Tablets

Aug 212014
 

Energizer XP18000 Universal Power Bank
We featured many power banks here at CoolPile.com, but, for some reason, we always focused on external batteries designed to charge small gadgets such as smartphones, digital cameras, tablets, basically everything powered and charged by USB cables! Check out some them here: the JunoJumpr, the PoweriSite, the PowerPak Ultra, the TsirTech smartphone wrist band charger, the PowerFlask and so on …

Now it’s time we get more serious into this power banks situation! A while back I was looking for an extended battery for my laptop and soon I realized that it makes no sense to put money into an battery which will serve only one gadget – my laptop. So I decided to go for an battery powerful enough to charge my laptop, versatile enough to allow multiple gadgets charging and lightweight enough to comfortably carry it in my daily backpack!

While I am still researching the subject and I did not settle for a model yet, the Energizer XP18000 seems to be a serious contender! The device is truly universal, can charge just about anything that gets power juice via USB and can add up to 5 hours of usage to a regular laptop or up to 8 hours of use to smaller netbooks.

The Energizer XP18000 can recharge up to 3 devices at the same time, comes with 3 power cables, 6 cell phone tips, 3 media tips, 9 laptop tips, an AC adapter and a carrying bag. The XP18000 is also part of the Free Tips For Life Energizer program which allows users to get 2 free charging tips every year, for the life time of their registered power bank! So no worry if you buy a new gadget!

$159 | BUY NOW

 

Aug 112014
 

Bee Towers Universal Tablet Stand by XARMotion

We are always on the lookout for a good tablet stand! Here’s what we usually look for when checking out new stand: ease in accommodating various sized tablets (from 7″ mini tablets to the 9.7″ iPad and the 10.1″ Android tablets); fully adjustable to reach most positions without the need of moving it around; strong build to resist wear and stress at home and office and universal design to fit into the decor.

During the past two weeks I had the pleasure to use and test the Xar Motion Bee Towers.
This stand has 6 adjustment points that allow users to place the table in almost any position. You can raise or lower the tablet height, twist or tilt the tablet holder, extend the telescopic arm to extend your reach, spin the arm 360 degrees to get the best view, and so on… (check the video in the post for an extensive walk-through of of all features).

The Bee Towers is designed to work with all tablet sizes. You can adjust the tablet holder to fit any tablet sized between from 7″ to 10.1″ (this includes Google Nexus 7, the iPad and the most Android and Windows tablets out there). Mounting the holder was an easy job and did not require any special tools (check the mounting instructions in the pics below). Simply screw the arm into the base, snap the base cover in position, mount the tablet holder onto the upper side of the arm and you’re ready to go. The rest is simply a question of adjusting the holder to the desired position.

The XAR Motion Bee Towers is well built and does a good job as floor tablet stand. It comes in two color versions (blue-orange and blue-black) as well as a metal base version. For more details about the Bee Towers or to order one check the XAR Motion website.

$199 | BUY NOW
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Aug 072014
 

Bluetooth NES Controller For iPhone, Android And Windows Mobile Gadgets
Still in love with the retro gaming style? Ad a retro feel to your modern gaming with the Bluetooth NES controller for smartphones and tablets.
The 8BitDo controller natively works via wireless Bluetooth connection with all iOs devices including iPhone and iPad, Android smartphones and tablets and Windows Mobile gadgets. Styled as the original NES controller, the 8BitDo gamepad has programmable keys, dual-mode support, USB connectivity in case you want to hook it up to a non-Bluetooth gadget such as an older laptop, a 480 mAh rechargeable battery which allows up to 20 hours of game playing, built-in CPU for firmware upgrades and extended compatibility and features touch screen simulation, very useful with those modern, pure touch-screen games!

And, to make things easier for you, the NES controller comes with an Xtander base which allows you to stand up touch screen devices and play with ease.
Amazing, isn’t it? What are you waiting for … Go get one right away and revive that old-times-retro-gaming feeling you’re still craving for …

$39.99 | BUY NOW
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Jul 232014
 

The Coolest Cooler Around - by Ryan Grepper At coolestkickstarter.com
Coolers (are) were one of those rare items that did not change much over the past 30 years of technological advancements!
But that’s over! Ryan Grepper’s Coolest Cooler is set to bring the classic outdoors chillers to the 21st century! After an earlier unsuccessful crowdfunding try back in December 2013, Grepper improved the Coolest Cooler, added new features, redraw it’s outer design and brought it back to Kickstarter!

As of today (that’s 37 days before the project’s end), the Coolest Cooler pledged $6.9 million US (about 140 times more than what Grepper was looking for)!!! That’s the third most funded project ever (after the Pebble with 10.2 million and the Ouya Video Game Console with 8.6 million) and still has 37 days to go!!! Amazing, isn’t it?

Let’s see what makes The Coolest so cool that everyone wants to have one! Here’s a bullet-list of features:

  • 2 x 5V USB chargers (1A and 2.1A charging power), perfect for charging tablets, smartphones and other USB powered gadgets
  • Removable waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can enjoy your favorite music with your friends
  • Enjoy cool drinks with the built in ice crushing blender
  • Internal LED light to help you spot your drinks during night parties
  • Easy transportation system with gear tie-down and extra wide wheels for easy moving in sand and difficult terrains
  • Bottle opener
  • Incorporated essentials (reusable plates, a ceramic knive) and a cooler split lid to divide drinks and easily store eyes.
  • At last, but not the least … IT”S COOL!!!

The Coolest Cooler is in project mode at Kickstarter and you can get one for $185 (that’s $115 savings over the future regular retail price). Estimated delivery for February 2015.

Let’s hear you in the comments. What’s your take on the Coolest Cooler? Will you get one?

$185 | BUY NOW
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Jul 072014
 

MicroSD Adapter With WiFi Super Powers - SCDAD002200  -With And Without microSD Card
The WiFi microSD Adapter is one of those simple gadgets that make you go: “WOW … Why no one thought about this before?”

ALSO READ about the Blue Light LED Bulb USB Flash Drive and Boost Your iOS And Android Storage With The SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive.

The adapter is designed to work with all gadgets that rely on SD storage (think about compact digital cameras, camcorders, DSLR cameras, older MP3 players, etc…) and allows wireless transfers to up to 3 devices at the same time. Simply put a microSD card in the adapter, insert it in your camera, make as many pics as your storage allows you than grab your iPhone or Android device, fire up the free app, connect to the WiFi network created by the adapter and you’re ready to transfer your files like a boss!
Nifty little gadget!

$24 | BUY NOW
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Jul 032014
 

Zmartframe Or How to Turn Your Classic PC Screen To Modern Touch Screen
With technology evolving so quickly, things that were modern and fancy yesterday, are already outdated today! Think about all those smartphones, tablets, TV sets, laptops and so on … Manufacturers release newer models with improved tech specs every year, sometimes even twice a year!
As I have a box full of older, outdated gadgets in perfect functioning state, I am always looking around for ways to repurpose and give them a new life! This is how I felt onto the Zmartframe.

Just as the Universal Touch Screen Camera Adaptor For Laptops we told you about earlier, the Zmartframe is designed to turn your old, classic PC screen into a modern screen with touch capabilities.

Available for 19″, 22″ and 24″ screens, the Zmartframe is compatible with Win XP/7/8 PCs an works on a Plug And Play system – attach the frame, connect the USB plug and calibrate the screen the first time you plug it and you’re ready to roll and enjoy 2-point multi touch on your old PC screen! Another cool feature is that the Zmartframe has Android embedded in it! So, without any additional gear, your classic screen can be turned into a modern tablet with instant access to millions of apps from the Google Play store.

The Zmartframe is in project mode at Indiegogo and you secure one for $260 US (the 19″ version).

$260 | BUY NOW
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Jun 282014
 

Withings Activite Analog Smartwatch - Activite White And Whitching Activite Black Versions
The word Smartwatch is widely associated to big colorful screens attached to large wrist bands, full inter-connectivity with smartphones, tablets and everything else around, notifications, calls, SMS, social media, Bluetooth and so on…

Well, Withings, the health smart devices company behind the Pulse Fitness Gadget and the Blood Pressure Monitor we featured earlier, has a different take on how a Smartwatch should look an work. Their latest health gadget, the Withing Activite, is designed to look like a classic analog watch. But don’t be fooled by its classy looks! The Activite packs a lot of technology and sensors in its fancy body! The Activite can measure distance you run, walk or swim, can analyses sleep quality and count calories burned during the day. While the sensors which track and analyze the information are located in the wristwatch, the information reading, report analysis and sensors setup is done via the Withings Health Mate app available for PC, iPad and iPhone.

The Withings Activite smartwatch is designed in Paris and manufactured in Switzerland (that’s what explains its cool looks!!!), is equipped with morning alarm, automatic time zone switcher (so you no longer have to set time when traveling around the world) and is powered by a battery which lasts for 1 full year of usage! Available as of August 2014.

$545 | BUY NOW
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