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Category Archives: Cellphones

FSP Group Brings iON Battery Pack for iPhone to U.S.


By Shane McGlaun

Yeah the battery life on my first gen iPhone sucks. Every time we stop somewhere, my kids want to play games on my phone and if I get bored while my wife drones on about whatever it is that wives talk about streaming YouTube videos kills the battery too.

There are already some iPhone batteries on the market and FSP Group is bringing another one to the U.S. in July via Newegg. The battery pack will carry an MSRP of $29.99 and offers 1500mAh of power. The device includes a universal USB adapter for any device charging from USB and includes a specific adapter for the iPhone and iPod.

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Samsung Pixon 12 Camera with a Phone Built-in


By Shane McGlaun

I loathe the camera in my first gen iPhone. I have tried to use it on several occasions and it simply isn’t worth the time it takes to try and use the camera. If you want to take a picture of something that doesn’t move it works most of the time, but try and shoot a pic in a dim room or of something moving and you are out of luck.

Samsung has officially announced its new Pixon 12 camera phone and it sounds like they started with a camera and added the phone as an accessory rather than the other way around. The Pixon 12 has 12-megapixels and a full AMOLED touchscreen. The camera also has a Xenon power LED flash and a wide-angle 28mm lens.Continue Reading

Belkin Announces new iPhone TuneBase Accessories


By Shane McGlaun

I have a problem finding a place to sit my iPhone in my car. If I leave it in my pocket, I have a hard time hearing it ring when the stereo is up and road noise is a factor. If I set it in the seat, it ends up sliding all around the seat and ends up on the floor.

Belkin has announced a new accessory that can fix the problem of where to put the iPhone in your car and allows you to enjoy the music from your iPod in the car at the same time. The accessories are called the TuneBase Direct and the TuneBase FM.

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Alereon to Debut Wireless Sync Accessory for iPhone


By Shane McGlaun

One of the features I have often wished that my iPhone had is the ability to be wirelessly synced to iTunes. I can never seem to find my charge and synchronize cable when I need it. The iPhone has Wi-Fi and wireless sync seems like something Apple could offer.

Until the feature is offered by Apple, Alereon has announced that it will be debuting a new iPhone accessory at Computex that will allow wireless synchronization and more. The accessory features one of Alereon’s wireless USB chips inside allowing for full-speed USB connectivity to a Mac or PC without needing a wire.

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Verizon Gets Three New LG Handsets


By Shane McGlaun

The mobile phone market is down like most other electronics categories thanks to the global economic recession. However, the smartphone segment is still booming and thanks to the success of smartphones, more and more devices are being introduced.

Verizon Wireless is getting three new handsets from LG this summer including the LG Glance, LG enV Touch, and the LG enV 3. The handsets share some of the same features including support for text, picture, and voice messaging along with Bluetooth support. The handsets work with VZ Navigator, email, IM and chat as well.

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Samsung Gloss Hits US Cellular


By Shane McGlaun

There are tons of phones on the market. Despite the economy the high-end segment of the mobile phone market including smartphones are selling quite well. Sales in the middle of the market are dropping though.

Samsung has announced that US Cellular is getting the new Samsung Gloss handset that looks like something a woman would keep in her purse. The Gloss is a square phone that measures 2.55-inches x 2.94-inches x 0.82-inches and has a 2.2-inch LCD.

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Case-Mate Launch Fuel Battery Pack For The Blackberry Bold And iPhone 3G

By Christen da Costa

By now we’re all too familiar with the endless array of iPhone battery packs. So what about the other guys? Officially announced today, the Case-mate Fuel Battery Pack does double duty as a hip holster and back up battery pack for the Blackberry Bold. The company claims that you’ll get 7 additional hours of talk time or up to 20 additional days, yes days, beyond the Bold’s standard battery. And in case (pun slightly intended) you’re averse to over-charging, Case-mate has tossed in an on/off switch allowing you to kick in the fuel for when you want it.

Case-mate has also built a Fuel battery pack for the iPhone 3G – they’d be idiots not to. Expect to get 9 additional hours of talk time or 250 hours beyond the iPhone’s standard standby time.

Both Fuel packs are available now for $79.99.

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Viewsonic Announces New Smartphone Initiative

viewsonic-sb By Shane McGlaun

Despite the fact that the global economy is very bad, smartphones are still growing at a significant rate. More and more computer companies are announcing that they are entering the smartphone market in an effort to improve their profits.

The latest company to announce that they are entering into the smartphone market isn’t a computer maker, but a company known for LCD TVs, digital picture frames, and PC monitors. Viewsonic has announced that it intends to enter into the smartphone market with phones aimed at video, gaming, and Internet browsing with larger screens.

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Google Android Smartphone Shipments to Grow 900% in 2009


By Shane McGlaun

The first Android smartphone to hit the market was the T-Mobile G1. The device was met with enthusiasm by many fans of open source phones, but there were some teething problems with the new OS. It took Google and T-Mobile a bit to get things sorted and other smartphone makers and mobile carriers watched to see how the G1 did before jumping into the Android waters.

Now that the kinks are mostly sorted out of the Android OS, more and more new smartphones are being announced that would run the operating system. Strategy Analytics says that in 2009 Android will be the fastest growing smartphone OS with a predicted growth rate of 900% for the year.

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