REVIEW: ToughSkin for Treo 650

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Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2005, 10:38
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speck-toughskin-treo.jpgThere’s two schools of thought we it comes to cases, you either use them and swear by them, or you simply take your chances. Readers of these pages know that I am a big fan of cases and I almost never take my electronics out of the house without a case. It’s partially because I’m a klutz and drop all my electronics on the first day I have them, and partially to protect their resale value. This case fetish is part of the reason that I was so disappointed with the lack of cases when the iPod nano was announced.
The SkinTight line of silicone cases from Speck Products provide good protection all around, but their ToughSkin line of cases provide even more coverage. I recently got a ToughSkin for my Treo 650 and find it to be one of best cases out there. It’s a bit bigger than a standard silicone case, but it looks like it would survive a throw at a wall (which is NOT recommended, btw.)
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REVIEW: Griffin EarThumps

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Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2005, 09:12
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griffin-earthumps.jpgIf you’re looking for a pair of replacement earphones for your new iPod, you should check out the new EarThumps from Griffin Technology. They’re affordable at only US$19.99 and sound great. They’re not in the sound quality strata of the XtremeMac FS.1s (US$149) or the Future Sonic Ears Model EM3 ($99) but for the price you simply can’t beat them.
EarThumps were designed specifically for use with iPod and have excellent noise isolation and responsive bass. They ship with three different-sized silicone inserts to fit all ear sizes and include a cool nylon zippered carrying case.
EarThumps come in both white and black to match any iPod. I recommend the black models if you live in an area that has been plagued by Podjackings like New York City or the UK.

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