The ChargeCard, a credit card-shaped USB charger for iPhone
Oh, no! You're out for the day but forgot your iPhone charging cable at home. The only way anything in your wallet is going to help you now is if you head to the nearest electronics store and pick up an extra Apple phone charger, right?
Not necessarily, if you've got a ChargeCard. Gizmodo and Mashable reported this week on a new product which originally popped up on Kickstarter but has since found enough funding to start shipping some models.
The credit card-shaped Apple accessory works like a USB data cable for iPhone 4 or iPhone 5. But, at the thickness of about three regular credit cards, it conveniently fits in your wallet, so you're likely to have it on you at all times.
For the time being, the makers of the ChargeCard are only starting to ship microUSB and iPhone 4 dock connector models. but they've also got a lightning version for iPhone 5 in the works, as well as models for BlackBerry and Android phones.
We're not saying that the ChargeCard will totally replace your other iPhone chargers. Obviously, it serves quite a different purpose than, say, an iPhone desktop charger. And, unlike your traditional Apple cable charger, which you can use at any outlet, the ChargeCard needs a USB port to work.
But it's still a clever accessory and, at its cheap $25 price tag, it's an iPhone accessory that's totally worth it, even as just a backup way of extending battery life.
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is RIM’s first ever-released Curve with a touch screen. The Curve product line is usually an expression of RIM’s understanding for a budget phone and this one supposedly, doesn’t make a difference. It should attract customers with a lower entry price while offering the full BB OS 7 experience.
Physically the BlackBerry Curve 9380's measurements are a svelte 109mmx60mmx11.2mm with a 3.2 inch display... weighing just 98grams makes the unlocked cell phone very pocket friendly.
The new Curve 9380 is basically a downgraded Torch 9860 – it has a less-capable processor and smaller and low-res display. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 comes with a standard set of accessories - a USB cable, a wall charger and a set of headphones are provided. In addition there is a complimentary 2GB MicroSD card as well.
The following Blackberry Curve 9380 video provides great user interface insight
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 comes with a fixed-focus single LED flash camera offering the highest resolution of all RIM smartphones. It does however, have a relatively low number of customizable settings. The image quality is about average with pleasing colors and a good amount detail.
It is incapable of capturing HD videos due in part to its lower processor clock. The best it can do is VGA clips at 30 frames per second (fps). The video quality is up, however overall audio is poor. Enhance your mobility and turn your device into a power tool. Discover select, stylus & pens, earpieces & headphones, data cables, desktop chargers, car kits and special glider gloves, accessories specifically designed to make your devices functionally efficient and performance rich.
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The following is a snapshot of the Curve 9380 full feature list, followed by its disadvantages.
3.2" 16M-color TFT touchscreen of HVGA resolution (360 x 480 pixels)
Quad-band GSM support and tri-band 3G with HSDPA
Single-core 800MHz processor
BlackBerry OS v7
BlackBerry’s proprietary email service and data security
Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity
GPS receiver and BlackBerry maps preloaded
5 megapixel fixed-focus camera and a LED flash
VGA video recording @ 30 fps
150MB of inbuilt storage
2GB MicroSD card pre-bundled
Four physical buttons at the bottom
Hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 16GB)
DivX and Xvid video support
Office document editor
3.5 mm audio jack
Ultra-fast boot times
Solid build quality
BlackBerry Internet Service account is a must to enjoy all the phone features
No physical QWERTY keyboard (a potential deal breaker for a BlackBerry)