When I last wrote about Invoxia’s AudiOffice, I had one complaint… its lack of Lightning support for modern iOS devices. Fortunately, its new device fixes this. I actually had another minor complaint—its name, which led me to joke that it was an accessory for Audi automobiles! In the latest version, the mixed-case name is gone, now simply called Audioffice ($299).
The newer Audioffice is an elegant accessory, with a companion app, invoxia (free) that turns your iPhone, iPad, or Android device into a full function conference room speakerphone. You also can use internal and alternative apps like FaceTime, Skype, etc.
Makes gaming on touch-screen devices much easier. Controls are similar to that of a PlayStation controller, so it’s easy to pick up and learn. Wireless.
Pricey. You can’t use the controller for full navigation; touch-screen menu selection is required for some games. Not compatible with all games. Button remapping requires a computer.
The SteelSeries Free Mobile Wireless Controller aims to improve your touch-screen gaming experience, but it comes with some limitations and a too-high price.
The SteelSeries Free Mobile Wireless Controller ($79.99 direct) is a Bluetooth-enabled, multi-platform gamepad that is compatible with Android and iOS tablets and phones, PCs, and Macs. It aims to make touch-screen gaming less frustrating and easier to control.
It appears that Alcatel has brought quite a few treats to Barcelona this year. We’ve already seen a few devices including a couple Firefox OS phones from them. Now they’ve unveiled the One Touch Snap and One Touch Snap LTE. The One Touch Snap is running:
4.5-inch qHD display with dragontail glass, an oleophobic coating to fight fingerprint smearing
8MP camera with LED and 720p recording; Front-facing 1.3MP camera
4GB of internal storage; Expandable via microSD card slot
1.2GHz quad-core processor
1GB of RAM
Android 4.2 – Jelly Bean
So what about the One Touch Snap LTE, it should be the same but with LTE connectivity right? Wrong. Here’s what the One Touch Snap LTE is featuring, in addition to the specs of the One Touch Snap listed above:
4.65-inch FSVGA display (480×854 resolution)
2MP front-facing camera
1.4GHz quad-core processor
Now onto the size, both phones are a bit different in size as well. The Snap is 130.3x67x8.99mm while the LTE is measuring at 134×69.7×10.9mm. One would think that’s due to the LTE radio along with the bigger battery. Both phones do support WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and quadband GSM including the 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 bands.
So far we have no idea how much either of these devices are going to cost. But it’s reported that the One Touch Snap will be available in April, and the One Touch Snap LTE is coming in July. It’s also more than likely that they won’t be coming to the US, but we could be wrong. In fact, we’d love to be wrong in this case.
What do you think about these offerings from Alcatel? Is it enough for you to try one out? The specs aren’t on the high-end but the One Touch Snap is running Android 4.2, which is kind of surprising since no other phone on the market that isn’t a Nexus has Android 4.2. Hopefully they’ll bring these models to the US, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Mukulus wants to offer all sorts of zoom lenses for your smartphones as early as the summer. You may be aware of such similar devices like the reflex and system cameras. We tried out the prototypes and were super impressed. Take a look!
Alcatel has unleashed a slew of new phones onto the market here on the first day of Mobile World Congress, but the most interesting two lie at diametric opposite positions on the smartphone spectrum. We first got to spend a few minutes with the new One Touch Idol X, an ultra-high-end phone with a 5-inch, 1080p display. On one hand, these displays are increasingly commoditized as every company on the planet incorporates them, but on the other the Idol X is a very impressive sight to behold. It’s only 7.1mm thin, the same as the original Droid RAZR; the bezel around its display is also just 2.4mm. Together, they make the Idol X feel much smaller than a phone with such a large display should. The phone’s other specs are impressive, though they vary around the world: it will have either an 8- or 13-megapixel camera, depending on the market, and either one or two SIM cards slots. The phone runs Android 4.2.1, and in our time with it felt snappy and responsive — Alcatel has skinned the operating system, but it didn’t seem to be much more than just a re-designing of the system’s icons. The Idol X is coming out in the second half of this year, and appears at first blush to be a solid option.
On the complete other end of the market lies the Alcatel One Touch Fire, an ultra-low-end phone running Mozilla’s new Firefox OS. This device is small – its 3.5-inch screen feels positively miniature now – but it’s thick, clearly underpowered, and only capable of executing the most basic tasks. But it’s a completely different device, with a completely different intended customer: Alcatel says it will be sold almost exclusively in developing markets when the Fire goes on sale this summer.
ZTE may have had a head start in the Firefox OS race ahead of MWC, but Alcatel’s also got something similar to ride on the waves of some “500 million Mozilla users.” Suitably dubbed the One Touch Fire, this entry-level phone is basically a rehash of the budget One Touch T’Pop announced back at CES, packing a 3.5-inch HVGA TN display, a 1GHz processor, 256MB RAM, 512MB storage and a 3.2-megapixel camera. There are also the usual bunch of radios: WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, FM radio and UMTS 900/2100 and 850/1900/2100 (up to 7.2Mbps for download and 5.76Mbps for upload). Underneath the removable 1,400mAh battery you’ll find a microSD slot that’ll take anything up to 32GB (a 2GB card is included), as well as a slot for an old-school Mini-SIM card.