Spigen Ultra Hybrid for iPhone 6 Review

So I was fairly confident about the authenticity of the leaked iPhone 6 models. So confident, that I picked up the Spigen Ultra Hybrid hours before the official keynote. After using this case for a little over a month, my impressions are positive.

The Spigen Ultra Hybrid is a combination of a rubbery but firm TPU bumper attached to a clear plastic back. I like this style of hybrid cases since you get the stylish clear look but with appropriate grip and drop protection. The ports are are appropriately cut and I had no issues plugging in various headphones and Lightning cables. The material has a nice finish and there no was extra plastic that you sometimes see on lower quality cases. (It's the reason why I really disliked the Poetic Atmosphere for the iPhone 6)

The small feet on the corners of the case help stop excessive scratches. 

The small feet on the corners of the case help stop excessive scratches. 

One of my favorite features is the small feet on the corners of the back side of the case. They're barely noticeable but do a great job of preventing the clear back from scratching as easy when you have the phone sitting on a table. A clear back is usually the biggest weakness in a case like this but after a few weeks of use, my Ultra Hybrid still looks pretty good.

The "Air Cushion Technology"

The "Air Cushion Technology"

The other feature of the case is SGP's "Air cushion" technology. On each corner of the case, SGP left a small air bubble in the TPU. It is designed to help with drops and any type of impact. Luckily, I haven't had to really test that out but it's a feature that other similar cases most likely will not have.

It started turning blue a week after I started using it. 

It started turning blue a week after I started using it. 

My only complaint about the Ultra Hybrid is the bumper itself has begun discoloring. At this point in time, my case has developed a blue hue all over the TPU material. I have a hunch that it might be dye being rubbed onto the case whenever I put my phone into my jeans pocket. I've tried different ways of cleaning the case with no avail. It's not a deal breaker, but I'm disappointed that it is no longer "purely" clear.

The Ultra Hybrid is one of Amazon's first results when you search for an iPhone 6 case and for good reason. I recommend it if you're looking for a clear case that shows off your new iPhone but still provides good grip and protection. Knowing me, I'm going to try all sorts of cases throughout the year, but I think the Ultra Hybrid will be the old reliable that I will return to.

Add tasks to Todoist using Drafts for iOS

Add tasks to Todoist using Drafts for iOS

Todoist has become my everyday task management app. I am really enjoying their design, their organizational layout, and their presence on nearly every platform. But one of the limitations of Todoist is the lack of quickly adding tasks outside of the iOS app. There's no current Siri integration or Drafts integration until now. I will be showing you in this post on how to add tasks to Todoist using Drafts for iOS. For this to work, you will need be a subscriber of the Todoist Premium service which is a reasonable $29 a year.

Finding your task list email address

When you subscribe to the Premium Todoist service, you get access to specific email addresses for each of your task lists. In this tutorial, I will be adding tasks to the Inbox task list that comes by default in Todoist. Open up Todoist in your web browser and navigate to your Inbox task list. Click the options icon on the top right corner of your project list and choose "email tasks to this project". Todoist will generate a customized email address. Copy down that email address since we will be using it soon.

Create a custom email action in Drafts

Open up Drafts on iOS and click on the options settings. Hit manage "Email Actions", and then hit "Add Email Action". Make sure the recipient of the email is the custom email address you copied earlier. Set the subject of the email to "First Line". That will make the first line of your draft the name of the task, while everything after will become a note of your task. Once you're done, hit save.

As a test, create a new draft with the first line as the name of you task. You should see the task show up in your specified notebook. The only limitation of this method is that there is one extra tap since you need to "send" the email. But until Todoist adds URL callbacks and opens up its API, I will using this method with Drafts for iOS.

My tech bag EDC

In this video, I discuss the tech that I bring with me everyday as a college student. On certain busier days, I'm away from my desk and apartment all day and need stuff in my backpack to keep my gadgets ready to go.

I was unable to find the link to purchase the tech pouch I use but I found two on Amazon that are relatively similar. The AmazonBasics one looks very similar in size and shape, but has mesh pockets versus wire organizers. The Grid-It's are pretty popular and look like it would do the job well. Rather than have a zippered compartment, the Grit-It's are a float board with elastic that can hold different sized and shaped gadgets.