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    INTRODUCTION    There are days that I long for just a phone. Or rather, a much smaller, lighter phone that gave me the same level of service as my existing XV6700. The same goes with headsets. While I love multi-function design, sometimes simplicity is the better way to go - especially if it's easy to use, powerful, and comfortable. Plantronics has released their Explorer 350 Bluetooth Headset for just that purpose. But how does it rate for the power user who wants the simple life sometimes? Read on for our review! Bluetooth Headset Talk Time | Standby (hours) Weight (grams | ...

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    INTRODUCTION     In 1929, the tennis champion, René Lacoste invented a shirt that has carved its place into clothing history. Originally called a "tennis shirt", then later becoming the "polo", this versatile apparel is universally appealing to the majority of the world in a variety of work and leisure environments. SCOTTEVEST (SeV) has just released their newest lineup, and included is a Performance Polo. A trend that is surely going to last into the future, but what does Scott's version have to offer that you couldn't get from your local ...

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    INTRODUCTION     Sometimes, you need a light and flexible way to carry multiple gadgets and gear other than in your pockets. This, my friends, does not mean you should use a fanny pack, however. Those were popular in the 90's, which are, thankfully, long gone. So what ever will you do? Urban Tool presents their hipHolster, a multi-function pack that can be worn on the hip or over the shoulder, both with or without a leg strap. But will this too be relegated to the realm of Weird Al's "White and Nerdy"? Or can a geek be fashionable and functional? AT A GLANCE ...

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    INTRODUCTION    Need a little color in your life? Tired of looking at your white Nano? Griffin Techology wants to help. Their new Trio and Trio Plus lineup are here to provide a bit of flexibility and protection in the realm of iPod cases. How did they stand up? You'll have to read the review to see. AT A GLANCE (all images link to higher resolution)     Available in a variety of colors, the Trio and Trio Plus are only seperated by the number of color options you have at first purchase. The Trio comes with the case, and a color matched flap and belt loop flap. ...

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    INTRODUCTION      Every time I go to the gym, I see a multitude of gadgets attached to various body parts of the other members who are also there to work out. More often than not, their audio device is firmly connected (arm strap, belt loops, etc) while the cellphone, wallet, keys, and various other gear is gathered up and carried, in hand, from station to station. Urban Tool hopes to fix this dilemma with their sportHolster. But can it be convenient, comfortable, and not make you look silly? Read on for the review, and see what we found! AT A GLANCE (all images ...

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    AT A GLANCE (all images link to higher resolution) Secured by a loop of Griffin branded elastic, the California Roll looks more like a uniquely designed wallet than a case. It will fit most mp3 players of iPod size and shape.         The outside of the California Roll is trimmed with a canvas around a slightly textured and plastic coated material. The only description I can think of is a fine mesh of fish scales. Rather fitting considering the product name (although, I've never seen a California Roll that looked like this - perhaps a Salmon Skin Roll ...

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    Scott introduced a new line of products this week, and is giving a 25% off these new SeV items - but only until April 29th! Items include Performance Polos, Pullovers, and T-Shirts. You can check out the new line here.

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    AT A GLANCE (all images link to higher resolution)     At 3.75"L X 0.15"H X 2.25"W, the Kensington Vo200 is about the same size and shape as your average PCMCIA card (okay, so about a half-inch longer, but we'll get to that later), and quite light weight. As mentioned in the introduction, it is thin, light, and surprisingly flexible, thus giving it a much better chance of surviving heavy use.     What's in the box other than the phone? A quick start guide, the user manual, and a driver/software CD. It is important to note that the ...

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    Keyspan, makers of the TuneView iPod Remote, have released a new firmware update today for said device. The update increases scrolling speed, adds an ability to jump to a specified first letter within a large list (e.g. in a collection of 8,000 songs jump directly to those starting with "L"), and improves overall wake-from-sleep performance. You can read the full press release here. Not familiar with the TuneView? Check out our exciting review here.

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    AT A GLANCE (all images link to higher resolution)     Made from a soft but durable combination of Cotton and Lycra (98% and 2% respectively) on the outside and a 100% polyester lining, the BlackCoat SYD also comes as the BlackCoat Surf if you were to opt for the iPod controls (just like the BlackCoat Work). At first glance, you can see Koyono's careful attention to style and design, just like every other product they've released. The best part? The shell is stain and water resistance due to the Nano technology.      Surprisingly, there isn't a whole ...

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    (sponsor) INTRODUCTION      Yes, using a Bluetooth GPS is grand, but what if you want to save your travels. Often times you can use your software application, but sometimes that just isn't feasible. Add in the fact that if you aren't in a position to carry a device that you probably aren't also carrying much power, and suddenly a BT GPS just doesn't go travelling (outside the car especially) with you as much as you thought. Transystem hopes to alleviate these issues with their iBlue757 Pro. An inexpensive solar Bluetooth GPS data logger, yes, but does it perform up to ...

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    SPECIFICATIONS Bluetooth Headset Talk Time | Standby (hours) Weight (grams | ounces) Approx Street Price Plantronics Pulsar 590A 12 | 130 97.7 | 3.45 $249 Argard M10 3 | 100 5.00 | 0.18 $120 Bluetake BT400GL 15 | 350 8.50 | 0.29 $70 Bluetake BT400GX 6 | 300 14.0 | 0.54 $45 SoundID SoundMate 4 | 70 11.4 | 0.40 $249 Plantronics Discovery 655 3.5-10 | 80 9.00 | 0.32 $70 BluAnt X3 Micro 7 | 180 13.0 | 0.46 $50 Logitech Mobile Express 4 | 250 14.2 | 0.50 $40 Bluetrek X2 14 | 500 15.0 | 0.59 $50 Tekkeon ezTalker ET3000 5 | 120 25.0 | 0.90 $60 Jabra JX10 6 | 300 10.0 | 0.35 $140 Southwing SH310 6 ...

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    INTRODUCTION     Every day, it seems, I'm talking with someone new about the possibilities of PDA phones. And every day, I see more and more phone devices in the hands of consumers. Unfortunately, there hasn't been any real clear winners up to this point. Each device seems to have its own strengths, and with that, its own weaknesses. Certainly no newcomer to the PDA phone world, i-mate is on the scene again with their JAQ3 Pocket PC phone. A slim, touchscreen enabled, and front keyboard based device with a big potential, especially in the corporate environment. Potential ...

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    I think the image below shows exactly what your eyes may have led you to believe in our recent unboxing of the JAQ3. Thanks to sizeeasy for the great customizable comparison.

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    As a sort of teaser to the upcoming JAQ3 review, we have some unboxing pics to share with our readers. The unit arrived this afternoon, and is currently charging... Pop over to the discussion for a full set of images. Have questions about the device? Post them in the discussion area and we'll get them answered.

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    Figure 1: Top view of the TuneView remote. From the side, the buttons do protrude slightly from the face. The bottom half of the remote is in black plastic, and as you can see in the example, with the batteries in place, the battery door doesn't seem to fit quite right (Figure 2). This doesn't cause any problems with the operation of the unit, but does lend itself to making the remote feel a little on the cheap side. Squeezing the remote brings on various creaks and pops from all over the place. In fact, I was able to start prying off the top of the unit with very little force at all. ...

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    Bluetooth Headset Our Rating Talk Time | Standby (hours) Street Price Bluetrek Metal 5 | 180 $50 Jabra BT8010 10 | 300 $70 BlueAnt Z9i 5.5 | 200 $70 Aliph Jawbone 2 4 | 192 $119 iqua BHS-303 6 | 150 $35 Gennum nx6000 6 | 75 $110 Jabra BT5010 10 | 300 $75 Qstik EVOQ 5 | 150 $80 BlueAnt Z9 5.5 | 200 $70 FoneGEAR Mini Blu 4 | 75 $50 Aliph Jawbone 6 | 120 $110 BlueAnt T8 Micro 9 | 250 $40 BlueAnt V12 LCD 12 | 360 $75 Argard M10 3 | 100 $120 Bluetake BT400GX 6 | 300 $45 Plantronics Discovery 655 3.5-10 | 80 $80 BluAnt X3 Micro 7 | 180 $50 Logitech Mobile Express 4 | 250 $40 Tekkeon ezTalker ...

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    Figure 1: The Vibe ear plugs. The drivers consist of V-MASQUE dynamic technology, 9mm neodymium rare-earth magnets with a very fine grain mesh covering the speaker holes. The included silicone ear fittings attach to the end of the ear buds by locking into a ring notched into the barrel (Figure 2). This keeps the ends from sliding off without a fair amount of effort, and they never did come loose unless I wanted them to. Figure 2: Close up of the speaker grill. THE ACCESSORIZED YOU Included in the package (Figure 3) is a Modawrap (a cable manager), six white silicone ear fittings ...

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    While waiting (three and a half hours) for a recent overdue flight, I stumbled across this mobile power station for cellphones. I'm sure it's been around for a while, and though I didn't need the juice, I thought it would be interesting to find out A) if any of you had to pony up $3 for a 30 minute charge, and B) how you found power during your holiday excursions. Personally, I used the plethora of power outlets and a USB power adapter to keep my electronics going throughout the holiday season. Happy New Year!

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    In honor of my birthday on the 20th (oh, and the new PhatWare's PhatPad 4.0 release), we (with the help of PhatWare), are giving away three copies to a few lucky readers. And the winners are: lak xdalaw Reem Congrats to the winners, and thanks to all who participated! Note to the winners: please send me a PM via the forums with your email address so I can pass that on the appropriate folks for your free registration code.

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    Figure 1: The face of the IM500. The back of the IM500 is shiny (and fingerprint-attracting) black plastic. It is beveled on all sides towards the front of the device, thus giving it a slightly thinner feel (Figure 2). Figure 2: The back of the inMotion. Also included is a form fitting blue lettered and black leather slip case to carry one's IM500 (Figure 3). This will only protect the unit from scratches, not ward off damage if you happen to drop it. Figure 3: A small blue lettered and black leather slip case is included. Power is provided to the IM500 (Figure 4) via either the ...

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    Not unlike Brandon's predicament, I don't have direct UTMS coverage in my hometown. But just a few minutes north of me does, and the difference is astounding. Using DSL Reports Mobile Speed Test, I clocked in speeds ranging from 400-890 kbs while travelling down the freeway. In fact, the speeds were so quick I doubted their results, testing several more times to verify consistency. Is the difference that noticeable? In confirmation to Brandon's post, yes it is. The use of remote software (such as LogMeIn's mobile product) on UTMS was akin to DSL vs dial-up on EDGE. Hopefully we will see a ...

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    In honor of my birthday (oh, and the new PhatWare's PhatPad 4.0 release), we are giving away 3 copies to you, our faithful readers. New features in PhatPad 4.0 include improved inking and integration with handwriting recognition software on Tablet PCs and UMPCs, sinkable user interface with 9 pre-defined skins (including four skins similar to Microsoft Office 2007's interface), document templates, and password-protection with 256-bit long security key and new proprietary encryption algorithms. You can read the full list here. So how can you snag one of these lovely freebies? The rules are ...

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    When I talk to folks about phones, they inevitably ask about mine. So I show them all the fancy features, and their faces light up, but when I put in the disclaimer, "it's a good PDA, but the phone isn't very good" (referring to my XV6700) their smiles turn upside down. It's a bit like holding a brick up to the side of your head, and the volume is generally low (unless you are using a headset). The Cingular 8525 has changed my perception of PDA phones, at least in this regard. The call quality is fine, the volume is great even in somewhat noisy environments, and it's still a PDA! Oh, there ...

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    One thing I've noticed since using the Cingular 8525 that I haven't heard much talk about is the amount of interference it generates. My XV6700 is bad, but the 8525 puts it to shame. Every time a data connection is made, any nearby speakers (that are attached via cables) will begin to buzz, pop, and hum - and quite loudly. What does this mean for me? It means that I have to leave the phone in my office at night, or insure that that any speakers in the bedroom are turned off. A humming wake-up call at 2am is not an enjoyable experience... Anyone else seeing this same issue?

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