Helio Ocean Feature by Feature Review

Helio Ocean Feature by Feature Review

We’ve had lots of time to use, re-use, and digest every feature available on the Helio Ocean. We’ve done UI videos, hardware galleries, handset sharing tutorials and sync tutorials, but what you really want to know is what we think of it. Here’s our review, broken down feature by feature…

Contrast Ratio Shoot-Out (Everyone Loses)

Contrast Ratio Shoot-Out (Everyone Loses)

Pioneer lined up its newest plasma display next to top-of-line TVs from Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Sharp today. An interesting experiment, for sure. And it got everyone in the room talking about the same thing: contrast ratios. You can see why just by looking at the image above, which shows…

Unique BBQ Grills for the Average Joe

Unique BBQ Grills for the Average Joe

You may think you are a badass for being a self-proclaimed “griller,” but once you round up the troops for a true summer party, the truth will be unveiled that your so-called “grilling” is done on a $50 Wal-Mart jobber of a grill. Any respect you previously thought you had…

Glowing USB Animals Light Up Desks, Hearts

Glowing USB Animals Light Up Desks, Hearts

As if you didn’t have enough USB ports taken already by real devices, these glowing USB animals will usurp one more precious slot. And for what? Glowing at night and making you feel warm and fuzzy? Well, okay, we suppose that’s worth it. There are various different animals, ranging from…

iRiver Clix Docking, Speaker Cradle

iRiver Clix Docking, Speaker Cradle

Well, I’ll bite my tongue and stand corrected. I’ve been playing with the Clix for a couple weeks now and one of my main complaints is the lack of accessories, like this cradle, because of the Clix’s odd form factor. I guess I was wrong again, because here is an…

Cheat Sheet: New BlackBerry Product Line

Cheat Sheet: New BlackBerry Product Line

With the speed new gadgets come out, their clever names like RTU-4789r and the ever-dwindling time we have to keep up, we can all use a refresher course once in a while. So today we’re giving you a cheat sheet for the updated BlackBerry line. Once upon a time, you…

Gallery: The Helio Ocean’s Hardware Design Secrets

Gallery: The Helio Ocean’s Hardware Design Secrets

Along with the external hardware you’ll see in the shots below, the Helio’s triple decker mechanism has a special triangle shaped spring that operates both the keypad and QWERTY. So interesting that MIT’s Tech Review put the phone on its May/June cover, along with a well-written and romantic feature, Soul…

Woz Talks iPhone, Sets Our Hearts Aflutter

Woz Talks iPhone, Sets Our Hearts Aflutter

This morning I was fortunate enough to have a chance to sit down with Steve Wozniak, otherwise known as Woz, king of the geeks. The co-founder of Apple and the father of the personal computer is like Santa with a tech fetish, an incredibly nice guy with lots to say…

Tips for Defeating Shutter Lag

Tips for Defeating Shutter Lag

Looking for a speedy camera that can keep up with your fast-paced shots. The folks at the New York Times have some tips for snagging a camera with little shutter lag. Shutter lag is basically the amount of time it takes your camera to snap a photo. As the NYT…

iSave Water Counter for your Green Conscience

iSave Water Counter for your Green Conscience

The iSave is a rather simple gadget that has just clinched the runner-up prize in Metropolis Magazine’s 2007 Next Generation Awards. Attach it to either your sink or a showerhead and it will show you just how much water you are using for your morning’s ablutions/scrubbing last night’s taco melt…

3’s X-Series gives birth to new handsets

3’s X-Series gives birth to new handsets

The least tempting thing about 3’s X-Series so far has been the handset range: for such an inspiring network concept, the handsets were what I like to call Minogues… as in Danni. Nice enough, but there are others you’d rather spend your time with. But NOW! Things are looking a…

PC World Editor Harry McCracken Returns, Victorious

PC World Editor Harry McCracken Returns, Victorious

In an interesting reversal, departed PC World Editor Harry McCracken has returned to the magazine as “vice-president, editor in chief”. What’s even more surprising is that CEO Colin Crawford has been dropped from the CEO position and is taking up the executive vice president, online position. He’s even given the…

Toughen Up Your Mac Mini With VictorSystems

Toughen Up Your Mac Mini With VictorSystems

There are some great Mac Mini setups out there, but none of them would hold up to military conditions. Enter VictorSystems. They took your typical pint-sized Mac and covered it in aluminum armor, wrought plates and finned heat sinks. Now the Mini is combat ready. But what good is a…

Peter Moore Talks Xbox 360 Folding

Peter Moore Talks Xbox 360 Folding

Okay, he didn’t specifically talk about the same Folding that the PS3 does, but a similar research application. Moore told Mike Antonucci of The Mercury News: Then if we truly believe that we can in some way marshal the resources of a much larger installed base of Xbox 360 owners,…

AOpen and Niveus Crash the Intel Launch Party

AOpen and Niveus Crash the Intel Launch Party

We hit up Intel’s launch party this afternoon to check out some more next-gen Centrino Duo goodness and much to our surprise we came across a pair of fresh-outta-the-oven small form factor PCs that plan on borrowing features from the new mobile platform. First up is AOpen’s new Mini PC…

Pioneer 8th Gen Plasmas On The Show Floor

Here at the Pioneer “Project Kuro” Gen 8 plasma launch, the TVs really look good. I wouldn’t expect them to look bad, seeing as everything in the room would be optimized. However, you can see from these pictures that the contrast really is dramatic, and that in low light, the…

First Unboxing of the Helio Ocean

First Unboxing of the Helio Ocean

Gizmodo is among the lucky dozen to get a finished production boxed version of the Helio Ocean. This phone of enormous importance to Helio, Earthlink, and Sky Dayton. It’s got to be the company’s Sidekick, Q and iPhone killer all in one. We’ve already shown you video of Ocean in…

Teltonika HSDPA USB Modem for Super-Fast Connectivity

Teltonika HSDPA USB Modem for Super-Fast Connectivity

If, like Shakira, you need to be connected Whenever, Wherever, then Teltonika’s little HSDPA USB modem has your name written all over it (rather like my brother thinks Shakira should have his name written all over her). Plug the little thingo into your laptop and you should have high-speed Internet…

What You Need to Know About Intel’s Santa Rosa

What You Need to Know About Intel’s Santa Rosa

So today marks the debut of Intel’s new Santa Rosa platform. Aside from the fact that your notebook is officially outdated, what else does this mean? What does Santa Rosa offer that you’re missing out on, and more importantly, is it enough to warrant buying a new lappie? First things…