Smartphone

Dec 092013
 

Yota Phone - The Dual Screen Android Smartphone
Yota Phone, the flagship device of the Russian company Yota Devices was first presented at CES 2013 and it’s set to bring the classic smartphone to the next level – also check the PopSlate iPhone Case With Secondary e-Ink back Screen.

The Russian smartphone stands of the pack by featuring two screens – a 4.3-in LCD front screen with 720×1,280 resolution (just as any other recent smartphone) and a second 200dpi e-Ink screen positioned on the back of the phone where you would usually see the battery back cover. The addition of the e-Ink screen allows users to read information on a less disturbing environment for the human eye as well as helps saving battery power. One really cool feature is that even if the battery runs out, the e-Ink screen will retain the last image displayed on it making it a great tool to display maps, boarding tickets, movie passes or any other info you might need to have handy, even when your phone is “juice-less”.

Other then the two screens set up, the Yota Phone sports a dual-core 1.7Ghz processor, 2GB of Ram, 32Gb of eMMC (storage), back and front cameras, a classic FM radio which cool to see a embedded in the smartphone and runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.

What’s your take on the Yota Phone? Do you think the dual screen devices are the future of the smartphone? let me know your thoughts in the comments …

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Nov 292013
 

iQi Mobile - iPhone Wireless Charging On The Cheap

iQi Mobile sets new standards in smartphone wireless charging.
Their newst product – the iQi Mobile Charging Bundle – is designed to allow you to charge your iPhone without the hassle of plugging and unplugging cables, and, the most important part, without the need of a bulky special case. The iQi works with iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and 5S and iPod Touch 5th Generation – for iPhone4 and 4S please check the Duracell Wireless Charger we featured earlier.

Here’s how it works: place the charging unit under your case (the charging unit is 0.5mm thick and perfectly fits under any case on the market), hook up the rubber cable ending with a Lightning plug into your iPhone charging port (the plug fits perfectly without adding any external parts to your iPhone) and place the phone on the charging unit. That’s it … you just activated wireless charging on your iPhone – check the video for more details and an actual demo of the product.

While there are other iPhone wireless chargers on the market (check an Amazon selection here), iQi stands apart of the pack by it’s low profile and the fact that you can use it with any iPhone case. Simply brilliant!

The iQi is in project mode over at Indiegogo and you can secure a wireless iPhone charging bundle for only $25. The campaign is fully funded, so no fear you’ll not receive the product. Delivery is scheduled for January 2014.

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Nov 252013
 

Castiv - The Guitar Smartphone Holder That Allows You To Play Right From Your iPhone

Bring your guitar in the 2.0 digital world and play your songs straight from your iPhone. The Castiv Guitar Sidekick is an universal smartphone holder which conveniently attaches to your guitar and allows you to follow video lessons, lyrics teleprompters, audio recorders, metronomes, tuners, etc … The sidekick features a swivel mechanism which allows you to position your iPhone in the most convenient position. The holder is reported to work well with most guitars out there including classic, accoustic and electric models and does not interfere with the strings in any way.

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Nov 252013
 

Women Pocket Bra by JoeyBra
Here’s a cool way of carrying your phone and a couple of cards or bills when out for a quick jogging session or when wearing a pocket-less outfit. The JoeyBra Pocket Bra is made of 100% polyester, features a hook and eye closure with sexy lace details and comes in two tone: black and snow leopard – also check the WineRack – The Booze Sneaking Bra.

The bra features two external side pockets wide enough to allow carry a smartphone without being noticed.

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Nov 082013
 

Boost Your iOS And Android Storage With The SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive
The SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive is a good solution for those of you who run short of smartphone or tablet storage and have no MicroSD slot available to increase the unit’s native storage capabilities. More than that, the SanDisk drive allows you to easily and wiressly transfer data between up to 8 devices simultaneously – also check the Apricorn Aegis Encrypted Flash Drive and the biometric secured myIDkey flash drive.

The wireless flashdrive has a battery life time of around 4 hours of continuous video streaming on one full charge (the device charges via any regular USB plug), connects to iOS and Android gadgets via free apps available in Google Play and the App Store and comes with two storage versions: 16GB (model number SDWS2-016G-E57) and 32GB (model number SDWS2-032G-E57).
Optional Wi-Fi password protection and 128-bit AES encryption are available on-board.

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Oct 242013
 

Kia And Hyundai Android AVN - Audio Video Navigation In-Dash System
Korean car manufacturers Hyundai and Kia (32.8% owned by Hyundai Motor Company) announced they will start including Android powered in-car navigation and audio/video systems as of the end of 2013 becoming the first car producer to mass implement an Smartphone operating system in their vehicles. The first two models to be Android equipped are the Kia Soul and the Hyundai Genesis models released at the end of 2013, followed in 2014 by all models from both manufacturers.

The Android AVN (Audio-Video-Navigation) system is rumored to have it’s own apps market and it is not clear if Google Play will be fully supported. The Android AVN will be able to connect with your Android smartphone allowing you access to entertainment features.

On the other site, Apple pushes it’s iOS standard called “iOS in the Car” which should be released in 2014 to allow iOS device integration via the manufacturer’s native in-car control system.

Here’s my 2 cents about it … Once again we see the big guys battling to lock users into their own ecosystem. We already saw this in the past with the USB cables and chargers – each manufacturer used to have it’s own plug model and people were sticking with a brand because of $200 worth of cables and chargers they have bought.

What do I want as a user (although no one cares about what I want)? I want universality – I mean what happened with the micro USB standard was amazing (of course, Apple HAD to continue using their own standards, but hey, Apple is above all standards and they LOVE locking customers into their ecosystem).
I would like to see a standard protocol mounted in all cars, a protocol that would allow syncing, music, movies and navigation wireless battery charging and full connectivity with Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Gecko, Windows, Mac OS, Chromebook, Linux or any other OS that integrates the protocol.
That would be Respecting The User and Allowing Him to Choose the product he wants to use.

OK … enough with the bitching, Hyundai and Kia going Android is a very good news and we hope this partnership will bring us one step closer to the true smart car!

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Oct 222013
 

Google Nexus 5 by LG

Here you go … That time of the year when Google releases his new smartphone is here!
Google Nexus 5 is designed to be powerful mid-range smartphone on the cheap. While there’s a lot of buzz around the Nexus 5, Google did not announced it officially yet (there was a leaky hole on the Google’s Nexus site where some users were being able to see the Nexus 5 while some others were redirected to the Nexus 4 page as reported by Engadget). Anyway – here are the leaked specs: made by LG with a Qualcomm 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 800 processor, LTE connectivity, 16-32GBs of storage and a 1080p 4.95″ inch screen. Prices are reported to turn around $349 US for the 16 GB unlocked version.

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