Outdoorsy types — hunters, fishermen and ATV riders, to name a few — utilize mobile technology as much as the indoor types, but their apps are a bit more hands-on. The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 61 percent of Americans owned a smartphone in 2013, and that number will only increase. Outdoor enthusiasts make up a huge part of that group, but they may not be aware of the cool accessories available to enhance their activities. If you’re one of those people, here are four that may interest you:
S4 Gear Jackknife Smartphone Bow Mount
There is no better feeling for bow hunters than a perfect head or neck shot that takes down your target without damaging any of the meat. Now you can share those moments instantly with everyone.
The S4 Gear’s Jackknife Bow Mount gives hunters the ability to shoot video with their smartphone attached right to the bow’s sight mount. It creates a first-person shooter viewpoint that allows you to film and provide commentary simultaneously. Not only will the Jackknife allow you to share your hunting activities with the world, but can also serve as training film to improve your accuracy. The Jackknife sells for around $45.
Anemometer Accessory by Vaavud
There’s one element of nature that can ruin a camping, boating, surfing or hunting trip before it begins: wind. Hunters, for instance, always want to approach prey in the opposite direction of the wind so the animals don’t pick up their scent and escape. Deer, especially, use their olfactory receptors for communication and defense purposes, so knowing the wind’s velocity and direction is important.
The Vaavud Smartphone Anemometer is the perfect accessory for all outdoor activities. Funded by a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the Vaavud wireless wind meter lets users get accurate readings of wind speed and direction. You can then share the readings instantly online. The device works with most iPhones, along with the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and HTC One. The Vaavud wind meter can be purchased for $50.
Arctic Power Bank 4000
Extending trips away from power sources mean the batteries in your device will need some other way to maintain a charge. That’s where the Arctic Power Bank 4000 come into play.
This portable charger and backup battery provides 4000 mAh of power, essentially giving you 16 extra hours of talk time or 20 hours of Web surfing. Its compatible with almost all smartphones, tablets, e-Readers and any other USB-powered device. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket and comes with a case to hold all the cables. Available on Amazon carries for $30.
Arkon SM032 Handlebar Mount
Cameras that mount on ATV helmets are becoming a popular accessory for riders to share their experiences with others. But shooting a second angle can give you more raw footage to work with when editing the finished product.
The Arkon SM032 allows you to mount your smartphone to your handlebars without covering the controls on your touchscreen. The water-resistant zippers around the holder allows you to ride anywhere in any kind of weather. It’s compatible with most smartphones and even the iPod touch. For under $30, it can be yours.
We all sit on pins and needles, not really, for the next Nexus tablet to come to fruition. Rumors have talked about an 8-inch variety, an announcement at Google I/O, HTC being the winner of the design for the next one and plenty more. Heck, I was just reading over at IBTimes that the Nexus 8 will be at I/O with Android 4.5. June is a long ways away. For those living in the real world right now, ASUS has finally brought forth two docks for your coveted 2013 Nexus 7. Both should help you bide the time until we see what Google is up to.
The first is a charging stand
- Slide-in Design for horizontal or vertical viewing.
- HDMI out to view content on your TV or PC monitor
- Comes in Black
- Dimensions: 218 x 106 x 77 mm
- Weight: 142g
Next up is the wireless charging PW100
- Pyrimid design
- Qi Standard
- LED status light
- Comes in black
- Dimensions: 75 x 65 x 84 mm
- Weight: 115g
The wired dock will set you back a modest $50. Which isn’t bad considering it offers the HDMI out and two view options. The wireless PW100 goes up a bit for the wireless aspect to $90. Both via Amazon.
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Well we all know what Sprint is, a regular carrier giving us consumers cellular services for our mobile devices. That’s usually were all carriers stop but Sprint want’s to go one step further. Enter Harmon Kardon. Sprint has partnered up with the high-end audio company to bring their own line of portable Bluetooth speakers for the masses. The speaker in question is called the Onyx Studio, a small and rechargeable speaker that will bring you up to 5 hours of audio on a single charge.
Other specs include 4 speakers and dual passive radiators which are supposed to give you “..deep bass for authentic sound quality”. Now as we all know these are just words, each of us have our own unique set of standards when it comes to our tech. Luckily the Onyx Studio will be carried exclusively at Sprint stores so you can go in and try it out yourself, see if it will meet your portable audio needs. The Onyx Studio is currently retailing for $399.99 on Sprint.com (link below), quite a pretty penny for a speaker so I suggest you visit your local Sprint store and try it out before you buy. All in all this looks to be an interesting move from the mobile carrier and I look forward to seeing what else they venture into.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 was announced yesterday and despite what comments you’ve read on the internet it is a new flagship phone and with that title comes accessories. Bring in Belkin. The company announced their new line of accessories made specifically for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and boy are there plenty to choose from. As always cases play a major role as the first accessories made for any flagship so Belkin came out with two different types. We have the Wallet Folio Case and the Air Protect Grip Extreme Case.
The wallet folio case is the general flip cover case that doubles as a credit/debit card holder on the inside and comes in a variety of colors for only $39.99. As an added bonus you can also use this case a stand for movie watching.
The second case (Air Protect Grip Extreme) is made more for complete protection. Using their patented Shocwave technology in the corners of the Air Protect case allows you to more easily deal with the bumps and bruises of day to day life for a modest price ($34.99).
Then finally there are the chargers, you know those things that keep your phone alive when your battery is running low ;). Hopefully it doesn’t come down to this but let’s say you lose the charger for that new S5 of yours, or if you’re like me, your puppy chews through it on day one, Belkin has you covered. They have launched some great wall chargers that will put out the 2.1 Amps that you need to charge your devices should that fate befall you, if not well they still come in handy for your other mobile devices.
So if you’re planning to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy S5 Belkin would be a great place to look for some accessories. I have provided the links below to their products, so click and search, who knows you might end up buying a case for your next flagship phone from Samsung.
Yesterday we showed you guys the latest offering from SandDisk. The new SanDisk 128GB microSDXC memory card. The card is the same size as any micro SD card, but packs in an insane amount of memory. It comes with a 10 year warranty, is Water-proof, temperature proof, X-ray proof, magnet proof and shock proof and offers transfer speeds up to 30MBs.
The press release pegged the new card to launch with a hefty price tag attached, $199.99. Like all things on the internet, that didn’t stick. Right now the new 128GB microSDXC cards are coming in at $119.99. That is less than a $1 a GB. Considering its size, and that it is the first of its kind, that is pretty good.
If you have $120 sitting around for a rainy day, or the day that a card this size becomes available, now is your time to buy it. Hit the Amazon link below.
P.S. make sure your device can support it though. The new Galaxy S5 will be fine. If what you have now doesn’t, maybe an OTG cable and card reader, or you could just use it in your camera for the time being.
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While cloud storage is easily one option for keeping all your information, photos and documents easily at hand, there is still a place and a use for physical storage devices. Just yesterday SanDisk announced a new 128GB micro SDXC card. Today we hear from Toshiba and their latest offering. The new TransMemory Pro USB 3.0 Flash Drive.
The new Toshiba TransMemory Pro will come in a 64GB and a 128GB size offering and obviously utilizes USB 3.0 for speedy transfer. Toshiba states that the flash drive reads at speeds up to 222 MB/s and writes up to 205 MB/s. Obviously making it extremely snappy. Other benefits include built-in security software and encrypted password protection. It will also let you set up your own public and private partitions.
While this isn’t Android news specifically, the specs and the press release are definitely up the tech users ally and we thought some of you out there might be pretty interested to hear about this little beast. The drives say they are PC and Mac compatible, and we can only assume that using an OTG cable to an Android device would work as well. If we get our hands on one any time soon we will be sure to give it a test on few various devices.
Price wise is up there in the clouds for many with the new TransMemory Pro 64GB at $129.99 and the 128GB at $199.99. However, the price points are pretty on point for the capabilities and size compared to some others we have seen.
Anyone been waiting or looking for a exceptionally quick high capacity USB 3.0 flash Drive? The press release said they are available at Toshiba.com, but I couldn’t find them yet.
Griffin launches their Samsung Galaxy S5 cases which either cover, or don’t cover, that dimpled Back
With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S5, it’s now time for all the accessory manufacturers to out their Samsung Galaxy S5 cases and one of the first to launch their’s is Griffin Technology. Griffin is probably best known for its Survivor line of cases which provide very heavy-duty protection of whatever phone happens to be inside the case. Naturally, Griffin is bringing out a Survivor series case for the Galaxy S5 as well as two other slightly less protective cases.
If you haven’t heard of the Griffin Survivor before, it is “designed to meet military standards” and as you can see, it certainly looks the part. The Survivor for the Galaxy S5 will have a polycarbonate frame on the inside with a silicone jacket to give your device protection from 6-foot drops onto all manner of surfaces including concrete. There is also a built in screen protector to add further protection for your touchscreen. Griffin is bringing the Survivor out for $49.99 USD (to find out more you can visit the product page here).
While some of you may prefer the Survivor as it hides the dimpled back cover of the Galaxy S5, some of you might actually want to show off exactly which colour you ended up getting, though don’t want to compromise on protection. For that, Griffin also has a solution with the Survivor Clear, a case that still retains the 6-foot drop protection of the Survivor but can still bask in all its naked glory thanks to its transparent polycarbonate shell. If this is your cup of tea, the Survivor Clear will be sold for $29.99 (see more on its product page here).
The last case for the Galaxy S5 that Griffin launched today is the Reveal. While it doesn’t have the protective qualities of the Survivor and Survivor Clear, it is only 1.6mm thick all over and is still able to show off the rear of your Galaxy S5. And being made from polycarbonate, it’s likely to be able to take a few bumps and bruises during day-to-day use. The Reveal will be sold for $24.99 (check out its product page here).
So there you have it, three great new Samsung Galaxy S5 cases from Griffin Technology, so you better get in quick as it looks like they’re selling quite well; the Survivor’s estimated shipping time-frame has blown out to 8-10 weeks. Let us know if you’re eager to get one of Griffin’s new cases and which one.
Griffin Launches New Accessories for the Highly Anticipated Samsung Galaxy S® 5
Griffin’s new collection includes the best-selling Survivor, Survivor Clear, and Reveal Cases
Nashville, Tenn. – February 24, 2014 – Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, releases a new lineup of cases for the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S 5 that features unique, stylish and protective designs suited for every taste.
“Griffin’s new accessories for Galaxy S 5 offer a variety of options allowing users to showcase their individuality,” said Chris Paterson, General Manager of Design and Product Marketing at Griffin Technology. “Our cases for Galaxy S 5 provide the perfect combination of style, protection, functionality and convenience to highlight the new features of the phone.”
Leading the line-up of Samsung Galaxy S 5 accessories are the best-selling Survivor and Reveal collections. Survivor for Samsung Galaxy S 5 is Griffin’s most protective case, designed to meet military standards and synonymous with extreme-duty protection. Built on a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame and clad in rugged, shock-absorbing silicone, Survivor provides an added layer of water and dust resistance to the phone while also protecting against a 6-foot drop onto concrete, shock, vibration, dirt, sand and a host of other environmental factors. A built-in screen protector seals Galaxy S 5’s touchscreen, and a detachable heavy-duty clip secures the phone to a belt or bag strap. Survivor for Samsung Galaxy S 5, $49.99, is available for order today atstore.griffintechnology.com/survivor-for-samsung-galaxy-s5.
Survivor Clear for Samsung Galaxy S 5 is a crystal-clear polycarbonate case that offers ultimate protection while displaying the beauty of the Galaxy S 5. The case is engineered to withstand bone-shaking vibration, and extra-tough, resilient TPE rubber at corners and edges offers impact protection that can withstand a 6-foot drop onto concrete. The edges are molded for a secure grip, with openings for easy access to connectors and controls. Survivor Clear for Samsung Galaxy S 5, $29.99, is available for order today at store.griffintechnology.com/survivor-clear-for-samsung-galaxy-s5.
The ultra-thin Reveal for Samsung Galaxy S 5 is a one-piece polycarbonate shell that shows off the new phone’s good looks. Reveal adds just a little over a millimeter in thickness, yet its slim rubber lining cushions and grips tight to hug the Galaxy S 5. Reveal for Samsung Galaxy S 5, $24.99, is available for order today at store.griffintechnology.com/reveal-for-samsung-galaxy-s5.
Survivor, Survivor Clear and Reveal will initially be available in black, with new colors rolling out over the following few months. Current orders for Survivor will ship in approximately 10 weeks, and current orders for Survivor Clear and Reveal will ship in 4-6 weeks.
Other popular collections from Griffin, including Identity, KaZoo, wallets, and armbands for Galaxy S 5 will be available soon. Griffin’s current range of world-class charging solutions and cables are also compatible with Samsung Galaxy S 5 and are available today. To view all of Griffin’s current accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S 5, visit store.griffintechnology.com/smartphone/galaxy-s5.
For more information about Griffin Technology visit www.griffintechnology.com.
About Griffin Technology
Founded on Paul Griffin’s kitchen table in 1992, Griffin Technology Inc., is today one of the world’s foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile, and personal technology. Unique products such as iTrip®, PowerMate®, iFM®, iMic® and Evolve® Wireless Speaker System have broken new ground in consumer electronics and created loyal fans the world over. Today, Griffin products are conceived, designed and developed in-house and continue to push the envelope of the industry they helped create. Learn more about Griffin’s entire range of ingenious designs atwww.griffintechnology.com, www.facebook.com/griffintech and on Twitter, @griffintech.
SanDisk has announced a new mobile memory card solution today that might make your jaw drop. Not just for the price tag, but what it is. SanDisk now offers a 128GB microSDXC card.
“The new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card again demonstrates how SanDisk continues to expand the possibilities of storage so that consumers can benefit from our latest technology advancements,” said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. “With 128GB of removable storage, consumers will enjoy the freedom to capture and save whatever they want on a smartphone or tablet, without worrying about running out of storage space.”
To put that size into to terms of data, SanDisk sums it up to 16 hours of HD video, 7,500 songs, 3200 photos and more than 125 apps on a single card. The card has a read speed of 30MS/s, class 10 performance, waterproof, temperature-proof, X-ray-proof, magnet-proof, shockproof and has a 10 year warranty.
What will 128GBs of storage on a card the size of your pinky nail set you back? Quite a bit, the new 128GB cards start at $199.99.
SanDisk also announced the iNAND Extreme embedded flash flash drive. The thinnest, fastest and most sophisticated embedded nand storage product from SanDisk to date. These are coming in at 64Gbs and are being sampled in various devices by various manufacturers. Expect to see some new Android powered phones and tablets hitting the 64GB internal storage marker at launch eventually.
In the era of phablets, it’s rather odd to see a company launching a 2.8-inch device, let alone calling it a “wearable” smartphone. Meet the Alcatel OneTouch Pop Fit, a little QVGA 3G phone that costs from just €89 or about $120 unsubsidized, but it comes bundled with a bunch of accessories. These include five back covers in different colors (black, blue, yellow, pink and red), along with a semi-transparent flip cover (with three dedicated music buttons) and an armband case. You also get a pair of JBL in-ear headphones, which will come in handy while jogging with this splashproof device.
The phone itself is powered by a 1GHz dual-core MediaTek chip with 512MB of RAM, so the 1,000mAh battery should be sufficient. What’s surprising is that even at this price point, the Pop Fit comes with either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory, thus giving the iPod nano a run for its money. There’s a software bundle, too: RunKeeper GPS fitness tracking app, DoubleTwist music player and Fleksy keyboard (which should make typing a lot easier on this tiny screen). Expect this phone to hit the shops around May this year.
What is it?
The Patriot Stellar is a USB thumb drive with a regular USB connection on one end and a microUSB on the other. There’s a small cap that pops off to expose the microUSB side to protect from dust, lint, etc. It comes in 16, 32, and 64GB sizes and is USB 3.0. It’s compact and has the same height and width of a USB port.
I mounted the Patriot Stellar on several different Android devices around the office including an LG G2, an HTC One, and a Samsung Note 3; you’d just plug it in and any file explorer app was able to read, copy, move, delete, and rename its contents without a hitch. My Nexus 5 on the other hand (as well as other Nexus devices) requires a helper app to mount any OTG storage because it’s not supported natively, I’d recommend Stickmount by Chainfire (note that root permissions are required). If you’re not rooted, Total Commander in conjunction with its USB Stick Plugin will mount as Nexus OTG storage as well.
I pitted the Patriot Stellar against other external storage options, even my N5 itself. I used my N5 to create a nandroid backup in TWRP, each of which hovered around 4.7GB in size. Additionally, I tested each of the storage options’ read and write speeds with THIS free USB speed test on my work PC. (Note that the Patriot Stellar is USB 3.0 and the other storage options were USB 2.0, but I only have USB 2.0 ports on my machine, so the Stellar’s performance on a USB 3.0 would be even more Stellar.) For comparison, my N5 created a nandroid on its internal storage in 571 seconds:
- Patriot Stellar 64 GB: nandroid created in 801 s, read = 34.3 MB/s, write = 20.9 MB/s
- Meenova w/ class 10, 64 GB micro SD: nandroid created in 961 s, read = 19.7 MB/s, write = 6.9 MB/s
- USB OTG Cable with 64 GB flash drive: nandroid created in 1,020 s, read = 22.1 MB/s, write = 5.5 MB/s
As you can see regarding the tested external storage options, the Patriot Stellar won in all categories. Even compared to writing a nandroid directly to internal storage, it only took 40% longer, which is rather impressive.
- It’s small, compact, and works as it should
- Read/Write speed is insane
- Three sizes available to fit your needs
- Solid, durable, and quality construction
- 2-year warranty
- The price
- Since it’s small and detachable, it can be easily lost
The Patriot Stellar is the BEST solution for those with mobile devices who need extra storage. I would argue that it’s even better than an internal SD card because a cable isn’t required to transfer files to a computer. I found the Stellar to be extremely helpful for loading new ROMs onto and saving nandroid backups to. I originally bought a Meenova microSD card reader for that same purpose, but the Stellar has replaced my Meenova. I’d recommend the Patriot Stellar to anyone with an Android device—especially those who do root and require extra space for ROMs and backups.
If you’re interested in one of the Patriot Stellar’s many size options you have a couple of choices. You can head to the old standby, Amazon, and pick up a 16GB, 32Gb or 64GB Patriot Stellar via the links below.
The price points are pretty stellar for their sizes and what they do. As an extra special incentive to our reader though, we have a special promotion running for one month with Patriot on any one of these OTG drives. If you order through Newegg.com and use the prmo code OTG4FUN, you get an additional $5 off your purchase. The 16GB is already only $19.99, so you could grab that for just $15. That will be good from now through March 13th 2014, so you have some time.