Posts tagged with: accessories
  • by | May 16, 2013 6:03 PM

    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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  • by | April 1, 2013 3:59 PM

    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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  • by | March 5, 2013 3:41 AM

    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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  • by | February 18, 2013 4:45 AM

    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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  • by | December 26, 2012 8:01 AM

    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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  • by | December 20, 2012 9:05 AM

    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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  • by | November 1, 2012 2:57 PM

    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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  • by | July 7, 2012 3:20 AM

    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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  • by | May 31, 2012 3:21 PM

    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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