Much has been made of Motorola putting a slightly older dual core into their new phone. In a world of premier quad core handsets, Moto X has an up hill climb communicating its message of software optimization. I spent a little time playing with X, and ran it through some synthetic benchmarks just to see how it compares to other phones on the market.
The Kyocera Hydro Elite is now available on Verizon Wireless. The Hydro Elite features a 4.3 inch 720p display powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. You’ll find 1.5GB of RAM, which is an odd amount. There’s 16GB of storage to play with, and the ability to bump that up with a MicroSD card. An 8MP rear camera is included which can shoot 1080p video.
These are all nice upper mid-range specs for a “work” phone, but that’s not really what makes a Kyocera “cool”. They make rugged waterproof devices which can used in challenging environments. The Hydro Elite can be fully submerged in a meter of water for up to thirty minutes. Also exciting is their tissue conduction audio technology called Smart Sonic Receiver. There is no ear piece speaker, the entire display vibrates tissue in your head to send audio info directly to your brain. It’s kind of incredible, and it means you’ll be able to hear calls in loud environments, even with ear plugs in.
It’s nice seeing more devices like this to shake up Verizon’s phone line up. Hit the jump for the full press release.
They say good things come in small packages…
It’s time to play with the HTC One Mini! The original One is one of my all time favorite phones, so how will I like its shrunk down little brother? Can HTC bring a premier fit and finish to a mid-range device?
Watch on my friends.
Got a great question from a subscriber on my Chromecast review video. http://youtu.be/v2IV8ilxcUo
From DimitrisByDesign: “What if you want to mirror your tablet i.e. show a presentation, document, etc. onto a monitor, can it be done or is this strictly for videos. Thanks.”
Let’s take a closer look at Chromecast!
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Actor Chris Emerson is a socially conscious, tech forward friend of mine. He shares my more optimistic views of what technology might provide us if we are able to embrace it. For six weeks now he’s been a part of the Glass Explorers program. We spent an afternoon chatting about Google’s newest disruptive tech at a slick coffee bar in Hollywood.
This is a longer video, almost an hour, but Chris discusses in depth what his experiences have been. If you’ve been curious about Glass, this interview should answer a lot of questions.
Hosted by Brooke Burke-Charvet, the documentary ‘From One Second To The Next’ was screened for an LA audience made up of celebrities and people who have been affected by texting while driving. Director Werner Herzog answered some questions after the screening.
For more information on the It Can Wait Campaign, please check out: http://www.itcanwait.com/
To watch ‘From One Second To The Next’: http://youtu.be/_BqFkRwdFZ0
I really don’t understand folks. Why do people want ultra thin, or no bezel phones and tablets? It looks cool. I’ll grant you that. However, it just doesn’t seem like a good idea from a practical standpoint.
Am I missing something? Will having no bezel somehow improve functionality or usability? Please leave me a comment below!