Smartphones

Dec 192014
 

Plinth - The Ultimate Universal Tablet Stand - Opened And Closed View
Plinth is a minimalist, universal tablet stand designed to make your life easier at home, at the office and while on the go! The Plinth is a truly universal device and works with all iPad models, Android and Windows phones and tablets, Kindle, iPhone – with or without cases. Not bigger than an iPhone 4, the Plinth stays quiet in your pocket, bag or tablet sleeve waiting to help you when you need it. Once you’re ready to fix your tablet into a more convenient reading or working position, the Plinth deploys with a touch of a button and is ready to offer a more comfortable and ergonomic position in less than a second – check out the video for a full demo on how it works.

I used the Plinth for about two days and I find a perfect mix between portability and usability. Big enough to comfortably and securely hold a 10.1-in tablet, while small enough to fit in your jeans pocket (literally), the Plinth is one of the most convenient tablet stands I came across. Not only that, but, as my regular PC is a small 11.6-in laptop, I used the Plinth as a laptop stand for these two days and it worked out perfectly. On the lowest angle position, the Plinth allowed me to raise my laptop to about 3-4-in (that’s about 10-12 cm), just what I needed for a more comfortable working position and better heat dissipation.

The Plinth is available in 4 color variations (graphite/grey, graphite/teal, white/grey, white/green) and will set you back $32 US, which, given it ingenious design and increased portability it’s a very reasonable price. Check it out …

$32 | BUY NOW
Cheaper On Amazon?
Dec 162014
 

All iPhone Models Drop Test - iPhone 6 Plus vs 6 vs 5S vs 5C vs 5 vs 4S vs 4 vs 3GS vs 3G vs 2G
One of the weakest part of all modern smartphones is their screen. Drop it a couple of times (sometimes once it’s more than enough!) and you need to visit a repairs shop!
But how much is too much for a smartphone screen? Check out this cool test did by the guys from TechRax – they drop tested all iPhone models starting with the 2007 iPhone 2G to the 2014’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Which iPhone model did best manage this stress test? Check it out and let me know your thought in the comments bellow!

 

Dec 102014
 

BlueLounge Sanctuary4 Desk Charging Station On Shelf Charging iPhone And Tablet
With so many smartphones and tablets in a modern family home (not even mentioning smartwatches, Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, etc…), finding a free charging spot for your device it’s not an easy job! Sometimes, I even feel charging a phone is like a contagious disease … as soon as you plug in your device, someone always appears from nowhere … “Can I plug mine for 5 min only, than it’s all yours? Please … Please…“!

Of course, you can use multiple chargers like everybody else does, but again … if your family is anything like mine, no one is ever unplugging the chargers and store them away of sight. And seeing every electrical plug around crowded with chargers it’s not a lot better, isn’t it?

ALSO CHECK the Orico 4, the Griffin PowerDock 5 and the Mahogany Charging Station we featured earlier.

This is where desk charging stations like the BlueLounge Sanctuary4 come into the game to fix the charging management issue! The Sanctuary4 is a cool Appleish style squared charging box that features 4 USB charging ports (total output of 4Amps), rubberized device tray and an adjustable tablet stand for charging and movie watching. The device can charge up to 4 smartphones or two tablets at the same time and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android devices and any other USB powered gadget.

$99.95 | BUY NOW
Dec 082014
 

Parrot Bebop Drone With Skycontroller Range Extender
The Parrot Bebop Drone is designed to allow you take awesome pictures and record amazing movies from the height of the skies, offering FPV (First Person View) footage via a dedicated free iPhone or Android app.

The Parrot Bebop Drone roughly measures 12-in (28cm) square and 1.5-in (3.6cm) tall, weighs around 14.5 ounces (that’s a maximum weight of 410 grams), is powered by a rechargeable battery which allows up to 11 minutes of flight at speeds up to 45mph (75KMH) in winds up to 30mph (50KMH). The drone is equipped with a 14MP 180-degree angle of view f2.2 fish-eye lens camera capable of recording full-HD 1080p MP4 movies or taking JPEG and Adobe DNG picture files.

ALSO CHECK the X4 First Person View Quadcopter By Hubsan Hobby and this Flying Eagle POV Video.

Both, the Parrot drone and the installed camera, can be controlled via the iOs (iPhone, iPad and iPod) or Android FreeFlight Parrot app which connects to your phone or tablet via Wi-Fi and has a range of about 980ft (300 meters). For those looking to extend the flying area of the drone, Parrot offers a Skycontroller addon which features an amplified Wi-Fi radio and 4 antennas to boost the device’s range up to 1.2 miles (2kilometers). The Skycontroller addon runs on Android and allows image output to smartphones, tablets as well as HDMI screens and TVs and VR sets such as the Oculus Rift (via HDMI), Zeiss Cinemizer or Sony FPV.

$499+ | BUY NOW
Cheaper On Amazon?

 

Dec 052014
 

Brunton Hydrogen Reactor Portable Fuel Cell With H2O Hydrolyzer Charge Statio
While it might look a bit more expensive than other power storage units we featured here at the Cool Pile, the Brunton Hydrogen Reactor is a viable source of electrical power to charge your gadgets while off-the-grid for more than couple of days.

ALSO CHECK the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator and the SunnyBag Solar Powered Charger Bag we featured earlier.

The Brunton Hydrogen Reactor Portable Fuel Cell is perfect for charging your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphones and tablets, GPS units, MP3 players, basically anything that can be powered from an USB plug. The reactor hydrogen cells are environmentally safe, toxic chemicals free, they come in solid state with no natural discharge format and output 5V @ 2amp. Each Hydrocore can charge an iPhone for up to 6 times and can be recharged up to 1,000 times with the help of a H2O Hydrolyzer Charge Station ($231.09 US). Two hydrogen cores are included in the initial purchase and additional cores can be purchased individually if needed.

$99.99 | BUY NOW

 

Dec 022014
 

Iblazr, The iPhone And Android Camera Flash Your Phone Was Craving For
While smartphone cameras are more getting better and better for quality photography and pack more megapixels and advanced photo features than ever before, there’s one thing that doesn’t get much attention, and, believe me, it should – the camera flash! Either you use it to get some extra light when shooting pics or as an emergency flashlight, he regular flash installed on most smartphones out-there could use a bit of extra juice.

The Iblazr is an external flash unit designed to help you take better pics in low light conditions. The Iblazr connects to most devices out there including iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows smartphones, tablets and laptops via a 3.5mm plug (the same plug as your headphones) and features 4 high-power 80+ CRI LED‘s capable of outputting a 70 degree light beam of 5,600 K color temperature and providing up to 270 Lux at 3.3 feet (1 meter). The device is powered by a 110mAh rechargeable battery which offers enough juice for up to 500 flashes, or up to 3 hours of constant light (dimmable from 0% to 100%) if used as flashlight!

ALSO CHECK the Smartphone Clip-On Camera Lens and the Izzi Orbit iPhone Lens Case we featured earlier.

A little disclaimer here – don’t expect the Iblazr to transform your iPhone into a night-shooting pro camera! But, if you need some extra light when using your smartphone to shoot night pics, it might be the right device to get. Check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

$49.99+ | BUY NOW

 

Dec 012014
 

DotPen - The Universal Stylus For All Your Gadgets!
With the rise of tablet sales close to surpass PC sales, smartphones becoming larger and larger, PC touch capabilities introduced since the launch of Windows 8 and phablets storming the mobile world, the need of a quality universal stylus to help people easily control, draw and write on all these devices became more and more stringent! And this is where the guys from Dot Tec come into the equation with their product – the DotPen!

ALSO CHECK the 3-in-1 USB Drive Tablet Stylus Pen and Business Card Stylus.

The DotPen is a true universal stylus pen which works flawlessly with iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows tablets and smartphones. The stylus features a thin 1.9mm Thermostatic Active Quill tip, is does not require any special software or app to run, works with most iOs, Android and Windows apps out-0there, it’s made of anodized aluminum alloy and sports a durable soft-touch rubber writing grip and it’s powered by an AAA battery which allows up to 12 hours of use before replacing (rechargeable batteries can be used as well). Pretty cool, isn’t it? Check the video to see it in action!

$69.99 | BUY NOW

 

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