5s Stories September 14, 2014

Blue Mikey Lightning Microphone for iPhone & iPad $90 shipped (10% off)

Amazon is offering the Blue Microphones Mikey Digital Lightning Microphone for $89.99 shipped. That’s $10 or 10% off the regular list price and the first discount we’ve seen on this Lightning Blue mic.

Based on the same technology used on its popular Yeti and Snowball microphones, Blue’s Mikey is great for live location recording with iPhone and iPad as well as interviews, audio for video and anything else you can think of. It also doubles as a Lightning audio interface for other peripherals with the included 1/8″ input jack for guitars, other mics and line-in devices. Mikey features three recording modes, a 230-degree swivel mount, a USB connector for device charging and is compatible with iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, iPod Touch (5th Gen), iPad (4th Gen) and iPad Mini.

For a complete rundown on everything Mikey has to offer check out our full review along with the quick preview video below:

The Lightning Mikey has received a 4.2/5 star rating among Amazon customers. If you’re interested in the 30-pin model, Amazon currently has it for $44.31 shipped (orig. $100, the current best price we can find), and for even higher quality recordings check out our full review of the Blue Spark which currently sits at $165.96 shipped (Reg. $200, within a $1 or so of lowest on Amazon).

5s Stories June 5, 2014

expiredJBL OnBeat Lightning Speaker Docks: Micro $30 + $5 shipping (Reg. $100), Mini $40 + $5 shipping (Reg. $150)

Woot is offering the JBL OnBeat Micro Speaker Dock with Lightning Connector (in black or white) for $30 + $5 shipping. That’s about 75% or $85 off the original price, between $15 and $65 off the average selling price from trusted retailers, $10 under Amazon’s current listing and $5 under the best we’ve seen it go for. It features a built-in lightning dock, built-in rechargeable battery that delivers up to 5 hours of playback, a 3.5mm Aux connector and a USB charging port for charging and playback from another device. 

It comes with a 1 year warranty from JBL and it has received a 4.1 out of 5 stars review among Amazon customers.

Next we have the Micro’s bigger brother, the JBL OnBeat Mini Speaker Dock with Lightning Connector (in black) for $40 + $5 shipping. That’s $155 off the original price, $105 under JBL’s listing, $25 better than Amazon’s price and the best we’ve ever seen by $5.

It features much of what its Micro counterpart does with the addition of an 8 hour battery life and compatibility with iPad as well. It also comes with a 1 year warranty from JBL and it has received a 3.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

5s Stories November 27, 2013


According to a leaked internal memo posted by TmoNews, T-Mobile is going to be dropping the upfront price of both the iPhone 5s and 5c to $0 down on its usual installment plans for Black Friday. That cuts the usual down payment for the iPhone 5s down from $149 and the iPhone 5c from $49. The deal will officially kick off on Friday and last through Sunday, but the report notes that “a select number of stores will be accepting orders from Thursday evening.” After getting your iPhone for $0 down, you’ll pay around $20 a month for 24 months on T-Mobile installment plans.

Some regionals carriers are also gearing up for big discounts this Friday. Appalachian Wireless announced it will offer the 16GB iPhone 5, 5C or 5S for a penny on contract today only and nTelos will also have the iPhone 5c for $0 on Friday. Appalachian is also advertising the penny deal for Black Friday on its site, but no word if iPhones will be included after today. T-Mobile definitely beats Walmart’s best deal with the iPhone 5c for around $45 on contract, but we’re thinking other retailers and carriers might announce iPhone discounts for Black Friday too. expand full story

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