Archive for Smart Devices

Motorola Launches Inexpensive Moto E Smartphone

Posted in Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on May 13th, 2014

Motorola Moto E SmartphoneMotorola took the wraps off of a new Android smartphone on Tuesday with a price point that targets those who might be just looking for a cheap cellphone. The Moto E comes with a no-contract price of just $129 and focuses on durability and basic features to bring more users into the smartphone market.

The mobile phone features a water-resistant coating with a gorilla glass screen similar to what Apple has used on the iPhone. The display is 4.3 inches and it comes with a 5-megapixel camera and 4GB of storage – not enough to store much of anything these days, but plenty to get someone new into a smartphone.

Rumors of Google Smartwatch Leaked

Posted in Google,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on October 15th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_72037" align="alignnone" width="500"]Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Samsung Galaxy Gear launched the smartwatch revolution[/caption]Google could have a smartwatch just around the corner according to reports from 9to5Google, with an official announcement as soon as the end of October. The device is codenamed Gem and would be announced as a Nexus watch from Google.

The watch would benefit from the features of Google Now, could integrate nicely with Google Glasses and show information such as emails, texts and calendar alerts on the display. This news comes hot on the heals of the announcement of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch utilizing the Android OS, along with talk of Apple releasing their own smartwatch sometime in 2014.

Google’s recent purchase of smartwatch maker WIMM Labs also adds some validity to this talk. According to the rumor Google is just finishing up on final touches with improving the battery …

HTC Touch Diamond rivals iPhone with 3G and VGA

Posted in Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on May 6th, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond smartphone with 3GThose looking for a nice alternative to the iPhone may have found Apple’s biggest competitor in the smartphone market with HTC’s recent launch of the Touch Diamond. The Diamond is the latest in High Tech Computer’s line of Touch smartphones, and looks to be the best one yet.

The Touch Diamond runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and in addition to the many common features of popular smartphones it has some custom applications built in for watching YouTube video and taking advantage of Google’s mapping service. To top it off, HTC has included a 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen which they claim brings near print quality viewing.

Personal Pocket Safe encrypted smart drive

Posted in Smart Devices by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2008

Personal Pocket Safe encrypted smart drive
The Personal Pocket Safe USB flash drive from CHDT Corp. thinks pretty highly of itself as being the first “encrypted, epoxy coated, pin-protected smart drive.” That’s because according to them, the device has military-grade encryption, a password vault and a track-covering feature, so no one will be able to locate it’s presence when it’s removed from the system.

Golly. Sounds impressive, looks neat and shiny too. It also has a rubber key PIN-pad so you can enter a 4 to 10 digit code in order to access the drive. It looks like we won’t be seeing it in the US for awhile unfortunately, so until then your data will no doubt be living in fear.

Chumby now available for purchase

Posted in Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on February 19th, 2008

Chumby is on sale now for general consumers to purchaseThat little cuddly, bean-bag like Chumby computer device we had talked about last year is finally available for sale to everyone. We thought it would hit sometime last fall but it looks like it took a little longer.

The Chumby comes in 3 colors of latte, black or pearl with a retail price of $179.95. The small device comes with a customizable Linux OS and WiFi bringing it updates on a frequent basis according to the company. Among the many built-in features it can bring in news and weather information, work as an alarm clock, play music, view photos and email along with whatever else you’d like to make it do yourself.

BlackBerry Pearl goes pink at Verizon

Posted in BlackBerry,Mobile Phones,RIM,Smart Devices,Verizon by Darrin Olson on January 24th, 2008

Pink BlackBerry Pearl from Verizon WirelessThe BlackBerry Pearl has been coming out in a number of new colors lately and we had heard earlier this month that the latest will be this new pink model with Verizon. We knew it was coming soon and today Verizon Wireless along with Research In Motion (RIM) announced that the Pearl in Pink is coming to Verizon stores and online starting tomorrow (Friday).

Gone are the days of smartphones lacking style and color according to Verizon as they describe the pink BlackBerry Pearl 8130 as “chic and sophisticated”, and it still packs all the same communication features of it’s bland siblings and Verizon’s tools via the EV-DO network. The pink version, just like the others can browse the web with the Verizon wireless broadband connection, has a speakerphone, 2 megapixel camera, media player, external microSD memory card slot, wireless Bluetooth and that not-quite-QWERTY keyboard.

CES 2008

Printstik: Print emails & images on the go

Posted in CES 2008,Printers,Smart Devices by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2008

Print emails & images from your Smartphone
Planon has developed a printer on the go called the PRINTSTIK PS910 that will print any document without having to be connected to a computer.

Using Bluetooth technology you can print from your laptop, BlackBerry, or any device that has Bluetooth capability. It prints up to three pages per minute and supposedly requires very little maintenance. For $299.00 it includes a cartridge of 20 pages plus battery. It takes printing to a whole new level.

CES 2008

CES 2008: Asus P527 GPS Phone

Posted in ASUS,CES 2008,GPS,Smart Devices by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2008

Asus P527 GPS Phone

Today Asus announced the launch of its award-winning GPS smart phone in the U.S. early this year and will be showing the P527 at CES 2008. The Asus P527 already won one of the CES Innovation Design and Engineering awards for 2008.

It’s a pretty nice looking device and has several versatile functions, but the most unique ones have to be Travelog and Location Courier. Travelog lets users record travel routes and export data to Google Earth, while Location Courier acts like an S.O.S. beacon and is at the ready to send a user’s GPS position to up to five preset numbers. Basically, the Asus P527 has the features of a cell phone, navigator and PDA.

Verizon announces Palm Treo 755p

Posted in Palm,Smart Devices,Verizon by Darrin Olson on December 17th, 2007

Verizon launches Palm Treo 755p smartphoneToday Verizon Wireless announced that they are adding the Palm Treo 755p to their lineup of Palm smartphones, coming in their own new color of deep blue-green. The Treo 755p runs on the Palm OS and uses Verizon’s EV-DO high speed network to support Direct Push email and Verizon’s Wireless Sync.

The smartphone also comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, 1.3 megapixel camera, mini-SD card slot, Pocket Tunes, Bluetooth support, Documents go Go for viewing Microsoft Office documents and PDFs. It supports editing Word and Excel files and comes with Google Maps for mobile ready to go out of the box. Verizon is pricing the 755p at $349.99 if you sign up for the two year contract, get an $100 online discount and get a $50 mail in rebate.

E-TEN announces the Glofiish X600

Posted in glofiish,Mobile Phones,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on November 5th, 2007

Glofiish X600 Pocket PC smartphone from E-TENToday E-TEN has introduced the Glofiish X600 as its lightest Glofiish smartphone yet, and although pricing has not yet been released, the X600 is boasted as a “value” phone for “consumers looking for an affordable, versatile mobile communications device,” according to Wayne Ma, President of E-TEN.

The Glofiish X600 measures 107 x 58 x 14.7mm and runs Windows Mobile 6 with Microsoft Office apps on a 400MHz processor with 64MB of RAM and 128MB of ROM. It also features a 2.8 inch touchscreen, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS with SiRF Star III, a 2 megapixel camera and a microSD card expansion slot. It sports a matte black color with red trim, will support the EDGE protocol and is expected to hit streets somewhere around mid-November with an “affordable price”.

Samsung SPH-M4650 with a tactile touchscreen

Posted in Mobile Phones,Samsung,Smart Devices by Reuben Drake on November 5th, 2007

Samsung SPH-M4650 smartphone has multi-touch touchscreenSamsung has announced the launch of this cool-looking touch screen smartphone as one of the many chasing after the popularity of the iPhone, and this one actually looks not half-bad. The Samsung SPH-M4650 smartphone is just 14mm thick and features a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen that will buzz your finger with a little tactile feedback when you move it over the virtual buttons, helping you press where you should be pressing.

The phone runs on Windows Mobile 6 Professional with a Marvell 624MHz PXA300 processor and packs in a 2MP camera, Bluetooth, a full-browser to see web pages in their original format, and a DMB TV tuner which is real cool if you live in a country that broadcasts DMB TV.

i-mate unveils JAMA 101, JAMA 201

Posted in i-Mate,Smart Devices by Reuben Drake on October 14th, 2007

i-mate JAMA 201 Smartphonei-mate has unveiled a couple of new additions to their lineup of smartphones with the JAMA 101 and JAMA 201, both running Windows mobile and sporting similar features targeting a slightly different audiences.

The JAMA 101 pictured below runs on Windows Mobile 6 Professional and has a 2.4-inch touchscreen, a 2 megapixel camera with flash and Bluetooth connectivity. It houses a measly 128MB of memory but you can expand it to your needs with a microSD card slot. The connectivity consists of just tri-band GSM/EDGE and unfortunately it doesn’t have any Wi-Fi or UMTS. It also houses an unimpressive 300MHz Samsung processor which doesn’t exactly make this smart device a power house but is well within the range of being usable, hopefully with a price to reflect it. The JAMA 101 measures 113mm(L) x 63mm(W) x 14mm(T).

Palm Centro Launching With Sprint

Posted in Palm,Smart Devices,Sprint by Darrin Olson on September 27th, 2007

Palm Centro launched with Sprint as a lighter and cheaper alternative to the TreoToday Palm announced the release of the Palm Centro, bringing the many circulating spy shots of the “Palm Gandolf” phone into a legitimate reality. The Centro is a non-Treo smartphone targeting those that might like the Treo-type phones but want something that’s not quite so business oriented.

The Palm Centro running on Sprint’s speedy EvDO 3G network is scheduled to launch in October with Sprint being the original carrier, and the exclusive carrier for the first 90 days. It comes in colors of a loud red or black and in a relatively small, curved package measuring 4.2 inches x 2.1 inches x 0.7 inch thick and weighing only 4.2 ounces.

BlackBerry 8820 with Wi-Fi launched with AT&T

Posted in AT&T,BlackBerry,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on September 19th, 2007

BlackBerry 8820 featuring Wi-Fi launched with AT&THere it is. AT&T has announced that the BlackBerry 8820 that amazingly (for a BlackBerry) supports EDGE, Wi-Fi and GPS all in the same smartphone. AT&T will have the new 8820 available for purchase starting tomorrow, September 20. In addition to showing off to your coworkers that you have a BlackBerry that can connect via Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g) to your own network, the mobile phone can hook up to Wi-Fi hotspots around the country giving data access without data minutes.

The device also has built-in GPS for navigating your way through unfamiliar lands and has AT&T’s push to talk service. To round out the broad connectivity in this device, the 8820 even has Bluetooth for your wireless headset. Also housed is a microSD card slot and a full QWERTY keyboard, all being priced at $300 (after some rebates and a 2-year plan, of course).

Nokia E51 smartphone for business and pleasure

Posted in Mobile Phones,Nokia,Smart Devices by Matt on September 18th, 2007

Nokia E51 Smartphone for business use with a simple designNokia’s release of the E51 comes in response to the demand for business users who want a device that provides both the latest business technologies as well as functionality found in their private phones. Nokia E51 owners with Mobility Solutions will enjoy mobile telephony, email and messaging, office phone functionality while lightening expenses by consolidating to one phone number, one voice mailbox and one dial plan.

The E51 is a simple and elegant solution to an increasing demand for simplicity, with dedicated keys for quicker access to email, calendar and contact screens and a home screen displaying user selected icons to most used applications. An indicator light alerts the user to incoming mail from a number of sources including Microsoft Exchange Server, and the phone provides a streamlined email experience with easy access to attachments. The phone includes set-up wizards for simple step-by-step set up of these applications providing business users a smartphone that is easy to use, setup and maintain.