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This review is from: Trident AMS-IPH4S-BK Kraken AMS Protective Case Cover for iPhone 4/4S (Black)
Pros: This case is on par with the otterbox defender series while being both slimmer and cheaper. It also has some additional features otterbox hasn't perfected yet like the metal kickstand; which works very well in both portrait and landscape.
Cons: Some "features" are downright inconvenient, like the phone has to be inserted into the clip facing inward. In reality this is simply the most secure way to mount the phone, but removing the choice is still a con in my book.
Additionally the clip itself is difficult to line up, when compared to an otterbox. There is a pair of + shaped holes in the belt clip, which line up with snaps on the case itself. Unless these are lined up perfectly, it will not catch in the clip.
Other Thoughts: I bought this for a friend who unfortunately is required to use an iPhone for work (Samsung in the pocket ofc). After 3 otterboxes the trident case was a welcome, although somewhat lateral move. The clip alignment is an issue, however muscle memory takes over quickly and it becomes easier and easier.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good design - ultra lightweight and stylish monitor/case. It feels a bit like carrying around an empty box but looks more like an artists folio.
Decent picture - 720p resolution (highest available on usb 2.0) is sufficient for my purposes. The color depth is actually better than what I expected from a 5 watt, portable monitor. The brightness adjustment is also a big plus.
Compatibility - So far I have it working under windows 7 and windows 8.1 without any problem. I just downloaded a driver, ran the install and plugged it in.
Efficient - 5 watts is not much much of a power draw, but what I'm really impressed with is how effectively the tiny tablet's CPU can feed the monitor. I'd say the display link software has improved dramatically since the last time I've used it.
Cons: Size - As thin as it is, itt's actually a bit thicker than I expected. The incredibly low weight leads me to believe that much of the internal casing is empty. This is a serious wasted opportunity. A battery pack, or card reader, or just simple cable storage could fit into this space and make the device all the more appealing.
Outdated Driver - I did try to install the driver from the media only to have it tell me it was incompatible with my version of windows. A simple download fixed the problem, but still.
Price - Full price would be a bit steep for what you are getting. That said I got it deeply discounted and it was worth it.
Viewing angles - the viewing angles (particularly horizontal) are not great. Honestly I think we're just spoiled by IPS displays; but if you're going to use this, you're going to want to be directly in front of it.
Other Thoughts: As I mentioned above I'm using this on a dell venue 8 pro via OTG cable with a 1 amp 5 volt USB "power brick" on the power only side of the split USB cable. Combined with a bluetooth mouse and keyboard I can effectively turn my 8 inch tablet into a 15.6 inch laptop.
Performance doesn't seem to suffer much either. The few light games I have on the tablet (solitaire, terraria, don't starve) run smoothly. Streaming video also did not stutter in my short test.
Pros: It's cheap... it has a micro sd slot, and I actually prefer micro usb which this charges over.
It plays streaming music apps fairly well, and the wifi signal is fairly strong.
Cons: Terrible battery life coupled with bad viewing and screen resolution make it pretty useless.
Launch candy crush as an example; the game takes forever to load and then won't display correctly because the resolution is below recommended. Meanwhile it's hard to see except straight on, and is heating up in your hands and it devours it's battery charge.
3-4 years ago it'd have been ok, but today there are so many capable android phones floating around on clearance that there is no reason to ever buy tablets like this again.
Other Thoughts: Bought this for my niece for Christmas knowing she'd likely break it (she's 7). However after I purchased this I managed to get 3 android phones for less than I paid for this (roughly 35 bucks total).
All were new in box, and are superior in every way except for slightly smaller screens. I gave her one of those for Christmas and am keeping the other 2 in reserve for the eventual loss/breakage.
I forgot I had bought this until it was too late to return, so instead I integrated it into the front of an old portable radio... which actually came out pretty neat. It still eats more power than i'd like but at least it's running off rechargeable AAs now.
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