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  • Moshi Vortex Premium Stereo Earbud with Mic Moshi Vortex Premium Stereo Earbud with Mic

    We're turning up the bass with today's accessory of the week. That's because Moshi's Vortex Premium In-Ear Headphones are designed to deliver fast articulate bass without any distortion. Most of us know Moshi for their high-quality carrying cases, bags, chargers, and other iPhone accessories. But these awesome little earbuds prove the company's just as good with audio.


    Compatible with Android devices like Samsung's Galaxy line, BlackBerry handsets and Apple products, like iPhone, iPod and iPad, these earbud-style headphones for iPhone and more are ideal for listening via mobile phone. With an integrated mic, you can easily take or end calls without unplugging your headphones.


    And taking this smartphone compatibility even further, Moshi's even developed an iOS app  that'll speed up what's called the "burn-in" process. Never heard of it? Here's a quick rundown from Moshi:


    "Like breaking in a new pair of leather shoes, high-quality headphones perform better once they've been used over time. This process can take several weeks or even months [...] By playing back a curated list of tones/frequencies, the Moshi Audio Burn-In Tool allows the headphone diaphragms to relax and reach their optimal level of sonic performance."


    All that basically means that your headphones will reach optimal performance level much quicker.


    As for the actual sound clarity, a lot has gone into the Vortex Premium Headphones. Moshi promises that the high-definition HR8 neodymium drivers housed in the headphones' steel alloy construction "vastly improves low frequency extension, but also renders silky smooth highs." So you'll get clean bass and smooth treble.


    That's a whole lot of features from such a small accessory, and there's a lot more that the length of this review can't cover. But if you want details, Moshi's got a lot of in-depth information available on their website.


    But, as a quick recap, these Android, BlackBerry and iPhone compatible headphones from Moshi make the grade for us because they're the total package: Slick-looking and durable steel alloy design, convenient omnidirectional mic, high-quality sound that's clear and undistorted, a nice protective carrying case, and a reasonable pricepoint.


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  • HTC One phone unveiled: behold the beauty
    Posted on February 20, 2013 by ewilkinson

    HTC One newest phone HTC One, the company's newest flagship phone, in silver

     


    We're already well acquainted with HTC's One X and One S phones, but yesterday, as CNet joked, the company unveiled "One phone to rule them all." Just to be clear, that's the HTC One, no additional letter required.


    This latest HTC flagship device may only have been unveiled 24 hours ago, but already the opinions, reviews and hype are adding up to a potential blockbuster for HTC.


    Gizmodo quipped that it's "exactly how you're supposed to build a phone," highlighting not only the device's sleek, lightweight design but also its top of the line screen and its interface which, though this is an Android phone, has some similarities to a Windows Phone.


    HTC One phone interface Blinkfeed


    Let's talk about the looks: at 4.7 inches in size The HTC One boasts a beautiful and sleek aluminum body that's lightweight with a slight curve on the back. Its Gorilla glass 2 screen, according to Gizmodo, "is gorgeous." With a resolution of 1,920 × 1,080 and pixel density of 468ppi, we'd have to agree that it's one of the best out there right now.


    On the inside of this Android-powered beauty is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7 gigahertz quad-core processor, with 2GB of RAM and a 2,300 mAh embedded battery.


    Another feature everyone seems really excited about is the HTC One's cameras. The Front-facing one is fairly standard at 2.1 MP, but the rear-facer, though only 4 MP, is totally unique.


    As Engadget notes, "before you go apoplectic with rage – the company's magical new imaging technology means that the One's 4-megapixel sensor isn't the slap in the face with a wet fish you'd assume it to be." Rather, as CNet reports, he camera will better pick up light and will work better in the dark than rival smartphone cameras such as the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III."


    Another nice thing about the new camera on the HTC One is its "Zoe" picture feature, which lets you take photos as short video clips, with the camera actually starting a second before you press the button and continuing for three more seconds.


    "By scrolling through the photo gallery, shots come alive like something out of 'Harry Potter'," writes CNet. "In addition, collections of photos from a specific event are automatically collected and joined with music to create 'Zoe Highlight' videos."


    Like previous flagship phones, the HTC One also integrates Beats audio technology, and it's got dual front-facing "Boom Sound" speakers for a pretty great video-watching experience.


    We'll definitely be keeping our eye on the HTC One as it begins rolling out this March, and we can't wait to get our hands on one, or to start stacking up the accessories for the latest and probably best HTC phone to date.


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  • Scosche Chameleon Earbuds with tapLINEII HP65MD2 Blue Green Grey


    Don't get us wrong, we think Apple's headphones are great. The only problem is, you're basically not going to find them in your favorite color, unless of course it's white. But wouldn't it be nice to find some earbuds that not only work with all your Apple gear and sport the same kind of mic and remote your official Apple headphones do, but with a little color choice?


    That's where Scosche comes in. The mobile and cell phone accessories maker is well known for its top of the line audio accessories, from big stuff like car stereos, amps and subs, to little gems, like their Chameleon Earbuds with tapLINE II remote and mic.


    Compatible with pretty much any Apple device made after 2008 – they work with iPhone, iPod and MacBook – the Chameleon Earbuds are aptly named. That's because each pair comes with three different colors of interchangeable caps that you can easily switch out to suit your mood or style du jour. (We especially like them in the blue, green and grey availability, which are truly reminiscent of an actual chameleon.)


    Of course, there's more to these Scosche headphones than just the pretty surface. As you'd expect from any iPhone headphones, they're equipped a remote and microphone in the integrated the tapLINE II control surface. So you can easily switch tracks, play, pause, and control volume, as well as answer and end calls.


    Nevermind that you'll get great sound on the cheap with the Chameleon Earbuds – pretty much the best you'll get from any Apple-compatible earbuds with mic. And, just to make your sound that much better, Scosche even offers a free app called tuneQ, which further enhances your listening experience when you use these colorful headphones.


    For the money, you probably won't find a more colorful, more reliable or higher quality set of headphones for your Apple devices. And fashion chameleons will rejoice in the freedom of color that comes along with these great little earbuds.


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  • ClarityOne w102 Over Ear Headphones White ClarityOne's new over-ear headphones with PureSound technology in white

     


    There are a lot of high-end, high-performance universally compatible headphones and earbuds on the market. Beats by Dr. Dre probably comes to mind, and maybe even Incipio. But if you aren't already acquainted with ClarityOne, you're missing out. The company is responsible for some of the best earbuds we've ever seen (or heard?), and now, with their new over-ear headphones, they've earned our title of mobile accessory of the week yet again.


    Last time we checked in with ClarityOne, we were amazed at the patented PureSound Processor used in their earbuds to eliminate all distortion and allow for top sound clarity. As one reviewer from BlackBerry OS noted, the PureSound processor isn't just a gimmick, but was more than 12 years in the making. It works by creating "opposing magnetic forces that cancel out the inductive reactance."


    Not surprisingly, the company has put the same technology into their new over-ear headphones, so you get your music, and nothing else, in a comfortable over-ear model.


    If you're curious about specs, BlackBerry OS  was good enough to put a list together:


    • Sensitivity (1kHz): 110dB SPL/mW
    • Frequency Range: 35 Hz – 17 kHz
    • Jack Plug: 3.5 mm stereo gold plated with 1/8 to /1/4 adapter
    • Cable Length: 48 in/1.12 m
    • Transducer: neodymium magnet
    • Impedance (1kHz): 8 ohm

    ClarityOne Over Ear Headphones Black


    And, along with the fact that they provide pretty much the best sound you'll ever get from a set of headphones, extra thoughtful details, like the ability to swivel the headphones' earpieces, make these fairly hard to match.


    Of course, ClarityOne's over-ear headphones are compatible with almost every device you can name – tablets like the Acer Iconica, Apple devices like iPhone and iPod, Samsung phones like the Galaxy line, and pretty much every other cell phone you can connect headphones to. So you can enjoy exceptional sound quality and clarity whenever and on whatever device.


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  • Griffin just unveiled its latest accessories, like the PowerDock 5, at CES in Las Vegas

    We're smack in the middle of the Consumer Electronics Show, which is a pretty big deal for us at Pure Mobile. That's because the annual CES event is basically the biggest event around for anyone interested in the newest and best in mobile technologies, like the latest in phones and accessories.


    It's where most of the major names in mobile, like Samsung, Nokia and HTC choose to reveal new smartphones and other gadgets, and where it's we get the scoop on the best new accessories.


    This year's CES is still going on in in Las Vegas, and already we've seen some cool stuff for from one of our favorite accessories makers, Griffin. The company's already well known for its iPhone, iPad and iPod accessories, like tough cases and the like. And CES 2013 has seen the launch of even more Apple accessories from the company.


    Among Griffin's newest offerings is the PowerDock 5, a USB docking station for iPhone, iPad and iPod that works on what Engadget calls a "toast-rack" design and can charge multiple devices at once with a capacity of up to 5 iPads at once. Pretty cool for households with more than a couple of people, or for really geared up techies.


    But Griffin has as just as big of a reputation for audio, and they're living up to it this year with the launch of new audio accessories like an updated Lightning version of their iPad StudioConnect, as well as a new Mic Stand Mount "that works like a traditional microphone performance stand," says 9to5Mac, but for iPad. Oh yeah, and they've also introduced a new studio-quality XLR to 3.5mm recording mic for iPhone and iPad, but it won't be available til June




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  • Last time we checked in with Beats by Dre, the high-end headphones were all the rage among equally high-profile names. Everyone, from Gwen Stefani to Lil Wayne, and even the Biebs was sporting a pair, making them one of the hottest brands of its kind on the market.


    But the top of the line headphones are about to get down and dirty, extreme sports style, in a new collaboration with Swedish company POC, a maker of protective sports gear. Ladies and gentlemen, behold the new Receptor BUG Helmet.



    This brand spanking new snowboarding helmet comes with a pair of Beats by Dre built right into the neckroll.


    "With the remote control, compatible with most smart phones, you can take calls and switch songs and adjust volume right from the cord. No more fumbling with gloves to find your cell phone or music player," says POC.


    Of course you also get the Beats promise of sound clarity and quality that they make with all their heaphones and earbuds.


    Of course, this is by no means the first ski or snowboard helmet to incorporate headphones for listening while you ride the slopes. But it's an interesting, though not really surprising, collaboration for the Beats brand, which has already caught on in the world of pro sports. (Lebron James already has a pair.)


    But now we may start seeing Beats by Dre become as popular with extreme sports enthusiasts they are with recording artists, maybe even picking up a famous pro snowboarder to promote the brand along the way.




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  • When you're listening to your favorite music, you want to hear every nuance, every instrument, every note, every word, and nothing more.


    Unfortunately, even when you're listening with headphones, you often get a lot of unwanted add-ons – your neighbor yelling into the phone, a delivery truck idling down the street, the leaky faucet. Not exactly an ideal music listening experience, is it?


    But today's mobile accessory of the week may just change all that. Designed to give you a superior sound without all the extra noise, ClarityOne's Premium Earbuds actually bring new technology to the table for the truest, most uncluttered audio we've seen – or rather, heard – yet.



    They may appear to be rather small and mild-mannered aluminum earbuds, but ClarityOnes have something no other headphones on the market do – the Patented PureSound Processor, technology that took ClarityOne over 12 years to develop and perfect.


    Most of today's standard headphones, earbuds, and speakers use voice coil or single coil technology, which was originally designed about a century ago for electric motors. the problem, explains ClarityOne, is that "all audio signals that go through a voice coil or a coil crossover is subject to interference. We know of this evil as distortion and loss of harmonics or your sound."


    Instead of coils, ClarityOne earbuds use a different technology based on a coupling unit rather than a crossover. There's a lot of science involved in the explanation, which ClarityOne is happy to walk you through in the Tech section of their website.


    But in short, they promise that their PureSound Processor produces pure, clean, undistorted sound that preserves the original harmonics and quality of all music, with no distortion.


    And even though that promise, on its own, would set their headphones and earbuds a cut above the rest, ClarityOne hasn't stopped there. They've also tended to little details that would improve upon the design of even traditional headphones.


    Each pair of ClarityOne Premium Earbuds come equipped with a lightweight microphone with call-answer and call-end features, as well as a track control feature so you can easily skip through songs.


    The earbuds are also available with three different sizes of custom silicone tips, so you can get a perfect, comfortable fit that also eliminates all outside noise. And their wires are designed to resist tangles, which in the end, improves their lifespan.


    We could probably go on and on, but the best test is probably to try them out, and see how they stack up next to your standard pair of headphones. We doubt you'll be disappointed.





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  • With EQ setting, Beats headphones and the iPhone could be the perfect match. Image courtesy of MJ Rodriguez Photography.

     


    So, despite their massive popularity – which even extends to celebrities like Lebron James, Lil Wayne, Gwen Stefani, and other a-listers – the Beats by Dre line of headphones has got a sort of questionable rep since its release.


    The collection of high-end headphones has been criticized as having a sound that's too bass-y and artificial to warrant their equally high-end price tag.


    To be fair, Beats is a line released by hip hop legend and beat master Dr Dre. And anyone who's ever listened to a hip hop track with less than strong and present bass will probably attest to the fact that Beats seem like the perfect fit for that genre of music.


    Moreover, as Mashable notes, the headphones – which are compatible with Apple devices like iPhone, iPad and iPod – are probably better suited to a recording studio, where you get a range of sound equalizing options, than to a phone or tablet.


    Still, there are some who'd prefer a more balanced sound from the ragingly popular headphones, even if they're listening to tunes on their mobile device. And, according to Mashable, there is a "secret iPhone setting that makes Beats headphones sound better."


    We're not really sure how "secret" this is, but here's how to equalize your sound for your own tastes. By default, your iPhone has the equalizer (EQ) turned off. To access it, turn it on, and choose from two dozen settings, go to:


    Settings >> Music >> EQ.


    Go to Settings, then Music, then EQ. Play around til you're happy.

     


    From there, you can select Bass Reducer, to reduce the boominess of bass when listening to with your Beats. If you actually love bass and want even more of it, there are settings like Late Night and Bass Booster too, as well as settings for particular music genres, from classical to jazz, hip hop, and electronica.


    Just play around until you're satisfied. It's certainly no recording studio with its plethora of controls, settings and levels. We are talking about a phone after all. But it's certainly closer to the setup that Beats were probably intended for than your basic, un-levelled listening device.




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  • Yesterday we promised it, and today we deliver.


    Black Friday deals have hit Pure Mobile and today's featured mobile accessory of the week is a special we're running on one of the best pair of headphones on the market – Incase's Reflex Headphones.


    These flex-fit headphones are a pretty great deal, even when they're not on sale. Their sleek and compact design with contoured edges is comfortable and attractive, and more importantly, they provide really great sound, especially for the price range.


    In a review, Cult of Android remarked "Incase’s entire line of ‘phones seems to have been designed with the goal of combining two basic traits — hot looks and great sound (for the money) — and the Reflex is swathed in both."


    Incase has paid a lot of attention to the details here. The Reflex's headband has a flexible steel core, so it can manage a fair amount of abuse, but it's nicely padded in fabric for ultimate comfort. Likewise, you won't find any sharp corners, edges or unnecessary bulk on these headphones.



    As for sound, Incase's aim with the Reflex Headphones has been to deliver the most natural sound possible:


    "Our custom-tuned audio drivers deliver natural sound that accurately reproduces the source audio, no matter what you're listening to."


    As Cult of Android remarked, that'll probably suit those whose "tastes run toward the more refined and less boomy. There’s bass, but it’s measured [...] Tracks pop with color and texture, and the set’s definition made them sound surprisingly good even compared with reference sets in their league."


    And thanks to the fact that Incase has designed the Reflex Headphones in a wide range of colors and styles – some have a bright pop of color on the inside, others are clad in denim – you won't feel like a sheep wearing them, even if everyone you know is smart enough to get a pair of their own.


    Bravo, Incase. Bravo.




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