Accessories used to be limited to cases, spare batteries, and the like, but now it can mean smart watches and (overpriced) headphones that cost almost as much as your phone. That's why T-Mobile wants to make it easier to blow cash on them. According to TmoNews, T-Mobile will begin offering Equipment Installment Plans (EIP) for accessories on July 20th.
Oh, you have a 64GB microSD card in your phone? That's cute, but Samsung has this 1.5TB wireless hard drive that can provide untold hours of digital entertainment streamed directly to your Android device via the hard drive's built-in WiFi access point. That's a lot of space you can fill up with content, but how well does it work?
There are a lot of Bluetooth transceivers out there, but Motorola's newest product, the Moto Stream, undoubtedly tops them all for looks. It's just kind of mesmerizing.
But is it worth the $50 price tag? I ordered one to find out, though admittedly I did so only after finding it on sale for half off using a now-expired coupon code, bringing the price down to just over $30 shipped. At that price, I'd say the Stream is totally worth it - it's really neat to look at, easy to get up and running, and has a few noteworthy features that make it stand out.
OK, Pressy faithful. Your patient waiting, or just possibly your impatient waiting and incessant grumbling (guilty), has finally paid off. According to an email sent to Pressy Kickstarter backers early this morning, the first of the final production devices have left the factory in China and been sorted and shipped out. The rest should be shipped by tomorrow, and depending upon location, Pressy creator Nimrod Black says that it will take 1-3 weeks for the units to arrive to backers.
There's buttons in them boxes.
Pressy is a headphone jack-mounted external button that can be triggered to various selectable apps or functions, basically adding a customizable physical button for power users.
When it showed up at a cost of $50 a couple weeks ago, Motorola's new Moto Stream Bluetooth-to-analog icosahedron-shaped stereo adapter wasn't exactly priced to like. It does have some neat features like NFC, apt-X support, a battery, class 1 Bluetooth (greatly extended range), and an A2DP profile with support for up to 5 simultaneous Bluetooth connections, so it doesn't have to constantly re-pair. But, $50 is an awful lot when there are many cheaper products with similar (and in some ways superior) functionality on the market, so it might have made buyers a bit apprehensive.
If you were on the fence about it, prepare to get off: this $25 off coupon code slashes the price of the Moto Stream in half, making it a pretty great deal, actually (I know I picked one up).
Wireless charging is one of the cooler advances we've seen in smartphone tech in recent years, and truth be told, it isn't all that expensive if you know where to get a charger (such as, in the past, here, here, or here... or right now, here, here, or here). No, it's not nearly as fast as Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology or even as rapid as a standard 2.1A wall wart, but it's just so dang convenient. Not messing with wires to charge your phone makes you more likely to do it in the first place, I find.
The Escort SmartRadar, as its name might imply, is a radar and laser detector. If you've been looking to get a radar detector for a bargain, the Escort might be the device for you, and Groupon has it at a nice discount. The site is offering the Escort SmartRadar for $199.99, a significant discount compared to Amazon's $411 price tag or Best Buy's $360 clearance option.
You may be wondering why we're covering a deal on a radar and laser detector. The appeal for Android users is that the device has a companion app for Android that, while leaving a lot to be desired in terms of interface design, can measure speed and even warn users of upcoming "speed traps." In the interest of disclosure, it's worth noting that the app offers more features (like receiving reported information from other users) for $4.99 a month or $49.99 per year.
Kids these days with their fancy smart homes, their smartphone-controlled lights, Bluetooth-connected door locks, and their mind-reading kettles. Back in the day, people manually flipped switches, turned keys, and pressed buttons. Appliances didn't control themselves, and that was a-okay. But sprinklers, yes, those should be automated, and using your smartphone to monitor them just makes plain sense! Tell me more about Rachio's newfangled Iro smart sprinkler controller.
Okay, not all homeowners are grumpy old men (get off my lawn!), so I'll drop the impression and just tell you what Rachio's smart sprinkler controller can do. Iro takes the place of your existing sprinkler controller, where it picks up the ability to control the flow of water to your yard, opening and closing valves as necessary.
You couldn't swing a dead cat at Mobile World Congress back in February without hitting a smartwatch or a fitness band. (Not that you would want to. Barcelona probably has some kind of municipal ordinance against dead feline hurling.) After teasing us with the companion app, Sony has finally released the Smartband SWR10 in the US. This screenless Bluetooth activity tracker will cost you a C-note on Sony's online store, and it should be showing up at other retailers soon. It was previously sold by just one random Amazon vendor.
The SWR10 is a more passive take on the wearable device, closer to a Fitbit than the Galaxy Gear or Sony's own Smartwatch.
But what about a Bluetooth audio receiver that lights up with all kinds of funky colors and is shaped like an Icosahedron? Yeah, I know I've got your attention now, and for $50, Motorola will make all your psychedelic geometric high-fidelic near field Bluetooth dreams come true. That's Motorola Stream.
Now, if you're not really big into the Bluetooth audio scene, here's what you need to know about the Stream compared to its competitors.