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.
Now we’re talking: This backup power supply for your phone is the size of a credit card. Literally. Wallet size. Linear Flux’s new LithiumCard portable charger connects via Micro-USB to “hypercharge” your phone. That means it charges fast. How fast depends on your device. To power up the card itself for backup, there’s a flip-out USB. Easy, fast, small, light; no brainer. Expected to ship in June/July.
This wireless car charger for your Qi-enabled phone is shaped like a cup holder, so you can just drop your phone in there & charge it up. Smart design. Effortless recharge.
Calling this thing “digital paper” is kinda like calling a memory card “digital film” but it gets the point across. Sony’s Digital Paper device is the world’s thinnest & lightest tablet; one that allows users to read, edit, annotate, save & share files from MS Word, Power Point, PDF, & Excel, effectively eliminating the need for paper. It features wi-fi, a hi-contrast reflective display, SD memory card compatibility & a whopping 3-week battery life. Available May 2014.
Last year’s HTC One was the brand’s best phone ever. Now it’s even better. The new version of their flagship phone is called the One (M8) and it not only looks great, it’s loaded: 5-inch 1080 display, Motion Launch gesture control, Duo Camera, and dozens of other face-melting features that may have you 2nd guessing that new iPhone purchase.