Feb 272015

Neptune Duo Smartwatch With External Screen - The Hub And The Pocket Screen
While most smartwatch manufacturers, including the big names like Motorola, Samsung, LG and even Apple, focus on using the smartphone’s processing power to do all the job and only allow basing interaction and info display on the wrist satellite, Montreal based start-up Neptune (the guys before the Neptune Pine we featured earlier) proposes a totally different approach – the smartwatch is the main gadget and the screen is secondary!

The Neptune Duo comes with two parts: The Hub wrist bracelet running on Android Lollipop and featuring a 2.4-in curved touchscreen, a quad-code processor, 64GB of storage, 1,000mAh rechargeable battery, a speaker and a microphone as well as 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. Basically, the HUB is a fully functional Android device capable of placing and answering calls, writing emails, messages and SMS, surf the internet, GPS navigation and everything else a regular device can do!
The Neptune Duo‘s second part it’s a 5-in 720p Pocket Screen which features 2MP front and 8MP rear cameras, ads an extra 2,8000mAh internal battery which can also be used as an external power pack and serves as screen extension to the Hub. The Pocket Screen connects to the Hub automatically (check the video to see it in action) and can not be used on it’s own being a simple display accessory to the main smartwatch device.

The Neptune Duo smartwatch can be pre-ordered and will set you back between $498US and $798US (higher the cash-down, bigger the savings) with delivery by the end of 2015.

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Nov 262014

Copy of Samsung Galaxy NX 4G - The Samsung 20.3MP DSLR Running On Android

While there are biggest Samsung fans (than I am) around, I must admit that Samsung is a company that never ceases to to amaze me by the simplicity of their products and their out-of-the-box thinking. Take for example the Samsung Galaxy NX model (also check the Samsung Galaxy Android Camera (EK-GC100) we featured earlier) – a DSLR-like camera with interchangeable lens that runs on Google’s Android and has access to tens of thousands of photo apps in the Google Play store! But let’s see what’s under the hood:

  • 20.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor with flash
  • 1/6000 second top shutter speed
  • Fast AF (Hybrid AF System)
  • JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG capture and 1920 x 1080 HD video capture @ 30fps
  • Interchangeable Lens compatible with all NX System lenses
  • ISO range from 100 to 25,600
  • 4.8″ LCD touch screen (1.44-million dot resolution)
  • 1.6GHz Quad-core processor + DRIMe IV imaging processor + 2MB RAM + 16GB on board storage
  • Connectivity: GPS, Blutooth 4.0, WiFi, 3G/4G/LTE, NFC
  • Runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2 with full access to Google Play store

Cool, isn’t it? Especially when you you can download your favorite photo and sharing aps from Google! There’s only one extra thing I wish Galaxy NX had – and that’s voice calling! But hey, I have to be reasonable here, this is not an iPhone or Android smartphone, this is a full camera in all its rights!

$887 | BUY NOW
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Feb 252014

YotaPhone - The Dual Screen Android Russian Smartphone At It's Second Generation
Remember the YotaPhone? The dual screen Russian smartphone developed by the guys over at Yota Devices?
The second generation of this cool smartphone was just announced. We’re still speaking about a dual screen layout including a 5″ front HD LCD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and a back 4.7″ EPD (Electronic Paper Display) or E-Ink screen sporting a 960×540-pixel resolution. The E-Ink screen was updated with full touch functionality and most smartphone functions can be used without having to turn on the main display. The new model of YotaPhone features improved specs over the first model – an OLED 442 PPI front display with 1080p resolution for a full smartphone experience, quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm processor and 2GB RAM will allow increased performance with most games and apps out there, 32GB of on-board storage, 8MP back camera, all connectivity technologies such as Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth, NFC, wireless charging and a 2,500mAh battery to power the system.

While 2,500 mAh doesn’t seem much power for today’s smartphones, the YotaPhone comes with an power-saving mode that completely turns off the AMOLED screen and keeps the back EDP screen going, easily giving you a few extra hours of usage out of an almost finished battery. YotaDevices did not release exact info about battery life, so we’re looking forward to these stats. They can be a total game changer!

The YotaSmartphone will be available towards the end of 2014 and will have a price tag of around $499 US.

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Sep 272013

MUCH i5 Quad Core 3G Games Handheld Console

Most smartphones and tablets can be used, among other purposes, to play games just as regular handheld game consoles. You can even buy special adapters like Ion iCade, Moga Mobile or the Brick Joystick that allow you to use physical controls while playing games,
But how many handheld dedicated game consoles you have seen to allow you place calls? I bet not many…

The iReadyGo Much i5 is a dedicated portable console which runs on Android and allows not only to be used as a handheld game station but also to place and receive calls and do all the other things a regular Android smartphone can do – also check the Wikipad Handheld Game Tablet and the Archos Gamepad.

The iReadyGo Much i5 features some reasonable specs, aligned with what we find in today’s top smartphones:

  • CPU: MTK6589 quad-core 1.2GHz
  • Memory: Internal 4GB ROM + 1G RAM LPDDR2
  • Storage: MicroSD(TF) support 32GB storage expand maximum
  • Display chip: PowerVR Series 544
  • 3,500 mAh polymer battery
  • 5-in IPS screen (1280*720)
  • Bluetooth, 32G, Wi-Fi, GSM, HSDPA
  • Analog thumb controller, D-Pad

The beauty of the iReadyGo Much i5 is it’s low price – it is currently selling at only $219.99 which is not bad at all for the packed processing power included.

What’s your take on the iReadyGo Much i5? Do you think the smartphone OS handheld game consoles have any future?

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Jan 302013

Neptune Pine Smartwatch Keyboard

The Neptune Pine is one of those gadgets that make us wonder how come it did not appear until now!
On one side you have the Wow factor given by it’s unique style, on the other side you have the combined functionality of a smartphone that you can wear at your wrist as a regular watch.

Neptune, the manufacturer of Neptune Pine, is a Montreal company working on creating true smartwatches – we’re not speaking here about a watch that connects to your smartphone to bring additional functionality, but about a real smartphone, with all the features and functions you would expect from a smartphone.

Let’s take a look at Neptune Pine-s features :

  • 2.5in screen (resolution 432×250 pixels – 202 pixels per in)
  • Capacitive touchescreen
  • Connectivity: quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 3G, 802.11
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 (the plug is located in the smartwatch strap)
  • 5MP camera
  • GPS, Bluetooth, Regular headphones (3.5 mm jack)
  • 1Ghz processor
  • 3 storage versions: 8GB, 16GB and 32GB
  • 800 mAh battery (5 hours if talk time; 120 hours of stand-by)
  • Micro-SIM – like the ones used in iPhone
  • HRM (heart Rate Monitor); FM radio

The smartwatch runs on Leaf OS (a modified version of the popular Android). While the Neptune Pine‘s specs are impressive, our only worry is typing experience on a such small screen. Neptune confirmed they modified the way the keyboard is displayed on the screen and all the keys are as big as the keys used in the iPhone keyboard.

The Neptune Pine is available for pre-order with delivery in Q3 2013.

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Dec 302012

Samsung Galaxy Android Camera

Much like the Nikon CoolPix S800c, Samsung takes the Android Digital Camera path. The Galaxy Camera EK-GC100 features:

  • Always stay connected with the 3G and Wifi connectivity
  • Instant photo share with Share Shot function
  • 21x Super Long Zoom
  • 4.8in HD back screen (720×1280 resolution)
  • 16.3 MP
  • Pop-Up Xenon flash
  • 1080p video @ 30 fps
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly bean) – yeah baby!
  • 1.4 Ghz CPu

What’s your take – would you choose the s800c from the digital camera market leader Nikon, or the Galaxy EK-GC100 from the smartphone leader Samsung? Let me know in the comments…

$599 | BUY NOW – US Market


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