Because electronics are always essential in off-grid locations like mountaintops and backcountry campsites, Outdoor Tech’s new Kodiak Waterproof power supply is going to be a lifesaver. Shockproof, waterproof, & impervious to the elements, the 9.4-ounce gizmo will supply 6000 milliamps of power to your phone, tablet, GoPro, & other rechargables.
It’s pretty dumb that most phone batteries last about 1 day. That’s definitely not the case with this new and decidedly old school Nokia. Its battery will maintain power for up to 36 days in standby mode. The no-frills phone features a classic 9-button keypad & built-in fm radio but also a color video screen & a Micro SD slot for adding up to 32G of storage. Standard features like video and music playback are also included. Fans of lo-fi will surely hope to see this released in the U.S., but for now it will be made available in emerging markets.
With its metal-framed body and rounded edges, Samsung’s new iPhone knock-off is called the Galaxy Alpha. At just 7mm thick, it’s one of the slimmest Galaxy devices yet. It’s got a 4.7-inch HD super AMOLED display, and boasts a camera that captures images in real-time HDR, and an ultra-power saving mode.
Using a low frequency 2-way radio signal, the GoTenna is an off-grid communication device that pairs with your phone via Bluetooth LE to let you send encrypted messages up to 160 characters & share GPS data over a 32-mile range. You can also set up your networks with others. It’s weather-resitant & rugged, just as it should be. Sold in pairs. No subscription fees.
Could Amazon build a better phone for their most engaged customers? It kinda looks that way. They launched Fire Phone today. It’s a 3D smartphone with features like gesture control scrolling & an image stabilizing 13-megapixel camera. But really, it’s a powerful little consumption device optimized for watching movies & TV shows, reading books, and buying more stuff at Amazon.
At first you might think, “who needs that?” but a waterproof Kindle actually makes sense. A large percentage of the male population read books only on vacation; also a time that traditionally involves swimming pools, beaches and lots of drinking. And waterproof to 200-feet means you can also use it as a frisbee in the pool when Jim Butcher’s Dresden drivel is putting you to sleep.
While many worship blindly in the cult of iPhone, those who seek a higher standard will find it in the Vertu Signature Touch. Handmade in Britain with premium materials, it features all the tech you expect in a cutting-edge Android smartphone plus luxury services like 24/7 global concierge and best-in-class security features. Look at that price!
Gigs 2 Go are credit-card sized flash drive 4-packs designed to tear off and share. Available in 1, 8, & 16GB capacity, they’ll slide right in to your wallet & come in handy for grabbing & giving out large files.
Products like Mophie’s new backup power supply are making it harder to use the old “my phone died” excuse for everything. It fits on your keyring and provides power to your iPhone or iPod with its integrated fold-out Lightning connector.