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New Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Designs

clock January 19, 2011 19:07 by author Ty

iPhone 5 Redesign Beta

When will the new iPhone 5 be released by Apple? Sooner than you think with iPhone 5 and iPad 2 designs submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this morning. The new iPhone 5 and iPad 2 patents suggest they will be slimmer, more powerful, battery efficient, power saving, and possible touch screen redesign.

"In many cases, the size of a portable electronic device can be limited by the size of the operational components used therein..." the application reads. "As such, there can be a desire to make these operational components smaller, thinner, more cost effective, and more power efficient, while maintaining or increasing their functionality to perform operations."

“Apple's proposed invention would have conductive nodes placed on a surface opposite a touch panel or display. The two surfaces would be in close proximity, which would allow conductive electrodes and conductive nodes to sense fingertips on the touchable surface.”

Some other additions could be made with the iPhone 5, including antenna adjustment to alleviate the death grip reception problem, possibly ditching the “Home Button” at the bottom of the screen, glass that is non-smudge and crack resistant, more memory (64GB and up), 4G capabilities, and possible Bluetooth 3.0. We also have the possibility of one chip including multi-band GSM, CDMA, and LTE technology to eliminate Apple making two different phones for Verizon and AT&T and just make one compatible for both cell phone networks.

Patented iPhone 5 Touchscreen Design

Possible iPhone 5 Redesign

Sources: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/01/13/new_capacitive_touch_nodes_from_apple_could_result_in_thinner_iphones.html

http://iphone5newsblog.com/2011/01/17/predictions-iphone-5-to-be-a-simple-refresh/#more-293

http://stuffmideast.com/2011/01/19/110161/patent-suggests-even-slimmer-iphone-5-and-ipad-2/

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BlackBerry Thursday! One Release, Two Leaks, Three Shouts of Joy

clock January 13, 2011 23:56 by author Jeremy

Today, BlackBerry has announced it's newest phone during an event in Boston: the BlackBerry Balance. As the name implies, the phone seeks to create a balance between work and personal life. With smartphones becoming ever-so-popular, BlackBerry users have been missing out on a bit of the fun, but hopefully not anymore.

With the Balance, the user and the folks over at IT can create a distinct difference in contact information. IT can also include warnings for emails and calendar events being sent out through personal emails, limit transfers for data from work to personal, and manage your BlackBerry without touching the personal content. Pricing and availability have yet to be released.

On a less "official" note (read: leaks!), we've heard news of the BlackBerry Dakota and the BlackBerry Apollo (the next-gen Curve). While both contain a 5 megapixel camera and a bunch of technical goodies, there's a few differences with them. See the specs below for details (big thanks to BGR for the info!)

Source: All Things Digital - Balance, BGR - Dakota, BGR - Apollo

 

BlackBerry Dakota:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Tri-band UMTS
  • 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, flash, and image stabilization
  • 4GB of build in storage, 768MB or RAM
  • 2.8 inch VGA 640/480 capacitive screen
  • WiFi b/g/n on 2.4/g GHz
  • 3G mobile hotspot
  • MicroUSB port
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • Magnetometer
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • 10.5mm thin
  • BlackBerry OS 6.1

 

BlackBerry Apollo:

  • Qual-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Tri-band UMTS/HSPA 7.2Mbps
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • WiFi b/g/n
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 512MB of eMMC and 512MB of RAM
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash
  • HVGA 480x360 display
  • 1050mAh battery
  • Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU
  • BlackBerry OS 6.1
  • 11mm thin 

 

 

 

  

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Verizon's iPhone 4

clock January 11, 2011 23:11 by author Jeremy

Verizon customers have wanted the iPhone since 1300 B.C. (at least, that's how long it feels like with how much they ask about it). This morning, it was announced that they'll finally get their long-awaited version of the iPhone 4. Pre-orders start on February 3rd, with the real opening date on February 10th. But what are the differences, you ask?

First off: antennas. The antennas have had to be tweaked slightly, and Verizon's iPhone has even acquired a fourth notch (with one pre-existing notch moving to the side near the volume buttons). However, it's been confirmed that this was only done so that the iPhone would work on Verizon's CDMA network; no real upgrade there.

On the plus side, Verizon iPhone owners can use their iPhone as a WiFi hotspot, tethering up to 5 other devices to it. That's pretty nifty, eh? However, this pro comes with a few cons. Such as the fact that Verizon's CDMA network can't support both voice and data at the same time. Meaning, if you're chatting away and you feel the need to look something up online...well, good luck with that.

With how much Verizon's been talking up their new LTE network though, why didn't they just travel that route instead of keeping the iPhone 4 at 3G? Apple's Tim Cook explains, "The first gen LTW chipsets force design changes we wouldn't make."

And, as a minor downside, because the volume buttons have been moved down just a smidge (thanks to the new antenna notch), this iPhone may require a whole different set of cases. Let's just hope that doesn't get confusing.

Now we play the waiting game, and see if Verizon's network is enough to lure AT&T customers over, or if their non-simultaneous-voice-and-data-network will shy customers away.

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Apple iPhone Alarm Bug Fix

clock January 3, 2011 19:07 by author Ty

Apple Iphone Clock App Alarm

If you're Apple iPhone Clock App is having alarm trouble and has caused you to sleep in a few times for 2011, there is a simple fix to prevent this. Apple claimed the alarms would start working again on Jan. 3, but alarm bugs are still being reported today. Apple acknowledged the bug publically, and indicated that a fix was in the works.

A quicker fix for the buggy alarm on the Apple iPhone Clock App is to delete all of the old alarms and create new ones for 2011.

 

 

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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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