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Every once in awhile a new brand comes along that has it all going on. Impressive product design, packaging, branding, even a well designed website with functioning e-commerce, good photographs and plenty of useful information. That's the case with TYLT, a California wireless accessory design and development company that has combined innovation with style. Their current product offerings include power products, audio products and protective cases.
above: examples of the package design for TYLT by NewDealDesign
Established in 2011, TYLT focuses on the world of mobile devices, providing you with about 20 convenient products for your mobile phones and tablets. Like many of you, I'd never heard of TYLT until they sent me three of their hip products to review with the understanding that if I did not deem them worthy, they would not be featured on this blog. No money was paid to me in exchange for a review, and believe me, none was necessary. A big thank you to TYLT for the three awesome products reviewed later in this post.
above: TYLT's home page
When the POWERPLANT portable battery pack, the YCHARGE, a dual USB Car Charger and TUNZ, a rechargeable bluetooth speaker arrived at my doorstep - one look and I knew they were gonna be blog-worthy. Once I got past the beautiful packaging created by NewDealDesign LLC, and tried out the products, my enthusiasm only increased.
I'm not alone, TYLT already boasts 3 CES Innovations Award winners at CES 2013 including: the Y-CHARGE Car Charger, the BAND Car Charger and the BAND Travel Charger. And reputable tech blogs such as Engadget, Slash Gear, CNET Asia and Tech Crunch have all lauded various products from TYLT.
Small (smaller than my iPhone), portable, lightweight (just over 5 ounces) and stylish, this is a 5,200 mAh battery back-up charger that has the capacity to fully charge your smartphone twice.
And with multiple ports (Universal USB and either Apple Lightning, Apple 30-Pin, and Micro USB versions available) it can charge more than one device simultaneously.
It packs the power it claims to and works with all Apple mobile products and Android mobile products. The appearance and functionality of the TYLT Powerplant do not disappoint.
Tylt Powerplant video:
Prices $69.99- $89.99, buy it here
The Y-CHARGE (2.1 AMP):
This little lightweight device is intelligently designed to charge two smartphones at once (or one tablet) in your car. The split Y-shape places the USB ports on each side so that the driver and passenger can each easily plug in their mobile phones and charge them simultaneously.
The silicone covered device weighs less than an ounce and comes in the four colors (bright apple green, bright red, bright blue or black) that appear on several of TYLT's products. The Y-CHARGE is also available in a 4.2 version and with a two foot Syncable.
TYLT Y-CHARGE video:
Price $24.99 Buy it here
The TUNZ Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker:
A nice looking compact wireless Bluetooth speaker equipped with two x 3-watt drivers and a passive radiator for exceptional bass, TUNZ has a built in noise cancelling microphone making it perfect for phone calls as well as music. The 2800 mAh battery takes about 6-7 hours to charge and can chat or play music (with the volume at 50%) for 20 hours -that's 10 hours more than the Jawbone Jambox. The design allows you to seamlessly switch from music to hands-free calling and the touch-free controls for Volume, Play, Pause, Answer & End Calls are very convenient. The speaker comes with three different colored (black, blue and red) vibration-cancelling silicone bands that also function as an attractive stand. And with a 1Amp output Universal USB charging port you can use it to charge other external devices.
The sound is impressive, delivering volumes up to 80dB. It's also NFC Enabled - includes Tagstand NFC launcher App for Android. TUNZ is priced less than the MSRP for the comparable Jawbone Jambox, a $180 speaker that helped create the portable category the new Beats by Dre Pill, a $200 model from the popular headphone brand, making it even more desirable.
Tylt Tunz video:
Price $149.99, buy it here.
All in all, TYLT products are well-designed small, lightweight and portable, but feel substantially made. Both the packaging and the product design are visually appealing, and the products feature the latest in technological innovations and compatibility. Priced neither outrageously nor dirt-cheap, they receive consistently favorable reviews from tech gurus. You can find several video reviews on youtube, almost every single one of them favorable. Therefore, my advice is to go full TYLT.
Here's a peek at a few other beautifully designed and packaged products from TYLT (shown in green for consistency):
TYLT is dedicated to shifting consumer expectations through best-in-quality accessories which innovate briskly to stay a step ahead of the fast-paced smart product launches. They have several more products including the impressive Energi Backpack.
See more and shop for these fine products at TYLT.
In August 2011, I introduced to you the i'm watch, a hip smart phone for your wrist made in Italy. Since that time, the design and technology have been updated.
above: comparison of the original i'm watch and the newest version (composited by if it's hip, it's here)
It now sports a new interface making it better looking than before and updated technology that works with Android-based phones and iPhones.
The world’s first real smartwatch. It connects via Bluetooth and brings you calls, SMS, e-mails, notifications and any app directly to your wrist. Now you can leave your phone in your pocket, in your purse or on the desk,and have all the messages, phone calls and social network notifications directly on your wrist.
With i’m Watch you can do things that with a smartphone alone you wouldn’t be able to accomplish. Because, with an i’m Watch on your wrist, your hands are free! When needed, just activate the touchscreen display to access the numerous functions available.
Connect to your smartphone through a Bluetooth™ connection and control emails and sms, check Facebook and Twitter activities, see the weather forecast, upcoming appointments, new pictures and applications.
The Colors Collection (7 colors with aluminum case and colored straps):
The Tech Collection (black or white with a Titanium case):
The Jewel Collection
Silver Case with colored straps:
Yellow and Pink Gold:
Black Gold and White Gold with Diamonds:
The software, i'Droid, that controls i’m Watch is a condensed form of the best technologies. With a single gesture, you open and close applications, receive social networking notifications and read e-mails. And even with all this power - and the compact dimensions of a watch - the battery goes on and on. A small, BIG technological miracle.
Connect and Download. i’market is the biggest smartwatch app store, not just an ordinary one. Many applications, waiting and ready to be downloaded and installed on your i’m Watch. Do you want to workout? To have fun? To work quicker and more efficiently? Come have a look in i’market, and you will find the appropriate app for you.
Mobile and Computer Control (PC and Mac)
The i’m Watch world does not stop at i’m Watch. With the innovative i’m Cloud system, you can control it remotely: thanks to powerful, high performance cloud technology, you can manage your smartwatch apps and data via the Internet. And with the brand new i’m Cloud Mobile, you do not even need to go through your PC or Mac: you just need your smartphone.
For Fitness and Health
Thanks to the connection between i’m Watch and the Heart rate monitor Zephyr you can control your heart frequency. The specific App, i'msport, lets you set up your training, work out, count your calories, monitor your heart rate and all sport activities.
i'music is an app of i'm Watch that allows you to download and listen to your favorite music among a selection of over 9.5 million songs. It's unlimited. i'music offers a rich music collection: latest top hits and a lot of channels including Pop, Urban, Indie, Jazz, Oldies and Rock. Choose among many artists or select your favorite genre!
Starting at $449
the i'm watch
Addendum: the Apple iWatch is said to come out this year. And I certainly hope it's better looking than this report or this report suggests.
If you didn't yet get an iPhone 5 for various reasons, why not pimp out your iPhone 4 and 4S to give it a bit of a facelift with these Knucklecases - the ultimate tool for securing your iPhone 4 and 4S to your hand with attitude. Machined from a solid piece of aluminum and available in six finishes, the $99 cases will add some punch to your old iPhone.
Celebs Alicia Keys and Rashida Jones with their Knucklecases:
At Knucklecase they pride themselves on the craftsmanship that goes into their product. Each Knucklecase is painstakingly machined from a solid block of aluminum. They only work with the finest machinists in the United States. The Original Knucklecase is unparalleled in its quality and style.
Terms of Sale
This product is to be used only as a handle and protective accessory for an iPhone. Any other use of the product is considered a misuse, resulting in the forfeiture of any express or implied warranty of fitness for purpose. By purchasing this product, you agree to hold the Company harmless for any misuse of the product, which results in damage to yourself or third parties.
*Travel Warning: TSA will hold you up and confiscate them at security so please check yours in.
**International orders please allow 2-4 weeks for standard shipping depending on customs.
Made in the U.S.A. Patent D651,205
Buy yours here