The 5S was officially revealed as the latest iPhone model which will go on pre-sale 9/13 and sale on 9/20. Besides being produced in a lavish Gold color (also available in silver and gray), a very beefed-up processor is among the notable major upgrades. Now able to run 64-bit apps, the A7 chip boasts performance speeds 5X’s faster than the iPhone 5 and 56X’s the original iPhone. A new fingerprint scanning home button will relieve users of unlocking their iPhones with a pin code and an updated camera features two LED flashes, burst mode, and slow-motion video capture. Starting at $199 with 16 GB of storage, the 32GB and 64GB versions will run you $299 and $399 respectively.
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Made by the esteemed Harman, AKG K551 Headphones are sure to deliver. These reference-class headsets use Real Image Engineering to create a highly realistic sound environment with a true sense of three-dimensional space. The clean design also provides for lightweight comfort and noise insulation. Additionally, an in-line microphone allows you to take a call on your iPhone.
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The wait and anticipation is over, the new iPhone is here. The Apple iPhone 5 debuted today and we’re sure Apple Fanboys around the globe are rejoicing as it looks like a pretty sweet device. The new iPhone is a mere 7.6mm thick and weighs only 112 grams, making it 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S. Despite the weight and thickness loss, it still offers a larger display (4″ diagonally) – which was increased vertically so an additional row of icons can fit on your home screen and when turned horizontally, it’s truly widescreen. A new A6 chip drastically increases processing speed and the rear facing camera records 1080p HD video and 28 megapixel panoramic photos. All the snazzy hardware doesn’t come without any software updates – iOS 6 has many new features including new turn-by-turn navigation with traffic updates, more advanced Siri commands, Facebook integration and much more. The iPhone 5 starts at $199 for the 16GB model an we think it’ll be a huge hit.
If you enjoy the precision sound that Harman Kardon is famous for, you can now plug it directly into your ears. Harman Kardon released a new line of headphones that are designed to work with and compliment Apple devices such as the iPhone and hence are currently exclusive to Apple’s online store and Apple retail locations. Shown above is the $99 NI (noise insulating) in-ear model featuring iPhone controls, which is at the start of the range and there are two other versions between them and the top model – the $249 over-ear Bluetooth model.
With the launch of the Nexus line, Google is taking a stab at three Apple devices – the iPhone, the iPad and Apple TV. The Galaxy Nexus Phone ($350 unlocked) features a 4.65″ HD (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED contour display and is the first phone to run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. The Nexus 7 is a 7″ HD Android tablet that undercuts the iPhone with a pre-0rder price of $199. The Nexus Q brings it all together, and works as a streaming command center for your entertainment needs. With the Q you can stream content from Google Play and even allow your friends to queue up music and videos on your playlists via their Android devices over wi-fi. With a pre-order price of $350, the Nexus Q requires no downloading, synching or saving – all the content is served via the cloud.
If you’re getting bored of your plain looking iPhone case and want something a little more fun – check out this Game Boy iPhone 4 case. Made from silicon, this iPhone case will make the back of your iPhone look like it’s a retro Nintendo Game Boy and just like other iPhone covers, protect your phone without getting in the way of usability. Best of all, it’s under $2 on Amazon.
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If you’re looking to update your Android phone, you may want to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S3 has a large 4.8 inch HD 1280 x 720 AMOLED display, delivering you a crisp look at what Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has to offer – which includes face recognition where you can unlock your phone by looking at it. The Galaxy S3 also packs a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 1.9 megapixel front camera, impressive 8 megapixel rear camera, and up to 64GB of storage plus SD slot. We have to wonder how the new iPhone will compare.
If you love the features of your iPhone or Android phone, but miss the old-school feel of an older telephone – check this out. Perfect for long calls while at home or work, this retro Moshi Moshi Headset allows you to jack-in a traditional telephone handset into your smartphone. Not only is this a fun concept, but the retro headset will block radiation from your cell phone, increase comfort while talking and improve the sound quality.
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Some people use their iPhone for just about everything, so why stop at what it can do digitally? Turn your phone into a bottle opener with a nifty case that will also protect your beloved iPhone from damage just like a standard case. You shouldn’t talk on the phone and drive at the same time – and with this case you should also be reminded that you shouldn’t talk, open a beer, and drive at the same time.
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