There is now a pretty good selection of charging docks for the Apple Watch. Some provide a place on the base plate to rest a charging iPhone, but the Belkin Charge Dock goes one step farther and provides a vertical support and Lightning connector for the iPhone in addition to a pre-installed Apple Watch charge disk. The design, while good, introduces compromises. Find out more in John Martellaro's review.
Despite the apparent simplicity of the Apple Watch charging docks, there are several factors to consider. Those include practicality, protection, stability, possible ways the charging cable can be damaged when installed and removed, adjustability of presentation angle, use for both Portrait mode and Nightstand mode, and so on. The Twelve South Forté is exceptionally beautiful, and has a good design, but it doesn't score 100 percent on all counts.
The new Griffin Survivor Journey case for the iPhone 6/6s (or 6/6s Plus) protects against a 2 meter (6.6 ft) drop. The snap on two-layer shell is soft, shatterproof and handsome. John Martellaro liked this case. It pressed all his buttons except one.
With the introduction of watchOS 2 and Nightstand Mode, it's preferable for an Apple Watch charging dock to work in both horizontal and vertical modes. Many early docks don't afford that capability, but the new Native Union Dock for Apple Watch does. However, it's far from perfect.
On September 21st, Apple released its first major upgrade to the watchOS, version 2.0. Many new features have been included, but the upgrade process itself was problematic. John Martellaro sizes up this 2.0 release in his after action report.
Orders begin today for Sonos's latest addition to its line-up, the Limited Edition PLAY:1 Tone. Coming in full, murdered-out black or pristine white, these new skin variations on the PLAY:1 make a visual statement. Depending upon your color and placement choices these new models will either be the centerpiece of the room or completely fade into invisibility, either of which may work quite well for you.
After a nine year journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at Pluto on July 14. The Pluto Safari iOS app from Simulation Curriculum has all the details: news, the spacecraft's timeline, current location, various views from different locations and a countdown timer. John Martellaro takes a quick look at this terrific free app.
The AluFrame Leather iPhone 6 case from Just Mobile is attractive, sophisticated, and it proved to be easy to use in every aspect of testing. The leather is Nappa, and it comes in five color options.
Flexibits released Fantastical 2.3 for the iPhone with support for Apple Watch on Wednesday, and Apple could take some cues from their efforts. The update brings the Calendar alternative to your wrist, complete with schedule views, notifications for upcoming events, and a Glance view that shows a quick overview of your day. Fantastical also plugs a glaring Apple Watch hole: it shows your iPhone Reminders.
The HiRise Apple Watch stand from Twelve South elevates the Apple Watch beautifully, integrates the inductive charger, and showcases the smartwatch for charging overnight. It works with any model Apple Watch and bands and is a step above the ordinary in design.
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