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[CTIA 2008] Vu From LG Has It All

LG Vu

By Luke Anderson

The second phone I saw at the LG booth was definitely my favorite by far. The Vu caught my eye at first because I’m a sucker for touchscreens. However, it’s plethora of features are what kept me coming back.

LG Vu

This new phone will be debuting sometime later this year on AT&T’s network and will be offered in two different flavors: with TV and without. The TV playback functionality was incredible, after clicking on the icon it took maybe a second for the playback to begin. Changing channels was just as quick. The picture quality was excellent, and was totally watchable.

TV isn’t the only thing to love here, the touchscreen has haptic feedback, which basically means that when you touch the screen, the device vibrates slightly to let you know. This makes navigating the menus and sending text messages a breeze.

LG Vu

For internet options you’ll have their full HTML browser and a host of chatting options including AIM, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger. This is definitely a phone I would carry around.

[CTIA 2008] LG Debuts The enV2

LG enV2

By Luke Anderson

I would have to say that LG had one of the more exciting booths at the show this year. I’m not necessarily basing that judgment on what they were offering in terms of phones (though they were good as well), but rather the soft blue lighting, sexy mannequins and music from either a live band or DJ. I ended up spending a good deal of time just hanging out listening to tunes. Of course there was work to be done (if you call playing with phones work, that is) so I eventually got busy with that.

LG enV2

There were two new phones at the LG booth that really caught my attention. First was the enV2, which is an update to the enV. At first glance the phone may seem a bit strange with its over sized keypad and small screen. However, all becomes clear when you open it up to reveal the full QWERTY keyboard and larger LCD on the inside. I actually enjoyed the presence of the larger keys, as they would make dialing a bit easier, and the bright screens made the phone an all-around winner.

[CTIA 2008] Bluetooth Sunglasses Keep You Hands-Free While Looking Cool

Bluetooth Sunglasses

By Luke Anderson

I’m not much of a biker, or one that does a lot of sports really. I’m in good shape (I’d have to be to lug this backpack around the entire show floor for three days) and don’t really have the desire to spend hours out of my day just exercising. However, those of you that do may be interested in these Bluetooth Sunglasses from Inter Brands.

These work just like any other Bluetooth headset, only the receiver is build into the side of th glasses with the earpiece coming out to either the nearest ear, or both of them depending on your preference. The glasses come in three different styles and the receiver can be changed into five different colors.

Bluetooth Sunglasses

You’ll get around 5 hours of talk time and 100 on standby. Recharging the unit will take only about 2 hours. No word on pricing or availability.

[CTIA 2008] Dial2Do Lets You Email Text And More Without Touching Your Phone

Dial2Do

By Luke Anderson

Have you ever had a brilliant idea while driving down the road? I actually do some of my best thinking when driving through the country (you do that a lot in the Midwest). Unfortunately since you’re driving, there’s no good way to write anything down. As it turns out, your phone is all you need in order to take down notes on whatever comes to mind.

No, I don’t mean typing it out on your numberpad, that’s what causes accidents. Dial2Do is a free service (currently in beta, but the basic services listed will likely always be free) that takes care of virtually anything you need, just by talking into your phone.

Dial2Do

Once you’ve set up an account, you only need to dial the number given to you, then say what you want to do. Currently the services include email, text messaging and reminders. If you want you can even listen to your RSS feeds. Check out the picture above for the full list of current options. I should be getting my beta invite soon, so I’ll keep you posted on how I like it.

[CTIA 2008] Keep Tabs On Your Pet With PetsCell

PetsCell

By Luke Anderson

How many times have you had a dog run away? Usually if you live in the country it isn’t a big deal (except during hunting season) however, in the city your pet can be in a lot of danger from all of the traffic. If you’re concerned about losing track of them, you might be interested in the PetsCell.

This cool device straps around your K9′s neck and can do a multitude of things. First it will track your dog’s location at specific intervals (from every minute to every hour or more) and let you know when they have left a specific area. If they do go outside of your designated perimeter, you will be notified via email and SMS. The GPS tracking of your pet is also stepped up to once per minute until they are back home safe and sound.

PetsCell

You can also use the web interface to track where your dog goes throughout the day, that way you can get to know their habits. You can even export these tracks to Google Earth for a better look. One more excellent feature is the inclusion of Skype compatibility. Why would you need to call your pet? Sure, it would be funny to see their reaction, but that’s not why it’s there. If your dog is taken in by someone, they can call you to let you know where they are. There is also a smaller model that does not include this.

There is no word yet on pricing, though they do hope to ship it out sometime in the fall of this year. Expect to pay a price for both the collar itself and a monthly fee for service.

[CTIA 2008] Linx Audio Headphones Provide Clear Sound

Clear Harmony

By Luke Anderson

Growing up in a family of musicians has given me a fairly good ear, though I’m by no means an audiophile. I just know good sound quality when I hear it. I had the opportunity to test out ableplanet’s latest high-end noise-canceling headphones.

The difficult thing about testing audio equipment is that unless you have something to compare with, it’s hard to be fair. Luckily I had the chance to pit their Linx Audio Clear Harmony headphones against a comparable set from Bose. After listening to a couple of selections with both, it was clear that the Linx Audio set were of a much higher quality. Not only could I not hear a single thing going on around me (which seemed like a miracle in that environment) but the mids were much clearer.

Clear Harmony vs Bose

You’ll have to pay for a quality set of headphones like these. The ones I tested out will run you around $300, which isn’t too outrageous if you’re into music recording, or something similar that requires the clearest possible sound.

[CTIA 2008] Recharge In The Wild With PowerFilm

PowerFilm F15-300

By Luke Anderson

When I go camping, I really do my best to leave the gadgets at home. Unfortunately that’s not always an option for everyone. However, if you still want to “rough it” while bringing along your tech, you’re going to need power. Sure, you can plug everything into your car and charge it that way, but that wastes gas. These cool solar panels from PowerFilm look like an excellent solution.

I had the opportunity to check out some of their various Foldable Solar Chargers, my favorite being the small AA battery charger. While he didn’t have the latest one there, the newer ones will allow you to plug in USB devices (which is handy since most mobile devices can recharge via USB) and recharge them while relaxing in the sun.

PowerFilm F15-300

The small F15-300 has a total of four panels and can charge up to four AA batteries. On average, if you have good sunlight, you’ll be able to recharge your gadgets or batteries just as quickly as if you were plugged into a power outlet. One of these smaller models will run you around $75.

[CTIA 2008] Guitar Hero Rocks Blackberry Phones

Guitar Hero Mobile on Blackberry

By Luke Anderson

I’m something of a Guitar Hero nut, so I’m always happy to hear when the games come to new platforms. Guitar Hero III Mobile has been out for a little while now, but not until today has it been playable on Blackberry phones.

I had the opportunity to spend a little hands-on time with the game, and was pleased at how it performed. Obviously the screen movements aren’t going to be as smooth as when you’re playing on a console, but it was still fun to play. Now if they’d just get it on the iPhone, now that would be awesome.

[CTIA 2008] Arrival

Las Vegas Convention Center
By Luke Anderson

After an entire day filled with flight delays, uncomfortable seating and hotel issues, I’ve finally made my way to CTIA. I still want to know who thought that in order to get to Las Vegas from the Midwest that one would first need to fly to North Carolina. Last time I looked at a map that was the opposite direction. It’s my first time to Vegas, so I’m still in awe of the sights.

I’ve just gotten checked in, so I’ll be hitting the show floor and bringing you the latest news. Thankfully, these guys know how to treat members of the press right. They’ve got plenty of Mountain Dew, and that’s really all I need to keep going.

Dew!