Posts tagged with: accessories
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    If you are looking for some HTC hardware in the US, today is the day for you. HTC has just flipped the switch on their HTC Deals Summer Sale, a US campaign that runs until July 28th 11:59 p.m. PST, so if you like something you see, make sure to be quick on the trigger as the offer is only valid for one day. If you're looking for a tablet, you'll be able to get the Nexus 9 at 40 percent off. If a smartphone is what you're looking for, the HTC One M9 with UhOh protection can be yours 25 percent cheaper. You can accessorize your newly purchased hardware at 50 percent off accessories, and you ...

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    The HTC One M9 does many things well, but being "active" is not among them. Its IPX3 splash-resistance rating doesn't cover accidental dunks in the swimming pool; its soft aluminum housing is more scratch-prone than some of its plastic competition; and its cover glass may or may not be the latest from Corning. For those in search of a rough-and-tumble smartphone, there are certainly better options out there – but what if you want a device that can look good when it needs to, hold up to abuse when it doesn't, and even (when necessary) walk the fine line in-between? That's what its ...

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    Smartphones are becoming more and more capable, but, sadly, the same can not be said about battery technology. While devices are faster, have larger screens and resolution, thinner cases, battery life is a major issue. While there are several solutions for countering that, they all require an accessory that, most of the times, has to be also charged. What you choose to extend your battery life is up to you. With this self charging smartphone case, your phone will be able to charge itself. Up on Kickstarted, Nikola Labs' case (for the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6) will be able to capture ...

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    By now you've seen the stories coming out of San Diego Comic Con featuring the new top contender for nerdiest phone gadget of 2015, the Wand Company's Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator. Some folks close to the manufacturer have known about the project for months, while others attending SDCC are going hands-on with the prototype even as I type these words. Because I'm in neither of those groups, I've spent the afternoon sitting in a New York sidewalk cafe fruitlessly throwing money at my computer screen and waiting for it to cough up a communicator of my own. I'm taking a break from that ...

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    The Apple Watch may not be so bad after all when it comes to battery life, but it's definitely no Pebble Time either. You can get 1.5 days on average with it, so long as you don't train at the gym for more than an hour, or simply don't use it for fitness. We thought the idea of bringing extra functionality through watch straps was only a Pebble idea, but it isn't. Reserve Strap for Apple Watch is planned to make its debut on November 3, and it's main selling point is adding an extra 30 hours of battery life to the 1.5 days you already get, which would pretty much mean doubling it. It's not ...

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    LG is doing its best to promote the 2015 flagship, the LG G4, by trying to make the purchase sweeter, throwing in, every now and then, some freebies. There's a buy-one-get-one-free deal on leather backs, and there's also an LG G4 accessory bundle deal that was supposed to be initially valid until June 21. The company has apparently extended its offer and it looks like now it's going to be valid until the end of the month, June 30, to be specific. The rest of the terms in the deal remain unchanged: you "get a free 32GB microSD card, extra battery and battery charging cradle when you order ...

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    I recently wrote a piece on the things I'd still like for iOS to do before I'm ready to fully commit and move from my One M9 to an iPhone. Most of those things were features I'd essentially just like to see ported over from Android, but if that's the case, why wouldn't I just stick with what I have? I mean, if Android already has the features I want like custom launchers, tight Google integration, and gesture typing, what sense would it make to switch to a totally different platform? Well ... the iPhone has some pretty sweet accessories. Cases I'll be honest, I don't use cases. I'm ...

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    This may come as a shock to you, but ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted a handheld computer/communicator/sensor device like the tricorders on Star Trek. And while today's smartphones have done a good job on the computing and communicating ends of that spectrum, they’ve left something to be desired on the “sensor” front. So when we were offered a thermal camera accessory for a SEEK Thermal review video, I didn't even mind that it was last-generation hardware; I jumped at the chance. The Seek Thermal hardware is a tiny peripheral that comes in both Android- and iPhone-compatible ...

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    From review units to concession devices to press samples, we get a lot of demo products at Pocketnow – so many that we can’t always get around to covering them during the work week. But that's what the weekend is for, right? Introducing Swag Bag Sundays: quick videos giving you a quick look at some of the accessories that cross our review desk. Today we’re taking a look at a wearable that charges your gadgets while it carries them: the TYLT Energi+ backpack, sent to us by ZTE after our visit to the company's booth during CES 2015. With 13 total pockets, a laptop compartment ...

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    Introduction and disclaimer If you are a first time reader of our website you should know that here at Pocketnow we focus mostly on mobile technology. We're well equipped to do that, and we like to think that we're knowledgeable enough to opine on smartphones, tablets, wearables, accessories, and everything else we deal with as our main scope of coverage, every day, day after day, for 15 years. However, right from the beginning, we have to confess that we're not equally geared up to review headphones, so don't expect to see in-depth frequency analysis, oscilloscope snaps, or other ...

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    Despite sluggish adoption, confusing marketing and a long-simmering standards war, wireless chargers litter today's tech landscape. From the TYLT Vu to the Aukey Luna to Google's Nexus "orb" to Nokia's old DT-900, owners of Qi-enabled smartphones have no shortage of options to juice up their devices in the most futuristic manner possible. But Microsoft wasn't satisfied with the status quo, as they made clear in a press event at IFA 2014. There, alongside the newly-announced Lumia 730 and 830, we got our first look at the DT-903: a flattened, enlarged sequel to the DT-900 charging plate ...

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    One of the unavoidable pitfalls of covering a field as vast as mobile technology is that sometimes, you get things wrong. It happens regardless of preparation, regardless of time spent with a device, and no matter how many colleagues help copy-edit your work. But it happens most often when you establish an opinion before going hands-on with a product, before incorporating it into your daily life. Out in the real world, that's called prejudice – and it's just as damaging to a product review as the myriad ways it's destructive to broader society. Yes, that's a shallow parallel ... ...

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    Google wouldn't be the first company that sells its products before its accessories are available, but given the level of demand for the Nexus 6, it is the most notorious. The biggest problem about buying Android smartphones is that the selection is so vast; it can be a challenge to find good accessories for them on launch date. Still, just as Google indulged Nexus 9 owners with the Folio keyboard case that it had teased weeks ago, the same goes for the Nexus 6. Google has just launched the Stand Folio Case that it had announced along with the Nexus 6 more than three weeks ago. If you ...

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    One of the accessories that Motorola launched alongside the new Moto X and G was the Motorola Power Pack Micro, a 1,500 mAh battery pack with a bit of a twist. You see, the Motorola Power Pack Micro isn't any ole juice pack in that it'll be a rectangular slab, but is rather meant to ride on your keychain – intuitive, yes? We've gone ahead and unboxed our review unit, sharing our first impressions as well, so be sure to check that out down below. The thing about the Power Pack Micro is that it also allows for connectivity to a smartphone via Bluetooth. This works twofold – if you were ...

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    The Motorola event did not just feature the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360. There were a couple of more surprises in store. In addition to the triple crown of the Moto event, Motorola also rolled out the Moto Power Pack Micro and the Moto Hint (the latter pictured above encased). Our thoughts on Motorola's new accessories are right below. The Moto Hint was the wearable accessory hinted (no pun intended) in the cover of the invitation. This tiny Bluetooth headset is designed to work in concert with the Moto X as a premium add-on. The Hint fits in your ear very precisely with a number of ...

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    As we mentioned a tad earlier, aside from the Lumia 830, 735, and 730 dual-SIM, Nokia also announced a couple of accessories as well. In this hands-on video we're specifically taking a look at the Nokia Smart Wireless Charger, of course, while using a Lumia 830 with a Wireless Charging Flip Shell for Lumia 830 attached, and a Lumia 735 with a Wireless Charging Shell on its back. The Nokia Smart Wireless Charger is QI standard compatible and supports Bluetooth LE. Why? In order to be informed of the current battery level of your Lumia device. When it senses that your phone is running ...

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    By the time you folks are reading this, I'm probably half-way to my destination at the Adriatic Sea. Taking a vacation for the first time in years was one of the most difficult decisions I had to recently take, but I'm leaving -- for a tad more than a week -- knowing that Pocketnow is in good hands with my dear colleagues I couldn't be more proud of. The Nokia Lumia 1020, with its camera grip case, is the main phone I'm packing, and you know why that is: pictures. I don't plan on taking a lot of pictures, but those that I do choose to take, I want them to be good, and the Lumia 1020 is my ...

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    As you might've guessed, we're big on saving pocket space here at Pocketnow ... and we sometimes miss the days when phone holsters were a "thing." I talked about this in a short editorial almost exactly one year ago, where I made a case for the return of the phone pouch: The added utility of freeing up a pocket is almost magical – especially in the summertime when fabric is at a premium. Also, phones don’t clang around on a belt like they do in a pocket, keeping your stride steady and your center of gravity … centered. You’re much more likely to feel vibration alerts when the ...

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    Back in the early 2000s, it was customary to cram every last possible hardware button on a phone. These days, it's all about being as streamlined and as beautiful as possible. Goodbye, hardware keys! While most everything can be replicated by on-screen controls, eliminating all the hardware buttons doesn't exactly help the user experience at all. In fact, it often makes it worse, turning a one-step process into a five- or six-step process – sometimes even more than that. That's where Pressy comes into play – well, for Android users at least. Pressy started last year as a Kickstarter ...

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    With a device as aesthetically focused as the new HTC One M8, slapping a case on the back amounts to something like sacrilege (even more so than usual). That aluminum! That machined precision! Those chamfers! But then again ... that aluminum. That precision. Those chamfers. We've shown time and again that building a device from metal and polishing it to a jewel-like finish is an approach that results in beautiful unboxings, but also in products that don't necessarily hold up well over time. Cases may be ugly, but they sure can protect an investment if they're built properly. When a case is ...

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    The Lumia 2520 graced our lives months ago, brightening our unboxing desk and leaving a lasting first impression. Sadly, it didn't stick around long enough for us to give it the full review treatment, disappearing in a shipping accident so mysterious we sometimes still bring it up on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Fortunately, Nokia has sent us a replacement unit, and this time around it's included a bonus: the recently-released Nokia Power Keyboard. The long-awaited accessory brings two USB ports, a 2,027 mAh battery, and one of the most comfortable keyboards ever to Nokia's Windows RT ...

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    Just like its predecessor (the Sony Xperia Z1), the Xperia Z2 also has contacts on its left side that allow the phone to be easily docked. While the Xperia Z1 was using the official DK31 magnetic dock, Xperia Z2 owners will need the new DK36 magnetic dock for their phones. While the device itself will not reach retailer shelves until the beginning of April, the dock can be now ordered in the UK. The Sony Xperia Z2 DK36 magnetic dock goes for £29.16 (£34.99, including VAT), which translates to roughly $50, and allows you to not only charge the phone in a convenient way, but also prop it ...

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    The Nexus 5 we're giving away isn't just any old smartphone. First of all, it's the larger 32GB model, so those of you with an aversion to cloud storage and an affinity for byte-hungry media can rest easy. More importantly, it comes bearing a cosmetic upgrade: a vinyl skin from the fine folks at dbrand that replicates a white carbon fiber/brushed titanium finish. And if that's not your speed, there are four more skins bundled with the award package, waiting to be claimed by our grand-prize winner. But how well do these skins work, anyway? What's the process of applying them like, and how ...

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    A question for you, fellow mobile geeks: do you ever wander over to google.com/nexus5 to behold the splendor of the 2013 Android flagship, soaking in the wonders of its "pure Google" software build and Snapdragon 800 chipset before seeing the $399 price tag and, after nervously eyeing your comically oversized pile of credit card bills, slinking away in disappointed defeat? Don't answer that yet. Here's another question. Have you ever found yourself tempted by the customizability of the Moto X, but been unwilling to make the sacrifice in specs, screen size, and camera performance to choose ...

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    I'm writing this editorial while sitting in a Boston-area Starbucks, which means two things: 1) yes, I'm one of those pretentious jerks who writes in public, and 2) I'm seated next to a wireless charging plate embedded in the tabletop. The hardware is unobtrusive, just a glossy disc about three inches across, mounted flush with the table. At first glance, it almost seems like a permanent coaster, a structural suggestion from management encouraging you to "put your drink here." Only on closer inspection does the Powermat branding become evident, with tiny text encouraging the curious to ...

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