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This review is from: RAVPower RP-UC04 Dual Desktop Charging Cradle & Sync Dock for Samsung Galaxy S4 S IV i9500 (Matt Black, Spare Battery Charger, Detachable Case Plate, Compatible without or with a Slim-Fit Case) -Black
Pros: + Design: Modern design looks great on the desk.
+ Charger: The included AC adapter seems to charge the phone just as fast as the regular charger
Cons: - If you have a large case on your S4, it may not fit in this cradle (the OEM case does fit after you remove the expansion piece from the cradle)
Other Thoughts: At my company, we have several Android and iOS devices to test our mobile applications and websites. Keeping multiple devices like this charged can be a hassle, but this RAVPower Desktop Charger at least allows us to charge the Samsung Galaxy S4 in style.
The charger looks great on the desk and keeps the phone at a comfortable position for viewing the screen and any incoming notifications. The included AC charger is appreciated as an open USB port on the computer is hard to come by these days. There is an extra slot to charge a second battery, but I did not have a chance to test this yet.
This review is from: RAVPower Luster 3000mAh Power Bank External Battery Pack Lipstick Charger with Flashlight (3 Mode: High, Low, Strobe) for iPhone 5 5S 5C 4 4S, iPod; Galaxy S4 S3, Note 3, Note2; Nexus 4 and other
Pros: + Can almost fully recharge my iPhone 5S: from 0% to 90%
+ The flashlight is bright!
+ Removable clip makes it convenient to carry around
Cons: - The inclusion of the flashlight makes this a little larger than other "lipstick" chargers (but the light is worth the slight increase in size)
- No carrying pouch is included
Other Thoughts: The smarter our smartphones get, the quicker they drain. This external battery is more convenient to carry around in your pocket compared to other battery packs, and the flashlight is surprisingly bright!
One minor thing I noticed: the box for the Luster I received stated that it uses a Samsung battery while the description here on NewEgg states it uses an LG battery. No big deal, as both brands are good.
Pros: + Stream TV throughout your home network
+ Works great with Windows 7 Media Center
+ Save money on rental fees charged by the cable company
Cons: - No direct iOS support
- Although I have a DLNA certified Sony TV wired to the same router as the HDHomerun, the streaming still skips and stops after 30 or so seconds (even with unprotected, Standard Definition content)
Other Thoughts: I only have Limited Basic cable and have enjoyed connecting my TV and computer directly to the wall to enjoy local HD programming and DVR functionality through Windows Media Center. Then, greedy Comcast encrypted the local Limited Basic programming, requiring a DTA box at $1.99/month and the HD Technology Fee at $9.99/month. I tried setting up an antenna but there were 2 local stations I could not receive reliably. After going to my local office and obtaining a CableCard (which turned out to be free), I was able to use the HDHomeRun to continue watching and recording programming through my Windows Media Center PC connected to my TV. I struggle getting DLNA to work on the rest of my devices, but I'm able to stream to my Android tablet using InstaTV Pro (a $5 app). This app was at one time also available on iOS, but was pulled due to a licensing issues (the developer states that it is just temporary, but it's been this way for a few months now).
Setup with Windows Media Center was a little confusing. Windows Media Center simply stated that my system was not capable of viewing digital cable (even though it was). It turns out I just needed to download the "Digital Cable Advisor" program from Microsoft (why Windows Media Center couldn't simply direct me to this download instead of just stopping me cold is beyond me).
Overall, I'm happy with this purchase although setup was a little tricky. The HDHomeRun is saving me $12/month and gives me the ability to record shows with Media Center which I wouldn't be able to do with Comcast's DTA boxes.
Display Name: Ryan R.
Date Joined: 01/24/07
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