If smartphone built-in speakers were totally awesome, no one would think much about enhancing their music with separate audio output. The reality is that the tiny, built-in speakers are only great for basic sound. You can’t expect the hardware to develop much depth for music and entertainment.
Right now, wearables are a primary target for manufacturers. Everyone wants to take up permanent real-estate on your body, be it wrist, neck, head, or what have you. Smartwatches and fitness trackers are at the top of the list. If you don’t need an additional piece of tech, yet want a way to mount your existing smartphone/device, there aren’t too many options.
You’ve owned a brand-new iPhone 6 and have survived #bendgate, #crescentgate, and what have you. Either your dextrous hands and/or protective case have served you well. So now it’s time to get crazy and wild on some adventure outside of your stuffy home or boring cubicle.
Let’s face it. When you’ve held the number one spot in mobile devices for years, you kind of get premium treatment. Sure, sure, it’s all about money and I understand it. Manufacturers are going to create accessories for the most-desired products, first, in order to supply the masses. It’s smart business.
Apple devices have long been a favorite for musicians looking to enhance, mix, or record music from instruments. The hardware and software technology has always been top-notch, delivering quality results in real-time. Attempting to do the same with an Android device has been little better than playing with a toy. That is, up until now with the latest from IK Multimedia.
Although activity bands have their own popularity, many people still use smartphones to track daily runs or steps. If corded earbuds are also involved, it’s far more convenient to have the mobile device attached to you instead of stuffed in a pocket. Most of these solutions, in the form of a belt holster or arm band, pale in comparison to the universal compatibility and magnetic power of Clipless.
I’ve spent the past week or so with the new Adonit Jot Script and Jot Touch. For some background, if you haven’t seen my other stylus reviews, I love to draw on my iPad– I draw disney characters and not much more, because I’m eternally nine years old. Having spent a good couple months with more »
Flygrip is a $29.95 plastic doohickey that attaches to the back of your phone (or, for most of us, your phone case) so you can securely hold it while you’re multitasking. It also serves as a handy kickstand in both portrait and landscape mode.
By now, you might have a small collection of USB cables and wall adapters from all the mobile devices you’ve ever purchased. Power needs have changed quickly over time. It used to be that 5V/1A was good enough for just about everything, but that’s not really the case anymore. Bigger and more power-hungry smartphones and tablets have demands that reach up to 2.4A.
So the Apple iPhone 6/6+ and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are out and in full swing. The latest Google Nexus smartphone is about to hit retail shelves too. But even though these newer models are getting much media attention, it doesn’t mean that everyone is choosing to upgrade. Some of us upgrade every other year, or maybe hold out even longer than that. Either way, it’s hard not to get caught up in the “latest and greatest” frenzy.
If part of your day involves lots of phone time, it pays to have a good earpiece. It doesn’t really matter if you’re in an office, mobile office, or just chit-chat with people frequently. That earpiece is going to be your best friend for quality, wireless communication.
When gadgets come out of their bag or protective pockets, there’s an element of danger involved. But it varies. Pulling out a digital camera to take close-up photos of a bucket filled with kittens is not on the same level as holding that same camera, one-handed, to capture video while riding a roller-coaster.