Tag: gadgets

Declutter with udoq

What pushes your buttons?

I hate finding out that my phone needs charging and lo and behold  my charger is nowhere to be found.  That really irks me. And worse, if your family is anything like mine who seems to think that I know exactly where everything is in our house all the time so hearing a “Dean where’s my charger” or “Mum, where’s the iPad” charger?” all the time absolutely drives me up the wall.

Wouldn’t it be great though if we could charge all our gadgets at once with just one charger?  Not just our phones, but other gadgets as well?  Wouldn’t that be absolute bliss?

Guess what?  Yes we can!

Introducing udoq, the first universal docking station not just for our smart phones, but for iPads and iPods as well.  Say good-bye to the perennial question of “Where’s my charger?”  With udoq, all you need to do is slide your smart-phone and other gadgets in one docking station.  No more bumping heads under the table just to find the charger.  Everything fits in one dock.

What we love about udoq

1. My desk suddenly seems less cluttered.  No more different chargers lobbed on it with leads trailing under the desk to an overloaded socket.  I love the convenience of having all our gadgets in one place.

2. I love having to say “It’s on my desk” even before they ask me the question.  It’s like being able to read their minds, makes me also feel like I’m some sort of domestic goddess 😉

3.  I love that I don’t have to worry about where the charges are and that they are now safely tucked away, only to be taken out when travelling.

4. I love the sleekness of the design.

 How does it work?

It’s really simple actually, all you need to do is find the correct slot to fit in your phone.  You don’t have to worry about whether your phone will fit, because it is a universal dock and will be able to charge all kinds of smart phones.

Just slot in your phone, your iPad or any of your other gadgets.

Then connect the USB port to your laptop or desktop.

Do you have loads of gadgets?

My husband and I are not gadget people, we only have two smart phones and an Ipad Air 2.  We work from my MacBook Pro, a Samsung laptop and his desktop.  That’s about it, but they are switched on for most of the day – which means that we can charge simultaneously.  If you have more than one and are worried that it won’t fit in the udoq, you’ll be pleased to know that it comes in four different lengths: 250mm, 400mm (like in the photos on this post), 550mm and 700mm.  The longest one apparently can charge a tablet, an iPod and six smartphones.  You can also customise and order any connector cables that suits your needs.

What we don’t like about it:

1. While it’s great to have the convenience of having all your gadgets in one place, you will need to plug your udoq using a USB port either on your laptop or desktop.  This won’t be good news for households who have neither a desktop or a laptop and just rely on their iPads or tablets.  The good news is that they will release a charging adaptor in February 2017.

2. I find it a bit pricey.  The starter kit’s (250mm) retail price is at 99 Euros.  And the longest starter kit is priced at 179 Euros.

However if price isn’t a factor, I think it’s worth getting, especially if it means peace of mind or stress-free moments for your wife or whoever is in charge of “knowing where everything is” in your household, then I guess it’s one of those gadgets that are worth paying for.

Have I piqued your interest yet?  Visit their kickstarter page to find out more about this universal dock.  Backers get 50% discount till the 12th of October.

What do you think of this idea?

Yay or nay?

* PRESS SAMPLE.  Opinions and photos are by yours truly.


I don’t really like to rant about bad experiences on-line.  Don’t get me wrong.  I do love a good rant especially when I’m ranting off to my husband, friends and family.  Nothing makes you feel better than a good rant.  But ranting about things like online shopping experiences like this post leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  But the thing is, when something like that happens to you, you just can’t help but do it, especially if you have a blog.  After all, it is your blog and you can write anything on it, as long as you do it responsibly of course.

So yes, dear folks, this is another rant.  Feel free to skip reading this post.

Here goes.  I have a new Mac Book Pro.  Since it’s new and does not come cheap, I want to make sure that I do all I can to make sure that I protect it from scratches etc.  My sister uses a hard-case on her Mac and suggested that I use the same product called Speck which has wonderful reviews online.  So I decided to get one and ordered it through iThings.  They looked like a good reputable website.  I actually saw the same product on Amazon and it was even cheaper.  But I didn’t want to take my chances and so ordered the pricier one on the said website.  I should’ve followed my gut and saved myself time and money.

I ordered the clear-case on the 28th of November.  Their website promised a 1-2 day delivery.  On the same day I ordered the product, they sent me a transaction confirmation email.  Goody!  I actually thought that it would be on its way.  I order loads of things online.  Yes, I’m a regular online shopper, not because I prefer to do it on the virtual world, but only because we live in a remote little village near the ocean in North Cornwall.  The nearest cities are Exeter and Truro and both are about an hours drive away.   Anyway, on the 1st of December, I checked my bank account and noticed that they’ve already taken the payment off my account.  That alone should’ve raised some bells.  From my experience (and like I said, I’m a regular online shopper), most online shops don’t take payment YET until the product is with you or is at least in transit.  That was the 1st of December and that was also the last time I heard from them.  So the days passed and I expected to hear from, once again, online shops usually send you another email to inform you that your product has been despatched and in fact, you can even track your package.  Isn’t that great?  No such email from iThings.  In fact, I emailed them twice, but didn’t hear from them except an automated reply saying they received the email.  I also tried their chat-function online, but nothing happened the first time.

Today, I tried to phone them twice.  Guess what?  No answer, except for some lovely jazz music on their play-list and then an American sounding automated message, asking the customer to leave their name and number.

By this time, I’ve lost my patience and once again, tried their website and chat-function, and lo and behold!  It actually worked!  Someone was online to chat with me, whoopee-bloody-doo-dah!  So I gave them my details and my complaint and then waited another ten or maybe even twenty minutes.  I thought they disappeared but left the chat box open, and then lo-and-behold again, they replied!  And this is what they said:

So an error occurred and they committed another blunder by failing to inform me and I actually had to chase them down only for them to tell me that “Oopps, sorry.  Our mistake.  But don’t worry, will send it today”.  Sorry?!  Sorry?!  Grrr ….

I don’t mind mistakes and errors, that happens.  But what really irks me is that I had to chase them down and it’s as if they’ve only just processed my order right there and then, or worse that they’ve only realised the error AFTER I’ve chased them down.  Oh not only that, they’ve taken out money from my account without processing the order.

In the physical world, if a customer goes into a shop and takes something without paying, isn’t that stealing?  If the customer gets caught, do you really think they could get away with “Oops, sorry.   I was really planning to pay.  I just kinda… err… forgot?”.  No, chances are, you’ll be hauled to jail and have a police record for theft even if you’ve genuinely just forgotten to pay.  That’s about.  Rant over.

Dear iThings,

Your service is crap.

From a very disgruntled ex-customer.


I took  my business to gearzap.com and their service is exemplary.

You should actually take some tips from them.

Ordered it after the lovely chat that we had

and they’ve sent the confirmation order within seconds

and then

the much-awaited “your order has been despatched” email within an hour or so.

And it’s a Friday! =p