Orlando, Fla.--Believe it or not, innovation in cell phone charging continues to happen at CTIA 2011. Usually we get a quirky idea from a small accessories vendor, but this year LG stepped forward with a wireless charger of its own. Nicole Lee covered the initial news of the LG WCP-700 the first day of the show, but we wanted to check it out in the flesh as well.
No, T-Mobile also introduced four products for its HSPA+ network: a portable W-Fi hot-spot and three USB laptop sticks. The devices are optimized for the carrier's "4G" network--we know T-Mobile's definition of 4G is a little fuzzy--but they're compatible with the carrier's 3G and EDGE networks when you're not in a HSPA+ … Read more
ORLANDO, Fla.--Jabra has released the Freeway, the first in-car speakerphone to feature three speakers. The company says this creates a virtual surround-sound effect that can be used inside or outside the vehicle.
Other features include a built-in FM transmitter, the ability to announce incoming caller ID, and voice controls that let you answer, end, reject, and redial calls just by speaking. Jabra has also partnered with Voice Assist, a service that lets you respond to e-mail and text with your voice, and post to Facebook and Twitter via voice as well. The Voice Assist subscription is only good … Read more
ORLANDO, Fla.--Day one at CTIA 2011 is done and despite a certain merger hanging over everyone's head, carriers and manufacturers didn't disappoint the crowd with new devices. A few announcements trickled out yesterday, but today was the day when companies rolled out the big guns. Here's a review of what we've seen so far.
For more day one coverage, check out Maggie Reardon's post on spectrum and this morning's keynote with the CEOs of AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.
Sprint Like it has done the past few years, Sprint did its best to throw one of CTIA's biggest bashes. It started Monday making news even as much of the wireless nation was flying to Florida. The news that it would offer the first 4G (and first CDMA) Samsung Nexus S will please Android purists while Google Voice fans should welcome Sprint's plans to integrate the service into all of its phones.
Today, Sprint unveiled two additional Android devices, the Evo View and the Evo 3D. The former is a slightly revamped version of the HTC Flyer tablet that debuted last month as Mobile World Congress. Sprint kept almost everything, including HTC's Scribe technology, while adding WiMax support and a black finish. The Evo 3D meanwhile is a Gingerbread-equipped smartphone with the ability to record 3D video and shoots 3D still photos. … Read more
One of the surest signs that an electronic product is successfully moving into the lifestyle of the rich and famous is that high-fashion brands start making accessories for it. French luxury brand Hermes is cashing in on the popularity of the iPad 2 with cases that cost more than the tablet itself.
The Hermes Swift (left) is a slipcase made from calfskin leather that costs a whopping $820. It comes in 10 different colors. The Hermes Station (right) is a book-style cover, made from the same material as the Swift, that doubles as a stand. Available in four colors, the Hermes Station retails at a heart-stopping $1,400.
The two cases are available from Hermes stores and, we suspect, are easier to get than the tablet itself.
LG introduced a few new accessories to go along with its big G2X announcement today. They include the HBM-905 mono Bluetooth headset, the HBS-700 stereo Bluetooth headset, and the WCP-700 wireless charging pad.
The HBM-905 appears to be the successor to the LG HBM-900 Bluetooth headset, with a similar long and skinny design. It features three microphones that promise solid audio quality along with background noise suppression. Other features include the usual capability to answer, end, and reject a call, last number redial, and a multipoint function that lets you connect to two devices simultaneously. It also has name alert, … Read more
It's hard to believe another year has flown by since the last spring CTIA 2010 show in Las Vegas. Before we head to Orlando for CTIA 2011, it's time to reminisce about the mobile devices that dominated last year's lineup.
Sprint's HTC Evo 4G took our prize for best phone, and it's little wonder why. Besides kicking off the 4G phone craze by becoming America's first 4G phone, the Evo debuted with a large, brilliant 4.3-inch display, the latest Android OS at the time (2.1 Eclair), a speedy, 1 … Read more
Taking a cue from Otterbox, Gumdrop Cases has answered the iPad 2 call with the rugged Drop Series case, which features multiple protection layers, including a replaceable snap-on integrated cover screen. Gumdrop is calling it "the ultimate in iPad 2 protection."
The case, which comes in a few different colors, is listed for $59.95 and won't be available till May. But with iPad 2 shipping times continuing to slip (they're now in the four-to-five-week range), you may end up getting the case before the iPad 2.
Shopping for iPad speakers doesn't have to be complicated. If you already have a speaker system you like, you're probably just a .99-cent stereo aux cable away from making it work with an iPad (or anything else, for that matter).
Generally speaking, there are four ways to get sound out of the iPad. It can go out through the headphone jack to anything, though you run the risk of … Read more
San Francisco-based designer Seth Quest needs help. In return, he'll help you solve what he thinks is a common problem with the iPad--how to use it hands-free.
With the successful Kickstarter funding of many iPhone and iPad accessories, Quest is hoping to get his product in the mix. Hanfree aims to solve a relatively common issue many iPad users face. Using your iPad in bed can become tiresome, having to constantly adjust how you're sitting or lying, and how you're holding the device. Quest's site says:The case allows you to simply snap the iPad into … Read more