Whether you’ve got a summer road trip or staycation planned one thing’s for sure, having the right tech products really makes the difference between a fun or fail time! David Gregg – BehindTheBuy.com’s senior editor and our Free Friday giveaway guy – delivers the goods to put the fun in your summer! Check out his picks below.
PRODUCT #1: LifeProof FRE Power
Ready for summer fun? Make sure your smart phone is too with a waterproof battery case from LifeProof. LifeProof FRE Power is a must-have with two times the battery life so you don’t have to stop short on your summer adventures. FRE Power is equipped with a 2,600-mAh battery extending your phone's battery. Your phone still works exactly the same for taking calls, pictures and videos. LifeProof FRE Power is completely waterproof up 6.6 feet for up to an hour, so you can use it to take photos and video underwater. And it’s drop proof so you don’t need to worry about your phone taking a tumble on a hike, at the pool or ocean.
It is available for devices from Apple iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus.
PRICE: Starts at $129.99 for iPhone 6/6s and $149.99 for iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus - http://www.lifeproof.com/en-us/iphone-6s/fre-power-for-iphone-6-6s/lppw-apl-iph15.html
PRODUCT #2: Acer Predator 8 Gaming Tablet
Made specifically for playing Android games, the Acer Predator 8 gaming tablet features a thin and lightweight design, powerful specs, 4 loud speakers and a bright high-quality display. Portable gaming has never been so fun and totally immersive. The Android-based Predator 8 gaming tablet includes powerful features that make portable gaming fun and immersive – a bright and colorful display, loud audio and a vibration motor that reacts to what’s happening on the screen. When playing the pre-installed Asphalt 8 car racing game, the tablet will actually vibrate under various gaming scenarios – such as when players burn nitro or hit obstacles, such as walls and other cars. Games, movies and videos look incredible on the tablet’s high-quality FHD display (1920 x 1200) and games come to life on 4 front facing speakers. The brushed aluminum tablet is portable and easy to carry, weighing just .78 ounce. It has soft, texturized panels on the back so it’s comfortable to hold.
Availability: Acer, Adorama, Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, DataVision and Newegg.
PRICE: $299.99 http://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/predator-8-series
PRODUCT #3: BRAVEN BRV-1M
Everyone loves the listening to their favorite tunes while outdoors. Fortunately BRAVEN’s new model BRV-1M portable Bluetooth wireless speaker is shockproof and has an IPX7 Waterproof rating. The BRV-1M features a 2200mAh built-in power bank to charge your smartphone and USB-enabled devices. It delivers 12 Hours of continuous playtime so you can listen to your favorite tunes wherever you are, all day long. A tie-down strap and action mount accessories are compatible with GoPro’s mounting systems so you can even listen to the music while skiing, biking, paddle boarding and more.
It’s priced just under $100 and can be found at braven.com and REI stores nationwide.
PRODUCT #4: TomTom Spark Cardio + Music
The TomTom Spark Music + Cardio is a GPS fitness watch. Carry over 500 songs without carrying your phone. Store your playlists on your wrist and listen to them wirelessly during your workout. Track your heart rate with the built-in 24/7 heart rate monitor. Every active minute counts. Track your moves all day – it all adds up to time, distance and calories burned. Workout with music, not with your phone; 3 GB of built in music storage let you hear your playlists (up to 500 songs) with Bluetooth headphones
Full array of sensors including GPS and 24/7 heart rate monitoring: Get accurate heart rate information on your wrist, check how your heart rate changes throughout the day, and get new insights on how your activities affect your heart rate. Offers eight multi-sport modes covering a range of fitness activities – outdoor run, outdoor cycle, swim, treadmill, freestyle, stopwatch, indoor cycle and gym. Audio performance feedback to push yourself to meet goals. Durable, scratch-resistant, super-tough display, water resistant (up to 40m)
Wireless syncing- track your progress on the free TomTom MySports app, as well as compatibility with other popular training apps
Available on TomTom.com, Amazon and Best Buy.
PRODUCT #5: Whistle GPS Smart Pet Tracker
Whistle GPS Pet Tracker is a device that goes on your dog's collar to track their activity and location and send those details to a free app on your smartphone. Whistle allows you to define a Whistle Zone, a designated safe zone around your home or office and receive on-demand texts or push notifications when your pet leaves that zone.
• Find lost pets quickly - Whistle GPS notifies you if your pet ever roams from their Whistle zone, a customizable safe area you designate for your home or office, and allows you to track their location directly from your smart phone.
• Nationwide coverage - Whistle uses cellular and GPS technology to track your dog's location anywhere you get cell service in the U.S.
• On-demand alerts - receive notifications via app and text alerts when your pet gets out
• Keep them healthy - Track your dog's activity and rest for key insights about their behavior and health.
• Durable + Waterproof - designed to go anywhere with your pet.
• Whistle GPS is recommended for pets 15 lbs and above
• Whistle GPS Pet Tracker attaches to any collar or harness up to 2'' wide.
Whistle GPS Pet Tracker requires a service plan for cellular connection, as low as $6.95/mo to be selected at activation. Available atAmazon.com, Whistle.com, Best Buy, and Target's Open House.
PRICE: $79 http://www.whistle.com