Published on December 13th, 2011 | by Rita0
Great Gifts: LifeProof, Camelbak, Earjax
From time to time I encounter things that require little by the way of discussion, in light of actual performance. Recently a couple of these things crossed my path, and I’ve found that the fastest way to convince another person of their worth is hands on. Unfortunately, much like our lack of smell-o-vision and flying cars, I can’t hand you an object to convince you of it’s worth. So, I will do my best to talk about these things; but please believe me when I tell you that everything I’ve got in store for you today my words aren’t going to do justice.
Nearly everyone I know has a smart phone of some sort, and nearly everyone I know scrambles to protect that precious little computer in their pocket every time it starts to rain. I also have my fair share of friends who are carrying around phones with spectacular cracks across the glass display. If I were a betting kind of person I’d guess you know one or two of those people as well. Learning the different ways friends have killed their phones has actually become an entertaining pastime, my current favorite is the friend who dropped spilled red wine on his phone, and then dropped it in chocolate fondue. What if I told you that there’s a way to protect your beloved iPhone from salt water, sand, dirt, snow, red wine, chocolate fondue, being dropped from heights, or nearly anything else you can dream up?
I give you LifeProof. This case, which adds mere millimeters to the length and width of your phone, effectively protects your phone from any “normal” situation that would pose a threat to it’s well-being. I say normal, because if you’re that person who needs to run your phone over with a truck to prove that a case is destructible, this case may not be right for you. All the rest of you, however, are in for a treat. LifeProof cases, which are available for both the iPhone 4 and 4S, are waterproof and shockproof up to 2 meters (6.6 feet). Being waterproof means it’s sealed against snow, dirt, snow- in other words, life.
iPhone screens work by monitoring changes in electrical current; because water is a conductor that electrical current gets dispersed before the phone can register it, so using the touch screen while underwater is not an option. Turning the video camera on, though, definitely is an option, and the world of underwater movies is your oyster, so to speak- see our example! Since my iPhone has donned it’s LifeProof case I have stopped caring if it rains, if there’s mud and if sand gets on my phone. The best testament though, is how many people I know bought their own after seeing mine in action.
I wouldn’t recommend using Earjax Lyrics Earbuds underwater, but certainly they’re worth having around for almost all other situations. They’re about as close to custom made studio earbuds as you can get. Everything about the way these are constructed are designed to let you forget that you have earbuds in at all. The sound quality is well balanced, and the comfort is up there among the most comfortable earbuds I’ve ever worn. The quality definitely speaks for itself, once you’ve given these a try. Bonus for being on serious sale for the holidays!
The last thing I want to talk about is my Camelbak Groove water bottle. This bottle, while not ideal for taking hiking or trekking, is perfectly amazing for daily life. The reason I say it’s not ideal for hiking is because while it holds 600mL of water, there is also a carbon filter that adds a fair amount of weight. I say go with your regular Antidote reservoir for hiking. The Groove is perfect for having with you at work, even if you’re around computers, due to the flip top bite straw that prevents spills and leaks. The filter is effective in removing chemicals, heavy metals and other particulate from tap water, which means your water is going to taste great. Best of all there is no plastic taste that anybody who has used a hydration system or reusable water bottle is familiar with. The carbon filter is good for 3 months, and as easy to replace as unscrewing the lid.
I give a hearty thumbs up to any of these items for the hard-to-shop for person on your gift list. All of these are fun as well as practical, and there may be some good prices to be had as well!