The time has come for Apple Watch. Available in 2 sizes, 3 models and a choice of finishes, including aluminum, stainless, and 18-karat gold, some may think it looks a bit like a small iPhone you wear on your wrist. However, the list of features is extensive and some quite useful. And as you would expect from Apple, the polished design and use of premium materials is a step ahead of competing smart watches. The crown controls scrolling as you choose options for fitness tracking, messages & alerts, the built-in heart rate monitor, Apple Pay and more. A stack of dedicated watch apps are reportedly on the way.
Apple’s new iPhone 6 & 6 Plus have what no other iPhone has had before: NFC connectivity. This not new but new-to-Apple technology finally makes mobile payments possible with iOS. The launch of Apple Pay allows users to securely link their card to their iTunes account and pay with their phones (and Apple Watch) at places like, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Walgreens, Subway, McDonald’s, & Whole Foods.
The iPhone 6 is finally here. It’s bigger, featuring a 4.7” screen. The iPhone 6 Plus has also arrived and it’s even bigger, with a 5.5” screen. Both displays boast more pixels and updated technology, called Retina HD. Both phones also include the 50% faster A8 chip, NFC technology for the convenience of touch–to-pay, and battery life that is as good if not better than current models. Available in 16GB-128GB.
For those tired of texting or touchscreen typing, this universal wireless keyboard gives you the comfort and speed of a full-size keyboard you can use with your phone and/or tablet. A switch on the side of keyboard lets you choose & connect between 3 devices.
The defining feature of Samsung’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy Note Edge is the phone’s wraparound edge. It’s like having 2 OLED displays in one: they’re connected but separate, allowing you to access apps using the widget icons on the edge. Available soon for everyone: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, & Sprint.
The All Day power supply from Brunton extends the power of your GoPro Hero3+ nearly 4 times the specified run time and features all-weather durability. It also doubles as a portable power device, so you can recharge phone or tablet on the fly.
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.