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.
Having quality audio anywhere you go can enhance just about any situation – and Bluetooth® speakers can make that happen. Unfortunately a majority of these speakers aren’t inexpensive, so using them in any condition whatseover – especially where water is involved – can be very risky.
ASUS has officially released its budget-friendly 7 -inch MeMO Pad in the US, and it costs just $149.99. The ME172V-A1 comes in dark grey, white and pink and offers an option if you don’t want to shell out $200 for the Nexus 7. The release of this budget tablet continues a trend that the consumer electronics marketplace is loving; electronics being sold at a great price with some great specs.
Not so long ago, if you picked up a budget device such as a smartphone or tablet, you would get nothing of value at all; low-end specs and little value for money. While the ASUS MeMO Pad doesn’t boast the specs as the Nexus 7, it certainly does give something to ponder on coming in $50 cheaper than its cousin. The tablet is powered by a single-core 1GHz VIA WM8950 processor, 1 GB RAM and has a 1024×600, 169 PPI 10 finger multi-touch screen. Unlike the Nexus 7, it has an SDCard slot, so the 16GB of storage can be increased and comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. The tablets can be picked up at Gamestop, Amazon and other retailers.
If picking one of these budget-friendly tablets is in your future, be sure to protect it. There are already some really nice Asus MeMO pad cases that are available that will provide the protection you need without hurting your wallet.
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.
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!
After announcing the new Padfone Infinity, Asus had one more trick up their sleeves before calling it a day at Mobile World Congress. They unveiled the Fonepad (yes, that’s like the opposite of Padfone), a 7″ tablet with full voice and data capabilities. There are no docking tricks here, this is strictly a tablet, but one that can make calls and crush data on the go over HSPA+ networks.
Inside, you’ll find a Intel Atom Z2420 processor, Android 4.1, a 1280×800 HD display, HSPA+ radios, 8/16GB storage options, microSD cart slot, 1.2MP front camera, and a 3MP rear camera. Asus also tossed in some exclusive apps Floating App, SuperNote lite, and WebStorage Office Online.
The tablet is ultimately being sold as a device for viewing and consuming content on a larger screen, but that still has the ability to do the basics, like make phone calls.
Availability starts in March. The 8GB model will run €219.