Back to Basics with Jivo and Olixar

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When it comes to choosing the best cover for your laptop or phone, the choices are endless. White, black, silver, gold, floral or polkadot, no matter what colour or style you want, you’re bound to find something that takes your fancy! However, sometimes, all these choices can leave you feeling more confused than ever, which is why we’ve gone back to basics!

Take a look at some of our minimalistic phone and laptop cases that offer the same great protection, but without the fuss! Sometimes simple really is better!

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Custom moulded for the iPhone 7/7 Plus, this FlexiShield gel case from Olixar provides excellent protection against damage as well as a slimline fit for added convenience.

Each FlexiShield case is made from a special strong and durable gel material, which makes it flexible like silicone and tougher than a crystal case providing you with long lasting protection for your iPhone 7.

The FlexiShield case is designed to be slim, lightweight and strong – so you can be assured that this case will add virtually no extra bulk to your iPhone 7 so it will still fit in your pocket with ease.

Designed for the Macbook Air and the Macbook Pro Retina, the Jivo Form fitting Frosted Shell keeps scuffs and scratches at bay for daily protection. Its Sleek no-fuss design consists of a lightweight two piece plastic that’s easy to put on and remove. Rubberised feet add stability to prevent your Macbook® from sliding and tilting.

The Jivo Frosted Clear Macbook Shell is available for the Macbook Air(11″,13″), and the Macbook Pro Retina(13″,15″).

All of the products featured here are available in-store now. Visit our website for more information.

 

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New in store this month…

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We know you’re probably busy enjoying your holidays or watching the Euros so we’ll get right to it. Here’s what’s new in-store this month…

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Is your phone constantly by your side when you workout? If the answer’s “yes”, you’ll love the universal sports armband from Jivo!

Carefully designed to be a comfortable fit during your workout, the Jivo armband is the perfect running partner come rain or shine.

It’s universal and fits several smartphone models including: iPhone 5/ iPhone 5S/ iPhone 6/ iPhone 6S/ Nokia XL 4G/ Nokia Lumia 830/ Sony Z1/ Moto G LTE/ XT1077/ LG G3 Mini/ Samsung S5/ S6/ S6 Edge/ HTCone M8/ M9.

The Jivo Sports Armband is also adjustable for small and large arms, and features a flexible strap key pocket as well as a reflective strip to ensure your safety.

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If you’re lucky enough to own and Apple Watch, you might be interested in ANCHOR, the minimal base and magnetic charging cable from Native Union.

Made from weighted zinc alloy with a non-slip silicon base, it anchors your watch and cable in place, preventing them from dropping to the floor when charging. Your watch screen remains accessible for checking messages and using apps.

ANCHOR’s simple design and compact size lets your Apple Watch take center stage. Its sleek and stylish silicone and brushed metal finish makes a minimalist design statement on your desk or nightstand, with or without your watch attached.

Precision engineered without screws, your Apple Watch magnetic charging cable fits securely between ANCHOR’s two minimal components. Slot them together to create a simple and stylish home for your watch and cable.

ANCHOR is compatible with all Apple Watch models and most strap styles, excluding Milanese Loop and Link Bracelet which need to be unclipped before connecting.

To find out more about these products, check out our website!

5 Reasons Why You Need a Joby Gorillapod…

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In 2006,  Joby launched the Gorillapod tripod after recognising a consumer need for new and creative ways to capture photos.

Fast forward ten years and the Gorillapod continues to be one of the most popular tripods for photo enthusiasts around the world.

Here’s 5 reasons why you need to get yourself a Gorillapod:

Different angles and new perspectives

The Gorillapod’s trademark wraparound legs are definitely the product’s unique selling point and the main reason why people continue to buy it today. Flexible wraparound legs mean that the Gorillapod can be easily wrapped around poles, fences and trees, allowing you, the photographer to capture high quality photos from a variety of angles and perspectives.

Convenience

Joby’s Gorillapods are incredibly lightweight, and they also come in a range of models and sizes so you’re guaranteed to find one that fits your smartphone and your camera. Choose from the Joby Gorillapod Action Tripod, Joby Gorillapod GPod Mini Magnetic, Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom, Joby Griptight Gorillapod Video, Joby Griptight Gorillapod Magnetic and more…

Compact Size

Unlike standard photo tripods that tend to be large and bulky, the Joby Gorillapod tripod is both small and compact, allowing it to be easily carried around in a bag a suitcase. This is ideal for photographers who love to travel or are always on the go!

Stability

What it lacks in size, it makes up for in design.  Every one of Joby’s Gorillapods features unique rubber grips at the base. These have been specifically designed to ensure that your phone or camera stay firmly in place throughout use.

Competitive Price

Another great thing about Joby’s Gorillapods is their competitive pricing which means that you don’t have to worry about being strapped for cash. Prices on our website range from €14.99-€65.99 so you’re bound to find something to suit your budget. And the money that you do save, why not put it towards a new camera?

The Joby Gorillapod is available to order now from our website.

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New year, new gadgets…

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A new years means more weird and wonderful gadgets than you can shake your iPhone at!

Here’s just some of the fantastic products that have recently landed in our store…

Urban Armor Gear Macbook 12inch Case

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Designed for Apple’s 12 inch Macbook , UAG’s patented Composite design fuses a hard outer shell with a soft impact resistant core. The unique shape of the case provides structural rigidity, while a soft rubberized screen surround and rear skid pads provide 360 degree protection from scratches and abrasions .With over sized tactile buttons, generous ports and a low profile design that slips in and out of your pocket, access is always easy.

Joby Griptight Gorillapod Magnetic

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Offering the largest mixture of shooting positions of any flexible smartphone tripod, the GripTight GorillaPod Magnetic from Joby can be wrapped around trees and poles, balanced on uneven surfaces or you can even use the super strong magnetic feet to attach it to most metal surfaces. The tripod also features rubber foot grips which stabilize your smartphone for convenient media consumption and crisp photos. Endless possibilities mean you never miss a photo opportunity!

Decoded Leather Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2

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The Decoded Leather Bluetooth Keyboard Case offers sophisticated full body protection to your iPad with its premium leather casing.

Finish your documents in comfort like you would on your laptop or computer. The illuminated keys support three brightness levels. The keyboard’s battery lasts up to 80 days once charged with the included micro USB cable and an LED indicator tells you about the battery status. Smart sensors will automatically turn the keyboard  while the magnetic enclosure puts your iPad in auto sleep mode function.

Joby Action Base Kit

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With this Joby Action Base Kit you’ll enjoy a broad range of angles and shots at your fingertips . The kit comes complete with 3 GoPro/action video mounts(GPOD Mini Magnetic, Action Grip, Gorillapod Action Tripod) and a protective case for your camera and gear. All included tripods and mounts come with a GoPro mount as well as a 1/4″-20 screw to attach to other action camera models. This is the perfect bundle to grab every angle of  your epic lifestyle!

Check out these products and more over on our website

Turn Back Time: 5 Of Our Favourite Flip Phones

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While the evolution of smartphones and touchscreens marked the start of something new, it also signaled the end of something else: flip-phones. Gone were the days when you could terminate a call by slamming your phone shut whenever you became exasperated by the person on the other end. Though some were sad for a while, just like any new technology, people learned to adapt. And so, very quickly, flip phones became a thing of the past.

Fast forward to 2015 and it looks like they could be about to make a comeback. Asian telecommunications company LG, has just announced plans to release a new flip-phone model entitled the Gentle, which will run on the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop software.

In honour of this news, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane to revisit 5 of our favourite flip-phones:

Motorola V550

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This sturdy little flip-phone came packed with a camera, mp3 player, downloadable screensavers and more! We loved the clamshell design and vibrant blue finish, and the battery lasted way longer than our iPhone!. Sigh.

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The 7373 from Nokia wasn’t so much a phone as it was a fashion statement. Seriously, what girl could resist that gorgeous pink and cream floral design? Aesthetics aside, the phone also came with a camera, a built in stereo radio, 8mb of internal memory, and an SD card with an additional 2mb of storage.

Sony Ericsson W300i

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Before Androids and iPhones, Sony Ericsson was viewed by many as the go-to phone manufacturer. Known for their high quality music players and impressive battery life, any self-respecting “cool kid” owned a Sony Ericsson phone.The company’s popular W300i flip-phone featured bluetooth, a phone book that could store up to 1,000 contacts, as well as a camera, and best of all, an mp3 player that could read songs in MP3 and MP4 formats.

Motorola  V3 Razr

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While this flip phone came in a variety of colours, the hot pink version was another favourite among girls. When it was initially released in 2004, this slick and stylish model had been exclusively marketed as a fashion phone. However, within a year, the price was lowered and by July 2006, the phone had sold over 50 million units. To this day, the Motorola V3 remains the best selling clamshell phone, selling more than 130 million units during its four year run.

LG VX8100

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This sleek little phone from LG had bluetooth, a megapixel camera, loud stereo speakers, and an mp3 player. While it may not have been the best selling flip phone of all time, we loved its bold turquoise colour and the fact that the volume controls were on the front!

What was your favourite flip-phone? Let us know in the comments below!.

Spotlight on iPhone 6 cases: Gumdrop VS Urban Armor Gear

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With so many different brands and designs to choose from, finding the perfect case for your iPhone can quickly become a time consuming exercise. Not only do you want something that looks good, but more often than not, you want to be confident that the case you choose will offer your phone substantial protection against bumps and scratches. To help you out, we’ve done a product comparison with two of our most popular types of iPhone 6 cases so that you can determine which case is right for you!

Gumdrop DropTech Case- iPhone 6

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Designed for iPhone 6

Easy access to ports

Multi-layered protection

Integrated screen shield to protect against moisture and scratches

Heavyweight design

TPU skin which absorbs vibrations and shocks

Multi position belt clip with integrated stand included.

    Price: €56.99


Urban Armor Gear iPhone 6 Composite Case- Scout Black


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Designed for iPhone 6

Easy access to ports

One layer of protection

Comes with HD screen protector guard

Lightweight design

Shock and scratch resistant

Does not include belt clip or integrated stand

Price:€27.99


Both the UAG case and the Gumdrop case offer good quality protection for the iPhone 6. While the Gumdrop case is arguably the stronger and more durable of the two, it is also considerably more expensive than the UAG case. Ultimately, choice will come down to two things: which design you prefer and how much money you are willing to spend.

Each of these cases and lots more are available now on our website soundzdirect.com.

Presenting Urban Armor Gear’s Samsung S6 range…

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While Apple and its iPhone regularly feature in our blog posts, Samsung on the other hand, is scarcely discussed. And with both companies selling the two most popular smartphones on the market at the moment, we thought it was about time that we try to change this.

Whether you’re an iPhone or a Samsung fan, one thing that both sides can agree on is wanting the best protection possible for your phone.

Samsung fanatics, we just know that you’ll love Urban Armor Gear’s S6 phone case line.

Designed exclusively for Samsung Galaxy’s S6 range, UAG’s patented design combines a hard outer shell with a soft impact resistant core to provide your phone with the ultimate protection. Each case in the range comes with a HD screen guard to ensure that your phone will always be free of scratches and abrasions.

The front of the cases also feature an engineered bezel that deflects flash interference to guarantee you beautiful photos every time.

You can view the full range on our website.

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