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Never pay someone to scan your photo negatives again

on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

With the iPhone and Android Film Scanner, you’ll be able to scan your own 35mm photo negatives directly into your smartphone, as easily as snapping a photo.  And you’ll be able to color correct or even stitch together images before you save them.  You’ll need to use the LomoScanner app from Lomography on your Apple Read More…


Seatback mount for planes, trains, and buses

on Monday, April 21st, 2014

I’ve seen tray-top stands to hold your mobile devices during flights, but they always seemed a little dangerous to me.  Because they weren’t tied down in any way, it seemed that your mobile device could go flying in case of turbulence.  The cradle of the Skyview Seatback Mount for Mobile Devices holds mobile smart phones, tablets, Read More…


Why buy three accessories when one smartBandStand will do everything?

on Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The smartBandStand is an indiegogo project.  It’s an impact-resistant smartphone case with connector button, a fully-adjustable stand with tilt-screen feature, and an armband with Velcro or bungee-hook closure in one.  It will be available to fit various iPhone, Samsung, HTC, and LG smart phones; standard colors are black, white, or red.  It can stand on a Read More…


Get your ears on, old school

on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Headphones, News

Instead of a Bluetooth headset or one of those old-fashioned telephone handsets, attach the CB Radio iPhone Handset to your smart phone for some Smokey and the Bandit fun.  It has a mute button that silences the other side like a real CB radio handset, so it’s not going to qualify as a hands-free device Read More…


Keep your phone with you with this crossbody bag

on Friday, February 14th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Backpacks, News

We haven’t had a landline for years, and I rely exclusively on my cell phone.  I need to keep it with me so I don’t have to run around like a crazy person, trying to find it before the caller hangs up, but most of my clothes don’t have pockets.  I’ve tried various bags over Read More…


Is the NKMOS Ultima the Cadillac of smartphone car mounts?

on Saturday, February 1st, 2014

The Ultima is the highest quality smartphone car mount I have ever heard of or seen. NKMOS originally introduced the Ultima as a KickStarter project back in 2012, where it surpassed its initial goal many times over. What sets the Ultima apart from the rest is its all-aluminum body, extra strong suction cup, stylish design, and Read More…


Sanitize your phone as you charge it with PhoneSoap

on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

It won’t remove that hazy film from your screen, but the PhoneSoap Universal Cellphone Charger promises to kill any bacteria, viruses, and even “SuperBugs that have developed resistance to the chemicals and antibiotics” on the surface of your phone.  It will sanitize any phone that fits into the 6″ X 3.74″  X 0.78″ inner compartment.  The Read More…


Better sound from your mobile device is in the shell

on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

It’s nice that phones and tablets usually have built-in external speakers so you can hear audio without needing earphones, but my experience has shown that those speakers are wimpy and don’t produce great sound or even decent volume.  I doubt you’ll get audiophile-pleasing sound, but you’ll probably get more volume if you use the Mini Snail-shaped Read More…

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Arkon Slim-Grip Ultra Mounts for smartphones and tablets review

on Friday, December 13th, 2013

Car interiors are becoming increasingly cluttered places.  When I got my new car, I decided not to mount my phone because I could not find a spot I liked.  When I heard of the new Arkon Slim-Grip Ultra Mounts, I had to take a closer look.  Would this give me more mounting options than I thought Read More…


ZHIP tie your smartphone for security

on Thursday, December 12th, 2013

The nice thing about smartphones and MP3 players is they’re designed for use anywhere.  The bad thing about using them anywhere is the danger they face from unexpected falls from some of the places you try to use them.  With the ZHIP stand, you can securely tie your small portable device to a cabinet pull when Read More…

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Velocity Clip review

on Friday, November 8th, 2013

Let’s admit it, if you own a smartphone you fancy yourself an amateur photographer or videographer. I know I do! The problem I always run into is keeping my smartphone steady while shooting video or pictures. I have looked into many tripod adapters and even some standalone mounts for my iPhone, but most of them Read More…


Shed a little extra light on the subject with the Pocket Reflector

on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

Smart phones seem to be the camera most frequently used these days.  Many of them have weak flashes that don’t do as good a job illuminating your subject as you’d like.  The Pocket Reflector, available from Photojojo, is a portable light reflector that directs extra light onto your subject for a better photo.  It folds Read More…


Turn your smartphone into a 10X zoom Sony camera

on Friday, September 20th, 2013

What you see in the picture isn’t a couple of camera lenses.  It’s a couple of cameras!  The Sony CyberShot DSC-QX10 Smartphone Attachable Lens-Style Camera is a fully-functional, fully-featured camera minus an LED viewscreen.  Sony says this is the “first-ever zoom lens and sensor combo that clips right to your smartphone”.  You can connect the camera Read More…


ZAGG introduces a Universal Bluetooth Keyboard

on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, News

No longer will you have to buy a device-specific leather case and keyboard for your new tablet, only to have to turn around and buy another as soon as you upgrade devices.  With ZAGG‘s new Universal Bluetooth Keyboard, you’ll be able to use it with any Bluetooth-enabled device, even if you decide to switch platforms. Read More…


Leather and felt tablet cases from Ostfold

on Friday, July 5th, 2013
Posted in: Cases, Covers, News

Ostfold is selling some elegant premium Italian vegetable tanned leather and Merino wool felt tablet cases on Etsy in the US.  They have sizes to fit the iPad (2nd-gen through current) or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.  Both cases feature a perforated leather pocket on the front that holds an included 16-page kraft paper notebook and Read More…


One ring to secure them all

on Friday, May 10th, 2013

This Anti-Drop / Anti-Theft Sticker / Ring for iPhones / iPad / Phone from Allputer promises to give you a secure grip on your phone or tablet, which is something many of us need as our phones get sleeker and thinner.  The device consists of a metal ring on an adhesive plastic tab that you attach Read More…


Breffo Spiderpodium review

on Sunday, April 28th, 2013

The Spiderpodium from Breffo is, um, well… it’s this spider-shaped thing you can use to hold smartphone-sized objects in a variety of ways. It comes in black, blue, graphite (the review unit color), green, pink, purple, or white.  Let’s give it a look.


This notepad folio has a place for your smart phone

on Friday, April 12th, 2013
Posted in: Cases, Covers, News

I’ve seen cases that combine a paper notepad with tablet storage, but the Carezza Phone Pocket Folio from Levenger is the first I’ve seen that has storage for a smart phone.  Carezza leather is buttery soft but strong, and it’s available in the black or purple shown in the image (click for a better view). Read More…


Which comes first – the accessory or the phone?

on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

Remember waiting for weeks for accessories to be available for your new phone?   Being extra careful not to scratch your new gadget until some company had time to get the new device, finalize their case design, produce it, and get it ready to ship it?  Apparently those days are gone, and accessories are available Read More…

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Is it hot in here? Thermodo says “maybe so”

on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Have you ever wanted to know the temperature where you were, inside or outside? Thermodo by Robocat, a passive temperature sensor for your mobile devices, can tell you how hot or cold it is. The device works by plugging an external sensor into the headphone jack of your mobile device. Along with the temperature sensor, Read More…


Pebble E-Paper Smart Watch for iPhone and Android review

on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’re probably familiar with the very successfully funded Pebble E-Paper Smart Watch for iPhone and Android Kickstarter project.  I too got caught up in the hype and paid $115 last May 18th for the privilege of supporting this project.  After multiple missed ship dates, it Read More…

AppFinity makes many different types of game controllers.

AppFinity Game Controllers review

on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The iPod touch and the iPhone create arguably one of the best-selling handheld gaming systems in the US, if not the world. While not all of them are sold for the purpose of gaming, there are a lot of them out there being used for games as well as other things. That means they’re open Read More…


ZAGG Introduces Three New ZAGGsparq External Batteries

on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

If you’re looking for an external battery to keep your smartphone or your tablet charged while you’re away from an outlet, take a look at the new line of ZAGGsparq chargers from ZAGG.  All three new models contain Lithium-ion batteries that can keep your smartphones charged, and a couple of them can even power up Read More…


Turn Your Smartphone into a Scanner with the StandScan Pro

on Monday, September 24th, 2012
Posted in: Gear, Miscellaneous, News

We’ve told you about several portable scanners, and readers have said they simply use their phone’s camera to snap a shot.  I’ve tried the photo approach, but I often end up with a crooked image or a dark place that obscures some of the image.  That’s fine for casual use, but it won’t work so Read More…


aPen A5 Smart Stylus for iPad Review

on Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Do you use your iPad for taking notes for classes or business meetings?  If the answer is yes, do you use an on-screen keyboard, Bluetooth keyboard, or stylus?  Typing on the on-screen keyboard can be too slow for efficient notes, and using a Bluetooth keyboard means you probably need some sort of desk to set Read More…