As of May 16, 2012, USPS has changed part of their mailing rules and standards. Lithium batteries and cells (both rechargeable and non-rechargeable) are now not allowed to be shipped internationally or to any APO, FPO, and DPO locations. This means that mailers also cannot send out products that have lithium batteries inside of them, including tech gadgets such as cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, and digital camera.
After January 1, 2013, limited quantities may be allowed to ship out internationally, as long as "the batteries are properly installed in the personal electronic devices they are intended to operate."
This does not affect the current rules for mailing lithium products within the United States, and lithium batteries (and their corresponding technical products) may still be shipped out normally. However, for international shipping, mailers may have to resort to private carriers such as FedEx.
April 25, 2012 23:16 by Jeremy
I'm not the first to admit that I can't stop eyeing the HTC One X - as an award-winner from Mobile World Congress 2012, just about everyone expects its sales to go through the roof. Justifiably so, considering the specs behind this behemoth of a phone.
But, there is a catch: the battery. Most phones nowadays make use of removable/replaceable batteries, which is handy when we feel like carrying spares, or when the battery is just old and needs to be replaced. HTC's high-end smartphone, however, has a built-in battery.
What does this mean for users? Well, no more resetting a freezing phone by removing the battery (but that's not so bad). Also, you may need to contact a specialist in case your battery ever stops working (or replace it yourself by removing the back-casing, but that isn't recommended, of course). Current reports indicate that the One X's 1800mAh battery doesn't last too long, which might be expected given the powerful processor and graphics the phone provides.
And since you can't (easily) replace the battery yourself, you might as well carry around a high-quality charger whenever possible!
Source: zdnet.co.uk, phonearena (picture)
December 20, 2011 20:35 by Ty
For those of you that own an Android cell phone or are in the midst of purchasing one, many of you can now upgrade and experience the new Google Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) Operating System (OS) on your smartphone.
“Android 4.0 brings an entirely new look and feel. The lock screen, widgets, notifications, multi-tasking and everything in between has been rethought and refined to make Android simple, beautiful, and beyond smart.”
The new Android holds many new features and functions for the avid Android user. Many of these new features include:
Simple, Beautiful, Useful
- Refined, evolved UI
- Home screen folders and favorites tray
- Resizable widgets
- New lock screen actions
- Quick responses for incoming calls
- Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs
- Improved text input and spell-checking
- Powerful voice input engine
- Control over network data
- Designed for accessibility
Communication and Sharing
- People and profiles
- Unified calendar, visual voicemail
- Rich and versatile camera capabilities
- Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor
- Live Effects for transforming video
- Sharing with screenshots
- Powerful web browsing
- Improved email
- Android Beam for NFC-based sharing
- Face Unlock
- Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth HDP
Google has stated that all smart phones with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS and tablets with the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS will be able to upgrade to Android 4.0 (ICS), unless the cell phone manufacturer decides to not let the upgrade happen.
If you’re looking to upgrade to ICS, below is a list of manufacturers and smartphone models that will get an official upgrade to Android 4.0 in the course of the next few months.
Google Ice Cream Sandwich Cell Phone Compatibility List:
- Samsung Nexus S - Now Available!
- Samsung Galaxy S II (Q1 2012)
- Samsung Galaxy Note (Q1 2012)
- Galaxy Tab 10.1
- Galaxy Tab 8.9
- Galaxy Tab 7.7
- Galaxy Tab 7 Plus
- HTC Vivid
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Sensation XL
- HTC Sensation XE
- HTC Rezound
- HTC Evo 3D
- HTC Evo Design 4G
- HTC Amaze 4G
- Sony Ericsson Xperia arc
- Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S
- Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
- Sony Ericsson Xperia neo
- Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
- Sony Ericsson Xperia mini
- Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro
- Sony Ericsson Xperia pro
- Sony Ericsson Xperia active
- Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
- Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman
- Motorola Droid RAZR
- Motorola RAZR
- Motorola Droid BIONIC
- Motorola Xoom
- Motorola Xoom 2
- LG Optimus 2X
- LG Optimus Black
- LG Optimus 3D
Other Phones and Tablets
- Asus Padfone
- Meizu MX
- Meizu M9
- Asus Transformer Prime
- Asus Eee Pad Transformer
This Google ICS list is current as of December 17, 2011. If you would like more information on the Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ICS upgrade, please visit the following Web sites.
November 3, 2011 23:14 by Jeremy
The iPhone 4S may have been praised for its addition of Siri, but this esteemed phone hasn't been without its troubles either. Since its release, the latest iPhone has had a slew of customers complaining about an extremely short battery life.
The Apple forums have been a great source of information and meetings for those with battery performance woes. Many discovered that bugs in iOS 5 were partly to blame for the sudden drops in battery life, with the bugs coming from the Calendar and Time Zone Settings. However, this doesn't limit the performance issues strictly to iOS 5.
Apple has released a statement saying an official update will be coming in the next few weeks to help alleviate these issues. In the mean-time, check out the links below from techcrunch and cnet for tips on how to get your battery to survive until the official software patch is released.
iPhone battery tips: techcrunch.com, cnet.com
Check out ebatts very own selection of Apple chargers and accessories as well.
October 10, 2011 22:34 by Jeremy
Three phone models (two by Casio, one by Hitachi) will be replacing their Sony-made batteries with KDDI Corp. batteries, the second-largest mobile phone operator in Japan. This is due to concerns about the batteries overheating.
Sony, a giant in consumer electronics, has had several recalls over the years, including several years in a row (starting 2006) of Dell laptop batteries. They're also known for their recent issues this past year revolving around computer hacks made against the company.
The phones in question were sold between 2007 and 2009. There have been customer complaints in both 2010 and 2011 of the batteries overheating, which may result in the battery melting.
While a change of batteries in three handheld electronic phones may not have a large effect on the company's monetary standing, it could definitely affect their reputation.