Supercharge your Smartphone!

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If you’re a die-hard Tesla fan after yesterday’s absolutely mind-melting presentation, you’re not the only one!

Carry around a part of the automobile giant’s legacy around with the Tesla Powerbank. Made by Tesla, the Powerbank was designed and inspired after Tesla’s Supercharger monument. With a 3350mAh battery on the inside and circuitry to ensure fast charging to the maximum battery capacity, the Powerbank can charge both Android phones and iPhones, thanks to the dual connectors concealed in the Powerbank’s slick, heart-pumping design. Plus, if there’s any company that’s known for making the world’s best batteries, it’s Tesla, right?!

Designer: Tesla

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This iPhone Case Moonlights As A Lint Brush

Just when you thought every possible iPhone case has been invented, someone goes and does this.

Startup company, Stitched Products, has just announced their first product that they plan to fund through Indiegogo, an iPhone case than can be used to pick up stray hair and lint. Just when you thought you’d seen it all.

The company claims that the odd fabric attracts lint and hair, and even shows the case being used to clean off a linty black shirt in their pitch video. They even claim that it’s easy to clean the case itself and it doesn’t leave any residue like a traditional sticky lint roller.

This is such a weird product, but I kind of want it to be real. I find myself getting covered in lint all the time and it’s a real problem, I can’t count how many times I’ve been on a date and a girl crawls her way to safety through the bathroom window. I assume it’s because of my linty shirt, because it couldn’t possibly be my personality.

Anyway, they’re about halfway to their goal on Indiegogo, and early-bird cases go for $25 (which there are still plenty of).

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iPhone X Notch Removing App Is Now Available On The App Store

While the iPhone X is getting strong reviews, many fans are not happy about the notch, the big obstructing bezel on the top of the display which houses the cameras, sensors and speaker. But for those of you who can’t seem to adjust, there is now an app you can download to make the adjustment easier.

The app is called Notch Remover, and like its name, it removes the unsightly notch. Now, it doesn’t actually remove the notch or the functionality of it, but it hides it under a black bar that you save as wallpapers. I couldn’t find any confirmation, but it seems like this app would only apply to the home screen and lock screen.

Still, if you hate the notch that much, it’s not a bad idea to spend $0.99 on an app to try and mask it. After all, you just spent $999 on the phone itself, what’s another buck?

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I Choose To Believe These People Who Can’t Tell An iPhone X From an iPhone 4 are Actors

Every so often, Jimmy Kimmel does a street segment showing people the hottest new gadget, but it’s really an old or completely different version of that new product. And somehow, he always finds morons who believe they’re looking at the newest iPad, when it’s really an old copy of Highlights Magazine from June 1992, with Hitler mustaches doodled on every person’s face. “Oh wow, it’s so light and different.”

But this time Kimmel’s taken it too far. The iPhone X hype has been everywhere and, yet the segment shows people being tricked into the thinking an old iPhone 4 is the new $999 iPhone X.

It’s so obvious that my only question left is, how did the actors later spend the $25 they were paid?

Man I really am just a buzzkill, aren’t I?

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Handy, eye-candy, phone-standy

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It’s pretty simple, elegant, and I believe smartphone manufacturing companies can truly add value to their customers’ lives by including one of them in every smartphone box. I’m talking about this stand designed by Kyuho, Juan, Joongu & Found/Founded. Designed to be flat when folded, but a rather elegant and portable charging solution when opened out, the stand folds out to become a nifty phone charging and display dock as well as a smartwatch charging/display dock. Made to be as handy and as portable as the phones and chargers themselves, the stand is rather neat, and provides a consolidated charging orientation that could be pretty handy for workspaces and bedside tables, removing the clutter, and adding a slight bit of organization. Plus, I think that orange looks absolutely delicious!

Designers: Kyuho Song, Juan Lee, Joongu Kim & Found/Founded.

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A leather robe for the iPhone X

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The problem with leather initially was that it was a 2 dimensional fabric. You couldn’t really wrap leather around curves without causing it to kink or fold, which meant leather cases for phones usually had just a flat piece of leather on a wooden or plastic framework. Mujjo’s proprietary technology allows for actual leather molding, making it take pretty much any shape you desire. The iPhone X cases by Mujjo are made entirely of the finest vegetable tanned leather from top to bottom, including the buttons.

Aside from being able to ensconce your phone in premium leather, Mujjo’s cases come with a slot that let you stash your cards in it, making the priceless iPhone a little bit more priceless, that’s if priceless-ness is quantifiable! The cases come with a Japanese microfiber inner lining that make sure the glass back of the iPhone doesn’t gather scratches, while the leather case forms a healthy 1mm lip around the phone, protecting the screen from making contact with any surface in case it accidentally falls from your hands. The case holds up to two cards and if you’re the kind who wants to separate phone from wallet, Mujjo even makes full leather regular cases that will rival Apple’s own cases. My heart’s set on the olive one!

Designer: Mujjo

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CNET iPhone X Drop Test Reveals You Really Don’t Want To Drop Your Phone

If hearing that the iPhone X’s $279 out of warranty screen replacement, or worse, it $550 back glass replacement (yes, $550!) doesn’t make you shudder at the thought of leaving your phone bare, then you should take a look at CNET who tested dropping the iPhone from different angles.

Basically, don’t leave the Apple store without a case or a warranty. Or do I have to start listing other things you could’ve bought for that money? Well, I’m all out of ideas, so just don’t drop it.

Hit the jump for the CNET’s drop test on the iPhone X, and remember, It’s not your phone being dropped. 

Now here’s a concept phone we love

Here’s a phone concept I can rally behind because it seems like it pushes a good idea forward, that if implemented correctly, can make some pretty great phones. The Gravity Phone by Julien Lanoy and Jean-Francois Bozec challenges the concept of a bezel-less phone having a top and a bottom. If phones are streamlined to look exactly the same if held upwards or downwards, why can’t we just make phones that know no upside-down or right-side-up? The Gravity Phone is a redesign that embraces complete symmetry. Hold it any way and it’s the right side up. The back echoes the same philosophy too, with a camera that’s centrally located so it can be used either way. While most people would grumble about a centrally located camera, I think it’s a pretty nifty idea, because given how we currently hold our phones in portrait mode, the placement of a camera app’s shutter button is so incredibly out of thumb’s reach, it makes the app counter-productive. Shift the camera down, the hand shifts down too, and your thumb can hit that shutter button with ease.

Made to look truly seamless, the Gravity Phone takes some pretty neat design decisions. It has no home button (Android), and ditches the fingerprint sensor too, since that’s where the camera sits now. The phone therefore relies on facial identification, done by not one, but two cameras on the front. If you notice, there’s a camera on each of the bezels on the top and bottom, allowing the phone to be held in any orientation. To make the phone just a bit more unique, its side edges are touch sensitive too, allowing you to scroll without having your finger on the screen, blocking the content you’re reading. Speaking of the screen, Gravity implements the 3D screen feature we saw with Amazon’s Fire phone. How does it do that? Using the two front facing cameras to gauge and depth sense your face and point of vision!

If only more designers made concept phones with this kind of attention to detail!

Designers: Julien Lanoy & Jean-Francois Bozec.

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Razer Phone Announced With High End Screen And Speakers That Are Geared For Gamers

Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge

Razer has officially announced their first phone simply titled the Razer Phone. The device comes just one year after Razer’s acquisition of Nextbit, which had previously stepped into the smartphone market with the Robin.

The Razer Phone is made with sharp corners and a metal finish, a design that Razer seems comfortable with on their laptops. The features include a 2K LCD display that runs at 120hz. No other smartphone has a display that fast, which provides buttery smooth animations, scrolling and will even make some games look super smooth. The phone also features stereo front-facing speakers with dedicated amplifiers and a THX-certified adapter that ensures high quality audio through the headphones.

Aside from its display and audio, The Razer Phone also features 6GB of RAM, the latest Snapdragon 835 processor and a dual 12MP rear shooter, much like the iPhone 8 Plus. The software is a fairly stock android experience, but Razer hopes that its high quality display and audio features can be enough to lure gamers to give it a shot.

 

Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge

Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge

Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge

The phone will be available for $699 on T-Mobile and AT&T on November 17th.

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A case worthy for the iPhone X

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It’s a challenge, cladding something as beautiful as the iPhone X with a case. Not many people would, because there’s a beauty to the Apple flagship that a case will only destroy, but I highly recommend that you do (if you’re one of the millions waiting in queue for your handset), because let’s remember the phone is made primarily of glass, which if a phone is dropped on its corners, will shatter without warning, and of Aluminum which scratches easier than Apple would like you to believe. If you want your $1000 phone to continue staying beautiful, a case is the only way to go, and what’s better than a clear case?

Nomad’s Clear Folio case for the iPhone X is every bit as premium and amazing as the smartphone itself. The case itself is clear, showing off your iPhone in pretty much all its glory, while protecting it from accidental, painful breaks. It also comes with a folio flap made of the finest leather from Horween Leather Co., one of America’s oldest leather tanneries still operational to date. The vegetable tanned leather flap comes with slots that can hold up to 6 cards and cash, making your iPhone X even more priceless than it already is! Plus, the case is as limited edition (if not infinitely more) than the iPhone X. Only 20 cases remain in stock, so you better grab yours soon!

Designer: Nomad

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