Armpocket puts your smartphone on your arm, and other things as well

Now, if you like to jog in the morning, you probably don’t want to take a smartphone in the pocket of jogging shorts.

Therefore, I recommend using this Armpocket, and this model is the Xtreme i-30, which will fit the iPhone 5, Galaxy S III, or the EVO. It can even hold a smartphone with a case, not to mention keys, credit cards, and much more.

Once again, another smartphone accessory is designed to make the traditional wallet obsolete. It comes in 3 colors (black, yellow, or pink) and 3 strap sizes small, medium, or large. You can get it on the Armpocket site for about $39.95.

Tribe has Hello Kitty Flash Drives, and other characters as well

While I was at CES, I ran into a company known as Tribe which makes a lot of USB Flash drives which look like cute characters. Granted, the company of Mimoco does the same thing, and I know that there are a lot of similarities here.

Of course, I had to get the Hello Kitty one because my daughter, for some reason or another loves Hello Kitty. I think it is a rule that all little girls love it. Of course, if you like to see Hello Kitty dress up like members of the rock group Kiss, Tribe has that too.

They also have characters from Star Wars, and they are not capsule-shaped like the Mimico ones. These ones are shaped like the characters they represent, like the Simpsons and Smurf ones. Tribe also has other characters that are not based in any franchise that are just cute.

If you have a young person who needs a Flash Drive, you want to join the Tribe. Feel free to check out the website here.

RIM is now officially BlackBerry, announces the Q10 and Z10

Credit: Boy Genius Report

I probably should have reported on this earlier, but RIM (Research in Motion) has had its BB10 event, and one big announcement is that they have officially rebranded themselves so they are BlackBerry. I’m certain that everyone calls them that anyway.

In order to compete with the iOS and Android market, the company announced two new smartphones, the Q10 and the Z10. I’ll start with the Z10, which gets rid of the trademarked QWERTY keyboard and has a full 4.2 inch touchscreen.

It also has a Dual core TI OMAP 4470 1.5 GHz processor, a system-on-a-chip processor that has two ARM cores. It also has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 2 Megapixel front camera, 8 Megapixel back camera, 1080p video recording, and NFC (Near Field Communication). It costs about $200 with a two-year contract.

Let’s talk about the Q10, which has a QWERTY keyboard and a 3.1-inch touchscreen. Inside it has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of onboard storage. Cameras are front and back, and have the same amount of Megapixels as the Z10.

Unlike the Q10, we don’t have a price on the Z10. All we know is that it should launch in April.

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A lot of mobile phone cases from more. (or more-thing)

While I was CES, I got to see a whole lot of mobile phone cases. I have just tried out a whole much from a company known as more. That is more, with a period, and their website is more-thing.com, because I think it would not be possible to have the domain name for more.

I believe that the company is giving its customers more, and I got to see two cases that are quite cool for the iPhone 5. The first is the Para Blaze CX, which has a polycarbonate plastic hard-shell case with that awesome looking carbon-fiber. As you can see, it has a sweet look, and the metallic version comes in Mercury, Blank Onyx, Weiss. As for the color version, it comes in the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue for $34.90 that you can purchase here.

The other one I tried out for the iPhone 5 is the similar Para Blaze X. This one has essentially the same design, and it has four styles of Titanium/Matte Black, Aluminum/Glossy White, Rose Gold/Glossy Black, and Rose Gold/ Glossy White. It is available here for $29.90.

Then there is the Collection for the Samsung Galaxy S III, and I will start with the Granite Collection and the Blaze Collection. I found that both of required that the cover from the S III had to be removed for them to work. The Granite Collection is a hard-shell case of Polycarbonate plastic in white, clear, or black here for a price of $19.90. The Blaze Collection is similar with polycarbonate and genuine metal skin in two styles: Black/Titanium and White/Silver here for a price of $29.90.

Then there is the Handwoven Ultra Clear. I am assuming that it isn’t handwoven, but it is some polymer material that is transparent. It comes in six classic colors like Clear, Black, Purple, Blue, Coral, and Pink for about $19.90 here.

Hands on with the EnerPlex Jumpr 4400 mobile device battery

As you might know, I am on a three-part story on EnerPlex, and this is the second part, which I am hoping won’t be the low point in this trilogy. You will discover that the EnerPlex Jumpr is very similar to many products out there.

I think the last one that I reviewed like it was the BoostBloc6600 from Eton. Then there is the Burton Resync, Mophie Juice Pack, and I honestly don’t really want to provide the usual hyperlinks that I normally put in when I reference previous gadgets that I have reviewed. These are chargeable batteries with a USB port that charge pretty much anything that is USB chargeable.

So I tried out the Jumpr 4400, so named because it has the capacity of 4400 mAh. This particular one is pretty small so it is pocket-sized, and it can charge a device a few times. It can do the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 3 times, a Galaxy S II twice, and a Google Nexus 7 or a Kindle Fire once.

Here’s the thing that I like about the EnerPlex Jumpr 4400, and I believe it is on the Jumpr 7800 as well. You see, these mobile phone batteries are flashlights. Just touch a button and you will get a convenient light. I figure that if you are going to have some extra power, you might as well use it when you need it.

You can get the EnerPlex Jumpr 4400 for $69.99 here, or the Jumpr 7800 here for $89.99.

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S III, plus a guide to shortcuts

When I was at CES, it seemed like every company had accessories for the iPhone, and they all had accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S III. I knew that I had to get this cool phone, and I am grateful that Samsung was able to provide it for me.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is the Android flagship phone, and it is not hard to see why. I was pretty impressed by the real estate of the screen at 4.8 inches, and it also great to see its resolution as well. It has the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean, and I was able to try it on Verizon with their special features.

I was pleased to try out S-Beam, the ability to beam a photo or other data to another Galaxy S III just by placing it close to another one. Granted, I found that this ability was blocked when there was a certain type of case on the Galaxy S III. It took me a while to get the hang of this, but this really should be a standard on every smartphone, not just one type.

I found that the Galaxy S III had other features like S Voice, which is activated by hitting the home button twice. Then all that is necessary is asking a question, and it can do a web search for you. You can even use it to check your calendar or set and alarm. I don’t know if it is better than Siri, but it is downright helpful.

Then I found that there are a wide assortment of shortcuts, some of which have to be activated in the Settings Menu. For example, a swipe of one’s hand can take a screenshot, or tapping the top of the Galaxy S III advances you to the top of a list.

In short, I found that someone took what smartphone users need and gave it to them in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S III. I have heard that the S IV is on the way, and will probably seen at Mobile World Congress this year.

OontZ Bluetooth Speaker adds some serious oomph to your music

Just when I thought I had seen a Bluetooth Speaker from pretty much every company and their dog, and then along comes the Oontz from Cambridge Soundworks.

In case you are wondering how it is called the Oontz, I believe that this is referring to the cool bass sound when it pumps out like “Oontz, Oontz, Oontz”. Apparently, it is the industrial design that created a passive radiator for this pounding bass.

The Oontz is pretty small and can be carried around by hand since it is only 10 ounces. Yes, it is wireless, and pairing it with Bluetooth is easy, and it can be switched just as easily. Also, there is an AUX in connector for wired play if that is your game.

Of course, what good would a Bluetooth speaker be if it couldn’t be a speaker phone? Yep, the Oontz can do this, and it is able to switch from music to call. Yeah, practically every Bluetooth speaker can do that, but hey, you need to know that it has it.

Now here is the big surprise, the price. It is only $69.99, which is not as expensive as some of the other speakers out there. You can get the Oontz on the official site here.

CardNinja, a wallet for the mobile phone

For some reason, I have been seeing a lot of cases for the iPhone or other phones that are designed for holding credit cards, drivers license, and even some cash.

Personally, I think it is a sign that we are moving away from wallets, and I wonder how long before the credit card and drivers license become like apps on our smartphone. Of course, I have written about this type of speculation before.

If you are the type who prefers to leave the wallet at home, and wants to keep the drivers license and credit cards near the smartphone, you should probably get yourself a CardNinja.

The CardNinja is designed to stick on the back of your smartphone, and I am told that it is removable. However, the CardNinja is designed to hold cards tightly so they won’t fall out, even when flipped over.

I’m not certain why it is called the CardNinja. Perhaps Ninjas could keep their credit cards in this smartphone pocket like throwing stars, and then hurl them when it is time to pay the bill.

Whatever the case, I like this product, and you can get it on the CardNinja site for about $19.95 in colors of Ninja Black, Steel, and Eggplant.

EnerPlex Surfr for the iPhone 4/4S and the Galaxy S III

I was fortunate to run into EnerPlex at CES, and now I am privileged to try out three of their products, which I will cover in the space of three different articles. In this particular article, I will focus on two different EnerPlex products, the Surfr for both the Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhones 4 and 4S.

I tried out the Surfr for the former, and I found that it adds a little more real estate to the already big Android phone. The case is about 15mm thick, and it can be split apart and put back together so it will connect on the micro USB port on the bottom center of the S III. The S III feels a little heavier with it on, even though it is only 70 grams.

This case for the Galaxy S III is actually a 2100 mAh lithium-ion battery, and it can be charged with the power of the sun. Oh, it can also be charged in the traditional manner with a USB cord. It has a standby time of 255 hours, 6 hours of web time, 7.1 hours of Wi-Fi, 123 hours of audio play, and 6.8 hours of video play.

Of course, the stats are different for the iPhone 4/4S. It is 73 grams, 14mm thick, and it has 170 hours of standby time, 3.5 hours of web, 5.6 hours of Wi-Fi, 19 hours of audio play, and 5.6 hours of video play.

The real question is how long can this survive with just a solar charge. Trust me, I am going to try that one out all week, and I will let you know by the end of my EnerPlex coverage.

If you want to buy the Surfr for the iPhone 4/4S, you can get it on the EnerPlex site for $69.99, while the Surfr for the Galaxy S III costs a little more at $79.99 here.