Every time Samsung announces yet another plastic smartphone, throngs of fans scratch their heads and wonder why the company can't make something a bit more premium-feeling. With the new Galaxy Alpha
, Samsung finally delivered ... sort of
. Let's pit the partially
metal Galaxy Alpha against the aluminum iPhone 5s
, to see how their features and specs compare.
Plugging neatly into your smartphone headphone jack, the iPin is a super-compact laser pointer compatible with iPhone and Android phones that comes with a handy presentation control app and is designed to ensure you're always presentation-ready.
With no shortage of wireless charging
options for the smartphone, it is getting harder for manufacturers to find a point of difference. Australian company Dog & Bone has unveiled what it says is the world's first shockproof wireless charging case for the iPhone 5. Join Gizmag, as we try the Backbone on for size.
That Apple would hold its next iPhone event in the September/October timeframe is hardly a surprise (this would mark the fourth straight year). But a new report claims that Apple has already marked its calendar for an early September unveiling.
Despite the ever-increasing popularity of the GoPro Hero actioncam, there's still not even one model of the darn thing that has a viewfinder. Users can buy a $70 add-on LCD screen
, although if they're using a newer Hero, they can also just utilize its Wi-Fi connectivity to view the camera's output on their existing smartphone. The GoRigIt case makes it easier to take this approach, but joining the phone to
One of the neat things about smartphones is the fact that when gadgets are designed to be used with
them, those devices can make use of the phone's sensors and other electronics instead of incorporating their own. This, of course, means that those devices can thus be smaller and cheaper than would otherwise be possible. The Elephant Steady is a new motorized iPhone camera-stabilizing rig, that takes this approach.
You've got an iPhone and an iPad, but you don't have a mouse to use with
the iPad ... or do you? Actually, Tabitop's new TabiMouse app converts an iPhone into a Bluetooth iPad-friendly mouse. The only catch is, you have to be willing to use your iPad as a PC.
iOS has matured as a music-making platform in recent years, but those of us who wish to hook-up a real MIDI controller such as a keyboard or drum machine to an iPad or iPhone generally need to use a couple of cables and adapters per device. It's a minor issue, but one that feels distinctly un-Apple. The PUC iOS MIDI interface by Zivix
promises to free iOS music-makers from this hassle by enabling a MIDI controller to connect to an iOS device wirelessly.
If you like the idea of Sony's QX lens system
, but don't warm to the extra weight and bulk (not to mention the rather high price tag) it adds to your smartphone, Ztylus has something that may be of interest. The company has produced a stylish case to protect your iPhone, Note 3 or S4 from life's bumps and scrapes that's also home to a circular mount onto which a multiple lens system is attached. This gives mobile snappers four additional lens options to play with. The downside is that the case and lens system need to be purchased separately, but it's still a nifty way to expand the photographic capability of your smartphone.
After finding success with e-readers and tablets, Amazon is now digging its claws into smartphones
. Are the Fire Phone's unique features enough to make it worth a look next to today's most popular handsets? Let's compare its features and specs to those of the iPhone 5s
, and see if we can lend a hand.