Archive for the ‘CES 2012’ Category

CES 2012: X-Doria iDevice Protection

  • January 11, 2012 11:05 am

Through out our wanders yesterday we happened to stroll by a booth that had about 10 iDevices laying around with cases strewn about. We walked on in to see what was going on because we are in iPhone case mode and what we found was actually quite interesting. They had your normal every day cases, but some of the designs were actually quite nice. Their website has most of those cases on them to look at. Different styles ranging from leather to plastic. They have them for iPhones, iPads and iPods.

The product that X-Doria had that really caught our eye was the Defense Pro. I have personally never been attracted to a lot of cases out there because of the bulk they add to the gorgeous iPhone, so I’ve always leaned towards using protective skins. When he was showing us the Defense and the Defense Pro, we were blown away. We couldn’t even tell it was on there. The greatest part about the Defense Pro, other than the self-healing material, is how the application takes place. If you’ve ever used BodyGuardz or Zagg, you’ll know that bubbles are our worst nightmare. Defense Pro utilizes an iOS app that places a grid on your screen that lines up with the skin itself and the grid printed on a top layer of the material. You line up the lines with the lines on the iOS app and the result is a bubbles-less protection for your iDevice.

Their website is up, but they are an incredibly new company. Look out for their products this Spring and hopefully check back here for a review.

CES 2012: BoostCase Hybrid Hands On.

  • January 11, 2012 5:08 am

We first heard about the BoostCase Hybrid at CES Unveiled this past Sunday and we were crazy impressed. We’ve used so many different battery cases in the past and to be falling in love with one now seems whacky to us. After seeing the Hybrid and meeting with the reps at the booth on Sunday, I decided I would spend the majority of my walks through the CES Halls looking at the battery case competition. I wanted to see if what I was excited to learn more about would stand up against all of the other competition out there, especially the likes of Incipio, that have been doing this for a few years.

We’ll spend more time on that subject in a future post this week once we’ve had enough time to play with every case out there. But for now, please join us inside for a hands on with one of my personal favorites - the BoostCase Hybrid…

CES 2012: Samsung Note Hands On.

  • January 11, 2012 4:42 am

CES blasted into full swing today as the convention opened to the masses. We started our day at the Samsung booth with a nice tour and some hands on time with a couple of the new devices Samsung has on the market. The main reason I wanted to walk through the sea of people at the Samsung booth (read: city) was for the Note. Samsung crushes the smartphone competition with a gorgeous 5.3″ HD Super AMOLED that will please the tablet and smartphone users alike.

My first thoughts about a phone with a 5.3″ screen were that it would burn the entire side of my face and be horribly uncomfortable. But after greasing up the Note’s screen for a few minutes I have some completely different thoughts on the device.

Hop past the break for Gadgetsteria’s officia hands on with the Samsung Note…

CES 2012: Hands On With Polaroid’s SC1630 Android Camera.

  • January 11, 2012 2:04 am


Polaroid hasn’t been on our (and probably a good number of peoples’) radar for quite some time. The once innovative company has seemingly fallen into stagnant state, unable to produce the once great products of years past. But this year is different thanks to a “smart camera” in the SC1630 — a 16 megapixel point-and-shoot camera powered by Android.

We got our clammy paws all over Polaroid’s latest and greatest. Hop past the break for the visual evidence, and of course, our oh so important thoughts…

CES 2012: LG Spectrum Hands On And Initial Impressions.

  • January 11, 2012 1:44 am


Android phones are a dime a dozen it seems. Hardware specs don’t mean much anymore as everyone and their mother uses virtually the same few platforms, allotment of RAM, and screen size. Sadly, as much as we hate to admit it, software apps/skins are what differentiates the multitude of Android devices. However, there are some exceptions to that rule. One such exception: the LG Spectrum. Hop past the break for Gadgetsteria’s official hands on and initial impressions…

CES 2012: Nokia Lumia 900 Hands On.

  • January 11, 2012 1:26 am


Nokia used CES as the launchpad for the North American push, and what a push it was. While the Lumia 900 is more or less a slightly larger, but nearly spec-for-spec copy of the Lumia 800, it intrigues nonetheless. The downright sexy hardware of the Lumia 900 is a testament to the fact that despite being down and beaten repeatedly over the last couple of years, they still know how to design a beautiful piece of hardware.

At CES 2012, Nokia and Microsoft are beating the war drum proudly (and perhaps naively), acting as if Apple and the best Android manufacturers have to catch them. While that topic is certainly debatable, there’s no denying that the Nokia Lumia 900 is a gadget worth remembering. Everything from the solid construction to the seemingly impenetrable colored polycarbonate oozes sophistication.

Hop past the break for Gadgetsteria’s Lumia 900 hands on.

CES 2012: Seagate’s LTE-ified Hard Drive Is Pretty Sweet.

  • January 10, 2012 11:28 am


You can only do so much to a hard drive to make it unique — up storage capacity, use some new fancy type of memory, or simply shrink down the tech to unbelievable levels. Or you could be like Seagate and something truly “out there” such as stuffing an LTE modem inside of an external hard drive’s enclosure. The as of now unnamed prototype also features a battery tucked away inside that reportedly allows for up to 5 hours of 802.11b/g/n streaming.

Here’s to hoping this mystery device doesn’t end up as another piece of CES vaporware or, that any attached data plans don’t cost more than the GDP of some developing countries. Agreed?