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Big Sound with Bose and Verizon

Big Sound with Bose and Verizon

We’re rocking the BBQ this summer–literally! Nothing goes better with a smoky pork steak than classic rock. If you’re looking for some big booming speakers for your next BBQ party, then Verizon has you covered with the Bose SoundLink III bluetooth speaker.bose soundlink iii

Verizon sent over a Bose Soundlink III for me to review, and also tossed in a shiny new LG G4 smart phone so I could test out the Bluetooth capabilities. I did not receive compensation for my opinion, and I sent the devices back after the review. My opinions are totally honest. Totally.

So first, the Bose Soundlink III. This is a portable speaker with quite a bit of heft to it. It’s small, but not as small as some wireless speakers I’ve seen. In fact, it’s pretty heavy–almost 3 pounds. However, the sound is massive! Amazing bass! And the sound comes out of both the front and the back of the speaker, so it can really fill a space. I’m impressed, and so was the teenager, who promptly took over the speaker for the rest of our trial period. 

I’m gonna be honest, this is NOT a cheap speaker. This is a serious piece of tech and retails at a serious $299. But this is the sort of speaker that can make tunes from your phone sound like this:Bose Soundlink III

As a child of the boombox 80’s, I can really appreciate this. 

The speaker is so good, you can use it as your primary speaker set for in the house–then just unplug and use it on the patio, by the pool, or take it to the drive in and feel like you’re at an IMAX, not in your lawn chair. 

It holds a decent charge, so you don’t have to worry about keeping it plugged into the wall. You can get about 14 hours of play from a 3 hour charge, meaning you can rock all night long. Or until the neighbors complain. Just share your pork steaks, and you’ll be fine.LG 4G

The LG G4 is one heck of a smart phone! It has a 5.5-inch Quad HD display and a kick booty camera. I’ve never played with an Android phone before, so I’m happy to say that it’s easy to use…once you get out of the iPhone mindset. I took a lot of great pics with the G4 and it knocked my socks off! Now, maybe it’s because my personal phone is an old iPhone, which can’t hold a candle to the G4. The LG G4 has a 16 megapixel rear camera, and a 8 pixel front camera! Want to read the specs for yourself?

The phone was everything a smart phone ought to be, and having my familiar Google Chrome on a handset was pretty awesome. If you’re thinking about up grading, I’d give this puppy a try! I was really sad to send this phone back to Verizon–I’ll have to give the LG line up a serious look when my own phone contract is up!

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~Denise

Land that Helicopter, Mom. Filip is Here.

Land that Helicopter, Mom. Filip is Here.

Helicopter moms rejoice! Now you can stop hovering so much and join the ranks of “free range kids”…with a little backup from FiLIP! It’s a simple “smart watch” that your kid can wear and use to stay in touch with Mom and four more trusted contacts.  FYI: This review was made possible by AT&T, who loaned us…Continue Reading

3 Steps to the Perfect Mommy Staycation

3 Steps to the Perfect Mommy Staycation

Everyone loves a perfect summer vacation! Kids are off school, grown-ups can leave the office behind and everyone frolics in the sun for a while…but wait. There’s a catch.  There’s always a catch, isn’t there? See, mom is still on duty. She’s always on duty.  If you’re ready to take a real MOM vacation, away…Continue Reading

What Should Women Really Look Like on Video Games?

What Should Women Really Look Like on Video Games?

There’s been some buzz recently about a little silly Photoshoping that Bulimia.com did to famous women from video games. They made them fat, because, duh, real American women are fat. So our video heroes ought to be fat too. Or something like that. No, seriously. Look what they did to my favorite lady hero, Lara Croft from Tomb…Continue Reading

5 Quick Dinner Hacks for Families on the Go

5 Quick Dinner Hacks for Families on the Go

Getting my entire family around the dinner table is pretty much impossible most of the week. Not that I don’t try, but really, who wants to wait until 9pm to have dinner? Even in the summer both boys have plenty of activities, plus my teen is in marching band–the sport for musicians. Like football, the band…Continue Reading

5 Signs You Need a Date Night

5 Signs You Need a Date Night

Look, we all know that having a date night with your hubs is uber important. But how do you wedge it into your busy schedule? I’ve got an idea for you: date night happy hour. Yep. You’ll need to set up a little early evening babysitting, but it’s worth it. Grab your significant other straight from…Continue Reading