Review: Does iHome's Bluetooth-Enabled Mirror Represent Peak Internet of Things?

When they told us about the Internet of Things, I didn't think of a connected beauty mirror, but the folks at iHome did. Their iHome Vanity Mirror (starting at $99.99) is available in two sizes, 6 inches and 9 inches, and is first and foremost a beautiful mirror for applying makeup, etc. The mirror is two-sided, with 1x/5x magnification for the 6-inch model and 1x/7x for the 9-inch model. It also has built-in lighting (250 lux Full Spectrum Light).

iHome Vanity Mirror

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Of course, there's more to it than a beauty mirror. The iHome Vanity Mirror sports a powerful Bluetooth speaker, and includes a microphone. This makes it great for both listening to music while getting dressed or made up, and answering phone calls, while keeping your hands free. As a bonus, the mirror can charge devices via the built-in USB port.

Keep in mind that the larger model is expensive (50 percent more expensive than the smaller model.) And as with any electric device, you will want to keep it away from water—which is important since it might be used in a bathroom.

Pros

  • Beautiful two-sided beauty mirror
  • Built-in lighting (250 lux Full Spectrum Light)
  • Bluetooth speaker with microphone
  • Can charge devices via USB port
  • Available in 6-inch and 9-inch sizes

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Must be kept away from water

Final Verdict

The Internet of Things will bring technology to new places, and with the iHome Vanity Mirror, that includes the bathroom. 

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.