KM19 Bluetooth FM Transmitter Video Review

It finally happened. The cassette player in my minivan died. Unable to function without listening to my favorite 80s music, I just had to find a new way to pump my precious tunes through the speaker system.

After copious amounts of online research, I finally decided to try out the KM19 Bluetooth FM Transmitter by Nulaxy. I have to say, this $19 device really delivers. It has all kinds of fancy features but most importantly, it allows me to play the music from my cell phone, to the vehicles audio system. It’s simple, reliable and I couldn’t be happier.

You can take a look at my video review if you’d like a few more details of how it works.

Review: Automatic – Connected Car Adapter

Track your driving and miles with Automatic
Easy Trip Tracking

I bought the Automatic device exactly one year ago and it was the best ~$100 I have spent for my business. The Automatic is a small device that plugs into the OBD-II port, which is the small diagnostic port under every car dash in the last 20 years. They give you some pretty simple instructions to get it installed, you then download an app to your smartphone, connect the two and you are ready to go.

What the Automatic does:

  • It Automatically (see what they did there?) tracks your mileage, which you can access in the app or via a web page.
  • When your vehicle gives you a check engine light or other alerts, the Automatic app will give you info on what is wrong and you can reset the warning.
  • You get a driving score each week based on excessive speed, fast accelerating and hard braking.
  • They can alert someone if you are in an accident (poor man’s OnStar).
  • There are also several third-party apps and home automation devices that can be integrated with the device (think lights turn on when you pull into driveway).
  • There are also some extra features that can be used for teen or new drivers.

Why I love it:

  • I am horrible at tracking mileage for my business, this does it automatically. For my 2015 taxes I logged into the website, downloaded an excel file of all mileage and deleted all non work mileage. Boom, done, no log books or Google Maps searches.
  • My 2004 Honda CR-V has a pesky engine light that comes and goes. The Automatic app told me exactly what the issue was and a mechanic friend said that it is nothing I needed to worry about.

The Bottom Line: This is a no brainer if you have to track mileage for any reason. If you don’t need to, it still has some great features. It is currently about $100 on Amazon and there are no monthly fees. It can pay for itself with just one Engine Light Warning that you can make go away if it isn’t something serious and you don’t have to take the time and money to go see a mechanic.

It is available with Amazon Prime and they have a really great page with tons of information, reviews and answered questions. Go to the Amazon Automatic page and make your life easier!

Apple Watch Sport Review

apple_watchAs fate would have it, by the time I got around to writing a review of the Pebble watch I’ve been using for a year, I go out and get an Apple watch. You might be asking yourself “how in the heck did that happen?” Or, you might be thinking, “just tell us already.”

Well, like most people, I was just sitting around looking for deals on Craigslist. When suddenly, I came across an ad from a guy wanting to sell his Apple Watch. Not only did he want to sell it, he wanted to sell it for cheap. After a quick consultation with the wife and a few short emails and text messages with the seller, I was on my way to pick it up.

After I spent some time getting it set up, updated, and connected to my iPhone, I was ready to roll. From the start, I immediately noticed that the build quality of the Apple Watch was far superior to the Pebble Classic. It also integrates better into the Apple ecosystem as you might expect. But, to be fair, the Pebble Classic came out about two years before the Apple Watch was even announced. Therefore, it’s not exactly fair to compare these two items as equals. Instead, I’m going to spend this time telling you what I like about Apple Watch instead of telling you what I don’t like about Pebble.

The model I purchased is the Apple Watch Sport. It’s body is milled from an aluminum alloy and is anodized with a dark gray coating. The watch band is black and is made of a poly-elastomer material. It’s comfortable to wear and great to look at.

With watchOS 2, Apple Watch received a host of new features. Most notable was offering app developers the option to include customized complications. Complications are tiny bits of information that can be added to the watch-face. They include things like weather, stock prices, and calendar events.

Having the ability to customize the watch-face is what I like most. With a quick glance I can see the time, date, temperature, or even look at my next upcoming calendar event. When I touch one of these areas, I am whisked away to the appropriate app to even more information.

I also like being able to see incoming notifications from my phone right on my wrist. Right now, I have incoming email messages, text messages, and even some game notifications set to appear on my watch. With text messages, I can even reply by choosing a stock phrase or use Siri to dictate one of my own.

Overall, I am very pleased with this device and do not regret my purchase. If I had paid full price, I may have not have felt the same way, but I got a deal and am making the most of it. Because watchOS 3 is currently in development and new hardware may soon be on the way, I am confident that apple Watch will become even more appealing those who have yet to buy one.