The ‘phablet’ space is interesting in many ways, not least that the name itself is going out of fashion since these things are just ‘phones’ in the end, but also because devices like the 6″-screened Nexus 6 are embracing further convergence, rolling in tablet and even laptop functionality. Of course, it helps to have a little physical help and protection along the way, which is where this case selection should help a lot.
Logitech has already launched its Keys-To-Go portable keyboard for iOS users, and now it’s finally bringing the accessory to market with Android support.
If there’s any trend to boxed smartphones over the last year or two, it’s that many ship without any headphones/headset in the box. Now, partly this is to save the manufacturer $10 or so, partly it’s to help save the planet, but either way the assumption that you already have a decent set of smartphone-compatible headphones many not necessarily be correct… By the way, stick around for this end of this review – there’s a giveaway!
The idea was to write the review of this newish Inateck accessory while away for the weekend, yet I forgot to take it with me. Or did I? Wait a moment, nestling in between the pages of a magazine… I’d brought it after all! You see, the ‘Ultra Slim’ lives up to its name, being well under half a centimetre thick, incredibly light, futuristic, dustproof, virtually waterproof – and it works flawlessly too.
When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, there’s little point in going for something too small and flimsy. After all, the sound from something tiny isn’t going to be much better than the sound from your Android phone’s internal speaker(s). Far better to have something meaty and with good volume and bass. The Jawbone JAMBOX started this form factor off – something which you’re certainly not going to carry around with you when you travel, but which can be moved easily from room to room around the home. And the Inateck BTSP-10 Bluetooth speaker is effectively a variant on the idea, similarly ruggedised and with similar great stereo sound but at a significantly lower price.
The highly anticipated Galaxy Note 4 went up for sale last week in most regions of the world. If you have already managed to get your hands on one, chances are you are looking for a case to go with it as well.
Microsoft, a company that’s certainly still aiming to push their mobile platform into the public’s eye, has just announced an accessory that’s aimed at winning over mobile users of any platform.
Smartwatches, it seems, are all the rage. Heck, we’ve featured them numerous times recently on Android Beat. Partly because they’re tech and cool, but also because they work really well with Android smartphones. The OS is flexible enough that a connected smartwatch can, in principle, do almost anything. You’ll have gathered that you can (cough) tell the time(!), see email and messaging notifications, perhaps even get a basic weather forecast, but there are other benefits that only become apparent when you actually start to use a smartwatch.
Last year along with the Moto X, Motorola had unveiled a novel new accessory — the Skip. The handy little NFC enabled clip had only function — to skip the pattern/PIN protection when the clip was tapped on the back of the user’s device.
Continuing our series of articles looking at Android-connected wearables, the Pebble devices seem perennially popular, not least because their battery life on a charge is at least a week and because they’re 100.0% effective when you’re actually mobile, outdoors in the sun. However – which Pebble do you go for? Two models, each which very different look and very different strap options, meaning that a direct comparison here – and an insightful compromise – may well be very helpful for new buyers.