iHome SmartPlug – Review

On August 28, 2015, in iPhone, Review, Wi-Fi, by Curt Blanchard

iHome SmartPlug
Manufacturer: iHome
Retail: $39.99
SmartPlug

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Home automation and the Internet of Things aren’t just pie-in-the-sky concepts any more. They’re beginning to happen. iHome’s new iSP5 SmartPlug lets you control an electrical outlet in your home wherever you are with your iPhone. It’s also compatible with Apple’s HomeKit so Siri will respond to your voice commands.

Smart appliances such as thermostats, exterior door locks, and garage door openers can already be controlled by smartphones but these devices are expensive and often require professional installation. By comparison, the SmartPlug is a simple, inexpensive plug-and-play device. It connects wirelessly to your home Wi-Fi and is controlled with the iHome Control app (iOS and Android). Open the app and a single tap turns the power on or off.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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Triple Charging FM Clock Radio – Review

On October 30, 2014, in Audio, iPad, iPhone, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Triple Charging FM Clock Radio
Manufacturer: iHome
Model: iDL 100
MSRP: $149.95
iHome iDL 100

Remember when we all had clock radios beside our beds? The iPhone has all but replaced the need for these nearly quaint devices. iHome has just introduced a product that updates the old standby: a bedside radio that charges your iPhone and/or your iPad while you sleep.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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iHome Lightning Clock Radio for iPhone and iPod
Company: iHome
Price: $69.99

The iHome Lightning Clock Radio features an FM clock radio with six preset channels, and a Lightning dock connector for iPhone/iPod allowing you to charge and play. You can wake up to FM radio or music from your iPhone playlist. The small footprint (4.81” W x 5.12” H x 5.12” D) of the unit makes this ideal for the bedroom nightstand or an office desk.

 

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About Vicki Stokes

Vicki is a IT professional working in the Silicon Valley. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co-hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Elisa Pacelli.

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iHome Wireless Bluetooth headphones
Model: iB75
Manufacturer: iHome
MSRP: $99.99
iHome iB75

In 2001, Earbuds were introduced with the iPod. They were not particularly good at the gym or when walking. Recently Apple developed improved EarPods, but even with a better fit, they disappoint when you are physically active. The biggest problem is the dangly cord that gets caught on clothing, and its weight can pull the Earbuds or EarPods out of your ears.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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Because We Podcast
TechFan Podcast #78

On May 25, 2012, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss David’s week-long love affair with his Greece Stomach Virus, the iHome Genuine Fit Case for the iPad, HP and the Enyo team, SpaceX, Airfoil, Facebook stock, the confusing state of PSP games on the PSVita, and the wonderful Because We May sale. Wow, what a long sentence!

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About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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iW1 AirPlay Wireless Audio System with Rechargeable Battery
iHome
Price: $300.00 US

iHome’s new iW1 speaker will change your life and the way you listen to music. Soon all speakers will be this versatile. For now, purchasers need relatively deep pockets and a modest grasp of technology to set up and use iW1 to its maximum capabilities.

A thorough written manual is included that makes the process relatively straightforward. A dedicated and full-featured web site for this product and its technology is here, including FAQs and how-to video. Web-based and telephone tech support are available too.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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NB639 Fitness Evolved Headphones
Review

On November 17, 2011, in Audio, Earphones, Features, Review, by John Nemerovski

Guest review by Jim Dicker, Ironman Triathlete
NB639 Fitness Evolved Headphones
Company: iHome Audio
Price: $99.99

iHome’s New Balance Heart Rate Monitor and Pedometer, officially called NB639 Fitness Evolved Headphonescomes with earbuds, a combination heart rate monitor/pedometer/chronograph, and a USB dongle that uploads data and recharges the heart rate monitor. The monitoring device must be connected to an iPod or other MP3 player. Also included in the package is a CD containing the user manual and the installer for the Internet based Heart Balance software that stores and graphs the uploaded data. The NB639 retails for $99.99.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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iHome iA63 App-Enhanced Alarm Clock FM Radio Stereo Speaker System
Company: iHome
Price: $99 US
Compatible with all versions of iPod touch, iPhone 3, 3GS, 4

iHome has a history of creating functional, multi-purpose products. The iHome iA63 is the latest in the series. Combining an alarm clock, iPod/iPhone dock, FM radio, and speakers into one sleek unit is no easy task, but iHome found a way to do it, and do it well, with a few exceptions.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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iH24D Deluxe Table AM/FM iPod Speaker
Company: iHome

Price: $49.99
DrBott.com

There is a place for high-end quality audio. There is also a place for inexpensive audio. Somewhere in the middle there is a sweet spot for most iPod music lovers, and the iHome iH24D Deluxe speaker fits right there.

Looking at pictures online at DrBott.com, I knew the iHome iH24D was a small unit, but just how small was not apparently clear until I set it up with an iPod connected to it. This is a very small, but surprisingly robust, speaker. It looks like an older Boston Acoustic shelf speaker I owned back in the early 1990’s, but turned on its side.

The look of the iHome iH24D is the most appealing aspect. While not great audio quality, for the price and what it is, it is more than adequate for a small room, or sitting on an office shelf. The woodgrain compliments the black front grill and control knobs well. This is one iPod speaker that does not look cheap or inexpensive.

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