Archive for: bluetooth

Review: We Go Hands On With The Hands Free SuperTooth HD

  • September 23, 2011 2:40 am

With almost 10 states already banning cell phone use (30 states for novice drivers) and over 30 that have banned texting while driving, the Bluetooth hands free options of today are coming more and more necessary. But do you want to give up the frills of staying connected just to have a safe trip? Out of a 24 hour day I have my phone in my hand around 16 of those, and during the 5 I am sleeping, it is usually there as well. But since I live in Portland it is against the law for me to have said phone anywhere near my face let alone in my hands. I have never been a fan of Bluetooth ear pieces but could never find a car only device I actually liked. But after reading up on this $129 Bluetooth car kit I started to get excited about using something that didn’t have to burrow its way into my ear canal.

Do you think this slick little device can withstand the billion other Bluetooth options out there? Hop on in to find out…

Levitatr Bluetooth Keyboard, Will You Marry Me?

  • September 14, 2011 11:02 am

For those of you out there that haven’t really found the bluetooth keyboard of your dreams, we might just have a solution for you. James Stumpf of Entrax has created what I feel might compliment that iPad or other tablet perfectly. The Levitatr features elevating keys (backlit of course) that appear at the push of a button.

For those of you that have considered swapping in your laptop for something a tad more portable, like say an iPad, but are worried about some serious hardcore blogging, the Levitatr might just be the convincing factor.

Drop on in for some more elevating info and sweet video…

Friday Morning iPhone News: iPhone 5 And Bluetooth 4.0.

  • July 22, 2011 6:33 am

Oh….TGIF! What better way to kick off the death of the week than the latest iPhone 5 rumors! First up: Verizon Wireless is beginning to clear out iPhone accessory stock — this according to a “well plugged in source” of PhoneArena. While the fire sale of accessories in and of itself isn’t a surefire way to claim an impending iPhone 5 is on the near horizon, it’s but one small piece of the overall puzzle that is pointing to an August/September iPhone launch.

In other news: Rumors of NFC capabilities to the next-gen iPhone range from from simply untrue to “way off”. Specifically, IT Pro Portal is reporting Apple could be bypassing NFC support in favor of the newer Bluetooth 4.0. (For the record, the first mainstream Bluetooth 4.0 products were just released yesterday — the new MacBook Air and Mac Mini.) Apple is notorious for keeping things simple not only in software but hardware as well. Having multiple chips for multiple wireless technologies can lead to larger devices and poorer battery life. The big draw — or lack thereof — is Bluetooth 4.0′s low power mode which allows it to operate at 1/100th that of traditional Bluetooth. On the flip side, This lower powered mode on Bluetooth 4.0 is much slower than traditional Bluetooth (which itself is already pretty slow). Nonetheless, with a boosted range of up to 200m and reports that Bluetooth 4.0 can toggle between low and high power modes, we’re willing to give the new tech the benefit of the doubt.

As the iPhone 5 launch moves closer, we have no doubt the rumors will increase both in frequency and scope of features. As for the rumors above, we can neither confirm nor deny the claims. With that said, stay tuned to Gadgetsteria as we bring you the latest iPhone 5 news!

Review: ECO Sound Engineering V268 Bluetooth Headset

  • April 1, 2011 6:37 am

Bluetooth earpieces are a dime a dozen these days, with most options being at least of average quality. That wasn’t always the case, however. Several years back when Bluetooth earpieces were just starting to catch on, it used to take a heavy toll on your wallet if quality was what you cherished most. But the ECO Sound Engineering V268 we have here today only costs $10. Is it really all that great? Gadgetsteria investigates…

[Review] MoGo Talk XD iPhone 4 Case and Bluetooth Headset. #mogo

  • December 18, 2010 4:43 pm

Smartphones are proliferating around the world. Similarly, laws to tell us how and when we can use them are growing as well. The most notorious cellphone-based law is none other than the handsfree law. Simply put, you can’t use your hands to interact with your phone. Get caught and the penalties range from monetary fines to jail time.

For iPhone users at least, the “MoGo Talk XD” iPhone case + Bluetooth headset combo is a one-two punch. Not only to you get a case to wrap around your phone, you get a bluetooth headset too! But it this merely a case of “Jack of all trades, master of none”?

Hop inside for the review…

Bluetooth Keyboard Accessory for Upcoming Palm Tablet Leaks. #palm #webos #tablet

  • December 17, 2010 7:36 pm

Palm has been promising quite a bit over the months, foreshadowing of great things to come for webOS. And yet here we sit — with nothing to speak of. But tonight, a trusted source of Engadget sent in the image above showing a bluetooth keyboard for an upcoming webOS tablet, currently codenamed “Topaz”. The keyboard itself is powered by AA’s, though it lacks backlighting. More odd however is the addition of a Windows key. I guess Palm is going for multi-purpose here. Expect to see this little gem drop in early 2011.

While we’re on the topic of Palm, another rumor that is sure to appease young webOS users revolves around a low-end, teen-specific device that is similar to the Pre save for the absence of any keyboard. This device carries the codename “Castle”.

Even though a tablet will do a good job of showing off the latest version of webOS, the follow-up hit with a low-end device is uninspiring. What we really want is a webOS powerhouse to compete against the iPhone 4/5 and the best that Android has to offer, not some borderline featurephone. Palm, where is that device?

Make your iPhone 4 Get Physical with the Boxwave “Keyboard Buddy” Bluetooth Keyboard.

  • November 18, 2010 8:05 am

There’s no denying the iPhone 4 is an extremely popular and successful device. The biggest reason being the touchscreen that literally revolutionized the smartphone world back in 2007. But as great as the touchscreen is, some people still prefer good ‘ol physical buttons. Apple won’t be adding in physical keys and keyboards anytime soon. So that leaves 3rd parties to fill in the gap. So far, we’ve only seen a few bluetooth iPhone keyboards. They haven’t been particularly well designed or good at what they do. Though the Boxwave Keyboard Buddy Bluetooth keyboard looks like it could be different in that respect…

Review: NoiseHush SOLAR Visor N650 – Solar Bluetooth Hands-free Carkit

  • November 15, 2010 12:13 am

Many cities and states are enacting laws to restrict driving with your cell phone to your ear.  I am as guilty as the rest of you on this one.

One solution is to succumb to Bluetooth headsets.  Another is to fork over a grand when purchasing a vehicle for the Bluetooth connection option.  Here is where the NoiseHush N650 comes into play.  It is a run of the mill Bluetooth device, but it is equipped with a small solar panel on the back to continuously charge the battery when the sun is present.

As cool as it sounds, that solar cell slapped on the front isn’t worth $59 on its own. With that said, does the rest of the device perform well enough to stand out, and should the NoiseHush become part of your arsenal? Hop inside to find out…

Mozilla-designed phone rocks dual pico projectors and embedded bluetooth dongle.

  • September 23, 2010 6:51 pm

The above concept phone by Mozilla Labs goes by the name of “Seabird”. Looks alone might win a few design contests, but phones have reached a point where they’re all pretty much the same basic style. Services and software are increasingly becoming the staple points of any given platform. With that said, how does the Seabird differentiate itself?

The most intriguing part of this little gem is the embedded bluetooth dongle. It’s detachable and can be held like a remote, enabling the user to interact with the device without having to even touch it. In much the same way, you can use that dongle as a bluetooth mouse. And finally, the dongle can be used as your typical bluetooth earpiece. But that’s not all…