Category: Cell Phones

Piquing our Geek: A sofa phone-charger

I’ve liked Natuzzi sofas for a while. You get nice modern lines for not too much money–let’s say it’s not IKEA but it’s not Roche Bobois either. But I’m seeing them in a whole new way since catching a glimpse of this cell phone charging concept sofa. The charger is built right into the arm rest which, let’s face it, is where we all tend to throw our phones anyway. And hey, at least you could always find your phone in the living room. Plus it’s got built-in speakers you can connect to any MP3 player. Of course I...

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5 Reasons to consider the Samsung Focus Flash

I was hesitant to trade in my iPhone for a few weeks to test out the Samsung Focus Flash with the all new Windows 7.5. But after giving it a social and photographic workout, and quizzing my Windows Phone-lovin’ friends, here are 5 reasons I’d suggest giving this little phone a good look. Great for a social butterfly. The Mango OS really makes social networking a breeze. With things like Twitter, Linked-In and Facebook built-in, staying connected is seriously only a click-away. This is partly why this could be a great phone for a teen who’s ready to enter the world of...

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Giving thanks. And hope.

While today is the day we think about all we have to be grateful are, so many of our thoughts turn towards those who have less than us. As you start thinking about all those new gifts and gadgets under the tree (or Menorah) this year, we wanted to offer up a nice way to pass on the old ones. HopeLine is a program from Verizon Wireless that donates your used cell phones to victims and survivors of domestic violence. In the last ten years they’ve donated more than 100,000 phones (wow) with free wireless service, but they can...

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10 reasons to justify an iPhone 4S (should you need them)

I am a proud new owner of an iPhone 4S. And yet, contrary to what you might think about someone who runs a tech review blog, I am not generally one of those crazy early adopters who need to run out and buy the very first generation everything. In fact, this phone is an upgrade from my old iPhone 3G, my trusty relic of a mobile companion for the last 3+ years. I was fairly satisfied with it until I started missing video functionality. And decent photos. And then there were those “I’m going to croak mid-call” vibes I...

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The new Droid RAZR launches and it’s come a long way, baby

Like so many of us, my first mobile phone was a Motorola RAZR. And wow, how cool I thought it was. The slim design, the flip up earpiece and the flat keypad were just so innovative for its time. So when I heard about yesterday’s launch of the brand new Droid RAZR, I was curious to see how far it has come since those early cell phone days. The flip top is gone and by all accounts it will easily stand up against all the other fancy smart phones on the market. Branded as the Droid RAZR, of course...

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7 reasons the iPhone 4S is made for parents

If you follow Cool Mom Tech on Twitter, then you know we were pretty excited about Apple announcement of the iPhone 4S yesterday. In fact, we weren’t the only ones–the news actually crashed the Apple Store site yesterday! Sure, maybe it’s not an iPhone 5, but after hearing about all the cool features and upgrades to the inside of the phone, we’ve got seven big reasons that moms like us (and you!) will be marking our calendars for October 7 to pre-order the 4S. 1. Seven Times Faster Speed As we all know, we parents are master multi-taskers. We’re...

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The phone news we’re excited for that isn’t the iPhone 5: the new Windows 7.5 Mango Phones

As much as we’re excited about the upcoming iPhone 5 release, we’re equally as geeked out over the amazing new Microsoft Windows 7.5 Phone OS, aka Mango, that was just released this week. Here’s why we think with Mango, Microsoft is finally going to give Android and iPhones a run for their money, especially among moms. From what we’ve seen so far, Mango is a lot easier and more intuitive than the first Windows 7 Phone platform, and way more focused around communication and connection–something we know moms care about. More specifically, here are just a few of the...

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iPhone 5 coming October 4. (We know where we’ll be October 4.)

With all the rumors about the big iPhone 5 release lately, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the news about when exactly I’ll be able to get my hands on one. Well, it finally looks like we’ve got an actual date, so mark your calendars, Apple fans! According to Apple, CEO Tim Cook will be holding a media event on October 4, at which he’ll announce the iPhone 5. At least, that’s what reliable sources are reporting. This makes sense since everything we’ve read has said that the new phone would be available in early October. It’s perfect timing for those...

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4 cool HTC smartphones for Android fans

I have a 2 year old smartphone. That’s easily middle age in phone years and with the contract ending in August I’ve starting the research for my next phone adventure. While the logical first step in a mom’s smartphone comparison is the upcoming iPhone 5, I’m leaning towards an Android phone because I use so many Google products. One innovative company you may not know a lot about is HTC, which happens to make some standout Android phones worth investigating. 1. HTC Status Yes, it looks a little like a Blackberry, and there’s something to be said for the...

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Piquing Our Geek: Cell phones of the future

Every time I watch Sex and the City reruns (hold your judgments), I have to giggle at the gigantic cell phone Carrie pulls out of her bag. Technology has come so far since then, that I can only imagine how far it will go. And that’s just what this one designer did. Take a look at Rollphone, Alexy Chugunnikov’s fascinating concept design for a cell phone of the future. It will feature a media center allowing you to watch movies, send emails, and play video games right in the palm of your hand. Literally. You’ll wear it like a...

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