In addition to the flagship Xperia 1, Sony just announced the mid-range Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus. Each has a 21:9 Wide Full HD+ display with a borderless design. That translates to an expanded viewing area enjoying videos. It also means you can run two apps simultaneously and not feel overly cramped when doing so.
Mobile Phones & Gear
One of the MWC announcements that most captured my attention was for the new Lenovo Tab V7. An affordable 7” tablet, the Tab V7 is ideal for someone who doesn’t want the expense, or the juggling act, of carrying a phone and a tablet. It blurs the line between the two categories.
To kick off MWC 2019, Alcatel is announcing some exciting new affordable devices, the Alcatel 3, 3L, 1S, and their 3T tablet. We also got a sneak peek at some of their exciting new screen prototypes!
If you’re a fan of physical keyboards, you’ve no doubt been keeping up with the newest BlackBerrys. We’ve reviewed the KEYone and the KEY2, but they were both quite businesslike. The new BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition, however, looks sporty, fun, and it has updated features!
At MWC 2019, if you didn’t bring a folding screen of some kind to show the press, then you brought a knife to a gunfight! Huawei brought a big gun, however, and the new Huawei Mate X is a spectacular example of a folding screen done right.
If the thought of slapping a plastic case on your Pixel 3 XL doesn’t exactly appeal, you’ll be happy to know that there are other options. KerfCase makes beautiful and protective cases made from sustainable wood with no seams or interlocking parts; KerfCases are stylish and slim, and they don’t hamper wireless charging or the Pixel’s active edge feature.
Once upon a time, Samsung’s Galaxy line was seen as a copy of the iPhone; there were even multiple lawsuits between the two companies over it. There’s no mistaking the new Galaxy S10 line for an iPhone now, though, it’s gone from a “copycat” to a “holy crap” with some amazing new models including the new Galaxy Fold!
When I first received my Google Pixel 3 XL, I went through phases of not using a case, and using overly bulky cases that promised protection; then the Nomad Rugged Leather Case arrived at my doorstep.
When I reviewed the original Jabra Move Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, I was impressed. For under $100, the Move headphones offered good sound without breaking the bank. Now Jabra has released the Jabra Move Style Edition. While still under $100, the Move Style Edition improves on the original Move headphones; they look more substantial without raising the price.
Remember the days when ribbon cable was popular? Okay, maybe you’re too young to remember its popularity, but if you’ve cracked open a computer, you’ve likely seen flat ribbons connecting drives to the motherboard. While flat cables are still used to connect components inside certain devices, they’re no longer used externally. Cable styles have shifted along with technology, leaning toward the thin side.
Wirelessly charging your devices may seem pointless to some skeptics, especially if you have a habit of checking your phone while charging, but if you’re looking for a great way to get full battery life without wires laying around everywhere, Choetech’s PowerDual 5-Coil Dual Fast Wireless Charger may be the way to go.
DRACOdesign used to require a little screwdriver for installing and removing their metal bumper cases, but a lot has changed since our last DRACOdesign review in 2015. The DRACOdesign AERO Dual Protection Metal Bumper Case is now available for the iPhone XR and XS Max; it doesn’t hamper Qi charging or your wireless signal, and it doesn’t require a screwdriver.
There are so many wireless chargers on the market, it may be pretty hard to figure out which one to go with, but with the V2 Wireless Charger, Satechi thinks they have the best solution to getting juice to your phone.
Some months ago I had the opportunity to review the Honor View 10 smartphone. I was impressed with pretty much every aspect of the device and even more impressed by its price which brings it in at about half of what you pay for a new iPhone. Honor has done some amazing things with even lower cost devices, and today we’re looking at the Honor 8X.
If you don’t mind using a portable battery pack without built-in charging cables, you’ll have plenty of options. If, however, you want a battery pack with built-in charging cables, your choices will be much more limited along which particular devices that work with that particular charger. Unless you get the intelliARMOR Scout Wireless Charger; it works with everything.
One of my absolute favorite iPhone XS Max Cases is the Moshi Altra. Its grippy handle is fantastic, and the look is pleasing in every way, but I always wondered what the purpose was behind the “SnapTo” tabs on the inside of the case. And thanks to the Moshi SnapTo Wall Mount System, their purpose is now clear.
It may not seem like it to the average person, but we take our smartphones through some of the nastiest places: public restrooms, kitchens, airports, you name it. Luckily with the PhoneSoap 3, you can clean your phone from dirty, harmful germs even you can’t see.
As the end of 2018 was beginning to coming into view, OnePlus made it clear that the year was still had some life left. They released the OnePlus 6T, their mid-year iterative update that takes the best of their most recent model and further refines it. The phone won immediate acclaim, and I wanted to share some of my thoughts.
I’ve been impressed by OnePlus since Judie and I each bought the original offering. Since then, they have continued to deliver ever-more-powerful phones. I’m currently reviewing the OnePlus 6T. The phone is so impressive that my review has taken on a life of its own. In this short review, however, I want to look at the OnePlus Type-C Bullets Earphones.
We found so many great new products this year at CES that we could have easily awarded 20 with a “Best of CES” designation, but alas, we could only pick ten. Here, in no particular order, are Gear Diary’s top 10 picks for Best of CES 2019.
I’m excited about all of the products that Scosche has announced for CES 2019, and that continues with the Scosche BTFREQ. It’s a smart USB Type-A and Type-C car charger and Bluetooth transmitter that you should consider — even if your car already has Bluetooth.