Posts tagged with: accessories
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    The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, announced at IFA 2013 in Berlin, is starting to slowly pop up at carrier sites as well as e-tailers' webpages. If you want to be among the first ones to get your hands on Samsung's latest phablet, you can pre-order (and import) it from the UK, where it is available for pre-ordering at £495.00 (£594.00 incl. VAT), which is roughly $945. We're talking about the unlocked, SIM-free phone. Stock is expected at the end of September. It just so happens that its official accessory, the Galaxy Gear, can also be pre-ordered. You'll pay £235.00 (£282.00), which is ...

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    There's one fewer Romanian on this week's podcast, and we're no longer hovering over a precarious microphone stand made of empty shoeboxes and trash cans in a European hotel room - but that doesn't mean this latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly is lacking in charm. On the contrary, we've called in a silver-tongued devil from Honduras and a smooth-talking geocacher from middle America to provide two very different perspectives on some very high-visibility smartphones. That's right: it's Apple week. That special time of year where iOS makes its way to the top of our rundown and instigates ...

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    Accessories. We use them every day. Or we don't. They complete out mobile lifestyle, or they go ignored. They allow us to more effectively use out mobile tech, or they're too cumbersome to contemplate. As it turns out, with our team it's a pretty wide spectrum that we fall into when it comes to accessories. This is probably the most divergent set of opinions our team has shared. And whether we use them or not, believe in them or not, we sure do like to talk about them. And talk about them a lot. Whether it's bluetooth, audio, game play, or cases, chances are someone uses something. So, ...

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    It's September 2013. We have smartphones and tablets that feature multiple-core processors, gigs of RAM, and wireless data that's on par with the speeds we get at our homes and offices. Our batteries last for hours and our screens come in various types of High Definitions. Operating Systems, regardless of which "team" you're on, are all full-featured and powerful. What's the problem? Mobile accessories: hardly anyone is getting them right! Car Docks Car docks are great for several reasons: they keep our phones from skidding across the seat while we're trying to drive, they hold our phones ...

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    It's the show that kicks off the fall season in consumer electronics and mobile technology, and we're going to be there, as always, to cover it. But IFA 2013 is next week - and last we checked our Novice's Guide to Chronometry and Basic Time Theory, there's a whole lotta time between this week and next. So let's fill it with speculation. Join Jaime Rivera, Taylor Martin, and Michael Fisher on a whimsical journey into the prospective future, as they bat around rumors and leaks concerning such luminaries as Samsung's Galaxy Note III, LG's new G Pad, a futuristic Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and ...

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    It ain't easy being Captain2Phones. Especially in the summer, pocket space is minimal, and sacrificing two of them for mobile devices leads to a tough key-and-wallet-juggling act ... and no small amount of discomfort if a phone decides to run hot. Even if you're not dual-wielding mobiles like some modern-day gunslinger, you're still probably devoting an entire pants pocket to your smartphone on account of its constantly ballooning proportions. Despite all our advancements, it's pretty inconvenient to carry your smartphone in your pocket now. (See what I did there?) It's times like these I ...

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    We've been talking about two smartphones in particular these past few weeks: the HTC One and the Galaxy S 4. You may have noticed. We've kept our focus on these phones for an especially long period because they're flagship devices - the high-end superphones representing the best of the best their manufacturers can offer. As we've discussed at length in venues like the Pocketnow Weekly podcast and Pocketnow Live hangout, the varying construction approaches used by these manufacturers also provide a window into their design philosophies. Samsung has staunchly defended its use of ...

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    The standard-issue Starfleet communicator of the 2260s is a marvel of Federation technology. The flip-top device is ruggedized for adverse interplanetary environments, outfitted with a transponder for transporter lock-on, and it's capable of transmitting voice and data over thousands of kilometers -even through solid rock- without the aid of a cellular network. Sadly, it is also completely fictitious. The communicator, a product of the keen imagination and amazing design talents of Desilu model-maker Wah Chang, burst into the public consciousness as a prop on the original Star Trek ...

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    LG dropped the Optimus G Pro upon the world at this year's Mobile World Congress and it has a rather narrow window -- at least until the end of August, when IFA happens -- to try and steal the show from the already established Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet. We've taken a close look at the LG device and we've also stacked it up against its direct competitor while we covered MWC this year. While the Samsung Galaxy Note II has the official Flip Cover, the LG Optimus G Pro has just received its "Quick Cover". However, compared to Samsung's offering, LG has adopted the "Apple-like" approach, ...

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    At long last, the official Wireless Charger for the Google Nexus 4 hit the Play Store for a cool $60 last Monday. For a cool $59.99, plus tax and shipping, the official charger isn't exactly cheap, but neither is any other wireless charger. This one comes with a premium feel, solid build and, most importantly, Nexus branding. A unit landed on my doorstep late last week and I immediately stopped what I was doing to tear into the packaging and see what all the hubbub was about. Having only two functions, charging and propping up the device, there aren't a lot of tricks in this product's bag. ...

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    Another holiday season's come and (almost) gone, and if you're among the lucky ones, the receding tides of commercialism have left you with a bounty of gadgetry under your Christmas tree, Hanukkah bush, or other homespun symbol of holiday joy. The holiday season is a crucial one for all platforms, but this year we've had our eye trained especially closely on Windows Phone. At this time in 2011, the Microsoft device stable didn't offer much in the way of eye-catching goodies, with the then-unannounced Lumia 900 still months away from release. Would-be buyers of Windows Phone devices were ...

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    There are certain advantages that come with having a glass back on your smartphone.  For instance, it looks sleek and it doesn't block radio signals like metallic surfaces can. There are also some downsides to that glass back as well. Now that some of the hype around the Nexus 4 has started to wear off, let's take a look at one of its only available accessories: the Nexus 4 Bumper. Tucked away in its deceptively huge shipping box is the very lightweight, and relatively expensive bumper. Contrary to what you might think, this isn't just a rubber band that wraps around your phone. Instead ...

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    At a recent AT&T press event in New York City, Brandon Miniman and I had the opportunity to go hands-on with many of the new mobile devices slated to hit the carrier's networks in the next few months. Our gracious hosts also provided us with some complimentary accessories at that event, ranging from protective cases to external chargers to Bluetooth speakers. I'll continue the trend Brandon Miniman kicked off with his peek behind the curtain of the mobile tech industry with this unsurprising morsel: accessories are given away to the press rather frequently at publicity events. ...

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    The Asus-made Google Nexus 7 was unveiled by the search engine company as their first pure-Android tablet -- also part of the elite Nexus device family -- and it scored pretty well in our review, getting an 8.7 out of 10. There are some questions regarding when exactly will the tablet ship but if you are waiting for yours to knock on your door, you should also check out this solution for protecting it. Asus took it to Facebook to show off the multitude of colors these covers will be available in. There is no word on pricing and availability but you can feast your eyes. You'll also see that ...

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    Apple is a master of making slow, steady iterations to its products, and when it comes to new devices or features, is famous for preferring to "do it better" than "do it first." This has resulted in the current fifth-generation iOS smartphone, the iPhone 4S, looking not all that dissimilar from its original-recipe progenitor, despite five years having passed between the two. Granted, the feature set has ballooned, and the industrial design has matured immensely, but the devices still appear not just cousins from the same family, but siblings who grew up in the same house. Many component ...

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