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Nokia Lumia 920 Review

October 22nd, 2012 No comments

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia’s Lumia 920, announced on September 5, 2012, is the latest in a growing list of smartphones. This new device is notable for its versatility, its extra sensitive screen and its wireless charging feature. The Lumia 920 is expected to be released on October 27, 2012. Like other smartphones, it will be available via your cell phone service provider and at major retailers.

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920 Features
The Nokia Lumia 920, like similar devices, combines a telephone, a tablet, a camera and a video recorder. However, this new device is far from ordinary. Below are just a few of the features that set it apart from other smartphones.

  • Extra sensitive touch screen – Have you ever struggled to use your smartphone with long nails or while wearing gloves? On most phones, it’s next to impossible. The extra-sensitive screen on the Nokia Lumia 920 reacts to the lightest touch, making long nails and gloved hands less of a problem. Plus, you don’t have to stab the screen repeatedly.
  • Wireless charging – With the Lumia 920, you no longer have to be tied to a recharger cord. You can simply carry a rechargeable, wireless charger with you and recharge your phone wherever you are, whether you need a power source or not. The Nokia chargers are all Qi-compatible, so you can share your charger with your friend.
  • Tap for wireless music streaming – The Lumia 920 allows you to stream and download unlimited music from a variety of sources for free.
  • PureMotion HD+ – This technology gives the Nokia Lumia 920’s screen a higher resolution and makes it easier to read in bright sunlight.
  • Sleek and lightweight – The Lumia 920 is ultra-thin and weighs just 6.5 ounces, less than 1/2 pound.
  • Color choices – The Lumia 920 comes in white, black and three fun colors.
  • Carl Zeiss lens – This lens captures blur-free photos, even when the camera is shaky or the photo is taken in low light.
  • 4G LTE Technology – The Lumia 920 uses the fastest connectivity available. 4G LTE is up to five times faster than 3G.
  • Two cameras – this device has both a front and back camera. The display is a full 4.8″–no more squinting into that tiny digital viewfinder.

Nokia Lumia 920 and the Environment
Do you need another reason to consider the Lumia 920? This smartphone is made of 60 percent recycled and 100 percent renewable materials, has 100 percent recycled packaging and is 100 percent recyclable (when you’re done using it). The device also uses minimal packaging and a bare-bones instruction manual (with further information available online).

What you do think of the Nokia Lumia 920? Are you thinking of buying one when it becomes available? Do you think this phone has what it takes to compete in the tough cell phone market or do you feel its features are a lot of fluff and have no substance? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

By: Hannah N

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Apple iTunes Cloud Lala Very Cloudy

August 3rd, 2010 No comments
Apple iTunes Cloud Lala Very Cloudy

Apple iTunes Cloud Lala Very Cloudy

Many people expected that Apple would offer your iTunes music and movies over the cloud after it acquired last December. That is of course after Apple obtained the appropriate music licenses to do so. Lala, the music serviced, shut down after being acquired by Apple this past May.

The Lala team leadership that went to Apple after the acquisition seems to leaving. Bill Nguyen, Lala’s founder, is known to be press friendly and against Apple’s culture of secrecy. Another founding member has left the company leaving Apple’s media cloud plans in a haze.

Google, on the other hand, hired Elizabeth Moody, an attorney with deep experience negotiating digital-music deals. Record executives expect Moody will help cut the first cloud music licensing agreement. Google has told label managers that it wants to launch a music service this year.

Apple is not worried though since it is still the #1 online and offline music store and jukebox.

However, in this fast pacing media game, tables can turn very quickly.

Solar bags by Noon Solar

August 24th, 2009 No comments

I almost hate to interrupt the steady stream of Google/AT&T/Apple related topics that have been dominating GadgetMeter these last few weeks (kudos to you, Quang Ly, for fighting the good fight!) but sometimes a break is a good thing.
I’m heading out of the realm of “Serious Corporate Land” into “Eco Friendly Accessories World”.
So, I’m the kind of person that rides my bike most places. I’m also the kind of person who is rarely without my phone and ipod (I’m too scared to take my laptop on my bike because I know the minute I do something bad will happen). Anyway, the other day I was busy texting while laying out by Barton Springs Pool and my phone battery died! If only I had one of THESE:

solar powered courier bag

I could have charged it up right then and there!
These new bags by Noon Solar integrate flexible solar panels into their design. They have several styles of both messenger bags and purses and they are made from either German leather or organic hemp or cotton.
The solar power is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack, weighing about 4oz, found inside the bag. Because the solar power is stored inside a battery pack, cell phones and iPods can be charged day or night.

From their website: Noon Solar bags are made from biodegradable materials so that the bags can skip the landfill and go directly into your backyard without hurting the earth. The bags are safe and non-toxic, and most of the materials will actually nourish the earth if buried. The other materials such as the solar panel and hardware can be removed and recycled or reused.
solar bag 2

And after reading their design philosophy I’m about ready to drop the several hundred dollars required to purchase one of their bags.
This is a company whose products AND philosophy I am ready to support. And that in and of itself is a rare thing these days.


Lo-fi iPod Nano cases

August 11th, 2009 1 comment

I always love it when I find accessories that are made of reclaimed or recycled stuff that would otherwise rot for 1000 years in a landfill. So when I found the iPod Nano cases made from reclaimed tapes I was utterly gleeful.


I love high-tech and low-fi. I’m not sure how that is possible, but it seems to work.
Designed by Contexture Design in Canada, these D90 tapes are gutted, routered and rebuilt to fit the 4th generation iPod Nano and cost $45 Canadian (about $41 USD).
A little pricey in my opinion but still, very very cool.

Via Wired’s GadgetLab
Contexture’s Product Page

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Elecom SoundBlock iPod speakers

July 8th, 2009 No comments

It looks like those kawaii-loving, tech savants over in Japan have developed yet another cute iPod accessory. To me they look a bit like LEGOs, especially in the product photo all laid out together in all their multi-colored glory. One to match every color of the iPod nano, apparently.

soundblock speakers

If I were to guess I would say the speaker quality and output volume would be somewhere in the vicinity of an iMac internal speaker, which is fine if you want to quietly listen to your music at your office, not interrupting the worker in the neighboring cubicle (or the neighboring apartment if you happen to live just about anywhere in Japan, which, incidentally is the only place you can currently buy this product).

It’s cute to be sure and is compatible with just about all the iPod models (iPod 5G, iPod Touch, iPod classic and iPod Nano). And I’m sure has it’s uses and a market, somewhere.

Though for $40 it seems a little puny, even though it does appear to have both left and right channels (wow, tiny stereo!).
I wonder what the drain on the iPod batter is like?

Geek Stuff 4 U is taking pre-orders from people living outside Japan.
¥4000 is approximately $42 American.

MP3 Touchscreen Mirror

June 10th, 2009 2 comments

It seems like each day we are moving close and closer to the imaginary future world envisioned by the likes of Philip K Dick, William Gibson, and to a degree, Steven Speildberg. This MP3 mirror by Stocco, which is actually in production and not just a concept, is just one more step in the journey. Pretty soon people’s homes are going to resemble Chief John Anderton’s from Minority Report.

Stocco Maitre MP3 Touchscreen Mirror

Stocco Maitre MP3 Touchscreen Mirror

And that is just fine by me. This mirror integrates touch screen controls for your iPod (or other MP3 player) as well as a radio, clock and barometer (presumably for checking the weather in order to determine which hairstyle will work best in the current humidity).

No word on price yet. And it doesn’t say whether there are built in speakers or if you have to connect to separate speakers through the iPod headphone jack. Hopefully not the latter (see previous post about my aversion to cables).

via Wired GadgetLab

Multi-tune Vitamin

May 27th, 2009 No comments

I’ll be the first to admit that my love for my iPod is nearly boundless. And the new Shuffle design has me practically giddy. 1.8″ by .3″ and the new VoiceOver feature is going to be hard to beat.
However, there’s got to be room for more than just Apple style. A new MP3 player is about to come on to the market that while probably not giving the Shuffle a run for its money should at least make the playing field more interesting.
Introducing The Vitamin from iXing

ixing vitamin

Designed by Sangnam Park, this little pill is actually an MP3 player. It supports only MP3 and WMA files (which means I’m not getting it since my entire library is in AAC format, a far superior format to MP3 imo). It also has a 30 channel FM tuner, though seriously I don’t really know anyone that listens to the radio anymore. Even I get my NPR via the internet these days.
Other than the novelty of its looks I really don’t think it can outdo the Shuffle. But I do think style is a valid consideration when shopping for an MP3 player so I can’t count it out just yet. I honestly like the design. To change tracks you just twist the pill one way, or to go back a track, twist it the other way. I also like the display, which the Shuffle lacks.
I don’t know yet how they are going to manage volume control (possibly on the head phones themselves?).
Also there is no info on the capacity, at least none that I could find. But it should hold a minimum of 1000 songs (or appox. 4 GB) if it wants to be competitive.

via Gizmodo