New Products: Phone Case Improves Camera Quality
Although it’s handy to have a camera built into a phone, the quality, not to mention the shooting options, aren’t always that impressive. To the rescue is a case with four optical lenses that improve the iPhone’s shooting abilities. Equipped with three rotating lenses, the iZZi Orbit Pro case can help capture photos with artsy Fisheye special effects, wide-angle views and a 2X zoom shots. Twist off the wide-angle lens to reveal a fourth option: A macro lens for up-close images. Made of aircraft-grade aluminum, the case includes a stabilizing grip to minimize blurry images and three tripod mounts to accommodate different shooting angles. Available in black, blue, purple, red and silver, the case ships with a protective sleeve, a wrist lanyard and a microfiber cloth. A case for the iPhone 4/4S or the iPhone 5 can be purchased for about $190.
PORTABLE DISK PROVIDES NEEDED EDGE
Need to bring along some extra pictures, high-def videos or other data? About the size of a credit card, the diskGO Pocket USB 3.0 Solid State Drive provides plenty of storage without weighing you down. Designed with a speedy USB 3.0 connection, the drive from EDGE Memory also can serve as a convenient backup for important files. A 240-GB model can be purchased for about $214. Other sizes are available.
PORTABLE SPEAKER READY FOR THE BEACH
Headed somewhere warm for the holidays? You’ll be ready to share your favorite tunes with Sony’s SRS-BTS50, a portable Bluetooth speaker that’s compact enough to slip into — or even attach to — a small bag. The splash-proof speaker has an internal rechargeable battery that delivers about 10 hours of music on a single charge, which is more than enough time for lounging at the pool. And with a 30-foot range, your music player — be it a phone, MP3 player or other audio device — can stream music to the speaker while safely stashed away from the water. Available in blue, red, pink, white and black, the speaker costs about $100.
WIRELESS KEYBOARD MAKES CONNECTION
Tired of tapping on your tablet? A wireless keyboard can provide a simple solution. One especially thin option is Rapoo’s Blade E6300 Bluetooth Keyboard for the iPad. Measuring just .22-inch thick, the slim keyboard has standard keys plus 15 iPad hotkeys, including Homepage, Search, Mute, Copy and Paste. A built-in battery lasts about a month before needing a recharge via the included cable. The keyboard costs about $50.
Source: USA Today