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Orbit Baby G3 Stroller Sunshade, Blueberry
Orbit Baby G3 Stroller Sunshade, Blueberry
Offered by ELEPHANTEARSONLINE
Price: $79.00
15 used & new from $79.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened to Orbit Baby? Not worth the purchase price for the G3 Model., July 5, 2014
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WHAT HAPPENED TO ORBIT BABY?

I have owned an Orbit Baby G2 Travel System and have enjoyed it's thoughtful design, smooth operation, and fancy fabric materials used. The price they commanded then fully warrants it.

Now on it's third revision, this is technically the first product release since they have been acquired by ErgoBaby - a company I also patronize with their organic baby carriers.

WHAT CHANGED?

For one, the fabric. It's now thicker and rougher. The tactile feel makes is not elegant to the touch. The previous G2 is sleek and smooth.

Second, the retractable plastic mechanism has an operation that isn't smooth. It's obviously just a simple plastic teeth with a spring underneath that operation and you have to pull harder to extend the sunshade. This is nitpicking, of course, but for this price I expect the smoothest operation possible even if they have to make use of ball bearings and magnets. Again, at this price.

Third, although I've accepted the fact that colors on websites are not as accurate in person but when my Blueberry sunshade arrived it was lighter in hue than a dark blueberry/purplish expectation.

Fourth and the most important is washability. It used to be I can unhook the whole sunshade fabric away from it's plastic support for easy washing via zippers. Now the sunshade is sewn into the plastic support so if you have to wash it (and the manual for the G3 doesn't state how to wash it versus the manual for the G2 model that readily discloses it) you have to wash the whole fabric and it's support system and hope there is nothing in there that rusts in time. Okay, you can disassemble the plastic support, but you'll need to force the tabs with a screwdriver and hope the plastic doesn't break or wear over time. Again, the manual doesn't disclose this so I don't know how much support they will provide going this route. t wish they made it easy to remove just like in the G2 model.

SO WHAT ARE THE FEATURES DEBBIE DOWNER?

Okay, same as before this latest sunshade is rated to UPF50+.

The fabric, like all Orbit Baby fabrics, is certified by Oeko-Tex standard to be healthy and clean for your baby.

Another plus is that you customize your stroller sunshade from the get go without Orbit Baby having to force a basic color. When you purchase the G3 Stroller Seat, it now doesn't come with a sunshade. The price is less than the G2 Stroller Seat exactly the same amount as the cost of the sunshade. So make sure to buy a sunshade to go along with your Orbit Baby G3 stroller purchase. You don't have to stick with black. I have the Black, Blueberry and Teal colors. At the rate we stroll around the Downtown city, it's easier to wash the sunshade and switch colors while the other dry up.

OVERALL

I can only wish ErgoBaby with their purchase of Orbit Baby would go back to the roots of why Orbit Baby became known. Yes, they stuck with the killer design that will make modern parents and especially Dads proud to push a stroller around.

But they also made the construction too basic and retained the high price that it seems unbelievable for previous Orbit Baby owners like myself to see the changes that is making it look and feel cheap.

I would have expected for this G3 version, they made a peek-a-boo window so you can still see your baby when he/she is forward facing. My umbrella stroller has this feature. A full size stroller should have this as well as a no-brainer option especially at this price.

For first time Orbit Baby owners, of course they wouldn't know the difference of what changed and how the change in ownership affected this third revision.

By the way this fabric fits the G2 strollers, but with the close out pricing of the G2 accessories and the better material of the G2 I would not recommend getting this G3 sunshade for your G2 stroller at all.

Hoping that the G4 revision will bring Orbit Baby back to it's roots.


Orbit Baby G3 Toddler Convertible Car Seat, Black
Orbit Baby G3 Toddler Convertible Car Seat, Black
Price: $379.99
21 used & new from $377.00

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Features Marred By Lack of Function For It's Price Range and Size, July 2, 2014
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WHY CHOOSE THE ORBIT BABY G3 TODDLER CAR SEAT?

Let's be honest and get this straight, if your budget for toddler car seats is not in the same market as Britax, Clek, and Peg Perego then this Orbit Baby G3 toddler car seat is probably also not for you. Unless, of course you already invested in an Orbit Baby G2 or G3 stroller system in which case it would make sense to complement the SmartHub system they have created. For those not familiar, the SmartHub is a circular base built into the stroller or an attachment for the car that allows you to easily dock any of their carrier (bassinet, stroller seat, infant car seat, and toddler car seat) any which way as well as rotate 360 degrees.

PATENTED SMARTHUB

Almost all infant car seats can be docked into respectable strollers whether built-in or via an adapter. But how many toddler car seats can be docked into the stroller right from the car? How many toddler car seats can be rotated from the door and onto it's rear facing position for easy child placement and removal?

Although it is worth noting that the rotating feature is only available if you have the Orbit Baby G3 Car Seat Base which isn't included with this package. If you are getting late into the Orbit SmartHub system you wouldn't benefit from it at the infant stage with their Infant Car seat that has the included SmartHub car seat base. Essentially you simply re-use that SmartHub car seat base for the Toddler Car Seat without having to foot the bill for another one. If you didn't purchase the Infant Car Seat, then you don't have the SmartHub base which then renders this Toddler Car Seat like any other expensive toddler car seat. Which is a shame really and defeats the purchase of this seat.

SMARTHUB BE GONE

A word of caution that the SmartHub car seat base will only work when it's rear facing. Once you switch to forward facing, you cannot make use of the base any longer. For whatever safety reason, again it's a shame you can't make use of it forward facing. I believe it would encourage people to purchase a separate SmartHub car seat base for this feature alone even if they don't have the Orbit Baby stroller or Infant Car Seat.

For forward facing, you install the included left and right side impact brace that has an ingenious ball leveler to let you know the car seat is at an acceptable angle. If it is not, you need a towel to make the level acceptable.

TOWELS? HOW ABOUT A TILTING FEATURE

With a car seat this expensive, it cannot tilt on it's own. That's not a joke. Even $100 toddler car seats have a 3-stage tilting feature no matter how archaic it tends to be. I would have thought that for the G3, they would have this built in so no tacky towels are needed.

OKAY, SO WHAT OTHER FEATURE DOES IT NOT HAVE?

They have simplified the design of the Toddler Car Seat which is a good thing, but I'm baffled how they have over-simplified it that the ease of operation to the end user has been taken away including the ability to adjust the side impact headrest. I have a $100 Safety 1st car seat that can raise and lower with a lever. Granted the other features of that car seat is junk, why can't Orbit Baby incorporate this into theirs at this price range?

To change the position of the side impact headrest, you reach into the rear and re-thread via the velcro tabs. I admit it is not a difficult thing to do. It's intuitive once you get into the Orbit velcro system that they are fond of using in all their seats. Velcro pads, instead of more complicated metal bars, should help lessen the weight of this car seat right? This one weighs 21.5lbs the same weight as the equally hefty Britax Advocate model. Others will weigh less.

Mind you this thing is far from compact. It's a monster. There's a lot of dead space after the seat it's carrying a shell on it's back. And with all this size I did mention it doesn't tilt on it's own or have convenient adjustable head rests without the need to re-thread anything at the rear, right?

NO CUP HOLDERS

That's what the Americans complained of the German cars and they were laughed at. And then seeing how much of a market they actually are, they conceded. This is an American car seat and there are no cup holders that you can attach to it? This car seat is so big and tall my toddler will have to reach into the actual car cup holder for his drink? I don't think so.

SO WHAT DOES IT HAVE?

1. Non-Toxic. Oeko-Tex certified fabrics which means healthy and clean for your baby's skin. BFR-free and still flame retardant without the need for harmful chemicals.

2. Fits into the SmartHub Orbit Baby system to allow docking from car to stroller and a 360 degree rotation for some back-saving measure.

3. Magnets. By the side of the car seat, there are white circles to let you know there are magnets underneath. This allows you to stick the metal belts on them so they are out of the way while you place or remove your child from the car seat.

4. Removable fabric even with your eyes closed. I've saved the best for last because this has been my gripe with all other cheap car seats. Clearly Orbit Baby was created by a parent who had the same frustrations as other parents that experienced their child soiling the car seats with food or body fluids. The need to remove and wash always comes to mind. Or to even simply keep the car seat clean.

With Orbit Baby, they have always been proud of the fact that you can remove the entire fabric covering to wash without needing a manual by your side to remember how to dismantle and more importantly how to re-install. I read the manual once, and I can do it with my eyes closed. More importantly you don't need to remove the belts at all from the rear to do this unlike the other car seat fabric covers I've seen.

OVERALL

I would have given this Orbit Baby G3 Toddler Car Seat a higher rating but for price, weight, and monstrous size, having lacking features found in cheaper car seats is unacceptable.

The ability to remove and wash ALL of the fabric with my eyes closed is what won me over.

I would have expected Orbit Baby to nail it this third time around. Looks like I will have to wait again until the G4.


Orbit Baby G3 Stroller Seat, Black
Orbit Baby G3 Stroller Seat, Black
Price: $200.00
20 used & new from $172.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simplified G3 Stroller Seat. Hoping the latch problems have been solved for the G3., June 30, 2014
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As a previous owner of the Orbit Baby G2 Travel System, I can see that there are a few seemingly simple changes done to this Orbit Baby G3 Stroller Seat versus the G2 Stroller Seat.

For one, the harness system has been updated to be more secure. Now in order for a child not to remove the belts on their own, Orbit has designed a two-step process that requires you to depress on the red button of the belt while also depressing the usual plastic hook found in all child belts. They are banking on the fact that this simultaneous process is difficult for a child to do. Even if it's a simple process, to make it work you will need both your hands free. It cannot be done one-handed.

BELTS
The threading of the belt has been improved as well. Behind the seat cover there are plastic tabs that you just slide the belts depending on the shoulder height of your child. It's easier to operate and it's obviously cheaper to build.

HANDLE BAR
The handle bar has been simplified as well. Gone is the exterior velcro padded cloth that acts as a bumper and was also washable. Now you have a simple foam padded bar that looks like the bar of the G2 when you remove the padded cloth.

FOOT REST
I may be wrong, but I believe the snack tray and the foot rest are carry over parts from the G2. The snack tray is still clunky in installation and removal despite being functional. It is worth nothing that they claim it to be BPA and PVC free.

The foot rest on the other hand I have had no qualms in build and operation I don't mind it being carried over.

REAR VENTILATION
The rear ventilation has been simplified as well by removing the zipper covers to vent. For the G3 they simply exposed the vent. I guess there really is no big difference in having readily exposed vents versus a pretend cloth to cover the vent.

SUN SHADE
Part of the cost measure is eliminating the previously included sun shade which explains why it is now $80 cheaper. They encourage you to personalize the colour of the sun shade by buying it separately, of course. So previous owners who are not aware of this change may skip buying a sun shade when ordering only to find there is none included in the box. So make sure to purchase one from the get go so you have a complete system to build and use from day one.

The result of all these is a visually slimmer frame. Oddly enough the specs and weight of the G3 and G2 are still the same so I don't know if the design simplicity and weight savings translated somewhere else to bring the weight back up.

THE REAL ISSUE:

Now design improvement or not, my real problem with the G2 stroller seat is that the latch is the weakest part. People like myself have experienced the failure of the latch such that the hook breaks internally leaving your seat stuck to the stroller frame. The only recourse is to tediously break into the side plastic of the seat so you can grab onto the metal hook to tug and release the seat. In the meantime, you wait patiently for the replacement seat from Orbit Baby and hope that it doesn't re-occur outside of your 2 year warranty.

This can be a traumatizing experience especially if you have a small car and no way of fitting the stroller and seat in your trunk still attached and a turn off for previous Orbit Baby G2 owners.

So I am hoping that Orbit has learned their lesson and improved on the latch a thousand times over so they can win back previous owners like myself and have first-time owners have no idea of what we were complaining about.

In this regard, time will tell as I put more mileage into the seat. I will update my review as needed.

OVERALL:

So crossing my fingers that they have improved on the latch, I enjoy this seemingly simpler and more cost-effective seat. The 360 hub rotation is still there as well as the adjustable foot rest. The incline of the seat is adjustable as in the previous model.

If you are a G3 Frame owner, then purchasing this is a no-brainer. Just make sure you also purchase a sun shade with the colour of your choice as none is included in the box.


Orbit Baby G3 Stroller Frame, Black
Orbit Baby G3 Stroller Frame, Black
Price: $459.99
22 used & new from $445.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect 3rd Revison from an Orbit Baby G2 Travel System Owner, June 30, 2014
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Having owned the Orbit Baby G2 Travel System stroller for my first baby, I was fascinated by the killer looks, neat features and hidden functionality of the frame to accept accessories. It was far from a perfect stroller, but it was a good alternative among a sea of Bugaboo strollers then.

Now on it's third revision, there are seemingly indistinguishable changes and a lot has been carried over to this frame.

WHAT'S THE SAME:

1. Stroller frame dimension and weight are both the same.
2. SmartHub - patented 360 degree rotation to use with the Stroller Seat, Infant Car Seat and Toddler Car Seat.
3. QuadShock - shocks that supposedly absorb in all directions and not just up and down motion.
4. One-handed fold action.
5. Rubber no-pump tires that can be replaced should.

WHAT'S DIFFERENT:
1. Dual Cup Holders - the G2 had a single cup holder by the middle and two small "pockets" for your keys which honestly was a useless feature. The G3 now has a smarter use of it's space in between the handles by providing dual cup holders that are rectangular than round previously. One for your drink, and the other for your baby. Or because it's spacious, use it for your keys, mobile phone, etc.

2. Flip Flop-friendly brakes. The previous G2 brakes had a simple, but awkward stepping motion that you had to apply with a bit of force to lock into the wheels. The latest G3 brakes now has a more complex designed but very simple to operate large foot pedals with green colour on one side (left) and red colour pedal (right) on the other. You don't need to apply much force, just step on either and it easily glides down to lock and unlock the wheels.

3. Although the actual handle bars look the same, they are not and I'm not loving this aspect. The handles are are now rounded tubes versus a triangular shaped tube that mimics the shape of the frame itself. I don't know why they updated it to a rounded shape, but the round tubes threw me off in design that didn't fit the look of the frame.

Then the handles are now comfortably foamy pads versus hard rubber that looked elegant. The foam pads of the G3 look cheap and easy to get soaked versus the non-porous rubber handles with grip indentations of the G2.

4. Removed Wrist strap. I admit I never used the odd wrist strap of the G2. You can either put it around your wrist or hook it to your belt so it does not sneak out from you from an undetectable slope. I'm glad they just improved the braking system a lot so it's very easy to use and eliminated the awkward strap that just dangled.

5. Frame Colour is now offered in all black or grey. Black is definitely the way to go. I'm not liking the grey colour, I wish they retained the light grey colour of the G2 frame or did one better by offering a red frame instead. So black would be my only choice as it is more versatile to mix and match and classy to look at.

INSTALLATION:

Installation is intuitive and done in 5 minutes. As a previous G2 owner, I didn't have to read the manual. All you need to do once you are done removing the plastic wrapping and foam and cardboard packaging, is to simply unfold the frame and snap on all four wheels. The two wheels in front are smaller, while the two rear wheels are larger. Presto! Installation is done. Now all you need to do is put on the seat and any accessories you chose to purchase along with the G3 frame.

OVERALL:

The minor improvements are what matters and I have no real complaints on this G3 frame for now. The welding of the frame is neat and the black colour hides it better. The plastic parts remind me of German automobile plastic switches which are solid to the touch. The foam handle is a bit disappointing and time will tell how it stands to the four season weather I have.

I will update my review as needed.


Orbit Baby G3 Stroller Cargo Basket, Black
Orbit Baby G3 Stroller Cargo Basket, Black
Price: $80.00
11 used & new from $60.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for Owners of Orbit Baby G3 Strollers, June 30, 2014
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READ THE MANUAL on how to install this. Having graduated from the Orbit Baby Cargo Pod, I was about to give this Cargo Basket a 1 star rating until I read the simple manual on how to properly install it. The issue is that I was already used to using their original Cargo Pod which simply slides into place that I thought it was the same thing for this Cargo Basket.

When I slid this basket into the frame rails, the whole bottom was sagging underneath that if you place just about anything on the basket, the cloth will drag onto the floor. I was scratching my head Orbit could not have badly designed it with this kind of flaw. And then I picked up the seemingly simple manual.

By the front of the basket there are two innocent looking clips. You tug and pull the metal frame on both sides until it reaches the front part of the actual stroller frame. You will notice that the stroller frame has hidden holes covered by plastic that retract. You snap the innocent looking plastic clips into the holes of the stroller frame and there you have it - a very spacious and secure Cargo Basket that mimics the cargo basket of other strollers.

I would highly recommend this Cargo Basket instead of the Cargo Pod if you already have a baby bag and if you feel that you need to carry more than what the Cargo Pod can hold. The Cargo Pod is very neat. But by having that initially, I ended up purchasing the Bassinet which made the stroller very wide - visually.

Now on my second Orbit Baby stroller, I opted for this Cargo Pod so I can skip the Bassinet and instead have a proper baby bag to hang at the rear of the stroller.

As usual with Orbit Baby, the material of this Cargo Basket is top notch. It is Oeko-Tex certified which simply means it is "healthy and clean".

Features:

1. Holds up to 5 lbs (2kg) with a capacity of 6.5 gallons (25 liters).

2. This is not obvious at all, but it sas reflective side panels on the left and ride for safe strolling at night.

3. Has two zippered pockets for additional storage. It cannot house bottles in these side pockets, but flat objects like paperwork, tickets, wallets, money, etc.

If you have an Orbit Baby G3 stroller, I would highly recommend this Cargo Basket. But please ensure to install it properly so the cloth will not snag underneath.

ONE MORE THING:

There is a hitch on this basket if you are using the Side Kick attachment (skateboard) like myself. The Cargo Basket alone can fold with the stroller no problem. The Side Kick attachment alone can fold with the stroller no problem as well. But if you have both attachments together, they will both snag against each other with the metal wires of the Carbo Basket rubbing against the wood of the skateboard. The solution is to meticulously fold one against each other slowly versus being able to twist and slam the stroller frame shut. When you unfold the stroller, you will have to carefully do the same. Otherwise you will end up with a not so pretty looking banged up wooden skateboard down the road.

This is the reason why I have reduced the rating to 4 out of 5. The Side Kick is officially supported for the G3 so I am a bit disappointed with the two accessories not being good together.


Power Support Gold Slim Frame Flat Bumper Set + 2 screen protectors (1 crystal clear, 1 anti glare) + 1 back protector for iPhone 5 -Japanese Import
Power Support Gold Slim Frame Flat Bumper Set + 2 screen protectors (1 crystal clear, 1 anti glare) + 1 back protector for iPhone 5 -Japanese Import
Offered by JAPAN SELECT from OSAKA
Price: $38.68
22 used & new from $29.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great at first, but lackluster build quickly reveals itself., June 28, 2014
I really wanted to love this Flat Bumper. I've come to respect Power Support USA since I first saw them on the MacWorld trade show back in 2002-2003 over at San Francisco with their simple, classy product design and solutions towards enhancing Apple products.

Here I am still an Apple user and still wanting a simple and elegant solution towards protecting my iPhone without disrupting it's overall design. This Flat Bumper is very much identical to Apple's very own Bumper Case for the iPhone 4, but goes one step further in being very minimalistic such that it's the most inconspicuous bumper people can mistake it for the actual rim of the iPhone.

It's a Flat Bumper because there are no protruding buttons. Everything sits flush like one whole plastic with no markings at all. The plastic bumper does have groove marks which basically allows that part of the plastic to bend and therefore enabling you to depress on it and the actual iPhone buttons underneath it.

There is great attention to detail on the design that even the tiny speaker and mic hole cut-outs are replicated on the flat bumper case. In fact the only major give-away that it is a bumper case is through the cut-outs on the silent button, which isn't a problem to reach.

So with this much glowing review, why only 3 stars?

For one the fit towards the power button is not as good such that depressing on that part of the plastic may need some adjustment if you wish a better tactile feedback that you are in fact depressing the power button. Even Power Support has admitted this issue by already supplying you with a set of clear stickers that you can basically overlay on top of each other underneath the flat bumper to add thickness to that area. This will help you tailor the depressing action. Too much stickers and the power button may end up constantly being pressed on it's own. I left it alone with no stickers and got used to pressing the button even harder.

This issue is not a problem at all on the volume buttons which provide excellent tactile feedback. I wish they were able to tailor the power button without the supplied stickers which I find tacky.

Second and more importantly, I've come to realize the external colour - whether gold, silver or black, is painted. Underneath is a black TPU (plastic). This is very disappointing because unlike Apple's original bumper case that is molded in it's own coloured TPU, Power Support has chosen the very cheap route of molding everything is basic black plastic and just painting everything according to the external colour.

The result of which since the flat bumper if your first line of defense, it takes the scuffs and grunts. And even if it hasn't fallen to the ground I find the paint easily gets chipped away. After a month of use I see small black spots here and there looking like pimples for the phone.

I purchased a touch up automotive paint to re-paint it back. It's not perfect, but it's way better than the ugly black spots underneath.


Power Support Black Slate Slim Frame Flat Bumper Set + 2 screen protectors (1 crystal clear, 1 anti glare) + 1 back protector for iPhone 5 & 5S -Japanese Import
Power Support Black Slate Slim Frame Flat Bumper Set + 2 screen protectors (1 crystal clear, 1 anti glare) + 1 back protector for iPhone 5 & 5S -Japanese Import
Offered by gsolutions
Price: $39.49
6 used & new from $39.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Great at first, but lackluster build quickly reveals itself., June 28, 2014
I really wanted to love this Flat Bumper. I've come to respect Power Support USA since I first saw them on the MacWorld trade show back in 2002-2003 over at San Francisco with their simple, classy product design and solutions towards enhancing Apple products.

Here I am still an Apple user and still wanting a simple and elegant solution towards protecting my iPhone without disrupting it's overall design. This Flat Bumper is very much identical to Apple's very own Bumper Case for the iPhone 4, but goes one step further in being very minimalistic such that it's the most inconspicuous bumper people can mistake it for the actual rim of the iPhone.

It's a Flat Bumper because there are no protruding buttons. Everything sits flush like one whole plastic with no markings at all. The plastic bumper does have groove marks which basically allows that part of the plastic to bend and therefore enabling you to depress on it and the actual iPhone buttons underneath it.

There is great attention to detail on the design that even the tiny speaker and mic hole cut-outs are replicated on the flat bumper case. In fact the only major give-away that it is a bumper case is through the cut-outs on the silent button, which isn't a problem to reach.

So with this much glowing review, why only 3 stars?

For one the fit towards the power button is not as good such that depressing on that part of the plastic may need some adjustment if you wish a better tactile feedback that you are in fact depressing the power button. Even Power Support has admitted this issue by already supplying you with a set of clear stickers that you can basically overlay on top of each other underneath the flat bumper to add thickness to that area. This will help you tailor the depressing action. Too much stickers and the power button may end up constantly being pressed on it's own. I left it alone with no stickers and got used to pressing the button even harder.

This issue is not a problem at all on the volume buttons which provide excellent tactile feedback. I wish they were able to tailor the power button without the supplied stickers which I find tacky.

Second and more importantly, I've come to realize the external colour - whether gold, silver or black, is painted. Underneath is a black TPU (plastic). This is very disappointing because unlike Apple's original bumper case that is molded in it's own coloured TPU, Power Support has chosen the very cheap route of molding everything is basic black plastic and just painting everything according to the external colour.

The result of which since the flat bumper if your first line of defense, it takes the scuffs and grunts. And even if it hasn't fallen to the ground I find the paint easily gets chipped away. After a month of use I see small black spots here and there looking like pimples for the phone.

I purchased a touch up automotive paint to re-paint it back. It's not perfect, but it's way better than the ugly black spots underneath.


Power Support Black Silver Slim Frame Flat Bumper Set + 2 screen protectors (1 crystal clear, 1 anti glare) + 1 back protector for iPhone 5 -Japanese Import
Power Support Black Silver Slim Frame Flat Bumper Set + 2 screen protectors (1 crystal clear, 1 anti glare) + 1 back protector for iPhone 5 -Japanese Import
Offered by gsolutions
Price: $39.94
3 used & new from $39.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Great at first, but lackluster build quickly reveals itself., June 28, 2014
I really wanted to love this Flat Bumper. I've come to respect Power Support USA since I first saw them on the MacWorld trade show back in 2002-2003 over at San Francisco with their simple, classy product design and solutions towards enhancing Apple products.

Here I am still an Apple user and still wanting a simple and elegant solution towards protecting my iPhone without disrupting it's overall design. This Flat Bumper is very much identical to Apple's very own Bumper Case for the iPhone 4, but goes one step further in being very minimalistic such that it's the most inconspicuous bumper people can mistake it for the actual rim of the iPhone.

It's a Flat Bumper because there are no protruding buttons. Everything sits flush like one whole plastic with no markings at all. The plastic bumper does have groove marks which basically allows that part of the plastic to bend and therefore enabling you to depress on it and the actual iPhone buttons underneath it.

There is great attention to detail on the design that even the tiny speaker and mic hole cut-outs are replicated on the flat bumper case. In fact the only major give-away that it is a bumper case is through the cut-outs on the silent button, which isn't a problem to reach.

So with this much glowing review, why only 3 stars?

For one the fit towards the power button is not as good such that depressing on that part of the plastic may need some adjustment if you wish a better tactile feedback that you are in fact depressing the power button. Even Power Support has admitted this issue by already supplying you with a set of clear stickers that you can basically overlay on top of each other underneath the flat bumper to add thickness to that area. This will help you tailor the depressing action. Too much stickers and the power button may end up constantly being pressed on it's own. I left it alone with no stickers and got used to pressing the button even harder.

This issue is not a problem at all on the volume buttons which provide excellent tactile feedback. I wish they were able to tailor the power button without the supplied stickers which I find tacky.

Second and more importantly, I've come to realize the external colour - whether gold, silver or black, is painted. Underneath is a black TPU (plastic). This is very disappointing because unlike Apple's original bumper case that is molded in it's own coloured TPU, Power Support has chosen the very cheap route of molding everything is basic black plastic and just painting everything according to the external colour.

The result of which since the flat bumper if your first line of defense, it takes the scuffs and grunts. And even if it hasn't fallen to the ground I find the paint easily gets chipped away. After a month of use I see small black spots here and there looking like pimples for the phone.

I purchased a touch up automotive paint to re-paint it back. It's not perfect, but it's way better than the ugly black spots underneath.

Recommendation:

Skip. Fast forward a few months later and I find Zagg has come up with an exact replica of this flat bumper with the exception that the whole TPU is the actual external colour. So if you have some chips and marks, it's still the same colour underneath. It doesn't look cheap and ugly unlike this flat bumper in the long run. Oh and the Zagg is much cheaper and comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty same as their Invisishield.

Shame on Power Support. Like I said, I had high hopes but being the original doesn't necessarily mean being the better one.


Power Support White Silver Slim Frame Flat Bumper Set + 2 screen protectors + 1 back protector for iPhone 5
Power Support White Silver Slim Frame Flat Bumper Set + 2 screen protectors + 1 back protector for iPhone 5
Offered by gsolutions
Price: $38.99
3 used & new from $38.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Great at first, but lackluster build quickly reveals itself., June 28, 2014
I really wanted to love this Flat Bumper. I've come to respect Power Support USA since I first saw them on the MacWorld trade show back in 2002-2003 over at San Francisco with their simple, classy product design and solutions towards enhancing Apple products.

Here I am still an Apple user and still wanting a simple and elegant solution towards protecting my iPhone without disrupting it's overall design. This Flat Bumper is very much identical to Apple's very own Bumper Case for the iPhone 4, but goes one step further in being very minimalistic such that it's the most inconspicuous bumper people can mistake it for the actual rim of the iPhone.

It's a Flat Bumper because there are no protruding buttons. Everything sits flush like one whole plastic with no markings at all. The plastic bumper does have groove marks which basically allows that part of the plastic to bend and therefore enabling you to depress on it and the actual iPhone buttons underneath it.

There is great attention to detail on the design that even the tiny speaker and mic hole cut-outs are replicated on the flat bumper case. In fact the only major give-away that it is a bumper case is through the cut-outs on the silent button, which isn't a problem to reach.

So with this much glowing review, why only 3 stars?

For one the fit towards the power button is not as good such that depressing on that part of the plastic may need some adjustment if you wish a better tactile feedback that you are in fact depressing the power button. Even Power Support has admitted this issue by already supplying you with a set of clear stickers that you can basically overlay on top of each other underneath the flat bumper to add thickness to that area. This will help you tailor the depressing action. Too much stickers and the power button may end up constantly being pressed on it's own. I left it alone with no stickers and got used to pressing the button even harder.

This issue is not a problem at all on the volume buttons which provide excellent tactile feedback. I wish they were able to tailor the power button without the supplied stickers which I find tacky.

Second and more importantly, I've come to realize the external colour - whether gold, silver or black, is painted. Underneath is a black TPU (plastic). This is very disappointing because unlike Apple's original bumper case that is molded in it's own coloured TPU, Power Support has chosen the very cheap route of molding everything is basic black plastic and just painting everything according to the external colour.

The result of which since the flat bumper if your first line of defense, it takes the scuffs and grunts. And even if it hasn't fallen to the ground I find the paint easily gets chipped away. After a month of use I see small black spots here and there looking like pimples for the phone.

I purchased a touch up automotive paint to re-paint it back. It's not perfect, but it's way better than the ugly black spots underneath.

Recommendation:

Skip. Fast forward a few months later and I find Zagg has come up with an exact replica of this flat bumper with the exception that the whole TPU is the actual external colour. So if you have some chips and marks, it's still the same colour underneath. It doesn't look cheap and ugly unlike this flat bumper in the long run. Oh and the Zagg is much cheaper and comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty same as their Invisishield.

Shame on Power Support. Like I said, I had high hopes but being the original doesn't necessarily mean being the better one.


Fred Perry Men's Twin-Tipped Polo Shirt
Fred Perry Men's Twin-Tipped Polo Shirt
Price: $46.51 - $85.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Straight Cut which is the regular Fred Perry fit, June 21, 2014
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I wish there were three kinds of cut for the Fred Perry polo collared t-shirts similar to their long and short sleeves polo sport shirts. For the polo shirts they have this one which is the regular fit which is the British cut which is a modern straight cut. It's not loose on the body and therefore is not sloppy in appearance. Then they have the slim fit polo shirt version which is ultra super fitted it's busting at the seams for my stocky build. I love the fact that the slim fit has a higher cut at the armholes and shorter sleeves, but my gosh I can barely breathe with the tight fit at the chest. They should have a TRIM FIT version which is in between the regular fit and SLIM FIT. Which means it can be a tad tighter tighter at the chest and have a higher cut at the armholes with shorter sleeves. As I mentioned the Fred Perry polo sport shirts have these three kinds of fit, but surprisingly not on these everyday polo shirts.

With that said, I love the quality of these twin tipped polo shirts despite being made in China. The cloth is hefty in weight and the sewing is solid down to the twin tipped accent.

The only issue with online shopping is that the colors most often don't translate well to the home user due to the varying degree of monitor brands which are not professionally calibrated. And even if you do professionally calibrate your monitor, I find the hue varies between online stores. One website has theirs a bit darker than the other for the exact polo shirt. I recommend comparing the same shirt on the official Fred Perry website to get a better idea of how dark, light or bright it might look in person.

Other than that you will just have to purchase and return it if the color isn't what you expect.

I find that the colors on Amazon are bang on in hue, except that whoever processed the photo made the photos too bright. For example the Black/Ochre/Coral Pink combination feels like the black has faded in the photo while the ochre (yellow) and coral (pink) twin tipped accents are lively. In person everything about the shirt is a tad darker. The black is indeed black and the yellow is like mustard. So if you account for that fact, you will get a better feel of the colors.
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