T-Mobile abandons the frills with their latest Sidekick, which is named simply “the Sidekick.” Even so, this Sidekick has progressed a ton since the original Sidekick in 2002. The Sidekick sports a 400×240 WQVGA screen, a 2 megapixel camera, video recording, Bluetooth 2.0, and a microSD slot. The Sidekick is also the first Sidekick to come with customizable shells, which are available from SidekickShells for $14.99. With a 2 year T-Mobile contract, the Sidekick will only set you back $149. For a review of the new Sidekick, click here!
BGR received some leaked T-Mobile snapshots that depict the Sidekick 2008 (nicknamed the Sidekick Gecko), which will launch on July 31st. Despite the rather lame name, the Sidekick 2008 boasts some nice features. The Sidekick 2008 will have Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, a 2 megapixel camera, a 2.6″ WQVGA screen, video recording, and stereo A2DP Bluetooth. You will also be able to customize your Sidekick 2008 via customizable shells. No word on pricing, but since the Sidekick 2008 is an entry-level phone, it will probably be around $200.
I recently had the pleasure of reviewing a menagerie of items from Cable Organizer. Unsurprisingly, these gadgets all had to do with.. uh… organizing cables of some sort or another. Below is a shot of all the cable gizmos, including the Cable Turtles, Power Squid, PowerStation Traveller, and USB FireWire 5 in 1 QuickConnect.
The Cable Turtles were probably the cutest of all the gadgets. Their purpose is simple- to hide clutter by coiling up long cables within their “shells”, and thus make a computer station much more organized. I used these next to my desktop, and the mess greatly decreased because of them. However, because the mess of coils was mostly behind the desktop, it didn’t make that much of an impact on a day to day basis. Overall, these Cable Turtles are perfect for a neat geek, and are quite affordable too! Rating: 9.0/10
Below is the PowerStation Traveller [sic], which enables the user to charge up to three gadgets in the car via DC power.
You can adjust the sliders so that your gadgets won’t shift around while you’re traveling. After placing your gadgets in the PowerStation, you merely need to plug the gadgets into three hidden DC power connectors, and then plug the outside connector into the DC car jack. You can also use AC/DC power if you buy an adapter (for $17 more). Overall, I would use this product heavily during road trips, and for more effective charging. However, it is a bit expensive (more so if you include the AC/DC adapter), especially considering I could just charge the gadgets separately. Rating: 7.5/10.
Pictured below is the PowerSquid: a power multiplier that multiplies power to five different grounded outlets.
The PowerSquid is more aesthetically pleasing than other power multipliers that I’ve seen. Additionally, its flexible branches allow for easier connection. Overall the PowerSquid is a lovely product, and I would highly recommend it in place of a normal power multiplier. The only gripe I had was that it was sometimes difficult to plug in electronic devices. Rating: 9.5/10.
The last product that Cable Organizer sent me to review was the USB FireWire 5 in 1 QuickConnect Cable. The QuickConnect USB Cable is a multi-purpose cable connector that comes with five different USB configurations (USB A Male, USB B Male, Mini USB A Male, Mini USB B Male, USB A Female). This facilitates easy installation of USB software and products (scanners, cameras, external hard drives, etc).
Below you can see the USB FireWire QuickConnect Cable with two of the configurations attached. While the QuickConnect is a useful gadget to have around in case you lose a USB cord, or you buy a gadget that doesn’t come with a USB adapter, I personally have never had need of such a gadget. Nevertheless, this is a quality product that will work flawlessly if you need a five in one USB Cable. Rating: 7.0/10.
I enjoyed using the efficient products from Cable Organizer. So if you ever need to organize your cables, check it out!
These Griffin Reflect Chrome Cases are some of the most dazzling iPod cases I’ve ever seen.
The case, which can either fit the Video iPod or the iPod nano, are polycarbonate shells that enclose your iPod in a reflective, chrome mirror. While the iPod is turned off, the front appears completely smooth and umm… mirror like. However, when the iPod is turned on, you can easily see the iPod’s screen through the case. I’ve heard that these cases work best with black iPods (as the white colour sometimes shows through when the ipod is turned off). You can buy them from Griffin for $24.99.
Firefly phones seem to be popular with both parents and children this Christmas.
The Firefly, aimed at children 8-12 years of age, boasts of many safety features. There are 2 hotkeys that call either parent (so called the “mom key” or “dad key”) at the press of the button, and parents can program phone numbers into the password protected phone book. Another useful safety feature is the emergency buttton, which dials 911 after being held down for 3 seconds. Parents also have the option to block all incoming phone calls that are not in the approved phonebook. Accessories, such as the neon coloured firefly shells, are also avaliable for purchase for $12.99.
The Firefly Phone has won the 2006 ‘Best of Innovations’ Award in the telephone category from the Consumer Electronics Association. Currently, Firefly phones are $49.99 through Cingular Wireless.