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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

My Little Weight Loss Pal

My Little Weight Loss Pal

I love fitness trackers–they’re such cool little gadgets. I like to know how far I’ve walked (or didn’t walk) and how many calories I’ve burned today. Or need to burn today. Whatever. I’m not actually a big athlete, so I need all the help I can get. I need a digital pal, a fitness friend…Continue Reading

Karaoke Your Way to Margaritaville

Karaoke Your Way to Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffett is coming to St. Louis on June 4, and he’s bring along a tour bus full of fun for St. Louis Parrotheads! He’s teamed up with Tradewinds to sip and sing your way to paradise with cold delicious bottles of Tradewinds Jimmy Buffett’s Island Tea. You’re gonna love it! I got a chance to sample…Continue Reading

Hot Spot in your Pocket

Hot Spot in your Pocket

Do you ever wish you could take your wi-fi with you? You can with a hot spot, like this Verizon Mi-Fi. (Please note: Verizon let me play with their MiFi for 20 days, and data was on the house. However, they didn’t pay me for a sponsored post…my opinions are my own!) I got to try…Continue Reading

How do you Treat your dog?

How do you Treat your dog?

I’d like you to meet the four-legged member of our family, Mousse. He’s a rescue dog that we scoured the internet for and drove 100 miles to pick up in Columbia, at the Humane Society shelter. Actually, it was more like 400 miles because we had to drive out to Columbia twice–once to look him…Continue Reading

Explore with the Space Scouts

Explore with the Space Scouts

Mitch and I got a chance to review Space Scouts, a fun subscription service for kids that get’s them learning about space exploration and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This post is sponsored by Space Scouts, but our opinions are our own! First impression: Cool! I told Mitch he had a package, which always makes his eyes…Continue Reading