Thursday, December 11, 2014

**REVIEW** Gurin High Accuracy Digital Bathroom Scale

Since I have been trying out various types of bathroom scales with all sorts of features, I thought it would be nice to try out a basic one. This Gurin High Accuracy Digital Bathroom Scale is one that I would feel comfortable giving to someone in my life who still can`t figure out their smartphone. (Don`t laugh. My sister is one of those people.)

From the product page, but...

...It's even more beautiful right out of the box

Let me get right to what's great about this scale:
  • It`s nicely designed. Will look great in your bathroom.
  • There`s no set up. You literally can take it out of the box, step on it and read your weight.
  • And you will be able to read your weight with NO problem. The display is HUGE. (It measures 4.3")
  • It`s accurate measuring in small increments. (It matched the weight reading from my recent doctors appointment, which was, um, slightly disappointiing...)
  • NOT loaded with complicated features and buttons to figure out.
I don`t want to forget to mention the tape measure that`s included  (for a limited time, I believe) . It`s got a handy lock-notch feature that I`m crazy about. 

Look, no hands
Basically, there really are no negatives I have to report about this scale - unless you are like my nephew who was stunned by how large the display was. His comment was something about being able to see the numbers from space (or from his girlfriend's apartment about 3 miles away!) Another thing that lots of people will like is the lack of complication. I know that many of us are into gadgets and technology. I`m in that group. However,  I actually like that this scale gets right down to business in a simple and easy way.

This scale is basic in low-tech to use but gives you high tech readings from its "high speed precision sensors". And it looks good. On top of all that, it comes with a 100% guarantee and a 2 year warranty. Winner.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

**REVIEW** Kobert Mobile Premium Waterproof Case

Those of you familiar with this blog know that I am weirdly phobic and you might be wondering why I need a waterproof case for my phone. After all, I don`t swim - or even get close to where water touches beach sand. Besides, I live in Alaska. Beaches are not a main feature in our travel brochures.

Kobert Waterproof Case

But... This is a neat product from Kobert that I am trying out.

I live in Alaska, yes sir. This is the home of almost never ending winters where we (usually) get enough snow to turn our driveways into ski destinations. And when the winter finally decides to make room for what the rest of you call Spring, we Alaskans get our 5th season: Breakup. This is when all that snow starts to melt, giving us puddles and rivers of salty, grimy water. Did I mention that slipping and sliding is another unintended exercise we get plenty of? (An intended sport is that of drivers splashing pedestrians with some of that lovely, um, water!)

And, because of my disability, I am extremely clumsy. So, yeah... I need this waterproof protection for my phone. Of course, I needed to test the waterproofing feature (which the label suggests users do).

I inserted a piece of used notepaper, closed the case, then submerged the case in a Tuppperware bowl of room temp water for around 5 minutes. (By the way, be careful not to insert a too-warm phone in the casing & don't dunk in hot water. #CondensationHappens)

No smeared/blurry ink here

I'm sure "dirty, gritty, icky Breakup water" should be included...

For my test, the paper and ink survived.

Notice the pic showing what all else this protects against.  I myself am not bothered with all that "certified to 100 feet" bidness. If I ever get that far underwater, I'll have no need for any calls other than a direct line to Jesus.

Next up was to see how well my phone fit into the case and how well it worked when enclosed. The label advises that any photos taken while the camera is covered might not be top quality, but the one I took (labelled pic 000) fine. The touchscreen worked well for me even though you'll hear later where I had a minor problem.

Fits just fine
Since I am going to be putting my cellphone on the line (or, rather, in the water), I'll procrastinate by telling you some other points I noticed:

  • I spent 2 ot 3 minutes trying to find a place to attach the lanyard. I checked the product page and saw that it's just to be attached to the top of the case. (see pic 2)
  • The closure for the case itself was a little odd to me. It was hard to see the "close---> open" embossed on the black casing. Duh.
  • Using the phone while its encased is not too difficult. The touchscreen was good. Using the side buttons (Power, Volume) was tricky because I had to sort of contort the plastic to get to them. I am afraid to damage the case because of this:
Read that 2nd bullet point if you can (pic 000)

You know what? Smack the procrastination! I don't have to test this using my own phone (at least until I land tail-down in a puddle later this season) because Kobert already has a video highlighting the features. 


the 2:27 mark is where he submerges phone...

I noticed that the touchscreen didn't seem to work very well for him while the phone was submerged. That's cool with me though. I figure that if I end up testing this in a real-world situation, someone will already have dialled 911 for me. Hah!

My phone is the Galaxy S3, but there are cases for many phones, including the following:
  • iPhone 6, 6 Plus(Without Case), 5, 5s, 5c, 4, 4s, 3
  • Samsung Galaxy s3, s4, s5, Note 2, Note 3, Note 4
  • Nokia Lumia
  • Windows Phone 8x
  • Nexus 4 
  • HTC One/One X/X+
Not bad for the $13 the case is currently priced at via Amazon. Also, the kit comes with that lanyard I told you about and a stylus which are both of decent quality. Finally, for any fraidy cats, here is the best part from the product page:
"ZERO RISK INVOLVED - At Kobert International we stand by our products and offer a no questions asked 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. We will offer an additional 1 YEAR REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE on the waterproof case. Your satisfaction is our top priority. So try it now. TOTALLY RISK FREE!"
For my fellow non-beach-going but possibly-skiing and definitely break-upping Alaskans, this is a good investment. Considering the price of cellphones and how pricey other protection options are, this works for me.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.