Today is a very special day in history. Sure, two days ago was April Fool’s day, but today is the 46th anniversary of the first mobile phone call. Surprisingly, it was not a spam call from the IRS, but a legitimate test call between Martin Cooper and Dr Joel Engel. In honor of this anniversary, Motorola has a big sale!
Mobile Phones & Gear
One of the best sets of wireless headphones to come out of CES this year was the Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones, which Greg recently reviewed. If you’re ready to put away winter’s darker colors, enjoy fabulous sounding audio, and to celebrate the cherry blossom festivals occurring worldwide, the new MW07 cherry blossom special edition should do the trick.
If you have an Android phone, you’ll generally know when fast charging is occurring because an on-screen message lets you know. On the iPhone, the only way to tell that fast wireless charging is occurring is to observe how quickly your phone charges during a time period (no, really). Apple fast wireless charging happens at 7.5W and Samsung’s happens at 10W; the Just Mobile AluBase Wireless can handle both.
Kickstarter is sort of like the internet’s science fair. You wade through a lot of random stuff to find some cool ideas, but every once in a blue moon you see a project and think “Was no one around to intervene here?” That’s my take on the LapDogg, and not just because it has a weird extra G.
You can change your mindset and your workflow in numerous ways to improve productivity. Sometimes, though, having the right gear makes the biggest difference. A wireless charger is an excellent example; they’re also called “Qi chargers” because Qi is the current wireless standard.
I have two gear pouches, a small one for every day and a large one for travel. Each carries an external battery and a wall adapter for charging. Thanks to the [FUSE]chicken Universal All-In-One Travel Charger, I can swap the two gadgets for a single one, as this is a wall adapter and a Qi charging battery.
We’ve reviewed products from 1More before, and we’ve been impressed by the quality of their audio products, mostly because of the Dual-Dynamic drivers that many of their headphones have. When I received the 1More Stylish and the 1More DualDriver BT ANC headphones, I wondered about the differences between the two and which would be my new favorite neckband-style headphones.
One thing we can always count on is creative charging accessories from Oneadaptr that make keeping our devices powered-up a cinch. Their latest travel chargers, the Oneadaptr OneWorld PD and OneWorld Duo are made work in over 150 countries. With multiple fully grounded charging solutions built-in, they are the perfect gift for any frequent traveler.
Spring and summer are on the way. That means many activities will soon be moving outside. If you are in the market for a superb indoor/outdoor Bluetooth speaker you need look no further than the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3; now you can make it your own with the myBOOM Studio.
If you’re going to be away from a charger for a time, and you need your iPhone to keep up and not leave you stranded, using the new mophie juice pack access is a great way to accomplish just that.
Mobile World Congress has just wrapped up, and wow — it was a doozy. So many new devices were announced, and there was never a dull moment. We were in Barcelona for the event, and it was tough knowing that we could only pick 10 for our ‘best of’, but here they are — Gear Diary’s Best of Mobile World Congress 2019!
The big news out of MWC 2019 has been folding phones, but they’re so last week. Nubia Alpha is the next big thing, because it’s your phone, your smartwatch, AND a stylish bit of jewelry!
While the LG G8 ThinQ may not have the V50 ThinQ’s Dual Screen case, and its 5G connectivity, The G8 ThinQ does have another trick up its sleeve — or at the end of your sleeve, rather: Palm Vein Authentication. Whaaat?
LG came out in full force at Mobile World Congress by announcing their latest G & V series flagship phones. LG’s first 5G device is the LG V50 ThinQ. It will first be seen on Sprint’s network; that’s right, the 5G era has arrived, and it’s looking great.
The Sony Xperia line of phones has long been one of our favorites. The Xperia Z2 was the first “phablet” I owned. I loved it. The line has gotten better and better with each iteration. Now Sony takes things to a new level with the Xperia 1. The Z is gone, but the phone looks amazing.
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.
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.