On top of displaying the time of day, the Burg 12 smartwatch phone can make you think back to the Dick Tracy days. That, or you’re just one of the coolest cats around because you don’t have to reach for your phone to answer a call.
Created by Hermen van den Burg, world-renowned lifestyle designer to Ikea and Target, the device features a 1.5-inch (240x240 resolution) touchscreen display.
In addition to telling time and phone calls, the smartwatch phone has an amazing list of features including audio recording, messaging (SMS and MMS), multimedia, Bluetooth (3.0) and a built-in camera.
There’s also a microSD storage slot and you can upgrade the included 4GB card up to 16GB. The touchscreen is scratch- and splash-resistant and is used to access the calendar, contact list and calculator.
The phone needs a SIM card, which is simple to install by taking off the back plate. One comes with the watch to get you going with $25 worth of prepaid talk and text.
All-in-all, it’s pretty easy to operate. You do have to get familiar with what button does what, so that means you’ll have to do one of the things I hate most: read the directions. But fortunately it’s a quick starter guide and only takes a few minutes.
The camera is limited but it’s there in case of emergency or something like that. It has a 1.3 megapixel sensor and a 3X zoom.
There’s also a very handy stylus built into the wristband. Slide it out and extend it out to its 1.75-inch length. Don’t be fooled by the size, it fits in your hands easily and is really handy to access anything on the display.
It’s powered by an internal 450mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which charges in 1-3 hours with the included USB cable.
http://burgsmartwatch.com, $199 with a black or purple strap
The IZZI Remix is easily the most advanced accessory for iPhoneographers and is now available for the iPhone 6.
On the back of the metal case is an innovative rotating five-in-one lens system, which you can consider your entire camera bag in one.
The five-lens system includes a 170-degree fish eye, a circular polarizing lens, a 2X zoom, an ultra wide angle and a 13x macro.
While a smartphone (or watch) camera cannot approach the image quality of most standard cameras, the lens system does an amazing job of complimenting the smartphone’s camera.
Each lens does what it sets out to do and with the rotating system you can switch lenses in less then a second.
It rotates in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions.
As for the case, it’s made of aircraft-grade aluminum and allows you access to all of the iPhone 6 ports and controls.
Since the lens system is mounted on the back and extends out about a half-inch, you won’t be able to carry it in your back pocket, but the benefits of the lens system far outweigh that.
www.izzigadgets.com, $129.99 available in black, red, blue, purple and silver
Sennheisers Momentum In-ear earbuds are a great addition to the company’s Momentum line, just as you would expect from the company that makes an endless line of great sounding and well-built products.
I’m a sound junkie, not an expert, which means I know good sound when I hear it. The sound is crystal-clear and pumps out a good amount of bass into your ears.
The cable has an in-line microphone along with volume and changing music selection controls and a right-angle 3.5mm connection.
The Momentum In-ear headphones are made plastic free; instead they are constructed with high-quality stainless steel to help produced the powerful sound.
A carrying case and four sets of ear bud sizes (XS, S, M, L) to get the proper fit.