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Best Products of 2010

clock December 31, 2010 01:02 by author Jeremy

With the new year approaching, we thought it would be nice to look back and reminisce over the new devices and products that came out. Instead, we found ourselves wondering: which of these did consumers actually like, and which were "best"? To answer that question, we've turned to several other blogs, to see what they thought which products were best and why.

In case you own one of the following products, be sure to check EBatts.com for batteries, chargers, and other accessories to go with your laptop, cell phone, digital camera, or camcorder.

Laptops: The writers at cnet.com have compiled a list of 5 laptops from 2010. These simple suggestions ignore the specifics of price ranges, screen size, specifications, and instead just serve as a reference for overall-great laptops. Videos and full-reviews are provided in the link.

1) Apple MacBook Pro

2) Toshiba Portege R705-P35

3) HP Envy 17

4) Samsung QX410-J01

5) Dell XPS 15

 

Phones: Once again, cnet.com provides the information. Their review over the best cell phones of 2010 is split between regular cell phones and smartphones. See the links for full-reviews, including the ratings they've given for each phone (out of 10 points, or 5 stars).

Smartphones:

1) Samsung Epic 4G

2) HTC Evo 4G (Sprint)

3) HTC Droid Incredible (Verizon Wireless)

4) Apple iPhone 4 (AT&T)

5) T-Mobile G2

6) Motorola Droid X (Verizon Wireless)

7) T-Mobile MyTouch 4G

8) Samsung Focus (AT&T)

9) RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G (AT&T)

10) LG Optimus T (T-Mobile)

Cell Phones:

1) LG dLite (T-Mobile)

2) LG Lotus Elite (Sprint)

3) Casio G'zOne Brigade (Verizon Wireless)

4) Samsung Reality (Verizon Wireless)

5) LG VU Plus (AT&T)

6) Pantech Ease (AT&T)

 

Digital Cameras: With so many digital cameras out in the market, it's always a hard choice to pick which one you want. Gizmodo, however, has been kind enough to point out which digital cameras they thought were best from 2010. See the link for details!

1) Canon S95

2) Nikon P7000

3) Panasonic Lumix LX5

 

Camcorders: Last but not least, we have our handy video-recording camcorders. Squidoo has come up with a list of the best selling/top rated camcorders from 2010. This is a rather comprehensive review, providing multiple lists based on different categories: top 10 based on customer reviews (seen below), top 10 best sellers, and top 10 best sellers for advanced videographers.

1) Panasonic HDC-SD60K

2) Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150

3) Panasonic HDC-TM55K

4) 4GB Black Flip Ultra Video Camera

5) Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40

6) Panasonic HDC-TM700K

7) Canon VIXIA HF S200

8) Panasonic HDC-TM15

9) Panasonic HDC-HS60

10) Sanyo VPC-CG20 (High-Def)

(Note: Again, this is only the section based on customer reviews; check the link for the other two sections of best sellers, and best sellers for advanced videographers.)

 

And so ends our search for some of the best products around this past year. From everyone at EBatts.com, we wish you a Happy New Year, and we'll see you on the other side (of the calendar). :)

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European Commission Pushes for Standardized Chargers

clock December 30, 2010 00:39 by author Jeremy

In June 2009, fourteen mobile-phone producing companies agreed to start using a standardized charger for all data-enabled mobile phones. The agreen-upon connector will be the Micro USB.

The fourteen companies included are: Apple, Emblaze Mobile, Huawei Technologies, LGE, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion (RIM), SonyEricsson, TCT Mobile (ALCATEL), Texas Instruments and Atmel. The first mobile phones to use the new standardized Micro USB charger should hit the European market as soon as 2011's first quarter.

"It is a true win-win situation," the press release states. "The common charger will make life easier for consumers, reduce waste, and benefit businesses."

For those that wish to celebrate this wondrous occasion with us, feel free to purchase a Micro USB Charger at EBatts.com, and then marvel at the fact that your new charger will soon be used everywhere in Europe. :)

Source: Europa Press Release

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IBM Predicts Holographic Cell Phones

clock December 28, 2010 00:15 by author Jeremy

IBM has produced a yearly tradition of predicting the technological advancements in the next 5 years. One of the more popular predictions this year for 2015, was the ability for cell phones to product holographic images.

These images are thought to be seen without the use of 3D glasses, and will be interactive as well.

Other predictions made include social networks acting as data input; computer heat being used to provide warmth in housing; GPS navigation systems and car sensors learning and predicting environmental patterns (accidents, traffic, daily routes, etc); and newer advancements in batteries and battery technology, including the use of kinetic energy as a power source.

Bloomberg provides a more in-depth analysis of the predictions.

 

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Viruses In Your Batteries

clock December 9, 2010 00:18 by author Jeremy

A group of researchers led by Professor Reza Ghodssi at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, are using the properties of TMV (Tobacco mosaic virus) to help create smaller, more efficient lithium ion batteries.

The virus? TMV is a rod-shaped plant virus that attacks tobacco, tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetation. According to the university's press release, the researchers, "mofify the TMV rods to bind perpendicularly to the metallic surface of a battery electrode and arrange the rods in intricate and orderly patterns on the electrode. Then, they coat the rods with a conductive thin film that acts as a current collector and finally the battery's active material that participates in the electrochemical reactions."

The result? Bigger electrode surface area and an increase in storage capacity. This allows a faster charge/discharge time, and gives up to 10 times increased capacity in comparison to your regular Li-Ion battery.

The usage? Professor Ghodssi provides two examples: the first shows the creation of a very miniscule battey that can be used to power wireless sensors networks. These sensors can monitor homeland security, agriculture, and the surrounding environment. A different proejct that Ghodssi's team is working on, focuses on creating increased-sensitivity explosive detection sensors, by using TMV to bind to TNT. (Author's note: Ironically, those two uses seem quite opposite from each other.)

No tomatoes were harmed in the making of this blog post. However, regular Li-Ion batteries are scared to go out of business: adopt one today (not for free) at ebatts.com.

Source: UMD's press release

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Mophie Offers Colorful iPhone 4 Battery Cases

clock December 4, 2010 00:13 by author Jeremy

Mophie's been around for a while now, selling cases and external batteries for your iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2G, etc. More recently, they've announced that their latest product, the Juice Pack Plus for the iPhone4, will soon be coming in extra colors - Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow (seen below). These case-batteries will be available in January, while the plain Black version is already available now.

 

The Juice Pack Plus has 2000mAh, offering roughly 8 extra hours of talk time (useful in case you're aiming to get the Guinness Record for World's Longest Phone Conversation), or 7 hours of internet use on 3G (much easier than switching over to a desktop or laptop, of course), or 44 hours of extra audio playback. Some would prefer this case over others because of its speaker-rerouting system as well: sound is redirected from the bottom of your iPhone, to the front, offering better sound quality. A USB cable is provided so that you can plug in your iPhone and let it sync/charge without having to remove the case.

A previous product, the "Juice Pack Air" is also available for the iPhone 4G, but doesn't offer as much battery life as the new Juice Pack Plus. Unfortunately, it also does not come in the retro colors seen above (personally, I'd rock the Cyan one).

Honestly though, in case you're looking for a more unique look to your iPhone, and don't ever want to have to worry about your phone dying, this may just be the product you've been looking for. Morphie's website has the full details, and you can order the products directly from there.

Now imagine using this case in conjunction with the umbilical-iPhone-cord - maybe then you'll nab the Guinness Record for Most Unique iPhone Accessories too.

Source: tuaw.com for the picture

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