Samsung DROID Charge Update Is Out, Fixes Mobile Hotspot Bug, Offers Battery And GPS Fixes

It’s a software update for a new Android phone! Yay! The current over-the-air update for the Samsung Droid Charge fuxes the awful mobile hotspot bug which required you to set the handset’s time back to May in order for it to work, as well as GPS improvments and battery life fixing when making phone calls and such. As I also noticed, after updating a Droid Charge for myself to see the changes, you can also tell there’s a new signal indicator next to the 4G LTE icon. The update rolls out gradually, so don’t fret if you don’t have your update just yet. Via: Verizon

Samsung’s Galaxy S II For AT&T Teased With Its HDMI Dock

So, when was the last time we heard news of the Galaxy S II making its way to the United States? Quite a while, acutally. But today, that has changed for AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II that is probably branded under another name — and seen above with its HDMI dock. More waiting, it seems. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to do other things (i.e., read, listen to the Google Music Beta app, or play Minecraft). Oh, and about pricing, the HDMI dock is purportedly going to cost $68 (if that’s even true, which no one really knows).

Via: BGR, FB

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5 Review

It’s a 10.1-megapixel point-and-shoot luxury camera by Panasonic. It looks rather awesome, is compact and powerful, can shoot up to AVCHD Lite at 720p HD, and can shoot in a variety of aspect ratios. It also costs $499.95, which is quite a bit more than the comfortable range for a point-and-shoot camera, luxury styling with Leica DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens and all. Check past after the break to see if it’s worth it, and better yet, if it’s any good.

Motorola Debuts The Photon 4G For Sprint, Available Later This Summer

It’s another “4G” Android phone, this time on WiMAX, which is Sprint’s 4G technology, only second to Verizon’s 4G LTE. The Motorola Photon 4G was just announced here in New York City, and packs the following delicious specs: a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, Android 2.3 with MOTOBLUR, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, front-facing VGA camera, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with full 1080p HD video capture support, 4G WiMAX, international GSM support, 3G/4G wireless hotspot, built-in kickstand and more. Prices and release date are relatively unknown; the Photon 4G launches this summer. Press release after the invisible line break.

ThinkGeek The Bag of Holding Messenger Micro-Review

Price as Reviewed: $59.99 at ThinkGeek

Let’s make this one short and simple with an even shorter photo gallery. The ThinkGeek Bag Of Holding is a canvas messenger bag made by our friends at Thinkgeek. It holds a ton of stuff, and has a billion pockets (not literally, duh). From the start,you could load a 17-inch laptop, a smaller 15 to 13-inch laptop, an iPad 2, mouse, charging cables for the aforementioned, several medium-sized books, and still find room for more gadgets in another one of the pockets. It retails for $60 and is worth every penny for a low-budget messenger bag that is durable and can hold lots of your crap (I meant valuables/stuff/whatever). Go ahead and buy one of these charcoal-colored canvas wonders if you want (they call it charcoal-colored — weird), I’d approve of your purchase if so.

Score: 9/10

ThinkGeek Bag of Holding Gallery

Turtle Work Black Pen Micro-Review

Price as Reviewed: $54.96 USD at TurtlePens

Oh, it’s just a pen. Not a smartpen, or a digital pen. Just a pen with a really cool design — the Turtle Work Black Pen which comes in a cylinder casing made of stainless steel, whilst the build quality being superb. Writing with the Turtle Work is smooth, scratch free, and releases just the right amount of ink on each sentence. Moreover, the “SNAPback” system, which is the first of its kind to pop open the tip of the pen much like a turtle comes out of its shell is sort of a cool show-off, even though it has little to no purpose than the traditional design does.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “$55 for a single pen!”. That’s true and all; it is very pricey, but not as pricey as the legendary Montblanc pens that the rich, chic and famous have been using for countless years. Think of it as a luxury product: If you’re a PR agent, accountant, or just a writer who loves to use great pens, then head on over to TurtlePens and get one. You won’t be disappointed — I wasn’t. Gallery of the Turtle Work Black pen is below.

Score: 8/10

 

HP Touchpad Will Retail For $500 On July 1st, 3G Version Also Coming

It’s finally is coming on July 1st. The first webOS tablet ever, the HP Touchpad, is launching with a 9.7-inch XGA display, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and NFC capability that between the slate and HP phones. Two versions of the TouchPad will be available to start with: a 16GB version for $499.99 or a 32GB version for an obviously more $599.99. HP also stated that a 3G model for AT&T will be available later this summer (always this summer, eh?), though pricing has not been announced for it. Pre-orders for the Wi-Fi only models begin June 19th. HP’s full press release is below.

Ernest Alexander iPad 2 Case Micro-Review


Price as Reviewed$120 at Bonobos
It’s an iPad case designed by Ernest Alexander and sold by Bonobos, who were kind enough to send us this review unit. The case is made out of waxed blue canvas with a leather strap and zipped pouch on the back, while the whole thing measures 8.5 x 11 inches.

Since it’s only a pouch for your iPad, then its uses are quite limited to only protecting your expensive purchase, and secondly, looking classy while doing it. And guess what? It actually looks pretty nice and does the job admiringly, including the extra space that comes with the back-end pouch which can be used for holding headphones, the USB cable/charger, or both (and more).

However, what I don’t like at all is the leather strap. Not that it’s leather, but because it is fastened by not a button, but a rather impossible to open stub which is too large for the small hole in the leather strap. This translates to having to fight with the case, quite literally, to open it every time you need to use your iPad 2. Plus it’s priced way too high, even for an up-and-coming designer brand, at $120 a case. To criticize it even further, the Ernest Alexander case has stitching around the leather that is rather weak, as it tore off when I was trying to open it, something which can be seen below.

Still, if you like canvas and want a case for your iPad (or to hold documents and such in), then Bonobos’ offering should do, albeit there are better cases out there. And hey, the case does look charming in a couple of ways.
Score: 6/10