XtremeMac SportWrap Armband for iStuffs [GirlGuides Review]

QUICK LOOK

  • Made of neoprene – durable and washable
  • Adjustable strap – will fit some big guns as well as little ones
  • Textured window covers phone face – non-stick and non-sweaty finger-printy
  • Earphone cord management clip

If you’ve been to the gym lately, and with summer coming up I’m pretty sure many of you have, you may find, as I do, that the music they pump out of their speakers is not exactly to your taste. Perhaps it’s not fast enough for the speed you run to, not loud enough to psych you up on the bike, or just absolutely not your taste. Enter the iPod or any other MP3 player out there, and you have yourself a solution.

Unfortunately my last iPod – a first generation Nano that I was given for Christmas in 2005 (yes, I know – that’s ancient) has packed up on me, as did the armband I was using it in, and my iPhone is just a pain to carry around with me in the gym. The last thing you want when you’re battling it out with the treadmill is a bulky phone, attached to your ears by earphones with a cable that is inevitably not long enough, or too long.
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And this is why I love writing these reviews. I may never have found this armband, or at least not for a very long time, if one hadn’t been sent my way. The XtremeMac SportWrap armband fits all iPhones and iPod Touches. The armband is beautifully put together and it looks and feels like it’s going to be one to last. I haven’t chucked mine in the wash as yet but sometimes you really can just see the quality. The material used seems sturdy but with adequate stretch to ensure comfort, and the edges have all been overlocked (a type of sewing) which keeps anything from fraying or coming apart.
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The band itself is very lightweight so if you’re worried about carrying extra weight when you’re running, I’d be much more concerned about the phone itself. There are also 2 different holes to slip the strap through, which results in the band being more flexible when it comes to fitting the bigger guns of boys versus the generally smaller guns of the girls.
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The material on the back of the armband is nice and soft and there isn’t anything that catches or scratches. It also comes with a cord clip for those extra long earphone cables that need to folded up and tucked away neatly. The only thing I have found with the cord clip is that sometimes it pinches my skin if I makes the armband too tight, but otherwise it’s pretty handy. It’s also removable if you find you have no need for it, and just slides off the band. I haven’t had any problems with it slipping down or needing to be readjusted – it seems to stay put really well.
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The armband is designed that you have access to all your buttons, and there is a hole for your earphones to come out at the top if you are using an iPhone, and there is also a space for them at the bottom if you have an iPod Touch.All in all I was thoroughly impressed with the SportWrap. I would definitely buy one, and I think it alsomakes a really nice gift for that someone in your life who has just taken up running or ventured near the gym for the first time in a while.

Turn Ons

  • Beautifully made
  • Nice and comfortable
  • Firm and stable
  • Cord clip organiser
  • Fits iPhone and iPod Touch
  • I even like the orange accents that are the XtremeMac logo etc

Turn Offs

  • I haven’t found anything I dislike about it

Price: R299.95

Available from KNR Flatrock

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HP Folio 13 Ultrabook – Review

QUICK LOOK

  • 4GB Ram
  • 120GB HDD
  • Intel Core i5
  • Windows 7
  • Weighs about 1.5kgs
  • 9.5 hours battery life

Having heard loads about the latest, slimmest generation of laptops that have started flooding the market all over the world in the last 6 months or so, I was itching to get my hands on one of them.

You can read the full review on GirlGuides here, but as you can see, even my pooch loved it.

mouse pad? pooch pad.

Latest Girl Guides Bits

Here are a couple of my reviews that have gone up on GirlGuides for the last couple of months.

The iHome iP4 Portable FM Stereo Boombox – Snapshot

What is Google Drive? 

Nokia Lumia 710 – Snapshot

MICRO-CHI Ceramic Hairstyling Iron 

HP Folio 13 Ultrabook – Snapshot 

Check ’em out!

Garmin ForeRunner FR70 In-Depth Review

My latest gadget review is up on GirlGuides – I got a first look at the Garmin ForeRunner FR70 – a newly released Heart Rate Monitor on the market. It’s gorgeous, easy to use, and has all the great functionality you could hope for.

Check out the full review here

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – In-depth Review for GirlGuides

“All in all I found the Samsung Galaxy to be user-friendly and comfortable to hold and browse, with easy access to the Android Market and loads of apps to choose from in order to totally personalise your tablet experience.”

To read the full review, check it out on GirlGuides

GirlGuides – The Motorola Xoom In-Depth Review

I’ve been lucky enough to play with a couple of different tablets over the last few months courtesy of GirlGuides and the latest review that I’ve written is on the Motorola Xoom tab

For the full review, visit the GirlGuides website

Glee – A 3D Perspective

While I loathe the term “Gleek” (A “gleek” is the term that refers to a fan of Glee, the plural form being “gleeks”.  The word “gleek” derives from the words “glee” and “geek” (glee + geek = gleek), I do love Glee. I can’t help but smile in every episode and most of them touch on some socially sensitive topic (such homophobia or the general nastiness of the ‘popular kids’ in high school, a la Mean Girls) and inevitably i shed a tear (read: ball my eyes out) every couple of episodes.

On Tuesday, Women’s Day here in South Africa, I was given the opportunity to see a special Vuzu TV screening of the Glee 3D Concert Movie. Eyes were rolled and eyebrows raised but I was keen to check it out, especially after reading the synopsis of the movie – “A concert documentary shot during the Glee Live In Concert! summer 2011 tour”. Not much I know, but considering it’s the music I like best about Glee, the fact that the movie was concert footage of these unbelievably talented kids rather than a movie based on the story line of the series, I was even more keen to see it.

The idea behind the creation of the movie was that fans who couldn’t get tickets to see the Concert Tour or who lived in areas the tour didn’t visit would still have an opportunity to see the characters in action in an as-close-to-live-as-possible experience.

“Starring 14 members of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television show’s cast and shot live during the summer concerts, the movie will capture the unique concert experience along with special moments involving the characters themselves.” – The Business Insider

The documentary-type approach to the movie also takes a look at the lives of several people in their teens and early twenties who have found inspiration and support through the topics that are explored in the series (including homophobia, being different, and bullying due to not being part of the ‘in-crowd’ in high school to mention just a few). In between the performances are interviews with these people who discuss their experiences at school and how Glee has made a difference to their lives, as well as interviews with people waiting to go into the various concerts.

The movie includes Glee stars Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum Jr. (Mike), Chord Overstreet (Sam), Darren Criss (Blaine), Ashley Fink (Lauren) as well as “The Warblers”.

The highlight of the movie for me was seeing ‘Brittany S. Pierce’ (Heather Morris) perform a Britney Spears song as this was where the level of talent reached its peak for me.

The trailer for the movie is below:

The movie is a real feel-good with the usual exceptional level of talent. If you love Glee, or can appreciate the music it’s well worth the watch, however it was a little short (which might mean you’ll be able to ‘encourage’ a boyfriend to tag along). I walked out of the theatre grinning, and singing (not in tune), to some bemused looks, but it made my day. :)

For more on Glee, you can check out the Glee Wiki here

 

And for an interview with the cast of the movie check out the Business Insider here

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