Archive for the “Accessories” Category
Dec 19 2012
May 11 2012
The Nokia Lumia window phones brings forth some indecisions. You first dilemma is to choose between the Lumia 900, 800, 710 and 610, following which you need to pick your colour smartphone of choice. The main colours are White, Black, Magenta and Cyan with additional choices for the 710 and 610.
Here we will take a look at the cases that are supplied for the Magenta and Cyan to bring you a better idea to the colour matches. We will be bringing you a full review of the products very soon. So head on over to make your colour choice.Accessories, Lumia, NOKIA, Windows Phone
Apr 12 2012
The Nokia Lumia 900 has been on sale for less than a week and is available in Cyan and Black. It is hoped that the colours of Magenta and White will join the released devices soon.
The unibody provides a strong durable casing but Read the rest of this entry »Tags: NOKIA, Nokia Lumia 900
Nokia announced the Lumia 710, its second Windows Phone at Nokia World 2011.
The Lumia 710 followed in the footsteps of the Lumia 800 but in a different form. The 710 arrived with interchangeable fashionable covers. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Accessories, NOKIA
May 26 2010
Yesterday I received a package from the good folks from ZAGG, who are more known for their Invisible Shield protection for various mobile devices, but in the package was their latest offering, a whooping 6000mAh Battery Back Up and Charger that they want me want me to review.
This post is an Overview of the ZAGGsparq 2.0 6000mAh Battery Back Up & Charger, which comes in a simple package, with no frills, no leads, or connectors, simply a two pin adapter for European recharging.
The ZAGGsparq features not one, but two USB Charging Ports, and these are labelled, “Optimized”, and “General”. It’s so so much more than just an extended battery charger.!
Optimized: This is the top USB Charging Port, which is optimized for most Smart Phones, and other devices that are capable of taking an optimized charge, including Apple’s iPhone, and iPod family of products. It must be noted that some devices will not charge through the optimized charging port, but I will be putting this to the test later today now that I have fully charged the ZAGGsparq. (Nine hours charge is required before first use).
The ZAGGspaq can indeed charge two devices simultaneously, however, when charging a large, power hungry device such as say, the Apple iPad, you may not be able to use both USB ports at the same time. If you connect a second device to the ZAGGsparq whilst charging say an iPad, the ZAGGsparq may discontinue charging both devices, but if this occurs, you simply have to remove of of the devices. Again, i will be putting this port through its paces also, so keep your eyes peeled right here on NokiaDNA.com.
The ZAGGsparq advertised that once fully charged, it will allow four full charges, guaranteed. This is quoted for the iPhone, but in my usage, I will be testing various Nokia devices with various battery capacities, from 950mAh, to 1500mAh.
Portable power: More than a simple extended battery, ZAGGsparq 2.0 carries multiple charges for any personal electronic device with you – including four full recharges for a power-hungry Apple iPhone™
On-the-go convenience: ZAGGsparq 2.0 fits easily in a pocket or bag, the perfect size for travelers and business people
Very compatible: ZAGGsparq 2.0 works with most USB charged device, including cell phones, handheld gaming systems, and digital cameras (adapters for mini-USB to USB sold separately)**
Charge multiple devices: ZAGGsparq 2.0 provides twoUSB charging ports: Optimized and General
Optimized: The top USB charging port is optimized for smartphones and other devices that are capable of taking an optimized charge, including Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod family of products.
General: The bottom port uses the standard USB specification and will charge devices that do not utilize the optimized USB charging specification.
Superior Engineering: ZAGGsparq 2.0 has been specifically engineered to charge Apple’s iPad. It adds an additional 5 to 6 hours of video playback to the iPad.
As you can see, there is much more to the ZAGGsparq that most conventional extended battery chargers, and with 6000mAh to boot, this thing has some serious backup power too. Stay tuned for my ongoing testings, and review right here at NokiaDNA.com.
Apr 22 2010
Upon leaving Nokia World last year, I was given a Nokia BH-214 to take away with me, and it came in really useful as I had actually forgotten to pack any headphones for my travel to Stuttgart, Germany where Nokia World was held last year.
During my return travel, the Nokia BH-214 Bluetooth headset solution was superb, and basically consists of a superb concept, and solution, which has more functionality than you would first assume, (I will expand on this later in this post).
The Nokia BH-214 consists of two parts, the Bluetooth remote itself, and the white matching headset, which are the in-ear type headphones. These come with three different sized silicon in-ear pieces, ensuring you get the perfect fit for your ears.
The great thing about the BH-214, is that you don’t actually have to use the supplied headset at all, and your free to use any other headset of your choosing thanks to the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Nokia BH-214 Bluetooth Remote. This is just as well, as just the other day whilst out for a leisurely walk, my right ear piece failed on me, so now I use my Nokia N97′s headphones with the Remote.
Getting back to the BH-214 remote itself, this little thing is great, and comes with a smart clip, so you can attach it to your clothing, or anywhere else you wish to place it whilst your out and about.
On the top of the remote you will find the central On/Off button, which is also used to pair the remote with your bluetooth enabled device. To the right of the On/Off button you have a multi-coloured led, which is your status indicator. This is used to indicate not only the status of the Remote during usage, but also acts as a charging status indicator too.
The Microphone is located to the left of the On/Off Button, and on the rear of the Remote you have the belt clip.
Onto the bottom of the device you will find the standard Nokia 2mm Charging socket.
The main face of the BH-214 is your control panel, and this boasts all the controls you will need for your music so you don’t have to reach for your Nokia mobile.
You can also use the BH-214 as an handsfree, with “Call Answer” button at the top of the front, then moving clockwise you have “Next Track”, or hold down for “Fast Forward”, at the six o’clock position you have the “Play, and Pause” button, and then finally at the 9′oclock position you have the “Back, and Rewind” button, and of course, the Volume rocker switch on the side.
Now as mentioned you can use theBH-214 as your handsfree solution, but as also mentioned at the start of this post, you can do even more with this great little device….
For example, whilst shooting videos with your Nokia device, if you are putting together, say a presentation, or alike where you are talking to the camera, you can actually use theBH-214 as a wireless Bluetooth Microphone, and with a great wire-free range of 30ft or so, its a sound solution for just this purpose, and saves having any wires getting in your way whilst shooting your video presentations.
LED indicators for status notifications
Operating time (maximum)
Further information on the Nokia BH-214 can be found over at the Nokia Official Website.
Apr 06 2010
I’m sure I’m not alone in this respect, having had many Nokia devices in my time, and of course what goes with them, chargers of course, and mobile device chargers, and what comes with these Chargers, and Mobile Charging solutions.? Bloody Adapters! Lots of them! Don’t throw them away just yet.
So glad Nokia has already started to move to only using the MicroUSB on all their new devices now, and its also great news other manufactures following suit, bar a couple. So what will happen to all these redundant tips, connectors, and adapters I hear you ask? Well, don’t throw them away just yet, keep hold of them, as I’m pretty sure that soon there will be some kind of recycle option open for everyone, somewhere we can forward our redundant masses of connectors, and adapters, which will then possibly go onto third world, developing countries, where they will be using older devices for quite some time to come.
The X6 however I was very surprised to see a 2mm Charging socket though, but alas the N97 does have a Charge, and Sync MicroUSB port which was Announced, and in the market place before the X6, so what gives? The E72, although that also comes with a 2mm Charging port, the E72 can charge via its MicroUSB port, so why the 2mm port too?
What is your opinion on the rollout of MicroUSB ports across all devices, no matter what brand.? Do you have any uses for these masses of adapters that will soon be rendered useless in your household?, will you be happy to recycle them to developing countries? Look forward to hearing from you.
Jan 04 2009
I have now been using the Pico for a few days now, and so far it has always impressed me, but I’m always constantly reminded each time I set it up, that the single, small inbuilt speaker really is a major flaw of the device, however, all is not lost, you can connect the Pico Projector to an external Speaker source, but you will need to purchase an additional connectivity lead, as the only ones that come with the Pico are the Connectivity lead to Video Source device, and USB to Mini USB charging lead.
Upon unboxing the Pico, the first thing I noticed is how small the device actually is, its smaller than I imagined it to be, measuring at just 50x 103 x 15mm, and weighing in at a lightweight 108g(without Battery), it really is a portable device you can comfortably pop in your pocket, or bag without worrying about it. It has a black piano black upper part, a real fingerprint magnet, and on the underside, a slider finish. Checkout the photos for more detail.
The Pico Pocket Projector comes with a Leather Magnetic closing case, which is a very snug fit, however, you have to be careful, and remember to always put the Projector in the case lens first, because if you try to slide the Pico in with the lens facing the opening, you will find that the on/off switch on the side of the Pico will be moved to the ON position, resulting in a flat battery.
Connectivity is very simple, and is basically Plug & Play when it comes to the N95, and N82. Using the TV Out cable that comes with your S60 device, just plug all the leads together that come with the Pico, and your good to go.
The Pico comes with 2 x 1100mAh Batteries, which so far for me, has lasted very well, giving me around two hours use on a single fully charged battery, this is using the first power setting however. The second, brighter power setting reduces this time by almost twenty minutes.
Recharging is also very quick, and with a red led status indicator on the device which illuminates red whilst charging, then switches off when full. Unfortunately, you cannot charge the Pico whilst it’s fitted in its carry case due to there not being a cut out for the Mini USB no matter which way you put the Pico into the Leather case. A mains adapter is used to recharge, which lets you plug in a standard USB lead. (Standard USB to Mini USB, same as the connectivity cable found with most S60 Nokia handsets).
Removing the battery cover is somewhat tough, and when I first come to remove the cover, it took me a few minutes as I feared I was about to break it. The instructions state you have to press down on the highlighted area on the battery cover (shown in diagram), then slide the battery cover away from the device length ways. Checkout my unboxing video, and it will give you an idea how tough this was.
Now the one thing I really like about the Pico Pocket Projector, apart from what it can do of course, is that it features a hidden, well placed Tripod mount, one I would love to see used in Nokia Mobile handsets. On the underside of the Pico, you will see three small rubber feet, and a small hole in the centre most part of the device, in this hole you will find a small screw thread, which you screw the small adapter into, which then allows a standard tripod screw to be inserted, and tightened up. You have to be careful not to over tighten however, as I found out whilst positioning the angle of the device on the tripod, as you will need to use some small pliers to unscrew it afterwards.
Back to the main purpose of the Pico, and projecting video onto most areas, flat areas preferably, it works well in many conditions, and has two power settings, the first power setting is a dimmer projected image, mainly for completely darkened room viewing, up to eight feet away from the projected surface, and then a slightly more brighter power setting, which is to be used in a room with some light, and for a bigger projected image. I managed to get a 72” image, (recommended max is 60″) which was quite watchable, but again, the single speaker just does not allow several viewers to hear the audio of the Video without having to use an external speaker source.
The focus adjustment of the Pico Pocket Projector is somewhat hit or miss, with not very much adjustment, but I did manage to get it kind of spot on, but not perfect, which let the whole image kind of slightly blurred. Checkout my video demonstrations which cover this.
If you are into your gadgets as I am, then you will love this Optoma Pico Pocket Projector, however, this is not for everyone, and I fear with many people, the wow factor will quickly wear off. I somehow feel that this device is kind of a Beta release, a product which has been quickly released to the public market place to kind of make a statement, a statement, which gives us a true insight of the possibilities of portable projectors, and what the future may hold, however, with this Pico Pocket projector, as previously mentioned several times, the inbuilt speaker is a big FAIL.
Onto the pro’s, and con’s of the Optoma Pico Pocket Projector.
Ultra Sleek, Slim Portability.
Very simple to use.
Leather carry case (Although unable to charge device when in its case)
Performance much better than expected considering its Specification.
No lens protection
Can only be put in its carry case one way, otherwise you will accidently switch the device on.
Cannot be charged whilst in its carry case.
Piano Black fingerprint magnet
Poor Focus adjustability.
Poor singular inbuilt speaker
No Audio OUT.
Battery Cover quite difficult to remove.