“13. Cross your fingers!” is their newest digital campaign that is meant to attract their social media friends in order to protect them, symbolically of course. The founder of Green Pixel states that a bad luck can always occur and a little help is always welcome. The Fecebook application launched on the company’s website allows users to choose from 3-5 examples of small bad lucks they don’t want Green Pixel to experience.
The campaign is considered to bring protection, because if there are many fingers crossed on certain examples, the meter will go up to “gracefully delivered”. Although Green Pixel takes its projects very seriously, they have fun occasionally with some of the projects. And this is how the application was born from the first place, it is fun to picture superstitions, but not fun when they come to life.
In terms of design, these two smartphones are eye-catching devices, comfortable to hold in hand. The Galaxy S II 4G is taller, thinner and lighter than the myTouch 4G measuring 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm and weighing 116 grams. On the other hand, the myTouch 4G measures 121.9 x 61 x 10.2mm and weighs 153.1 grams. Both smartphones offer amazing touchscreens able to display bright and sharp images but ensure different screen sizes. The myTouch 4G features a 3.8-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels while the Galaxy S II 4G comes with a larger Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen of 4.3 inches with the same resolution.
Under the hood, these devices host powerful processors able to provide the needed power for running the operating system available and offering an excellent user experience. So, the Galaxy S II 4G is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. On the other hand, the myTouch 4G is equipped with a single core 1GHz processor with 768MB of RAM and only 4GB of storage. At least both devices can support microSD cards of up to 32GB. Regarding the operating system, I should mention that they are both Android phones but they run on different versions: the myTouch runs on Android 2.2 (upgradable to version 2.3) with the HTC Sense UI while the Galaxy S II runs on Android 2.3 with the TouchWiz 4.0 UI. On both smartphones you will find advanced features including document viewer, Swype, Adobe Flash, organizer and a few preinstalled Google apps.
You should also know that these Android devices offer two performance cameras that take amazing pictures and record HD videos. The myTouch 4G comes with a VGA front facing camera and a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording capabilities. The Galaxy S II 4G offers a 2MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear camera equipped with LED flash, face and smile detection and 1080p video recording capabilities. On these devices you will also find well-featured media players able to support various file formats and HTML browsers. Connectivity is well represented on both smartphones by plenty of options including A-GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G. The batteries available on these smartphones offer between 8.3 (Galaxy S II) and 10.2 (myTouch) hours of talk time. Overall, both phones are amazing devices, but my favorite is the Samsung Galaxy S II.
The Motorola RAZR can be yours for only $419 (as unlocked smartphone) if you purchase it from MobiCity with a 12-month warranty. This thin and light smartphone impresses with its attractive curves and 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced touchscreen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, the RAZR manages to provide an excellent user experience. This smartphone runs on Android 2.3.5 and comes packed with plenty of useful features including document viewer/editor, SNS integration, organizer, Adobe Flash and a few preinstalled Google apps. It also offers a 1.3MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, touch-focus and 1080p video recording capabilities. You will also have the opportunity to use Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, HTML, Wi-Fi and 3G. The 1780mAh battery guarantees 9.2 hours of talk time.
Another unlocked Android phone that you can buy for less than $500 from MobiCity is the HTC Desire HD. This smartphone costs only $429 and catches your attention with a 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution and touch-sensitive controls. It’s equipped with a 1GHz processor with 768MB of RAM and 1.5GB of storage and runs on Android 2.2 (upgradable to version 2.3) with the HTC Sense UI. As any Android phone, the Desire HD comes with a few preinstalled Google apps, SNS integration, predictive text input and voice memo. This device also provides support for Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G and FM radio. The 8MP camera equipped with dual-LED flash, geo-tagging and face detection takes amazing photos and records 720p videos that you can save directly on microSD cards of up to 32GB.
You should also consider the Sony Xperia S which is available on MobiCity for $430 and offers a top class display and amazing multimedia features. This Sony device measures 128 x 64 x 10.6mm and weighs 144 grams. It sports a 4.3-inch touchscreen with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution, a 1.3MP front facing camera able to record 720p videos and a 12MP rear camera with advanced camera settings and 1080p video recording capabilities. Under the hood, this phone hosts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The Xperia S runs on Android 2.3 and offers advanced features like TV launcher, TrackID music recognition and preinstalled Google apps. You can also use various connectivity options such as Bluetooth, A-GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G.
I will start with the Incipio Feather case available for $29.99. This case is made of hard plastic and protects the back, the front and the sides of your device from scratches, bumps and nicks without adding bulk. This Incipio case takes only a few seconds to install and provides full access to the ports and controls of your phone via the well cut openings.
Another case that you can buy for your Sony Ericsson W518 is the BestCellBuy pouch which costs $19.99. Made of synthetic leather, this horizontal carrying case protects your phone from dirt, abrasions and bumps. It secures the phone inside with the help of a magnetic closure. On the back of the case you will find a belt clip usable for attaching the phone to your belt.
You should also consider the Body Glove case made of durable and rubberized material. This case impresses with an elegant design and protective characteristics. It fits perfectly on the Sony Ericsson W518 protecting it from scratches, minor shocks and bumps. Because of the various cutouts available you will be able to access all the phone’s ports and controls without removing the case. This case also features a removable belt clip that allows you to carry the phone attached to your belt or bag. For this amazing case you will pay $19.60.
The Reiko hard case should also be taken into consideration. Available in various colors and for a price of $17.74, this case prevents all possible damage from affecting the design of your Sony Ericsson W518. This case covers the entire body of your phone protecting even the music controls located on the front surface of the device. You can access the side ports and controls of the phone through the various cutouts available.
I can’t forget about the Naztech horizontal carrying case available for $12.99. This case is made of quality leather with great nylon accents and protects your phone against scratches, bumps and dust. It comes with an elegant design and a strong magnetic closure that secures the phone inside providing in the same time quick access to its capabilities. On the back of this carrying case you will notice a rotating leather clip for attaching the phone to your belt.
You should also check out the Luxmo vertical case.
The Satechi Bluetooth car stereo FM transmitter is my first suggestion. This device is available for $69.99 and is compatible not only with your BlackBerry, but also with any mobile device that supports Bluetooth. It allows you to wirelessly stream audio and make handsfree calls while driving after you connect it to the car’s stereo system. This FM transmitter lets you speak to callers through a built-in DSP microphone. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy listening to your favorite music and to your favorite radio programs from your BlackBerry without using any wired connection.
Another great FM transmitter that you can purchase for your BlackBerry is the Gogroove Smartmini Bluetooth FM transmitter which costs $44.99 and comes with an attractive design. This FM transmitter allows you to wirelessly play music, charge your smartphone and make handsfree calls. It features on-board volume, phone controls and play settings that provide excellent user experience. In addition, you will be impressed by the clarity of the sound provided by this FM transmitter.
The ATC Bluetooth FM transmitter should also be on your list. This device offers a simple, but efficient design and is compatible with many of the smartphones available on the market, including BlackBerry devices. It allows you to make/receive handsfree phone calls and charge your smartphone in the same time. You will be able to secure your smartphone inside your car by placing it into the well padded arms and adjust the viewing angle as you wish. This FM transmitter helps you wirelessly stream audio from your device without missing any phone call. You will pay for this FM transmitter $57.67.
You should also check out the Avantalk Joytune Bluetooth car kit that comes with an attractive design and built-in FM transmitter. It’s compatible with plenty of smartphones and costs $89.99. This FM transmitter provides high sound quality through the car’s audio system and supports A2DP stereo music streaming. It comes packed with plenty of useful features including auto detect function for finding FM channels, text-to-speech voice support and voice dialing function. This car kit has a one-touch button for answering/rejecting phone calls and uses DSP with noise reduction in order to provide excellent sound. In addition, this car kit can be paired with up to 8 Bluetooth devices in the same time.
These are only a few of the Bluetooth FM transmitters that you can buy for your BlackBerry.
The Asus Memo is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2012. This tablet measures 199 x 117 x 12mm and weighs 389 grams. It sports a gorgeous 7-inch IPS LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels, a 1.2MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear camera equipped with geo-tagging and 1080p video recording capabilities. Under the hood, the Memo hosts a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 16/32GB of storage. Android 4.0 is the operating system available and comes with a wide variety of advanced features including document viewer, SNS integration, predictive text input and HTML5 with Adobe Flash. Connectivity is represented by Wi-Fi, A-GPS and Bluetooth, so support for GSM lacks. The 4400mAh battery guarantees 9 hours of talk time.
Another Android tablet that you should check out is the Toshiba Excite 10 AT305, recently released on the market (May of 2012). This device measures 262 x 178 x 9mm and weighs only 599 grams. It comes with a 10.1-inch LED-backlit LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a 2MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, autofocus and 720p video recording capabilities. Equipped with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 16/32/64GB of storage, this Toshiba tablet delivers the needed power for running Android 4.0. You will also have the opportunity to use advanced features such as voice memo, text and multimedia messaging, photo editor and document viewer. GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi and 2G are the connectivity options available.
Last, but not least, the Google Nexus 7 is another desirable option. This tablet measures 198.5 x 120 x 10.4 mm and weighs 340 grams. The front surface of the device is dominated by a 7-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels and a 1.2MP camera with LED flash and 720p video recording capabilities. The Nexus 7 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 8/16GB of storage and runs on Android 4.1 OS. On this Android tablet you will find a few preinstalled Google apps, document viewer, Swype, Google Wallet and SNS integration. The connectivity options included are GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. The 4325mAh battery is able to provide 10 hours of use time.
You should also check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the Asus Tablet 600, the Lenovo Idea Tab S2109.
I will start with Google Maps Navigation which even if it’s part of Google Maps is listed on your phone’s display as a separate icon. The latest version of this app comes with a new homescreen that displays four main choices: Type Destination, Go Home, Speak Destination and Map. At the top of the screen you will notice a toolbar with menus for navigation options, route options, settings and help. For instance, if you select Navigation you will have the possibility to find different places, see your current location on a map and even access a history of your location. This app also allows you to search for points of interest by typing or speaking a word or the name of a city. Google Maps Navigation also provides 2D and 3D views and even satellite maps.
Sygic: GPS Navigation is another well-featured GPS app that you should install on your Galaxy S. This app comes packed with TomTom maps and useful navigation features including turn-by-turn directions, 3D viewing and Dynamic Lane Guidance and Signposts. It also provides real-time traffic information and visual notifications in case the speed limit changes. You have the chance to edit your own routes and access information about speed camera placement across the city. Moreover, this app also offers pedestrian navigation, recalculation of the route in case of traffic jams or accidents and offline support.
You should also consider GPS Essentials which is one of the most complete GPS tools available on the market. This app helps you manage waypoints and routes and provides a wide variety of navigation values including speed, altitude, distance, longitude, ETA and latitude. It can also display the orientation of the Earth’s magnetic fields, a list of all your waypoints and a history of your routes. You will also be able to see current satellite positions and import KML files from other apps such as Google Earth and Google Maps.
Wisepilot-GPS Navigator is an efficient map and navigation app that comes with a user friendly interface and plenty of useful features. This GPS tool provides voice guidance and helps you find nearby businesses. It also sends speed alerts notifying you when the speed limit changes or when you exceed it. You will also have the opportunity to find the shortest route to get to your destination and read the latest traffic information in order to avoid accidents and unusable roads.
The Clear Silicone Gel case is my first suggestion. Designed by Accessory Export, this case is made of high quality silicone that perfectly covers your smartphone protecting it against scratches, dust and shocks. This gel case provides full access to the ports and controls of the phone even when it’s on. Because of the raised corners the phone’s display is protected even when the device is placed face down on a surface. If you are interested in purchasing this case you will have to spend $2.69.
Another silicone case that you should consider is the iTalkonline clear silicone case which costs no more and no less than $9.41. This cover impresses with a wave design which is half crustal and half silicone and keeps scratches, drops and bumps away from your HTC Desire without adding bulk or weight. You can install it in just a few minutes by stretching the case from the edges and pushing the smartphone into the case. All the side ports and controls stay accessible because of the various cutouts.
The Ecell clear gel case is another desirable option for protecting your smartphone. This case is made of quality silicone which protects the device against accidental drops, abrasions and dust. It’s translucent, so you will be able to keep visible the stylish and attractive design of your HTC Desire. Because of the rounded edges of the case, your smartphone is well protected on the corners against possible side/corner impacts. You should also know that this gel case doesn’t interfere with the phone’s functions allowing you to easily access the side controls of the smartphone. For this slim case you will pay $4.07.
You should also take a look at the Amzer Jelly case which costs $9.95 and is available in various colors. This case is the best option when it comes to protecting your smartphone against all possible damage. Made of durable silicone, this case fits perfectly on your HTC Desire preventing it from sliding on surfaces. The precise openings give access to all the phone’s functions. In addition, this case is covered with a special anti-dust and scratch-free layer which preserves the shinny look of your smartphone.
These are only a few of the most interesting silicone cases that you can buy for your HTC Desire.
The last place of the list is occupied by the HTC One X released on the market in 2012. This smartphone can be purchased on the Australian market for a price that starts at $480. It comes with a superb design, excellent performance and a gorgeous display. The first features that stand out when you look at this device are the 4.7-inch Super IPS LCD2 touchscreen with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution, the 1.3MP front-facing camera and the 8MP rear camera equipped with LED flash and 1080p video recording capabilities. Under the hood, the HTC One X hosts a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. As operating system you will find on this smartphone Android 4.0 with the HTC Sense 4.0 UI. The list of advanced features includes Beats Audio, document viewer/editor, SNS integration, TV-out and a few Google apps. However, this device is affected by poor battery life and some software inconsistencies that qualify it only for the third place of the list.
The runner up of the list is the Samsung Galaxy S II which is available for $899. This high end device is definitely one of the best Android phones on the market being able to combine a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen with high performance, stable software and decent battery life. The Galaxy S II is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and runs on Android 2.3.4 with the TouchWiz 4.0 UI. It comes packed with Swype, SNS integration, document editor, organizer and text and multimedia messaging. You will have the opportunity to use a great media player, a 2MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording capabilities.
And the winner is… the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which remains the best rated Android phone on the Australian market. It sports a gorgeous 4.65-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen and offers great software and excellent power. This smartphone is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and runs on Android 4.0. You will discover plenty of useful features on this device including organizer, document viewer, Google apps and text and multimedia messaging. Connectivity is represented by various options including Bluetooth, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, EDGE and 3G. The 1750mAh battery guarantees 8.2 hours of talk time (3G). You will be able to buy this smartphone for an affordable price that starts at $366.
The keypad comes with pretty small buttons which are easy to press because of the distance between them. That means you will be able to type messages pretty fast and without making many mistakes. The Sony Ericsson T650 also offers a 1,000-entry phone book that allows you to add for each contact 5 phone numbers, email, personal details, a caller ID picture and a ringtone. On this phone you will also find plenty of useful features including text and multimedia messaging, organizer, calendar and voice memo. The organizer available on this Sony Ericsson comes packed with useful features including notes, tasks, calculator, timer and synchronization. The T650 also provides support for AccuWeather, WAP 2.0/HTML, Bluetooth and 3G.
The multimedia department is another point of attraction of this phone even if the T650 isn’t one of the Cyber-Shot phones. So, you will have the chance to use a 3.2MP rear camera equipped with LED flash, autofocus and video recording capabilities. You can activate the camera in less than 3 seconds directly from the menu or by pressing the camera button available on the phone’s side. Pictures look decent as well as the videos that you can store on the 16MB of internal memory or on Memory Stick Micro (M2) cards of up to 2GB. The Sony Ericsson T650 also provides a great media player able to support file formats like MP3, AAC, MP4 and 3GP. You will have the possibility to sort your music by artist or album and use a few basic settings. This phone also comes with RDS radio which can store up to 20 radio stations. You will be able to listen to your favorite radio programs by plugging in the headphones.
Call quality is good, with loud and clear conversations, while the battery is able to provide 7 hours of talk time (GSM). The Sony Ericsson T650 is an interesting device, perfect for those who don’t like fancy smartphones.