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Oy, Robot

Design Spotlight: Is JIBO Really the Future of Robotics?

Pop-culture is in love with the idea of a friendly helpful robot. While the concept may still seem like science fiction, JIBO promises to be a low-cost helper bot that will be available to buy soon. Is this really the future of at-home robotics, or just a bulkier smartphone with personality?

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Xtraordinary

Tested: Motorola Moto X

Yet again, Motorola has the chance to hijack the industry-wide road map for mobile development and design. Its latest creation, the Moto X, was destined by birthright alone to make headlines as the first smartphone fully conceived and nurtured under the wing of Motorola’s new parent, Google. Still, few expected the type of heir that was eventually unveiled

That’s because the Moto X refuses to compete in the specifications arms race currently occupying the rest of the Android market, (arguably sparked by another Motorola Device — the original Droid) and instead dares consumers and competing manufacturers alike with another question. Is a top-notch mobile user experience really still dependent on top-notch specs?

It’s a familiar concept for Apple devotees. But to somehow dismiss the X’s accomplishments as a simple grafting of Apple’s strategy onto the Android platform is a serious misjudgment. This phone blazes several important new trails, including taking the crown as the first smartphone to be made (or more accurately, assembled) right here in the U.S.A.

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Finally the One for you?

HTC One: The Best Android Phone Yet?

HTC has a solid track record for making incredible Android phones such as the One X and more recent Droid DNA. But they’ve never gained the brand recognition of titans like Samsung. Thanks to a newly announced flagship, dubbed the HTC One, their time in the spotlight may finally come — granted a few bold bets pay off.

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Big Daddy

ZTE Grand S

The Grand S is ZTE’s first ultra-smart smartphone, entering a field peppered with rather esteemed — and, well, huge — company (the Grand S is over 5.5 inches tall and nearly 3 inches wide). Similar in most every specification to other biggies from Droid, Huawei and Sony, the Grand S boasts some serious kit. Its…

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Un-extinct?

Philips S10 Cordless Phone

You get the call — but your cell phone is charging/buried in your gym bag/temporarily lost. While most landlines have gone the way of the dodo, the Philips S10 Cordless Phone re-envisions the now retro (how old does that make you feel?) appliance — and, somehow, it’s not entirely ridiculous. Using Bluetooth, the S10 conglomerates…

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Handy Dandy

HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE

If you can’t palm a basketball, you can forget about holding most Android phones these days. Verizon’s recent addition to the Droid Incredible family is quite the unwieldy mouthful, but the same thing can’t be said about its proportions. The so-called HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE’s highlights include Android 4.0 (with HTC’s Sense 4.0 on…

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Invoke your God's Eye

Motorola LEX 700 Mission Critical Handheld

Not currently available for civilian use (check back around the end of the Mayan calendar or a city under Martial Law nearest you), the Motorola’s LEX 700 Mission Critical Handheld puts military-grade situational awareness and command and control into the hands of first responders. With the LEX 700, police, emergency medical services, and firefighters benefit…

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Scandinavian Champion

Nokia Lumia 800

The Nokia Lumia 800 is the first overwhelmingly positive result born from two mobile underdogs. It’s essentially Nokia’s gorgeous N9 on the hardware side, packed finally with a mobile OS (Windows Phone 7) whose tombstone isn’t already chiseled. Its curved, 3.7-inch, 12.1mm-thick polycarbonate frame and ClearBlack AMOLED display looks and feels almost like the iPod…

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Giddily Gutted

Apple iPhone 4S

Oh the torture! Our Pavlovian anticipation for a new iPhone every 12 months has been pushed to the limits this go around, especially after being teased earlier this summer about what to expect from iOS 5 (which, FYI will be available to all current iPhone 4 owners October 12th). Now the news is out and…

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Souped Up Super AMOLED

Samsung Infuse 4G

About a year ago, the Samsung Galaxy S created a stir on the Android block when it pranced out with its 4-inch Super AMOLED display. While there’s plenty of tech chatter surrounding its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Samsung Infuse 4G ($200) is essentially the same phone, and it’s coming to AT&T on…

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Bold(er)

BlackBerry Bold 9780

The recently announced BlackBerry Bold 9780 may not generate the buzz of other handsets considering it’s quite similar to the 9700, but for BlackBerry addicts in love with the portrait QWERTY form factor, the changes should still be welcomed. Aesthetically its pretty much par for the Bold series course, but internally its camera has been…

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Worthwhile Upgrade If You Just... Can't... Kick... BBM

BlackBerry Torch

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is a sleek-looking QWERTY slider that sports a 3.2-inch, 480 x 360 touchscreen (which is the same resolution as the Bold for you handset geeks), 512 MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera, and 4 GB of on board memory with a 4 GB microSD card thrown in gratis. Additionally, it’s…

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Is this the Droid You've Been Looking For?

HTC Droid Incredible

If you didn’t already bite on the Motorola Droid or the HTC made Google branded Nexus One, then your patience might have just paid off. Announced yesterday as coming to Verizon, the HTC Droid Incredible falls in line with the new slew of high powered Android smart phones storming the market. It will run Android…

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Android Meets "Super" AMOLED

Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung isn’t the first company to think that by tacking the word “super” to their products, it would enhance their appeal. Think “Super Nintendo”, “Super Soaker”, “Super bowl”…etc. Combine that with the word “Galaxy” in the name and you’ve got yourself a device that’s positioned to rock the world Segway Style, or at least that’s…

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The Best Business Phone on The Market? We'll Have to Wait and See.

BillionAir 7 Business-Class GSM Quad-Band 3.5G Phone

In the realm of electronics, PR hype has no bounds. Kempler & Strauss heralding themselves as “a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative mobile devices and wireless technology” is no exception. Released on October 7th, the BillionAir 7′s claim to fame is that it’s the first GSM quad-band 3.5G phone based on the Microsoft Windows…

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A Mobile Email Fiend's Dream Come True

BlackBerry App World

You knew it would only be a matter of time before Blackberry would jump into the world of mobile applications. Looks like time’s up. By Gear Patrol Reader Kirk Ward: BlackBerry introduced the BlackBerry App World in early April and has been adding new applications at a constant clip. While many of the best applications…

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Nokia N97 & 5800 XpressMusic

Gunning for the iphone, Danish Style With the release of the N97 yesterday and the announcement of the 5800 XpressMusic hitting US markets in early 2009, it seems the world’s leading mobile phone supplier is finally wading into the battle for global smart phone domination. Take a quick look of each at both of their…

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Smartphone Showdown: Which One Is Best?

3 Carriers, 3 Phones, 1 Winner Grab yer partner do-si-do. It’s a Gear Patrol phone-down. 2008 has been an amazing year for cell phones. The masses have spoken and features once considered highly advanced such as: touch screen technology, internet connectivity, and email access, are now becoming standard in any smartphone worth its silicone weight….

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Palm Treo Pro

It’s Available And Worth It. If You’re A Palm User. Depending on how much time you waste trying to keep up with the latest gadgetry you may or may not know about the Palm Treo Pro. Either way, it’s out and shipping as of this past week. You Palm faithfuls holding out for the next…

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T-Mobile G1

Knock Knock. Who’s There? G1, Yo. The speculation has ceased, the first Google powered cell phone has finally arrived. Dubbed the T-Mobile G1, this new open source (think: not Apple) rebel will hit retail stores October 22 and cost a reasonable $179 with a two year voice and data agreement. This compared to Apple’s $199…

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Panasonic Link-to-Cell Bluetooth Phone

The Benefits Of A Home Phone On Your Cell Phone Technology promises to solve many of the world’s major problems and plenty of its small ones. Take for example, the act of using your cell phone as a main phone line at home, which I know many guys do. Unfortunately, the sleek and compact traits…

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iPhone 3G – First Impressions

[click on image to enlarge] By Ben Bowers – As I groggily took my place in line at unspeakably early Saturday morning hours, I questioned if all the hype was justified. My previous smart phone was 3G compatible and served me well over the last year. So what if it didn’t have a glossy back,…