Gosin Car Mount Hardware Review

Gosin Car Mount Hardware Review

Jul 2, 2015

When it’s all said and done, I prefer accessories that help my mobile devices to be, well, more mobile. Let them roam… do what they are made to do.

One of the first draws to getting a smartphone way back when was the ability to derive GPS voice navigation with the help of software. Having readily available directions on hand is invaluable. So is being safe, so getting a helper piece to hold one’s phone securely — handsfree — is not only smart, it’s legally prudent.

And so we get the Gosin 360° Rotating Car Mount-Air Vent Universal Smartphone Holder.

It’s a mouthful, and the review package Gosin sent us shows why. It is relatively sizable, and comes in two pieces: a portion that ends in a suction piece, and the device holder. On the retail package, diagrams help one get it together, the one piece snaps into the other, and with that, it becomes a unique, multi-jointed unit. All together, it is pretty heavy-duty, but not too heavy, and is constructed with mostly black, hard plastic. Officially, it is under 10 ounces and is 6 x 4.9 x 3.7 inches. Plus, it does not weigh very much as it weighs 9.6 ounces

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It has several buttons set in which control bending and angling, such that when it is attached to the windshield with the suction control mechanism, it is possible to tweak the whole unit very precisely — and this is not an understatement. It can literally be moved around for the perfect fit/angle. With a little bit of usage, it is possible to place and release device one-handed.

In some aspects, it does feel a bit busy. The physical functionality of the unit also means that it has quite a few moving parts: nuts, buttons, ratchets and more. It also bis a bit bigger in profile than other items of of similar function, which can be an issue on sleeker cars because of the incline of the windshield. Some of the button usage might not feel intuitive at first, but to be fair, it does get easier to use with practice.

Still, it’s a pretty useful solution; it does what it sets out to do safely, and even more importantly, does it effectively. The potential for one-handed usage is invaluable, and the price (under $14.99 via Amazon) is to die for.

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Arkon Travel Tablet Stand Hardware Review

Arkon Travel Tablet Stand Hardware Review

Jun 30, 2015

Easy does it.

Yep, that is my moto when it comes to accessories for electronics. You can the coolest high falutin’ helpers, but in the end, it just seem like the best accessories are easy to handle, move and implement. Why have a piece that is more complex than the smartdevice it is supposed to support?

The Arkon Tablet Stand is one that seems to fit this bill… at least, on the surface.

The retail unit Arkon sent us was simply packaged, and contained the unit for review and documentation. It possesses a unique design; at first glance, with the unit folded, one might be forgiven for not being impressed. At rest, it looks like a somewhat irregular piece of plastic. Closer inspection shows that it is actually made of three joiined pieces — arms, if you will — that can be pulled apart from an axis. The axis is intricately constructed, such that the arms move somewhat independently of each other, but are still able to form a shape. Two matching form the base, and the third arm, which is padded and jointed, becomes an adjustable support. It is simple, yes, but the way it is conceived allows it to be pretty sturdy in action.

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A strong point for this solution is the overall efficacy. because of it’s adjustable nature, it can be used with several devices of different sized in either orientation. The back support can be adjusted, and this allows the viewing angle to be tweaked, which can be invaluable; the base arms have grooves, which help with stability.

The uses are too many to list. It was used to create a “monitor” to type up this review. It can be used to take in media, videochat, or everyday browsing. It just works.

Obviously, the portability is a big benefit. Because it can be folded up, it easily fits in one’s go bag, or even pocket. I was even able to tuck it into a tablet sleeve with the tablet.

All the moving parts give me pause; the arms are a bit stiff, and the ratcheting system could be a point of weakness down the line. This is conjecture on my part, so I am willing to give the whole piece the benefit of the doubt.

For now, it’s on my favorites list.

House of Marley Chant Wireless Speaker Hardware Review

House of Marley Chant Wireless Speaker Hardware Review

Jun 18, 2015

Yes, I admit The House of Marley intrigues me. Beyond the iconic name, the company makes some nice-looking accessories, and its commitment to use sustainable materials can only be lauded. It’s Chant Bluetooth Speaker looks to be an example of what House of Marley can bring to market, and we were quite willing to give it a try.

It’s cute, but can’t be accused of looking trivial; it possesses a small cylindrical shape that almost makes it resemble a small candle jar. It has a hard cloth/denim-like material on the exterior, with cutouts at the bottom and a zipper at the top, plus a caribiner and Jamaican flag accents; this is indeed the cover (which is made out of natural materials and recycled goods), and inside, the smooth, bamboo-trimmed main speaker sits. The main grill is at the top, with two smaller ones towards the bottom. There’s an on switch and LED at the top, and mini USB charging port, microphone and 3.55 mm plugin port. On its own, it looks okay, but when paired with the zip-up case — as it is meant to be — it looks a bit more defined. Officially, it is 5.9 x 4.4 x 4.4 inches and about 1 lb.

Pairing it is easy and intuitive; turning it on puts the unit into pairing mode, from which it can be discovered and paired to from a host advice. At this point, it’s a simple matter of piping audio through it, and we put it through the paces.

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The main output comes from the top; thus, the unit works optimally with the top of the case unzipped with the covered pulled back. With different types of music, we put the speaker on full throttle. It gets decently loud, but not as loud as bigger units. At higher registers, there is a hint of tinniness, but a decent helping of base. Laying on its side, it did provide decent directional sound. If vibrating chandeliers off the roof is the goal, these probably won’t suffice

It works well as a makeshift speakerphone; calls in are handled well, and fairly seamlessly.

If one were to nitpick, it would probably be about some minor things… like the mini-USB port. It does come with its own cable, but for folks that like to move around, using the more ubiquitous micro-USB standard makes it easier to use on the go… in theory at least.

As a portable entertainment extension, the Chant excels. It is very mobile, and can be used in a number of situations in different locales. It looks equally at home on a window sill or strapped to some handlebars, and does a good job of audio transmission. The ability to go both ways (wired and wirelessly) is a nice benefit.

The cool factor is just the cherry on top.

Writing Smart: Neo Smartpen N2 Review

Writing Smart: Neo Smartpen N2 Review

Jun 11, 2015

An opportunity to check out the Neo Smartpen N2? Yes, please…

It looks sleek, but still retains a professional feel. In a meeting of executive ballpoint pens, the N2 wouldn’t look too out of place. It has a dark finish, is angled but still faintly cylindrical and almost pyramidal; with the cover off, it tapers to the writing end. There is a power button and a color LED towards the “bottom” of the pen, and at the very end portion, there is a micro-USB charging port.

The pen is designed in such away that a small camera is incorporated towards the writing end; this is part of the solution that allows the unit to capture written text.

Now, to get the unit going, we charged it with the supplied cable. When the unit is powered on and plugged in, it’s easy to see where the unit is with regards to battery level via the LED light. As soon as the unit was topped off, we were truly ready to go.

One aspect of the solution is the cross-platform Neo Notes app. This apps helps with registering the pen and otherwise getting the pen connected to it via Bluetooth. When it is connected to the app and host device, it allows one to see captured notes.

And how does one capture notes? Simple. The review unit came with an N Notebook, specially designed to work with the N2. When one writes in said notebook, the text automatically shows up digitally in the app; if the app is on and connected to the pen, the written material shows up close to real-time. If not connected, it syncs whenever the smartpen is re-connected. In practice, it all works quite well, as the captured text appears in collated notebooks within the app. And yep, it all syncs with Evernote.

I admit, I was impressed. It’s a cool setup.

As-is, the solution works well, but some of the other features really had me heel-clicking. When a captured note is viewed in the app, one can act on it: it can be shared, or a voice note can be added; it also supports tagging. The feature I was most looking forward to checking out is the transcription.

Reliable handwriting transcription is the holy grail of smartpens; Neo has the popular Myscript transcription engine built in, and it is surprisingly effective. Some live testing is below:

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The transcription window allows for some editing, which is simply swell.

My biggest complaint is related to the proprietary paper needed. To be fair, this isn’t that odd with regards to smartpens, but it is something to consider from a refill standpoint. I think the app could be a bit more streamlined in places; as much as I like the transcription, it could be improved upon. Also, with the $169 price tag, this is an investment.

What the N2 does effectively is to make it hard for folks to go elsewhere. It just feels like this sector is getting crowded, but based on this solution, Neo seems to be in a great place.

PowerIt Multipurpose Charging Kit Hardware Review

PowerIt Multipurpose Charging Kit Hardware Review

Jun 9, 2015

As always, I am a huge fan of measured convergence. I’ve said it before and will say it again: give me a combo device, as long as it does multiple things well.

This is especially true of portable battery packs. One stays in the go-bag whenever I am out; but what if that unit can charge multiple batteries, add something useful like a flashlight, and… oh… say… jump a dead car battery?

Ah. Maybe the PowerIt Jump Start Kit?

400A peak current with rugged automotive design; dual USB port charges 2 devices at once; jump starts cars and SUVs with 12V batteries; over current, charge, and discharge protection.

The review package we were sent brought the charging goodness right where we wanted it; it starts with a zip-up blue carrying portfolio, which does an excellent job of keeping all the components organized and portable. In this is a bunch of other pieces, including the main unit, power supply, USB outlet cable, car charger cable, charging clamps and documentation.

The main unit serves as the hub of operations. It’s relatively diminutive as a rectangular cuboid, and mostly is black and gray in color. On the one side, there are a series of ports: a 1A USB port, a 2.1A USB port and its own input port, and these the openings are bracketed by power level LED on the one side and an output jack for the charging clamps. On the one side, there is flashlight, and on the broad side there is a power button. Altogether it comes in at 7.28 x 3.27 x 1.69 inches.

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The unit came with a full charge, so it’s possible to get right into checking it out. I really wanted it to see how the devices chargers worked, and, using my own USB cable, I was quite able to get some of my hungrier devices going seamlessly; charging two devices simultaneously also works, which is great on the go and/or in multiple person emergencies.

I had to “create” a situation to check the auto charging functionality. With the unit charged (and a dead car battery artificially created), I was able to jump-start a car from dead. It took longer than I would have liked, and I wish the clamps had longer cables, but it actually works. It advertises a 200A starting current and max 400A max, and the standby time is decent. I’d like to see how that latter aspect does over time.

Not bad.

In the end, it’s the little things that count. Flashlight? Check. Morse code generator? Check. I like that one can purchase this in different output tiers, and the carry case is a nice touch. At $99.00, it isn’t too cost prohibitive. It probably won’t replace AAA, but it could help save on using up those tows, while keeping those mobile devices going.

Divoom Voombox-Party Wireless Speaker Hardware Review

Divoom Voombox-Party Wireless Speaker Hardware Review

Jun 4, 2015

We love to check out wireless solutions, especially speakers. A tool that can enhance sound on the go? Let me loose!

Well, here’s the Divoom Voombox-Party.

The review package we were sent contains the speaker, power cable, audio cable and documentation. The unit looks like it means business; it looks like a solid brick of technology, with gently tapered angles and a defined rubberized finish. The control bank at the top is simple to navigate: power toggle, bluetooth pairing, phone answering and two buttons for volume. To the side, there are covered ports for power and audio cable. In hand, it is hefty piece, and it feels well crafted. Officially, it comes in at 9.17 x 2.13 x 4.06 inches and 2.4 lbs.

It takes a while to charge up the unit, close to 3 hours. Once the unit is ready to go, connecting it to a source is easy simple, and I suspect anyone who has played with bluetooth protocol will be at home pairing this: tap the bluetooth button on the speaker, search for it from the mobile device, and it’s good to go.

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The sound quality is surprisingly good; it reflects clearly at different volume levels; at louder ones, it did feel a tad hollow, and I think it could use some range. The subwoofer definitely has personality, and mostly keeps the unit from being overwhelmed by itself. The additional phone functionality is peachy too; the voice quality is decent, and the switch-over is seamless. The audio port allows for conventional wired usage, and that is nifty to have on occasion.

My biggest gripe with the unit mostly has to do with the design. I found myself trying to set it lengthwise because I kept on losing the controls. For semi-permanent usage, this isn’t a a big problem, but I tend to move speakers around a fair bit.

It’s easy to like the Voombox-Party. Without a doubt, the positives easily outweigh any and all negatives. It’s a wireless piece with wired sensibilities. At $91.50 (via Amazon), it could be just the piece one is looking for.

Satechi 7-Port USB Charger Hardware Review

Satechi 7-Port USB Charger Hardware Review

Jun 3, 2015

*Groan*

There I go again, whining about the, uh, problem of having so many tech pieces. They begin to add up, and until someone makes a fortune from making a truly long-lasting battery, one is going to need a whole lot of electrical sources. If you’re somewhat of a platform agnostic individual like myself, you wanna own a device from as many mobile platforms as possible. Add in some tech-obsessed offspring, and we have a charging problem.

Still, I’m a sucker for simple solutions. My current one (plugging devices into several outlets across several rooms) is not reasonable. Thus, I am kind of digging the Satechi 7-Port USB Charger — even before formally checking it out.

The concept is simple: a self-contained dock especially suited to store and charge phones, tablets and most things in-between. So, with one power source, we get to take care of seven rechargeable devices.

Nice.

Satechi sent us the white version (black is also available); the retail package contains the charging dock, the power supply, velcro ties and documentation. The main base is mostly white, and the top part is black, and has eight clear dividers affixed, such that there are seven distinct slots for mobile devices. On the one side, there are USB ports that line up with the created slots, as well as a port for the included power supply. Also pertinent to note is the power button/LED light on the open surface of the unit. Officially, it is 7.4 x 5.5 x 2.6 inches and weighs 13.4 ounces.

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For the curious, 4 of the USB outlets are rated for “mobile” devices — in other words, 1A. The other three do 2A, which is becoming increasingly more important for more powerful devices. Each port has surge protection (huge), and the whole piece includes a smart chip to prevent over-charging.

In practice, it does swimmingly. In extended testing, it works great as a cross-platform charger, and it does bring a distinct organized feel to multiple devices. Because of th design, it is useful with rechargeable bluetooth keyboards and even a smartpen or two.

The unit does not provide USB cables, so there is a bit of a jumble with regards to the excess cable if one isn’t using short ones. Still, I rather prefer the bring your own cable concept, as it allows me to bring out the archived Palm PDA with its proprietary USB cable. The included velcro strips do help with taming the excess.

it’s a useful piece; value-wise, it is a bit of an investment ($54.99 via Amazon), but with the extra device protection, the price does feel a bit more palatable.

Edifier Luna Eclipse HD Wireless Speaker System Hardware Review

Edifier Luna Eclipse HD Wireless Speaker System Hardware Review

May 31, 2015

When looking for wireless audio speakers, I tend to believe that units that do a bit more than, well, connect and transmit are infinitely more useful. Some companies do this better than others, but after checking out Edifier’s Prisma Encore Speakers a while back, we were hooked.

As such, we were helpless when an opportunity to review its Luna Eclipse System came up.

The review package Edifier sent is a representation of the system in its retail glory; in the box, one gets the pair of speakers, power cords, audio cable, optical cable, speaker-to-speaker cable, RCA-to-3.5 mm adapter, a remote and documentation. We got the black color (blue, red, orange and white are options), and the two speakers are almost mirror images of each other, in that they both look like ovals with defined cutouts. The one side (right) serves as the control unit, with volume and power rifles, as well as ports for power and connecting. Officially, they come in at 4.80 x 8.34 x 8.74 inches and just under 8 lbs. Compared to the aforementioned Prisma Encore, this set is fairly compact. It has a glossy, smooth finish, and I admit it’s nice to look at.

It utilizes Bluetooth 2.0, and each head packs a tweeter and speaker drive. Audiophiles will be pleased to note the official continuous power rating of 74 Watts.

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Connecting via bluetooth is easy, in my testing I used two Android devices (and a Windows tablet for good measure). The sound output was rich; little echo, and a healthy dose of base that isn’t overpowering.

Using the included remote, I was suitably impressed by the high volume reaches; distortion is minimized.

Next, I used a wired connection to patch in to the TV using the supplied audio-cable. Again, it enhances the built-in sound output, and works very well.

Off the bat, the variety of connection options are a big draw. Using the provided cables, one can connect via optical cable and “regular” audio 3.55mm audio cable including wireless bluetooth wireless. In one scenario, I connected the speakers to the TV, and, with the help of the remote control, was able to “take control” of the speakers with my pre-connected phone via bluetooth.

The mix of style and functionality is probably what sets them apart. No, they are not the most mobile, but provide enough sound that semi-permanency does not take away from its overall shine. Even without the optional stands, it makes for a stylish piece with plenty of powerful sound. Still, while I am not one for superfluous apps, but do feel one would have been fantastic here.

For a multi-dimensional piece, $159.37 (via Amazon) isn’t overly unpalatable, so it is an investment that might be worth it.

And we are not just talking style here.

Neposmart Camera Hardware Review

Neposmart Camera Hardware Review

May 23, 2015

The confluence of mobility and connected devices is alive and well, and home security is a big portion of this. Another minor problem are all those spare smartphones.

Neposmart a looks to zap these concerns with one solution: a connected camera that can be controlled and monitored from a smartphone.

The review package we received was a bit fuller than expected: the camera, ethernet cable, power adapter, mounting materials, documentation, bell wire and magnetic switch (the last two for intelligent garage setup).

The documentation provided is heavy with details, and gives several platform-specific sets of instructions. The basic idea is to connect the Neposmart camera physically to an internet ready source via ethernet cable, and then facilitate control via the companion Neposmart app, which is available on Google Play. In practice, it was fairly easy to get it all going; after downloading the app and finding the specific hardware, signing in (and changing the password for good measure), one needs to sign into local wifi, and then the the ethernet cable can be temporarily retired.

With that, one should get a live feed, and the fun stuff can then begin.

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The app is an interesting software hub; as noted, it’s primary purpose it to display the camera, but it also functions as part of the wireless setup, and can also physically control the camera; it’s possible to zoom, scroll up, down and sideways. In practice, there is some lag during movement operations, but nothing unmanageable.

One feature that is pretty interesting is the ability to set zones, such that one can get the device to focus on pre-assigned zones. It gives the unit a commercial flair, and after spending a career setting stuff up, I was surprised at how comprehensive the solution is.

The system is customizable, transferable and can be used in a number of ways. It breathes life into old devices (that can be used as handheld monitoring stations) and is easy to set up.

What’s not to love?

Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth Keyboard Hardware Review

Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth Keyboard Hardware Review

May 22, 2015

I feel pretty proficient on virtual keyboards, but every now and then, one needs a good portable keyboard to do the heavy lifting.

Enter Logitech. Enter Keys-To-Go Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Keyboard.

The review package Logitech sent us, which reflects the retail presentation, contains the keyboard, a hard grey plastic device stand, USB charging cable and documentation. The unit is light, almost shockingly so; the advertised size and weight definitely come across as a benefit when the keyboard is handled. The review unit came in bright blue, with whitish keys lettering and a tight, rubberized FabricSkin finish. The micro-USB charging port and a discrete power toggle are nestled on the side, and altogether, the piece feels quite durable. Officially, it comes in at 9.5 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches and 6.4 ounces.

If truth be told, I do prefer fuller sized “mobile” keyboards, but to be fair, this unit does allow for for a comfortable experience that doesn’t feel cramped. It incorporates most of the keys I’ve would want in a Windows-based keyboard: three rows for QWERTY arrangement, a number row with alternate “shift” symbols above that, and a row of quick access buttons above that. The bottom-most row of letters is cushioned by a prominent space bar, which is itself bookended by familiar arrow buttons and function keys and such. Tab, caps, shift and ALT keys all make an appearance, and mostly are where one would expect them to be.

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Pairing is intuitively easy; after ensuring the unit was charged, the bluetooth button ensures it can be discovered by a seeking mobile device. After pairing and setting up the target device on the stand, it was time to formally try it out.

The unit just works. I did do more finer-typing, but the keyboard is quite responsive; I didn’t discern any notable lag. I put it through the paces, and frankly, it competes well with bigger units. Now, not every button was geared towards Android devices, but an added bonus is the basic cross-platform functionality. Battery life? Close to the best I’ve used with regards to rechargeable keyboards.

Altogether, portability, useability and form (several colors to choose from) make it a fun and capable piece. I used it as a desk unit extensively, and love it on the go. Price-wise, it isn’t the cheapest $69.99 via Logitech), but the overall efficacy might make the price easier to swallow.

WorldPenScan X Hardware Review

WorldPenScan X Hardware Review

May 21, 2015

WorldPenScan X is an interesting Kickstarted gadget that brings document scanning/OCR functionality and translation to folks on the go.

In hand, it’s not nearly as thin as (or much longer than) a regular ballpoint pen at 4.52 x 1.29 x 0.88 inches and under 2 ounces; it looks more like a mid-sized temporal thermometer. It’s mostly white, with a hard plastic finishing. The business end (which is initially hidden by a greyish cap) has the image capture hardware assembly, and tapers a bit.

Using the unit first entails pairing it to the host device via Bluetooth. This is accomplished by first downloading the companion WorldPenScan app off of Google Play, and configuring it to find the unit. After that, one has to select WorldPenScan as a current keyboard for it to work. When this is done, the app appears as a notebook-type interface.

Then it’s off to use the scanner. I tried it on several different types of text on different surfaces; boxes, books, flyers and the like. Holding the unit close to upright and dragging it along lines of text like one would use a highlighter is the basic idea, with the incorporated arrow helping the user to keep a straight path. If the scan is going a well, a green light shows at the end, and when the drag is stopped, the unit’s OCR kicks in and the translated text pops up in the app editor, along with a captured interpretation.

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In practice, it is pretty interesting.

I did find it to be useful in several scenarios. Looking for and using attributable text, for instance, can be done on the go. Creating bullet points of underscored info from blocks of information is another use case, and even collecting previously highlighted data. It works as a translator too, which is pretty useful when on foreign isles. On mobile devices, one can switch back and forth between 22 languages, including English, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Dutch and more. The end result is digitized text. It does barcodes, too.

My biggest gripe has to do with the relative rigidity of usage, as it the environment and the item have to be just right to get the most accurate scans. In our usage, I found good lighting and flat surfaces along with an upright device make for the best data capture experiences. The OCR can be temperamental at times, which makes editing a bit more involved. Having to toggle the app as a keyboard every single time is a bit of drag, but not overly so.

When one considers the ease of use in combination with the functionality, it’s quite easy to fall in love with this product. It has its quirks, but none so painfully present as to preclude effective usage. At $169.95 (on Amazon), it isn’t so expensive that one is tempted to keep it in a safe, either.

Livescribe 3 Hardware Review

Livescribe 3 Hardware Review

May 18, 2015

Admittedly, using a smartpen is something I mostly considered a novelty. Till recently, I never really found a place for them in my workflow. After a lengthy stint with one, I have changed tune drastically; now, I’d much rather have one than not.

When it comes to smart writing tools, Livescribe is a household name, and it is mostly justified. It’s Livescribe 3 Smartpen is its latest and greatest, and the great news is that companion app Livescribe+ now makes the pen completely compatible with Android devices.

Better yet, we got one to try out.

The review unit that Livescribe sent us shows the piece in its retail glory: the unit, charging materials, a Livescribe Dot Starter Notebook and documentation. In hand, the pen clearly shares some aesthetic design cues with its cousin Wi-Fi pen, and that’s not a bad thing. Again, it somewhat resembles a fountain pen, mostly bathed in black with chrome end accents, with a cylinder that’s wider than most, but not unwieldy. The main body is split by a turn piece at roughly the middle, which works to unveil or hide the pen tip, as well as toggling the unit on or off. The writing end of the pen is interesting; it doesn’t taper as one would expect, but has a wide opening that envelopes the aperture from which the ink tube projects. This houses a nifty camera which makes up a big part of the pen’s functionality. The clip houses an LED light, and the top nub doubles as a removable cover for the charging port.

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The newly minted, aforementioned Livescribe+ app serves as the hub. Firing up the app along with bluetooth allows the phone to pair to the charged up powered on smartpen, and then the fun officially begins. Along with the supplied notebook, the separate units amalgate to become a pretty formidable note-taking solution.

As one writes in the notebook, the text appears in the app exactly as written. If the connection is live, the text isn’t exactly immediate, but it does appear pretty quickly thereafter. If disconnected, it does load up in the app afterwards. Diagrams and the like are reflected just as well.

Notes and such can be shared to a host of supported apps; of special concern to me is Evernote, and I was able to get PDFs of my Livescribe-hosted notes right into Evernote. Again, pretty easy going. It holds a charge for a respectable amount of time, though I did turn it off when not in use.

My biggest complaint is based on my earlier experience with the Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen; that system has tighter, more natural integration with my beloved Evernote. The Android Livescribe+ version trails the iOS version a bit in features currently, and to use the Livescribe+ Android app, one must also download another app: Livescribe Link.

In a few words, I did come to like it. A lot. It can be used in several scenarios, and it redefines hand-created data. At $174.99 for the basic package on Amazon, it isn’t too hefty of an investment.