You know what’s cool with tech gadgets? They fill a need you didn’t even know you had and they make you shout “wow, cool!” like a kid stumbling upon a new toy.
When MobileFun contacted me to try a few of their products, I kind of gave the email a dismissive shrug. Yeah, okay, I have a smartphone, like millions of people. I barely use it—only to read emails and reply to clients when I’m out, to listen to podcasts, to find my way in Ottawa, to read flyers from the grocery store, to take snapshots, to Tweet, to call Feng and my mum with Skype and…
Oh, shit. I do use my phone quite a bit, come to think of it.
But could my smartphone experience be improved? I emailed MobileFun back and asked them to surprise me.
Two days later, a package was delivered at home.
MobileFun is based in the UK, they are the leading online retailer in mobile phones and accessories. They source cool innovations and they sell them in the European Union—and now in North America.
Before I even opened the package, I could attest to two things. The team is super friendly. I get dozens of requests through this blog and most are spammy or are from overworked employees who clearly use a script. Emails with MobileFun employees were personable and friendly. Second, they are efficient and proactive—the package was delivered from the UK to Canada in a couple of days, tracking number provided. Even Amazon can’t beat that!
The first accessory was the Bluetooth Gloves with Built-in Microphone & Speaker kit. I opened the box and found a pair of black winter gloves, equipped with various buttons by the cuffs, and a USB charger. After pairing them with my Android phone (sounds technical but really, they both mated just fine without my help), I was able to make and receive calls through the gloves. It’s simple: your thumb is now a speaker, your wrist is the microphone and the gloves vibrate when you receive a call. I tested them out outside—it was a cold and windy night, one of these instances when holding your phone to your ear gets painful after a few minutes. It works! The sound quality isn’t as clear as when you speak directly into the phone but not freezing my hands is priceless. Bonus: you can use any touch screen device with these gloves on.
Verdict: the instruction booklet was clear and written in relatively good English (minus a few typos…) and the gloves work. It’s a fun and useful gadget, especially for us in Canada when the weather gets ridiculously cold.
The second accessory was the Olixar Bluetooth Anti-Lost Device & Keys Finder Alarm & Selfie Shutter—many functions for a tiny lightweight device! Attach it to your key-ring, download the app and if you ever lose your keys, you will be able to locate them both through the app (if you left them behind somewhere) and by the audible beeping sound (if they are simply hiding under the couch). The device also works as a remote trigger for your phone camera and voice dictation feature.
Verdict: ultra-thin, multi-purpose and useful. I like that.
Has an accessory that improved your life? What gadget could you use in your daily life?