Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m)

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Apple’s first Lightning to USB Cable was 1 meter in length when it was first launched in September 2012.

In February 2013, Apple released a shorter variant of it which halved that length and again in September 2013, Apple released a longer variant of it which is twice the length.

The 0.5m & 1m Lightning to USB Cables are retailing for the same price of SGD$28 while the 2m one is retailing for SGD$42. I wonder why Apple can’t sell the 0.5m Lightning to USB Cable at a slightly cheaper price than SGD$28.

I got the Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) also from the Apple’s Fifth Avenue store for USD$19 and after a 8.875% tax, it came up to USD$20.69 (SGD$26.33) which is about the same price as you get it from Singapore.

Personally, I prefer the 0.5m variant because it is shorter and is perfect to be brought out alongside with your portable battery charger.

When I was in the US, I have my iPhone 5s in my jeans pocket and my portable battery charger in my coat pocket and the 1m Lightning to USB Cable was just dangling out in between the 2 pockets. You can keep the tangling cable in the pocket but because I used my phone very often to check for direction on Google Maps, it is easier to leave it tangling rather than keeping the cable in and out of the pocket.

If you are using a charging station like the Griffin PowerDock 5 at home or in the office, the 1m cable will be too long and it will look messy if you have 3 or 4 of them together. The 0.5m Apple Lightning to USB Cable will be a better fit.

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Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) – Box Front

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Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) – Box Back

Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) - Box
Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) – Box

Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) - Box Contents
Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) – Box Contents

Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m)
Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m)

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EverDock

EverDock was a Kickstarter project which got funded successfully on the 17th October 2013 after raising USD$452,457 despite their initial goal was only USD$50,000.

What is EverDock?

Stunning aluminum design. Single or dual dock. Works with Lightning, 30-pin, micro-USB. iPhone 5S,5C,5,4, iPad, iPad mini, Samsung, HTC

I backed the project on the 15th October 2013 for the USD$128 level:

Get the EverDock Duo Two-Pack bead blasted and anodized in your choice of Silver, Space Gray, or Gold. Includes 2 EverDock Duos with silicone protector, 4 micro-USB cables, and 6 cable adapters. Huge $50 savings from retail price of $178.

Shipping is by Fedex and it cost only USD$20! It got shipped on the 20th December 2013 and I got it on the 23rd December 2013! Including shipping, I paid USD$148 (SGD$188.33) for 2 sets of EverDock Duo (1 for my brother).

There are two versions of EverDock as stated above, the EverDock Single and EverDock Duo. I bought the EverDock Duo because I have two phones and I have not seen a dock that allows you to dock two phones yet.

In the office, I am using the Elevation Dock to dock just my iPhone 5s while leaving my HTC One on the table. With the EverDock Duo, I can dock both my iPhone 5s and HTC One!

Because I am using case on both my iPhone 5s and HTC One, the included silicone protectors would not fit, so I have to use without it. Without the silicone protectors, there is no base and your phone is basically resting on the cable head and hence it is a little wobbly! I hope the new thinner silicone protectors will solve the problem.

EverDock Duo - Shipping Box
EverDock Duo – Shipping Box

EverDock Duo - Shipping Box Open
EverDock Duo – Shipping Box Open

EverDock Duo - Shipping Box Contents
EverDock Duo – Shipping Box Contents

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Apple iPhone 5s Case (Brown)

Bought the Apple iPhone 5s Case (Brown) from the Apple’s Fifth Avenue store because I have to get something from that iconic flagship store! It is just slightly cheaper than Singapore if you pay by cash. Over there, it is retailing for USD$39 + USD$3.46 (NYC 8.875% tax) = USD$42.46 (SGD$54), whereas in Singapore it is retailing for SGD$58.

I got the brown to match my Apple iPad Air Smart Case (Brown)!

Heard from my friend that it gets easily dirty/seasoned and that is why Apple did state “This case is made from natural aniline leather. Its appearance will change as you use it.” at the back of the box. Let’s see how it goes!

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Apple iPhone 5s Case – Box Front

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Apple iPhone 5s Case – Box Back

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Apple iPhone 5s Case – Front

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Apple iPhone 5s Case – Back

Apple iPhone 5s Case
Apple iPhone 5s Case

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Fitbit Aria

Bought the Fitbit Aria from Amazon during it’s Black Friday week lightning deals. I got it for USD$93.99 (SGD$118) including shipping because the order is qualified for AmazonGlobal Saver.

In Singapore, the Fitbit Aria is retailing for SGD$169 on Apple Online Store, so you saved SGD$51 but you have to forgo the 1 year warranty.

I chose the color white because it matches my iPhone and iPad Air. Previously, I am using the Tanita Glass Digital Bathroom Scale HD-382.

What is Fitbit Aria?

The Fitbit Aria allows you to monitor your body fat and weight over the longer-term using graphs, so you can manage your health more meaningfully. The weighing scales also measure your body’s fat and lean mass, before sending the information through your home wireless network so you can access it using Fitbit’s free app.

Fitbit Aria’s glass surface contains electrodes that send a small, safe signal through your body to measure body impedance, giving you accurate data on your body’s fat and lean mass

Features

  • Wi-Fi-enabled smart bathroom scale
  • Automatically uploads stats online
  • Measure body fat percentage and BMI
  • Manage your health with the Fitbit free app
  • Use with up to seven other household members
  • Easy-to-read display

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Fitbit Aria – Box Front

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Fitbit Aria – Box Back

Fitbit Aria - Box
Fitbit Aria – Box

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Looking Back 2013

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Looking Back 2012, I wanted to travel to several countries which I sort of did!

For my 2013 resolution/wish, I want to travel more. Maybe to Australia, Japan, Korea, London or even New York if possible.

I am now in New York posting this! Been to Washington DC, Boston and then New York. Will be flying back to Singapore on the 4th January 2014.

I also booked my tickets to Sydney, Australia from 16th March 2014 to 22nd March 2014 during one of the Scoot‘s promotion. It cost me SGD$615 (return) for 2 persons!

For my 2014 resolution/wish, I think is time to save some money because of all the travelling! And to contradict my previous statement, maybe for the 2014 year end holidays, I hope to maybe travel to Tokyo, Japan.

With regards to gadgets in 2014, I hope to get my hands on Google Glass which I think chances are slim. I hope Apple’s iPhone 6 would have a bigger screen and I might get a Nexus 6 to replace my HTC One!

I would like to wish all my readers, visitors and supporters a very Happy New Year 2014! Hope 2014 will be even a better year for all of us! Stay healthy, stay lucky!

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