As the first Popgadget-er to get their hands on an iPhone, the duty of writing a hands-on review has befallen me. (Yes, Mia got one, too, but I beat her by at least an hour!) So, here goes...
Because of traffic, the original AT&T store I planned to visit got bumped for a less obscure one. I got there right about 4:30 and had the fortune to get in line next to two very sweet women: one a college-aged fashionista who was moving to Mexico, the other a middle-aged, gadget-obsessed mother of three children and two large and two small dogs. About 50 people were in line at the time the store opened. They started letting folks in promptly at 6:00PM. First a group of about ten, then a new person for each one that exited the store. Several television stations were there covering the event, as well as some 'leafletting' Comunication Workers of America representatives.
This tiny, futuristic-looking Argard M10 Bluetooth Headset is the first Bluetooth device I've ever been madly in love with. It not only looks lovely (even the charging cradle and packaging are well done), it also works beautifully, holds a charge better than any Bluetooth headset I've ever used, and stays comfortably (and discreetly) in my ear.
Much careful thought has been given to the design, both in terms of usability and aesthetics. While most Bluetooth headsets come with a charging cord that lies sloppily on your desktop or night stand, the Argard M10 comes up with a pyramid shaped cradle that you slide your headset into for charging. A ring of red light turns on to let you know it's charging - a nice little acknowledgement that yes, I am properly connected and sitting here for your friends to admire. A pretty ring of blue light comes on when you turn the device on, and a ring of red when you turn it off. The headset itself weighs just 5 grams, is smaller than a quarter, and comes with silicone covers in three different sizes so you can get a more exact fit for your ear. Its unique in-the-ear design requires no behind-the-ear clip (which I always considered to be an eyesore).
Although the ability to transform a simple watch into a piece of beautiful jewelry is an art form that is at least a century old, it is rarely, if ever, thought of in connection with LCD display watches.
The Seiko Electronic Ink Watch for women has no diamond or ruby embellishments, but instead has the appearance of a sleek silver (titanium) and black lacquer bracelet. The "lacquer," which surrounds the center of the watch is actually a flexible LCD display that features extraordinary contrast and clarity. The display is covered in a continuous sapphire crystal (not the deep-blue faceted type but the clear smooth type usually used for high end watch crystals). Already awarded one of the highest honors in watchmaking for this design, Seiko has dubbed this forerunner as the shape of things to come.
Okay, but not for you -- only if you work at Apple. Rumor has it (meaning I can't substantiate it) that all Apple employees will get a free iPhone tomorrow afternoon. After the Town Hall meeting at Apple this week, jubilant Applers were (quietly) boasting about their new 8GB iPhone.
But WE will be giving away an iPhone very soon in our email newsletter (so sign up here or on the form on the right of our website) to a deserving Popgadget reader. How do you get to be so deserving? Just by reading us religiously. It may be your best shot to get your paws on one of these for free, and not just read about it ad nauseum.
No matter how small a tripod is, I think of it as yet another another thing I have to carry around that takes up space. In short, it usually gets left behind and I find myself perching my camera precariously on tree stumps and rocks and fences. This ingenius, miniature tripod from camera accessories maker Always-On solves this problem because the Millipod attaches to the bottom of your camera through the tripod socket and stays there. When you need it, you pop out the legs of the tripod, which tilts like a traditional tripod. And because this little gadget rotates, you don't even need to remove it to access your battery compartment or memory card slot.
No information on availability or pricing yet.
If the word "CD" wasn't in the title, wouldn't you wonder what the dimensions of this Lifting Man CD Holder were? It's only 4.7" x 9.5" x 8.3", but something about the way that poly-resin man appears to be straining makes him and the backless box he's "lifting" seem enormous.
I'm not sure how many CDs he can actually carry, but it looks to be about 10 or 12. And I don't know about you, but that's way more than I have at home. Thanks, MP3s.
Available now for $40 at Amazon.
As we live in earthquake-prone country (California) I'm always on the lookout for new gadgets for our state-of-the-art earthquake kit.
The AM/FM solar radio from Brando is perfect since it doesn't even need batteries, which can lose power over years. Just stick it in the sun during the day and the internal battery gets charged via the solar plate .The radio can be powered by a AAA cell also. The frequency range is AM: 88-108 MHz and FM: 530-1600 KHz.
A mere $15 at Brando.
Via FarEast Gizmos.
Hank crank radio cell-phone charger
This has got to be the most randomly shaped stress reliever ever.
I understood the appeal of the Super Mario mushrooms we showed you a few months back, but a 4.5" x 3.5" x 0.75" fried egg? Seriously? It doesn't even look ergonomic. And it kind of makes me hungry for either a bacon stressball hand strap accessory or some actual bacon. I can't figure out which and it's starting to stress me out.
Good thing the egg is only $1.99.
Via Nerd Approved.
I love optical and laser computer mice way too much to ever revert to "the old days," but this adorable little cable cat does make a momentary lapse into the world of (gasp!) wired technology kind of tempting. And it seems to me that since this little guy has taken it upon himself to be in charge of taming that often unruly mouse cable, ensuring a trouble-free, wireless-like mousing experience, I may as well take him up on the offer. I mean, for just 5.50 euros (about $7), why not?