Sunday, September 30, 2012

PowerSkin Battery Case for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 review

If you updated to iOS 6 on your iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 and despite all our battery life tips, still aren't getting enough power to get you through the day, or if you simply travel and need to recharge on the go, the PowerSkin Battery Case for iPhone is worth a look. Like other battery cases, the PowerSkin fits snugly over your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S -- sorry, no iPhone 5 version available yet! -- and hooks into the Dock connector to supply power.

PowerSkin Battery Case for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 review

Unlike some competing cases, the PowerSkin isn't made out of hard plastic. It's soft and silicone, which means instead of you having to take it apart to put it on your iPhone, it's a single piece and you just slip your iPhone inside. The materials used for the PowerSkin also have some other advantages. First, they're light. The PowerSkin is lighter than a lot of other battery cases I've tried (though admittedly not sleeker). Second, the materials provide for a soft-touch finish, making it less likely you'll drop it to begin with. Third and most importantly, they're shock absorbing. So, it helps prevent you from dropping your iPhone, and when it can't prevent it, it helps your iPhone survive it. Double bonus. If you're going to have to deal with the extra bulk of a battery case, you might as well enjoy the benefits of some extra impact protection as well.

The PowerSkin Battery Case for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 charges over USB and it'll charge your iPhone before topping itself up, meaning you'll have a fully charged iPhone and a fully charged PowerSkin at the end of the cycle. You can even sync with iTunes over the cable, if you haven't gone PC Free yet.

The battery inside the PowerSkin is 1500mAh which is roughly analogous to the one inside the iPhone, so you should get double the battery life overall. The PowerSkin has a battery level indicator that consists of 4 lights and shows you the remaining charge level -- 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, or nothing. PowerSkin rates it as providing 5 extra hours of talk time and 200 extra hours of standby time.

The design is nice and the Matte Titanium PowerSkin model I was sent to review reminded me of the look of the original iPhone -- a metal back with a black swatch, albeit across the top instead of the bottom. My only nitpick is that the inside bottom of the PowerSkin doesn't join up flush with the bottom of the iPhone, leaving a gap, so dirt can get in. I'd prefer a closed design there.

All your iPhone buttons remain accessible when inside the PowerSkin Battery Case. There's a deep cutout for the ring/silence switch and volume buttons, but it's not too hard to get into. The on/off button is covered, however, and uses a pass-through which required quite a bit of pressure to successfully toggle. You might need to do some extra pushups first. The camera, likewise, is well cut out.

The good

  • Provides as much power as a fully charged iPhone
  • Silicone is light, soft-touch, and shock absorbing

The bad

  • Botton doesn't sit flush

The bottom line

If you're rocking an iPhone 4S or an iPhone 4 and you absolutely need to make it through the day and then some, the PowerSkin Charge case is a solid choice. If you want something slimmer or sleeker, you'll need to look at other options, but if you don't mind the bulk offset by the lightness, soft-touch, and shock absorbing properties of the silicone, give the PowerSkin a look.

$69.99 - Buy now


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Hilary Rosen: How President Obama Can Win the First Debate

Have you noticed lately that everyone else is getting credit for the president being in the lead except President Obama? ?It was the cohesive Democratic message at the convention -- it was Bill Clinton bringing it home -- it was Mitt Romney being tone deaf about 47 percent of the American people. ?In short, according to the pundits, it has been everything but the president himself that's responsible for the momentum that his re-election has now. ?In fact, it's been the fundamental strategy of the president and his campaign that has allowed these other issues to resonate so loudly with the American people. ?

When the president successfully shifted this election as a choice between two leaders and two directions, rather than a referendum on him and the current state of the economy, everything else fell into a complementary narrative. ?Yes, there was a good story to tell about the accomplishments of the last four years, but America needed to see the bigger picture. So now when his tax rate hovers at 13 percent or when he picks the medicare-killer or when he can't decide if his Massachusetts healthcare plan is an example of his compassion or a noose around the country when it is re-labeled Obamacare, Mitt Romney falls into the trap of comparison every time. ?He may not have wanted those things to define his candidacy, but President Obama is successfully making America realize that if we reject him, we would be choosing Mitt Romney.

So that is my first piece of advice for President Obama in the first debate. ?Frame virtually every answer as a choice, not a defense. ?Romney is smart and a skilled debater and he will try to stay vague and put the president on the defensive early. ?The president must resist the temptation to lash back only with a spirited defense. ?Every issue presents a choice for the American people. ?And on an issue by issue basis, the people are mostly with the POTUS.

My second piece of advice is for the president to share his best self as emblematic of what is best in America. ?Mitt Romney says that he only wants everyone to focus on the economic performance of the country. ?But life isn't that simple or bi-nary. ?If moms are worried about their reproductive healthcare or whether their rights are respected, it is hard to concentrate only on the economy. ?If immigrants are worried about being discriminated against or their families deported, it adds to the stress of their economic life. ?If gays and lesbians can't have their families recognized, it makes their search for meaningful work more complicated as they cobble benefits together. ?If college students are worrying about the stress of their student loans rather than studying as hard as they can, their chances of pulling themselves up are more limited. ?In short, America succeeds when all of its people are valued and we are all pulling in the same direction rather than re-fighting old fights or letting social issues divide us. ?That is not the world that Mitt Romney inhabits, but it is the reality for most Americans. Don't be afraid to talk about America as a land of opportunity in the broadest context.

Mitt Romney has everything at stake in this first debate. ?His campaign team and surrogates can't stop talking about it. The pressure will be great on him to perform. ?Therefore he is certain to say things that really, really annoy the president. ?So my final piece of advice is most simple: stay nice. ?No "you're likable enough" comments; no jokes about dogs on top of the car; no snarking about how rich Romney is; no patronizing lecturing when he has his facts wrong; just stay nice. ?One of the greatest gifts America has is a president who is kind and warm with a big smile and compassionate heart. ?That is the president who will win the first debate.


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Saturday, September 29, 2012

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