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DuraSound Bluetooth Speaker By Truffol [Review]

Truffol DuraSound Speaker Review
I’ve never been a fan of portable speakers and have always been quite skeptical of their ability to provide high quality sound. By now, I’m used to my trustworthy Bose SoundDock and how it sounds, so when I was offered the DuraSound Bluetooth speaker by my friends at Truffol I wasn’t expecting much – especially for a speaker that costs less than $50, but as I know them as creators of high-quality smartphone accessories (like the Truffol Leather iPhone Skin) I thought I should give the speaker a try, and I’m really glad I did!

Specs of the Truffol DuraSound Speaker:

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As soon as I hit the play button, I was truly impressed with the sound that came out of this little speaker. Unlike speakers of its size, the sound is very clear and can be turned up really high without losing clarity.

You have two connectivity options: Bluetooth or NFC (Near Field Communication) for devices enabled with this feature. I did not have one in hand so I only tried connecting via Bluetooth, which was easy and without any issues. When you power on the speaker, it goes to pairing mode right away. On your device, you’ll select DuraSound from the Bluetooth device list, a voice prompt will alert you that you’re now paired and you should be all set.

The rechargeable battery takes 4 hours to fully charge and gives you up to 8 hours of playback time. It recharges via a micro-usb cable which is included.

Design:

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The DuraSound is only 6.5 x 2.17 x 2.44 inches and weighs at 0.75 pounds. The design of the speaker is nothing astonishing, but it’s a design that works. The speaker is wrapped in a silicone sleeve that protects it from drops and keeps it from slipping. This rugged design makes it ready for your use and abuse indoors or outdoors.

Apart from the power button on the side, the speaker only has 3 buttons on the top. Volume buttons which are also used to return to and skip songs (light press will skip the song, pressing and holding will control volume) and the microphone button which answers and ends calls. Yes, this speaker also features a built-in mic that allows you to take calls and speak handsfree, echo-free.

Included with the speaker two cables: a micro USB for charging and an AUX cable for an additional connectivity option. The great thing is that both cables are flat and tangle-free, making them perfect for portability.

Overall:

I am rather impressed with the DuraSound’s sound quality. To be honest, I’ve not tried many Bluetooth speakers, but what I know is this: not many speakers combine Bluetooth, NFC, Speakerphone and this sound clarity in a price range under $50. The DuraSound provides a lot of value for your money indeed.

The speaker is available in 3 colors: black, yellow and blue. I would advice you pick any color other than the black as the silicone does seem to collect visible dust, although easily wiped clean. I imagine the yellow or blue to have a cleaner look.

You can learn more about the DuraSound and buy it by visiting Truffol’s website.

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Fancy Mystery Box [Review]

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You probably already know of Fancy’s cool subscription box where each month you get a box full of gadgets based on your interest, for $39 you get over $80+ worth of stuff. However, not all people are ready to commit to a monthly subscription (although you’re free to cancel anytime), so Fancy now offers a new option for anyone who wants to reward themselves with a box without the recurring bill, and that’d be the Fancy Mystery Box which starts at only $10!

Fancy has sent me a Mystery Box for this review, so let’s have a look…

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The Fancy Mystery Box is a great option for anyone looking for a surprise box at any time they want, instead of a monthly box. The price for the Mystery Box stars at $10 for a small box, $20 for a medium and $40 for a large. The Mystery Box cannot be customized by Interest like the Fancy subscription box, however, you can choose from a Men’s or Women’s box. The box I received was a $20 Medium box for Men. It included the following items:

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Butcher’s Kitchen Apron ($35): This is my favorite item in the box. The illustrations are cool, very nicely printed and the apron feels of great quality.

Diablo III: Book of Cain

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Diablo III: Book of Cain ($22) and Diablo III: Book of Tyrael ($28): I am not a gamer at all, so these books are of no interest to me. But I can see how any fan of the game would be totally excited about them. Both are hardcovers that make a great collectors item for a fan.

The 4th item in the box is a Sons of a Sailor rope bracelet which I can’t seem to find on their website or  Fancy’s. Based of the price of their available bracelets, I would give it a value of $15 to $20.

Without including the price of the bracelet which I’m not sure of, this $20 box includes items valued at $85+, which is an amazing deal for sure! But since it’s a mystery box, what you receive will either be a hit or miss. Personally, out of this box, I only like the apron and I’ll be giving out the rest as gifts, which is not bad at all, you could be saving a lot on gift expenses too!

Even though I’m not %100 impressed with the box I received, I would still consider buying a Fancy Mystery Box. For $10, $20 or $40, you’ll be receiving a lot more than what you paid for, so value wise, it’s great. But like I’ve already mentioned, the items might be a hit or miss, so if you’d like to receive items that are more specific to your interest, I’d recommend the Fancy Subscription Box ($39), you can cancel before you’re charged for the next month or you can keep your subscription if you like it.

PillPack: Automatic Prescription and Medication Management

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You might find this product to be different than our usual features. But you’ll find out why we have a pharmacy service on HolyCool in a second, and if you’re someone who needs prescriptions regularly filled, you’ll want to pay attention.

PillPack.com is a new cool, ultra-modern online pharmacy that will change how you fill your prescriptions forever! Why is it cool? Let’s see…

  • You’ll never have to wait in a long queue to fill out a prescription ever again. PillPack will deliver all your meds to your doorstep, without any shipping costs!
  • You’ll never run out of meds again. All your prescriptions will be filled and delivered to you exactly when you need them.
  • PillPack will call and coordinate with your Doctor and insurance. Everything will be organized and ready for you.
  • On-Demand care team. Pharmacists will be available to answer your questions or help you 24/7.
  • Beautiful and simplified pill packaging makes it a lot easier to carry and take your medication.

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Your pills will be organized in personalized packets. Each packet is labelled with the time of the medication, pill names and the doses. This way, you’ll always take the right medication at the right time. Your PillPacks come in a recyclable dispenser that allows you to easily tear off your med packets.

How much does a service that saves you so much time and trouble cost? Only $20 per month!

Want to give it a try? We’ve got a coupon code for you to try it for FREE! Just sign up using the link below and make sure to include the code:

Sign up for PillPack and use promo code 1FREE and get a free month worth $20!

CODE EXPIRES ON 1/17/2014

PillPack is a service that combines the power of technology and beauty of design to help you have a much better life. We truly believe that PillPack will have a great impact of many people that find it hard to manage their prescriptions. And that’s why PillPack is so Holy Cool!

Know someone who has to too many prescriptions to manage? Pass this on to them and help them simply their lives!

Truffol Autograph Leather Skin for iPhone 5/5S Or Galaxy S4 [Review]

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Last month, we’ve held a giveaway for Truffol leather skins iPhone / Samsung Galaxy S4 and 15 lucky winners received their choice of model and color! The nice guys at Truffol were also kind enough to send me a couple of skins to try out for this review.

What Is the Truffol Autograph Leather Skin?

It’s a genuine leather skin with an adhesive back that you can easily apply on the back of your phone. It’s simple yet very beautiful, it instantly classes up your phone. The skin is precisely cut to fit your phone perfectly, and it’s only 0.6mm in thickness, so it doesn’t add any weight or thickness to your phone.

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What you get in the packages is:

  • The leather skin.
  • a complimentary screen protector, microfiber cloth and dust removal tool.

How To Apply the Skin:

It’s a pretty straight forward task. Simply peel the plastic off the adhesive back and gently apply the skin on your phone. The adhesive is good for a number of uses, not quite sure how many, but I did take it off and on again at least 5 to 6 times and it’s still holding on very well. I would advice that you keep the protective plastic in case you ever want to take the skin off and use it again at a later time. I was pleased to find out that my iPhone 5S fit nicely into the case I had even with the skin on (I use a Spigen Slim Armor Case) so you might not even need to take the skin off.

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Quality and Feel of the Autograph Leather Skin:

The quality is certainly of high standard. The nice smell of leather will hit you as soon as you open that package. It also has a grained texture to it that feels nice in hand. The bottom of the skin holds the logo of Truffol either in stainless steel or rose gold, depending on the color of the leather.

Truffol offers a free personalization service for the Autograph leather skin. You can have up to three letters embossed on it to make it more your own.

It’s important to note that the Truffol Autograph leather skin is not meant to be protective. Of course, it will protect the back of your phone from scratches, but this isn’t something you buy for overall protection against drops for example. That said, your phone will definitely look much better than having a case on it. I’ve already gotten so many positive comments on mine.

As I already have a screen protector on my phone, I did not apply the complimentary protector I received with the skin, so I won’t be commenting on that.

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The Autograph Leather Skin is available in four colors, and in two variants: Standard or Card, which has a pocket good for holding a credit card or a driver’s license. You can get it for your iPhone 5/5S or Samsung Galaxy S4 for only $18 or $22 for the Card version.
You can learn more about the Autograph Leather Skin here: http://truffol.com/autograph

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DOSH Magic Wallet [Review]

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If you’ve always thought the idea of the magic wallet is cool but kind of impractical, I’ve got some great news for you! I have found the most practical, durable and modern magic wallet you can get, which I’ll be reviewing here courtesy of our friends at DOSH.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of a magic wallet, watch the following video of a Dosh Magic Wallet that we’re borrowing from YouTube:

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The DOSH Magic Wallet is quite fun, and unlike many other fun products in the world, that does not compromise the quality of it. It is compact in size (105 x 74 x 12mm), very light and is made of superior TPU material that feels nice in hand and is quite durable. The outside features 4 slots that hold 1 card each. On the inside, the straps are of TPU material as well, they’ll hold your cash and receipts securely in place.

DOSH Magic Wallet
I’ve been using this magic wallet by DOSH for around a week or so, and this is how I feel about it so far:

What I like:

  • The cool factor! My friends have been quite impressed and they’re still trying to figure out how it really works.
  • It’s made of solid material. This wallet won’t tear or break anytime soon. It’s also waterproof.
  • It’s very minimal, small in size, and easy to carry in a pocket without crowding it.

What I don’t like:

  • The card slots, although they hold the cards securely, I don’t like that in the second slot the card sticks almost half way out.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with the Magic Wallet by DOSH. I knew I was becoming a fan of DOSH products since I reviewed their Syncro iPhone Wallet Reviewing a second product by them confirms their dedication to superior quality, functionality and innovation.

The DOSH Magic Wallet is available in 7 color combinations. You can get yours for $49.95 and get FREE worldwide shipping.

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Printstagram: Print Your Instagram Photos [Review]

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If your Instagram account is full of daily snapshots, artistic photography, vacation photos, random pics of you, your friends or family having fun… those sweet memories and art creations deserve to be printed and shared. One of the coolest services that does just that, print your Instagram photos is Printstagram. I was offered a coupon code by Printstagram to give their service a try for this review, so here it is!

With Printstagram you can print your Instagrams as greeting cards, poster, framed prints, calendars, a tiny book or squares, which is what I’m reviewing here.

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For just $12, you can get either 24 4” squares or 48 2 3/8” mini squares. You can create your prints either on the web, where you’ll be connected to your Instagram account to choose the photos you want printed, or you can do it directly on your iPhone using the Printstagram app. I printed my photos using the website; the process was simple and all in all, it took less than 10 minutes to choose my photos and submit the order, but I should mention that I have only a bit over 100 photos in my account. Although, even if you happened to have a 1000 photos, you’ll be able to easily view them and choose from them.

A little over 24hrs after placing my order, it was ready and on its way to me. Shipping was super fast, Printstagram uses courier shipping for a flat rate of $7 for US and $12 for International orders, so you know your order will arrive faster than regular post, and you don’t have to worry about shipping cost no matter how many products you buy.

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I was quite pleased with the photos. The paper quality is superb and so is the printing. Overall, I’m very pleased with the entire experience Printstagram provided, from photo selection to order processing and shipping.

I highly recommend giving Printstagram a try. Any of their products would make a wonderful personal holiday gift. And if you don’t have an Instagram account, you can use their other printing services: Blue Prints for Facebook photo printing or Print Studio for printing photos directly from your computer.

Foldable.Me Customizable Cardboard Toys [Review]

While back we featured Foldable.Me, a website that allows you to create a customizable cardboard toy that looks like you or any one you like. The nice folks at Foldable.Me presented me with a free toy for this review.

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The task of creating a Foldable is quite easy and a lot of fun. You can choose from a wide variety of features to create your lookalike. After, or while you’re creating your Foldable, you have to option to save all your creations for reference or later editing. If you’re done creating your toy, add it to cart, checkout and it should be on its way to you in about a day.

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You’ll receive your Foldable in a single sheet of cardboard paper. The printing and paper are of really good quality, so there’s no worries of color fading or paper breaking in your hand. There’s no need for cutting or gluing either, you’ll simply pop out, fold edges and slot the pieces together. It takes a few minute to put together , all hassle-free.

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The result is a mini you with an oversized square head. My Foldable sits on my desk to keep me company. It has received a lot of good comments and brought on a lot of smiles!

You can get your Foldable at Foldable.me for $11.99 with free worldwide shipping.

Projecteo The Tiny Instagram Projector [Review]

While back, we featured Projecteo, the tiny Instagram projector. The folks at Projecteo were kind enough to send us one for a review, so here it is!

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Much like its title suggests, Projecteo is quite tiny. It is practically weightless and fits in the palm of your hand. For $34.98, you will get:

  • The Projecteo projector
  • One reel of photos (9 photos per reel).
  • Batteries.
  • Free worldwide shipping

By connecting to Instagram through Projecteo’s site, you’ll be able to view all your photos and add them to your reel. You can create and add additional reels to your order at $8.99 per reel.

Operating your Projecteo couldn’t be simpler, just insert the reel, turn the projector on and you’re all set. To change from one photo to another, you’ll manually rotate the wheel. At first, the projected image can be out of focus, so you’ll have to rotate the lens on the projector to get the right focus.

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Projecteo works 100% as promised, the photos are well-printed into the reel (if that’s the correct technical term) and display nicely on the wall. It was hard for me to take a photo of it in action, so in reality it is better than pictured above. The following video will give you a better idea for how it works:

Projecteo is a great little toy that will give you a new fun way to share photos with family and friends. It’s not a high-tech gadget, and that’s the beauty of it. It’s quite simple in how it works, and its small size makes it easy to enjoy anywhere.

You can learn more and get your Projecteo at Getprojecteo.com.

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