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- Dual-band CDMA 800/1900 MHz, CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO revision A Qualcomm MSM7600 528 MHz processor
- Android OS 2.1 (Eclair) pre-installed Verizon branded 3.2-inch (320 x 480) capacitive touchscreen
- 5+ megapixel camera: auto-focus with touch-to-focus / geo-tagging, white balance, brightness, digital zoom, self-timer, spot metering, ISO controls
- Music Player (Supported Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA) with 3.5mm jack.
- Bluetooth, USB and WiFi connectivity.
This close cousin of the Hero also features HTC’s Sense, which tweaks and improves the Android interface throughout. Key features include a large capacitive-touch display, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with video capture, WiFi, EVDO Rev. A data, 3.5mm headphone jack, memory card slot, and voice memo.
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Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Active Rugged Smartphone Hits Bluetooth SIG As All-Terrain Phone Battle Heats Up
Samsung is moving quickly to diversify its phone line, with variants of the S4 popping out of the woodwork left and right, including the Galaxy S4 Zoom, which features a rumored 10x optical zoom on its rear camera. Today the Galaxy S4 Active, a ruggedized, smaller version of the flagship S4 has hit the Bluetooth Special Interest Group for certification, which means it could be coming along shortly, too.
The S4 Active is supposedly a water- and dust-resistant phone designed for use with an active lifestyle, or in outdoor conditions where generally phones don’t fare very well. The S4 Active would compete head-to-head with Sony’s latest lineup of phones, including the Xperia ZR announced today, which is a smaller version of the Xperia Z with slightly less impressive specs. It’s submersible in water for up to 1.5 meters, however, which pits it against the Active’s rumored feature set.
Both the Active and the Zoom S4 variants remind me of how companies are diversifying in another crowded, near saturated market: point-and-shoot cameras. Manufacturers regularly highlight the long zoom and rugged versions of their devices, as these are areas where consumers feel they need more than what’s available to them on the smartphone devices they carry around every day.
Manufacturers like Sony and Samsung moving in this direction with their devices marks an attempt to broaden their lineup’s appeal vs. other similar competitors, but also encroaches on the territory of single-purpose devices like the camera. And the market is likely to get more crowded, not less, as Google has been teasing devices that can withstand harsh environmental forces coming from its Motorola acquisition, through executive statements.
I said previously that Samsung is essentially preparing a phone for every feature to compete with any unique advantage its rivals may try, and the S4 Active is definitely that. But these variant devices also have the potential to act as advance market research for tech that can be adopted back into a flagship device: if any is particularly successful, it provides a roadmap for Samsung about what will draw customers to the S5 or beyond.
The S4 Active getting its Bluetooth certification means it’s likely to get a consumer reveal before too long, so we should see exactly how far Samsung has taken the rugged phone concept soon.
Samsung is in a unique position among Android smartphone manufacturers, which allows it to create devices like the Galaxy S4 Zoom, a rumored S4 variant that showed up for certification at the Bluetooth SIG this week (via UnwiredView) as the “SM-C101.” The S4 Zoom is reportedly going to resemble the unreleased S4 Mini, but boast a 16 megapixel rear camera with optical zoom.
Optical zoom is really the one remaining advantage that point and shoot cameras have over smartphone shooters, at least from a hardware perspective. Other companies, including LG and Huawei have been working on building smartphone optical zoom tech, too, but if Samsung brings this one to market with its rumored 10x zoom, it’ll be the strongest one currently available, beating the Nokia 808 PureView’s measly 3X power.
Samsung has the luxury of experimenting with different form factors, and using its flagship branding to offer a range of devices that potentially cut off competitors by giving users a complete device to match ever competitive advantage. Like the S4 but want a more manageably sized screen like on the iPhone 5? Get the S4 mini. Like the S4 but want something a little better able to withstand the environment and harsh conditions like the Xperia Z? Get the rumored rugged S4 variant. Want an S4 but with the best smartphone camera in the business, which exceeds even Nokia’s most ambitious efforts? Get the S4 Zoom.
Samsung’s lineup variety strategy may be more about blocking the competition and casting a wide net than anything else, but a big zoom on a mobile camera will have a lasting effect on the industry if it goes over well and produces impressive results. More importantly, it could bring about even bigger changes for the dwindling standalone point-and-shoot camera market, which means other smartphone OEMs won’t be the only ones watching to see if and when the Galaxy S4 Zoom makes a splash, which could happen as early as June according to release date rumors.
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Bluetooth speakers still tend to revolve around portable designs, but there’s been a gradual shift toward traditional-looking speakers that just happen to have short-range wireless as an option. Creative’s T3150 is proof positive: while it’s an entry-level, 2.1-channel PC speaker on the outside, it stuffs in stereo Bluetooth audio to handle mobile devices in a pinch. Mind you, that’s not the only thing Creative is stealthy about. Although the company is willing to say that the T3150 has an Image Focusing Plate to widen the listening sweet spot, there’s no mention of the power output; we’ve reached out for more detail. At prices of £60 and €70 (around $ 100) for the planned May launch, though, we’d expect a modest amount of wireless audio power.
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Motorola MB300 Backflip Unlocked 3G Android Phone with 5 MP Camera, Wi-Fi, GPS Navigator and Bluetooth – Silver
Motorola MB300 Backflip Opened 3G Android Phone with 5 MP Camera, Wi-Fi, GPS Navigator and Bluetooth – Silver
- This unlocked cellular phone is compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. Not all carrier features could be supported.
- Opened Quad-Band GSM mobile phone suitable with 850/900/1800 / 1900 MHz and 3G HSDPA 850/900/1900 / 2100 plus GPRS/EDGE capabilities5 MP Camera, 2560 x 1920 pixels, autofocus, LED flash with Video Recording; 3.5 mm audio jackPre-Installed Facebook,
- MySpace, Twitter apps; Media Player;
- Talk time up until 6 hours – Standby up until 315 hs.
Powered by the Android OS and featuring the socially minded MOTOBLUR overlay, the Motorola BACKFLIP includes an initial reverse flip design, 3.1-inch touchscreen display, large physical key-board, and distinct BACKTRACK touch panel located behind the display when the gadget is folded open– offering you hands-free navigation of the phone without having to touch the screen. It likewise flaunts super-fast Web browsing 3G innovation in addition to Wi-Fi networking. The unique BACKFLIP includes a reverse flip design, spacious keyboard and BACKTRACK touch pane. With MOTOBLUR, updates from Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter as well as e-mail are automatically provided to the house display and fed into easy-to-manage streams. MOTOBLUR helps you to remain on top of both work and personal email in addition to keep tabs on all your Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter friends– all automatically delivered to the customizable house screen. You can likewise update your status to Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter at the same time and sync your social network contacts with your phonebook and e-mail contact lists. With integrated Google modern technology, the Motorola BACKFLIP brings one-touch access to the preferred Google mobile services millions utilize every day, consisting of Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, GTalk instant messaging (with presence capacities), YouTube, and Picasa. The BACKFLIP also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. This GPS-enabled phone can access Google Maps along with the GPS Navigator service for voice-prompted turn-by-turn instructions. The BACKFLIP has a 2 GB microSD memory card pre-installed, and it’s suitable with optional extra cards up until 16 GB in size. Various other functions include a 5-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth for both hands-free communication and stereo songs streaming, full HTML Web browser, and up until 6 hours of talk time.
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Long before the advent of the Jawbone Jambox, there was a portable speaker that was decently rugged, had tremendous battery life and amazing sound, and that was the Tivoli PAL. The PAL boasted an audiophile pedigree and an auxiliary input that made it a good partner for early iPods, but the introduction of decent stereo Bluetooth streaming made it fall behind somewhat in convenience when the Jawbone and its ilk came around.
Recently, however, Tivoli has updated the PAL with the PAL BT, a model that does offer A2DP Bluetooth stereo streaming, alongside the built-in AM/FM radio and auxiliary inputs found on the original. And if you’re in the market for a portable, powerful speaker with great sound, there’s nothing quite like it out there.
- Rated for 16 hours max battery life
- Built-in AM/FM tuner
- Bluetooth/Auxiliary connections
- Weights 1.92 lbs
- MSRP: $ 299.99
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The PAL BT is frankly the best looking portable speaker available. My review unit was in glossy white, so the faceplate matches the rear casing, but those looking for a splash of color can opt to get it in a gloss black, blue or red finish up front, too. The styling is somewhat retro without feeling kitschy, and the ports and antenna are all easily accessible on the back, and protected by water and dust-resistant flaps.
The face of the speaker is dominated by the speaker grill itself, and also the large tuner dial for the built-in AM/FM radio. These are visually appealing, but more than that, the knobs and dials are actually very pleasantly textured and turn with a very satisfying amount of resistance. It sounds silly to complement a speaker based on the design and build of its controls and knobs, but when you use the PAL, you’ll notice immediately that attention was paid to their design.
The rectangular form factor isn’t the most portable among portable speakers, but it’s still a small, light device that is easily thrown into a carry-on or larger luggage.
Tivoli has a great reputation for delivering high-quality sound in a relatively affordable package. I’ve seen other reviewers knock the PAL BT for its sound quality-to-price value ratio, but to my ear, after extensive use and comparison with the Jambox and other Bluetooth speakers, the PAL still defends the reputation of its non-Bluetooth predecessor very well.
The Tivoli PAL BT is a mono speaker which might cause some potential buyers to hesitate, but that shouldn’t be a factor in anyone’s decision-making process. Sound separation in most portable Bluetooth speakers is dismal as it is, so they’re hardly “stereo” anyways. And the high-quality mono audio from the PAL BT even holds up pretty well when you crank up the volume (and it goes a lot higher than most of its competition, too, which is why it’s well-suited to backyard BBQs and other outdoor activities).
Battery life is another place where the previous PAL excelled, and the PAL BT is great there, too. Rated for 16 hours, you’ll get less depending on volume and whether you’re actively connected over Bluetooth, but no one would be disappointed by the duration of its battery no matter how you’re using it. I’ve been using it as my workday soundtrack next to the computer, and I often forget it’s a wireless speaker because of how long-lived it is. Plus, Tivoli equips the PAL BT with a user-replaceable internal rechargeable battery, so you could theoretically carry a back-up.
The Tivoli PAL BT is pricier than its non-BT version, and for bass-heads who actually like the exaggerated lows of companies like Beats and Bose, the sound might disappoint. But for audiophiles looking for a speaker that’s relatively affordable, long-lasting and still a category leader in terms of sound quality, this is a perfect device, especially as we head into beach, park and picnic season.
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The Jambox (or its numerous equivalents) is great, but I much prefer the experience of checking out second-hand shops around the city in hopes of finding a tower speaker relic that smells moldy however still has an exuberance of sound and classic appeal. Now a new Kickstarter project wishes to assist make sure correct speakers (the kind with removable cloth covers built stringently for noise first and design second) can quickly take advantage of Bluetooth.
The Vamp is a little cube that has traditional positive and unfavorable speaker cable connectors, together with 3.5 mm audio input in case your gadget doesn ’ t have Bluetooth, a micro USB port for power and an on-off switch. It offers an internal rechargeable battery great for over 10 hours of use, and can be plugged in for constant power too. Among its most excellent techniques is an inbuilt magnet that pairs with a provided metallic disc to connected to any upright surface for hassle-free positioning.
The issues the Vamp addresses that various other Bluetooth stereo receivers wear ’ t include design, cost and sound. It provides high-grade mono audio, which is meant to be utilized with speakers created high-quality sound output. It ’ s expected to retail for ₤ 45 (and is offered via Kickstarter pre-order for ₤ 35), and possibly most importantly, it doesn ’ t need a consistent exterior power source, unlike a whole lot of comparable options. You could actually take it with you to a friend ’ s house and wire their existing setup for Bluetooth noise, without an electrical engineering degree or access to the back of their house sound receiver.
The Vamp is developed by UK-based item designer Paul Cocksedge, who has worked on items for BMW, Swarovski, Sony and Hermes. A few of his previous work is displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in London. Cocksedge and his studio have actually dealt with sound amplification tasks in the past, include devices that normally improve noise from mobile devices like iPhones. The Vamp looks to be their first proper digital device, but working prototypes have currently discovered favor with very early customers.
The Vamp declares to have sound quality that ’ s “ richer and more textured ” than the standard Bluetooth transportable speaker offered, and it wants to go quite a bit louder also. Quality issues aside, it ’ s a good, fairly low-cost method to upcycle speakers that in lots of cases have actually only improved with age, and are being rudely projected by more youthful models.
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Internet Borked? The Amazing Jellybean Resets It All In The Right Order With One Button Press (Or Over Bluetooth)
A few years ago, I received a panicked phone call from a friend I hadn’t heard from in months. His Internet connection was on the fritz, and he had a huge project due the next morning. He’d called his ISP, and they were no help. As his only friend that, as he said, “knew computers and stuff”*, I was bound by International Homie Law to fix his crap.
“You’ve reset your modem, right?”
“Yeah, man — Comcast had me do that.”
“You reset your router, too, right?”
“Yeah. It’s still broken!”
“I’ll be over in a while.”
I arrive at his house a bit later, and have him point me toward his networking gear. It’s stuffed behind the TV in his living room, as it’s the only place in his apartment with a functioning coax cable coming out of the wall.
I ask him to reset his modem again. He reaches over and unplugs his modem. So far, so good.
I ask him to reset his router again. He reaches over and unplugs his roommate’s AppleTV.
Every geek has a story (or 10) like this one. The Amazing Jellybean, an ongoing Kickstarter project, wants to make them a little less common.
The Amazing Jellybean is, at its core, a power switch. But it’s a power switch with smarts.
You see, the modem/router reset dance is a bit more complicated than it probably should be. Unplug both. Wait 60 seconds. Plug in modem. Wait 60 seconds. Plug in router. Wait 60 seconds. That’s 180+ seconds! Nicholas Cage could have stolen your car like three times by then.
The Amazing Jellybean (a name which I am starting to feel ridiculous typing) handles all that with a single button push. Push the button, walk away. It’ll kill both the modem and the router, then bring them back online in the right order and with enough time in between for a proper boot sequence.
That alone makes it a pretty killer product to get for, say, your mom. Or your uncle. Or that one friend who has no idea how he keeps getting spyware from all of the totally legit sites he browses on his curiously sticky Dell. Cough.
But you, you don’t need this, right? You’re a titan of technology! You don’t nee no stinkin’ box rebooting your modem for you! Oh, did I mention it has Bluetooth connectivity so you can reset your broken connection without getting out of your chair to battle dust bunnies? Yeah, that’s what sold me on it, too.
Is it a more of a band-aid than a permanent solution to a bigger problem? Sure — but it’s a problem that has been lurkin’ around consumer grade networking gear for decades now. It’s probably not gonna disappear anytime soon.
As for why it’s shaped like a Jellybean? I have absolutely no idea.
Find the Kickstarter page here.
[* Pro tip: When a conversation starts with "Hey, you know computers and stuff, right?", the only correct answer is a straight-faced "What's a computer?"]
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