Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch & iPhone Makes Compromises

5:00 PM, Nov. 5th, 2015 · · Reviews

Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch & iPhone

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.

iPhone 6s Plus: Best Camera and Battery Ever

4:50 PM, Nov. 4th, 2015 · · Reviews

Retina Flash improves selfies!

In September Dr. Mac reviewed the (then) new iPhone 6s (in rose gold). He loved 3D Touch and Live Photos but concluded that he wanted an iPhone with a larger screen, better camera, better battery, and one that wasn't so pink. He swapped for a space gray iPhone 6s Plus and says it offers two exclusive features that make all the difference in the world.

Sonos New PLAY:5: Great Sound at All Angles

12:55 PM, Oct. 29th, 2015 · · Reviews

Wireless speaker leader Sonos has replaced its flagship PLAY:5 with a new speaker called... the PLAY:5. This new model replaces its six-year-and-two-day-old predecessor in the line-up, though new PLAY:5 has been designed and engineered from the ground up to truly stand on its own. For one, this unit has six independent speakers instead of five, but Sonos said instead of calling it the PLAY:6 they decided their flagship speaker should retain its name. Fair enough.

In addition to one more speaker, the new PLAY:5 sports a completely new design, the ability to rotate and be operated while placed on any three of its front-facing sides, a multitouch control pad and some additional magic that really allows it to create a stellar stereo field.

Twelve South Forté Charging Stand for Apple Watch is Beautifully Imperfect

7:15 PM, Oct. 19th, 2015 · · Reviews

Twelve South Forté

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.

Dr. Mac’s Digital Shoebox Strategy for Storing and Finding Stuff Everywhere

12:50 PM, Oct. 14th, 2015 · · Reviews

Where do you store all the little bits of information that don’t fit in the usual places like Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and such? You know what I mean—all those little bits of text, images, movies, or sounds that you hope to refer to in the future (if you can find them). Dr. Mac provides his prescription for saving and organizing your little bits and then finding them when you need them -- Only in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #145; only here at the one and only Mac Observer.  

Native Union Apple Watch Charging Dock Goes Both Ways

3:00 PM, Oct. 6th, 2015 · · Reviews

Native Union Dock for Apple Watch

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.

Dr. Mac’s First Look at the iPhone 6s

1:25 PM, Sep. 29th, 2015 · · Reviews

Dr. Mac got an iPhone 6s last Friday; his initial impressions are in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 143, a delightful little ditty he likes to call, "Dr. Mac's First Look at the iPhone 6s." It wasn't all wine and roses (Spoiler alert: He thinks the Rose Gold looks too pink). But after a rocky start, the Doc is pretty happy with his newest gadget.