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LG Gentle is bringing flip phones back

LG GentleThe other day I talked about how flexible touchscreens could replace the touchscreen phone, just like touchscreen phones pretty much replaced the clip phones. It looks like the flip phones could be making a comeback with LG Gentle.

You heard that right. It has 1 GB of RAM and it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset. The screen is a 320 x 480 and the rear camera is a 5 Megapixel number with an old-school 0.3 Megapixel front facing camera. As for the battery, it is a 1,700 mAh job, so I don’t know how long that is good for.

I believe that the price is about $171, but it will be only available in Korea.


Posted by on July 29th, 2015 No Comments

Huawei P8 unveiled

Huawei P8Perhaps you have never heard of Huawei, but they make a lot of good smartphones for the International market. They may not have a name as big as Samsung, or Apple, but they are out there in many nations.

Today, the company unveiled the Huawei P8, part of the new P series. The Huawei P8 has an full-metal unibody with a 5.2-inch screen with a very thin screen at 6.4 mm. Other specs include a 13 Megapixel camera on the back and an 8 Megapixel camera on the back.

The Huawei P8 should be out in Europe in May 2015 for about 499 euros for the 16 GB edition and 599 euros for the 64 GB edition. It comes in four colors including mystic champagne, prestige gold, titanium gray, and carbon black.


Posted by on April 16th, 2015 No Comments

The Otterbox Resurgence Power Case for the iPhone 6

OtterboxOkay, I’ve reviewed enough Otterbox products to know that they are some of the best out there, let me tell you. It is good to see another fine product from them, and the Resurgence is a battery/case for the iPhone 6.

I suppose that we should talk about how much power and protection it can give you. First, it can double your battery life, and the best part is the built-in 2,600 mAh battery which has an auto-stop charge. This means that it will stop charging when the phone is full, instead of other products of this type that tend to keep charging and drain that secondary battery that you so need. It is a high speed charge, too.

So let’s talk protection. Well, it is military-rated drop protection. You can also sync up your data wirelessly without taking off the case. It has an included micro USB cable for high-speed case charging.

You should be able to get the Resurgence for the iPhone 6 on the Otterbox site for $99.95. This will help you out, believe me.

Posted by on March 17th, 2015 No Comments

Acme Made Charge™ for iPhone 6

CaptureAcme Made sent us this nifty little case for the iPhone 6 (also comes for the 6 Plus). It’s called Charge™, but it is not a case that will charge your phone. Instead, it has a kickstand that comes out(the red part). Underneath the kickstand lies the secret to the case- a little Lightning to USB cable that snaps out, so you can hook your phone into a USB port.

I suppose this could be useful if you have your laptop with you, and you don’t want to forget your USB connecting cable. The world might be a better place if there were USB ports in all electrical outlets, of course.

CaptureBut in the meantime, unless you have your computer with you, you will have a hard time finding a place to plug this into, I think. I could see the usefulness of having this cord hiding in your case if you are always misplacing your charging cord.

The case itself is an impact resistant, polycarbonate, and the kickstand allows you to view your phone while it’s charging in both portrait and landscape mode.

You can purchase Charge™ for $49.95 on the Acme Made website.

Posted by on February 18th, 2015 No Comments

ZNitro Glass Screen Protectors

We were sent these tempered glass screen protectors from ZNitro to review. ZNitro cases are claimed to be Hammer Tested™, scratch proof, resistant to smudges and fingerprints, and have superior hardness.

Here’s a video that shows how to apply, and shows the hammer test as well as its scratch resistance.

I did not do the hammer test on my phone. I did place the protector on my phone to see how well my finger could glide over the screen, and found that to be smoother than the current protector- which is plastic. My phone is different from the style provided to us(iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus), so I did not try applying it.

There are mixed reviews on Amazon about these screen protectors. Some have found that they chip and crack easy(but they have saved the phone’s screen. One person replaced the product 4 times in six months and paid $12.99 each time with the warranty ZNitro provides. Several people complained that the screen interfered with some phone functions(calls were muted, light sensor, etc.), but that could be due to improper fitting on their phone. Others had no complaints at all.

The screen covers come in a variety of colors for the iPhone and Galaxy S4, but for the S5 and other styles of phones, it is limited to clear, black, or white. Most screens run at about $39.99 on the ZNitro website. You can also opt for a privacy screen on some for $10 more. seems to be selling these for around $20.

Posted by on February 10th, 2015 No Comments

Prong makes a case we all can use

PocketPlugBack_liftingYou see that headline, that is something you can quote me on, Prong. Prong has created a case and a charger that everyone can use. Just to let you know, it is not another mobile battery.

A company known has Prong has created a charger and case for the iPhone 4, 5, and Galaxy S III. The Pocketplug solves a lot of problems as most of us prefer to plug our phone into the wall to charge it. Isn’t it just better to have a case with flip out prongs so you can just plug into the wall directly?

I got to hand it to Prong for coming up with something that is pretty obvious. I believe that there have been cases like this before, but the flip out prongs allow the Prong case to be thinner than most.

In addition to this, the PocketPlug has a micro USB port in case you need to recharge your mobile this way. The PocketPlug is also designed to enhance the phone’s speaker and microphone.

You should be able to get the PocketPlug from Prong for about $69.96 on the Prong site.

Posted by on January 22nd, 2014 No Comments

EyeFly 3D from Nanoveu

1st-3d-ipadI am not certain why I spent today reporting on two 3D products when I just said two posts ago that 3D is practically so yesterday. The Commander 3D is a tablet, but Nanoveu has put out an EyeFly 3D, and it is simple cover made for a mobile device to bring it into 3D.

I saw this at CES 2014, and I have to admit that it was very convincing. Just to let you know, it will play videos that are designed for 2D and 3D glasses-free viewing. I also discovered that if you have a picture taken in 2D, you can easily convert it to 3D with their app. All that is required is just touching the area that you want to put in the background, and the effect works.

You can get it for the iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 4, the iPad Mini, and it will be available for the iPad Air for about $59.95. The others are different prices.

Posted by on January 20th, 2014 No Comments

Wetsuit from Dog and Bone cases

Westuit-Blackest-Black-Samsung-Galaxy-S4-SingleI am reviewing a lot of mobile batteries lately, and these type of waterproof cases are another product that I am seeing a lot of. Let’s just say if all these waterproof cases were represented by one company, I might be talked into buying stock for it.

This is the Wetsuit from Dog and Bone. If you haven’t heard of them, then you might want to join my club. I happened to stop by their booth at CES, and I have officially tried out one of their products.

I believe that this company states that this is the first waterproof mobile phone case to go topless with a direct touch screen. I suppose Lifeproof nuud was not the first, and the Wetsuit is IP 68, the highest level of ingress protection from water and dust.

Yeah, this is waterproof up to 2 meters, and it is good against snow, ice, dirt, sand, and shock from 2 meter drops. For some reason, the drop test and underwater test are usually the same value on products like these.

I do like some interesting rubber thing on the back that helps with the grip. You should be able to get the Wetsuit on the Dog and Bone case site in Electric Orange, Electric Blue, Silvertail, Sea Breeze, and Blackest Black for AU $79.99.

Posted by on January 16th, 2014 No Comments

BMW creates a new Key Fob standard

bmw-i8-smart-key-fobBMW is putting out a hybrid car known as the i8, and it plans to be quite a car. So what better for a better-than-average car than a way-better-than-average key fob?

The Key Fob for this car has a hug resemblance to a smartphone. Not only it will enable the user to open the doors, trunk, and everything else key fobs do, but this has an LCD display. This display will give relevant information such as the range the car will go before it needs recharging, as well as how long to go before the car is recharged. I have a picture of it in my Source being stuck in the dash for recharging.

Unfortunately, my Source tells me that BMW has yet to confirm whether this key fob for this car actually exists. In all honesty, it isn’t hard to believe. After all, can’t we just put all the information on a smartphone that is on a key fob? Is an attachment for the smartphone required? If so, I wouldn’t mind getting it.

In other words, this is the future. I used to think that smartphones were going to take the place of wallets, and now they might just replace car keys as well. I consider it the future in action and motion.


Posted by on December 23rd, 2013 No Comments

US Largest E-Waste Polluter, and we should not be surprised

I think that we all have seen the ad for Virgin Mobile’s iPhone availability, and I can’t stand it. Not only is it not funny, it just encourages people to be wasteful. Even though there is a disclaimer on the ad saying not to do this, it feels like we should just laugh at a huge problem of e-waste.

Okay, I have just learned that the United States leads the world in e-waste. Yeah, I am not surprised at that. I mean, we all have cell phones, and getting upgrades practically happen every two years. I usually sell off my old phones, but I can’t imagine that everyone is doing that, just like not everyone recycles their cans or bottles.

Anyway, the StEP initiative states that the US dumped over 9.4 million metric tons of e-waste in the year 2012 alone. This is about 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of e-waste person, four times the global average of 7 kilograms (15 pounds) per person. On a sick note, China only dumped 7.4 metric tons last year.

While I was writing this, I just watched an ad for an Intel notebook/laptop where a guy purposely spills coffee on his old laptop to get a new one. We can’t encourage this mentality. What’s next, is racism going to appear on ads. Seriously, this is where ads like these need to go!


Posted by on December 17th, 2013 No Comments