The tech-obsessed parts of the internet exploded yesterday when Andy Rubin's new company, Essential, debuted its upcoming first smartphone, the Essential Phone, and smart home speaker, the Essential Home. And it's fair to say most people were impressed, if a bit skeptical: even if the devices seem pretty good for a first try, this is, after all, yet another newcomer that tries to reinvent the smartphone in some way.But here's the thing: while it's hard to argue the Phone has its merits, almost everyone can agree on one thing: with a $700 price tag and several glaring feature omissions, a phone from a startup that is completely unknown to the general consumer simply won't sell that well. But rather than start writing our eulogies just a day after the phone was announced, let's instead examine the situation from a different standpoint: that the Essential Phone wasn't actually made to sell units.Follow the moneyIn almost every industry, when a company does something curious and seemingly … [Read more...] about The Essential Phone was designed to flop
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While it is Apple's and Samsung's boys that get the most love from third-party accessories makers and thus, the shiniest sidekicks, it is also true that most of these will work across the Android ecosystem just as well. From Bluetooth speakers through external batteries, MHL adapters to mirror your phone's screen on your TV down to car holders and the like, it's fair to say that there is no lack of products to spend your money on.How many of those do you own, however? Are you an accessories hoarder (and therefore mortified by the prospect of having to replace them all or buy adapters with USB Type-C around the corner), or do you feel comfortable with just the essentials? Anybody scoffing at the idea of shelling out even more cash for stuff that are, for the most part, not exactly detrimental to the user experience? Let us know by casting your vote now!Please exclude your case/screen protector from the count unless the former is a battery-extending case or similar. Phonearena … [Read more...] about Excluding cases, how many smartphone accessories do you own?
The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with cameras that are among the very best on a smartphone: fast, consistently reliable, and ready to deliver in all sorts of shooting conditions.And these days, we can all agree that most of the images we take in our lives are on a phone: after all, that’s what’s in our pockets at all times.Unleash the full potential of your smartphone cameraHowever, there is a set of physical limitations to the possibilities of the shots you can capture on the iPhone’s camera. Software cannot do much to strip away those limitations, but is there a way to go around them?After using various accessories and gadgets, we’ve come to settle on a list of 5 essential iPhone accessories that bring a significant improvement for its camera. Some do for video, some for image stills, but in all case the change they bring is big. Take a look below.#1: OlloClip ActivePrice: $99 Olloclip Active Lens Review Olloclip Active Lens Review 1. 2. … [Read more...] about 5 essential iPhone camera accessories for photo and video
Well, folks, the winter holidays are nigh and this means that it's time to start pondering what gifts you should start buying. Well, we won't be able to help you pick out the perfect present for every member of your family, but if you have a friend or a close one that just so happens to be fascinated with smartphones, smartwatches, and all things portable tech – we just might have a few ideas on how to make them smile.In this gift guide, we have a selection of smartphone accessories, smartwatches, or simpler smart wearables that should go well with the gift recipient's smartphone. Also keep your eyes peeled for a gift guide dedicated to cases for the most popular handsets, and a guide for actual smartphones – if you happen to be willing to shell out for one such expensive gift.Check out slideshow 1 for a list of various accessories, all priced between $10 and $180. For wearables and smartwatches, scroll down straight to slideshow 2. Gift guide: smartphone accessories … [Read more...] about PhoneArena gift guide for the 2015 holidays: smartwatches, wearables, smartphone accessories
Steven Yang quit his job at Google in the summer of 2011 to build the products he felt the world needed: a line of reasonably priced accessories that would be better than the ones you could buy from Apple and other big-name brands. These accessories — batteries, cables, chargers — would solve our most persistent gadget problem by letting us stay powered on at all times. There were just a few problems: Yang knew nothing about starting a company, building consumer electronics, or selling products. “I was a software engineer all my life at Google. I didn’t know anyone in the electronics manufacturing world,” Yang tells me over Skype from his office in Shenzhen, China. But he started the company regardless, thanks in no small part to his previous experience with Amazon’s sellers marketplace, a platform for third-party companies and tiny one- or two-person teams interested in selling directly to consumers. He named the company Anker, after the German … [Read more...] about How Anker is beating Apple and Samsung at their own accessory game