Shopping for a gift? We think we’ve found the Best Gift Ever: it’s tres-useful, uber-cool looking, and quite inexpensive. What is it? The Emergency Cell Phone Charger. All this compact device needs is a AA battery to provide an extra 2 hours of chatting time once it’s hooked up to a cell phone. It even comes with 4 adapters to hook up almost any phone, and its compact, sleek, blue metal design gives it a certain je ne sais quoi. At 5.95 pounds (approx. $10.71 USD), we’re thinking it’s never too early to start Christmas shopping.
Moixa has already produced an award winning USB connector for charging regular batteries. Now they have unveiled one for cell phones, Blackberries, and other personal devices that will not only save you a few bucks but will also help save the planet. This is truly a gift for those of us who have a tendency to run our cell phone down to empty before we remember we actually have to recharge it occasionally. Contact Moixa for price and future availability or to be put on their product launch alert list.
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Jitterbug has designed two phones for those who just can’t get the hang of the mobile gadgets. The cell phones, which come in “Dial” and “One-Touch,” have large, bright, backlit easy-to-see buttons, “yes” and “no” action buttons instead of icons, and a direct line to 911 and an informational operator. With all the bells and whistles these days, it’s a comfort to see one that just acts like a phone. The Jitterbug is available nationwide for ~$150.00 and a service charge of $10.00 a month. Visit their website for more info and a peek at the Jitterbug demo.
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Australia’s SMS Technology has created the M300 watch that works with any GSM network, connects to a computer via USB, has a built-in MP3 player and speaker phone, an emergency call button, and a 1-inch color screen. Additionally, you can import logos and images for your screensaver, and download ringtones. The M300, which supports Bluetooth, will be available in March for a tidy $649.99.
SMS will also be releasing their M501 series in June, made of solid gold and titanium, and the M700 series for the business minded in November. These will be 850 mhz/1900 mhz watch phones and tri-band 900 mhz/1800 mhz/1900 mhz sets.
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NTTDoCoMo and NEC enter the thin phone zone with their N703iµ (pronounced i-mew.) The 3G cell phone is a mere 49 x 103 x 11.4mm thick, weighs 90g, and features a 1.3 megapixel cam, a 2.3-inch 260k color QVGA TFT LCD with 240 x 345 pixels and a privacy angle, and an LED on its back panel that displays icons for incoming calls or messages. Available in red, green, and brown, it supports a microSD memory card (not included.) Contact NEC to find out when their new thin will be in.
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How thoughtful of us to have found the winner of the Pink Panther car auction and you more hideously pink accessories to go with it. The award winning gift of the year includes a cell phone recharger, an ice scraper, protective gloves, an air freshener, a mini-torch, a steel hammer, and jump leads (in a pink bag, of course.) The Car Kit comes in a case small enough to stow under your seat or in your glovebox, and is available online from The Pink Toolbox Company for £29.99 (~$58.50,) who have a penchant for all things pink.
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With all the cell phones and smartphones out there flaunting the latest innovations, choosing the right one can be a daunting process. Research in Motion just made that decision even harder (or perhaps easier depending on your view) when it introduced the new BlackBerry 8800 at the 3GSM World Congress, a showcase for state-of-the-art wireless devices. While targeted toward the corporate crowd, the 8800—the slimmest corporate Blackberry yet—includes such consumer-friendly features as a media player that supports MP3 and AAC audio as well as MPEG-4 and H.263 encoded video files, and a microSD slot for music and video storage. The smartphone also contains a QWERTY keyboard, trackball, GPS software and Bluetooth capability.
The 8800 is a quad-band GSM/GPRS and supports EDGE - but oddly enough, leaves out HSDPA. That means that while the phone is slick, you won’t be doing any broadband surfing or downloading. It also has a built-in GPS chip, which means it can give you directions and support other location-based applications right out of the box.
The BlackBerry 8800 will be available this month, with pricing yet to be announced.
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Based on the ever popular “The Fast and The Furious Tokyo” game, the I-play mobile version has managed to capture the Best Made for Mobile Game at the 3GSM World Congress. Released last June, the game received over 6 million downloads in under six months. Based on Universal’s movies of the same name, gamers get to be the new kids on the block and beat their rivals. We think that this is a more viable alternative to its sometimes real life counterpart.
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With disappointing 4th quarter profits and it’s RAZR phone starting to look “old-school”, Motorola has upped the ante with a unique design concept for its new MOTORIZR Z8 phone. Introduced at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, one of the largest wireless technology trade shows, the RIZR slides up to reveal a keyboard, but also has a hinge that locks the phone into a V-shape, bringing the microphone closer to the user. As if that weren’t cool enough, the RIZR utilizes Symbian software, boasts TV-like video playback, and has a slot for a 4GB memory card. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we’re betting the RIZR lives up to its name and raises Motorola’s profits when released in April.
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