I am not much of an earbud person myself. I prefer that full over the ear experience. Even though I know I look a bit ridiculous with them over my head while I walk down the street. Luckily I don’t walk down the street often. For those of you that do walk, jog, run, bike or any other combination of situations where earbuds are dramatically more practical, Phiaton has announced a new Bluetooth earbud set that is sure to make your adventures a bit more enjoyable. The Phiaton BT220′s are the latest from the premium audio manufacture and they certainly sound like they should pack quite the punch.
“We’ve listened to the needs and desires of the community and we believe the BT 220 NC fulfills a much-needed gap in the headphone market” said James Baik, President of Phiaton. “The BT 220 NC, along with Phiaton’s whole line, was designed entirely with the user experience in mind.”
On paper the BT220′s bring you Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and allow you pair up two devices simultaneously. They also ring a few niceties that you don’t always find on other brands. Such as the ability to hardwire connect the earbuds if the battery dies on you. Battery life shouldn’t be too much of a worry though since they spec out at 17 hours of continuous music listening and 300 hours of standby. As you can see in the press image they are connected to a wireless receiver that is also a remote to control tracks, volume and calls. The remote also brings in a “monitor” control function that allows you to mute your tune, and deactivate the noise cancelling function, so you can hear things around you without needing to remove the earbuds. I am sure this will come in handy since the noise cancellation is stated to block out 95% of all ambient noise.
As for the more technical side of things the BT220′s use high quality dynamic speaker units that are 14.3 mm with a frequency range of 10 Hz ~27 kHz, an impedance of 32 Ohms and a sensitivity of 100dB at kHz.
The Phiaton BT220 NC’s will be on sale in late October for the premium price tag of $179. Feel free to check them out in a little more detail at the Phiaton website.
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I don’t know about you, but I’ve started to consider a quality charging cable a must buy accessory. Whenever I unbox a new smartphone it seems that the cable is shorter, thinner and more fragile. This has forced me and I’m sure many of you, to look for other options. A quality cable offers many advantages, but mostly ensures that you can reliably charge your beloved smartphone. Because honestly, the world would come to a screeching halt if you woke up in the morning to a dead battery.
In my search for a new Micro USB cable I came across the FRiEQ Hi-Speed cable. I have to admit, it was the colors that drew me in, but it was the blend of specs and value that convinced me to spend my money. The FRiEQ Micro USB cable is six feet long, covered in tangle-free, braided nylon and has gold connectors at either end. Best of all, FRiEQ claimed that this cable would cut down on the amount of time it took to charge my phone. All of this for only $7.99, I was sold!
When I opened the package and inspected the cable, I was impressed right away. The cable is thicker than most others I’ve used and the braided nylon keeps knots away. The connectors are easy to manipulate and fit perfectly. I tested the FRiEQ cable against, a stock LG cable and an Amazon Basics cable I’ve had for about a year. I can verify that the FRiEQ cable definitely charged my LG G3 faster than the other cables by a good margin.
I’ve been using the FRiEQ Hi-Speed cable for about two months now and it has held up great. It looks just as good now as the day I got it, but more importantly, it performs just as well as the day it came out of the package. If you’re looking for a new charging cable, you cannot go wrong with the FRiEQ Hi-Speed.
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Hey, Happy Saturday! Welcome to the first of an ongoing series of accessories round ups. The plan is to highlight at least five accessories to check out, but we’ll play loose with the number, especially if it pertains to different smartphones or tablets. Let’s jump right in!
The Glif is perfect for you if you have ever wanted to use your phone with a tripod. It has 2 purposes: it is a universal tripod mount, and you can use it as a kickstand. Its small and can be adjusted to fit any phone, even if the phone is in a case. It’s extremely portable, it comes with a keychain adapter so you can take it with you anywhere with your keys. The company, Studio Neat is from Austin,TX and the Glif is made in America. It can be found here on Amazon – The Glif.
Chargecard for Android
If you have ever been stuck somewhere and needed a micro-usb cable for your phone, this one is for you. The Chargecard is shaped like a card and is made to fit in either a wallet or purse. The name is slightly deceiving, this is not a portable charger as the name implies; this is just a compact USB cable that fits in your wallet for whenever you need it. The reason I included it is because I can’t tell you how many times, I have been stuck and needed a USB cable, this would have helped a lot. It can be found here- Chargecard.
I read about the Spiderpodium and thought of 1 thing: a holder for my phone in the car. I have had this problem in my car since I decided to get it back in March; I have nowhere to put it when I am in my car.
This accessory is one of the most versatile stands for a phone that I have ever seen. The stand has 8 flexible legs that can be arranged to grip and support your phone wherever you decide to put it. The are two different versions: one for the phone, and a bigger one for the tablet.
If you are in the market for some stereo bluetooth headphones, you should look at these strongly. I have owned a pair of these for about a year now, and they work unbelievably well. One of my favorite features is that it works with Google search on your phone, if you press one of the buttons on the device, it functions as if you just said “OK, Google” in the search app. They sound great, I haven’t had any issues with music or podcasts. Another of the cooler features is that these vibrate when receiving a call as well. Check them out at Amazon.
I love Otterbox cases! I have used an Otterbox case for almost every phone I’ve used for over 2 years. I started with nothing but Commuter cases, which are smaller than the Defender, and have a screen protector included in every package. The new Symmetry case has caught my attention. I love that they are smaller and lighter than the Commuter, and offer a great level of protection.
What I don’t like is that they don’t come with screen protectors. Maybe Otterbox will include them at some point in the future. You can find one of these cases for some of the newer phones. Check out one of these symmetry cases for some of the more popular Android phones: LG G3, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5.
Well, that’s all for this week! Let us know what you think about the accessories on the list. Also, let us know in the comments which accessories you want to see covered next!
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Cheero Energy Plus 12000mAh Review: a very solid package which you can get for ridiculously cheap right now
There are an almost limitless number of portable battery chargers out there at the moment, with various shapes, sizes, and capacities. So when one comes up with a ridiculous price tag, we just had to take a look. We’ll be taking a look at the Cheero Energy Plus 12000mAh today – you may recognize the brand cheero after our last video review of their Danboard themed battery packs (check out that review here). This time we have a much more ‘normal’ battery pack, but much of the same solid design and value for money we’ve come to expect from cheero. Check out our video review of it below:
As you can see, a very decent package with a very attractive price tag – yes, that was $29.49 USD in case you missed it. Before we go on to giving you the links on where to get one, I just wanted to briefly mention the performance of the Energy Plus when it comes to real world recharging. In my brief tests using the Battery Monitor Widget app as my tool on my Galaxy Note 2, I found that the peak charge rate of the battery pack was around 75% per hour, although you can probably expect closer to 50% per hour – this equates to about 1,550mAh/hr given my battery capacity of 3,100mAh.
The charging abilities of the Energy Plus are pretty much the normal, and at 12,000mAh, you can expect to charge a few devices more than a few times before needing to charge up again. And that’s when you factor in the price of $29.49 USD again. While you can get other battery packs with similar amounts of capacity for a similar price, I doubt many will offer the quality of the cheero Energy Plus, so if you’re interested in picking one up, cheero is only offering this price to the first 3,000 customers, with 1,000 confirmed to have been sold already. Visit http://www.cheero.net/usa/lp/ep12000/ to purchase, or hit the Amazon link provided below.
http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&Operation=GetAdHtml&ID=OneJS&OneJS=1&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=wwwandcom-20&marketplace=amazon®ion=US&placement=B00LAEBJNM&asins=B00LAEBJNM&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true&MarketPlace=USWhat do you think about the cheero Energy Plus 12000mAh battery pack? Let us know your opinion.
I love nifty ideas, and the Smart Lamp Speaker by emoi is one idea that is particularly interesting. Combining traditional household devices like a touchlamp and Bluetooth speaker, the Smart Lamp Speaker puts a new spin on multi-purpose accessories. Using its companion app, the Smart Lamp Speaker can also have its music controller remotely as well as control the brightness of the lamp itself. It can even be set up to be used as an alarm clock, playing music to wake you from your slumber.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1493253417/smart-lamp-speaker/widget/video.htmlIf this sounds like something you might be interested in, emoi is offering the Smart Lamp Speaker at a discount during its Kickstarter campaign which is live now. The standard retail price of the Smart Lamp Speaker is going to be $100 USD, but for backers of the campaign, the price of one Speaker will be lowered to $69 USD. At the time of writing this article, the campaign has accrued $4,523 of its $50,000 target, with 30 days left. If this project takes your fancy, be sure to check out the link below.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1493253417/smart-lamp-speaker/widget/card.html?v=2What do you think about the Smart Lamp Speaker by emoi? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Samsung announced the release of a new accessory and companion app today that looks to be pretty useful. The idea behind it isn’t new, however the execution is, at least to me. The new cable is called the Power Sharing Cable. Basically it is a cable that sports a micro USB tip on both sides. It will allow you to plug your Galaxy S 5, Galaxy Tab S or other select Galaxy devices into another micro-USB compatible device to charge it from your phone or tablets battery.
As I said before, the idea behind using your phone to tablet to charge up another device isn’t all that new. There have been a number of devices that allow that same operation. However, Samsung has also created a free companion app that takes the sharing of power from a compatible device and manages it a little. The Power Sharing app will give you control over how much power to transfer. Essentially letting you boost your smartwatch power, or any other device, by the amount you need to get you through the rest of your day without sucking the life out of your phones own battery.
You can use the cable without the app, but you do lose out on the power transfer control and it will continuously pull power. Not a huge issue if you unplug it obviously, but setting it and forgetting it could potential be a problem. The full list of supporting devices according to Samsung include the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Avant and Galaxy Note 4. The new Power Sharing Cable is available to order from Samsung today for $19.99.
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We’ve covered quite a few Moshi products here at AndroidSPIN, and the one resounding characteristic of all of these products is style. A close second to that is simplicity and function, and with that in mind, we take a look at Moshi’s new Moshi SenseCover Case for Samsung Galaxy S5, it’s newest accessory for Samsung’s first flagship of 2014 and one which should allow you to use your phone even with the case still closed.
What’s in the box
Contents of the SenseCover box are pretty light with only the case itself and some instructions for downloading the companion app included. No screen protector was probably deemed necessary as this is a full device cover and a screen protector might even interfere with the abilities of the case to work with the touchscreen.
Just looking at the front of the SenseCover case, I have to say that it is incredibly good looking. The texture on the front of the case gives the illusion of brushed aluminium, but Moshi says it is covered in a leatherette material. It definitely feels cloth-like, but still very smooth.
Inside the case, more funky materials are featured. The inside of the front cover features what is probably microfibre – one of Moshi’s favored materials – which creates a “shock-absorbing inner shell” to give some protection to your screen when the cover presses against it. The actual case that holds the Galaxy S5 is some kind of hybrid material – it’s not quite hard or stiff enough to be polycarbonate and gives sufficient flexibility to put in (and take out) your Galaxy S5 without much of a fuss.
How does it perform
The SenseCover performs admirably – it’s easy to get your phone in and out of it, and it appears to provide quite a lot of protection from daily bumps and bruises. The hybrid material of the plastic inner case gives me more confidence than some of other Moshi’s polycarbonate cases.
There is ample room given to all the various access ports, camera and speaker included, and there are button covers for the hold and volume buttons that will let you use them even when the device is in the case.
Of course, the main attraction here is the front cover of the SenseCover case. Unfortunately, I didn’t have an operational Galaxy S5 on hand, however we can still take a look at what the device is supposedly capable of. The chief purpose of the SenseCover is to allow users access to the Galaxy S5′s features even with the case closed. This is of course to emulate the functions of Samsung’s own S-View cases, with perhaps a few additional features.The SenseCover, as the inscription in the front cover suggests, will allow you to take phone calls simply by swiping along the cover – swipe right for answer, left for decline. While it might not immediately look obvious from just the case, the SenseCover App prompts the user with graphics when a call is incoming.
I downloaded the SenseCover app quickly to check out what additional features it had – note that the app will naturally be of no use while you don’t have the actual SenseCover case. In addition to being able to answer calls and see part of the screen through the window, the SenseCover app will also allow you to control your music and also take quick photos all without even opening the case. Moshi does suggest that you increase your screen’s sensitivity so that touches are definitely registered through the case.
What I like about the Moshi SenseCover Case for Samsung Galaxy S5
I’m a huge fan of the exterior of the case. The leatherette finish just makes the SenseCover case look so stylish and professional, all while providing very good function and protection. This is pretty much the hallmark of Moshi’s accessories and it definitely looks like they’ve done it again.
What I don’t like about the Moshi SenseCover Case for Samsung Galaxy S5
While I like the brushed-metal magnet and the clasp mechanism, because it is essentially a smooth surface, that means the clasp can move from time to time. While this is perfect when opening the case – the front cover basically just slides back on – closing the case can sometimes be less straightforward than expected. When the case is being closed, it’s possible that the clasp will only partially meet the magnet, leaving a small gap between the front cover and the rest of the case. While that’s probably not too much of an issue as putting it in your pocket will likely close the case completely, it does open the possibility of dust and what not entering the case unintentionally. At the heart of it, this is really just a niggling annoyance.
I love the Moshi SenseCover Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5. I think it’s a masterpiece in style and simplicity with some great extra functions thrown in. My only real gripe is that I don’t have a Galaxy S5 so that I could use the SenseCover to its full potential, but I’ll leave that decision up to you. It is a bit dear, but when you consider the extra use cases, it makes a little more sense. The SenseCover is available now for $59.99 AUD/$59.99 NZD and is available from selected retailers in Australia and New Zealand.
For more information about the Moshi SenseCover Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5, you can visit its product page on the Moshi website here.
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Today we’re going to take a quick look at the NomadKey from Nomad. If the name Nomad seems familiar, it’s because we’ve taken a look at their ChargeKey and NomadClip products before. The NomadKey is essentially an evolution of the ChargeKey after what seems like a bit of rebranding by Nomad, so let’s jump in and check out what’s changed.
The NomadKey is Nomad’s newest conveniently sized charging cable. Available in both micro-USB and Lightning cable, the NomadKey is designed to be put on your keychain and used in cause of emergency when charging or data transfer is needed. At first glance, the NomadKey looks incredibly similar to the ChargeKey, but there are some very key (excuse the pun) differences. For one, the USB end of the NomadKey is now a fully-formed USB, not the half USB of the ChargeKey. Presumably this reduces the chance of things chipping off while in your pocket next to nasty things like your keys.
The other thing you will notice is that the NomadKey is somewhat thicker around the rubber area. This gives it a much more sturdy feeling while still giving it the freedom to bend in whatever position you deem necessary.
Probably one of the most prominent changes is the loophole where the NomadKey can be mounted onto keychains. It’s become a lot thicker, reducing the opportunities for it to break off and helps to make the NomadKey look a lot more like, well, a key.
Overall, it looks like the NomadKey has evolved in all the right places and given us a much improved device that should be able to survive anything our pocket (and keys) throw at them. The NomadKey can be pre-ordered now from hellonomad.com – it will cost you $29 USD a pop and they’ll start shipping out on October 15th. If you buy 2 or more, shipping is free – shipping for one is a $5 flat rate. You can also pre-order Nomad’s other gadgets, the NomadClip and NomadPlus, both of which cost $39 USD.
To find out more or pick one up for yourself, be sure to visit the NomadKey product page here.
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I have this seemingly odd affinity toward bags. There are just so many uses for a good bag that not only looks good, but also offers up plenty of pockets, zippers and pouches to keep things organized. The tech junkie in my needs a lot of organizational additions. No one likes to dig through the bottom of a bag for cords, battery packs, headphone cables or USB sticks. Booq has a pretty good selection of bags, and other accessories, already on the market that we have really enjoyed using and now they are adding one more to the repertoire. The new Booq Taipan Shock.
The Taipan Shock uses a 210D nylon material for the interior lining and a 1680D tri-weave polyester exterior fabric that also has a water-repellent coating. The separate laptop compartment offers up thick padding to protect your laptop and uses a genuine YKK water-repellent zipper as well. Internal measurements are 17.3 x 13 x 1 inch and will carry around a 13 – 15 inch Macbook or up to a 16.4-inch laptop. The bag empty weighs in at just over 2 pounds.
“Our goal for the Taipan shock was to create a good-looking everyday bag that can handle the wear-and-tear that comes with frequent use,” says booq’s lead designer S. Kema Subsomboon. “We designed the bag’s exterior so it transitions well from a commute to the office, and we also made sure the interior organization and storage can house a wide array of professional items.
In the video of the bag you can see the gentleman change out the zipper puller from black to red. Booq includes a red, orange and blue with the bag so you can add a dash of color. The Taipan Shock also features Booq’s Terraling service. Terraling is a simple 3-step registration process that uses each bags unique serial number found on each bag. Toss in the reflective logos on the back, padded shoulder straps, and it looks like a breathable mesh back with the price tag of $95 and you have a pretty good looking bag.
Interested in the Booq Taipan Shock? Feel free to pick one up through Amazon.
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The first Misfit wearable was the Misfit Shine. It is a small little puck like device that resides in a rubber strap for your wrist. Misfit also had a small clip, a necklace and even a pair of socks for you to place the puck inside to help you track your walking and such. We had a set that we received for review at CES 2014. We had a good time with them and they certainly looked pretty slick. Now Misfit has announced a new tracker that goes to the opposite side of the coin and is targeting the sporty thrifty people out there with its latest Misfit Flash.
The Misfit Flash resembles the Shine except it is made from a soft-touch plastic that is waterproof to 30 meters (Shine is 50 meters). The new Flash will be offered in a variety of flashy sporty colors such as Frost, Onyx, Fuchsia, Zest and Wave. There will be a total of 7 color offerings at launch time this October. Similar to the Shine it runs on a single CR2032 coin cell battery with a battery life of about 6 months. Just like the Shine it will track your steps, calories burned, distance traveled along with sleep duration and sleep quality.
“Flash is the only fully featured activity and sleep tracker in the world for under $50, making it an incredible value,” said Tim Golnik, VP of Product and Design at Misfit.
Interestingly enough, the Misfit Flash was created in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company. Apparently they are a long-term strategic partner of Misfit. Anyways, to sum up the whole announcement, Misfit launched a plastic version of the Shine to appeal to a broader market of more sporty individuals that couldn’t wrap their head around a Shine at $99.99.
While I enjoyed my time with the Shine, they really need to dump some time and money into the Android companion app. I understand there is a pretty decent tie in from Apple with John Sculley in the mix and the company name, Misfit, stemmed from Steve Jobs, but if you are going to go cross-platform, make the apps work and be as useful as competing OS platforms are. Point in case, the iOS Misfit app is pretty outstanding, where as the Android app lacks a large portion of the functions and has some serious sync issues. Maybe an update is coming with the release of the Flash to help ease the pain. Hey, I can hope right? Regardless of that small caveat, you might be interested in the Misfit Flash. If so, direct yourself over to the Misfit website to pre-order one when ever you are ready.
BURLINGAME, CA September 16, 2014— Misfit, makers of Shine, today announced its second wearable product, Misfit Flash, a versatile and easy-to-use fitness and sleep monitor.
Crafted out of a special soft-touch plastic, Flash is comfortable, extremely durable, and waterproof to 30 meters, making it fit for even the toughest uses. It comes in seven unique colors including a lemon-lime Zest, funky Fuchsia, and minimalist Frost.
“Flash is the only fully featured activity and sleep tracker in the world for under $50, making it an incredible value,” said Tim Golnik, VP of Product and Design at Misfit.
Like Shine, Flash never requires charging and can be worn virtually anywhere—on a user’s wrist, pants, shirt, shoes, lapel, or even on a keychain. Flash includes the very best of Shine’s user experience and automatically measures steps, calories, distance, sleep quality and duration, and even tracks cycling and swimming. The entire front of Flash is a button; to check your progress toward your daily activity goal and the time of day, simply press it. Flash syncs wirelessly with the Misfit App on iOS and Android phones.
Available for $49.99 in the United States, Flash will be available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Walmart and other retailers worldwide in October, and can be pre-ordered now at misfit.com/flash.
Flash was originally created in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, Misfit’s long-term strategic partner, to encourage active lifestyles globally. Misfit’s first product, Shine, launched in late 2013, and is now available in tens of thousands of retail locations in over 40 countries.
Misfit invents and manufactures great wearable and smart home products. The company was founded in 2011 by Sonny Vu with John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple and Pepsi, and Sridhar Iyengar, co-founder and former CTO of AgaMatrix.
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