We've seen some nifty cases here and there, but there's one in particular that's caught our eye as of late - the Magnetyze case, by BuQuTech. These cases are unique in that they offer an alternate way to charge your phone. Most cases are either just for protection or use the same charging method - the Magnetyze cases, however, magnetically connects to a small wire or a docking station rather than plugging a cable directly to your phone.
One thing largely advertised by the Magnetyze cases is their convenience: plugging in and out seems to be a hassle for most people. With this case-and-charger series, you simply need to put your phone near the vicinity of the small magnetic wire or docking station, and watch as it clings onto the charger itself.
On top of that, the Magnetyze charger units themselves will work with the rest of their products - meaning, if you get a new phone, you only need to replace the case, and the charger will still work. That's a fairly useful feature considering more specialty-products these days are requiring you to buy an entire new unit.
The Magnetyze cases are up for a CTIA's Emerging Technology award. If you're already a Magnetyze user or if you think the product seems pretty unique, then follow the link below to vote!
Sources: BuQuTech, CTIA
April 12, 2013 00:30 by Jeremy
If you're on Sprint's network and have been waiting for LTE to hit your town, then glance at the list below and rejoice. On top of the handful of cities that LTE has already been deployed to, it will now reach an additional 21 new areas as of April 12th (tomorrow). The cities are located throughout 10 different states.
Sprint's LTE has been reported of being capable to reach 25Mbps speeds. The phones capable of using the network include the famed Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, LG Optimus G, and will soon include the Galaxy S4 and HTC One.
December 18, 2012 18:51 by Jeremy
We all know that electronics and water don't mix too well - especially if you like having electronics that work. But that doesn't mean the occasional accident doesn't happen: from pools to washing machines, cell phones, digital cameras, and camcorders 'round the world are being subjected to the occasional slip-up.
Lucky for us, it doesn't mean you need to go out and buy new gadgets just yet. Many sites online have helpful tips and various methods on how to save your waterlogged toys; for example, Gizmodo's Brent Rose recently published an article containing several key points for drying off wet phones.
Also, don't forget that the larger electronic isn't the only one in play - smaller objects, such as your battery or SIM card, can also be water damaged! Batteries in particular can be fairly dangerous depending on the type and what it is exposed to, so be sure to follow the various tips below.
Remove the battery and any other removable parts (SIM Cards, SD Cards)
Use a towel to soak up any external water
Place the electronics in either a tub of rice or rice krispies, and leave it overnight
Turn it back on immediately
Plug it in
Drop it into more water (that one isn't too obvious, is it?)
Keep in mind, the article in the source link is only one method - there are plenty more, so search around and see which ones work best for you! Hopefully you won't have to come across these methods too often, though they could save you a few hundred dollars one day.
December 14, 2012 22:58 by Jeremy
AT&T seems to be hard at work as it continues to push its 4G LTE network out to newer areas constantly. Just in the past week alone, 12 towns have begun to receive the magical internet power that is LTE, likely causing a decrease in work/school activity and an increase in facebook statuses. The 12 recent areas are:
Little Rock, Arkansas
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nashua, New Hampshire
AT&T has also been pretty good about keeping their Corporate News/Press section up to date, so check out the source link below to see if an area near you has previously gotten a wireless bump.
November 28, 2012 20:55 by Jeremy
If you live by the phrase "bigger is better" then I'm sure you've been eyeing the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This smartphone/tablet mashup has been garnering attention specifically due to its size - a hefty 5.5-inches of screen real-estate. But now, the long-awaited phone is finally coming out to Verizon stores starting tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 29. Of course, if you had pre-ordered it, it might already be on it's way to your house! Or, alternatively, it might arrive late. Sad day indeed.
If you're new to the Galaxy Note II universe, then let's go over a few quick tidbits. Most notable for it's screen size, this smartphone is also unique for having a stylus pen. Aside from that, we're sitting on a quad-core 1.6GHz processor (most flagship phones right now are running in the 1.2 to 1.5GHz range) and 2GB of ram, so I don't think we'll be complaining from a lack of power. In the Storage department, we're provided up to 64GB of memory and a MicroSD slot - you know, in case you wanted to put entire folders of movies and music on this (and watching it on this screen wouldn't be too bad either!). There's also your usual 8MP camera on the back and a 1.9MP camera on the front. And what's powering this hefty monster? A 3,100mAh Li-Ion battery, of course - larger than most smartphone batteries.
Overall, is this phone considered worthy of your time? You tell us, but I sure think it is.
Sources: Samsung, GSMarena, phonesreview.co.uk