On the road again…
In collaboration with MobileZap
Over the last seven months I have spent inordinate amounts of time in my car. It seemed I was always on the road. I made regular trips first to Sydney and then to Taree to support my parents through Dad’s cancer treatment. It became normal for me to undertake a 4 hour roundtrip in one day so I could fit in these visits within school hours.
It was pretty intense and, at times, insane.
It was no surprise then that I was in need of something to amuse me for all those hours I was on the road.
Early on I used my iPhone with headphones so I could listen to my favourites playlist while I travelled, but that quickly got very stale and boring. Plus, my ears would ache at the end of the day after having buds stuffed in them for so long.
Then I started listening to the radio but would invariably have to find alternate stations once I moved out of range of my regular ones. A first world problem but a problem nonetheless.
And then I hit rock bottom – I began to sing and talk to myself as I drove. Once that began, I knew something drastic was required.
It was at this point that I was approached by MobileZap to review one of their products. MobileZap is a leading online retailer offering the latest mobile phone and tablet accessories. It so happens that MobileZap had a solution to my first world problem and I did not hesitate to try it out.
I was lucky enough to be provided the Olixar Road Warrior iPhone 6/6 plus car holder, charger and FM transmitter for review. I was impressed with how upfront MobileZap were when I chose this model as they let me know there had been some previous issues with iPhone compatibility before I ordered it. They also offered to exchange the unit, no questions asked, should I experience similar issues which I found very reassuring.
Initially I had no problems with the unit. I first tested it on a trip to Taree and was able to get it to operate without reading the instructions. I later took the time to read them which ironed out a few of the issues I had experienced, namely tuning the unit to the appropriate FM channel. Check out the video below for my first thoughts on the Olixar Road Warrior unit:
For the first two weeks the unit worked perfectly however it stopped charging yesterday and started displaying the message “device not compatible”. I will be following this up as I suspect this is the issue MobileZap warned me about before ordering. I charge my phone up each night so this is not a deal breaker for me but it is inconvenient and clearly not in keeping with the claims of the product.
Apart from this one issue, the product does everything else it promised. It holds the phone securely and initially charged it at the same time. The sound is clear through the FM tuner. It can be positioned anyway you wish so you can use your phone as a GPS on it’s side if necessary. The unit also allows you to make and receive calls handsfree with just the touch of a button and there is a bonus USB port too so you can charge up other devices as well. Very necessary for a technologically dependent family like ours!
Nathan has been the big user of the unit so far and could also find no fault other than the charging issue that literally only started yesterday. In fact, he liked the unit so much he has claimed it for himself so I’ve been forced to buy another one. Husbands and their toys…
If you are looking for mobile and tablet accessories like a hands free car kit, I can definitely recommend MobileZap. I was impressed with their service and would definitely use them again.
Have you been on the road more than necessary recently? What’s one accessory or device that you’d love to get your hands on?
Linking up with Jess for #IBOT.
Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post however I did receive a complimentary product for review (valued RRP $43.49). All experiences, views and opinions are wholly my own and yes I have bought my own unit with my own money now that my husband has claimed what was rightfully mine!
Do you want to become a more positive special needs parent?
Sign up to grab your free guide now! Full of practical advice from a fellow special needs parent.