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.
Today we’ve received info about another smartphone headed to Verizon Wireless in the coming weeks or months. Thanks to the popular leakster @evleaks, we are getting our first glance at the upcoming Kyocera Elite with Verizon 4G LTE. Yea, another Kyocera phone on Verizon. This is just one of many cheap feature phone type devices they’ve released lately too.
The name Elite makes this sound like a pretty impressive smartphone, but just like the Samsung Galaxy Grand it won’t be anything special. Lately I feel like I’ve been taking crazy pills, or someone from Verizon has at least. Skipping on flagship devices like the HTC One, being dead last to release the GALAXY S 4, yet dropping all of these cheap, budget friendly, junk smartphones.
I guess having the largest subscriber base in the U.S. helps. Not everyone wants a top-tier smartphone for $199 according to Verizon, because they appear to be the next Cricket and are focusing all their efforts on the mid-range offerings. Between this Kyocera Elite and the Kyocera Torque, LG’s budget Lucid 2, and of course that Ice Cream Sandwich powered Pantech Perception.
Maybe this is the calm before the storm and this summer we’ll get a new Motorola DROID, the X-Phone, and hopefully the HTC One makes its way to big red too. For now we have no details on the leaked device above, the Kyocera Torque, but most likely it will be about 4.5-inches and have mid-range specs at best, coming in around $79 or $99 on contract. That’s just a guess. At least it appears to have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean – so that’s a plus.
Rugged. Good call quality. Decent camera.
Dated interface. Few features.
The very basic Kyocera DuraPro for U.S. Cellular is worth a look if you need a rugged, waterproof phone, but if it’s features you’re after, you can do better.
The Kyocera DuraPro is U.S. Cellular’s toughest cell phone. It won’t break if you drop it—even in the pool. It offers good sound quality for voice calls, a very loud speaker, and decent battery life. But a dated interface and few features means it’s only an average phone otherwise, and at $149.99, it’s a little pricey for what you get. The DuraPro is worth a look if you need something durable, but if you want any other features, you can do better.
Sprint 4G LTE / NFC
Dimensions: 4.44 x 2.38 x 0.56 inches
Weight: 5.5 oz
Display: 4-inch WVGA LCD (480×800) Bright, High contrast touchscreen
Android 4.0 (ICS)
CPU: 1.2GHz MSM8960 Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB)
Battery: 2,500mAh Lithium-Ion
IP67 and Military Standard 810G (MilSpec) water, dust, shock, vibration, temperature, low pressure, solar radiation, salt, and humidity protection.
Housing includes reinforced corners
Encased in a rubber, non-slip Dura-Grip material
Ruggedized, impact-resistant glass (IPS)
5-megapixel (rear) camera w/ panorama, high dynamic range, facial recognition, smile/blink detection, macro and burst mode
1.3-megapixel (front) camera
HD Voice enabled
Bluetooth 4.0 LE/EDR
Sprint Direct Connect
3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability / Supports up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously