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Amazon Appstore Hosts “Spooktacular” Sale via Halloween Shop

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Amazon Appstore has Spooktacular sale.

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République Review

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Stealth. Totalitarianism. Survival. République brings it all.

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e-CAL Calendar Review

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A look at Android calendar replacement application.

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Our 10 Favorite Accessories That Can Fit In the Palm of Your Hand

Our 10 Favorite Accessories That Can Fit In the Palm of Your Hand

Oct 14, 2014

At Android Rundown, we get quite a lot of accessories to try out; it’s one of the more interesting aspects of writing about technology. Seeing what companies come up with to extend the functionality of mobile devices is a fascinating endeavor.

Android-enabled accessories come in all flavors and sizes; some of the best transcend size though. Here are some of our favorites that can easily fit in one’s hand. We also link to our reviews of said item. The list started at five items, and, true to form, we couldn’t condense it to only five accessories.

Fair disclosure: each of the following items were provided to Android Rundown for review purposes.

Kingston DataTraveler microDuo

We love this piece; it packs the collective functionality of a regular jumpdrive and a mobile device OTA puck. It comes in several different sizes, and is just about as portable as a quarter.

Our Review

Antec Smartbean Bluetooth Receiver

Yes, we love our wireless accessories, but wired pieces still pack a punch, and are hard to retire. For folks looking to give wired audio accessories a wireless feel, the Smartbean is the perfect tool.

Our Review

KERO Micro-USB Nomad Cable

In today’s mobile world, micro-USB cables are GOLD. This Kickstarted item is affordable, portable, and cute and rugged at the same time.

Our Review

Automatic Auto Accessory

Outside the box ideas are always fantastic, and the Automatic Auto accessory defines this concept. It plugs into a car’s OBD port and reads and interprets data, syncing said data to one’s Android device via the companion app and bluetooth. Pesky check engine light? Driving performance? Speed Check? Distracted driving prevention? Yep.

Our Review

Rocki Wi-Fi Music System

More kickstarter goodness… this one in the manifestation of a wi-fi based music sharing tool. Slick shaped, portable and well designed o bring one’s Android device to musical/audio life.

Our Review

RAVPower Qi Charger

Sleek, simple and (most importantly) functional, this unit brings one’s Qi-enabled hardware the charge it literally needs.

Our Review

Eye-Fi Mobi 8GB Wi-Fi SD card

The Eye-Fi is not new, but its utility is evergreen. It brings devices with SD card slots wireless functionality via local network. It works with cameras, PDAs, (my personal favorite) mobile scanners, and more. It comes in different sizes, and the optional cloud functionality is pretty cool too. With the companion Android app, data can be manipulated and shared Fortune 500-style.

Our Review

iRig MIC Cast

This little contraption converts the audio jack of Android devices into an equitable audio recording portal. With the companion app, audio can be manipulated. Podcasters, musicians, speech makers and pranksters rejoice!

Our Review

Chromecast

Google hanged the game with this mirroring tool; the insanely competitive price is somehow not the best feature of this little media monster.

Our Review

BlueAnt Pump Headphones

These powerful, wireless headphones are made for exercise, but are sedate enough to be used in other instances. Sweat-proof, hardy in hand and comfortable in ear, now you can stream inspirational words from Mr T while out running or reading up on Android development at the library.

Our Review

Samba Coming to Android This Week

Samba Coming to Android This Week

Oct 14, 2014

Samba, the award-winning “reactive video messaging” tool is finally making its way to Android OS.

It was formerly exclusive to iOS.

Samba is a popular social tool; in is basest form, it literally records the reaction to a video. A typical scenario is a person sending a funny video to a friend; the app records the real-time reaction that the friend has to the video and sends the clip of the reaction to the original sender. No sending action needs to be performed by the person who received the video.

The app also incorporates special effects that allow people get creative with output. The whole package is geared towards video sharing among people from within this self-contained application.

While the app page is up and running, The Next Web notes the app won’t officially be available till October 16th 2014.

Samba will be a free app on the Google Play store.

[Source: The Next Web article]

Huawei Ascend Mate2 Now Available on Newegg

Huawei Ascend Mate2 Now Available on Newegg

Oct 14, 2014

Shortly after making its way to Fry’s, the Ascend Mate2 from Huawei is now available on Newegg. Per the official press release, it will be offered in black and white, and will retail for $300; Huawei is throwing in a free reverse charge cable too.

Excerpts from the official press release are here:

Consumers can now purchase the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G LTE on Newegg, the leading electronics-focused e-retailer in North America. The device is offered online at http://www.newegg.com/store/Huawei-Device-USA-Inc in both black and white colors, and retails for $300.00 USD. There is no sales tax for customers outside of California, Indiana, New Jersey or Tennessee. Consumers who purchase the device also receive one reverse charge cable, free of charge.

Since its launch, the Ascend Mate2 has received critical acclaim for its powerful quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and a long-lasting 3900mAh lithium polymer battery that lets you enjoy a half-day of web surfing on a single charge. Featuring unique power-saving technology that improves performance by more than 30 percent versus other smartphones in its class, a single charge can let you: stream three movies in a row, surf the web for 12 hours, talk for 25 hours, or listen to 100 hours of music. The Ascend Mate2 is like a hybrid of bests: the best battery, the best screen, the best selfie experience – all rolled into one.

We had the privilege of reviewing the Ascend Mate2 a short while ago, and came away impressed by its design and overall utility.

Automatic Smart Driving Assistant Hardware Review

Automatic Smart Driving Assistant Hardware Review

Oct 13, 2014

Yes, smartphone accessories are big business, and we enjoy using a variety of them. Still, the ways one can expand on “regular” smartphone functionality are ever expanding, and the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant is arguably one of the better ones.

It’s small, rectangular-cuboid, infinitely portable and possessive of the pins in the connected side. Functionality-wise, the Smart Driving Assistant works as an On-Board Diagnostic port plugin; it accumulates data and presents it with the help of the companion. The ODB port is the same one that might be used by one’s mechanic, so the information collected can be valuable.

Setup is relatively easy, and involves plugging in the accessory to the car, running the app and pairing to the unit via smartphone bluetooth. The built-in tutorial helps simplify the process even further, and the app even has a scanner contained to capture the vehicle VIN. The app then creates a car profile.

After pairing is completed, the app can give an idea of how the app can be useful. The vehicle make and model is prominently displayed, and there are numerical points that are mapped to measure mileage, time, fuel costs and mileage-to-gallon rate. The app is easy to manipulate, and also easy on the eyes. There are not a whole lot of frills in the app, and the data is presented in an easy format overall.

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Functionally, the unit does what it says it will do. It gives a periodic driving score which maxes out at 100 for the perfect driver; it rates metrics like highway driving, hard breaking and rapid acceleration, and creates a percentage score; it notes that the higher the score, the more one might save on cash over time. it also analyzes “check engine” codes, and monitors and acts upon crash alerts (where the unit and app react to serious impact). In the latter case scenario, the app can summon help in the event that the user is incapacitated or otherwise unable to get help him/herself. We were not able to actually test the check engine or crash detection uses (with good reason), but these advertised features — which do not require any extra subscription — feel good to have, even if they are heavily dependent on cellular coverage.

Using it in multiple vehicles is possible, but the singular profile makes it a bit harder to use one unit wih a household of drivers. It doesn’t interfere with other use of Bluetooth, though; some features might feel a bit redundant, which might make the $99 price tag a bit harder to swallow.

For an ultra-powerful, connected auto tool that can actually add to one’s life expectancy, this one is hard to sneeze at.

MEElectronics Sport-Fi M3P In-Ear Headphones Hardware Review

MEElectronics Sport-Fi M3P In-Ear Headphones Hardware Review

Oct 13, 2014

When it says MEElectronics on the package, we mostly expect quality. For sports people, the Sport-Fi M3P Headphones are definitely worth taking a look at.

Yep.

It’s a relatively demure pair of wired headphones, even with the pink unit MEElectronics sent us to review. it has ample cable (51 inches of it); it sprouts from the L-shaped gold-plated standard 3.55mm audio jack, flowing and delta-ing into the expected two wires that end with earbuds. The cable ends right before the actual earbuds are coated in black rubber, and possess a firm curve that is relatively adjustable; this “memory wire” is stainless steel and affords the unit the ability to conform to natural ear shape. The earbuds themselves are pink, and possess that memory material that expand in the ear.

Along the cable is a black accented piece that has controls and a microphone. In addition to the headphones, the retail packaging also has 4 pairs of earbud tips, a shirt clip and documentation. The headphones also come in black, purple, blue, green and white.
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This piece is an unapologetic budget offering aimed at active folks, and as such, the big question is how it works in the wild. The combination of the memory wire featureset and the moldable ends works quite well to create a relaxed fit; jogging, headbanging and such didn’t dislodge it in my experience. The memory wire’ design ensures a disciplined fit that isn’t rigid enough to cause discomfort, and the seal created by the tips followed the same concept.

And the sound? Well, it is quite adequate. It didn’t blow me away in terms of fidelity or clarity, but it is decent enough to enjoy music on, and the bass is pretty good. I liked the unity of the sound output. Phone calls are handled well via the built-in mic, though the audio can be muddy if the mic isn’t held close to mouth.

With sweat resistance added to the mix, the price is what might really set these apart; at $19.99 ($14.99 via some online shopping portals), these headphones mostly outperform their supposed price-point station.

LEGO Star Wars Yoda II Review

LEGO Star Wars Yoda II Review

Oct 13, 2014

The new Star Wars movie release grows closer, so it’s about time new Star Wars games start popping up. Lego Star Wars was the very first and successful title in the modern wave of Lego games, so it’s not surprising to see Lego making another one. Unfortunately, Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles isn’t that exciting, but it’s a nice collection of mini-games to pass the time in, while waiting for the more interesting stuff.

Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles lets the player complete various missions, on all sides of the conflict, and throughout different points of Star Wars history. The two sides of the conflict have basically the same missions, and only differ in the characters and their surroundings. Which isn’t that bad, actually. Although gameplay gets repetitive after a while, the various landscapes definitely work for a while longer.

There are four kinds of missions: run-and-gun, where the player plays as a trooper or a jedi, moving forward on a path and shooting or striking the various infantry on his way, while evading the enemy fire; air strike (Hoth defence FTW!), where the player pilots an airship and his mission is to destroy small support airships, and huge battle tanks; space Yoda II 3battles, done surprisingly well for such a small-scale title, similar to air strikes, but in space, and solely against other aircrafts; and weird falling sequence, which has pretty uncomfortable controls, where the player falls into some sort of pit, while evading the obstacles and enemy fire. Although the games are endless by their design, the player only needs to keep up fighting until he collects enough blue pieces, after which the mission will be “complete”, furthering his progress and unlocking a more challenging version of the same level. Some games are not yet released as of this writing, so there might be more stuff later.

In general, Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles is a great way to kill some time. It’s varied, has that iconic Star Wars feeling about it, filled with characters and places from all over the Star Wars universe, and it’s entirely free! High-quality stuff. Even though the games get a bit repetitive after a while, it’s definitely a treat for all fans of Star Wars, or Lego.

FIFA 15: Ultimate Team Review

FIFA 15: Ultimate Team Review

Oct 10, 2014

This year, EA shakes things up by only presenting us the Ultimate Team mode in FIFA 15 for Android. That’s a fact that you either hate or love, but I must say: I was surprised by that choice.

Normally I would start a soccer game review with the words that the game is bigger and better than the version released a year ago. But that is not the case with FIFA 15: Ultimate Team. Instead of making the game, sometimes unnecessary, bigger, Electronic Arts tried to built upon the core of the Ultimate Team mode. You know, the mode where you need to collect cards of players, technical staff, coaches and attributes and build your own team based on the cards you collect. You get those cards by fulfilling certain goals.

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Although it is quite the unusual decision to make a big game small again, I found myself enjoying the game much more because of the lack of more features. Also, the concept of the Ultimate Team mode is excellent for smartphones and tablets, because of its strategic nature and the fact you will spend some time in a menu or two. It just works very well; I was never lost. It is also possible to compete in quick games with your own managed team, so it is not the case that you can only be a manager in this game.

But if you’re like me and you find more fun into managing a soccer team rather than play with one, like you would on the consoles, you can always choose to simulate games – just like Nintendo Pocket Football Club on the Nintendo 3DS, for instance. But now with real players and everything that screams EA, soccer or buy my shit. Luckily, you can play FIFA 15: Ultimate Team without spending a single dollar, but than you know you’re in for the long run. But true FIFA players won’t mind that. They just want to manage the game and kick a ball.

Note that you need a lot of free space in order to play the game: make sure you have 1.35GB free internal space or on the SD card. Also, it is not possible to connect this game to your console version, so you cannot manage your team on the road, go home and see the results on screen.

Amazon Offers Coins For Up 20% Off for Limited Time

Amazon Offers Coins For Up 20% Off for Limited Time

Oct 9, 2014

Amazon is STILL in a giving mood.

Amazon is offering its Appstore Coins at a discounted rate for a limited time. From today through October 19th, users of the Amazon Appstore can purchase Coins for up to 20% off.

Amazon Coins is a virtual system that allows people invested in the ecosystem to purchase tenders that can be used to purchase apps, games, and in-app enhancements; the Coins usually represent a better value than “real” money in the Appstore. With this current promotion, it is possible to save $20 on a purchase of 10,000 Amazon coins (which usually costs $100).

For Android users that regularly use the Appstore and/or the Free App Of The Day, this will definitely be a benefit.

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BoxPop Makes Its Way to Android

BoxPop Makes Its Way to Android

Oct 9, 2014

BoxPop, one of the addictive games from FreshPlanet, can now be enjoyed by Android users that have access to the Google Play Store.

Yep… it has come to Android!

BoxPop has over 300,000 users worldwide and was featured globally on the App Store last month. We are excited to bring this hit game to Android users.

BoxPop is simple: pop boxes in L-shaped paths, like the knight in chess, and see if you can pop all the boxes in each grid. Sounds easy, but with each pop you have fewer boxes to choose from! Can you find the right path and earn three stars?

Discover dozens of challenging puzzles, each adding new mind-bending shapes such as elephants, VHS tapes, castles, and more. Earn stars on each level to unlock larger grids and more challenging puzzles.

Additional Features:

- Over 40 levels and 8 grid sizes, with more on the way.

- Track your friends and earn achievements with Google Play.

- Minimalist graphic design.

- Beautiful music and sound effects.

- A modern reimagining of the classic Knight’s Tour, one of the oldest chess puzzles around.

BoxPop is free (with in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

Escape Bird Review

Escape Bird Review

Oct 9, 2014

When I saw the screens for Escape Bird, I thought: this looks like the Dark Souls version of Flappy Bird. Was I right?

We all know the type of game Flappy Bird was. It was an unfair and unpolished, but somehow hilarious game about a bird, trying to escape whatever through some odd looking pipes, that somehow reminded us all of a Italian plumber. By tapping we made sure the bird didn’t fall or touch anything and by doing good, we all scored higher points. Or not, depending on the (lack of a good) hitbox.

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A million Flappy clones came around, some ‘good’, some awful, but all with their own style. Because how much can a game differ from another game that has the same tapping mechanic. Now, here is Escape Bird. Escape Bird is a title that offers more hope than it should, because the bird in this game has no room to go. It is stuck and the only way out is to die. And it will die.

So despite the colorful character of the game (the chosen colors really suit each other), Escape Bird is quite dark. The goal is to get the highest amount of points by tapping, so the bird can fly from one side to another, avoiding the spikes on the wall. You must land the bird in the area between the spikes in order to let him live and fly another round, but there comes a point the bird will die.

He will die and you won’t be mad. Not just because he’s a cartoon bird in a video game, but because it is your own fault he is dead and the game is over. Unlike Flappy Bird, this game has a serious hitbox, meaning you know how to avoid the spikes. It doesn’t feel random – like it did in Flappy Bird. But where does the comparison with Dark Souls start?

Well at the moment you think you can do it better next time, because you know what to expect, while still knowing it could be the last thing you’ll ever do, you’ve got the core of a Dark Souls game if you ask me. The only difference is that at the end of a Dark Souls level, you make it out alive… Or… Something that still walks… And in Escape Bird, you’ll never escape. But you can always try your best.

The Room Two On Sale For a Limited Time

The Room Two On Sale For a Limited Time

Oct 9, 2014

The Room Two is on sale for $0.99 for a limited time.

It’s a fun, award-winning puzzle game that incorporates great graphics and transitions.

PICK-UP-AND-PLAY DESIGN
Easy to start, hard to put down, an entrancing mix of intriguing puzzles with a simple user interface

INNOVATIVE TOUCH CONTROLS
A tactile experience so natural you can almost feel the surface of each object

REALISTIC 3D LOCATIONS
Immerse yourself in a variety of stunning environments which will challenge your puzzle solving prowess.

DETAILED 3D OBJECTS
Pore over the intricate details of dozens of artifacts in search of their hidden secrets.

UNNERVING AUDIO
A haunting soundtrack and dynamic sound effects create a soundscape that reacts to your play.

CLOUD SAVING NOW SUPPORTED
Share your progress between multiple devices, and unlock the all-new achievements.

MULTI LANGUAGE SUPPORT
Available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish & Brazilian Portuguese.

The game will remain on sale for the rest of the week on the Play Store.

Sony Music Unlimited Review

Sony Music Unlimited Review

Oct 8, 2014

“Daddy?”

“Yep?”

“What is that ‘CD’ thingie they are talking about on that show?”

We’ve come a long way. Not that long ago, having one’s music on the go meant investing in a CD case or one of those hideous auto visor holders. Now, our smartphones are our streaming hubs.

And mighty Sony is on it it — in the manifestation of the subscription-based Sony Music Unlimited streaming service.

After setting up the service (which involved redeeming the review code Sony provided), the next thing was to download the accompanying from the Play Store. using the app, one is easily able to navigate the service. it’s possible to browse the catalog by genre. For premium subscribers, there is the channel feature, which parses thesum1 music into common-ground groups; channels range from “Bollywood” to “Assassin’s Creed” and beyond. There is even a “Comedy Nightclub” channel, which rocks stuff from Cheech and Chong all the way to Chris Rock, I liked the ability to create one’s own channels. There is also a Library section in the main menu which allows users to collate favorite music.

The service allows for streaming (obviously), but also gives users the ability to pin music offline; this is great for when might be lacking internet connectivity.

One of the biggest question a music service has to answer is the one that pertains to content. On this front, Sony Music Unlimited packs a major punch; not shocking, considering we’re talking about, well, Sony here. It boasts more than 30 million songs, which is far from shabby. In reality, it picked up almost every artist I threw at it across genres. I was happy to find entire albums from even obscure artists; it didn’t have ALL, but I think I could be satisfied with the selection. The audio is quite clear (320 kbps High Quality Audio), and no ads to contend with.

The ability to access the premium service on the web, multiple mobile platforms, Playstation consoles/handhelds and compatible Sony electronics adds to its allure.

I think the search engine can be tweaked a good deal; in some of my searches, it seemed to be quite reliant on exactness, which can be a tough with regards to zany spellings of artist names and songs, and even then, finding songs can be infuriating. There are some instances that I think the UI could be a bit more logical off the search too; there were times a song/artist search came up blank when the song was indeed in the catalog.

Yes, the streaming music space is pretty packed for Android, but Sony knows a thing or two about this entertainment, and it brings that knowledge to bear in this product.

Good for us.

Doggins Arrives on Android

Doggins Arrives on Android

Oct 8, 2014

Award-winning developer Brain&Brain has just released their mobile hit Doggins and Android.

The game chronicles the dreamy adventures of the titular, bow-tie wearing dog that has a mean squirrel as the main foil. Through the point-and-click mechanism, a player can make his/her way through the gameplay, all the while enjoying the fun graphics and more.

Per the official press sheet:

Features

- Fresh, graphic art style with handcrafted animation.
- Classic item-based puzzles combined with touch interaction.
- Fully immersive, with visual storytelling and a minimal UI.
- No in-app purchases or ads!

Doggins is available on the Play Store for $3.99.

Norsfell Releases WinterForts: Exiled Kingdom! on Android

Norsfell Releases WinterForts: Exiled Kingdom! on Android

Oct 8, 2014

Norsfell is bringing WinterForts: Exiled Kingdom! to Android.

The game is described as an “anti-Boom Beach clone” and boasts some innovative features that should set it apart from other city builders; for example, the game engine is said to allow enemy troops the ability to create new spawn points by destroying structures. Also, the developer changes the optimal positioning paradigm by encouraging exploration and opportunity costs of specific placements.

The game also has an interesting allegiance system.

Features per the official press release:

- PLAY with thousands of other players online and make new friends
- BUILD your own fort into a prosperous and undefeatable fortress
- CRAFT your way through the snow to create a strategic maze of corridors
- GATHER gold nuggets, dragon meat and much more with your workers
- RAID enemy forts in unique battles inspired by tower defense and RTS games
- SWEAR allegiance to one of the 8 Houses of Drahalla and honor your banner
- EXPLORE the world of WinterForts with its legendary lore and fantasy art style

The game is available on the Play Store for free (with in-app purchasing).

[Source: Norsfell Press Release]

The Walking Dead Pinball Review

The Walking Dead Pinball Review

Oct 8, 2014

The Walking Dead Pinball goes to show that two rights can make a wrong.

If you haven’t heard of the Walking Dead by now, than it is possible you have been sleeping for the past couple of years. The franchise, once only a comic book and now grown in to a TV series and multiple games, is massive and keeps on going forward. Zen Pinball, creators of my most memorable digital pinball experience to date, created a game I never saw coming: a pinball version of the point-and-click story-driven drama game from Telltale Games. And I’m not sure if I like it.

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So on one hand, we’ve got the best pinball game developer there is and on the other hand we’ve got Telltale, making sure we get to play the Walking Dead video game out there. But combined… well, let’s just say that it isn’t a winning formula. This pinball machine (you can download it separately or withing the existing Zen Pinball app) offers story driven gameplay, including making some choices, but it always leads to unnecessary distractions or unclear goals.

But the base of the game, the pinball machine itself, is how it is supposed to be. It is the pinball magic we’ve come to know and love by now. It man, does the game look great – it has the same graphical appeal of the Walking Dead game bij Telltale, so you’re in for a treat. But like I said, the game does offer a great deal of distraction, making you loose a ball when you think your attention is need elsewhere – but the fact is, you always need to focus on the ball, otherwise it is gone.

And another thing I found quite… odd: there is the option to ball an extra pack of pinballs, a dollar per three, when you’re game over. I understand Zen Pinball found a extra way to make a quick buck, but it defiles the basic rules of pinball. The rule that game over is game over, that you’ve just lost your points and that you can always try again, next time. This just feels wrong.

TRENDnet Wifi Baby Cam Hardware Review

TRENDnet Wifi Baby Cam Hardware Review

Oct 7, 2014

As we become more connected, having everyday devices, gadgets and even appliances that can be accessed and/or manipulated via mobile device are becoming less of a novelty. I almost expect electronics I acquire to have such functionality when there is a bona fide use case involved.

When it comes to cameras and surveillance, some watchables are more valuable than others. When my daughter was born, I had eye fatigue from watching her. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. Something like the TRENDnet Wifi Baby Cam could definitely have come in handy.

The review packet TRENDnet sent us is clearly made to reflect the design aesthetic of the camera, which is mostly white and lime green with grey and black accents. It is pretty small, with the main “head” set on a base via swivel. The swivel is a nice touch, allowing for movement that is somewhat surprising in its rage. The front of the main unit as the lens embedded, and there are speaker perforations on the top, bottom and back of the main unit. At the very top is a WPS connect button, and at the back is a mini-USB port. As noted, it is diminutive, at 2.6 x 2.8 x 3.5 inches and 3.6 ounces. The package also contains a setup CD, mini-USB power source, mounting materials and documentation.

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Setup is not too difficult; the user documentation guides one step-by-step, and it involves connecting the device to power, and then connecting an Android-based device to the camera and setting up an account and then re-connecting to local wi-fi. The heavy lifting is done via the companion app, TRENDnet CloudView, which also serves as the control portal for the hardware. I like the fact that, via the newly set up camera credentials, additional devices hosting the app can access the camera as well.

After set up, this fixed camera simply works. There is a minimum of lag, but the different resolution options somewhat alleviate this. The speaker and microphone are especially useful, and afford the unit the additional feature of being a simple intercom. The LED light is a simple indicator, and the ability to play some of the included lullabies is a very nice touch. The subtle size does help it to be unobtrusive too. the camera snapping utility is easy to manipulate, and the viewing angles are quite adjustable.

It’s a wifi camera, so, the obvious need for reliance on connectivity can’t be dwelled upon too long. The app can be a bit temperamental at times, and the clarity of transmissions could be improved.

All in all, the efficacy of this solution translates beyond just baby monitoring, and this extended functionality is what makes it enjoyable to use. For a fixed unit, it is a vibrant option, and quite affordable.