March 2, 2010
The success of Apple’s iconic iPhone has spawned a whole range of ‘i-accessories’. But which ones are really worth having?
- Apple’s iPhone Dock: Great for all-in-one charging, syncing and external speaker connection, the iPhone dock is an essential accessory for every iPhone user. Its slick design and multi-functional purpose accords perfectly with the Apple ethos – and, best of all, it’s available online for under £25.
- Car charger: The iPhone has a reasonable battery life; but if you’re addicted to browsing the web and downloading new applications, you may find that it needs regular recharging. Cut out the hassle of home charging by investing in a car charger, which will boost your battery on the go. Choose a premium model that will enable fast charging while protecting your phone from power spikes.
- External battery pack: Sometimes there simply isn’t time to wait around while your phone recharges. For moments like these, an external battery pack is a must-have. Many packs on the market come as an integrated part of a protective case, so they perform the dual function of protecting your phone and providing it with an alternative power source when the battery gets low. You can also buy portable hand-held chargers to plug into your phone – the BC 1000 mAH Rechargeable Backup Battery is a good option.
- Screen protection: If there’s a downside to touch screens, it’s their tendency to get covered with fingerprint smudges in no time at all. Guard against this problem with a peel-off screen protector, which will shield your phone from grit and grease without adding annoying bulk. Anti-glare iPhone screen protectors do the job well, and don’t interfere with the phone’s functions. If you want to combat the finger print problem but don’t fancy the idea of a screen protector, a pocket screen puff for wiping away dirt is a fun alternative.
- The weird and wonderful: Finally, anybody with a penchant for the ridiculous should browse the range of weird and wacky iPhone accessories on the market. Perfect for personalising this highly individual phone still further, gadgets such as the iPhone fingers – roll on rubber finger protectors that guard your screen against grime – will certainly cause a stir among your friends. If you’re a true iPhone devotee, then check out the iPhone thong – the ultimate in geek underwear style.
Vodafone now offer the iPhone from £35 on pay monthly plans. Visit the site for details.
May 19, 2009
It used to be that if you wanted to add a bit of interest or customise your phone to suit your own personal tastes, all it took was snapping on a fancy new fascia, or getting a cool leather case. Some went for the Japanese attraction of adding a little trinket that would dangle off the side. Most providers still sell these types of accessories for phones. However, you don’t necessarily have to stick to the obvious outlets to get that personal touch. Take your cue from some of the world’s most outré phones as a guide for turning your phone from purely functional to fashionable.
Any fans of American diva Kimora Lee Simmons (and her programme Life in the Fab Lane) out there will have seen that she has an incredibly glamorous lifestyle, and a phone to match. Her colourful crystal encrusted phone definitely takes bling to a new level! You may not want to go that far but it’s not hard to interpret the trend for yourself. You can buy crystals that you simply peel off and stick on to your mobile phone in any design you wish. Or if you want something a little more refined, go for a leather case that has a bit of sparkle – this will still lend a fun touch to your mobile, without looking cheap.
If you do want to personalize your phone without drastically changing the look and feel, why not try engraving? It may be dependent on your phone’s make and model but there are lots of services online that can easily do this and it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. It will depend on what you decide to engrave of course – a picture or long quotation will obviously cost more than a few letters. Space is another limitation to consider.
Lastly, if you’re a fan of body art, you might like the idea of mobile phone tattoos. Essentially these are the next step up from fascias, the difference being that you can literally stick the tattoo onto your phone (you’ll need to buy one that’s designed for your phone model) and peel it off when you fancy. They’re cheaper than buying fascias, and for some models customizable because you can buy blank tattoo paper, print on a design of your own making, and stick it on. What could be easier?
Visit the Vodafone website for all the latest mobiles, including the HTC.
February 11, 2008
This is basically my first evening in the new flat in Stockholm, and guess what I find when I check my email? Xperia has been officially announced!
Finally Sony Ericsson has seriously entered the smartphone business. We’ve earlier written about Xperia in “Is ‘Xperia’ Sony Ericssons rumored P5i or is it a webservice?“, now it seems we were both right and wrong. It’s a smartphone, it’s a product line, but it sure is not the P5i nor a webservice. Instead the Xperia X1 marks a new episode in Sony Ericsson history with a product line developed for web communication and multimedia entertainment.
Sure the P990, W950, W960 and the P1 were all decent devices classified as smartphones, but seriously if you ever used them you’d know there were moments you just wanted to smack them hard against a wall. The P990 and P1i were essentially business phones and filled their purpose somewhat satisfying. The W950 and W960 still are top of the line music devices, but nothing I personally would use. A modern consumer wants both of these world, business and entertainment in one device and hopefully thats exactly what the X1 will do.
This baby has one flaw, it’s not running Symbian under the hood, instead Sony Ericsson has decided to spread it’s risks with operating systems (like most manufacturers these days) selecting the Windows Mobile platform for the Xperia line. Yes it’s a shame, I feel you all.
Enough blabbering, here are the goodies! The Xperia X1 features some really cool stuff such as a 3 inch 800×480 pixels 65 536 color touchscreen (ching ching!) perfect for watching movies during those long hours at trains or flights, HSDPA and HSUPA (fast downloads AND uploads), a full QWERTY keyboard, optical joystick and a 4-way key. There’s also an aGPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera able to record (and playback) VGA (640x480px) videos at 30 fps. All this in a neat arc-slider package measuring 110 x 17 x 53 mm and 145 grams. Did I mention it comes in two colors? Black for sinners and silver for saints. And oh yes, it will be available sometime during the second half of 2008.
Full pressrelease and more images after the break.
November 16, 2007
Sergey Brin and Steve Horowitz discuss the availability of the SDK, that it will be open source in the future, and demo applications on the Android platform.
I’ve found some more information on Google’s Android. Previously I reported on the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) but now we’re starting to get some real life examples on what this platform can do. Much of the focus seems to be open source development by the community, Google wants us – the users – to develop the software and functionality we want and make it available for everyone. They’ve even put aside $10 000 000 which they’re giving away to the best ideas. This is of course a smart move, allowing their platform to grow both in functionality as well as becoming popular in the developer community – and hopefully with consumers in the end.
Bruce Leak and Timo Bruck from SkyPop demo a couple of their new applications for Android.
Some of you Symbian fans might get alarmed by these news. Well, don’t be. [Read more]
November 13, 2007
Accelerometers are hot these days. They make our smartphones even smarter by being able to tell how the user is moving and tilting the device, much like Nintendo’s Wii remote. I’m impressed about the fact that Sony Ericsson picked up on this trend so fast and incorporated a accelerometer in their non-Symbian device K850. It’s slow though…very slow! Watch the video below and judge yourself.
Read more for the video. [Read more]