Here is a question for you: I have what is arguably the best Smartphone available, the HTC HD2, and yet, I was quite keen to acquire a phone from the opposite end of the spectrum: the Just5. This is one of the phones that are particularly aimed at the so-called senior market -- yes, the people that need big buttons, big display letters, big sound.
I don't quite qualify yet to be a senior but I do appreciate where this phone is coming from. As much as I love technology and an all singin’, dancin’ Smartphone, don't underestimate the need for simplicity in the market. And it is not just seniors who have a need for a simple but capable phone but also pre-teens, the disabled and there’s also a huge market for people who need a great emergency or second phone! Welcome to the phone with the big heart as their advertising slogan says!
Let's run through the main features that set this phone apart.
Today we will be reviewing the latest in a series of products from the house of Jabra: the exquisitely designed STONE. The name is intriguing but very well chosen for it's what the product looks like when cradled.
It's a Bluetooth headset without a protruding microphone boom. It looks fantastic but can it deliver where it counts: a good voice quality when there is no microphone picking up the sound where it should pick it up from namely the side of your mouth? There's only one way to find out: let's get STONED!
Part I: Proporta Alu-Leather Case
So, the next logical step it to accessorise it with some basic stuff and, courtesy of our UK friends at Proporta and Clove Technology, we hope to bring you the following accessories: two different cases to protect the HD2, a capacitive stylus and a charging cradle for your desk. We'll do these mini-reviews in a few instalments as not all the items were available at the same time.
First up the Proporta Aluminium Lined Leather Case (HTC HD2).
You may know Tegatech as the key distributor and seller of UMPCs and ruggedised tablet PCs to list a few of their niche products. And you may know them from previous reviews we've done, like the MediSlate and the Ruvo Avox. This time Tegatech has used their expertise to develop their own device. It is a 10.2" Tablet PC with built-in 3G modem and they are calling it TEGA. They worked with the Chinese manufacturer K.R.T. to develop an Australianised Tablet PC by adapting firmware and the touchscreen to suit our climate. As we mentioned in our Upcoming Reviews highlight: we quickly came to the conclusion that this is a very handsome and handy device with plenty of potential uses. So here's a more in-depth take on this tablet and let's see how our findings panned out over the last few weeks.
Having a Bluetooth speaker phone these days is almost essential if you want to comply with the laws that prohibit you holding a hand-held phone while driving. And fortunately, there is plenty of choice on the market. Today we are reviewing the Jabra SP200 speakerphone which is a rather basic unit, simple to use and inexpensive. For most people an ideal choice. So let's check out the features, the sound quality and ease of use.
Always on the lookout for utilities and fun stuff for my Pocket PC, I turned to Resco and was given the opportunity to check out some great software. Resco is a Microsoft Certified Partner thus allowing them to produce software that not only compliments your phone but makes it an extension of your day to day living. With a swag of awards, and a reputation for being an industry leader Resco doesn’t disappoint with its new releases.
So I started by installing the Utility Package...
Today we will be reviewing the Touch Cruise which is a GSM phone (not suited, however, for the NextG network). One of the main features of this device includes the TouchFLO technology that will allow you to scroll, pan and zoom in on your photos as well as access different programs. Another key feature is the built-in navigation software from ALK technologies: Co-Pilot Live.
Let's have a look at the other features that make this phone an outstanding choice if you are happy to use the Windows Mobile platform.