumper, and strong vertical ribbing.  The sole is white and thick, and contrasts strongly with the matte black of the shoe’s body.  I really liked them because of the old school look, and the confident allure of the front part of the shoe.  I don’t like shoes that are too pointy, and considering current pant styles favour skinnier cuts, I often feel like I’m wearing clown shoes if my footwear appears to be too long and thin.  The Center-Hi Vintage are rounder and slightly wider, which gives them a heavy and imposing stance. The company logo on the side further reinforces that old-school 60’s vibe that attracted me to them in the first place, and I feel like they just look good.

The real magic, however, begins the minute you put them on.  The Posture Foundation insole is a fantastic addition to these sneakers.  Your foot feels embraced and hugged, and your every step is cushioned.  It’s really hard to convey in words just how comfortable they are, so you’ll just have to take my word for it: they’re very comfortable. The sole isn’t too thin, so your foot is insulated from little irregularities in the ground, like tiny pebbles.  The rubber is super grippy, and I feel like I can bounce around in these all day.  The fit is just right; my feet aren’t wide or narrow, so there was absolutely no fitment issues.  That’s not to say they wouldn’t be able to accommodate differently shaped feet, considering the soft canvas that makes up the body.  When laced properly, you feel snug and secure, and that’s a great thing from what’s arguably the most important garment you wear.

You guys should consider visiting the PF Flyers website and picking a style that suits you best.  It’s a great way to stand out from the crowd and get noticed. They’re priced just right, and their styles are fresh and classy.  I know I’ll be wearing mine until they basically disintegrate, which could take a while considering the superior quality.

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Celluon’s PicoPro Creates A Big Image In A Small Footprint


It’s cool that smartphone screens are getting larger, as watching videos on them while on-the-go becomes an increasingly enjoyable experience. But they still definitely don’t match the impact of watching a movie or TV show on a 50+ inch display; those, on the other hand, tend to be very un-portable. Celluon’s PicoPro seems like a great compromise, since it’s about the size of an iPhone 6 Plus, only a bit thicker (0.5 inches thick). It weighs a tiny bit more (6.7 ounces) but is able to project a clear, crisp laser-based image that is always in focus, and which can reasonably be stretched up to 100″. It doesn’t require any external power source, and has a battery life of 2 to 3 hours. PicoPro will connect to your iOS device through HDMI (requiring an adapter), or wirelessly to Windows Phone and Android devices that support Miracast. The resolution is 1920×720, which is a bit odd and requires a bit of explanation:

1920×720 resolution is an attribute of the display engine at the heart of the PicoPro/PicoAir. MicroVision’s PicoP® Display Technology uses a proprietary scanned laser beam methodology that has a fundamental advantage of supporting multiple output resolutions with a single MEMS mirror, as opposed to being limited to fixed resolutions like panel based displays. The number of pixels painted is dynamic, not fixed as in a panel. To achieve 1920×720, the image resolution is enhanced by upscaling the horizontal pixels from 1280 input to 1920 output. To maintain a standard 16:9 aspect ratio the display engine creates non-square pixels. The result is an image that surpasses the resolution and quality a typical 720p display by fitting more pixels into the space.

Pocketable portability, no dependance on external power source, clear image? That sounds like a winning combination, even at $350.

Head over to the VIA link for a full review.


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OhGizmo! Review: The Vapshot Mini Spirits Vaporizer (Updated)


Humans have been ingesting alcohol through their stomachs for thousands of years, and it’s worked just fine so far. But it’s the future now, and it’s time to try something different. The Vapshot Mini is a household device that takes spirits and vaporizes them so that you can ingest them through your lungs. That’s right, instead of drinking your booze, you can now breathe it in through a straw! The effects are immediate, since the lungs are a far more effective method of getting things into your bloodstream. And the dynamic of “drinking” with the Vapshot Mini is completely different than regular drinking. It’s a novel experience that we’ve had the pleasure of, well, experiencing for the last couple of weeks. The following article takes a more in-depth look at the machine.

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