This will be literally my last post on iTechGadget. A few months ago, I transitioned onto TechUnwrapped but I said I would make iTechGadget a community reviewing site. That never happened. Vincent Paddon, who happens to be a friend in this place called “the real world,” expressed interest in this abandoned site. I decided to give him it, and I will be training him as a reviewer, so expect good reviews. He will be kicking it off by doing a sweet giveaway of awesome prizes (think android phones, headphones, tablets, cases, etc.) GTGi Tech will still technically own this site, and I will be the editor, and PR department, but Vincent will do all the reviews. iTechGadget will soon have a real domain name, so it will hopefully get more viewers. If you want to check out my work, go to http://techunwrapped.com. It has been an honor working on iTechGadget, and I will miss it.

Thanks,
Tyler

By Tyler Simpson

You might ask why I put this in the iTechGadget “Tech Timer”, and the reason is that iTechGadget.co.cc’s timer has expired. After spending many months here, getting thousands of hits, and getting some review products, I must leave. Don’t worry, neither iTechGadget nor my reviews are going away, just moving.

Let’s talk about iTechGadget’s ‘destiny’. We are creating iTechGadget.net which will be a community blog. Anyone will be able to post articles by simply submitting it, then our experts will spell/grammar check it and post it. I didn’t say “I”, I said “our experts”. I need a person willing to occasionally write for iTechGadget and be the editor. You would get paid in 35% ad revenue from iTechGadget (the rest going towards giveaways, hosting, etc.) and you would be expected to moderate and post reviews, news and everything else in the tech world. Expect a redesign soon to celebrate iTechGadget 3.0. We are still debating whether to continue development of iTechGadget app or not.

Now about me. I applied for a job at TechUnwrapped.com and was accepted. This means my main task will be to write for them. I still have several products coming in the mail for iTechGadget, so I will post those reviews here and on TechUnwrapped. My YouTube career will not change, and Mac Mod Weekend will still happen. That snazzy new logo posted on my last few videos will remain property of both ThatAppleGeek and iTechGadget, and for the most part ThatAppleGeek will remain part of iTechGadget. My time on iTechGadget has been great, but it has come to an end. I will for now on only post ThatAppleGeek video reviews on iTechGadget.

Goodbye,
Tyler Simpson
Former editor and lead writer

GTGi Tech anounced their new “Omniverse Mobile” brand today. The first device (and only so far) to be anounced was the “OmniOne” or “omni1″, whichever way you prefer. The device runs Android 2.2 Froyo (current mobile version is 2.3, but 2.2 is still in almost all devices) and has a 3.5” multitouch display. It appears to look like a HTC Desire Z (T-Mobile G2 in the USA) smartphone, except it does not have a physical keyboard. Included in the box is a solar powered charger along with the regular accessories. The main selling point is it’s price, for just an estimated $230 you can get a fully unlocked with your choice of AT&T, T-Mobile USA, or PureTalkUSA SIM cards, although you aren’t required to use any of those carrier’s service. It also includes a built in TV tuner and 2 sim card slots. The device isn’t as fast as an iPhone 4, but it puts itself with about the same specs as the HTC Legand, and half the price. Overall it seems like a solid phone, and I can’t wait to see it in person. GTGi Tech said quote “We will launch the device using Kickestarter, a program that lets people fund products in return for something. No other phone company has tried this, but many case companies have. Although we hope to have success, we may not succeed. That is why we are using Kickstarter, it is practically risk free for us, and unlike regular selling, we really don’t need to keep an inventory until the public decides if it will be a success.” They expect to release the final device in a little over 1 month.

An early, leaked image of the device. Note it has a veepals logo on it, so we are guessing this is an early build before they named it the “omnione”. The file is also called the “gtgi_vp+_phone”, so veepals+ phone must have been the original name.

By Tyler Simpson

I thank Izozzi for sending this case out, but please note I am not at all biased in this review.

Izozzi is a great company that makes iPhone/iPod/iPad cases with artwork on. They have over 40 designs you can choose from, all for just $30. It is a snap-on style case with TPU sides and a polycarbonate (or other plastic) back that protects the artwork.

Design
The overall fit and finish is far above decent and it looks rather studly. I love the TPU, which makes it easy to put on, and the artwork is an original idea that works. The product I got from Hannah Davies has an Apple logo cut out, which is nice. I also noticed the camera hole was surrounded by TPU, not the plastic on the other case I received (which didn’t have the cut-out), this made it easier (then the one sans a cut-out) to put on. Charging with the 30-pin dock connector is a challenge, you must pull up on the TPU to fit it in, and forget about 3rd party adapters. The headphone jack was recessed, but not as recessed as many cases, so it worked with nearly all my headphones. All of the devices side buttons are covered with the TPU material, which is usually okay. I noticed the volume rocker was very difficult to press, and once you did press it it didn’t give any feedback, although the power button was fine. If you can live with those flaws, then I can guarantee you will like this case.

Protection
Otterbox’s are great for protection, but not for style. So is a great looking case un-protective? Summed up, no. The Izozzi case provides a small lip to prevent damage from drops face down, and it uses high quality materials. The lip pushed down at the edges of the iPod touch’s screen, which caused bubbling of my wet apply (like ZAG Invisible Shields) screen-shield. The back piece of a skin should be fine for use with this case, as long as it is fairly thin. If you can live with a couple bubbles, then I defiantly suggest a screen-shield for use with this case I do think this case would protect me from a small drop, but note this cases goal isn’t to be super protective. The TPU sides do provide shock absorption, and also a great grip. Overall this case is somewhat protective, but it is more of a Jack then a King of protection.

Conclusion
Izozzi did a good job at making a high quality case that was unlike any other, which is very hard these days. I could easily recommend them to anyone looking for an iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G or iPad 1 case. I rate this case a 8/10, and if they revise it in the future I am sure that could easily bump up to a 10. For $30 ($40 for iPhone, $80-$170 depending on the artist for the iPad 1) this isn’t the cheapest option, but it is one of the better.

http://www.izozzi.com

Today we are reviewing the h1 earbuds by Sentry. We are not going to do a written review because the video explains everything.

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