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You can’t get this Otter wet.

I have been hunting for the right case for my iPhone 6 plus from the moment I got it a few months back, and since my most favourite cases (being the Lifeproof kind) have yet to hit Australian shores.  I’ve had to make do with the limited cases available.  I didn’t want to bend my phone and the only one I’ve found in this narrow market that is capable of stopping that so far, is the Otterbox Defender.

It's a huge bitch!

It is a VERY bulky case, it doubles the phone thickness at the very least and probably a smidgen more.  My children laugh at my when I’m on the phone, and ask if I’ve mistaken my iPad for a phone.  But Otterbox is known for ruggedness not style. Seriously though, I’ve got no pockets this thing will fit in.

It features a tough polycarbonate plastic shell that covers the whole phone, then a rubbery outer synthetic slipcover wraps around that to absorb shocks. It comes with a belt clip holster that swivels from landscape to portrait, and doubles as a stand which you will use more than you think.

In Australia it comes in black and black (my white phone looks a bit silly in it), unless you pick up a grey market one on eBay, or pay big bucks in postage to get a coloured skin direct from Otterbox. 

It will survive a drop, and has done so on many occasions now, and it has a built in screen protector. Which is probably essential to the whole protection deal, but the one or two millimetre gap between the screen and the protector drove me insane. I made SO many mistakes just trying to type one simple message, I end up ripping the screen cover out.  I’m not kidding that screen cover made being accurate near on impossible.  

If you remove your phone from the case, the fingerprint recognition will not work anymore, the sticky of the film membrane that covers the home button doesn’t appear to be designed for more than once use. So I had to take that out too, because I also use that feature on my phone a lot. I removed the phone to clean it (prior to any modifications), because despite its all encompassing appearance you can still get sand in the case. Given the nearly $100 price tag Australians enjoy for this case, I’m not impressed, it works (with these slight modifications) but no longer providing the protection I want.

When I look at this case next to the hubs iPhone 6 sitting all snug and sleek in it’s new LifeProof case, I’m pretty sure my Plus blushes.  I think it’s back to the drawing board with this one please Otterbox, rushed to market and not tested enough.  Also if it is named after a water habituating creature why isn’t it waterproof? Just wondering.

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You can’t get this Otter wet.

You can’t get this Otter wet.


I have been hunting for the right case for my iPhone 6 plus from the moment I got it a few months back, and since my most favourite cases (being the Lifeproof kind) have yet to hit Australian shores.  I’ve had to make do with the limited cases available.  I didn’t want to bend my phone and the only one I’ve found in this narrow market that is capable of stopping that so far, is the Otterbox…

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You can’t get this Otter wet.

I have been hunting for the right case for my iPhone 6 plus from the moment I got it a few months back, and since my most favourite cases (being the Lifeproof kind) have yet to hit Australian shores.  I’ve had to make do with the limited cases available.  I didn’t want to bend my phone and the only one I’ve found in this narrow market that is capable of stopping that so far, is the Otterbox Defender.

It's a huge bitch!

It is a VERY bulky case, it doubles the phone thickness at the very least and probably a smidgen more.  My children laugh at my when I’m on the phone, and ask if I’ve mistaken my iPad for a phone.  But Otterbox is known for ruggedness not style. Seriously though, I’ve got no pockets this thing will fit in.

It features a tough polycarbonate plastic shell that covers the whole phone, then a rubbery outer synthetic slipcover wraps around that to absorb shocks. It comes with a belt clip holster that swivels from landscape to portrait, and doubles as a stand which you will use more than you think.

In Australia it comes in black and black (my white phone looks a bit silly in it), unless you pick up a grey market one on eBay, or pay big bucks in postage to get a coloured skin direct from Otterbox. 

It will survive a drop, and has done so on many occasions now, and it has a built in screen protector. Which is probably essential to the whole protection deal, but the one or two millimetre gap between the screen and the protector drove me insane. I made SO many mistakes just trying to type one simple message, I end up ripping the screen cover out.  I’m not kidding that screen cover made being accurate near on impossible.  

If you remove your phone from the case, the fingerprint recognition will not work anymore, the sticky of the film membrane that covers the home button doesn’t appear to be designed for more than once use. So I had to take that out too, because I also use that feature on my phone a lot. I removed the phone to clean it (prior to any modifications), because despite its all encompassing appearance you can still get sand in the case. Given the nearly $100 price tag Australians enjoy for this case, I’m not impressed, it works (with these slight modifications) but no longer providing the protection I want.

When I look at this case next to the hubs iPhone 6 sitting all snug and sleek in it’s new LifeProof case, I’m pretty sure my Plus blushes.  I think it’s back to the drawing board with this one please Otterbox, rushed to market and not tested enough.  Also if it is named after a water habituating creature why isn’t it waterproof? Just wondering.

You can’t get this Otter wet. was originally published on Candy’s Family

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Get your jolly on…

It’s that time of year again, the fat bastard in the red suit is on his way. And since we all know that it is really not up to him to produce the all the jolly around the house, I thought a list of gift suggestions for those who really work tirelessly to make christmas happen was in order.  These are a few of my favourite things…. hehe.

Decided I had to have this on the first whiff...

 

Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette – this is a scent for boys and girls, trust me you will both love it. One whiff of it was enough to tell I NEEDED it. It’s not too badly priced either at $79. “Marrakech Intense is a woody oriental blend balanced by fresh floral top and heart notes, with a hint of the animalistic. In developing this evolution of our original Marrakech fragrance, we were delighted to collaborate with French perfumer Barnabé Fillion, with whom we share a passionate curiosity about the interplay between innovation and tradition, and a deep respect for the intelligent marriage of science and nature.”

 

Your watch says what?????The Pebble Watch. You can wear swears, I needn’t say more really, but it is also very useful. I have this, best watch ever and it’s probably a twenty times cheaper than the Apple watch will be.  ”Pebble connects you to your Apple iOs or Android smartphone via wireless Bluetooth so you get the information exactly when you need it. Pebble displays email, SMS, Caller ID and alerts from your favourite apps right on your wrist, allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket while you are in meetings, social events or on the go. Pebble alerts you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, meeting reminders and notifications. And because of the long running battery life, Pebble blends into your day to day activities without slowing you down while running, cycling, jogging or just going about your busy schedule.” Get one here.

 

Read everywhere!

Kobo Mini Ereader. I know we can read books on our phones now, but who really gets all the reading done they want to, if Facebook and Candy Crush are just a home key press away. This is why eReaders rock, no distractions and a new book is at your figure tips in seconds. This is another device I’ve gifted myself (I know, what is left for you to buy dear Husband?!) It the smallest reader on the market, but by far my favourite (and I have three Kindles, I know, addict). The text is as clear as a book and the screen size does not affect readability.

 

 

You know you want it...

It’s Darth Vadar hugging a unicorn on a cushion. Enough said.

 

 

 

 

I could get comfy on these.If you thought the Darth cushion was awesome, then prepare to be really impressed. Robert, Brad and Leo are waiting to comfort you.

 

 

 

 

Lush shop is as awesome as the Body Shop used to be. Remember when they were cool? Lush Bubble Bars – these smell fantastic, and if you happen to get a bath alone, so relaxing. You can get about five baths out of a bar, just break off a corner and crumble it into the bath. They colour the water and the kids love them, but really you don’t want to share.  Lush has some fab gift packs going for Christmas right now too.  This orange one is my current favourite, it has a fruit tingle smell to it that makes me happy.  Their handmade soaps and also gorgeous, and feel like a lot of luxury in the shower.

 

 

Kid proof your toyYou love your iPhone, admit it. And how devo are you when the kids dunk it or drop it, they are too expensive and you love it so. So it is worth investing in a Lifeproof case. Seriously, this case has saved my phones and iPads so many times I’ve lost count. They are really waterproof, don’t be nervous about that, I’ve been tumbled in the surf with mine and it lived. Get one.

 

 

 

Get your tea break onT2 teas are addictive. They’ve got just about every tea blend you can think of and a lot you haven’t. These kits with an ice tea jug and tea are on my list. Awesome for that elusive five minutes to yourself.

 

 

 

Happy Christmas shopping everyone!

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Review – the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2

I got my hands on the Olympus TG-2 Stylus Tough series digital compact camera.  This is Olympus’s flagship tough waterproof camera, so this baby is definitely going to see some action in this messy family, and with any luck won’t see me having to get sand cleaned out of lens threads.

Waterproof to 15 metres, 2.1m shock proof (didn’t test that out though) and 100kg crush proof (also not testing that out, unless the Husband sits on it). Also freeze proof to -10 which doesn’t help those enduring a polar vortex right now, but still good to know I can take it skiing. But most importantly for me is its dust proof.  Keeping dust out of my larger DSLR set up really gets to be a pain in the arse when you are down on the ground trying to get ‘that shot’.

You can pretty much charge and go with the Tough, beginners can just leave it on auto and the iHS technology on the inside will figure out the settings for you.  If you put the camera on auto and just stand in one spot and move the camera around, and up and down, you will see the settings change from portrait to macro to whatever you need for the shot. It does this very quickly using tech from its big DSLR brothers, and its low light shots will surprise you with their clarity. It focuses in a heartbeat, with a 4x wide angle lens and an effective 12 megapixels.

We took it out for its first run, on a miserable day over the coast.  I can imagine that if the sun was out these shots would’ve been even better.  It also has a built in GPS, giro and compass which I’m yet to use to its full capability, but from first impressions it looks to be a useful traveling tool.   I forgot to mention it has a macro, an advanced super macro to be precise.  This has to be the best macro I’ve ever come across in a compact, especially a waterproof one.

There is software onboard for special effects, pop art (great to bring out colour in a hazy looking landscape), pin hole, fish eye (this effect looks very good, almost like you have the actual lens for it), soft focus, punk (which is a weird one that just makes everything hot pink), water colour, reflection (you can get very arty farty with this one, people will think you rock at photography after seeing this shot), miniature and dramatic.

It doesn’t have a secondary viewfinder or a shoe for a secondary flash, but it’s a waterproof camera so you can appreciate why not.  Actually I’ve rarely needed the flash because the bright lens copes with low light so well.  Battery life has proven itself to be good so far, specs say it’ll do 350 shots before a charge. The only little annoyance for me is the pictures are only saved in one format being jpeg, I’d like a RAW option.  I’m still looking into the FlashAir card option that apparently makes it so I can bluetooth pictures to my smartphone, which sounds awesome if I can get it.

 I’m excited by the possibilities this little camera brings. This weekend we will take it camping which is always very muddy times with our lot, I look forward to the results. Oh and it can charge via the usb socket in my car, very handy.  I will update this post with more photos of the effects as I take them, which will probably be this weekend when I dare take this crowd camping. I know there is no way I have explored everything this camera is capable of yet.

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